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U.S. Spending so even A Liberal could understand it.

By Patrick Van Roy On August 13th, 2011 at 2:20 am

The Numbers I am about to use have been put into ratio’s so that even the dim witted could follow, and will be explained in a manner that if you still don’t understand it, please very please, don’t vote. and for gods sake don’t breed.

Lets look at the Smith Family and their finance’s, The Smiths earn $28,000 a year, The Smiths spend $38,000 a year plus they have charged $16,000 on their Credit Cards. The also have a home that they owe $140,000, The Bank has called and have told them they need to balance their finances or loose the house, so they cut $385 Dollars a year off their spending and then have a fit when the bank sends them an eviction notice, oh and they blame the bank while they complain.

Below is a nice video of a gentleman that reflects the view held by 70% of the American public, on the Smiths behavior.
If their are young children in the room ask them to leave, or don’t play it

Enter William J Bratton

By Phantom On August 12th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

He’s a tough Boston Irishman whose confidence has always been off the charts.

He’s been police commissioner in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.

In Boston, he was awarded that department’s highest award for valor.

In New York, he led from the front. He ordered his men to go into harm’s way. He, with Mayor Giuliani, guaranteed historic reductions in crime, and then delivered on it, fueling the sustained renaissance of New York City.

In Los Angeles, his third major act, he did it again. All major categories of crime went down significantly under his watch.

Bratton’s methods are scientific. He was an early proponent, and exporter of the Compstat program, which relentlessly tracks all categories of crime down to the neighborhood level. Resources were quickly moved from one area to the other as needed. There was a reduced emphasis on catching criminals per se, but more on stopping the crime from being committed in the first place- an essential distinction.

This didn’t mean condoning any brutality, or any unnecessary violence. While the NYPD was achieving massive reductions in crime, they actually fired their weapons less every year.

London, and England have this week seen widespread riots, vandalism and looting. This has been a severe shock to the system to Britain and to it’s friends around the world. All won’t agree on the causes, but many agree that the response of the Metropolitan Police in London has been inadequate and reactive.

It is reported that Bill Bratton will soon accept a position as a consultant for the British government and/or police.

Bratton said he believes British police need to focus on quelling racial tensions by collaborating more with community leaders and civil rights groups. He also said social media sites can be a useful tool for law enforcement trying to monitor gang activities.

In NY, he met with everybody. In LA, he met with the gangs. But all as part of a strategy.

“The idea is to get ahead of the violence rather than just react to it,” he said.

There was a zero tolerance approach to crime and civil unrest in NY and LA and it bore immense dividends.

It doesn’t sound like he’ll have an executive position in the the UK. But this is one consultant that every cop and politician ought to listen to.

The zero tolerance approach to crime and unrest has proved highly effective throughout the US. If implemented in the Britain, it will work there too.

In Los Angeles, Bratton again displayed a politician’s deft touch with the city’s diverse communities while showing his formula for knocking down crime rates was portable: When Bratton left the West Coast in 2009 after seven years on the job, crime in the nation’s second-largest city had dropped to levels not seen since the 1950s.


And on to the Supreme Court

By 33230715130361 On August 12th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Atlanta, GA has declared the individual mandate in the Health Care Law to be unconstitutional.   This means we are going to see the dispute move on to the Supreme Court of the United States.  I presume that conservatives will find themselves in the unusal role of applauding judges (no judicial activists these).  Should make for an interesting October.

Mitt Romney – Corporations Are People

By 33230715130361 On August 11th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

He was better off in the Mittness Protection Program (not my original) when he wasn’t appearing in public.  Instead he melted in the face of some hecklers and voiced the rather disturbing comment that Corporations are people.  Perhaps one loves them that way (especially if you’ve made Romney’s money), but as a catch phrase in a recession, not the best comeback.  I think Soylent Green is people might have gone over better. 

Sure he was trying to say he wouldn’t raise taxes, and that poor defenseless corporations are really just like you and me.  But for the love of God, can’t he say it in a way that doesn’t scream “Out of touch”?  Romney has positioned himself to get knocked down early.  I don’t see how Iowa’s wacky system results in a win for him (Bachmann and Paul have greater chances under that Iowa system).  

With Rick Perry poised to enter the race, Romney is going to need to do a heck of a lot better in explaining why he should be President if he wants to win in the primaries.  Otherwise he’ll be a footnote, again.


By David Vance On August 11th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I wanted to put a small musical recognition to Pinky from ATW who as Mahons points out below becomes a US citizen tomorrow in NYC. Here’s lookin’ at ya, kid. It doesn’t get classier than Frank. Best of luck.


By David Vance On August 11th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

From Cranmer! I also enjoyed this one….

Citizen Pinky

By 33230715130361 On August 11th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

A warm welcome is extended to ATW regular Pinky who will become a United States citizen this Friday in New York City.  Since I wasn’t about to put on a crown, hold up a torch, and borrow a green dress from Phantom and meander down to New York Harbor to welcome her this ATW post will have to suffice as my Statute of Liberty “welcoming” moment. 

Pinky joins a long list of the wretched refuse (blame Emma Lazarus not me) of the teeming shores who have made the journey from the Old World to the New World.   That list includes Albert Einstein, Harry Houdini, Irving Berlin, Levi Strauss, Andrew Carnegie, Ieoh Pei, Felix Frankfurter and Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.   Immigrants have arrived for different reasons from diffrent lands and taken different paths.  But they are the lifeblood of the nation and their contribution is too great to calculate. 

So welcome Pinky.  Protest or support, vote, petition the government, assemble, march, write, pray or don’t pray, read, publish, work or relax, sing or remain silent, salute or give the finger!  May you enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  May you see by the dawn’s early light (or at a more reasonable time of the morning) what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.  May you enjoy our spacious skies and amber waves of grain, for this land is now your land from sea to shining sea.   May you feel the welcome of this place, receive affection of your new countrymen and women and join us in this noble experiment.


By David Vance On August 10th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

“Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis, e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem”  

That was one of the poet Lucretius greatest hits from 2000 years ago.

Translated by Dryden it means “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore, the rolling ship and hear the tempest roar”

It simply means to be secure in YOUR beliefs when all seems upside down. It is the Latin inscription around one of my favourite places on Earth.  When I read of riots, financial meltdowns, the elevation of evil, the betrayal of justice, it kinda rings a bell with me.

“This is London”

By Patty On August 10th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Fed up with “the small minority that go around, smashin’ up stuff,”  Enfield locals ban together to chase rioters out of their neighborhood:

ht: Gateway Pundit


By Mike Cunningham On August 10th, 2011 at 11:58 am

Michael Bukht was a chef, a wine enthusiast, a businessman who spotted that Classical Music was a winner, as well as being one of that very rare breed, a convert to the Muslim faith who kept his religion and his ideals to himself.


A regular on BBC’s  Food and Drink under the name Michael Barry, he also featured on Classic FM on a music/cookery item. A nice man, and a good broadcaster.