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Eye of Newt, from the Proper View

By Patrick Van Roy On May 12th, 2011 at 2:27 am

Newt Gingrich finally pulled the trigger and announced he is running for President of the United States. The Collective Left just shit themselves.  The hardcore policy wonks of conservatism have been pushing for this moment for ten years. For those who enjoy a political race more than the World Cup. or the Superbowl you are about to have the best year and half of your life.

With what Newt Gingrich brings to the election, Obama will need that Billion Dollars of Campaign cash he is determined to raise to try and spin and hide every detail of his entirely failed Presidency. This is not someone that is going to talk in platitudes and rhetoric. Newt will fight this battle with details and facts.

Obama, the left, my New York friend below all underestimate the American ability to not only see the truth, but take the hard medicine to fix it. Obama has been and will continue to be the worst President to hold office since WWII. Sure he inherited the bank crises, a crises created by Congress, not Wall Street. As for that crises it comes out today that the Obama administration learned nothing, as it pushes it’s justice dept to prosicute banks that don’t offer the bundled subprime loans to unqualified buyers.  A Renewed Crackdown on Redlining. 

Obama’s policies in dealing with the economic crises have made it worse. There has been no positive results from anything he has implemented. What Newt brings is straight questions, and he won’t ask the questions without already having a solution to offer to the problem, along with a dissection of what the President has done and why it didn’t work.

Now you will hear tales of the Grinch, the green scaled monster that wants to kill your grandma, and eat the young while he womanizes on the end of a dying womans bed. What you’ll hear is fear. You see the facts are on our side, and the facts are all that the people of the United States need to hear, to do what’s right.

A True Pennsylvanian, Newton LeroyNewtGingrich

A college professor, historian, and author,  an American politician

Aye of a Newt – That 90’s Show

By Mahons On May 11th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Newt Gingrich has announced he will seek the Republican Nomination for President.

Is there any real reaction?  A bit ho-hum.   He’s smart at times.  Self-destructive at other times.  He was the Speaker of the House during part of the Clinton years, so he has some high level experience.  He has also had almost as many wives as Osama Bin Laden, and he had a nasty way of leaving them for various girlfriends (though he never worried about attacking Clinton on morality).  He’ll have some original thoughts at least, and it will be fun to see if he makes it through some of the primaries so he can be at the debates.  A bit of a time warp candidate, but since no one is surging out of the Republican pack, why not Newt?  Nixon came back from the  dead in a big way.   

I seem to recall he had a hissy fit when he could catch a ride on Air Force One back in the day, so maybe this may just be plane envy and his quest to control that plane.  We will have to see.

Ol’ Man River – Flooding on the Mississippi

By Mahons On May 11th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The 2320 mile long Mississippi River is at it again, spilling over her banks and flooding the Delta.  The power of nature is an awesome sight, and one we can try to manage but can’t always. 

The Mississippi flows through the American imagination as much as through the many states it passes through from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.  It seeps unconsciously into our bones.  We think de Soto, Memphis, New Orelans, Levees breaking or holding, Steamboats, Mark Twain and Huck Finn, St. Louis and St. Paul, The Battle of Vicksburg, The Civil War, the Father of Waters flowing unvexed to the sea, and the Flood of 1927.   

Louisiana Governor Jindal has the thankless task of opening floodgates which will help save Baton Rouge and  the City of New Orleans, but flood over 3 million acres and effect the homes and lives of a few thousand people.  All for the greater good, but no easy task that, and I admire him for doing what has to be done, even though it is hard.  I hope the flood dangers pass on and wish them all well down in our middle region.

Weeping Willy Throws Down the Gauntlet

By Patrick Van Roy On May 11th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner made a speech Monday night to the New York Economic Club. Weeping Willy has placed himself and the Republican Party in a place that does not allow for a lot of compromise.  A couple of months ago the House threatened to shut down the Government if they didn’t get 100 Billion in Cuts. Then it was 60 Billion, then 30 bil., and finally wound up being 523 Million. The equivalent of a gob of spit into the Atlantic.

The base holds weeping willy responsible for that debacle, and there have been major objections to him from the begining of the houses choice of Boehner as Speaker.

Any legislation to raise the so-called debt limit beyond its current $14.3 trillion cap should be accompanied by spending cuts larger than the amount of the permitted increase in the debt. 

“It’s true that allowing America to default would be irresponsible,” Boehner said. “But it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt limit without simultaneously taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and to reform the budget process.”

The government is headed toward a $1.6 trillion deficit this year requiring it to borrow more than $125 billion a month.

“We’re not talking about billions here. We should be talking about cuts in trillions,” Boehner said. “These should be actual cuts, real reforms to these programs and not broad deficit targets that punt the tough questions to the future.” “Tax hikes should be off the table,”  “If we don’t act boldly now, the markets will act for us very soon,” Boehner said.

“We cannot let this moment pass,”

Well now the show begins, Boehner has set the tone. No deals unless there are Trillions in REAL cuts. Now we find out who has a spine, and who is just a limp noodle.

NO SCUM ALLOWED?

By David Vance On May 11th, 2011 at 8:12 am

Here’s an interesting dilemma for the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.

A former senior Ulster Unionist has vowed not to rejoin the party if Tom Elliott’s “Sinn Fein scum” comments are allowed to stand. This puts further pressure on the UUP leader to either withdraw his outburst or step down. David McClarty was a UUP MLA in East Londonderry since 1998 but was deselected this year and ran as an independent, defeating the party’s official candidates. The UUP won only 16 seats in the election and this entitles it to only one ministry, but if Mr McClarty rejoins its ranks it will get two ministries, the same as the last Assembly.

So, IF the UUP want to get two Ministerial positions, Elliott will have to withdraw his comment. Will he do it? Or will he stand by his word? Will McClarty pull back from his own brinkmanship?

In my view, McClarty is a wet lettuce of a “unionist” and his desire to sanitise IRA/Sinn Fein is an offence. But we are talking about POWER here and the challenge now faced by Elliott.

Meanwhile, Basil McCrea – the champion of liberal unionism – circles Elliott, clearly hoping to grab power should there be further turbulence. It strikes me that the Ulster Unionist Party is being pulled apart by the sirens of Alliance on the one hand and the duplicity of the DUP on the other. It need firm leadership, it needs to stand by what it says. But will it do so and is its fate in our cities (all but wiped out) a portent of things to come. It strikes me that there are some decent people within the UUP and they now face an existential crisis. Will they simply muddle through or will they say enough? Time is running out, they have until Monday next to resolve.

The Phantom Plan For National Recovery

By Phantom On May 10th, 2011 at 3:59 am

What does the Phantom stand for? Well, it would be pretty hard for anyone to miss it who has read these pages over the past few years, but one of us has asked.

OK, here it is.

First, as background.

I think for myself and I mostly respect those who try to do likewise. Anyone who always takes the dominant Democratic / Republican / Left of Center / Right of Center position on all or nearly all subjects is a mumble machine, an unthinking drone. I may be right, and I will sometimes be wrong, but these words are my own.

Defense and National Security

A strong national defense and a strong anti-terrorism policy are the most important planks in my platform.

Specifics:

  • Continued emphasis on special forces. We have the best in the world, but we need more of them. The SEALs and similar forces are particularly well suited for the post 9/11 world.
  • Continue to take the offense against terrorism, as per the Bush / Obama doctrine.
  • We need to push our allies to increase defense spending to the same level of GDP as that of the US. No more free rides.
  • The US should, in cooperation with any friend and foe, organize or help organize an anti piracy task force off Somalia. All vessels passing through the area will be assessed a voluntary tax to fund it. If they pay, we throw every imaginable resource to protect a threatened vessel. If they don’t they are asked to have fun with the pirates.
  • Profile at airports, and don’t be shy about it. But any passenger can be a knowing or unknowing bearer of a bomb, which has been known for some time – so continue to act accordingly.
  • Keep Guantanemo Bay open. It’s the least bad option.
  • We need relentless pursuit of defense waste. There is plenty to be found.

Diplomacy

  • Give overt support to the democratic opposition in Iran and Syria.
  • Lift the economic embargo against Cuba, and encourage the democratic forces there.
  • Continue the exit strategy in Iraq
  • Pressure Pakistan to abandon the Taliban and stop its two faced game
  • Consider a limited pullback from Afghanistan with use of special forces to deal with trouble spots. If we don’t have a true partner, recognize the reality.
  • Cut aid to Israel 25%. They are a rich country, and no one gets to stand in my welfare line forever
  • Try to build a stronger relationship with Russia. We face many of the same problems, and we should be more allies than opponents.
  • Continue to nurture our relationship with Japan, who will be deeply wounded for some time due the nuclear and tsunami disasters. This is their hour of need. We’ve been friends in need, and should continue to be such.
  • Watch China
  • Continue building the good relationship with Vietnam, which threatens no one not bent on imperial aggression ( China )

The Border

Remove the magnets and the issue solves itself

  • mandatory ( not voluntary, as at present ) citizenship ID check requirement on the part of all employers via the E Verify program. Extremely severe sanctions on any employer who knowingly hires an illegal alien.
  • No more automatic citizenship for children of illegals born here.

Energy Policy / Environment

  • Encourage alternative technology and extremely efficient energy technology with tax and other policy
  • Encourage modern nuclear energy plants.
  • Allow expanded drilling in Alaska, the Gulf and in other areas where the local population supports it – they don’t support it in Florida or California
  • Implement the Pickens Plan to encourage the expanded use of natural gas in large vehicles.
  • Fund national high speed rail projects where it makes sense. It makes a whole lot of sense in the Boston – Virginia corridor, but not in most other places.
  • Phase out the unsound ethanol subsidy program

Tax Policy / Economy

  • Remove more than 90% of deductions from the individual Federal Income Tax code, in consideration for lower tax brackets. Seek flatter brackets. Seek a 10% higher tax take overall, to be used to reduce the debt
  • As per above, remove all deduction for state and local income taxes from the Federal Income Tax. Put the heat on high tax meccas like NY and CA.
  • Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax ( AMT )
  • Lower corporate tax rates and encourage US based corporations to repatriate foreign assets in this country
  • A ten year waiting period before immigrants can access any federal benefits and a five year waiting period before immigrants can access any federally subsidized benefits.

Health Care

  • Implement a simpler national health care system based on the Swiss model
  • Remove the corrupt deals Obama struck to implement his corrupt model ( ie Louisiana )
  • Give serious consideration to the Ryan proposals for Medicare and Medicaid reform

Legal

  • Implement tort reform and stop litigation abuse, which will be strongly opposed by most Democrat and Republican politicians, who are mostly lawyers and who are part of the same club, though the Republican ones pretend otherwise. This one step will help reduce costs for Products Liability and Physician/Hospital Liability.
  • Outlaw ” punitive damages ” a weird concept pretty much unique to the US
  • Outlaw law firm ads on TV and radio.

Political

  • Impose strict limits on political contributions by unions and rich individuals.
  • Ban all political contributions by corporations.

Education

  • Outlaw bilingual education, except for six month immersion / transition programs for those who need it
  • Encourage patriotic displays, such as the Pledge of Allegiance in all elementary and high schools
  • Emphasize math, science, and technology classes, of the highest international standard
  • Emphasize foreign language study, esp German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish
  • Teach individual financial responsibility in elementary and high schools.

Thank you for your consideration. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things, but will backfill as necessary.

How’s that Revolution Working Out?

By Patty On May 9th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

From the New York Times:

“By lifting the heavy hand of the Mubarak police state, the revolution unleashed long-suppressed sectarian animosities that have burst out with increasing ferocity, threatening the recovery of Egypt’s tourist economy and the stability of its hoped-for transition to democracy…

“Egypt has already become a nation in danger,” Justice Minister Abdel Aziz al-Gindi said after the cabinet meeting, vowing to strike “with an iron hand” to preserve national security.”

Here at ATW, those of us who did not blindly cheer on the Egyptian “revolution” were mocked and ridiculed but, unfortunately, we were right.  The Egyptian “freedom revolution” is not exactly working out as advertised by the Western MSM. Those of us who feared the worst when crowds begin to chant for the end of the Mubarak regime were correct to fear the worst; we were correct to cite polls showing most Egyptians approving of Sharia Law, and to point out the influence and reach of the radical group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is freedom in Egypt on the march? WIll minorities be protected? Will individual freedoms be guaranteed? No, no and no.  An Islamic state looks inevitable.

TRUTH STORM…

By David Vance On May 9th, 2011 at 9:04 am

When living in peace process land, it is bad form to ever mention the truth. And so…

Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott will spend the next 48 hours fighting for his political life following his controversial comments about Sinn Fein being “scum”. The UUP leader caused a storm of controversy on Saturday when he lashed out at people waving Irish flags at Omagh Leisure Centre calling them the “scum of Sinn Fein”. Some party sources described Mr Elliott’s position as “untenable”. The brother of murdered police constable Ronan Kerr described the comments as “prejudiced” and “prehistoric”. Cathair Kerr is reported to have said: “People need to move forward. Would his voters still vote for him now?”

With all due respect to Cathair Kerr, and assuming he said what is reported, who is HE to tell Unionist voters what to do?

The IRA is a barbaric terrorist infestation and those within it who commanded the terror are scum. How else to describe the people who bombed a cenotaph, who blew up a bus station, machine gunned workers on their way home from work, shot police officers dead in front of their families, kidnapped and tortured women – and delighted in it all.

So, I am sure all civilised people agree the IRA are scum. Genocidal savages would be an alternative summary.

That, of course, begs the question as to whether Sinn Fein members are also scum. Well, I have an easy solution to that. Will those who support Sinn Fein now say without hint of equivocation that they agree that the IRA were savages, that they would like to distance themselves from all the killing it engaged in, and that they would like to apologise unreservedly to the thousands of victims of IRA killing.

Perhaps Mr Kerr, so vocal in his defence of Sinn Fein, would also like to confirm that he views those who murdered 306 RUC officers as scum?

Then, we can all move on….

Mother

By Patrick Van Roy On May 8th, 2011 at 4:42 am

Me Loving Mum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azxFvvUtu40

Roots

By Patty On May 7th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

 

Osama bin Laden in the black and white photo is furthest to your right.

I just watched some of the video taken of the Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan. What a pig stye!  The mess that  bin Laden  and his wives tolerated is more than just a week’s worth of laundry or a sinkful of dishes; they lived in squalor.

Don’t they have brooms or water in Pakistan? Were the wives depressed, locked away in the compound day after day, unmotivated to clean or straighten up? Most  people keep house, even the poorest sweep and organize. Why was Osama such a slob?

And then I remembered: Osama bin Laden did not grow up poor. In his youth, he was, in fact, very rich.

Forget about his turban and the beard, the exotic dress — Osama grew up  a fully westernized rich kid in Saudi Arabia. He was a boy who  “had everything”  – including servants to do the housekeeping –  and he decided to channel his aggression into terrorism.

This is not unlike President Obama’s pal, Bill Ayers who was the privileged son of the Chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison.  Bill Ayers  decided to channel his aggression into establishing The Weather Underground and planting bombs.

Does anyone know if  the members of the IRA or ETA have middle class roots as well?