published Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Speechless

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...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Clay thats priceless and you are going to really hear it. I wonder if Judge Stern has ventriloquist skills?

January 28, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
obviousman said...

This is probably the most accurate cartoon you have drawn.

January 28, 2012 at 12:21 a.m.

Queue up in line for the complaints. They will be quite familiar so there is no hurry.

January 28, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

And what kind of judge is Mr Bennett? How well does he fly with only a left wing?

January 28, 2012 at 5:48 a.m.
WHS1970 said...

The same way you fly with only your right one.

January 28, 2012 at 5:57 a.m.
najones75 said...

Tacky, but typical

January 28, 2012 at 5:59 a.m.
sarasmiles said...

Can you be any more insensitive, Clay? Judge Moon isn't even buried yet. Have you ever spoken to Judge Bales or sat in his courtroom? Maybe you should before hiding behind you pen and making such broad judgments.

January 28, 2012 at 7:07 a.m.
shoe_chucker said...

i cant stop picturing andrew flying around in circles lol

January 28, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.
ldurham said...

Wow, this cartoonist has reached a new low. Desperately seeking attention. How sad.

January 28, 2012 at 8:29 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE OL' LIBERAL, COCKY, CRASS BENNET'S (AND HOPEFULLY TFP's) TOMBSTONE. ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDED IS THE PLAYING OF TAPS.

January 28, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.
alprova said...

Apparently none of those who are ladeling out the criticism at Mr. Bennett are not up to speed as to the meaning of the message being offered. There's nothing remotely political involved in this one.

Rather than to waste my time in informing some of you to the reality of the situation, I'll leave it completely up to you to inform yourself as to why the contrast between the two men was made.

Google can be your best friend at times when you are ignorant to certain facts and truths.

That aside, Judge Moon, unfortunately, did not live long enough to redeem and to renew his reputation for fairness and for following the finer points of the law as a person who stands in judgment of others.

May he rest in peace.

January 28, 2012 at 9:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

STOP...STOP No more post please regardless of your political leaning or personal opinion of his tenure as a judge. Many considered him fair and impartial. Regardless, l et this be the last post on this despicable disrespect for the dead and his family.

January 28, 2012 at 9:17 a.m.
jenjane said...

Clay, You are a cruel human being. It shows your true lack of character to put up a 'cartoon' having anything to do with beloved Judge Moon.

January 28, 2012 at 9:23 a.m.
yddem said...

Speechless!

Clay did not speak ill of Bob Moon. Those claiming disrespect are out of line. Clay expressed an opinion that has been a topic of conversation in courthouse circles for years.

Those who want the posts to stop should not use the terms "fair and impartial" and "beloved," as they simply invite a contrary response. If you must comment about Bob Moon in response to a critique of David Bales, you could refer to his citizenship.

And Sara, I have been in David Bales' courtroom too, too many times.

January 28, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.
potcat said...

Thats easy for you to say white boy and bootlicker to all things Moon. You wern't talked down to and treated like a second hand citizen, Taco Moon may be your beloved judge, but i assure you the injustice meted out by this BIGOT is not felt by every citizen in Chattanooga.

January 28, 2012 at 9:57 a.m.
librul said...

And how he got away with all his deer poaching on Moccasin Bend is still a mystery ... well, maybe not.

January 28, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.
rosebud said...

Hey, here's an idea for Clay & his Merry Band of Idiots: you can all go to the visitation (1:30) or funeral (3:00) today at First Presbyterian Church! That way, you can tell his widow, face to face, what you thought of Judge Moon. The timing would be perfect, kind of like this cartoon. Go ahead! Stop hiding behind your computer. Spew your venom in person.

January 28, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
potcat said...

I could careless about his widow, although maybe one of many of his possee of Prostitutes might show up, now that would be interesting!! Taco loved throwing the book at them, you could tell it was fun for him

The street walkers he didn't much care for, but guess what, Chattanooga has some pretty damn fine Call Girls, of course they never get arrested,.. wonder why?

January 28, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.
shad0wz said...

Wait, you draw political cartoons for a living? Lol.

January 28, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
alprova said...

Rosebud wrote: "Hey, here's an idea for Clay & his Merry Band of Idiots: you can all go to the visitation (1:30) or funeral (3:00) today at First Presbyterian Church! That way, you can tell his widow, face to face, what you thought of Judge Moon. The timing would be perfect, kind of like this cartoon. Go ahead! Stop hiding behind your computer. Spew your venom in person."

Number one, this cartoon isn't about Judge Moon.

Number two, who's been spewing venom? You'rew reading some other forum besides this one.

January 28, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
OllieH said...

OK, before anybody else gets tied in knots over this cartoon, I would ask the question: What is it, exactly, that is so offensive about this cartoon? I only ask because I don't think this cartoon is making fun of the deceased at all. I see it as more of a statement about Judge Moon's protege- David Bales.

So, before any of you grab your pitchforks and torches, I would simply ask you to explain why this particular cartoon deserves such excessive vitriol.

There have been many cartoons drawn after the death of prominent politicians that have played off aspects of their careers when they were alive. I have included three such cartoons below. Now, you might say that ALL of these cartoons were in bad taste (considering the circumstances), but I would have you review the cartoons below to see if your sensitivity is conditional.

Would you say, for instance, that this cartoon- http://tinyurl.com/8xad3ph -drawn after Ted Kennedy's death was deplorable?

Or how about this cartoon on the death of Steve Jobs? Was this cartoon- http://tinyurl.com/8x6mxkk -in bad taste?

Would you be outraged by this cartoon- http://tinyurl.com/72awzta -drawn in the wake of Christopher Hitchens death?

So, what's the verdict? How do these examples compare to Clay Bennett's cartoon? Are some of these cartoons about the dead all right? Is your level of indignation dependent on how you felt about the subject of the cartoon? Is it the concept of Bennett's cartoon that you find so offensive, or is it merely the fact that it's on a local politician?

Drawing a cartoon on the death of a political figure is not uncommon and quite often it's not all that flattering. But if the politician is someone local, or someone you might actually know, it might seem more crass.

That leads me to my final question: If the cartoon is more deplorable just because the deceased politician was a local citizen, does that actually make it so?

January 28, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

WHY I AM NOT NOW NOR WILL I EVER BE A LIBERAL:

potcat said...

I could careless about his widow, although maybe one of many of his possee of Prostitutes might show up, now that would be interesting!! Taco loved throwing the book at them, you could tell it was fun for him

The street walkers he didn't much care for, but guess what, Chattanooga has some pretty damn fine Call Girls, of course they never get arrested,.. wonder why?

potcat said...

Thats easy for you to say white boy and bootlicker to all things Moon. You wern't talked down to and treated like a second hand citizen, Taco Moon may be your beloved judge, but i assure you the injustice meted out by this BIGOT is not felt by every citizen in Chattanooga.

yddem said...

Those who want the posts to stop should not use the terms "fair and impartial" and "beloved," as they simply invite a contrary response. If you must comment about Bob Moon in response to a critique of David Bales, you could refer to his citizenship.

And Sara, I have been in David Bales' courtroom too, too many times.

alprova said...

There's nothing remotely political involved in this one.

That aside, Judge Moon, unfortunately, did not live long enough to redeem and to renew his reputation for fairness and for following the finer points of the law as a person who stands in judgment of others.

onetinsoldier said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Clay thats priceless and you are going to really hear it. I wonder if Judge Stern has ventriloquist skills?

LIBERALS ARE LIKE TOM CATS; THEY PEE ON EVERYTHING.

January 28, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
rosebud said...

It's not about Judge Moon? Oh. That's probably why his name is on the chair. Yes, the big-time cartoonists make fun of the dead. That's how they make their reputation, especially in the big cities. Too bad this is just Chattanooga, and our town frowns on carpetbagging morons who appeal to our teeny population of out-of-work liberals.

Was Bob Moon perfect? Hell, no. He would have been the first to tell you. But he did more good for this town during his coffee breaks than this hot-shot doodler has in his entire life. Enjoy your stay here, Mr. Bennett. We know you won't be around much longer. Take that next big-dollar job ASAP. We'll happily wave goodbye in your rear-view window.

January 28, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.
tipper said...

joepulitzer: You're a real prize.

January 28, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.

Was judge moon a Republican?

January 28, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
EdwardMurrow said...

This cartoon is excellent! I really appreciate someone hitting the nail on the head. I can't wait to see what seeps out of the woodwork on this guy.

@lesliesmart- You are in the know aren't you! Great Comment!

January 28, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
rogerdodger said...

I am glad to see that just when you think someone go no lower they prove you wrong. I just really enjoy how some people get on these type of boards and tell others how they should or should not think, then blast them personally form not accepting their logic. It just shows simple mindedness at it's best.

January 28, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.
alprova said...

chattanoogatennesseeusa wrote: "Was judge moon a Republican?"

What difference does it make whether he was or not?

January 28, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.

I'd like to know. Corrupt is corrupt. I'd like to know.

January 28, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.

The way you lefties have ganged up on him on here, makes me think there was nothing wrong with the guy. I didn't see a cartoon by Clay regarding the late and evil dictator of North Korea? Of course, anyone who doesn't agree with you is lower than any number of the scummy dictators around the globe. So, I'm guessing Moon was a Republican.

January 28, 2012 at 3:09 p.m.

Oh my, a local cartoonist making a locally relevant cartoon while not making an international one?

What a conspiracy that is, with clearly there being some connection between Clay Bennett and Kim Jong-il. I bet they had a secret relationship of some kind!

Yeah right. Get over it. The more you try to make fanciful complaints the less your criticisms matter.

Besides, if you look back in the archives, you can see several cartoons that express less than favorable sentiments towards North Korea and its looney-toons government.

January 28, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.
alprova said...

chattanoogatennesseeusa wrote: "So, I'm guessing Moon was a Republican."

You're probably going to have to keep guessing, because that information cannot be found, to the best of my research.

Not that it matters now, the controversy over Bob Moon had to do with five instances of reprimands he received for rulings he made in his courtroom, for violations of right to advice of council during criminal proceedings.

Nobody is claiming that Judge Moon was corrupt. No one is "ganging" up against him either. You, like everyone else who is up in arms over this cartoon just don't get the point being made at all. The ones who really are out in la-la land are the ones trying to make this thing political.

I've been laughing and shaking my head all day about it too.

January 28, 2012 at 3:22 p.m.
timbo said...

I knew Judge Moon pretty well. Was he a politician? Yes Was he a Republican? I don't know but I think deep down he was a traditional conservative southern democrat. Did he think very much of the liberal lawyers that have written on this page? Not much. Did he genuinely try to help make this county better? You damn right.

Above everything he was a pragmatist that realized that if he was going to hold office in the county, he had to lean Republican. That is just reality.

There is no bigger believer on this earth that when a son of a bitch dies he is just a dead son of a bitch. The problem is Judge Moon was NOT A SON OF A BITCH.

Everyone knows what this cartoon means. That Judge Moon had a big chair, big personality, and that Bales was his puppet. This is convenient for most of these loser lawyers that are just making excuses for their poor performance in Judges Moon and Bales courtrooms. It is also dishonest in that this character assassination is predicated on the fact that the local ABA is full of liberal lawyers jealous of Moon's influence who absolutely hate conservatives.

The fact is that even a SOB who dies deserves a little respect for himself and his family for at least enough time to be put in the ground.

Clay Bennett and the Times Free Press has proven once again that partisan politics is much more important than the truth or a little respect. Free speech is great, but I am paying to read this idiot and the other idiots that write for this paper and I am cancelling my subscription. It even makes me feel slimy to even read it for free.

One thing is certain, when Bennett, some of the TFP editorial staff and management, and some of these tacky writers on this page die, then we will surely have some dead SOB s.

January 28, 2012 at 3:27 p.m.

I'm not up in arms about anything. But, I do know for a fact that Clay is incapable of criticizing a Democrat, just like he does the rest of the time with Democrats who have done something immoral, corrupt or illegal. I don't know a damn thing about Moon, but I do know about the double standard on here and nation wide. So, if Moon was a Democrat I would bet Clay wouldn't comment.

January 28, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.
alprova said...

Timbo wrote: "Everyone knows what this cartoon means."

Apparently not. You're spitting nails over something that was never conveyed or implied.

"That Judge Moon had a big chair, big personality, and that Bales was his puppet. This is convenient for most of these loser lawyers that are just making excuses for their poor performance in Judges Moon and Bales courtrooms."

Clearly, you are not up to speed about what the man was reprimanded for. You need to look it up. The charges were not related to complaints by attorney's. The charges were related to a denial of defendants to speak with an attorney when criminal charges were amended by Judge Moon.

"It is also dishonest in that this character assassination is predicated on the fact that the local ABA is full of liberal lawyers jealous of Moon's influence who absolutely hate conservatives."

Oh brother...jealous? The man is dead, so why bother? Any truth or lack of truth to what you type, kinda died with him.

January 28, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.

chattanoogatennesseeusa, you remember Reagan's 11th Commandment?

No? It boils down to this: Thou shall not speak ill of any Fellow Republican.

That's the problem with what you're saying. You're complaining about others, clearly, but you are being specific to one, but blind to the problem being far more widespread than you're willing to admit.

You want to complain that people excuse their own faults while seeing the faults in others? That's nothing new, nor is you trying to use it as an attack against others while pretending to be concerned about virtue.

You're not. You see the mote in other's eyes while ignoring the log in thine own. So watch out for your own double-standard first.

January 28, 2012 at 3:59 p.m.
jesse said...

i didn't know bob moon,don't know what his politics were and don't know what his relationship w/judge bales was BUT to feature him in a CARTOON on the day of his funeral is LOW RENT!!IMO>

BUT there's a LOT of LOW RENT goin on around here so i guess it doesn't really matter!!

January 28, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.
una61 said...

Totally Tasteless. A new low for Bennett and Austin.

January 28, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

I guess y'all REALLY hate Mark Antony then.

January 28, 2012 at 4:54 p.m.
jesse said...

hey BULBS! you got a BLACK BELT in knuckle draggin??

i'm startin to think you are an EARLY VARIANT of neanderthal!!(very early!)

January 28, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.

The common conception that Neanderthal man was somehow primitive or brutish is faulty. You may wish to try insults that don't show your own ignorance.

January 28, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.
jesse said...

well he was certainly more primitive than modern man,which was my point!

like you ain't STILL up in the trees BUT you ain't been out ofum long!!LOL!(how about "homo erectus" is that a closer fit??

by the way "homo erectus"is a killer jazz record by charles mingus! give you sompin to listen to besides "garth brooks"!!!

January 28, 2012 at 5:12 p.m.

Actually, that's the point, they were not, by any meaningful standard, more primitive as recent extensive examination has shown.

As an insult goes, it just doesn't fly.

Besides, neither they, nor homo erectus, were arboreal tree-dwellers. Again, all you're showing is your own ignorance.

January 28, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.
jesse said...

I SAID YOU WERE OUT OF THE TREES!!

now i'm gonna have to rethink that1

they had a brain the size of an apple so that is certainly applicable in your case!IMO

January 28, 2012 at 5:43 p.m.
potcat said...

Why does it not surprise me that timboo knew Moon well, that says a lot.

January 28, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.

Jesse, again, you are mistaken. Neanderthal brains were roughly of the same size as modern ones, as may have been those of homo erectus. It's hard to tell from the latter, since the samples are few.

And the point I was making about dwelling in the trees is that at best you're off by a few million years of evolution, it's even conceivable that it went the other direction, namely that the primate division wasn't going out of the trees, but into them.

January 28, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.

And what would your purpose here be?

And I hope you realize that Apples range considerably in size, so that's not too meaningful a statement, but the estimates for Homo Erectus's average brain size does fall within the human norm for their body size.

January 28, 2012 at 6:17 p.m.
rick1 said...

Potcat=code word for classless trash

January 28, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
rogerdodger said...

alprova said: Rather than to waste my time in informing some of you to the reality of the situation, I'll leave it completely up to you to inform yourself

Well that was your 1st of your 5 post on this board. I guess you could not refrain yourself and your arrogance any longer. The fact that you tend to think your opinion no matter how "STUPID" or utterly distasteful it may be matters to anyone but you, is beyond belief.

January 28, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.
alprova said...

chattanoogatennesseeusa wrote: "I'm not up in arms about anything. But, I do know for a fact that Clay is incapable of criticizing a Democrat..."

Is that a fact? Or is it yet another unsubstantiated opinion? It's the latter. Granted, Clay is more critical of the right than the left, but to say that he is "incapable" of doing so, is just not a "fact."

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/jun/12/disgraced/?opinioncartoons

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/jun/09/main-event/?opinioncartoons

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/may/11/welcome-mat/?opinioncartoons

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/may/01/recovery/?opinioncartoons

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/mar/19/obamas-bracket/?opinioncartoons

January 28, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.
alprova said...

rogerdodoger worte: "Well that was your 1st of your 5 post on this board. I guess you could not refrain yourself and your arrogance any longer."

On the contrary. I have yet to post regarding the true meaning of this cartoon. Have you figured it out yet?

"The fact that you tend to think your opinion no matter how "STUPID" or utterly distasteful it may be matters to anyone but you, is beyond belief."

I don't worry about whether or not what I post matters to anyone, nor am I bothered by your opinions of my posts. So for you to claim that I am, is not a "fact" at all.

You're just another in a long line of people who seem to have trouble sorting facts from opinions.

January 28, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.
jesse said...

well bulbs i gotta admit you have cracked me up! we have gone from ME tryin to insult you to arguin about apples in relation to body size! mayby you AIN'T such aN A$$ AFTER ALL! anybody that can make me laugh when i'm tryin to insult them can't be ALL bad!! maybe we just don't see things from the same perspective!!

January 28, 2012 at 7:59 p.m.
jesse said...

al had to wait till someone else posted what the toon meant so he could be SURE he had it fig.out!

AL AIN'T GONNA make hisownself look bad IF he can help it!!

his ego could not deal with lookin bad!(or provably wrong!)

January 28, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.
alprova said...

jesse wrote: "al had to wait till someone else posted what the toon meant so he could be SURE he had it fig.out!"

Huh? Not one person posted what it meant before I posted this morning.

"AL AIN'T GONNA make hisownself look bad IF he can help it!!"

It isn't about me or whether not not I look bad. The cartoon has a definite meaning that can be easily discovered, if one has the desire to use Google to find it.

Clue: Judge Bales has been left speechless for some reason.

"his ego could not deal with lookin bad!(or provably wrong!)"

I've never cared how I "look" to others. I'm rarely wrong, when it comes to dispensing facts. Opinions are never "provable."

I haven't seen you "prove" me to be wrong about a thing. But you're welcome to keep trying.

January 28, 2012 at 8:59 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

yddem said...

Speechless!

Clay did not speak ill of Bob Moon. Those claiming disrespect are out of line. Clay expressed an opinion that has been a topic of conversation in courthouse circles for years.

Those who want the posts to stop should not use the terms "fair and impartial" and "beloved," as they simply invite a contrary response. If you must comment about Bob Moon in response to a critique of David Bales, you could refer to his citizenship.

Don't waste time and energy trying to explain. The only ones disrespecting Judge Moon are the ones claiming to care and using this as an opportunity to regurgitate their dislike for Clay Bennet. Notice: The same ones who attack his every cartoon couldn't wait to jump on this one.

January 28, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.
alprova said...

macropetala8 wrote: "The same ones who attack his every cartoon couldn't wait to jump on this one."

You got that right. There's also a few new people too. Strangely though, there is one critic missing today who never misses an opportunity to BuRP.

January 28, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.
acerigger said...

AMEN! Al,Macropetala8

January 28, 2012 at 9:23 p.m.
potcat said...

rick 1 said potcat is codeword for classless trash, i will take that as a compliment coming from a ignorant ass, classless hmmm, i have no class and am trash, i really must have hit a nerve with you.

I suppose since i am not in any class " not even lowclass" and am trash, then that makes you a pisser of honey, a bowl movement of mourning glories and a pooter of ballons.

The truth is not always pretty ricky, but if you want to denigrate me as trash, everyone is in a class, be it low, medium or high, depends on who is doing the judgeing.

I suppose you think of yourself and Taco Moon as highclass, then color me classless trash because in no way would i want to be in any catagory you two THINK you.. are or were

By the way this tasteless trash is up at this time because i just changed my dying Fathers diaper and have finally calmed him down enough for him to fall a sleep, by talking to him for 2 hrs. about things that happened 50 yrs. ago, and am glad to do it and be able to comfort him.

January 29, 2012 at 3:02 a.m.
adolphochs said...

You lacked the common decency to allow the man to be buried and mourned before you used his memory as a prop.

January 29, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.
timbo said...

I thought the democrat party and Bennett were paralyzed by empathy. That they "felt" so much that they couldn't see logic or pragmatism.

Boy, was I wrong. They only have empathy for constituencies that can produce votes. They only sympathize with those that can help them with their socialist agenda. Character is shown by the attitude you exhibit with those you don't like or agree with. It easy to feel for those with whom you want something from, like votes.

If this cartoon met your liberal standards for "fairness," why was it pulled in record time?

January 29, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.
timbo said...

alprova... Your implication about who is "up to speed" and who is not is irrelevant. The point is that if Judge Moon was a democrat, nothing would have been done or said. To not admit that shows how utterly dishonest you are.

January 29, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.
rick1 said...

Potcat, you talk about "changing your dying Fathers diaper and have finally calmed him down enough for him to fall a sleep, by talking to him for 2 hrs. about things that happened 50 yrs. ago, and am glad to do it and be able to comfort him."

Your own father is dying and you make this comment about Bob Moon's widow "I could careless about his widow" That was an insensative comment to make but even more so when your own father is dying.

You are a piece of classless trash and a disgusting and despicable human being as well.

January 29, 2012 at 11:24 a.m.
potcat said...

Why would i care about any thing Moon,he treated people like crap, be it old ,young or a poor pitiful homeless person. i'm sure his wife could careless what i think or feel, you knew and liked him, so i would say you are a lying lowlife and beyond disgusting and i wouldn't call you human either, inhuman would fit you perfectly. Go comfort the widow moon, you MORON!!

January 29, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

The Times Free Press was once a very good newspaper, whose staff appeared to have a very high level of intelligence. The TFP must be scraping the bottom for good staff members these days, because I wouldn't use it now if I was 'behind a tree in the woods', if you catch my meaning; I'd rather take my chances and use leaves. There is something called short man's syndrome, but there is yet Yanother one out there which refers to an appendage being short; perhaps that is Bennett's issue. In any case, Mr. Bennett, you are entitled to your opinion, of course, but your lack of depth both in intelligence and in your soul is evident from the date which you chose to run your little joke pertaining to Bob Moon and David Bales. I was fortunate to have known Bob Moon, as he was best friends with my father. I longed to be an attorney at one point, and while Moon was still on the bench on Signal, I watched in awe a man display mercy and justice. With that said, POTCAT, Bob Moon loved and cared for every human who stood before him. Some were either battling addictions and unable to stop the destructive behavior, or some were simply stupid and enjoyed being in jail. Either way, he imposed strict sentences when other attempts to help those individuals hadn't worked. I suggest you read the countless stories, particularly from a lady whose brother is no longer an alcoholic, very much due to Judge Moon's desire to see people better their lives. Ultimately, it isn't anyone's fault but our own, nine times out of ten, when we have to stand before a judge. He WORKED HARD--harder than the folks who bad mouth him will likely ever work--to get where he was, and yet, he remained HUMBLE. Humility is something I wish Bennett could obtain; may I suggest a nice dose of humble pie? I do hope that many citizens in this city see the lack of character behind TFP these days and cancel subscriptions like mad. ROSEBUD: Your comment that Judge Moon did more good on lunch breaks than most did in a life time was right on the money! He was an amazing man with an impeccable character and reputation. God bless him for the many years he GAVE to Chattanooga and the many lives he touched who are now better for having known him.

January 29, 2012 at 11:29 p.m.
sarasmiles said...

Let's see. I guess I'm just a dumb, unenlightened hick because I don't get the meaning behind Mr. Bennett's piece of "work." Clay just happens to take a swipe at Judge Bales two days after Judge Moon's unexpected death. Oh, the timing. He did not publish this cartoon when Judge Bales was otherwise in the news. Nope. I guess there was nothing else to doodle about that day. At least Harry Austin took the "high" road and decided that if he could not say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Nice work, tcrashfx. Hopefully, your piece of work won't be so mysterious to the uneducated masses as apparently Clay's is.

January 31, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.
casey9490 said...

I just don't get all the hate for this cartoon. This isn't a shot at Moon at all.

February 1, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
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