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AUSTIN
Alan | Brooklyn, NY | February 08, 2012

Love Austin, hate his ethics (or lack thereof).

TO COME
Roy | London, UK | February 08, 2012

I love the "optimized reality" notion. So far we've had climate denialism, birtherism and creationism. I guess we've got 9/11 truthism and maybe anti-vax-ism to come, but that leaves us a day short. Can't wait to see where it goes.

HELP!
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | February 08, 2012

Help! I've been trying to contact myFACTS in order to validate my own prejudices and preconceptions, but I keep getting re-directed to Fox News. Is there a toll free number I can call?

IN ON IT
Susan Joyce Wood | Foresthill, CA | February 07, 2012

I think today's strip was among your best! I have info to show that Wikipedia is in on it, with the "creative" writing about people and lies that tend to "stick". Example: Woodrow Wilson and wife were my grandparents Laurel and Hardy. I wouldn't lie to ya!

A BLESSING
Laura | New York, NY | February 07, 2012

My daughter teaches in the South Bronx, and Donors Choose has been a blessing to her and her students. Kudos!

DISAPPOINTED
Ben S. | Evanston, IL | February 07, 2012

I wanted to vote in the 'favorite GOP catchphrase' Straw Poll, but was disappointed to find that "Can we drop the pious baloney?' -- Newt Gingrich is not one of the choices.

LOVING THE CONCEPT
Michael Kniat | New York, NY | February 07, 2012

Today is only the second day of the myFACTS narrative, and I'm loving the concept already. You do your best work when you stay current and topical like this, GBT. Very cheeky! LOL.

OPTIMIZED REALITY
Tabitha Claydon | Bath, UK | February 07, 2012

"Home of Optimized Reality." I don't think I'll be able to stop smiling all day. One could cry oneself to sleep over this state of affairs, but you make it all bearable. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (And thanks to Paul Krugman for his column about Post-Truth Politics.)

A PLACE LIKE MYFACTS
Jason Thom | Phoenix, AZ | February 07, 2012

I can see a place like myFacts existing, especially with people like Jeff Redfern rewriting reality to suit them. So, when Presidents and ex-Presidents use it, do they get a discount?

GRANDIOSE
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 07, 2012

In the Flashback strip from 15 years ago today Mr. Butts describes Gingrich's career as "from obscure backbencher to grandiose powerbroker to  party embarrassment." Did Newt fall in love with "grandiose" back then and save it up, without ever looking the word up in the dictionary?

THE BOMB
K. Mitchell Dunklebarger | State College, PA | February 07, 2012

Has the bomb gone off yet? Today's 15 year Flashback harkens back to a simpler time when saxophone jazz serenaded Pennsylvania avenue, nicotine (and steroids) were still legit in baseball clubhouses, and we thought the Speaker had reached his despicable prime. The nineties were pretty rad.

ZONKER
E. Jon | Atlanta, GA | February 07, 2012

Sorry Mark, Zonker should not be aged. He is that carefree, reckless delightfully irresponsible shadow we left behind in high school or college when we went out and got jobs and raised families. He is the part of us that we couldn't take with us but remember fondly, unchanged and forever youthful, beckoning us to put aside the bills and the invoices and come out and party. Leave him alone, Mark. We need him just the way he is.

GREAT SERVICE
Marc Allan | Carmel, IN | February 07, 2012

Thanks for letting us know about donorschoice.org -- and for the matching gift. What a great service they provide. I'm going to check back often. And I guess I should thank the Chicago Tribune for not printing the strip. I missed Friday's paper, and if I hadn't seen the story and the strip on Romenesko, I wouldn't have known. So, again, thanks for the entertainment and the information.

MYFACTS
Peter Butterfield | Aubonne, SWITZERLAND | February 06, 2012

Ha, I love myFacts! I already await guidance from this week's strips, for help in dinner-table arguments with my wife. We agree on climate change (not deniers), but I'll interpolate the methods for our own hot issues like evolution, Obama v. Romney, and the whole born-gay v. chose-gay question.

THE WIND
Mike | Amsterdam, NY | February 06, 2012

I thought I heard the wind blowing through the trees this morning but then I realized it was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, up in heaven, laughing along with me at today's "myfacts" strip.

FOUND A SCHOOL
Joan Laing | Iowa City, IA | February 06, 2012

Thanks for the donorschoose.org link, and the matching contribution. I found a school in my own county where children needed such basic supplies as notebooks, dividers, labels, and binders. And I never realized this before.

DONORSCHOOSE.COM
Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | February 06, 2012

Oh wow! Im so glad that you are publicizing Donorschoose.com! I teach preschool disabled children in a 'title one' school. There is no money for supplies, period. I have put up two projects on the site, both for supplies adding up to $300. Within a few months, generous donors made the projects reality! Donations do not have to be big -- most of mine have been in the $10-25 range. Please continue to make this site known to others who wish to help teachers and their students!

A LITTLE CRAFTY
Jo K. | Rock Hill, SC | February 06, 2012

Thanks for using the strip to support DonorsChoose.Org. They help so many schools in need. And thanks to Zonker for doubling my donation to "We're A Little Crafty" in South Carolina; the teacher describes it here.

TWITCHES
Kater | Iowa City, IA | February 05, 2012

Regarding today's strip, I'm once again left to wonder how Jeff could be Ms. Joanie "Libby" Caucus's son? It's certainly not out of character, but that four scantily-clad, cowering bimbos were the only characters he could think of for women to relate to caused a few twitches.

MATCHING FUNDS GRANT
Sharon Walker | Albuquerque, NM | February 05, 2012

Just want to thank you for featuring DonorsChoose.Org in the strip. Two people donated to my American History classroom in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, after reading about the matching funds grant! Thanks to you and these two fine folks, my students will have new materials that were badly needed to teach an interactive history class. I can't thank you enough for what you did for us, and for what you are undoubtedly doing for many, many students! Huzzah! :)