Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today, Biff & Sparky Fight About The (Phony) War On Christmas

In today's "This Modern World," we have a colloquy between Biff and Sparky the Wonder Penguin. Biff is an archetype of a 1950s man, often appearing alone with Sparky, expressing a naive conservative opinion which invariably prompts a ranting liberal rebuttal from the flightless aquatic bird. Sparky the Wonder Penguin, wearing his trademark Inuit-style goggles, is a strong liberal advocate, although he briefly became a Republican after being hit on the head with a random falling toilet. The Inuit people of the Arctic wear such goggles to prevent snow-blindness; Sparky wears his goggles to prevent male-bovine-excrement-(beloved by Dumbos)-blindness. Even though there are no Inuit people in Antarctica, Sparky got his goggles on eBay. We all need bullshit-goggles in this season of the (Phony) War On Christmas that consumes the Dumbo airwaves. If this is a (fair & balanced) exposé of Dumbo seasonal stupidity, so be it.

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This Modern World — "Happy Holidays?"
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

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Tom Tomorrow/Dan Perkins

[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Salon and Working for Change. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly.

Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002.

When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001.]

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