April 25, 2010
April 22 marked four decadent decades since the declaration of Earth Day, and the cartoon footprints were everywhere. Signe Wilkinson penned a simple but sharp, small-is-beautiful sentiment. (Less is always more in cartoons; I'm green with envy.) Nate Beeler aired his anti-regulatory grievances as political fallout kept coming from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. And I pictured the anthropomorphic laments of songbirds and bees, great apes and big cats. After 40 years, we're still debating the fate of the Earth rather than doing much about it. Which means these cartoons could all be recycled for years to come.
April 18, 2010
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning went to Mark Fiore, a San Francisco freelancer and online Flash-animation pioneer. Once a first-rate ink-on-pulp guy, Fiore was shortsightedly let go from the San Jose Mercury News in 2001. Pulling a cartoon from his past shows that time marches on but the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal perversely perseveres. Also chosen as Pulitzer finalists were 1976 winner Tony Auth, who trashes his un-energetic uncle in the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and, for the second straight year, Matt Wuerker, who tackles burning economic issues for Politico.
April 4, 2010
When we're positively weary of the negative (terrorism, famine, political polarization and the inevitability of debt and taxes), cartoonists can always fool around with sexual politics, taking strange political bedfellows to task. Tom Toles whipped out a piece punishing Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele for some GOP extracurricular clubbing. I wondered if the right wing would ever get it right on gay rights. And Mike Luckovich discovered links between golf and the Vatican pedophilia scandal.
March 28, 2010
Healthcare reform cartoons hearkened back to the New Deal, the Fair Deal and, of course, Joe Biden's Big Expletive Deal. But at the epicenter of the historic and hysteric histrionics over womb-to-tomb care, once again, was abortion. Chuck Asay was stupefied as antiabortion Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) rolled over and played dead. Abortion rights advocate Signe Wilkinson took a hard line against a dysfunctional Congress and erectile dysfunction. I chose the middle ground, wondering when we will ever move beyond this most profoundly personal and divisive of do-or-die political issues.
March 21, 2010
In the cartoon cafeteria, everyone gets their just desserts, and it's usually a pie in the face. Nate Beeler sunk his not-so-sweet teeth into the pastry-chef-in-chief, as President Obama applied the pièce pièce despite all the résistance . Clay Bennett dished out an upside-down take that won't satisfy either side's appetite for blame. And Tom Toles' mint-condition mythical machine served up an out-of-this-world recipe for an unhealthy future political food fight. These guys don't sugarcoat it. Check please!
March 19, 2010 |
Colleen R. LaRose, the so-called Jihad Jane, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that she conspired with foreign terrorists to kill a Swedish cartoonist who insulted Islam. LaRose, appearing in a Philadelphia courtroom, looked nothing like the pictures of her that had been previously released. Gone was the heavy eyeliner and shock of blond hair. Gone was the black burka. Instead, the tiny 46-year-old Pennsburg, Pa., woman entered the courtroom wearing a dark green prison uniform and her hair braided in cornrows.
March 14, 2010 |
For the parents of Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, the news late Saturday that Irish police had released their daughter from custody did little to alleviate the question of how she may have become involved with suspects in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist targeted by Islamic radicals. When word of her release reached this mountain town, Paulin-Ramirez's stepfather, George Mott, said it was "both good news and bad news." Mott and his wife, Christine, said they still could not reach their daughter and feared that she and her 6-year-old son, Christian, may still be involved with radical Islamists she had followed to Ireland last year.
March 13, 2010 |
Authorities in Ireland are investigating whether a second American woman was involved in a suspected international plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist for mocking the prophet Muhammad, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. According to the Journal's online report, a 31-year-old mother from Colorado named Jamie Paulin-Ramirez was one of seven people detained in Ireland on Tuesday. Irish police said they were arrested in connection with a plot to kill cartoonist Lars Vilk because of his 2007 illustration depicting Muhammad with the body of a dog. The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it had charged a Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose, who went by the pseudonyms "Fatima LaRose" and "JihadJane," with plotting to kill a Swedish man. The department also has accused LaRose of trying to recruit fighters to commit violent attacks overseas.