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June 13, 2011

Name: America's 1st Sgt.
Stationed in: Bahrain
Milblog: Castra Praetoria

Some notable quotes recently overheard within my sight and hearing:

"Selfish, stupid, and bad luck tend to go together."
Of course, those afflicted with this tend to be blind to the fact. It's usually someone else's fault.

"The world just needs a good apocalypse; preferably something I could survive."
There are always conditions aren't there?

"Politicians don't care about honor or integrity except roll playing them during elections. That kid in high school who joined every dorky club, ran for student council, and sucked up to every teacher, yet treated unpopular kids like they were invisible, didn't just die like we all hoped. They naturally slithered into a profession built on rewarding the ego: politics."
Overheard during the recent political posturing over the budget crisis.

"I pretty much hate them for their indifference to weight standards, customs and courtesies, and general ambivalence towards concepts like discipline."
I have no idea what this is about.

"You can't get into Valhalla with a vasectomy."
Part of a conversation between a Marine I know and his wife. They have five kids. I didn't stick around for the conclusion.

Semper Fi!


You know, that comment about the politicans struck home. That's what most of us think about politicians (yeah, me too). But it really can't be right, can it? I tend to use this rule of thumb: if the politician is well known, they're likely corrupt. Except the ones I like, of course.

All those reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from the Babylon 5 TV series: "Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you."

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