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Caption contest!

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

* This pic was sent to me by the Quinn campaign. It features a man holding a Bruce Rauner sign standing in front of a pile of Illinois State Fair manure. I don’t know whether this was staged or not, but they claim it’s a Rauner supporter..

Heh.

Try very, very hard to keep your comments clean. I know it won’t be easy, but try. Thanks.

…Adding… This is obviously no Rauner supporter. I didn’t look at the sign closely enough, but it has an anti-Rauner message, which certainly gives the caption a different potential twist.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


84 Comments
  1. - dupage dan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:42 am:

    The affluent before the effluent.


  2. - Stones - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:43 am:

    And who has their finger on the start button for that conveyor? LOL


  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:43 am:

    “Bruce Rauner: piling up the success stories.”


  4. - Jimmy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:44 am:

    Shawshank Redemption Fans for Rauner strikes again! You really need to post the “after” photo.


  5. - Robert0117 - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:44 am:

    Rauner’s promise to clean up Sprinfield, includes the State Fair which has some of the less pungent mess.


  6. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:44 am:

    A Rauner support stands in front of Quinn’s explanations about hiring at IDOT.


  7. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:46 am:

    Also look at the sign…

    Beat the heat with a tax cheat, if it is a Rauner supporter it would appear to be one they duped…


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:46 am:

    Bruce Rauner’s Campaign is shows adding a ‘lil love’ will do to a boring story…

    BTW, the “sign” really doesn’t have a “pro Rauner” message, so if it is a supporter…yikes.


  9. - Anonymoiis - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    Politics is like fertilizer. Sometimes you’ve got to dig into and spread some (manure), to get the best results in the end.


  10. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    === but they claim it’s a Rauner supporter.. ===

    Methinks the Quinn campaign is dispensing some manure with this statement.


  11. - Truthteller - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    This sign only scratches the surface of the long list of questions about Rauner’s business dealings and taxes.
    When voters see the long list- nursing home abuses, tax dodges, wage and hour law violations, pay to play with Stu Levine and Ed Rendell- Rauner is bi-partisan when it comes to making money- and who knows what else,he’ll be toast


  12. - Griz - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    S.O.S. in Illinois


  13. - Wensicia - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    If he’s a Rauner supporter, he doesn’t know how to read.


  14. - Sausage - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    Sadly, this man fell into the manure after attempting to do the “Quinnocchio Shuffle”


  15. - Anonymoiis - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    ==This sign only scratches the surface of the long list of questions about Rauner’s business dealings and taxes.
    When voters see the long list- nursing home abuses, tax dodges, wage and hour law violations, pay to play with Stu Levine and Ed Rendell- Rauner is bi-partisan when it comes to making money- and who knows what else,he’ll be toast==

    Normally i don’t like to judge, but I gotta say that’s a terrible photo caption


  16. - jimbo - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    Rauner for Governor of the Cayman Islands.


  17. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    Yep, Bruce is feeding us a lot of BS and here get a sack and take home some!


  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    Raunerbot so excited, he grabs the first sign he sees with Rauner’s name on it….

    …and stands next to what farmers, the um, “backbone of Illinois” smell when they think of money…


  19. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    Man stands in front of a symbolism of the 2014 Illinois Governor’s race.


  20. - Spliff - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    He’s a retired AFSCME member who is in no way a Rauner supporter.

    Caption “I support Bruce and all his Bull@88t!”


  21. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    “Can you see my Rauner sign. Go Bruce!”


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    “Ok you press people…whose gonna dig in to get those tax returns?”


  23. - Sausage - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    He is clearly a Rauner supporter - can’t you see the “Rauner for Governor” sign he’s holding for his native Cayman Islands? (the palm tree shirt is a dead giveaway)


  24. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    “Da boss lost his $18 wrist watch in here. Anybody wanna help me hunt for it?”


  25. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:53 am:

    This sign only scratches the surface of the long list of questions about Rauner’s business dealings and taxes.
    When voters see the long list- nursing home abuses, tax dodges, wage and hour law violations, pay to play with Stu Levine and Ed Rendell- Rauner is bi-partisan when it comes to making money- and who knows what else,he’ll be toast

    Most ranting caption contest entry ever!

    Looking forward to your next one


  26. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    Most candidates leave leaflets or confetti after speaking. Bruce Rauner leaves behind a symbol of his truthfulness.


  27. - Wensicia - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    “Don’t let Quinn fool you! That’s not just fertilizer he’s spreading!”


  28. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    “Really. You’re sure they won’t recognize their governor just ’cause I’m wearing these shades and this goofy hat?”


  29. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:55 am:

    Lets have him stand in front of something that represents what our claim of him being a Rauner support is…

    Yeah that’s the ticket.


  30. - Casual Observer - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:55 am:

    I was told if I hold this sign I would get free chips.


  31. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    Kid in background: “Why does Springfield smell different from the rest of the state?”


  32. - A guy... - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    On the bright side, there’s gotta be a pony somewhere!


  33. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    “Ok, now take one without the hat…”


  34. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:58 am:

    “The other end of this chute is at the state capital building.”


  35. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Visitor stands in front of physical representation of the reason they called off the torchlight parade this year…


  36. - Stuff happens - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Hey, where’s Oberweis? I smell that fresh ‘dairy-air.’


  37. - TS - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Found: a pile of Rauner talking points.


  38. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Few had seen the business end of the Quinn press operation before…


  39. - the Patriot - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:00 am:

    The IL problem:

    Current Governor: just a pile of manure here.

    Rauner, lets put the manure on the field to get better yield out of the crops.

    Just so you city folks know, farmers call a pile of manure, money in the bank. And frankly, it is.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    It takes “this” much to explain the headaches of Rauner every week..,


  41. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:03 am:

    “Ok, let’s try it with the hat again, and hold the sign right side up this time…”


  42. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    “Hold the sign a little straighter, Governor. Yeah, that’s it. Then after this we’ll get some photos of you cooking out on the grill for all your friends.”


  43. - Sunshine - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    When you want the BS to stop, vote for Bruce Rauner for Governor!


  44. - kj - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:06 am:

    Can we just acknowledge what a sweet gig ‘Governor of the Cayman Islands would be?

    Paid for by Kay-Jay for Cay-Man


  45. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    “It’s a ‘Winnetka’ message. It means, ‘I say enough of this, it’ll stick to someone’s shoes’…or something…”


  46. - The End Is Near - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:11 am:

    “I’m Tommy Bahama and I approve this message.”


  47. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:12 am:

    ===Just so you city folks know, farmers call a pile of manure, money in the bank. And frankly, it is.===

    Yep. It’s the smell of money. Hog farmers especially love the “smell” of their animals…bi-products and it meaning money.

    “Caption?”

    “Which ‘talking point chip’ do we take home as a souvenir?”


  48. - Jimmy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    Rauner (for Governor of the Cayman Islands)?


  49. - Bluefish - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    I seen opposition research dumps before but this is ridiculous.


  50. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    Woman in red: “Has my ex-husband been through here?”


  51. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    “We ain’t got jobs, but we got plenty of this.”


  52. - Mason born - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:25 am:

    On a side note The Quinn campaign took or found the Photo. Why lie that it is a supporter? If you were going to stage it why not just pick up one of his signs at the R tent and make it look legit? Sloppy

    Caption “This is one end of the Alimentary Canal the other is up the street at the intersection of Capital and Second.”


  53. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:26 am:

    “Vote for Bruce ‘Clumpy’ Rauner for governor!”


  54. - Southwest Cook - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:28 am:

    Quinn supporter bashes Rauner in front of Democratic platform.


  55. - Empty Suit - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    “Hi I’m Billy Bob standing here at the state fair in front of the Pat Quinn political machine”

    Paid for by Bruce Rauner


  56. - Jimbo - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    Schrimpf, “Holy cr**!”


  57. - Noper - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:34 am:

    Staffer Ready to Slap World’s Largest Post-It Note on Rauner Budget Plan


  58. - Phenomynous - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    Retired AFCSME employee flies in from his retirement home in Florida for a photo shoot with the Quinn crew. Change of clothes not necessary for populist theme.


  59. - Empty Suit - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:37 am:

    “Business has been booming here at the souvenir shop. All I have left is this here sign and some Pat Quinn mementos”


  60. - Jimbo - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    Wensicia - “If it’s a Rauner supporter, he doesn’t know how to read.”

    That’s generally what I assume about all of the Rauner supporters too. /joking


  61. - elder lobbyist - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    There will be no waste in my administration!


  62. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:40 am:

    Woman in red: “At the price of beef today, that’s about the closest thing I’m gonna get to it.”


  63. - Soccertease - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    Horse@%&^ political fans, it’s all over. What’s all over? Horse&^@*


  64. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    “Union endorsements for Bruce Rauner are pouring in by the truckload!”


  65. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    Old people think this kind of stuff is funny or something.


  66. - Bogey Golfer - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    With credit to “Back to the Future”, it looks like Biff is all grown up.


  67. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:46 am:

    Bogey Golfer

    Excellent!


  68. - walker - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    “Wait till you see how high this can get!”


  69. - Jimbo - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    Jimbo at 9:49 isn’t me. Can you pick a new handle man? This one’s taken bro.


  70. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    “I made a pile in private equity.”


  71. - Anonymoiis - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    “Because Pat Quinn my pension is funded by money in the Caymans, I can afford to fly back and say his opponent shouldn’t profit off of Cayman investments.”


  72. - Joe M - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    Did you hear the one about the politician that had a BA, MS, and PhD?

    Bull Sh*t; More of the Same; Pile it Higher and Deeper.


  73. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    “When the legislature runs over Squeezy, this is what you get!”


  74. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    “I got two days off from my job at IDOT to hold this sign for 20 minutes.”


  75. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Hurry up and take the picture. I need to dive in there and find that pony before it’s too late!


  76. - Anonymoiis - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    “William from Oswego, IL, poses for the camera as Governor Quinn’s campaign team prepares their next press release in the background.”


  77. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    Ron Cooley’s distant cousin working a beat.


  78. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Only my Mom calls me “Bill”…so you’re not my Mom.

    If it was me, I would slip and fall like “Slip and Sue”, just to prove a point…


  79. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    The Gentleman was quoted as remarking, “And I’M so mad about how Rauner plays games with avoiding paying his OWN Taxes now and runs off with his mula to invest in a place like the CAYmans instead of right here in Illinois, in our OWN Backyards, that not only am I gonna THROW this Sign right IN there when you’re done taking this Photo, but I’d ALso like to mention that if you see that it’s a bit DARKer with those clumps up in there around 6 ‘o clock, well, all I can say is that I just got back from the Washroom myself and threw, well, let’s just say that pile of good ‘ol home-grown Illinois Manure up there may’ve gotten a bit of an EXtra icing on the Cake…!”


  80. - zatoichi - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:07 pm:

    The new GTRC indoor summer ski jump complex will start qualification runs at 3:30 Sunday.


  81. - A guy... - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    === Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Only my Mom calls me “Bill”…so you’re not my Mom.

    If it was me, I would slip and fall like “Slip and Sue”, just to prove a point…===

    Hey buddy, in the spirit of the Fair, I’m cutting you some slack and not commenting on this one about you slipping and falling and what you’d be falling into. Restraint abounds.


  82. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    Love Willy’s Comment @ 9:43 am (classic) and Jimbo @ 9:49 am (I bet he’d win out THERE for SURE)!! (Also, AA @ 11:48 am–good stuff)…!


  83. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    Quinn should use some of that manure to light a fire under his Ag Dept. to line up some corporate sponsors for the fair.

    The anemic sponsorship lineup grinds my gears every year. How is it possible that there isn’t a soft drink sponsor? Or McDonalds? Or WGN? Or a Walgreens Health and Wellness Fair?

    How about the world’s largest agricultural commodities futures exchange, beneficiaries of a huge, special tax break at the height of the recession?

    How about the enormous Illinois farm implement manufacturer, named after the Illinois dude who invented the self-scouring plow! It’s sick that Deere and CME aren’t sponsors.

    How about all the corporate welfare mooches with their hands out for grants and EDGE credits all the time? You could go on and on. Put it an effort and sign them up.

    Here are links to the Illinois State Fair sponsors and the Wisconsin State Fair sponsors. Read ‘em and weep. Somebody’s not hustling, somebody is. It’s pathetic.

    http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/sponsor/

    http://www.wistatefair.com/wp/fair-sponsors/


  84. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 8, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    - A Guy… -,

    Keep your guys in line then! lol

    “Caption?”

    “This is Illinois Manure, not that Montana Ranch manure. (Sniffs) …’see’, you smell that? Now take my picture.”


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