June 30th, 2009

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

It seems that the week's theme is Elly's 'heroic' struggle against Lizzie's 'unreasonable demands'; this, of course, means that we have a dull-witted housewife who can't get it through her thick skull that her kid isn't sitting in her crib thinking up ways to mess with her; sure, she convinced her that she did exactly that later on but that doesn't mean it happened that way.

And I'm wrong; it's Lynn using Mike as a mouthpiece for why she thinks training dogs is doomed to failure.

Panel 1: We start off with new-ruin Mike and Lawrence walking Farley. Mike yells "Walk, Farley! Walk!" Lawrence asks him "Aren't you supposed to say 'Heel?"

Panel 2: Mike, remembering what happened the last time he did that, says that Farley just runs when he does that. He thinks it's because the command 'Heel' doesn't make sense. This, of course, is because he and his creator think that Farley understands English and is confused by the odd word.

Panel 3: Lawrence then goes on to say "So he doesn't sit when you say 'Sit' or stay when you say 'Stay'?"

Panel 4: As we see Farley sniff a tree, Mike says no, he doesn't do either thing but he does smell things when he says 'Smell'.

Panel 5: Lawrence uses the verb 'smell' in its other sense when he agrees with Mike because Farley stinks.

Summary: Since John was the only person that really participated in Farley's training, it's not a surprise that he doesn't obey Mike; it's also not a surprise that Lynn can't see that.

ETA: In the latest banner, we see Mike, Lawrence and Gordo's relaxed, serious side. Coincidence? No! It's calculated image construction.
Angry Candiru

Day Three has landed........

Day Three of Lynn's Travel Journal has finally appeared; I wonder what sights Lynn will see and refuse to understand today.

It seems to me that she's about to give us her warped, ignorant perspective of pre-Columbian history as well as offer us health advice that we already know.

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- As howtheduck has reminded us, Lynn views Mexico as a huge buffet with a wait staff that has trouble speaking English.

- Also, she makes a snap judgment about a dead civilization without considering or even learning about the religious, climatic and economic factors that propelled its decline, preferring instead to focus on a non-issue.

- Third, she regards vegetables as an active danger unless boiled into a pulp.

- Fourth, always check the expiry date on medicines.

- Fifth, she actually does seem to feel remorse for giving Katie a case of the flying axehandle.

- Sixth, she got the name of the ancient civilization wrong; the Zapotecs built the city.

- Seventh, the antibiotic she used to treat Katie's diarrhea was dangerously inappropriate.