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I stayed at sweet little inns in Afghanistan back in the seventies, when it was part of the overland trail to Kathmandu. I rode on top of a bus with the baggage, in an open truck and on top of a tanker over the gravel road and roadless plain between Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif; I took green tea on red carpets in wayside inns and under mulberry trees; I rode a horse out from Mazar and found a garden of purple poppies in a hidden gully; I saw the crumbled hillocks that were ancient Balkh, the terraced lakes of Band-y-Amir, the green valley of Bamiyan over which those giant Buddhas watched with their faceless calm; I read Michener's Caravans and Kessel's The Horsemen; I saw buzkashi finals in Kabul, goat-corpse polo, with horses like dancing thunder; I ate porridge and hamburgers in tourist shacks with tiny kitchens and enormous menus; I bought lapis lazuli, embroidery, an ancient flintlock; I dropped in on an army camp where amused young soldiers shared their bread-thickened stew with me; once as I ate in an upstairs dining hall a man who had been politely staring caught sight of a curve in my baggy overshirt and said to his friend "Khanum!" ("It's a girl!"). I was alone and never afraid. Someone copped a feel in the market once, I turned on him, he backed away so fast he knocked over a big display tray, the seller yelled, the whole market lane burst into laughter. I love that land. I would go back in a minute, if they want us. God willing, someday they will have peace, and share it with us again.
JJ's plans for the wedding (scuba gear, Siamese carp, etc.) reminds me of one of my favorite Uncle Duke storylines, when he wakes up in a hotel after an apparent plan to assassinate members of the Washington Redskins ownership has gone awry. If I remember right, Duke was struggling to reconstruct a scenario that involved grapefruits, volleyball nets, and a golf cart in the bathtub.
As a veteran of OIF, having taken part in the 2003 ground invasion of Iraq, I remember quite vividly Geraldo Rivera's public ejection from the official press pools after he had broadcast operational information on our frontline troops' positions. He passed back through Camp Virginia in Kuwait thinking he was some sort of movie star, but was met with mockery and derision from the soldiers in the chow hall. But somehow he continues to the present day in his same irresponsible vein, unchanged, unchallenged, unchecked, unbelievable. Ethics? Integrity? Moral responsibility? There is no room for such luxuries in his rucksack. At least Roland Hedley has kept his signature hat all these years...
How sweet life's little victories are -- you burrowed under O'Reilly's skin and stole a bit of his airtime!
As a town drunk, I also am deeply offended by being compared to Fox News. I assure you, my intoxicated, incoherent rants are far more balanced and factual than anything on Fox, and my imaginary friend here agrees 110%.
Jeff and Sid -- what an obvious pairing! One can provide the superficial guidance that the other never received from his parents.
It is unfair to tie Roland to only Fox News as he truly exemplifies all reporters from every organization. As a long time homicide detective I would frequently read news accounts of cases that somewhat resembled the case I was working on. Keep up the good fight. I have enjoyed your strip since it started.
Fox News is unbiased; unbiased by facts, unbiased by journalistic integrity, unbiased by basic human empathy -- classic yellow journalism, made worse by the fact that they're using the sensationalism to push a political agenda rather than just gain circulation. The worst part is that their competitors aren't much better.
Re OFFENDED: I am not sure that the military is "supporting" Doonesbury or Garry, but from what I can see he is supporting Veterans. I may not agree with you on your feelings about Fox News, but if you are a Vet I still thank you. After all, the wars that have been fought by America were fought just so this conversation could take place.
Clearly OFFENDED was extreme sarcasm. Even Newt has stated the obvious.
I'm sorry so many people are offended by any critique of Fox. If you think it's unbiased, it's because it exactly matches your own biases. Nobody should be so invested in a media outlet as to take criticism of it personally.
Love the rip on Fox, but I take issue with the phrase "getting your news," which infers we procure news like we procure socks or produce at the market. That is the current problem with "news." It's marketed and sold, not reported. Time was, news was a service, and therefore held to a higher standard.
This faux reporter would have been considered fair game for -- at least -- a "blanket party" in my time in the military in a small SE Asian country. Or something more , shall we say, lasting?
I'm a combat vet (former 11B1P during OFF II and III) and the depiction of Roland Hedley is spot-on. I'm not so sure about the troops' response though -- most guys I knew when I was in were die-hard Fox News fanatics. Never questioned a thing and gladly believed anything that was fed to them (no intellectuals). This strip is great and you definitely have the support of all the critically-thinking vets!
Nose broken. Mission Accomplished.
Re Roland's queries this week: The original intent of Afghanistan mission was to not overthrow the Taliban and instill Western democracy but capture or terminate Osama bin-Laden. Barack Obama fulfilled that mission and is getting us the hell out. Let the Afghanis have their country and their problems back (and let China get sucked into that quagmire next).
The comic strip which showed a soldier comparing Fox news to the town drunk was totally unacceptable. Most service members know that Fox is the most unbiased news organization in the US. As a twenty year Army veteran I am pretty offended, and am going to ensure that every other service member I know sees this. My hope is that it will spread and Doonebury will lose the support of the military.
While you're sharing the strip, you might also share this Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll that concludes that watching Fox News leads people to be even less informed than those who say they watch no news at all.
Fox News really is like a town drunk: Mock what they say on the merits, not the political bent.
Mel's line comparing Fox to "getting your news from the town drunk" was the best ever! Laughed so hard I choked on my morning tea. I'm okay now, but still laughing.
If Roland Hedley is like Geraldo Rivera, is it asking too much for Mel or one of the other soldiers to break his nose?