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Rush Hour

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2007 at 8:21 am

Jane Wiedlin

As today is Independence Day I will include one of my very favourite songs by an American artist.  In July 1988 Wisconsin singer/guitarist Jane Wiedlin hit the British and American charts with a song called Rush Hour.  Although it only reached a high of number 9 in the USA (and number 12 in Britain) I find it a really uplifting and exciting song.  I was 15 years old when Rush Hour was released.  I had heard the song played over and over again on Capital Radio and decided to speed over to the Our Price record shop in Bromley to pick up the 7" single.  If hearing the song wasn’t good enough, the record sleeve had Ms Wiedlin in a very seductive pose wearing an off-the-shoulder blue dress.  When you’re fifteen and loaded with hormones going berserk, spots and a stupid hair cut, the sleeve alone is enough of an incentive to make a purchase.

Jane Wiedlin is now almost 50 years of age (wow, where does time go?) and, as you can see, still looks gorgeous.  Enjoy the song – dolphins and all.

Happy Independence Day!

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2007 at 7:06 am

May I join with David in wishing all our American readers a very happy Independence Day.  God bless the United States of America!

ON INDEPENDENCE DAY!

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2007 at 5:01 am

independence%20day.bmpI wanted to take a moment to express my very best wishes to all our American readers, on this, the 4th July. It’s Independence Day!

There are so many things I could say. I could express my undiminished admiration for the energy, spirit and generosity of the people of the USA. I could give my thanks to God that the US still stands as the best guarantor of freedom and liberty for all of us, a beacon to look towards. I might even say that I would swap my British passport for an American one tomorrow such is my sense of solidarity for the virtues the US still stands for in this fallen world. But instead, I will take the words of that most remarkable American, Benjamin Franklin, as I think that they speak to ALL of us at this moment in our shared history…

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

We stand at a time when there is a major clash between the stone age barbarism represented by Islam and the liberty represented by the United States of America. Let us stand together, my friends. Have a great day – and God Bless America from the heart of this Tangled Web. 

Joined at the Hibs

By ATWadmin On June 28th, 2007 at 9:44 am

So elements of Irish American are unhappy about the inclusion of the Orange Order in the Smithsonian Folk Festival.  Local leader of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (the organisation which should read the Ancient Order of Plastic Paddy IRA-loving Dirtbags) John Shanahan has even called on Martin McGuinness to boycott the festival over the inclusion of the Loyal Orders.

Could this be the same Martin McGuinness who was a deputy commander in an illegal terrorist group responsible for almost 2,000 deaths?  Noooooo, surely not!?  Could this be the same Orange Order that has collectively taken a strong stance against terrorism (whatever the leanings of a tiny proportion of its more stupid and disillusioned members), and which is a perfectly legal body capable of putting on the second largest public festival in Europe (after the Notting Hill Carnival)?  So Shanahan prefers former terrorists to legitimate organisations?  Speaks volumes for that decreasing number of rancid Irish Americans who, with a presence that only invokes derision from the rest of us, continue to flaunt their puerile opinions of Northern Ireland, inter alia, on ATW and other – distinctly less professional – arenas.

RIGHT, SAID FRED!

By ATWadmin On June 19th, 2007 at 10:02 pm

thompson_main.jpgAs regular of ATW know, I am very keen that the GOP retain the White House next year and thus save the world from – god forbid – Hillary Clinton polluting it.

So I am following the race to win the Republican Presidential nomination with great interest! I am intrigued to read this evening that there has been a  change at the top in the race! Big News! The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson earning support from 28% of Likely Republican Primary Voters. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulianai attracts support from 27%. While Thompson’s one-point edge is statistically insignificant, it is the first time all year that anybody but Giuliani has been on top in Rasmussen Reports polling. A week ago, Thompson and Giuliani were tied at 24%.

In a way, I don’t care who wins so long as;

1. They are resolute on the war on terror, and will ensure Iran is bombed, the sooner the better. Oh, and sort out Syria, stop pandering to Russia, and give North Korea something to think about. 

2. They do not give in to the global warming alarmist agenda, since that would be capitulation to pure moonbattery.

3. They ensure that good borders make good neighbours with Mexico!

4. They support Israel and cease pandering to Palis!

5. They give the UN  a really hard time, best of all leaving it.

Now – which candidate will do all of this? Is it Fred? I dunno – but we need a red-blooded Republican who remembers what made Reagan great!!

THE DECLINE OF THE WARRIOR CLASS…

By ATWadmin On June 17th, 2007 at 9:06 am

I recommend you read this most interesting article by Robert Kaplan over on The American Interest. It raises a lot of profound questions for those who care about the future of our democracies and our ability to protect them!  

Indeed, the political-military map of Eurasia—one third of the earth’s landmass—is changing radically. Europe is decreasingly a serious military power. Its own peoples see their respective militaries not as defenders of their homelands, but as civil servants in uniforms. A revitalized, more expeditionary NATO might mitigate this situation, but the overall trend will more likely see Europe devote itself to peacekeeping and disaster-response roles.

 

While Europe slowly recedes as a military factor, a chain of Asian countries—Israel, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, China and North Korea, to name a few—have assembled nuclear or chemical stockpiles, aided by ballistic missile delivery systems in more and more cases. The key element in judging the future of national militaries, however, will not be their order of battle or their weaponry. It will be the civilian-military relationship in each particular country. As we have seen, the rise of non-Western militaries will be sustained by the rise of non-Western nationalisms and beliefs.

 As for the West, it is divided. European civilians take little pride in their standing armies; in America, however, civilians still do. Iraq, in this respect, has not been like Vietnam. While Americans may have turned against the Iraq war, they have not turned against the troops there. If anything, in recent years, they have grown more appreciative of them. The upshot is that America has a first-class, professional military that is respected even if it is not reflective of society.

BUSH IS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT…

By ATWadmin On June 9th, 2007 at 7:44 am

Many Americans are concerned about the millions of illegal immigrants that have been pouring into the States from south of the border, down Mexico way. President Bush has always been weak on this issue but most recently his team-up with Ted Kennedy to provide an amnesty for millions of these law-breakers proved too much for many in his base, and it was rejected in Senate – happily. But now, Bush plans to try and revive it and for me this is the last straw with this President. He’s lost the plot, folks. 

His leadership on the war on terror is now inept, it has lost all momentum. He has allowed the mission to destroy the global Jihad to morph into some neo-Wilsonian middle-eastern nation building exercise. He fails to face down Al-Fatah, he supports the IRA in Government in Northern Ireland, he bullies Israel, he fails to confront Iran in the only way that matters, he’s embracing the environmentalist agenda, he has failed to deal with the UN, in short he has run out of steam and is NOW a liability to the GOP. What is needed is a real leader, who understands the importance of action, not just rhetoric. Let me be clear. I continue to fully support the original ideals of the War on Terror, and I am thankful for the first Bush term. I don’t mean to be disrespectful of President Bush, as he was a HUGE improvement on his predecessor in the White House. But the second term has been characterised by weakness, confusion, and in the instance of this Immigration Bill, a desire to legislate against the wishes of his own supporters! The sooner he goes the better and President Guiliani takes his place.

No Amnesty for Illegals

By ATWadmin On June 8th, 2007 at 4:31 am

 Cloture of the McCain Kennedy amnesty bill has failed 45-50.

This is a major loss for beltway elites and the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, but a big win for the rest of America.

A recent Rasmussen poll put support for the bill at only 23%.

With Bush questioning the patriotism of the bill’s critics, the editors of the conservative National Review had this to say in response:

“Thoughtful conservative critics of the bill are not the know-noting immigrant haters of caricature.”

With this bill goes much of President Bush’s remaining goodwill with his Republican base and  Senator John McCain’s bid for the Presidency.

The bill effectively provided amnesty for law breakers while neither protecting the borders nor ensuring the identification and deportation of undesirables.  It is good news indeed that cloture has failed.

 

The Burning Bush

By ATWadmin On June 6th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

What’s the difference between Europe and the United States?  The former is hell-bent on forcing many of its citizens to suffer financial and lifestyle inconveniences on the back of spurious and totally hysterical claims about impending global environmental doom, and the latter is not.  Simple!

Heartiest congratulations to President Bush not kow-towing to the hysterics and histrionics of various European governments over the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  It would appear that American administrations are concerned with putting the people under their rule first and foremost – a practice long since abandoned by many countries in Europe and none more so than the United Kingdom.  He has signalled a post-Kyoto agreement, though not one that will put the economic plight of American citizens at risk.  Why should he?  After all there is nothing concrete about the organic ‘impact’ of carbon emissions on climate change.  The vast majority of academic surveys on the issue have been funded by…………governments themselves.  Money for propaganda!  And they say Orwell’s vision could never come true.

Do I recycle?  On the odd occasion I feel like doing so.  Do I believe this overkill on environmental protection is basically a load of old cobblers?  You bet!  We have to listen to news articles on the BBC and elsewhere every single day about ‘green’ concerns. President Bush doesn’t.  Now sit back and listen to the European Left berate American neo-cons for still possessing a quality they have forsaken.  It’s called ‘independence of mind’. 

high class representation?

By ATWadmin On June 6th, 2007 at 10:14 am

Jest a little deminstration about the caliber of at leest one of the Democratic candidates for the post of President of these Yewnited Statez!

 

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