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'lance
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posted 20 February 2005 01:47 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I suppose you could say something significant had changed when Mike Doonesbury became a Republican. But then, he's always been a kind of bland Everyman figure, and perhaps Garry Trudeau was trying to signal the big shift that has taken place in USia.

I found it a bigger deal when we finally saw BD without a helmet. (In peacetime it was always a football helmet, in wartime -- and he's been in three now -- an Army helmet). That was almost as shocking as the context, i.e. the explosion in which he lost his leg.

But now Zonker has not only taken a job -- his first since a brief stint with the US Postal Service in the 1970s -- but, having been (predictably) fired, he's actually been rehired after a groundswell of support among the customers.

Weird.

What next? I can barely imagine.


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posted 20 February 2005 02:22 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Doonesbury is a (gasp) Republican now???? Someone shoot me. Please.
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posted 20 February 2005 02:25 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think in recent years he's been having second, and third, thoughts.
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posted 20 February 2005 02:39 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"recent years"???? Crikey. I haven't seen Doonesbury in ten years or more. This is what happens when you don't pay attention. When did Doonesbury commit the mortal sin of Republicanism? Why didn't one of his friends try to stop him? Why didn't he die? Yuck. A counter-culture icon gone Republican. Wake me up when it's over.
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posted 20 February 2005 02:54 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I vaguely recall some years ago that Mike had a job making ads for selling cigarettes and was suffering an ethical dilemma, and all that.
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posted 20 February 2005 03:02 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boom Boom, don't misunderstand. Doonesbury, the comic strip, remains a progressive, anti-war, anti-Bush strip. I think Trudeau made Mike a Republican so he could continue to comment -- progressively -- on issues from many different sides. But I think 'lance is right. Mike has never been a truly committed Republican.

Zonker was very funny a few days ago when he was lecturing the customers on their unhealthy food choices. One of them said to him, "Are you stoned?" And he said, "Yes, but this is not about me."

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posted 20 February 2005 03:09 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Boom Boom, don't misunderstand. Doonesbury, the comic strip, remains a progressive, anti-war, anti-Bush strip. I think Trudeau made Mike a Republican so he could continue to comment -- progressively -- on issues from many different sides. But I think 'lance is right. Mike has never been a truly committed Republican.

Yes, even if Mike's still a Republican, it's not a pro-Republican strip by any means.

Trudeau gave one of his rare interviews to Rolling Stone last year. He's had Bush's number since around 1968.

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Zonker was very funny a few days ago when he was lecturing the customers on their unhealthy food choices. One of them said to him, "Are you stoned?" And he said, "Yes, but this is not about me."

I loved that! But my favourite bit was the kid saying, "He's right, give me the field greens." I got the feeling it was just adolescent rebellion.

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posted 20 February 2005 03:59 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I like the one with Mark asking Rumsfeld a question: Here.
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posted 20 February 2005 04:01 PM      Profile for archy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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posted 20 February 2005 04:09 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the links and comments. It almost sounds safe to come out of exile.

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posted 20 February 2005 04:14 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, fear not. To my mind, the strip is better than ever.

Speaking of coming out, Marvelous Mark Slackmeyer, of radio fame, came out a few years back. Marvelous indeed.


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posted 20 February 2005 04:46 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My 'coming out of exile' is just that. I've been on the lam from reality since Lennon was shot. It *is* safe, now, is it?
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posted 20 February 2005 04:48 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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To my mind, the strip is better than ever.

And to mine. I think that BD losing his leg was a really courageous move in a comic strip and gave Trudeau the opportunity to explore so many of the issues around the returning injured -- physically, mentally and emotionally -- soldiers.


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posted 20 February 2005 04:50 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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My 'coming out of exile' is just that. I've been on the lam from reality since Lennon was shot. It *is* safe, now, is it?

Er... ah... well... that is to say...

Let me put it this way. There's good news, and there's bad news.

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posted 20 February 2005 05:27 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As in, "good news, bad news, and Agnews?"

(anyone remember Trickee Dickee's VP?)


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posted 20 February 2005 05:30 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
anyone remember Trickee Dickee's VP?

How could we not? We're the original nattering nabobs of negativism, hereabouts.


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posted 20 February 2005 06:41 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

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