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INSIGHT
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | June 05, 2017

Once again Boopsie provides uncommon insight -- this time into the SI swimsuit issue sales figures. Those of us who came of age after Bert Reynolds appeared as the Playgirl centerfold made a similar assumption. Later, with a less-innocent worldview, we "discovered" that girls were not the majority purchasers of Playgirl (even if our college girlfriends were in the opposite minority).

ONLY BOOPSIE
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | June 05, 2017

Re today's classic strip: Only Boopsie would consider the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue as strictly a Fashion Statement for female readers. Such an LOL moment!

BACK UP
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | June 05, 2017

In today's Classic strip Boopsie may be using one of the early klunky cell phones -- or it might be the handset of a "cordless" phone. I had one of those to take out to my trailer at night during several years when I lived on a ranch. Lots of resorts used them because people could take them around and about the facilities, though there were usually spots where reception or broadcast were weak. A friend used to walk around his house talking, and there was a dead spot, so we were always saying, "Back up. What were you saying in the hallway?"

BOOPSIE
Yeti | Above Howardsville, CO | June 05, 2017

Love that "cell phone" that Boopsie uses as she relaxes between SI shootings!

GOD
Gary Olsen | Bakersfield, CA | June 04, 2017

Re today's SayWhat? quote: I'm sure God will take care of climate change just as he has taken care of other afflictions such as war, plague, famine, child abuse, etc. He/she is probably thinking, "I gave you brains and a paradise to live in. If through greed and stupidity you intentionally destroy the paradise and yourselves, I think I'll try again with a new model."

PAST LIVES
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | June 04, 2017

I'm enjoying Boopsie's past lives. As you know, the volcanic explosion of Thera (today's Santorini) wiped out a thriving Minoan colony named Thera, with beautiful wall paintings, running water and water closets. Its destruction may be the origin of the Atlantis myth (I was lucky enough to visit the archaeological site). And in today's 25-years-ago-today strip  we get "Boopshepsut," analagous to Hatshepsut. Great stuff. History -- and a world outside the US!

TODAY'S QUOTE
Joel Schiffman | Chandler, AZ | June 04, 2017

Re today's SayWhat? quote, "I believe there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it."
-- Rep. Tim Walberg on Climate change

"And I sent you Stephen Hawking and Neil De Grasse Tyson."
-- @RealGod

TODAY'S STRIP
Harm Prinx | Huizen, Netherlands | June 04, 2017

Re today's strip: Great timing, with the passing away of Jack O'Neill. How do you do it?

100% WRONG
Chris W. | US of A | June 03, 2017

Was Mike ever more than a plaything to J.J.? Her biological clock is momentarily silent, and she's got a few more years of loveless marriage to get through before she starts hungering for masculinity, but today's strip is a perfect depiction of a woman knowing that she is 100% wrong, and can silence any man (well, male) by saying "Oh let's not fight." And he'll just take it.

GRATEFUL DEAD
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | June 01, 2017

Thanks for the Grateful Dead video today -- bitter sweet. The opening shot of the band walking through Egyptian ruins reminds me of the one time I had tickets to see them, at The Rainbow in London. Front row circle. And then they cancelled, as they got the chance to play at the Great Pyramid of Giza. I never did get to see them live. Ah well.

TRFF AND TRUMP
Aaron Bramer | El Paso, TX | May 30, 2017

Trff and Trump are made for each other. I posted Sunday's strip on the fridge. The best laugh I've had in ages. Trff fits right in with the rest of the White House crew.

LUCKY STARS
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | May 29, 2017

Michael must thank his lucky stars for Zeke some days. J.J. used to exploit him the way Zeke exploits her now.

SECURITY CLEARANCE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 28, 2017

I can hardly begin to imagine how much Trff must have left off his SF-86 security clearance application.

MODEL FOR MONSTERS
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | May 28, 2017

When Trff first appeared some time ago he seemed rather too awful to be true. Only Saddam or Idi Amin seemed to measure up, but since that time, Trffs have been popping up like weeds. He was almost prophetic. Even his "do" seems to have become a model for monsters. Kim Jong Un must read the strip.

JESTERS
Sparky Hudson | Toronto, CANADA | May 28, 2017

I had an interesting little epiphany this morning, while partaking of my Sunday morning ritual -- café con leche served with a Doonesbury. Reading the current strip, then toggling between Flashback strips (going back to Nixon and Reagan), I realized afresh not only the awesome authority of the jester to speak truth to power – that’s not exactly news – but that the spiritual parent of our current gang of jesters (Stewart, Colbert, Oliver, Bee, Meyers, Noah, Kimmel et al.) is none other than GBT himself.

ONE ROW
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | May 28, 2017

I love Sunday's 40-years-ago-today Flashback strip, which I missed the first time around and in my incomplete collection of Doonesbury albums. For those of us who recall those heady, pre-TSA days, the difference between smoking and non-smoking was usually one row -- 'smoking' or 'non' made no difference whatsoever to one's personal air quality. Especially long-haul.

TRUMP AND TRFF
Dave | Elmira, NY | May 28, 2017

Trump and Trff -- a match made in heaven. Thank you for not dignifying the Big Orange Game Show host with an icon. Your caricature is so spot-on, I hope it stays for the duration; and please God may the duration be short.

J.J.'S FAUX ART
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 27, 2017

In Friday's maternal bed Classic strip J.J. says "Having a kid is the most creative thing I've ever done." Through her lips, was GBT especially sly in expressing his disapproval of J.J.'s faux art ("performance" aspects notwithstanding)? Or perhaps he meant for her to say "procreative."

POPULAR
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | May 26, 2017

In today's Classic strip J.J. gives birth live on cable TV, but the program is less popular with viewers than Monday Night Football. Those games are probably louder and bloodier than having a baby -- and they are definitely more lucrative.

LITTLE NEMO
George S. | Tequesta, FL | May 26, 2017

Re. Today's "Little Nemo" video: I didn't think cameras were allowed in the Senate Chamber.