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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.Share
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:Share
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…Share
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?Share
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…Share
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.Share
This has been out on the intertubes for a while, but I ran into it yesterday and it’s had quite an effect on me. This picture has:
- Ronald Reagan
- shooting a submachine gun
- while charging into battle
- on a velociraptor
- that is waving a tattered American flag
For my money, that’s awsomeness to the 5th power.
You know those pictures of a naked or shirtless Obama riding a unicorn and farting incandescent rainbows? This picture sneaks out of its web page at night and terrorizes those pictures.
This picture makes unborn children in Democrat women’s wombs kick them in the bladder.
This picture makes Bloomberg curl up in a fetal position and hide in his money bin.Share
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (USMC, Marines, Leathernecks, Jarheads, Muscles Are Required Intelligence Not Essential, etc.) have ordered 12,000 shiny new 101-year old pistols. A $22.5 million contract has been signed with Colt Defense LLC to supply the thousands of tan-colored M45 Close Quarter Battle pistols, plus parts and logistics. The M45 is a .45 ACP caliber pistol and a direct descendent of the Colt 1911, which was designed by one of my personal heroes, John Browning.
When the US military went to the 9mm pistol in the 1980s, there was (and remains) considerable bitching. The M9 Berretta pistol carried more ammunition in the magazine and was chambered for a round that our NATO allies used, thus aiding logistics. However, the 9mm round is considered by many to be an inferior bullet that fails to stop a human being in combat the same way the larger and heavier .45 ACP round can. Personally, I’d rather not get shot by either.
I’m no gun bunny, but I appreciate good design. The fact that this firearm is more than a century old and remains in service is a testament to intelligence and wisdom of the creator and the utility of the weapon. The Colt M1911 is perhaps the single most recognized weapon associated with the American military, even 30 years after it was “replaced” (the Marines never fully adopted the M9). As can be inferred from the color, it will mostly be found in the land of sand, where a lot of front-line soldiers will be happy to have one.
Personally, I like the Berretta, but I’m cursed with stubby little fingers and every .45 I’ve ever shot didn’t feel right. Still, if my life depended on it and given a choice between the 9mm and the .45, I’d feel better knowing that I was walking with John Browning.Share
A bomb detonated on a bus full of Israeli tourists at a popular Black Sea resort in Bulgaria, killing six people today. There were also 32 wounded, including an 11-year old girl and two pregnant women. Nine tourists are reportedly missing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Iranians for the attack.
This “is an Iranian terror attack that is spreading across the world,” Netanyahu said. “Israel will react strongly to Iran’s terror.”
It’s been known for a long time that the US and Israel have been sabotaging the Iranian nuclear program with cyber attacks and viruses and Israel is the prime suspect in the assassination of Iranian scientists. The Iranians have been playing hardball as well, with arrests and assassinations of their own. However, assuming Netanyahu is correct, this is the first time in a long time that the Iranians have so blatantly opted for a terror attack against Israeli civilians.
This is a game changer and not in a good way. An Iranian willingness to go this far underlines the fact that the current regime will conduct terrorism to acquire atomic weapons. It also shows how damaging the previous attacks on the program have been. However, we should take warning because a newfound gusto for bloody attacks like this may foreshadow that Iran now believes it is close enough to actually having an atomic device that they don’t have to put up with US/Israeli actions anymore.
As for Israel, when Netanyahu states that they will react strongly, expect much more than a limp-wristed letter to the UN. The last time Israel “reacted strongly” to a threat, the IDF literally turned off Syria’s air defenses and erased a covert North Korean-built nuclear reactor. I don’t know if Israel can do the same thing to Iran (Iran has upgraded their air defenses recently), but it wouldn’t surprise me if there isn’t an Iranian facility in the crosshairs in the near future.Share
The Punisher™ is a Marvel Comic title that is near and dear to my heart. Unlike most other comic book heroes, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, has no super powers, no alien origin, or anything else that makes him beyond human. He’s just a well-trained antihero vigilante who uses his skills in a way that most of us wish we could.
Hollywood has not been kind to The Punisher. While spandex-clad heroes have been given high-dollar treatment and seen good returns, poor Frank Castle has never had a film that really worked. The best of the lot was 2004’s The Punisher with Thomas Jane in the starring role. Jane’s excellent performance was hamstrung by an uneven script, poor marketing, and John Travolta as the bad guy.
However, at the most recent San Diego Comic-Con, Jane aired an independently produced twelve minute Punisher short film called Dirty Laundry (below) that captures the awesomeness of The Punisher. Enjoy. VERY NSFW because of language, violence, and abuse of a bottle of Jack Daniels.Share
San Bernardino became the third city in California to declare bankruptcy in the past month. The city is so down on its luck that it can’t make payroll through the summer, let alone the rest of the year. The interim city manager told Mayor Patrick Morris and the City Council that they had a deficit of $46 million and jack squat in the bank.
It’s interesting to note that the LA Times actually mentions that “lucrative labor costs” are part of the problem. Apparently it’s so obvious that even the mainstream media has to report it.
Also worth noting is that the current administration has accused previous administrations of cooking the books.
City Atty. James Penman said city budget officials had falsified documents presented to the mayor and council for 13 of the last 16 years, masking the city’s deficit spending.
“For the last 16 years the budget prepared for the council showed the city was in the black,” Penman said, not naming those allegedly responsible. “The mayor and the council were not given accurate documents.”
I’m willing to bet that Penman is talking about the widespread practice of not showing all liabilities when figuring out the budget, particularly outstanding pension costs. Just as predicted, these came back to bite San Bernardino in the butt. However, before you indulge in any schadenfreude, remember that the Federal government does the same thing and if you include those liabilities, our federal debts are about four times greater than those officially published.
We’re all boned. It’s just a matter of some getting boned before others.Share
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled today that the parliament that had been in session for the past four months is invalid and disbanded. The military rulers, in the form of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, announced that it is taking control of all legislative actions. Martial Law has been in effect since yesterday, a good sign that the military at least knew the decision was coming, if they weren’t the authors.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has promised to return the rule to civilians ever since the Arab Spring pushed Egypt’s President Mubarak out of power. The military has been viewed positively by the general population but that may be coming to an end as increasingly violent methods have been used to quell civilian protests. Also, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that Ahmed Shafiq, a former member of the Mubarak regime, was eligible to run for office. Shafiq is a favorite of the military and has ties to many military leaders.
The biggest losers in all this are the Muslim Brotherhood, who has over half the seats in parliament and are running a popular candidate for President. However, the Brother’s popularity has declined since the election four months ago as they have descended into petty squabbling and power grabs rather than addressing Egypt’s many problems.
For Real Revo readers, this situation leaves us a in a position of “meh”, with military rule being a better short-term alternative for the US than a victory by the Muslim Brotherhood. However, it could become more important in time, depending on the Egyptian people’s reaction to this move. If it prompts outrage and long-term protests and violence, it will become a part of the news cycle and shift some of the election coverage to foreign affairs. Also, Egypt’s continued fracturing is of no benefit to neighbor Israel, which has close ties to the US.
We should keep an eye on this one. If it blows up, it’s going to blow up big.Share
Reuters is reporting that Obama will make yet another “hard pivot” to the economy with a speech on Thursday. He will attempt to reset the narrative of the campaign by boldly declaring that it’s all Bush’s fault and that he needs more time to repair the economy. He will also present a note from his mother (see above). Those helping Obama prepare the speech say he is not going to announce any new ideas, concepts, paradigms, or legislation to aid the economy or assist those in need of work and will instead rely on the same crap that he’s been shoveling for the past three years.
The authors of the article are either desperate Obama sycophants or the best writers of dry sarcasm I’ve seen in years when they point out that Obama’s approach just might not work.
The strategy defies the widely held view among political analysts that most voters decide whether to fire or re-hire an incumbent president based on his own record.
Apparently, the new Democrat strategy is to say that the economy is a mess because it was really, really screwed up by Bush and we’re really lucky to have Obama to get us to where we are.
The 69,000 jobs added last month, while not nearly enough, should be measured against the 800,000 jobs that disappeared the month Obama took office, Democratic activists say.
“Even though 2007 was five years ago, it’s very important to explain to people how we got to where we are,” said Jared Bernstein, a former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.
In other words, Obama is going to claim that no other President in the history of the universe has inherited a bad situation and so it’s not really fair to expect him to “fix” the economy in just four years (even though he might have said so before). The only problem with that is that it’s just not true, but that’s rarely been a problem for Obama.
If this is the best that Team Obama can come up with, expect a lot of Democrats to start distancing themselves from this train wreck and even more finger-pointing.Share
June 6 is one of the most important days in American history. American and allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy and began the long road to Berlin. Thousands died to destroy the fascist bastards who tried to “make people better” in their own twisted way. It was a seminal moment in time and one that we look back on every year.
What is President Obama doing to commemorate D-Day? He’s going to a pair of fundraisers in California. He hasn’t even bothered to do a press release, the wheelchair ramp of politics. In fact, the last time he mentioned it was in 2009, at the D-Day 65th Anniversary when it was a photo op.
A fundraiser. That’s what he values.
I don’t expect that every battle of every war be given a somber memorial. Still, every President until Obama did something to commemorate the day every year that it rolled around. What the hell is wrong with Obama that he can’t do the same?
UPDATE: It appears that Obama did commemorate D-Day, in his own special way. An hour and 48 minutes before the close of business, a White House staffer managed to slap together a two paragraph blurb about the importance of D-Day and reposted Obama’s three-years-old speech at the 65th anniversary. Meanwhile, Obama was attending his fundraiser with 99% spokesperson Cher, pictured below clapping gently so as not to rupture her latest face stapling.
Standard & Poors today gave a 1-in-3 chance that Greece will leave the Euro, which is probably pretty generous given the circumstances. The Greeks themselves may be the ones to hit the eject button, if opinion polls in Greece are to be believed. A coalition of communists, Trotskyists, and radical environmentalists that calls itself the Syriza party is favored to win the June 17 elections, which were scheduled only after the elections on May 6 failed to produce a working government.
Syriza is apparently the Greek word for “delusional”. Its leader, 37-year-old Alex Tsipras, promised the Greeks that if elected they would halt debt repayments, delivery higher salaries, and stop those late-night collection calls by nasty European Union and International Monetary Fund types. Tsipras stated that to do this they would stop the privatization of public companies, nationalize the banks, and tell the Germans that they put a check in the mail last week. Oh, and for good measure, they want to withdraw from NATO (that’s pretty much boilerplate text for commies).
Yeah, that’ll take care of all their problems and turn Greece into a proletariat utopia. I wonder why nobody tried it before now?
The fact that the Greeks are buying into this load of weapons-grade manure is a sign that either the Greek people are so desperate to end their economic blues that they’ll try anything, or that they as a people ate lead paint as children. Either way, a Syriza victory on June 17 spells trouble for the non-delusional among us.Share