published Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Party Flag

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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OllieH said...

Finally, a flag befitting the movement!

January 27, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Can the snake be sitting on a Bible, a two-day old fetus, an Intelligent Design pseudo-science book, and a photo of Jerry Falwell?

January 27, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
librul said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!

And why do local candidates feel it necessary to appear before the flea party inquisition as though they were a legitimate local political force to be reckoned with? Ignore those troglodytes and their ream of litmus tests about assault weapons bans, teaching creationism, limiting immigration and ending abortion and put your agenda before the wider community, concentrating on issues you can actually affect and which you will be expected to work on for the benefit of all. They won't vote for you unless you are one of them, and you know you aren't, so leave them to their fascism and get jiggy with issues of local transportation, overdevelopment, and community infrastructure.

January 27, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.
Rebus said...

uninspired toon.

January 27, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Bennett is getting pretty shallow in his old age. Time to put the poor hag out to pasture.

January 27, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.
librul said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!!

And Joneses thinks a candidate for office in Chattanooga, Tennessee can affect these "concerns"?

January 27, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Easy123 said...

No one is as asinine and ignorant as joneses.

January 27, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Missing from Joneses statement is that in most instances the Tea Party has been conscripted by fundamentalist Christian extremists, who clamor for a theocracy while pretending to be libertarian.

Too many Christian Reconstructionists, anti-science, pro-war and pro-military imperialism, pro-war profiteering, anti-choice, pro-drug war and pro-Patriot Act types for me.

They are not a libertarian live and let live group, but merely pawns of Christian fanatics, pro-war, anti-immigration, right-wing conservatives.

In many ways, the Tea Party has become the party of Joe McCarthy's progeny.

January 27, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
dude_abides said...

That's one rattled snake!

Just picture a Tea Party church service, in which they're speaking in forked tongues and handling themselves! LOL

January 27, 2013 at noon
joneses said...

Dayton is proving my point by attacking the Tea Party with the same talking head lies and not stating he is against everything the Tea Party stands for. Thanks Dayton for proving my point about your belief for massive government, higher income taxes for everyone, complete government control of every aspect of all our lives, only a select few to hold public office, family values are not encouraged, no balanced budget, out of control spending, a weak military, continued government bailouts, continued control of our government by special interest groups, complete confiscation of all privately held guns, continued deficit spending, and open borders.

Common liberal tactic is to attack the person/people and not the beliefs of the person as attacking the beliefs would expose the true liberal agenda.

Like one of the people you worship, hillary clinton said last week, "what difference does it make" whether people that support the Tea Party are Christians or not?

By the way I have never heard one Tea Party member say he was pro war but then liberals like you think that defending yourself makes you pro war.

I am out of here as I have more important things to do than converse with gullible fools like you liberals.

January 27, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Maximus said...

How about another flag with Hillary Clinton's constipated, bloated, face that reads:

LYING FAT PHONY WHORE

January 27, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

Joneses...Illegal aliens are here illegally..... trying to deport someone's grandma will not get people to vote for you. 1A strong military is essential. 2 Reducing personal income taxes is a must. 3 Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.4 The national budget must be balanced..... How do we accomplish items 2-4 without effecting item 1 the military industrial complex?...Traditional family values are encouraged.. how will looking into bedroom windows and legislating personal choices garner more votes to your platform?.... It seems that the WASP's already vote the way you do so how do you expect to stay relavent politicaly with a strategy that appeals to a shrinking demographic and demonizes everyone else?

January 27, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Easy123 said...

joneses,

"Dayton is proving my point by attacking the Tea Party with the same talking head lies and not stating he is against everything the Tea Party stands for."

"Common liberal tactic is to attack the person/people and not the beliefs of the person as attacking the beliefs would expose the true liberal agenda."

Or, maybe, "liberals" just aren't against everything the Tea Party stands for, moron. You're arguing with your straw man.

It's a common WingnNut tactic.

"I am out of here as I have more important things to do than converse with gullible fools like you liberals."

Don't flatter yourself.

January 27, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I never said I wasn't for smaller government, but substituting theocracy for government is merely changing clothes.

I'll always be for a secular government over a theocracy.

While you claim to want a smaller government, you want to increase intrusion into personal lives.

What made America great was the rejection of Church and intrusive government. The Tea Party has become an instrument of religious bigots seeking to impose their moral code, much like the National Socialists in pre-war Germany for whom Germany became their religion and Nazis the taskmasters.

The Tea Party looks to change taskmasters, not return to individual liberties.

The Tea Party has driven out libertarians who seek a non-interventionist America, a secular government but not Christian fundamentalist fascism, and individual choices of conscience, not the mindless following of the imperialistic, war-mongering religious right.

January 27, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
joneses said...

djh,

You are correct the problem of illegal immigration is to out of control to fix thanks to the politicians from both sides. I have no problem deporting anyone and I would not be at fault, they would as they knew the rules when they came here. But personally responsibility is something you apparently have no concept of. You have lost credibility by making that stupid liberal talking head lie about someone wanting to look into someones bedroom. I have never heard anyone from the Tea Party say they wanted to look into someones bedroom. Stop with your lies. You and people like you are succeeding in destroying and limiting opportunity in America. Look at the fool in the White House that you think is the second coming like Newsweek had on their cover. That is sick.

January 27, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Joneses,

"You have lost credibility by making that stupid liberal talking head lie about someone wanting to look into someones bedroom. I have never heard anyone from the Tea Party say they wanted to look into someones bedroom."

You are a moron. There is no other way to put it.

"Stop with your lies."

Stop with your lies.

"You and people like you are succeeding in destroying and limiting opportunity in America.'

Remember what I said about you being a moron? It's rearing its ugly head right now.

"Look at the fool in the White House that you think is the second coming"

More straw man.

January 27, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

Jones......Traditional family values are encouraged.....If you are not wanting to look into bedrooms or legislate morality what is political meaning of this? But again you can't seem to help make everyone's point for them. You are imposing a far right litmus test on everyone or............But personally responsibility is something you apparently have no concept of. You have lost credibility by making that stupid liberal talking head lie about someone wanting to look into someones bedroom..... I know you can't see it but so I'll spell it out for you. I didn't go lock step down your list in total agreement so I am a librul, you know the enemy....or this......You and people like you are succeeding in destroying and limiting opportunity in America. Look at the fool in the White House that you think is the second coming like Newsweek had on their cover. That is sick.....Still don't get it do you. The Idea is to get votes to win an election. I don't pass your litmus test because I question what is presented in front of me...so would you like to tell me how you are going to balance the budget, reduce personal and business taxes all without reducing the military budget or would you rather call me names and assume to know my political leanings

January 27, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

Jones..... It seems that the WASP's already vote the way you do so how do you expect to stay relavent politicaly with a strategy that appeals to a shrinking demographic and demonizes everyone else?......or just call me names

January 27, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
Yano said...

Tea baggers make Libertarians cringe, Democrats laugh, and Republicans reach for their Scotch.

They are the reincarnation of the Know-nothings, who take pride in ignorance and conflate hate with morality.

The more candidates they nominate in primaries, the more elections are won by Democrats. Poor tea baggers, nobody loves them, and they can't understand why because they are too dumb for empathy.

January 27, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

The republican platform.... we hate gays, mexicans, the unemployed, the nonmarried takers of society. If you question any tenet of our far right dogma you are one of them. We must bomb foriegn people into submission for their own good in the name of freedom all while not taxing anyone who has money. And don't forget to throw out the red meat everytime an election rolls around you know family values and save the unborn all while refusing to help the living. All for their own good of course. Because if they had made better choices they would not need our help to begin with. Now get those flag pins out and get thoses steps a little higher or you are not a true patriot.......Or the platform of the left......Free stuff, yippee! Don't worry we can print more money if we run out....the republicans are gonna take away your free stuff... better put us in control of everything, for your own good of course. Unless you want poison water, poison air, and the decimation of the planet you better vote for us, we can save you from mass shootings! ..... Modern politics......when the left needs votes they just buy them in the name of social justice when the right needs votes they gerrymander a district!

January 27, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
alprova said...

Tea Party...what Tea Party?

January 27, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Rebus said...

Two things you can depend on: Easy to be stupid and Darwin to talk out of his anus.

January 27, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
patriot1 said...

The Gadsden Flag, which Bennett has chosen to deface with his toon, is an important part of our history. One would think the son of an army officer such as Bennett would know that, but maybe he just doesn't care.

http://www.gadsden.info/history.html/

January 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

I agree with darwins assessment.....The Tea Party has driven out libertarians who seek a non-interventionist America, a secular government but not Christian fundamentalist fascism, and individual choices of conscience, not the mindless following of the imperialistic, war-mongering religious right. Can someone point me toward the middle. All the moderates that have been purged from each party are in need of a home.

January 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
jesse said...

The ONLY thing i've seen ANYBODY admit to on here is "I'm right and you are a MORON!"

January 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Rebus said... "Two things you can depend on: Easy to be stupid and Darwin to talk out of his anus."

Yet they school you thoroughly, without breaking a sweat, multiple times a day! How does that happen?

Ewww, the acrid, sour odor of halitu_sis is upon us! Open the windows!

January 27, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Here's a better link, Patriot1: This will fill you with contemporary pride, unless you just don't care.

January 27, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
alprova said...

The Republicans and those known as the Tea Partiers do not need to reinvent themselves and/or repackage themselves.

Why? 'cause you stink to high heaven.

Sensible people are seeing through the inventions and re-branding attempts little by little and more and more every day. No matter how hard you try to make your anti-people -- pro-corporation antics sound admirable, we smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

You pretend to desire more freedom and a smaller Government, yet you desire to use the Government as a tool to limit freedoms and to punish those who are different from yourselves. We smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

You stand ready to endorse religious infusion and control the Government, yet you work so hard to to destroy people with differing beliefs. We smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

You stand ready to continue destroying the environment for the sake of the almighty dollar. We smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

You writhe in agony with worry about a minute amount of tax dollars spent on the poor, the disabled, and the elderly, but it is a rare to read a word of lamentation on what is spent by the taxpayers to support an out-of-control military and the corporations that supply the war machine. We smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

Try as you might to convince opponents of the Tea Party mantra that we are wrong to oppose and to reject, we smell you, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

So run for office. Appeal to your party base. Attempt to hide your true intentions and desires. But make no mistake...we will smell you despite all, 'cause you stink to high heaven.

January 27, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

DJHB, I get a kick out your libertarian stance. You are as quick to demonize those on the left as those on the right, thinking that you're the only one talking any sense by opposing them both and standing for this do-nothing, anti-government, purely states' rights utopia that exists only in your imagination. If it weren't for liberals and a progressive movement, we never would have had civil rights, women's rights, clean air, clean water, safe food, labor laws, safe working conditions, and many, many other things that you take for granted. Do you honestly think that all of those things would have just sprung up magically by themselves if somebody somewhere along the way had not fought for them? Things don't just happen magically, without a movement, without people of vision, courage, and initiative getting the ball rolling.

Conservatives have always stood for the status quo and resisted change because that is basically who they are - do-nothings who are complacent with their own comfort and fearful of making waves that might rock their little boats on the placid waters of their lives. I don't know whether you are truly libertarian or not, but you seem to be, with your equal derision for both the left and the right. But libertarians are just as do-nothing as conservatives, only instead of taking a clear-cut, forceful stance against the things conservatives rail about, you hide behind the cloak of "states' rights." In a way, you libertarians are even more odious than tea-baggers, if that's possible. You're certainly more of a cop-out. You don't even have the nerve to take a stance. You just straddle your libertarian fence, spit on the government, and throw stones left and right.

January 27, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

tu_quoque said...

DaytonsDipSh!t:

“In many ways, the Tea Party has become the party of Joe McCarthy's progeny.”

Are you implying they would be the types to attempt to “Blacklist” their fellow posters by flagging their posts and begging others to do the same?? …. LMFaO !!

BTW … What really happened to you when you were 14 years old? Did some Christian girl take you to an “ugly date party”

Actually, the 'good' Christian girls were easy. They'd been repressed by the hard-core evangelicals and found the Bible and reality didn't match up. They couldn't wait for a little freedom to play around. It was the agnostics and atheist girls who had poise, confidence, and freedom of thought who were the most intriguing mentally and physically. They were also the girls less likely to get pregnant and then have abortions.

It was the "good" Christians girls who had the abortions to keep from embarrassing the family.

Joe McCarthy was a drunken populist who was inept at proving any communists were in government (though there were). But his witch hunts were useless because of his failure to see the difference between enemies of America and the enemies of his offensive moral conduct.

Joe McCarthy, like many Tea Party members, said one thing while doing another. The local Tea Party is full of such hypocrites who proclaim their hate of big government while making fortunes off medicare and crony capitalism. When party hacks like Weston Wamp and Robin Smith are members of the local Tea Party, I smell rats a'plenty.

January 27, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
patriot1 said...

alpo(registered republican) Aren't you being a little hard on yourself since you claim to be a registered republican? (whatever that is)

January 27, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

Rickaroo... thank you for your critic of my comments without insults, you make several good points. My disdain isn't for the progressive movement as much as it is for the centralized control the federal government is consolidating along with a perpetual election cycle that feeds on itself. look at both parties as they race to the fringe. I don't feel it is helpful and the right better figure it out quicker than the left. Again you are correct when you type.....Do you honestly think that all of those things would have just sprung up magically by themselves if somebody somewhere along the way had not fought for them?....another good point but as we say in golf we have already played that hole so blind aligence to what you would call a progressiver movement is as bad as jonses adherence to the dogma of the right. I am tired of the center being left behind. And your distain for libraterians is evident. Talking heads have made states rights code for jim crow, another fear based tactic that I reject. The federal government has become a positive feedback system feeding on its own hubris and progressives like yourself seem all the hapier to fuel the run away train. I do not feel that it is a cop-out to return powers to indiviual states so that I could move to a state that better fit my world view. I cannot support the right because they oppress all who are different and I cannot support the left because they want to much centralized control. I simply do not vote for incumbents. While you may call it strattling the fence I feel better by not supporting the status quo. Do you not see that the libraterian party is a new movement or is that what frightens you into off handed dismisal? ...Things don't just happen magically, without a movement, without people of vision, courage, and initiative getting the ball rolling..... I could not agree more. Please point me toward a moderate

January 27, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
chatt_man said...

Early on, dayton asks if that snake could be sitting on a two day old fetus. You liberals are some classy bunch. It takes a pretty low class person to make a remark like that, no matter what your political or abortion opinions are, on either side. But, then, consider the side...

January 27, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I wore condoms. Sometimes it was their good, god-fearing Dads who molested them and made them pregnant. Was it that way for you?

Chatt-_man, I guess you're one of those "Brown-Thumb" Republicans. When you can't find anyone else to screw, you do it to yourself.

If the Tea Bagging Christians fanaticals love those fetuses so much, it's only appropriate they have them in jars where they can be prayed over, hugged, given names, and baptized for their sins (provided they're not third-world fetuses, then it's God's will).

"Jesus loves the little children, But not all the children of the world. Just as long as they are white, They are precious in His sight, Jesus loves some of the children in the world."

January 27, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Interesting to read tu_, sometimes. When it's projecting it throws open some very telling windows.

"It means we're bouncing into Graceland."

January 27, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.
alprova said...

patriot1 wrote: "alpo(registered republican) Aren't you being a little hard on yourself since you claim to be a registered republican? (whatever that is)"

I have clarified my claim to be a registered Republican more than once. In primary elections, I always ask for and vote a Republican ballot, which you can be sure allows me to receive propaganda from the Georgia and National Republican Parties, who perceive me as a partisan supporter.

You see, one does not "register" as a Republican or Democrat in this state, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there are those who track voting preferences.

Yep...I consider myself a registered Republican with good reason. I re-register every time I request a Republican ballot on primary day.

After all, you're not naive enough to believe that election outcomes are predicted by people interviewing those departing voting precincts on election day, are you?

I wouldn't be surprised one bit to learn one day that given that Georgia has network lines going in and out of every voting machine, that every vote is recorded, attributed to each and every voter by name, that such information is assembled into a nice little database somewhere, and sold to special interests.

I vote locally for Republicans, every time, because they are either friends or better candidates. When it comes to local candidates whom I vote for, they legislate or head up various agencies with all people in mind, without partisan politics practiced by national politicians being a part of their persona.

I have not voted for a Republican candidate running for President or for any U.S. House or Senate seat since 2000 and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon.

January 27, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Maximus is really from Pennsylvania, hence the overly repeated references to 'us southern folks.' TOES is still working on an assembly line while he pretends to be a wealthy southerner.

tu_ mentioned... "juvenal daydreams" Did you mean 'bread and circuses?' Or (more likely in your young life) 'yeast and orgies?'

January 27, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Maximus and his family in the media room:

January 27, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Maximus Pennsylvanius has spoken!

"those in the North" (capital N... LOL)

"we southerners" (lower case s... LOL)

"hick from Chatt. (abbr. LOL)

Get bent, Yankee.

January 27, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
alprova said...

Can anyone understand the concept of Judge shopping?

"Judge who ruled against Obama’s recess appointments has long list of ties to republican party shenanigans dating back to Oliver North"

The U.S. Court of Appeal has ruled that the President does not have constitutional authority to make federal job appointments while congress is in recess. The practice has been used by every modern President to bypass congressional approval when filling administration positions that members of the opposite party in congress might object to. However, the Presidency Barack Obama represents the first time the issue has been brought before federal court. The ruling will apply to Obama as well as all future Presidents, unless overturned by the Supreme Court.

But while the ruling might initially appear to simply be the wheels of justice turning, the timing of the case – targeted specifically at Obama – raises issues of party politics.

Some research into the history of Judge David B Sentelle, who issued the ruling, reveals that he’s been deeply involved with republican party politics his entire career, including some of the party’s most dubious chapters of the past generation.

That Judge Sentelle was appointed by republican president Ronald Reagan is not a red flag in its own right. However, Sentelle was promoted to the United States Appeals Court shortly after, as a circuit court judge, he voted to overturn the convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter – two key Reagan aides who had been found guilty in the Iran Contra scandal.

This seeming tit for tat between Sentelle continued as he appointed Kenneth Starr to the role which Starr would go on to use in his overtly aggressive impeachment case against democrat Bill Clinton.

Sentelle then went on to side with republican George W. Bush on the issue of indefinite detention without the right to trial, in a controversial ruling which saw even a fellow judge on his own panel dissenting against him.

The circumstances under which Sentelle was appointed to the Appeals Court, his ties to North and Poindexter, to Starr, and his defense of Bush’s most blatantly unconstitutional actions ultimately paints his ruling today in a different light – particularly when considering that Santelle ruled against Obama for a standard practice that he never questioned when the same practice was used by Reagan and Bush.

In fact, among all presidents, Reagan holds the record for most recess appointments, making more than two hundred such appointments. The ruling against Obama’s recess appointments is likely to go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: http://www.stableytimes.com/featured/judge-who-ruled-against-obamas-recess-appointments-has-long-list-of-ties-to-republican-party-shenanigans-dating-back-to-oliver-north/1122/?fb_action_ids=434527076618189&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

January 28, 2013 at 12:45 a.m.
Rebus said...

Depends on whose ox is gored, eh ALPO?

January 28, 2013 at 8:28 a.m.
Maximus said...

Blue States = Land Of Idiots. Libertarians = Irrelevant Voters. Red States = The Fastest Growing States In The Land (I don't like to use the term union.) We should give Yankees moving to Tenn. a test converting them to an ignorant, patriotic, hard working, country music lovin, federal income tax payin, no guvment relief check, All-American Red State Republican before they can cross the state line. Oh yes, we would take them to the range and require them to take a gun safety course also. Well, ya'll have a nice Monday, gots ta goes makes some green1!

January 28, 2013 at 8:28 a.m.
Rebus said...

Now 60 Minutes has completely thrown in the towel. 60 Softballs. The MSM is lost and you happy leftists are too stupid to realize it's bad for ALL of us.

January 28, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.
Rebus said...

Observation: The I.T. dept at TFP must be union.

January 28, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.
nowfedup said...

The only real issue with the cartoon is the snake should be 96% lily white and old, not to educated and perhaps a dog collar as is very easily trained.

January 28, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

...a test converting them to an IGNORANT, patriotic, hard working, country music lovin, federal income tax payin, no guvment relief check, All-American Red State Republican...

Couldn't have said it better

January 28, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
prairie_dog said...

I think that probably most "conservatives" have never been in a spot where they were out of work, out of money, and had nowhere to turn. I've been there after a failed business closed, but I was able to get a temp job, stay with family for a couple of months, and get going again. It took ten years to recover financially, but I did it. And that was because I had no criminal record, and had a college degree that qualified me for a "math related" job. ("When will I ever use this in real life?" they ask. "When you need a JOB," is the answer).

It appears to me that liberals have this idea that when you are out of work, and out of money, that the government has an obligation to provide food, clothing and shelter for you.

What are you going to do when the well runs dry? Are you seriously going to ride the wave to the edge of the Earth and then plan to cope with what happens when there's nothing left?

The people who are truly dumb are the ones who do not plan ahead. When "plan B" is to apply for welfare and food stamps, that's bad. Even worse when welfare and food stamps are "plan A."

The Tea Party is about self-reliance and personal responsibility. The truly silly person is the one who thinks that a job as a political cartoonist is going to carry them through an economic collapse. The newspaper can shut down in a few weeks if things go to pot, and then where will you be? Have you tried to get a job at Volkswagen, just in case?

I get the feeling that, if he wasn't drawing cartoons, Clay would be spending a lot of time looking at himself in a full-length mirror while walking back and forth, wearing nothing but a pair of high heels, and smoking a cigarette.

Somebody has got to work and make money to support the country, Clay, and if you liberal "gimmie something" types were creating jobs, getting people off the welfare rolls and helping to create profits (which are the source of tax revenue) the rest of us would be BEHIND YOU. CHEERING FOR YOU. There are not enough government jobs to give one to every working class liberal. Why? Because there has to be tax revenue to pay the wages.

The productive people in this country are just about on the verge of being "fished out." The nation would not be in such debt if the working population was at work, paying taxes.

"Crazy" is thinking that the world owes you a living. Put that on your flag and wave it.

January 28, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I would take the Tea Party seriously when they field a candidate for any office that is not a looney. Hasn't happened yet.

The nation would not be in such debt if the working population was at work, paying taxes.

Okay, that's funny. 8% unemployment, plus millions making too little to pay much, if any tax. How about military spending that was not covered? Seems rather pompous to lay the blame for the debt on the backs of those that can't find work, and those that can barely make a living wage.

January 28, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
chatt_man said...

prairie_dog - very good (and true) post, but liberals ideology never considers the well might run dry. They're not intelligent enough to plan for the future. They just want the most they can get for themselves, now. It doesn't occur to them for one minute to consider the people that really need the help, will not have it in the future, due to their belief that even the ones that could work need the Government to coddle them by providing contraception and such. They don't understand that when you don't produce, you consume. And when too many consume at the price of others' efforts, then the other's quit putting forth the efforts. They're quite happy heading us toward being a third world nation, America is just deserving of such, to hear them talk about how bad our country is.

January 28, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

chatt, if we are headed to being a third world nation, it is because corporations (they are people now, remember?) are outsourcing American jobs to gain more points on the almighty bottom line. You cannot make a living wage and increase your wealth on service jobs. The middle class has been destroyed, and not by liberals.

January 28, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
Rebus said...

JohnRoss: Most of the left wing-nuts on here are children.

BTW, wonder what Plugs Biden thought of the BHO/Hillary love-fest? The anointed one will drop Plugs like a used condom come primary time. Bwahahaha

January 28, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
joneses said...

Actually Hillary is a pitiful site. She weighs 200 pounds and is 5'6" tall and has been used by Bill Clinton, Hussein Obama, and every other man in her life to lie for them. It is really pathetic the way she lets these men use and treat her.

January 28, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
joneses said...

Typical liberal thinking.

“People do not have the right to unregulated rights in this country.” --Al (not-so) Sharpton

January 28, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
timbo said...

Bennett..I never laugh at anything you do. I did laugh when I saw you on a little watched public television show called the Insider. You were pretty ridiculous. You looked like a pointy headed Chewbacca. All I could see were his eyes and a mouth slit.

As far as laughing at the Tea Party..If you liberal idiots didn't laugh at us I would be worried. That would mean I was like you and that would make me suicidal. I would be just as mentally ill as you are.

I had another good laugh watching the democrat convention. What a freak show. Man that was absolutely hilarious. Obviously you guys don't look in the mirror because you wouldn't like what you see. YOU WOULD GET A GOOD LAUGH THOUGH.

January 28, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
chatt_man said...

lkeithlu - I can't argue with that. I'm just not sure all the people that took, and take, advantage of sending jobs overseas are conservatives. They're just greedy, no matter what party they align themselves with. And, there are people that can, but don't want to, work on both sides, liberals just seem to be the ones voting for and condoning living off others. Wealthy conservatives and liberals have both shown to be greedy.

January 28, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Can't profess whether Republicans or Dems are the CEOs responsible, although you must admit that the GOP, which has been anti-union, anti regulation for quite some time, will attract such CEOs more. I don't like the implication that liberals are takers. I have never "taken" from anyone, but I do know people that have received help and deserved it. I, like most of my liberal friends, are law abiding, fiscally responsible and yes, patriotic citizens. There are "takers" on both sides of the aisle-GOP see inner city minorities, Dems see poor rural whites in red states, and BOTH are correct and BOTH demographics have individuals that abuse the system. Stereotypes are not helpful, nor do they promote healthy discussion of the complex problems we face.

January 28, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.
ibshame said...

"Maximus said... Blue States = Land Of Idiots. Libertarians = Irrelevant Voters. Red States = The Fastest Growing States In The Land (I don't like to use the term union.) We should give Yankees moving to Tenn. a test converting them to an ignorant, patriotic, hard working, country music lovin, federal income tax payin, no guvment relief check, All-American Red State Republican before they can cross the state line."

**You and those like you wear your stupidity and ignorance like a badge of honor. Everyday you spew more ignorance and stupidity and it's one of the main reasons Tennessee and most other Southern States are looked down upon. You and those like you are reminiscent of the back woods yahoos in that long ago Burt Reynold's movie "Deliverance." Only some are not even as smart as those yahoos.

It probably never occured to you that one of the people most responsible for the large growth of jobs in Tennessee was a Democrat - Phil Bredsen. He pushed for companies like Amazon, Volkswagen and countless others to come to Tennessee and he did it with a Democratically controlled State House and State Senate. Now the State Houses have been turned over to Republicans and so far their list of accomplishments have done nothing to enhance job growth, if anything they have stymied growth with everything from an effort to reverse the policies that brought Amazon and Volkswagen to now considering a bill that would allow yahoos with guns to bring them to work in their cars on the parking lots of private and public businesses. Volkswagen is already getting ready to back out of bringing more jobs to Chattanooga should that bill pass.

It was thought Haslam was a businessman and had some spine but it seems he's leaning toward allowing that particular bill to pass without thinking of the consequences of what it will do to potential job growth. If that should happen rest assured Tennessee will certainly be in line to win the 5 star H.I.S. award (Hypocrisy, Ignorance and Stupidity). The only reason we would then be above Alabama and Mississippi is because of our GEOGRAPHICAL location on the map.**

January 28, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Prairie_dog...

I always get a kick out of you "rugged individualist" types. You seem to be forgetting that we are still mired in the depths of the worst recession to hit this country since the Great Depression. Unemployment has been consistently at 8% or more since 2008. You tea-bagging "rugged individualists" keep referring to the unemployed as lazy "takers" but there's a good reason most of them still don't have jobs: THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH DECENT PAYING JOBS TO GO AROUND! Do you honestly think that anybody in their right mind would want to try to live off the mere pittance that welfare or food stamps offers? And unemployment insurance ran out for many of the unemployed a long time ago.

When you yourself hit upon hard times there was no major economic slump to blame for it, yet it still took you ten years to fully recover. Then how much harder do you think it is for those who are suffering now? And if you think that everybody should just become an entrepreneur, invent the next great cupcake or whatever, then how do you expect them to do that when banks don't lend and it takes a lot of capital to start up even the simplest of business?

Your comment about Bennett is downright stupid. It seems that his job has been pretty secure, having withstood the worst of this recession, and he's still going strong. We need a society diverse enough that people can be encouraged to utilize their natural talents, not have to sacrifice them and become business executives or mechanical engineers just because that's the only practical, safe way to make a living. Not everybody is wired in such a way to be a math, science, or business major. Nor is everybody meant to be an entrepreneur. The world needs artists, musicians, teachers, social workers, writers, and actors as much as it needs business people, mathematicians, scientists, doctors, and lawyers. Anyway, just imagine if everyone decided to go into a "practical" profession, just because it was the practical thing to do...there would not be nearly enough jobs for them. We need diversity and variation. What a dreary world it would be if everybody were wired the same way!

Yet you tea-bagging "rugged individualists" love to whine about the silliness and impracticality of people who are naturally drawn to the humanities and liberal arts. You really should be thankful for people like Bennett (or at least those conservative political cartoonists you tend to agree with) and teachers and journalists and fire-fighters and policemen and EMTs, for whom money is not the primary factor in what they do for a living. But you, in your arrogance and ignorance, cannot see the worth of anybody but people like yourself. You are so busy patting yourselves on the back that you cannot see the world at large, only your sanctimonious little piece of it.

You are pathetic. Put that on your flag and wave it.

January 28, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
Rebus said...

RickyRoo: Are you really "drawn" to the humanities and liberal arts? That's kind of sweet.

January 28, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
prairie_dog said...

Rickaroo,

Now, you see, liberals are stereotypers too.

I have written two novels. I worked as a professional musician. I had the lead role in my senior class play.

And I had the good sense to have a PLAN B in case the artsy stuff did not work out. I STRUGGLED to pass the math courses.

All of those artsy professions you mention are wonderful hobbies. Most people in the past made their living by manual labor. That was when people starved if they did not work.

Union activism and environmentalism, combined with U S tax codes, have run the good jobs out of this country. Employers cannot pay good wages when customers don't not walk in the front door and spend money. And, why don't people walk in the front door and spend money? In many cases, it's because people are settling for the easy way out, path of least resistance, and cannot afford to spend money. Pay and benefits for wage earners cannot be increased if there are not enough wage earners around making good salaries to support the businesses.

You can't (but you obviously do) blame people in business for going where they can make money. Our tax codes and labor laws make it absolutely unaffordable to compete with overseas labor.

Yes, there have been abuses at the corporate level. Blame the lack of enforcement for that. Also, blame the laws that required people to lend money to poor credit risks. Both parties take the blame.

I agree with you that it's atrocious for a CEO to earn millions when people are losing their jobs to foreign competition. Why don't YOU start a factory and agree to take $100,000 a year in salary in return for your $10,000,000 personal investment? See the problem? People who have earned wealth in business know how easy it is to lose, and when they see the writing on the wall, they protect themselves. What's the alternative? Stay in business another year or two until all the money is gone,and THEN shut it down. The end result for the workers is the same.

YOU must choose your path. If being an unemployed actor is your choice, then it's your choice. If you can't learn to type, and refuse to pick up trash, and don't want to work as counter help in a restaurant, and have all those other preferences which keep you poor, THAT'S YOUR CHOICE.

People in your position lack the fundamental common sense to realize that all money which flows into the economy, including every dollar that goes to taxes, must be produced by adding value to SOMETHING and selling it for a profit. That is the basic premise taught in all macro economics classes. Swapping money back and forth for services and paying public employees out of taxes does not create any wealth for the economy as a whole. That's why our government has to borrow it in order to continue paying it out.

The Tea Party is not the problem. Denial is the problem. If there was no Tea Party, all of the problems would still be there, and would be just as bad.

January 28, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Prairie_dog:

The problem is that too many entrepreneurs, CEOs, and corporate fat cats think too highly of themselves and their usefulness to society, and they de-value, even demean, those who think differently or have different concepts about money than they do.

Back when times were better for everybody, during the period after WW2 and into the 70s, the typical CEO made approximately 28 times what the average worker made. But ever since Reagan came along and ushered in the anti-government, trickle-down era, income disparity has increased to such a ridiculous extent that the typical CEO today makes 200 -300 times what the average worker makes. How do you justify that? I am quite sure that today's CEOs are not 200 times smarter or work 200 times harder than the CEOs of the 50s and 60s. And all the while middle class and average workers' pay has been stagnant, even declining. If the average workers' pay had merely kept pace with inflation, the minimum wage today would be approximately $12/hr., even for flipping burgers or mopping floors. We have completely lost sight of the worth of work. We pay those at the top way too much and those doing the grunt work not nearly enough. Yet the tea-baggers and wing-nuts think that even minimum wage is too much!

Business owners and executives and CEOs and corporatists certainly fill a niche and are important in their own way in the grand scheme of things. But people like you who place more value than is deserved on them and others in the higher paying professions are so full of yourselves that you don't see the big picture, only that part that you want to see and that serves you well. Your smug complacency and arrogance are disgusting.

January 28, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

This stupid cartoon is still up? I guess we can expect neither quantity or quality from Mr. Bennett.

January 28, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
ibshame said...

"nooga said: The difference between then and now is I only had to work my ass off to make great money at one job. To make the kind of money I was able to make you would have to work 6."

**Sadly, most of the right-wing nuts don't get it. They somehow believe only they have been the ones to work and make good while everyone else was standing around waiting on a hand-out. There was a time when the Republican party didn't turn their backs on the poor and want to represent only the wealthiest. One could never tell that these days but there was a time in history.

Colin Powell had it right the other week when he said the Republican Party had been hijacked by extremism. I don't agree with 99.99% of what Bobbie Jindhal says but even he said the GOP had become the party of stupid because of the nut jobs who have hijacked their party.

Unless the Republican Party rids itself of these extremists, they will continue to lose nationally as they did in 2008 and again in 2012 and eventually they will lose those state governorships they so like to brag about. Boehner in one of his tearful moments said he thought President Obama was trying to annihilate the Republican Party. Too bad he doesn't see they have put themselves on the path of self-destruction. All President Obama has done is to give them a little shove but the rest they have done all by themselves.**

January 28, 2013 at 2:23 p.m.
raygunz said...

It's shameful how those dang liberals have stood in the way of passing any JOBS bills ain't it?

January 28, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
Rebus said...

nooga, the ultimate Neolib stereotyper. What a hateful world you live in, little noggins. A real liberal would be ashamed of you.

January 28, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.
joneses said...

A headline today reads: Obama asks police to help pass gun legislation, Obama tries to enroll police chiefs in challenge of getting gun legislation through Congress

The arrogance and stupidity from hussein obama never ceases to amaze me. The legal gun owners are on law enforcements side. I even took my gun carrying permit class from a member of the SWAT Team. What an idiot you fools have put in the White House.

January 28, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
raygunz said...

Rebus said...

"Observation: The I.T. dept at TFP must be union."

Actually they are non-union,and it shows!

January 28, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
chatt_man said...

Looks like Rickaroo and Prairie_dog were having a good discussion before nooga stuck his all-inclusive hateful remarks in with them.

Don't worry nooga, as long as you're just typing anonymously into this forum, people won't be able to see that little noog, little nub sticking up under your panties.

January 28, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.
dude_abides said...

You couldn't give me a woody if you wore a mask and took your teeth out, crone. Like everyone you try to excite, I would be left with a dangling participle. BTW, that was a poor attempt, since the word was spelled correctly in the next (duh) sentence.

January 28, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.
Maximus said...

ibshame...like most low IQ, low information Democrats you are not very well read and could not pick up on my irony. As a well educated and financially secure Southern male I want the Northern dems that love unions and high taxes to stay up there. I live like a king in TN while my friends and business contacts in the Northeast and Calli are struggling to get by. My advice to them, move to Tenn. but DO NOT BRING YOUR POLITICS WITH YOU. You make a good point about Phil Bredesen, he made his millions in the private sector (Coventry Health and other evil money making healthcare businesses) and understands that it is the PRIVATE SECTOR AND NOT THE GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES THE ECONOMY RUN. Obama and the Democratic party has basically ignored Phil because he made his fortune in the private sector. Leftists do not like that! Obama and others in charge have never worked in the private sector and "feel" that their false social justice mission of Gay Rights, Equal Pay For Women, and an assualt weapons ban will make people feel good and then magically our debt will be paid and the economy will improve. With Obama and his low IQ, People Magazine reading, welfare voters its all about feeeeeelings, wooo, wooo, feelings and a world where no one, not any one, will ever, ever get their feelings hurt again not even an NFL player. In a very leftist rag interview in the "New Republic" Obama stated over the weekend when asked about violence in the NFL....and I quote.."Well, if I had a son I'd have to think long and hard about allowing him to play football. I feel that some of the violence needs to be removed from football then we won't have to worry about our conscious after watching a game." First off Barry, have you ever played a down of tackle football in your life? According to your biography all you did in high school was smoke dope and chase white girls. Secondly, stay away from football. Stay focused on ruining the country! I bet Alabama Coach Nick Saban had a heck of a time living with himself after his team crushed the Catholic Blue State Boys From Notre Dame. Not!

January 28, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.
alprova said...

The Darling Of The Tea Party Rides Off Into The Sunset

"Sarah Palin's fall from media stardom'

(CNN) -- There was a time, as she emerged from the rubble of the 2008 campaign, when Sarah Palin was the hottest cultural figure in America.

People loved her. People hated her. She had transcended the narrow bounds of politics to become a larger-than-life figure, the woman portrayed by Tina Fey, the mama grizzly from Alaska. Every journalist in the country knew that if you put Palin's name in an online headline or television segment, your clicks and ratings would soar.

Read the rest at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/28/opinion/kurtz-palin-commentator/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

January 28, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
alprova said...

dude_abides wrote: "You couldn't give me a woody if you wore a mask and took your teeth out, crone. Like everyone you try to excite, I would be left with a dangling participle. BTW, that was a poor attempt, since the word was spelled correctly in the next (duh) sentence."

Now THAT was funny...

January 28, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.
dude_abides said...

tu said... "When you saw that misspelled word you almost sh!t your pants in anticipation of zapping me"

Nope. Sphincter never faltered. Is this a reaction you've found to exist in your world?

tu_, am I giving you too much credit to assume that you would have noticed the very next sentence's correct spelling? Did you go to Vanderbilt? LOL

January 28, 2013 at 8:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...

sTUpid,

"SLeasy - What do you feel happened to the post about your mom and her activities with her favorite "rubber snake"? ... LMFaO !!"

Since there was no such post, maybe you should tell me. Are you reminiscing about your incestuous past or telling us a long-kept fantasy? "You just can't help yourself, can you?

You're the queen of "rubber snakes". I'm sure you know all about the wooden, glass, plastic, and metal species as well. You're a regular ophiologist when it comes to artificial phallic objects!

January 28, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.
Rebus said...

ophiologist? Easy been on Wiki again. Wiki for kids. Hey Easy, does your mom know you use words like ophiologist?

January 28, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Remember the good ole days, when places like Chattanooga were not contaminated with such a large population of "progressives"? Notice how they cannot be happy screwing up their own and living with it? They have to screw up one place and then move to another for a better quality of life, oblivious to the fact that they are bringing the disease with them.

January 28, 2013 at 9:36 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Jack_Troll_Dennis,

Does your mom know you're a dumbass? Are you jealous that I know what words mean or are you just mad that you have to look them up yourself just to know the definition?

January 28, 2013 at 9:37 p.m.
dude_abides said...

BigRidgePatriot said... "Remember the good ole days, when places like Chattanooga were not contaminated with such a large population of "progressives"?"

You mean back when this was the most polluted city in the nation? Or when the "progressives" couldn't eat in the same restaurant with you? Or the really old days before your type brought their disease with them in blankets? Pig.

January 28, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.
alprova said...

BRP wrote: "Remember the good ole days, when places like Chattanooga were not contaminated with such a large population of "progressives"?"

Remember the good ole' days, before the internet, when places like this forum didn't exist, which are now plagued by people like yourself, who stalk and are obsessed by cartoonists who do not share your ideals, values, or opinions?

"Notice how they cannot be happy screwing up their own and living with it?"

Notice how you cannot be happy conversing with your own and living with it?

"They have to screw up one place and then move to another for a better quality of life, oblivious to the fact that they are bringing the disease with them."

People like yourself plant themselves like viruses, attempting to infect others by attempting to convince them that you have a better quality of life, all while being totally oblivious to the fact that you are a very much a disease that most people will never catch, no matter what you do.

January 28, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.
Rebus said...

Easy; not jealous of you, my little pimply faced friend. BTW, does your mom trim the crust off your sandwiches?

January 28, 2013 at 11:37 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Your jealousy is palpable, Jack_Rebus_Dennis. Does your mom need me to help her shave her back this weekend, my incontinent/impotent/liver-spotted friend?

January 28, 2013 at 11:44 p.m.
Rebus said...

Easy: Stay off of my lawn!!

January 29, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.
Easy123 said...

The courtyard at the nursing home isn't your lawn, Jack_Rebus_Dennis. Get it together, geezer!

January 29, 2013 at 2:55 a.m.
ibshame said...

"Maximus said... ibshame...like most low IQ, low information Democrats you are not very well read and could not pick up on my irony. As a well educated and financially secure Southern male I want the Northern dems that love unions and high taxes to stay up there. I live like a king in TN while my friends and business contacts in the Northeast and Calli are struggling to get by. My advice to them, move to Tenn. but DO NOT BRING YOUR POLITICS WITH YOU."

The Irony here is the fact your words just proved Bobbie Jindhal and Colin Powell correct in their assessment of the Republican Party LOL

January 30, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
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