The Week in Toons














July 26, 2015

July 26, 2015






Boots On The Ground






Nuclear Trump

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump's driving, Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham. GOP, Republican Party, RNC, Presidential Camapign 2016, Linsey Graham's phone number, Plante 20150724

Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump’s driving, Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham. GOP, Republican Party, RNC, Presidential Camapign 2016, Linsey Graham’s phone number, Plante 20150724


Hysteria Translation

Donald Trump says his treatment by the party will dictate whether he runs as a third party candidate. ÒIÕll have to see how IÕm being treated by the Republicans,Ó Mr. Trump said. ÒAbsolutely, if theyÕre not fair, that would be a factor.Ó

Donald Trump says his treatment by the party will dictate whether he runs as a third party candidate. ÒIÕll have to see how IÕm being treated by the Republicans,Ó Mr. Trump said. ÒAbsolutely, if theyÕre not fair, that would be a factor.Ó


Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

 Mission: Impossible

99 Responses to “The Week in Toons”

  1. 1 Allison
    July 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    TY LovelyPlains for the post!!

  2. July 27, 2015 at 5:01 pm


    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Bob, do you really think PBO isn’t very aware of this possibility and prepared to sever the arrangement with Erdogen in a heartbeat if Turkey acts against the Kurds? I wonder if Erdogen hasn’t been put on notice.

      • July 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        I have no doubt President Obama is aware of Erdogan’s treachery, JackieG. My only task is to make sure everyone else is aware of it. And, at the appropriate time, I’m sure PBO will bring the hammer to Erdogan.

        For now, this is the reality of what’s been happening on the ground in Northern Syria and Iraq over the past ~ 72 h ….

        #TrustBarack … always 🙂

        • 11 Vicki
          July 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

          This is so painful. We have known Erdogan was unreliable—to say the least— but this!?! bombing our long time ally, the Kurds?
          Such a shame. I recall the days when we pointed to Turkey as a democratic stable Muslim country. A promise of what could be.

    • 12 idon
      July 28, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Just hold still for a moment. What’s going on is very complicated and most of it is secret. Things may not be what they seem.

  3. July 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Fact …

  4. July 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Secretary Kerry continues to push for a negotiated settlement in Syria …

  5. July 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Excellent choices. Thanks LP

  6. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    July 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the toons, LP. I will never forget that a Republican relative told me that she “needed a Republican president,” presumably to solve all her perceived problems in the world. People like her can actually look at the brutish, shallow, idiots in the GOP clown car and see a savior. The mind boggles at the capacity for self delusion among Republican voters.

    • 18 susanne
      July 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      a republican relative of ours was so thrilled when shrub was elected– ‘we finally have a christian in the white house!’ later, when his incompetence was dreadfully apparent, she said ‘he’s guided by christ’. a very tidy philosophy that the republicans have been exploiting.

  7. 20 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks DD, for that loving kick in the shins. Who knows how long it would have taken me to come out of the bubble otherwise? 😀 😀

    Grump-grump. LPlains, you could at least have tapped me on the shoulder!


    TODAY – 1919…………JULY 27th, 1919

    Death of African American Teenager Sparks Chicago Race Riot

    A white gang looking for African Americans during the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
    Red Summer (1919)

    Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a major racial conflict that started in Chicago Illinois on July 27, 1919 and ended on August 3,1919.

    On July 27, 1919, an African American teenager named Eugene Williams was swimming in Lake Michiagn with four friends when they drifted toward the unofficial “whites-only” section of Lake Michigan Beach in Chicago, Illinois. Enraged at the encroachment, a white man on the shore threw stones at the black teenagers and struck Eugene in the head. He lost consciousness and drowned. When police responded, Eugene’s friends identified the assailant but a white police officer refused to arrest him.

    News of the racially-charged incident spread quickly. White crowds were misinformed that a black teenager had thrown a rock and caused a white man to drown, while black crowds were misinformed that the police had prevented swimmers from rescuing Eugene before he drowned. Both groups erupted in violence that left an African American man and a police officer shot and many more injured.
    ………………………………… //


    • 21 donna dem 4 obama
      July 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      That’s what friends are for 😉

      Thanks for posting this story. I had never heard of these riots. Off to read the full article.

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        I googled ‘Chicago Riots 1919’, looked at the ‘images’ section (and some of the articles) and was shocked at how much there was!

    • July 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Would’ve tapped….didn’t know you needed additional coaxing 😀

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        These things you ought to know. A leader ought to be aware of where his troop members are located. Just saying.

        How was your afternoon sports session? Or were you haranguing your research assistant?

  8. 25 Vicki
    July 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    lovelyplains—these cartoons are sensational. thank you.

  9. 27 Roberta in MN
    July 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Jackie I am in the same boat with some of my relatives or they just won’t admit they voted for a Democrat. I know they like to get my dander up. I just don’t talk to them at least about politics and they sure don’t have anything to say now that they have their 401K’s back up and more. There definitely is a disconnect with these people.

  10. 28 Roberta in MN
    July 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    The Cartoons are awesome LP Thanks a million. Have to go fix some baked Zucchini Chips for our monthly Senior Pot Luck. BBL

  11. July 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm


  12. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the toons, LP. I guess my favorite is the one reminding us that Cruz called McTurtle a LIAR, right on the floor of the Senate.

    Good day in America, and possibly the only bright thing Cruz ever said on said floor.

  13. 33 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks LPlains, I like your choice of toons. Trumps must be having a ball at all the attention he has drawn to himself. A pity really that so many cartoonists have joined in because it gives him so much legitimacy and makes a greater mockery of the entire process ….IMO.

  14. July 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

  15. 35 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Why Organize?

    From the archives
    Editor’s note: Barack Obama wrote this article for Illinois Issues in 1988, while he was a community organizer in Chicago. ……..

    // ………………..
    I’ve thought back on that conversation more than once during the time I’ve organized with the Developing Communities Project, based in Chicago’s far south side. Unfortunately, the answers that come to mind haven’t been as simple as her question. Probably the shortest one is this: It needs to be done, and not enough folks are doing it.

    The debate as to how black and other dispossessed people can forward their lot in America is not new. From W.E.B. DuBois to Booker T. Washington to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, this internal debate has raged between integration and nationalism, between accommodation and militancy, between sit-down strikes and boardroom negotiations. The lines between these strategies have never been simply drawn, and the most successful black leadership has recognized the need to bridge these seemingly divergent approaches. During the early years of the Civil Rights movement, many of these issues became submerged in the face of the clear oppression of segregation. The debate was no longer whether to protest, but how militant must that protest be to win full citizenship for blacks.

    Twenty years later, [remember BHO wrote this in 1988] the tensions between strategies have reemerged, in part due to the recognition that for all the accomplishments of the 1960s, the majority of blacks continue to suffer from second-class citizenship. Related to this are the failures — real, perceived and fabricated — of the Great Society programs initiated by Lyndon Johnson. Facing these realities, at least three major strands of earlier movements are apparent.

    ………………………………… //


  16. July 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    “Putin’s groupmate, a former KGB spy: You seriously think that Putin, who is making a facelift, will unleash a nuclear war? His botox will melt from the fear

    A former Soviet intelligence officer and now an American financial analyst Yuri Shvets told “Gordon” that in spite of the official biography, the Russian president has never worked in intelligence office because of “below average abilities”, about what nicknames Putin had in the KGB and what two papers signed by US President would be enough to derail the economy of Russia.”

  17. 37 FoxfireTX
    July 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    And the GOP clown car rolls on. Can’t believe the RNC thinks this is going to end well. Cruz just got a $15 mil donation from one person so he can continue on his campaign against the Senate, and Trump is here to stay. I will not be surprised at this point if he wins IA and/or NH as the crazies will be thrilled to vote for him. While they tout the large field, it is mind boggling that of that entire field, to my mind there is only one serious candidate and that is John Kasich, and he doesn’t have a chance in hell in the primaries. I suspect the Republican party is going to destroy itself in the process. Keeping my fingers crossed, and good riddance. After seeing what this party has done to PBO and the country the last 6.5 years, they deserve everything coming their way. And hopefully that means we beat the historical odds and get a Dem president to continue what PBO has done. This will be so crucial in seeing through the implementation of the Iran agreement.

    • 38 No Child Left Behind
      July 27, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I am with you. I want THE DONALD to remain in the race and to continue saying out loud what his fellow GOPers are saying quietly. I want his polls to rise very high so that the GOP is forced to crown him as the RWNJ nominee. Only then, will I quietly wait for his YOU’RE FIRED moment at the polls on Elections Day.

        July 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm


    • 40 globalcitizenlinda
      July 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      please don’t be deceived by the hype on kasich – he is a right winger who just knows how to keep his head down when controversy arises;

      besides, he worked for lehman brothers and was a key player in the gop budget mess – dirt on him will come out as soon as he starts making any gains in the poll; just watch this space for future developments on kasich

      • 41 FoxfireTX
        July 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        Not saying he’d be acceptable, just that he comes across as a serious candidate which I can’t say about the rest of them including Bush. The rest are totally minor league players.

  18. July 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    When is the President expected back in the states…i want him home now

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      I’m picking late Tuesday or Wednesday because I read somewhere that there would be a Tuesday meeting with African leaders of which he was a part.

      • July 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

        POTUS suppose to give a speech tomorrow also.

          July 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm


  19. July 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    You won’t see this on your teevee:

    • 48 COS
      July 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      You would see it if it was negative Meta. You would think Maddow would mention it since this is one of her pet topics.

  20. July 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    #WhenTrumpIsElected is top trending and some of the tweets are brutally funny … just an fyi …. I am so very tempted to post one with Hill, Bill, Trump and Ivana …. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  21. July 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    • July 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Meta, that reminds me of a headline from the 1920s (ish) that I read about, from an Irish Catholic newspaper – something like, ‘Earthquake in Congo, Chapel Damaged’, and in the small print: hundreds die.

      • July 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        Eek. Well, this is an SF newspaper so they’re focused on California. But, yes, this is a huge earthquake and my heart goes out to the people of the region. There is bound to be widespread catastrophe.

  22. 60 Nena20409
    July 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    • July 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      i love when the President goes abroad…it warms me when he showered with love and respect…but then i get antsy and i want him home…hahaha…good to know he will be heading back home tomorrow… 😀

    • 62 misspat
      July 27, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      This a-hole gets to go all over with the President. Said with a hissing of the teeth and a cut-eye. Hope he eats something that doesn’t agree with him and there is no rest-room nearby.

  23. July 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀

  24. 65 Nena20409
    July 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    • 66 99ts
      July 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Sooner or later “religious” objections have to be disallowed. Why is someone’s non-religious objection worth less than a religious objection. This type of treatment allows bigots to continue their hate and divides a movement which exists for the benefit of children.

  25. July 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

  26. 69 Nena20409
    July 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  27. 71 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Musing over whether the GOP are aware we have global media now – and not just a bunch of old wags holding up the bar at the pub.

  28. July 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Good evening, TOD! A funny for you:

    An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.

    She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!”. The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad.

    The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition.

    She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down.

    She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake.

    The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.

    No charges were filed.

    The moral of the story?

    If you’re going to have a senior moment… make it memorable.

  29. July 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  30. July 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    ICYMI, MUST SEE POTUS putting the RWNJs in their place:

  31. July 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    • 88 GGail
      July 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Um, like, you know, if you will…
      You’ll never find me – I’m in my undisclosed underground bunker 😀 😀

  32. July 27, 2015 at 8:46 pm

  33. 92 desertflower
    July 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Evening, family:) It’s Sadie’s 2nd birthday today so we’re partying:) Been catching up here and lurking…thanks for all the goodness….carolyn, hugs to you. So sorry to hear about the passing of your amazing husband. He’s ok now. Strength to your son…thinking of you and your family.

  34. 95 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Why organize?

    // …………………………………..

    ………………………… Should a mere 50 prominent black churches, out of the thousands that exist in cities like Chicago, decide to collaborate with a trained organizing staff, enormous positive changes could be wrought in the education, housing, employment and spirit of inner-city black communities, changes that would send powerful ripples throughout the city.

    In the meantime, organizers will continue to build on local successes, learn from their numerous failures and recruit and train their small but growing core of leadership — mothers on welfare, postal workers, CTA drivers and school teachers, all of whom have a vision and memories of what communities can be. In fact, the answer to the original question — why organize? — resides in these people. In helping a group of housewives sit across the negotiating table with the mayor of America’s third largest city and hold their own, or a retired steelworker stand before a TV camera and give voice to the dreams he has for his grandchild’s future, one discovers the most significant and satisfying contribution organizing can make.

    In return, organizing teaches as nothing else does the beauty and strength of everyday people. Through the songs of the church and the talk on the stoops, through the hundreds of individual stories of coming up from the South and finding any job that would pay, of raising families on threadbare budgets, of losing some children to drugs and watching others earn degrees and land jobs their parents could never aspire to — it is through these stories and songs of dashed hopes and powers of endurance, of ugliness and strife, subtlety and laughter, that organizers can shape a sense of community not only for others, but for themselves. ~Barack Obama

    Illinois Issues, September 2008


    This is the part I’m dreaming to see Pres Obama get behind as one of his first after-White-House activity ↓ ↓ ↓

    ↓ ↓ ↓

    Should [serious citizens] decide to collaborate with a trained organizing staff [headed by me, former president], enormous positive changes could be wrought in the education, housing, employment and spirit of inner-city (black) communities, changes that would send powerful ripples throughout the city [/nation].

    If you haven’t read this 1988 Obama article yet, you should. ••► http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/archives/2008/09/whyorg.html

  35. 96 amk for obama
    July 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    great toons, desi. loved all of ’em, katie.

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