It's Thanksgiving. Maybe you heard?
Much like noted bus enthusiast John Madden's signature dish "Turducken," (a chicken jammed into a duck jammed into a turkey, making it one of the few holiday traditions fashioned using only one's fist), political cartoons hinge on novel combinations of seemingly disparate elements. I hope I'm not blowing your mind, here.
Turducken arose from modern man's glut of idle time, utter domination of domesticated poultry and fowl and the rejection of old-world notions like "shame" and "decency" in the second half of the 20th century. Political cartoons, frequently functioning on metaphor, employ abstraction in order to sharpen specificity, in an attempt to bring about a return of old-world notions like "shame" and "decency," or at least point out their absence.
Y'know, I think as a nice holiday treat, I'll rein in the high-minded deconstructions and turkey-fisted metaphors this week and just let you enjoy a cornucopia of Pat Oliphant's drawings of turkeys from the last 30 years. Thanks, Pat.
(Clicking on any of these will deliver a bounty of higher-res versions unto another tab-- a tradition dating back to the pilgrims)
As a bonus, here's a veritable chow line of delicious Oliphant cuts to scoop onto your plate: there are assorted highlights here and here, a post about how he likely popularized the term "snail mail" here, and one of my interminable high-minded deconstructions of the medium alongside some of his best stuff here. Oh, also, he's totally still informing turkeys specifically how jive he considers them on a regular basis right here. Eat up!