1. The discussion on the "Yes/No" vote in Scotland is opening up to a larger forum that includes other countries (including the USA with its Texas zealots) courting similar expressions of secession. In my opinion, each current example has some merit, and needs to be based on matters of the wallet besides the obvious matter of emotions of the heart. However, if Texas wants to go...let them (only keeding):
2. Charles Blow attempts to put into perspective a path for us to get on a war footing again. All I can say is that I hope we have learned from our mistakes. Two of those mistakes are still living with us - one is a goofy former college cheer leader (a career path he should have stayed with), and the other is some Bozo who lives up in Montana or Wyoming who shoots the faces of his hunting partners. The other realities need to be remembered as we plod through this minefield:
I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman, and I don't ever want to be one. I am a Scotsman! I was a Scotsman and I will always be one.
-- Sean Connery