Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 2 years ago

    Howie doesn’t care about facts.

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    Zing!

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    I note your use of a possessive (“your”) with the gerund (“rejecting”). These days most people use a personal pronoun (“you”) followed by a participle (“rejecting”). The gerund and the participle have the same form, so it’s easy for people to reanalyze the construction. There’s a slight difference in emphasis — the gerund construction emphasizes the action (“What I notice it the rejecting that you are doing”) while the participle construction emphasizes the person (“What I notice is you doing the rejecting”).

  4. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    I just threw my manuscript into the dust bin. I’ll be going back for remedial english courses post haste!

  5. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Tasty post! Truly poor PAJ doesn’t recognize a beat down, with second and third helpings. Followed by strawberry short cake with real "whippedcream! Har!

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    @ahab

    I’m interested in grammar, but I’m not a purist, and certainly not a member of the grammar police. Generally, whatever is in use is correct (within certain limits of intelligibility). That’s how language changes; and there’s no point trying to keep it from changing. I’m a little on the conservative side in my own usage, but when it comes to what other people write, I tend towards the libertarian.
    +
    Now here’s a question for you — do you allow “which” in restrictive clauses? Can you say “The car which was parked in the no-parking zone”? Or do you insist on “that”? I allow “which”, but I find that a lot of editors don’t like it.

  7. greenbrd

    greenbrd said, over 2 years ago

    Since when is deporting illegals considered to be sinister?

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    People are already out raged, how much more can they take?

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    No more so fabricated than the last 4 presidents.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    Do you ever give as much thought to the comment itself? Not the mechanics of it.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @greenbrd

    Since it became such a racist cause.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Generally Michael’s posts speak for themselves and don’t need my commentary. I certainly pay attention to what people have to say. I’ve found lately that there’s a lot of repetition (“Trayvon was a thug”; “Zimmerman was a racist”) and a lot of rather unpleasant insulting. A few posters are clever and interesting. Just a few.

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    I would allow for “which” in that situation lonecat, as it sounds fine to my ear when read aloud. My writing skills deteriorated after medical school. Since that time most of my writing consisted of creating medical records. Those records were made to convey information specifically to satisfy billing audits, other physicians, and to serve as a personal memory of a patient’s history, etc. When there was time those SOAP notes,consults, and History and Physical exams reports could allow for some witty writing. Unfortunately all I usually do is torture the English language in a variety of ways, for which English Teacher could attest! I would love to have William Carlos William’s gift of writing!

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    PAJ said "Where is ahab? Doesn’t he post anymore? He is such a wit, or at least a half-wit. Better than being a nano-wit which requires over 25,000 posts eh Howie?

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    @ahab

    You know a lot more about writing than I know about medicine.

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