By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2007 at 3:31 pm
I know a Secret Santa gift when I see one, and JWF’s post on beauty contestants is eye candy for the guys. Ladies…. your Secret Santa gift is below the fold.
Warning: don’t get your hopes up! As we all know, ladies are alot more difficult to please then men.
Honolulu Lulu’s Bar-B-Q Marinade
2 tsps honey
1 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 cup sherry
1/2 twp salt
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup soy sauce
By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2007 at 12:58 pm
Geez, I was always led to believe the French were so enlightened about their sexuality and lascivious lifestyles.
What the hell happened? They’re going to strip this lovely young lady (stop it, guys, I know what you’re thinking) of her title for a couple of suggestive photos?
Valerie Begue has been told she should immediately take off her Miss France crown because of suggestive pictures published by a French magazine.
Ms Begue – who became Miss France less than a fortnight ago – refused to resign, saying she had been betrayed.
She had returned on Thursday to an enthusiastic welcome on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
Before the competition, contestants guarantee that they have never been photographed in compromising positions.
One of the pictures shows her licking yoghurt provocatively, while another has her floating on a wooden cross in a swimming pool.
The President of the Miss France contest, Genevieve de Fontenay, went on French radio to insist that Valerie Begue would have to stand down.
If she did not, Ms de Fontenay said she would be stripped of her crown.
"She is in Reunion. Well, let her stay there," she said.
She went on to say that if she had been aware of the pictures, Ms Begue "would never have been let into the Miss France competition".
C’mon, we had a Miss USA coking it up and whoring around and they let her keep the title.
Here are the "offending" images that have organizers up in arms. I see much worse on a daily basis.
I had no idea yogurt came in a can.
OK, some may find this mildly offensive, but again, you could go to any art show and find much worse.
More at JWF.
By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2007 at 12:51 pm
They don’t even make an attempt at being objective in this non-bylined story.
It’d be interesting to know who put this agitprop together.
A Palestinian "protester" dons a Santa outfit, instigates some trouble with Israeli troops and this is the resulting headline:
‘Father Christmas’ beaten in West Bank demo: organisers
It’s all downhill from there.
Israeli guards beat five demonstrators, including one dressed as Father Christmas, during a protest on Friday against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank, organisers said.
About 50 Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists attended the rally in the village of Um Salomona, near Bethlehem, the Biblical birthplace of Jesus that is preparing to celebrate Christmas.
Israeli border guards armed with truncheons briefly detained one activist and beat another five during the rally, the organisers told AFP, adding that one was wearing a Santa Claus costume.
No mention who these organisers are, what group they belong to, or whether they have any track record of pulling such transparent stunts to gain attention.
See, see, the Israelis are beating up Santa!
And AFP willingly plays along.
An Israeli army spokesman said there had been disorder at the protest and that several demonstrators who were briefly detained were subsequently released.
Israel says the massive barrier of electric fencing, barbed wire and concrete walls built across the West Bank is needed to stop potential attackers from infiltrating the country and attacking Jewish settlements on Arab land.
Yes, and it’s been quite effective. Why tear down something that’s working?
The Palestinians say the project is aimed at grabbing their land and undermining the viability of their promised state.
Also at JWF.
By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2007 at 4:37 pm
TIME TO GET those thinking caps on with a slight departure at ATW. This evening, we consign all those things that tick us off to Room 101. ATW Room 101 has two rules: 1) you have a maximum of three choices, and 2) no politics allowed. Communists, liberals, hippy peaceniks, feminists, Democrats, eco-nutters, various other riff raff and the turd dressed in a police uniform who booked me last week aren’t allowed into Room 101. They have already been assured a place in Hell.
By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2007 at 12:25 pm
THIS GREAT COUNTRY of ours has never had a more corrupt or dishonest government than it has now. More than a decade has passed since this bunch of communists, thieves, liars and inadequates grubbed their way
This wierdo grew up to be a liarinto our puppet parliament, yet still the mendacity is breathtaking:
Thousands of foreign drug dealers, sex offenders and burglars will be allowed to stay in Britain every year despite Gordon Brown’s pledge to deport them. In his first conference speech as Prime Minister Mr Brown drew loud applause when he declared a crackdown on offenders from abroad. And he also warned that immigrants should "play by the rules or face the consequences". But the Border and Immigration Agency, an executive agency of the Home Office, has ignored the Prime Minister’s edict and told prison chiefs it has "no interest" in deporting foreign national prisoners serving sentences of under a year.
So what exactly did the Her Majesty’s illegitimate Prime Minister state?:
Let me be clear: any newcomer to Britain who is caught selling drugs or using guns will be thrown out. No-one who sells drugs to our children or uses guns has the right to stay in our country.
And in a newspaper interview earlier in the summer, Mr Brown promised to toughen up measures to deport foreign national criminals. I want a message to go out. If you come here you work and you learn our language, he said. If you commit a crime you will be deported from our country. You play by the rules or you face the consequences.
He added: I am not prepared to tolerate a situation where we have people breaking the rules in our country when we cannot act. That will be toughened up.
Some would say that any minister who lies so openly to the British people has no right to office, that he ought to resign or be impeached. The matter is this serious. He spoke to the British people and blatantly lied. But then, so often and so openly does this government lie and obfuscate that it has debased the very notion of dishonesty to the point where it carries hardly any weight.
In the meantime, thousands of foreign drug dealers, sex attackers and thieves will continue to be released and they’ll continue to make the lives of thousands of Britons a misery. Politicians and judges are blase about crime because they’re the last people in Britain afforded any protection from criminals.
I say it’s about time we protected ourselves from criminals AND politicians. They long ago gave up any pretence of serving we, the people and Parliament long ago stopped observing any notion of constitutional contraint. We are now governed by a foreign regime of shameless political whores and moral delinquents who are clearly the enemy of the British people.
By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2007 at 11:36 am
SO MORALLY SICK AND CORRUPTED has this nation become, that what would have been absurd just a few years ago, now is accepted as normal:
A Jewish man has claimed that British Airways banned him from taking Saturdays off to observe the Sabbath. Daniel Rosenthal, a customer service agent at Heathrow, refused to work after BA told him that he could no longer have the day off.
No problem, you’d think. He either works when his employer wants him to work, or he finds another job. But no, this is Britain:
The London Beth Din, the court of the Chief Rabbi, sent Mr Rosenthal a letter, which read: "We find it extraordinary that your employers are not prepared to respect your wish to continue observing our religion." ……. A BA spokesman said: "If he chooses to stay in this job he will sometimes have to work on Saturdays. But in the meantime we have offered to sit down with him again and find another job."
What business it is of the Chief Rabbi eludes me. Does being a Gooner allow me to go running off the Arsene Wenger whenever I don’t get my way? Back when we were a civilised nation, Mr Rosenthal would have been told that, out of politeness, BA would accommodate his wishes if possible. Otherwise, he can get a job elsewhere. But we’re all victims now, no-one is responsible for their own well being and we’re all owed a living by someone else.
By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2007 at 5:45 am
Putin, the Kremlin power struggle and the $40bn fortune
An unprecedented battle is taking place inside the Kremlin in advance of Vladimir Putin’s departure from office, the Guardian has learned, with claims that the president presides over a secret multibillion-dollar fortune.
Rival clans inside the Kremlin are embroiled in a struggle for the control of assets as Putin prepares to transfer power to his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, in May, well-placed political observers and other sources have revealed.
At stake are billions of dollars in assets belonging to Russian state-run corporations. Additionally, details of Putin’s own personal fortune, reportedly hidden in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, are being discussed for the first time.
The claims over the president’s assets surfaced last month when the Russian political expert Stanislav Belkovsky gave an interview to the German newspaper Die Welt. They have since been repeated in the Washington Post and the Moscow Times, with speculation over the fortune appearing on the internet.
Citing sources inside the president’s administration, Belkovsky claims that after eight years in power Putin has secretly accumulated more than $40bn (£20bn). The sum would make him Russia’s – and Europe’s – richest man.
In an interview with the Guardian, Belkovsky repeated his claims that Putin owns vast holdings in three Russian oil and gas companies, concealed behind a “non-transparent network of offshore trusts”.
Putin “effectively” controls 37% of the shares of Surgutneftegaz, an oil exploration company and Russia’s third biggest oil producer, worth $20bn, he says. He also owns 4.5% of Gazprom, and “at least 75%” of Gunvor, a mysterious Swiss-based oil trader, founded by Gennady Timchenko, a friend of the president’s, Belkovsky alleges.
Asked how much Putin was worth, Belkovsky said: “At least $40bn. Maximum we cannot know. I suspect there are some businesses I know nothing about.” He added: “It may be more. It may be much more.
“Putin’s name doesn’t appear on any shareholders’ register, of course. There is a non-transparent scheme of successive ownership of offshore companies and funds. The final point is in Zug [in Switzerland] and Liechtenstein. Vladimir Putin should be the beneficiary owner.”
Given the situation of Anna Politkovskaya, Luke Harding, Stanislav Belkovsky, Yulia Latynina and others had better develop a healthy sense of paranoia.
Read it all at The Guardian.
See also Why The Chekist Mindest Matters and Putin’s Russia.
H/T The JammieWearingFool
Also at JammieWearingFool
By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2007 at 5:06 am
It’s almost Christmas in Los Angeles. At least, I think it is.
My nearby mall is celebrating something called “Winter Festival.” Schools have completed the “Winter Concert” schedule and are now on “Winter Break.” My fireplace mantle is lined with “Holiday” cards wishing me “Happy Holidays.” “Holiday Tree” lots are open for business. A parked car across the street has a bumper sticker: “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas.” And inexplicably, all of my neighbors have tossed out their traditional Christmas colored light strands and have replaced them with strands of little white lights. Little “Winter” lights.
When did Christmas become taboo in America, a country where at least 80% of the residents are Christian?
The erasure of Christmas is the work of a very small group of people, including the ACLU and Michael Newdow, a militant atheist intent on removing ”under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God we trust” from the US Currency.
This small group of people is engaged in a protracted campaign to rid the public square of any vestige of religion and they are exercising what is being called a “Tyranny of a Minority.”
“Tyranny of a Minority” is a new concept and represents the Tyranny of the Majority turned on its head.
The Tyranny of the Majority refers to the tendency of democracies with majority rule to result in a loss of individual rights in the absence of protection for those rights. Alexis de Tocqueville speaks of the Tyranny of the Majority when writing about America; he notes America’s separation of church and state, and the resulting protection of the religious freedom of the individual.
The First Amendment was designed to protect individual rights against the Tyranny of the Majority. This amendment declares, “…(Government) shall make no laws restricting the free exercise thereof (of religion).” It is designed to protect individuals against majority rule in religion, to allow individuals to freely practice whatever religion they choose.
What we are experiencing today is a minority using the courts and the First Amendment to erase Christmas from the public square. But the First Amendment was designed to protect individual rights against majority despotism, not to force a minorities despotism on the majority.
The First Amendment promises freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. There is no reason to erase Christmas from the public square.