Up for Debate: The mighty political cartoon

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:21am

What do you think about this Chattanooga Times Free Press cartoon regarding Rep. Scott DesJarlais and the recent revelations regarding his past? How do you feel about the paper's defense of publishing? Is it good, bad, right, wrong or indifferent?

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143 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 2:48

Thought it was very good! If you don't want to be pictured as a "sleezeball", don't act like a "sleezeball".

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 3:43

I think it is free speech and they have the right to publish it. There was nothing racist about it or any hate massage to it.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/1/12 at 3:57

If people like the "Simple Six' can post opinions that are not commensurate with their stations in life then why not a ridiculous cartoon by the Chattanooga Free Press?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 4:37

The big troll peeps his head out and burps early today. His opinion is cause for and early morning humor.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 4:40

I thought that Rasputin would be interesting and a challenge, but he has proven to be a disappointment. Just another yogi.


By: Ask01 on 11/1/12 at 5:00

Considering both sides have employed cartoons of varying degrees of political correctness, I don't believe either party has sufficient moral superiority banked to toss stones.

I do recall cartoons over the years supporting opposing views which approached and, even perhaps crossed the lines of civility. There was the anticipated uproar which quickly subsided and society continued inexorably toward eventual extinction.

Most cartoons, however offensive, did often point out widely held, but secret opinions, and often ugly truths which few cared to publicly accept.

The cartoon, as an excellent example, does effectively point out the author of DesJarlais' problems is himself. He embodies the wisdom of Pogo creator Walt Kelly when de penned those immortal words, "we have met the enemy, and he is us."

Perhaps DesJarlais could find a new career as an author of how to ruin ones character in a few easy steps.

By: Ask01 on 11/1/12 at 5:03

Another troll, incapable of communicating without insults and vulgarities is heard from early this fall morning.

I will leave him to the rest of the group as I must go to work and support President Obama's economic recovery. (Just wanted to stir the pot and antagonize the trolls.)


By: Ask01 on 11/1/12 at 5:04

Oh, I forgot, (CLICK) (FLUSH)

By: yogiman on 11/1/12 at 5:05

For a newspaper to issue a character cartoon of a person running in a political race is a character assassination of their own without proof of the politician's character.

By: yogiman on 11/1/12 at 5:12

You're a good comedian yourself, Ask01. To you, it seems okay for one of your 'co-posters' to make a negative comment about me or one of the others that aren't "in the club" with you but we "outsiders" should be more polite to you.

That's a good laugh, don't you think?

By: gdiafante on 11/1/12 at 5:14

That cartoon looks eerily like Bud Dwyer, which is, to me, in bad taste. If you're unfamiliar, Bud put a .357 in his mouth and pulled the trigger on live TV.

As far as DesJarlias, a pure scumbag. It will be interesting to see if he steps down should the sheep around here actually vote for him.

By: gdiafante on 11/1/12 at 5:14

[click] ..!.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 5:27


By: Ummm... on 11/1/12 at 5:59

DesJarlais is still running ads based on the premise that even though he's a complete sleazebag and total hypocrite, he's still better than anyone who supports the president. It will be sad but unsurprising if the Faux News/Limbaugh/Beck addled fools in his district agree.

By: Kosh III on 11/1/12 at 6:05

First Amendment

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 6:43

LOL Ask01

(CLICK) (Flush)

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 6:49

Nemo - Hope this doesn't find you headed into SNOW country.

By: yogiman on 11/1/12 at 6:51

You're right, Kosh III,

Freedom of speech. But if one don't think and post like the "select few" who [own] this site (or so they think), you're in the wrong ball game.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:05


By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:07

Wonder what Ms Romney thinks of "you people", her referral to the American voters, at this stage of the election?

By: BenDover on 11/1/12 at 7:12

I never knew DesJarlais looked so much like the Pawn Stars guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:13


By: BenDover on 11/1/12 at 7:13

I have a friend whose son committed suicide in that way so I would say it's a pretty insensitive to people like that.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 7:31

No bfar I am still home, but I've not call in yet so I don't know where I'll be today.

Ben is right about the cartoon being insensitive the family of suicide. Perhaps it should have been him shooting his foot.

By: yogiman on 11/1/12 at 7:42

Just wondering, what do you Obama admirers think about Obama going to Kenya in 2006 (when he was in the Senate) and campaign for his Muslim cousin, Raila Odinga in violation of

Obama gave speeches accusing the sitting Kenyan president of being corrupt and oppressive.

After his cousin lost, he accused the incumbent president of rigging the vote and allegedly incited his supporters to riot. 1,500 Kenyans were killed.

Going to Kenya to campaign for his cousin when in the Senate was a violation of all kinds of ethics.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:44


By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:46

Gullible, gullible trolls. Still can't figure out how to check to see if something is factual. Epic Fail.

By: parnell3rd on 11/1/12 at 7:49

Political cartoons have been around longer than our great Country. Sometimes they reflect the truth, sometimes they reflect propaganda.
I find it interesting how the NCP would want opinions on a cartoon and not the real issues of the day.
Now it is being reported that Marines on duty at US Embassies in the Middle East are not allowed to have ammunition in their guns! Thanks President Obama! I hope they have bayonets to protect themselves! Oh, that's right our Commander in Chief thinks bayonets are no longer in our inventory!

President Obama called the SEALs and they got osama bin laden.
When the SEALs called President Obama, they got denied, and then they DIED!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:49

bfra, did you have a good Halloween?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:51

parnell, quit being lazy and do your fact checking first!


Lazy, lazy, lazy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:52

Gullible and lazy.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:52

Blanket - Very good & hope you did too.

Trolls are trolls and never the twain shall meet FACTS!

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:56

What say p3, want to retract your lie?

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 7:57

Thanks Blanket for showing the truth about the ammo.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:58

You know, the pure laziness and gullibility is unbelievable. It's not that hard to check to see if something is true.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 7:59

These idiot birthers are really pathetic.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:05

Three out of four trolls to rear their heads from under their sinking bridges. I suppose The Hoe Down had a busy night and is still under hers.

By: gdiafante on 11/1/12 at 8:07

They don't want it to be true, blanket. That's why they completely ignore reality. Their reality is only what they see on Fox. Seriously, do you know that they've pretty much been 24/7 on Benghazi...that's all they're covering. It's the old tactic: keep repeating something long enough, despite its validity, and it becomes fact to many.

Same thing with the birthers...it's how the racists rationalize an African-American becoming President. Both are disgusting and the more I see and read of the dolts that believe this stuff, the more I weep for this country's ignorance.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:09

What do you expect from living under a bridge all of your life. You are limited to what drafts down to the level a troll dwells.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/1/12 at 8:10

Yeah, g - I used to be only angry about it but now it makes me sad and depressed too.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 8:10

Amen on that gdiafante!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:11

This is enough time for trolls.


By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 8:12

Nemo - Was just thinking, about time for B'itch to come on with another saga.

By: BenDover on 11/1/12 at 8:13

Benghazi, just like Fast and Furious are far worse than Nixon's plumbers getting caught stealing the book of prostituted from the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel.

There seems to be an insatiable desire to give this president a pass where Bush or even Clinton would have been drawn and quartered on these things by now.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:14

I just laugh and (click) now. Like yesterday four pages and one was mostly click.

By: yogiman on 11/1/12 at 8:17


I'm sorry you have such a feeble mind but I've tried to explain to you computer wizards my lack of capacity in operating one. All I know is I send on this site what I have read, or heard, on my computer or somewhere else.

I can refer some things, but others, the way they are logged in, I simply don't know how.

So why even offer a reference when I know none of you will follow it?

This little joke is like what I'm talking about:

Psalm 2012:

Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the ;path of unemployment,
For his party's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.

He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.

Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.

We should pray Psalm 109:8 for Obama.

"Let his days be few and brief;
And let others step forward to replace him."

By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:17

Good morning Ben. Your first post was good and brought me to the reality of the families. Now you post a wishful fancy.

By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 8:17


By: Captain Nemo on 11/1/12 at 8:18


By: bfra on 11/1/12 at 8:19

Romney has got a ways to go to top Bush's "Mission Accomplished" photo op, but he is deligently working on it.