Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Explain The French. Please.

I'm a simple guy. (Go ahead, throw out those obvious lines. I can take it.) Someone more ... nuanced, perhaps, is going to have to explain the French to me. Perhaps somebody tall, with terrific hair, from Massachusetts. In particular, I'm perplexed by the protests in France over a law that would make it more likely for young workers to be hired at the expense of some job security for the first two years.

PARIS - More than 1 million people poured into the streets across France and strikers disrupted air, rail and bus travel Tuesday — even shutting down the Eiffel Tower — in the largest nationwide protest over a youth labor law.

Scattered violence erupted in Paris, and riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse several thousand youths who pelted them with stones and bottles after an otherwise peaceful march. More than 240 people were arrested.

Unions and the leftist opposition joined in solidarity with the angry students for the one-day strike, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to withdraw the measure that makes it easier to fire young workers.

Well, yes, it does make it easier to fire young workers, but you can only be fired from a job after you've been hired. Otherwise you're just a ne'er-do-well, a slacker.

Students and labor unions say the labor law will erode France's cherished workplace protections. Set to take effect next month, it would let companies fire employees under 26 without reason in the first two years on the job.

[...]

Villepin says the greater flexibility will encourage companies to hire young workers, who face a 22 percent unemployment rate — the highest in Western Europe. But as protests have grown, his government — and his chances of running for president next year — have appeared increasingly fragile.

Now, obviously, the potential exists for French companies to abuse these "disposable" workers. But part of France's high structural unemployment and anemic economic growth is the difficulty that companies have in firing workers. As a result the companies are justifiably wary about taking on a young worker with no track record. At the very least, even if the employer does abuse the privilege and fire workers without cause, that worker will now actually have a work track record when he or she seeks a second job.

"We are here for our children. We are very worried about what will happen to them," said Philippe Decrulle, an Air France flight attendant at the Paris protest. "My son is 23, and he has no job. That is normal in France."


As I said, explain the French. Please.

Aside: Congratulations on 100k, Mr. Right. I'm glad I could be a part of it. Let's go get 200k!

Monday, March 27, 2006

100K and Counting!

With everything else that has happened this past week, I missed blogging about an important milestone...

At 5:47am CST on March 23, 2006, this blog welcomed visitor number 100,000. Our mystery guest hails from nearby Sandwich, IL and like many others the past couple weeks, our honored guest dropped by to take a peek at our Bush = Hitler post, which certainly goes down as one of our most popular posts to date!

I would like to thank visitor #100,000, as well as all who came before and after! The next milestone is way up the road at 250K. I wonder how long it'll take us to get there?

Thank you all for visiting the Right Place!

Captions Outrageous! Winners [Censure and Sensibility Edition]

At long last --- the wait is over!!!

Announcing the winners of the 36th ever Right Place Photo Caption Contest!

Thank you to one and all who participated, and thank you for your patience this week!

Presenting the top 25 captions for this picture, stolen from Buckley F. Williams at The Nose on Your Face



BONUS! Revenge of the Sith Award:

Famed blogger 'Mr. Right' hides his face and cowers after receiving the news that Buckley F. Williams and some of his associates are waiting outside to discuss a certain 'stolen picture incident' with him.

Buckley F. Williams [aka Darth Satiricus]


And now, on with the countdown...


#25: "Calgon --- take me away!"

Keith


#24: Senator Feingold unsuccessfully tries out for the part of "See No Good" in George Clooney's forthcoming movie See No Good, Hear No Good, Speak No Good.

Will Franklin


#23: "Okay, guys, I've waited long enough. Can I see the results of my censure measure now?"

Carl


#22: "Won't support my censure resolution? Fine! I'll just DISAPPEAR!"

spacemonkey


#21: "Hmmmm... I can't seem to get the failure out of my eyes..."

Sgt Fluffy


#20: "We don't need troops in Iraq to fight terrorists! When the terrorists come around, we just magically disappear --- like this!"

Dave Craddock


#19: "I'm going to count to 51, and then open my eyes..."

Senator Feingold is playing "Peekaboo, I Censure You" all by himself again.

charles austin


#18: "Ahhh!!! Helen Thomas naked!!! My eyes are burning!!!"

the man


#17: Cindy Sheehan's first adult film was rough on even her most die-hard supporters.

V the K


#16: "This is the only way I can keep my face up after having my brain removed."

walrus


#15: Falling for one of the oldest tricks in the book, Sen. Feingold counts to 50 while Senator Hillary Clinton "hides" his censure resolution in a chamber paper shredder.

Hoodlumman


#14: Suit: $500
Tie: $99
Boy Scout Cufflinks: $1...

Watching Feingold when somebody tells him he's being referred to as the "Jackass from Wisconsin": PRICELESS!

Stew


#13: "...98, 99, 100... Ready or not, here I come!"

LongTabSigO


#12: "The light of reason? What is tha... AAAAGH! MY EYES!"

Special Ed


#11: "There's no place like home... there's no place like home... there's no place like home... Drat!"

Much to his horror, Russ soon discovered that he forgot his ruby slippers at home and had to find another quick way out of the Senate.

David McKay


#10: Senator Feingold was the only one who knew what to do when the Senate was invaded by the Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Traal.

V the K


#9: "They say if you ever come face to face with a Gorgon, you should avoid eye contact -- oh, hello, Mrs. Clinton."

McGehee


#8: Russ Feingold learns a painful lesson when he confuses Ted Kennedy's whiskey glass for his contact solution.

Laurence Simon


#7: "I just don't believe Stabenow used that sign."

Rodney Dill


#6: At the end of a long day, Senator Feingold removes the grease paint.

D. Carter


#5: "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to..."

seanmahair


#4: Following a five-year-old's advice, Sen. Feingold covers his eyes in a bid to make all of the bad Republicans just go away.

Pam


#3: "I don't see any threat from terrorism."

Doc


#2: "Eureka! I've done it, I've finally made George Bush disappear!"

Rodney Dill


And the winning entry for this Caption Contest...


#1: Senator Feingold accepts the challenge to find his butt with both hands.

D. Carter


Bravo! Bravo!

Encore! Encore!

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Captions Outrageous! [Big Easy Rider Edition]

Due to time constraints this week, the results of last week's caption contest will be unavoidably delayed. They will be posted as soon as possible. In the meantime, let's start the new one more or less on time, shall we?



The above photo of a horse with two a**es comes to us from REUTERS/Sean Gardner via Yahoo!

This contest will last approximately one week.

Good luck!

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NOW POSTED!
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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Explaining My Absence...

For any of you who may be wondering where I've wandered off to, I just wanted to let you know that I am currently dealing with a situation regarding the health of my father, which has been keeping my blogging time (both reading and posting) at next to none since Sunday evening.

My wife and I were expecting to go to dinner with my dad that evening, instead we ended up spending many hours in the emergency room while they ran tests and then finally admitted him for further testing and observation, after which we had to take care of several things at his apartment before we could return home and do a number of necessary small chores before going to bed in the wee small hours. The last several days have been stressful, but hopeful, and most of my spare time has been spent on various chores and visits.

I don't want to go into too much detail, except to say that at this time, he is improving primarily with the help of medication, and it is hoped that he can be released soon and return to a fairly normal life. The only real hurdle remaining at the moment is a procedure they are performing tomorrow while I am stuck at work worrying and trying to get through what promises to be a longer than usual 10 hour work day.

If all goes well, I will return soon. If not, it may be awhile. I will try to keep up with the captions contest if nothing else, but I cannot promise anything at this time. Thank you for your understanding and God bless.

-Mr. Right-

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UPDATE 3/27:

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the many well-wishes and prayers. It means a lot, thank you all very much.

Next, I would like to let you all know that my father is home from the hospital and doing well. He was released Saturday after they cancelled the procedure they had set for Thursday. With any luck, he should continue to improve with regular nursing visits, check-ups and medication.

Finally, I am almost done judging the overdue photo caption contest and will be posting it soon!

All the best,
Mr. Right

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Is John Howard To Blame?

A very powerful cyclone hit Australia in the Queensland province, making landfall at category 5.

CAIRNS, Australia - Metal roofs littered streets, wooden houses lay in splinters and banana plantations were stripped bare after the most powerful cyclone to hit Australia in three decades lashed the country's eastern coast Monday.

Amazingly, the storm caused no reported fatalities, and only 30 people suffered minor injuries. But the damage from Cyclone Larry, a Category 5 storm with winds up to 180 mph, was expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hardest hit was Innisfail, a farming city of 8,500 people 60 miles south of the tourist city of Cairns in northeastern Queensland state. By Tuesday the storm was well inland and downgraded to a severe low pressure system.

"It looks like an atomic bomb hit the place," Innisfail mayor Neil Clarke told Australian television. "It is severe damage. This is more than a local disaster, this is a national disaster."

Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday pledged his administration would help shattered communities rebuild.

"The federal government will give what is needed to get these communities back on their feet," Howard said in a radio interview. "We just need a day or two to make a proper assessment of how the money can best be spent."


I blame Prime Minister Howard. He should have known this could happen. What is he talking about, "a day or two to make a proper assessment?" Get the federal troops in there and take care of the people! He should have had the help there within minutes! Seconds, even! These Aussies are suffering, I tell you, and a caring PM wouldn't just be spouting platitudes, he'd be doing something.

It's racism, that's what it is. Or classism. It's some kind of 'ism.' He just doesn't care about those who are different from him.

Howard lied, and ... and ... and nobody died! Wait a minute, why didn't anyone die?

The casualty toll was so low because people left town or went to shelters after authorities posted warnings. Residents and officials were mindful of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans and Mississippi last August, said Ben Creagh, a spokesman for Queensland state Department of Emergency Services.

You mean an incredibly powerful storm was on it's way and the people actually left the area in response to warnings? Go figure.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Captions Outrageous! [Censure and Sensibility Edition]



The above photo of nitwit Senator Russell Feingold (Jackass-WI), was stolen from Buckley F. Williams at The Nose on Your Face, and there's not a damned thing he can do about it!

This contest will last approximately one week.

Good luck!

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Captions Outrageous! Winners [Weapons of MASS. Obstruction Edition]

Announcing the winners of the 35th ever Right Place Photo Caption Contest!

Thank you to one and all who participated!

Presenting the top 20 captions for this picture from AP Photo/William B. Plowman via Yahoo!




#20: "I may be an old, fat guy, John, but if you don't take your hand off my leg, I'll break it!"

LongTabSigO


#19: "John, when they say, 'You're not as dumb as you look,' just say, 'Thank you.'"

Greg Finnegan


#18: "Pssst, John... what is this 'ethics' thing Nancy Pelosi keeps talking about?"

Dave Craddock


#17: "Be honest, John... does this tie make my head look fat?"

Keith


#16: "Keep this under your hat, but there are rumors going around that you once served in Vietnam."

walrus


#15: "Ted, this is a Savile Row suit, and your breath is making the lapels curl! Have a Tic-Tac."

D. Carter


#14: "Whatever you do, John... don't take the bridge route."

Doc


#13: "Wait a sec, Ted. Before you stand up to give your speech, I'd better tell you that your 'horse is out of the barn'."

D. Carter


#12: "Ted, turn the other way. Your breath is making my botox wear off."

McGehee


#11: "I just cut and we should run, if y'know what I mean..."

Hoodlumman


#10: "I don't suppose you have an extra pair of Depends on you?"

Pam


#9: "John, wake up! I think our hair is entangled again. Back off slowly this time."

MagicalPat


#8: Senator 'Bluto' to Senator 'Otter': "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily."

T.M.


#7: "How come they always play Bridge Over Troubled Water when I show up?"

walrus


#6: "Yes, Ted, if I can detect that much, a breathalyzer is going to go bananas!"

Hoodlumman


#5: Harok-Ptui!

V the K


#4: "Johnny, have you seen my pants?"

walrus


#3: "Don't forget to remind them that you served in Viet-Nam."

Doc


#2: "Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"

charles austin


And the winning entry for this Caption Contest...


#1: "Actually, John, after your lousy campaign... I voted for Bush."

Doc


Bravo! Bravo!

Encore! Encore!

Presenting:

Captions Outrageous! [Censure and Sensibility Edition]

Enjoy!


PREVIOUS PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS:

Oh, Thank Heaven for 7/11 Edition
Fickle Finger of Fate Edition
Things Are Looking Up Edition
Rage in the Cage Edition
Not So Mellow Fellow in Yellow Edition
The Beards and the Beads Edition
Weapons of Mash Destruction Edition
You're Al I Ever Wanted Edition
His Cup Runneth Over Edition
The Eyes Have It Edition
Jeepers Veepers Edition
Huggermugger Edition
Ear's to You Edition
Heavy Medal Edition
Village of the Damned Edition
White on Rice Edition
Sunny Side Up Edition
Absentee Mallet Edition
French Tickler Edition
In Through the Out Door Edition
Frankenstein Meets Godzilla Edition
Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel Edition
Spirits of Christmas Present Edition
Dorito Bandito Edition
Shadow of His Former Self Edition
When the Saints Go Mouthing Off Edition
The Face That Sunk 1000 Ships Edition
Surely You Jest Edition
And the Camel They Rode in on Edition
Chucky Squeeze Edition
On Dangerous Ground Edition
Here's Cooking at You Edition
Catch a Falling Star Edition
Iran So Far Away Edition

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



To all me kinfolk from the Emerald Isle and everyone else who wishes they were Irish! Erin Go Bragh!

Image stolen from HERE.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Results of New In-Depth Study Revealed: Bush May Actually Be Hitler!



















After careful research into the claims of many leftists that President George W. Bush is, in fact, a carbon copy of infamous German dictator Adolf Hitler, The Right Place was more than a bit disturbed by the many eerie similarities we were able to uncover between the two world leaders.

Seeing as how George W. Bush was born into the world on July 6, 1946, a little over a year after the death of Adolf Hitler on April 30, 1945, we must agree it is quite possible that he is, in fact, the very reincarnation of history's greatest monster!

Consider the evidence:



HITLER...

Was a white male.



BUSH...

Is a white male.



HITLER...

Formed an alliance with Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.



BUSH...

Ditto.



HITLER...

Considered the French adversarial and obnoxious.



BUSH...

Same here.



HITLER...

Had an aversion to the Poles.



BUSH...

Has an aversion to polls.



HITLER...

One of history's most infamous bachelors.



BUSH...

Earned a bachelor's degree in history.



HITLER...

Had a funny little trademark mustache.



BUSH...

Has often sported a funny little "milk mustache".



HITLER...

Known as Der F├╝hrer amongst the Germans.



BUSH...

Known to cause a furor amongst liberals.



HITLER...

Had a FEMALE companion named Eva Braun. ("Braun" is German for "Brown".)



BUSH...

Had a FEMA Director named Michael "Brown".



HITLER...

His failure to learn from Napoleon's ill-fated Russian campaign cost Germany dearly in World War II.



BUSH...

His failure to return Napoleon Dynamite to Blockbuster Video on time cost him dearly in additional rental fees.



HITLER...

Once portrayed in a play within a movie by a character called L.S.D., who was played by actor Dick Shawn.



BUSH...

Once offered LSD while attending a play in college by two guys named Dick and Shawn.



HITLER...

Became infamous for the "Night of the Long Knives".



BUSH...

Became infamous for the "Night of the Long Island Iced Teas".



HITLER...

Sent millions to live and die in slavery and terrible squalor in concentration camps.



BUSH...

Played a game of concentration while at summer camp.



HITLER...

Unsuccessful in his attempts to conquer the English.



BUSH...

Unsuccessful in his attempts to conquer the English language.



HITLER...

Created the notorious SS and Gestapo.



BUSH...

Once filled up his Monte Carlo SS at a Gas Stop in Ohio.



HITLER...

During his reign of madness, he was responsible for the deaths of untold millions of innocent people.



BUSH...

During drinking binges in his youth, he was responsible for the deaths of untold millions of brain cells.



HITLER...

Hated the Jews.



BUSH...

Not all that fond of Barbra Streisand.


Coincidence? Perhaps, but perhaps not. In the end, you must decide for yourself...

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Too Funny to Miss...

The latest caption contest at GOP and College already features a swarm of photoshop entries, many of which are nothing short of hilarious!

Get a load of the original, unaltered photograph featuring Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and you'll quickly understand why...



A true Kodak moment!

Go and enjoy a good laugh...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Frequent Flyers Club Mileage, Part IV

As long time readers no doubt are aware, I occasionally seek to reward those with blogs of their own who frequent this blog leaving comments, participating in the caption contests, communicating through e-mail or linking to numerous posts, through something I like to call the Frequent Flyers Club.

Membership in the FFC gets you moved to the top of my blogroll and highlighted in bold print for all to see! It also gets you a prominent mention in a post like this, where I encourage my readers to check out all my Frequent Flyers, including encouraging all of the FFC members to check out each other... you just never know when you might run across a new favorite!

First, a gigantic mea culpa!

  • Stephen Johnson (NY)

    The Right Place


  • What have I been thinking??? Stephen, you should have been THE charter member of this club as my earliest blogging partner and a long time acquaintance on the threads of PoliPundit! I guess it just never occurred to me to induct you because, well... you were already an established part of the Right Place family when I started this thing and this was your blog as well as mine. Boy, I must have had rocks in my head up until now! Forgive me, sir! This induction is WAAAAAAYYYYY overdue! Your contributions here have been magnificent, thank you so much!

    The new inductees this time are as follows...

  • Dave Craddock (CA)

    The Paladin Blog


  • Has linked several times, commented and plays in our caption contests regularly, too. Thank you!


  • David Drake (MN)

    David Drake


  • A regular linker and e-mailer. Welcome, David!


  • Bill Faith (IL)

    Small Town Veteran

    Bill's World



  • A fellow Illinois native who has been through some rough times of late, Bill has linked to a number of our posts. Thank you, sir and thanks also for your service to our country!


  • Greg Finnegan (NC)

    Hasty Ruminations


  • Has joined in a number of our caption contests. Welcome!


  • FrauBudgie (TX)

    Red Hot Cuppa Politics


  • Has linked a couple times and recently started playing along in the captions contests as well. Thanks!


  • Gary (New England)

    Ex-Donkey Blog


  • Has given us several awesome links! Mucho gracias!


  • The Good Lieutenant (PA)

    Mein BlogoVault


  • Plays in the caption contests every now and then and has also commented and linked to us. Thank you!


  • GOP and College (TN)

    GOP and College


  • Has linked, e-mailed and played the caption contests a couple of times. Besides that, he's the brother of an FFC alum, "the man" of GOP and the City and Blogs4Bauer fame. Welcome!


  • Greyhawk & Mrs. Greyhawk

    The Mudville Gazette


  • I am most honored that they have linked here several times. Thank you so much and thank you for your service to America!


  • hatless in hattiesburg

    Hatless in Hattiesburg


  • Has linked here a number of times now, welcome aboard!


  • joe-6-pack (GA)

    geosciblog


  • A captions player who has also linked here. Thanks, dude!


  • Laer (CA)

    Cheat-Seeking Missiles


  • Laer has linked a few times and occasionally plays along in our caption contests. Welcome!


  • Carl McCaskey (FL)

    The World According to Carl

    The Official Carl McCaskey Homepage


  • One of our regular photo caption contest players who has also linked a couple of times. Welcome aboard!


  • McGehee (GA)

    Yippee-Ki-Yay!

    The McGehee Zone


  • McGehee has become one of our caption contest power players and has linked here, too. Yippee-Ki-Yay indeed, my friend!


  • Pam Meister (New England)

    Blogmeister USA

    Lifelike Pundits


  • A blogging partner to our old friends Pat Curley and Kitty Myers at Lifelike Pundits, Pam has become a regular player and linker to our caption contests among other things. She also tends to hang out around several of our other favorite blogs, so she should fit right in around here! Welcome aboard, Pam!


  • Miriam (DE)

    Miriam's Ideas


  • Has commented several times and has linked a couple of times, too. Thanks!


  • Bob O'Malley (FL)

    O'Blog


  • Another photo contest regular and occasional commenter. Thank you, sir!


  • Lyn Perry (KS)

    Bloggin' Outloud


  • Before embarking on a recent blogging hiatus, Lyn linked here a number of times, corresponded via e-mail and has even played in a caption contest at least once so far. Welcome!


  • Sgt. Fluffy

    The Gone Rick Motel


  • From another blog that plays host to a fine weekly photo caption contest of its own, Sgt. Fluffy has been playing in our photo contests lately and linking to them, too. Thank you!


  • Laurence Simon (TX)

    This Blog Is Full of Crap

    IMAO


  • Lair is a semi-regular captions player and joins fellow IMAO genius spacemonkey in our club. Welcome, good sir, we are not worthy!


  • Son of the Godfather (CA)

    The Waftic Arena


  • A captioning whiz who found his way over from the threads of V the K's "Caption This!" to take our photo caption contests by storm with a wicked initial 5 week assault! Here's hoping he returns soon, even though many of our other captions players may hope he stays away awhile longer...


  • Songbird (TX)

    The Texas Songbird


  • Has commented, linked and played the caption contests a number of times. Many thanks!


  • TC (NY)

    Leather Penguin


  • Has linked quite a few times and commented as well. Welcome, sir!


  • W.C. Varones (CA)

    W.C. Varones


  • Has linked a few times and e-mailed. Thank you!


    Gone but not forgotten?

  • Peter Halabu (MI)

    Catholicism Redux


  • Peter was a semi-regular in our caption contests for awhile who should have been inducted in the last round. Although his blog seems to have gone dormant, I am going to correct my clumsy oversight, welcome him to the club, and list him along with the others who have vanished from the blogosphere in the hopes they may someday return...



    More to come...

    As always, there are a number of other folks who I am keeping an eye on for possible inclusion in the next round of inductions. If you are a frequent visitor here, and have a blog of your own, let me know of your presence via comments, e-mails and, of course, links, and you can join, too!

    In the meantime, if you have us on your blogroll, but do not appear on ours, just let me know and I will fix that!

    OUR PREVIOUS INDUCTEES...

    Right Place Contributors

  • Anna (OH)

    A Rose by Any Other Name

    Warm 'n Fuzzy Conserva-Puppies

    The Right Place


  • Anna was one of our earliest regulars who began a blog of her own that is, quite simply, awesome! I was very proud to have her join us here shortly after she helped make our "Blogoweeniversary" Party a real success. Her finest moment among many wonderful contributions was her call for help for milblogger Grey Eagle, which resulted in a blogstorm that helped a medic on the frontlines in Iraq find the help she needed to shield her blog, a tribute to fallen soldiers, from some vicious trolls and hackers. Way to go, Anna!

  • Giacomo [aka T.M. Ergin] (NH)

    Joust the Facts

    The Right Place


  • Dr. Ergin was a frequent visitor and commenter here who also contributed greatly to the success of our "Blogoweeniversary" Party last year. His own blog had long been a regular stop for me, but he seemed to be criminally under-evolved on the TTLB Ecosystem! I was very humbled when he agreed to join us here, where I hope he has garnered some more exposure for his fine work both there and here! I was pleased to see Joust the Facts among the Weblog Awards Finalists this past year, giving it some well-deserved notoriety! Congratulations again, T.M.!

    The Vanguard

  • Lorie Byrd (NC)

    Byrd Droppings

    PoliPundit

    Confirm Them


  • Lorie is one of the finest bloggers in the business and a true inspiration. It was the work of her and her fellow bloggers at PoliPundit that first got me interested in blogging. Lorie also helped to get me noticed with frequent links when I was first starting out and struggling to find an audience. I will be forever grateful to her for her kindness and support!

  • Pat Curley (AZ)

    Brainster's Blog

    Lifelike Pundits

    Silver Age Comics


  • Pat Curley is easily the nicest guy on the Internet and one of the finest bloggers out there. He was the very first person ever to blogroll me and helped get me my big break when he noticed my post on congressional voting records that I had put weeks of research into, but had no idea how to promote. Pat spread the word for me and taught me the value of a little self-promotion now and then. He has linked frequently and often helps out other new bloggers that catch his eye just as he helped me! He has a must read blog where he posts frequent exclusives that should not be missed! Pat also participated in our "Blogoweeniversary" Party. Thanks for everything, Pat!

  • Rodney Dill

    Outside the Beltway


  • Rodney helped put my weekly photo caption contests on the map with his regular participation and with a link in the prestigious OTB Caption Jam each Saturday. Rodney hosts two caption contests of his own each week and plays in practically everyone else's contests as well --- not coincidentally, he is among the best players out there!

  • Will Franklin (TX)

    WILLisms


  • Will was among the first bloggers to contact me via e-mail and I was very impressed with his amazing blog, which I began to visit regularly. Will, like me, has a weekly photo for people to caption and we often will participate in one another's contests. He has linked quite a few times and participated in our very special "Blogoweeniversary" Party. He is also the person through whom I found the FIU gang, and his mother is a frequent visitor here now, as well! Hi, Zsa Zsa --- all the best to you and to Will!

  • Hoodlumman (TX)

    File It Under...


  • Hoodlumman is another frequent visitor, commenter, linker, captions player extraordinaire and e-mailer who, along with his co-bloggers at that most-excellent mix of politics and humor known as File it Under..., is responsible for creating the every-other-weekly "Carnival of Crazy" where our satire pieces and some other suggestions are often included. He also took part in the "Blogoweeniversary" Party and he most recently designed a couple of very nice linking buttons for our captions players, too! Thanks, Hood!

  • THIRDWAVEDAVE (CA)

    THIRDWAVEDAVE


  • One of the first true regular readers and commenters here at The Right Place, Dave once lived here in Illinois earlier in his life before migrating westward to California. He has a wonderful blog of his own and is another regular captions player with some keen talent.

  • Buckley F. Williams

    The Nose on Your Face

    Blogs4Bauer


  • Buckley F. Williams is a comedic genius and a wonderful captions player. A frequent e-mail contact and linker, he was another of the culprits behind the very fun "Blogoweeniversary" Party here last year. His blog is often one of the funniest things you will read on any given day!

    Frequent Flyers Club

  • The Anchoress

    The Anchoress


  • Has linked numerous times and is a very, very sweet lady with a tremendous blog!

  • Charles Austin (IL)

    Sine Qua Non Pundit


  • This frequent captions player now often features a contest of his own. Are you playing in it yet?

  • Basil (AL)

    Basil's Blog

    It's a Pundit

    Pyjamas Media

    The Alliance


  • An all-around good guy who has linked numerous times. Basil has done quite a bit for the blogosphere as a whole, especially his frequent blogging tips both at his own blog and The Alliance.

  • Bohemianlikeyou

    Where Have You Gone, Ronald Reagan?


  • Captions player who credited our contest as the inspiration for a "headlines" contest of his own in which he gave away an ipod!

  • Bruce & Ferdy (IL)

    The Conservative Cat


  • A fellow Illinois native, frequent commenter and linker, Ferdinand T. Cat is the smartest feline on the World Wide Web! He and his human pet, Bruce, made a major contribution to the blogosphere through their highly innovative and convenient carnival submission form, which is a Godsend for any blogger who regularly participates in or hosts blogging carnivals!

  • Bullwinkle (Mexico; TX expat)

    The Bullwinkle Blog

    Random Numbers


  • Bullwinkle is one of our many fine captions players and hosts one of his own weekly caption contests at Random Numbers, where Mr. Right has enjoyed frequent success!

  • Chris (NM)

    Lucky Dawg News


  • Chris has become a weekly linker to our caption contests and has contributed many very funny photoshops to them. His blog is not only a great source for right-wing politics, but NASCAR news, too! Thank you, sir!

  • CJ [aka Capitalist Infidel & Rumplemintz] (NC)

    VRWC #1 Member

    The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy


  • A regular visitor in the early days, CJ used to live just up the road from me before a recent move to a redder state. I also became acquainted with him long ago on the threads of PoliPundit and Jayson Javitz's now defunct Political Vice Squad as well as through his own blog.

  • Damian G. (NY)

    Conservathink


  • A regular captioner with a frequently humorous blog of his own, who has linked here a couple of times also.

  • Dr. Phat Tony (AL)

    Dr. Phat Tony's


  • Another regular captions player famous for his "Ask Dr. Phat Tony" sessions at his eponymous homebase.

  • Gateway Pundit (MO)

    Gateway Pundit


  • A brilliant blogger with great material you just can't find anywhere else all over his blog, he has graciously linked here a number of times.

  • Howie

    Howie's Moisture Farm

    The Jawa Report


  • Howie is regular contributor at The Jawa Report who has linked to us there on numerous occasions. He now also has his own blog, as well.

  • I. Ronnie (NC)

    Now That's Ironic


  • Another captions ace and photoshopper. Unfortunately, he blogs only infrequently.

  • Jake Jacobsen (IL)

    Freedom Folks


  • Frequent linker and commenter who also hails from my home state of Illinois.

  • Jayson Javitz (CA)

    PoliPundit


  • Another early inspiration, Jayson is an indispensable source of information at PoliPundit. His own defunct blog, Political Vice Squad, is sorely missed!

  • Jeanette (SC)

    Oh How I Love Jesus


  • A very kind lady whom I got to know pretty well on the PoliPundit threads, Jeanette has linked, commented and played in the captions games a few times, too. She was also a contributor to our "Blogoweeniversary" event last October.

  • JimmyB (OH)

    The Conservative UAW Guy

    Blogs4Bauer


  • A frequent captions player and commenter, who is a bold defender of the Second Ammendment.

  • John, the Armorer (US Army, ret.)

    Argghhh!


  • A milblogger who links regularly to both our caption contests and satire posts, John's blog is for those who like a military perspective with a lot of fun mixed in!

  • Kimsch (IL)

    Musing Minds


  • Another fellow Illinois resident, I got to know Kimsch on the PoliPundit threads. She visits regularly and participated quite prolifically in the "Blogoweeniversary" festivities last year! Be sure to check out her recently upgraded blog!

  • Stew Magoo (GA)

    Get Stewed


  • Another long time regular who plays in our caption contests, comments and even played along on our "Blogoweeniversary". Thank you, sir! Stew loves sheepdogs and hates telemarketers and recently took on a new blogging partner!

  • The Man (NY)

    GOP and the City

    Blogs4Bauer


  • "The Man" is a frequent and talented caption contest player who hosts a photo contest of his own on his excellent humor-heavy blog. He is also one of the primary forces behind the "Blogs 4 Bauer" fansite for 24 enthusiasts, to which a number of our other FFC members also contribute! He also just happens to be the brother of one of our newest inductees, GOP and College.

  • Rick Moran (IL)

    Right Wing Nut House

    Blogs4Bauer


  • A fellow Bears and White Sox fan from the Chicago area who links all the time via his wonderful "Carnival of the Clueless" feature, Rick is one the best reads in the whole of the blogosphere! A long time 24 fanatic, he recently joined up with the Blogs4Bauer crew, too!

  • Mr. Snitch (NJ)

    Mister Snitch!


  • A regular captioner who has linked a couple of times, he often has very well researched and thought provoking posts about bloggers and blogging over at his self-titled online homesite!

  • Kitty Myers (NY)

    Kitty Litter

    Lifelike Pundits


  • A long time colleague of Pat Curley and the newly enshrined Pam Meister at Lifelike Pundits, Kitty has linked to us numerous times and was another of the "Blogoweeniversary" participants from this past year!

  • Betsy Newmark (NC)

    Betsy's Page


  • Another blogging powerhouse, she has linked here a few times, including on at least two occasions from Michelle Malkin's blog when she was guest-posting there! Wow! I am ever-so-grateful!

  • Newton (TX)

    Oh How I Love Jesus


  • Another of my PoliPundit friends who blogs along with Jeanette at the Christian blog, Oh How I Love Jesus.

  • Omnibus Driver (IL)

    Leslie's Omnibus


  • Another area blogger who visits regularly and even invited me to a blogging meet (that I unfortunately couldn't make it to --- this time).

  • Pluto's Dad (IL)

    Eyes on the Ball News


  • Yet another Illinois blogger, Pluto's Dad runs a satirical news site and has played in a number of our photo caption contests.

  • Mark A. Rayner (Ontario)

    The Skwib


  • A regular linker through his weekly "Carnival of Satire" feature, Mark's blog is home to many regular satire posts of its own.

  • Rob B. (TX)

    File It Under...


  • Another fine member of the FIU staff who has contributed to our photo caption contests on several occasions, Rob works in the EEEEVIL oil industry and is the beloved leader of the Neocon Revolution at FIU, which has already survived an onslaught from the "pink menace"!

  • John Ruberry (IL)

    Marathon Pundit

    Illinois Marathon Pundit

    Mobile Marathon Pundit

    ILLINOIZE


  • Another of the blogosphere's absolute finest, John hails from Illinois and has commented, linked and e-mailed frequently. He is also a fine captions player and another of the culprits behind our "Blogoweeniversary". His blog is a must read with frequent info on the antics of Cindy Sheehan, Fred Phelps and Ward Churchill (among many others) as well as insight into Illinois politics and liberal monkey business at Illinois colleges. He is frequently featured by Chicago newspaper columnist and blogger Eric Zorn and is also a great running enthusiast who once caught John Kerry in a lie about running in a marathon!

  • Dr. Pat Santy (MI)

    Dr. Sanity


  • A real-life psychologist, Dr. Pat links regularly with her always wonderful "Carnival of the Insanities".

  • Dr. Rusty Shackleford

    The Jawa Report


  • Another one of the blogosphere's best who actually helped put a terrorist behind bars with his blog, Dr. Rusty has linked here a number of times!

  • Chris Short (USAF) (FL)

    Conservative Thinking

    The Jawa Report

    chrisshort.net

    Our Life


  • Chris is a prolific blogger and has played in our caption contests a number of times.

  • Headmistress SondraK

    Knowledge Is Power


  • The great exhalted Headmistress, who minces no words on her blog (which is not for the faint-of-heart), has sent numerous KIP-lanches our way, for which we are eternally grateful!

  • Spacemonkey (AL)

    The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles

    IMAO


  • Spacemonkey was a favorite of mine over at IMAO even before he started showing up to play in our caption contests here on a regular basis. I am truly honored by his presence and the sidebar quote he e-mailed me awhile back!

  • Don Surber (WV)

    Don Surber

    It's a Pundit


  • Don has linked here a number of times both from his own blog and from It's a Pundit. Thank you, sir.

  • V the K (MD)

    Caption This!

    Blogs4Bauer

    Reactionary Parrot

    What a Long Strange Trip This Will Be


  • V the K (Viking the Kitten) is a captioning genius who has been a force to contend with in our caption contests for quite awhile now... and no wonder! After all, his own blog, which has become a frequent hangout for me, is all about funny photo captions! It's also where I first ran into Son of the Godfather, another of our new inductees. "V" also dabbles in sci-fi writing, which you can check out at another of his websites, What a Long Strange Trip This Will Be!

  • Windhamite (OH)

    The Windhamite


  • Windhamite is a another frequent, and quite good, captions player with a great blog.

    Inactive, but not forgotten...

  • Oregano

    Cafe Oregano


  • Before closing his cafe last year due to a lack of time for blogging, Oregano frequently linked to us, especially our caption contests. His old blog site is now a photographic tribute to his pending nuptials. Congratulations!

  • Charly Goehring (CA)

    Reformed Politics


  • An all around great guy, the artist formerly known as "CharlyG" can still be found hanging around the threads of PoliPundit under the moniker of "lyricman", where he enjoys posting song lyrics, often as somewhat subtle and frequently funny jabs at trolls!

  • MN Blogger (MN)

    MN Blogger


  • A frequent commenter, linker and e-mailer who vanished from the blogosphere in early January, saying he was simply too busy with work, but also that he may return at a later date.

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    Previous Frequent Flyers Club Posts:

    FFC I
    FFC II
    FFC III

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    UPDATE 3/15:

    The newly inducted GOP and College has designed and displayed this wonderful blogger button in his blog's margin, and has graciously consented to make it available to anyone else who may wish to use it!



    Code for installing the above FFC blogger button on your own blog...

    [p][a href="http://intherightplace.blogspot.com/"][img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1105/630/400/FrequentFlyer.jpg" border="0" alt="I am a Frequent Flyers Club Member at The Right Place!" /][/a][/p]

    Replace each "[" with "<" and each "]" with ">". The result is this...

    I am a Frequent Flyers Club Member at The Right Place!



    Thank you, GOPAC! You truly rock!

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    Thanks for the links!

    The Anchoress
    The Paladin Blog
    The Real Ugly American
    Musing Minds
    David Drake
    The Texas Songbird