Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday morning toons: The departure of the other Weeping Yellow Man

The title refers to the one who'll have to wait a full year on the five-figure lecture circuit before becoming a high-paid lobbyist now that he's quit his job as totally ineffectual and utterly morally and ethically compromised Speaker of the House, before he was finally driven out by the extremists on whose humped backs he rode to power back in the day, after managing to fulfill his life-long dream of standing next to the Pope, little realizing that a big part of the Pope's job description is standing next to thieves, whores, and usurers.

Not to this one, who'll at least still have a job at the end of October. (Betcha Boehner wishes he had his own "Treehouse of Terror" series. But perhaps he does.)


Because Weeping Yellow Men are like the Highlander: In the end, there can only be one.

To make the cut this week, you had to do more than say the Pope seems like a nice guy, or quote Yogi Berra.

But we're not too proud around here to include anything that ridicules Scott Walker's God-ordained withdrawal from the 2016 race, or anything that imagines the top brass of Volkswagen spending time in the slammer, or anything that mentions what a moral leper the Tom Cruise wannabe who legally ratcheted up the price of an HIV drug by 5000% because, well . . . he could . . . is, and what a poster child he is for the kind sociopathic capitalism that that nice Pope fellow seemed to be taking exception to.

Today's toons were selected by the invisible hand of the free market 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 Picks of the week: Mike Luckovich, Tom Toles, Gary Varvel, Dan Wasserman, Signe Wilkinson, Lalo Alcarez, Phil Hands, Kevin Kallaugher, Chan Lowe, David Fitzsimmons, Jeff Koterba, and Matt Wuerker. and Monte "Birthday Boy" Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Scott Stantis.

p3 Legion of Merit: Joel Pett.

p3 Rube Goldberg Award (Soft Bigotry division): Darrin Bell.

Conservi-splaining capitalism and science to the Jesuit fellow who has a Master's in chemistry: Rob Rogers, Drew Sheneman,

Ann Telnaes celebrates the bloody irony of a Saudi Arabian official installed as the new head of the UN Human Rights Coalition. Yes, that Saudi Arabia: you know – our partners in peace.

Mark Fiore reaches his limits, beatification-wise.

Tom Tomorrow starts with bad hair as metaphor, and ends up in the worst place imaginable.

Keith Knight looks at the view from Hollywood. Is it true? Would anything at all change if it weren't?

Reuben Bolling gives you step-by-step instructions, including writing your lawyer's number on your arm (above the grease line, of course).

Red Meat's Bug-Eyed Earl is prepared for the worst.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon wrestles with the same problem that many media critics face: Animal effluvia.

Comic Strip of the Day reviews colors that weren't in the 64-crayon Crayola box, dog crack, and the integrity of Sesame Street.

You No Like It, I'm-a Takin' It Back! Charlie Dog famously (well, famously to me and a couple of my friends) sang "Atsa Matta For You" in the 1951 Chuck Jones short "A Hound For Trouble," but I'd almost forgotten that the song reappeared six years later in "Bedeviled Rabbit," drected by Robert McKimson (taking a break from his Foghorn Leghorn bits) from a story by Tedd Pierce, with all voices by Portland's Own Mel Blanc and musical direction by Milt Franklyn (who for years was second banana to Carl Stalling of the p3 pantheon of gods. Watch "Bedeviled Rabbit" at DailyMotion.

The Value-Sized Oregon Toon Block:

Ex-Oregonian Jack Ohman gets his Leslie Gore on.

Maybe, Possibly Ex-Oregonian Jen Sorensen reviews what feminists can learn from Carly Fiorino. Astonishly, it takes four panels. But it's ridicule, so perhaps it's not surprising. If it was serious, it wouldn't take any panels at all.

Matt Bors catalogues what's missing from the GOP presidential primary field.

Jesse Springer questions Oregon's priorities. And why not?

Test your toon captioning kung fu 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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