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The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder

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  1. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 28 days ago

    So what? It’s still wrong. Corporations are not persons and have no right to spend money in politics, period. The CItizens United and McCutcheon decisions are proof of a court majority that is so ideologically biased as to be incompetent. No person operating rationally could buy they were making.

  2. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall about 1 month ago

    Obviously both are wrong if they say anything like that. Irrespective of correlation or causation, the idea that people don’t knowingly do useless, indeed harmful, things over and over again is contrary to everything we observe about people. And I don’t keep up on such things, so I may be confusing one charlatan with another, but wasn’t Skinner discredited by the establishment decades ago?

  3. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall about 1 month ago

    I can’t imgine where you get the weird notion that “[b]ehavior that has utility is repeated. [b]ehavior that has no utility is reduced.” You must not know very many humans beings. Human history and the life experience of everyone I’ve ever known have been composed almost entirely of counterexamples.

    And torture has almost never been useful for getting to meaningful information, only for getting confessions when it didn’t matter to the torturers whether the person who confessed was guilty or not as long as someone confessed. One reason people keep doing it even though they know it is of no other practical utility is that it’s apparently a lot of fun for some people. Cavemen, apparently, as you yourself note.

    A friend of mine who worked in military counterintelligence in Europe after the war once told me that the US got many times more information without ever using torture than anyone else who did (e.g. the French). It was readily understood at the time that all you get by torturing people was whatever they thought you wanted to hear. Just as it was during the Inquisition.

    And the effectiveness of torture should be a completely moot point to any person who is aware that it is morally impermissible beyond any debate. I do not believe that you are such a person.

  4. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall about 1 month ago

    US law prohibiting torture is written in such a way as to place Mr. Obama and his Justice Dept. in clear violation of law by his refusal to prosecute Mr. Bush and others in his administration. Given this, along with the Obama administration’s own torture, his murder-by-drone of US citizens, and his illegal mass surveillance of US citizens, there are enough high crimes and misdemeanors for several counts of impeachment.

  5. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 5 months ago

    Yeah, mine too. That was the best thing in that movie.

  6. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tony Auth 5 months ago

    It costs two to five times as much to execute someone as to imprison him for life. There is no way to reduce that cost without grave risk of executing even more innocent people than we already do. If cost is your concern, then you’re for abolishing the death penalty.

  7. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 5 months ago

    Among child sexual abusers, clergy (of all kinds) are not especially high on the list. I believe they’re seventh, after such figures as stepfather, natural father, other male relative, female relative, and so on. Not that that makes it okay. But the way the media have been covering the issue is pretty clearly distorted by a longstanding institutional anti-Catholic bias.

  8. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Mike Luckovich 5 months ago

    Right. In point of fact, you can’t have a democracy without a confiscatory inheritance tax.

  9. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 5 months ago

    Unbelievable. People are still debating this? Where have you been for the past forty years? It is now a matter of settled and uncontroversial history: the hippies were right.

  10. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Jeff Danziger 6 months ago

    I don’t understand this cartoon. Why are union representatives being depicted as mafiosi? Is that the intention?