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The Last Word: Week of Jan. 6

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.

PD staff will select several winners and publish them every Friday on the Forum page in the Empire News section. Want a shot? Leave your real name and your email address for verification.

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

Click here to see last week’s winners.





79 Responses to “The Last Word: Week of Jan. 6”

  1. Dale Stout says:

    I’m not sad, I’m just drawn that way.

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  2. Dale Stout says:

    C’est la vie…

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  3. Dale Stout says:

    Nancy Pelosi called me a wimp.

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  4. Bob C. says:

    Every time I pick up this gavel, I dream that I’m Thor with his mighty hammer… But then reality hits…

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  5. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Well, any good comeback needs some true believers. ~John Boehner

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  6. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    By their own admission, leaders of the Republican Revolution of 1994 think their greatest mistake was overlooking the power of the veto. They gave the impression they were somehow in charge when they weren’t.
    And so I cry, because President Obama now has that upper hand and we Republican/Tea Partiers will be blamed by most Americans for trying to block his progress.

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  7. Jean Anderson says:

    I cry “fast and furious” tears every time I think of the 1,400 assault rifles Obama’s Justice Department helped send to Mexican drug cartels, and all the innocent people they’ve been used to kill.

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  8. Barbara Isaksen says:

    Remember back in the old days when kids listened?????????

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  9. Dale Stout says:

    Can anyone tell me about hormone therapy?

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  10. Jean Anderson says:

    It’s a crying shame that we’re becoming the United Socialist States of Amerika (USSA), but at least I get to play golf with Comrade Obama.

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  11. Steven Powles says:

    My local tanning salon had to close because the owner couldn’t afford Obamacare insurance.

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  12. Al Cohen says:

    “I tear up every time I hear “Auld Lang Syne”, and I don’t even know what it means.”

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  13. richard smith says:

    I’ll give up my gavel when they pry my cold ,dead fingers from around it!

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  14. Bob C. says:

    …and then poor Deborah Kerr crosses 34th St., looking up at the Empire State Building, and gets flattened by a semi …and [sob]…poor Cary Grant is waiting for her up on the observation deck not knowing that she…Oh, we’re finally ready to vote…? [Sob], and I was just getting to the loveliest part of the movie…

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  15. Ron Barz says:

    I know I should not cry, but with the caliber of political folks we have, who wouldn’t cry!

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  16. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I look insipid since I ran out of my Fake Bake Airbrush Self-Tanning Spray.

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  17. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Listen, you only tease the ones you love. ~John Boehner

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  18. richard smith says:

    This gavel and I have been through the,”School of Hard Knocks”, together!

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  19. Jean Anderson says:

    With this ridiculous president, bad economy, and dumb political bickering, what’s NOT to cry about?

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  20. Bob Charbonnier says:

    And all this time, I thought it was the “Tear Party” that
    I was leading.

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  21. Dale Stout says:

    Teardrops, rolling down on my face
    Trying to forget my feelings of love

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  22. Dale Stout says:

    It’s a crying shame that I cry so shamefully.

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  23. Dale Stout says:

    These colors don’t run, just my Insta-Tan does.

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  24. Dale Stout says:

    All this crying is ruining my Insta-Tan.

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  25. Dale Stout says:

    They call me “Honey Boo Hoo”

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  26. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The…the…real debt limit…(sniff)… is now whatever the Treasury has to borrow to meet ALL US obligations…(sob)… as already agreed on by the annual budget process…(sigh)…not the outdated ceremonial debt limit we vote on here. Whaaaa, we can’t shut her down by refusing to raise the debt ceiling anymore!

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  27. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The debt ceiling is falling! The debt ceiling is falling!
    Chicken Little, Chicken Licken , Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Drakey Lakey, Goosey Loosey, Gander Lander, Turkey Lurkey, Foxy Loxy, Foxy Woxy! Now do you understand?

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  28. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Don’t let those debt ceiling fears stampede you into muddled thinking!

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  29. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I don’t want to end up in a political cartoon portrayed as an infant throwing a temper tantrum, like Gingrich did. Uh-oh, where am I!

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  30. Mark Bowman says:

    In light of recent events and after much consideration, I’ve decided to go eat worms.

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  31. Julius Orth says:

    Waaah…it’s not fair. Why did they make me be speaker of the house again?

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  32. Al Cohen says:

    “I just can’t help the tears, look what they have taxed those poor
    Billionaires.”

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  33. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Has anyone seen the sequestration can we kicked down the road? Anyone?

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  34. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Heavens to Betsy! The Daily Show has retuned!

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  35. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Does anyone have a plan C? Anyone?

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  36. Veronica S says:

    So, wait… They are never getting back together? Like, ever?

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  37. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Ouch, my ear! I should have used a WaxVac!

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  38. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The White House has a choice: They can change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected.

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  39. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    You know, we have a fiscal train wreck before us. And unless we act, and act deliberately, we’re not going to enable our kids to have what we have. It’s plain and simple as that.

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  40. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    It is time for us to insist that we are accountable for the money that we are spending.

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  41. Jean Anderson says:

    The White House’s hypocrisy on guns, taxes, and class warfare brings tears to my eyes.

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  42. Bob Charbonnier says:

    What goes on in this House would bring tears to
    anyone.

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  43. Mark Berube says:

    “Sorry. I get a little emotional when I get put in charge of House cleaning.”

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  44. richard smith says:

    No, honest, I was just slicing some onions!

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  45. Kim Bishop says:

    Why won’t Obama just do it my way? Boo hoo hoo!

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  46. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    This may sound crazy, but I agree with Greg Walden from Oregon. We need to pass the bill to prevent President Barack Obama from authorizing the Federal Reserve to print a $1 trillion platinum coin.

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  47. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I’m what you’d call a regular guy with a big job.

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  48. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and commit to making the changes they are demanding. To the extent he is willing to do this, we are ready to work with him.

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  49. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    This earmark ban just isn’t working. So today we will vote on a law to stop earmarking once and for all. Unless, of course, you think that would be over regulation.

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  50. Bob Charbonnier says:

    How would you like being bullied? Huh?

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  51. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I need this job like I need a hole in the head.

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  52. Steven Powles says:

    Tears of clown when there’s no one around.

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  53. Jean Anderson says:

    That crazy Mad Hatter Obama ruined my nice tea party.

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  54. Steven Powles says:

    Who say’s there is no crying in politics.

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  55. Steven Powles says:

    It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to cry if I want to.

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  56. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Leader Pelosi, members of the House and Senate, dear family and friends, fellow countrymen:
    We meet again at democracy’s great port of call. Every two years, at this hour, the Constitution brings a new order to this House. It is an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths.

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  57. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Justin Amash of Michigan, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, you are going to pay! Whoa, did I just say that out loud?

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  58. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Because in our hearts, we know it is wrong to pass on this debt to our kids and grandkids. Now we have to be willing – truly willing – to make this right.

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  59. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Solutions are not the answer.

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  60. richard smith says:

    I think I’ve seen my last Tea Party!

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  61. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    This gavel IS big enough to whack some sense into these teapartiers. Nothing else is working!

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  62. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    The Republican party sure isn’t the party of Abe, Teddy, and Ike anymore!

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  63. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Nancy Pelosi made it look so easy!

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  64. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    I regret supporting those teapartiers. Those darned newbies just don’t recognize that I’m the power. Who knew?

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  65. Michael Sheehan says:

    I’m sad because someone stole my cigarettes.

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  66. Michael Sheehan says:

    Once I was a powerful speaker, now I’m just the “town crier.”

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  67. Mark Bowman says:

    Well, there goes my Bohemian Grove invitation.

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  68. Al Cohen says:

    ” I bet the President would be surprised if I have the last laugh.”

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  69. Al Cohen says:

    “If this is the Face of the Nation? We’re in deep trouble.”

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  70. Al Cohen says:

    “For crying out loud, doesn’t any one play follow the leader anymore?”

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  71. Al Cohen says:

    “I’m touched they’re letting me continue to do my terrible job as Speaker of the House.”

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  72. John Gianfermi says:

    “I hate it when people judge me by the color of my skin.”

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  73. John Gianfermi says:

    “This gavel makes a terrible nutcracker.”

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  74. richard smith says:

    The heck with the deficit, my Washington Redskins lost!

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  75. Roger Steinhorst says:

    I’m trying my best but, it’s like trying to herd cats.

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  76. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Anyone else want to give it a try?

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  77. Roger Steinhorst says:

    This job is much harder than I thought.

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  78. Mark Berube says:

    “We still have serious problems with debt, unemployment, disaster relief and gun control, but banging my finger with this gavel really hurts!”

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  79. richard smith says:

    The reason I cry so much ,is that every time I swing this big hammer, I bang one of my fingers!

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