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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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03 April 2012

Uncommon Commentary #254: Putting the "Tort" in "Extort"

Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee, is trying to sue the State for $150 million; her claim is that ecological regulators ought not to have allowed her neighbor to keep the animal, and so the incident is their fault.  Why doesn't she sue the neighbor, whom she was trying to help put the chimpanzee back into its cage when the attack occurred? Because her neighbor doesn't have $150 million.  One of the unwritten rules of litigation here in the USA is that the target of a lawsuit should not necessarily be the party who bears the most responsibility for the grievance, but rather the one who has the most money to be redistributed by a court.  Nash (with whom I sympathized before hearing about this attempt to turn her tragedy into an attempt to profit at others' expense) ought to bear in mind that there is at least one thing worse than being savaged by an ape, resulting in the destruction of your face and hands: Committing the deadly sin Greed, resulting in the destruction of your soul.