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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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15 March 2012

Uncommon Commentary #251: Don't Trust Mind-Numbers to Mind Numbers

Since the economic statistics that govern a president's chances of re-election are provided by his own administration, I suggest that we have an independent source begin to provide those numbers. (It would save the taxpayers money, as well, to privatize the conducting of the surveys that determine the rates of economic growth and of unemployment.) The willingness of the current administration to distort or to fabricate figures—the latest example, to my knowledge, being the outlandish assertion as to what percentage of women have used contraception; see Uncommon Commentary #249—may impart urgency to my proposition.