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A GUY
Adam | San Dimas, CA | March 02, 2011

A guy going back for his sixth tour attacks a guy who squinted at him. This isn't going to be fun.

THE SANDBOX
Peg | Calgary, CANADA | March 02, 2011

I've read every single posting to The Sandbox since its inception in October 2006 (thanks for this invaluable education!) and that is the only reason I understand B.D.'s willingness to leave Boopsie in the middle of ...the night, just to grab a beer with Ray. There's nothing like Doonesbury to give you a perspective on other lives.

WORRIED FOR RAY
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | March 02, 2011

I'm worried for Ray. My first thought wasn't that the other guy must have deserved it, I thought it was time to get Ray some help because he's been on too many tours. Thank goodness B.D. is there for him. Watching B.D. get Ray to see he has a mental health problem that cannot be ignored would resonate with so many families...

HILARIOUS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | March 01, 2011

Today's strip is hilarious. That is so like the compartmentalized brain of a guy. Thanks!

HUBRIS?
Nick Tonkin | Santa Barbara, CA | February 28, 2011

Saved by his own hubris? A guy as cool, calm and collected as Ray would only lose it in a bar because of one thing -- a brash, mouthy contractor-type, someone whose braggadocio would extend to putting down regular grunts like Ray's brothers-in-arms. Someone just like Jeff!! Perhaps this is how the Red Rascal will be saved from a fate worse than death in Berzerkistan.

DRUM
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 28, 2011

I grew up next to Fort Drum, back when it was Camp Drum, and remember well when the Tenth Mountain Division was permanently stationed there. My favorite conversation with the guys went like this: Me: "Where are you from?" Him: "Texas." (or South Carolina, or Missouri...) Me: "So how do you like the snow?" (This in November) Him: "I love it!" Me, smiling: "We'll talk again in March." That region averages ten feet of snow a year. I'll also note that the locals love the folks from Drum. It's a good fit. And I wish Ray luck getting up there this time of year. The snow belt is an evil stretch between Watertown and Syracuse, and you couldn't pay me to fly there in the winter.

NOT-SO-SUBLIMINAL
Tartan | West Tisbury, MA | February 27, 2011

Thank you for pointing out the not-so-subliminal self-promotion of network news in general, and NBC in particular. I took a stop watch and a DVR and calculated the actual information time in a typical Nightly News broadcast. Out of 21 minutes of programming, 10 conveyed actual, new information.

CLICHE ADDICTION
Geoff Brown | Denver, CO | February 27, 2011

Bless you for doing a number on Brian Williams' cliche addiction. Doesn't the Betty Ford Clinic have a wing for that sort of thing? I came close to emailing him in December to suggest a New Year's resolution to abstain from "our very own" for a year.

THE POINT
Phil | Tampa, FL | February 27, 2011

Today's cartoon about anchor syrupiness was the most courageous one yet. If you ask visiting Europeans about our newscasts, they say, "Strange, they hardly seem to want to get to the point." We are embarrassing ourselves internationally.

BOTHERED
Geo Still | Philadelphia, PA | February 27, 2011

Today's strip was so great. You had NBC perfectly. I've never found anyone else who was bothered by their style, till now.

THIRTY YEARS
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | February 26, 2011

Have read the script for thirty years, smiled every time I did, but laughed right out loud yesterday and today! Funny, funny, funny. Gosh, I hope the boys live through this.

COMPETITOR
Clark Fife | New York, NY | February 26, 2011

Looks like Duke's got a competitor. Note the following in today's New York Times: "[King Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain's] government is also working with a public relations agency based in Britain, the Bell Pottinger Group, which says on its Web site 'We understand how to create, build and protect reputations in the modern age.'"

SWITCHED AT BIRTH ?
David Moles | San Francisco, CA | February 25, 2011

Are we sure that Earl and Jeff weren't switched at birth? The Red Rascal seems to be shaping up as the natural heir to the 53rd Hostage and Maximum Proconsul.

IMAGINE
Chuck Seidel | Carmichael, CA | February 25, 2011

Imagine Overkill as Larry. Now here come Curly and Moe...

NEW RULERS
Mike Strickland | El Dorado, AK | February 25, 2011

Len Deighton wrote a short story titled "Bonus for a Salesman," about a travelling British armament dealer who lands in a banana republic in the middle of a revolution and accidentally becomes the new "President for Life." I woke up at 2:00 a.m. with a premonition that these two slackers, with The Red Rascal in the lead, are fixing to be the new rulers of Berzerkistan!

HONEY
Tom T. | New York, NY | February 24, 2011

I was laughing out loud at these strips even before the Red Rascal recruited Zipper. Now it's the greatest series since the last time Honey was around. I start laughing each day even before I see the strip. Thanks. Keep it up. Before it's all over I hope you bring back Honey to save the day.

REAL HARM
Teresa | Minneapolis, MN | February 24, 2011

I know Zipper is an airhead, but he's a good-hearted airhead -- and unfortunately easily led. I hope that the equally airheaded but narcissistic and selfish Jeff isn't going to lead him into real harm.

STORYLINE
Norm McLeod | Ennis, TX | February 24, 2011

The Berzerkistan storyline -- from Duke and Earl to Redfern and Harris -- just keeps getting better and better. I gleefully await the outcome!

MISSION CHECKLIST
Andrew Page | Acton, MA | February 24, 2011

Mission Checklist:

1) Check chopper hoist motor

2) Test Zipper to ensure he knows which switch makes the hoist come up

3) Test Zipper to ensure he knows which switch makes the hoist come up

HAVE TO WONDER
Jason Thom | Phoenix, AZ | February 24, 2011

Call this episode Dumb and Dumber Save Dumbest. You almost have to wonder how two people with such a long history of stupidity are still alive and in the position they occupy. It's most likely the same cartoon trope ("They couldn't possibly survive, but they do") that has kept Garfield out of the pound and Dennis the Menace out of boarding school.