How to Handle Being "Thrown Under the Bus"

I haven't been writing much in this space lately, mostly because I haven't had much to say. Today is no exception. I just wanted you all to know that I'm not ignoring you, I'm just trying not to waste your time.

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Reader Comments (24)

Heh. Mullet boss sure has been winning a lot. Same goes for Ri... wait.. they're the SAME PERSON!

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

Ew Pepsi.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I chuckled. Good one.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDocImperialism

Nice one, bit I think you're mistaken about the etymology of the phrase. It was most widely popularized by the 2008 Presidential campaign coverage, and goes back at least a decade further in more limited circles:

Well, it's a reality show staple for us -- we first heard it in season 1 or 2 of Top Chef, which both aired back in 2006. I guess it's telling about our views on politics and presidential campaigning if we find reality shows less insipid and easier to watch. ~Missy

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaellosse

Agree, but it is slightly vague whether it is
the Pepsi broken circle thingy.
There is a slight chance it might actually be the
Dynamic Ribbon Device.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAtlantaNative

The comment under the strip is awesome.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfredm

At first glance, I thought Captain Picard was watching TV in the first panel.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShawn Saylor

I'd just like to say that the ultimate punchline this week is the best one for a long, long time. I L'd, literally, OL.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Blake

Argh below text paradox!

Does the fact that it is a pardox make it interesting and therefore no longer a paradox?

No wait that is a pardox! Help me.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevens

Loved the second panel.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCesar L. Martinez

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January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Thinking of your not having much to say, I remember when there used to be updates on the "News" page. Two long years have passed since anything newsworthy happened. Even "Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy" didn't make it into the headlines.

I think the below-comic tidbits have replaced the news posts, for the most part. They get more visibility this way, since the news feed is separate from the comic feed. ~Missy

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Wow, this happened to me yesterday.....

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

It always seems to me that the worst bus-throwers are the loudest to whine if anybody else throws them.
(It's definitely a term in use in the construction trades - since before I joined in '97)

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

The guy on the TV looks like Angry Customer. Maybe he gets the crappy service at Scott's workplace because he keeps throwing people under the bus? Just a thought...

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

I don't think that's Angry Customer, but we have seen him before.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

The presence of "EPS" on the cup would indicate that it is indeed, Pepsi.

Hmmm, unless it IS Capt. Picard watching the monitor, and he's holding some kind of "EPS Conduit" diagnostic device...

Did the Enterprise even have EPS conduits?

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

I've heard and used "thrown under the bus" for over a decade. It actually surprises me that anyone would think it's a recent thing.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

Didn't they call this backstabbing, before? A fine tradition since 44 BC.

Still current in 1972 - I was six years old, I guess I heard the song later:

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

It's not drawing, its finger to tablet calibration and traing with a focused, output based goal.

Now excuse me while I add a gotee you evil troll!

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHotHam

The expressions in the third panel are great. Speaking of which, every comic this week has been dead on and had me laughing out loud. Genius.

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjersn

My time is worthless, therefore you could not possibly waste it Scott.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReader 312

I'm reminded of a video I saw on Youtube: A compilation of 3:19 of various reality show contestants saying "I'm not here to make friends."

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor X

The phrase "thrown under the bus" is as old as busses themselves.

June 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMr X
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