Blowback_toon

Blowback

A clean, well-lit place to vent

Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you’d like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

CURTIS
Richard Schumacher | TEXAS | February 29, 2016

Curtis (in the current "Dead Duke" story arc) looks a bit like a young Trump, dontcha think?

TODAY'S STRIP
Dean M. | Minneapolis, MN | February 28, 2016

Way to trump Trump with his own petard in today's strip. (And you are the master of the DT coif.)

WHITEWATER
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | February 26, 2016

Wow. Thursday's 20-years-ago Flashback strip was prescient, and is still current. That's a real accomplishment for a comic strip. People who lived in Arkansas at the time, of course, knew the Whitewater story was a crock, but when the New York Times is pushing a story it has legs.

SOUL-SEARCHING
M. Nichols | South of Jefferson, OR | February 24, 2016

Thank you for the fuel to elicit some beneficial soul-searching, GBT. Yesterday, after being subjected to yet another dose of selfish drivers' antics, and still cogitating on Sunday's Doonesbury strip, my own judgemental reaction to their antics came up for review. Suddenly, as I parked in front of the veterinarian's office in Sublimity to pick up some meds for our beloved old dog, my mother's long-ago remonstrance whispered through my mind: "You see your own faults most in others!"

Now, admittedly, such comeuppances can indeed devolve from witnessing the antics of others important to you, or having been the victim of such inappropriate nonsense, and probably other ways yet -- there are countless ways to be drawn into the practice of selfishness, for one sin -- but I immediately thought how sad it is that, quite apparently, the vast majority of the lot of haters running for president of the U.S. (and seekers of myriad other positions of power and influence), seem to have not had the blessing of such an aware and insightful mother to guide them through the thickets of stupid human tricks.

I did; and I still find myself being sucked into the stupidity of responding judgementally at times. (I have often told students that dumb means you don't know better; stupid means you know better, and refuse to employ it: The only one who can fix stupid is the bearer alone.) Someone should remind these folks that Jesus never once is recorded as having advised us mob to hate anyone, nor anything, except sin. But hey, we prodigal sons are a rare breed, eh? Not: Most of us lot apparently just never seem to garner the courage to admit we were wrong, and wax willing to change that. Any more, my favorite prayer is, "May God bless those who love us; And, those who hate us. May God forgive us all!" I find it's great for humility.

CLASSICS
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | February 23, 2016

The Classic Doonesbury storyline about Duke is even more interesting for knowing what the future has in store. I find myself paying a little more attention, trying to spot clues. And I enjoyed the Sunday strip with Rev Sloan. We don't get to see much of him these days, so that's fun. He raises a very obvious question, but I don't think it should be limited to Trump supporters.

TRUMP'S APPEAL
Melanie N. Lee | East Elmhurst, NY | February 22, 2016

I have been a fan of Doonesbury since college, some 40 years ago. As a left-leaning born-again Christian, I say thank you for yesterday's Sunday strip where Rev. Scott Sloane questions Donald Trump's appeal to evangelical Christians. I, for one, think I can sum that up in one word: racism. The blind spot for racism in those Christians strongly influenced by "Southern-fried Christianity" is...well...yuge.

SCORCHED EARTH
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | February 22, 2016

In view of the trail of scorched earth Trump is blazing on his way to the White House, America simply cannot afford to restrict itself to just weekend GBT-administered doses of reality. Alpha House's merits notwithstanding, America -- nay, the world -- has too much to lose from the specter of a Trumpasaurus rampaging into the White House. All hands on deck, GBT! We need you now to champion whatever is left of sanity in America on a daily basis.

REV. SLOAN
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | February 22, 2016

Thanks for bringing back Rev. Scot Sloan who was always, along with Fr. Mulcahy from M*A*S*H, one of my professional role models. His discussion about Donald Trump with B.D. and Boopsie helped me make a connection between Mr. Trump and Downton Abbey. Mr. Trump (and possibly the Kardashian family as well) can be an explanation for why Downton Abbey has been so phenomenally popular. It calls to mind a long-gone era when rich people were also classy, rather than vulgar.

THE CHRISTIAN TRUMP
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 21, 2016

Donald's team will now be working on a symbolic token to prove that he is a real Christian. Two spring to mind: He could give away all (or say 90%) of his money to the poor, and he could stop saying nasty things about other people (which would wipe out about 90% of his punchlines and speeches). Then we could see the "Christian Trump."

SAD AND TERRIFYING
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2016

The really sad and terrifying thing about today's SayWhat? quote* is that I absolutely believe that Trump doesn't understand what Doonesbury is all about...

 

*
"You know, I did well in school, but for the life of me, I still can't understand what Doonesbury is all about. This guy is totally overrated, and he's created a false myth. I hope he finds some other character to draw."
-- Donald Trump on G.B. Trudeau

TRUMP
Big Guy | New York, NY | February 21, 2016

Donald Trump risks his life for our country every day. When he kisses himself in the mirror, he could break the glass.

THANKS
B. Dransfeldt | Chandler, AZ | February 21, 2016

Middle America Thanks, for today's strip. You forgot to mention all those Middle Americans who are sure Trump shares their values. The only trouble is, I think he believes that in Middle America your daddy gives you a $1,000,000 loan for your first real estate deal.

MISS MANNERS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | February 21, 2016

  Today's strip: Right on target. Thank you, GBT. Obviously, no one has ever informed Trump of Miss Manners' credo: "One need never be ashamed of behaving well."

TRUMP'S SUCCESS
Brent McKee | Saskatoon, CANADA | February 21, 2016

Donald Trump's success is easily explained. He is the world's greatest snake oil salesman, except that the snake oil he is selling is -- and always has been -- Donald Trump. He's been selling that product for over thirty years, and he's gotten really good at ignoring its (his) failings and and failures. He's selling the sizzle and hoping no one notices that the steak is actually hamburger.

WALLOP
Pete | Spokane, WA | February 21, 2016

Today's strip packs a wallop. I wonder if it will penetrate the bubble? Work like that is why we miss the daily Doonesbury.

DECENCY
Ilyn Murphy | Providence, R.I. | February 21, 2016

Much gratitude for today's strip. I don't normally throw around words like "decency," but continue to be baffled at the complete lack of it in candidate Trump. As for his supporters, when did the U.S. become so spiritually bankrupt? It's pretty disheartening. All these angry white people, maybe they could drop in at a housing project, or perhaps a city school, or spend a day with an agricultural worker, then reconsider what is and isn't fair.

KIND OF SCARY
F.B. | Houston, TX | February 21, 2016

Two things are kind of scary about today’s strip. One, I had this conversation with a friend just yesterday morning, and noticed that sloth seemed to be the odd deadly-7 out. Is trump remiss, or just planning to relish the 7th once he gains office? (From Sir Reality to Lord Reality to Imperial Impotus -- yikes.) Two, is any of this even possible? Sir Conan Doyle: “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” And the American dream? “Oh the humanity…"

HELL OF A WEEK
Matthew Randall | London, UK | February 21, 2016

So Trump has antagonised the Pope and Reverend Sloan a few days apart? Hell of a week.

SCARES ME
Kristi | North Platte, NE | February 21, 2016

Trump as anti-Christ, anyone? Scares me!

NEGATIVE FATIGUE
Wanda Schmidt | Prospect, KY | February 21, 2016

Thank you, bless you, for articulating the most effective message I have yet heard addressing the sham that is Donald Trump. Democrats are at a natural disadvantage because we are not practiced in bullying, name-calling and lying. Please continue to do your best to clarify for those caught up in the negative fatigue so prevalent today.