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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 04, 2018

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 7 months ago

    Well, 229 years of Constitutional government was a pretty good run.

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    Kveldulf  7 months ago

    RAT — Realistic Animal Truthsayer

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    odd90745  7 months ago

    Never trusted that squirrel!

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    Dirty Dragon  7 months ago

    Maybe journalists should have dropped the “both sidesism” and just done competent journalism.

    I dunno, people like “free”. But maybe if the bald-faced liars didn’t get equal treatment with the honest politicians we wouldn’t be in this mess, and people would still believe what they read in the paper.

    “Democracy Dies at the Editor’s Desk.”

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    sirbadger  7 months ago

    There are too many different news sites that want my money. I don’t live in New York or Boston and I’m not paying for their newspapers.

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    GeifuKe  7 months ago

    .sitsaP setah lerriuqs sihT

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    GeifuKe  7 months ago

    Pastis, you truly are nuts about squirrels.

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    Z51 Premium Member 7 months ago

    News has always been biased

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    GeifuKe  7 months ago

    Rat and nuts = tar dna stun

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus  Premium Member 7 months ago

    There are two grey squirrels in my company garden which everybody feed . I guess we are digging our graves by ourselves .

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    x_Tech Premium Member 7 months ago

    I, for one, have no doubt that the squirrels are running rampant.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member 7 months ago

    I, for one, am glad that Pig had sense enough to heed the warnings and save himself.

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    SquawkTron  7 months ago

    Good thing I keep a spare capsule in my closet.

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    Kyle of Lochalsh  7 months ago

    Hungary’s Drumpf Wannabee, Brazil’s Drumpf Wannabee!! Maybe it’s time to give up democracy and just let global warming do the thing that it is going to do!!

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    Doctor_J  7 months ago

    What a lot of codswallop…

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member 7 months ago

    I always trust Moose and Squirrel.

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    Johnny Potseed  7 months ago

    [smartassing]Squirrels can carry yersinia pestis. So, yes, squirrels can kill you. Not intentionally, but they can. And that’s no rumor.[/smartassing]

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    Bilan  7 months ago

    It’s all Andy Rooney’s fault. Sixty Minutes was the first newscast to actually make a profit. When the other news producers realized that, they opted to go for the money (any which way but up) instead of reporting the news.

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    EcurbYkspohs  7 months ago

    I don’t know about other areas but in my area if you don’t have a police/ems scanner you don’t know what is going on. The media truly has become selective in what gets reported to the public. Further more what the media does report on they remind me of a pack of coyotes feeding on their prey.

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    wllilly1960  7 months ago

    …Stephan, you’re obviously a paid-up member on MS-13 AND the international globalist conspiracy! AND you hate freedom! And you’re really a woman! Lock her up! Woo, woo…

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    azzir  7 months ago

    Just cook more squirrels…

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member 7 months ago

    What did you do, Morty?

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    Lenavid  7 months ago

    News isn’t factual if it doesn’t agree with one’s opinion because news is now presented with opinion.

    Joe Friday wouldn’t be able to do his job these days, since everyone’s ends now justify their means.

    Let’s see how far Progressivism “progresses” us with its foundation of Moral Relativism.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 7 months ago

    It’s scary when Rat is 100% ACCURATE!!!

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    jimchronister2016  7 months ago

    Thanks Stephan, for reminding us how important our great and necessary freedom of the press is along with the men and women that make it possible, play in our great Democracy.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 7 months ago

    Many people do not get the difference, and don’t realize professional journalists actually have journalistic standards, as opposed to just printing whatever will stoke people.

    So right now, there are a frightening number of folks who actually believe that a few thousand people, which includes women and children, walking 1000 miles in search of a place to settle is an “invading army” that’s going to try to force its way into the United States. Even though you have to be incredibly stupid to believe that.

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    dzeeba41  7 months ago

    Are the crocks extinct? Breeng back larry.MORE CROCKS dag dabbit.

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    rhbrandon2  7 months ago

    What we really need is a squirrelly-proof country.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 7 months ago

    Rat is correct, we are cooked.

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    MS72  7 months ago

    Vote for Pastis?

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    car2ner  7 months ago

    this goes way way back. Look up Yellow Journalism. Newspapers and media selling us sensation is nothing new. And politicians taking advantage of that is nothing new either.

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    pauline_gangof4  7 months ago

    There is often a tiny grain of truth in even the wildest of rumours, and this makes them more plausible and easy to manipulate by the unscrupulous politician.

    For instance, Squirrels CAN kill, but only if you eat too many of them and neglect to peel them.

    You heard it here first, folks!

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    well-i-never  7 months ago

    So that’s how you tell if it’s Russians in the comments – everything ends with “ski.”

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    jlsnell327  7 months ago

    It is up to us to look for the truth in reporting. It is out there. But most of us rely on opinion “news” designed not to report, but to get people riled up and believing in conspiracy theories. Good journalism does exist. But we too often prefer the easy way, and sources that support our biases. Time to take responsibility for our democracy, while we still have one.

    Use more than one source, so you can decide if there is bias. And remember that just because you may not agree does not mean it is bias or lies. There is no such thing as alternative facts.

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    Bruce1253  7 months ago

    How about the symbiotic relationship between Trump and the media? He says outrageous things and they report it as fact. He goes “Oh Goody, more stories about ME! I’ll say some more things.” They keep reporting because it drives up their ratings. Rinse, Repeat.

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    childrenspoems Premium Member 7 months ago

    Thank you, Stephan. I needed that!

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    Darque Hellmutt  7 months ago

    Not sure – is that guy on the podium supposed to be Trump? or Bill Clinton? The joke works either way.

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    Flossie Mud Duck  7 months ago

    Amen, Stephan, amen.

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    John Smith  7 months ago

    So much for a comic oasis in our stress filled lives. Thanks for nothing SP

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    Sportymonk  7 months ago

    Walter Cronkite, where are you? Looking for Brinkley and Huntley.

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    YippiKiAyMofo  7 months ago

    Clowns to the Left of me, Jokers to the right. To pretend that either side is less biased than the other is to be ignorant. To pretend that billionaires don’t control both parties is to be blind. To cling to your side of the aisle at all costs is to be sheep.

    Stop being sheep.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima Premium Member 7 months ago

    Journalists aren’t “trained in gathering news” so much as trained in presenting stories for as much consumption as possible. That means angles, hooks, and lying (at times). There is some truth in there, but it’s getting more and more difficult to find and to discern from the b.s., no matter the political leanings of the writer or presenter editor or producer.

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    tripwire45  7 months ago

    I was waiting for Boris or Natasha to show up because after the Russians were introduced, I kept hearing them say “Moose and Squirrel.”

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    jonesbeltone  7 months ago

    I am sad now.

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    rs0204 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Stephen made the guy in the Third panel look way too smart.

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    Dianne Lee Premium Member 7 months ago

    The top number I have seen reported for the number of people in this caravan is 7000. More often it is around 3-4 thousand. And, quite a few of them seem to be in family groups. Now, I know we have way more than 7000 churches in this country. How about each church adopting a person, or a family and taking care of them until they can get adjusted to this country or make arrangements to return to their own or whatever country they choose. Then when that’s accomplished, find another person who needs help, and so on until you run out of people who need help, which should be pretty much forever. If the church has 500 members, if shouldn’t cost much per family. That’s a real example of WWJD. I know lots of churches that talk the talk, but none that walk the walk.

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    nmdigger46  7 months ago

    Stick to humor, Pastis – it’s your job, and why we enjoy a diversion. The world gets enough political chatter elsewhere, and yours is hardly thought-provoking. Your strip used to be a lot funnier.

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    bikamper  7 months ago

    Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 7 months ago

    Take heart, Stephan. Millions of us, in the U.S. and around the globe, live in a real place far removed from this fabricated world. What’s more, we never stopped paying for our news, even when it was available for free.

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    Radish Premium Member 7 months ago

    Its time for Rocky, and his terrorist Friends!

    Rat is just jealous, he sees squirrels getting fed at the park and knows that could be him if he only had a fluffy tail.

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    gojuguy  7 months ago

    Over one hundred years ago, Mark Twain said, “if you don’t read the newspapers, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you are misinformed.” Not much has changed. We just get misinformed faster now.

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    DCBakerEsq  7 months ago

    Squirrel soup is delicious. Democracy, not so much.

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    asmbeers  7 months ago

    Sparta was the first Democracy. Germany is a Democracy. The USA is a Republic. There is a difference.

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    rpersonsjr  7 months ago

    As Mark Twain said, “a lie can travel half way around the world while truth is still putting its pants on.” Nowadays, the internet let’s that lie make it around the world several times while truth is getting its pants on.

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    whiteaj  7 months ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Stephan Pastis. It’s about time somebody IN the establishment spoke out against the rotten people who call themselves “journalists” today. Journalism died some time back in the Clinton administration.

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    Spiney Norman Premium Member 7 months ago

    Pay for journalism? Most of the people here won’t even pay for these comics.

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    hariseldon59  7 months ago

    Looks like Rocky is working for Boris and Natasha now.

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    XanderBitMe  7 months ago

    There is a colony of albino squirrels at my apartment complex. If you don’t see me, you’ll know what happened.

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    GeorgeWhite  7 months ago

    Of course no mention of the fact that virtually all of those “trained reporters” were indoctrinated into a specific faith, with a specific agenda – to promote collectivism in all its myriad of forms.

    The disingenuous is very apparent, even when it is done by a cartoonist.

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    del_grande Premium Member 7 months ago

    You can still pay for journalism. That might be part of the problem.

    Real news: that’ll be $10/month first, thank you very much, and none of this “private window to get around the free article limit” nonsense.Free news: SQUIRREL PANIC IN THE STREETS!

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    David  7 months ago

    He forgot the part about eliminating liberal bias from 90% of the news.

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    ZeebaNeighba1985  7 months ago

    I, for one, welcome our new rodent overlords.

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    Hoodude  7 months ago

    Back awhile ago Lewis Grizzard pointed out it was only a quarter..a paper a day..but I recall it being a dime..which is sorta kinda close to its worth today.

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    Hoodude  7 months ago

    And an editor is just a mash up carpenter..getting the stuff out is up to the publisher,whose name is always higher on the mast.

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    Godfreydaniel  7 months ago

    The only real surprise is that they weren’t zombie squirrels infected with smallpox and traveling in a caravan……..

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    dr_suess  7 months ago

    Patis, between the awful puns and fart jokes, sometimes you slip in some pretty excellent stuff. :-)

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    Squoop Premium Member 7 months ago

    OMG look - squirrels!!! Heading towards the border! Get out the troops!

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    AtariDragon  7 months ago

    So, according to this cartoonist, only “journalists” should be allowed free speech. And cartoonists, of course.

    If I wanted Doonesbury, I’d be subscribed to Doonesbury. Just in case Pastis reads comments: this is why I unsubscribed.

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    braindead Premium Member 7 months ago

    For Trump Disciples, squirrels = immigrants.

    Just thought you’d like to know.

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    The squirrel stew was cooked when “advocacy journalism” replaced real journalism. Now, every “news” page is an editorial page. What, I wonder, did you expect? Not everyone has Pig’s capsule option, but I suspect many wish they had….

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    1simplecat  7 months ago

    I am not tuning in to know how I should think or feel, but what actually happened so, the “reporters” should report facts and leave their opinions out, because like entertainers (sports, music, or acting) they are not being paid for what they think.

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    cmforzetting  7 months ago

    Journalism no longer emphasizes ethics, just immediacy. Add to that the confirmed bias as clearly demonstrated by the Big Three networks, CNN, and the vast majority of print outlets to the Left (and feel free to verify my claim yourself – here’s one example – https://nypost.com/2017/10/21/the-other-half-of-america-that-the-liberal-media-doesnt-cover/) and why would a conservative not doubt that the press, which once prided itself on being demonstrably above politic, leaving it clearly on the editorial page, is no longer to be trusted?

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    wtexcowboy_75  20 days ago

    Good old St Walter started the trend during the tet offensive

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