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Oh, wow. The mountains are rippling!
Zonker has been waiting for this moment all his adult life. I am glad to see that marijuana legalization is happening in our lifetime. Come on California, our turn is next.
I wonder if John Denver ever thought that "Rocky Mountain High" might one day refer to pot farms in Colorado. It's even more ironic that (in the strip) Denver lived next door to a future one.
Re ZZ Bud on Amazon! Let's see... Beauty, Health, and Grocery -- check. Natural & Organic -- check. Tea? Maybe not. But Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know is #51 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Public Affairs & Policy > Cultural Policy.
GT has always impressed me with his ability to say so much with so little. In Sunday's strip, I think I detect a resigned tolerance in Zonker's facial expression for Zip's hopeless cluelessness. It may be that Zipper goes to his grave without ever achieving the more worldly eyes of the strip's mature characters. On a related note, I can't help but wonder what eyes Duke and Earl hide beneath their sunglasses.
I just want to let GBT know how much I've been enjoying Alpha House. The characters, for all their diversity, flaws and foibles, are quite likeable and, from the perspective of this moderate independent, make the GOP look good. I'd vote for them! It's a refreshing reminder of what the party was capable of being before it allowed itself to be hijacked by extremists. John Goodman's Gil John Biggs is a masterpiece. I'm going to be rooting for him!
As a long-time South African fan (I've read the entire archive), I have to say I appreciated the Nelson Mandela reference. I don't know if the strip was created before his death or not, but to me it was a gentle acknowledgement of someone once jailed and demonised as a "terrorist" (and considered as such by a number of international politicians who were, hypocritically, first in line to sing his eulogies), but who became the revered father of a new nation, claimed by all races, through patience, a spirit of reconciliation, and being on the right side of history. I hardly think it's offensive to make a similar point about marijuana legislation and/or Zipper's skewed priorities (the gag is actually about what lessons Zipper has taken from history, if you must analyse it). One thing Mandela was famous for was his sense of humour -- I doubt he would have found this strip insulting.
To be fair, Zipper would be just as likely to make the comparison even as he watched Nelson Mandela's funeral on television, since Zipper possesses neither good sense nor good taste. And Zonker has a habit of responding to his more off-the-wall remarks in the kind of warm non-responsiveness often adopted by the mothers of three-year-olds in the supermarket.
I found the Nelson Mandela reference quite funny -- so telling of Zipper's innocent cluelessness -- and Zonker's response, "Yes, but not a perfect analogy" was the icing on the cake.
I have to disagree with well-meaning folks protesting the Nelson Mandela reference. It was there to show how vacuous the Zipper and Zonker characters are, and was nothing about the great man himself. We as a species won't get beyond tribalist, magical thinking and become truly civilized until we stop creating saints and icons for ourselves. We can respect and honor those among us who have earned it without canonizing them.
Flash! The Mandela metaphor was a brilliant, hilarious flash in the murky Zip mindscape; Zipper's designed to offend. Don't blame GT.
Although I can understand the view that today's Nelson Mandela reference was out of line, I think that the comment was a prescient satire of the predictable recent comments of one R. Santorum, who likened himself and the Republicans to Pres. Mandala in their fight against the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Santorum's remark was truly offensive.
Today's Nelson Mandela reference was quite acceptable. Mandela was famous for having a sense of humour. I even believe that he would have found the Obama, Thorning-Schmidt and Cameron 'selfie' photo to be amusing.
There's nothing wrong with today's reference to Mandela. 1. It nicely makes the point that after the media's soft explanation-free celebration of a good and complex man he has been made a measure of the ideal for people who don't understand him and what he did. 2. A bit of bad taste, if your sensitive correspondents so judge it, is always to be welcomed in American oh-how-nice-we-are culture.
Great strip today in the San Antonio Express-News. I was busted for a few plants on a wilderness farm (snitched by a meter reader) on July 15, 1977. After three post-graduate years in my training in shamanism, lost a B.A. in Psychology, UT Austin, ''71, and Masters in Social Work, over this insane "law." I've had fun ever since with their nonsense: Please see my crop of '86 in the "Messin' With the Law" a chapter in my book, South Texas Shaman. Notice the reply from the head judge of Bexar County when I wrote him demanding compensation for a satanic, manmade "law" (uproarious), and the letter I sent to the Express-News, with pix, of the '86 crop. Also my letter to Bush/Cheney/FBI/DEA, etc. My stoner friends have roared. God bless you, keep up the good work.
I'm a big big fan forever, but today's strip referencing Nelson Mandela was not acceptable. I read it over twice and still felt it was majorly, cringingly disrespectful and not even funny. It's the first time I've ever felt that way about your work -- which everybody in my household deeply appreciates. Just thought I should let you know! Thanks.
I hope I'm not being too sensitive, but I feel the comparison (humorous in intent as it was) of Zonker to Nelson Mandela perhaps stretched the boundaries of good taste. The timing seems especially unfortunate given Mr. Mandela's recent passing.
How do you generate that stunned expression which is Zipper's standard face to the world?
It seems the GOP Sensitivity Sessions have touched a couple of Republican nerves. Keep up the good work!
A "slippery slope"? Just what I wanted for Christmas!