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127 Responses to “Ferguson: The Week in Toons”


  1. August 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I was just about to DM you, LP, to see if were going to post soon.

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Hi, LPlains! Seems like Mr. Librarian and I are the only ones here at the moment. Wonder what the others are doing? I’ll go enjoy your offerings.

  3. 7 overseasgranny
    August 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, dear, problems posting still?

    • 8 overseasgranny
      August 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I tried to comment on the Statue of Liberty cartoon which saddened me terribly. It is very hard to watch US news these days.

  4. 9 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  5. 10 Roberta in MN
    August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you for the Toons, LP & congrats on furst LL.

  6. August 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Utterly brilliant toons LP, thank you endlessly!

    • August 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks, Chips! …….BTW thanks for cleaning up my post. My laptop monitor still doesn’t work ( I tried dropping it again to reverse the damage :D ) Hoping to find a good deal on Labor Day weekend :cool:

      • August 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        “I tried dropping it again to reverse the damage”

        :lol: I’m SO relieved I’m not the only one to do these things.

        Thank you again LP, these are stunning toons.

  7. 15 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

    // Westhampton Beach, New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the incident on Sunday. After signing more than 700 books at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, Clinton was asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy.

    Clinton ignored both questions and left the bookstore. Liberal activists and civil rights leaders have asked Clinton for her response, saying she is the presumed front-runner for her party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and that she has commented on major news stories in the past. //

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/24/clinton-ignores-questions-on-ferguson/

    These “liberal activists and civil rights leaders” ought to take this as an unambiguous sign that HRC is no “front-runner” for anything.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      August 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      If you want to know what I think [ ;) ;) ], I’ll repeat what I’ve said here before – Hillary usually reserves her ‘opinion’ until she tests the direction of the wind. She isn’t confident enough to be ahead of the curve on any potentially pivotal issue, IMO.

      • 17 hopefruit2
        August 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Yup..yup. That kind of “follow the crowd” behavior does not instill any confidence in her ability to be a President who has to make a wide array of unpopular decisions on short notice…

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          August 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm

          /this response came from the devil in me/ Her adviser might say she wasn’t following the crowd so much as she was speaking for the ‘majority’ – (once she had verified what the majority was saying). ;) {Truly, I want to leave her alone until 2016, but her name keeps stumbling into me, even when I try to avoid it.}

    • 19 anniebella
      August 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Why would Hillary take the chance of making the white folks made with her, she think if we blacks get made with her she can always send out the black first black President to patch things up, Bill Clinton. I think she is being a dam coward.

    • 20 Vicki
      August 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Agree with you on this, hf.
      Isn’t going to run and if she does run, isn’t going to win.

      The MSM are starting to know this and the trickle of “Will HRC have a primary opponent?” articles will become a torrent soon enough.

      Also “Will the Dems have a better than expected mid-term?” stories will start to circulate right after Labor day. And no, I am not smoking anything. I am genuinely positive.

      • 21 hopefruit2
        August 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        I know you’re not smoking anything Vicki. I’ve been saying the same thing about HRC and the midterms.

  8. 22 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Outstanding collection of toons! Wow!

  9. 23 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    No joke! I want that T-shirt too. :)

  10. 30 Nena20409
    August 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Poignant Toons LP.
    Au for LL. Congrats.

  11. 31 anniebella
    August 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Did any of you see the rally for Darrin Wilson yesterday? I have no doubt that those were the same kind of people who would have been holding a rally for the man who kill Martin L. King Jr, for the man who bomb the church with the four little black girls in it, for the man or men who kill Emmitt Till.

  12. 32 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I keep scrolling back through these amazing works of political art. Jaw-dropping! Thank you, LP!

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      August 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Me too – scrolling back. Hadn’t realized there were so many toons on the issue because I don’t check the news-y sites or the cartoon links. Thank you kindly, LPlains.

        • 35 vcprezofan2
          August 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

          Aha! You’ve come out of hiding, I see! :) You did a fine job.

          So, what’s cooking in your corner these days?

          • August 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

            TY..I was watching the LLWS this afternoon, and patiently waiting for College football to start on Thursday….other than that waiting to see how long of a waiting list I’m going to be on for a radiology program I applied for. Just sent all my transcripts for evaluation….

            • 37 vcprezofan2
              August 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

              Well, remembering that that is a serious goal of yours, I hope you hear back soon that you are ‘in’!

              I won’t make any comment about College football for fear of damaging our friendship. ;) ;)

    • August 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      amazing….I agree Dudette….they capture the issues powerfully

  13. August 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  14. 46 Nena20409
    August 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  15. 48 Nena20409
    August 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I can’t go through this coming winter as the last one…….C’mon. I sincerely hope that their prediction is 1001% inaccurate.

  16. 51 anniebella
    August 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Look like the Chicago LL team has lost to S. Korea. Oh well at least they made it to the championship game. Hopefully they will be invited to the White House to meet POTUS and FLOTUS.

  17. 52 yardarm756
    August 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    And the MSM is praying for violence to occur tomorrow at Mike’s funeral…….Blood suckers!

  18. August 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    This is an exceptional piece re: the militarization of the police and structural racism…where the two collide….I recommend reading this

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/19/story-power-country-ferguson-institutionalized-racism-and-militarization-police

    As Eastern Kentucky University professor Victor E. Kappeler writes, “The institution of slavery and the control of minorities… were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing.”

    “[T]he St. Louis police were founded to protect residents from Native Americans in that frontier city, and many southern police departments began as slave patrols,” writes Kappeler, who is Associate Dean of the School of Justice Studies at EKU. “Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property.

    Institutional racism in policing is not a new development, but militarization is. During the 1980s and 90s, the government took advantage of the public fear of drugs to gain support for ramped up military-grade policing programs. Apart from 1033, federal support also came in a variety of DOJ and DHS grants that bolstered state and local law enforcement agencies, which used them to purchase lethal weapons, body armor, and vehicles built to withstand roadside bombs in war zones. Joint operations between police departments and the federal agencies like the FBI became common.

    But the changes caused by militarization were not equal among all communities. Racial disparities were rampant. Black communities were disproportionately targeted for policing and arrests — and the increasingly militarized equipment and conduct that went with it — despite evidence pointing to higher levels of drug crimes among whites.

  19. August 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So, I’m watching Match of the Day on BBC1, and finally saw highlights from the Sunderland – Man U match. Chips, just like every prominent member of a community is responsible to comment on anything any random member of that community does, so are you responsible for everything Ashley Young does. What a freaking dive! And when the ref carded him, dude didn’t even blink. He knew it was a complete dive. Explain, young lady!

  20. August 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    My missus was so happy when she found me. “Finally,” she thought, “a guy who doesn’t like the NFL! I won’t be a Sunday widow.” Little did she know I’d develop an obsession for soccer. She’s borne up well, though.

  21. 65 JER
    August 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • 66 GGail
      August 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      PBO coming to Cali? If I cause an earthquake down here, do you think he’ll stop in LA too?

      I know, I know, I’ll say a couple of Hail Mary’s

  22. August 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    • 68 Nena20409
      August 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I said I was not going to make comment on Hillary and 2016 any longer. I am sticking to that pledge.

      But have people forgotten “Sister Soldier” Bill Clinton politicking in the 1990s? I don’t even know whatever became of that hip pop artist.

      Last…..since HRC has been a lukewarm participant in 2014 thus far, why are folks surprised that she is mum now? I don’t see too many Dems in Congress today who are not people of color making statements on Ferguson.

    • 69 carla4obama
      August 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      You know LL Hillary will say something only if the polls have shown it to be popular. Her views are what her pollsters tell her.
      We need her for 2014 midterms…..where is she? Setting up for 2016, dissing our president.

  23. 75 desertflower
    August 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/03/the-making-of-modern-america

    Good read…and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is SO important to America, and yet Rand Paul would like to get rid of it…

  24. 76 JER
    August 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  25. August 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  26. 78 desertflower
    August 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Verbal diarrhea. EXCESSIVE VERBAL DIARRHEA.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/24/cornel-west-obama-a-brown-faced-clinton-in-charge-of-a-wall-street-and-drone-presidency/

    In an interview with Salon’s Thomas Frank, public intellectual Cornel West expressed the depths of his disappointment with the presidency of Barack Obama.

    “The thing is,” West told Frank, Obama “posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free.”

    “He posed as if he was a kind of Lincoln,” West continued, but “we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist.”

    • August 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      you can feel the hatred an venom fall from his mouth with each word….what a pity…he and others like him…could be helping blk folks understand what is happening…and they could join the grass roots efforts around issues of peace and freedom…but instead….they spent the president time in office..taking swipes at him….you can feel how personal it is…

    • 80 anniebella
      August 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      I thought about going to read that article about Corny West and his hatred for POTUS, but I decided not too. Not in the mood for West B.S.

    • August 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

      The question and answer always remain with these so-called black activist, “What the F have YOU done for the black race to lift them up?” answer NOTHING! This president has done more than any president in modern history. I wonder what Corney will do when he promotes Hill

  27. 82 dotster3
    August 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Love these thoughts. Even though Chgo’s Little League team fell short in the final game, they gave the city much fun and excitement, accomplished so much reaching that final game, won 4 elimination games in the tourney to get to the final. But as writer said, something more important was accomplished also. Instead of yelling at each other, it reminded everyone how good it feels to “seek commonality”, to unite in giving a “broad shouldered hug”. How good it feels to all cheer for one thing. And how the final score doesn’t really matter. It was the journey for the team and for us that was significant and meaningful.

  28. August 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  29. 88 desertflower
    August 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    ***WARNING*** This video at the link is difficult to watch. Mike Brown’s murder and his neighbors that speak about that day and what they saw.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/08/24/heads-should-roll/

  30. 89 dotster3
    August 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  31. August 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I’d like to be in the room if President Obama were to invite John Schindler in for a chat.

    John knows a lot of history and he wouldn’t be the first person with accurate insights and sound strategic advice who wasn’t able to influence Presidential decisions. He’s also got a ton of attitude, which may have not served him well or been of benefit to others.

    In any case, my urging VP Biden & Ambassador Rice to chat with him is sincere. The Salafi jihad is of major concern and I have no doubt that John is way out of his league in stating that the Obama Administration is ‘naive’ regarding the severity of the threat it poses to civilization, itself.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      If I remember correctly, John was one of those who kept harping on the optics of PBO’s playing golf, and worse yet, citing that silly NYT article claiming “Dems were concerned” when I pushed back on his nonsense. Then a whole bunch of his followers including War Room Tom and others jumped in to defend him…

      LOL!

      • August 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        Missed that episode, hf2! They are a ‘sensitive bunch’ and I don’t admire that aspect of their behavior.

        Despite whatever agenda John may have regarding President Obama, the dude knows a lot, is faculty at the Naval War College, and has been a member of the intelligence community for a number of years.

        We all know how comfortable President Obama is with folk who have different points of view, if they are genuinely trying to contribute to solving a problem. I’d give John the benefit of the doubt, call him in, and have the dialogue. It’ll be obvious to everyone in the room if John is blowing smoke or if his specific suggestions are of value. The threat is great enough that I would not want to miss an opportunity to reduce it even if I had to put up with a little attitude.

      • August 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        He often displays the most childish behavior. It’s really astonishing considering how much he thinks of himself.

    • 101 mtmarilyn
      August 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      He blocked me. I remember getting mad at him about something he said about the President.

  32. 102 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  33. 104 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I admit I don’t always get British humor. That being said, WTF?

  34. 108 dotster3
    August 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  35. 109 criquet
    August 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Is this for real or the GOP playbook to defeat her in the primaries?

    • August 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Hillary is the candidate of the Establishment. Plain and simple. In 2008, she ALSO was their candidate. But Barack Obama, the candidate of the people, was unstoppable.

      Barack Obama, while having to deal with the constraints of the presidency and the limits of the american political culture, has demonstrated over and over again that he is not the “yes man” of the Establishment, especially the National Security Establishment. Barack Obama demonstrates INDEPENDENT thinking. He asks difficult questions, pushes back against old narratives, and is much more realistic about the limits of american power, and the long-term consequences of any decision.

      In short, Barack Obama is his own man.

      Is it any wonder why the Beltway , and the national media, dislike him so much ?

      • 111 desertflower
        August 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        THIS…

      • 112 Vicki
        August 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        I agree with you on every point, lovepolitics.

        President Barack Obama is the biggest threat the neo-con ideology has had to face and they haven’t enjoyed one second of security since February,2007. In turn, they have attempted to crush and ruin every moment and initiative of the last 7 years.
        AND……….They have Failed.

      • 113 hopefruit2
        August 24, 2014 at 8:17 pm

        Well-said LP2008!

    • 114 Vicki
      August 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Both, criquet. It is their ideology that matters. If they beat her, fine. If she wins, fine, too. She is one of them

  36. August 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Worthwhile reading ….

  37. 116 africa
    August 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Whew! Hey everybody. Spent all my day in the ER. Took my hubby. Shortness of breath. He was admitted. I am beat.

    Hey LP, I know Andy Marlette.

    Take care all.

  38. 122 africa
    August 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you DF. Lord, yes, I needed that hug. Thank God it is not as bad as the doctors first thought when we got there. I left him resting well to come home and charge my phone and get something to eat. It has been a heck of a morning to say the least. But thanks, again. :) :)

    • 123 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Hiya africa. Glad to hear that hubby is resting and okay for now. Take care of yourself as well. Sending positive and healing vibes to you both. :) Lots of hugs to you.

    • 124 desertflower
      August 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      :) Thinking of you both.

    • 125 Roberta in MN
      August 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Africa, sorry to hear about your husband. (((hugs))) to you both. You have to take care of yourelf, he will need you in the days ahead. Pray the doctors fix him up real good for you. Love Roberta


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