US President Barack Obama makes his way to board Air Force One on January 1, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama is returning to Hawaii to continue his vacation which he interrupted to deal with the “fiscal cliff” crisis.
Yesterday this caption appeared on local CBS-DC under the photo that is the subject of our first 2013 Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Don’t you just hate it when your vacation is interrupted by an emergency?
Well so does Our Beloved Leader since he is “just like us.”
But now, since Congress has built some temporary guard rails around the “fiscal cliff,” President Obama can continue his Hawaiian vacation at the cost of an extra $3 million — in addition to the $4 million already spent, bringing the total cost of his family vacation to over $7 million.
Since you are overjoyed to read how Your Leader is spending your tax dollars, we will use this occasion to rewrite the CBS-DC caption with a more creative flair.
For 2013 contests, the same 2012 rules apply that were inspired by our friend Dylan Byers of Politico, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”
Then, as stated in the last contest of 2012, “the need to repeat these rules every contest acts like a guard rail preventing you from falling off the creative cliff.”
As a result, I was mocked by “Scottch” one of our snarky caption contest participants who questioned my rules by commenting, Staying classy? Guardrail? What guardrail…….lol.
Well Scottch, if you don’t like the current rules, than please submit some new ones for this year.
Good luck to all who enter and you have my permission to fall off that creative cliff if you find our guard rail too confining.
Finally, because of complaints that some of you often miss the winner’s post from the previous contest, it will be repeated in the next contest.
Apparently, we read now that one of our repeat winners, “RockThisTown” has declared war with his comment:
Resolution for 2013: Dethrone cfbleachers and become King.
Watch out, for this signals future contests could get a tad nasty.
The objective of the final Photo Caption Contest of 2012 was to improve upon this Washington Post caption:
December 24, 2012 — President Obama waves from the window of his motorcade vehicle as he returns from a workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii.
Thanks to all who made this contest very competitive.
To help judge the winning caption we are privileged to have a Previously Important Person (PIP) as our celebrity guest judge.
(This PIP is one of our New Year’s weekend house guests, so asking him to judge our contest was a gesture of hospitality.)
Our PIP served a past President of the United States and trust me when I tell you he is totally overqualified to judge our contest.
Here are the winning captions he selected.
“Ignore the fact that this limo is not electric powered.”
“See that smudge on the window? Bush’s fault!”
Both submitted by Chris Henderson (one of this year’s contest all-stars)
They took my jacket or I would be using it to cover my face. Submitted by William L. Gensert
Mr. President, Miss America could give you a few pointers on your wave.
FDR would’ve worn a tie.
“See? I told you my administration would be transparent.”
All three submitted by RockThisTown (another contest all-star)
“Help, I’m being held hostage by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” Submitted by Paleo-Conservative
Two weeks of personal training, and still can’t do any of the heavy lifting.
Submitted by Kimbly (another former winner)
The last time I raised my hand was in grade school, and I didn’t know the answers then or now.
Submitted by Don Henderson
Obama Workout Regimen: a) he lifts your wallet; b) he runs from scandals; c) he skips briefings; d) he cycles old speeches; e) he benches the press; and, f) he spends most of his time in spin class.
Submitted by cfbleachers (King of the contest all-stars)
And the Grand Prize Winner (chosen by our PIP and the lovely Mrs. PIP) is:
It’s easy to spot the Republicans, they only wave with one finger.
Submitted by Don Henderson (Your star is rising fast!)
Congratulations to Don and all who submitted winning captions.
Extra special thanks to every one of our loyal caption contest participants who helped make our contests so successful.
Happy New Year and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
December 24, 2012 — President Obama waves from the window of his motorcade vehicle as he returns from a workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii.
That was the Washington Post’s caption for this rather odd looking photo which also appeared on Drudge Report. Not to dishonor the Office of the President, BUT this photo struck me as not very Presidential. Even worse, it gives the impression that Our Leader was being hauled off somewhere against his will.
Fortunately for the sake of our national well being, the latter was not the case which is why this photo has been chosen to be the subject of the last Photo Caption Contest of 2012.
The photo captures President Obama in a “warm, mellow moment” but the Washington Post’s caption just leaves me a bit cold. Therefore, I am calling on PJ Tatler readers to jazz it up a bit. With all of your collective photo caption contest experience you should be in tip-top shape to exceed expectations by raising the humor bar to new heights.
For the sake of any newcomers, the contest rules are “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (The need to repeat these rules every contest acts like a guard rail preventing you from falling off the creative cliff.)
Good luck and remember as patriotic Americans we must always honor the Office of the President. In 2013 you may need to repeat that directive often or you might find yourself hauled off somewhere against your will.
Thanks to all who made our latest photo caption contest a huge success.
We had so many clever captions I needed to bring in a “celebrity guest” to help me judge. This “celebrity” also happens to be very familiar with the GM bailout news upon which this contest was based because he wrote the piece I linked to in our contest post.
So let’s give a hardy round of applause to Rick Newman, Chief Business Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report.
Rick picks were as follows:
Where’s the forward button? Submitted by Querulous
Will this thing outrun Issa? Submitted by fortibus85
I built this! Submitted by RockThisTown
(Who has won in the past, so I would watch my back Mr. Cfbleachers and Chris Henderson!)
Now along with those winning captions, here are a few more that I thought deserved an extra shout out:
Warning: Objects in mirror are more liberal than they appear.
Who needs air bags with an inflated ego in the car? Both submitted by RockThisTown so congrats to you again.
Drove my Chevy to DC, but the Treasury was dry. Submitted by Tron
Can someone shut off Clint Eastwood’s America is Coming Back voiceover? I think I’m going to be sick. Submitted by Mr. G.
And two by Rex Lex playing off a Chevy ad slogan:
Chevy Runs Debt
Chevy Runs Deep (into your pockets!)
Thanks again to all who played along and especially to Rick Newman for being our first “out in the open” celebrity judge. (Our other celebrity judge, “Dr. Spin,” still remains anonymous and at large.)
Merry Christmas everyone and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Photo Caption Contest: Treasury Department Officially Announces Taxpayers Will Lose Billions On GM Bailout
President Obama “saved the auto industry” just enough to win Ohio and Michigan on Election Day, but his win means an initial $5 billion loss for taxpayers with the news announced this week that the Treasury Department plans to sell its remaining stake in “Government Motors” back to GM.
However, that $5 billion loss is only for the stock Treasury will sell by the end of this year. It is estimated that when Treasury sells GM back all its remaining stock in 2013 or 2014 the net loss to taxpayers will be $10 billion to $12 billion.
The photo worthy of this caption contest was found in US News from a piece by Rick Newman with the headline, “It’s Official: Taxpayers Will Lose Big on the GM Bailout.” The caption under the photo with Chevrolet spelled “Chevrelot” reads:
President Obama inspects a Chevrelot Silverado during a visit to the DC Auto Show, Jan. 31, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Obama touted his bailout of General Motors and Chrysler three years ago.
Now I am confident that PJ Tatler readers are capable of writing a much better caption and even know how to correctly spell “Chevrolet.”
So start your engines or flip the switch on your Chevy Volt and write one that will help us emotionally recapture some of those billions we all lost while “saving the auto industry.”
If you are a newcomer to our contest, welcome aboard and buckle your seat belt, but please abide by our strict rules which are “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”
The winner receives an all-expense paid visit to a “Chevrelot” dealership and upon visiting must say, “What is good for General Motors is good for America.”
(Remember that this famous statement was made back in 1955 by Charlie Wilson, then chairman of General Motors. Now, with the impending net loss of $12 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars it, sure takes on new meaning, especially with President Obama in the driver’s seat.)
Our latest Tatler Photo Caption Contest was a reaction to a report entitled, “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” — prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in other words – it came from the White House. The take away message is that the USA will no longer be the sole superpower by 2030.
So keep that in mind as you are buying all those Chinese goods for Christmas.
Now the winners of the Honorable Mention title are:
The capital is fading out of the picture. With the coming of Chinese dominance we now have people in charge who know math. Submitted by Mr. G
Would you like the extended warranty with that? Submitted by stephen b
Obama in 2013, well it IS the year of the snake! Submitted by cfbleachers
(Note: I checked and it really is!)
Barack Obama: “At a certain point, you’ve made enough money.”
Deng Xiaoping: “To get rich is glorious.”
We have a president who’s to the left of a communist leader. Submitted by rbj
Obama: “Gee, that took longer than I thought it would!” and
As one flag falls, another rises…(with a little help from The Won). Both submitted by scottch
Now before I announce the Grand Prize Winner (who receives a set of cheap Chinese tires that are sure to explode on the way to Grandma’s house) I was HOPING this person would NOT submit a caption worthy of the top prize as he so often does. However, his entry was so creative and captioned the photo so perfectly I could not avoid awarding the exploding tires to cfbleachers who scored with this gem:
Well, it finally came true. Hu’s your daddy.
Mr. cfbleachers, I must inform you that the judges were on the Chinese carpets rolling in laughter!
Thanks to all who took the time to submit an entry or a comment.
Please be aware that many Tatler readers tell me how much they enjoy reading all your captions. So keep it up and we will see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Politico is reporting and Drudge Report was parroting earlier today a screaming headline, “Obama Intel Council: U.S. Finished As Sole Superpower.”
Here is the full report entitled “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” — prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, if you need some happy holiday reading.
The subject of our photo caption contest is also from Drudge Report, (I give credit where credit it due) about how the Chinese are “going shopping in America.” So I thought the two stories tied in well together for a double dose of pre-holiday depression.
Here is an opportunity for all Tatler Photo Caption Contest fans to channel their creative energies and submit an appropriate caption as you buy all those Christmas presents made in China.
To start things off here is my entry:
Once you break it, you own it.
Not bad, but I know “cfbleachers,” the King of Caption Contest winners can do much better.
The contest winner receives a set of cheap Chinese tires, sure to blow out on your holiday road trip.
Now you know the contest rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching,” but do we REALLY care?
Good luck and try to have some fun with your entries because I know this is one of our more downbeat photo caption contests — but NOT as depressing as the last one.
Currently a royal movement is underway, already gathering strength, and great power throughout the media/entertainment centers of New York, Washington, Hollywood and the entire world, in anticipation of the future coronation of Queen Hillary. If you have any doubt just watch this recent video tribute in what is being called “Hillary’s First Campaign Video.”
Any Republican voter who is optimistic about the prospects of finally capturing the White House in 2016, after looking at this list of current “front runners” including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, should curb their enthusiasm now in order to prevent future disappointment and self delusion.
In preparation for the next presidential election cycle should the GOP just concentrate on retaking the Senate, keeping the House and increasing control over Statehouses? For the odds of success are far greater than winning back the White House in 2016 and here is why.
The 2016 Republican field would be pitted against the “powers that be” who are set on anointing “The One Whose Time Has Come.” This means barring a complete economic meltdown, blamed squarely on the Democrats, no one sitting on that GOP bench stands a chance of garnering anywhere near 270 electoral votes on November 8, 2016. A force field would be against them all.
It pains me to write this but there is a movement in the making that in undeniable.
And sometime next year we will know if this confluence of royal political forces will be unleashed when The Queen finally decides if she wants to anoint or be anointed because the inevitable “will she or won’t she” games can only last so long.
This is due to the maximum pressure her royal court will be subjected to by the other Democrat presidential wannabes who are literally frozen in place waiting for The Queen in Waiting to give the official “in or out” signal.
If The Queen says “forward march,” there will be no “bloody her up” primaries a la 2008. After all, The Royal One has already “Been there done that.”
Thus, as part of the “deal” with her potential mere mortal primary competitors, the nomination must be handed to her on a large silver platter befitting her stature.
And then the real intra-party fighting will be reserved for the coveted number two spot with its great potential for leading to a future 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue occupancy.
(A real possibility since The Queen would be 69-years-old on Inauguration Day 2017 and thus could decide to serve only one term.)
Enjoying all the full frontal Hillary adoration (as witnessed by the video which got major cable airplay) and energized by the latest 2016 polling revealing 57 percent of all Americans and 61 percent of Democrats want her as their nominee, is the mainstream media (MSM).
Fresh from playing their very strong hand in electing the First African-American President in 2008 and reelecting him in 2012, the MSM has been empowered by its own force. Now the time has come to finally elect the First Female President and “beloved” First Gent who would re-ascend to the throne room with great fanfare.
This could be considered a re-do of the historical “Clinton twofer” harking back to Bill’s infamous 1992 campaign remark when he promised that voting for him elected Hillary too with the nation receiving “two for the price of one.”
Truer words were never spoken and this decades old statement may bear fruit yet again.
Sure, the MSM could have helped elevate Hillary eight years earlier, but electing a “fresh face” cool, hip, new Senator with the thinnest resume on record, who also happened to be an African-American held far greater allure. (Besides, remember how back in 2008 the MSM was experiencing major Clinton fatigue for both Clintons?)
But no more! Now it is HER time or (HRC time I should say) and the MSM will be thoroughly in HRC’s court – totally engaged and supportive, hoping to wipe away any collective guilt for the way they abandoned HRC in 2008.
So with the necessary power brokers and the MSM in tow, all that is needed are the loyal Democrat constituent groups to supply votes and boots on the ground.
Of course you can count on all those same constituencies that elected Obama twice to line up for Hillary too – women, especially single career women; African Americans (because she is married to the “first black president” after all) Hispanics; unions; teachers; gays; Hollywood celebs; and young voters will fully connect with that “first woman president” thing. But more important is the pent –up demand for Hillary that has been growing since the 2008 primary debacle.
Can you just imagine the “made for family television” moment at the 2016 Democratic Convention when Bill gives Hillary’s nominating speech? (Cue the Kleenex now.)
Also, just like a royal marriage uniting two once warring kingdoms, the joining of the old Clinton traditional campaign machinery with the new super high-tech victorious Obama campaign machine will produce the most advanced campaign infrastructure in the history of mankind.
So whatever is left of our country in 2016 after eight years of Obama leaving us $22.8 trillion in debt, Hillary and her MSM cheerleaders will find new creative ways to sugar- coat the Obama economic mess and blame it all on President George W. Bush and the Republicans again.
For all the aforementioned reasons, the Democrats nominating Queen Hillary in 2016 is a no risk – high reward proposition and woe to the unlucky GOP nominee who wins the right to run against HRC.
There is only one remaining question about the future 2016 presidential election. That is whether Hillary will change the name Obama Care to “Hillary Care” commemorating the second coming of her 90’s era personal political debacle.
My suggestion is that HRC rename it “Queen Care” because by January of 2017 one can assume all government services will bear a name exactly the opposite to the service it represents.
So good luck to Rubio, Ryan, Christie, and all the others named or unnamed now sitting on the 2016 GOP presidential bench.
Your best hope is that Hillary decides to stay home and permanently rest from years of jet lag or alternatively, President Obama eventually names The Queen to a totally different court, one that reigns Supreme.
Back in August of 2011, Politico ran a piece about how Team Obama expected Mitt Romney to be the GOP presidential nominee. This was Obama’s victory plan:
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”
The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s reelection campaign will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”
“First, they’ve got to like you, and there’s not a lot to like about Mitt Romney,” said Chicago Democratic consultant Pete Giangreco, who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. “There’s no way to hide this guy and hide his innate phoniness.”
As the plan went forth into the heart of the 2012 campaign, a slogan was developed that nicely summed up Team Obama’s efforts to “kill Romney.”
That slogan was: “Mitt Romney. Not One of Us.”
The plan and the slogan worked even better than expected, especially when Romney himself helped bring the narrative to life.
Here is a “Not One of Us” Obama ad that ran in Ohio.
Then this little ad circulated around the web. (Notice how Romney looks like that big mean boss you always hated.)
We all know how the story ends. With the help of the mainstream media, the” kill” was accomplished.
Then, shortly after the election, photos started emerging showing how an unemployed Romney really was “one of us.”
Romney pumps his own gas! (No guys in white gloves helping him.)
Romney eats pizza. (That says “average Joe” more than anything.)
He hugs his wife while making breakfast! (Mitt and Ann have true love 24/7.)
Mitt and Ann go to the movies! (When unemployed you have more time.)
Your contest submissions lived up to my high expectations when I asked you all to “go for it” in reaction to this truly disgusting image of what is supposed to be “art.”
Be sure to read all the clever contest entries by our talented readers. It was a tough decision, but here are the winners.
His crown, our thorns. Submitted by Pricked
“This is the picture that caused riots in all the Christian countries and that caused the attack to the American Embassy in Paris where the American Ambassador was murdered. President Obama, in his speech at the United Nations, apologized to the Christians worldwide and we have now been informed that the author of the image has been arrested for violations of the building codes of the area where he built his house.” Submitted by Sherab Zangpo
“Feed a man a fish, and you have fed him a day. Put him on disability and you can get him off the U6 unemployment statistic for life!”
“Behold, I fed the multitudes, with platitudes.” Both Submitted by Scottch
“I didn’t paint this. It took a sycophantic national main stream media to build this image of me out of a lowly community organizer/sometime law school lecturer who smoked a lot of weed during his ‘missing years’. It took a corrupt and perverse culture to produce a painter so lacking in any relevant insight into man and man’s relationship to God to be able to produce this and call it art. And it took an artistic establishment with its collective head so firmly embedded in its collective ass to accord this any prominent attention whatsoever.” Submitted by FunJohnny
And on the third day he rose…taxes — then again on the fourth; and fifth; and sixth.. Submitted by Chris Henderson
The Grand Prize Winners are: (and as a student of the Bible, these captions really capture the message of this worthless piece of doggie poop called “art”)
He lied for our spins. Submitted by cfbleachers (How do you manage to win week after week?)
“For Barack so Loved Himself, That He Gave us Eight Years of Time” Submitted by Anonymous
Thanks to all who entered and see you next time a photo or piece of “art” is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
This painting called “The Truth” by Michael D’Antuono is our most outrageous photo caption contest ever.
Here is an explanation from The Boston Globe website:
A painting that was removed from an art installation in New York City because of public backlash is now on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, sparking outrage as well as an outpouring of support for the artist. The portrait depicts President Obama as Jesus, wearing a Crown of Thorns with his arms outstretched.
Michael D’Antuono’s painting, which is called ‘The Truth,’ is part of a larger exhibit ‘Artists on the Stump: The Road to the White House 2012.’ According to the gallery’s website, the exhibition is an opportunity for artists to ‘weigh in on the issues, candidates and country.’
“Some of our shows are meant to be thought provoking,” said Karen Norton, spokeswoman for Bunker Hill Community College. “The exhibit was intended to coincide with the presidential election, and it represents different points of view pertaining to politics and our political leaders.”
So now Tatler readers have an opportunity to weigh in with “different points of view pertaining to politics and our political leaders” and caption this painting in an appropriate manner.
My personal opinion is that the above named painter will experience a very hot climate at the end of his days.
Due to the absurd nature of this image, we are suspending normal contest rules of civility and decorum which means just go for it!
The contest winner will receive many blessings from my experienced, professional team of personal guardian angels.
Depending on which exit poll you believe, President Obama won 71% or 75% of the Hispanic vote. Either way it was a major demographic force comprising 10% of the electorate, which practically guaranteed his reelection.
But politics aside, there is an even greater Hispanic force at work in our nation – one which makes every day Election Day, and that is when Hispanics vote with their wallets as consumers.
Recently I read a Nielsen Company report entitled State of the Hispanic Consumer: The Hispanic Market Imperative
Nielsen, although known more for its TV ratings, is also a marketing firm that watches and reports on consumer behavior. Nielsen’s Hispanic consumer marketing report released this past April makes a concluding statement which aging baby boomers like myself might find somewhat disturbing because it conflicts with a concept that we learned in school long ago; a rather unique concept that helped make America into a great nation.
Here are the six topic statements of the report. Can you guess which one I find disturbing?
- Latinos are a fundamental component to business success, and not a passing niche on the sidelines.
- Rapid Latino population growth will persist, even if immigration is completely halted.
- Latinos have amassed significant buying power, despite perceptions to the contrary.
- Hispanics are the largest immigrant group to exhibit significant culture sustainability and are not disappearing into the American melting pot.
- Technology and media use do not mirror the general market but have distinct patterns due to language, culture, and ownership dynamics.
- Latinos exhibit distinct product consumption patterns and are not buying in ways that are the same as the total market.
The answer is the fourth bullet point which dispenses with a key “ingredient” that gives “the American melting pot” its flavor and strength. This ingredient is known to have enabled our nation to become the light of the world and we call it assimilation.
According to Nielsen, since assimilation is not occurring among our largest and fasting growing demographic group, I will take the liberty to re-word that fourth statement with a question that reads:
If “Hispanics are the largest immigrant group to exhibit significant culture sustainability and are not disappearing into the American melting pot” is our nation at risk of being culturally fractured and ultimately weakened?
The answer is yet to be determined since Hispanic culture’s “not disappearing into the American melting pot” is a fundamental change and one that this nation has never experienced on such a massive scale, but is about to.
From the beginning, an integral part of our nation’s history was the immigrant story. There was a joy about “coming to America” and part of that joy (and risk) was voluntarily surrendering aspects of your old heritage (especially your native language) into a great “melting pot” which ultimately forged the strong can do attitude of the “American Way.” This attitude was embraced by all and sustained our nation through both difficult and prosperous times.
Now, is Nielsen’s research stating that Hispanics are exhibiting “significant cultural sustainability” a politically correct way of saying Hispanics are resisting “Americanization” more than the other large ethic groups that once came to our shores?
Maybe so, but that hardly matters to marketing or political consultants who after reading this Nielsen Report must find ways to adapt their businesses or candidates to a “less melted” America. If not they run the risk of losing market share, going out of business or losing elections due to major demographic changes happening in the Hispanic community that no business, candidate or party can ignore.
For over the last 20 years all non-Hispanic Americans have embraced Hispanics as part of our new “American Way,” and now that embrace will grow even stronger as 50,000 Hispanic teenagers turn 18 every month for the next two decades.
The Nielsen Report makes something of an understatement by concluding that this demographic bulge will result in a “future American culture with a strong Hispanic flavor.”
But it is my hope that this “strong Hispanic flavor” will still manage to be uniquely American.
Here is a hardy Thanksgiving thanks to all who submitted politically incorrect and hilarious captions to our ‘world famous” Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Reading your submissions was just the prescription I needed to lift me out of my post-election doldrums.
There were so many winning captions but here are the best of the best, all submitted by our talented contest regulars.
“Now we can begin REAL wealth redistribution!”
Submitted by RockThisTown
These next three were submitted by Chris Henderson (who wins or comes close to winning every photo caption contest.)
“Get ready Joe, here comes my second Nobel Peace Prize!”
“Good news. We get 4 more years to blame Bush!”
“You see Joe, P.T. Barnum was close. There’s 61,173,739 born every minute!”
The next submission is from another of our award-winning regulars, cfbleachers:
“Lying through our teeth, it’s Faaaaantastic!”
But the Grand Prize Winner of “heaping mounds of Thanksgiving PR” is Meximom (who I believe is a newcomer to our contest) with this jewel:
Robin unmasked, teams up with Joker to destroy Gotham!
Love it! Meximom, please come back and play with us again!
And to those who entered this contest, as well as our past contests, here is an even more tender turkey-time thanks on behalf of all PJ Media readers who enjoy the fruits of your labor.
See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
What should be Congressman Allen West’s next career move after this breaking news from Politico:
GOP Rep. Allen West has conceded the election in Florida’s 18th District to Democrat Patrick Murphy, he said in a statement to POLITICO. The Republican had been challenging the vote-counting process in St. Lucie County.
“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly,” West said in the statement. “We have made progress toward that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”
Since Congressman Allen West has been a favorite of PJ Media readers (and in the past I have been fortunate to have conducted two exclusive interviews with him) let’s help him out now with some career counseling and suggest his next move.
“The future is so bright I gotta wear shades,” sums up my view of all the opportunities that will be crossing his desk. But here is my official suggestion (and one that I actually mentioned to West’s Chief of Staff, Jonathan Blyth months ago just in case the election turned out the way it turned out) and that suggestion is for Allen West to join Al Sharpton as co-host on Sharpton’s MSNBC show.
The renamed “Al and Allen Show” would be a point – counterpoint between two high profile African American “leaders” whose world views are 180 degrees apart and that would make fascinating television.
All the liberals who watch MSNBC might actually learn something from Congressman West and thus our national decline could be delayed just a tad.
If you have a better idea (and I know you do) just offer it here and I will forward them all to the Congressman’s staff.
Still trying to get my sense of humor back since the election but, after seeing this photo that appeared recently on Drudge Report, I was thrilled to see there are at least two Americans who are really happy these days.
So here is the challenge for our “world famous” Tatler Photo Caption Contest regulars (and newcomers too) — caption these grinning guys while keeping to the contest rules of “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”
Are you all capable of doing that?
I am not sure, since many of you are most likely still working your way through the five stages of (election outcome) grief.
But do try and the winner will receive mounds of Thanksgiving PR in a future post.
Good luck with your entry and remember moving to Texas is still a viable option for every red state American who no longer lives in a red state, since these two make us feel very blue.
When I first moved to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia in 1980 there was a sign on a small office building that said National Headquarters for Veterans of World War I. Driving by that building always left me wondering when this distinguished organization would cease to exist.
Sure enough one day the sign was gone, replaced by a shiny new plaque for a law firm.
After the 2012 election results, I wonder if the Republican Party will suffer a similar fate?
Possibly, and here are two reasons why: tribal behavior and demographics with tribal behavior the more devastating of the two.
On November 13th in The New York Times under a subhead that read “MIND”, Richard A. Friedman, M.D. penned a piece entitled, Primal Emotions Come to Fore in Politics. Here, he describes the psychology behind group voting patterns. He says whether you vote for a Republican or a Democrat is NOT based on ideas alone.
Most people do not choose a political party by carefully analyzing its policies or even its track record for competence. Instead, some social scientists argue that people select their political party in early adulthood the way they choose their friends or social groups: They go for the party that has people who resemble themselves.
Once you’ve selected your party, you are likely to retrofit your beliefs and philosophy to align with it. In this sense, political parties are like tribes; membership in the tribe shapes your values and powerfully influences your allegiance to the group.
So strong is the social and emotional bond among members of a political tribe that they are likely to remain loyal to their party even when they give it low marks for performance. Yankees fans don’t jump ship when their team loses any more than Republicans switch parties when they lose an election.
Here is a personal example of Dr. Friedman’s theory in action. Recently I asked my 86-year-old mother why she voted Democrat her entire life and her explanation was rather simple, “Everyone I knew voted Democrat and I was always one who went along with the crowd.”
My mother’s reasoning also explains why there is so much continuing loyalty to the Democrat Party within the African-American community.
Tribal voting patterns are also prevalent among younger voters.
Within my extended family that is spread across the nation, those in their thirties or younger would not dare vote for Romney or any Republican. They know it is not cool to vote for a party that wants to turn back the clock. Democrats after all are young and hip. This sums up what Dr. Friedman wrote: They go for the party that has people who resemble themselves.
Certainty this phenomenon has been prevalent among Jewish voters, teachers, gays and union members for decades. Now even Asian-American voters went 73% tribal for Obama.
But none of this “voter group think” compares with how Hispanic demographics will surely land the Republican Party next to the Whig Party in the history books, considering that 50,000 Hispanics will turn 18 every month for the next two decades.
With Obama last week garnering 75% of the Hispanic vote, you can be sure that Team Obama (or its successor) will know their names, where they live and will be at their doorstep with a birthday cupcake and a voter registration form.
It is painfully obvious that Democrats fully embrace the sheer strength and pull of tribal politics and there is not much Republicans can do about it.
If you want to call me a naysayer then go right ahead, but before you do, read what newly elected Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz told Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker:
In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat…If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.’
If you are looking to me for any explanations about how the GOP can save itself I do not have any. But I do know that Bible based principles, the basis for more traditional thinking on social issues WILL NOT CHANGE and neither will Republican beliefs that less government, lower taxes and more personal responsibility is better for our nation’s future.
So unless there is a dramatic shift in our nation’s tribal voting behavior you can expect that shiny brass sign on the Republican National Committee headquarters to eventually be replaced by a law firm with either all Asian or Hispanic partners.
Seriously, this book entitled The Gospel According to Apostle Barack: In Search of a More Perfect Political Union as “Heaven Here on Earth” is not a joke. It is just an incredibly sacrilegious and downright embarrassing book given that its author, Barbara A. Thompson, is a professor at Florida A & M University.
Pity her poor students who are going into hock to attend her classes. Now I fear even more for the future of our nation if this is the kind of manure students are hearing from their professors.
The book’s premise is God spoke to Professor Thompson, telling her that Apostle Barack Obama’s 155 speeches made between February 10, 2007 and January 20, 2009 had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth.”
This book was written to be taken seriously but I find “God’s words” to Ms. Thompson totally laughable.
Get ready for more books discussing Obama’s legacy, real or imagined, from both a divine and human perspective. All I know is that it is going to be a very long four years.
In case you were wondering if there is any sanity remaining among Americans in light of President Obama’s reelection, read the customer reviews at the end of this piece. This one is my favorite:
I know Jesus, Jesus is a savior of mine. You sir (Obama), are no Jesus, or an apostle of Jesus.
Now, the following information about the book and author was taken directly from the Amazon purchase page. I decided not to edit what appears on Amazon because I wanted to give Tatler readers the full flavor of the book’s content and the author’s intentions so that you would not waste your time and money buying or reading it.
Warning: Read these descriptions at your own risk especially if you did not vote for our “Apostle” president because I guarantee your blood pressure will rise to unsafe levels.
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or “heaven here on earth.”
Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth” for his followers. The answers were repeated – over and over – in speeches Barack had made from his presidential announcement to his inaugural address. Those speeches or his teachings contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a “heaven here on earth.” For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack’s vision of America would be realized.
About the Author
Barbara A. Thompson is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, with graduate degrees from Florida A&M University and Florida State University. She has been teaching for more than twenty-five years at the university level with experience in the areas of health, physical education and sport management. She is a professor at Florida A&M University, a former assistant vice president for academic affairs, past president of her university’s chapter of United Faculty of Florida, a graduate of the National Education Association’s Emerging Leader Academy and a two-time recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award.
The Gospel According to Apostle Barack: In Search of a More Perfect Political Union as Heaven Here on Earth, her first work of nonfiction was inspired solely for the desire and the goal of re-electing Barack Obama, Jr. to a second term as President of the United States. The words contained in this manuscript were extracted from one hundred and fifty-five (155) speeches Barack made between February 10, 2007 and January 20, 2009. It is the intent of the Author to offer this manuscript as a guide to the President’s followers in their formulation of re-election focus groups based on the percepts espoused herein. Further, it is the intent of the Author to utilize the materials contained in the speeches as a means of teaching Apostle Barack’s followers about him and guiding them towards understanding “politics as religion” and “religion as politics” The manuscript would also serve as a guide for his followers – to unlock the answers – to creating and living in the reality of a middle class lifestyle that was so economically and ethically sound that it appeared to be “heaven here on earth.” Barbara, a newcomer to politics, enjoys writing in her leisure. She has been married to her husband, Willie for over thirty years. The Thompsons have one adult son, Gibran.
“ Well, once you read the title you can guess how bad the book is going to be. ” Booker T. Reader | 4 reviewers made a similar statement
“ “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” ” KthomasVA | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
Are you OK?
I warned you didn’t I?
You all did it! These contest entries really did make me laugh while I was making my way through the five stages of grief over the election results.
To quickly re-cap, (for those who are too lazy to go back to the original contest post explaining the French poster in the photo) this was taken by yours truly last August on a sidewalk outside an art gallery in the northern coastal town of Honfleur, France.
The title of the poster is “New America.”
With that in mind, here are the Honorable Mentions, but seriously there were so many great ones, just go back and read them all.
Big brother is watching you. Submitted by Roark
“How Chameleons Change Color” Submitted by Newrouter
My God! Les Enfants Terribles has gotten out of control! Submitted by Tron
The many, many faces of Obama. Submitted by Gab
What you see after drinking the Koolaid… Submitted by Allston
Andy Warhol’s Ghost – “Oooh, isn’t he just scrumptious?” Submitted by Anonymous
I tried but I could only get to 16 shades…because of George Bush! Submitted by FunJohnny
The Skittlization of Obama. A tribute to his first born media son. Submitted by Ship It
There is no red Obama, there is no blue Obama. There’s just the Alabaster Disaster.
When electing one reckless Socialist just isn’t enough. Both submitted by cfbleachers
Now here are the Winners, (and I am warning you some of these might be perceived as politically incorrect, but who cares at this point because all is lost!)
New America? No, screw America! Submitted by Igor Panarin
“If he was any hipper he’d surrender to the Germans!” Submitted by Monsieur G.
Sacrebleu! Maurice, get these out of the trash the Americans have done the unthinkable. Submitted by Derth
“Every color but the truth.”
“The man behind Schemes of My Father.”
“You didn’t color that!” All three submitted by Allan Crowson
And finally The Grand Prize (of nothing but this mention) goes to cfbleachers for he has outdone himself once again with these two gems:
Grand prix, and you can pronounce that any way you like.
And the best of the best of the best:
We are naming a street after your twice elected President, it’s called Rue The Day.
Cfbleachers take a bow, or kiss – kiss the cheek – cheek since after all, this was a French poster caption contest.
You are amazing! Can I sit with you on the train heading to reeducation camp?
Thanks everyone for playing along. See you all next time there is a photo worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption contest. (And if there are no more contests, then you know where to find me and cfbleachers.)
This photo (taken by yours truly this past summer) is of a poster for sale in the little town of Honfleur, France.
The poster was displayed on the sidewalk right outside the shop.
Apparently my taking this photo really ticked off the shopkeeper, who ran outside to scream at me in French using not so kind words according to my husband who translated.
But, if I had told her I was taking the photo for a future “world famous” Tatler Photo Caption Contest, I am sure she would have been much more hospitable.
Months have past, then today it dawned on me – this photo was destined to be the subject of the first Post Election Contest. Isn’t this the perfect image to celebrate the reelection of The Dear Leader of the New America?
So today if you are feeling anything like I do, you have my permission to open the emotional flood gates of your heart and write a caption as a cathartic exercise in grief management.
You know the rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.” (Now perhaps that should be rewritten to read, “be nice and stay classy because the administration is watching.”)
Our winner will receive tons of free PR in a future post which is worth only what you think it is worth.
Finally, I am counting on you all to cheer me up and make me laugh.
But good luck with that.
OK, now I am forced to move “FORWARD” in a bus with “Revenge” emblazoned on the side that is waiting to take me to re-education camp.
So before I board, here are some thoughts on the election.
Romney’s loss has its roots in the GOP primary race. The primary season went on far too long, hurting an already bruised “Republican Brand” giving Obama several extra months to fortify his superb campaign organization — an organization that was never dismantled from his 2008 victory.
Obama’s organization was noted for being the most “micro-targeted campaign organization in history.” Romney’s organization was no match for this well managed and sophisticated high-tech machine
Having said that, more important is the question: How can the GOP attract general election voters if even more “moderate” candidates are forced during the primary season to move far right on cultural and social issues, thus alienating an electorate that is clearly moving more to the middle and left?
It is now obvious that the ultra- right Republican base wields too much power at the grass-roots level. Not only did that force Romney to move far to the right on all social issues during the primaries, but was a major reason why the GOP did not win the Senate when the odds were in our favor in 2012 and 2010. There must be a balance reached on some social issues, although I will be the first to admit any compromise is going to be very difficult with a Christian evangelical base.
More than any other factor, Romney’s loss can be attributed to the demographic and cultural time bomb that finally exploded last night in the Republican Party. Example “A” was Romney’s need to win Hispanics by at least 40%.
By comparison, McCain in 2008 attracted 31% and President George W. Bush in 2004 won 40% of this growing minority that now comprises 10% of the electorate, up from 9% in 2008.
This past May, noticing that the composition of the GOP base was static, while changing national demographic and cultural shifts were happening at warp speed — I penned a piece on PJ Media posing the question: Could George W. Bush Be The Last Republican President? Many faithful readers promptly took my head off. But in view of last night’s blow-out let’s revisit some of the reasons stated in the piece.
Rapidly changing demographic trends that favor the Democrat Party.
An education system controlled by liberals that churns out young liberals.
A population with an ever increasing dependence on government in the form of entitlements and subsidies.
A mainstream media that is overwhelmingly comprised of journalists who subtly and not so subtly spin the news in support of Democrats and liberal causes.
The influence of Hollywood, which makes it cool to be a liberal Democrat.
A culture where non-traditional social and sexual behavior has become mainstream.
A hatred for Republicans in general and a tendency to blame the party for “the mess we’ve inherited.”
A Republican Party that is growing increasingly white, old, southern, and male, while alienating majorities of younger voters, Hispanics, African Americans, gays, teachers, young professionals, atheists, unmarried women, and even suburban married women.
Besides all those factors describing Romney’s up hill climb, his lack of response, while being pounded by Team Obama on Bain Capital and the auto bailout, resulted in Obama defining Romney before Romney defined himself — a key reason why Obama won four more years and one where Romney could have launched a major assault but did not.
Let me close on a personal note before the bus takes me away. (A friend has even offered to visit and bring “a potato for your stone soup.” )
Since around mid- August sometimes while I exercised, I listened to a leading country music station in South Florida. (Only if I was burned out listening to Talk Radio.)
On the country station, I was surprised to hear Obama ads effectively targeting young blue-color voters. To me this was a red flag that Team Obama really had their summer act together.
Then starting in mid- October, I finally began to hear Romney ads on this same station. His message was not even a targeted message, just a general one saying what Obama had not done and what Romney would do.
So last night after the election outcome was known, I was surprised by how poorly Romney did, but not totally shocked because I remembered this country radio “ah ha” moment.
But the entire GOP top to bottom needs to be shocked into a major course correction or George W. Bush will be the last Republican President.
Now just how much pressure does Senator Marco Rubio feel this morning as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate who might have the best chance of making sure that does not happen?
It is important to note than major news outlets have predicted that the Evangelical vote could be the group that wins the White House for Romney. With that in mind, this Christian checklist was sent to me today by a friend in Fairfax County, Virginia. (A swing county in a swing state.)
If you are a Christian this checklist will help answer the question - How will I vote?
1. I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Prov.6:17).
2. I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel & curses those who don’t (Gen.12:3).
3. I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage as He defined it in Genesis 2:24.
4. I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good & punish the evil (Romans 13).
5. I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Prov.22:7).
6. I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat (2Thess.3:10).
7. I will vote based as close as I can on God’s infallible Word which is “… given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16-17).
8. And after I vote, I will rest knowing that whoever gets elected, God is the one who puts all men in authority to either His glory or to man’s own destruction (Dan.2:21).
What prominent institution did everything it could to make George W. Bush a failed president?
If your answer is the mainstream media (MSM) you would be correct.
The MSM was shocked shocked when Bush won reelection in 2004 and they were not going to cut him any slack whatsoever about anything good or bad that was happening in our nation at the time.
Remember what Senator John Kerry famously said about President Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign, “I can not believe I am losing to this idiot.”
All the MSM agreed, and so their mantra was: Bush is a stupid warmonger, totally out of his league — the economy sucks — he is running up the deficits and unemployment at 5.4% is way too high.
So now if Romney defeats Obama, look for a new MSM attitude that sounds something like this: “We can’t believe we couldn’t keep Obama in the White House after we put him there, so now let’s do everything we can to make Romney a one-term president”
With that thought in mind, here are just a few MSM news stories that you should prepare yourself to hear repeatedly over the next four years, starting on Wednesday, November 7th.
- There are 46 million Americans on food stamps. (Headline every other day.)
- One out of every six Americans is living in poverty. (We need to produce special broadcast reports on this immediately.)
- The unemployment rate for African Americans is 14.3% and 10% for Hispanics. (Romney is just a rich white guy who does not care about people of color.)
- The national unemployment rate is 7.9% (But since we all know the rate is really around 15%, why don’t we just start saying 15% is the official rate?)
- Our national deficit is now over $16 trillion and out of control. (OMG, when did that happen? Could it have been during the Democratic National Convention this summer? Oh well, we ignored that, but now let’s make sure every American knows how to write out $16,000,000,000 and truly understands what this number means for our national future.)
- The liberal agenda and policies of President Obama were not defeated. (This election just reflects the normal ebb and flow of American politics.)
- Job creation and general economic improvement has improved dramatically since Romney was elected president. (Romney is the beneficiary of the economic momentum started by Obama. Yes, yes, all hands on deck for this one!)
- Hillary in 2016. (Yippee! Now we must all coordinate our talking points and band together to make President Romney a one-termer who only cares about big business, big oil, big defense, big pharma, and ignores the plight of all minorities, and the poor. Let’s get crackin’ because the 2016 race for the White House starts today!)
Exclusive: Background Story Behind the Full-Page Ad in the Washington Times Today With 500 Generals and Admirals Endorsing Romney
Here is the exclusive background story behind the full-page ad running in today’s Washington Times with 500 names of retired admirals and generals who are endorsing Romney over the current commander in chief. This ad has become big news and has been widely reported on the day before the election.
The force behind the ad is Carl Smith. Here is an email he sent me today explaining the ad and how it all came about.
I am a former Naval Aviator (flew with John McCain), and a former Staff Director and Chief Counsel (Rep) on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Now I am a lawyer in private practice (McGovern & Smith, LLC).
I was responsible for building a similar list for McCain in 2008. We have been working this time around with the Romney campaign on something called the Romney Military Advisory Council (MAC). However, our effort in the Washington Times is NOT connected with the campaign. I’ll explain.
In building the MAC, the campaign followed a very thorough (and therefore time-consuming) process to vet and confirm every individual on the list. They stopped taking additions on October 13 when they were planning to publish the list.
Their list was finally published on October 17. That list contained 359 names.
We had (eventually) about 140 or more names that came in too late to meet their process requirements. Those individuals wanted to be identified in support of Gov Romney–but it was too late. So we decided to go out on our own and pay for the ad ourselves. The campaign eventually added 30 names for a total of 389. We have over 500 on our list.
We chose the Washington Times (rather than Washington Post or New York Times) in part because the Washington Times rates were more reasonable and because the Washington Times had been so much more aggressive in reporting on the Benghazi massacre. And quite frankly, we were reluctant to contribute financially to newspapers that had been so blatantly unfriendly to the Romney campaign.
The simple answer to your question regarding why so many are supporting Romney is that (I believe) they see in Gov Romney a man of integrity, competence, and a solid record of achievement–someone who can be trusted with the awesome responsibilities of the Office of the President.
So far, the list has been mentioned on FOX News, Drudge, CNN (Soledad O’Brien), and it is ricocheting around the net.
That’s the story!
PJ Media would like to thank Carl Smith for sharing the background behind this phenomenal full-page ad with our readers.
Here we are the day before the wheels come off the craziest train ever!
That means Tatler Photo Contest fans have permission to allow all inner feelings about these two gentlemen rise to the surface and EXPLODE! No Rules! No Rules! (Even if the media is watching.) Who cares about them anyway?
The truth is our normal rules of “be nice and stay classy” are trashed for this contest because the future of our Republic is at stake!
To start things off here is my entry:
Oh no, now we are thinking, “maybe THEY DID build that.”
Not too bad, but you can do better. So let it rip.
The winner will receive train loads of PR in a future post.
Good luck and buckle your seat belt because the next few days are sure to be a rough ride with a chance of a crash landing.
Today a friend sent me this photo that she received from her friend in Tucson, AZ.
The caption was from the original email.
This has to be one of the best election photos ever.
What do you think?
This photo was sent to my husband by a friend who lives in Northern Virginia. The sign is from a house in Manassas, Virginia. Now, it is instructive to remind you that Manassas was the site of the first Civil War land battle in July of 1861, also known as the Battle of Bull Run.
Romney/Ryan Are The First Names On The Florida Ballot — And There Is Even More Positive And Historic News From My Early Voting Experience
Instead of wearing an “I voted early” sticker, I would much rather wear an “I voted early so stop calling me” sticker. For it is no exaggeration that we receive at least 30 calls a day from Republican groups and candidates.
That said, yesterday was the day I had scheduled to vote early. Several times this week, while driving by the polling place, I noticed the lines were long so I decided to set aside a specific block of time to vote.
My husband who had voted at lunch said it took him about an hour. However, my plan was to cut that time in half by voting during what I thought would be the afternoon “slow session.”
Wrong! I got there at 3:30pm and began standing in a long line.
The folks behind me in line were chatting it up about President Obama. A man who looked to be about 60, said Obama has not done anything to improve things while in office. (I assumed he was talking about the economy.) That man was talking to a middle aged woman who said Obama’s handling of Benghazi, Libya was disgraceful and he should go before the American people and come clean.
Contrary to my normal behavior I did not say a word, while enjoying what I was hearing and seeing — a seemingly pro-Romney crowd standing in this long line, growing longer as the afternoon wore on.
Now in order to be an early Florida voter you must be very motivated and wear comfortable shoes, for every early voter I know has said it took between 1 to 2 hours to cast their vote.
Well 4:45pm rolled around and the time to exercise my right as an American citizen had finally arrived. Polling staff asked for a photo ID that was promptly scanned. Then they told me to step out of line and wait while they printed my ballot. (PRINTED MY BALLOT.. in case you missed that.)
After about a minute, four legal size pages were placed in a “privacy cover” and handed to me along with a black pen. At that point I was directed to a desk. Fortunately I was able to sit down and vote while others were heading to the stand up voting area after standing in line for over an hour.
With black pen positioned, I was ready to fill in the little ovals next to the candidate names and amendment issues; all of this reminded me of 1960’s test taking technology.
The first names on the ballot were Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Noticing that Romney/Ryan appeared before Obama/Biden made me VERY happy because this was the second time I had seen their names printed first on the Florida ballot. Let me explain.
Last week, while helping my mother fill out her absentee ballot at her nursing home, I noticed Romney/Ryan listed first on the ballot. Immediately I thought the next ballot would have Obama/Biden printed first to even things out. But now, a week later, my ballot also had Romney/Ryan ordered first. This name order piqued my curiosity as to why Romney/Ryan were receiving what I instinctively thought was a positive placement advantage.
Little did I know then just how positive it was.
After I completed my ballot, the poll workers directed me to the ballot scanning machine, where I was instructed to insert my four page ballot, page by page. There, I asked the man monitoring the scanning machine why Romney’s name appeared first on the ballot.
He responded in a harsh tone saying, “That is the way it is and I don’t make the rules,” while my heart was secretly doing a happy dance.
Finally it was 5:15pm when I exited the polling place. When you count the 15 minutes to drive there, my exercise in democracy took two hours.
Is there a message this star-studded list of retired Generals and Admirals is trying to send us about our Commander in Chief? President Obama may have “killed Bin Laden” but somehow he lost this distinguished group. Do not expect to receive an email from the Obama campaign reporting this defeat from the “Battle of the Brass.” (Retired)
President Obama’s Endorsements from the Military:
General Wesley Clark, USA , (Ret.)
General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Donald Gutter, USN, former JAG of the Navy, (Ret.)
Admiral John Nathman, USN, (Ret.)
Mitt Romney’s Endorsements from the Military:
Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)
General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)
General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.)
General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret.)
General Tommy Franks, USA , (Ret.)
General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward , USN, (Ret.)
General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret.)
General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret.)
General William Kernan, USA , (Ret.)
Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret.)
General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret.)
General James J. Lindsay, USA , (Ret.)
General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret.)
General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret.)
General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA , (Ret.)
General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)
Major General Nora Alice Astafan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John E. Bianchi, USA , (Ret.)
Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Tom Braaten, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David P. Burford, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)
Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James D. Delk, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Hunt Downer, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Charles Fletcher, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)
Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John A. Hemphill, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James T. Jackson, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas , USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Mario Montero, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General William Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Raymund E. Oâ€™Mara, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David C. Ralston, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.)
Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.)
Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.)
Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Oliver “D.O.” Smart, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. “Bob” Spiro, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.)
Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Hugh Banks Tant III , USA , (Ret.)
Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General J.B. Taylor, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling , USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Earl Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA , (Ret.)
Does Obama’s strongest reelection firewall now have a gaping hole?
According to Rasmussen:
The race for Ohio’s Electoral College votes remains very close, but now Mitt Romney now has a two-point advantage.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters shows Romney with 50% support to President Obama’s 48%. One percent (1%) likes some other candidate, while another one percent (1%) remains undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Ohio remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
Based on the current projections, Romney would have to win Wisconsin if he loses Ohio in order to move into the White House.
Like Hurricane Sandy, campaign winds could be severe, blowing unexpected late breaking poll results.
Amazing! I ordered a caption contest and you all delivered some of the best ever, with extra toppings!
Seriously, all of you are winners this time.
BUT, I have selected a “best of the best” because it relates to that Foreign Policy Debate earlier in the week:
“Hey, I found out what happened to all the horses we don’t use in the military anymore.”
Submitted by Derth. Congratulations Derth!! Your entry was sick and perverted, thus accurately reflecting the future state of our nation if that Pizza Delivery Man wins a second term.
Now, if that unfortunate event does manage to occur, I would welcome you aboard the train bound for “re-education camp.” You would be in good company with me and the rest of our contest winners. (However, Chris Henderson and cfbleachers would have a special assignment pushing the train.)
So on a lighter note, here are the other winners.
Starting off with our two “train pushers” Chris Henderson and cfbleachers.
“One pepperoni, one cheese, one arugula and one dog.”
That’s what happens when you use one of those Obama Phones to order a pizza! Both by Chris Henderson
Then cfbleachers delivered and delivered and delivered….
Little Caesar at work, it’s not just a name, it’s an attitude.
I wanted Jerusalem artichoke toppings, but I can’t bring myself to utter the word Jerusalem.
Ok, let’s see…we have four pizzas here:
A) We have the microwaved cheese pizza with pinto beans, black beans, hard boiled eggs and cabbage…who ordered the Fast and Furious?
B) We have the pepper jack cheese with hot Italian sausage, jalapenos, red pepper flakes and tabasco that spontaneously bursts into flames …who ordered The Volt?
C) We have the sausage, pepperoni, ham, meatball, salami, veal, hamburger, all red meat all the time, who ordered The MSNBC?
D) And we have the uncooked dough, raw shrimp, unsifted flour, uncut tomatoes, dripping out of the unassembled box, who ordered the You Didn’t Build That?
Then later, cfbleachers threw in an extra pizza with these toppings:
Ok, we’ve got extra anchovies, herring, wild caught Chinook and flounder, this smells really fishy…who ordered The Benghazi Coverup?
Like I said — hope you enjoy pushing that train while the rest of us ride in comfort.
Continuing on now with more potential train passengers:
Don’t forget to tip, remember we have a 16,000,000,000,000.00 debt to pay for now. Submitted by Scott
“Proof that I actually delivered on one of my promises.” Submitted by Kat Von Clawswits
“These were left over from the Solyndra cafeteria. Who says we didn’t get anything for the stimulus money?” Submitted by Allan Crowson
Thanks to everyone who played along and see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
Today’s news, that according to e-mails, U.S. officials knew the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 killing four Americans, including our Ambassador, was a terrorist attack within two hours.
Obviously, this means CIA Director General David Petraeus immediately knew most, if not all of the details.
So why did General Petraeus stay quiet when the president and his administration, insisted for two weeks, that the attack was a response to a video, including Obama’s speech before the United Nations when his boss mentioned the video as the root cause of the attack several times?
This leads one to ask the following questions:
Did Petraeus knowingly take part in the Obama administration’s cover-up?
If so, he should resign.
However, if General Petraeus is not involved in what is looking more like a cover-up, than why has he not resigned his post as Director of the CIA to save his own credibility?
General Petraeus, clearly one of the nation’s most respected leaders, now occupying an important civilian national security post, will be central to unraveling all the questions swirling around this attack that is now “growing like a cancer on the presidency.”
On October 15th, President Obama took time out of his busy schedule to deliver pizzas to a campaign office, but in doing so, he eliminated a potential job for a pizza delivery person because he wanted to personally deliver the long awaited “October surprise.”
Because this photo caught President Obama actually decreasing job opportunities among those who need it the most, it is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.
To start things off here is my entry:
If these pizzas are cold, can I blame Bush?
Not too bad, but you can do better.
Now remember the caption contest rules are, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”
(Seriously, I wish I did not always have to repeat the rules but these contests attract newcomers and they are more inclined to write nasty low-class captions that tend to be disrespectful to our Pizza Delivery Man in Chief interning for his next job where, according to the HR Department, he is the top candidate.
Have fun and good luck!
Comrades, you know Russian President Putin does not like to be ignored and that is precisely what happened in last night’s Presidential Debate. For neither Putin or the nuclear missile test he personally oversaw last Saturday was mentioned by Romney or Obama.
So what does ol’ Vlad have to do to get some respect?
Aim his missiles at Alaska? (No Sarah Palin jokes please!)
Well, I am not sure we actually paid him any respect, but at least we gave him some attention as the subject of our What Is Putin Thinking? — Photo Caption Contest
All the entries were hilarious and the writers deserve a toast of some fine Russian vodka. (By the way the word “vodka” comes from the Russian word for water, “voda.” In Russian, vodka literally means “little water.” It is amazing how much you learn from reading Tatler Photo Caption Contests!)
Now, Dr. Spin, our usual contest judge, is abstaining from judging this time because he privately submitted his own entry:
Come on baby light my fire…
Heh, heh, funny but NOT the winner.
Instead, here is the Grand Prize Winner selected by me alone after quenching my thirst with “little water.”
Caption for the Launch Officer standing next to him [cropped out of the photo, however]:
“Thank God this one worked.” Submitted by Fun Johnny
And now all the fabulous Honorable Mentions:
“Barack looks more like a pussy riot than POTUS.” Submitted by Adi
“No, I’m definitely not overcompensating for anything.” Submitted by Anna
“Forward with Flexibility, Comrade Obama!” Submitted by Scott
“In Soviet Russia, nukes launch you…” Submitted by Shawna
“Better than a little purple pill!” Submitted by ed mister jones
“Ah, so that’s what happens when I press this little red Reset button.”
“Let me be perfectly clear: We are about to render you less than optimal.” Both submitted by Allan Crowson
As usual cfbleachers weighed in with several zingers:
”I love the smell of appeasement in the morning.”
”I can see NORAD from my house.”
If you can’t protect a little consulate, you can’t protect an entire nation now can you?
You’re no Reagan and I’m no Gorby.
And a winning musical entry because Putin is known to sing after consuming a few bottles of “little water.”
“That’s one for the money, Two for the clown, Three to get cocky, Now America’s going down!
Submitted by Rooster Pisces.
Thanks to all who played along and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!
But even if there isn’t a photo caption contest you all make one up!
Check out my post from earlier today, When Cornfields Replace Yard Signs, where it looks like a mini non- official caption contest is underway!
You didn’t plow that, a comment by Mike, totally cracked me up!
Keep them coming, because as one commenter wrote these are Yard signs the Dems can’t steal!
Last night’s Presidential Debate may have been about war and foreign policy but another battle is growing in the fields across the fruited plain.
City folks have bumper stickers, suburban families have yard signs and farmers have hundreds of acres!
Clearly these farmers either have way too much time on their hands or voting with your field is a new trend.