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WHO KNEW?
Joshua Rey | London | December 26, 2012

Well I'll be darned, who knew Roland Hedley was married?

PRESENT
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | December 25, 2012

A Christmas present! The return of the baby Jesus as played by a 40-watt light bulb!

HONEST MAN
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | December 23, 2012

It seems that the Honest Man is just discovering that if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

THE MAYANS
Jules | Toronto, CANADA | December 23, 2012

The Mayans are still very much here, in the millions. They've survived the catastrophes of colonization, disease and genocide and they've survived the hijacking of their calendar and spiritual traditions with good grace and minimal eye rolling. Now can we have a celebratory toast and commit to the next 5,000 years being better than the previous 500 here in the Indigenous lands of the Americas?

STILL SPEAKING
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, INDIANA | December 22, 2012

Not only are there millions of Mayans still speaking several kinds of Mayan, but One Laptop Per Child, Sugar Labs, and Rotary International are providing educational software to them in their own languages.

POINT OF INFORMATION
Robert Service | Acton, MA | December 21, 2012

As a point of information for good old B.D., the Mayans are thriving today in large numbers in the Yucatan. They speak Mayan, not Spanish, and watch TV in their native language. Maybe they're not an empire anymore, but they are still with us, in the open, on their own terms. And Mayan is definitely not a dead language. I've read your strip for 41 years and love it more now.

GIVE US HUNK-RA!
Dave in Philly | Abington, PA | December 21, 2012

Hunk-ra! Give us Hunk-ra! Only He of the Sword and Loincloth can lead us through the Mayan Apocalypse!

MORE GUNS
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | December 20, 2012

Re the "more guns" choice in the current Straw Poll: "Okay, this option's insane, but since some people actually think this way, we're including it." No one can accuse Doonesbury of a lack of frankness! Some respondents actually clicked on this option, so it was wise to include it. Not so wise for respondents to chose it.

WATCHING
Barbara Ritter | Bethlehem, PA | December 19, 2012

Watching the little children's happiness in response to the music in today's video made my heart ache hard.

THE EGG
James Pearce | Cuernavaca, MEXICO | December 18, 2012

The "harmonic convergence" was predicted to start a 25-year process which would end this December. However, it wasn't a Mayan prediction, just like this "apocalypse" is not a Mayan prediction. If you want to ridicule it, go ahead, but the egg is purely on Western faces; don't try to flip it off to the "other."

THE MAYANS
Chris Wells | MEXICO | December 18, 2012

The living Mayan calendar keepers had nothing to do with the "harmonic convergence." It was Jose Arguelles, an Italian interpreter, who came up with that. He died last year. The Mayans are being strategically removed from their homelands still, to this date -- and their long-lasting culture and wisdom doesn't need this nonsense. They are such beautiful people. They deserve some respect.

SO QUICK TO BELIEVE
Allan Olley | South Lake Tahoe, CA | December 18, 2012

I'm surprised Boopsie is so quick to believe in predictions of doomsday after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987 was a dud, but obviously some things never change.

ASIDE
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | December 17, 2012

Aside to Boopsie: sure, life's no picnic. All the more reason to turn a deaf ear to those who claim the end is near. Really.

MULTIPLE STORYLINES
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | December 17, 2012

Ahhh, Schrödinger's Doonesbury! I wonder if the publishers suggested that GBT prepare multiple storylines from Saturday.

END-OF-TIME SERIES
Sue | Oakland, CA | December 17, 2012

I'm not sure how I think this Mayan Calendar / end-of-time series is going to go. Or how it ought to go. I have a 20-year-old son with autism, who has gotten very worried about it. His dad and I keep reassuring him that it's just like Dec. 31 on our calendar, but he's still not convinced. Finally, hubby "bet him a quarter" -- this is a family joke, because both of us have taught the boys that we only, only ever bet when we are 100% certain that we're correct. But our son is still worrying. I'm sort of thinking about showing him this series of strips over the week, but I'm hesitating, because I'm concerned that the Dec. 22 punchline might make him feel badly about himself. Ordinary gullible people probably deserve the humiliation that may be coming, but my sweet autistic young man can't help his gullibility.

TRIBUTE
Gray | Taunton, MA | December 16, 2012

I was supposed to be on a plane out of Boston on the morning of Sept. 11th, 2001 but I scrapped my plans only a few hours before flight time. I was IMing with my friend, explaining why I wasn’t coming to visit, when the news from NYC broke on CNN. It wasn’t the first time I’d dodged a bullet and it wasn’t the last but it took more than a week before I really gave expression to how I felt about what happened. I’ve spent the last 36 or so hours wondering why the news out of Connecticut has hit me harder and faster than my almost being involved in the ’01 attacks and I think it comes down to two things. The attack in Newtown deliberately targeted young children instead of their being part of the collateral damage. If you really looked at the bare facts instead of the spin regarding 9/11 you can recognize why the attacks happened, but only one person could really tell us why the tragedy in Newtown happened and he’s beyond our reach now. Heartfelt thanks for today's very timely video. That tribute to the fallen will hopefully give a small measure of solace to all of those in and around Newtown who will never look on the holidays the same way.

DAWNING
Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | December 16, 2012

I still remember the sense of unease that Devo's "Beautiful World" expressed at the time of Reagan's "Morning in America" and the LA Olympics with some chanting "USA! USA! USA!" back in the '80s. Now, with Wall Street and the GOP on the back foot it sounds like a much more likeable "Morning in America" may be dawning. Best wishes from across the western pond.

HOPE
Lee | Roebling, NJ | December 16, 2012

Re Joanie's new job: We can only hope. No more too big to fail with corporate CEOs getting bonuses for hijacking our taxes to their own pockets. Go EW! I live in NJ and I contributed to her campaign!

TODAY'S STRIP
Marci | Longmont, CO | December 16, 2012

Re today's strip on the Warren agenda: Let it Be!

TODAY'S STRIP
Peggy Brewington | Cornell, WI | December 16, 2012

Re todays strip: I love it, I love it, I love it!