Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 13, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  3 months ago

    Should thank Goat for doing his part to shut down conspiracies.

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    BasilBruce  3 months ago

    Is there a thin crust state?

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    Darsan54 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Good answer. Only the MAGots are deep in the chip (bok).

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 3 months ago

    How about the Shallow State?

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    Hello Everyone  3 months ago

    Good for you Pig! I wish more people didn’t believe in it.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  3 months ago

    I’m in the state of confusion.

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    Yakety Sax  3 months ago

    Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America and the United States, with a depth of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the northwest.

    The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of “bad water” next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

    Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.

    The pool is not the lowest point of the basin: the lowest point (which is only slightly lower) is several miles to the west and varies in position, depending on rainfall and evaporation patterns. The salt flats are hazardous to traverse (in many cases being only a thin white crust over mud), and so the sign marking the low point is at the pool instead. The basin was considered the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere until the discovery of Laguna del Carbón in Argentina at −344 ft (−105 m).

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    DefundFakeMedia  3 months ago

    Your average Democrat right there.

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    Gent  3 months ago

    Oh suuuure there ain’t.

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    shanen0  3 months ago

    Too bad the lunatics aren’t so logical. They’ll probably pick the “relatively” deepest state. Or maybe just every state with a lower average elevation than Colorado will be called a “deep state”?

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    Isn’t Louisiana below sea level in parts?! (actually 49%)!

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    Below Rat’s see level!

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    cdward  3 months ago

    I guess it all depends on how you define Deep State. If it means the folks who exercise power in government though they are in no way formally connected to the government, then look no further than the corporate and billionaire class (lots of overlap there). They purchase congress members and Supreme Court justices and tell them what to do. So, to that extent, the Deep State does exist.

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    Procat Premium Member 3 months ago

    When Pig appeared in the fourth panel did he go through the Pizza Gate

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    Egrayjames  3 months ago

    “Deep State’….are you kidding me. The more things change the more we become like Russia. No ‘’Deep State’’ there either.

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    SNVBD  3 months ago

    So the Netherlands are the “Deep State” then?

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    He’s in a New York State in of mind.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    Trump has managed to demonize Civil Servants.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member 3 months ago

    The deep state is only the level of bureaucratic power that is not subject to the whims of the electorate. Unelected officials and their minions, who are loyal to a party and a party ideology, and serve in their capacity to uphold and defend those. It doesn’t require organization, or a vast conspiracy. The structure is held together by individual rivets, each placed to maintain a small part of the whole, to do their job as they know is best. Ideally, they would defend and uphold the fundamental laws of their republic. But certainly, there must be some flexibility allowed where personal preferences would overshadow the ossified carcasses of long-dead people.

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    Radish the wordsmith  3 months ago

    The deep state decides which military contractors will fight in which war.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    Trump wants to go back to the spoils system: The President fires the whole Government and replaces them with “his people” – i.e. cronies and toadies. Chester A. Arthur created the Civil Service to end that, and the partisan hacks hated him for it.

    We now have a Government where hiring and advancement is based on qualifications and a test, and they AREN’T beholden to the politicians. Yes, Donnie, we want accountants who know math, not idiots whose only qualification is that they flatter you. Lawyers who will adhere to the law instead of telling a billionaire criminal what he wants to hear.

    And it’s ALWAYS projection with these people. He claims that civil servants are all political when what he wants to do is replace them with people who actually ARE all political.

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    vidyohsb1999  3 months ago

    You’re losing it, Steven Pastis. That is so sad.

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    uniquename  3 months ago

    Well, there are more than a few states that are in deep…

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    SusieB  3 months ago

    I never even heard the term until Trump and Steve Bannon came on the scene. More conspiracy crock of crap to rile up the MAGA minions

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    Goat from PBS  3 months ago

    The Deep State is a hoax, confirmed.

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    CaveCat87  3 months ago

    Not what they mean by ‘Deep state’, Pig. Even though I had to look up the term.

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    zeexenon  3 months ago

    You can find them in the deep Dark Web … with some Herculean effort and deep thoughts.

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    MollyCat  3 months ago

    Nobody does, but it could come yet

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member 3 months ago

    If I’m not mistaken Louisiana is below sea level

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    Cozmik Cowboy  3 months ago

    But the one good thing about climate change is that Florida soon will be entirely below sea level……

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    hooglah  3 months ago

    Louisiana is close, but just the far south is below sea level. Smart place to build a city….again, and again, and again. Your tax dollars at work. Brilliant, isn’t it? They think they have it figured out now……..just wait. You don’t mess with Mother Nature.

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    aerotica69  3 months ago

    I always thought the “deep state” was the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

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    Plumb.Bob Premium Member 3 months ago

    The complete lack of evidence proves that the conspiracy is working.

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    blunebottle  3 months ago

    Seems I always have to remind myself where the title of this comic comes from and what it means, before I try to educate the Dumocrats…

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    mindjob  3 months ago

    It must be great to have a government job you can never be fired from

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    Saurischia  3 months ago

    The Deep State is actually the billionaire oligarchy whose propaganda deflects towards a government that they themselves actually own. Think about it. Since the beginning of the country, it has been government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy. The laws reflect that. By constantly playing on the emotions of the people who are losing out due to their policies, they have convinced people to blame others and by doing so, influence them to vote against their own interests. If only people understood the actual history of our country. Instead of listening to constant angry sound-bites, try reading The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn to understand this better as well as The Big Myth by Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway.

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    michael3114  3 months ago

    When the entire government is doing the things normally attributed to a Deep State, then I guess it’s not a Deep State anymore. It’s like having roaches that no longer run from the light.

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    DanMercer  3 months ago

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. The Deep State is not a conspiracy, it is a bureaucracy that is heavily left wing that, instead of implementing the policy of the administration, implements its own, instead. It does this by leaking information, by dragging its feet on carrying out policies it disagrees with and a thousand other ways. Leftists deny its existence since its doing their business.

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    lanainutahdesert  3 months ago

    How about the National Security State, D.O.B. July 26, 1947

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    daDoctah1  3 months ago

    That’s not deep. It’s just thick.

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    C wolfe  3 months ago

    FYI: Legally the territory of a state or country extends to the center of the earth.

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    Buoy  3 months ago

    Deep state or no, we would appear to be sinking fast.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  3 months ago

    Some states like Florida and Lousiana do have area below sea level. As for the ‘deep state’, Goat should have asked follow up questions to help Pig.

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    liberalnlovinit  3 months ago

    I don’t believe in the other one either…

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    bunrabbit99  3 months ago

    people who believe in conspiracies & the “deep state” have a much higher opinion of government competency than i do. if our government was a child, it wouldn’t know how to tie its shoes.

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    kinich79  3 months ago

    With Global Warming and the Sea Level Rise a good chunk of Florida and parts of all coastal states will be deep under water, so technically there could be a “deep state” or at least part of one. How deep? depends how much the sea advances and the topography.

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