Shades of 2000: Tuesday's presidential election is probably now fated to go unresolved for weeks -- at least if the outcome depends on Ohio, where the Republican Secretary of State is doubling-down on resistance to a court order concerning how and whether provisional ballots will be counted, a move that's destined to make the count process hostage to a string of inevitible court appeals.
(And have I mentioned lately that one of Mitt Romney's main advisors is one of the original Brooks Brothers rioters, the thug who uttered the famous twelve words that stopped the 2000 Florida vote count?)
Of course, in some cases the Republicans, in true “smaller-government” fashion, have outsourced the hands-on work of vote suppression to independent contractor who simply throw completed voter registration forms in the dumpster for recycling. And you thought you'd never see Republicans go green. (Note that, by curbing voting at the registration level, they're also burnishing their “supply-siders” cred.)
All of which makes the elections office Clackamas County, Oregon, somewhat unusual by Republican standards, since rather than reducing opportunities for citizens (especially non-Republicans) to vote, a staffer has helpfully completed mail-in ballots on which some races were left blank by going back and marking the blanks for the Republican. Wasn't that thoughtful?
If this stuff was happening in any other country (of whose leader we didn't approve) (and preferably in the middle-east but not Israel), the Republicans would be the ones screaming to send in the Marines. Not to mention the fact that if these people were selling loose joints instead of stealing votes, they'd be serving three-to-five in one of our many fine private prisons right now.
Other topics this week: the Mouse who controls the Force, the many sides of Governor Christie, and life among the temporarily pro-FEMA. And p3 also proudly brings you a refresher course on the Electoral College . . . 'cause we're all probably gonna need it.
Today's toons will be presented to you free of charge, without presentation of state-issued photo ID, without the payment of any sort of poll tax, and without the need for you to pass any sort of literacy test (although you may find the latter skill useful below), from the week's pages at GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Slate, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Kevin Siers, Joel Pett, Mike Peters, Chris Weyant, Steve Sack, Clay Bennett, Daryl Cagle, Joe Heller, Jen Sorensen, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Nick Anderson.
p3 Legion of Merit: Gary Markstein.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Steve Breen, Nate Beeler, Lee Judge, and Rob Tornoe.
p3 Failure to Green-Light Award: Jim Morin.
p3 Fowl-Weather Friend Award: Kevin Siers.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 1): Jeff Stahler and Rick McKee.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (Part 2): John Cole and Joel Pett.
p3 Croix de Guerre, with Bloomers: Bill Day. (“She's French, you know.”)
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Cameron Cardow (Canada), Rachel Gold (Austria), Martin Sutovec (Slovakia), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),
Ann Telnaes raises the possibility that Mitt Romney might be all wet.
Mark Fiore passes along this important message from EPSAS.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation proudly presents Star Wars VII: The Revenge of the Franchise. (And pay close attention: Han really did shoot first!)
Via Comic Riffs, check out the 21 feature-film animations nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards.
In which the blogger reveals his secret life-long ambition to be one of “The Usual Gang of Idiots:” Happy 60th Birthday, MAD Magazine!
Tom Tomorrow invites you to watch as Mittdrake gestures hypnotically. (And remember, they're called “illusions.” “Tricks” are something whores do for money.)
Keith Knight shares one thing he loves about this country.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents those amazing heroes out to do some good.
Red Meat presents The Old Cowboy, wonderin' if he's a mite touched. Naaah.
The Comics Curmudgeon also noticed -- and was disturbed by -- the very same thing I noticed and was disturbed by in today's Luann strip.
The most important college without a football team: The Electoral College episode of ABC's Schoolhouse Rock first aired in 2002, featuring the title song “I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College,” written by George R. Newall and Bob Dorough, and sung buy the inimitible Voice of Schoolhouse Rock, Jack Sheldon (with Dorough). Newall once reflected, with amusement and amazement: "More kids saw Schoolhouse Rock than ever watched Sesame Street […] and the big irony is that it was all done by a bunch of ad guys in their spare time."
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block may soon be getting slightly less big, but not yet:
Jack Ohman announced on Facebook at 10:51am Monday that he was parting ways with the Oregonian, the latest in a steady drip-drip-drip of talent leaving the only state-wide daily Oregon has left. By the end of the week the week his fans got word he had landed safely at the Sacramento Bee. Here's his final toon for the O. (So far, I've heard no word of a replacement at the Oregonian for Ohman, but the smart money says he won't be replaced, probably because it would involve the O spending, you know, smart money.) Good luck at the Bee, Jack.
Matt Bors raises a question I've always wondered about, as well.
After two years of the Oregon House being split 30-30 between the two parties, Jesse Springer looks ahead to the likely tie-breaker this week:
How strong is the toon-captioning Force in you? Find out at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)