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.

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26 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #443: Obama Needs to Change His Address

(The pun on “address”, in the title of this u.c., has a double meaning; the word primarily refers to the State of the Union, but the USA would also benefit from Obama-the-Bungle-Boy’s [see the guide to domanisms] not continuing to reside at the White House.)
This past week, when the President of the USA snubbed the traditional media to speak with a bunch of YouTube hosts, one of them told him that the #1 question on Google in this country during the recent State of the Union address was “How old is Obama?”  Assuming that his information is correct: Why did people want to know that, at that time?  Were they curious as to how an apparently grown man could say the childish things that he did?  Or, were they thinking that our chief executive must be much older than he looks, because only someone who is too old to change would (as his oration-on-the-nation demonstrated to be true of him) persist in a mode of leadership that has done so much damage as it has to his party, his country, and his world?
(Incidentally, I really don’t like the idea of an opposition-party response to a State of the Union address, but such a response may become necessary when the occupant of the Oval Office, as the current one always does, transforms the SOTU tradition into an opportunity to deliver a campaign speech.)

24 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #442: How Can He Be a Minority Leader if He’s White?

Senate-Majority-Leader-demoted-to-Senate-Minority-Leader Harry Reid will undergo eye surgery on Monday; the sort of vision that really requires attention in his case, though, cannot be improved through a medical operation.

19 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #441: A Lyin’ Line (Alternate Title: For Someone Who Uses “I” So Often as Obama Does, He Certainly Has Trouble with the “I-Word”)

(The “I-word” is, of course, “Islam”.)
I don’t know whether the majority of Moslems favor jihad versus civilians—and neither does anyone else, because no worldwide survey of Mohammedan opinion has ever been taken—but the quotations in the penultimate paragraph of I Slam Islam? belie what we've all heard so often, with only minor variations, from President Obombast and the like-minded: that jihadism really has no place in Islam, and that the tenets of this legitimate religion—What qualifies a religion as "legitimate" in the eyes of leftists?—have been misrepresented by a handful of "extremists" who carry out, or promote, terrorist attacks.  It's not uncommon for belligerents to tell lies about one another, but our Commander-in-Chief in the War on Terror won't even tell the damning truth about militant Islamists.

12 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #440: Absolving the Criminally Insane Is Itself Criminally Insane

Why does our system of justice consider the psychiatric concept of criminal insanity, and the theological concept of evil, to be mutually exclusive?  Does it never occur to us that perhaps someone’s criminal insanity has resulted from his evil?  Had Adolf Hitler, who was clearly a paranoiac, lived past the end of World War II and been put on trial at Nuremberg, ought he to have been judged “not guilty by reason of insanity”?

05 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #439: Rated PU

Those persons who presented Sony Pictures’ cancellation, and cancellation of the cancellation, of the release of The Interview in the context of a struggle for “freedom of expression” apparently want to believe that this film is to the Kim regime what Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator was to the Third Reich: a clever satire of a loathsome regime.  The Interview, however, evidently is not a political statement; critics whose job it is to review Hollywood’s releases so that others will know whether those releases are worth viewing seem all to agree that it’s just a tasteless and mindless film that attempts to derive humor from assassination.  I don’t defend Sony’s initial decision, but to urge people to buy a ticket for The Interview, as the Republican Party did, is going too far. (To be fair to the GOP, I ought to note here that it urged people not to see the film but merely to buy a ticket to do so!)