We don't get Mallard Fillmore
in the Raleigh News & Observer
. That means I have to actively seek it out. So, I usually miss it. Too bad, because its blend of conservative politics and lame jokes are two of my least favorite things.
Word is that most papers run Mallard
to counteract the liberal Doonesbury
. LIBERAL BIAS ALERT
is nuanced, with finely drawn characters confronting a wide range of issues from geo-politics to where to go to college. Mallard Fillmore
has a talking duck. It's the conservative comic strip version of an AFLAC trivia question.
Also? Someone thinks the comics need to balance out all the liberal views going on there? Have these people not enjoyed the 1950s stylings of Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hi&Lois, Dennis the Menace, The Family Circus
. . .? Heck, I know Hagar
takes place in Beowulf-times, but its cheesy blend of "doctors are quacks/ women are nags/ men like beer humor" seems like some of the same jokes that kept Baby and her family entertained during summers at Kellerman's.
So, anyway: Mallard Fillmore
. This week has been a "Kennedys are bad/drunk drivers" joke week. Ah, Kennedy bashing! OK, so not particularly funny, but . . . well, it's kind of true. I don't plan on getting into a Kennedy-powered vehicle any time soon. And I am sure this will be followed by a week of "Rush Limbaugh is a pill popping freak" jokes, right?
So, imagine my surprise at today's strip:
Nary a Kennedy to be found.
So, this bashes U.S.-born Caucasians? More likely, it's just a "damn those slant-eyes and dot-not-feather-Indians and their smart, geeky ways." Or, maybe Mallard
really is hating on the white males! Could it be?
I think they may not major in "Math and Science," because "Math and Science" isn't really a degree. Well, "Math" is, but "Science?" Mallard
, FYI, nowadays they break that down into, you know, physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, biology and the like.
And what the hell is he talking about? I went to a fine undergraduate institution where 2/3 of the student body (predominately "U.S.-born Caucasians") majored in a science or math discipline. Not me, no sir, I'm just a crazy, lazy, liberal poly sci gal, but there are others who did. And my brother, and his wife, and my best friend from high school, and all the kids at the dental school where I work . . . Shut up, Mallard
. I know lots of U.S-born Caucasians majoring in science and math. There are probably a lot fewer U.S.-born AFRICAN AMERICANS majoring in science and math. Maybe that would have been a more logical joke, huh? But, you wouldn't want a diatribe like that letting your readers confuse you with The Boondocks
. I understand.
Besides, are you sure this is something you want to push? You get a lot of Caucasians majoring in things like biology and environmental science, next thing you know they start believing in the "science" of "evolution" and the "facts" behind "climate change," and the "idea" that "condoms" can prevent the spread of "disease." AND WE ALL KNOW THAT'S NOT TRUE.WHITEY DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' SCIENCE!