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OVERSTEPPED
E. Wyatt | Albemarle, NC | October 08, 2012

GBT overstepped with his latest anti-Romney hit -- using R's religion. I suppose bigotry comes in many flavors.

PRACTICE
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | October 08, 2012

Today's strip is great! I always wanted to know how Mitt attempted to convince the French to embrace a religion asking them to give up coffee, wine, and Galois. Good practice for a debate?

DESPERATE
J.P. | Pawtucket, RI | October 08, 2012

How to tell when the President's supporters are getting really, really desperate? They have to start attacking his religion. Hold the whipped cream and cherry. The evidence is sweet enough. I know you'll never publish this. That makes it even sweeter.

OOOF!
E.C.B. | Pinelias Park, FL | October 08, 2012

Ooof! Got Mittens in a triple-hit-bonus Mormon-missionary/Vietnam/ France tie-in! Too bad you're mostly preaching to the choir.

MISSIONARIES
Susan Denney | Wilkes-Barre, PA | October 08, 2012

Re today's cartoon: The LDS church cut back on the number of missionaries who were allowed to serve during the Vietnam War to allow LDS men to be drafted or to volunteer. My husband, a convert who lived in Louisiana, was on a waiting list to serve a mission but had a very low draft number. He was drafted and volunteered for a three-year tour. He did not go on a mission and did serve his country honorably. I have never heard him complain about that lost opportunity. Today, any young man in the U.S. can serve a mission if he chooses. That was not so during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Romney's draft number in 1970 was 300. My husband's was 54. Even if Mr. Romney had not gone on a mission, he would never have been called up by his draft board.

DRIPPING
C.T. | Paris, FRANCE | October 08, 2012

I laughed aloud at today's strip. Dripping with sarcasm with a sidedish of acid wit, just as I love them. It went very well with my coffee and croissant. And frankly I believe the French came out better than Mr Romney. I do have a point to raise though; Parisians live in apartments, not houses.

OH, MY!
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | October 08, 2012

Oh, my! GBT is out to make everybody angry today, eh? The French. The Mormons. Anyone who believes in proselytizing and evangelizing and sharing one's faith. Well, he hasn't lost me, but I'm gonna be really interested in Blowback the next few days.

REAL NEWS
Terry McLeod | Dahionega, GA | October 07, 2012

Mike's search for real news underscores my belief that choosing to watch any network news source is like spraying perfume on a pile of horse manure. It may smell different, but we all know what's underneath.

COLD WIND
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | October 07, 2012

Today's strip filled me with real dread. How will we, the little people, defend ourselves against the ruthless onslaught of capitalism and unchecked government once the inevitable demise of the free press as we know it is complete? Where will our investigative journalists publish their wares? And who will put bread on their tables? It's a cooold wind of change blowing out there.

REAL NEWS
Jan Zavala | Baja California, MEXICO | October 07, 2012

Mike's hopeless quest for real news echoes my own. During the Arab Spring I found the best source to be Al Jazeera. Now I turn to Democracy Now. I access preferred newspapers on line, as the only paper in Baja worth reading is Zeta, published weekly. It bravely publishes in spite of two editor assassinations. What do CNN, FOX et al. have to fear, an attention-deficit-challenged public?

NEWS MEDIA
Chris K. | Littleton, CO | October 07, 2012

I feel ya, Mike. Today's strip sums up the news media very well, for me. It's getting worse by the day. All the wrong info for all the wrong reasons.

INFECTED
David Fenimore | Truckee, CA | October 06, 2012

Likie many long-term fans, I had to search for "sideboob" to find out what the hell it is. I clicked on a likely link and was promptly infected by a Trojan virus. There's a lesson there, as well as a metaphor.

CODA
Barry | Port Orchard, WA | October 06, 2012

I have decided to think that sideboobs ( I am sorry to say I needed Google to help me with the definition ) are a sort of coda on American Exceptionalism. Since some of us cannot be relaxed about the human body, we will make a fetish of that which approaches being risque, without revealing any real secrets. Loving it.

JOURNALISM
Richard | Duluth, MN | October 06, 2012

Boobs, side or otherwise, will save journalism.

 

HATE IT
Kimboi | San Francisco, CA | October 06, 2012

I wish I could change my Straw Poll vote to "Hate it." The HuffPo "sideboob" feature is purile, inane, and barely middle-school level titillating. Nudge nudge, wink, wink. It insults both my intelligence and libido. Brings to mind the classic Fugs tune "Boobs A Lot." 

SIDEBOOB
Dave | Abington, PA | October 06, 2012

You know, it's great that Rick has been offered a coveted slide show on "sideboob," but I really preferred not knowing that such a thing even exists.

PEOPLE
Kerryn | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | October 05, 2012

This is not Rick's first experience of professional humiliation; he ended up working at People for someone called Brenda, back in 1977. Of course, this is worse.

SPINNING
Stephen | Baltimore, MD | October 04, 2012

Re GALL: Why assume that the campaign volunteer Rick is talking to is a Mormon? Just because he is clean-cut and nicely dressed? I assumed he was Republican and his contacts were political, not religious. And while the volunteer may have been right, Rick was also right -- he was bad at spinning. On the other hand, so are most people, including the professionals.

GALL
David R. Chamberlin | Laurel, MD | October 04, 2012

Rick Redfern has a lot of gall to criticize the young Mormon gentleman who was gracious enough to invite him to watch the debate. The strip was very close to the mark too, given the actual outcome.

A MOMENT
Roland Gonzales | Artesia, CA | October 03, 2012

Rick is going to continuously spiral downward until he has a moment where he stands on the edge of a bridge while pondering suicide. An angel will then show him how much worse life would be for everyone else if he were gone. He will then have an awesome turn-around on Halloween Day, and Jeff will say something like "Every time you hear a kid scream, a bat gets its wings." Faaaade to black.