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Re: DOWNSIDES. Suffered enough? Methinks not. To be such a knucklehead the only limit to his suffering is when the next knucklehead gets caught. It probably will just be another couple weeks.
Re. the Chester strip on Sunday: "I quit my job, sold my house, gave away my stuff..." Jesus asked his followers to do the same thing.
Today's strip is a keeper! Tammy's face in panel three is comedy gold.
Wow, Roland, my man, ease up on the sexual harassment. I would be willing to bet that just discussing your underwear is now listed on the no text policy, along with the strict "no genitalia discussion with a coworker policy" detailed in the employee manual. I know it's disappointing. You have your fan base, but if you are sued into brand-ruining infamy, people just won't understand your intent.
I applaud almost all of your story lines, but I think the Congressman has suffered enough without your prolonging the agony about online photos. We all have our downsides.
The latest round of rapture mania has become the perfect setup, turning Zonk's cliched one liner into the perfect punchline for the whole sorry episode. Brilliant!
IRREPARABLE HARM offers a paraphrase. Here's what Adams wrote: "I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain." That's the natural progression of elite families and wealthy societies. Unfortunately for the sophisticated grandkids, there's always some other individual or society just starting out at the "war and politics" phase, or its economic equivalent.
Chester's experience in Sunday's strip echoes a major event in 19th Century religious history. In upstate New York, a popular preacher named William Miller predicted the Second Coming would happen in 1844. His followers (in many places in North America) sold their homes, farms, and possessions and waited for the event. When it didn't happen, some went off to other sects while others stayed by Miller, assuming he just had his math wrong. Church historians have called the aftermath of Miller's prediction "the Great Disappointment."
Re: BOTH WAYS. The suicide rate among veterans speaks to the irreparable harm being done to our servicemembers, our children. I offer another quote on war and chiildren: "Let us study debate and detente, so our children may study industry and agriculture, so our children's children may study music and the arts." To me the most scary part of our current war is that we are at war with a 'nation' that seems to teach their children, "Our anger, our revenge and our wars are for generations."
I wonder what would happen if Melissa had Ray for a first sergeant. The possibilities are endless and mostly good.
If Chester was so sure he was going to be Raptured, I wonder why he sold his house. It's not as though he'd actually have been able to "do" anything with the money in Heaven...
Chester! Some folks would consider having quit your job, given away all your stuff, and having to live in your car (a Mercedes no less), as actually having been raptured up to heaven.
I thought the rerun of Leo's even speech to gunslingers in coffee shops was a warning that you were resting up after the masterpieces you've been putting out, and preparation for bringing back the bad days of Melissa. I wish you had chosen something else to rerun, because Melissa has gone beyond her ugly experience, and is now more concerned with other people's pain, since hers is well on the way to becoming just a nasty memory. She's wobbly, maybe, but back in the human race.
A lot of the sexual assault problems with the military come from the fact that you're training men and women to embrace a very animalistic fierceness that can lead to some very unpleasant places with certain personalities. I'm not sure if we can have it both ways -- namely, humane soldiers. I think Sherman said: "War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." The human character is only so elastic.
Are we looking at Mel falling into another situation here? I agree that both sides should maintain good discipline and order. I'm not sure we are sending the right message here to our youth and our troops in the field. It's good to be friends but not good to allow the crude jokes, and lurid stares, not to mention the five dates her groupie claims to have.
I think it's interesting that the author of NOTICED BY MEN is upset that a fictional woman is being "spoiled" by the military by receiving male attention and, oh the injustice, eating meals. Especially one that was a victim of command rape. Yes, there are many gold-digging, manipulative women in the world, but I don't know that they have any bearing on this storyline.
In NOTICED BY MEN a reader poses the question, "Where, pray tell, is the correlative series of panels satiring cooly materialistic and manipulative females taking advantage of gullible decent men?" My first thought: JJ and Mike!
Bravo! What Mel said today is what we have been saying forever and I said it again yesterday when a senior NCO alluded that if women were not assigned as closely to men, acts of sexual assault and rape would decrease. Really? Why don't those predators act like decent men and think about their sisters, moms, wives, and daughters? (You go, Mel!) And yes, props to those that do "maintain good order and discipline." One can only hope that in the real world they work on making "on the spot corrections." Thank you for keeping it real.
Your strip is the best thing in print. However, even as a 'good' liberal, I find the constant pandering to poor defenseless women to be tiresome. God forbid that the most excruciatingly horrible thing to happen to a woman is to be in a pampered military base, three good meals a day, with internet, movies, whatever, and to be noticed by men. Give me a break. Where, pray tell, is the correlative series of panels satiring cooly materialistic and manipulative females taking advantage of gullible decent men? Have yet to see any of those. A little equal time in this currently completely emasculated U.S. culture might be appropriate. Perhaps it's because you haven't been on the market in decades?
As a veteran of the cold war ( a SAC combat crew commander) in the Vietnam era, I have to tell you how much I appreciate Toggle (Leo) as well as your other GI characters. Neither condescension nor artificial elevation -- just reality. I was cheering him on when he found his voice. You know the difference between a war and a warrior.