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I REMEMBER
Barb | Bend, OR | February 23, 2015

Oh dear. I remember this story arc from the first time it ran, and then I reread it in a collection, and here I am getting the tissues again to wipe away my tears for what I know will be happening -- the sweetest, most wonderful, most natural, and yet saddest moment in the strip up until then.

FEMALES
Ron Malecki | Surf City, | February 23, 2015

I expect men will stop referring to females as girls whenever females stop referring to "a night out with the girls."

GIRLS
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 23, 2015

I find it so wearying that Americans especially persist in referring to all human females as "girls." I'm especially disappointed to see it in Doonesbury, even though Mike is a dork; how old does a female have to be to be considered a woman?

ATTRACTIVENESS
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | February 23, 2015

I can definitely see how Mike's attractiveness to Kim can be seen as being related to his being "the star of one of the best comic strips of all time." This, however, does not explain Charlie Brown's lack of success in his long-term courtship of the little red-haired girl. Neither does it explain Snoopy's life-long celibacy (though there may be surgical reasons for this).

META
T.V. Gord | Ottawa, CANADA | February 22, 2015

Re today's strip: Clearly she married him because he's the star of one of the best comic strips ever. It's meta.

FLASHBACKS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 21, 2015

I'm just back from a week in hospital, during which I had no computer access. I had been a little foggy in the head when I went in, so didn't ask anybody to send me the Flashback strips. A clear result: I am now committed to living at least another five years, so as to pick them up the next time around! Good to be back.

Editor's Note:

And good to have you back on Blowback. Hope your recovery is complete and swift!

SANDWICH
Tim Phelps | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2015

Coffee cup, sure. But did you notice the magical disappearing sandwich?

SPOTTED IT
Jan | Milwaukee, WI | February 21, 2015

Aha! Spotted it! The magical disappearing coffee cup!

MACARTHUR
Mark Jenkins | Springfield, IL | February 20, 2015

While recently watching American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur on YouTube, a photograph of MacArthur (posing, as usual) struck me as bearing a striking resemblance to Uncle Duke. I believe the ambassador may in fact be the general's illegitimate offspring, a fact subtly memorialized through the naming of Duke's aide in Pago-Pago. You can see the MacArthur photo at 52:57 of this video. and Duke's portrait here.

HUMANITY
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 19, 2015

Thanks for today's 15-years-ago Flashback strip, which I missed seeing when it first came out. It's a profound statement about humanity. Rather than understand the folly of their ways, most people consistently distort and glorify the past, especially war. The strip is not about people who live in the Southern U.S., or in the past; it’s about people who can’t comprehend, accept, and rise above their failings. Genius.

ALPHA HOUSE
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | February 17, 2015

I am Jonesing for a third season of Alpha House. Any good news on the horizon?

Editor's Note:

 Stay tuned. Any horizon-breaching developments will immediately be shared via SITE NEWS, on the right side of our home page.

DIFFERENT
Don Heflin | Naples, FL | February 16, 2015

Okay, Garry, I got the cup handles being in different directions the other day, but you did yourself proud with the toaster/breads today. Thanks.

FAMILIAL LINE
Gringo | Guaymas, MEXICO | February 15, 2015

Let's see. Uncle Duke to nephew Zonker to nephew Zipper. All related by drugs. But, otherwise, no resemblance whatsoever. Who would have guessed that the sweet-tempered pot-smoking dropout who talked to his plants would grow up to be a responsible surrogate parent to a self-centered zero who lacks all of his personable virtues? I hope that I live to see what is next in this curious familial line.

HELL
The Gray Adder | Clinton, NY | February 11, 2015

Hell is an open office. I've never had to work in one, thank God, but I do share a cubicle with someone who peppers me with questions about stuff all day, so I kind of know what it must be like.   

STORIES
William Stein | Brooklyn, NY | February 11, 2015

My mother always says, "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." Of course, she's talking about stories told round the kitchen table, with a wee drop taken.

REALLY
Sam McDonald | Gatlinburg, TN | February 10, 2015

Is Brian Williams really the Red Rascal?

BRIAN WILLIAMS
Dayna | Atlanta, CA | February 10, 2015

A recent Blowback writer compares Brian Williams to Roland Hedley. The more I read Williams' quotes, the more I'd liken him to the Red Rascal.

BRIAN WILLIAMS STORY
Simon Mills | Dublin, IRELAND | February 08, 2015

As the Brian Williams story unfolds, it reminds me more than a little of a time Roland Heldey regaled a less-than-impressed Joanie Caucus with tales of journalistic derring-do in a DC laundromat.

SUSPICION
George | Tequesta, FL | February 04, 2015

I guess the Rand Paul SayWhat? quote proves my suspicion that he is an alum of the Baby Doc School of Medicine.

THREE RELIGIONS
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | February 02, 2015

Today's SayWhat? quote about "dispatching another Godless jihadist" was priceless. Folks forget that the three major religions founded in the Middle East all worship the same deity. Their observances may differ dramatically, but it's the same Big Guy they're talking about.