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Sun May 17, 2020, 07:24 PM

A Thinly Veiled Metaphor About America


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Reply A Thinly Veiled Metaphor About America (Original post)
relayerbob May 17 OP
Wounded Bear May 17 #1
dmr May 17 #2
2naSalit May 17 #3
sandensea May 17 #4
Grokenstein May 17 #5
Tommymac May 17 #6
Grokenstein May 18 #8
Tommymac May 18 #9
summer_in_TX May 17 #7
peggysue2 May 18 #10

Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:26 PM

1. K & R...for truth...nt

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:28 PM

2. That sums it up. Perfectly.

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 07:33 PM

3. Our current reality.

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:20 PM

4. Paint that hat red, and this would be perfect.

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:21 PM

5. "I'm being persecuted! Pay for my ambulance, loser!"

This couldn't be more perfect if Bruce Tinsley (still MIA) drew it.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #5)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:57 PM

6. Sorry I don't understand this one...

On first read it seems more like a slam on the late Sen Ted Kennedy then anything else.

Please explain - I really want to understand the real point of this one.

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #6)

Mon May 18, 2020, 12:14 AM

8. My bad. (Full overdetailed explanation)

It's an old, old, outdated reference and I really should have explained.

Bruce Tinsley is (was?) the "talent" behind Mallard Fillmore, a neoconservative strip that gained small notoriety as a "balance" to Doonesbury. Smug with hypocrisy and delusional with self-importance, Tinsley--an ardent fan of Rush Limbaugh--embraced every stunt that the alt-right told themselves "triggered the libtards" while insisting he was "independent" rather than neocon. He claimed he held a spot high on Barack Obama's non-existent "enemies' list" because of his strip.

He regularly--and I mean constantly--had Mallard refer to Chappaquiddick to attack Sen. Ted Kennedy, depicting Kennedy in the strip as stumbling drunk...right up to the night Tinsley himself was busted for DUI. Tinsley cried that this was a conspiracy to shut him up, but immediately changed his caricature of Kennedy to that of a horny pervert running around in heart-covered boxers, rather than a drunk. (And then of course when Sen. Kennedy died, Tinsley put out a loving tribute strip, pretending his attacks were all in good fun, because Tinsley is a trashbag.)

As an aside: Jon Stewart published a parody of Mallard Fillmore in his book and Tinsley responded by depicting Stewart in his strip as a hook-nosed pedophile.

Tinsley recently vanished from both the strip and Twitter (some of his most recent tweets praised Cal Thomas and Michelle Malkin for their "sanity" ) without a peep. Mallard Fillmore is now written and drawn by someone else. No retirement was announced and no explanation has been made.

Shortpacked! is a webcomic that dips into political controversy and questionable taste itself--one strip depicted a character literally prying the gun out of Charlton Heston's cold dead hands--and the author had his own bit of "good fun" with Tinsley's DUI bust. Here is the first strip (of five) in the set about it:

https://www.shortpacked.com/comic/quash

The set's caricatures of the Mallard Fillmore strip are pretty accurate.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #8)

Mon May 18, 2020, 07:14 PM

9. Thanks! Now that there is context I understand it.

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:14 PM

7. Funny. Ouch!

We're becoming ungovernable as a people. We don't share too many very basic understandings of facts. The academic "studies" designed to yield an outcome, the billionaire-funded system of academic chairs and the think tanks to legitimize, and then the pundits to push these distorted theories.

Our only real hope is deprogramming, seems to me. A long, slow process. Germany was compelled to go through that after WWII.

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Response to relayerbob (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2020, 07:17 PM

10. LOL!!

Spot on. Funny but sad because the stupid is all around us.

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