HAPPY MORALE DAY
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | December 25, 2015
Your (typically excellent) Flashback from 25-years-ago-today suggests Saudis didn't like mentions of Christmas. In case any unthinking person takes this reference as "evidence," I will mention that major stores here in Qatar and in the United Arab Emirates sell abundant quantities of Christmas trees, ornaments, and other paraphenalia. Three hotels I used in Oman last year had Christmas trees in the lobby. People smile when wished Merry Christmas -- as I wish you all. ("Happy Morale Day" is very clever. )
Backatcha! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Merry Christmas.
Grant Hurlburt | Hamilton, CANADA | December 24, 2015
I am deeply offended by your categorization of a drug dealer as a gruff person who greets every caller with a gun barrel
shoved through a metal slit. I have watched movies in which drug dealers were very nice people forced into their profession by social conditions or simple laziness. Just because some drug dealers can apparently exhibit some apparent hostility, does this mean all drug dealers are like this? Perhaps this fellow had an upbringing that did not expose him to the social graces. Consider me deeply offended by almost everything.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AMERICA
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | December 23, 2015
Re: The 25-years-ago-today Flashback strip from 1990 -- of Boopsie keeping oceanside vigil; even your exquisite artwork or the passage of time can't soften the raw emotional force of that strip. One of the best ever forever. Merry Christmas, America.
Carl | San Francisco, CA | December 22, 2015
"They" is a plural pronoun. "They" is never the appropriate pronoun choice when referring to one person, no matter the person's gender or gender identity.
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 22, 2015
Boopsie fears committing a micro-aggression, not only with an inapt pronoun, but with virtually any innocent statement. If the press can be believed, we who are of Boopsie's generation (along with "non-PC" comedians Maher, Seinfeld, and Rock), haven’t a clue how to walk the new PC-etiquette minefield.
Seb | U S of A | December 21, 2015
"It" is in fact an appropriate personal pronoun, as long as someone has told you it identifies that way. For example, it/its/itself is my pronoun set, but I would never refer to anyone else as "it" without knowing that was acceptable, because that would be dehumanizing. The same is true of all pronoun sets. Habitually referring to someone as "they" if he uses he/him/his pronouns is just as misgendering as the reverse would be.
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | December 21, 2015
This is about far more than gender. The pronoun "it" refers to an inanimate object, a lifeless being. A rock, a chair, a guitar, a CD: all can be "it." A dog, a cat, a canary, a gorilla, or a human being can never be "it," whether living or dead. Even if the person or the creature is no longer alive, they were once alive and, thus, deserve to be honoured as far more than merely "it."
Tom | San Francisco, CA | December 20, 2015
I was very surprised to hear Sam referring to her friend as "it." It's not inconceivable that someone, somewhere, might voluntarily adopt that pronuoun. However, but in my nine or so years of living as an out transgender man and being active in the transgender community, I have never heard "it" as an acceptable personal pronoun. All those I have met consider "it" dehumanizing. In fact, the Nebraska Supreme Court has held that a sheriff's use of the word "it" to refer to a transgender crime victim was, as a matter of law, not just "intentionally offensive" but "extreme and outrageous." (Brandon v. County of Richardson, et al., 2001.)
Sam was right about one essential point, though. Most trans folk are pretty cool. Even though the etiquette changes all the time (even the term "preferred gender pronoun" has been replaced by just "gender pronoun") we generally forgive a simple mistake, and happily clarify correct pronoun use if asked politely. Even trans folk make mistakes sometimes. It's when people get hung up on misgendering us again and again, intentionally using incorrect pronouns, that it starts to sound rude. There are lots of great gender neutral pronouns available: "Yo," "Shorty," "Ze," "They," "Hir," and many others. Some folks eschew pronouns altogether. It's a linguistic wonderland out there, and as Calvin said to Hobbes, "Let's go exploring!"
Patti H. | Rome, NY | December 20, 2015
Timely topic for today's strip -- but yikes! Sam's actually in college, and she chose Walden! Let the circle be unbroken.
Lisa | Brooklyn, NY | December 19, 2015
I love today's video about Hamilton. I saw it in July and got the cast album in September, and have been listening to it obsessively ever since. It's fantastic. The CBS Sunday Morning clip came out when the show was still at the Public Theater, downtown. It's been on Broadway since the summer, and is sold out until next fall -- but you can enter a lottery for the chance to win $10 tickets. It's the best musical I've seen for a long, long time (and I go to the theater a lot). See it if you can!
Mark Miller | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | December 19, 2015
Re MINITOWER: I think my old cell phone has more muscle than Alex's wish machine.
George | Jupiter, FL | December 18, 2015
In today's 20-years-ago Flashback strip young Alex's Christmas wish is for "a Packard Bell with a 133MHz processor in a multimedia minitower with a 2.1 gigabyte hard drive." Wait, I think I saw one of those out by the curb!
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | December 17, 2015
Pennsylvania may have become the next New Jersey, but at least no one's trying to move Chris Christie here.
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 16, 2015
In today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip it was a nice bit of irony that Rick Redfern was assigned to cover fellow columnist George Will's "little fete" for president-elect Reagan. I think GBT got it right that Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham expected him to swallow that bone sideways -- after all, our preferred candidates don't always get in.
Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | December 15, 2015
One of the fun parts of the strip being 45 years old is tracing the development of GBT's art skills, political consciousness, and eye for the nuanced joke. Looking at the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip, I presume that in the early 70s he got to chatting with some smart women...
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | December 15, 2015
The idea of Zeke with a Sarah-Palin-type female boggles the mind. I suspect Palin would go into her "lock and load" attitude if exposed to Zeke.
Roberta | Henderson, NV | December 15, 2015
Today's 45-years-ago strip ("Oink, oink. Woof woof! Bow-wow!") may be the only truly cheap laugh GBT penned. One sad clinker in a 45+ year career -- I think I'll stick around.
Donanon | Sausalito, CA | December 15, 2015
New York Times: "Can't Put Down Your Device? That's by Design." How does he do it? GBT is still nailing topics in the news with uncanny timing.
NOT THE ONLY ONE
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | December 15, 2015
I see I'm not the only one who noticed Mike and J.J.'s marriages are breaking up. Can it be that they will be getting back together? I'd love to see Zeke run off with some Sarah Palin type!
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | December 15, 2015
In trying to keep up with the scope and detail of the Doonesbury saga, I am frequently impressed by the depth of comprehension and compassion readers and commenters have found that this visual literature impresses on us. We find connections to our personal lives and see the reasons and unreason of society at large, and really care about these "people" whom we follow day-by-day and year-by-year. This is the definition of a social medium. Kudos, GBT.