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By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

A change pace, you lucky people. A little Catalan magician by the name of Cesc Fabregas reminded me today, at about 1.27pm, that some things are truly sublime.



By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

AS someone keeps on saying, the State is not your friend:

Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners — holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear.

Technically, it’s not a tax increase, even though it may feel like one when your next paycheck arrives. As part of a bundle of budget patches adopted in the summer, the state is taking more money now in withholding, even though workers’ annual tax bills won’t change.

Think of it as a forced, interest-free loan: You’ll be repaid any extra withholding in April. Those who would receive a refund anyway will receive a larger one, and those who owe taxes will owe less.

I’m thinking of it as theft, operating under the violence of law. What it means is that because the State of California cannot reduce its spending to sustainable levels, every worker in California is forced to to reduce their spending instead. To any Californian who cannot now meet the costs of life – send the debt collectors to the wealthy criminals of Sacramento. And vote for liberty next time.

h/t hotair


By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

HERE comes another one –

A mayor and his wife refused to judge a pumpkin carving competition because Halloween ‘glorifies Satan’s angels’, according to a report.

Tom Wilson, the mayor of Nuneaton, and his wife councillor Sonja Wilson, turned down an invitation to judge the event due to their religious beliefs, according to a newspaper report […..]

“I don’t feel I can be associated with anything connected with Halloween.”

Halloween has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints.

Well yes, Halloween does have its roots in Samhain, but what’s all this “glorifies Satan’s angels” stuff? At root, Samhain was a connection with the natural world. It marked the passing of the lighter half of the year and heralded the darker. I bow to no-one in defending our Christian civilisation, however, not only can our pre-Christian history not be wished away, it is one of our glories.

The Mayor and his wife have children who were never encouraged to join Halloween activities “because it’s unhealthy”. Total claptrap of course. It’s unhealthy to be so blinkered you cannot see an opportunity to introduce your children to their heritage. 


By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

IN AFGHANISTAN we’ve gone from fighting terrorists, through nation-building to propping up corrupt politicians in Kabul. Partly it’s because our politicians haven’t a clue what the objective is. Inevitably, therefore, they follow events instead of dictate them. If you cannot even define the end purpose, you have no hope. It follows then that our soldiers are sacrificed because the political and military leadership just cannot get a grip:

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe told his superiors that British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road.

Less than a month later, he was blown up by a roadside bomb.

In his final despatches to commanders in London, classified ‘Nato Secret’, he had dismissed helicopter operations in Afghanistan as ‘not fit for purpose’. 

The leaked memo dramatically undermines Gordon Brown’s claims that helicopter shortages have not caused the deaths of troops fighting the Taliban.

It amounts to a devastating condemnation from beyond the grave of Labour’s stewardship of the war in Helmand province […..]

Colonel Thorneloe, 39, commander of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died with Trooper Joshua Hammond on July 1 when their convoy set off an improvised explosive device (IED) during a patrol north of the town of Lashkar Gah.

On June 5, he had chillingly predicted the circumstances of his own death in his weekly report to the Ministry of Defence.

Headed ‘Battle Group Weekly Update’, it reads: ‘I have tried to avoid griping about helicopters – we all know we don’t have enough.

‘We cannot not move people, so this month we have conducted a great deal of administrative movement by road. This increases the IED threat and our exposure to it.’

Colonel Thorneloe goes on to spell out in graphic terms how he had ‘virtually no’ helicopters of the type which would allow him to move troops by air rather than road. He added: ‘The current level of SH (support helicopter) support is therefore unsustainable.’

In a damning assessment of Nato operations, he concluded by saying that the system used to manage helicopter movements in Afghanistan ‘is very clearly not fit for purpose’.

This war is a sick, pointless joke. While the farce continues Parliamentarians are busy either giving away our sovereignty or defending the mass plunder of our money. They’ve proven themselves unfit to lead and direct a war. It’s time to call a halt and bring our soldiers home.


By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 6:23 pm

BEEN out all day, things to do and a very important lunch date in North London to keep. Oh yes, get in there.

For those of you thinking “You know, Europop is an underappreciated art form on the ATW Jukebox”, fret no more. We aim to please (and you can blame/thank commentator JM). 

Happy Halloween chaps.


By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Blood Money

By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I see quite an interesting line of discussion has opened up on the Slugger O’Toole website about the latest wrangle to hit this farce of a Northern Ireland devolved government.  The wrangle involves the DUP and the proxies of the Provisional IRA over the apparent secret negotiations designed to get Westminster to stump up an extra £20 million for former part-time police officers.  The DUP has, so the story goes, been attempting to persuade Gordon Brown to find the money as part of their ‘confidence building measures’ before any agreement on the devolution of justice and police powers takes place.

Sinn Fein, unsurprisingly, is not happy about being kept out of the loop.  In their unique and rather sick world, side deals are supposed to take place only between sovereign governments and illegal, unrepentant terrorists, not between Prime Ministers and constitutional politicians.  It would be like asking a paedophile if he would consent to being locked in an impenetrable cage in the middle of a kiddies’ playground.  Of course he wouldn’t!  Paedophiles are twisted, evil people who like to do terrible and unspeakable things to children. Republicans are twisted, evil people who liked to do terrible and unspeakable things to those employed in the service of the State.  The only difference is that the latter claim legitimacy courtesy of an electorate with the same moral compass as Reagan MacNeil during her possessed stage!

Thus, I am not going to vent my spleen at Sinn Fein for being abject hypocrites. That’s their role in political life.  Rather, I am again appalled at the actions of the DUP in thinking they are somehow the white knights doing their bit for former officers in the RUC.  They are the party that entered government with republican terrorists after condemning the UUP for the same antics.  Furthermore, they are on the cusp of agreeing the framework for devolved policing and justice that will, inevitably at some future stage, be under the control of a murderer like Gerry Kelly.  Still they believe they are acting in an honourable way towards to old RUC by buying former officers off with money!?  Please, Mr Robinson, give them some credit.  Your party has committed the most loathsome betrayal of that great police force by sharing power with terrorists and seditionists in the first place.  Don’t try to atone for that betrayal with pieces of Treasury silver.


By ATWadmin On October 31st, 2009 at 4:43 am

Taking us gently through in to the early hours of Saturday morning we have Bohemian Bankruptcy – A Tragedy by Drag Queen.


Thanks, Subrosa.


By ATWadmin On October 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm


Look away.

Don’t tell anyone.

Obamses I is on a secret visit “to honor the return of fallen soldiers” at Dover Air Force Base.

And put that camera away.


By ATWadmin On October 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

PRINCE EDWARD has upset someone in Australia after suggesting that the death of a boy during a Duke of Edinburgh Award exercise had made the scheme more popular. Rubbish of course, no-one can be upset by his entirely sensible opinion. Boys love risk and a hint of danger, it’s nature’s way.

No, for a real gaffe we must go to the Gaffmeister General himself, Edward’s old man the Duke of Edinburgh.

Informing British students in China that if they stayed there much longer “they’d all be slitty eyed” is a gaffe; asking of a blind woman, “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?” is a gaffe; telling the President of Nigeria, clad in traditional robes, “You look like you’re ready for bed” is a gaffe; enquiring of a student who’d been trekking in Papua New Guinea, “You managed not to get eaten, then?” is a gaffe, and asking a Jock driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” is a … erm, fair question really.

Don’t try it Eddie, against your imperious father you’ll only be an amateur.