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You may have heard that actor Bill Paxton died this weekend at the young age of 61. To many of us in the weather community, he will be remembered as the daring storm chaser in the movie “Twister.” For a brief moment in 1996, he made it cool to be a weather geek. Rest in peace, Mr. Paxton.

Each year cartoonists all over the country submit twelve samples of their published cartoons and hope that they get picked for an award or two. Pathetic losers. You can almost smell their desperation. In a totally unrelated matter, here are twelve cartoons that I selected, for no apparent reason and certainly not in any hope of winning something as shallow and self-serving as a cartoon award. Sheesh. All members of the National Cartoonists Society vote on the winners of this and other categories, which makes it really expensive when it comes to bribes.

Humiliation: To be ashamed or embarrassed. (Merriam Webster) Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein) Hum-anity: To be ashamed or embarrassed over and over again and expect different results. (Bacon) Once again, it is my annual opportunity to wallow in self pity and loathing by submitting cartoons to the National Cartoonists Society for award consideration. Here are the twelve Workfarce cartoons that got sent in for 2016 (online category). Next: Newspaper panel cartoon category (Broadside and Greenside)

Men and women have had entire careers – joined the Navy and retired after 30 years – within the time we have been married. At thirty-two years of marriage, we are officially lifers now. It is my true belief that no one knows who he or she is marrying. We all have our game faces on for at least a year before our true selves begin to emerge. It is then that we come to see whether (a) we married the right person, or (b) we didn’t. I did, and she just keeps getting better. We lived in eleven different…

What do they have in common? Holy cow, they will all be in Boise this weekend for the Guardian Ball (December 3rd) to raise money in support of wounded and injured veterans pursuing careers! GUARDIAN Paul Combs, a real life firefighter blessed with unfair supernatural talent, has drawn an original piece of art he calls GUARDIAN as a tip of the hat to the Wyakin Foundation, since Wyakin is a Native American term meaning Guardian Spirit. RAT FINK Any motor head or drag racing fan knows Rat Fink art. Originally created in the 1950s by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth as…

In May of this year, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Charlie Keating IV was killed in northern Iraq when his quick reaction force confronted over a hundred ISIS fighters who were threatening to overwhelm a small American advise-and-assist team and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces it was supporting. A US Naval Institute article from May 4, 2016 describes the scene: “The U.S. advise-and-assist team – composed of fewer than a dozen U.S. troops — was in the town of Tel Askuf when the force of more than 120 ISIS fighters pushed into the area. The ISIS force was made up…

My father was a World War II veteran, an experience that he credited for changing his life for the better. A high school dropout and part time troublemaker, he joined the Navy two days before his 18th birthday, on June 6, 1944. D-Day. He loved the Navy until the day he died, marrying his beautiful bride on the same day ten years later in Emporia, Kansas, the town where Veterans Day was first created, and where my mother and brother (and family) still live. One of my father’s favorite songs was Amazing Grace. It was played during his memorial service…

(If you haven’t seen the video at the top of the page, take five minutes and watch it.) “On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the resolution to establish two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. This date marks the official formation of the Continental Marines.” 1st Commandant: Major Samuel Nicholas (1775-1783) From its founding days before the Revolution to today’s ongoing operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other deadly places around the world, the Marine Corps has unblinkingly answered the clarion call whenever the nation needed protectors. More than those serving in…

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