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24" x24"
oil on masonite

It says: "High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything I can think of."

Comments (17)


I sure hope that's not true...'cause I loathed high school. ;)

I'm not surprised. Vonnegut's writing never rose above the juvenile.


Randy's got that right! Vastly over-rated IMHO.

Jonathan Hohensee:

I like Vonnegut, but at the same time I find real life to be unlike the bizarre world of high school in any way.

Too bad this wouldn't fit in the painting:

“What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence—moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how ‘democracy’ (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods? The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic.’ Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval’s attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when ‘I’m as good as you’ has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway, the teachers—or should I say nurses?—will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.” – C. S. Lewis


Watch out Jonathan, the Kalifornia Teacher's Assoc will put you on their hit list. Johnny can't add, spell or read, but his image of his on self-worth is what's important. Of course, at 19 or 20, Johnny will realize he's a loser and will take it out on the people at the nearest school or shopping mall.

Jonathan Hohensee:


That reminds me of another quote about America;
"America. A land where spelling doesn't count, but people's pets do. Where else can you get a job riding a whale at marineland? The land where a guy's girlfriend breaks up with him over the phone, so he takes a gun, and kills the principal. Everyone's sad until they get the day off. Next week, another guy, another gal, another, "We can still be friends" phone call. Whuh-oh! The *assistant* principal gets killed. And everyone is sad because they *don't* get the day off. Because he was only the assistant principal."

Jonathan Hohensee:

From Kids in the Hall, BTW


To clear Jonathan's name in case the DHS decides to send black helicopters & stormtroopers after anyone who would dare speak out against the gumbmint skrool sistim, I posted the C. S. Lewis quotation.


Yeah, but now you're on "the list" as well!


Let's all sing "God Bless America" and spend the next few minutes praising the Constitution and the push-up bra.

Vonnegut was a bit of a socialist.

Two years ago, I let my son drop out of high school on one simple condition. He would either work for money or study every single day, weekends and summers included. We didn't even mess around with "homeschooling."

He just finished his GED in the 90+ percentiles, and will start in Aviation Science this semester.

That that you union-controlled government-indoctrination centers!

BTW: I got your books right before Christmas. Nice!


I don't mind being on "the list." I just didn't want to be responsible for putting somebody else on it who might not want to be [on it].

“You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.” – Charles A. Beard

I'm as thankful as I can be to be an American. The Constitution is a fantastic document, but I think we'd be better off if we re-drafted it, striking out the "3/5ths clause" & all but the first 10 Amendments.

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” - H. L. Mencken



If you like the push-up bra, that's fine. I actually pity women for all of the things they're made to feel self-conscious about. I likes women just fine natural.

In the words of that great sage, Rodney Carrington:

I don't care if they don't match or if one's bigger then the other
you could show me one, and I'll imagine the other
even if you're really old, there's nothing wrong
don't be sad your boobs ain't bad, there just a little long...

I've met a lot of them, but never one I hated
even if you had thirteen kids and you think they look deflated
there's no such thing as a bad breast, I belive this much is true...

EXCEPT for the ones that have been defaced in the name of "enhancement". IMHO, they always look like somebody tried to "pimp" a Ferrari by putting a school bus body on a Ferrari chassis.

BTW: Sinec "CORE" is kind of faded, I briefly thought it said "RAPE." -Probably just my own subconscious prejudice.



Kudos to teaching your son an extremely valuable lesson that few ever learn:

99% of education/learning is teaching yourself.

Kiddies--if you're reading, LEARN FROM THE MAN. You don't have to sit around waiting for a teacher to spoon-feed you. Get off your butt, head to the library, & READ.

pauly pikaso:

Sorry to see you boys split up,but changes
always occur sooner or later.It was a great run! Political cartoons and those on the right side do not make the money the lefties make. They do make big bucks and
it's proof that good artist on the right are
not allowed by the synagog of satin since
we project the truth, which is contrary to
the lies of the left.
The good news is that one day ...a good
revolution will return this Nation to it's
roots and those in control now, will slither
away, no longer welcome here in America.
I do wish you boys the best and know
your talents wont go to waste.

Pauly Pikaso


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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