Remember when Obama didn’t like distractions?

As the Bamster tries to distract the media and American from discussing the “real issues”, it is instructive to recall how he felt about distractions in 2008. Here are some Obama quotes. You won’t be hearing this sort of thing from him this time around.

• “You could see race bubbling up in a way that was distracting from the issues that I think are so important to America right now.” March 2008

• “We knew that the closer we got to the change we seek, the more we’d see of the politics we’re trying to end — the attacks and distortions that try to distract us from the issues that matter.” March 2008

• “It’s easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and the tit for tat that consumes our politics.” April 2008

• ” Yes, we know what’s coming. … The same efforts to distract us from the issues that affect our lives by pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy in the hope that the media will play along.” May 2008

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• “When we get distracted by those kinds of questions, I think we do a disservice to the American people.” July 2008

• “Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that he can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. … I’m going to keep talking about the issues that matter — about the economy and health care and education and energy.” October 2008

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Is the Federal Government mom enough?

If this poor kid doesn’t have the basis of a future law suit, I don’t know who does.


Revo Distraction Alert

Obama can’t talk about his record or the economy so he is going to attempt to talk about everything else. Whether it is free condoms, gay marriage, Romney’s high school pranks or stay at home moms, the rest of this campaign is going to be distraction after distraction. He is going to be jingling his keys at America hoping it holds their infantile attention.

With that in mind, I made a Real Revo Distraction Alert graphic. We will pull it up for each new distraction from what this campaign is really about.


Rob Pincus on Sub-Compact 1911s

Rob Pincus owns and operates I.C.E. Training. He’s also managing editor for the Personal Defense Network. He has trained thousands of shooters and has some observations to share. This is one of them. He reports that the sub-compact 1911 pistols have never made it through one of his training sessions without malfunctioning.

This is similar to my experience with 1911’s. I have owned at least eight of them from WWII guns to a Colt Gold Cup. They were all full-size pistols. None of them would operate through an extended session without a failure of some kind.

There is also an extended version of this video. It’s linked below. In it he makes an offer; Anyone who completes one of his two day training sessions with a 1911 pistol and experiences no failures will get his tuition refunded and his ammunition paid for.


Krauthammer Says It’s 1967 Deja Vu All Over Again

While I don’t always agree with pundit Charles Krauthammer, the man is nothing if not brilliant and knowledgeable when it comes to history. In yesterday’s column he points out that while the media is desperate to talk about a 50-year-old haircut and its cosmic homophobic overtones, the real world is moving toward very dangerous times. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu surprised the world early this week by creating a national unity government by bringing the main opposition party, Kadima, into the fold. Netanyahu was expected to opt to proceed with elections that would most likely have provided his party with gains in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

Krauthammer reminds us that the last time this kind of national unity government was formed, it was 1967 and a dark time for Israel. Egypt had 120,000 troops on the border (illegally occupying the Sinai Peninsula) and had blockaded Israel’s access to the Red Sea. Jordan, Syria, and Egypt all vowed to destroy Israel and the global powers (including the US) weren’t interested in doing anything to stop them. Israel’s military reserves had been called up, pulling workers out of their jobs and stifling the economy. On June 5, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against Egypt’s air force and the Six Day War was on.

Today, things are a little different, but there are considerable echoes of the past. Egypt is house of cards built on top of basket cases that are balanced on powder kegs. Syria is in a civil war and its dictator is looking for a reason to remain in power. Conversely, Jordan is actually doing all right, and its relationship with Israel is quite good. Israel’s relationship with most of the rest of the Arab world (at least its leaders) is also pretty good.

However, Iran is on the verge of acquiring atomic weapons and has made no effort to conceal its intent to use them to destroy the Jewish state. The world powers have once again failed to do more than hem and haw and mumble about negotiations while centrifuges in Iranian bunkers continue to spin. Netanyahu has been very clear that he believes that the survival of Israel depends on Iran not getting nukes, and by forming the national unity government, he can say that 78% of Israelis are in agreement.

Israel has called up 6 combat brigades of reservists and the Knesset has given the Israeli Defense Force the go-ahead to call up 16 more brigades if necessary. While the explanation for this action is to fortify borders with Egypt and Syria (an entirely valid need) it’s just one more piece in a mosaic that points to dangerous times on the horizon. May is a fine month to go to war in the Middle East.


6 yr old with cerebral palsy walks for first time.


Democrats Train To Use Race Card

House Democrats received training this week on how to raise the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being charged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.

In her distributed remarks, Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion criticized “conservative messages [that are] racially ‘coded’ and had images of people of color that we commonly see used” and proposed tactics for countering the Republicans’ (presumably) racially-coded rhetoric.

According to Wiley’s group’s website, “right-wing rhetoric has dominated debates of racial justice – undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process” for over 25 years.


Obama Does Romney a Huge Favor

President Obama has united conservatives behind Mitt Romney in a way that Mitt Romney wasn’t capable of doing. Obama’s half-hearted, half-baked, and all-forced announcement that he’s in favor of gay marriage (so long as the states are forced into it) has lit a fire under the collective asses of social conservatives and given them a candidate they can get behind. Despite having moderate-to-liberal social policies during his brief tenure as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney has always opposed gay marriage. Social conservatives can now point to a very stark choice between “them” and “us” on the issue and it’s given them a reason to like Romney instead of just holding their nose and voting for whoever isn’t Obama.

Moreover, one of the areas where evangelical Christians and Mormons have worked together successfully in the past is in opposing gay marriage, particularly the Proposition 8 issue in California. The LDS church supported Proposition 8 and walked arm-in-arm with evangelical groups, and Romney is known to have donated $10,000 to pro-Prop 8 groups. In effect, Obama’s official acknowledgement of what has been the de facto policy for the past 3 years highlighted those ties.

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Obama’s Brownshirts

This is how the sun sets on the American experiment. The regime entrenches its power by intimidating and smearing anyone who opposes it. For Obama, there is no intellectually honest opposition to his agenda. There is no honorable difference of opinion. There is no principled disagreement. Either you agree with him, or you must be destroyed.

Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot. Specifically, Mr. Wolf wanted all the documents dealing with Mr. VanderSloot’s divorces, as well as a case involving a dispute with a former Melaleuca employee.

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I feel it is time I talked about this…

In 1982 I had long hair. Maybe it was a hold-over from the 1970s. Maybe I just didn’t care enough about grooming. It doesn’t matter why, but it was long. It reached my collar in the back, was over my ears and was parted down the middle. It was a lot of hair.

I had worn my hair like this since elementary school in about 1973. It was pretty important to me through school and no grandparent’s complaints or promises of monetary reward could get me to get a haircut. I loved my wavy locks.

I loved them until one brutal day in September of 1982. On that day, against my will, all of my hair was cut off. I was given no choice in the matter. My head was literally shaved against my will. Clippers were rapidly and roughly rolled over my head at the closest and tightest setting. It was a bit painful. I watched in horror as my long hair fell to the floor in clumps.

I didn’t want them to cut my hair but I couldn’t stop them. It was traumatic. As a final insult, I was forced to pay two dollars. They actually made me pay for them to, against my will, shear my head like a sheep. Since that day, I have never had the long hair of my youth.

It all took place at the reception station at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before shipping off to Fort Benning for Infantry Basic Training. The shearing of my head was just the start of many weeks of brutal bullying and hazing I received from a harsh and cruel federal government.


Catholic faith compels Pelosi to support gay marriage

It also, evidently, compels her to support abortion. I am pretty sure that Pelosi doesn’t know what “Catholic Faith” means.


Crockajawea has a long history

She was an Indian maiden before Harvard.

A second law school, the University of Pennsylvania, has touted Elizabeth Warren as a minority faculty member in an official school publication, according to an online document obtained by the Globe.

The University of Pennsylvania, where Warren taught at the law school from 1987 through 1995, listed her as a minority in a “Minority Equity Report” posted on its website. The report, published in 2005, well after her departure, included her as the winner of a faculty award in 1994. Her name was highlighted in bold, the designation used for minorities in the report.

Serial ethics violations and academic fraud but she is a Democrat so it is fine, I guess.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest


“Fraudster”. Fauxcahontas Is In Trouble

This looks exactly like the actions of an academic who has spent her entire life speaking and being listened to but never challenged. She is incapable of a lucid response when confronted with her untruths. It’s never happened before.

Obama is having the same problem.

“This story is not about whether Elizabeth Warren is a Native American, what it is about, is undermining Warren’s credibility and competence as a candidate.”

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Self-Promotion Works – If You Can Really Do It

Alex Tanney produced the video below which highlights his football passing skills. It’s really some remarkable stuff in the video. Because of it, though, it was recently announced that he got an invitation to the Bills’ rookie camp. Good job Alex. The video got noticed – 2.2 million views.

Hope he never runs for office, especially as a Republican. The last scene in the video will come back to haunt him. “Mean and Cruel”. Heh.


Speaking of bullying…

…who here thinks this three year old kid, as a result of his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine, is going to face a bit of bullying in the coming years?

“The kid on the cover of this week’s Time magazine is really going to hate middle school,” Gavin Purcell observed.

Damn. Maybe the cover of the new Time Magazine is NSFW. It is below the fold.

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A Historical Perspective on Dealing with Bullies

In the scene in the linked film, the Bells of St. Mary’s, Eddie, the boy pictured above, has been a victim of a relentless bully named Tommy. Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) had witnessed the bullying and, in response, borrowed a book on boxing, studied it and and used what she learned to teach Eddie to fight. That is what is going on in the image above. The linked scene is the result of the training.

Sister Mary and Father “Chuck” O’Malley (Bing Crosby) watch Eddie deal with Tommy without getting involved.

I can’t embed the video but if you click here, it is queued up to the right place for for you.

You will notice that no one intervenes. No one considers it a crisis. No one is expelled. No one is documented as a violent offender for life.

This, of course, is a movie, but it does give us an insight into the manner in which past generations perceived bullying, fighting and how to deal with it. It was radically different from the hysterical and frightened way it is dealt with today. It is hard to imagine an educator teaching a child to fight or even standing aside while a fight happens today. Nevertheless, it was considered appropriate 50 years ago.

The bottom line is that we shouldn’t judge past incidents of this nature by today’s hyper-protective and hysterical standards.


Sky News: “US Self-Defence Expert Barred From Britain”

“Don’t hit back, children.” Tim Larkin was traveling to Britain to train people who live in riot-torn areas how to defend themselves against attackers. The British government doesn’t want their people to defend themselves. How did they deal with him? Read.

From Sky News:

A controversial US self-defence instructor has been banned from Britain by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Tim Larkin , who is accused of promoting vigilante behaviour with his style of teaching, was prevented from boarding a flight to the UK from Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

He was handed a letter from the UK Border Agency saying he had been excluded from Britain because his presence was not conducive to the public good.

It is thought there was concern over his plans to hold a series of seminars in areas including riot-hit Tottenham and Birmingham.

He has attracted criticism for his approach to self-defence, which teaches victims to attack and injure to fend off assault.

Mr Larkin told BBC Radio 4 that his exclusion was a “gross overreaction”.

They ‘Banned’ him from Britain. Apparently for life.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the individual in question is subject to an exclusion order.

“The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”


Mitt behaved badly as an adolescent on at least one occasion

Evidently, he engaged in bullying behavior at least once. Here is the account.

Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic.

Romney says he doesn’t remember the incident.

“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

“He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

It all sounds plausible to me. I was a bookish nerd up to about age 16 and took a lot of shit. This is about how it goes down. At around 16, I had a growth spurt that pushed be to 6’4″. At that point, I engaged in some bullying of my own. This is about how it went down. Adolescents, both male and female, are the most immoral and foul of human beings. I was a case study in nastiness.

As a small, bookish nerd I was disgusted by bullying. Later, as a pretty large kid, I took part. Being a victim didn’t stop me from being a jerk later.

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The Sign Of A Good Relationship

From On A Wing And A Whim:

Spouses and Airplanes

We got the bill for the annual. (The aircraft’s annual, to be precise.) Ouch. I knew it was going to be bad, and it was a little (but not much) worse than expected. Still, seeing the number was like a fist to the gut – ah, the joys of airplane ownership.

Fiscal matters are at the heart of many a couple’s fights, and money is usually the obvious breaking point between many a wife’s mock-jealous sufferance of her husband’s “other woman – that airplane.” and her determination that it needs to stop competing for money, time, and affection. (And threat to her spouse’s life?)

So when Calmer Half and I discussed how to settle the bill, and what we could reasonably afford in terms, he reached forward and gently grabbed my shoulders. “With the amount of money that plane is costing us…” He took a breath, and I thought, well, here comes the typical your darned plane fight, “…I want you to fly that thing every chance you get!”

*blink* *blink*

Did I mention I adore this man?”

Calmer Half writes a blog as well. It’s here.

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Indiana (R) Senate Candidate: Never Compromise On Principles


Republicans Have Declared War On Blacks


This Date In U.S. Military History

HALYBURTON, WILLIAM DAVID, JR. Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class, USNR, CMoH. The proud son of Canton, North Carolina – a valiant William Halyburton gave his life that our fighting men may live. He is a member of that proud and invaluable legacy of U.S. Navy Coprsmen. Ask any Marine who’s been in combat. The only part of the USN you won’t ever hear a bad word about, are the Navy Coprsmen.

The Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 10 May 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counterfire as his unit pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machinegun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy’s merciless barrage, he reached the wounded marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his outstanding valor and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Halyburton sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

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NOW Is Upset With Limbaugh

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Not long ago NOW, the National Organization for Women teamed with Media Matters for America to try to force Rush Limbaugh off the air. It hasn’t worked out very well for them. They managed to bully a couple of advertisers to drop his show and then they released wildly inflated reports of how many have dropped him. One company which dropped his show tried to get back aboard when they learned that their customer base declined dramatically. Limbaugh told them to go scratch.

His listenership has increased since their efforts.

To answer their attacks Rush established a Facebook page titled Rush Babes for America. In the short time it has been in existence it has generated almost 51,000 likes. NOW also has a Facebook page. It has been around much longer. Their page has generated about 31,000 likes. Terry O’Neill, President of NOW doesn’t like it either. Must be ‘unfair’ or something. She is complaining.

Seems to me like she and her group, along with Media Matters, started this fight. It looks to me like they are learning that they picked on the wrong guy. NOW they want to complain about Limbaugh fighting back – successfully. Is it because he’s fighting back against a girl? Do they feel that they should have special consideration because they are womyn? Here’s a little of what she said in the Politico article cited above:

Terry O’Neill, the president of the progressive National Organization for Women (NOW), is returning fire on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who yesterday called her organization a “faux feminist group” and its members “femi-nazis,” and launched an anti-NOW Facebook page called “National Organization for Rush Babes.”

“I don’t think conservative women want to associate themselves with his hate. I don’t think they would want to associate themselves with his bullying,” O’Neill told me this morning. “I don’t think conservative women would want to associate themselves with his vitriolic attacks.”

Limbuagh yesterday described National Organization for Rush Babes as an effort to counter NOW’s “Enough Rush” campaign, which encourages advertisers to boycott his program. Limbaugh said NOW was wrong to think it speaks for women: “If there was ever a group that speaks for an almost infinitesimal minority of women, it’s them,” he said. “Rush Babes for America [is] dedicated to the millions of conservative women who know what they believe in: family, American Values, and not being told by faux feminist groups how to think.”

O’Neill calls him a ‘Bully’. The reality is that she and her group started it by trying to ‘Bully’ Limbaugh.

Hat tip to Legal Insurrection.

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Mandatory sex for married couples?

The president and much of America are of the opinion that marriage does not require a representative person from each gender. They argue that matrimonial union can consist of MF, MM, or FF. If we accept that premise, it leads to a few other interesting questions.

For example, is sex required in a marriage? Much of married America would respond with a resounding, “obviously not.” There are many sexless marriages. There few, however, that were sexless from the start although some surely do exist. No man and woman intending to wed who planned to remain celibate in their marriage would be denied the right to marry. In fact, at no point would they be questioned as to their intentions regarding sexual intercourse. It is generally assumed that men and women married to one and another would be expected to have a sexual relationship but it certainly isn’t required. It is not and has never been the business of the state to monitor the sexual activity of married couples.

Having established, therefore, that sex is not a necessary component of marriage, it certainly need not be a component of same sex marriage either. Why would homosexuals be subject to a sexual activity precondition of marriage if heterosexuals are not subject to such a condition? As is the case in traditional marriage, no one will police the sexual activity of people engaged in same sex marriage.

So if, two men or two women may marry and enjoy the social and economic benefits of marriage without engaging sexual activity, what prevents heterosexuals from marrying other heterosexuals? They could take advantage of the economic and social benefits of marriage for the cost of a marriage licence. Of course neither would actually be celibate as they would have an “open marriage.” In fact, they need not even live in the same house. I assume, in fact, they would live separately, each with other members of the opposite sex. Their actual lovers could also be married to others creating a web of benefit quid quo pro that would spread across the land like a infinitely complex web of interlocking benefit trading.

Is there any way in which to police this other than to monitor and regulate sexual activity among “married couples?” I don’t know what it would be. If there is no such monitoring and marriage becomes nothing more than an economic relationship, doesn’t that undermine some fairly significant societal foundations?

Discuss among yourselves.