published Sunday, September 27th, 2009


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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rolando said...

Alternatively, make that a taxpayer hanging there with one leg and the label, "H_STERIA".

September 27, 2009 at 5:43 a.m.
EaTn said...

Or you could make it a missing leg conservative with the word "I_NORE"

September 27, 2009 at 6:07 a.m.
woody said...

Kudos to both, Rolando and EaTn. I believe they have both 'hit the nail on the head'. Anything else today will be only "...blowing in the wind...."


September 27, 2009 at 8:29 a.m.
Clara said...

Darn! There ya'll go again! Rep.Dem. Lib. Con. Can't we just DO it? And make those in elected office toe the line?

September 27, 2009 at 8:59 a.m.
rolando said...

Woody, the two of us seem to be in an agreeable mood here the last few days. Think it'll last?? Must be the sunshine peekin' through.

September 27, 2009 at 9:59 a.m.
rolando said...

The question is, why do something that doesn't need done especially when we are broke or, stated differently, why futz with it if it ain't broke?

[That aughta bring out the list of unqualified pseudo-wannabe atmospheric/solar/surfer "scientists" claiming it IS broke, if anything does.]

September 27, 2009 at 10:09 a.m.
trburrows said...

I'm with you clara, If only the kids here could stop coming out of the gate calling names. I don't think the children will ever grow up.

September 27, 2009 at 11:38 a.m.
Oz said...

I thought we would see an ACORN fraud cartoon by now?

September 27, 2009 at 11:51 a.m.
OllieH said...

Apparently, Clay Bennett sees the ACORN story as the overblown controversy that it is.

September 27, 2009 at 12:22 p.m.
Clara said...

Me too, Oz

September 27, 2009 at 4:26 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Great cartoon, Clay. The problems we face with our planet are critical and dire but are being ignored by way too many. Denial and ignorance are not gonna solve the planet's crisis.

September 27, 2009 at 7:55 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah. What's so overblown and controversial about 12-15 year old Guatemalan sex slaves imported into the US to work their trade in an ACORN-assisted whorehouse? Happens every day, right? /sarcasm

You will never see such a cartoon on the left page, Oz. For the obvious reason.

So far, the TFP has pretty much ignored the whole thing as non-news.

Which says a lot about it and other news-rags and their attitudes toward under-age prostitution, forced sex [rape], and other immoral/illegal things. They DO talk a good fight, though

It takes a couple young, non-partisan moral activists [and the Internet] to expose corruption. And "journalists" wonder why their papers are dying...

September 27, 2009 at 8:06 p.m.
rolando said...

trburrows sez, "...stop coming out of the gate calling names.""

Who called who what names up there, tr? This has been a relatively quiet thread...but I suspect that is about to change.

sandyonsignal rightly sez, "Denial and ignorance are not gonna solve the planet's crisis."

sandy is right but in a way quite different than he/she thinks.

So when you going to start listening to folks actually trained and experienced in atmospherics, climatology, or solar science instead of environmentalists and wastrel blowhards et al with an axe to grind [and money to make], sandy? Or at least more than one or two of them...if they can be found.

Maybe you might also wonder why day-time temps are taken in a full-sun asphalt parking lot instead of a park?? Or in city-center with all of its HVAC running full blast instead of the 'burbs??

Just a thought...

This topic is hardly open and shut...accusing others of being in denial and ignorant certainly doesn't help. We have a lot worse and much more immediate problems facing us than with any so-called "planetary crisis".

September 27, 2009 at 8:24 p.m.
aces25 said...

I agree that there should be a more concerted effort to become a more sustainable planet and society. But its become such a pop culture thing with very few understanding what they are saying buzz words like "carbon footprint" or "energy efficient." Just because you drive a Prius or buy low-watt light bulbs doesn't mean you are saving the planet.

What kills me is the blatant ignorance of how the planet actually works with respect to the climate. The earth has always existed with temperature cycles with large factors involved, such as the tectonic plate shifting, ocean currents, the earth's magnetic field, and so on. Too much has been assumed from such a short time span when compared to the age of the planet.

September 27, 2009 at 10:35 p.m.
Lightnup said...

Speaking of making money on the global warming hoax, there goes another billion of our tax dollars:

Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan

WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

A billion dollars to develop $89,000 - $109,000 cars in Finland and England! While small businesses in this country are going bankrupt because banks aren't lending money. Go figure.

September 27, 2009 at 11:04 p.m.
Lightnup said...

Oz wrote: "I thought we would see an ACORN fraud cartoon by now?"

Like most liberal so-called "news" organizations, Clay probably hasn't even heard about the ACORN scandal yet. Heck, the AP is still concentrating its resources on trying to squeeze every last angle out of the Governor Sanford story.

September 27, 2009 at 11:11 p.m.
Lightnup said...

Rolando wrote: "It takes a couple young, non-partisan moral activists [and the Internet] to expose corruption. And "journalists" wonder why their papers are dying..."

Oh so right.

September 27, 2009 at 11:13 p.m.
Lightnup said...

The law of unintended consequences.

"As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms"

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods.

Jack Lifton, an independent commodities consultant and strategic metals expert, calls the Prius "the biggest user of rare earths of any object in the world."

Each electric Prius motor requires 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of neodymium, and each battery uses 10 to 15 kg (22-33 lb) of lanthanum. That number will nearly double under Toyota's plans to boost the car's fuel economy, he said."

September 27, 2009 at 11:21 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Conserve might as well be a foreign word in the US.We are world class wastrels,leading in every catagory possible.Many laugh about it or at least arn't ashamed.That begs the question,does it matter?

In the American world of plenty we have never had to think much about conservation of anything,there was always more.Well,if you are paying attention today,you already know that things have changed.Increased world population,resourse depletion,and a deep economic reversal have come together to make conservation the number one thing we can do at the grass roots level to improve what lies before us.

We are already too late to prevent widespread consequences,but,if we try,maybe we can still mitigate some of the negative impact of what we have done to our planet.

Am I an alarmist? Maybe,but we each believe what we believe based on what we have learned going down life's road and all of my gauges say we are at or past a tipping point.

September 28, 2009 at 1:31 a.m.
JohnnyRingo said...

...And the Earth hangs in the balance.

Nice cartoon Clay

September 28, 2009 at 4:35 a.m.

Just wondering Bennett et al:

Why not post your Lib cartoon in China's or India's newspapers and on their internet? After all, they're using up all our iron, steel, wood and other resources while our blue collar jobs have mysteriously jumped ship and fled the country. Do you think they watched Al Gore's scary climate movie or even care about the Kyoto treaty?

Maybe you can send your cartoon to Gore's mansion in Tennessee and he can peruse it while flying all over the globe in his fuel-burning, private jet?

Maybe you'll explain why China's pollution (carbon particles) is drifting en masse across the Pacific and landing all over the Left Coast? Maybe.........

September 28, 2009 at 10:23 a.m.
TNWild said...

Conserve is the root of the word Conservative. Lamar Alexander gets it. And Tennessee is lucky to have a US Senator who understands the value of conservation.

September 28, 2009 at 10:49 a.m.
Clara said...

Here is another theory for global warming which I find feasible, Earth's wobble, but I certainly do not exclude the theory of CO2 pollution, nor the horrific lumbering of our trees as causes. There are several other theories offered: Sunspots, Gravity, Earthquakes and changing undersea currants, and a few more.

This one, if you care to wade through the physics, is on Earth's Wobble.

September 28, 2009 at 11:25 a.m.
nucanuck said...


While China is a heavy polluter,they are manufacturing things largely consumed in the West(i.e. our stuff,our pollution).The Chinese have become a world leader in green technology.In a speech last week at the UN,China took a stronger position on climate change,positive steps to take,and responsible stewardship than did the US.

China is leading by example,something the US used to do.Can we get it back together? Probably not if your provincial perspective is widespread.

September 28, 2009 at 1:37 p.m.
alprova said...

Opinions vary widely on the issue of conservation as we see here. In general, it's safe to say that most Americans are still resisting movement towards that which would benefit our nation and the world, not to mention themselves.

We still like our gas guzzling vehicles so long as gas doesn't cost $4.00 a gallon. Incandescent light bulbs are still preferred by most people, who are only going to change to longer lasting, far cheaper burning options when they are forced to, which is right around the bend.

Personally, I think about 3/4 of the hoopla over global climate change can be explained by natural phenomenon and without man having very much of a hand in it at all. It does not help that Al Gore, the man on a mission to save the planet, has been found many times to be a total hypocrite and with his hand in the till of many of those companies that stand to benefit greatly from the sales of products promoted as "earth friendly."

The United Nations funded scientific "studies" to put together the proof that climate change is real -- studies that were hardly objective, and that lacked consideration as to whether or not there were completely natural explanations for any changes. These studies were not conducted to bring back any other results than to prove that man was the cause of "global warming."

In my opinion, the fact that the name "global warming" was changed to "global climatic change" after several years of documented cooling years and shifts in weather patterns, only lessens any credibility that hard-core conservationists once held.

This does not mean that I, as a person, should not take practical steps to conserve our natural resources. I drive a Honda back and forth to work with a very small 4 cylinder engine. I changed every light bulb five years ago over to fluorescents. I am pro-nuclear energy, despite all the arguments against it, and I enjoy my relatively cheap power bills that come from it.

Doing what we can to benefit ourselves and our wallets only makes sense. If others are more committed to the cause and want to take even more drastic steps, more power to them. I'm not going to live on expensive organic food, give up meat, or down Beano all day long to attempt to limit the number of times per day that I break wind.

September 28, 2009 at 1:38 p.m.
Clara said...

My choice is the Chevy "Volt."

Unfortunately, at $30K or more, I'll be dead before I find a used one I can afford.

And yes, I have compared the various schemes and productions of the different auto makers.

Besides, it was one of the models that Chevy was permitted to continue to develope after they were bailed out. I checked on that, too.

September 28, 2009 at 3:11 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...

Jeez alprova,

I find myself agreeing with most everything you wrote.

A few points.

I loath the swirly lights. The promised lifespan has not panned out at my house, though the fire at the end of the lifespan is exciting and the mercury makes for a fun cleanup. The color of light emitted makes it impossible to discern stains on light colored clothing when doing laundry, and gives me killer headaches when using them to read by. The slow rise to full illumination causes many lights to be left on when an incandescent would be shut off until the room is re-occupied. With the non-attainment of lifespan as advertised, the cost/benefit ratio is whacked. I've put in a large stash of incandescent bulbs which will, hopefully, last until the LED tech matures a bit more. LED>CFL

I'm very glad to see more people taking a skeptical view towards "global warming". We have a lot of real problems we need to be concentrating on, and so long as the environmental movement is pushing pseudo-science their credibility with a large part of society will remain zilch.

I drive a small 15 year old 4 banger car which due to meticulous maintenance performed by me, passes the emissions test with flying colors, of course I am addicted to speed so mine has a turbo and AWD. I get the benefits of 29 mpg during trips and on my commute with the ability to spin up the boost and drive like an idiot if I want.

My house is 1000 SqFt with two adults and two pre-teens. We made it through this summer without ever turning on the A/C. We recycle everything possible and so only generate two tall kitchen sized bags of trash per week. We've been replacing dead appliances with the high efficiency models as they become unrepairable. We do a lot of our clothes shopping at second hand stores.

My family lives by the recycle/repair/reuse mantra. We waste very little.

For all these reasons and more I get indignant in a hurry when anyone tries to tell me to be green or that I should do more to conserve resources, particularly when they are using many times the amount of resources and energy as myself. If anyone starts demanding that I give up steaks or bacon, they might get shot. :)

September 28, 2009 at 3:20 p.m.
Lightnup said...

I thought it was just getting cooler out but it must actually be hell freezing over - I actually agree with something Alprova wrote! :-)

I too drive an economical 4-cyl, my recreation is a sailboat with no motor, I'm pro-nuclear energy and my wife and I challenge each other to see who can go the longest without turning on the A/C in our modest 2-bedroom house, on which we had a white metal roof installed last year to help reflect heat. But I still think Al Gore is an opportunist who is full of hot air.

I compare many of the global warming extremists to the people who waste $5 worth of gas driving across town to save .05 cents a gallon on a 15 gallon fillup. Flying your private jet all over the country to push energy conservation is pretty hypocritical.

September 28, 2009 at 4:14 p.m.
Clara said...

I did replacements with so-called long lifer bulbs and am VERY disappointed in their durability, plus the mercury content. I just lost two in my bedroom after less than a year, and I have to call someone in to replace them. I live in an area that has no disposal site for things like computers and dangerous chemicals.

We have a brand new dump, too.

Another minor waste. I, too, buy from the thrift shops and found that the more expensive brands in slacks and pant suits usually have 4 rows of stiching in the elastic waist bands. Everything is nice about them but the elastic is gone, and to repair, it takes an immense amount of time to TRY and undo all four or five rows.

The cheaper models don't seem to have the problem. This causes a great deal of re-purchasing by the original buyers who can afford not to be bothered with repairs.

Someone just gave me a thrift shop item that must have cost $70 or $80 originally, and is lovely. It cost her $1.00.

Now if I can get off this blog, I might be able to fix it by next Sunday.

Since this blog seems to be mostly made up of male bloggers, I doubt that much interest will be expressed, but what the H.

September 28, 2009 at 4:41 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...


As someone who learned to sew at my grandmothers knee, I can appreciate the difficulty in removing 4 rows of stitching all the way around the waistband of pants.

No one here wears elastic band pants so we have avoided that problem.

There are not only GREAT bargains to be had at thrift stores, the reuse of that clothing is "earth friendly" as well.

September 28, 2009 at 5:51 p.m.
rolando said...

That's not frost in the Halls of is pure iceberg. I, too, agree with alprova's last post.

I ride a $14K Harley 9-10 months of the year, rainy days excepted. 46 mpg city, 49-50 hgwy [including 10 percent or 5 mpg drop using gasohol]. When the wife joins me on rides, she rides hers...which cuts the mileage in half...but is four times the fun. Plus it cuts the alcohol consumption [by us] during dinner-out, etc to zero -- one does not drink and ride. Period. Not even one.]

When I must long-distance or heavy rain drives me to it, I drive a very comfortable, 4,500 lb car with a V-6 that gets 27 mpg @ 75-80, 23 city. About 6-7,000 mi/yr.

I date-mark every twirly I buy and keep the receipts. When they fail [lo-o-ong before the warrenty dies], I take/send them back for new ones. Enough people do that often enough and the companies will cry "Ënough". Twirlys MUST be on at least 15 minutes to have any kind of life span. I keep normal bulbs on hand for closets, hallways, short-term use areas. It is like ammo -- I am laying in a very big supply [hoarding]; one day they may become negotiable...along with ammo.

September 28, 2009 at 6:01 p.m.
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