published Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Gift

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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librul said...

But they still want their full salary and their 185 days of vacation.

Uh Huh - THANKS for nothing....and Happy Solstice, Clay!

December 20, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.
fairmon said...

Go #13. The economy must be pretty good. Go shopping, notice how many people are fat and sloppily dressed. They are spending money on credit cards like crazy. The roads are crowded and restaurants are full. They know who Santa Claus is and that he is up north in D.C. but 7 of 10 can't tell you who the VP or the senate majority leader is. Ironically about the same number receiving government assistance of some kind.

December 20, 2013 at 2 a.m.
fairmon said...


December 20, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.
fairmon said...

Unemployment down a little, could this be part of it? Senior administration officials told reporters that Jan. 1 will not be a holiday for people working the exchanges. They will have staff working at call-in centers — and say 800,000 staffers have been added, with 2,000 trained customer service reps across 17 sites nationwide.

The net number of added jobs has not been 800,000. Who is paying those people? 16,000 new IRS agents, fix and maintain the web site, an appointed panel of highly compensated people plus various other additions. It may have been cheaper to buy those in need insurance.

December 20, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.
EaTn said...

The only thing worse than a "do nothing" Congress is a "do anything, even if it's wrong" Congress. I don't remember any Congress session in my immediate past that put public above party.

December 20, 2013 at 4:43 a.m.

Laughable. We have a jackass in the White House who only displays passion for "selfies", campaigning and vacationing, and everyone else get's criticized but him. He has the knack for making it seem that he's not part of the D.C.mess even though he's been there for nearly 6 years.

Why are you Democrats bitching about Boehner and the establishment GOP when they're afraid to stand up to Obama, and are just Democrat Party lite? Democrats always get what they want. They have the media in their back pocket.

Congressman and Congresswomen earn their money for the most part, and work pretty hard. The Senate is a worthless body that's a gold mine for those who stay in long enough. THE person who has not earned his money, is lazy, disrespectful of the people and the Constitution, and won't take responsibility for anything is Obama. If he were in any other job he would've been fired long, long ago.

Yea, Dear Leader! You're just so brilliant and you look so good! All the pajama boys our there, the eunuchs, in their onsies, holding their cup of cocoa in both hands get a hard on as they listen to Obama speak. What a f#@$*d up country.

December 20, 2013 at 6:28 a.m.
soakya said...

Really we need congress to do more, haven't they done enough already. They are the ones that create the messes then they think they have the answers to fix the messes they create. How did that last gift that Pelosi said the American people were going to get turn out. If I recall correctly it ain't working out so well. I'll take a do nothing congress any day of the week.

December 20, 2013 at 6:55 a.m.
soakya said...

lets see, Pelosi gave us a gift known as obamacare, now we get an empty box, I'll take the empty box you can keep the obamacare Bennett, rickyroo, tifosi, librul and the rest of you progressive nuts.

December 20, 2013 at 7:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

This 113th congress will find or create a problem for any solution.

December 20, 2013 at 7:16 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Things would be so much better if Romney would've won the election...

December 20, 2013 at 7:22 a.m.
soakya said...

all politicians will find or create a problem as the solution. and all liberal supporters will blame the republicans and all republican supporters will blame the democrats. what you tolerate in your own party you condemn in the other. that's why Washington loves you because the majority of you don't even understand there is very little difference between the McCains and the Obamas of Washington. They love power and they will do whatever it takes to hold on to it.

December 20, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
degage said...

soakya, Yuup!

December 20, 2013 at 8:02 a.m.
tifosi said...

Empty gift from an uncompromising GOP that almost took America into an abyss. Good-bye Tea Party. That will be America's gift in the next election.

December 20, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Never was much of a Tea Partier, but with Tifosi The Liar's hate/obsession with it, I may have to reconsider.

December 20, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Clay madera beautiful image. They actually did give us some things by doing nothing, the NSA scandal, damaging programs that assist the disadvantaged and unemployed, revealing the true face of the tea party and its sway on the senator from Canada...

Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Clay made a beautiful image. They actually did give us some things by doing nothing, the NSA scandal, damaging programs that assist the disadvantaged and unemployed, revealing the true face of the tea party and its sway on the senator from Canada...

Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
BobMKE said...

The politician serves their party best when they put the Country first.

December 20, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Gassy, I guess your Romney remark was sarcasm, but had he won, we would at least have an administration with an ounce of integrity. No? The nation should have Willard remorse.

December 20, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.
Maximus said...

The empty gift for American's is by far Obamascare. Americans will remember the stupid website come the mid terms and a Republican landslide will ensue. Also, American's are sick of political correctness. The Duck Dynasty brigade will rise up by the millions and run Democrats out of office come the mid terms!

Regarding Clay's continued assault on Christmas, I find that a LOT of Democrats, especially white ones, come from dyfunctional homes, where their parents were for example were alcholics and did absolutely nothing regarding Christmas. These awful childhoods have spawned a great deal of dysfunctional Democratic voters that hate everything American especially Christmas. Like Clay, they try to take their bad childhood out on the rest of us. Their cynical, negative, victimization of everything including themselves, along with their atheism make them boring, spiritless individuals without a plan and without a future. I do my best to stay away from these losers as they are so, so sad and boring.

December 20, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
Maximus said...

Oh and we have a POTUS, Barry The Welfare Pimp that had a fatherless, sketchy, childhood. See, there is a pattern hear. I'll bet a very high percentage of liberals had dysfunctional childhoods and have been taking it out on the NORMAL people for quite some time. Again, an intact family supported by a male father and female mother is the best way to raise a normal, functional, self reliant, hard working, responsible, accountable child. Obama on the other hand, is an angry person with a huge chip on his shoulder without any idea of being accountable for his words and actions. In purest form, a liar.

December 20, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

President Obama will hold an end of the year news conference at 2 p.m. Surely a new wave of blame will ensue.

December 20, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
facyspacy said...

Why is Clay making a cartoon about a present with a red bowat the start of the winter season....? Could he be acknowledging christmas?

December 20, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Hey Toon-Boy! Merry Christmas! Hope you get a couple lumps of coal. No wait! That's a fossil fuel.

December 20, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
Maximus said...

Plain Truth....isn't fossil fuel green?

December 20, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Max, not sure. But according to Pelosi, natural gas is a good alternative to fossil fuel.

December 20, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
volsam said...

If only the past 13 session's of congress could have done the same as this congress maybe we wouldn't be both intellectually and financially bankrupt. Thank you progressives for the destruction of this once great country.

December 20, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
Maximus said...

If it is "organic", produced by nature, it is green. Sooooo, my red 1957 Chevy, my wifes BMW, my Caddy Escalade, and my 1965 GTO all are GREEN VEHICLES, running on that organic crude.....LOL!!!!

I want to close out my discussion by saying Merry Christmas to all and ALL THE BEST for a conservative dominated New Year! The family and I are using our Netjets card to fly from Atlanta to Aspen, Colorado for some quality family Christmas time at the ski lodge. Life is very, very good!

December 20, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
tifosi said...

From a "fatherless childhood" to President. Hmmm... Sure beats son of an iceman to greedy bastard.

December 20, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Be sure to watch The Inept One's presser today at 2. He will take 1 question and spend 40 min. not answering it. In sports it's called running out the clock.

December 20, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.
tifosi said...

I am sure that no matter what the President says, PT will whine about it. That's what "moderates" do... ROFLMAO!!!!

December 20, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Tiffany, you, and other liars like you, are the reasons we have this inept president.

December 20, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
tifosi said...

You're just a two-time loser. Wait until Hillary gets in the White House... then you will be a three-time loser. You, like the dinosaurs, will fade away. :)

December 20, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Tiffy, hahahahha…figures you would back the ultimate liar, the Hildebeast. Suits you to a tee, lie boy.

December 20, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
tifosi said...

Still sore from being discovered as a Plain Liar? Funny thing is there were a lot of others that busted you as a liar too.

Is that all you can do is play Pete the Repeat? Grow up little boy.

December 20, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Hey Tiff…drove by the Oak Ridge Wal-mart yesterday….think I saw you changing your oil in the parking lot. Didn't have my camera, sorry.

December 20, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
tifosi said...

What loser do you think the GOP will put up for cannon-fodder in the next presidential race?

December 20, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Too soon to tell.

December 20, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
TOES02800 said...


December 20, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
tifosi said...

Typical RWNJ capacity.

December 20, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Tiff. You heard it here. It won't be Hillary. Gov. Christy (NJ) will switch parties, running as a further to the right Democrat. Rep. Paul Ryan will be the GOP nominee. Go Badgers!

December 20, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Ryan will never get the nod.

December 20, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

A PSA from PT: Kids and Lefties, another example of the Filabuster is one of the Chosen One's pressers.

December 20, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
tifosi said...


We learn how to spell in Oak Ridge.

December 20, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Boy you sure got mr there, Tiff. You dolt.

December 20, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
fairmon said...

2016 may be the year for Libertarians. The turnover in congress needs to be huge with neither party winning the White House with their tired and similar agendas. Too bad congress doesn't have a loss or turnover rate like Obama's staff has experienced.

December 20, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.
yddem said...

A common misspelling, no truth, just like you.

December 20, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Merry Christmas to you, yddamn. Or is it winter solstice?

December 20, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Hey Tiff, is it true you're Obama's Pajama Boy?

December 20, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.
rick1 said...

Obama has finally admitted ObamaCare is a hardship when he granted hardship exemptions to millions whose policies were canceled. So why do the rest of us have to suffer with it?

December 20, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.
fairmon said...

tifosi said...

Empty gift from an uncompromising GOP that almost took America into an abyss. Good-bye Tea Party. That will be America's gift in the next election.

tifosi what do you really think about the GOP? Beware of those Libertarians.

December 21, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.
Easy123 said...


How do you figure granting "hardship exemptions" to the less than 1% of Americans that lost their old plan is an admission [by Obama] that ObamaCare is a hardship? Oh, that was just a completely contrived statement based on zero facts. I understand now.

Some things never change.

December 21, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
fairmon said...

What would you do? It is easy to blame, blast and categorize but how would you fix Obamacare without it bankrupting the country? This president is so far in over his head a diving apparatus is not enough to save his incompetent arse.

December 21, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.
fairmon said...

John McCain needs to go ahead and build his own library, maybe team up with Reid and have a joint effort so the two old relics can start enjoying that nice pension and perks funded by taxpayers.

December 21, 2013 at 12:41 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

Face it, Obamacare is, and was always designed to fail. It,s going so well that Obama has a chance to proposition for single payer within his final term. Much sooner than he ever hoped for.

The regime is masterful at designing failure. It almost seems natural to them. It's designing anything successful that eludes them.

December 21, 2013 at 1:33 a.m.
Easy123 said...


You mean the Republican-designed ObamaCare?

It almost seems like you have no clue what you're talking about. It's saying anything remotely accurate or intelligent that eludes you.

December 21, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

Romney said himself that it couldn't work on a national scale. So you really believe there's no difference between a program designed for 6.5 million people in a single state and one that's forced upon 300 million people from 50 diverse states. Hmmm.

December 21, 2013 at 3:23 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

If you like your mothers basement, you can keep it. Period.

When you sign up for OC easy, please let us know how you spend your $2,500 savings.

December 21, 2013 at 3:43 a.m.
fairmon said...

A fix for Obamacare too difficult? Well what would you do to assure social security and Medicare solvent in the next decade?

It is time to quit being a political party and news journalist parrot and think about the best way to address the critical issues that the administration and congress won't.

December 21, 2013 at 6:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

What would you do about Social security and Obamacare too hard? Try foreign affairs, foreign aid, waste and fraud in government, the war on drugs, the trade imbalance and transfer of wealth that is draining America like giving blood without a replenishing time.

Why not just address the root cause by enabling the rebuilding of a strong manufacturing base with a working tax paying middle class? Here is a clue. The wage delta is not the incentive politicians want people to believe for companies moving their operations to other countries.

December 21, 2013 at 6:25 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Insurance premiums like house payments? yeah, that sounds fair

December 21, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
conservative said...

The Diety Of Jesus, who is Lord and Savior:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-4,14

December 21, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Cracker Barrel removes all Duck dittys from stores. you PC freaks have lost your minds.

December 21, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

I don't get it Truth. If I (or many people) publicly stated the things the Duck Dynasty guy (I must apologize, I never watch the show, though many in my family are in an uproar), I would be fired. A&E is a private company and I believe they are free to do whatever they like in order to protect the company's image. Maybe we need government to step in at A&E and order that the guy be able to go back to the show? The 1st Amendment guarantees a freedom of speech, but it doesn't guarantee a lack of consequences that may occur when said person exercises that right.

Again, I have never watched the show, but I raised this point to many others. Has it ever occurred to anyone that this may be just one big publicity stunt being used to gather more attention to the show?

If not, are the Duck Dynasty guys back in the good graces of the Tea Party after what happened with that primary in Louisiana a couple of months ago?

December 21, 2013 at 9 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

What don't you get, Gassy? A&E can do whatever they like. Doesn't affect me. But I still think the PC crowd is toxic.

December 21, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
jesse said...

I don't think Phil gives a ratsarz about A&E nor the show!He was asked a question and answered it honestly!They tried to pressure him into not praying on the show and he told them to get over it!!I disagree w/his opinions but so what! BTW: I have never watched the show and don't intend to but it has nothing to do w/his position on this!!I ain't gonna quit eating a cracker barrel either!!

December 21, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.
tifosi said...

What jesse said. Hmmm... pancakes sounds good.

December 21, 2013 at 10:11 a.m.
jesse said...

I DO BELIEVE they got a moderator on here now!!!!

Just deleted mine and JJ's post both!!

December 21, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
soakya said...

its not a freedom of speech issue. the government isn't squashing anyone's speech. a&e has the right to protect their brand how they see fit. its the intolerant left that can't stand to hear opinions that conflict with their own and demand those opinions be shut down. it doesn't make you a homophobe because you believe homosexual activity is sinful especially if you are a Christian.

December 21, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

It plays right into the hands of the Left…a reason to marginalize, criticize, and castigate Christians. That's the goal. Most just don't have the balls to admit it.

December 21, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
librul said...

Yippee! Solstice was at 11:11 - we're 111,000 miles into the new trip around the Sun - Happy New Year!

December 21, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
jesse said...

That means i'm doin my 75th lap!!!wow!

December 21, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
tifosi said...

Christians as "victims" in America??? No one is suggesting they be denied the right to congregate in a church of their choice. The United States of America was founded by those escaping religious persecution. Today... many Christians with cross in hand, are persecuting others.

December 21, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
tifosi said...

"They are not a religion. They are a political, militaristic group," Bob Shelton, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in the area, told The Associated Press.

Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators who recently wore "Vote for Jesus" T-shirts and carried signs that said "No Sharia law for USA!," referring to the Islamic code of law.

December 21, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

No Sharia Law tees make good sense to me. Wish I had one.

December 21, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.
tifosi said...

Anyone that thinks that Sharia Law can take affect in America has absolutely no faith in the United States Constitution and the American people. They are the same kind that denigrate the President with disparaging names when their political argument is weak... or in the case of PT... non-existent.

December 21, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Another lie from Lie-Boy of Oak Ridge. Habitual offender.

December 21, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.
tifosi said...

I certainly have rattled your cage. I speak and you bark... good boy.

December 21, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Tiffy, don't flatter yourself…you're a mild irritant…much like a gnat.

Hildebeast, be worried. Be very worried.

December 21, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.
tifosi said...

I'm very flattered. Speak boy!!!

December 21, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

A Sharia leash law may be more acceptable.

December 21, 2013 at 3:03 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

As for the "empty box" above. The box isn't empty at all. It's contents are hidden under the desk of Harry Reid. Seems every time the house sends a bill to the senate, it gets "buried".

December 21, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

tifosi said...

Empty gift from an uncompromising GOP that almost took America into an abyss. Good-bye Tea Party. That will be America's gift in the next election.

From the Washington Post:

In the first post on our House forecasting model for the 2014 election, we estimated that, as of this moment, Republicans are likely to gain five seats in the House of Representatives.

This enables us to answer questions such as, “What is the chance that the Democrats retake the House?”

In short, what we do is lots of simulations based on our model’s results. The uncertainty underlying the model means that simulations will generate a range of forecasts. The question is, how many of those simulations forecast that the Democrats would win 218 or more seats?

The answer is very few. Just over 1 percent, in fact.

Do I hear a Lame Duck ... Bye, bye second term policy initiatives !!

December 21, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

tifosi said...

Christians as "victims" in America??? No one is suggesting they be denied the right to congregate in a church of their choice.

Why did you limit their rights to “congregate in a church of their choice”? Are you implying that they should be so limited?

The United States of America was founded by those escaping religious persecution. Today... many Christians with cross in hand, are persecuting others.

If you have proof that Christian vandals set that fire maybe now would be a good time to produce it? None of the multiple police and investigative agencies were able to develop such proof. There is equal proof that it was set by someone that had issues with the contractor or that it was a false flag operation by the Mosque members .... None !!

However that means little to you as it is such a useful talking point for you Fleabaggers ... Right?

December 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

tifosi said...

Anyone that thinks that Sharia Law can take affect in America has absolutely no faith in the United States Constitution and the American people.

Guess you’ve never heard of vigilantism or Posse comitatus (power of the community). Consider that you own a business in a predominantly islamic community and you sell alcoholic beverages. The community leaders tell you to stop selling them or you would suffer a punishment. Do you contact the legal authorities or do you relent because of the possibility that they could not or would not assist you and keep you safe.

The U.S. has a rich history of this type of activity although not islamic based until recently but many islamic ghetto areas of European cities are already plagued with it in a growing presence. Many of those cities’ legal agencies allow this to occur as long as the violence does not get out of hand and the local communities continue to support the community based law.

If you don’t constantly oppose such anti-freedom activities then you are preparing fertile ground for it to flourish.

December 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

^^^^ Jt, you talking way over the head of Liar-Boy from Secret City.

December 21, 2013 at 10:47 p.m.
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