The Cliché That Stole Build Back Better


I’m just having some fun here with my colleagues because I saw at least four Grinch/Manchin cartoons today before noon. OK, I’m exaggerating. It may have been 1 p.m. I am the Grinch in that I may have just stolen this from every cartoonist in the nation from using. And the ones who have used it can now feel a little chunky because of me. And I didn’t even have to climb down any chimneys.

Who am I kidding? We’re still going to see a few more Grinch/Manchin cartoons this week.

Music note: I didn’t listen to anything while drawing this cartoon but I did Google the song “Welcome Christmas” for the lyrics. Until today, I never knew what they were saying. What the fuck is “fahoo fores, dahoo dores?”

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  1. What the fuck is “fahoo fores, dahoo dores?”

    Just some Seussian nonsense words. Years ago, in another life, I was in charge of designing an educational game licensed from Seuss (he was still alive then). He wanted me to adhere to a concept he called “ridiculosity”, which only he could define but refused to explain. Time after time he reacted to concept art and working drafts with, “It needs more ridiculosity!” without giving me any idea of how to get to what he wanted to see. I figured that his problem was that he was used to working alone and could not figure out how to participate in a collaborative project.

    That was one of the few times I was relieved to have a project cancelled on me.


    1. Exactly, I thought of Phil Collins the moment Clay mentioned (manchined?) that. It was an interview I read years ago in which he was asked, “What does Sussudio mean?” He replied “nothing” and proceeded to explain that it was a fill-in word meant to be replaced by something realistic as the song progressed. Ultimately he decided, even as nonsensical as the word was, that it fit the song well. Unskinny Bop by (Ugh!) Poison was born of the same result. I know that there are others, but they’re not coming to mind at the moment.


      1. Brian Eno uses nonsense syllables when writing new songs to fill in for lyrics he later writes. At least one of his songs, Tzima N’arki (written with Cluster) bypassed the lyric substitution stage. He often uses a set of oracle cards called Oblique Strategies to help him work ( Eno and Collins have worked together on several occasions.


  2. Clay, I encourage folks to call Senator Manchin (and their own Senators Republican and Democrat) and be as constructive and instructive as possible. There are some good things in the BBB that will help West Virginians and all Americans. Even the Coal unions are asking him to do something. Encourage him to find a way to get something done.

    As an independent voter (and former member of both tribes), I understand concerns about the debt and deficit. But, both parties are to blame for our debt and deficit. Full stop. My Republican friends seem to be less concerned when they occupy the White House, but Democrats need to be concerned as well. We do need to be mindful of budgetary implications, but we also need to invest in America. Most businesses invest in some areas, while cutting back in others as a standard operating procedure.



  3. The song with unintelligible lyrics that everyone should hear is “Prisencolinensinainciusol” by Adrian Celentano. From what I read, the 70s Italian pop star challenged himself to write a pop song with fake words his Italian audience would believe was English. The song is currently being used in a commercial.


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