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  • BILL AND HILLARY

    Leon Brauning | Napa, CA | April 22, 2018

    Thank you for today's strip. It gives Bill and Hillary a chance to get right with religion.

  • ANYTHING GOES

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 22, 2018

    Anything goes....except abortion.

  • CONCISE AND ACCURATE

    T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | April 22, 2018

    As a Reformation Christian theologian / philosopher / apologist may I say today's comic is the most concise and accurate portrayal of what Evangelical Christians have become I've seen or read to date.

  • IMPERIAL HISTORY

    Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 22, 2018

    Speaking as a UK citizen who understands his own nation's imperial history, it comes as no surprise at all to see Christians endorsing Trump despite his Emperor Nero levels of contempt for basic decency. When Britain ruled its Empire we took a Middle Eastern religion and fashioned it in our own image. The lyrics to "Jersusalem" speak of Jesus visiting England with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea. It was even believed by some that Mary was herself English because of course she was and that Joseph picked her up on one his previous business trips so that his brother could be cucked by God himself and all of that was accepted as true because to believe otherwise would suggest that the British were not the "chosen people" at all.

    So people of every society and generation invent their own theology to justify whatever it is they either need or wish to believe, but "great" powers do so in the most egregious ways. It would not surprise me at all if some American Christians go all Old Testament on your society. After all, Trump's behaviour is little different from the likes of King Solomon or King David. I for one do not believe that Trump is a short-term passing fad. He is the last and desperate death rattle of those who wish to see America ruled exclusively by white middle-aged men. I believe that if anyone thinks that such people are going to go quietly they will be in for a shock. Soon you may well have to choose between an ugly new nationalist theocracy and the secularism upon which your nation was founded.

  • "EVANGELICAL" STRIP

    Elaine Crawford | St. Louis, MO | April 22, 2018

    Just read today's "evangelical" strip and want say thank you! Thought I was the only one seeing this. Love it. Keep it up.

  • MARAT

    Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 21, 2018

    Re Jeff in his bath in the five-years-ago-today Flashback strip: I appreciate your ninth-panel tribute to David's painting The Death of Marat, with the bathtub where Marat spent his days due to a skin condition, and where he was stabbed by Charlotte Corday during the French Revolution. Very clever, and deeply ironic for this delusioned pseudo-hero. One more memory for which I can thank the Classics Illustrated comics of my childhood.

  • BEAUTIFUL

    R. Scougal | Big Lake, AK | April 21, 2018

    Thanks so much for today's video, "The Log 2." I played it over and over, whispering the names of the animals as they appeared. it's beautiful.

  • GRADE ANXIETY

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 18, 2018

    As a (now retired) teacher, I always kept today's Classic strip on my bulletin board. Grade anxiety is, if anything, worse today than when the strip was first published in 1990, and it really destroys the possibility of learning. Learning requires the willingness to take risks, and kids don't dare take risks because of grades.

    (As for Today's Video: I don't know about 1911, but when I was growing up in Manhattan in the 1950s-60s, New Yorkers walked with our heads down because the Pooper Scooper law didn't exist yet.)

  • PEDESTRIANS

    George | Jupiter, FL | April 18, 2018

    Today's Video, "A Trip Through New York City, 1911" is fascinating. I couldn't help but notice that all the pedestrians were walking with heads up, looking at where they were going. Internet must have been down that day.

  • TRAJECTORY

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley CA | April 17, 2018

    Although Zonker started out as a stereotype hippie, he has always been flexible about his lifestyle and ready to learn. He gave up competitive tanning when we learned about UV and skin cancer; he was a responsible if unconventional nanny; now he's a responsible if unconventional entrepreneur -- a trajectory that has taken him from cardboard stereotype to maturity.

  • VARIETY

    Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | April 17, 2018

    There's always been variety among hippies. It took a while, but Zonker found his niche. He's still cool, loving, open-minded and all the rest -- he just doesn't need the weed at this stage of Life. Some of us do that.

  • DRINKING

    Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | April 17, 2018

    Zonker began to bother me when he started drinking even when producing top Z bud. Did. Not. Compute. Certainly the difference in the hippie ethos was between the bread heads and the peace freaks. Any news yet on which won?

  • FRIENDS

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | April 15, 2018

    Re Saturday's strip: This guy thinks Joanie must be a transvestite to fit in with Andy's other friends? Oh my. A straight female, married, with two children, couldn't possibly be friends with a gay male?! Hmmph. Joanie and Andy are friends from way back, partly because they don't pre-judge others.

  • ZONKER

    Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 15, 2018

    Zonker is starting to break my heart. I'm not asking "What happened to him?" because I suspect that deep down Zonker was always a hard-headed businessman and his goofy and loveable personality was fake. I say this because in my experience there are two kinds of hippie: the cynic and the true believer. You can always tell which one is which as soon as material success of any kind comes their way. Someone who used to not get "hung up" about materialism suddenly turns into the most smug and selfish person you ever met. Some might say that Zonker has much in common with Walter White, and I agree with that except to say that Walter White was always Heisenberg. His SOB personality was the reason he couldn't work with his Grey Matter friends, it was why he ended up teaching chemistry instead of doing it. There was no journey, he was Heisenberg all along. I can't read the old strips the same way anymore and this almost feels like a bereavement.

  • OH, ROLAND

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 12, 2018

    Oh, Roland. Yes, the kids are all right. In fact Pew Research shows an unprecedented generation gap with the Millennials right now.

  • HACKS

    Allison | Gettysburg, PA | April 10, 2018

    So many of the Russian "hacks" were actually just low-tech phishing trips, I have dimpled my forehead from the face-palming. I understand how good they can be. I also understand that when security matters, office staff should be trained and vigilant. They should not be shutting down their web site, they should be leveling up their tech savvy! Here is just one example.

  • WHEELER'S IT GUY

    Richard Schumacher | TEXAS | April 08, 2018

    Thank goodness Wheeler's IT guy is better than the DNC's 2016 IT guy.

  • HACKED

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 08, 2018

    Not hacked on your first day, Melissa, but within four frames or six sentences, less than sixty seconds, I guess. Did you let the Russians know you were coming, online? Are you sure it's the Russians? It could be Cambridge on a double loop.

  • IF

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | April 08, 2018

    The late singer-songwriter Mike Whittaker used to say, "the biggest word in English is if." As in "a republic -- if you can keep it." For a wake-up call we might salute as above and beyond, much thanks.

  • PEACEFUL DEATH

    Tony | SOUTH DAKOTA | April 07, 2018

    Doonesbury has always handled the death of characters in a gentle, humane way. Andy Lippincott's is no different. He died a peaceful death surrounded by his friends, his music, and his city. Who wouldn't want that?