published Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The Exorcist

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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fairmon said...

Sorry but all the economist are busy analyzing the economy and making projections that will prove to be wrong. All we have are lawyers and they are all in Washington D.C trying to be among the rich and powerful. There should be two in attendance with the patient having blood withdrawn. One from each party saying to the patient trust me I am here to help you, just give me another pint of blood.

February 25, 2012 at 3:13 a.m.
fairmon said...

Why not ask for a Dr? Dr Ron Paul is available and has the medicine that gives you the best chance of surviving without being an invalid depending on others to do everything for you. He will provide the proper care and not take everything you have or will ever have to pay him. Economist and lawyers have never shown they can treat the illness you have which is terminal if not treated properly. You may hasten your demise under their care, most have no experince or expertise in illnesses of this nature.

February 25, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.
MTJohn said...

harp3339 said...

Why not ask for a Dr? Dr Ron Paul

Because, that Dr. will allow the blood suckers to kill the patient without first having to win the culture war.

February 25, 2012 at 6:24 a.m.
EaTn said...

This caption of Clay's was probably meant as a political satire, but sad to say is more truth than fiction. The greed, evil and meanness in this country has grown from the boardroom to the backroom where stealing, violent murders, abortions and child and drug abuse is so common it hardly makes the front page anymore. Until we exorcise the uncaring 1% wealth and control mentality from our country, the economy will continue in parallel with these unsavory values.

February 25, 2012 at 6:25 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Since the economy is now improving, the GOP can't stand to witness this for our country. They have to pivot from the important issues and have now brought in the Exorcist . Oh Dear God, how does focusing on a woman's uterus, gay marriage and Satan result in a victory? This is getting downright embarrassing that the Republican Party has sunk so low.

The GOP image once was a stodgy, serious, business minded Party. After watching the debates and seeing Santorum as the front runner, we now know it is run by a group of fear mongering, anti-science religious kooks. They need a new playbook what worked for them 8 years ago, won't work today. The message of limited government did resonate with Americans, too bad they can't follow their own message. The message of focusing on everyone else's sex lives is perverted. GOP now stands for Grand Old Perverts.

February 25, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
Livn4life said...

May give a lot of laughs DrawBoy but you really don't have a clue do you pal? But you are the award winner. SandyOS, it is not surprising to see you and many like you who have bought into the Demo-media "the economy is now improving." I told my wife just after Christmas, "don't be surprised when suddenly as the campaign gets into gear to see how the economy has improved." Never mind that the ones who say it do not really know. But go on buying it, get Obama re-elected and hear him for four more years blame everything from the man in the moon to Reagan's ghost to you name it for our downward trends, anything but his failed policies. Keep on drawing D-Boy. Keep on drawing your conclusions Sandy.

February 25, 2012 at 7:45 a.m.
joneses said...

And the reply from the gentleman with the cross is; "That is why Obama did not come"

February 25, 2012 at 8 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thanks, Sandy. That definition of the acronym perfectly fits the current GOP. Once upon a time it was the Grand old Party, but not any more.

February 25, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
fairmon said...

It is good to have candidates Santorum and Gingrich visit this area. It would be good if the other candidates and the president made a stop in the Chattanooga area also.

The young, college age through middle age that are intelligent and involved that understand the constitution and the current state of the union impact on their future will vote for Ron Paul. Those of us approaching or in our senior years will opt for the status qua by voting for the current president or one of the republican candidates. Most people just listen to the media and don't bother to review Ron Paul's position with an open and unbiased mind and reach their own conclusion which is impossible for the majority of party brain washed voters. The tendency of many is to be a lemming and join the biggest mob once they identify it. The mob affect is called momentum by the media.

I am among those that are at an age not likely to vote for Ron Paul. I prefer the status qua to keep getting the freebies and hope the government can keep borrowing money for several years and keep things close to the way they are. Future generations are not my worry they can take care of what is happening then. The smart ones will get the best education possible, learn a foreign language and be willing to move to another country to find a good job. I don't see that it matters much who among the other four is elected but it seems Gingrich is gone and Santorum will implode leaving Romney and Obama to promise to fight for us and beat each other up. I see no reason to vote since there will be little difference if we can keep the current split and stalemate in congress.

February 25, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.

Well someone said it best a couple of days ago. With the simple minded people that follow and worship Clay as much as they praise Osama Obama it is no wonder he never changes his rhetoric. I hope the TFP does not renew his contract because seeing that same stupid post day in and day out is just simply boring not to mention sickening.

February 25, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

ironic, considering your user name, love

Your coming here IS optional, you know.

Don't like Bennett? Don't visit the TFP website and don't subscribe to the paper. Simple.

February 25, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

EaTn: "Until we exorcise the uncaring 1% wealth and control mentality from our country, the economy will continue in parallel with these unsavory values" So how do we do that, EaTn?

February 25, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.
moon4kat said...

I certainly don't "worship" Clay Bennett, but if the TFP drops his political cartoons, I'll drop my subscription to the TFP.

And, by the way, doesn't "loving the USA" mean loving all its citizens and its duly elected President? Or, does it just mean loving the narrow-minded claque that worships Rush Limbaugh and Faux "news."

February 25, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.
fairmon said...

sandyonsignal said...

Since the economy is now improving.

That is good but not widely known or believed by those measuring the economy by how well they are doing instead of government statistics. But, whoopee if you believe the numbers it should only take 15-20 years to get to reasonable unemployment numbers of around 4% if people are willing to work part time or for lower wages in service type non value adding jobs. The improvement must be due to the over 8,000 new laws passed in the last few years. Both parties proposals would probably yield about the same results. How and why do you see either party getting better results? Would you prefer to see a centralized government with states and local governments impotent and a president with expanded authority?

February 25, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Shouldn't the Priest be in the closet? lol

February 25, 2012 at 9 a.m.
librul said...

Don't forget to come out to Central Baptist at 1:00 and show how you feel about the homophobic, misogynist, racist, darling of the C-Street house and bigots everywhere. The world is watching, and scratching its collective head over how such a perverted caricature of a human being could possibly have become a candidate for ANY public office, much less the presidency of the United States. It's up to the reasonable people of this country to exorcise such cranks from our political system.

February 25, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

moon4kat: You're correct, of course. I tune to MSNBC to get the unfiltered news.

February 25, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Great cartoon, Clay Bennett. But where is the ultra-sound equipment? I don’t see it in the room. I heard an official GOP campaign representative can’t go anywhere without his ultra-sound equipment. . . Well, maybe that's just in the State of Virginia – for now anyway.

February 25, 2012 at 9:13 a.m.
MTJohn said...

Jack_Dennis said...EaTn: "Until we exorcise the uncaring 1% wealth and control mentality from our country, the economy will continue in parallel with these unsavory values" So how do we do that, EaTn?

Holding them accountable to the same laws that constrain the 99% would be a good place to start.

February 25, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.
MTJohn said...

moon4kat said...And, by the way, doesn't "loving the USA" mean loving all its citizens and its duly elected President?

Moon4kat - if you read the Voting Rights Act carefully enough, you might find the unwritten paragraph that enfranchises hatred for fellow citizens and for Presidents for whom you did not vote.

February 25, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.

I took the time to vote for Dr Paul last tuesday because I don't like the 535 people that control 350 million. I would rather the state of TN have more say in how TN is governed. No more one size fits all government but to be able to pick and choose what works and do away with what doesn't at the state level. I also did not vote for a single incumbant on the ballot. You party line voters out there are the problem because you just can't see that both parties are in it together and the name of the game is control. Why else would we be discussing contraception/gay marrage instead of domestic energy/manufacturing. Topped with a little of who's going to steal your government check and we get the current state of affairs. Fire them all

February 25, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

Maybe that's what we need instead of the witch doctors we've had in charge for the last 3 years.

February 25, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
rolando said...

Indeed, DJH. Fire them all. Vote for anyone at random from the phone book...or any outsider without any elected office experience.

February 25, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.
blackwater48 said...


It's just the old republican faith based politics. With economic arguments slipping away the GOP is reduced to warning us about Obama's mythical 'war on religion.' One might think, if one were reasonable, that one way to decrease the number of abortions would be to increase the availability of free contraceptives. Especially for poor people. Nope. Suddenly republicans are up in Obama's grill about church and state. How terribly convenient.

And each republican candidate has put forth a tax policy that merely double downs on, and reanimates, the George W. Bush economy.

I think Peggy Lee said it best: Is that all there is??!

February 25, 2012 at 11:42 a.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, lkeith, you'd like everyone but your ilk to get off this rag's forum...perhaps even out of this country...and certainly not to vote for anyone one but your Dear Leader, your messiah, The Obama. Fat chance.

Reminds me of the OH-BAH-MA, OH-BAH-MA Gregorian-like chants during the 2008 elections...the ones not-so-faintly reminiscent of Nuremburg [Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil]

February 25, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.
News_Junkie said...

Here is how the professional odds makers handicap the 2012 Presidential election

President Obama has a 50% chance of being re-elected.

The odds of Mitt Romney being elected are 36% (11 to four). The other contenders for the Republican nomination have even worse odds of winning the general election; ranging from 10 to one for Rick Santorum to 500 to one for Sarah Palin.

Thus, the professional odds makers say that President Obama is the heavy favorite to win the November election. (That's because they conclude that he is almost twice as likely to win the election than Romney.)

February 25, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

Obama is fine with Islam and Godless regimes, like China, which he has no problem bowing to. It's Christianity he seems to have a problem with. Blackwater you're a crackpot, Obama loves any distraction from the hatchet job he's done. I agree with Rolando, through them all out. How sad for you Obama fans that you don't see he's at best just more of the same old garbage or even worse. Suckers.

February 25, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
News_Junkie said...

DJHBRAINERD said... I took the time to vote for Dr Paul last tuesday because I don't like the 535 people that control 350 million

Because Ron Paul is a Congressman, that means he is one of the 535 people who control the country. Thus, you don't like him.

Thus, your post is internally inconsistent.

February 25, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nothing of the sort, rolando. I welcome all viewpoints. What gets tiresome is complaints about the TFP and Bennett. It's a free country, and access to this website is also free, but I am free to point out the silliness of one complaining about coming to a free website by choice and then complaining about the content and authors. They are free to do so, of course, and I am free to make fun of them when they do.

February 25, 2012 at 12:12 p.m.
miraweb said...

Excellent, Clay! Nicely done.

February 25, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.
News_Junkie said...

I screwed up the computations in my prior post. What I should have said is:

The odds of President Obama winning the November election are two to one in his favor. The odds of Mitt Romney being elected are 11 to four against his being elected. The odds for the other Republicans are dramatically worse; ranging from ten to one against Rick Santorum being elected all the way down to 500 to one against Sarah Palin being elected.

If you want to do the analysis yourself, simply go to:

February 25, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.

News junkie: Because Ron Paul is a Congressman, that means he is one of the 535 people who control the country. Thus, you don't like him.

Thus, your post is internally inconsistent

I do not like the fact that 535 people have upsurped the power from the states in the name of interstate commerce. And in return we get gerymandered districts and an impotent state government. While my wording could have been better it should not take a constitutional lawyer to figue out all powers not specific to the feds shall reside with the states. Dr Paul is the only one who votes this way and his platform is consistant in this manner. Perhaps I feel this way because the government doesn't have a check it can stop issuing me and I'm not afraid of gays/contraception/ Terri Shrivo/ stem cell research or whatever hobgoblin is out there this time around. For Liberty Ron Paul 2012

February 25, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.
News_Junkie said...


I am not arguing against Ron Paul. All I was doing was pointing out that your post was poorly worded.

February 25, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.

Allow me to rephrase news junkie I voted for Ron Paul because I don't like the fact that 535 people now control 350 million. That is closer to a consistant statment. This written word is harder to articulate than fast talking sound bite politics and I would hope my posts are consistant. It is rather frustrating to return to the same arguements each time a national election approches and it seems like just 4 years ago this summer we had 4$ gas but wait it was 4 years ago this summer we had 4$ gas . It was before the last presidental election. That time we argued over what to do with that woman in FL, should be removed from a feeding tube? Be afraid be very afraid that seems to be the only consistant from both sides

February 25, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.
blackwater48 said...


CTU concluded, Blackwater you're a crackpot, Obama loves any distraction from the hatchet job he's done.

If republicans thought the economy was in the toilet they'd dive right in. If they thought the economy would provide any electoral traction it would be issue #1. Think about it. You CAN think, can't you? Why would a candidate avoid an issue YOU believe to be Obama's weakness?

Maybe they can't argue that GNP is only up 2 - 3% because that would remind everyone that GNP was shrinking close to 9% in January, 2009. Maybe they can't complain about positive private sector job growth over the past 23 months because that would remind everyone that nearly one million people were losing their jobs every month in January, 2009. And maybe they can't complain about two consecutive years of increased manufacturing or GM becoming the biggest car maker again or record highs on Wall Street.

But what do I know? According to you I'm just a crackpot. Why don't YOU explain why the main issue for republicans in the 2012 election is birth control and abortion?

February 25, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.
News_Junkie said...

Here's a column worth reading: Obama’s dream: To run against Santorum.

It is important to note that this column was written by Kathleen Parker, a noted conservative. Furthermore, she has won a Pulitzer prize for her columns.

February 25, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.
News_Junkie said...

You conservatives can say all the nasty things about President Obama you want, but the fact of the matter is that the majority of the American public are going to re-elect him.

You better get used to having to say "President Obama" because the polls and the odds makers say that he is going to get re-elected.

All of your screaming, holding your breath, and stamping your feet isn't going to change that.

Someday you will have to recognize that you unmitigated hatred of President Obama is out of touch with mainstream America, and the hatred you spew at him is not changing their minds.

February 25, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
rogerdodger said...

Hey Junk guess you do not really follow the news, Rasmussen poll just last week showed him losing to either Romney or Santorum but keep up the praise for the welfare king.

February 25, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
hambone said...

Not only am I convinced that Rick "The Pope of PA" Santorum will not win the nomination.

But judging from the more radical things he is saying that the pressure of the campaign is taking a terrible toll on his mental state!!

February 25, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Wow! What an experience for us today! My wife and I drove out to a garage sale in what turned out to be the BIG RIDGE area. Lazily relying totally on the Garmin, we were dragged right past the Hamill Road shortcut from 153 and thrown out on Hixson Pike. Imagine our chagrin when, a few blocks later, it became clear that we were going to be driving right past Abba's (Santorum's) House. Fortunately, the traffic wasn't as bad as we expected. However, we were irritated by the small, shrill, saffron crowd to our right that were launching mortars of intolerance across the street towards what looked like a group of enlightened Americans on our left. Once we made it through "testimonial row" we thought we were in the clear, but upon arrival at our destination in the BIG RIDGE area we were jolted back to reality. There on the living room wall was a 3' x 4' portrait of ADOLPH HITLER! It was for sale for $75,000. Needless to say, it occurred to me to let BRP know about this opportunity, but then I realized he probably commissioned the damn thing, being a rich republican.

February 25, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.
jjmez said...

Prediction: The Republican Party will implode and devour itself. They've sunken to knew lows and can't sink any lower. They're attempts to hide behind God, Country and Patiotism is a sham. Even members of their own party are have become sickened by their hateful antics.

They should be afraid of that lightening bolt God might send down for their using His name in vain, and trashing His words and the words of His only begotten son.

It will be refreshing when the real Christians stand up and rid themselves of these imposters.

February 25, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
stanleyyelnats said...

I heard that Satan's own RickyS was in Chattanooga today.


February 25, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Wait a minute. It's the Obamanation that's pulling a culture war. Enough is never enough for the deadbeats who choose not to work. They've sucked on the working teat their whole life. Now that they're bigger, they need more momma's milk (entitlements) and will cry and pitch a fit till they get it. Mom's teat is dry now, so stop sucking and start working.

February 25, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.
rolando said...

That's much better, lkeith. More in keeping with your more tolerant past postings. But then we all have our bad days......

February 25, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Agreed. I learn a lot by reading the diversity of responses here. But some responses are more "educational" than others, no?

February 25, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.
jjmez said...

whatsnottaken said... Wait a minute. It's the Obamanation that's pulling a culture war. Enough is never enough for the deadbeats who choose not to work

Actually, the great majority of those deadbeats who refuse to work you mention live in rural America and tend to lean heavily towards conservative.

February 25, 2012 at 8:42 p.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Nope. Most are on your city streets. Rural Americans work for a living.

February 25, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

More rural families collect food stamps than urban families do. Because "welfare" is a complex of varying programs and includes medicare, medicaid, food assistance and social security, the numbers are complicated and difficult to tease apart. There are programs that help the working poor, single mothers, the disabled, and under employed and unemployed, trying to assign any one group as the main recipient is problematic.

PS I live in a rural area and I assure you we have our "deadbeats" too, as well as those who cannot find work (as opposed to "will not") and those who work but make too little to support their families. AND in my area these are almost all white.

February 25, 2012 at 9:26 p.m.
BobMKE said...

We have Americans who are deadbeats. We have Americans who live in various sub-cultures that are passed on to their poor children. These Americans are really not true to the real American culture which really made this a great Country. The safety nets are and should be out there for the Americans that need them and/or worked for them. And during this time the nets are really being stretched. The rest of the above have the enablers, who are collecting Government funds, who run their scaming agencies fooling everyone that they are really helping people. The biggest scamers are our politicians who dish out, or should I say pi$$ away our taxes, and use victimhood just to get elected. If everyone used the term Americans this would get us away from placing people in classes which they can hide behind and have someone to blame for their lot in life.

February 26, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.
MTJohn said...

BobMKE said...We have Americans who are deadbeats. We have Americans who live in various sub-cultures that are passed on to their poor children. These Americans are really not true to the real American culture which really made this a great Country.

It is the capitalists who are really not true to the real American culture. After all, they are the ones who created the circumstances that trapped the underclass in our society in a perpetual cycle of poverty.

February 26, 2012 at 12:36 a.m.
jjmez said...

When Medicaid and TennCare were cut we got a clearer picture of who was actually benefitting the most from those programs. Hint: They weren't your city street dwellers.

February 26, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
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