Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 12, 2021

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Rioting? Look what happened Saturday in Rome. It was our January 6th.


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    sirbadger  over 1 year ago

    I just read an article about how the people in charge of baseball are trying to figure out how to make it more exciting.

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    BasilBruce  over 1 year ago

    This “pastime” does have a lot more grand slams.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    Rat may have a point, but imo, the riots lack a lot of production values: Lighting is terrible, the mics are too far from the actors, camera angles are bad, too many characters to keep track of, and I can’t tell which side are the good guys.

    Yeah: /s

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    Bilan  over 1 year ago

    I hope the Little Leagues aren’t teaching the kids this new “national pastime”. They should stick with baseball at least until they get to college.

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    scoldog  over 1 year ago

    From the Idiocracy trivia page on IMDB

    In addition to the Fuddrucker’s gag, early drafts of the script had another scene showing the devolution of sports, with a stadium’s marquee sign changing from “Championship Baseball” to “Extreme Baseball” (essentially just a bat fight), to finally just “Fire”.

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    B UTTONS  over 1 year ago

    Rat is watching C-SPAN.

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    tudza Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I’m looking forward to machete season.

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    MathProf2  over 1 year ago

    Saw that coming.

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    KevDoneIt  over 1 year ago

    How to stop the rioting? Arrest the rioters, Don’t release them as they are a danger to the public, set their court date for at least a month in the future. No bail if any person was injured or property damaged. Require the rioter pays damages plus 20 percent. Then elect public officials who will actually enforce the laws.

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    Baarorso  over 1 year ago

    I thought that our “national pastime” was “hating people who didn’t think as we do”.;/

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    Olddog04  over 1 year ago

    Bats are so outdated. Nowadays, it’s M16s, and AR15s.

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    cdward  over 1 year ago

    Have they really?

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    Michael G.  over 1 year ago

    Nowadays, it’s called “going to the races”.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 8bb645]  over 1 year ago

    Okay, to really appreciate this, check George Carlin on baseball vs football

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    iggyman  over 1 year ago

    Portland, Minneapolis, too much unrest, I sincerely hope we do not see more of that.

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    pontiac59  over 1 year ago

    I thought he was watching C-Span live from Washington covering the latest spending bill.

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    jessie d. Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Tis how America was formed, i.e., rioting against those Brits who had the gall to expect us to pay our tax bill.

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    Purple Helmet  over 1 year ago

    It’s called “peaceful protest,” if Rat is watching CNN.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Things certainly have changed in this country. Rioting is now called Peaceful Protesting in the media.

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    Doug K  over 1 year ago

    Some people only see “mostly peaceful protesting”. Well actually … that depends on who’s doing the rioting and/or how can this be used (spun) to support their narrative/cause?

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    dnie  over 1 year ago

    it’s a cartoon.

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    tripwire45  over 1 year ago

    Yes, the national pastime oddly cheered on by news and politicians.

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    Ellis97  over 1 year ago

    A lot of people think that rioting and looting will fix all of their problems these days.

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    MS72  over 1 year ago

    Let’s win the ALCS, then …, The World Series!

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Baseball is mostly peaceful.

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    Znox11  over 1 year ago

    Protesting a great and time honored tradition is this country. The problem is when you mix in some malcontents that just want anarchy and violence, your protest gets hijacked. Once that happens, whatever message you are trying to convey gets lost and your cause becomes tarnished by those who probably didn’t care about it in the first place.

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    Bucinka  over 1 year ago

    Rat obviously wasn’t watching Rays-Red Sox last night.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    Yes! This is definitely not the country I grew up in!


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    colddonkey  over 1 year ago

    Both seem to be legal if your with the proper party.

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    Display  over 1 year ago

    The Bugs Butt Hate would have you believe Kyle Rittenhouse brought his AR across state lines (actually, his mommy drove him) just for peaceful purposes even though it was loaded. And that he shot those people by “ax-eee-dent”. And that the Proud Boy Nazis bail money and Kyle’s several violations of his release were all just in fun by “fine people on both sides.”

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    cosman  over 1 year ago

    ..folks’ll see things only the way they see them.

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    grange Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I agree with rat about baseball. "Let’s modify cricket, inverting a bunch of rules, so we end up with the most boring game in existence. Then, let’s see what we can do to rugby. Ninety minutes of nonstop action is just too much.

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    rshive  over 1 year ago

    Rioting requires special skills too.

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    johndifool  over 1 year ago

    Maybe he’s actually watching a game of Mad Magazine’s Basebrawl.

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    old_geek  over 1 year ago

    Amygdalas will swell with this one.

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    mikeytech585  over 1 year ago

    Well maybe… Just maybe host has bad eye sight… or orrrrr maybe… Just maybe host sees one thing and rat sees another? It’s very possible they are watching baseball but are seeing different versions of it?

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    prrdh  over 1 year ago

    It’s the national pastime for both Democrats and Republicans, but not for the plurality of Americans who think both parties suck.

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    WCraft Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Wait – we’ve had actual rioting in this country? Do the major news outlets know of this? I thought the only dangerous protesting happened in Washington, DC?

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    Goat from PBS  over 1 year ago

    You kidding me, Rat? October baseball is the BEST! Except last week, when LA walked-off the Cards.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member over 1 year ago

    A good game of Brockian Ultra Cricket.

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    me_the_polish_gull  over 1 year ago

    He’s not seeing the pastime, he’s seeing the people fighting the imperfect pastime.

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    doesntplaywellwithothers  over 1 year ago

    Almost anything is more exciting than baseball.

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    raybarb44  over 1 year ago

    Sad that it seems that way…..

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    donwestonmysteries  over 1 year ago

    Baseball and exciting should never be used in the same sentence.

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    pearlyqim  over 1 year ago

    Sad but true!!

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    dimndno  over 1 year ago

    The only day we had a riot was Jan. 6. Everything else was “mostly peaceful protests.”

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    moondog42 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    If rat loves the crack of the bat, only one side of the riot has bats, and that’s not the people. I guess it makes sense that rat is the pro-police sort, given his “presidency” aspirations….

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    willie_mctell  over 1 year ago

    Riot rules are much more complex although you can appreciate the action without being an expert.

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    rhpii  over 1 year ago

    Oh yeah well what about X? Oh yeah what about Y? I don’t care which side you are on, how about lock them all up, left, right everyone of them? Fine the Cr@p out of all of them. Second offense?: Jail and double fine. Oh and if you are receiving public assistance of any kind you lose it.

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    NatureBatsLast  over 1 year ago

    Creating chaos to justify a police state, old tactic, old news.

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    The Orange Mailman  over 1 year ago

    Agree on the part about baseball not being exciting.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    Rat mentions our ongoing social decay again, and treats it as entertainment. Sad.

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Sadly, I think Rat is onto something—our new “national pastime”….

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    Chrysi Cat Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Those people who jumped on people for "making the “NAP” comment political"— are they still arguing after this page that Pearls is an apolitical strip and that all politics belongs in the editorial section?

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