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FLASHBACK AGAIN?
Jan Halvert | Woodstock, IL | August 08, 2013

Flashback again? What, did you take the whole summer off?

Editor's Note:

 Pretty much. The hiatus is to enable GBT to write a political sitcom called "Alpha House." (You can read about it in the SITE NEWS section of the Doonesbury.com home page -- over on the right, halfway down.) When the break began the syndicate announced it would be sending out Flashback strips "at least until Labor Day." As soon as there's an official return date we'll share the good news here in BLOWBACK!

MOOT
Dave Huntington | Houston, TX | August 08, 2013

Sorry to disappoint, but Texans cannot secede. They already did, and lost, along with the rest of the slave states. Any supposed agreement they had previously is thereby moot.

THE REAL REASON
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 06, 2013

The real reason it's too late for Texas secession (awesome as it would be) is Battleground Texas, formed to take advantage of the demographic and generational shifts there and turn Texas Blue. It has recruited more than 2,000 local volunteers to get out the vote. The plan includes encouraging legal immigrants to become citizens, citizens to register and get ID, and everybody to show up at the polls. Also, Texas goes straight back on the preclearance list for its current voter suppression shenanigans. For true hilarity, wait for the northern part of Texas to try to secede when the border area is even more firmly Blue than it is now. Plus we get to keep Austin weird.

BUSH COMPOUND
Will Snider | Marlboro, NJ | August 06, 2013

Timeless genius that he is, could Mr. Trudeau please figure out a way to turn Texas into an all-inclusive Bush compound, where the only guests would be the reprobate Dick Cheney and the equally heinous Jerry Jones?

TEXAS
Michael Strickland | El Dorado, AR | August 05, 2013

Being tired of ever increasing government intrusion, if Texas did break away I'd move there! But only providing that no one from New York or California was allowed to immigrate. Mexicans I would welcome. After all, Texas was stolen from them in the first place, and they have a tremendous work ethic!

MANY YEARS
Frank Reisch | Dallas, TX | August 05, 2013

Thanks to Garry for many years of great political satire!!!

STUPID
Ed Cherlin | Columbusk IN | August 05, 2013

As Jeff/Sorkh Razil and Stephen Colbert/Stephen Colbert both demonstrate, all of our current politics can be summed up in this Douglas Adams quotation: "One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid. He was renowned for being amazingly clever and quite clearly was so – but not all the time, which obviously worried him, hence the act. He preferred people to be puzzled rather than contemptuous. This above all appeared to Trillian to be genuinely stupid, but she could no longer be bothered to argue about it."

PROVEN MODEL
Charles Gaylord | Arbor Vitae, WI | August 03, 2013

A proven model, indeed, reaching back to the Marshall Plan after WWII. GBT sees with a clear satirical eye, as did Leonard Wibberley, who authored The Mouse That Roared in 1955. It only hurts when I laugh.

DUKE
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | August 01, 2013

This week's series make me wonder why Duke was so keen on keeping everyone's favorite dictator from reclaiming his throne. Could he have a tiny bit of conscience guiding his actions?

TODAY'S STRIP
R. | Outside the USA | July 30, 2013

I've been a reader since the early 70s, when I was a kid. Today's strip -- I LOLd. Ya got me!

A GOOD CHOICE
Steve | Brunswick, ME | July 24, 2013

Alex is a jewel beyond price. She listens. Toggle made a good choice of partner.

FRUSTRATION
TKS | Brunswick, ME | July 22, 2013

The strip today showing Toggle's frustration with speaking hits home. I've stuttered all my life, and incidents like that are all too real, and all too painful. Thanks to GBT for capturing the essence. The movie The King's Speech also does a great job of conveying the emotional agony, but GBT does it in four panels.

WASTING TIME
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | July 21, 2013

Re today's flashback strip: I agree Congress has been wasting its time with all those procedural votes. They just needed to wait for Big Corporations (that apparently actually run this country) to say they needed more time, and presto -- Obamacare gets shoved off for another year. Remember, corporations are people -- that don't require healthcare.

HAPPY RETURNS
Genie Kerr | Pewaukee, WI | July 21, 2013

Happy Birthday! And many, many happy returns of the day as well. I have been a fan since the beginning and intend to read your stuff until I cannot see anymore.

RELEVANT
Jim Von Dreele | Peoria, IL | July 21, 2013

It's been amazing how many of the Flashback strips are relevant to today's events. On Face the Nation this morning John Boehner said the job of Congress is to repeal laws, not pass them -- and there was the Sunday Flashback about Congress not doing any business.

MEL
Barry R. | San Jose, CA | July 20, 2013

The flashback strips of Mel returning home from Afghanistan reminded me of what a wonderful character she is. Here's hoping that GBT finds a way to keep us involved in her life going forward.

COMEUPPANCE
Mark | Geneseo, NY | July 19, 2013

The strip for today captures the dognatic partisanship and cluelessness of Fox News's talking mouths. I wait with joyful anticipation for Roland Hedley to get his comeuppance. Can we look forward to Roger Ailes's firing of Hedley in favor of someone who is a more desirable journalist -- say, Elisabeth Hasselbeck?

ASTONISHING
Jac D. | Austin, TX | July 18, 2013

I found a photograph of LBJ and JFK in which Uncle Duke is clearly sitting right behind the two leaders; dark glasses, cigarette and everything. It's really quite astonishing.

STUPIDER
M.H. | Dayton, OH | July 18, 2013

There is no sich word as "stupider."

MELISSA
Seven | Alexandria, VA | July 16, 2013

So happy to see Melissa again, even if it is in Flashbacks!