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DBSK, TVXQ, and JYJ Fans: Let’s Make Cassiopeia Great Again! Part 2

And the law making continues! Let’s get back to the basics-

2. Thou Shalt Not Derogate, Demean, or Disparage TVXQ without a valid reason.


Valid reasons DO NOT include:

  1. As of 2011, the members in the group are Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin
  2. The fact that Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin walk among us and continue to live and breathe 
  3. Decision of said persons to remain in their current company
  4. Decision of said persons to renew their contracts with their current company
  5. Decision of said persons to not disband TVXQ
  6. Decision of said persons to not change the name of TVXQ
  7. Said persons talking about their hardships in the immediate post-split period on national TV
  8. Said persons vocal capabilities, when said persons have made efforts to improve
  9. Guilt by association,i.e. “I strongly abhor a particular company’s management, practices, and/or policies, so all of the company’s employees must be corrupt.”
  10. The fact that a two-member TVXQ exists
  11. Ignorance based on biased, inaccurate, and/or incomplete reporting

A warning to those who choose to violate this policy:


They will be swiftly called out. In addition, they will not pass go and will not collect $200.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg…

DBSK, TVXQ, and JYJ Fans: Let’s Make Cassiopeia Great Again! Part 1

Let’s face it-In the year of 2017, a full 7 years after the split, the state of the fandom is in shambles. This series of posts is a list of policies to Make Cassiopeia Great Again. 

Let’s start with the basics.
1. Thou Shalt Not Derogate, Demean, or Disparage JYJ without a valid reason.


Valid reasons DO NOT include:

  1. The members in the group are Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu
  2. The fact that Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu walk among us and continue to live and breathe
  3. Departure of said persons in late 2009-early 2010 from the five-member group TVXQ
  4. Said persons expressing that they miss their former group members
  5. Said persons expressing that they would like to meet their former group members in person
  6. Said persons talking about their continually blocked attempts to perform on public television after their departure from TVXQ
  7. Said persons performing DB5K songs and/or dances in their performances
  8. How said persons choose to spend their money (unless the money is used on something illegal)
  9. Guilt by association, i.e. if one of said persons or an associate of said persons is accused or found guilty of a crime, the two remaining persons or said person must also be guilty of the same crime
  10. Exposure of skin (excluding genital region)
  11. Subjective opinions of said persons “relevancy” in K-pop industry
  12. The fact that an entity known as JYJ exists
  13. Ignorance based on biased, inaccurate, and/or incomplete reporting

A warning to those who choose to violate this policy:


They will be swiftly called out. In addition, violators will not pass go and will not collect $200.

Stay tuned…

    Skip Days

    A Skip Day is a non-holiday day when you decide to not attend one or all of your classes.

    There are three keys to unlocking the magic of the Skip Day.

    Why: You must first figure out why you are skipping class. Valid reasons include sickness, fatigue from staying up all night working on an assignment, family emergencies, death in the family, traveling for a job interview, saving the world (ala Spider-Man and the Sailor Scouts), being grossly unprepared for the class you’re going to skip,  and finishing a major assignment for another class.

    Invalid reasons include

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    Mall visits

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    Boxing matches (unless you have an athletic scholarship for boxing)

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    Modeling

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    Clubbing (for those people who have night classes)

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    Going to K-pop concerts

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    Dating/Spending time with bae

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    Getting in touch with nature (unless it’s part of your assignment)

     

    What: What are you going to do on your Skip Day? (we basically covered this in the Why section).

    When: When are you planning to skip? It’s best not to skip on a test/exam day (READ: DON’T DO IT), but you might be able to get away with skipping a quiz (especially if the teacher drops a few). It can be advantageous to skip the day before a three or four day weekend, but you should check your schedule (i.e. the syllabus) to make sure you won’t be missing anything important, like instructions for a project or writing assignment.

    How: How do you intend to make up the material you missed and stay on pace with the class? Some suggestions:

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    Read the will-be-missed material ahead of time (or on time).

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    Ask a classmate to take lecture notes for you.

    And there you have it- a Rough Guide to the Skip Day. Now you have all the tools to skip class with the least amount of damage (both to your grade and  your ego).

    Writer Update

    Hello, こにちは,안녕하세요, 你好 fellow readers!

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    I know I’ve been a bad blog writer, for I haven’t even a schedule that I follow to post regularly.

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    But I’m hitting the books

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    and the grad school applications.

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    And I’m like

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    So by the time that I finally get into the calm, clarity, and peace of mind that I need to write fun things such as these, I’m drained.

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    I know that’s no fun for you guys, especially those of you who have been waiting,

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    waiting for me to finish the SuJu Guide.

    However, I’m really determined not to let this blog fall off the cliff into the abyss; I’m trying out a system where I attend to this blog a least once a week, even if I don’t finish a post.  I’m a strong believer in chipping things off piece by piece to get things done (and things do need to get done).

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    So please don’t hurt me!

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    Sincerely,

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Blog Writer

    Flying Guide to Korea

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    Now that I’m back in the States, I thought I’d share some tips with you on flying to Korea.

    1. If you’re flying in from the US, DO NOT FLY ON UNITED!!! Or any American airline for that matter. If you’re flying from somewhere in Asia and its only a 2-3 hour trip, then feel free if there are no other options available.  Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you why…

    When I first came to Korea, I was kicked off my flight to SFO for no other reason that I was making a connecting flight to Korea; other passengers who were ultimately flying to other foreign countries were kicked off as well.  Sure, they gave me a free upgrade to United Economy Plus (more legroom), but I missed my connecting flight to Korea, and since the dorm was only checking in students from 9-5  and I arrived well past 5, I had to board in a somewhat ratchet hotel nearby that the woman at the Incheon International Airport (인천국제공항) information desk recommended for a night (I’m not blaming her- she probably didn’t know that the hotel was somewhat ratchet).

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    Then on my flight back to the US for winter vacation (겨울방학), I was greeted with no screen in my seat on my flight from Tokyo to Chicago (my hometown is not Chicago, it’s in Maryland).

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    How the flippy-flip-flip can you survival an international, trans-continental, 9+ hour flight like that WITHOUT A PERSONAL TV SCREEN AT YOUR BECK AND CALL?!!

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    The Asian airlines give you a screen even if you’re in economy. Economy.  And ain’t nobody got $2,000 to pay for business or first class.  I thought this was some freak accident, but you know, I flew from San  Francisco to Seoul, in Economy Plus, without a screen.  And I flew from Tokyo to San Francisco without a screen.   So in conclusion:

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    2.  Take a direct flight if possible- you won’t have to worry about your other connections if your first flight is delayed, canceled, or if you’re kicked off the flight for no reason. However, if you would like to stop somewhere, make a sufficient gap between flights to minimize headaches.

    3.  If your flight is eight hours or longer, consider purchasing more legroom (applies mostly to American airlines).

    4. Unless you’re rich or a member of a frequent flyer program, do everything in your power to minimize and/or avoid baggage fees.

    5.  If you’re traveling to Korea for a study abroad program, pay close attention to your university dormitory’s hours and days of accepting students. If they say Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th from 9am-5pm, they really mean Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th from 9am-5pm.  Make your flight arrangements accordingly.

    That’s all folks and happy flying!

    IGNITE Soldiers of Light

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    안녕하세요여러분! Hello everyone, and this is a public  announcement from your friendly neighborhood blog writer.

    Next Friday and Saturday (June 21st and 22nd), my church 3rd Wave (the same 3rd Wave that Brian Joo, Choi Siwon, and ex-UKiss member Alexander are associated with) is holding a missions conference.  There are 3 reasons why you should attend if you’re in Korea or in the vicinity:

    1) You will get inspired to do great works for the Kingdom of God.  Technically this conference focuses on doing missions work overseas (which is the focus of the church), but there is nothing to say that the lessons learned aren’t applicable in other areas of Christian outreach.

    2) You get to see and listen to people who are gung ho for God. These people carry torches in the marathon for the Kingdom, and they love nothing more than for you to “accidentally” catch  some of the fire.

    3) It’s free.  You can go clubbing on both nights but that will set you back a couple of 민원 for drinks, food, entrance fee, etc.  All that for something that won’t sustain you in the long term. Meanwhile, your life can be changed and/or enriched for the cost of nothing.  And don’t say that any event that costs nothing isn’t worth going to- I know that hundreds flocked to the free K-pop concert in Gangnam last October (and that includes the people who had to watch from across the street at COEX), and that was free.

    The People

    Alexander Lee Eusebio (of UKiss fame)- singer, rapper, host

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    Brian Joo (of Fly to the Sky fame)- singer, actor, model

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    Lim (of Wonder Girls fame)

    Steven Teo- Pastor, left his post as CEO of Zurich Insurance for Malaysia and Singapore for the ministry

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    Brian Ivie-filmaker, director of the acclaimed film “The Drop Box,” a documentary about a South Korean pastor who erected a box outside of his home to save unwanted babies

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    Johnny Lee- Pastor and founder of 3rd Wave Church and CEO of 3rd Wave Music, a company that aspires to be the “Hillsong of Asia”

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    More info: ignite3rdwave.com

    Now some of you are probably wondering if Siwon is coming. Well, the truth is, “I Don’t Know.”  Judging by the Super Show 5 schedule (courtesy of Wikipedia), he could appear as a spectator since he has two shows in Hong Kong on the 15th and 16th and will be free until early July (SS5 Singapore is on the 6th) but he could have other plans (like practices).  But really, don’t come for Siwon. Don’t come for Brian or Alexander or Lim. Come because you love the Lord. Come because you are interested in seeing God’s work in the world.  Come because you don’t know Jesus. Come because you want to do missions. Come because… just come.

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    THIS BLOG HAS SURPASSED 1,000 VIEWS!

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    It began as a unknown, humble blog that I started to document my study abroad in South Korea, limited to only friends and family.  But then I made it public and the whole world came in (well, at least a part of it)! As a thank you gift to all my faithful blog readers (and those not so faithful), here’s a preview of what’s up next:

    1) I’ve visited almost all of the Super Junior coffee shop/café establishments, and I’m in the process of finishing my write up of the first.

    2) The many of you who viewed the Super Junior Guide may have wondered why I suddenly stopped with Siwon or thought that the first ten just happened to represent my bias list (well it’s not!).  Judging from my surveillance of the ELF fandom, I know that many of you are waiting for Kyuhyun’s day in the sun, and perhaps Henry’s too now that he has a solo album. It’s just that I have less than 2 weeks left before the semester ends in Korea, and with the end of the semester brings forth a cascade of finals and papers.  And let’s not even talk about the GRE next month or brushing up on my Japanese so that I won’t get kicked out of Intermediate on the first day of class. So fear not! The Suju Guide will resume after the SJ Coffee Shop Series (so please be patient).

    3) For those you who are anti-K-pop, I’ll continue what I’ve recently started doing and post non-K-pop related things in between the K-pop posts.

    4)  I’ll be starting a second blog about my life as a returnee either next month or in August.  I will continue to write on this blog as well since I have so many stories.

    5) If you like what you read, don’t be afraid to comment or share on your Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter (even though I’ll soon get one).  However, if you want to translate my posts into another language or share my posts on SJ fandom sites or on the boys’ Twitter pages, please (I’m asking nicely) contact me before you do so that I am aware of it.  A fair number of these posts are about my personal experience, so I don’t want them floating around on unknown sites without my knowledge.  And give me credit.

    That is all and thank you for your support!

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    Study Abroad Photo Contest

    Hello all you beautiful people! 안녕하세요다예쁜고아름다운사람! こんにちは全部きれいな人!The University of San Francisco (USF; the college I attend in the US) is putting on a study abroad photo contest for those who studied abroad during the intercession 2012, spring 2012, summer 2012, or fall 2012 semesters.  The prizes: first place winner gets a USF bookstore gift certificate worth $100; second place winner gets one worth $50.  I’m not a patron of the campus bookstore (unless Amazon and half.com fail to deliver on prices or the professor requires us to use some obscure/hard-to- find material), but you bet I’ll pay a visit if I win either of these prizes.

    Which nine (you can submit up to 10) photos did I choose? Take a look below.

    Gwanghwamun, main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Gwanghwamun, main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

    The Blue House (aka where Lee Geun-hye lives)

    The Blue House (aka where Lee Geun-hye now lives)

    Statues in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul

    Statues in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul

    Gravesite of Rev. Theodore Geppert, S.J., founder of Sogang University

    Gravesite of Rev. Theodore Geppert, S.J., founder of Sogang University

    Colorful fall tree leaves near Sogang's front gate

    Colorful fall tree leaves near Sogang’s front gate

    Two kids trying on Joseon Dynasty ceremonial robes near Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Two kids trying on Joseon Dynasty ceremonial robes near Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, part of Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, part of Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Daily Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Daily Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace

    First snowfall at Sogang

    First snowfall at Sogang

    You may have seen some repeats, but most of these photos are making their first public debut on this blog.  Come on Center for Global Education. One of these babies is good enough to win first place, especially since I’m the first student from USF to step on Sogang’s soil and one of the few courageous souls to bypass China (she has more worldwide fame than Girls’ Generation or Justin Bieber) and Japan (an oldie but goody) on the student’s way to Asia. And I’m an underrepresented minority.  Don’t those things count for diversity points?

    What I Learned, Part. 1

    안녕하세요여러분! 저는미국에있어서,이포스트가좀달라요. 왜요? 겨울방학이에요. Hello everyone! Since I’m currently in the US, this post will be a little different. Why? Winter vacation. Hopefully this means that I’ll be feeding this blog with more posts and it won’t starve for two months (school starts up again in March). For the main course, I’m cooking up some lesson linguine that contains everything that I learned during my first semester in Korea.

    Lesson #1: In God We Trust

    Before you scroll down the page to the next lesson, realize that I’m making a valid point here. God is the only being whom you can trust when studying abroad and/or globe-trotting. You may have brought an entourage from your home university along with you, but I wager that either you a) don’t know all of them, b) don’t know all of them well enough, c) aren’t friends with all of them, and if you’re trying to connect with the locals d) don’t want to make your “life-changing experience” a group vacation. And then not everyone in your posse will want to do the exact same thing, at the exact same time, on the exact same day, with the exact same people as you do. You might have highly divergent interests. One day you might want to do something by yourself. My point is that you can’t rely on people to get you through your time abroad – heck, you can’t even rely on yourself in this period of volatile change. So depend on the only thing that never changes no matter what your circumstances – God. He’ll give you all the guidance you need. Need help on trusting God? The Bible is a good place to start (hey, it worked for me).

    Lesson #2: I’ve Been Cheated and Lied To (Somewhat)!

    Judging from some Internet posts, you’d think that Koreans are racist, particularly towards African-Americans. Koreans traditionally looked down upon darker-skinned individuals because non-white skin meant that the person was poor and had to perform hard labor out in the sun. So I stepped into South Korea expecting some of this “racism.” Nothing happened (yet). I guess I haven’t come into contact with those racist Koreans of which they speak, probably because I’m still technically a Westerner (and enjoy Western privilege) and not an African-African, whom I’m told have it much harder in Korea. However, my Southeast and South Asian brothers and sisters have more to worry about, as they are often mentally put into the poor-illegal-immigrant category unless they can prove otherwise.  Even the Chinese aren’t safe – several crimes committed by Chinese of Korean descent (aka 조선족 joseonjok) have led a fair amount of pure Koreans to stereotype them as untrustworthy and/or dangerous, along with ethnic Chinese (for some reason that is unknown to me).

    US Presidential Election 2012 Results

    For Americans, this past election led to an increase in frayed nerves and the resurgence of nail-biting as an everyday occurence (Spider-Man captured this perfectly when he uttered, “I’m so scared that I may start biting my fingernails….and man, have I got fingernails.” Spider-Man the Animated Series (1994), episode 20).  When the dust finally cleared, people on both sides of the political spectrum yelled “ZOINKS!” in response to the results.  Summed up, the Democrat response was: “Those [polls] didn’t have [us] fooled for a minute-[we] knew it all the time.”  However, the Republican response was less cohesive, with some fainting, and others doing some version of  the following dialogue:

    A: “What was that?” [Obama’s victory was just announced.]

    B: “It can’t be my heart-it just stopped.”

    So to commerate this historic and terrifying election, I’ve decided to put the thoughts and feelings of some of the main events into quotes. Most of the quotes are in English, with translations provided for all non-English ones.

    Barack Obama-The Winner

    To Romney:

    쏘리 쏘리 쏘리 쏘리/ 내가 내가 내가 먼저/ [didn’t believe you you you]/빠져 빠져 [so] 버러 baby/ Shawty Shawty Shawty Shawty/눈이 부셔 부셔 부셔 [by the confetti] /숨이 막혀 막혀 막혀/내가 미쳐 미쳐 baby

    Eng: Sorry Sorry Sorry Sorry/ First I I I/ [didn’t believe you you you]/ Fell fell [so] completely baby/ Shawty Shawty Shawty Shawty/ My eyes are blinded blinded blinded [by the confetti]/ My breathing’s stopped stopped stopped/ I’m going crazy crazy baby

    – Super Junior Sorry, Sorry

    I’m really not your average [incumbent]/ Not your average [political] gangster/ And I won’t be defined by the size of [the economy]

    -Leehom Wang/Wang Leehom “Not Your Average Thug”

    It’s Gonna Be Me!

    -Super Junior-M “迷” (Me)

    Sexy, [Fly] & [ReElected] I’m Ready [for four more years].

    -Super Junior “Sexy, Free & Single”

    To Voters:

    내가 떴다하면 다 외쳐 [President, President].   [Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, Florida] [President, President].

    Eng: Once I’ve risen, yell [President, President]. [Ohio, Iowa, Virignia, Florida]  [President, President]

    -Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk “Oppa Oppa”

    Thank you my [voters].

    僕はここにいるよ

    Eng: I’m here.

    -Tohoshinki (東方神起) “Thank You My Girl”

    看我看看我 不要总是想着他

    Eng: Look at me, look at me, don’t keep thinking about him [for those voters who remained undecided to the last minute and accidently picked Obama or those who were leaning toward Romney but picked Obama in the booth]

    -Super Junior-M “Super Girl” (The original Chinese version.)

    Voters to Obama:

    Again and Again and Again …[*sad tone because some thought both candidates were undesirable but that Romney was worse]

    -2PM “Again and Again”

    You Are the One  [*said in unison by electorate]

    -Super Junior “You Are the One”

    To CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, and news programs all over the US and the world that covered his victory:

    Turn It Up Loud!

    -TOP “Turn It Up”

    Mitt Romney- The Loser

    To Obama:

    I’ll Be Back…

    -2PM “I’ll Be Back”

    To Himself:

    난 어떻게?

    Eng: What am I supposed to do?

    -2pm “I’ll Be Back”

    I keep thinking about how [the polls] used to be…

    -Wonder Girls “2 Different Tears (English Version)”

    Every Single Day I [tried], [but I still didn’t win]…

    -Super Junior “Sexy, Free & Single”

    I WON’T CRY over [an election]… 心も体もSO MUCH PAIN…

    Eng: I WON”T CRY over [an election] …. My soul and body are in so much pain…

    -M-flo ft. Crystal Kay “Love Don’t Cry”

    To Voters:

    왜?

    Eng: Why?

    -동방신기(東方神起) “왜? Why? Keep Your Head Down”

    *동방신기 and Tohoshinki are the same group; 동방신기 is the Korean pronunciation of 東方神起 and Tohoshinki is the Japanese pronunciation of the same combination of characters.*

    Abandoned…

    -Jay Park “Abandoned”

    [Ya’ll] Don’t Feel Me Like Before…

    -M-flo ft. Crystal Kay “REEEWIND”

    忘れないで 忘れないで [his defeat and the Republicans’]

    Eng: Don’t forget, Don’t forget* [his defeat and the Republicans’]

    *Some translations say “Don’t forget, never forget” but as a novice translator, in my mind the second “don’t forget” is uttered with strong emphasis.* 

    -Tohoshinki (東方神起) “Duet”

    What the Republicans/Romney Did Wrong:

    [우리] 원조 여자 [rights] 킬러

    Eng: We’re the original women’s [rights] killers.

    -Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk “Oppa Oppa”

    I Don’t Care [about the 47%].

    -2NE1 “Don’t Care”

    Hey- I DON’T KNOW [what my real policies are]

    -Tohoshinki (東方神起) “I Don’t Know”

    Obama’s Victory Dance:

    Boom Shaka Laka

    -Big Bang “Fantastic Baby”

    So all I wanna say … is How You Like Me Now?

    -Kool Moe Dee “How You Like Me Now?”

    Romney’s Sad Shuffle:

    I tried so hard, and got so far/ But in the end, it doesn’t even matter

    -Linkin Park “In The End”

    어떻게살라는거니?

    Eng: How am I supposed to live?

    -Super Junior “Heartquake”

    Old School Style (related mostly to the candidates themselves):

    Obama:

    MC Hammer- “Pump It Up (Here’s The News)”

    George Michael- “Monkey”

    Romney:

    WHAM- “Bad Boys”

    New Kids on the Block- “You’ve Got the Right Stuff”

    The Scooby-Doo Edition

    Obama:

    “Well, [those polls] didn’t fool me for a minute- I knew it all the time.”

    “All he said was “Yes,” and already I’m scared!” [during the 1st debate]

    “Obama, Where Are You? We’ve got some work to do now.” [after the 1st debate]

    “ZOINKS!” [the polls/the ads]

    “You know a guy could die of [anticipation] waiting [for the results to come in]!’

    Romney:

    “ZOINKS!” [the polls/the ads]

    “You know a guy could die of [anticipation] waiting [for the results to come in]!”

    “[Roundabout Romney] did it again!” [from pundits]

    “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for [Obama and his meddling “gifts”]!”

    Suggestions? Complaints? Leave it in the comments!