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  1. notamobster says:

    You can imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to make some coffee, and looked at the clock on my stove to find the time… It said “end”!

    Trying not to be a reactionary – I figured the end of time could wait until I’d had my coffee.

  2. MadBrad says:

    I’ve been feeling very down all this week for a number of reason. Angry, sad, helpless, hopeless, all of that. It all changed when I had my first spoonful of Zipper Cream Peas from the garden. I don’t know how but it did.

  3. MadBrad says:

    Thank you L&L for making me believe that my computer isn’t as dead as my Dog and showing me how to make it run again. I know it was tough dealing with someone who thought a BIOS Screen was something I would have to get from the VA Clinic.

  4. Locke n Load says:

    Bwahahaha!
    Eh, no problem. The cleaner probably did more good than the BIOS fun. Just remember to check your motherboard clock if it goes into death spiral again. When a motherboard goes its usually the mo-bo battery. I bet staples would replace it for 25$ installed if indeed your clock keeps going wacky. A bad date/time at the BIOS level will throw Windows into disarray every time

  5. notamobster says:

    BIOS screen? Isn’t that a Gay Film Festival category?

  6. MadBrad says:

    Nota, he told me to look for a “Tools” tab under some crazy ass nerd window. I couldn’t find a tab that said “Tools” but I found one that said “Hardware” so I went there. Aren’t Tools usually found near Hardware or at least found IN a Hardware Store?

  7. MadBrad says:

    I don’t like the look on the face of that young lady at the top of this thread. She thinks she can enslave me with her… stuff.

    Back during the D-Day Anniversary I was watching Band of Brothers when a female acquaintance stopped by. As she was watching the movie she asked; “Is this the War when we were fighting Hitler”? I thought that was kind of hot.

  8. Locke n Load says:

    You have the most amazing aquaintances Brad ;)

  9. MadBrad says:

    I didn’t even know what to do with that Locke. Look how long it took me to even mention it here. Sometimes I’m just stunned.

    The person I speak of is a few years older than ME!

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    I watched it again…

    We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.

    It’s not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

    So me and mine gotta lay down and die… so you can live in your better world?

    You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten, they’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people…better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.

    Dayum!

  11. Locke n Load says:

    Band of Brothers and John Adams might be the best two reasons I ever had for having cable. I wonder if I missed much since.. Who ran “The Pacific” ?

  12. R.D. Walker says:

    I have The Pacific on BluRay. Very well done…

  13. Locke n Load says:

    Yeah, my brother was raving about it. All but demanded I get it. gotta be grateful its not in 3-d :) Actually, that would be kinda cool.

  14. Slaphappypap says:

    I’m about embark on a fantastic journey to the “wood place”. I need some apple and cherry to smoke some pork shoulders for the Fourth. Damn, I can’t wait.

  15. Slaphappypap says:

    The picture on top is awesome. I’ve been looking for an umbrella that size for awhile. God, I hate sand. It gets everywhere. So terrible.

  16. notamobster says:

    Go spend a couple of years in it, Slap! You’ll hate it even more.

  17. Locke n Load says:

    Forgive the absence, I’m finally home and gettin buried under the demands of my 4 girls…
    Taking middle girl with me out on the road for a couple weeks, then the oldest after that. Many many things to get straight before we leave.

  18. R.D. Walker says:

    RIP Andy Griffith

    Let’s remember him as good ol’ Sheriff Andy Taylor rather than an Obamacare barker, okay?

  19. vanagram says:

    Guy high on bath salts gets pepper sprayed (no effect) and then tasered FOUR times before being able to be restrained by police.

    Then he busts loose and gets tasered another SEVEN times in order to get him under control. If you are a cop, when do you say “fuck this little electric gun” and pull your damn Glock.

    Bang. problem solved.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/03/high-on-bath-salts-police-say-suspect-threatened-to-eat-people-at-atlanta-golf/?test=latestnews

  20. vanagram says:

    @ RIP Andy Griffith: He was an Obamacare supporter who drops dead within a week of Obamacare being upheld. Coincidence, irony or right wing conspiracy?

  21. R.D. Walker says:

    What happens when an SUV hits a piece of heat buckled highway pavement? Eu Claire Wisconsin….

  22. Uke says:

    I watched it again…

    [Serenity Quotes]

    Dayum!

    We are, at this moment, living on the good ship Serenity. The Revo may as well be our own equivalent, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve seen Miranda and are desperately trying to get the signal out… God help us.

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    Mr. Universe: There is no news. There is only the truth of the signal. What I see. And, there’s the puppet theater the Parliament jesters foist on the somnambulant public.

  24. John Cox says:

    Where’s this story? Six Muslims attempt to hijack a plane and were foiled by heroic passengers…

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/overpowered-passengers-beat-two-hijackers-to-death-on-chinese-flight/

  25. notamobster says:

    Hat tip to John Cox (see above)… :-)

    The moral of this story is: Don’t try to hijack a plane in China.

    Two would-be plane hijackers were beaten to death by passengers and crew aboard a flight bound for the regional Chinese capital of Urumqi on Friday, The Global Times reports. The men died in the hospital from the injuries they suffered at the hands of those whom they thought would be their victims.

    There were a total of six men involved in the foiled plot to hijack the Tianjin Airlines flight. All of the men were reportedly Uyghurs, a local Muslim ethnic minority.

  26. John Cox says:

    Silly mujahid, don’t you know Chinese people know Kung Fu? :)

  27. Jim22 says:

    Old Eddie

    It happens every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembles a giant orange and is starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed comes strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand is a bucket of shrimp.

    Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts….and his bucket of shrimp.

    Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier. Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly.
    Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’

    In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. Invariably, one of the gulls lands on his sea-bleached, weather-beaten hat – an old military hat he’s been wearing for years. When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

    If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say. Or, ‘a guy that’s a sandwich shy of a picnic,’ as my kids might say. To onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

    To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant….maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters. Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida.

    That’s too bad. They’d do well to know him better. His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft. Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were. They needed a miracle.
    That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft.

    Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull! Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal – a very slight meal for eight men – of it. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait……and the cycle continued.

    With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued. (after 24 days at sea…)

    Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first lifesaving seagull. And he never stopped
    saying, ‘Thank you.’ That’s why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of
    gratitude.

    (Max Lucado, In The Eye of the Storm, pp.221, 225-226)

    PS: Eddie was also an Ace in WW I and started Eastern Airlines.

  28. notamobster says:

    We had to learn about Eddie Rickenbacker for our PFE’s.

    The story above is mostly solid – but he wasn’t the pilot of the B-17. He only served in a civilian (celebrity) support capacity in WWII. He was an Ace in WWI. 26 victories in air combat. The record until WWII.

    There were 8 men on the plane. One died and was buried at sea. Eddie and the other 7 survived.

    He was actually delivering a secret message to Gen MacArthur, for FDR – and doing a morale tour of the Pacific Theater. He delivered the message, after his 24 day detour.

    Great story. The guy hated(!) socialism. Despised FDR’s New Deal. Started companies. Went broke. Got it back. He came back from “insurmountable” odds many times. The son of Swiss immigrants, he is/was a real, true-life, genuine American hero and example of what is possible in this great country!

  29. Locke n Load says:

    Happy Fourth to all.
    Packing up the kids after smoking a couple tenderloins and ribs. Off to the show with a picnic :)
    Tomorrow I launch for Canada and Revo Compound Northwest with a kid in tow. Ought to be hilarious,lol. Back with the ret of yu then.

  30. sortahwitte says:

    Cool temps and a following wind for you and daughter. I love traveling with my girls.

  31. notamobster says:

    Enjoy it, Locke. They grow up and don’t want anything to do with you, before you know it.

    ____________________________

    My Wife: Noah, what are you doing?

    My Son (7yr old): Eating bologna.

    Wife: Stay out of the refrigerator!

    Son: But, it’s okay. Bologna is healthy for my colon.

    Me: Smiley

  32. Locke n Load says:

    Bwahahahaha!
    Ok, what 7 yr old would claim colon benefits for ANYthing?

  33. Uke says:

    Colon Cancer and Rectal Examinations are the new Boogie Man.

  34. Notamobster says:

    My son knows, very well, how to diffuse a volatile situation with humor. Says some of the most off the wall shit, he does.

  35. Bman says:

    How not to do hurdles. Probably not going to the Olympics.

  36. TN-Cat says:

    Based on the media attacks of Allen West; the DNC is scared shitless of the man. I hope Romney is taking notes and has the balls to do what’s right.

  37. Bman says:

    No Freaky Friday?

  38. R.D. Walker says:

    Oops. All screwed up by the middle of the week holiday. It’s up.

  39. Bman says:

    Geeze. Good thing I’m here.

  40. slinger says:

    This looks like one of the neatest camping/survival/SHTF items I’ve seen in quite a while:

    http://shop.biolitestove.com/BioLite-CampStove_p_15.html

    Just get a usb charger for your shortwave radio…

  41. notamobster says:

    Just watched LtCol West knock it outta the park (!!!) on Fox Election HQ. I love this man! If anyone finds the video, post it please.

  42. MadBrad says:

    This is the first I’ve had my computer up and running for a couple of days. It actually worked briefly last night. For some reason my laptop picks up every WiFi but mine most of the time. I’m still working on it but if you don’t hear from me it isn’t because I’m slacking.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Tonight I am in Bman country. Near Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi. Back in Iowa tomorrow night.

  43. Slaphappypap says:

    Jordanian MP pulls gun on critic live on tv.

    Who says these people aren’t angry?

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/212884.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  44. Bman says:

    Cool RD! I love that part of Minnesota. I don’t go there often enough.

  45. R.D. Walker says:

    Eight hours up on Saturday to drop the boy off with my folks, eight hours back today. He will have a blast at a cabin on a lake for a week.

  46. Bman says:

    Northern Minnesota folks can be a good/bad influence on a young child’s development. Remember: the book “What People Do For Fun In NoDak That Doesn’t Involve A Barstool” is the same required reading to school children in Northern Minnesota. Just saying.

  47. Locke n Load says:

    He’s the right age for a boy to go adventuring. Little girls on the other hand…

    Day 1 with the middle squirt: omg, she has ADD
    Day 2 with the squirt: Poor kid puts on a brave face as we’re trapped at a shipper in Brownsville Tx for 9 hrs while they completely screw up our shipment. She is obviously having second thoughts about the adventure..

    Day 3: Finally, she starts enjoying hanging with dad as we get into Denver hoping for a good mountain view, her first.

    Day 4: we wake up to MORE rain, no view, and a disappointed squirt. She soldiers on to see Billings and the Yellowstone river…which is running fast, dirty, and inaccessible. Arrgh. Another disappointment. Still, she’s soldiering on with a new DVD, meatloaf, and the promise of seeing Calgary. Yes, Calgary will disappoint but at least she’ll be able to brag she went to Canada, lol.
    Hopefully we’ll get a chance to screw around in some mountain streams on the way up but chances are she’ll have to wait another 48 hrs to actually goof off in one. If Crows nest pass disappoints I’ll never live it down, lol.

  48. R.D. Walker says:

    I don’t know how you do it. The boy started asking me “are we almost there?” after about an hour on the road and every 20 minutes thereafter.

  49. Locke n Load says:

    They’re the same age, you know that, right?
    I realize I’m pretty blessed in this regard. If she were REALLY trouble this whole trip wouldn’t be doable. She’s a trooper, just handicapped by her age. Believe it or not she’ll probably be out with me for another 10 days, lol. When I bring this one back the 9 yr old comes out :)
    Ought to be a blast

  50. sortahwitte says:

    I envy you young guys and the relationships you have with your kids. Cherish it. My girls only had about 6 years from 16 to 22 where they thought I was stupid and delusional, but we maintained a bond. Now they are 36 and 40 respectively and we have a great time together. And them having produced intelligent and loving grandchildren doesn’t hurt either.

  51. Jim22 says:

    Locke,

    Enjoy your kids. It’s great that you are able to take them one at a time in the rig. They will remember it always.

    Looking forward to seeing you both.

    Anything you’d like to do while here?

  52. Locke n Load says:

    1: Play with the dogs
    2: Meet everybody
    3: BBQ
    4: Make sure daddy has lots of beer available

    Not particularly in that order

  53. R.D. Walker says:

    My brother’s kids from Dallas are up at the cabin too. They are having a ball fishing, tubing, campfires, playing with the dog and on and on…

  54. Locke n Load says:

    Oh man, what a party for the boys! Hope they have slingshots and bb guns.

    Jim, BBQ isn’t a big requirement but I can knock out some VERY quick Asada style beef for tacos if you want to whip up some tortillas. Other than that I have no idea besides NOT using the oven or making a big deal of things. As much as Ryan et al might like stuffed pizza, I think a certain Mother Load might object. Whatever we make lets make it simple and low impact.

  55. Jim22 says:

    Sounds good to me. FYI I have a BB Gun. Do you think Annie would be interested? How ’bout a .22?

    I’d be willing to make some slow-cooked ribs.

    Let me know. We want her to know love.

  56. Locke n Load says:

    I don’t know if she’s big enough for anything other than a Red Ryder or Cricket but otherwise YES.

    Just so you know, I grabbed some Mesquite on the way up from some trees on the side of the road. Perhaps brisket is more in order if you have smoker capacity. If we’re doing ribs the mesquite isn’t the best choice, I have no Apple or Hickory. We made ribs the night before we left btw, lol. And pork loin…omg, you MUST smoke a pork loin. Ribs take 5 hrs at 225 but loins go in 3.5 hrs and taste every bit as good.

    She’ll have a good time with whatever we do, no pressure. She’s 7.

  57. Locke n Load says:

    If we go bbq it will be a chance for me to share a secret recipe btw. You won’t have another bbq sauce like it anywhere. At least not that I’ve found. Believe me, I’ve looked. And we’d need some bourbon

  58. sortahwitte says:

    Mrs. Witte and I want to go next time.

  59. notamobster says:

    Me, too. Swing through the mitten and pick me up on the way, next time.

  60. Locke n Load says:

    lol, tell ya what guys, if I DO get a chance to get through I’ll make you guys your own personal stash. Under penalty of, I dunno, severe harrassment, you cannot share the recipe.

    As for Jims place, I’ll leave it up to the Revo Northwest compound to give it a thumbs up or down. I DO know that little town wouldn’t know what hit it.

  61. Locke n Load says:

    And yes, we really need another Fiesta

  62. notamobster says:

    I’ve been polishing my recipes. I’ll trade with you. ;-)

    As for not knowing what hit it – I’m pretty sure I’d fit in anywhere Jim’s comfortable living.

  63. Locke n Load says:

    Oh thats a given.

  64. Jim22 says:

    We’ll make room if you wanta come by. We’re kinda out of town but not too far. And town ain’t too big – one stoplight.

    Mountains and small family farms. Deer, turkeys, etc. Not bad.

  65. Jim22 says:

    Locke,

    Would Annie like a Daisy BB Gun? Or does she have one?

  66. R.D. Walker says:

    I upgraded to WordPress 3.4 and the code in this website theme is not compatible with password protected posts. That is why the Inner Circle doesn’t work. I am working on correcting the situation but, as for now, we are going to have to go without.

    Maybe it is time for a whole new look for the Real Revo. Or maybe that is crazy talk. Thoughts?

  67. R.D. Walker says:

    She got just $200? I am thinking she could clear more than that in a couple of spins on the brass pole during one playing of “Cream” by Prince. Woman needs some career counseling.

  68. sortahwitte says:

    Let’s not go crazy just yet. I was just fine with the “old coke” before they screwed us over with the “new coke” that tasted just like pepsi.

  69. Uke says:

    Well I doubt RD would make us end up tasting like shitty Pepsi. Just saying.

    I like the site now, but I’m cool with change, too. I’m just NOT a web designer or anything resembling an artist, so don’t really think of *how* to change things in that respect.

  70. sortahwitte says:

    Just a quick addition to the Real Revo Survival Tips. I purchased a Ruger LCR (light compact revolver) about 2 months ago. I really, really like it. I got mine in .357 Mag but is available also in .38+P and .22LR. Mine weighs 17 ounces. I have tried it with several brands of .38 and .357. It likes Winchester the best and Hornady the least. Even the .357 ammo is not hard to control. It is now my number one carry gun.

    On another note, my state passed open carry, effective Nov. 1. On that date, if you have a concealed carry license, you can open carry. I still haven’t figured out when I would need that. However, I do believe that it’s none of government’s business whether I carry a pistol, a knife or tow a cannon behind my car.

  71. TN-Cat says:

    Whatever you decide RD. We trust you wont screw it up.

    As long as the comments remain, from all the long time posters, I’m game for whatever.

    This is the only site that has intelligent readers that can compose clear and concise thoughts.

    It really is the best on the web.

  72. R.D. Walker says:

    Whatever we do we will preserve the archives. I will also solicit Revoista opinion before we make any change permanent.

  73. Uke says:

    Yeah sure, if you do decide to explore changes, come up with proposals, we’re here for feedback.

    I might humbly suggest, however, that you stay away from pastels.

  74. R.D. Walker says:

    See? I am glad you said something because I was going to go all salmon and mauve with a subtle paisley background.

  75. notamobster says:

    A regal blue motif with a sort of maize trim would work well… ;-)

    Whatever you come up with will be closely scrutinized with multiple “sure, that looks great”‘s and “nice” or “sweet”. You’re good at this and we trust you to not mess up your baby (which we’ve all adopted).

  76. notamobster says:

    By Kristen A. Lee

    The Urban Dictionary, which compiles user-submitted slang expressions online, defines “Harry Reid” as: “A sexual position where you climb on top and then do absolutely nothing.”

    __________________

    “hahahahahaha!!!!!”

  77. R.D. Walker says:

    It’s hard to post when your Internet access is intermittent. Sorry for the light posting but I have been off most of the morning.

  78. RJM says:

    Don’t mess with it, it looks good, leave it alone. If it works, don’t screw with it.

  79. slinger says:

    nota, I LOVE your color choices! :)

  80. locke n load says:

    I have no idea what you’re contemplating RD but if I could modify ANYthing on the site it would be the structure of the comment threads. Why we’ve never adopted a nested thread structure has always baffled me.

    I’d also take us back to the old style of listing writers instead of ‘top 10′ since there were so many great ones over the years. McLaren was a champ.

    I suppose I could list a bunch of suggestions but it might sound like I was calling your baby ugly, lol. Ztruth is its always been more than adequate. I’d just make the whole of the archives more accesible.

  81. locke n load says:

    Oh, and the squirt is still with me out here. She finally got to see Banff and was mightily impressed for oh…about 4 hrs before I FINALLY heard the requisite “how long to grandmas?” Its been a whirlwind and way too short a time with the family up here. She’s been hiking canyons, running from mosquitoes, and charming the dogs for 2 days now. We did BBQ so she got a ton of smoked ribs and loin, spent a day bowling, hitting a carnival, and learning how to drive a golf cart. Little squirt drove for 16 holes and didn’t even drive us off a cliff. Got close tho.

    Nota, ask Jim if I should divulge the pork BBQ sauce. I kinda think they all liked it. Whether or not its as unique as I think may be up for debate..

  82. TN-Cat says:

    RD :
    you’re good with editing. Since Obama is running the country like Hugo Chavez, dub Obamas Friday speech over a Chavez video.

    Could turn into a regular satire spot on the Revo.

  83. notamobster says:

    Locke just wants his 4 articles to show up… I love ya, my brother. :-)

  84. locke n load says:

    Oh now, there were over 60 ya smartass,lol.

  85. Jerry says:

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and broach the subject of buying health insurance across state lines as the GOP seems to think as being the right approach to an alternative for Obamacare.

    The thought comes to my mind that we would be walking right into the trap being set. The whole carnival has been protecting the citizens from a socialistic take over of our economy, being protected by our constitution. The courts tried to stay away from saying it was an economic coup orchestrated by the marxist in this country. Instead they said it was ok if it was looked upon as a tax. All the while the minions and detractors saying it had to fit into the purview of the commerce clause to be legal. (Perfect, nobody wants a new tax)

    So why are we now declaring one solution would be to open purchasing our health care insurance across state lines? Seems to me that’s the government’s fly in the ointment. If they can get the people of the country to demand that one change. Then the healthcare industry will be effectivly subject to the commerce clause. Is there anyone else seeing this? I don’t see anyone looking at this angle. How do you spell “setup”?

    This has got to be one of the biggest pushes in history. Right up there with the Great Depression and other tactics used to force the public into accepting slavery by the Federal Reserve banking cartel.

    I don’t know, it just looks to me that maybe Obama was the fodder used to get everyone up to speed on accepting government regulation of healthcare through the commerce clause. Then we’ll all think it’s a great idea, better than what Obama did. Obama forced it down our throats while Romney will offer it to us. It’ll be so much better if we all agree.

  86. John Cox says:

    I received this my email today.. thought I’d pass it on.

    INTERESTING.

    Las Vegas “odds maker” opines on why Obama will lose in November.

    Interesting analysis and only a minute or so to read.

    Wayne Allyn Root
    May 30, 2012

    Most political predictions are made by biased pollsters, pundits, or prognosticators who are either rooting for Republicans or Democrats. I am neither. I am a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, and a well-known Vegas oddsmaker with one of the most accurate records of predicting political races.

    But as an oddsmaker with a pretty remarkable track record of picking political races, I play no favorites. I simply use common sense to call them as I see them. Back in late December I released my New Years Predictions. I predicted back then- before a single GOP primary had been held, with Romney trailing for months to almost every GOP competitor from Rick Perry to Herman Cain to Newt- that Romney would easily rout his competition to win the GOP nomination by a landslide. I also predicted that the Presidential race between Obama and Romney would be very close until election day. But that on election day Romney would win by a landslide similar to Reagan-Carter in 1980.

    Understanding history, today I am even more convinced of a resounding Romney victory. 32 years ago at this moment in time, Reagan was losing by 9 points to Carter. Romney is right now running even in polls. So why do most pollsters give Obama the edge?

    First, most pollsters are missing one ingredient- common sense. Here is my gut instinct. Not one American who voted for McCain 4 years ago will switch to Obama. Not one in all the land. But many millions of people who voted for an unknown Obama 4 years ago are angry, disillusioned, turned off, or scared about the future. Voters know Obama now- and that is a bad harbinger.

    Now to an analysis of the voting blocks that matter in U.S. politics:
    *Black voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians. He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Hispanic voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. If Romney picks Rubio as his VP running-mate the GOP may pick up an extra 10% to 15% of Hispanic voters (plus lock down Florida). This is not good news for Obama.

    *Jewish voters. Obama has been weak in his support of Israel. Many Jewish voters and big donors are angry and disappointed. I predict Obama’s Jewish support drops from 78% in 2008 to the low 60’s. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Youth voters. Obama’s biggest and most enthusiastic believers from 4 years ago have graduated into a job market from hell. Young people are disillusioned, frightened, and broke- a bad combination. The enthusiasm is long gone. Turnout will be much lower among young voters, as will actual voting percentages. This not good news for Obama.

    *Catholic voters. Obama won a majority of Catholics in 2008. That won’t happen again. Out of desperation to please women, Obama went to war with the Catholic Church over contraception. Now he is being sued by the Catholic Church. Majority lost. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Small Business owners. Because I ran for Vice President last time around, and I’m a small businessman myself, I know literally thousands of small business owners. At least 40% of them in my circle of friends, fans and supporters voted for Obama 4 years ago to “give someone different a chance.” I warned them that he would pursue a war on capitalism and demonize anyone who owned a business…that he’d support unions over the private sector in a big way…that he’d overwhelm the economy with spending and debt. My friends didn’t listen. Four years later, I can’t find one person in my circle of small business owner friends voting for Obama. Not one. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Blue collar working class whites. Do I need to say a thing? White working class voters are about as happy with Obama as Boston Red Sox fans feel about the New York Yankees. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Suburban moms. The issue isn’t contraception…it’s having a job to pay for contraception. Obama’s economy frightens these moms. They are worried about putting food on the table. They fear for their children’s future. This is not good news for Obama.

    *Military Veterans. McCain won this group by 10 points. Romney is winning by 24 points. The more our military vets got to see of Obama, the more they disliked him. This is not good news for Obama.
    Add it up. Is there one major group where Obama has gained since 2008? Will anyone in America wake up on election day saying “I didn’t vote for Obama 4 years ago. But he’s done such a fantastic job, I can’t wait to vote for him today.” Does anyone feel that a vote for Obama makes their job more secure?
    Forget the polls. My gut instincts as a Vegas oddsmaker and common sense small businessman tell me this will be a historic landslide and a world class repudiation of Obama’s radical and risky socialist agenda. It’s Reagan-Carter all over again.

    But I’ll give Obama credit for one thing – he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.

  87. slinger says:

    John Cox, Great read, and I hope this is all true. Obama still gets 100% of the non-living and/or non-citizen vote though, and I think that block has been steadily increasing …

  88. John Cox says:

    RD, We need a 4 month plan. Email me to discuss.