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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.

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  1. about 1 hour ago on Candorville

    And Maine used to be part of Massachusetts until they needed another free state to balance out the admission of Missouri as a slave state.

  2. about 2 hours ago on Candorville

    From the Wikipedia article “Texas divisionism”:

    Article IV, Section 3, of the United States Constitution expressly prohibits any other state from dividing up and forming smaller states without congressional approval. The relevant section states “New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.”

    The Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States, approved by Congress on March 1, 1845, states: “Third – New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas and having sufficient population, may, hereafter by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the Federal Constitution; and such states as may be formed out of the territory lying south of thirty-six degrees thirty minutes north latitude, commonly known as the Missouri Compromise Line, shall be admitted into the Union, with or without slavery, as the people of each State, asking admission shall desire; and in such State or States as shall be formed out of said territory, north of said Missouri Compromise Line, slavery, or involuntary servitude (except for crime) shall be prohibited.”

    No such provision exists for any other state.

  3. about 21 hours ago on Frazz

    This is why God invented diacritical marks, for things like shït and pøop. (On my Mac, you get a range of things to choose from just by pressing down on any vowel key and holding it for about a second.)

  4. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    At the time this strip was originally published (©1997), Roland Hedley was working for ABC News with Peter Jennings. He sold his soul to Fox some years later.

  5. 1 day ago on Non Sequitur

    How long has he known her? Must be at least 20 years now, right?

  6. 1 day ago on Steve Benson

    Looking for some kind of bright spot — any kind of bright spot — in the epidemic of mass shootings? Here’s a little glimmer of one. It has finally dragged the Republican Party, kicking and screaming all the way, into acknowledging that perhaps, just maybe, we should be making some effort to address mental health in America. Of course, they’re only doing it as a diversion from really addressing the main problem but, hey, let’s take them at their word and actually improve mental-health care all across the land. At a minimum, it’ll remove one more excuse from their collection of avoidance techniques.

  7. 1 day ago on Frazz

    The US still has dollar coins, but hardly anybody uses them. You have to ask for them special if you make an in-person withdrawal at your savings institution. Canada’s were successful because they discontinued their $1 paper currency when the “loonies” were introduced. (They also have a “toonie” for $2.) The US could do the same, but tradition, you know.

  8. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Courtesy rubbing off on the general population is something we sure could use these days, but I don’t think the TV-news “thank you”s are getting the job done.

  9. 1 day ago on Rob Rogers

    To give you an idea of how scrupulously previous Supreme Court justices observed the principle of stare decisis, consider the landmark school-desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The justices then could’ve explicitly said that the pro-segregation ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) was “wrongly decided” (to quote “Justice” Alito), but they didn’t. They wrote that the Plessy ruling permitting “separate but equal” railroad cars was still constitutional but that, as a practical matter in real life, separate educational facilities could never be truly equal, therefore they were forbidden.

  10. 1 day ago on Rob Rogers

    America is a tremendously diverse nation, but whom do we have on the Supreme Court? Still mostly men (5). Mainly white (7). Mainly non-Hispanic (8). Exclusively elites (4 Harvard Law, 4 Yale, 1 Notre Dame). Heavily Catholic (6, plus 1 Episcopalian raised Catholic, to go with the token Protestant and Jew; 0 atheists, 0 Muslims, 0 Hindus, 0 Buddhists, 0 Confucians, 0 Mormons, 0 Sikhs, and 0 pantheists). Mainly East Coasters (3 from New York, 2 from DC, 1 each from New Jersey and Georgia, the other 2 from Colorado and Louisiana). 0 rurals. 0 foreign-born. All (probably) straight. Mainly married (7 + 1 divorced). Almost all millionaires (8).

    Obviously, they’re all intelligent, well educated, articulate, and able-bodied, which one can hardly hold against them (unless you’re Roman Hruska), but it diminishes their chances of being able to empathize with millions of Americans who aren’t.