published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Record Pace

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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AndrewLohr said...

Does this apply to Obamacare? Pass this so we can read it to see what's in it.

April 9, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.
dude_abides said...

This subject is irrevelvalant! LMAO

April 9, 2013 at 7:17 a.m.
ibshame said...

I can't wait for the dust to settle when this session ends and people start reading about some of the new laws those yahoos in Nashville have passed. "Guns in the Parking Lots" has got to be at the top of the list of mistakes. Of course they won't take the blame when companies like Volkswagen and others start to look elsewhere like Mexico to open new plants. There won't be many REAL LIVING WAGE jobs but at least the citizens will be able to have their guns in the parking lots of the unemployment office.

April 9, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
anniebelle said...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy grabbed a loaded gun at a family cookout and accidentally shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy. Investigators say Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning on Saturday was showing his weapons to a relative in a bedroom of his Lebanon home when the toddler came in and picked up a gun off the bed. Sheriff Robert Bryan says the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The child is not related to her or her husband. Bryan says the shooting was a terrible accident and that within seconds of Fanning placing the gun on the bed, the toddler picked it up. The gun was not Fanning's service weapon and the sheriff says the deputy's weapons are normally stored in a safe. Now, where was the GOOD 4 year old with a gun. This just proves you’re safer in a home that has guns.

April 9, 2013 at 7:39 a.m.
degage said...

Day late Annie, guns was yesterday. That was terrible tho, I have to admit.

April 9, 2013 at 7:57 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

If legislatures only met 4 weeks a year it would still be too much. Unfortunately it probably takes 4 months out of every year for a State legislature to figure out how to deal with all of the federal mandates handed down.

The States need to take power back from the power hungry idiots in Washington.

April 9, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.
alprova said...

BRP, if states were left to set each and every law within their jurisdiction, superseding Federal laws, I dare offer that one state or another would expel an entire race of people from within it's borders.

It is because of an egregious past by individual states that Federal oversight of this nation is needed to cast a modicum of uniformity across the United States when it comes to legal statutes.

Defiance of the Federal Government is only going to go so far. Sooner or later, the hammer is going to fall and some toes are going to be hurting.

April 9, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.
patriot1 said...

BRP...that is why the 17th ammendment was a huge mistake. Foreign countries have representation in Washington, but states do not.

April 9, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
patriot1 said...

Alpo says "....that one state or another would expel an entire race of people from within it's borders."

How about the federal government rounding up a certain race of people? They wouldn't do that, would they? Think FDR and Japanese-Americans.

April 9, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.
alprova said...

patriot1, do you truly believe that it is wrong to allow the people to select their representatives in Washington?

Some of you are simply going to have to accept that you are out-voted there is a very good reason why that is.

Some of you love to tout freedom, but you do not want to allow those different from yourselves to live free lives as well.

The Republican Party is tearing itself apart at the seams currently and so long as that is evident, Republicans are going to continue to lose elections.

Religious Conservatives, who are attempting to hijack the Republican Party are responsible for lost elections.

Think Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and all the other religious conservatives who were not elected.

There are pockets of religious conservatives that promote these candidates and who stand squarely behind them in their own districts, but on a national level, these people fail to garner enough votes each and every time.

Take religion out of the mix, and the Republican Party will rise above the ashes that are currently smoldering and choking the life out of each and every member.

If religious conservatives were to break away and form their own political party, they would never get more than 36% support on a national level.

Mark my word; Any Republican candidate who publicly distances themselves from the religious right will be a successful candidate. Those who do not will join the list of losers.

April 9, 2013 at 9:19 a.m.
hambone said...

Clay, you have wasted a cartoon with this one.

No drawing could show the Tennessee Legislature as more of a joke than they do on their own!

April 9, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
alprova said...

Patriot1 wrote: "How about the federal government rounding up a certain race of people? They wouldn't do that, would they? Think FDR and Japanese-Americans."

I do not defend that nor was I even alive back then.

Irrational hysteria, prejudice, and suspicion are never justifiable reasons for doing what people do sometimes.

It was a confusing time back then. It is interesting to note that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that decision made by the President to inter Japanese Americans.

I would like to think that as a nation and as a people, we have evolved a wee bit, but then I remember the anti Muslim sentiment that is not very distant in our past.

Hasty decisions are not ever necessarily the wisest ones, are they?

April 9, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

alprova said... "if states were left to set each and every law within their jurisdiction, superseding Federal laws, I dare offer that one state or another would expel an entire race of people from within it's borders."

I think we are way past that alprova.

Central control of everything is starting to turn the US into one big boring cultural monolith, if you can call what we are moving towards culture at all.

I think it would be amazing if States were allowed to maintain a distinct identity. The federal government tends to make everyone unhappy by trying to force us all into the same template.

April 9, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

patriot1 said... "that is why the 17th ammendment was a huge mistake. Foreign countries have representation in Washington, but states do not."

Agreed.

April 9, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.
alprova said...

BRP, ever heard that ignorance of the law is no excuse?

Imagine if states were left to their own desires and this nation had a mishmash of behemoth laws to deal with, when crossing borders.

Example: I read of an 18 year old man who by virtue of a law in his state that allowed him to marry a girl of 16 years of age, took a honeymoon in another, where the age of consent was 18 years of age.

He was arrested for molesting his own lawfully wedded wife. He is now considered to be a sex offender. Was that right? I don't happen to think so.

He had no idea that what having sex with his wife was against the law in that state.

Uniformity of laws in all 50 states makes perfect sense and it must be the case, or people would be afraid to cross state lines.

Age of consent is not a hot-button issue at the moment, but it could become one, someday, if more cases like that crop up.

I used to own many tractor-trailers, beginning in 1980. Back then, you needed a book the size of the Bible to keep up with all the relevant state laws that truckers had to keep up with. I used to have to file fuel tax returns in all the states, purchase fuel stickers in all the states, license plates, etc.

Thankfully, the Federal Government eased that situation by making laws uniform in all 50 states in most areas, and consolidating license plates fees, fuel taxes, etc., so that truckers were not being ticketed all the time for outrageous and obscure statutes that applied to them while traveling through the state.

April 9, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

alprova,

Uniformity of laws concerning interstate commerce are fine with me, like your trucking regulation example. I don't think the feds should be able to impose these laws arbitrarily though. It would work better if the states had final say so. They could chose to sign up for the federal regulations and streamline shipping through their state, or not.

Too bad about the 18 year old (man ?). If he is old enough to marry and call himself a man he might have thought about checking local laws before he took his minor wife on a road trip.

Unfortunate stories like that do not justify central control of everything. There are costs to those benefits you pursue. I think the costs are greater than the benefits in many cases.

You must remember the basic reality that power corrupts. It might work for a while to concentrate power in one place but eventually it turns into a rotten counterproductive cesspool of corruption. Kind of like we have in Washington today.

April 9, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Homosexual infertility?

It seems as though someone discovered that gay sex and lesbian sex is not a good formula for bearing children. This is obviously unfair.

One more thing for the government to save us from.

I don't suppose it will be long before we are blessed with the Clay Bennett cartoon.

April 9, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

What has the General Assembly accomplished so far?

It has declared that a person can carry a firearm onto another person's property, against the property owner's will, if the person carrying the firearm keeps it in their car.

It has decided that these same people (who are responsible enough to carry firearms wherever they please) are not responsible enough to buy wine in grocery stores (where beer is already sold).

And, it is currently giving serious consideration to a bill that suggests we can improve the academic performance of impoverished children by starving them.

I had hoped that, when the Republican Party managed to wrest control from the Democratic Party, for the first time since Reconstruction, it would eliminate the cronyism and corruption which was so rampant under democratic control, and that the GOP would make good on all their talk of fiscal responsibility.

My hopes were in vain. The cronyism and corruption continues, and the stupidity has grown to such proportions that a small-minded, drunken bigot like Stacey Campfield is taken seriously.

The quicker we get out of this session, and on to the next election, the better.

April 9, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
tderng said...

12 or more people stabbed on a Texas college campus....We gotta outlaw these damn knives!!!

April 9, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.
jesse said...

Alrova is right about the old interstate commerce trucking laws!

In the 70's 80's and 90's if you ran all the lower 48, if you got pulled around back at a weigh station they would find you in violation of something no matter what!(IF THEY WANTED TO!) If you were an independent o/o they was gonna bust you no matter what!

April 9, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

tderng said... "12 or more people stabbed on a Texas college campus....We gotta outlaw these damn knives!!!"

Dangerous, out-of-control objects everywhere. Just yesterday my lawnmower tried to kill me. Ban them ALL!

April 9, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
jesse said...

tderng!

I just hope Tiger Woods new girl friend don't get in his arz w/a golf club! Have to have a background check to buy a new set of irons!(or at least a new 9 iron!!)

April 9, 2013 at 1:48 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

BRP, you and other libertarians like to sprinkle your arguments with that clichéd saying about how power corrupts. But you have worn out its usefulness. If our president were king and our federal government a monarchy that saying might have some merit, but we do have a freely elected representative government that has been in existence for over 200 years and we are still a free people. Of course, you like to whine, like all libertarians do, about how your freedoms have been curtailed by that "restrictive" federal government, but that is only because you have such a warped and self-centered notion of what individual freedom should be. You're happy only as long as freedom conforms to those things that don't inhibit you personally and you have no regard whatsoever for how others are inhibited or treated unfairly. For those people you take no stand or vested interest in their plight; you simply cry, "Leave it up to the states to decide!"

Our government has indeed become corrupted, not because a federal government naturally gravitates toward corruption but because the power of money has taken hold of too many of our representatives and influenced their decision making. Presently our government is serving the interests of big business and the rich and ignoring the needs and wishes of the masses of people who make up the vast majority of this country. Get the money out of our politics and we can have a government that is acting in accord with the sort of government our nation's principles were founded upon. And those principles embody much more than just "states' rights." We are never going to be a nation of 50 disjointed states doing their own thing without regard for laws and rights that should be uniform throughout the land, and it's insane for anyone to even think that that such a dis-United States of America would even be desirable.

April 9, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
jesse said...

HEY ROO! That's exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they put all this stuff on paper!!

We have spent the last 200 years corrupting it!

April 9, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Rick,

Wow, you really do not know who you are writing to. I bet we hold much more in common than you give us credit for. We are just at different levels of understanding of how human nature and politics work. Maybe you are farther ahead, maybe I am.

Do you really think you have any ability to influence your government with your little trip to the ballot box?

You yourself acknowledge that our government is run by money. That money comes from the same sources that the government should be keeping in check. The best way to make government vulnerable to the influence of money and power is to concentrate it all in one, big, easy to reach and influence place.

Our founding fathers understood all of this and tried to create a system of government that was less susceptible to corrupting influences. Most of what has been done to change that system of government over the last 200 years has removed those protections. Now we are naked and vulnerable to everything you complain about and your government has no interest in fixing the problem. They think their role is to play with the devil, not keep him in check.

April 9, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.
anniebelle said...

Yes, BRP, and how many were killed in the knife attack? ZERO, but nice try with your juvenile logic. Oh and degage, I was responding to ibshame's comment, so stick to your knittin'. I didn't know we had a time limit on speaking about guns, I guess I missed that in the 'Rules'.

April 9, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

annie,

The real point is that we have a violence problem. Until we start examining that problem we will get no closer to a solution. Inanimate objects are not attacking people.

April 9, 2013 at 3:57 p.m.
jesse said...

Has EASY McNASTY got shy on us??

This toon is custom made for his brand of foamin at the mouth insanity!!

April 9, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.
patriot1 said...

alpo asks...do you really think it is wrong to allow the people to select their representatives in Washington?

Representatives are selected by the people from their respectful districts and sent to Washington and I see nothing wrong with that...where did that come from? They are elected every two years and that's as it should be.

What I was referring to is senators, who originally, prior to the 17th ammendment, selected by state legislators from their respective states. We now have, in effect, two Houses of Representatives, one house elected every two years by district and another house elected at large within the state every six years. The state itself has no representation.

April 9, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

LHommeNonPartisane said...

“What has the General Assembly accomplished so far?”

“It has declared that a person can carry a firearm onto another person's property, against the property owner's will, if the person carrying the firearm keeps it in their car.”


Not in all cases.

You are not allowed to carry guns onto residential property where it is prohibited


Text from the bill:

"Parking area" does not include the grounds or property of a single-family detached residence.”

April 9, 2013 at 10:34 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

ibshame said...

"Guns in the Parking Lots" has got to be at the top of the list of mistakes. Of course they won't take the blame when companies like Volkswagen and others start to look elsewhere like Mexico to open new plants. There won't be many REAL LIVING WAGE jobs but at least the citizens will be able to have their guns in the parking lots of the unemployment office.”


Why would Volkswagen really be disturbed by this bill as they or any other employer can prohibit employees from bringing guns onto their parking lots by having a policy to discipline or terminate any employee that does so.

The bill only removes any legal penalties for having the gun in the parking lots and covers only those that have concealed carry permits.


“Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, said the Senate-passed bill doesn't protect permit holders from Tennessee's existing "at will" employment law.

That law allows employers to fire, suspend or discipline workers for any reason, good or bad, or for no reason at all.

"We are not going to dictate policy-setting at a business," Faison said in response to a question posed to him during the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Faison said "if a business decides to fire someone or to reprimand someone, that is their rule. ... You can fire, this is an at-will state and they'll still be able to do whatever they want with a person who has a gun in their car."

April 9, 2013 at 10:39 p.m.
acerigger said...

The Tn. Legislature at least,has kept us safe from Sharia Law,and made damn sure there ain't no "Muslim foot-washing sinks" in the Capitol Building!

I'm proud! Ain't y'all proud????

April 9, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.
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