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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:17 AM
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Thomas Paine born January 29, 1737



Englishman by birth, American by adoption and Frenchman by decree.
Today is a day to celebrate the rights of man in the face of tyranny.


Portrait from Wikipedia
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:24 AM
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1. Happy Birthday Thomas Paine!
Woooo! We Aquarians rock! Mine's tomorrow! Weeeeeeeee!
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:24 AM
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2. Well, then, today I shall
go re-read Bertrand Russell's biographical essay of Payne, which is excellent and I enthusiastically endorse it without qualification.

Paine is my favorite founder, btw. For those of you keeping score at home.
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:28 AM
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3. Also Oprah Winfrey b. January 29, 1954
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:32 AM
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4. and Tom Selleck born January 29, 1945
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:19 AM
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5. Paine was the most democratic of our founding fathers
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:02 AM by Jack Rabbit
His commitment was to the equality of man. Paine opposed both slavery as an econonomic institution and royalism as a form of government.

However, Paine was not a bloodthirsty rebel. Taking an active role in the French Revolution, he served as a member of the National Convention and there opposed the execution of the Louis XVI, favoring instead sending the King into permanent exile. This earned him the enmity of Robespierre, who had Paine imprisoned and sentenced to death. There are many different stories about how Paine escaped the guillotine.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:43 AM
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6. Of course, Repubs think he's just a Paine in the Ashcroft (nt)
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:43 PM
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7. Kick
Strike a blow for democracy!!
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