Why so Serious?

Does anyone remember this?

Or this?

Or this?

Because the LA Weekly has wrapped itself around the axle over this: Seems like a trend in political satire to me. I don’t see how one of these posters is more unacceptable than the others. But this one is my favorite:

It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message.
–The Joker, in the movie The Dark Knight