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Sunday, May 08, 2011

That damned Funding

What's Mallard raving about today?

Cowboys, Poetry.

Mallard Fillmore wakes up one morning seething about the fact that the Arts gets about $146M in funding from the U.S. Government.

He never wakes up angry that Oil companies, already among the most profitable in human history, get around $4B from the U.S. Government.

No one is, of course, surprised by this. If Mallard were ever to exhibit intellectual honesty, he would no longer be acceptable to the Wingnut Welfare state and lose his only current and potential source of income.

On another note, one can only speculate about the significance of Mallard's choice of Cowboys to make his point.


ian said...

this is what that phrase means

In the middle of his tirade against House Republicans' "mean-spirited" budget bill on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Senate Majority Leader lamented that the GOP’s proposed budget cuts would eliminate the annual "cowboy poetry festival” in his home state of Nevada.

Tog said...

Horses are not dogs, Tinsley. (They aren't blue, either, but blame the colorist, right?) Seriously, what's that up the poor blue horse's ass? It's not a horse's tail, and it's not Tinsley's head, and those are the only things I associate with horses' asses, so I'm open to suggestions.

I'm assuming the superfluous, nearly-identical second "liberal" cowboy* is there to deliver the "funding" line because Tinsley was terrified that real-life poetry-cowboys would think he was making fun of them and proceed to break his back and mount him, like they do in that movie he's heard about. Otherwise, this one-panel "widescreen" Sunday strip only needed one character.

*...Hence the smiley-face neckerchief, which is probably the most imaginative detail Tinsley's ever come up with, ever. Gold star sticker for a special, special boy!!

WV: palintl HA HA HA WTF

rewinn said...

Could the significance of choosing cowboys to make this "point" be to remind us that the most recent Republican President afraid of horses?

BTW actual cowboys benefited from huge Federal assistance: first and foremost being the use of the U.S. Army to chase Indians off their land. The railroads that hauled the cattle to the Eastern markets were built with Federal land grants (there were darn few cowboys before the Civil War!) Civilizations are created when people band together to solve problems in things called "governments" - unlike the Gatlian fantasies of today's "conservatives".

Speaking of which ... what's deeper in a hole: bin Ladn's bones or the movie "Atlas Shrugged"?

Kip W said...

Bin Laden's will requested his kids not to go into the terror biz.

This suggests, if not cowboy poetry, at least a country-western ballad: "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to bin Ladens."

Either cowboy is funnier than the duck. By not saying anything, though, the blue horse is funnier than all of them, and by being hidden and silhouetted, the other horse is the best drawn.

Frank Stone said...

Er, why is the second cowboy finishing the first cowboy's statement, even though it makes no sense for him to be doing so?

Oh, right -- because Brucie's writing is just that sloppy.

Carry on.