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LESS THAN SANGUINE
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 06, 2017

The Classic Doonesbury reruns from prehistory bolster the retro sense of "everything old is new again," but I am less than sanguine about reports that "there are serious people" around the White House to stop DJT doing something really, rilly stoopid. A more recent example of Life imitating Art: Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" has a scene in which President Bartlett, worried about his MS causing him to act irrationally, is reassured that there are many people who would not let him do that. But he is informed that the Constitutionally correct reality is that anyone refusing to act on the C-in-C's orders would go to gaol. Looking back at what happened during Nixon's final days in office is not reassuring.

WALTER BECKER
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | September 04, 2017

R. I. P. Walter Becker. Expert purveyor of hard-earned cynicism and compulsively listenable songs about unspeakable characters. Outsiders are almost always looking in, but when it gets hot in there, it's the outsiders who are cool.

TRUMP
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 04, 2017

Exactly! Not just @RealRBHJr. They all need to stop helping, especially @realDonaldTrump. But that's just it, of course. He can't help himself.

MENTAL HEALTH
R.W.M., M.D. | Arlington, VA | September 02, 2017

As a member of both the American Psychoanalytic Association and American Psychiatric Association, I was pleased that you let your leaders know that members of the former are free to speak publicly about Trump's lack of mental health. Not to quibble, but the first diagnosis, malignant narcissism, includes the other descriptions of psychopath, anti-social personality, and sociopath. As a member of the American Psychiatric Association, I am not allowed to say that I agree.

LOST INNOCENCE
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 01, 2017

Today's music video with Donovan and Bobbie Gentry broke my heart for lost innocence. How many of us in the Sixties believed that The Future was gonna be good?

MEMORY
Chris | Saint Augustine, FL | August 31, 2017

Re today's 45-years-ago strip: I had to Google the name "Carol Doda" to joggle my memory. Nice flashback!

TRUE NARCISSIST
Thomas Ehrenberg | Brattleboro, VT | August 29, 2017

Full blown narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathy (in its various presentations) frequently overlap, with the grandiosity thrown in as well. Because the true narcissist experiences himself as superior, he is thus convinced that society's rules -- and laws -- don't apply to him. He imagines himself as above the law. The lack of concern for others and absence of any empathy are also characteristic, since the narcissist is entirely self referential (though often clever at figuring others out, and frequently charismatic as well). Narcissism is a different phenomenon from autism, having only the superficial similarity of non-relatedness. Paradoxically, the need for approval and admiration is constant and profound, as they substitute for genuine relationship.

ZEITGEIST
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | August 28, 2017

Your Sunday strip elicited more free psycho diagnostics than I could ever have dreamed to obtain anywhere in the world. America, you elected this guy. He's a reflection of your own current zeitgeist (strange I should be using another German word after what those Nazi flamers did last week...). What's wrong with you?!?

LANGUAGE
Susan Dawkins LCSW | Castro Valley, CA | August 28, 2017

Mental Health Professionals use different language to define the same condition. It just depends on their training, whether they have a pscyhodynamic or behavioral orientation, etc. But we all know what an elephant is when we see it.

UNDERLYING PATHOLOGY
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | August 27, 2017

Note the similarities between the behavior of recently convicted pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli, and that of our president. Most of the suggestions in today's strip work at a descriptive level, but I suspect a more fundamental underlying pathology. My suggestion is the autism spectrum. Shkreli's lawyer pointed to his client’s incompetent social behavior, possibly in an effort to secure a lighter sentence. So far, none of Trump’s defenders have arrived at that point, but Trump has not been convicted yet. I live in hope.

HEY, SHRINKS
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | August 27, 2017

Hey, shrinks, there's no need to disagree: Just check "All of the Above." But you left out Borderline Personality Disorder and the desperate need for approval.

WHAT?
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | August 27, 2017

What? No "All of the Above" regarding the Trump diagnosis?

PRICELESS
Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | August 24, 2017

"Renegotiate." Priceless. Today's Classic strip could have been written yesterday.

MOMENT OF MERLE
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | August 24, 2017

Thanks for the moment of Merle -- it made a great start to the day.

DUKE
Yeti | Hermatite Basin, CO | August 24, 2017

Uncle Duke is the first psychopath who ever made me laugh.

AUSTIN AT TRUMPFACTS®
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | August 22, 2017

I see I'm not the only one noticing that even the indomitable Austin at TRUMPFacts® is starting to get fed up. GBT did a great job at conveying that, in order to protect Austin, the conversations should be recorded "for quality assurance purposes."

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Peter | Hollison, MA | August 21, 2017

Re Sunday's strip. Either GBT is clairvoyant, or he's waiting until the very last minute to turn in his homework. I prefer to believe the latter. The hated Yankees did beat the Sox on Saturday night ...and there was some sort of protest on the Common.

TODAY'S STRIP
Victor Field | London, UK | August 20, 2017

Austin over at TrumpFacts is looking a lot less cheerful than usual in today's strip.

HOW?
Harm Prins | Huizen, NETHERLANDS | August 20, 2017

Again, great timing. How do you do it?

HOOLIGAN
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | August 16, 2017

So now, in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Honey is a "hooligan." I'd say this is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" (as if Honey ordered the tanks and the shootings).