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Pat Oliphant

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  1. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Oliphant? Or, considering the “pregnancy” bit, a spinoff that really might be better found in “Non Sequitur”?


    I think the little fowl in the lower left makes the only sense in the whole cartoon.

  2. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    I see only one flaw in this cartoon.
    It is, of course, that you should always shake rather than stir a martini.
    Otherwise…

  3. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 11 months ago

    If I read the data correctly, it is due to the fact that so many are the heads of single family households.
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    Meanwhile, if we look back we will see that if we include benefits, womane have been the economic lynchpin for decades.
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    Women wrking in the local school system were the entreprenurial safety net with a health insurance plan, so that hubby could strike out on his own and try to run a business.
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    Cutting away at that safety net is sure to dampen the entreprenurial freedom this nation has relied on for the 21million “jobs” that are One man shop small businesses. (out of 27million “small businesses” which include all businesses with up to 499 employees!)

  4. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, 11 months ago

    is that fred flinstone on the television?

  5. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 11 months ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Absolutely NOT!
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    Personally, I prefer to just keep my gin in the freezer and so it need not touch ice.
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    Beyond that, if a martini is dry, what is the idea of shaking it anyway? Except for the cold.
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    But shaking a martini is only a way of adding more water to the gin. You break the ice so that it melts into the gin, and vermouth (I must admit that I enjoy the vermouth with certain gins (Saffire, Beefeaters, Seagrams, other “old school” gins) (currently I’m summering with a Hudson Valley gin that is made with grain alcohol and an apple formulated distilled spirit. Straight straight out of the freezer. It’s refreshing.)
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    Swirled to cool, but otherwise, A shaken martini is a way for the bar to sell you diluted gin at the price you would pay for non diluted gin.
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    BTW, vermouth is what does the trick with a Martini. The vermouth stimulates one’s appetite, leave it to the brits to add gin to the mix.
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    The song says “Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down…” But the brit tradition is three parts gin! Same with the malaria medicine, quinine (tonic water)!
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    I like to say that’s my martini routine, but I could go on for several more episodes. Cheers!

  6. Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab.

    Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab. GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Borrowed one of the kids from Giles again!

  7. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    “…If I read the data correctly, it is due to the fact that so many women are the heads of single family households..”
    Right you are. The data also shows that households where there is a husband- the wife earns significantly more than the single mom.
    The message: women that fail to have a good relationship with a man are defective on several levels.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    “…women that fail to have a good relationship with a man are defective on several levels.”

    Youch! You might get some flak for describing single mothers as “defective”. I wouldn’t describe them as defective, but having a child out of wedlock has huge consequences for the mother & the children. Oliphant & other pundits are missing the point.

    Mothers who manage to avoid pregnancy until they are in a stable relationship, do out earn their single counterparts. Besides the help & stability that comes with a spouse, they are more educated & have more time to actually rise in a career path. Too many single mothers are basically in a state of constant economic crisis to ever get ahead.

    The number of married households where the woman earns more has also increased dramatically.

  9. pcolli

    pcolli said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    In past societies, women have been just as important in providing for the family as the men. If a couple don’t need two incomes and the woman’s job pays more than the man’s, then why not let the man stay home and work in the house.
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    It works for us. And I know how to work the washing machine……..!

  10. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 11 months ago

    I wonder if Pat Oliphant is today channeling one of his past cartoons. I can’t help but recall his cartoon from the late 1960s, when the term “Women’s’ Liberation” was becoming a common phrase.
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    The cartoon was of a stout Brunhild-type wife aggressively confronting her meek mouse of a husband (in an apron?) as she leaves the house. The caption was:
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    “Well, I’m off to my women’s lib meeting. Kiss me goodbye, damn you!”
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    How cool if he is pointing out the turn-about of that old work.

  11. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    In truth, I am not a martini drinker (tho’ on those rare occasions when I do I prefer vodka to gin).
    The idea I’ve heard behind shaking the drink was that it created tiny air bubbles in the mixture, which supposedly enhanced the taste. Perhaps it’s true, perhaps not. I’ll accept your expertise on the subject, for I was just being glib.
    Personally, I prefer margaritas (mostly for the lime, but the tequila is good, too).

  12. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 11 months ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Yes, that’s normal. Women are very astute judges of value propositions.
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    Not only are you not worth paying for, indeed you must pay a woman to stay around you. And you imply that even that hasn’t been enough several times.

  13. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 11 months ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Well, if it’s not gin then it’s not a Martini.
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    I love the taste of a better tequila. I once invented the desert Martinez, this was a martini glass filled with tequila straight out of the bottle with a wedge of lime for garnish. It was warm and dry; just like the desert.
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    That way I wasn’t paying for water. I don’t care how rough the bar crowd is. When they place that in front of you and somebody asks what it is, a hush goes over the crowd that some nut ball is about to drink a martini glass of tequila.
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    Little do they know that 80 proof tequila is a step back from the 94 proof Saffire martin “usual”!

  14. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    I’ll accept the proposition that a martini must be gin; then if I have vodka is the proper name a “Vodka Martini” or is there another name for it?
    Tho’ I’d still probably prefer a margarita. I understand your point about paying for water (hence my reason for NEVER drinking “Lite Beer”), but there’s something about the combination of the lime and the tequila that just works for me.
    To each his/her own. There’s no right or wrong, there’s just what tastes good to you (or me).

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