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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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20 January 2009

Uncommon Commentary #36: The B.S. About B.O.

I certainly tire of hearing about the "charisma" and rhetorical gifts that Barack Obama supposedly has. As I have explained previously, I consider Obama's oratorical ability (which equates to "charisma" in the mind of the average person) to be unremarkable. Since I've never made any secret of my distaste for him, one might think that I'm merely allowing my feelings to prejudice my assessment of his putative skill, but one would be wrong. I don't admire John F. Kennedy either, but I find his "We choose to go to the Moon" speech stirring, even though I know that the true reason why we went to the Moon was simply to beat the Soviets there, and thereby reassure the electorate that we had technological superiority over the USSR. Kennedy knew how to create and deliver a memorable phrase; if Obama really has the same talent, it somehow just doesn't work on me.