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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. 1 day ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Ah, but faith in what? There are over 45,000 different sects of Christianity, each and every one of which is convinced that it and it alone is privy to the ultimate secrets of the Universe, and that adherents of the other 44,999 are all doomed to Hell for their unbelief, blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy. Obviously, they can’t all be right, but they can all be wrong.

  2. 1 day ago on Mike Luckovich

    In all of computerdom, X means “cancel this and make it go away”. Seems like good advice to me.

  3. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    Favorite flight-attendant safety messages, from back before they started playing recordings:

    “If you’re traveling with a child, adjust your own oxygen mask first. If you’re traveling with more than one child, decide right now which one you love the most.”

    “… and you unbuckle the seat belt the same way as every other seat belt you’ve ever used.”

    “Our pilot today is Captain Crunch.”

    “In the unlikely event of a water landing, you’ll know you’re not in Kansas any more.”

    You can hardly blame them. It must get awfully boring after the 1000th repetition of the same line of patter, and at least these guys were entertaining.

  4. 1 day ago on Monty

    Enjoy the irony that the nickname for the NFL team based in our nation’s capital is the Commies.

  5. 1 day ago on Monty

    What exactly is the problem with “cultural appropriation”, anyway? I’ve never understood that. If Adam and Eve discovered the circle and square, is it somehow or other evil for Gentiles to use them? Are we prohibited from enjoying fireworks if we’re not Chinese? Must we give up the number zero if we’re not Indian, or jazz if we’re not African, or skiing if we’re not Scandinavian, or surfing if we’re not Polynesian? Sushi if we’re not Japanese? Pizza if we’re not Italian? Democracy if we’re not Greek?

    The world is a splendidly variegated place, full of wonderful, imaginative people, and it’s just arrogant to think that only white Anglo-Saxon Americans can possibly come up with good ideas. If we see something cool we like from another culture, celebrate it and use it! Heck, that’s the way the entire English language developed!

    Nobody should have a monopoly on, or veto power over, good HUMAN ideas.

  6. 1 day ago on Frazz

    I wonder if Frazz, the songwriter, ever contemplated composing a nice song to give to Miss Plainwell at Xmastime. I guess we’ll never know, because this strip hardly ever mentions the music that he’s supposed to be such a whiz at.

  7. 1 day ago on Frank and Ernest

    Remember that “mood” spelled backwards is “doom”. (Not particularly useful in life, but it means another 1-point word in Boggle.)

  8. 1 day ago on The Argyle Sweater

    The Encyclopedia Britannica’s got nothing on the GoComics comment section when it comes to knowing stuff.

  9. 1 day ago on Pearls Before Swine

    How not to go to Hell? Ask somebody who’s been there and come back to describe the route they took.

  10. 1 day ago on Mike Luckovich

    Those who’ve been thru pilot training are reassured by your observation that turning into the wind is the best way to achieve both good takeoffs and good landings.