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GBT may be a liberal on the short cycle of a presidency, but over the lifetime he's seeming more and more like a family values conservative. Who's the least likable, least happy, most self-absorbed character in the Dooniverse? Jeff by a mile (Uncle Duke being not so much a character as a natural phenomenon). And how did he get that way? From today's Flashback strips, it kind of looks like GBT was setting this up 30 and 35 years ago. If so, I must say, way to think your story arc through in advance.
Sean Hannity's rant against National Treasure Rachel Maddow, quoted in the current Mudline, has moved me to thank you. I have been following the Mudline for years, but since Trump got shoved into the White House against our will it has become even more essential reading. It means that I can skip the Right Wing Fake News/Lügenpresse for a whole week at a time while I concentrate on reality.
Many years ago, movie stars made chain-smoking seem cool. My father may have thought so, and he died young from the effects of years of smoking. Now, pot seems cool. Smoke all you want, no harm is done, all the cool people are doing it. And are any more cool than the ones on your comic strip Doonesbury?
Once again Boopsie provides uncommon insight -- this time into the SI swimsuit issue sales figures. Those of us who came of age after Bert Reynolds appeared as the Playgirl centerfold made a similar assumption. Later, with a less-innocent worldview, we "discovered" that girls were not the majority purchasers of Playgirl (even if our college girlfriends were in the opposite minority).
In today's Classic strip Boopsie may be using one of the early klunky cell phones -- or it might be the handset of a "cordless" phone. I had one of those to take out to my trailer at night during several years when I lived on a ranch. Lots of resorts used them because people could take them around and about the facilities, though there were usually spots where reception or broadcast were weak. A friend used to walk around his house talking, and there was a dead spot, so we were always saying, "Back up. What were you saying in the hallway?"
Re today's SayWhat? quote: I'm sure God will take care of climate change just as he has taken care of other afflictions such as war, plague, famine, child abuse, etc. He/she is probably thinking, "I gave you brains and a paradise to live in. If through greed and stupidity you intentionally destroy the paradise and yourselves, I think I'll try again with a new model."
I'm enjoying Boopsie's past lives. As you know, the volcanic explosion of Thera (today's Santorini) wiped out a thriving Minoan colony named Thera, with beautiful wall paintings, running water and water closets. Its destruction may be the origin of the Atlantis myth (I was lucky enough to visit the archaeological site). And in today's 25-years-ago-today strip we get "Boopshepsut," analagous to Hatshepsut. Great stuff. History -- and a world outside the US!
Re today's SayWhat? quote, "I believe there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it."
-- Rep. Tim Walberg on Climate change
"And I sent you Stephen Hawking and Neil De Grasse Tyson."
Thanks for the Grateful Dead video today -- bitter sweet. The opening shot of the band walking through Egyptian ruins reminds me of the one time I had tickets to see them, at The Rainbow in London. Front row circle. And then they cancelled, as they got the chance to play at the Great Pyramid of Giza. I never did get to see them live. Ah well.
Trff and Trump are made for each other. I posted Sunday's strip on the fridge. The best laugh I've had in ages. Trff fits right in with the rest of the White House crew.
Michael must thank his lucky stars for Zeke some days. J.J. used to exploit him the way Zeke exploits her now.
When Trff first appeared some time ago he seemed rather too awful to be true. Only Saddam or Idi Amin seemed to measure up, but since that time, Trffs have been popping up like weeds. He was almost prophetic. Even his "do" seems to have become a model for monsters. Kim Jong Un must read the strip.
I had an interesting little epiphany this morning, while partaking of my Sunday morning ritual -- café con leche served with a Doonesbury. Reading the current strip, then toggling between Flashback strips (going back to Nixon and Reagan), I realized afresh not only the awesome authority of the jester to speak truth to power – that’s not exactly news – but that the spiritual parent of our current gang of jesters (Stewart, Colbert, Oliver, Bee, Meyers, Noah, Kimmel et al.) is none other than GBT himself.