Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners Week of December 22, 2017

This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another popular one! This is probably the most positive attention McConnell and Ryan have received this whole year. We had over 300 posts, so we have three winners per place. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture:

Here are the winning entries:

1) (guido81_MA) – In a rare and seldom captured on camera occurrence that generally coincides with the Winter Solstice and Congressional Recess, Mitch McConnell & Paul Ryan briefly remove their thumbs from their ass.

(Rodney G. Graves) – Nary a foot nor an ass on the Resolute Desk.

Best of all? Felonia vonPantsuit is not in the picture!

(Rick Adams) – “We just lowered your taxes! If you don’t like it, feel free to up yours!”

2) (Vagabond661) – When asked about Pelosi and Schumer, a different finger was used.

(David Robertson) – McConnell, Ryan, Trump and Pence give a thumbs up to the fact that this week’s caption contest isn’t a rerun.

(yetanotherjohn) – Breaking: Ninth circuit rules that Trump putting his thumb up “exceeds the scope of his delegated authority.’”

3) (EricSteel) – What has four thumbs and just gave the American people a big tax cut while screwing over the Democrats in the process?

These guys!

(Mary Gehman) – Oh look…it’s Ebenezer Scrooge (Mitch) and the spirits of the Past, Present and the Future…God Bless us, every one!

(cathymv) – Winning – Winning – Winning – Winning

Nope, still not tired of winning

4) (Stephen_Macklin) – After the signing of the tax bill, a reporter for CNN asked what the gentlemen thought of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

(stan25) – Now for the end of year encore — a Hillary perp walk.

(Rock ThisTown) – “I’m Hillary Clinton and I don’t approve this message.”

5) (Joe_Miller) – Hey everybody, turtles have thumbs!

(Kenny Moore) – Rule of thumb: Teamwork trumps infighting.

(Brian Brandt) – Eddie Munster and Uncle Fester visit the President and Vice President.

6) (Mike) – What is Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jim Acosta and Hillary Clinton invited to sit on?

(Scorpion) – The democrats were caught unaware of the scissors/rock combo to cut their paperwork.

(Wild_Willie) – “Our way or the highway Chucky!”

The Readers Choice Award this week goes to:

(fustian24) – Who’s in favor of a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One scandal?

Most Inappropriate But Funny:

(rodney dill) – ..More frightening to Rachel Maddow than a little Dutch boy.

Best Reuse of the Caption of Choice for the Trump Administration:

(Retired military) – Who wants to play “Hillary isn’t President”?

The Best Incorporation of Breaking News

(fustian24) – Obama would be publicly badmouthing this bill, but he’s too coked up from all that Iranian blow he kept flowing smoothly into the US.


That’s all for this weekend. Merry Christmas! A new edition of the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™ will debut Friday morning.

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  • Mary Gehman

    Thanks for 3rd! So, you give us the picture late, and you announce the winner’s early??? Good strategy!!! Guess you don’t want to wake up on Christmas morning having to ‘judge’ anything! “Mary” Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

    • Scalia
      • Mary Gehman

        Thanks for Tiny Tim! It’s just not Christmas Eve until I watch “A Christmas Carol”…I’m on my way out the door…again…so I probably won’t get to watch it until 3am, but, watch it, I will! Merry (or, Mary) Christmas…whichever you prefer!

        • Scalia

          The ’51 movie Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, is my favorite version of Dickens’ classic. For me, none of the other versions, some of them very good, capture the emotional highs and lows of this one. Although Scott does a great job, nobody comes close to Sim.

          • fustian24

            It’s an amazing story. I am always surprised that no matter how cheesy the version, that story always works.

            I’m slightly partial to the George C Scott version.

          • Scalia

            I normally take in the Sim and Scott versions every Christmas. I also try to catch It’s a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart, of course). They don’t seem to get old.

          • jim_m

            Miracle on 34th street (the original Maureen O’Hara version), that and It’s a wonderful life. The Alastair Sim version is the only Dickens for me.

            As you can see I am a black & white movie snob.

          • Amen!

          • Scalia

            I saw the colorized version of Sim’s Scrooge, but I don’t like it. For some reason, it takes away the “feeling” (whatever that is). I much prefer the original black and white.

          • Mary Gehman

            Black & White is the best, whether it’s movies or still photography! My favorite wedding photo of my husband and I was the black and white photo taken for the local newspaper. B&W is much more dramatic somehow. “Sepia” isn’t bad, either, depending on the photo.

          • yetanotherjohn

            That story was actually written as a quick knock off story to keep Mr. Dicken’s out of bankruptcy. Its funny how often the quickly dashed off is one of the best (e.g. Silent Night).

          • Mary Gehman

            I, too, like and grew up with the Alastair Sim original, and I also like the George C. Scott version….but my personal favorite over the last 10 years or so is the Patrick Stewart version…check it out sometime on Netflix or Hulu or whatever. He’s a wonderful Shakespearian stage actor who can do far more the play ‘Captain Piccard’ on Star Trek (but, he did a great job with that, too!)!

      • Vagabond661

        “Scrooged” with Bill Murray for the win.

  • Thank you very much. Merry Christmas!

  • jim_m

    An excellent bunch of captions. Merry Christmas to all!!!

  • Retired military

    Thanks for best reuse. I was whiffing bad this week. Merry Christmas all

  • yetanotherjohn

    See, see, this is why I post a hundred or so captions. The give us a set of winners for every one hundred captions. I would have been sixth, but not with 300 captions, I eased into second place. So now I’m laughing all the way to the bank with my second place prize money.

    BTW, if you look at the captions this week there are some really good ones which make you proud to be a Wizbang Caption Contesteer. Merry Christmas to all (unless you have a God complex, then Mary Christmas).

    • Mary Gehman

      Mary is just as important to Christmas as Jesus is…you wouldn’t have one without the other…think about i! 🙂

      • yetanotherjohn

        Now you are actually getting in to true theology. I’m not God, God is God. To say God is limited or incapable without someone else is to say He is not God and that the someone else is God. That God chose to use Mary to accomplish His will is not to say that God could not accomplish His will without Mary. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. The beginning was well before Mary and yet well before Mary, Jesus was there. So no, you certainly can have one without the other.

        • Mary Gehman

          This is a conversation best reserved for a bible study group that’s passing around a bong! In my humble opinion, God needed Mary (or someone like her) to agree to be Jesus’ mom if he wanted to come into His world and live as we do, and be ‘human’ like us (also His creation). He wanted ‘street cred’…and, via Mary, is how God chose to accomplish that. Just my humble opinion, for what it’s worth…
          Merry Christmas AND Mary Christmas!

          • yetanotherjohn

            The difference between ‘needed’ and ‘chose’. The series of messianic prophecy gave more and more specificity as to how God would carry out the salvation of the broken world. As an example, the first messianic prophecy was it would be a human, an offspring of Adam and Eve. Later He said it would be of the Davidic line. God can not be limited by us, but He can limit Himself. He chose to impose those limitations on Himself. Again, those limitations were all put in place by God long before there was a Mary. God’s will was for all to be saved and He chose to work salvation through a baby Jesus born in a manger. God’s only begotten Son came down to us, Immanuel – God with us, to live the perfect life we can not and gain salvation for us that we can not gain in anyway on our own. So again, God didn’t need to work through Mary (or someone like her), He chose to work through Mary. Just as today God doesn’t need to work through sin ridden people to bring the good news the Christmas portends, he chooses to do so. Merry Christmas (and just for you Mary Christmas).

          • Mary Gehman

            Can’t it just be both? Just for today…can’t it be both? 🙂

          • yetanotherjohn

            You can have a Merry Mary Christmas.

          • Mary Gehman

            Thank y-ew!

  • Rdm42

    “Darkness must pass.
    A new day will come.
    And when the sun shines,
    it will shine out the clearer.”

    Source: “The Lord of the Rings” (1954)

    Merry Christmas

  • fustian24

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    May all of you be happy, healthy, and rich starting in the New Year!

    And I look forward to all of us joining in many more merry captioning bouts in 2018!

    • Mary Gehman

      It’s oddly addicting, this caption contest, isn’t it?!?!?! 🙂

  • Brian Brandt

    Well, I only posted two captions (another dry week), and I thought the other one was much more of a subtle, witty, satiric bon mot, but apparently I WAS WRONG ONCE AGAIN.

    • I only posted one…

      • Mary Gehman

        …and, a helluva good one, at that! But, gotta go….gotta find a good place to put my foot (probably in my mouth!) and my ass!

      • Brian Brandt

        And very nicely done.

    • Mary Gehman

      If a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still WRONG?!?!?!

      • No.

        • Mary Gehman

          I’ll say it again…You must be speaking in a forest!

      • sarahconnor2 #TermLimitsNow

        Of course!

  • Rdm42

    The night is still, the night is chill – the night is cold and dark. But in the morning – oh that morning – hark. The sun breaks over the edge of sky – and the light is greeted by baby’s cry. All is new – all is fresh – all is forgiven. Be renewed – live, love, give, share the sorrows and joys and the day to day wonder which is LIFE.

    Merry Christmas to all and good night.

  • Scorpion

    Thanks for 6th. Great captions all around.

  • Merry Christmas All!

    Thanks Sarah. Another Most Inappropriate under my belt. I was going to lay off on trying for that category, but I’d been sitting on the ‘Little Dutch Boy’ idea, so to speak, for a while and couldn’t resist the opportunity to use it.

  • Rock ThisTown

    Thanks for 4th, Sarah!

    Merry Covfefe to everyone!

  • Phil

    No!! Sit on my thumb