Brevity by Dan Thompson

Brevity

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 1 year ago

    Okay, what kind of a car is it? It seems familiar…

  2. APersonOfInterest

    APersonOfInterest said, over 1 year ago

    That should read " … number of fines I’ve written … " not “amount”

  3. Chalkie  j   

    Chalkie  j    said, over 1 year ago

    Fight, to the very Benz.

  4. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Winston is back.

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 1 year ago

    “What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their Finest Hour.’”

    —House of Commons, 18 June 1940, following the collapse of France. Many thought Britainwould follow.

  6. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 1 year ago

    ‘What gives, Officer? The sign said, ’Fine for parking!’

  7. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 1 year ago

    @APersonOfInterest

    Depends on one’s count…

  8. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Person of Interest and Edclectic….


    Yeah, it’s hard to say it “correctly” …..


    “Amount of fines” IS grammatically incorrect….
    but “number of fines” refers to how many fines were levied….


    Mr. Churchill may be referring to the amount of money… ie….


    “If you total all the fines I’ve levied in the past 60 minutes.”


    But “finest”?
    “Fining-est,” maybe.

    Sorry Dan…. it’s a “fine” pun but not a fine pun…

  9. jreckard

    jreckard said, over 1 year ago

    Never, never, never give up a good parking space.

  10. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Good to see that great speech in full.
    Very short, but it did the trick.
    Churchill was one of the “dogs of war”. In hindsight, it is obvious why he lost the first peacetime election.

  11. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 1 year ago

    @SusanSunshine

    As a former police investigator, I’ve always known to follow the money…but your analysis is just fine.

  12. HeatherLouWho

    HeatherLouWho said, over 1 year ago

    @APersonOfInterest

    Yes. That is one of my pet peeves. Sigh.

  13. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Never was so much money owed by so many motorists to so few bureaucrats.

  14. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ottodesu

    The first Shakespeare I read was “Julius Caesar,” with the phrase “the dogs of war”:
    .
    “And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial.”
    .
    Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270–275

    .
    At that time, Churchill’s funeral had just taken place, and it seemed to me he was a supreme national hero. I wouldn’t have thought he could be described as a “dog of war,” even now, but I suppose it’s a matter of opinion.
    .
    It might be you intend is to describe him as promoting military efforts in righteous causes that once having a served their way to victory continue past good purpose. As I understand it, Churchill was conceded to be a great wartime leader, but not suitable to lead in differing conditions post-war.
    .
    I’ve often thought the phrase also referred to looting and pillage by conquering armies, a traditional right of military forces for most of history – a bad thing in modern view as vicious and lawless. In The Iliad, for instance, this established custom is considered normal but often stupid in that soldiers are killed while leaving off battle to do it.
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    Another way to take that phrase is in regard to mercenaries, professional or otherwise, that fight and consult for pay in armies not their own, with the brutish and amoral effect of packs of wild dogs.
    .
    Yet another way is in comparing the way business interests find opportunities for profit from battleground slaughter and destruction, as do dogs and vultures. I’m reminded of the character Milo Minderbinder in CATCH-22.
    .
    Just some slinging thought Frisbees, here. Actually, I find the cartoon somewhat distasteful, and didn’t mean to comment at all until I read yours. I’m probably reading too much into this, and no offense intended.

  15. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    Ottodesu: The phrase during the early ’50s was, “Indispensable in war, insufferable in peace.”

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