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BOGUS
Christina Crist | Elkhart, IN | February 20, 2011

Your statement in today's strip that Jenny McCarthy has "popularized a bogus vaccine-autism link" is bogus. I knew vaccines were behind my daughter's autism before Jenny's son was born. Look at the stats for the numbers of kids with autism, asthma, ADD, ADHD and mental disorders. Our kids are poisoned, and vaccines play a role in that. Stop attacking and start helping.

WE NOW HAVE TO SHOUT
Joey | Los Angeles, CA | February 20, 2011

Thank you so much for your strip about Jenny McCarthy. Thanks to her we now have to shout above the din to get the truth out about science-based medicine. I hope this comic strip may change the minds of people who don't vaccinate but do enjoy Doonesbury, and perhaps didn't know everything about the manufactroversy.

NOT AMUSED
Judith | Murphy, TX | February 20, 2011

I am not at all amused by your attack on Jenny McCarthy in today's strip. She has done more for the autism community that anyone else out there. She knows what she is talking about, and I defend Dr. Wakefield as she has done, alongside thousands and thousands of parents who have watched their children's lives be destroyed by vaccines. I do hope you got your bonus from both the government and the pharmaceutical companies.

Editor's Note:

To read recent articles on Dr. Wakefield and the bogus vaccine-autism link referred to in the strip, click here and here.

 

 

UNCLE DUKE
Chris Francisco | Tucson, AZ | February 20, 2011

I've really enjoyed these last few weeks of Doonesbury. I love the Uncle Duke strips, and I look forward to seeing more from him. Keep up the good work!

WHAT COULD BE BETTER
Pete Nelson | Santa Cruz, CA | February 20, 2011

What could be better than trenchant political commentary combined with high adventure? Maybe I need to get out more often...

JEFF REDFERN
Howard Cohl | Rockville, MD | February 20, 2011

I started reading Doonesbury just after 9/11 and have become a huge fan. After so many efforts, giving Jeff Redfern amazing opportunities to massively succeed and with consistent ultimate fail, here is yet another chance. My main question is how he will screw this next opportunity up. I can't wait to find out.

CORRELATES WELL
Maerzie | Florence, WI | February 18, 2011

The strip today correlates well with Madison, Wisconsin, and our new under-educated puppet governor in the national news.

THE RETURN
Luis | Cayey, PR/USA | February 18, 2011

Anne in Belfast is a mind reader. Ever since Duke mentioned Overkill I thought "the return of the Red Rascal is just around the corner!" ROTFLMAO! This is even better than bashing the pro-gun freaks with facts. Way to go GBT, and thanks for the laughs. (And congratulations on 40 years of Doonesbury!)

TOO GOOD
John R. | New Brighton, MN | February 18, 2011

So Duke is sending Jeff to rescue Bmzklfrpz? This is just too good. I love the growing interactions among the characters that begin in completely autonomous threads, and then bump into each other. The longer one reads the strip, the more fun it gets!

ABOUT TO TANGLE
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | February 17, 2011

Oh joy! Dare I hope that the Red Rascal is about to tangle with the future of Trff Bzklmfrpz and Berzerkistan? I wonder if Jeff has anything to do with the unrest in various other nearby places...

BACK IN BERZERKISTAN
Brian Hope | Hungtingdon, UK | February 17, 2011

I'm glad we're back in Berzerkistan. Trouble is that once again nobody learns from history, not even in cartoons. There's a flood coming, retreat to higher ground. Thanks for the George Shearing tribute video. I have long loved his vocal work and wondered why there's not more. The personification of taste, and a nature's gentleman, he's been delighting me since the forties.

MATERIAL
Charlie | Atlanta, GA | February 16, 2011

GT, I used to wonder where you got your material, but politicans just keep giving you gifts to show your readers.

SWEET SOUND
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | February 16, 2011

Ahh, the sweet sound a dictator makes when he hits the ground. I only wish it were possible to leak Duke's 12-point survival protocol to the press for the benefit of us all.

THE BERZERKISTAN ROUTE
Bill Purkayastha | Shillong, INDIA | February 16, 2011

I must really applaud GBT for his handling of the Arab revolutionary tsunami. Rather than settle for Roland sitting at his computer and sending fake tweets from Tahrir Square in Cairo, he's gone the Berzerkistan route and is in the process of taking down my favourite tyrant, Trff Bzklmfrpz. I am now more of a helpless admirer of the Duke-Earl-Bzklmfrpz trio than ever. I just wish Honey were around to mess things up even more than they are. And, oh yes, Earl's demand for a credit card number "real quick" was priceless. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's strip.

NOT UNDERSTANDING THE PHRASE
Michael | Indianapolis, IN | February 15, 2011

Thank you very much for your strip on gun deaths. Some have criticized you for their not understanding the phrase "at home." My guess is it means you've been conversing with people in the military and their families; something the typical American doesn't do. As a former Marine, I know my way around weapons, but I also know there is no substitute for observation, analysis and communication. Thank you, again, for your succinct observation, analysis and communication. I wish I were as eloquent.

FLASHBACKS PAGE
Chris | Grand Prairie, TX | February 14, 2011

I love the Flashbacks page. Michael Doonesbury played hockey 40 years ago? Wow, just wow. Okay, maybe he wasn't good at it, but this is just the sort of depth of character that I love about the strip.

TRUTH
Richard Lee | Mesa, AZ | February 14, 2011

Luckily for you, truth isn't required by law in comic strips. You say 270,000 people were killed by gunfire at home in the last nine years? According to the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, the number is about one third of that, and since the gun laws have been "weakened," the trend is downward. Have a nice day.

Editor's Note:

GBT stands by his figure. Readers interested in checking the stat cited in Sunday's strip are referred to this PolitiFacts report on the matter posted today.

GREAT STRIP
Joe | Overland Park, KS | February 14, 2011

Great strip yesterday. One of the best ever. The Blowback comment "JAPAN" asks "Should we outlaw knives and cars?" Well, we do outlaw switchblades and such. And we require registration, license and insurance to own and drive a car. I always thought it odd that you need to register a cat or a toy poodle, but not an assault weapon. Along the same lines, I wonder if anyone ever been killed with a one-hit bong. They're illegal, but not a thirty-round clip.

WHIRR...BING!
John | Kapaa, HI | February 13, 2011

Whirr...Bing! Illogical circumstances due to pre-existing agendas...Carbon-based beings in deep denial...Whirr...next planet...

TODAY'S STRIP
Art Merkh | Gibbsboro, NJ | February 13, 2011

On a scale of one to ten, today's strip is about 10^3.