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REALITY
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | November 12, 2017

It seems that Mark Slackmeyer has identified the exact historical moment when reality was changed by one Obama joke too many, moving the presidential spotlight onto Donald Trump, where it was captured and held, for no light can escape a centre of gravity as vast and dense as his ego.

THANKS
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | November 12, 2017

Right on, Mark! It's Obama's fault that Republicans can't pass TrumpDon'tCare, or The 2017 Tax Cut Cut Cut Cut Bill, or bring back coal, or build the darn wall. It's his fault that the Mueller investigation and the Congressional investigations and the media investigations won't go away. It's his fault that the White Supremacists are outing themselves. And worst of all, it's Obama's fault that the Supreme Court is about to declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional, and there are Democratic challengers to tens of thousands of Republicans for the midterms, far more than in the Tea Party wave. Thanks, Obama!

MR. BUTTS
RONALD | North Little Rock, AR | November 11, 2017

So, within the strip's universe, even the cops can see, and touch, Mr. Butts? Seriously, I do not get how this stuff works...

THANKS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 11, 2017

Well, it looks like the 1989 strips were written by a stoner, but the Mudline is still excellent! Thanks.

ONLINE HARASSMENT
George | Tequesta, FL | November 08, 2017

Re today's video about the online harassment of women: Here's a simple test for all the brave, anonymous e-mailers as to whether your comment is appropriate or not. If your message was addressed to your mother, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, would you still press the "send" button?

PARODY
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | November 08, 2017

If Roland and the "live drug bust" was intended to be a parody of Geraldo Rivera, it was a good one: such a true picture.

THOSE DARN KIDS
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | November 07, 2017

Mama is right in a way -- it is those darn kids, raised on who knows what. Roboclad jump-out squads, somehow content to be a force that only needs to be pointed at a target, no need for cogitation. A prescient look at the late-teens 21st Century.

RESISTANCE
Cy Birr | Maumelle, AR | November 06, 2017

Speaking of resistance: Sunday's strip mentions the fake words "venti" and "grande." I just say "I'll have a large." It's my own small morning victory every time I order.

IT'S CLEAR
Lark | Littleton, MA | November 05, 2017

It's true, it's here. Have no fear. From the inner dialog, it's clear: Mike is secretly Underdog!

JELLYFISH
Ted Whitham | Bangor, ME | November 02, 2017

I've never forgotten B.D.'s line from the 45-years-ago-today strip: "He's a psychopathic jellyfish." Poor George McGovern.

ROLAND
David | Poppi, ITALY | October 31, 2017

When Roland tweets about the "dying comic," does he understand his own existence is threatened?

INTEGRITY
Yeti | Slush, CO | October 29, 2017

Roland finally locates his long-misplaced integrity! His days at Fox are numbered.

VIET CONG
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | October 29, 2017

Re the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip: Actually, very few Viet Cong knew the work of Carl Perkins.

FAKE COMIC
Duncan | Seoul, REPUBLIC OF KOREA | October 29, 2017

I don't believe Roland would ever utter such doubts about the Supreme Leader's plans aloud. This has to be a Fake Comic.

FIRE STORY
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | October 27, 2017

I just read “A Fire Story” in the Daily Briefing. It hit me like a fist to the midsection and took me back to May 2016. That was when a wild fire, dubbed “the Beast” by fire fighters, swept out of the northern bush and reduced Fort McMurry to a smoking ruin. Canadians sat transfixed as residents told their stories of terror and reporters tried to make the scale of the inferno comprehensible to the rest of the country.

Once the flames had passed, one of the weirdest things was the capriciousness of the destruction. TV reports and aerial photos showed streets where all the homes were gone except one that appeared untouched, and small areas where no homes were destroyed, though those around them had been erased. Scientists assure us that blazes like that at Fort Mac (and now Santa Rosa) are part of the new normal in the age of climate change. It makes one wonder what it will take to shake us all out of our stupor and do something. My heart aches for those who have been devastated by this catastrophe.

DOONESBURY
Patti H. | Rome, NY | October 26, 2017

Happy 47th Anniversary to Garry and all the gang at Doonesbury. Thank you for all the years of bad craziness!

GLORIOUS VIDEO
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 25, 2017

Thank you for today's glorious hurdy-gurdy and theremin video. It made me ask myself who could be our Beowulf to take down this Grendel-in-Chief, but of course I know that it is up to all of us.

THE ORIGINAL
Gary Roth | Moonachie, NJ | October 24, 2017

Can we please get a link to the original 1973 “Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" strip?

MARK
Claudia | Ithaca, NY | October 23, 2017

Loved Sunday's strip! That panel of Mark yelling "Guilty!" has been running through my mind since January -- so glad to see it in the flesh again!

FLASHBACK
Maureen Urness | Overland Park, KS | October 22, 2017

The "Guilty, guilty guilty" flashback this morning made me happier than anything has in a while. I came and saw you speak in Kansas City a year or two ago. Started reading Doonesbury when I was about eight years old -- that is my touchstone of American history from the late Sixties on. That strip this morning took me back to all of my old beloved Doonesbury cartoon collections, which sit on my shelf even today. We need your voice now more than we ever have. Thank you, thank you, thank you.