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By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

History should record that George W. Bush made me register this year as a Democrat (I’ve been an Independent since 1982).  For better and, I suspect, sometimes for worse, I will be a registered Democrat.  As such I’ll have the opportunity to vote in the New York State Primary, in addition to the subsequent general election.  At each time I will likely have the opportunity to vote for a credible female candidate for President (the candidacy is credible, the candidate herself has not always been).  The Democratic nominee from my party will most likely be a woman.  Another historic moment. 

It got me to thinking, is the United States ready for a woman President (an issue I suggest that has been oddly downplayed).  Israel, the UK, and India have all had female heads of government.  We Yanks here in the U.S. have never had a major party come close to nominating a woman (no Carter jokes please).  So the question is, does Hillary Clinton face an obstacle that can not be overcome, or one that will be overcome.   We’ve come a long way on women’s rights, perhaps too far already for some and not far enough for others.   Do you believe a woman can be elected President of the United States?     


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2007 at 7:24 am

hillary2.gifI happened to catch the main BBC Radio 4 "Today" interview this morning with former US President Bill Clinton. Talk about fawning! It was all set up by the BBC interviewer discussing in loving terms the "very real" prospect that Hillary Clinton would be returning to the White House as the next President of the United States and that Bill would naturally want to play his part in……wait for it….restoring dignity to the Presidency!!!! 

In what world does the BBC live? Bill Clinton brought profound shame on the office he occupied, and lest we forget (as the BBC wilfully chooses to!) there was that small matter of how he conducted foreign policy over the phone in the Oval Office whilst engaging in sexual affairs with a junior intern, there was the small matter of a credible rape allegation against him, there was the small matter of him being barred from practising law because of his stream of lies, there was the small matter of all those pardons for  criminals he granted as he prepared to leave office. Bill Clinton was a Presidential disgrace and ONLY the BBC would present him as the man who will restore dignity to the White House. I suppose it all depends on the meaning of "dignity"?


By ATWadmin On October 4th, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Pin_AmericanFlag.jpgWonder what readers make of Obama’s decision NOT to wear the American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for "true patriotism"? He claims that he cannot bring himself to wear the flag since the Iraq war since he feels the label pin has been subsequently abused in the defence of US actions. 

Now I can understand that sometimes one can be almost bullied into wearing certain symbols and an individual should have the right to decide not to wear such things. But on the other hand, for Obama to junk the flag in this way at this time seems to be an almost deliberate attempt to appeal to an extreme left-wing caste and if this is the case, it once more shows Obama’s lack of political maturity. Right or wrong – do you think Hillary would make such an elementary error?

Life Lesson: Don’t Invite Your Enemy to Lunch

By ATWadmin On October 4th, 2007 at 3:57 am

…because nothing good can come of it.

To those among you who honestly thought that Columbia’s invitation to Ahmadinejad provided the world with an opportunity  to see this vile man as he truly is, and an opportunity to appreciate America’s freedom-loving academia: you were wrong. So, so wrong.

 Ahmadinejad in a speech October 3rd in Tehran, called the Bush Administration a media-controlling dictatorship, and his American critics “Zionists”:

“Referring to his speech at Columbia University, President Ahmadinejad said, "The Zionists wanted to turn the event into a trial of the Isalmic Republic of Iran, but with help from the Almighty God, the plot turned into a scene in which nations could express their hatred with the rulers in the White House."

"The behavior of the government and media in the US shows that there is dictatorship in that country and people are not allowed to know the facts," said the president.

"The Iranian nation are not afraid of listening to others and believe that the whole world accepts the strong logic of the revolution and the Islamic regime," the president concluded.”

His speech at Columbia emboldened him and gave him PR fodder. Sadly, I say:  I told you so.  (HT: The Belmont Club)

Mouthing Off…Just For Attention

By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 2:21 am

317jhaWscuL._AA115_.jpgNo……not me…Ann Coulter!

“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.”

I’m offended! I’m a woman…and I’m definitely not voting Democrat!

But…then…here she is quoting Chesterton:

 On why global warming is religion on the left:

“Because we can’t prove them wrong for a thousand years, and I think the other thing about it is, it goes back to Chesterton’s statement: that when people stop believing in God, the problem isn’t that they believe in nothing, it’s that they’ll believe anything.”

Maybe not a dumb blond, afterall?  Or, just proof that even a blind squirrel can find a chestnut once in while?


By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:53 am

Wonder what you make of the news concerning the US school which has banned…hugging?

"Last year we would see maybe as many as 10 students on one side (of the hallway), 10 on the other and then, going in opposite directions, would sort of have a hug line going on and you could see where that would be a problem," said Victoria Sharts, principal of Oak Park’s Percy Julian Middle School. So this year Sharts decided to draw the line on hug lines by banning all hugging among students within the building. Sharts said, "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls."

I have to say that hugging is probably one of the more innocent activities that take place in school so I just cannot embrace this decision!


By ATWadmin On September 28th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

john.edwards.dncwinter2007.jpgHow interesting to discover that Democrat Presidential candidate John Edwards believes that if he isn’t elected president, the population of African-American males is likely to either wind up in prison or dead. At an MTV/MySpace.com forum Thursday, Edwards responded to a question about inner-city kids partaking in violence by saying there was no “silver bullet” to fight the problem.

“We start with the president of the United States saying to America, ‘we cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”


I noticed that Mahons claimed in his excellent post yesterday that Democrat candidates won the Presidency by uniting the country. Not sure if he meant uniting the country in laughter however- poor Edwards!

Over Here – The Choir Next Time

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

We have an expression over here in the United States About preaching to the choir.  Essentially the phrase is invoked when someone is advocating a course of action to a group that is already convinced.  That is my theme for the main Republican candidates – Rudy G, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romeny and John McCain.  You can forget the other poll-challenged vanity candidates, they have the same level of support as a guy on a streetcorner with a monkey and an accordian (interesting perhaps, but not presidential material).

As part of my series on the American election process, I thought I’d turn to the Republicans this week.  There is an adage that Republicans win by dividing the country and Democrats by uniting it.  I am not sure that is 100% true, but it is characteristic of the Republican primary campaign thus far.  The four main contenders seem to be in a race to out conservative each other when their credentials are not necessarily conservative.  They are preaching to a conservative base that seems to agree with the pandering, but doesn’t seem inspired by the panderers.  Even Thompson, the most bona fide conservative, falls flat in the inspiration department without the scriptwriters he apparently has come to rely on from his acting career. 

The question for the Republican candidates, if one of them wants to actually win the general election, is what steps they will take to convince the country they are able to do more than preach to the choir.   What do they offer the nation as a whole?  At this point, they seem unwilling or unable to articulate anything beyond paeans to the party platform.  Will one will emerge as an electable candidate?  The nation needs a capable leader, and I am more than willing to accept such a leader from either party.  But in looking this week at the four Republican frontrunners, is there candidate among them who really inspires anyone?  Not yet.

Talk amongst yourselves.  

Credit Where Credit’s Due

By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Well, let’s face it ladies and gents, it didnt turn out quite as we predicted it would. ATW’s intellectual hate figure of the week, Charles Bollinger of Columbia University, did not fall onto his knees in fawning adoration of Ahmadinejihad as predicted. He did in fact reportedly take what can only be described as quite a decent pop at the evil swine.

" Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator," Bollinger said, to loud applause.

He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

"When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous," Bollinger said. "The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history."

"You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated," Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about the leader’s Holocaust denial.

It gets even better though. It isnt only the Holocaust that Ahmadinejihad is denying the existence of…

Pressed specifically about punishment of homosexuals, he said: "In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country."

With the audience laughing derisively, he continued: "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this."

So come on guys, credit where credit’s due. Bollinger may have been wrong to do what he did and it may well have been pure publicity-seeking as has been speculated. But what he most definitely didn’t do was simply pander to the man as many of us assumed he would.

So well done Mr Bollinger. I don’t like what you did in inviting the man in the first place, but you certainly arent the fawning Dhimmi I accused you of being.


By ATWadmin On September 24th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Al-Gore-704493.jpgVery interesting article by Christopher Hitchens on the possibility that the Reverend Al Gore may shortly be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and that following on from his Oscar for "An Improbable Truth", and his best seller of the same name, he may have the chance to use all this momentum to run again for the White House…..

"Apart from the awards, not only could Gore claim that he had been a fairly effective senator and a reasonably competent vice president, he could also present himself in zeitgeist terms as the candidate who was on the right side of the two great overarching questions: the climate crisis and the war in Mesopotamia. Should I add that, whether or not he really won the Electoral College in 2000, he did manage to collect the majority of the popular vote? Several people, some of them well-informed, have been saying to me that Gore will wait until the Nobel committee’s announcement before he makes up his mind. Should he make up his mind to run, he could alter the entire equation.


Should he make up his mind not to run, he would retrospectively abolish all the credit he has acquired so far. It would mean in effect that he never had the stuff to do the job and that those who worked and voted for him were wasting their time. Given his age and his stature, can he really want that to be the conclusion that history draws?"