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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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The Week That Was...In Political Cartoons

Our Dear Leader barely took a moment to recover from his unproductive visit by China’s Dear Leader Hu—the clear point of which was summed up perfectly by Dana Summers:

Instead Leader Obama proceeded headlong into giving his annual address on how to ensure the bankruptcy and collapse of the Union.

As cries across the media and left-wing blogosphere laughably, discreditedly continued to call out for a New Tone in the political discourse:

(Chuck Asay at Townhall)

Congress got the brilliant bipartisan idea to hold a State of the Union Prom Night Charade:

(Chip Bok at Townhall)

Photo Angle #2:

(Michael Ramirez at National Review)

Two words summed up the State of the Union address. (Well, three, but I could find no political cartoon about salmon.) One, “investment”:

(Mike Lester at Townhall)

And two, Sputnik:

(Nate Beeler at Townhall)

So the American people were left with this:

(Steve Kelley at Townhall)

While the media cheered and began using “Obama” and “Reaganesque” in the same sickening sentence:

(Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

And so the US Congress rolls us blithely along into the future we so richly deserve:

(Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And Obama plays golf while Tunsia falls and Egypt burns:

(Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

Or for a closeup view, check these excellent Egyptian toons by Sherif Arafa, and introduced to a US audience by Daryl Cagle’s superb political cartoon blog.

On the bright side, MSNBC now has one less ranter, as Keith Olbermann bid a curt adieu to his viewers and staff and launched his FOKnewschannel on Twitter. What a winner that guy is!

(Brian Fairrington at Townhall)

And that’s the way it was. Better luck this week, America.

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The Week in Political Cartoons

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, the left and their media pals have resumed their high-pitched calls for gun control.  Legislation has been proposed in Congress making it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of any federal official. Note: I’ve heard there are… well, an impossibly large number (between 100,000 and 2 million) of “federal officials.” Would anyone ever be not within 1,000 feet of one of them? How would you ever know for sure?

(via Brian Farrington at Townhall)

In the meantime, the media and left-wingers tried to push the mantra of “New Tone,” insisting that the Tucson massacre was the result of civil incivility, even though there is clear evidence that assassin Jared Lee Loughner had long been off his rocker and was influenced by the incivility in his own head, not by anything some pundit or politician said.

(via Michael Ramirez at Townhall)

Yet, the most long-running legalized massacre in history crossed its 38th anniversary:

(via Gary Varvel at Townhall)

Or perhaps this cartoon better celebrates the spirit of Roe v. Wade:

(via Gary McCoy at Townhall)

In other major events, one of our major creditors came to visit their investment and to have us whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

(via Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

Legislators actually began contemplating crafting bankruptcy laws for states, as California appears ready to lead a number of them off the cliff. For the taxpayers, bankruptcy definitely makes the pain swift yet short. With bailouts, the pain and financial mismanagement will drag on for years, generations even, unless the dire problem with public union pensions is addressed.

(via Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

And the national debt bore down on us all as we neared our debt ceiling.

(via Jerry Holbert at Townhall)

Yet, in a positive move, the GOP-dominated House voted to repeal ObamaCare, with more votes and more bipartisanship than the original passage of the monster had.

(via Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And finally, in a sure sign that the stars are currently aligned against us, experts announced that the true dates of each astrological sign have been woefully inaccurate for decades, centuries even.

(via Steve Kelley at Townhall)

Th-th-that’s all folks.


Two-Tweet Twinterview #1: @jayrosen_nyu on Jon Stewart Rally

This week, the Prudence Paine Papers kicks off a new series: the Twinterview. We’ll be talking with news makers and news reporters. The four-question interviews will be short and sweet—complete in just two tweets.

Our first (accidental) interview was with Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at NYU and director of its Studio 20 program. His personal website is

On October 23, Rosen tweeted about Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and a request that had been made of him:

Weirdly, a powerful op-ed editor asked me to do a piece begging Jon Stewart to call off his rally as a mistake. I said no.

That peaked my interest. I tweeted him back:


He replied:

Why, @PruPaine? Do you mean: Why would such an editor ask me to write a piece asksing Stewart to call it off? Or why did I say no? Or…

Exactly! Yes. And thus the “4 questions in 140 characters/4 answers in 140 characters” Twitter interview (Twinterview) was born.

Here we go:

Twinterview #1 Questions: @JayRosen_NYU

Four Questions for @JayRosen_NYU

Twinterview #1 Answers: @JayRosen_NYU

Four Answers from @JayRosen_NYU

We will find out today whether it was contrarianism or wise advice.

Thanks to Professor Rosen for participating in this Q & A.