Come on man;out with it!Tell all the “Teeming Millions” of the Bush regime and their plans to conquer all of the world.Tell them of how the Bush’s used Cubans to stage an assination attempt of President Kennedy,and how it relates to 9/11’s use of Saudi’s to give the government a Carte de Blanche to do whatever they please.
The column being referred to is Was President Bush’s great-grandfather a Nazi?.
It’s helpful to others if you provide a link to the column you are referring to, so that others can be on the same page. May I suggest that you might want to READ the column before you assume what it says and start ranting about it?
I was going to say welcome to the Straight Dope Message Board, usaftbird, but I suspect you’re a one-time poster who’ll never be back. If you’re coming back, then welcome indeed, and we’re always glad to have new members. If all you wanted to do was spout froth about something you obviously haven’t read, then have a nice life.
May I ask about the artwork without getting yelled at?
What’s the significance of the little cowboy and the pig with the spot on his eye at the teller window?
Yelled at? That wasn’t yelling. I was being polite, if a trifle blunt.
I dunno, carn, I’m always hesitant to interpret Slug, but I think the pig with an eye patch represents a piratical banker. The little cowboy, of course, is George W as an infant.
Unless this was the illustration for last week’s column about Chuck Barris. As I say, it’s hard to tell with Slug.
Thanks CK, I have a gentle soul and easily take offense.
Maybe it was the “Have a nice life”. My former girl friends always said that, so I figured it was really ugly.
I think the “eye patch” is a monocle. Notice the dangly string, and the “shiny” effect. (Okay, shiny is hard to draw, especially so small.) The banker is a pig because he’s greedy. Or maybe because he’s a Nazi? Maybe the monocle is to represent Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes.
Definitely a monocle. And it certainly predates Klink. Think Eric von Stroheim and Conrad Veidt. Between them, it must have been common as far back as silent movies.
Sorry, I don’t recognize those names. I realize Klink is a fictional character designed to lampoon Nazis. I realize the monocle is far older than the Klink character. However, my only encounter of a monocle is through the popular culture medium of television via the character of Klink. I have no idea if monocles are a representative bit of eyewear for Nazis in general. That may have been why a monocle was chosen for Klink - as part of the lampoon. Or perhaps the monocle was supposed to represent some other feature of Klink’s personality - I can’t really guess what that would be, except a type of pretension. I really don’t know.
Heck, maybe the monocle has no Nazi connection in Slug’s drawing. For all I know, Slug was lampooning bankers for wearing monocles.
The monocled banker struck me as neat homage by Slug to the great characaturist George Grosz, who savagely lampooned the Right in the Germany of the 1920s. From this Sight & Sound article about Fritz Lang:
(Emphasis added.) The nearest example I could find online was The Pillars of Society in Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie. It’s not a perfect example in that the monocled figure in the foreground is clearly a Junker, but it gives you an idea of his style.