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OUT OF THERE
Ed Fischer | Big Island, VA | October 20, 2011

Please get Toggle and Alex out of there safe, and no collateral damage. Don't go there.

SHIED AWAY
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | October 20, 2011

I'm sorry GBT seems to have shied away from having a real political conflict between Alex and Leo. At some point their differences in background, education and social class have to affect the relationship. Leo's just taking things as they come (which is why he's so good for her), but the self doubting, introspective Alex has to have forseen the problem and worried about it. And besides, I'd love to see what Leo has to think about politics.

PERSPECTIVE
Doug Butler | Cape Cod, MA | October 20, 2011

Wow, the PTSD card. I didn't see that coming. How soon we forget the old problems that really don't just go away. Thanks GBT for giving us perspective. Life requires us to deal with more than one problem at a time.

OWS
Maria Agosto | Gulfport, FL | October 19, 2011

Re "It's the Occupy people!"  I found out about OWS in their second week and joined immediately. Why? Because we're occupying a new method of problem-solving. Rather than presenting ourselves as having "the" answer, we've chosen to get off that hierarchical tower and come down to meet each other where the creative wisdom of diversity, harnessed through the consensus process, is originating a mashup of truly revolutionary ideas and solutions. Whew! Now back to the drumming circle.

GOOD BRAIN
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 19, 2011

FACT: The rhetoric of the Occupiers is the rhetoric of socialism -- class warfare and redistribution of wealth.

FACT: This news watcher / "Doonesbury" fan reads the Occupiers as a manufactured liberal movement designed to counter the growing political power of the grass-roots conservative Tea Partiers.

FACT: Alex is a knee-jerk liberal.

FACT: Toggle has a good brain behind that eye patch.

THE 99%
In Moderation | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 2011

I'm looking forward to GBT's take on the 99% movement. It looks like Alex and Toggle might have different perspectives, which should be interesting. I suspect they'll be a lot more logical and thoughtful in their discussion of the movement than many in the real public are. Why people think they have to choose either the tea party or the 99% folks I don't know. We've become an obsessive, extremist culture that can no longer find the middle. It's dangerous when we start thinking anyting must be all or nothing. History has shown us what happens; why don't we learn from it? Maybe Alex and Toggle can show us how.

WARNING
Artist General Michael Masley | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 2011

Great to see ya weighing in on OWS! These are the occasions where Doonesbury so inspirationally shines for its 'host democracy.' Artist General's Warning: When dissent blinks, democracy stumbles.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE?
Pat Goudey | Warren, VT | October 19, 2011

Uh oh! Trouble in paradise? Is this the first big divide to fall between our sweet young couple? I can't face Alex and Leo having a fight over something that matters. Garry can do whatever he likes with his comic strip, but he's got me worried, nonetheless. It's tough waiting until tomorrow to see if this is going to be Leo saying something very rational, or Alex and Leo finding a place where their values collide. (I hope they can hold it together like Boopsie and B.D. -- love conquers all. True inspiration, if only they were flesh and blood and not figments of someone's imagination. I hope Mr. Trudeau fashions some of his best characters on some real best people he's known. That would be heartening.)

LACEY'S HAT
S.B. Carter | Stanford, ILLINOIS | October 18, 2011

I don't check Blowback every day, so I just stumbled onto the recent discussion of Lacey's hat. As a fair-skinned woman of 57 who never remembered to use sunscreen as a youth, I have had sun damage to my face. After having areas of my face treated to remove the thickening skin before it morphed into cancer, I spent a few months doing skin peels to reduce the amount of damage. It seems to have been effective, and now I wear sunscreen and a hat outside. It gets old (but then, so did I). We do what we have to do.

HOPE
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY | October 18, 2011

Leave it to Alex and Leo to reflect the wit and resolve of a population under fire. As long as Garry Trudeau uses his art to encourage the mind and occupy the heart, America's got hope -- despite the odds.

THE GRAND KIDS
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | October 18, 2011

Thanks for today's strip, and thanks to the grand kids (sorry for screwing up your parents). It's beginning to feel like the 60s again. Fire up the bus, we're back on the road!

CORPORATIONS
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, ALASKA | October 18, 2011

The 20th Century saw lots of corporations executed -- in the Soviet Union, China under Mao, many other smaller command economies, and newly independent European colonies in Africa and Asia. Those companies were said to be "nationalized."

A PLUS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | October 18, 2011

I just love the comment about corporations not being persons today, and bringing in the "ease of executions in Texas" is a plus. Thanks for such a great job as a true American. The obstructionists will be voted out, hopefully, if people finally start thinking. Money has ruled our country far too long.

THE 99%
MedicVet | Baltimore, MD | October 18, 2011

Thank you for covering the 99%.

THE AMERICAN WAY
Henry Pfeil | Tucson, AZ | October 18, 2011

The folks behind the 99% are Marxists. Aldous Huxley used the term "herd intoxication," a form of downward self-transcendence, to describe the folks who show up in response to the siren call of "You, too, should be a bazillionaire." Make an existing product or service better and/or cheaper, create a product or service that people need, then do the hard work it takes to become successful. That's the American Way; anybody can do it. Says a $90K Systems Engineer after 20 years of hard work, who started as a laborer for a construction company in the early '80s; the product of an expensive liberal arts education financed by scholarship grants and savings.

IN TEXAS
Marc | Austin, TX | October 18, 2011

Corporations die all the time. It's called bankruptcy. Interestingly, in Texas they're killed by the government (through regulation) a lot less often than they are in other states, so although you could definitely make the case that the state is more murderous towards people than it is towards corporations, it does kill quite a few nonetheless.

A URL ON A HEADSTONE
Marilen | Novato, CA | October 17, 2011

As someone who has had a close relative pass away recently, I don't think there is anything wrong with putting the dearly departed's info on the internet. We're already putting up info on births and weddings, so what is wrong with putting up info about a person's death? I have relatives who will not be able to attend the services and having an internet site would be a way to share their grief as well. I do, however, agree that putting a URL on a headstone is a bit much in real life. It is also a good bit of satire. Well done for that bit of humor. I'm living through a time when I need all the laughs I can get, so thank you once again for being a consistent provider of them.

GUEST BOOKS
Pete | Philadelphia, PA | October 16, 2011

Thanks to GBT for addressing the questionable taste of interneting the funeral culture. Allow me to add the "guest books" that are supplied by the local newspapers' websites: surrounded by advertisements relevant and otherwise.

PASS
Bill Tetzeli | Boston, MA | October 13, 2011

Back Bay? Pass, Grams. Marlboro Street or nothing. At your age and after all you've done, you deserve better.

J.J. AND JEFF
Laurette | Paris, FRANCE | October 13, 2011

I wonder how someone as wonderful as Joanie Caucus managed to produce not one, but two screwed-up kids -- J.J. and Jeff.