published Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Flavor of the Month

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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John_Proctor said...

And ALL of these flavors are equally distasteful! Too many nuts on this menu.

Very funny cartoon, Clay. How long before the usual chorus of "nattering nabobs of negativity" starts?

November 17, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.
fairmon said...

Ron Paul is ignored again. I won't vote for him but he does make the others think. I won't vote for him but I like Perry's idea of a part time congress with half the pay and other cost. He should include firing all the Czars and remember which departments to eliminate.

November 17, 2011 at 1:10 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Now that we see the GOP field, it makes you think twice before saying "anybody but Obama". Not to good is looking pretty good in comparison.

POTUS must not be a very appealing job.

November 17, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Does "PROZAC" mean Romney, the man in the gray flannel suit? (Clay's favorite RINO???)

nucanuck, whaddya mean not appealing? All these guys and a bunch more are running for it.

Our President features higher prices--gas over $3/gallon instead of under $2 (and didn't he vote for drilling before he 'voted' against it?); higher joblessness (and wasn't his first big thang, the "stimulus," supposed to keep that under 8%?); higher deficits (and the supercommittee has a week to fix that)...Gingrich has a better resume (balanced budget, welfare reform, decent economy), Cain has a better resume of CEOing troubled companies into OK ones, Perry's state has added jobs, Bachmann has been against most of the big-government garbage that's come down the pike, and Ron Paul knows what agencies to cut--any of them would do better than President Obama.

November 17, 2011 at 1:30 a.m.
lumpy said...

Prozac? What's more boring than listening to that drab statist, Obama? A statist reading from a teleprompter. I know what's worse, listening to him stammer and shoot out a never ending string of uh's and other brain farts as he bulls***s his way through a bunch of softball questions from butt kissing reporters.

November 17, 2011 at 1:46 a.m.
Yossarian25 said...

Flavor of the month eh? Republican voters attention spans aren't that long! More like 'Flavor of the week!'

November 17, 2011 at 5:56 a.m.
fairmon said...

They do offer variety. Cain is not an experienced politician and not a D.C. insider with limited geography knowledge. Gingrich is D.C. experienced enough to land a $20k per month consulting position with Freddie Mac as a historian. This may be the first time since eligible I fail to vote. I don't see anyone capable or willing to avoid the inevitable collapse of this economy. What do we expect when we keep over loading congress with lawyers? This dynasty is destined to go the same route as all others through out history.

November 17, 2011 at 6:37 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Does that top sticker suggest "Wamp for President"? There's just a bit of the rear end sticking out below the bumper... would that be Romney or Paul?

November 17, 2011 at 6:54 a.m.
woody said...

As scary as the current crop of Republican hopefuls have already been, today's 'Toon' topic brings about an even scarier possibility..The number of "Flavors of the Month" thus far are overwhelming, to say the least....

...and yet..Baskin-Robbins were able to come up with at least 32..given that,the next 12 months could lead to an electorate's worst nightmare..Woody

November 17, 2011 at 7:01 a.m.
fairmon said...

The "super committee" is supposed to identify $1.2 trillion in reduced cost and increased revenue over ten years to address a 1.7 trillion per year deficit and they can't agree on anything to do that. No wonder congress has a 12% approval rating which is too high based on their performance. Makes one wonder if the 12% are those employed by the government in cushy high paying jobs and some special interest groups. No one is talking about the "off book" debt and the increasing debt of the general population. Perhaps Obama's accelerated pace toward an economic armageddon and all controlling central government is better than prolonging the pain.

November 17, 2011 at 7:06 a.m.
limric said...

Since there have been debates, scandals -- and the current crop of High School debaters is there generally to provide diversionary entertainment, I think there should be a debate on Nickelodeon. Candidates who go over time get slimed.


Let’s also have an “Iron Chef” type debate on the Food Network.

Big fat Paula Dean would start the show. She would smile (blinding us with her teeth) and cackle as she announces the candidates. Bobby Flay would “Throw Down” challenge questions. Rachael Ray could be in charge of time keeping (“30 Minutes or Less” tee hee), to which Emeril Lagasse would yell BAM when anyone went over.

Mitt Romney would keep adding and removing ingredients, say he wasn’t really doing that and in the end would make Mulligan Stew.

Rick Perry would deep fry a retarded deer after shooting it himself. (On stage)

Ron Paul would cook nothing, and claim that cooking is a waste of government resources.

Herman Cain would of course bake a pizza...and then rub his ‘thing’ all over it.

Newt Gingrich would make a casserole, then hide it under the counter in favor of a dish he was baking on the side, then toss that one out in favor of some jerk chicken which he was also preparing on the side.

Michelle Bachmann would hide in the bushes to see what the others were doing, then prepare an overpriced Kobe steak, saying Kobe beef was only $1.00 per pound before Obama was president, and that she would bring the price of Kobe beef back down.

Rick Santorum would nervously prepare peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

And for dessert, John Huntsman would make some fresh vanilla ice cream.

Alton Brown could end the show by providing idiotic analysis of what the candidates were really doing.

November 17, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.
EaTn said...

limric.....funny. Since the right-wingers love guns you might call this car driver a duck hunter, and the question is who will be the next duck to be shot down? Does anyone think Palin is going to sit quietly in her corner while the 2012 election passes her by?

November 17, 2011 at 7:39 a.m.
MTJohn said...

harp3339 said...

Ron Paul is ignored again.

True enough, Harp. But, note the title of the cartoon. Ron Paul did not make a bumper sticker because he has not yet made it to the level of Republican flavor of the month. He didn't make this cartoon because the Republicans have ignored him.

November 17, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.
fairmon said...

Perhaps what we need is more unelected czars. Czar is a noun and defined as ruler with synonyms like dictator, king, monarch. We have many in positions of influence and power. Check them out. One example is faith based czar, what the hell do they do? Other positions with czar after their name are information, middle east peace, intelligence, international climate, close guantanamo, pay, regulatory, science, stimulus accountability, tarp, terrorism, technology, urban affairs, health, great lakes, weapons, wmd, energy and environment, drug, central region, domestic violence, car, aids, border, California water, Afghanistan, auto recovery. What they advocate and support is frightening but never mentioned or addressed by either party. There is no mention in the constitution of these positions in the political hierarchy.

November 17, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
fairmon said...

Ea Tn said..... Does anyone think Palin is going to sit quietly in her corner while the 2012 election passes her by?

I hope she does and I wish the media would ignore her with no camera or print time.

November 17, 2011 at 8 a.m.
limric said...

Umm EaTn, I, as you know, am a cranky libtard (but not a Democrat). I also happen to "love guns" as you would say. I'm an avid hunter (Ducks included), quite the accomplished sharpshooter and NRA member - UH Oh! As a matter of fact, right after Thanksgiving I'm going deer hunting up in the Adirondacks in New York State. Hooray!!

Sorry to burst your bubble.

November 17, 2011 at 8:07 a.m.
limric said...

Whoops. Sorry EaTn. I cut off before saying I understand your meaning. It was pretty good. I don't think Palin will run.You're right about her not standing on the sidelines. She will do her damnedest to further the Republican (as ordered) cause by creating knucklehead diversions. Y'know, 'Look everyone, there's something shiny!'

November 17, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
ibshame said...

Whichever one of the candidates Karl Rove is backing is the person who will ultimately win the Republican Nomination. It just remains to be seen how he takes the others out one at a time. He's already had success with the Herman Cain scandal as retribution for the leak about Rick Perry's "n** head ranch." Next on the list will be something else we find out about Newt Gingrich as in his so-called "consulting" work for Freddie Mac. Newt's adultery is now "old news" so the new thing will have to be something the media can really get their teeth into.

November 17, 2011 at 8:20 a.m.
EaTn said...

limric...I love guns too but not the NRA who are a major supporter of the GOP. Not one dime will they get from me.

November 17, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.
hambone said...

Looks like the thing to do is start a bumper sticker business!

What happened to L4F?

November 17, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
mymy said...

What everyone seems to miss is that we are all in the same boat. As the boat continues to sink, we all go down together. Our government is broken and The Bomb is making that leaking hole larger. Anything will be better than 4 more years of The Bomber!

November 17, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
conservative said...

That's not a shadow, that's Obamination.

November 17, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
alprova said...

Yep and with all that ails the nation, what is on the minds of the Republican dominated House? They passed a National conceal/carry permit bill and are poised to vote to kill much needed high speed train projects.

November 17, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
EaTn said...

This next election is definitely the dems to lose, which they historically have been very proficient in doing.

November 17, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

While Clay’s bumper is tacky, excessive bumper stickers are not the problem. The problem is that we are media slaves who base political decisions on image, style, and demagoguery (bumper stickers) over substance. Because we demand celebrity politicians, they oblige us by exchanging taxpayer-funded favors for huge campaign donations. Those donations are then used to saturate media markets, distracting us and numbing us into blissful imbecility. (We are still what’s wrong with what bugs us about the world of politics.) Another issue is that we use bumper stickers to patch critical gas or oil leaks. Our primary problems aren’t political. Neither are their solutions.

November 17, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
blackwater48 said...


Everyone gets to play.

Everyone gets a trophy for participation.

But no one is remotely ready for Hardball.

P.S. Great post (again) Limric!

November 17, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
carlB said...

It does not take long to put all of the arrogant candidates running against President Obama into the the reality of what the person who is President has to have "big shoes" and the brains to handle more than a "one liner" fix of our Republic's crisis issues. The voters are beginning to wake up to the facts that the longer this "group" of candidates keep appearing and saying what they would do as President of this United States of America, the better Obama's leadership is looking as he has prevented this Republic from falling into another great depression in spite of all his opponents wanting to cause his failure.
Everybody should be aware of all the crisis conditions left after the 2007 deep recession, at the end of the Cheney/Bush W eight years. This Country, the USA, could not continue to stay strong with the trend left by the eight years of the last administration. Now the same "group" of people have opposed every policy of Obama, when all they want to do is cause his failure, not help to strengthen but to continue on the same failure trend which allowed the 2007 deep recession.

November 17, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
mymy said...

alprova said... Yep and with all that ails the nation, what is on the minds of the Republican dominated House? They passed a National conceal/carry permit bill and are poised to vote to kill much needed high speed train projects. Oh, that’s brilliant! We can’t afford it. The Bomb has spent/wasted too much of our dollars already and a lot on paybacks to his political backers no matter how they try to lie about it/deny it. He has become the King of DC crooks and there are many there. He has made what “ails this nation” worse!

Solyndra is just one example. You are eating too much ALPO dog food and washing it down with Kool-Aid,.

carlB: You are on the same diet.

November 17, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
patriot1 said...

Is that a Government Motors (GM) vehicle, built by the govt run company whose union got bailed out at a loss to the taxpayers of $23,600,000,000, that's 23.6 Billion?

November 17, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
fairmon said...

How can anyone think Obama can be beaten? These are not additive but collectively result in him winning by a wide margin. He will convincingly carry:

o The democrat base at around 33% of all voters

o Minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Muslims etc. etc.)

o The 47% that pay no taxes with some getting earned income credit

o Union members

o College graduate females

o Government employees

o The majority of the ultra wealthy

There is really no strong opponent so how can he lose unless he does something more stupid than he already has which is not likely. Right now he is getting in a little pregame practice at tax payer expense without touching his $1 trillion dollar war chest which all other candidates combined can't match.

November 17, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
rolando said...

The Obama -- soon to be the first American dictator. And it was easy. He emulated the Romans and bought the Empire, offering bread, circuses, a guaranteed annual income, and free cradle to grave healthcare thrown in.

You damned fools...literally. You haven't a clue about what you are about to throw away. Enjoy it. You think you will become one of the elite? Yeah, right. You are only "useful idiots".

November 17, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
fairmon said...

ronando...You are right. Greece, Italy, Rome, Britian, England at one time were world dynasties, each convinced they could not fail. Reading history reveals the same attitude of the people and leaders we see and hear today. They even used similar words and phrases. Why do we study history? Apparently we don't.

November 17, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.


I am curious which logical deductions lead you to such conclusion that Obama will let his mask fall and become a dictator...

Oh sorry... Your brain related to any logical conclusion is an oximoron.. I actually mean you are an intellectual moron...

You are the personification of pure stupidity... Maybee the purest form of stupidity I could have ever imagined.. Andrew, patriot, and L4F might be a competition as well

November 17, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.
dude_abides said...

harp... Rome is in Italy and England is part of Britain. Apparently we don't study geography, either.

November 17, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

We only need one bumber sticker...

NObama 2012

November 17, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Yeah, BRP, back to the neocons who put us here.

November 17, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.

austrian_in_alabama said something about logic in the middle of an ad hominem diatribe. You crack me up. Please keep them coming.

The boys in blue come off looking pretty good in Limric’s video. Their only crime was the fashion crime of crinkling some protestor’s Armani casualwear while clearing the sidewalk for pedestrians. The drama at the end was a nice touch. Dress rehearsal for revolution is some funny stuff.

November 17, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.
mymy said...

An example of where many of our problems are and we need to elect people willing to make changes to our corrupt out of control government.

November 18, 2011 at 8:19 a.m.
fairmon said...


Right, it should have been posted as Rome/Italy and England/Britain. Have you studied the rise and fall of those dynastys?

November 18, 2011 at 8:44 a.m.
BigDonL said...

I'll never understand how republicans think. Or don't think...

It's all fear and lies that they toss around.

November 18, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.

They think just like democrats. "How can we screw the american people today?"

November 18, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
News_Junkie said...

I'd like to bring a dose of reality to this conversation.

Regardless of the unmitigated hostility that the Republican party has against Obama, they don't have a strong candidate. The one who has the best chance of beating Obama is Romney. But he can't even excite the Republicans. Polls consistently show that 80% or more of the Republicans want somebody other than Romney.

As a practical matter, the election will be decided by the independents. If Romney can't even get the Republican excited, how can he expect to get the independents excited about him?

Also, even a cursory examination of prior presidential elections demonstrates that they aren't decided because one party is infuriated at the candidate of the other party. Victory requires that the party be enthusiastic about its own candidate. While the Democrats aren't as excited about Obama now as they were in 2008, at least they are unified in their support for him. By way of contrast, Romney only has lukewarm support even among his followers.

Obama is extremely lucky that the group of Republican candidates is so weak. If there was a Republican candidate that stirred the people the way that Obama did in 2008, he wouldn't stand a chance in 2012.

November 18, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
pmcauley said...

Is there someone in the wings for the GOP that will swoop in at the last moment?? The current crop doesn't seem to inspire either the Republicans or the democrats.

November 18, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.
ITguy said...

News Junkie said "Obama is extremely lucky that the group of Republican candidates is so weak. If there was a Republican candidate that stirred the people the way that Obama did in 2008, he wouldn't stand a chance in 2012."

The Republican candidates are weak because their party has no ideas and no will to govern. Their platform will be to cut taxes and to reduce regulation. Neither will do anything to improve the lives of the American citizens.

November 18, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
carlB said...

mymy said... He has become the King of DC crooks and there are many there. He has made what “ails this nation” worse! Solyndra is just one example. You are eating too much ALPO dog food and washing it down with Kool-Aid,. carlB: You are on the same diet.

mymy, yes, it is easy for you blame Obama for wanting to stabilize the loss of jobs caused by the 2007 deep recession also caused by fraud and the greed occurring in the financial systems . There are crooks every where. If Solyndra took the money which was available to help the company create the needed jobs and to stay in operation, under the act of fraud then the "Law" will get them.

I do notice that the USA is not in another great depression because of the leadership of President Obama. If he had done what his opponents wanted him to do and are doing, which is nothing to help maintain the stability of our government to operate when it was the private sectors who have again "nearly" caused the failure and destruction of this Republic.

Even now there are some patriotic millionaires who realize the need to raise their taxes to help prevent another great depression.

November 18, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.
dude_abides said...

harp... Finding similarities between Athens, Rome and London is like reading horoscopes, you can find anything you want.

November 18, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

A Confederacy of Dunces.

November 19, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.
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