Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 26, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    San Diego won’t miss you. They have the Chargers… Maybe they will miss you.

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    alasko  6 months ago

    Mike in San Diego, “Pass the dutchy on the left hand side, the Giants win the pennant!” IYKYK.

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    sirbadger  6 months ago

    Tell them it’s CBD. In Tennessee, Marijuana is illegal, but CBD is legal.

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    NavalHistorian  6 months ago

    Stephan is an overachiever. Getting arrested by both local and federal law enforcement on the same book tour!

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    BasilBruce  6 months ago

    “I was told it was oregano! Honest!”

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    hariseldon59  6 months ago

    Looks like it’s Stephan’s last dance with Mary Jane.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 6 months ago

    Goat, Stephan writes you, how could he not know that?

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    At least he’s being charitable by signing books for inmates.

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    Gent  6 months ago

    Eh not draws comics on prison wall now. Or you get arrested inside prison also.

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    drbee  6 months ago

    Unfortunately, pot laws Are still being enforced in many areas. The RW faction that is really big on ‘Control’ HATES the idea of giving up such a useful tool that provides selective control over people by selective enforcement. A large number of arrest and trafficking statistics the DEA trots out to this day are for marijuana. But the person charged May be charged with a misdemeanor, Or, if he is someone who is ‘inconvenient’, or ‘irksome’ to either the police or the power structure, they might Still be charged with a felony, and much more severely penalized.

    That was a favorite tactic of the police in some areas, in the 1960’s and ’70’s. A lot of people who were ‘politically active’ had their homes, vehicles, or persons searched, and pot was ‘found’ in the search, and they ended up behind bars… some of whom had never smoked a joint in their life.

    Whether this practice still continues today, I cannot say…. but it would not shock me to find that it did still occur once in a while.

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    Robin Harwood  6 months ago

    @@hariseldon Thanks for the dates.

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    TampaFanatic1  6 months ago

    Time for the feds to decriminalize marijuana as it is legal across the board in many places and other places it is allowed for medicinal purposes as here in FL. With so many other dangers lurking in society busting people for small amount of weed is simply ridiculous.

    Of course, the criminal justice and corrections conglomerate make huge coin from locking up people for possession (companies make huge profits providing substandard food and medical care in many areas as well as the counties and state assign contracts to the highest bidder) and also make money via court costs, probation fees, fines, counseling services and drug testing.

    Many young people get dragged into the system on an arrest for possession and find it difficult or even impossible to get out of said system. Decriminalize pot and a lot of those associated with the criminal justice conglomerate will see their gravy train run dry. They will fight tooth and nail to fight this.

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    Sanspareil  6 months ago

    Feds hold the cards, states rights are below the federal statutes!

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    rasputin's horoscope  6 months ago

    I hope this strip was educational for all who were in need of the lesson.

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    ronaldspence  6 months ago

    He was caught by a joint task force!

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    markkahler52  6 months ago

    What’s bail for the bale?!

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    Anters55  6 months ago

    Seems you’re a bit rusty on the law, Counselor.

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    figuratively speaking  6 months ago

    Caught up in the excitement of the moment.

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    juicebruce  6 months ago

    Stephan what would Larry Croc do in this situation ?

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    iggyman  6 months ago

    Stay away from that chit, man!

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    SALUDADOG  6 months ago

    Where’s Guard Duck when you need him?

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    Squoop  6 months ago

    Ha I always knew Pastis was a stoner!

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    Croc Holliday  6 months ago

    I’ve never tried the stuff and don’t really get why Americans are so drug-happy, but treating cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, in the same class as heroin, is just plain stupid. Pot is probably less dangerous than alcohol.

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    nicholasbonnie3  6 months ago

    And that’s why you’re the smart one, Goat.

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    Goat from PBS  6 months ago

    Why does Stephan enjoy throwing himself in jail?

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    Ellis97  6 months ago

    Now you tell him.

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    Procat Premium Member 6 months ago

    To bad he’s not a politician, he could claim it was an honest mistake

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    chris_o42  6 months ago

    No more flyin’ high, Pastis!

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    Imagine  6 months ago

    If he signs as many books as he signs legal paperwork on this trip, he’ll being doing quite well.

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    DaBump Premium Member 6 months ago

    To quote Bugs Bunny: “Oh no! Not again!”

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    wrd2255  6 months ago

    Silly Stephan. Take edibles before you fly. Then stare for hours at that UFO following the plane – that turns out to be a wing light.

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    Sportymonk  6 months ago

    Guns laws are the same. Your state may say its legal but when you fill out the Federal Form 4473, and it asks about drug use (Hunter) marijuana is an illegal drug. So you may consume it legally but you cannot buy a firearm.

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    HOTLOTUS1  6 months ago

    i like to smoke, but i have to say it has ruined Vegas!

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    Birdman47  6 months ago

    Why can’t you have unified laws throughout the whole country?

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    SNVBD  6 months ago

    So, you can have some marie juana in your pocket and walk across the state border, cycle across the state border, drive over the state border but not fly over the state border with it?

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    JudyAz  6 months ago

    And even though it’s legal in the two adjoining states (CA and AZ in this case), you can’t take it across the state line since that’s Federal jurisdiction.

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    hmofo813 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Cautionary note to those in states where cannabis is legal for recreational use: depending on state law, your employer (current or prospective) might still be able to demand a drug test and fire you (or reject you job application) if the now-legal substance comes up positive.

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    CaveCat87  6 months ago

    You really shouldn’t have pushed it, Stephan. The law will always know. Yeah, I feel that this is signaling the end of the strip.

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    hoffquotes2  6 months ago

    Drug jokes never were funny

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    JohnTheFoole  6 months ago

    Steph!! Really!!

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    dlaemmerhirt999  6 months ago

    This book signing is CURSED. And I’m STILL sad I missed Stephen when he came to The Town of Tonawanda! D’X

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    ChukLitl Premium Member 6 months ago

    It’s tricky traveling. Most hotels are now “no smoking,” & laws still say you can’t in public places. Enforcement is selective & tourists are easy, let ‘em slide if they’re otherwise contributing sufficiently to the local economy, or just mail us a check for the fine. Have a relative or make a friend in safe states. A small bag that stays there is cheaper than a hotel.

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 6 months ago

    Another example of the strange way State/City laws/ordinances are related to Federal laws.

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    Radish the wordsmith  6 months ago

    That’s why they call it dope.

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    _lounger_  6 months ago

    should have organized a signing tour in prisons instead of in bookstores…

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    christelisbetty  6 months ago

    So what ? The Raiders will always be The Oakland Raiders to me.All them California teams look alike…..yeah yeah I know they’re in Vegas now.Here in Cleveland,we at least held on to our name….at least.

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    zeexenon  6 months ago

    Rent a car, Phoenix to San Diego is a nice drive. And 15 pounds is a lot anyway.

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    David D Smith Premium Member 6 months ago

    Stephan Pastis had written in the comments section of his past books that he had a hard time getting more adult themes past the censors of his work (AKA editors) because the comics section had to be kept at a children’s level for the kids reading it. Crap… don’t use that word. Butt… nope, and other things. Glad to see the editors are letting him “push the envelope” and he can run strips like this. If you want pure sweetness, stick to Garfield. If you want edgy, Pearls Before Swine is the strip for you!

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    SubDude  6 months ago

    So is Sacramento and Seattle a bust now? ;-)

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    timothy6522  6 months ago

    TSA agent looks like Jerry Garcia!!

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    willie_mctell  6 months ago

    Next time in your checked luggage. It’s not like you were going to use it on the plane.

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    eddi-TBH  6 months ago

    The TSA just loves to bust hippies. Or anyone else who is too weak to harm them.

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    einarbt  6 months ago

    I wonder if Stephan’s puns will improve or change in some way if he ends up writing from prison?

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 6 months ago

    I wonder if this is really an autobiographical story.

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    John Jorgensen  6 months ago

    Didn’t he just do a Pastis-in-jail story?

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    Sisyphos  6 months ago

    Dumb move, Cartoon-Boy. I hope you enjoy Doing Time and being treated like a boy-toy indifre ths joint….

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    AtariDragon  6 months ago

    Too bad he’s not in the WNBA.

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    Swirls Before Pine  6 months ago

    Remember to tell the judge that you write “Zits”.

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member 5 months ago

    The best part is you don’t have to take it on the plane because you can buy it when you get there, silly

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