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UN Receives an Eviction Notice

By ATWadmin On September 25th, 2008 at 2:31 am

Tom Tancredo is a Representative from the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, and is perhaps best known for his fight to halt illegal immigration.  And today, amid bleak news that the US Govt. will bail out Wall Street, Tancredo brought a smile to my face.   Today, Tom Tancredo introduced a bill, called the UN Eviction Act, to evict the UN from the United States.

“The U.N. has coddled brutal dictators, anti-Semites, state sponsors of terrorism, and nuclear proliferators – while excluding democratic countries from membership and turning a blind eye to humanitarian tragedies and gross violations of human rights around the globe,” Tancredo said. “The U.N.’s continued presence in the United States is an embarrassment to our nation, and the time has come for this ineffective organization to pack its bags and hit the road…

…I refuse to sit idly by while Americans are forced to host Islamofascist dictators, like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, so they can spew anti-American rhetoric just blocks from Ground Zero,” Tancredo continued….If the U.N. is so keen to accommodate the foreign policy demands of rogue nations and dictatorships, perhaps the world body might be more comfortable relocating to one,” concluded Tancredo. “I’m sure Ban Ki-Moon will have no trouble securing a new location in downtown Pyongyang or Tehran.”

Love is Never Having to say you’re sorry. I think.

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Last Thursday, when I started hearing about  the financial meltdown on Wall Street, I was not really too surprised to see that  questionable loans pushed by Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac  were at its nexus.  I was also interested to learn that the Democrats were largely to blame for the current crisis.

Several readers took umbrage with my  post  entitled “Obama’s Chickens come Home to Roost”.  Reader/Writer Mahons   even blurted out that it  was “a vivid misrepresentation of facts.”

Several days later, and despite attempts by the media, and others on the web, to spin the meltdown as a bipartisan affair. the evidence is piling up that I am, in fact, correct.  

Our current financial meltdown stems largely from the sub-prime mess enabled by Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, and Obama and the Democrats are largely to blame. Not exclusively. But, enough to bear noting.

Obama received more money than any other senator, save one, from lobbyists working for Fannie/Freddy. On his search committee for VP, we find Jim Johnson ex-CEO of Fannie Mae.  Also, former senior counsel for Fannie Mae is a Senior Advisor on Obama’s campaign. BTW – Jim Johnson did almost as good a job for Obama as he did for Fannie Mae! (irony)….but, I digress.

Why blame all of the Democrats? Because in 2005, for the first time in history, a serious regulatory bill designed to regulate the two government behemoths,  Fannie/Freddy, was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. …and Democrats unanimously opposed the bill!

Bloomberg.com:

“If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

But the bill didn’t become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn’t even get the Senate to vote on the matter.

That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: “It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.”

JUSTICE DONE…

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

It’s a sorry tale.

“A Florida man convicted of shooting
two young sisters in the head after raping and shooting their mother
was executed Tuesday after a two-hour delay while authorities awaited
final rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Richard
“Ric Ric” Henyard, 34, was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m. He had been
condemned for the death of 7-year-old Jamilya Lewis and her 3-year-old
sister, Jasmine. The execution had been scheduled for 6 p.m. but did not start until 8:06 p.m. The doctor pronounced him dead 10 minutes later. Henyard
kept his eyes closed and appeared to be mouthing some words as the
execution began, but he declined to make any final statement. He
appeared to be shaking and having a hard time breathing after the
lethal injection was administered, and stopped moving a minute later. The execution was the second under Gov. Charlie Crist. Henyard
and a younger accomplice carjacked Dorothy Lewis and her daughters
outside a grocery store in the central Florida town of Eustis on the
night of Jan. 30, 1993. Henyard, then 18, raped Lewis and then shot her
multiple times at close range, but she survived. He then participated
in the shooting deaths of her daughters after they cried out for their
mother.”

I think that Henyard has got what he deserved and the only thing I see wrong is that it has taken 15 years to get to this point. If you take life in this manner, you forfeit your life. End of.

REALITY CHECK CAUSES FURORE…

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

I note that a political row has erupted here in Northern Ireland over comments made by Sports Minister Gregory
Campbell after Tyrone won the GAA Sam Maguire Cup.

Mr Campbell defended his remarks, insisting Tyrone and Kerry are “in
different countries”, and therefore the match was an international occasion.SDLP leader  Mark Durkan accused Mr Campbell of disrespecting the
Gaelic games tradition. He said: “Gregory Campbell’s comments about what was
an outstanding Tyrone victory in the All-Ireland football final were
pathetic.There will be few Gaels or other sports fans that will be impressed by a
Sports Minister saying that he ‘supposes’ the team should be acknowledged on
the basis that they were playing in an international game.He needs to realise that he has a position of responsibility now and he needs
to truly respect the efforts and identities of all sporting traditions.”

Now then here’s the problem for my old universoty pal Mark Durkan. Campbell is 100% right. Tyrone and Kerry are both counties on the island of Ireland. However one is located in Northern Ireland – part of the UK – whilst the other is located in the Republic of Ireland. So all Campbell is doing is pricking the delusions of Irish nationalists who want to pretend we are all one sovereign state when the reverse is true.

I say well done to Tyrone – and I am pleased to see a British team win Sam!!! Perhaps Her Majesty should a message of congrats – to be read out at Tyrone’s next home game?

SPANISH EYES IN EMERALD FIELDS….

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

It’s laughable, really.


The Irish Government tonight vowed to give “whatever support it could” in the
hunt for one of Spain’s most notorious convicted ETA terrorists wanted
by Interpol. Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos, who was released from
jail in August, is believed to still be in Ireland, having applied for
a passport at the Spanish Embassy in Dublin three weeks ago.  The convicted terrorist, who was released in August, is now wanted
by a Spanish judge to answer charges that he praised or supported
terrorism in a letter on his release in the summer. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said Gardaí would give whatever support they could in the hunt for Inaki. “As
far as I’m concerned and the Government is concerned, Ireland should
not
have terrorists, either indigenous or foreign, on our shores,” he
said.

Well, Dermot, I am sure you do believe that. However it also strikes me that if I consider the success rate of the Irish Government in tracking doiwn the legion of IRA terrorists operating within the State over the decades, I would say that Mr Chaos is probably safe enough.

Also interesting that he chose Ireland as his preferred destination post-prison. Must have been the weather I guess….?

SEND ‘EM A CHEQUE….JOE

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Here is a good example of how slow Joe Biden – the man with foreign policy experience – was thinking a few weeks AFTER 9/11…..I hope Sarah Palin reads it. I also wonder why the MSM is so slow to investigate these on the record utterances from Obama’s chosen running mate? Experience should be as open to scrutiny as inexperience!

“At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee
staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about
what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the
obvious: “I’m groping here.” Then he hits on an idea: America needs to
show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to
me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for
$200 million to Iran,” Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised
eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.

The
staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: “I think
they’d send it back.” Then another aide speaks up delicately: “The
thing I would worry about is that it would almost look like a publicity
stunt.” Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in
Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir
Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He’s already moved on to something else.”

BETTE REDUCES GAS EMISSIONS…

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I see that Bette Midler has decided to save the planet …and stop touring globally.


“Over the years, the number of trucks that I have behind me has
grown exponentially and I don’t really like that, I don’t like wasting
the gas. Fourteen trucks, that’s a lot of gas. So I decided I’d stay put for a while.”

Obama supporting Bette cares about the planet and she is putting her mouth where her money is.


She has also just landed a $13m residency in Vegas.

Clearly there is no connection between landing this vast residency ideal and her planetary largesse. Right?

LEADERSHIP…

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Did you see that John McCain has suspended his campaign? Read this statement from McCain and then ask yourself which Presidential candidate is showing real leadership – they key characteristic of a good President.

“America this week faces an historic crisis in our
financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If
we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our
economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life
savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay
their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be
impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.

Last Friday, I laid
out my proposal and I have since discussed my priorities and concerns
with the bill the Administration has put forward. Senator Obama has
expressed his priorities and concerns.This morning, I met with a group
of economic advisers to talk about the proposal on the table and the
steps that we should take going forward.I have also spoken with members
of Congress to hear their perspective.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the
Administration’ proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table
will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington
after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to
Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to
join me.

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership
from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is
time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must
meet until this crisis is resolved.I am directing my campaign to work
with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to
delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this
crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve
consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets,
protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the
American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set
politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time
of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across
our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have
prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance
to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of
leading this country.

THE CULTURE OF RISK?.

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Do YOU think that a culture of risk aversion is creating a cruel society? So says an adviser to Gordon Brown. Instead of showing kindness, people prefer to do nothing for fear of being sued, says Baroness Neuberger. She
says attempts to eliminate all risk are preventing even small acts of
kindness such as putting a comforting arm around the shoulders of a
hospital patient.

She’s right.

I have been invited to go on the BBC tomorrow morning – The Nolan Show – to discuss this topic around 9.30-10am.

Personally I point the finger of blame in three directions.

1. The lawyers. There is no doubt that the enthusiasm amongst legal beagles to chase compensation claims on every front contributes massively to the fear of doing anything society we now live in.

2. Ordinary citizens. If we allow ourselves to be scared of doing the most basic acts of humanitarian kindness, then we must accept  the consequences. They also seem to think they are entitled to sue everyone and anyone these days and so we can’t just blame the lawyers!

3. The Government. Labour has presided over a decade or more of this relentless risk aversion. It is responsible for the vast public sector and this is where the do nothing cancer originates. Now I fully accept that there are many kind people in all walks of life but government could make life easier for them by supporting them when they bring a little kindness to the hurt, the lost, those in pain and those in need. They have failed miserably in this regard so perhaps Julia Neuberger could start with a word in the shell-like of her boss, and saviour of the universe, Gordon Brown!!

What say you on this topic? Who is to blame for our culture of risk – of doing anything  such as a teacher putting a plaster on a child’s knee if it has been cut whilst playing in school. Let’s be hearing from you…   

So true.

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Hyscience writes:

“I’m glad someone finally came out and said so besides me; the real conflict that divides Americans is character.  (my emphasis)

And Terrence Jeffrey has nailed it: Some of us rely on ourselves, while the rest rely on the federal government and politicians who exploit that reliance to gain and maintain political power, and those corporate bureaucrats who exploit that reliance to get money.

Most of us who are self reliant will be voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin; virtually all of those who rely on the federal government and politicians who exploit that reliance to gain and maintain political power, and those corporate bureaucrats who exploit that reliance to get money will be voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”