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  • anthrofred

    There’s always Liberty U, teanuts!

  • The way that man is clenching, he’d best stay out of New Mexico Walmarts.

    • Perhaps parents should rid this campus of this commie professor by giving him a forcible colonoscopy.

    • oldster

      Yeah, the posture seems to me the most unambiguous signifier in the whole thing.

      The Jewish thing? Pretty subtle and ambiguous compared to standard anti-semitic caricatures of Jews.

      The clothing is hardly different from any other college teacher’s.

      But the hunch of the shoulders, their narrowness, and the general cave-in of the chest are all saying:

      “I won’t defend myself if picked on: I’m bully-bait. I may mock and ridicule you (see the hand and lips), but I’ll burst into tears immediately if you hit me.”

      It not only arouses the immediate ire of the audience’s own lust to smash the weak and loathsome other, it also manifests one of right’s favorite tropes about the left: that they are basically cowards and traitors who won’t even stick up for themselves, much less their own country and its values. He is visibly saying “on the other hand;” he has no rooted loyalties, not even to himself.

      The main emotion that this picture intends to elicit from its viewers is disgust and contempt. This person is despicable, but also easy to smash. Parents *can* rid themselves of this problem.

  • So THAT’s what a commie looks like.

    • stepped pyramids

      I’m pretty sure I’ll look like that in 40 years, yeah.

      • Mike Schilling

        Lose the bowtie.

        • stepped pyramids

          No way. If I look like that guy, the lack of a bowtie would be a glaring, painful void, like a toothache in a missing tooth.

    • Nathan of Perth

      Note the smirk and those ARROGANT EYES

    • Bloix

      Otherwise known as a Jew.

      • I was thinking the same thing.

        • Funkhauser


      • JustRuss

        I had an uncle who taught college who looks a lot like the picture…only less Jewish somehow. I never realized he was a Communist!

      • LittlePig

        That pose made me hear Jackie Mason saying “I don’t know. Maybe?” Oy gevalt.

  • I like how the girl in front is literally clutching her pearls in response to the curiously Semitic-looking professor’s words. Meanwhile, Archie up front is eating it up.

    • Vance Maverick

      Something’s wrong with the commenting system here — it goes without saying that I made the pearls quip first, but inexplicably your comment was filed first.

      • We apparently made the comment at the exact same moment. Vance, stop reading my thoughts! ;p

    • NewishLawyer

      You know what? He does look like Dr. Kissinger!!!

      • rea

        “Mein Führer! I can walk!”

        • I see you agree with me on Peter Sellars.

          • jeer9

            Was the avant-garde theater director also a comedic actor? :>)

            • True fact: I was a singing tree in one of Sellar’s first productions at Harvard. It was Orpheus and Euridice.

              • jeer9

                He was quite the rage (flouting conventions, provoking the guardians of tradition) just before I moved to California in ’82.

                I’m sure (besides your casting) he must have done something innovative in that production.

              • NewishLawyer

                What did he do for that one? I know about the production of King Lear staged around a Chevy. And his Don Giovanni in a dinner.

                I’ve seen his Trump Tower, Marriage of Figaro (on video).

                • He was doing something much more important in the Adams House Swimming Pool simultaneously (IIRC) so we barely saw him at our rehearsals and performances. I was pretty panicked about being a tree and singing on key so I can’t tell you much about the rest of the performance.

                • LittlePig

                  Wire-rim glasses vs. horn-rim make a big difference too. I think your granddad looks jolly and mercurial in that picture.

      • LeeEsq

        Snarls like him to.

    • Fighting Words

      Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the young woman on the left as clutching her pearls. It seems to me that she is just leaning on her right hand (like the “Thinker” statue), and listening intently to what the professor is saying.

      • Hogan

        Those pearls are definitely moving uphill, if you know what I mean and I’m pretty sure I don’t.

        • And from the profile of her face, it looks to me at least like her mouth is slightly agape and her expression slightly downward-cast, like she disapproves of what’s being said. Potato, potahto, though.

        • Fighting Words

          I know exactly what you mean. Those pearls just aren’t going to clutch themselves. Maybe she is just waiting for the discussion of the double underlined “Masses.”

    • LeeEsq

      She is only clutching her pearls because the passionate words of the ambiguously Semitic professor is exciting her erotically in a way that the Aryan quarterback of her high school football team never did. It is her first step on her journey into womanhood and is terribly exciting.

    • LittlePig

      Meanwhile, Archie up front is eating it up

      Totes duh. He’s wearing a RED sweater. You don’t have to be Fellini to figure that out.

  • Vance Maverick

    So did you turn to page 11?

    I believe the student on her left is literally clutching her pearls. (And the reddest thing in the picture, of course, is the sweater on the right-hand victim.)

  • Hogan

    That bowtie and those glasses? Firing is too good for him.

  • Dr Paisley

    Worst. Olbermann. Evar.

  • Karen

    Does anyone else think the Commie prof looks like Henry Kissinger?

    • NewishLawyer

      Ah you beat me to it.

      • Also some versions of Peter Sellars.

        • If there is socialist medicine where you live you should consult an eye doctor.

        • Karen

          More like Rodney Dangerfield

        • rea

          Although actually, Aimai, apart from the bowtie, it looks to me like he might be modeled on your grandfather.

          • Izzy really didn’t look at all like that, and never wore that kind of tweedy suit or lectured in class. He looked much more froglike, because of his enormous and thick glasses and for years he had one of those over the head hearing aids that hummed.

            Must be getting sentimental in my old age. Just looking at that picture makes me cry because he will never meet my daughters, or they him.

            • Hm, I’m embarrassed to say that actually there is a creepy resemblance between the picture I put up of Izzy and the picture of the college professor. None so blind as those who will not see. But: dimples! And his hair was darker. So there’s that.

              • LittlePig

                The wire-rim glasses vs. the horn-rim make a big difference too. I think your granddad looks jolly and mercurial in that picture.

    • LeeEsq

      I was thinking more Isaac Asimov.

      • No string tie.

        • Mike Schilling

          Asimov did wear a bowtie when he was younger; the muttonchops and string tie came in his middle-age^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H (geez, what am I saying? The man gloried in never growing up) late youth,

          • LeeEsq

            I was right, Asimov.

  • I’m pretty sure that Louis Budenz was a former communist turned ardent anti-communist and Catholic whose daughter, Julia Budenz, was a nun, former nun, and poet friend of my mother. She was a beautiful person. What a tiny world:

    From her obit:

    Once a nun, then a classics scholar, Ms. Budenz was a poet whose work consists of a single poem with a length that flouts convention and strains imagination. Divided into five volumes, “Flora Baum’’ appears destined to be about 1,700 pages, once friends finish reviewing the remaining manuscripts. Extrapolating from published excerpts, the poem should exceed 2 million words and possibly top 3 million.

    “If Emily Dickinson was the great New England poet of the small, Julia is the great New England poet of the great,’’ said Frederick Turner, Founders professor of arts and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. “She has written what may be the longest poem in the world, and she’s doing things with poetry that people have never done before.’’

    • snarkout

      Yeah, I know the name from the smear campaign against Owen Lattimore.

      • Wow. I did not know about this. I had Lattimore mixed up with a Classics scholar–why did I think he had written a translation of the Illiad? But I did know of his china work.

        • rea

          I had Lattimore mixed up with a Classics scholar–why did I think he had written a translation of the Illiad?

          That was his brother Richard.

          • rea

            Or rather, (after looking it up) his brother Richmond.

        • somethingblue

          The Iliad translation is by Owen’s brother Richmond (also quite a good poet in his own right).

          • Thank you both!! What an accomplished family they must have been.

    • rea

      Louis F. Budenz apparently was a confessed Soviet spy.


      • LeeEsq

        I would hope that Catholic spies for the Soviet Union do try to absolve their sins in the confessional.

        • Mike Schilling

          “Ten Hail Marys recited into your cufflink.”

      • herr doktor bimler

        Emphasis there on the “confessed”, rather than the “Soviet spy” part, which seems to rest only on his self-serving testimony and his ability to invent details to order.

        By his own estimate, Budenz spent some 3,000 hours explaining the Party’s “inner workings” to the FBI, as well as testifying on 33 occasions to various committees. By 1957 he estimated he had earned approximately $70,000 for his expert testimony
        In 1952, Senator McCarthy praised Budenz for having “testified in practically every case in which Communists were either convicted or deported over the past three years; one of the key witnesses who testified against… Communist leaders.”

    • I have always been told that Manas was the longest poem in the world.


  • Ralph Wiggum

    Hilariously, this man is the dead spit of my quasi-aristocratic, moderately conservative former supervisor.

  • Poutrage!

    This thread screams JENBOB BAIT!!!!11!!

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    the chalkboard is certainly a jumbled-up mess

  • Barry Freed

    One thing’s for sure, the iconography of the bowtie has made a complete 180° turn in the American political imagination.

    • Gregor Sansa

      Unlike regular ties, bowties work just fine when turned 180º.

    • Jordan

      Was at a practice job talk for a fellow grad student. Him being the posh and well dressed man that he is, wore a bowtie.

      First comment after the substantial ones (by his advisor!): You look like Tucker Carlson, cut it out.

  • Ken

    The blackboard curiously fascinates me, not so much for the words, but for the complete disjointedness. No sign of any topical flow, or even of sequence. It’s like a timer went off every five minutes, and he wrote whatever noun he said next in a random clear area.

    • Hogan

      Butbutbut Masses! Underlined TWICE!

      • Butt masses? Rectal tumors or a splinter group of the RCC?

        • D’oh.

          • Jordan

            Your accidental joke-nym-usages are getting increasingly obscure, I have to say :).

  • H. Wren

    Look at that pinko. He wants you to learn about Asia, for chrissake.

    • witless chum

      The American Legion doesn’t think True Americanism allows for speaking of other continents in peacetime.

  • Anthony


    • LeeEsq

      I think Lenin was a bit more elegant in his speaking.

      • snarkout

        One of the charges against Owen Lattimore, whom I mentioned upthread, was that he was clearly a Marxist-Leninist because he used the word “feudal” in his scholarly writing (on Mongolia). So… plausible!

        • Mike Schilling

          “Given their unpopularity among the common people, continued American support for the KMT would be feudal.”

  • DAS

    Hey. I happen to be a red professor in that I am a professor and have red hair. I also teach science, which is actual factual and stuff … and facts have a well known liberal bias.

  • I like the red book with REVOLT written on it.

    I always wonder what instructions the artist received. Was this one detailed, down to the words on the chalkboard or a brief “Commie teacher in classroom.” And did the artist work from scratch or just slip them “Teacher warning kids about commies,” from an issue a couple of years ago.

    • I’m more interested in 1000 American, which I assume is the Yankee version of 300.

      • I assumed the hidden last word is “Nogoodniks.”

    • I was wondering whether “Revolt” was a coded message from the artist to the viewers, like a prisoner of war blinking in morse code.

  • LeeEsq

    I think the subtitle of the article, “parents can rid campuses of communists…” speaks volumes about American anti-intellectualism. College is being treated as nothing more than a glorified high school.

    • Yeah, I noticed that, too. The idea that parents can (and should!) act as thought police to their children–even after said children reach the age of seniority–has been going strong for at least sixty years among the culturally and intellectually incurious right.

      • NewishLawyer

        In one of Roger Ebert’s old columns he said that when he was in college, police used to record license plate numbers at motels and then report to the college admin if any cars could be connected to currently enrolled students.

        • My mother used to have to be “signed in” to visit my father in his dorm, and I believe there were even stricter rules at Smith (where she was at school) about men in the dorms. It was a HUGE deal, still, at Harvard when I was there 30 years ago that there were about to be co-ed floors and my tutor had actually been in the first group of Radcliffe women who were let into the Harvard Dorms at all.

          • NewishLawyer

            My mom went to undergrad locally and lived at home. This was 1964-1968.

            By the time I went to college, we had co-ed bathrooms. Though I went to the Seven Sister that decided to go Co-ed. Go Vassar!!!

          • LeeEsq

            They also used to have apartments for young people that attempted to regulate the sex life of twenty somethings by strict rules regarding visits from the opposite sex. In a free society, virginity looks like something that is very expensive and very annoying to enforce.

            If they really want to get rid pre-marital sex, you just make everybody into a very socially consious D&D playing nerd. It works but you might face a Japanese style population collapse.

            • Marek

              I’m trying just that approach with my sons!

            • JL

              If they really want to get rid pre-marital sex, you just make everybody into a very socially consious D&D playing nerd.

              I know an awful lot of D&D-playing nerds, and I can assure you that this is not how you get rid of premarital sex.

      • LeeEsq

        I’d say its be part of American college since forever. Until the mid-20th century, a lot of American colleges weren’t as intellectual as their European counterparts. By the 1920s, the idealized college social life was basically like high school only more so with emphasis on football games and fraternities rather than intellectual growth.

    • NewishLawyer

      Now that you mention it…

  • thefax

    You better believe this is going on my office door tomorrow.

    • NBarnes

      Caption: “Your parents FAILED. KNEEL before ZOD…inov.”

  • Anonymous

    The man in the illustration seems awfully well-dressed for a commie.

    • NewishLawyer

      You’ve never seen Pick-Up on South Street where the commies live in more luxury than our pickpocket hero.

      Played by Richard Widmark.

      • Baby Needs-A-Nym

        When “Pick-Up on South Street” was released in Franco’s Spain they changed the communists into drug-dealers in the dub (apparently you couldn’t even mention commies as the bad guys then). Audiences reportedly never noticed.

    • LeeEsq

      Have you not seen pictures of a young Leon Trotsky? He was pretty much an early 20th century dandy. Lots of the more urbane communists loved dressing well.

  • NewishLawyer

    Though it is interesting to note that Academic Freedom is one of the great Orwellian phrases.

    • Malaclypse

      How so?

  • sibusisodan

    This is basically what Glenn Beck is going to look like in twenty years time, isn’t it? Glasses, rumpled, in front of a chalk board with left-wing buzzword bingo being played out…

    • witless chum

      Yeah, that was my first thought, too. The Legion predicted Glenn Beck!

  • Simon

    This is a little surreal, because I’m reasonably confident that, unless you’ve had this image on file for over a year, the chain of causation that leads to this post can be traced directly back to me. After having the picture saved on my computer since 2005, I spammed it to some left wing oriented websites a couple of times earlier this year.

  • Malaclypse

    He even, as they were once wont to say, dresses to the left. That’s some impressive attention to detail on the part of the illustrator.

    • I noticed that too but I was embarrassed to mention it. Thank goodness there is always someone else around here who is willing to sink lower than I, first.

  • MAJeff

    Gingers can be very distracting in the classroom. It’s that glowing white skin.

  • Matt

    I give it five years, tops, before the teahadis drop the pretense and start demanding “affirmative action” to put RWNJs into tenure-track positions. They’ll come up with some ludicrous name for it, of course, since they’ve been slinging mud at the original name for thirty+ years.

  • Woodrowfan

    he wrote “Asia” on the board, clearly he’s subversive…

  • OhioDocReviewer

    You know who else that pinko professor looks like?

    Raymond Burr’s character Lars Thorwald in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”

    Not only is he a commie, he’s also a wife murderer.

    Where’s Jimmy Stewart when you need him?


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