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I wonder how the end table in today's Classic strip is supporting itself. Those legs look a little wobbly...
I am loving Roland's tweets. His concern about being deserving of our attention is unnecessary. The time spent reading his tweets is definitely time well wasted.
Fans of American satire will enjoy this bit of backstory.
The strips on the MyFacts hotline are another case of Doonesbury leaking into the "real." (I put it in quotes because I'm not sure how real it is any more.) According to this article, anyone with enough cash can have fake new created for them.
The 30-years-ago-today Doonesbury Flashback strip nicely complements Garry Trudeau's long-running cultural critique. Since the late '70s, educated women have been "privileged" to add to the homemaking and child-rearing duties that their mothers took on. Then (and now) they "have it all" -- they get to bring home the bacon as well as fry it.
As Doonesbury finishes a week of reruns with Boopsie on a Sports Illustrated swimsuit photo shoot, Paulina Porizkova, who gets my vote as the most beautiful SI model of all time, has an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Doonesbury people, I think, would enjoy this. She writes engagingly about feminism and the role of women in different countries. That she is funny, insightful, and a fine writer seems somehow unfair. I wonder if she knew in her SI days that she was selling sportswear. The notion of a sweeps week for cartoons was for me the second LOL moment of the week.
I'm looking at Boopsie and the gratuitous girl in today's classic strip, and then in the last frame I realize Trudeau is poking fun at guys such as me.
GBT may be a liberal on the short cycle of a presidency, but over the lifetime he's seeming more and more like a family values conservative. Who's the least likable, least happy, most self-absorbed character in the Dooniverse? Jeff by a mile (Uncle Duke being not so much a character as a natural phenomenon). And how did he get that way? From today's Flashback strips, it kind of looks like GBT was setting this up 30 and 35 years ago. If so, I must say, way to think your story arc through in advance.
Sean Hannity's rant against National Treasure Rachel Maddow, quoted in the current Mudline, has moved me to thank you. I have been following the Mudline for years, but since Trump got shoved into the White House against our will it has become even more essential reading. It means that I can skip the Right Wing Fake News/Lügenpresse for a whole week at a time while I concentrate on reality.
Many years ago, movie stars made chain-smoking seem cool. My father may have thought so, and he died young from the effects of years of smoking. Now, pot seems cool. Smoke all you want, no harm is done, all the cool people are doing it. And are any more cool than the ones on your comic strip Doonesbury?
Once again Boopsie provides uncommon insight -- this time into the SI swimsuit issue sales figures. Those of us who came of age after Bert Reynolds appeared as the Playgirl centerfold made a similar assumption. Later, with a less-innocent worldview, we "discovered" that girls were not the majority purchasers of Playgirl (even if our college girlfriends were in the opposite minority).
In today's Classic strip Boopsie may be using one of the early klunky cell phones -- or it might be the handset of a "cordless" phone. I had one of those to take out to my trailer at night during several years when I lived on a ranch. Lots of resorts used them because people could take them around and about the facilities, though there were usually spots where reception or broadcast were weak. A friend used to walk around his house talking, and there was a dead spot, so we were always saying, "Back up. What were you saying in the hallway?"
Re today's SayWhat? quote: I'm sure God will take care of climate change just as he has taken care of other afflictions such as war, plague, famine, child abuse, etc. He/she is probably thinking, "I gave you brains and a paradise to live in. If through greed and stupidity you intentionally destroy the paradise and yourselves, I think I'll try again with a new model."
I'm enjoying Boopsie's past lives. As you know, the volcanic explosion of Thera (today's Santorini) wiped out a thriving Minoan colony named Thera, with beautiful wall paintings, running water and water closets. Its destruction may be the origin of the Atlantis myth (I was lucky enough to visit the archaeological site). And in today's 25-years-ago-today strip we get "Boopshepsut," analagous to Hatshepsut. Great stuff. History -- and a world outside the US!
Re today's SayWhat? quote, "I believe there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it."
-- Rep. Tim Walberg on Climate change
"And I sent you Stephen Hawking and Neil De Grasse Tyson."