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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • 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.

  • BOOKS

    Alberta Rose | Calgary, CANADA | January 31, 2015

    I read a "How To Organize Your House" article which ended with, "If you want to know how many books you should have, think in terms of being told you can only take 20 with you. Keep those and get rid of everything else." I thought that was a great idea until I looked at my Doonesbury books. I have 51, and there are a few gaps which I plan to get filled by the end of the year. So much for that idea.

  • THREATS

    Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | January 31, 2015

    Lucky for you and every U.S. citizen, you live in a country that was founded by men of the Enlightenment and that free speech is a constitutional right, as is freedom of religion. Lucky for you that U.S. citizens do not have their thought controlled by some religious establishment whose primitive concepts repressed the rationality of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome from 2,000 years, continued to do so for more than a millenium and a half, burning books, burning free-thinkers and punishing scientists. It's not hard to name countries where religion or anti-democratic political dogma prevents free speech, and these are some of the greatest threats to the world.

  • FREE SPEECH

    McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | January 29, 2015

    Free speech is not just a right, but an obligation. Thank you for having the skill and wit to show us that which we don't always have the courage ourselves to confront. Your genius lies in doing so with humor and not malice. Even when I disagree, maybe even especially then, I find myself respecting your courage in telling us what we don't want to hear. It makes us better people. Please don't ever stop. We need that more than ever these days.

  • SEPARATE

    Carol Hensel | The Woodlands, TX | January 29, 2015

    I think that politics and religion should be separate, as our Founding Fathers believed. Being critical of a president's policies does not mean you are Satanic.

  • THE BUSHES

    Bran Midkiff | Halifax, VA | January 28, 2015

    Garry, I respect your opinion, although I'm very resentful of how large of an audience you affect with your strip. In a conservative, Christian society it would have dried up by now. Lucky for you we live in a society driven by Satan, and the liberal help he has sold to his cause, and you are one of those in the forefront of his army. The Bushes love our country, and our causes. Their only crime is success.

  • B.S.

    Gail Heinsohn | New Lebanon, NY | January 28, 2015

    I think I love you, Garry Trudeau. Keep on blowing through the b.s., please!

  • ASTERISK

    Terry | Crawfordville, FL | January 28, 2015

    In Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut offered a very accurate transliteration of the asterisk.

  • CONTESTED

    Rookie Phenom | San Francisco, CA | January 27, 2015

    RE SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS: I don't interpret the GWB asterisk symbol as anything more than denoting that his first presidency was decided in court under contested circumstances. Kind of like Roger Maris' home run record exceeding Babe Ruth's. (We don't apply it to Barry Bonds' records but many, many people keep a mental asterisk on him.)

  • SUNDAY'S STRIP

    Ken Callahan | Cleveland, OH | January 26, 2015

    In his recently published collection of essays, But Enough about You, Christopher Buckley says this about George H. W. Bush: "I would have never traded my own father for any other, but I've always thought that George Bush is the father we all wished for." Sunday's strip was an uncharitable and inaccurate shot against a decent man who has contributed so much to America, far more than any journalist that comes to mind. In my mind it crossed the line from sharp satire to gratuitous meanness.

  • BUSHWHACKING

    Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | January 25, 2015

    And while you're joyfully doing the Bushwhacking, I'm sure you'll include Jeb's own mother's comment that the country has had enough Bushes.

  • SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS

    Ross Bender | Philadelphia, PA | January 25, 2015

    I'm glad to see the Bush Buster back in action. Please allow me to contribute a more sophisticated analysis.

  • BUSH-BUSTING STRIP

    Margot Mazeau | Arlington, VA | January 25, 2015

    I enjoyed today's Bush-busting strip, and am looking forward to many more. I hope you include Jeb's intervention in the Terri Schiavo tragedy.

  • LITTLE CHANGES

    Donald L. Heflin | Naples, FL | January 21, 2015

    Many thanks, Garry, for the humor in your comic strip. Every morning, I read it and all the comics in our local rag, Naples Daily News. And now , thanks to the TOAST post, I'll be looking for the little changes that you make in each strip. Thanks for humoring us all of these years.

  • TOAST

    Hyacinth Girl | Columbus, OH | January 20, 2015

    I love the subliminal commentary on Mike in today's final panel. When it comes to J.J., he is indeed toast.

  • FOURTH PANEL

    Andreas Fliflet | Bergen, NORWAY | January 20, 2015

    Excellent geek-reader-provocative change of toast in fourth panel today.

  • VORTEX

    A.D. Monday | Searcy, AK | January 20, 2015

    I wonder if it is true that Doonesbury will go away during the next polar vortex.

  • LIZ

    Ken Traverse | Billerica, MA | January 19, 2015

    If you'd vote for Liz, you must still be smoking Maui Wauwi.

  • ELIZABETH WARREN

    CJG31 | Lombard, IL | January 18, 2015

    I think Elizabeth Warren should run for President. She lacks charisma in her speeches, but makes sense all the same. She advocates for the homeless on the street but also for the disaffected behind their computers. I like that she's a she. I like that she has always thought of herself as Native American. I like that she researches her speeches and has taught at Harvard. Hell, been a teacher. I'd vote for her. I can't think of a single reason not to vote for her. Does she hate baseball?