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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

That damned expansion

What's Mallard raving about today?

Michael Jackson, Racism.

Anyone else notice that Mallard is attempting to gild the lily more and more, adding phrases like "wisely added" and "perpetually expanding" to this standard construct?

Unfortunately for Mallard, it has the opposite effect from what he wants, making him seem more unreasonably strident and petty rather than making his point stronger.

25 comments:

Michael said...

Thanks, Tinsley, for once again speaking out on our nation's biggest problems: people being accused of racism for not liking Michael Jackson.

GeoX said...

You know, if you're genuinely innocent of a horrible murder, you probably are not going to go around earnestly grabbing strangers by the lapels and telling them, "listen--you know that murder what got done? I didn't do it! You gotta believe me! I weren't even in town that night, and besides, she was dead when I found her!"

It just seems, oh, I don't know, somewhat peculiar to spend so much time defending yourself against things that nobody had actually accused you of, if you're really convinced that you're pure as the cold driven snow.

Tyler McDowell said...

I think maybe Michael Jackson himself, once, said that people who hated him were racists. That was years ago. I've never heard anyone else at all say that.

Not much to see here, sadly.

Tog said...

Who...who in the history of the entire universe has ever cited "liking NASCAR" as proof of racism?

Sure, it's been used to stereotype people as dumb rednecks, and dumb rednecks tend to be racist, but not all racists are rednecks. For example, I doubt Tin's neck is red at all, even after a hard bender.

Congratulations, Tin: you're making shit in your drawers over Michael Jackson long after even some of his fans have stopped caring.

Octan said...

"Liking NASCAR"... see, if this were coming from anyone else, and the first balloon were worded differently, I'd take that last point as a clear sign that this is meant to be a mockery of right-wing sentiment. Like that cartoon in the Onion.

Good job, Tinsley; you just reductio'd your own absurdum.

Also I know this blog is just about the Federal Duck, but does anyone know what's up with Prickly City this week? Did some famous atheist recently release a new book or something, or is this just "Nothing interesting going on lately so I'll just pull out a pet peeve of mine" material, as Tinsley himself is so famous for?

Rootbeer said...

Noseworthy is not a reporter, he is an editor. A manager, not a laborer. A chief, not a powerless nobody like Mallard. So why is he identifying himself in the third person as "this reporter"...?

Bruce Tinsley has been working in or with the newspaper industry since 1974; I have no idea how he still has no idea how the news business runs.

Mr. FourDotEllipse said...

This commenter has just learned that "no idolizing Ronald Reagan" has been, wisely, added to the perpetually expanding list of things that are unAmerican....

....joining "being critical of rich Republicans" and "liking folk music and singer-songwriters"....

Tip o' the hat to Nick from yesterday....

dlauthor said...

This reader had just learned that "not being able to keep track of your own characters' freaking jobs" has been, wisely, added to the perpetually expanding list of signs that the booze has killed your third-to-last brain cell....

....joining "inability to understand multi-panel comics" and "ranting for days about phantom non-issues that weren't even relevant three weeks ago"....

Tip o' the hat to Nick from yesterday....

rewinn said...

What Prickley and Tinkley have in common is the need to invent outrages against themselves, so they can complain that the people they abuses are, themselves, abusers.

Pickley rants against "secularists", Tinkley rants against being "wise".

Soon, the reichwing will complain that they are oppressed by the very concept of reality itself.

Ooops, I'm too late!

exanonymous said...

I have the feeling that Al Sharpton's strawman is going to pop up some time here, seeing as that was the closest racist accusation I could find surrounding Michael Jackson.

Michael said...

Sorry, rewinn, but that URL is oppressed by reality.

Kip W said...

Tin Eye is oppressed by little red spiders that only move when you look away from them. I think each appearance of Noseworthy is revenge for his own editor refusing to heed his warnings about hallucinatory foes.

Frank Stone said...

Recycling yesterday's "joke" and throwing in a defense of Nascar? Is he even trying anymore?

And here's a little reminder that's NOT based on a straw man: It wasn't so long ago that anyone who was critical of, or failed to idolize, George W. Bush was accused of something worse than racism; they were accused of "hating America" and "wanting the terrorists to win".

I don't suppose Tipsy ever did a strip about that (reality-based) phenomenon?

rewinn said...

Oooops! Reality bites again, in the form of "If you don't test your URLs, you won't know you've screwed them up."

Here's a link to the original "reality-based community" article
Reality-Based Community. It's well worth being made part of the civics curriculum in every school.

Anonymous said...

NASCAR's numbers lately prove that there are fewer racists everyday.

CW in LA said...

Octan - The LA Times has been running a little note saying the auteur of Prick City is on vacation and this week's strips are reruns. So we're getting a "best of" series.

Yes, that is sad.

NLC said...

OH!!

Nascar. Race-ists.

Now I get it.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, racism is alive and well. Louie Gates is one class act. Oh yes, the white officer was wrong according to Mr. Gates and his bud the Bamster. As the weeks drag by more people now see who and what they voted for.

Tog said...

Heh. I was just wondering if any fools out there paid the slightest bit of attention to Michelle Malkin anymore. (Hey, have they waterboarded Rachel Ray or anyone at Dunkin' Donuts yet?)

Thanks for putting my mind at ease on the subject, pally.

Anonymous said...

What every white person should know. Amen, brother!

Anonymous said...

U.S. to provide $1 billion to hire cops. Perfect timing. Obama, Gates and the white police officer will have something to discuss while they drink their beer :).

CW in LA said...

I see the word "white" featured in each of Anonyracist's last two posts. So at least he's being upfront about what's driving him (round the bend, etc.).

exanonymous said...

Respect the police!

Unless they pull you over for DUI. Then it's okay to be angry and claim unfairness.

Octan said...

@NLC: Wait....... that's....... AAAAAUGH! He remembered to make a joke. What's worse, he went to all the trouble of hiding it, and somebody still got it.

@rewinn: Well you know what our good friend Colbert said: "Reality has a known liberal bias!"

dlauthor said...

Anonymous Coward thinks that just because the police won't let him park his van across from the local grammar school any more, that he's got it as bad as black men in America.