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MY MUSLIM STUDENTS
I taught at a branch campus of a Canadian university in Qatar for four years. An officially Wahabi Muslim country, with muezzins five times a day (women could and did drive since the country’s inception, BTW, and were expected to dress without showing shoulders or knees, BTW). My mostly Moslem students, Muslim colleagues, and Muslim people I met regularly wished Merry Christmas to us obvious expats of European ancestry. (And we wished them Eid Mubarak at appropriate times of the year). Our (mostly Muslim) students created a spooky Hallowe’en display. Christmas decorations and fake Christmas trees were widely available in major grocery stores and many stores had Christmas-themed window displays. None of this was a problem to any of us. No one resented or was offended by anyone else. My Muslim students, BTW, prayed five times a day.
MARK VERSUS HIS DAD
"Ooh, SO close!" Fifty years ago, this was Megaphone Mark versus his dad. Glad to see that some things never change.
"Congresswoman Wheeler" -- how sweet it is!
"Congresswoman-elect Wheeler." I have been waiting to read these words since the day Mel announced she was running for Congress! Melissa Wheeler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make a formidable duo come January 2019.
I have been waiting for a month to see if Melissa caught the Blue Wave. Outstanding, soldier!
Congratulations, Congresswoman Wheeler!!!
ARE YOU SURE?
Are you sure that's a 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashbacks page? It looks pretty recent to me.
In Sunday's strip I was surprised to note MBS drinking his tea with his left hand; I'm going to be terribly distracted trying to figure out if it means something...
Trudeau may have to return to posting new strips every day if the current president gets indicted, imprisoned, or impeached!
Oh, props, Mr. Trudeau. Where are the other voices saying this?
LONG AND WONDERFUL TRIP
I loved the Jane Pauley-Garry Trudeau interview on "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday. Fifty years!? Didn't I just buy 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective yesterday? Thanks, GBT, for the long and wonderful trip.
Today's strip, with Mike asking if his country is still out there, I found rather sad; I feel like that often enough as it is. Question is: Will Kavanaugh and Thomas recognize themselves -- if they even read Doonesbury?
Ah! A cloud! The perfect Doonesbury character icon for Brett Kavanaugh. However, I fear there will be little to laugh at in future Supreme Court news.
A nitpick on today's strip: I don't think parents should read their children's journals or diaries; everyone has a right to privacy. It would have been better (and more likely) for Boopsie to say, "It was in her Twitter bio."
Oh, Boopsie, you are so adorable. Got me chuckling this morning.
THE WORST LUCK WITH MENPoor Honey! I really feel sorry for her. She has the worst luck with men. Or maybe it's that she has lousy taste in them. I'm referring to this and last week's 15-Years-Ago-Today Flashback storyline, in which she falls for "Nebby," a misognynistic Iraqi. Before that, and for a long time, she's been involved with Duke, who's a miserable creep. I wish she would find someone nice, and be happy.Editor's Note:
The "Nebby" storyline begins here.
I hope B.D. and Boopsie's home survives the Malibu fire...
LEST WE FORGET
While Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) tends to focus on the men and women who died in service of the country, today you gave us another reminder of what we, as a society, owe to those who returned. Even if they bear no visible wounds, they are not the same people they were when they left.
I cannot help but wonder how poorly we must have done for those who came home 100 years ago. Here in Canada it was the end of four of our military's bloodiest years, given our population at the time. More than 660,000 lost their lives in uniforms bearing the Maple Leaf (this was the first time our troops had an emblem to call their own), and thousands more returned to a country that desperately wanted to put the War behind it.
Lest We Forget.
p.s. Approximately two minutes before the Armistace went into effect, the last soldier of the British Empire who was killed in the war -- a Canadian -- died. It happened near Mons Belgium, less than 50 meters from where the first soldier had died, four years before, during an early engagement between German and British troops.
I wonder if Mel won, or if they are still counting the ballots, or what... Inquiring minds want to know!
MINES IN AFGHANISTAN
Re today's strip, WAR STORIES: It's been more than 15 years but I still, usually in the morning for some reason, sometimes have a mental pause before I walk off the concrete onto the lawn. There were so many warnings about mines in Afghanistan. Thank you, GBT, and site Duty Officer David Stanford, for the time and place that is Doonesbury.Editor's Note:
Doonesbury readers who came on board relatively recently might not know about the 800 posts by over 150 servicemembers that appeared on our milblog THE SANDBOX between 2006 and 2014. You can explore the entire rich archive here.