Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday morning toons: The TSA has added three new terms to our language

First there was"security theater."

Now there's "porno scanner" and "gate rape."

Could not be prouder. No sir.

As you might guess, inappropriate touching on the at the Delta concourse is this week's political toon chart-topper, but there's more, including the dim prospects of a START treaty win for the White House, the report of the Catfood Commission on Deficit Reduction and Social Security Elimination, the House GOP leadership planning to party like it's 1994 -- and there are turkeys all over the Beltway in Washington DC!

Here they are, in all their toony goodness: the highlights from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle's political cartoon index at

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Lester, R. J. Maston, John Cole, Tom Toles, Glen McCoy, Nick Anderson, Steve Kelley, Clay Bennett, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Fourth Amendment Nostalgia Award: John Trevor.

p3 Two Artists With But a Single Metaphor Award: Rob Rogers and Jeff Darcy.

p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), Michael Kountouris (Greece), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes shows who may have gotten the ultimate government pat-down this week. Honk!

Mark Fiore gives us a peek at the hottest new game show.

Taiwan's Next Media animates the news, darkly. And this week they bring us the passenger backlash to the new TSA "safety" procedures. (This is Next Media's second appearance at p3 Sunday Morning Toons, by the way.)

Tom Tomorrow breaks the third wall of cartooning to explain the Catfood Commission on Deficit Reduction and Social Security Elimination's report.

The K Chronicles laments -- gently -- life's tiny tragedies.

It's an odd premise, but I like it: Several US political cartoonists, including p3 regulars Garry Trudeau and Mike Luckovich, recently toured US bases in Afghanistan with the USO. Good on 'em.

Here's this week's illustration by Barry Blitt, to accompany Frank Rich's NYTimes column on what Sarah Palin can see from her kitchen window these days.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman commends the open-mindedness of the Catfood Commission on Deficit Reduction and Social Security Elimination.

"I've got my whole life ahead of me -- love, travel, good books!" Certainly all things to be thankful for . . . if only Tom Turkey can convince Daffy Duck to help him prevent Pilgrim Porky from turning him (that is, Tom) into the entrée for Thanksgiving. You probably know where it goes from there. (Directed in 1949 by Arthur Davis.)

p3 Bonus Toon: And just in time for Thanksgiving, Jesse Springer notices that not every high ranking for Oregon is a good thing. (Click to enlarge.)

Match toon-captioning wits: at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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