The Week in Toons









Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press








Donald Trump has risen to the top of the Republican primaries by speaking candidly about his prejudices against immigrants and others. Now the Republican Party has him using code, like resurrecting Richard Nixon's old "silent majority."





Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press












Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press


Bruce Plante Cartoon: Donald trump birthright plan, 14th Amendment, birthright citizenship, immigration, deportation, Presidential campaign 2016, Republican nominee, GOP, Republican Primary election, RNC, Make America Great Again, Plante 20150903






The DeflateGate ruling in favor of Tom Brady is deflating to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.



Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press





111 Responses to “The Week in Toons”

  1. September 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    OMG! Did DWS endorse the Iran Deal?
    Thanks LP for the great Toons!

  2. 10 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Lots of ‘toon choices here, LPlains – thanks.

  3. September 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    ‘On a recent Tuesday night, a raucous, cheerful party took over the NoMad Bar in Manhattan, as the twenty-eight-year-old jazz pianist Jon Batiste, who was recently named the bandleader for Stephen Colbert’s revamped version of the “Late Show,” performed with a roving gang of about a dozen musicians in the normally chichi and impeccable space. Batiste played a piano in front of the bar, except for the songs when he took up a melodica and danced his way through the audience. (A Pied Piper, one fan called him.) The packed-in crowd, half of it doubled over the second-floor railing to see what was going on below, jostled and shifted as new instruments appeared unexpectedly—trombone and tuba players emerging down on the ground level, up on the balcony, and sometimes on the bar itself, which had been miked so that the musicians could stomp along to their solos. Servers squeezed through with trays of free drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Bros in button-ups and long-legged ladies in cocktail dresses were nodding and dancing and clapping along to an unlikely mix: a “Billie Jean” cover with wailing sax solos, a hard-driving version of Muddy Waters’ “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” a Cole Porter ballad, the nursery song “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Keeping the music tight amid the mayhem was “like running with weights on,” Batiste said later…Batiste had just finished studying at Juilliard at the time. While there, he’d become close to Wynton Marsalis, whose patronage is often a ticket to the top in the world of straitlaced jazz. Batiste was already playing at mainstream jazz venues, but performing on the trains was a way to break out of the strictures of the jazz establishment and bring the music to people who would never buy a forty-five-dollar ticket to the Blue Note.

    And it was a way to bring the people to the music; if you’re a young guy who really wants to play Cole Porter but also really wants fans who are your own age, hopping on a train and throwing in a few Katy Perry covers might be your best bet…It is likely that these gonzo proclivities will serve him well, working with Colbert. The late-night talk show is a persistently fenced-in format (as Emily Nussbaum and others have observed), but it seems just possible that Colbert, with his deep and fearless weirdness, could be the guy to find an open range there. “Stephen Colbert is an improviser, so you never know what he’s about to do,” Batiste said. “It could be funny one night, and another night it could be just something weird, esoteric—almost performance art.” Batiste, meanwhile, has the task of taking up the well-worn baton of Paul Shaffer, the archetypal late-night sidekick and straight man, another role that seems as if its boundaries could be tested. (Jimmy Fallon bringing the Roots to “Late Night” was hailed as an innovation, a big-name band expanding the role of music on the talk show, but they also have the vortex of Fallon’s cutesiness to contend with.) “I think there’s going to be another side of me that’s on the air,” Batiste said. A side, one presumes, that doesn’t make it to TED. “I’m not sure I totally know what you’re talking about,” I prompted him. “That’s all right,” he replied….continued”

  4. September 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Wow….a picture is worth a 1000 words……

    Awesome array….
    most interesting is the one where Football pushes Trump to the side!

  5. September 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Nilithiel, if you’re reading, this is for you.

    Watching Euronews at the moment, and I’m just gobsmacked by how many refugees Germany is taking in. As the report stated, Germany is greeting the refugees “with open arms”. And it’s all the more remarkable because Germany, like most of Europe, is developing anti-immigrant, virulently racist groups. So Merkel is to be doubly commended for what she’s doing. This is definitely Germany learning from its past and vowing to not repeat those terrible mistakes. I know most Germans aren’t much for “I’m proud to be German”, but in your reaction to the refugee crisis, you should be very proud.

  6. 22 JER
    September 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  7. September 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Terrific set of toons! Thanks, LP!

  8. September 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Toons have a way of speaking more clearly to me than words. Everyone here knows I’m not a Word person. 😉

  9. September 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

  10. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    September 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Great toons, LP.

    Let’s go, Serena! Let’s go, Serena!!!!!

  11. 31 sjterrid
    September 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for all the great toons, LP!

  12. September 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  13. September 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  14. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    September 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    LP, I love your selection of toons–they speak so much truth. We just waved goodbye to our grandchild, daughter and SIL and I’m feeling a little bereft. It actually took four grown adults to keep up with one three year old this weekend and I’ve gained new respect for parents of all toddlers.

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      I see you had forgotten about your first time around as it was so long ago and you were far more agile. 😀

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        September 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        VC, far more agile is an understatement. I also think we tend to block out the fatigue from the past and remember just the good stuff. Then it all comes back in a rush when you’re completely pooped out and the little one is just getting started.

        • 37 vcprezofan2
          September 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

          No question we put a lid on the ‘bad’ stuff, JackieG, which usually seems so interminable while in progress, and remember the good. As it should be! 🙂

  15. September 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  16. September 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Serena won. I’m with you Dakota, I don’t like to see them play each other, unless it’s the finals. It’s not easy for them to play one another.

  17. September 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    BernieSanders makes these kinds of statements all the time…but he does not offer concrete ways that We the People can combat it…or suggest that we can defeat it…

    just one of the reasons why i do not believe his candidacy is legit

  18. September 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This is how the President handled it…

    • September 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      I would really love to know how the decision to limit debate came about and who made the decision. I have my own ideas but I’d really like to know the truth. Because it’s a very dumb idea and will only hurt the candidates and the party going forward.

      • September 6, 2015 at 7:38 pm

        the DNC seems to be unable to carry on….the President had his own structure when he ran in 2012…he could not count on the DNC….i think about how spectacular the 2012 DEM Convention…i sigh …about what is coming…i do not know what role the president will play after the candidate if chosen

        • 65 99ts
          September 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

          Given that the ONLY democratic news seems to relate to emails – the DNC seems to be giving the election to the GOP as they did in 2014. No news certainly isn’t good news. Cannot imagine how GOTV will work in this atmosphere.

  19. September 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Lots of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan updates in the sidebar ….

    bbl …

  20. September 6, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Slice of life: I was in a cab this afternoon and my driver was Asian. We got to talking about all kinds of stuff and then at one point he revealed to me that he was Vietnamese and his whole family was stuck on a boat in the late 70s for 7 days trying to get out of Viet Nam and to the U.S. He talked about what a great country the United States is and we both acknowledged that PBO is trying to make it even better. He asked a bunch of questions about Obamacare. And then we talked about the Syrians who are trying to escape and he nodded his head and then he fell silent the rest of the way. We got to my house and thanked me profusely until I got to my front door.

    Immigrants make this country what it is. To want to pretend otherwise is a great failing of people who have never experienced what it means to appreciate and to aspire. I don’t want them anywhere near my government.

  21. September 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm

  22. September 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    So Sarah Palin want people to speak American. I better learn how to do that now.

  23. September 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  24. September 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    going thru the archives…listening to the President running for office..

    thinking about the comments VP Biden…he does not sound like he wants to BE President…that is it not in his gut…

    • 76 sjterrid
      September 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I know! I watched him when he was talking in Atlanta, and he really doesn’t seem that he or his family are ready to fully devote themselves to running for the presidency and he won’t run unless he has full heart in it. I hope I’m wrong and will wait until he says so, but it’s looking like he’s not going to run, unless something changes his mind very quickly.

    • September 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I kinda disagree. I absolutely believe VP Biden wants to BE president. The question now before him is, does he have the physical and emotional stamina to run a robust campaign to win the presidency given his grieving process. Both are very profound experiences requiring tremendous energy. Time will tell whether one can serve the other.

      • 78 COS
        September 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        I am a little behind on the threads. Meta, what is this poll being touted by all of the news reports, where HRC is behind Trump? Is it a reputable poll or just one of those outlier kind of polls?

        • September 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

          Well, there have been a couple of them. One of them is Survey USA from Friday. Then I think there is an NBC/Marist poll that came out today. I’ve also been away for a couple of days so don’t have all the exact particulars but I would recommend that we watch over the course of the next 2 – 3 weeks to see if this is a trending pattern over time rather than a one-off.

      • September 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        i know meta…i suppose i am just preparing myself

        been n the archives of the President’s speeches….his words are so profund…and prophetic….

        the candidates of now…pale in comparison….

        his last speech from Iowa..in 2012..

        • September 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

          OMG, such an absolutely amazing moment in our history: the grace and love he shows to FLOTUS, his voice hoarse from months of campaigning straining to make it to the finish line, his tears as he reflects the very early days of his campaign and those who stood by him and then all his reflections of what has been achieved, TOGETHER. Absolutely riveting. There will never ever be another one like President Obama, past or future.

    • September 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Amused by the pop-up ad for Obama 2012, You bet I WAS IN!

  25. September 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm


    By Daniel Forbes
    August 31, 2015

    Swindled Church Nets White Baptists Big Bucks

    PORTLAND, OREGON — There are ways to sell a church property legally, procedures dictated by state law and church bylaws. Typically, they require a formal vote by the congregation.

    A phone call is not one of them. A simple call from a newly installed white trustee of an inner Northeast Portland, Oregon African-American church does not suffice. A call to the white secretary of a local affiliate of the giant Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) doesn’t hold water, either. And finally, a phone call to transfer ownership of a church adds insult to injury when the church’s founding pastor–Rev. Percy N. Manuel, an African-American whose indomitable will kept Mt. Zion Baptist Church afloat for 17 years–is barely cold in the ground.

    Yet Sharon Stone, the new trustee who’d seized Mt. Zion’s frayed reins with a sure grip, phoned Lila O’Banion, the secretary of the Interstate Baptist Association (IBA), a 70-church, metro-Portland affiliate of the SBC. “I called Lila and said Percy wanted it to go to Interstate, and Lila took care of it from there,” said Stone.

    Stone added, “I let Lila know—Lila took care of it.” She continued, “I let Lila know that Percy wanted to protect the church and have IBA own it. Lila said she’d take care of it.”


  26. 87 JER
    September 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm

  27. September 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Current mood:

  28. 89 JER
    September 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm

  29. 90 amk for obama
    September 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    great toons.

  30. September 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Crucial transportation technology ….

  31. 96 0388jojothecat
    September 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Hi all

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Hi, Jojo. I think everyone has gone to bed early. I’ve been playing solitaire – not very successfully I might add.

      • 98 desertflower
        September 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        I’m around, vc:) In and out…so much to do today…trying to get it all done now so that I can have an actual day to relax tomorrow:) Just want to relax and lay around…maybe go in the pool..read a book…sounds blissful:)

  32. 103 desertflower
    September 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Another great piece from Nancy T…


    The rest of us need to remember that tough talk =/= tough. The reality is that tough talk divorced from knowledge means you do dumb things…like start dumb wars that diminish our standing in the world – not to mention their cost in lives and money. By doing things like going after Osama bin Laden and raising global sanctions on Iran that brought them to the negotiating table, President Obama has demonstrated that knowledge + toughness is what is required.

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Yes, I read it earlier.

      Since I had a rough night last night, and since I seem to be dozing off at the controls I’m going to head on out the door. Blessings everyone; Good night!

  33. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    September 7, 2015 at 12:02 am

    LP – The last image was haunting, of course, but thanks so much for this post! Well done!

  34. September 7, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Sadly so very true ….

    good night TOD and Happy Labor Day!

    September 7, 2015 at 6:29 am


  36. September 7, 2015 at 8:24 am

    So while increasing the minimum wage is indeed a critical step in the fight against poverty, it is just one piece of a much larger, broken system in the low-wage sector.

    That’s why the Schedules That Work Act — introduced last month by Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — is so critical. It would allow every worker to have a say in their schedules — whether someone is experiencing erratic shifts, or too many hours, or needs a schedule accommodation in order to meet an obligation. By giving workers the right to request a predictable or flexible schedule, this legislation would increase job quality in our country.

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