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Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

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  • THANKS

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | November 12, 2017

    Right on, Mark! It's Obama's fault that Republicans can't pass TrumpDon'tCare, or The 2017 Tax Cut Cut Cut Cut Bill, or bring back coal, or build the darn wall. It's his fault that the Mueller investigation and the Congressional investigations and the media investigations won't go away. It's his fault that the White Supremacists are outing themselves. And worst of all, it's Obama's fault that the Supreme Court is about to declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional, and there are Democratic challengers to tens of thousands of Republicans for the midterms, far more than in the Tea Party wave. Thanks, Obama!

  • MR. BUTTS

    RONALD | North Little Rock, AR | November 11, 2017

    So, within the strip's universe, even the cops can see, and touch, Mr. Butts? Seriously, I do not get how this stuff works...

  • THANKS

    Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 11, 2017

    Well, it looks like the 1989 strips were written by a stoner, but the Mudline is still excellent! Thanks.

  • ONLINE HARASSMENT

    George | Tequesta, FL | November 08, 2017

    Re today's video about the online harassment of women: Here's a simple test for all the brave, anonymous e-mailers as to whether your comment is appropriate or not. If your message was addressed to your mother, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, would you still press the "send" button?

  • PARODY

    Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | November 08, 2017

    If Roland and the "live drug bust" was intended to be a parody of Geraldo Rivera, it was a good one: such a true picture.

  • THOSE DARN KIDS

    Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | November 07, 2017

    Mama is right in a way -- it is those darn kids, raised on who knows what. Roboclad jump-out squads, somehow content to be a force that only needs to be pointed at a target, no need for cogitation. A prescient look at the late-teens 21st Century.

  • RESISTANCE

    Cy Birr | Maumelle, AR | November 06, 2017

    Speaking of resistance: Sunday's strip mentions the fake words "venti" and "grande." I just say "I'll have a large." It's my own small morning victory every time I order.

  • IT'S CLEAR

    Lark | Littleton, MA | November 05, 2017

    It's true, it's here. Have no fear. From the inner dialog, it's clear: Mike is secretly Underdog!

  • JELLYFISH

    Ted Whitham | Bangor, ME | November 02, 2017

    I've never forgotten B.D.'s line from the 45-years-ago-today strip: "He's a psychopathic jellyfish." Poor George McGovern.

  • ROLAND

    David | Poppi, ITALY | October 31, 2017

    When Roland tweets about the "dying comic," does he understand his own existence is threatened?

  • INTEGRITY

    Yeti | Slush, CO | October 29, 2017

    Roland finally locates his long-misplaced integrity! His days at Fox are numbered.

  • VIET CONG

    Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | October 29, 2017

    Re the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip: Actually, very few Viet Cong knew the work of Carl Perkins.

  • FAKE COMIC

    Duncan | Seoul, REPUBLIC OF KOREA | October 29, 2017

    I don't believe Roland would ever utter such doubts about the Supreme Leader's plans aloud. This has to be a Fake Comic.

  • FIRE STORY

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | October 27, 2017

    I just read “A Fire Story” in the Daily Briefing. It hit me like a fist to the midsection and took me back to May 2016. That was when a wild fire, dubbed “the Beast” by fire fighters, swept out of the northern bush and reduced Fort McMurry to a smoking ruin. Canadians sat transfixed as residents told their stories of terror and reporters tried to make the scale of the inferno comprehensible to the rest of the country.

    Once the flames had passed, one of the weirdest things was the capriciousness of the destruction. TV reports and aerial photos showed streets where all the homes were gone except one that appeared untouched, and small areas where no homes were destroyed, though those around them had been erased. Scientists assure us that blazes like that at Fort Mac (and now Santa Rosa) are part of the new normal in the age of climate change. It makes one wonder what it will take to shake us all out of our stupor and do something. My heart aches for those who have been devastated by this catastrophe.

  • DOONESBURY

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | October 26, 2017

    Happy 47th Anniversary to Garry and all the gang at Doonesbury. Thank you for all the years of bad craziness!

  • GLORIOUS VIDEO

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 25, 2017

    Thank you for today's glorious hurdy-gurdy and theremin video. It made me ask myself who could be our Beowulf to take down this Grendel-in-Chief, but of course I know that it is up to all of us.

  • THE ORIGINAL

    Gary Roth | Moonachie, NJ | October 24, 2017

    Can we please get a link to the original 1973 “Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" strip?

  • MARK

    Claudia | Ithaca, NY | October 23, 2017

    Loved Sunday's strip! That panel of Mark yelling "Guilty!" has been running through my mind since January -- so glad to see it in the flesh again!

  • FLASHBACK

    Maureen Urness | Overland Park, KS | October 22, 2017

    The "Guilty, guilty guilty" flashback this morning made me happier than anything has in a while. I came and saw you speak in Kansas City a year or two ago. Started reading Doonesbury when I was about eight years old -- that is my touchstone of American history from the late Sixties on. That strip this morning took me back to all of my old beloved Doonesbury cartoon collections, which sit on my shelf even today. We need your voice now more than we ever have. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • NEXT

    Robert Broughton | Guanajuato, MEXICO | October 22, 2017

    Coming next: the "Honk if you think he's guilty" bumper stickers.