Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Creepy Tribune Cartoonist vs the 800 lb Elephant

Fans of the Chicago Tribune's Creepy Cartoonist know when they see a endangered African land mammal in one of the creepster's drawings, it means one thing: the endangered species depicted is supposed to represent evil government bloat. Operatives may recall one cartoon where the scapegoat was the endangered Black Rhinoceros ...
Creepy Tribune Cartoonist Oblivious to Elephant in the Room
Now the Creepy Cartoonist's crosshairs are aimed at the Eastern Lowland Gorilla ...

Chicago Tribune, 02/10/2011
which he tags with the label PENSIONS. Your LakeCountyEye surmises the GORILLA is supposed to represent the Illinois pension system, more specifically its obligations -- pension obligations ignored & exacerbated by previous Illinois administrations with names like Thompson, Edgar, Ryan, Blagojevich. And who are the recipients of these pension obligations? Your LakeCountyEye will only say that the Creepy Cartoonist chose to represent them as a gorilla. Operatives are asked to do their own math.

For your LakeCountyEye, the real elephant in this room is the lack of an elephant in the room. If the common phrase is "the Elephant in the room" then why does the Creepy Cartoonist want to talk about the Gorilla in the room? The African & Asian Elephants are large, endangered land mammals -- and would seem to completely satisfy to the Creepy Cartoonist's requirements for a threatening behemoth to represent government excess. Oh wait a minute, the Elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party. Ha ha, nevermind.


Team America said...

So, BB, I just have to ask. Did cartoonist Scott Stantis run over your dog with his truck or something? Why do you have it in for this guy?

Barney Baxter said...

hi TA,
Stantis is my bête noire.

Team America said...

From Wikipedia:

The term bête noire (pronounced /ˌbeɪtˈnwɑr/ or /bɛtˈnwɑr/; French: [bɛtnwaʁ], "black beast") is used to refer to an object or abstract idea that is particularly disliked or avoided. The term may also refer to:

In culinary arts:

Bête noire (cake), a rich, flourless chocolate cake

OK, I assume Stantis is not a tasty confection. So why the hostility?

Barney Baxter said...

hi TA,

bête noire

noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\
plural bêtes noires

: a person or thing strongly detested or avoided : bugbear