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By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

I’ve been away all day – lovely day for flying over the UK! So, a song to relax…..wonder if anyone other than me remembers this? 


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

We Yanks are rolling out the red white and blue carpet for a couple of distinguished guests.  The Pope is arriving today and Bertie Ahern will be arriving shortly thereafter.  The Pope will spend some time in Washington DC and New York.  Bertie will be addressing both houses of Congress.  

I thought perhaps an ATW contest as to a hypothetical greeting by either welcome guest (or both) to the American people would make for a chuckle or two.  The entries will be judged unfairly and with typical bias by your humble author, with extra consideration given to humor, blasphemy, bitterness, and obvious lack of sobriety.  And to demonstrate once again my lack of decency and fair play, I will allow myself to participate in the contest. 

The Game’s Afoot, and will end Wednesday at 12:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. 




By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 10:12 am

I note that a new survey has found that almost two-in-five Irish motorists admit to still using hand-held mobile phones while driving. I’m not surprised, I see it ALL the time. Do you?

This is one area where I really do feel that this activity is a hazard and the police should actively prosecute those drivers who behave in this way. I drive hands-free and yes, I know some suggest that is just as bad but I disagree insofar as I have both hands on the wheel and am in control of my vehicle. The thing that frightens me most is when I see lorry drivers using their mobiles whilst in charge of their huge vehicles. That is blatantly dangerous driving in my view and they should be prosecuted for it. I do accept that a car is a person’s private property but if your child was injured or killed because some clown has been driving whilst talking on the phone with one hand I suggest you may feel otherwise.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 9:57 am

I note that senior bankers are meeting in Downing Street to discuss options for alleviating the credit crisis after a report last night showed the housing market is experiencing the most widespread slump since records began. 

Britain’s housing prices are slumping and give every impression of following that what has happened in the US and Brown in panicking as this will plunge a knife through his puny chances of ever getting back into power come a general election. So HE wants to encourage Britain’s financial institutions to make credit more easily available to mortgage-seekers.

I think this is crazy since it is clear to me that such dodgy lending practises have led to the current crisis and Brown’s solution is more of the same. The simple realities of supply and demand economics confound those like Brown who think they can micro-manage the economy and I fail to see how this situation can correct itself without prices falling, casualties taken, and better lending policies implemented. ALL of this is anathema to Brown. Prudence has been exposed and things will never be the same again for the rabble in power!


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 9:31 am

This is pathetic stuff from the uberliberal Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons. She wrings her hands and moans…

"Guards at the prison housing Britain’s most dangerous terror convicts are "insufficiently trained" in how to combat radicalisation without alienating mainstream Muslims. Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said staff at Belmarsh did not understand the "complexities" of dealing with the maximum security jail’s 200 Islamic prisoners. The 900-inmate jail in South-East London holds a number of convicted terrorists – including some housed in a "jail within a jail". Inmates at the jail include Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada. Mrs Owers said: "This group provided a challenge to staff and managers, both in relation to their own approach and behaviour, and the risk that they might influence other disaffected prisoners. "There was clearly a concern that these minority views should not spread. But conversely there was a real danger that the alienation of Muslim prisoners in general, and the suspicion with which they perceived they were treated, would in fact feed radicalisation." Nearly two-thirds of Muslims said they had felt unsafe and the same proportion claimed to have been victimised by staff.

Look, any Muslims suspected of inculcating radical Islam should be held in total isolation - stripped of ALL privileges. Radical Islam must be confronted and faced down both outside and inside prison. It’s NOT about officer"understanding Islam", its’ about Muslims understanding the rule of British law and the total UNACCEPTABILITY of militant Islam in OUR land. Put ‘em in solitary if they struggle with this concept. It’s time we understood that they view all this liberal hand-wringing as weakness.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 5:34 am

The BBC seem to have missed this one! One of the most vocal scientists in the field of hurricane prediction has backed away from his earlier certainty of a link between global warming and stronger hurricanes after developing a new forecasting technique that suggests a moderate increase – or even decline – in storm activity over the next 200 years. Whoops!

"The models are telling us something quite different from what nature seems to be telling us," Emanuel told DotEarth, the New York Times science blog. "There are various interpretations possible, e.g. a) The big increase in hurricane power over the past 30 years or so may not have much to do with global warming, or b) The models are simply not faithfully reproducing what nature is doing. Hard to know which to believe yet." Emanuel was among the first to publish his belief global warming was responsible for the increased number of tropical storms making U.S. landfall during the 2004 and 2005 season. Mea culpa.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 5:32 am

Let the bells ring out – on the very day that Saint Peter (Robinson) ascends to the DUP throne, companies in the Republic of Ireland were given a green light by the Dublin government to seek to employ a ready pool of available undergraduates in Northern Ireland – without the risk of losing their present tax-exempt status.  Yes, Biffo himself – Brian Cowen, has sallied north to meet Saint Peter and  share in our mutual good fortune. 5000 jobs "could" be created over the next 5 years as a result of this change in the Republic’s taxation laws as it essentially harmonises this aspect of tax. (Bit like the mythical 20,000 jobs that were going to be created in the tourist industry if ONLY we all signed up to the Belfast Agreement)It ALL sounds so good, doesn’t it, a benign Irish government that only wants to help us, right? Or just one more step towards de facto financial unity, with the DUP goons grinning as NI spins OUT of its orbit with the rest of the UK? Ulster Nationalists – beware of them.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 5:31 am

taxDM1304_468x263.jpgLabour came to power in 1997  claiming they would be "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime." All studied lies of course. Have a look at the table attached which shows the vast increase of untaxed motorists driving on our roads and the number of successful prosecutions of such. This escalation of law-breaking has coincided with Labour’s period in power so WHO is fooling WHO?Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime????


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 5:27 am

gordonManchG_435x600.jpgYou know something is fishy when UK PM Gordon Brown declares that keeping the UK economy on track is his "sole focus"!

Really? So, forget all about the threat from Islamic terrorists, forget all about rocketing crime, forget all about the breakdown of families and resulting social tensions, forget all about the loss of UK sovereignty, forget about the tsunami of immigrants, forget all about the failed NHS …. Gordon has his "sole focus" so we can all sleep safely in our beds.


Brown amazes me. He confounds the logic that when you are in a hole you stop digging! He just digs all the faster! He is a wonderful example of a politician promoted way above his natural ability and he will bring ruin on the rotten socialists in Labour. Great news! Unless of course you worry about some of the things that Gordon admits he doesn’t!


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2008 at 5:26 am

revLeeart_0.jpgI see that another prominent Obama supporter, the Rev Eric Lee, has followed in the footsteps of Rev Wright and attacked the Jews.

According to Rev Lee  "‘No! No! No! We are not going to come together. The Jews have made money on us in the music business and we are the entertainers, and they are economically enslaving us."  He continued as to how now the salvation has come and the gates have open for African Americans to come together behind Barack Obama, because now is the time to show them.(meaning the jews). He continued to speak about ‘ White supremacy’ vs the talents and visionaries in the core of African Americans. He demeaned being given freedom, by saying "To what?" to a country that kills women and children."

Obama has some very nasty supporters – he may not choose them all but he does not seem to want to disown them