Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday morning toons: Freedom is many things to many people

  Today's selections have been lovingly hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week:   Mike Luckovich, Clay Jones, Ben Sargent, Tom Toles, Joel Pett, J. D. Crowe, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: R. J. Matson.

p3 Award for Best Variation on the “Occupy” Meme: Jerry Holbert

p3 Legion of Extreme Merit Award: Adam Zyglis

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Pat Bagley

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Cam Cardow (Canada), Frederick Deligne (France), and Luo Jie (China).

Ann Telnaes sees a little problem with the current state of the First Amendment.

Mark Fiore looks at the “hard” in the hard science of climate change.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation presents The Student Loan Rap.

Sigh. You may remember a couple of weeks ago, when the p3 Sunday Morning Toons noted that a near-pristine copy of Action Comics #1, June 1938, which had somehow appeared from out of nowhere in someone's shed in California, was predicted to fetch $1 million at auction? Well, guess again.

Tom Tomorrow explores the somewhat-nuanced position of the anti-Occupy crowd.

The K Chronicles gives some thought to how to leave one's mark (even if it's a soot smudge).

Tom the Dancing Bug celebrates the American Dream.

In a touching edition of Red Meat, Bug-eyed Earl tells what he's thankful for.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman looks at Mitt Romney's holding pattern.

"Freedom is many things to many people:" Several weeks ago, the p3 Sunday Mornign Toons featured three odd little toons from the 1950s on the fundamentals of traditional economics, produced by Warner Bros and underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This week, thanks to long-time p3 correspondent James the Elder, we've got an oddity that's even . . . odder. “Make Mine Freedom” was produced by John Sutherland for Harding College, a socially conservative, church-affiliated school in Searcy, Alabama. The politics of it are a tad dated, and aren't too subtle ("Freedom to work at a job you like?" Haven't heard it put that way before. Bit of a right-to-work spin, you think?). But in fairness they're probably a little more subtle than you might expect from an institution with a list of past lecture-series speakers like this.

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p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer is of two minds about the ouster of UO president Richard Lariviere: a visionary? Or a guy who deliberately antagonized the people he needed?

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