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Blast Place on Earth

December 16th, 2012, 8:57 pm

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Reply nazistoner, December 16th, 2012, 10:05 pm

Published November 27, 2012 in Zenith.

This strip is all local jokes, so if you're from outta town, it will take a lotta explaining...

Last Place on Earth (henceforth referred to as LPOE) is a head shop, briefly mentioned in an earlier strip, which has been in the news a lot lately for selling legal alternatives to marijuana. Which it did for a long time, but no one cared (the stuff's really just a lame substitute) until imitation reefer madness swept the nation and Duluth politicians, seizing a chance to pretend they're doing something useful, tried to ban it. SUDDENLY it became wildly popular. All those people lining up and hanging out alarmed the local gov'mint and business community, which had put a lot of public-private money into gentrifying that area. Wrong attitude! With all the publicity it's drawing, LPOE should be hailed as a tourist attraction.

The players:

The guy in color in frame one is TV reality star Billy the Exterminator, who's never been in Duluth as far as we know, but he was arrested for smoking synthetic weed. Yeah, we thought the whole point of the stuff was that it's legal, so go figure.

The guy in frame 2 is Duluth mayor Don Ness, who was cool until he came down with a bad scold.

The guy with the sign is gadfly John Ramos, who has waged a long running blog crusade against what he sees as a blatant violation of the Constitution. He's not the Tea Party type, though the mayor accused him of being on LPOE owner Jim Carlson's payroll. Ramos found this so amusing he paraded around town on Election Day with a Carlson for President sign and a charming skull mask. He recruited his long-suffering photographer of similar weird stunts to take pictures. The photographer, by wild coincidence, also happens to draw this comic.

David Ross is the head of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, who packed the courtroom in a recent hearing while insisting he was not trying to influence the legal process. In a previous life he was Carrie Nation.

The guy in frame 4 is Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay in civilian garb.

Rod Raymond is the co-owner of Tycoons, a swank night club which has lodged frequent complaints about LPOE just a few doors down. Ironically, Tycoons has a retro design celebrating the old days of speakeasies during prohibition. Also ironically, the bad publicity around LPOE includes the alleged harassment of women, something Raymond has been accused of more than once (though not in front of the head shop). Just to make things nuttier, Raymond's attorney invoked the race card to defend his Caucasian client.

Bluto, Felix the Cat, Yogi Bear and Betty Boop I threw in because I needed to populate the frames and the copyright on those images (hopefully) has expired.

Now that you've made it through these endless liner notes (don't you love jokes that have to be explained?) here's an excellent observation on the drug wars.

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