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No vets on the presidential tickets for the first time since FDR ran against Hoover

John Wilkens points out something I hadn't realized: "It's the first time in 80 years that there are no veterans on either major-party ticket for the White House. The last time it happened, in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover."

And even then, FDR had served as assistant Navy secretary, leading him to identify with that service even years later. I recall reading somewhere that he used to tease George Marshall by referring to the Navy as "us" and the Army as "them." 

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Israeli army bans song about border policeman from its radio station

The IDF has ordered that a song about a border policeman not be played on its radio, Haaretz reports. Some of the offensive lyrics:

To learn to kill is a matter of momentum, you start small and later it comes... First it's only a drill, a rifle barrel bangs the door, children in shock, family in panic... The heart goes crazy, beats wildly, he knows -- from now on it will be easier. They're not a man, not a woman, they're only an object, only a shadow. To learn to kill is a matter of habit... To learn cruelty is a matter of momentum, it starts out small and later it comes. Every boy is a man, eager for victories. Hands behind your head, legs apart.

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