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A DANGEROUS POSITION
Jason Thom | Phoenix, AZ | September 28, 2011

Careful with that sweeping statement, Redfern. Saying those sciences "can't exist" without the theory of evolution is a fallacy. (And note that while those sciences have been validated, evolution is still rightly referred to as a theory.) Saying "can't" where science is concerned is a very dangerous position.

AB FAB
Terry McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 28, 2011

Let's come to scientific agreement (for if those who love Doonesbury cannot, who can): What is called "the law of gravity" is a theory, and Climate Change is only 99.9% certain, not incontrovertible, and the word "absolutely" should never be used, except with "fabulous."

ON GOOD AUTHORITY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 28, 2011

I have it on good authority (my father told me, and his father, who died in the 1920s, had told him) that a newly elected Representative to the Iowa legislature who was depressed by the level of knowledge of his fellow legislators, made a bet with a friend that he could introduce and get passed a law repealing the law of gravity on the grounds that it had been imposed from outside the state. He is said to have succeeded, but moved quickly to ensure the law was not ratified (perhaps the governor was in on the bet?). But my father contended that the stupidest law he had encountered was one which was on the books for some time in Texas, to the effect that "when two trains meet on the same line both shall stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone".

GRAVITY
Bob | Phoenix, AZ | September 27, 2011

Re. your strip today, I believe gravity is a theory, not a law.

CANNOT RELATE
James C. | TEXAS | September 27, 2011

As a Texan, I cannot relate to today's comic. Sure, Perry says crazy and offensive things every once in a while, but he's no GW. No one would have ever accused Bush of being "slick," -- folksy, down-home, perhaps a bit plain, sure. "Slick Rick" Perry falls to the other side of the spectrum. He's usually so smooth that you can't tell whether it's Perry telling you what he believes or what he thinks you (the electorate) want to hear—like a used car salesman or a professional politician. Please don't turn Perry into another W—he is anything but.

THE REAL MORONS
C.B. | Portland, OR | September 27, 2011

I enjoyed the honest man strip. Not because I agree that global warming opponents are morons. The evidence is strongly in favor, but people can have valid reasons for disagreeing; that doesn't make them stupid. No, I enjoyed it because it slapped at the real morons in the world: people who are stupid or biggoted but don't have the guts to admit it. Thanks, GBT, for again throwing the obvious out there where the world can see it. "Giaever earned his Nobel for his experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in superconductors." Doesn't mean he knows anything about climate, does it?

INCONTROVERTIBLE
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | September 27, 2011

I sometimes stay up until after midnight to check out the new Doonesbury strip online -- it's a treat I can barely resist. The current Presidential Campaign story lines crack me up. After reading the strip, I always visit Blowback to see what inquiring minds have to say for themselves. Re. the comment on the character Jim Andrews using the word "morons," I just want to point out that the physicist who resigned from the American Physical Society apparently took issue less with the pronouncements and
predictions surrounding global warming (though he has issues there). It seems he quit the society because they used the word "incontrovertible," not over the science. The man is a scientist, and many scientists don't believe anything we think we know about the universe to be incontrovertible.

RUGBY CLUB STRIP
Bruce Hudock | Old Greenwich, CT | September 27, 2011

I laughed out loud at this morning's rugby club strip. A couple of years ago, my wife and I returned home from Nantucket to find our newly refinished wooden floors covered in cleat marks. In our shed, we found two industrial-sized garbage bags filled with empty containers of every alcohol imaginable. Enough to kill an elephant. Our son, a recent graduate of one our finer institutions of higher learning and the only person residing in the house at the time, denies to this day that it was a party. This is one reason why I have labeled his age group Generation Whatever.

MY FATHER
Eric | Huntington, WEST VIRGINIA | September 26, 2011

Thanks, GBT, for bringing me closer to my father. I'm sure Zonker aggravated him as much as Zipper and Jeff aggravate me.

GRIN
Alan | Brooklyn, NY | September 25, 2011

Is that a sh*t-eating grin on Mark's face?!? Perhaps he didn't truly anticipate just how honest his guest was going to be!

MORONS
David | Vancouver, CANADA | September 25, 2011

You may be interested to know that one of the “morons” who doesn’t buy the scientific case for global warming is Dr. Ivar Giaever, who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Giaever recently resigned from the American Physical Society in protest over the Society’s adoption of a policy statement which states: "The evidence is incontrovertible: global warming is occurring."

SPEAKS FOR US
Kathleen Dolan | Berkeley, CA | September 25, 2011

I've said it before and just have to say it again. You are the best! Today's honest man comic speaks for us. Thank you!

JEFF
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | September 24, 2011

Once again, Jeff blames everyone but himself for his own mistakes. First he chews out Zipper for leaving him behind in Bezerkistan (even though he was the one who invited Zip to come along in the first place) and now this. I wonder if his book deal is off...

SWEET
Terry McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 24, 2011

Isn't it sweet that Jeff thinks it's just about ten dollars. How can he and Becca get together now?

BECCA'S MISTAKE
Enrique Pujals | San Juan, PUERTO RICO | September 24, 2011

It seems Becca's "mistake" was just a plan to use a straw man to sell the book, and strong-arm him to get half. She never figured that Jeff would be dumb enough to sell it for just $10.

IN RICK'S POSITION
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | September 24, 2011

A journalist is someone who practices journalism. The definition isn't dependent on whether somebody pays him/her for it. I speak for the many reporters (note: not ex-reporters) who are in Rick's position through no fault of our own. Like Rick, we are still chugging along, trying to do good journalism in spite of our newly impoverished status.

JOURNALIST
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | September 24, 2011

Poor Rick. He still thinks he's a journalist. Rick, old friend, the industry threw you away. You are the equivalent of a failed state.

THIS STORYLINE
Catherine Dempsey | Flatrock, CANADA | September 23, 2011

I love this storyline. The level of satire and social commentary is reaching new heights. The characters are so real, and yet the tone is so good-humored. Way to get your points across, Mr. Trudeau! I can hardly wait until morning for the best minute on the web.

DAD'S PROBLEM
Allie | Getysburg, PA | September 22, 2011

Wait. So Dad's problem is that junior didn't give the embargoed book to him? What's more Boomer stupid -- that he wanted it, or that he failed to engender that kind of loyalty in his son? Yeesh!

NOT FEELING THE LOVE
Mark | Cheonan, SOUTH KOREA | September 22, 2011

I'm not feeling the love for Becca Bickle. To me, she's a substanceless incompetent. For those of you chiding Jeff for selling the book for $10, remember it was Becca who mistakenly gave it to him in the first place. As to her being substanceless , when she is interviewing Trff, she wants him to write a trifling feel-good story of redemption that would have precisely no meat to it. When Trff utters perhaps his only substantive line ever in the strip (August 20, panel three) -- an abhorrent line, but definitely substantive -- Becca blows him off with a terse, "We'll be in touch." So, when he was acting like a sexual predator he was just a silly with a story of redemption, but when he spoke the truth of his view on his own story, he was no longer of interest. Sounds a lot to me like Becca wants fluff instead of substance.