An interesting week:
Two weeks ago, Donald "The Short Fingered Vulgarian" Trump was the man no one took seriously, but Republicans seemed to want as their 2012 candidate. Now he's out. Meanwhile, Newt "Family Values" Gingrich, the man everyone seems to take seriously, but no Republicans seem to want as their 2012 candidate, is in.
Members of the Bush administration popped up everywhere like a tribe of startled prairie dogs this week to take credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, since -- although they fumbled several opportunities to press the search for Osama bin Laden themselves -- they nevertheless used the threat represented by OBL's still being at large to beat their political opponents like a rented mule for 8 years, which is just as good.
In related news, China also claimed credit for the killing of OBL since they invented gunpowder in the 9th century.
The president and his national security team watched on a real-time video hook-up as today's selections were chosen from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni, About.com, and Daryl Cagle:
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Lester, John Darkow, Jerry Holbert, Joe Heller, Matt Davies, Nate Beeler, Marshall Ramsey, Ben Sargent, Walt Handlesman, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best in Show: Adam Zyglis.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: John "I keed! I keed!" Cole.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Ed Stein and Nate Beeler.
p3 World Toon Review: KAL (England), Paresh (India), Jeremy Nell (South Africa), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Jiho (France), and Cam Cardow (Canada).
Ann Telnaes brings back one of my favorite AT caricatures in Cheney talks torture.
Mark Fiore lets Knuckles explain why the leftovers of the Bush administration -- most of whom dare not set foot outside the US -- are saying "You're Welcome" this week.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation tells the story of one unlikely hero in the tracking down of Osama bin Laden.
Doonesbury's Ray Hightower explains the difference between a personality trait and a quirk. Which in turn helps explain why Lance Mannion is worried about Ray
Missing your regular fix of dream saucers and dinosaurs? Progressive Boink compiled their list of the 25 great Calvin & Hobbes strips.
It wasn't that long ago that p3 was reporting on the forthcoming Wonder Woman TV series. But now it looks like the Amazonian princess is going to be loading up her invisible airplane with her magic lasso, tiara, and bulletproof bracelets, and heading back Themyscira. Done in by the "with friends like these" feminism of producer David E. Kelley? Maybe. Maybe not.
Tom Tomorrow explains the true story of tracking down Osama bin Laden. (Bonus: From 1995, Newt Gingrich explains zee art of loaf!
At The K Chronicles: After the wildly successful iPod, iPhone, and iPad -- what's next?
Tom the Dancing Bug tracks down to his lair the man who's responsible for all of America's problems.
At Comic Riffs, Michael Cavna celebrates the life and work of Bill Gallo, dean of sports cartoonists, who died recently at 88, after seven decades in the business.
Red Meat's Milkman Dan explores the foundations of modern religion.
The Comic Curmudgeon explores the next military frontier after the end of DADT. Not pretty. Not pretty at all.
Will there be 72 of them? Portland homeboy Jack Ohman imagines the afterlife awaiting one recluse in Pakistan.
More music to build by: Last week we watched construction workers build a skyscrape to Lizst's Hungarian Rhapsody #2, in the 1941 Chuck Jones/Warner Bros. "Rhapsody in Rivets." This week, it's Popeye (sans spinach) and his nephews building a skyscraper to Franz von Suppé's Poet and Peasant Overture. "Tots of Fun," directed in 1952 by Seymour Kneitel (with musical direction by Winston Sharples and all voices by Frank Mercer) uses a surprising number of the same sight gags 11 years later. Maybe they figured no one would notice after all that time.
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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer notes the irony of South Carolina-based poly bag manufacturer Hilex Poly (lobbying hard to kill the Oregon bag ban bill) instructing us on what is and isn't "the Oregon way."
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