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A CANADIAN'S TAKE
I've never heard the song by "the Travis boy," but I'm familiar with a Canadian's take on the subject. "We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man. We've got a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand." Neil Young's Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.Editor's Note:
President Bush was referring to Randy Travis's "Point of Light." You can see a live performance, with a glimpse of 41 singing along, here.
My blowback is simply this: I think you should get rid of the Blowback section and bring back Today's Video (or This Week's Video, if time constraints won't allow a video every day). Our society is overrun with comment sections and social media posts. Why? All they do is provide more platforms for toxicity. In a more perfect society, perhaps comment sections would elevate to the level of discourse originally envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee. Unfortunately, we are not that society.
The video section was awesome; it opened up the world! I would bet good money that folks frequently saw things in those videos that they had never seen or heard before. I know I did. I cannot say the same for Blowback.
Roland. Get real, man. You know red lines seldom work even if they are thin. Ya got to follow up on Nancy Pelosi's observation -- the beaded curtain idea. A beaded curtain can be very effective, especially if a huge Punjab-type character stands in front of it. A lot of people are saying.
Garry must've really hit a nerve with Sunday's strip, judging by the responses. Keep up the Good Work!
p.s. I got a new iPad and can see the Mudline again. Whoo hoo!
What the strip gets wrong is the assumption that Americans care about the character of their president. Not so. Americans care about low gas prices and low unemployment. It wouldn't surprise me if Trump gets a second term.
OTHER DISTURBING ASPECTS
It is impossible to satirize Trump, and this is historically a satirical strip. To focus on his faults is like spearfishing in a barrel. My reaction is, "Yeah, so? I can read that in the news pages." There are other disturbing aspects of society which are less scrutinized, and deserve your attention.
Sorry, but your strip today about not being Fake News was Fake News. By conveniently omitting that Trump only sleeps about four hours a day and does not consume alcohol or drugs, you obscure the fact that he has four to six more waking hours a day than the average person. He can tan or play golf and still work 12 to 15 hours a day. His many accomplishments in his first two years are a testament to this fact. We have lower unemployment, better trade deals, and a stronger world presence than during the eight years we endured under his predecessor, who did his best to destroy our company.
If Donald Trump did not have to constantly fight a biased media, a Democrat-funded federal hypocritical conspiracy investigation, and senatorial opposition, just imagine what he might have accomplished. I do not understand why a man who supports the traditional American values and our federal Constitution is constantly vilified by people who think they know better. Socialism? Which has failed at every attempt. Fundamentally change a country from what has made it the greatest in the history of the world? What is the benefit to leftist and liberals in destroying the goose which laid the golden egg? I don’t think the enlightened, intellectual elite are all that smart.
Hey Roland: Many people swear by the very Bible which instructs us not to swear. "Swear not at all." (Matthew 5:34)
SUCH A JERK
Re: Boopsie and B.D. Huh. I've always thought B.D. is such a jerk. I could never understand why Boopsie stayed with him.
The December 28 and 29 cartoons show a rising moon. This suggests that Boopsie's waterfront residence is on the East Coast. The vegetation is subtropical, so I'd guess Carolina, Georgia, or Florida.* And B.D. is kinda acting like a 'Good Ol' Boy.'Editor's Note:
Variant conditions and behaviors pertain in the vast and mysterious cartoon universe. Boopsie and B.D. live in Malibu.
BOOPSIE AND B.D.
I came to Doonesbury about 15 years ago during the Iraq War. I always thought Boopsie was such a ditz, and I never understood why B.D. stayed with her. But going back to 1991 and seeing what an absolute jerk B.D. was to Boopsie really p****s me off! Gives me a much different perspective on both characters.
MY MUSLIM STUDENTS
I taught at a branch campus of a Canadian university in Qatar for four years. An officially Wahabi Muslim country, with muezzins five times a day (women could and did drive since the country’s inception, BTW, and were expected to dress without showing shoulders or knees, BTW). My mostly Moslem students, Muslim colleagues, and Muslim people I met regularly wished Merry Christmas to us obvious expats of European ancestry. (And we wished them Eid Mubarak at appropriate times of the year). Our (mostly Muslim) students created a spooky Hallowe’en display. Christmas decorations and fake Christmas trees were widely available in major grocery stores and many stores had Christmas-themed window displays. None of this was a problem to any of us. No one resented or was offended by anyone else. My Muslim students, BTW, prayed five times a day.
MARK VERSUS HIS DAD
"Ooh, SO close!" Fifty years ago, this was Megaphone Mark versus his dad. Glad to see that some things never change.
"Congresswoman Wheeler" -- how sweet it is!
"Congresswoman-elect Wheeler." I have been waiting to read these words since the day Mel announced she was running for Congress! Melissa Wheeler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make a formidable duo come January 2019.
I have been waiting for a month to see if Melissa caught the Blue Wave. Outstanding, soldier!
Congratulations, Congresswoman Wheeler!!!
ARE YOU SURE?
Are you sure that's a 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashbacks page? It looks pretty recent to me.
In Sunday's strip I was surprised to note MBS drinking his tea with his left hand; I'm going to be terribly distracted trying to figure out if it means something...
Trudeau may have to return to posting new strips every day if the current president gets indicted, imprisoned, or impeached!