published Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Bad News

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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OllieH said...

Very funny, Clay!

I think you really captured the governor's likeness (not to mention his morbid fondness for the death penalty).

Keep up the great work!

September 17, 2011 at 12:37 a.m.
alprova said...

Perry will eventually get to permit Duane Edward Buck to die.

The reason the Supreme Court intervened is interesting. The issue on the table is racial bias. Former prison psychologist, Dr. Walter Quijano testified at his trial that in terms of presenting a future danger to society, a key consideration for capital punishment in Texas, "black men are more likely to commit violence." Buck is black.

In 2000, Duane Buck's case was one of seven capital cases that were flagged by then, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn in which Dr. Quijano had made similar racial references. John Cornyn is now a U.S. senator.

Six of those seven defendants received new punishment trials and were all resentenced to death.

September 17, 2011 at 1:26 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Stereotype: a behavior pattern you don't want to think about--Thomas Sowell.

IT seems Mr Buck fornicated, the lady fornicated with someone else, and Mr Buck murdered her and her new partner. Run away from fornication.

It was OK for him to kill them because it wasn't racist of him, but not OK for Texas to punish him with death for murdering two people because someone referred to statistics?

September 17, 2011 at 6:24 a.m.
MTJohn said...

Andrew - Jesus loves you. Get a grip!

September 17, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.
woody said...

Race aside..moral low-ground (sorry Andrew) aside..did the prosecution prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt??

I know..I'm likely alone (a common sense thinker) in a vast sea of politically-correctness..however we have to draw a line somewhere. Did he murder in 'cold blood..or was he convicted solely on his skin color by a racially-motivated jury??

If, in fact, he is guilty of murder..let the execution go forward..if not..free the man. Perry won't be elected one way or the other.

His undoing will be his own arrogance..but that's not a crime..Woody

September 17, 2011 at 6:52 a.m.
patriot1 said...

Gov Perry told the liberal biased Brian Willliams each defendant is entitled to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary.....that process is working. I predict the defendant will ultimately be executed as prescribed by the justice system, not Gov Perry.

September 17, 2011 at 7:23 a.m.
EaTn said...

I have to admit Clay's visual details is superb even if you don't agree with the content. The reason for Rick's rising in the polls is because the right-wingers think a man can do a better job of spewing illiterate political gibberish without drawing too much attention to content.

September 17, 2011 at 7:52 a.m.
Oz said...

EaTn...It worked well for Obama.

September 17, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Jesus, how many of these Bush/Perry 50's throwbacks does Texas have? Job 1...Exude confidence. Job 2...Kill something. Job 3...Praise the Good Lord. Start over.

September 17, 2011 at 8:08 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Isn't Gov. RIck Perry Pro-Life? Thought he believed every life is precious. There seems to be dissonance between his words and actions.

September 17, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
jesse said...

an unborn child can be presumed innocent, the other is a convicted murderer! like apples and oranges,sandy.not the same thing!

btw: i AM NOT A PERRY FAN.he would be a disaster if elected!

now that perry in the front runner i expect every bennet cartoon from now till the election will be on his case big time!

September 17, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.

Oz,

Great post! Soooo on the mark. Obama is the master of gibberish.

As far as this Rick Perry cartoon is concerned, it seems that this cartoonist's only purpose is to create pro Democrat Party cartoons. Boring! He's welcome to his political philosophy, but to just prop up one party over another all the time is a juvenile, not genius.

It's funny how many on here try to paint Rick Perry as some kind of a blood thirsty monster, yet ignore their own bone chilling attitude toward the most innocent among us, the unborn. I guess death sentences imposed on the unborn, who are truly innocent, don't count, huh?

September 17, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

So let me get this straight: pro-life until someone is born. After that, no compassion nor forgiveness. Real nice group you Tea Partiers are. WWJD?

September 17, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
EaTn said...

sandyonsignal---the comments from some candidates and reactions from the crowd at the Tea Party debate was the least compassionate political projection I've witnessed in my lifetime.

September 17, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
hambone said...

I can think of a lot of jobs Perry is better suited for than governor or president:

Used car salesman

Door to door book salesman (wait he's done that)

Televangelist

Army recruiter

J R Ewing stunt double

Marlboro Man

Carnival barker

(Add you own)

September 17, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
jesse said...

how about "editorial cartoonist"!!!

September 17, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
alprova said...

blondebutnotdumb wrote: "As far as this Rick Perry cartoon is concerned, it seems that this cartoonist's only purpose is to create pro Democrat Party cartoons. Boring! He's welcome to his political philosophy, but to just prop up one party over another all the time is a juvenile, not genius."

Here's a bit of wisdom for you: Every cartoonist swings one way or another in their viewpoints, just as all people do. Where is it written that a cartoonist owes it to anyone to be neutral? Why is it so surprising that Clay Bennett presents a left-leaning viewpoint?

Do any of you people who make it a point to whine about the fact that Clay presents a Democratic viewpoint in his political cartoons, go to websites of cartoonists who only present Conservative viewpoints, to lament their one-sided views?

Of course you don't. You more often than not agree with those viewpoints, so I guess there's nothing to complain about when it comes to them.

Thus we witness the sloppy, wet kisses that some of you give Conservative cartoonists at least a couple of times a week, by posting links to them.

Look, I get it. You consider yourself to be a Conservative. You like Republicans. You detest Democrats. You detest a Liberal viewpoint.

What I don't get is this incessant, relentless whining that you and a couple of others do, every time a new cartoon is posted, depicting a liberal or a Democratic viewpoint by Clay. You act as if you are surprised by it each and every time.

Am I to judge your character as juvenile, when you continuously argue Conservative and Republican viewpoints, thus propping up one party over another?

The word "hypocrite" comes to mind real fast, and that is no surprise to me. This forum is filled with more than a few of them.

September 17, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
alprova said...

Patriot1 wrote: "I predict the defendant will ultimately be executed as prescribed by the justice system, not Gov Perry."

One unfortunate facet and responsibility that every Governor, in the 34 states that have and that impose the death penalty, is that they are the last person in a long line of people, who has the power and the responsibility to review each case and to determine if that person is put to be death or is spared.

Governor Perry made the decision to proceed with the deaths of 235 people thus far. He had the last say in each and every one of those 235 people put to death.

The man is not all bad when it comes to the death penalty.

Rick Perry concurred with the 6-1 recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute the death sentence of Kenneth Foster Jr in August, 2007. Foster was convicted of murdering Michael LaHood in August 1996. His conviction and execution were contested because he was convicted under a law of parties, not for physically committing the crime.

Perry commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment only three hours before the execution was scheduled to take place on August 30, 2007. Kenneth Foster, Jr. will be eligible for parole in 2037

Perry was quoted as saying, "I am concerned about Texas law that allowed capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously and it is an issue I think the Legislature should examine."

Foster did not kill the victim but drove the car carrying the shooter. He was tried at the same time as the actual shooter, who also received a death sentence.

September 17, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
ooltewahvol said...

You're an idiot Sandy. Only a bedwetting liberal would compare a convicted murderer to an unborn fetus.

And even though I am a conservative Republican I am pro-choice.

September 17, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
Oz said...

Bennett is a leading contender for another Pulitzer this year. The category is FICTION.

September 17, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.
LibDem said...

I believe in this case the perpetrator's guilt is not in question, only the sentencing process: Was the death penalty invoked in part as a result of his race?

I don't approve of capital punishment but, in states where it is the law, I presume it is rationalized as a deterrent. In order for this to work, the potential perp must know up front that the particular crime he's contemplating will result in a death penalty. States should be required to provide wannabe criminals with a staff of legal experts to make this determination prior to initiation of the crime.

September 17, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.

Alprova,

There's nothing more boring than somone who is a homer! He's not capable of criticizing his own. Boring! I've seen other political cartoons by Democrat leaning cartoonists that are critical of Obama and Democrats, not this man, though. Just because you have poitical philosophy doesn't mean have to be a homer.

September 17, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Sandyonsignal said: "Isn't Gov. RIck Perry Pro-Life? Thought he believed every life is precious. There seems to be dissonance between his words and actions."

I've come to the conclusion that the “pro-life” mask is very useful prop in politics, SOS. It’s worn by a lot of unscrupulous politicians in the U.S., most notably right wing conservatives. While wearing the "pro life" mask, unscrupulous politicians can not only stir up hate and start unjust wars, but also deflect the public’s attention from almost any kind of crime, injustice, and social responsibility that our nation has toward the living.

September 17, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

Al the governor in Georgia is not the last in line, its the parole board. Not sure of other states.

This man in question was most guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt by eyewitness accounts. The woman's children watched it and plead for him not to kill her as he stood over her and shot her multiple times. There was never a question of guilt his own lawyers admitted he was guilty. The only thing they are trying to spare him from is the same death sentence he carried out on his victim. I didn't hear about her trial or if she was allowed a hearing prior to her execution.

September 17, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
hambone said...

Complaining about the cartoonist is like complaining about the weather.

But they say that's Obama's fault too!!

September 17, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Hambone said: "Complaining about the cartoonist is like complaining about the weather.But they say that's Obama's fault too!!"

Good one, Hambone. I seldom read the posts written by the chronic Bennett complainers anymore. Day after day they write posts saying how “boring” Bennett’s cartoons are – now talk about boring material, dull minds and lack of creativity. (yawn)

September 17, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.
shifarobe said...

"IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU'LL HELP ME PASS THE BILL!" -Obaboon

September 17, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
jesse said...

bennetts admirers are about as one dimensional as he is!!

they all look at the world through a toilet paper tube!! :)

September 17, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Shifarobe said: "IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU'LL HELP ME PASS THE BILL!" -Obaboon"

No, I believe Obama’s message was more like, “If you love your country, you will pass this bill.” Since the Republicans currently taking up space in Washington have done nothing but undermine and create problems for this Nation, we know what their answer will be.

September 17, 2011 at 4:16 p.m.
alprova said...

Inthemiddle wrote: "This man in question was most guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt by eyewitness accounts. The woman's children watched it and plead for him not to kill her as he stood over her and shot her multiple times. There was never a question of guilt his own lawyers admitted he was guilty. The only thing they are trying to spare him from is the same death sentence he carried out on his victim. I didn't hear about her trial or if she was allowed a hearing prior to her execution."

Notice in my post that I did not question the man's innocence or guilt. He's guilty and Rick Perry will get to give the go-ahead to approve his execution in the future. Testimony offered at the man's trial and at those of six others were way off the mark.

"Black men are more likely to commit violence" was way over the top and the prison psychologist who uttered the above should have known better than to even suggest it.

When a Republican flags a criminal trial for review, you know something is wrong. Score one for now, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the state Attorney General at the time. He apparently is a decent man and knows when something doesn't pass the smell test in Texas

September 17, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
acerigger said...

there's a revolution going on RIGHT NOW! You won't see it on MSM(at least,not yet)but you can see it live here: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

September 17, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.
sd said...

ML said, "I've come to the conclusion that the 'pro-life' mask is very useful prop in politics..."

Politicizing abortion (and by extension, religion) was one of the smartest political moves Republicans have ever made. It motivates people that otherwise might not vote, or might vote Democrat for economic reasons, to vote Republican based on an issue that has NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER on their personal quality of life. It's really quite brilliant, if you think about it.

September 17, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
fairmon said...

sd said.....or might vote Democrat for economic reasons.

Based on current actions and results who in their right mind would vote for a democrat based on the economy? There is nothing on the republican agenda that would attract votes for economic reasons either. A lack of jobs and effective initiatives to enable long term employment is the issue but neither party seems willing to address the root cause of high unemployment.

Why is the justice system that people in Texas apparently want the subject of a national debate? This is one issue that to date is still left to the states without federal intervention or manipulation with grant money.

The federal government baits the hook with grant money or subsidies then local and state politicians swallow bait, hook, strings and sinker. People defend the grants process with "local and state governments can't afford whatever the grant or subsidy pays for". Let's see, the federal government borrows forty two cents of every dollar spent, can they better afford to do what local and state governments can't afford?

September 18, 2011 at 12:38 a.m.

why mrB sur did color nice this time. nice cokey n poppi korn!

lots of trash on thee flor too, foks are talkin Life proLife hippocrits and an all.

Shifarobe said: "IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU'LL HELP ME PASS THE BILL!" -Obaboon"

No, I believe Obama’s message was more like, “If you love your country, you will pass this bill.” Since the Republicans currently taking up space in Washington have done nothing but undermine and create problems for this Nation, we know what their answer will be. (mowntingurl)

why miss mngurl now ya know yur no talkin truth! its rite on the tv videe-o eggsackly mrpresidente sed ifn ya luv me! Look real gud miss mehbe ya jus read what was tole you on huffypuffypost or sum such? no reespek ment her butt miss ya need to edjamucate yursef better, much butter miss! ya sed onney Repubikans in Warshingtin did such n such. why miss! ya furgit all them hippycrits Demons in warshintin too! an ya votid fur them, my my yur daddy shud smak you gud miss! is mr approvil yur daddy?

September 18, 2011 at 3:37 a.m.
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