“Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag,” reads the headline! Now that your idiot Wonkette blogger has wasted the last 90 minutes trying to determine with other Twitter people if it’s a Cayman or Bermuda flag — it’s a Brian Ross report, after all — it does in fact appear to be the “other,” more red Cayman flag, a.k.a. the Cayman civil ensign that Cayman boat people put on their Cayman boats. So, to return to where we started: Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag! The yacht is called Cracker Bay, and that’s not a joke either.

From ABC News:

Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

The floating party, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney’s bid.

How was it, Wilbur Ross?

The event, attended by no more than 50 people, along with Romney relatives, including older brother Scott, appeared on no public calendars. ABC News obtained a schedule of the Romney campaign’s “Victory Council” and waited dockside to speak with members.

“It was a really nice event. These are good supporters,” said billionaire Wilbur Ross, an energy industry executive.

It’s the most fun America’s billionaires have had since the last “get naked and burn that pagan owl” thing at the Bohemian Grove, we hear, from secret insider billionaire sources (our cat).

[ABC News]

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  • nounverb911

    Mitt's money comes home?

    • UW8316154

      Mitt's money does whatever Mitt tells it to do.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      But doesn't come ashore.

  • UnholyMoses

    Yachts are boats too, my friend.

    • Crank_Tango

      Nobama doesn't get what it is like to be a regular joe sixpack with a fishing boat, because he has been rich so long.

      • UnholyMoses

        Only rich people think fishing boats* are affordable … you … you … pointy-headed east coast liberal elitist!

        (* Ranger or GTFO!)

  • Buzz Feedback

    Did the Todd Akin Rape Baby Chorus and Cabaret perform at the event?

  • What a tone deaf motherfucka the MittBot2012 is.

    • UW8316154

      I don't think he's tone deaf. He just doesn't give a fuck what "those people" think.

      • bikerlaureate

        Envy will sway more voters than policy ever could.
        Or so his staff seems to believe. I think they should all get big, fat raises to encourage this same level of political acumen right up to Election Day.

  • Does this asshole really want to be president?

    • UnholyMoses

      Want to?


      Think it's his birthright and sees it as a way to top his very successful daddy, thus giving us a third consecutive GOP President/candidate w/ severe daddy issues?


    • Arborista

      I wonder if he isn't the only one in his circle of family, church elders & wealthy acquaintance who doesn't particularly want a Romney presidency?

    • No, I don't believe he does.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    That's not the Cracker Bay, it's the Disco Volante. "Wilbur Ross" is the nom de guerre for Emilio Largo. Needs more eyepatch.

    • nounverb911

      Needs more Claudine Auger.

    • HogeyeGrex

      "Leave oBondo to me."

  • nounverb911

    Damn, they came back from their three hour cruise.

    • Baconzgood

      Did you ever see that episode where they almost got rescued but Gilligan bungles it? That one was the best.

      • Mittens Howell, III

        I love that one! Skipper was all "Aaaarghh …. Gilligan!!!"

        • Baconzgood

          Allen Hale sure had it.

      • Arborista

        My fave was when the mad scientist took them to a nearby island for experiments in personality transfer…

    • Now I can't get that theme song out of my head.

      • Arborista

        You can sing almost any Emily Dickinson poem to the tune…

  • el_donaldo

    Cracker Bay? I hardly know her! Or her horse!

    • Cracker Bay would make a great porn name for a chick.

      • Misty Malarky

        It's better than 'Niggerhead' – I guess.

  • BloviateMe

    Romney: the Mormon answer to Judge Smails.

    • nounverb911

      "You scratched my anchor!"

    • UnholyMoses

      Howaboutta Fresca?

    • arcane_allusion

      Mitt to the poors: You'll get nothing and like it.

      • UnholyMoses

        Fifty bucks says the Ryan guy picks his nose …

  • I bet the yacht was named "Cracker Bay," or something like that.

    • Terry

      Cracker Boy, maybe

    • OneYieldRegular

      It's the local nickname for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

  • UnholyMoses

    hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,”

    Cracker Pay seems a tad more apt …

    • Stars N' Slacks is waiting patiently in the marina's boat elevator.

    • Graham Cracker

      Crack or Pay or GTFO!

      • UnholyMoses

        So very full of win …

    • Soylent Green

      I go with 'Darth Evader'.

    • bobbert

      "Cracker, please".

  • elviouslyqueer

    This shit just writes itself, doesn't it?

    • Dumbedup

      and yet…the candidates are neck and neck! I mean it's like the public wants to be taken for granted and mistreated by these rich fucks.

  • Estproph

    That's not the US flag? Oh well, it soon will be…

  • CapeClod

    Maybe the boat should be called "The Bain of the Seas."

  • Baconzgood

    Hope it sinks.

    • First rule of shipbuilding: all boats sink. The good ones just take a lot longer.

    • CapeClod

      Think of the treasure diving possiblities. Grabbing the swag off of the drowned plutocrats.

      • All those gold bars he's transporting back to Georgetown. I'm salivating.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Are they going to go for a cruise in the Devil's Triangle?
      *crosses fingers*

    • Geminisunmars

      With votes. No, wait…

  • MissTaken

    The Cayman Islands flag is how you find the VIP entrance.

    Gawd I wish that was a joke and not just an observation.

    • SorosBot

      Of course this is a party where only VIPs get an invite.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    The kennel is kept on the keel!

  • Major Thom

    I think I saw Michael Steele strapped to the roof.

    • …covered in peanuts.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Hey! You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!

        • thebeatgoeson


  • Callyson

    "I think it's ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn't even pay its taxes," said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.

    Au contraire…why shouldn't the boat take after Mittens and avoid that pesky price we pay for a civilized society?

  • IncenseDebate

    Reporters on scene couldn't get close to the yacht since it has a powerful nut-launching system.

    • CthuNHu

      However, between the 50 people on board, they couldn't find any ammunition.


    • CthuNHu

      Take 2:

      However, the system was switched off to allow the guests to board.

  • Mitt Romney, Captain of Cracker Bay.

  • Poindexter718

    It's easy to grin/
    when your ship comes in/
    and you've got the IRS beat….

    PS: Wilbur Ross is more @ "private equity investor" than "energy executive" and is best know for buying steel companies (b/c notwithstanding this hugely entertaining scoop, Brian Ross is a hack, otherwise not to be trusted).

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "Ahoy polloi… where did you come from, a scotch ad?"

  • BloviateMe

    I bet SOMEONE'S poopdeck got swabbed.

    I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'

    • UW8316154

      Where is David Vitter?

      / looks around /

  • veence69

    A part of me feels that we're all going to find out eventually that the Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign was an elaborate Kaufman-esque joke.

    • IncenseDebate

      Is Mitt Romney Andy Kaufman? The question is now out there.

    • Rosie_Scenario

      "I live for laughter." Mitt Romney

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        He's getting it.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "an elaborate Kaufman-esque joke."

      Or Kafka-esque.

    • Dumbedup

      performance art?!! Brilliant. Rmoney actually succeeds as art.

  • miss_grundy

    What a stupid, arrogant, rat bastard. And the idiot blue-collar whites in Michigan will vote for this asshat.

    • Veritas78

      No, they won't. Nor will their neighboring Ohioans. People do know who buttered their bread.

      The West Virginians will, but that's a whole different sad story.

  • JerkCade

    It's like they're losing on purpose!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "We're not gonna need a bigger boat!"

    • nounverb911

      Christie was a no show?

      • shelwood46

        After that speech last night, I don't think Mitt's going to be inviting Chris to any private parties any time soon.

    • emmelemm

      Our boats are just the right size!

  • The ship is registered in the Caymans, Editrix, so you are right

  • MacRaith

    A tour of any marina on the Atlantic coast will quickly demonstrate that the more expensive the yacht is, the more likely it is to be registered in the Caymans. The conclusion is left as an exercise for the reader.

  • garryboldwater

    Yachts are people.

  • sharethegrief

    This cluelessness is reminding me of the Titanic.

  • Baconzgood

    It's spelled "Luxury Yatch" but it's pronounced "throat-wobbler-mangrove".

    • Ow, Baconz!
      I have a broken rib, (from a fall to get the damn dog), and I did not see that coming.
      Good one!

      • Geminisunmars

        Well, guess we can't send you hugs, then, either. Hope you recover quickly.

      • Baconzgood

        I'm glad. Not in a mean way, but because a good snark hurts a little.

  • Callyson

    And the poll on the right hand side is asking us if we believe that Mitt Romney should release his personal taxes to the public…well done, Wonkette…

  • Baconzgood

    Where are Somali pirates when you need them?

    • Generation[redacted]

      They used a leveraged buyout to take over all the pirate operations, and collect hefty management fees.

    • Professional courtesy.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Guys, you've got to lighten up on Mitt. At least the yacht was not named "Nigger Bay".

    • UW8316154

      Only because Rick Perry had already had dibs on it.

  • MissTaken

    Please tell me 'Scott' lives up to the rep of dumbass Presidential hopeful brothers with rap sheets longer than Obama's penis? Please?

  • SorosBot

    A boat filled with millionaires would make a great target for the pirates of the Caribbean.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Yeah, except Johnny Depp et. al. are all millionaires too.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    So, how many oarsmen do they keep in chains down belowdecks? I like how they camouflaged the oar-holes. "Bad news, men. The captain wants to water ski."

  • anniegetyerfun

    How can anyone tell the difference between the Cayman red flag and Bermuda red flag?

    And does it matter? It's a fucking YACHT.

    • ibwilliamsi

      It's a fucking YACHT registered in a foreign country for tax purposes.

    • savethispatient

      If anything, I think it's flying an old flag – this one. Damn cheap billionaire, not buying new flags!

      • Mahousu

        It's almost like he feels no real loyalty to the Caymans.

      • Nostrildamus

        s/b flying this.

    • HogeyeGrex

      One's got turtles all the way down.

    • bobbert

      It's a mutherfuckin YACHT.

  • Callyson

    Romney to date has declined to identify the names of his top "bundlers" — those who gather checks from scores of donors on the candidate's behalf.
    "He is the first nominee in 12 years to withhold these names," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money on the website

    Mittens accuses Obama of a lack of transparency in 3…2…1…

  • I think it is a trick flag to keep Pirates from attacking them.

  • The definitive article on the Bohemian Grove was written way back in 1989

    P 59

    • Oh, those were the days!
      (I remember that issue.)

  • ibwilliamsi

    They call themselves "Cracker"? How appropriate.

  • Dr_Zoidberg

    Ok, seriously, Mittens just doesn't get it. He is absolutely unable to relate to humans.

  • mustangsavvy

    Billionaires on yachts in the Caymen Islands congratulating themselves on being masters of the universe while coughing up a couple of thousand here and there to support His Lord High Hairgel of Romney. That's a populist image that will surely go over splendidly with the unwashed masses.

    • IncenseDebate

      Hey, we wash when it rains, so…

  • Wadisay

    Seriously, one wonders why they don't just go all-in and get a trimene with Nubian slave rowers.

    • And the big hats.

    • CthuNHu

      Gotta save something for the inauguration…

    • doloras

      Because the Nubians don't take none of that shit no more.

  • Fox n Fiends

    Too bad Isaac didn't offshore those assholes permanently

  • MissTaken

    They do realize "I'm on a Boat" is a parody, right?

  • There's never an iceberg around when you really need one.

    • smitallica

      Does Ann count?

    • emmelemm

      They all melted.

      • freddymcmurray

        Worse yet, THEY melted them.

  • Hera Sent Me

    The flag is a naval jack. Most countries have one, and it's usually different in some way from the regular national flag. America's traditional jack, as example, is only the blue with stars part (the "canton") of the regular flag.

    Also, "jack" is what the people on board the particular boat in question plan to do to the US economy if Romney is elected.

    • prommie

      There is this thing called a "Yacht Ensign" that american ships can fly in lieu of the american flag. Its what I fly on the Prommie Yacht.

      • Geminisunmars

        You fly a polyester flag? How declasse of you.

      • Biff

        Isn't there some courtesy thingie about flying the flag of your host country when away from your own? Not that I've ever yachted internationally, but I think I remember that from somewhere…

        • prommie

          I think you fly it along with, not instead of, but I have never taken the Prommie Yacht to a foreign port.

          • Biff

            That is how I remember it. When I bought my long-departed yacht, there was a Mexican flag in the aft hold, about 3/4 the size of the US flag. Had two stanchions on the stern, too, to facilitate flying both.

  • emmelemm
  • OneYieldRegular

    I always assumed the Cayman Islands was Mitt's true nation anyway. If I can steal just the tone from a typical FOX News story about Obama, "With a Mitt Romney presidency, will we be seeing the flag of the Cayman Islands flying above Washington, D.C.?"

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I guess Bebe Rebozo was too busy to host this on his boat. Oh wait, he's dead.

    • CrunchyKnee

      Gotta love a Bebe Rebozo reference. Well played.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    I'm Popeye the sailer man, toot toot!

  • IncenseDebate

    And playing the part of the Great White Whale is Gov. Sammiches.

    • el_donaldo

      Also known as Mooby Dick.

    • Mittens Howell, III

      Call me Sandwich-mael.

  • savethispatient
    • MissTaken


    • Mittens Howell, III

      Great catch!

      I checked out the yacht pics, and it's true:

      Mitt feels my pain!!!

    • AbandonHope_

      Let me just repeat this, so it will filter through my head…

      There is a "Super Yacht Times".

      What, not good enough for Ultra Yacht Times, buddy?

      • savethispatient

        As long as it's not the Super Yacht Post-Intelligencer: that's a complete rag.

        • emmelemm

          A Seattle joke! Huzzah.

    • I't spelled Super Yacht Times, but it is pronounced Screw the Poor Weekly.

  • sbj1964

    Yes,Mittens flying a Cayman flag from his yatch would just be silly in an election year.After all we know his heart is where his money is.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Ye GODS, the comments on the ABC story managed to both fry my brain cells and make all my dogs' ears bleed.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    A friend of mine has a theory that Mittens is trying to raise as much cash as possible and run the worst campaign imaginable so he'll loose on purpose and head off to the Caymans with all the dough.

    Perhaps they were planning his getaway.

    • el_donaldo

      Max Bialystock is his finance chair?

      • Geminisunmars

        Bialystock & Bloom

        eta: said in a Swedish accent

    • bikerlaureate

      So maybe we could host a telethon now and avoid the rest of the election season. What's Mitt's price to leave?

  • Mahousu

    The saddest part is that while there were apparently around 50 people on the yacht, according to the article, it only seats 30. So even within the inner circle of the inner circle, almost half of them were denied seats.

    • emmelemm

      Also: safety regulations? We don't need no stinking regulations!

      • AbandonHope_

        I imagine the standard operating procedure in a disaster is to drown the ship's crew and then use their bloated bodies as life preservers for the rich folk.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      The world needs deckhands too.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    RNC day 3 theme: We Can Sink it!

  • MissTaken

    Kit Moncrief said she and her husband had pledged to raise $1 million for Romney. When asked about the fundraising, she said:

    "We don't like it either, but it's the system," she said

    Be nice guys, Kit didn't enjoy being on the luxury yacht. It made her feel sad.

    • SorosBot

      Kit, really? What kind of person is named after a talking car?

  • IncenseDebate

    Santorum could be heard shouting, "All hands on deck!"

    • BaldarTFlagass


    • freddymcmurray

      poop deck

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I hope the Coast Guard boards them and writes a citation for not enough life vests. Alternately, maybe the boat will sink and they won't have enough life vests. I can't decide which scenario I like better.

    • Geminisunmars

      Ooooh. OOoooh. I know, I know…

  • pdiddycornchips

    If Barry (or any prominent dem) stepped one foot on a yacht registered in the Cayman's for a fundraiser, it would be a page one drudge siren story.

    • IncenseDebate

      It may be because he is blah.

    • Geminisunmars

      Or any yacht registered in any other country.

      • Biff


  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    Where, when and at what does a cracker bay?

    • zippy_w_pinhead

      usually at welfare queens, teh gheys and especially Muslims

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Somebody should Photo-shop the Cayman flag onto………….oh wait.

  • rickmaci

    I know they have investor banks in the Cayman's because they have lots of the Richy Rich types who hide their capital gains there. And now I see they also have lots of sailors there with monster dinghys because, well it is an island. So I was wondering if they have lots of sailors, do they also have seamen banks?

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Needz moar multi-layered CG of coal dusted laborers stoking the boilers!!!

  • USA! USA! USA!

  • No_Wire_Hangers

    I thought Tampa was Cracker Bay?

    • Biff

      I think Biscayne Bay has that honor.

      • MosesInvests

        Mobile Bay.

  • keepwalkin

    Sittin on the dock inTampa Bay,
    counting my cash as I fire a guey….

    Wastin' time………………♫

  • Oh, sure, but if Obama had a luxury party yacht for fundraisers that was flying a foreign flag and called "Cracker Bay"…

    • IceCreamEmpress

      To be honest, it would be awesome beyond words if Bammerz did that, because he would be funny as hell about it.

      Maybe Warren Buffett will step up and fund "Cracker Bay 2: Electric Boogaloo"? Soros? Oprah? Anybody?

      • I dunno, I think "Cracker Bay II" might be a little… on-the-nose. We can come up with some alternative names.

        Honkey Harbor?
        Caucasian Key?
        Can't Dance Lagoon?
        Whitey Ford?

        • Geminisunmars

          O'keefe Reef?


      • Also great, commentz killed my editing powerz, but Whitey Ford.

  • Nibbler of Niblonia

    Neither the Lucille III nor the SeaWord were avilalbe

  • IncenseDebate

    Where's the long form yacht registry certificate?

  • polnick

    Struggling workers can expect to pay 20% less taxes if Romney becomes president, it will help meet their higher living expenses. Many wasteful social programs will be ended, billions will be saved and taxpayers will have more in their paychecks.

    • MissTaken

      Your tedious trolling is taking a toll.

    • Fuckwit says what?

    • pdiddycornchips

      Awesome! Let me translate, I speak wingnut.

      White people will have twenty cents more a week to spend at Walmart, blah's will get nothing. Billionaires will get free money to spend on wars and yachts. The poors will do the fighting and dying and a few lucky ones will get to polish the gold inside the yachts.

      • Biff

        So–house, field and yacht negroes , then?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      They can expect the same under Obama … without screwing people who rely on social programs.

    • SorosBot

      No, he proposes raising taxes on struggling workers; it's just the rich like himself he wants to lower taxes on. Oh and social programs are not wasteful, but very important and government doing its' fucking job.

      • IceCreamEmpress

        Oh, you and your "logic" and "facts". polnick sees those and raises you two Boortzes and a Cavuto.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I see you changed your boardname, Mr. Mxyzptlk. How are things in Bizarro World these days?

  • HogeyeGrex

    A fundraiser on a yacht under a flag of convenience? Bah. That's nothing. Cheney ran the country for eight years under a flag of convenience.

  • Exhausted66

    Relax, it's not like a lapel pin, you guys.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Where are those Somalian Pirates when you need them?

  • mavenmaven

    The best part of this is that they rented the boat from James O'Keefe.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Mitt's concern with the the welfare of "boat people" has always been a high personal priority.

  • Guppy

    Just so long as the yacht's crew and staff were treated in accordance to those notoriously rigorous Caymanian labor and worker safety regulations!

    Oh, wait, "flags of convenience" are only convenient for the job creators.

  • hagajim

    In a not related story….anyone have any idea how much Ann's outfit cost yet?

    • viennawoods13

      Hopefully not much. God it was ugly.

  • zippy_w_pinhead

    is that Seamus strapped to the main sail?

  • Arborista
  • Dumbedup

    rich crackers met on a boat in the caymans…whaaaa…

  • They as much as say, 'fuck you, you rabble' with that flag (and in a million other ways), and yet the working class whites will still line up around the block to vote for their candidates as long as they continue to say ungentle things about Browns and Gheys.

    Won't these dumb fucks ever catch on?

    • GeorgiaBurning

      Not as long as the richies provide somebody for them to look down on and be afraid of.

  • polnick

    The higher defense budget under Romney will give the nation more killer weapons to fight the YELLOW PERIL. Six new nuclear subs plus hundreds of F-35 fighter’s will stop CHING CHOW from being able to KUNG FU America. It will be paid for by ending the social programs that are filling the pockets of embezzlers and poverty p-imps.

    • DahBoner

      He won't do jack shit against the Chinesesters, just like W.

      Remember W appologizing because the CHINESE TOOK OUR SPYPLANE?

      Nope, braindead.

    • MosesInvests

      You're not even trying, are you? Dawn take you, and be stone to you!

  • Baba_NinjaCat12

    I wish they got shipwrecked at Taco Island.

  • resolvedwaldron

    The Bain Mutiny:

    Captain Romney: "Ahh, but the taxes that's… that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic….that my Cayman accounts were only to pay minimal taxes not to avoid them…"

  • Soylent Green

    I hoid of a invasion fleet, but an evasion fleet?

  • An_Outhouse

    It was docked in a quiet slip. YOU PEOPLE were not supposed to know about it.

  • OzoneTom

    All of my favorite Bohemian Grove memories come from "Teddy Bears Picnic."

  • LibrarianX

    Flag question? Keep Calm and Ask a Librarian:

  • DahBoner

    That means the boat is under Cayman Island law, which means all rape is "legit".

    Wink, wink…

  • mbobier

    Giant yacht…. million-dollar, probably exclusively white fundraisers…. Cayman flag…. "Cracker Bay…." It's all so wonderful, I can't even think of a suitable joke to tie it all together.

  • ttommyunger

    Oh, yeah! Partying with the Romneys. Get down, motherfuckers, get DOWN!

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