Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday morning toons: Special Winter Solstice Edition

The shoe of history! A GOP Christmas Carol! Limbaugh and Cheney, sounding better in the original German! Bob Geiger's toon review has a wide selection of goodies this week. Special mention to Matt Davies, Mike Luckovich, and Jeff Danziger.

And there's more toony goodness at Daryl Cagle's round-up:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Lane, Jerry Holbert, Henry Payne, Gary Brookins, and Chip Bok.

The p3 Award for Best Historical Allusion goes to John Darkow.

The p3 Citation for Best Variation on a Theme goes to Daryl Cagle.

p3 World Toon Review: Alexander Zudin (Russia), Oliver Schopf (Vienna), Rogelio Naranjo (Mexico City), and Jianping Fan, Guangzhou (Canton, China).

Ann Telnaes has her priorities straight.

Tom Tomorrow presents 2008 in Review, and even the first half wasn't good news for Repubicans.

Tom the Dancing Bug imagines the worst presidential administration in history getting its eventual vindication, just as Bush predicted.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman notes that it all depends who's in the driver's seat.

In the Spanish Civil War, the term "fifth-columnists" came to refer to disloyal elements on the homefront during war: Franco attacked Madrid with four columns, but also claimed to rely on a "fifth column" of secret sympathizers within the city. Created a few years later during World War II, "The Fifth-Column Mouse"--a 1943 Merrie Melodies from Warner Bros, directed by Friz Freleng (uncredited)--isn't the most subtle bit of wartime propaganda you'll ever see, but has its moments. (You'll never listen to "Blues in the Night" the same way again!) The true moral of the story: Cute brown mice should never listen to political advice from gray mice with bad teeth.

p3 dedicates this toon to conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan who, the week after 9/11, said that anyone who dissented from Bush administration war plans "may well mount what amounts to a fifth column," and who--although he later changed his tune about both the war and all things Bush after the Republican party went proudly homophobic on him once too often--has been too chickenshit to take the smear back completely.

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer warns of a nasty front moving in over the state. (At this rate, weather forecasters may soon be the only working news people left, so we'll have to adapt.)

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