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  1. artsyguy65 commented on Lio 2 months ago

    They cut down the trees
    And put them in a tree museum.
    Then they charged the people
    A dollar and a half just to see them.
    Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot…

  2. artsyguy65 commented on Barney & Clyde 6 months ago

    @Lin Collingwood
    “the richest people in the world are libs”?
    Typical Conserva-twit falsehood. Let’s go down the list…

    1- Bill Gates. He supported George W. in 2000. Socially liberal but economically conservative, you probably deride people like him as RINOs, while I’d admire them as “Eisenhower Republicans”. Centrist, not Liberal.
    2- Carlos Slim Helu. A private businessman thriving in Mexico’s deregulated economy. Critics complain that he owns half the country. The Conservative wet dream. Not a lib.
    3- Amancio Ortega. Reclusive Spaniard, so who knows?
    4 & 5- Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison. Yep, Libs.
    6 & 7- The Koch Brothers. Conservative wackos who want to become American version of Carlos Slim Helu.
    8- Li Ka-shing. Hong Kong tycoon. Impossible to say which side he’d fall under.
    9- Lilliane Bettencourt. French heiress who (illegally?) supported Sarkozy’s centrist government. I’d put her in the middle like Bill Gates.
    10- Bernard Arnault. Threatened to move to Belgium if higher taxes were enacted. Sounds like a Texas Conservative to me.

    Score: Outright Libs- 2, Centrist- 2, Conservative- 4, Who knows- 2.

    Stop twisting facts (or outright lying) to promote your revisionist mythology.

  3. artsyguy65 commented on Pickles 6 months ago

    See the squeaker… Eat the squeaker… … BE the squeaker… … … Ommmmmmmmmm-SQUEAK!

  4. artsyguy65 commented on Agent Gates 8 months ago

    “mutav sluzbenik”: Croatian for “dumb official”.

  5. artsyguy65 commented on Barney & Clyde 10 months ago

    @Arye: good point. Sometimes when I’m watching a tv show like " 2 Broke Girls" I shake my head at the thought of Jack Paar getting canned for saying " water closet" on the air.

  6. artsyguy65 commented on Agent Gates 12 months ago


    I believe the young man is most likely Thompson, a member of Devonton’s staff, based on the character of Thomas from “Downton Abbey”. As such, he is most likely to be a major nemesis for Gates, possibly acting as a spy for German Intelligence.

    But what I really wished to comment on directly to you was a response to your repeated annoyances with the anachronisms displayed in this strip. Rather than being the result of poor writing, I believe them to be consistent with steampunk, a very popular sci-fi/fantasy genre that traces it’s roots all the way back to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Was Verne a hack writer for giving Captain Nemo submarine technology that was decades ahead of it’s time? No. Is “The Time Machine” annoying because time travel is still impossible today much less back in Victorian England? Again, no. Am I comparing the quality of this strip or it’s authors to either Verne, Wells, or their works? You guessed it… no.

    But I will compare it to the works of Quentin Tarantino, who successfully takes a seemingly disparate variety of pop-culture genres and mashes them up together into very enjoyable feats of escapist entertainment. “Agent Gates” likewise is at it’s core a send-up of “Downton Abbey”. But with a dash of “Goldfinger” here and a pinch of steampunk there, it also becomes something more. Relax your need for it to make perfect sense and enjoy the ride.

  7. artsyguy65 commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 year ago

    “Half-court, I’m at half-court
    I’ve got the ball and the defense I can’t deke;
    I’ll use my butt to get the two points which I seek
    By bouncing to the basket, cheek to cheek”

    With apologies to Fred Astaire

    I jotted this down before I scrolled down to find @SusanSunshine beat me to it. So it wouldn’t go to waste, can we say she cut the original on 45 and I dubbed the 12" dance remix?

  8. artsyguy65 commented on Barney & Clyde about 1 year ago

    I’d venture to say that’s literally a “vulture capitalist”. D’ya think its name might be Bain?

  9. artsyguy65 commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    Dypak – you’re a Monty Python fan, right? It’s gonna take some magic from Tim the Enchanter to get Jeff the Operative outta this in one piece. Or does this story arc somehow come full circle and he gets saved by the girl?

  10. artsyguy65 commented on Doonesbury over 4 years ago

    plus4 – this series proves that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, because GT isn’t making up the part about Jesus and Hitler both being heroes of “The Family” in real life. Investigative author Jeff Sharlet lived at The Family’s C Street house in 2002 and learned first hand about “a group that regularly invokes as leadership models Hitler, Stalin and Mao, whom (Family leader) Doug Coe said are three men who understood the New Testament best in the 20th century.” Mr Coe’s son, David, even likes to refer to The Family as “the Christian Mafia”.

    Check out this Las Vegas Sun interview with Mr. Sharlet for more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/19/behind-closed-doors-c-street/