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By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 am

Obama, the great orator, has already shown his class by firstly fluffing his inauguration oath so leading to him having to take it again – the media reports this morning. This time round, there was no Bible convenient for the oath-taking (Clearly no-one in his circle had considered that aspect) and so the US has a President who has not taken his oath on the Bible for the first time.

A portent of things to come or just a really clumsy incompetent start? Can you imagine how the media would have treated this has Bush fluffed his lines? 

whatever’s around!

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 am

The reports on the re-taking of the Presidential Oath by the Blessed Obama are slightly confusing, at least to this writer.

We are told that the Oath was re-taken because the Presidential Legal team worried that because both Obama and the Chief Justice mis-spoke or stumbled over the Oath of Office, some might state that the Oath was invalid, so they did it again. Fair enough; but the other thing stated was that the second oath was not sworn on the Bible, ‘because there wasn’t one available! No Bible! In the White House!

Now a fairly reliable source tells me that in fact the Bible, or in fact any other religious writing or symbol is not required, as the Oath is actually an Affirmation, without reference to any religion whatsoever, so I wonder perhaps if the symbol upon which the Oath was ‘affirmed’ was subtly different to that normally used!

For reference purposes, I append images of the type of symbol which may, or equally may not, have been used during the Second Swearing Ceremony!


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By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2009 at 12:23 am

President Obama started his adminsitration by meeting with his military advisors (to see how to start the process of withdrawal from Iraq and renew emphasis in Afghanistan), calling different sides in the recent Middle East conflict in Gaza, halting the Gitmo trials for 120 days while the cases are FINALLY investigated and that shameful episode can move towards resolution, greeted his Secretary of State (Hillary was approved 94 to 2), attended a service at the National Cathedral and planned on the urgent need to address the economic crisis.  I suspect he also took from heat from his girls who want a dog now that they’ve moved into the White House.

Most Americans were happy to celebrate in a bipartisan way the inauguration of the new President.  Oh you get some yahoos complaining.  Heck among the 22% who still gave Bush a favorable job ratings there will always be a segment of the eternally unhappy.  They just can’t bring themselves to accept anything less than a complete adherence to their doctrines, and when it don’t happen, well lets just say you can find happier faces on food tasters for Kim Jong Ill. 

Anyhow, we’ll have plenty to agree about and disagree about as time goes by.  There will be no quick or easy solutions, and every President makes their share of mistakes (some more than others).  Away we go.       


By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

So guess who was the first overseas leader that King Obama the First chose to call?

Yes – holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas. He pledged American support to help the “Palestinian people”.

He then phoned Ehud Olmert. It’s called getting your priorities right?

And as further progress, Obama style – the new White House website states Obama supports tough and direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.” Got that? –  no preconditions.

Support for Arafats loathsome successor and engaging with the Mullahs without preconditions. THAT’S the start of the age of Obama.

Child Abuse

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Not Tehran, or Gaza. Melbourne. Food for thought?

The sender also told me a charming tale about one of his fellow university students a few days ago. The cheeky chap was in the common room reading the paper and getting very energised about events in Gaza, and apparently read something which prompted him to divest himself of his inner monologue and yell “Yeah! Kill those Jew bastards!”

My friend’s response was to lean his eighteen stones in and whisper very quietly and politely, “Why don’t you try and kill this Jew bastard?”

Apparently Arabs can turn white as a Klansman’s sheet under the right circumstances. Who would have thought?


By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm


I see that our MP’s are set to help themselves to even more lavish pensions using taxpayers’ cash.

New figures have revealed that an extra £2.2million was poured into their scheme last year compared with 2003 – a rise of almost 25 per cent. They already enjoy pensions described by one expert as “probably the best in the world”. Extra cash was poured into the MP-only scheme because the Treasury had not provided enough in the past.

A total of £12million in taxpayers’ money was paid into the MPs’ scheme last year, compared with £9.8million in 2003. MPs were only asked to contribute an extra £700,000. Figures released last year showed that Gordon Brown now has a personal ministerial pension pot of £274,000, worth £19,000 a year when retires.  The Justice Secretary Jack Straw’s pension pot is worth £294,000, which would pay out £20,520, while Chancellor Alistair Darling’s is worth £235,000, paying out £16,400. The average private sector pension is worth just £25,107. Senior Whitehall mandarins do even better than MPs. The permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Leigh Lewis, has a pension pot worth £1,881,000, up from £1,567,000 last year.  His counterpart at the Home Office, Sir David Normington, has seen his increase from £1,541,000 to £1,785,000.

This is what drives our political class – self-aggrandisement and financial gain. So, as the UK heads for possible bankruptcy, the politicians ensure that they will be alright, Jack.

What BBC Bias?

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

 Oh yeah? By who?


By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Entertaining to read that the Republic of Ireland may take in Jihadi prisoners from Guantanamo Bay if it gets EU backing for the move, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said today. Mr Ahern said the Government may be willing to resettle some of the remaining 245 detainees in Guantanamo. Maybe Mr Ahern is hoping for more alleged terrorists as constituents? I mean, I thought the Republic had enough terrorists..but obviously if the EU tells them to take in captured Jihadi, Ireland once again will give a warm welcome to terrorists.


By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I read that Northern Ireland has suffered its biggest annual rise in unemployment in 37 years with the construction industry accounting for a large part of the increase.

Over 12,000 additional people claimed unemployment benefit in 2008 compared with 2007.

Sad but predictable news. And whilst this rocketing of job losses has been led by the collapse of construction sector, there are many many more job losses coming as other sectors feel the impact of the cold winds of icy recession. Our high streets seem to have more and more boarded up shops.

And what has our wonderful local Government, seated in marbled grandeur at Stormont, done about any of this? NOTHING. But I am sure that even as I write this, their PR departments will be churning out press releases explaining how concerned they are about all of this, how it is a global issue (translates’ Don’t try and blame us) and how they will be working “night and day” to sort things out.

Crocodile tears!


By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Hi Folks – have been away all day but see you have all been busy chatting. Site traffic is rocketing this month so thanks for all your support!

I’m on BBC radio tomorrow morning – Nolan Show – and the debate is on whether younger people should pay an additional portion of tax which can then fund older people’s caring costs.

Most old people want every working family to pay an ‘ageing tax’ to cover the cost of care home places, research showed yesterday. Extra national insurance contributions were the most popular method suggested to raise the tax, according to the survey of 55 to 75-year-olds by Age Concern. Age Concern director Gordon Lishman said: ‘There is a significant role for taxation in paying for better care, for people who are unable to pay the costs themselves. Most people would prefer at least some of the costs to be paid for collectively in order to pool risks.’ But he added that further research would be needed ‘to find out whether young people who are raising families and just starting to get on to the housing ladder agree’.

I don’t agree with on a range of levels.

1.  Young families cannot afford to pay extra taxes, they pay enough. This is a selfish request.

2. National Insurance Contribution (NIC) is a glorified Ponzi scheme and the elderly have been defrauded by successive governments. NIC does not do what it says – it does not provide enough for the elderly when they become frail and in need of perhaps caree home attention.

3. The way forward here is for government to be honest with people, reduce their taxes and allow them to make provision for their needs in later life. The great NIC con is exposed for the  fraud that it always has been.

Your thoughts?