Child:  There was the World War I generation, the World War II generation, the Viet Nam War generation.  What generation is this?  Father:  The Perpetual War Generation.


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Steel-plated self indulgence.

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen apparently doesn’t get everything he wants – at least not yet.

A Soviet Scud surface-to-surface missile was a no-problem purchase for him at $349,000. A rusty and inoperable Cold War-era M55 self-propelled howitzer was a comparable bargain at $45,000.

But when it came to an authentic Panzer IV, a World War II-era German tank, Allen, an avid collector of historical military planes and other equipment, has had to go to court in Redwood City, even after paying $2.5 million for it.

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Groomzilla.

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Mark Fiore.

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H. L. Mencken:

Whenever ‘A’ attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon ‘B’, ‘A’ is most likely a scoundrel.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Vincas

We have had very few butterflies this year. According to my local rag (I can’t find the story now), the screwy weather has had something to do with it–hard rains alternating with one- or two-week hot spells–but they are starting to appear.

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Mark Sanford facebooks his Republican Family Values (follow the link for even more Republican Family Values):

The ex–South Carolina governor and current congressman, Appalachian Trail hiker, and perpetual seeker has written a 2,375-word Facebook post about his latest legal battle with ex-wife Jenny Sanford. Its tone, if not its exact content, will be familiar to anyone who has ever heard a middle-aged man self-righteously complain about what a mean, nasty lady his former spouse is, so feel totally free to ignore it on this beautiful Friday afternoon. Really, the only interesting thing in Sanford’s status update is the news that he has broken off his engagement with María Belén Chapur, the Argentine “soul mate” for whom he (in)famously left Jenny and the governorship of South Carolina in 2009.

No self-awareness, no self-awareness whatsoever.

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This is brilliant.

Via the Daily Banter.

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Tony Norman reminds us that war is not a video game. A nugget (emphasis added).

More than 70 percent of Americans are in favor of military action against the movement known as the Islamic State, but they’re not in favor of deploying ground troops. We don’t mind raining death from the skies, either by bombing the enemy the old-fashioned way or with drones dropping hell-fire missiles, but there’s no appetite for military occupation except in the craziest nether regions of the Republican Party.

We want the killing done as antiseptically as possible and with a minimum of American casualties. In other words, we want another of those “magic” wars we never seem to get. They elude us no matter how much our leaders assure us that we’re entitled to conflicts with a minimum of fuss when they’re laying out the rationale for open-ended bombing campaigns. We don’t even have to know how to find on a map the countries we plan to bomb. All we need to bring to the table is fear — and the more of it, the better.

There is no such thing in war as a “surgical strike.”

Also see George Smith on fear.

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Teacher shakes out bag, gun falls to desk and shoots kid.  Prinicpal says,

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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Birds of a feather.

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Robert Green Ingersoll:

To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.

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Thom explores why persons buy into conspiracy theories.

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Be polite at work and school, especially if they are the same place.

Officials say a Utah teacher is in good condition after accidentally shooting herself in the leg with a concealed firearm in a faculty bathroom at the elementary school where she works.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley says the gun went off while the woman was in a faculty restroom shortly before class started Thursday at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville.

Too stupid to have a gun, too stupid to teach.

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Cartoon:  Number of Texas voters without photo ID :  More than 600,000.  Number of alledged instances of voter fraud in Texas in the last two general elections:  4.  Caption:  What's wrong with this picture?

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