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By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Here is the proper version of this rollicking Jenny Lewis song. I think she’s great and the guy doing co-vocals is pretty cool too if a little older!!


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

My friend G.O.T. has compiled this glorious selection of Obama’s rhetorical excellence for your enjoyment!


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

So, there I was quietly perusing the local paper (Yes, I do read them as well as the nationals and internationals!) only to discover that Northern Ireland is to suffer a tremendous blow – the return of Hilary Clinton as “special envoy”

There has been no comment from the State Department but US sources confirmed she is expected to fill the role of special envoy. Niall O’Dowd, publisher of the US-based Irish Voice newspaper, was interviewed on RTE radio today about the prospect of Mrs Clinton appointing herself as special representative. “It has been talked about for some time within the Clinton camp,” he said.

So, as if things were not bad enough with every form of terrorist low life in high places, we may have to endure the preening St Hillary.

Well, I just hope she will be giving me a call so I can let her know that appeasement is not a good basis for US Foreign Policy. After all, I am sure she will wish to hear all sides, surely?

Her function, should this be fact based speculation, will be to ensure that policing and justice is devolved – hence fulfilling a key IRA objective. The DUP are shilly-shallying on this issue since they know the price will be paid in the June 2010 general election. Hillary will be coming to twist their arms. It would be better if she wrung their necks.


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Here’s one of those statistics that emphasise the depth of the recession.

UK pubs closed at a rate of 52 per week in the first half of the year – a third more than the same period in 2008 – the British Beer & Pub Association said. Local pubs were the most vulnerable as communities were hit by the fallout of the economic downturn, it added. The research suggested businesses that provided food were far more resilient to the recession.

And to add reality to this, I note that my local village pub has shut up shop. It had been there for 50 years. Recession. What recession?


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 8:15 am

In true Dickensian mode, the DUP have their hands outstretched to the UK Exchequer and are demanding “More..”.

The DUP MP Iris Robinson has said the UK government must give more funding to Northern Ireland to tackle swine flu. She wants the costs of vaccinations and other resources to be met by the Treasury rather than “an excessive burden” falling on Stormont.” Northern Ireland is one of the least affected areas in the UK.

Listen, Iris, stop your pathetic begging. If our mighty political elite reckon we need £55m to fight this great plague that is swine flu might I suggest they try cutting back on the abominable waste that characterises the Stormont government? How about stopping some of those “cross community” grants for starters? How about shutting down North/South agencies – in the interests of our health, of course? In fact how about trying to be fiscally responsible?


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 am

He’s Dr Doolittle with a peerage and he wants to talk to the Taliban to secure peace! I refer to Lord Malloch-Brown who has decided to bail out of the Brown government.

He has also revealed that he is certain that our troops in Afghanistan DO need more helicoptors (so contradicting McDoom) but he also reckons that we should consider engaging with the Taliban.

I agree.

They should be asked to surrender and if they don’t, we then wipe them out. Nice and simple.

More helicoptors and drones will assist.


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 am

Wonder if you agree with those who raise concerns over the government’s plan for a mass vaccination programme against swine fever.

Orders have been placed; priority groups identified. There will be enough swine flu vaccine to inoculate the entire population, starting with NHS staff, in an attempt to halt the spread of the disease and save lives.

But is this all this really necessary? To start with, swine flu is far milder than we first feared, so the case for vaccinating millions of healthy adults against a disease that is no more unpleasant than a bad cold is questionable. There is a stronger argument for vaccinating those at greater risk, such as those with lung, heart or kidney disease, those with suppressed immune systems (such as those on cancer treatment), pregnant women and children under 5 — but only if the vaccine works and is safe. But there are serious doubts about this.

I am opposed to the strategy of vaccinating everybody and believe that caution is the better plan and the danger here is that hype is driving strategy and that is not a good route to take.


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 am

I’m just waiting for the BBC to cover the news that a USA Today/Gallup survey suggested that six months into the golden era of Obama the Great, his popularity is lower than George W Bush’s at the same stage of his tenure.

Amid rising unemployment and falling confidence in his economic plans, Mr Obama’s job approval rating has dropped by nine points since January to 55 per cent, a point below his predecessor in mid-2001.

One would have thought that this might have caught the attention of the State Broadcaster here in the UK, given their intense interest in every poll that showed the decline of W’s fortunes, but for some odd reason, it is mute on the point.


By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 am

Shocking to read that a new report by investigators into the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of child abuse in Dublin details “horrific acts of depravity” that went for decades without prosecution.

The report to Dermot Ahern comes two months after publication of an even bigger investigation into how scores of church-run schools, orphanages and reformatories harboured child abusers in religious orders from the 1930s to 1990s. Irish taxpayers have already paid out nearly £1bn to more than 12,000 victims from that system.

One of the fundamental failures appears to have been that Bishops transferred offending Priests from one patch to another rather than throwing them out of their “vocation”. Rather than praying, too many preyed. It is shameful that those entrusted with the word of God – and in particular let us recall Christ’s repeated concern for children – should have behaved like this.  

Peasant Revolt

By ATWadmin On July 22nd, 2009 at 2:32 am

St Louis (Missouri) Rep. Russ Carnahan promises savings and surpluses resulting from the House health care reform bill. Constiuents laugh in his face