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What a salutary, sadly triumphant (yet laughable) take on Arnold the Barbarian. And on the "informed electorate" that isn't. With Hollywood and Big Media bigwigs having treated The Hand as something near The Right Hand of God, The Terminator (as you so brilliantly portray) still tends to get a pass where even the Hermanator can't. Keep up the great- and still-improving work. (And have a heewackitydoo holiday season.)
Thanks for the Arnold strips, including today's. His biggest achievement, as he brags, was changing Workers Comp in California. His actions have caused incalculable hardship to the disabled. It appears that cheating cripples was as much fun as groping. It's about time he is shown for what he is. Leave it to you. Thanks.
Something tells me Roland is going to join Rick in the unemployment line for out-of-work journalists. Everyone knows you don't ask questions about Repubs' indiscretions on Fox News.
I always thought it weird that someone as insignificant as Palin got a fully-fleshed-out body in the strip, when someone as empty as GWB got an asterisk. Today's strip manages to conjure Palin with just a string of nonsensical words and not a single ink stroke wasted! Brilliant, GBT. Brilliant.
Re Today's Video: I will miss Mr. Hitchens. He asked us on a daily basis "Can you handle the truth?" More often than not, as history shows, the answer was no. We always need people who are willing to look at the world and say, on our behalf, WTF.
Listening to the radio coverage of the Iraq withdrawal I was struck by the dignified tone of the whole affair. No sabre-rattling, no national self-aggrandizement or phoney self-congratulations. A simple thanks to the troops -- and the observation that some of those withdrawing from Iraq are eager to deploy to Afghanistan. That brought Ray to mind, and his comment: "War is my home." Thanks for helping to raise the consciousness of the nation and, dare I say, of the military of what it means to be a soldier in our accidental Forever War. It has given us so many iconic moments: the maiming and unhelming of B.D., the rehabilitations of B.D. and Toggle, and Ray, oh, Ray. Thank you for helping us treat our Middle East soldiers and veterans more humanely than we did the vets of my era (Vietnam), and please, keep reminding us how much more work there is to be done. Peace on Earth.
Want a real indicator of Donald Trump's power? Yesterday, the Washington Post pulled the Trump strip and inserted an innocuous Flashback of Jeff and Zipper. Now that scares me!
The Washington Post did not carry yesterday's marvelous strip in which Trump proclaims his brand value to be $3 billion. Is this strip in some way controversial, offensive, or inaccurate? Both yesterday and today they seem to be running some Flashback strips with Jeff and Zipper texting each other from across a table.
Donald Trump pulling out as moderator of the Newsmax event changed the underlying reality against which this week's storyline was playing out. The syndicate provided Flashback strips for clients that weren't comfortable with the situation, and at least a few newspapers -- including the Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- went with the Flashbacks. The original series, as sent out, will run here on the site through Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is censoring Doonesbury during the Trump storyline. Makes me ashamed to be a yinzer.
Trump's hair is extraordinary but Trudeau really nails the man's mammoth vulgarity in the jowls and chins.
Sorkh Razil must be such fun to draw; where else could you get a scene like Petreus and the convoy!
Today's video from the HMS Ocean brought back some great memories for me from my days in the US Navy. It is good to know that the US isn't the only country to put their refugees from sanatoriums out to sea.
To use or to lose, that is the question as Trump regards people. Always. No inbetween.
Trump's hair: absolutely wonderful. You are a great artist, sir.
Great job with Trump's hair. GBT did a better job than Trump himself.
I'm glad to see Rick is keeping busy. I wonder if Trump allows any old blogger to come to his press briefings, or just ones who used to work at the Washington Post.
What have you done to Donald Trump's hair? Does it really look that bad in person? I think of the Donald as a living cartoon character, so making him seem even funnier than he already is must be hard.
Mel is an E-5, and whether the Afghanistan and Iraq wars made any sense is a question well above her pay grade. She's done her job. If she doesn't re-enlist, I wish her a long and contented career maintaining the Action News chopper for some TV station. Maybe she'll even meet Roland Hedley.
The evidence of Iranian involvement has been continuous, with lots of reporting. Just because the Pentagon says something, both internally and publicly, doesn't mean it's made up. It's perfectly logical that the Iranians would be creating mischief -- we did the same thing in Afghanistan in the '80s when we thought it was in our interests.
What a crushing disappointment to see in yesterday's strip that you too have chugged the propaganda that blames Iran for our failures in Iraq. The recent IAEA report was the latest piece of kangaroo courtliness to accuse Iran of malfeasance — this time in regard to its nuclear program — and support the charge with pure poppycock. The loop-tape allegations that Iran has armed and trained Shiite Iraqi rebels have never been substantiated. The only verifiable outside aid and comfort to Shiite militiamen was the training and weapons then Lt. Gen. David Petraeus gave to Iraqi security force recruits— predominantly Shiites —who disappeared into the night with 190,000 AK-47s and other combat gear. Shame on you for allowing yourself to become one of the warmongery’s leading echo chamberlains.
This seems a good occasion to remind readers that it would be impossible for GBT to share all of the beliefs of all of his multitudinous characters.