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  1. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 29 days ago

    If we have political trouble here in the United States — and we do — it’s our job to deal with it, and not run. Fortunately, the Donald will almost certainly be defeated — H.L.Mencken notwithstanding, it IS possible to lose public office by underestimating the intelligence of the great public. But even with the all-too-conservative Hillary Clinton as president, there will be MUCH work for us to do if we want to save the world.

  2. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 29 days ago

    Who performed the ceremony? The concept didn’t quite exist in ancient Greece. Oh, there was a lot of ritual around weddings, but there wasn’t an equivalent to the priest or minister in Christian weddings (most denominations). In fact, priests in ancient Greece were not in positions of power or authority. Weddings were handled by the families of bride and groom.

  3. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    The classic Lars from Mars story arc ran June 8-12, 2009. The dig at the RIght WingNuts on 2009-06-11 is about my favorite Nonsequitur:
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    Jeff: “Lars has an amazing ability to reach a conclusion based on facts and empirical observations … it’s what martians call The Power of Reason.”
    Danae: “You mean there’s no talk radio or cable news shows on Mars?”

  4. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Heart of the City about 1 month ago

    Yes, Mom is trying to teach “a lesson” — how awful!
    How far will she go? Enough for a “story arc”, I would say. But, I don’t see how this can go on for anything like 18 strips, though, as the “turtle” arc did.

  5. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    I remember a Rev. Will B. Dunn from the cartoon Kudzu. A rather sharp caricature of the Southern Baptist preacher. (The fellow who was the model for the character eventually became quite offended, and stopped speaking to the author.)

  6. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Calvin and Hobbes 2 months ago

    It is worth pointing out that many of the most despicable actions that men have committed were done in the name of some principle.

  7. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Calvin and Hobbes 2 months ago

    It’s rather conventional for comics about kids to slip in ideas, situations, and themes that are a little advanced for kids of that age.

  8. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 months ago

    and @ Egrayj :
    The point is that corporate power is so entrenched (metastasized ?) that it would be hard to remove it and keep the system working at all..
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    It’s not just that Congress is in their pay, it’s that at this point Congress simply couldn’t do the job without corporate lobbyists. And, of course, there are many ideologues in US politics who want it no other way.
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    That’s why some politicians call for (non-violent) revolution. The needed changes are that deep.

  9. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 months ago

    Congressmen today have little choice but to use this resource. Few congressional staff members have the level of expertise of the lobbyists, and when a staffer does obtain such knowledge, lobbyists will offer her 3 times her current pay to work for them.
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    Perhaps most important — corporate lobbying and the corporate media control the ideological world in which policy makers live. These are the people everyone in Washington talks to, so the majority comes to THINK in a pro-corporation manner.
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    It’s not just campaign donations.

  10. chassimmons GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 months ago

    I agree about the knowledge being shown here. It’s not that the extent of corporate power over Congress isn’t great, but it works differently from what most think.
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    Lobbyists are now policy makers’ main source of information and expertise. Two-thirds of congressional staffers admit they now depend on lobbyists for what they need to make legislative decisions. At this point, Congress and much of the executive branch might be unable to operate without lobbyists.