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  • LOST

    Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | May 20, 2011

    I am afraid that Zonker may have just lost his Mercedes.

  • OSAMA'S OBITUARY

    Big Don 1 | Las Vegas, NV | May 20, 2011

    The current Straw Poll leads me to paraphrase Mark Twain: "I would never wish death on any man, but I read Osama's obituary with great pleasure."

  • SCRIPTURE

    Jessica | Albuquerque, NM | May 20, 2011

    I was very happy to see that you had the courage to have Zonker counter his neighbor's ranting with scripture (Matthew 24:36) that clearly states that no one knows the day. Thank you!

  • JUST IN CASE

    Raz | New York, NY | May 20, 2011

    Just in case, can you please print this Sunday's Doonesbury before midnight Friday? I always look forward to my once-weekly extended version of Doonesbury.

  • NON-JUDGMENTAL DAY

    M.W. | Baltimore, MD | May 20, 2011

    I like that you had Zonker talking to his neighbor about World Judgment Day, which Brother Camping claims will take place on Saturday. I know someone who has proclaimed Sunday, May 22, 2012 to be Non-Judgmental Day.

  • AFTER THE RAPTURE

    Karen K. | Asheville, NC | May 20, 2011

    So I guess after the Rapture we won't be seeing Sarah Palin or most of the Tea Party folk. It will be hell!

  • STILL HERE

    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | May 20, 2011

    It is probably a sure sign of the end of the world that this born-again fundamentalist Christian finds himself in full agreement with Zonker Harris. Jesus did indeed prophesy the end of the world in the 24th chapter of Matthew, and made it clear that only God the Father knew the hour and the day. No one in our mainstream church is paying the least attention to the May 21 deadline, except in the same humorous, satirical terms as Mr. Trudeau. Besides, I'm near 60 years old and have seen several of these end-of-the-world predictions come and go. We're all still here, reading Doonesbury.

  • TOUCHE

    P.G. O'Brien | Warren, VT | May 20, 2011

    Oh, Zonker, that's how you earn your name. ZONK! Touche, my man. Matthew 24:36. You knows your stuff.

  • MAY 22

    Kjetil Hauge | Elksmarka, NORWAY | May 19, 2011

    Can't wait to see the May 22 strip. You've got two versions ready, haven't you. Just in case.

  • RAPTURE

    W. Camry | Arlington, VA | May 19, 2011

    Is the Rapture before or after the Preakness?

  • ENOUGH

    Rick | Dayton, OH | May 17, 2011

    Great, just great. Until Monday I'd never even heard about May 21st. Now I gotta worry about it. As if I didn't have enough to worry about. Thanks.

  • SHOTGUN

    Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | May 17, 2011

    Heeeeewack! I call shotgun, Zonker! You wax the boards and I'll wax the car. Malibu is calling!

  • THE POLL

    Michael Strickland | El Dorado, AK | May 17, 2011

    The poll on what pleases me most about OBL's demise is missing an option D: "Nothing!" I served three tours in Vietnam, I was a rifleman in the Infantry. I have seen plenty of dead human beings. Death, even when it comes to find a Saddam, a Hitler, a Stalin, is not a joyous thing. When you rejoice in the demise of a fellow human, you are rejoicing in the demise of your own humanity. Killing might be necessary, gloating about is not.

    No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. -- John Donne

  • RAPTURE

    Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | May 17, 2011

    Ah, yes. The Rapture. But are your pals safe?

  • WON'T KNOW

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | May 17, 2011

    Thank goodness. After Monday I feared a week on suicide prevention: inherently not funny. The rapture: funny. If it is supposed to happen on Saturday, given the neighborhood I live in, I won't know about it until Monday.

  • COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

    William Tompson | Paris, FRANCE | May 17, 2011

    The Rapture strips yesterday and today prompted me to check out Family Radio Worldwide's web site. The homepage is dominated by confident predictions of the Rapture on 21 May 2011 (four days left), but FR Worldwide is still accepting on-line donations. Unless Harold Campbell and his followers have found a way to take it with them, this sounds like a bad case of cognitive dissonance.

  • ZONKER'S NEIGHBOR

    Jonathan Laufersweiler | St. Louis, MO | May 16, 2011

    I wonder if Zonker's neighbor will want his weed-whacker back when he gets "left behind" this weekend?

  • HEAD-SCRATCHING

    Roy | London, UK | May 16, 2011

    A day of head scratching, and finally... I't's the Rapture, isn't it!

  • DEALING

    Danie | Tucson, AZ | May 16, 2011

    Ray does have it right. I didn't want to leave Viet Nam in 69 but was caught in the drawdown there. After that I thought world peace had come, and got out of the Corps. When Cambodia looked like it was blowing up I ran to the recruiting station lickity split. Three months before the end of my enlistment, sanity returned, I got out, and have been dealing with the remnants of my mind since.

  • AN EXCELLENT SOLDIER

    Richard | Olympia, WA | May 16, 2011

    Thank you for being so straightforward with Ray. He is an excellent soldier. I can't fault his thinking. Really, I can't. We had guys stand up in the middle of a firefight. Sometimes, just screaming and shooting and charging the enemy position. Noticeable result; one dead soldier, with multiple gunshot wounds, that doesn't have to feel the pain any more... It's just one of those terrible things about war fighting; there's nobody around to tell you when it's over. It's never over, it just gets personal. Ray really needs to de-stress in country. He needs to feel secure. He needs to feel understood. If he's to be discharged, he deserves a soft de-militarization. I sure hope they cut out that PTSD/Personality trait type discharge. It's not hard to figure out. You dip (or sometimes steep) people in crazy, they're going to take a little bit home with them.