Day By Day


  • Merle

    HMMM, maybe rats will be on the bargain menu? 🙂

    • Hey, slick tail squirrel! As opposed to bushy tail tree rat.

  • Having spent a number of years stationed in Europe, I can see the validity of this strip.

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    “Here, they show you the price you pay up front”
    Great comedic timing!

  • TomZ

    Damon didn’t say almost.

    • JTC

      He almost did. Wifely clairvoyance. 🙂

    • GWB

      Maybe it was redacted.
      (Was confused myself. Re-read the strip three times to make sure I didn’t miss something.)

      • DS

        Same here.

  • JTC

    Good dad to son advice…tanstaafl.

    Still, I’ll take my chances with Elon in lieu of FIB’ers.

    Those rats give rats a bad name.

  • JackDeth 72

    So what happens when these migrating rats meet up with the suddenly discovered hordes of receding flood water Parisian rats seeking higher ground?

    Which will surrender first?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    • Deplorable B Woodman

      Which variety of rats? Four legged? Or two legged (that shout “aloha snackbar” as they try to collect their 72 raisins)?

      • NotYetInACamp

        Yup. 72 raisins would be the ultimate funny prank on the snackbars being pulled by the Great Deceiver, their lord.

        • PaulS

          Probably not even virgin raisins.

  • Delilah T

    Rats? In Napoli, they’re the size of medium-sized dogs… or so I was told by sailors who’d been there. Wharf rats. They make great targets if you need practice.

    • JAK

      And a good source of protein, raised right. Kinda tastes like chicken.

    • Old Codger

      That’s nothing. In the Philipines I saw rats that had dogs for body guards. 😉

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    “Nothing is ever free.”
    Javier, listen to your father. Sound words to live by. Memorize them. Not just in your brain (of which you have plenty and to spare), but deep in your heart and soul. It may not be an immediate (re)payment, but eventually, the devil will come to collect his due.

  • Pamela

    Hey at least you know it’s fresh on the paw. In NoKo and Venezuela, rats would be the only protein for a great many meals. Times get hard enough…

    • Bill G

      Down south they’ve got the water rat named the paca, the world’s second largest rodent. Only the capybara is larger.
      Funny how close that name is to PPACA.

        • Sam

          Knew a mint farmer in Oregon years ago. The owner bought a couple of Mini-14s as farm equipment. When asked about it, the reply was: To shoot nutria from a distance. They see you coming (with a lesser .22LR) and they go underwater and back into their burrows.

    • GWB

      I think I’ve seen several sources say there aren’t any vermin left in NoKo (besides the two-legged kind). They have literally been eaten to extinction there.

      • JTC

        Well there is no longer a stray dog/cat problem around the large Korean buffet that opened here a few years ago.

    • JAK

      Ah, Pamela. You and me back to back. The rest of the world ain’t got a prayer.

      • Pamela

        Well, only if there is a laying on of hands

  • Th3o More

    Roof rabbit is better than underground rabbit. (looks behinds himself, does slow eye roll).

  • Shackleton

    Rats synthesize their own vitamin C so consuming them can prevent scurvy in humans. I am not sure of the best way to prepare them; however I know that blanched vegetables have the most vitamin c which is a water soluble vitamin.

  • the frumious bandersnatch

    “Venture capitalist”? Correction, please: “crony” (cronyism has nothing to do with capitalism). Musk’s riches come almost exclusively from government largesse; which means they were extorted from you and me by the initiation of the use of force, which is immoral.

    • the frumious bandersnatch

      Delilah T: I’m a former sailor who has visited Bella Napoli many times. You’re technically correct – the best kind of correct – about the rats’ size.

  • Erik

    I don’t get the conservative / libertarian obsession with Musk. Since he left PayPal, none of his ventures (especially Tesla and SolarCity) have made money without massive government subsidies. Don’t get me wrong – SpaceX does cool stuff, and at a minuscule fraction of the budget that NASA does, but that ain’t free markets. Musk is just a world-champion crony capitalist.