That seems to be the news this weekend. Don't get me wrong. I like horses, and as a general rule they like me back. I just don't care that much for horse racing (although I don't feel as antagonistic toward it as does Ann Telnaes, with whose point I do sympathize; but American Pharoah won't go to the glue factory until every last nickel of stud fees has been gotten out of him). Horse racing just seems like a lot of bother – and a lot of money changing hands – for about two minutes worth of fuss. Imagine the Masters tournament limiting play to the first hole, and having everyone tee off at the same time. (Also, I'm bored to see horse racing joining every other sport in the cult of the obscure historical statistic.)
As for the contenders here this week, acronyms seemed to give competitors the edge: FISA, FIFA, TSA, and whatnot. And America is still looking for a peg from which to get a bead on Caitlyn Jenner. All I have to say is that she's shown more dignity in the last two weeks than in several seasons of the Family Kardashian. And we'll just leave it there.
Today's toons were selected by requiring a 12-furlong flat-out sprint (followed, naturally, by a urine test) from every artist found among 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 cartoon goodness.
p3 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Bob Gorrell, Rebecca Hendin, Steve Kelley, Rob Rogers, Scott Stantis, Lalo Alcaraz, Tom Toles, Lisa Benson, Steve Breen, Patrick Bagley, Eric Allie, Milt Priggee, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.
p3 Best of Show: Darrin Bell.
p3 Legion of Merit: Ted Rall.
p3 Croix de Guerre: Jeff Danziger.
p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Clay Bennett and Jack Ohman (Honorable mention: Nick Anderson).
p3 "See? It's Working!" Award: Jim Morin.
p3 World Toon Review: Brian Gable (Canada), Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Ingrid Rice (Canada), and Ares (Cuba).
Ann Telnaes observes that a good memory is unpardonable in American politics.
Mark Fiore says John McCain knows who created ISIS – and the answer, as they say on all that clickbait crap on your Facebook feed, will surprise you!
Tom Tomorrow notes that cockroaches aren't the only ones who scatter when the lights come on. Well, depending on how you look at it, yes, maybe they are after all.
Keith Knight reveals the secret origins of the first blockbuster of the summer.
Reuben Bolling gives the incessant commercializing of the Marvel Universe the treatment it deserves. Either that, or he has family issues I was unaware of.
Either Red Meat is on haitus this week, or something dreadful, and probably completely in keeping with the tenor of the strip, has happened to artist Max Cannon. Here: go browse the archives and hope for the best.
The Comic Strip Curmudgeon tells you what you missed in last Sunday's Dagwood. Quite lot, apparently.
Comic Strip of the Day shares his justified irritation with a problem I had never encountered until, as it turns out, I began following cartoonists on Facebook. And it was, indeed, a string of attractive women with whom I shared exactly one FB "friend" who tipped me to the problem.
What a swell looking horse! He must be Seabiscuit! "Her Honor, The Mare" was directed by Izzy Sparber in 1943 from a story co-written by Jack Mercer, who also voiced Popeye and his nephews (of whom there are four this time). Seabiscuit was the Triple Crown winner in 1937; his grandsire was Man o' War, about whom Elliot Gould as Trapper John Macintyre made a rude joke in the film "M*A*S*H."
The Big, And Getting Bigger Since We Welcomed Back The Departed, Oregon Toon Block:
Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman goes where the real surveillance action was this week.
Very Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen touches one of my buttons. As a bicyclist, I would feel a little worse about these people taking themselves out of the gene pool if the other option weren't taking me out instead.
Matt Bors takes the whole "walk a mile in my shoes" thing to the next level.
Jesse Springer appears to be on a break, too. Is "cartooning in June" the new "therapy in August?"
Test your toon captioning Force at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.) And you can browse The New Yorker's cartoon gallery here.
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.