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  1. 7 days ago on Working Daze

    Oakstone wrote “COntractor near us is “filling” a natural playa (think low land that fills up every time it rains) and building houses on the fill dirt.”

    When was/is this? Now?! Last I heard the EPA goes after people who fill in marshes, or digs or creates artificial ponds without the EPA’s permission.

  2. 17 days ago on New Adventures of Queen Victoria

    Here I was hoping to see ‘The New Adventures of Mary Todd Lincoln’.

  3. 17 days ago on Garfield Minus Garfield

    Consider what today’s ‘Garfield’ might look like as a ‘GarfieldMinusGarfield’.

  4. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    -ment. Hamilton argued that electors meeting in the state capitals were able to have information unavailable to the general public. Hamilton also argued that since no federal officeholder could be an elector, none of the electors would be beholden to any presidential candidate.23

    Another consideration was the decision would be made without “tumult and disorder” as it would be a broad-based one made simultaneously in various locales where the decision-makers could deliberate reasonably, not in one place where decision-makers could be threatened or intimidated.

  5. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    and @Call me Ishmael wrote “We used the dead slaveowners’ electoral college” — That is a recent slander, perhaps commingled with the slander that the Republicans are the party of the descendants of slave-owners.

    Look at the history of the idea. Virgina (most populous, and a slave state, although not as rabid as South Carolina) first proposed that the President be elected by a majority of Congress. “After being debated, however, delegates came to oppose nomination by congress for the reason that it could violate the separation of powers. James Wilson then made motion for electors for the purpose of choosing the president. … However, once the Electoral College had been decided on, several delegates (Mason, Butler, Morris, Wilson, and Madison) openly recognized its ability to protect the election process from cabal, corruption, intrigue, and faction. Some delegates, including James Wilson and James Madison, preferred popular election of the executive.1617 Madison acknowledged that while a popular vote would be ideal, it would be difficult to get consensus on the proposal given the prevalence of slavery in the South:” The problem being the eligibility of slaves to vote. The power of slaveowners to influence legislation was diluted by the 3/5th rule limiting how many slaves the slaveowners could use to back their position.

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 68 laid out what he believed were the key advantages to the Electoral College. The electors come directly from the people and them alone for that purpose only, and for that time only. This avoided a party-run legislature, or a permanent body that could be influenced by foreign interests before each election.23 Hamilton explained the election was to take place among all the states, so no corruption in any state could taint “the great body of the people” in their selection. The choice was to be made by a majority of the Electoral College, as majority rule is critical to the principles of republican gover

  6. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    Karl Marx, speaking about Louis Napoleon Bonaparte declaring himself Emperor Napoleon III.

  7. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    wrote “I thought Obama would shame the Rs into reaching across the aisle, so as not to appear too nakedly racist,”

    Early in Obama’s presidency people compared him to the book ‘Team of Rivals’, that Abraham Lincoln assembled to govern the North during the Civil War. A paean to Lincoln’s personality skills at assembling such a crew and keep them ‘on the same page’. — In contrast, Obama’s statement to Republican leaders at the beginning of his term was, in effect “Elections have consequences; I won. You get to rubberstamp what I decide.” → that is quite repulsive to governing well with others.

  8. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    f.norwood wrote “an illegible Doonesbury” — I was able to read the reproduced comic strips with the aid of a magnifying glass.

  9. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    Liverlips McCracken wrote “No one in my lifetime has played that type of offense.”

    What sort of offense? In Peru President Alberto Fujimori staged an auto-coup against Peru’s Constitutional government. Now he sits in a Peruvian jail. That is one example.

  10. 17 days ago on Doonesbury

    wrote “his financials show that he lied twice within a few months about his rental income,”

    That would be a crime, regarding one, or the other, or both. He could be prosecuted on that, sooner or later. (Qualification: I read that it happened in 2017, so depending on the month it could be his sons who are liable.)