Sporting the needlessly transplanted heart that he never uses anyway (talk about government waste, fraud, and abuse!), the Evil Old Bastard is back this week, seizing the opportunity provided by renewed fighting in norther Iraq that's about to suck the US in – yet again – to combat in that benighted land. It's not an opportunity to vindicate himself, of course, since he never considered the 2003 Iraq invasion a mistake, and certainly not a criminal act that he and his cohort lied this country into. No, it's more like a chance for him to scold America – and particularly its current president – for not following his advice all along by settling in for permanent war, eternal occupation, and limitless revenue streams for military suppliers.
(I figure there's plenty of time in the coming weeks to cover the culture of violence in the NFL. That story's not going anywhere. Same with new Apple products. They're evergreens, I'm afraid.)
Today's toons were selected from politically-driven intelligence reports stovepiped directly to the White House out of the week's offerings at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons, About.com, and other fine sources of toony goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Jeff Danziger, Tim Eagan, Clay Jones, Ben Sargent, Eric Lewis, John Darkow, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.
p3 Legion of Merit: Signe Wilkinson.
p3 World Toon Review: Paresh Nath (India), Peter Schrank (UK), Gianfranco Uber (Italy), and Terry Mosher (Canada).
Ann Telnaes presents The Return of the Evil Old Bastard.
Mark Fiore welcomes something new that no one seemed to need. Can you guess what it is?
Tom Tomorrow watches the crew of the USS Enterprise seek out new life, and new civilizations.
Keith Knight brings good news from the NFL Cult of Violence.
Tom the Dancing Bug has a special message of welcome for some very special folks.
Red Meat's Ted Johnson knows what he likes.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon has convinced me that Dennis the Menace is a lot more menacing than I fully understood.
Comic Strip of the Day reviews a pattern of dismal failures. (Turns out that Mike Luckovich, who's one of my favorites as a rule, not only has milked this pattern to death, as it were, he's even collected them as a slide show at his AJC site. A print of one of his earlier examples (slide #14) actually made its modest way into the estate of my brother-in-law who was a big Dale Earnhardt fan. I always liked it – I thought the rendering of Ol' Number 3's deadpan was pretty funny – but then I hadn't seen the rest of them at that point.)
Weekly animation: As long as we're reviewing the history of confused theology surrounding the whole Pearly Gates thing, let's take a look at "Heavenly Puss," directed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera for MGM in 1949. It has a couple of surprisingly dark moments (not counting Tom's near-death, I suppose) for a Hanna-Barbera piece: Tom's uneasy look back at his own lifeless body, and those kittens. But on the upside, the afterlife apparently has urban mass transit. Uncredited voice work by Daws Butler as the conductor, and Billy Bletcher as the devil-dog.
For reasons we've gone into before, you can watch "Heavenly Puss" at Seek Cartoon.
The p3 Sunday Comics Read-Along: Pearls Before Swine, Doonesbury, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Adam @ Home, Mutts, Over the Hedge, Get Fuzzy, Prince Valiant, Blondie, Bizarro, Mother Goose & Grimm, Rose is Rose, Luann, Hagar the Horrible, Pickles, Rubes, Grand Avenue, Freshly Squeezed, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, and Jumble.
The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Bent the Rules and Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman provides a brief nature tour.
Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen has some suggestions for Tim Cook.
Matt Bors wonders why women aren't more grateful. Really.
Jesse Springer has a story problem – remember those?