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Richard S Russell Premium

A lefty (both senses) SF fan retired from a career in public service, currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, a state so wonderful people are willing to put up with the winters just to live here.

Recent Comments

  1. about 5 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    By “your” constitution, I infer that you are not a citizen of the United States but are nonetheless interested in telling Americans how to run their own government. How close did I come?

  2. about 9 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    Not according to the very US Constitution that they’re trying to subvert, they’re not. Is your disdain for the Constitution the equal of theirs?

  3. about 11 hours ago on La Cucaracha

    You might be interested in an early SF short story from E. M. Forster, “The Machine Stops”.

  4. about 12 hours ago on La Cucaracha

    Oh, you realist, you! A boy can dream, can’t he?

  5. about 13 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    I see that Decrepit Misanthrope has figured out a tactic to get his “I hate everything” rants promoted to the day’s featured comment: Replying to himself multiple times. I bet he spends a lot of time talking to himself in real life, too, because who else would want to spend any time around such a downer, depressive personality?

  6. about 13 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    Could it possibly be — just floating a trial balloon here — that de Maistre didn’t have quite the same insights into human nature as, say, Ben Franklin?

    “Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.” —Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American revolutionary, author, scientist, inventor, satirist, statesman, and rake

  7. about 13 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    And yet Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Roberts Boebert continue to use the surnames of their former husbands, who both divorced their looney-tunes, attention-grabbing wives.

  8. about 13 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    There are 14 Congressional Districts in Georgia. Even the residents of the other 13 refer to the 14th as the “Deliverance District”.

  9. about 13 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    I can tell you exactly why they shouldn’t be charged with treason. That was a charge that was royally abused by the British overlords who ruled the American colonies prior to 1776. They’d accuse somebody of treason for speaking ill of Mad King George and then haul his äss across the Atlantic to stand trial in England, alone and without any support. The fully justified resentment over that practice is why today we have provisions in the Constitution and Bill of Rights guaranteeing the rights to (a) be presumed innocent, (b) know the specific charges against you, © be tried by a jury of your peers (d) in the jurisdiction where the supposed offense occurred, (e) counsel, and (f) summon witnesses in your own defense. It’s also why the one and only crime specifically defined in the hard-to-amend Constitution is treason: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” (Article 3 Section 3)

    Furthermore, what war are we talking about? What “Enemies”? Only Congress can declare war, and the last time that happened wrapped up in 1945.

    So let’s not be flinging charges of “treason” around with such great abandon and so little thot, OK?

    Now, if you want to talk “insurrection”, that’s a whole different conversation.

  10. about 13 hours ago on La Cucaracha

    I’m still waiting for the flying cars.

    And commericial electrical power from nuclear fusion, something that’s always been “only 5 years off” for the last half century.