Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday morning toons: What's left?

Tomorrow is the day that the congressional Republicans have chosen to crash the economy simply because their policies, such as they are, have been rejected by the American voters, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Obama administration. What's left but to start killing hostages, beginning with the 14 million people who would be able to get health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act?

Good lord – a successful and popular Big Government program? Look how badly that turned out, for Republicans, after Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and the Voting Rights act!

Today's toons were selected from the pages of at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Joel , Lee Judge, Joel Pett, Pat Bagley, Walt Handlesman , Signe Wilkinson, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis, Daryl Cagle, R.J. Matson, Dave Grandlund, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Lee Judge.

p3 Dead-on Truth Medal: Clay Bennett.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium: Adam Zyglis, Nick Anderson, Mike Luckovich, and John Darkow.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: John Cole, Bruce Plante, and Bill Day.

p3 World Toon Review: Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Paresh Nath (India), and Shahrokh Heidari (Iran).

There are two killer ironies connected to the long senate speech last week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R - of course; TX - naturally): First, he ended it not because of some Senate rule, as he pretended, but because he had to finish up in time to be on Limbaugh's show. And second, he obviously didn't understand, or didn't care that the moral of 'Green Eggs and Ham' is that you might like things you don't think you'll like.

Ann Telnaes appreciates how lucky the women of Virginia are.

Mark Fiore faces the moment when extremes call for extremes.

Tom Tomorrow locates who's to blame. You know.

Keith Knight talks about the sinister.

Tom the Dancing Bug presents the last comic about the mass shooting you'll every have to read.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson gets some advice. It's advice no one should ever have to get.

The Cartoon Curmudgeon notices a smidgen of pop culture creeping its way into a place where it really, really doesn't belong.

Comic Strip of the Day presents another Dr. Seuss homage, but not the one that's been overdone this week.

It's no use! I have to get me a wife! And there's the whole premise of “For Better or Worser,” directed in 1935 by Dave Fleischer, with animation by Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall (uncredited: voice work by Billy Costello as Popeye, Mae Questel as The Slender One, and Gus Wickie as Bluto, with musical direction by Sammy Timberg). It's like with more trees and less pretense, and Wimpy as the Justice of the Peace. Musical borrowings include “The Volga Boatman,” “Blow the Man Down,” and the Bridal Chorus from Wagner's “Lohengrin.” (Public domain is good.)

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The Big, But Could Be Bigger, Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors reminds you – if that's the word we want – of the thing we were not told about back then.

Jesse Springer has a question about the Oregon special legislative session. Me, I'd rather have the GMO slipped in than the CRC, but it's not like anyone's asking my opinion.

Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).

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