published Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Recall headquarters

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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Tax_Payer said...

I believe Littlefeild was pretty blunt with his name calling in contrast to the recall group. Truth has it that you can "gather a lot of bees with a little honey."

September 2, 2010 at 12:25 a.m.
OllieH said...

It wasn't the most restraint I've ever seen exercised by a politician, but I guess after months of personal attacks, Ron Littlefield just snapped. I did find it ironic that the group that has been slapping the mayor around for months was so surprised and offended when he decided to punch back.

September 2, 2010 at 12:41 a.m.
Soos54 said...

The recallers contention now seems like a simple case of being able to dish it out, but not being able to take it!

September 2, 2010 at 8:04 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

The mayor is choosing to ignore the actual reasons for the recall and instead is making himself out to be a headcase with the emails he typed. Seriously, he seems rather mentally unbalanced based on the content of those emails. The man is filing a lawsuit to block the citizens who followed the city charter to the letter, even though he took an oath to uphold that very charter. All the guy does is spend spend spend, and people from every political background have signed the petition.

This isn't an issue I'm personally taking part in as I didn't sign the petition, but I'm surprised by your comment OllieH. The man is the mayor! It's not his job to "punch back," as you said, rather he is to exhibit a professional attitude when thousands of citizens come together to get the needed signatures for a recall. Even if he doesn't agree with it, he by no means should take personal stabs at the population. I personally think he is scared of losing his job, and as a result is defaulting into fight or flight mode, which again, is unacceptable IMO.

September 2, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.

Bennett is now propagandist for the Mayor's office?

September 2, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

From: "Littlefield Ron" Date: August 17, 2010 8:20:06 AM EDT To: "Mark West" Cc: "Margaret Arant" , "Lanis Littlefield" , "Chapman Al" Subject: RE: Going with God


It is always refreshing and confidence-inspiring to know what sort of books your elected officials keep as bedside reading.

Of course, after a bit of bible drill, Nehemiah 13 springs to mind.

But I am left entirely uncertain whether the speaking voice here offers a roadmap for the troubled mayor or the troubling antagonists.

"Casting forth" is okay, if carried out democratically. "Plucking hair" will result in charges of assault and battery, so mind yourself and your manners.


But in all this [time] was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:

And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God.

And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.

Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers[. . . .]

And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, [saying], Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

September 2, 2010 at 8:44 a.m.
OllieH said...

Bookie- I've seen several cartoons critical of the mayor in the past, so perhaps this cartoon is more anti-recall than pro-Littlefield. Just because Clay doesn't agree with the recall effort (which is fairly obvious by now), doesn't make him a proponent of anyone's views except his own.

But I guess by your reckoning, he would be a propagandist whenever you don't agree with the point of the cartoon.

September 2, 2010 at 8:48 a.m.
Allison12 said...

What Clay, no mention of the crazed Littefield (Wamp like) emails, "violating the laws of God and man." Afterall God, endorses Littlefield, and those who challenge are violating God's will. Funny, you dismiss this, and attempt to portray recallers as anger. It is quite the opposite. Truth is, many find it difficult to distinguish between the TFP and Richard Beeland, one in the same. You lose credibility on this one, because it is simply untrue. As a lifelong Dem., I would rather be a Tea Party member than a corruption enabler such as the TFP.

September 2, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.
OllieH said...

Allison- Say what you will about corruption enabling and credibility, but it's not the job of the newspaper to promote the mayor's agenda any more than it's their duty to promote the recall effort. As for the editorial cartoons, well those represent the views of the cartoonist.

Taking a quick look back through the archives I fond this one on sweetheart land deals at city hall:

And then there was also this one on the discouraging prospects of even those who support the mayor's re-election:

For someone who claims that the recall folks aren't angry, you sound pretty ticked off. And as for your complaints about the Times Free Press, well, I would remind you that it was probably the TFP that exposed whatever city hall corruption you now site as reasons for the mayor's dismissal.

Ultimately, it's not the newspaper that enables corruption, it's the voters of Chattanooga. But I guess the 57% who voted to re-elect the mayor have no credibility with you either.

September 2, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Pope Ron the First—'I'll Raise Tithes This Much!"

Harry Statel

September 2, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.
moonpie said...

One thing is certain, the mayor made sure this recall effort was of Biblical proportions.

I never encountered a person who tried to get me to sign a petition, so I don't know what they're like, first hand....

I wouldn't recall him for raising taxes. But the Mayor's shrill tone and the calm tone of responding emails seriously make me wonder if the mayor is all there.

He may ultimately come out of this with his job, but he's fanning the flames of his demise.

September 2, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.
moonpie said...

What's wrong with this site? No posts for two days? Shocking.

At the risk of shocking anyone else, I'm watching Glenn Beck and enjoying the episode.

September 3, 2010 at 5:19 p.m.
moonpie said...

No activity on the site for 24 hours, but within the hour Glenn Beck is mentioned.....

It seems people are itching for a fight.

September 3, 2010 at 6:57 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...


I've been waiting for the 'toon or editorial about the misanthropic, Al Gore inspired, sorry excuse of a terrorist, eco-nut, Discovery Channel dude.

I may be waiting awhile.

(If that and Glenn Beck doesn't get something hopping, I'm packing it in for the night.)


Ah, Utopia...DOH!

September 3, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.
Sailorman said...


The usual suspects are having difficulty figuring out how to portray him as a right wing nut.

September 3, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Ron Littlefield is still the mack.

September 4, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.
FM_33 said...

What's wrong with this site? No posts for two days? Shocking.

At the risk of shocking anyone else, I'm watching Glenn Beck and enjoying the episode. Username: moonpie | On: September 3, 2010 at 5:19 p.m.

Moonpie it's called people getting out and enjoying the end of summer time instead of staring off into a computer screen like some people with out a life do all the time.

September 4, 2010 at 5:44 p.m.
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