published Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

TSSAA Ruling

Related story: Signal Mountain High School football team stripped of 6 wins by TSSAA

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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onetinsoldier said...

Oh No You didn't Clay. Not the winners never cheat and cheaters never win banner.

We all know that those people on Signal Mountain are honest people and would never cheat anyone. Those are the job creators and the ones who have to take a leak before you feel the trickle down.

October 11, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.
OllieH said...

Very punny, Clay!

October 11, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.

An ineligible player on a high school team inspires Clay Bennett to use "illegal" in a cartoon, but not our illegal alien problem?

Onetinsoldier, that's a stupid, bitter, class envy laced post you have there. Looks like you Democrats are going all out in using your class envy card. Sad.

October 11, 2011 at 4:08 a.m.
patriot1 said...

Is this all you got?

October 11, 2011 at 4:41 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow, Clay discovered there are a lot of Evil Rich Republicans on Signal Mountain and just had to point out their foibles! No surprise in that for me. It's easy to see how he won all those prizes(yeahright)!

October 11, 2011 at 6 a.m.
fairmon said...

This cartoon reveals our prioties. Over 1 million per year drop out and fail to get a high school education. There are currently 3.2 million non-technical manufacturing job openings employers can't find qualified workers for and people are concerned about who won the athletic event than achiving excellence in the education arena. Could the tax money spent on athletics, in which a small percentage of students participate, be better spent keeping kids in shcool and assisting those with issues leading to dropping out? How much effort is given to identifying kids that have learning disabilities? Why are parents not as quick to react to weak teachers as they are coaches that don't win a championship?

October 11, 2011 at 6:08 a.m.
fairmon said...

Has any school ever gotten in trouble for recruiting the best students or students that are a challenge to teach? Where is the equivalent TSSAA with similar enforcement powers for monitoring the education process? Employers are having difficulty filling blue collar jobs with people with craft skills such as welders, machinist, plumbers, electrical, carpentry and basic manufacturing. The general attitude is every kid must attend college and get a degree in some technical field or the arts. Lottery money goes to college scholarships instead of k1-12 to assure kids get a basic education and are prepared for college. Employers say their biggest challenge with new young workers is teaching them to be reliable and responsible in addition to training them for the job.

October 11, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Another demonstration of how little material The Wart has since he refuses to touch Obama or the Democrats in Congress. Bennett is a hopeless pinhead.

October 11, 2011 at 6:33 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

I knew it! You had to go there, Clay. Funny cartoon, if only it weren't true... sigh.

October 11, 2011 at 6:45 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Another demonstration of there being absolutely no way for BRP to be anything but a grouse. Do you go to the same restaurant every single day and complain about the food?

blondebutnotdumb is a liar and refuses to fess up. Come clean and you'll feel better!

October 11, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.
TinaFrench said...

Another demonstration of how little material BRP has between his ears. BRP is a hopeless pinhead.

October 11, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.

I have to agree with BRP.

Come clean about what, Dude?

There're are many cartoonists who lean left, no doubt, that's their choice and more power to them, but Clay Bennett's purpose seems to be to just save the Democrat Party.

October 11, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
fairmon said...

Are price and consumption controls to follow? Check this out.

http://www.personalliberty.com/feature-video/jimmy-obama

History may not repeat exactly but currently favors the past a lot.

October 11, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

harp3339 said... "Are price and consumption controls to follow?"

Price controls have already started! The transaction fee limit is what caused banks to introduce all of the new account fees. The federal government's constant meddling is a litany of unintended consequences. Now all of the costs will be borne by those who cannot afford to keep minimum balances in their accounts. Guess what mountainlaurel, that is not the rich.

Thank you Frank/Dodd. Another piece of junk legislation that does nothing to correct the banking problems but favors big banks over small and regional banks and gives Democrats a couple of cookies to use for sound bites. This is how big government works. Thousands of pages of legislation and still no effective control of the big banks who can afford to grease the palms of corrupt or at least inept politicians.

October 11, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.
OllieH said...

blondebutnotdumb- Clay used the word 'illegals' because the Signal Mountain High School football team is called the 'Eagles'. Get it? It's a pun, you idiot.

To the rest of you who seem to think that there are bigger issues to draw about than this one, well, I'm sure Clay would probably agree. But whether you follow high school football or not, there are a lot of people around here do. You need only look back to the last story of the TSSAA sanctions on the school (and the multitude of comments it inspired) to see that there's much interest in, and debate about, the deeds of the defending state champion Signal Mountain Eagles-

http://tinyurl.com/3zhy628

But I wouldn't expect you Bennett-haters to curb your vitriol with reason or logic. That might dilute the bile you're so fond of spewing every single day.

So, you guys continue to denounce Clay for anything you can think up. Go ahead and castigate him for everything he does. Fault him on each and every cartoon he draws and insist that he can do no right. Oh yeah, and then conclude your rant by complaining that he (and not you) is the one who's being unfair.

And try, as hard as you can, to forget the fact that it is he (and not you) who actually gets paid to express his views.

October 11, 2011 at 10 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

OllieH said... "So, you guys continue to denounce Clay for anything you can think up. Go ahead and castigate him for everything he does. Fault him on each and every cartoon he draws and insist that he can do no right. Oh yeah, and then conclude your rant by complaining that he (and not you) is the one who's being unfair."

Thank you for your blessings OllieH, as if that means anything to anyone.

Clay Bennett is a single minded leftist ideologue that has no business having a prominent position at the top of the on-line editorial page of the TFP. I hope the new editor reads how much he is disliked by Chattanoogans and notes also how some of those who like him also hate Chattanooga. It should also be noted that a pretty big segment of his supporters are not living in Chattanooga. He is an oozing pustule, a furuncle, a Wart of gigantic proportions on the face of Chattanooga.

Patiently waiting for the day he is sent packing off to some leftist big city cesspool where he belongs…

October 11, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
carlB said...

blondebutnotdumb said... Onetinsoldier, that's a stupid, bitter, class envy laced post you have there. Looks like you Democrats are going all out in using your class envy card. Sad. October 11, 2011 at 4:08 a.


blondebutnotdumb, What you said indicates the attitude of how the "haves" are forcing the worker conditions down to the lowest level. There is not any "envy" involved when the leaders as Senator Corker is not for the workers interest but wants to destroy all worker representation and their wages and benefits down so the companies and the CEO's can continue to make their 400 percent. In the paper this morning, Corker is "waving the carrot" indicating that if the workers do what the politicians want them to do in taking the lowest wages, then Coker will fight in getting you a job. Clay's drawing is a good example of the attitude of doing what it takes to win regardless of the laws or just doing the right thing. Now Signal is seeing the results as well as the US economy.

October 11, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
alprova said...

BRP wrote: "Patiently waiting for the day he is sent packing off to some leftist big city cesspool where he belongs…"

Hold your breath on that one, creep.

October 11, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

A pretty good likeness of Clay The Wart...

October 11, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
moonpie said...

Reading these comments, I have to wonder, is this Groundhog Day? Or a re-run of a comedy show?

BRP, there is a quote that reminds me of you:

"Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."

A cartoonist that brings the most traffic / comments on a daily basis has job security.

And Clay is not paid to be balanced. You should thank him for giving you a forum for bringing up topics that you can debate. You squander the opportunity.


Harp, I like your first post. It's actually considered noble for schools like McCallie or Baylor to give academic scholarships (for non-athletes) to disadvantaged kids. I think it says something good about our priorities that we don't bat an eye about that. I think it says something bad about us that we think that winning at sports is so important that we so frequently abandon what we say are our principles. Sports are important because they teach kids about team work, because they push kids to be competitive and beyond their limits, and hopefully something about integrity.

I hope the community, kids and coaches learn a valuable lesson from all of this...

October 11, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
moonpie said...

OK, BRP, that last clip is pretty funny. Sometimes there is humor in futility.

October 11, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
bearhunter2 said...

nice flagg maybe those pirates would like to buy some for next years game.lol.

October 11, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.

Ollie, you name calling Democrat, I know full well that the team is called the Eagles. You miss my point. He avoids anything that may harm Democrats or our fearless leader. Your a silly little man, Ollie.

Carl, I find those who feel entitled to the fruits of someone elses labor the greediest people of all. Whether someone makes fifty grand a year or a millon, it's all the same to you class envy types.

Pure, 100% class envy.

I've watched those protesters, those Occupy whatever groups, for the most part they're quite ignorant, quite lazy and greedy. Lazy thinking and unhappy with their lives.

They should be protesting in front of the White House because our President personifies the corrupt politican. They're always bringing up this 99% number, well, 99% of the corporations and those who work on Wall Street, work hard for what they have.

It's never enough for many of you people, you won't stop until you force everyone to have the same amount of everything. Let's see, what's that called, oh yes, collectivism.

October 11, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

In Bennett's mind, real topics are to be avoided so he is reduced to doing still lives of pennants.

http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/ericallie

Now THAT is relevant, important AND funny!

October 11, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

blondebutnotdumb said... "I find those who feel entitled to the fruits of someone else’s labor the greediest people of all."

AMEN!!! I cannot for the life of me figure out how leftists live with themselves.

October 11, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

blondebutnotdumb said... "I find those who feel entitled to the fruits of someone else’s labor the greediest people of all."

Good point: Average worker gets 1 dollar for every 343 dollars paid to the CEO. I wonder how they live with themselves. How do you repugnants live with yourselves supporting such a system that, by the way is not in your best interests?

F.Y.I. blondie, I am not a democrat. They are just corporate light. I'm a proud Democratic Socialist. The bane of knuckle draggers everywhere.

October 11, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
carlB said...

blondebutnotdumb said... Carl, I find those who feel entitled to the fruits of someone elses labor the greediest people of all. Whether someone makes fifty grand a year or a millon, it's all the same to you class envy types.

Reply to blondebutnotdumb; Surely you can understand the word "NO"? You've heard it enough from your Party of NO. You appear to be "hung up" on the word "envy" and very disappointed with the fact that most all the people would be happy with a chance to work doing what they are trained to do and do not have any "envy" toward the "haves." The facts are that in situations when the "poor" peoples money dries up so does the money trickling up to the Have's. There always has to be a proper balance between the extremes for this Republic to survive.
If you want to your party to create another great depression of this country just to cause the failure of President Obama, then how long would your monies last to get the "envy" you wished for? Would the voters want tp keep the Republicans in power with the "anarchy" that would occur?

October 11, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

onetinsoldier said... "Average worker gets 1 dollar for every 343 dollars paid to the CEO. I wonder how they live with themselves."

This is how it works onetinsoldier. The CEO has special skills, kind of like a top ranked sports figure that pulls down a 7 figure salary. If the average worker tried to run the company it would be shuttered in days or weeks and all of his previous coworkers would be out of work. Kind of like putting some doofus from the stands in for Payton Manning. Can you understand if it is put in those terms?

You blue collar lackeys that think you’re skills compare in any way to a CEO are hilarious. You do not have a clue. I somehow I don’t see you pointing out that the spectator is most likely making chump change compared to the team he is cheering for. Maybe if you spent less time in front of the boob tube and more time improving yourself you would be able to get yourself the job that would give you the income you envy so much.

You should be happy the CEO is there making the company work so your lower skilled self can have a job. Go turn your wrench you ingrate.

October 11, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
bandmom said...

Once again, Clay Bennett has nothing more important to editorialize than a high school football team. Seriously? If one student's eligibility issue makes all Signal Mountain football players "illegals", does the presence of Clay Bennett make everyone on the TFP staff an idiot?

October 11, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
fairmon said...

Moonpie....

I agree sports can be a good thing, in fact paid my way to college. It does teach participants a lot if the coach is the kind of person that sets a good example and teaches more about life than the sport. Playing a college sport and going to school is not an easy life but at that age we thought it was great.

I saw a special by John Stossel about the outstanding work by charter schools in New Orleans since the loss of their public system to Katrina. Students were enjoying school and excelling. Teachers were happy and working harder than they ever had and knew if students didn't show good progress they were history. The parents loved the schools and said they had no problem getting their children to go, the kids looked forward to school. The facilities were not the greatest but functional with computers and other resources for all the kids. They were using interactive teaching, distance learning and utilizing various resources that made learning fun and easier for the student. They even went to great lengths to identify and help kids with learning difficulties.

How much has the public education system progressed from the one room school house process other than not having all grades in one room. They still have a teacher in front of the class following a one size fits all recipe? Another change is the size of the administrative hierarchy and the number of reports required of principles and teachers that have been stripped of any authority.

October 11, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.
fairmon said...

If you haven't seen this video check it out....the similar conditions and the similarity of the words will impress a history buff.

http://www.personalliberty.com/feature-video/jimmy-obama

To me it says it isn't the party it is the leadership of those in leadership positions. Two womanizers and philanders, Clinton and Gingrich, did a pretty good job of balancing the budget and growing the economy without jumping in front of every camera around and throwing mud all over each other.

Bush and Pelosi would screw up a two car funeral and wreck a junk yard. Obama and Bahner aren't any better. Keep being a party loyalist and buying those imports and don't dare do anything new or different, it is just too scary, it is easier to be dependent on the government.

October 11, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.
jesse said...

clay bennett could do a cartoon on COCK FIGHTIN and the rhetoric on these forums would degenerate into a cat and dog fight over #1 right vrs. left and # 2 what jesus said and what he meant when he said it!!

actualy reading this stuff is kinda like watchin wyle e coyote on t.v.!

October 11, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.

Good point, Bandmom! This cartoon is a deliberate attempt to smear Signal Mountain High School and the residents of Signal Mountain because many up their are wealthy. So, Mr. Bennett, like all good leftists, is always trying to paint "the wealthy" as evil.

October 11, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
jesse said...

hey, sign.mtn. high school smeared there own self when they CHEATED!!periot.

October 11, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
carlB said...

BigRidgePatriot said; This is how it works onetinsoldier. The CEO has special skills, kind of like a top ranked sports figure that pulls down a 7 figure salary. If the average worker tried to run the company it would be shuttered in days or weeks and all of his previous coworkers would be out of work. Kind of like putting some doofus from the stands in for Payton Manning. Can you understand if it is put in those terms?

Reply BigRidgePatriot, again you are showing your arrogance of believing in the widening wage gap and the bullying of the people who have the right to point out the wrongs occurring in the financial systems even though they do not "run" the companies, Not only that but you are mixing apples and oranges and trying to call them the same. There is a large different between a physical ability and a mental ability and neither last very long. It is weird that you would defend the CEO's who have taken their Millions of dollars regardless of the bad conditions of some companies/corporations, with this Republic on the verge of a great depression? You must have ignored my point of the "trickle up" money that makes the people "Rich"? There are many more of us than them.

October 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
carlB said...

blondebutnotdumb said..So, Mr. Bennett, like all good leftists, is always trying to paint "the wealthy" as evil. October 11, 2011 at 6:08 p.m


Your statement is not true, but if the "shoe fits" for the "crooks" then so be it. A lot of them have already had their day of reckening.

October 11, 2011 at 6:38 p.m.
dude_abides said...

"You should be happy the CEO is there making the company work so your lower skilled self can have a job. Go turn your wrench you ingrate." -BRP

That line is exactly what makes you a pig BRP. You think you're better than anyone who works with tools? Are they below you, BRP? The silly thing is that you feel that shilling for the rich makes you one of the elites, but a good part of the joke is on you. Jesus, you can't even spell Peyton right! You are the past, friend. You can go hard or easy, but you're gonna go. You are a musty relic.

October 11, 2011 at 7:36 p.m.
dude_abides said...

BBND... So, your deeply held feelings on abortion rights, women's liberation, affirmative action, and all other things left of center began just 2 years ago? Before that you were ideologically in the center? Left of center? I distinctly remember you saying that you voted for Obama for President, and have been discouraged/disgusted ever since. Or are you saying you have felt the way you do for a long time and then voted for Obama right out of the blue? Did you really vote for a Presidential candidate whose record has stood in stark contrast to every policy you purport to support, or did you lie? I think you might have told a little white lie to inject some semblance of fairness to your arguments, what what?

October 11, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.
potcat said...

dumbbutbottledblonde,when you Lie as to what School District you live in, which Signal MT. school Administration knowingly did because he was a a good player and the best they could get by cooking the books and LYING. Whats amazing to me is how damn DUMB they were, to not be smart or able enough to pull it off. Now theres you an example to follow folks, the Culprits that are responsible should be setting a good Moral,Truthful, Teachable Lesson on how you have to follow the rules in this life or you are going to have a tough life. Instead the students were taught that Signal School Leaders are not smart enough to pull off their Crimes and follow the rules that were set in place before school even started. The Teachers, Coachs ETC. have rules also to play by. So make this a Teachable Lesson, by Teaching the Adults " Severe" CONSEquences

I feel sorry for the Kid, and the Adults should be Fired.

October 11, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.

AMEN!!! I cannot for the life of me figure out how leftists live with themselves.(BigRidgePatriot) MrPatriot why i beeleev its whut thet gud consurvatif wonse sed "beecos dem liftists thet ar reech dont luv nobodis butt demselfs, kinda likey thos ole sik-o-pafs, dey gotts no feelins an ther sols are seeck, seeck seeck

Good point: Average worker gets 1 dollar for every 343 dollars paid to the CEO. I wonder how they live with themselves. How do you repugnants live with yourselves supporting such a system that, by the way is not in your best interests? (wontonsoljeer)

Why mrWonton, i an me foks aint aniwhers as reech as ole alprivil or mrBee why dont mrBee an mr alprivil jes giv awl ther xtra $$$ to da gubbermint an us po foks? why ill tell yee why cos deys mor greedi dan da repub foks deys a dammin

Libbs an Lifftists LUV der $$$ LUVV der reech lifs why dey probly Kisss ther ole Bucks evernitey afor dey go to da bedd!! heeHippycrits hee

October 11, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.

As a signal student myself we see all the hatred and are aware that everyone in Hamilton County hates our school. All the articles I have read have been very one sided and there are definitely more then one side to every story. The students and faculty of SMMHS are all aware that we have a target on our back and if we mess up we will be blamed for everything and there will be several articles written. Just because we have made mistakes does not mean you grown adults should start trashing our school or the mountain in general. It really is sad when a high school student is being more mature then a grown adult so here's a word of advice grow up and just stay out of things that you are not a part of.

October 11, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
dude_abides said...

classy... don't ever think that. I don't believe there's a person here who hates the students of your school. It gets rough in here sometimes, but these are all concerned people and I feel certain that backing ALL of the students/kids in our country is a preeminent theme.

October 11, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.
tderng said...

classysignalstudent...not everyone in Hamilton county hates your school,however,there are many who post on this site that hate what it represents.They hate anyone who may represent the rich,they hate anyone who represents success.they foment class warfare and hatred for anyone with money.If your family is wealthy you may as well get used to the idea that there will always be people who do not like you because of it and will try to get as much of it as they can so that they can give it to others.What is going on at your school will be used by some to politicize the unfortunate events that are currently effecting your fellow students.If the people who are in charge of your athletic program knew that this student was in fact not eligible to play then they should be punished.I seriously doubt that the student himself knew,but if he did he should be punished also.Perhaps this event will show you a window into the real world that you will soon be joining.

October 11, 2011 at 11:18 p.m.
toby said...

Clay Bennett... what a joke....economy is in a recession government is in turmoil and your drawing pictures about a High School. You are a JOKE....

October 12, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

This is the hot topic at the moment. Right or wrong to be concerned about look at the number of comments.

October 12, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
Maverick11 said...

Just curious..... all of these negative comments on the players and on Signal Mountain residents are great and all; considering these remarks are always made towards people that live up there; but has anyone taken into consideration that you are talking down about KIDS?! Yes, they are reading all of this bitterness back and forth between grown adults... so think about that next time before you start the hate comments.

October 13, 2011 at 8:03 a.m.
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