Happy 234th, America! You don't look a day over 225. I mean that. How do you do it?
Quite a week: America got to see how far we have, or haven't, traveled since the passage of the Civil Rights Act 46 years ago. The Supreme Court discovered the "original intent" of the Second Amendment is "Hey, everybody, you're on your own!" America ordered up a double-dip recession, with sprinkles. After 11 weeks, you'd think things at the BP disaster in the Gulf couldn't get any worse, but they did.
And laughable femme fatale/nogoodnik cold war spies are back.
Let's start off with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up for the week.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Pat Bagley, Bob Englehart, John Darkow, Steve Sack, Joe Heller, Jeff Stahler, Steve Breen, Bill Day, Ed Stein, Mike Keefe, Mark Streeter, and Monte Wolverton.
Independence Day: The Day the Cartoonist Fight Back! Nate Beeler, Mike Keefe, Larry Wright, Brian Fairrington, Marshall Ramsey, and Clay Jones.
p3 Best of Show: Jeff Parker.
p3 Bonus Round Award: Jimmy Margulies.
p3 "Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor" Award: Jeff Darcy.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Cam Cardow (Canada), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes considers how far we've come in just eight short years.
Mark Fiore says the best fears are the oldest ones, regardless of what's happening right now.
The ultimate Popeye buzz-kill Fourth-of-July cartoon: Suzanne at FDL has it -- and if you've ever wondered why there used to be four nephews but later there were only two, now you'll know.
"Too much Heinlein" -- heh. How can one be a libertarian? Let us count the ways. (H/t to Batocchio. Also, it doesn't involve toons, but Somerby wrestles with the definition of "libertarian" this week.)
Is 70 too old to look like a dancer from the chorus line at USO After Dark? Wonder Woman gets a new look and a new back-story. (But if you want to find out more, for god's sake don't Google the phrase "wonder woman makeover." Just . . . don't. Trust me. Don't.)
Why a woodchuck? Whatever. Tom Tomorrow gives progressives a dose of reality. Giant rodent-style.
Here's the K Chronicle's handy guide to watching the World Cup.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the seafood restaurant: Zonker Harris faces the awful possibility of career success at his newest job.
Portland homeboy Jack Ohman compares exit strategies.
Here's Barry Blitt's illustration for this week's Frank Rich NYTimes column on another 4th of July weekend, 46 years ago.
From the days when you found enemy spies by hopping on the back of getaway cars, not searching Facebook: There's Clark Kent, this Federal agent, and Nazi saboteurs, and a shoot-out on the way to the airport, and . . . Well, you'll see. From 1942, by long-time Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios director Seymour Kneitel, here's "Secret Agent."
p3 Bonus Toon: Is there an up-side to continuing to slash Oregon schools' budgets? Jesse Springer says maybe: After all, what you don't know can't hurt you, right? (Click to enlarge.)
Remember to bookmark the daily political toon features at Slate's Slate, Time, and About.com.
And test your toon-captioning chops at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)