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Happy Veterans Day to Toggle, B.D., Elias, Jason, Kurt, and Dex, George, Phred, and the officer B.D. had a fling with that one time on the ship. And to everyone who will be a veteran as soon as they come home: Melissa, Roz, Captain Seabrooke, Ray, Agent Havoc, possibly Jeff, and all the "wrench wenches" on Mel's crew. And, of course, to all the non-fictional soldiers, veteran or serving, who defend(ed) our rights and upheld/are upholding the country's honor in tough times. Thank you, whoever you are, from all of us back on the homefront.
So Alex, who self-righteously confronted gun-carrying customers at Starbucks, and took away the gun her boyfriend kept in his car, now gives him advice on dealing with his nightmare by firing "warning shots" at the phantom insurgents in his dreams? Of course, innocent Alex cannot comprehend
that shooting warning shots or otherwise with the .50 caliber machine gun that her boyfriend most likely handled as a Humvee gunner could result in collateral damage to innocent civilians. Or that warning shots would allow the bad guys to fire back. Perhaps a better suggestion by Alex would be that her boyfriend should go AWOL in his dreams, or become a conscientious objector. Now that would take real guts -- to refuse to fight in a unjust and unnecessary war! And to encourage all his buddies to do the same. It seems hypocritical for her to suggest maintaining the violence quo by advocating "warning shots."
I'm coming up on my yearly tradition of T-giving at Mom and Dad's place, where I park in "Daddy's chair" for the better part of a day and read through all his Doonesbury anthologies -- he's got 'em all. Let's hear it for another 40 years!
Great portrayal of the nightmare sequence. Good call on the "they might scatter" remark. I know, trying to influence a nightmare, the barest bit, can start you out of it. Did anyone else notice Toggle's first thought was for the loved one's safety, not his own? I wonder why the nightmare keeps looping.
The military no longer considers Post-Traumatic Stress a "disorder." Thanks for whatever part you played in that. It's not funny. But you nailed it today.
Thank you again, this week of Veteran's Day, for featuring the ongoing problem of PTSD that plagues war veterans, present and past. I've been following this since serving as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, and seeing the personal destruction wrought in the lives young people, bringing the wounds and memories of their battlefields home. No one should be asked to fight unnecessary wars...Peace, in these troubled hopeful times.
Thanks for 40 great years! Please stay with it. I need my daily dose.
Years ago, probably when I was in my late twenties or early thirties, I gave up on reading one of my favorite comic strips, Doonesbury, because it had become incredibly biased and harsh against anyone or anything with conservative values. Occasionally I would give it a retry just to see if it had gotten any fairer, only to find that it had just gotten worse and more shrill, especially during the George W. Bush presidency. And of course none of it was backed up with any facts, only the talking points of the liberal media. Well, here in the last year I have begun to read Doonesbury again. It is funnier than I ever remember it being; the way that it so obviously avoids the pathetic failings of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid administration cracks me up...
My kids were raised with Doonesbury as a cultural reference that was far more relevant than any religious tome available today. Thank you G.B., thank you.
Wow! Could it be that 43 was really as astute as portrayed in Roland's interview, that he anticipated that Americans would "remember" TARP as Democratic initiative? According to a Pew Research poll, a large percentage of Americans actually believe it was.
I picked up Still a Few Bugs in the System at a friend's house in the 70s, read it while sitting there and was hooked. I have all but two of the entire series (thank you, eBay), and am a devoted reader. Thank you, Garry, for all the years, and especially for your support of Fisher House. It's true what I heard a long time ago; "If you just read Doonesbury, you don't need to read the newspaper."
I have a copy of Doonesbury Dossier: The Reagan Years, which has cartoons from the early 80s. The thing that is fascinating (and appalling) is that most of the political characters and issues are the same as during the last Bush era. Rumsfield, Cheney, the NRA, war with Iran etc. All the same. After 25 years!
I've been on board since the newspapers in Dallas and Fort Worth started carrying DB in the early 70s. I was a less-than-zealous student in college, with the transcripts to prove it. Zonker's job interview in the "Dressed for Failure" series was eerily similar to one of my Med School interviews. But I got in anyway. Go figure.
For sixteen years I had a lab named Doonesbury. I had wanted to call him Zonker, but this dog seemed so much more like a "well meaning fool" I knew he had to be a Doonesbury. Thanks for 40 years, Garry -- and your part in the best dog that ever lived.
As an Airman stationed in Germany in 1978 I began reading the Yale strips that my roommate had saved (his father was an engineer there). I was soon clamoring to find all the past strips and read Doonesbury daily. A career in electronics changed to a career as a political scientist and years in state government and activism. Whether or not that was such a good idea is still debated by my family. Doonesbury however has been a constant since then. Thank you GB and Happy 40th Doonesbury!
Re Roland's comment to GWB about "praising an arsonist for bringing his own fire under control" -- this was actually an issue here in Oz following the catatrophic bushfires of 2009. There were reliable reports of some of the most destructive fires having been lit deliberately by people who then engaged in major heroics to combat them. It does happen. (Allegedly, at least.)
I believe the sequence when Zonker Harris's parent separated ("You're never too old for nuts and berries...") was about my entry point; approximate age twelve. I had Zonker ironed onto a t-shirt, via The Daily News. I confess to forging both a Zonker sketch and a GBT autograph in my copy of The Doonesbury Chronicles. I thought Doonesbury (and Aja) fandom would be enough to win a certain woman's heart in college. Women really do mature faster than boys. Saw the musical. Replaced old t-shirt with one drawn for World Hunger Year. Ran fast to buy The Long Road Home. Read strip online. Every. Day. Thank you.
Astute American friends sometimes ask me, "How do you know so much about American politics? How come you get so many American culture references?" I tell them, "I read Doonesbury every day." Happy 40th birthday!
When my first grandchild -- a granddaughter -- was born, I was happy to be able to outfit her and her mother (my daughter) in matching shirts with "It's a woman! A baby woman!" emblazoned on them. Thanks, Garry, for the perfectly appropriate sentiment!