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Myra Adams

Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, National Review, The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, RedState, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding. . Myra's web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams
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Hitler Reacts to Obamacare Rollout — Must See Satire From Movie ‘Downfall’

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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.

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New Photo Caption Contest: An Official Halloween Portrait of the First Couple?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Photo Credit: Carlo Allegri /Reuters

This Daily Beast photo caught my eye with a caption that read:

Presidential Carvings

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?

 

 

 

 

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Video Proof Why Obama Should Never Challenge Putin To A Dart Game

Monday, October 21st, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Two Questions:

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.)

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Hillary to Publically Endorse Terry McAuliffe on Saturday — Which Means Ken Cuccinelli Has Lost the VA Governor Race

Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

 

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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.

 

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New Poverty Study: 48 Percent of All Public School Children Qualify As Low-Income

Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

 

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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.

 

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Decades-Old Jesus Portrait Kicked Out of Ohio School

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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 NewsOhio 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 CallerACLU, 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.”

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‘Obama was running for president even as he was still getting lost in the Capitol’s corridor.’ Criticizing New Senators Demonstrates Obama’s Hypocrisy

Monday, October 7th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

On October 4, President Obama gave a widely reported interview with Julie Pace of the Associated Press that reads like political satire from The Onion.

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.”

President Obama’s AP interview has spawned some media controversy.  Politico reports:

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Obama on Obamacare – ‘We Did Raise Taxes on Some Things’

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

 

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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!

 

 

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White House Celebrates Bisexual Visibility Day with an Official Closed-Door Event

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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?

Also read:

Can This Powerful Song Change the Hearts of Abortion Supporters?

 

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Caption Contest Winners:The Best Photoshop Ever? (Created By A Brave Marine Veteran)

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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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.

Cfbleachers:

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:

BarackBackMountain 

GasPasserGirl (just love that name) won with:

I just can’t quit you, Vlad!

(Aren’t Brokeback Mountain references politically incorrect?)

Allan Crowson:

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!

 

 

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Is the White House Big Latin Music Party Still On For Tonight? (Update: Canceled)

Monday, September 16th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Photo Credit: AP

Politico reports:

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  LivinLa Vida Loca.

Update (Bryan): The White House has canceled tonight’s party.

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New Caption Contest: The Best Photoshop Ever?

Monday, September 16th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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“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?

 

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Federal Court Rules ‘In God We Trust’ Will Remain on Coins and Currency

Friday, September 13th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

God we trust

 

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.

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: How Do You Like Me Now? (less than when this contest started)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Obama putin syria

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!

 

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Photo Caption Contest: How Do You Like Me Now?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Obama putin syria

 

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!

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: A Commanding Pose for the Commander-in-Chief?

Friday, September 6th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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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.”

Zipcode (again):

Getting a foot hold on the situation!

JK Brown:

Finger guns and feet on desks. (Obama might be President but he’d never make it as a kindergartner or elementary student these days.)

Allan Crowson:

“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.”

 

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Five Reasons Why a Trump 2016 Run Could Be Good News for the GOP

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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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.

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New Photo Caption Contest: A Commanding Pose for the Commander-in-Chief?

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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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.)

 

 

 

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: Are They Just Mullahing Around or is WWIII About To Begin?

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 - by Myra Adams

iran

 

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!

Scottch:

Is that a Nuke in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

JRSWINE:

Remember, human tongue is NOT halal!

rbj:

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.

Kuce:

 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!

Crawford42:

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!

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Are They Just Mullahing Around or is WWIII About To Begin?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

irna

 

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?

 

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Where Is The Outrage Over ‘ObamaNation’ Flag?

Monday, August 26th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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While thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, an American flag was waved with President Obama’s image in place of the 50 stars.

Photos of the “Obama flag” were included in the galleries of numerous prominent web sites such as Politico and USA Today.

But was the Obama flag just another news photo of the event?

Here was the caption from USA Today’s photo gallery:

A woman holds a flag depicting US President Barack Obama at the March on Washington rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

That’s all folks, just a woman holding our nation’s flag depicting our current president. Let’s move on to the next photo…

If this were the Daily Show I would be looking at you with that mouth-wide-open stunned daze that Jon Stewart has mastered.

Instead, I will scream in large letters; WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?  And now imagine me ripping my hair out because not only was Obama’s face replacing the 50 stars truly despicable, but worse, was the fact that the mainstream media glossed over this image like it was just another event photo.

However, it was a different story on Twitter and in the “right-wing blogosphere.”

Here was an overview of comments culled from various sites and tweets representing that side of the political spectrum.

“The creepy cult of personality that surrounds President Obama is alive and well.”

“These marchers have no idea how offensive (on so many levels) this flag is.”

“Reminiscent of Sadaam Hussein, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini…..”

“Desecration….”

“Creepy reminder of totalitarians past.”

“The image makes me nauseous.  And I mean sick to my stomach.”

“Shades of Hitler.”

“American nightmare!  It’s against everything America stands for.”

“I guess the left doesn’t understand how offensive this is to someone who has served under the American flag.”

“State worship, meet hero worship.”

NOW can you feel the outrage?

What I found most troubling was that this flag was waved in front of the memorial of the president who waged a brutal Civil War to keep the Union together and now Obama’s image takes precedence over ALL the states of the Union that Lincoln fought so hard to preserve.

Today our flag is still sacrosanct to most Americans who love this nation. It especially calls to mind those who have fought and died to keep it flying, and those currently in harm’s way.

Nowhere in Washington is the love of flag and country more pronounced than at the Iwo Jima Memorial. The statue is based on a 1945 photo when Marines raised the flag during that horrific Pacific island battle in World War II.

This iconic memorial is less than a mile from where thousands gathered this past weekend for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

But the flag flying at the Iwo Jima Memorial and the “ObamaNation” flag are separated by a steep decline in national respect. The Iwo Jima flag is the symbol of  national pride, the values we hold dear, and a reminder that freedom is not free. That flag will outlast any one president but the “ObamaNation” flag, as one commenter penned, amounts to ”Desecration.”

Yes, that word sums up my feelings and those of many others. But why not every American?

Shouldn’t  President Obama’s image on our flag be considered extremely distasteful regardless of personal political persuasion?  But not just because it is Obama’s face — the face of ANY president in our entire history replacing the 50 stars should elicit the same negative response.

So now it’s time to circle back to my original question, “Where is the outrage?”

Why isn’t the image of Obama’s face on our flag at the March on Washington striking an emotional chord in the mainstream media?

That question needs to be asked… and answered.

Furthermore, President Obama should ask his followers to destroy this demeaning “flag” that smacks of  idolatry, insults our military, desecrates our real flag, and is clearly un-American.

 

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: ‘Here We Go Again’

Sunday, August 25th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Hillary bill

 

Thanks to all who played along with our latest photo caption contest and special thanks for keeping the captions “respectable.”

There were four grand prize winning captions that captured the essence of this All – American family photo and the writers will receive global recognition of their brilliance.

RockThisTown:

Clinton Fatigue in triplicate.

Chris Henderson:

America’s Political Yuck Dynasty.

Cfbleachers:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Whitewater.

Chris in N. VA:

The family that preys together.

Here are the honorable mention winners.

RockThisTown with two:

“I did not have sex with that woman . . . Mrs. Clinton.”

“No, Bill, Huma doesn’t have Sydney Leathers’ phone number!”

Zip Code also had two:

Chelsea and I just spent a bundle at the hairdresser for this photo opp, and I brought along the Bill to prove it.

 I don’t understand Bill, what is that writing on the front door of the White House,– It’s Chinese for repossessed.

cfbleachers:

After 8 years of Obama, what difference will it really make?

Now that is a question worth pondering!

Great job everyone and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: ‘Here We Go Again’

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Hillary bill

 

Today the Drudge Report prominently features the above photo with the headline “Here We Go Again.”

That caption refers to all the past, present, and inevitable future dramas that have and will again follow the Clintons. It is linked to a piece in Politico entitled, The Clinton Dramas: Here We Go Again.

All this means to us is it’s time for another world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

The photo presents several opportunities for creativity for our brilliant contest followers. First are captions, as usual, and second are “thought bubbles.” Both sets of winners will be awarded the prestigious prize of global acknowledgement of your brilliance.

Due to the historical dramatic record of the characters depicted in the photo, our contest rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching” will definitely be in effect.

Here again are the winners of our last contest who played by those rules.

“Is” this potentially the most amusing photo caption contest of the summer?

To quote Bill Clinton, “It depends on what the meaning of the word is is.”

 

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winner: Send in the Clown (Before He is Sent to Reeducation Camp)

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
cloen

Jameson Hsieh/Associated Press

 

Never before in the semi-glorious history of our world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contests has there been breaking news swirling around our contest photo while the contest was raging...until now.

The Hill reports (linked from Drudge Report that has been all over this story with huge headlines:

The (rodeo clown) performer has been permanently banned from performing at the Missouri State Fair, and officials have mandated sensitivity training for future performers. Stockman (Rep. Steven Stockman R-TX) seized on that mandate in extending his invitation to perform in Texas.

“Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another,” Stockman said. “Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”

So there just might be a happy ending after all, and who knows, maybe the rodeo clown will end up as the next Governor of Texas!

Also, please note how Congressman Stockman mentioned “reeducation classes.” (Just a rodeo or caption contest away for our regulars! Obviously I had better stop the jokes because all Missouri rodeo clowns are now heading there for real.)

Now let’s get to the business at hand and announce our contest winners.

Since there were so many clever captions that rate honorable mentions, I can not re-post them all due to space considerations. So I recommend you just go back to the original contest  and read all the entries by cfbleachers, zipcode, RockThisTown, William L Gensert,  gr6576, rbj, Kuce, HiPlanesDrifter, and LeighB.

Our Grand Prize Winner was gr6576 with this jewel:

Wait, I thought this fundraiser was at Rodeo Drive!

The second Grand Prize goes to walterc:

Michelle Obama “For the first time in my life, I’m proud of my Cowboy.”

Third place is Alan Crowson with:

“One shovel-ready job, comin’ right up!”

Thanks to all who played along, and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

Warning: Be sure to avoid wearing an Obama mask this Halloween or you could find yourself unemployed and fighting for an extra potato in reeducation camp. (Oh I mean sensitivity training camp, sorry.)

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Send in the Clowns

Monday, August 12th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Jameson Hsieh/Associated Press

 

Officials at the Missouri State Fair and are currently dealing with a public relations nightmare after a rodeo clown appeared in an Obama mask to fire-up the crowd at a Saturday night rodeo. Here are some highlights from the report in the Kansas City Star:

Clown’s Obama stunt at Missouri State Fair draws rebuke

Missouri State Fair officials and politicians on Sunday condemned the performance of a rodeo clown who donned a mask resembling President Barack Obama during Saturday’s bull riding competition.

A tempest over the incident erupted after the website Show Me Progress reported a Facebook account of it.

“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” the posting said. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”

All this hubbub signals it’s time for another world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contest because I am confident all you creative geniuses out there can write a better headline than the Kansas City Star.

Now, we must always have respect for the Office of the President, no matter who is the occupant. However, we all know that not too long ago, if a clown had appeared in a George W. Bush mask and asked the crowd if they would like to see Bush run down by a bull, this would have been a non-story.

But regardless of past political history, please obey our contest rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media watching.”  (I have avoided reeducation camp thus far this summer and do not want to tempt fate.)

Here again are the winners from our last extremely competitive contest who all managed to play by the rules.

Finally, to help get you in the contest groove, here are lyrics from the classic song, Send in the Clowns  written by Stephen Sondheim:

 Isn’t it rich?

Isn’t it queer?

Losing my timing this late
In my career?

And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother – they’re here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why There Will Never Be Peace in the Middle East

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

 

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Palestinians and Israelis enjoy the Mediterranean sea during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Tel Aviv, Israel  Photo Credit: Oded Balilty/ AP

The caption above accompanied this photo that I happened to see on Buzz Feed in a segment entitled:

26 Incredibly Powerful Images Of Eid Al-Fitr 2013, And What They Say About The World Today. —  Celebration. Violence. Love. Grief. Abundance. Despair  

These visuals are definitely worth checking out if you are interested in seeing how the Muslim world is celebrating the end of Ramadan, their holy month of fasting and praying.

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — Hot or Not?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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Thanks to all who entered our latest photo caption contest based on a new Quinnipiac University poll that I referred to as a “steaming pile of poll dung.”

The poll ranked politicians “heat index” and then translated that into a high or low favorable ranking with voters. NJ Governor Chris Christie was the winner, followed closely by Hillary Clinton.

In my humble opinion, your entries for this contest ranked among the most hilarious and clever in the glorious history of Tatler Photo Caption Contests.

In fact, there was so much great material, that I would not be surprised if, in the future, you hear some of these one-liners used on late night comedy shows.

But all this brilliance created havoc for the contest judges, because trying to select just one winner was way above their pay grade. Therefore, the best they could do is provide a list of winners grouped by their authors. (As you know it’s really hard to find good help these days!)

Let’s begin with our reigning Caption King Chris Henderson’s three winners:

He’s so hot if he had a son he’d look like the Sun.

He’s so hot he can’t comment on the New York Mayoral Race or it will cause a “Weiner Roast.

He’s so hot he sweats like Obama giving a speech without his teleprompter.

Next is ZipCode who also wins a special award for quantity as well as quality.

He’s so hot that, His opponents would like to put him on the back burner.

He’s so hot that, Most of the things he does are [well done]

He is just burning to set the Presidential race on fire.

He’s so hot, even his opponents are starting to sweat!

He must be hot, All of his security guards are retired Fireman!

Your looking at his signature heat WAVE!

He’s so hot that, Bloomberg thinks he’s packing heat!

He don’t take any heat from anybody, He radiates his own.

RockThisTown weighed in with these winners:

He’s so hot . . . Anthony Weiner is sexting again to prove he’s hotter.

He’s so hot . . . Mexico agreed to put up a border wall as a heat shield.

He’s so hot . . . dogs were avoiding the shade he provides.

He’s so hot . . . the sun called him for advice.

He’s so hot . . . Al Gore called a press conference blaming him for global warming.

He’s so hot . . . Tesla signed him up to fuel a steam-powered car.

He’s so hot . . . the IRS breathed a sigh of relief that heat was focused elsewhere.

He’s so hot . . . Obamacare classified him as a pre-existing condition it doesn’t cover.

Finally there’s JRSWINE with these winners:

He’s so hot he makes Rand Paul and Ted Cruz look really cool!

And the cleverest caption of all:

He’s so hot he has trouble fitting into his new jersey.   (Let’s hear a badda-bing for that one!)

Thanks again to all who played along and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest. 

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Governor Chris Christie — Hot or Not?

Monday, August 5th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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Because the world is at peace, Americans trust their scandal-free government, and our nation’s economy is growing at a record pace, it makes perfect sense that this new Quinnipiac University poll occupied a tremendous amount of media bandwidth today.

The poll asked voters for a temperature rating of some well known politicians. Then, supposedly the politicians “heat index” translated into a high or low favorable ranking with voters.

The hot body contest was won by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 53.1 degrees on the thermometer.

Second hottest was Hillary Clinton steaming it up at 52.1 degrees.

The much cooler Obama needs some new insulation to keep heat from escaping his body after registering fourth on the index with only 47.6 degrees. He was just below Senator Elizabeth Warren heating it up at 49.2 degrees.

The National Journal reporting on these poll results, ran as its headline, “Chris Christie Is So Hot Right Now.”

Your task, as loyal contest regulars, is to write a caption that either answers or explains the question, “Is Chris Christie Hot or Not?”

Submissions must be respectful because the media watches this contest and analyzes the winning captions with almost as much interest as these Quinnipiac poll results.

Of course I am kidding (but not as much as you think.)  So stay classy like the winners of our last contest.

My take on this steaming pile of poll dung is that the heat index should have been reported in Celsius rather than Fahrenheit.

Just imagine the confusion this would have caused with the low information media and their even lower information audience if Christie’s heat index was 11.7 degrees and Hillary at an even colder, 11.1 degrees.

Whether these poll results have any credibility or not, we know there is too much heat from all the hot air in and around our nation’s capitol no matter the season or regardless which thermometer is used.

 

 

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winners: Just Two Old Friends Sharing a Summer Salad in the Shade

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, July 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Thanks to all who played along with our latest and popular contest.

Due to the unique nature of the contest photo, three contests were offered up for extra summertime fun. First, were the usual captions supplemented by “thought bubbles” and “real” conversation.

Now here now are all the winners and honorable mentions:

First, the caption contest was won by Chris Henderson, our reigning Caption King with:  The Empty Suit and the Pantsuit.

Fortibus85 earns an honorable mention for Alinsky triumphant.

RockThisTown also wins an honorable mention for:

Just two greenies having some greens exchanging ideas about extracting more green from those who earn it.

Zip Code places honorably with A Happy Meal this is not.

Here are the “thought bubble” winners.

Zipcode scores the winning thought:

Mrs. Clinton’s Thought Bubble– And I shaved my legs for this!

Zipcode also wins an honorable mention for:

Mrs. Clinton’s Thought Bubble- Get ready to pack your Peace Prize, this Mama’s moving in!

RockThisTown scores with these thought bubbles:

O: “Easy to see why Bill strays . . . “ 

H: “How does Michelle put up with this moron?”

and

O: “No way I’m letting her redecorate yet.”  

H: “I’ll be hanging new drapes by Christmas.”

rbj wins an honorable with this dual thought bubble:

“Glad I’m not in his/her shoes, I’ve got a media created legacy to protect.”

JRSWINE submitted this honorable winning thought bubble:

B: Hillary, just looking for a pardon down the line.

H: Just looking for a pardon asap.

Our “King of Captions” Chris Henderson wins an honorable with:

THOUGHT BUBBLE COMING FROM BOTH SIMULTANEOUSLY: “Just fake smile until the cameraman is gone.”

Kenril scores an honorable with this thought bubble:

Obama: “I’ve got her right where I want her.”
Hillary: “I’ve got him right where I want him.”
Tree in the center: “I haven’t had this much fertilizer in ages!”

Finally, here are the “real” conversation winners.

The grand prize goes to Zipcode (who is almost a Caption King at this point) with:

Real conversation ( Obama) – I would offer you more silverware but ours came up missing a few years ago.

Editor’s Note: In case you do not remember, after the Clinton’s departed the White House a few items were missing.

Here are the honorable mention winners.

RockThisTown has two:

O: ‘So, if I get my law license back, you’ll appoint me to the Supreme Court when Ginsburg goes, right?”

H: ‘I’ll just need 2 things: your law license & your real birth certificate.’

and

O: “Don’t worry, I’ll keep Issa distracted so Benghazi isn’t a problem for you in ’16.”

H: “Benghazi? I have no recollection of that.”

Cfbleachers(another reigning Caption King) also has two:

Real Conversation –Mr. Obama, So tell me Hillary do you think New York’s Mr. Weiner will drop out of the mayor race?

Hillary’s reply — Knowing him, I would say he will stick it out.

and

Typhoid Barry: What will you do with that 3:00 am phone in 2016?

Hildebeast: Exactly what you did…unplug it and go campaigning!

Chris Henderson scores again with three real conversations:

Hillary: “No I will not bake you any Arugula Cookies!”

Obama: Then I take it back. You are not likable enough!” 

and

Obama: “My poll numbers are lower than your husband’s pants on new intern day.”

Hillary: Don’t be silly –he doesn’t wear pants that day.”

and

Obama: “If I had a new Ambassador to Benghazi, she’d look like you.”  

Hillary:”But that would entail REAL sniper fire!”

Wow, that was fun! Thanks for playing along everyone.

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a caption ( a thought bubble or “real” conversation.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: Just Two Old Friends Sharing a Summer Salad in the Shade

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, July 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Here is how Politico described this photo in Mike Allen’s Playbook today:

PHOTO OF OBAMA and CLINTON before they started their salads yesterday, on the patio outside the Oval Office. Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at yesterday’s 1 p.m. briefing, when asked about the menu: “The White House chef … whipped up some grilled chicken, some pasta jambalaya, and some salad for them to enjoy during lunch. I haven’t had lunch myself, so that sounds pretty good.”

And just before that description, Playbook reported:

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN and former Secretary Hillary Clinton are having breakfast at the Naval Observatory at 8:30 a.m.

The timing must be totally coincidental for Hillary to have lunched with President Obama yesterday and then been invited for breakfast this morning with Vice President Biden.

So let’s turn that coincidental timing into summer photo caption contest fun!

Besides writing captions for this “just two friends having lunch” photo, here are two more opportunities to win not valuable prizes. (Just your screen name mentioned across the universe.)

First is a contest for the best thought bubbles. Second is a contest for the best “real” conversation or best question and answer.

Now that’s what I call a three-in-one contest! Please label your submissions as captions, thought bubbles or “real” conversation to make judging easier.

Also, try to be somewhat respectful with your entries because, as always, the media and the NSA will be watching.

Here again are the winners from our last contest who managed that request quite well.

Have fun and remember, “It’s just lunch.” Meaning the fate of the Western World was not determined by this gathering. (But then again, some might think it was.)

 

 

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Hillary Watch 2016: The ‘Queen’s Machine’ Is Gearing Up To Squash Anyone In Her Path

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

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As our Hillary Watch 2016 series marches on, Hillary 2016 pop-up ads from what I am calling the “Queen’s Machine” are bombarding my computer screen. Ads like this one below or others shouting: “Show Your Support. Take the Ready for Hillary pledge.”  (One can only imagine what that pledge entails.)

Hillary pop up ad

The ads are proof the Ready for Hillary PAC is becoming more ready every day and that the Queen’s Machine is in heavy production with a likely “product” launch in early 2015. Here is a quick tour of the assembly line stations at the Queen’s Machine factory.

The Message/Branding Station

Madam-President is a stand alone site within the powerful, influential and Hillary friendly, Emily’s List working 24/7 across the fruited plain touting their mission statement:

The 2012 election was a mandate for women’s leadership. The country is ready for a woman president. And Madam President is ready to harness that energy to put the first woman in the White House. It’s our time. And we’re ready.

(Notice how the action message of “And we’re ready” compliments Ready for Hillary?)

Here is research that Emily’s List uses to bolster their Madame President campaign:

Battleground voters are ready for a woman president, and the country is, too. Almost unanimously (90%), voters in the battleground states would consider voting for a qualified woman candidate from their party. Their readiness goes deeper than this though –86% believe that America is ready to elect a woman president, and 72% believe that it is likely that America will elect a woman president in the next presidential election, including 86% of Democratic primary voters.

Then Hollywood and the mainstream media will be revving up their turbo-charged engines, fuel injected with some variation of an “It’s Time”  or “America is Ready” theme.

In tandem, they will work tirelessly to instill guilt in the mind of any Democrat or Independent voter who dares to even think of pulling the lever for someone other than the pre- anointed “Madame President.”

As I opined in January 2013  the movement to elect the first Madam President will be akin to electing the first African-American president in 2008. And, just as the word “racist” was casually tossed at anyone who could not vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012,  in 2016 the words “sexist pig” will be used to describe any man who will not bow to the Queen. (Perhaps “sexist piglet” for women who feel the same? Certainly the Message Station will invent an appropriate catchy phrase that the media will use.)

Included in the Message Station mission is the purging of references to any specific policies/opinions/stances that “Madame President” may hold because historic and first are the only messages that matter.

The Organization

The calendar on my desk reads July 2013, but in the “future is now” time warp of modern presidential campaigns it is prime time to lock up big money donors and key members of the leadership team. In what will eventually be Hillary’s unofficial house organ, the Washington Post reports:

The Ready for Hillary super PAC has drafted top political strategists and fundraisers to help lay the groundwork for former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Meanwhile, the Queen busies herself making over $200,000 a speech and “writing” her next book.  The release date and subsequent national media tour is scheduled for June 2014. Notice the book’s perfect timing in sync with the November 2014 mid-term elections — giving way to the royal official proclamation announcement in early 2015 that the Queen is now really really ready to cruise the campaign trail leading to her throne.

However, it is this USA Today piece re-posted on Ready for Hillary that should send shivers down the spines of any Republicans who are contemplating a 2016 run for the White House:

Ready for Hillary, the super PAC pushing a presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, is joining forces with a firm whose leaders built President Obama’s wildly successful grassroots campaign operation.

The PAC announced it has hired 270 Strategies to build a field operation to marshal voter support for a potential 2016 Clinton campaign. The firm’s partners include Jeremy Bird, Obama’s 2012 national field director, and Mitch Stewart, who oversaw the campaign’s operations in battleground states.

Yikes…this is the gang that stomped on both the Republican Party and their presidential candidate’s field organizations in 2008 and 2012.  So naturally they are taking their winning formulas and following the money into the welcoming arms of the Queen’s camp.

Remember how the moment after President Obama took office in January 2009, he started retooling his superb 2008 campaign organization into an even better one for 2012?

So now we are watching as Ready for Hillary builds a similar campaign organization that will be combat ready the moment it morphs into her official organization. Ready to squash/slander/libel/destroy/ the 2016 Republican nominee as he/she emerges from a tough primary battle.  Life and campaigns can be unfair.

The Buzz Station

The final station has a mission to promote the Queen’s inevitability (which did not work out so well in 2008 but that was the political equivalent of centuries ago) while at the same time intimidate others who may dare to jump in the 2016 race for the Democrat nomination.

A good example of the Buzz Station in action is David Axelrod’s on-air statement predicting that Hillary will be the 2016 Democrat nominee.

Then, there is no one better than the Queen’s offspring chirping her own special brand of young activism.

Chelsea Clinton, back in June contributed to the productivity of both the Message and Buzz Stations while at the Clinton Global Initiative with this headline maker:

“We need women who are at the head of a boardroom, like at the head of the White House, at the head of kind of major scientific enterprises so that little girls everywhere can then think, you know what? I can do that, I want to do that, I will do that,” she explained.

But when there is need for high level buzz or major rumors need planting or stopping, “Bubba the Big Dog” will be unchained and his muzzle removed. One can only imagine how many staff will be dedicated to controlling/managing/watching William Jefferson Clinton leading up to and during the 2016 campaign.  (Now that’s an idea for a realty show.)

There you have it, the Message Station, Organization, and Buzz Stations all working to manufacture a historic royal brand three years before the product can be “purchased” at the voting booth in November 2016.

For the sake of the Republican Party’s chances of winning the White House in 2016, one can only hope that the Queen’s Factory assembly line experiences either major work interruptions or the final product peaks too early and needs to be pulled from the shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘No Labels’ Organization Attracts a ‘Gang of 81′ Members in the Spirit of Bipartisanship to Eliminate Government Waste

Friday, July 19th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Members of No Labels’ Problem Solvers coalition from both parties and both chambers of Congress gathered on July 18, 2013 near the steps of the Capitol to announce a comprehensive legislative reform package.

 

Yesterday in a park across from the Capitol, I witnessed an event that signaled real hope and change in Washington and it had nothing to do with President Obama’s famous/infamous 2008 campaign slogan.

Standing on a stage in the scorching sun, the heat index was 100 degrees of bipartisanship, as members of the House and Senate who comprise the No Labels Problem Solvers Coalition stood together to eliminate government waste.

Mark McKinnon, cofounder of No Labels, which bills itself a “non-profit organization dedicated to bipartisanship, civil discourse, and problem solving in politics” is calling this group of leaders the “Gang of 81” and reports on yesterday’s event in The Daily Beast:

Eighty-one members of Congress, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans (and some independents) have signed up as members of the No Labels Problem Solvers Coalition, and most of them showed up in front of the Capitol to announce a legislative package they’ve been working on called Make Government Work!, which includes nine House bills and eight Senate bills.

Potentially, this legislative package has wide public appeal, no matter where you stand on the right/left ideological spectrum because it is designed to address waste and inefficiency in government immediately.

McKinnon details the specifics of the No Labels “Make Government Work!” package that the “Gang of 81” (and growing daily) hopes to help pass through Congress:

  • No Budget, No Pay: If Congress cannot pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members should not get paid.
  • Take the Time, Save the Dime: Move to a two-year budgeting process.
  • Don’t Duplicate, Consolidate: Get rid of duplicate agencies and programs identified in 2013 by the Government Accountability Office.
  • Buy Smarter and Save: Enforce strategic sourcing so separate divisions within a single federal agency do not make independent contracts for common items.
  • No Adding, No Padding: Stop assuming year-to-year spending increases in agency budgets.
  • 21st-Century Health Care for Heroes: Merge the electronic health-care records of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Stay in Place, Cut the Waste: Cut 50 percent of agency travel and replace it with video conferencing.
  • Wasted Energy, Wasted Dollars: Reduce energy waste in federal buildings by incentivizing private companies to identify savings. Contractors would be paid by dollars saved, not with taxpayer dollars.
  • Plan for Efficient and Effective Government: Create a new Commission for Government Transformation to oversee and remake various federal government programs so they will be more economical, efficient and effective.

All these potential pieces of legislation are not only “No Labels” but no-brainers while our country is flat broke and our national government is dysfunctional.

It will be interesting to watch if this bipartisan problem solving group from both chambers can actually push through such a package of common sense legislation.

But what if the “Gang of 81” No Labels Problem Solvers are thwarted by their respective party leadership and this package of bills fails to make it to President Obama’s desk?

Than I suggest No Labels should change its name to “No Hope” because that will more accurately describe our government’s ability and desire to expel waste and inefficiency in a system that is utterly broken and absurdly expensive.

Here are the names of Senators/Congressmen and women who are the “No Label’s Problem Solvers” if you care to contact their offices and weigh in on what they are trying to accomplish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Caption Contest Winner: What Lies Behind His Eyes?

Monday, July 15th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
 
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Obama Orders Fed Workers: Spy On Each Other

 

Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest.

Since this contest offered both a photo and an image, we have a “great” grand prize winner to announce.

But before we begin, “chartz” submitted words to a song (courtesy of Sting) that we should all sing together to get us in the mood:

chartz  (My apologies to Sting, but I don’t know how it could be said better.)

“Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
Every single day
Every word you say”

Thank you “chartz” for providing the opening soundtrack to our winner’s post.

Now we can begin the important business at hand.

Our “great” grand prize winner of both images is someone familiar to all contest regulars. He is an exceptionally gifted writer who continues his reign as the “Royal Caption King.”

Let’s hear some applause for Chris Henderson and his winning submissions!

Chris had two winners for the top photo:

Obama’s eyes don’t have an iris, just plenty of IRS.

Visine: Gets the Red Line out in Syria too.

For the “1984 poster” Chris submitted this important and winning observation:

The “fictional” book 1984: “Julia” works at the Ministry of Truth. 
Obama: Created a fictional “Julia” for his “Life of Julia” campaign strategy video.
Coincidence? I think not!

Here are the Honorable Mention winners for the top photo:

RockThisTown, another of our “Royal Caption Kings” had three winners:

‘No one knows what it’s like, to be the bad man, behind brown eyes . . . ‘

If it’s true the eyes are the windows to the soul, we’re gonna need a lot of Windex.

“I have a vision . . . that my two children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the character of their political contacts.”

ZipCode (a Caption King in training and making tremendous progress) had these two winners:

Training two pupils how to look for spy’s.

New Government spy department, [ I. C. U.]

And then there is the great and powerful cfbleachers who submitted these winners:

This is the look when the teleprompter shuts off.

If the eyes are the windows to the soul…I guess that explains the vacant stare.

Here are the Honorable Mention winners for the 1984 poster:

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Allstonian submitted:

1984? That’s the number of holes of Golf so far.

RockThisTown had another winner with this caption:

1984: Obama confuses Oceania with the Titanic.

(Editors Note: “Oceania” was the country in the book 1984, in case it has been a long time since your high school English class. I remember back in 1972 my teacher was grateful that this was one book I actually read, as opposed to my usual practice of only reading the Cliff Notes.  And by golly… look how it came in handy 41 years later!)

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!

 

 

 

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New Photo Caption Contest: What Lies Behind His Eyes?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Obama Orders Fed Workers: Spy On Each Other

The subject of our newest Tatler Photo Caption Contest was taken directly from the Drudge Report that had this photo and caption displayed front and center starting yesterday and for most of today.

Drudge’s link pointed to a McClatchy piece with the following headline and report:

Linchpin for Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, isn’t likely to work, experts say

WASHINGTON — In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.

Doesn’t this opening paragraph read like it was lifted directly out of George Orwell’s 1984?  (Which happens to be a hot seller right now.)

So with that thought in mind, I am very confident the image of President Obama’s eyes, combined with the 1984 reference will spark creativity in the minds of Photo Caption Contest fans resulting in captions more creative than either Drudge’s or McClatchy’s.

And while we are on the topic of “Big Brother” you can caption this image too:

Obama 1984

(If any of you are tax lawyers please contact me now because a big expensive audit is in the works.)

To make the audit even more vicious, here again are the winners from our last contest.

But “Oceania” America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave even with “Big Brother’s eyes” watching us everywhere. Right? Right?

Do not answer that,  just start writing some captions!

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Photo Caption Contest Winner: Is This The Optic Of Obama’s Rubbish Chute ‘Door of No Return’ Presidency?

Monday, July 8th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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President Obama symbolic visit last week to the “Door of No Return,” through which African slaves are said to have passed as they boarded ships for the Americas, most likely was a rubbish chute on Senegal’s Goree Island, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported.

 

(Editor’s Note:  On June 30, 2013 the photo and caption above accompanied Joseph Curl of the Washington Times‘ insightful piece about President Obama standing at his own political “Door of No Return” in Senegal.) 

Thanks to all who played along with our latest popular Photo Caption Contest.

Some of the captions were slightly “off the charts” but most writers tried to abide by the contest criteria of “honoring the Office of the President no matter who occupies it as our nation celebrated its independence from that unpopular tyrannical King who only cared about maintaining power and had grown distant from the needs of his subjects with his lavish lifestyle.”

So without further adieu, here are winning captions in the Honorable Mention category.

Bpseudomalleus had three Honorables:

There is so much more room here now that it’s getting a little full under the bus.

Drat this was where the shovel ready jobs were.

Call Putin I found a place to put Snowden.

Marc Malone had two Honorables:

I hate this part, where I have to pretend I care.

Just a few more days, and I can get back to the golf course.

Zipcode also had two Honorables:

African witch doctor in background,— O.K. with your hands tied behind you, jump and prove you can walk on water.

He could have stood in the door way of the White House and saved the tax payers a hell of a lot of money.

JRSWINE had two Honorables as well:

Portrait of The Pretentious Tourist on yet another Epic Ego Trip.

I know this door has absolutely nothing to do with me or any of my ancestors, but gee, it’s still all about me, isn’t it?

Chartz submitted an Honorable caption with some advice:

“Ah c’mon, Barrack, don’t jump. All those scandals aren’t THAT bad. And besides the media’s still got ya covered”

Now for the winning captions….

The judges have determined that we have an epic battle between two “Caption Kings” who are fighting for the first seat in the first car on the first train leaving for re-education camp that is scheduled to depart any day now.  So let’s all wish cfbleachers and RockThisTown Godspeed on their journey because they will need it after writing captions like the ones listed below.

cfbleachers:

When a Door of No Return closes, a window of complete hopelessness opens.

Hey, look down there! So, that’s where all those freedoms and liberties go when I destroy them!

I passed through all the Hope and Change hallways to get here?

Socialism, a road map to here.

I can see MSNBC from here.

Hey, somebody get Robert Plant on the phone…I found the OTHER stairway….and yes, I DID build that.

RockThisTown:

 ”Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ask what you can do to continue to keep me coming on these lavish vacations to which I’ve become accustomed.”

“Man, Holder & I could really do some Fast & Furious gunwalking through this door!”

 One small door for a man, one giant creep for mankind.

“Dang – even by my standards, this wasn’t worth $100 million.”

Obama goes through the door of no return, then, unfortunately . . . returns.

Keep the battle going you great and powerful Kings!

And we will see the rest of you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

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