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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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17 January 2011

Uncommon Commentary #147: One Black Day Followed by Another

At the time of Nerobama's enthronement as emperor—I mean, inauguration as president—I reflected (but not in writing) about the proximity of this event to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; I felt that I could understand Black people's succumbing to the temptation to regard the new chief executive, detestable though he is, as a secular savior.  In thinking thus, however, I may have done them a disservice.
Many Black Christians, for instance, consider Obama to be the Beast in the Book of Revelation.  There are also plenty of well-known Blacks who would make better presidents; I considered voting for Alan Keyes—the Republicans' nominal nominee for the senate seat won by Obombast in 2004—in the 2008 Connecticut primary, and I would happily cast my ballot for Thomas Sowell or for Clarence Thomas, were either of those men to seek our highest office.  Anyway, wouldn't the ideal champion of the Black "Community" in the USA be African on both sides of his family?  The fact is hardly ever mentioned (except by me), but Obama is just as much White as Black.
After the often-sad history of Blacks in the USA, it seemed too cruel a trick for Fate to play that the first (partly) Black occupant of the Oval Office should turn out to be Obama, whose inevitable failure as president might discredit worthier candidates of his father's race.  But, we must bear in mind that, even if Fate doesn't love Black people, God, the creator of all mankind, does.