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Saturday, February 05, 2011

That damned Rhetoric

What's Mallard raving about today?

Moby Dick, Incendiary Rhetoric.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Moby Dick! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

People died.


Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Right. "Second-Amendment Solutions" was a "metaphor." Go directly to fuck yourself, Tinsley. Do not pass Go; do not collect two hundred dollars.

Tog said...

This bears no small resemblance to the comedy routine put up by Mike Huckabee a couple of days ago on FOXPropaganda*, in which he pretended to have his free speech censored by "Dr. Rube Churl, renowned professor of rhetoric at Puerile University" (wow). The fake prof proceeded to stop Huckabee every few seconds for saying "son of a gun," "dropped a bombshell," "over his dead body," and so on.

*see Crooks and Liars, Feb 2nd

Let me explain it to Huckabee and Batshit; this isn't about a fear of everyday words and phrases causing spontaneous violence. This is about the way you and your fellow clowns cling shrieking and bawling to your eliminationist rhetoric, which relies on constantly: (1) dehumanizing your opponents, (2) casting them as a dire threat, (3) wishing aloud for their demise, and (4) spreading the imagery--which any advertiser will tell you works--of violence.

So let me join GeoX in wishing you and Huckabee a hearty Fuck You, Tinsley. You're completely aware of what the creeps on FOX are doing, and you approve. And we know it.

Kip W said...

I think there's one giant dick in the room, and no, that's not a compliment on your wedding tackle, Tin Eye.

Tog, the Huckabee bit was funny... when Stan Freberg did it in the 50s. ("Elderly Man River...")

ajm said...

Six innocent people in Tucson dead -- why, the comedy practically writes itself!

DiR said...

Oh, so the Republicans are just insane, zealous, and blinded by simple-minded revenge fantasies?
Wow, I actually agree with Tinsley. Way to speak truth to power, man.

Tog said...

Kinda related: read the transcript and comments over at Mike Stark calls Rush Limbaugh and forces him to contradict himself over Ronald Reagan! Rush retaliates by twice dipping into eliminationism (with the usual phony veneer of civility) and then immediately backtracking.

Truth to power!

CW in LA said...

I fear the criticism of the foaming-mouthed right's rhetoric, while well-justified, misses the point: The real problem in my view is that these people really do (1) view their opponents (that is, us) as less than human, (2) regard us as a dire threat, (3) wish for our demise, and (4) desire violence against us. I wish I knew what the answer was.

Steve-O said...

This can't be right. Sarah Palin thinks "Moby Dick" is a B list pop star's package.

Bill the Splut said...

"Call me Ishmael" is Tinny in a bar trying to pick up a woman with his line, "Call me, I'm a male!"

rewinn said...

You know a comic is badly written when the "artist" has to draw a picture of a whale to remind the readers what the talking head is talking about.

Or maybe its target audience is just badly educated.

Either way, it's kinda funny that the writer added the completely unnecessary word "class" at the beginning, solely for the purpose of telling the audience that this is a teacher (and therefore an ebil libral hur hur!)

While the drunk Tinsley uses a rather banal form of evil, and an evil form of banality, to mock the Tucson dead, it is at least a premise with which a competent cartoonist could have done something, but it would have required more than a single drawing to get the pacing right. What a pitiful and lazy hack he is!

Rootbeer said...


I'm not sure what content in Melville's novel we're supposed to identify as "incendiary rhetoric". I'm not familiar with any interpretation that treats The Whale as a metaphor for tax-and-spend government and sympathizes with Ahab's monomania.