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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.
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.
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.
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.
Today's strip was so great. You had NBC perfectly. I've never found anyone else who was bothered by their style, till now.
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.'"
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 Overkill as Larry. Now here come Curly and Moe...
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!
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.
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.
The Berzerkistan storyline -- from Duke and Earl to Redfern and Harris -- just keeps getting better and better. I gleefully await the outcome!
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
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.
Jeff and Zipper in Berzerkistan: Life follows art. Art is usually way ahead. My best example is Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood, where she describes the events leading up to the Grenada invasion a year in advance of Reagan's war.
What? A slacker, recruited into manly mercenary employment? How can this be? But wait! It's a fictional character. No blood, no blood shed. I can't wait for the next installment of this story. Why not get Toggle's advice? Toggle would know an M60 from a MoDus. Oh yeah, doing all that stuff -- at a decidedly non-mercenary rate -- is what got Toggle his wounds. So, how fictional is this going to go? I wonder if Redfern will ever get his 'Red Badge of Courage.'
I cannot wait to see this Red Rascal-and-sidekick episodic adventure play out. Just want to say thanks, as well, for all the years and amazingly engaging characters and storylines. A modern cave painter extraordinaire is GBT.
I have to gush about GBT's knack for getting it spot-on -- sometimes, apparently presciently. I only discovered Doonesbury in the late Eighties, when a South African newspaper featured the strip for a few years, but am now ploughing through the full archive on gocomics.com. It's fascinating to see GBT's enlightening spin on what was "impenetrable adult news" when I was a kid...
Taking Zipper to Berzerkistan is too, too dumb, even for Jeff. Talk about pushing one's luck. To quote another fictional adventurer, "I have a bad feeling about this." Perhaps they will encounter their opposite number on the other side -- a feckless airhead with a tenuous grip on reality who fantasizes that he's striking a heroic blow against American imperialism by offing them.