published Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Murphy's Law

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...

You are giving them too much credit, Clay. They have had to practice a lot to become this proficient at stupidity.

April 19, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.

Nobody could be that bad, without making an effort?

I can believe it.

April 19, 2012 at 12:35 a.m.
hambone said...

What's worse than someone that doesn't know what he's doing?

Some one that doesn't know that he doesn't know what he's doing!!

April 19, 2012 at 12:43 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

The keepers of the mushroom plantation

A reflection of the idiots that vote in tennessee.

A group that practices intellectual abstinence on a state wide basis.

A subspecies to be left behind like the neanderthal.

Tennessee, the gateway to IGNORANCE.

April 19, 2012 at 12:59 a.m.
joneses said...

And the more liberals that move to Tennessee the more idiotic Tennessee becomes. Thank God Tennessee has voted Republican politicians in office. Under the over 50 years of Dummycrats running the state Tennessee was ranked the most corrupt state in the country.

April 19, 2012 at 6:56 a.m.
librul said...

Hmmmm - Hey Jonesy - maybe you and they should each be given mandatory trans-cranial ultrasound examinations to see if there's any evidence for the presence of a brain.

April 19, 2012 at 7:03 a.m.
EaTn said...

joneses.... I'm a native liberal democrat born and raised in East Tennessee, which may seem like a contradiction. My observation is that most transplants are right-wingers, otherwise we would still have some sanity running the state legislation in Nashville. Murphy's Law implies chance--our chaotic legislation is by our own majority voters choosing.

April 19, 2012 at 7:10 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

I think Bennett should put himself and all of the rest of us out of his misery and retire. He obviously does not have the will to put any effort into his work anymore.

April 19, 2012 at 8:17 a.m.
chet123 said...

JONESES....WISH YOU WOULD BE MORE ACCURATE WITH YOUR CLAIMS....PEOPLE DONT TAKE YOU SERIOUS ANY MORE.....TRY DURING RESEARCH ON YOUR TOPIC......DONT JUST WATCH FOX TV

April 19, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
woody said...

Sorry folks, and with all due respect to Clay, but Tennessee isn't all that special..in fact, you could insert almost any other state capitol and our nation's capitol legislative bodies and still use the "Murphy's Law" logo.

Face it..conservatives nationwide have made it their goal in life to undo any laws considered to be liberal in nature and liberals have countered with their own brand of obstinance, so much so that only bills of a weakened or weird nature have been able to survive.

All that is left to be said at this point is I feel sorry for those who truly believe in an 'afterlife' as well as those that should, because I honestly believe they are all in for a good 'butt whoopin' if they should ever encounter any of ""The Framers" face-to-face..Woody

April 19, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

woody said... Sorry folks, and with all due respect to Clay, but Tennessee isn't all that special..in fact, you could insert almost any other state capitol and our nation's capitol legislative bodies and still use the "Murphy's Law" logo.

To some degree Woody, I will agree with you. But take a look at the Republican/Democratic growth for 2008. The map is very telling. It shows why we see so much ignorance in this part of the country. Yes, teahadists have wormed their ways into our local governments all over the country, but I think you are going to see that it was very short lived, except for maybe here, in the good ole bible belt. http://alieaday.blogspot.com/2008/11/more-elections-stats-with-maps.html

April 19, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

BigRidgePatriot said... I think Bennett should put himself and all of the rest of us out of his misery and retire. He obviously does not have the will to put any effort into his work anymore.

I read this and thought of BRP's posts! Yep, BRP, let's retire all those posts of yours. They are the same old tired responses every day. At least his toon changes. Oh wait a minute, maybe you thought Clay was here just for you, just like you think the constitution is here just for you! Time to wake up now!

April 19, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

BigRidge: If Clay retires, we see no more of Chet123. HAHAHAHAHA

April 19, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
chatt_man said...

After reading all these posts, I'm most inspired by the one by OneTinBrain. It leads me to believe that maybe he doesn't vote in Tennessee elections. Otherwise, he wouldn't speak that badly of himself.

April 19, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
conservative said...

There is an article in today's paper titled " Tennessee bill would allow students to express religious viewpoint." The vote was 29-0 in favor. Stated another way, not even one Demoncrat voted against the bill.

On another bill the Senate voted 30-0 requiring parents to be notified of extracurricular activities so they could take their children out of them. Stated another way, not even one Demoncrat voted against the bill. The sexual perverts are angry.

To the regular atheists, sexual perverts, Lieberals and radicals who comment here I would like to give you driving directions to leave the great state of Tennessee. On either I-24 or I-75 you can turn to the right or you can turn to the left.

Is this bad timing by the cartoonist, or what?

April 19, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

conservative: Clay123 is auditioning for a promotion to the Cullman Times.

April 19, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

BRP, It takes very little effort to make fun of fools.

Only a masochist would tune in each and every day to have Clay make fun of them and then complain about the misery of it all.

Jack Dennis, Everytime I see your mug, I think of aqualung.

April 19, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

A business that makes a fool of itself loses customers and money, but a legislature that makes a fool of itself gets paid anyway: so shrink the tax-paid sector and enlarge the customer-paid sector.

A legislator makes laws for everyone it rules, but a business does business only with its own customers, letting other businesses keep other customers happy: burgers, tacos, pizza, subs, sushi...So shrink the monopolistic, lawmaking sector and enlarge the customer-paid diversity sector. "Different is good"?

If Tennessee is that dumb, may we look forward to Mr Bennett moving to California or North Korea? :)

April 19, 2012 at 11:06 a.m.
Lr103 said...

The disturbing thing here is, rather than based on logic and common sense, these bills are being created and signed into law based on who or which group writes the fastest check. In many cases, once highly respected religious leaders have been bought and paid for.

April 19, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Whoops, "legislature" not "legislator" at start of 2nd paragraph above.

April 19, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

onetintoysoldier: Jethro Tull?

April 19, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.
Lr103 said...

conservative said... There is an article in today's paper titled " Tennessee bill would allow students to express religious viewpoint." The vote was 29-0 in favor. Stated another way, not even one Demoncrat voted against the bill

Students and anyone else have always been able to express their religious views. They just can't force feed and shove those views down the throats of others.

It's going to be interesting with all those existing reiligions coming together to express their religious views on school grounds. Can't wait to see the shocked looks on those rightwingnuts conservatives faces. How many practicing religions are there in America these days? LOL!

And I'll bet my last dollar you were thinking this bill would favor only right wingnut evangelies. Didn't you? LMAOAU!

April 19, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

Conservative

"There is an article in today's paper titled " Tennessee bill would allow students to express religious viewpoint." The vote was 29-0 in favor. Stated another way, not even one Demoncrat voted against the bill."

Your ignorance is astounding. That law basiclly means that it is perfectly OK for all of the religions, that you currently hate, to espouse their views to your children.

April 19, 2012 at 11:21 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

nooga: All elitist lefties have superior intellect. Just ask one.

April 19, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Andrew, If Clay moves to California or North Korea we will look forward to you moving to Iran as it has your kind of government for sure. (8=)

April 19, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
moonpie said...

By itself, this cartoon is non-partisan. Funny, though. Could said for a lot of states.

April 19, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

No booze in IRAN. You couldn't drag Andrew down there.

nooga, I don't argue with fools. I just poke them with a stick.

Jack_Dennis said... nooga: All elitist lefties have superior intellect. Just ask one.

Did the smart kids tease you as a child?

April 19, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

TUTU, Out for lunch, or Out to lunch? Both.

April 19, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Yikes! I see that the State of Tennessee’s alleged lawmakers have made the national news again – big time. I don't know about everyone else, but I found the comment and observation made by world famous neurologist Mark T. - S. Clemens, who specializes in evolution and the human brain, of particular interest:

“It now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one...the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.
 . . . "The Lowest Animal"

April 19, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.
mymy said...

Replace the State House with the White House. What do you get: http://obamaisntworking.com/

April 19, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
jesse said...

Ray Blanton was prob.the most honest democrat we ever had for guv.!

ward crutchfield is a role model for ALL dems!!lol

April 19, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Sometimes I won't even look at this forum for a few days because it is so depressing to see the constant hatred, pettiness, and childish name calling of the rabid right wing loudmouths who post here daily. Those of you who constantly complain about Bennett's liberal leanings and his lack of originality are yourself guilty of your own one-sidedness and lack of originality. You say the same lame things about Bennett over and over and over and over and over again. No matter whether you agree with him or not, he is talented and he has his finger on the pulse of the nation as well as on our community, and his topics are always worthy of discussion. He expresses the liberal viewpoint almost exclusively because...guess what....he IS A LIBERAL! You guys on the right have your own conservative viewpoint covered adequately by the political cartoonists on the right side of the paper, so if you just want to see and read your own ideaology supported, then stick to reading that side of the paper and shut up already about Bennett's liberal leanings. Granted, the conservative cartoons do not appear in this digital format, and frankly I don't know why they don't and I wish they did - anything to shut up your annoying and immature whining about Bennett. But I doubt that that would stop you either. Your minds seem to be stuck on your merry-go-round of hate for all things liberal and forward thinking.

April 19, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.
EaTn said...

jesse said...

"Ray Blanton was prob.the most honest democrat we ever had for guv.!"

Ray Blanton as a Dixie-Crat was the role model for our current right-winger state republicans.

April 19, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

OneTinSoldier said: "TUTU, Out for lunch, or Out to lunch? Both."

Yes, I seldom read Tu_quo_que’s posts anymore. While they’ve always been sort of crazy and off the wall, they’ve become even more so since Rick Santorum withdrew from the presidential race. As I understand it, Mitt Romney gave Tu_quo_que a ride in a crate on the roof of one of Ann’s Cadillacs in exchange for Tu_quo_que's political support and little Santorum sweater vest. Needless to say, Tutu like a lot of other people who gave up their little Santorum vests and opted to climb into Romney's crate has not been the same since that ill-fated ride.

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
moonpie said...

Pulse of Google nation:

Type in "Why are d" and you get:

Why are denatured enzymes non-functional... Why are drake and common beefing... Why are drugs illegal... Why are dog's noses wet...

Type in: "Why are r" and you get:

Why are radioactive elements commercially important... Why are republicans so stupid... Why are redheads called gingers... Why are relationships so hard...

Things even out a bit when you do a whole search

Type in "Why are democrats" and you get Why are democrats donkeys... Why are democrats so stupid... Why are democrats better than republicans... Why are democrats blue...

Type in "Why are republicans" and you get Why are republicans so stupid... Why are republicans elephants... Why are republicans so hateful... Why are republicans so evil...

bing!, which is more popular among older people is even more insulting to republicans.

While no one knows exactly how web rankings are fine tuned, those most common searches usually pull up on the suggestion bar....

So these are the questions Americans and others are asking... This goes with a lot of other research which shows that people have the impression that Republicans are less intelligent and more hateful....

But we all know how Republicans feel about research..... It's only good if it already supports what they believe, right? (This ia a joke.... in case anyone gets too riled up.... I think all people are guilty of this.)

If I were a Republican, I would try to work hard to change these perceptions. Calling others elitist sounds like an inferiority complex. Calling others insulting names sounds childish and unintelligent. Both sides are guilty of this, but Democrats get a relative pass compared to Republicans. It may not be fair, but since when did Republicans care about fair?


For tu: Romney is happy with this being a dog-eat-dog world. Obama is trying to change that.

April 19, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
conservative said...

onetinsoldier wrote : "Your ignorance is astounding. That law basiclly means that it is perfectly OK for all of the religions, that you currently hate, to espouse their views to your children."

Since you brought up "ignorance" I thought you might want to learn that "religions" can not espouse their views to children because these are not people.

Also, the bill as stated in the article would allow "students" to express their religious viewpoints not religions. You must be unaware ( ignorant ) of the fact that discussion and free speech have always been a part of education.

You are an atheist and courts have ruled atheism as a religion ( maybe you are ignorant on that as well ), so your views on man being descended from an ape will certainly get aired. You could have your own club and a catchy tune ( may I suggest "Hey, hey, we're the monkees" ).

Why are you so angry? Are you afraid of the competition?

April 19, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
NGAdad said...

Could someone please tell JonRoss his bench warrant is several weeks old now. Oh, and good luck with trying to sue folks in the same Court building where that warrant was issued. Blaaa Hahahaha... loser.

April 19, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
jjmez said...

tu_quoque said... It appears that Mooshell is not overly concerned with Obozo’s dining habits

Those red states are gearing to ground up to feed y'all horse meat again. Run! Run! My little crazy friends!! Hide your favorite shetland pet pony!! LOL

http://horsebreedslist.com/horse_breed_images/84/big/shetland-pony-picture-6.jpg

April 19, 2012 at 6:39 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

West Virginia is the same way. A solidly democratic state house for six decades and the state is still ranked at the bottom of the success heap. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Liberalism has failed miserably where ever it has been tried.

April 19, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

TOESO2800: 5 stahs

April 19, 2012 at 7:41 p.m.
moonpie said...

TOE

If liberalism is a failure, then why is our society becoming more and more liberal?

Do you need examples?

I would say the tides shift, but the gradual current is liberalism.... That's the general history of the world....

Conservatism tries to protect the status quo. Reactionaries try to turn back the clock.

As your world erodes, another is built.

Democracy was once a radical idea.

I'm not saying liberalism has no rational bounds, and Democrats are not the gate keepers of liberalism. Too bad Republicans think liberal is a dirty word. Conservative isn't either.

A pragmatist would see value in both.

April 19, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Who knew that what W. Bush meant was No Child Left Behind In The Rapture? The act makes sense now, as it certainly had nothing to do with education.

April 19, 2012 at 8:59 p.m.

AndrewLohr, what about a business that makes fools of its customers?

Much like politicians fool their constituents. Our own Zach Swamp was good at that.

TOES02800, which success heap would that be? The one where their GDP growth was seventh best in the nation during a recession? Where their exports have grown over a billion dollars in the past year? I kinda wonder who you think is at the top...or were you just trashing them without checking the facts?

Rickaroo, the reason those other cartoons don't appear here online is because the paper simply doesn't have the online rights to them. I've suggested several times that the complainers put their money where their mouth is, but I don't think they've contacted the editors let alone found an artist.

Instead, they come here and help write Clay Bennett's paycheck.

April 19, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.
moonpie said...

And tu, you've tipped your hand, but because you didn't announce yourself, I won't out you..... I know you.

You are a good person.

Do not fear.

But please treat others with respect.

April 20, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
joneses said...

Why does Obastard not campaign on his awesome record? $16,000,000,000,000.00 deficit with no end in sight, no budget for his entire term, highest unemployment ever for any president , more people on welfare than any president ever, highest gas prices in history just like the deficit, failed obamacare, failed stimulus package, weak and failing foreign policies, a ridiculous energy policy, committing more troops into afghanistan, the ndaa, spending multi millions of tax dollars for personal use, attacking the catholic church, dividing race, gender, religion & wealthy people with all his hate speech, bowing to our enemies and giving them billions of our tax dollars while stabbing our allies in their backs , his illegal libyan war, the muslim brotherhood in the white house, keeping gitmo opened, threatening and disrespecting the supreme court, disrespecting our constitution, disrespecting our veterans, appointing communist radical czars, spending almost $1,000,000.00 to hide his college records and past, a fake birth certificate, his father being a communist, his twisted and sordid upbringing, his indonesian muslim transgender prostitute nanny, his communist grand parents and life long friends, his denied muslim faith, his racist church of 20 years, the new black panthers, his association with known weather underground admitted communist Bill Ayers, his wife’s hatred of our flag and shame for this country, his arrogance and hypocrisy... obamas the best president ever, just ask him or any of his brain washed followers. Bennetts cartoons are a bigger joke than Barry Soetoro aka Hussien Obama, aka, obastard. What is really pathetic and disgusting is you liberals are proud of this fool of a president’s failures.

April 20, 2012 at 5:50 a.m.
joneses said...

I read the funniest thing yesterday. The stupid dummycrats are so desperate to attack Romney on anything because they cannot allow obastard to run on his record of failure they were trying to get the dog owner vote by bringing up that the Romney's used to let their dog ride in a portable kennel on top of their car on long trips. It has been revealed that the dog actually loved this mode of travel. But what is really funny is in obastard's book, "Dreams From My Communist Father" obastard admits eating a dog. So are you dog owners going to actually vote for a dog eater for president? I know obastard was very young when he ate the dog but you know what they say, once a dog eater always a dog eater.

April 20, 2012 at 6:35 a.m.
ibshame said...

"joneses said... Why does Obastard not campaign on his awesome record? $16,000,000,000,000.00 deficit with no end in sight, no budget for his entire term, highest unemployment ever for any president"

What do you keep this tirade handy so you can post it whenever? I can see the Secret Service is going to have their hands full interviewing nutjobs like you and Ted Nugent when President Obama is RE-ELECTED in the fall. Find yourself a padded room now and make a reservation, you're going to need it.

April 20, 2012 at 7:34 a.m.
timbo said...

JustOneWoman (The Independent).....your about as independent as Che Guevara. The Tennessee Republican legislature has done a couple of dumb things lately. One is the anti-science law they just passed and the other is the guns in the private parking lot thing. Both of these attempts are not conservative. Science is not religion and if it is MY. you get that MY private property I should have control over it. If I allow employees to have guns then fine, but the government has not right to tell me what to do. Nothing is more conservative or sacred than personal property rights.

Saying that, what they have done is no where near as crazy as the democrat legislature did on a daily basis. Liberalism is a mental illness and we don't want crazy people in charge. That goes for the country too.

April 20, 2012 at 9:21 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Unfortunately but true, America no longer sign bills into law based on principle, compassion for ones fellow man, real values, morals, character, but who signs and donates the fattest check.

April 20, 2012 at 9:23 a.m.
Lr103 said...

joneses said... I read the funniest thing yesterday. The stupid dummycrats are so desperate to attack Romney on anything because they cannot allow obastard to run on his record of failure they were trying to get the dog owner vote by bringing up that the Romney's used to let their dog ride in a portable kennel on top of their car on long trips. It has been revealed that the dog actually loved this mode of travel. But what is really funny is in obastard's book

Actually, Jonses it was Newt Gringrich, a fellow republican, who brought that Romney doggey incident onto the campaign scene. Maybe you need to read SOMEWHERE ELSE and get your facts straight before spewing and regurgitating whatever it is your chewing on. Horse meat?

By the way, dogs are to Americans what cows are to many natives of India. You plan on giving up any hamburgers or steaks anytime soon?

April 20, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

@happywithnewsbulbs: The only reason West Virginia had any success with GDP is because of shale oil and recent gas drilling. These wells tap out fairly quickly so it's not a permanent thing. Note: Their only export that amounts to anything is gas, oil and coal. The three things that Obama hates the most. Isn't it funny how democrats hate fossil fuels unless THEY benefit from them?

April 20, 2012 at 9:34 a.m.
Lr103 said...

moonpie you can't attempt offer th olive branch to some people. They don't know what kindness is. As they've never practiced it. They may quote verse after verse, but as the GOOD BOOK will tell you, "Their deeds are evil."

April 20, 2012 at 9:35 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Would rather be dog in Romney's crate than dog on Obama's plate.

April 20, 2012 at 9:38 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

I bet the dog tasted better then than the crow does now. This shows just how desperate crowbama is getting. Going after the dog moms. He better be careful not to distance himself from the cat people as well. And at least Mike Vick never actually ATE the dogs.

April 20, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.
ibshame said...

"tu_quoque said... It appears that the Secret Service has had their hands quite full lately. I heard that The Motor City Mad Man bought them a week's supply of hookers and they told him they were very happy with any statements he cares to make about Obozo or any Libtard for that matter."

Maybe he should save his supply of hookers for himself since this time next year he'll be on his death bed or in jail when President Obama is re-elected in the fall.

He shouldn't waste his time writing a campaign song for Romney in light of the fact people like Rick Perry and others are already making plans for their 2016 run for the White House. No one remembers a loser's campaign songs. LOL

April 20, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.
potcat said...

Looks like the insane has took over this this thread, exception of a very few posters. They are just like the embarassing Tennessee Leg. What a bunch of NUT JOBS, no wonder the U.S. thinks TN. is a backward thinking bunch NumbNuts, WoW, anybody ready fo som roadkill???

April 20, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.
Lr103 said...

tu_quoque said... Liar103 Sez:

"By the way, dogs are to Americans what cows are to many natives of India. You plan on giving up any hamburgers or steaks anytime soon?"

Cow eaters should not present themselves into decent society in India much less run for public office and dog eaters should show some respect and not do so here as well

You do know don't you that some of your earlier European settlers to America practiced cannabalism don't you? Guess some of your past public offic holders had no respect of humans.

Does that mean Republican Gov. Jindal should not be in office?

April 20, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.
facyspacy said...

Ibshame.... 16,000,000,000,000.00----- try 74,000,000,000,000, include everything in your calculation.

April 20, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Was The Wart trying to make a specific point with this lame cartoon or is he just expressing his disapproval over anything Republican again?

April 20, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

I notice The Wart has been avoiding the GSA problem.

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

April 20, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

And is afraid to poke fun at the president over his birth control pandering.

http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/michaelramirez/2012/04/18/98447

April 20, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

How about the failure that is the Whitehouse's "green" energy policy?

http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/michaelramirez/2012/04/13/98313

April 20, 2012 at 5:09 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Or the president's attempts to distract his followers from his failures by resorting to class envy.

http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/michaelramirez/2012/04/12/98256

April 20, 2012 at 5:10 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

It is astounding how a comic can be so much more relevant and entertaining when they free themselves to parody thebama.

April 20, 2012 at 5:11 p.m.
Lr103 said...

tusk-tusk said .."That’s your racial bigotry that leads you to assume that I am of European ancestor, isn’t it ?? It is also your anti-Americanism that leads you to post that past office holders have no connection to you or you to this country. That’s O.K. with me that you want to identify with some third world hell hole of your ancestors creation


There you go again, tusky. Accusing someone of racial bigotry, then do the same in your own rants. Don't you even understand your own rants before posting? My ancestry didn't come from a "third world hell hole"* SURPRISE! SURPRISE!!* LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're sad, funny and pathetic. All rolled up into one package. LOL

April 20, 2012 at 5:16 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Instead, we get Clay Bennett, The Wart, and his constant recycling of demokrat talking points. What a petty, partisan, hack!

April 20, 2012 at 5:16 p.m.
Lr103 said...

BigRidgePatriot said... Instead, we get Clay Bennett, The Wart, and his constant recycling of demokrat talking points. What a petty, partisan, hack!

You do have options you know? Either ignore Mr. Bennett or get help for your obvious addiction to him.

April 20, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Being addicted to Bennett would be like being addicted to a really nasty brown toilet bowl ring. It get's your attention, causes a reaction of repulsion, and makes you wish someone would take some industrial strength toilet bowl cleaner to the offense.

April 20, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Since it is not within my power to remove the ring myself, all I can do is pee on the thing and hope to wash part of it away!

April 20, 2012 at 5:37 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Lots of number tu_ thrown around here today. Finally giving us some of her legal expertise re: the Zimmerman case, I see. I was hoping she would tell us, ahead of time, what was going to happen. But ninety percent of her post is just reporting her opinion on what has already happened. Not tu_ interesting, I must say. Maybe she's spread too thin, and can only afford to spit her venom at the family of the deceased, rather than teach us all how Florida law works.

April 20, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Potcat noted: “Looks like the insane has took over this this thread, exception of a very few posters. They are just like the embarassing Tennessee Leg. What a bunch of NUT JOBS, no wonder the U.S. thinks TN. is a backward thinking bunch NumbNuts.”

You’re right, Potcat. There does appear to be a lot of crazy Monkey See Monkey Do postings today. I suspect most are trying to avoid getting into a discussion about the stupidity of some these crazy new "laws" that Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers have copied from either ALEC or their fellow lawmakers from other states.

Speaking of Monkey See Monkey Do types, I noted that in spite of the potential Constitutional violation issues involved that Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers are trying to advance a bill to drug test welfare applicants. Needless to say, the individuals peddling the bill don’t have a clue as to what the process will cost the State of Tennessee.

What's also humorous about this particular bill is that the State of Florida passed a similar bill last year and it has proven to be a big flop that is costing Florida’s taxpayers:

“Required drug tests for people seeking welfare benefits ended up costing taxpayers more than it saved and failed to curb the number of prospective applicants, data used against the state in an ongoing legal battle shows. . .

Of the 4,086 applicants who scheduled drug tests while the law was enforced, 108 people, or 2.6 percent, failed, most often testing positive for marijuana. . .

. . . The state’s net loss? $45,780.

"That’s not counting attorneys and court fees and the thousands of hours of staff time it took to implement this policy" . . . The law also didn’t impact the number of people who applied for benefits.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2758871/floridas-welfare-drug-tests-cost.html#storylink=cpy

April 20, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

mountainlaurel said... Potcat noted: “no wonder the U.S. thinks TN. is a backward thinking bunch NumbNuts.”

That's funny, I thought I read somewhere recently that TN was one of the best states to live in. I guess people with silly ambitions of a socialist utopia can't appreciate what they have.

April 20, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.
potcat said...

Really, TN. has the highest sales tax in the U.S.

April 20, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

BigRidgePatriot said: " I read somewhere recently that TN was one of the best states to live in."

I believe you’re confusing the State of Tennessee’s natural beauty with some of our crazed Republican lawmakers - the two are separate, BRP. In fact, if it is left up to Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers there won’t be much left in the way of natural beauty in the State of Tennessee, but maybe you're not someone who appreciates natural beauty:

“The Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a bill to end mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee, was killed by a state House subcommittee after the bill was heard by the state’s Senate this March.

The Tennessee hearing marked the first time that a bill to ban mountaintop removal was heard by a full legislative chamber in a state with active mountaintop removal mining. The bill would have protected Tennessee’s virgin ridge lines above 2,000 feet from the destructive mining practice.

The state Senate delayed an up-or-down vote on the bill, which sent the bill to a House subcommittee. That subcommittee then delayed a vote on the bill by sending it to a summer study session. Rep. Richard Floyd, who proposed the motion, said the summer session would give the subcommittee more time to study the issue.

The Scenic Vistas Protection Act, active in the Tennessee legislature for the past five years, also languished in summer study in 2011, with no action and no result.

Rep. Mike McDonald, the bill’s House sponsor, told the subcommittee, “We have lost eight mountains since 2008 by delaying. If we don’t vote this year, we will lose more mountains.”

Prominent Tennesseans, such as former Knoxville mayor Victor Ashe and Rev. Gradye Parsons, the highest elected official in the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), supported
the legislation.

An editorial in one of the state’s primary newspapers, The Tennessean, stated, “Whoever votes “no” to passage of HB 0291/SB 0577 will be on record as supporting this wanton destruction.”

http://appvoices.org/2012/04/18/state-legislature-kills-mountaintop-removal-ban-through-delays/

April 20, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

"Tu_quo_que claimed:"2000 people refused to take the test and were denied payments but that is still not the end as it is estimated that several thousand more didn’t even apply because they knew they would fail."

So where is the link to support your claim, Tu_quo_que? I've read several articles about Flordia's drug testing law and each has reported the same exact statistics, which suggests that you just made up your speculative claim about 2000 people refusing to take the tests:

"Of the 4,086 applicants who scheduled drug tests while the law was enforced, 108 people, or 2.6 percent, failed, most often testing positive for marijuana.

About 40 people scheduled tests but canceled them, according to the Department of Children and Families, which oversees Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, known as the TANF program."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2758871/floridas-welfare-drug-tests-cost.html#storylink=cpy

April 20, 2012 at 7:32 p.m.
conservative said...

Tuquoque.....

Let me come to your aid here. Actually I love easy opportunties to expose and refute Lieberal nonsense.

"1,588 WELFARE APPLICANTS DECLINE TO TAKE DRUG TEST"

"According to figures released by state officials Tuesday, 32 failed the test, 4,056 passed and 1,588 did not take the test in August and September. The Department of Children and Families said it's difficult to draw concrete conclusions from the results."

Notice that this was just in a 2 month period!!!

http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/1-588-Welfare-Applicants-Decline-to-Take-Drug-Test/LBH_SeJEFESHBD_A2Vna7A.cspx?rss=217

April 20, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

potcat said... "Really, TN. has the highest sales tax in the U.S."

But we have zero income tax. One can shop craigs list, garage sales and pay cash to local farmers and get by with a very low tax burden. I myself, make a point of shopping in TN when ever possible in appreciation of the income tax advantage. Go Tennessee!

April 20, 2012 at 9:12 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

mountainlaurel said... "I believe you’re confusing the State of Tennessee’s natural beauty with some of our crazed Republican lawmakers"

You are right in assuming that I love Tennessee's natural beauty. I am mixed on the Republican law makers thing, I don't like mountain top removal but have time to talk about other options for coal mining. I also wish TN would give citizens a voice in annexation and am not a big proponent of efforts to grow our beautiful little city. I am disappointed that we have not seen positive closure on the legislation confirming the responsibility of local law enforcement to enforce the TN Constitution in the case of overreaching federal law enforcement. Beyond that I am pretty happy with our crazy legislators.

All in all, Tennessee is a fabulous place to live.

April 20, 2012 at 9:21 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

People that make $50,000 a year or more pay 94% of all revenue collected in this country. If Obama gets his way, Tennessee will not be able to afford to be so lenient. $5 billion from the "rich" just isn't enough for the great messiah. Were all going to get hosed. Enjoy this economy while you can, If the spender in chief gets re-elected it's going to get much worse. I wonder who he's going to blame then? The democratic party should be scared as hell, if Obama gets re-elected, and the economy doesn't get any better, the entire democratic party will be history with NO credibility whatsoever! The democrats are retarded for putting all their eggs in Obama's basket.

April 20, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Conservative sneered: “I love easy opportunties to expose and refute Lieberal nonsense."

What about the exciting opportunity to expose conservative nonsense like Florida Governor Rick Scott’s grandiose claim that he could save Florida taxpayers $77 million by adding the drug testing requirement? Do you care to help out on this one, Mr. Conservative? I didn't think so, especially since Florida's net loss is already at $45,780.

As for your alleged scoop about the number of Florida welfare applicants who declined to take Republican Governor Rick Scott's drug test, I noted that even your source stated that a conclusion could not be drawn. I also noted that you did not mention the ACLU lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a Navy veteran who refused to take the test. I mention this because one wonders how many applicants felt like the Navy veteran:

“The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block Florida's new law requiring new welfare recipients to pass a drug test, filing the lawsuit on behalf of a Navy veteran who was denied assistance to help care for his 4-year-old son because he refused to take the test. . .

"The law assumes that everyone who needs a little help has a drug problem," said Luis Lebron, 35, who had applied for the state money to help care for his son while he finishes college. "It's wrong and it's unfair. It judges a whole group of people based on their temporary economic situation.

The ACLU, which is also challenging a mandate by Gov. Rick Scott requiring drug testing for state employees, says the law is unconstitutional – an argument that federal judges have agreed with before – because it constitutes an unreasonable search or seizure.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/07/aclu-florida-drug-testing-welfare-rick-scott_n_952209.html

April 20, 2012 at 10:25 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

BigRidgePatriot said: "Beyond that I am pretty happy with our crazy legislators. All in all, Tennessee is a fabulous place to live."

Well, BRP, unlike you I do have serious issues with some these flaky Repulican lawmakers that are currently taking up leadership space in the State legislature. In addition to the mountain top removal issue that we’ve been discussing, there is also the issue of Tennessee’s negligence in regard to our schools and education.

Clearly, this current batch of Republican politicians are not people who believe in investing in the education of young children, which is big negative for the State. Needless to say, it’s why VW and other companies have to conduct national searches to fill some of their more technical jobs. It will be interesting to see how this search goes since the quality of schools is a high priority with young professionals. I've met quite a few who came and went rather quickly.

“Volkswagon is conducting a national search to fill some of the 1,000 new jobs at its Chattanooga plant.

The German automaker told The Associated Press on Monday that it is using a national print and online advertising campaign to fill specialty positions, including maintenance technicians, manufacturing engineers and logistics supervisors.

Officials stress that VW seeks to hire locally as much as possible, but the specialized experience needed for the new jobs requires casting a wider net. The ads seek to make the Chattanooga location a selling point.

April 20, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

What is a problem for VW is not necessarily a problem for someone that likes living in this area. I have seen small cities loose their character and turn into industrial crap holes when an automotive assembly plant moved in. I do not expect Volkswagon to do anything but help contribute to sprawl and a loss of natural beauty. Chattanooga is the perfect size now. Why intentionally screw with that?

April 21, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.

TOES02800, so you CAN look up the facts when it suits you? But careful, you just said that the Drill, baby drill" solution isn't permanent.

If you want to offer economic investment advice to West Virginia, go right ahead, but don't lie about it in the first place.

At least have the courtesy to admit your errors though.

April 22, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.
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