What's Mallard raving about today?
Pluto, Dr. Phil.
After a week of Mel Gibson spittle, this week has been pretty tame as far as bile-spewing is concerned.
But I suddenly realized that these panels were, of course, written weeks before Katie Couric's debut and the final decision on Pluto, so their appearance in papers and on the Internet would coincide with the actual events. Hence they were written in a generic fashion with no specific reference to actual events. It explains why Mallard doesn't know that Pluto was downgraded to "dwarf planet" status (not "second-class planet" or "pluton" status).
It's just a shame that Katie didn't go ballistic and get into a shouting match with Rush Limbaugh during his anti-everyone-who-doesn't-agree-with-me "Free Speech" segment, which would have made those panels seem eerily off-topic.