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  1. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Jeff Danziger about 14 hours ago

    Of course the previous 8 years of Rethuglican stupidity were sooooo much better. (Plus Obama was a disappointment because he kept on doing so much of the same, not as bad, but…)

  2. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on For Better or For Worse about 14 hours ago

    I once saw someone dressed as an ‘after’ John the Baptist rather like this.

  3. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 days ago

    Brain: Or in extreme cases (i.e. all the time) Faux ‘News’.

  4. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Calvin and Hobbes 9 days ago

    All that’s in my heart is blood…

  5. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Arlo and Janis 13 days ago

    Return to Vespucciland
    On:2003-10-17
    http://howlandbolton.com/essays/read_more.php?sid=18

    Columbus, of course, didn’t discover America: he didn’t intend to discover America, didn’t think he had discovered America and most decidedly wasn’t even the first European to reach America. So naturally we just celebrated Columbus Day—-presumably to help him get over the awful misery of his triple disappointment.
     
     

    Not only that, but it has just been revealed that, as is usual with almost anything that is widely accepted as an historical fact, the widely accepted derivation of the name “America” is utterly, utterly wrong. A couple of years ago a very sensible (by which I of course mean English) chap called Rodney Broome proved that all that rubbish about Amerigo Vespucci is way off—and I for one greet the news with glee, I mean I’ve never been completely happy referring to the States as “Vespucciland” but the alternative of calling them by his first name when I’ve never even seen the man, let alone been introduced to him, seems much too familiar. I mean to me, saying “America,” which doesn’t even get his first name right, sounds like I’m being rude and trying to be a bit more authentic by saying “Ameriga” sounds like I’m being rude and have bad a cold.
     
    Given these awful alternatives I am so happy to learn that the name “America” was actually applied to this continent (probably well before Columbus didn’t discover it) by merchants from the city of Bristol in the west of England as a compliment to a fellow merchant of Welsh extraction. And I’m absolutely delighted to hear that with absolute propriety they used his surname!
    Yes you can forget all that first-name-basis-bloody-casual-pretending-to-be-“jest-friendly-’Mercans” stuff, and pull your socks up and learn to be a bit more formal from now on, because America was not established as a continent on a first name basis but instead was named for the Anglo-Cymric Richard Amerike (or as his ancestors would probably have said in Welsh ‘Ap Merric look you’) using his last name. And (the gilt on the gingerbread), even though the continent didn’t use it, he did have a decent first name! Since Amerike apparently directly financed John Cabot’s voyage of discovery, America it turns out celebrates and commemorates one of it’s first financial backers rather than just someone who merely scribbled something on a map. Now that (considering the traditionally business friendly atmosphere here) is what I call appropriate.
     
    Oh! and before you start getting all PC at me, tut-tuting about my use of the word “discovery”, let me reassure you that discovery is essentially a European activity. Peoples have been wandering all over the world being the first to do something, or go somewhere, probably as long as there have been people, however it is a purely European weirdness to then go around claiming that you did it first and that your dad can beat up the other guy’s dad. Note, for example, that the most important act in the claim that Columbus discovered America was the printing and wide dissemination of a letter claiming that he’d done it and that his dad could beat up anyone else’s dad. And poor Richard Amerike missed out because the Bristol merchants didn’t print and widely disseminate anything claiming that they had ever done anything nor that their dads could beat up anyone
     
    Cheerio for now
    from
    Richard Howland-Bolton

  6. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 14 days ago

    …or else the unpaved roads there are REALLY wide?

  7. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on New Adventures of Queen Victoria 14 days ago

    gmartin
    Shouldn’t that be ‘pabbatical’?

  8. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 15 days ago

    Bit like ‘Mission accomplished’

  9. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Rose is Rose 16 days ago

    Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle,
    Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi
    Et le vent du nord les emporte
    Dans la nuit froide de l’oubli. – See more at: http://ellenjohnson.net/ellens_notes/autumn_leaves#sthash.3X163HN5.dpuf

  10. richardelguru GoComics Pro Member commented on Jeff Danziger 18 days ago

    I always get those two confused with RuPaul!