Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday morning toons: The dead hand of tradition, and other hands

Support ENDA? Bosh! We've always done things this way!

Turn a blind eye to NFL thuggery, racism, and life-threatening head injuries? Bilge! It's America's favorite sport we're talking about here!

Use the admittedly-flawed ACA to get health insurance to people who may not have had it in years, or maybe ever? Tommyrot! Overpaying for terrible coverage is as American as apple pie!

Today's toons were selected after a four-minute wait to an 800-number, from the pages of McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Lee Judge, Clay Bennett, Nate Beeler, Dave Granlund, J. D. Crowe, Signe Wilkinson, Mario Piperni, Matt Wuerker, Jen Sorenson, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best in Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Historical Continuity Medal (with Magnolia Clusters): Kevin Siers.

p3 Certificate for Harmonic Toon Convergence: Adam Zyglis and Mike Luckovich.

p3 World Toon Review: Paresh Nath (India), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Luojie (China), Olle Johansson (Sweden), and Petar Pismestrovic (Austria).

Ann Telnaes illustrates the problem: American health care is going to the dogs.

Mark Fiore looks at the latest study aid for math. (For a look at the last time kids were hoping for spy gear in their Christmas stocking, cover your ears and take a look here.)

Taiwan's Next Media Animation unveils new Swedish technology: it detects terrorist bombs by . . . well, by detecting terrorist bombs.

Tom Tomorrow reminds us: If you think your best friend is a six-feet tall invisible tippling rabbit, they'll try to put you in a sanatorium, but if you think an invisible hand regulates all economic activity and guides it toward optimal outcomes, they'll call you a Chicago-school economist.

Keith Knight watched a recent sporting event and has fears for the future.

Tom the Dancing Bug brings us the latest adventure of the poor little duck who's rich in luck. (And, again, if you want to know the origin of the term “lucky duckies,” here it is.)

Red Meat's Ted Johnson goes media friendly.

The Cartoon Curmudgeon asks the question no one else will ask: can you really believe anyone named “Jared” would be an unredeemable hardened criminal?

Comic Strip of the Day considers Woody Allen, ACA news coverage, and counting coup. What else are you going to read today with that kind of sweep? Come on.

Bloweth me down! “Pilgrim Popeye” (1951) teaches his three (yes, there are three this time) nephews that every Thanksgiving has its winners and losers, although anyone who's read A People's History of the United States already knew that. Uncredited: Directors Izzy Sparber and Seymour Kneitel, with story by Carl Meyer and Frank Mercer – and the latter handles duty as the voices of Popeye and his nephews – and the turkey. Musical director Winston Sharples frequently served as musical arranger, under the musical direction of Sammy Timberg, during the golden age Popeye animations of the '30s and '40s. Musical jokes include “Love in Bloom” and “Turkey in the Straw” during the turkey-call scene. Casually racist; don't say I didn't warn you.

The Bigger-on-the-Inside Oregon Toon Block:

There's plenty of evidence that America is full of people that are terrible at risk assessment, but I think Matt Bors is onto something here.

Jesse Springer presents this news item:
For the second time this year, voters in Curry County, Oregon, defeated a tax measure to raise their property taxes (second lowest rate in the state) to maintain their bare bones level of public safety.

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