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Oh, props, Mr. Trudeau. Where are the other voices saying this?
LONG AND WONDERFUL TRIP
I loved the Jane Pauley-Garry Trudeau interview on "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday. Fifty years!? Didn't I just buy 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective yesterday? Thanks, GBT, for the long and wonderful trip.
Today's strip, with Mike asking if his country is still out there, I found rather sad; I feel like that often enough as it is. Question is: Will Kavanaugh and Thomas recognize themselves -- if they even read Doonesbury?
Ah! A cloud! The perfect Doonesbury character icon for Brett Kavanaugh. However, I fear there will be little to laugh at in future Supreme Court news.
A nitpick on today's strip: I don't think parents should read their children's journals or diaries; everyone has a right to privacy. It would have been better (and more likely) for Boopsie to say, "It was in her Twitter bio."
Oh, Boopsie, you are so adorable. Got me chuckling this morning.
THE WORST LUCK WITH MENPoor Honey! I really feel sorry for her. She has the worst luck with men. Or maybe it's that she has lousy taste in them. I'm referring to this and last week's 15-Years-Ago-Today Flashback storyline, in which she falls for "Nebby," a misognynistic Iraqi. Before that, and for a long time, she's been involved with Duke, who's a miserable creep. I wish she would find someone nice, and be happy.Editor's Note:
The "Nebby" storyline begins here.
I hope B.D. and Boopsie's home survives the Malibu fire...
LEST WE FORGET
While Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) tends to focus on the men and women who died in service of the country, today you gave us another reminder of what we, as a society, owe to those who returned. Even if they bear no visible wounds, they are not the same people they were when they left.
I cannot help but wonder how poorly we must have done for those who came home 100 years ago. Here in Canada it was the end of four of our military's bloodiest years, given our population at the time. More than 660,000 lost their lives in uniforms bearing the Maple Leaf (this was the first time our troops had an emblem to call their own), and thousands more returned to a country that desperately wanted to put the War behind it.
Lest We Forget.
p.s. Approximately two minutes before the Armistace went into effect, the last soldier of the British Empire who was killed in the war -- a Canadian -- died. It happened near Mons Belgium, less than 50 meters from where the first soldier had died, four years before, during an early engagement between German and British troops.
I wonder if Mel won, or if they are still counting the ballots, or what... Inquiring minds want to know!
MINES IN AFGHANISTAN
Re today's strip, WAR STORIES: It's been more than 15 years but I still, usually in the morning for some reason, sometimes have a mental pause before I walk off the concrete onto the lawn. There were so many warnings about mines in Afghanistan. Thank you, GBT, and site Duty Officer David Stanford, for the time and place that is Doonesbury.Editor's Note:
Doonesbury readers who came on board relatively recently might not know about the 800 posts by over 150 servicemembers that appeared on our milblog THE SANDBOX between 2006 and 2014. You can explore the entire rich archive here.
THE TRIBUTE WE NEED
Much thanks for today's strip. It covers a lot of ground for all the vets who've been in combat. It's the tribute we need -- stop the wars instead of paying lip service to those who served.
I wonder what the day and hour shall be when I, like Phred 45 years ago today, look up and say, "Look, Martha, here come the bombs."
Today's strip -- "Barney, play 'Uptown Funk'" -- would segue perfectly to one of these as Today's Video, were we still so graced. B.D. would maybe choose this one, whereas Sam, despite her protest, could surely enjoy this.
I really like the new format of the site, especially the size of the Flashback strips -- much more legible! However, I'm sad that almost every day, one or more years are omitted.Editor's Note:
Yes, we haven't gotten the Doonesbury Flashbacks strip feed perfected yet, but we will! Today we're missing 25 and 35 -- but 35 is accounted for by GBT's first sabbatical. Thanks for your patience.
Reading today's Classic strip from 1991, I remember sitting in the airport in Syracuse, New York around that time waiting for my delayed flight to board, and noticing that instead of Muzak coming from the speakers, someone with musical taste and a sense of humor was playing Brian Eno's "Music for Airports." I wish that I had been able to thank that unknown programmer!
I really miss Today's Video -- loved the choices and shared them a lot.
I MUST COMPLAIN
Hi Garry. I've been a big fan since the late '70s, and I have great respect for your talent, sense of humor, and insightful political observations. But today I must complain. I am so sick of people describing Congress and the Supreme Court as "cowardly and supine." They are not. They are all, like Trump, authoritarian sociopaths. Some, like Mitch McConnell, are much worse, but to some degree, they are all corrupt, authoritarian sociopaths -- including most of the Democrats. They are all destroying this country and the global environment for their own personal glory and profit.
Well, it's a good thing I am not a gambling man, as I might have bet good money that today's Sunday strip would have featured Zonker and Zipper pondering expansion of their cannabis enterprise to their northern neighbour. Why, only last night I was out in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood of the city -- always busy on a Saturday evening -- and at 8:00 pm the lineup outside the weed shop stretched around the corner, down the block, and out of sight. Stoner heaven!
GBT is such an expert in pacing and reveals -- the penultimate silent beat in both his old 4-frame dailies and in the 8-frame Sundays, giving the characters and readers a chance to cogitate and react, and adding comic and often emotional heft to a piece. In today's strip, Melissa's rally attendees are stunned by her brief exhortation, mouths literally agape at an earnest, passionate appeal to political vision and principle. For that moment, we are as uncertain as Mel how the group will respond. They might laugh, or heckle her, or simply shrug and leave. But instead, she has inspired them to action -- something Doonesbury’s readers have had faith in her ability to do all along. Yay!