Brevity by Dan Thompson


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

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

  2. APersonOfInterest

    APersonOfInterest said, over 3 years ago

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

  3. Chalkie  j   

    Chalkie  j    said, over 3 years ago

    Fight, to the very Benz.

  4. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Winston is back.

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  7. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 3 years ago


    Depends on one’s count…

  8. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  10. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago


    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 3 years ago


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

  12. HeatherLouWho

    HeatherLouWho said, over 3 years ago


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

  13. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 3 years ago


    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.
    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.

  14. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 3 years ago

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

  15. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago


    I think that Churchill was the perfect wartime leader. The whole world would now be a very different place if he hadn’t led Britain and done all the things necessary for victory.

    Not the least of those was getting the USA involved. We may never know what intelligence he deliberately withheld, such as the foreknowledge of the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

    My view is that he was a psychopath – which was quite essential. A large number of his decisions involved cooly deciding how many of his own people would die, and how many of the enemy had to perish. (If you buy into the Pearl Harbour conspiracy theory, it just gets worse.)

    If it had all gone the other way, the post war inhumanity trials could legitimately convicted him of crimes against humanity. My parents had little love for him, having witnessed his terror bombings of non-strategic European rural villages. (Didn’t know about that? It probably will never make the history books.)

    But he was the man for the job, and the job was that of butcher, and butchers aren’t known for being good at developing vegetarian meals.

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