published Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Secret Service

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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dude_abides said...

His problem is not the mic, it's shooting his mouth off.

November 19, 2011 at 12:42 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Ha. But my man Cain offers us functional humility--if I don't know, I'll ask--whereas our 57-state President offers arrogant pride: you hoi polloi are not fit to choose your own lightbulbs, but I will choose them for you. He thinks he knows everything, and he's been a disaster.

Harry Truman may not have been ready to be President, but he managed to cut the federal budget by about half in two years at the end of WWII.

November 19, 2011 at 5:59 a.m.
woody said...

It is clear Cain needs protection, from his own ineptitude..not sure how the Secret Service will aid in this effort, but it is quite apparent this man really needs to be saved from himself.

I hope there will be enough protection to go around..it would appear everyone on the current Republican slate has proven to be a danger to themselves..Woody

November 19, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.
hambone said...

Andrew, why do you insist on keeping up with the lie about the lightbulbs. The lightbulb bill was signed by Dubya!

November 19, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.
davisss13 said...

AndrewLohr said... Harry Truman may not have been ready to be President, but he managed to cut the federal budget by about half in two years at the end of WWII.

Did he have Republicans intentionally sabotaging every single bill that might help workers or the country as a whole? Did he have idiotic GOP culture warriors screaming 24/7? Did he have the Atwater/Rove scorched earth crew dumping on him every minute of every day?

November 19, 2011 at 6:57 a.m.
EaTn said...

Looking at this cartoon, I'm thinking of all the brilliant folks we have around this great country, yet we seek out, make donations and elect the most inept of the bunch to represent and lead us at our state and national government levels. What does that say about "we the people"?

November 19, 2011 at 7 a.m.

Exactly, EaTn, like Obama.

November 19, 2011 at 8:14 a.m.
chet123 said...

ANDREWLOHR.....you say Cain offers us functional humility....ha ha ha ha.... you say if he dont know, if he dont know,.."ANDREWLOHR! THE MAN DIDNT KNOW CHINA HAD NUCLEAR WEAPONS..theres no if to it..the OLD MAN is out of touch...THAT MAKES HIM VERY,VERY,VERY dangerous to our nation security..republican party often look for the dumbiest....maybe it because a man with intelligence not going comply with their Agenda...It takes an Absolute, dollars chasing, pompous,supercilious, moran to follow the republican agenda...your party know how to pick them ha ha ha

November 19, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
alprova said...

AndrewLohr wrote: "Harry Truman may not have been ready to be President, but he managed to cut the federal budget by about half in two years at the end of WWII."

Geez...I wonder why. Could the answer be in your own post?

WWII ended. Hence money in the budget previously going to fund a war had ended as well.

We still have troops in several countries and are STILL spending a million dollars a day to fund those operations.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

November 19, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
miraweb said...

I don't know quite what to think. The folks who are actually able to explain themselves clearly seem either a bit nuts (Romney, Paul, Bachman) or dull (Huntsman). The folks who are overly challenged by "language" or "ideas" or "thinking" (Cain, Perry, Palin, GW Bush) are fun to watch, but we really don't want them running the country during difficult times.

When you look at how many of them are multimillionaires (Romney, Huntsman, Perry, GW Bush, Cain, Gingrich and now Palin) I have to wonder if the "1%" is really up to the job.

Funny how we seem to think a large bank account is a sign someone is really presidential material.

November 19, 2011 at 8:31 a.m.

Obama is no prize. "57 states", "corpseman" instead of corpsman, "we're the country that built the intercontinental railroad", and my favorite, "feets". Should I go on? Plenty more on mic and from the teleprompter. Now Obama seems to believe Hawaii is in Asia.

It's part of polynesia. Being a Hawaiian, you'd think he'd know that. He's no prize.

November 19, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

I wondered if anyone would bring up the 57 States gaffe Obama said when he was tired from the campaign four years ago. How can you even compare that trivial mistake to what we have witnessed in the GOP Circus debates and Cain's interviews, Andrew? Cain sounded like a school kid trying to recollect and regurgitate the recent events in Libya. Small wonder he needs Secret Service protection from the press. The press is exposing Cain for being a man who is suppose to know somethings and is actually a know nothing. What kind of coward hides behind the Secret Service to protect him from his own mouth and vapid mind? Sadly, if this were one gaffe because he was tired, like Obama, that would be fine. But it isn't, he has made plenty of them; thus, needs police protection.

Cain isn't the only "know nothing" in the GOP. Perry and Bachmann should run away from the press, too. For Perry every question is a 'gotcha' question. Bachmann can answer the questions, but Oh Lord, her answers give away her paranoid thinking.

November 19, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
lumpy said...

I'll take the so-called 1% any day from what I've seen of the "99%" soiling up our streets over the last couple of months, Miraweb.

The Occupy movement has done major damage to Obama.

November 19, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.
miraweb said...

I suppose Gingrich ia both able to explain himself and appears relatively sane.

Unfortunately, he also seems to be corrupt and self-interested to the darkest depths of his black little heart. I can see why Boehner wanted the speaker's job if it comes with tens of millions in "consulting fees" as a perk. Almost worth having to try to wrangle Congress for a year or two to get the payoff.

November 19, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
fairmon said...

What Herman doesn't realize this is not Domino's or Pillsbury. $15 trillion in debt and counting. Dominos was almost bankrupt and he apparently did turn that around. We are already bankrupt and there is no turn around plan. The super committee is a farce. Beginning in 2013 they are to find 1.2 trillion over the next ten years or the automatic reductions kick in which won't happen and are not effective in the larger picture. How is that supposed to deal with a $1.7 trillion per year deficit. I guess we will just keep adding to and passing the debt on to future generations. Neither party appears to have the wherewithal to face reality. I think it was Adams that said there are two ways to take down a nation, one is by force and the other is with debt. Has China concluded this is true?

November 19, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
fairmon said...

Protect Cain but don't allow anything to happen to Obama. Can you imagine what would happen if Biden was in charge and if he wasn't available Baehner would be next in line. That just can't happen. I don't like Obama's and his staff's governance but it could be worse

November 19, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
EaTn said...

blondebutnotdumb said...

"Exactly, EaTn, like Obama."

blonde....I made no exceptions in my comment. Our system is broken from one branch of the govt to all of them. The ballot box is stuffed with ineption and corruption regardless of which party or who you vote for. Anyone care to challenge that comment?

November 19, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
fairmon said...

EaTn....I totally agree, both parties are corrupt, bought and paid for. You know we are going to make those blindly loyal to either party mad. They keep trying to convince each other that one has less odor than the other.

November 19, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Cain isn't Abel, meanwhile: A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.” The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.” The memo also suggests that Democratic victories in 2012 should not be the ABA’s biggest concern. “… (T)he bigger concern,” the memo says, “should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies."

November 19, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
snassar said...

Sharing (:

November 19, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
acerigger said...

harp3339,just for the record, I think Cain was ceo of Godfather's Pizza, not DOMINO'S.

November 19, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

THE CLINICAL TERM IS STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

Lumpy pontificated, I'll take the so-called 1% any day from what I've seen of the "99%" soiling up our streets over the last couple of months, Miraweb.

Lumpster, you are exactly what is wrong with America. I can only conclude that you, like so many of your tea bagging comrades, barely have enough brain power to keep breathing. Obviously there's not enough left over for reading, listening, thinking, or reasoning.

Herman Cain must be prevented from saying anything else because he's proving to be one the least qualified candidate in a pathetically weak GOP field. Just the way tea baggers like em.

He actually said that it would be impractical for the U.S. to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities because there are too many mountains in Iran. What kind of a knot head comes up with that? And what kind of knot heads applaud politely, nod to themselves, and conclude this guy is presidential?

In an effort to appeal to idiots, republicans try to make stupidity an asset.

Remember George W. Bush?

Rick Perry accused Obama of being the smartest guy in the room, as if that were something to be ashamed of.

You tea baggers like your candidates plain speakin', shallow thinkin', and big spendin'. Love those millionaires. And baggers love to spend their money on campaigns that only benefit millionaires. Let the good times and money bags roll, roll, roll.

But apparently the 99% have finally had enough. You can call them dirty, filthy, stupid, whatever, nothing you say makes a difference. Enough is enough.

People are sick of Wall Street influencing economic policy, defense contractors influencing foreign policy, and oil companies influencing environmental policy.

The two fastest growing segments of our population are the very rich and the very poor. The rest of us in the middle are economically stagnant or slipping into poverty.

Unless you win the lottery.

If you are too stupid to see that you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

Oh wait. Taking away voters rights' is a republican tactic. You guys might have the money but we have the votes. Democrats believe that everybody should vote. Heck, why not make voting mandatory, like jury service?

Do you know why that will never happen? When you only represent 1% of the country you want to keep people who oppose you away from the polls. And call if 'preventing voter fraud.'

Republicans are hopeful that Lumpy is scared enough to vote them in office, that Lumpy is frightened enough to return their corporate minions to the halls of political power again and again and again.

What's it called when captives lose sight of their own best interests and begin to identify with their captors?

November 19, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

Who are the idiots that gave this guy money? Lumpy? This pimp has a whole string of donators from the stroll, and now he has a crew.

November 19, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
dude_abides said...

onetin... I believe timbo donated his employees' bonuses to Herman Cain whilst in a fit of libertarian fervor down in ATL, proving you should NEVER drink rum after 3 a.m.

November 19, 2011 at 1 p.m.
miraweb said...

Here is the lobbying firm alleged to have written the memo to their banking clients on a new strategy to take down OWS. Interestingly, on their front page they our touting their hire of one of Boehner's senior staffers.

http://www.clgcdc.com/

The "Featured Press" pages are the best.

November 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
fairmon said...

Blackwatrer48 said...

People are sick of Wall Street influencing economic policy, defense contractors influencing foreign policy, and oil companies influencing environmental policy.

Why are the protesters all over Pennsylvania avenue and raising hell with those allowing themselves to be influenced? Why are they not all over those in office picking winners and losers through the tax codes? Why are they not publicizing who is getting how much from who? Why are they not incensed at the mega millions athletes and entertainers get in addition to the over paid managers? Why are they not upset with Fannie and Freddie executives getting over $100 million in performance bonuses when they were bankrupt without a $141 billion dollar infusion of cash from the government and when they were complicit in the financial collapse with support from the administrations and congress?

Everything you say about republicans is also true with democrats. If you think anyone in D.C. in either party gives a rats butt about you and the middle class slipping into poverty you are very naive. How dumb can we be to think that reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over ten years will matter when the debt increases by $1.5 trillion per year to $30 trillion with interest to China, if we keep borrowing from them, at about $1 trillion per year.

Why not abolish all deductions, subsidies, grants, incentives, loans and other spending, leave or increase the higher tax rates and lower all other rates? Quit policing the world. Require states to provide for the disabled, elderly and impoverished children and get the federal government out of the welfare business. Sorry to tell you the dems have the same foul odor as the pubs. Those with an odor normally don't know how bad they stink.

November 19, 2011 at 1:48 p.m.
dude_abides said...

No, Boehner's the one who cries like a baby several times a year. God he makes me sick with his little quivering lip and scrunched up chin.

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/407616/JOHN-BOEHNER-CRYING.jpg

November 19, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.
chet123 said...

JON ROSS...I BELEIVE you mistaken...it was Dick Chaney who bomb the wrong country...How many did your friend Bill Ayers kill....did you say zero.....ha ha ha ...i can do better than that Jon Ross....Dick Chaney kill 200,000 thousand......ha ha ha ha ha

November 19, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
chet123 said...

Hey Harp3339 ...are you still trying to make the disclaimer that you are not republican ha ha ha ha .....so you try to pretend you are independent ...as if you are above politics ha ha ha .....Harp i'm going to expose you....HEY EVERYBODY...HARP IS A REPUBLICAN ha ha ha...

November 19, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

Denial. Herman and his supporters.

But it really doesn't matter what Herman says about the sexual harassment allegations. He can call his accusers liars all he wants.

Not going to change my perception of Herman.

Not because of the sexual harassment allegations.I would never vote for the Dunce because he doesn't know whether or not "China has nuclear weapons", and knows less than me about Libya.

Old saying:

It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt.

But I have to say, he is a perfect match for Republicans.

November 19, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Bennett is a partisan hack. No more. Darn he sucks!

November 19, 2011 at 6:21 p.m.
acerigger said...

"snicker" dude

November 19, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.
dude_abides said...

hey JonRoss... tell me... please... what is the ocw? rotf

November 19, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.
Haiku said...

Andrew, Truman carried out many of the the same plans Obama is attempting to do. The only difference being Truman didn't have Republicans blocking and sabotaging every effort to get America and Americans back on track.

Harry Truman/33rd president of the United States Of America/born May 8, 1884-died December 26, 1972: "FAIR DEALFAIR DEAL was the phrase adopted by President Harry S. Truman to characterize the program of domestic legislation his administration sought to pass through Congress. In September 1945 Truman sent to Congress a twenty-one point program, based in part on the Democratic


platform of 1944. The Fair Deal called for a full-employment law, the permanent establishment of the Fair Employment Practices Committee, and progressive legislation on housing, health insurance, aid to education, atomic energy, and the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Congress passed the Employment Act of 1946, which established the Council of Economic Advisers, but Republican victories in the 1946 midterm congressional elections blocked further passage of Fair Deal legislation. In 1948 Truman defeated the Republican candidate, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, and Democrats recaptured control of Congress. In his annual message to Congress in January 1949, during which he coined the phrase "Fair Deal," Truman asked for laws on housing, full employment, higher minimum wages, better price supports for farmers, more organizations like the Tennessee Valley Authority, the extension of social security, and fair employment practices. Congress responded by passing a slum clearance act, raising the minimum wage, and extending social security benefits to 10 million more people. The coming of the Korean War in June 1950 and a general prosperity lessened interest in the Fair Deal program, but many of Truman's social welfare proposals—as well as his proposals for the development of atomic energy and the St. Lawrence Seaway, for example—were legislated in subsequent administrations."

November 19, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.
Haiku said...

JonRoss said... So chet has a soft spot in his heart for Hussien's (saddam not barry) chem attacks on his on people that killed thousands

The truth is no one really knows whether Iraq or Iran used chemical weapons that killed thousands. As Iraq and Iran were at conflict with one another at the time. America was well aware of any chemical weapons Saddam may have acquired. As he obtained them from America.

November 19, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
Haiku said...

harp3339 said.. Why not abolish all deductions, subsidies, grants, incentives, loans and other spending, leave or increase the higher tax rates and lower all other rates? Quit policing the world. Require states to provide for the disabled, elderly and impoverished children and get the federal government out of the welfare business

They would just take the money and divert it to their personal bank accounts and friends. The same way they do now when states get their hands on federal dollars. AKA yours and mine tax dollars.

November 19, 2011 at 9:46 p.m.
alprova said...

Harp3339 wrote:

Require states to provide for the disabled, elderly and impoverished children and get the federal government out of the welfare business.

But of course. The states do such a good job of taking care of the disable, the elderly, and those children who are impoverished as it stands today.

The States don't want the Government to be out of the picture when ti comes to taking care of the needy. They depend on Federal funds to make ends meet.

The only thing worse than to suggest turning it over to the states is to suggest private charity do it. Bush signed that bill and it went nowhere.

November 19, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

THE DARK SIDE OF HARP IS AN UGLY PLACE

Harp freaked out over my condemnation of republicans. Sorry you got so angry!

I focused on congressional republicans more than democrats because they blatantly and unashamedly whore for the super rich. I'm sure they are willing to take on all donors, but they concentrate on working the side of the street where the big money lives.

53% of all republicans surveyed said the rich should pay a higher tax rate. Congressional republicans don't care. A majority of republicans surveyed said they want Obama's Jobs Bill passed. Congressional republicans don't care. A majority of republicans surveyed said the government should stop giving oil companies billions of dollars in annual tax subsidies. Congressional republicans don't care.

But harp, I was really amused when you went off on athletes and artists. I guess you were so angry and the bile was gushing so hard you couldn't hold back: Why are they (OWS) not incensed at the mega-millions athletes and entertainers get in addition to the over paid managers?

It called free market, but if the Cowboys or the Titans or the Jets or the Broncos could stage football games in Indonesia or India, pay locals a buck or two per game, and be assured that TV ratings wouldn't suffer, what do you think would happen? As long as the players were wearing the proper uniforms the beer belching nacho munching face stuffing fans wouldn't care.

If an actor gets $20 or $30 or $40 million per picture what do you care? This isn't corporate welfare. There's no tax money involved. Movie studios aren't trying to roll back environmental regulations to make polluting less expensive to sell more tickets and DVDS. Actor's salaries are tied to how many 'units' they move. Same with music.

Why should OWS care about that? Why should YOU care about that? It has nothing to do with corporations wielding too much influence in Washington, in every state legislature, and in every city, town, and municipal government in America. We elect people to represent us, We the people. In reality, elections are expensive. In reality, the candidate with the most money wins a majority of elections. So, savvy politicians court big money donors and are happy to look into what pesky rule or regulation could make corporate life a little better for the guys writing the checks. Or a lot better. Sure democrats get money from corporations, too, but by far the vast majority of corporate campaign contributions flow to the republicans. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous. The term is 'hedging your bet.'

So, to summarize, you think it's okay for republicans to whore for the super rich at the expense of everyone else, at the expense of our economy, at the expense of our future and our children's future, because democrats also take money from corporations, although not nearly as much nor with as many strings attached?

Wow. Ever hear the expression, Stockholm Syndrome?

November 19, 2011 at 11:54 p.m.
alprova said...

Require states to provide for the disabled, elderly and impoverished children and get the federal government out of the welfare business.

Test

November 19, 2011 at 11:57 p.m.

JonRoss,

it is very noble from you to care about people who were gassed from saddam... ... In particular since you care very much about the thousands who die in your country without healthinsurance...

You reality loving retard should know that your beloved bush went in for lots of reason but sure not for love of the kurds... They just use it now to cover their lies....and their incompetence...

It is really ironic that you talk about reality while living in constant denial... ..... You represent the most miserable form of creatures....

November 20, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
mtngrl said...

JonRoss, you have your Iraq wars mixed up. Bush Sr. is the one that invaded because of gassing the Kurds. Bush Jr, not so much...

November 21, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.

The ballot box is stuffed with ineption and corruption regardless of which party or who you vote for. Anyone care to challenge that comment?

yessir i wud! i beeleev the wurd is inn-epp-ta-tood mrEatin an i begg ta diifur on tha korrupshun isshoe----peeples up thar ur tokin abutt mrHermun asa pimp an stoopid ole man! welll-sirz an la-dees!

i dont heya awl cumplaynin abutt tha mostist korrupt wons in warshintin, mrOle Pimp mye Banc-akkownt-cuz-ima-Slummlorrd-mrChar-lee Rangill an mrReed an misFynSty-nne and misPuhlosery an evin mrBiddin wit awl tha restist in tha bothe Howses---ima gessin wen it cums to Demons itsa okie-dokie huh?

Tha thinga ima wunderin is ifn wee hev too Partees wuts tha wurst? inna Nuttshel itsa tha Demons! Crats! Stoopid is as Stoopid duz

speekin uv stoopid wurds---mrAwstree-awn sez "It is really ironic that you talk about reality while living in constant denial... ..... You represent the most miserable form of creatures....

welll welll meesteryur shor tokin gud nowawl uvva suddin? didja reed yur dikshunery agin? ifn yur a perfessur ima tha kingg uv Sy-amm---id say yur jes wut yu perjektid ta mrJon--tha wurst creetshur inna Demon partee! heehic

myhatts offn ta ya missBlondi-mam an a gud dayta yall!

November 26, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.
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