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Re today's "Bridges of Madison County" Classic strip from 1993: Ha! "You must own them, you must impose your will on the scene! Like I did...on the steppes of Ukraine..." The dots are all connected now: Trump got his inspiration from Doonesbury! (How else would he know Ukraine has steppes?)
Sunday's comic hit me like a bucket of cold water. I/we have become so inured to Trump's outrageous behavior, sometimes it takes an unexpected vantage point to realize how far he has gone to debase the presidency and endanger democracy. He would easily be impeached for his dealings with Ukraine if it was a one-off, but because the violations of his oath are so frequent (and so often dismissed, defended and encouraged by his sycophants) we're all proverbial frogs in a pot, being slowly boiled to death. Thanks for the fresh-from-the-past reminder that this really is too hot to continue enduring.
Twenty years ago today it was funny. Now it's just depressing. We need your wit and insight to help us through the next thirteen months. Please restart the daily strip!
20 YEARS AGO TODAY
The 20-years-ago-today strip was so true. How could you have known that, long ago? Do you have a crystal ball?
AHA! From the FLASHBACKS page, I see that it was 35 years ago today that Mike Doonesbury’s eyelids began to fall into cynical worldliness, as he told J. J. that the ad agency had asked him to do something that went against his conscience and ideals. He had been wide-eyed the previous day, when the agency asked him, for his first assignment, to create an ad promoting Reagan to blacks. And when the company secretary hit on him.
Wouldn't Trump be watching this on the prison TV?
A TAD UNREALISTIC
So you predict that Melania will be by his side when he is out of office? That seems a tad unrealistic to me.
J.J. is talking to Zonker about being disconnected from reality, and why it's something to worry about...?
Was it really only 26 years ago that $10 million was enough to set up a foundation to send kids to medical school?
NEARLY 40 YEARS
For nearly forty years I worked overseas and did not have access to a newspaper that carried Doonesbury (or often to any English-language paper), so am delighted to catch up through the Flashback archives.Editor's Note:
We realize that some users are still being blocked from portions of (or all of) the Doonesbury site by the WaPo pay wall. We are continuing to work on this situation, and appreciate your patience. You can read the strip itself (without MUDLINE, BLOWBACK, SAY WHAT? and the other Dbury site features) here.
I had to explain what "speak in fry" meant. She asked, "Is that a thing now?" I told her it probably would be by tomorrow morning.Editor's Note:
Too late! Mike's already been ticked off about it for a while. Check out this strip from January 27th!
DEATHS OF THE INNOCENT
On today's 1993 Classic daily strip: "Why he didn't pop the other kid too. Makes no sense." Now, 26 years later, the senselessness of the deaths of the innocent has become even more incomprehensible. While the continued rabidity of the gun lobby becomes even more absurd? inhumane? close-mindedly ignorant? Definitely, an affront to civil society. (This strip, like many others, is getting posted on my FB page. Thank you for caring!)
I think a woman who asked a man to betray his marriage vows has a lot of nerve behaving as if she's the mature one and taking the offensive before Mike's even said a word.
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
It's depressing. The ten-years-ago-today Flashback strip gives a perfect summary of our ill-conceived war in Afghanistan, and Americans are still dying there. It does appear we are now talking with the Taliban -- after what, 18 years? -- so I guess that's progress.
Poor Sam. I remember too well my bridesmaid days, and weddings have only gotten more elaborate and expensive since. The expectation that guests should be happy -- or even able -- to shell out thousands of dollars and vacation days (all those pre-parties!) borders on the absurd. My husband and I eloped for our wedding, then came back and threw a party. All the guests had to do was show up at a lovely restaurant for an amazing meal (on us, of course), then come back to our place for cocktails. It was very civilized.
LITTLE CHURCH OF WALDEN
Nice reprise of Doonesbury and the cool minister, who has updated his ministry to include a focus group, yoga, and 12-step programs, thus attracting a congregation to the Little Church of Walden. The conventionally-minded might regard the stained glass skylight (in today's strip) as financed by "dirty money." It appears that GBT regards the minister as subscribing to a higher authority.Editor's Note:
The cool minister made his first appearance in the strip on January 10, 1972.
SITE ACCESS PROBLEM
Reports from the field over the past few weeks indicate that some of you have been kept from the Doonesbury site by a Washington Post paywall, which shouldn't be happening. I wanted to write here that we are working to solve this problem, even though those on the yonder side of the paywall won't be able to read my comment. I am posting it anyway in case some of you occasionally break through! I hope the glitch will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, we apologize for the inconvenience...
Today's strip clearly shows that Trump tried to obstruct the fact that he was too inept to commit collusion.
Seriously, what a public service, Garry! Those last 4 frames...
Need to make a large public service poster, print massive amounts to post in every legally available public viewing zone. This is the antidote to the normalization of TrumpWorld. Assailed by the fire hose of Trump offenses, voters need to be reminded Trump is an unindicted lawbreaker who will will be held accountable once he is out of office -- or the Senate grows spine/gains Democrats -- whichever happens first!