Week in Toons

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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As the second-place candidate in the Republican campaign, Ted Cruz is the main beneficiary of the Stop Trump movement. He can make a case against Trump, but can he make the case for himself?







Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press






Donald Trump is not happy about the way the GOP is treating him. He should write a sequel to his best-selling book, The Art of the Deal.







Political cartoon for Los Angeles Sentinel

April 6, 2016






Jeff Koterba April 10.2016. Clinton Aliens









Baby Trump


Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press



80 Responses to “Week in Toons”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    furst in finish line.

  2. April 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

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  3. 14 amk for obama
    April 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    papa francis: look, the guy just turned up at my door while I was about to leave. whatchugonnado?


  4. April 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm


    The Perception of ‘Professional Hair’ Is An Obstacle For Many Black Women


    Natural hair may be beautiful, freeing and here to stay, but the perception of it being “unprofessional” in the workplace is a realty for far too many women of color, namely black women.

    Last week, a viral tweet brought to light a Google search result for “unprofessional hairstyles for work” where the vast majority of hairstyles were of black women with natural hair. While this belief is not unheard of, this damning reality of what many black women face when job hunting or staying professional while at work is still relevant and problematic.

    Not to be overlooked when a Google search for “professional” hairstyles is sought, the results are of white, straight-haired blond women. This bias makes for serious conversations for black women on how to wear their hair. Natural hair is not unprofessional but far too many industries do not agree and why we are seeing more women being sent home or let go for rocking the natural tresses they were born with.

    As if just finding a job wasn’t hard enough, black women just starting out in the workforce are facing hair obstacles with the growing numbers celebrating and embracing natural hair.

    Ayana Lindsey, a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta, told TakePart: “When we’re preparing for job interviews and career fairs, some professors and career-planning advisers will strongly suggest that girls who normally wear their hair natural opt for straighter hair to appeal to

    • April 17, 2016 at 1:57 am

      May ask a question at the risk of sounding clueless or racist. The situation described is dispiriting and just unacceptable. I have read about this before in another article about young girls. The article stated it was important for white people (teachers for example) to compliment and validate young black girls and their hair. I have tried since that time to remember to compliment my black students’ hair. I don’t do this to be patronizing or fake, but because I think their hair is beautiful and cool; it hadn’t occurred to me that it needed to be said. So do you think this is useful or helpful or was the article just another weird white person thing? Again, I’m not telling them lies; just reminding myself to say something to them when I notice. I mean I realize complimenting little girls on their hair is a nice thing to do, but do you think there is validity in the theory of the study?

  5. 20 vcprezofan2
    April 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks, LPlains. 🙂

  6. April 16, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I was wondering if Sanders’ speech was really just 10 minutes long. I saw the official agenda, but thought maybe there were overlapping events. Well, no. He wasted all that time and money for what certainly looks to me like a 10-15 minute talk. This link has the full text of his speech.


  7. April 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    sad to hear this. 20 years….sigh



    April 15, 2016 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers

    After twenty years of marriage, Aisha Tyler and her husband, Jeff Tietjens, have called it quits.

    According to TMZ, the “Talk” host and Tietjens have been living separately since January 2015. Ultimately, it was Tietjens who pulled the trigger. He filed for divorce with the L.A. County Superior Court and cited irreconcilable differences.

    Tyler’s spokesperson, Lisa Morbete, told TMZ that she and her husband will continue their friendship despite the fact that their marriage is ending.

    Tyler and Tietjens, who were college sweethearts, tied the knot in 1994 when she was just 23 years old. At the time, she was sure that she didn’t want children, but as she approached her 40s, she experienced a change of heart.

    “I was with someone at 19, and I was married at 23, and I didn’t want kids when I was in my 20s,” Aisha shared back in September. “I wasn’t mentally prepared to take care of them; I was focused on my career. And then when I got to be in my 40s, and I thought about having kids, I wasn’t able to have kids naturally. I don’t regret it.”

  8. April 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hadn’t heard of this. Spread the word.


    April 15, 2016 ‐ By Lauren R.D. Fox

    Two years ago, Andrea Smalls left her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Costa Rica after visiting the country for vacation. Puerto Viejo is now the town where Smalls calls home and it is also the location where she’ll be hosting her very first healing retreat for women of color. Slated to be held June 13-20, women will have the opportunity to heal themselves through de-colonizing yoga, swim or surf lessons, meditation, holistic healing and women’s workshops. Smalls, along with six instructors, guide participants through various aspects of spirituality and give travelers the opportunity to support local Afro-Costa Rican businesses. Check out our chat with Smalls on why establishing a healing retreat specifically for women of color was so important to her.

    MadameNoire: What inspired you to develop a healing retreat for women of color?

    Andrea Smalls: I thought it was important for women of color to have that space to come together. I created it when I came to Costa Rica and was sick of New York, especially with everything that is happening in America [police brutality]. It was just too heavy. I was scheduled to only stay for five days and ended up staying for two years because I loved it so much. While traveling, a lot of things started to happen—I began meditating more, I worked at a butterfly garden. I wanted a space for women of color to come because I think it’s so important for us to let go of certain things. It’s hard for many of us to find ourselves while being in the States.

  9. 24 99ts
    April 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks LP – I love that the political cartoonists achieve so much from the GOP but have difficulty trying to create their type of humor with PBO.

  10. April 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

    This is not your grandpappy’s Republican Party



    The truth, as any first year history student could tell you, is that Republicans were the more socially liberal party and Democrats the more socially conservative for at least seven decades after Lincoln. But in the years since then, they have essentially swapped ideologies.

    The reason John engages in this linguistic shell game, the reason he defends the party that wasn’t attacked instead of the ideology that was, is simple: The ideology is indefensible, at least where civil rights is concerned. You must be a liar, a fool or an ignoramus of Brobdingnagian proportions to suggest social conservatives have ever supported African-American interests.

    They didn’t do it a century ago when “conservative” meant Democrats. They don’t do it now.

    Sadly for John, pretending otherwise requires him to twist logic like a birthday party clown making balloon animals. How addlepated must you be to see common ground between the segregationist Lester Maddox and civil-rights activist Al Sharpton? How cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs are you when you consider the Ku Klux Klan and Strom Thurmond “liberal?”

  11. April 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I love this story from the nearby NC town of Winston-Salem, where my friends Vivian Joiner and Stephanie L. Tyson are part of a brilliant idea to support a fellow restauranteur who is facing a huge health crisis. Their restaurant, Sweet Potatoes, is one of a group of local food biz heroes who will reopen Skippy’s Hotdogs for a week, and donate the proceeds to their friend’s medical bills. Good people doing good things through food!

  12. April 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    water is wet news


    Mothers say middle-class status little protection against gendered racism for African American boys

    Study reveals how African American mothers parent young sons—via “bias-preparation” strategies—to navigate “Thug” image and vulnerabilities of African American masculinity

    Middle-class African American mothers must parent differently than their white counterparts. African American middle-class mothers bear the added weight of preparing their children—particularly their sons—to navigate “gendered racism,” or discrimination based on both race and gender, from a very young age. This is according to a new research study published in the April 2016 issue of Gender & Society , a top-ranked journal in Gender Studies and Sociology. While there has been anecdotal evidence regarding the phenomenon, this is the first rigorous analysis of what has been colloquially referred to as “The Talk” or the “Black Man’s Code,” a set of socially circumscribed rules black boys and men feel compelled to follow to protect themselves from suspicion, criminalization as “thugs,” and harm—regardless of class status. It provides more evidence that the phenomenon is widespread, and gives deeper insights regarding the nature of the problem and the role of mothers in addressing it.

    “Although the mothers in this study are middle- and upper-middle-class African Americans with more resources than lower-income mothers, this status provides their sons with little protection from gender and racial stereotyping,” says study author Dawn Marie Dow, assistant professor of sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. “Participants believe that both race and gender trump class, and that the broader society associates poverty, crime, and undereducation with being an African American boy.”

    Drawing on 60 interviews of middle- and upper-middle class African American mothers, the study, titled, “ The Deadly Challenges of Raising African American Boys: Navigating the Controlling Image of the ‘Thug’,” outlines “bias-preparation” strategies mothers use to address the challenges their sons will face in a society that often criminalizes the bodies of African American boys and men. Importantly, Dow’s study confirms that these mothers are not able to turn to middle-class safety nets in the same way as their white counterparts. While most middle-class white families are depicted as feeling some level of security in their regular interactions with teachers, police officers, and the general public, the African American mothers in Dow’s study saw teachers as potential tyrants, police officers as potential predators, and the general public as a potential threat to their sons’ safety, survival, and emotional well-being.

  13. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    April 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm

  14. April 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Caption: Stephen Curry 1990’s Burger King Commercial
    I’m sure at the time Del thought “no way is my son gonna make it in the nba let alone surpass me” Lol!
    #NBA #Curry

  15. April 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Congratulations to them all!

    Eight Black Women to Make History: Receiving PhD’s Together

    Apr 14, 16 by Qwest7

    *This year’s graduating class at the Indiana University School of Education will be noted for making history as eight African-American women from the class are candidates to receive their PhD’s in Education together.

    The women, known as “the great eight,” weighed in on the achievement in an interview with Fox 59. The station noted that the weight of the moment hit the ladies after beginning the education program when they realized that not many women of color had come before them or at least not at the same time.

    “We understood very early on that we had a distinction, a commonality, a thread between all of us and so we began to meet as a group,” PhD candidate Nadrea Njoku told Fox 59.

    Although they were on different paths at different times, but the women unified in cheering each other on in a field that sees less than two percent of African-American women. The group will walk across the stage in May to get their well-deserved degrees.

    “We often deal with this idea that we always have to do more. And our collective black female community here we were able to tell each other you’re enough,” said PhD candidate Jasmine Haywood.

    As things got tough, the great eight found themselves leaning on them each other to stay sane.

  16. 38 amk for obama
    April 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  17. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    April 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    It. Is. Going. To. Be. Awesome.

  18. 40 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I love the toons – thanks LP! 🙂

  19. 41 CEB
    April 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Received my copy of the just released, beautifully bound, Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda. PBO is mentioned and featured prominently several times in the book. Most notable mentions: the experience at the White House Poetry Jam when Miranda first introduced the opening song, PBO’s appearance at the matinee performance and his backstage inter-actions with the cast and crew, and in the Epilogue of the book that relates Miranda’s thoughts on the night of a fund-raising performance for the DNC, complete with a photo of the president as he stood at the lecturn giving remarks. Take a look at it in your next visit to the bookstore.

  20. April 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

  21. 48 Neena20409
    April 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Bravo, LP! These Cartoons are Hilarious, Excellent & Newsworthy.
    Congrats, Amk. Your True Furst ⭐ 😉

  22. 49 Neena20409
    April 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

  23. 53 Judith Fardig
    April 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    The ring of fire is shaking things up. Hope we on the West Coast aren’t next.

  24. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    April 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm


    • 57 Judith Fardig
      April 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Such a shame they didn’t listen to Anita Hill and spared us the travesty of Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court!

      • 58 jacquelineoboomer
        April 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        As much as I really like the actors in Confirmation ~ I’m not sure I want to see it all again, having lived through those hearings as they took place. It was horrible then, and it’s horrible now to think about. Luckily, Anita Hill survived and went on to do good things in her life, but she was victimized more than once.

  25. 59 No Child Left Behind
    April 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Fabulous post! Thank you Lovely Plains.

    Good evening TODVille!

  26. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    April 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Love how Jeff’s tweet deteriorated from lofty thought to crushing blow. Ha. People are really getting into it. Or not.

    • 61 No Child Left Behind
      April 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Jeff is not feeling the Bern. Neither do I.

      • 62 jacquelineoboomer
        April 16, 2016 at 10:31 pm

        He’s got quite the way with words – always enjoy him.

        • 63 jacquelineoboomer
          April 16, 2016 at 11:08 pm

          Well, I did, until I saw another tweet of Jeff’s. Makes me feel bad that people can’t just talk about the merits – we just spent 7+ years watching racism in action, that’s still going, and now our two 2016 candidates are hit daily with sexism or ageism by many fellow Democrats. I’d rather pick them apart because of the issues – I’ll do that all day long.

          This is reminding me to examine my own conscience in future, and watch my own words. Hey, I’m a liberal, and I don’t mean to preach or judge, but once in a while I think we should all comment when we see something not classy (as in another tweet of Jeff’s that I posted) or what’s the sense in calling it an honest political dialogue?

          • 64 susanne
            April 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm

            You’re so right. All the snark, sexism, ageism, and references to body parts is a distraction. Pretty soon, we’ll forget there are real issues at stake– already the word ‘boring’ is being used to describe a respectful exchange of ideas.
            Having said that, I do think BS is showing signs of wear. Remember Raygun’s decline in office– a legitimate concern.

            • 65 jacquelineoboomer
              April 17, 2016 at 12:12 am

              Excuse this long response!

              Believe me, I’m totally guilty of saying all kinds of nasty things on the blog and elsewhere about RWNJs! I haven’t been civil, at all, about them. They’ll never see it, but I vent because of their hideous ideas and actions, and their nastiness toward our President, which none of us can abide.

              But between Democrats, it’s disheartening and some supporters on both sides – all over twitter and beyond – are not keeping their eye on the prize in November. It’s why I’ve appreciated many of Hillary’s surrogates on TV stopping short of calling out Bernie to the nastiest degree (his have not really returned the favor).

              Yes, I wanted to comment more on both of our two remaining candidates early on and call ’em out, but I tempered that a little (although I said stuff) out of respect for folks here who were more divided on their #1 than they are now.

              I’ve also noted Bernie looks and sounds exhausted. He barely smiles, which he used to do much more – he used to look like he was enjoying himself. Now, it looks like he barely sleeps. It’s why I’ve mentioned that family members should step in. Some here who have clinical experience are saying what you’re intimating about Bernie, and I get that.

              But terms being used against Bernie – the “soiling his pants” part – are plain and simple ageism. It’s as bad as sexism. Now, I’ve only been an older person these last few years (Ha!), but I’ve been a woman for many more and – like many here – lived through the women’s movement of the ’70s, so I really don’t like it when sexism rears its ugly head, either.

              Neither are as bad as racism, let me just state that – we can see that in the devastating mark racism continues to leave on our national conscience and in our day-to-day lives, no matter where we are on the damn color wheel our country continues to use – to judge and hinder people.

              But hitting below the belt in Bernie’s case like Jeff did – about his age (not his mental capacity or judgement, necessarily) is also kinda silly when used by Hillary supporters, because he’ll be 75 in September, she’ll be 69 this October – not too far behind him when she finishes her first term. And Joe Biden – were he to have run – would be 74 this November. Trump will be 70 in June. None of them are all that far away in age from Bernie.

              Not sure I’m explaining my thoughts succinctly, but thanks for responding – and reading this – susanne! I’m gonna try to concentrate on issues and judgement and character regarding Bernie and Hillary – wish me luck!

              • 66 susanne
                April 17, 2016 at 12:26 am

                Best of luck! 🙂
                Heaven knows I’ve jumped on board the snark-train, with glee. Really, the RWNJs just beg for it. And for a while, I did keep an open mind about the Dem candidates, watching and listening to see who to back– there won’t be a perfect, easy choice again after PBO. But before long, BS revealed his agenda, his skills, his constituency, and I realized there was really only one Dem running. Since then, I’ve been waiting for him to get on board, but instead he’s been stirring up trouble. So anyone taking a poke at him seems like an ally.

                And you’re absolutely right about the ages of the candidates, and the appropriate way to express concern over capacity. Ahem. Sanders appears to be wearing himself out as a candidate. How would he handle the extraordinary stresses of the presidency? Also too, would he please just shut the eff up.

                • 67 jacquelineoboomer
                  April 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

                  Ha. Yes, I’ve felt that glee, too! And you made my night, with that last statement.

                  I’ve lost track of which primary election in which state might alert him it’s time to drop out … I guess that’ll come along at some point or he will, as he says, make it to the convention. And then, when Hillary gets the nomination, the real sexism will start up all over again. And the Clinton-ism, don’t forget that one!

                  But at least I’m guessing we’ll see our dear President and Vice President out stumping for her, at times, so that’ll be the fun part!

                  The good part for me is I haven’t allowed myself to “hear” Trump’s actual voice on the teevee for 3 days. Hallelujah. I’m keeping track of what they’re all up to, but I’m pretty much hearing it from others – not the dawgs themselves!

                  Goodnight to you and TODville!

                  • 68 susanne
                    April 17, 2016 at 12:49 am

                    restful sleep jacq

                  • April 17, 2016 at 1:06 am

                    Jackie, I completely agree about the ageism stuff. I am trying to answer the Bernie people with straight information and without snark and it is A Very Hard Thing. And I slip up. But I keep trying. It is an exercise in replicating the experiment that shows the more information you give people, the more they are confirmed in their erroneous beliefs.

                    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
                      April 17, 2016 at 11:41 am

                      So true! Today, I’ve decided to skip the negativity. When I hear or read “erroneous beliefs,” as you said, I’m going to tell myself they are part of the process (might seem like the schoolyard process, but the process, nevertheless). I may answer, but I’m not getting sucked in!

      • 72 MightyPamela
        April 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

        #bernedout is how I’m feeling about all of it

  27. April 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

  28. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    April 16, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I tried not to preach, I really tried, but some of this is very tough to see, coming from Democrats. We should be more self aware.

    • April 17, 2016 at 1:11 am

      I am so sick of these “holier than thou” Bernie supporters! It seems to me that their #1 mission is to destroy the Democratic Party! If the Democratic Party is so corrupt why did Bernie Sanders, who identifies himself as an Independent and not a Democrat, all of a sudden decide to run for President as a Democrat? As far as I am concerned, Bernie and his supporters have demonstrated no evidence that they are loyal to the Democratic Party! Rather, they’ve demonstrated that they have no qualms using the Democratic Party to destroy the Democratic Party.

  29. April 17, 2016 at 12:29 am

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