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We don't think that way? We're too old? I don't think so -- not the generation of sit-ins, non-violent protest and civil disobedience. I don't want to do that work over again either. But I do think that way, and from all I see the ability to create positive change only gets better with age. And two of the most powerful and efficient tools, besides Doonesbury, are the written word and the internet.
Alex leading the HuffPo Bloggers to strike for wages in the 2010s? Shades of Mark leading the truckers' blockade during the gas shortage in the 1970s. Will the bloggers be the "rank amateurs" who are "new to civil disobedience" ?
This time I agree with Alex. The Huffington Post is a multimedia corporation taking advantage of talented reporters and writers it should be paying. It's sad that the courts have ruled in HuffPo's favor, so I hope to see Alex do something worthwhile, for once in her life.
Today's is one of the best tragic-disguised-as-humorous strips ever from anyone. Youth: "I'm willing to take them on!" Age: "We were young once, took 'em on in the '60s, got serially creamed. Now we're old, won some, lost many, mostly defeated and tired. Especially tired." Four frames showing the social history of America over the last fifty years...
It doesn't make sense to me that Rick isn't writing a book or four, or teaching or lecturing...
Today's strip reminds me of Hanna Rosin's work and her book The End of Men. She surmises that this economy is harder on men, and women are better able to get ahead.
Two lesbian friends went to NY to marry last summer. Over dinner when they returned to Texas they told me that while they could not legally marry in Texas they could get a divorce. Go figure.
As someone who suffers from a speech impediment and happens to work down the hall from a fellow who is nearly deaf, I'd like to say how accurate this portrayal is and quite hilarious to boot. Haven't laughed this hard since A Fish Called Wanda.
Alex, Toggle and his boss should learn sign language! I bet it would be handy around the recording studio.
I don't see how Alex's comment is condescending. If she'd expressed sympathy, that would have been close to pity, which is condescending. She made light of Leo and Sherm's disabilities, which might be irritating, but that's what GBT has been doing all week. As one with tinnitus I wasn't offended, because you know what they say about the best medicine.
My deepest apologies, but I seem to have given Toggle the voice of a four-year-old.
In the current Straw Poll I choose Answer D: Michelle Obama.
i'm always glad to see the focus turn back to Toggle, who's now vying with B.D. and Melissa for favorite-character status. I'm amazed that a neo-pacificist such as myself could feel that way, but there it is. Also, let me express my relief that the young men in Doonesbury are not shaving the backs of their heads any more.
I find it interesting that someone as politically astute as yourself can write an entire strip of drivel such as today's Flashback, without considering that what you were told (because you obviously quoted the party line and researched nothing) might be completely wrong...Your "fact" of evolution stands on complete blind faith, and the creation/flood/young earth model is completely supported by hard evidence. Don't let arrogance cloud your mind.
I like the way GBT brings in some great regional names for minor characters, such as the Cajun Chance Lebon and the Pennsylvania Dutch Becca Bickle.
I just want to say that even in Flashback mode, Becca Bickle is a joy -- one of my all-time favourite Doonesbury charcters. I think I must be in love...!
I had to smile when I read the strip about Joanie pencilling in a short time for her recovery from hip replacement surgery. My member of Parliament, Elizabeth May, had this surgery last September 30 and said she would be back to work in three days. Well it was more like ten. However she was on the phone three hours afterwards, and held an interview with CTV's Don Martin the very next day, where she took the opportunity to expand on convalescent homes as a great way to improve the Canadian medical system by spending less money! She did admit to feeling a bit more tired than usual, but that really didn't seem to slow her down.
She opted to have local anesthetic, so maybe that was a big part of her recovery. However I will also vouch for her drive in such matters. Elizabeth is the very first Green Party MP elected in the history of Canada. As a caucus of one she feels very strongly about her attendance in the House of Commons. I have clipped out the strip to share with her. Good luck to others who are waiting for their hip replacements.
Oh no... I've been reading the 40-year Flashbacks assiduously, as Mike and Mark pursue their search for America, waiting for the pivotal moment when they meet Joanie -- and Sunday I was out all day and I missed it! Your humble servant begs for a link.
Forty years of Ms. Caucus! It's great to see this week's Flashbacks featuring the first appearance of Joanie Caucus, when Mike and Mark gave her a lift on their nationwide bike trip. I missed these the first time around!