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  • SAM'S ATTITUDE

    Terry Layman | Newbury, UK | September 24, 2017

    The longevity of GBT and his creations is partially due to his prescience and ability to incorporate such in his story lines. It took 25 years for his strips on DJT running for president ("Okay, but if you did run for Congress..." "President. Think president.") to come true. It took 15 years for his strips with myfacts.com (and Noah’s Ark with the drownable dinosaurs) to describe the world view of many. May I live long enough to see Sam's attitude wide-spread in society and, more importantly, accurate.

  • FEMINISM

    Melinda Capoza | Augusta, GA | September 24, 2017

    Re: today's strip on modern-day feminism: My daughter and I have discussed the situation quite a few times. She tends to be harsh about young women who take supposed equality for granted, while dressing hooker-chic sometimes and/or acting like a Stepford wife. Furthermore, she's aggravated that my generation spent time on the barricades, struggling so hard for gender equality and the right to control our own bodies, only to see that some young women do not appreciate our efforts and gains. On the other hand, I have reached an age, and attitude, at which "People are what they are, and do what they do" is somewhat comforting to my ideals, which have neither changed nor dwindled.

  • TRUMP

    Chris W. | US of A | September 24, 2017

    I wonder if I am missing the Trump reference in this week's strip. It's not Doonesbury if it's not keeping DJT at the forefront of our attention. Kim and Alex showed us a couple months ago that nothing is important if it doesn't involve Trump. People didn't watch the Emmys because they cared about TV shows, they wanted to hear about Trump.

  • WRONG?

    Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | September 24, 2017

    Are Sam's ideas about feminism so wrong? The fact is feminism manages to be about equality of opportunity in some minds and equality of outcome in others. These are two diametrically opposed idea in philosophical terms, with one having its roots in freedom and the other in communism. Then there are feminists popular with media outlets whose publicly stated views imply in the strongest possible way that women are superior to men. Feminism, like any idea left lying around for long enough is going to find itself hijacked by some pretty nasty people and made to serve their ends.

  • EQUALLY OBVIOUS

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | September 24, 2017

    Re today's strip: Well, isn't the "women are superior to men" thing equally obvious? I'm a man, so I get to say that. ;-)

  • VIDEOS

    Paula | Columbus, GA | September 23, 2017

    I must say I love the videos of the day. I've ended up discovering new artists and neat videos (the hummingbirds for example) through your site.  A pure joy. And since this is a time of my life in which I can no longer take watching "Da News," reading updates on the Daily Briefing works for me. Thanks, thanks!

  • DAVID GEFFEN

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | September 21, 2017

    Re the 15-years-ago-today strip on the Flashbacks page, which is about David Geffen: He was an early supporter of his client Joni Mitchell, letting her stay in his house; she wrote "Free Man in Paris" about him. His blocking beach access makes her lines "took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum" and "they paved paradise, put up a parking lot" somewhat ironic. (Based on what Geffen was doing, not Joni, to be clear.)

  • DEPRESSING

    Amy Genova | Poulsbo, WA | September 21, 2017

    The new-wife-and-old-wife series is depressing me. People think my husband is my son -- we are three years apart.

  • COUNTRY CLUB

    Alfred James | Bel Aire, KS | September 20, 2017

    Today's Classic strip: a typical day at the country club. Trump's people.

  • MUDLINE

    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 20, 2017

    It dawned on me today that I have never said how much I appreciate the Mudline. It offers so many quotes I would never have found on my own -- many very humorous, too -- and putting some I have seen in a new, insightful context. In short, keep it going!

  • THE RICH

    Ian Spencer | Frankfurt, GERMANY | September 19, 2017

    The current Classic series about trophy wives is a wonderful example of the insanely perverted sense of entitlement that the rich, in particular corporate CEOs, enjoy today. In just a few lines Trudeau sums it up nicely, when he describes a businessman viewing his marriage as a return on investment. This has now explanded beyond tophy wives to all aspects of their renumeration. Why A CEO or a VP needs an additional $20 million in options to do their job properly is beyond me, surely a wage of over a million is/should be motivation enough.

  • SHUDDER

    Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 18, 2017

    I felt a shudder when I noticed how Joanie has aged. I realise how the sands of time really have flown through the hourglass.

  • DONNY

    Dave | Elmira, NY | September 18, 2017

    Today's Classic strip from 1989 describes the current president perfecty -- "Big Jim" should be "Donny."

  • MISSING

    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 17, 2017

    Sorry to interrupt Sunday, but the 20-years-ago-today strip is missing on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page!

  • MICHAELS

    Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | September 17, 2017

    I was at Passover seders at Sheila Michaels' apartment about a dozen times. She was a sweet woman with enormous emotional strength. Thank you for mentioning her in today's Doonesbury.

  • MELISSA

    Bill | Denver, CO | September 16, 2017

    Skol! Melissa, your little smile at the end of today's 10-years-ago Flashback strip melted my heart. Here's to putting the gun down and walking away with your dignity and life intact.

  • CURRENCY

    John Davis | Dallas, TX | September 14, 2017

    Re: NOT ALONE. Regarding those $30 canning jars of "confetti" at the Chicago Art Institute -- it's likely they contained worn and shredded U.S. paper currency removed from circulation and sold by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the U.S. Treasury.

  • ROGER RABBIT

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 14, 2017

    Thank you, Alex, for bringing back the memory of the opening sequence of Roger Rabbit, where he is left with the baby. Flying knives! Cookies! The refrigerator! Stars! Oops, sorry. Birds tweeting! No, wait, I can give you stars!

  • NOT ALONE

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | September 12, 2017

    In 1994 my art-historian wife and I toured the fabulous Art Institute in Chicago -- the objects in which were mostly the result of private patronage (or none at all). We later had coffee at a "co-op" wherein canning jars of confetti were on sale for $30. The canner's curriculum vitae was offered in a handy binder. J.J. is not alone -- unlike the CVs for millennia of Art Institute artists, this CV was festooned with public patronage. I still wonder if some of that was included with the confetti.

  • THE BEST

    Alyn Adamas | Johannesburg, S.A. | September 12, 2017

    Regarding GBT's facility with the four-word punchline, I rate B.D.'s "That's one plucky leper" right up there with the best...