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  1. about 11 hours ago on Prickly City

    Ouch. Well, when he puts it like that…..

  2. about 11 hours ago on Pedro X. Molina

    Yeah, odds are, he was a spring chicken. But it’s pretty normal to pick an “official birthday” for celebrating the birth of major public figures for the sake of convenience, even when you do know their actual birthdates to a high degree of confidence, and there’s no fuss about calendars having changed multiple times in the intervening centuries.

  3. about 11 hours ago on Mike Beckom

    “Because Hamas isn’t stupid and you don’t underestimate your enemies.”

    They seem to have underestimated their friends, though. I believe their goal was to start a regional war by goading Israel into a disproportionate retaliation (which predictably worked) which would then unify all the different groups in the region and even the state actors. It’s no secret they get support from Iran, for instance. But that support never came. They’re on their own. Hamas had gone too far, and the nations don’t really want a war. The geopolitical interest for this and other conflicts is in containment. So now we’ve got a movement made largely of angry young men realizing their passion and rage has all been spent and they’re probably not going to accomplish their goals; all that’s going to happen is a lot more people are going to die, and not the ones they wanted to die. They’re likely trying desperately to still convince themselves and their compatriots that they’re in the middle of a just war against the cruel oppressor that they have a shot at winning, but I don’t give them very good odds.

  4. about 12 hours ago on Mike Beckom

    It’s because of advertising linkspam. A lot of websites block URLs now because of this. It cuts way down on a certain type of bot, because they stop targeting your site if you block URLs once they realize your site is useless to them.

  5. about 12 hours ago on M2Bulls

    Uh, Spanish-American War is how we got Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines (the latter eventually becoming independent). Mexican-American war is how we got most of the American southwest, including California. We overthrew the government of Hawaii and annexed it. Pretty much how we got American Samoa as well. We got a whole bunch of territory out of World War II; some of it later became independent but not all of it. And all of this is of course blithely ignoring how the territories in North America were originally obtained from the indigenous nations, since by and large we simply ignored that someone else already had claim to them.

    So, not really a very good look, Mr Formerly Speaker, to be so ignorant on the history of the United States of America’s territorial evolution.

  6. about 12 hours ago on Mike Lester

    Biden’s right to warn folks of the stakes here, although if Lester is suggesting that’s a distraction from an impeachment investigation, I think he seriously overestimates the merits of the proposed impeachment. That’s all right; the Republicans proposing it are also overestimating it. It’s been obvious from the start why they want to impeach Biden — because Trump was impeached, the Presidential election is coming up, and they want to position the party favorably with his supporters in the coming year. It’s really all about pandering to voters, not about actually removing Biden, which makes it a complete waste of time when it comes to actual governance. But that’s how it’s come to be with our electoral system — the process of getting elected is now more important to most of our politicians than actually governing. And that in turn explains why our policies and laws are such a mess.

  7. 2 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    Should learn to read blackletter too, then. ;-)

  8. 2 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    Agreed. I use cursive for my signature, but for everything else on the check, I use block printing. It’s far more legible than my cursive. Modern cursive is one of many scripts that have existed for the Roman alphabet, none fundamentally better than the others; their function was mostly to enable consistent and clear writing on specific media with specific instruments. Modern cursive hasn’t really changed since it was developed for writing on woodpulp paper with quill pens. At least we’re not still teaching our kids Carolingian miniscule. ;-)

    I am not convinced cursive is necessary now that we’re not using quill pens. I mean, cursive works perfectly fine with ballpoints and felt tips, but it isn’t superior to block printing. Block printing has been in common use for movable type (hence the name “block printing”) for at least 200 years and so is very familiar. But there is no harm in teaching kids more than one script.

  9. 3 days ago on Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

    Now that I can relate to — sentences coming out weird! There are times I really really REALLY wish that GoComics had an edit feature, because I look back at what I’ve written and realize I look like a dork because I garbled what I said.

    I’ll never hold typos or anything like that against someone; if I did, that’d surely come back to bite me. ;-) You and I may disagree on some things, but I think you do express yourself clearly and well.

  10. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    My husband and I are over-the-roll folks for the same reason: we’re both very nearsighted, and once our glasses/contacts are off, it’s too hard to find the end of the roll if it’s in back.