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AWAY
Wayne | San Leandro, CA | July 13, 2011

"I'll put her away."  About time!

PERIMETER
Richard | Olympia, WA | July 12, 2011

Right on, as usual. Erie thing, that perimeter concept. I was never in 'Nam or in an official land battle, but where I was serving, we got regular 'contact' with indigenous peoples. Nothing serious; shot at (heard shots, assumed the worst, correctly as it happened.) foiled a robbery of the base hotel, IED'd, blown up, nearly blown up again. Security force for EODs, job hazard. No purple nurple or nothing, just base security forces in contact with local criminal elements. At least that's the official line. Just telling the tale, though, makes me remember why I had, in my head, a perimeter too.

IF
Seven | Alexandria, VA | July 12, 2011

Today's strip would be so funny if it wasn't so real! Thank goodness for the B.D.'s of the world.

A BREAK
Glen Gerhard | San Diego, CA | July 11, 2011

Ray needs a break, I hope he can calm down someday. Thanks for making us all think about these somber and painful effects of war. How you do it and make us laugh at the same time is true brilliance.

GOOD HOME LIFE
Richard | Olympia, WA | July 11, 2011

Very good! The schism between Ray and the politics that made him the liability he now, so obviously, is. When I see how you handle the sensitivity and the humor of Ray's 'whacked-out' state, "Reload, America!" by Caribou Barbie is the topper. I'll bet Ray was already reloading in his sleep.

If I know of anyone who just got back (and I do) I allow about eighteen months of risky behavior. Drinking, drugging, fast cars, boats and bikes, extreme sports, and a few questionable injuries -- all of it par for the course. Man! I wish there was a house like B.D.'s to go to when I got back (way back). Folks would ask, "Did you kill anybody? What did it feel like?" You can imagine. It was a very different time. When I got back, I went to Canada and told everyone I was Irish. At least that covered the drinking. Thank you for the patient and charitable depiction of Ray. Good home life, no matter how aggregated, works wonders when a man comes home. Less-welcomed men had definitely lesser outcomes. Props!!!

LAUGH
Cathy Goldberg | Seal Beach, CA | July 10, 2011

Today's strip on "alternate theories" to evolution was one of the funniest I've read -- and I have read them since my own high school days. I laugh every time I think about it. Laugh until I cry, that is.

SMOTE
Janet | Key West, FL | July 10, 2011

It was the unicorns that Moses forgot. The dinosaurs had already been smote by that time for eating apples and supporting gay marriage. They got what they deserved.

VENUE
Paul Mencke | North Olmsted, OHIO | July 10, 2011

I am offended by today's cartoon ridiculing Creation Science. You have a wonderful venue in which to promote God. Please don't ridicule him. That's probably not a good idea.

HOOT
Dude Mann | LA, CA | July 10, 2011

I enjoyed today's strip. The first frame really was a hoot. It gives true meaning to why these are the "funny papers." Facts and reality can take a complete vacation.

THE BIBLICAL FLOOD
Arnold Barnes | East Brunswick, NJ | July 10, 2011

There are only two comic strips I read in the Star Ledger: Doonesbury and Dilbert. Only after reading them do I leave the comic section and go to the front page to witness evolution in reverse. Great Sunday strip today, on the dutiful high school teacher expounding on the Biblical Flood. "Please stop. I'd like to get into a good college." is hilarious. One important point the teacher should add: "Good colleges that you students want to get into will expect you to be familiar with the ancient flood legend that all cultures have had in common for the last 10,000 years. Fortunately, however, atheists came along about 150 years ago and decided that this groundless myth doesn't hold water. Life actually came from a bucket of pond scum by an extremely remarkable unlikely series of accidents." Now the teacher's students are ready for college.

YOUR CHOICE
Jeff Crockett | Arlington, TX | July 10, 2011

While I have always enjoyed your witty comments and satirical views on modern politics, I have to say that I am quite disgusted with your choice to mock Christianity and the faith of millions of people in the world. While you may find religion stupid and controvertible because of it's "lack of reasonable evidence to support it," many people completely understand the concept of faith in that which cannot be seen. While the 1st Amendment affords us the right to speak our thoughts freely and openly, common sense and courtesy should dictate how we speak our thoughts. I'm sure you would not condone someone berating Gays and Lesbians for their lifestyle choices, even though there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that they are "born that way." Their entire lifestyle is based on a "belief" that they were born a certain way, even though scientific eviodence in no way supports their belief. Christians believe in creationism, which is in fact supported by scientific evidence.

With great power comes great responsibility, which you have abused with this cartoon. Publishing something like this encourages people to openly mock and berate people for something they believe in, which I am sure you would not encourage if it involved people with different beliefs (Gays and Lesbians for example). I hope you find time to contemplate the hatefulness of your actions, and come to the realization that it is wrong to mock anyone, even if their beliefs differ from yours.

CONTRADICTIONS
Skip Harris | Benton, AR | July 10, 2011

I really enjoyed today's great summary of the contradictions between Judeo/Christian scripture and science, but don't let a small detail weaken the argument: Microbes survived on their own. Floods make 'em happy. Think cockroaches instead. (I enjoyed the Bach video on the Home Page today too.)

THANK YOU
Jim Glaes | Hahnville, LA | July 10, 2011

Good God, thank you for today's strip. Does my heart good. I really want to send it to a few state reps and senators.

DINOSAURS
C.S.T. | Winnipeg, CANADA | July 10, 2011

While I too used to think Creationists believed that dinosaurs were killed in the Great Flood (ala the Irish Rover's song "Unicorn"), it turns out that's not how it works. As it was explained to me: since the proven existence of dinos mnust be reconciled with the Bible, and the only section of the Bible that even comes close to mentioning them is the story of Noah, then dinosaurs must have been on the ark. Their later extinction is -- seriously -- a subject of debate amongst the more scholarly Creationists.

STANDING UP
Rick | TEXAS | July 10, 2011

Thanks for standing up against creationists attempting to have ancient tribal superstition taught as science in modern classrooms. Here in Texas, we have been somewhat successful in preventing public school science books from becoming religious texts, but the "intelligent design" folks are determined to change that. I hope you will continue to speak out on this issue despite the threats of hell & damnation you surely receive.

THE LIST
Nigel | Leeds, ENGLAND | July 10, 2011

Loved the punchline to today's strip. Am now waiting to see the list of papers which have discontinued carrying it as a result.

THE DESTROYER
Walter Zagieboylo | Norfolk, MA | July 10, 2011

About the creation: in your willfulness you err, I'm afraid, taking the part of the destroyer who rejoices in mocking at truth and in destruction of the innocent. Are you so sure you have understood what was written by holy prophets of God? Arrogance and mocking will reap the whirlwind, not peace and truth. Humility and prayer are used by the wise at heart. God bless you, Garry. Be wise.

HISTORY AND WIT
Daniel B. | Berlin, GERMANY | July 10, 2011

Some month ago I bought the 40-year-anniversary volume only to find that this still wasn't anywhere near enough. So I started reading from the very beginning, whenever I have some time. The first ten years of Doonesbury only took me 10 months or so. I'll tell you when I'm through completely -- in two years or so. Thank you so much for this living history and all this wit.

OFFENDED
Geraldine Armstrong | Houston, TX | July 10, 2011

Just want to let you know how offended I was by today's comic strip. I find it interesting that on the page for submitting BLOWBACK comments there is a note referring to "psycho flamers out to trash the culture by lowering the standards of social interaction." To me, you are a member of that category.

THANKS
James Weed | Phoenix, AZ | July 10, 2011

Thanks for the comic strip, and an “unbeliever’s” view of the bible (made me cringe a little, I must admit). Public school pounded evolution into my head for 12 years. I tried to believe it, I really did (the big bang, biopoesis, cross-species gene transfer, etc.) but God had other plans. How “foolish” I am (but it's OK). 1 Corinthians 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 1 Corinthians 1:18: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.