Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 years ago

    Jeff is going to be a ghostwriter. Congrats to the poster who suggested that earlier this weak.

  2. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago

    Note the new elements: • Trff is smoking a cigar, inconsiderate as usual, • he gets off the subject of sex with her, • he lets her know what he thinks his story really is, • the smile drops from her face, • her, “We’ll be in touch” (= “Don’t call us; we’ll call you”, predicted by one of our illustrious group), • Jeff appears (also predicted) as Trudeau’s segue into the next scene, • Trff’s “I would hope so” and clinched fist, as an indication that perhaps he realizes that his backside is booted.
    These 7 new elements more than make up for the dearth of new elements in last strip. TRUDEAU IS BACK.

  3. rayannina

    rayannina said, about 5 years ago

    Coming soon from Random House — THE LEGEND OF THE RED RASCAL, A Novel — Definitely a Novel …

  4. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago

    Any predictions as to whether or not Jeff also is going to try to put the moves on this hottie?

  5. Bensondonald

    Bensondonald GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 years ago

    Actually, I’m looking for a team-up of the has-been and the never was, perhaps becoming respected media pundits expounding on how we can “win” the Middle East.

  6. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 years ago


    GT has become such a nuanced artist. That is why his fans have such high expectations and so easily become disappointed when he doesn’t meet the expectations on a rare occasion.

    Jeff would rather live in his fantasy world than take a chance with a real woman. Maybe she will put a move on him.

  7. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago


    If she put moves on Jeff, I think Jeff (not being “in control”) would fall into a chair and drift off into his never-never land where he can be the safe, secure, always and forever “in control” Sorkh Razil.
    Question for the group: In a sexual / romantic situation, why does one partner or the other always have to be “in control”? Why can’t there be a sense of equality?

  8. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago

    I remember Jeff making a pass (“hitting on” is too strong a term) at a woman by saying, “Share a taxi?” She replied, “Fail. Move along.” Ouch! Can Jeff take rejection? If he put moves on Becca, waaay out of his league, and she rebuffs him, what would he do? Pass out?

  9. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 years ago


    Jeff will always be a hero in his fantasy world, even if he is rejected by Becca. Busy day ahead, good night.

  10. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago

    Melissa is the sergeant in the army, right? The one usually wearing camo fatigues? When did Jeff interact with her?

  11. randgrithr

    randgrithr said, about 5 years ago

    Yep. Saw that coming… not so Random House after all.

  12. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 5 years ago

    I see people, lots of people, all day long. And yet GBT is able with a few words and some simple lines to create a cartoon woman more attractive than 99.9% of the women I see every day. Becca is really sweet.

    But then, fantasies are always better than realities, that is what fantasies are all about. It’s what fuels not only Jeff, but Hollywood, and, it would seem, most politicians and their most ardent supporters. It what makes us “fall in love at first sight.” Our ability to project our dreams and wishes onto others. Art is showing a partial reality, showing us only those parts that convey the thing that the artist wants us to see.

    When you look at Becca, what voice do you give her? Print give her none, we do that. Imagine that voice a high-pitched whine, or with the thickest of New York accents, and poof! the attraction is gone.

    Odd the things you think of looking at a cartoon at 5 in the morning.

  13. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, about 5 years ago

    I’ve always wondered if those who criticise “The Prince” ever read it, even in English. Democracy is an old idea nobody accepted for thousands of years. I can’t understand why mob rule never caught on with the greatest minds in the world. The minority of those who embrace it have not had a very good track record according to the liberals. I can read of many great kings, not so many great Congresses.

  14. roctor

    roctor said, about 5 years ago

    Panal #3 says it all. A fine wrap up to this weeks lesson.

  15. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 5 years ago

    For those interested in “great kings”, here’s one, Il Duce Mussolini by name
    from Wikipedia (emphasis by capitalization added)
    An important factor in fascism gaining support in its earliest stages was the fact that it claimed to oppose discrimination based on social class and was strongly opposed to all forms of class war.4647 FASCISM instead supported nationalist sentiments such as a strong unity, regardless of class, in the hopes of raising Italy up to the levels of its great Roman past. The ideological basis for FASCISM came from a number of sources. MUSSOLINI utilized works of Plato, Georges Sorel, Nietzsche, and the socialist and economic ideas of Vilfredo Pareto, to create FASCISM. MUSSOLINI admired The Republic, which he often read for inspiration.48 The Republic held a number of ideas that FASCISM promoted such as rule by an elite promoting the state as the ultimate end, opposition to DEMOCRACY, protecting the class system and promoting class collaboration, rejection of egalitarianism, promoting the militarization of a nation by creating a class of warriors, demanding that citizens perform civic duties in the interest of the state, and utilizing state intervention in education to promote the creation of warriors and future rulers of the state.49 The Republic differed from FASCISM in that it did not promote aggressive war but only defensive war, unlike FASCISM it promoted very communist-like views on property, and Plato was an idealist focused on achieving justice and morality while MUSSOLINI and FASCISM were realist, focused on achieving political goals.50
    MUSSOLINI and the FASCISTS managed to be simultaneously revolutionary and traditionalist;5152 because this was vastly different to anything else in the political climate of the time, it is sometimes described as “The Third Way”.53 The FASCISTI, led by one of MUSSOLINI’S close confidants, Dino Grandi, formed armed squads of war veterans called BLACKSHIRTS (or squadristi) with the goal of restoring order to the streets of Italy with a strong hand. The BLACKSHIRTS clashed with COMMUNISTS, SOCIALISTS, and ANARCHISTS at parades and demonstrations; all of these factions were also involved in clashes against each other. The government rarely interfered with the BLACKSHIRTS’ actions, owing in part to a looming threat and widespread fear of a COMMUNIST revolution. The FASCISTI grew so rapidly that within two years, it transformed itself into the National FASCIST Party at a congress in Rome. Also in 1921, MUSSOLINI was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time.6 In the meantime, from about 1911 until 1938, MUSSOLINI had various affairs with the Jewish author and academic Margherita SARFATTO, called the “Jewish Mother of FASCISM” at the time.54

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