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09/21/2017

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Brent

I thought the "quibble" on the Toys R Us one was going to be how there are essentially two types of coverage of it.

One, like in this panel, where the only fact pertaining to Toys R Us is that its filing, then maybe other facts about other companies as it becomes an option piece on the death of retail stores. Some, may mention the fact that Toys R Us has some debt... but they tend to gloss over it in a way that might imply that it was just a result of the fall.

The other is articles that talk almost exclusively about the Toys R Us situation in specific. They'll talk about how it still rakes in tons of money, it just doesn't have any to invest because of the debt. Debt that was piled on them by their equity/asset managers (or what ever they're all calling then now) about 10 years ago... and the filing isn't about their inability to make sales, but in that they've been crippled by the likes of Bain Capital. Which you might well remember from 2012 as being co-founded by Romney and being the sort of company you want to be very wary about if it gets involved with yours. Really the difference between doing business with Bain and Trump, is that if Trump tells you there's a fire in the next room, you should probably go check before believing him (and if he says "everything's fine, believe me" you should check immediately). But if you hear that the likes of Bain is anywhere near the building, you should probably assume that if there isn't a fire in the next room now, there probably will be soon enough, and start to leave.

sean martin

The Luann thing threw me a bit too, until I realized she's insanely jealous of what she sees as Tiffany's getting anything she wants. Money? Power? Sex? Yep, it all goes that girl's way — and even when it goes south, at least she's taken the risk to make it happen, while Luann would just stand there and wait. And wait. And wait. And the waiting is driving her nuts because, despite what she says, Luann really wants to be someone like Tiff.

So I kinda get what's going on here, and I'm sure — as Gregg always does — it'll all come out the way we think it should.... which could be why the editors at GoComic probably didnt flag it.

Mike Peterson

Reference to a young woman having sex with 40 or so people? That's pretty hard core for a family paper, whatever revelations will be coming next.

Mike Peterson

And agreed, Brent. Also, it's only Chapter 11. That's just a timeout, and not the kind where they bring out the stretcher. The kind where he walks off under his own power.

Fruitbat

Kind of blipped over the football team thing in Luann because I was concentrating on the body-shaming. I hope maybe Tiffany has just stopped starving herself to live up to a false ideal.
But yeah, where are the editors?

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