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Wool of bat

Al:
Jesus Hussein Christ it's cold out there.

 

Doug:
Coldah than a witch's tit.

 

Al:
You know, I've nevah really understood that expression. Why would a witch's tit be especially cold?

 

Doug:
It's not meant in the physical sense but the emotional. The idea being that a witch is a cold hearted bitch who, presumably, has no maternal feelings.

 

Mike:
Actually, there's even more to it than that. It was believed that witches had a third tit from which an imp or devil, known as a "familiar," sucked the witch's blood as a form of nourishment.

 

Mike:
And this third tit or protuberance, if pricked with a pin, would not cause pain or bleed, as is the case with many moles, skin tags, or even a supernumerary nipple.

 

Doug:
Ah, a third nipple like Scaramanga in  The Man with the Golden Gun.

 

Doug:
So that means Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack, Scaramanga's little henchman, was the suckling imp?

 

Mike:
One would presume so, yes.

 

Al:
When I first saw that movie as a kid and saw Britt Ekland in a bikini forced into the trunk of that flying car, it made me feel all funny inside. In a special way.

 

Mike:
Now to loop this back, this is where a feminist might scold us for using the phrase "cold as a witch's tit" as being hostile toward the female breast when it is not a source of pleasure or nurturance, as in the case of the of Al's prepubescent arousal at the sight of the bikini-clad Miss Mary Goodnight.

 

Doug:
Hey, I'll be the first to admit to anyone that I'm hostile to witches. They are all haggy and ugly and shit.

 

Mike:
Says who?

 

Doug:
Ah, that dead white guy, Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him?

 

Doug:
I mean, c'mon, nobody fucks with The Bard.

 

Al:
Hey, speaking of bards, have you heard that Daniel Bard, after his godawful 07 season, is coming into camp as a reliever with a chance to make the Show?

 

Doug:
Yeah, the dude is ringing up triples on the gun.

 

Mike:
Can you friggin' imagine?

 

Doug:
Something wicked this way comes.

 

Comments

OK, I tried to segue from the mention of Hervé Villechaize to the recent death of Ricardo Montalban (i.e., Herve/Tattoo and Ricardo/Mr. Rourke) but just couldn't pull it off.


You'll be missed Khan!

By the pricking of my thumb...

Today, I am weeping into my fine Corinthian leather gloves.

I was sort of hoping you were going to work Patrick McGoohan's death in today too.

Be seeing you.

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

Maybe it's the Macbeth, who know, but this is my favorite strip ever. So well done, hb... And then there's Bob's mention of Corinthian leather and a new Camille Paglia article on Salon. It's a good day. :)

With all of the talk of witches and devils, I was waiting for some sort of reference to the "Damn Yankees"!

The strip would have been the perfect set up for "quién es más macho - Ricardo Montalban o Big Papi?" but No. 6 relegates Montalban to a mere footnote. I was 11 years old when The Prisoner ran in the summer of 1968 on CBS. Instantly capturing my imagination (I must have been an odd kid), the show undoubtedly sowed the seeds of anti-authoritarianism in me. All the episodes are now available at AMCTV in case you were unaware. Patrick McGoohan - I applaud your life's work, sir.

Hey, Batman/Bruce Wayne died yesterday, too.


Great strip!

Adam West is gone?

Talk about a wooly bat :D

so did the strip start w/ D. Bard, leading to Billy Shakes, then to witches and presto a classic HB sonnet? just wondering.


This would make Hank the suckling imp to George's third nip...

"To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

Ricardo Montalban as Khan - Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, referring to the Yankees, circa 2003.


Farewell, Khan...

Pesky can't feel too great about Number 6 passing away.

sonoma,


Close on the deconstruction of how the strip started.


Last night I had the idea to start with this:


c01: Everyday it's the same headline with different names, Bank X subsumed by Bank Y.


c02: Yeah, and one of these days we'll wake up to read, USA subsumed by China.


But I didn't have a Red Sox connection.


This morning I read the piece on Bard and knew I wanted to include that.


But also wanted to include mention of the weather.


So that led to the "cold as a witch's tit" bit. Then I honestly started to wonder about the origin of that phrase.


From there it was an easy jump from witches to Macbeth to Shakespeare to Bard. (Well it wasn't totally easy as the unplanned loop out to Scaramanga and bikini-clad Bond girls almost killed everything... I didn't know how to get back, so this explains the rather awkward "Now to loop this back, this is where a feminist might scold us..." segue from Mike.)


Meanwhile, the initial germ of an idea about banks/China fell to the wayside as most "night before" ideas tend to.

/When I first saw that movie as a kid and saw Britt Ekland in a bikini forced into the trunk of that flying car, it made me feel all funny inside. In a special way./ And let's not forget Kim Bassinger as Domino on the auction block... mmmmmm.

thanks, HB. Love the thought process!


BTW - Can't remember if it was here or elsewhere but re: USA subsumed by China - that's close. I'll have free dim sum for life and you guys back east will be stuck with belgian waffles.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123051100709638419.html

That Russian dude's map of the USA post breakup shows how little he understands.


For instance, can you imagine New England ever being part of a breakoff that includes West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee?


And Utah with CA? Not a chance.


And Texas would strike out on its own and would never, ever be part of Mexico. (You may recall a couple wars fought over that already.)

h.b. - I'm not sure if I speak for more than myself, here (I suspect I do), but I applaud anyone who can regularly produce, in quality and substance, more than a morning dump on an every day basis. To routinely pull together the crazy shit we are bombarded with each day and somehow tie it all back into the fact that Yes, It Is All Related to the Redsox is a fine gift. I tip my hat. (Bank X to Bank Y to... KHAAAAANNNNN! - hehehe!)

upon further review... credit to harwich rich for the KHAAANNN reference... but as the author and the reader, the performer and the audience are one if its any good at all... oh, along those lines.. THE DEAD are touring again! Whoopeeee!

What Jeff said, h.b.

Always glad to hear, thanks.


The irony is the very thing that attracts the regular readership (e.g., "the crazy shit we are bombarded with each day and somehow tie it all back...") is what keeps the site such a niche site with relatively limited readership in the big scheme of things.


Not that I'm complaining. I like things just the way they are.

Always glad to hear, thanks.


The irony is the very thing that attracts the regular readership (e.g., "the crazy shit we are bombarded with each day and somehow tie it all back...") is what keeps the site such a niche site with relatively limited readership in the big scheme of things.


Not that I'm complaining. I like things just the way they are.


Always glad to hear, thanks.


The irony is the very thing that attracts the regular readership (e.g., "the crazy shit we are bombarded with each day and somehow tie it all back...") is what keeps the site such a niche site with relatively limited readership in the big scheme of things.


Not that I'm complaining. I like things just the way they are.


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a strange irony ideed.

An additional plus in Man w/ the Golden Gun was Cubby Broccoli's decision to bring back redneck sheriff J.W. Pepper for a second film.

I think this site sucks.

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Did you really think the Sheriff Pepper added to TMWTGG?


I always thought he was kind of a cheesy distraction the foreshadowed the change in tone of the Moore movies as being more silly than serious.

But I do think Scaramanga's secret lair in those Chinese islands was my fave of all the bad guy's cribs.

Appears the comments issue has been resolved somewhat.


Comments now appear but it takes about 5 mins before they do.

4 for 4 this week. all of your strips are great but you are hitting on all cylinders this week. love the stuff!!

I guess there must be somthing to this taking a break stuff. I hear that Beckett is on track for a great 2009 after taking time off too.

I disagree, I thought working the "Sheriff Pepper on vacation" angle was effective.

I agree that most of Moore's films were silly, but they did give us the submarine Lotus from the Spy Who Loved Me, (tied for best car with the Aston DB5 in Goldfinger) and the string of hottest babes: Jane Seymour, Britt, Barbara Bach and the brunette from Moonraker, who was smoking.

The Spy Who Loved Me was a really fantastic Bond movie.

But the hottest babes thing with Moore movies is negated by Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only. I mean talk about your cold tits.

I agree: Curt Jurgens is the best Bond villain ever.

BTW, US Airways ought to give the pilot of that plane a raise...and you know Boeing's bus dev/sales people are currently saying "fuck" under their breath because of the free Airbus advertising: The plane didn't break up on impact.

Jason, were you thinking of Corinne Clery? You might also remember her from Story of O. I saw that movie in H.S. (yeah, I'm that old... shut up!) Talk about your "feeling all funny inside. In a special way."


Whew!

Breaking News: According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Youkilis by signing him to a four-year, $40 million contract. The deal reportedly includes an option for the 2013 season.

Hooray!

So to review: A.J. Burnett signs with the mfy for 5 years, $82.5M. For the same $82.5M the Red Sox get Pedroia (six years), Youkilis (four years), Kotsay (one year), and Baldelli (one year). In Theo we Trust.

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