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The Last Word: Week of March 24

24lastAnd this week’s winners are …

“I learned the hard way that ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,’ which is why I’m the only kid in your summer school class.”
MICHAEL SHEEHAN, Rohnert Park

“Can you teach that in 140 characters or less?”
MARY FROST, Santa Rosa

“I don’t know why I’m wasting my time on an education. I plan on being a politician when I grow up.”
JOHN GIANFERMI, Santa Rosa

“Mom, I think you’re taking this home schooling a little too seriously.”
AL COHEN, Santa Rosa

“Am I the only child who was left behind?”
BOB CHARBONNIER, Santa Rosa

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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





95 Responses to “The Last Word: Week of March 24”

  1. Jean Anderson says:

    The clown in the White House has run up $7 trillion in debt, and you think I’m the one that has a problem with math?

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  2. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    “I think I want to be a ventriloquist when I grow up. I’d love putting words in someone’s mouth.” a young Gary Varvel revealed.

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  3. Mark Bowman says:

    This is a waste of time. I’ve already learned everything worth knowing from Dan Drummond Sr’s unaccredited quotations.

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  4. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Ms. Andersen, I can’t see what you’re writing, because the Staples add is in the way.

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  5. Paul Phillips says:

    The answer to everything is GOVERNMENT…

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  6. Jean Anderson says:

    You voted for the same clown twice and you call me dumb???

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  7. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    It’s ok. The haters don’t bug me. My name “Dan” means “to be judged.”

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  8. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Ms. Anderson you are wrong again. You need to learn how to google. I thought you knew your Communists.

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  9. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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  10. Donna Logar says:

    You have to pass me first in order to know what’s in my brain.

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  11. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Ya know, we don’t really need math anymore since they started putting pictures of the items next to the button on the cash register. If it’s a big mac, you press the big mac button.

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  12. Mike Shook says:

    I’ve decided to filibuster this Ethics class.

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  13. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

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  14. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

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  15. Michael Sheehan says:

    Obama is at 45%, and Congress at 18%, so I’d say my big 52% on the last test is looking pretty darn good right now.

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  16. Richard Smith says:

    Please go easy with that chalk…I’ve got a huge “Red Bull” hangover!

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  17. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

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  18. Julie Ambrose says:

    How about you let me out of detention, and I’ll set up your facebook account.

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  19. Reality Check says:

    No wonder online classes have become so popular.

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  20. Michael Sheehan says:

    I learned the hard way that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” which is why I’m the only kid in your summer school class.

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  21. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

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  22. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Wit is educated insolence.

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  23. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.

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  24. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

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  25. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The future ain’t what it used to be.

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  26. Ron Ackroyd says:

    Guess who said: Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of Children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc, etc

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  27. Jean Anderson says:

    I ma not understand math, but I know I’ll be working until I’m 90 to pay for your pension.

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  28. Richard Smith says:

    There are well documented cases of students being driven mad, after years of hearing the sound of fingernails on chalkboards!

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  29. Mark Bowman says:

    In choosing a teaching strategy, you should know that my attention span for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” is twelve hours and for everything else, it’s two and half minutes.

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  30. John L says:

    I just asked Siri, and she says that answer is incorrect…

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  31. Michael Sheehan says:

    You brainwash me for 12 years in a government-run school, and NOW you expect me to think for myself?

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  32. Michael Sheehan says:

    Hey, the reason I’m a know-nothing, blathering idiot is that I hope to be Vice-president one day!

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  33. Mark Bowman says:

    Sorry, Miss Higginbottom, but I don’t do analog anything.

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  34. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    The highest result of education is tolerance.

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  35. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

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  36. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

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  37. Jean Anderson says:

    I love history, especially the story where John Lenin, George Washington and Pope Paul VI got the Lord of the Rings guy to form The Beatles.

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  38. John Reichelderfer says:

    How is any of this gonna help me win American Idol?

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  39. John Reichelderfer says:

    What kinda heat ya packin’ today, Mrs. B?

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  40. Jean Anderson says:

    Do you provide these special education classes for Democrats because Obama proved twice that they are so easy to fool?

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  41. Jean Anderson says:

    After all, the word liberal is simply “liar” with a few extra letters tossed in to confuse voters.

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  42. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity.

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  43. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.

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  44. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Without a gentle contempt for education no one’s education is complete.

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  45. Donna Logar says:

    Remedial Mandarin…so depressing on all counts…

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  46. Bob Charbonnier says:

    Well, tell me. Did you sign it?

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  47. Bob Charbonnier says:

    Am I the only child that was left behind?

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  48. MARTHA HARPER says:

    I don’t need any of this. I’m going to be a Republican! I’ll just watch Faux No News.

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  49. MARTHA HARPER says:

    I’m a Republican. I don’t need an education. All I need is to know how to lie affectively and I already have that skill!

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  50. MARTHA HARPER says:

    What’s the point? I can’t afford to go to college anyway!

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  51. Jean Anderson says:

    Ok, Ok, I’m sorry I said tenure is a stupid idea. Now will you please stop dragging your fingernails across the green board!

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  52. Jean Anderson says:

    Stop confusing me with facts. I just let the corrupt media tell me what to think.

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  53. Jean Anderson says:

    When I grow up I plan to be a liberal Democrat, so I really don’t need to know anything.

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  54. Al Cohen says:

    “Mom, I think your taking this home schooling a little too seriously,”

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  55. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    It’s neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.

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  56. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

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  57. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?

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  58. Roger Steinhorst says:

    I don’t think I need math, my IPhone has a calculator.

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  59. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Who needs all this stuff, if I have a question, I just google it.

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  60. Bruce MacDougall says:

    I guess the moral of this lesson is don’t ever put anything in writing!

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  61. Heh, Mrs.Vinkersnit, where’s my computer? What’s thing sitting on my desk and what do you expect me to do with it?

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  62. richard smith says:

    I really don’t think homework is all that it’s chalked up to be!

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  63. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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  64. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I just don’t test well.

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  65. Richard Smith says:

    That’s too much homework. I want my apple back!

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  66. Jeff Mayo says:

    Hi Mom, Yea Mrs Feltsher is showing the class how we can legally hide money in off shore accounts to avoid IRS audits.
    I think she is a Republican.

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  67. John Gianfermi says:

    “I don’t know why I’m wasting my time on an education. I plan on being a politician when I grow up.”

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  68. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Education is no substitute for intelligence.

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  69. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I need to be taught how to think, not what to think.

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  70. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.

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  71. Jim Owen Jr says:

    Miss Fingleheimer. I just have to say, that old Rap Song ,Babies got Back. Just don’t fit you.

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  72. Jim Owen Jr says:

    Would you hurry up and give me your prediction on the Final Four. Old Lady Fingleheimer is giving me the evil eye.

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  73. Michael Sheehan says:

    Hey, lady, you don’t expect me to actually learn all those letters in the alphabet, do you?

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  74. Michael Sheehan says:

    The answer is “this many.” Now can have my Nintendo back?

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  75. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.

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  76. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

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  77. dan cohn says:

    why should i bother to learn, i live in a nanny state

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  78. Thomas Morabito says:

    Pencils, paper, books, chalkboard… I’m telling you it’s like a museum.

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  79. Chuck Finch says:

    “The voters sent me back to learn the Constitution.”

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  80. Ron Barz says:

    There really isn’t a correct answer to that question. It is neither inflation or deflation, but closer to flation.

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  81. Jeff Allee says:

    You’ve got Syracuse in the final four. But their 2-3 zone won’t get them out of the second round.

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  82. Julius says:

    But “Miss Manners”, I’m the republican nominee for President of the United States of America, I think it is a little late for lessons in etiquette.

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  83. Julius says:

    With congress forcing through the budget cuts, I understand that we had to home school….but Mom….you are not qualified to tutor me for my masters in nuclear physics.

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  84. Kellie Ambrose says:

    I’m not talking on my phone Mrs.Smith, I’ve got cellphone elbow.

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  85. Chuck Finch says:

    “The voters sent me back to learn the Constitution.”

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  86. Mary Frost says:

    “Can you teach that in 140 characters or less and entertain me while you’re at it.”

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  87. richard smith says:

    I guess you’ve heard the one about the dog eating my homework?

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  88. Steve Humphrey says:

    I just can’t follow this lesson written on a big board like that. Can’t you just Tweet me on my Iphone?

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  89. Bob Martin says:

    “School, schmool all I have to do is ask Siri.”

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  90. Mark Bowman says:

    Yes, I know what “sequestration” means. It means my detention is suddenly unaffordable!

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  91. Al Cohen says:

    “You know I really don’t need to learn all of this stuff, I can just look it up in Google.”

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  92. Jason Miller says:

    I thought there was an app for that!

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  93. Donna Logar says:

    Don’t bother with the math lesson – any way you add it up, I’ll be paying off my student loans for the rest of my life.

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  94. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.

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  95. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Those who know how to think need no teachers!

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