October 21, 2007

Chris Muir Returns

Chris Muir sent me a short note this morning thanking us all for our thoughts and prayers, and announcing his early return to business. Day by Day will return tomorrow, I presume, as Chris starts the process of production again. Keep an eye on this space for new Day by Day cartoons, and keep Chris and his family in his prayers after the loss of his beloved sister.

UPDATE: He's back today, as you can see above. If you don't see the new strip, reload the page to refresh the DBD feed.


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Comments (9)

Posted by John Wilson | October 21, 2007 4:07 PM

I missed it. What happened to the fellow?

Posted by Carol Herman | October 21, 2007 4:35 PM

I love this guy.

And, Captain, your blog is just dynamite! Beautiful page. Easy loading.

And, maybe, I should say this, because you know I'm not a conservative. I give you so much credit! This is the way people get drawn together.

Thanks for making this all so easy.

By the way, I was at InstaPundit. Where there's a link to DEAN'S WORLD. That produces an article of Pat Buchanan's. Just ran as a lead editorial in the Washington Times.

Please read this. See if there isn't more room available to follow up with what's obviously going on behind the scenes, in DC. CAROL HERMAN

WRITTEN BY PAT BUCHANAN. Came here through a link TO: DEAN'S WORLD, at InstaPundit. Ended up at this, written by Buchanan, for TOWN HALL. Explains a lot of stuff. For me, even explains WHY Pelosi went to Assad, this summer. To assure him that Bush's Baker Plan, where Assad falls, and Syria becomes a piece of the Saudi dynasty doesn't come to pass. Also explains why Olmert just went to Russia. To visit Putin. Oh, the plans of mice and men ... See if you can figure it out, from this piece. My point? I've just drawn conclusions beyond Buchanan's excellent observations. Whose gonna answer the questions? CAROL HERMAN

"Putin's Hostile Course," the lead editorial in The Washington Times of Oct. 18, began thus:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Moscow is just the latest sign that, more than 16 years after the collapse of Soviet communism, Moscow is gravitating toward Cold War behavior. The old Soviet obsession -- fighting American imperialism -- remains undiluted. ...

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a televised question-and-answer session in Moscow October 18, 2007. More than a million Russians have applied to quiz Putin in the live session on Thursday that he holds annually to show he is in touch with the nation, the organisers said. REUTERS/RIA-Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA)

"(A)t virtually every turn, Mr. Putin and the Russian leadership appear to be doing their best in ways large and small to marginalize and embarrass the United States and undercut U.S. foreign policy interests."

The Times pointed to Putin's snub of Robert Gates and Condi Rice by having them cool their heels for 40 minutes before a meeting. Then came a press briefing where Putin implied Russia may renounce the Reagan-Gorbachev INF treaty, which removed all U.S. and Soviet medium-range missiles from Europe, and threatened to pull out of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, whereby Russia moved its tanks and troops far from the borders of Eastern Europe.

On and on the Times indictment went. Russia was blocking new sanctions on Iran. Russia was selling anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Russia was selling weapons to Syria that found their way to Hezbollah and Hamas. Russia and Iran were talking up an OPEC-style natural gas cartel. All this, said the Times, calls to mind "Soviet-era behavior."

Missing from the prosecution's case, however, was the motive. Why has Putin's Russia turned hostile? Why is Putin mending fences with China, Iran and Syria? Why is Putin sending Bear bombers to the edge of American airspace? Why has Russia turned against America? For Putin's approval rating is three times that of George Bush. Who restarted the Cold War?

To answer that question, let us go back those 16 years.

What happened in 1991 and 1992?

Well, Russia let the Berlin Wall be torn down and its satellite states be voted or thrown out of power across Eastern Europe. Russia agreed to pull the Red Army all the way back inside its border. Russia agreed to let the Soviet Union dissolve into 15 nations. The Communist Party agreed to share power and let itself be voted out. Russia embraced freedom and American-style capitalism, and invited Americans in to show them how it was done.

Russia did not use its veto in the Security Council to block the U.S. war to drive Saddam Hussein, an ally, out of Kuwait. When 9-11 struck, Putin gave his blessing to U.S. troops using former republics as bases for the U.S. invasion.

Posted by AW1 Tim | October 21, 2007 5:42 PM


More than ever, I can give my respect to Chris over the loss of his sister. One of my own sisters was recently diagnosed with cancer and given less than a year to live.

There are many things that I am angry at, but when it comes down to it, seeing the end in sight is so very focusing. We talk about fighting the good fight, battling to the very end, but knowing that time is finite, that the end will be coming much sooner than expected, is very sobering.

We all owe God a death, but we never expect the bill to be presented so soon. We always expect there to be another course, another tomorrow, one more good day.

Thank you, Chris, for giving us all a little pleasure during your own time of sorrow. It is the mark of a man that he can still think of others when his own world is so frought with sadness.


Posted by heather | October 21, 2007 7:07 PM

Day by Day is one of the most splendid things on the net. I tune in every day to follow the stories of each and every character.

Thanks for all the fun you are providing me, Chris. And my sympathy for your loss. I know this has been going on for a long time now, and my best wishes for your future.

And, I don't know what a jello shot is... darn.

Posted by gahrie | October 21, 2007 8:20 PM

Heather...think jello in shot glasses made with alcohol instead of water.....

Posted by njcommuter | October 21, 2007 9:01 PM

Many thanks to Chris Muir for a wonderful daily read. Chris, it's great to have you back.

Posted by Chris Muir | October 21, 2007 9:32 PM

Thank you all, and the Captain for having me back.

Posted by heather | October 21, 2007 10:52 PM

Gahrie: thanks for the definition of a "jello shot". I think I'll make some of that for the coming holiday season.

Isn't this world a wonderful place!

Posted by F | October 21, 2007 11:33 PM


Great to have you back. I look for your strip every day. And condolences on the loss. I lost my sister to the big C 15 years ago -- held her in my arms as her lungs filled with fluid that finally drowned her. There is really nothing to say at such a time. But 15 years later, can I say time heals? Or at least dulls? Have patience. F

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