Looking Up.
Dog Days.


  • March 21, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Wade’s priorities are spot-on…

    Time away from the constant flow of newspeak gobbledygook is necessary to preserve one’s sanity… and the fence needed work…

  • March 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Putting up the fence and down to the wire, is it escape or freudian metaphor?

    • March 22, 2016 at 7:15 am


      • March 22, 2016 at 8:42 am

        Well replied.

  • March 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm
    Kevin M

    Bestestest Dadarino (in case you’re not into the whole brevity thing) evah!!!

  • March 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    ” Blow up your TV throw away your paper
    Go to the country, build you a home
    Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
    Try an find Jesus on your own “

    John Prine – “Spanish Pipedream”

    From the age before iPhones and handheld computers. (iPads, etc)
    Lots of Freedom/Truth in there for those who have ears to hear.

  • March 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Love this strip…well done.

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  • March 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    B Woodman

    Wisdom, and knowledge, and knowing the difference.
    And the silence speaks volumes.

    Nicely done, Chris, Wade, and Zed. Continue on.

  • March 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Many a soul and sanity have been saved on the fence line.
    Good way to keep the demons out too.
    Plus the benefit of Dad and Son spending time together.

    • March 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm
      David M

      In 2011 I built almost 500 feet of 3 board horse fence with a broken collarbone (with a little help from my friends)… It was theraputic… XDA

  • March 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    People doing physical, sweaty work with their hands ? Its against everything a progressive stands for !

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      As long as they’re not the ones doing it themselves, they’re fine with it.

      • March 22, 2016 at 12:04 am

        As long as the work is done by an “undocumented” minority working under near-slave conditions, in preference to a citizen working for a living wage, the prog’s are fine with it.

      • March 22, 2016 at 4:51 am
        Bill G

        And if it’s unregistered democrats doing the work below minimum wage, so much the better.

  • March 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm
    • March 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Since comments closed yesterday right after I asked…

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks,that’s who I thought…just trying to keep up with all the young ‘uns…

    • March 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm
      John Greer

      We won the Cold War by selling the Russians enough rope to hang themselves.
      Lenin, as do all socialists, lack the foresight to see the consequences of their beliefs.

  • March 22, 2016 at 12:11 am

    More to life, huh Chris?

    • March 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Sometimes the talking is done.

  • March 22, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Reagan cut brush and worked the fence line. GHW Bush 41 tended his ranch. Obama chases his little balls around with a club until everything looks green and they fall down a hole. Freud anyone?

    • March 22, 2016 at 7:33 am
      Lucius Severus Pertinax

      I reckon chasing Obama’s little balls with a club might be pretty therapeutic, at that!

  • March 22, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Therapeutic behavior indeed.

  • March 22, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Haven’t used a television for anything except videos since 1987. Stopped listening to radio news or reading newspapers then, too. Burnt out on the slanted crap that was presented as “truth”. Even Walter Cronkite, a respected name in broadcast news (back in _my_ day, anyway, long before Brokaw and the rest of the liberal “faces”), was a commie sympathizer/fellow traveler. He actually admitted it after he retired. He pretended to be “fair and balanced” long before Fox pretended to do the same. Nowadays, it is possible to get a bit closer by surfing the ‘Net yourself, and taking everything with a big grain of salt.

    Funny, right after I stopped watching TV, I bought a little forty acre ranch in far Northern CA, up close to the Oregon border. I raised Shire draft horses as a hobby, and did a good bit of fence work myself, keeping them in, and keeping my neighbor’s polled Herefords out of my pastures (it was open range up there inn Siskiyou County).

    • March 22, 2016 at 7:23 am

      My TV is used for watching old movies and TV shows on DVD. I rarely read the local newspapers, which parrot anything the NYT says. No cellphone, no IPad, nothing “wireless”.

      My news comes from the radio (station in state capitol is pretty thoroughly conservative- except for Beck & Limbaugh), and the net (Drudge, RCP, HotGas, and…here).

      Which gives me a lot of time for actual productive behavior. Of course, I’m retired, so maybe my “behavior” isn’t considered that “productive”. I.e., I read a lot, mostly history.

      Hobby? I build plastic models. All kinds. OK, no cute animals, but anything from armor to automobiles to warships to warplanes to “real space” to sci-fi are fair game.

      I worked hard all my life. I think at my age, I’ve earned the right to goof off a bit.

      Still have to build fence now and then, though.



      • March 22, 2016 at 7:35 am

        Your retirement sounds much like the one I’m planning, with a good bit of range and reloading bench time thrown in the mix. T-minus 10 years and counting, unless Bernie the Bolshevik or someone of his ilk decides to confiscate investment assets and redistribute them for the common “good”.

  • March 22, 2016 at 1:53 am

    OTOH, sometime what you don’t see speaks loudest.

    In the U.S. it’s March in a presidential election year. By this point every other time I remember (since Nixon v Kennedy) there have been “vote-for” signs in lots of yards, bumper stickers on lots of cars, and lots of people wearing campaign buttons.

    Don’t know about where you are, but down here in Texas I haven’t seen a single 2016 sign or sticker, and the only guy I knew who was wearing a button went quiet after Carson flamed out.

    Seems like this time, lots of folks are tending to fences.

    • March 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm
      John Greer

      Here in NC I’ve seen just one, for Bernie.
      Between that and the Trump riots it gave me an insight on how his supporters spend their time.

      • March 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm

        Hope you were talking about the Bernie supports that show up at Trump rallies to raise all the hell they can..

    • March 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm
      Old Codger

      Why put up a sign you might very well have to take down? Plus, in prior years we pretty much knew who it was gonna be come November. This one might not be clear until the conventions or possible just prior. I’m from San Antonio and I see signs up, just no national ones.

    • March 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Well we’re supposed to be mending fences not tearing ’em down today, but related to signs, my daughter loves her some Donald and went by the local Repub headquarters for some signs, they only had a few (told her they were very popular but I told her they’re probably under orders to restrict them), so she picked up a couple and stuck ’em in her front yard. Next morning she texts me, “somebody took my Trump signs!”, thinking a supporter couldn’t find any so took hers for themselves. I told her I don’t think they took them to display but to trash them. She answered, “I’ll kill a bitch! LOL” then said a neighbor on the next street had several up and she would check that out. Later she texts “other guy had all his taken too!”.

      Which pretty much confirms my suspicions. What we’ve got here is not so much a failure to communicate as a failure to allow communication, or free speech, by any means and any way possible. Don’t know if all the rabble rousers, organizers, and ground thugs really grok this, but they’re buying that guy more votes than he could ever get on his own, same thing with all of the media, the colleges and the GOPe, tell a Free American he can’t do something or can’t have something, and he’ll do it or buy it double, just to prove a point. That’s worked out well for the gun biz too, the zero has put more firearms into private hands during his term than were sold in the three decades before him. Smart people can sure be dumb.

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Don’t forget the other use for post holes.

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Can’t stay away forever, though.
    Like I used to tell my troops:
    “There’s a time to Look and a time to Duck.
    Do NOT get them mixed up.”

  • March 22, 2016 at 4:56 am
    Bill G

    Amazing how much time we lose with all these things to save time.

    • March 22, 2016 at 11:49 am
      Chris Muir


  • March 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

    This might be the best strip you’ve ever made that didn’t include Sam’s breasts!

  • March 22, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I just get on my Goldwing and go. Phone is in the bike pocket, commercial free music on the radio and no news for hours.

    • March 22, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Concours for my ride and almost always just the surroundings, sound of engine and wind for entertainment, though I am thinking audio books as an option.

      Ride on.

    • March 22, 2016 at 9:48 am
      Spin Drift

      Ducati ST3 (full dresser version) is my decompression chamber. Some days it takes 5 miles other 5 hours. If you ride and have survived for more than a season you know that the secret to saddle longevity is to ride in the moment. Know past, know future, only present.

      Same with fences, they can keep stuff out or keep stuff in or declare boundaries for your AO that are not to be crossed.

      “Cognito Ergo Zoom” D. E. Davis Jr.
      Keep your powder dry

      • March 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        I’ve checked up and down the comments, and no one yet has said “Good fences make good neighbors.” In keeping with that, make sure you “keep your fences mended.” It matters not whether you live in the city or the country. All fences are important, even if they are only obstructions to those approaching your house.

  • March 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

    A friend and I get on his boat, run an hour off the Carolina coast to a nice reef and spend the day diving. No phone, no radio, just rock, grouper, and the Deep Blue Briny.

  • March 22, 2016 at 7:43 am
    Neil Frandsen

    Barbed Wire teaches a fellow to plan ahead. Also enforces lessons with bob-wire knees, interesting scars on hands (wear your _gloves_), and brand new blew jeans with rips in places no one could plan-for.
    We also serve, who know how to pound staples with fencing pliers…

    • March 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm
      John Greer

      I was fixin’ fence that way while I was still in grade school.
      It was a long time before I discovered the wire came with a cladding other than rust.

  • March 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I spend a lot of time away from all of the electronic conveniences, as much as I can get away with. Funny that, being an engineer and all.

    I go down to the farm where my son works and lend a hand, or head out onto the local lake to drown worms. No cell phone. No radio. No distractions. Just a man and his thoughts.

    It works wonders and lets you get things right in your mind, set the right priorities, and get on with living in this world and not just on it.

  • March 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I gotta neighbor who runs more cattle than me, but he doesn’t do a good fence, but he talks a good fence. It may come as a surprise to some of you folks, but these people are everywhere. I don’t watch TV, but I used to watch Faux, until they went west. The OCG is addicted to cooking programs. That is all she watches. She used to be a very good cook, but she has been polluted by the pretentious junk put out by the ignoramuses on food TV, spending their time doing what libruls do – judging other people.

    The OCD just bought a place in Montana. She is tired of colonels, retired colonels, and bureaucrats. She is also loaded for bear and built kinda like Muir’s girls. I wish her luck.

    All this farm and ranch work is just fine if you are doing it part time or can just let it go when you feel like it. The older I get, the easier it is to figure out what to do, but the harder it is to do it. Those bovine mouths will let me know when I don’t do it to their satisfaction.

  • March 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

    There’s an old proverb about chopping wood and carrying water being The Way

  • March 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Having done fence for a living, there is something about getting it done right that is good for the psyche. It’s hands on work and when it is done right, it is purposeful and pleasing to the eye. I work in assembler (mainframe) code now but still love to go out and put up a good fence.

  • March 22, 2016 at 11:40 am
    Oliver Heaviside

    There’s a documentary out called “Cartel Land”. Worth watching, and worth sharing with you “progressive” friends. It’s on iTunes, and elsewhere. Says a lot about why a wall would help Mexico, not just us.

  • March 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    Don in AK

    JW – mainframe Assembler?!? You and I must be the last 2 in existence!

    • March 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm
      Old Codger

      It’s been a coupla years but I written a few lines of assembler – mostly Motorola microcontroller code. Once wrote a routine for Z80 to count to 1 million. Did it at .5 MIPS. Not bad for a 2MHz Z80. Wasn’t doing anything useful, mind you, but it was doing it a just over .5 MIPS.

      For you non-geek types, MIPS stands for Million Instructions Per Second (or possibly Meaningless Index of Performance Stupid)

  • March 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Honest, hands on work is the best work…

  • March 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    “All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.”

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