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Secretary of State John Kerry had a nice long meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister on Friday and it went well. The Foreign Minister pretended to pay attention, didn’t make Botox jokes, and he didn’t slap Kerry across the face like a bitch. He did, however, make a rather ominous statement about Russia having the right to protect ethnic Russians wherever they may be. This was in reference to violent clashes between pro-Ukrainian protesters and pro-Russian protestors and their paid, imported, mercenary assistants.
Moreover, Russian has moved more than 100,000 troops close to the northeast Ukrainian border in another military exercise, just as they did prior to invading Crimea. This “exercise” includes tanks, heavy artillery, and paratroops, some located just 30km from the border.
I mean, come on, people! It doesn’t get much more transparent that this! The only way it could be more clear is if Putin faxed Obama a minute-by-minute copy of the invasion plans and then sent over a tutor to explain all the big military words. Isn’t anyone awake at the State Department? How about at the White House? Anybody? Anybody? Anywhere?
At this point, we might as well hand Brighton Beach over to Putin.
Poland knows how much fun it is to live under Russian domination and the Poles aren’t going to let it happen again. Poland, a member of NATO and a nation that shares a border with Ukraine, requested an emergency meeting of the organization under Article 4 of NATO’s charter. Article 4 is special because it’s only been employed a handful of times and is only used when a member nation feels that its security, territorial integrity, or independence are under threat.
So far, NATO’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine to take Crimea has been as limp-wristed as Obama’s half-assed warnings of “costs”. After discussing the events on Sunday, NATO released a statement urging Russian troops to return to their bases but failed to bother with any consequences if they didn’t. There is a meeting scheduled for Wednesday between NATO and the Russian ambassador to the organization, but that will likely be as useless as a pork roast at Hanukkah.
Poland is on the pointy end of the spear when it comes to Russia. Not only do they share a border with Ukraine, parts of Ukraine belonged to Poland before Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia split Poland in 1939. Moreover, Poles and Ukrainians have cultural and historical commonalities, including an excessive fondness of pickled cabbage and a deep dislike of fascist dirtbags rolling over their countries.
It’s worth noting here that for the past five years Obama has treated the Poles like something he’d like to wipe off his shoe. Not only did he renege on a deal to station anti-ballistic missiles in Poland ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN INVASION, he’s spurned them on trade deals and other issues. The Poles, for their part, have long realized that Obama is a contemptible jackass with aspirations of Godhood and who would sell them out in a heartbeat.
Below are President Obama’s televised comments regarding international tensions. There were a few errors in the transcript, and I have taken the liberty of correcting them for the benefit of Real Revo readers.
Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in
UkrainePoland. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The UkrainianPolish people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged UkrainiansPoles to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with
President PutinChancellor Hitler, and my administration has been in daily communication with RussianGerman officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united UkrainePoland going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of UkrainePoland and the international community, but also in Russia’sGermany’s interest.
However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the
Russian FederationGermany Army inside of UkrainePoland. RussiaGermany has a historic relationship with UkrainePoland, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in CrimeaSilecia, but any violation of UkrainePoland’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of UkrainePoland, RussiaGermany, or Europe.
It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the
UkrainianPolish people. It would be a clear violence of Russia’sGermany’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of UkrainePoland, and of international laws. And just daysyears after the world came to RussiaGermany for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in UkraineGermany.
The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the
UkrainianPolish people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.
Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister – the Prime Minister of
UkrainePoland to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of UkrainePoland.
We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the
RussianGerman government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.
Peace in our time.
Over the holidays I came across a hilarious video of an elderly Texan telling a story that involves dynamite, a cistern, and a homeowner who isn’t too smart. It’s a slow story, but stick with it. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll have tears on your cheeks.
There’s a political allegory in this story, I’m sure.
Not safe for work for language and lots of s***.
What with the nation being all Polar Vortexified, I think a little weather report is appropriate.
Deadlines are important. They give procrastinators that little extra “umph” to get their butts moving and get things done.
They also become a tombstone for bad legislation.
Case in point: President Obama, knowing that the rollout of Obamacare has been a titanic disaster, has pushed and cajoled the insurance industry to be as lenient as possible when it comes to signing up for whatever plan people can try and afford. The deadlines have been rolled back and until the last minute, which is midnight tomorrow.
But getting people signed up through Obamacare or whatever insurance scams the individual states are championing is only a small part of the overall plan. To actually have insurance, you actually have to PAY for it. Even President O’Breezy can’t overturn that fundamental aspect of reality, try as he might.
And that’s where the real train wreck of Obamacare is going to be seen. Even with insurance companies extending their payment deadlines to January 10 (instead of January 1), that leaves only 11 business days before payments are due.
Of course, not everyone is a procrastinator. Some folks are organized and have already sent in a check to make sure that as of January 1, they’re covered, right?
Yeah, right. As of today, the percentage of people who have actually paid for their insurance and therefore actually have it is a whopping 15% of those enrolled. That means that of 20 people who believe they have insurance, only 3 really do. The other 17 are just fooling themselves.
So, let’s recap. The Obama administration is claiming that as of Sunday roughly 890,000 people have signed up through Obamacare. Most are going onto government-funded Medicaid. The remainder, roughly 360,000 have managed to sign up through Obamacare with an insurance company of their choice. However, of those, only 15% have actually paid for their insurance. 15% of 360,000 is a whopping 54,000.
And just so you know, I’m being generous with 15%. Some people in the industry are saying the number is closer to 5% to 10%.
Now, a lot can happen in 11 business days and the percentage of people who have paid will in all likelihood go up as the deadline looms. However, many insurance companies have just barely sent out invoices to their customers and some have yet to do so. Also, we know that a good percentage of the applications that insurance companies have received are screwed up and have to be corrected before the individual can pay.
No matter how you look at it, there are going to be millions fewer people with insurance as of January 1, 2014 than there were on January 1, 2013. And that is the true measure of failure.
France’s corps of prefects is an organization that allows the French central government to keep tabs on events and undercurrents in individual provinces. The prefects, usually people with advanced studies in government, are considered neutral to political parties and in normal times their monthly reports are written in a dull, monotone bureaucratese.
However, these are not normal times.
A secret summary of reports from 101 prefects describes France as being dangerously tense, primarily because people have had enough of being taxed. The report was leaked to Le Figaro, and it goes a long way toward explaining why French Pres. Hollande has backed away so quickly when faced with protests.
“The legitimacy of tax” is now widely questioned, it notes. “This mix of latent discontent and resignation erupts through sudden bouts of anger, almost spontaneous, and not within structured social movements.”
While not widely reported, France had several street riots over an ecotax to be imposed on heavy trucks. The stations in Brittany where the vehicles were to be weighed and the tax imposed were vandalized and French President Hollande backed away from enforcing it. However, protests have erupted well away from Brittany over different matter, but centrally located to the fact that people have had it with the government taking every last euro.
“Taxation has become the principal engine of opposition to the government,” the report says. It speaks of the “painful” climate in France, of “a feeling of deep despondency that prevents people hoping for a better future”. This is fertile ground for “a possible social explosion,” the prefects warn, quoting the slogan of an artisans and building workers union: “Watch out; it’s going to blow.”
Before you think that this might just be a bunch of Chicken Little prefects, it’s not just prefects that are warning that things could get ugly.
Politicians are adding to the dire warnings. “France is on the verge of insurrection,” the centre right leader François Bayrou said repeatedly on breakfast radio. “We’re going from anger towards violence,” said the former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Imagine that. The socialist paradise that Obama is desperate to force on America is starting to come apart at the seams. Maybe we should pay attention and get a guillotine out for our own Louix XIV.
Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, the author of the books Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, among a great many others, passed away today at the age of 66.
My sympathies go out to Clancy’s family. In addition to his literary works, he was a longtime conservative and an outspoken patriot of the United States. He believed that the United States was the best thing that ever happened to the world, and he was right.
Many of us have enjoyed his writing and it’s fair to say that if he didn’t invent the technothriller, he certainly brought the genre to America’s attention with his successful books. His plots were exciting and engaging – I’ve dragged myself exhausted through many days because I was unable to put down one of his books the night before.
Clancy created characters that were larger than life but also genuine and understandable. Their moral dilemmas were the same as we face in our own lives – honesty vs. expediency, personal honor vs. risk, etc. – but on a grander scale. His “everyman hero” character of Jack Ryan was someone we could all relate to and simultaneously want to be and yet have as a friend.
Tom Clancy will be missed.
On Monday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry made the rhetorical statement that the only way to prevent President Obama from personally delivering a Superfly Splash to Syria was for the desert nation to give all its chemical weapons to the international community. Kerry was joking and was just trying to make the point that President Obama is the Superfly Snuka of the Executive Branch when it comes to delivering staggering blows to tyrants, despots, and other villains of wrestling. It was a throw-away line intended for consumption by a group of British elected aristocrats at a breakfast where hard liquor was served.
But, not everybody laughed. In fact, some people saw an opening and went for it.
Putin’s government put an offer to the Syrians to the effect that if the Syrian government hands over “all” (wink, wink) of its chemical weapons to an internationally trusted ally like Russia (wink, wink) then the whole furor would be extinguished and nobody would have to bomb anybody. The Syrians pretended like it was a great idea and latched onto it. The UN, knowing that Obama has realized that they are as useless as a pork roast at Hanukkah, also joined the bandwagon.
So, by brunch, John Kerry’s off-the-cuff (i.e. out-his-ass) remark has dramatically changed the landscape of the Syrian conflict. In addition to the turd sandwich that Obama’s been pushing to the world as reason to bomb Syria, now he has to sell it while the Syrians, Russians, and UN put on a dog and pony show about how the whole thing can be resolved peacefully. Of course, if you believe that the Syrians will give up their chemical weapons, and you also believe that the Russians won’t just hand them right back the moment nobody is looking, then you, sir, are a fucking retard.
The great irony of this is that it may actually sort of work. True, the chances that the Syrians will give up all their chemical weapons to an “international” force are roughly the same chances that Obama would turn Malia and Sasha over to Miley Cyrus’s roadies. But, the Syrians can hem and haw and negotiate and even make a public showing of thinking about it, buying them time. Meanwhile, Obama can crow that such a consideration wouldn’t even be possible if he hadn’t made his mighty roar and gnashed his terrible teeth.
In the end, nothing of substance will come of it, but that’s par for the course for Obama and probably the best outcome America can hope for with him as President.
I took a little dip into the fever swamps of leftist anti-war groups today to see how they are reacting to the news that President Obama is highly likely to be bombing Syria sometime soon. We haven’t heard a whole lot from the anti-war movement since Obama became President and some of the cynics among us are wondering if they were really against war or just against President Bush and America.
Here’s what I found on the various web sites:
- United for Peach & Justice: No mention
- Libertarians for Peace: No mention
- Peace Action: No mention
- Not In Our Name: No mention
- Justice Not Vengeance: No mention
- Eyes Wide Open: No mention
- #OccupyTogether: No Mention
- Protest.net: No mention
- Environmental & Peace Education Center: No mention
- Code Pink: No mention, a few twitter posts against bombing Syria
- FightBackNews: Anti-war Groups Call For Action Against Intervention in Syria (dated 6/27/13)
That’s not to say that the Internet was entirely devoid of anti-war activity. There were a handful of far left groups that bothered to call out the anti-troops:
- Antiwar.com: Multiple Syria articles
- ANSWER Coalition: Hands Off Syria – Take Action Against US Intervention
- Stop the War Coalition (UK): Hands Off Syria!
I generally don’t agree with anti-war groups but I will admit that some are truly committed to their cause instead of just existing as a social club for liberals and aging hippies desperately searching for their youth and cheap Viagra. I accept that some people really believe that they are trying to make the world a better place, even though time after time we have learned that their actions instead hindered the cause of freedom and human rights.
However, in the case of Syria, a stunning number of supposedly anti-war groups are silent when it comes to the actions of Obama. Their hush shows just how insincere and hypocritical they truly are now and confirms all the negative things we believed about them in the past.
By now you’ve heard about the Egyptian military government’s bloody attack on the supporters of deposed former president Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. The last body count on the Wall Street Journal’s site was about 275, with the number likely to grow higher. The coordinated assault on squatter camps of protesters is occurring all around the country of Egypt and is meeting fierce but ultimately futile resistance. In addition to the sweep and clear, the nation is going into a 30-day state of emergency with martial law being issued in many areas.
The White House has condemned the violence and the 30-day state of emergency. Other condemnations are coming in from around the world. Even Egypt’s vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned in protest of the heavy handed action of the state.
All of those people are dumbasses.
These so-called leaders are the international political equivalent of co-dependent housewives. They are more concerned with maintaining a state that, while relatively free of large-scale violence, is saturated in small-scale violence and is entirely unworkable. They have attempted to co-opt the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic entity determined to destroy any form of Egyptian government other than their own, and are surprised not only at their failure, but that the majority of Egyptians think them idiots for doing so.
While the loss of life is regrettable, particularly the loss of those who are innocent or otherwise caught up in the mess, it’s certainly not the worst thing that can happen. What we are seeing is meatball surgery on the body politic of Egypt. There is a cancer that must be excised before the true healing can begin and the world’s most populous Arab nation can rejoin the rest of the world in the 21st century. If this operation fails and the cancer is allowed to metastasize, then 60 million people are condemned to a new dark age that threatens to pull the rest of the world in after it.
This is a story that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of weeks as I wasn’t sure if it was worth telling or how to tell it. I figure now that it’s worth mentioning, even if it is just to give Real Revo readers a giggle. As for the telling, I guess I’ll just go with how it happened.
Two weeks ago, I was in church and teaching the men’s class in Sunday school (no that’s not a joke, although I’m sure some folks think it should be). We were discussing assignments for volunteers, including one for building security, which involves a nightly check to make sure the lights are out and the doors are locked. At that time, the leader of the group announced that there was a problem that we should be aware of.
It seems that the previous week, a man with a beef against Mormons, Catholics, and Christians in general had made some threatening remarks about making some big attack. The guy had a history of bizarre behavior and now claims to be some kind of Islamic jihadist. He was, in fact, wearing a towel on his head when police talked to him and he claimed that he had just returned from a jail in Israel, something nobody can confirm but sounds just plain nutty.
As one comment in a newspaper article about the threat put it, the cheese has done slid off this guy’s cracker.
We’ve learned the hard way here in Colorado after some shootings at local churches that you should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups (liberals) or individuals motivated by chemical imbalances. Consequently, local law enforcement made it known to church leaders in the area that they’d be keeping their eyes open and doing a lot more patrolling on Sundays. My local leaders had quietly arranged for the men in the congregation with law enforcement experience to be “ushers” that day at services, something I’d completely missed.
Now we all knew about it. Somebody out there had the intent and possibly the ability to bring harm to us and our families in a place we viewed as sacred. We all looked at each other around the room and there was silence for a moment. Then, somebody said, “Well, I wished I would have known that before we came today. I’ve got a new treestand I’d like to try out.”
Pretty soon, we were all joking about setting up blinds in the parking lot or foyer and getting in a little early hunting. My personal contribution was that we should limit ourselves to archery or black-powder weapons only. You know, just to be sporting.
Once the jokes were out of the way we settled down and two men volunteered to pull security for the week. The fact that these two just happened to hold concealed weapons permits and each has an arsenal that would put a third-world dictator to shame was never mentioned.
After church, I thought about the whole thing and found it amusing, but I was also pleased with how it had been handled. There wasn’t any hue and cry for disarmament of the citizenry and nobody wailed “won’t somebody think of the children!”. Nobody screamed for victim status or debased themselves trying to make this obvious nut job not hate them. It was just calm thinking and enacting reasonable but non-intrusive measures that were, I believe, sufficient to deal with the problem.
I wish there was more of that. Don’t you?
The unnecessary burdens imposed on America by Obamacare have been known for some time and discussed at length here at The Real Revo. Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has real-world consequences that are just beginning to be felt. One of the most predicted and easily foreseen result has been the reduction of part-time employee. Darden Restaurants and Regal Cinemas both announced that part-time employees would be limited to 28 hours and other companies have done so more stealthily. Walmart has a de facto hiring freeze on full-time employees and limited hiring of part-time employees. Home Depot might have a hiring freeze, but I’ve never been able to find an employee there to ask.
But, Obamacare’s effects aren’t limited to private companies. Small governments are subject to the same requirements and having the same reactions, resulting in fewer hours for part-time employees with city or school jobs.
Phillipsburg, Kan.: “School administrators here say they are alarmed and confounded by the looming new costs they face with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” according to the Kaiser Health Institute News Service. Chris Hipp, director of a Kansas special education cooperative, warned that ObamaCare’s costs “could put us all out of business or change significantly how we do business,” adding that “we are not built to pay full health benefits for noncertified folks who work a little more than 1,000 hours a year.”
For some part-time employees, Obamacare means a reduction in paychecks by $3000 and still no insurance coverage. Low-wage, low-education citizens will have to get two jobs to get enough to survive and still won’t qualify for insurance. If they are young and single, they’ll pay up to 150% more for private insurance through Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges that have yet to be built and which many insurance companies have announced they’ll avoid.
What this means for you and me is that there will be fewer people working less hours in local government to take care of the things that we deal with most often: community roads, schools, parks, fire and police departments, etc. So, the next time you hit a pothole or see overflowing trash bins at the park or wonder why there are fewer cops on the road, thank Obama and the Democrats.
Heckuva train wreck there, Barry.
The IRS made a surprise admission today that IRS employees not only targeted “tea party” groups applying for non-profit status for enhanced review, but that IRS employees actively hunted down and murdered many of the applicants. IRS spokesperson Robert Pilatus made the announcement in a morning briefing and emphasized that all those involved in the killings were low-level employees and that all had been disciplined for their actions.
“We provided terrible customer service when our employees kidnapped applicants and let them loose in a remote natural preserve where they were hunted down and killed by IRS employees. The IRS administration does not condone this kind of activity and it certainly did not come from any direction from our God Emperor in the White House.” Pilatus later noted that the blood of the applicants may have been offered to an image of a person who bears a remarkable likeness to President Obama, but that it was done on employee private time.
When asked about the revelation, White House Spokesman Jay Carney stated that the Obama Administration had no knowledge of the killings and that it opposed the use of murder to advance their political agenda. When asked about bloody handprints on oval office windows and ritual chanting and beating drums heard from the West Wing, Carney replied that sequestration cuts by Republicans were responsible.
CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson attempted to ask a follow-up question but was unable to do so after a dart struck her neck and she fell over dead in the press room. CNN reporter Candy Crowley noted the death but later stated that general consensus was that the death was of natural causes.
The admission of murder for sport by the IRS has made many wonder if Obama, already struggling to implement his second term agenda, will be able to move on from this latest scandal
There’s really nothing more to say. It’s just too true.
North Korea and its juvenile leader, Kim Jong-un, is an international irritation on par with a global hemorrhoid. In the latest round of jackassery, the Norks have manufactured a crisis with South Korea and the United States and appear to be getting ready to test launch a medium-range ballistic missile. The test missile will likely have a dummy warhead and it’s not believed that the Norks know how to condense down a nuclear weapon to fit onto the missile anyway.
The Nork missile, known as a Musudan type, is based on an old Russian submarine-launched missile that has been converted to launch from the ground. It is a liquid-fueled weapon and is estimated to have a range of 3500 kilometers (2175 miles to us ‘Mericans). It’s believed that the Norks have about 50 of them but they’ve never been test fired, which is pretty important since a lot of Nork missiles tend to self-destruct after only a short distance.
Against this dummy warhead loaded, potentially self-destructing, never-tested old Russian designed missile is a wide array of modern anti-missile systems put in place by the South Koreans, United States, and Japanese. Here’s a roundup of information that’s been released to the public:
South Korea: The South Koreans opted not to join with the US in creating a missile defense and were planning on rolling out an indigenous system in July. (Guess they shoulda hurried, huh?) However, they’re not entirely defenseless. Several Patriot missile systems and early warning radar systems have been deployed around Seoul and the larger ROK military bases.
Japan: Two destroyers with Aegis advanced anti-missile systems have been deployed by the Japanese to the Sea of Japan. Advanced Patriot PAC-3 missile interceptors, which have a 30 kilometer range and are used to target missiles and warheads on their terminal entry, have been moved around Tokyo other sites.
United States: Despite the Norks claims to be able to destroy Austin (much to the delight of the rest of Texas) they’ll be lucky to even come close to Guam. The US Army is deploying its THADD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system to Guam, which is effectively a ground-based version of the Aegis anti-missile system. More importantly, the US Navy has a total of five Aegis-equipped cruisers or destroyers in that part of the world and they are working with the Japanese Aegis vessels.
In short, there are a whole lot of people watching for the Nork missile that would love to demonstrate their expensive anti-missile systems on a real, live target. If Lil’ Kimmy fires off one or more of his missiles in any direction that offers a vague hint of a threat, he could get a humiliating demonstration of just how ineffective they are and how powerless he is.
Anyone interested in home security or personal protection knows that the best way to avoid being robbed is to not look like easy prey. Whether it’s having some kind of burglar alarm on your home, staying in a group, or even just walking like a mean baddass, a measure of safety can be had in making yourself look like a target that is too much effort for the payoff. This is because muggers, pimps, thieves, and general reprobates are predators who will almost always take the path of least resistance and look for easier pickings.
Politicians are, of course, of the same breed as muggers, pimps, thieves, and general reprobates, with prostitute and drug addict characteristics thrown in.
In Cyprus, the government agreed to sell out its own citizens by forcibly taking between 6% and 10% of income in Cypriot banks. The politicians claim they were forced into it by the mean European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other less savory characters, but the truth of the matter is that they were going to rob their own people so that they could acquire more money from the loansharks previously mentioned. After the plan became widely known and Cypriots raced to the bank to get their money out before it could be stolen, they quickly voted down the agreement that had previously been acceptable when nobody knew about it.
But that’s not the end of the story. Like burglars discouraged by row after row of houses with bars on their windows, the dirtbags simply look elsewhere to feed their crack habits:
Mavrides [a member of Cyprus’ parliament and a former finance minister] said that the government was trying to renegotiate the deal with the Eurogroup, which had left open the option of Cyprus itself coming up with the money it needs to keep its banking system afloat.
“We have some ideas. We are thinking of nationalising the pension funds and provident funds of the state employees. That is about €2bn to €3bn, and we do have some other ideas which will come up in the next few days.”
For anyone who doesn’t think that this could be coming here, remember that although most state pension funds in the US are underfunded and in deep trouble, there are billions of dollars to be had in them. Moreover, the fact that they are underfunded could be used as an excuse by an immoral administration within the federal government to seize them with the promise to pay the pensioners out of tax revenues.
No doubt all of you were just glued to your computers and televisions awaiting the outcome of yesterday’s Italian elections.
No, really. Italy had an election. Yes, Italy. It’s that one country in southern Europe that looks like the kind of boot worn by a transvestite or a hooker or a transvestite hooker. Italy is the country that makes Fiat cars (Fix It Again, Tony), towers that lean way more than they should, and some damn fine food if you don’t mind carbohydrates. It’s also Europe’s third-largest economy and pretty important if you want to keep the Euro, or at least the fiction of the Euro.
Back to the elections. Who won? Well, that’s kind of hard to say because no party won a clear majority of votes. The party that got the most votes is run by a former standup comedian named Beppe Grillo (yes, I know it sounds like a brand of $0.10 cigar). The party that got the second-most votes is run by a former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is currently on trial for fraud and having sex parties with under-age girls. The most recent prime minister, Mario Monti, actually came in fourth behind a center-left party and a three-legged dog.
So, why is this important to us ‘Mericans? Because more than half of Italy’s voters cast ballots for candidates that intentionally lied to them and allowed those voters to ignore the economic reality that their government was spending them into a grave. Both Grillo and Berlusconi are populists who have gained power by promising to spend money their nation doesn’t have and screaming “all is well” while Rome burns around them.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) wants to make sure that we all understand the there is a seething underclass just waiting to erupt in a torrent of mob violence, much like the French Revolution. He sees the reason for this potential eruption as the lack of “equity” in America, which is a Marxist code word for “let’s take their money”. The only solution McDermott has is to lull this horde of potential monsters to sleep with massive social programs that care for their every whim from cradle to grave.
Of course, McDermott takes no blame for being one the jackholes that’s created the craptacular shrinking economy we have. He also refuses to accept that the massive welfare state he desires must be paid for.
He also fails to realize that the “takers” aren’t the ones who we should fear. It’s the producers who are being robbed on a daily basis and chained with debt they didn’t endorse that are the most likely to start yelling in the street and demanding metaphorical heads.
Beneath the robes of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood you’ll find brownshirts and swastikas. Egyptian President Morsi tried to give himself Hitler-like unassailable power and enshrine sharia into the Constitution, spurring protests from people who recognize a dictator in the making. However, the Muslim Brotherhood is not just a political party, they’re their own police state, with the power to arrest, beat, and torture those who oppose them.
The Brotherhood gave a first class tour to reporters for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm so the paper could spread the word about the fate awaiting those who don’t fall into line. The story was picked up by Al Monitor web site and republished by Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva.
Bearded Muslim Brotherhood police and security officials, some in civilian clothes and some in military uniforms, supervise 15 bearded men who carry out whippings and beatings of demonstrators arrested for opposing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Of course, there is more than one torture chamber, as that would be inefficient. The Brotherhood likes to have chambers as close to the site of arrest as possible. This one just happened to be outside the presidential palace.
The most common form of torture was simple beatings. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t branch out in the future to more sophisticated stuff. Still, beatings seemed to be good enough, as some victims were beaten so badly they were unconcious.
The place left an impression on the reporters.
“We left the place and found blood flowing on the sidewalk of the palace,” wrote the Al-Masry reporter. “Someone had tried to cover the blood with soil to remove it. However, no one will be able to clean the image of this blood from the memory of Egyptians for hundreds of years.”
Remember, this is the group that Obama and Hillary want to engage with. It’s a pity that Neville Chamberlain is dead.
Once again Obama’s mantra of Forward has been hit by the ugly reality created by his Forward policies. This time it’s the student loan bubble. Thanks to the strangled economy created by our “Lord and Savior”, 53% of newly graduated people are unemployed or underemployed, and it’s starting to show.
Per today’s NY Federal Reserve credit report, 11% of student loans, $956 billion, are now delinquent by 90+ days. However, that’s the good news. Because student loans can be deferred or have a grace period, the 11% is only half the story. The NY Fed thinks the real number of delinquent student loans is likely 22%, or about $1.9 trillion dollars.
The Fed calls this an “anomaly”, which is kind of like saying that the cancerous tumor on your neck is an “anomaly”.