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  1. USN1977 commented on FoxTrot Classics about 10 hours ago

    If this is Peter’s attitude towards school, what will be his work ethic when he has to support himself as an adult?

  2. USN1977 commented on FoxTrot Classics 1 day ago

    Combined with Peter’s gluttony, the Foxes will be a family of diabetics.

  3. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 1 day ago

    It was evident from what he is saying that Michael knows nothing about farming, shepherding, sledging or police work. Dogs are used in those careers and have hard, dangerous jobs. Not to mention he is probably ignorant of the 1925 Serum Run to Nome.

  4. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    Michael was indeed punished for being a Peeping Tom. He got the same punishment John got from his family when he committed the same sin in his youth. John said he would not be hypocritical about that, whatever he got, Michael would get. As for using vulgarity and freshmouthing one’s superiors, it looks like whatever punishment John’s parents had for that when he was a kid, Michael is about to learn some family history firsthand.

  5. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 8 days ago

    When I got married, my father said I had obvious responsibilities to my bride and our posterity (future kids not yet born). He also reminded me that marriage is not forever, only until my funeral. :P

  6. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 9 days ago

    I saw a script for a sitcom where a Korean War veteran had been frozen solid. When thawed out, he still looked like a 30-something and behaved like a “50s dad”. One of the jokes would be if he would ever be able to remarry as girls today have very different ideas of love and relationships, or his old-fashioned ways might win over a jaded woman.

  7. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 11 days ago

    Elizabeth forgot her manners in the fifth panel. Everyone else in the family is using utensils and she is using her hands. Slurping is always rude. The root of the problem is not napkin use; it is lack of etiquette.

  8. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 11 days ago

    Sometimes the colors did not make sense, such as purple asphalt for the roads. Other times the characters had mismatched colors, such as Lawrence, who was shown throughout the strip with skin tones that ranged from cocoa brown to fish belly white.

  9. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 12 days ago

    One reason was personal: As a teenager I worked in a lumberyard. Gambling was illegal where I grew up. However, we were geographically situated on a swatch of land in the tri-state area where it was a quick trip to the southern adjacent state where dog racing was legal, or the eastern adjacent state which had horse racing.
    Most of the men I worked with earned minimum wage or a little more. Many of them had large families to support. Yet every Saturday (when I collected my weekly pay) the majority of my coworkers would cash their paychecks and head east to bet on the “ponies” or south to bet on the “puppies”, always with hopes of winning the trifecta.
    Usually, they lost. Occasionally, they won a little. Whenever I reported for work Monday morning I would listen to the men complain that their bills could not be paid, how their utilities were on the verge of being cut off, or how they could not afford to buy new clothes for their growing kids. The link between gambling and poverty had been fused in my mind from this real world experience.

    Another one was documented: Prior to opening his famous casino in Reno in 1947, Bill Harrah hired a research team to identify potential gamblers. The research concluded that low-income people were most likely to do so. Harrah made the most of it by marking down hotel rooms (or offering them for free to repeat players), arranging bus service from 31 cities to Reno, low-priced buffets, et cetera.

  10. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 12 days ago

    Gambling preys on the poor worst of all. The poor gamble more than any other socioeconomic group. The occasional wealthy “high roller” does exist, but he is the exception, not the norm. The fact that 55% of Nevada’s gambling income comes from slot machines instead of card tables has confirmed that the poor have been dumping the most money into casinos. Ergo, any attempt to raise government revenue through legalized gambling is a regressive tax, in which the poor pay a larger percentage than the rich or middle class.