The Week in Toons











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Jeff Koterba cartoon for February 25, 2016 "McConnell Supreme Court"








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"Scout" (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

141 Responses to “The Week in Toons”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  2. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Good afternoon, LP – and thanks for the toons! Off to check ’em out.

  3. 7 MightyPamela
    February 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Whoa, LP, massive post! Thank you – so hard to read the honesty in most of them, you must need a cuppa by now! I know I DO!

  4. 8 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

  5. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Ya know. I’m not a sky-is-falling type, but Trump is signifying (as I’m sure you’ve all figured out for yourselves) we are at deep risk as a country. I want President Barack Obama’s country back! I want 8 more years! I want Joey to hang around, too. Other than all that, just give us a Democratic President for another 8 years.

      Vote, Democrats, Vote! As Tip O’Neill would say, “Vote early and vote often.”

      • February 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        This is the part that is missing from Clinton’s campaign…this feeling of sky is the limit of possibilities…that we can move Forward…that we have moved Froward…that it is possible to beat back the evil that is threatening to overwhelm us…..we did it twice already…….

  6. 13 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    9 Key Points About Trump’s Income Taxes (And Many More Questions)


  7. 14 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    How the World Works: An Open Letter to Millennials Defending Political Pragmatism


    Being pragmatic is not sexy. It doesn’t get all the headlines. It doesn’t endear you to the most progressive members of your party. Nobody applauds you when you make incremental gains. But it gets the job done. Barack Obama has shown over the past seven years that being a political pragmatist is exactly what America needs in a president in the 21st century. Being a pragmatist is how you get results and implement policies that will positively impact the country for a generation to come. Being a pragmatist is how you win over your harshest critics so that they eventually are forced to admit that your presidency has been an overwhelming success. Being a pragmatist is how you simultaneously upset both the left for not being progressive enough and the right for being too progressive. And being a pragmatist is the only way to successfully govern in today’s hyper-partisan world of American politics.

  8. 16 desertflower
    February 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Bernie Sanders campaign just called my house phone. No message….No kidding:)

  9. 19 Gazelle
    February 27, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you (I think it was JER in previous posts) so much for reminding us about the In Performace @ WH, Ray Charles. DVR’ed it. Fabulous concert! Had to say, “Boo, Noooo!”, since it’s the last one. I’ve been replaying it as I took care of chores.

    • 20 Gazelle
      February 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      The young man from Empire series said, with a wink, “We’re going to party like we have 4 more years!” Feeling you Bro! 🙂

      • 21 Gazelle
        February 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        And the “night & day” song w/ Anthony Hamilton and the very talented young lady (sorry, didn’t get her name), was so good. FLOTUS waved her “fan” hand, & POTUS was like, Yeah, I gotcha ya! move, arms around her shoulders. Love FLOTUS & POTUS. Ms. Robinson was looking at them like, yeah & so? It’s everyday w/ them. Love buds.

      • 22 Gazelle
        February 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        And Demi held her own with the absolute powerhouses in “heaven help us all”, was wondering when they came on stage how that would go. Damn, these ladies are amazing.

      • 23 Gazelle
        February 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

        And Sam Cooke … what can I say?! The song had deep meaning I think for Ms. Robinson.

  10. 24 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Fantastic Cartoons, LovelyPlains!
    Hello TOD. It’s gonna hit 57-59F today in Feb 😉 In MN? Climate Change, here it comes! It topped 47F yesterday.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and several posts back.
    Now, back to slowly trying to catch up.

    • 25 desertflower
      February 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Shorts weather! 🙂 In the high 80’s here….it’s still Feb, right? Does NOT bode well for summer in the desert:)

    • 27 arapaho415
      February 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      GA Nena.

      Here in coastal Phoenix (aka SoCal), weather forecast was for “cooling over the weekend” (now) — it was in the 80s yesterday, gonna be that hot today… then forecast says it’s gonna heat up on Monday to the 90s.

      It’s frigging February, and except for a couple of days, it’s been in the 80s and 90s all month.

      If this is what El Nino brings us — hot, dry SUMMER weather in winter, we’re doomed in CA — too many people, not enough water.

      I’ve been aware of El Nino since the late 1970s — those years brought incredible, consistent rains, but we’re below average in rain this year. 😦

      Just not right for most days in February being in the 80s and 90s.

      Climate change is here now (reposting tweet):

  11. 28 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  12. February 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Mercy…but it is true!!!

  13. 30 susanne
    February 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Terrific toons– thanks! Isn’t it amazing, though, how fast the Jeb! candidacy has dropped out of mind? Or is it just me? The cartoons were startling– oh, yeah, him. He was over before he was gone.

  14. 31 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

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  16. 42 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    February 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm


  18. 44 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  19. 45 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      February 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Nena, the question is why is this man still in the race? He offers nothing, says nothing of substance and is always an afterthought.
      Wonder if anyone would notice if he dropped out.

      • 47 Nena20409
        February 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        I agree 1001% with you, Jackie. I do believe that he’s still raising $$ to make it worth his Bank Accounts. Fame & Ego are quite intoxicating. His Fame politically, is due to his dastard unChristian Insulting performance at the Prayer Breakfast in 2013. He’s always going to get Cheers from his fellow Haters.

      • 48 vcprezofan2
        February 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm

        I’m sure his bank account would notice if he dropped out before he *had* to, JG. No way am I going to believe that he isn’t making ‘easy’ money from standing silently on stage, periodically muttering foolishness.

  20. 49 JER
    February 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    LIVE NOW: Bernie Sanders (D) Holds Campaign Rally in Grand Prairie, TX – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3

  21. February 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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  23. 52 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

  24. 54 arapaho415
    February 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    GA TODville.

    Donald Trump is such a danger to this country, and MSM/GOP sit back and let him spew his lies and white supremacy ideology with no attempt to shame those who display such outright bullying and bigotry. No attempt at all.

    It honestly feels like we’re turning the clock back to 1916, not moving forward from 2015.

    Heard this on the radio…

    • 55 arapaho415
      February 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

  25. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    question: when a candidate claims that he/she has been offered money to drop out of a race, is this legal ?

    • 58 desertflower
      February 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      I’m pretty sure that’s called a bribe. No. Not legal, I’m pretty certain:)

      • 59 globalcitizenlinda
        February 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        then the surgeon may be setting himself up for legal troubles with his toxic mouth …. instead of trying to hit his mother with a hammer in the head, perhaps he should have listened more to “if you have nothing good to say …. “

  26. 60 Nena20409
    February 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

  27. 61 desertflower
    February 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    By design.

  28. February 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    . What makes Trump’s rise such a familiar story, more than any other factor, is racism: Fear of “the other” and the promise to scapegoat.

  29. 64 desertflower
    February 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Because of course she did! Former Gov (AH-AZ) Jan Brewer has endorsed Trump. Hateful people. Both of them.

  30. February 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Still, it’s not “Chicken Little time” yet. There is also opportunity for good people to organize an overpowering response to Trump.


    Reason why i am voting for Hillary Clinton

    • February 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      In fact, both Clinton and Sanders have the same exact biggest weakness vs Trump. They’re not training their supporters in how to organize..

      More from the storify

  31. 67 desertflower
    February 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Nutbags. I have no idea what the people of Maine were thinking when they voted for this crazyass man to be Gov….


  32. 68 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  33. 71 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    The media sure is anti Hillary & for Bernie – good thing they are ALWAYS supporting the loser. Even the Weather people are right more often than the US pundits

  34. February 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

  35. 75 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    How MSNBC has changed – hard to know if Rachel has changed or she does it to keep the pay check. That woman! who worked with Palin – fortunately I forget her very unforgettable name & now they are complimenting Christie for what he did – she is praising Christie – the sooner the latter has to pay for his crimes the better

    • 76 hopefruit2
      February 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      I noticed that MSNBC had begun to change since 2010. I started dropping certain shows like Hardball. By 2012, (after the 1st Presidential debate), I stopped watching the network regularly, and by early 2013, I stopped watching them completely with their Snowden/Greenwald/NSA obsession.

  36. 79 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  37. February 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    • February 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      OMG, I can’t stand this whitewashing.

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      I know TOD isn’t a therapy appointment, but I’m having a little bit of a tough time thinking about South Carolina in ’08 tonight, when Bill and Hillary “lost me” forevermore. Of course, it’s many years later and things have changed. But the old hurt (and anger) still has to be beat back, even if I pushed it underground during her entire term as SoS (to support the President’s correct choice then) and have been trying since the start of this election cycle.

      Guessing now I should just tell myself: #FORWARD

      But my heart still isn’t in it. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t vote for her to win the White House, but my heart still isn’t in it.

      • February 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

        what has to happen…for you to be able to no longer feel that hurt and anger

        • 88 jacquelineoboomer
          February 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

          I have to learn how to resolve it in my own mind and heart. Not an outside force type thing. And maybe quit bringing it up to others. I’ll get there – I didn’t even think about it much for PBO’s first term, when she was on his team. It’s not just what happened in ’08 – it’s the fact I spent 8 years of my political life (Ha!) also supporting Bill Clinton when the RWNJs were taking him down, as President. So it was a double whammy for me and many others – like a slap in the face that I could have thought he and she were a certain kind of people, people you should stand up for, and then be disappointed in such a knife-to-the-heart way. Oh, well, at least I’m not hard-hearted about politics yet – I still want to believe in a candidate, not just sign on the dotted line!

          Back to the present, I guess, is the only answer!

          • February 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm

            First …it is ok to bring it up here in TOD we are fam….i understand exactly how you feel…you feel a sense of betrayal…and you may never get that sweet trust back…but like Donna has said and others,..that we will support the candidate that supports and move the accomplishments of the President forward….and that is what i plan to do….and for me that person is Hillary Clinton…..she is not Perfect…but she is the best candidate

            • 90 jacquelineoboomer
              February 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

              In keeping with my earlier realization, what I can now respond to you (and thanks to you for that nudge) is to say after every one of Hillary’s victories:

              YES WE CAN!

              • February 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

                We also have to remember that we are also in the beginning stages of a grieving process. After 9 or so years of sharing their lives with us, our beloved Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha are about to embark on a new journey all their own. I can’t stop feeling sad but I know they will rise to even greater heights and there will be a way for us to witness that, too.

                • 92 jacquelineoboomer
                  February 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

                  And the beauty of it is that at the end of the grieving process, we will realize (some day – can’t name the day) that there was nothing to grieve but much to celebrate and continue to enjoy! Not there yet, but I’m sure we will get there. ❤

      • February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

        I so understand your feeling, JO’B. I hear you. And it’s not just that I’ve carried a grudge about 2008. It’s that my entire spirit was offended by all those horrific things the Clintons did because they wanted the WH once again. I remember those days like they were yesterday.

        But today, I’m faced with a choice. As the ugly devastation of Trump and his ilk gain momentum, I feel trapped. I can’t breathe. I can’t stand it. It is a horrifying reality I cannot tolerate.

        Bernie’s continual drumbeat against President Obama has completely soured me. He lost me a long time ago. So I’m left with the opportunism of the Clintons. To say this has been difficult is an understatement. But because I love our POTUS so much and want to see his policies not completely destroyed, I am forcing myself to try and be objective. It’s tremendously difficult but I am trying. I don’t know what other choice I have at this moment. And what it all boils down to is this:I am working hard to be positive because it’s the only thing I have left.

        • 94 jacquelineoboomer
          February 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm

          Wish we could sit and have a glass of the bubbly together, after reading that – I totally understand where you are. I’ll follow your lead in “working hard to be positive”!!! We’ll get there.

          • February 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm

            Oh how I’d love that, Booms. I tell you, I’ve had to dial it back a LOT. Had to work on myself to let things go and that’s not easy for me. Had to try and figure out a way to make this transition OK when in fact it’s leaving a hole in my gut. I am having a hard time thinking of anyone else in the WH because the Obamas have been enormously successful and influential and in everything they’ve touched.As David Foster Wallace once said: Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks all over it.

            • 96 jacquelineoboomer
              February 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

              First, I enjoyed that “Booms” part so much, I’m still LMAO.

              Second, that quote is amazing. And, let me tell ya, I come from a long line of women who would still be out at the train station waving and not letting go, were they still with us! Got that in me, too.

              I’m copying that quote and framing it for my desk. Prettyfoot has also helped me make a pact with myself to try to get to the point where every time HRC wins something, I can just say to myself “Yes We Can!” and move forward. And look down at the claw marks and just shake my head that nothing’s bleeding. Love ya, meta!

        • February 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm

          If I tried forever I couldn’t sum it up any better, Meta. It’s a horrible choice, and there’s a touch of the ‘lesser of two evils’ about it. To be honest, no 2016 contender could ever have satisfied me, but Sanders has done the impossible: made me really, really, really hope Hillary wins out.

          • February 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

            I know, Chips, I know. I feel you. It’s excruciating for me but I’ve come to reckon with the fact that there will come a time when I will have to move on.

          • February 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm

            To be honest, no 2016 contender could ever have satisfied me, but Sanders has done the impossible: made me really, really, really hope Hillary wins out.



        • 103 Obama Grandmama
          February 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

          Me too!

      • February 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        i suppose it was easier for me…because i was never a Hillary Supporter…but i did not like the nastiness that came out 08….I will never be the kind of supporter that will use the I’m With Her…slogan…because i will always be a YES I CAN obamabot…but i know that of the choices running for President…our future hinges on Hillary Clinton winning the WH…

        • 105 jacquelineoboomer
          February 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm

          That’s it – every time Hillary wins, I’ll tell myself YES WE CAN!!!! That’ll be our win-win – to keep a Democrat in the WH and never to forget how the one who’s in there now inspired us.

          I’ll be 102 years old going, “YES WE CAN!”

          • February 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

            In my mind and in my heart, there will never be anyone to hold a candle to what PBO did. I just think about where our country was in 2008 – and on so many dimensions and levels how hard PBO and his team fought to make progress in a horrific and loaded environment. I’ll be forever grateful for what he’s done for all of us.

            • 107 jacquelineoboomer
              February 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm

              I will, as well. I remember all the happy tears on election night in ’08 and ’12 – and the fact my oldest granddaughter was coincidentally visiting me both times and the second time (4 years later, but remembering) asked, “Crying, again?”

              I’ll also be very anxious to follow our dear PBO’s “career” moves in the future, and see what Michele decides to do with her newly returned “free time.” That’ll be where the excitement goes – and, hopefully, watching others move up the political ladder. ❤

        • February 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

          THIS. Thank you, pf. I’ve never liked the Clintons. Never saw their charm or wisdom. Can’t really stomach BC. But here we are.

  38. 110 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This will be like Rubio winning – Berniebots will claim success if he loses by less than 30%

    And yes – MSNBC – saying Clintons live in the past. Do they see Hillary being SoS for PBO as the past. They truly are trying to bring Hillary down. The general will draw every lie that was ever told about Hillary.

    • 111 99ts
      February 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      And here’s Chuck – Hillary needs a big win – Sanders strategy described – but Hillary has to do a,b,c,d,e

    • 112 99ts
      February 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      And now PBO is being blamed because race relations are getting worse. Race relations have become KNOWN – they were always going to get worse when people stopped treating whites as the privileged race

  39. February 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The handwriting has been on the wall for a while…starting with ED Schultz…then Joy Reid…MHP …REV AL…others will be gone soon…as MSNBC…fulfills its mission to be FOX News II…

    I wonder what Maddow feels playing 2nd fiddle to Brian “I was there” Williams

  40. February 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Kamala Harris just spoke before the California Dem Convention. Check out her timeline. You will be very impressed.


    • February 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      One piece:

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        I like it! Not that I want to add a quote from Chris Matthews to Kamala Harris’ nice quote, but he even said tonight that Hillary has locked in “the past” in this election, and now she has to lock in “the future.” Interesting way to look at it, but I’m more apt to listen to what Kamala Harris says about the topic, going forward …

        • 119 99ts
          February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

          Matthews was looking to the negative with that statement. They are finding almost nothing to praise about Bernie in SC – so they are trying to raise negatives on Hillary

        • February 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

          I’ve always loved Kamala, from the time she was DA here in SF. She’s brilliant and savvy and a long-time friend of the Obamas. However, I lost faith in her when she came out hard against TPP. There are a bunch of trade union people here and she is pandering to them. BUT, I still hope she wins the Senate seat BBoxer is vacating. She has a great message. These seats have been held for a very long time (DiFi is my other Senator). And I hope she learns about the sausage factory and what it means to take this country into the 21st C.

          • 121 jacquelineoboomer
            February 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

            Sounds good to me! I’d forgotten about the TPP issue, but recall it now. Fingers crossed she can find her way into and through “the sausage factory” of national politics!

          • 122 Gazelle
            February 27, 2016 at 11:35 pm

            My personal story of Kamala. I was on the way to work, outside a train station in San Francisco, and there she was, handing out fliers, trying to talk to commuters, regular person. She tried to give me a flier, and I smiled at her & said I already got all I need & was voting for her, save your flier for whoever doesn’t know you by now. We smiled, thumbs up from me, & I went on to the train platform. She was a genuine human, loved that she did the foot work too. And I sure voted for her. This is why it’s so important to actually read about all these contenders before we vote.

  41. 123 99ts
    February 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Sanders is completely out of any type of contact. Whenever does a candidate do this when an election is in progress?

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      It’s happened before. Usually when a candidate knows what the outcome will be, and knows he or she won’t be needed on the ground to make any kind of a victory speech. They generally just call in a concession to their opponent, sometime during the evening. Pretty sure Bernie figured that out!

      • 125 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        Hard to call Hillary from and aeroplane with NO communication available
        And now – MSNBC talking about emails – why am I not surprised.

    • February 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Dumb move but probably on purpose.

      • 127 99ts
        February 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        We don’t have “primary” elections so I probably don’t understand it very well. I guess if you have 50 elections in a couple of months – it all gets confusing. Wish I had followed pbo through the 2008 primary. May have understood it all better.

  42. 129 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Forget the hyenas, MSNBC and CNN. My girl won tonight!

  43. 132 hopefruit2
    February 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    • February 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you hopefruit. Guess he didn’t get the message that we want to continue PBO’s legacy, which is the reason I am voting for HRC, not for herself. Sheesh !!

  44. February 27, 2016 at 7:14 pm


    Why do folks continue to do this….smh

  45. 137 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    media raising election results expectations again

  46. February 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Such a great week:

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