October 29th, 2012

Romnesia, Rhamnusia

I don’t remember exactly where I saw it, but I hadn’t known before that there’s another name for Nemesis:

In Greek mythology, Nemesis (Greek, Νέμεσις), also called Rhamnousia/Rhamnusia (“the goddess of Rhamnous”) at her sanctuary at Rhamnous, north of Marathon, was the spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the gods). The Greeks personified vengeful fate as a remorseless goddess: the goddess of revenge. The name Nemesis is related to the Greek word νέμειν [némein], meaning “to give what is due”.

Perhaps Obama should hesitate before invoking “Romnesia.” It has a similar ring, doesn’t it?

[NOTE: Something about the title of this post reminds me of this:

Hogamous, Higamous,
Man is polygamous,
Higamous, Hogamous,
Woman is monagamous.]

18 Responses to “Romnesia, Rhamnusia”

  1. holmes Says:

    Romulus and Remus.

    It would be a fitting end to this Greek tragedy of a Presidency. He came in surrounded by Greek columns and will leave in disgrace.

  2. Sam L. Says:

    Monogamous? It seems not, these days.

  3. db Says:

    Was the transposition from “Rhamnusia” to “Rahmnusia” in the title a deliberate or Freudian reference to “Rahm” from Chicago?

  4. T Says:


    “In Greek mythology, Nemesis (Greek, Νέμεσις), also called Rhamnousia/Rhamnusia . . . .”

    That is just superb! What a wonderful intellectual tidbit which will go quite well with my glass of Schadenfreude. That is if I get the chance to toast (always must remember the caveat–anything can happen–don’t want to get cocky here).

    OT here but w/ regard the the election, I think that the public has now seen that Obama is, at his core, un-American in his outlook. This goes back to the DNA thing I’ve been harping about, that we’re all descendants of risk-takers and doers of deeds and that deep at our American core we accept help but reject handouts. Progressives can’t make the distinction between the two.

    Furthermore, the Battlegorund Election Model (as distinct from the Battleground Poll) is now showing a Romney win at 52% to 47% for Obama. This not only agrees with the earlier Univ of Colorado model, but it piques my interest. let’s see, 47% support for Obama. 47%? Hmmm, where have I heard that number before?

  5. neo-neocon Says:

    db: good catch!

    Freudian slip on my part. I’ll fix it (sadly).

    Actually, I think it’s Rahm Emanuel who was Obama’s best check against hubris. He didn’t seem to worship at the foot of the Great One as much as most of the other courtiers. For this he was exiled to his new fiefdom, Chicago.

  6. Curtis Says:

    How I wish we could be that nemisis, but that is the frustration of Obamas term: It has been one long campaign for 2012.

    Obama and the illiberals attempted to gain a coalition that will allow them to rule hard from the Left. The following article makes sense of the seemingly nonsensical campaigning of late by Obama and states the above position.

    And it is close, too close, and almost unbearable that for the most part we can only watch. The illiberals have captured most of our institutions, but for the hubris of Obama, they would most certainly be ready to gain a control from which they would change our laws and our future. Ironic that it will be the pride of their Leader that will defeat them because his pride showed an ugly side and caused a strategy they weren’t quite ready for.


  7. neo-neocon Says:

    Curtis: yes, that article by Kurtz is very very fine. I just finished preparing a post on the subject, for another day. Your comment is more or less a summary of my post (great minds and all that).

  8. Instapundit » Blog Archive » LEADING TO MY SUSPICION WE’RE ALL LEAVING IN A NOVEL: Is Obama invoking Nemesis under another name?… Says:

    […] LEADING TO MY SUSPICION WE’RE ALL LEAVING IN A NOVEL: Is Obama invoking Nemesis under another name? […]

  9. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Says:

    More like Hypergamous…

  10. parker Says:

    Curiously Curtis, I read the Kurtz article and thought WTF? Of course, there exists a rabid far left; but I can’t see, from my limited personal experience, that the masses in the middle are yearning for the USA to transition into USSR lite.

    Here is my take on 2008. Many people, including me, were weary of the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. The meltdown in the housing market had millions holding property they had no business holding see their gamble crash and burn. The equity market was in free fall. McCain conducted the weakest campaign imaginable. The MSM treated BHO like the political equivalent of the Beatles circa 1964. We saw fainting women, ‘journalists’ with tingles, and supposedly conservative pundits enthralled with the crease in the pants. And still, 47% voted against the messiah.

    All of that is gone. Hope and change have morphed into war on women, Osama is dead and GM is alive, and, and, and…. nothing.

  11. Mikey NTH Says:

    T: ‘There is many a slip between cup and lip.’

    Always it is best to stay humble. Just in case the goddess is watching. Like the old Romans would have the general in the triumph accompanied by a slave telling him to remember that he is but a man.

    “Don’t get cocky, kid.”

  12. Sarah Says:

    Perhaps you read it in Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple adventure “Nemesis”. The title comes from the classical reference to nemesis meaning the bringer of justice, personified by Miss Marple in the story.

    Quote from the movie based on the book:
    Jason Rafiel: “It’s up to her now. Thousand of years ago she had a measuring rod, a sword, and a whip. Yes, it was called a scourge. She rode about in a chariot drawn by griffins. Nemesis. Last time I saw her, she was wearing a pink, woolly shawl.”

  13. JackStraw Says:

    Maybe you saw it here.

    >>A narcissistic sociopath will not admit his genius ideas could be wrong.

    Funny how what’s old becomes new again.

    Narcissism from the Greek work Narcissus, is the story of a Greek man who became so in love with his image that when he saw his reflection in a pool of water he could not stop staring at it and died.

    Rhamnusia or Nemesis on the other hand was the goddess of revenge, punishing anyone who became overwhelmed by hubris and arrogance.

    Romney may not be suffering from Romnesia but our Narcissist in Chief is definitely being hammered by Rhamnusia.

  14. Curtis Says:


    There is that argument that 47% voted against Obama and no one new will vote for him again. So how could he ever win? Merely by actually getting new votes, votes paid for with promises of taxpayer money.

    Yet the “new coalition” of young, Hispanic, unmarried women, blacks, gays, Jews, hyper-educated, urban, dedicated welfare types, and other groups they hope will add up to an amount greater than Romney can mass. Maybe Romney was more right than he knew when he remarked about the 47% percent.

  15. T Says:

    Mikey NTH,

    No question about your advice. That’s of course why I included my own caveat and used the preposition “if” I get to toast.

    Thanks for the caution.

  16. T Says:


    You raise a good point (“There is that argument that 47% voted against Obama and no one new will vote for him again.”).

    It’s not as if no one new gets to vote, but my undertanding is that the %-age of the voting public as percentage of the population remains rather stable over time. It’s elections such as 2008 (first black president, Bush rejection) that I think are the outliers which can occur for various reasons.

    So if 47% of a relatively stable electorate voted against Obama in a year when Dem enthusiasm was at record highs, then it’s likely that those 47% of voters will have a greater impact this year when Dem enthusiasm is reduced and Republican enthusiasm at an all time high swells their ranks along with Dem crossover votes .

  17. parker Says:

    “Merely by actually getting new votes, votes paid for with promises of taxpayer money.”


    There are no ‘new votes’. I talk to people of all ages. The under 30 crowd, at least in my town, are disillusioned with hope and change. BHO gets no more than 50% of those who bother to vote in that age bracket. Single females while still supporting BHO have at least a 5-10% that will stay home or vote R&R. Its the economy stupid, not free contraceptives.

  18. Curtis Says:

    I do hope and believe that the actual results will reflect the polls were aggrandized in the Democrats favor.

    And I do have to say I can’t see how there could actually be any new votes. Well, I believe they were giving away marijuana down here in Mexifornia. Don’t know if that was for the state vote. One good thing: Looks like our Prop 30, which asks “those who earn a lot to pay just a little bit more for education,” is a close bet and may even be going down. And that here in California.

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