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and these people are the ‘World Government’?

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2013 at 11:31 pm

 

I can believe Gstaad, or Zurich, or even Lake Tahoe; but Watford?  They cannot be serious!

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX…..

By David Vance On May 31st, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Long week folks and end of the month. Here’s a bit of a classic…

ODIERNO “WARNS” AGAINST BRITISH DEFENCE CUTS

By Pete Moore On May 31st, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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There’s a row in government right now. The Treasury wants to impose spending cuts on the military which the MOD is attempting to resist. It’s nothing new. Tory governments always slash military spending. It’s their habit. What a coincidence though that the General Ray Odierno, (US) Chief of Staff of the Army, should choose this of all weeks to pipe up about British defence cuts.

His worry is that cuts will jeopardise joint US/UK military operations, and that Britain’s shrinking forces “will no longer be able to work alongside the Americans”. Oh no, we’ll have to stop joining these catastrophic wars all over the world. Instead of emptying the treasury on death and misery thousands of miles away, the Armed Forces might have to think about something else, like defending Britain maybe.

Sorry General, it’ll be a right bummer not being able to follow your adventures in future. Have fun and send us a postcard.

A two shot of fun

By Patrick Van Roy On May 31st, 2013 at 1:18 pm

everybody have a good day, first the king

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELXA8Tgacq8

and this guy wore the best suits, they came from a little shop in Milan

Fireman rings the bell,

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2013 at 1:04 pm

A couple of days ago I flew down to Gatwick to spend a day with my grandson Marco, along with his Mom and his Dad, my eldest son. Our few hours together was the stuff of legend; the same legend which has come to be expected from a family grown wider, of harmless laughter, of silly jokes and of watching a small boy’s wide eyes when introduced to that greatest of England’s inventions, the railway steam engine. I could, and indeed have maybe mentioned, my great happiness with the smaller members of my family; of the sheer wonder of being introduced to a ten-weeks premature scrap of humanity some five years ago, and of having my own worries brought down to earth by the response of a paediatric nurse who casually named my first grandson as ‘the noisy one in the corner’. Of the equally special happiness shared with my second son, who has presented me, care of course of Mom, with two more grandsons; both of whom have been introduced to the wonders of steam, along with the proud heritage of engineer-driven advances with which we fuelled the true Industrial Revolution which still changes our world even today.

Because it is the visit which we made to the privately-run, funded and operated Bluebelle Railway is that of which I write today. I cannot claim that it is a peculiarly-British trait to rescue and rebuild rusting steam locomotives, to spend literally millions on progressing the refurbishment of a branch-line closed long ago, and then to get thousands of people to pay for the privilege of sitting in a rail carriage which is drawn by one of the steam, smoke and noise-belching behemoths from our past, but we have over two hundred Rail Preservation societies all across this country of ours. The engineering and construction feats which faced this outfit would have daunted professionals, but they calmly made plans, raised money, sold shares in their Company, and moved over 80,000 tons of rubbish to get the trains running where they once rolled some sixty years ago.

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The peculiar thrill of standing close up to a working steam engine, with its steam, water and smoke smells and noise, is one which lived with me from my first memories of travel after the War ended. To be favoured with a smile or a wave from these minor gods who bestrode the cabs of the locomotives was to know that you had been recognised as a true aficionado, and it is no lie when drivers and firemen said that once fired up, the railway engine was as ‘a living thing’. We as a nation still innovate, still experiment and invent, but the advances usually flow towards America, partly because we don’t seem to acknowledge that seed money without financial control is not welcomed by young entrepreneurs. But when it comes to men and women who dream of a time when ‘the railway’ meant a service which was prompt, reliable, efficient; employing machinery which maybe wasn’t ‘super-efficient’, wasn’t ‘ecologically friendly’ (whatever that is supposed to mean) but struck a spark of recognition within the engineer hidden within our hearts, we have them is spades!

BRITAIN EXPORTS JIHAD…

By David Vance On May 31st, 2013 at 10:45 am

It’s the story behind the story that needs discussed.

A British man and an American woman are believed to be among three Westerners killed in an ambush by government forces in Syria who claimed they were carrying out the orders of an al Qaeda-linked terrorist cell. The trio were said to have died while taking photographs of military positions in Idlib province, near the Turkish border. Yesterday 33-year-old Nicole Lynn Mansfield, from Michigan, was revealed as one of the dead after Syrian state television broadcast images of her passport on Wednesday. The attack is said to have happened on the same day British doctor Isa Abdur Rahman, 26, a graduate of Imperial College London who had travelled to the country to treat injured civilians, died when a makeshift hospital was shelled in Idlib province

Now, whether the Syrian Government can be trusted is an issue we can debate but this much does seem clear…

UP to 100 extremists from Britain have joined the fighting in Syria, William Hague told MPs last night.

The UK has become a SOURCE of exporting Jihad. That is truly remarkable but what is EVEN more amazing is that Hague wants to ARM these “rebels”

The man from Del Monte stays here

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2013 at 9:55 am

 

I am not, as a rule, over-complimentary of our Justice and Prisons system; but there always is a first time for seeing things getting better. We see far too many lenient or virtually non-existent sentences passed by woolly, well-minded judges to be anything but truly cynical about the whole Justice process, but very occasionally we see a light shining through the murk.

So it is with a glad hand that I write of the sound and thoroughly welcome decision to keep the thieving, lying Asil Nadir in the friendly, cuddly confines of Belmarsh Prison instead of allowing him to fly off to Turkey, where he might, or might well not, have completed his sentence for fraud and embezzlement.

Apart from anything else, his defence was paid for by the British taxpayer, as he pleaded poverty; but was able to repay some five million quid under the threat of more prison time.

 

FEDS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

By Pete Moore On May 30th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

The Boston narrative changes – yet again.

Ibragim Todashev was a friend of one of the Bostom bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. While under questioning last week, he was shot dead by the FBI. At the time, it was reported that he attacked agents with a knife. Now we learn that he was unarmed. His father claims he was killed “execution style”, with a bullet to the head:

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Damn shame for Todashev that is. Whatever he knew about the FBI/CIA links to the Tsarnaevs has gone to the grave with him. File this one under “tying up loose ends”.

Cry Me a River

By Patty On May 30th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Very few die-hard Obama fans still remain (please see ATW website comment logs for examples). Everyone else seems to have given up on President Obama.

From The Telegraph:

“Barack Obama: even the mainstream media has given up on the hopey-changey stuff.”

LIFE TARIFFS: SO THE COURTS CAN DO IT

By Pete Moore On May 30th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Mark Bridger has been found guilty of the sexually-motivated abduction and murder of five year old April Jones. For this he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, a whole life tariff.

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He pleaded not guilty and her remains have never been found. Doubtless the judge, who described Bridger as “a pathological liar”, found these to be aggravating factors. The most aggravating factor in my view was the murder of a five year old girl. In the absence of a capital sanction, whole life tariffs should be the norm for murder and derivated from only in exceptional circumstances. Instead, we know that life does not usually mean life, which has terrible consequences for some when previously convicted murderers are released to kill again. Still, we see that the courts can impose a meaningful sentence occasionally. It should be the starting point and not exceptional.