No one seems to know. Certainly not the members of Congress, who ducked their Article 1 Section 8 duties and hours thereafter ducked out of town.
Today's toons were selected from 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, John Deering, Tim Eagan, Clay Jones, Jim Morin, Ted Rall, Scott Stantis, Signe Wilkinson, Nick Anderson, R. J. Matson, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.
p3 Celebrate Freedom to Read Award: Clay Bennett.
p3 "He's Gonna Get Letters About This" Award: Chris Britt.
p3 World Toon Review: Kevin Kallaugher (England), Tom Trouw (Netherlands), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), and Moshen Izadi (Iran).
Ann Telnaes salutes Eric Bolling.
Mark Fiore wishes he could get more fired up, so to speak.
Tom Tomorrow celebrates the Circle of Life, although it's more of a spiral, and it doesn't have much to do with "life." . . .
Keith Knight meets a helpful reader.
Tom the Dancing Bug presents the return of Lucky Ducky (the poor little duck who's rich in luck) in "Enemy of the State!"
Red Meat's Ted Johnson learns to adjust – with a little help from Mr. Bix.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon contemplates a horrifying dreamscape of infantilized scat humor.
Comic Strip of the Day reports on "the coolest cartoon event I've been to and maybe also the coolest school event I've seen." Also, a refresher on the vocabulary of comics.
I didn't want to get out of my contract, Leon – I was only foolin'! Filled with plot points and images that would resurface in Robert Zimeckis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" 48 years later, "You Ought To Be In Pictures" landed at #34 on the list of the 50 Best Cartoons. Mixing live action and animation, it was directed in 1940 by Friz Freleng, with uncredited voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc. Musical director Carl Stalling did the great arrangement of the title song that opens to story (it had been a hit for Rudee Valley in 1934). Keep an eye out for several members of the Warner Bros animation staff who appear in cameos. There's a 1995 computer colorized version of YOTBIP, but you know how we feel about that sort of thing here at p3.
You can watch "You Ought To Be In Pictures" at the TCM fan site.
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 Threw Out The Rulebook And Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman captures an awkward moment at the White House.
Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen returns to the concept of "too big to fail."
Matt Bors showcases his fantasy football league team. So that's why they call it "fantasy."
Jesse Springer contemplates doing the people's bidness in Oregon.