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Bully Pulpit

Double-dog dare

Cartoonist Don Asmussen has perfectly captured the tone of our current political discourse:

(Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

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Final Visit

The Joy of Tech has summarized how a lot of us feel about the end of the Space Shuttle.

Space Shuttle's Final Visit to the International Space Station

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Thurber Speaks

The great American humorist, James Thurber, grew up right here in Columbus, Ohio. He became famous for his stories and cartoons published in The New Yorker.

I’ve read a lot of Thurber stories, and seen a lot of his cartoons, but until now, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the sound of his voice. Here he explains the origin of one of his more baffling cartoons to Alastair Cooke:

(Via New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.)

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Playing the Odds

Gingrich Team Quits, Signs with KhadafyWhy did Newt Gingrich’s entire campaign staff suddenly quit? Cartoonist Don Asmussen may have the answer.

Nobody wants to live entirely without hope, you know…

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How to Fight Terrorists

Uncle SamTom Tomorrow brings back a comic strip from 2001, to remind us how Americans fight fundamentalist terrorists.

More retro-funnies here and here.

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The Peril of Positive Thinking

Here’s a challenge: how do you make a thoughtful person talking for ten minutes interesting? Here’s one approach.

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After the Revolution

After the revolution, Washington burnsA few weeks ago, Cartoonist Ruben Bolling looked at one kind of government shutdown.

Those unintended consequences can be surprising, sometimes.

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Passing Some Buck

The beast has a high type of courage -- he isn't afraid to do things he's afraid to do.In an early 1930s story in the Buck Rogers comic strip, Buck goes to Jupiter and befriends a tribe of giant wolves who live there. (Comic strip readers of the thirties must have been really good at suspending disbelief.)

The comic strip is interesting, if you’re a student of the early history of adventure comic strips or popular science fiction. If you’re looking for good art, intriguing plots, or engaging characters, you may be disappointed.

Nevertheless, here’s a pretty decent description of courage:

He isn’t afraid to do things he’s afraid to do!

It’s not courage if you’re not afraid.

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Crazy Up To Our Eyeballs

Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow mines a rich vein of pure American Crazy to bring us 2010: The Year in Crazy.

Second Amendment Remedies and Unlimited Corporate Money

There’s too much for just one cartoon, so there’s a part two, also.

No-Mortgage Foreclosures and Anti-Sharia Laws

(You can click the images to see the complete cartoons.)

With so much Crazy these days, he’s done a whole book titled Too Much Crazy, a collection of his weekly cartoons. I like Tom Tomorrow. If you don’t, reading this book may make you crazy.

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Signs

Democrat carrying an equality signCartoonist Clay Bennett illustrates what divides Democrats and Republicans. (Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

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You Are Going to Sleeeep…

Hypnotist: You know nothing. You remember nothing...Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant shows us the Republican election strategy for 2010. (Click on the image to see the whole cartoon.)

I agree with the little guy in the corner: try to snap out of it!

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Legal Reasoning Means More Cooties

Judge rules eeeeew factor not enough to ban kissingWhat will those darned activist judges say next? Cartoonist Don Asmussen may have the scoop. Some observers predict a massive cootie outbreak.

(Click on the image to see the entire cartoon.)

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The 24 Types of Libertarian

No fair oversimplifying our simplistic philosophyThis is new (to me, anyway): Cartoonist Barry Deutsch shows us the 24 Types of Libertarian. Maybe you recognize some of them? (Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

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Libertarians Make Bad Lifeguards

Libertarian LifeguardCartoonist Clay Bennett says libertarians make bad lifeguards. Click the image to see the full cartoon.

In other cartoons, he examines the Republican sympathy for Bluto and asks, “Do you still want a government that’s run like a business?

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Religion and Politics

I'm voting for him because he's a strong religious figureThe web comic Medium Large suggests you should be careful when it comes to voting your religion.

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