Do you remember this controversial John McCain presidential campaign television spot targeted against then-Senator Barack Obama in the middle of the heated 2008 election?
Here’s the script:
Announcer: He’s the biggest celebrity in the world.
But, is he ready to lead?
With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling.
And, says he’ll raise taxes on electricity.
Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama.
This ad caused the mainstream media (MSM) who were in the midst of their “slobbering love affair” with Senator Obama to pause briefly for self-examination.
The gravity of the ad’s message forced the MSM to acknowledge that they built the alter upon which the “biggest celebrity in the world” was now standing — while continuing to lead the world’s worship of him.
Here is a sentence from the New York Times report on the TV spot dated July 30, 2008:
This ad’s imagery highlights the McCain view that Mr. Obama offers more sizzle than substance, a theme that the Republican candidate has been trying to underscore on the campaign trail.
“More sizzle than substance.” That nicely summed up Senator Obama in July of 2008. But of course the NYT piece did not delve into the possibility that the statement was true. Nor did the MSM investigate or honestly ask themselves the question posed in the ad, “But is he ready to lead?”
Now fast forward to 2013.
Our proven to be “more sizzle than substance” president, not only pleads ignorance about the details of the numerous scandals engulfing his administration, but uses ignorance as both a defense and a badge of honor.
It appears that “ignorance” has joined “blame” as the most useful tools in Obama’s leadership kit.
So looking back, how has the “biggest celebrity in the world” handled his celebrity?
The answer appears to be, “like an addiction.”
An addiction might explain President Obama’s non-stop campaigning and the obvious self-worth he garners from appearing before adoring crowds — no matter how poorly he is performing in Washington. His celebrity addition could also explain why Obama consistently surrounds himself with celebrities who worship him, thus causing their fan base to worship them even more. Let’s call this a celebrity circle of love.
As the second term of President Obama continues to unravel, those of us who were never sucked in by “the sizzle” will be watching with fascination how the show finally ends for “the biggest celebrity in the world.”
It might even be a tragic ending now that his once adoring MSM has finally begun to widely criticize his performance.
Thanks to all who contributed to our latest Photo Caption Contest.
With all the scandals swirling around President Obama, expect even more tears in the next few weeks because Obama knows his legacy is threatened.
And what does our fearless leader do when his legacy is threatened?
“I sure want to do some governing,” is what President Obama told a star- studded crowd at a New York City fundraiser just hours after last Monday’s “tearful” press conference.
Now, as the contest judge, if someone had submitted that statement as a caption contest entry they would have been awarded the Grand Prize.
Therefore, I declare President Obama our honorary Caption Contest winner. (I am sure he will place our trophy next to his Nobel Peace Prize.)
Speaking of “noble” winners, let’s start with our list of Honorable Mentions.
Submitted by Bpseudomalleus:
I’m a better scandal than Nixon and a better crier than Boehner.
Submitted by Rbj:
*Sniff*, why am I finally being held accountable for the first time ever?
Submitted by WWHawkeye:
“Honestly, I have no idea how I got Krazy Glue on my cheek.”
RockThisTown (a Caption King) submitted these two:
“Where’s a Marine to block water off my face when I need one?”
“There’s no ‘there’ there, er, I mean, there’s no tear there.”
Cfbleachers our Caption King Emeritus submitted:
I’m going to miss Chris Matthews tingling leg soooo much.
And the Grand Prize goes to our reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson with:
White House plumbers have been called in to fix the leak in Obama’s tear duct.
Congratulations to King Henderson who continues his serious winning streak!
Just in case some of you are too young to understand the humor in this winning entry, here is the “White House Plumbers” definition from Wiki:
The White House Plumbers, sometimes simply called the Plumbers, were a covert White House Special Investigations Unit established July 24, 1971 during the presidency of Richard Nixon. Its task was to stop the leaking of classified information to the news media. Its members branched into illegal activities working for the Committee to Re-elect the President, including the Watergate break-in and the ensuing Watergate scandal.
But now its 2013.… “gate” scandals are so overplayed and the current White House has no need for plumbers. Instead, they just fix their own problems “in-house” because the law is irrelevant.
See you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest! (And if you don’t see another contest, it’s because I am busy fending off an IRS audit.)
A chilling fact, and one that EVERY American needs to be fully aware, is the IRS will have a major role in the implementation of Obamacare, officially known as Affordable Care Act. (ACA)
Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heart burn.
Here is how The Blaze reported this issue on May 15th:
Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss just how much the IRS will have control over with the complete implementation of the president’s health care overhaul. “The IRS will be the policing agent for Obamacare,” Varney said. “You’re going to have to, on your next tax return, you’re going to have to report to the IRS personal health care information…Do you trust the IRS with your personal health care information?”
Most Americans would answer, “Hell no” to that question.
However, the vast majority of Americans are unaware that the IRS is taking a lead role in implementing Obamacare — a program that is viewed favorably by only 35 percent of Americans.
Here is an explanation behind the Obamacare/IRS joint venture as reported by The Week:
When the Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, it ruled that the law was constitutional because it used tax penalties and credits to make the new health care system work. The agency is in charge of implementing 47 tax provisions, including new taxes on medical devices and new subsidies for those who want to purchase coverage through health care exchanges set to debut later this year. The agency will also be tasked with ensuring that all Americans can prove they have “qualifying” coverage under the law.
Now one can only imagine the horrors awaiting all Americans when the IRS and the ACA join forces later this year.
But today, House Republicans are voting on what will only amount to a symbolic repeal of the ACA. Symbolic, because the bill will die in the Senate and the mainstream media will make light of the fact that the Republican controlled House is trying for the third time to repeal this unpopular bill since they took control in 2011.
Therefore, what I believe we have is a major communication problem.
Certainly, if all Americans knew of the forthcoming marriage between a mismanaged, scandal plagued IRS and the unpopular ACA program in control of one/sixth of the nation’s economy, than today’s House repeal vote might have a chance of making it to the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate.
Then numerous “red state” Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2014 would be forced to vote for or against the ACA. (Which is precisely why this kind of vote will not happen.)
All Americans must be made aware and Republicans must properly convey, just what is at stake when this unholy alliance between the IRS and the ACA is implemented.
To quote Newt Gingrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this week, “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”
Watch for that question to be the bumper sticker issue of the 2014 midterm elections.
On Monday May 6th the following question was posted on The Blaze, linked to Buzzfeed’s report from Reuters:
Did Obama Cry While Answering Benghazi Questions During Press Conference?
Buzzfeed reported Reuters’ description of the same photo taken by its photographer, Jim Bourg, referencing the moisture on the president’s cheek as a “tear” that came while he answered press questions about Benghazi.
“A tear runs down the face of President Barack Obama as he answers questions about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington,” Reuters’ description read.
So now you know why the above photo is deemed “worthy” of a Tatler Caption Contest along with loyal contest participants specifically asking for this photo be a contest subject.
I am not going to fault President Obama for showing emotion about the Benghazi incident which resulted in the loss of four Americans. But I do have doubts that it was the real reason for the tear Obama shed eight months after the attack while hosting a joint White House press conference with the British Prime Minister.
Since Benghazi “happened a long time ago” (as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently stated) than what else could spark such emotion in our normally “kool” president?
The answer is simple, “It’s the legacy stupid!”
President Obama’s teardrop fell the moment he realized he had lost control over the shaping of his legacy. This explanation is possible because it is well known that Obama’s legacy is very important to him.
In fact, he planned on spending his entire second-term passing and implementing such legacy issues as health care, gun control, and immigration reform.
Then on Monday evening after the tearful press conference, Obama flew off to a star-studded New York City fundraiser hosted by Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein. There, Obama made a statement no president has ever felt the need to make. While reflecting on his second term, he said, “I sure want to do some governing.”
But when is there time for “governing” when his schedule is crowded with fundraising, campaigning, travel, parties, golf and vacations?
And with all the scandals currently engulfing him, even less time will be left for “governing.” (Many readers are cheering this.)
Even more damaging is Obama can not escape the dreaded “N” word he is being associated with on a daily basis, even from his former cheerleaders in the media!
Nixon’s legacy was certainly not the one Obama planned on emulating since his Messianic presidency began with all those lofty comparisons to Lincoln, FDR, and even the real Messiah.
But enough of my theories. Now it’s time for PJ Media readers to weigh in by either writing a caption or explaining the teardrop from the “kool guy.”
Please remember our rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (And obeying these rules might keep you from getting audited.)
Here again are the winners from our last contest (and only a few of them have been audited so far.)
Good luck and please note that using the “N” word (Nixon) in your caption means your entry will automatically be singled out for special attention by the IRS and yours truly!
Thanks to all who entered our latest and very successful, Photo Caption Contest.
It appears that most entries fell into three distinct categories.
1. Making fun of Hillary’s 2016 run for the White House.
2. Making fun of both Clinton’s past statements.
3. Comments on Hillary’s looks or age.
I fully expect this topic trifecta to be further exploited as 2016 approaches. (However, we must be sensitive writing about Hillary’s looks and age because I too am a middle-aged woman, as are your wives or mothers.)
Due to the fact that there were so many clever entries, choosing a winner(s) was exceptionally difficult. But here goes…..
The Grand Prize of priceless PR is awarded to one of our “Caption Kings,” Chris Henderson with this stinging Tazer-like entry:
“Islamists did not have terrorist relations with that Consulate!”
Note: Official Announcement Alert
Since Chris Henderson has won this Grand Prize, along with numerous recent contest wins, means that he has officially dethroned cfbleachers as the reining Caption King of Kings. (Oh no, did I just start a vicious Caption King war?) Please remember that cfbleachers is STILL a royal Caption King along with RockThisTown, but King Henderson’s throne is positioned just a tad higher at this moment.
Here are King Henderson’s Honorable Mention captions:
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘difference’ is!”
“It’s not like it was sniper fire in Bosnia or anything!”
“How dare Ambassador Stevens die at the hands of peaceful Islamic non-terrorists and disrupt my megalomaniacal presidential plans!”
Hillary orders the media to Stand Down on their reporting of Benghazi.
Close on Henderson’s tail were these two entries from cfbleachers: (Who I sense is now planning a clever, but forceful verbal assault against me and King Henderson.)
What does Hillary wear to a Congressional tantrum? Depends.
A scene from Shaming of the True.
RockThisTown deserves some kudos for these Honorable Mentions:
It Takes a Villain. (This was my husband’s favorite caption and now he repeats it every time he sees Hillary on TV.)
“I should be getting a facelift in preparation for 2016 instead of wasting my time here with you!”
“Can’t you see I’m having a bad hair day!”
Now for the rest of the Honorable Mentions.
DON’T YOU GET IT? MY FUTURE IS ON THE LINE HERE?
PRETEND IT DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DAMMIT!
This doesn’t matter, It’s my turn, I’m supposed to be President!
Two from CrankyYankee:
“I’ve baked this story for 7 months, and you will eat and like it!”
“I Can’t Handle The Truth!”
“This is about me and my career and I’m not letting four dead guys screw it up!”
It depends on what the meaning of “it” is!
Thanks again to all who entered and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
And remember, “Fighting is encouraged in the royal court of the Caption Kings.”
Last week my husband and I were back in our hometown of Washington D.C. where we both had business and events to attend. Normally I do not write about my personal travel adventures but this trip had a rather unique “historical time capsule” element that makes it worth recanting.
My husband, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer is now an executive with Cross International/Cross Catholic Alliance, both an international Christian and Catholic humanitarian organization that improves the lives of the poor in 40 countries around the world.
He also serves on the board of an advocacy group which is comprised of similar Christian faith-based organizations.
Mid-week while attending a conference of the advocacy group, my husband told me they spent an entire afternoon discussing how Christian groups are being increasingly squeezed/harassed by the Obama Administration in matters such as hiring policies, health insurance coverage and IRS audits. (Cue the foreboding music.)
Meanwhile, Thursday on Capitol Hill, I attended a luncheon held by the Republican Women’s Federal Forum, a group in which I am a long time member and where Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the speaker.
We all know that Senator Paul is putting out feelers as to whether he should make a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but first he must increase his name identification, make some headlines and develop his brand image.
On Wednesday, the day before the Rand Paul luncheon the Congressional Benghazi “whistleblower” hearings had occurred, showering the entire town with political fall-out. So naturally, Rand Paul saw fit to weigh in on this hot topic.
Senator Paul in his Thursday lunch speech said that Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi should “preclude her from holding higher office.” I immediately turned to a friend sitting next to me and said, “Now that was a headline.” It was obvious that Rand Paul had just fired his first warning shot of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Then later on, more 2016 Republican presidential campaign antics were yet to come.
In the early evening, I attended an event called POLITICO’s Playbook Cocktails with MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
The event was supposed to be about Mika’s new book called Obsessed, America’s Food Addiction – And My Own, but of course politics soon entered the discussion. Joe Scarborough said something like President Obama should have remained a U.S. Senator in order to have gained more experience, and Senator Marco Rubio was not yet ready to run for president in 2016 and should stay in the Senate. (I strongly agree with both assessments.)
As Joe was talking about the future of the Republican Party, Mika’s cell phone rang and she immediately says, “Hi Chris.” Big surprise! N.J. Governor Chris Christie called in to join the discussion and upstaged everyone on stage. Truly it was an entertaining moment and you can watch as it happened here.
During the call, Christie said his recent secret weight reducing LAP-BAND surgery was a difficult personal decision based on health and family issues, not future political considerations. He was referring to his assumed 2016 presidential run for the GOP nomination.
However, if this surgery is successful Christie will emerge physically smaller but politically larger with an image more suitable for a jog on the national campaign trail. Therefore, Christie feels the need to justify, re-justify and further defend his “tough personal” medical decision.
So my Thursday in DC could be summarized like this: Rand Paul vs. Chris Christie vs. Hillary in 2016.
Then it was Friday and ABC News revealed that there were 12 versions of the Benghazi talking points. I cheered this “breaking” news because finally the mainstream media (MSM) were on to Benghazi, after months of Fox News being ridiculed by the MSM for its non-stop pursuit of this unresolved story. (Kudos to PJM as well, along with Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard who was the first to report the Obama Administration’s multiple Benghazi talking-points. But as we Conservatives know, news is only real news when the MSM reports it.)
Then over the weekend the Benghazi story had fully evolved to where Republicans want the whole truth while Democrats accuse Republicans of using Benghazi to target Hillary for 2016. Here are two pieces I posted last week in Washington on this exact issue.
My big question is, “Why in Washington D.C. in May of 2013 does every lunch, event and hearing have to be about the 2016 presidential election?” Could it be that Washington is such a forward thinking city? (Try not to laugh.)
While my husband’s conference finished up I had a two free hours and decided to visit the American History Museum which I had not been to in years.
On my way there, news broke that the IRS had just admitted targeting Tea Party groups who were applying for perfectly legal tax-exempt status.
How timely that the group of Christian aid agencies my husband helps represent, just two days ago in their Washington meeting had discussed how their faith-based group members were being targeted for audits by the IRS. (My husband’s organization among them.)
As I entered the American History Museum my thoughts turned to Nixon and Watergate. Remember how Nixon used the IRS to harass his political enemies? In fact, that was one of Nixon’s 1974 impeachable offenses. There are, as of this writing, no direct ties to Obama, but after all, the IRS is part of his administration.
Now the American History Museum was swamped with school kids and at one point the crowd broke into a spontaneous singing of the Star Spangled Banner while unfurling a huge flag in the lobby. This outbreak of patriotism renewed my faith in the American people even as news about the IRS will undoubtedly contribute to the growing distrust Americans have towards their government.
With my museum time short, I wandered into the American war exhibits and was shocked to see that WWI and the Korean War were stuffed into very small corners. Certainly these wars deserve more space than currently allotted.
However, WWII was the exact opposite with endless rooms covering all aspects of the war. In the Home Front exhibit there were WWII posters hanging on the side of a battleship. As an owner of a small collection of WWI and WWII posters, I was delighted to see one of my own posters on display.
So now my new definition of growing old (semi-gracefully) is seeing stuff you own hanging in the Smithsonian. And to further add friends to this definition, I spotted the name of a close friend on a movie exhibit. Instantly I sent him an image of the display, exclaiming that he was “Smithsonian” famous, as opposed to just Hollywood famous. He immediately thanked me because he had not known this and was thrilled.
Finally, on Saturday we are at Reagan National heading home and in the terminal we stumble upon a group of WWII veterans arriving as part of an Honor Flight. If you are not familiar with Honor Flights they are an organization that brings WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial.
Greeting them at the gate was a full band and much flag waving. Random passengers like us instantly formed lines in the terminal clapping and cheering as these heroes of the “Greatest Generation” got the welcome they richly deserved.
This spontaneous demonstration of patriotism and respect was a remarkable sight, especially after I had just visited all those Smithsonian exhibits dedicated to their struggles.
After arriving home, I had a good laugh on Sunday as Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, quoted Rand Paul’s controversial remark about Hillary that he repeated again in Iowa over the weekend. It seems 2016 is looming very large.
Then I walked into our guest room and looked lovingly at my Smithsonian WWII poster hanging on the wall. After what I consider a “time capsule” trip to Washington with so much breaking news, the poster’s slogan took on new meaning. Its stirring message is just as applicable today, whether Americans are fighting a foreign enemy or raging against their own government.
My WWII Government Printing Office poster dated 1942 says: Strong in the strength of the Lord we who fight in the people’s cause will never stop until that cause is won.
Perhaps I should send the IRS and the Obama Administration a photo of this poster? But I am sure that the poster would be outlawed today as a violation of church and state and I would be audited for even sending it.
A few days before the May 8th Benghazi whistleblower hearings I heard several liberals spinning Democrat talking points on cable news saying that these House hearings were really about Republicans trying to build roadblocks to Hillary Clinton’s yet to be announced White House run in 2016.
Of course I was appalled (but not surprised) that Democrats were trying to link Republicans attempting to learn the truth about an attack that left four Americans dead with a potential presidential run still 3 ½ years in the future.
But let’s be realistic here and keep our eye on the prize (that 270 electoral vote prize) by asking the following question:
Do you actually think that coalitions of both high and low information voters who are likely to cast their vote for Hillary Clinton as the first female president of the United States will actually give a rat’s tail about her role in Benghazi, Libya in 2012? Furthermore, if you believe most Republicans actually believe that these latest whistleblower hearings are going to derail Clinton’s 2016 White House run, than you need to order up some professional political help.
For Hillary’s high speed campaign train has already left the station and its cargo includes a major social movement that will “break the glass ceiling” of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
So what about Benghazi? Forgetaboutit! Because most Hillary voters by 2016 will think Benghazi is a new strain of arugula in the fresh vegetable department of Whole Foods.
Enough with the Hillary humor! But seriously, there have been some important developments since our last installment of Hillary Watch 2016. (I have been accused by friends of being obsessed with Hillary, thus I am trying to resist the urge to write new Hillary Watch 2016 posts every time there is major Hillary news.)
But here are a few nuggets I have been saving.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said, “she prays” that Hillary Clinton will run for president. Well Praise the Lord and press the pantsuits!
This Divine request leads to a new segment of Hillary Watch 2016 called “Celebrity Corner.” I fully assume this segment will engulf my entire series sometime in early 2016 when legions of young starlets are seen clawing their way onto Hillary’s campaign bus in hopes of being pictured in People Magazine.
First up in the new corner is old Henry Kissinger (who is still alive I am pleased to report). He, unlike Pelosi, is not asking for God to help make Hillary president, but publicly “joked” to her at an important Washington think-tank dinner saying, “At least four secretaries of state became president.”
This “joke” was seriously reported the next day across all media platforms.
What is not a joke is the fact that Hillary is an extremely polarizing personality in a highly polarized nation.
With that said, the question remains, “What difference does it make?”
When future historians write about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, my bet is the most memorable statement will be the one spoken by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was back in January of 2013 when Clinton finally testified before a Senate committee and famously yelled, “What difference –at this point, what difference does it make?”
Her statement was referring to a top diplomat who said, “from the beginning” everyone at the consulate thought the attack was an act of terror — as opposed to a spontaneous demonstration stemming from an anti-Islamic You Tube video — the explanation put forth by the Obama Administration.
So today, as the Benghazi hearings took place on Capitol Hill, Drudge Report, at one point, had our contest photo featured front and center with the caption, “What Difference Does It Make?”
Now I am quite sure that PJM readers can write captions much more colorful, so prove me right! However, your only restraint is the rule, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (Here again are the winners from our last contest who followed that rule and still managed to flourish.)
Perhaps decades from now, Hillary’s statement will rank as high on the “scandal statement scale” as Howard Baker’s, “What did the President know and when did he know it,” from Senate Watergate hearing fame in 1973.
That of course depends on whether voters ask the same question, “What Difference Does It Make” and apply it to Hillary’s 2016 White House plans.
And the answer to that question is still, “to be determined.”
As expected, the submitted captions for the two photos were a vast improvement over the original ones shown as they appeared in the May issue.
Here are all the winners and honorable mentions for the “feet on the desk photo.”
The Grand Prize of priceless PR goes to RockThisTown (one of our Caption Kings) with:
“OK, guys, tell me again how we’re going to fake my legacy . .”
Chris Henderson, (another Caption King) was a close second with these two zingers:
Denis McDonough: “Your shoes are especially shiny today boss. The media did a good job on them this week.”
Obama: “And these are the feet I use to walk on water.”
Now for the honorable mention winners:
Cfbleachers, our Royal Caption King submitted:
”Denis, you’re never going to be able to lick my boots by bending from way over there”
RockThisTown also had two captions in this category:
Propped up feet . . . fitting for a propped up Presidency.
“Denis, your impression of how I bow to Middle East leaders is spot on.”
Fortibus85 is honored for this interesting caption:
”And the beauty of the new Pentagon policy against proselytizing Christianity is that it doesn’t cover Liberation Theology, which is really Marxism with Christian overtones. It’s brilliant!”
Then there was Katherine in RB who submitted this very thoughtful editorial comment:
The really bothersome part isn’t that he wasn’t raised well enough to know not to put his feet up on the furniture, it’s that there isn’t a single person in the entire decision making line that understands how bad this whole “feet on the furniture” thing makes him look. Or perhaps it only looks bad to the wrong people.
Here are the winners for the second photo.
The Grand Prize again goes to RockThisTown with:
“Ahhh, I love the smell of redistributed wealth in the afternoon.”
RockThisTown also had two honorable mentions:
The Rose Garden sector is doing just fine.
”Oh, if I could just remember where Michelle planted the marijuana!”
Chris Henderson wins an honorable mention with:
“I wonder how I can tax sunlight?”
Cfbleachers scored with:
”The sun worships me. Tell my media to write that”
Rbj ranked high with:
Obama basks in the knowledge that the sun worships him.
Thanks again to all who played along, and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Upon hearing this news I thought it was a good time to check out the list. (You never know what you will find because these days you might even spot that “quiet” neighbor or pot-smoking classmate.)
After reading the list I strongly encourage President Obama to do the same. Perhaps then he might not be so hesitant to utter the phrase, “Islamist Terrorist” when discussing the Boston bombings or the numerous other recent domestic Islamic extremist/terror attacks that were either successful or foiled.
Please feel free to forward this list to the media or elected officials who are resisting the truth about a very small number of people from a certain group who want to do our nation great harm.
From reading this list one would think that political correctness and ethnic sensitivity would take a back seat to the reality of the serious threats we face. But remember, this is 2013 and we are super-respectful of everyone’s feelings, both group and individual.
So now, be sure to keep your feelings in check as you scroll down the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.
Most Wanted Terrorists
At the bottom of the list are several FBI legal paragraphs and now I would like to add my own:
This list has been posted as a public service by an American who loves and fears for this nation.
If an alien landed in Washington today and asked me to describe our leader, all I would have to do is show him video footage of two events just days apart.
First would be video of our leader performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) on Saturday evening. There, the alien would watch as President Obama delivered a series of hilarious jokes with masterful timing.
The alien would notice that our leader is a showman who loves crowds that love him back and certainly the audience at the WHCD fell into that category. I would then tell the alien that our leader is at his best when the occasion calls for him to be cool, hip, and self-effacing — but Obama also performed his comedic routine with a less-than-humble attitude that drove the crowd wild.
After seeing our leader’s performance even the alien would have been smitten.
But then came Tuesday’s press conference marking the President’s first 100 days of his second term.
There the alien would see video of a totally dysfunctional leader with a performance reminiscent of his sleepy first debate against Mitt Romney.
From the press conference it became obvious that the President has upped his blame game to new levels. However, he seems oblivious to the fact that he was reelected to actually lead our nation through turbulent times — not just react to events of the time.
You know it’s a bad performance when one of Obama’s head cheerleaders by the name of Dana Milbank from the Washington Post writes:
Obama is correct about the dysfunction, (in Congress) and the difficulty of passing even uncontroversial bills. But his stance was frustratingly passive, as if what happens in Congress is out of his hands. It’s the president’s job to lead, and to bang heads if necessary, regardless of any “permission structure.” Obama seemed oddly like a spectator, as if he had resigned himself to a reactive presidency.
You can watch it all here and judge for yourself.
So after watching these two very different performances, I suspect that the alien would be confused and ask what happened to our leader between Saturday and Tuesday.
I would explain that Saturday was just an entertainment performance whereas on Tuesday he was performing his real job.
Naturally the alien (like anyone) would suggest that our leader make what he did on Saturday his real job since he was so much better at it.
My reply would be that our leader already tries that as much as possible and it’s called campaigning. But at some point campaigning must end because there is his all important legacy at stake that can not be uploaded onto a teleprompter and performed in front of a crowd.
President Obama must learn that leadership is a non-comedic performance for which he currently garners little applause.
Ultimately it is leadership, not blame, that will determine his legacy and that legacy is not looking too good right now.
Vanity Fair is out with their May issue featuring a photographic essay entitled, The Lean-Back President, proving (for those who had any doubt) that President Obama is, in fact, a “laid-back president.” (So glad we finally have conclusive evidence of this revelation, considering all his vacations, golf outings, and glamorous parties at tax-payer expense.)
But apparently Vanity Fair felt the need to answer “critics” who think that President Obama is “too buttoned-up.” Seriously, I am not making this up, for the piece states:
Barack Obama receives ample flak from critics who say that he is too buttoned-up and reserved to thrive in an office that historically has required its fair share of cajoling, socializing, and even arm-twisting. But a thorough examination of the photo archives of White House photographer Pete Souza reveals quite the opposite: Obama can, in fact, be remarkably laid-back. His body language in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, and other top Cabinet-level meetings indicates a man who is ready to let it all hang loose. He’s often in shirtsleeves, with his feet up, and frequently will be the only member of a meeting with a knee on the table. Below, a photographic investigation of the “lean-back” president.
Our contest photo was captioned above by Vanity Fair and now, here is a second contest photo with its Vanity Fair caption.
I am sure that PJM readers can write more colorful captions than Vanity Fair, so go ahead and “make my day.”
Of course we have rules that must be obeyed and they are, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (After all, PJM is a “family” web site.) And, if you need further assistance, read how our last contest winners managed to restrain themselves.
Because of the unusual nature of this contest featuring two photos, please note, photo one or photo two when submitting your entry.
Have fun, but parents please teach your children to keep their feet off the priceless antiques when visiting the White House.
Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest. As usual, our brilliant and creative readers submitted some real winners forcing our judging panel to work overtime selecting the best of the best. But now that the judges have been paid off, here are the results.
Two from rbj:
Man, if only I could reprogram his teleprompter.
Finally, a speech where he doesn’t blame me.
Two from cfbleachers, our “Caption King of Kings:”
“You know, honey, your approval ratings are exactly the same currently.”
“George, what do you think he would put in his library?” “Well, Laura, if I had to guess…he better get started writing his next 50,000 autobiographies”
Submitted by jib:
I nicknamed the wrong guy Turd Blossom.
(Editor’s Note: President Bush’s nickname for Karl Rove was Turd Blossom.)
Submitted by “Caption King” Chris Henderson:
“So I put his biography in the Fiction Section.”
Submitted by zipcode:
I only had fifty states to worry about.
Editor’s Note: The caption above refers to a 2008 campaign speech where Obama said he had visited all “57 states with one left to go.” This clip is one of my favorites, so here it is again:
And the Grand Prize of priceless PR goes to smoothsailing with a hilarious caption perfectly depicting the “conversation” and facial expressions of both George and Laura.
Bush : “Laura, why is he looking down and reading?”
Laura: “Because I spray painted his teleprompter, Dear.”
Congratulations to smoothsailing! After a few more winners you too could achieve “Caption King” status.
Thanks again for playing along and we will see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
A gathering of former presidents always makes me misty-eyed for several reasons. First, it is a reminder of how members of this exclusive club clawed each other’s eyes out during their respective presidential campaigns and then later bonded together to do good things.
Second, is reminds us that our nation’s orderly transition of presidential power sets such a wonderful example for the rest of the world.
Now, with all the presidential and first lady group photos to choose from as a result of the Bush Library dedication, why did I chose the one above for our caption contest? The answer is rather simple. After decades of observing presidential politics, I do not recall that there has ever been a president who has used his predecessor as an excuse for his own failings as often and as long as Obama has used George W. Bush.
So now that you know the reason why this photo was chosen, it is your turn to write the perfect caption. Of course while doing so, you must obey our contest rules which are “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” Just follow the example of our last contest winners and you will do fine.
Finally, with all the good feelings and nostalgia that were generated today towards President George W. Bush at his library opening — coupled with Bush’s rising post-presidency approval rating — I can not help but call attention to a piece that I co-authored in 2010 titled “Will Bush Be The Next Truman?” Fifty years after Truman left office, historians revisited his unpopular presidency and, as a result, Truman garnered new respect and soaring post-presidential approval ratings. This was after Truman left office with a lower approval rating than George W. Bush had! Now it actually appears that Bush has the potential for a similar Truman trajectory of approval and respect.
Now it’s time to start writing contest captions about our 43rd president listening to our current president, who would not have been elected or reelected if it hadn’t been for that deadly media disease known as Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Miraculously, even though Obama has continued many of Bush’s policies, this disease has been completely eradicated!
A right-wing blogger gambles on speculation: “Why It Is Obvious That The Boston Marathon Attack Is Islamic Terrorism” http://bit.ly/ZmGwpG
Even though my “gamble” paid off, I will not be collecting any winnings. However, two developments connected to the Boston attack — one involving a carjacking and the other a mosque — hit the winning jackpot of supreme irony.
First up is the “COEXIST” bumper sticker on the back of the Mercedes that was carjacked by the brothers Tsarnaev last Friday night. This incident began what turned out to be a deadly shoot-out that killed big brother, Tamerlan.
Now, COEXIST bumper stickers are often found on pricey foreign-made cars in liberal conclaves and are also popular among college students and twenty-somethings.
As reported by the Daily Caller and accompanied by the screen image below:
The bumper sticker, which spells out “COEXIST” using the Islamic moon, a peace symbol, a gender symbol, the Star of David, a pagan symbol, a ying-yang and a cross, is put out by the Coexist Foundation — “a non-profit organization creating understanding across divides.”
Wondering whether the Coexist Foundation acknowledged the carjacking that globally showcased their bumper sticker, led me to the foundation’s web site. There I was “shocked” to learn that the foundation had totally neglected to take advantage of all the free publicity. Surely they were missing a lucrative fundraising opportunity that would have read something like this:
Donate to the Coexist Foundation and receive the iconic bumper sticker that attracts sensitive Islamic terrorists looking for get-away wheels.
As a side note, this bumper sticker has always intrigued me, especially because my own twenty-something stepson used to have one on his car after he attended college in Massachusetts.
The second supreme irony is that the mosque where the Tsarnaev brothers worshiped was built on land that was greatly subsidized by the City of Boston.
Again from the Daily Caller:
Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (and his older brother revealed later) attended a Massachusetts mosque that made a controversial deal with a Boston city agency that allowed it to buy land at a lower-than-market price in exchange for various token services to the Boston community, despite the mosque’s links to some radical anti-American figures.
One can only assume that new churches in Boston are also receiving similar subsidized land deals. Ya think?
So what have we learned today? Here is the re-cap:
There once was a Boston man driving a Mercedes with a COEXIST bumper sticker that told the world he was a supporter of peace, love and “kumbayah.” That same man is now lucky to be alive after Islamic terrorists took him and his car hostage, making him withdraw money from an ATM. Finally, Mercedes man’s Friday evening ended after his COEXIST themed peace-mobile was riddled with bullets.
And then, these same Islamic terrorists who attacked Boston attended a mosque that stands on prime real estate because of a subsidized land sale — approved by the city, no doubt, because of COEXIST-themed political correctness.
For the record, the mosque’s exact role in the radicalization of the brothers Tsarnaev has yet to be specifically determined. However, once again I am willing to gamble that there could be some connection.
Political correctness makes us want to close our collective eyes to the growing threat posed by American Islamic would-be terrorists. Our response is to display feel-good bumper stickers on our cars, and watch as cities subsidize land sales for new mosques knowing full well that hate is sometimes sowed in a few of those mosques. Than occasionally, that same hate is channeled into violence against innocent Americans, as with the Boston attacks, and the Ft. Hood shootings in 2009 which resulted in the killing of 13 people and wounding dozens more.
Finally, I will conclude in a manner similar to my second terror related piece from last week, with a profound quote from then Secretary of State Condi Rice when she testified before the 9/11 Commission saying:
The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them.
Now 12 years after September 11, 2001, the American domestic mindset is that we are STILL, not really at war with them.
So is it finally time to wise up?
Now along comes the influential, left leaning, Salon.com with this “most read” piece by David Sirota.
The headline and subhead are enough to make me first recoil in horror and then weep for our nation. See if you do not have the same reaction.
LET’S HOPE THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER IS A WHITE AMERICAN
There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves, Islamists are existential threats
The piece is accompanied by the above photo of Timothy McVeigh and Osama Bin Laden. Please read the entire piece because it is a window into a warped left-leaning mind set. In my opinion here is the most offensive paragraph:
Because of these undeniable and pervasive double standards, the specific identity of the Boston Marathon bomber (or bombers) is not some minor detail — it will almost certainly dictate what kind of governmental, political and societal response we see in the coming weeks. That means regardless of your particular party affiliation, if you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to protecting civil liberties to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist. Why? Because only in that case will privilege work to prevent the Boston attack from potentially undermining progress on those other issues.
Now, here is my theory about why the left and the mainstream media are openly cheering/hoping that the Boston bomber will turn out to be a Timothy McVeigh type rather than an Islamic terrorist.
If the perpetrator was “radicalized” (a term the media is now using) in a training camp somewhere other than in the USA, that could mean President Obama may be forced to take some future international retaliatory action. In fact, that action might even resemble actions taken by George W. Bush after 9/11 when he ordered the invasion of Afghanistan. Oh, that would not sit well with the left, but you have to admit the irony is priceless.
Furthermore, if the bomber turns out to be influenced by foreign radical Islamic forces that would also mean homeland security, once again, becomes a front and center issue in our national dialog. It also means that President Obama failed to protect this nation from an Islamist inspired terrorist attack and that would be his worst nightmare — giving his past propensity to want to downplay that kind of threat.
But if the Boston bomber is revealed as a right-wing nut job, then the mainstream media has a more explainable, less feared villain. And that would make similar attacks easier to prevent in the future by just rounding up all the right-wingers and taking away their pressure cookers.
The name of Timothy McVeigh has been mentioned countless times since Monday’s bombing, but wishful thinking will not make it so. The truth is more than likely the real perpetrators may be from the same group that then Secretary of State Condi Rice referred to when she testified before the 9/11 Commission saying:
The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them.
Hopeful headlines such as the one above from Salon.com, will not make a 2.0 version of Timothy McVeigh the Boston bomber, no matter how many times his name is mentioned.
Being born in Boston and raised in the close-in suburb of Needham, I remember Patriot’s Day as a holiday that meant a day off from school. When I was in high school it was also a day to head into Boston to watch the Boston Marathon (and when my friends and I tried to act mature enough to get into bars that lined the Marathon route).
Now, for those who are not familiar with Patriot’s Day, here is why I believe that an attack in Boston on this day has all the hallmarks of Islamic terrorism.
Patriot’s Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.
Thus, Patriot’s Day marks the unofficial beginning of the American Revolution. This was the day when farmers and fisherman bearing rifles, known as Minutemen, decided they had had enough of being unjustly treated by the greatest power on earth, took matters into their own hands, and a battle ensued.
(Ironically in view of today’s gun control battles) the British were marching toward the arsenal in Concord to confiscate weapons and ammunition that were stored there.
We celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. But Patriot’s Day was the actual beginning of armed conflict between the colonies and Great Britain, and a day of which Boston is especially proud.
So with Patriot’s Day as the symbolic beginning of the American Revolution, Islamic terrorists would find it a very appealing day to launch an attack, for we know Islamic terrorists love symbolism — with the date 9/11 being a prime example.
Now consider this premise:
Boston, a town known as the “cradle of liberty,” while celebrating its role in our nation’s drive toward independence with their iconic annual marathon, is crudely attacked by those supporting an ongoing “Islamic revolution.”
That is why it was obvious to me when I first heard the tragic news today that we now have a new 9/11, i.e., 4/15.
The “shot heard around the world” in Lexington and Concord on that fateful day in 1775 is now the blast heard around the world in 2013.
Here is something veddy interesting to consider as you go about your average day.
It looks like North Korea is set to launch a mid-range missile on Wednesday, April 10th. This could be a bluff but maybe not. The missile could be nuclear but hopefully not. The Express UK reports:
North Korea to ‘launch missile TOMORROW’ after warning foreigners to evacuate South
NORTH Korea has completed preparations for a mid-range missile launch tomorrow from its east coast, officials in Seoul have revealed – just hours after foreigners living in South Korea were warned to quit the country.
Now consider that North Korea is 14 hours ahead of Washington D.C., and tonight at 7:30 p.m. President Obama is hosting a lavish party/concert celebrating Memphis Soul music with Justin Timberlake headlining an all-star cast. As the Weekly Standard reports:
On Barack and Michelle Obama’s schedule for today, this event is listed:
7:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host a concert celebrating Memphis Soul music as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series; THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event.
So just when the White House party begins it will be 9:30 a.m. in North Korea. This conceivably means that President Obama could be dancing and singing while North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il is launching.
Just think, Obama could be the first president to preside over a nuclear dance party. Or to state this in a more familiar historical context: “Obama fiddles while South Korea burns.”
Seriously folks, the entries to our latest caption contest were so creative that I was left wondering if our writers used bong water to brew their morning coffee.
But not everyone took kindly to our t-shirt in the window contest. For example, here is an email I received from a friend, “Kind of low blow I think…”
My defense is we just happened to take a walk, “near the street where we live.” I could just close my eyes to my surroundings, but that would make me blind to the truth. OK, enough philosophizing, here are the winners.
One of our “Caption Kings” who goes by the name of RockThisTown, and who has publically vowed to dethrone cfbleachers as Caption King of Kings, can now boast, “Mission accomplished,” at least for this contest.
RockThisTown submitted numerous winning entries but here is my favorite:
Sleeves & collar not included due to the sequester.
Here are more “official winners,” but all of RockThisTown’s entries were so clever that you will just have to “reefer” back to the contest post and read them all.
Breaking News: The U.S. is returning to the gold standard . . . Panama Gold, that is.
A new pope, the same dope, so no hope.
My President stuck me with a $16 trillion bill & all I got was this lousy T-shirt.
$16 trillion up in smoke.
The $900 million Obama sent to aid Gaza was a mistake – he thought it was to aid growing gonza.
Buzz guaranteed or your money redistributed.
Now, speaking of cfbleaachers, he was nipping at the heels of RockThisTown with these winning entries:
Harry Truman: “The buck stops here” Barack Obama: “The bong stops here”
Elect a choomer, watch your country go up in smoke.
Running guns to drug cartels and throwing open the borders? Let’s roll!
They said Obama was not soft on illegal immigration. Just the other day he asked a border crasher …”You got any papers?”
Biden/Obama, the Cheats and Chong of Presidential politics.
Here are the rest of the best from some of our beloved Caption Kings:
“Reefer Madness”….now we know how Obama came up with his budget.
After over 4 years of bumper stickers, finally a logo printed out that spells it correctly.
Both submitted by Scottch
“What I call voters who think I care about the economy.”
Free ObamaPhone with every purchase. Special election year bonus: buy two and get a dozen absentee ballots from the state of your choice.
Both submitted by LeighB
The White House Gift Shop unveils the new spring fashion. Submitted by Chris Henderson
I am the Dope we have been waiting for. Submitted by Adi
Two contest newcomers won with these entries:
It’s my Economy Shirt. When everything goes to pot, the economy goes up in smoke. Submitted by Zip Code
Michelle! Where’s my extra rolling papers? I have a meeting with the “Joint Chiefs” Submitted by AFBlue
Bongs away everyone! See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest — perhaps after I take a walk in another part of town.
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!
Does this iconic Superman intro also describe the state of Hillary’s non-campaign campaign for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016? Perhaps, but with so much news and media slobbering to report, barf bags, “tucked into the seat pocket in front of you,” may be needed to help PJM readers get through it all.
Let’s first start with the “mouth of the south,” that Ragin’ Cajun, James Carville.
He is billed as a “longtime confident of the Clinton family” in today’s Washington Post piece announcing the shocking news that Carville is “supporting the super PAC devoted to luring Hillary Clinton into the 2016 presidential race.”
The operative word here is luring. Gee, just how much luring is this endeavor going to take? Now before you answer that question consider this – Ready for Hillary is the name of the PAC doing the “luring.”
As Carville is getting Hillary “ready” for “luring,” let’s turn our attention to
Hillary Watch 2013. Oh, my mistake! What I meant to write was, let’s turn our attention to the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election taking place November 5th.
This bellwether race features another “longtime confident” (the longtime banker of Clinton-land) Terry McAuliffe.
Look for McAuliffe’s photo in the dictionary next to the definition of political operative, lobbyist extraordinaire, wealthy businessman, power-broker, fundraising king and former Democratic National Committee Chairman. He was also co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
McAuliffe is taking another shot at becoming Governor of Virginia in 2013 after losing the Democrat primary in 2009. (Virginia has an open gubernatorial race every four years because the governor is limited to only one four-year term.)
For this 2013 race, McAuliffe managed to scare away all the potential primary opposition with his clout and personal Brinks trucks full of cash. Thus becoming the Democratic candidate by default.
As one would expect from Terry McAuliffe, he is using his perch as the Democrat candidate to raise money and support with the theme, “send me money and secure your slot in the 2016 Hillary campaign hierarchy.”
Read how Ken Vogel at Politico reported the situation:
HILLARY CLINTON’S FIRST TEST
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign begins this year in Virginia.
She hasn’t said anything about 2016, but Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 gubernatorial campaign is serving as a testing ground for Clinton’s clout, operatives and donors In fact, McAuliffe and some of his top allies have suggested to big donors and consultants that supporting his campaign is a way to get in on the ground floor of Hillary 2016, several donors and operatives told POLITICO.
Reaching for that barf bag yet? Hold on, because it only gets worse if you are a Republican who thinks the GOP has any shot of winning the White House in 2016.
On April 25th, Hillary will be giving her first paid speech, guaranteed to garner massive media attention the night before the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Hillary will be attending the opening along with that guy she is married too. So, do you think there will be any media coverage speculating about whether Hillary is ready to join that exclusive men’s club of presidents gathering for the ribbon cutting?
If you are a follower of Hillary Watch 2016, you know my theory about that great, unstoppable, social/media movement afoot in the mainstream media to elect the first female President of the United States. This movement is akin to the first African-American president social/media movement in 2008 that propelled our current Oval Office occupant into office. (In 2008, that movement was slightly stronger in the media than the female movement.)
Perfect examples of this movement in action are these headlines from Newsweek/Daily Beast:
Better Than Ever…Hillary’s Back!!
And her return should strike fear in the hearts of Republicans everywhere.
She’s back. And it seems like she never left at all.
Be afraid GOP: Hillary is back and she will beat you in 2016.
And this one:
Are Republicans really going to try to damage Hillary Clinton by digging up old non-scandals no one even remembers? They’ll do damage, all right, says Michael Tomasky, but not to Clinton.
In fact, Newsweek/Daily Beast has become the house organ for Hillary in 2016. My reasoning is that Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, who is British, greatly desires to be Hillary’s Ambassador to Great Britain. (Meow, meow goes the cat.)
Now, just posted today are two more Hillary media happenings worth mentioning.
First, news that Hillary has inked a book deal. Here is my favorite part of this report from AP Newsbreak:
The book has yet to be titled and is tentatively scheduled for June 2014, in time for the summer reading season and for the midterm elections, when a promotional tour could easily blend with Democratic efforts work to recapture the House. The former secretary of state’s itinerary will be closely scrutinized for any signs she may run for president in 2016 — any book tour events in early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina would receive broad attention.
Just how much broad attention would her June, 2014 “book tour events in early voting states” actually receive? The modern age has yet to invent words that fully describe the phrase, “broad attention.”
Finally in Politico, is a piece chronicling all the clues any sleuth should look for when determining if Hillary is planning a presidential run in 2016.
But here is one CLUE not mentioned in Politico today — Hillary will announce in the library with Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum. So many clues, so much mystery!
This latest Hillary Watch 2016 installment concludes with the same old question I plan on asking from now until 2016:
“How do any of our current crop of 2016 GOP candidates ultimately win 270 electoral votes?”
And, unfortunately as you know by now, I have not a clue.
My husband was not pleased when I took this photo last Friday night as we were walking by a store window just a few blocks from where we live. He knew what I was up too and he was right! If you are a follower of this contest you also know about his paranoia regarding potential correspondence from an agency with three letters and/or my solo “vacation” to a “camp” where credit cards and smart phones are confiscated upon entry.
But I am brave (because I have a good accountant and loved it when my parents sent me away to summer camp as a child) and besides, the shirt in question was in a store window in a county and state that Obama won in 2012!
So what me worry? (Just remembered that I used to read MAD Magazine in summer camp!)
Quite the fine apparel pictured here in our new Tatler Photo Caption Contest, heh?
Sorry that we never made it inside the store to see the price tag on the DOPE t-shirt but I am sure our caption writers will “bend the cost curve” and figure it out.
As you know, our contest rules are strict but made to be broken. All you need to remember is “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”
Here are the winners from our last contest in case you missed them and also some heartbreaking news.
Dr. Spin (our in-house A-minus list celebrity judge) is back from his mid-life mountain climbing crisis and unfortunately submitted his winner’s list just a tad too late after I had already posted the results. And, as it turned out, his grand prize winners differed from mine, so tough luck for the real winners who got no glory.
The lesson here is life is unfair and sometime winners lose. Just ask Mitt Romney!
With Easter Sunday in our rear-view mirror, now is the time to reflect on what I am calling Easter March Media Madness — The Agony, The Ecstasy and The Absurd.
Let’s first chronicle the absurd, and in this category are two entries of national and international prominence.
First up is Google with its iconic, “Google Doodle.”
If you are not familiar with the Google Doodle this is Google’s icon that tops their main search page. The Doodle graphically depicts holidays, seasons, events, or just plain fun designs. Daily it is seen globally by hundreds of millions of users as they do that thing they do on Google.
But on Easter Sunday, a holiday celebrated by over a billion people around the world, the Google Doodle had an image of someone I did not recognize, but later discovered it was farm labor leader, Cesar Chavez. As it turned out Easter Sunday would have been his 86th birthday. (He died in 1993.)
A Google spokesperson told the Washington Post on Easter Sunday:
We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it’s difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven’t in the past.
A friend of mine who works for Google responded this way to a personal outrage email I sent him:
The man (Chavez) was a devout Christian. It is utter nonsense that anyone is upset. Google does Doodles for unique and always different dates of historical significance.
Ultimately, will Google “dissing” Easter turn out to be a “Bing” deal or what? Only time will tell how much backlash Google will receive and drive users to rising competitor Bing, which displayed Easter eggs on its home page.
The absurd category continues with the New York Times and my favorite example of Easter Day “media madness.”
In an Easter piece with the headline, Pope Calls for “Peace in All the World” in First Easter Message the NYT was forced to issue a correction. Bryan Preston, in a PJ Tatler piece asked in his headline, Best NYT Correction Ever? My answer is, “Yes, definitely.”
For if you click on the Pope piece you will see this message at the bottom:
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: April 1, 2013
An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.
Those who believe in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, can now rejoice that the NYT has learned the meaning of the “Christian holiday of Easter.” Is this God’s wrath on the New York Times? To make matters even worse, this correction was headlined on the Drudge Report. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there when this “mischaracterization” first hit the newsroom? No doubt, some editor was throwing chocolate Easter eggs at someone.
Now let’s explore Easter March Media Madness — the ecstasy.
As Google ignored Easter and the NYT learned its meaning, 11.7 million people watched the final two-hour episode of the hit series, The Bible on The History Channel. From Deadline Hollywood:
History’s Mark Burnett-produced The Bible ended on Easter Sunday with 11.7 million viewers. That was up 14% from the 10.3 million who watched last week’s penultimate episode of the 10-part miniseries. However, it is down from the series’ debut, when The Bible premiered with a two-hour episode March 3 with 13.1 million viewers.
The Bible, a five-part, 10-hour miniseries on History Channel has become the biggest cable television hit of the year. Not bad for a show based on a book nearly 2000 years old, with portions even older than that!
The second ecstasy of Easter was the non-stop mainstream media coverage paid to the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is what millions believe is the burial cloth of Jesus and this new study dates it back to the time of Jesus. Shroud coverage was virtually unavoidable, showering more attention on the tortured and crucified “mysterious man” whose imprint appears on the Shroud.
Finally, here is the agony of Easter.
On Sunday evening, as those 11.7 million people watched Christ being nailed to a wooden cross on The Bible series, there was a real-time agony played out on another piece of wood.
During the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrible lower right leg injury in the game against Duke. The agony displayed by Ware was so heart wrenching to watch that CBS Sports banned replays of the injury. The Boston Herald reports:
The chairman of CBS Sports had no regrets about banning further replays of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware’s gruesome broken leg and says if anyone wants to watch it on the Internet, that’s fine with him.
There you have it, all nicely rolled into Easter March Media Madness — The Agony, The Ecstasy and The Absurd.
Next Easter, will the Google Doodle commemorate Kevin Ware’s injury with basketballs in the Doodle’s two O’s?
BOCA RATON (CBS4) – The professor embroiled in a educational firestorm over his classroom practices has been placed on administrative leave.
Officials at Florida Atlantic University announced the move against Dr. Deandre Poole after receiving a complaint from student Ryan Rotella, who claims he was unfairly suspended from class for not writing the word ”Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomping on it as part of a class exercise.
The schools said removing Dr. Poole from the classroom was “for safety reasons” after the incident garnered a lot of media attention.
The controversy has even caught the attention of Governor Rick Scott, who called on University System Chancellor Frank Brogan to thoroughly investigate Rotella’s claims.
“As we enter the week memorializing the events of Christ’s passion, this incident gave me great concern over the lessons we are teaching our students,” Scott wrote in the letter.
Rotella, a deeply religious Mormon, told CBS12 that he was offended and refused to participate in the exercise.
“Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value,” said Rotella.
Rotella said he voiced his concerns to his teacher’s supervisor and later learned he was suspended from the class.
The report continues on to a second page that is available here. Many readers who have closely followed this story have been waiting for some action regarding this professor and now it has finally happened. Of course what is not mentioned in this report is that the Professor is question is vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democrat Party. But that is ONLY a minor detail in the mainstream media.
It pleased me to see just how many of you followed the soccer ball off the fiscal cliff.
(Leading with this statement satisfies my daily requirement of mentioning the U.S. Debt Clock any chance I get.)
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming of announcing the winners of our latest and extremely successful Photo Caption Contest.
There were so many great captions to choose from that it made judging very difficult.
All the captions mentioned below are winners, but these three had the most bounce:
The ball had to pay OFA $15,000 to be in this photo.
Submitted by Adi. Editor’s note: OFA (Organizing for Action) is Obama’s own activist/fundraising organization.
This is the most popular sport in Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Cyprus, right. Well, then following in their footsteps is my goooooaaaalllll!
The Truth? My media and I…we can bend it like Beckham.
Both submitted by cfbleachers, our reigning Caption King. Editor’s note: Seriously folks, I try NOT to select cfbleachers as the winner every contest, but his captions are just so clever I can not help myself.
Here are the rest of the best.
Several captions from one of our Royal Caption Kings, Donald Eugene:
The label says do not over inflate, to late for that.
Since I closed down most of the Control Towers, this ball don’t have any place to land.
Your right, this does look better than using Joe
We were going to use Rodman’s basketball for this take but, it kept setting off the Geiger Counter.
RockThisTown, another Royal Caption King scored high with these:
Mr. President, next time try bouncing your Nobel Prize off your head.
“This ball is from the Galaxy, so it’ll be perfect for my trophy case when I rule the universe.”
“To show my appreciation for this wonderful gift, I’m granting Obamacare waivers to all of you
Michelle’s drone stopped by to remind Barack to pick up his socks.
One is a shiny object adored by throngs of international elitists. The other is a soccer ball.
And finally, more from our Beloved Caption King, cfbleachers:
Based on the last photo contest, if I was that ball…I’d watch out for those horns.
After five years, the media finally snaps a photo of Obama using his head.
I’ll throw this ball in the air…and if it comes down, I’ll tax it.
Myra, it’s funny you put your debt clock and Pele’s sport in the same contest. Is Obama trying to prove he can count to a Brazilian?
“This is really not a sport for Democrats, you have to use your head and can’t grab everything you can get your hands on.”
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest and Happy Easter everyone!
What many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus, better known as the Shroud of Turin, is back in the news and not just because it is the start of Easter weekend.
A new book released today based on an extensive scientific study by Professor Giulio Fanti and journalist Saverio Gaeta, dates the Shroud of Turin to around the time when Jesus was crucified, which was thought to be 30 AD. These experiments were conducted at the University of Padua in Italy and debunk carbon dating experiments in 1988 that dated the Shroud to around 1500 AD.
However, the carbon dating has been questioned by many in the scientific community for decades since it was an outer piece of the Shroud that was tested — a piece that was added later after the Shroud survived a cathedral fire in the 1500’s. This same fire scorched the Shroud and left the distinctive burn marks on the outer edges as seen on the Shroud image above.
Here are scientific details about these new findings in the book as reported by the Vatican Insider:
What’s new about this book are Fanti’s recent findings, which are also about to be published in a specialist magazine and assessed by a scientific committee. The research includes three new tests, two chemical ones and one mechanical one. The first two were carried out with an FT-IR system, so using infra-red light, and the other using Raman spectroscopy. The third was a multi-parametric mechanical test based on five different mechanical parameters linked to the voltage of the wire. The machine used to examine the Shroud’s fibres and test traction, allowed researchers to examine tiny fibres alongside about twenty samples of cloth dated between 3000 BC and 2000 AD.
The new tests carried out in the Universityof Padua labs were carried out by a number of university professors from various Italian universities and agree that the Shroud dates back to the period when Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem. Final results show that the Shroud fibres examined produced the following dates, all of which are 95% certain and centuries away from the medieval dating obtained with Carbon-14 testing in 1988: the dates given to the Shroud after FT-IR testing, is 300 BC ±400, 200 BC ±500 after Raman testing and 400 AD ±400 after multi-parametric mechanical testing. The average of all three dates is 33 BC ±250 years. The book’s authors observed that the uncertainty of this date is less than the single uncertainties and the date is compatible with the historic date of Jesus’ death on the cross, which historians claim occurred in 30 AD.
Stay tuned because this could be a major breakthrough providing more proof that the Shroud of Turin really is the burial cloth of Jesus.
Today, while doing my morning reading, I came across this tidbit from Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook:
PIC DU JOUR: HEAD OF STATE: President Obama bounces a soccer ball off his head after receiving it as a gift from Major League Soccer Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy, in the East Room yesterday. Photo by Reuters’ Larry Downing. (L.A. Times runs a Chip Somodevilla/Getty version of this shot atop its second front, “HEAD OF STATE.”)
Immediately I jumped up and yelled, Tatler Photo Caption Contest! So here we go again for all of you who anxiously await new contests.
This Caption Contest, like so many others in our glorious Caption Contest past, has the potential to be disrespectful to our Beloved Leader. So I say once again, “resist the temptation,” and follow the rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” And since the winners of our last contest were able to do that, you can too!
Have fun and follow the bouncy ball right off the fiscal cliff.
(Personally, I can not get enough of this U.S. Debt Clock site and will use any excuse to link to it. Just try watching the numbers fly by for a few seconds and you too will be hooked. Then be sure to click the “Debt Clock Time Machine” button on the upper right and watch how Obama’s bouncy ball is taking us over the edge and beyond.)
‘Jesus Stomp’ Story Continues With Governor Scott Applauding Student While Demanding Answers From FAU – And Some Suggested Class Lessons
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” on pieces of paper and then stomp on the paper.
Here in bold is my favorite part of FAU’s apology when Corey King, the university’s dean of students told Fox News:
“As a result, we feel it’s necessary to no longer offer this assignment or activity,” he said. “We did not anticipate the hurt and pain it would cause in the community.”
Well now it appears that FAU itself will continue to feel more “hurt and pain” as Florida Governor Rick Scott has reprimanded FAU and is requesting an incident report on the entire “Jesus stomping” incident from Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the Florida University System.
Governor Scott also had this to say about Ryan Rotela:
“I just spoke to Ryan Rotela and applauded him for having the courage to stand up for his faith,” Scott said in a statement. “I told him that it took great conviction and bravery to stand up and say what he was asked to do was wrong, and went against what he believed in.”
The blazing fire from this incident may be extinguished but the smoke will continue. This is because, as of this writing, Professor Poole still has his job teaching “Cultural Communications” at FAU.
So with that in mind, I recommend Professor Poole trash his existing “Cultural Communications” class lesson plans, and instead have his students study the dynamics of how this entire saga played out. Then his students might learn how “cultural communications” works in the real world. A world where just a few people have strongly held beliefs that they hold dear and are willing to stand up for, even fight and die for, if necessary.
The students would study the timeline of “hurt and pain” caused in the community by cultural insensitivity from an activist professor, who is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. Students would learn how the local and national community rose up to defend a brave student who was wronged, first by the professor and then by the university.
Those would-be cultural communications lessons might be worth thousands of dollars in student loans. But wait, the most meaningful and important class lessons are still to come.
In my first Tatler post on this story, I asked what if Professor Poole had requested his students stomp on the name Mohammed instead of Jesus’ name.
My new suggestion is for Poole’s students to write essays about what they think might have happened if they had been asked to do just that. Would the saga have taken a different turn? Would their classroom have been torched?
Students must use some “cultural communications” imagination to complete this exercise. They could also discuss the outcome if Professor Poole had asked them to stomp on the words “Torah” or “Jews” or “Gays” or “Obama” or “Martin Luther King.”
Most likely, if any of those names had been used instead of Jesus, students would have complained en mass. Then Professor Poole would have been fired immediately and that would have been the end of the story.
Finally, we have arrived at the most important class lesson.
In my second post I posed the question: “Why was there only one student in the class who found stomping on Jesus objectionable?”
The one student who did, Ryan Rotela also happens to be a devout Mormon. Rotela displayed, in the words of Governor Scott, “great conviction and bravery” when he refused the class stomp and told Professor Poole, “Never do the assignment again because it’s offensive.”
Rotela’s statement leaves one to conclude that the rest of his classmates proceeded to stomp on Jesus’ name, blindly following Professor Poole’s instructions whether they objected or not.
So now it’s time for the class to familiarize themselves with a German named Martin Niemöller (1892-1984).
Niemöller was a prominent Lutheran pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and, as a result, spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps. He is best known for a series of quotations, which define for me (what has gone undefined up until this point), the class title itself, “Cultural Communications.” Niemöller wrote:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Therefore, I proclaim Ryan Rotela as the new Martin Niemoller of our time and Professor Poole’s students should remember both their names for the rest of their lives.
For now, Professor Poole’s “Jesus stomping” students should follow Governor Scott’s example and applaud Ryan Rotela. For Rotela, as the only student not afraid to speak out may in fact, be a rare breed. The sad truth is, as the dumbing down of our education system continues, there may not be anyone left who is bold enough to speak out.
‘Jesus Stomping’ Professor/ FAU Story Continues With Non-Apology, Then Apology and Now Charges Filed Against Student Who Complained
Just in time for Holy Week, this “Stomp Jesus” story has developed some intriguing twists and turns. To recap, here is a quick synopsis from last week’s Tatler post titled “‘Jesus Stomping’ FAU Professor is Democrat Party Vice-Chairman in Palm Beach County, FL”
A professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Davie campus named Deandre Poole teaches an “Intercultural Communication” class from a textbook by the same name. The textbook calls for an exercise where students write the name of Jesus in large letters on a piece of paper and then stomp on it.
Enter Ryan Rotela, a student in the class who happens to be a devout Mormon. Rotela refused to stomp and complained to Professor Poole, telling him, “Never do the assignment again because it’s offensive.” Rotela also told the professor that he was going to complain to the university. Then, according to Rotela, FAU responded by suspending him from Poole’s class.
FAU, when asked about the incident by local television station WPEC, then issued the following statement:
Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.
Shortly after, it was first reported by a local Palm Beach County website called Biz Pac Review that Professor Poole is vice-chairman of the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County. That news was greeted by a big yawn from most in the media. One can only imagine if the professor had been vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party and students were made to stomp on any number of prominent religious figures, but that is another story.
OK, now you are up to speed on the news from last week, so here are the latest developments.
Late on Friday, March 22nd, Fox News and the Palm Beach Post, among others, reported that FAU finally had released a statement of apology:
FAU officials issued a statement of apology, saying the exercise was optional and that no students had been disciplined as a result of it.
“This exercise will not be used again,” the statement continued. “The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”
But the story does not end there.
More on the next page.
Just in time for Holy Week are many reports about this controversial incident involving a local college professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida making his students literally stomp on paper after they were instructed to write the name Jesus on it.
However national media, while reporting on this incident, neglected to include the fact that the professor is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party as reported today by a popular and influential local business/political web site called Biz Pac Review.
Stomp Jesus FAU Professor is Dem Party Official
A South Florida college professor’s bizarre classroom antics have made waves for their shocking display of religious intolerance. But they were even more instructive in educating the rest of us on the alarming thought process of yet another Palm Beach County Democratic leader.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) professor Deandre Poole instructed his intercultural communications class earlier this month to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, then drop it on the floor and stomp on it.
One student, a devout Mormon, was so disturbed by the exercise that he complained to school officials, sayingPoolehad offended his religious convictions. The school responded by suspending the student from the class.
While the incident has made the news, the media has failed to report a key component of Poole’s resume: He is vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. His recent actions add fire to an already-disturbing pattern of hate coming out of the local party.
The story has been widely reported in the last few days including today on the Drudge Report.
However, today Biz Pac Review was first to reveal that the professor holds a leadership position in the Palm Beach Country Democratic Party and that revelation is shaking the palm trees in Palm Beach just in time for Palm Sunday.
Now just imagine if this professor instructed his students to stomp on the name Mohammad. Then let’s say a Muslim student was offended and then got suspended for going against his professor’s instructions. Then it was revealed that the professor was vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party. Would there be riots in the streets? Would FAU be set aflame? Would this professor lose his job? You betcha is the correct answer to all of the above.
But according to WPEC ( a local television station) here’s how the school responded to an inquiry about the situation:
“Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”
Like I said, just in time for Holy Week this incident will spark some outrage and then go away quietly as the professor continues teaching his Intercultural Communications class while holding the title of vice- chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.
What are the odds that during election time Professor Poole instructs his students to work for the Democrat party and earn class credit as part of their “intercultural communications” experience? Odds as high as the royal palms is my guess.
It was early Monday when I sought PJ Tatler editor Bryan Preston’s approval for what I assumed was going to be a controversial new photo caption contest. But as we all know, this Obama/Devil actor look-alike controversy took off like a bat out of hell across all media platforms — so our amusing little contest did not ignite any new infernos.
Thanks to all who submitted captions thus making this contest very popular, but why no submissions from Dante or Damian?
As requested, most of you used restraint, so more thanks for abiding by the rules. However, even with the rules obeyed, I still have trouble at home. For with each Obama-themed caption contest my husband continues to raise hell — warning of a potential audit and predicts my vacationing alone in reeducation camp this summer. (The only up-side is I will finally get to meet some of you!)
Now, let it be said that you all make judging hard as hell.
Due to a high volume of terrific captions a Top Ten Winner’s circle is the best I could do.
Well Bush you lucked out, now I can say the devil made me do it.
Thanks a lot History Channel, Your ratings went up and mine went to hell.
Both submitted by Donald Eugene
Obama and his media…or… The Devil Wears Pravda
I guess this would make Eric Holder, the Devil’s Advocate.
Nah, I’ve seen him throw a pitch and I’ve watched him bowl. More like the Prince of Dorkness.
The above three were submitted by cfbleachers (our royal Caption King)
I can see fire and brimstone from my house.
The Book of Apocalypse and Time Magazine foretold my Coming.
Both submitted by Adi
“Google’s new 3-D glasses add reality and depth you’ve never seen.”
Submitted by Fail Burton
At least the devil will let you eat junk food.
Submitted by rbj
These spot-the-difference puzzles are getting harder.
Submitted by Bill Reader
See you all next time a photo or an actor playing a Bible character who “accidentally” resembles the President of the United States is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
In our last edition of Hillary Watch 2016, we explored the latest 2016 poll, (Hillary wins naturally) Chris Matthews’ newest obsession, (getting Hillary elected) and a video blast from the past about Hillary NOT baking cookies.
But today’s breaking Hillary news is so beyond predictable, I was even wondering whether it deserves its own Hillary Watch 2016 column.
However, since this series is supposed to be a record of how
Hillary will claw her way to the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination. Oops, sorry! What I meant was that all her opponents will surrender immediately after she announces and fight among themselves to be her running mate, so every Hillary Watch 2016 – even this Ho-hum edition is important for history.
Now it is time for the “big” news under the real heading, “The Big Story” at AP:
Hillary Clinton Announces Support For Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval.
Clinton made the announcement in an online video released Monday morning by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. She says in the six-minute video that gays and lesbians are “full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.”
“That includes marriage,” she says, adding that she backs gay marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
Clinton’s announcement is certain to further fuel the already rampant speculation that she is considering another run for president in 2016. Other possible Democratic contenders — including Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — all back the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Here is the video announcement if you need further proof of Hillary’s controversial stance.
Gee, I wish she had come out against gay marriage, and then we could have had some real fireworks!
Perhaps her announcement might have sounded something like this:
”My Midwest Methodist church upbringing makes it impossible for me to support gay marriage. Since, as a young woman, I was lucky to marry the man of my dreams who has been faithful to me in my own special way, I can not imagine marriage being anything but a blessed union between a man and a woman, just like in that popular series The Bible that Bill and I have been enjoying together.”
Last night while watching the History Channel’s smash hit series The Bible, I noticed that the actor playing the Devil tempting Jesus looked like he was of African decent, but thought nothing of it. Then today I read he is Moroccan and his name is Mehdi Quazzani. This I learned after clicking on the Drudge Report headline:
Devil in TV show ‘The Bible” bears a striking resemblance to Obama.
Drudge’s headline took me to a piece in the UK’s Daily Mail with this headline:
Why does the devil in ‘The Bible’ look exactly like President Obama?
So now you know how our latest Tatler Photo Caption Contest came about.
Given that some readers might consider this photo comparison to be extremely politically incorrect, I would like to post the following disclaimer:
Photos that are selected for Tatler Photo Caption Contests are usually found on high traffic web sites accompanied by a news story. The subject of this caption contest falls within those parameters.
In other words, “Don’t shoot me” for I am only the messenger. But now as I surf around the web, I noticed this look-alike story has really caught fire on several major pop-culture and news websites. (Devil, hell, fire, get it?)
In fact, my husband just sent me this piece about how the creators of the Bible Series are weighing in on the controversy, thus adding even more fuel to the raging fire.
Since I am the host of this contest, I make the rules that must be obeyed if we are going to hold a contest of this nature. So along with our standard rule of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching,” you must also be tasteful and not mean, cruel or fly off the rails of the crazy train. Got it?
Here again are the winners from our last contest who stayed within our rules. (And that contest also needed a warning label!)
Have fun and remember, “The Devil is the author of confusion.”
As it turned out, our latest Photo Caption Contest may not be a joke after all, but a real Republican nightmare!
Seriously, this happened to me yesterday.
While in my car listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show, I almost lost control when he started talking about the possibility of a Hillary Clinton/Michelle Obama Democrat dream ticket for 2016. Rush was referencing this piece in the Washington Examiner with the headline, 2016 Hillary-Michelle “Dream Ticket” Floated.
Rush then asked a caller what he thought of the idea and the caller responded, “Is this a joke?”
Needless to say, this caption contest has now taken on much greater meaning.
Therefore, I chose the winners very carefully especially avoiding any captions referring to heft because big dreams often do come true in the make believe fairyland of Washington D.C. where Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s presses are printing $85 billion a month in funny money — fueling the myth of an economic recovery.
However, before the grand prize winning caption is announced I must preface it with the following disclaimer:
I do not know this writer. I have never had relations with this writer. But what I do know is this writer holds the title of Royal King of the Caption Contests because the captions submitted by cfbleachers are always extraordinary!
So once again here is the winning caption from our reigning Caption King cfbleachers:
The all woman ticket, electoral men-o-pause.
There were many more Honorable Mentions such as these from another Caption King, Chris Henderson:
That’s the first time I’ve seen dual hot air bags on the back of a car.
Oh great! Now I get to be called racist AND sexist for my Rand Paul 2016 bumper sticker!
If you listen you can actually hear Chris Matthews’ leg tingle.
This bumper sticker can destroy a car faster than Ted Kennedy.
RockThisTown (a Caption King who is forever chasing cfbleachers) submitted three great ones:
The butt stops here. (Yes, this could be construed as a heft joke but it was chosen for its historical reference.)
We’ll bake your cookies, then take ‘em away! (See Hillary Watch 2016 if you don’t understand this caption.)
I did not have sexual relations & I did not have taxual vacations.
Hipdeep submitted: Top mamas cookin’ up somethin’ GOOD for you!
Chris in N.VA submitted: Brooms double-parked
I could go on, but the Politically Incorrect Police might shut down this contest, so just read the rest of them here.
Thanks to all who make these contests so popular and fun to read.
See you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest and please try not to rear-end any double-wide loads taking left turns while displaying this “joke” bumper sticker.
In my self-appointed role as “undercover reporter” at least three times a week I receive emails from Organizing for Action (OFA). This is President Obama’s new never-ending and powerful campaign organization, which up until recently was known as Organizing for America. After reading their emails, I give thanks for the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. Why? Because if not for bold action that was taken over six decades ago during a very narrow two-year window by a perfectly timed Republican controlled Congress, Obama’s OFA might be preparing for his third term campaign rather than his last mid-term election.
If you don’t happen to have a U.S. Constitution in your pocket, the 22nd Amendment limited the number of four-year presidential terms to only two.
Ironically, the 22nd Amendment was passed by the 80th “Do Nothing” Congress in 1947. It was named as such by President Truman who successfully railed against this Republican controlled Congress during his 1948 presidential campaign.
Then, as a result of President Truman’s victory and subsequent coat-tails, the Republicans lost control of Congress, after gaining it back only two years earlier during the 1946 mid-term elections after 16 years of Democrat control.
Now, from a historical perspective here is what is truly amazing.
Starting in 1949, the Democrats took control of the House, not just for a few election cycles, but for the next 46 years! Republicans would not gain control again until 1995 when House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the 101st Congress into session.
On the Senate side, the Democrats took control in FDR’s 1933 sweep. Except for a brief time of shifting control during the 1953-1954 session due to an almost equal number of seats and deaths, Democrats controlled the Senate straight up until 1981.
So with this history in mind, the question is, “If the Republicans had not controlled Congress in 1947–1949 would there have ever been a 22nd Amendment?”
In my opinion, the answer would most likely be “no” for this simple reason:
During those 46 years of House Democrat control it would been politically impossible for Democrats to have passed a Constitutional Amendment limiting presidential terms without it looking like a political slap in the face to the memory of four-term Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was progressively elevated to semi- savior status during the ensuing decades.
The House Republicans in 1947 could not have imagined that they would lose control in 1949 for the next 46 years, but forged ahead making presidential term limits a very high legislative priority early in the session.
Thus, the future 22nd Amendment passed Congress in March of 1947. Then the Amendment went to the states and so began the ratification process which was completed four years later in 1951.
To this day the 22nd Amendment remains controversial as there have been many attempts at repeal occurring as recently as January 2013 from Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY).
What follows is a list of current/former Congressmen and Senators and the year(s) when they introduced repeal legislation. Notice how this list even includes the current Senate Majority and Minority Leaders.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) 1989
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 1995
Jose Serrano (D-NY) 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013
Steny Hoyer (D-MD) 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
Barney Frank (D-MA) 1995, 1997, 1999
Howard Berman (D-CA) 2005
David Dreier (R-CA) 1997
Jerold Nadler (D-NY) 1995
Guy Vander Jagt (D-MI) 1991
Martin Sabo (D-MN) 1991
For the record, none of these repeal attempts have ever gone anywhere. So if history is any guide, those who oppose President Obama need not worry about whether Congressmen Serrano’s latest repeal bill will gain any traction.
Finally, circling back to President Obama, his Organizing for Action is without precedent. For no president has ever had at his command his own political organization — aside from the national party — and especially a “lame duck” president, which explains my sudden affection for the 22nd Amendment.
Quite honestly, Organization for Action scares me with its unabashed aggressiveness, continual spewing of falsehoods/ half-truths and use of scare tactics, as it obediently rallies support for President Obama’s agenda at the “grass roots” level, while always justifying its non-stop fundraising.
As is typical, the most recent OFA email I received had the headline, This isn’t meant to scare you, and ended: Let’s finish what we started. Chip in $25 to Organizing for Action, the grassroots movement that will get the job done.
Except this “grassroots movement” is led by Mr. Obama’s uber professional campaign team with its stated goal of raising $50 million for a “national advocacy network.” There was a ruckus recently when it was widely reported, even in the mainstream media that for $500,000 OFA donors would have quarterly access to President Obama. In another words, the White House now has an official elite “pay to play” club masquerading as a “grassroots” organization.
And who knows, but if not for the 22nd Amendment would President Obama be hinting (with wild applause no doubt) at pursuing a third term to “finish what we started” to “get the job done,” despite the state of the economy?
So it is through the 22nd Amendment that I and others who are not fond of our current president/campaigner/organizer-in-chief can take comfort in knowing that he will be vacating the Oval Office on January 20, 2017.
Yes, I will continue reading OFA’s emails and keep thanking the “Do Nothing” Congress of 1947 – 1949 for what they did, which was actually quite substantial and still impacts us today.
Besides passing the 22nd Amendment, thus limiting and changing the power of the presidency forever, the “Do Nothings” created the Air Force, CIA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and passed the Taft- Hartley Act limiting labor union power, to only name a few pieces of legislation. But most important, this was the Congress that funded the Marshall Plan to rebuild war-torn Europe.
Is it finally time for the “Do Nothing” Congress to be thanked and renamed?
A friend of mine from Alexandria, Virginia (located just minutes from downtown Washington D.C.) sent me this photo of a bumper sticker seen around town. The caption was, “Think things can’t get worse?”
But I have a feeling Tatler Photo Caption Contest fans can think of even better questions to ask. Or if you prefer, just make a statement. However, we are talking about the First Ladies here, so please remember our rules, be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.
When writing your captions/questions remember this juicy historical note you may have forgotten from the 2009 book, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Andersen. (Now “bargain priced” at Amazon, no kidding.)
According to a 2009 piece reporting on the book by the Huffington Post (so it must be true) in 2008, when Obama was in the process of selecting his running mate, Hillary’s name was at the top of the list. That was, until Mrs. O weighed in asking:
“Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?” she reportedly told her husband. “Could you live with that?”
And that my friends, was how the legend of ol’ Joe Biden came about. For he was then plucked from a Delaware bound Amtrak train and still today remains only a heartbeat and a railcar away.
Story time is over kids, so get cracking writing these new captions!
For inspiration here are the winners from our last highly competitive contest.
Good luck and remember (seriously) bumper stickers are only a weird kind of status symbol in the DC area. There is really nothing to get worked up about here because these two women would claw each others’ eyes out well before this ticket would ever become.. …. a real bumper sticker.