If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what’s an empty desk?

Artist’s depiction of Jay Thurber, hard at work. (1906 New York Zoological Society photo, Library of Congress collection)

The late Phil Musick referred to them as “some things I think I think.” I call them “empty items from a cluttered mind”:

Today is “Wear a Hoodie to Work” Day, in honor of John Fetterman, who is being sworn into office as a U.S. senator at 12 noon.

In response, Republicans and Dr. Oz have declared today “bring crudites to work day.”

If Ben Garrison is going to war with Scott Adams, my biggest question is: “How much popcorn should I make?”

Adams is the cartoonist behind the comic strip “Dilbert,” while Garrison is a political cartoonist whose work has been widely shared on the Internet.

You may not know Garrison’s name, but you’ve probably seen his work. He’s the cartoonist who inevitably draws Donald Trump and other conservative heroes with rippling muscles, six-pack abs and chiseled features; while Democrats are depicted as literal snakes and weasels, or with maniacal expressions on their faces. You can tell the Democrats, too, because Garrison usually labels them with a hammer-and-sickle emblem, while Republicans often have a glow around them. Real subtle stuff.

Adams’ profile is a lot higher than Garrison’s, to say the least. When “Dilbert” debuted in the late ’80s, it perfectly captured the feeling of working in a dead-end office job. His comic strip was inescapable if you worked in technology or media back then — practically all of us had at least one relevant “Dilbert” cartoon tacked to our desk or cube wall. I even had a cutout life-size Dogbert. Sadly, a series of bad business ventures and two failed marriages seem to have left Adams bitter, and in recent years (especially on Twitter) he’s leaned into being an angry old white guy, lecturing women, minorities and “the woke” on the errors of their ways.

Apparently Adams is agitated by a Garrison cartoon making the rounds that depicts Adams getting multiple vaccinations, and then saying “you anti-vaxxers were right — accidentally! … You’re still stupid!” In another panel, Dilbert lies in a coffin, dead (I suppose) because he was vaccinated, while Dogbert has been impaled with a hypodermic needle:

(Cartoon © copyright Ben Garrison. Low-resolution image included for commentary purposes under the “fair use” provisions of copyright law.)

In summary, Scott Adams is concerned because Ben Garrison inadvertently depicted him endorsing facts.

Facts make Scott Adams less-popular with a certain segment of extremely white men in his fan base.

Like I said, pass the popcorn.

Maybe Fetterman should ask to be introduced in the Senate with this song.

Two days, two references at this website to “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Just more evidence of how I shamelessly pander to a younger audience.

Scott Adams suing Ben Garrison for defamation of character just reminds me of this immortal exchange between Winston Wolf (Harvey Keitel) and Raquel (Julia Sweeney) in “Pulp Fiction.”

This might be the most amazing case of “how it started/how it’s going” I’ve ever seen.

On Nov. 29, writer Adriana Ramírez endorsed a column by Tony Norman of NextPittsburgh in support of striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

One month and one day later, Ramírez posted this:

If I’m counting correctly, six unions, including the one representing newsroom employees, are currently on strike against the Post-Gazette. If she’s the new books editor, she crossed the picket line.

We all have to eat, and we all have to have a job somewhere. I’m trying not to judge anyone for making a career decision, especially a hard one. I’ve worked for some employers who have done unsavory things in my time.

But tweeting your support of unions and then almost immediately crossing a picket line? As the kids say, “Not a good look.”

At least I assume that’s what the kids say. It doesn’t come up very often when I’m watching Johnny Carson.

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