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narwhal baconYou know about reddit.com, right? It's the social news website of social news websites. It has thousands of sub-categories about all manner of subjects, but the ones most important to me are the /r/political and /r/comics sub-reddits. Not only do I get my web-comic fix there but I also find stories of political intrigue that might otherwise have eluded my grasp.

I occasionally post my cartoons on reddit but it's a struggle. Often the very same cartoon that is deemed too political for the /r/comics/ section is considered not political enough for the /r/political section. Grrrr.

If you're unfamiliar with reddit you know that stories and links that meet the approval of the mods can be up-voted by the users, thus improving the visibility of the submission. At some point the up-votes reach critical mass, a magic number that says "Hey! I'm considered important by your peers! Read me!". Then the feeding frenzy starts and it seems like everyone on reddit is reading, and up-voting, that submission.

There are thousands of submissions per day on reddit, and no rational person could read them all so it's clear that visitors not only consider the subject line of the link before they invesitgate further, they also consider the up-vote value. I know I do. For some reason I need a value of five or more or I can't take a link seriously. I suppose deep down inside I'm guessing that everyone has at least three friends on reddit all too happy to up-vote a crappy link for a pal so anything less than six is suspicious.

So the question is.... what's your up-vote number?


covenenant houseEvery day in this country young adults are forced into the streets with no place to go and little to eat. Luckily for them there's places like Covenant House. It not only meets the immediate needs of homeless kids but also helps guide them to a self-sufficient future.

So if you have a few bucks left over after buying Aunt Thelma that new snood please consider making a small donation this holiday season to this worthy organization. Thanks!


Uncle Lefty's Saturnalian Shopping Tips

Looking for that special example of commercial excess to impress the jaded kin on your Xmas list? Well howzabout one of these?

five pounds of fatFive Pounds of Fat (Replica)

"Hi, I'm Wendy. I work in human resources for a nameless company that reaps huge profits off the misery of foreigners. I have two cats, I like to play the piano, and I'm a sucker for guys who buy me replicas of five pounds of fat. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but adipose tissue is a thing forever. Yeah, just TRY and get rid of it, just like you might TRY to get rid of me. I know where you live and I'll be ther watching. Watching. Watching.


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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation11-26-12: The House pledged unwavering support for the state of Israel. (Man, that took some guts.) They're also still talking about Moldova. Who cares about Moldova? No jobs were created.

11-27-12: The House passed a bill concerning annual reports about our maritime borders. (H.R. 6025) Also passed three minor Homeland Security bills. (H.R. 5913, H.R. 5997, and H.R. 6238) no jobs were created.

For the full list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.

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Ricky: That's a good question, but there's no doubt that if we were physically smaller we'd reduce our burden on this planet and its dwindling resources.

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