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THE ANSWER
Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | July 12, 2015

Jeff in glasses provides the answer to the question "What would Peter Griffin from 'Family Guy' look like if he was 150 pounds lighter, about 30 years younger, and had a full head of hair?" So probably not the effect Redfern fils was going for.

SERIOUSLY?
Angelo | Foggia, ITALY | July 12, 2015

Seriously? Jeff reading a newspaper?

RICK PERRY
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | July 12, 2015

Once again, GBT echoes the meanderings of my mind. The spouse and I had this very conversation the first time we saw Rick Perry appear with his trendy eyeglasses.

MARCIE
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | July 09, 2015

Hey, I wonder if Honey is the grown-up version of Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie, from Peanuts. She looks just like her and even says "Sir"!

EZEKIEL
Grant Hurlburt | Hamilton, CANADA | July 07, 2015

It is impressive how you have subtly aged Ezekiel and J.J. She looks a little morose and he is just a little heavy around the jaw. Still, having chosen a look, he ages well, like A. Warhol.

J.J.
Michael Timmons | Princeton, NJ | July 06, 2015

I thought Alex was "born on cable," not J.J., who I think predates cable (as do I). By the way, as her contemporary, Sunday's strip made me sad. I'm not sure how I am going to die, but I'm not planning for it yet.

Editor's Note:

 Right you are. J.J. gave birth on cable TV (in November 1988), which is what one assumes she meant to say. Thanks to the many readers who wrote to point out J.J.'s moment of pre-senility.

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 01, 2015

Rather than Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade, Sunday's strip reminded me of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conscientious Objector:

...I will not hold the bridle while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by hinmself: I will not give him a leg up
... With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his pay-roll.

REVIEWING THE IRAQ WAR
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | July 01, 2015

I understand the reaction to B.D. and the Rev, but B.D. at least has spent time at college reviewing the Iraq war with his buddy. It's worth reading the whole series, methinks, beginning here.

COUNTERPOINT
Peter | Holliston, MA | July 01, 2015

Honey is an absolute gem. I'm always glad when she appears. Without her to watch over him, Duke would long since have been pushing up daisies (or pot plants, from the seeds in his pockets). She provides the perfect logical counterpoint to Duke's demented ramblings. Thanks for continuing the story from the previous weeks. I don't remember this one...

THE SOLDIER
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | June 30, 2015

In Sunday's strip Trudeau echoes Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade: "Not tho' the soldier knew, Some one had blunder'd. Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die."

REACTION
Alex | USofA | June 30, 2015

Re: Sunday's strip: The reaction is more clearly understood by looking at it from these soldiers' perspective. Both are maimed. For years, both have defended their roles in the war. All the dead children? B.D. can either look across the breakfast table and have the moment of realization that he participated in some capacity in blowing up a whole lot of Iraqi children very similar to his own daughter. Or, he can give everyone the lecture about the band of brothers who understand that freedom isn't free because 'Merica. The ideal victim is the one who blames himself and defends his abuser. B.D. is a victim. He will not confront what he has done. He will not admit it was a mistake. He will not admit he was lied to. He will not admit that his suffering went to fatten the wallets of a small group of powerful, rich men. He will not tell Toggle that they've both been tricked. He will believe he did the right thing up until the moment they pull a sheet over him because admitting otherwise is something too horrific for him to face.

CHINA
Don C. Hancock | Boston, MA | June 29, 2015

In today's Classic strip from 1982 China claims an island. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

RELATES WELL
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | June 29, 2015

Rev. Dr. Bob from Australia's comment on Sunday's strip relates well to our current flap over removing the Confederate battle flag from state house grounds around the South. We can honor our ancestors who fought defending their homes, families, and land without glorifying the horrors brought on by the politicians of their day. Flying a battle flag defeats that purpose.

MOVING AND ANNOYING
Floyd Kermode | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | June 29, 2015

Sunday's strip was in parts moving and annoying. Moving, because a lot of soldiers probably think like that. It would make the situation easier to get through, I guess. Annoying, because I'm equally sure that a lot of them don't see the reasons for them being in harm's way (not to mention having to kill a lot of other people) as irrelevant. I'm not a veteran of any war, that's just how I see it.

B.D.
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 29, 2015

It's admirable that B.D. wants to protect Toggle's positive attitude, and understandable that he wants to protect his own. But I'd be happier if he'd said, "Regardless of whether those wars were ultimately justifiable or not, our individual sacrifices as soldiers were in support of each other, not in support of the war." That would be an impressive change in his views. But if he felt that way, he wouldn't have started with, "Wrong as usual, Rev." It seems that in order to maintain his equanimity about his sacrifice and Toggle's, he has to attack the maturity and sensitivity of anyone opposing those wars, or any wars. He should have said, "Rev, maybe you're right and maybe you're wrong about whether the politicians should have gotten us into a war in the first place. But either way, my sacrifice was worthwhile because it was in support of my fellow soldiers."

NO REAL CONFLICT
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | June 28, 2015

The conversation in today's strip is typical of many similar conversations in many nations about the many ethically ambiguous military conflicts in the post-WW2 era. For many people (of a variety of political persuasions), we've come to terms with the notion that there is no real conflict between criticising the disastrous political decisions that lead to war, on the one hand, and honouring those who put themselves in harm's way during war, on the other.

PERPLEXED
Jason Jehosephat | Port Chester, NY | June 28, 2015

What an unusual occurrence: I'm perplexed by GBT's point in today's No Regrets strip. Their sacrifices weren't in vain because they were looking after their brother soldiers? But their brother soldiers were also sent under false pretenses, and wouldn't have needed looking after if they hadn't been. Toggle and B.D. have succumbed to the sort of twisted logic I'd expect from a Bush apologist, which I know GBT is not.

AMEN
Phillip Decke | Billings, MT | June 28, 2015

Amen, Amen to today's strip, from a proud Nam vet.

B.D.
MBC1955 | Stockport, UK | June 28, 2015

A strip like today's make me appreciate what wonderful work Trudeau has done in developing B.D. out of the old blowhard dumbbell he once was into such a solid, worthy person, deserving of great respect in his solidity and his faith in his brothers of combat. I never expected to say this but he is a proper mentor to Toggle, a living example. I still can't abide his politics, mind you.

NO REGRETS
Julia K. | Omaha, NE | June 28, 2015

I'm glad the guys have no regrets, but I would rather have kept them home in the first place and eliminated the need for brother to risk life and limb protecting brother.

"Where are you going?"

"Overseas, to keep my brother from getting his ass kicked."

"But your brother is right here!"

"Yeah, well, I'm taking him with me."