So… did any Texas newspapers drop Doonesbury this week?

Cidu Bill on Dec 13th 2012


Or at the very least black out today’s strip?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Doonesbury, G.B. Trudeau, Texas, comic strips, comics, humor | 29 responses so far

29 Responses to “So… did any Texas newspapers drop Doonesbury this week?”

  1. AMC Dec 13th 2012 at 03:54 pm 1

    They got strong complaints from all literate Texans.

    They were both outraged.

  2. Mary in Ohio Dec 13th 2012 at 04:32 pm 2

    During the Late Unpleasantness of 1861-65, New York City wanted to secede from the Union. I’m still trying to see the downside there, too…

  3. DPWally Dec 13th 2012 at 06:15 pm 3

    The Union would have been in trouble without the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

  4. MollyJ Dec 13th 2012 at 06:27 pm 4

    Once again, I want to buy Garry Trudeau a beer.

  5. Withering Heights Dec 13th 2012 at 06:56 pm 5

    The US gets to keep Austin, right?

  6. jbledsoe Dec 13th 2012 at 07:01 pm 6

    Once again, Trudeau doesn’t get it.

  7. bookworm Dec 13th 2012 at 07:31 pm 7

    As a Texan (who did not sign the “petition”), I thought it was hilarious! Those of my friends who did sign it did it laughingly — it was a joke then, too.

  8. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Dec 13th 2012 at 09:36 pm 8


    Brooklyn was a separate city from NYC prior to the 1890’s.

  9. James Pollock Dec 13th 2012 at 10:18 pm 9

    Oregon picked its side. You can still go to the Civil War ruins, although they aren’t all touristy or anything.

    I suggest that the Texans considering secession take a look at the way the U.S. has historically treated all those other countries in Central America before they jump on THAT bandwagon.

  10. Inkwell Dec 13th 2012 at 10:44 pm 10

    Wow. I started to complain about how mean this scenario is, yadda da, before I saw Bookworm’s comment. I did not know this was a real thing, but Google is telling me it is. How did I not hear about this?

    Geez. Sorry, Texas, but that’s embarrassing.

  11. Kilby Dec 14th 2012 at 03:19 am 11

    @ Inkwell (10) - Don’t blame all Texans. Besides the ones who signed facetiously (@7), it still remains that it only takes ONE idiot to start a petition, and the number of people who signed it (serious or not) is still only a vanishing small proportion of the residents of the state.

  12. Proginoskes Dec 14th 2012 at 04:25 am 12

    @ Mary From Ohio (2): I think you mean “The War of Northern Aggression”.

    @ Kilby (11): Yes, the “seceding” petitions are just that. No official Legislative action.

    The funny part of the petitions … I hope you follow me on this … is that the people who want to secede are the same ones who say that the government is a “nanny state” and who don’t want welfare or the government coddling people; they think everyone should stand on their own two feet. But the petition people don’t want to leave the country themselves; no, that would be too much work. They’d rather have the states secede, so that they (the petition people) can secede without doing any work. So the petition people want the government to do the work for them. Ironic, right?

    I mean, Vietnam draft dodgers didn’t ask their states to secede from the US; they left the country themselves.

    And this petition-to-secede nonsense smells like Tea, if you get my drift …

    (BTW, DID any Texas papers not run the comic today?

  13. MollyJ Dec 14th 2012 at 08:36 am 13

    @jbledsoe #6 - I think he absolutely gets it.

  14. Morris Keesan Dec 14th 2012 at 09:05 am 14

    Withering Heights #5, see today’s strip for a discussion of what to do about Austin.

  15. billytheskink Dec 14th 2012 at 10:30 am 15

    The Houston Chronicle has been running this entire storyline and I have heard of no boycott from other papers. Back in March, some Texas newspapers (and some papers in other states) did rerun old Doonesbury strips instead of running the storyline on Texas’ abortion laws. Others, including the Houston Chronicle, moved the strip to the editorial page for that week.

    The Texas secession petition has probably gotten more attention from Trudeau and national news sources than from any Texas-based news outlet that I follow. Actually, I thought that the conversation about it was practiacally dead last week, but such is the difficulty of making comic strips timely.
    To me, it all seems a bit much to make of an online petition that can be signed by anyone in the world. It would appear Texas newspapers feel the same way.

  16. Daniel J. Drazen Dec 14th 2012 at 10:33 am 16

    The fact that “over 120,000″ Texans signed the petition sounds impressive, until you remember that the population of Texas is 25,600,000 and change (2011 estimate). Which means that the secessionists represent less than one-half of one percent of the population. Something tells me secession ain’t gonna happen.

  17. padraig Dec 14th 2012 at 10:37 am 17

    @DD16, also bear in mind that internet petitions are not incredibly stringent about weeding out duplicate signatures. Some of those Dallas corporations probably signed 10 or 12 (thousand) times.

  18. BBBB Dec 14th 2012 at 10:40 am 18

    @ Withering Heights #5 - There is a counter-petition in Austin to secede from Texas.

  19. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Dec 14th 2012 at 11:34 am 19

    In the back of my mind, I suspect the Trudeau has gotten taken in by a silly, snarky online petition the same way the Peoploe’s Daily got suckered into believing Kim Jong Un being named “Sexiest Man Alive” by The Onion was a serious report.

  20. Chakolate Dec 14th 2012 at 01:36 pm 20

    From the stats I can find, 41.4% of the Texas vote went to Obama. For the petition, half a percent of the population of Texas signed it, and from what Bookworm says, at least some of those were snark.

    So why is this a news story? Have they nothing better to do, like maybe cover the war or something?


  21. James Pollock Dec 14th 2012 at 03:49 pm 21

    Billy @ 15 raises a good point. How many of the “Let Texas secede” petition-signers were, say, residents of Oklahoma?

    The obvious solution (one I wish the Obama administration were brave enough to do) is to announce that it intends to accept signatures on the various secession as voluntary renunciation of citizenship, and that it is formulating a plan to deport these new aliens within the U.S. borders. Then wait a couple of days before admitting it’s a joke.

    I’d also like to see this approach used to deal with “sovereign citizens”, only not a joke, but for real.

  22. DPWally Dec 14th 2012 at 04:25 pm 22

    Blinky #8 - The secession Mary #2 referred to would have included Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island. Brooklyn is on Long Island. (Geographically, anyway. Not politically or culturally.)

  23. Joshua Dec 15th 2012 at 03:24 am 23

    A lot of the signatures on the Texas petition (which is almost at 120,000 signatures, but not quite) are coming from other states, and many have no location listed. Of the last 100 signatures I saw, 11 came from Texas, 63 came from other states, and 24 had no location listed.

  24. Robert Warden Dec 15th 2012 at 09:17 am 24

    The Fort Worth paper prints it. I guess we’re used to people who apparently have never been to Texas running us down. Texas is bigger than most country and has the second highest poplulation of the 50 states, and yet people seem to think that everyone who lives here is the same. In fact, we have a diverse population and though we have our share of rednecks, I don’t think we have more per capita than anywhere else.

  25. Elyrest Dec 15th 2012 at 01:21 pm 25

    It’s easy to make fun of Texas just because it’s so big. I lived in California for a long time and people always make fun of that state too - as being the “left coast” and loonies. Most of those people had no idea what California was like either. When I moved to Humboldt county, one of my friends, said that there was nothing but rednecks and hippies there. I did meet my share, but no more than anywhere else. Every state has it’s stereotypes and people play them up for their own purposes.

  26. Morris Keesan Dec 15th 2012 at 02:56 pm 26

    It’s easy to make fun of Texas because they not only elected George W. Bush as governor, and re-elected him, but they also re-elected Rick Perry twice.

  27. Elyrest Dec 15th 2012 at 03:18 pm 27

    Morris Keesan - I’m no big fan of Texas, but if electing and re-electing George W. Bush makes a place a target of ridicule we’re all asking for it here in the U.S. Now Perry is a different story.

  28. Morris Keesan Dec 15th 2012 at 03:28 pm 28

    Yes, we were. But we got over it.
    Similarly, I used to mock New Hampshire for re-electing Meldrim Thomson (twice), but it has gotten much more progressive in the decades since then.

  29. billytheskink Dec 15th 2012 at 09:46 pm 29

    Trudeau crosses the line today. I’m not sure anything is more divisive in Texas than an aggie…

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