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  1. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    This reminds me of the time of the “Great Prediction” of 12/21/2012 that some people said was prophesized by the Mayans about the end of the world based on their calendar; i.e., the belief that the world would end due to a “convergence” of astronomical events (their twisted interpretations of what the Mayans really said was too ridiculous to go into here). There was even a movie based on this crazy theory, “2012.”

    I knew about one blogger who actually believed it. So after spouted on about the oncoming calamity of the end of the world, I asked him one question: “If you really think the world will end, can I have your car?”

    He never answered me.

  2. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 10 days ago

    leftwingpatriot,

    It’s not just in Pakistan; it’s common practice throughout the Islamic world. It even happens on occasion in the U.S., in the Muslim community.

  3. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 29 days ago

    The Fascists have won. Minorities have to shudder.

    Even the calendar seems to feel the shudder: today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht. (Look it up)

  4. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    Reagan was aware that he did have memory problems back in ’87 and probably earlier. After he left office, his staff would tell stories of how, in meetings, he would look quizzically at a staffer when he mentioned a name of a person or a policy issue that Reagan should easily have recognize.

  5. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 5 months ago

    LameRandomName,

    The Founding Fathers opted for limited government (Jeffersonian) but with a strong central authority (Hamiltonian). How did they do this? By installing the famous “checks and balances” among the three branches of government. THAT’S what Limited Government means…. not Small Government.

    The Founding Fathers had no illusions about the impulses of states to do their own thing (see: Secession), thus they empowered the federal government to override those impulses with powers outlined in the 7 Articles of the Constitution (see: Civil War).

    The Founding Fathers were not “libertarians.” They knew the country would evolve and so wrote the Constitution to guard against the very acts that caused states to seize power away from the federal government and give it to themselves (thus weakening the country and opening it up to conquest by Great Britain, France or even Spain). They wrote into the Constitution the authority for the federal government to wrest those powers back, by force if necessary. Thus, the Civil War.

    Taxes was another example. States could levy taxes amongst themselves as they will, even taxing those doing commerce across state lines. Since federal income taxes had to be apportioned equitably, income taxes were declared Unconstitutional. However, the Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution the means to amend it. So Congress followed the rule and passed to the states a Constitutional Amendment to make federal income taxes constitutional, which the states ratified – all according to the Constitution’s rules.

    Another example: slavery. Remember the Emancipation Proclamation? It freed slaves only in the “States in Rebellion,” not the slave states still in the Union: Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Delaware. Why? Because the Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court declared slavery as Constitutional, thus permitting slavery in any state. Dred Scott was still the law of the land when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery by making slavery unconstitutional.

    Brilliant system! Hats off to those Founding Fathers!!

    If only we had politicians like them today.

  6. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 5 months ago

    This story line is for the birds!……. wait…

  7. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 5 months ago

    The Bachman is likely extinct…… Michele, not the bird!

  8. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 6 months ago

    Bruno,

    The Twilight Zone episode you cite is my favorite: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

    It was also one of the first – if not the first – show on TV to be shown without any dialogue. Lots of sounds and musical score but no talking. Priceless!

  9. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 6 months ago

    Has there ever been another strip where Mike is seen smoking?

  10. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury about 1 year ago

    Love that sign on the last panel: “Urbane Home Companion.”
    A change from the other three panels.