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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

That damned Pontiac

What's Mallard raving about today?

Pontiac, Political Correctness.

For those of us able to read beyond a 4th grade level, "The Politically Correct Police" implies a police force which is scrupulously politically correct.

Those of us able to use the English language beyond a 4th grade level would prefer "The Political Correctness Police" (or PC Police).

All of which is to say that yesterday's panel suddenly makes a lot more sense.

And lest I forget: Ha! Ha! Ha! people are losing their jobs! Hilarious.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't "politically correct police" be more accurately called "Law Enforcement Officers".

Also, unnecessary quotations around Pontiac leads one to the conclusion that perhaps ducky should have spent more time in school learning, and maybe less time complaining about how those stupid lazy... "teachers" can't done.... teach..... nothing "no" rite....!!

Comic also fails in its execution, as political correctness and the severe downturn of domestic auto production are to totally unrelated concepts. Beyond this, political correctness does not concern itself with the organic merging of languages, but the obscene stereotypical caricatures of people. "Alabama Swingin' Darkies" wouldn't not be considered politically incorrect due to it's flagrant apostrophe use, for example.

Which ducky would know, if he spent more time learning, and less time bitching about how stupid college football is.

dragoknight14 said...

I never heard someone complaining about the word Pontiac being used for a car company. I hadn't quite understood the initial anger over mascot titles and such when I was younger (fighting irish and the like) and then I saw CSA, gave me a new perspective on the whole thing.

I sort of get what Tinsley is trying to do here but it's sort of like he built a straw-target for the pundit gun but wasn't thinking clearly on the design. I'm guessing this is designed to be an anti-pc joke but it just comes across as rambling or misaimed.

Squid Vicious said...

In tomorrow's strip, Tinkley will poke fun at all of us liberals out there complaining about Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

What a twit.

Jazzbumpa said...

Squid - You pwned him!

Blallard is a festering pustule of negativism and irrational, unfocused anger. In other words, typical of what passes for conservatism/The Repugnicant Party in these sad times.

MToje said...

If Mallard is talking to audience about how ridiculous the PC crowd is, then why doesn't he just speak? The use of thought balloons in place of speech balloons seems to place the joke behind a transparent fourth wall; still permeable, but in a voyeuristic sort of way. If Mallard were using speech balloons, then it would be a better joke delivery, wholly standard in the writer-to-reader exchange.

Jazzbumpa said...

Upon further reflection (which on should never do with aBlallard catroon - I know) the Pontiac name has not gone away.

It is still a city in Michigan.

rewinn said...

Following Squiddy's link, I learned "Alabama" means "Thicket-clearers" or "plant-cutters".

No wonder they were so fascinated when Bush & Reagan would go "clearing brush" at their dude ranches!

Nick said...

Squid, and also Georgia, Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North and South Carolina, and Virginia and West Virginia. They were just given those names because the libs wanted to remake the U.S. as "Europe Lite."

And we might as well add in Washington, since George was born in England and rightfully had a British accent.

WV: whiger (n) Somebody who whines about the Whigs.

MartyRotten said...

Just a quick reference for anyone who takes Tinkley seriously.

Pontiac was named after an historical figure and is therefore not offensive.

The Washington Redskins are named after a derogatory term for Native Americans and is therefore offensive.

Mallard Fillmore is offensive to ducks since it stereotypes ducks as drunken idiots who don't know what they're talking about.

Donald and Howard would be disgusted by this.

Jazzbumpa said...

Yeah, but Donald and Howard are pretty much disgusted by everything.

dlauthor said...

So, for that matter, is Daffy. Are they all so angry because they have to put up with Mallard as part of their species? I know having Tinshley as part of mine doesn't do my temperament any favors.