Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Classic Dogbert

I've always liked Dogbert. I don't quite understand the punchline though, to be honest.

5 Comments:

Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

You're kidding, right? What's not to understand? Dogbert is telling the guy that he'll enjoy running the BATF. The guy's neighbors, who will become victims of the Bureau's oppression during the guy's tenure, will derive considerably less enjoyment from it. It's quite droll, actually, and wonderfully libertarian.

10/04/2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Gringo,

It would be nice, but I'm not sure Scott Adams is that libertarian. The way I read it was that as a BATF guy he'd be drinking, smoking, and shooting off firearms, which would irritate his neighbors.

Maybe this is the comics equivalent of the Rorshach test. :-)

10/04/2007 8:44 AM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Maybe y'all haven't read some of the stuff I've read about the BATF's violations of the rights of American citizens. A Google search for "ATF abuses" yields some 66 thousand odd results. This page has a nice list. Here's a blurb about what happens to owners of legally registered machine guns when BATF loses the paperwork. Here's an article about recent BATF harassment of gun show patrons in Virginia. I wish I could find the text of the 1980 Reason Magazine article about the BATF entitled "American Gestapo." It certainly made an impression on me when I read it. It's not a Rorschach test, it's a memory test.

10/05/2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Gringo,

Carnaby and I are both aware of and horrified by all of the BATF abuse stories. But you'd be amazed how many people don't know about this stuff.

It'd be really cool if that's what Adams was alluding to, but I somehow doubt it.

10/08/2007 8:03 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Then again, maybe I'm wrong (and I hope I am)!

http://www.dallasobserver.com/1995-05-11/news/belowatch/

10/08/2007 8:07 AM  

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