published Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Worry

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...

The term "gun culture" is a classic oxymoron.

June 26, 2011 at 2:52 a.m.
Momus said...

Don't worry, your son will be home by 2014, and your daughter should be out of there as soon as she gets her 'trickle-down'!

June 26, 2011 at 3:55 a.m.
patriot1 said...

....and both are volunteers

June 26, 2011 at 6:57 a.m.
potcat said...

... and both are POOR, money wise that is.

June 26, 2011 at 7:27 a.m.
Yano said...

There should not be any such thing as a public housing development. All housing assistance should be via means-tested vouchers and tax breaks, and should be scattered to prevent concentrations of poverty. Yes, in my neighborhood also.

There should not be any such thing as a "nation-building" war, either. We needed to dislodge Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, but we don't need to "save" the Afghans from themselves. Even if we wanted to, we can't afford it.

As for invading Iraq: That was probably the single most idiotic, dishonest, and treasonous act by any government of the last 50 years. So many lives and so much money gone. How did that war help America, exactly?

June 26, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

"gun culture"?...no.....thug culture...that's what it is.

criminals don't care about gun laws, obviously.

joe smith who lives in the middle of nebraska and owns guns for hunting..or whatever..who registers his weapons and abides by the laws, has no connection with the gun/thug culture.

yano...iraq,...treasonous? horsecrap.......the senate approved it, the house approved it and the u.n. gave the go ahead as well. now, you want to know treason....look at obama snubbing congress regarding the military action in libya....he thinks he's above congress. you know what else is treason? obama siding with illegal aliens over american citizens. not only that, he's easing up on the borders now. he doesn't give a rip about the constitution.

nobody cares what you libs think about iraq....go ask the people of iraq how they feel about their situation. your opinion doesn't count, only theirs does.

you libs accused bush of behaving in an imperial manner, but you don';t even see the monarch' wannabe we have in the white house. you're blind.

June 26, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
Yano said...

SeaMonkey -

Congress approved the Iraq War because the Cheney Administration lied and said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. They lied and said Iraq was trying to get uranium.

That tale, which came from the British Secret Service, was a lie, and the British Secret Service TOLD the Americans it was a lie. But the lie was useful to the war hawks who wanted Iraq's oil, so they fed it and other lies to poor ol' Colin Powell, who humiliated himself at the UN with a Powerpoint presentation full of Cheney's lies, and led us all into a senseless, devastating war.

"Go ask the people of Iraq how they feel"??? Are you serious? The immensely unpopular war completely discredited the western-oriented progressives of Iraq.

Illegal aliens are only illegal because rich Americans want to hire them but not pay any taxes or deal with unions. Obama, like G W Bush before him, wants to stop the hypocrisy, if only racists and bigots like you would let him.

June 26, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Wow! Yano schooled SeaMonkey, and used G W Bush to do it!

June 26, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
Momus said...

Well played Yano.

You had references to back your argument, not just baseless rants.

June 26, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

yano, yano..yano.....still with the evil bush and cheney...silly libs.....they're not around anymore..

you're a pompous lefty......no.....no....the u.n. the u.s. congress and many others were convinced there weapons of mass destruction based on the intelligence at the time...so stop beating a dead horse.

iraq's oil? really.....who has it? we're not getting rich from it. dope.

yes i am serious...dummy........take a news crew and go up and down the country of iraq and ask them what they t hink....it doesn't matter what you think. what do they think.

no....illegal aliens are illegal because they crossed the border without permission. they're illegal entrants/criminals. those who hire them should be punished....no one is defending them.

everyone is welcome in this country, but they must come in the right way? agreed?

anyone who comes in illegally, whether they're mexican, guatamalan, south african, nigerian, sweedish, vietnamize....., is breaking the law. there's no bigotry there..only your foul, little leftist pee brain there is...that's all. everyone is welcome here. no one is special and gets to some in without doing it the right way.

"immensely unpopular"....well, to you lefties, yes it is. but you have to remember you're a small minority in this country and you only get elected by deception. that's why obumble brain ran as a moderate, and with help of the dishonest media...got in. if he ran as the leftist that he is now, he wouldn't have won. remember 11/2/10? people knew then what he really is and boldly rejected him. site all the slanted links you want..and worthless polls...but 11/2/10 is in the books.

you see, libs...whenever anyone gives an opinion that doesnt't go along with what you believe.. their opinion is automatically worthless...

now, your hypocracy is overflowing....obama as basically given the congress the finger regarding libya...but, of course, since he's obama that's fine. obama has gone into libya unilateraly...bush didn't do anything unilaterly. ..oh, doesn't that make you so mad.

you know, yano...you moron.....obama and bush both pandered to illegal aliens..not because of any hypocracy....you dope......they want to "capture" the mexican-american vote..they want them because they're the largest minority now. you're so naive, yano.......

how disgusting it is that both bush and obama think that by kissing mexican illegal alien asses that somehow all citizens of mexican ancestory will be swayed.. because, heck, they're all mexicans and all mexicans think alike, right? of course citizens of mexican ancestory will automatically be ok with criminal behavior. you leftists are the bigots and the hyphenators.....did it ever occur to you dumb asses that citizens of mexican ancestory, who pay taxes...may not be ok with illegal aliens draining our governments resources?

June 26, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
tderng said...

yano...do you have any idea why countries have borders?Apparently you don't understand why countries have them...in every other country in the world it's to keep out anyone who doesn't want to abide by the rules in entering their country.For you liberals we shouldn't have any borders and should let every Tom,Dick,and Harry into our country no matter his/her history.Let the drug cartels just walk across the border and kill anyone they want,and when they are caught whatever we do don't let immigration know we have them (Sanctuary cities).Why do you liberals want to let everybody to enter our country regardless of their criminal history?Is it because you want this country destroyed?Do you want terrorists coming freely across our borders and killing our citizens?If any citizen is killed by someone who entered this country illegally their blood is on your hands and I hope it keeps you awake at night.

June 26, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
Yano said...

tderng:

It is the current system that lets everyone in the country regardless of their criminal history. A guest worker program that provided our economy with the migrant labor it needs (the alternative is to export farms and businesses to where the low cost labor is), would regularize immigration without criminalizing honest workers.

Harrassing workers who help our economy, and their families, by throwing around the "criminal" and "terrorist" labels is destructive. Treating the workers WE PAY to come here like criminals is unamerican.

If we could secure our borders without shuttering thousands of farms and businesses, we would. To do that, we first have to legalize the "illegals."

June 26, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Clay Bennett and his followers here are progressive hand puppets. It is entertaining to see how the minions give Obama a complete pass for carrying on the Bush legacy like his script was written by "Dick Cheney". They will drone on for thousands of words about someone who has now been out of office for going on three years.

Where are the expressions of disappointment over the "Change" that Obama promised? Where is the outrage over expanding our military presence in the Middle East?

How far into the sewer will you let Obama take us before you wake up? Will you continue to allow your attention to be focused on "opposing" groups so you can be fooled into supporting the real source of our problems?

Why would that woman be letting her daughter live in College Hill Courts? What kind of total breakdown happened in that family such that children would go to live under government assistance rather than under the wing of her family. That is the progressive way, encourage youth to reject their family and live under the "protection" of the nanny state. That way they can be free of the small minded oppression of their abusive parents, free to spread their wings…free to suck on the tit of big government without having to live with the judgment of parents.

After the government has muscled its way into the role of primary support mechanism you get government sponsored cesspools like College Hill Courts. Way to go “Progressives”!

June 26, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
moonpie said...

BRP,

Like it or not, you are a Clay Bennett follower. Not a disciple, but an avid follower. You seem to need him.

I'm beginning to think you must have asked him out once on a date and he said, "no."

Or you're like the girlfriend he broke up with, but she keeps stalking him.

June 26, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
JoeHill said...

Very Orwellian that Conservatives were gung ho behind two wars, an expansion of government bureaucracy, and tax cuts all at the same time and can have the courage to be indignant of Obama for not being fiscally responsible--the height of hypocrisy.

Speaking of Orwell and more to the point of the cartoon, Orwell discusses the deliberate internal destruction of a society as it wages war to keep the people poor and ignorant and, therefore, in line with auhtority's wishes in his classic novel on totalitarianism, 1984.

June 26, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

moonpie,

Clay Bennett is a huge wort on the face of Chattanooga. You cannot help but look at it and wonder why it was never removed.

June 26, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
alprova said...

"Wow! Yano schooled SeaMonkey, and used G W Bush to do it!"

"Well played Yano."

Poor Sea Monkey. He just got smashed against the wall.

That was amazing.

June 26, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Reardon said...

BRP -- he isn't fired because he helps sell newspapers.

Provocativeness always sells better than blandness.

June 26, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.
alprova said...

You know, it just occurred to me. Back last year, before Patriot popped in, there was a person who posted all kinds of poopy stuff about Clay. Remember that?

I'm betting this is the same guy, because he is just as focused on posting creepy rants about Clay on almost a daily basis.

I had all but forgotten about that person until Moonpie posted.

BRP, I'm betting you're under investigation in more than a couple of ways.

I mean the guy even uses Clay's image as an avatar. Creepy.

Kooks.

June 26, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
sangaree said...

"He just got smashed against the wall."

As in, like a bug?

June 26, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

since you libs like polls...a gallup poll..for the second time in a week..shows obama losing to a generic republican.

the public schools do a great job of keeping everyone ignorant, joehill....and thus... poor.. which is fine for you elitists because you like pushing people around.

June 26, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

chuckle............

June 26, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

no, my liberal bird brain friends....smashed would be what happened to democrats on......... 11/2/10...smashed is what happened to obama's agenda on 11/2/10...what happens on this forum is quite irrelevant..

June 26, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

seamonkey if you keep your crap up, you'll have yourself believing what you write eventually.

Republicans are going to create jobs. Yea, and I've got some swamp land I'll sell you cheap.....

The only thing Republicans are going to do is give tax cuts to the rich. And try to get YOU to believe doing so will create jobs!

10 years of tax cuts to the rich and the unemployment rate is 9.1%.

Some job creation solution.

Click ME to read more....

June 26, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Momus said...

Monkey wrote: "since you libs like polls...a gallup poll..for the second time in a week..shows obama losing to a generic republican."

FINISH THE ARTICLE! Obama wins against any candidate presently running. Same article, Fox news.

Seamonkey's foiled again.

June 26, 2011 at 3:32 p.m.
moonpie said...

SeaMonkey gets schooled on a regular basis.

He just doesn't seem to understand the difference between opinion and fact. Sometimes reason and fact overlap, which provides a positive reinforcement and keeps him entrenched.

He's not wrong about everything. I agree with him sometimes, but I nearly never agree with his tone or need to call people morons or twits, etc. It's a bad way to make an argument.

Try that with one of your graphic design customers, SeaMonkey, and see how many of your ideas they buy. I bet you don't do it there, why do you think it's an effective tool here?

On the other hand, SeaMonkey is not the only name caller here. I've noticed when it starts, it makes people oppositional and even more reluctant to see valid points made by others.

At the risk of being labelled a moderator (nod to harp), I'll stop now. An occassional shrill or defensive arguments can be entertaining, but I enjoy the cogent and well-reasoned more.

June 26, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

yeah...stanley.. whatever you say...i've said often that republicans talk big but haven't done much. but the real problem is that they've gone along with democrats in order to be liked by them...which has been disasterous.

you, see, stanley..you democrat party sock puppet, democrat party good-republican party bad doesn't cut it anymore......nobody wants to hear that anymore.

the rich, stanley...like the high end resturants and nightclubs that got waivers from pelosi for obamacare....those rich?...you mean ge...who's in bed with obama and the democrats..who got out of paying taxes......

it's not the republicans job to create jobs, nor is it the democrats..nor is it the governments..it's the private sector that creates jobs.....the government needs to get out of the way and let them do it.

you see, stanley...you liberal parrot......obama owns this mess.....while the republicans cannot create jobs, they will make an attempt to get out of the way and allow companies to do what they do best...but one thing is for sure...obama is a job killer........he's the grim reaper....

like i said before..go take a trip to the suburbs and towns around washington d.c....t hey're dripping with wealth and the economy hasn't touched them because federal employees are doing quite well.

then go drive dow to birmingham or go up to some town in michigan....it's a completely different story.......what it really is with obama, stanley, is private sector bad/evil-government good

the unemployment rate in this country is closer to 17%..the underemployment rate is something close to 45%...25% of young people are unemployed..16% of black-americans (i hyphenated it for the benefit of you bigoted liberals on here) ..are unemployed...the housing market is at depression era level. ..gas is absurdly high..and food is costs are rising...wait until the cost of corn goes up more....

i believe obama is a bad guy who will see his statist vision come true no matter what....his use of the epa to damage the coal industry at this fragile time is the perfect example. he said he would do it before the election..and he's going to let it happen....unemployment rate be damned....

he has no where to hide, stanley.....he's not clever enough or a good enough speaker to convince someone they have a job when they don't...

June 26, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

It amazes me how even the most politically benign of Bennett's cartoons can still bring out the rage of the Bennett haters. Today's cartoon is about as a-political as you can get. It's just a picture and a statement about a slice of life in Chattanooga and our world, devoid of a left/right, liberal/conservative slant. Yet you libertarian/teaparty Bennett-phobes still manage to make it all about your fanatical ideology. As much as you complain about Bennett and wish he would just disappear into the ozone, I wonder what you would do without him. My god, you obviously LIVE on your computers and can't wait for his next cartoon, just so you can tear into him. What would you do without him? You would be lost souls indeed, if you're not already. And I agree with alprova in his post about BRP's use of Bennett's photo as his avatar. Totally creepy.

June 26, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

I have noticed many instances of outright lying and misrepresentation of facts by the libertarian/teaparty clique on here in their feeble attempts to make their case. It seems obvious that they get their news strictly from Fox and other right wing sources and do their "research" only on the sites that already support their ideology.

A case in point, SeaMonkey, is your statement that ...."Obama is even worse (on immigration and border patrol)...right now Obama is relaxing our southern borders and has openly ridiculed our border states for wanting to do something about the criminals pouring over the border and terrorizing u.s. citizens."

Well, sir, that is an outright bald-faced lie. Fox News made a big deal over Obama's joke that he made about a moat with alligators at our border but all he was doing was saying that no matter what he did to secure the borders, even if he put an alligator-filled moat in place, it wouldn't be enough to satisfy the Republicans. In reality he has done more than Bush or any other president to secure our borders.

This from PolitiFact: "[Border Patrol] Manpower Has Roughly Doubled Since 2004, As Obama Said In His Speech At El Paso." PolitiFact rated as "true" Obama's statement that "[t]he Border Patrol has 20,000 agents -- more than twice as many as there were in 2004."

This from AP: "The U.S.-Mexico Border Is More Fortified Now Than It Was Even Five Years Ago." A June 23, 2010, Associated Press article noted: "You wouldn't know it from the public debate, but the U.S.-Mexico border is more fortified now than it was even five years ago. Far more agents patrol it, more fences, barriers and technology protect it and taxpayers are spending billions more to reinforce it." [AP, 6/23/10]

There Are Currently More Border Patrol Agents "Than Ever Before In The History Of This Country." The Obama administration has been increasing the number of Border Patrol officers on the southern border. During a July 2010 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher said, "Currently we have over 20,000 Border Patrol Agents nationwide, more than ever before in the history of the country."

And there is plenty more factual data to corroborate the above. I am not trying to defend Obama - there is much that I don't like about him (though my reasons for not liking him are vastly different from yours). But I try not to let my ideology cloud my perception of reality. If you and your liberal- bashing buddies are going to try to prove a point, at least broaden your scope a bit and go to other sources than Faux News to do your research.

June 26, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
acerigger said...

rickaroo,how dare you try to confuse these people with FACTS?

June 26, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
hambone said...

Tribes------- Mud Huts--------- Spears

Civilization Advances

Gangs-----Brick Housing Projects------Guns

June 26, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

well, rickaroo..i guess some prison time is in order, huh?

and yet....they're still coming over the border, aren't they. in great numbers... it's not enough.

i suggest we use the military on our border, like other countries do......how about taking those troops that obama is pulling out of afghanistan and assigning them to the u.s. mexico border?
why not?

u.s. citizens are in danger,...being killed, assualted..etc. drug wars spilling over...the president of mexico himself admits mexico is at war with drug gangs..

will he do that? no...you know why?...because he, like bush, do not want to tick off u.s. citizens of mexican ancestory....in the bigoted belief that anyone with mexican ancestory is of one mindset. it's all politics....he won't go all out because he wants the "mexican-american" vote.

if you libs think bush's and obama's handling of the borders has anything to do with anything other than their respective parties wanting to sew up a growing voting group, you're naive.

obama wants those votes, and even if it means stepping on citizens to do it..he'll do it.

you don't like my opinion....tough..that's what i see..

whether it's attacking the citizens of arizona in court for being fed up with the lousy job the gov. is doing at protecting them. ... or attempting to give terrorists civilian trials....obama displays very little empathy for citizens.

AP? ...ok...that's not biased in any way..

see...what you libs do on here, as you do everywhere else...is try and attack someone for just voicing their opinion.....you demand justification for someone having a different idealogy than you........

i don't have to do anything more on here than give my opinion.

if i say the mandate for healthcare is unconstitutional, i'm under no obligation to justify my opinion' to you. i think it is. you say it isn't. so be it.

this is forum for comments....you libs just don't want anyone on here who leans conservative...

June 26, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Reardon said... "he isn't fired because he helps sell newspapers"

Maybe, I suspect that the TFP is becoming all Times and the Free Press is pretty much dead. I cancelled my subscription to the print version quite a while ago, not because of Clay Bennett, but because I thought I was paying for a progressive slant and that there was much better news sources out there.

I still check in on the on-line version of the TFP for local news. The online version made me aware of Bennett because of the way his cartoon dominates the opinion page. Yuck!

June 26, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
rolando said...

Yet another impeachable act by our very own Dear Leader:

See http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=315085

quote

INVASION USA

Obama slips DREAM Act amnesty past Congress

By Drew Zahn © 2011 WND

A new enforcement memo handed down by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week has some accusing the White House of running around Congress to implement the DREAM Act – and consequent amnesty for some illegal immigrants – by executive fiat.

The new memo, penned by ICE Director John Morton, directs ICE agents, attorneys and directors to exercise "prosecutorial discretion" – meaning less likelihood of deportation – for illegal aliens who have been students in the U.S., who have been in the country since childhood or who have served in the American military.

Critics have pointed out the new leniency standards parallel the provisions of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, which could not pass the Senate, despite several votes over the past decade, including three failed attempts at passage last year.

"This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration," argued syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on a discussion panel with Fox News' anchor Chris Wallace. "Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution. And under it, the Legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn't make them up.

"The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress," Krauthammer continued. "It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order; it's an implicit one."

unquote

Katie Pavlich, http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/06/26/dream_act_implemented_through_executive_ice_memo, added"

The DREAM Act, rejected by Congress, would have given those in the country illegally, brought here by their parents who broke U.S. immigration law, U.S. citizenship so long as they go to college or join the military. Despite Congressional rejection and the rejection by the American people, the DREAM Act has been enacted by a process of ICE agents deciding who should and should not be deported on a case-by-case basis rather than equally under the law. As usual, Congress doesn't matter and the opinion of the American people doesn't matter to the Obama Administration. If you're here illegally, so long as you go to college or join the military, you're good to go.

Maybe a better question to ask would be: What criteria actually gets an illegal immigrant deported? Since there seems to be so many exceptions to the breaking the law by entering the U.S. without permission.

unquote

June 26, 2011 at 6:42 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

alprova said... "I'm betting this is the same guy"

Are you honoring your bets now Alprova, or are you still just hot air?

June 26, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Ha (to the cartoon).

June 26, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.
dude_abides said...

I still check in on the on-line version of the TFP for local news. The online version made me aware of Bennett because of the way his cartoon dominates the opinion page. Yuck! -BRP

Yuck as in a house reeking of "souse"? That is such a gross sounding thing to eat. I picture a thick, bubbling tarpit-esque solution with everything from intestines to eyeballs floating around. A squeaking, undulating gel-slop that permeates the air and leaves a film of slime on the walls and furniture. It occurs that "Jamaican souse" must have like Scotch bonnet thrown in to mask the bland abhorrent flavor and consistency of such a concoction. I imagine one would have to disarm the smoke detectors before embarking on this disgusting culinary journey.

June 26, 2011 at 11:41 p.m.
alprova said...

Rolando wrote: "Yet another impeachable act by our very own Dear Leader: See http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=315085"

Yet another unimpressive lie posted by Rolando, the man with no credibility in this forum because he never fact checks anything he posts.

"Obama slips DREAM Act amnesty past Congress"

Obama did nothing of the sort. The headline is a blatant lie. The document surrounding this entire issue is not signed by the President, nor does his name appear in it, anywhere.

World Net Daily? You have the audacity to enter one of their stories in here as a credible reference? That's hilarious.

The memo in question is signed and written by Director John Morton, not the President.

A right-wing idiot appears on Fox News with Chris Wallace, and suddenly the charge is that an act of lawlessness on the part of the entire Obama Administration. Only on Fox News.

Don't you people ever catch the GOP operatives in their own lies? Doesn't it ever matter to any of you that this is the only way they can convince you to vote for them -- by lying to you shamelessly and continuously? This is the very reason that I cannot stand A Republican at the moment.

It is not an executive order, and contrary to Charles Krauthammer's pathetic argument, it is absolutely within the power of John Morton's authority as Director to issue a lawful order for all those charged with enforcing immigration laws to be empowered to use prosecutorial discretion at all times they are enforcing those laws, and to be allowed to decide to what degree to enforce any law against a particular individual.

The Directors of the FBI, CIA, The Justice Department, and other enforcement based departments, have the same authorities to do the same in their departments too.

For you, Rolando, to start off your post with another charge that President Obama has done something that he should be impeached for, is another in a long line of stupid and provably baseless accusations that have come to define you as someone with no credibility at all nor a clue to what you ever post about.

There is no executive order by the President involved you ignorant twit.

Here's the memo in it's entirety. Read it and post one word of it that has the President involved in it for one flipping second.

http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secure-communities/pdf/prosecutorial-discretion-memo.pdf

You people that post Fox News, WND, and Townhall links deserve what you get every time. Those sites have no credibility and neither do you when you use them to stand on your ignorant stances about anything.

Try fact checking once in awhile. Your nose will quit stinging when your posts are taken apart.

June 27, 2011 at 1:27 a.m.
alprova said...

BRP wrote: "Are you honoring your bets now Alprova, or are you still just hot air?"

Ah buzz off. You're not even on my radar screen. You're just a sick and twisted puck who has a raging soft-on for Clay Bennett.

What that's all about, only you know. Your choice to use his image kinda seals the deal that you are out there and to be watched at all times.

Were you a budding cartoonist at one time and did Clay offer you some honest criticism and it ticked you off? Did you meet him in public somewhere and did he not respond the way you thought he should have? Does your admiration/obsession/creepiness go deeper than that?

You passed the point where this is simply about disagreements in politics a long time ago. You never know who's watching and what they do for a living.

You're rubber room material, given your current level of responses in this forum. Be careful that you don't find yourself being introduced a rubber room against your will and sooner than you think.

Always remember. No one is ever anonymous online. Not anymore.

June 27, 2011 at 1:44 a.m.
potcat said...

`` big Jealous Puke can't stand that Clay dominates the TIMES side of the Opinion page. Damn,are you not aware that the LEFT side is a Award Winning Democratic Left Leaning opinion page that has Clay as their main Cartoonist.

`` Jealous, Dumb, Stupid, Wrong and Delusional. Clay should be watching his back, you sound like your on the EDGE with Clay on that Delusional Brain of yours. Get a Life for Gods sake!! !

June 27, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
fairmon said...

Is this a local issue or is the federal government now in charge of all welfare activity and law enforcement in this country?

Empowering departments with discretion regarding which and to what extent to enforce or change laws is abdication, not delegation, of congress responsibility. Too many departments and a bloated centralized government results in that behavior.

State and local governments have made themselves puppets of the federal government by selling out to grants, matching funds and various other tools of manipulation beyond constitutional federal power.

How far away from totally impotent state and local governments are we? Various federal and state initiated litigation the states can't win can lead to state and local governments within a generation or two being nothing more than a federal resource.

June 27, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.
pmcauley said...

Hey BRP let me save you time for the next Bennett cartoon.

"Hey Bennett you suck. You're an idiot. Why did CTFP hire this loser? He can't draw worth crap."

Please feel free to cut and paste for successive illustrations.

pm

June 27, 2011 at 8:39 a.m.

The war on poverty continues to assuage the consciences of WASPs while dreams are dashed and promising lives are cut short in College Hill Courts. What a terrible cost for deferring to bureaucrats the responsibility to love your neighbor.

  • Oompa-loompa
June 27, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
fairmon said...

There are responsible and good people with families that are homeless and without income. There are children going hungry in every state in the U.S. There are stingy and selfish liberals that insist on the federal government confiscating money from someone other than them to assist those in need. There are stingy and selfish conservatives that insist on a central government not assisting them. What these people want and need is a job paying enough to survive. These are not all welfare abusers and second and third generation government dependent. Neither party nor their employed supporters are raising hell or offering an effective approach to the problem.

How can we justify nation building and involvement in no win wars with these conditions in this country? How can we insist on not utilizing our energy sources and the increased employment doing so would create? How do we justify all the foreign aid with these conditions here? How do insist on a business tax system that shows favor and incentivises businesses to expand over seas instead of in the U.S.? Both parties and the supporting post here make me sick!

June 27, 2011 at 9 a.m.

JOEHILL SAID: "Very Orwellian that Conservatives were gung ho behind two wars, an expansion of government bureaucracy, and tax cuts all at the same time and can have the courage to be indignant of Obama for not being fiscally responsible--the height of hypocrisy.

Speaking of Orwell and more to the point of the cartoon, Orwell discusses the deliberate internal destruction of a society as it wages war to keep the people poor and ignorant and, therefore, in line with auhtority's wishes in his classic novel on totalitarianism, 1984."

Great Post. I was wondering when someone else would mention that. The Powers That Be want us to be at each others throats about things that really don't matter so they can reap the spoils and humans are so oblivious, so content to live in ignorant bliss. In the end, mankind will realize we could have accomplished many great things if we could just wake up and work together. It really kills me to see how much we hate each other for stupid reasons. LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, BLACK OR WHITE, BLOOD OR CRIP, BLAH BLAH BLAH.... The human race is doomed to destroy itself.

June 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Could be worse... she could have relatives living in Fukushima, Missouri.

June 27, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

pmcauley said... "Hey Bennett you suck. You're an idiot. Why did CTFP hire this loser? He can't draw worth crap."

You got that right! I do give him credit for being a decent artist though. It is the blatent bias with no balance (on the on-line version) that is an issue.

June 27, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

In response to, "Are you honoring your bets now Alprova, or are you still just hot air?" Alprova wrote, "Ah buzz off"

I figured as much. Nothing but hot air!

Any voice that is different than yours is to be attacked with lies in an attempt to marginalize! You are a fine example of a mindless progressive ideologue!

June 27, 2011 at 12:16 p.m.
alprova said...

BRP wrote: "Any voice that is different than yours is to be attacked with lies in an attempt to marginalize! You are a fine example of a mindless progressive ideologue!"

The day that you prove that I lie about anything is the day I retire from this forum.

As to the rest of your opinion, because you never deal in facts, I'll not be worrying one second over it.

How would you define your particular brand of behavior in here? Why don't you take that criticism you love ladling out and pouring out over the heads of others and drop a few spoonfuls on yourself, creep.

June 27, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
alprova said...

BRP STupidly pecked: "It is the blatent bias with no balance (on the on-line version) that is an issue."

And just how many of your favorite cartoonists who congregate over at Townhall are balanced in their views? None of them. You just happen to agree with their points of view.

It's no fun to go over there and pat them on the back for telling it like you think it is. It's much more fun being a heckler, right?

You're a sick puppy.

June 27, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
potcat said...

~` Sick "big" Jealous boy seems to think that Clay Bennet gives a crap what he thinks. Clay is laughing all the way to the Bank and recieving Awards left and right. Clay knows he is doing a very good job when Jealous Boy spends so much time on the Clay Bennet cartoon and takes up the thread with his jealous rants.

`` I think "big" has a serous Crush on Clay, obsessive and Loves every thing he does, who the hell would put so much time and effort into one person, and it is not the subject of the cartoon, but the man himself. Strange indeed!!

`` Jealousy is a Ugly thing in a person and bigs got it bad!!

June 27, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Across the United States the bigger cities have been run forever by liberal Mayors . Can anyone on this site give me some great success story regarding how their liberal way of governing has been successful? Remember we have invested over 11 Trillion, since 1965, of our tax dollars to the Great Society program. Where is our bang for the buck? The liberal idea of solving issues is throw money at it. Money programs = votes.

June 27, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Uh....getting back to Bennett's cartoon....the lady should be thanking the taxpayer for providing her daughter with a place to live since she CHOOSES to live in CHA.....we all should be appreciative of her son's service in Afghanistan and she should be proud as well that he VOLUNTEERED to serve in the military. But...the message here is that one place is just as dangerous as the other..may be, so residents of College Hill, you have the power to change that.

June 27, 2011 at 2 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

good point, bobmke. chicago, which i'm familiar with, has been a democrat controlled city since forever and poverty and crime keeps getting worse. the schools are horrendous and the crime rate among black teens is brutal. the great society has solved nothing.

June 27, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
tderng said...

good question BobMKE...you won't get an answer on this forum.

June 27, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

Arnie a republican??? not hardly. Only a RINO.

June 27, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

SPECIFICS?

'The Great Society' is a general term used to described a series of legislative initiatives pushed forward by LBJ in the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination.

The Civil Rights Bill passed which enabled more American citizens to actually vote.

Medicare passed. Most Americans, even republicans, are opposed to tea bagging knot heads in the House messing with that.

Johnson also declared a 'war of poverty' which had the short term benefit of seeing incomes for Blacks in this Country rise from 54 to 60% of White incomes.

Republicans began attacking and defunding most of what Johnson pushed through and they're still at it.

Did you have something specific?

Oh, I get it. Liberals just want to throw money at problems, but republicans just want to throw it at the rich, like corporations and millionaires and don't forget our oil companies that receive $5 billion in welfare from American taxpayers. Money for millionaires is okay.

Are you cool with your tax dollars being stuffed into the pockets of oil tycoons?

So your slogan is, 'no millionaire left behind?'

Brilliant.

By the way, how's that working out?

June 27, 2011 at 3:13 p.m.
BobMKE said...

blackwater48 said..."Are you cool with your tax dollars being stuffed into the pockets of oil tycoons? So your slogan is, 'no millionaire left behind?'Brilliant. By the way, how's that working out?"

You will have to ask the millions of our citizens who are employed by people who took the chance and opened a business that has made or is still making money. Then ask the millions of people who lose/lost their jobs when the government taxes the s*** out of the business people. How's that working out for them? How many people do you know that their checks are signed by a poor person? You are falling for the "class warfare routine" by the liberals? The liberals/statists on this site seem to only follow their emotions instead of using common sense and logic in their post(s) When they do not use common sense and logic, I notice they have to attack and use the "best defense is offense routine."

June 27, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

WHERE DID YOUR SPECIFICS GO?

Bob, you railed about 'the great society,' but when I asked to be specific about how the money was wasted or which laws should not have been passed or whatever the hell you were talking about, you went on offense. Which is what you accused ME of doing.

Nicely done.

Here's something I cut and pasted from the 'Internets' about who is trying to help small business and who isn't:

President Obama Has Already Signed Into Law Eight Separate Small Business Tax Cuts: In the Recovery Act and subsequent legislation in 2009 and 2010, the President signed the following eight small business tax cuts into law:

A New Small Business Health Care Tax Credit A New Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Workers Bonus Depreciation Tax Incentives to Support New Investment 75% Exclusion of Small Business Capital Gains Expansion of Limits on Small Business Expensing Five-Year Carryback of Net Operating Losses Reduction of the Built-In Gains Holding Period for Small Businesses from 10 to 7 Years to Allow Small Business Greater Flexibility in Their Investments Temporary Small Business Estimated Tax Payment Relief to Allow Small Businesses to Keep Needed Cash on Hand

The President Intends to Sign a Small Business Jobs Bill With Another Eight Tax Cuts Benefitting Millions of Small Businesses: For weeks, Republicans have been stalling progress of a Small Business Jobs Bill that would provide additional tax relief for millions of small businesses, including the following eight tax cuts:

Zero Capital Gains Taxes on Key Investments in Small Businesses: The Highest Small Business Expensing Limit Ever– Up to $500,000 An Extension of 50% Bonus Depreciation A New Deduction for Health Care Expenses for the Self-Employed ax Relief and Simplification for Cell Phone Deductions An Increase in The Deduction for Entrepreneurs’ Start-Up Expenses A Five-Year Carryback Of General Business Credits Limitations on Penalties for Errors in Tax Reporting That Disproportionately Affect Small Business

Care to change the subject again? Why don't we talk about how our economy is consumer driven but wages have stagnated over the past thirty years? And income for the top earners have skyrocketed? More people in poverty and more millionaires with your trickled down/supply side malarkey.

What else don't you want to talk about?

June 27, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.

As someone posted earlier those tax cuts have been going on for years and it hasn't seemed to help unemployment rates one bit. Mass layoffs in the future?? Why don't those fatcats trim their salaries instead of laying off everyone so they can vacation in the Hamptons... It's nice to have rich people throw us some breadcrumbs though, isn't it?

June 27, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.

Thank you, Blackwater for your post and facts. My internet access is limited at work. Just why are the repubs blocking THAT bill I wonder??? Hypocrites...

June 27, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

schwarznegger....what a joke. he's was no conservative. i don't know what he was, but he was much closer to a democrat.

nice post, blackwater....unfortunately the u.s. chamber of commerce, and nearly all small businesses, don't see it your way. i think they know what they're talking about.

also..the nearly 2 million who lost their jobs after the "stimulus" was past...don't give a hoot about your statistics..

small businesses view obama s a stumbling block to their ability to survive, make a profit and hire people.

let's see what percentage of the small business vote obama gets in the next election. that's what counts, not your painfully long posts. and i wonder what percentage democrats got in the mid- term....i'd say very low.

you libs on here research and link, but you still don't live in the real world.

June 27, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

the unemployment rate in this area is lower than it is nationally...i think it's 8.9 or something... i personally know 6 people who have been layed off or had their hours cut back to nearly nothing. i know a guy in birmingham who worked for a small company which employed about 40 people. they layed off about half of them.

your post makes obama out to be a small businessman's dream. sorry, reality tells me otherwise.

June 27, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

THANK GOODNESS FOR SMALL FAVORS

Sea cow mumbled, "your post makes obama out to be a small businessman's dream. sorry, reality tells me otherwise.

I'm glad to see reality is trying to get through. And from an earlier post, the cow offered up these chestnuts:

"schwarznegger....what a joke. he's was no conservative. i don't know what he was, but he was much closer to a democrat."

That's your opinion.

"nice post, blackwater....unfortunately the u.s. chamber of commerce, and nearly all small businesses, don't see it your way. i think they know what they're talking about."

That's your opinion, but why don't you share with the class exactly what the U.S.C.C. and nearly all small businesses have stated on the record somewhere? You know, in front of cameras and microphones. I don't doubt that what you say is true, but why should I believe you? What's the matter? Got nothing?

"also..the nearly 2 million who lost their jobs after the "stimulus" was past...don't give a hoot about your statistics.."

That's your opinion based on cherry picked stats, if those are even credible numbers.

"small businesses view obama s a stumbling block to their ability to survive, make a profit and hire people. let's see what percentage of the small business vote obama gets in the next election. that's what counts, not your painfully long posts. and i wonder what percentage democrats got in the mid- term....i'd say very low."

That's your opinion.

"you libs on here research and link, but you still don't live in the real world."

That's your hilarious opinion. Can you step back a second and read that sentence again? You're saying, 'Don't confuse me with facts. My opinions are firmly supported but what I believe.'

Keep up the good work, you sorry little man. At least you're great at comic relief.

June 27, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

i see you didn't repost what i wrote about the people i know who lost their jobs and the small company in birmingham that layed off half of its employees.

guess that's my opinion too, huh?

see..that's real life.....reality....you links and your research may say one thing, but another may say something else......it 's awful out there and yet you libs on here keep trying to convince everyone that's it's not...obama is doing the right t hing.

sorry, what i see and experience tells me otherwise.

your "facts" don't mesh with the reality out there. you need to get your ass off your chair, step out of cyberspace and see what's going on out there. people are hurting...not the rich..but the middle class....obama is increasing the number of working poor. he's hostile the private sector, and that's reflected in the way small business views him.

once again....11/2/10 sent a message....part of that was that small business does not like what obama is doing. i can't imagine what would've happened if the house remained in democratic hands.

June 27, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

alprova said... "And just how many of your favorite cartoonists who congregate over at Townhall are balanced in their views?"

That is a great question alprova! All of them are more balanced than Bennett! That says a lot since Townhall is a conservative web site but CTFP is supposed to be a local paper which should reflect the makeup of the surrounding population.

"The Wort" Bennett is way out of step with Chattanoogan's. He should go find a job in San Francisco or New York, somewhere that he might find a more appreciative audience.

I forgot. San Francisco and New York probably already have plenty of far left talent that would drive Bennett into the obscure margins. Let's not forget, Bennett is not all that talented, he is just a source of leftist controversy in a Right of Center city.

Again, thank you for your excellent point!

June 27, 2011 at 6:33 p.m.
fairmon said...

bw48

OK moves for targeted small business but why not follow the advice of his advisers instead of further complicating and adding to the 11,000 pages 4 ft high stack of IRS regulations. A logical proposal was to abolish all manipulation and exceptions and set a flat rate of 20% on all business profits large and small. Both parties keep using the tax system to select winners and losers and to show favor. It cost most businesses an unreasonable amount to keep records for filing and filing. Those of any size at all wind up paying some CPA a healthy fee to complete their taxes. Large companies have an entire department strictly for maintaining records and completing SEC and tax forms.

The IRS can't answer a lot of questions about the tax codes so you can bet Bush, Obama nor any member of congress understands it but they will add to it and further complicate it to show favor to those supporting them. I am sure you are aware how many in congress that failed to pay taxes and plead ignorance, or blamed their accountant.

No candidate on the scene is up to the task. It appears you think Obama is up to it but I think he comes up way short also. He has less business and managing experience than a kid with a lemonade stand. I'm not sure the best in the country could do anything with the incompetents we have provided them in congress. Corker is highly rated by both parties, that is a clue, does that give you a warm feeling? Would you want Harry Reid or Baehner running your business?

All of them avoid talking about SB-25 a Fair Tax proposal that taxes what is spent instead of what is earned. It protects those in the lower income levels with a prebate which returns taxes paid on food, clothing and shelter. It results in illegal money being taxed, it assures illegals pay taxes. Too simple and transparent for politicians and the wealthy hate it. Without a voter round swell it dies. Implemented as written it reduces the cost of American goods and services an average of 22-25%. It abolishes the need for the IRS, so anohter few thousand folks not for it.

June 27, 2011 at 7 p.m.
dude_abides said...

BridgePat: Wort, pronounced /ˈwɜrt/, is the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer or whisky. Wort contains the sugars that will be fermented by the brewing yeast to produce alcohol.

Wart - A wart is generally a small, rough growth, typically on hands and feet but often other locations, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister. ...

So... wort might be something that one could add to a dish of some bizarre cuisine, let's say, Jamaican Souse. Whereas, a wart is something a right wing Christian politician might see on a witch's nose, or on the business end of his cash-basis physical "therapist".

June 27, 2011 at 7:09 p.m.
potcat said...

Chattanooga is right in step with Bennett, Little "big" Jealous boy." Most people Evolve in their thinking about the world and Politics, if they have a open mind and heart. Thats why Bennett is so poplar, he's good at making people think, just like Bruce Plante and Dalton Roberts did and do.

Get a life or a Hobby, you are in dire need of one!!

You are a Hater and obsessed with Clay, Little "big" Jealous boy.

June 27, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Thanks Dude!

Bennett the WART on the face of the TFP online opinion page!

I have to give you credit for helping get the correct message about our Loooser cartoonist.

Wort would definitely not be fitting!

June 27, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

potcat said... "Get a life or a Hobby, you are in dire need of one!!"

Thank you for the advice potcat. I was thinking of running against Obama in the Democratic primary. If you and alprova could package enough campaign contributions for me I’d have to consider giving it a go. The big downside would be that I probably would not have time to share pleasantries with you guys!

Do you live in College Hill Courts?

June 27, 2011 at 8:45 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

Study finds that:

"On average, states that increased spending performed significantly better than cost-cutting states, with their unemployment rates actually dropping by 0.2 percent (as opposed to 1 percent increase in cost-cutting states), private-sector employment increasing by 1.4 percent (as opposed to a 2.1 percent loss) and 0.5 percent "real economic growth" since the start of the recession (as compared to a 2.9 percent economic contraction relative to the national economic trend)."

Yes sir, Republicans really have the solution.

June 27, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

politicians don't have the guts to pass the fair tax....corker is just another get along senator... he cares more about the power brokers and lobbyists than he does about the people of tennessee. he's a good reason why the 17th ammendment should be eliminated. if you're liked by both parties, then your worthless.

June 27, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
potcat said...

``big is a Looooser... Bennett is the the Winner!!

    "Jealous boy" The WART boy of this thread, can't get enough of Clay, Soooo OBSESSED, a wierdo wannabe, just don't have it "JEALOUS BOY".
June 27, 2011 at 8:53 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Thank you potcat! That is a really cute avatar you have. Is that your kitty?

June 27, 2011 at 9:08 p.m.
potcat said...

What if i did live in College Hills Courts, would that make you better than me? As a matter of fact i have lived on the same 12 acres of land for 15 years that is paid for, and own my home out right. I have never had a credit card and i only got a debit card recently. I pay cash for every thing i own, and have no debt.

I make a garden and am a working poor American Citizen. I canned relish and pickels all day and if i could i would give every one on this thread a mess of squash, cucumbers,tommy toe tomatoes and some peppers.

I'm tired and finished with you "Jealous boy", I am sure you will be doing the same thing Tues. so have at it!!

June 27, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
fairmon said...

stanleyyelnats,

California should soon be booming if they will just keep taxing and spending. Government spending doesn't provide long term economic growth. It can be a temporary stimulus. there is a balance of taxing and spending. States are legally required to balance their budgets. Some already have very high tax rates others could increase taxes if essential. Government budgets are not documented in a way they can be understood. The federal budget is impossible.

June 27, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
dude_abides said...

potcat, you rock. Your self sufficiency is something Monkey & The BuRP's sing about, but have never had to live. Every political point they make is based in selfishness. They feel entitled, righteous. Liberal millionaire politicians vote to help the needy, and conservative millionaire politicians vote to help conservative millionaires. Local d!ckheads follow the right, because they can't tell a wedge issue from pot of Jamaican souse goathead stew.

June 27, 2011 at 9:46 p.m.
fairmon said...

potcat,

None of us own a home or property. We rent it from the government. Fail to pay property taxes and you will see who owns it. I guess you could look at it as protection money like the mafia used to do people and merchants. You will pay property and sales taxes plus some hidden taxes and all imposed fees and have no control or say about how your money is spent.

June 27, 2011 at 9:53 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

potcat, I have to agree with dude! I am jealous of your lifestyle and plan to do something similar once I can retire. My parents live on a "hobby farm" and love it. It is not really a hobby for them, more a way of life.

I am curious. With your independence, why do you support increased government, or am I not remembering your posts correctly?

June 27, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

dude_abides said... "they can't tell a wedge issue from pot of Jamaican souse goathead stew."

I challenge you to a souse cook-off! I have about a gallon of both whole allspice and bay leaves!

Can we do chicken instead of goat head though? Where on earth do you get goat head around here?

June 27, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

harp3339 said... "None of us own a home or property"

This is SO TRUE. Property taxes are another example of something that was introduced to "get the rich". How many family properties have been lost because of property taxes? The rich can always pay their taxes but when less successful people fall on hard times the government does not hesitate to confiscate their property. It does not matter at all if you "own" it outright.

June 27, 2011 at 10:17 p.m.
fairmon said...

Why did stimulus checks to everyone not help? Why have tax cuts to lower incomes not worked? Why did printing money not help? Why did the rebates and earned income credits not give the economy a spark? Politicians appear at a loss and dumb founded why the old tricks aren't working. People spent the money on imports from China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam etc. etc. Retailers have done OK and some uninformed investors are wondering why some retailers are reporting good results and their stocks are up. American produced products are not a lot more but slightly higher than imports. Some products are no longer made in America including some food products. Check labels when buying, it is hard to find some items made in America. Some do say distributed by or assembled by some American company.

Pass the Fair Tax bill without mucking with it and unemployment will gradually drop to 5%, wages will then increase and more goods will be American made. The budget would then be balanced once we end three expensive wars.

fairtax.org

June 27, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
dude_abides said...

BRP: If you guys are successful in your quest for less government, you'll be able to find goat head in virtually all processed foods, along with God knows what else. Seriously... that's like a spare parts stew, no?

June 27, 2011 at 11:47 p.m.
mymy said...

Obama and the Hatch Act What a hoot and tacky. Send in your money for a chance to win. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/06/27/dinner_with_obama_now_includes_joe_biden.html

June 28, 2011 at 5:13 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

dude_abides said... " you'll be able to find goat head in virtually all processed foods"

I try to avoid processed food as much as possible, not afraid of the goat head though.

June 28, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.
fairmon said...

dude_abides,

Less government doesn't automatically mean less protection. Reduced redundancies by departments and duplications could improve protection where needed. The ROI on the federal department of education is essentially zero and adds cost to state and local systems. Many grants and subsidies are vote buying and manipulation of local and state governments. The department of energy spends more on report generation than on energy independence as they abandon current office facilities and spend millions constructing elaborate new facilities. Every state duplicates OSHA and the EPA with neither meeting their stated objectives. The IRS keeps growing due to increased and unnecessary complications in the tax code. Less government like an over weight person losing weight can be a healthy activity. Federal departments have added 162,000 employees with close to one million more planned. Congress has abdicated their fiduciary responsibility by empowering departments to operate as though they were a branch of government. FEMA was a knee jerk reaction duplicating the FBI, CIA, National Guard, border patrols and immigration departments already in place. Those entities could have added funding and improved without creating an entirely new department with a hierarchy of paper pushers. Napolitano was a political choice obviously not based on qualification.

Congress and the administration is staffed primarily with lawyers and professional politicians with zero business or management experience. Most of them could not manage to make water run down hill much less assure efficient and effective government. The only criteria for holding office is citizenship and age with enough financial backing to win the office one is seeking. It is time for term limits in congress with much better control of contributions.

June 28, 2011 at 7:56 a.m.
alprova said...

The Creep posted: "That is a great question alprova! All of them are more balanced than Bennett! That says a lot since Townhall is a conservative web site but CTFP is supposed to be a local paper which should reflect the makeup of the surrounding population."

Says who? Who are you, as one person, to define what any local publication is to "reflect" to the surrounding population.

This is the tragedy that you represent. You are under some impression that it is your place and mission to define what is printed in a newspaper and what is posted online. Well who the heck are you?

""The Wort" Bennett is way out of step with Chattanoogan's. He should go find a job in San Francisco or New York, somewhere that he might find a more appreciative audience."

Mr. Creep, the word is spelled "wart." Now you get it. And contrary to your uninvited, unsolicited, and unwelcome opinion, Clay Bennett does in deed have a very appreciative audience right here in Chattanooga.

Who cares what you think? Can you answer that question?

"I forgot. San Francisco and New York probably already have plenty of far left talent that would drive Bennett into the obscure margins. Let's not forget, Bennett is not all that talented, he is just a source of leftist controversy in a Right of Center city."

And the fact that he is syndicated across the land bears no evidence whatsoever that his talents and points of view are much appreciated by others? Is that your claim?

Look Mr. Creep, it's a blooming shame that you really think what you believe matters. It's a joke that you believe that your opinions about Clay Bennett are shared by others.

You need to get a life and understand that you join a long line of others who have been rejected by the objects of their affections.

"Again, thank you for your excellent point!"

No problem. Now go call your Psychiatrist and he'll be happy to ask you about your Mommy for an hour.

June 29, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.
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