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Phone Calls for Mitt

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Mitt has the temperament, the intelligence, the decency and the drive to be POTUS.  And he doesn’t lie about a fellow Republican opponent on the eve of an election as McCain did the other day in Florida.   I agree with Dan Riehl –  "competence, class and a life well led":

"Mitt Romney is the only candidate on the Republican side capable of truly uniting the base and going on to win in the Fall. I support him for his competence, class and, yes, his consistency over a life well led, much of it not on the public dime, or planning and plotting inside a failed Washington as to how he, but not genuinely conservative principles, can move ahead.

I strongly encourage my conservative friends  and colleagues to rally behind Mitt Romney for the very hard fight just up ahead. We are fighting an establishment just as short-sighted, as it has been corrupt.

Whether it’s helping to raise money, make phone calls, or get out the vote, Mitt Romney as the last man standing anyone can honestly call a loyal conservative needs our help. Win, or lose in the Fall, if Romney doesn’t get our support and the Republican nod, conservatives will be left homeless under McCain. No president has not reverted to being himself once in office. The Party will be over, as it were. And as we don’t support government subsidies, a boot-strap re-building on our own will cost conservatism much. Yet, we must prepare for that eventuality, too – should it emerge. That fate for conservatives and the Republican Party can be avoided. It is not too late."

And now I’m off to a campaign call center to make some calls before the California primary.

 

Predator Drone Administers Justice to Al Qaeda Goons

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Keep up the good work, boys. In fact, try and get a lot more practice.

A suspected U.S. missile strike that killed up to 13 foreign militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region this week had targeted second or third tier al Qaeda leaders, according to residents in the tribal area.

Initial reports said 10 people were killed in the attack on Monday on a house in Torkhali village near the town of Mir Ali.

An intelligence official, however, told Reuters on Thursday that based on information gleaned from tribal contacts there were seven Arabs and six Central Asians killed.

He said the attack was believed to have been carried out by a pilotless U.S. Predator aircraft flown across the nearby border with Afghanistan.

"The missile appeared to have been fired by a drone," the intelligence official said.

The Pakistani authorities have not confirmed the attack, and the Pentagon has denied taking any action, but the Defense Department does not speak for the Central Intelligence Agency, which operates Predators that the tribesmen say carried out the attack late on Monday.

Looks like a couple of high value targets were present.

Tribesmen in the area said a deputy of Abu Laith al Libi, a senior al Qaeda leader, had been staying there and was among the dead, according to the intelligence official.

"The latest information we have from the area is that a second-in-command to al Libi was among those killed," he said.

A leading Pakistani daily, The News, reported that the strike had targeted Libi and another senior figure, Obaidah al Masri, though neither was present at the time of the attack according to a senior Taliban commander quoted by the newspaper.

Libi and Masri were promoted up the al Qaeda ranks due to successful U.S. and Pakistani operations in the past to catch or kill the guerrilla network’s second tier leaders.

Some background on al-Libi and al Masri.

Hot Air links.

UPDATE
: Islamist website confirms al Libi is off to meet his virgins.

Allahpundit links again.

 

Cross-posted from JWF

MUM AND DAD BANNED FROM THE CLASSROOM

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 6:06 pm

What could be more normal that a primary school teacher referring to "Mum and Dad" in the class-room?

PLENTY, it seems.

You see the Government now believes that teachers should not assume that their pupils have a "mum and dad" under guidance aimed at tackling anti-gay bullying in schools. It says primary pupils as young as four should be familiarised with the idea of same-sex couples to help combat homophobic attitudes. Teachers should attempt to avoid assumptions that pupils will have a conventional family background, it urges. It goes on to suggest the word "parents" may be more appropriate than "mum and dad", particularly in letters and emails to the child’s home. Teachers should avoid telling boys to "be a man" or accuse them of behaving like a "bunch of women". When discussing marriage with secondary pupils, teachers should also educate pupils about civil partnerships and gay adoption rights.

I’m sorry but this is just sick. This is the Stonewall gay rights group having its own extreme views accepted by Government and now to be propagandised in the primary school class-room. I am fed up with these gay rights supremacists wanting to make their own agenda legitimised, even to kids as young as four! Aren’t you? 

This is Conservative?

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Repulican Presidential nominee, John McCain, is not a Conservative.

Did anyone else watch the debates on CNN last night?  McCain, in the Reagan Library (of all places). sat next to Romney and bashed free enterprise. Unbelievable.  He called people on the lending side of the housing market “greedy.” He dissed profit making over patriotism.  And he provided an insultingly oversimplified definition of a CEO as one who buys, sells, and lays off people.  

Where does he think all of the money to  pay for Senate salaries and benefit packages comes from, anyway?  And doesn’t he realize that he speaking to the Conservative base, in the Reagan Library?  Does he have a screw coming lose in his brain?

Don’t believe me? Think I’m just partisan? Here are the  quotes:

1. McCain: “I think that we’ve got to return to the principle that you don’t lend money that can’t pay it back. I think that there’s some greedy people on Wall Street that perhaps need to be punished.”

2.    CNN: "I want to start with Senator McCain.    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the importance of leadership and management experience. What makes you more qualified than Mitt Romney, a successful CEO and businessman, to manage our economy?"
      MCCAIN: "Because I know how to lead. I know how to lead.  I led the largest squadron in the United States Navy. And I did it out of patriotism, not for profit."

 

3.  CNN: "I’m going to ask you all for follow-ups on this, but, Senator McCain, I just want to give you an opportunity to follow up on that. Is Governor Romney ready to be a military commander?"
     MCCAIN: "I think he managed companies, and he bought, and he sold, and sometimes people lost their jobs. That’s the nature of that business."

This man is not a conservative.  Not with a capital “C, ” and not with a small “c.”

BLACKENING THE REPUTATION OF THE DEAD

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 11:05 am

First, the background.

paulquinuinndeath.jpgIt is widely understood that an IRA gang  brutally beat 21 year old Paul Quinn to death last year. Mr Quinn’s family believe the IRA did it. Up to a dozen Provos lured Paul Quinn to a barn, went about him with crow-bars, and broke every bone in his body. Quinn had apparently had an argument or two with some local IRA figures. Oddly enough, the police have been unable to make any progress in determining who carried out this killing and there is little doubt that it would cause HUGE political embarrassement should it become public knowledge that the IRA is still murdering, even as it’s delegates sit in power with the DUP and peace is proclaimed.

murphy.jpgI now see that IRA/Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy has refused to withdraw an allegation that Paul Quinn was involved in criminality. Murphy  has claimed Mr Quinn’s murder was linked to a feud among criminals. His family has said they will not speak to Sinn Fein until this claim is withdrawn. Speaking on Radio Ulster yesterday, Mr Murphy said he stood over the allegation that Mr Quinn’s death had been linked to criminality.I can say that I made my analysis on what happened here honestly on the information which was available to me at the time – I have been consistent in that analysis,"

Just a few points.

One, honesty is not a term applicable to IRA/Sinn Fein comment

Second, since when does a Sinn Fein MP have the authority to declare who is a criminal, and on what evidence? I can say with authority that Mr Murphy has a track record of being an IRA terrorist and was convicted of his crimes. I am unsure as to what date he terminated his membership of this illegal terror gang. The idea that a person of his pedigree can blacken the reputation of those murdered by the IRA is sickening.

ON A LIBERAL ROLL/ROLE!

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 10:44 am

term.jpgThe media here in the UK are exultant. John McCain is going to secure the Republican nomination for the Presidential election, or so they believe. Yesterday we had Rudy Giuliana endorse McCain. Today we have the news that Ah-nuld Schwarzeneggar will also be endorsing him. In other words, the RINOl wing of the Republican Party is sliding towards McCain which will mean two things;

1. If by any chance McCain was to win, a dripping wet Liberal would be in the White House.

2. If the GOP base does not turn out to support McCain, and I am certain it will not, the Dem’s have a shoe-in to the White House.

Above all else. the msm wants a liberal in the White House. The only guy that could upset this is Mitt Romney and if you notice, he is all but ignored by the UK media. All the excitement is about whether or not it will be Hillary or Obama, and whether or not they will be able to triumph over nice Mr McCain and his liberal policies.

It’s a win-win for the left and they KNOW it. But why should those of us on the right accept this? When all those media institutions which are IMPLACABLE enemies of conservatism cheer lead for John McCain, as the New York Times has done most recently, switched on Republicans know that this is a clear signal that McCain should not be granted their trust. He will not win it so he cannot win. And folks – that is exactly what drives MSM enthusiams for his candidacy.

DHIMMI TIME!

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 10:34 am

umuslim.jpgGiven that there is a general consensus that it is best for all parties if young Muslims fully integrate into our society, I wonder what your reaction is to the news that UK private Muslim schools have been given the power to police themselves. 

In a controversial move, they have won the right to appoint their own Ofsted-style inspectors. A new independent watchdog has been set up to be more "sensitive” toward Islamic education. The decision comes despite concerns some private Muslim schools are already failing to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. Barry Sheerman, the chairman of the Commons schools select committee, told MPs last month local councils were finding it "difficult to know what is going on in some faith schools – particularly Muslim schools". But religious leaders defended the move, saying the curriculum and religious traditions in faith schools demand specialist knowledge.

This is pathetic stuff. It shows that their is little will amongst the political class to ensure that Muslim schools are providing an education process which is compatible with the values of our society. This is an opt-out and another victory for Islam in the UK. It is also a betrayal of these young Muslim kids.

IS SHARIA HARMLESS?

By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2008 at 10:11 am

We keep being told by Islamic apologists that Sharia law is much misunderstood by us infidels and that it is in fact a very enlightened form of justice. As you know there is an active Islamic lobby that would wish to see Shar’ia law implemented in the UK. In some areas it already operates at low level.

So – wonder what you make of the news that  a young man, a student of journalism, has been sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country’s rulers. The fate of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh has led to domestic and international protests. He was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohammed. Mr Kambaksh, 23, distributed the tract to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University with the aim, he said, of provoking a debate on the matter.

Leaving aside the inherent anti-US bias in this report in the Independent, surely it is just one more instance of how Islamic law and modern democracies are entirely incompatible? Can you imagine how Shar’ia law would roll back every form of liberal values imaginable. I imagine the Graham Norton Show would struggle to get to air, don’t you? And yet, oddly enough, many western liberals appear content to run with the idea of tolerating Sharis law! Is it because their uberliberalism has stopped them from seeing that Shar’ia is a threat to us all, but most particularly, to them? 

‘I have never worked anywhere where morale was so low’

By ATWadmin On January 30th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Gee, the hopes were so high, yet now it’s all coming unraveled.

Must be the after-effects of the neo-McCarthyite plot.

Apparently, only the Democrats take these people seriously.

Al-Jazeera’s troubled English language news channel is facing a "serious staffing crisis" after scores of journalists left or have not had contracts renewed amid claims of a revolt over working conditions.

Staff at the Doha-based 24-hour news channel – which only reached its first birthday in November – have told MediaGuardian.co.uk of a series of issues including the removal of benefits and a lack of pay rises which have led many to resign or look to leave.

The staff unrest comes amid speculation that al-Jazeera English is set to relaunch in the second quarter of this year with new schedules and new studios in Gaza and Nairobi.

According to insiders, resignations have occurred across the board, including the director of human resources, the director of operations, producers, senior camera operators and editors.

One source said that the general belief among staff was that the English language rolling news service "cost so much to set up that they are now cutting costs at the expense of quality and quantity".

There are also renewed reports of tensions between al-Jazeera’s Arabic language channel, which has been on air since 1996, and the more recently launched English outlet.

Sources have added that executives on the main Arabic al-Jazeera network are trying to exert more control over the English language outlet, which is mainly staffed by western journalists.

One source said the al-Jazeera editor-in-chief, Ibrahim Hilal, was pushing for the English channel to take a more Islamic slant, quoting the example of the recent furore surrounding British teacher Gillian Gibbons who was arrested in Sudan for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

"He [Hilal] sent an email banning the story from being run on al-Jazeera English because it would upset Muslims," the source added. "It was only covered when there were riots in Sudan."

Shocking, isn’t it, that Jihad TV would want and Islamist slant?

Never saw that coming.

Al-Jazeera is also embroiled in two employment disputes, including one in London with the former al-Jazeera English head of planning, Jo Burgin, who is claiming sex, race and religious discrimination.

Sources have said that the Washington-based former financial controller Clive Brady is also taking legal action in the US after being dismissed.

Another source described the working environment at al-Jazeera English as "hateful".

"I have never worked anywhere where morale was so low," one former staff member said. "Some people have worked very hard to produce a channel but there is no recognition whatsoever."

These people pimp themselves out to a network that’s an avowed enemy of the West and they’re surprised they’re treated like this?

Idiots.

We’ll leave you with this laugher.

In a statement, he said: "Al-Jazeera’s mission and vision has always been based on the values of human dignity, equality, and diversity.

"This applies not only to our coverage but also to our organisation. The commitment to diversity is the reason we have over 2,500 staff and journalists from over 40 different nationalities and from many different faiths working across all parts of the world.

"In a global organisation such as ours all employee grievances have a channel for resolution and we have an open door policy to resolve all issues.

 

Also at JWF

THE WAR ON PATIO HEATERS…

By ATWadmin On January 30th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

patio%20heater.jpgDid you see that the patio heaters warming drinkers and diners on the pavements of northern Europe are also warming the planet’s climate and should be banned, according to a European Parliament report that could be adopted on Thursday. Environmentalists argue that heaters not only pump heat directly into the atmosphere but also climate-damaging CO2, while owners of pubs and bars say they need them to help retain customers driven outside by smoking bans.

"Patio heaters are scandalous because they are burning fossil fuels in the open sky, so producing vast quantities of CO2 with very little heat benefit," said European parliamentarian Fiona Hall, who wrote the report criticizing the pace of energy reforms in Europe. "We urge the Commission to set a timetable for completely taking off the market some appliances that are intrinsically inefficient, such as patio heaters," she added.

Chip, chip, chip – the environmentalists erode our liberties and all in the name of saving Gaia. Better we freeze outside than offend the earth mother?