By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2008 at 7:00 am
Ten years ago – Ian Paisley’s DUP (along with my Party at that time, the UKUP) refused to sign up in any way to the Belfast Agreement. At that time, Paisley was vehement in his opposition to it, and during the years that followed – right up to the elections of last March 2007 – he continued to INSIST the DUP opposed the provisions of the Belfast Agreement. Yes.
So, isn’t it cute to see the great man sign a copy of the Belfast Agreement? Now relax – it was only for charity, and it was in Cork – rebel county. Dr Paisley laughed it all off by saying this was the only time he would ever put his name to "that" document. But why? It is a fact that his rancid party of third rate moral relativist Lundy’s have indeed fully signed up to the Belfast Agreement and now happily sit in power with Martin McGuinness – the man who it is alleged authorised the Poppy Day bombing at the cenotaph in Enniskillen.
Paisley has become a larger than life joke figure – and travelling around Northern Ireland I see an awful lot of graffitti spelling out how some people view the mighty DUP – Lundy’s to a man. The writing is literally on the wall for the DUP – and the longer they share power with terrorists the worse things will get for them.
By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2008 at 6:25 am
This one is for those who may have been watching UTV’s "Late and Live" current affairs programme.
This was on our screens last night and it was sheer bliss to behold. Absolute garbage – but of the highest order. The idea behind this programme is to create a "lively" current affairs programme by having a panel of "experts" and then a studio audience of people with strong views on the themed debates. The panelists were brilliant – we had a left-wing Professor from Queens University, we had the editor of the Northern Ireland version of the left wing Daily Mirror, we had a business woman "with lots to say" and finally, to add even more weight, a female Radio DJ. (There is normally a celebrity hair-dresser on the panel, which is even better) How can you top that then for gravitas? The debates were as equally illuminating as the panel!
Up first – "Estate Agents – should we have any sympathy for them now that the market is in turmoil"?
LOL – they even had a few estate agents in the audience. The experts agreed that estate agents deserved all they got and that the banks were also bad because they didn’t pass interest rates cuts on.
Next – the needs of gypsies – ooops, I mean the "travelling community". The panel were in harmony – those of us "in the settled community" need to "sit down and talk" to travellers to make sure that as as society we fully meet the travellers needs. Perhaps all Councils should be forced into making special provisions for travellers went the debate – no one took issue. Oh god.
Then, to wrap up, sunbeds – just how lethal for you are they?
Not as hazardous, I would suggest, as watching UTV current affair programmes late at night.
By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2008 at 4:29 am
During the course of the campaign for the U.S. Presidency at times I have wondered if any of the candidates was really a serious person. Perhaps they engage in their petty disputes, wedge issues and often empty promises because we the people are not serious, or not serious enough. Whatever the reason, they seem to spend less time on serious issues and more time on less serious ones.
One of the serious issues they spend little time on is food. I don’t mean the ethnic/regional pandering of munching a cheesesteak, a bagel, a slice of pizza or clam chowder. I mean food prices, food aid, starvation and hunger.
Food Aid is of course, like all of our endeavors, subject to scrutiny. Over 800 million people are undernourished in the world today. I’ve seen figures that 16,000 children die a day of starvation or a lack of food related cause. As a recent father, I can’t imagine watching a child die from such an avoidable fate. Clearly food aid can offer urgent and needy short term benefits. But it can be badly managed, and actually ruin the economies where it seeks to do good. A cycle of food aid dependence does no one any good. We are at a point in history where scarcity is not the real issue, price is the issue, and the politics of food aid.
If any of the candidates from either party has offered a serious proposal on the world food price crisis, I have missed it. I think that a serious leader in this new century, especially from the U.S. whose food aid is more than 50% of the world’s total. I am not expecting Clinton, Obama or McCain to suddenly divide a few fish and loaves and feed the world. I presume that people will come down on this issue along some party line (the socialist policies are to blame or the capitalists greed is to blame), but a real leader would seek not only to tackle the issue, but to convince people of the right way to manage the issue. It is as complicated as it is urgent, and one which does not really provide an opportunity for normal politcal grandstanding. Which may be why the topic will remain in the background, along with the dead and dying.
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 5:25 pm
We all know how decent the majority of Palestinians are. That’s why the "international community" insists that they are given a State. Right?
So, please explain why the percentage of Palestinians who support "resistance operations" against Israeli targets rose from 43.1 percent in September 2006 to 49.5% at present. Support for this option was highest in the Gaza Strip, at 58.1%, with 24.5% in the West Bank agreeing. Palestinians who support bombing attacks against Israeli civilians rose from 44.8% in June 2006 to 48% in September 2006 and to 50.7% now. Again, more Gazans support these operations (65.1%), compared with 42.3% of Palestinians in the West Bank.
Give these people a State? Pul-lease. They are savages who appear to delight in the deaths of innocent Israelis.
Hat-tip to Little Green Footballs.
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 12:04 pm
I thought this was rather excellent….!
"Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science.
The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons. "
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 11:30 am
Martin McGuinness – why he’s the smiling face of IRA/Sinn Fein – he’s the man who co-occupies the highest political position in Northern Ireland – he’s the man the DUP has forged such a close relationship with – and bad unionists like me are told we must just swallow hard and accept McGuinness as Deputy First Minister. But I do not accept that this man, and his terrorist ilk, should have any role in Northern Ireland political life. Why? Here’s a reason;
On Remembrance Sunday in November 1987, the IRA bombed the Remembrance Day commemoration parade in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. It was one of the most notorious attacks of the "Troubles". All 11 people killed were civilians. Aileen Quinton – a long time ATW reader – lost her mother that dreadful day. There was worldwide condemnation. For the IRA, the attack was a tactical disaster of monumental proportions. For the victims it was the sudden and unimaginable loss of loved ones.
A new report indicates that three IRA active service units are believed to have been involved – one in the north (Fermanagh) and two in the south (Donegal and Monaghan). A second attack on another Remembrance Day parade in the border village of Tullyhommon, in Fermanagh, was also planned but the bomb failed to go off. Clearly the two attacks were co-ordinated.
So, who could have been involved in the co-ordination and authorisation of such unbelievable savagery?
Detective Chief Superintendent Norman Baxter, who investigated Enniskillen and has studied contemporaneous intelligence reports, says that prior to the bombing there were deliberations at a very senior level within the IRA. "The calculation was taken as to the number of casualties they could inflict on the civilian population against the number of casualties they could inflict on members of the security forces. And they decided that the risk was worth taking," he said. "The civilians were collateral to the bomb but they were prepared to accept the number of casualties." Det Ch Supt Baxter said: "Northern Command had a knowledge of the attack prior to it taking place. They didn’t stop it".
British and Irish security sources on both sides of the border have told investigative journalist Peter Taylor independently that Martin McGuinness, now Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, was the leading figure on Northern Command at the time of the attack.
Intelligence reports record that three days before the bombing, McGuinness was stopped in a car by Irish police on the Donegal border. He was with three members of the IRA who were based in the south. The subsequent intelligence assessment was that McGuinness was going to be briefed about the Remembrance Sunday attacks.
In the hours after the bombing, sources say that McGuinness travelled to Fermanagh to question members of the local IRA unit to find out what had gone wrong. McGuinness has said that if he did go, it would have been in his Sinn Fein capacity. Reports also indicate that the day after the bombing, he went to see the officer commanding the IRA’s Donegal unit for the same purpose. Finally, in the wake of the bombing, Gerry Adams and another senior IRA figure are reported to have discussed declaring an IRA ceasefire to try to mitigate the political damage, but McGuinness was against the idea.
So, in summary, the monster who approved the slaughter of the innocent at the cenotaph in Enniskillen is now basking in world acclaim as the acceptable face of the new Northern Ireland.
It makes me sick. We live in a fallen world folks, and nowhere is this more apparent than in gazing at what is presented as progress here in Northern Ireland.
I don’t need to "keep up" with each of these events since I have been saying for YEARS just how malignant McGuinness, Adams and the rest of the crew really are. Having their acts of evil confirmed only reinforces my view that the entire political process here is a monumental fraud – it’s a victory for bombers and gunmen -and a defeat for those who seek justice.
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 9:16 am
I know that it’s terribly unfashionable here in peace process Northern Ireland to point out that that having Irish republican insurrectionist rabble in government is a VERY bad idea, destined to lead to chaos and abysmal decision-making. Still, those in the DUP and UUP who like pretend otherwise have been rather exposed in their complacency by…erm, the Deputy First Minister himself, IRA godfather Martin McGuinness! (Here’s a nice pic of young McGuinness in full Provo regalia sans mask – his belt seems a bit of a fashion disaster)
"The march towards Irish reunification is unstoppable. I have no doubt about that. The people who know that best are not the people here tonight or the people who vote for us but they are the people who vote for the DUP or the UUP. "There are unionists who believed that if you give power to nationalists it means the end of the union as they know it and they are absolutely right,” he said.
Cheers Martin, I appreciate your confirmation of what I have been saying for a long time, but denied by unionist politicians and the rancid MSM.. Now, can we please dispense with the patent nonsense that having terrorists in government is the sign of a healthy society. They should be in prison, or, in the case of the IRA commander who OK’d the Claudy atrocity, at the end of a a rope. Fair enough? Can we also be clear that the words of th Deputy First Minister make it vividly abundant that the so-called Good Friday Agreement is NOT a final settlement but rather a transition mechanism towards removing Northern Ireland from the Union – as some people around here argue!
Hat-tip to Slugger O’Toole.
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 7:15 am
I see that Iris Robinson, wife of new DUP Leader and soon to be new First Minister Peter Robinson has been hitting out at British government "smear stories." It appears that malicious stories suggesting that she was beaten by her husband Peter were put about by sources within the British government back in the days when she and Peter opposed government policy.
Can’t say I am surprised at this – the Northern Ireland Office is full of vipers after all. However, I wonder if Iris has really thought this one through? I mean, if the government was able to do what she suggests and use it’s media clout to put about false stories smearing her and Peter when they held the wrong kind of views, is it at all possible that government might use exactly the same influence to put about equally false stories praising them for their new found courage in now holding the right kind of views?
I also note that Iris wanted to hold a Ministerial position in the Paisley-created Executive – clearly being an MP, an MLA and a Councillor with all the associated salaries was not enough for Iris. She just wants to do good. Right.
By ATWadmin On April 21st, 2008 at 6:59 am
Here’s an interesting argument from Camille Paglia why women should NOT vote for Miss Hillary…
Hillary’s voter base consists of middle-aged to elderly white women who identify with her caustic, stubborn, bulldog resilience. Humiliated and upstaged by her philandering husband, Hillary is the champion of an army of women who were stymied, betrayed or outmanoeuvred by men. Over the past year, whenever her cowed male opponents mildly rebutted Hillary in debate, her campaign jumped into über-feminist mode: male bullies, they screeched, "ganging up" on a helpless damsel.
Losing ground with other core groups – notably her own cohort of upper-middle-class, baby-boom career woman – Hillary played the gender card to the max. When polling showed she had seemed too harsh to the caucus-goers of Iowa, she rolled out teary eyes for New Hampshire, which handed her a primary victory. Hillary will scratch, claw, and morph through every gender trick if it rakes in votes.
Make sure you read the rest of this as it is a fair enough critique of Hillary Clinton but then again Paglia supports Obama and HIS candidature is every bit as problematical than Clinton’s. She’s a bit quiet about that!