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  1. It’s not a store where you can find general merchandise. This is a store where you can buy generals.

  2. I think that a big part of the problem is that we don’t think of
    generals as part of the intelligence community. But “spy store”
    wouldn’t work; there are some and they sell surveillance
    equipment.

    But, even if we did think of generals as spooks, it would be no
    better than a mediocre joke. I hate to suggest this, but I think
    the squirrel has the best line in this panel.

  3. “I think that a big part of the problem is that we don’t think of generals as part of the intelligence community.”

    The intelligence community is interested in obtaining information about what our enemies are doing or would like to do, and how. The counter-intelligence community is interested in keeping our enemies from finding out OUR secrets. The military has a substantial interest in both camps, but aren’t in charge of either one. Intelligence-gathering is run by the CIA, whose boss’ job title is “Director of Central Intelligence”, counter-intelligence is the province of the FBI. Counter=intelligence is the responsibility of everyone who knows a secret. A lot of intellegence secrets are known to military personnel… where are the troops? With what weapons are they supplied? When and where are they going and how long do they expect to be there? (You think the ordinary troops don’t necessarily know all this, but in truth, a lot of times they don’t know (and guard) what they do know. An officer who’s been around long enough to make general will be well aware of this.

  4. Maybe General Store doesn’t want the red shirt guy using the sports section for TP; better use the classifieds.

  5. Sorry, James… The Intelligence Community is a formal entity that consists of a number of departments and agencies, some military and some civilian. The CIA is not the only organization that gathers intelligence, but all IC members cannot legally gather intelligence. There is no counter-intelligence community. Other federal organizations have intelligence and counter-intelligence functions but are not formal members of the Intelligence Community. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Intelligence_Community

  6. Arthur said,
    “I hate to suggest this, but I think
    the squirrel has the best line in this panel.”

    I think that’s what is referred to as ‘damning with faint praise’.

  7. “Sorry, James”

    You didn’t understand that Wikipedia article as much as you think you did, and not nearly well enough to correct someone who knows what they’re talking about.

    ” The Intelligence Community is a formal entity”
    No, it isn’t.

    ” The CIA is not the only organization that gathers intelligence”
    Duh. Who told you it was?

    “all IC members cannot legally gather intelligence.”
    Is this phrased the way you intended? As is, it’s nonsense.

    “There is no counter-intelligence community. ”
    It might seem that way, sometimes.
    https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/counterintelligence

    ” Other federal organizations have intelligence and counter-intelligence functions”
    Again, duh. Who told you otherwise?
    Literally everyone who knows secret information has a “counter-intelligence function”.

  8. I think it’s just a store owned and operated by a general. He appears to run a tight ship, if I may mix metaphors.

  9. There are two separate jokes here, but the connection between the two just doesn’t work that well:
    1) The “general” store (complete with four-star cashier and rodent chorus);
    2) Classified information is so worthless (or scatological) that it is (or should be) recorded on toilet paper.
    The failure is that despite the attempted refutations above, most people normally think of spooks (rather than brass) being in charge of such information.
    P.S. There’s an eastern European (iron curtain era) anecdote about a man who loses his last sheet(s) of toilet paper when a gust of wind blows them out of the bathroom window and into the mayor’s office across the street. Since toilet paper is scarce, he tries to retrieve the sheets, but cannot, because the mayor has already signed them.

  10. Back in the 90’s it was not uncommon to encounter this error on computers running MS-DOS: “General failure reading disk.”

    To which the witty reply was: “Who is General Failure and why is he reading my disk?”

  11. larK that’s a four-star joke. Generally speaking, though, legions of folks think that puns deserve Corporal punishment. There may be a Colonel of truth to it, but that’s just my low-ranking Private opinion.

  12. Reading larK’s comments reminded me of the episode titles for the fourth “Blackadder” series, all but one of which were based on rank puns: Private Plane, Corporal Punishment, Captain Cook, Major Star, and General Hospital.

  13. Pepper your comments with misleading references to Sargent: Did you know “Whistler’s Mother” is by John Singer Sargent? Cause Major Confusion and General Chaos and Colonel Panics.
    Just like Doctor Who did when they left Tennant… (Does David have a brother Lou?)

  14. That last one was a reach, but I’ll salute you anyhow.

    Sadly I think I’m running out of ammo and my jokes will be bombing. Then I’ll be shaken to the corps.

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