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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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26 January 2016

Uncommon Commentary #493: UC #159 Follow-Up

During Obama’s first term as US president, when undercover, independent filmmakers exposed multiple ACORN (Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now!) offices as being willing to help establish a business importing underage girls from El Salvador for the purpose of prostitution (see Stingers VersusStinkers), the US Senate voted 83-7 to deny the ACORN its customary federal housing-money, which would have amounted to over 1.6 million dollars.  That even seven members of what some call “the world’s greatest deliberative body” voted to preserve such funding was disgraceful, but at least the cutoff passed promptly and overwhelmingly.  This past year, an undercover, independent filmmaker exposed multiple Planned Parenthood offices as conducting a side business in the sale of whole and partial corpses.  Trafficking in cadavers and parts thereof is not the same as trafficking in living human beings, but Planned Parenthood’s ghastly harvesting has been condemned about as widely as was the ACORN’s scandalous behavior, and so: Why is the parallel between the story of the ACORN and that of PP incomplete?  Why, when the US Senate belatedly passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, did the measure receive only 52 votes (in a chamber that counts 54 Republicans!), far below the 67 needed to override a presidential veto?  How can the moral standards of any country, even one subjected to the influence of Emperor Nerobama and to that of our odious popular culture, be falling so rapidly as ours are?