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By Tom Toles



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Here's what I do. You don't have to do it if you don't want to, at least not until I have my Nannystate Stormtroopers installed in each and every one of your homes. These Enforcers of My Way will be the burly type, with arms so knotted with musculature that they are difficult to fold across their barrel chests, and whiskers the thickness of pencil lead. But they will have to wear those little lacy head bonnets and aprons, just so everyone is reminded of the liberal need to feminize everything.

Anyway, while we're all waiting for THAT glorious Dawn of the New Era, here's my suggestion in the meantime. Zero tolerance for a certain type of news story. You know the type -- it is about the only kind left. The kind that asks: "How will this PLAY?" That SPEECH? That APPOINTMENT? That PRESS CONFERENCE? Introducing that LEGISLATION? What is the reporter's TAKE and PREDICTION on how somebody ELSE will FEEL about WHATEVER??? Develop some radar for this. News people have gotten quite good at sliding it in all over the place. When you hit that part of a story, stop reading. When they start it on TV, (if they ever stop), turn the channel, or turn it off. Anyway, just a suggestion, at least until Mr. Nanny shows up. I think Halloween would be a good day for that. --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | October 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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To Jornolibist,
It takes both socialism and capitalism in order to have a functional society.
Liberalism and conservatism are terms that only apply to specific subjects such as religion, economics, progressiveness, traditionalism, humanism, justice, equity and compassion. Everyone has a different set of liberal and conservative view points depending on the subject matter.
Both communism and fascism were a failure because they became dictatorships.
Capitalism is rapidly becoming a dictatorship in the US of A.
This country was meant to be all about "US" (the people).
Socialism is all about the people and Capitalism is all about economics. Economics is based on equitable and efficient transactions that make possible the Demand and Supply of goods and services.
Just and equitable economics is essential to a quality society.
The Demand side of economics supports the supply side of economics and everything else.
We need socialism to maintain a cooperative and efficient society that is a just and equitable society and we need capitalism to supply the goods and services necessary for a quality life style for all of the society's people.
Civilization is based on the cooperation and coordination of people as they live their lives.
Their quality of life is dependent on their government’s ability to coordinate their activities and provide defense and infrastructure. Without government, there is only survival of the fittest or the richest.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | October 11, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of one of Walt Kelly's "Pogo" masterpieces.

Chet and another Cable pundit are sitting down in Okefenokee Swamp with mikes and camera crews (showing each other) as one says something like, "what is your take on the satellite, Chet?" To which Chet replies, "I think so and so . . . what do you think?"
On and on it goes. Meanwhile, Beauregard the dog (or some other notable Kelly Critter) is trying to tell them that the actual satellite, of which they are oblivious, is just on the other side of the bush where they are sitting and interviewing each other.

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 11, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Three weeks left before the midterms and President Obama is claiming foreign money is influencing the elections. Is that all the Democrats have? They need to show the proof of foreign money being used in attack ads by Republicans or knock it off. Desperation is very undignified. And so far they have no proof. None. So sad. A Party that runs on accusations has nothing.

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 11, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 11, 2010 1:39 PM
"What do you call a person with a degree in journalism? Armed and dangerous."

LOL! Very good Mr. bobbo2, very good. The first thing you have said, that had me laughing my pants off.

Posted by: bushidollar | October 11, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance. ~~~Thomas Jefferson~~~
still biting...

Posted by: bertzel | October 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your rant Mr. Toles. Reporters should report facts about events and actions. Not try to use their foggy, out of tune crystal ball to decide what "might" happen. I remember when reporters would shove a microphone in the face of a murder victim's relative and ask "how do you feel?". Now it is the reporter who attempts to tell us what to feel and why. What do you call a person with a degree in journalism? Armed and dangerous.

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

only unions and soros should be allowed to give $-- also china to clinton

Posted by: oldhat | October 11, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the way stories are reported, focusing on what impact the subject of the story may have on public opinion rather than the more substantive aspects of the legislation, appointment, whatever, is of course a ploy of our almost universally right-wing media to tell its mindless minions what they should think. It is quite deliberate and systematic, and leads to many of the public misperceptions that are now so rampant.

To those who think we have a left-leaning media, let me ask you this: How many middle- or lower-class folks own television and radio stations these days? Even on cable. Or even own newspapers? Hmmmm?

Posted by: FergusonFoont | October 11, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So to those here who are criticizing TT and others at WaPo for pointing out the flood of foreign and corporate (and trickle of Union) money into campaigns, are you saying this is a good idea? Are you defending the Citizens United case, or are you just trying to be critical of the "liberal media"? How about a serious statement of why you think the Roberts court, in a decision dominated by the conservatives on the court, is correct in this decision. Do you think the authors of the Constitution (a document you folks seem to love to death these long as it agrees with you) would like this decision?

Do you like the idea of free speech being more free for those foreign entities, outsiders, corporations, and yes, unions, who have truckloads of cash to throw at candidates in any state or district they choose? Do you like the idea that seats in congress go to the highest bidder, whose bids are backed by people who can lurk in the shadows and not reveal who they are? If you like this idea, please explain why. Please explain how this is good for ordinary voters, good for the middle and poorer classes, or good for democracy.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | October 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Posted by: thanksforfish | October 11, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

...and the rich get richer while the poor get poorer...

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 11, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
Daniel Webster

Still biting MY tongue...

Posted by: bertzel | October 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

SIMPLY BRILLIANT cartoon work. It's uplifting to have such a visionary fellow citizen stand sentry duty on the walls of our nation, reminding us that our own selfish interest is the enemy!


Posted by: 2ericc | October 11, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Once again "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Posted by: WESHS49 | October 11, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Quisling, move over; it's now the SC(r)OTUS 5.

Posted by: GeneTouchet | October 11, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

When money is put into any political equation the end is always the same; he who has the gold rules.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | October 11, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Liberals are also working on a plan for a federal holiday dedicated to Karl Marx and a Karl Marx memorial on the mall.

Posted by: jornolibist | October 11, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

You, Dan Eggen and Scott Wilson, and E.J. Dionne Jr. are all on message this morning. Any group of people, like you and the left wing, that can coordinate the message so well deserve leadership positions in government and the media. We'll gladly turn it all over to you if we had jobs to go to.

Posted by: quiensabe | October 11, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Of course it would not say Supreme Union at the top of the building in a Toles cartoon. How many charges of illegally diverting Union dues to Union PACS have there been in the last few years? And over 95% of Union political contributions go to the Democrats. Remember the paper trail in the public sector unions. It starts out as taxpayer funds, it goes to the union member as pay, it goes to the union as dues, it then goes mostly to the Democrats.

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 11, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Absolute nonsense, and the confusion of comments so far reflect that fact.

Posted by: chaunceygardener | October 11, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Now who will be there to tell me how to think or feel about something? I won't know if i should be concerned unless someone tells me why it might be important.

this is all very upsetting to me. i am going to have to check with Glenn, Rush, CNN, MSNBC, MTV, and Sci-Fi just to get some sleep tonight.
Toles, you are the devil! I know it's true, 'cause they said so on CNN.

Posted by: kbtoledo | October 10, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Told by Tom Toles,
"Here's what I do. You don't have to do it if you don't want to, at least not until I have my Nannystate Stormtroopers installed in each and every one of your homes. These Enforcers of My Way will be the burly type, with arms so knotted with musculature that they are difficult to fold across their barrel chests, and whiskers the thickness of pencil lead. But they will have to wear those little lacy head bonnets and aprons, just so everyone is reminded of the liberal need to feminize everything."

To Tom Toles,
Your paragraph is well worth repeating.
The imagery is astounding.
The Nannystate Stormtroopers are what I would imagine as the Corporation Person who is now recognized as a person instead of a corporation.
It reminds me of seeing an assembly line of people tethered to their work bench to avoid static electricity from wiping out the computer components on which they were working.
I got the bad feeling that human dignity had been destroyed by the need to work for a paycheck no matter how disagreeable the circumstances.
The corruption of our language and the outright lies being repeated by Writing Hands and Talking Heads has put the head of Meaningful Communications on the chopping block.
Our Injustice System which is also a person now has opened the flood gates for the corruption of our government and a waste of money, resources and people’s lives.
William of Ockham is probably spinning in his grave by now. Every clear and obvious solution to problems is destroyed in the fire of corrupted rhetoric by passionate madness.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | October 10, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Tom!! Why'd you let them all in on our vast left-wing conspiracy!! It will take years to undo the damage you've caused!

I even had the floral patterns picked out for our Stormtrooper nannies.

Posted by: will12 | October 10, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

As I sit...biting my tongue.

Posted by: bertzel | October 10, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I love it that we have this occasional second chance at having our enthusiasms examined...

Posted by: thanksforfish | October 10, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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