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.
Thanks to all who played along with our latest photo caption contest.
It was a happy time when, during our contest, we got word that our reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson had just escaped from re-education camp with the help of “Zip Code,” another one of our talented contest players.
Be sure to look back at the comments section and read about Henderson and Zip Code’s ingenious escape plan. A Netflix movie is sure to follow.
Now that King Henderson is back
tormenting truthfully describing our Beloved Leader, here are two of his winning captions:
Obama’s rolling papers.
White House Staffer: “Someone get this junk off the desk and make room for Obama’s feet!”
(Editor’s Note: See our contest from 2013 about Obama’s feet on the historic White House desk.)
We are overjoyed about Chris Henderson’s escape, but those weeks at “Camp Obama” must have taken their toll because Chris was NOT the grand prize winner of this contest.
That honor went to rbj another Caption King, who so far, has eluded a Camp “O” vacation. This winning caption perfectly described the contest photo:
The White House Office of Accountability
FunJohnny was also a grand prize winner with:
“This position has been abolished. We no longer need a researcher. We just make up our facts.”
Here are all the honorable mentions.
The cup,—- Hey chair, are you guarding that speech? The chair,— Yeah, can’t you see I’m armed.!
This is what happens when the SOTU research team has a “chair” instead of a “chairman.”
In the picture above, you can see the President directing the military operations during the night of the Benghazi attack.
Thanks again folks, and see you next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler Caption Contest.
But wait, there’s more…
Several people have requested that I run a caption contest on the controversial Planet Hillary image which appeared on the latest Sunday New York Times Magazine cover. As a result, this image has been “Topic A” at every NY/DC social gathering, and discussed ad nauseum on every cable TV news show in the last week.
The reason I did not offer a contest was because PJ Media columnist, Ed Driscoll had already covered this topic and used the image in his piece. That conflicted with my philosophy of always using fresh visual material. Now, with that said — if you can not resist writing a caption for “Planet Hillary” here is your opportunity.
Today Politico featured this heartwarming piece with the headline, ”Backstage SOTU peek on Instagram.”
The White House, which is no stranger to social media, took to Instagram on Wednesday to give Americans a behind-the-scenes look as the president prepares his State of the Union address. President Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, took over the White House Instagram account to post a few snapshots of the speech being prepared.
The series of five images shows Keenan at Obama’s desk discussing a speech draft; a fat binder and stack of papers labeled “POTUS speech research” next to a cup of coffee bearing the presidential seal; …..
STOP RIGHT THERE!
Is this the most perfect photo for a photo caption contest in our glorious history of photo caption contests?
For now we have proof that Clint Eastwood’s empty chair from the stage of the 2012 Republican National Convention resides in the White House speech writing room!
Eastwood’s infamous “empty chair performance” has personal meaning for me because I was in the audience watching, thinking and HOPING that his act was playing out better on television then it was in the Tampa convention center. But I was wrong because it came across WORSE!
So back to now….just how much fun will our brilliant, creative and snarky readers have while writing captions for this photo?
How many hilarious “thought bubbles” will emanate from the chair, the coffee cup, the binders full of ___.
I can hardly wait…..
Caption Contest Winners: What are Bill and Hillary Thinking at VA Governor McAuliffe’s Inauguration?
Thanks to all who played along with our latest contest.
Certainly this trio of Bill, Hill and Terry will be fun to watch and their new show should be called DEM Dynasty.
Now let’s get to the important business of naming our contest winners.
But first, a shout out to Kuce a new potential “Caption King” and with this entry: Bill – Hey, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Oops – wrong caption contest! — Kuce subtly reminded us that he won our last contest.
Memo to Kuce:
You are about to enter the winner’s circle again and there will be no need during our next contest to remind us that you won this contest. The mark of our reigning Caption Kings is creative brilliance tempered by humility.
So here is Kuce’s winning caption:
Hill – When I’m President I can have a Marine to hold this !@#% umbrella.
And the photo to which Kuce is referring:
Moving along, our Grand Prize was awarded to the most humble and brilliant Caption King, cfbleachers, who submitted:
There isn’t an umbrella big enough to keep us out of The Reign.
Now for the Honorable Mentions:
RockThisTown: (another humble Caption King)
Bill – Dear God, let Terry do a good job . . . destroying all those records of illegal DNC fundraising that would ruin Hillary in 2016.
Bless us, oh Lord, for these thy gifts that we are about to receive….oops, wrong Governor of Virginia. Then again, maybe not!
Zip Code: (almost a Caption King)
Mr. Clinton,—- Psst Terry, Lose the flower and the suit, they want to see someone who is [common], not their [wealth].
Editor’s Note: Virginia is not only a state but the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Isn’t it amazing how much you learn from reading our silly little contests?)
Finally, our friend Kuce gave us yet another reason to laugh at the “DEM Dynasty”with this entry:
Bill – Since Terry’s dressed like a Groom, I wonder if there will be Bridesmaids!
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
MISSING NOTICE: Where in the world is our beloved Caption King, Chris Henderson? Seriously folks, he has been absent from the first two contests of 2014 and I am beginning to wonder if he really has been taken to… well… you know where……
I am not going to answer that question — but I know YOU will.
So here is the “Power Couple of the Planet”
at the sleaziest person to ever hold the office at their best friend, Terry McAuliffe’s, inauguration as the 72nd Governor of Virginia.
What are Bill and Hillary thinking? For what is Bill praying and about what is Hillary scheming? Most important, what does the second Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, think about this trio as he is rolling in his grave?
After all, this newly minted Governor of Virginia wrote an autobiography in 2007 called, What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals.
Now be nice folks, for Governor McAuliffe might end up looking cleaner in the gift-accepting department than outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell. (Which would not be too difficult.)
As a Virginia property owner, I have a personal stake in how this state is managed, so I wish the new governor well and celebrate Virginia’s law that limits a governor to only one four-year term.
Perhaps Governor McAuliffe will be bored as a lame duck governor and decide to also retake his old job as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC.) From that perch, he could help his old pals Bill and Hill move back their old white painted residence in D.C.
Naw, Governor McAuliffe would not do that. No Virginia governor would ever do such a thing.
Oh wait, Governor Tim Kaine, now Senator Kaine, already did that when he served as Virginia Governor from January, 2006 – January, 2010. During part of his term, Kaine handled both jobs concurrently, serving as DNC Chairman from January, 2009 – April, 2011.
And to quote a phrase from Terry McAuliffe, “what a party!”
Speaking of parties, in November of 2003, then DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe was attending one of those glitzy D.C. black-tie affairs where one would expect to find someone like Terry McAuliffe.
As I spotted McAuliffe in the crowd, a girlfriend standing next to me asked if I would like to meet McAuliffe since he was a friend of hers. Now remember, back in November of 2003, Vermont Governor Howard Dean was the frontrunner on track to win the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. However, I believed Dean would be an easy candidate for President Bush to defeat.
So we sauntered over to where McAuliffe was standing and my friend introduces us. Then I proceeded to tell Chairman McAuliffe how much I adored Howard Dean and hoped that Dean would win the nomination in 2004. McAuliffe responded with glee and his eyes lit up with dollar signs, imagining I was a new potential donor – until my friend interrupted the conversation saying, “Terry, Myra is a Republican and she is only pulling your leg.”
That conversation ended as abruptly as our new caption contest shall begin.
Thanks to all who entered our first and very popular photo caption contest of the new year.
Based on all the politically incorrect entries, several of you should follow the lead of our friend “rbj” who entered:
Rendering of the Obama statue proposed by The Obama Temple.
Then, he quickly followed up with this comment:
It was begging to be said. I‘m packing for reeducation camp right now.
Please note that this is an excellent example of pro-active thinking. May I suggest that many of you regular contest goers keep your bags packed as well.
Now let us begin the “hellish task” of announcing the winners of this “devil of a contest.”
There were two writers that stood out Kuce and RockThisTown. Both had numerous entries and several that deserved a place in the winner’s circle.
“If you like your soul, you can keep your soul.”
“Satan visits OK State Capitol; conveys greetings from Timothy McVeigh.”
“Representative of Infernal Revenue Service visits Oklahoma to teach children the dangers of the TEA Party.”
Satanic Temple demands equal representation in Capitol. Satan’s PR person quoted as saying “All politics is Hell – we just want our fair share”
“Satan relocates HQ to Oklahoma after Climate Change adversely impacts Hell”
“Oklahoma children welcome key Obama adviser to the capitol”
The Satanic Temple? You didn’t build that!
“Ahhhh, I love the smell of burning souls in the morning.”
A shoo-in to win a Nobel Peace Prize before he’s seated in the Temple.
“Hello, my name is Satan! Like me on Facebook.”
Hey, where’s my pitchfork? Oh yeah, I left it on Air Force One.
See, I told you to keep those camp bags packed!
Here are a few more winners. (Seriously, this winners post could be three pages long, so better that you just go back and read all the entries.)
DPeterson: “AP: The Democrats introduce their new Official Spokesman…”
wombat1: “If you like the religion you already have, of course you can keep it.”
David77 had two winners:
“Satan, Prince of Lies, …, oh wait, Obama has already received that honor.”
“Satan, Prince of Darkness. Hey, wait, that’s racist.”
Cfbleachers our “Caption King Emeritus” displayed his usual brilliance with these three winners. (Note: As mentioned in the original contest, The Satanic Temple has named that “thing” depicted in the statue, Baphomet.)
Baphomet vs. The Ten Commandments, the final knockout game.
I understand Baphomet has little chance of winning a spot in Oklahoma, but that MSNBC has offered an anchor position as consolation.
“Can I get the internet on my Obamaphone?” Sure, your browser is called Baphomet.
Finally, our contest was missing entries from our 2013 Caption King, Chris Henderson. A signal that he is back in re-education camp (again) likely due to the photo below that he submitted to our last contest.
FREE HENDERSON NOW!
Alert the (Danish) media and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Our first caption contest of 2014 begins with a little hell-raising.
The photo depicts a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan proposed by a New York based group called The Satanic Temple. The proposal is their response to a Ten Commandments monument placed in the Oklahoma Capitol in 2012.
According to CBS-NY local news:
The group formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.
The Satanic Temple is arguing that the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in the Capitol building opens the door for their statue. You can expect to hear more about this “hot” issue as the year progresses.
The photo caption, “Rendering of Satan statue proposed by The Satanic Temple” is what appeared in CBS News piece. However, I am confident that PJ Media readers are capable of
writing the most hellish captions allowed on a family news site tweaking that caption ever so slightly.
So are you up for the task? Do I hear panting and chomping at the bit?
But before you begin there is only one contest guideline that MUST be obeyed:
Thou shall defend the Lord our God and Keep His Commandments.
Now, go have some fun tormenting Baphomet the goat and the smiling children.
Thanks to everyone who showed off their creativity by participating in our latest contest. (Although PJ Media’s newest contest is on the front page and offers more opportunity to prove how brilliant and clever you are today.)
As usual we had too many winners and not enough pixel space so tough decisions had to be made.
Here are the Honorable Mentions:
RockThisTown had two:
Multi-trillion dollar line of credit. Approved.
Nukes for Iran. Approved.
Unlimited spying. Approved.
IRS abuses. Approved.
Guns for drug cartels. Approved.
Trampling the Constitution. Approved.
Signed into law . . . resigned into flaw.
Zipcode also had two:
Wording between date and signature—- Chinese credit card, no limit, expires 2016.
Wording between date and signature — Your drivers permit for any golf course in all 57 states, must be signed to be valid.
Cfbleachers had two Honorables:
Before passing Obamacare, here is the sum total of what the Democrats had to read.
Is it just me, or does that signature contain the sign for…Absolute Zero?
Now for the Grand Prize winners of one year of Obamacare and a lifetime credit check when your identity is stolen.
Ahhh, we finally see what one of Obama’s briefings looks like.
The final Grand Prize is awarded to Chris Henderson who gave us our first “visual” winner and one where no words are needed except see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Merry Christmas everyone!
As President Obama heads to Hawaii for an expensive, mostly taxpayer funded, and
well-deserved holiday vacation, he can not escape the mess Obamacare has caused — is causing — and will continue to cause throughout the fly over states.
(Speaking of “fly over states,” have you ever seen Jason Aldean’s video of his popular song, Fly Over States? If not watch it here, but you had better come back to this contest!)
Just in case you are not exactly sure about what our contest image is, or represents — it is a close-up of Obama’s signature on the bill that birthed “Obamacare” on March 23, 2010, a date that will live in semi-infamy.
Now, loyal contest
groupies fans (and newcomers) are tasked with the following holiday fun:
- Write a sentence or two that fits between the date and Obama’s signature.
- Submit a caption for the entire image.
- Write a “thought bubble” for anything that appears on the image.
Based on past experience, I am quite confident this will be a Christmas creativity “contest to remember” in the merriest of seasons.
So go drink some spiked eggnog and get started NOW.
Have fun and please be advised of our holiday-only contest rule: ANYTHING GOES!
HO HO HO (Half-joking about that rule, please be reasonable folks!)
All signs point to Hillary Clinton being the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee in 2016.
Confirming this assumption is the latest Iowa poll from the Des Moines Register.
The poll gives Clinton a favorable/unfavorable rating of 89 percent to 7 percent among Iowa Democrats in this first presidential caucus state, where in 2008 Clinton lost to then-Senator Obama.
Even the Republican National Committee believes “Hillary 2016” is a done deal and is launching a “Pre-Emptive War on Hillary Clinton.”
An early Hillary “coronation” means political pundits will soon tout “pre-emptive” selection lists of Clinton’s VP running mates.
Now, as a long-time loyal Republican, I will not be voting for Hillary in 2016.
However, if I were suddenly transformed into a Democrat Party strategist only one name would appear on my list — a name that would represent the more “moderate” wing of the party — further decreasing the GOP’s 2016 chances of winning back the White House.
That name is Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.
Never heard of him? Great! That is precisely why Mark Warner is even MORE likely to be Hillary’s number-one choice.
With no major baggage or preconceived image, the Democrat media machine can define and brand Warner to suit the prevailing political winds — using him to negate any perceived weaknesses at the top of the ticket. Furthermore, he will not overshadow Hillary in personality or stature.
Here are some of Warner’s actual credentials and why he would be most appealing as Hillary’s VP — much to the chagrin of the Republican National Committee.
Warner, a graduate of Harvard Law School is a self-made multi-millionaire businessman/entrepreneur/venture capitalist who has actually created private sector jobs before he served as Governor of Virginia from 2002 – 2006.
Not shy about his White House ambitions, Warner briefly toyed with the idea of running for president in 2008 and made news in October of 2006 when he declared he was NOT running.
Limited to one four-year term as governor, Warner did what ex-Virginia governors usually do – run for the U.S. Senate, which he did in 2008, winning 65 percent of the vote.
Since Warner is considered a moderate pro-business Democrat, he could help balance and fortify the ticket against the “Hillary is a scary liberal” argument that will be put forth by all the Republican challengers.
But recently there is new potential for either a bump in the road or the gate opening even wider for Warner to be Hillary’s VP — and that is Senator Warner’s 2014 reelection.
Although still popular in Virginia, Warner’s 2010 vote supporting Obamacare may prove odorous depending on how the program is working by November, 2014.
In fact, already smelling Obamacare’s stink is former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, a seasoned Washington political operator who has begun making noises about running against Warner in 2014.
If that happens, look for a Warner vs. Gillespie race to become the 2014 marquee Senate race to watch, besides the usual factors of Virginia being a bellwether swing state and control of the Senate at stake.
For if Warner achieves a wide margin of victory against a well-known establishment Republican like Gillespie – then you can bet Democrats will start printing the Clinton/Warner bumper stickers on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
From a historical perspective, a Virginian has not appeared on a presidential ticket since Woodrow Wilson. This “Virginia Presidential Pride” especially matters to many older voters and Mark Warner has long been considered the best shot at becoming Virginia’s ninth president.
He thinks so too, for according to Mark Warner’s Wiki profile:
When his parents visited him at college at George Washington University in DC, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House. When his father asked him why he didn’t get a ticket for himself, he replied, “I’ll see the White House when I’m president.”
Among real Democrat strategists Mark Warner is known for being ambitious, smart, and a team player who has been waiting patiently for his turn to make a run for the White House – but in 2008, 2012 and now likely in 2016 either Obama or Hillary keep getting in his way.
So tuck this piece away folks and if Warner wins his Senate reelection in 2014, you will start hearing his name mentioned at the top of Hillary’s short list.
Then, if Republicans have a weak 2016 ticket, Warner may “see the White House,” but first through the Vice-President’s entrance.
With all the excessive media attention paid to this photo you would think it was of Obama shaking hands with a ruthless Cuban dictator named Castro.
But we had some fun with it didn’t we?
Thanks to all who played along with our latest contest and I must say all you loyal contest regulars are truly a special breed.
As usual, there were too many great captions and not enough space to post them all, so here is the best of the best.
The grand prize winner was RockThisTown with six brilliant entries:
The President is confident that eye dagger stab wounds are covered by Obamacare.
“Did you hear the one about being able to keep your doctor?”
“Your country or mine?”
“My official motto is ‘Let them eat cake.’ What’s yours?”
“We really should get together for some wealth redistributing!”
Michelle thought bubble: “Whoever did this seating chart is sooo fired . . .”
Here are the other winning entries:
The great and powerful Cfbleachers had three:
“Depends on the meaning of ‘is’? No, you gonna find out the meaning of “was”.
“How’s Eunuch Hussein Obama sound to you right about now?”
“You can sleep on the sofa. And enjoy all the “selfies” you want.”
Allan Crowson had two winners:
“Let me remind you, dear, she didn’t build that!”
“Don’t worry, honey, if you like your prime minister, you can keep her. Period. I guarantee it!”
Zip Code had several good ones and this winner:
Michelle, Whispering, [Let's Move]
Chris Henderson also had several good ones and these two winners:
Michelle just drew her own red line.
Barry’s Fast, Michelle’s Furious.
Great job everyone!
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
And here’s a news flash: Danish has just been banned from the White House for health reasons — the President’s health that is.
Who knew Nelson Mandela’s funeral would be such fun?
Here is the caption that ran in the UK Daily Mail under the subject of our latest photo caption contest:
Obama and the Danish Prime Minister share a joke during the memorial service as the First Lady looks on unimpressed.
UNIMPRESSED? Really? Talk about understatements.
How about this caption instead:
If looks could kill, the Secret Service would have Michelle arrested.
So with the photo providing such great raw material, I am confident that PJ Media readers will submit captions, “thought bubbles” and other assorted comments that will impress all who read them.
Here are some suggestions and general guidelines:
What is the joke that Obama is telling Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schimidt?
Did he just ask her if she used to be captain of the Danish Bikini Team? Is THAT why the First Lady is so
ticked off “unimpressed?”
What is Michelle glaring at?
Give me “thought bubbles” people! I MUST know what Michelle is thinking.
Now let’s talk about the rules. Keep it clean, classy and sassy are all that apply to this contest.
Have fun and remember not to tick off Michelle Obama anymore than her husband already has.