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June 3, 2007

I See Where This Is Probably Going, But I’m Not Sure What ”Homeland Insecurity” Has To Do With It

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 8:36 pm




  1. Maybe his next guess is, as we’d assume, his backside and only those who are insecure would be offended by a picture of it? Otherwise you’ve got me…

    Comment by Bonnie — June 3, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

  2. p.s. I like the new format.

    Comment by Bonnie — June 3, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  3. The next “wiggly thing” resides in his pants . . .

    Comment by Antonio E. Gonzalez — June 3, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  4. Berke has done several strips in which his punchlines get censored by federal agents; this is a continuation of that running gag.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — June 4, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  5. Berkely has a longstanding hostility to, well, any President (probably a matter of unavoidably good material). Censorship is a long-running occasional theme, with USDHI being the latest incarnation.

    Go to for the last, ever-so-slightly offensive/Arlo content. The preceding rest of the comic is the deliberately lame lead-up to the meta-joke of supposed censorship.

    Comment by ctdonath — June 4, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  6. As for “Homeland Insecurity”, the real Homeland Security agency is just begging for satire, coinciding with Opus finding it time for another round of censorship jokes.

    Comment by ctdonath — June 4, 2007 @ 11:56 am

  7. I think the fact that it doesn’t have anything to do with “Homeland (In)Security” is kind of the point. What does taking our shoes off at the airport really have to do with homeland security? Or allowing some gels and liquids but not others. It is just an excuse to spy on the public and potentially censor speech. At least that’s how I read it!

    (by the way, anyone following the story of the Judge in the DC area suing a cleaners for $65 million for a lost pair of pants? very funny if it weren’t so sad!)

    Comment by HRM — June 4, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  8. I agree with the general consensus so far, i.e. the punchline is somewhat naughty and has been censored. What I want to point out here is that, for my taste, this sequence runs a few panels too long. It’s a shame Breathed isn’t doing dailies anymore because, along with Charles Schultz, he was one of the masters of the four-panel daily strip. His sense of comedic timing in the “Bloom County” dailies was impeccable. Like Schultz, he knew exactly how to pace a four-panel sequence. This “Opus” strip feels like a good daily gag that’s been uncomfortably stretched to Sunday length. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know.

    Comment by Joe Blevins — June 4, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

  9. This is part of a series. Homeland Insecurity came out of Opus’ Anxiety Closet and said they were gonna censor and redact his life in the interest of security…

    Comment by GG — June 9, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

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