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?
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?
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.
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.
Pope Francis Hosts Mideast Peace ‘Prayer Summit’ with Israeli and Palestinian Presidents This Sunday
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Another movie poster caption contest, what fun!
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.
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?”
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
An un-American automaton with no brain, no heart and incapable of speaking without input from others…oh, and a robot.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
One can only imagine from his grave the real General Patton is swinging his famous pistols in disgust.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
‘LOL!’ Sen. Rand Paul cracks Obama, Pope Francis joke; Is this what Obama said?
Can PJM readers think of more confessions that President Obama might have had for Pope Francis?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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:
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.
“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.”
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.
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?”
Here are some financial facts showing the disconnect between Hollywood and “the rest of us.” (Facts are so inconvenient.)
Question: Of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture, how many ranked among the top-ten highest grossing movies of 2013 at the domestic box office?
Answer: Just one, Gravity which ranked sixth highest, hauling in $270,465,000 according to Box Office Mojo.
Now to be fair, Frozen was the third highest grosser with $388,736,000 and that won Best Animated Feature Film but was not nominated for Best Picture.
Here are the remaining eight movies nominated for Best Picture and their 2013 domestic rankings at the box office.
- 12 Years a Slave: Winner of Best Picture Rank 69 — earned $50,260,000
- American Hustle: Rank 17 — earned $146,710,000
- Captain Phillips: Rank 32 — earned $106,957,071
- Dallas Buyers Club: Rank 99 — earned $25,318,000
- Her: Rank 101 –earned $24,604,000
- Nebraska: Rank 120 – earned $17,133,000
- Philomena: Rank 83 — earned $34,629,000
- The Wolf of Wall Street: Rank 29 – earned $114,579,000
For comparison, here are the domestic Top Ten Grossing Movies in 2013:
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $423,914,000
- Iron Man 3: $409,013,994
- Frozen: $368,736,000
- Despicable Me: $368,061,265
- Man of Steel: $291,045,518
- Gravity: $270,465,000
- Monsters University: $268,492,764
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $256,952,000
- Fast and Furious 6: $238,679,850
- Oz The Great and Powerful: $234,911,825
After seeing these rankings, please comment about whether you think Hollywood is out of touch with “the folks.” And while you are commenting, how about answering this question: “Should success at the box office impact whether a movie deserves to be nominated or to win Best Picture?”
Furthermore, it is my humble opinion that a complete snubbing of Lone Survivor (Rank 24: Gross $123,357,000) sums up everything we need to know about Hollywood culture and values in 2014. In case you missed it, here was what PJM’s Roger Simon wrote about that snub back when the nominations were announced in January.
Finally, what Donald Trump thought about the Oscars was mentioned today in Politico’s Morning Score:
“Was President Obama in charge of this years [sic] Academy Awards – they remind me of the ObamaCare website! - Donald Trump tweeted during the Oscars last night.
Well, at least First Lady Michelle Obama stayed away from the awards show this year because we all know there is no connection between Hollywood and Washington.
There is nothing more glorious than an official White House photo as a subject for our “world famous” caption contest.
This photo of President Obama speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin was released on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. EST.
So while Putin has moved tanks into Crimea and is contemplating invading Ukraine (which might cause Obama to miss a few rounds of golf) at least we could all take comfort in knowing that our Commander-in-Chief looked AWESOME in his Saturday jeans.
Was Obama channeling Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire – tough guy” look? Will some intern please find an axe?
Did Obama think that wearing tight jeans in the Oval Office would help intimidate this guy?
Here are more serious questions for our contest writers to address:
Whom should occupy the three empty chairs shown in the photo? (People either dead or alive)
What was Obama REALLY saying to Putin?
Is Obama about to “blink first” in this photo? (Google if you are confused.)
What was Putin wearing or NOT wearing when this photo was taken?
True or False: Obama asked Michelle — Does this stance make me look more like John Wayne or General Patton?
What would FDR do?
What would Jimmy Carter do?
What would Jesus do?
Is Hillary hiding in the desk (John-John style) after measuring the drapes in the Oval Office?
Can you determine if Obama is wearing boxers or briefs?
Is Obama on hold trying to order a large pepperoni with double cheese or a small gluten-free veggie?
Who the heck is in charge of official White House photos? Did they really think that this photo was going to help bolster Obama’s image as a strong leader?
Oh no, I just got a call from the security guard in the lobby of our building said he said that the IRS and the NSA are on their way upstairs.
Quick, write your entries NOW, so I can read them on the train to Camp Obama.
Thanks to all who entered our latest caption contest and special thanks that my “threat” was taken seriously.
Our grand prize winner was “rbj” with this entry:
Trump thought balloon: “So that’s what it looks like to stick to your principles.”
Our second grand prize winner was Chris Henderson (our reigning Caption King) with these two entries:
Three Presidential Candidates? More like three IRS targets.
How can they be Presidential Candidates when there aren’t any Teleprompters around?
Chris Henderson also had another winning caption for the photo of “yours truly” with Senator Ted Cruz.
In 2016 President Cruz appoints the new Secretary of Captioning
RockThisTown wins an honorable mention for the same photo with this entry:
“Myra, I only have a few minutes – don’t filibuster the photo!”
RockThisTown had two hilarious captions for the photo of ”eyes only” with “The Donald” in the background:
Huge photo faux pas – Trump is to never be in the background! That photographer is so fired!
Blonded by the right.
Now the reason I am not re-posting the two aforementioned photos is because of all the snarky personal emails I received from friends and family.
“Hair” is a sample:
How do you keep birds from nesting in that hair?
Didn’t I see you in that dress six years ago at so and so’s wedding? Your dress lasted longer than the marriage!
How could you even think of having your picture taken with that crazy man?
And the reason why a good friend dared not enter the official caption contest: Too much hair for me to respond.
Boy, I am glad that contest is over!
Finally, a darling family member who proudly works for the company that has achieved total world domination — sent me the photo shown below.
It is of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taken during a meeting in Jerusalem last week.
My immediate response was that it HAD to have been photoshopped — until I saw it on the Washington Post with the caption, “The most uncomfortable photo in the world.”
And yes, for once I agree with the Washington Post, so no photo caption contest for this one.
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJM Tatler caption contest that does not happen to be “the most uncomfortable photo in the world.”
Can you spot all three? Do you know what they were thinking the moment this photo was snapped?
Those are your challenges for our latest photo caption contest.
Here are some helpful hints: All of them will be speaking at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) to be held March 6 – 8 in Washington D.C. For those unfamiliar, CPAC is an annual gathering attended by all who matter in Republican politics — and my burning question is, “Which of these three will garner the loudest and longest applause?”
After being in the same ballroom with all of them on Friday night, I honestly do not know the answer to that question. So, if you plan on attending CPAC, please keep your ears open and report your findings.
More hints: One of the candidate/speakers has AMAZING hair and another is known for his Gifted Hands. All three have inspirational life stories that wow adoring crowds at GOP events. Additionally, the mainstream media is always looking for ways to shoot them down, but they turn that to their advantage with fundraising prowess and even more media attention.
Now, ( I am really going out on a limb here so PLEASE do not make me regret this) you may caption the photo below but “be nice” or I will stop correcting all the spelling errors and bad punctuation on your contest entries in the winner’s posts.
Here is some important context about this photo: It was taken as I asked the subject if he could show me the target on his back that he inherited from Newt Gingrich as the Republican in Congress most despised by the “lamestream” media. And, just seconds after I asked him about the recent remark made by Jonathan Karl of ABC News on a Sunday morning news show. Karl said our subject is so hated by fellow Republican senators that he will “need a food taster” in the U.S. Senate lunchroom — and he STILL smiled as this photo was taken. Good man!
Watch out Hillary, because he has “BIG MO” and tough skin.
Finally, you may also caption this photo below taken by a friend who was trying to position me in the same frame as the subject in the right background. He is the one who hosted this large event in his lavishly decorated living room resembling the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. (Google it if you attended public school after 1970.)
Seriously, this photo was not cropped or photoshopped and I am still trying to determine if it has some deep meaning, but I will leave that up to you.
So, do you have enough hints? Can you name them all? Can you write some clever captions?
Have fun and I mean it about the spelling and punctuation threat.
Thanks to everyone who entered our latest and very successful contest. All the entries were “hair-larious.”
The Grand Prize is awarded to Kuce, (our most recent Caption King) for this zinger:
Get Governor Perry on the phone – his hair deserves a place in my Administration.
Kuce also had several honorable mentions:
Out the Resolute Desk. In the Rogaine Desk.
I did not have fiscal relations with that woman.
Get an iPad loaded with all the episodes of my show. We’ve got to send a gift for the Queen of England.
(Editor’s note: In case you forgot, as a gift to Queen Elizabeth, Obama presented her with an iPod full of his speeches in 2009.)
Here are the rest of the best:
RockThisTown, another long time Caption King had several winners:
“My first official act as President will be to waterboard Rosie O’Donnell with Slim-Fast.”
(Editor’s note: Trump and Rosie O’Donnell despise each other.)
First Medal of Freedom winner under a Trump Presidency: Vidal Sassoon.
Announcing TrumpCare – mandatory hair care insurance for everyone. If you like your hair stylist, you can keep your hair stylist.
“I am naming Stevie Wonder as my Hair Czar”
JRSWINE had this cute entry:
I have hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place, all the gold in Fort Knox, and this place is still 17 trillion in the red. YOU’RE ALL FIRED!
Cfbleachers had several great ones. Here are a few of his best:
This would be a weird transition — The Apprentice has been the President for 8 years already.
Donald as President? Finally…somebody who isn’t a complete hack…at golf.
Allstonian won with: Ah, the “Hair Apparent.”
Allan Crowson deserves applause for: ”I have a tie and I have a comb.”
Zip Code was a little snarky with this one:
I would put my [piece prize] on the mantel but, my head would get cold!
Congratulations to all the winners. There were too many good ones to mention here, so just go back to the contest and read all the entries.
Now, may I have your attention please — it is time for the “Mane” event. (Someone cue the drum roll.)
As I wrote at the end of our contest, my goal was to take a “contest worthy” photo of ”The Donald’s” hair while attending an event at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Since our contest turned out to be hair-centric, I am pleased to offer our loyal contest readers a close-up of Trump’s actual hair as it appeared on February 21, 2014. His hair is most unusual and actually quite beautiful prompting a friend to say: “It belongs in a museum.”
So here is my question: Was it spun on looms of gold by angels in follicle heaven? To which another friend responded: “Angel hair.”
Please note that this photo is NOT part of an official contest. However, feel free to write hair-raising captions if you feel compelled.
BUT, watch this space because I did manage to take a REAL “contest worthy” photo and that will post on Monday, February 24th.
Late last night I received a powerful email from a friend who is retired from USAID (United States Aid for International Development) an agency of the State Department.
She was passing on what appears below — sent “by a friend who was part of the team I led at USAID.”
The content of the email beautifully summarizes the current violent crisis in the Ukraine and what exactly is at stake. I have withheld the name of the person who wrote the email but otherwise it appears exactly as written.
Subject: Tonight We Are All Ukrainians
People wonder about the field of democracy promotion where I have spent much of my career. Should we be involved or engaged in these far-flung corners of the world? Why should any of us care? Please watch the two, brief, video links I am including. The first shows a young Ukrainian girl who wants you to understand what she and her people are fighting for in the center of their capital city, facing soldiers, tanks, and the will of a once-democratic and now-repressive government. It is a powerful video. The second is a live-feed link to a web-cam shooting the central square (the one you saw in the earlier video which was shot a couple of days ago). As I write this, the square is on fire, it has been burning for hours, with intermittent shots and violent explosions lighting the night sky. You can hear the voices of opposition people on a loud speaker singing the national anthem, intoning prayers, calling for peace. The fires burn bright on the square, as their voices join together. Click on the link and join them in the Square, if even for a moment or two. Tonight, you will become a Ukrainian.
You cannot help but be moved by the bravery and patriotism of these people willing to face an armed and deadly government, bent on repressing freedom and its followers. They have gathered in Independence Square in Kiev, the site of an earlier revolution which established a short-lived democracy in this former-Soviet country. I have stood on that square with Ukrainian friends proud of how thousands before had stood up to their government, won a revolution and established a democracy. But democracies need time to become stable; a bad election has left Ukraine back where it started years ago–with a government that will not listen to its people. Today, they are demonstrating and pushing the current government through widespread insurrection to succumb to popular will–to be representative and to govern fairly. Instead, demonstrators have been beaten, jailed and now shot. People have fought for freedom under many guises, in many places. Tonight they are all Ukrainians.
There are reports that nine were killed on the barricades today in Kiev, scores more injured. This is not a movie set, the visual effects are real. People are fighting and dying for the right to speak their minds, to vote their consciences, to change their leaders…to live by the words of their constitution. We in the development community have helped the Ukrainian people understand what a democracy is, that they have to develop democratic institutions, and that democracy is a reciprocal relationship between those who govern and those who elect them. After years of trying to engage the government, civil society has been rebuffed and reviled by the authorities. As a result, people have again taken to the streets in a last act of desperation. Click on the links and join the rest of us who watch in horror and in awe. Tonight, we are all Ukrainians.
Here is the link to the other web-cam video that the writer mentions was made within the last 24 hours.
As freedom loving Americans we can agree that now, “We Are All Ukrainians!”
Like all political junkies, my first morning read is the “Politico Bible,” otherwise known as Mike Allen’s Playbook. Now this Monday morning I was enlightened, entertained, and also blessed with a photo for our newest caption contest, as Politico Playbook opened with:
TRUMP FIRES AIDE OVER BUZZFEED DISS – N.Y. Post p. 15, “TRUMP: HE AXED FOR IT! Political aide out,” by Fredric U. Dicker and Frank Rosario : “Donald Trump couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say, ‘You’re fired’ to an underling – even when the man offered to resign. Furious over a snarky BuzzFeed article about his political aspirations, the developer … booted the adviser who had urged him to do the interview.
Playbook linked to the N.Y. Post, which led me to the original BuzzFeed piece displaying our contest photo in an extra large format. So let’s hear a big photo credit shout-out to BuzzFeed because I have a feeling this contest is going to be a real doozy.
The headline of the BuzzFeed piece is “36 Hours on the Fake Campaign Trail with Donald Trump.” Here is the subhead that set the tone which led to the firing of Trump’s political aide, Sam Nunberg — who assured Trump that having a BuzzFeed interview would be a smart political move.
Over the course of 25 years, he’s repeatedly toyed with the idea of running for president and now, maybe, governor of New York. With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king.
There is a certain fascination I have with Trump as a cultural/political/cartoon figure/and, in the past, I have written a few articles about his presidential prospects here on PJ Tatler. However, this is our first caption contest featuring “The Donald” occupying a piece of real estate he is known to be eyeing.
To get you going, here are a few amusing ideas to consider:
What is the statue out the window thinking?
What is Donald saying in the photo behind the desk?
Fortunately there are no rules for this contest, so you can spill every ounce of creative juice onto your writing device.
Finally (I just discovered this today and it is for real), on Friday evening I will be attending a political event at Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate and HE is scheduled to attend.
Of course I will show him all your contest entries. Hopefully, I can take a photo good enough for our next contest. Yes, I know I bombed out taking a close-up photo of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast (see lame excuse from last contest that ALMOST involved wrestling with Secret Service agents) so perhaps THIS time I will be more successful. Certainly a close-up of Donald’s famous golden mane would make an awesome contest photo.
Stay tuned and start writing now!
Thanks to everyone who played along with our latest and extremely successful photo caption contest. Also, a special thanks to the many PJM readers who joined our contest for the first time. We hope you enjoyed the experience and will consider becoming regular players.
So without further ado, here are the grand prize winners:
First place goes to one of our esteemed “Caption Kings,” RockThisTown for this zinger:
Obama touches a football . . . expect him to win a Nobel Pass Prize
The second grand prize is awarded to a newbie player, SirNapsalot who stayed awake long enough to write:
Obama: “Don’t you know? Super Bowl Sunday IS ALL ABOUT ME!”
Below are all the Honorable Mentions but, just go back to the contest and read all the entries because there were so many winners.
Jaycenr: Hey, can you guys change the camera angle so the circular logo on the field will look like another “halo” for me?
Aharris: I knew I’d be good at this! All the best QBs lead from behind.
Kuce, one of our regular Caption Kings had several great entries:
Thought balloon: This will show Hillary that I’ve got the bigger ball.
Fantasy Football from a Fantasy Administration
Thought balloon: Since the other team has decided not to cooperate with me, I’ll just take my little pen and paper and executive order my win.
Chris Matthews rushed to hospital after another thrill attack.
Thought balloon: Once Boehner sees how manly I am, he’s going to be crying again
And nothing on the Left is ever out of bounds. .
Now we must take a timeout and acknowledge our MVP “cfbleachers” for his uncommonly brilliant entries that are MORE than just captions.
Obama and American politics in a snapshot:
He’s playing a team sport…alone.
He won’t wear the home team’s uniform.
The media is playing with an empty deck.
There are never any witnesses.
And the ball never leaves his hands.
And this too:
Obama has submitted an executive fiat for realignment of the NFL.
The New Corporate Division:
The Corporate Jets
The Corporate Raiders
The Corporate Chiefs
The Corporate Chargers
The Corporate Giants
The Corporate Titans
Slated for elimination from the league entirely who can no longer bitterly cling to their franchises
Here’s another gem from cfbleachers: The reason I know this is an accurate picture, there isn’t a Republican in sight playing defense.
Moving on, one of our regular players Allan Crowson had three winners:
Hillary, from the sidelines: “The Super Bowl is over! What difference at this point does it make?”
“Hey, I thought you said we could keep moving those goal posts!”
“Fortunately, my college stats are all sealed.”
Then we have two more from our Grand Prize winner RockThisTown:
“If the rest of my team won’t act to solve problems, I’ve got a football & I’ve got an arm.”
Naturally, Obama is in front of the ‘Media Deck’ – the only stadium section that’ll give this so-called pass a pass.
Finally, Chris Henderson our reigning Caption King read Obama’s mind: Obama: “I made a home run!”
(However, RockThisTown might have just dethroned Henderson after this contest.)
So let the battle of the Caption Kings continue….
ONE MORE THING:
During our last contest I mentioned that I was going to be attending the National Prayer Breakfast on February 6 in Washington D.C. and was hoping to take a photo worthy of our next contest. HOWEVER, that was difficult because photos were not allowed in the ballroom with Our Beloved Leader. But, I did manage to take a few before being wrestled to the ground by S.S. agents.
So here is the best one and if you want to write some captions you may — but this is NOT an official contest.
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJM photo caption contest and OBVIOUSLY NOT THIS ONE.
Once again, our narcissist-in-chief has used a special occasion to tweet a photo of himself. The headline of our piece appeared in Truth Revolt and was linked to at the Drudge Report.
Here is the piece with the tweet:
Sunday, President Obama celebrated the Super Bowl by having the White House tweet a picture of him throwing a football:
Game day. pic.twitter.com/95RA9iH8rc
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 2, 2014
President Obama said two weeks ago that he would not let his son, if he existed, play football: “I would not let my son play pro football.”
Obama has also criticized the violence of the game, stating, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” He then said that football was like smoking: “At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor. These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know.”
UPDATE: The @BarackObama twitter feed from Organizing for Action has now tweeted out the same photo:
Broncos or Seahawks? pic.twitter.com/kes2UBu34w
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 2, 2014
So contest fans, do you think we can have some post-Super Bowl fun with this photo?
PLEASE, just try NOT to score too many “snarky points,” for the writers may end up in “Camp O,” (and that is NOT a football training camp with juicy steaks for dinner).
In other news, I am heading to D.C. this week to attend the National Prayer Breakfast and, as expected, our beloved tie-wearing, football-throwing First Fan and First Lady will be seen praying from the head table.
Therefore, my personal prayer for our next photo-caption contest is to be the one who receives the photo credit. But that will all depend on where I am sitting, because the event is held in the “mother of all ballrooms” at the Washington Hilton.
Meanwhile, does anyone want to bet that Dr. Ben Carson will NOT be speaking or even attending this year?
In case you forgot, it was during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast when Dr. Carson spoke and became an overnight MVP of all Republicans after slamming ObamaCare in front of Obama. Watch this week as that all gets rehashed and replayed.
Have fun with this contest, folks, and be sure to say a “Hail Mary” for our football-throwing “Team Captain” as he attempts to throw a pass in this photo and then attends the Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning with (I am sure) fully-vetted speakers.