This should be the easiest Caption Contest, ever!

This is the 82nd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

Next generation of Democrats

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on FOTM (scroll down), 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:

The next generation of Democrats!

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

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

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

~Eowyn

It’s good to be king: SF Labor Council backs porn-loving, long-term union honcho

Union king pin Mazzola

Union king pin Mazzola

SFGate: In an extraordinary move, 20 members of the San Francisco Labor Council met privately with Mayor Ed Lee the other day to urge him to reappoint longtime plumbers union honcho Larry Mazzola to an unprecedented sixth term on the powerful Airport Commission.

Labor apparently felt the need to flex its muscle because questions have risen over why Mazzola tried to swing a job for his nephew at San Francisco International Airport, and because relations with Lee have grown rocky – notably, over the mayor’s desire to flush highly paid union plumbers from the money-poor Housing Authority.

Tim Paulson

Tim Paulson

“It’s difficult for the Labor Council to find consensus on many things, but we have all come together and are unanimous in our support for Larry Mazzola to be reappointed,” said the council’s executive director, Tim Paulson.

Mazzola has served on the Airport Commission for 20 years, and his plumbers union leader father, Joe Mazzola, also served on the commission.

“This is not an Airport Commission seat – this is a Mazzola seat,” quipped one former San Francisco supervisor.

But as we reported in this column, Mazzola – by his own admission – helped his nephew land a new job at the airport after he was forced to resign from another position at SFO for having porn on his work computer.

Mazzola later pushed to have the nephew considered for permanent assignment to the $86,000-a-year job, even after he pleaded no contest to assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

At the time, Lee said he was disturbed by the revelations. The mayor has also been less than thrilled by Mazzola’s refusal to play along with Lee’s efforts to reform the trouble-plagued Housing Authority.

Facing a backlog of costly repairs, the mayor wanted the union, United Association Local 38, to agree to allow cheaper maintenance technicians to do routine handiwork such as unplugging toilets. When the plumbers balked, Lee went ahead without their blessing. Now the union is taking legal action to stop the change.

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Lee may not care for Mazzola’s actions, but cutting him loose would cause him political problems. Mazzola is not only a favorite of the hard-hat building trade groups, but he also has the strong backing of the progressive restaurant workers union, in part because he has made sure airport concessions are union shops.

“Mazzola has been on the front line of supporting working people at the airport, whether it’s the baggage handlers or the screeners or our members in food service,” said Mike Casey, head of Unite Here Local 2, which represents hospitality workers at the airport.

Mazzola has served as president of the Airport Commission for 11 years. Although his commission term officially ran out Aug. 31, Lee has until the end of October to make the reappointment call – and so far has given no hint of which way he is leaning.

However, the mayor is definitely looking ahead to the Nov. 4 vote on his $500 million transportation bond, not to mention his re-election campaign next year – and for both, he’ll need all the union help he can get.

DCG

Boston Globe front page “news”: At a White House rich in coffee lore, no word on president’s preference

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Boston Globe: A recipe for beer brewed by the White House? The Obama administration happily shares it. A list of wines served at state dinners? No problem. But what about the First Family’s coffee habits? My mug is empty. Security concerns are initially cited. Then e-mails go unreturned. Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

For an administration that loves to talk about the importance of local food, especially when it comes from the celebrated White House vegetable garden, it turns out that the Obama White House makes it nearly impossible to find the source of its coffee and how it is prepared.

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

As a reporter covering the president in Washington — and as a passionate coffee drinker — I have sustained an enduring quest to figure out how the people inside one of the most intense work environments in the world get their caffeine fix.

Yes, the mysteries of ISIS or Russian President Vladimir Putin are more pressing. But coffee has currency within the White House. It is the fuel for peace summits, the jolt behind major speeches, and the lubricant for making world-altering decisions. The transition of two presidents traditionally involves a pre-inauguration cup of coffee between the sitting president and his soon-to-be successor.

Look at almost any photo of a meeting inside the Situation Room — from the killing of Osama bin Laden to preparations for a hurricane — and coffee cups are spread around the table. When foreign dignitaries come to visit, they are offered coffee. When top White House staffers need a charge for early mornings and late nights, there are urns full of Starbucks and longtime D.C.-based roaster ME Swings coffee waiting inside the exclusive dining room known as the White House Mess.

But what is served in the residence? Or when the White House pulls out all the stops for a state dinner? And is the First Lady a loyal coffee drinker? No answers from the Obama administration.

Over the years, presidential candidates on the campaign trail show their taste for coffee by sipping diner brews in New Hampshire and Iowa. Once in office, coffee can become as intertwined with a president’s daily rituals as the morning briefing or the presidential motorcade leaving from the South Lawn.

“It was enjoyed every day,” said John Moeller, who served three presidents working in the White House kitchen from 1992 to 2005.

Thomas Jefferson, who stocked his cellar at Monticello with beans imported from the East and West Indies, deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilised world.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked White House staff to bring him a dark French roast with a coffee maker on the tray, so he could brew it to his liking.

Perhaps the truest barista-in-chief was Teddy Roosevelt, who had a coffee cup so sizable, his son once said, that was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” Roosevelt was also the one, legend has it, that said Maxwell House was “Good to the last drop,” coining what would become the coffee company’s catch-phrase.

During a White House renovation in the late 1990s, the kitchen staff had some money left over and decided to spring for a large espresso machine.

“We said what the heck, we could fit that into our kitchen,” said Moeller, a chef for the Clinton and both Bush administrations. “We were making espresso drinks for the first lady. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush enjoyed a nice latte in the afternoon. It wasn’t unusual getting a call at 1 or 2 in the afternoon: ‘Time for a latte.’ ”

In the residence, Moeller said, there was a Mr. Coffee drip machine, while downstairs there was a larger machine to serve the masses. Several French press devices were kept nearby, but were rarely used.

This brings us to Obama, whose history-making bid for the presidency apparently extends to the kitchen. The White House’s current chief occupant may not even be consuming whatever beans they’re buying.

That’s right. Obama, who has been bedeviled by the Tea Party and whose critics say he needs a little more pep in his step, is himself partial to tea.

obamateaStudy photos of Obama — in the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, inside the Situation Room — and he almost always has a cream-colored, gold-trimmed porcelain cup in front of him. But inside those cups, aides say, is almost certainly tea (his favorite is Black Forest Berry made by Honest Tea).

“Very honestly, I do not recall him drinking coffee ever,” said Arun Chaudhary, his former videographer. “Obama’s not really a coffee drinker,” said Jon Favreau, who is the president’s former speech writer and most definitely a coffee drinker, often grabbing a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts on his way into work. “I’ve seen him order tea quite a few times but never coffee.”

When the president stepped into Starbucks recently, he emerged with a cup of tea. When he went to a specialty coffee shop in Missouri, he left with a cup of iced Earl Grey. When the barista offered tea with lavender, he responded, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”

Despite the boss’s indifference, the White House does care where its coffee comes from. They’re just not saying, citing “security of the White House food supply.”

Do they serve Dunkin’ Donuts? No, says Dunkin’. Is Starbucks the provider? They seem to suggest not (although one informed source suggests so).

The White House Mess, which is operated by the US Navy, served Dunkin’ Donuts from 2006 through the end of 2011. This was a joy for many of the Massachusetts natives who occupied the White House during the Obama administration. But Dunkin’ chose not to renew the contract, wanting its coffee to be served only at franchised locations.

Maybe the Obama White House relies on Intelligentsia, the roaster from his hometown Chicago? (Company officials say no, but the president was known to visit one of their stores before he ran for president). What about Blue Bottle, the buzzy brewer out of California? (They insist no, although they once served the First Lady a French press brew during a breakfast fund-raiser in Berkeley).

To those who may think the Obamas could actually be growing beans in the White House garden, think again. It’s too cold. “It’s all to do with climate. You’re talking ideal 5,000 to 6,000 feet of altitude with 75 degree average — no higher than 86 no lower than 50,” says George Howell, a Massachusetts-based pioneer of the specialty coffee movement.

Read the rest of this hard-hitting piece of journalism here.

Closing: I go through more coffee than that in about two years. As to where the rest of the coffee may be coming from, Americans want answers! OK, maybe just this American does. But the White House seems willing to let the mystery endure.

ISIS? Benghazi? Iraq? Boko Haram? IRS? The economy? Illegals? Meh, what does the president drink?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad to know the State Run Media is on top of things.

DCG

Ebola Coming to a Town Near You? Our Illustrious Comrade Dear Ruler Sending 3000 Troops to the Center of Ebola Hell

obama_ebolaNo, the little spineless Kenyan coward refuses to put boots on the ground to eradicate the ISIS caner that is currently devouring large swaths of the Middle East, but he seems to have no problem exposing 3000 of our bravest to the most deadly disease in recent history.

Via  dailymail.co.uk:

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor for MailOnline

Published: 23:01 EST, 15 September 2014 | Updated: 23:07 EST, 15 September 2014

The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.

‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.

‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’

Liberia is the hardest-hit of the four west African nations that have confirmed Ebola cases, accounting for more than one-half of the fatalities. The others are Sierra Leone, Guinea and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria.

You will find the rest at this link.

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I wonder how many of these soldiers are going to return home and ultimately infect their family members and friends?

Somehow I don’t much think the POtuS gives a damn.

-Dave

(h/t: Drudge)

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 81st Caption Contest!

There were so many really really good captions!!!

Alas, the judges, FOTM writers, were obliged to narrow the field of contestants down. We dutifully voted, each for his/her #1 and #2 captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; every #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 81st world-famous FOTM Caption Contest, with four #1 votes, totaling 12 points, is . . . .

wendybar!!! Snoopy dance

Here’s her winning caption:

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Lola is our 2nd-place runner-up, with four #2 votes, totaling 8 points. Here’s her caption:

Obama demonstrates the Hajib Headlock to his loyal supporter.

truckjunkie is in 3rd place, with two #1 votes, totaling 6 points. Here’s his caption:

QUICK! I HAVE HIM! Bring the cuffs!!!

southsidebob is in 4th place, with one #1 vote, totaling 3 points. Here’s his caption:

The last time I was attacked like this it was in Chicago. Same guy too.

Eric Griffin, Rod Frank, and another wendybar caption are all in 5th place, each with one #2 vote, totaling 2 points each. Here are their respective captions:

Your new health insurance premium will be…

Your golf spikes are puncturing my foot!

I will not leave the White House willingly. I will take this white lady as a hostage, and I will hurt her. I am Muslim, hear me roar……

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations to wendybar!

Here is your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, click here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

~Eowyn

Tranny voted Colorado high school’s homecoming princess

All of a sudden, trannies are all the rage.

In May, a bearded transvestite named Conchita Wurst (see below) was voted the winner of Eurovision, an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Note the intertwining snakes, more like worms, on his chest.bearded tranny Concita Wurst

Here in America, Time magazine’s cover of June 9, 2014 proclaimed we’re at a “Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier”!

For that matter, the late Joan Rivers, two months before she died from a botched “routine” endoscopy, had admitted “we all know” Barack Obama is “gay” and Michelle Obama is a “tranny.”

With a tranny as the First Lady of the United States, it’s no wonder the media and pop culture have seized upon transgenders as their newest cause célèbre. The latest to join the tranny bandwagon is a high school in Colorado, where a cross dressing boy, who feels he’s really a girl, was selected as the school’s 2014 homecoming princess.

Andy "Scarlett" LenhTraditionally, homecoming princesses are selected based on their physical attractiveness. As you can see for yourself in Andy “Scarlett” Lenh’s pic above, I doubt he was voted homecoming princess based on his pretty looks.

Debbie Kelley reports for The Gazette, Sept. 13, 2014, that 16-year-old Scarlett Lenh, a biological male, was officially crowned the 2014 homecoming princess for Sand Creek High School during Friday night’s football game.

Scarlett was born Andy Lenh and this school year started identifying as a female transgender.

After he found out at an afternoon assembly that the majority of the junior class had voted for him over three other candidates, Scarlett/Andy said, “It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn’t stop smiling.” Two of the other girls who were nominated by their peers were “extremely supportive,” but the other “was really upset.”

Scarlett/Andy said that being in the running for homecoming princess was no joke to him: “One of my friends mentioned it, and I didn’t think anything of it because I didn’t think I’d be nominated. But, now, it really matters to me. This is something I’ve wanted to do since my freshman year. I want people to be themselves and not feel uncomfortable in their own body and mind.”

Andy/Scarlett has dressed in girls’ clothing for the past few weeks and also uses the girls’ bathroom at Sand Creek, which is on North Carefree Circle in Falcon School District 49.

Some students and adults are upset about both issues.

“It’s craziness,” said Jana Neathery, whose granddaughter attends Sand Creek. “Originally, it was a joke that he was going to be nominated for homecoming princess, but he got a lot of nominations,” Neathery said, referring to Scarlett, “and now there are a lot of upset girls because a spot was taken from them. I’m very sympathetic that he’s transgender, but he should be on the boys’ side, not the girls’.”

Neathery also is mad that Scarlett/Andy uses the girls’ bathroom: “It’s ridiculous – he’s interested in girls, and they’re allowing him to use the girl’s bathroom.” Neathery said that when she complained to the principal, he told her if a girl feels uncomfortable in the bathroom when Scarlett/Andy is in there, the girl should leave. “I suggested he go to a nongender-specific restroom, whether it be in the office or the teachers’ lounge,” Neathery said. “I said, ‘So my granddaughter can put on jeans and say I feel like a boy today’ and go into the boys’ restroom?’ ”

Some students say it’s strange to have a student who has a male body in the girls’ restroom. Scarlett/Andy said his high school counselor would speak with administrators to “figure out a solution.”

Jarrod Clarke, a junior at Sand Creek, said, “I think it’s wrong because he’s actually a guy, he’s not a girl, and he hasn’t been doing this his entire life – he’s only been recently doing it. We thought he was doing it as a joke. He’s a guy and doing this for whatever reason. But he’s still a guy.”

Another Sand Creek student who asked not to be identified said of Scarlett/Andy, “We know him pretty well. He’s only cross-dressing, putting on girls’ clothes.”

D-49 spokesman Matt Meister said he could not comment on the issue due to student privacy laws but in a statement said, “The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court. Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.”

When asked by The Gazette if he is attracted to girls, Scarlett/Andy said, “For the last year and a half, I haven’t been attracted to anything.”

In June 2013, at another local school, Coy Mathis, a transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl won the right to use the girls’ restroom at Eagleside Elementary in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.

Coy Mathis’ parents took the case to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, claiming the district’s refusal to allow Coy to use the girls’ bathroom violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. The division ruled in favor of the “girl,” saying keeping the ban in place “creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive.”

Back to Scarlett/Andy.

He said he has known since he was 7 or 8 years old that he felt like a girl and not a boy. “It was always in the back of my mind. In middle school I tried to block it out. This year, I got serious about expressing it. I see it as a great thing. I hope it helps people understand if they want to be something and work hard at it, it can happen.”

Scarlett/Andy told his family this week: “It was really hard. My mom didn’t like it, but she wants to support me for what I do in life.”

H/t FOTM’s MomofIV

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~Eowyn

Reaction to Obama’s ISIL counterterrorism policy speech

Dr. Eowyn:

Critical views on the POS’s policy regarding the jihadist Islamic State include:

1. Derision at his calling the ISLAMIC STATE neither Islamic nor a state. Just as medical doctors can’t hope to cure an illness if they can’t even properly name it, how is America to defeat IS if the Obama administration can’t even properly identify what it is?

2. Obama’s arrogance in saying, once again, he’ll do it alone with or without Congress.

3. Pointing out that Obama, once again, ignored U.S. military leaders’ expert judgment, this time on the futility of air strikes on IS without ground troops.

4. Pointing out that there is no “coalition” behind Obama’s new policy — not from our European allies, nor from any of the Arabic states. Notice the total silence emanating from Egypt.

The above 1-4 mean certain failure for the POS’s announced strategy in dealing with the Islamic State. That in turn means (a) More millions of taxpayer dollars spent on air strikes will be wasted; and (b) IS’s slaughter and persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria will continue.

The one exception from the critical analyses is David Brooks of the New York Times and PBS News Hour pundit. Obsequious Brooks actually compared Obama to Moses. It would be funny if Brooks isn’t such a revolting brown-noser. That this man is still given credibility and prestige is a sad commentary on the media and the gullibility of the American people.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

On Sept. 10, 2014, thirteen days after admitting he had no strategy to deal with the Islamic Caliphate or State (IS, aka ISIL, aka ISIS), President Barack Obama finally unveiled his “counterterrorism” policy against the IS from the State Floor of the White House.

(For a summary and video of his speech, see “Obama announces U.S. ‘counterterrorism’ policy against ISIL“.)

Below is a sample of reaction to his speech. Note that my words are colored green.

~StMA

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writes in the Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2014:

[...] Although Obama promised a “steady, relentless effort” in a nationally televised address Wednesday night, he also said that “it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL,” using a common acronym for the Islamic State.

Such a mission was not the U.S. military’s preferred option.Responding to a White House request for options to confront the Islamic State,

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