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(Washington Post)   "Temporary" Navy Annex building across from the Pentagon to be torn down after only 70 years   ( divider line
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2013-01-07 10:53:31 PM  
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"I remember the old annex... When I visited, I wore an onion on my belt (which was the style at the time). Now, back when the annex was built, the Pentagon only had 4 sides on account of the war rationing..."
2013-01-07 09:33:37 AM  
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"The old joke is there's nothing in Washington as permanent as a temporary building," said G. Martin Moeller Jr., senior curator at the National Building Museum.

There is a "National Building Museum"! How the Fark do they get the buildings in the museum?
2013-01-07 09:23:43 AM  
2 votes:
ZAZ: Oldiron_79

The "Spanish American War phone tax" story is complicated. The short version is you're not likely to be paying any such tax. The tax was repealed after the war ended. Then a similar tax was enacted around WW1, repealed, reinstated, altered, and almost but not quite phased out.

It may still be true that you would have to pay a tax on long distance calls that are billed based on distance called. However, your long distance plan doesn't work that way (it's "minutes", not "mile-minutes"). And it's more of a WW2 tax than a Spanish-American War tax, because it has only been continuously in effect for about 80 years.

Well S.A.W. phone tax may not be the best example but the Civil war beer tax and the revolutionary war liquor taxes are good examples. I've done my part to make sure we have funds to fight the redcoats.
2013-01-07 08:54:05 AM  
2 votes:
When I attended the Staff NCO Academy at Quantico they hauled us all down to HQMC to talk to our MOS monitors or as I referred to him: the SOB who sent me to Drill Instructor duty.

We kind of expected the Headquaters of the Marine Corps to be some Ivory palace type structure instead of a temporary building that it shared with some other services.. I heard the Commandant at least had a corner office though.

And I got to listen to my monitor talk to me about needs of the service, good for my career blah, blah blah.-bastard.
2013-01-07 03:38:42 PM  
1 vote:
Occupants at the annex dismissed warnings to prepare to vacate the property by the end of 2011. But those warnings became heeded after food service was cut off.

WTF! Exactly how does our government operate? You had to starve them out?
2013-01-07 10:46:52 AM  
1 vote:
Talking to my Dad, I find that his uncle, him, my older brother, and I all had worked there at one time or another.

My Gunnery Sergeant brother and I were there at the same time for a while. I (as a 1LT, then Captain) used to get the secretary at his office to call me when he went out for lunch, so I could bump into him and get a salute from my big brother.

Kinda sad, kinda glad to see it go.
2013-01-07 10:44:25 AM  
1 vote:
Brings to mind what I was told is an old English saying:

In America, 100 years is a long time and in England, 100 miles is a long distance.
2013-01-07 09:30:33 AM  
1 vote:
Workers overheard saying things like, "I'm going to turn a military building into a graveyard!" may or may not have been sent to a secret prison.
2013-01-07 08:56:19 AM  
1 vote:
OK but we have to match the cost of demolition with cuts in disaster relief spending.
2013-01-07 08:55:17 AM  
1 vote:

Linux_Yes: now THAT my friends, is permanent.

It was a rider on the NASCAR pork loophole in the fiscal cliff bail out blowjob we all got from congress.
2013-01-07 03:13:39 AM  
1 vote:
You are forgiven, Lsherm.  Go, and sin no more.
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