TOD Toon Time












Did this from an airport after 4 gimlets as a toast to LL’s b’day.

Have a happy weekend.


77 Responses to “TOD Toon Time”

  1. 3 nathkatun7
    July 20, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Good morning AMK, Great toons!

  2. 4 nathkatun7
    July 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

    AMK, Sorry, It must be evening/night in your part of the world. Where are you flying to now?

    • July 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

      He is such a show off, globe-trotting all over the place. Makes some of us jealous… 😆 😆

      • 6 nathkatun7
        July 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

        Yes Indeed! He is probably off to Kenya or South Africa. Zizi, I really loved, and greatly appreciated, your powerful post yesterday.

        • July 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

          Thank you so much. As I said to someone, I had been grappling with it since the verdict cuz I didn’t want to write it out of anger. Then when I finally sat down to finish up, I went off the news/Twitter grid, and missed Pres Obama’s remarks live. Drat! Thanks to Chips I saw the video and included some in my piece.

  3. July 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Morning everyone. Cartoons filled with dark humour reveal a stark reality. A picture is worth a thousand words. Safe flight amk!

  4. 9 nathkatun7
    July 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I didn’t sleep very well last night so I am up early. Whenever I can’t sleep I pick up Eduardo Galeano’s beautiful book, “MIRRORS: Stories Of Almost Every One.” With all that’s happened since last Saturday, I thought I would share one of his opening story that affirms the existence of one human race and debunks the false concept of race. It’s titled “A FEAST ON FOOT.”

    Adam and Eve were black?
    The human adventure in the world began in Africa. From there, our
    ancestors set out to conquer the planet. Many paths led them to many
    destinies, and the sun took care of handing out colors from the palette.
    Now the rainbow of the earth is more colorful than the rainbow of
    the sky. But we are all emigrants from Africa. Even the whites of whites
    come from Africa.
    May be we refuse to acknowledge our common origins because
    racism causes amnesia, or because we find it unbelievable that in
    those days long past the entire world was our kingdom, an immense
    map without borders, and our legs were the only passport required.

    Galeano’s book, “MIRRORS” is a gem for all who love good stories.

    • July 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Niceeeeeeeee and GM nath

      • 11 nathkatun7
        July 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

        GM, Prettyfoot. I love this book: Here are the opening lines that grabbed me when I first picked up the book while browsing at a book store:

        Mirrors are filled with people.
        The Invisible see us
        The forgotten recall us.
        When we see ourselves, we see them.
        When we turn away, do they?

    • July 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Nath, I do believe that “racism” is a misnomer. There is only one race – the human race. Saying that there are different races makes our differences seem immutable. POC remain “the other” forever. I was very fortunate very early in my career to be part of an in service Unlearning Racism workshop by the late Ricky Sherover-Marcuse. She claimed that racism is not learned and racist attitudes are not acquired through a ‘learning’ process but rather racist “thinking” represents a disturbance of the learning process.

      • 13 nathkatun7
        July 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

        ” I do believe that “racism” is a misnomer.”

        Meta. I agree! Science has pretty much debunked the concept of race. Basically there is only one race -the human race -with infinite varieties.

        In context of history and society, however, the concept of race is, sadly, very real. Over time, racism- much more accurately the doctrine of white superiority and black inferiority- evolved into a belief system that is as powerful as belief in any religion.

  5. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    July 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

    GM TOD as I prepare to go to the J4TM vigil this morning I am reflecting on the speech that PBO gave yesterday. I so love this man’s heart. I wonder if we really understand the mental strength it took for him to speak from the heart the way he did yesterday? I don’t care what anyone says this man will go down in history as the greatest President of all times.

    Because of that speech, as I walk to this vigil today I’ll have a little of that “obama swagga” in my step knowing that he has revealed to the whole world that he shares my pain and has my back. My head will be a little higher, my strides will have the confidence of knowing that Trayvon’s death will not have been in vain. It may not happen tomorrow and we may go through more hurt and pain before it is achieved but somewhere right over the horizon is that more perfect union we all in search of – God Bless Trayvon Martin’s Family.

    Have a great productive O’Day Everyone!


    • 16 nathkatun7
      July 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Beautiful words, Donna! You are such an inspiration to me, and I am sure to all the people you interact with. Like you, I think we elected an exceptional human being as President Of the United States. Thanks for all you do. And have a blessed day!

    • July 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Beautifully spoken

    • July 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thank you for your words and your actions today, Donna.

      President Obama’s speech affected me deeply. It was both what he said and how he said it. He conveyed both resolve and vulnerability. You could hear and FEEL the pain he has endured and the strength he has derived from the way he has dealt with so much discrimination and hatred, the extraordinary human being he has become. You could feel his heart reaching out to express his determination to carry on doing the good work his destiny has designed. He is a tower of strength and compassion for me and so many other.

      The response from Trayvon Martin’s parents was so eloquent and so humanly divine, I just am both saddened and humbled by their strength.

      As we all go about our business today among the ordinary and the courageous, whether in our homes or in our streets, please lift our POTUS up in your thoughts. Please hope for peace for Trayvon and his incredible family. NORTH STAR.

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

      GM! Exaggerate that ‘obama swagga’ a teeny-weeny little bit more for me DD, as I can’t be there. God be with you all as you walk, and may all who participate be unified in purpose, in love and in grace so that nothing will mar the message being sent. {I would guess you are all in motion even as I type this – my thoughts be with you!}

    • 21 arkluvspbo
      July 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Beautifully said, Donna!

  6. 22 Linda
    July 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Ugh !

    Bob Herbert just said PBO was ” pressured ” into commenting.

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  9. July 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    But there are also many of us still sleeping. So let Trayvon Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer be a wake-up call. Let it be a spur to stop reacting and start pro-acting. Let it be a goad to become better informed. Let it be a reminder to organize. Let it be a reason to send a check to the NAACP. Let it be an incentive to join the social justice ministry at church. Let it be cause to write your Congressperson. Let it be an impetus to teach and nurture your kids.

    Most of all, let it be an alarm clock, ringing in the darkness of a new morning, calling conscience to account. Do not waste this moment. The time for sleeping is done.

  10. July 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I hope George Zimmerman felt like absolute shit after he heard Obama’s comments yesterday. I also hope the jurors learned something. ESPECIALLY juror B37!!

    • 43 africa
      July 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Hey GoB. How are Ya? I think the murderer is living in his own private hell, whether he wants to admit it or not. Yeah, those momma jurors have lots to think about. As for momma JB37, she probably thinks PBO should be arrested for talking about this case involving her best bud, AKA, Trayvon murderer.

      • July 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

        Hey africa. I’m doing well.

        I certainly hope the murderer is living in a private hell. I wonder if MSM will have JB37 on to comment on PBO’s comments? She did say she was done with being in the spotlight tho.

        • 45 99ts
          July 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

          She was expecting accolades for finding Zimmerman not guilty. Got somewhat of a surprise about that. She also wasn’t expecting the questions as to how come she had this book organized so very quickly. Some folks who think they are intelligent – show their stupid to the world.

          So glad you are doing well. 🙂

          • 46 africa
            July 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

            Yep. A funny thing happened on her way to fame on fortune in her quest to capitalize on the death of Trayvon Martin. Reality bites.

            • 47 arkluvspbo
              July 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

              A lot like Snowed-in…thought he could be labeled a hero, and now he just looks weak and silly.

        • 48 africa
          July 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

          we will see. People like her can’t resist. She was hoping to capitalize of this. Reality bites.

  11. 49 africa
    July 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good morning everyone. Hubby is in the hospital again. I am just getting around to really reading TOD, even though I’ve lurked off and on. Boy that President Obama. Always takes my breath away with his thoughtfulness. And Zizi, your piece, whew!! Thanks Chips, and all the blog tyrants. I know when I miss the news elsewhere, I can always keep up with what’s going on here.

    Have a great day, all.

    • July 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Wishing you and your husband the best Africa..((hugs))

    • 51 99ts
      July 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Sending healing vibes to your husband africa – may all soon be well.

    • 52 vcprezofan2
      July 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Quick prayer sent and fingers crossed for good outcome, Africa. Covering all bases. Hang tough!

      • July 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

        VC, how are you? I’ve missed so much. Hope your family is finding peace.

        • 54 vcprezofan2
          July 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

          Hi CarolMae, I’m okay, and I haven’t said much to date. I think the family ‘ finding peace’ won’t really get underway until after the funeral which has been delayed until next week. Nephew’s father has been awaiting the arrival of his own relatives for emotional support (he is a quiet guy and he has been very angry). As far as I know there will be a criminal hearing, but police info has been very, very, very slow.

          • July 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

            I’m sorry VC, I hope peace is found sooner than later. His father has a right to be angry. I hope his family will help him. I think of you often. My apologies if you didn’t want to talk. I’ve missed everything. :,( for your family.

    • July 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Prayers Africa. You are loved by all.

  12. July 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This guy is gettin’ it:

  13. July 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

  14. July 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Humanity is a complex of all kinds of people. Good people do bad things when they have access to guns.”

  15. 67 a4alice
    July 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Great post amk! GM TOD

  16. 68 africa
    July 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hmmm. A prominent author, not knowing PBO was guest at party, asked him to fetch a drink for him. With smart memory, PBO probably remember that guy.

  17. 69 Nena20409
    July 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

    GM TODers…….Love this ToonFest at TOD today.


  18. July 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Helen Thomas has passed away.

    • July 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      I just read that news. After such an illustrious career, I was so saddened with how it ended. She led the way for women in reporting in a lot of ways. May she rest in peace after a very long life.

  19. 72 Nena20409
    July 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

    In Houston TX


    Police say four women were living in the same home where four men were being held captive inside a “prison room.”

    It’s unclear whether the women were living in the Texas home or being held against their will, the Houston Chronicle reports. On Friday morning, police found four men — ages 54, 65, 74 and 79 — living in “deplorable” conditions inside a locked, converted garage filled with trash and waste. An initial investigation revealed that the men may have been homeless and were lured there with cigarettes and beer in exchange for their Social Security cards and Veteran’s Administration checks.

  20. 74 vcprezofan2
    July 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    G’Evening, Amk! You have shares in any of those airports that you are constantly physically inspecting? AND, (gentle reminder) you forgotten that gentleman’s agreement you and I had to take it easy on the gimlets, gin, etc. etc?
    Appreciate the fine, sharp and pointe toons you have gathered together! Airport or no airport, having a good weekend yourself, I hope!

  21. 75 forus50
    July 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Yesterday afternoon, I had a good hispanic friend of mine over for drinks and we had much to catch up. I knew he hadn’t seen President’s comments as he had been at work so I played it and we both watched it in full (me for the third or fourth time). He loves POTUS but I knew this would be stunning to him; how exceptionally thoughtful, honest, hopeful and inspiring our President was, without notes; straight from the heart and mind. When POTUS started speaking about what can be done to help African American boys feel like their country cares about them, my friend started crying hard. I am so glad he spoke these words and I just wish it could be seen by every young man in America.

    • 76 theo67
      July 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      I think there are a lot of people who had the same reaction as your friend. It was a very hard week. The President’s words, and the shared anguish he expressed, were like a balm for our emotions.

  22. 77 HZ
    July 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    GM my Chips and TOD family.

    Thanks for your brilliant mind, Amk. Safe travels my friend.

    Donna, thanks for your uplifting word this morning. Loving strength go with you today as well.

    Nath, your words always lifts my spirit. I need to get that book for sure. Inspiration to me this morning during my quiet time.

    Meta, my dear neighbor, you speak with so much knowledge and sweet wisdom. Thank you so much.

    Gobrooklyn, (((( Hugs of continued healing))))) Love your strength and spirit. An Inspirational Angel indeed.

    Zizi, your brilliant mind is a well to my soul. Thank you for your words.

    Africa, (((((loving thoughts and prayers for you and hubby,))))) Keep as strong as you can my dear one.

    Vc, ((((((healing hugs for your family.)))))) Keep your heart filled with the strength to go through it all. You give so much to this beautiful family because of the goodness in your heart
    Layla, I pray that your heart is healing as you continue to give strength to your friends Prayers and thoughts from my heart to yours.

    I just want everyone to rise and just do whatever your heart is calling you to do to make your journey this day.

    I got up and put on the album “The Very Best of Miki Howard.” Great one to dance and work up a sweat . The foxy senior exercise version. I make up my own moves as the music moves me. This is a sweet album for all. “Let’s Move TOD Family.”

    I love you all. You all give me so much hope and love to place into my life daily. ((((((((( Thank you so much my beautiful angel, Chips.)))))))HZ

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