And other moments that make you wonder if the American version of exceptionalism is such a hot deal after all.
We have an exceptional number of mass shootings. (Obama has given more speeches in response to shootings than he's given State of the Union addresses. Think about that.)
We are exceptionally unable to do the slightest thing to prevent this, although some people think the solution has to do with video games.
Our farmers produce an exceptional bounty, which we apparently don't want to share with poor people in our country.
We have an exceptional form of government, which breaks down like a Yugo when one of the only two political parties we're allowed to have goes off the rails.
And one of those two political parties I mentioned, the one that doesn't want to share food to poor people? They also don't want 30 million Americans to have health insurance – not if it means that the current president might get any credit for it, in any way, ever. I'd say that's pretty exceptional, too.
Todays toons were downloaded after standing in line outside an Apple Store for three days, from the pages of at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Lee Judge, Rick McKee, John Cole, Adam Zyglis, Steve Sack, Chris Weyant, Randy Bish, John Darkow, Barry Deutsch, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Joel Pett.
p3 Legion of Merit: Nick Anderson.
p3 Certificate for Textual Exigesis Pat Bagley.
p3 “A Well-Regulated Coffeeshop, Being Necessary to the Security of a Free Neighborhood” Medal: R. J. Matson.
p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Enrico Bertuccioli (Italy), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).
Ann Telnaes notes that the Navy Yard shooter wasn't the only one acting on the voices in his head this week.
Mark Fiore draws an unusual comparison. And it comes with its own spoiler alert!
Taiwan's Next Media Animation .
Tom Tomorrow has the news: No tentacles on the ground!
Keith Knight considers the lesser of two evils – which is, of course, still really evil.
Tom the Dancing Bug introduces the greatest crusading journalist of all time: Scoop Putin! Although I have to say that I admire how he chooses the topic for his next column.
Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl's girlfriend is hopping mad at him.
Comic Strip of the Day talks about God on Saturday.
”I'll save ya, Olive!” Why would two different fire companies share the same station? What happened to Company A and Company B? What self-destructive impulse would drive the fire actually to report itself to the fire stations? These are just three of the many questions raised by “The Two-Alarm Fire,” directed by Dave Fleischer in 1934, with animation by Willard Bowsky and Nicholas Tafuri. (Uncredited: Billy Costello as Popeye, William Pennell as Bluto, and Mae Questel as Olive, plus musical direction by Sammy Timberg – listen for bits of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2, and both of Popeye's theme songs – “I'm Popeye the Sailor Man” and “Strike Up the Band” – at the spinach scene, and “The Streets of Cairo” as Bluto climbs the ladder. I also recognize the music from the dueling firehose scene, but I can't name it. Timberg must have liked the “Streets of Cairo” gag – he used it again in 1936.) Watch at the 4:00-mark as Olive's Dustin Hoffman-like perfectionism drove her to give two different readings of “Save me!”
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The Not-As-Big-As-I'd-Like-But-Still-Pretty-Darned-Good Big Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors salutes those were islamist before islamist was cool.
Jesse Springer shares a news item” The timber bill being promoted by Republicans (and Peter Defazio) in the U.S. House (which would significantly expand logging on federal lands in Oregon and around the country) received a veto threat from the Obama administration.
(Springer clarified in an email: That's the Faz inside the machine. Just so you know)
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