This Week in Milford

July 29, 2016

Driving Causing Blankety-Blank

Filed under: general nonsense, Just plain sad, Pantheon of Mysterious Objects — timbuys @ 11:08 am


Interesting choice of perspective for panel one. I especially like the jail bars in the background. At least I assume that’s what they are: I am calling it that they are not prairie style windows.

Is Pa Bader being at all realistically depicted here? Only if he’s gotten deep into the pill popping scene in jail and is on some nearly lethal combination of anti-depressants and painkillers because we’ve gone from cartoonish lush to outright sociopathy here.

Panel three bonus questions:

Is True wearing a diaper under his pants?

What is that mysterious object – on staggered wheels apparently – in the background? Also, what is the background? Randomly stacked large boxes?

Bonus-bonus question: what is the first letter/number on Del’s shirt?



  1. Driving Causing Death? Is that something made up in Milford? Not a term I have ever heard before.

    So does Del think he is getting a pass on a second DUI. Doesn’t he think his neglegence was a contributing factor in Boo’s death?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 29, 2016 @ 11:24 am

  2. “Blankety-blanks”? Does anyone in real life use bowdlerized curses in their thoughts? (Answer: probably Joe Biden.)

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 29, 2016 @ 11:32 am

  3. P2 – you gotta wonder if Del got rendition-ed (that’s a verb, yes?) to the “County Jail” in Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон ?

    I know you’re all tired of this question – but how do any of these asshats know that Boo survived (Del’s) impact #1? They sure seem sure – enough to charge unnamed OtherDriverMan with… what?

    Comment by g2design — July 29, 2016 @ 11:56 am

  4. Del’s shirt: it’s the number threeve!

    Comment by lauramac — July 29, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

  5. I’m starting to think Barry’s teammates resent him more for the fact that his father’s drunk driving wreck has eliminated their summer vacation than they do for said wreck leading to Boo’s death.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 29, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

  6. Del’s shirt: first number—I vote 7…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 29, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Del: “Why does the other driver get off scot-free?”
    Lawyer: “He doesn’t. He’s been charged with … oh, something having to do with driving, or death. I was out sick in law school when they talked about that. I suppose I should have gotten the notes from someone.”
    Del: “So that clears me, right?”
    Lawyer: “You’re out sick right now. You hit her while your blood alcohol level was high enough for you to qualify as an industrial solvent all by yourself. Some people might have suspected you killed her, except she apparently had time to take out a pencil and a piece of paper and write down ‘I survived the first impact, signed, Boo Radley'”.
    Del: “So that clears me, right?”
    Lawyer: “You just go right ahead thinking that, Mr. Bader. Every time I start getting frustrated with my clients, I remember that people with bad judgment are the reason I can make my boat payment every month”.

    Comment by Philip — July 29, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

  8. The question of the first character on Del’s jumpsuit takes me back to a NY Times article about the California Penal League (the one the Charlie Sheen character had played in in “Major League.”) The Times published a photo of an at-bat, with the caption “Now batting, number 4473924…”

    I have never heard of “Driving Causing Death” either. Encore une fois: this would be a lot cleaner without that third driver muddying the obvious, that none of this would have happened if DD (Drunken Del) had realized he was driving without lights.

    A lot has been said about the baseball season running long, practically until two-a-days for football. Let’s be positive. The chances of one of those effing golf plots grows less by the day.

    Comment by vaganova — July 29, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

  9. @vaganova that is a excellent point. I for one am anxious to find out who the mystery third party is.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 29, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

  10. Could the mystery driver be… Mr. Bakst?

    Comment by lauramac — July 29, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

  11. “Yes, you’re cleared of the death, but you’re going away for a life term for aggravated stupidity, Mr. Bader.”

    Comment by MTD — July 30, 2016 @ 5:27 am

  12. Apparently Milford isn’t even in this country:

    Causing death by dangerous driving – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Causing death by dangerous driving is a statutory offence in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is an aggravated form of dangerous driving.

    Comment by Knoxy — July 30, 2016 @ 6:24 am

  13. The “mysterious object” is a screen used in baseball warmups to protect the (often elderly) guy lobbing pitches in batting practice from getting decapitated by a line drive. As for the squares, no idea……

    Comment by henryholland666 — July 30, 2016 @ 9:33 am

  14. Knoxy @12: If we’re citing Scottish law here, perhaps Hang ’em Hiatt will pull an Arlen Specter and find Del “not proven.”

    Comment by teenchy — July 30, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

  15. […] who had nothing to do with his father’s accident, then shun him, then repeat the entire cycle again and again, then act all pissy because the kid doesn’t want to be around us so we can repeat […]

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