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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Anybody notice this?

This is the Doonesbury strip from July 1.

Mother Boopsie says, "See how many female protestors there are? That'd be impossible in most Arab societies. Images like that are incredibly empowering to gals all over the Middle East."

Daughter remarks, "Arab girls need empowering."

First of all, let me say that I agree whole heartedly.

It almost makes me regret what I'm about to do to Gary Trudeau.

I've been following Doonesbury on and off since near the beginning. More off than on these days I'm afraid. Since Gary Trudeau became more a social commentator than a cartoonist he's been preachy, snide, and to put it baldly - either a liar or woefully ignorant of history.

He recently identified waterboarding as the same torture practices used by the Spanish Inquisition and the Japanese in WWII - a lie. Whether you excuse the practice of waterboarding by American interrogators or not, the fact is the torture techniques used by the Inquisition and the Japanese are similar only insofar as they use water.

But the worst sin of all is - he's not funny anymore. At least not as much or as often as he used to be.

As an Okie, I still treasure his hilarious take on the Oklahoma county commissioners scandal, lo these many years ago.

"Say, you're Emma Doonesbury's boy ain't you? Well, we just want you to know your Uncle Henry is a good 'ol boy who always took care of his people."

"Thanks, I appreciate that," Uncle Henry replies.

"Say Henry, do you think you could do my driveway afore you goes to jail?"

So it's with a certain "gotcha" feeling that I have to point out to Mr. Trudeau, IRANIANS ARE NOT ARABS YOU TWIT.

And furthermore, I am gobsmacked that anyone who has been so loud about his opinions on the war on terror (silly term though it is) and the Iraq strategy thereof, wouldn't know that.


  • At 12:18 PM, Blogger Ted "Galt-in-Da-Box" Amadeus said…

    Preach it, bro.
    Iranian women aren't empowered enough, and American ones are, as a co-worker once put it while paraphrasing Will Rogers "...so empowered they ain't good for no honest work no more."
    And if you're just now catching on to Trudeau's schtick, I have to wonder just how big that rock was. Berkley Breathed's Bloom County strip was always funnier, if only for the fact he didn't list as far to port.

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Steve said…

    I understand there was some bad blood between Trudeau and Breathed, because GT thought BB's Bloom County was derivative. Like Cutter John (Vet in the wheelchair) was like Zonker Harris. Right.

    Well... my old college newspaper used to print both strips. Then GT took a year off, and when he came back we all noticed that Bloom County was a hell of a lot funnier.

    And one of the funniest was when the Bloom County characters were sitting around together and someone remarked, "Have you noticed how we all resemble the characters on Doonesbury?"

    Cutter John then pulled off the rubber mask to reveal - Zonker Harris!



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