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10/30/2006 10:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

See You in the Funny Papers

When I was a little kid, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia would read the funnies on the radio every week.

I will now do the cyberspace version of that, as a HuffPo public service for those of you might have missed yesterday's.

The Los Angeles Times has two sections of comic strips each Sunday, one for adults, the other for children.

In the adult section, in Gary Trudeau's Doonesbuy, a glum-faced Alex is relaxing in bed with a TV set on her lap, watching the following excerpt from a campaign debate:

"Congressman? You have two minutes to respond."

"Well, as my Republican friend here well knows, there are some people who accept the brutal torture and execution of 100 Iraqi civilians a day. Well, I don't. I'm against it. That's a key difference between me and some people."

"And I keep hearing that 2,700 dead and 20,000 wounded troops is a small price to pay to make the world a more dangerous place, not less. I don't get that. That logic doen't make sense to me.

"And this argument that our veterans should have their benefits slashed and be treated like dirt when they get home? I strongly disagree. That's a debate I'm willing to have.

"There's also a view out there that we don't need a Bill of Rights anymore, that we should just let the president decide what rights we have. Well, I like our Constitution even if he hates it. I think it's a pretty good document."

The final panel features a couple of speech balloons emanating from the White House:

"They're learning, sir."

"Too late though, right, Karl? Right?"

In the children's section, as if a follow-up to that, in Bill Amends' FoxTrot, two young kids are talking:

"Like my Halloween costume?"

"What is it?"

"I'm a touch-screen electronic voting machine. Computer experts have been warning for years that these things can be easily hacked, and without a paper trail, there's no way to verify the vote counts weren't tampered with. Now, here we are nine days before elections, and reportedly one-third of all jurisdictions will use them. Seriously, can you think of anything scarier?"

"Jason, most people don't care about this stuff."

"Hmm. That was a pretty good answer."