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Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 21, 2015

I'm just back from a week in hospital, during which I had no computer access. I had been a little foggy in the head when I went in, so didn't ask anybody to send me the Flashback strips. A clear result: I am now committed to living at least another five years, so as to pick them up the next time around! Good to be back.

Editor's Note:

And good to have you back on Blowback. Hope your recovery is complete and swift!

Tim Phelps | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2015

Coffee cup, sure. But did you notice the magical disappearing sandwich?

Jan | Milwaukee, WI | February 21, 2015

Aha! Spotted it! The magical disappearing coffee cup!

Mark Jenkins | Springfield, IL | February 20, 2015

While recently watching American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur on YouTube, a photograph of MacArthur (posing, as usual) struck me as bearing a striking resemblance to Uncle Duke. I believe the ambassador may in fact be the general's illegitimate offspring, a fact subtly memorialized through the naming of Duke's aide in Pago-Pago. You can see the MacArthur photo at 52:57 of this video. and Duke's portrait here.

David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 19, 2015

Thanks for today's 15-years-ago Flashback strip, which I missed seeing when it first came out. It's a profound statement about humanity. Rather than understand the folly of their ways, most people consistently distort and glorify the past, especially war. The strip is not about people who live in the Southern U.S., or in the past; it’s about people who can’t comprehend, accept, and rise above their failings. Genius.

Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | February 17, 2015

I am Jonesing for a third season of Alpha House. Any good news on the horizon?

Editor's Note:

 Stay tuned. Any horizon-breaching developments will immediately be shared via SITE NEWS, on the right side of our home page.

Don Heflin | Naples, FL | February 16, 2015

Okay, Garry, I got the cup handles being in different directions the other day, but you did yourself proud with the toaster/breads today. Thanks.

Gringo | Guaymas, MEXICO | February 15, 2015

Let's see. Uncle Duke to nephew Zonker to nephew Zipper. All related by drugs. But, otherwise, no resemblance whatsoever. Who would have guessed that the sweet-tempered pot-smoking dropout who talked to his plants would grow up to be a responsible surrogate parent to a self-centered zero who lacks all of his personable virtues? I hope that I live to see what is next in this curious familial line.

The Gray Adder | Clinton, NY | February 11, 2015

Hell is an open office. I've never had to work in one, thank God, but I do share a cubicle with someone who peppers me with questions about stuff all day, so I kind of know what it must be like.   

William Stein | Brooklyn, NY | February 11, 2015

My mother always says, "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." Of course, she's talking about stories told round the kitchen table, with a wee drop taken.

Sam McDonald | Gatlinburg, TN | February 10, 2015

Is Brian Williams really the Red Rascal?

Dayna | Atlanta, CA | February 10, 2015

A recent Blowback writer compares Brian Williams to Roland Hedley. The more I read Williams' quotes, the more I'd liken him to the Red Rascal.

Simon Mills | Dublin, IRELAND | February 08, 2015

As the Brian Williams story unfolds, it reminds me more than a little of a time Roland Heldey regaled a less-than-impressed Joanie Caucus with tales of journalistic derring-do in a DC laundromat.

George | Tequesta, FL | February 04, 2015

I guess the Rand Paul SayWhat? quote proves my suspicion that he is an alum of the Baby Doc School of Medicine.

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | February 02, 2015

Today's SayWhat? quote about "dispatching another Godless jihadist" was priceless. Folks forget that the three major religions founded in the Middle East all worship the same deity. Their observances may differ dramatically, but it's the same Big Guy they're talking about.

Alberta Rose | Calgary, CANADA | January 31, 2015

I read a "How To Organize Your House" article which ended with, "If you want to know how many books you should have, think in terms of being told you can only take 20 with you. Keep those and get rid of everything else." I thought that was a great idea until I looked at my Doonesbury books. I have 51, and there are a few gaps which I plan to get filled by the end of the year. So much for that idea.

Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | January 31, 2015

Lucky for you and every U.S. citizen, you live in a country that was founded by men of the Enlightenment and that free speech is a constitutional right, as is freedom of religion. Lucky for you that U.S. citizens do not have their thought controlled by some religious establishment whose primitive concepts repressed the rationality of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome from 2,000 years, continued to do so for more than a millenium and a half, burning books, burning free-thinkers and punishing scientists. It's not hard to name countries where religion or anti-democratic political dogma prevents free speech, and these are some of the greatest threats to the world.

McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | January 29, 2015

Free speech is not just a right, but an obligation. Thank you for having the skill and wit to show us that which we don't always have the courage ourselves to confront. Your genius lies in doing so with humor and not malice. Even when I disagree, maybe even especially then, I find myself respecting your courage in telling us what we don't want to hear. It makes us better people. Please don't ever stop. We need that more than ever these days.

Carol Hensel | The Woodlands, TX | January 29, 2015

I think that politics and religion should be separate, as our Founding Fathers believed. Being critical of a president's policies does not mean you are Satanic.

Bran Midkiff | Halifax, VA | January 28, 2015

Garry, I respect your opinion, although I'm very resentful of how large of an audience you affect with your strip. In a conservative, Christian society it would have dried up by now. Lucky for you we live in a society driven by Satan, and the liberal help he has sold to his cause, and you are one of those in the forefront of his army. The Bushes love our country, and our causes. Their only crime is success.