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Good thing DeJoy (and fellow ever-Trumpers) can't drag their feet with most stimulus cash; praise be for direct deposit. Aside to Democrats: without further delay, please deliver us from evil by telling Louis the Late "YOU'RE FIRED!"
Zonker in a white shirt and a vest?? Granted, his sleeves are rolled up and the vest's unbuttoned, but still ... Z has always travelled his own path, but it's a bit of a shock to see his path take this turn.
Hey, the New York Times says that after the just-announced 9/11/21 withdrawl of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. will rely on private contractors to fight terrorists there. The Red Rascal strikes again!
Re today's SayWhat?: "To make the whole world tremble." With those attendance numbers (3, 1, 1, and zero) the whole world must indeed be trembling -- with laughter.
What a genius, that Billy Shakespeare! Such remarkable clairvoyance!! Still, all’s well that ends well -- so far.
What an ironic title for a play that so presciently susses Big Blonder: All's Well That Ends Well. Three points. One, let's keep in mind David Plouffe's warning that if Dems fare poorly at the polls in 2024, "the US will be[come] an autocracy." Two, from never-Trump Republicans to way too many forgetful Dems, scads of naifs have been painting Trump as a stark aberration in his party; in fact, from climate change to regime change to tax cuts supposedly for those "at the very bottom," George "WMD" Bush lied his smirky, hard-right head off (to the point that, if memory serves, some past strips portray him in an empty helmet). Three, someone needs to remind B.D. that if Trump and cohorts can repeat fraught fibs to the crack of doom, "good people" (quoting Tolstoy) have no choice but to reprise the truth as needed.
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
The Duke of Wellington nailed Trump better than Shakespeare when he described Louis XVIII as “a perfect walking sore, not a part of his body sound...selfish and false in the highest degree.”
Re today's Classic strip: I have remembered and loved Alex's last line since 1995!
Ohhh, Alex. Our world would look nothing like it does today if not for this electronic asteroid strike of genius we now take as normal. Someday someone will stand far enough from these trees to see the forest that is our age. Of all our follies and fame, it is the development of computing technology that will distinguish us from other ages.
I worked on the very first vacuum tube computer in Seattle, in the UW Mechanical Engineering building. It took up the entire basement. Today I have more horsepower in my cell phone. So many times I have learned complete technologies only to see them disappear. Relays to tubes to transistors to integrated circuits. Linotype to mainframes to desktops to laptops. Simple gas engines to computer-controlled to CVT to electric cars. Garry's seen the same, from acetate cells to computer-based graphics. What hasn't changed is creativity: writers still write, cartoonists will invent entire families that take on human form, become real in our minds.
Meantime, my office currently has three Macs under repair, two others headed for a junk bin, a new one humming away, and a couple old PCs gathering dust on the floor. What will we have when the twins hit college?
ALEX IN 1995
Alex in 1995: I want a computer with a 2 GB hard drive! Mike in 1995: I don't know, honey... That's a LOT of computer. Me in 2021: rotflmao.
With the party of domestic terror looking to put our democracy in "Final Jeopardy," in light of today's strip's anti-reality TV's Euro-Mexico gaffe-writ-large, let's pause to recall one of Trump's Big Lies of 2016: "Mexico will pay to build a wall she does not want." Fast forward. Four years and 25,000 voter-Trumping fibs later, we need barriers around our national legislature. And, figuratively, around our basic, sacred right to vote.
(Aside to BD: time to get off the couch, dude.)
Actually, pineapples don't fall from palm trees. Coconuts do.
Today's "Say What?" comment by Lindsey Graham reveals a fundamental trait of people drawn to authoritarian leaders -- fear of outsiders. His scenario is extreme, but the mindset underlies much of what so many politicians are trying to do right now.
I just now noticed the patterns on Duke and Earl's shirts. The pineapple doesn't fall far from the palm tree, huh?
Today's strip hit close to home, literally. Here in our southern red state, we have witnessed the most hateful legislative session in memory. Bills on every redneck riling issue: two against abortion, two trans bashing, a "stand your ground" for the gun nuts, a "conscience" bill allowing medical people to deny treatment to anyone they morally object to, and more. As far as I can tell not a single bill that actually helps people or tries to solve problems. This is where the Republican Party is today. In spite of the damage done, I do not expect to see Democrats win a statewide office or congressional seat in my lifetime.
Some people seem to be confused by President Biden's comment on new voting restrictions: ("This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.") I hope Doonesbury can explain what a metaphor is, and that Jim Eagle will be bigger and more dangerous than Jim Crow. If you are already working on a strip in which Jimmy Crow himself explains, never mind...
Loved Sunday's SayWhat? quoting Sen.Ted Cruz: "[The HR1 Voting Rights bill] says America would be better off if more murderers were voting. America would be better off if more rapists and child molesters were voting." You know, Ted, I agree that maybe Donald Trump and his friends shouldn’t be allowed to vote, but after all, it is still a democracy.
Especially in yesterday's strip, superb defining of the party of bigotry / "throw out the ballots" / space lasers. As an added bonus, Jimmy Crow's latest saga somehow jogged my mind to connect a certain ex-President's bloody hands and golf gloves (from some prior strips) with the still underreported, still understated, Trump-fomented gore on Capitol Hill. Shaking one's head in disgust and horror, one can only try to grasp the need to bear in mind the specter of domestic terrorists not wont to go quietly. (At all.)
In today's Classic Doonesbury strip, why are panels 3 and 4 both signed?Editor's Note:
We'll probably never know. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.