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CSotD: Silly Consistencies
Matt Wuerker (Politico) illustrates the phrases of Ralph Waldo Emerson, that “a silly consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Emerson inspired inconsistency, recommending that you simply “Communicate what you assume now in arduous phrases, and to-morrow converse what to-morrow thinks in arduous phrases once more, although it contradict each factor you mentioned to-day.”
Properly, t’is the season of hobgoblins and the period of little statesmen, and, as Wuerker factors out, they’ve been persistently peddling the identical trickle-down nonsense for many years, and, boy, do I want I might share with him that notion within the fourth panel that individuals are catching on.
So far as I can inform, the identical individuals who believed it then consider it now, and the identical individuals who doubted it then proceed to doubt it with the identical probability of turning something round.
Jen Sorensen asks a query that has been on my tongue lately, which is why the MSM retains describing Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin as “centrists” when they’re clearly and clearly aligning themselves with conservatives.
To be truthful, you’ll be able to’t accuse Sinema of a silly consistency, contemplating that she was as soon as head of the Inexperienced Celebration in Arizona and made a serious shift as soon as she had entered Congress, examined the bread rigorously and decided which facet held the butter.
And Manchin has admitted he has little interest in being in step with the goals and philosophy of the celebration whose preliminary follows his title. Apparently, he merely wished to be in energy and to get there, he needed to declare himself a Democrat so he might run in opposition to a Republican.
Or one thing. One other consistency is progressive thinkers making an attempt to probe the minds of people that don’t use them, however, quite, consider in Mike Tyson, who mentioned “Everybody has a plan till they get punched within the mouth.”
Which is sports activities, a discipline which supplies this
Juxtaposition of the Day
Sportphobics will catch up shortly with the story by studying the strip: Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned underneath stress when racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails surfaced. Not after lengthy consultations and never even after the tip of the season however proper between video games.
He might have jumped, however he was most definitely pushed. And people two followers within the caricature aren’t the one people who suspect there are a lot more shoes poised to drop.
Somewhat speculative background: The Washington Soccer Workforce withheld years of stress to alter its racist nickname from “Redskins,” however folded at a time after they have been underneath authorized stress for his or her barbaric remedy of their cheerleaders, which stopped simply wanting pimping them out to main donors, and different ladies within the group rose to confront them.
The title change, and the probe that introduced Gruden’s emails to the floor, might have been sparked by the potential for critical monetary losses, and Gruden often is the sacrificial lamb.
However this leaves the query of what may inspire the federal authorities to take motion over January 6, even after they have, as Telnaes says, been delivered their lamb?
And it leaves me with a suspicion that, if it had been as much as the NFL to sue itself as an alternative of the ladies of the Washington Redskins being empowered to provoke their very own swimsuit, Jon Gruden would nonetheless be striding the Raider sidelines.
Which in flip jogs my memory of one among my favourite Abbie Hoffman quotes, this one about Earth Day: “Certain, I’ll decide up the Dixie Cup. Who the **** is gonna decide up Con Edison?”
Gruden was a Dixie Cup, and we’re acquired larger sources of poisonous air pollution to cope with.
Which doesn’t imply you shouldn’t decide up the Dixie Cup, however possibly we should cancel the parade till we’ve completed slightly extra.
Juxtaposition of the Day #2
If I doubt Matt Wuerker’s suggestion that individuals are catching on to the rip-off, this pair backs up my suspicions.
Choose is being sarcastic — fancy a cartoonist doing that — as a result of the Republicans are sensible sufficient to know that, whereas you will get away with taking pictures folks on Fifth Avenue, you ought to not announce that you simply’re doing it.
Jones, then again, merely lays it out: We spent kabillions on protection, way over anybody else, however the DoD’s loyal congresscritters insist we improve Biden’s proposed finances for issues that go increase, whereas chopping again on issues that may enhance our future.
Be aware that the response to China’s new missile isn’t to shift spending from, say, magical non-functioning fighter plane to anti-hypersonic-missile defenses, however to keep up spending on issues we don’t want and a warfare we’re stopped preventing, plus add some.
Whereas pacifying the Manchins and Sinemas by chopping off appropriations for issues the individuals who stay of their district really want.
Juxtaposition of the Day #3
“It is a good little client economic system you’ve acquired right here,” they are saying. “It will be a disgrace if something was to occur to it.”
We’d higher sustain the safety funds, or we’d discover empty cabinets, which, in fact, could be the fault of the shopkeeper and never of the businesses who’re supposed to provide him.
And lord is aware of these empty cabinets wouldn’t merely be a case of outright fraud, of lying propagandists deliberately using years-old shots of store shelves in other countries to promote misinformation about our own economy.
That wouldn’t be trustworthy.
Arlo & Janis call to mind the outdated bromide about how two international locations with McDonald’s have by no means gone to warfare in opposition to one another.
In fact they wouldn’t. It will be unhealthy for enterprise.
Thank goodness for our outdated pal, First Dog on the Moon, who has appeared over all the stinking mess and determined to overlook politics and local weather change and focus, as an alternative, on the gracious sea potato.
And, sometimes, the gorgeous firetail.
He didn’t point out sea cucumbers, and I hope he’ll keep away from them and every other creatures that flip themselves inside out.
And let me simply say that I greatly admire how he has explained this momentous decision.
I’d be inconsistent if I didn’t.