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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.

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  1. about 5 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    Do you suppose the whackadoodle Christian nationalists will come out of the woodwork to lament that God is punishing Florida for DeSantis? Because they were always real quick to chalk up previous disasters to other things that we sinners were doing wrong, like having abortions, supporting evolution, and eliminating prayer in schools. “This is God’s punishment for our evil-doing!”, they would always thunder from on high. How consistent are they going to be this time? Or are they going to do the ol’ soft shoe and claim it’s because the Buccaneers lost to the Packers last week?

  2. about 5 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    While the media have been all about the stolen documents being classified, that wasn’t the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s charges. They limited themselves to the theft of property that didn’t belong to him. Now I suppose they can add a few more charges based on his refusal to cooperate with getting them returned to their rightful owners and lying about it.

  3. about 5 hours ago on Monty

    Interesting that the beam in Panel 1 is emanating at an angle from the pointer. Must have been a supply-chain problem somewhere upstream in the manufacturing cycle.

  4. about 8 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

     a group decides to not stand against evil then they have joined it.

    I disagree. People are responsible for their own actions, not the actions of others. For instance, I deplore the way women are being treated in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan or the way the Uyghurs are being treated in Xinjiang, and I’m a resident of the same planet they are. According to you, I’m responsible for their oppression because I haven’t taken up arms against their oppressors and am in fact one of them. I utterly reject the notion.

    But, since you’re the one with such stupendously high moral standards, when did you serve your tours of duty in Saudi Arabia or China? Or maybe you’re writing to us from there right now, hm?

  5. about 16 hours ago on Monty

    The officer approached the little old lady driving the brown sedan and asked if she knew how fast she’d been going.

    “Oh, yes, officer, I always go right at the posted speed limit, no more, no less. So I was doing exactly 22.”

    “Ma’m, that’s not the speed limit, that’s the highway number. The speed limit here is 65. And, by the way, what’s wrong with all your passengers? They’re just sitting there quivering.”

    “I honestly don’t know, officer, they’ve been like that ever since we got onto that road we just turned off of.”

    “You mean Route 129?”

  6. about 17 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

     I really doubt Russians will ever engage in an armed rebellion.

    My exact point in response to the idea about the Russian people that “they let this happen”, as if there were a dåmn thing they could’ve done about it. If they were ever going to rise up in rebellion, this would be the time to do it, but they’re too beaten down to even entertain the idea.

  7. about 19 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    It’s easy to be so cavalier about the starvation, persecution, tortures, and deaths that other people would have to go thru to stand up to dictatorships in their own countries when you’re relatively safe from all of that in your own, but it’s downright offensive to leap from there to the conclusion that they must therefore be entirely supportive of their own oppression. I’m pretty sure Anne Frank wasn’t waving a swastika flag in celebration when the German army marched into Amsterdam.

  8. about 19 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    Fleeing in terror is not exactly the same as an armed rebellion, tho, is it?

  9. 1 day ago on Mike Luckovich

    With the exception of a half-hearted attempt at democratic rule that lasted about 6 months a century ago, Russians have always been under the thumb of some kind of dictator. It’s not as if they “let” it happen; they’re largely powerless to prevent anything from happening.

    If there were ever a fine time for the eastern regions to rise up in rebellion, it would be now, when most of the Russian army is bogged down in the west, but there’s nary a glimmer of it happening.

  10. 1 day ago on Monty

    Sign in physics lab: “Do not look into laser beam with remaining eye”