Saturday, May 19, 2007



With this issue we are introducing our new editorial cartoons , “The saga of TR Gepeto and PinocoPatti. They will be appearing in editions of the First Capitol News from time to time and we hope you enjoy them.

We offer the following as background to the saga of TR Gepeto and PinocoPatti:

Once upon a time in a village along the banks of a rushing river there lived a greedy, lonely man who thought he should be king. Lets call him TR Gepeto. He believed that all the villagers should bow down and pay him homage because he was very wealthy and he knew what was best for them. However, TR Gepeto had a business that needed his attention and he did not want to dedicate the time necessary to be king. He just wanted the power. This king wannabe tried to make demands upon the governing body of the village that would bring him greater riches but would come out of the pockets of the villagers. Several of the elected officials refused to bend to his wishes. He tried to get some of his lackeys elected by the villagers to the governing body but alas his efforts failed. The members of the governing body believed that what was best for the villagers was more important than what was good for the greedy, lonely TR Gepeto.

He attempted to have the villagers rebel against some members of the governing body and spent thousands and thousands of dollars in doing so. Alas, when the local sheriff discovered fraud, forgeries and deceit, these efforts failed. Some of the lackeys of the wannabe king were even charged with crimes. He tried to get the investigation by the sheriff stopped but when the sheriff refused he started a campaign to have the sheriff removed.

He was also very angry because there was a town crier who refused to do his bidding and each time he tried to slip something past the villagers the town crier alerted them. So the wannabe king brought in his own make-believe town crier in an attempt to discredit the real town crier. But, alas, once again his efforts were fraught with defeat and his make-believe town crier quickly disappeared but not before lauding the work of the real town crier.

Elections were again coming due and the lonely man believed he needed a puppet that could take control of the local government and do his bidding. He was planning on creating such a puppet out of a block of wood he had discovered. But then he had an even better idea. He would find someone who would follow his directions without question and form them into the puppet that he could control and thus take over the village. Enter PinocoPatti.

TR Gepeto believed if he could get a member of the governing body reelected to the top position in the village government, who would bow to his every wish, his dreams for more wealth would be realized. TR Gepeto then spent thousands more dollars promoting his puppet and other candidates whom he could control, in efforts to get them elected to the village governing body. TR Gepeto even created a duplicate of the town crier to spread his lies and distortions so that the villagers would believe it was the real town crier. You see, it was the only way he could get the villagers attention.

Because of the underhanded way he conducted the campaigns of lies, untruths, and deceit the lonely wannabe king, TR Gepeto was successful in taking control of the village board. However, his plan had a weakness. PinocoPatti had a defect. Each time she told a lie her nose would grow longer. Try as he might TR Gepeto was unable to keep PinocoPatti’s nose from growing longer with each lie. This was something he would have to work on.

But in the meantime, TR Gepeto angered some of his lackeys when an attempt was made to have them reimburse him for the thousands of dollars he had spent on his takeover campaign. Maybe the king was not as wealthy as he would have all the villagers believe.

Be sure to follow the continued adventures of the saga of TR Gepeto and PinocoPatti in future edition of the First Capitol News.

The saga of TR Gepeto and PinocoPatti is offered as a parody and any similarity to any persons living or dead are purely coincidental.