Your Morning Cup of Links

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition is to feature more than 75 portraits by Pablo Picasso, some of which have never been seen in the UK.

The tears of stupid people sustain me

Latest espionage scandal reveals our Navy is deeply troubled and failing in its basic national security mission.

Your tax dollars at work

CNN met two deserters in Helmand whose stories show the breadth of the problem, who have taken their skills — months of U.S. taxpayer-funded training — to the Taliban. “I did 18 months of army training and took an oath to serve this country,” one deserter said. “But the situation changed. The army let us down, so we had to come to the Taliban, who treat us like guests.” The two men still had their old uniforms, army IDs, and even the bank cards they used to withdraw their official wages. “I decided to leave the army when my dead and injured comrades lay in our base, and nobody took them to hospital. My army training is very useful now, as I am training Taliban fighters with the same knowledge.”

I’m generally against the extrajudicial drone-killing of expat Americans, but I might make an exception here.

Holy shit this sounds awful. This embarrassment of a writer should be strung up in the town square.

It has the passive-aggressive Liz Bennet proposing to Darcy that they have “hate sex,” and her sister Jane falling in love with Chip Bingley, who is the star of a reality show called “Eligible” (think “The Bachelor”). Much to their bigoted mother’s dismay, their younger sister Lydia elopes with a transgender man, and another sister, Kitty, begins dating the black real estate agent who is selling their house.

This kind of stuff is why I thank god every day we don’t have a direct democracy.

YES

The cephalopod version of “Shawshank Redemption,” starring “Inky”

Russia continues to fuck with us because they know there will be no price to pay with President Weakling in office.

The hypocrisy of these companies and celebrities is just incredible. Such morons.

Just take Jackson off the $20, for fuck’s sake. This isn’t hard. This is so dumb.

The classic answer of a non-Christian. I mean, I’m a nonbeliever, but I’m pretty sure that is the worst possible answer a Christian could give to that question.

It begins.

AMC immediately backtracked on this awful, awful idea, THANK GOD.

You’ll be shocked to learn that government is incompetent and bad at everything.

Wouldn’t surprise me.

Kasich is completely out of his mind.

Amazing essay in the WSJ about a middle-aged book collector in Mali who saved Timbuktu’s libraries and ancient collections from al Qaeda.

Churchill and socialism

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