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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • SNOWDEN

    Kevin Kunreuther | Dallas, TX | June 24, 2013

    It's slowly occurring to me that Edward Snowden is a real life version of Jeff Redfern. Life truly imitating art.

  • MORE HARMFUL

    David Gibson | Seattle, WA | June 24, 2013

    Re the current Poll: I still can't believe we thought putting people in jail for pot would help. I have always told my kids that pot will ruin your life -- if you get caught. Prison is much more harmful than smoking pot.

  • GROUP I.Q.

    Maezie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | June 23, 2013

    I just love your critique of women's emotional intelligence and its bearing on group I.Q. in today's strip. I have made up my mind to intend to believe it's a fact!

  • SAME PROBLEMS

    Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | June 22, 2013

    Re NOT HAMRLESS: I've never toked in my life, despite six years in college '68 - '74. Nor drank heavily. But I'll point out that if someone had used alcohol that much over the same period of time, they'd probably have experienced the same problems, plus liver and heart damage. Put marijuana under the same strictures as alcohol, including in the work place, and tax it. The war on this particular drug is a horrendous failure.

  • NOT HARMLESS

    Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | June 21, 2013

    Re the current poll: Though being jailed for smoking pot is completely stupid, pot is not harmless. I smoked marijuana about 1,000 times over a 20-year period. I regret it extremely due to the lasting effects on short-term working memory. I have a high IQ, but I'm struggling in a career path that is based on a Biology Ph.D. Before the dope period, and five years after it ended, I could understood and learn statistics, learn parts of foreign languages, and write complex sentences and paragraphs. All these tasks were far harder during my pot period -- due to the impairment of my short-term memory. Being able to handle intellectual tasks is increasingly important for meaningful employment. The effects are worsened by social isolation and any other external causes of reversible depression and/or anxiety. I urge people to read Steve Winwood's opinions on it.

  • BOOZE

    Andy Higgins | Joliet, IL | June 21, 2013

    On the Grass Poll: I can't imagine anyone out there still believes that pot is more harmful than booze.

  • ANDY

    V. M. | Beaver, UTAH | June 21, 2013

    Thank you so much for the FAQ link to Andy Lippincott's R.I.P. He played a significant role in Joanie's life and in mine. Tears for this lovely man, love for his marvelous doctor, hugs for Joanie.

  • POT

    Saynotohypocrisy | Baltimore, MD | June 19, 2013

    Re the third choice in the current Straw Poll on pot: Damn right there's a reason they call it dope. Alcohol supremacist bigots are demonizing it for all they are worth. Say no to the war on users of the 'wrong' drugs.

  • A NORMAL FAMILY

    Alan Greener | Coconut Creek, FL | June 18, 2013

    They are really just a normal family, aren't they. All kinds, different views, snark, fun, love. Just like any other family on a visit to Granny.

  • 'AMERICAN MOFO'

    Jason Jehosephat | Philadelphia, PA | June 18, 2013

    Speaking of "Sorkh Razil": linguists discuss the name here.

  • JOANIE'S FRIEND

    F. A. | Duluth, GA | June 18, 2013

    For those who might not have noticed it, I want to say that I followed the link to an FAQ about whether any characters in the stip have died. The reply includes a 1989 sequence about the last days of Joanie's friend with AIDS. She gave him the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album on CD (which was probably new then) which thrilled him. The last panel of the last strip is a view from behind him in bed, and he is obviously gone. Next to him, the CD player is playing "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" -- one of the happiest songs on the planet. Marvelous and timeless.

  • ACCURATE

    Dawn Obliskey | Chesapeake, VA | June 17, 2013

    You blew me away today. War porn -- amazing and accurate.

  • MORNING COFFEE

    M. Kling | Dallas, TX | June 17, 2013

    "He writes war porn." My morning coffee is all over my keyboard. Great punchline.

  • SUMMER VACATION

    R.D. Carter | Vancouver, CANADA | June 13, 2013

    Let me get this straight. Garry Trudeau and Jon Stewart go on summer vacation at the same time? Don't they communicate on stuff like this? How the heck am I going to know what's really going on in the world?

  • BIRTH

    Nancy | O'Hara Township, PA | June 12, 2013

    Wow. Watching the birth of a brand new One Percenter; Jeff "arriviste" Redfern. Twelve bedrooms and an indoor paint ball facility -- can a car elevator be far behind?

  • COLD TURKEY

    Dan | Berkeley, CA | June 12, 2013

    Certainly Garry Trudeau deserves to take as long a hiatus as he likes. But that doesn't make it any easier for the rest of us Doonesbury-addicted souls going cold turkey!

  • BREAKING BAD

    Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | June 11, 2013

    I can't believe how prescient your long form strip on the weekend (Mike watching Breaking Bad) was. On Saturday I spent hours watching a large number of back to back episodes of this programme, commencing from episode one (on a pay TV channel), while my much better half was completing many and varied necessary and productive tasks. To then be confronted by Mike falling asleep after doing pretty much the same thing I had been doing was was truly startling.

  • WAIT

    Linda Mantel | Portland, OR | June 10, 2013

    Well, now we need to wait until September to see if a newly-minted Ph.D. in Neuroscience, perhaps, can deliver twins? Quite a cliff-hanger...

  • THE SET UP

    Scott Malaney | Des Moines, IA | June 09, 2013

    The best part of the Dr./Ph.D. joke is that the set up was literally years in the making. MIT, meeting Toggle, doctoral program, marriage and pregnancy. All happened to make that one punchline and it was awesome!

  • (IDIOTIC) JOKE

    TheAgingFanBoy | Pontypridd, WALES | June 08, 2013

    As an academic I've heard today's (idiotic) joke so many times from pompous Ph.D.s. How marvelous to hear it from the other side. When you need a real doctor you know what a real doctor is. This Doonesbury is going onto the office wall!