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  1. about 10 hours ago on Matt Davies

    Actually, I don’t remember those two instances and I guess most other people don’t either. Why? Because they were either nonexistent, misunderstood, taken out of context, or considered irrelevant. Sort of like your ridiculous assertion that all Democrats and Biden can’t say a sentence without lying — that’s a grade-school playground taunt. Grownups realize that such a statement is absurd and treat it accordingly. Saying something is a lie doesn’t make it a lie. If you want to identify a lie, you have to be able to show the truth. [Also, statements that you disagree with aren’t necessarily lies, they are simply statements you disagree with — they may be simply differences of opinion or statements that require understanding of the context — the where and why circumstances — in which they were made.]

    However, Santos hasn’t just lied about a Jewish heritage. He lied about his Catholic upbringing, his parents and grandparents experiences, his education, his work experience, his personal history [to say nothing about the various fraud charges that have cropped up]. It is hard to find anything that he hasn’t lied about. Which means that he is either a compulsive or pathological liar (someone who lies out of habit, all the time, for no reason); or he has such a low value of himself that he has to make up stories to feel good about himself; or he simply can’t tell the difference between truth and falsehood, reality and fantasy; or he is someone who will say anything and do anything to get what he wants in the moment. In any case, he has shown by the vast extent of his lying that he is a person that no one can trust.

  2. 2 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Alas, Gulliver was rescued from the land of Houyhnhnms and returned to his home where he had trouble re-assimilating with the Yahoos [humans]. So he purchases a couple of horses and spends his days talking with them.

  3. 2 days ago on Non Sequitur

    The land of the Houyhnhnms [horse people] was the fourth journey in Gulliver’s Travels. The Houyhnhnms had an orderly and peaceful society based totally on reason [both its good points and its bad points]. They have philosophy and a language that is entirely free of political and ethical nonsense. They have no word for a lie — they instead say “a thing which is not.” I guess you could say it was a kingdom with some horse sense.

  4. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    In earlier times, Christians were extremely sensitive about blasphemy — it was considered one of the worst sins. So St. Peter and St. Michael’s names got taken in vain instead. In the Bible, blasphemers were stoned to death. This and beheading were also practiced in medieval times, although they were gradually replaced by fines, imprisonment, and/or corporal punishment. Some states in the US still have blasphemy statutes. [Not so much different from more recent religions that take extreme offense at real or imagined usage of their prophet’s and god’s names.]

  5. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    King of Judah, 873-849 BCE, who reorganized the army and attempted to centralize political power through a series of religious and legal reforms.

  6. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    Probably General Winfield Scott — Civil War and Mexican War general. He weighed over 300 pounds and was call Great Scott by his troops. People were very sensitive about blasphemy in those days and used such phrases instead of ‘swearing’.

  7. 2 days ago on Pluggers

    Betsy was probably not a person but the slang term used by early American settlers for their rifle or pistol. Another theory is that it was Betsy Ross, who is credited with making the first American flag.

  8. 3 days ago on Matt Davies

    Thanks, I missed it.

  9. 3 days ago on Matt Davies

    Odd. Yesterday evening [~9 pm MST] I got the 29 January cartoon for the first time. This morning at 6 I got today’s. Didn’t know this [yesterday’s cartoon] was there until reading a comment this afternoon. I know creativity cannot keep to a schedule, but I do wish there was a better way for readers to be notified. Possibly the ‘new’ flag can be triggered by submission instead of by a time schedule.

  10. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    They were, but then our ancestors came in and took over.