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AT LAST – A REASON TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN!

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Well wonders will never cease! Naturally the thought of the Obamanation as President repels me since I want to see the US prosper in the years ahead  but I have yet to find much to like about McCain, the irascable RINO – until now!

You see President George W Bush has called on Congress to end a 27-year liberal enforced ban on drilling for oil in US coastal waters, to reduce dependence on imports. Mr Bush said existing restrictions on offshore drilling were "outdated and counter-productive". And McCain supports this! Hurray. Time to open up Alaska too – but we’ll start with the coastal waters.

I notice that Obama seeks to maintain the dependency on Arab oil – droning on about green energy alternatives, the soft and unrealistic option. There’s nothing WRONG with all types of energy but opening up the quest for oil in US waters is timely and essential. Good on McCain for taking a mature approach on this  and I hope this will put clear red white and blue water between him and the alleged Change maker.

A STAR IS GONE…

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I’m sure you will have read that Cyd Charisse has died at the grand old age of 86. I likes this clip – check out 33 secs in for making an impact … but my, all that smoking – what will the health nazis say??

NOAH’S LARK…

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

noah_226.jpgDid you see that the owner of a hair salon has been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to a Muslim stylist who was turned down for a job because she wears a headscarf. Bushra Noah accused Sarah Desrosiers of religious discrimination when she failed to offer her a job at her Wedge salon in King’s Cross, central London.  An employment tribunal panel dismissed the 19-year-old’s claim but upheld her complaint of indirect discrimination. She was awarded £4000 for "hurt feelings." Unbelievable. Pure dhimmitude. This is discrimination – against the hair salon concerned. It is an outrage that this kind of legal decision can be made and an absolute victory for professional whingers, veiled or otherwise. 

18 June: Happy Waterloo Day

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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NAPOLEON waged war from the Atlantic coast to Moscow, causing unimaginable death and misery to bring about his united Europe. ‘The Common fatherland’ was how he described it and Paris was to be its capital. Just as well then that an Anglo-Irishman by the name of Arthur Wellesley confounded his plans and did for Old Boney on 18 June 1815 in Belgium, close to a place called Waterloo. Let’s hope we see his like again.

Happy Waterloo Day.

THE PEOPLE SHALL NOT SPEAK…

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 8:34 am

It is clear that the European Union is undemocratic and seeks to subvert the will of the people. That in itself is good reason to leave it.

Take the reaction from Brussels to the Irish people saying "No" to the Lisbon Treaty aka Constitution. This should have meant the end of it –  but it won’t. The Eurocrats have made cleat that they intend to move ahead and ratify this Treaty in their Parliaments, well away from the common people. The political elite seek to bring this constitution into being but the ordinary people of Europe keep voting it down when they are given the chance.

It seems that a majority of British voters want Gordon Brown to scrap HIS moves to ratify the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, a new poll has disclosed.  According to a YouGov poll carried out after the Irish result was announced on Friday, 54 per cent of British voters now believe the Government should drop the Lisbon Treaty – which would sweep away dozens of national vetoes – and not try to ratify it.  Only 14 per cent of those questioned agreed that the Government should carry on and ratify the controversial agreement, which would also create a new European president and foreign minister.

Those 14% will get their way as Brown bulldozes this through the House of Lords in the next day – with the support of the Lib-Dems. The British people will not be allowed to vote in it – just as in 25 other EU nations. Only Ireland HAD to try and win popular support for Lisbon – and the elite failed. There is something menacing – something smelling of rancid totalitarianism, emanating from the EU. It does not listen to the people, instead it tells them what to do. All European habits seem to die very slowly. EU uber alles.

NO GROUNDS FOR DETAINING BIN LADEN’S RIGHT HAND MAN IN EUROPE..

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 8:33 am

So, Abu Qatada, the fanatical preacher once described as ‘Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe’, left prison last night after winning his fight against deportation. Qatada  –  who is considered one of the world’s most dangerous terror suspects  –  was released on bail after a judge ruled there were no grounds to keep him in jail.

No grounds to keep him in jail? Really? I can think of 52 VERY GOOD REASONS to ensure Qatada is kept locked up.

He is also expected to be housed in an MI5 safe house, where he will be subjected to intensive round-the-clock surveillance, costing the taxpayer an estimated £500,000 a year. Officials have even gone so far as to ban him from receiving visits from Osama bin Laden, and more than 20 other individuals.

I repeat what I said the other day – we are not SERIOUS about fighting militant Islam. If we were. this maniac would not be free. The Courts KEEP letting is down, and the Judge who has ordered that this man be released into the community has made a very poor decison in my view.

BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS…

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 7:40 am

JUDY%20WILSON.jpgIt should have been the happiest moment of her life, but elation was tinged with sadness as the new Miss Northern Ireland took her crown. Judith Wilson beamed on Monday night as she was named the new face of Ulster – but behind the smiles was a yearning for congratulations from her bomb hero grandad. The beauty queen was only a toddler in 1987 when a no-warning IRA blast ripped through a Poppy Day service in Enniskillen, killing her young aunt and seriously injuring her grandfather, Gordon Wilson. He later told how his 20-year-old daughter had died beside him in the rubble of the explosion, clutching his hand and speaking her last words: “Daddy, I love you very much.”

21 years later, Mr Wilson’s grand-daughter is to be congratulated on her achievement but I cannot also help point out that 21 years later, the IRA now sit in government and the terrorists rule the terrorised with the blessing of the world. Gordon Wilson showed remarkable Christian humility when he forgave those IRA murdering scumbags who took his daughter’s life that infamous day. I do not share his charitable approach and I demand that justice be done. We know that it is alleged that Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had a role in the Enniskillen massacre and for this monster to preside over political life here nauseates me. Of course this all be all brushed under the table as an inconvenient truth but the fact remains that the archirects of the Enniskillen massacre are now feted as men of peace. Their victims lie in their graves.

A CURATE’S EGG

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2008 at 7:31 am

Well, I agree with some of her observations but not many of her conclusions. I refer to the the new report issued by Louise Casey into the judicial system in England and Wales.

She says that the public should be told more about criminals so they no longer feel "cut off" from the justice system in England and Wales. I agree. But I don’t want to know their life stories, I just want to know that justice is being done. 

Casey’s review says the system is seen as "distant, unaccountable and unanswerable" – many do not know how to contact police in a non-emergency. Well, yes, but there are many who are very disappointed at the lack of response from the police IN an emergency. It is the effectiveness of the police that matters, period.

One idea she suggest is to make offenders serving community sentences more "visible". My problem is that I think community sentences are a waste of time. Whether they wear pink jumpsuits is beside the point. If they ARE going to do community services then by all means ensure they suffer indignity by the wearing of whatever.

Ms Casey also recommend many targets should be ditched with police focusing on the goal of making people feel safe. Not sure about this, surely the goal lies in preventing crime and then, if it still happens, catching the criminals!

The report also highlights the need for a "public commissioner on crime" to champion people’s concerns within government, and a new performance target to measure public confidence in the system. Sorry but we do NOT need more quango positions and this is an invented job for some fatcat who can be relied upon to follow the line of his/her political masters.

She calls for more standardised powers for police community support officers.  Again, I think that it would be better to have ordinary coppers on the beat. These "community support officers" do not appear to be up to the job and what is wrong with ensuring that we have full-time constables on the cutting edge – on our streets?

There is no doubt that most ordinary people feel a disconnect from the criminal justice system. We  believe that our rights-obsessed society puts the needs of the criminals before those of their victims. I’m not sure we need new laws, we just need to enforce those already in place and start punishing those who break our laws. It’s not rocket-science and the former "Respect" Czar is in many ways stating the bleeding obvious – after 12 months of a tax-payer funded jamboree. 

Justice Done

By ATWadmin On June 17th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

tsutomumiyazaki.jpgSerial child murderer, Tsutomu Miyazaki, was executed in Japan today, two decades after he began a reign of terror in Tokyo’s suburbs by abducting, killing and eating parts of four young girls.

Good.

OVER HERE – THE HOPE OF AUDACITY

By ATWadmin On June 17th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

In American politics the candidates from both sides will attack  "Washington, D.C." as a place that needs change.  It is a time honored tradition, never mind that both candidates are office holders in Washington, D.C. and seek higher office located there.  The population can always be agitated against the capital, where Congress lies (hee hee), federal laws are passed and of course federal taxes originate.  But we Yanks should ask ourselves, is it the government that needs change, or do we need to change ourselves?  Change our spending habits, change our eating habits, change our reliance on foreign fuel, change the way we accept the dominance of pop cultural values, change our acceptance of certain corporate malfeasance, change our acceptance of poltical soundbites as a substitute for political thought and debate, and change an emphasis on profit over value.   Probably not the best political advice for a candidate – tell the people we need to change things we do, not just the party in office. 

But merely mouthing the words is not enough.  Candidates will schedule the odd event where thye will "take a stand" to show they can be tough on some element of their own base.  Obama did that on Father’s Day when he criticised those black fathers who have not supported their children.   Ok, true enough, it has been a longstanding problem in the black community.  But should we elect Bill Cosby, since he has been saying this for years?  To me this was more a a scripted event than any real attempt to invoke change.   What will he really do? 

Is McCain any better?  Well he often antagonizes the rightwing of his party, earning their distain and the support of more mainstream folks.   But what will he really do?  His Supreme Court nominees wil hardly be the same as Obama’s.  And McCain’s view of Iraq is quite different, no matter what cynics might say.  I suppose the analysis we have to use is not what they will say, but what they will do.  We have some time to think about it.   But not a lot of time.