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Happy New Year

By Patrick Van Roy On December 31st, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Two songs, one just for fun and the night. The other for the year about to begin.

Screw Soccer, Football, Hockey, Baseball, and especially Basket Ball. The REAL Game is about to begin. The Playoffs start in Iowa and run for 3 months of bile and bullshit. Then comes the Super Bowl 6 months of Dirt and accusations between Clinton and whoever….

Politics is the only true sport that matters. The games these people play effect everyone of our lives….. Happy New Year

Let the Games Begin

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and the true joy of spectating

 

2015 IN REVIEW

By David Vance On December 31st, 2015 at 2:23 pm

An interesting year, politically! Here’s my take…

We witnessed a German Chancellor invite the invasion of Germany, and the rest of Europe. The millions of muslims now spreading our across the continent owe everything to the selfless “Mother Merkel”

We witnessed the Labour Party go down to a heavy defeat in the UK, confounding the pollsters who insisted it would be a hung parliament.

In the aftermath of their defeat, we also witnessed Labour choose as their new Leader the MP who carried the distinction for most rebelling against his own Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

We also saw the demise of the obnoxious Lib-Dems, a highlight of the Year for those who dislike sanctimonious hypocrites.

Here in Northern Ireland, we saw groundhog day. We always do.

Across La Manche, we witnessed the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Worse was to follow in November when Islamists slaughtered 130 people in a sickening orgy of violence. France responded by inviting in another 30,000 “refugees”. Two of the Paris killers carried fake “Syrian” passports. That’s the sort of stupid that indicates a lack of seriousness – meaning 2016 will bring worse Jihad in France.

Paris was also the spot where the world’s great gathered in December to save the planet. Backs were slapped and egos massaged as they all agreed that they would take control of the Planet’s temperature and limit any rise to no more than 2 degrees. Coming from people who have demonstrated they cannot control their own borders, this hubris was a tad optimistic even by their standards.

Stateside, it’s been interesting to watch the horror amongst the media and GOP establishment as Donald Trump surged into the lead amongst aspiring GOP candidates for the Presidency and STAYED there. Despite his alleged “gaffes” (or plain speaking to normal people) he is well positioned for 2016 and it appears he strikes a vein with many non Beltway Americans. Obama’s final time as President has been consumed with the thing that concerns his most – Obama. He has demonstrated a lamentable lack of leadership when it comes to coping with the rise of Islamic State and even when Jihad hit the streets of San Bernadino, he seemed almost unwilling to accept that Islamists walk amongst Americans and seek to kill them.

Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders has also proven illuminating. Sanders is, arguably, the only person who could make La Clinton look sane. Hillary, of course, is preparing for what she sees as her destiny – to become the first woman to occupy the White House. With so many skeletons in her cupboard, even the spineless US media may struggle to sell her to the American people.

The world economy also proved interesting to observe. The EU continues to flounder, with huge unemployment, lack of growth and a currency that is going nowhere but downwards. The US has shown a form of growth even nervously leading to the Fed rising interest rates. China’s growth continues but at a lower level and there is continued concern that IF China does catch a cold then the rest of the world – now dependent to varying degrees on the Asian behemoth – will catch Pneumonia. The UK economy continues to outperform most, and whilst this growth is imperfect, it still means that Labour has no material to attack the Conservatives reputation for fiscal reliability.

On a personal level, it’s been funny old year. My mother and my brother in law passed away, within a week of each other making May a tough month. On a brighter note, in the Autumn I finally got to meet Elvis Costello and have a brief chat! I was fortunate to attend the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham and despite hurting my leg on the train back (!) that was a pretty good experience.

As ever, I have travelled quite a bit – Brussels, Bruges, Stockholm, Florence, Dubai and London all featured on radar!

On a  final note, I wanted to finish by saying that ATW continues to hold a central place in my heart and a big thank you to you all for continuing to come here and stay a while with me. It’s appreciated.

Should Auld Aquaintance Be Forgot – The Bill Cosby Prosecution

By Mahons On December 31st, 2015 at 9:27 am

Comedian and bad sweater wearer Bill Cosby was arraigned yesterday and released on 1 million dollars bail for a sexual assault that occurred in 2004.  Cosby has faced accusations for decades that recently came to a head when more than 60 women have accused him of mistreatment, often involving drugs. Cosby’s defense to the charges has varied between denial, aggressive lawsuits, cash settlements and creepy moments.

A conviction may be difficult given the passage of time.  The judge is unlikely to allow other incidents to go before a jury.  The whole thing is unsavory and dismaying.  Like a reverse Siren call Cosby used his celebrity to lure many of the women into situations where he had them alone to “discuss their careers”.  Then his modus was to ply them with pills and alcohol so he could do his thing.  He has admitted such in sworn deposition testimony, though he maitained that any sex was consensual.  The prosecutor will argue that someone in an incapacitated state can not give consent.  It should be an ugly trial.

HINDSIGHT

By David Vance On December 30th, 2015 at 10:36 am

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This is one of the big stories of the day.

Oliver Letwin, the Government’s policy chief, is under scrutiny for remarks he made about the morals of the black community in the wake of widespread rioting in the 1980s.  Mr Letwin was drawn into a race row after government papers showed he blamed “bad moral attitudes” for the rioting in black inner-city areas.

The Cabinet Office minister, then an adviser to Margaret Thatcher, suggested in a 1987 memorandum that white communities would not have resorted to the same street violence as seen in Brixton, Toxteth and Handsworth.

Let’s deal with this. Lawton has apologised for these opinions expressed 30 years ago in order to stop further opportunistic race baiting from the likes of the BBC and Labour. But he need not have done so.

Regardless of how clumsy his views MAY were expressed then the fact is that they were made in the aftermath of the Broadwater Farm riots, amongst many other inner city riots. During Broadwater Farm rioting, a black gang decapitated PC Keith Blakelock and caused massive damage in their own community. Was this a “good moral attitude”? If not, why are Letwin’s comments so alarming to the Left? I would have thought that all decent people would unite in condemning those who caused such violence and vandalism, murder and mayhem. It seems not and to even suggest they had bad morality is “racist” in the decayed parlance of modern political debate.

 

WHY WE SHOULD LISTEN TO MUSLIMS…

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

I found this very informative. 

‘I am a practising Muslim. And I feel more confident talking to you than I do to members of my own community.’

So Katie Hopkins relates…

If I wrote a list of ‘things I don’t expect to hear on my LBC radio show’, this sentence would certainly be on it. Ali, who phoned in on Monday, is a third-generation Muslim in England, and has watched his Muslim community transform from complete integration with other Brits, to almost utter separation.

Got that? UTTER separation.

He is now too uncertain of elements within his own community to be able to speak out about his fears of extremists and radicalised Muslims, no longer sure who is friend or foe, who is British at heart and who is loyal to another ideology or country.

He says no one can speak out for fear of being caught and silenced by the radical minority. Hence he felt safer talking to me, live on national radio, than speaking to his neighbours or his mosque.”

It’s clear we have a real problem and a MINORITY of hate driven Islamists have succeeded in silencing the MAJORITY of UK muslims who don’t wish to comply with the siren calls for Jihad.

POPPY DAY IN DECEMBER

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

I reckon the REASON CNN presenter Poppy Harlow passed out live on-air is because she couldn’t BELIEVE 74% of Americans are not happy with how Obama is handing the war on terrorism!

ALL BY MYSELF….

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

It’s a BIT of a blow when a political party’s ONLY elected representative….erm….leaves the political party.

NI21 councillor, Johnny McCarthy has announced he has quit the party. The Lisburn and Castlereagh representative was the only elected member of the party following last year’s council elections.

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In happier times, here was Johnny and NI21 supremo Basil McCrea.

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Basil, of course, was ELECTED as an Ulster Unionist and then left the Party to form his own. It imploded back in 2014 in hilarious fashion but Basil has, curiously, clung on like a limpet to a rock. I forecast he will lose his Assembly seat next May and this may help him spend more time with his ego.

INSTITUTIONALISING INTOLERANCE

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 8:34 pm

This is a pretty nauseating result.

The story that ended in tears and anger and a $135,000 pay-out, began in early 2013 when Rachel Bowman-Cryer visited an Oregon bakery seeking a cake for her up upcoming wedding.

The store’s owner, Aaron Klein, turned away Ms Bowman-Cryer and her mother when he learned she was planning to marry another woman. He said his religious beliefs forced him to take a stance against same-sex marriage.

This week, the long legal saga set in motion that day, ended with the now closed bakery paying out $135,000 in compensation to the lesbian couple, after the state’s Bureau of Labour and Industries ruled that it had violated their civil rights.

So, a bakery closed, jobs lost, and all to ensure Gay supremacism is seen to triumph. The Lesbian couple had a perfect right to request a wedding cake. The Oregon bakery owners SHOULD have had the perfect right to politely say no.

APARTHEID BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT…

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 8:30 pm

A Jewish Prime Minister sent to jail by Salim Joubran, an Arab judge. Welcome to the “apartheid state” of Israel…

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Long time ATW readers will know that I was a caustic critic of Oslo Olmert and I am delighted justice has been done. I ALSO can remember the international liberal intelligentsia praising Olmert as he betrayed his own country time after time. The fact that he also took bribes is entirely unsurprising. Now then, can anyone point me to any Arab country where Jewish judges sentence former Prime Ministers.

RACE HUSTLING…

By David Vance On December 29th, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Seen this overt race hustling in the pages of The Guardian?

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Amir Rice, it has been found, was killed as a result of an accident. Had he not tried to pull a replica gun when approached by two Police Officers, he would still be alive. It is, of course, sad that a young boy was killed in this way but to try and turn the tragedy into race baiting is truly pathetic.