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MIT Ph.D.s
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 08, 2018

As a Ph.D. who tries to go by Mr., I enjoyed the 5-years-ago-today strip with a bunch of MIT Ph.D.s looking for "a real doctor."

IRONY
Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | June 07, 2018

Excellent juxtaposition on the website today. In the "Say What?" column, there was Rudy Giuliani describing KJ-U on all fours, begging. In the strip itself, there was J.J. in modified bondage gear. Irony, thy name is Doonesbury!

PROGRESS?
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | June 07, 2018

I was looking forward to J.J. answering to door to B.D. -- if memory serves , that strip was pulled from a huge proportion of the journals back in the day. Progress?

DAILY BRIEFING ARTICLE
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 05, 2018

I read the Daily Briefing article "There Is No Deus Ex Machina Clause In The Constitution," and I suspect Laurence Tribe is right. We can't impeach Trump, even if we get more Democrats or Independents elected this fall. But what I'm hearing from the White House is a president who thinks he's immune from the laws that other U.S. citizens obey. I think Donald Trump is a megalomaniac, with powers he won't control, and that scares me.

DIRECT QUESTION
Chris | Saint Augustine, FL | June 05, 2018

On Sunday, Roland asked Sarah Sanders a direct question and got a blow-off answer. Yesterday, several people asked the direct question about the discrepancy between her statements and the letter from Trump's lawyers, and asked how she could be trusted to be telling the truth -- and she gave a prepared, blow-off answer. GBT is timely, once again.

NOTEBOOK
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | June 03, 2018

I often make up a little headline for a strip – in today's case, “Roland asks a little protocol question.” As we can see in the last panel, Roland didn’t realise he’d hit the point; he was just neating up his notebook – which he has nicknamed his “Neatness is next to Godliness Book." I wonder what other wonders and questions could be lurking in that notebook.

VIDEOS
Rabbi Joel Berman | Anaheim, CA | May 31, 2018

I've been following this page for a couple of years now, and all I can say is Thank God for it. I really enjoy a lot of the videos and marvel at how eclectic they are. Stay on line as long as possible! Net neutrality forever!

WALDEN
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 27, 2018

A fortune-cookie commencement address is so Walden.

A NEWSPAPER
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | May 25, 2018

Looking for a wedding chapel in a newspaper? How quaint! How do those internet-less days seem so recent, and yet so long ago?

TRUMP 2020
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 20, 2018

Ooh! Trump 2020! More money to follow! Is "misc." like when Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall billed NYC $41,190.95 for "brooms, etc." (M. R. Werner, Tammany Hall, p. 166), or "a bill legalizing counterfeit money" (ibid. p. 177)? Both cited in Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York. Or is it more like Nixon's slush fund, used to pay off the Watergate burglars?

ROYAL WEDDING
Bobbie Herman | Fairfield, CT | May 19, 2018

I wonder how Sam feels watching the Royal Wedding. Well, she was half right -- the bride is American!

FAXES
Cyrus B. | San Diego, CA | May 17, 2018

Faxes, media outlets, and “the tube”! The 1900s' version of Twitter now seems so cumbersome.

"HOCUS POCUS"
George | Jupiter, FL | May 16, 2018

Today's video,"Hocus Pocus" by Focus, is a brilliant political statement. The lyrics are still apropos even after 45 years.

POISONED PONIARDS
Kepczlac Spelicek | Seattle, WA | May 14, 2018

 "I wish president would stop referring to himself as a 'witch.' It's undignified." Poisoned poniards! After decades of forging them, you still come up with a Hatori Hanso more often than not. You sir, are a frickin' National Treasure.

OLLIE NORTH
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | May 10, 2018

The news of Ollie North getting the NRA top gig reminded me that Duke used to work for him.

WALL PROTOTYPES
Roger Davenport | Oceanside, CA | May 08, 2018

Re the next-to-last panel in Sunday's strip, about the "Wall" prototypes: We should stage a competition among engineering schools to find out how hard it is to develop devices and approaches to climb/defeat the prototypes. Something like the World Solar Challenge. The requirement might be that device be affordable to a refugee and enable a mother to get herself and three children, ages 3-10, over the wall without injury. Alternatively, with a 50-lb bag of drugs (but I wouldnt' really want to encourage that).

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 07, 2018

Re Sunday's strip: As a former Peas Core Voluntir Inglish techur and student of siens, I wud laik to recomend the instructiv tail "Meihem in ce Klasrum," by Dolton Edwards, first published in 1946.

"I AM WOMAN"
Ray Mote | Tallahassee, FL | May 04, 2018

Wow -- your 27 April toon ("I am woman"...) gave me a real belly laugh. I normally wonder what alternate universe you're in, but that one was funny as hell. Good thing I read the strip daily, "just in case."

BRILLIANT MOVE
Liz Fuller-Wright | Princeton, NJ | April 30, 2018

I'm so thrilled that you are having Mel run for Congress. Brilliant move, GBT!

MYSTIFIES ME
Travelguy | Winfield, IL | April 23, 2018

As an evangelical who did not vote for our current president, it mystifies me as to what those brothers and sisters in Christ saw in the person they voted for. You were right on in identifying the hypocrisy of it.