Dick Tracy is a comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a hard-hitting, fast-shooting and intelligent police detective. Created by Chester Gould, the strip made its debut on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.
Chester Gould (November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977, incorporating numerous colorful and monstrous villains.
(1929 model A Ford).
Although a few large Metropolitan police forces in America began using mobile radios in their (cruisers) earlier than 1930, – the equipment was heavy, cumbersome and less than dependable. Far beneath the aesthetics and utility of Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio.
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced its Motorola brand car radio, one of the first commercially successful car radios, in June 1930. The radio was intended for the general public, but soon police departments and city governments across the Chicago area and United States ordered radios for public safety use. This was the beginning of Motorola’s expertise in mobile communications and long customer relationships.
Question: So what does Dick Tracy have to do with the price of tea in China? – or anything?
America, (at least throughout my lifetime) all “seventy-one” years, (to my recollection) is referred to, (at least in America) as the most powerful Nation on the Earth, and/or, the world’s police department.
Not since America began electing buffoons to serve in the Oval Office, beginning with “buffoon” number one…
(George “Duba” Bush).
Culminating with our current “low-brow” catastrophe, …
..and/or, clown, (Barack Hussein Obama).
According to Webster: “low·brow,” One having uncultivated tastes; vulgar.
According to Webster: “vul·gar,” (in context) Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish.
Speaking of vulgar and boorish, ..what could be more (vulgar and boorish) than a candidate vying for the presidency of the United States, ..than for said candidate, (Barack Obama) ..to wade in the proverbial gutter and explicate;…
By Ben Zimmer, |Posted Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.
When Barack Obama told a crowd at a campaign event on Tuesday, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” the McCain campaign swiftly took offense, claiming the analogy was directed at vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki countered the accusation, saying, “That expression is older than my grandfather’s grandfather and it means that you can dress something up but it doesn’t change what it is.”
Question: Is the expression really that old?
The concept is an old one, but the phrasing used by Obama is rather new. Many porcine proverbs describe vain attempts at converting something from ugly to pretty, or from useless to useful.
In my world, nothing is more “useless and unattractive ” than an individual who uses a (personal attack) ..to further “his” or “her” agenda and career.
The famous maxim that “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” dates back at least to the mid-16th century.
Other old sayings play on the ludicrousness of a pig getting dressed up. “A hog in armour is still but a hog” was recorded in 1732 by British physician Thomas Fuller.
As Francis Grose later explained in “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue” (1796), a “hog in armour” alludes to “an awkward or mean looking man or woman, finely dressed.”
Charles H. Spurgeon noted another variation in his 1887 compendium of proverbs, The Salt-Cellars: “A hog in a silk waistcoat is still a hog,” meaning, “Circumstances do not alter a man’s nature, nor even his manners.”
The “lipstick” variation is relatively novel, – not surprising, since the word lipstick itself dates only to 1880.
The incongruity of pigs and cosmetics was expressed as early as 1926 by the colorful editor Charles F. Lummis, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “Most of us know as much of history as a pig does of lipsticks.” But the exact wording of “putting lipstick on a pig (or hog)” doesn’t show up until much later.
In 1985, the Washington Post quoted a San Francisco radio host on plans for renovating CandlestickPark (instead of building a new downtown stadium for the Giants): “That would be like putting lipstick on a pig.”
Ann Richards did much to boost the saying’s political popularity when she used a number of variations while governor of Texas in the early ’90
In 1991, in her first budget-writing session, she said, “This is not another one of those deals where you put lipstick on a hog and call it a princess.”
The next year, at a Democratic barbecue in South Dakota, she criticized the George H.W. Bush administration for using warships to protect oil tankers in the Middle East, which she considered a hidden subsidy for foreign oil. “You can put lipstick on a hog and call it Monique, but it is still a pig,” she said. Richards returned to the theme in her failed 1994 gubernatorial race against the younger Bush, using the “call it Monique” line to disparage her opponent’s negative ads.
Since then, “lipstick on a pig” has spiced up the political verbiage of everyone from Charlie Rangel to Dick Cheney. John McCain himself used it last year to describe Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal. And even though the folksy expression is one that sounds old (and connects back to genuinely old proverbs), it’s not quite the vintage of anyone’s grandfather’s grandfather.
Which of course, is shocking at this late date to learn that someone (Jen Psaki) specifically, on Barack Obama’s campaign team would deliberately mislead the public with her statement that the adage was older than her grandfather’s grandfather, …NOT!
So what’s my point?
With his proclivity for ranking his adversaries and misleading the public, if anyone deserves the label of a pig behind a veil of lipstick, (in my humble opinion) ..my first choice would be (unequivocally) the individual who’s “caricature” is displayed directly above
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record to those of you who follow my blather regularly, I announced prior to Barack Obama’s election in 2008, that he would be the largest collective mistake the adult population of America could make. However since I detest this individuals “ideology and agenda,” ..so fervently, I never get tired of putting it out there again; …
“Electing Barack Obama as President of the United States, is (unequivocally) ..the stupidest thing the collective “adult” population of this Nation has ever done.”
As long as Barack “no birth certificate” Obama resides in the White House and rules the roost, America will continue to fail and be seen as weak and waning by every man woman and child on this planet who has the intellect to pour water from a boot without alluding to the instructions printed on the sole.
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow