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EPHEMERAL
Jeff Sunbury | Austin, TX | April 11, 2013

"Angry Old White Guys" is a brilliant band name. They're so ephemeral. I once believed "David Axelrod's Mustache" was the perfect band name, and now it's too late.

JON VOIGHT
Douglas Bowker | Salem, MA | April 10, 2013

I'm a progressive, but even I know that Jon Voight should have been on that GOP Master Celeb list! He may not be the A-lister he once was, but the guy does have some cred left. I mean Midnight Cowboy, Catch-22, and Deliverance alone place him as a real American film icon. The guys on Sid's list aren't even be in the same room with Voight for talent.

TALKIN' SMACK
Patrick Furness | Jarrettsville, MD | April 10, 2013

Chuck Norris "off the charts, and not in a good way" ? You're a brave man, GBT, talkin' smack about a man who makes Sorkh Razil look like a cream puff.

FLIP
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 10, 2013

Some celebrities might flip, at least for one night, if the Repubs change some policies. I could speak to Hugh Jackman down here in Sydney in exchange for some carbon emission reduction, and maybe he'll sing and dance for them.

CHARISMA
Paul Kelly | UNITED KINGDOM | April 09, 2013

No A-Listers? What about Clint Eastwood? That embarrassing performance with the empty chair might suggest he's losing his marbles, but the guy still has more charisma than the rest of the GOP put together.

ARKANSAS
James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | April 08, 2013

Re MOTTO. I don't mean to horn in on your gratitude, but for most of my 54 years I always heard that that was the motto of Arkansas!

FORGETTING
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 08, 2013

Those complaining about Sunday's strip seem to be forgetting that humor has always been one of the most effective ways to make people think seriously about racism. Think of Huckleberry Finn.

MOTTO
Jennifer Marsden | Newton, AL | April 08, 2013

Here in Alabama our Unofficial State Motto is "Thank God for Mississippi!" They keep us at #49 or #2 on so many awful metrics.

SLAVERY
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | April 08, 2013

Slavery. Wage slavery. Whatever. Just so long as we're the land of the free -- with a good work ethic. I refer fellow readers to the Pulitzer-winning Slavery By Another Name and the splendid, all-too-tellingly-subtitled Confederates In The Attic: Dispatches From The Unfinished Civil War.  In several passages, the latter delves into how undead the myth of the Happy Slave remains. Bottom line: while respectable pundits, history teachers, media outlets, and even Barack "Post-Racial" Obama turn a blind eye, a localized quasi- (or not-so-quasi) religious fervor remains squarely on the side of Tara/Scarlett/Robert E. Lee. In such a still-riven land, for prevailing kings of "comity" to wring their hands over how on Earth we can stay so polarized is downright risible; kudos to GBT for culling laughter from a touchy, taboo, still-entrenched tradition.

SENSITIVE ISSUES
Isaiah | MINNESOTA | April 08, 2013

I usually enjoy most your strips, but yesterday's I found particularly inappropriate, offensive and unnecessary. Civil rights, slavery and racial mistreatment I do not see as appropriate to joke about. These are very sensitive issues. I showed it to my dad and he agreed. I do not support using humor as was used in this strip, and find it quite offensive. I will no longer look at Doonesbury the same way, or think of at the same standard. Sorry.

TRIPLE PLAY
Jamie | Jackson, MS (dammit) | April 08, 2013

I love the efficiency. A triple play of negative stereotypes! Yesterday's strip not only depicted white Mississippians as racist, but black men as ignorant and Hispanics as in-the-field only! Good hustle, GBT. Roland's employer would be proud.

SNAFU
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | April 07, 2013

I was wondering how Mississippi's 13th Amendment SNAFU got past GBT. I should have known he would not let it go without a comment. This is about the best take I've seen on it. There's just not much funny about that situation, yet Trudeau managed to make me laugh. To commend Mississippi on rectifying their 148 years of ignominy, on paper at least, I've bought pages of stamps from the Post Office, whose offerings this month have been the Emancipation Proclamation and Rosa Parks. I intend to put those on every letter that goes to Mississippi.

LATE
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | April 07, 2013

Living in Australia, I hear some U.S. news but not all. I hadn't heard about Mississippi finally ratifying the 13th Amendment until today's strip. Better late than never, I suppose.

WOW!
Esther Lee Davenport | Culleoka, TN | April 05, 2013

Often I wish we readers could express wonder and excitement over the strips that touch us the most, via some kind of ongoing poll. It's frustrating to not have a way to say "Wow!" Maybe the answer to just to do this. Thanks for your work!

ZONKER
Polly G. | Herndon, VA | April 05, 2013

I sure hope someone tells Zonker that firing union organizers is an unfair labor practice!

SPEAKING OF UNIONS
Janet | Washington, ME | April 05, 2013

Speaking of unions, after Zonker moves to Colorado he may find this story useful.

JOIN
Joe Torre | Pittsford, NY | April 04, 2013

Zonk should join a union! Perhaps this one.

WILDCAT STRIKE
Nancy Jane Moore | Austin, TX | April 04, 2013

I see that some fast food workers in NYC are doing a wildcat strike. I wonder if they were inspired by the current series or if it is just serendipity.

GOOD CHEER
Barbara Brower | Portland, OR | April 04, 2013

Nobody else in my life has provided more good cheer than Garry Trudeau. I love my children, but they've only been around 20 and 25 years, respectively. I've got a great natal family, and they are and were (the late ones) funny, but in terms of 43 years of day-after-day joy... it's Doonesbury.

BRINGING TO LIGHT
Ella | USA | April 04, 2013

Thank you so much for bringing to light the hardworking people who have jobs that pay poverty wages. I wonder how many people realize that most medical transcriptionists (the people who transcribe and proofread all the medical reports that are generated by physician dictation in offices, clinics and hospitals), who used to be paid generously for their service and given excellent benefits, now work for poverty wages.

With the arrival of speech recognition systems, even the most experienced and extraordinarily fast typists (many of whom are single mothers, single older women and people with disabilities) are lucky to make $20,000 a year if they work for any of the large transcription corporations in the United States and Canada. As a transcriptionist with 20 years experience who can works at above average speed, it is a struggle to make $10,000 a year as a supplement to my Social Security income of $10,000 a year. Transcription is paid by the line. We are pieceworkers who work at home. If our fingers aren't on the keyboard, we are not paid for our time. We are not paid when the transcription company's equipment fails. We are not paid when we stop typing to look up the names of new drugs and medical equipment. My meager medical benefits require a $100 co-pay to see a medical specialist.

The pool of experienced transcriptionists who are willing to continue providing their service is shrinking, and the quality of our medical records is suffering as a result. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work at all at my age, but I have no doubt that I am being exploited along with many others in poverty wage jobs.