September 30th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 1 October 2011: John Patterson Must Die.

We come to the real end of the arc with a reminder that John did not pull his own weight as a parent in the first few years of the strip.

(Strip Number 4237, Original Publication Date, 2 October 1982)

Panel 1: It's another night at the Pattermanse so we find John and Elly in bed; John asks her if Anne's baby makes her want to be a young mother again. (Translated into English, that's "Does what happened to Anne mean you're now thinking about having a third child?")

Panel 2: She says that it does because all the old feelings come back.

Panel 3: He then reminds her of all the endless nights where they walked the floor.

Panel 4: Since Elly doesn't remember him being there for her emotionally or physically when she needed help comforting sick and frightened children, she looks at him with disgust as he justifies himself by saying that he got up at least twice.

Summary: Since John is pre-programmed to not see that he's not supportive in the least, he's probably going to die convinced that Elly's anger is due to the woman hormones affecting her tiny woman brain instead of his being a smug God-damned rat who thought that it was her job to go slowly nuts trying to comfort children with no one to comfort her.

People will read what they think they're reading.

Back in the '60's, there was a song by Peter, Paul and Mary, called, "Puff, the Magic Dragon."  It was about an imaginary dragon and his boy. 

Some people insisted that the song was about smoking pot.

Then there was "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," with the song, "Candyman."  It was a song about a candy manufacturer.

Some people insisted that the song was about drugs.

Now there's the song, "Hallelujah," written by Leonard Cohen, who is a Jew who follows a different religion, Buddhism.  It was in the movie "Shrek," but only one verse.  The other verses are, well, erotic.   Or not; your mileage may vary.

Some 8 year old girl with an  incredible voice did a cover of the song, singing all the verses, and now some people think that it's a Christian anthem, because she is a Christian, her parents are Christian, and these people think that they heard her sing, "I know that there's a God above," and they heard something about King David and Samson, while ignoring the parts about tying a man to a kitchen chair and so forth.

One of the people is a friend of mine who is probably very, very annoyed with me, and now probably the verb should be "was."

Anyway, just a lesson on how far some people will reach-- Mike is a great dad.  Elizabeth and Anthony love each other.  Elly is just so wonderful...  And I have relatives who are ticked at me that I can't see how good and wonderful they all are.

Well, I'm just preaching to the choir here. Nothin' more to say.