Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for January 19, 2010


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    margueritem  almost 10 years ago

    Right in the same boat with the rest of us….

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    sjoujke Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Santa operates like the government and they keep telling us everything is coming up roses so I wouldn’t worry if I were you, Calvin.

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    vibjyor  almost 10 years ago

    Don’t worry Calvin, you will become the President so you can bail him out.

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    rentier  almost 10 years ago

    Where will I then be?????

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    lectrice  almost 10 years ago

    Here’s my two cents about yesterday’s discussion of how awful Calvin’s parents are.

    Yeesh! Where were you all when Calvin’s mother used Calvin’s imagination to get him to eat one of her “yucky” dinners? She said those white things (rice) were really maggots.

    They play with Calvin, read him stories, even though he only wants to read the same one every day. They wash Hobbes, and helped Calvin find Hobbes when he got lost. Not to mention mom had to go and catch Calvin when he was pretending to be a petrodactyl and leapt off the roof. They play along with some of Calvin’s games, like the “Dad” poll. Not to mention the time that gravity didn’t work on Calvin. His dad wanted him to continue the story.

    There are lots more examples, but this is getting kind of long. The only time I can remember Calvin getting spanked is when he hosed his mother down as she was walking out the door to go somewhere important. He gets sent to his room most of the time.

    The parents are very far from being the kind that CPS should be called on, and people who whine about the parents are missing the entire point of the strip, and the funny part too. You have to remember that this strip is seen through the eyes of Calvin, and Calvin alone. He is SIX. He lives in the moment of Right Now, and yes, the parents do get tired of dealing with him 24/7 but anyone would. Calvin can be a very destructive kid. Parents are allowed to yell and vent too!

    The chuckles come from when people go…oh yeah, I remember when my kid did/when I did something like that! And yes, our parents were the worst parents in the world when they said we couldn’t do X when we were little. Don’t you remember?

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    margueritem  almost 10 years ago

    lectrice, you bring up some very good points.

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    LuvH8  almost 10 years ago

    Calvin, it’s magic

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    ritch69  almost 10 years ago

    is he talkin bout Santa or Obama???????????

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    Yukoner  almost 10 years ago

    Calvin, it’s magic. All you need is to believe.

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    fredbuhl  almost 10 years ago

    The elves get kickbacks and pass it on to the big guy.

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    jukeofurl  almost 10 years ago

    What calendar are they using? or did I sleep away 11 months. Again…

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    bigCandHfan  almost 10 years ago

    hmmm very interesting observation by Calvin…makes you wonder what he is going to be when he grows up!!

    an economist, investment banker, albert einstein!! :)

    (for once u think about Calvin growing up to become someone adorable)

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    Madruga  almost 10 years ago

    look at Calvin…how nicely he cares about Santa and his employees..and of course and not to mention his altruistic thoughts about the children who won’t get presents anymore..

    ps: children = Calvin :D

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    jrbj  almost 10 years ago

    Well, think Calvin! Santa bought into Obama’s stimulus package and now the government [which is we the taxpayers] owns Santa and his whole operation. The next we hear the SEIU will unionize the elves and have a Cadillac health care plan that is exempt from taxation until 2018. Don’t expect Santa’s toys to be free next Christmas.

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    Josh Lyons Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    The same way Ernie Kebbler and his elves tell us how they make all those cookies and those “buttery-tasting” crackers: With “good ‘ol elf and magic”!

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    MrNiceBob  almost 10 years ago

    Santa has lots of money! Do you have any idea what he can get for that list of “Bad Girls” on E-bay?

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    wbtthefrog  almost 10 years ago

    What a great classic comic for this day & age.

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    fesalazarsoto  almost 10 years ago

    Christ! Santa is not only an american entreprenuer, but his operations are global. He has trade agreements, with the Three Kings of Orient in LatinAmerica and other people in other parts of the world.

    And, of course, there is this contract with the toys makers, who let him distribute their products.

    Didn’t you know that, being parents??????? ( ^ _ ~ )

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    fesalazarsoto  almost 10 years ago

    Christ! Santa is not only an american entreprenuer, but his operations are global. He has trade agreements, with the Three Kings of Orient in LatinAmerica and other people in other parts of the world.

    And, of course, there is this contract with the toys makers, who let him distribute their products.

    Didn’t you know that, being parents??????? ( ^ _ ~ )

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    wicky  almost 10 years ago

    You will be in the same place as Alfred P. Doolittle.

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    GROG Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    And made well before Obama ever got into the White House.

    lectrice Well said.

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    alondra  almost 10 years ago

    Bill Watterson knew something even way back when. I’d swear this was written in just this past year and is a direct commentary on what’s going on right now. Don’t tell me today’s comic is not political. I imagine when I return late tonight there will be so many comments….

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    DocRansom  almost 10 years ago

    What’s with all the Obama hate in here? Would you rather he had done nothing?

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    Nighthawks Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    yes, but how would you feel if nobody commented?

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    COWBOY7 Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    You end up buying all the toys for your own kids! That’s where it gets you.

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    bald  almost 10 years ago

    calvin, you need not worry, like myself, as a kid, coal lumps didn’t take up much room in my Christmas stocking at all

    that’s what us bad kids got

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    Vonnegut  almost 10 years ago

    It’s facinating to watch human beings spin any philosophical proposition is such a way that it appears to support their personal agendas. For instance, several have quickly made ties between today’s strip and the practices of the current Obama administration.

    However, it’s awful tiny print but it looks like this strip was originally published 12-16, 1988? If that’s right then the the U.S. had just completed 8 yrs of the Reagan presidency and was just at the start of George W. Bush administration. We could therefore conclude that any political commentary intended by Waterson was directed toward the Republican administration practices of the time.

    The parties may change but one constant the human need to assure oneself of one’s own convictions. We are all such fragile little beasts.

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    patb725  almost 10 years ago

    Why worry about the political crap??? Just enjoy! Some days that’s all you have.

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    jrbj  almost 10 years ago

    Actually, DocRansom, we’d be a lot better off right now if Obama had done nothing and , God knows, not so hopelessly in debt and going deeper by the day.

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    rw1h  almost 10 years ago

    ….awful deep thinkin’ for a 6 year old……….

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    senseilance  almost 10 years ago

    Back in the 80s there was money sloshing about everywhere, and the North Pole was still intact resource-wise. Nowadays Santa gets funding from the Gates Foundation, the World Development Banks, IMF, and whoever else cares about anyone else. Hang on, is there a contradiction in there somewhere? Or maybe he gets a 0.002c commission everytime someone sends an SMS to someone else; or perhaps he gets all the money made from “rounding off” figures on people’s bank accounts.

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    kab2rb  almost 10 years ago

    Oh President Obama’s plan is effecting people all right. The word furloughs are popping up. CA is not the only one which closes on Friday’s to save money. Here in state of KS starting in February, if all goes through, all state court houses will be a week long furlough for several months all court clerks no pay. The state has to cut back millions to get out of the red. I just heard yesterday some medical office’s in certain departments are thinking the same. One job is being eliminated in some medical office and that’s records all computer where the Dr. types in his own notes and all can go to the insurance for payment electronically by laptop.

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    Brother_James437  almost 10 years ago

    I think Calvin will either be President or Secretary of the tresuary.

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    Ed in Toledo Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Susan001, are you saying that Santa outsourced the Elves jobs to China?

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    billdi Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    blaming obama for individual state budget problems in CA, KS and elsewhere and mismanagement is ridiculous.

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    pcrawdaddy  almost 10 years ago

    If Calvin can understand the dangers of Obama’s spending practices, Then why can’t EVERYONE else?

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    caucel  almost 10 years ago

    Lol ¿Obama spending practices? Blame to banks and companies that put the US situation in crisis in first time.

    Spending in a better medi care is a investment. I think that US people need knows more about the word solidarity.

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    PurpleBandit3000  almost 10 years ago

    the world’s gonna end in 2012 anyway. don’t worry about it

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    Aardvark359  almost 10 years ago

    Santa, politics, spending, policies aside, the great thing about Calvin’s view is that it’s always:


    Ain’t narcissism grand? ;-)

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    AJCA  almost 10 years ago

    Calvin, too bad “The Polar Express” is after your time, you would’ve understood.

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    sharden2  almost 10 years ago

    Wow, Just when I thought I had found somplace to escape the political spittle, someone takes a comic strip and uses it for their own agenda. Why don’t we, just for once, in just these spaces ,accept the value of the strip without going into our own personal feelings about the state of the world today. The are hundreds of blogs out there that talk about the issues the minority of you want to talk about. Could you go join one of those and leave the rest of us to Calvin’s exploits in peace?

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    Puddleglum2  almost 10 years ago

    You have little or no compassion for Santa, Calvin. Your super-egomania is showing as usual. You didn’t mention that the cost of supporting the reindeer and sleigh is going through the roof.

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    ajohni3  almost 10 years ago

    Well said sharden2! I love Calvin and I love coming to this place but sometimes I just skip the thread so it was nice reading yours and many others.

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    pcrawdaddy  almost 10 years ago

    In case people like caucel think it is not Obama’s spending policies remember this very easily verifiable fact. Obama has spent more money, that we do not have, in the first 6 months of his first term than every other President, in the history of the United States, COMBINED!!! From George Washington to George W. Bush. Please get a clue America!!!!

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    bandz  almost 10 years ago

    Here’s an idea for Calvin’s dad when Calvin misbehaves:

    A father is talking to a younger friend: “When I was a boy and misbehaved, I got sent to my room as punishment. I can’t do that with my son. He’s got a color TV in his room, a cell phone, a computer and a DVD player.” What do you do when he misbehaves, then?” asked the friend. “I send him to MY room,” replied the dad.

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    Mark Berte Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    Vonnegut: I agree with you on you observation re the human need to “assure oneself of one’s convictions.” I read where it was postulated that was an evolutionary adaptation of the mind/brain, that those who had better skill at developing justifications for one’s actions and attitudes usually had a survival edge. To me it explains how many folks can sleep at night after some of their reprehensible acts, because their minds have crafted self-centered/self-actualizing justification for their actions however heinous, without regard to the rest of the societies morals and rules of law. I wonder how many people are self aware enough to realize when they are doing this self justification..

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    lewisbower  almost 10 years ago

    Let’s see. We lend money to banks. Most have paid it back with interest. This money goes where? Congress? To spend? Congress in it’s infinite wisdom decides to tax the banks that paid back the money. Huh?

    In the meantime, Congress invents a trillion dollar trough for pork called “Stimulus.”

    Remember your 7th grade civics class, only Congress can spend money. The president has never passed a law, Congress did.

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    yankeewhaler  almost 10 years ago

    As long as states rely on income tax, there will be flucuations of budget surpluses and budget deficits from time to time.

    Nearly half and sometime more of the state budgets fund public schools and universities, which most fare badly compared to other countries. Hundred of billions each year to so call educate kids, yet we can not figure out a way not to have economic problems?

    Would love to see school funding cut in half, and only fund 3 days of public school and have a blend of home and parachiol schooling to go with it.

    Totally disagree that more schooling and sheepskin diplomas make better people and better countries.

    Nazi Germany was a nation that the highest percentage of degreed people in ther time and how did that turn out?

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    ratlum  almost 10 years ago

    Santa and 6yr old boys@ girls will not be separated ,thats law Look it up

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    Mythreesons  almost 10 years ago

    Cheap. poorly made, and sometimes poisonous toys were well stocked on American store shelves long before President Obama took office. Find someone else to blame.

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    Dino-1  almost 10 years ago

    I asked my parents how Santa kept going all those years and they said it was by donation like the Salvation Army, the Fire Department, March of Dimes, the Rescue Squad, the church, etc. It made perfect sense because I saw my parents send checks to all these not for profit organizations and others growing up so it made perfect sense. Glad I could help clear this up for everyone!

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member almost 10 years ago

    This comic is timeless still talking about the deficit

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    spiritoflionelhutzlives  almost 10 years ago

    …”its deja vu all over again”…

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    jbmetalmonster  almost 10 years ago

    it would help if there was a “santa” idk why every kid believes in santa my parents told me the truth from day one

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    mrprongs  almost 10 years ago

    And how does he deal with all those trademark infringements, copyright/patent violations?

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    mrsauroragreenway  almost 10 years ago

    I think the illusion of ‘santa’ should live in the hearts of all of us. it is all about the giving heart, not the value of the present. poor “calvin” will grow up some day and figure all this out. but, I hope it isn’t in my lifetime!

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    Nivellios  almost 10 years ago

    right in the same boat… all too true

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  59. Cathy aack  almost 10 years ago

    How prophetic – you’ll be right about where we are now – only it is all a result of 8 years (make that 30 years) of very bad management in Washington.

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    alondra  almost 10 years ago

    DocRansom said,

    What’s with all the Obama hate in here? Would you rather he had done nothing?


    One word: YES!! He hasn’t done one good thing since being there. And being there illegally since he was not born in America but in Kenya. He is ineligible for the office and everything he’s done since being there has been an attempt to bring down America. You bet I’d rather he had done nothing.

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    LuvH8  almost 10 years ago


    I like your theory. All those are good organzations, and certainly help out during the holiday season (and all year long). But then explain the flying reindeer and Santa going up the chimney (kinda creepy thinking about Santa seeing you when your sleeping though).

    I still say, “Calvin, it’s magic.”

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    corey210  almost 10 years ago

    mabye santa has his reindeer mine them.

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    wowzo  over 7 years ago

    Santa uses his magic to make toys appear

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