Wednesday, May 28, 2008

And on my other right, completely opaque humor.

OK, I'm a liberal, and therefore, a target of the drunk who draws this strip, but I don't get this. I usually read Mallard Fillmore, understand what point he's trying to make and then go on to wonder when and where this cartoonist suffered his head wound, but this time I am completely flummoxed.

I take a back seat to no one when it comes to making sport of regional idioms, but the comedy here alludes me. Is it a liberal thing to go out for a coffee? If I drink coffee, as I do, does that mean I support health care run by insurance lampreys?

Really, this strip makes no sense. It's rarely, if ever, funny, but I can usually suss out whatever simplistic right wing talking point it's trying to make. This one, however, seems particularly obscure.

Does the use of an article mark one a Marxist? Does the omission make one slap a magnetic ribbon on the SUV and vote for the guy who pushes Creationism in schools?

Help me, friends. What the hell does this thing mean?


JD Rhoades said...

It means the right wingers are really stretching to find new ways to divide us and make us fear our fellow citizens.

For the record, the way I say it is "I'm gonna have me a cup of coffee. Ya'll want some?"

Don't know where that fits on the Mallard Fillmore Scale of Ridiculously Bogus Tests of American Orthodoxy.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Don't look at me, I drink scotch.

John McFetridge said...

Well, certainly the addition of the, "Y'all want some?" marks you as a flaming liberal, Dusty.

Phoebe Fay said...

Well, since Bush trashed our economy, maybe he's pointing out that there are some states where people can afford a whole pot of coffee and some where they can only afford a single cup.

I don't really know. This strip ran in our paper years ago, and it was never funny then either.

Course, I'm a latte-drinking, Ecce-sandal-wearing (Birks are sooo last year), non-SUV-driving libruhl, so according to Mallard Fillmore, I'm intellectually deficient.