Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 14, 2014

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    AGED_ENGINEER Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Well! That was certainly uplifting. At least for the beer mugs.

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    AZPhinFan  over 9 years ago

    Hey Rat – It may not be unexpected or necessarily tragic, however it will be into utter nothingness so to speak, and no, it does not have to last forever. You can come back to an earthly existence that you will understand, but also one that will not end. And it will be peaceful! And all you have to do to get this is blow the dust off your Bible and actually read it. [now, for those of you about to go on the attack and accuse moi of believing in fairy tales, ask yourself…what has any human ever done to assure the above to anyone? Yet each year or so people rush to the polls hoping for a miracle, or pop a pill hoping for extended life. Maybe…, just maybe there is an answer in “the Book”. What have you got to lose by looking into it?]

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    bluskies  over 9 years ago

    I don’t drink anymore. Not that much less, either.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 9 years ago

    In international news, Paris is consuming huge amounts of beer.

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    Bilan  over 9 years ago

    Remember when comics used to be aimed at kids?

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    Ironic Eggbeater  over 9 years ago

    According to today’s Calvin & Hobbes, our purpose is to be tiger food.

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    Boots at the Boar Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Funny, I drink to forget how much people suck, and by extension, how much I suck as a person. Death never crosses my mind except when I wake up the next morning with a hangover.

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    juicebruce  over 9 years ago

    Here’s to brother Stephan, brother Stephan, brother Stephan , Here’s to brother Stephan who’s with us tonight ! So drink MFer,drink Mfer…………..old drinking song from the days of my youth.

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    felinefan55 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    I follow Stephan and Bill Amend from “Foxtrot” on Twitter. Yesterday Bill tweeted that he was in Ireland with Stephan. He asked us to wish his liver luck! LOL I would love to be in whatever pub those 2 walked.

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    jreckard  over 9 years ago

    I think I’d rather have a frontal lobotomy.

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    PUNishment  over 9 years ago

    Where’s SusanSunshine when we need her? :)

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    no, Rat is just an alcoholic

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    LEOKEV  over 9 years ago

    It’s the bar scene from “Fight Club” all over again.

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    Joe Cooker Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Humans are just evolution gone way out of control. Enjoy your life while you’re here.

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    Arianne  over 9 years ago

    Two old stand-bys: I drink, therefore I am. (In Rat’s case: I am, therefore I drink.)-Descartes walks into a bar and orders beer after beer, till finally the bartender says to him, “You’re drunk. I think you’ve had enough.” Descartes says, “I think not!”, and immediately disappears.

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    eddie6192  over 9 years ago

    Maybe Rat will be reincarnated and come back as his alter ego?!

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    puddlesplatt  over 9 years ago

    I ask you, do you remember what you were doing before you got borned…Ha! I do.

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Have any of the atheists who comment here ever turned down USofA currency because it says IN GOD WE TRUST on it?!?

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    Dave Ferro  over 9 years ago

    For once, I agree with Rat. (Scary!)

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    Brown Leghorn  over 9 years ago

    We will keep living in one form or dimension because we will be taught never ending things of the entire never ending Universe, Evidence of this is not hidden from us, only in the minds of those that already know-it-all

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    BlackTie  over 9 years ago

    To think I sat through hours of college Philosophy when all I really needed to do was read Pearls.

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    Marchosias  over 9 years ago

    Nothingness sounds ok to me. It’s certainly a step up from any place designed by the Biblical Skygod Creator. That Old Fool botched this place up so badly that I wouldn’t want to go near another one of his unintelligent designs.

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    me  over 9 years ago

    The rapture is not biblical.

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    OshkoshJohn  over 9 years ago

    As an atheist, I believe I will cease to exist as a person when I die. I also believe it is my duty to live, laugh, and love, to the best of my ability while I am alive. There I people I do not like, so I try to spend more time with the people I like.

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    sarah413 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    I drink to forget. Forget what?Forget that I drink.From Le Petit Prince.

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    Max Starman Jones  over 9 years ago

    If an atheist is a vegan, which one will he/she bring up the most into any conversation?

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    krcaddis  over 9 years ago

    ANd most f the religious POV expressed are similarly tirades against non-believers, so thank you for acknowledging the right of each individual to have beliefs differing from another’s. Tolerance is one of the fundamentals we pretend our country, US, was/is based upon, unless of course we don’t agree, right? Then my opinion/belief is, of course, the correct one. Don’t think your condescending words make your belief into more than a belief.

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    Sisyphos  over 9 years ago

    So sad to see Goat descending into the drunken way of life along with the vile Rat….

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 9 years ago

    I really like, and appreciate, all of your replies. I live alone, and it is great to have this type of discourse with people from all over the country, if not the world!.My mother put it to me bluntly. She asked, simply, “You don’t believe in a higher power, do you.” It wasn’t my best bonding moment, but I had to be honest. She hasn’t mentioned it since, but we can talk about her religion openly and honestly.I’m 63, she’s 82.

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    dadoctah  over 9 years ago

    Yes, Rat, some day your existence will end. No comic strip character is eternal. Calvin and Hobbes’ existence ended in 1995. Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s existence ended five years later, and old-timers Maggie and Jiggs ended five months after that..Some day, even Dagwood and Dick Tracy will be no more.

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    kapppazei  over 9 years ago

    ‘For God has set eternity in the hearts of mankind’ ~ Self evident truth by the comments I am reading.


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    TMO1 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Pretty depressing thoughts from someone who’s probably richer and happier overall than 99.9999% of the human race. However, I wouldn’t disagree with this strip, except for the drinking part. Hey Stephan, ever read Mark Twain’s “The Five Boons of Life”?

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    Ironic Eggbeater  over 9 years ago

    Seems to me that we live on after we die. In the memories of those who knew us and perhaps in the memories of those who knew those who knew us. If we are kind to others, that will be remembered and perhaps will be passed on to others who knew us and were kind because we influenced them.

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    boyfromoz  over 9 years ago

    I know I drink too much. Last time I did a urine test there was an olive in it…..(Rodney Dangerfield).

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    knight1192a  almost 9 years ago

    Drinking clearly leads to a five o’clock shadow.

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    I like how alcohol caused goat to grow stubble

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    PBS1!  almost 4 years ago

    You know things are bad when Rat shows vulnerability

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    the thing is-  over 3 years ago

    goat has been sucked into the vortex of rat.

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