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Saturday, April 25, 2009

That damned Jimmy

What's Mallard raving about today?

Chevy, Jimmy from the Government

That Mallard Fillmore over there comes with a series of disconnected reference to stuff that bugs Mallard, no joke, and no point.

13 comments:

GeoX said...

Seriously. He's never displayed any evidence of having any sort of coherent political outlook at all. It's just "random shit that bugs me." Postmodern, one would almost call it. Of course, he wouldn't know what that meant. But it would annoy him! And that's about the best you can hope for.

Michael said...

Jimmy doesn't normally come with the car... It's only because that guy buying it is Bruce Tinsley.

confused said...

The only place I've seen requests to "drive responsibly" have been around drinking and driving.

Why do I have this unsettling feeling that Tinsley blames the government when he gets in trouble for a DUI. It is true, if there were no DUI laws, he could drive in whatever condition he wanted without harassment.

Evil government.

Or, maybe I have it all wrong and he just hates people named Jimmy. At least that has potential humor value.

Erich said...

As I recall, there was a news article at the time of his second arrest, in which Tinsley was quoted as blaming it on local law-enforcement having a grudge against him. So, yeah, I think Confused has it right...

Word verification: "inkly." Sometimes these things just write themselves...

12xuser said...

Why isn't Jimmy in uniform? The government employees who are assigned to make sure you drive responsibly are not bureaucrats, they're cops. If Jimmy is undercover, why is he being introduced to Tinsley?

I see a whole "Jimmy" series coming up here. Jimmy in the liquor store, Jimmy at the bank, Jimmy at the Dunkin Donuts. It's going to be a great week.

Kyle said...

Tink reminds me of the DJ3000 from The Simpsons. Just inane chatter based around an (usually) archaic talking point.

"Those clowns in Congress have done it again. What a bunch of clowns!"

rewinn said...

Could "Jimmy" be his nickname for his breathalyzer ignition interlock device?

rewinn said...

Oh my! I just realized I was unkind, basing a weak joke on an assumption about someone I've never actually meant, on a subject not really of public interest or relevancy.

Now if only I could draw a duck!

Michael said...

You've got a long way to go, rewinn: your post actually made me laugh. And it will take a lot of work to learn how to draw a penis-chin and still be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

dragoknight14 said...

Ok, even though the idea I have is probably really really off he is apparently complaining about GM and the other auto industries that accepted bailout money having to deal with government regulations like salary caps and emissions requirements.

Problem is that if we're giving them money we sort of NEED to attach strings, like we should have done with AIG.

If my idea is right and this is what Tinsley is trying to lampoon then he really needs to work on matching the comic to his ideas. I might have gotten the intent but the joke was fundamentally nonexistant because it either doesn't match the reasoning (if the guy buying the car had forced Jimmy on the dealer to regulate his used car lot it might have still been unfunny but the internal logic would at least be consistent) or it's so obtuse it doesn't match anything.

If his complaint is about government interference in our lives, that might work if it wasn't for teh fact that in terms of driving personal rights follow the principle of 'My right to punch ends at your nose' because cars are dangerous at high speed to pedestrians and other drivers laws for speed and level of competence are necessary. Not to mention that most so-called conservatives seem all to eager to slobber all over cops, soldiers, and other figures of authority.

jazzbumpa said...

Tinkley is spinning out of control. We've had straw men, straw dinosaurs, straw women, and a couple of other straw entities I can't even recall at the moment. Now we can add straw government.

This poor duck needs an intervention. And he didn''t even show up in the strip.

rewinn said...

"...if we're giving them money we sort of NEED to attach strings, like we should have done with AIG. ..."Well, yeah! Did Mallard Fillmore cartoon a BANK loan that comes with an auditor?

Perhaps the problem is that a $35 Billion auto industry bailout is smaller than a $750 Billion bank bailout. Watch the pennies and let the dollars take care of themselves!

Besides, the AIG bailout and TARP were designed by a fear-mongering presidential administration that insisted it be implemented swiftly or the entire economy would collapse (and which had, not incidentally, appointed regulators whose philosophy was the Ayn-Randian "don't regulate because the free market cures all!"). If Tinkley started criticizing THEM, he'd be lifting his leg to pee on his masters.

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p.s. Michael, thanks for the reassurance. If I ever start drawing like Tinkley, I'd have to compensate by drinking to excess ... which suggests an intriguing theory...

Marion Delgado said...

I think if I were still actively blogging i'd have to avoid MF and right-wing pundits, forums, etc. etc.

Because otherwise if I just said what I was thinking the blog, and all posts therein, would simply be "What the Cock? No, seriously, WTF? Uh, wait, what? Huh?"

Who left a big looking glass/rabbit hole lying around, then?