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The Wild Story of the Self-Castrated, Christian Soldier Who Killed Lincoln’s Assassin

Boston Corbett. Photograph by Mathew Brady/Library of Congress

Boston Corbett. Photograph by Mathew Brady/Library of Congress

Here’s your long, but interesting, read of the day, courtesy of Washingtonian. How much do you know about the guy who killed the guy who killed Abe Lincoln? His name was Boston Corbett. He was a soldier, a hat-maker, insanely religious (the Christian kind), and shares some interesting commonalities with Jack Ruby (the man who killed the man who killed JFK). Oh, and did I mention that he castrated himself? Well, he did — in response to his involuntary erection at the sight of some prostitutes.

Bill Jensen via Washingtonian:

The fire in the tobacco barn was starting to rage, and inside was the most wanted man in America: John Wilkes Booth, the traitor who had shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre 12 days earlier.

Nursing a broken leg, Booth had made it 73 miles to Port Royal, Virginia, with federal troops in pursuit.

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You Can Be A Patriot or a Profiteer…But You Can’t Be Both

This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012. Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us. Here’s the breakdown so far for this year: This week's announcement raises a fundamental question: Should people and companies be allowed to make huge profits from war? Even raising this question in today’s environment may seem trite, but we used to have different answers than those that prevail in modern-day Washington, D.C....
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