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Adam (10-0-0-1) says: oh how poorly you judge sweetheart, talking about the intricate politics of the league would probably turn her on. I wonder when Unity and Nick will arrive to finally bring the mission back on track?
JP Chabot (speedball) says:

You're barely fooling anyone, Magneto!

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Error:  Hardee's does not exist in Cleveland, or anywhere else in Ohio that I'm aware of.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: HOBBES!
Steven Ehrbar (see) says:

In Cleveland proper, no.  There's one in Willoughby, though.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

Maybe Hardee's is boring because of the long trip to get there?

K. Myers (bassetking) says:

There are three Hardees within fifteen minutes of me. I'm a born and bred Ohioan, currently residing in Dayton.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Garden Party", Ricky Nelson)

I'm having a feud with Artie,
We don't get along ...
We always fight over who is right,
And why he's always wrong!

Every time I meet with Artie,
A fracas soon occurs!
Don't worry, because it's so tedious ...
It's no concern of yours!

    You say ... you like dull?
    And boring things are good?
    Well, let's ... take a boring walk, and
    Get some boring food!

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: I dunno, Hardee's just hasn't been the same since they dropped the fried chicken...greasiest damn chicken in the world, but so good. Or was that just the restaurants in my area?
Viktor Dosk (hugin) says: It would be easier for me to think of people beyond HT as potential perpetrators if I didn't have the voice of Katz from "Courage" going through my head whenever he speaks. His "My dear" today doesn't help matters.
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

That would mean, oh god, I've been in a Menage a Trois with two bitches!

Rob (rrreed) says:

"Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!"
"Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…"
"The dead rising from the grave!"
"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!"
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Kiss The Girl", Alan Menken & Howard Ashman)

(Primate ... rodent ... feline ... canine ...)

There goes Sweetheart,
Having dinner with H.T. ...
Tiger will insist that she
Has got to stay focused ...
This distracted pup,
She'll walk right up
To him and ... lick his nose!

(Sing with me now)
Go berserk!
How can Sweetheart work
With her feelings torn?
All the readers of the strip would hate
If we degenerate
Into furry porn!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: AWWWWWWWWWW.

(also: Hobbes!)
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

yay, another first kiss!  *melts*

yay, another suspect who's personal charisma has gotten "skin horse" off task!  *laughs*

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Okay, all together now: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..... #^__^#

Rob (rrreed) says: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…
JP Chabot (speedball) says:

Dogs and cats living together? Mass hysteria!

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

"Augh! Dog germs! Get some iodine!" - Lucy VanPelt

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Repeat after me: "He's a cat"

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Tigger's song," Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, 1974)

The wonderful thing about H.T.s
We're cunning and resourceful, too
Unorthodox, out-of-the boxers
A smoke bomb's a thing we might do
We're loosey-goosey, pooch-seducey
Clever, sexy fun!
So if your are searching for suspects
I really should be one
Yes, I really should be one
(GRRrrrrrr...) ooOOoooOOooooOOOO!!!

Long White Cloud (aotearoa) says:

Hoookay, hy think eet iz cleer at diz point neither of de two deed eet... ;)

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says: LWC, you seem to be underestimating the power of Katz' voice. That's all I can hear HT as, and it makes any thought other than "EVIL!" impossible.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

well, of course he is Evil. he is a cat. all cats are evil. he might be YOUR cat (or more like you are HIS human) but he is still evil.

's not like he can change his stripes.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Crazy", Seal)

On the street, by the place
Where dinner got a wee bit awkward quickly ...
Then I kissed nose ...

A bomb was planted in the meeting hall!
I've got to focus now!
Who put it there and how?
Some dirty skunk that we must now outfox!

I cannot think of suspects, none at all ...
But when I ask H.T.
He says, "It could be me,
I'm smart, resourceful, and unorthodox.

But no one would ever suspect,
Becuase ... I am so very
And my plan no one would detect,
Becuase ... I am so very

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: .HOBBES!
Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

>>'s not like he can change his stripes.

Did you know that, underneath the fur, a tiger's skin has the same pattern of stripes?

Ogden Wernstrom (ackthp) says:

Is this a reference to Mr. "Lesbian in Damascus" who said he'd have to be a genius to be making it all up?

Also, @ugwump: "Does the padding match the carpet, tiger?" (Tiger reples, "I was born, like, a panther? But it didn't feel like the real me?")

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

H.T., you'll get over it. Thirty of being the prime suspect gets old - even if it usually *is* me that did it. These days they just round up the usual suspect and don't even look for a plural.

hu Gubgu22 (gubgu22) says:

Thanks share,it's great!

Rob (rrreed) says: I'm just waiting to see who is first to claim his/her plan is "…sheer elegance in its simplicity." That's whodunit.
Rob (rrreed) says:

"No, I am Spartacus!"
woozy (woozy) says:

Heh, heh,  I called Phile the Mynah.  Remember.  But it's probably not looking like my personality rubbings is going to pan out.  (In hindsight, it was a pretty weird idea.)

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

....Mynahs are smartish birds even without gene tweaking. But I don't think they're good at opening cupboards.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Wunderbar," Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate, 1948)

Bite my butt!
Bite my butt!
As I investigate,
I find I'm in a rut
I invite you to bite my butt

What began as a double
Date with Artie and Tip did fail
A meal of Hardee's grub
'Stead of drinks in a club
And now we're on a bomber's trail

Bite my butt!
Bite my butt!
You'd better cool it, stud
I'm not some kind of slut
Even though I said "Bite my butt"

Then the possums
(They're quite awesome)
Said the mynah doth confess
No acumen!
Thinks he's human!
Phil transgressed, and we must redress

Bite my butt!
Bite my butt!
Now that our suspect's found
You sure beat goblin smut!
You excite me, so bite my butt

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah, but is the mynah bird really a red herring?

(Also: Hobbes.)
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

It must be easy to frame a Mynah - you just train him to repeat a confession.

Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says:

'But I don't think they're good at opening cupboards'

A mynah issue.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Shine On, Harvest Moon", Bayes & Norworth)

Mynah!  Mynah tried to send
Us to our doom!
This stinks, 'cause he really thinks
He's the shizzle!
Bomb went fizzle!
Didn't kaboom!

Poor Phil, failed to kill
A soul ... within the room!
So meetings, meetings can resume!
(No biting my butt!)

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: He may only be a mynah, but he'll be tried as an adult.
joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

I have this picture of Phil the Mynah and Jeff Jacques' Yelling Bird trying to form a conspiracy but completely unable to do so because everyone within a block radius hears them whispering.

Jerry Costlow (jerryc) says:

"A mynah issue."

Ronnie, go to your room.  You can come out when you've learned how to behave.

Frank (pokefan_frank) says:

Oh no! Jerry has joined the Pun Police!

Tim Jewett (ryushikaze) says:

It's such a mynah issue we normally wouldn't budger. But finch he confessed, we feel owlbligated.

Blaise Marcoux (blaise) says:

I fear this round-robin punning will only end in parroting soon.

Tim Jewett (ryushikaze) says:

Parroting? Now that's just pure popeacock.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: A mynah? More like a stool pigeon, if you ask me...
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Well, I'm sure that Phil can find some legal eagle (who, no doubt, is a *genuine* Eagle) who will be willing to to defend him. (Unless, of course, he committed some cardinal sin...)

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: Man, suddenly I'm having flashbacks to the A.I. suffrage debate in the "Beast" ARG that went along with the A.I. marketing campaign.
woozy (woozy) says:

I take it Phil has mirrors in his home.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Poor guy.  Some of those Thumbies are pretty worrying.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

This mynah has some majah problems. :)

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

            Interesting parallel with Freefall, where 20,000 humans are starting to realize that the half-a-billion robots with whom they share a planet are becoming conscious, and will want to be treated as citizens, not appliances.
            Mark Temple is right: it's "classic assimilation vs. action in a racial struggle for civil rights."  Which makes Phil a self-hating transgenic who identifies with the man.  Heavy, dude.  Fight the power!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Never quite figured the mirror thing out then, did he?
(confusador) says:

@Kay Would you be offended if I panic a little?
Oh, and don't forget the transgenics!  I'd be really interested to see how Florence would interact with the League.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

"Jerry Was A Man"

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

...oh it can't be THIS easy.


Seriously, I am all for Transgenetic equality and all that, but a mynah bird making a bomb, even an ineffectual one, strikes me as an act of physical dexterity I am not sure he can pull off.

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

He's got extremely dextrous toes, so assembling a bomb with them would merely be a mynah feet.

Mark Temple (mithril) says:

and it's not like the bomb made was all that complex.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

@confusador: "Then I will rule summarily based on my findings. Data is a toaster."

Rob (rrreed) says: I wonder what Phil would do if he put on a hat and then looked in a mirror?
Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: "Another brick in the wall," Roger Waters (Pink Floyd, The Wall, 1979)

Don't have names that I can give you
Torture me, and I will scoff
Do your worst, transgenic villain
Go on, cut my fingers off
Hey! Maya! You cut my fingers off!
I don't plan, I'm just a foot soldier for The Man
I don't plan, I'm just a foot soldier for The Man

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

The other day, I accidentally burned out my left sinus with acetone. Hurt like hell for 2 days and I couldn't smell a solvents like that do funny things to your head.. So if Phill did make that bomb, he didn't drop any sizable quantity of acetone...otherwise he'd probably be totally insane from the pain/lovely solventy fumes...





Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Love those silly looking chicken feet. :)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill", The Beatles)

    Hey, mynah named Phil,
    Why try to kill?
    Mynah named Phil?  (x2)

Faced with conspiracy, suspicion and intrigue,
The whole Transgenic Anti-Defamation League
Feel such anxiety and worry and fatigue!

Maya has to ask,
     (repeat CHORUS)

Now, Phil, it's obvious you didn't act alone ...
We're sure of that, but still, the thing that isn't known
Is how you'd lift a big damn jug of acetone!

Maya has to ask,
     (repeat CHORUS)

Phil says, "Of many soldiers, I am only one!
I have superiors, our war has just begun!
But I won't finger them, 'cause fingers I have none!"

Maya has to ask,
     (repeat CHORUS, fade out)

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Psychic powers from a bird brain?

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

He only drinks rainwater and pure grain alcohol. That way the filthy animals can't contaminate his precious bodily fluids.

Cesario VIola (cesarioviola) says:

Phil can't have done it.  He's got to be just taking credit.


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