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Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, National Review, The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, RedState, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding. . Myra's web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams
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New Caption Contest: Obama Says Muslims Built ‘The Very Fabric of Our Nation’

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

The Drudge Report linked to this Breitbart piece which is the source of our contest photo.

At a White House dinner on July 28 celebrating the end of Eid-al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, President Obama released the following statement with the bold added by me for emphasis:

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families.  This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate.  While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.  That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration.  Eid Mubarak

After you digest all that and realize the statement above was ACTUALLY MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, here are your marching orders. Besides writing a snappy caption to the photo itself, readers can provide answers to the following questions:

What is Abe Lincoln thinking as he watches over the dinner?

What is on the mind of the young man standing to the right of President Obama?

What would the Founding Fathers think of this White House statement?

Now, as with all contests, we must be nice and stay classy or the IRS will pay you a friendly visit. (Sorry, folks, crashing hard drives is no excuse for not cooperating.)

Finally, all contest participants must take a stab at answering the most pressing question of the day:

Is that a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz on Obama’s podium?

 

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What Would Cause President Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Today President Obama stopped at the Charcoal Pit for lunch and gave a fist pump.
Credit: BizPacReview

 

What “tragedy” would be horrific enough for President Obama to cancel his usual schedule of speeches, lunches and fundraisers?

A commercial airliner shot down over Ukraine with Americans aboard?  No.

How about a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11, killing our ambassador and three others? No.

Perhaps news that Israel has begun a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip? No way.

Obviously our president believes that any change to his schedule is a sign of weakness (and God forbid our commander in chief appear weak).

So today, despite the breaking news of possible Russian involvement with the missile attack against a Malaysian Airlines airliner carrying 295 passengers, crew and over 20 Americans, President Obama forged ahead with his previously planned infrastructure speech in Delaware. (But first he paused for a few seconds to say, “looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.” ) Then he proceeded as normal, including some lighthearted remarks.

Afterwards, he grabbed a burger and fries (“I’m starving” he was quoted as saying), and tonight he will attend a few fundraisers in New York. Just a typical day in the life of our 44th president. Obama is aiding world tranquility after all!

Therefore, my question is what kinds of national or international “tragedies”  would cause President Obama to cancel his fundraisers, partisan speeches and visits to burger joints?

Here is my list of the top five:

1. News that Beyonce and Jay Z are divorcing.

2. His favorite golf course was attacked by al-Qaeda.

3. Lebron James unexpectedly retired.

4. Air Force One was hijacked by the Tea Party.

5. A tsunami destroyed his August vacation compound on Martha’s Vineyard.

Now it’s your turn to add a few of your own…..

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Caption Contest Winners: Obama Parties in Denver Because There are No National Crisis and the World is at Peace

Monday, July 14th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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“Obama fist bumped a gorilla statue in a Denver bar tonight. ” Credit: Getty

Thanks to everyone who entered our latest successful contest.

Due to the high volume of banana daiquiris  clever entries, the judges “went ape” trying to determine the winners.

The grand prize winner for the first photo was RockThisTown with this amusing entry:

Obama with his Bronze Statue for “Best Performance in a Leading From Behind Role.”

Here are the other captions that made the winners circle:

Wintermute won with:

Wimp…Putin would have fist-bumped a live tiger.

Zip Code received high honors for two entries:

Man on left talking to Gorilla—- “See I told you he would not send you back to your country.”

Gorilla talking – “Hey bartender, no more drinks for this guy, he swears up and down that he is the President.”

Chris Henderson cracked up the judges with two winners:

The Planet of the (Photo) Ops

Obama meets with Dr. Zaius, the only “doctor” who approves of Obamacare.  (Editor’s note: Another  “Planet of the Apes” movie reference.)

shipley130 gave us: Obama’s 800 pound gorilla in the room moment…

fortibus85 had two winners:

“And then I told them I needed $3.7 billion to FIX it!”

The border burns while Obama fist bumps.

Now, here are the winners for the second contest photo.

The president shakes hands with a man in a horse mask while greeting supporters. | AP Photo

 

Two co-equal grand prizes were awarded.  The first one goes to Joe and Norma son for:

NYT headline: President Obama determined to mobilize trans-species voters for November election

The second was won by our Caption King, Chris Henderson:

“I see the meat for Michelle’s school lunch program has arrived.”

Joe and Norma son also had a winner’s circle caption:

Mr. President you are the perfect man to be the other half of my costume.

jdkchem entered the circle with:

The horse’s a$$ meets the rest of the horse.

Now, there is only one question remaining before we close out the contest: “Where in the world is cfbleachers?” 

My guess is that he “voluntarily” enrolled in some graduate-level summer classes at Re-education camp. Please report in cfbleachers because no contest is complete without you!

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler photo caption contest.

 

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New Caption Contest: Obama Parties in Denver Because There are No National Crises and the World is at Peace

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

Credit: Getty

“Obama fist bumped a gorilla statue in a Denver bar tonight. ” Credit: Getty

 

This contest photo illustrates that once again, our Fundraiser in Chief is out doing the job he thinks he was reelected to do – partying while the taxpayers work.

The photo came to my attention through BizPac Review in a re-post of BuzzFeed’s Jon Passantino’s series of photo tweets as he closely followed President Obama partying yesterday in Denver.

Passantino’s caption was, “Obama fist bumped a gorilla statue in a Denver bar tonight.”

Loyal caption contest followers can do better than that, so here are some ideas for captions and thought bubbles:

What is the gorilla statue thinking?

What or who else should Obama be fist bumping instead of a gorilla statue?

Then, here is another action photo from yesterday with a caption from Politico that I am sure you can also improve.

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The president shakes hands with a man in a horse mask while greeting supporters. | AP Photo

It is so much fun to be president!

For time and space considerations here was the winning caption from our  last contest.

It was  rbj for, “Mommy, can I please have some pie?”

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In this Nov. 21, 2008, photo, Barack Obama and adviser Valerie Jarrett look over the pie selection during a stop at Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli in Chicago. Obama has given up smoking but apparently has a weakness for pie, which has elevated his cholesterol. Credit: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

 

Thanks to all who entered our last contest and for those who will be entering our new contest always remember to “Be nice and stay classy!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Contest: Crack Pies at the White House Explains Everything!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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In this Nov. 21, 2008, photo, Barack Obama and adviser Valerie Jarrett look over the pie selection during a stop at Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli in Chicago. Obama has given up smoking but apparently has a weakness for pie, which has elevated his cholesterol.   Credit: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

 

Be sure to read Paula Bolyard’s report here at PJ Media about a little “crust-up” at the White House yesterday.

The controversy began after President Obama “joked” that the White House chef adds an additive illegal ingredient to his pies. This same substance is one that our president is known to have enjoyed in his wayward youth.

Now, because loyal caption contest followers know that the purveyor of these contests has a guaranteed one-way ticket to re-education camp, let’s hasten the voyage with this contest photo from 2008.

Here we see the “real president” and the soon to be inaugurated president inspecting pies at a deli in Chicago.

The caption and photo ran in a Washington Post piece dated December 10, 2010 with the headline:

Obama has not smoked for 9 months; his real weakness is pie, though

This 2008 photo and 2010 headline viewed through the lens of the current controversy ranks among our most contest worthy photos in recent memory. Therefore, it is up to you to give this photo the treatment it truly deserves.

No need to cut back on the crack or the calories for this contest!

 

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Contest Winners: Obama Opens Wide and More

Monday, June 30th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: Doug Mills

Thanks to everyone who entered our latest, successful contest.

Now, good luck defeating that kick-a** IRS audit team who will soon be knocking down YOUR door! And here is why….

The grand prize winner was Allan Crowson with:

From: “I have a pen and I have a phone” To: “I have a chin and I have a cone.”

The rest of the winners were:

Chris Henderson with:

Ice cream courtesy of Ben & Ghazi’s 57 states 31 excuses flavors.

MeridianMan won with:  Conehead.

Two from Cfbleachers:

Obama is celebrating his month of VA waiting list death march, IRS destruction of evidence, the economy contracting at an alarming rate, ISIS rampaging Iraq, and Obamacare second monthly payments evaporating. The path he’s charted for America has only one flavor. Rocky Road.

Eating ice cream like Jaws? Most people lick it.  But as Putin, the Mullahs, Assad and ISIS have shown, Obama can’t lick anything.

RockThisTown gave us:

The President’s Top Ten favorite ice cream flavors:
10) Equal Distribution 9) Fudge on Everything 8) America Snickers 7) My Un-Rocky Road [to the White House] 6) Seventeen-Trillion Mint 5) Neapolitan Media Spin 4) Let ‘em Eat Cake 3) Michelle’s Vacation Delight 2) Choom ‘n Cherry Garcia 1) GNP Crunch n’ Slide

Here are the soccer photo winners.

Credit: Doug Mills

Credit: Doug Mills

The grand prize goes to wintermute for:

Soccer continues to grow in popularity and even America’s leader is known to relax while watching a World Cup match (also pictured, Barack Obama).

The second grand prize winner is CraigZ with: Obama in the Situation Room during the assault on Benghazi.

Wintermute also had a runner-up with: Hey, have the NSA pull up Merkel’s phone feed to see if she’s gloating about this.

Cfbleachers had several winners:

Some people say that Obama ignores world crises while watching sports on TV. That’s not fair.   Sometimes he plays golf.

Obama and Jarrett sit and watch helplessly as yet another opponent delivers a crushing defeat.  Oh, and they also watched soccer.

Why is Obama sitting around watching soccer? Because Air Force One doesn’t have a golf course.

Someone raised in Iran sits with someone raised in Indonesia to take time out from rooting against America.  

(Editor’s note: Most people do not know that our “Madame President” was born and raised in Iran for the first six years of her in life.)

Allan Crowson had two winners:

Watching soccer: “Now THIS is what I’m talking about! I wish my foreign policy worked like this game: moving us forward by losing!”

Just like the Obama economy: all the good stuff’s at the top, with empty remnants of crumbs at the bottom.

Chris Henderson won with this amazing entry:

No wonder Obama likes soccer: It’s a Third World and European namby-pamby sport that often has no winners, is watched by rioting hooligans and has a red line drawn down the middle of the field that is crossed without penalty.

Zip Code (our newest Caption) King won with:

Mr President, Mr President, yoo-hoo Mr President:
(The emergency phone is ringing and all the lights are flashing.)
The President:  Is there any popcorn left?

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media photo caption contest!

Oh wait there’s more…  I love this image from Roger Simon’s piece on the Blood Feud  book (that I am reading as I post this contest because I can not put it down.) So go ahead and caption this image, courtesy of Ed Driscoll, if you are up for a deeper, longer and more expensive audit.

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Credit: Ed Driscoll

 

 

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New Caption Contest: Obama Opens Wide and More

Friday, June 27th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Doug Mills

Credit: Doug Mills

The subject of our latest caption contest is from New York Times staff photographer Doug Mills’ Twitter account.

Mills’ caption read: “President Obama takes a bite of his ice cream at the Grand Ole Creamery in Minneapolis.”

Now I bet a double scoop that PJ Media readers are capable of writing sweeter and creamier captions.

There are no rules for this contest but just a note of caution: Obama’s IRS may be under fire but still can make your life hot enough to melt all your ice cream.

Because Doug Mills’ Twitter account is a gold mine of contest worthy photos, below is another caption writing opportunity that will be sure to catch the eyes of IRS auditors.

Credit: Doug Mills

Credit: Doug Mills

“President Obama watches the USA vs Germany World Cup game aboard Air Force One en route to Minneapolis,” read Mills’ caption.

I expect loyal contest writers will score more goals with their captions than the USA scored against Germany.

Have fun and try to stay within bounds.

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Caption Contest Winners: Democratic Party Screws Up Flag Day and More Summertime Fun

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Image tweeted by DNC on Flag Day

 

Thanks for all who entered our latest contest. As usual, PJM readers showed the world what great believers they are in, “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” (As an aside, the first person who can identify the character associated with that slogan receives a shout-out during our next contest.)

Now, the news is bad all around: the Middle East is imploding, it’s a free-for-all on our southern border, Putin is poised to conquer the Ukraine, and since our days as a great nation are numbered, without further ado, here are the winning captions.

There was one grand pooh-bah of a winner who deserves to wrap himself in the flag and that is RockThisTown who wrote the grand prize winning caption:

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses . . . yearning to get an EBT card.

And… RockThisTown had another winning caption that reflected a memorable Obama-ism of days gone by:

At some point, you’ve made enough American flags.

Our reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson was also a winner with a twist on another Obama-ism:

“Betsy Ross, you didn’t build that!”

Zip Code won with:

I came here for the American dream and now I find out even the ex First Lady is dead broke.

Then the great cfbleachers had several winners:

First, making light of the Democratic National Committee celebrating Flag Day with a photo tweet using red, white and blue bunting instead of a flag, he wrote:

Iraq collapsing into ISIS hands, Benghazi a swirl of deceit and corruption, Ukraine overrun by communist tanks.  … Just when American morale needs a patriotic home run…Obama and the Democrats are bunting.

Second, because making fun of the IRS is just so easy these days (before they come after us) cfbleachers wrote:

All the real US flags were being held for safekeeping by the IRS…but they lost them.

Finally, because there is nothing important happening in our nation or the world, the Vice-President of the United States threw his annual first day of summer pool party this past weekend.  Here is a photo of the jolly host with his water weapon of choice, a deadly super-soaker.  This is not an official caption contest but I am confident you will all have some fun playing around with it. See you all next time a photo is super worthy of an official PJ Media caption contest!

Biden supersoaker

Credit: David Nakamura

 

 

 

 

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New Contest: Democratic Party Screws Up Flag Day

Monday, June 16th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

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Image tweeted by DNC on Flag Day

The DemocratsVerified account‏@TheDemocrats

Happy Flag Day! pic.twitter.com/I93jQ7ji1e

BizPac Review has what I am calling a “so sad it’s funny” post about the botched attempt by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to celebrate Flag Day on June 14.  Instead of Old Glory the DNC tweeted our contest photo.

Now all PJ Media patriots can plainly see that this is not a traditional flag, but flag bunting normally used to decorate stages and tables on patriotic occasions.

This major national faux pas would be like using a GI Joe doll to represent Veterans Day.  (Or submit your own analogy.)

Not only did the DNC tweet fail to honor the real Stars and Stripes of Flag Day but was there some perverse symbolism on display?

For example, the flag bunting resembles the Texas state flag and the child looks Hispanic. Was this image supposed to rally sympathy and support for thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who are flooding Texas and Arizona?

Was the DNC suggesting that all these children will soon be flag-waving Americans?

Was the DNC implying,  “With his help, Texas will turn from Red to Blue?”

Was the DNC using Flag Day to further align the party with Hispanic voters?

What subliminal message was the DNC sending by not using a real flag on Flag Day?

Am I reading too much into this?

Your mission is to caption this photo, ask some questions, or offer some thought bubbles from either the flag bunting or the adorable little boy who might be President some day.

If you are mad as hell that the party in control of the White House and the Senate can not even properly tweet a flag on Flag Day, here is your chance to vent.

The only contest rule is TRY to stay somewhat classy and patriotic.

Finally, I could not resist and must pose the question, “Is this the future of Flag Day?”

Flag a lincoln

 

 

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Can we expect a Vietnam style helicopter rooftop evacuation at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad?

Friday, June 13th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

With the terrifying news out of Iraq that the Islamist militants are vowing to capture Baghdad, is it only a matter of time before the U.S. Embassy will be evacuated and abandoned?

Should we expect to see iconic images like this rooftop evacuation from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam in 1975?

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Or, does our 104 acre compound/fortress U.S. Embassy in Baghdad,  “the biggest and most expensive in the world” already have landing lawns so rooftop evacuations will not be necessary?

Credit: Getty

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad     Credit: Getty

 

If the U.S. is forced to evacuate, tell your children that this was when our nation officially lost the War on Terror.

But have no fear! Our Commander in Chief is totally engaged for today he is visiting an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Is he there to gather support to change the name of the Washington Redskins?  Surely, THAT is a crisis he can handle.

Apparently, the possibility of our embassy being overrun is not that dire because after visiting the Reservation, President Obama and the First Lady have some swanky reservations of their own!  This time in ritzy Palm Springs, CA. There they will engage the locals in a little fundraising and most likely, a few rounds of golf in the golf capital of the Golden State.

According to the local Desert Sun:

“The couple are scheduled to arrive at the Palm Springs International Airport on Friday for a four-day visit. The local news also reported, “The couple’s destination within the valley remained a mystery Thursday.”

Let us hope that over the next four days, images of Obama golfing in Palm Springs will not appear along side video of American Embassy personnel hurriedly boarding aircraft while clutching boxes of classified material.

THAT might just ruin his peaceful Palm Springs weekend and interrupt strolls along Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra Drive.

 

 

 

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Caption Contest Winner: ‘Trading Private Bergdahl’ and Obama Chomps Down on D-Day

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: MAD Magazine

Thanks to all who participated in our latest successful contest based on a MAD Magazine “movie” poster.  The winning entries were judged on how well they improved upon the poster subtitle, “The Mission is a Disaster.”

There were numerous winning subtitles and one that blew us away with its subtle reminder that the Clinton’s might re-occupy the White House.

So without further adieu, the grand prize winner is JRSWINE for his R-rated subtitle, Trading Private Bergdahl: A Major Bowe Job

The second grand prize goes to Kuce for Trading Private Bergdahl: Because a bird in the hand is worth five in the Bush’s fault.

Here are the “rest of the best” in no particular order:

RockThisTown gave us –

Trading Private Bergdahl:

1. And granting him an Obamacare waiver, too!

2. “If I had  son, well, OK,  he wouldn’t look like Bergdahl…but the 5 terrorists I traded for him would!”

Allen Crowson won with – Trading Private Bergdahl: Maybe they will like us now.

Kuce cracked up the judges over and over with  –

Trading Private Bergdahl:

1. Losing one man is a tragedy, but releasing five is a voting block.

2. From the creators of Sleepless in Qatar, and You’ve Got Ca-Mail

3. An EXPLOSIVE new release starring Mohammad, Larry, Curly, Shemp & introducing Abdul as Bob the Bombmaker

Patjenn entered the winners circle with:

Trading Private Bergdahl:

1. “But we got an Afghani Falafel recipe too.”

2. “Terrorism? What, Me Worry?”

Cfbleachers our Caption King emeritus entertained with:

Trading Private Bergdahl:

1.The Mission is the Message

2. Hey, We Fallujahed You Again

3. Obama Is Dead And The Taliban Is Resurrected

4. Lyin, Triggers and Beards, Oh My

And before cfcleachers got the contest memo about writing a new subtitle, he gave us: Shaving Private Bergdahl.

There were many more highly rated “subtitles” left on the cutting room floor so go back and read them all.

Meanwhile, continuing our D-Day theme (and if you missed it, a pictorial about my visit to Omaha beach) here is what our brave Commander in Chief was doing during the 70th anniversary ceremony.

I just could not resist spitting this one out (as he should have!) See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

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Pope Francis Hosts Mideast Peace ‘Prayer Summit’ with Israeli and Palestinian Presidents This Sunday

Friday, June 6th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

When Pope Francis visited the Middle East for three days last month he extended a rather unusual invitation to host a weekend prayer summit for Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his Vatican apartment.

These two leaders, usually at odds with each other, stunned the Pope by accepting his offer. Now, on Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis will take on a new role as Mideast Peacemaker.

One of the first American reporters to talk with the Pontiff this past week at the Vatican was Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV journalist and WABC Radio host.  Cosby told PJ Media, “It is clear Pope Francis cares deeply about peace in the Mideast and would like to do anything he can to assist this very difficult process.”

When asked about the Pope’s message Cosby said, “The Pope’s words were ‘pray, pray, pray’ about the Mideast Peace process.”

So that is exactly what he will be doing on Sunday but with two rather unusual prayer partners, the Israeli and Palestinian presidents.

After having the opportunity to speak with Pope Francis on the verge of this historic prayer summit, Cosby said, “He was extremely engaging and approachable.  Although she has interviewed more than 20 world leaders, including five US Presidents, Cosby called the opportunity to speak to Pope Francis “One of the greatest moments of my life.”

As the Pope requested, let us all pray that Sunday’s prayer summit will be one of the greatest moments of Middle East peace. Perhaps Pope Francis will embody the words of Jesus in the New Testament Book of Matthew Chapter 5 verse 9:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”

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Rita Cosby with Pope Francis, Courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano

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Walking the Sacred Sand of D-Day’s Omaha Beach

Friday, June 6th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

As a history buff, one of my lifetime travel goals was to visit the D-Day landing beaches.

Fortunately, in August of 2012 that goal was realized when my husband and I toured the Normandy region of France.

For two nights we stayed at the Hotel du Casino situated directly on the Omaha beachfront. Its prime location was the only reason we had chosen this small, rundown hotel built in the early 1950’s.

However, adding a touch of authenticity to the historic location was a long handwritten letter from General Eisenhower displayed in the reception area. During his first post-war visit to the D-Day beaches and years before he was president, Eisenhower had dined at the hotel’s restaurant and was friends with the owners.

Taking advantage of our room’s location, early one morning I stuck my camera out the bathroom window and took this photo of quiet, deserted Obama beach.

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Credit: Myra Adams
Peaceful Omaha Beach in the early morning of August 19, 2012

 

The prominent concrete structure is a National Guard Memorial commemorating where U.S. forces suffered their greatest number of casualties immortalized in the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan.

Omaha Beach may look peaceful now, but on June 6, 1944 a major German defensive position occupied this very spot raining hell upon thousands of young American men, many of whom were seeing combat for the first time.

Within the first 24 hours of the invasion the Allies fought and won control of 50 miles of coastline divided into five landing sectors named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. But victory came at a high price for it is estimated that 2,500 Americans along with 3,000 Allied troops died on D-Day and thousands more were wounded.

Hotel du Casino also has the distinction of sitting on the Mulberry Harbour beach landing.  The “Mulberries” were two portable harbours quickly built by the British immediately after the June 6 invasion to off-load an endless train of heavy equipment from the supply ships and to remove casualties from battle.

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Mulberry Harbour at Omaha Beach was the highway to and from the supply ships in the American                     sector.  A second Mulberry was built off Gold Beach in the British sector.

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The remains of Mulberry Harbour at Omaha Beach.     Credit: Myra Adams

 

A huge concrete block of Mulberry remains in front of the Hotel du Casino. Seen on the left are three National  Guard Memorial flag poles.   Credit: Myra Adams

A huge concrete block of Mulberry remains in front of the Hotel du Casino. Seen on the left are three National Guard Memorial flag poles. Credit: Myra Adams

 

From our hotel we walked about a half mile east to the middle of Omaha Beach and were stunned by what looked like deadly machetes’ protruding from the sand.

Les Braves Memorial on central Omaha Beach.        Credit: Myra Adams

Les Braves Memorial on central Omaha Beach. Credit: Myra Adams

 

The name of this huge metal memorial sculpture is Les Braves and the sculptor was a Frenchman named Anilore Banon. It was commissioned by the French government and dedicated in 2004 at the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

I guessed that it was supposed to be uncomfortable to look at, for I assumed it symbolized all the horrific death and destruction of the “longest day.” However, both my husband and I thought it was seriously awful, totally out of place and disrupted the now peaceful beach.

According to sculptor Anilore Banon here is the meaning of his masterpiece:

The Wings of Hope: So that the spirit which carried these men on 6th June 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to change the future.

Rise of Freedom: So that the example of those who rose up against barbarity helps us remain standing strong against all forms on inhumanity.

The Wings of Fraternity: So that the surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility towards others as well as ourselves. On 6th June 1944, these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.

We were left wondering why there wasn’t a more visually satisfying beach sculpture to convey those same thoughts. But who are we to judge the French!

The emotional highlight of our visit was walking on Omaha Beach knowing with each step an American or Allied soldier had either died or was wounded. These thoughts haunted us as we walked.

Then over a week ago, totally out of the blue, a friend sent me this news piece from the U.K. Daily Mail.  It was about a September 23, 2013 International Peace Day event where participants hand etched 9,000 life-sized silhouettes into the sand of the D-Day landing beaches. That 9,000 number represented both Allied and German forces killed on June 6, 1944.

My friend Susan who sent me the article (a great American patriot by the way) had no idea I was planning on writing this D-Day piece and was unaware that we had ever visited the Normandy beaches.

So here, courtesy of the Daily Mail, is an artistic representation of what was inside the heads of both my husband and me while walking on Omaha Beach in August of 2012.

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Dday beach figure

 

Every American who walks on this sacred sand is awestruck and eternally grateful for those who planned, led, participated and died in what is today the 70th anniversary of history’s largest and greatest seaborne invasion that forever changed the world.  Let us never forget!

 

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One of the D-Day beaches in the late afternoon of June 6, 1944

 

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New Caption Contest: ‘Trading Private Bergdahl’

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: MAD Magazine

Credit: MAD Magazine

 

Another movie poster caption contest, what fun!

Credit to MAD Magazine for originating the poster but I saw it first on BizPac Review.

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day we can all celebrate by captioning Trading Private Bergdahl.

The subtitle is “The Mission is a Disaster” but I know all of you movie fans out there can do much better.

I just LOVE this contest for two reasons.

First, I swear my teen-age personality was partially shaped by reading MAD Magazine in the late 60′s and early 70′s.

Second, since the D-Day anniversary is days away, and having visited the landing beaches two years ago, I am currently writing a D-Day piece highlighting some of my photos. So watch this space!

Now, get crackin’ on captions and think how proud General Eisenhower would be of our current Commander in Chief.

 

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Caption Contest Winner: Hillary Clinton Takes Cover

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: Politico

Thanks to all who entered our latest contest.

The entries reflected the brilliant (and in some cases) warped creative minds of our loyal followers. So keep up the great work!

To refresh your memory, the contest “mission” was for you to write a more colorful caption than the “official caption” from Politico: Covering Hillary — A short visual history.

We have a grand prize winner who perfectly fulfilled our mission.

So let’s hear it for Kuce who wins the George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” banner with:

Covering Up Hillary – A Vast Write Wing Conspiracy

Kuce also wins a smaller banner for:

I suppose we should be grateful that one of the magazines was not Playboy.

Here are the rest of the best:

Ghanburi won with: “In search of a ‘reset’ button for collective memory.”

Chris in N.VA gave us: The Bill Of Victory — The Shrillary of Defeat (we hope!)

RockThisTown wrote this sexist-piggish caption that cracked up the judges:

Mag covers abound, but what difference does it make if the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is missing.

Allan Crowson wrote: Paid for by Media to Elect Hillary (MEH). So magazine cover editors won’t have to work as hard.

Chris Henderson (our reigning Caption King, but Kuce is coming on strong) rewrote the lyrics to that classic 70’s song, “Cover of the Rolling Stone.” Here is a link to the You Tube video if your aging memory is in need of a refresher.

Henderson wrote:  A song about “Dr. Crook” with apologies to Dr. Hook:

Well, I’m a big left-winger
With golden cattle future fingers
And the media loves everything I preach
I fling platitudes to get people to the voting booth
At ten-thousand dollars a speech
I pass all kind of bills that give me all kind of thrills
But the thrill I’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll getcha when I get my picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

Finally, you probably heard that our “Beloved Leader” made a surprise visit to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend so his minions could “out” our CIA Station Chief to visit with our troops.

In honor of that noble deed, here is a photo for you to caption as a non-contest and to answer the question, “What is the meaning of Obama’s hand signal?”

Obama ap 1


(Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun and for once, you DO NOT have to be nice.

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media Photo Caption Contest.

 

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New Caption Contest: Hillary Clinton Takes Cover

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

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Credit: Politico

Our newest contest image is the visual that accompanies a Politico profile titled: What is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?

The answer is “the media.”

Here is an excerpt:

When asked why Clinton hasn’t done more to reach out to reporters over the years, one Clinton campaign veteran began to spin several theories. She was too busy; she was too prone to speaking her mind and the like—then abruptly cut to the chase:

“Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change.”

The caption for the  interactive collage reads:

“Covering Hillary — A short visual history.”

Your mission is to write a more colorful caption.

Any of these covers viewed through the lens of history would qualify as its own caption contest, so together I expect this contest will be a real blockbuster.

For extra credit you can also write a “thought bubble” for any of the covers but PLEASE try to stay somewhat classy and respectful.

I am serious about the classy part!

 

 

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Caption Contest Winners: Hollywood Movie Poster Parody – ‘Saving Barack Obama’ and Karl Rove too!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: Washington Free Beacon

 

Thanks to all who entered our latest contest where you were asked to write a second tagline to the movie poster’s tagline which read, “The mission is a fraud.”  Or, just caption the movie poster.

We had many hilarious and snarky taglines that were entered and the best of the best warranted honorable mentions. Then we had one big winner.

The Oscar for “Best Supporting Tagline on a Faux Movie Poster” goes to (drum roll)  Kuce for:

“One Man Can Make a Difference – This is Not That Man”

(While Kuce gives his speech and a kiss-kiss to the world, we cut to commercial.)

Now, here are the rest of the best.

RockThisTown had two winners:

Saving Barack Obama: The mission is to save America . . . from him.

Saving Barack Obama: Two teleprompters at a time.

Aharris flashed back to “Jaws” with: We’re gonna need a bigger vote.

Zip Code told us how he sees it:  An out of focus production with no direction filmed in Disneyland!

Then our Oscar winner Kuce is back on stage for three more bows:

“I’ll be Barack”

2016: A Spaced-out Odyssey

“Abandoned by his mother. Mocked by Republicans. Can he save himself in time to save his golf swing?”

You all crack me up! So here is a bonus round where you can caption what Karl Rove is going to say next about Hillary.  Since brain damage is now out of the way he must have something colorful up his sleeve.  Have fun, even though this is NOT an “official” contest. But see you next time a photo is worthy of an “official” Tatler photo caption contest.

Karl Rove

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Hollywood Movie Poster Parody – ‘Saving Barack Obama’

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Washington Free Beacon

Credit: Washington Free Beacon

Drudge linked to this piece from the Washington Free Beacon:

Parody Obama Movie Posters Arrive in L.A. for President’s Visit

‘Saving Barack Obama: A Steven Spielberg Ploy’

Movie posters for a spoof entitled “Saving Barack Obama” have hit Los Angeles ahead of the president’s visit to the city.

The posters, which feature President Obama walking into the horizon between a pair of his teleprompters, have appeared on bus stops and benches throughout Los Angeles, including just outside Melrose Avenue, the main entrance to Paramount Pictures.

A parody of Saving Private Ryan the poster says it is “A Steven Spielberg Ploy,” and its tagline reads, “The mission is a fraud.”

The appearance of the artwork coincides with Obama’s visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday to receive a humanitarian award from Spielberg.

So, for all you loyal contest writers out there, here is your mission should you accept it:

Since the poster tagline reads, “The mission is a fraud,” you are instructed to write the second tagline.

Or, you could just caption the entire movie poster.

But,  be nice because you would not want to insult anyone in Washington or Hollywood now, would you?

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Contest Winner: Obama Bows To Japanese Robot

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

 

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Credit: Breitbart

Thanks to everyone who entered our latest contest picturing President Obama “interacting” with ASIMO the robot.  As usual, the entries showcased your unique brand of political humor so appreciated by PJM readers around the world. (I just made that up but it sounds authoritative.)

We have a grand prize winner who receives nothing but prestigious acknowledgement of his brilliance and that is priceless considering the stiff competition.

That person is Chris Henderson, our reigning Caption King for his entry:

The robot is not a U.S. Citizen, is not alive and pays no taxes…it’s the perfect Democrat voter!

The runner up is RockThisTown (another Caption King) who wrote:

“Finally! Someone who understands not having a birth certificate!”

We have several honorable mentions worthy of much applause.

gbone won with this gem: Pres. Obama makes an ASIMO of himself.

cfbleachers (our Caption King of Kings) gave us two winners:

You are programmed to do and say whatever your handler wants? We have the same thing back home. It’s called “the media”.

You have someone that makes you jump on command? Me too, but she isn’t with me on this trip.

(Editor’s question: Is cfbleachers referring to the First Lady or Valerie Jarrett?)

Allen Crowson had three winning Obama “thought bubbles:”

“So this is how we pivot to Asia…. Cool!”

“We definitely did not build that!”

“Oh, yeah. An all white robot. Get me Holder on the phone!”

Then our grand prize winner and runner-up had two more winning captions.

Chris Henderson:

An un-American automaton with no brain, no heart and incapable of speaking without input from others…oh, and a robot.

RockThisTown:

“So we can not only redistribute wealth, we can now re-distribute intelligence?”

Finally, there are so many interesting photos of our Beloved Leader in action but not all reach the highest standards needed to qualify for a PJM caption contest. Below is one such photo from President Obama’s recent Asian trip. My caption is, “ Just two lonely guys hangin’ out at the local sushi bar on a hard days night.”

Now, I expect MUCH better captions from you.

Catch you all next time a photo does manage to reach those very high standards.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pours sake for U.S. President Barack Obama as they have dinner at the Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) pours sake for U.S. President Barack Obama (R) as they have dinner at the Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, in this picture taken April 23, 2014
CREDIT: REUTERS/CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE/POOL

 

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A Personal Association to the CURE Hospital Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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CURE Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan is sponsored by CURE International an American faith-based organization that builds hospitals in developing nations.

 

This morning’s news of an attack at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan was especially upsetting because my husband, David Adams is an executive with an international Christian/Catholic charity that helps support the hospital and he has visited this Christian faith-based hospital in the past.

Thus, I asked him to shed some light on this incident for PJ Media.

It was with great sadness that I learned today of the horrible incident that just occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan where a security guard or policeman murdered three American medical personnel and wounded a fourth at CURE Int’l Hospital.  In my capacity as VP for Missions with Cross International, I visited the hospital several years ago to evaluate their use of assistance we provided CURE to build an Intensive Care Unit.  What I observed was an extraordinary group of American and Afghan individuals dedicated to providing the best health care in the country to sick, injured and dying Afghanis.  Even President Karzai’s niece was serving on the medical staff.  CURE personnel were keenly aware of their vulnerability, particularly the foreign Christian staff there to serve both Our Lord and the Afghan people.

The thoughts and prayers of all Cross International employees are with the families and friends of these brave individuals who selflessly gave everything to this noble cause.

David Adams, VP Missions - Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach

 

 

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Caption Contest: Obama Bows To Japanese Robot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: Breitbart

 

In the “you just can not make this stuff up” category is a headline today on Drudge Report: “U.S. President Bows to Japanese Robot.”

The Drudge link is to a Breitbart piece that begins:

During his visit to Tokyo, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot. ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, exchanged bows with the president before demonstrating that it could kick a soccer ball.

Yes, we realize that bowing is a Japanese custom, however, because President Obama has a history of bowing to men and now machines, our contest provides an opportunity to apply some of your creativity to his diplomatic style.

Here are some other “vintage” images for you to caption if our president bowing to a robot does not entirely satisfy your creative needs.

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Caption Contest Winner: Hillary’s New Book, ‘Hard Choices,’ Now has a Subtitle

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Hillary book cover

Photo Credit: Simon & Schuster

 

Thanks to all who entered our latest contest.

As we have come to expect from our brilliant PJM readers, the subtitles were clever, funny and politically astute.

The judges are now pleased to announce one grand prize winner and a host of honorable mentions.

The winner of our grand prize receives a discount coupon to The Gap, where, in case you forgot, Monica purchased her infamous blue dress.

The winning subtitle submitted by our “Caption King emeritus” cfbleachers is:

Hard Choices: But The Truth Was Not Among Them

Now we can all rest easy because Hillary’s new book title is complete.

Here are the honorable mentions that are VERY honorable.

joethefatman gave us:  Hard Choices: Sex, Lies, and Benghazi

Walterc won with: Hard Choices: Pantsuit or Blue dress?

JRSWINE wrote: Hard Choices-Benghazi, Whitewater or Travelgate

David77 had several winners:

Hard Choices: Which right-wing conspiracy to dismiss

Hard Choices: Which reset button to press.

Hard Choices: Photoshop or Makeup for my book cover

Hard Choices: Elizabeth Warren or Sandra Fluke for my VP.

Hard Choices: Which American Ally to ignore

RockThisTown entertained with these clever titles:

Hard Choices: Solid color or pattern drapes for the White House.

Hard Choices: Bitterly clinging to power or divorcing it.

Hard Choices: Baking pies or making up lies.

Hard Choices: Which dish to throw at Bill.

Hard Choices: Save many lives or my one political life.

Our grand prize winner cfbleachers also had many more winners:

Hard Choices: Made Much Easier If You Have No Conscience

Hard Choices: Between Evil And Incompetence

Hard Choices: Pantsuit or Burqa

Hard Choices: Arrest and Jail An Innocent Videographer, or Just Kill Him

Hard Choices: MSNBC Or CNN Or NYT Better For My Propaganda?

Hard Choices: Use The IRS, the DOJ, or The EPA to punish The Enemies Listees

Finally, here is a photo that accompanies a piece today on The Daily Beast with the title: Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary The piece is about Hillary groupies and I am not joking.  The photo is worthy of a caption contest but you will all agree that we are suffering from Hillary fatigue at this moment.

Feel free to caption it anyway and see you next time a photo is worthy of a PJM caption contest.

Credit: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty

Credit: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty

 

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Caption Contest: ‘Hard Choices’ is the name of Hillary’s new book but it needs a subtitle

Friday, April 18th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Hillary book cover

Photo Credit: Simon & Schuster

 

To be released on June 10,  Hillary’s new book entitled Hard Choices is crying out for a subtitle.

Here is the opening paragraph from the promo page:

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON’S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES, AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS AS AMERICA’S 67TH SECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW OF THE FUTURE.

Since our readers did such a terrific job with our last contest  suggesting titles for Hillary’s then untitled book (all ignored however) here is your chance to write a subtitle.

To start things off here is mine:

Hard Choices: Does Bill use Viagra or Cialis?  

Have fun but PLEASE keep it clean on this Holy Friday.

 

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Caption Contest Winner: Hillary’s New Book Needs A Title (and now it has one!)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Drudge Report

Credit: Drudge Report

The only word I can use to describe our latest contest is AMAHZING!

Thanks to all who made this contest one of the best in the glorious history of PJM Photo Caption Contests.  Our judges had a very difficult time selecting the winners and the criteria they used was, “Does it sound like a book title?” That is important to note because there were so many fabulous entries.

Our grand prize winner (of a future IRS investigation if SHE wins in 2016) goes to Booger2.0 for this gem:

I Slept With Bill Clinton and All I Got Was This Lousy Pantsuit

Booger2.0 also had an honorable mention for: It Takes an Intern

Our second grand prize winner is Fail Burton with:

The Beverly BillHillaries.  

FromNJ was our third grand prize winner with: 

Am I President Yet?

Here are all the honorable mentions:

David77:  Stand by Your Man – How Hillary Clinton Failed as a Feminist

WWM: Hillary: The Difference She Doesn’t Make

SoIncredulous:  It’s All President Obama’s Fault

Allan Crowson: It Fakes a Village (with apologies to Potemkin)

JRSWINE: How to Succeed in Politics without Doing Anything (Honest)

RockThisTown had four great entries: The Feminist’s Guide to Dodging Sniper Fire

How I Learned to Forgive Bill . . . & Monica, & Paula, & Gennifer, & Elizabeth, & the vast right-wing conspiracy. Wait . . . scratch those last 5.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling . . . One Bimbo Eruption at a time

Clinton Impeachment: The Sequel

Anna Beatriz: “Better than the Previous Occupant” 

loveamerica: Smoke and Mirrors- How to tell lies and make people believe it

ISOaPBR: I’ll Get You, My Pretty (and Your Little Dog, Too)

Physics Geek had two clever titles: What To Expect When You’re Ruling and

The Liar, the Witch and the War Room

Kuce: Vast Right Wing Conspiracies for Dummies

Gbone: If You Fly Around A Lot, People Will Think You Are Doing Something

Fail Burton: Please Leave An Alibi At the Sound of the Beep

cfbleachers (The Great and Powerful) had these hilarious titles: I Don’t Bake Cookies, But I Helped Cook The Books

and   It Takes A Villain To Raze A Country

Now speaking of the Clintons:

Below is “contest worthy” photo in need of a caption (but this is NOT an official contest.) The photo was from an article on a liberal-leaning website with the title and subtitle: “Send in General Bubba” and “Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democrat Midterm Campaign.”  

Credit: The Daily Beast

Credit: The Daily Beast

One can only imagine from his grave the real General Patton is swinging his famous pistols in disgust.

General Patton and some other notables

General Patton and his revolver chatting with some other notables.

Finally, the above photo prompted me to tell you this worthless tibbit:  In 1977 I had the opportunity to shake the hand of one of the men in this photo. Can you figure out which one?  See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJM photo caption contest and Happy Easter everyone!

 

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Caption Contest: Hillary’s New Book Needs A Title

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Drudge Report

Credit: Drudge Report

Drudge has posted our contest image and is reporting:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book on her time as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state will be released on June 10, her publisher says. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Wednesday that Clinton would share “candid reflections about key moments during her time as Secretary of State as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.” The book’s title and jacket design have not yet been released; the publishing date was released by the publisher on a website for the book: http://www.hillaryclintonmemoir.com/

STOP RIGHT THERE!

As I have indicated in bold, the book’s title has not yet been released. That means PJM readers have a unique opportunity to name her book. BUT, because of the passionate feelings many of you have towards Mrs. Clinton, please remember that this is a “family” website.

To start things off here is my title:

I Am Not A Rhymes With Rich

Have fun and be clever but NOT too mean.

 

 

 

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Caption Contest Winners: The First Lady Went to China and Did Not Bring Home This T-shirt

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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2009 File Photo Daily Mail – REUTERS/David Gray

Thanks to everyone who entered our latest contest. We had enough great quotations to fill our own “little red book” and forever banish Chairman Mao from the book writing business.

Not surprising, our own “Chairman” Cfbleachers provided us with much old Chinese and new Democrat wisdom.  Here is a sample:

“Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.”
Obamacare shows that doing it this way causes clogged economic arteries.

“To read too many books is harmful.”
Ergo, reading a single security briefing could prove fatal.

“Let a hundred scandals bloom.”
As long as you own the media, it will be impossible to gain a whiff of their “fragrance.”

Kuce is awarded a Chairman Mao “workers cap” for these quotations:

 “A dog on the plate is worth two in the bush”
- recipes from Chairman Mao, with forward by B.H. Obama

“It is necessary to investigate both the facts and the history of a problem in order to study and understand it.” Mao
“… it is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in fifty …. seven states? I think one left to go.” BHO

RockThisTown provided us with this wisdom:

 Mao: To read too many books is harmful.
Obama: To write too many books is harmful.

Gblumel gave us an idea for some commie-style economic stimulus: (Hey George, you should sell these at your country club.)

Get the whole series: Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Che, Stalin, et al.

Now for the grand prize winners — who win nothing but grey moth-eaten Mao jackets.

JRSWINE is runner up for suggesting two new book titles:

The Quotations of Chairman Mao, by Mousie Dung.
The Quotations of Chairman Me-O, by BHO.

First place goes to RockThisTown for this Mao/Nixonian wisdom:

Nixon and Mao

Mao: “Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.”

Obama: “Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the IRS.”

Thanks again to everyone who submitted their version of wisdom and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler photo caption contest.

Oh wait…. this photo from March 27  is almost worthy but not quite up to our high standards for its own contest.  However, I am confident that you will have some fun imagining what Pope Francis is thinking.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Seriously, have you ever seen such a cast of characters in one PJ Tatler post?  Nixon, Mao, Obama, Kerry and the Pope — there has got to be a joke in there SOMEWHERE.

 

 

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Obama to Pope according to Rand Paul Tweet: ‘Forgive me father for I have spied.’

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Photo Credit: Drudge Report

Photo Credit: Drudge Report

 

From Twitchy:

‘LOL!’ Sen. Rand Paul cracks Obama, Pope Francis joke; Is this what Obama said?

Senator Rand Paul        ✔ @SenRandPaul

BarackObama to @Pontifex: Forgive me father for I have spied. #NSA

Can PJM readers think of more confessions that President Obama might have had for Pope Francis?

 

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New Caption Contest: The First Lady Went to China and Did Not Bring Home This T-shirt.

Monday, March 24th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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2009 File Photo Daily Mail – REUTERS/David Gray

 

I may be dating myself, but I remember a children’s T-shirt that used to be popular in tourist areas that read: “My (mom, dad, whomever) when to (wherever) and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.”

The phrase came to mind after seeing this headline today in BizPac Review:

Popular ”Obama as Mao” shirts pulled from shops for Michelle’s China visit.

As it turns out, the piece originated in the Weekly Standard:

According to the Weekly Standard, a pool reporter commented on a tip about merchants at t-shirt stalls being told to “temporarily suspend sales of t-shirts that show President Obama in a Mao hat.”  The pool reporter added:

That tip turned out to be true. Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts. As we were negotiating prices – she wanted 360 Yuan, or roughly $60, an outrageous starting price – other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.

One of the commenters in the BizPac Review piece wrote that the shirts are available on ebay, so click on the link if you need to complete your spring wardrobe.

Another commenter mentioned, “If they sold the shirts here they would not make any money because today’s youth don’t know who Mao was.”

Just in case you too are a victim of public schools, here is a brief Wikipedia summary of that lovable character known as Mao Zedong.

A controversial figure, Mao is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history. Mao is officially held in high regard in the People’s Republic of China. Supporters regard him as a great leader and credit him with numerous accomplishments including modernizing China and building it into a world power, promoting the status of women, improving education and health care, providing universal housing, and increasing life expectancy as China’s population grew from around 550 to over 900 million during the period of his leadership.Maoists furthermore promote his role as theorist, statesman, poet, and visionary. In contrast, critics and historians have characterized him as a dictator who oversaw systematic human rights abuses and whose rule is estimated to have contributed to the deaths of 40–70 million people through starvation, forced labor and executions, ranking his tenure as the top incidence of genocide in human history.   (I added the bold.)

After being responsible for the deaths of 40 – 70 million people, perhaps comparing Obama to Mao is a stretch. However the t-shirt being pulled from the streets for Michelle’s visit is still a newsworthy story. However, I can not figure out if the Chinese are dishonoring Obama or honoring him since Mao is still very popular in China. Maybe someone can translate what is written on the shirt?  (Hey Mike P. in DC your services are needed.)

Since I was a victim of public schools, what I remember most about Mao was his “Little Red Book” called Quotations from Chairman Mao.

Over the years I have occasionally co-opted that title as “Quotations from Chairwoman My My” when bestowing wisdom (??) on friends or business associates.

So for this contest please keep “Quotations from” in mind when submitting your entries.

Here is the book cover to jog your memory and you may also submit a new title or caption as part of the contest.

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Photo Caption Winner: ‘US Capitol Goes Dark Thousands Lose Power’ and a Video Surprise Too!

Monday, March 17th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Credit: BuzzFeed

 

Our writers exceeded the judge’s high expectations with their bright entries for our dark photo caption contest.

We even had a grand prize winner who is a contest newbie and that is Makster with his entry:

US Capitol goes dark. America’s future is bright.

So thanks, Makster and we hope that you will continue playing along with our loyal readers who light up the web with their hilarious captions.

Here are the other entries that shined like stars over the dark Capitol.

Our reining Caption King, Chris Henderson had several creative entries:

Don’t panic. Obama’s teleprompter has its own back-up generator.

D.C. switches to Solyndra – loses A.C.

“If you like your electric power, you can keep your electric power.”

RockThisTown  (another Caption King )had three winners:

Democrats’ plan for 2016 – keep America in the dark.

Obama turns the lights  out so no one can see the latest unemployment numbers.

What happens when government redistributes light.

JRSWINE won with two catchy captions:

Perfect time to pass that Immigration Bill.

We have succeeded in lowering our carbon footprint.

At The Rubicon won with:

Thousands Lose Power. Women and Minorities Hardest Hit

David 77 gave us:

Don’t worry. With Pen and a Phone Obama will light the way (with his brilliant intellect)

Zip Code cracked up the judges with:

That should teach them not to buy a toaster made in China.

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media Caption Contest!

But wait..if you call right now… (just kidding about calling) but do check out this video.

It takes you inside the twisted mind of a young left-leaning liberal who was once an Obamabot but now has turned against her beloved leader.

Watch how she burns her Obama campaign T-shirt in a rant where you will learn more about what young voters are thinking than any hand-picked focus group.

And yes, please comment and name this video.

YouTube Preview Image

Video hat-tip: BizPac Review

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Obama Calls Florida Strip Club Owner With Medal of Honor News, and a White House Invitation

Monday, March 17th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Joe Rodriguez, Cheetah Club owner
Credit: Joe Rodriguez Charities

 

As reported in Sunday’s Miami Herald, President Obama made a very important phone call recently to Joe Rodriguez, a successful South Florida business owner who stimulates the economy by creating  jobs for attractive young women who then use their assets to generate income.

Rodriguez received the President’s call while working at one of his three Cheetah Gentlemen’s Clubs.  These clubs, as reported in the Miami Herald, offer “the hottest dancers, full nudity, full friction and a full liquor bar.

President Obama’s call was of historic significance as explained by the Herald’s news headline:

South Florida man to accept overdue Medal of Honor for his late uncle’s valor in Korea

Rodriguez’s uncle, U.S. Army Pvt. Miguel Vera, is among 24 men who served in conflicts spanning World War II to Vietnam. Their heroism was overlooked, and they are now being retroactively awarded America’s highest award for valor.

On Tuesday, March 18, at a White House ceremony President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Rodriguez on behalf of his uncle, who Rodriguez says, “was my hero always.” Vera died from his wounds in 1952 during a bloody battle in Korea.  Previously, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and is now posthumously receiving an upgrade.

U.S. Army Pvt. Vera who died in Korea in 1952

U.S. Army Pvt. Vera who died in Korea in 1952

 

The reason for Pvt. Vera belatedly receiving the Medal of Honor along with 23 others is an attempt to recognize that possible prejudice occurred at the time, as the Herald reports:

Most of those two dozen recipients are Hispanic, and only three are alive. Tuesday’s ceremony is the culmination of a decade-long review of the military files of hundreds of Jewish and Hispanic veterans mandated by Congress “to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice,” according to a White House statement.

Rodriguez recognized the potential public relations problem his three strip clubs might cause the White House and was honest with the Army liaison who made the initial call informing him about Tuesday’s ceremony.  “You do know what I do for a living?” he said he told her. “I have strip clubs.”

The Herald reports that the Army said “It has nothing to do with the award.”

Although not the typical CEO who usually frequents the White House, Joe Rodriguez, age 73 is himself a rags-to-riches story. As a boy he loved his uncle and from his club worked on the research that will culminate in the White House Medal of Honor ceremony.

Rodriguez is also a proud former Marine who served at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. As a show of pride, annually on November 10, Rodriguez honors the founding of the Marines by hosting a celebration at his three Cheetah clubs and the girls stop dancing for 30 minutes.

In addition to his military service and patriotism, Rodriguez is also a philanthropist who says he has donated over $1 million to various charities such as hospitals, schools, breast cancer research and the Marines, annual Toys for Tots project. (Although a quick Google search revealed that sometimes schools are not supportive of Rodriguez’s line of business and debate whether to return his donations. Then, there is old news about the clubs that should make the White House a tad bit uncomfortable having Rodriguez as a guest.)

So watch on Tuesday, March 18 for there may be some news headlines that include the phrases “strip club owner,” White House and President Obama, but it is really about honoring the Korean War bravery of Pvt. Miguel Vera and his nephew’s determination to see that his uncle is finally given the recognition he deserved.

Hopefully, at the White House ceremony the President will not ask Mr. Rodriguez if his young, healthy, female employees are properly covered. (With Obamacare, that is.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama’s View From Alaska

Friday, March 14th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

A conservative political activist who happens to be a good friend of mine from the Washington D.C. area just sent me this image.

This post is not meant to be an “official” caption contest because we have one raging at the moment.

However, I could not resist sharing it and you can comment and caption as much as you like.

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New Photo Caption Contest: ‘US Capitol Goes Dark Thousands Lose Power’

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: BuzzFeed

Credit: BuzzFeed

 

Last night a wind storm hit the Washington D.C. area and resulted in a power outage at the U.S. Capitol.

Of all the  photos I considered to “capitalize” on this unusual event, the one I chose was from Twitter @ BuzzFeed Storm accompanied by the headline: U.S. Capitol plunged into darkness as power outage hits Washington D.C.

Now, I am not sure if the U.S. Capitol briefly plunging into darkness is of any long-term national or political significance, BUT I AM SURE that loyal caption contest followers will “capture” its appropriate meaning by submitting numerous snarky political explanations.

Here are clips of the story as reported by Yahoo News with the headline I used for our contest:

US Capitol Goes Dark Thousands Lose Power

Washington (AFP) – The US Capitol building and other iconic Washington landmarks briefly went dark as powerful wind gusts also caused tens of thousands of people in the area to lose power.

The Capitol dome, where power was knocked out for about 30 minutes in a rarely seen event, was not the only building affected by the blast of colder air.

The “lose power” phrase in the headline intrigues me for it reflects the real loss of power experienced by our Legislative Branch under the reign of our current president.

Additionally, ‘Capitol Goes Dark’ is a gem of a phrase that just can not be ignored. So I would suggest that contest writers find ways to exploit these phrases and apply them to the current political arena.

Have fun with this one and remember:

“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night. But safety – like light – is a façade.”  ― C.J. RobertsCaptive in the Dark

 

 

 

 

 

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Contest Winners: Is the White House Advance Team Secretly Working for Republicans? And More

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Photo Credit: Stephen Crowley, New York Times

Photo Credit: Stephen Crowley, New York Times

Thanks to all who entered our latest successful (and hilarious) caption contest.

The sarcasm and humor present in these entries indicated a strong longing and attachment to your inner child. This was likely caused by excessively reading of MAD Magazine by flashlight, while under the covers during your early stages of personality development.

So now that Dr. Sigmund Freud has provided me us with his expert analysis, it is time for the judge’s results.

We have a grand prize winner who goes by the name of “rbj.”

Mr. rbj  is also one of our esteemed Caption Kings known for their creativity, intellect, patriotism and overall snarky-ness. (Is that even a word?) We shall now host a toast to rbj who wrote this gem (and several others great ones too.)

Everything Obama knows about world affairs he learned in kindergarten.

A second grand prize winner using this same theme goes to wintermute who wrote:

Obama finally releases his kindergarten transcripts.

Wintermute also earned an honorable mention for this entry:

Today’s expression of “deep concern” is brought to you by the letters D and B and the number 5.

The great and powerful cfbleachers had two winners:

One small child asked Obama about being allowed to say a prayer in school and he immediately had his lunch money audited.  

At first I thought the rug was a new Chinese Zodiac and we were announcing the Year of The Horse’s Ass.

RockThisTown (another Caption King) earned several honorable mentions:

The President speaks to the last group with whom he still has some credibility.

Kindergarten Flop

“Kids, Just Say No to Rugs…like this.”

“Mamas, Don’t let your Babies Grow Up to be Community Organizers..”

Gallus had a winner with:

…and this is where I have my snack and take my nap–so kids, that’s how a President does a security briefing.

Kuce scores with:

Obama explains his foreign policy “OK kids, A is for Agitate, B is for Broke, C is for Crimea, D is for Don’t, E is for Engage . . . “

Chris Henderson keeps his title as reigning Caption King with these entries:

“And so children, that’s why my favorite letters are I. R. & S.”

His friends in the media swept a lot of dirt under that rug!

The Obama Presidency: A Tragic Carpet Ride.

Cold Bob earned an honorable mention for:

Yes Mr President, the kindergarten furniture does make you look more imposing.

Allen Crowson scores points with these three:

“Whoa! This is a tougher audience than the usual White House press corps.

“If you like your marbles you can keep your marbles.”

“So you see, boys and girls, the Constitution is made up of different combinations of the same letters you see right here under my feet. And that is why I can walk all over it.”

Mandy Manners showed manners with:

“Boys and Girls, can you say ‘ICBM’?”

There were many more terrific entries, but not enough space to display them all, so just go back to the contest and have a good laugh (or cry because they all reflect some truth.)

Finally, the opening reference to MAD Magazine was a result of a serious question my 88-year-old mother asked me recently after reading one of my posts:

“Myra, remember how you used to read MAD Magazine all the time, do you think that affected you?

I will leave the answer up to you and see you next time a photo is worthy of a PJM Tatler photo caption contest.

WAIT!!  Hold the presses!  A friend from Washington D.C.  (thanks RB)  just sent me this photo as I was about to post this piece. This is not a contest, but you will enjoy “putting around” with it. The caption read:

“Another Golf Match With Putin.”

 

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Contest Winners: Official White House Photo – Obama Rocks Jeans While Putin Moves Tanks

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
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Official White House photo

Thanks to everyone who entered our “Obama Rocks Jeans While Putin Moves Tanks” caption contest.

As usual, the entries were so clever and funny that I could hear all the judges laughing out loud while trying to determine the winners.

It turned out the grand prize winner was someone very familiar to contest fans for he is our reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson.

Seriously Chris, how DO you do it?

Contest after contest (except when you were vacationing in re-education camp) you write these amazing captions that perfectly captures the essence of the photo.

Here is why Chris is King of the Caption Kings:

Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Barack Obama: “Mr. Putin, please take my call!” 

“Look here Putin, either you behave or I will unleash the West’s most destructive force ever on you…ObamaCare!”

“‘Ukraine?’ I thought you said “cocaine.” So I’m no longer interested.”

OBAMA: “Hello?”  VOICE ON OTHER END OF THE PHONE: “This is the 80s. Do you want your foreign policy back?” (Editor’s note: Click here for news background on this caption.)

And there were many more! So just go back to the contest and read them all.

Now, besides Chris we had numerous other winners. Here they are and I dare you not to LOL.

AFBlue won with: “Thank you for calling the Kremlin. Your business is important to us..”

RockThisTown had several winners:

Well, Crimea . . . . river!  You don’t have Leno laughing at you every night anymore!”

Resolute Desk by Queen Victoria, Designer jeans by Bugle Boy, President by low-info voters.

“Vlad, you better cut it out in Ukraine – these jeans are stone-washed!”

FunJohnny had me LOL with this one:

Ya better wise-up, Vlad…I’ve put my man pants on. And, in case your wonderin’ — it Depends.

CraigZ won with: Sorry, gotta go. GQ’s here for the shoot.

Cfbleachers another “King of Caption Kings” had several winners, as usual:

Obama has a pair of jeans and a way to deal with a foreign policy crises…..    Guess.

“I have a phone…I just don’t answer it”

Vlad, it’s March and you know what that means…have to fill out my bracket picks!”.

Kuce had this clever entry:

“Would you quit with the ‘protecting Russian speakers’ thing? Mexico is starting to get a few ideas.”

Allan Crowson scored with these two:

“Vladimir, they assured me you were in the tank, just like the media. What do you mean, you’re in *a* tank?”

“Yes, that’s right. I have a pen, and I uh have a phone. I’m using it right now. What’s that? You have an army, and you have a backbone, and you’re using it right now. Yes, I understand.”

Daniel in Brookline cracked up the judges with this one:

“Vlad, you’d better stop. I have the Washington Post on line 2, and they’re ready to write you up as a racist. You heard me? RACIST!”

Thanks again loyal contest fans for taking the time to enter and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJM Tatler photo caption contest.

 

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New Caption Contest: Is the White House Advance Team Secretly Working for the Republicans?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by Myra Adams

Photo Credit: Stephen Crowley, New York Times

 

Today, this photo was brought to my attention in an email with the subject line: “Begging for a caption contest.” Do you agree?

It was New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley that took and tweeted the photo.

The caption accompanying it read: Obama, “We believe the Ukrainian people should be able to decide their own future.”

Now, at this writing, it looks as if Putin is not planning on invading Ukraine. Does that mean Putin “has blinked,” and WWIII has been delayed? Does it also mean that Putin can now return to his normal bare-chested manly activities?

Meanwhile, let’s discuss the parameters of this new caption contest.

It is my theory that the White House advance team is working for the Republican National Committee.  If not, how on earth could they let President Obama speak while standing on this rug? What is also amazing timing is that two days ago on Fox News Sunday, Mike Rogers (R-MI) Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Chris Wallace, “I think Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles.”

So now Obama is showing us the rug on which he actually plays marbles! Children and world leaders everywhere are delighted!

Seriously, is the White House gang responsible for this rug speech the same ones who released the photo that is the subject of our latest caption contest currently raging?

That one features an equally politically embarrassing “official White House” photo of Obama wearing tight jeans while talking on the phone with President Putin in the Oval Office.

Both photos, days apart, indicate that something has gone terribly wrong in the White House Office of Smoke and Mirrors “Optics Department.” Can anyone guess what has caused this breakdown?

While you are pondering that question, let’s have some fun with this stately new presidential rug, playing or losing one’s marbles, and the guy in the door to the left that is wondering, “Am I about to get fired?”

 

 

 

 

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