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I must admit to laughing out loud at the current Texas secession strips. I have been to Texas on business many times and have enjoyed myself (including rafting on the Perdenales) and I have a cousin living in Austin. In Canada we live with a secessionist mentality -- Quebec -- and it has played itself out humorously many times. My favorite is some years ago when the PQ (Parti Quebecois, a federal pro-independence political party) won enough MPs to be 'Her Majesty's Loyal Official Opposition' in Ottawa. You cannot get much more Canadian than that!
The freshness of G.B. Trudeau, and his "saying it like it is" sensibility, reflected again in today's strip, is exactly what make Doonesbury such an essential American editorial comic strip. We need many more G.B. Trudeaus to wake up the lackadaisical gullibles! It's time for more Americans to realize and appreciate what we have in our democracy, and what we could too easily lose when too many take it for granted, and don't pay attention to facts.
I'm a Northerner accidentally living in Texas, who is sick and tired of hearing "Yankee" jokes. I am just loving your strip Texas secession strips this week!
We have submitted our own petition to the White House to allow Austin to secede from the State of Texas and remain part of the US.
I'm not from Texas but I think everyone should lay off them. I've known pleanty of Texans in my time and considered them darn good friendly folks. Yes I known they secceded once before, but that is the past. We've reconciled our differences, and the Lone Star State has bravely stood up for this country since then. It would be a shame to lose Texas from the United States. They love who they are and the rest of the country should respect that, stop bickering and bad mouthing, and start being what our surname states: UNITED.
If you go to the Texas secession page on the whitehouse.gov website (and log in yourself as though you want to sign) you'll see that many of the signatories (including me) are not from Texas. I guess we're all channeling Henny Youngman and saying, "Take Texas -- Please!"
Today's strip reminded me of a quip by late New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in response to a question regarding the number of New Zealanders moving to Australia. He thought it was a good thing because it increased the average IQ of both countries.
Texans' passions are more impressive than their educational deficits; be careful not to aggravate them too much!
Today's video with Ravi and Anoushka Shankar is a gem -- not because I am a huge fan of Indian music or the sitar, but because it shows the universality of jazz: while the rhythms and sounds are pure Indian, the bending of notes, the trading of fourths, the syncopation, and the interweaving of melodies are all jazz. Thanks for sharing!
I'm a transplanted Texan, and while I love Doonesbury and follow it every day, I'm a bit disturbed by your recent rant against this stupid secessionist movement in my fair state. Like all states, we have our share -- some would say more than our share -- of reactionary morons, but I think even they, in their heart of hearts, don't really want this to happen. Okay, I guess such stupidity really should be lampooned, but please don't lump us all together and lead people to think all Texans are that way. It is after all 120,000 from a state of over 26 million, an extremely tiny, but vocal, slice of the population.
I hate what you've done with Jeff. A lot of Generation Y kids manage to be successful. The vast majority of those moving home are doing so because they can't find jobs due to the terrible economy, not because they are slackers or waste their oportunities. Jeff's creative and intelligent. I hope he finds his niche.
A while back my daughter's sixteen-year-old best friend moved in as a guest (after a big blowup with his mom). He soon became a foster child and eventually a nineteen-year-old roommate. This summer that became too close for him, so he moved out and is now paying $550/month toward rent/utilities on a $10/hour job and is planning to attend college part time. In order to afford that he stopped operating his car and saved $300/month on gasoline and auto insurance -- he walks to work when it's his turn to work graveyard. I see young Redfern and (don't) wonder who the child really is.
I think the real purpose of this week's storyline isn't to make fun of Texas; it's to remind us that, bad as Jeff may be, at least he isn't Earl. And that even absentee parenting isn't as bad as Faginesque parenting.
I would be happy to donate to the cause of Texas seceding, with one caveat: Willie Nelson and band/family get immediate diplomatic immunity and visas to travel anywhere in America.
The next potential project for Duke and Son gives new meaning to the phrase "Lone Star State."
A fourth-generation Texan -- once a proud one -- I look at Texas, home to greats like Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Ann Richards, and I am embarrassed and appalled at what has happened to this once great state. The inmates have indeed taken over (beginning with W and Karl Rove). I give you total and complete permission to skewer Texas (I know you were waiting for my permission). I am sad and angry.
If Texas backs out of seceding, maybe we can sucker Mexico into taking it back. There's the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and still a bit oil in the ground to sweeten the deal.
While I agree that Jeff handled his success poorly, he did write a book, a very imaginative and profitable one! That's not small potatoes in today's publishing world.