Another Brick in the Wall Street

It’s hard to tell if TB has bent his “one year ahead” production schedule to catch the anti-Wall Street wave with today’s strip. It’s even harder to sympathize with Jim and his colleagues having to do without their customary guaranteed pay raises. Boo effin’ hoo.

On this Veterans’ Day 2011, I’d like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the men and women who have served this nation in uniform. Thank you!



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  1. Epicus Doomus

    This is another one I really had to think about for a few minutes. Boy is this thing obtuse sometimes. What Arm Solo is saying is she wishes she could vote on whether or not “Wall Street bankers” GET their bonuses. I see. How timely. Seeing how this is coming from the point of view of teachers I don’t have an issue with the “message”. As usual, my issue is that it’s so amazingly stupid. Also that moping Les is shown not once but twice. I hate it when Les is all over arcs he doesn’t really need to be featured in.

  2. Just like when Funky complained about the government destroying an “honest, hard-working man” when in reality, it was his own foibles that destroyed his business.

  3. ryokomayuka

    As far as I know there was no wall street bankers who voted on the Levy. So what do they have to do with anything.

  4. TheDiva

    How does Batiuk do it? I will be among the first to say that the uneven distribution of wealth in this country is ridiculous, and that teachers are among the most underpaid and under-appreciated workers out there, so why does today’s comic just make me want to slap every single one of the characters and scream “STOP WHINING, YOU MORONS!”? Is it the dour, resignedly miserable frowns? The dead eyes of self-pitying souls who have never had a thought or feeling beyond their own limited lives? The trademark “aren’t we so clever” smirk sported by Bull in panel three? Or is it some dire synergy that makes the whole so much more grating than the sum of its parts?

  5. sourbelly

    I’ll tell you, TheDiva (If that is your real name!). It’s Becky bulldozing the fourth wall to deliver an obvious homily. We get it, Bathole, you jackass. I’m sure the protesters getting their heads bashed in right now get it even better than you do.

  6. Jeffcoat Wayne

    I didn’t know there were Wall Street bankers living in Westview, whom I’m presuming must have voted against the Scapegoat levy. Oh wait, there’s not. Not even fictional ones. That means… *gasp!*… this joke doesn’t work.

  7. $$$Westville Oncologist$$$$$

    Even if there were Wall Street bankers in Westville (though God only knows why the hell they would choose to live there willingly!!..) They’re still going to get the same damn vote that the rest of you idiots get. The whole ruckus in Wall Street is about the 1% that don;t pay taxes like the rest of us!!!!

    I’m beginning to think Becky’s handicap is not her missing arm….


  8. Sgt. Saunders

    Although my avatar is a fictional US Army sergent circa WWII (Cage! Get Kirby and the B.A.R. up here! There’s Krauts aplenty!), I am a real-life US Navy veteran. I want to thank Battick for his unabashed appreciat….wait. what? OH, Battick, schmattick! Hand salute to OB Dan and all the other vets out there.

    As for today’s whiny bullshit, those assholes better be happy they have a job, especially, Jim, the psuedo-science guy. Les may be hurtin’ more than most, though, because he still owes his publisher about 5K on the vanity book and Hollywood want’s paid on their “option” too. But, hey, turn-TO mahfuggys, and earn what you do get paid.

  9. I didn’t know there were Wall Street bankers living in Westview, whom I’m presuming must have voted against the Scapegoat levy. Oh wait, there’s not.

    The “Wall Street Banker” has replaced the “Military Industrial Complex” as the target for Americans who feel their lot in life is the fault of forces beyond their control. Becky’s complaint is kind of like the 2011 analogue of this old bumper sticker:

  10. Jeffcoat Wayne

    And here I thought it was the missing arm that was holding Becky back. Wait… car accident, Wally at the wheel, Wally = soldier —-> Military Industrial Complex! Judges? Close enough?

    Goooooo Scapegoats!

  11. Smirks 'R Us

    A quick Google search shows approximately 80% of Ohio school district budgets goes to teacher salaries and benefits. 80%!! That is what it is here in New York State too. So typically a failed budget vote is more a referendum on the sorry state of financial distribution of funds (and the collectively bargained contracts behind it) than it is some failure for the children. And I am not trying to start an argument of pro vs. anti-union, but TB is trying to make me feel sorry for something I will never empathize with, the fleecing of the average taxpayer. In that way, school districts and wall street bankers are very much alike.

  12. Sgt. Saunders

    No realistic view of schools bonds, as we call them here. Look, everybody in Westview knows that bunch of know-nothing BS artists that teach at Westview and if anything, the failed levy is a referendum on the rampant assholeyness among the Westview faculty.

  13. billytheskink

    Hey, remember when TB drew a Veterans Day strip? It seems like so long ago…

  14. Hello…Westview Teachers, Produce a quality product… get paid for it.

    BUT WAIT…. guess in TB’s case that doesn’t hold true.

    Our town has many Veterans Day programs today.
    I went to the free breakfast this morning with my ‘Nam hat….but saw one fellow with a hat: Battle of the Bulge and another guy was with The flying Horsemen air bomber group from WWII.
    We know how to treat our returning war hero’s here…unlike Westview Ohio

  15. Smirks 'R Us

    I know we have several vets who post here regularly. Just wanted to echo TFH’s thoughts above and say my own THANK YOU for your service to our great country from a grateful citizen.

  16. @Sgt. Saunders: A shout-out to you and the rest of the veterans out there: Thanks.

  17. Yeah, instead of a Veterans Day salute. Batiuk uses the strip to snark against corporate America again. Never mind that he works for a corporation, and the newspapers that published his strip are mostly owned by corporations. For the second time this week, he bites the hand that feeds him. Will he make it three tomorrow?

  18. billytheskink

    Though I meant to include this at the end of my earlier post, I’ll settle for looking like a me-too-er now.

    Happy Veterans Day to our vets, and a genuine thank you for your service to our country.

  19. Riff Chick

    Look, as someone who comes from a family of educators, teachers don’t exactly get a cushy job at the end of the day. A lot of them have other jobs; “summer vacation” isn’t always a vacation, as they need other income for those three months. Many of them put in way beyond 8 hours of time a day to tutor students and advise after-school clubs – you know, the kind of activities that keep kids off the streets and out of jail. They grade papers and come up with lesson plans on their own time, at home.

    People can bitch all they want about perceived injustices of unions and tenures being given to the undeserving – but at the end of the day, these people are teaching your children.

    But wait, maybe you don’t have children. Maybe you’re middle-age, living childless in a nice house in a nice neighborhood and resent having to give your hard earned taxmoney to support a school neither you nor your family attends.

    Then think about this: When those educated kids grow up, they’ll be the ones contributing to the economy. They’ll be the surgeons and doctors taking care of you in your old age; they’ll be the nurses that wash your backside when you are an incapacitated old person. And yes, they’ll be the ones giving their lives for their country in the armed forces.

    It all starts with teachers. Now, I hate Tommy’s comic and his little soapbox ramblings, but the message here hits home for me.

  20. Just as I thought. Yesterday’s sketchy fat woman has vanished as suddenly as she appeared. Maybe she’s related to teleporting fat guy.

  21. sourbelly

    Riff Chick, my wife’s a teacher, and she gives your post a big thumbs up, as do I.

  22. Charlene

    Becky’s handicap is her creator!

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    Not the kind that comes out of a blender….| I don’t really care for “Franchise Pizza” anymore. I see more and more “sole proprietor” shops that don’t have their hands tied by Franchise
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    it’s not conducive to good health so I tend to stay away from where possible…