about "The Best Comic Strip Ever!"

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.

The Best Comic Strip Ever!

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30 March 2014

The Best of Uncommon Commentary (Has Gotten Better, or at Least Longer)

I haven't yet come up with a way to conclude an uncommon commentary on which I've been working, and so, in the meantime, why don't you revisit the greatly expanded (from the original 15 list items to nearly five times that many) UC #219?

19 March 2014

Uncommon Commentary #398: When Speaking of ObamaCareless, "Fine" Is a Noun, not an Adjective

There's been plenty of talk about the government's pending failure to sign up the seven million suckers for ObamaCareless that it confidently predicted it would be able to marshal by the end of this month.  I know of no one, however, who has observed that this debacle is becoming manifest despite the individual mandate.  If people have to pay a fine unless they buy your product, and sales still fall far short of your expectations, what you're offering them must really be bad.

13 March 2014

Uncommon Commentary #397: It's Hard to Be Gay if You're "Gay"

Because I'm not an homosexual and I don't live in Uganda, I haven't read up on the anti-homosexuality law in that country, but I hope that it (along with similar legislation in, e.g., Nigeria) doesn't punish a person merely for being homosexual as opposed to actually committing sodomy; the Church holds that (since homosexuality is known to psychiatrists to be a mental disease) it's not sinful merely to feel same-sex attraction, although it is a sin to yield to such impulses, just as it is for a heterosexual to fornicate.  Even laws that penalize only the committing of homosexual acts likely are unnecessary.  Contrary to the "Gay pride" blather that we sometimes hear, probably no one wants to have a psychological aberration; the fact that homophiles are unable to have something that nearly all of us desire (i.e., a healthy relationship with a member of the opposite sex), and that homosexual behavior can have deadly consequences, means that homosexuality really is its own punishment.

07 March 2014

Uncommon Commentary #396: Will You Listen to Him Kerry On!

Making John Kerry the US secretary of state was deplorable, except in one respect: it keeps him out of this country for most of the year.

05 March 2014

Miscellaneous Musing #62

This Lent, rather than give up a trifle such as chocolate, why not avoid something that brings the temptation to sin?  Most of us would benefit spiritually by, for instance, leaving our televisions off for the duration of the season. (We would benefit even more by leaving them off permanently, but the cold-turkey approach may be more than we can handle.)