Pack Mentality.


  • February 25, 2016 at 11:26 pm
    Greg B

    You know, from this angle he kinda looks like Opie for that SOA show.

  • February 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Boston Terroriors…just like the furball versions! God I hate those flat-faced marble-eyed rats. Wouldn’t mind one of these chainsaw powered ones though.

    • February 26, 2016 at 3:38 am
      Lucius Severus Pertinax

      I grew up with Boston Terriers! I never met one that was not a “character” in some way. They tend to be intelligent, loyal and fun-loving little dogs.
      Yes, they ARE kinda funny-lookin’; but that’s part of their charm.
      They DO tend to snore and fart, tho 😉

      • February 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm
        Old Codger

        All breeds with the abbreviated muzzles snore and snort and in general have breathing problems. The more of a pug muzzle they have the worse it is. I was gonna get a pug to be my companion on camping trips. Everything I read sounded like a great match. then I found out about their upper respiratory problems. The great outdoors is NOT the place for a pug. Same for Bostons or bulldogs. {sigh} Wound up getting a rescued chi mix. She’s a sweetheart but sometimes I wanna wring her neck. Know what I mean?

  • February 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm
    B Woodman

    Travis, even if you wanted to, you won’t be able to “wok” these dogs.

  • February 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    12-Guage Slugs should calm them right down…

    • February 26, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Diplomacy; the art of saying “good doggy” until your sniper has the range.



    • February 26, 2016 at 12:23 am
      Greg B

      Heh. I cast up a little pile of those last weekend.

      • February 26, 2016 at 10:58 am
        Spin Drift

        Gotta shoot’m between the diodes! That will get their attention. And I still think Red Beard is packing a .45acp, 230 grain hollow points at 980fps. A little hot but oh so effective.

        Molon fetch ya little doggies
        War Damn Eagle, it’s E-Day

    • February 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm
      Old Codger

      @ 5-10 yards or so a wax shell would at least take out the sensor suite on the “head”. If they designed the thing half-way well the actual “brain” is buried deep inside the chassis. No need to stick the CPU out on a stalk the way living things have to. Just make the sensor suite easily reparable/swappable and the thing could be fairly rugged.

  • February 26, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Dogs? Look more like blood sucking ticks aka mutant proglibs.

    • February 26, 2016 at 2:34 am

      Lisa Simpson: “Dad!…. That’s Low Fat!”

      Homer Simpson: “I hate Chinese food!”

      They look more like the micro-robots from ‘Stargate SG 1’ to me.

      • February 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

        The Replicators? I hate those things.
        They’re more dangerous that Obaby on a weed bender.

  • February 26, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Still wondering what the mech-hounds are gonna do with/to Travis…. C.M.? A little help here?

    • February 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm
      Old Codger

      I’m with you, John. I don’t see any sort of offensive weaponry on the things. What are they going to do? Knock somebody down and stomp on them with those itty bitty feet? Be like catching the tip of my Asp in the gut. Enough blows of sufficient force and the target could have multiple organs damaged.

  • February 26, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I must also wonder about the value of these “dogs” in researching Travis. Other than fear under threat, and confession.

    • February 26, 2016 at 1:12 am

      And what value will he have if he leaves under said doubt?

    • February 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm
      Old Codger

      Visual images relayed back to Damon for submission to facial recognition software? With Damon’s (and the boy’s) facility for software I would be very surprised if Damon’s Facial Recognition suite wasn’t an entire generation superior to anything available commercially.

  • February 26, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Reminds me of ZZ Top.

  • February 26, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Al Sharpton (yes, America’s Elder Racist) announced today that if Donald Trump wins the Presidency, he will flee the country before Trump can “deport” him.

    …Y’know, with high-caliber endorsements like that, I don’t see how Trump can lose…

    • February 26, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Won’t happen. Almost every time one of these liberal idiots says something like that, and then “it” (whatever their particular “it” is) happens, they renege. Almost always.

      Robert Altman & Pierre Salinger were moving to France if GWB won.

      He won.

      Altman backpedaled, claimed he said he’d move to Paris, Texas.

      Salinger, though, bless his pea-pickin heart. He kept his word and moved to France. Amazing.

      • February 26, 2016 at 6:41 am

        One Raven-Symone (didn’t she used to be on that show with Cosby?) has vowed to leave if any Republican is nominated.

        So leave already, Miss. After all, at least one of them is going to at least get that.

        More proof that the majority of the progressive elite’ are totally lost without a script or a teleprompter.

        Or both.

        clear ether


      • February 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm
        Old Codger

        Raven-Symone = rebel without a clue

    • February 26, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Sharpy and Hildebeast both face neutral prosecution upon the removal of the Communist Overlords controlling the DOJ.
      Prosecution by honest people without their superiors firing them for doing their job is something for progressives and their ilk in the totalitarian regime should fear. ome to think of it, that should include the current and past PTB in the DOJ. We live in interesting times.

      • February 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm
        Old Codger

        “Sharpy and Hildebeast both face neutral prosecution upon the removal of the Communist Overlords controlling the DOJ.”

        Don’t bet the farm on that. I figure Hildabeast (or somebody in prog circles) has enough on the right people to preclude such an eventuality. Progs at that level are seldom – if ever – punished for their misdeeds.

      • February 26, 2016 at 2:21 pm
        Old Codger

        Forgot to mention that the DOiJ is so chock-a-block full of leftists now that any Repub AGUS is gonna have a hell of a time getting them to do anything he/she wants done. Same with the top level bureaucrats in pretty much every agency. They’ve been packing in the progs for the entire time His Majesty has been in office. I’m not talking about the political appointees. I’m talking about the level of bureaucrats just below the appointees. If (and I figure that is a damned near planet-sized “if”) the GOP nominee wins in November (not something I’d bet my life on) the people he appoints will be the titular/nominal heads of the agencies but the “neck” will be near 100% progs.

    • February 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Let us not forget Alec Baldwin promising to leave the USA should Bush(?) win … Alec had to shut down his web site after the election because of all the comments asking when and where he was relocating. Unfortunately he is still here.

      Libs lie … it’s what they do.

      • February 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        Sent him a note promising free ride to airport.

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

      There was also a story about government employees, saying that 1/4 of them would quit if Trump were elected.
      Trump add: Set the scene like a reality show, “I’ve heard that 25% of the government employees are threatening to quit if I’m elected, if we don’t get that number immediately I’ll have two words until we get there, YOU’RE FIRED.”
      Now get out and vote.

      • February 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Except for appointees, hard to fire. Start with 93 lawyers at DoJ.

      • February 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm
        Old Codger

        If you believe career bureaucrats would voluntarily quit (unless they have enough time in to be able to retire) just because of who is living in the WH, I would invite you to purchase some of that prime bottom land I am offering just 5 short miles from beautiful downtown Orlando. Cash only, please, and in small, unmarked bills.

    • February 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

      The only reason Racist Al would leave, would be because he is afraid a President like Trump would make him pay his multi million past due tax bill.

    • February 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Just to be clear, I know this is all fake bloviating on their part*, but it’s just so amusing to hear.

      (*To be fair, back in 2000 there was one woman I was vaguely acquainted with who did move to Canada when W Bush was elected because she said he would “outlaw her religion” (wicca).)

    • February 26, 2016 at 4:46 pm
      Oliver Heaviside

      I hope we can do better that Trump. Other than immigration, he’s not much of a conservative.

  • February 26, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Where’s ED-249 when you really need him?

    • February 26, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Still unable to climb stairs, just like a Dalek.



    • February 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

      A platoon of ED-209 enforcers are what we need at the border – no wall needed if the illegals know that a border crossing is probably a fatal endeavor.

  • February 26, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Tell me Travis isn’t going to be field interrogated by the hounds from hellI suspect the red beard is a bit much.

  • February 26, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Please. Dog is a Korean dish. For Chinese you would need cat.

    • February 26, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Korean’s know how to tenderize their gaegogi properly. Chinese restaurants in ‘Merika trap cats live/fresh, whereas in the old country they will serve road kill.

    • February 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm
      Old Codger

      In fact “dog eaters” is an epithet the Japanese use to refer to Koreans. The Filippinos eat dog, too. It’s so bad there that a stray won’t eat a weenie if you toss one to it. All you have to do is lick your lips to run one off.

      Had a buddy who went up to the north end of Luzon (we were TDY to Clarke AFB in the south) with one of the Filippinos who worked on base at Clarke. He tried dog while he was there. Said it wasn’t half bad. Course with enough San Miguel (national beer of the country) in you pretty near anything wouldn’t be half bad.
      For the curious, here’s a picture of gaegogi.

  • February 26, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Q doesn’t look familiar to me, despite the beard. Wonder who he really is? Waiting for the next installment…

  • February 26, 2016 at 6:34 am
    Bill G

    So what do the mechs have? Built-in DNA analysis?

    • February 26, 2016 at 7:51 am

      I seem to recall facial recognition software being mentioned a day or two ago. I assume little Javier has only the best, NSA-level, see-thru-beards-and-glasses version.

      • February 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm
        Old Codger

        I figure between Damon and Javier their facial recognition software is at least a generation BETTER than the NSA’s.

  • February 26, 2016 at 7:46 am
    Cliff H

    The computer robotics they use to stabilize these things in all kinds of terrain is pretty amazing, but I seem to recall that the army tested and rejected them as they are just too damn noisy in the field.

    We used to tape our dog tags and any other loose piece of equipment to reduce our sound signature – seems like wasted effort if you’ve got a few of these in the column.

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:18 am
      Unca Walt


      If you opened your canteen, you drank it. No half-full sloshing noises. You learned to be quiet…

      …or you learned nothing else.

  • February 26, 2016 at 7:58 am
    Chas C-Q

    Looks kind’a like Travis Heim, who with his wife Emma runs a food truck, Heim Barbecue & Catering in Ft. Worth.

  • February 26, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Damn! You owe me a new keyboard, Chris! That’s never gonna clean up!

    • February 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Keep a box of cling wrap next to your computer, cheaper than a new keyboard and keeps the crumbs out,

      • February 26, 2016 at 10:22 am
        Pecan Scandi

        Duh! Never thought of that. What a great idea.

  • February 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Jan isn’t fixing the bike, Sam is. And this is a toon. Chris can write it any way he wants.

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Just another tell tale of a troll SheepDog, they showed up yesterday spouting the same social justice flavored filler. I suspect they will abandon the effort or be ejected from the game if they can’t control their bladder.

  • February 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

    “So, once again, someone wasn’t thinking of the consequences of their actions.” Trollhawk
    A little self-awareness goes a long way, sweep your own front steps, Chris can take care of his.

  • February 26, 2016 at 11:06 am
    Spin Drift

    By the way, is that frill on the fringe at the top of the dress or tan lines. If so why no strap lines?

    Inquiring minds want to know
    War Damn Eagle, it’s E-Day!

    • February 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm
      Old Codger

      Looks like tan lines to me. Does make you want to see what other tanlines she does (or doesn’t) have.

      Ah, Chris? Might one inquire when we might get to see the delectable three at the swimming hole?

  • February 26, 2016 at 11:08 am
    Roland Deshain

    I think Travis is a woman. I have been reading DBD from the beginning but have not read far enough to determine whom she might be.

  • February 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Boston Dynamics has been bought by google. We’ll just hope they aren’t evil. The most recent are bipedal, battery powered and nearly silent.

  • February 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    They remind me of the mechanical police dogs of Fahrenheit 451… do they have hypodermic “teeth?” That story gave me nightmares as a young pup!!!

  • February 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    After checking with Wikipedia, I see they were 8-legged Dalmations, not police dogs.

    • February 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm
      Chas C-Q

      Dalmatians were bred specifically to run ahead of royals’ carriages, to attack lollygaggers and defend against highwaymen; the same job in essence that they performed for early fire engines. (They’re cute, but don’t make great pets for children, being hyperactive, aggressive coursers.) It’s the logical model for the novel’s robot harrier.

  • February 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    Ian Innes

    If not ZZ Top, maybe a Duck guy? Hard to wait for the answer to the mystery!

  • February 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Those dogs do look like a tick to me.

  • February 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Aaaand Christie just endorsed Trump. That and a nickel will buy you a cup of coffee, but I find it an interesting suggestion that the secondary players may hate each other more than they resent the front-runner.

    • February 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm
      Old Codger

      By “a nickel” I trust you mean $5.

      • February 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm

        It’s an old saying, but if you want to be literal then yes: Christie’s endorsement is worth about $4.95. That, plus another five cents will get you a cup of coffee (at Starbucks).

  • February 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    Old Codger

    No lawsuit if the potential plaintiff isn’t around to file suit. Kinda hard to hire a lawyer after you’ve been converted to hog shit.

  • February 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    Bob in Houston.

    I still say it looks like Karl tho I recall he turned over a new leaf and became a man of the cloth of some sort.

  • February 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Damn. Totally irrelevant to this thread and ‘toon but relevant to pretty much everything else American. Just…damn.

    So an old guy hobbles into my store today on a cane, looking for grip panels for an old semi auto pistol of unknown brand, model, etc. After referring him to the only nearby dealer who deals in such, he hobbles out and hobbles back in a minute later…he locked his keys in his car.

    So I sit him down and take his road service card and call a locksmith, told him to just relax for the half hour it would take. We didn’t relax much, because I asked about his USN hat and he starts talking and I’ve soon brought the guys from the carpet store next door in to listen.

    99 years old next month. Dad dies when he’s two, his mom gets deathly ill and he spends 15 years in an orphanage in Frederick MD. Soon as he graduates HS he joins the navy, 1935. He’s involved in the China War, and in early ’41 he’s assigned to a brand new cruiser, the Juneau. They take a shakedown run, do some blockade duty and then join a flotilla heading for the pacific. Their lead ship goes down by torpedo, they are hit and listing and try running, but get hit from the other side and the ship goes down in under a minute. 685 men, including the five famous Sullivan brothers, go to a watery grave; there are 10 survivors including this sailor, Maurice D. Buckner, on four rafts surrounded by a sea of their dead shipmen. There is detailed information about the ship and its service on Wikipedia under USS Juneau (CL-52). The old guy had never seen this history online and I showed him the hundred or so pictures, and he pointed out the forward starboard turret where he was gunner and helped in notching 26 aircraft kills for his ship.

    Maurice went on to a thirty year career in the navy, retiring a CPO/E in 1965…he knew and remembered and cited so many details including the ships that went down that were part of his group, including the Wasp and the Hornet, Doolittle’s flagship. I’m trying to run my store while this is going on, but I got a pic of him on my cell, I wish I knew how to post it here because this old man is beautiful. He stayed in touch with a few of the other survivors of the Juneau, until the last one other than him died last year. So now he’s alone from that history, rapidly becoming alone among all the heroes of that era from before the beginning of WWII, has a son in Maryland but is all alone in his mobile home here in Sebring, FL.

    In a Florida retirement burg like this you get used to seeing folks in the 80’s 90’s and even 100’s and they’re mostly a pain on the roads, etc. but you never know; now and then some real-deal history gets dropped in your lap and you have to take a few minutes to take it in and thank the people and God for giving you a glimpse before it is all gone. By this time the locksmith has his car opened and I asked the old boy to stop in again so I can take a little video of him telling his tales, so many details of ships, battles, and men that he remembers like it was yesterday, and he said as he starts talking details keep coming. If he does I’ll try to post a youtube, might have to get help on that from my son as I am young compared to CPO Bucker but old when it comes to tech.

    Anyway. Damn.

    • February 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Impressive. If you contact him again (or go out to his trailer) and get those videos, I’d like to see the link for them.

    • February 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm
      Chris Muir

      email me the pic

      • February 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

        Chris, sorry to admit I don’t know how to email it but I can text it to you, you have my email if you want to give your your cell no. there. Also anybody else that wants this pic texted to you, give me your cell no. either here or if you’d rather, email JTC828 at g mail

      • February 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm
        Chas C-Q

        For what it’s worth: from my phone I can “text” a picture to email by entering the email address as the “phone number.”

      • February 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Thanks, I’ll try that…Chris just emailed me “I don’t know how to text”!

        Like I told him, coupla pathetic old farts we are, but I’ll try to figure out the email thing if Chas method doesn’t work…

    • February 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm
      Oliver Heaviside

      Helluva story, JTC. Most old folks do have more better stories than we imagine. I heard one from a railroad car inspector in WW2 at Port Chicago. Wanna know why it blew up? etc.

    • February 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm
      B Woodman

      You are ONE fortunate lucky SOB to have this living history walk into your store. By all means, get with him again and record his history. The Greatest Generation is fast becoming extinct, their story needs to be recorded and passed on to posterity, for men such as him will not pass our way again.
      Damn, it got dusty in here. Allergies.

    • February 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Amazing story. I wish I had a chance to shake that man’s hand.

      Thanks for sharing. Now *I* need something for my eyes…

    • February 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm


      See if you get get some of the Recording Oral Histories people to sit with Chief Buckner if that hasn’t already happened.

  • February 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
    Spin Drift

    Cousin Red – Marines, Sergeant, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, G’canal, Tinian and Guam, 2 Courts Martial, less than honorable discharge
    Uncle Sal – Screaming Eagle, D-Day, Bastogne, Remegen Bridge, Corporal
    Uncle Marty – Marine, 5th wave Iwo, Purple heart, Sergeant
    Uncle Al – Army Air Force, Bombadier B-17, Flipped out of his plane in a mid air collision, got caught in the heating lines for the 30 cals and pulled back into the stricken plane through the radioman’s hatch
    Dad – Army, invasion of Philippines, army of occupation Japan, Nagasaki prefecture, corporal

    All gone, they never ever spoke of the war to us kids. My dad (BSME ’51 CCNY) only quoted General Sherman that “War is Hell.” They were all builders and doers and makers. All successful with family and life. It was only when they were together at night that a half comment said and a toast would be made to absent companions. The Greatest Generation isn’t the half of it.

    With bowed head

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