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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 7 hours ago on Steve Benson

    Has anyone else noticed that one of our most persistent and obnoxious trolls keeps changing its screen name? Probably because it keeps getting banned under the previous one.

  2. about 7 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    Anyone feeling nostalgic for Bill O’Reilly yet? No, me neither, but this should serve as a warning to those who still fall back on the hope that “it can’t get any worse than this.”

  3. about 8 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    I ran across an interesting phrase yesterday: “stochastic terrorism”, explained thus: “Stochastic terrorism is inciting violence through rhetoric, but not explicitly. Instead, stochastic terrorism foments violence with implicit calls to arms and dog whistles, knowing that someone in the audience will eventually execute the implicit call. So the violence is ‘statistically predictable but individually unpredictable’, and, importantly, the speaker can plausibly deny any connection to the bloodshed.”

  4. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    And every single day, 7 days a week. I couldn’t crank out one of these that good if you gave me all year. Hell, I couldn’t draw a stick figure if you gave me a ruler and spotted me the head.

  5. 2 days ago on Steve Benson

    Not that I’d ever advocate this myself, but I kinda got a bang out of the counter-cultural sentiment “prosecutors will be violated”.

  6. 2 days ago on Non Sequitur

    “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”

    Obviously, how one of these gals plays the game is to win.

  7. 2 days ago on Monty

    This hide-and-go tactic was also a recent theme on “Non Sequitur”.

  8. 2 days ago on La Cucaracha

    Quick geography quiz: Which Canadian provinces border the Great Lakes?

  9. 2 days ago on Frazz

    How about exercise bicycles? Ever seen anyone using one of those? I understand you can find used ones that have already been thru 3-4 owners and still look practically brand new.

  10. 2 days ago on Frank and Ernest

    Back when I was a history major, I was privileged to see a draft copy of the 10 Commandments, with pencilled notations in God’s own handwriting in the margins. Seems the Big Guy was undecided until the very last moment whether to go with “Thou shalt treat women and dark-skinned people as equals.” but finally decided to devote that particular slot to the vexatious and insidious problem of graven images.