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TURNED AROUND
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | October 01, 2012

Ha! The Blowback advice given by IN A HEARTBEAT was turned around and stood on its head by GBT! Instead of Rick lowering himself to "skewering" for MSNBC, we have the real dirtbag, Roland, right there ready to do his duty for Fox.

PERFECT WORLD
Mara | Montclair, NJ | September 30, 2012

Re: today's strip -- In a perfect world, this would be an actual question at the Vice Presidential debate. Here's hoping!

ISSUE
Betty Mack | Sun City Center, FL | September 30, 2012

I really loved today's strip, but as a woman I just have to wonder: If Ryan's "personhood" bill should be passed (due to congressional insanity) does it mean that a woman who has a miscarriage, aka spontaneous abortion, would also be charged with homicide? I am past childbearing age but think this is a super important issue.

BEST SELLER
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | September 29, 2012

If Rick just wants to get the big bucks, he should write fiction disguised as truth. A political "expose" of the Democrats would be a best seller. Think Ann Coulter.

ERNIE KOVACS
Terry Moore | Jacksonville, OR | September 29, 2012

I'm reminded of the late Ernie Kovacs' quote about television, that could just as easily be applied to today's 24-hour news sources: "A medium, so called because it is neither rare nor well done."

SANDBOX
Johbn Brennand | Langley, CANADA | September 28, 2012

I just read the Sandbox post TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN by Garrett Anderson. Great to read such a positive piece about such a terrible problem. I had to write to say that it has eerie resonance with some of the events on this side of the border. The Canadian army has failed to help or protect members who have served in Afghanistan. They have compounded the issue by either covering up incidents of suicide, or failing to inform families clearly and in full. Hats off to GBT and Slate for giving vets a place to talk. It seems all are welcome in The Sandbox.

THE WAY TO GO
Kirk | Tampa, FL | September 28, 2012

Maybe it's time for Rick to write fiction; it obviously runs in the family. And don't novels like 1984, Frankenstein, and Brave New World, hold more persuasive power than any blog post? For one who wants to change the world, it should be the way to go.

IN A HEARTBEAT
Craig Cyr | Edmonds, WA | September 28, 2012

Would someone please tell Rick that all he has to do is lug a video camera to a Scott Brown event, record the campaign workers doing something stupid, upload it to his blog, provide some skewering narrative, and BAM -- he'll be invited onto Rachel Maddow's show in a heartbeat! Use the medium, Rick, the way it was meant to be used! Enter the 21st century. You can do it, Rick!

TEA AND TOAST
Pat Kelly | Brampton, CANADA | September 27, 2012

It's wonderful to see Lucy Spraggan's "Tea & Toast" as Today's Video. I've watched her since her first appearance on X Factor UK some weeks back. After one appearance Saturday night, her indy album went to #3 on the UK iTunes, and "Last Night" was #2 on the iTunes singles chart. The next day, she had to pull the album from release as per the show's rules.

I DON'T THINK SO
Bonnie T. Summers | Downers Grove, IL | September 27, 2012

We don't think that way? We're too old? I don't think so -- not the generation of sit-ins, non-violent protest and civil disobedience. I don't want to do that work over again either. But I do think that way, and from all I see the ability to create positive change only gets better with age. And two of the most powerful and efficient tools, besides Doonesbury, are the written word and the internet.

SHADES OF MARK
Elisabeth | Portland, OR | September 26, 2012

Alex leading the HuffPo Bloggers to strike for wages in the 2010s? Shades of Mark leading the truckers' blockade during the gas shortage in the 1970s. Will the bloggers be the "rank amateurs" who are "new to civil disobedience" ?

ALEX
UncleDuke316 | Red Sox Nation | September 26, 2012

This time I agree with Alex. The Huffington Post is a multimedia corporation taking advantage of talented reporters and writers it should be paying. It's sad that the courts have ruled in HuffPo's favor, so I hope to see Alex do something worthwhile, for once in her life.

FOUR FRAMES
Michael | Vancouver, CANADA | September 26, 2012

Today's is one of the best tragic-disguised-as-humorous strips ever from anyone. Youth: "I'm willing to take them on!" Age: "We were young once, took 'em on in the '60s, got serially creamed. Now we're old, won some, lost many, mostly defeated and tired. Especially tired." Four frames showing the social history of America over the last fifty years...

RICK
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | September 26, 2012

It doesn't make sense to me that Rick isn't writing a book or four, or teaching or lecturing...

POOR RICK
Cindy | Chandler, AZ | September 25, 2012

Very clever twist in today's strip. Im sure I wasn't the only reader who thought the person in the back seat yesterday was Toggle. Poor Rick.

ROSIN'S WORK
Jennifer | Pittsburgh, PA | September 24, 2012

Today's strip reminds me of Hanna Rosin's work and her book The End of Men. She surmises that this economy is harder on men, and women are better able to get ahead.

DIVORCE
James Stewart | Victoria, TX | September 23, 2012

Two lesbian friends went to NY to marry last summer. Over dinner when they returned to Texas they told me that while they could not legally marry in Texas they could get a divorce. Go figure.

ACCURATE
Ray | Baltimore, MD | September 22, 2012

As someone who suffers from a speech impediment and happens to work down the hall from a fellow who is nearly deaf, I'd like to say how accurate this portrayal is and quite hilarious to boot. Haven't laughed this hard since A Fish Called Wanda.

SIGN LANGUAGE
Alison | Carmel, CA | September 21, 2012

Alex, Toggle and his boss should learn sign language! I bet it would be handy around the recording studio.

WASN'T OFFENDED
Richard | Duluth, MN | September 20, 2012

I don't see how Alex's comment is condescending. If she'd expressed sympathy, that would have been close to pity, which is condescending. She made light of Leo and Sherm's disabilities, which might be irritating, but that's what GBT has been doing all week. As one with tinnitus I wasn't offended, because you know what they say about the best medicine.