Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday evening toons: Heat waves and crime waves

Today's toons were selected from over the deafening sound of our own sweat, from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Lisa Benson, Rebecca Hendin, Tom Toles, Ted Rall, Pat Bagley, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Nick Anderson, Robert Ariail,

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Bill Plante and Lisa Benson.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Tom Toles.

p3 World Toon Review: Oliver (Austria) and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Pro-tip: Don't give Ann Telnaes a setup like this unless you're ready to take what comes next.

Mark Fiore takes us inside the dark little club in a cellar around the corner from the Supreme Court.

Tom Tomorrow looks at the 2016 GOP presidential field. Come for the inspiration, stay for the final panel!

Keith Knight sings a song of the South.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson comes eerily close to my childhood, for the second week in a row. I find this . . . disturbing.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon utters a sequence of words that has almost certainly never been constructed before.

Comic Strip of the Day discovers an example of the misuse of an artist's work – and it doesn't end badly. Bet you didn't see that one coming.

And while we're on that subject, the Facebook page for Young Americans for Liberty posted this cartoon on their timeline in late June (although it appears to be gone from the page now), with the artist's name removed and the content of the image severly edited. Here's the original from 2011 by Arend van Dam. Given the removal of the artist's name, plus the editing of the image to change the whole point of the original, I'm guessing that the alteration and use of the original happened without van Dam's permission. (Aren't libertarians supposed to revere the sacred nature of property rights?) True, the initial theft may have happened far upstream from the folks at YAL, but it only took me about a two minutes with Tin Eye to track the original down. Just thinking out loud.

Acceleratii Incredibus versus Carnivorous Vulgaris: And if you're our kind of reader, you know what that means. "Fast and Furry-ous," directed in 1949 by Chuck Jones from a story by Michael Maltese, is the first of the Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote shorts. Uncredited voice work by Portland's Own Mel Blanc as the Coyote (or rather, according to IMDB, the "Coyote effects," and you-know-him-you-just-don't-know-you-know-him voice actor Paul Julian as the Roadrunner. Watch "Fast and Furry-ous" on Vimeo.

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Theoretically Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen shows how much our heritage depends upon double negatives. You won't be unsurprised.

Jesse Springer points out that not many out there would envy Oregon its three consecutive years of drought and this summer's record-breaking heat.

Test your toon captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The other "treasonous document"

We've had more than one reminder in the last month that the founding documents of our country were not perfect documents. Still, you have to admire the logical purity of this one. It reads like a geometric proof: Statement of the problem, then axioms, then definitions, followed by a matching of evidence to definitions, leading to the conclusion that inevitably follows once the first principles and data are connected.

And, of course, there's that charmingly antiquated piece at the end about pledging "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." Those were the days, eh?


 IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the
thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

John Hancock
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thornton

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday evening toons: Marriage! Health care! Heritage! And Angry Antonin too!

When big and complex news stories break mid-week, expect us to be handing out p3 Certificates of Harmonic Toon Convergence like candy.

Today's toons were selected from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Clay Jones, Michael Ramirez, Pat Bagley, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Walt Handlesman and Mike Luckovich.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Matt Davies and Nick Anderson.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Mike Luckovich and Matt Davies (h/t to Comic Strip of the Day, below).

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 3): Darrin Bell, Mike Keefe, Alex Falco, and Jim Morin.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 4): Clay Bennett and Jimmy Margulies.

p3 World Toon Review: Michael Kountouris (Greece) and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes observes something new in the way of wedding traditions. Guess that leaves "something old, something borrowed, and something blue" for the GOP.

Mark Fiore has a musical take on America's apparent inability to keep its eye on the ball.

Keith Knight isn't impressed by the young would-be hero of the Rebellion.

Reuben Bolling proudly presents the return of Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveller from 1909.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson had exactly the same high school experience – exactly! – that I had.

Comic Strip of the Day reflects on the difference in difficulty between getting angry voters to the polls and happy ones.

The Yankees are in Chatanooga! The roughly thirty seconds of slouching-banjo-playing-cringing-"darkey" imagery at about the 2:40 mark (consider yourself warned) in "Southern Fried Rabbit" is generally considered what got the uncut version pulled from television distribution years ago. But the short is shot through with other bits and pieces of the old Confederacy's "special heritage" that didn't seem to bother anyone, for example: Bugs sings "Old Black Joe" as he happily attempts to cross the Mason-Dixon line, the unpleasantness of less than a century earlier is referred to by its "Lost Cause" euphemism "The War Between the States," Yosemite Sam chivalrously protects Bugs (who is not only the fair-haired woman named Scarlett! but also a stand-in for the Yankees, carpet baggers, and slaves Sam's defending her against) – and of course the central premise of the story is that, ninety years later, the side that lost the Civil War was still fighting, it against all logic. (Yosemite Sam's request for a song from the minstrel Bugs very nearly steps on this classic Mel Brooks moment from some twenty years in the future.) Directed in 1953 by Friz Freleng from a story by Warren Foster, with voice work by Portland's Own Mel Blanc and musical director Carl Stalling of the p3 pantheon of gods. Watch "Southern Fried Rabbit" on DailyMotion.

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman spies something hanging from the front of the building at 1 First Street NE.

Quite Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen reminds us to consider their point of view.

Jesse Springer imagines a post-legalization Oregon (tomorrow) in which tweeners would rather play checkers than smoke pot. We'll have what he's having.

Test your toon captioning prowess at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday morning toons: Be vewwy vewwy quiet!

If you did a toon about taking down the Confederate battle flag near the South Carolina capitol without knowing why it's still up, or you did a piece of the nine Charleston victims showing up to meet St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, you probably didn't make the cut today. Ditto if you didn't get farther than a "this is really awful" cartoon. I appreciate that cartooning on deadline is a difficult situation. Sorry. For more on that specific problem – and the benefit that a day or two of perspective can give a political cartoonist – see Comic Strip of the Day, below.

(I have a post in the works that invokes Nothstine's Law in a contrarian and yet not-even-remotely sympathetic defense of leaving the Confederate flag out there. Stay tuned for that.)

You were more likely to make the cut this morning if you pointed out that this week's encyclical from Pope Francis (who, for his several positions I disagree with, has a MS in chemistry and therefore totally owns the "I'm no scientist" GOP leadership that wishes he'd kept quiet) was a huge leap forward on the climate change conversation.

And if you managed to avoid a comb-over joke about Donald Trump's possible jump into the 2016 presidential race (he has only produced a ridiculous announcement ceremony; there are still forms to be filed) and still come up with something amusing, you probably made it in, because here at p3 we love making fun of the man who, a quarter century ago, was pegged by Spy Magazine as "the short-fingered vulgarian."

Today's toons were selected from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Legion of Merit: Chan Lowe.

p3 Croix de Guerre: Darrin Bell.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Clay Jones and Mike Luckovich.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): Tom Toles, Dave Granlund, and Marshall Ramsey.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 3): Jeff Darcy and Nate Beeler.

p3 World Toon Review: Paresh Nath (India), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Osvaldo Gutierrez Gomez (Cuba, although that's the Russian flag), and Amorim (Brazil).

Ann Telnaes notes Jeb(!) Bush's fast and loose play with the separation of church and state. (For an annotated history leading up to his lame-ass double-backing, go here.)

Mark Fiore reminds us: There was Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and that other one.

Tom Tomorrow identifies the one thing they can agree upon.

Keith Knight explains how it was all about what we learned in health class in the fifth grade. Nothing to see here.

Reuben Bolling, in a golden oldie from 2013, outlines everything you'll need for a news week like this one. The man's a by-god psychic.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon rediscovers that New Testament classic: Where I spit, fig trees never grow again. Or something like that.

Comic Strip of the Day reflects upon what a difference a day makes!

Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending? This afternoon's edition of The Score, the All Classical Portland weekly program featuring movie soundtrack music, mixed an interview with Portland's own Mel Blanc about his Warner Bros voice work with music and voice work from some of Blanc's greatest work. As fun as the conversation was, even more fun was the soundtrack music, mostly by WB musical director Carl Stalling, of the p3 pantheon of gods, and his arranger Milt Franklyn – who took over director duties shortly before this gem, which was ranked first of the 50 Animated Cartoons as ranked by 1,000 Animation Professionals. Elmer Fudd – "Kill the wabbit!" – was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan. Watch "What's Opera, Doc?" on Daily Motion.

The Big, And Getting Even Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman looks at the summer's big blockbuster. Warning: Objects in mirror have less chance of getting elected than they appear.

Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen gives the verdict: Mobility is so 1990s.

Matt Bors gives us the lines right before "Okay, let's leave it there."

Jesse Springer looks at the supermajority duel in the Oregon legislature between the transportation infrastructure and the gas tax hike.

Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A synoptic history of the separation of church and state: Fifth update for 2015!

We update the history today with a move by Jeb! Bush, who almost – but not quite – makes it seem like we've circled back fifty-five years. (Hint: It's all about the adjectives.)

1791 James MadisonCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

1802 Thomas Jefferson: The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment guarantees Americans a wall of separation between church and state.

1954 Dwight Eisenhower: The separation of church and state surely won't be hurt by adding "under God" to The Pledge of Allegiance in the name of anti-Communism, will it?

1960 John F. Kennedy: The separation of church and state is absolute. My church will not dictate my policy decisions.

2008 Mitt Romney: The separation of church and state is relative. My church will dictate my policy decisions, but only to the extent that I will discriminate against the same people Christian conservatives would already be discriminating against anyway.

2009 Bart Stupack: The separation of church and state is a fairy tale. My church will show up at the Capitol steps in a limo to dictate policy.

2012 Rick Santorum: The separation of church and state is an abomination. "Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech [by JFK to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in 1960], and I almost threw up."

2012 Sally Quinn: The separation of church and state is impossible. “This is a religious country. Part of claiming your citizenship is claiming a belief in God, even if you are not Christian.” Agnostics, atheists, and other nonbelievers need not apply.

2014 Rick Santorum (again): The very notion of the separation of church and state is "a Communist idea that has no place in America."

2015 Fifty-seven percent of surveyed Republicans: The separation of church and state is sacreligious, since the U.S. Constitution is a document inspired by Our Lord Jesus Christ, so it counts as Holy Scripture.

2015 Rand Paul, libertarian-of-convenience:  The separation of church and state is a one-way street: "The First Amendment says keep government out of religion. It doesn't say keep religion out of government."

2015 Jeb Bush, "moderate" GOP presidential candidate: The separation of church and state is nothing more than a "game" of "political correctness."

2015 Bobby Jindal, 2016 vice-presidential hopeful (and staunch opponent of executive orders, when it's Obama, who not that long ago told fellow Republicans they had to stop being "the party of stupid"): The separation of church and state can be disposed of by simple executive order from the governor, even after the GOP-controlled state legislature killed the same anti-LGBT bill the week before.

2015 Jeb Bush (again), apparently ignoring his promise of roughly six weeks earlier (see above) that his Catholic faith would naturally influence how he governed as president: "I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," adding "I think religion ought to be about making us better as people, less about things [that] end up getting into the political realm.”

Ooh! So close to what JFK promised in 1960 (also above) – so close! Except that Kennedy pledged that the church would not dictate his policy decisions – Period. Full stop. – whereas Jeb only pledges that the church won't dictate his economic decisions. This means that, as both a good Cafeteria Catholic and a Republican candidate who must pander to his base to make it through the primaries alive, he feels free to ignore anything he doesn't like that the Pope says about matters like climate change, economic inequality, privatizing Social Security, or similar things that could make a difference to his donors' bottom line. 

But, of course, he considers himself totally free to invoke his faith in the name of being anti-choice and anti-contraception, to say nothing of attempting to use the Florida National Guard to cruelly prolong the life of Terri Schiavo. (You didn't forget that one, did you?)

(This timeline was originally published in shorter form in 2009, driven by the somewhat-naive thought that the process of theocratic overreach in the US was probably already at or near its zenith. Now it appears that p3 must stand ready for further revisions from time to time, as the exigencies of Republican electoral politics require it. We welcome the task.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quote of the day: The rug in the Oval Office?

Donald Trump threw his hairpiece in the ring today.
- Roy Edroso, capturing the moment with a turn of phrase that will have every online purveyor of politically oriented smartassery smacking their forehead at the missed opportunity of a lifetime.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday morning toons: Hassan chop!

Today's toons were selected based on anonymous calls from angry persons in the neighborhood, from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of cartoon goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Andy Singer.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Clay Bennett and Stuart Carlson.

p3 World Toon Review: Fares Garabet (Syria), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Paolo Lombardi (Italy).

Ann Telnaes admires the angelic positioning of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

Mark Fiore looks at the sleazy reason Jeb Bush isn't really really an official candidate yet. And the pathetic part is, all that stinky money isn't moving him out of the cellar. He was Sonny; he was supposed to be the next don. How he must hate it that Fredo moved into the Oval Office and poisoned the family name.

Tom Tomorrow discovers a secret weapon in defense of national security that righties have known about all along!

Keith Knight explains the fundamental principle.

Reuben Bolling asks: How can mere mortals withstand a mighty blow from a cartoonist's Rapidograph pen?

Red Meat's Ted Johnson unveils the new plan.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon has been watching Netflix's Daredevil. As have I.

Comic Strip of the Day looks at over the top and dislocated shoulders.

Open . . . sarsparilla! Marking the good news of 400 US "advisors" going to Baghdad to help pave the way for our eventual military return to Iraq, especially if a Republican somehow gets elected to the White House next year, we proudly present "Ali Baba Bunny," directed by Chuck Jones in 1957 (with Mel Blanc as Bugs, Daffy, Hassan, the Sultan, and the Genie). I have a friend whose band from another era was named "Hassan Chop!" Watch "Ali Baba Bunny" on Daily Motion. Down, down down! Go, go, go!

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman is waiting for the asteroid.

Very Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen asks a question I've been wondering about for some time.

Matt Bors says: "Bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"

Jesse Springer considers the possibility that the Oregon legislature butting in on marijuana legalization might not be the best move imaginable.

Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.