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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

That damned Claim

What's Mallard raving about today?

Teabaggers, President Obama.

A tacit admission by Mallard that the Town Hall mobs are not in fact what they claim to be, but are useful idiots ginned up by Fox and the Insurance Industry.

The astroturfers are scary only because they may succeed thwart their own self interest, and that of the rest of us, at the behest of their Corporate Overlords and with the cooperation of an inane Press. Well, and because they carry guns to a political debate...


GeoX said...

Um. Okay. So "as if that [the notion that they're just average, middle-class, etc.] wouldn't be scary enough..." WHAT? Is this to-be-continued? Or is it just further evidence that Tinsley is basically illiterate? Christ, the man isn't even competent or sober enough to even formulate a coherent lazy non-joke. Whatta racket.

Tog said...


That's all there is to it. Tin just has to touch that base, and the shittohead dittoheads to whom he appeals will bobble their heads in agreement with...well, whatever.

But let's be fair. Dick Cheney's "haet" for many things (taxpayers, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, decorated veterans, and so on) earned him a lot of heat from Tin's truth-speaking penAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Dammit! I lost it again! I can NEVER keep a straight face while saying that!

NLC said...

I'm afraid I don't understand Tinsley's point.

It seems to me that it is the "Average Middle-class taxpayers" who feel that they "deserve a voice in their healthcare decisions" that are those who are arguing most strongly for a significant overhaul of the healthcare system of this country.

Tinsley must be a very lucky man if he or anyone close to him has never needed to fight his way through the maze of insurance-driven health care to handle a serious illness.

But if he is going to continue to claim to represent the voice of the average reader, the least he can do is spend a few minutes talking to a father who has spent six months on the phone with an insurance phone-answerer trying to get reimbursed for a critical treatment for his sick daughter. Or to the child's grandmother who can't get the blood-pressure medicine prescribed by her doctor because it isn't on the list of "approved" medications of her "insurance provider".

Anonymous said...

So, when do I get to forget the other definition of teabagger when I see that word?

dlauthor said...

"Whoops! I forgot to write a complete sentence! Let alone a joke! Gimme another Research and Coke!"

Oh, and it's finally happened: the penis-chin is dangling so low that the frame can no longer contain it.

exanonymous said...

Give it up, "teabaggers".

You aren't a majority. Your leaders even admit it by telling you to go out of your district, attend as many townhalls as possible, yell as loud as possible, fill up the front half of the room to give the impression that you fill up all of the room, and so forth. The tactics you're being taught are for a MINORITY.

And you might want to look up the definition of terrorism while at it. Liberals threaten to move to Canada. You threaten to take over the democratic process by force.

rewinn said...

Since (as y'all have noted) Tinkley didn't bother including a punch line today, here's the BEST RANT EVER on the topic (not original with me but well worth passing on)


Dear Mallard Fillmore:

"You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark (when you include TARP and Iraq).

You finally got mad when..


wait for it...

when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans... well f*ck that!

That about right, ducky?"

Kip W said...

My guess is that the enemies list consists of the words "Fox News," and that Tin Eye's basis for this startling information is that Obama once said something like, "Good evening friends... and Fox News." Can you prove it did not happen??

WV: 'ressesh' -- 1) Slang for one who has seceded again.
2) Liquid research: "Oh, god, I musta ressesh'd three six-packs after midnight again."

Kip W said...

Dawk! I had two threads open. I always wondered how people managed to post to the wrong thread, and now I are one.

CW in LA said...

Now, I would have guessed 'ressesh' would have meant something like, 'to utter "sheesh" repeatedly', which I'm sure is something everyone has done at one time after another after viewing Tinshley's work.

Awesome summary, rewinn.

dlauthor said...

So, when do I get to forget the other definition of teabagger when I see that word?

Never, ever, ever.

Alternately, upon precise application of icepick to brain stem. But in that case you become a teabagger yourself.

Tog said...

"We are proud to call ourselves teabaggers! We're the most patriotic teabaggers since the Boston Tea Party! ...What? It means WHAT!? ...We never called ourselves teabaggers!! The liberals made that up! Damn you, Rachel Maddow!! Quick, Marge, get rid of the signs and bumper stickers!"

If you read Mallard every day, you have to be either a dittohead or a masochist, so I'm here to share the pain. I wondered aloud a few days ago if there were any other neocon daily/semi-daily strips besides the usual suspects; well, check THIS shit out. There's other sorts of strips covered in the article, and they're all horrible, horrible things (including over-the-edge far-lefty stuff like Hathor The Cow Goddess) which are always good for a healthy "...WTF?," but you'll split a gut when you see that little Miss Limbaugh, Diversity Lane, fighting with her fuzzy-minded-hippy parents.

The sad thing is, the person behind it is a fine, classic-style artist with so much more artistic talent than Tin. It's heartbreaking to read the text that squirts out of the very same skull.

There's more. Much, much more. But I'll just let you stick your own hand into it yourself...

GeoX said...

When they whine about being called teabaggers, you can just respond, okay! You don't like the sexual connotations? In that case, we will stick with the phrase that makes people think of four-year-old girls dressing up in their mothers' best dresses and setting all their dolls and stuffed animals around a table to pretend to drink tea and eat cookies. That what you were going for?

Iron Dragon said...

The funny thing is that taken literally this could technically make sense, just not in the way that Tinsely intended. If the 'Average' Americans are screaming with the plans of just disrupting discussion, bringing weaponry to the meetings (pistols, in one case an automatic), and shouting incoherent slogans as well as constantly screaming that Obama wasn't born here...yeah I'd find that pretty scary too. If only because it means that the 'Average' American has sunk quite a bit in terms of coherence, intelligence, and ability to function.

To all of you right wingers who pushed hate, who screamed and riled up the hounds of hell to strike your political opponents. I say to you that you helped create this hysteria and I pray that you can get it under control before it bites you, before it bites all of us, because the behavior of these people is starting to look like a train wreck in progress.