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Richard S Russell Premium

A lefty (both senses) SF fan retired from a career in public service, currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, a state so wonderful people are willing to put up with the winters just to live here.

Recent Comments

  1. about 9 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    Today’s trivia question: How would Clark Kent have explained to Perry White why he didn’t get his COVID shot?

  2. about 10 hours ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    I once had a girlfriend whose tongue could’ve stood in for a flamethrower.

  3. about 10 hours ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    So from now on, when you issue just a simple “no”, the reaction will be “Well, then, there’s still a chance, right?”

  4. about 12 hours ago on Candorville

    Most gracious of you.

  5. about 12 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    I suggest you try a Google search for “Spanish flu” and “Kansas flu” and see which one is more widely understood to apply to the pandemic of 1918. What I don’t want here is a failure to communicate.

    For reference purposes, one of my history profs pointed out that the political entity known as the Holy Roman Empire managed to cram 3 lies into its own name, a practice embraced today by the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And yet, those are the names that are used to identify those entities, and trying to impose something else on them is just side-tracking or purposeful obfuscation.

  6. about 12 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    Of course, eventually it WILL go away, but think how much more on point all those reassurances would’ve been if followed by the phrase “the same way the Bubonic Plague eventually did”.

  7. about 12 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    And not without good reason. “Think about how stupid the average person is, then reflect on the fact that half the population is dumber than that.” —George Carlin

  8. about 12 hours ago on Rob Rogers

    Barn door, horse, and all that. Maybe we’ve just been using the wrong metaphors.

  9. about 12 hours ago on Frazz

    1956 Studebaker Silver Hawk. Blowout on left rear tire at 2 in the morning. Reasonable moonlight. Could not get the damn lugnuts off to save my ass. Kindly trucker stopped to lend a hand, fired up his lighter, and discovered that that side of the car had reverse threading on the wheels. After that it was easy. But who in hell does stuff like that? No wonder Studebaker went out of business.

  10. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    Oh, it’s hardly the only concern, but the question was what are my top 3, and so many of the world’s problems can be traced back to the simple fact that there’s just way too many people, so that’s where I’d start. Assuming absolute authority on my part.