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Ted Rall’s five best cartoons of 2013

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The Golden State has been among the leaders nationally on the marijuana issue. Uncharacteristically, I see both sides of the argument. As a cartoonist, I find the visuals of pot culture hard to resist.

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Porn industry in crisis
When a news story offers the possibility for a sight gag, I tend to jump on it. Measure B, which has driven the porn industry out of L.A. by requiring that actors wear condoms, is an example. It’s all about the guy wearing nothing but socks.

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Cracking down on fitness buffs in Santa Monica
Santa Monica contributed to Californians’ denial of the fact that they live in a populous, densely populated place. It ain’t the Old West anymore. We’re fighting over every square inch of space, just like back East. In Santa Monica’s parks, yogis and dog owners are having at it. (Again, love the visuals.)

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The chaotic Dorner manhunt
In a surreal place at a surreal time, the frenzied Christopher Dorner manhunt, shootings of innocent people and the fight over the reward money made my head spin.

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If God wanted revenge on cheap politicians
In the end, the weirdest story was a relatively minor one: Sacramento has dropped the ball on earthquake preparedness. Because, you know, what are the odds of us regretting that budget cut?

Here’s to even more weirdness in 2014. Happy New Year!

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