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Friday, October 03, 2008

That damned cheer

What's Mallard raving about today?

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson.

Incredible hypocrisy from a duck whose primary mode of discourse is to posit that "some people say [incendiary-but-not-credible-thing]" and then mock the made up position.

In other words: The straw pot calling the straw kettle to speak.

Note: I'd take cheer from the fact that Mallard appears convinced that Obama is going to win the election if it weren't for the fact that the next time he is right about something it will be the first time.


Duck Hunter said...


Jackson 1: I don’t know how he sleeps at night when obviously he gives so little thought to his weekly submissions. The same dubious point – used in four strips so far this week.

Jackson 2: If Tinsley were at all intellectually honest, he’d realize that beating a dead horse in order to accuse others of beating dead horses ...

Jackson 3: ... is as hypocritical as anything he’s tried to pin on liberal Democrats.

Sharpton: I’m sorry Jesse, I got stuck at your using the phrase “intellectually honest” so close to the name “Tinsley”. How did the rest of that go?

Marion Delgado said...

Has anyone else noticed how much more up-to-date and topical even a relatively apolitical strip like Get Fuzzy is?

It seems like Tinsley has either a longer lead time or perhaps takes longer to absorb news events.

rewinn said...

Marion Delgado -

Maybe Tinsley "takes longer to absorb news events" because he reads all the newspapers - like Sarah Palin.

Duck Hunter said...

I think the quickest he could get something into the strip is two weeks.

He absorbs the news fast enough, but it takes a lot of time to hack and twist it beyond any recognizable relationship to the actual facts.

The financial crisis is a bit more complicated and since Bush has been steering the economy according to far-right philosophy, it's taking more time than usual to blame the situation on Bill Clinton and the Democrats.

Either that or he loses a lot of time drinking away the pain of being a bad political cartoonist.

I think he's been very frustrated at his inability to portray Sarah Palin as anything but either a hideous caricature like Hillary Clinton, or the hot gun-toting babe he's been fantasizing about.

So, he grabs a case of contraband Sam Cougar bourbon and heads off on a five-day bender.

factinista said...

Something tells me we'll never get to hear Mallard's take on Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland calling the Obamas "uppity."

Kaitlyn said...

Oh, my god. He is mocking white people who stereotype an entire race on the actions of one person. Or is he mocking the idea? He's saying there is no racism. After all, once the Civil War was over, everyone realized they were all people and started singing Kumbaya.

Or some time in the 1960s. Either way, it's been long enough, let's focus on the poor white folks! (The men, of course. The women have had too much attention. Along with the disabled. And the gay guys.)

Marion - I love love love love Get Fuzzy. I got the first few collections at Goodwill on a whim, and fell in love. Before then, it had been hard to get into. I don't know why I bought the books, but I'm glad I did. How could you not love a strip that had a strip about Douglas Adam's death?

Anonymous said...

Umm, was there a joke in there? I thought the main point of newspaper comic strips, whether political or otherwise was to tell jokes. There was nothing even remotely joke like.

rewinn said...

Anonymous: Mallard doesn't NEED jokes 'cuz it's created solely so comics pages editors can "balance" the liberal cartoons like Peanuts and Candorville. To do that, it doesn't really need to have any jokes or other attributes (although its condemnation of Affirmative Action is a running bit of irony.)

Marion and Kaitlyn: Get Fuzzy is awesome!