published Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

The 3rd District

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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bret said...

Reminds me of the classic photo, "Dogs playing poker."

June 3, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

Only one problem.

No chips on the table.

How we know who bought them?

June 3, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
hambone said...

Looks like Mayfield is the only one playing with a full deck!

June 3, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.
fairmon said...

Mayfield only has to get 51% deep into the deck to win. There can only be one winner and two losers among the other three. Would you play cards with two politicians and one wanna be politician? Mayfield may have to reveal his game strategy to the public to be the winner among the four.

June 3, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.
esaletnik said...

Is Mayfield playing solitaire? Is that the point of this cartoon? Without really following the campaign, I'm guessing the author is saying that while the others are discussing the issues, Mayfield is off by his own.

June 3, 2012 at 7:41 a.m.
fairmon said...

Who among these four could actually make a difference in D.C. As Mark Twain said something like are those governing us extremely intelligent people manipulating us or are they imbeciles that actually believe in what they are doing? This country is bankrupt and headed for a depression far worse than 1929. The model we are following, Europe, is destroying the world economy.

June 3, 2012 at 8:08 a.m.
timbo said...

You conservatives are being set up by the Times Free Press harping on this deal about Mayfield's lack of debating. Bennett keeps harping on this because when it comes time for the Republican, whomever that might be,(who will be elected in a land slide) the libs can point out what hypocrites the Republicans are for not debating the democrat. As you recall, Big Wamp and Fleichmann dodged John Wolfe for years and would not debate. So forgive me for not taking their criticism of Mayfield too seriously.

Another problem with this empty criticism is local tribalism. How dare someone from another county run for congress. If you don't think that this also has something to do with this beating on Mayfield you are a bigger idiot than Bennett.

Also, Chris Carroll is in the tank for Little Wamp. He has written negative articles about every other candidate but Little Wamp. Hmmmm...I guess that is another Chattanooga coincidence. I thought coincidence was rare but not in this town. Maybe the Nickelodeon reporter (Carroll) wants go to Washington with the Nickelodeon candidate (Wamp).

This is just corrupt Chattanooga politics as usual.

Oh yea, the standard answer to what I just wrote is that I am a conspiracy nut or black helicopters are flying over my house...blah..blah...blah... I guess you are so stupid as to think that smart people with money don't sit around and plan. Give me a break... When all this happens, and it will, you dumba$$es remember this column.

June 3, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Sadly, Harp is right.

June 3, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.
joneses said...

I notice there are not any dummycrats in this poker game. The reasons are (1) In poker you are not allowed to gamble with other peoples money and (2) You cannot bet more than you have and (3) you cannot print money when you loose all of yours.

June 3, 2012 at 9:42 a.m.
davisss13 said...

joneses, you're an idiot.

June 3, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
degage said...

joneses isn't the idiot.

June 3, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
jesse said...

the reason there are no chips on the table is cause mayfield has done cleaned them out and is now playing solitaire because he don't play for funzies!!

June 3, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.
mthompson332 said...

Hey "timbo," do you actually read the paper?

Google these headlines on Wamp. All written by TFP

"Weston Wamp's campaign owes much to his dad"

"Like father, like son? Wamp donors ponder"

"Weston Wamp stakes out campaign platform"

June 3, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
timbo said...

Mthompson332...... I read everything I don't process it like some of you sycophants do. The stories were set up to enable him to explain awayi his obvious problems. There is no bad Publicity.

The amount of attention is disproportional to his qualifications and experience. without daddy we wouldn't know his name. It is embarrassing that the Hamilton County Republicans are supporting him with no Life experience and who has never had a real job. His dad had a similar background but at least he was in his 30s. We don't need another professional politician.

Wamp Has had at least twice as much publicity as a sitting Congressman who has basically voted conservative down the line. So I say "NAW." that means not another Wamp.

June 3, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
moonpie said...

I think this cartoon is a fairly accurate description and, as a stand alone cartoon, I don't think it's actually a slam on Mayfield. (I realize there is a greater history that informs and colors interpretations of this cartoon.)

Mayfield is not playing the same game as the others.

As for Zach and Chuck not debating John Wolfe, in District 3, what would be the point? District 3 is very conservative and someone who is liberal doesn't stand a chance. Why give them a voice? Whoever wins the Republican primary in District 3 is going to congress.

As for which conservative we are going to elect, it would be nice for them to flesh out their positions. As a voter, I like to have some idea of who I'm voting for. I'm not naive enough to think I'll reliably get an answer from debates, but sometimes we do get valuable insights.

As a liberal (compared to the majority of District 3), I will vote for one of these men. I will vote for the one who seems the most competent and reasoned. So far, Scottie hasn't shown me much.

I'd like to see more.

June 3, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
jdavid said...

Moonpie, Wolfe is busy running against Obama in the primaries. .. The Dem's have at least one self proclaimed "moderate" - Bill Taylor-- running and from the interviews I've heard he sounds reasonable-- At least he wouldn't be voting with the "flat earth" wing of the Repulican party as our current Rep has done. As you say, I've learned to tolerate Republicans but this current crop is pretty sad.

June 3, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
rsprgn said...

The last thing we need in Washington representing us is a lawyer or politician. I'm just glad we can vote for someone who can get the job done and isn't going to vote just to get re-elected. The press can say anything they want about Mayfield, but I'm voting for the guy.

June 3, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

Mayfield is going to sweep that election in a landslide. Your polls are wrong because you're not looking at what rural voters think. They will turn out; they will vote for Mayfield; and, it will have a serious impact on the urban political power structure in Chattanooga. Mayfield is not playing solitaire; he is the wild card that didn't get bought off the last time the wealthy appointed themselves to offices without election.

June 4, 2012 at 2:10 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...


June 4, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.
timbo said...

jdavid.....There is no such thing as a moderate democrat. They, like republicans, vote like a flock of sparrows.

As for voting with the "flat-earth wing of the party." That is in the eye of the beholder. To people like me, you and other liberals are more "flat earth" than anyone in the tea party. The Marxist/socialist philosophy you and other liberals espouse is about as old fashioned as buggy whips.

Get this, IT DOES'T WORK....socialism has failed everywhere. You fancy yourselves as "progressives." What is more regressive than more laws and rules to keep individuals from being successful? What is more regressive than raising taxes on those of us who are smart enough and willing to take risks to build something?

The only word that comes to mind about you liberals is "delusional."

June 4, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
timbo said...

nooga....Did I say anything about a tax cut. Taxes are just another expense I would pass on to dumba$$es like you. Your Occupy reference to the "1%" is stupid. It is more like 1 % rich, 10 % working rich, and the next 39 % are the middle class. Then there are the 50% that don't pay any income taxes. Yea, 50%... unbelievable. Why don't you grow a set of you know whats and go out there and compete. I don't want the government's help and don't need it.

I sometimes wonder how could anyone be as dumb as some of you liberal posters.

June 4, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Anybody else sick of reading about timbo's opinion of himself? Jesus, T-bo, get over your self! You're a nobody. The big fish in the itty bitty timbo pond. If I worked for you, I'd take about a month to learn what you know and then go into competition with you.

June 4, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

I own 15 houses that are paid for.

June 4, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Tiny Noogs: You ought to clean up that mouth, son.

June 4, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Well done, joneses, well done.

Now, if you could draw like a 5th grader then you could easily replace Bennett.

June 4, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

never owned a bar/restaurant in atl, chat, or anywhere else, child.

June 4, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.
timbo said...

dude-abides...You talk about how full I am of myself and then say you could learn what I know in a month and compete. I guess you can't see the irony.

Why don't you do just that? Why don't you quit your job and start a business? After that you might have something to discuss.

June 4, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Timbo: The dude too busy slammin white russians.

June 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
timbo said...

nooga..If you wasted more than I have made, then you have wasted a hell of a lot of money. By the way, just the fact that you are proud of wasting money pretty much tells us you don't have much.

Either you are big liar or a slum lord.

June 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
timbo said...

Jack_Dennis.....Your probably right.. the other problem is they are so brain-washed they haven't had an original thought since the Kennedy administration.

June 4, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.
dude_abides said...

timbo... How hard could it be to learn the bait packaging business? Or is it t-shirt printing? Oh, wait... I bet you supply semiconductors for tiny little orchestras! LOL With tiny little batons! And little tuxedos and little bitty unkempt hairstyles!

June 4, 2012 at 3:51 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Jack_Dennis said... Timbo: The dude too busy slammin white russians.

Funny, your life coach didn't have any trace of an accent.

June 4, 2012 at 3:54 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

no. she's deceased.

June 4, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
timbo said...

dude-abides...Now, you can do better than that can't you? Whatever business I am in is at least A BUSINESS.

What is a life coach?

June 4, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
dude_abides said...

timbo...If you were a Mormon living by the principle, you might call one or more of your wives a life coach so as to deflect the attention of the authorities. If you were running a bait packaging business and had some overblown sense of your importance, you might hire a life coach to erect some scaffolding, which you could use to get over yourself.

June 4, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
moonpie said...


June 4, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
mymy said...

Now back to what is important: November 2012.

The Left is turning on their God:

“Come on now. Is Obama really a “psychopathic megalomaniac”?

“I learned of Obama’s problems today. Not from Ron Paul supporters. Not from Glenn Beck‘s Drudge wanna-be news site The Blaze. I read about Obama’s psychosis from left wing Democrats.”

“Every day I get emails from former members of Move On, a pro-Democratic Party group that was famously active during the build-up to the Iraq War in 2003. They’re complaining about one man: President Obama.”

Megalomania is a psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. 'Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs'. Historically it was used as an old name for narcissistic personality

Even Maureen Dowd has turned.

“On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.“

“The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.”

“Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney. “

June 4, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

If the media drops the messiah, or is, at least neutral, (imagine that from the media) the anointed one is toast.

June 4, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

The libs are now saying that the president really has "no control" over the economy. Laughable at best.

By the way jack, nice pic!

June 4, 2012 at 10:15 p.m.
mymy said...

“I realize that I'm often critical of the president's policies, but I have to commend him when he is successful in accomplishing what he set out to do. He has made the "millionaires and billionaires" the villains of the disastrous economy that the president still blames on George W. Bush. Bush hasn't been in the White House in three and a half years, well, except for the unveiling of his official portrait this week, but somehow he is so powerful that he still controls the economy.” “But you have to hand it to President Obama, he's been successful at one thing. We learned this week that America has far fewer millionaires than it did a year ago -- a lot fewer. The number of households who have $1million or more in assets fell by 129,000 last year. Now, to put that in perspective, the rest of the world saw an increase of 175,000 millionaires, but in our country alone there are 129,000 fewer people that Obama thinks are too rich. And as for the notion that the rich are the ones who "get richer," the wealth of the really, really, really rich people-those with over $100 million in assets, that declined by 2.4 percent, it's the largest drop in wealth for any group.” “Now look, I am not shedding tears for the millionaires or billionaires because they are still better off even with the loss in income than most other people and their lifestyles aren't going to be affected that much. But the people who work for them are probably going to feel the pinch. Because, when rich people have a loss in income, they might hold off buying a new luxury car or building a third home. That means the person who sells the car or who builds the car might lose his job. Now, when the rich person doesn't build the third home, it's the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plaster specialists, the bricklayers, and the roofers who lose the work. If the rich person has to sell a yacht or airplane, it's the person who cared for and cleaned the boat and the dock operator who gets hurt, as well as pilots and the line crew at the airport. It might be some of the household staff of the rich guy who has to go as well. And if he doesn't eat as often at expensive restaurants, it's the cooks, the busboys, and the wait staff that might get let go.”

June 4, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.
mymy said...

“Oh yeah, the president can celebrate this week. This lousy economy has really hit the wealthiest among us, and fewer of them are millionaires. They probably won't have to move out of their homes or start walking to work, but some of the people who used to work for them probably will.” “The president loves to vilify the millionaires and the billionaires, and I guess that's okay if he wants to make them the scapegoats for the bad economy. But I've worked for several rich people in my lifetime, and I found out that when things got tough, the rich guy I worked for was far more likely to lay me off than to fire himself. President Obama is a millionaire. And his job is up for renewal in November.” “Maybe he'll be the next millionaire to no longer be rich, since he seems to think it's such a bad thing.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee

June 4, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.
alprova said...

mymy quoted Mike Huckabee as having stated: " The number of households who have $1million or more in assets fell by 129,000 last year."

He offers this as if the President somehow had a hand in the reduction of households who lost money and who slipped below that $1 million threshold.

He didn't. He couldn't have. As President, he has not seized so much as one penny more from any of those high income earners or heirs. So what is behind those losses? Stocks. Millionaires and Billionaires often invest their money in stocks. The fact of the matter is that the amount of wealth held in equities declined 3.6 percent during 2011.

"...The rest of the world saw an increase of 175,000 millionaires, but in our country alone there are 129,000 fewer people..."

Just about all of the growth in global millionaires came from emerging markets during 2011. There are now 12.6 million millionaire households globally.

The country with the highest percentage of millionaires was Singapore. More than 17 percent of Singapore’s households are millionaires. The expectation is that wealth held by millionaires globally will grow six percent a year in Asian countries over the next few years.

"Maybe he'll be the next millionaire to no longer be rich, since he seems to think it's such a bad thing."

I challenge anyone to quote any sentence uttered by the President that proves that he feels that being rich 'is a bad thing.' His position is very simple;

The rich of this nation have been pampered in many instances with lower tax rates for no less than 30 years, and there is little evidence to show that as a result of such pampering, that there has been an explosion of good jobs for all the underlings in the middle and lower income classes.

He further feels, as do most Americans, that those who find themselves in a high income class should pay a higher rate of income tax on incomes above a certain level, because they can most afford to pay higher taxes without sacrificing their lifestyles.

June 4, 2012 at 11:07 p.m.
mymy said...

I see the suckerfish had to come up for air. LOL

June 5, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.
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