Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Death enters 'the hard way'" edition

The topics at Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week include (surprise!) health care reform, Tom Delay venturing where Tucker Carlson should have feared to tread, and the parole of the Flight 103 bomber. Outside the US, where they settled the whole health care to their advantage generations ago, and wonder what the hell our problem is, some toonists noticed that democracy in Afghanistan didn't look quite like it was supposed to from the travel brochures.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bradley, Mike Keefe, Bob Englehart, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Michael Ramirez, Henry Payne, and John Cole.

p3 Best in Show: Dave Fitzsimmons.

p3 Croix de Guerre (with feathers): Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Honor: John Darkow,

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Tayo Fatunla, (West Africa) and Cameron Cardow (Canada)--explanatory reference here.

Ann Telnaes examines two somewhat related health issues faced by many health care reform opponents at town hall meetings.

Oh, what the hell--let's make it a Telnaes Three-fer! Celebrate!

p3 Guest Toon: Perhaps in homage to R. Crumb's 1971 "Mr. Natural Does the Dishes" (a framed of copy of which hangs in my kitchen), The K Chronicles brings us some words of wisdom from Fargas the Filthy Freakin' Fork.

You may recall that last week we discussed the opening volleys of a confrontation triggered by Financial Time's Naill Ferguson's comparison of Barack Obama to Felix the Cat--the point of comparisons being that both were black, and both were lucky. Vanity Fair's James Wolcott and NYTimes' Paul Krugman took exception, but the definitive dissection--vivisection is probably closer to the mark--of Ferguson's piece was performed by The Atlantic's James Fallows. Warning: You'll never think of Jackie Chan--or Pluto--the same way again.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman records that moment when "public health care" meets "end-of-life counseling sessions." (Note that, in true Bergman style, Death enters the frame "the hard way," right-to-left.)

Wagna Cum Laude, naturally. My sister and her husband have adopted a rescued Sheltie named Caesar. In a slightly-awkward turn of events, the dog was well-trained in AKC silent hand-signals--but my sister wasn't, There are a surprising number of video resources online about AKC hand signals--all of which assume that you know the signals, but the dog doesn't. But there's not much in the way of help to be found if it's the other way around. In honor of the successful muddling-through by all parties involved, here is the story of a dog who adopted a pet boy. From 1959, directed by Jay Ward and voiced by Bill (Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right) Scott and Walter Tetley respectively, this is the secret origin of Peabody and Sherman:

p3 Bonus Tooner Jesse Springer has disappeared this week, as he is sometimes wont to do. We all hope and expect he'll turn up shortly.

And finally, check out Slate's political cartoon for today.

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