The Week in Toons

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon














March 1, 2015





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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon




Radical Islam




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"Flying Elephants" (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

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124 Responses to “The Week in Toons”

  1. 5 vcprezofan2
    March 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Here’s Sec Jewell, involved actively in her department’s issues, as per usual.

    • 6 a4alice
      March 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      yay! Thanks VC! 😀

      • 7 vcprezofan2
        March 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

        Greetings, a4A! YVW, as always.

        • 8 carolyn
          March 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

          I think Sally Jewell is an absolutely great Secretary of Interior! She is not beholden to any corporations, she is absolutely for conservation and improving our environment. I greatly admire her.

          • 9 vcprezofan2
            March 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

            I admire her too, Carolyn. I had no idea what the Dept. of Interior had been doing before she signed on. They may have been doing the same things as now, but it’s only upon her arrival that I became aware of them. Ms Jewell seems to travel as much as John Kerry with the difference being her travels are mostly ‘internal’. I may be prejudiced 😉 😀 but I find that the people PBO has chosen almost all seem to be terrific workers ……. for the good of the nation!

          • March 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

            With you all the way! She is a very fine example of public service for the greater good.

  2. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    March 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Great, great, wonderful, stupendous toons, LP. You made my day!

  3. 12 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Lindsey Graham Promises AIPAC Members He Will Cut UN Funding and Derail Iran Negotiations


    hahhahaaa… Yep… PBO will hurry to sign that one Miss Lindsey.

  4. 13 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    “COLUMBIA — President Barack Obama will visit Benedict College in Columbia on Friday for a youth event, The White House said…

    U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, has worked to bring Obama back to South Carolina.

    “I’m pleased to welcome President Barack Obama back to South Carolina,” Clyburn said in statement provided to The State. “I thank President David Swinton and the Benedict College family for hosting President Obama’s event with students and youth leaders.”…”

    • 14 Linda
      March 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      His daughter is one of the FCC chairs who voted for Net Neutrality.

      I have been waiting for Fox to figure that out and get outraged …..

      • 15 Vicki
        March 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        IIRC South Carolina was one of only 2 states that PBO has not yet visited. The other one may be Utah?? Not sure.

  5. 16 Judith Fardig
    March 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    LP – these toons are terrific! Thanks so much. Often, I find them to be the best part of the paper.

  6. March 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Sant hapus i bawb! Wishing all a very Happy St. David’s day! And for the rugby fans among us: (warning: it continues on to God save the Queen at the end) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFQ6EmkTrDg

    And for those who prefer a more…musical…sound here it is again with lyrics in Welsh and English. Because I knew you would be waiting for this.

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      March 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Seems to me that many (all?) national anthems contain at least one image of battle – war is so embedded in our human history. Don’t laugh, Maryl, but when I read – tried to read- the first couple of words in your comment my first thought was typo and my second was WordP was really acting up! 😀 Happy St. David’s Day(a new one for me) to you!

      • March 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

        Patron Saint of Wales, VC. And as my parents were always very proud to point out, at least in the Welsh national anthem to poets and singers and men of renown come before the warriors! Thanks for listening 🙂

        • 21 vcprezofan2
          March 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

          😀 Having the Welsh words included made listening ‘easier’.

          • March 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

            The Welsh language is melodious!

            • 23 vcprezofan2
              March 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

              Do you speak it, Maryl? Do your children? I’m always sad when children let their parents’ language fall by the wayside, as I think that’s such a natural way to learn the language. I wish my parents had spoken another language.

              • March 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

                My parents spoke Welsh when they didn’t want me to understand what they were saying! As a result, I did learn to understand it and I can pronounce it, but never learned to speak it fluently. by the time my children came along my father had died and my mother didn’t see the point in teaching it to them. My daughter, who loves languages, has looked into it on her own. I’m with you, vc, I wish they had included me in those Welsh conversations!

  7. March 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The toon that is most stunning…is the one depicting the GOP as a terrorist holding America/Homeland Security hostage at knifepoint…wow….powerful

  8. 26 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Venezeula has banned these people from entering the country.

    1. George W. Bush
    2. Richard B. Cheney
    3. Bob Menendez
    4. Mario Diaz-Balart
    5. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    6. Marco Rubio

    Furthermore, ‘US diplomats will be required to seek approval from the Foreign Ministry for meetings they conduct in Venezuela.’ Maduro expelled diplomats he suspected of wrong-doing a few years back.

    At the end of 2014 Maduro claimed ‘to be in possesion of “recordings” disclosing US plans to bribe and corrupt Venezuelan authorities’. He also accused the U.S. of attempting a coup. The plotters were allegedly paid in U.S. dollars and wanted to assassinate Maduro. Britain and Canada have also been involved with the coup attempt.



  9. 31 Vicki
    March 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Lovelyplains—Thank you for these highly enjoyable and oh-so-true cartoons.

  10. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    March 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    These cartoons are FABULOUS, LP! Thanks. #DownWithGiuliani

  11. 33 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    CNN is reporting that the Iraqi Army is going to try to take back Tirkit. This is a test of their strength before going to Mosul.

  12. 35 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    BiBi will be landing shortly……I wonder if CNN will cover it…..Will Boehner be at the Airport ?

  13. March 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    “You heard me say this before, political office is an amplifier and when you elect extremists, no matter how small or how slight, you get extremism.
    Every. Single. Time.
    It’s only a matter of time before they self-destruct and they are perfectly willing to take the rest of us with them when they go. These people are not the loyal opposition, they are unhinged fanatics and the only thing that matters to them is “beating” Barack Obama. They are obsessed with it and they are perfectly willing to risk the security of the nation and the livelihoods of American citizens to achieve a pyrrhic victory at any cost.
    When the extremists win, America loses.
    Every time.”

  14. 39 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Republicans are conflating two statements that PBO has made. It’s absolutely true that he stated that he cannot change law. Here’s the kicker: he hasn’t.

    He said: “I just have to continue to say, this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is, there are laws on the books that I have to enforce.”

    Dishonest RWers ignore what he’d said right after:

    “Now, what we can do is to prioritize enforcement,since there are limited enforcement resources, and say we’re not going to go chasing after this young man or anybody else who’s been acting responsibly and would otherwise qualify for legal status,” if laws were changed.

    The president honestly said he cannot change law. But he’s also said that he has “prosecutorial discretion” on how to use limited resources, and he does, as given to him by the U.S. Constitution.

    Found this good explanation in comments at Politicususa

  15. 40 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    LP…..these Toons are Perfect!
    Au ⭐ for Don 😎
    Cartoons are Journalism in Poetry, Emotion, Visual and Unvarnished Truths when done Right……Fantastic.

  16. 41 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    • 42 99ts
      March 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      So Boener lied about bringing in a clean bill? Why am I not surprised. Hope the democrats tell the GOP where to put their “demands”. ONE party is responsible for the mayhem.

    • 43 Linda
      March 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Demanded ? lol…..The Senate has not voted on going to Conference that I know of. The Dems will block that anyway.

      • 44 carolyn
        March 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        I think Nancy Smash and Harry have got Boehner by the nose hairs, but no one will admit it. Certainly, Boehner won’t. I think that is what his interview on Face the Nation was all about today…..pre-emptively blaming the president when he can’t corral his caucus…..or blaming him for making him pass the DHS funding……something convoluted in his alcohol soaked mind. Playing the victim again, and again, and again. Remember what PBO does with that! Doesn’t bite…..brushes him off!

  17. 45 GGail
    March 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    LP, great toons and the last one is so appropriate.

  18. 46 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm


  19. 49 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    There’s One answer, King…….you and your fellow ‘sane’ GOPers go to Leader Speaker……with 218 signatures……and The Deal is no longer Insane and Sanity is once more restored in the Lower Chamber.
    Yet……No Journo worth his/her salt in DC/NY would dare ask King…..this nor challenge him to Think for the betterment of US Security.

  20. 50 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  21. 52 99ts
    March 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    “Beam me up” – that thought must be throughout the world these last few days – thank you LP – a perfect finish to the post.

  22. 53 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

  23. 56 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    cspan is going to show AIPAC speeches live shortly. Steny Hoyer to speak….

  24. 57 JER
    March 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

  25. 58 JER
    March 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

  26. 59 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Jay-Z edition

  27. March 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This explains a lot…

  28. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    March 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

  29. 81 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Elise Labott is CNN’s global affairs correspondent, covering US foreign policy and international affairs for the network.

    She was on the plane with BiBi and just reported that he has been backing away from his rhetoric after talking to John Kerry last night.

    He is really just a loud mouth bully ….

  30. 91 FoxfireTX
    March 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Prior to this week, I was sick to death of Bibbi. Can’t imagine how I’ll feel by the end of the week. Need to find some calming thoughts!

  31. March 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Excellent selection of toons, LP. Thank you!

  32. March 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Breaking News> CNN waiting for Netanyahu plane to land.

  33. 95 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

  34. 96 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

  35. 98 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  36. March 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm


  37. 101 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Elise Labott of CNN says Bibi spent his time on the plane rewriting and ” softening ” his speech.


  38. March 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    bbl ….

  39. March 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    He’s dining at the “Willard.” How apt…

  40. 105 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  41. 106 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  42. March 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    What’s next?

    • 108 Linda
      March 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Are they all chipping in ? I think money has to go through the Treasury Dept. Congress is not a bank. They closed it because those millionaires in Congress kept bouncing checks.

    • 109 Linda
      March 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      According to the report, Ramati, during his visit to Capitol Hill, “distributed one-page sheets naming US contractors that would benefit from production funds for each of the missile defense systems,” including Chicago-based Boeing Co.; Waltham, Massachusetts-based Raytheon Co.; Arlington, Virginia-based Orbital ATK Inc.; and Falls Church, Virginia-based Northrop Grumman Corp.


      Disgusting…..let AIPAC give him the money….ENOUGH !!!!

    • 111 Vicki
      March 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      As I wrote below, the effort is to take foreign policy away from POTUS.
      An effort that will fail spectacularly and make the GOP look dimmer than ever.
      Seriously, Sen Corkers previous job was as Mayor of Chatanooga TN. This is the guy they want to make US policy—-not really. Just to be a puppet for the warmongers.

  43. 112 Vicki
    March 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    If I am understanding this correctly, AIPAC is now standing next to Bibi and they are reframing the issue as either we go to war or PBO is giving away everything for a bad deal with Iran and he must be stopped. This is what they are lobbying Congress on. Total opposition to Iran deal.

    They will allow Zero space for a sane deal and a peaceful world. The anti-Obamacare hysterical battle with International repurcussions.

    AIPAC, GOP, warmongerers are uniting to take foreign policy formation away from POTUS. This is actual hardball and very terrifing to me. Except………………….

    We will see what President Obama and his Administration does next. POTUS managed to pass the ACA against a similar background of DOA predictions, remember? Looking at you, Ezra.

    • March 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      i will try not to give into the fear and the drama of the War Mongers. as we know the MSM thrives on sensationalism and drama..

      .there are more American Jewish groups on record as being in opposition to Netanyahu’s speech…
      like someone Twitter commented…they will need a filter re: Netanyahu’s visit

    March 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm


  45. 117 Vicki
    March 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Put it another way: Bibi is now playing Palin’s role. “Death panels” then. “Evil Iran” now.

  46. 118 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  47. 120 Nena20409
    March 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  48. 121 amk for obama
    March 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Great collection, lp.

  49. 122 Linda
    March 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    The Iraq military, The Pesmerga and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are surrounding Tikrit.

  50. March 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    what is forgotten in all of this…is the fact…that HARD sanctions brought Iran to the bargaining table…it was the President’s leadership that forged a strong coalition of European leaders…that held Iran’s feet to the fire with these sanctions….this is not just the US who is bargaining…. it is a coalition of countries…

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