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No Comic Strip Has Ever Predicted Dumb Statements

October 17, 2012

… at least until this one.

Really, go read XKCD, unless you’re a Lib Arts major, and then go try to read it.

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  1. October 18, 2012 1:07 pm

    Ah — No images allowed. All right, here’s the link to the cartoon:

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  2. October 18, 2012 1:06 pm

    I have followed this strip for years, and often been amused. I wonder if the strip changed in the last couple of days… I’d made a note about Roosevelt who “became president” in 1904, when actually he’d become president when McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist shortly after being re-elected. Now the wording doesn’t reflect this.

    William McKinley was the first Republican president to be assassinated in office. He (and his string-pulling behind-the-scenes man Mark Hanna) were also the inspiration for the Wizard of Oz, as L. Frank Baum was campaigning for his two primary rivals: William Jennings Bryan of the Democrat party and William Jennings Bryan of the Populist party. (Yes, Bryan the Cowardly Lion actually ran against himself, with two different VPs. He lost.)

    This cartoon from the time shows a giant Hanna being asked permission by little McKinley:

    But the XKCD strip acts, overall, to downplay two current predictions that are silly, while ignoring some actual precedents causing problems for the Obama camp. Subtle, the way the best Obama supporters should be and rarely are. Even the news media is much more blatant in their advocacy.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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