Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday morning toons: Politicizing politics, 2012-style

Today's toons were selected, under protest from Republican political strategists and pundits, from among the very same kind of cartoons they were picking in 2003 on the week's pages at Attytude, McClatchyDC, Slate, Time,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Chad Lowe, David Horsey, Joel Pett, Signe Wilkinson, Nick Anderson, Tom Toles, Matt Wuerker, Adam Zyglis, Lee Judge, Daryl Cagle, Joe Heller, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best in Show Award: Jim Morin.

p3 “What a Difference Four Years Makes” Award Steve Sack. (Hard to imagine there was a time I would have happily voted for the guy.)

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Nate Beeler. Lisa Benson.

p3 World Toon Review: Heng (Singapore), Kevin Kallauger (England), Cam Cardow (Canada), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),

Ann Telnaes watches as Mitt Romney drifts along in his own little environment.

Mark Fiore raises the ugly question: Is Obama politicizing politics?

Amsterdam's pot tourism industry may be in danger, and Taiwan's Next Media Animation has the story.

And speaking of pot (and we were), Tom the Dancing Bug has the awful, awful truth: Medical marijuana: Gateway drug. This story is approved by G-Man #1!

Tom Tomorrow presents another exciting adventure from the casefiles of Conservative Jones, Citizen Journalist.

Keith Knight guts up and disusses the slow-going part of the whole parenting thing. Not pretty.

Red Meat examines the ultimate question: what God really wants from us.

Good lord! The Comic Curmudgeon discovers that even Mark Trail has a marijuana story arc going! What began as a coincidence has blossomed into a full-blown conspiracy!

You can't do this to me! You just can't! You can't! The title of “Meatless Flyday” (1944) is a reference to then-current Roman Catholic practice of . . . well, you can figure it out. The punchline at the end, on the other hand, refers to something so obscure and unthinkable today that it probably merits a brief explanation: Once upon a time, our government explained where the money for wars was coming from, and asked citizens to make sacrifices to help pay for them. Another world, huh? “Meatless Flyday” was directed by Friz Freleng, story by Warner Bros stalwart Michael Maltese, animation by Jack Bradbury, and musical direction by Carl Stalling. The buffoonish spider was voiced by Cy Kendall.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman looks back on the good old days when dead whales were the worst thing likely to wash up on an Oregon beach.

Matt Bors follows the playoff series you might have missed: the Pope vs. the Nuns!

Jesse Springer looks at Oregon timber politics, Rashomon style:

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