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commented on Ken Catalino
about 1 month ago
Separate from anyone’s personal politics, isn’t it a little odd to be using this quote on Veteran’s Day? Jefferson was talking about domestic tyrants, after all, and I don’t recall that our current veterans had to face any of those.
There’s also Catalino’s unfortunate misstatement of the quotation, which loses the stirring cadence of Jefferson’s actual words: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
In any case, props to those who served.
commented on Chip Bok
3 months ago
I don’t think a Republican-imposed requirement that members of Congress and their staff must now get their insurance on the exchanges — treating them unlike any other Americans who already have insurance through their employers and stripping them of their existing benefits — counts as “exempting.”
They would have been treated like everyone else if not for the GOP’s political grandstanding. Nor would a special provision have been required to maintain the federal government’s employer contribution at the same level it was previously.
commented on The Duplex
12 months ago
And here we all thought it was some kind of Christmas miracle (or else a disturbing fixation you were going to need to seek professional help for). Thanks for the explanation.
commented on Candorville
about 1 year ago
Props to Darrin Bell for placing “gobbledygook” in 1944, the year the term was first used. I looked it up because I thought it was a postwar coinage.
(From Wikipedia: According to Michael Quinion on his World Wide Words website the word was first coined on 21 May 1944 by Maury Maverick, a congressman from Texas. His comments, recorded in the New York Times Magazine, were made when Maverick was the Democratic chairman of the US Congress Smaller War Plants Committee. He was being critical of the obscure language used by other committee members. The allusion was to a turkey, “always gobbledy gobbling and strutting with ludicrous pomposity”. It is sometimes abbreviated slightly to gobbledygoo.)
commented on Tom the Dancing Bug
over 1 year ago
Sorry, that’s http://heroinitiative.org.
If you loved the Avengers movie, but also care about the treatment of comic book creators, go to http://www.heroinitative.org and consider making a contribution.
commented on Zack Hill
about 2 years ago
Now that Vince has been identified, helping us to see that what panel 3 contains is a recommendation for Zack to tell his teacher that some of his best friends are gay (but doesn’t help us see anything funny in the panel 4 punchline), let’s return to the overlooked second panel, and its reference to “those among us with identity issues.”
I’m not going to try figure out what that phrase is supposed to mean exactly, but the message is clear: poor Zack is struggling with the impossible task of tiptoeing around other people’s incomprehensible “issues.” No, Zack (and John and John): saying “That’s so gay” to describe something you think is bad means that you’re saying “gay” equals “bad.” Maybe I’ll start saying “That’s so Presbyterian” about anything I don’t like, and if any Presbyterians get upset I’ll just throw up my hands about how hard it is to please those among us with religious identity issues.
Will this ridiculous, unfunny and unedifying storyline never end? And really — the school has a policy against “using the word ‘gay’”? Nonsense. Zack would not have been suspended for saying “My gay Uncle John doesn’t have kids of his own, so he buys me lots of great presents.” Like all the strips in this continuity, today’s makes no acknowledgement that there’s something wrong with using “gay” as an all-purpose negative adjective.
The trouble with these strips, of course, is that storytelling that grows out of believable characters has been replaced by one-sided argumentation. I don’t recall that the school officials were even shown to explain (or even to understand) what might be wrong with saying “That’s so gay.”
I hope it’s over, anyway. And I look forward to the hilarious continuity in which the PC police unreasonably punish Zack for saying that a classmate tried to jew down the price of a school lunch. Because, y’know, it’s just a word, ha ha ha.
commented on Strange Brew
almost 3 years ago
Reminiscent of a classic Gahan Wilson cartoon – the second one in this slideshow: http://www.wnyc.org/articles/slideshows/2009/dec/22/gahan/
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