The Week in Toons (Part 2)









Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press











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77 Responses to “The Week in Toons (Part 2)”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, bye.

  2. 5 desertflower
    December 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    LP…These are goooood!

  3. 6 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks, LPlains; …. Good to see you back in circulation!

    Sunday greetings, everyone!

    For those who keep a weekly eye on @Interior and haven’t yet bought all their gifts, here’s your reminder to gift a friend or family member with a Parks pass. 😉

  4. 7 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! These Cartoons are Great!
    Thanks, LovelyPlains.
    Congrats, Amk, May the ⭐ FURST ⭐ be with You 😉
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners in the last 2 posts.

  5. 8 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Two things that are Profoundly wrong about this.
    Frank Luntz
    CBS employs this GOPer who engineered the Pow-wow Political Coup d’etat Meeting with 19 other GOPers at a Steak House in DC on Jan 20th, 2009.
    His Religious bias is a 3rd reason.

    • 9 hopefruit2
      December 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Sorry Nena – but the Intercept is not an Obama-friendly outlet. They are associated with Glen Greenwald – one of our President’s key media enemies. And the fact that the Intercept is accusing CBS of editing out criticism of US policy is an indirect accusation of CBS being an “Obama shill.” And as you rightly point out, Frank Luntz is a hard-core GOPer. The fact that he’s conducting focus groups with Muslims raises a red flag, but that’s not the Intercept’s problem, apparently.

      I am NOT a fan of CBS, but this tweet is as much an attack on the Obama administration, as it is a criticism of CBS.
      I hope you get my point.

      • 10 Nena20409
        December 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Thanks, HF2. I didn’t know about this Media connections.
        My main Objection is Frank Luntz, period.
        Now that you have educated me on the Intercept…….I will Not be posting it here.

        • 11 hopefruit2
          December 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm

          No problem Nena…I know that your issue was with Luntz, but as you can see, the Intercept had no problem with Luntz, their biggest issue was with CBS supposedly editing out criticisms of US policy.

    • December 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Remember that the director of CBS news used to work for Fox News.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  7. December 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Extraordinary Toons! Most poignant to me is the one about the SEC arresting Ske for gouging rich folks and not poor ones. If the Americaj people could only get the connection between voting /lawmakers/ laws perhaps things would change

    • 15 Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      similar to Bernie Madoff being convicted and Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein not being charged.
      Bernie cost the wealthy big bucks and that is a no no.

  8. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Trump = slime.

    Got it, LP!

  9. 17 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Fair? No!
    Vox can do the same with HRC and the result would have been the same. Cary Grant at 46/47 to Cary Grant at 54/55 were a huge difference.
    Asmany of Us Age normally, fro mid-40-early 50s, there is a drastic change……..let alone with one who has the Whole World on his shoulders. It’s also the lighting and the picture chosen. It makes a Big difference.

    • 18 carolyn
      December 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      This looks familiar. I’ve been going through my husband’s pictures of the last 49 years, and watching the age process. He stayed the same during his 40s, then in 50s his hair turned white…..gorgeous!…..pretty much stayed the same, then after 75 change really began to show. His last years, after 80, show rapid change. I LOVE to look at his pictures in his prime and remember him then. So strong he could toss railroad ties over his shoulders. A heart attack at 59 changed him some, but big changes came after 75. Of course, he did not have the weight of the world on his shoulders, as POTUS does. However, I think POTUS is extremely handsome now!

  10. 19 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  11. 20 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  12. 21 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  13. 22 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Now if the Dems’ Debate were to garner the same numbers as the last CBS Dems Debate weeks ago on a Saturday, 6 days before Xmas and was competing with College Football, Beauty Show, etc…….then that is something. I was predicting 3-5M viewers.

  14. 23 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm

  15. 26 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  16. 27 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Later, TOD 😉

  17. December 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  18. 30 desertflower
    December 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Morning Must read.


    If the United States degrades freedom in the quest for security, its citizens will wind up neither free nor secure.

    • 31 desertflower
      December 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Common to right-wing populist movements is the nativist instinct to stigmatize and divide, to propagate simple answers to complex policy challenges, and to blame some “other”—a vulnerable minority, a corrupt elite, malevolent external forces, or typically some conspiracy among these—for people’s anxieties. This is the common ground on which Vladimir Putin, Viktor Orban, Marine Le Pen, and Donald Trump stand. While they differ in their implications for democracy (or in the extent to which they have so far had the opportunity to damage it), they share striking similarities in the tone and content of their appeal. Most strikingly, the far-right populists in Europe and the United States share a strong current of respect, or even open admiration, for Putin.

  19. 35 hopefruit2
    December 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  20. 39 hopefruit2
    December 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Sad news – may he RIP.

    • 40 Nena20409
      December 20, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Truly sorry for the Carter Family. 28 yrs old. A brief illness and he is gone.
      Life is with turns that are not easily explained.
      Jimmy Carter’s life was given a reprieve, but his grandson has died. Have Mercy. Only The Lord Knows why.

  21. 41 hopefruit2
    December 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    December 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm


  23. 43 jackiegrumbacher
    December 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    LP, once again, thank you for the brilliant collection of toons. There are all terrific, but my favorite is the face of Trump as Putin’s horse’s ass. Kind of says it all.

    December 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm


  25. 46 susanne
    December 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Nice little video here of local girl meeting the president, and another bit about the first lady’s hike yesterday. Still overcast and windy here, with intermittent showers, temps in the mid 70s.


  26. 54 susanne
    December 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Here’s a webcam of a little bay on the Big Island (not Oahu, where the Obamas are staying), just to give a visual reference. Usually this bay is calm and warm–it’s where the humpback whales come to calve and nurse their young.

  27. 55 yardarm756
    December 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    From my holiday in-box.
    Anatomy of a reiterative, evolutionary process toward a”politically neutral”Holiday Season celebration.

    Company Memo
    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: November 1, 2015
    RE: Gala Christmas Party

    I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House.

    There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We’ll have a small band playing traditional carols… feel free to sing along. And don’t be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!

    A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 PM. Exchanges of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone’s pockets.

    This gathering is only for employees!

    Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family,

    Company Memo
    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: November 2, 2015
    RE: Gala Holiday Party

    In no way was yesterday’s memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year.

    However, from now on, we’re calling it our “Holiday Party.” The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians and to those still celebrating Reconciliation Day.

    There will be no Christmas tree and no Christmas carols will be sung.

    We will have other types of music for your enjoyment.

    Happy now?

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,

    Company Memo
    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All Employees
    DATE: November 3, 2015
    RE: Holiday Party

    Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table, you didn’t sign your name…

    I’m happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, “AA Only”, you wouldn’t be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this?


    And sorry, but forget about the gift exchange, no gifts are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and the executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.



    Company Memo
    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    To: All Employees
    DATE: November 4, 2015
    RE: Generic Holiday Party

    What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20thbegins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours.

    There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees’ beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?

    Meanwhile, I’ve arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet, and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.

    Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each group will have their own table.

    Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men’s table.
    To the person asking permission to cross dress, the Grill House asks that no cross-dressing be allowed, apparently because of concerns about confusion in the restrooms. Sorry.

    We will have booster seats for short people.
    Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet.

    I am sorry to report that we cannot control the amount of salt used in the food . The Grill House suggests that people with high blood pressure taste a bite first.

    There will be fresh “low sugar” fruits as dessert for diabetics, but the restaurant cannot supply “no sugar” desserts. Sorry!

    Did I miss anything?!?!?

    Company Memo
    FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
    TO: All F*%^ing Employees
    DATE: November 5, 2015
    RE: The F*%^ing Holiday Party

    I’ve had it with you vegetarian pricks!!! We’re going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the “grill of death,” as you so quaintly put it, and you’ll get your f*%^ing salad bar, including organic tomatoes.

    But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I’ve heard them scream. I’m hearing them scream right NOW!

    The rest of you f*%^ing wierdos can kiss my *ss. I hope you all have a rotten holiday!

    Drive drunk and die,

    The B*tch from H*ll!!!

    Company Memo
    FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
    DATE: November 6, 2015
    RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party

    I’m sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery from her recent nervous breakdown and I’ll continue to forward your cards to her at the asylum.

    In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

    Happy Whatever!

  28. 56 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    The Reason Dems, Lefties of every stripe, Progressives, Liberals, Moderate leaning Light Minded Citizens……….if this PEW Poll is correct in 2016, If Dems are Lethargic enough……..Any Fool……even Trump can win. Remember in 2000. Complacency on the left Gave Us………GW Bush.

    • 57 susanne
      December 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      When I see these numbers, I feel like I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole– what world are these people living in, that they’d prefer any of the gop candidates on any of these measures???!??

    • 58 99ts
      December 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Gun control??? wtf – presumably this relates to no gun control

    • 59 hopefruit2
      December 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Sorry but this poll’s methodology stinks to high heaven. It’s the same faulty polling that was being used back in 2011/2012, showing Romney beating Obama.

      Watch the main problem with this poll. It’s the SAMPLE

      416 – Republican (121 of which are “liberal-Republicans”)
      557 – Independent
      446- Democrats (222 of which are “liberal-Dems”)

      Interestingly, they didn’t give the breakdown of how the “Independents” lean, and I think I know why.

      Since GWB left office, “Independents” are largely Republicans who vote for Republican candidates and policies. Among the Democrats, only 222 are “Liberal” which means that out of the 1500 candidates, ~1278 are Republican or Republican-leaning Independents or conservadems. That is a whopping 85% of the sample. Why then are we surprised at these results?!?!?

      • 60 susanne
        December 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        Thanks for the reality-check, hopefruit. The bad news is that, like me, most folks will take the graph at face value. That’s called propaganda.

        • 61 hopefruit2
          December 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

          In head-to-head matches, the top Dem candidate HRC beats the top GOP candidate, Trump by 10 pts. And this is despite a lot of positive press coverage and very little REAL challenges for Donald Trump.

    • December 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Pew Research B.S. Show us were the GOP have done better on the economy, terrorist threat, How soon
      these stupid ass Americans forget.

  29. 63 Nena20409
    December 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    So the Carolina Panthers are now 14-0?
    Cam Newton and team are tearing the field, unapologetically.
    Congrats! Two more Games to go before the play off!

  30. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

  31. 69 MightyPamela
    December 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hey y’all – if anyone is still thinking of joining in on this, the great news is they are nearly at the critical halfway point. Tonight they hope to reach it, so the project isn’t submerged under the many Kickstarter projects out there. I understand a 50% response w/in the first 72 hours puts a project into a highlighted category – so please do what you can, and huge thanks to everyone who has seen the brilliance of this little gem. http://kck.st/1lWrhD0

  32. December 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Rev. Run knows how to keep himself a tv show. Now, he’s got the one on the travel channel, and I just watched all the episodes so far. I loved the family’s trip to Hong Kong. The tailor was hilarious. And, the image of Rev. Run, going to this hideous looking building in a bad looking part of Hong Kong, only to open the doors to find this fantastic looking indoor skateboard park and game place – with two young entrepreneurs who obviously LOVED hip-hop and were gobsmacked to have THE REV RUN of RUN DMC in their business..I loved it..LOL

  33. December 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Rather cool …. I can hear all my Seattle neighbors celebrating so I thought I’d check on the Hawks and, well ….

  34. December 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Peanut pretty much sticks to the band of children’s networks of Nick/Disney. But, somehow, I was watching the Halloween episode of Black-ish, and she sat and watched it, and is now hooked! She has been going one by one through the DVR…LOL

  35. December 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    so fierce!

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