Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday morning toons: What makes America special

Apparently none of the Las Vegas betting lines are giving odds on Obama impeachment hearings in the House – yet. That's called "restraint."

And it turns out that one of the things that makes America exceptional is that we don't have "refugees." We have "illegals." (That's if they're fleeing drug wars that US policies helped fuel; if they're here because their parents fled Cuba, then they're :heroic little symbols of the fight against International Communism.") I know I certainly feel special now.

And the US is completely capable of ignoring increasing violence spreading across the middle east for a full day because LeBron James is going to Cleveland.

And as for the definitive answer to what makes America great? It goes like this.

Today's toons were not so much selected, so much as they ran across the border while Congress was planning to sue the president, from the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence (part 1): Gary Varvel, Darrin Bell, and Dana Summers. Part 2: Schott (Netherlands) and Scott Stantis. (And speaking of harmonic toon convergence: Tejeerd Royaards, cartoon editor for the Cartoon Movement website, shares his take on copying versus coincidence when cartoons start looking an awful lot alike.)

p3 World Toon Review: Paresh (Dubai), Payam Boromand (Iran), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Ingrid Rice (Canada).

Ann Telnaes looks on as America sticks the dismount on the Olympic Selective Righteousness event!

Mark Fiore shares fun facts about drones. Because it's a drone, drone, drone, drone world.

And you thought only Wile E. Coyote had to deal with this? Here are twenty-six – count 'em! – anvil gags from Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s. Bonus points if you know what the "DSC" on Wile E's rolling trash can stands for.

If you've asked yourself how much the Sunday comics have changed in the last century – and I'm certain you have – Bart Bush's Sunday Newspaper Comics 1890-1950 has a fascinating archive.

Tom Tomorrow raises an interesting point: Will we extend the voting franchise to corporate persons in time for the 2016 election?

Keith Knight is clearly getting fed up, so to speak, with the five-man conservative bloc on the Supreme Court. His usual wry self-depricating tone is nowhere in sight today.

Tom the Dancing Bug brings you a four-part graph on the history of wealth inequality in America, starring Hollingsworth Hound and Lucky Ducky (the poor little duck who's rich in luck!).

Red Meat's Ted Johnson has house guests.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon sees two possibilities for where this week's Momma strip was headed for its joke. The good alternative would be that it's an incontinence joke. Consider yourself warned.

Comic Strip of the Day shares a couple of his small, niggling buttons.

But – but – but – but Olive! I can explain everything! Of course he can, but not before Bluto has pulled the taffy gag, the egg gag, and the baseball gag on him -- or more directly, on Olive. "All's Fair at the Fair" was directed in 1947 by Seymour Kneitel, with uncredited voice work by Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (The Slender One), and Jason Beck (Bluto the Fearless).

The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman has a multilevel piece about gateway drugs.

Allegedly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen figures weeds must have arms, because there's clearly an arms race going on out there.

Matt Bors re-examines that whole "as you do unto the least of these" business.

Jesse Springer's on vacation this week.

Test your toon captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.

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