This Week in Milford

August 7, 2019

Ceci n’est pas une school board meeting.

Running both the color and B&W versions today as a sanity check.



If this is not a school board meeting, then what is it exactly? Some well-connected kid using his connections to get what he wants from a school board that doesn’t want the public to know how readily it caves to that well-connected kid? No wonder nobody wants it made public. Rubin’s left so many dots for us to connect, like those dots on the sidewalk Steve Luhm forgot to sweep up.

So much posturing going on here. Hadley brought her prop, Ed; Ballard (wearing a suit with weird-ass lapels only The Riddler could love) brought his: tiny Carol and another yet-to-be-named ventriloquist’s dummy school board member lady. There’s also an official-looking seal behind Ballard that some Mudlark must have made in shop class, and an American flag that may be displayed in violation of the US Flag Code if there’s an unseen State of Milford flag to its right. Speaking of unseen, Ballard better watch his back before that shadowy figure stabs it.



  1. This is getting confusing. What’s Charlie McCarthy Ed gonna do once Hadley leaves?

    Comment by franku2016 — August 7, 2019 @ 10:43 am

  2. franku, I’m guessing here, but my sense is that HvB wants a locally prominent witness who will keep quiet unless the school tries later to misrepresent whatever is about to happen. But maybe not, since as H’s father, Ed would fit the definition of “hostile witness.”

    Comment by vaganova — August 7, 2019 @ 11:21 am

  3. Is this the same Dad who can’t put his finger on what his problem is with Hadley & Jaquan? There’s a level of confusion there, or maybe he just thinks she’s become a big-city swellhead?

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — August 7, 2019 @ 12:15 pm

  4. P1: Where is Ed anyway? Just off panel I suppose.
    P2: I really hope that Ed and Mr. Ballard had a decade long affair that only just concluded and bitterly at that.
    P3: Hadley V. Baxendale – Legal Mastermind? Apparently not. I hadn’t thought that this was going to resolve by HvB making power moves to get her way but kinda hard to avoid that conclusion.

    Comment by timbuys — August 7, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

  5. Rubin’s dropped enough threads this summer to knit a circus tent.

    Comment by jvwalt — August 7, 2019 @ 2:39 pm

  6. I still don’t get why she’s so eager to go to the mat with them about letting some kids she really doesn’t know to play football and where tf is Gil while this circus is going on?

    Comment by franku2016 — August 7, 2019 @ 3:40 pm

  7. Gil is doing his best Marlon Perkins impression again as Jim wrestles alligator. How does school board Ralph Kramden (with his bang zoom from the other day) recognize Ed? I don’t with that full head of gray hair that grew back. I’m sure Haxley doesn’t live in Chicago as she always claims. Probably Stickney.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 7, 2019 @ 5:45 pm

  8. Teenchy, this reminds me of the movie “Topaz”.


    To Hadley V.’s flunkies

    “Did you get all the pictures of his kiddie porn under the table. Good!!!!!! Now get the Hell out and take the fastest Air Cuba out of Havana. Don’t worry, I bribed the security very well. American dollars spend like water all over the island.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — August 8, 2019 @ 9:39 am

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