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EYE ON ISLAM!

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

It’s great to know that we’re not all dhimmis and so can I commend this site - EYE ON ISLAM – for your perusal? It’s by a young blogger I know who deserves a visit or two so go on over now and say hi! It’s important that we show encouragement to those with clear vision – in this land of the blind the one eyed man deserves to be king. 

Stealing Your taxes

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

The Prime Mentalist is a well known opponent of tax havens and those who avoid paying taxes. Well good luck to him. I say it’s high time we saw some of his well-trumpeted intentions to take on those places that allow us to hide money from the taxman. 

I say we start with political parties.

It’s unlikely I’m going to get a Bernie Ecclestone to hand over a million quid, but it’s wise to check the rules anyway. What I discovered was donations to political parties of up to £500 can be deducted from the donator’s tax bill.

What?

Basically, the donator can choose to give £500 to a party instead of the tax man. Or put another way, the political parties are legally allowed to steal taxes. Nice one guys. But they don’t stop there.

No, they don’t -

So basically, the parties shut out the competition. Only a party can thieve from the exchequer. In a cosy little arrangement they’ve ensured that it’s extremely difficult for any new party to raise money and virtually impossible for independents.

The looting class has stitched it for themselves by allowing us to write off our donations against tax – but only donations to the established parties. So yes, Prime Minister, I am sold on the idea. Action this day against corrupt tax havens!

2232 Days Later

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

BRITISH FORCES have formally ended combat operations in Iraq and will finally return home. The day cannot pass without recognising their extraordinary endeavours. Neither can we let it pass without noting how they were (yet again) used, abused, under-funded, under-equipped, taken advantage of, exposed, flogged, worn out and – in some cases – prosecuted by a government which hides behind their glory but in truth hates everything for which they stand.

Operation Telic lasted 2232 days, longer than either World War, and closes with a long-term outcome which is uncertain. Was it worth it? Not for the families of men and women who wore the Queen’s uniform in Iraq and never saw their homelands again. The man who sent them there, Tony Blair, is today a rich man who grows richer by the week. No word from him so far on the ending of the eye catching initiative with which he will forever be associated. 

Army chaplain Father Pascal Hanrahan, who opened the handover ceremony today in which American Forces took control of Basra, said:

Today is about remembrance and thanksgiving. We remember by name and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice paid by the 234 men and women who lost their lives during Operation Telic.

Counting Pennies, for Noel

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

In my “Mere 100 Days” post below, Noel Cunningham asks (and rightly so):

“Patty, do you know what the US public debt was when Obama came to office, or what it is now? 
Then tell us. Or do you care about these things?

Of the percentage increase, how much is Obama responsible for, do you think?”

FIrst, I do care; I would not post on the subject if I did not care. I cared about President Bush’s financial recklessness, and I now care about President Obama’s financial recklessness.  

When we talk of America’s future financial obligations we are not only talking about discretionary budgetary items like the stimulus bailouts, and bridge building, but mandatory items like social security and interest payments on bonds.

One of the problems  we have is that when we start talking  of millions, billions, trillions of dollars, sometimes the whole enchilada becomes meaningless. Frankly, it’s  difficult to get our brains around the sheer magnitude of the amounts we are discussing.

And then, there is this: what part of the debt has Obama’s and the current Democrat majority run Congress fingerprints on it, and which portion can be blamed on President Bush?  What cut-off period do we use? This is important because President Obama and the current Democrat Congress are now responsible for the Federal budget;  they need to take responsibility for the mess in front of us instead of continuing to pass it off as a Bush problem. 

In light of the above, then, I post this instructive video below:

one or two; but not ninety-two

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

 

When Billy Wright was gunned down by ‘republican gunmen’ in December 1997 whilst in Northern Ireland’s most secure jail, it took ten years before an enquiry was held into the circumstances surrounding his death. This is still in process.

A death whilst in Police custody in Woking late on December 31 2007 was granted an independent inquiry by the IPCC on the 2nd January 2008.

Ian Tomlinson’s death while walking home during the G20 protest is to be the subject of a searching Inquiry under the IPCC, and the results of the Third Post-Mortem Autopsy have not been released to the public.

Dr. David Kelly’s death was the subject of a WHITEWASH Enquiry by Lord Hutton, and the only people to be excoriated were; that’s right; the BBC and reporters! I especially liked the bit about Tony Blair’s evidence “The evidence of the prime minister and the senior officials was strong and was consistent with the surrounding circumstances,”.

 

But at least, the aforementioned four deaths had or are having someone poke around and have another look!

 

Not so for the unfortunate patients in Gosport, as they have been deemed ‘not to be important enough’!

 

A Mere 100 Days Later

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Thanks to Obama, America is now in debt up to her eyeballs. Well done Obama! America’s children and grand-children are now indentured servants to the Federal government, obligated to spend their working productive years paying off this debt. We didn’t even need a World War to cripple the economy…just 100 days of Obama!

This was always the point, wasn’t it? …making independent US citizens dependent on Uncle Sam.

There once was a very poor family!

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

The above wording is the start of a famous story about a teacher in a school in Beverly Hills who told her young charges all about the poor people in the world, and then asked the assembled kids to write a very short story about poverty.

Little Amy writes from real life as she knows it:-

There once was a poor family. Daddy was poor, Mommy was very poor, the kids were all really poor, and the Butler was poorest of all! 

But I digress!!

As a rule, I tend to ignore the plethora of buzz-words emanating from the miasma of Labour Government policy wonks and press-officer babble, but listening to a news snippet this morning brought me wide awake and fully alert in next to no time at all. The word ‘poverty’ had somehow crept in to the broadcast conversation, and I thought I might examine this particular term in all its’ New Labour glory.

As I tend to think in engineering terms, let us examine the definition for that particular word; and the ‘accepted’ definition thus is ‘Persons, families and groups of persons whose resources (material, cultural and social) are so limited as to exclude them from the minimum acceptable way of life in the Member State to which they belong’. But accepted by who, and of course the answer is the European Union! One would accept that such an undemocratic institution as the E.U. would have to ram such a meandering collection of woolly terminology down our harmonised throats, but there it is.

The UK Government Definition:-

Absolute low income – to measure whether the very poorest families are seeing their incomes rise in real terms, we will monitor the number of children living in families with incomes below a particular threshold which is adjusted for inflation – set for a couple with one child at £210 a week in today’s terms.

Relative low income – to measure whether the poorest families are keeping pace with the growth of incomes in the economy as a whole, we will monitor the number of children living in households below 60 per cent of contemporary median equivalised household income.

Material deprivation and low income combined – to provide a wider measure of people’s living standards, we will monitor the number of children living in households that are both materially deprived and have an income below 70 per cent of contemporary median equivalised household income.

Using this measure, poverty is falling when all three indicators are moving in the right direction.

Poverty of course has many definitions, and as usual, you pays your money and you takes your choice! Poverty is being poor or deprived, not only in physical items which help to feed and clothe you, but also in things which help your way of thinking and well-being, such as the benefit of a caring family or a close-knit community. When I was a small boy, still at school, we noticed that one day, one of our classmates was not present. Our class teacher asked if anyone knew why he was absent. And one reply came that he had no shoes, and his mother was going to shop for replacements before he could return. That was reality, that was poverty; not to have a second pair of shoes to act as replacements whilst a new pair was bought. My best friend at school was a lad whose mother deliberately started her shopping at 5.45 p.m. in the local Co-Op, because she was almost guaranteed to be able to buy a sliced loaf at reduced price because it was regarded as ‘old’ stock, therefore allowing the simultaneous purchase of ‘fish-and-chips for four’ at the chippy’s next door for that day’s dinner! That is being poor, in Britain some fifty-five years ago; not being without a mobile phone, or a digital music-player with umpteen-gazillion bits of memory so the slack-jawed recipient of this largesse can listen to Beyonce singing ‘Halo’, or Lady Gaga warbling ‘Poker Face’.

I still remember waking up on Christmas morning 1944 to find that I had received a wooden toy from Santa Claus; and when I woke up one year later on Christmas Day 1945, it was there, but it had been repainted! We weren’t poor, but we had been at war for six years prior to that day, and our expectations were somewhat limited!

When one reads a small percentage of government publications on the enchanting subject of ‘child poverty’, one realises what a fertile field is being ploughed, sewn and reaped in the land of the ‘Spin Doctors’ who write the polished versions before publication; and of course you read of the words newly-coined  such as ‘Equivalisation’ to help get ‘The Message’ across to the great unwashed who might accidentally read from such august publications as the DWP’s ‘Ending child poverty:‘Thinking 2020’ or even the even more adventurous ‘making governance work for the poor’ from the Blair era. The truth about poverty lies somewhere within the broad boundaries from the ‘spin’ of a Brown-led Labour Government to the bitter memories of the ‘Jarrow Marchers’ of the ‘Thirties’.

But the one Poverty Area which really strikes home with this writer is the news that the Commonwealth Development Corporation, now newly-named C.D.C., is employing one Richard Laing as the Chief Executive. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2004. He joined CDC in January 2000 as Finance Director and took up his role as Chief Executive following CDC’s restructure in 2004. He is a trustee of the Overseas Development Institute, the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development. Prior to this, he spent 15 years at De La Rue where he held a number of positions both in the UK and overseas, latterly as Group Finance Director. He was also a non-executive Director of Camelot plc. He previously worked in agribusiness in developing countries, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The purpose of the CDC is to help eliminate poverty in the Commonwealth and the Third World, which is good; but do you believe that Mr. Shields is giving value for money as he started out on a salary of £383,000 in 2003 and saw it increased to £970,000 in 2007!

A MAKE OVER AND A TRANSFORMATION!

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 7:52 am

Hi all. I’ve been away for the past few days so blogging has been a bit light but I’m back now and there are a few things I wanted to talk about.

First, I hope you like the new look for ATW. I want to put on record my thanks to Alison for her hard work and infectious enthusiasm in giving ATW a much needed refresh. I have always seen this blog as mid-Atlantic in ethos and the new imagery enforces that point. I may not always agree with some of our American cousins say (heck, I don’t even agree with many of my UK and Irish compadres!) but I do so admire their Nation –  so often united with ours.

The US, in my view, is entering its own variant on the Blair Years just as the UK prepares to leave them. It’s good that there should be blogs that can bestride both nations and comment on the developments that will surely flow. I want to make sure ATW is as anchored in the US as in the UK and there will be more changes to facilitate that. I am NOT being disrespectful to the UK, Northern Ireland or anywhere else for that matter and will cover all things but the focus has to be UK/Ireland/US. I am interested in a wide range of issues and want ATW to be interesting, not parochial.

ATW’s sister site – Biased BBC – is just about to undergo a radical transformation and I urge you to visit it this coming Saturday night when the scale of this change is planned to be revealed. Again, I want to put on record my thanks to the All Seeing Eye and associates who, like Alison, have put so much work in to bring you the very best web viewing experience. Without these folks and their practical support I don’t know how I would go on sometimes. Dissenting from mainstream view is not without pressure so I really DO appreciate help and support when it comes – so generously offered. 

There will be more changes – I am working away on certain other developments – and hope that above all else we continue to warrant your time coming here.

Thanks for the support so far – and here’s to the future!

YOUSSOUF THE BARBARIAN

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 7:28 am

Did you read that a self-proclaimed Muslim barbarian shouted his contempt for his judges yesterday at the start of his trial for the torture and murder of a young Jewish man.

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise right across Europe for years now and France has a particular problem when it comes to certain “youths” in les banlieues. 

Youssouf Fofana, 28, who led a loose-knit gang of youths from an immigrant housing estate, swaggered into court and shouted “Allah will conquer” as the court began hearing a case into a killing that horrified France and the world Jewish community in 2006. Mr Fofana and most of his 26 alleged accomplices have admitted their roles in the kidnapping of Ilan Halimi, 23, an assistant in a Paris telephone shop, who was held for ransom for 24 days in the suburb of Bagneux.

Mr Fofana, whose parents came to France from Ivory Coast, denies killing the victim, who was tied up in a cellar and tortured with acid, cigarettes and knives. He died in an ambulance after Mr Fofana dumped him by a railway line and allegedly set him alight.

In a way, Youssouf the barbarian lays down the challenge. “Allah will conquer” OR “Allah will be conquered”. I am not sure there is a middle way, since the advance of Islam into the West is an existential threat to our essential liberties. The brutal slaying of this young Jewish man – and the evident PRIDE that his alleged Islamic killers feel – is an issue that most European politicians shy away from confronting since it makes their multiculti talk talk seem hollow and useless in the face of barbarism. Yet the consequences of ignoring the threat that scum such as Fofana represents are very real and terrible. Where is the voice of Muslim outrage over the likes of this murder? All I hear is silence…..

 

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER GOOGLED NAME?

By ATWadmin On April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 am

The rotten Government just can’t stop interfering in Education. That is why I oppose State Education – the idea is fine in theory but the reality is that politicians insist on manipulating the structurw and content of the school curriculum to suit whatever agenda is topical, regardless of the impact on kids or indeed teachers. So….

“Children will be taught to read using internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo in the first few years of school, it is announced on Thursday. They will be encouraged to put “keywords” into websites to navigate online articles and blogs as digital media is given similar prominence to textbooks and novels.

Pupils in English primary schools will learn to write with keyboards, use spell-checkers and insert internet “hyperlinks” into text before their 11th birthday under the most significant reform of timetables since the National Curriculum was introduced in 1988.

The review by Sir Jim Rose, former head of inspections at Ofsted, also recommends the use of Google Earth in geography lessons, speadsheets to calculate budgets in maths, online archives to research local history and video conferencing software for joint language lessons with schools overseas.”

How very modern – and how curious. Currently one in six kids leave Primary School unable to read or write. Perhaps we need to spend less time on technology driven sound good initiatives and concentrate on making teachers TEACH? On the other hand, if Google can do it all, do we need teacher? I am not opposed to modern tech in the classroom but surely the fundamentals of learning how to read and write can be accomplished without the need for Google. or have we become so soft, so ignorant, that without seach engines we are in the dark?