published Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Barometric Pressure

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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nucanuck said...

Mother Nature is just slapping us around a bit for all the abuse we have inflicted on our planet.

April 28, 2011 at 1:46 a.m.
holdout said...

Yup, there were never storms on the planet before people lived here.

April 28, 2011 at 6:31 a.m.
woody said...

Who thinks Trump may now go after Mother Nature to make her show exact know when and where she was born..and how old she may really be...Hell I'd vote for him if he could pull that off!!


April 28, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.
ITguy said...

How long before seamonkey blames this on Obama?

April 28, 2011 at 7:13 a.m.
Leaf said...

And here I was hoping that Libertarians4Freedom would have no electricity today. Rats.

April 28, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

What, now bennett is going to "entertain" us with a series of cartoons featuring gages? That would be a new level of getting stuck in a rut, even for the mechanical mind of clay.

April 28, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Libertarians4Freedom said... "How long until the liberals blame it on global warming aka "climate change"?"

I think nucanuck already came pretty close to doing just that, with the very first post!

April 28, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Clay Bennett is astoundingly boring and he is obviously biased towards the far left.
Will you EVER do something to correct this situation?

April 28, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Maybe you can demote him to staff artist. That would play to his strengths and avoid his obvious weaknesses.

April 28, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
ShalinShah said...


He has won a Pulitzer Prize (Have you won one) and maybe you forgot that half of this paper is the Chattanooga Times; the paper started by New York Times owner Adolph Ochs. But you are probably an idiotic Tea-Party fool with the arrogance to tell another far-more successful man how to do his job.

April 28, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
mymy said...

Pressure on the Far Left to wake up! The gage (country) is about to blow-up!


Dollar sell-off intensifies...

Economic Growth Slow as Inflation Measure Spikes Up

Dollar Drops to Lowest Since 2008...

BERNANKE: Here comes the inflation... (it's here folks)

The continued spending/debt, etc.

So on and so on. The Obama policies are not working. Time for serious change. HE has a record now and HE can no longer blame it on someone else.

Although our problems started decades ago by both sides of the isle, Obama's agenda has this country in a tailspin with no improvement in the near future. Batten down the hatches more off the gage stormes are coming for the taxpayers.

April 28, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...


Do you feel duped after signing a contract with Pulitzer expectations and getting kindergarten results?

April 28, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Here is the kind of work bennett could do if he wasn't so ideologically rigid. The right way to look at "the birther problem".

April 28, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Sailorman said...

How long before seamonkey blames this on Obama?

Right after you blame it on Bush.

April 28, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
MTJohn said...

BRP - I don't understand why you and all of the other folks who are challenged by Clay's "kindgergarten results" insist on checking up on his work and posting on this board. You guys generate a lot more traffic to this site that those of us who appreciate his work.

April 28, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Many people are influenced by simplistic representations. They see the cartoon and get that message but will not take the time to read an article or editorial on the same topic. The mainstream media constantly bombards the public with similar messages in images and sound bites.

TFP pretends to give a balanced message, but a majority of visitors to the on-line opinion page will look at the cartoon and move on. If that is true, the majority of visitors will get a completely biased, left impression and it will color their impression of the world. Unless you take the time to study an issue, and few do, the constant barrage of ridiculous left wing messages can start to become your personal reality. Then you go to the voting booth and enthusiastically vote for idiots like obama.

The TFP should be ashamed of themselves for participating in this process.

April 28, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Another clever twist on the "birther problem".

bennett is too drawing cartoons founded in left wing "conventional wisdom" to have a novel thought.

April 28, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
canarysong said...

BPR wrote (every single day),

"blah blah blah blah blah blah Clay is boring blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Bennett didn't deserve his Pulitzer blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah leftists are gullible blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TFP should fire Bennett blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Obama is incompetent blah blah blah blah blah blah liberals are fools blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Clay has no talent blah blah blah blah blah blah blah the media has a liberal bias blah blah blah blah blah blah blah alternative energy is too expensive blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Bennett bad Obama bad liberals bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad I have no life bad bad bad bad bad I get this for free but I am still going to bitch about it bad bad bad bad bad bad I am a patriot am a patriot am patriot I am am am" "ps....I will shamelessly use this free venue to promote someone else's work......I have no scruples or class blah blah blah."

Alright already, we've heard it before....... ad nauseam.

April 28, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
nucanuck said...


You can stop worrying about the message of the political right not getting full exposure. Over the last decade or so, much of the national media have been bought, and are now controlled by, the political right. I would guess that the balance of exposure now favors right leaning outlets.

You seem to get pretty exercised over Clay's presentations, which, to me, are too devisive for the most part. I wish he would use his skills on more important national issues rathet than the high comment count issues that tear us apart.

As far as bias, I see Clay as left-center, not extreme.

April 28, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
pmcauley said...

BigRidgePatriot said... Another clever twist on the "birther problem".

Yeah that's pretty balanced...

I like Canary’s summary of BRP "views". When I see words like patriot or Libertarian in names (or legislation) I check my wallet or rights (both will soon disappear). Is the inference that others are not patriots or prefer liberty?


April 28, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

canarysong and nucanuck,

Just beating my drum, no different than clay bennett.

The day that the TFP ditches bennett I am going to hold a huge party! The day after they can expect at least one renewed subscription to the print version.

April 28, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

pmcauley said... "When I see words like patriot or Libertarian in names (or legislation) I check my wallet or rights (both will soon disappear)."

That shows a pretty weak understanding of what Patriots and Libertarians are. You could only accurately make that statement if your wallet gets filled by a check from the government and if by rights you mean the “rights” to the fruits of other people’s labor. I'll keep fighting for your liberties while you keep fighting to give them away in the name of false security and philanthropy.

April 28, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
dave said...

Not impressed. period.

April 28, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
pmcauley said...

I'll concede your point about the wallet but the patriot act, for instance, trampled all sorts of liberties. I would expect you'd be on my side on that point. For what it's worth I worked continuously for the last 33 years at the same place and never once got a check from the government (except tax refunds). Skill or luck, I’d prefer to believe the former.


April 28, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

pmcauley said... "I'll concede your point about the wallet but the patriot act, for instance, trampled all sorts of liberties"

Good point. The patriot act has some big problems. Does this mean I have to change my screenname to BigRidgeLibertarian? I suppose that would be a more accurate description.

April 28, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Does declaring one's self "the son of a carrier army officer" first and foremost in one's biography give you license to be a marginal cartoonist with a progressive bed-wetter agenda?

April 28, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
mymy said...

Clay is so one sided and boring how about a little music.

April 28, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
fairmon said...

Clay probably won't have any more influence on the way people vote than the rest of us posting here. Winning a Nobel or other prize is of little impact unless people assume the winner is smarter and better read they they are. Hello, Al Gore won one, that says a lot about the significance of winning either. Does that mean we should admire lottery winners and view them as talented and intelligent? They may be but not because they won the lottery. Notice how we put entertainers on a pedestal and view their opinion as valid in political and other matters.

April 28, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Ha to the cartoon, and to the 2nd post, and thanks for the links to better cartoons and to the hammer song.

Luke 13:1-4, loosely: They told Jesus about the restless natives whose blood the only superpower had mixed with their animal sacrifices. Jesus answered, Do you suppose these natives were sinners worse than the other natives, because they suffered such things? I tell you, No: but unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish. Or those 18 upon whom the tower fell and killed them, do you think they sinners worse than all men who live in the Bible Belt? I tell you, No: but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

April 28, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
hambone said...

The only thing I know for sure after last night is "yes they do sound like a train"

April 28, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
ITguy said...

Actually, I blame Reagan.

April 28, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
woody said...

It took me a while, but I finally figured out what all that 'hen-scratching' under the needle was trying to say. Well, it's obvious it's a Tennessee therefore, it must be saying "...wait five minutes and it'll change...."

For Georgia, Kentucky and other points throughout the Southeast there may be another minute or two (more or less) variable

So, what's the weather like?? Let me check my watch..Woody

April 29, 2011 at 6:34 a.m.
hambone said...

I hate to say it but maybe a power failure is good.

No Monkey business!

April 29, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
potcat said...

My power came on a couple hours ago and bigridge you are a BIG ASS BLOWHARD.Lib4? using the computer at work? Sounds about right!

If you pray, then pray for the people in this catastrophe. If not roll up your sleeves and help someone.

April 29, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
vaughn15 said...

BigRidgePatriot better known as BigRidgeBlowhard...if you don't like Clay's cartoons get the hey out of here and shut up...You are nothing more than a Kook! Please shut up!

April 29, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...


"abuse on the planet"...listen, canadian...if that's what your name means...this weather has as much a conection with "global warming"..that stupid-ass myth, then obama has with inelligence.

April 29, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
rolando said...

Here is a real editorial cartoonist at work:

Somehow I cannot imagine our homegrown variety of accomplishing anything like it. Sorry, Clay. Question is, will he produce anything on the topic?

April 29, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
fairmon said...


I didn't read all the post but noticed a couple at you. You must have hit a sore spot, good shot.

April 29, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
potcat said...

Harp... big did not hit a sore point. Its just Hate Clay or other nonsense that takes up the WHOLE thread one after another of the same old thing. For you to applauld that is very telling about you! I have never bought into your open mindness that you try so hard to protray.Good Shot indeed.

April 29, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
canarysong said...

Potcat, I think you've started something......

BPR, one more day boring us with multiple posts of the same old complaints about Clay and I'll join those using your new moniker..... BigRidgeBlowhard (I'll at least go with the cleaned up version).

April 29, 2011 at 11:18 p.m.
fairmon said...

open minded? You must have me confused with someone else.

April 30, 2011 at 1:08 a.m.

I'm with you Harp, open minded makes no sense refering to you.

April 30, 2011 at 1:24 a.m.
canarysong said...

Wow, this has been an exciting thread (yaaawwn), a good cure for my insomnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............................... . . . . . . .

April 30, 2011 at 3:31 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

no, itguy, blaming weather on man is part of the liberal mo.

but the nearly $6.00 a gallon gasoline in some places, the high food costs, the huge underemploy ment/unemployment and the decline in u.s. standing around the world is obama''s and the liberal's fault.

by the way, this chavezesque attempt to ban a san francisco chronicle reporter from the press pool reveals exaclty who obama is.

unfortunately for you libs you can't blame that on the weather or conservatives.

April 30, 2011 at 3:42 a.m.
fairmon said...

Unusual weather events have occurred through out history as recorded in literature and in official records. Therefore, it would be a safe bet to predict there will be more in the future. Man claiming he can impact the weather intentionally or unintentionally is ludicrous. Scientist have theories but not indisputable facts similar to when they theorized the world was flat. Polluting the environment, our water and air, needs to stop or we could at some point in the future destroy life on earth.

The administration and congress are doing all they know to do to reduce pollution and still be elected again. They have increased real unemployment to around 17% (see fed data U-6), they have incentivised businesses to relocate to other countries while they have increased government employment exponentially. Government employees tend to vote for incumbents and don't do enough work to pollute. They are borrowing money at a rate that doubles the debt about every three to four years in order to appear to be redistributing wealth.

No new taxes? Is double digit inflation and doubling the price of gas similar to a tax increase?

Their subsidies to oil companies and blocking an aggressive move to clean burning, less polluting natural gas must be part of the effort to drive gas prices up in order to increase the viability of moving to other energy sources.

April 30, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
joepulitzer said...


April 30, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.
rolando said...

Another great townhall political cartoonist...dead on the money.

A lesson on becoming invisible:

April 30, 2011 at 7:21 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

check out the remarks by a man named, alford,..i think it is....he 's the head of the black chamber of commerce of america...he was a supporter of obama in '08...he refers to him now as a marxist, a brownshirt and anti-business........

also check out the devestation in texas with the one-two punch of wildfires and tornadoes there. my brother lives in texas and tells me it's horrendous...massive damage. yet, somehow, obama has not declared it a disaster area and worthy of a visit. why? because he's not liked in texas and has no chance there. our area is a disaster area and should be declared one. obama visiting alabama and declaring that a disaster area, but not texas is pure politics and a way of throwing his weight around...pure, chicago thug politics....what a creep.

April 30, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
miraweb said...

Remarkable before and after views from GeoEye. I saw another article where a woman has set up a facebook page to help people find their photographs and belongings that dropped from the sky miles (sometimes hundreds of miles) away. God bless, everyone.

April 30, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
fairmon said...

We seem to be on a gage kick. What about one that measures the growing debt? Another for the interest the debt is costing? A gage to show the shrinking value of the dollar and another to show real inflation which would include food and energy.

Government pay out to people is 2.3 trillion with tax revenue at 2.2 trillion. All other expenses take the budget close to 3 trillion. How long will people believe the lies from both sides of the aisle? Neither proposal addresses deficit spending. Why is there such a fuss over those making over %$250,000? Take every penny of their income and there is still a big deficit. Why is there not one tax rate for every one with no deductions, reductions, incentives, subsidies etc.? We better get our head out of another part of the anatomy and get congress working on the right things in the right way.

April 30, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
potcat said...

Oh Yeah, the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE of Chattanooga wants and will get $500,000 of TAXPAYERS MONEY, i.e. "Grants" this year and why not, they always have. They are REPUBS and all the way Capitalist and are Always spouting Privative, Privative and privative.

The most offensive racist pamphlet i have ever recieved in the mail was from the Chamber endorsing Corker VS. Harold Ford and also Obama vs. Mccain.

The Chamber of Commerse is POLITICAL and I don't want one penny of my Tax Dollars going to these hypocrites!

~~`` economic system in which most means for the production of goods and services are PRIVATELY OWNED!

April 30, 2011 at noon
BigRidgePatriot said...

Is this the third day with the same lame - a$$ gage cartoon? clay has either gone into a coma or, more likely, he cannot think of anything to pen. The reason he cannot think of anything is that he has a personal moratorium on any topic that would be critical of obama, reid, pelosi, the clintons... which excludes the vast majority of the available material. Go look back over his cartoons over the last year or so. You have to work really hard to find two cartoons that contain an image of obama, and those not critical of obama. It seems as though bennett shut his mind off a couple of years ago and has been putting a minimal effort into his work. Hell, mountainlaurel puts more thought and work into these pages than bennett does! The Chattanooga Times Free Press has to be having buyer’s remorse over clay bennett, the underperforming cartoonist. He may go down in history as the only progressive activist cartoonist to consistently stay on the left wing message for his 3-4 years at this paper and not get ANY awards. I thought all you had to do to get an award as a left wing cartoonist was to be a left wing cartoonist! I guess if you are bad enough, not even that is enough.

April 30, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...'re an, because someone endorsed corker over ford and mccain over obama they're automatically racist? dumb ass...

i brought up the black chamber of commerce in order to illustrate that it's not just "white people" who are oppossed to obama, but black americans as well... black businessman and women are under assualt just like everyone else. obama is an enemy of free enterprise and entrepenuership ...he's an enemy of capitalism.

yeah...and governments throughout history have proven that they're all trustworthy and are simply more moral than the private sector....moron.

you see potcat...obama is a bad guy..a really bad guy..a marxist, among other things.. which is probably fine by you, since you're a pothead.

obama is a punk who feeds off of choas in order to gain from it politically and personally... he's a loathsome slug who got to where he is by lying and deception....whether it's in school or in politics.......

as president he's been nothing but a hypocrite and a bully......condeming corporations except for the ones that give him money, he's taken every opportunity he can to push citizens around ,whether it's with mandates or siding with illegal alien criminals. obamacare is one massive intrusion into our private even mandates what kind of portions restuarants can serve. mothers aren't even allowed to make school for their children in chicago. that's hope and change? ***HOLE.... obama is not an american in the true sense of the word..he want to start over and maked it into his warped vision...depending on his mood he's a facist one day, a communist another day and just a thug another day....but he's not....he is not an american...

April 30, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
SeaMonkey said... not black or white, democrat or republican's about having a vision, creativity, independence, and, yes...making a profit in order to be successful. it's about hard work and being matter what color you are or our ethnic background. that's one of the things that has made america great.

all of which obama has no connection with in the real world...he's fine in academia and being part of a crooked political machine..or even as a shakedown artist, like he was for acorn..but when it comes to competing in the real world against really hard working and creative people, he's a total flop...a dullard and a turd.

this country is a crappier place in almost every way since obama won in '08....citizenship has been devalued, freedom has been lost, success is met with punishment, our history is nothing special, more pressure from the government at all levels, race relations are worse, unemployment is outrageous, the world no longer looks at us as a leader.......and so on and so on..

this is what happens when you have a sour, dour, mean spirited, bully ,and cold statist in charge. obama is about as inspiring as charley sheen...maybe less so..

April 30, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
potcat said...

Clay Bennent has a new cartoon in todays papper. I dont't know why its not on this site. Buy a papper and read it.

Monkey, you pitiful ignorant THING. I work in a Pot and Pan FACTORY. It has nothing to do with weed, though you might want to consider trying it. It just might improve your intelligence. I doubt it though because you are beyond help.As for The Chamber of Commerce taking my Tax Dollars and then endorsing any political party is wrong.

April 30, 2011 at 2:07 p.m. cartoon shows the state of the country now and where it might head to.

April 30, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
rolando said...

Perhaps the new cartoon is not here, potcat, because the TFP has taken the criticism here to heart...although, knowing the TFP, perhaps not.

April 30, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

potcat said... "Clay Bennent has a new cartoon in todays papper. I dont't know why its not on this site. Buy a papper and read it"

As soon as they get rid of, or add someone to balance, clay bennett I will consider getting a subscription. Until then they are going to have to count on you potcat.

April 30, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Oh yeah. clay bennett sucks!

April 30, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
potcat said...

They can count on me. I have always been a avid newspapper reader. Its been said before the right side of the papper has a cartoon and you can't find a more lunitic right wing bunch of liars than them. So they should be right up your alley.

I hope Clay and all TFP personnel are alright!

April 30, 2011 at 5:35 p.m.
canarysong said...

Those who are interested in something more important than tiresome criticism of Clay Bennett and our President may be interested in these ways that we can pitch in to help those who have lost so much in the storms:

For conservatives claiming that aid to the needy should be provided by private individuals rather than government, now is a time to put your money where your mouth is. Loosen that death-grip on your wallet and give generously.

April 30, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
hambone said...

Once again, it's the BRuP and TrollMonkey show !

April 30, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.
fairmon said...


Good post. My contribution went to the Red Cross-Chattanooga chapter. What will liberals do call their congressman and insist on government help?

May 1, 2011 at 5:43 a.m.
rolando said...

Ever since the Indonesian tsunami and its aftermath, I hesitate to give to the Red Cross...most of the money they collected/received was used for other things [necessary things, perhaps]; however, little was used in direct or indirect support of the victims and their infrastructure. Reportedly, there was more than enough non-government, religion-based support pouring in [so to speak].

I understand pretty much the same thing happened in the wake of Katrina.

May 1, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
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