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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Those damned liberals

What's Mallard raving about today?

Conservatives, Liberals, charity, the media.

Oh, snap! Mallard smashes yet another conventional wisdom icon. And, as is usually the case, it's not a piece of conventional wisdom with which I am familiar, thereby defying the very definition of conventional wisdom: ideas or explanations that are generally accepted as true by the public.

For example: can anyone point to all these instances where the media spout stingy right-winger tripe?

Leaving aside the subject matter, it's long past time to consider why Mallard bothers rhyming at all. What exactly is the purpose in tying his grammar into knots only to create rhymed pairs between passages of dubious scansion? My only explanation is that rhyme is supposed to be a substitute for humor in order to justify his categorization as a "comic."


luke said...

You're quite right, there is no "popular lore" that either party gives more to charity. This isn't conventional wisdom at all.

For once I've actually heard of one of the studies Mallard cites, though. I think they did this same study on 20/20 or something. I guess it makes sense, with churches holding so many charities.

I am utterly baffled by the pencil (pen?) in the upper left hand corner of panel 1. What is that blob shape around it? Are those supposed to be fingers, or is the corner of the panel melting?

Anonymous said...

I've read the book he cites in the footnote, and the information he gives is grossly inaccurate, not even close to what the book says.

So is he confused, or deliberatly misleading?

Anonymous said...

Dear Idiot Duck,

Frankly, I don't give a damn who puts money where. Those who roll up their sleeves and actually help people are disgusted equally by both those who are all talk (played by evil liberals in this strip) and those who think the solution to any problem is to fling green paper at it (played by good virtuous conservatives in this strip).

And you are an idiot. Googling phrases on the internet is not research. Neither is examining the pie charts in a review of a book you never read.

PS I'm not upset because you burst my bubble. It wasn't one I had in the first place because your "conventional wisdom" is isolated to a little delusional world of one.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe Tinsley read anything beyond the Jonah Goldberg column he mentions in the first footnote.

Watchdog said...

My god that 'liberal' guys hands were horribly drawn! I know thats not really a shock but it shows that this guy just slaps togeather his strips in such a hurry as to not even try to draw well.

Rob said...

Does it say more about me or Mallard that I didn't realize that this comic was supposedly in verse until I read your post?

No, no... it's all him.

Anonymous said...

No, no, no, you guys missed it. The conventional wisdom is that liberals pay taxes. Liberals, like illegal immigrants, are automatically exempt from paying taxes, which is why they always tax and spend with other people's money.