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  1. RWJAMES commented on For Better or For Worse about 19 hours ago

    “Most men have a lot more concern for other people than Lynn would have us believe.”
    Which is why divorce rates are at an all-time low. Oh, wait…

  2. RWJAMES commented on Truth Facts 3 days ago

    If your Mom really loved you, she would have trimmed the crust.

  3. RWJAMES commented on Luann 17 days ago

    It will be interesting to see how Evans deals with the more prosaic aspects of this arc – such as where will Gunther live when he gets to Peru? Rosa’s uncle can be reasonably expected to house her, but would he have the space (or inclination) to do so for a little gringo boyfriend who shows up uninvited?
    Nor is it likely they will just shack up. Not only are they not ready for such a step, it is unlikely Rosa’s family would tolerate it. They are no doubt already at or near the limits of what they will accept from her, due to her decision to blow off Yale; I cannot see her parents (or her uncle acting in loco parentis) to condone her cohabiting with Gunther, in which case her clinic job and means of support may vanish, forcing her to return home (and go to Mooney Uni, perhaps?).

  4. RWJAMES commented on Luann 17 days ago

    “Gunther could learn to become his own person at Moony Uni, of course.”
    Theoretically, yes… but, being Gunther, it is far more likely he would just become an older and not-too-different version of the person he already is.

  5. RWJAMES commented on Pearls Before Swine 19 days ago

    We won’t even mention her brothers, Mitch and Chuck.

  6. RWJAMES commented on Non Sequitur 19 days ago

    “Once Newspapers had to cut space, the full story with both angles was lost”
    Really? When was this mythical time when newspapers routinely offered more than one perspective on a story?
    As far back as there have been newspapers, those papers have had editorial positions that defined which stories were covered and how they were covered. Even a casual glance reveals that Pulitzer and Hearst were no less ideologically driven than Rupert Murdoch, so I ask you again… when have newspapers ever presented ’the full story"?

  7. RWJAMES commented on Doonesbury 19 days ago

    Yo, Duke, if you need a last minute fill in, I’m pretty sure Zonker still qualifies.

  8. RWJAMES commented on Candorville 19 days ago

    Found it in Clarence’s pocket, no doubt.

  9. RWJAMES commented on Doonesbury 24 days ago

    It is refreshing to read balanced and temperate commentary on an emotionally-charged and often factually-challenged subject.
    I know it is an old argument, but I still cannot, for the life of me, understand why weapons are not treated more like cars.
    To operate a car, one must register the vehicle and purchase insurance to protect the public against any damages caused its use. I am unaware of any jurisdiction that requires gun owners to carry public liability insurance.
    Many jurisdictions require drivers to present their vehicle for periodic inspections to ensure it is still road-worthy and that its continued operation does not endanger the public. Again, gun owners get a pass.
    Every jurisdiction I know of requires would-be drivers to pass a written test proving they have a working knowledge of the laws governing vehicle use, and a practical examination to prove they are capable of operating the vehicle in a safe and responsible manner; some even require new drivers to undergo compulsory driver training. Again, there is no comparable universal laws for gun owners.
    Finally, having a Class 5 licence allows one to drive a passenger car truck, but not a motorcycle or an 18-wheeler, because safely operating the latter two requires entirely different skill sets. Single-shot 22 calibre target pistols, semi-automatic handguns, high-calibre hunting rifles and pump action shotguns all have different characteristics and requires different skills to operate safely, so why do they not require different classes of gun licence?
    Neither draconian restrictions nor libertarian posturing are going to resolve the problems that currently accompany gun ownership and usage. If one accepts that guns are simply not going to go away, then the only rational thing to do is to regulate them in a manner that is consistent with how we regulate other dangerous items – like cars.

  10. RWJAMES commented on Doonesbury 26 days ago

    “And that is not a false charge of padding an
    expense ??”
    No. It is an historically accurate account of Revere’s actions, preceded by a (slightly snarky) synopsis of how the man and his actions have been popularly portrayed.
    Actually, Revere originally billed 11 pounds 1 shilling, but the colony paid him only 10 pounds 4 shillings – or roughly the equivalent of three months’ wages for the average American.
    Did Massachusetts reduce the original amount because they thought Revere had padded the bill? One might think so, but I certainly do not make that claim.
    I have nothing against Revere; on the contrary, I believe his actions were both heroic and patriotic. My problem is with revisionists who insist on whitewashing history and presenting mere mortals as demi-gods.
    The US founding fathers were only men, and had (individually and collectively) all the faults, flaws and shortcomings that implies, and acknowledging that does not diminish their accomplishments.
    Why does the truth frighten and offend you so?