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LOL… The U.N.

By Patrick Van Roy On June 29th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

North Korea to Head U.N. Conference on Disarmament

3:26 PM, Jun 29, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY

On Tuesday, the United Nations again made itself an international laughing stock – except perhaps to the American taxpayers who continue to foot 22 percent of the bill – by appointing North Korea chair of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. That would be the same North Korea that, according to an article this week by Senator John Kerry, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has “twice tested nuclear weapons…is developing missiles to carry them…has built facilities capable of producing highly enriched uranium for more nuclear weapons” and has defied a U.N. arms embargo by exporting weapons and sensitive technologies to rogue regimes.

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You Hate Me, You Really Hate Me – Sarah Palin’s Oscar Preview

By 33230715130361 On June 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I’m not sure that I would want to travel to Iowa for a movie premier (if you film it they will come), but I suppose the popcorn would be fresh.  Sarah Palin went there for the premier of her irony-free titled film “The Undefeated”.  She expressed confusion as to why various people from Hollywood would hate her.  I share her dismay.  After all, she quit her day job and set out to become  a reality television star.     Where is the sympathy of her fellow actors?

As the Cover up unravels

By Patrick Van Roy On June 29th, 2011 at 10:52 am

Operation Fast and Furious has taken it’s first ATF Retaliatory Firing as the Justice Department does everything it can think of to obstruct justice….


Mr. President what did you know, and when did you know it?

Raised On The Promises – Michele Bachman’s Collision With The Truth

By 33230715130361 On June 29th, 2011 at 2:37 am

Michele Bachman’s falsehoods, wild mistakes, reckless accusations and adversion to the truth are the source of her political ascent.  The people she appeals to are not troubled by these failures.  They are troubled by her failings being pointed out.  They are predisposed to distrust the media, and therefore if journalists question her, then they are picking on her.  

Michele has railed against government intervention and benefits, including medicare payments.  Yet her husband’s clinic took in over 100k in Medicare funds, and the family farm she is a partner in took in over 100k in government handouts.  Oops!  Not giant handouts, but a tad on the hypocritical side. 

 I do think it was unfair when the media noted that she boasted about John Wayne connections to Waterloo, Iowa  (it was John Wayne Gacy – A clown costume-wearing serial killer) .  I don’t think she intended to invoke Gacy.  I don’t see why we have to bother with side-issue mistakes, all politicians make them.  Why not concentrate on her barnyard crazy claim that God wants her to do this?  Can’t we give a big “are you shitting me?” shout out to that claim.  The Almighty wants Bachman to be President? Is God that cruel?

Who knew there wa a Republican Female Officeholder out there who could make Palin look (almost) Presidential? 

Tom  Petty as asked her not to use his song “American Girl” at her events.  I agree.  I think “Don’t Come Around Here No More” is a better fit.

A GPS For The Home

By 33230715130361 On June 28th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Many Americans now have a GPS in their car.  It allows them to avoid maritial discord on family trips, having to pull into gas stations to ask for directions, and folding and unfolding cumbersome Rand-McNally Maps while driving on the Interstate. 

I have a fairly good sense of direction, so I don’t need one for my car.  My quests are more modest in nature.  I’d like to patent a GPS for home use.  That way I could find my keys, my eyeglasses, a matching pair of clean socks, the remote control and the other Holy Grails of the daily living of middle-aged man.   I usually take the tried and true tactic of abandoning my search for a particular item after twenty minutes, and start looking for something else – at which point I find the first item.  I truly find myself more at a loss among the familar confines of my home than in some remote corner of the Earth.

I think I am not alone in this need.  Some sort of bar code scanned in for all my pertinent items so I could be on my couch, press the on switch and issue a command “Find Keys”, and then be guided through the rooms of my house (get up, turn left, walk five feet, turn right, keys are here).    I think a soothing recorded voice (Kathleen Turner for men, Barry White for women) would make it very marketable.   Course the problem is I would misplace the damned GPS itself.


By David Vance On June 27th, 2011 at 8:27 am

Now here is a storyline that seems just so radical. Academics would like to see even more £££ directed their way. What a shocker!

“The executive must do the right thing and ensure a £40 million black hole facing the higher education sector is filled, university chiefs have warned. University of Ulster vice-chancellor Professor Richard Barnett will use his address at the first summer graduation ceremony of the year to highlight what he believes will be potentially catastrophic consequences of further funding cuts. His counterpart at Queen’s, Sir Peter Gregson, stressed the importance of releasing more money to the sector as academics from his university prepared to visit Stormont to showcase the world class research currently being undertaken.”

Two comments here.

1. This is an easy request to resolve. Just cut 40% from North-South bodies annual expenditure and the matter is sorted.

2. Both our Universities need to demonstrate much more transparently how they can provide better VALUE to students. Instead of dragging out some degrees, instead of providing some utterly pointless degrees, instead of not driving their own cost base down, they just hold their hands out and shrill more. I would agree to bridging the funding cap but ONLY in exchange for radical internal reform based on academic excellence.


By David Vance On June 27th, 2011 at 8:18 am

John Hume, Martin Mcguinness, Enda kenny, Johannes Hahn, Peter Robinson, Nelson McCausland, Maurice Devenney cutting ribbons

Like so many other people here in Northern Ireland, I was naturally ecstatic when I saw from that soon to be British City of Culture Londonderry saw a THIRD bridge open last week. It solved the tricky issue of having a couple of hundred yards without crossing access and will surely help those few remaining Protestants living on the City side to get the hell out of this monocultural hellhole enjoy life in this rich cultural paradise. But despite all the joy there is a cloud on the horizon…oh yes. Consider this;

The European commissioner for regional policy has said he will do everything in his power to ensure Northern Ireland gets another tranche of peace money. Johannes Hahn was speaking after a meeting with the first and deputy first ministers at the opening of the new bridge over the River Foyle on Saturday. The money for the bridge came from the 333m euro (£295.5m) Peace 3 programme.

Commissioner Hahn said he would work towards making more money available. “I will do everything to make sure that the money will be available in the future,” he said. “But as you might have heard, the British government is not in favour of spending a lot of money on European projects.”

Those PESKY Brits again not just throwing money with gay abandon into the Euro-pot so that Kommisars like Hahn can lavish it on pointless Bridges. Talk about a bridge to nowhere, eh?  I can only hope that First and Co First Minister’s can get more cash out of the Brits so even more bridges can be built although it might prove a bit more practical to  just concrete over the Foyle river?


By David Vance On June 26th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hi folks! Just a quick note to let you know I am back and will resume blogging in the morning. I wanted to express my sincere thanks to all those fellow writers who kept the jive jumping in my absence. I did pop in more than once, as any responsible proprietor would, and was more than happy with what has been going on. Naturally, my biggest thanks go to you, dear reader, for continuing to visit ATW.

I’ve been down on the French Riviera and had an excellent time enjoying the relative tranquility, bountiful sunshine, and absence of liberal media.  That said, I did watch French TV but such is my lamentable grasp of French that it was impossible to be annoyed since I couldn’t understand that much that they were saying. In fact, I amused myself by providing my own commentary of the news, to my wife’s horror.

On the flight over, I was able to read “Margaret Thatcher – in her own words” – a compilation of many of her magnificent speeches by my old blogging pal Iain Dale. Well worth a read as it provides insight into HER thinking over the decades. I suspect I was the only person reading a book on Thatcher during the flight (the rest were all reading Unionism Decayed – an “epic” as reviewed in Bee-Keeping Monthly, as I recall)

What’s not to like about France, apart from the French that is? Joke. I find the French people mostly delightful and in the particular spot we stayed in there were very few UK or Irish tourists. That was another bonus. I did my best to speak in pigeon French although I suspect that it was for the birds. Part of the pleasure of going to another culture is to try and embrace it – although I know this is considered heretical in the UK where the reverse is the case!

There was a noticeable absence of Burqas – although this was compensated by the excess of bikinis sur la plage. Given the searing heat from the sun that beamed down every day, some sort of nuclear proofed covering would have been preferential. If there is global warming, I found it and it branded my head brown.

Perhaps one of the most endearing aspects of France is the modest duties that the Government imposes on Wine. One is able to enjoy a decent glass for a relatively low Euro cost, although given the vast sums the UK hands over to Les Eurocrats I figure that I am partly subsidising the price.

I was delighted to find a most excellent Vegan restaurant, located on the soleil promenade – soya by the sea! With lots of Pasta offerings on other menus, it was never a problem to find non-meat offerings. I think I saved a few snails and possibly even a frog or deux from a fate worse than death – surely worth a Nobel Peace prize nomination?

Just unwinding here and will put the world to RIGHT tomorrow. But until then, bonne nuit!

The bloggers theme

By Patrick Van Roy On June 26th, 2011 at 3:50 pm


And the wheels on the bus….

By Patrick Van Roy On June 25th, 2011 at 5:47 am

Ahh the story of the summer, we must watch as one thread after another get pulled and the tapestry of an ongoing coverup unravels. What did you know, and when did you know it Mr. President?

Federal gun agents in Arizona — convinced that “someone was going to die” when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers — made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe.

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators that there was “a state of panic” that the guns used in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in January and two U.S. agents in Mexico a month later might have been sold under the U.S. surveillance operation.

“I used the word anxiety. The term I used amongst my peers is pucker factor,” Larry Alt, special agent with ATF’s Phoenix field division, told investigators preparing a joint staff report for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The report will be released Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Neither of those shootings was ultimately linked to the “Fast and Furious” probe, though two weapons sold to a suspect under surveillance were found at the scene of the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near Nogales, Ariz., in December.

Terry’s family will be among the key witnesses at an oversight committee hearing Wednesday on the ATF operation, under which the bureau allowed purchases of high-powered weapons in an attempt to track their progress into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. According to the report and numerous interviews with The Times, several ATF agents regarded the operation as dangerous and misguided.

At least 195 of the weapons have been traced to Mexico, found mainly at crime scenes, but ATF agents quoted in the report said more than 1,700 firearms were trafficked “to known criminals or cartel elements south of the border and elsewhere” under the operation.

“I cannot see anyone who has one iota of concern for human life being OK with this,” Agent John Dodson told committee interviewers.

And as Holder and Obama obstruct justice they choose the head of ATF to take the fall, but it doesn’t seem like he’s willing.

Kenneth Melson of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms faces controversy over the agency’s surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns into Mexico. He is said to be eager to testify to Congress.

The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is strongly resisting pressure to step down because of growing controversy over the agency’s surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow unchecked into Mexico, according to several federal sources in Washington.

Kenneth E. Melson, who has run the bureau for two years, is reportedly eager to testify to Congress about the extent of his and other officials’ involvement in the operation, code-named Fast and Furious.

Melson does not want to be “the fall guy” for the program, under which ATF agents allowed straw purchasers to acquire more than 1,700 AK-47s and other high-powered rifles from Arizona gun dealers, the sources said. The idea was to track the guns to drug cartel leaders. But that goal proved elusive, and the guns turned up at shootings in Mexico, as well as at the slaying in Arizona of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in December.

At a House hearing last week, testimony from ATF agents portrayed Melson as closely involved in overseeing the venture. At one point, according to documents released by Congress, he asked for and received log-in information and a link to an Internet feed in order to watch some of the illegal straw purchases.

Looks like we found our first pigeon……LOL