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TRUMP
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 04, 2017

It's wise not to let Trump live in your head full time, but pity the reporters who must do it so that the rest of us can get caught up with the bits we need to without trying to pay attention all the time!

SUPERNOVAE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 03, 2017

Re SOMETHING. I wonder how many supernovae will be discovered next year, if Trump defunds the National Science Foundation?

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | April 03, 2017

if Trump is living in your head rent-free, that's not his fault, it's yours. But by all means, keep it up. This is how you lose city councils and mayorships. This is how you lose state legislatures and governorships. This is how you lose Congress; by focusing on Trump and only Trump. And yes, this is how you get President Trump. You may not understand the value of free advertising, but he does.

EVERYTHING
Marcia Martin | Longmont, CO | April 02, 2017

I was all ready to rant at the Blowback item SOLUTION until I saw that it was sent from Australia. The author can be forgiven for not understanding that, for many of us here in the U.S., nearly every aspect of life has changed. Sundays are the moveon.org conference call; Mondays are checking in with my Organizing for Action mentor; Tuesdays are Sierra Club, Girls Who Code, and the city council meeting. Wednesdays and Thursdays are for citizen lobbying at the Statehouse; and there's usually a demonstration on Saturday. TGIF we drink and complain. Everything has changed since the election.

SOMETHING
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 02, 2017

Something that has nothing to do with Trump? Sure. Do you have any idea how many supernovae have been discovered in the last year?

SOLUTION
John | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 02, 2017

The solution to the problem of always complaining about Trump is  to stop the complaining and just get on with your almost-completely-unchanged-in-the-last-11-weeks life.

TREK
George S. | Tequesta, FL | April 02, 2017

I believe it's time for Roland to don his safari gear and undertake a lonely and dangerous trek inside the president's brain. This time, instead of the impenetrable morass of Reagan, he will encounter a clear complex of roadways consisting of one-way streets.

BECHDEL TEST
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | April 02, 2017

From today's strip, I surmise a new subset of the Bechdel Test: "A work must feature at least two women, these women must talk to each other, and their conversation must concern something other than Donald Trump."

POST-ELECTION QUESTION
Laurette Tuckerman | Paris, FRANCE | April 02, 2017

Concerning today's Doonesbury family lunch: Back in the golden days when we were all so sure that Clinton would win, I would say "What on earth will we all talk about after the election? I predict many silent dinner parties and greatly increased productivity as people stop obsessing about politics on the web and Facebook." Well, that's one post-election question we didn't have to answer.

MOMENT
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | March 30, 2017

Today's strip is such a laugh out loud moment -- for those of us who are introspective, of course. Thank you, Garry.

JAMES WATT
Aaron | Washington, D.C. | March 30, 2017

Having the dirty energy dirty tricks lobby back in power in D.C. takes me back to the good old days of the Reagan era (which I read about but wasn't alive for) when James Watt was the Secretary of the Interior. Dick Davenport tried to get a meeting to talk to him about birds, but was rejected as an environmental extremist. "But I'm a moderate!" "Oh, that's different. What oil company are you with, sir?"

TOGETHER
Chris W. | US of A | March 29, 2017

One has to wonder why Mike and J.J. were ever together in the first place, much less why they stayed together for so long. One never gets the sense that they enjoy a single moment spent in each other's presence. They have no common interests. B.D. and Boopsie spend almost all their time together and actively participate in each other's lives. J.J. is obviously just getting revenge on the man who stole her mother away, and Mike doesn't seem to have wanted  more than a little "Miss Robinson," i.e. a younger, cuter version of Joannie. But youth and cuteness don't last very long. Even Joannie and Rick have shared interests and reasons to enjoy each other's company.

NIXON DAYS
Craig Cyr | Langley, WA | March 29, 2017

Given your penchant for drawing the White House in your strips about presidents, I thought you would like to see this article:  It brings back memories of the wall around the White House that you drew back in the Nixon days.

MIKE AND J.J.
Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | March 28, 2017

I can't believe Trudeau learned nothing from the '70s. All Mike and J.J. have to do is have a Pina Colada.

BIOLOGY PAPER
Richard | Duluth, MN | March 26, 2017

Is this the same B.D. who wrote a biology paper called "Our Friend the Beaver?"

THEORIES
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 25, 2017

The pseudo-sciences have failed to explain the success of the sciences, and as far as I can tell, Trump. For him, you need fact-based conspiracy theories.

HUMANITY IN ACTION
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | March 25, 2017

I highly recommend The Pogo Step-Mother Goose. His characters and drawings perfectly fit Alice in Wonderland, which I increasingly see as a pretty accurate representation of humanity in action, and far from being some irrelevant children's tale. And this is after buying the massive two volume set of the original newspaper Pogo.

THE ENEMY
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | March 25, 2017

I remember the Pogo strip where one of the characters says, "We have met the enemy and he is us." How appropriate, especially after this last Presidential election.

PSEUDO-SCIENCES
Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | March 25, 2017

I like today's strip on the pseudo-sciences. I've known for years that the dinosaurs did not go extinct due to a meteoric impact, but rather as a result of bad financial planning.

AN AFFAIR
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | March 24, 2017

When it comes to Nicole, Mike "did not have sexual relations with that woman." He was grappling with the idea of an affair, that's all, and it was Nicole's idea that they go away together. So where does J.J. get off calling him an "adulterer"? Suddenly the mere act of thinking about adultery, of "lusting in one's heart," equals adultery? Who is she, Jimmy Carter? And, irony of ironies, we of course know that J.J.'s the one who'll eventually commit adultery.