Here are the top stories this week:
The FAA gets sequester relief that Head Start and Meals on Wheels can only dream about; Collins comes out of the closet (although he can afford to); Syria crosses the line (and apparently it can afford to as well); Gitmo will be with us forever; Bangladesh and Texas wrestle for the worst place to work in the world, and Governor Rick Perry has a sad.
Today's toons were selected from the week's pages at Cartoon Movement, GoComics, McClatchyDC.com, Time, About.com, Daryl Cagle, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Jack Ohman, Nick Anderson, Steve Breen, , Jim Morin, Steve Sack, Tom Stiglich, Chad Lowe, Kevin Siers, Mike Keefe, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show Award: Pat Bagley.
p3 Legion of Extreme Merit Award: Clay Bennett.
p3 Lambast of God Award: Lee Judge.
p3 Bracketology Award: Jack Ohman.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium: Bob Englehart.
p3 World Toon Review: Cam Cardow (Canada), Sergei Tunin (Russia), Marian Kamensky (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada),
Ann Telnaes considers the advantages of a guilded cage.
Mark Fiore reveals how Head Start, Meals on Wheels and other programs hit by the idiotic sequester can get their funding back!
Taiwan's Next Media Animation asks: Would you want your team to take Tebow?
Tom Tomorrow's Sparky and Chuckles the Sensible Woodchuck have a sensible discussion about the sensible reasons not to close GITMO.
Keith Knight has a plan that's so crazy it just might work.
Tom the Dancing Bug's Hollingsworth Hound explains the principle of shared sacrifice.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson has a plan for the monsters.
You remind me of a giraffe! That's the start of one of the oddest pick-up lines I've ever heard (although, Olive being Olive, it seems to work). “Pitching Woo at the Zoo” was directed in 1944 by Izzy Sparber, with animation by Nick Tafuri and Tom Golden, and story by Bill Turner and Jack Ward. Uncredited: musical director Sammy Timberg, Jack Mercer as Popeye, Mae Questel as Olive, and Jackson Beck as Bluto. The alligator bit is one of the strangest jeopardies Popeye's ever had to get past to save Olive. A little creepy, frankly.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors explains why background checks will never ever prevent a single, solitary gun crime. It's so obvious.
Jesse Springer notes that the Oregon House passed a bill that would make interfering with timber harvesting a crime, with punishments and economic liability far greater than existing trespassing laws:
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