I love Aaron McGruder’s strip The Boondocks. Last Sunday, as I watched the parade of talk shows and listened to the “sabbath gasbags,” (props to Calvin Trillin for that delightful term), I saved a few brain cells by savoring McGruder’s celebrated syndicated comic and its two central characters.

Huey Freeman: “American democracy is a thing of the past. The media conspire with this administration to misinform a public that is either too scared or too stupid to reclaim their government.”

Caesar: “Someone once said, ‘The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.'”

Huey: “And people need to stop wasting precious time coming up with worthless sayings.” (Washington Post, Sunday, March 30, 2003)