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ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Here’s great rock and  roll number, penned by the stellar talent that is Nick Lowe and performed by Mr Dave Edmunds.

BOWLED OVER…

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Poor Obama – it just gets worse!

“After comparing his bowling to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, President Obama called Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver to apologize before the program even aired. 

“He expressed his disappointment and he apologized, in a way that was very moving,” Shriver said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”(I bet) “It’s important to see that words hurt, and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seen as humiliating or a put-down of people with special needs do cause pain, and they do result in stereotypes.”  Obama told Shriver he wants to have some Special Olympics competitors over to the White House for basketball or bowling. Shriver is the son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President Kennedy’s sister. The president had been making an attempt at self-deprecating humor in his appearance on Jay Leno’s show by saying that a recent 129 he scored in the White House bowling alley had been “like Special Olympics, or something.”

Whoops. Now if BUSH had made that howler.….

FRENCH JOBS FOR FRENCH WORKERS? OUI OR NON!

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Did you read the news that the European Union’s top competition regulator said she was “highly surprised” by French comments implying aid for French carmaker Renault had helped transfer jobs back to France, which would break competition law.

“Renault will … repatriate the production of a vehicle up to now made outside France to the Flins plant. That will be extra output for that factory,” French industry minister Luc Chatel told Europe 1 radio.

Except…

“If this is the case, it is illegal aid,” EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told the BBC, adding that she was urgently seeking clarification from Chatel.

So why is it illegal for a Nation State to look after the best interests of its citizens?

This is the issue I will be debating on the BBC this Sunday morning – BBC Radio Ulster Sunday Sequence at 9.15am. The issue is whether it is right or appropriate for politicians to talk about things like “British jobs for British workers”? Tell it to the French…

COALS TO NEWCASTLE.

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Had to laugh at the suggestion by Amnesty International that Northern Ireland should be volunteering to accept some of the Gitmo Jihad gang. It’s not as if we haven’t enough terrorists….! On the other hand, I guess some of our current crop of murdering republican “dissidents” could pick up some useful tips from the peace-makers in Guantanamo… 

BEG AND THEN CRAWL..

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Wonder how Americans feel about the fact that the mad Mullahs in Iran are humiliating their President by demanding that the Great Satan has to apologise for the sins of the past before future “progress” could be even considered. This follows Obama “reaching out” to the dear friends in Tehran.

“But the way to do that is not by Iran forgetting the previous hostile and aggressive attitude of the United States. The American administration has to recognise its past mistakes and repair them as a way to put away the differences.”

It’s so sad to see the USA being reduced to the role of the simpering supplicant to the wishes of these  deranged Islamics – and yet that is the essence of the Obama strategy. Perhaps Jimmy Carter’s hitherto unassailable position as worst living US President may well be up for challenge as Obama gets into his stride? Look out Israel – we can all see which way Obama is looking and it ain’t in your direction.

NO GREATER LOVE…

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

The Bible is clear.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

You may not believe in The Bible but perhaps you may agree with the sentiment?

And then… this….

“A commanding officer has described how one of his soldiers saved the life of a friend, before he was himself shot dead at a barracks in Northern Ireland. Sappers Patrick Azimkar, from London, and Mark Quinsey, from Birmingham, were killed outside the Massareene Army base in Antrim, on 7 March. Lt Col Roger Lewis said Sapper Pat Azimkar pulled a fellow soldier out of the way of the bullets. Speaking outside the chapel before the service began, Col Lewis said Sapper Marc Fitzpatrick, who was injured in the attack, attributed his survival to “his best mate Pat’s selfless action”. Col Lewis said: “He told me two days ago, ‘If it wasn’t for Pat I would not even be here – despite the chaos, he was the one who pulled me to the ground and saved my life’

What more can I say – Sapper Azimkar was simply the best of British, a true hero, who gave his life to save that of his best friend, Marc Fitzpatrick. 

I hope the Irish republican vermin that carried this out are proud of themselves.

Ladies and Gentlemen – I salute the memory of Sapper Azimkar and hope you will join me.

THE THREAT FROM THE CONSERVATIVES..

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 9:19 am

The Conservatives will go into the next election committed to raising the top level of tax to 45p for those earning more than £150,000.People presume that because I loath Labour, I must support the Conservatives.

Well, I used to quite like them under Margaret Thatcher but ever since she was stabbed in the back, I have become much cooler towards that Party. I do believe they will form the next government howeverI feel that whilst they know what they SHOULD do, they seek to curry media favour by saying what they reckon needs to be heard, even when it is plainly unconservative. So, David Cameron announces today that the Conservatives will go into the next election committed to raising the top level of tax to 45p for those earning more than £150,000.

In what way does THAT encourage enterprise? How does that support risk-takers who are prepared to work hard and risk all for a high return. To take 45p in every £1 earned in tax is immoral and Cameron should be ashamed of himself for this grotesque semi-socialist populism. I know there will be a tendency for those who earn so much less than this to think so what ?- let “the rich” pay more. But where is the moral argument that says the Statehas a right to take more from the most successful in order to give more to the less effective? I entirely disagree with this. Cameron should look towards a flat tax for ALL – and that way self-initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit is encourage – not punished!

PARIS IN THE SPRING..

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 9:07 am

It’s a romantic image – Paris in the spring.  Strolling down the wide boulevards, taking in the wonderful scenery, heady on the gentle breeze.

But at the moment, Paris is not so blooming lovely.

Last night there were riots on the streets – led by anarchists apparently – with more than 300 arrests as ten officers were seriously injured by a variety of missiles, including bottles, metal bars and bricks.

This all relates to a one day national strike as the French protest at the handling of their economy by Sarkozy in the ongoing financial crisis. Seems the French want to see more welfare, more State Aid, more jobs for French workers. None of this is possible, of course, as France also shivers in the icy grip of the recession but in a sense, all we can see happening on Parisian streets is but an echo of raised tensions across the Euroland estate as people come out onto the streets to damn their politicians. Is the EU able to handle this tension or will it begin to unravel? The architects of the EU dream (or nightmare, as I and many others see it!) never figured that the entire EU economy would implode on this scale, but I fear it is headed for the rocks and Nation States will assert themselves – or answer to their people who now find jobs vanishing, welfare being cut and  taxes raised. It’s a perfect storm and EU would be mad to try and flannel this away as if it were but a bad dream.

THE GREAT CHIP AND PIN FRAUD

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2009 at 8:57 am

Interesting to read that credit card fraud has leapt almost 50 per cent since the introduction of the chip and PIN system that was supposed to cut the problem!

The total hit a record high of £609.9million in 2008, which was 14 per cent up on the previous year. More disturbingly, the figure has jumped by £182.8million – 43 per cent – since the chip and PIN system became universal on Valentine’s Day in 2006. The introduction of chip and PIN, under which payments are authorised with a four-digit code rather than a signature, required an investment of more than £1billion in new till machines. The huge cost, passed on to shoppers in higher bills, was justified on the basis that it would drastically cut debit and credit card fraud.

What do you think of chip and pin? In some ways, I find it very convenient and it must speed up transactions BUT has it also eased the criminal fraudsters? How often have you stood behind someone and unavoidably seen them enter their PIN? Was writing your signature such a really bad idea?

A Tribute To Our Darling

By ATWadmin On March 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

OUR PROPRIETOR’S astute comment tonight put me in mind of a track and album that got me through most of a long-haul flight once, back when travel was affordable ….

Dedicated to Darling and McMugabe –

Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending all my money, did not have any care
Took all my friends out for a mighty good time
Bought bootleg whisky, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low
Lost all my good friends, had nowhere to go
If I get my hands on a dollar again
I’ll hang on to it till that eagle grins …