For those who believe the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus, here is some breaking news:
The Custodian of the Shroud at the Vatican has announced today that the Shroud will go on public display in 2015 in Turin, Italy for 45 days between the Easter season starting in mid-April 2015 until August 16, 2015.
The last time the Shroud went on public display was in 2010 and two million pilgrims got to see the most sacred relic in all of Christianity.
My husband and I were among those millions, and it was an experience of a lifetime.
The Shroud of Turin continues to baffle science, for there is no explanation how the image of a crucified man was formed on the cloth separate from the blood stains.
More intriguing, the marks on the crucified man accurately reflect the flogging and crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible accounts. Furthermore, the image itself is made from a material that science can not explain.
Here are two articles about the Shroud of Turin that have appeared on PJ Media in the recent past if you are interested in this topic.
The most recent one was from March, 2013:
The first was posted in July of 2012:
OK, I admit it — I am a Shroud groupie, (known as a Shroud-ee.)
And for this breaking Shroud news I must give a big hat-tip to Russ Breault who is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Shroud and runs www.ShroudEncounter.com.
Russ, I might add, contacted me after someone passed along to him my July, 2012 Shroud piece linked to above, that discusses the 3D modeling of the Shroud face.
Russ appeared in and was a consultant on the History Channel documentary, The Real Face of Jesus?
Since 2010, that 3-D modeling presentation has been a huge hit on the History Channel and is replayed every year on numerous occasions.
Thanks to everyone who included our latest caption contest in their Thanksgiving weekend activities.
As usual, the entries were humorous, creative, and politically astute, making judging extremely difficult. Especially popular with the turkey-stuffed judges were the poetic entries.
Cfbleachers our “Caption King Emeritus” was inspired by Shakespeare (Google the name, kids) when he wrote:
If you cross the king
You might live in the towers
Or be kidnapped and buried
Beneath the leaves and the flowers
But the prison that tortures
the mind and the soul
Is that we twice chose our dungeon
So the shame is all ours.
Another favorite ditty was written by Allen Crowson:
There once was a guy named Barack,
To whose style all the blue ones did flock.
He promised O’Care
But it’s Buyer Beware!
And now the whole thing’s just a crock.
Now, for the caption and “thought bubble” winners we have obtained some old, faded, 2008 Obama “Hope and Change” posters for our two grand prize winners.
First is Zip Code for this sad (and almost true) Obama “thought bubble:”
Get that man’s name and address, he forgot to bow.
And then cfbleachers for this even sadder and truer caption:
My insurance was cancelled, my Obama-phone was shut off and my identity was hacked on the government website. You’re in good hands, with All Statist.
Here are the rest of the best. (However, if you go back to the contest post and click “view all” you will realize that most of the entries deserved to be in the winner’s circle.) Like this one by Kuce:
Not seen below the photo – It’s a shame – I can’t declare martial law.
P Henry Saddleburr: (Are you related to Thurston Howell the Third?)
Yes We Can. Yes We Can……..make your life a living hell.
Brian FitzGerald: Asked for directions and he tells me where the map is…
Thom1: Bubble…”even the phone quit working…”
RockThisTown: I Walk the Lie.
Finally, two more from our grand prize winner, cfbleachers:
If you like your poverty, you can keep your poverty.
Buddy can you spare a little hope…and change?
And one more from Zip Code:
Gentleman on left,—I really don’t need that map to tell me this is[1984 Orwell St.]
Yes, it MUST be “1984″ because “Big Brother (really is) Watching You” and “Ignorance is Strength.” (That explains why President Obama was re-elected.)
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Meanwhile, as you go about your life in 2013 remember back in 1948 George Orwell wrote this prophetic line in the book 1984:
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
When I first saw our contest photo attached to a piece in the liberal-leaning Daily Beast with the headline, “Americans Don’t Like Obama’s Job Performance — or Him,” I literally gasped.
As an occasional “conservative” contributor to the Daily Beast, I understand the mindset of their editors and readers.
So now I can officially declare that Obama-mania has been extinguished for such a headline to have appeared.
With the accepted knowledge that PJ Tatler Photo Caption Contests are all about YOUR brilliance and creativity, here is another opportunity to display those talents.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend when you need an escape from eating, shopping, football, or listening to that obnoxious relative who took the President’s advice and is talking up Obamacare at dinner, just slip away to a quiet place and write a snarky caption.
But not too snarky because our Beloved Leader does not enjoy criticism, or your humor, and is not afraid to unleash the IRS if he perceives you are a threat. (Just ask Dr. Ben Carson after he spoke out against Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.)
Besides a general caption, feel free to write “thought bubbles” for the poster and the man walking by.
Little poems are also encouraged like this one I could not resist:
No more hope or change?
It’s such a darn shame
but all you Dems must take the blame
cuz the GOP knew back in ’08 that his slogan was insane.
For the only slogan he ever needed was “blame Bush”
and the results would have been the same.
Politico reports: Obama is set to speak on the economy at DreamWorks’s Los Angeles-area headquarters on Tuesday.
Which leads me to ask: Is Obama living his own fairytale today?
Consider this: We have a president created by the media and funded by Hollywood who is speaking at DreamWorks headquarters in La La Land.
He is expected to talk about how an economy, propped up by $85 billion a month of the Federal Reserve’s printed funny-money is improving and creating jobs. (Although Obama will most likely forget to mention the $85 billion monthly steroid injection.)
The fairytale actually begins with Politico’s headline:
White House Defends Obama Visit to Donor Katzenberg’s DreamWorks
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s strong political support of President Obama had “no bearing” on the White House’s decision to schedule a presidential visit there, the White House said Monday.
“Contributing to the president’s campaign or being a political supporter of the president doesn’t guarantee you a presidential visit, but it shouldn’t exclude you from one either,” principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling from Seattle to San Francisco aboard Air Force One.
And like all good fairytales Politico concludes with a happy ending:
Katzenberg raised millions of dollars as a bundler for Obama’s 2012 campaign, and also gave $3 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.
Obama’s speaking at DreamWorks today reminded me of a popular JibJab video from the 2008 presidential campaign starring Obama in fairyland. Five years later this video is no longer funny because we are living Obama’s prance through the Enchanted Forest. Most amazing of all, the Clinton’s are singing about how they will be back in four years.
Twitchy is having some fun with this photo that the White House tweeted yesterday, adding the headline “Narcissist in Chief strikes again on 50th anniversary of JFK death.”
BizPac Review, meanwhile, has a piece with the headline “Is this the most narcissistic photo ever?”
That question began as a declarative tweet by Bill Hobbs.
However, feel free to make snarky comments about how EVERY event and EVERY occasion, no matter how solemn, is somehow always ALL ABOUT HIM.
Great job everyone! The entries to our latest contest exceeded my extremely high expectations.
You all make it so difficult for the judges to pick one grand prize winner that they went with four.
Blackgriffin, a first time winner wrote this zinger:
“Ah, now I see it, right down there – what little remains of my credibility.”
HiPlanesDrifter entertained us with:
Little Boy Thought Bubble: ‘Even as a 1st grader, I don’t need a looking glass to see through all your lies.’
Formerly Steve Smith:
If you like your magnified self image, then you can keep your magnified self image.
The judges also selected “the people’s choice,” an entry from our Caption King Emeritus Cfbleachers who earned nine “likes” for this caption:
Here take this, Mister Obama. It helps to find clues and I heard you haven’t got one.
Here are the rest of the best:
Chris Henderson (our reigning Caption King) wrote:
The Private Eye Sector is doing fine.
Zip Code (a Caption King wanna-be) won with:
Do you boys and girls know what lessons you need to take to become the
President? (All in unison— GOLF!)
Obama Thought Bubble: ‘Maybe if I hold this thing right, I’ll win a Nobel Prize in Science to go with my other one.’
Little boy: “Hey you a dumb guy, Mr. President, that’s not gonna make today’s 5 new enrollees any bigger.”
Formally Steve Smith: (again)
Those 100 million Obama enrollees must be there somewhere.
From the people who brought you the Obamaphone ™ and ObamaCare ™: It’s the Obamafier! ™ Makes even the smallest approval ratings look GIGANTIC!!!
Here are two more from our first Caption King cfbleachers (who started the ultra-competitive nature of our contest a few years back.)
(from the little boy) Can I borrow a red crayon, I want to practice drawing lines.
Thought bubble of the little boy: “Is that your conscience?”
RockThisTown (another royal Caption King) gave us six winners:
“I’m giving each and every child here today one of these things – because it’s the only way your parents’ paychecks will be made bigger!”
“Look real close, kids & you can see how much the unemployment rate has come down.”
“My specialty is micro-economics, where I take huge amounts of money & reduce them to small amounts of money.”
“See kids, this thing helps you look onto other kids’ test papers – it’s how I got through college & law school!”
“This is great for counting all those zeros in $17 trillion!”
“Hey, you’re right! The rise of the oceans is beginning to slow, but I still can’t see where the earth is healing.”
(In case you forgot, this caption is based on an infamous Obama speech that he gave in June, 2008 after capturing the Democratic nomination. Now, I dare you to listen to this speech and still manage to keep your lunch down.)
Oops, will someone please bring me a towel?
So while I was busy cleaning up… I almost forgot to say, “See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media Photo Caption Contest.”
Once again, a Drudge Report photo was the inspiration behind our newest Photo Caption Contest.
The Drudge headline and link that captioned the photo read:
But we know PJ Media readers can write much better headlines.
So start your imaginations and power up your communication devices.
Besides a general caption, consider writing a “thought bubble” for the looking glass or the little boy next to Obama.
There are no rules for this contest because rules are so 20th century.
However, this contest is no place for haters — only BRILLIANT and CREATIVE thinkers who understand how to mix Obama-isms, current events, history, politics, humor and fairy tales into winning entries that bring smiles to millions of readers across the globe.
Have fun and remember the image in the glass may be distorted due to media bias.
Thanks to all who participated in our latest Photo Caption Contest.
The judges have spoken and they had trouble picking one winner because you all are just too darn clever. (At the end of this winners post you will learn where “clever” lands you these days.)
After reading the entries it was obvious that our readers are intimately familiar with The Wizard of Oz.
(I am dating myself but I remember when the Wizard of Oz was televised once a year and it was a major social and entertainment event.)
And with that thought in mind – let’s begin with two winning entries from our “Caption King Emeritus” otherwise known as cfbleachers:
Where’s the truth in all this? Somewhere over the reign, BO.
So, just click your ruby heels together and say “I wish I had my old policy, I wish I had my old policy”
RockThisTown: Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kenya anymore.
x2klbofun: Pay no attention to that man behind the TelePrompTer
Chris Henderson: Obamacare: A Blizzard of Laws.
Here are the non-Wizard of Oz winning entries.
Zipcode: Yesterday I was in [Good Hands with Allstate] today I’m in the wrong hands with all flakes!
Adi had two winners: When the bubble bursts, Obamacare Fairy will revert back to a frog.
New Obamacare pitch ad: If you like your fairy tale you can live in your fairy tale.
Chris Henderson: MSNBC Breaking News: Tooth Fairy Not Real; Obama Tells Children He Blames Bush.
Finally, as promised, here is what happens to “clever” citizens these days.
After I inquired in the winners post from our last contest as to why reigning Caption King, Chris Henderson missed this very popular contest, he commented that he had been detained in Obama’s Re-education Camp but fortunately had just escaped.
Then, for this contest, Chris Henderson had several entries and I commented after this one:
Glinda the Good Witch visits the White House to see if Obamacare will cover the house that fell on Hillary.
Laughing and laughing. SO glad you joined us. How was the food at Re-education camp? I bet they served non-organic arugula and the food left over from Michelle’s school lunch programs.
Chris Henderson’s reply comment:
The arugula wasn’t as bad as the dog we were served every Tuesday. Just long days of being forced to polish his Nobel “Peace” Prize and his many teleprompters. The library only contained his two “autobiographies” and all the other books written by Bill Ayers. I escaped by using one of the many unused shovels from his shovel-ready jobs program and tunneled my way out.
Finally, a rare eye-witness account from inside the walls of Obama’s re-education camps.
But Chris was too proud to mention that he was forced to build entire cabins only using Solyndra solar panels. (Good to know that $530 million of our tax dollars are being put to good use as affordable housing materials.)
But even worse, Chris has been re-trained as a Chevy Volt salesman.
To use a winning quote from cfbleachers, “Where’s the truth in all this? Somewhere over the reign, BO.”
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media Photo Caption Contest.
Today, the subject of our Caption Contest was prominently displayed on the Drudge Report with the caption, “Fairy Tale.’
Drudge linked to a Weekly Standard piece with the headline:
‘Fairy Tale’ Continues as Obama Proposes Extralegal Obamacare Fix.
Based on years of experience, I know that PJ Media readers can write better captions than the simple, ‘Fairy Tale.”
I am also confident that our readers will write some award-winning, snarky, creative, brilliant and politically incorrect, “thought bubbles.”
So ready, set, prove me right!
There are no rules for this contest, only your conscience and the knowledge that the IRS and the NSA are not living in the Enchanted Forest.
Have fun, and in case you missed it, here again are the winners from our last contest. (Be sure to read the comment from our Caption King of Kings, Chris Henderson who was missing from our last contest. Let’s hope Chris escaped from Re-education Camp and can join us now.)
Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest Photo Caption Contest.
It was an extremely popular contest and the brilliance of our reader’s entries made it nearly impossible for the judges to pick one winner.
But we “Valley Forged” ahead anyway and awarded RockThisTown the Grand Prize for this historic and clever entry:
Washington thought bubble: “Valley Forge, Mt.Vernon, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the United States . . . he didn’t build that.”
RockThisTown, who is one of our esteemed “Caption Kings” also submitted these two winners:
Mr. President, if we can’t keep our doctor, how is it fair that we have to keep our President?”
“If you like your apology, you can keep your . . . oh wait, never mind.”
Here are the rest of the winners in our very crowded winner’s circle.
Cfbleachers , another “Caption King” had four winners:
I cannot tell a lie…so, that’s why I have my propaganda machine do it for me…NBC.
Hey, look at the bright side…unlike Benghazi and Fast and Furious…nobody has died…YET…over these lies
How could I have lied! Nobody read the thing in the first place
I’m sorry, so sorry…cause YOU were such a fool…
Allan Crowson had three winners:
BHO: “If you like your current lie, you can keep it. Period!”
BHO: “Come on, play ball with me here, Chuck, and if you like your current network, you can keep it.”
[Washington (thought) bubble]: “I cannot tell a lie…but him? Yes, He Can!”
Zip Code had two winners:
(Thought bubble) My Pony Express was faster than your Obamacare web site, so there!
The last time I told a fib I got a cherry tree branch to my back side and all he gets is TV time.
He’s not saying anything, He doesn’t want to be called a slave owning racist by the media.
Portrait: “I could not tell a lie. But you cannot tell the truth, Sir.”
Barack Obama: “I apologize for what I had to do with health care, but it is all the fault of the guy over there, who mistakenly set up a country based on freedom instead of free stuff.”
Probably all former presidents are crying.
My wooden teeth vs your lying wooden tongue.
One of my favorites was from McGehee:
“For centuries they’ve called me the Father of My Country, but now I demand a paternity test!”
Finally, I have a thought bubble to add to this contest:
George Washington portrait: Why didn’t the “King of all Caption Kings,” Chris Henderson show up for this contest? I had many highly-evolved inner thoughts about your current president that I wanted to share with him.
With that in mind, will someone please find Chris Henderson the next time there is a photo worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest?
On Sunday, the final hymn in our church was America, The Beautiful, in honor of Veterans Day.
We only sang the popular first verse but after reading all the verses I fully expected teams of lawyers from the ACLU, American Atheists or Americans United Against Separation of Church and State to be waiting in the parking lot threatening lawsuits and demanding that the song be torn from the pages of the hymnal.
Even though this is a cherished patriotic song, one can just about hear these groups arguing before a judge saying that mentioning God in a patriotic song violates the separation of church and state. Don’t laugh, because this argument is closer to reality than you think.
Here are seven more of their “arguments” against America, The Beautiful:
- The song is offensive and harmful to any American who does not believe in God.
- The notion of God “shedding his grace on thee” violates the civil rights of “thee” Americans who have actively chosen to avoid any grace being shed on them.
- The song is an example of the “war against women” because only the “brotherhood” is being “crowned with thy good.”
- The phrase from “sea to shining sea,” fails to mention that the seas are rising due to climate change, therefore this line must be rewritten.
- The words, “Pilgrim feet, wilderness and freedom” are obvious references to the slaughtering of Native Americans and the stealing of their lands. Thus, new apology verses must be included.
- America, the Beautiful is a descriptive opinion of America’s landscape as seen through the eyes of farmers living in mid-west and mountain states. We now demand an alternative title that reflects the visual experience of the majority of Americans who live in crowded urban areas.
- Our groups will now seek legal action to change the title of America, The Beautiful to America, The Pothole.
Presented below are the original lyrics to America, The Beautiful as written by Katherine Lee Bates in 1913. She could never have imagined how much the cultural fabric of her beautiful America has changed in 100 years.
Today, let’s dedicate these lyrics to all veterans who have served and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our America, still beautiful.
America, The Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Exclusive report from NBC News:
Obama personally apologizes for Americans losing health insurance.
The Drudge Report displayed our contest image from Chuck Todd’s interview with this caption: SO SORRY, HE SAYS.
Let us take a moment and reflect upon this scene.
It was one year ago, on November 6, 2012, when President Obama was reelected with 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206, a blow-out victory, even though the popular vote was much closer — 65 million to 60 million.
Now, are any of the 60 million who voted for Romney surprised that on November 7, 2013, President Obama sat down with his in-house cheerleader network, otherwise known as NBC, and apologized for misspeaking about his signature program now wreaking havoc on millions of Americans?
As one of those 60 million Romney voters, I fully expected Obamacare to be a disaster, but never believed it would be this bad, this soon — which brings us to our contest.
This image is “crying out” for captions that surpass Drudge’s in creativity and non-political correctness.
Furthermore, is it only my imagination, or do I see tears in George Washington’s eyes while he is listening to this conversation? Tears or no tears, George still needs some “thought bubbles,” because you may remember our Founding Father died due to some bad health care involving excessive bloodletting.
Our normal rules of “be nice and stay classy” are suspended for this contest, since the Obama administration demonstrated it had no rules and no class when it sold Obamacare to the American people. (If Obamacare was a product offered by any American company, the Federal Trade Commission would be shutting it down.)
However, this being a “family contest” your entries must still display a certain degree of decorum.
Have fun, and will somebody please research if bloodletting is covered under Obamacare?
Here is a fact worth knowing and remembering: 50,000 Hispanics will reach the age of 18 every month for the next 20 years.
All demographics point to Hispanics comprising a larger share of the electorate in every future election cycle and they are voting overwhelmingly Democrat.
With this fact in mind, yesterday, in a piece about the bellwether Virginia gubernatorial race, I posed a question about whether Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe would win a larger percentage of Virginia’s Hispanic vote than President Obama did in 2012.
Here the question in its full context:
Hispanic growth is McAuliffe’s advantage.
Virginia’s Hispanic population is 630,000, having increased by 92 percent since 2000. Of that number, 214,000 are registered to vote, and two-thirds identify as Democrats.
The McAuliffe campaign has worked nonstop to engage and mobilize this important voting bloc. Therefore, expect “Latinos con Terry” to help push McAuliffe, who has recently become a champion of immigration reform, across the finish line. In contrast, Cuccinelli has been a vocal opponent of immigration reform.
National lesson. In 2012, President Obama won 64 percent of Virginia’s Hispanic vote, compared with 71 percent nationally. Will McAuliffe top him? If so, it would be a clear signal that the growing Hispanic vote is becoming a lost GOP voter bloc similar to African-Americans. The GOP will cease to be a national party if Hispanics become loyal Democrats by margins as wide as 60 or 70 percent.
Now today, according to Virginia exit poll data, we learn that Terry McAuliffe did in fact top President Obama’s 2012 Hispanic vote percentage by two points. McAuliffe won 66 percent compared to Obama’s 64 percent.
Additionally, 58 percent of Virginia’s Hispanic voters told exit pollsters that immigration was either “most important or one of their most important” voting issues; while 25 percent said immigration was “somewhat important.” This adds up to a whopping 83 percent of Virginia’s Hispanic voters who hold this issue dear.
So what are the takeaways here?
Unless the Republican Party can find ways to properly address immigration issues then GOP candidates, at every level, will find that winning elections in swing states and districts is about to become more challenging as Hispanic voters are increasingly mobilized as they were in Virginia. (Even in an off-year election.)
Furthermore, as noted above, the Republican Party will eventually fade as a national party if Hispanic voters continue to vote in 60 to 70 percent blocks.
Virginia, along with Florida and Ohio has become an important swing state and there are many lessons to be learned from the McAuliffe/Cuccinelli race. Chief among those lessons was how McAuliffe was able to top Obama’s Hispanic vote percentage, while Ken Cuccinelli, with his anti-immigration stance won only 29 percent of this demographic.
Sadly, Cuccinelli performed even worse among Hispanics than Mitt Romney’s 33 percent in 2012 and John McCain’s 34 percent in 2008.
It is known among political consultants that a Republican presidential candidate must win at least 40 percent of the national Hispanic vote in order to win the White House. President George W. Bush won 44 percent in 2004 but it has been downhill ever since.
To put a new twist on an old movie line, “Washington, we have a problem.”
With Halloween week upon us, it is time to announce the Obama pumpkin carving caption contest winners. These pumpkin carvings are currently on display at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Once again, the creativity of our readers was worthy of applause and why these contests continue to amuse.
Here are the winners:
Kuce gave new meaning to a popular Obama-ism from the 2012 election:
You didn’t carve that!
Chris Henderson, our current Caption King continues his glorious reign with several winners. First, he wrote new lyrics to a classic song:
So bye-bye, Miss Pumpkin Pie
A bevy of heavy scandals, but the economy was dry
And them NSA boys were smokin’ my choom supply
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I spy
This’ll be the day that I spy.”
Then Chris added: I call this song “For-the-first-time-in-my-adult-life-I-am-a-proud-American Pie.”
Second, more Henderson brilliance on display:
“If I had a pumpkin, it would look like me.”
Pumpkins lit by Solyndra . . . barely.
Now we know what will replace the Churchill Bust.
Here are the honorable mentions:
Adi contributed a “thought bubble.”
“Maybe if we put our faces on Halloween pumpkins we might scare someone and earn a little international respect.”
Walterc had a hopeful thought:
In true Cinderella fashion, On Jan 20, 2017 the first couple turn back into pumpkins.
Kuce gave POTUS a new meaning:
POTUS – Pumpkin of the United States
Finally, here is Allan Crowson with a new twist on a famous Obamacare line:
“In spite of what you may have heard, if you want to keep the head that you have attached to your body now, you can keep it. I promise!”
Now, I promise to see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
If you are following the Obamacare debacle you may have read or heard about this article in the LA Times with the headlines:
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out.
Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more – and cost more.
While reading about the bushels of rotten California fruit growing on Obamacare trees, there was a statement that not only sums up what many Californians dislike about Obamacare, but encapsulates the side-effects of liberalism.
Here is the statement in context and please comment as to whether it should be permanently carved on the walls of Capitol Hill. (I have added the bold for emphasis.)
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’” Kehaly said.
There you have it, the GOP’s rallying cry for the 2014 midterm election and why liberals are clueless, all in one bumper-sticker sized sentence.
Here is another in a long series of YouTube spoofs adapted from the acclaimed 2004 movie Downfall about Hitler’s last days in his WWII bunker. Watch as Hitler reacts to the Obamacare rollout and stay to the end because the last line is a prediction worth noting.
This Daily Beast photo caught my eye with a caption that read:
New York City, October 22, 2013
Pumpkins carved in the likeness of U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are lit at Madame Tussauds in New York.
After seeing the photo I thought it presented PJ Media readers with the perfect opportunity to write some scary captions or “thought bubbles” to help celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday with the First Couple.
Certainly these times are not just scary but it appears our leaders in Washington have gone completely mad.
For starters, consider an Obamacare web site that cost over $600 million and is an utter fiasco. Worse, a president who was not aware of the problems plaguing his signature program upon which his political legacy rests.
This pattern of ignorance is all too familiar.
Why is it that whenever a serious or politically inconvenient problem arises, President Obama always seems to be out of the loop?
Is that really possible — or is it a willing suspension of disbelief? (Hat-tip to Hillary for that one.)
So one must ask, What does he know about? Parties, celebrity-courting, golf, sports, vacations, partisanship, teleprompter-reading, event-staging and campaigning are the correct answers.
But enough of my ranting — for now it is time for you to get in the haunted Halloween spirit and enter a winning caption or “thought bubble.”
The only rules for this politically incorrect contest are: “Do not tick off the NSA or the IRS.”
Thankfully, George Orwell’s 1984 inspired, “thought-crime” political prosecution programs are still only under-development at Eric Holder’s DOJ. (I am kidding of course, but you can be sure that if such programs did exist President Obama would be briefed daily and Edward Snowden would have all the details.)
Finally, I will leave you with this timely question: Are pumpkin carvings racist?
Is Russian President Putin the dart player in this video that is starting to go viral around the world?
Is he playing shirtless and showing off his biceps? (His usual attire while engaging in sports.)
Hillary to Publically Endorse Terry McAuliffe on Saturday — Which Means Ken Cuccinelli Has Lost the VA Governor Race
If you are in need of some hard evidence proving that Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016 — look no further than the Northern Virginia suburb of Falls Church on Saturday, October 19.
There, Hillary Clinton will formally endorse her “good friend,” Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at a “Women for Terry” event.
So why is Clinton’s late endorsement of a long-time friend for governor of Virginia a strong indication that she is running for president in 2016?
The answer, to quote Charlie Sheen is “WINNING!”
If Terry McAuliffe can hang on to his current lead of 7.4 percent over his conservative Republican opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, then McAuliffe will be elected Virginia’s next governor on November 5.
Furthermore, McAuliffe’s increasing lead, especially with women, means that Hillary is free to bask in the glow of Terry’s “big mo” — and there is no better place than women voter-rich Northern Virginia. (This same area will also be ground zero for 2016 Hillary-mania.)
How Hillary has dealt with the McAuliffe campaign is proof of her careful, calculating approach to 2016 with emphasis on protecting her “brand image.”
Until very recently, the question as to whether Hillary would publicly endorse Terry McAuliffe was still an open one, even though he was chairman of her 2008 presidential campaign and a major player/chief fundraiser within the Clinton circle for over two decades.
Alternatively, Bill Clinton has been “all in” for his money-man’s gubernatorial campaign, with the former president actively raising millions for McAuliffe. One could say this was pay-back, for according to the Washington Post, during McAuliffe’s career he has raised over $400 million for the Clinton’s various campaigns.
Meanwhile, Hillary’s approach to McAuliffe’s gubernatorial race has been much more measured due to the perceived potential for political damage to her 2016 plans if McAuliffe’s campaign came up short — or if his Clinton association was deemed problematic.
In other words, if Terry McAuliffe lost the Virginia governor’s race would the media be buzzing about how the Clinton brand was vulnerable in an important swing state? After all, for political purposes McAuliffe’s last name might as well be Clinton.
Failure and weakness was a real concern for Hillary. Back on April 2, Politico ran a piece with the headline:
Hillary Clinton’s First Test
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign begins this year in Virginia.
The success or failure of McAuliffe’s campaign is a chance to measure Clinton’s strength and organization in a critical state that now rivals Ohio as the pivotal swing state for winning a presidential election.
Even in early August with the November 5 election only three months away, Hillary was still debating over whether she would take an active role in McAuliffe’s campaign because his lead had not yet been solidified. The Washington Post reported on August 4:
Hillary Clinton is still weighing how actively to support McAuliffe, her advisers said. Will she barnstorm the state with him or appear only at a private fundraiser? Will she appear in television spots, radio ads or robo-calls? Such public moves would immediately return Clinton to a partisan political environment — something she has sought to avoid.
Now, in the campaign’s final weeks, the socially conservative Cuccinelli is falling far behind McAuliffe. This is due to a myriad of factors including turning off women voters.
Politico, in a September 16 piece headlined, Why Ken Cuccinelli is losing the Virginia Governor’s race reported:
But Cuccinelli‘s controversial views on abortion, gay marriage, skepticism of global warming and advocacy for the rights of fathers don’t play well in Northern Virginia, especially with women. He has tried not to emphasize those issues but also not backed away from his stances.
In mid-September when that piece was written, given McAuliffe’s tainted business and political reputation as a crony-capitalist, the race was not yet lost for Cuccinelli — until October brought the government shutdown.
In Virginia, a federal government shutdown is a local household issue directly impacting the economy of the entire state. So nationally as Americans largely blamed Republicans, Virginia voters lashed out at Cuccinelli, thus boosting McAuliffe into his current 7 point lead.
If McAuliffe wins on November 5 by a decisive margin, look for the media to make his victory into a two-part national story.
First, proof positive that the Republican Party’s sinking fortunes are due to the conservative tea-party wing of which Cuccinelli is a poster child, along with predictions of GOP civil war and dire consequences for the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Second, about how the Clinton brand has emerged stronger than ever, paving the way for Hillary in 2016 and further dimming the GOP’s prospects of re-capturing the White House.
Whether the results of the Virginia race can truly be nationalized, the mainstream media will use McAuliffe’s victory as an excuse to bash Republicans and blame them for all or most of government dysfunction.
But what we do know for sure is Hillary Clinton thinks McAuliffe’s victory is a done deal and therefore it is safe for her to use McAuliffe as an excuse to appear before crowds of friendly Virginia voters and big 2016 donors.
Up until this time, Mrs. Clinton had hosted a few private fundraising dinners for McAuliffe in Virginia behind locked doors, but now that he is “WINNING” the coast is clear, the west coast that is.
How else do you explain Hillary hosting a $15,000-per-ticket Hollywood fundraiser for Terry McAuliffe at the Beverly Hills home of media mogul Haim Saban on October 30? Even though there are 2,600 miles between California and Virginia, there is no distance between Hillary 2016 and Hollywood cash.
Obviously this October 30 mega-fundraising event is a convenient for Hillary to engage in some face time with big Hollywood donors in the name of Terry McAuliffe, who has already out-raised Ken Cuccinelli by millions.
Even more fascinating is why Hillary Clinton finally decided to publicly endorse Terry McAuliffe on October 19 at the 11th hour of his campaign, just as he is on the verge of being elected the next governor of Virginia. One could surmise that Hillary thinks the “Clinton brand” is secure enough for her to now come out from behind the curtain.
Whether that late endorsement passes as a example of “Clinton style” friendship there is no doubt Hillary has passed what Politico called the “first test” of her 2016 presidential ambition with conniving calculation — further evidence that the Hillary-train has left the station for its long journey toward 1600 Penn.
And you can count on the infamous Terry McAuliffe to be a Hillary-train lead operator even while living in the Virginia governor’s mansion.
If on November 5 there is an earthquake in Virginia the cause will be former governors Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry having a tantrum in their graves.
If you are an American who believes that our nation’s best days are behind us, here is a startling and depressing report from the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) that will support your opinion.
First, what is the SEF? It is the nation’s oldest education philanthropy with a mission statement stating the following:
The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is a public charity whose mission is to advance equity and excellence in education in the American South.
This week, the SEF released a report based on 2011 data titled “A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and the Nation.”
The key finding is that low-income children now comprise a majority of students in the public schools of 17 states across the nation — and 13 of those states are in the South. Even more depressing was the fact that 48 percent of school children qualified as low income nationally.
So does this 48 percent mean that the USA is an emerging third-world nation?
Maybe, but before that question is definitively answered, it is important to acknowledge that the numbers used in SEF’s study to determine a child’s low-income status were based solely on the number of students receiving either free or reduced school lunches.
Certainly that criterion may have some flaws since our government excels at handing out food benefits. But if you were to downplay those numbers, looking at the chart above leads one to conclude that if even slightly less than 48 percent of our nation’s children are living at or near poverty levels, then our nation’s future is still tragically “at risk.”
This is especially true when the chances of an American child escaping poverty through hard work and education seem to be less than at any time in our recent past.
Certainly upward mobility is still possible, but statistically the “American Dream” is becoming more challenging to achieve if you are born poor. The hard fact is that poverty tends to breed more poverty.
Furthermore, the long-term consequences of 48 percent of public school children learning to depend on government as part of their daily education is a lesson plan for national failure.
This is a news story about the resolution of a legal challenge emblematic of the gradual moral decline plaguing our once great nation.
To set the stage, here are headlines from three conservative news sites that reported on the case, the first of which has the largest photo of the painting in question:
● Fox News — Ohio school district agrees to keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine.
● The Washington Times – Jesus portrait forced off school wall by ACLU lawsuit.
● The Daily Caller — ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation pocket $80,000 off Jesus portrait shakedown.
Now that I have piqued your interest, here are facts:
Since 1947, a portrait of Jesus had been hanging in the Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio along with portraits of other historical figures in the “Hall of Honor.” The Jesus portrait was a gift from a Christian–affiliated student group called the Hi-Y Club.
Then, in February of this year, the ACLU teamed with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and sued the Jackson City School District citing in the suit “unconstitutional” actions and charging that students and visitors to the school, “will continue to suffer permanent, severe, and irreparable harm and injury.”
The school district wanted to fight the suit and moved the portrait to the high school where the Hi-Y Club is now based. They argued that the Christian group had a right to display a portrait of the group’s “leader.”
When the Jackson Board of Education was told that the school district’s insurance company would not pay to fight the lawsuit, the Jesus portrait was moved to the high school’s art-room storage area where no one might be harmed and suffer injury if their eyes happened to gaze upon the portrait. However, it was still “in view of those entering an art-room storage area.”
‘Obama was running for president even as he was still getting lost in the Capitol’s corridor.’ Criticizing New Senators Demonstrates Obama’s Hypocrisy
During the interview, Obama was highly critical of freshman Senator Ted Cruz for his role in the government shutdown. Then, Obama went on to slam Cruz and other freshman Republican senators for their high media profiles that called to mind then-Senator Obama’s behavior during his freshman year in 2005.
Below is one of Obama’s statements from the AP interview that reeks of hypocrisy:
“I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it’s left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money,” Obama said. “But it’s not good for government.”
Obama criticizes Cruz, other first-term GOPers for ‘being controversial.’
President Barack Obama, elected as a first-term senator in 2008, took a swipe at Republican freshman Sen. Ted Cruz for focusing on building a political base instead of governing.
Then, Time in their Swampland blog reports:
Obama Criticizes Ted Cruz Over Shutdown
President Barack Obama, elected as a first-term senator in 2008, took a swipe at Republican freshman Sen. Ted Cruz for focusing on building a political base instead of governing.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the president said that when he was in Congress he “didn’t go around courting the media. And I certainly didn’t go around trying to shut down the government.”
Seriously? The President must have some memory loss because he forgot that he tried to defund the government by voting against raising the debt ceiling in 2006.
Here is his now-famous quote:
“America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” Senator Barack Obama, March 16, 2006
Just for fun, let’s turn back the clock to 2005 during President Obama’s first year as senator and read what the “Obama friendly” media reported about this rising-star freshman Senator.
Obama’s hometown newspaper the Chicago Tribune had a fascinating piece about how the senator was dealing with fame and keeping his ego in check:
After he was sworn into office, he shunned the limelight to present himself as a humble freshman. By fall, those self-imposed restraints had vanished. And his strategic plan calls for raising his profile even more in 2006.
Not only did Senator Obama work on raising his national profile during his first years in the Senate but his world profile as well. NBC News reported this headline in 2007:
Obama most costly world traveler – First term senator’s charges nearly 45% higher than classmates
Barack Obama’s two years in the Senate have taken him around the world, from Russia to Iraq to Kenya – an itinerary more costly to taxpayers than any other senator who took office with him.
The Illinois Democrat’s travels in 2005 and 2006 cost taxpayers nearly $28,000 as he studied nuclear proliferation, AIDS, Middle Eastern violence and more.
Obviously, Senator Obama got into some frequent traveling habits courtesy of the American taxpayer that were hard to break and even accelerated as President.
Finally, if you are wondering why President Obama is the weak leader he has turned out to be, here is a New York Times piece from March 9, 2008 with an almost eerie headline:
Obama in Senate: Star Power, Minor Role
Senator Barack Obama stood before Washington’s elite at the spring dinner of the storied Gridiron Club. In self-parody, he ticked off his accomplishments, little more than a year after arriving in town.
“I’ve been very blessed,” Mr. Obama told the crowd assembled in March 2006. “Keynote speaker at the Democratic convention. The cover of Newsweek. My book made the best-seller list. I just won a Grammy for reading it on tape.
“Really, what else is there to do?” he said, his smile now broad. “Well, I guess I could pass a law or something.”
They were the two competing elements in Mr. Obama’s time in the Senate: his megawatt celebrity and the realities of the job he was elected to do.
He went to the Senate intent on learning the ways of the institution, telling reporters he would be “looking for the washroom and trying to figure out how the phones work.” But frustrated by his lack of influence and what he called the “glacial pace,” he soon opted to exploit his star power. He was running for president even as he was still getting lost in the Capitol’s corridors.
That last line mirrors what The Hill reports in a piece today called Smash-mouth Reid, “President Obama has handed over the reins of leadership on government funding and the debt limit to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “
So let’s rewrite the last line from that 2008 NYT report to sum up where Obama is today. Instead of, “He was running for president even as he was still getting lost in the Capitol’s corridors.”
It should read: “Obama is the President but he has disappeared from the Capitol corridors.”
At this writing, Drudge Report displays the subject of our latest caption contest with the headline:
“Admits: We Did Raise Taxes On Some Things.”
This is a link back to the Americans for Tax Reform site with the same headline.
Then the next paragraphs elaborate:
“Some things” means uninsured families, med devices, flex accounts, small businesses, people with high medical bills and even charitable hospitals.
During his Tuesday remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama admitted that his health care law raises taxes: “So what we did — it’s paid for by a combination of things. We did raise taxes on some things.”
It is times like these that inspire me to quote Frank Sinatra’s song My Way:
And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
Those lyrics speak volumes about where President Obama finds himself right now on Obamacare.
So now it’s up to you, loyal contest followers, to write a new caption, create a “thought bubble”, write new lyrics or revise Obama’s speech that he gave at the Clinton Global Initiative when he FINALLY told SOME of the truth about Obamacare.
Due to rivers of political passion that can sometimes rise up and drown our loyal followers, contest rules will be enforced. So all together now, “Be nice and stay classy because the media is watching,” even though we do not give a hoot!
Finally, just to get you all started, here are a few more verses from My Way:
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew….
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
Everyone have fun and sing because October 1st and Obamacare are almost here!
Did you know that today is Bisexual Visibility Day?
You may not be aware, but they are at the White House and will be celebrating with an official event.
Seriously, this is not a joke.
Today, in honor of Bisexual Visibility Day there will be a White House roundtable discussion “about issues facing the bisexual community” attracting bisexual activists from around the nation.
This first-time White House event was called to my attention on Sunday when I saw a piece in the Miami Herald with the headline, “A voice for bisexuals, Miami activist heads to D.C.”
The piece highlighted Luigi Ferrer, who is program and grants development director for Pridelines Youth Services. The Miami Herald reports:
“I am the Florida representative,” said Ferrer, a longtime bisexual activist who joins about two-dozen others at the roundtable, which coincides with international Bisexual Visibility Day on Sept. 23.
“They decided to celebrate bisexuality day by inviting the national bisexual leadership roundtable to the White House for a policy meeting,” said Ferrer, who received an email invitation about a month ago from the Barack Obama administration.
“It’s a testament to this administration that they are focusing on all elements of the LGBT community and they should be applauded for hosting an event focused on some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” said Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesman for HRC,Human Rights Campaign in Washington.
Intrigued by today’s White House roundtable discussion, I did a quick check and found in the Washington Post a piece dated August 22 announcing the event which included this puzzling statement:
The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.
Why a closed-door roundtable discussion in the “People’s House”? Wasn’t Obama’s administration supposed to be the most transparent ever?
I am shocked.
“Shocked,” because with all that is going on in our nation and the world, how does the White House find the time and resources for such an event?
Wouldn’t you just love to know what this bisexual “roundtable discussion” is costing the American taxpayer?
Do you think there will be pressure put on the Pentagon to hold such an event next year?
Thanks to everyone who entered our latest contest.
All your captions, “conversations” and “thought bubbles” were politically astute and totally hilarious.
Once again, a shout-out goes to b_keyser, the USMC veteran from Westminster, Maryland whose Photoshopped image made this contest possible.
But then, one of our more snarky contest writers named “wermet” asked: Are you sure that it’s Photoshopped?
(A question not totally out of line.)
Enough with the speculation, now let’s “ride on over” to the award ceremony which is about to begin.
Once again, picking the grand prize winner was so tough that we opted for pressing the EASY button and selected the four best.
RockThisTown won with two:
“Vlad, I trust this horse is trained not to cross any red lines.”
How the West was Lost.
Ah…a couple of Low Rents of Arabia.
P Henry Saddleburr:
Does this ass make my horse look too small?
Let’s hear a loud “hee – haw” for our winners!
Now for the Honorable Mentions:
ZipCode won with three:
The horse thought bubble — He always rides topless when he wants to put
his problems behind him.
Caption— Being taken for a ride, only to be left behind!
Putin: Let’s see if you really are shovel ready, I overfed her today!
RockThisTown won again with these two:
“So we’re going on a tour of where Assad took the chemical weapons?”
Mr. Ed, Mr. Red and Mr. Pothead.
I was Don Rodrigo won with:
BROMEO AND JULIET
mike7777777 scored with:
GasPasserGirl (just love that name) won with:
I just can’t quit you, Vlad!
(Aren’t Brokeback Mountain references politically incorrect?)
Vlad, I love this green transportation you’ve got here. How are the emissions? Shovel ready, my friend!
Finally, at the end of this steep, rocky trail we have the one and only cfbleachers with four more winners:
Ah, now I see. PLEADING from behind.
A man in the saddle and behind him, a horse’s ass.
My kingdom for a horse ride!
By the time Jay Carney and the Agenda Media are done with this, Obama will be winning the Kentucky Derby and Putin will be betting on him.
Yup, that last entry perfectly summarizes the Obama presidency!
Thanks again for playing along, and catch you all next time a photo (or Photoshop) is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
First Lady Michelle Obama said that the president “will shake his groove thing” at a Latin music concert being held at White House on Monday. Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Romeo Santos are among the artists lined up to perform.
But are today’s horrific events leading to 13 dead at the Washington Navy Yard serious enough for the White House to cancel this Latin music concert scheduled for tonight?
The Washington Nationals have canceled their baseball game, so will the White House follow suit?
Certainly President Obama must realize that images of him “shaking his groove thing” are totally inappropriate after the day’s events which are still unfolding at this writing.
Does anyone want to bet that the show will go on after the President gives a little solemn talk followed by a moment of silence for the victims?
After all, a national tragedy just a few miles away is probably not enough for this White House to keep Ricky Martin from performing Livin‘ La Vida Loca.
Update (Bryan): The White House has canceled tonight’s party.
“Yes it is,” according to Twitchy users who today are “gasping for breath over what they are dubbing the best photoshop ever.” (If you are unfamiliar with “Twitchy” it is a popular “Twitter curation site” that is owned and run by Michelle Malkin.)
After seeing President Obama photoshopped into an authentic image of a famous New York Times editorial writer (who also doubles as Russian President Vladimir Putin) Twitchy users are posting comments like:
“Aching sides? Achieved!”
“Cried I laughed so hard.”
“ROTFL…. THAT IS THE BEST!”
“LOL! I almost spit out my drink!”
“Is there a Nobel Prize for Photoshop?”
The creative genius behind the Photoshopped image is b_keyser, a USMC veteran from Westminster, MD.
So now that you understand the context, it is your turn to mark the trail with captions or “thought bubbles.”
Knowing this contest has the potential to go “off the rails of the crazy train” (or “fall out of the saddle”) contest rules will be strictly enforced.
So repeat after me, “We promise to be nice and stay classy because the media is watching even though we do not give a hoot.”
Have fun and cheers to B Keyser, a proud (and obviously brave) USMC veteran who really DOES deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for photoshop.
Or should we just ask that guy on the horse wearing a bike helmet to donate his?
Lost in a busy news week dominated by Syria, Putin, Obama’s bungling, and the 9/11 anniversary was an important federal court ruling on September 10, resulting in a victory so that the motto “In God We Trust” can remain on all U.S. currency.
The Associated Press reported:
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of the words “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and currency. Atheist groups and individuals argued that the national motto conveys a religious message that violates separation of church and state and puts them in a position of spreading a religious message when they engage in commerce.
In dismissing the suit, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, Jr., wrote that “the Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect” and that federal appeals courts “have found no constitutional violation in the motto’s inclusion on currency.” He added that while the plaintiffs might feel offended, they suffered no “substantial burden.” One of the plaintiffs said they’ll appeal the judges ruling.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in response to the judge’s ruling released a statement titled “Victory: In God We Still Trust.” Within the statement was a quote from the amicus brief the ACLJ filed in support of the United States’ motion to have the case dismissed:
Moreover, the inscription of the national motto . . . on the nation’s currency does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The national motto simply echoes the principle found in the Declaration of Independence that our freedoms come from God and not the state.
It is a wonderful moment when one is reminded that the unique concept upon which our nation was founded was, in fact, truly exceptional. (Especially since, thanks to Mr. Putin, the question over whether our nation is still exceptional has been up for discussion all week.)
But the atheists will persist in ignoring God’s role in our national creation and as the source of our freedoms. Also, as stated above, they will likely appeal the judges ruling.
Thanks to all who submitted entries to our latest contest and congratulations to our regulars and newcomers who made our judge’s job very difficult.
This contest photo reflects a serious international situation that is still evolving. Thus answering the question, “How do you like me now?” has become even more complicated since the contest began.
But to help predict the crisis outcome, imagine a WWF style “smack-down” between these two world leaders. In one corner is a 16-year veteran KGB operative who hunts Siberian tigers and engages in other macho sports while half-naked.
In the other corner is a former community organizer and law school lecturer, who excels at reading from a teleprompter.
So who would Vegas pick to land on top?
Our contest winners hint at the answer.
The Grand Prize is a photo of Putin’s pectorals and it goes to mike7777777 who submitted this clever entry of Putin saying:
“As a communist at heart it pains me to say this…but I OWN your ass.”
The Grand Prize runner-up is Chris Henderson with four entries that remind us of past Obama-isms:
Putin: “My offer is shovel ready.”
Putin: “Dealing with him is BELOW my pay grade.”
Putin: “Your International Coalition? You didn’t build that!”
Putin: “No, you’ve got it all wrong. It wasn’t a chemical attack, President Assad just saw a YouTube video he didn’t like.”
Together these sayings are a near- perfect portral of the Obama presidency.
The final Grand Prize goes to cfbleachers for this pithy entry:
Obama got up on the world stage…and fell in the orchestra pit.
Here are the Honorable Mention winners.
RockThisTown with two: “Yes, Vlad, your people can draft my speech tonight.”
“Sure, Vlad, I can be your puppet, but I’m already beholden to Soros, Hollywood, unions & the media.”
Zip Code with two: Obama Bubble— I’m going to hold my breath until I can bomb somebody!
Obama Bubble— What hurts more than anything is Congress sent for him!
fortibus85 had four winners: Vlad the Impaler.
Chicago politics meet the world stage.
Putin thought bubble: “This would be more enjoyable if Obama actually realized he was being played, but I’m not sure he gets it!”
Putin thought bubble: “Who would have thought that murdering innocents could bring this much global advantage?”
Cfbleachers had two more winners:
Bill Clinton handles his domestic policy and Putin handles his foreign affairs. Welcome to The Timeshare Presidency.
No Congressional vote, no red line, no plan, no mission, …Obama is running out the clock on his Presidency. I guess that’s called Leaving From Behind.
JRSWINE had four winners:
BO – “I’m so awesome, all I have to do is pretend to think about bluffing to use force, and the world caves!”
VP – “Boo! I’m a Rodeo clown!”
BO – “Glad that’s over, let’s have some caviar!”
VP – “I’ve already eaten your lunch.”
BO – “OK, let’s hit the links!”
VP – “Good; I need a caddy.”
BO – “Was it the magic of the well-tailored suit or the well-creased pant leg?”
VP – “When is this clown going to realize that I’ve picked his pocket?”
BO – “I told you I would be more flexible.”
VP – “Yes, I’ve wrapped you around my little finger.”
Chris Henderson had three more winners:
Putin: “I’m doing some ‘community organizing’ of my own in Syria.”
Putin Thought Bubble: “And the best part was I called him at 3:00 AM.”
Putin: “I understand your Nobel Peace Prize is an air-burst, armor piercing anti-personnel device.”
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest. (However “thought bubbles” appear to be overtaking the captions.) So keep thinking my friends!
At this writing the Drudge Report has the subject of our new photo caption contest on the front page with the headline caption, “Checkmate.”
The link points to a New York Times piece with the headline, “Russian Proposal Could Offer Obama Escape From Bind.”
Here is the opening paragraph:
WASHINGTON — President Obama woke up Monday facing a Congressional defeat that many in both parties believed could hobble his presidency. And by the end of the day, he found himself in the odd position of relying on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, of all people, to bail him out.
Well, this certainly is an interesting turn of events with so many unanswered questions. First among them is, “Will Putin’s intervention in Syria allow Obama to save face, avoiding a most certain defeat in Congress? Second, “Will Obama claim or spin victory?” (We know Obama is capable of spinning just about anything and the mainstream press just laps it up, but will they THIS time with all of Obama’s bungling?)
Since the outcome of Putin’s intervention into Obama’s presidency is yet to be determined, this is the perfect time for our contest followers to weigh in with their usual brilliance, humor, and snarkiness.
Certainly you all can do better than the Drudge headline of “Checkmate.”
In addition to captions, “thought bubbles” are also encouraged because they help bring out “the best” in our contest writers.
There are no rules for this contest because there are no more rules anymore in world affairs.
Putin coming to Obama’s political rescue is a complicated plot Hollywood might have dreamed up. It is based on two vastly different, powerful world leaders who intensely dislike each other, both trying to grab the power position while helping the world out of a mess. One is a ruthless former KGB operative who loves to show his bare chest and machismo vs. a thin, milkshake drinking, arugula eating, community organizer.
On second thought, Hollywood would have canceled the movie because it made America look so weak and weakness does not sell.
Have fun and remember to stay classy because classy always sells!
Thanks to all who made our latest contest very popular and competitive. The photo and the elements within did offer some great raw material and you all took full advantage!
We have a Grand Prize Winner, several runner-ups and a host of Honorable Mentions, so let’s begin our award ceremony.
Grand Prize Winner (of great glory and honor, forever and ever.)
RockThisTown — with a perfect caption that captures the moment perfectly:
“I like to think of this desk as the Constitution – something I can wipe my feet on.”
First Grand Prize Winner runner-up is Fortibus with two:
Nobel Peace Prize winner, working on solutions for peace in the Middle East.
Speak in circles and carry a stern finger.
Second Grand Prize Winner runner-up is Zipcode with:
That’s right, I said, ”No boots on the ground” (But a shoe on the desk is permitted.)
Here are the Honorable Mentions (and with the great number of entries we had, this mention is almost like winning).
RockThisTown (who is on a roll) had several:
“I just need Congress to approve dropping a bomb on Syria, you know, like the one that fell on Pearl Harbor.”
This call is being recorded by NSA, for quality non-assurance purposes.
“Hey, I’ve got it! We send Assad a bunch of Chevy Volts . . . they catch on fire, and boom! Problem solved!”
“John, I propose we send more community organizers to Syria.”
Getting a foot hold on the situation!
Finger guns and feet on desks. (Obama might be President but he’d never make it as a kindergartner or elementary student these days.)
“Hope and Change: I HOPE Congress does something before I CHANGE my mind again.”
“This is the dial tone we’ve been waiting for….”
Fortibus had several honorables:
“What does NYT think I should do?”
“If our strikes end up burning any Korans, will there be riots?”
“This will be my legacy moment. Now that the seas have receded and the planet has cooled, I will bring peace to the Middle East.”
“Tell the Navy to make sure they use green bio-fuel during the air strike.”
President Obama explaining his idea for the combination fight/dance scene in the liberal musical “Mid-East Side Story”.
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
Important Note: Yes, yes, I know PJM’s most popular post by Raymond Ibrahim with the Egyptian media’s portrayal of Obama as Satan would have made an awesome photo caption contest. Not that I don’t trust you all, (but I don’t) and I knew that such a red- hot and horny contest would rage out of control (just like the Middle East itself.) So I listened to my husband who strongly advised against it. (With no audits thus far, he does not want to push our luck.)
Thanks for understanding and you all have my permission to call me a “spineless wimp.”
Imagine if the 2016 presidential election was held today and the candidates were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, for whom would you cast your vote?
While preparing to write this piece I emailed that question to a family member who is male, thirty- two years old, lives in California and works for an internet company that everyone knows. His immediate response was:
Are you kidding me? I would vote for Charles Manson over Donald Trump.
Despite the fact that Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing personalities in America, all signs point to the real possibility that “The Donald” is flirting with running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
I equate this happening with a slow motion train wreck — you know you should turn away but you just keep staring.
And “staring” is what crowds of conservative Republicans did this past summer when “The Donald” spoke at two highly political grassroots events along with a host of other 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.
Let’s review the calendar and then analyze what it means.
In Washington D.C. on June 14th, (The Donald’s 67th birthday) he was the keynote dinner speaker at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority Conference” attended by 1,800 Christian conservatives. (Not exactly where one would expect Trump to spend his birthday evening unless he was totally serious about wooing this influential “family values” crowd.)
His second appearance was on August 10th at the evangelical Christian Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. (The IowaRepublican.com called it “the most impressive political event that will take place in Iowa this year.”)
There is only one possible explanation for Trump to be in Ames, Iowa in August, 2013 – that’s right, he loves fresh corn on the cob! But also he was invited to make his first-ever political visit to the first caucus state, where again he was the keynote speaker taking the podium after rising GOP star, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Senator Rick Santorum — the 2012 GOP Iowa caucus winner.
So why does ANY of this matter?
First, Trump’s appearance at both these events was meant to curry favor with a sliver of the most conservative/activist primary voting block within the Republican Party 29 months before the 2016 presidential primaries.
Therefore, other than Trump officially declaring his candidacy, could there be any better proof that Trump is seriously courting the GOP primary base in hopes of running for and winning the Republican presidential nomination?
Second, at these pre-2016 political “beauty pageants” (pun definitely intended because Trump owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants) Donald Trump was “the man to watch.” But the major reason both event organizers asked Trump to be the keynote speaker was that they knew colorful sound-bites from Trump’s speeches would echo around cable news channels for at least one 24-hour news cycle; thus lifting these normally ignored gatherings into the national limelight.
From now on, I will refer to The Donald’s ability to attract political media attention as the “Trump Effect” bringing us to the first of five reasons why a Donald Trump candidacy could actually be a positive development for the Republican Party in 2016.
- Trump brings celebrity pop culture to the GOP
Like it or not, Republicans must face the indisputable fact that we are living in an age where “celebrity” and politics have become permanently intertwined. This unfortunate development places the GOP at an extreme disadvantage since the party suffers from a severe shortage of pop culture star-power.
Clint Eastwood’s empty chair on stage at the 2012 RNC Convention was a symbol of this problem. Parenthetically, while I was watching Eastwood’s performance at the convention hall I was actually praying that what I was seeing live was playing out much better on TV. Unfortunately that prayer was not answered.
So enter Donald Trump an A-list, pop culture icon with 98% national name recognition and a personal global brand that people either love or hate. And due to the Trump Effect he is capable of filling that star-power void with as much media attention as the Republican Party can possibly tolerate.
For example, this past May, Mark Winter, spokesman for a local Novi, Michigan Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner where Trump was the headline speaker, said it was the highest turnout the event has ever seen, even compared to other Lincoln Day dinners across the country. “Love (Trump) or hate him, people want to see him,” said Winter. “I think there’s an entertainment factor that’s different than having somebody stand up and just spout political views.”
The good news for the GOP is that a portion of the media spotlight aimed at Trump will spill over to some of the lesser known candidates thus increasing national exposure for the entire 2016 bench.
- Trump is not afraid to call it like he sees it
This past March at the prestigious, annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Washington D.C., Trump was a keynote speaker (of course). He generated enthusiastic applause and the Trump Effect worked in overdrive with this comment:
“We’re run by either very foolish or very stupid people. What’s going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership.”
Then recently on August 20th, Trump made the following statement to Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel:
“China is just laughing at how stupid our leadership is. They can’t believe they’re getting away — I deal with many people from China. I’ve made fantastic deals with people from China. They cannot believe how stupid our leadership is.”
These kind of statements spoken with old-fashioned American bravado are not ravings of a mad man, but powerful rallying cries aimed at the Republican base and the media responds like cats to catnip.
Then, all the attention and media buzz generated by Trump’s brash statements end up showering him with more keynote speaking invitations at Republican grassroots conservative events. That in turn fuels the Trump Effect creating more momentum that will influence his decision about an actual run for the nomination. (As opposed to just a “publicity run” meant to beef up Trump’s television ratings and bolster his personal brand which many believe are his real motives.)
- Trump’s “kick ass” and “can do” winning attitude is appealing to the Republican base
Even though Trump is widely perceived to be a narcissistic egomaniac his “kick ass, get the job done, winning attitude” appeals to many Americans, but especially the Republican base who generally believe that our nation is on the path to permanent decline.
There is no doubt that Trump is perceived as a winner and voters like winners. The Trump name stands for national and international business success but also American achievement through hard work and marketing savvy.
Therefore, IF Donald Trump properly positions himself as the “American fixer” standing on his track record of national/ international management experience and job creation/ investment expertise — coupled with realistic policy plans about how to restore our national economy and standing in the world, THEN candidate Trump’s message and persona COULD become a key asset to the sagging, old, tired and toxic GOP brand.
Moreover, Trump’s enthusiasm and economic message might even attract single women, young voters and minorities who have all been driven away from the Republican Party.
- Trump would not have to waste all his time fundraising
While attending Iowa’s, Family Leadership Summit, Donald Trump granted a widely reported interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl on This Week during which he discussed funding his own campaign if he decided to run. Karl offered that presidential campaigns can cost $500 million (actually a billion dollars is more accurate) and Trump said, “I’d be willing to spend that kind of money. I’d spend whatever it took.”
In the era of big campaign money the concept of self-funding might actually appeal to voters of both parties. Then Trump could make the case that he is not beholden to any person, or special interest group. More important, not having to spend all his time fundraising would free him up to work on developing bi- partisan and private sector solutions to our nation’s numerous problems.
- Trump describes what it will take to run against Hillary Clinton
CNN reported that in his Iowa keynote speech Trump said the following:
“Somebody is going to have to emerge who is really smart and really tough,” he said. “Because Obama should have been beaten. Hillary is going to be tougher to beat. And the Republicans have to do what’s right. If they don’t pick the right person, and I mean, it has to be the perfect person, they are going to get dropped in the 2016 election.”
Also in that aforementioned keynote speech at the May Lincoln Day Dinner attended by a record breaking 2,300 faithful in Novi, Michigan, Trump predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the Democrat nominee and warned that if Republicans “don’t pick the right person, it will be a landslide.”
It sure sounds as if Trump is describing himself as the one who is capable of defeating Hillary, but still it is unrealistic to believe that a traditional Republican Party would nominate someone an unpredictable as Donald Trump to be its standard bearer in 2016.
However, after his early courting of the conservative base, it looks as if Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for a serious run. His ability to attract crowds of activist primary voters feeds his political ego, keeps him on the GOP speaking circuit and most important, in the national media spotlight with a political message.
Finally, a few months back I was discussing a possible Trump candidacy with a friend who is a well known political consultant. When I asked him what he thought about Donald Trump running in 2016 he said, “Trump has nothing except money and a big mouth.”
That may be true, but in our current political landscape where celebrity and pop culture rules the day, money and a big mouth can get you very far especially now when the Republican party is in desperate need of some strong leadership and a very big voice.
Or is this a “non-striking” pose since our contest photo is of President Obama in the act of informing House Speaker John Boehner that he is canceling the Syrian strike in lieu of Congressional approval?
We are desperately seeking answers to both these questions.
Meanwhile, here are some captions and headlines that must be improved upon:
Drudge Report headline: O'S FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER...
Wall Street Journal headline: At the Last Minute Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional approval.
Wall Street Journal subhead: Change in President’s thinking confounded White House insiders.
Wall Street Journal photo caption: In this image released by the White House, President Barack Obama talked on the phone in the Oval Office with House Speaker John Boehner on Saturday, as Vice President Joe Biden listened.
Now the following are some talking points that you as contest writers can use to impress our judges while writing new improved captions and headlines:
- What is Vice-President Biden thinking?
- Who or what is President Obama shooting at with his hand in a gun pose?
- What was REALLY in Obama’s coffee cup?
- What happened to the rest of the Statue of Liberty in the picture hanging on the wall?
- Why is the bottom of Obama’s shoe touching this priceless, historic Resolute desk?
Please remember our contest rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (Even though we no longer care that the media is watching.)
Have fun, be creative and remember to thank the 62,611,250 Americans who voted to re-elect our bold, decisive Commander-in-Chief only 10 months ago. (59,134,475 did not and you can really thank them.)
Thanks to all who mullahed around with our latest photo caption contest. It was obvious from the caption entries that these handsome, well dressed gentlemen managed to unlock some hidden passion in our players.
And in our judges too! Because Iran away while the judges were fighting over which of the three finalists should be awarded the grand prize of a miniature nuke kit so kindly donated by the gentlemen in our photo. (They thought the kits would be perfect for backyard play this Labor Day weekend.)
But eventually the judges realized (with the help of UN inspectors) that our distinguished Iranian photo models had managed to smuggle three mini-nuke kits through customs — just enough for each of our three finalists who we are now calling grand prize winners.
So congrats to our three winners and we hope you all have a blast playing with your prizes!
Is that a Nuke in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Remember, human tongue is NOT halal!
Finally, same sex marriage comes to Iran.
Here are the Honorable Mention winners who will receive a heads-up about when our winners will be playing with their prizes.
RockThisTown had two:
I’ll see your 10 Christian church bombings & raise you 10 more!
Yes, these flowers are phallic symbols so we must keep them hidden from all Muslim women!
Zip Code had three:
We lost money this year in the Camel business—- You should know by now
two Mullahs will never make a Prophet!
Man on right “Thought Bubble”: Them Eskimos know something we don’t, my turban is starting to tingle!
Caption— Two old geezers comparing sneezers.
cfbleachers had five:
“So, who is this Mullah Cyrus and is this what he means by twerking?”
The leaders of Perversia…visited there once,…renamed it. I Ran.
Chinese technology, Russian missiles and a French kiss. It’s good to be a don in the Mullahfia.
Ok, I’ll let you kiss me, but you can’t touch my falafel.
Hey, at least we don’t have to believe in that 72 virgins thing.
Mullah on left – I’m not wearing anything under my robe. . . .
Mullah on right – Do you want to play Mullah & Infidel again tonight?
Mullah on left – I love it when you talk haram to me.
Scottch also had three honorables:
Don’t judge. They are just ‘mulling’ over where to stick their nukes!
This photo of the ayatollah and his wife is proof positive of that old saying that couples DO eventually start to resemble each other
Let me tell you about the goat I met last night!
It’s so encouraging to see older couples still acting so much like young love.
After reviewing all the entries, it has come to the attention of contest management that we need to reinstate our usual contest rules the next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest. See you then!
The subject of our latest photo caption contest is from today’s Drudge Report with these two headlines:
War Drums: Iran Threatens Israel
‘First Victim of Strike’ on Syria
Now since there is a good chance that WWIII could be raging by this weekend, let’s have a little pre-war fun with some creative captions and “thought bubbles” at the expense of these cute, cuddly, Iranian Mullahs who are obviously mulling over Miley Cyrus’s latest dance moves.
Since this contest is nothing but a bunch of mull-ah-kee, our normal “be nice and stay classy” caption rules have been suspended. (But remember this is still a “family contest.”)
However, given the serious nature of the Syrian crisis at least we are comforted knowing that Barack Obama is Commander in Chief, Chuck Hagel is Secretary of Defense, and John Kerry is Secretary of State.
With two aging Vietnam veterans and a former community organizer at the helm, what could possibly go wrong?