Republicans in Congress are now less popular than head lice (seriously; you can look it up), but there's little chance of them backing off on the government shutdown or the debt ceiling vote – to say nothing of the sequester which is worse than Paul Ryan's proposed granny-starving budget. That's only because they don't know what they want; they only know what they don't want: Anything that Obama wants.
We can only hope that Obama will resist his compulsion to throw them Social Security and Medicare cuts as a face-saver, or that the Tea Party Republicans are so reflexively opposed to anything Obama suggests that they will once again refuse to deal.
Which isn't much to hope for. Sequester and shutdown are becoming the new normal.
Today's toons were drawn, so to speak, from the pages of at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, and other fine sources.
p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Lee Judge, Patrick Oliphant, J. D. Crowe, Clay Bennett, John Darkow, Signe Wilkenson, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Nick Anderson.
p3 Legion of Merit: Lee Judge.
p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Randy Bish.
p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence: John Cole and Nate Beeler.
p3 “Any Given Sunday” Medal: Milt Priggee.
p3 World Toon Review: Ingrid Rice (Canada), Paresh Nath (India), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Tom Janssen (The Netherlands), and Terry Mosher (Canada).
Syrian political cartoonist Akram Aslan was executed by the Assad regime following a secret trial. Aslan was the 2013 recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International, Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. p3 may also remember the treatment by Assad of , a Syrian cartoonist who was beaten – specifically including his hands – for his anti-government activities.
Ann Telnaes introduces the vegetable motive to Boener's latest song and dance.
Mark Fiore invites us to follow Captain Cruz and his intrepid crew as they boldly go where no politician has gone before – at least since about 1840 - 1860. (And, for what it's worth, I don't think it's Boehner's head that Cruz has in a jar.)
Taiwan's Next Media Animation brings us Breaking Bad: The Early Years.
Tom Tomorrow sympathizes, kinda-sorta, with congressional Republicans. After all, what other choice did they have?
Keith Knight points out what every parent already knows.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents another installment in The Education of Louis. This week: Louis has a breakthrough.
Red Meat's currently unavailable. As soon as it's back, you'll have it here. Meanwhile, Please stand by.
The Cartoon Curmudgeon happens on the first Hi and Lois he can remember laughing at unironically in months. Well, why are you still staring at this screen? Go on! Go! We'll be here when you get back.
Comic Strip of the Day dwells on the problem that there seem to be a lot of people out there who lack the gene for recognizing when they are being exploited by people who tell them they are being exploited.
Make every Tom, and Dick, and Otto obey our golden motto! This odd little story features Olive's seldom-chronicled career as a progressive reformer during the Depression. “Brotherly Love” was directed in 1936 by Dave Fleischer, with animation by Seymour Kneitel and Roland Crandall. (Uncredited: Jack Mercer as Popeye, Mae Questel as The Slender One, and Gus Wickie as the member of the Gas House Boys who gives Popeye his pre-spinach beatdown, and probably as the airborne Clarence, plus musical direction by Sammy Timberg, who also wrote the Brotherly Love march, the music from which appeared several times in pre-WWII Popeye shorts.)
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The Big, But Not Big Enough, Not Yet Anyway, Oregon Toon Block:
Matt Bors has a list, and the only thing worse than being on it is not being on it. (Nickelback? Seriously?)
Jesse Springer presents Captain Kitz and the Doomsday Machine. I'm pretty sure I remember two things: (1) William Windom guest-starred in the original episode, and (2) it ended badly for many people.
Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).