Off to record my "If you ask me" contribution for the BBC’s "Hearts and Minds." You can catch it later this evening on BBC2 at 7.30pam and BBC1 at 11.30pm. Hope you will like it – I try to take no prisoners and the script is pretty hard-hitting I think. Not so much room for jokes this time round, recent events preclude that. Also, I will be on the "Nolan Show" on BBC Radio Ulster on Friday am discuss the Budget which Peter Robinson is due to give later. That should be a laugh and I look forward to exposing it in the morning!
Here is a clip from the BBC "Spotlight" programme which questioned the links between the Paisley dynasty and property developer Seymour Sweeney. From my point of view this is damning and any respectable politician would walk the plank after such revelations. However that will not happen here. We have such an arrogant political caste here that this is going to be brushed under the carpet.The BBC and the Belfast Telegraph have shone a little light into what goes on in Paisley-land and I congratulate them both. It’s a giant-sized political disgrace. Give it a view. My thanks to Typhoo for kindly providing this to me.
Hey, do you remember the media hysteria surrounding events in New Orleans following Hurrican Katrina? Do you recall the MSM discussing how black victims had begun eating corpses to survive? Naturally that was just media fantasy but when you are busy trying to blacken the Bush administration, using blacks for cannibalistic propaganda is just part of the play, right?
So how annoyed must the MSM be that those relaxed Californians in the Qualcomm Stadium in southern Californian have not decided to at least start gnawing each other? Jammie Wearing Fool thoroughly exposes the MSM agenda and you should most definitely check out the CNN memo which shows exactly how the MSM contorts truth. JWF is an excellent site and one you should bookmark!
Did you read about the devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children who will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations? Yes, the gay enforcement squad have decided that because this Christian couple will not teach the gay gospel, then they are unfit to foster kids, even though they have been doing it all their lives.
Earlier this year, Somerset County Council’s social services department asked them to sign a contract to implement Labour’s new Sexual Orientation Regulations, part of the Equality Act 2006, which make discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal. Officials told the couple that under the new regulations they would be required to discuss same-sex relationships with children as young as 11 and tell them that gay partnerships were just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. They could also be required to take teenagers to gay association meetings. When the Mathericks objected, they were told they would be taken off the register of foster parents.
Right, let’s be straight about this, if you’ll pardon the expression. These little Hitler’s at Somerset County Council are out to deny need worthy children a loving home because the parents concerned are not prepared to embrace the Gay agenda that our wicked Government espouses. What sort of a society are we building where the needs of gays come before the needs of children requiring a safe and loving home? The Mathericks selflessness and sense of Christian duty means NOTHING to the gay fascist police in Social Services. It’s a disgrace.
I wanted to take a minute out of the blogging day to bestow a new ATW award entitled "The Yellow Rose of Texas" upon a regular reader and contributor to this site who has gone out of their way to further advance ATW stories. Can you guess who it is? Yes – it’s Daphne! Alison has already referred to this and I wanted to ad my tuppence worth as Daphne has played a key role in bringing Alison’s recent blog on Laura Bush to global attention. I think all of us who write here do so with passion and belief - but the really big deal is that so many of you echo this in your own contribituons, and none more so than Daphne. So, at the risk of causing her to blush, ATW salutes you Daphne for all that you do! Now all we need to do is to get some of these blog-monster journals to attribute ATW as the source of their stories!
This ad has been brought to my attention using a poster that shows a newborn with the word "homosexual" written on his wristband. It’s part of a campaign in Italy to suggest that sexual orientation is not a choice and that gays are born as such. I’m with Christian Democratic lawmaker Luca Volonte. who says…" Using newborns to make people believe that homosexual impulses are an innate characteristic is dishonest and a disgrace." Indeed even "Gay philosopher" Gianni Vattimo said the ad was in in bad taste. What’s your take on this one? I can understand why the militant gay uber alles lobby think this is a great idea but as far as I am concerned it is specious propagandising, using an infant, to advance the gay agenda and as such we have a perfect right to condemn it.
This ad has been brought to my attention using a poster that shows a newborn with the word "homosexual" written on his wristband. It’s part of a campaign in Italy to suggest that sexual orientation is not a choice and that gays are born as such.
I’m with Christian Democratic lawmaker Luca Volonte. who says…" Using newborns to make people believe that homosexual impulses are an innate characteristic is dishonest and a disgrace." Indeed even "Gay philosopher" Gianni Vattimo said the ad was in in bad taste. What’s your take on this one? I can understand why the militant gay uber alles lobby think this is a great idea but as far as I am concerned it is specious propagandising, using an infant, to advance the gay agenda and as such we have a perfect right to condemn it.
One can understand why the number of people claiming disability living allowance (DLA) in Northern Ireland is increasing by 1,000 each month. Currently, 174,343 people – more than 10% of the population - are receiving the benefit, the most ever recorded.
And Government could not be more happy. It has shifted people away from unemployment benefit and got them hooked on "disability" benefit instead. Huge numbers of those claiming "disability" put it down to "back pain" and "stress" – both non-specific forms of illness which are notoriously hard for GP’s to definitively diagnose! So the spongers put their claims in and Government happily pays out knowing that the spongers will not be voting for any political party that takes away their "disability" welfare fix. It’s a shame and disgrace that 10% of the Northern Ireland population are being funded in this way, and it does no favours to those individuals who ARE genuinely suffering from real disability and who are much more worthy of some form of assistance. The whole rotten social welfare system needs massive surgery but I’m afraid that far too many people are in love with their State hand-outs, care of those of us who actually generate wealth, and they will continue to claim in ever-increasing numbers.
Blogging is a great way to address any political subject – but i admit I had become a bit disillusioned with it lately. At one point i thought blogging was making an impact on the MSM. Then i saw the MSM try to re-colonise the internet with their own journalist bloggers and comments threads and wondered if there were stories we could sustain. Im reminded yes there are, today. OK im overstating the case a bit here! But I dont care! Im just so excited an issue got picked up and is imprinted on a few more peoples minds. That picture was buried (or cropped). Why? I realise the pictures were taken in UAE not Saudi – but having visited Dubai earlier this year im still struck by how far they went to wrap these women up in shrouds for this picture.
Thank you Daphne who tipped off a few US blogs to the pic yesterday. It was subsequently picked up by Jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com, and then by HotAir, Little Green Footballs, and Drudge. (Only one of whom, Jammie, i think bothered to credit it to its original ATW source but hey. Bloggerheads have taken up the issue of the demise in blogger etiquette generally so no more need be said).
Its the ISSUE here that bothers me and im over the moon it got so much attention. Can you tell?! I dont care who comments on the subject at hand - left, right, MSM, whoever. We seem to find it uncomfortable an issue to raise because in the West we have wrapped it all up as ‘fashion’, religious ‘rights’ or ‘race relations’ – there is a general lack of willing to tackle clerical fascism and Islam, robustly, head on. And NO in doing so im NOT PRO bombing Iran.
I don’t care too much for LGF generally. As anyone who read my old blog will know - but I partly agree with LGFs commentary on this issue today so you should check it out. And I fully agree with Pattys follow up post here. And dammit! Im impressed with Laura Bush. Her choice of outfit colour wasn’t so subtle. I hope this attractive, powerful and smiling lady was an inspiration in the Middle East. She will be if the picture gets the attention and commentary it deserves.
Tip o’ the hat to Noel Cunningham also on this story. (Saudi Arabia a View from Behind the Veil).
A photo speaks a thousand words. I am reposting Alison’s photo – the photo Alison first noticed in the Sun – for several reasons.
First, the photo clearly and unequivocably shows the tragedy that Islamic fundamentalism represents for women. These pitiful, shadowy shapes sitting next to Laura Bush have had their individualities erased; they are enslaved. Also, they are the mothers, sisters and wives of the men in the fundamentalist Middle East; Islamic fundamentalism is a tragedy for Middle Eastern men, as well.
Second, Laura Bush, in her pants suit, represents Western values and freedoms. Tensely smiling, she shares the couch with the black shadow of Islamic fundamentalism, and female slavery. This looks like appeasement to me.
I think the Bush Administration, and the US State Department, view this appeasement as “diplomacy.”
This is a Golden Opportunity, then, for the Left to come out against the Islamic oppression of women AND the Bush Administration! Intelligent people can disagree. Let the debate begin.
Third, Alison, in her original post, observes something very interesting. The grouping of Laura Bush with the black shrouded lumps was subsequently cropped; Laura Bush sits alone in the final photo. Alison observes that this cropping is an expression of “political correctness,” and I think she is right. This photo is deeply offensive to the Westerner. The journalist, seeking to protect Middle Eastern fundamentalists from negative Western opinion, cropped the obvious juxtaposition of slavery next to freedom, of shrouded lumps next to the individuality of Laura Bush.
Political correctness of this sort practiced by journalists is willful blindness and it is killing the West.
Postscript: Kudos to ATW, Alison, and reader Daphne! This photo was picked up by Jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com, HotAir, LGF, and Drudge!
Do I use "Less than Zero" to refer to the Bush approval ratings? Ron Paul’s chances of becoming President? Barack Obama’s substantive ideas? Or Valentine’s Day Cards Bill Clinton Received from Hillary since the Monica Mess? No, gentle readers, I refer of course to the difference between the political parties when it comes to needing money for the campaign process.
The marathon in the United States known as the Presidential Election season has expanded beyond all hope and reason. To Everything There is A Season here in the States has to be modified to read To Every Season There Are Candidates. The cost of running a national campaign is staggering. Television, Radio and Internet. Mailings, rallies, phone banks and staff. Primaries that require get out the vote organizations, legal challenges and costly advertising.
Candidates from both parties spend an inordinate amount of time fundraising. They have no choice. And they go to where the money is – corporations, unions, the wealthy and the organized. As the Good Lord might have said, the rich we will have with us always. Where does that leave the common man?
Campaign Finance Reform works as well as a New Orleans Levee. Whatever rules you create, these folks find away around them before the ink is dry on the new rules. Is there some solution? Revolution is untidy, relocation of the electorate involves moving and I hate packing, and of course Australia is no longer a Penal Colony so we can’t send our politicians there in chains. We simply have to accept the fact that all of our politicians require the money and we have to use our voices (through media, internet and voting) to punish those who unduly abuse the system – even when they are from our side.
What do you, the sensible members of the ATW community think about money and politics?