published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011


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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SeaMonkey said...

what no cartoon about our invasion of libya?.....or the abu graib -like scandal under obama's watch..?

hmmm...what a surprise. lets make that go away fast, huh?

regarding coolidge park...we all know who's why punish everyone..?

oh, yeah..those no guns allowed signs will do the trick....that's always worked with criminals.

clamping down on law abiding citizens always scares the criminals away...yeah.

March 23, 2011 at 12:40 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

obama is making you libs sweat, huh.....your lefty golden boy isn't so golden now is he...

oh, the hypocracy.......i wonder how many local cartoons bennett will do to avoid dealing with libya? i wonder how many he did condeming bush's actions in iraq?.....

i thought so.

March 23, 2011 at 12:49 a.m.
trburrows said...

sm never seen you at this time. my take on the cartoon, its ok but says nothing. something a kid would draw and come up with.

March 23, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.
woody said...

That's right..point out the 'weeds' in your neighbor's yard while ignoring your own. Why take every possible precaution to ensure the safety of everyone you might know and love when it's easier to complain about something of which you have no control over at all??

And. Mr. Burrows, have you ever heard that actions speak louder than words?? Then why not contact the TFP editorial board and show 'em what you've got..I'm sure they're looking 'high and low' for a replacement (lol). Who knows, maybe you and the monkey might be exactly what they've been looking for..yeah..right....

Laughing so hard I can't drink my coffee..Woody

March 23, 2011 at 7:14 a.m.
dude_abides said...

I've seen FrankenMonkey say "Clay's a left wing hack, all of his cartoons are propaganda!" Now he's done two in a row with no national political message and he starts yelling he's hiding something.
Burrows, if Clay leaves it won't be because you led a crusade against him, give up. Woody's right, you should start a page with your own cartoons and see how many people show up.

March 23, 2011 at 7:38 a.m.
OllieH said...

If Obama takes an action, they whine that he shouldn't have. If he decides not to act, they complain that he should. His actions are too fast, unless they're too slow and the man is too tall and too short all at the same time.

The reflexive opposition to this president has become a pathetic joke.

Unfortunately, to many folks around here, Clay can do no right, either. If he draws a national cartoon, they complain that he doesn't do enough local cartoons. When he draws a local cartoon, they complain that he's ignoring some national issue. They complain when they disagree with his point of view, and when they can't object to the content of the cartoon, they criticize THAT too.

If trburrows can't see the brilliance in this cartoon, it's not the cartoon's failing, but his. This cartoon is inspired in its simplicity, and profound in its impact. The fact that it does not express a particularly controversial view, does not diminish its worth as an editorial cartoon.

March 23, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
delmar said...

on'tday eedfay ethay ollstray!

March 23, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.
GMills said...

Hey Burrows! At least Bennett understands common punctuation and capitalization of the English language. Are you drunk, stoned, lazy, or just uneducated?

March 23, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

Another great toon, Clay. Honestly though, you may have made mention to Sexual Content, Dialogue, and Drug Use as well. Maybe an "MA" logo would also have been appropriate, but I do like the simplicity of it given the recent events here locally. It can be difficult to find any PG or PG-13 rated areas anymore, even when you think you have.

March 23, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
womanphoto said...

Leave Clay alone you unhappy Republicans. Get a life outside of Gripeville!

March 23, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.
limric said...

Pretty good cartoon Clay. In parts of Chicago this is closer to the truth than many realize. A graphic illustration of the failed policies of the right.

March 23, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

dude, you silly liberal......he is a left wing hack...local or national..why would that change.

it's fun to watch you libs scramble after nov. 2nd to watch obama try to remake himself the same things he condemed bush for where to hide, is there?

regarding coolidge park

i'll even risk being a called a "neo-nazi by you, dude, by saying we all know who caused that..we all know who they gangs....or black gang a little bored did they? brought a gun to liven things up. target them..profile them......go after them

bennett's cartoon is makes it seem as if violence is just outside all of our windows... and that's crap.........but is just outside the windows of many houses of families in black neighbor- hoods and that's not acceptable.....all of sudden there's a problem with shootings in coolidge park..over the last couple of years. sorry, but we do have a gang problem....profile them, target them......there's no reason why a couple or three teenagers, 16, 17..whatever age..can't go to coolidge park without their parents or go shopping on frazier teens, white teens.. doesn't matter.

March 23, 2011 at 10:31 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I usually dont respond to Clay's cartoons cause they are normally from an extremely one sided point of view. But then again, dont we all have our own opinions regarding the state of our union? But this cartoon hits home cause its a concern that both sides need to wake up and pay attention to. It's effecting our own neighborhoods and our own life's. Get involved in your local community and the youth of your community. Do what you can to help out and mentor a young man and see if we cant together combat this gang issue that the local government is obviously turning its head to and wishing it away with placing signs up at parks....yeah...thats gonna work..they probably wont go congregate somewhere else now...great plan.

March 23, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

failed policies of the right, limric? you're smoking too much pot.

the democrat party has a master-slave mentality with black americans

blame lyndon johnson's great society....the welfare state...

March 23, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
bret said...

L4F, if you show Clay your Pulitzer Prize then maybe he will show you his.

March 23, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
limric said...

Libertarians4Freedom, You're right; That's a really good cartoon. The link below is to the same sight with another great one. Enjoy....No offense Clay

March 23, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
limric said...

I bait my hook. I catch my fish. Didn't take long for someone to take the bait.

March 23, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...'re so clever limric......

bret..a pulitzer is worth about as much as the nobel peace prize these days....if bennett won one and obama one one.....not to mention al gore.....then it can't mean much..

to continue the old, tired hippy attacks on the right, limric , is just silly....the democrat party has had black americans/bought and paid for "black leaders" in their back pocket since the the 1960's ..and where has it gotten them.....? go to the west side of chicago and the south side of chicago..visit the housing projects.....there you'll see the results of liberal policies .

March 23, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
Tmbrwlfofga said...

The violence problem that is gripping our youth can be largely attributed to the lack of responsibility parents instill within their children. This problem is not relegated to any particular racial community. To believe so, displays ignorance and a clear misunderstanding of what the issue has become. Moreover, we see it also in wealthy families with kids in private schools. As soon as their child "screws up" and faces punishment from either the legal system or the school system, the parents with financial means hire attorneys to water down their child’s punishment and contribute to our public disarray in not holding their children accountable. Great cartoon Clay! I am amazed that a cartoon that is relevant and addresses a problem in our area turned into a discussion about President Obama. It would seem as if you could have a flat tire and those same people would claim that Obama wasted the Department of Transportation's budget allowing the road to become unsafe. This cartoon on this day shows no political viewpoint nor does it offer a criticism of any elected official.
Clay, you are obviously doing exactly what the TFP hired you to do. You provide a thought provoking, relevant, ice breaking conversation starter each day with your drawings. What makes it even more entertaining, is the fact that those that spout their hatred toward you and claim that your incompetent, well they read and comment on your cartoon everyday. It is kind of like saying you hate McDonalds, but you are waiting in the parking lot every morning for the doors to open so you can buy a cup of coffee and tell everyone you know how bad it is...... Digressing......Tmbrwlfofga

March 23, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't think there are as many conservative cartoonists as there are liberal. However, the TFP prints a conservative cartoon in the upper right corner of the editorial page every day. They have Non-sequiter, Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury on the comics page. What's not to like?

March 23, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
woody said...

First, I would like to say, Thank you Dude, for the comment earlier, but I don't think he was smart enough to get the point. Secondly, how in the world did today's 'toon' forum turn into a political debate. I guess some never learned when and how to "pick their battles."

And, lastly, I have to believe there is 'something in the air', since the Brotherhood of Police Officers picked today to 'air' their grievances against your mayor for all the world to see. (see the latest front page photo online). It's message would be funny if it weren't so sad. But it's good to know they have the resources, if not the spare time to spend on this effort when, it would seem, their efforts would be better spent on the streets..doing their jobs and not concerning themselves with what the mayor is or isn't doing.

Just a thought..Woody

March 23, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

bennett doesn't have the cojones to get to the meat of the issues.....he's too much of a party hack to nail it.'s quite clear that the reason obama is going into libya is to make sure the flow of oil bush did. which is fine with me, since you libs have made damn sure we can't use our own rescources because of you're stupid, wacko enviro policies.... the talk of installing a democracy is bogus....there's very little evidence that there's love of democracy in the mulsim take ghadafi out and keep the oil flowing.

but, obama insists we went in there for humantiarian reasons....oh, really? ..he's going in there for oil...he just doesn't have the stones to admit it.

what about the horrific genocide in the congo..the mass rapes of women and girls? what about the brutality and slaughtering in the sudan by muslims who want to wipe out native religions and native black tribes...???

if bennett had the cojones..he would point out the hypocracy of obama and invading libya, but not the congo or sudan....if he claims we went into libya for humantarian reasons.

now that would make a good cartoon.

when obama says it's in our best interests to go into libya..that's fine...but when bush says it libs wet themselves...

March 23, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.
Musicman375 said...

Interesting thought, woody. I am inclined to think they spent the time and resources due to it being done by a union. Surely they used their spare (or off-duty) time to commit to making the ad possible. I don't know if their union is publically or privately funded though. Either way, it seems Littlefield is one of the worst mayors we've seen in quite a long time.

March 23, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
hambone said...

I find it amusing and at the same time sad, that so many that post on here have such miserable lives. Seems that no matter what this cartoonist draws there are those that turn it into a political argument just to spew the same old stuff. The few the have good suggestions are called names and shouted down .

Oh well, small minds live in a small world.

March 23, 2011 at 1:17 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

I hardly ever agree with Clay's political cartoons, but that does not take away from his talent. This cartoon is not only funny but real life here in Chattanooga. (Which by the way, he draws for a local paper not a national one, so local toons are always appropriate.) He only does 4 or so a week so he has to pick and choose.

Francis, would it hurt you to say something nice once and a while? You continuously make conservatives look like rednecks, which we are not.

March 23, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Clay has a tough,in some cases impossible,job...that of getting people to think independently instead of just reacting.

From the number of comments typically recorded,it appears that he is successful at opening a dialogue on a host of issues.

Some here could spend more time on the message and less time on the messenger. JMO.

March 23, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.
woody said...

Musicman, I should have begun my last comment with even though I don't have a dog in this particular hunt..I have seen and been affected by my own share of ineffective mayors. And if Littlefield is as bad as some may believe I'm sure his day is coming.

However, I am a firm believer knew what the job was all about before you signed on the dotted line. So, either do it..or step aside and let someone else who wants it.

Of course, I make these statements as one who is on the outside looking in, but if life has taught me nothing else, it's that there are certain jobs that require a particular type of person. If you are not that person then don't stay and allow a bad job to get even worse. And when it comes to law enforcement this is particularly true because if you are not satisfied with what you are doing your dissatisfaction could be the difference between life and death.

Always give it your all..Woody

March 23, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

When I saw the title "Violence" there was a slight delay before the image popped up. I thought, "is clay actually going to weigh in on the rash of union demonstrations as they fight for their bloated pensions”?

No, of course not. clay never seems to be there with what is on everyone's mind.

This is a good cartoon in light of Chattanooga current events though. It would be more fun if there were a bunch of gang-bangers in the street shooting at each other. I guess that would have meant putting a bunch of obama supporters in a negative light though... Lord knows clay would have to avoid that at all cost.

March 23, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
fairmon said...

The mayor may be a good person but from all indications he may be the worst manager to ever hold the position. Of course the council is similar to congress and do little to assure appropriate police staffing, training and support. They did require the police to quit taking their patrol cars home with no savings justifying it.

Drugs and gangs primarily from the welfare sections are a growing problem that the mayor doesn't have a clue about. He has a high value for things like the education-arts-crafts position with a budget of over 2mm per year to construct those terrible looking sculpture that will need to be maintained in time. Libraries and bike trails are nice but what good are they if people are afraid to use them? Drugs and irresponsible parents are the root cause. Those thinking they are removed from the violence have a false sense of security. Those involved in drugs and crime are moving to where the pickings are better, those high dollar homes are not as safe as they once were.

Police personnel should not have to patrol some areas alone, there should be two people in the car and several more cars and officers assigned to some areas. There is no longer an adequately staffed anti-drug team with under cover operatives. Police should be professional, well paid and trained. There should be constant monitoring to assure police ethics are beyond question.

It may be time for our lame duck mayor and council to revisit their priorities, not increase taxes or add debt.

March 23, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
fairmon said...

There are many volunteers doing some excellent work trying to provide guidance for young people to prevent their getting involved with the wrong crowd or having a hoodlum as a role model. The city leaders would be wise to know and support them. Or, is it more important to support recreation centers for those that could provide their own facilities?

March 23, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

I have to partial agree with the SeaMonkey. The US foreign policy has been hypocritical to say the least. But to say that it has only been that way for the last two years is foolish. Even Poppa Bill O'Rielly calls it 'institutionized Obama-basing'. Get over it, he is leading in every poll and his popularity is above 50% (Fox News). But back to the subject, we live in a violent society. I just returned from Trade Winds (look it up) and other countries, third world countries don't see as much violence and violent images that we see on a daily bases. We had long discussions on many topics, but the one that is relevant to this cartoon was when I was asked; With so much drugs and violence in your country, why are you at war with Islam? My explanation was nothing that will do much for our image aboard, rum does that, but it was legitimate question. Most everyone on this blog is more afraid of Muslim extremist than they are of gangs in Coolidge Park. Yet we spend billions and billions of dollars to combat terrorism and minimal on our own youth and communities. Where is the logic in that?

I would have loved to take you Francis and put your views on the international stage. It would have been hilarious.

March 23, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
trburrows said...

my opinion is that why does the police have so much money to rent billboards? why cant we get rid of the mayor? why do we live in terror in the city? with all the money we have in taxes for the budget, why do we want for safety? and woody, your post to me should be removed. its silly, like you.

March 23, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.
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