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  1. about 12 hours ago on Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

    The destruction of the GOP didn’t start with Trump. That may have been the point where it became irreversible, but I think it started when the Tea Party started to gain serious traction. I mean, you could trace this back to the adoption of the Religious Right and the Dixiecrats, but it was the Tea Partiers who were the first to really let their freak flags fly, so to speak, and get rewarded for doing so. The old school conservatives were still playing their long game to gain power, and that let them overlook the power the wackos were starting to build, and the fact that it no longer mattered if you observed any sort of decorum, or even accomplished anything real while you were in power. Raising a fuss and making a mess would get you elected more effectively anyway. Trump was the product of that populist madness, and he weaponized it in service to his own ego. And because it served the blinkered objectives of the old school conservatives, who only wanted to consolidated their power base at all costs, they let it happen. And now it’s too late to stop it, and it will eat their party alive.

  2. about 13 hours ago on Bill Bramhall

    “It is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourself; it is a gift.”

    Ooooh, so close.

    It is by grace alone you have been saved. Christ’s message is that if we have faith in that grace, the kingdom of God will be open to us. And that doesn’t just mean “if you go to church you’ll go to heaven”. No sir. That means if you believe His message and walk in his way (Christianity was originally called simply “the Way”), your life will be better. Happier. Fuller. Richer. Not richer in money, necessarily. Not fuller in the things of the world, necessarily. Richer and fuller in the fruits of the spirit. Or, as Douglas Adams (a noted atheist, ironically) once put it, “how wonderful it would be if everyone was nice to each other for a change”. It’s really not complicated, but we’re humans, so we have a tendency to complicate everything. God gives you His grace no matter what, but if you don’t believe Him, well, you can reject it. That’s where free will comes in.

    Now, granted, I am a Lutheran. ;-) “Only by grace” is a pretty big deal in the Lutheran tradition. There is literally nothing you can do to make yourself be more or less saved. That’s the point. So we’re supposed to stop fretting over being saved and start getting on with doing Christ’s work.

    Now, I am aware some people believe, and you may e one of them, that you can only have faith in God if God gives you the ability to do so. I don’t agree with that, because it implies God chooses who will be condemned. Perhaps He does, but the Gospels in particular seem pretty clear that we’re meant to act as if everyone else is worthy. “Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to me.” If we’re all children of God, all worthy of forgiveness, then we’re all given the same grace and we must act as if all are saved. If I’m wrong about that, I’d rather find out about it on the other side than this one.

  3. about 13 hours ago on Chip Bok

    “I don’t care to deal with a government like that. I have daughters.”

    I do too. But it is interesting that having daughters makes a difference to people’s opinion, or makes it resonate stronger. Somehow we can’t just say it’s wrong to rape women before executing them. We have to imply we are protecting our own daughters before we feel people can take seriously our concern for women in a far-off land.

    It’s interesting. I don’t think we say “I have sons” when we talk about how angry we are about men having their hands cut off for petty theft, or their tongues cut out for insulting the ruling family. Somehow crimes against women are crimes against the family, but crimes against men we can understand without that context. Not saying you’re wrong; it’s very much a parental instinct, and as a mother myself, I get it, and I’ve said the same thing myself. I just think it’s interesting.

  4. about 13 hours ago on Lisa Benson

    It’s facile to blame it on electric vehicles, and of course that means you don’t have to do any hard work like actually listening to the workers to find out what their complaints are. The problem is much wider reaching.

  5. about 13 hours ago on Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

    It took far, far too long for Goodwyn and most other Republican faithful to notice. As a result, they’ve lost a great many Republican voters, and the party itself is, at the most optimistic, on the verge of a schism. And since third parties don’t do well in our political system, there’s a good chance neither will survive.

  6. about 14 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Sobering truth: you can drown (even as an adult) in as little as one inch of water. The classic example is a person who is showering, slips, hits their head, and falls so they’re stopping up the drain, but with their face down. Scary, and it can happen to anyone.

    So the next time you meet someone with terrible BO, maybe they’re just being cautious. ;-)

  7. about 17 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    But where’s the fun in that?

  8. about 17 hours ago on Frazz

    Larch/tamarack, some types of cypress, and some types of sequoia. But conifers are simply the best-known of the gymnosperm trees. There’s one other I can think of that’s not a conifer and is definitely decidous: it’s a weirdo tree, a living fossil, the ginkgo. My grandparents had one in their backyard; gorgeous tree, but when the leaves would fall, they’d have to shovel them.

  9. about 17 hours ago on FoxTrot

    Nice try, Jason. :-D

  10. about 17 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Ah, kid logic. :-)