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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:40 PM
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Intereresting Kerry story about BD and Doonesbury
Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 23, 2006; 12:00 PM

I've gotten many interesting letters so far. This is my favorite:

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A while back John Kerry sent me a thick packet of neatly copied Doonesbury strips. It was B.D's story and, unknown to John, I'd been following it closely. John sent it without comment, but I knew instantly why he had.

Like B.D. it takes some of us longer to deal with it than others. Some of us never do.

Nice piece on Trudeau, the therapist.

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The letter was from Jim Rassmann. Does that name sound familiar? He was the man whom Kerry dragged from the water in 'Nam, onto his Swift Boat, while under enemy fire. Rassmann had shown up during a campaign event, the two men embraced, and for a while Rassmann was an important ally in the campaign. That was before "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" arrived and informed us all that Kerry was actually a poseur and a coward and a douchebag and maybe he didn't even serve in ' Nam, now that they think of it.

Weren't we lucky they showed up and saved us from a Kerry presidency? Boy, this country could sure be in trouble right about now if we had a guy like that at the helm. Can't be too careful about who your president is.

much more, including an Q and A on his weekend article on Garry Trudeau

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion...

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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:44 PM
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1. Trudeau's representations of the military lately have
been awfully good. Unlike the Bush administration generally and Don Rumsfeld specifically, Trudeau's Iraq treatment suggests that human beings are involved.

It makes all the difference in the world.
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EmperorHasNoClothes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:09 PM
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2. It's pretty sad
when a comic strip gives you a more realistic representation of the reality of war than any cable news network. It's the same sort of disconnect that has so many people getting their news from Jon Stewart -- and it's a very sad commentary on the quality of journalism in this country today.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:43 PM
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3. I really enjoyed the article on Trudeau...
I think I'm going to do what one participant in the online Q&A mentioned having done-- gone to the archives (or published works) and follow his strips from the very first to today. There were long lapses when I wasn't following the strip, so I'd love to catch up on some of that history...

As someone mentioned, Trudeau does present a history lesson of sorts--just as TDS presents a very real sense of the "news."
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