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BUSHWHACKING
Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | January 25, 2015

And while you're joyfully doing the Bushwhacking, I'm sure you'll include Jeb's own mother's comment that the country has had enough Bushes.

SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS
Ross Bender | Philadelphia, PA | January 25, 2015

I'm glad to see the Bush Buster back in action. Please allow me to contribute a more sophisticated analysis.

BUSH-BUSTING STRIP
Margot Mazeau | Arlington, VA | January 25, 2015

I enjoyed today's Bush-busting strip, and am looking forward to many more. I hope you include Jeb's intervention in the Terri Schiavo tragedy.

LITTLE CHANGES
Donald L. Heflin | Naples, FL | January 21, 2015

Many thanks, Garry, for the humor in your comic strip. Every morning, I read it and all the comics in our local rag, Naples Daily News. And now , thanks to the TOAST post, I'll be looking for the little changes that you make in each strip. Thanks for humoring us all of these years.

TOAST
Hyacinth Girl | Columbus, OH | January 20, 2015

I love the subliminal commentary on Mike in today's final panel. When it comes to J.J., he is indeed toast.

FOURTH PANEL
Andreas Fliflet | Bergen, NORWAY | January 20, 2015

Excellent geek-reader-provocative change of toast in fourth panel today.

VORTEX
A.D. Monday | Searcy, AK | January 20, 2015

I wonder if it is true that Doonesbury will go away during the next polar vortex.

LIZ
Ken Traverse | Billerica, MA | January 19, 2015

If you'd vote for Liz, you must still be smoking Maui Wauwi.

ELIZABETH WARREN
CJG31 | Lombard, IL | January 18, 2015

I think Elizabeth Warren should run for President. She lacks charisma in her speeches, but makes sense all the same. She advocates for the homeless on the street but also for the disaffected behind their computers. I like that she's a she. I like that she has always thought of herself as Native American. I like that she researches her speeches and has taught at Harvard. Hell, been a teacher. I'd vote for her. I can't think of a single reason not to vote for her. Does she hate baseball?

PORTENTOUS
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | January 18, 2015

Today's strip is portentous, but sadly unclear of what. Whatever comes to pass, I'm happy to be known as a "Masshole" and a New Englander. A lot of good stuff starts here, as did "Lizzy."

THANKS
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | January 17, 2015

Thanks for today's Jesse Appell stand-up comedy-in-Chinese video, especially the part about ordering in a restaurant. This is a big problem in New Zealand, where one must never think one's server is one's servant. Starving to death in a restaurant there is a real possibility.

WHY BOTHER?
Josh Barnes | Kyoto, JAPAN | January 17, 2015

Well, if "nerd" and "nurd" are just alternates, as Speak Good English implies [see NURD VS. NERD, below], why bother to change the spelling? My inner geek says that one member of an equivalence class is as good as another. That said, I have a "Nerd Pride" button given to me by one of the greatest nerds of all time, Prof. G.J. Sussman of MIT. And it says "Nerd," not "Nurd."

MIKE'S EYES
Bobbie Herman | Fairfield, CT | January 17, 2015

Mike's eyes changed overnight! What did he and J.J. "talk" about all night to make this happen?

NURD VS. NERD
Lee | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | January 16, 2015

I've always been fascinated that the original printing of today's strip had J.J. telling Mike she'd initially thought he was a "nurd." This was changed to "nerd" later on. Is "nurd" actually incorrect, or just a less common spelling?  Was GBT under pressure from the powerful Nerd Lobby? Did Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D. spell it out in too emphatic a fashion? This remains the biggest question facing Doonesbury historians since the disappearance of Mike's sister. Oh yes, Mike, the authorities know about you...

Editor's Note:

 Rather than do serious research on this subject, we are going to refer you to an online source called Speak Good English, which addresses the question in what we hope is a definitive manner here.

UPDATED
Matthew Bond | Nashville, TN | January 16, 2015

I see that today's version of the strip featuring conversation between J.J. and Mike, which originally ran on 9-19-80, updated (corrected) the spelling of "nurd" to "nerd." Good work.

WELCOME
Mebane Lea | Hendersonville, NC | January 16, 2015

I really loved your January 4th strip. The last thing I said prior to leaving for Vietnam was: "I don't think my country and its leaders would send me to a place it didn't want me to go, to do something it didn't want done." And they did. And now I see these vets and I say "Thank you for your service." And I don't say, "I wish the country had never sent you there in the first place because you were nothing more than a pawn in a fool's game and your sacrifice was literally for nothing. You were a patriot in the most profound sense of the word, and the people who sent you were liars and manipulators and purely evil monsters who deserve to burn in hell for all eternity. They destroyed my faith in them and in the country by betraying me and my fellow soldiers, and then again by doing the same thing to you and your brothers (and sisters)."

Sadly, I can't tell them that, because to do so would either enrage them or destroy their faith and make them "uncomfortable, and anxious, and depressed," although many of them are that way already, because they already realize it at a subconscious level. And now, "welcome to my world." It's a tough place, where waking up puts you into a nightmare, where the only viable alternative is to observe what happens and marvel at it, and comment on it as you do. Keep up the good work. You help me stay sane...and alive.

ALPHA HOUSE
Greg L. | Bathurst, AUSTRALIA | January 16, 2015

I really like Doonesbury but have been watching Alpha House lately via my daughter and BitTorrent. It is a really good show. I particularly like the bit where the drones get blown to bits. If Mr. Trudeau has to take time off to make this show it is fine by me. There is so little decent TV around at the moment (or movies) Alpha House really stands out.

MIKE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | January 15, 2015

Everyone's picking on J.J., but in these 1980 strips I'm struck by how little Mike has changed from his social awkwardness in those first Yale-freshman days.

DISASTER MOVIE
Fiona | North Wales, UK | January 15, 2015

Seeing J.J. and Mike meet for the first time is a bit like watching your very favourite disaster movie. You know what's going to happen, but there is the faintest hope they might not make the same mistake twice.

J.J.
Pete Hogan | Dublin, IRELAND | January 15, 2015

I love J.J. She does not deserve the trials you went on to inflict on her.