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Comics I Don’t Understand » Sunday Funnies - LOL September 23, 2012

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Sunday Funnies - LOL September 23, 2012

on Sep 23rd 2012

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26 Responses to “Sunday Funnies - LOL September 23, 2012”

  1. Ooten Aboot Sep 23rd 2012 at 07:30 am 1

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    Clearing the queue from 2002? Pretty sure I’ve seen some of these before.

  2. farmer Sep 23rd 2012 at 08:54 am 2

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    I don’t get the Amish one; they use guns and hunt like other folks. Is this just a case of urban cartoonist running with a mistaken assumption?

  3. Kilby Sep 23rd 2012 at 08:56 am 3

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    @ 1 - The last one is not legible at the available resolution, but all of the others appear to carry a 2012 copyright. There might be old material that has been recycled by the corresponding syndicates, but that’s not something that Bill can control.

  4. mitch4 Sep 23rd 2012 at 09:29 am 4

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    Took me a minute to realize “the black hockey tape” was not a videotape.

  5. CIDU Bill Sep 23rd 2012 at 09:59 am 5

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    All four are very recent.

  6. Judge Mental Sep 23rd 2012 at 10:11 am 6

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    @1
    FWIW, the Jumpstart comic was in yesterday’s paper.

    @2

    I didn’t get the Amish one either. I am not sure if the author was going for the Amish don’t use guns (as you pointed out, a faulty premise as avid hunters among the Amish is very common), they don’t want to kill anything (once again, faulty premise) or they just like to build barns (which doesn’t explain why they would do it in lieu of “hunting”).

    And what kind of animal is that supposed to be, a goat? I am sure there are people that go “goat hunting”, but they seems like an odd choice unless it is part of the joke. Or is it just that a goat is one of the few animals where there might be an intersection of “sometimes hunted” and “kept in barn”?

  7. Andrew Sep 23rd 2012 at 10:28 am 7

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    I don’t get what’s not to get about the Amish one. Amish barn-raisings are a thing recognised even by people unfamiliar with Amish culture=>people expand on that to imagine Amish building barns very quickly=> Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if the Amish built barns so fast they could capture a (looks like a goat?) by building a barn around it before it has time to escape?

  8. Kilby Sep 23rd 2012 at 10:29 am 8

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    @ Amish (2 & 6) - I think it’s clear that Mr. Lee never bothered to do any research, and simply assumed that Amish meant “nonviolent pacifist”. I’m not sure there is a denomination that matches this comic as drawn. I thought about “Quaker”, and there some amusing potential in using “Hindu”, but nothing really rings true.

  9. Kilby Sep 23rd 2012 at 10:32 am 9

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    P.S. @ Andrew (7) - I agree that the horns say “goat”, but for the last sentence of my post (@8) I went with the body shape, which looks more like “cow”.

  10. Judge Mental Sep 23rd 2012 at 11:34 am 10

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    @Andrew #7

    Obviously a huge part of the gag is the notion that Amish can build barns quickly so that they can capture an animal. If this is the entire joke, it would have just worked better with a different caption than “Amish hunting trips”. Lee has done this sort of gag before, (e.g. Amish “texting and driving” which consisted of holding up hand drawn signs in their buggy) so it suggested to me that he thinks Amish don’t hunt the regular way. Probably a higher percentage of adult Amish males own a gun and participate in hunting than the population as a whole.

    I think Kilby’s take that Lee equates Amish with “nonviolent pacifist” is probably on target and is more likely than he thinks guns run on electricity.

  11. James Pollock Sep 23rd 2012 at 11:40 am 11

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    Sorry Kilby, but I think you’re wrong in both 8 & 9, and Andrew has it at 7.

    The fact that Amish use guns just like anyone else won’t help them capture an animal they want domesticated (i.e., their desired end result is a live animal inside a barn).

  12. mitch4 Sep 23rd 2012 at 11:44 am 12

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    I also would go along with Andrew #7 most of the way, but depart from him and Pollock #11 inasmuch as “capture an animal they want domesticated” though it does better fit the situation, does not quite fit the designation “hunting”.

  13. annie Sep 23rd 2012 at 11:52 am 13

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    Andrew got it. they build barns quick.

  14. MollyJ Sep 23rd 2012 at 03:00 pm 14

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    So they’re hunting for animals to build barns around? Pretty weak, joke IMHO.

  15. fj Sep 23rd 2012 at 03:15 pm 15

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    While I would agree that the capability of the Amish to quickly raise a barn is part of the joke, the caption only makes sense to me if you assume that the Amish do not hunt wild game. I’m guessing the author made an assumption that since the Amish ban on handguns applied to other firearms as well.

  16. jp Sep 23rd 2012 at 03:28 pm 16

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    I have no idea whether it’s true or not (probably not), but the common stereotype is that an Amish community can raise a barn in 1 day. The men-folk do the carpentry, and the women-folk put out a large spread of food throughout the work-day.

    -jp

  17. Bob, near Mark Sep 23rd 2012 at 03:37 pm 17

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    Who cares if it makes sense? It’s still funny.
    Dogs don’t have opposable thumbs, so how could he be a pickpocket? The victim would just end up with a pocket full of doggy drool.

    :)

  18. Mark in Boston Sep 23rd 2012 at 08:29 pm 18

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    What’s this? clip-clop, clip-clop, Clip-Clop, CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP, BANG! CLIP-CLOP, Clip-Clop, clip-clop, clip-clop.

    Amish drive-by shooting.

  19. farmer Sep 24th 2012 at 07:40 am 19

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    The concept of ultra-quick barn-raising is funny. The hunting part makes it absurd and confusing, particularly given the domestic-ish animal drawn and the fact that “hunting” means “kill” not “capture” to most people.

    Something like “Amish cattle roundup” would have been much more suitable.

    @Mark #18: By the cartoonist’s logic, wouldn’t it be clip-clop….HAMMERHAMMERHAMMERHAMMER clip-clop….?

    What do you call an Amish man along a roadside with his arm halfway up a horse’s behind? AAA.

  20. jajizi Sep 24th 2012 at 10:15 am 20

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    The Amish are, in fact, nonviolent pacifists. Not that that explains the joke, but several posts, (8 & 10) appear to assume that there was a misconception by the cartoonist.

  21. fj Sep 24th 2012 at 11:01 am 21

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    Are there violent pacifists?

    Amish believe in biblical “non-resistance.” The concept is based on the Sermon on the Mount, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” (Matthew 5:39-41, NIV). No forceful retaliation of any kind is acceptable, not even a lawsuit.

    The resulting effect may be pretty much the same as pacifism, but underying philosophy is a bit different that that used by most pacifists.

    I think what 8 & 10 are trying to say that it appears that the author thinks that the Amish’s commitnent to non-violence and might extend to not killing poor, innocent animals like goats.

  22. farmer Sep 24th 2012 at 06:20 pm 22

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    If the cartoonist thinks Amish are vegan, he’s even less well informed than originally assumed here.

  23. Mark in Boston Sep 24th 2012 at 06:47 pm 23

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    Quakers are also nonviolent pacifists, like the one who pointed a gun at a would-be robber and said “Friend, I would not injure thee for the world, but thou art standing where I am about to shoot.”

  24. NitricAcid Sep 24th 2012 at 06:59 pm 24

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    The Amish are nonviolent pacifists, and yet they strongly believe in corporal punishment.

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2012/09/another-neighbor-reports-on-amish-life/

    “I still remember seeing the girl who sold baked goods on the corner being whipped by her father (with a buggy whip) for failing to sell as much as he’d expected.”

  25. Meryl A Sep 27th 2012 at 02:04 am 25

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    Amish hunt with modern guns and based on the ones who come to the annual muzzleloading gun festival we go to (about 45 min-an hour north of Lancaster, PA) they also hunt with black powder.

    They are pacifists.

    The girl being whipped for not selling enough seems out of Amish character as they are extremely family centered.

    They are a peaceable people who have fun made of them way too much.

  26. Lola Sep 29th 2012 at 01:11 pm 26

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    “Amish Olympics athletes in training” would have been a better caption.

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