Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 4 years ago

    Ray should be teaching the class!!!

  2. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    How true is this? I mean, BD’s two remarks are obviously prejudicial, meaning they wouldn’t be allowed in a court of law. However, there has to be at least partial truth to what he says. I feel for Ray. He’s a “sitting duck” no matter which way he turns, no matter where he goes. The government is going to give him a raw deal. If he re-ups, he’s dog food. His wife doesn’t seem to want him back. His only hope is BD. Thank God at least for that!

  3. davers12

    davers12 said, over 4 years ago

    What does “I figure gut” mean?

  4. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    It means he figures it would be an easy course, the kind he could pass using his gut instead of his brain.

  5. davers12

    davers12 said, over 4 years ago

    thanks RSR. I appreciate your reply. that’s a new one on me.

  6. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago


    Ray uses the word “gut” as a figure of speech, meaning experiential knowledge, a gut-deep understanding of what’s been going on in Iraq and Afghanistan that he has learned from his own personal experience and first-hand observation rather than “book” or “news junkie” learning.
    He might likely speak up a lot during class, making him vulnerable to a low grade or even expulsion, depending on how insecure the prof might be.

  7. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, over 4 years ago

    DT3.14 & LWP,
    Just read your various comments about accessing the archives yesterday. I suspect you would be interested in the original story arcs where BD and Ray first meet and when Ray returns home. Will take a little research, but I’ll try and find those two story arcs for you.
    Need to walk our dog and go to work first though!

  8. palin drome

    palin drome said, over 4 years ago

    The Walden where B.D. has taken Ray exists only in the memory of GBT and his coevals. Younger readers who attended college after 1968 or who didn’t go to college won’t know that a gut course (shortened here to gut) is sixties slang for an undemanding college class.

    If Brian Dowling (B.D.‘s prototype at Yale with GBT) walked into a classroom the first day, all the other students applauded—-not because he was a football star, but because his enrolling meant that the class was a gut.

    I haven’t heard college students use the term for the past thirty years, maybe because they no longer have the luxury (unless they’re subsidized athletes) of taking work-free courses.

  9. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago

    @palin drome

    Isn’t it a bit of a stretch to say Ray (Trudeau) is using college slang from 1916?

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 4 years ago

    I bet it’s taught by a vet.

  11. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 4 years ago

    And the “Scheiße” (the ß is a double S in German) meaning the S-word, makes nothing. I live close enough to where they “sprechen Pennsylfaunisch Deitsch”.

  12. Captain Kiddeo

    Captain Kiddeo said, over 4 years ago

    Actually, “gut” seems to make sense any way it’s been taken so far. Isn’t English an amazingly flexible language?

  13. gladlythecrosseyedbear

    gladlythecrosseyedbear said, over 4 years ago

    GT feels comfortable when he’s backing those who rule by apartheid. His ploy of using a character who happens to be black is GT’s way of making apartheid in the Middle East seem all right. But bishop Tutu knows apartheid when he sees it, wherever it may be.

  14. Larry

    Larry said, over 4 years ago

    Discharged in Spring 1967. I attended University of Mass in Fall of 67. They had to take me, state law. Until I found some other vets it was a living hell. I meant for the students that gave me s***.

  15. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 4 years ago


    Trudeau is evil. Trudeau must be stopped. And, GladlyTheCrosseyedBear, you’re elected! Go get him!

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