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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

That damned Poll

What's Mallard raving about today?

President Carter, Racism.

Mallard, Mallard, Mallard, Mallard, Mallard, Mallard.

An interesting thing happens when you put "poll worst president ever" into Google.

You find that "all those polls" say nothing of the kind about President Carter.

You understand the word "fact" has a definition other than "shit I make up to support my pre-determined conclusion" right?


exanonymous said...

Ah, Mallard, even if what you say is true (ignoring Bush) unfortunately, it supports nothing of what you have to say.

Carter polled badly in office. Reasons included the fact that he was quick to back down to opposition, and conceded too much to the opposing party due to inexperience. But I should repeat: in office.

Since leaving office, Carter has grown quite a bit of spine and is now rated one of the most successful ex-presidents ever. The comment that annoys Mallard so much that he tries to try to make Carter irrelevant did not occur while Carter was in office, but after when he is a much stronger advocate and much more popular.

And if he statement that perhaps blind irrational rage towards the president and his policies might be racially motivated annoys someone that much, then perhaps that someone really is racist.

Frank Stone said...

Translation of today's strip:

"How DARE that doddering old boob remind me that I'm an embittered, obnoxious racist asshole!!"

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Hell hath no fury like a right-winger forced to look in a mirror.

HT said...

...I'm sorry, that punchline... What? Huh? I'm absolutely flabbergasted in that I have no freakin' clue what it is saying.

I have to say, I have never, ever seen something published, and being paid for I might add, with such a horrendous butchering of both the English language and basic joke telling 101, ever.

Tog said...

Indeed, we have to remember what has triggered Tinsley's fury: Carter's suggestion that racism fuels a substantial portion of opposition to Obama. Every day this goes on, the Shakespearean line "doth protest too much" comes to mind.

A smarter cartoonist would've taken the route of today's "Dilbert," but then, that's a smarter cartoonist. (But before Tinsley shows up to anonymously co-opt that strip: first try repeating it with a human in place of a talking cat.)

Apparently Tinsley's vision of the ideal ex-president is a mentally-deteriorating goober who nevertheless exploits his status to rake in big bucks falling asleep on speaking tours.

Carter works on the behalf of others. This enrages Tinsley. What more needs to be said?

Kip W said...

I'm reminded of P.J. O'Rourke (though even in his present senile phase, PJ is less wretched than Tin Eye), who can't go more than a few pages without having to stop and say that Jimmy Carter is ugly. I'd say Mr. Carter has really gotten under some people's skin with his post-presidential gravitas.

In my opinion, Carter should have said "substantial" rather than "overwhelming," but it was his to say, not mine. I suppose if the remark causes even one or two conservatives to feel an ounce of shame, it will have been worthwhile.

I wonder which polls might still say Carter was the worst president ever? They can't be very recent. If Tin Eye didn't take such care to label whom he libels, I'd guess that it was just a really poorly drawn Bush.

Kip W said...

(..He labeled him yesterday!)

Toots McGee said...

How many days until we see Tinsley shitting his pants about the Olympics?

rewinn said...

Today's is the worst caricature of George W Bush ever!

(What's that you say? It's not about W? Then it makes no sense at all ... carry on!)

dlauthor said...

Seems to me that Tinshley shouldn't be criticizing anyone for being the worst at anything, anyway. That'd be like the pot calling the kettle a secret Muslim.

I hate chuck asay said...

Tinsley's favorite presidents, by his admittance, Reagan and Bush, Junior, were the worst. Carter's term ended with a hundred billion dollar deficit, Reagan's with a four trillion dollar deficit, Bush's with a ten trillion dollar deficit. Carter encouraged social programs and peace--Reagan and Bush fucked over all our social programs and constitutional rights, and sold weapons to both our enemies and our enemies' enemies.

Word Verification: Hictonce, the amount of ignorance and stupidity suffered by the hicks who read this horrible comic.

Anonymous said...

Mallard is also no doubt appalled because Carter bravely stands up for the notion that Palestinians are human beings, not cockroaches or dogs, as our "Best Friend in the Middle East" preaches. Carter is both courageous and willing to look beyond the slights he's received from his own party.

Michael said...

I still want to have sex with his face. Anyway, the quote was, "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he is an African-American."

Changing "intensely demonstrated animosity" to just "critics" makes it a strawman argument. But why even bother doing that if your retort is, "Oh yeah? Well, you were a bad president!" If you're going to build a strawman to fight, don't get knocked out by stepping on a rake.

Did anyone else think that Mallard was speaking in the first panel? My head almost exploded.

GeoX said...

Pfft. What's this "looking at actual polls" business? Polls say that Carter was TEH WORST PREZNIT EVAH because it is so written in the Big Book o' Wingnut Mythology; therefore, any so-called "actual" polls are irrelevant in the face of the metaphysical, higher-truth polls that exist in wingnuts' heads. It's very simple: Carter was TEH WORST PREZNIT EVAH because *mumblemumble,* whereas Reagan was TEH BEST PREZNIT EVAH because funding and arming Central American death squads is Totally Sweet. Who would Jesus rape and torture to death?

Neo Tuxedo said...

Kip W skrev:

I'm reminded of P.J. O'Rourke (though even in his present senile phase, PJ is less wretched than Tin Eye), who can't go more than a few pages without having to stop and say that Jimmy Carter is ugly. I'd say Mr. Carter has really gotten under some people's skin with his post-presidential gravitas.

Oh, it started long before Mr. Carter began accumulating gravitas. Read the review of the Carters' book Everything to Gain that PJ did for the American Spectator (reprinted in the Give War a Chance collection). To paraphrase one of the Right's favorite authors, that review is not an expression of ideas, it's a bucket of slime emptied in public, a stream of sneers and adjectives in which nothing is clear except the filthy malice of denouncing two people just for existing.

Anonymous said...

That's not even what Carter said. It's a deliberate misrepresentation, stripping it of any nuance there was, leaving only what Tinley's feeble mind could latch on to.

MartyRotten said...

I saw the Nation poll btw. I'm surprised that Ronald Reagan wasn't anywhere on the list. Everything that's wrong with today's economy can be traced back to the Reagan era.

Anonymous said...

State-Run Media Has Cow Over Saturday Night Live Skit on Obama. CNN actually fact checked it as serious. The can't believe SNL would dare mock Obama. Mmm... Mmm... Mmm...

GeoX said...

Desperately trying to change the subject from Tinsley's nonsensical Carter idiocy, eh, anonyloser? Can't say I blame you. There's no defending that dumbassery.

CW in LA said...

Wow, that's an impressive number of Rsh Lardbutt catch phrases in one four-line post.

Say, Anonydildohead, you know all the time he's saying that stuff, he's thinking of the boy prostitutes in the Dominican Republic he diddled, don't you?

Rash Limburger said...

"State-run" media?

dlauthor said...

Judging by his weird "mmm mmm mmm" tic, I think our cowardly friend is having similar unsavory thoughts to Rush, CW. Maybe we should start calling him Anonypederast?

Kip W said...

dlauthor, maybe he's just a fan of the Crash Test Dummies.

Neo Tuxedo, I'm sure O'Rourke has been sliming Carter for a long time, but the older PJ gets, the more likely he is to interrupt any article, even one on driving in Baja, to throw in an entirely incongruous slam at Carter that has nothing overt to do with politics, just to stop and spit out something about him being ugly. Which is only bad if you're liberal, of course.

WV: jettspa. I could use a nice jet spa myself.

Anonymous said...

Elementary School Children Sing Praises to Obama.

The Obama supporters doing their best best to indoctrinate the young children to liberalism.

I am not surprised you are unaware of this or have not heard the song. You spend your time watching the "government run media" and hanging out at this pathetic blog.

Beginning of the song..."Barack Hussein Obama, Mmm... Mmm... Mmm...".

exanonymous said...

Hehe. The anonymous is so cute! He thinks we don't know about the supposed school kids singing controversy.

I'm fairly certain that if one song in one classroom at one school that was approved during black history month is enough to be considered radical indoctrination, Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung are working WAY too hard.

Also, if it's that easy to indoctrinate, maybe neocons might want to reexamine their political viewpoints because obviously they feel it would have no appeal to these children when they get older.

dlauthor said...

Well, of course Anonypederast is familiar with the video of the children singing praises to Obama. He _loves_ Youtube videos of children, particularly since these days his ankle bracelet tells the cops when he drives his Rascal scooter anywhere near a primary school.

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, indeed.

rewinn said...

"Congress, Bush and FEMA
People across our land
Together have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand!"

---Children of New Orleans, at the White House, 2005

Congress, at that time, was firmly under Republican control, as was FEMA.

So basically, these children were required to sing a song in praise of the man who was playing air guitar while their fellow citizens drowned.

wavydavy said...

Why is it that every single thing that any wingnut/neocon (is that redundant?) says is either (a) a flat-out lie, or (b) something that wingnuts/neocons used to do up until 11:59AM on 1/20/09 -- or both?

Because we all know that children have never EVER sung the praises of a Rethug president. Right?


I think it is time to once again admire the wisdom of John Stuart Mill:

I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March, 1866)

wavydavy said...

Looks like rewinn had the same video in his memory.

Great minds think alike, I guess.