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  1. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Endtown 20 days ago

    I’m about to make myself extremely unpopular.

    I am NOT condoning the Charlie Hedbo massacre. The perpetrators are the enemies of us all — of civilization itself. But in exercising their freedom, Charlie Hedbo opened themselves to what has happened.

    The world we live in is what it is, and it’s a dangerous place. It has in it a small but lethal minority, of all religions and persuasions, whose only thought and action is — in the words of Jeff Dunham’s Achmed the Dead Terrorist — “SILENCE! I KILL YOU!”

    Living in this world shouldn’t stop us from free speech and artistic expression, but it’s the height of naïveté to be shocked that there can be consequences…if you taunt a psychopath, you can only expect to be attacked as terribly as they know how.

    There are casualties in every war, and martyrs to every cause, and now Charlie Hedbo has joined their ranks.

  2. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 21 days ago

    An interesting notion – perhaps a lamb is a lion that’s gone vegetarian.

  3. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Endtown about 1 month ago

    Patreon.com did NOT make it easy — or maybe their web site just doesn’t play well with iOS! — but by golly, I did it and I’m on board. Go, Aaron!

  4. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 2 months ago

    Actually, the Q&A period has gone on for the last 3000 years or so. The ten commandments were statutary law, so to speak, but case law was needed to work out the day-to-day details — in fact Moses almost immediately had to appoint judges with the delegated authority to handle such things. Serious, deep, ongoing discussions produced the Talmud a thousand years or so later, and modern industrialization has kept rabbis busy ever since.

    Discussing the Bible, even humorously, works a lot better if yoou actually know what’s in it.

  5. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 5 months ago

    Seriously, there’s a good real-world name out there — the Washington Senators. So they were a baseball team; other cities have had teams in different sports with the same name. (New York Giants, for example.) And unlike Redskins, of either the Native American or spud variety, there actually ARE Senators in D.C., and comparing the performance of the politicians and the football team would make for endless sports-talk jokes.

  6. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 7 months ago

    Why? Really, why should it matter to anyone?

  7. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 7 months ago

    Ever read Plato’s “Republic”? He argues that medical care should be only for acute, temporary issues such as injuries. Long-term medical treatment of chronic illness is a drain on society for people who will never be fully “well”, and only maintains them in their suffering…Plato thought that it was kinder to let the chronically ill die and be done with it. Think of that as the flip side of today’s strip.

  8. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 7 months ago

    You want intelligence and stimulation on TV? Easy enough. Stop watching reality shows and such and switch to PBS, or BBC America — or even put on Comedy channel to catch “The Colbert Report”. You’ll feel your IQ go up a point for every minute you watch.

  9. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine about 2 years ago

    “No government employee, elected or not, pays any real taxes.” …Okay, I can’t let this one slide.
    I was a Federal government employee for 43 years, and I sure as hell paid “real” income and other taxes in every year of that. I imagine you could think of it, in your terms, as a tax on a tax — but one way or another, it’s not merely the bookkeeping sleight-of-hand you seem to think it is. As a taxpayer, part of my taxes went to pay my own paycheck, which gives me a headache just to think about.
    Your point 4 is simply incorrect, and not in a good way. A growing portion of every dollar used to pay government employees is “created” out of thin air by debt financing, not by direct taxation of the private sector. Will the private sector have to pay for it eventually? An interesting question, which no one has given hard thought to.
    A further fallacy is that “the government” is taken to be hermetically sealed off from the private sector. It isn’t. Government employees live, die, and spend money in the private sector — money taxed from the private sector is turned right around and spent in the private sector. When you get down to it, that’s the only that government can ever get anything done. (That, by the way, generates what we economists call a “multiplier effect”, stimulating the creation of more jobs and income. This, too, is not just ideological smoke and mirrors, but a real-world commonplace.)
    I’m not sure what you mean by your point 5, unless you’re trying to represent that government activity has no net “value added” to society — that it puts back only what it takes out, nothing more. Tell that to the people in the northeastern U.S. who will be receiving massive government assistance to recover from Hurricane Sandy. There are activities that are essential to the functioning of society, which government must perform because private individuals or businesses can’t, or won’t, even when performing them makes everybody better off…the fatal flaw in the usual laissez-faire, free-market prescription for everything that ails us.

  10. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on The Boondocks about 2 years ago

    I love how science fiction becomes fact in ways the writers never thought of, and we never even notice. Cell phones and bluetooth headsets? Star Trek communicators, of course. :)
    But I still want George Jetson’s flying car that folds up into an attaché case.