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