published Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Fall Break

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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whoknows said...

Isn't that the truth! You got a couple things wrong though, Clay! It should be a flat LCD screen and cordless controller. A projection TV and controllers with cords is SO 90s! Funny cartoon, Clay!

October 22, 2009 at 8:33 a.m.
it_support said...

very true

October 22, 2009 at 2:38 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...


October 22, 2009 at 3:17 p.m.
Clara said...


October 22, 2009 at 8:43 p.m.
Clara said...

Oh Joy! We are back on!

Great Cartoon...again.

I wish my house was as neat as that room!

October 22, 2009 at 8:49 p.m.
rolando said...

Ah-h-h...that's NOT a projection TV,'s just a plain wrappered table model with a CRT. Probably has a MECHANICAL TUNER! Ew-w-w. :)

October 22, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.
alprova said...


October 23, 2009 at 2:17 a.m.
alprova said...

It's a shame how things have changed over the years. I remember as a kid hardly ever being at home. These days, kids are often not out of site of their parents.

The story in the news this week, where a 7 year old girl was kidnapped in broad daylight, killed, and dumped in the trash is a stark reminder why parents don't like letting their kids out of site.

All the stories like that bother me, but this one has really bothered me for some inexplicable reason. I suppose the fact that her body wound up in a landfill is what bothers me the most.

Cases like that, although reported more frequently than they were in bygone years, and despite still being rare in occurrence, are going to lead to a generation of folks who are completely anti-social and mistrusting of other people.

I see it already happening in kids today. A family I know has two kids who are not even allowed to walk two blocks from school to their home. Their mother walks to the school to walk home with them. And we're not talking about youngsters either. They are 11 and 13.

I understand why parents are so protective, but at the same time, how are these kids ever going to adapt to being adults? Could this be why some kids don'y move out of the house until they are in their thirties?

And video games? Don't get me started. Games are moderation. I know too many 25 year olds who have never made the break from that reality to the real one. They spend wads of money for every new version or update that comes down the pike.

World of Warcraft...Several of my nieces and nephews are avid players. Holidays are filled with banter about the game. One niece of mine is married. Her and her husband met through the game. Their life consists of sitting side by side on computers, playing that game relentlessly. They've killed a half dozen computers.

They did take a break once to conceive a child, so I guess it's not as bad as I thought...

I know...just random thoughts. It's my break from reality.

October 23, 2009 at 2:46 a.m.
Clara said...

Alprova, I can't believe it of you.

You must, when you are not sleepwriting, go back and read your post of 2:46am.


Because I say so! C:-)

After that shocker from YOU, I'M going back to bed to recover. WHEW!

October 23, 2009 at 4:59 a.m.
Clara said...


I'm just guessing that Clay included the cord to draw the readers eyes to the window. Artist's consideration, and I'm no artist. Clay finds a lot of subtle ways to get a point across.

Besides, the kid probably got the family's old model when the new model was bought.

Does anyone remember Clay's cartoon of the poor white trash awhile back?

There was a dog under the porch! There was nothing to lead the eye there. I wonder how many noticed the dog.

October 23, 2009 at 5:13 a.m.
OllieH said...

Man, this cartoons strikes close to home. Right inside my home, in fact. With no school this week, I was just complaining to my wife about the our kids spending all of their time in front of some kind of screen (be it computer or television).

The weather has turned a little nasty out there, so I guess the little slackers have an excuse to stay inside today.

October 23, 2009 at 8:57 a.m.

Alprova: What you said. I agree with every word, very poignant.

You are very poetic in the wee hours and there are myriad studies to back up your musings...

October 23, 2009 at 9:01 a.m.
OllieH said...

Unbelievable! This is the first time in days that I've gotten a comment to go through. I even wrote an e-mail to Clay to see if I was doing something wrong. He wrote back explaining that several folks were having similar difficulties. Apparently, the paper is doing something to the web site that's causing some problems.

Were the rest of you able to post in the past two or three days? I've noticed that the numbers of comments are down, so I assumed that you guys might be having the same problem I was experiencing.

October 23, 2009 at 9:04 a.m.
OllieH said...

Oh, by the way... the controllers my kids use with their game system has cords and the TV that it's connected to is not a high-definition flat screen. Are my kids deprived? I hope human services doesn't press charges for child abuse.

October 23, 2009 at 9:12 a.m.
rolando said...

Well, you just told them about your "abuse", OllieH. Bad move.

You ARE prepared for the midnight arrival of the black helicopters and Dear Leader's Schutzstaffel, right?.

We will understand and nod meaningfully when you disappear from this forum...


October 23, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.
SCOTTYM said...


Yep, I too could not post for a while. I thought that perhaps I'd been banished. :)

My kids also have cables for the controllers and a big old CRT TV. I guess I'll be meeting up with you in the Abusive Parent Gulag.

October 23, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.
Clara said...

I guess I can claim to be non-abusive, except to the TV producers, house abominations, satellite dishes, and cable providers. Sorry guys! I refuse to buy or get a used television set. I have a little one that plays tapes someone gave me when I was flat on my back, but it sits there collecting dust. I guess I appreciated it about 4 years ago until I got on my feet and on my computer.

Alprova, Young Man, have you gone back and read your post yet? You are headed for trouble if you haven't. It's in the 3rd paragraph up from the bottom.

I still haven't recovered! C:-)

The rest is FINE, and I loved it.

The rest of you stay out of it. C:-)!!!!!

October 23, 2009 at 5:48 p.m.
Walden said...

Unfortunately true. Our newest generations suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder. I was a child in the '70's, and man I can tell you, that was the best time to be a kid. We left the house on Saturday mornings after cartoons, and didn't come home til dark. Those were the days. "Gee our old LaSalle ran great!"

October 23, 2009 at 7:05 p.m.
alprova said...

Ollie, I too was having some issues accessing the site. I still cannot log on to my customization panel, but I did some cookie tweaking to be able to post comments.

October 23, 2009 at 7:52 p.m.
alprova said...

Clara...what did I post that was off? I've read it a few times and can't see what it might be that you are seeing.

My niece didn't marry one of my nephews, if that's what you're thinking. I was half asleep when I posted...

October 23, 2009 at 7:59 p.m.
rolando said...


LaSalle? You guys lived high on the hog. We had a beat up old Pontiac. And we were glued to the radio Saturday morns listening to Green Hornet, Jack Armstrong, et al. Then it was off...anywhere so long as we were back by dark.

The kids today have their own thing, though. They, too, will probably look back on these days with fondness. I hope. By then it may be illegal to think of the past in favorable terms. :0(

October 23, 2009 at 8:33 p.m.
Clara said...


HER and SHE.

I think there are grammatical terms for it, but its pretty much lost in the haze of YEARS. Is it indicative and possesive?

Just for that failure, I am going to take your computer rights away from you for a whole hour! Don't you OH MOM ME, or I'll take away an other hour. C:-)

P.S. I too lost a few days on the blog, but I was able to read, but not post or vote.

I'm certainly looking forward to the new cartoon tonight.

I've sorely missed you all. Forgive my teasing. I'm probably wrong because I sure didn't check it in an old grammer.

I know I make many errors and typos myself. I couldn't resist for some reason.

October 23, 2009 at 11:51 p.m.
ricardo said...

This must be Obama's fault.

October 24, 2009 at 10:05 a.m.
Pro_Reality said...

Alprova, I was an English major and newspaper editor in my former life. When Clara viciously attacked you, my passion for linguistic truth and justice drove me to seek the truth. I read her other posts to determine whether she is qualified to judge others' grammar.

Clara, pray that God has mercy on you, for you have been judged and found wanting. Unfortunately, being slightly less omnipotent than God, I cannot punish you as you deserve. Instead, I challenge you to read the following:

Your homework assignment is to read George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' and write a ten-page essay comparing and contrasting the behavior of the various animals. Cite examples from the book which confirm the pigs' assertion that they are more equal than the other animals.

October 24, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.
alprova said...

Ah...I see now what the fuss was about.

I looked at that and realized that it was not worded correctly.

Thank you for pointing it out.

In my defense, I WAS quite sleepy when I wrote that post.

October 24, 2009 at 11:46 a.m.
Clara said...


Thank you so much for the URL. I have saved it for further references. I found it VERY confusing, and, I think, not quite applicable to the problem expressed.

However, I never expressed superior knowledge of grammer.

I did find a phrase in that site which I wish to bestow on Alprova. "De HERE zegene u en behoede u; de HERE doe Zijn aangezicht over u lichten en zij u genadig; de HERE verheffe Zijn aangezicht over u en geve u vrede."

I do wonder, Pro_Reality, about the reason you are no longer an editor!?! Exactly which phrase were YOU discussing, and visiting the "Wrath of God" on me for my poor attempt at humour. OOPS! Humor.

October 24, 2009 at 12:57 p.m.
Pro_Reality said...

"I wish my house was as neat as that room!"

HA -- Klara even admits she lives in a pigstye! Alprova, this impudent woman needs a kick in the subjunctive. In my opinion, abusing a verb is far worse than abusing a pronoun.

Alprova was sleepy. Is that now a crime as well? Apparently Klara thinks so. Observe the abuse inflicted on this poor man by people such as her. Is it any wonder he killed himself?:

October 24, 2009 at 2:25 p.m.
Pro_Reality said...

"However, I never expressed superior knowledge of grammer."

Watch your back, Klara! They're coming to get you next....muahahamuahahaa...

October 24, 2009 at 2:35 p.m.
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