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  1. lonecat commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    I have to disagree with your opinion of Toles’ artwork. He has a lovely supple line, and he’s great at simplifying an image to get at the essence. A little like the great Charles Barsotti. In my opinion, Toles is one of the best artists in the biz.

  2. lonecat commented on Tom Toles 3 days ago

    Another tantrum. Harley, start by distinguishing between weather and climate. That would be a good first step.

  3. lonecat commented on Signe Wilkinson 3 days ago

    I thought it was Howdy Doody.

  4. lonecat commented on Signe Wilkinson 3 days ago

    This cartoon is a cartoon, Signe should be ashamed.

  5. lonecat commented on Tom Toles 3 days ago

    Do you have evidence for your belief? Or do you just stamp your feet and say “it ain’t so ‘cause I say it ain’t so”? Tantrum science.

  6. lonecat commented on Gary Varvel 5 days ago

    Did Varvel borrow the car from Payne?

  7. lonecat commented on Glenn McCoy 5 days ago

    The best I can figure, Obama is probably in the clear legally. A lot of well respected legal scholars say that he has the legal authority to do this. There’s certainly no basis for impeachment, and probably no basis for anything except grumbling. Politically, that’s another question. We will have to see how it plays out. But it’s important to remember that the political precedent he establishes here could be used by a Republican president in the future in ways that liberals may not like.
    No two historical situations are the same, but I am reminded that part of the reason that the Roman Republic was replaced by the Principate was that the senatorial form of government was not able to respond to changing political situations, particularly the growth of imperial possessions. I fear that the political institutions of the US are not responding well to the challenges that they are facing. In addition, the conflict between the political groupings in the Roman Republic got out of hand, until Caesar felt that he had no recourse but revolution. Things are different now — for instance, politicians today don’t have the more or less private armies that Caesar and Pompey had — but still the bitterness of the political conflicts now is very disturbing. These calls for impeachment are not wise.

  8. lonecat commented on Mike Luckovich 5 days ago

    I tried to make it clear that I’m not talking about Cosby and the women who are making charges against him, I’m talking about all the women out there who have been assaulted and all the men who somehow feel that they have the right to interfere with another person’s body. It’s not just the famous and powerful who feel that way. Rape and sexual assault are simply unacceptable, and all men have to know that and feel that.

  9. lonecat commented on Tom Toles 5 days ago

    I’m not sure where I stand on this one. There are complicated legal and political issues here, and they don’t all point the same direction. I do worry that the presidency can get too imperial, and the danger is greatest when there is some reasonable ground for extending the power of the presidency, as there is here. If there were no possible legal grounds for this order, then there would be less to worry about. I hope that makes sense. Here is some of what the New York Times said this morning:
    In an acknowledgment of the difficult questions of law and executive power Mr. Obama is raising with his action, the White House took the unusual step Thursday night of releasing the formal, 33-page Justice Department memo detailing the action’s legal underpinnings. Such internal legal opinions are seldom revealed to the public.
    The memo, White House officials and a broad array of legal experts assert that the president’s directive, announced Thursday night in a prime-time address to the nation, rests on firm legal ground.
    As chief executive, they say, Mr. Obama has virtually unfettered “prosecutorial discretion” to decide when he will or will not prosecute criminal infractions.
    They also say that because Congress does not appropriate nearly enough money to deport all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States, the president is obligated to choose whom he deports, so he cannot reasonably be accused of usurping lawmakers’ authority or failing to execute the law.
    “The key is that the president’s actions will still leave millions of undocumented immigrants to go after, and that will be with resources appropriated by Congress that still make barely a dent in the remaining population,” said Stephen H. Legomsky, a Washington University law school professor who was chief counsel of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2011 to 2013.
    The White House also released a letter Thursday night signed by 10 of the nation’s top legal and constitutional scholars, including Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard, a noted liberal, and Eric Posner of the University of Chicago, a conservative, that called the new policy “lawful” and “within the power of the executive branch.”
    Still, some lawyers critical of Mr. Obama argue that by publicly grouping a large number of undocumented immigrants who are not subject to American law and granting them a special status, the president has gone far beyond the limits of prosecutorial discretion and crossed the line into legislative fiat.
    “This action certainly looks a lot more like, ‘I’m changing the rules of the game,’ rather than ‘I’m just choosing not to exercise my discretion,’ and that runs counter to Congress’s power to decide what the law is,” said Shannen W. Coffin, who in the George W. Bush administration was a Justice Department lawyer and then counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney. “It’s highly questionable as a constitutional matter.”
    David A. Martin, a University of Virginia law professor who was a counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in 2009 and 2010, said that beyond the question of whether Mr. Obama was staying within the bounds of his power, the bigger problem for the future was one of precedent. Even if his directive is legally defensible, Mr. Martin said, Mr. Obama may be paving the way for future Republican presidents to act similarly to contravene laws that Democrats cherish.
    “It is problematic if presidents can just make major inroads in programs that Congress has enacted and funded,” he said.

  10. lonecat commented on Jeff Stahler 6 days ago

    Cora, I can’t predict what you’ll be doing in 3 or 4 days, but I can predict what you’ll be doing in 100 years. And by the way, the oceans have risen.