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I gotta say, I'm getting pretty tired of GT's portrayal of the Afghans being so relentlessly negative. Especially this whole line about the PR campaign of Jeff's being so wildly successful, when the truth is so much the opposite: The U.S. is having so much trouble "winning hearts and minds" precisely because the Afghan's aren't buying into the PR campaigns. They're looking around and seeing all the thousands upon thousands of dead innocents killed by U.S. airstrikes and other military actions.
And what's up with this whole "dancing boy" thing? Gotta throw in some weird homophobic reference to satirize Karzai? WTF? It's condescending, insulting, and not terribly funny. Doonesbury's humor has a lot to do with how close its satire is to the real world: this is nowhere near.
Congratulations on 40 years of consistently satirical, biting commentary on the state of our Union and the world in general. Doonesbury has been one of my never-miss strips since college, and I am now 59! All I can say is: "I hope we rock on for another 40!"
The dialogue in the final panel of today's strip confirms my opinion of GBT as the Voltaire of the 21st Century. When the Red Rascal uttered the line, "That is not our way. What else you got?", my heart leaped. Kudos and thanks to GBT for making many an otherwise-ordinary day in the life into a literary event.
Thanks for all 40 years -- insightful, funny, and often a more direct presentation of "what's current" than the networks. Thanks again!
After several weeks of Alex's self-centered angst, and Jeff's Robin Hood fantasies, yesterday's realistic, genuinely funny banter among B.D., Boopsie, and Sam at the breakfast table was a breath of fresh air.
Relax, folks. GBT is too smart to break up Alex and Leo. He knows that if he did, we'd all be making like peasants with pitchforks. He's just stretching out the suspense because he knows we love them so much. We're all looking forward to the wedding strips, Garry! Can't wait to see what kind of production Kim puts on, and how J.J. and Zeke will try (unsuccessfully, I'm sure) to create a scene and ruin everything. I'm sure Drew will be a lovely maid of honor.
I would not count on Mr. Trudeau to follow the wishes of his readers. If this were a series of sweetness and light vignettes then B.D. would still have two complete legs, Toggle/Leo would have both eyes, and Mike's divorce would never have taken place. What we get is life painted with brushes of varying breadth but never tinted rosy (except when we need to become more aware of breast cancer).
My mental plot plan for Jeff is that everyone thinks he is the Red Rascal, so that in an effort to keep up the charade he has to become the Red Rascal, for real. Like in The Postman, by David Brin.
Red Rascal is still riding high. Deficit? 1.5 trillion. Afgan-Iraq war? 1.05 trillion expense. I guess the difference went to Overkill, but we can't account for that. It's "black budget," so there's even a hole in the deficit accounting.
I wonder if Overkill plans to hand Jeff over for the cool $1,000,000 ransom. That'd be awesome.
This morning I happened to be at the computer when today's dewey-fresh Slate Doonesbury email arrived at 4 a.m.
Now we get to see if Jeff is as good an actor as he is a writer (cue ominous music).
It's remarkable how these 'idiots' survive while disaster strikes all around them. So the question really is, does the Red Wingnut bring it on by kharma and retribution, or does he just stumble from one chaotic scenario to another? I'll go with 'stumble.'
I just want to say that I'm rooting for Redfern to succeed in his mission with Overkill. Sometimes I feel like the Millennials in the strip are shown to be self-absorbed, incompetent, with delusions of grandeur. However, I feel like Redfern is going to overcome his past failures and succeed in a big way with this and I'm cheering him on!
I'm glad to see that Red Rascal is on his way back to Afghanistan. I've taken the liberty in my blog post today to further task R.R. to include getting together with Karzai on the negotiations with the Taliban. Karzai needs help, and only Red Rascal has the super power to pull it off.
I suggest that Jeff have real life experience to bump him out of his imaginary life. How about getting him captured and degraded in prolonged captivity by the Taliban, held for ransom, shot while being rescued by U.S. Forces and spending time (six months to a year) in a military hospital recovering from his injuries like B.D. and thousands of U.S. troops injured in Iraq. Teach Jeff that the world does not exist for his gratification.