Luann by Greg Evans for August 07, 2014

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    ShagsCA  about 8 years ago

    Ya think?

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  about 8 years ago

    Way to go, Brad, to be within TJ’s earshot.

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    ORMouseworks  about 8 years ago

    Sooooo now what happens as it appears TJ overheard Brad… ;)

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    “The Wheels Of The Mind Go Round And Round….” (♫)“Different Stokes For Different Smokes”“Cat Without A Hot Tin Roof”“Some Like It Hot” ♫)“Come On, TJ, Did You Light My Fire?” (♫)“I’ve Seen Fire And I’ve Seen Rain Man” (♫)“…It Was Always Burning, Since The World Was Turning…” (♫)“Hudunnit?” (♫)“The Unforgettable Fire” ♫)“Sowing The Seeds Of Mistrust” (♫)“Private Investigations” (♫)or“Doubt… Doubt… Let It All Out” (♫)

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    Left ya one more, as well…

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    Angelalex242  about 8 years ago

    You don’t know the POWAH of the Dark Side, Brad…

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   about 8 years ago

    At this point, Brad has made a slanderous statement, and he knows it.

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    MathProf2  about 8 years ago

    Innocent till proven guilty, right?And we are the eye witnesses…we all saw, first the boredom, then the surprise in TJ’s face. It’s not as though he would fake that for us.

    Making TJ a criminal doesn’t strike me as an interesting story line. Making TJ merely look like a criminal to Brad, now that has legs.

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    horseygirl Premium Member about 8 years ago

    TJ didn’t set it.

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    Oh, yeah, that’s right! School starts in a bit! -Talk about planting seeds and trimming stuff… Orientation and then giving the yard a trim? That’s a full day! At least it was… “cooler” in the dark, I take it….

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    “T.J. will quip about how that is not going to happen for years and years.”^It will take that long to pack, anyway…

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    The#1BoiseStateFan  about 8 years ago

    TJ gets his claim, according to the side…………………………………………………………………………………….facepalm

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    blunebottle  about 8 years ago

    I see the end of a long friendship in the works.

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    ORMouseworks  about 8 years ago

    Thanks! ;)

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    ORMouseworks  about 8 years ago

    Well, the computer upgrade didn’t go all that well…seems like the motherboard can’t find its own “sound-card!” Guess we’ll have to wait until the weekend to get it resolved. Writing of resolved, I’ve been kicked off of GoComics website about five times already! Always asks if I want a certain comic other than the one I am looking for (Luann). Grrrrr! I hope the post count doesn’t go over 300 like it did yesterday! ’Nite all… ;)-———————————————————————————-“It is not easy nowadays to remember anything so contrary to all appearances as that officials are the servants of the public; and the official must try not to foster the illusion that it is the other way round.”(Sir Earnest Gowers, 1880-1966)

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    Caldonia  about 8 years ago

    The “T” in TJ stands for Teflon. I don’t buy that he’ll get in legal trouble, at all.

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    Make Mine Marvel  about 8 years ago

    @meh~thodology: I don’t see a slanderous statement there. It wasn’t a statement, it was a question.

    I don’t insist that TJ needs to go to jail, but I do think it’s past time for him to learn a Valuable Life Lesson. It’s personal prejudice on my part, but I like to see some growth in characters, and TJ, like poor Knute, has been so typecast for so long, that they just don’t interest me any more.

    I’d like to see the legal action result in a whacking great fine, or perhaps the loan he took out to buy the truck and fix it up becomes immediately payable in full. One way or another, Daddy’s trust money is either seized or not enough. In this scenario, he has to hustle to make a living and knows he’s got a police record, so he’d better the heck keep his nose extremely clean.

    I don’t expect that’ll happen, but TJ long ago ceased being interesting to me because he’s so damn predictable. He’s crooked and thinks he’s a lot smarter than he really is. He hasn’t learned anything new in years!

    I used to have friends like that, until I decided to upgrade to a better class of friends.

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   about 8 years ago

    Insincere Brad talking shaete behind TJ ’s back.Not cool, man.

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    trspence  about 8 years ago

    In the Aug. 1 strip, TJ is clearly surprised that the truck blew up, thus indicating that he didn’t blow it up intentionally to collect the insurance dough.

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    sarafaye  about 8 years ago

    This story is making me sad. I don’t like to see Brad in this position.

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    wiselad  about 8 years ago

    about Brad “not knowing Firefighters were scammed”. is not so much about they paying for the meals, it was about him finding out that Delta, Luann, Bernice, Nancy and Frank were conned into giving free supplies and work for what they thought it was a free service for the firefighters, the injured party were the 5 volunteers, and the beneficiaries of the correction of the injury to the 5 volunteers were the firefighters who ended up getting the food for free as the 5 volunteers were expecting

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    Sisyphos  about 8 years ago

    TJ is innocent, I believe, but Brad is right to be suspicious, because TJ’s behavior is suspicious. What will happen next? Will TJ be compelled to defend himself in court? Will Annie Awful reappear in a new position of authority, from which she can persecute TJ?

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    Feye  about 8 years ago

    Brad should investigate and do his patriotic duty by reporting his findings and concerns to the insurance agency.

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    TORAD_07  about 8 years ago

    Well, I see the “results are in.” So, I await to see if that’s what actually happens, and how plausible the story is…

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    niteskyy Premium Member about 8 years ago

    TJ is too cute to be in prison! He’d never survive.

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    nickel_penny   about 8 years ago

    I don’t see why he wouldn’t just ask point blank like that. So long as he’s not accusatory, simply curious, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

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    An Iron Hand in a Velvet Glove  about 8 years ago

    He didn’t do it. I had a dream where it was all revealed. The smug looks on his face are all meant to fool us.

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    wlabinger  about 8 years ago

    TJ did NOT do that! He’s a good guy with a good heart!

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    Argy.Bargy2  about 8 years ago

    Thanks!

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    ACTIVIST1234  about 8 years ago

    Go ahead, be honest Brad.1) You can’t lie anyway.2) TJ heard enough he can guess the rest.3) Get it out in the open— otherwise it will eat at you.4) Considering TJ’s “ethics”, blowing up a truck for money is just a clever way of doing business. Just another scam. So what? He’d probably only be sad that he hadn’t actually thought of doing it!5) You’ll be giving TJ time to prepare a defense against other people’s suspicions. Especially those of investigators!

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    Mordock999 Premium Member about 8 years ago

    Yo Smiley?

    Brad Actually Said that You are a Slimy, No Good, Two-Bit, Con-Artist, that Gets Away with Just About EVERYTHING Because HE has Gullible SAPS for Friends.

    And as for You Brad, I’d Drop the whole “Fraud Investigation” thing because when the Cops look into it, THEY are Also going to Look into YOUR background since You LIVE with the Jackass, even though Some of US Told You Not to, and Old Smiley will No Doubt find a way to Pin the Explosion on YOU, Causing You to lose Your Job, Your Girl and Spend some Serious Prison Time. (DEEP Breath)But, All Will be Well, Brado because the Two of You Will Still Be Best Friends, Because YOU are a Trusting TOOL and TJ’s “Too Cute to go to Prison”.

    Oh “Wait-Person”? COFFEE, Please!The EVIL Is Upon Me…..,

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    rocknoldies  about 8 years ago

    “Hunka, Hunka Burnin Truck”

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    Rod_Mitchell  about 8 years ago

    This was an accident, TJ’s character is not capable of insurance fraud.

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    dougsathome  about 8 years ago

    If only the vehicle recall notice had arrived a little sooner….

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   about 8 years ago

    Ann Eiffel at the back of the truck unscrewing the propane connection for 500, Alex

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    TORAD_07  about 8 years ago

    the question isn’t going to be whether TJ gets his insurance claim or is charged formally with fraud. THe issue is going to be Brad & TJ’s future relationship given Brad’s suspicions

    Absolutely! I suspect they will confront each other at some point… privately, if not publicly. The end result will be that TJ will leave the house. Whether or not they’re still friends thereafter, I don’t know. I hope they can hang onto something.

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    TORAD_07  about 8 years ago

    You can bet the insurance company will investigate and so will the fire company.

    But it won’t be Brad investigating. It will be either the Fire Marshall or the Arson Team, etc. Now, if they connect Brad to TJ via the street address (or by other means), they will definitely interview him. Brad will have to make some tough decisions, soon. I just hope he can stay within the confines of “plausible deniability.”

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   about 8 years ago

    Are all the other firefighters at the scene talking on THEIR cellphones?

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    locake  about 8 years ago

    The friendship will survive. Brad backs down way too easily and TJ is not going to give up someone that gullible. TJ will deny the accusation and act hurt, Brad will believe every word.

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    watmiwori  about 8 years ago

    TJ is too self-absorbed to realise that nobodytrusts him.

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    nickel_penny   about 8 years ago

    So what? Under the right circumstances, everyone is capable of breaking a law. And in this situation, it’s certainly not unreasonable to ask.

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    jkgocomix  about 8 years ago

    Guilty or innocent, TJ will give all his money to his lawyers – he’ll wind up working for Ms Eiffel again, either by necessity, or on a prison work-relase program

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    Argy.Bargy2  about 8 years ago

    -THe issue is going to be Brad & TJ’s future relationship-I agree with you. I think that will be the main point of this arc, whether there’s an arson investigation by the Fire Marshall, or a denial of a claim, or what. Maybe this is the compliction for Brad and Toni’s wedding, if they were counting on TJ for catering and he walks out on them.

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    melmarsh9v  about 8 years ago

    How could TJ not see why people might think the explosion wasn’t coincidental?

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    craig kisro  about 8 years ago

    TJ’s expression when he heard the explosion while he was taking out garbage showed he had no idea it was going to happen. He’d have been ducking for cover if he had done it intentionally.

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    Argy.Bargy2  about 8 years ago

    Because of TJ’s previous history with the fire department, it’s not clear that any complaint he might file against an FD employee would have ‘legs’. A good lawyer would probably warn him off….

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    People keep saying that the “look of surprise” is concrete. But as mentioned before, you can know that loud thunder is going to happen, and it can still surprise you…..

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    flowergirl19  about 8 years ago

    @MathProf2“And we are the eye witnesses…we all saw, first the boredom, then the surprise in TJ’s face. It’s not as though he would fake that for us.”

    “No, but Greg could.”

    He could be faking it for any witnesses that might have happened upon the scene at the moment of the explosion.

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    Argy.Bargy2  about 8 years ago

    @flowergirl 19-(Couldn’t use the reply function)-LOL at your comment about living in a rental oven. A comma can save lives…

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    ACTIVIST1234  about 8 years ago

    “Therefore, you chose to avail yourself of the ‘freedom of expression.”*BS – Valuable idea. However, I think there would be more precedent, legally, if he were to say he was merely burning a flag in the middle of the truck as an expression of his distate for American cuisine (sno-cones, hot dogs, and suds). A well-founded hatred as that cuisine was destroying his business.

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    TIMH  about 8 years ago

    I’m betting you called this one correctly.

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    doverdan  about 8 years ago

    This could have killed him..Ann is not likely to take such a chance..I still think - THE MOB They are after that illegal money that comprises his ‘inheritance’ - the annuity from his mobster father.

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    JayBluE  about 8 years ago

    And even if TJ didn’t purposely start it, he could still be tempted to try to “take advantage of the situation”. Even if it was an “accident”, negligence could still disqualify him , based on whatever stipulations his insurance policy has set. So there is some potential for him to do it, hoping it would seem like a “mercy trashing”…..

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