Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday morning toons: In which we learn a new word

class war·fare n. \klas 'wor-fer\ The socially unacceptable act of pointing out that class warfare is taking place. Original derivation unknown.

Remember: Having the rich and their mouthpieces working 'round the clock to line their pockets with money that used to belong to Americans hanging on in the bottom 50% income bracket isn't class warfare. It's only class warfare if you try to get people to notice that it's happening

And with that, let's turn to today's selections, each one hand-crafted and jewel-encrusted by the same people who built Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein's third yacht, and drawn from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Charlie Daniel, Joe Heller, Tony Auth, Steve Sack, Walt Handlesman, Nick Anderson, John Darkow, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show, with crossed owl feathers: John Cole.

p3 "Truth is Ugly" Award: Nate Beeler.

p3 "Marx Was Right" Medal: R. J. Matson.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Pat Fitzsimmons and Pat Bagley,

p3 World Toon Review: Tecknar Olle (Sweden), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Manny Francisco (Philippines), and Simanca Osmani (Brazil).

Ann Telnaes watches Rick Perry's meltdown on global warming. Mark Fiore interrupts News in a Nutshell for what's really important.

Get yer robot geek on! Somewhere in this montage is every robot you ever saw on TV or in the movies. (Including WALL-E.) Admit it: You saw this image and immediately thought "wallpaper!" -- but for your office, not your phone.

Tom Tomorrow tracks the difficult path of an unlikely friendship.

The K Chronicles presents: Knock, knock!

Tom the Dancing Bug brings you fun facts to know 'n' trade about corporations.

Comic Riffs has the story: Marvel is bringing about an audiobook version of Daredevil comics. (Of course. Think about it.)

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl has girlfriend trouble.

There are no above-average children in Portland homeboy Jack Ohman's latest toon.

Congratulations. You are now qualified to run for president on the Tea Party ticket. Wrapping up our "class warfare" theme for today, here's the third of the 1950s Warner Bros Looney Toons about economics, underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: (The other two in the set are here and here.) "Heir Conditioned" is about inheritance and investment -- and the importance of keeping money you didn't really earn yourself away from the moochers and parasites. (You'll see.) It was written by Warren Foster, voiced by Mel Blanc (and sounds like Daws Butler doing an uncredited job on "Bernie,") and directed by Friz Freleng in 1955. Notice the punch line at the final moment -- is it a call by Sylvester for higher estate taxes?

(Note to Facebook friends: If you're reading this in FB Notes, you'll need to click View Original Post, below, to see the video.)

Return of the p3 Bonus Toon: Yes, Jesse Springer's back from vacation, but with Oregon unemployment stuck at 9.5%, things seem too much like they were before he left. (Click to enlarge.)

Test your toon-captioning skills at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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