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HARSH
Jon | London, ENGLAND | December 02, 2012

I hate to be harsh towards people but I'm really turning against Rick as a character. As a parent I always support my kids emotionally as well as financially, because they are not living in the same world as I did. The smirk on Rick's face today said it all.

COLD DAWN
Yundah | Olivet, MI | December 02, 2012

A cold dawn is shining on Jeff. Will the Red Rascal survive the light of day?

DOSE OF REALITY
Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | December 02, 2012

Finally Jeff is getting the dose of reality he has avoided so determinedly. The best part is that secret little smile Rick enjoys with the thought.

PERFECTLY TIMED
Dave at Collinda | Johnson City, TX | November 30, 2012

Pulling this series from the vaults is perfectly timed. We now watch as the New York Times once again cheer-leads for war, this time against Iran, and the AP publishes ridiculous "charts" they claim offer proof of a non-existent weapons program in Iran (according to both U.S. and Israeli security agencies). "Those who do not learn from history..."

OUR VETS
Ginny Scarlet | Spencer, MA | November 29, 2012

GBT has done a terrific service with his portrayal of our Vets. I just want to pass along word about a device called the IDEO --  Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis. Here's an article.

HURTS
Marcello Franchi | Bologan, ITALY | November 28, 2012

To go back five years and watch Toggle's story re-develop... it hurts.

RETICENCE
Richard | Olympia, WA | November 26, 2012

I don't understand the BLOWBACK reticence about the word 'rape'? Would that be 'statutory rape', where the crime is defined by age? Or is it 'date rape', where people you thought you knew commit heinous violations of your person? How about 'legitimate felony rape', involving kidnapping, torture, various and repeated assault, crowned in the act of sexual violation? Point is; if we're squeamish about saying the bad word, "rape", how effective are we going to be handling the actual legitimate rapes that occur daily? Don't like talking about it? Fine. Leave it to the professionals; you know, real doctors, real police, real emergency services. They say Rome wasn't built in a day; neither was this issue. You go, GBT! You go!

MIKE D.
Piyalechi | Augusta, GA | November 26, 2012

I loved how, in the last frame of your November 19th strip, you made Mike D. resemble Bill Clinton. Dastet dard nakone! I also wanted to share with you that I have immensly enjoyed your work for the 34+ years that I have been in the U.S., and that it has been a major contributing factor in my ever-continuing education in American English, culture, and socio-political currents. May you and your loved ones live long, happy, and prosperous lives.

CHOIR
Marcia | Longmont, CO | November 26, 2012

I will know the political landscape has really changed when the Straw Poll asks for political affiliation and the right-wing box is more than a barely-visible line. Doonesbury is too good to preach only to the choir.

ZIPPER
Barb | Bend, OR | November 25, 2012

Zipper as the voice of sanity! Who knew?

MISSING
Julie Monroe | Los Angeles, CA | November 25, 2012

The Case of the Missing Donut. Today's strip. Frame five.

POOR JEFF
Mel Walker | Pleasanton, CA | November 25, 2012

Poor Jeff Redfern. He's learning the hard way what so many other people have learned. You may say you want to be a writer, but you really want to be an author. You don't want to write; you have to have-written. Finally, a character I can relate to!

20 YEARS
Bill | Denver, CO | November 24, 2012

In today's 1992 Flashback strip, GBT has Pat Buchanan asking when the GOP is going to flush the moderates out once and for all. We didn't know it then, but the answer was "It'll take about 20 years, Pat!" I miss those moderates.

GOOD JOB
Toby Thurston | Kingston Upon Thames, UK | November 24, 2012

Re MET OFFICE: No-one takes the science pages of the Daily Mail seriously. The Guardian does a better job. In particular they did a good job demolishing that Daily Mail article.

WOMEN
Jean Iacino | Sacramento, CA | November 24, 2012

The November 21 strip notes, "global warming is man-made." I'm certain women have made their fair-share contribution. "Human-made" would have been more inclusive and more correct. Please use language that acknowledges women as part of humanity.

FOR REAL
Emma P. | Irvington, NY | November 23, 2012

These victory lap strips have the same feel as Mike's annual summer daydream. I'm glad to know they're for real this time.

REFRESHING
Brian Corby | New York, NY | November 23, 2012

i am loving the parade for math and science -- damn that's refreshing -- and it summons up the memory of a "winning the Cold War" parade. I think there was something about the "Merrill Lynch prancing bulls." Can you help a fella out ?

HARD
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | November 22, 2012

It's hard to even type in "legitimate rape" to congratulate you on your reality-based-community week. Surrounded by limitless madness we need to keep our/your sense of humour.

PUNCH LINE
Maggie Norris | San Jose, CA | November 22, 2012

Usually I enjoy Doonesbury and turn to it every morning. However, I don't find the punch line in today's strip ("pregnant legitimate rape victims") very funny.

GUTS
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | November 22, 2012

Re "pregnant legitmate rape victims" -- GBT has the guts to face the real issues. Thanks!