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  1. about 3 hours ago on Tom Toles

    A parody of the minstrel’s song about Sir Robin-the-not-quite-so-brave-as-Sir-Lancelot would be welcomed at this point (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” need I remind anyone.)

  2. about 3 hours ago on Jack Ohman

    If Trump is defeated this Fall and he whines everything was against him, as he sinks down finally in defeat “The Dying Gall” might be his final melodramatic pose. [Gaul]

  3. about 8 hours ago on Tom Toles

    I’d bet for sure it’s very hard on Fauci to contain his resentment toward Trump. I think to myself whenever I see his even temperament in the face of extreme government incompetence, “Groan JUST ONCE, or I’ll go MAD!

  4. about 8 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Thanks for the links. However, I copied the URL you provided yesterday, pasted it into Google, but could not connect. What did I do wrong? (I’ll ask my son — he’s extremely Internet savvy.)

  5. about 12 hours ago on Clay Jones

    Don’t be so sure. With his music, and now religious, connections he might pull in more than a few votes. I don’t know what color his campaign hats would be, but he could recycle the MAGA slogan: Make America Gyrate Again.” (— (— And St. Kim is doing good works now. Life is Absurd, as Camus wrote, and getting absurd-er by the day.

  6. about 12 hours ago on Prickly City

    “Tin-foil haberdashery” is a clever term. Thanks for the laugh. Could also be played as “blabberdashery.”

  7. about 12 hours ago on Jack Ohman

    Missing among that statuary is a carved group of Fox pundits (a group of actual foxes is, appropriate in this case, called called a “skulk”) tearing a Democrat apart.

  8. about 12 hours ago on Clay Jones

    Dare I say it? Oh, what the heck: “Both are big boobs.”

  9. about 12 hours ago on Joe Heller

    All the government “fortune tellers” giving political and social advice from February on should give their own salaries back.

  10. about 12 hours ago on Tom Toles

    My comment is beside the cartoon’s emphasis on Dr. Fauci. However, “knee deep in the first term” brings to mind the Pete Seeger song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.” It was performed by Seeger in several venues, leading up to its performance (to great controversy) on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in early 1968. That show was very popular among young people in America, and I watched it at the time.

    The song story line refers to a supposed incident in Louisiana where an army platoon followed the lead of a captain who stubbornly refused to put off crossing an ever deepening river, and he himself drowned as a result. The reference to the captain as “the big fool” was taken as reference to Lyndon Johnson in his perceived mishandling of the Vietnam War.

    Trump refers to himself as a “wartime president.” Like Vietnam — even worse,—Trump’s handling of the pandemic is tearing the country apart. He has churned up the mud of anti-science, racism, and misguided patriotism, and the country is near it drowning as a result. Certainly more Americans by far have died due in large part, many believe, to his foolish leadership.

    The clip of Seeger singing the song can be found at several sites on YouTube. The following are the concluding stanzas of the text:

    “Maybe you’re still walking and you’re still talking,

    And you’d like to keep your health.

    But every time I read the papers

    That old feeling comes on.

    We’re waist deep in the Big Muddy,

    And the big fool says to push on.


    “Waist deep in the Big Muddy,

    And the big fool says to push on.

    Waist deep in the Big Muddy,

    And the big fool says too push on.

    Waist deep! Neck deep!

    Soon even a tall man’ll be over his head.

    Waist deep in the Big Muddy!

    And the big fool says to push on!”


    “Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace.” — Donald J. Trump