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What could be better than trenchant political commentary combined with high adventure? Maybe I need to get out more often...
I started reading Doonesbury just after 9/11 and have become a huge fan. After so many efforts, giving Jeff Redfern amazing opportunities to massively succeed and with consistent ultimate fail, here is yet another chance. My main question is how he will screw this next opportunity up. I can't wait to find out.
Anne in Belfast is a mind reader. Ever since Duke mentioned Overkill I thought "the return of the Red Rascal is just around the corner!" ROTFLMAO! This is even better than bashing the pro-gun freaks with facts. Way to go GBT, and thanks for the laughs. (And congratulations on 40 years of Doonesbury!)
So Duke is sending Jeff to rescue Bmzklfrpz? This is just too good. I love the growing interactions among the characters that begin in completely autonomous threads, and then bump into each other. The longer one reads the strip, the more fun it gets!
Oh joy! Dare I hope that the Red Rascal is about to tangle with the future of Trff Bzklmfrpz and Berzerkistan? I wonder if Jeff has anything to do with the unrest in various other nearby places...
I'm glad we're back in Berzerkistan. Trouble is that once again nobody learns from history, not even in cartoons. There's a flood coming, retreat to higher ground. Thanks for the George Shearing tribute video. I have long loved his vocal work and wondered why there's not more. The personification of taste, and a nature's gentleman, he's been delighting me since the forties.
GT, I used to wonder where you got your material, but politicans just keep giving you gifts to show your readers.
Ahh, the sweet sound a dictator makes when he hits the ground. I only wish it were possible to leak Duke's 12-point survival protocol to the press for the benefit of us all.
I must really applaud GBT for his handling of the Arab revolutionary tsunami. Rather than settle for Roland sitting at his computer and sending fake tweets from Tahrir Square in Cairo, he's gone the Berzerkistan route and is in the process of taking down my favourite tyrant, Trff Bzklmfrpz. I am now more of a helpless admirer of the Duke-Earl-Bzklmfrpz trio than ever. I just wish Honey were around to mess things up even more than they are. And, oh yes, Earl's demand for a credit card number "real quick" was priceless. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's strip.
Thank you very much for your strip on gun deaths. Some have criticized you for their not understanding the phrase "at home." My guess is it means you've been conversing with people in the military and their families; something the typical American doesn't do. As a former Marine, I know my way around weapons, but I also know there is no substitute for observation, analysis and communication. Thank you, again, for your succinct observation, analysis and communication. I wish I were as eloquent.
I love the Flashbacks page. Michael Doonesbury played hockey 40 years ago? Wow, just wow. Okay, maybe he wasn't good at it, but this is just the sort of depth of character that I love about the strip.
Luckily for you, truth isn't required by law in comic strips. You say 270,000 people were killed by gunfire at home in the last nine years? According to the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, the number is about one third of that, and since the gun laws have been "weakened," the trend is downward. Have a nice day.
Great strip yesterday. One of the best ever. The Blowback comment "JAPAN" asks "Should we outlaw knives and cars?" Well, we do outlaw switchblades and such. And we require registration, license and insurance to own and drive a car. I always thought it odd that you need to register a cat or a toy poodle, but not an assault weapon. Along the same lines, I wonder if anyone ever been killed with a one-hit bong. They're illegal, but not a thirty-round clip.
Whirr...Bing! Illogical circumstances due to pre-existing agendas...Carbon-based beings in deep denial...Whirr...next planet...
On a scale of one to ten, today's strip is about 10^3.
We're sending a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Trudeau for his courage in continuing to write comic strips that are honest and, in our opinion, completely on the mark. Today's comic expressed what we believe perfectly and we are so glad someone actually "said" it -- albeit in a comic strip. Those in power should be saying the same things! Our oldest paid it the highest compliment this morning, deeming the strip "door-worthy."
Of the 270,000 U.S. gun deaths cited in today's strip, half were suicides. Before you blame guns for encouraging US suicides, remember Japan leads the world in suicides with 30,000 deaths per year. And this is from a country with the strictest gun control laws on the planet -- where owning a gun is all but non-existent -- and one of the best standards of living. People will kill themselves or others with or without a gun. Witness the stabbing incident in Brooklyn this week, where a man stabbed three people to death and hit another with a car he stole. Shall we outlaw knives & cars?
Finally, finally GT has the guts to state the enormously obvious. You live in a bizarrely interesting country where portions of your population live lives of fear arming themselves against their fellow citizens. You spend literally trillions fighting and "safeguarding" yourselves against a shadow enemy in a war that's only winnable through compromise. Meanwhile your country tumbles in education standards and the rich/poor gap widens daily powered by bold greed. GT has a wonderful sense of irony that many Americans lack. We're friends and neighbors and want to see you happy and successful, but continually marvel at how badly you misstep, ignore history lessons, embrace political mythology, ignore facts and let fear rule your lives. Thankfully there are voices like Doonesbury that examine some realities.
The 270,000 appears to be the total number of gun deaths. Over half were suicides. Getting rid of guns won't lower the suicide rate by much. And of the homicides, I'd like to know how many were gang or drug related. I can't muster much sympathy for those folks. In fact, they're doing the rest of us a favor by killing each other off. We do have a problem with mentally ill and underage people acquiring guns. We need to work on that problem rather than painting all gun owners with the same brush.