They pay for civilization, including first responders. They also, alas, pay for Senators who are utterly in the bag for the NRA.
In other news this week: The television news industry, which used to look at bloggers with disdain because they didn't get everything right, got almost nothing right this week. Rand Paul traveled to Howard University to remind black students what their heritage owed to white post-Civil Warconservatives. And Americans realized there was something more worth their attention for a few days than North Korea.
And congressional Republicans finally – finally! – realized that all they had to do to start the process of destroying Social Security after over seventy years was simply to go along with President Obama.
Oh, yes. And the Iron Lady finally sank to the bottom of the sea.
Today's toons were selected by Boston EMTs, fire fighters, and police from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Glenn McCoy, Jeff Stahler, Nate Beeler, John Cole, Pat Begley, Chris Weyant, David Fitzsimmons, Ron Tornoe, Randy Bish, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Jim Morin.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium (tie): Tom Stiglich and John Darkow.
p3: Legion of Honor: Jeff Stahler.
p3 World Toon Review: Adán Iglesias Toledo (Cuba), Marian Kamensky (Austria), and Alfredo Sabat (Argentina).
Ann Telnaes reminds us: It takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place.
Mark Fiore salutes the long-distance runner.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation reminds us of the other race that took place in Boston this week.
Tom Tomorrow brings us the latest adventure of thethe least powerful superhero on the planet.
Keith Knight dedicates the next number.
Tom the Dancing Bug updates von Clausewitz: War is desktop publishing by other means.
Red Meat's Mister Wally and Ted Johnson trade disturbing euphemisms.
Spoiler alert: In “Red Dragon,” the prequel to “The Silence of the Lamb,” two cold-blooded killers – one on the loose and going about his business, one incarcerated but offering him advice and cover – find covert ways to stay in touch. The Comics Curmudgeon worries that the same thing may be happening in “The Wizard of Id.” Yeesh.
Lum-tum-da-da-dum-dee-dah-dum . . . Doo-dah! Doo-dah! “The High and the Flighty,” directed in 1955 by Robert McKimson with voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc and musical direction by Carl Stalling, features two McKimson staples – Foghorn Leghorn and the Barnyard Dawg, but throws Daffy Duck into the mix, making it (I think) the only Warner Bros short starring those three characters. (Other than ripping off the title of the 1954 John Wayne movie for Warner Bros – “The High and the Mighty” – the title signifies nothing.)
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors documents the long and winding road.
Jesse Springer worries about Duck fans who are waiting . . . waiting . . . waiting . . . :
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