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WOW!
Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | October 04, 2011

Wow! That was one I didn't see coming. Love it! RIP, DADT. You'll not be missed. Well, maybe bigots will miss you, but most of us won't. Memo: This veteran is medicated for your protection.

HE WOULDN'T LIE
D.C. | Peoria, IL | October 03, 2011

Let me preface this by mentioning a near and dear relative who is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion instead of the US Army because back in the day he wouldn't lie, and DADT was six years out. When I saw today's strip, first I laughed, then I cried, then I prayed Mel's comrade will not regret her candor. No one should care whom you love or share a bed with as long as both are consenting adults. It has no bearing on one's ability to serve well and with honor. Thanks, Garry.

HEFT
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 02, 2011

For all those who think that Gov. Christie's weight will hurt his chances for the presidency (current Straw Poll), I would like to point out that presidents Taft, Grant, Clinton, and Teddy Roosevelt all packed some serious heft in the Oval Office.

PINCH THE TOES
Kevin | Nevada, IA | October 01, 2011

As a Christian, and a pastor, I have found GBT's recent comments to be revealing and insightful. I have been reading his strip since the first panel, and if his comments on faith seem to pinch the toes a little, it's usually because of the public forum being dominated by know-nothings like Perry and Palin. Science-bashing, anti-immigrant bias, and Biblical literalism seem to attract more attention these days than any thoughtful discussion on these issues. The fact that GBT zeroes in on these issues, along with the people who foment such talk, simply means he is doing his job. For my part, I believe he has been eminently fair in his portrayal of faith, and I detect no anti-Christian bias in his writings. Carry on, Trudeau -- this is one clergyperson who has been glad to grow up with you.

TEXAN
Eileen | Houston, TX | September 30, 2011

As a Texan, I love today's strip. You are right on regarding Rick "The Price is Right" Perry.

HOW MUCH IT TAKES
Liutgard | Portland, OR | September 30, 2011

This current discussion of how much it takes to buy Gov. Perry reminds me of the exchange between Winston Churchill and Lady Asquith, where he said, "Madam, would you sleep with me for one million pounds?"

She pondered a bit and said, "One million pounds? I might."

"Would you sleep with me for twenty pounds?"

"Of course not! What do you think I am?"

"Madam, we have already establish what you are -- now we are merely haggling over the price."

WONDERING
Brian Simon | Minneapolis, MN | September 30, 2011

I was wondering when someone would ask the obvious followup of Gov. Perry: If not $5k, then what is your price?

ABOUT PERRY
Mike | Rochester, NY | September 30, 2011

Thank you, Doonesbury, for finally expressing what many of us feel about Perry. Perhaps in the future commentators and journalists will simply say that he has been bribed repeatedly.

HARDLY SEEMS POSSIBLE
Fedweb | Alexandria, VA | September 30, 2011

It hardly seems possible that BLOWBACK could be as entertaining as the strips, but I am enjoying this debate with a cartoon character about theory vs. fact. vs. law...

UNDERSTANDING
Sandra | Yorba Linda, CA | September 29, 2011

I just wanted to say "Thank you" for today's strip. Thank you, Garry, for understanding so well.

PROUD
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | September 29, 2011

Wow! Science week at the water cooler. Carl Sagan and Bill Nye would be so proud...

TOXIC
Sidonia Schumann | Fayetteville, NC | September 29, 2011

I want to express my thoughts and hurt about the current storyline.  When you are in this vein, bashing conservatism and Christianity, you are toxic. I believe that you deliberately injure. You misuse your one talent, the humor that brings joy to others. Find what festers in you and root it out. It is killing you.

WHAT NEWTON WORKED OUT
Todd Whitcombe | Prince George, CANADA | September 28, 2011

There is a Law of Gravity. It is what Newton worked out -- that two objects are mutually attracted by a force proportional to their mass and inversely proportional to the distance between them. And then there is a Theory of Gravity which is the explanation for why the Law of Gravity exists. I suppose in the Rick Perry world (or is that "Parry"?), the theory would be something like "because that is the way it was designed to work."

CLUELESS
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | September 28, 2011

Today's strip showed the clueless interviewing the clueless. Evolution is so well established we may as well call it the Law of Evolution. But it is assuredly not the "foundation of all life sciences." Without evolution "whole fields from biology to genetic to ecology" would be just fine. Those disciplines validate evolution -- not the other way around.

A FORCE
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | September 28, 2011

Re. this BLOWBACK comment: "I believe gravity is a theory, not a law." Actually, gravity is a force. However, there's another problem with the comment: It will almost certainly serve to muddy the waters concerning the scientific use of the word "theory." Scientific theories are the best available general explanations of reality. The rules contained in theories are called "laws." Newton's law of universal gravitation states the rules that govern the interaction of masses due to the force of gravity.

UP THE NOSE
Frank W.W. Bath | London, ENGLAND | September 28, 2011

In science as in philosophy there is no certain knowledge. This gets right up the nose of those who crave certainty where there is no evidence. Even as we try to lift them gently up they put us cruelly down.

THE MATTER OF GRAVITY
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | September 28, 2011

An earlier BLOWBACk is incorrect on the matter of gravity (said the chick who got straight A's in engineering physics). Gravity as considered to be an attractive force exerted in a predictable way is indeed a law. There are theories about gravity and the way it functions, particularly around neato thingsies like black holes, but the existence of gravity is demonstrable, proven, and shown to behave as an attractive force beyond all shadow of doubt. Scientifically speaking, that's the difference between theory and fact. One might even make the case that gravity is an incontrovertible fact. On the other hand, if I could abolish gravity when I hit the scales, I'd be a happy camper! Where's that petition?

A DANGEROUS POSITION
Jason Thom | Phoenix, AZ | September 28, 2011

Careful with that sweeping statement, Redfern. Saying those sciences "can't exist" without the theory of evolution is a fallacy. (And note that while those sciences have been validated, evolution is still rightly referred to as a theory.) Saying "can't" where science is concerned is a very dangerous position.

AB FAB
Terry McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 28, 2011

Let's come to scientific agreement (for if those who love Doonesbury cannot, who can): What is called "the law of gravity" is a theory, and Climate Change is only 99.9% certain, not incontrovertible, and the word "absolutely" should never be used, except with "fabulous."

ON GOOD AUTHORITY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 28, 2011

I have it on good authority (my father told me, and his father, who died in the 1920s, had told him) that a newly elected Representative to the Iowa legislature who was depressed by the level of knowledge of his fellow legislators, made a bet with a friend that he could introduce and get passed a law repealing the law of gravity on the grounds that it had been imposed from outside the state. He is said to have succeeded, but moved quickly to ensure the law was not ratified (perhaps the governor was in on the bet?). But my father contended that the stupidest law he had encountered was one which was on the books for some time in Texas, to the effect that "when two trains meet on the same line both shall stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone".