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The Last Word: Week of Dec. 23

And this week’s winners are . . . 

“The mute button just turns off the sound.  It doesn’t stop the news.”

“Trying to flush the remote isn’t going to solve anything.”

“Be sure to watch the History Channel on your new TV. They are showing the rise and fall of the two-party system.”

AL COHEN, Santa Rosa

“Your mute button is now fixed. I suggest not watching CSPAN anymore.”
JEFF ALLEE, Santa Rosa




Every week, we’ll post a new cartoon on Watch Sonoma County and invite you to write the caption. Enter the contest by posting your caption below. Vote for your favorite by clicking “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on each entry.


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The cartoons are drawn by Gary Varvel, who has served as political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star since 1994.

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58 Responses to “The Last Word: Week of Dec. 23”

  1. Dale Stout says:

    There is nothing wrong with your government, do not attempt to adjust the controls, for we at entering the Twilight Years.

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  2. Dale Stout says:

    The Three Stooges or C-SPAN are on…what’s the difference?

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  3. Chuck G says:

    Oh yes, by the way that will be $699.00. Will that be cash,check,or charge?

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  4. R. B. Fish says:

    The union stays we have tocut down on services. IT’s Friday and time for my pizza/donut combo break before lunch. You’ll have to fix the remote yourself. Just keeping pressing buttoms..it doesn’t matter.

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  5. Chuck G says:

    Hate to tell you, but same old tenants in the White House, same old chaos

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  6. Michael Sheehan says:

    When my huge bill comes due, don’t try to skip paying it by claiming you fell off the fiscal cliff and got a concussion. That excuse only works if you’re Secretary of State.

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  7. Jean Anderson says:

    I’m just moonlighting, buddy. My $200,000 per year pension from Sonoma County actually pays the bills.

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  8. Michael Sheehan says:

    Sorry, but you’re program is stuck for 4 more years with the same zany cast of characters, and there’s not a thing I can do to fix it.

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  9. John Claeys says:

    Really?…. Clearly there’s bias (BS) Here!

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  10. Dale Stout says:

    Gary, Indiana is the place I want to be.

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  11. Dale Stout says:

    Tune in tomorrow, same bad time, same bad channel.

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  12. Dale Stout says:

    There’s a remote chance we’ll make it.

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  13. Dale Stout says:

    I recommend you watch “Doomsday Preppers”.

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  14. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    I’m sorry to tell you that changing the channel won’t give you a clearer picture of what’s happening in Congress.

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  15. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Who needs to watch the SYFY channel when you have FOX News to scare the pants off you!

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  16. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Sorry to say, even with your new TV you are still stuck with all the “news” channels!

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  17. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Keep you remote programmed to the SYFY channel and you won’t have to worry about the fiscal cliff.

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  18. m whitt says:

    This is your brain on tv.

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  19. richard smith says:

    Nothing wrong with your set, this is the control for your kids new Wii system!

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  20. Julie Ambrose says:

    Trying to flush the remote isn’t going to solve anything.

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  21. Ron Barz says:

    If the Fiscal Cliff can’t be tolerated anymore, just press this button and all will end!

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  22. mike abel says:

    now don’t lose this it helps remove unwanted images off the screen with a simple click of the button

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  23. Ca voters so dumb says:

    you can lead a LIBERAL to water …but you can’t make him think

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  24. Roger Steinhorst says:

    The “mute button” just turns off the sound, it doesn’t stop the news.

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  25. Roger Steinhorst says:

    It won’t make the news any better, just bigger.

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  26. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    There are primarily two effects of 3D TV that are unnatural for the human vision: crosstalk between the eyes, caused by imperfect image separation, and the mismatch between convergence and accommodation, caused by the difference between an object’s perceived position. It’s kind of like the fiscal cliff debate.

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  27. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I need to warn you that when watching the C-SPAN 3D Channel on your new set, the fiscal cliff looks even more forbidding than it really is. You may also experience headaches and motion sickness.

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  28. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Funny how even House Republicans wouldn’t support Boehner’s “Plan B” to raise tax rates for those who earn over a million dollars. They really put a load of coal in his Christmas stocking this year.

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  29. richard smith says:

    Sorry pal,the world didn’t end,but your t.v. sure did!Merry Christmas anyway!

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  30. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    You’re Pie-A-Politician video game is all set to go. Whenever you watch C-SPAN, just press this button and a pie will cream whichever politician you’re pointing at. Their Fiscal Cliff special programming should be especially fun!

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  31. James Bennett says:

    There’s nothing wrong with your TV, they’re all just fed the same propaganda.

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  32. Al Cohen says:

    “Too bad with your new T.V. You won’t be able to see Dick Clark ring out the old this year.If he was here he would have his doubts about ringing in the new.”

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  33. Al Cohen says:

    “Even with this new T.V. You won’t see Dick Clark ring out the old this year. He would have doubts about ringing in the new.”

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  34. Al Cohen says:

    ” I can wish you a happy new T.V., but not a happy New Year.”

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  35. Dale Stout says:

    It’s the most Varvelous time of the year.

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  36. Mark Berube says:

    “I know the news isn’t great but the TV turns itself off when you call it stupid. This is a smart TV.”

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  37. James Bennett says:

    Turn it off, think for yourself. You’ll feel a lot better.

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  38. richard smith says:

    Well pal,you’re all hooked up to the NFL playoff channel now. Hope we can still afford to pay all those millionaires to play!

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  39. Dale Stout says:

    It was the batteries: no charge. The economy’s fine. Have a nice dream.

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  40. Derek Smith says:

    Your favorite TV show jumped the shark, and now your economy is about to jump the cliff!

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  41. Julius Orth says:

    You need to lay off the news for a while. The fiscal cliff is like the Mayan Calendar, the world will not end and life goes on the next day.

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  42. Julius Orth says:

    Sorry son but I am taking this away from you. Instead of taking a break and watching TV you need to get back to Congress and do something meaningful.

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  43. Richard Smith says:

    Your’e gonna jump over a cliff when you see what this is gonna cost ya!

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  44. Steve Powles says:

    Any time your TV mentions the words Fiscal Cliff it automatically switches to ESPN.

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  45. Frank Matyus says:

    it’s a rerun of the last four years

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  46. Mark Bowman says:

    Enjoy your new TV. I’ll be back to pick it up after your third missed payment—probably around April.

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  47. Bob Charbonnier says:

    Look, on the plus side, you can still watch Sesame Street. On the negative side, your taxes are going up.

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  48. Bob Charbonnier says:

    Hey, no more worrying. When it gets right to the edge of the fiscal cliff, push this pause button and it will be like it never happened.

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  49. Jeff Allee says:

    The mute button is fixed. I suggest not watching cspan anymore.

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  50. Al Cohen says:

    “Enjoy your new T.V. Mr. Norquist, but be sure not to touch the red button until after I leave the building.”

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  51. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Don’t worry too much about that fiscal cliff thing. Check it out on your new TV. It has an APP for accessing The Pew Center’s Data Visualizations.

    Ironically, the sequestration spending cuts the Tea Party agreed to will mostly impact states won by Romney/Ryan. California is one of the least impacted states!


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  52. Richard Smith says:

    O.k. Mr. Varvel, I blocked Fox News and MSNBC for you. That should help you chill out a little bit!

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  53. buster jones says:

    No its not a magic wand, it wont solve the fiscal cliff….but it will turn off Fox News…

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  54. Al Cohen says:

    “Be sure to watch the History Channel on your new T.V..
    They are showing the rise and fall of the two party system.”

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  55. Neal Rhorer says:

    Good luck,they all went home for the holiday

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  56. Jean Anderson says:

    Thanks to my bloated repair bill, you now have a big spending problem just like the country.

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  57. John Claeys says:

    I’m sorry Mr. Wilson, this is the last time we will be able to replace your remote. I suggest you enroll in anger
    management classes.

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  58. Ray Hill says:

    In my left hand I have a device that can augment time, in my right hand I have a case of 100 dollar bills. Behind me is a big TV that no one can find the remote for, I’d look between the cushions.

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