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Epiphany Upon Hearing Yet Another Snippet of the Scooby-Doo Cartoon My Boys Were Watching:

Tortious interference with business relations -- that's what most of the cartoons are about!

sdf (mail):
...and I would have gotten away with my tortfeasing if it weren't for you dang kids!
7.17.2008 11:22pm
JohnO (mail):
Gee and I couldn't get past fantasizing about a cartoon Sandy Duncan.
7.17.2008 11:25pm
Albatross (www):
I had an epiphany about Scooby-Doo once. I realized that the show presented mysteries and the supernatural as being nothing more than figments of the human imagination. In fact, most often they were creations of some bad guy who was intent on exploiting the superstitious nature of people to scare them off (usually for monetary gain). By exposing these villains as the fakers they were, the cartoon sent a pretty strong message that the supernatural isn't real and that it is nothing but a construct of the human mind. Indeed, according to the show, what is mysterious can usually be explained through reason and rational thought.

And the main character was a talking dog.
7.18.2008 12:10am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Albatross: That's exactly what I was thinking a couple of days ago, and it made me feel much better about the show (which has otherwise not struck me as particularly impressive).
7.18.2008 12:44am
American Psikhushka (mail) (www):
Well, that and a lot of good old-fashioned fraud, stalking, menacing, harassment, threatening, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc. Probably a good deal of various kinds of libel, slander, and defamation as well.
7.18.2008 12:55am
Jon Rowe (mail) (www):
The epiphany I got from watching Scooby Doo when a teenager were all of the esoteric drug references and the fact that Velma was probably a lesbian.
7.18.2008 1:15am
Ken Hirsch (mail):
More than one "skeptic" have lamented the trend in more recent Scooby-Doo cartoons to include "real" ghosts, monsters, and aliens. See here, for example.
7.18.2008 1:26am
Michael F. Martin (mail) (www):
...that and good ole fashioned wabbit hunting.
7.18.2008 2:00am
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
By exposing these villains as the fakers they were, the cartoon sent a pretty strong message that the supernatural isn't real and that it is nothing but a construct of the human mind.

And they would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those darn kids!
7.18.2008 3:17am
Jerry F:
"More than one "skeptic" have lamented the trend in more recent Scooby-Doo cartoons to include "real" ghosts, monsters, and aliens. See here, for example."

Oh no, a *cartoon* depicts "ghosts, monsters, and aliens"! What's next, is a cartoon going to suggest the existence of a higher power!!?? Somebody call the ACLU!!

When it comes to hysterical ridiculousness, atheists will never fail to exceed expectations. And to think that the left-wing media thought Jerry Falwell was beyond the pale for denouncing Sponge Bob's homosexuality.
7.18.2008 4:12am
hymie (mail):
Complaining about the change in Scooby-Doo isn't "hysterical ridiculousness". The integrity of the show is being violated by new creators who obviously just don't get it and don't care. They might as well have made Shaggy a picky eater.

There's nothing wrong with shows featuring spooks and aliens. As long as they're not Scooby-Doo.
7.18.2008 4:34am
NatSecLawGuy:
I always thought the undercurrent was a broad endorsement of hasish?
7.18.2008 7:54am
David Chesler (mail) (www):
Threadwinner sdf (bonus points for speed.)
7.18.2008 9:39am
FantasiaWHT:
Jerry, the complaint isn't about some ethical/moral/religious/whatever nonsense about real ghosts, its that the show never had real ghosts or monsters, they were always people dressed in costumes, and it destroys the whole campy nostalgia to have real ones.

To piggyback on hymie, they might as well have made Cookie Monster eat vegetables instead of cookies. Oh wait, they actually did that.
7.18.2008 9:47am
Jerry F:
Hymie and Fantasia: Point taken. Still, while I would expect fans of the cartoon to be upset and make that point, an atheist organization is not typically in the business of making sure that the integrity of TV shows is preserved. To the extent the atheist groups did complain, it must have been for ideological reasons, not just to make sure the show is true to itself.
7.18.2008 10:21am
JosephSlater (mail):
Jerry F.: Although Ken H. can correct me if I'm wrong, I'm pretty sure that when Ken H. referred to "skeptics," he wasn't referring to "atheist groups."

Beyond that: rortious rinterference rith rusiness relations?
7.18.2008 11:12am
Waldensian (mail):

And to think that the left-wing media thought Jerry Falwell was beyond the pale for denouncing Sponge Bob's homosexuality.

I think that was Dobson, and I don't think he actually said that Sponge Bob was gay (more like he was part of some "homosexual agenda"). But more to the point: assuming somebody did denounce Sponge Bob as gay, you think that would be within the pale?

When it comes to hysterical ridiculousness, atheists will never fail to exceed expectations.

I guess that depends on your expectations. I still can't get over that squad of atheists who flew the airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Or engaged in suicide bombings of civilians. Or started the Crusades. Or....
7.18.2008 11:13am
FantasiaWHT:
Jerry, nobody mentioned atheist groups until you did, so I'm not sure what you're responding to.
7.18.2008 11:21am
Mad Max:
There's nothing wrong with shows featuring spooks and aliens. As long as they're not Scooby-Doo.

Yeah, the X Files is pretty much a non-animated version of Scooby Doo, but that's completely different...
7.18.2008 11:43am
Mad Max:
I still can't get over that squad of atheists who flew the airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Or engaged in suicide bombings of civilians. Or started the Crusades. Or....

Oh, I think the atheists have a pretty good body count: ~100 million lives in less than 100 years from purges, terror famines, gulags, wars of aggression, etc. etc.
7.18.2008 11:47am
JosephSlater (mail):
Here's a mystery I would like "the gang" to try and solve:

How can a funny and innocent post about "Scooby Doo" produce a comment thread that is now debating the horrific body counts that atheists and religious believers are responsible for?
7.18.2008 11:56am
Dotar Sojat:
This thread should end now.
7.18.2008 12:01pm
ejo:
the cover up also seemed to far outweigh the non-existent crimes the smugglers were trying to hide.
7.18.2008 1:15pm
Fub:
JosephSlater wrote at 7.18.2008 10:56am:
How can a funny and innocent post about "Scooby Doo" produce a comment thread that is now debating the horrific body counts that atheists and religious believers are responsible for?
If I didn't know better, I'd think you're new around here.
7.18.2008 1:25pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Fub:

Well, you know how clever we law profs think it is to make an obvious point by asking a rhetorical question.

The ironic thing is just last night my wife bought a VCR tape of old "Scooby Doo" episodes for my young son.

Now I'm off to look for Scooby Snacks.
7.18.2008 3:18pm