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If Norks Fire a Missile We Can Shoot It Down

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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.

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Thieves Discouraged From One Target Pick Next Easiest

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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.

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The Italian Election, Obama and America’s Future

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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.

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Congresscritter Warns Mobs Will Riot Unless We Pay Them

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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.

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An Open Letter to Liberal Americans

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To Liberal Americans,

Since the re-election of President Barak Obama, I have seen an inflated sense of progressivism within America. A form of euphoria from the 2012 electoral victory has swept through you and the mainstream media has emboldened you to push even your most extreme dreams. You are resurrecting far-left agendas that have long been put aside or ignored. You believe that you have the weight of electoral victory behind you and that gives you vindication of your ideals and the authority to remake the world as you desire it.

You do not.

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Chambers

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.

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Student Loan Delinquencies Accelerate Like Economy Used To

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”.

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Going Galt and Charities

As part of the new Revoista “Going Galt” I have a philosophical quandary that I want to present to the group for your input. I have sufficient for my needs (but not a whole lot more) and I donate to charity and I tithe to my church (which also does a lot of charity work). It just so happens that my workplace annual charity drive occurred on Wednesday and we were given the opportunity to donate to various groups. After Tuesday, I was not in a good mood and my first thought was “these assholes voted for the other asshole, so screw’em”.

However, I’ve started to wonder if I’m being too harsh. Obviously, I want to donate to a charity that is efficient, but am I actually working against my own self-interests by unknowingly contributing to one that promotes an agenda that supports the people I’m working to get the hell away from? Are there charities out there that deserve what little extra I can provide and will encourage people to Go Galt (or at least be productive)? If so, what are they?

I’ll continue to tithe, and I’m happy to do so, so that’s not even on the table. Just the charities are under my mental scrutiny. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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American Cassandra

Are you familiar with the legend of Cassandra? A character in the Greek myths, she was a princess of Troy, sister of Helenus (the same who launched a thousand ships), and able to predict the future. She was also believed to be insane because no one would believe her predictions of doom for the great city of Troy.

Here, on the morning of November 7, I feel a lot like Cassandra. The election of 2012 is a bitter pill to swallow. Mitt Romney is a good man and was a very good candidate. He ran a first-rate campaign and presented the American people with a stark choice between visions of America. Obama offered the quiet and gentle slumber of the well-cared-for slave of the system while Romney showed that through blood, sweat, and tears all Americans can rise and prosper. The populous voted on the path and more chose the easy downward slope toward mediocrity and the bane of punishing achievement.

Sometimes you can do all the right things and it still doesn’t work out. That’s life. So be it. But that doesn’t mean that we should stop being the voice of reason, the American Cassandra. While Cassandra is a tragic figure, and her prophecies didn’t stop the eventual destruction of Troy (although I like to think that I would have been leery of the damn horse), she was true to herself. She never stopped warning, never stopped trying to do the right thing. And that is something to be proud of.

And so, we must continue to work for the conservative cause because it’s right and gives, and has given, more people more prosperity and the opportunity for happiness than any other philosophy of fallible human beings. And, we must continue to warn the American people of the consequences of their choices because, unlike the Trojans, our destiny isn’t written by low-brow gods on Olympus: America’s destiny is in our own hands.

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Siamese Elephants

After four years of Obama and months and months of campaigning, I’m feeling wrung out and I bet a lot of you are, too. Consequently, here’s a little relief from possibly the funniest people in history. I saw this on TV when I was a kid and I’ve remembered it fondly for 35 years or so.

Siamese Elephants

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Responses to Liberal Excuses for Obama’s Loss

I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I think there is a very good chance that the people of the United States will elect Mitt Romney to the office of the President this coming Tuesday. While it’s possible that the vote is so close as to require an ugly situation like the 2000 election and the delayed verification, I believe that the margins of Romney’s victory will be sufficient to allow the outcome to be without doubt.

When this happens, liberals will be emotionally devastated. Obama sold himself to them as a secular charismatic messiah who would make all their socialist dreams come true. Those that have remained avid Obama supporters through the past four years are the true believers, the ones who have ignored the failures, the quicksand economy, and all the other ills that Obama has inflicted on us. They will be unable to accept Obama’s defeat and will lash out like immature adolescents at their perceived betrayal by their fellow Americans. I want to be ahead of the curve and have responses ready for them.

Obama didn’t lose and the election was stolen: This is the hardest to respond to because it’s so driven by specifics, but there are some generalities that can be stated. Elections in the United States are usually free and fair. Most people in county and state positions to conduct and monitor the election are trustworthy and there are safeguards in place to prevent tampering. Moreover, many locations have independent monitors (including from the UN for crying out loud). Unless there is solid evidence of intentional tampering, the election should stand.

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Revised Unemployment Picture Looks Ugly For Obama

Remember the horsepucky jobless rate that the Labor Department released a couple of weeks ago? The one where Obama’s Department of Labor tried to convince us that a gazillion jobs had just been found?

Everyone with an IQ higher than a houseplant looked at those numbers and realized that they were pure 100% bullflop. Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, openly said that the numbers were cooked. A lot of Democrats, desperate for good news for Obama, tried shout about how great the economy was but it was hard to hear them over the sounds of stores and factories being boarded up.

Well, guess what. It’s looking like those numbers really were crap. ADP previously stated September had 162,000 new jobs in the private sector.  However, ADP revised how it counts its numbers (it’s partnering with Moody Analytics) to be more accurate and the previously rosy picture for September has been slashed almost in half. Instead of 162,000 new jobs created last month in the private sector, ADP is reporting only 88,200 new jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its own revised figures for jobs created in September, and if ADP’s revised numbers are any indication, then hurricane Sandy isn’t the only big storm to hit Obama this week.

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Swami Ryder Alert: Media Provides Excuses for Obama’s Upcoming Loss

A while back, I put on my $3 turban from the discount Halloween store and was struck with the power of prophecy. It was really prophecy and flatulence, but let’s just stick with the first one.

My main prophecy was that by mid-October you’d be able to tell that Obama was done for. Here we are at October 23rd and Obama is behind in most polls and there’s a palpable stink of desperation coming from the White House. I also made a few predictions about how the media would begin to look for someone to blame for the fiasco that is the Obama 2012 campaign. Although I initially said that the media would turn on the Obama election campaign staff as the guilty party, my prodigious powers of prophecy (and flatulence) has failed me. Instead of turning on Axelrod and Ploufe and Chicago, they’ve turned on themselves.

Alec MacGilles writes in The New Republic (a magazine that is to liberal stupid as Saudi Arabia is to oil) that the real killer of the Obama campaign was not a recovery strangled in the crib, not a force-feeding of a diseased healthcare plan, and not a feckless foreign policy of self-abasement. No, the real killer is, and has been, the media in its never-ending drive to come up with a good comeback story. MacGilles states that “The Narrative” of the Romney’s stomping of Obama in the first debate was so powerful and so overwhelming that it forced the media to report it and build a self-fulfilling prophecy of Romney superiority.

MacGilles’ theory nicely allows liberals to ignore such facts as Obama’s re-election was ruined by Obama somewhere between 2009 and 2012, and that the liberal agenda has been as popular as a dead squirrel in a punchbowl since 2010. It also allows liberal journalists (but I repeat myself) to see themselves as victims of their own awesome powers, as if they are capable of accidentally killing that which they love, like some kind of cross-eyed William Tell. It also lets them forget for a few blessed moments that the mainstream media is held in the same popular esteem as those pegs you use to wipe crap off your shoe.

Hold on, I feel another prophecy coming on….never mind. It wasn’t prophecy after all. It was that second thing. You might want to light a match.

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A Badass Man Doing Badass Things

Regular readers of The Real Revo know that we have a strong respect for badass people who do awesomely badass things. This includes the military, and not exclusively that of the United States. Aficionados of badassery know that one particular group of hyper-badasses are the Gurkas, a people from Nepal who serve in the British and Indian militaries and are apparently made of some form of organic titanium. Recent evidence of Gurka badassery include one former Gurka who defeated a Taliban assault in Afghanistan by beating them off with a machine gun tripod. Another case involved dozens of thieves stopping a train to rob it and coming out minus several thieves and limbs.

In the most recent case of Gurka badassery, a Gurka veteran was attacked at an ATM by a scumbag armed with a knife. Taitex Phlamachha broke the scumbag’s knife, beat on the perp for a while, and then held onto him until the police arrived.

It wasn’t until the police used a metal detector to find the broken blade that Phlamachha realized that first five inches of the knife was in his left arm.

Let’s recap:  Phlamachha broke the bad guy’s knife using his own flesh. Then, while holding the knife fragment safely in the folds of his tricep, he beat the guy into submission and held him for the cops. He didn’t notice the five-inch-long piece of metal embedded in his arm until someone later said “Holy crap! You’ve got a five-inch piece of metal in your f****** arm!”

Taitex Phlamachha, you are a badass and we salute you!

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Obama Actually Thought He Won the Debate!

File this under Are You F****** Kidding Me?!: After the most recent debate, the one in which Romney abused Obama like an inflatable love toy at a biker festival, Obama left the podium thinking that he’d actually won. In an amazing display of self-deception, Obama honestly believed he’d performed pretty well, according to the best journalism source available regarding America’s President Obama – the UK’s Mail Online.

The debate has been universally accredited as a disaster from Obama. Romney was revealed to the world to be smart, charming, funny, and entirely presidential while Obama managed to look like he was a reluctant visitor from a group home. The Left has blamed the moderator, the lack of teleprompters, and generally everyone except their Demigod. Psychoanalysts around the country have reported their phones ringing off the hook as limp-wristed liberals suffer a devastating attack of reality.

How did this happen?

It happened because Obama was too much of a douchebag to bother to prepare for one of the most fundamental confrontations of the entire campaign. He thought so little of Romney that he blew off preparations the day before the debate to go sightseeing at The Hoover Dam. He ignored his aides and refused to use prepared remarks, including one-liners about Romney’s “47%” comments. In short, he relied on what he believed was his own gifts, only to find out that he’s not nearly as awesome in reality as he dreams he is in his own mind.

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The Unemployment Rate of 7.8% is a Lie

Obama’s Labor Department announced today that the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, a full 0.2% below the 8% that has hung around Obama’s neck like a millstone. It’s amazing that after 43 months of craptacular unemployment, just before the election it should drop into the “shitty but better” range, as opposed to the “simply shitty” range we’ve been in for so long.

Yeah, amazing because it’s crap.

The household survey, the part that is used to calculate the unemployment rate, isn’t based on real numbers. It’s mostly an educated guess by the Labor Department (Obama’s Labor Department). Real numbers would be something like official payroll numbers, but those take a long time to collect and the household survey has been used for a long time, so everyone kind of figures that in.

Unless you screw around with how you calculate the household survey. Based on today’s report, the household survey numbers are the best since 1983. You tell me if that feels right.

The reason we’re now at 7.8% is because OBAMA’S Labor Department decided that they needed to increase the number of people employed by THE GOVERNMENT over the previous two months.

Labor Secretary Linda Solis: “Hey! Surprise! We found a whole shit-load of people we didn’t know were employed! They were just in the back and the new guy forgot to count them.”

They have also decided that part-time employment is just like full-time employment and so they get counted just like full-time employed people. I’ll be sure to tell my nephew that his part-time job is just like a full-time job. That will make sleeping on his mother’s couch because he can’t afford an apartment so much easier.

Simply put, Obama is so desperate to win that he’s outright manipulating data to make himself look better.

What a dirtbag.

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China Threatens Japan: Why Now?

With the American Presidential election is under way and the Middle East enjoying another cycle of crazy, it’s easy to forget that the rest of the world is out there. Something important is happening in the Pacific, and it ain’t good for us.

There is a set of uninhabited and gawdforsaken rocky islands off the coast of China called the Senkaku (if your Japanese) or the Diaoyu (if you’re Chinese). They are about 100 nautical miles north of Taiwan (which the PRC doesn’t recognize) and 200 miles south of Okinawa (which the Japanese sure as hell recognize). These were administered by the US until 1972 and nobody really gave a shit about them other than as an impediment to maritime travel. However, the Japanese government recently purchased the land for whatever reason from the owners (who were probably delighted to find a buyer) and pissed off the Chinese, who claim that the islands are theirs by right of history or whatever.

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A Post In Which I Incite a Riot and Obama Deplores Me

I’m going to start a riot with this post and be deplored by the Obama administration. Granted I’m making it easy because the intended rioters are militant Muslims and they’ll riot over anything. Even nothing. Which is what I’m going use.

Hold onto your butts. Here goes:

That’s it. That’s all I need. Because behind that doodle is Muhammad. Not just a Muhammad, like so many people are named, but THE Muhammad. The one who wrote wrote the Koran after supposedly receiving revelation from Allah. That Muhammad.

And for that cartoon, and all the riots and deadly carnage that it causes, the State Department and President Obama deplore me. They deplore anyone who uses their God-given First Amendment rights to do or say something that might set off Islamic militants. Some left-leaning fascists would like to have me arrested and my work banned. It doesn’t matter that the rioting Islamic militants are murderous criminal bastards intent on destroying America and the cartoons or movies or whatever are a flimsy pretext. Somehow, that doodle or movie or whatever are to blame and Obama and Co. want the Islamists to stop being bad, even if they have to ignore the Bill of Rights to do it.

Now, here’s a guy that looks just like Muhammad, but his name isn’t Muhammad.

It’s Billy Bob. Billy Bob isn’t Muhammad. Billy Bob was born in Colorado in 1988 and drives a Chevy. He just likes to wear Arab clothing because he thinks it’s cool. Billy Bob at a lot of lead paint flakes as a kid, but hey, it’s his choice.

For that image, no riots, no stoning or decapitation. Moreover, the State Department and President Obama don’t care. Why? Because Billy Bob isn’t what Islamists are screaming about and Billy Bob and Obama doesn’t have have the instinct to bow and grovell for it.

But you know what? I lied. It really was Muhammad again. I guess I should wait for the Islamists to come get me. I hope they get here before the Obama administration does.

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How to Handle Embassy Attacks

The recent wave of coordinated attacks on American and Western embassies around the Middle East has led to the deaths of an American ambassador and several other Americans. The German Embassy in the Sudan has been burned and its occupants are in hiding. The nations that these embassies reside in have done next to nothing to prevent, and in some cases colluded with, the aggressors, who are known Islamic militants.

Our President has spent his entire time in office bowing to, apologizing to, and exalting our enemies and this is the natural outcome of his actions. The Arab Spring that the Obama administration praised and cultured has grown a crop of murderous Islamic extremists that now lash out at us. Thanks to Obama’s feckless “lead from behind” failure, Pax Americana is dead and our nation is neither feared nor respected.

Embassies are considered the territory of the ambassador nation and receive diplomatic protection and special privileges. However, the real protection given an embassy is not in laws or agreements, but in the power projection of its nation. Our enemies rightly consider Obama a weakling, and so they have no fear of retaliation.

This wasn’t always so. The embassy is American territory, and it should be defended as such. The attackers are trained and coordinated, but they are few. If we have but the will to use the force necessary for defense, these attacks will stop and America will again be remembered as a nation NOT TO BE FUCKED WITH.

Here’s an example of how to mount an effective defense.

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Swami Ryder’s Signs of the Future

The Democrat National Convention was like a fart: It came, it stank, and it went. All that’s left behind is a vague odor and dumpsters across Charlotte full of Forward signs. Delegates leaving the city have a hangover, and it isn’t from too much booze. It’s because Obama’s great speech was lousy. What could have been a rousing speech that filled delegates with enthusiasm and intellectual ammunition for the final leg of the race was instead a boring and empty pastiche of previous crap. The man was firing blanks from an empty magazine.

Swami Ryder has put on his turban and now makes his prediction: Obama is done. His failure at the convention, combined with today’s jobless report and years of craptacular leadership, have killed his re-election chances. The actual vote will be somewhat close, but from this point on its pretty much a sure thing. Those pundits and talking heads without blinders (or who can take them off in private) feel it now, and the idea will become more concrete in the weeks ahead. By mid-October, it will be obvious.

Here are the signs you should look for to see if Swami Ryder is right:

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The Real Enthusiasm Gap: Journalists

Does the 2012 campaign have you down? Are you tired of the national conversation focused on things besides the “important issues” you want people to hear about? Is your candidate behind in the polls, unenthusiastic, and a huge disappointment?

If so, you might be a Democrat activist.

Or a journalist.

But I repeat myself.

The “enthusiasm gap” that President Obama is attempting to overcome isn’t just among civilians. Journalists, those hard-working advocates of utterly fair and unbiased reporting, are feeling it as well. Phrases like “devastating joylessness”, “disillusionment” and “treadmill existence” are popping up all over among journalists. It’s funny how that has cropped up at just the same time as it has among Democrats, unions, and lovers of all things Obama. Strange, really.

Politico has put out a piece so self-indulgent and so oblivious to its faults that it’s laughable. Reporters: We loathe 2012 campaign, is a cry for attention from spoiled Obama media whores who cannot understand why they are unable to dupe America into investing in another four years of craptacular leadership. More below the fold…

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Will Obama Crack When Rejected by America?

I’m not normally one to count my chickens before they hatch, but in this case there is a valid reason for doing so. Polls show Romney and Obama very close, but other indicators such as the size of crowds and enthusiasm are clearly in Romney’s favor. At the beginning of the year, this race was Obama’s to lose, and now Romney could not only be the winner, but by a large margin. Again, I caution against unreasonable optimism, but it’s within the realm of possibility.

How will Obama react to a being made a one-term President? Obama is a brittle narcissist who becomes angry and spiteful with opponents. However, losing re-election isn’t just having your policy opposed by a congresscritter, it’s the ultimate rejection. And this rejection will have a sharper sting that it might normally possess because Obama will have fallen from the heights of not only the White House, but that of Messiah and Lightbringer.

So, how will the Obamas react to being forcibly given a change of address?

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Attention Media Whores: Obama Doesn’t Value You

The one thing that the White House press corps believes in more than anything else is that they are pretty damn awesome. While it’s the President who says things and occasionally does things, it’s the White House Freaking press corps that informs the world and tells us lowly peons what it all means. They ride on Air Force Freaking One, have thoughtful interviews with Very Important People, including the President (when not golfing) and the Vice President (when he’s lucid).  They are super serious journalists and even the most lowly White House press corps member would rather rip out his/her own intestines with a shrimp fork than report on anything not earth-shatteringly significant.

But that’s not what the President thinks of them. To Obama, the White House press corps are on the same par as the blowdried subspecies that do celebrity shows like Entertainment Tonight and the barely sentient reporters at People magazine. We know this because Obama’s spokescritter Stephanie Cutter told us so on CNN, a network that claims to be hard news. More below the fold…

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Time Magazine Gives Liberals Tip-off That Obama Is Toast

You can always count on the dinosaur mainstream press to signal how they really feel. If a “conservative” is being showered with praise, you can bet that the person in question is really a squishy moderate who will bend over for a liberal power block at a moment’s notice. If a conservative is a real threat to their socialist/secular agenda, that person is portrayed in a way that would make Hitler look tame by comparison.

And, if a liberal in power is in serious danger of being defeated, you can count on the MSM to provide other liberals a lifeline to explain how it really isn’t their ideology that failed. It’s always something else, such as the candidate (Jimmy Carter), the electoral system (Al Gore), or even stupid voters (What’s The Matter With Kansas?). There must be something – anything – to blame so as to avoid a serious internal dialogue about the consequences of a political dogma that does not work in the real world.

So, I was pretty happy to come home from a fishing trip in the Uintah Mountains to find the above Time magazine in my mailbox. It’s a clone of hundreds of pieces that try to tell us that evil corporate fat cats use their ill-gotten cash to manipulate the system and deny the proletariat their “real” votes, oppress minorities and womyn, and cause the common cold and premature kitten death. I’m pretty sure these stories are written in advance and kept in Time editor Mark Halpern’s office in a cabinet marked “In Case of Imminent Defeat, Break Glass and Print”.

Whatever. It’s just nice to know that even those who wear rose-colored glasses can still see the shape of things to come, even if they won’t admit it to themselves.

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Democrats to Make Gay Marriage Part of DNC Platform

The Democrat party leadership has gone full retard and will be launching itself off the nearest cliff this November.

 According to Politico, the DNC will include the support of gay marriage in its platform to be unveiled at its convention in early September. The Platform Drafting Committee approved the language at a meeting in Minneapolis but it won’t be official until an August 10 meeting in Detroit. From there, it will be promoted at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. A source at the Minneapolis meeting said that they think the inclusion of gay marriage into the platform is “not controversial”.

For those of you keeping track, the number of states where elections have resulted in the legalization of gay marriage is currently a big, fat zero. The number of states where gay marriage is banned is thirty. In fact, in those elections, gay marriage has not only failed, it has failed by wide margins. North Carolina, where the DNC is struggling to hold its convention, voted to ban gay marriage by a margin of greater than 20%.

To compound the “what the hell are they thinking” question, there are also rumors that Elizabeth “Princess Wanamakabucks” Warren will be the keynote address at that convention, where she will no doubt push the “you didn’t build that” meme. Considering that Obama had to cut a commercial to try and stem the self-imposed bleeding his statement made, it’s possible that one side will be running from the other and the center of the floor will be as empty as a junior high school dance.

So, just what the hell are the democrats thinking by adopting not just a losing position, but a very unpopular and divisive losing position?

From a strictly moralist perspective, if they believe their stand is right they can and should adopt it regardless of the political cost. I don’t agree with them, but if they have the heart to stand up for it, good on them.

From a strictly political perspective, this platform is a death sentence for every democrat running for office outside of any district or state not firmly in democrat hands by a margin of 10% or more.

This move signals that the DNC leadership knows that the rest of the election is now almost a foregone conclusion, and it’s going to be a disaster for them. Obama has spent the last three months and most of his cash trying to define Romney and destroy his popularity and the best he has managed to do is appear to trail closely. The DNC leadership knows that within weeks Romney will unleash advertising buys highlighting Romney’s positive message and Obama’s failures that will make Obama shrivel like a snail on a salt flat. Worse for democrats, polling shows that instead of picking up seats in the Senate and House, democrats will likely lose the Senate and suffer more losses in the House. The best the DNC can hope for is to strip off the moderate disguise and lurch to the left as a beacon of socialism and hedonism to shore up their flagging base for what they see as coming tsunami of electoral failures.

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