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  1. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 16 days ago

    Um, not yet by the date you saw it on the web.

  2. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 17 days ago

    Oh. Pardon my ignorance. I did not know that every thing in the U.S. economy is the same as in Sweden except for the minimum wage. To pick just the first thing that pops into my head (since I was a teacher), don’t you think the differences in education are terribly significant? Don’t you think there are dozens of significant differences between the countries? I don’t see how you can think that the different minimum wages can be provably connected to any other difference, unless your religious beliefs compel you to think so. As soon as someone tells you they can PROVE anything at a national level in Economics, you can be sure a religious point will follow. Regardless of whether they follow the Conservative or Progressive religion.

  3. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 17 days ago

    There’s a REASON why Economics is called the dismal science: conservatives can’t prove raising the minimum wage causes inflation any more than progressives can prove it doesn’t.

    It’s all a question of your religious belief. That’s what it’s called when you believe something is obvious when it can’t be proven.

  4. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 22 days ago

    Only 1/8th of Connecticut is the NY-expensive Greenwich County. The rest (like, say, New Haven) is pretty much run-down. I bet the commune house doesn’t stand out in its neighborhood. You don’t have to get more than a 25-minute walk from Yale to find a big house you can afford in a nasty neighborhood, or a 15-minute car ride to find one in a not-bad neighborhood.

  5. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    @wecatsgocomics, @wdgnas Didn’t GT take a hiatus, and return with much better-drawn strips? To the extent that people accused him of having a ghost-artist?

  6. jeffiekins commented on Luann about 1 month ago

    Let’s clear up a few misconceptions about Yale, shall we?

    “…then they can live in married student housing”

    Yale only has housing for married GRAD students.

    “…then she’ll be surrounded by brainy guys”

    Um, how many Yale students have you MET? Yes, there’s a higher percentage of “brainy” there than on the average street corner, but “surrounded”? No. They have lots of reasons why they accept students, and only one of them is “brainy.” (I had a friend on an Ivy admissions committee, who shared with me.)

    “She’s in the 1%”

    Like almost all the Ivies these days, the only people who can afford to go there are those with uncountable amounts of money, and those with none. If Rosa’s family is poor enough, pretty much all they;ll have to pay for is her transportation. It’s people who have some money and aren’t willing to give all of it to the school (i.e., almost all of us reading this) who can’t afford to go or send kids there.

  7. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    …If you’re too lazy (or think yourself too principled) to click, it basically says (better) what I’m saying above, and explains that, in a sensible world, there would be no debate about gay marriage because the government wouldn’t take a legal interest in marriage at all. Thus, last legal word on the subject would be: if you’re opposed to gay marriage, don’t have one.

  8. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    This whole unpleasantness was put on its inevitable course the moment The State started sanctioning marriages. Only in the last 250 years have there been ANY laws about marriages. Previously, it had been always either a business matter or religious matter, depending on the participants.

    Now there are >1,000 federal laws that have something to do with marital status. Is there a compelling State interest in this personal institution? I have never been invited to a State baptism, a State bar mitzvah or a State funeral (okay, a very slight exception here). These are private events, and the State, properly has no place in them. So why weddings?

    Here’s a good essay on this whole concept: http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/privatize-marriage

  9. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    …or, another way of putting it: You people are really reaching for some way to imprint your own politics onto the strip by using the fact that, years later, Mark turns out to be gay, even though it has no apparent relevance to today’s strip (and, realistically, GT had not yet even considered whether Mark might be gay by the time he wrote this strip).

  10. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    I am shocked, shocked that no-one has yet said anything about Mark’s vowing “to make this country great again.” Even un-caffeinated, I can think of about 100 different things I expected to see here as a result. Get on the stick, people! That line, coming from him, should have sparked a huge flame war by now. I demand my entertainment!