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I knew an elderly gay man who'd been in the military in the 40s and 50s. He said that whenever they got to a new post, the gay men and women would seek each other out and become "couples." So it's been going on for a while.
Wow! That was one I didn't see coming. Love it! RIP, DADT. You'll not be missed. Well, maybe bigots will miss you, but most of us won't. Memo: This veteran is medicated for your protection.
HE WOULDN'T LIE
Let me preface this by mentioning a near and dear relative who is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion instead of the US Army because back in the day he wouldn't lie, and DADT was six years out. When I saw today's strip, first I laughed, then I cried, then I prayed Mel's comrade will not regret her candor. No one should care whom you love or share a bed with as long as both are consenting adults. It has no bearing on one's ability to serve well and with honor. Thanks, Garry.
For all those who think that Gov. Christie's weight will hurt his chances for the presidency (current Straw Poll), I would like to point out that presidents Taft, Grant, Clinton, and Teddy Roosevelt all packed some serious heft in the Oval Office.
PINCH THE TOES
As a Christian, and a pastor, I have found GBT's recent comments to be revealing and insightful. I have been reading his strip since the first panel, and if his comments on faith seem to pinch the toes a little, it's usually because of the public forum being dominated by know-nothings like Perry and Palin. Science-bashing, anti-immigrant bias, and Biblical literalism seem to attract more attention these days than any thoughtful discussion on these issues. The fact that GBT zeroes in on these issues, along with the people who foment such talk, simply means he is doing his job. For my part, I believe he has been eminently fair in his portrayal of faith, and I detect no anti-Christian bias in his writings. Carry on, Trudeau -- this is one clergyperson who has been glad to grow up with you.
As a Texan, I love today's strip. You are right on regarding Rick "The Price is Right" Perry.
HOW MUCH IT TAKES
This current discussion of how much it takes to buy Gov. Perry reminds me of the exchange between Winston Churchill and Lady Asquith, where he said, "Madam, would you sleep with me for one million pounds?"
She pondered a bit and said, "One million pounds? I might."
"Would you sleep with me for twenty pounds?"
"Of course not! What do you think I am?"
"Madam, we have already establish what you are -- now we are merely haggling over the price."
I was wondering when someone would ask the obvious followup of Gov. Perry: If not $5k, then what is your price?
Thank you, Doonesbury, for finally expressing what many of us feel about Perry. Perhaps in the future commentators and journalists will simply say that he has been bribed repeatedly.
HARDLY SEEMS POSSIBLE
It hardly seems possible that BLOWBACK could be as entertaining as the strips, but I am enjoying this debate with a cartoon character about theory vs. fact. vs. law...
I just wanted to say "Thank you" for today's strip. Thank you, Garry, for understanding so well.
Wow! Science week at the water cooler. Carl Sagan and Bill Nye would be so proud...
I want to express my thoughts and hurt about the current storyline. When you are in this vein, bashing conservatism and Christianity, you are toxic. I believe that you deliberately injure. You misuse your one talent, the humor that brings joy to others. Find what festers in you and root it out. It is killing you.
WHAT NEWTON WORKED OUT
There is a Law of Gravity. It is what Newton worked out -- that two objects are mutually attracted by a force proportional to their mass and inversely proportional to the distance between them. And then there is a Theory of Gravity which is the explanation for why the Law of Gravity exists. I suppose in the Rick Perry world (or is that "Parry"?), the theory would be something like "because that is the way it was designed to work."
Today's strip showed the clueless interviewing the clueless. Evolution is so well established we may as well call it the Law of Evolution. But it is assuredly not the "foundation of all life sciences." Without evolution "whole fields from biology to genetic to ecology" would be just fine. Those disciplines validate evolution -- not the other way around.
Re. this BLOWBACK comment: "I believe gravity is a theory, not a law." Actually, gravity is a force. However, there's another problem with the comment: It will almost certainly serve to muddy the waters concerning the scientific use of the word "theory." Scientific theories are the best available general explanations of reality. The rules contained in theories are called "laws." Newton's law of universal gravitation states the rules that govern the interaction of masses due to the force of gravity.
UP THE NOSE
In science as in philosophy there is no certain knowledge. This gets right up the nose of those who crave certainty where there is no evidence. Even as we try to lift them gently up they put us cruelly down.
THE MATTER OF GRAVITY
An earlier BLOWBACk is incorrect on the matter of gravity (said the chick who got straight A's in engineering physics). Gravity as considered to be an attractive force exerted in a predictable way is indeed a law. There are theories about gravity and the way it functions, particularly around neato thingsies like black holes, but the existence of gravity is demonstrable, proven, and shown to behave as an attractive force beyond all shadow of doubt. Scientifically speaking, that's the difference between theory and fact. One might even make the case that gravity is an incontrovertible fact. On the other hand, if I could abolish gravity when I hit the scales, I'd be a happy camper! Where's that petition?
A DANGEROUS POSITION
Careful with that sweeping statement, Redfern. Saying those sciences "can't exist" without the theory of evolution is a fallacy. (And note that while those sciences have been validated, evolution is still rightly referred to as a theory.) Saying "can't" where science is concerned is a very dangerous position.
Let's come to scientific agreement (for if those who love Doonesbury cannot, who can): What is called "the law of gravity" is a theory, and Climate Change is only 99.9% certain, not incontrovertible, and the word "absolutely" should never be used, except with "fabulous."