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By ATWadmin On October 21st, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I see that UK Shadow chancellor George Osborne has denied claims
he tried to solicit a £50,000 donation for the Tories from Russian
billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Financier Nathaniel Rothschild told The Times that Mr Osborne
and Tory chief executive Andrew Feldman had discussed a donation from
Mr Deripaska. Mr Rothschild said they had boarded the Russian businessman’s yacht off Corfu in the summer “to solicit a donation”. But Mr Osborne said: “We didn’t ask for money; we didn’t receive any.”

Let me tell you that based on my own experience of the political class, they are fatally drawn to money. The idea of “donations” is always close to their minds so I do not for one second believe Osbourne’s protestations of absolute innocene. Sure, certain elements of the media have been hysterical in their reaction to this story but when you think about it, politicians prostituting themselves for cash is not really news. That’s ANTOHER reason I despise politicians!


By ATWadmin On October 21st, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Three airports in one day – been away all day from very early and just back here at ATW central. More posts to follow…

Change That Obama Will Bring

By ATWadmin On October 21st, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I wish I were not so well informed.  If only I believed that – as an end in itself-  the election of a black President is  wise and positive.  If only I believed that missteps resulting from a Democrat majority in both Congress and the Executive Branch will be  reversible with future elections.

 I think skin color is irrelevant.  What is relevant is that Obama is inexperienced , and Obama believes that Government is a solution.   Obama will  weaken America internationally,  and  he will  weight her down with corrupt, inefficient,  and ineffective government programs.

Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, agrees  with my assessment of Obama’s inherent riskiness on  the international stage . Biden recently warned that America’s enemies would test Barack Obama with an international crisis within six months when/if   Obama is elected president. Obama is inexperienced, lacks common sense, and is an  “internationalist.”  In the event of an international crisis, Obama  will defer to the “International Community.”  Translated, this means Obama will do nothing of substance; he will let aggression take its course.  This is not something to look forward to.

Regarding the expansion of Big Government, all evidence points to the fact that Obama believes that Government is a solution, not a problem. Obama will greatly expand Big Government and such expansion will not be reversible in 4 years.
Think of  Jimmy  Carter’s Department of Education, and the Department of Energy,  and Lyndon Johnson’s National Endowment of the Arts. Billions of tax dollars are already spent to fund education programs that do not educate, energy programs that do not provide solutions to energy problems, and  programs for art that is puerile and offensive.

HT: michael medved

“Born in Columbia, made in the USA”

By ATWadmin On October 21st, 2008 at 12:23 am

While Washington elite endorse Obama as a form of job security,  many ordinary Americans are fed up with the absurdly skewed  media bias.   Some of us work too damn hard for  our money to have Obama confiscate it through taxation  in order to fund naïve socialist ideas.  

“Born in Columbia, made in the USA,” said Tito Munoz , the owner of a small construction business,  at a McCain/Palin rally in Virginia. Speaking to members of the Press at the rally, Tito said:

“I support McCain, but I’ve come to face you guys because I’m disgusted with you guys,” he said. “Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. . . . I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A.”

The scene turned into a mini-fracas when David Corn, of Mother Jones, defended press coverage. Munoz was having none of it. Why, he asked, would the press whack Joe the Plumber when it didn’t want to report on Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber? “How come that’s not in the news all the time?” Munoz said. “How come Joe the Plumber is every second? I’m talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.” A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. “Tell me,” she said to Corn, “why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can’t tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!”

“I am Joe the Plumber!” Munoz chimed in. “You’re attacking me.”

Mad as hell,and hopefully headed to the polls.  HT: Byron York, National Review    Powerline


By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Many years ago, I bought the album “American Pie” by the then young folk singer-songwriter Don McLean. It was back around 1972 I think. I remember listening to the many great songs on it, fascinated by the quality of the wordplay. It was one of those things that started me writing, believe it or not. This particular song caught my young imagination and in those flaming summer months I started scribbling worthless poems and the like. Hope you might give this a listen and say what you think of it! Amongst all the political hyperbola the bigger themes like love prevail. Or at least I think so. 


By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

First of all – the harsh facts.

Britain is in a shockingly perilous financial state. Figures show government borrowing has hit a record £8bn
in September – bringing the figure for the year so far to £37.6bn. As Conservative leader David Cameron puts it..

“Isn’t it the case that Britain is heading
for a record budget deficit, contrary to what he said, put by some
independent forecasters as high as £64bn?  Will he confirm that has happened after 14 years of economic
growth, and when half the OECD are entering the downturn with a budget
surplus? Isn’t the £64bn question this: why, when business and families need more help, has he left the cupboard so bare?”

Quite so. Gordon Brown was the man who was at the heart of the government which causally spent our national surplus in growing an army of State workers during the summer months but  now the winter months loom large there is nothing left.

So – his culpability is clear – there can be no doubt about it.

So, why is it that Brown has become more popular in recent weeks as the degree of Britain’s disastrous financial status becomes clear. Brown is the guy who has frittered away so much of our wealth and now – it seems – people turn to him for security. Have we become infantilised or have we simply gone mad?


By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Did you see that Harriet Harperson, Leader of the House of Commons, has shown her grasp of the serious economic issues facing our country by declaring that MP’s have increased holiday time from two-and-a-half weeks this Christmas.

Some have taken advantage of this by already booking vacations in the sun to escape the British winter.

longest Parliamentary Christmas break since records began 30 years ago
comes as many breadwinners in other walks of life are being forced to
work extra hours to cope with higher food and fuel bills.

It’s inspiring to see this kind of leadership from Ms Harperson and it makes me feel all warm inside knowng that she, and her colleagues, patently feel our pain.

Let them eat christmas cake?


By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

The BBC reports that Marxism is back .. in Germany.

“Karl Marx is back in fashion, says one German publisher, who attributes his new popularity to the economic crisis. Publisher Karl-Dietz said it sold 1,500 copies of Das Kapital this year – up from the 200 it usually sells annually. Written in 1867, sales of the tome rarely hit double digits but have been on the rise since 2005. Marxist economic philosophy – and in particular its Russian Leninist
version – fell out of favour with the collapse of the Soviet Union in
the late 1980s.  “It’s definitely in vogue right now,” said the publisher’s director Joern Schuetrumpf. “The financial crisis brought us a huge bump.”

I prefer Groucho to Karl myself but I suppose we should be thankful that the writings of another infamous German leader are not also proving quite so popular.

The SIngle Most Important Right

By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

I have a friend from Belarus who will soon be taking his citizenship test to become an American. He has a three page list of questions that he is expected to know for his interview and as a favor to him, I’ve been drilling him on the questions.

Which leads me to the point of this post: I was interested to note that according to the American citizenship test, my “right to vote” is my “most important right. “

Regarding the 2008 POTUS election, with few days left until November 4th, I don’t think that the undecided voter, or the voter polls, matter as much as voter turnout.   What difference does it make if  a candidate is ahead in the polls  if the candidate’s supporters don’t show up to vote?  And, despite what some Irish bookies might think, the 2008 POTUS election is not over until votes have been cast.

This election feels to me very similar to that of 2004; the country is philosophically split down the middle, and the polls are more or less tied.   As a McCain/Palin supporter ,I urge enthusiastic, and disillusioned, Republicans, alike, to scramble under the Big Tent on November 4th and exercise your right to vote by supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. 

Democrats and Independents, I urge you also to carve out time on November 4th, show up at the voting booth, and cast a ballot for your candidate (s). Everyone should exercise their  “most important right.” 

**  Please note:  ACORN is  currently under federal investigation,  apparently responsible for attempted massive voter fraud.  Those responsible should be hunted down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for attempting to undermine an American citizen’s most important right, the right to vote.  Obama has significant, material ties to ACORN.  Unfortunately, the MSM seems overwhelmed with the investigation of Joe the Plumber ,and investigation and exposure of Obama’s ties to this corrupt organization will have to wait until after the election. 


By ATWadmin On October 20th, 2008 at 11:20 am

Equal time for amusement requires me to belatedly report one of Joe Biden’s typical flubs I missed.  During the VP debate he attempted to promote his blue collar man of the street credentials by suggesting folks go with him to Union Street in his current hometown and eat at Katie’s Restaurant.  Only problem – it has been closed for twenty years.  

Did they serve humble pie?