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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26 November 2014

Uncommon Commentary #435: An Unedifying Edifice

The actual name of what we call the “Statue of Liberty” is “Liberty Enlightening the World”, hence the fact that she carries a torch.  This landmark may be an “icon” of the USA, but, to be totally honest, it’s one in need of iconoclasm; those of us who are still Christians ought to know that it is not an abstract concept like political “liberty” but Christ that enlightens the world.  Moreover, since it’s thought to have been modeled on or at least inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes, which was a portrayal of the pagan god Helios, the statue may even qualify as an idol.  Had I the power to do so, I would officially rechristen “Lady Liberty” as the “Statue of Wisdom” (and the island where she stands as “Wisdom Island”), since wisdom, unlike liberty, is personified in Scripture and can truly be said to have an enlightening influence.

20 November 2014

The Best of Uncommon Commentary

I had intended to post an entirely new uncommon commentary this week, but it’s not working out as I had hoped it would; instead, read this u.c. on a nearly-identical subject, revised by my peerless (a pun, which you’ll understand when you follow the link in this sentence) self.

11 November 2014

Uncommon Commentary #434: Free Ideas Are Often Worth the Price

I don’t recall having heard the term “marketplace of ideas” until just a few years ago, when it seems to have either been coined or become more popular than before.  To give two recent examples: Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote “History teaches that the remedy for tasteless speech is not government repression -- it is more speech.  In a free society, when the marketplace of ideas is open and unfettered, the truth is obvious”; and former NYC Mayor Giuliani said, shortly afterward, “We recognize that people differ and that the First Amendment gives us the answer: the marketplace of ideas.”
There’s no question that in actual marketplaces, where tangible commodities are sold, superior products generally out-compete inferior ones as long as these non-metaphorical marketplaces are spared gratuitous interference by the government.  The notion that free-market principles apply not only to trade but also to the sphere of public opinion, which notion Judge Napolitano and others apparently take for granted, is, however, very dubious.  What I think history really teaches is that bad ideas are at least as popular as good ones, and that even when “the truth is obvious”, people often spurn it for falsehood; or, to employ a phrase from the Bible, they prefer darkness to light. (If the Judge is right, why is this country in the mess that it is now?  Why are such patently bad ideas as acceptance of unwed motherhood, or that of same-sex marriage, in the ascendant?)
In my opinion, placing confidence in the concept of a “marketplace of ideas” fails to counteract the libertarian and the leftist in their conceit that government ought to make no attempt to elevate public morality.  I don’t advocate a kind of Christian totalitarianism, but, as the ongoing degeneration of our culture ought to make evident, we need much more moral censorship than we presently have.  Leaders of a Christian country (or, like ours, one that used to be Christian) must understand that the civil power, owing its authority to God (Romans 13:1), has an obligation to defend and to promote godly ideas, even if those ideas don’t sell as well as the sinful ones.

02 November 2014

Uncommon Commentary #433: Washington, D[ysfunctional]C[apital]

Many Republicans are excited over the prospect of gaining a majority in the US Senate through this year’s elections.  If this happens, though, the majority will be a slight one, unable to withstand the veto power of a president who unquestionably will still accuse his opponents of obstructionism; we must expect “gridlock”, therefore, to persist in the federal misgovernment for at least another two years.  A lame duck can still bite.