You know, I almost felt sorry for W last night. Not because Michelle Bachmann in her off-virgin off-white suit was fondling him like he was a German chancellor. I felt sorry for him because for at least part of the speech he looked like a beaten dog, a man who knew he was done for and there was not a damn thing he could do about it but try to run out the clock without having to actually concede. But then I realized that for him running out the clock meant stalling the pullout in Iraq until the photos of helicopters plucking people off the roof of the US embassy came on the next guy's watch. And that of course means the needless loss of thousands more American troops and hundreds of billions dollars. At that point I just wanted to give the mutt one more good kick. [Sorry about the metaphor, Spot.]
Spot is not a mutt. And he forgives you if you come over and read the real story of "the kiss."
Jambo, you are prescient. Keith Olbermann (KO is god in the Jerjo home) just used the same German Chancellor analogy, complete with video of Bush doing the deed after giving the play-by-play on Bachman's presidential groping. Way to go.
Thanks for the info. I know it's petty, but I live for shit like that. The only thing that makes it better is when someone else notices.
Off topic: I enjoy this blog, and tend to think most of the posts are somewhat amusing (although I totally disregard anthing starting with a certain Startribune writer or a smiling Minnesota Congressman because even dead horses shouldn't be beat that much). Regardless, my confidence in the comedic value of this blog (which doesn't depend on the production value, thankfully) was totally shaken when I took the "Favorite Comic Strip" poll on the left side of the screen. I entered what I thought would be the sure favorite: Calvin and Hobbs. Much to my horror, an overwhelming winner in the poll was the Peanuts. Are you kidding me? What kind of six year olds read this thing? (Insert punch line here). Seriously, Lucy pulling a football away from a bald kid in a bad sweater three times a week does not compare to the genuis of a rebel youth talking to a stuffed tiger, not to mention The Far Side. Please change the poll immediately unless some wayward citizens begin building statutes of these "Peanuts" and begin calling it art....
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I was surprised at that as well. I suspect that it is an orchestrated attempt by one person voting multiple times (like every time they stop by) as I know that has happened with past polls. That's a real problem when voters number in the scores rather than the thousands. That said, I don't know that the humor of Peanuts holds up all that well (some of the stuff that has been running lately dates to the early 70s) but there is no denying that it is one of the most influential strips in comics history and a true classic in every sense. If you were to poll the authors of the other strips on the list I am sure that almost every one of them would cite Peanuts as an inspiration. I know Bill Waterson would. But, yeah, in an entertainment sense Peanuts doesn't do much for me these days, tho I grew up on the strip and was a huge fan when I was a kid. I'm still partial to Doonesbury and miss Calvin terribly. If you are interested, here is the original post I did to set up the poll and you will see that C&H is the clear favorite of most 3WN posters.
Oh, and by the way RM, thank you for thinking we are sometimes amusing. I rarely think I have anything very important to say, but I like to think that once in a while we at least make someone laugh. Tho as the Mrs. is fond of pointing out, the only person who finds me entertaining on a consistent basis is me.
Jambo knows how I feel about Herr Bush and Michelle Braun 'er Bachman so I won't comment further.
I am interested in what RM had to say about "Peanuts." I too was flabergasted. I think everyone says good things about "Peanuts" because it's old, and everyone is afraid to say what they really think about it. You know, "Well, it's been around so long that it must be good, or else it wouldn't have been around so long; therefore my opinion that it really is hackneyed and stale and repetitive and poorly drawn, etc. must be wrong, because, gosh, it's been around so long that it must be good."
The only thing that was ever good in "Peanuts" was Snoopy fighting the Red Baron, and even that got old and stale after awhile.
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The strips are generational, for sure. I think the quality of Peanuts declined a lot over the last -- oh, 20 years? Incredibly, the strip lasted 50 years.
I think the Peanuts people under 40 know is the hackneyed version that actually pales in comparison to the television shows the strip inspired.
I just turned 60. I didn't like it when I was a kid, and I don't now.
I never cared for the tv shows either. The music was one of those things that got into you head and you couldn't get it out.
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