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I would like to comment on your latest Straw Poll. Once again, it would appear that politicians and the media have drawn a bullseye on the American Farmer. My God, it’s bad enough that we battle rising fuel prices and competition from South America, but must we also be demonized for what we wear to work? Oh yes, long before the hip-hop community or even the NCAA made the “hoodie” popular with urban youth, this garment was a staple on every single farm in the US. Films and television might portray the iconic farmer dressed in bib overalls and a flannel shirt, but on most farms, the dark blue or green hooded sweatshirt -- complete with Similac stains and hay-lined pockets -- is a virtual uniform.
From the time I was a young child, I would be rousted out of bed at 4:00 each morning, and shrug into my so-called “hoodie” before I went to the barn to do my chores. The hood kept the pre-twilight chill off my head and neck, but could be quickly brushed aside once exertion and the butane barn heater made this feature of the sweatshirt unnecessary. Most adolescent farming kids wear their hooded sweatshirts several sizes too large, but that isn’t so they appear to be thugs. Nay: the purchase of oversized garments is the idea of their parents, who understand the value of a dollar, and opt to buy clothing their children can “grow into." (Plus, the extra room makes it possible to smuggle barn cat kittens into the house, so they’ll stay warm overnight.)
And now, because of one cowardly attempt to cover up a homicide, the American public is up in arms, and ready to ban this important piece of agricultural equipment? For shame! What’s next, I wonder: putting 4-H Clubs on the FBI’s list of known street gangs? I sing the Hoodie Electric, and I’ll wear Daisy Dukes to church in December before I allow the knee-jerk reaction of some self-serving, city slickers to make me get my next hooded sweatshirt from behind the locked glass case where they keep the spray paint and single malt Scotch!
Could we de-escalate the "hoodie" fears by using the Saskatchewan name for the garment? In Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Biggar, you don't wear a hoodie, you wear a "bunnyhug."
Interesting Straw Poll. I don't like hoodies because I find them ugly to look at and uncomfortable to wear (the weight pulls at the neckline, unless worn hood up.) That said, my sister was mugged by a guy with a hoodie a few years back. He made the mistake of saying, "Let me have it." Turns out a hoodie makes a terrific catcher for a faceful of pepper spray.
The calm supposedly comes before the storm. But after real storms there is often this strange quiet when even the birds are still in hiding.
I've been reading Doonesbury since I was in grade school in the mid-70s. I really don't think there's been a "low" era in this strip; it's always relevant and cuts to the quick and I just love it. Thanks so much for last week's comics on women's health care. We need more sane voices on this topic!
This is The Way of the Trudeau -- blast us with icy cold controversy one week, then warm us with familiar character drama the next. He has given us something to think about, now he gives us space to think about it. But there was an issue being advocated this week as well, albeit one so familiar to long-term readers that it seems like an old friend: marijuana legalization. A needed change from the stressful previous week, but by no means less important.
When pot comes in from the cold, the tobacco companies will surely cut it with carcinogens. Keep growing pure, Zonk!
I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed today's strip. It really brought back memories of how I was reading Doonesbury to my younger sister and cracking up to "What do I know? I'm only a begonia!" Thanks for the smile.
How cool! Now Zonker is a raving conservative. Bill Buckley, arch conservative, also held the view that weed should be legalized. Birds of a feather.
How simply charming that the "budding" farmer Zonk would think of meeting a future wife at a "square" dance. GBT, you're the right kind of romantic.
Last week: Controversial, news-making comic. This week: GBT "on vacation." Coincidence? I think not. Mayhaps underground research on a political figure? Co-espionage with the Red Rascal? Will stay tuned...
Your Sunday strip posits the question as to whether those who hate bigots are cut from the same cloth as, or possess attributes similar to those of the conservative mind as described by the Professor. While the Professor seemed stumped, I believe the question is easily answered.
I know of no image from our history of a bigot hanging from a tree. I don't believe I've ever seen a homophobe hanging upside down in a barb wire fence in Wyoming or heard of a racist dragged behind a pickup in Texas. I hope your Professor summons the brain power to blow this false equivalence out of the water.
I think you need more options for our next intervention target in the current Straw Poll. How about Wall Street? Occupying wasn't enough. We need to depose the tyrants that reign there!
I'm greatly indebted to Garry Trudeau, whose Doonesbury has kept me company for many years. From today's strip about Zonker's way of life I've realized why he is younger than he used to be. Certain plants keep people young and without Alzheimer's Disease. Rock on and keep on rollin'.
I loved Sunday's strip. The line "I've always been deeply prejudiced against racists" reminds me of "Most everyone agrees that prejudice is bad, and that mother-love is good; yet, what is mother-love but prejudice against all other children in favor of your own?" Is there something wrong with my thinking there?
Ha! Is today's strip saying "sorry for all the trouble, Dixie newspapers -- here's one for you"? Hard not to read it that way. Well, here's to a happy reintegration back into the comics pages.
Been reading the strip since I was in college in the mid seventies. Well, I just don't get why the characters have aged when I clearly am the same guy I was when Nixon was forced to resign. Thanks Garry, have loved your work for over 35 years.
What a great service this series is! What really strikes me is Texas' selective reverence for information. The legislation, according to Gov. Perry's office, is to "ensure that women have all the facts when making a life-ending decision." Yet when it comes to having all the facts when making a life-beginning decision, Texas stands out for restricting access to the facts. From what I can find, in 2009, 94% of Texas schools were teaching abstinence in place of sex-ed, emphasizing that birth control doesn't work. They have the third-highest teen birth rate in the country, with six out of every 100 girls between 15 and 19 getting pregnant. Yet Gov. Perry maintains that "teaching abstinence works." Like most people, I think abortions should be a last resort, since there are a number of cheap, effective, and safe ways to prevent pregnancies in the first place. Yet this article from a woman who was carrying a poorly developing foetus tells a whole other side of the abortion story -- one of avoiding a life of pain and misery.
I have had two abortions. Both times, birth control failed -- it is not infallible. Both took place in Texas, and because I was young and broke, I went to Planned Parenthood for assistance. I knew what I was doing both times. I did not take it lightly. The women who were there with me were as frightened and sad as I was. The staff was kind and understanding. No one has/had the right to tell me what I could do or not do when it comes to my body. Not the father of the child, not the government...no one. Thanks for the very clear message you are sending. Women are listening. We vote. There has never been a time more important to go to the polls and pull that lever. Politicians like Rick Perry only serve if we let them. OCCUPY your own body, I say.
Not only are these state "mandatory ultrasound" laws a violation of Roe v Wade, they are also infringing on a physician's Hippocratic Oath and a patient's right to give consent to any procedure without shame, legal or financial penalty. When will physicians in all these GOP-run states rise up and just refuse to comply? Put your patients first, physicians. Get the government out of your exam rooms.