The NSA can gather information about who you call, when, and from where – but Congress made that legal years ago. (In fact, you're not even allowed to ask if they're doing it to you.)
Law enforcement can take a DNA swab from you without a warrant (and the Supreme Court says that's just fine).
And let's don't even get started about PRISM, which allegedly can access foreigners' user data from Microsoft, Google, AOL, and such places (although the government promises it won't be used on Americans and all these companies strenuously deny it anyway – including the message AOL sent to its eleven remaining users).
President Obama is turning out to be a constitutional scholar in much the same way that Jason Voorhees was an expert on safe teen summer camping.
Today's toons were selected – oh hell, it doesn't matter, the government already knows which cartoons I picked and why – 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, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Lee Judge, Jim Morin, Gary Varvel, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.
p3 Legion of Honor: Eric Allie.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Nate Beeler.
p3 World Toon Review: Martin Sutovec (Slovakia), Terry Mosher (Canada), and Paolo Lombardi (Italy).
Ann Telnaesmakes you wonder about the difference between zero tolerance and intolerance. Be sure to watch it to the very, very end!
Mark Fiore asks a reasonable question: If we're going to treat corporations as people, why not treat people like corporations?
Taiwan's Next Media Animation has important news for linguists.
Tom Tomorrow worries: Is it time to have “that talk?”
Keith Knight begins recovering.
Tom the Dancing Bug shares a helpful message.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl shares an important structural engineering tip.
Dog pile on the rabbit! Okay, so Bugs Bunny didn't arrive here by rocket ship from a doomed planet. But “A Hare Grows in Manhattan,” directed by Fritz Freleng in 1947, tells the beginnings of the Oscar-winning rabbit's career. (Story by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce, musical direction by Carl Stalling, and voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc as Bugs and voice legend Bea Benaderet as Lola Beverly.) The recurring musical theme is “She's the Daughter of Rosie O'Grady,” which Warner Bros. built a movie around three years later.
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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors questions our forefathers' foresight.
Jesse Springer brings us the latest horror story: undead creature walking Oregon's fields by night (and day):
Test your toon-captioning magic at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)