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Re "Mad edgy." I guess Boomer men are the last generation for which military life was a familiar part of the general culture, because military service, or at least the dreaded prospect of military service, was a normal part of growing up. Nowadays it's just something bizzare and incomprehensible that happens by choice to people who are nothing like anyone we know. The evil genius of Richard Nixon has done its work.
Let us hope that Alex, Leo and Drew do not end up as a threesome.
Your commitment to soldiers is admirable. It'd be easy to live in the U.S. and not know Americans are dying in combat. It's worth mentioning that of the elephantine military spending, the vast amount goes to suppliers of non-combat services (e.g. Halliburton), aircraft, weapons and screws, while thousands of service personnel are so low-paid they qualify for food stamps, and the low level of medical care for vets is a scandal. The occasional stories of the "dumb old military" paying thousands for a toilet conceal the fact that this is no accident -- it's taxpayer money flowing out to profiteering corporations. Keep up the fine work.
Is there anything better than an Alex and Leo week in Doonesbury? Of course not, don't be silly.
As one of the people who fought in our country's wars, it is nice to see folks out there remembering what Memorial Day is all bout. Thank you!
Remember too that the names on the wall are less than half the story. Four of my classmates did not survive Vietnam. Two died there, and two died in single-person "accidents" soon after returning. The combat vets you know are true survivors.
B.D. is right. To military families it seems as if no one remembers that our loved ones are facing things most of us can hardly imagine. The dangers they face are physical, but they are also far more profound. War can turn you into a walking dead person. I am the mother of a disabled veteran of OIF. I think I speak for thousands of us when I thank you for keeping us in your heart and in the minds of the nation.
Thank you for reminding us to remember. It saddens me to think that 97% of us are safeguarded by the three percent willing to give up to and including the last full measure, and the families that love and pray for them. There is no greater love than that which the vets put forth on our behalf, and we barely realize that we barely deserve it.
Thanks for all your dedicated commentary. Loved it during the Viet Nam era, hated it during the 80s and 90s, starting to like it again, now. The times, they are a-changing.
I've been thinking about last week's Rapture series. I hope Zonker got to keep the Mercedes...
I wonder if it is a Flashback week because GBT is one of the godly and was raptured last Saturday.
GBT may "guess a lot" but I recall the attempted assassination of the Butcher of Berzkistan which appeared the day Bin Laden was shot. And the Obama election strip ("He's half white you know.") which appeared on the day Obama won the election. Pretty good guessing, I would say. (We are currently enjoying his trip to his ancestral home -- Ireland!)
Usually I look to Doonesbury for high wit more than laugh-out-loud funny, but Sunday's strip was definitely an all-out coffee spraying moment of hilarity.
Today's strip brought to mind this advice from Scott Adams: "Eliminate the assholes. Nothing can drain the life-force out of your employees as a few sadistic assholes who seem to exist for the sole purpose of making life hard for others."
I am the author of The Ahole Rule, which Garry wrote about today. I almost fell of my chair when I saw the piece. I especially appreciate that it provides a great summary of the main ideas in the book. Also, as bonus, Trump once sued my publisher over a piece claiming that The Donald was claiming to be far richer than he was. Trump lost the suit. Thanks, Garry, for making my day.
The definition of "an obnoxious, narcissistic bully, someone who hogs all credit and ducks all blame" is Barack Hussein Obama. I just don't understand why, after watching his performance for the past two years, GBT hasn't noticed that.
Way to be topical with the Trump candidacy! I look forward to a Pat Paulsen story arc. What was it like being in charge of Canada?
Trump had said repeatedly that he would announce his decision on "Celebrity Apprentice" on May 22, and like an idiot, GBT belleved him. Because of his long lead time, Trudeau guesses a lot, and not surprisingly, things can go awry.
It just gets better. I loved that Zonker knew the scripture, and now it's Linus he's quoting. (I'm convinced Linus would have appreciated Doonesbury, too. He was a principled but quite pragmatic little boy, and one of my favorite characters, even though he was capable of believing in magical beings -- the Great Pumpkin, anyone?). Not so unlike Zonker, actually.
In having Zonk conjure up the spirit of Linus, Trudeau gives us the archetype of the "holy fool," the wise, simple soul who walks very close to the heart of the Divine. On days like this, I find this cartoon to be almost unnervingly profound. Thanks!
I love the Linus reference. You made Schulz's day in heaven, I'm sure.