It’s Tuesday, and time once more to raid Marine Corps Times’ “Terminal Lance” archive. This week, we showcase another panel of wit from TL creator Max Uriarte. “Wildlife at the School of Infantry” first appeared in the April 11, 2011, issue.
Aside from all the “Sesame Street” silliness dominating our country’s political discussion of late, I find the notion of talking birds downright hilarious — particularly those, like this filthy crow in Max’s strip, who seem utterly
nonplussed unfazed when confronted by humans. There is, for instance, a laughing seagull in one episode of “The Family Guy” who makes me crack up every time I catch the re-run on Cartoon Network.
What amuses me about Max’s SOI strip is that nasty old crow calling the Marine “devil” — as if to say “Hey, buddy, I am familiar with your lingo — even though I’m an outsider here … and a crow.” Heh. But that got me wondering about a story Marine Corps Times reported way back in 2008, which detailed how the term “Devil Dog” had fallen out of favor with some younger Marines who found the term offensive when spoken at a certain volume, with a certain tone and/or to emphasize a certain point. Is this still an issue — or is everyone over it?