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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 March 2012

Uncommon Commentary #252: (Wise) Up, the Irish! Or, Posting #300!

St. Patrick's Day, which has been deformed from the feast day of a patron saint into an often intensely nationalistic celebration of all things pertaining to the Emerald Isle, may be the most fitting time for me to teach the following lesson from history.
In 1914, the British Parliament passed a bill to establish Home Rule for Ireland, which meant that the entire island [v.i.] would become a fully independent dominion of the Commonwealth, just as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand did in 1931.  The outbreak of the Great War delayed the implementation of this legislation.  Hibernian hotheads, in league with Germany and in either ignorance or defiance of St. Paul's divinely inspired instruction to "obey the powers that be", rose against the British on Easter 1916; this instance of treachery failed to achieve its goal of bringing immediate independence, but violence again erupted at the end of the war.  The Protestant, British majority in the six northernmost counties consequently refused to be placed under the governance of the Roman Catholic Gaels who made up most of the population elsewhere, and so Parliament modified the Home Rule act to provide for what we now know as Northern Ireland.  Therefore, not only did the terrorism and other mayhem not avail the cause of the irate Irish anything, but they actually got less than they would have if it had not taken place; perhaps no episode better illustrates the futility of political revolution.