published Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Handle With Care

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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AndrewLohr said...

Replace the elephant with a donkey and the exaggeration is reversed. As often, the drawing fails to speak for itself.

Stupid GOP ran huge deficits after Gingrich resigned Speakership; self-described genius Democrats made Bush jr look like Ebenezer Scrooge.

The trouble with the geniuses of Jefferson Davis's party is they think themselves fit to run the lives of ordinary people, choosing light bulbs and toilets for us. Jesus is libertarian: follow Him.

April 6, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.
hambone said...

Andrew, I'm sure your post makes since to you.....but, dang!

April 6, 2013 at 12:42 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Lore could be Christianity's worst salesman. Ever notice how Andy always tries to hijack Clay's message and run up the Jesus flag?

(Careful Andy, calling Jesus a dirty name like libertarian might just be blasphemy.)

April 6, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.
Salsa said...

I see that Clay got his daily e-mail from the DNC telling him what cartoon to draw.

April 6, 2013 at 1:12 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Salsa, the current GOP crowd has turned into a cartoonist's dream. Clay should be paying them for supplying the buffoon parade.

April 6, 2013 at 1:31 a.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

You would think the group that self identifies as the most intelligent and informed would also be the most rational.

Really … wouldn’t you think so?

Percent who believe in…

  Reincarnation/Yoga/ Spiritual Energy/Astrology/Evil Eye

          %               %                %                  %             %







Percent who believe in supernatural experiences:

  In touch w dead/Ghosts/Fortune-tellers

             %                %               %







Pew Research Center – Dec 2009

April 6, 2013 at 1:53 a.m.
dimestore said...

The first poll intentionally references eastern religious beliefs. It's not exactly a surprise that they identify as dems. I expect we'd get similar results for republicans if we polled who believed in angels, demon possession, and stigmata (western religious beliefs).

April 6, 2013 at 2:22 a.m.
blackwater48 said...


Consumer spending drives the American economy. We need to get MORE money into the hands of the poor and middle class, not less.

The GOP economic plan? Higher taxes on the poor and middle class, tax cuts for the rich. Why? Republicans still believe in trickle down economics, all evidence to the contrary.

The republicans are also wrong on gay marriage, women’s rights, and immigration. (We are not going to build a 20-foot high-electrified fence topped with barbed wire from Texas to California. With an alligator infested moat. Ain’t gonna happen.

Take gun violence. The republican party, a wholly owned subsidiary of the NRA, is dead set against any law that whiffs of sensibility. Even though 90% of us want background checks on anyone trying to buy a gun, the other 10% is doing its best to block that from happening. The GOP/NRA want to protect liberty and the gun rights of child molesters, wife beaters, psychopaths, convicted felons, al qaeda, domestic terrorists, and the criminally insane.

When I pointed out recently that, since the Newtown massacre, an average of eight children per day are gunned down in America, one of the pinhead brigade rushed to the defense of the indefensible. I forget who it was specifically because you all echo the same fear based myth, innuendo, lies, and crazy talk.

This particular tea-bagger tried to marginalize the “8 children per day” number by assuming most of ‘those children’ were actually inner city teenagers. (No decoder ring needed.)

Here is the body count of America of gun deaths since the Newtown massacre. It’s a few days old so adjust upward:

3,059 adults. 164 teenagers. 57 children.

And the only GOP/NRA solution is to call for more armed security on school campuses. You know, like they had at Virginia Tech and Columbine. Republicans keep saying, “What part of ‘Shall Not be Infringed Upon’ do you not understand?”

Yeah, well, what part of “Well-Regulated” do YOU not understand?

April 6, 2013 at 2:38 a.m.
VisaDiva said...

Excellent cartoon. It's amazing what a picture can say that people can't or won't

April 6, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.
limric said...

A round of applause. That's a classic. I hope to find it in our local Spencer's novelty store; right next to the anti BS spray. Made by Monsanto is it? To add to Blackwaters observation, if you pull the trigger its contents just 'trickles' down over the users hand and gives them quite rash.

Or is it a spray lube. You know; a handier, easier to use GOP version of KY. :-D

April 6, 2013 at 5:51 a.m.
Maximus said...

I'm back..............Clay this one is so easy even a demented victimized military brat like you could do it. Additional labeling: Also effective with leftist street organizers who objectify women by using such phrases as: "Kamala Harris is by far the best looking Attorney General". Come on Barry The Welfare Pimpster "Sooooo Intellectual Even Though We Have Never Seen His Transcripts" Obama, think how bad you made Big Siss, Wide Open Borders Janet Napolitano and HHS Death Panel Coordinator Permanent Bad Hair Day Kathleen Sabelias feel. They both have looks made for radio. As for logic, have you seen the new jobs figures??...The Obama administration is filled with pervs and highly educated "logical" elitist derelicts. Finally, new Rid-A-Bug label has Clay's goofy TFP pic on it. Two words Clay...TEETH WHITENING!

April 6, 2013 at 5:53 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Perfect timing, Maximusty. You're the Billy Mays of Intellecticide.

April 6, 2013 at 5:59 a.m.
Maximus said...

Oh yea one other comment on recent Barry The Welfare Pimp events. I knew Barry was a Bill Ayers, counter culture, nerdy, teachers lounge, "Mom Jeans" girly metro-sexual,Steve Irkle type but 2 for 22 with no one guarding him? My five year old daughter can beat that basketball jump shot percentage all day long. Wow! No wonder Barry is afraid to make any official comments regarding North Korea. Sooooo manly but you have to understand, Obama's idea of a hero is Karl Marx, a guy that spent his twenties mooching off his parents and friends while rarely bathing. Yes, as the wise man once said, never elect a poor man or a union thug community organizer to office. Again, how can any real man with any self respect or pride support an ego maniac jerk like Obama. His so called "Cult Of Personality" is wearing thin.

April 6, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Thank you for taking the time to prove my point, Maximusty. Can I get the 2-for-1 deal on Intellecticide if I call in the next 10 minutes?

April 6, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.
Maximus said...

On a roll before heading to my tee time! There are a LOT of logical, 4.0 GPA, "outstanding" SAT score types currently standing in the unemployment line while living in their Mom's basement. Some have been "transformed" into political doddlers for the outdated newspaper format. Ha! Ha! Now that's some good ole intellectual, logical humor. OK folks, I'm out. Time to take the Titleist deep! Translation for you humorless, logical, Democrat, Barry low information voters....GONE TO PLAY GOLF BIATCHES! Think I'll take the 57 Chevy! I wonder what all the poor people are doing this fine morning? HMMMM.....

April 6, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.
Maximus said... have neither a shot nor game. I'm sure that even though you were "logical" you were the last one chosen for dodge ball.

April 6, 2013 at 6:23 a.m.
limric said...

Just pay seperate shipping & handling.

Speaking of North Korea. Maximus, what are you doing here? I thought for sure you'd still be hiding.

April 6, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.
Easy123 said...


Do you even know what you're talking about at this point? Mixed references? Are we talking about basketball or dodgeball? Come on, man!

The mental retardation is strong with you. Habitual lying, delusion, and egregious ignorance or, as you call it, a slow Monday.

April 6, 2013 at 6:32 a.m.
Maximus said...

Did Clay Bennett, The Junior High Doodler have his pubic hair transplanted to his scalp? And what is it with elitist, socialist, Whole Foods shopping, Obama sticker on the Prius, men and facial hair? I know, I gotta go....check in later.

April 6, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.
limric said...


Um dude. Look at the cartoon. Read PeeWee's comments. See the connection?

April 6, 2013 at 6:40 a.m.
Maximus said...

Like i said Easy, your so called logic has made you humorless and miserable. The dodge ball scenario was about the typical male liberals lack of dexterity on the fields of competitive play during their youth. Quite logical really. Basketball was about Obama, you must have missed the story last weekend, video of Barry shooting bricks at the Easter Egg roll. Made 2 out of 22 unguarded shots. He definitely showed the "white guy" side of his gene pool and his white side has no jump shot. Fuuuuunny!!!! You need to get out of your Mom's basement more and this time I'm really gone, finished my coffee, later dudes.

April 6, 2013 at 6:52 a.m.
degage said...

Max, there as nothing wrong with Obama's remark about the attorney general. I can't understand why the women's movement has a problem with it. She is a very good looking woman and he said she was brilliant before he said she was the best looking attorney general in the country. That remark did not make him sexist and he didn't need to apologize.

April 6, 2013 at 6:52 a.m.
delmar said...

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing often and for the same reason!" - Mark Twain

April 6, 2013 at 7:22 a.m.
caddy said...

Spot on Andrew. He makes complete sense, Hambone, unlike Clay's New Progressive World Order Cartoons.

April 6, 2013 at 7:43 a.m.
tifosi said...

Maximus buys Intellectide by the case. It is his favorite hair spray.

April 6, 2013 at 7:44 a.m.
alprova said...

Just a reminder, Maximus...

All ya' got to do to receive a thousand bucks cash, free and clear, that will never be taxed so much as a penny, is to roll that '57 Chevy up to the public place of your choosing, with your golf clubs in the trunk, prove it's yours, and I'll be happy to hand over the cash.

You name the time and the place. 24/7/365. I'll meet you there.

April 6, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.
alprova said...

degage wrote: "Max, there as nothing wrong with Obama's remark about the attorney general. I can't understand why the women's movement has a problem with it. She is a very good looking woman and he said she was brilliant before he said she was the best looking attorney general in the country. That remark did not make him sexist and he didn't need to apologize."

I thought that the complaints were rather lame as well.

We're really going downhill when it is a crime to compliment someone these days.

April 6, 2013 at 7:57 a.m.
conservative said...

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

April 6, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.
fairmon said...

In a Sept. 6, 2008, speech to AARP, Obama said: “John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost-of-living adjustments or raise the retirement age. Let me be clear: I will not do either.”

See current administration budget proposal.

April 6, 2013 at 8 a.m.
jesse said...

I'd be surprise if Max could prove he owns a set of golf clubs!

April 6, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

Both parties have their own brand and both are effective. The only difference is in the container appearance. Tax payers fund a department then pay several in that department to make sure their funding continues and grows.

Unemployment drops with 496,000 disappearing from the work force. If we hold out we will see the feds 6.5% target without major growth and hiring the thousands to be hired to help people understand the AHCA.

April 6, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.
jesse said...


Anyone that thinks the repubs have a monopoly on it haven't been paying attn.!!

April 6, 2013 at 8:22 a.m.
alprova said...

Fasirmon wrote: "Unemployment drops with 496,000 disappearing from the work force."

Are you really so gullible to believe that people who need a job just give up and quit looking for one?

Oh I'm sure there are some out there. Some people are totally unmotivated to do anything for themselves and are just waiting for a job to fall from the sky, but any assertion that half a million people just throw up their hands and give up, is ludicrous.

When I start reading stories of people dying on our city streets of starvation, then there might be some truth to this figure.

There are lots of jobs out there if one is motivated to find one.

Why do you think that employers turn their noses up to people who apply for a job with them, after being chronically unemployed for a year or two?

For sure, the jobs situation is less than ideal, but people who refuse to take whatever they can find are not good long term prospects.

April 6, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.
joepulitzer said...


April 6, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
alprova said...

What an intelligent and thoughtful comment joepultizer.

I wonder, are people aware, when they post, that they are proving Mr. Bennett to be hitting a target?

April 6, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.
conservative said...

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. ~ Charles Spurgeon

April 6, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.
degage said...

Al, you are right. Case in point, my neighbor was unemployed and took whatever he could get, even low paying part time jobs. Last year he took a part time job that has worked into a full time job with benefits. It pays $10 less than the original job but he is thankful to have it.

April 6, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.
limric said...

Good catch Fairmon. Though not specific to today’s Bennett cartoon, I’m glad you referred to Obama’s 2008 quote to the AARP.

Yes I read about ‘Compromiser in Chief’s’ newest used car salesman budget proposal. Hell, next week he’ll be proposing tax cuts for the .01%.

But hey, somebody’s got to pay for the F-35 ‘Chevy Vega’ and the 'RUN AWAY'!’ Littoral Combat Ship. Oh, and the $83 billion annual subsidy to the "too big to fail/jail" banks must continue AS IS, but the earned benefits of America's working families, including disabled veterans and their survivors will be cut if President ‘Odroner’ has his way.

This is the beginning of the ‘Grand Bargin’…er I mean ‘Betrayal.’ Just re-label the GOP Intellecticide with a donkey emblem and the name ‘Apolocide’ because any minute now the Democratic cheerleaders will start their usual whining and excusing. All of a sudden the chained CPI is a good thing not a cut etc. Start apologizing and then,’WAH’ - Obama had no choice ‘WAH’. Once they start cutting, they will, like insatiable wolves, be back for more until these programs are gutted and made insolvent. They will then be privatized.

Just wait and see.

If this budget passes, I will be the first calling for impeachment of any house member or senator that supports it, and yes, the president too.

April 6, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Great cartoon. I bet this product is imported from North Korea.

April 6, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
tderng said...

Great cartoon Clay!!! The Republicans must be spraying that stuff all over the democratic side of the aisle!!They must be sneaking into the dems offices at night and spraying it all around the baseboards and in the desk drawers.I wonder how they got it into the White House...

April 6, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

Another great illustration Clay! The truth is something Conservatives and this backward Chattanoga Hamilton County can't handle very well...Love It..Love It

April 6, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.
blackwater48 said...


When you take just the Pentagon's cost overruns this year the sum is equal to the third largest military budget in the world.

And if we cut a ton of brass from the Pentagon we would not effect combat proficiency one ounce.

April 6, 2013 at 11:42 a.m.
Bocephus75i said...

Really Clay? Are you just in a slump there buddy?

April 6, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.
dude_abides said...

tderng said... "Great cartoon Clay!!! The Republicans must be spraying that stuff all over... I wonder how they got it into the White House..."

You are so right, tderng! They haven't been able to get anything else in there! LMAO

April 6, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

The logic and intelligence belong to the Democrats?

Today's headlines read,,,,

"Obama: Proposed budget not his 'ideal plan'"

"U.S. job growth stalls"

"Obama seeks deal, proposes cuts to Social Security"

"Dim labor report shows U.S. added just 88,000 jobs"

And the mortgage sector of the federal government,,, FREDDIE,,, in all it's lending wisdom would like to extend guaranteed home loans to sub prime borrowers of America once again????

And you folks with all this grey matter you claim to have think you are the "INTELLIGENT ONES?"

White man please,, and I am a white man. ROTFL!!!!

April 6, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.
acerigger said...

Spray some of that "stupid" on all of us!

" We already know that Congresscritters make huge bank through insider trading, exploiting a loophole that lets them place bets on the stock market based on rules they have yet to announce. But this game-rigging con isn't limited to elected officials: a whole class of unregulated beltway insiders make their living by wheedling "political intelligence" (that is, insider information about upcoming regulations and laws) out of politicians and their staff, and then selling it on to consultants who package it up into legal insider trading recommendations for the hyper-rich.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released Financial Market Value of Government Information Hinges on Materiality and Timing, a 34-page report on this practice, trying to figure out how pervasive the scam is. They didn't get any great answers:

April 6, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
acerigger said...

PT 2;"The political intelligence industry is flourishing, enriching itself and clients in the stock market, yet the report notes that it could not document who these people are or how much they profit," [Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for government watchdog Public Citizen] said. "Without full transparency of the activity of these political intelligence consultants and their clients, it is nearly impossible to know if they are trading on illegal insider information."

April 6, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.
Lisa1985 said...

They say a picture says more than 1000 words.. very much true in this case :) /Lisa

May 1, 2013 at 2:11 a.m.
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