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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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24 March 2013

Uncommon Commentary #333: An Oaf's Oath

John Brennan, the President's typically poor choice to direct the Central Intelligence Agency, took his oath of office on a 1787 draught of the US Constitution instead of a Bible; the Obombast Administration's explanation was that he did so to "reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law".  There has been commentary on the symbolic significance of this action, concerning the fact that the Constitution in 1787 did not yet include the "Bill of Rights", but I don't know of any on the significance that may be more than symbolic, which is the subject of this uncommon commentary.  The reason why one normally swears an oath with one's hand on Holy Writ is not to pledge to uphold the noble principles therein (although it would be nice if our rulers in general, and members of the present administration in particular, would do precisely that); it is to make the vow by something that one holds sacred, as most of us probably do still consider the Bible to be.  Does the Administration, then, rank the US Constitution, the authors of which never claimed divine inspiration for their writing, on a par with Scripture?  If so, this episode may mark a new high for the incoming tide of secularism and idolatry in our land.