June 8th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 9 June 2011

We're probably in for a Lynnsight about how she hates smoking today; that's because Phil has the temerity to argue with Elly about the subject.

(Strip Number 271, Original Publication Date, 10 June 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Phil doing fairly poorly; his eyes are bulged out, his tongue is hanging out like he'd gotten BOPPED on the head and his hands are on backwards. He reminds Elly of the obvious by yelling "AAAAAAAGH!!! I feel awful!"

Panel 2: Having melted into a chair, he tells her that he's short of breath, his lungs ache and his mouth tastes terrible.

Panel 3: As she hands him what I assume to be a glass of water (because I've never, ever seen anyone drink beer through a straw and don't want to now), she tells him that that's what he gets for smoking.

Panel 4: He tells the back of her head "'Smoke' nothing!! I just blew up your [edited] kiddie pool!!"

Summary: As I said, we're probably in for a Lynnsight about how much she hates tobacco smoke; she hates it almost as much as she hates the idea of her parents having a boy without consulting her first.

Air. AIR?! Canadian or American?

I probably shouldn't have done this, but I did a search for John Rosemond: you know, the "Take the Creep's door away" jackass? And I found this. http://lacrossetribune.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/article_eaec38c4-7691-11e0-a102-001cc4c03286.html

Today's parents, by contrast, talk about their children's "needs" a good amount. They aren't referring, however, to actual needs like air, food, clean water, protection from the elements and good medical care in the event of illness.

Okay, food I get. Clothing he doesn't mention, unless it's grouped with shelter under "protection from the elements". How kind of him to specify GOOD medical care. But only in the event of illness? Is he anti-vax, too? Then we get to "clean" water. Okay, if you can't take CLEAN water for granted, I guess you're in a post-disaster situation, or you're in a third-world country. What happens if there's not enough water for the parent/s AND the child? Who gets priority? And if you're not post-disaster or third world, then everyone gets clean water. It's not something a sane parent would restrict for their kids.

But I wonder if Rosemond is addressing sane parents. Air. Really? I have never heard of any place on earth that is so impoverished there's not enough air to go around. Not only is it not a privilege, this is where I really start to get disturbed. The only way to restrict someone's air is to smother them, drown them, or choke them out. Is it supposed to be a plus if your parents don't murder you?

But perhaps it's not that dire. Perhaps it's okay if you just get domestic air; you're only entitled if you demand Canadian air, or American air if you are Canadian.