In the Funny Pages
I'm taking a quick break from weekly services at Our Lady of Perpetual Laundry to say that Mallard Fillmore can bite my ass.
Honestly, what a sniveling git Bruce Tinsley is. I am so tired of that damn strip. Last week I saw one lamenting the fact that a public-school student in Denver had been suspended for wearing a patriotic T-shirt, emblazoned with the American flag, because this might offend holders of anti-American sentiment. An asterisk pointed to a cite from the Denver Post for the story.
That'd be a newspaper, of course. If you click around long enough to find anything actually pertaining to the subject of the strip, it appears to have been grossly oversimplified. A school principal instituted a temporary ban on any political or patriotic statements through clothing, for any stance or any country, in response to increasingly heated and hostile discord among students over the illegal immigration issue. Whether you agree with this approach or not (I can't help but feel some sympathy for public school administrators, who are forced to grapple with complex social, moral, and legal issues, equipped only with the brains of public school administrators), in no way could its motive be construed as over-the-top PC. What the school officials were trying to avoid was not causing a little minor offense to someone whose opinions clearly shouldn't matter anyway (pinko commie scum!), but allowing an already existing situation to escalate, possibly to the point of violence.
And the way that Tinsley cites source material is itself disingenuous. He didn't print a link to any particular article, only to the newspaper's website. But the mere fact that he cites a source of any kind makes him sound a lot more legitimate than he really is (not that I necessarily mean to call him a bastard). And as someone who can't get on the internet at work, where I read the funnies at lunch, and didn't remember to look it up at home until over a week later, I particularly appreciate the first comment on World o'Crap's post about this apparently long-running issue. (So I'm a couple of months behind here. Better late than never!)
Oh, and that reminds me: Garfield can be funny if you take out all his thought bubbles. Now I have to go fold some clothes.