Paris high fashion Caption Contest!

This is the 108th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

Rick Owens fashion show model wears model

The above pic was taken at designer Rick Owens fashion show on Oct. 1, 2015, which kicked off Paris Fashion Week. (Source) Last year, Owens’ show featured a penis-baring dress for men.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

As Monique hung on for dear life, she suddenly remembered she had forgotten to take her Beano that morning….

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

Seen any pics that you think will make good fodder for our caption contests? Send it to us at:

Thank you!


It’s not easy being PINK



by JOHN NOLTE – Oct 20151

Disney did the impossible: destroyed the Muppets. By making the Muppets “edgy” left-wing partisans who attack Fox News, come out as pro-abortion, and hurl sex jokes, the once-universally beloved franchise has been doomed. First, the leftwing Muppets failed at the box office, and now Kermit and Company are on the verge of having their new television show cancelled.


I used to love the Muppets!!!   

What’s next? Big Bird on a gay pride float?.

Kermit, we hardly knew ya. 

20 professors & scientists sign letter asking Obama to prosecute climate-change skeptics


There is no longer freedom of speech and of thought in America.

It is now a crime to hold a belief or opinion different from those of the Left.

20 academics from U.S. universities and research institutes are signatories to a letter asking Obama to prosecute Americans who are skeptical of man-made global warming climate change.

The 8 universities and 2 research institutes are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Atmospheric Research
  2. Columbia University
  3. Florida State University
  4. George Mason University
  5. National Center for Atmospheric Research
  6. Rutgers University
  7. University of Maryland
  8. University of Miami
  9. University of Texas
  10. University of Washington

Below is the letter, which you can also read for yourself by going here. I’ve added the professional titles of the signers.


Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren

September 1, 2015

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and [White House Office of Science & Technology] OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity – and potential strategies for addressing them – are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse [D-Rhode Island]– is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peer-reviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015). We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.

The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journal articles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done.


Jagadish Shukla, Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Maibach, Director of Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Dirmeyer, Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Barry Klinger, Associate Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Schopf, Professor and Chair of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
David Straus, Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Sarachik, Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
John Michael Wallace, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Alan Robock, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Eugenia Kalnay, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Lau, Senior Research Scientist at Earth System Science Interdisciplinary CenterUniversity of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kevin Trenberth, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
T.N. Krishnamurti, Professor Emeritus of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Vasu Misra, Associate Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Ben Kirtman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Robert Dickinson, Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Michela Biasutti, Assistant Research Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Mark Cane, Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY
Lisa Goddard, Adjunct Associate Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Alan Betts, Independent Researcher at Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

~End of letter~

In their letter, the above 20 academics and research scientists present man-made climate change as a certified truth — “an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change”.

That is not true, according to a 2013 survey reported in the peer-reviewed journal, Organization Studies. The survey found that:

  • Only a minority (36%) of geoscientists (aka earth scientists) and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis.
  • By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.
  • Geoscientists and engineers hold similar views as meteorologists.
  • Two recent surveys of meteorologists (summarized here and here) revealed similar skepticism of man-made global warming claims.

See also:

H/t Robert K. Wilcox


Thought Crime and Punishment in the USA

Dr. Eowyn:

So much for the First Amendment’s promise of freedom of speech.

Constitution toilet paper

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

James speaks with Southern California-based political commentator John Friend, a 29-year-old man who was recently terminated from his position in the Escondido City Manager’s office because after being targeted for his online political speech. He has been deemed a “conspiracy theorist,” “white supremacist” and “anti-semite” for challenging conventional historical narratives of 9/11 and World War II.

friend1 John Friend has been terminated by two employers since 2013 for his publicly-expressed political views

Friend appears to have entered the sites of anonymous forces who chose to use the press–in this case the San Diego Tribune (here and here)–in a campaign that pressured Friend’s employer to force him into relinquishing his position with the municipality. Tracy experienced a similar scenario when the South Florida Sun-Sentinel ran a smear campaign in early 2013 highlighting Tracy’s analyses of Sandy Hook school massacre press coverage.

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Facebook is censoring FOTM’s post on gun control

Yesterday morning, I published a post titled “Obama wants to bypass Congress for gun control via Executive Order.”

Any post published on Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) is automatically linked on FOTM’s Facebook page. But that post isn’t.

I tried manually to link the post to our Facebook page, but each time I got this message:

Facebook censors FOTM

My guess is our readers who tried to post a link to their Facebook page were similarly deterred, which explains why that post has ZERO Facebook counts.

I am, therefore, re-publishing that post below.


This is a follow-up to DCG’s post of Oct. 4, “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“.

So much to do destroy, so little time left.

The POS knows he has only a little over a year left in his mal-administration.  At the top of his to-do list is gun control.

Already, when he spoke in reaction to the Oregon college shooting of October 1, Obama went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested that the U.S. do what Australia and Great Britain did in the mid-1990s when their governments instituted virtually complete bans on firearm possession.

Now, as reported by the Washington Post on Oct. 8, Obama is seriously considering bypassing altogether Congress, the law-making branch of the U.S. government, by issuing an executive order to impose new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

Obama actually had proposed that rule, among a list of many gun-control policy proposals, after the Sandy Hoax shooting of Dec. 14, 2012. On Jan. 26, 2013, the POS announced 23 executive actions ranging from restarting federal research into the causes of gun violence to providing parity for mental health coverage under private insurance plans. But his push for legislation mandating universal background checks on gun sales failed in the Senate in April 2013. In August that year, Obama closed two gun-sale loopholes through executive authority, subjecting gun purchases by corporations and trusts to background checks and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.

Now, in the wake of the Oregon shooting, Obama is revisiting the universal background checks issue. He said he had asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we have to enforce the laws that we have in place more effectively to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

Note to Obama: Neither alleged Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza nor alleged Virginia WDBJ shooter Lester Flanagan nor alleged Oregon Umpqua college shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — all conveniently dead — had a criminal record or a record of being mentally ill.

A senior (but unnamed) Obama administration official said lawyers are still working details to ensure that the rule could pass legal muster. He said, “We are hopeful we can find a way to do this. It’s a lot more clear [sic] today than it was a year ago how to work this out.

I think what the “senior administration official” really meant to say was “It’s a lot easier today than it was a year ago how to work this out.” As Obama’s first senior White House adviser (and now mayor of gun-control Chicago, where never a weekend goes by without reports of multiple gun homicides) Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never let a crisis go to waste!”

Especially if it’s a manufactured, false-flag crisis. /sarc

See “Gun control does not reduce gun violence“.

Obama makes gun gesture1


Watch a lump of body tissue react to Mozart!

Clearly, it’s not a disposable “lump of tissue” as body tissue and organs don’t react to music, specifically Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major).

But that’s what pro-aborts would have us think.

It’s a human baby.

Only a person reacts to Mozart’s sublime music. A person just like you and me, only smaller and desperately dependent on the mother’s womb — for a while.

H/t MomOfIV

See also:


Flaming liberals’ movie “Freeheld” is tanking after two weeks

Too bad, so sad.

freeheld poster

Julianne Moore and out-and-proud homosexual Ellen Page star in the movie “Freeheld“.  About the movie:

“The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.”

At Rotten Tomatoes it has garnered a 66% approval with a 3.6 out of 5 rating.

It had a limited release on October 2nd and will have a wider release on October 16th. After two weeks it has grossed $144,054. The movie’s budget was $7 million and co-produced by Ellen Page.

ellen page2

Ellen Page is a feminist who supports Planned Parenthood and recently tried to prove her intelligence by challenging someone who is a law school graduate, adjunct professor of law, and debate champion. She failed.

julianne moore

Julianne Moore is a gun-grabbing hypocrite and pro-abortion atheist. She also likes to make fun of a woman who she portrayed in another liberal movie, Game Change.

Not that this is a movie I would ever want to see, but when Hollyweird continues to push an agenda with actors who are flaming liberals, they really limit their audience. I’m all for the First Amendment just as I am for capitalism. My money won’t ever be spent on anything that supports these two womyn.


Sacramento violent crime rises sharply; high-poverty areas hit hardest

You think reducing crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and releasing 17,000 low-level criminals from jails or prisons might be part of the problem?

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his buddy Obama

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his buddy Obama

Sacramento Bee: Ninety minutes after midnight on a recent Saturday, Sacramento resident Jackie Andersen learned that her son – a lively 16-year-old student at American Legion High who played football and basketball – was dying. “I got woken up by my oldest son,” she said. “His brother was shot and unresponsive and bleeding.”

Isaiah Diaz was gunned down in front of his grandmother’s house in the city’s Colonial Village neighborhood in the early hours of Oct. 3. Police say they believe the shooting was gang-related; Andersen said her son was not in a gang, but may have been “hanging out with the wrong people.”

It was the seventh killing in the city in five weeks and the 35th homicide of 2015. That amounts to more homicides by early October than Sacramento has seen during the first nine months of any year since 2008.

The killing and Thursday’s downtown stabbing of French train attack hero Spencer Stone are the latest indications of a disturbing trend: Violent crimes – murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – are up sharply this year in Sacramento.

Through August, Sacramento police had responded to 2,511 violent crimes, a 24 percent increase from the same period in the prior year, police statistics show. The city has not seen that many violent crimes through August of any year since 2010.

Violent crime is up year-over-year in each of the city’s six patrol districts, but the increase is not uniform. In North Sacramento’s Patrol District 2, which includes Del Paso Heights, Robla and Del Paso Boulevard, and in south Sacramento’s Patrol District 5, which includes Meadowview, Valley Hi and Mack Road, violent crime has risen by more than 35 percent.

Property crime, a category that includes burglaries, larcenies and car thefts, rose about 8 percent through August. Central Sacramento’s Patrol District 4, which includes Land Park, South Land Park and the Pocket neighborhoods, saw a 24 percent increase, the largest jump in the city, police records show.

The sharp uptick in crime follows several years of historic declines that culminated in 2014, when the city saw the fewest number of violent crimes in decades. It also coincides with an increase in violent crimes and homicides reported this year in major cities across the nation.

Police officials and criminologists cautioned against reading too much yet into the trend. Following years of declines in reported criminal activity, Sacramento still is demonstrably safer in 2015 than it was 10 or 20 years ago, they said. This year could prove to be the start of a significant new problem – or a short-lived aberration.

“This is precisely the time to redouble your efforts to make sure things don’t get out of hand,” said George Tita, associate professor in the department of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine.

It’s also too early to say what is causing the increase, experts said. It comes as the economy improves and the Sacramento Police Department has added dozens more officers.

It also comes in the wake of Proposition 47, which passed in November and reduced many nonviolent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 47 resulted in the release of thousands of low-level offenders from California prisons and jails, said Magnus Lofstrom, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

Magnus Lofstrom: "Too early to tell” if Proposition 47 is affecting violent crime rates.

Magnus Lofstrom: “Too early to tell” if Proposition 47 is affecting violent crime rates.

Prison releases can “put a greater upward pressure on greater crime rates,” Lofstrom said. But he also noted that California’s trends in violent crime are similar to what’s happening in states that didn’t recently pass such a law. That makes it difficult to draw any strong conclusions, he said.

Another possibility is a rise in gang activity. Police say several recent killings involved gangs. Police spokesman Bryce Heinlein said measuring gang activity is complex and can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. But, he said, “detectives are well aware that violent crime often has a nexus to gang involvement.”

Sacramento police officials say they are taking the crime increase seriously. They are reaching out to community leaders, putting more police on the street and tracking hot spots, said spokesman Doug Morse. “More than ever we are going to weekly meetings with our crime analysis folks and quickly identifying problems and creating response plans,” Morse said.

Whatever its cause, duration or solution, the increase in crime has touched thousands of local residents, particularly in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. “There are a lot of people that are afraid,” said Tanya Brewer, who lives in North Sacramento with five children, ages 4 to 13.

‘It’s not safe’

Through August, Sacramento police responded to almost 670 violent crimes, including eight homicides, in North Sacramento’s Patrol District 2. That’s about 175 more violent crimes than occurred in the district during the same period last year, and more violent crimes than during any similar period in at least five years, police data show. The closest recent year was 2012, when about 565 violent crimes occurred through August.

Brewer’s section of North Sacramento is called Strawberry Manor, covering about four-tenths of a square mile and home to about 3,000 people. In the last 12 months, police have taken 13 reports of aggravated assaults involving firearms in Strawberry Manor, online records show.

Read the rest of this section (detailing shooting incidents) here.

Explanations elusive

Violent incidents such as these rarely happen in the middle-class neighborhoods of Land Park, Curtis Park and the Pocket. But those areas have seen their own spikes involving property crime. About 1,660 property crimes occurred in Patrol District 4 through August, including more than 230 auto thefts. That’s about 330 more property crimes than the area saw last year.

Bob Ross has lived in Curtis Park for 55 years. Earlier this year, someone broke into his garage and stole his late wife’s bicycle. Ross, 86, didn’t have much use for it anymore, he said, but noted it was the first time he’d had something stolen from his house.

While city residents have reported more property crime this year than last, the incident numbers still remain below the levels reached in 2012 and 2013. Mike Ellison, president of the South Land Park Neighborhood Association, said crime in his community remains “a lot of minor stuff” and that he has not heard many concerns from neighbors.

Kenneth Mennemeier, president of the Land Park Community Association, said “anytime a crime like that goes up, it’s worrisome” but that “our understanding is (police) are deploying more resources to try to get the numbers down. It is a situation that warrants attention and is getting attention,” he said.

The increase in crime has occurred even as the Police Department is adding resources. Voters approved Measure U in 2012 to restore 150 positions lost during the recession. As of March, the department had filled 117 of those positions, budget records show, and hiring continues. Morse, the police spokesman, said the full impact of those hires will not be felt until recruits complete their training. “It literally takes a year and a half to get that person working on their own. … We are hiring as fast as we can. We have full academies running twice a year. But it literally takes years to get back to where we were in 2008,” he said.

In the meantime, city police say they are employing a variety of tactics in high-crime areas. Some of those are strategic changes: for example, creating “geographic policing models” that put an officer in charge of a targeted zone within a district. That officer receives crime updates and can quickly shift resources.

Other efforts involve new technology. Police in May installed “ShotSpotter” sensors in North Sacramento to alert them to the sound of gunfire, with the aim of having officers respond more quickly.

The city also has reached out to youths in high-poverty areas. Thousands of people, most of them under 35, have participated in a “Summer Night Lights” program in the Mack Road area. Activities include obstacle courses, music and carnival games. The idea is to give young adults positive things to do in the summer, when crime is usually highest. A similar program, “Night Life Turned Right,” runs in North Sacramento. “If we don’t invest in youth in a positive way, they will find negative things to participate in,” said Derrell Roberts, a community activist in North Sacramento.

One obstacle to addressing the crime increase, several experts said, is they don’t have enough data to determine what is causing it. Homicides are up this year in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia and numerous other cities. There’s no consensus about why.

“We have no idea why there might be spikes in violence,” said Tita, the UC Irvine criminologist. He said the crime increases in Sacramento and elsewhere fall within the range of fluctuations expected from time to time.

are you serious

The upticks occur as California and the federal government have eased sentencing for some low-level offenders. Late last year, the U.S. Justice Department instructed its prosecutors to no longer charge low-level, nonviolent drug criminals with crimes that carry heavy mandatory sentences. Roughly 6,000 drug criminals will be released from federal prisons in coming weeks, with more releases likely.

prop 47

In California, about 17,000 low-level criminals have been released from jails or prisons across the state because of Proposition 47, which passed in November, Lofstrom said. That’s about 12 percent of the state’s jail population and 6 percent of its prison population. But, he added, “It’s too early to tell” if Proposition 47 is affecting violent crime rates.

Jackie Andersen is among those trying to understand what is happening in her community. Her son Isaiah was a good kid, she said, and she pleaded for anyone with information about his killing to come forward. A day after his death, she stood in front of a makeshift memorial at the spot where he’d been shot, weeping as she recounted how she never had a chance to say goodbye. “When I got here,” she said, “my son had already been taken away.”