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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Week of March 31, 2013

What's Mallard raving about this Week?

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27 comments:

CW in LA said...

I don't buy the argument Brews is quoting that Christianity is the only argument that begins with catastrophe and defeat.

To take an example nearest my Classicist heart, the Olympian gods were all swallowed as soon as they were born by their father who feared being overthrown by them. Finally baby Zeus had to be switched out with a rock and hidden away in a cave until he came of age.

In short add mythology and comparative religious studies to the long list of things Tinsh knows nothing about.

Frank Stone said...

Re Sunday: Today's strip might be a little more heartwarming if Mallard/Bruce didn't so clearly follow the teachings of Bizarro Jesus.

Neo Tuxedo said...

Today's strip might be a little more heartwarming if Mallard/Bruce didn't so clearly follow the teachings of Al Franken's Supply-Side Jesus.

FTFY, Frank.

Randy Winn said...

Don't blame Tinshley for Fulton Sheen's fatuousness; too many of us cradle Catholics were brought up to regard the pontificating of Men In Vestments as being all the more meaningful for being nonsense ("It's A Mystery! Have Faith!")

Tinshley's problem is that he hasn't outgrown this; a few seconds' of thinking would show Fulton's quote to be literally untrue, as CW in LA demonstrates, but Vatican-worshippers don't put in that few seconds of thought because it frightens them.

Also Tinshley thinks a wall of words substitutes for actually does something. If you wanted to use that silly quote for an Easter comic, you could ... I dunno ... DRAW SOMETHING OTHER THAN A DUCK!!!

Toots McGee said...

Philosophy is the talk on a Salty Snax box,
Religion is a duck in a chair.

-with apologies to Edie Brickell

Neo Tuxedo said...

MEAN DAY

I'd make a smartass comment about the TSA being the legacy of that liberal Dubya, but it wouldn't be enough of a joke, given the large number of the Base who started insisting, the moment it became impossible for even them to defend Little Boots' policies, that they'd always considered him a lib'rul.

Andrew said...

I have to assume Bruce was detained at some point by the TSA, either for attempting to bring a bottle onto a plane, or for being drunk. It's either that, or Bruce just hates ALL law-enforcement officers.

Bill the Splut said...

Bruce is so good at drawing "Numbly Bored People" that I have a feeling that that's the reaction he sees every time he has a conversation with someone.

"Your son is a bully and a loudmouthed ignorant bigot. He has a great future as a conservative pundit...."

Bill the Splut said...

"...Oh, your son also has a laughably bad near-competence with drawing? Sorry, someone's already collecting that welfare check."

Neo Tuxedo said...

CHEWED DAY

To give Tinsley every iota of credit he's conceivably due, it's possible that by "profiling", he means "watching for actual suspicious behavior" and not just "assuming anyone wearing a turban has a bomb under it". In much the same way it's possible that he's going to devote next week's strips to confessing his regrets about the Iraq invasion, or that a swarm of winged monkeys will emerge from his major intestine and fart the Star-Spangled Banner through kazoos.

Randy Winn said...

Extra points to @Neo Tuxedo for "little boots", which in Latin is "Caligula" ... a boy who grew up in luxury, being told he was extra special and failed at everything until he got supreme executive authority, and then made a name for himself in history.

Ironically, the Romans didn't have the letter "W".

Frank Stone said...

You're slipping, Mallard. If you want us to believe that your latest bugaboo isn't all about you, then you're going to have to do something much more plausible than pretending to identify with the plight of women, children, and the elderly.

Neo Tuxedo said...

WHINESDAY

Go with "Personal responsibility is overrated", guys. Intelligent, aware people have long known you were halfway there anyway. When goopers claim to be "the party of personal responsibility", any fule kno they mean they're "the party of holding Bill Clinton personally responsible for everything bad that happened in Unistat from August 25, 1992, to the fall of 2007, and holding Barack HUSSEIN Obama personally responsible for the bad stuff that happened after that".

Randy Winn said...

I don't want to put more work into commenting on "Mallard Fillmore" than Brews Tinkley does drawing it ...

... but I just did!

Neo Tuxedo said...

SPURTSDAY

Oh look, a visual pun. That's so clever I could just shit Tinsley's pants if that weren't redundant.

Randy Winn said...

When did the GOP become the Party of Stupid, and denounce the feeble calls of its few remaining grownups as "RINOism"?

Can you imagine the GOP returning to its party platform of 1956? at the height of the Cold War, it was led by an Army General/President who advocated policies today's GOP would call communist.

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Neo Tuxedo said...

at the height of the Cold War, it was led by an Army General/President who advocated policies today's GOP would call communist.

Policies that did, in fact, lead the ideological ancestors of today's GOP to call him "a dedicated, conscious agent" of the International Communist Conspiracy, as one with the Communist-infiltrated State Department, the godless-communist public schools, and the Fiendish Fluoridators. ("It's in ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream!")

Neo Tuxedo said...

LIE DAY

Don't we all wish NBC and the rest of the corporate media would tell it like it is, rather than bend over backwards to avoid inevitable and unstoppable cries of "liberal bias" from people who, as the sainted Molly Ivins pointed out way the hell back in 1987, are themselves "replete with bias and resistant to fact"?

Toots McGee said...

I get my media analysis from a duck in a chair, sipping on a giant cup of corn syrup.

Randy Winn said...

It's all NBC's fault that the public thinks the GOP is trying to limit women's freedom to control their own bodies.
Actually, the GOP lead the fight for taxpayer-funded access to birth control, abortion and sex education ... in Iraq.

Toots McGee said...

Default reaction to Mallard Fillmore

Frank Stone said...

In the space of one day, Bruce goes from attacking the GOP over their "rebranding" issues to attacking (his straw man version of) NBC News for attacking the GOP over their "rebranding" issues. You need a neck brace to help out with that case of whiplash you just gave yourself, Bruce?

Neo Tuxedo said...

SADDER DAY

...Mann oh Manfred, he must have had a king-hell barn-burner of a strip before the vestigial editor at King Features informed him that, in the event of the inevitable libel suit, he'd be on his own. I say that based chiefly on the self-confessed weakness of the sauce being served up here.

Randy Winn said...

Why does Mallard Fillmore hate the free market?

Frank Stone said...

As is so often the case, it took me a minute to figure out what the heck Mallard was talking about; apparently, it's tablet computers. And he seems to think that because they're becoming more commonplace, no one is using laptops anymore. Naturally, he's completely wrong (again).

Today's example of How You Can Tell That Bruce Tinsley Is Really, Really Bad At His Job: Based on the way the words and pictures are presented, Mallard appears to be talking to himself while rubbing the side of his head with a bar of soap.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

It's funny how Mallard doesn't want to defend the "venerable" rotary phone against the phone he's using (with its tiny and probably virtual keypad and all) to yell at someone about laptops.

I think Tinsley caught a venerable disease.