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Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

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European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn displays a graphic during an eurozone finance ministers meeting on Greece at the EU Council in Brussels May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir


Winners will be announced Monday morning.


Update: Winners announced. Click the link to read the winning entries. The contest is now closed.


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President Obama's approval ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

President Obama's approval rating continues to move in the "right" direction.

The folks that did the empl... (Below threshold)
Jay Wills:

The folks that did the employment stimulus charts for Obama didn't have that much success in Greece either.

Mr President the only thing... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Mr President the only thing lower than your approval numbers is Greece's bond rating.

Obama's advisors layout the... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama's advisors layout their blueprint for the US recovery following European models.

Advisor - "Mr President, wi... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Advisor - "Mr President, with continued spending the financial picture of the US will look like this."

Obama - "You know what they say. When in Greece..."

Dr. Dolph Lundgren of the G... (Below threshold)
JP:

Dr. Dolph Lundgren of the Gore Institute for Creating Meaningless Graphs Based on No Empirircal Data, displays his latest creation, the "Yeah Sure, We Will Solve The Greece Credit Issue" chart. Dr. Lundgren has achieved world reknown for his previous charts such as the "Hockey Stick" graph and the "Positive Effects of The Stimulus" chart.
In total, the Gore Institute received $352 million dollars of federal stimulus funding and 3 unicorns from the Obama administration to produce the stunning visual displays.

Top of the green line? How... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Top of the green line? How much you spend.

That black line? How much you make.

No, the chart isn't upside down - you ARE that screwed.

And here's my bill for the analysis. Cash only, please.

So as you can see Greece, t... (Below threshold)
IowaRight:

So as you can see Greece, the opportunity for income is real, but it really explodes when you convince Spain, Portugal and other countries to join you in selling quality Amway products...

And that is how you make sp... (Below threshold)
Eric:

And that is how you make spanikopita.

"Er no Mr. President, not t... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

"Er no Mr. President, not the musical, the country... the country."

Obama - "Let's see. Bush ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "Let's see. Bush read "my Pet Goat", They raise goats in Greece so therefore it is all Bush's fault"

"OOPA!!!"... (Below threshold)

"OOPA!!!"

Obama - "Why does this char... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "Why does this chart look so familiar"

Briefer - "We were able to relabel your daily briefing chart that shows your reelection chances in 2012"

Madness? This is Sp... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Madness?
This is Sparta!

Advisor - "Mr President wha... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Advisor - "Mr President what can we do to help our European allies in this crisis"

Obama -"I think how we look at things is the best way to solve problems. For instance, red is such a ocnfrontational color. Change we that line to green. It would be so much more soothing and earth friendly that way"

"No really, pull my finger.... (Below threshold)

"No really, pull my finger... you'll feel better about the chart."

Unfortunately, Greece can't... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Unfortunately, Greece can't even afford a copy of Powerpoint.

Just wanted to let you know... (Below threshold)

Just wanted to let you know Mr. President that all Wall Street is prepared to dig faster to get you outta this hole."

Eh...Try as I might, I just... (Below threshold)
zipity:

Eh...Try as I might, I just can't give a shit about Greece...

"Release the Kraken!"... (Below threshold)
Lindy R. Dole:

"Release the Kraken!"

Briefer - "Mr President, as... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Briefer - "Mr President, as this chart shows the US is headed down the same road as Greece. When are you going to start improving the economy?"

Obama - "when someone can convince me that doing so will get me reelected"

"This graph shows that tick... (Below threshold)
zipity:

"This graph shows that ticket sales for "Grease" have fallen off precipitously, ever since Jeff Conaway was featured in Dr. Drews show "Rehab". Wait...What? Greece is a country...? Seriously?"

Obama - "Yes put the Blame ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "Yes put the Blame Bush label right there on my teleprompter screen"

And right about here... a m... (Below threshold)
GaryL:

And right about here... a miracle occurs... when all the world starts drinking Ouzo, instead of water.

Greek fiscal conservatives ... (Below threshold)
fustian:

Greek fiscal conservatives don't stand a chance...our Euros will blot out the sun!

Seriously, "Greece: ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Seriously,
"Greece: Reducing Deficit, Restoring Growth"

This is Greek Tea!

The problem in Greece is what faces the U.S. if we don't get spending under control.

A Powerpoint chart and a go... (Below threshold)
IowaRight:

A Powerpoint chart and a good stern look can solve a lot of problems...

This is your brain. This is... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

This is your brain. This is your brain on socialism. Any questions?

"Debt? Look into my eyes! ... (Below threshold)
Carl:

"Debt? Look into my eyes! Growth Up, Deficit Down. Spending? Focus on my voice! Growth Up, Deficit Down. Taxes? You're getting very sleepy! Growth Up, Deficit Down."

In economics, we call these... (Below threshold)
fustian:

In economics, we call these "Laugher" curves.

Don't you mean "Laffer".

No we don't.

...and then a miracle occur... (Below threshold)
fustian:

...and then a miracle occurs...

Yup, Yup...the black line i... (Below threshold)
geo Author Profile Page:

Yup, Yup...the black line is Hope..the green boxes are change.

Last I saw it was going tha... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Last I saw it was going thataway.

How much does a Grecian ear... (Below threshold)
John Sheehan:

How much does a Grecian earn? Well, according to these numbers - not much......

No. I don't really understa... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

No. I don't really understand this graph. I've been downloading porn all day.

"Here we have real evidence... (Below threshold)
zipity:

"Here we have real evidence of the success of the Grecian Formula...."

♬I solve my... (Below threshold)


I solve my problems and I see the light
We gotta plug and think, we gotta feed it right
There ain't no danger we can go to far
We start believing now that we can be who we are

Greece is the word

When did Ross Perot move to... (Below threshold)
fustian:

When did Ross Perot move to Europe?

This read line represents t... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

This read line represents the U.S. economy since Obama took office.

"Another fine mess you've g... (Below threshold)

"Another fine mess you've got us in Olli."

Read My Lips; "We're [email protected]&ked... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Read My Lips; "We're [email protected]&ked"

We've decided that the prob... (Below threshold)
fustian:

We've decided that the problem is the 30% of the economy not employed by the government, so we're just going to nationalize everything.

Obama: "So then... in Greec... (Below threshold)

Obama: "So then... in Greece, how do we separate the men from the boys?"
Rehn: "With a crowbar Mr. President... but that's not important now."

Our plan is to buy Newsweek... (Below threshold)
fustian:

Our plan is to buy Newsweek. With that cash cow under our belt, we'll be in the black in no time.

Don't worry. We plan to fix... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Don't worry. We plan to fix the problem using black olives and Feta cheese.

If only Leonidas had only k... (Below threshold)
fustian:

If only Leonidas had only known he might have avoided the whole Thermopylae area entirely.

OK, one more time Mr. Presi... (Below threshold)
JPO:

OK, one more time Mr. President--and I prepared this chart to help you remember. Deficit-bad. Growth-good. Now you say it with me. Deficit-bad--no, no, no. Not Deficit-good, deficit-bad. The chart, look at the chart! Oh never mind, I give up!

The cheese isn't the only t... (Below threshold)
IowaRight:

The cheese isn't the only thing going up in flames in Greece...

...in 3 years we can give o... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

...in 3 years we can give our economy a reach around...uh I mean turn around...

Aren't these really great c... (Below threshold)

Aren't these really great colors?

Does this graph make me loo... (Below threshold)
tomg51:

Does this graph make me look impotent?

...I should have followed G... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

...I should have followed Governor Schwarzenegger's recommendation and used stools on my chart...

The Greece economy is truly... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

The Greece economy is truly getting it Greek

The green bars are the defi... (Below threshold)

The green bars are the deficit/surplus after President Obama leaves office. The black line is his popularity.

More cowbell.... (Below threshold)
jim2:

More cowbell.

Ollie Rehn uses Power Point... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Ollie Rehn uses Power Point templates from President Obama's Windows folder to explain the fact and fantasy of the Greek economy.

"This model is admittedly d... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"This model is admittedly delusional and unrealistic, but it does have precedent. We call it Obamics, for obvious reasons."

And my next chart illustrat... (Below threshold)

And my next chart illustrates the directly proportional relationship of GDP vs. kicking Obama's ass out of office.

The dependent variable is..... (Below threshold)

The dependent variable is...shut up and don't question Obamanomics.

All we have to do is come u... (Below threshold)
smitch:

All we have to do is come up with some more of Maggie Thatcher's "other people". Then we're golden.

"Of course, the European ve... (Below threshold)

"Of course, the European version will be in Arabic."

The only "Greece" you get w... (Below threshold)

The only "Greece" you get with this chart is Vaseline!

"And this, dear children, i... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

"And this, dear children, is why Europe is moving away from socialism. Just change the dates and names, and this chart will be the United Socialistic States of America in a few years."

Obama Advisor: "As you can ... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Obama Advisor: "As you can see, Mr. President, your job-approval rate is dropping so much that not even Michael Mann can hide the decline."

[If you don't get the joke, then click here.]

Obama: "Maybe I should have... (Below threshold)

Obama: "Maybe I should have Napolitano show me this... at least she makes me laugh."

Obama Advisor: "Mr. Preside... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Obama Advisor: "Mr. President, perhaps you shouldn't have chosen Greece to be the model for your economic policy."

But, really, it's all very ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

But, really, it's all very simple. If I turn this graph upside-down, you see that the situation dramatically improves. Next problem.

Είστε βιδώνονται !!!!... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Είστε βιδώνονται !!!!

"See Mr President. Even if... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"See Mr President. Even if we turn the chart upside down and make the title right side up it still doesnt make it look any better."


Obama - "Why are the 2010 p... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "Why are the 2010 polls talking about Greece"

Briefer - "Because we are going to take it in the *ss Mr President"

On a side note - Maybe Wizb... (Below threshold)
retired military:

On a side note - Maybe Wizbang can start a category called

Who p*ssed the trolls off the most .

Winner would be whoever collects the most negative votes from the trolls. (I would win hands down it seems).

"Please note, the scale goe... (Below threshold)

"Please note, the scale goes all the way to eleven."

I'm pale in comparison to o... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

I'm pale in comparison to our economy's future...

Eyebrows cocked to give ser... (Below threshold)

Eyebrows cocked to give serious impression-check
Business glasses-check
Smashing pinstripe suit-check

Selling a load of bulls&^t to the world-check

On a side note - M... (Below threshold)
On a side note - Maybe Wizbang can start a category called

Who p*ssed the trolls off the most .

Winner would be whoever collects the most negative votes from the trolls. (I would win hands down it seems).


I never thought that a negative voting capability worked very well for caption contests. You need the plus voting capability and the report to signal to get rid of off-topic rants. It probably would be more difficult programmatically to allow for a different type of voting for different types of posts.
The "Amazing Kreskin" tells... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

The "Amazing Kreskin" tells you how it is going to be in America soon. mpw

Barrys dream for Amerika</p... (Below threshold)
914:

Barrys dream for Amerika

Obama - "I like this chart.... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "I like this chart. The red line goes perfectly with my red power tie. Therefore when people see the red line they will think the word "POWER" and will then feel better about things. It is all about feelings, folks"

Here's a preview of our eco... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

Here's a preview of our economy... going lower than you can bow, sir.

Obama -"This chart is great... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama -"This chart is great, it shows the upward trend going left"

Well Mr. President, think o... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

Well Mr. President, think of Greece as our 58th State. Does that help?

This cart shows what happen... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

This cart shows what happens if you think like Lee Ward.

This is labeled correctly M... (Below threshold)
Hank:

This is labeled correctly Mr Obama.
REDUCING the deficit and restoring growth.

"MR President, do you have ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"MR President, do you have a comment on this discouraging data?"

Obama - "Let me see what my teleprompte says"

See this right here...Numbe... (Below threshold)
bigbugna:

See this right here...Number 5 on Letterman's Top Ten List.

Cluebat not included!!... (Below threshold)
914:

Cluebat not included!!

Barry never met a deficit h... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry never met a deficit he couldn't outspend!

We're re-thinking that whol... (Below threshold)
fustian:

We're re-thinking that whole Xerxes thing.

its a Grecian Urn thing... (Below threshold)
tomg51:

its a Grecian Urn thing

See, this looks just like t... (Below threshold)
Kenneyraisin:

See, this looks just like the Pong game sold in the US about 35 years ago except it didn't have as many vertical thingies. Start making these and you can't go wrong!

...and the next piece up fo... (Below threshold)

...and the next piece up for auction at Sotheby's is titled -- "Owed to A Grecian Burn"

I don't know; it's all Gree... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

I don't know; it's all Greek to me.

You can now do Power Point... (Below threshold)
Kenneyraisin:

You can now do Power Points on the new and improved Etch-O-Sketch to show how much your economy sucks.

One little blue pill and we... (Below threshold)
just bob:

One little blue pill and we might be able to get it up.

But if it stays up for more... (Below threshold)
just bob:

But if it stays up for more than 24 hours call an economist.

"Barry never met a defic... (Below threshold)
914:

"Barry never met a deficit he couldn't outspend!

87. Posted by 914 | May 7, 2010 11:57 AM | Score: -1 (1 votes cast)"


And I thought Barry was good at negative agitation!

No Mr. President, these are... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

No Mr. President, these are not your approval number's! And you don't have to respond in the form of a question! This isn't Jeopardy!

"Wheres that prompte... (Below threshold)
914:


"Wheres that prompter when you need his jag ass?"

Greece announced plans to f... (Below threshold)
jbw:

Greece announced plans to fix its economy; passing the 'Viagra' stimulus bill. Its, believed things will be going up shortly.

"Barry never met a defic... (Below threshold)
914:

"Barry never met a deficit he couldn't outspend!"

If at first you don't succeed, try communism again!

Do you know how to tell the... (Below threshold)
fustian:

Do you know how to tell the difference between a regular person and an economist?

A regular person knows they don't understand the economy.

How low can it go?... (Below threshold)
mf:

How low can it go?

"Please excuse the uncurtai... (Below threshold)
914:

"Please excuse the uncurtailed dreadlock! My boss flung it there to show how much he does not care!"

"..and the keystone element... (Below threshold)
Ken in Camarillo:

"..and the keystone element of our plan is a nationwide comprehensive government health care system, just like they created in the U.S."

If you'll all hold up your ... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

If you'll all hold up your menus for the State
Dinner for Our Revered Chinese Money Lenders,
you'll notice you can choose one from column A
AND one from column B, but you lose the soup
and fortune cookie options.....oops, wrong
demo card!

Now this is the point where... (Below threshold)

Now this is the point where you must refrain from hysterical laughter.

Mr. President, may I say, w... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Mr. President, may I say, with admiration,
you must've gotten great Marx throughout
your ivy league education.

Does anybody here know the ... (Below threshold)
RadiCalMan:

Does anybody here know the trick they used to "Hide the Decline"? We're dealing with a reverse hockey stick here!

"The thing that hath been, ... (Below threshold)
Spike:

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun".

King Solomon, regarding US debt crisis (among other things).

"This is the good news."</p... (Below threshold)
Spike:

"This is the good news."

Economics: It may be the di... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Economics: It may be the dismal science, but in the case of Greece, it's the dismal truth!

Keynes: In the long run, we... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Keynes: In the long run, we are all screwed (or something like that)!

Grecian Economics: C + G + ... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Grecian Economics: C + G + I = 0

My Big, Fat, Greek Weeping.... (Below threshold)
Spike:

My Big, Fat, Greek Weeping.

Prosperity with high govern... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Prosperity with high government employment and high government debt is Greek Mythology.

Obama - "Your finger is hig... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama - "Your finger is higher than the low point on the chart so that is good news right?"

"Mr President. The Green b... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Mr President. The Green bars are the amount of money in circulation. The red lines shows the amount of paper we have left to print money on. What are your orders?"

Obama - "Print more money and the use it to buy more paper"

My Big Fat Greek Debt Crisi... (Below threshold)
itismedavid:

My Big Fat Greek Debt Crisis

@Spike, sorry, I did a find... (Below threshold)
itismedavid:

@Spike, sorry, I did a find on "big fat" without commas

"No, this won't do. Where ... (Below threshold)
itismedavid:

"No, this won't do. Where are those soothing blue graphs I was looking at last week?"

Not enough pita sales.... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Not enough pita sales.

And the Red line shows the ... (Below threshold)
Bill:

And the Red line shows the decline in unemployment if we fund the Greek Stimulus Bill.

Nancy and Harry agree, if t... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

Nancy and Harry agree, if they can just get VAT, Cap and Trade and immigration reform passed before November, we can make the Greeks look like amateurs.

"What do you call this Mr P... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"What do you call this Mr President?"

Obama - "Well in the US we call it Obamanomics"

"Well Mr President, at this... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Well Mr President, at this point we send out the troll legions to try to detract from the facts."

"As God is my witness... I ... (Below threshold)

"As God is my witness... I thought turkeys could fly."

So the mighty Leonidas shif... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

So the mighty Leonidas shifted each phalanx to the LEFT at
double speed at Thermopylae, much as Commander
Obama has in his battle with the American
people. You see, in his own way, the great
Greek general was a "community organizer".

"Mr President, only 2 peopl... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Mr President, only 2 people dont understand this chart. You and Wizbang poster Lee Ward, and even he is waivering on it."

Update: <... (Below threshold)
Kevin Author Profile Page:

Update: Winners announced. Click the link to read the winning entries. The contest is now closed.




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