"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Birthdays Today

Wake up, America!   It's John Philip Sousa's birthday!

It's also the movie director Mike Nichols' birthday, born in 1931.   Nichols' best work was probably The Graduate, which launched the career of Dustin Hoffman.   Here's the great scene at the end when Hoffman's character breaks up the wedding of Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine:

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