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The Scandel Continues

By Patrick Van Roy On August 31st, 2011 at 5:04 am

Fast and Furious a true act of high crime and misdemeanors continues to grow. Today ATF Head Melson was demoted, he was reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department. This reassignment is directly due to his sealed testimony before the Issa Oversight committee. Two weeks ago Attorney General Erick Holder demanded Issa to turn over his testimony to the Justice Department, which is supposed to be operating their own investigation, into ATF and themselves the Justice Dept. Issa refused and told Holder to question himself. Melson refused, due to advice from his Attorneys.

Also US Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, resigned today. one week after being grilled by congressional investigators, where he got physically sick during questioning. Burke was the US Attorney assigned to oversee Fast and Furious. Prior to being appointed US Attorney, Burke served as Chief adviser to head of Homeland Security Janet Notalentano. Before that he was Notalentano’s Chief of Staff when she was Governor of Arizona. She was the one who recommended Burke for the position of US Attorney.  The question that now needs to be asked is Madam Secretary, what did you know, and when did you know it?

Fast and Furious had one purpose, to sell guns to Drug Cartels so that they would show up at crime scenes. No effort was ever made to track guns across the border ordered by the Obama Regime to be sold to Drug Dealers, only to report when they showed up at crime scenes. You draw  your own conclusions why.  The problem is Two American Law Officers have been killed by these guns, not to mention 100s of Mexican Civilians, Cops, and Government Officials.

Midnight Confessions

By Mahons On August 30th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

It has been about 25 years since my last confession.  As a relaxed Catholic I was never a fan of it as a sacrament (though I suppose I prefer it to last rites). 

Government conflict the confessional privilege is not new.  St. John Nepomucene was tortured and drowned in 1393 for refusing to violate the confessional by King Wenceslaus (not Good King Wenceslus mind you).   I am not familar with the confessional privilege outside of the US (where it differs a bit state to state).  But I presume in Ireland, where the issue has been raised,  it is pretty much a long-established law.   

I am interested in th ecurrent  debate over the proposal in Ireland to compel priests to break the seal of the confessional in cases of child abuse.  I don’t think any person could not have been outraged by the unfortunate and often criminal cover-up of abuse by members of the clergy there and in other places.   Truly evil people were allowed to escape justice and in fact, the victims were doubly victimized by their own Church Heirarchy which at best ignored them and at worst  conspired with the rotten apples.  I would seek criminal proecution of the abusers and criminal   conspiracy charges against any who covered up for them, to the extent such crimes could be prosecuted.  And I would think the Church should defrock any priest convicted of such a crime as well as any who engaged in any criminal cover-up.

But  I don’t agree with compelling a priest (or clergy of another faith) to have to tell the police what has been said in a confessional.  I think the privilege is proper and consistent with other privileges (attorney-client, husband-wife) and should remain in place.  A Catholic priest would be excommunicated for doing so, even if he was breaking the confessional to save his own life.   Hitchcock’s “I Confess” was an interesting exploration of this ethical dilema where a priest is framed for a murder by the murderer who had confessed to him.  Given the longstanding exclusion I don’t see a need to remove it now.  

I also don’t think it is necessary, normal investigation and reporting of complaints would not require this source of information.  In other words, things said in the confessiona lare not necessary to investigate or for proseuction.  It would be cumulative.

In addition, it creates a rallying point for the Church Hierarchy and shifts the focus from their deplorable record on this issue (when they are reeling) to a defensible religious freedom argument (where they have stronger ground).   

Certainly for other faiths who don’t have anything like confessional, and for atheists or agnostics who obviously have no such practice, it may seem more difficult to accept the exception.  But I don’t think it is beyond the bounds of reason to maintain it.   And I don’t see how it could be enforced.  To me it appears to be a bad idea generated by righteous indignation.

From the Ya Gotta Love It Column

By Patrick Van Roy On August 30th, 2011 at 11:53 am

The Climate Kooks have just released a report that inaction on Climate Change is causing and will cause a dramatic rise in Mental Illness. I do believe they need to look in the Mirror….LOL

Mental illness rise linked to climate

Erik Jensen Health

August 29, 2011

RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.

The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.

As many as one in five people reported ”emotional injury, stress and despair” in the wake of these events.

The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, called the past 15 years a ”preview of life under unrestrained global warming”.

”While cyclones, drought, bushfires and floods are all a normal part of Australian life, there is no doubt our climate is changing,” the report says.

Except thousands of pages of faked and doctored numbers, a few hundred e-mails showing how to fake the reports, no rising oceans, increased numbers of Polar Bears, Satellite Data showing how wrong the carbon data is in their computer models, etc etc etc.
The Sanity of the  Cult of Climate Change has ALWAYS been the question.


By David Vance On August 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am


“The Foreign Office wasted tens of thousands of pounds sending civil servants to learn how to play African drums during the final years of the Labour government. They were sent on expensive bonding sessions where they learnt how to make music with broom handles, plastic tubs and tribal ‘talking’ drums. The sessions cost taxpayers £38,636.40 between 2006 and 2010.”

The excuse for this? Team-building.

Utterly pathetic but this is the manifestation of the casual arrogance of Labour in power.

A National Geographic special with Bush in his own words!

By Patrick Van Roy On August 29th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

See it Sunday, August 28 on the National Geographic Channel.


Bay Ridge Bike Path, After the Storm

By Phantom On August 28th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Bay Ridge Brooklyn Bike Path, 530 today. Strong, glorious winds, and waves a bit stronger than normal.

This path runs from five blocks west of my house, hooks left past the Verrazano Bridge, and continues most of the way to Coney Island.

The land that runs from the right edge of the image to the Verrazzano Bridge is Staten Island.

Moments after I took this, the path was reclaimed by the cyclists, runners and rollerbladers who call it home.

Beware the Ides of March

By Patrick Van Roy On August 28th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Everyone on the wrong side of the political spectrum love to bitch that the financial disaster that the U.S. is suffering is due to Bush’s spending. I will agree that domestically GW was a lousy President, his tax cut package after 9/11  was the only thing he did right. He tried 15 times to reign in the Democrats on Fannie and Freddie, but was unable to do it. Those two banks caused the economic collapse.

Lets look at reality, in GWs 8yrs as President he ran up a a 4.9 Trillion Dollar Deficit. A debt level unheard of. In that debt is included the 910 Billion dollar cost of both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters in the War on Terror.

Now lets look at Barry, President Obama will reach the 4.9 Trillion Dollar Deficit mark from his Presidency on March 15th 2012. If you extrapolate it out to the end of his term, if not god forbid re-elected, the number is 6.2 Trillion. That’s over 22% more than Bush in HALF the time.  And even though those numbers do include his spending of 600 Billion of his cost for pulling out of Iraq, and the failing Obama Surge in Afghanistan, those numbers do NOT include his illegal war in Libya, since the cost of that truly illegal war are still classified.

Now the icing on the cake is ole Bouncing Barry campaigned calling Bush UNPATRIOTIC for accruing such a debt over 8 years, and even though congress voted and authorized ALL action and spending for the War on Terror, he called Iraq an illegal war.

So his answer to two of his biggest campaign attacks was to spend the same amount of money in half the time, and open a third military theater in direct defiance of, the Constitution, The War Powers Act, and the vote of Congress. Yes a true historical figure……LOL

My numbers can be verified by going to The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It a nifty little site run by the Treasury Dept (but the left will be challenged, because you have to figure out what you want to know)


By David Vance On August 28th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Very interesting article here.


By David Vance On August 28th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Lower Manhattan skyline (28/08/11)

Great image showing Hurricane Irene approaching NYC. Hope all ATW friends in the neighbourhood keep safe.

Oh No A Hurricane!!

By Phantom On August 28th, 2011 at 12:52 am

( Red areas on map could flood over the weekend. Click to enlarge )

Wednesday, the great Northeast had an earthquake. Which was an interesting topic of conversation, and not much more than that.

Three days later, a hurricane is about to hit. This has done damage down south, and it will do damage here.

Here in NYC, our authorities shut down the subway and all the local rail and bus lines 12 noon ( almost nine hours ago ). This was WAY too early, but the mayor was roasted over the coals when the city didn’t shovel the snow after an earthquake last January. Little Mike will never allow himself to be criticized again. It’s a wonder they didn’t shut down the trains on Thursday.

The Phantom Estate rests on a reasonably high elevation, so I don’t fear flooding at home, but lower Manhattan is low lying and close to the water and things may not be so good. It is quite possible that the area around my office on Water Street / Fulton Street ( near Wall St ) will be flooded over the weekend. It is also possible that even without major flooding that the subway won’t be up Monday morning. If there is no subway but the office is open, I will commute by bicycle. Cuz the work’s gotta get done.