Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 05, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  3 months ago

    The person really in trouble is inventor of that device.

    Happy Easter, Mr. Pastis!

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    BasilBruce  3 months ago

    This comic can now take its place alongside “Bloom County” and “Doonesbury.”

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    Bilan  3 months ago

    Whenever a candidate says that the current government is corrupt and dishonest, my translator says that he wants to join that group.

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    ronaldspence  3 months ago

    so true of both sides of the aisle and while we blame each other it is business as usual’

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 3 months ago

    And how are people supposed to change the situation? By voting?

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    DanielRyanMulligan1  3 months ago

    And NOW, of course, Stephan pastis can have company the next time he ends up in jail; it’s just too bad it has to be one(1) of his “creations,” i.e. PIG, when PIG ends up in jail after the end of this comic strip!!!! WAH!!!! Dan aka one(1) VERY sad fan!!!!

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    hariseldon59  3 months ago

    I like the way Rat attempts to disassociate himself from Pig.

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    priyansh.jeziel  3 months ago

    Isn’t it interesting that we see the truth put into words, in a comic, rather than having the MEDIA doing the ‘job’ that once was expected of it, mainly through their own motto of “speaking truth to power”, but, I guess that they get too many ‘perks’ from the government, and the candidates to ask serious questions.

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    carlsonbob  3 months ago

    God help us if we actually get any honesty from anyone from any party.

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    jjoddfellow  3 months ago

    Best comic ever. That box speaks the truth.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member 3 months ago

    That’s quite the device. Very handy. Does it come with your choice of voices?

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    Robin Harwood  3 months ago

    Very wise, Rat.

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    Yakety Sax  3 months ago

    Saw a woman Brit political commentator use this phrase to describe Republicans and Democrats—couldn’t agree more: two cheeks of the same @rse.

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    blunebottle  3 months ago

    Where can I get one of those?

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    Zykoic  3 months ago

    Bull’s eye!

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    SteveHL  3 months ago

    The arrival of the sinister Men in Gray.

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    I have noticed a lot of the best people get shut out of going for office due to lack of money for campaigning!

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    Formedras  3 months ago

    So… anyone still wanna try to claim that Pearls Before Swine isn’t political?

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    DefundFakeMedia  3 months ago

    100% true!

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    donlackie  3 months ago

    Absolutely correct. Keep electing the same two parties and nothing will change

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    mottyg  3 months ago

    The strip says, “Until you change that, …” And how, exactly, do I change that? The only power I have is my vote, but I need to have suitable people RUN.

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    shanen0  3 months ago

    I think it’s misleading because the crooks are selective in their political investments. Sometimes they do invest in both sides, but normally they are shopping for the cheapest politician and the only real problem is that the crooked politicians may not stay bought if they get a better offer. So what we have now is a terrible system where the so-called referees are bribed to make the rules worse and more crooked. (Main exceptions are when they are post facto legalizing old crimes and the cases when the investments are tilted into the “insurance” category.)

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    Procat Premium Member 3 months ago

    The box only works if the person speaking, is the one you will vote against

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    Politicians are the bane of our country’s existence. I hate them.

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    Egrayjames  3 months ago

    Bottom line, Politics comes down to money. The old expression ‘’follow the money’’ is something to think about. Our politicians claim that doing business abroad comes down to huge ’’bribes’’. They shrug their shoulders and throw up their hands and say….’’that’s the way they do business’’. In fact, that’s the way ‘’they do business’’ right here in our country. Ironically, here in the U.S. it isn’t called ’’bribery’’, but nicely sugar-coated and whispered as ‘’insider trading’‘. Put a stop to insider trading and you’ll put a stop to a corrupt government that is out to protect its source of real income. Good politicians are out there, just hard to find.Term limits and ending insider trading is needed now more than ever.

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    Gent  3 months ago

    Uh oh. Look like they will has pork for dinner now.

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    AtariDragon  3 months ago

    This is what a cartoonist writes when he can’t think of anything funny. It’s easier to stir the outrage than to make people laugh.

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    cmerb  3 months ago

    There was a man " plumber " who went by the name of " Joe " in Detroit Michigan back when Burak Obama was campaign for the presidency and he was criticizing him and the rumor had it that Obama turned the IRS on him . Sounds just like the Biden , Clinton , Obama crew . And some people still want to have them in politics , Whew ! I never knew what his real name was but he was destroyed by the ( lovable ) IRS . : (

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    happyinvenice23  3 months ago

    Thank you Steph! You n I and a few Billion others people think exactly the same on this subject!!! Reprint this often between now and November.

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    Gent  3 months ago

    Them politicians is such a ham ain’t they… Oh whoopsie. Sorry about that Pig.

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    Lenavid  3 months ago

    Power corrupts, and greed justifies corruption. We never left the jungle because we took its “survival of the fittest” law with us. To solve the problems of others we must first address the problems within ourselves. (and stop believing and participating in the political dog and pony show of distraction)

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    timinwsac Premium Member 3 months ago

    Don’t take it to a trump rally….it’ll explode.

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    Munch  3 months ago

    Good strip. Just the first panel was hilarious!

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    DaBump Premium Member 3 months ago

    Oh, I so badly want to say something, but I’m not stirring up that hornet’s nest.

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    ladykat  3 months ago

    We frequently need translators for politicians.

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    William Robbins Premium Member 3 months ago

    Why do the Agents look like Frazz?

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member 3 months ago

    Reganomics has really messed up this nation. The few have too much money and power that is controlling the government.

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    Goat from PBS  3 months ago

    Politicians are just well-paid liars.

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    win.45mag  3 months ago

    Must be Crooked Joe, since only 4 people are there.

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    pdbmartin1 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Congress adopted limits on political contributions. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional in Citizens United.

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    mindjob  3 months ago

    They thought about paying him hush money, but it’s easier just to have him whacked

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    zwilnik64  3 months ago

    Pastis, the ‘90s are calling. They’ve found your politics, and would like you to come pick them up.

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    Serial Pedant  3 months ago

    Don’t forget “Pogo”: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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    Queen of America  3 months ago

    Isn’t that the truth? Do we with Pastis a fond farewell now? I hope not.

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    Cozmik Cowboy  3 months ago

    This strip bought – er, brought – to you by Miriam Adelson, Richard Uihlein, & Charles Koch.

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    jimboklein  3 months ago

    Happy Evil Empire Day — Revenge of the Fifth!

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    Tetonbil Premium Member 3 months ago

    Thank you Stephan! Well spoken!

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    Xyzzy - nothing happens Premium Member 3 months ago

    “I would joyously vote for any candidate who had the courage to stand up and say, ‘Look, I’m going to steal from you. I’m going to line my pockets and those of my friends, but I’m not going to steal too much. But in the deal I’ll give you better roads, safer schools, better education, and a happier condition of life. I’m not going to do it out of compassion or dedication to the good people of this fair state; I’m going to do it because if I do these things, you’ll elect me again and I can steal a little bit more.’ That joker has my vote, no arguments.”. -Harlan Ellison

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    Dobie  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Hooo boy! … here comes the black helicopters!!!

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    Ermine Notyours  3 months ago

    In my experience, red plunger buttons make machinery stop, not start it working.

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    Silence Dogood Premium Member 3 months ago

    Cheap shot, Pastis…trying to be “relevant” instead of humorous? Missed ’em both.

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    dakota_linda  3 months ago

    Good for Pastis!! And a good time to remind everyone.

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    Mr. Organization  3 months ago

    Stephan Pastis: The Cartoonist America Needs, The Puns No One Deserves

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    hooglah  3 months ago

    Nothing could be more truthful.

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    markkahler52  3 months ago

    He’s an atheist, ta boot!

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    JediSQL Premium Member 3 months ago

    Law, Legislation, and Liberty by Friedrich Hayek totally explains this.

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    curtlyon19  3 months ago

    while some truth, I feel I’ve just been liberally beaten over the head

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member 3 months ago

    One of Steph’s best! Certainly his most realistic!

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  3 months ago

    I was going to say something trite and pithy, like everyone else does, and I am guilty of that. Instead, I suggest we complain less and actually be citizens. Actions speak louder than words. Okay, I still said something pithy.

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    KEA  3 months ago

    The problem exactly

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    stamps  3 months ago

    Here come the black helicopters.

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    lanainutahdesert  3 months ago

    Man, isn’t that the truth. Come on, you all, you can take a little, hard cold truth.

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    zeexenon  3 months ago

    What, no U.S. Flag pin? He’s a Commie, or worse The Donald.

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    Jon Schutter  3 months ago

    This strip is truth, indeed. It’s worse in Russia or Albania, but we can do SO much better. =(

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    Saurischia  3 months ago

    Nailed it.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Hi. I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.

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    PoodleGroomer  3 months ago

    “I’m retiring to spend more time with my family”: I’m going to jail and should be paroled in about 10 years.

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    braindead Premium Member 3 months ago

    No one can accuse John Roberts of not doing what he was sent to do.

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    Happy Tinkerbelle Premium Member 3 months ago

    God bless America~

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    whawn  3 months ago

    Fact: The FBI did investigate Clinton. Here’s Comey’s press release on the matter: fbi. gov/news /press-releases /statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

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    asrialfeeple  3 months ago

    Today is Revenge of the fifth!

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    pamela welch Premium Member 3 months ago

    Geez Stephan, umm this is a little too near the truth — LOLOL

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    priyansh.jeziel  3 months ago

    The ‘progressives’ might be so offended as to demand that Pearls Before Swine, go the way of Dilbert.

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    sisterea  3 months ago

    ls he that far from wrong? This is what gerrymandering gets you, no one to vote for and no accountability for those that are elected. End gerrymandering so we can all have a choice.

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    willie_mctell  3 months ago

    My grandfather taught me how to translate that stuff when I was a kid. He may have been a cab driver but he was no dope.

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    John Jorgensen  3 months ago

    For a similar theme, check out a YouTube channel called Steve Shives, and specifically a series known as “If Republicans Said the Quiet Parts Out Loud.”

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    eddi-TBH  3 months ago

    Facts are facts.

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    gmu328  2 months ago

    hopefully Pastis won’t go the same way as the Boeing whistleblowers … his puns are too darn priceless, eh?

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    mac04416  2 months ago

    Until the citizenry has a Continental Congress and changes the Constitution to have senators in congressman term limits. Nothing will change.

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    wordsmeet  2 months ago

    Notice Pig doesn’t say it’s an genAI- or ChatGPT-enabled translation box. It’s just magic.

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member 2 months ago

    Don’t act like we don’t all already know that

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    ve5ra  2 months ago

    Smart translator.

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    SNVBD  2 months ago

    It’s funny because it’s true. Your political system is just a front for Big Whatever companies. Big Bucks runs the politics show. Your politicians can’t get elected if they don’t have a sh%tload of money, and if they receive that sh%tload of money from Big Whatever, then they are indebted to Big Whatever. And the system is very hard to change. Too many dollars going around.

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    alantain  about 2 months ago

    My immediate response? Well, duh!

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