This Week in Milford

April 12, 2017

Teenagers Name Checking Septuagenarian Print Journalists? Definitely Fake.

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, freak hands, Milford Idiots, Prairie Style Windows — timbuys @ 8:52 am


Leaving panels one and three to the side (which I suppose they literally are already so …), let’s talk about panel two.

The “Fake News” may be the most topical that this strip has ever been. Although this blog has occasionally brushed upon politics, I never expected to see the strip implicitly go political.  I have to admit this has me genuinely intrigued in contrast to the  ‘another Milford male athlete is a jerk’ arc which holds almost no interest for me.



  1. Rubin’s day job is as a newspaper reporter. The “fake news” thing is probably near and dear to his heart.

    Molly Kinsella’s Sexting Scandal That Wasn’t Actually Sexting is probably the most topical subject I can recall being covered. Elmer Vargas is ripped away from his family by ICE was about 10 years ahead of its time.

    Comment by drewfunk — April 12, 2017 @ 9:01 am

  2. Actually, “chili fries with their besties” is how Nixon, Haldeman and Ehrlichmann celebrated erasing that one Oval Office tape.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 12, 2017 @ 9:04 am

  3. The NEW last refuge of a scoundrel. Right on, Ms. Rizk. You’re not messing around. You should advise Dafne to scrub her social media presence because Heenan and his “dirty tricks” squad are probably combing through it right now looking for anything they can slime her with. Has she been seen placing any “subversive” literature in a little free library? Does she ever party with Molly?

    Talking jacket is my new favorite character.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 12, 2017 @ 9:20 am

  4. High 5vn MF by Local H seems to be in order for panel 1. I think this plot needs more Heenan. It may get there but today was totally wasted. Journalism goofs patting themselves on the back. Clock in, cover the city council meeting, the girls soccer team, clock out and go home. Just like every other 9 to 5 lifer. I think the jerk story jock can be entertaining if done right. Rubin and company just havent. About 2003 or so there was a cocky baseball player named Adam Mundy. Don’t know who was doing the writing then, but I liked that baseball season .
    Besties? Ugh!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 12, 2017 @ 10:35 am

  5. Jive Turkey, Jerry B. Jenkins was writing back when Adam Mundy was acting more important than he was. Part of what made Mundy’s story work was that it was one of several going on during the baseball season, so we didn’t spend every strip with or talking about the jerky Mundy.

    I liked the Jenkins years, frankly. His moralizing was heavy-handed for sure, but the guy was very good at balancing multiple plots across multiple seasons. Rubin wasn’t bad at this either when he first started, but has since devolved to using the one season-one plot formula. I guess he just doesn’t care anymore.

    Wasn’t “The Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel” a Backyard Tire Fire album?

    Comment by billytheskink — April 12, 2017 @ 11:46 am

  6. Now, why exactly do we close with this static chili fries moment? Is Casper the Unfriendly Board Member about to burst into the Bucket and menace the kids? It’s probably time for a “vindictive elected official” to put in an appearance– it’s been a long time since Nixon. A shout-out to hitorque, who correctly points out that there are school officials (usually an assistant superintendent for business) who have to approve school-paid expenses. Since we’re on the Nixxon theme, the present story could be the “third rate burglary” that extends higher up.

    Comment by vaganova's fact checker — April 12, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

  7. Heenan’s gonna hire some amateur wannabe G. Gordon Liddy to plant some disco biscuits in the offices of the Trumpet to set up Dafne. Ms. Rizk is going to accidentally ingest one and make out with Steve Luhm in the mop room.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 12, 2017 @ 7:09 pm

  8. Brilliant, Ned! The term “fake news” has already appeared, thus since Rubin is a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of guy, a student provocateur is just what we need. Nearly every plot in the past three or four years has involved a kid who thinks he’s the brilliant junior something or other anyway.

    Comment by vaganova's fact checker — April 12, 2017 @ 8:48 pm

  9. Good one, Ned. I agree with Vaganova.

    I can understand the other day when the nerdnik counselor chats with Coach T. about a troubled teenager then suddenly tips her glasses to show Gil and the world that she is a bitchin’ babe in disguise. Okay, Thorpiverse, we get it.
    But this is wearing thin. No way is P2 anything more than the concept kinda sorta flogged to death. Yeah, Grandma Moses goes to one of those outpatient clinics for a facelift and-voila!!!-is now a 40-something, mid-life-crisis-tinged Mrs. Butterworth. Boy, that’ll cure erectile dysfunction PDQ. I can feel the blood circulating already. It might be an aborted ZZ Top video project(…”she really went horny for the Sharp Dressed Man.”) but one shrewd movement with the specs and Viagra is a thing of the past. Keeps me coming back for more. Now if Gil and Kaz go through the cafeteria line for the pepperoni-‘n’-green-bean-special and the cafeteria lady performs the same feat, we might be stretching things. Not that I would put it past Thorpiverse.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 13, 2017 @ 6:52 am

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