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a new definition for………Pondscum

By Mike Cunningham On May 18th, 2014 at 11:43 am

A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.
Madison Police arrested Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, of Pearl on Friday night on a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.
Kelly is accused of sneaking into St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, where Rose Cochran has resided since 2000, suffering from progressive dementia and now bedridden.
Cochran on Saturday issued a statement: “I have been fortunate to have a wonderful family, and like so many families, we are deeply affected by my wife’s serious, long-term illness, that we consider to be a very private family matter. We will continue doing everything we can to protect my wife’s safety and security.”
Donald Clark, attorney for Sen. and Rose Cochran, said the Cochrans’ “privacy and dignity have been violated.”
“We became aware of an unauthorized picture, posted on the internet, of Mrs. Cochran, taken literally in her room by her bedside at St. Catherine’s,” Clark said. “Sen. Cochran retained my law firm on this matter, and we looked at various legal options. We notified the proper authorities, which in this case is the city of Madison Police Department.”
Clark said St. Catherine’s is also conducting an internal investigation.

Speaking purely from a personal viewpoint, and if such a thing happened to mine own, I would be quite happy to apply somewhere around four pounds of pressure.



On a clear day; you can still see the smoke

By Mike Cunningham On May 15th, 2014 at 10:38 am

anewyorkviewArt, and the perception of beauty, talent, perspective held within the creation, is a very personal thing. Speaking and writing only on behalf of 0ne’s self, as we all have to do, when it comes to Art and Culture, is indeed a difficulty, as we have to attempt to place a very personal viewpoint in public, and also get a measured response from the audience.

I have often commented upon some, if not most, ‘modern art’, conceptual art, and all the other variations on a theme as just a huge ‘con’ job; a modern day version of ‘the emperor’s new clothes: whereby if enough sycophantic murmurs gather together, the ‘artist’ is then anointed with admiration, which of course translates into cold, hard cash.

But once in a very blue moon, there comes along a work which does cause you to think and remember, as just about everyone who watched the slow-motion death of the Twin Towers may remember; just how clear the sky really was on that tragic September morning.





and you don’t even have to feel lucky!

By Mike Cunningham On May 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

So, you live in a rural area, mainly farming, about an hour’s drive from Washington, DC. You have a falling-out, a row, with your neighbour. You claim that she tried to run you off the road with her SUV; she claims that you were the one responsible for the adversarial driving. She goes to court, and gets a restraining order against you and your family. In the end, you accept a plea-bargain deal, and it all  goes away.

asecretshamblesBut not if the woman who makes the complaint to the court and gains that restraining order also works as an assistant to the Director of the Secret Service based at the White House.

In that case, part of the ‘Prowler’ group of Secret service agents tasked with the mobile protection of the President gets pulled off their normal close perimeter protection routines, and ordered to drive that hour’s distance to rural Maryland, park up and monitor the home of the neighbour who had been accused of harassing  the Director’s assistant, and not only once, but usually twice a day, for over three months.

If the neighbour approached the parked vehicles to query their presence, they would speed away, but they would always return.

So, if you are an ordinary person, you have to let the Law take its course; but if you have a very powerful friend, out comes the muscle, the big, fast cars, the mirror sunglasses, the guns, and the unspoken threats against your very safety!


Equality? Respect? You must be joking!

By Mike Cunningham On April 24th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I occasionally glance through an American-based and -centred blog which primarily deals with the impact of a Black criminal underclass on America, and came upon this strange and savage story of the short life and tragic death of a two year-old boy named John Swoveland Jr.

His parents committed the grave  and unpardonable sin of allowing this toddler to play in the back garden of his home. Two gangs of upright Black citizens were engaged in some strange tribal ritual over either ‘turf’, which is coded talk for who is allowed to sell hard drugs on that particular street corner; or over a perceived lack of ‘Respect’, which is also coded talk for a slight on the recipient’s standing in his ‘community’, or ‘armed gang’. Both gangs were armed, and strangely enough, none had a ‘carry’ permit.

Numerous shots were fired, and one bullet travelled three blocks before striking the body of this small bystander, who hadn’t even reached the age when he would have learnt to take care.

The Reverend Brown said, “They came together in unity and they left in unity. But one thing I know in this community is that it’s going to take the whole community to cease this fire.”

Community? Cease fire? What planet is the man living in!

Just no ‘Class’ at all!

By Mike Cunningham On April 2nd, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I recall watching a film named ‘Class Action’ years ago with Gene Hackman and Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio. The plot concerned an American law class action against a car manufacturing company, and the victims were all supposed to have been killed by a manufacturing defect, which placed an unshielded electrical connection hard up against the petrol tank, so that in the event of a rear-end collision, the fuel leaking from the ruptured tank would splash over the sparking electrical connection; and hence the fire, the deaths, and the law suit.

One particular scene has always stuck in my memory, when Hackman, taking the part of a lawyer, asks the ‘Risk Management Accountant’ about the fact that the problem had been discovered, the engineer had stated that the solution was both elegant and easily achieved; but the cars were never recalled for the ‘fix’. The ‘Risk Accountant’ stuttered out the reply that  the decision was taken that the costs of paying for the deadly problem to be fixed was too large, and, if the car crashed and then caught fire, it was cheaper to fight the cases through the courts.

And then I read these headlines about  General Motors , and once more realised that there is nothing new, especially in ‘big business’; nothing new under the sun, indeed!


When you stir the sh*t, keep both hands on the pole!

By Mike Cunningham On January 16th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

When chubby Governor Christie’s political team decided to have some fun with the traffic flow on and off a busy bridge in Fort Lee; mainly as political retribution for the Fort Lee Mayor’s apparent decision not to get behind the governor’s re-election campaign, they nearly got away with it

The original plan was to close just one toll lane during rush hour, which would have hit the Fort Lee people, but left the freeway traffic untouched.

But the Christie guys just had to go that extra yard, and remind the Fort Lee mayor who was boss around them turnpikes, so the agreed plan went from ‘one lane closed’ to two.

As the man said, ‘All hell broke loose’; four hour traffic queues, ambulances delayed, panic attacks, the lot.

And it took one reporter four days to figure who said what, and who did what.

Re-elect Christie? He’s got as much chance as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has of getting the keys to New York City.


When in doubt, set up a STASI

By Mike Cunningham On January 15th, 2014 at 10:20 am


After the initial uproar, outright condemnation and angry charges of ‘treasonous behaviour’ due a whistleblower, the Obama Administration sat down and looked hard at the shadowy NSA, what it has achieved, and what it is capable of doing. The results of this ‘long, hard look at the Masters of Electronic surveillance’ and data capture is startling, not for the changes and removals of spy and overview programmes from the NSA, they all remain as they were; its the NSA employees which are routinely going to feel the STASI-stare, as they will be now routinely heavily checked in their personal lives, their bank accounts and their contacts.

Yep, the NSA will not change one iota, but there will be even more strict surveillance and regulation of the NSA employees, just in case there are one, two or even ten more Edward Snowdens sickened by what their employer is doing to their Country and its Laws.


a belated memorial!

By Mike Cunningham On December 13th, 2013 at 12:27 am

What with all the noise, and the associated bull**** whistling through the undergrowth, I completely forgot a tragic anniversary of nearly a week ago; one which places the overheated winds surrounding the death and memorials to Mandela in proper perspective.

ATW  readers, I give you the Arizona, the ship whose fate, and the fate of the men who saluted the flag she bore so proudly, when this photo was taken, could never have been imagined.


Some good news in amongst the gloom

By Mike Cunningham On December 8th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Remeber the furore when an ex-New York Police Commissioner, one Bill Bratton, was rumoured to be up for the post of the top cop of the Metropolitan Police?

Sonme said it would be great; others opined that he would be a disaster. He was ruled out because you have to be British to be London’s top policeman. Cameron’s media unit commenced briefing that the law would be changed, etc., etc..

But we British can all sleep safely, because New York’s new mayor has re-appointed Bill Bratton to the NYPD. Don’t know about New York, though.


The Power of 3

By Patrick Van Roy On December 8th, 2013 at 1:33 am

flag_invertedLet’s discus power.

American power is based on the power of 3.  Our Military defense is divided into 3.  Land, Sea, and Air, even our Nuclear system is the power of 3. Long range Missiles, Air based Missiles, and Sub based Missiles. You could take out 2 but never all 3, and we keep enough firepower in each to destroy the world even if 2 are wiped out.

The power of 3 goes much deeper though. The Pyramid of power runs deep throughout our culture. Hell we even have a Pyramid on our money.

I want to discuss the internal attack on our 3 sided power system that has taken place over the past 5 years, and for the most part is seen by very few and understood by even less.

My Government consists of 3 Branches. The Executive, The Legislative, and the Judicial. It is on this structure of three equal parts that our Liberty is guaranteed and supposed to be protected by. It has failed. It has been weekened greatly over the past hundred years by the Executive and the Judicial, but what could be the death blow has been delivered by the corruption and the weakness of the Legislative..

Over the past 5 years the Democrat party has committed Treason on a base Constitutional level, and the Republican Party has not had the spine to even discuss it making their betrayal to the American public even greater than that of the Democrats.

The main power of our government is supposed to lay in the House of Representatives, the Peoples House. The House has the power of the Purse. They are supposed to be able to cut the funding to any piece of, project of, or section of not just Congress, but all of Federal Government and every thing that it is involved in along with every paycheck associated with it.

It is the Law that the Congress pass a budget, for 5 years the Democrats in the Senate have refused to do so. This is an act of treason against the People of the United States. It creates a Politburo Dictatorship of the Senate. With no budget there is no restraints that can be placed on the money. There is just a pool of Money that is distributed as the Senate sees fit to distribute it with no constraints and no monitoring. This pool of money that has been spent over the past 5 years is now over 12 Trillion Dollars. The pool is added to at a rate of 84 Billion Dollars a month of imaginary money printed by and pumped into the pool by the Federal Reserve Bank. On top of what is collected by fees and taxes.

Unemployment is now at 13%, Labor participation rate is at 62% the lowest it has been in 30 years foreclosures are the highest they have been in the history of our nation. We surpassed the great depression in that regard 2 years ago. The Democrats have seized control of the reigns of power and have concentrated all of it into half of one branch of the triad.

The system is collapsing not only are the above numbers catastrophic, the facts of the snowball effect that this is having on our nation is being ignored by not only those we elect, but those that are supposed to be our watchdogs. The Press.

If the consequences of this action is never discussed and those perpetrating it and allowing it to be perpetrated are not held to account we are living in tyranny in a nation on the verge of collapse.

These are the state of American internal National affairs.