published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

State of the State

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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BigRidgePatriot said...

Like Bennett is qualified to stand in Haslam's shadow, let alone presume anyone cares about The Wart's opinion about the speed and direction Haslam is taking the state. I moved to Tennessee in part because it was not what the "progressives" have turned many of the other states into.

Bennett, if you don't like it, how about you pack up and take your leftist propaganda somewhere it might be appreciated.

(Bring it on all of you limp wristed socialists that lurk on this page)

January 31, 2012 at 4:33 a.m.
potcat said...

Pussy boy Haslam,who was born with that silver spoon in his mouth and has had it all handed to him by Daddy,is surprise surprise, bigs boy.

big,you are commenting on, Haslam the Governor of TN.'s Socialist "Republican" Corporate Welfare Party. Haslam is not worthy or qualified to stand in Clay or my shadow, not even within a hundred miles of either one of us. He was born a rich boy and are besties with Corker and Thunder,and believe this, the people of TN. are in big trouble with this bunch,throw in "Alexander" that has a money stake in our schools and you have a State being run by a bunch of not very bright boys. Tennessee has the Socialist Welfare Co-operations pussy pencil pushers, just what we need and the pitiful voters will deliver.

Quit being a child with that tired ole line, if you don't like it, leave, its so stupid!

I assure you i am not limp wristed and Clay sure as hell is not, looks like his wrist is doing just fine! So why don't you take your limp comments and every thing else thats is as limp as an old dishrag and you leave.

January 31, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
EaTn said...

This is a great caricature of the governor. What I perceive missing is a fast approaching steamroller labelled "right-wing congressional leaders".

January 31, 2012 at 6:29 a.m.
joneses said...

What I see missing in this cartoon is a picture of the pathetic communist obama behind our wonderful American governor being carried by a bunch of wimpy liberals like bigridgepatheticwimp with karl marx in obama's lap. LOL!

By the way Clay. That cartoon about Judge Moon was disgusting and tasteless. But what else would I expect from another hate filled liberal?

January 31, 2012 at 6:40 a.m.
Gypsyhero said...

Clay, you should consider doing a toon about Stacy Campfield and his inexcusable propagation of LIES concerning HIV/AIDS. Perhaps something highlighting the courageous woman that recently kicked his @ss out of her restaurant for using his position in government to disseminate such dangerous information would be particularly resonant.

January 31, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
mtnman1 said...
January 31, 2012 at 7:13 a.m.
woody said...

Leading by example(??) in Tennessee oil conservation..if only..Woody

January 31, 2012 at 7:19 a.m.
potcat said...

Hate filled liberals or Republicans should not be put down by a judge sitting on his throne spewing hate filled racist bigoted remarks to anyone, including Hispanics, homeless, prostitutes, and poor people who are not perfumed up,or lawyered up.

I would never say something like this about anyone unless i have seen and heard it first hand.

Clay's cartoon was right on. This so-called judge could and should have been removed a long time ago.

He was unkind and unfair and condesending to the extreme.

Sure his friends and peers loved him, but they did'nt know him as a person standing in front of him being judged, unless they had a lawyer who was his friend or he was due a favor, then you got off.

You sicko justice for a few,who have called me every thing but the devil, oh, i've been called that too, because i called Moon just how i saw him,and just like Haslam is, both should never be able to judge or govern a rat.

January 31, 2012 at 7:21 a.m.
potcat said...

Wonderful America, right joneses, are you talking about the America that LOVEs to borrow money for Wars from Communist China and gets all their goods from Communist countries, even their medicines.

And joneses don't get it mixed up with its Obamas or Clintons fault, because thats not TRUE. Yeah, we love our Communist business partners!!!

January 31, 2012 at 7:34 a.m.
ldurham said...

Gee I don't get the meaning of this cartoon. Did Governor Haslam die? Mr. Bennett usually specializes in insulting the freshly deceased.

January 31, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.
WendyLohr said...

"Haste makes waste."

"He who hesitates is sometimes saved"--James Thurber.

"Have you no idea of Progress, of Development?" "I have seen them both [happen] in an egg. We call it Going Bad in Narnia."--C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

President Obama rushed off the deficit cliff with his worthless stimulus bill, and rushed into taking power from the 99% and giving it to the 1% of bureaucrats with Obamacare. There's something to be said for caution.

On the other hand, "Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice! Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"--Barry Goldwater. The faster Gov. Haslam replaces tax-paid schools with education vouchers spendable anywhere, and tax-paid health care/insurance with health care/insurance vouchers so that each of us can keep the money we save by healthy living instead of having to get sick to pick other people's pockets, and the faster he makes the barber board and other worthless bureaucracies' personnel go get real jobs, the better. Jesus is libertarian.

January 31, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.

Hey potcat, do you feel better now that you have gained your revenge on the deceased?

And we wonder why there is so much hate around us....

January 31, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
yddem said...

Why do decriers of Clay Bennett always sees a negative in his cartoons? Why not look for the positive for a change? I see a new governor learning how to move Tennessee forward. Once he gets his balance, he can remove the training wheels.

January 31, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"The faster Gov. Haslam replaces tax-paid schools with education vouchers spendable anywhere, and tax-paid health care/insurance with health care/insurance vouchers so that each of us can keep the money we save by healthy living instead of having to get sick to pick other people's pockets, and the faster he makes the barber board and other worthless bureaucracies' personnel go get real jobs, the better. Jesus is libertarian." - WendyLohr

Oh, the idiocy of believing that healthy living alone is any kind of solution to our health care dilemma! You libertarians and "rugged individualist" types are so friggin' weird you're funny. Ever hear of MS, MD, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, Cancer (all the various types), car accidents, sports injuries, etc., etc., etc.? Sure, healthy living can prevent certain illnesses but accidents happen no matter how cautious or healthy we are, and serious illnesses can and do occur, due in large part to our genetic predisposition. To think that health care should be entirely the individual's responsibility and not have something in place to cover us those times accidents and serious illness occur is just silly, immature reasoning. But then, such is the mind of the libertarian.

And Jesus was a libertarian in your libertarian mind only. To the Christian soldiers, he came bearing a sword; to the pacifists he came in peace; to the greedy, he came to bless their riches; to the poor he came promising salvation and riches in heaven; to the Republicans, he would have been a Republican today; to the Democrats, he would have been a Democrat. Jesus is whatever people want him to be. There was no virgin-born, death-defying, water-walking, all-perfect man/god. Like Santa Claus, he exists in your mind only - as does your libertarian utopia.

January 31, 2012 at 10:29 a.m.
davisss13 said...

(Bring it on all of you limp wristed socialists that lurk on this page)

Stay the course, wingnut. No one has to say a thing about you. Just keep vomiting your rhetoric.

When do you secede?

January 31, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
davisss13 said...

Jesus is libertarian.


You people are just pathetic.

January 31, 2012 at 11:06 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Someone calling Campbell on his lies is considered "hate and viciousness"? Especially when his lies are crafted to cause hate and fear? I think that intolerance towards lies should be lauded.

January 31, 2012 at 12:51 p.m.
tipper said...

Joneses sees Obama behind Haslam. When you were young you probably saw monsters under your bed. In the 60s, it was Communists. Now it's Obamas. Maybe it's time you quit looking under your bed.

January 31, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
timbo said...

Ok everybody, Haslam is a wimp. He is a luke warm, moderate Republican (You notice I said Republican versus conservative). The only thing worse would have been a liberal democrat.

potcat....your first paragraph was dead right..."Pussy boy Haslam,who was born with that silver spoon in his mouth and has had it all handed to him by Daddy,is surprise surprise, bigs boy."

I couldn't have said it better myself. The only thing worse would be a democrat.

I would rather have an honest person who I don't agree with than a dishonest one I do agree with.

January 31, 2012 at 1:46 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I admit I got his name wrong, but that doesn't make what he said about HIV any less wrong.

January 31, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.
mtngrl said...

Here is a list of his lies already put together for you, all you have to do is look:

January 31, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
potcat said...

Good Lord i got the nutjobs going today..tu=lu, you don't make a bit of sense, as far as you trying to analyze me, you are really analizing your own overripe ego! All you promote is anarchy, your imaginary political authority, disorder and confusion is what you thrive on,and the analogous way you write, thinking you are so clever and smarter, the absence of any perpose and standards is very telling though, but Oh how you try to be the smart one in the group, when everyone knows the insecurity is so real,your lack of insight and inteligence. Every post is just a mask of sadness. someone has really put you in your place, and your EGO MAD, and its only going to get worse, the bad thing is, you want get by with it on this thread.

What can i say about timboo, nothing really, he makes no sense at all!

If you think i am mad and in denial, i really can't imagine anyone thinking that of me, i'm so happy, i'm beside myself with bliss! My hubby and i are going to walk to the lake with the dogs. I could not be happier, maybe if i lived in denial, i would be a little bit more relaxed, but i like reality and the truth, good, bad and ugly.

January 31, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.
shoe_chucker said...

wendylohr is actually andrew dressed in drag

January 31, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
WendyLohr said...

shoe_chucker, Andrew (my husband) forgot to sign me out before he posted. He is not in the habit of dressing in drag. :)

January 31, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.
timbo said...

potcat......and you make sense ? You are illogical, emotional, and trapped in your liberal fantasy . I I said I agreed with 1 paragraph . If I don't make sense ,and I printed your paragraph , I guess you don't make sense either . FYI, that is an exercise in a logic .

January 31, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
mtngrl said...

You are really grasping at straws there tu_quoque.

"My understanding is that it's virtually, not completely, but virtually impossible to contract AIDS, outside of blood transfusions, through heterosexual sex. It's virtually impossible"

That is only anywhere close to the truth if women are not counted at all. We count. He lied. 14% of all male heterosexual AIDS cases in 2009 were from heterosexual contact, 85% of cases for women were:

“In the radio interview, Campfield also said he believed AIDS was transmitted to the human population through a man having sex with a monkey." "HIV did come from monkeys. We know that. And it resulted from the hunting of those monkeys in Africa and then exposure to the blood of the monkeys that had been killed,"

So you think hunting equals sex? There are no official theories that include man/monkey sex as the cause (and even if there were, you already stated men cant get it heterosexually so by that theory the monkey would have to be the assailant)

check out the rest of that site if you are actually concerned with truth instead of your own ego

January 31, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
potcat said...

Damage to the Liberal cause, the libtards would gladly pay me to shut up. Is your overripe delusional ego in overload and can't process an intelligent thought? The above post from mtngrl really proved how STUPID you are.

I am a Liberal, but not a fan of Obamas. If i am so bad at posting and writting and make the posters on this thread wince at the very sight of me, i will make this proposal, they can vote yes for me to stay on this thread or no for me to go.

Please be honest and i will stay or go ,you decide. I don't want to be where i am not wanted.

I am tired of being told how everyone feels ashamed of my post, honestly i thought i was no better or worse than the rest.

So tu_lu we will see if every one feels as you do, you seem to know what they are thinking, 123 GO..

January 31, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

At least he's wearing a safety helmet.

January 31, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.
WendyLohr said...

Hang around, potcat, though when I went to school they taught me to capitalize "I."
shoe, LOL. (This is still Andrew. Easier to make that clear than to sign out and log in.) From Rickaroo "Oh, the idiocy of believing that healthy living alone is any kind of solution to our health care dilemma!" Did I call for "healthy living alone"? Obviously healthy living would help; it would shrink the problem. Giving people incentives to use less health care would reduce demand for health care and thus reduce its cost without "death panels." High-deductible insurance for unexpected emergencies, yeah. Spreading the costs of long-term chronic care, maybe. Reducing regulations so prices can fall, yeah. Prices convey information, so prices should be free to reflect reality: STD insurance should be allowed to cost more for prostitutes than for nuns. (Not forced either way, but allowed.)

Jesus is a wax nose in which anyone sees what they want to see? You sort of have a point, but on your own terms, is that and a fairy tale what you want to see in Him, as opposed to the Judge to whom you will give account for your life? Look, you know I see more love in Jesus dying for my sins, and more power in his rising up alive on the third day, than I see in anyone else (Marx, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Lyndon Johnson...). So repent and follow Jesus.

But as a minor league historian (B.A. and lots of reading), how did mankind get from Caesar Augustus B.C. (no Jesus movement) to Nero A.D. 60s (killing "immense multitudes" of Christians in Rome according to Tacitus)? The Bible gives one account, but even most doubters admit some kind of Jesus really lived and impressed people enough to start a movement. So there was a real Jesus and we know at least something about him. I intend "Jesus is libertarian" is partly to tease and to provoke thought, but I think it and He are similar enough to make the overstatement, or imprecision, true enough for present purposes.

(N. T. Wright on Wright's account of Jesus in "Jesus and the Victory of God": " is not a self-portrait. I wish it were." If JVG's 700 pages are too many for y'all, read Wright's "The Challenge of Jesus," < 200 pages with more than JVG on resurrection and Christian living.)

January 31, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Don't go, potcat. I would miss your perspective. Your posts are easily understood.

January 31, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Oooooh! mtngrl b-slaps tu_quoque like she's his pimpanzee!

tu_... are we to blame Dian Fosse or Jane Goodall?

I can see tu_ running terrified from a silverback with earrings and a homosexual erectus.

thank you and goodnight. potcat should occupy this page.

January 31, 2012 at 7:46 p.m.
ITguy said...

I vote 'potcat' stays. Andrew should also stay. Tu-quoque can go, along with bigridge. Alprove' should stay.

January 31, 2012 at 9 p.m.
tcrashfx said...

"I vote 'potcat' stays. Andrew should also stay. Tu-quoque can go, along with bigridge. Alprove' should stay."

Thanks, Clay.

January 31, 2012 at 9:27 p.m.
acerigger said...

Hang in potcat! You obviously care about things that matter.

Ignore the narcissist mega-troll!

January 31, 2012 at 9:39 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

The links provided make it clear that Campfield is wrong, and Campfield's motivation in making his claims is transparent. That you don't understand how science works and that you have the same prejudices as Campfield is also obvious. It changes nothing.

February 1, 2012 at 7:07 a.m.
dude_abides said...

wow, tu_quoque, you sound like timbo more and more. If you don't mind, I think I'll just say what I want, when I want.

February 1, 2012 at 7:22 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

You have shown no more understanding than Campfield has.

February 1, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Campfield said: HIV transferred from apes to humans via sex. You agreed. The report suggested that depending on the version of the virus (and there are several) the bush meat trade is most likely. Only in your and Campfield's twisted imagination would sexual contact with apes be the transmission venue.

I'll post more later when I have time, unless someone else beats me to it. By the way, you have no say on who else posts here. So your telling me to vacate will be ignored.

February 1, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

"“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted],”

Incorrect. HIV is transmitted through heterosexual sex. See CDC:

February 1, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

”What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself."

Distortion of research conducted by Hoggs, R.S et al (about which they lodged a formal complaint)

Want to read much much more?

February 1, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You are welcome to try and prove my statements wrong if you like.

February 1, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.

I wonder about people sometimes.

February 1, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

And you are implying that he is being truthful when in fact he is not. And nothing that I posted implied that there was equal risk. But his statement of "virtually impossible" is meant to mislead, and can be interpreted that one is safe from HIV AIDS if one is hetereosexual. He MEANT to mislead. And you condone this by defending him. This is not a matter of opinion, but based on medical evidence. Statements like these are meant to mislead people into supporting discrimination against the LGBT community.

February 1, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
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