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TREASURY ACCOUNTS REJECTED…

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2008 at 6:12 am

It says something about the monumental – indeed the historical incompetence of Zanulabour  – when we read that Britain’s spending watchdog is refusing to approve the Treasury’s accounts, compounding a miserable year for Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer!!!

Senior officials spoke last night of a collapse of morale at the Treasury after a string of U-turns and interference by No 10. Mr Darling is fighting a bruising battle with the National Audit Office (NAO), which is unhappy at the way that the nationalisation of Northern Rock is being treated in the Treasury’s books. The annual report from No 11 was published yesterday but, in a highly unusual departure from normal procedure, without the department’s resource accounts.

This government is morally bankrupt but it is also financially inept and when the Exchequer’s OWN accounts are deemed unworthy of independent approval – a first as far as I can see – you can see the depth of the mire into which is has settled.

IN OR OUT?

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2008 at 6:02 am

Poor Obama. Here we are on the 4th July and it looks like he is unsure whether he favours retreat (or in Democrat-speak "withdrawal") from Iraq or not. 

Obama has rushed to clarify his position on the Iraq War after he appeared to wobble on a commitment to withdraw US ground troops within 16 months, a central plank of his candidacy. The Democratic presidential nominee used a press conference to say that the timetable was not set in stone and that he would adjust his plans based on conditions on the ground when he visits Iraq later this month. On his website, Mr Obama promises he "will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months". But he told journalists in North Dakota that those policies could be "refined" in the light of what he finds in Iraq.

Naturally McCain has (rightly) seized on this to highlight just how lightweight Obama is. The "change" that  the Democrat Presidential offers is a depressing one – it is th optimism that perhaps one associates when JFK came to power – but it is a cowering negativity, cut and run, surrender and get out. It’s what appeals to the political left – but is it going to ensure that once again the US people return a Republican to the White House? 

THE ADVANCE OF SHARIA IN THE UK…

By ATWadmin On July 4th, 2008 at 5:54 am

I was saddened but not in the least surprised to read that "the principles of sharia law could play a role in some parts of the legal system", accordig to the Lord Chief Justice. Lord Phillips, the most senior judge in England and Wales, said there was no reason sharia law’s principles could not be used in mediation. The Archbishop of Canterbury prompted controversy when he said use of certain aspects of the law "seems unavoidable".  In a speech at the East London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel,  (Where else?) Lord Phillips said that sharia suffered from "widespread misunderstanding".

There you have it – unreconstructed DHIMMITUDE in the highest legal position in the land. Lord Phillips appears to fail to recognise that Sharia is an all or nothing system. Islam will settle for its gradual introduction, of course, but to think that one can have a little Sharia is a bit like thinking one can be a little pregnant. This sends a signal to the Islamic world – and the signal reads "we submit". Pathetic stuff.

God, First Principles and the 4th of July

By ATWadmin On July 3rd, 2008 at 1:52 pm

The war the American colonists fought for independence from the British Empire was a war about first principles:  “Where did power come from? What defined loyalty?  Who defined the rights between king and subjects?” *

Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1775: “ the sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records.  They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

The  colonists believed, rightfully, that the our freedoms and rights come to us from God. On the birth of America, America’s Founding Fathers confirmed this self-evident truth in the Declaration of Independence which states  that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

And, so it is that America is founded on an idea, not on ethnicity nor territorial expansion,  but on the recognition  that our individual rights  and freedoms come to us from God.

May God Bless America.

* quoted from Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich

HAIL COLOMBIA! (HOWEVER YOU SPELL IT)

By ATWadmin On July 3rd, 2008 at 10:53 am

The welcome news out of Bogota is that Presidential candidate Betancourt, three American contractors and several Colombian military/police hostages have been freed by a stunning rescue by the Colombian military without a shot being fired.  The rebels must not know what the farc happened.  Some of  the hostages have been held for more than five years.  Perhaps this will help finally restore some order and stronger sense of justice to this struggling South American nation.  Three cheers for Colombia and its well executed hostage rescue! 

DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL….

By ATWadmin On July 3rd, 2008 at 8:04 am

When you turn on your TV, be aware you are potentially destroying the planet. Why?

Well, we are informed that the rising demand for flat-screen televisions could have a greater impact on global warming than the world’s largest coal-fired power stations, a leading environmental scientist warned yesterday. Manufacturers use a greenhouse gas called nitrogen trifluoride to make the televisions, and as the sets have become more popular, annual production of the gas has risen to about 4,000 tonnes. As a driver of global warming, nitrogen trifluoride is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, yet no one knows how much of it is being released into the atmosphere by the industry, said Michael Prather, director of the environment institute at the University of California, Irvine.

Who says nitrogen triflouride is a driver of global warming? Where is the evidence? Shall we junk our flat screens? What next – perhaps your PC screen is causing global disaster? Or, and I guess this is also a possibility, some tenured scientists on the make know how to court favourable publicity and potentially increased funding? Just don’t touch that dial…..

GORDON AND GELDOF…

By ATWadmin On July 3rd, 2008 at 7:38 am

Here’s a bit of liberal guilt to lay on you.

"The world’s richest nations will today be told by Gordon Brown to stop backsliding on their pledges to double aid to Africa by 2010. The Prime Minister will risk a clash (Sure) with world leaders at next week’s G8 summit in Japan over their failure to honour pledges to boost aid made three years ago.  Mr Brown is backing Bob Geldof, who warned yesterday that high energy prices are starving the super-poor in Africa. The prominent aid campaigner and the Prime Minister fear that Japan, France, Italy and Canada are using the global economic downturn as an excuse to scale back their aid payments to the world’s poorest countries. They believe the global food crisis makes it even more important to help Africa feed itself and that rich nations will make a catastrophic error if they turn their back on the continent at such a critical moment."

Three points.

1. It is not lack of financial AID thats causes continued poverty in Africa; it is the lack of freedom, liberty and democracy. See under Zimbabwe for more details.

2. What gives Gordon Brown the right to spend MORE of my taxes on his pet hobby horses to salve his liberal conscience? I disagree with the idea of the State giving charity on my behalf.

3. Is Brown and Geldof suggesting that the super-rich Arab Oil States drop the price per barrel of oil to help Africa’s poor? On what planet might this be happening?

4. Throwing more and more cash into the maws of Africa’s corrupt and venal leaders does NOTHING to bring relief from hunger. See under Ethiopia.

Brown is simply trying to win PR plaudits here – it is a cynical grab for good press.

We will not go silently into the night

By ATWadmin On July 3rd, 2008 at 2:01 am

Words that follow are from Glenn Beck, the Song is my nations spiritual anthem, the country was founded by men who’s shadows we still stand in today, and the whole thing has been blessed by GOD

When the clouds are thick and the seas are rocked with storms, Lady Liberty holds her torch as a beacon, as a lighthouse saying "This way. Everything is going to be okay. Just follow the light."

GLENN: What you probably don’t know about this song is that it was first heard by Americans in 1938 but it was actually written 20 years before. It was written after World War I. It was written by Irving Berlin. He wrote it for a play called Yip Yip Yaphank, which is a super, super classic that I wish I could see again. He felt the song was inspired and came from God but because of that, maybe it wasn’t appropriate for Yip Yip Yaphank. But he also had a problem with the song. So he put it in a drawer and there that song sat for 20 years until Kate Smith. Kate Smith, she walked into Irving Berlin’s home and she said the anniversary of Armistice Day which was the end of World War I, was coming up. And they all sensed that World War II was right around the corner. Nobody would know it better than Irving Berlin. He was a young Jewish man who lived in Siberia. He immigrated here to the United States. He loved the country. He was an immigrant. She said, "Irving, I need a song. World War I was over and that was the war that was supposed to end all words and now, Irving, you feel it and I feel it. War is coming again and great evil is gathering on the shores of Europe." She said, "I need a song. I need a song. I want to sing it for the anniversary of Armistice Day, she said, but I want something that will convince America that America’s going to be okay. It doesn’t matter if war is coming. It doesn’t matter if Hitler is coming." He said, "Kate, I don’t really have anything like that." She said, "Come on, Irving." He thought back. He said, "You know, I wrote a song about 20 years ago. I don’t know." He said, "I don’t feel comfortable with it." She said, "Why not?" He said, "It’s not right. I don’t have it down yet." And he said, "The lyrics are more of a prayer than anything else." And he said, "As I wrote it, I just — Kate, I don’t think it’s right." He went into the drawer and he dug it out. It was at the bottom of everything. He dug it out and she looked at it. She could sight read. He didn’t need to play it on the piano. She read the lyrics and hummed it to herself. She said, this is perfect. He looked at her and said, "It’s boastful. It assumes that America is blessed and that God continues to bless it." Kate Smith looked at Irving Berlin and said, "Irving, it is, he does, I’m singing it." He reluctantly gave it to her but on an understanding. He said, "Kate, I can’t take money for this song." She said, "Irving, but who’s going to get the rights because I’m telling you right now this is going to be a huge hit. Everybody in the country is going to want a copy of this song. Who do you want the money to go to?" He said, "It was inspired by God. I can’t take money for it." He said, "You know what? I know who to give the money to. If this thing does sell, I know who to give the money to."

Well, she sang it. It didn’t just sell. Within a week it was sold out in copies all across the country. People were going into music stores and buying the sheet music. They were buying anything they could get for "God Bless America." It has sold and sold and sold and sold.

So who got the money? Well, let me play this and enhance the resources of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

HAPPY 4TH of JULY

Unionism Decayed 1997-2007 : Book Review

By ATWadmin On July 2nd, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Unionism%20Decayed.jpgIn his book, Unionism Decayed 1997 – 2007, David Vance describes the hollow, craven nature of the Irish “peace process.”

With wit and exacting detail, Vance lays down for posterity a  blow-by-blow account of Northern Ireland political events from 1997 – 2007.  In his book, Vance articulates a rarely stated truth: after the 1992 IRA bombing on the London financial district, the UK government was unwilling to further invest in the defeat of the terrorists; the Irish “peace process” was never so much about peace, as surrender.   As Vance succinctly states: “ It became cheaper to buy off the IRA than to keep fighting them.” 

Over the past decade, thanks to the “peace process” promoted by the UK government and the Northern Ireland political elite, aided and abetted by both mainstream media and Northern Ireland religious establishments, Unionists have effectively been railroaded. Unionist desire to maintain British identity in Northern Ireland has been relegated to the past, swallowed up by IRA/Sinn Fein objectives.  The critical lesson of Vance’s book is that -as night follows day – surrender follows appeasement.

It’s only been 70 years since Neville Chamberlain sat down with Hitler to sign the Munich Agreement and one would think that the inadvisability of appeasement policies would still be obvious. But, sadly, this is not the case.  Current Western political climate looks favorably on compromises with brutal enemies, favoring the intoxicating promise of “peace” through negotiation.  Appeasement’s Siren Call is that it promises a nonconfrontational  “cheap” approach, the easy out. And so it is that we find ourselves with  the current US Democrat Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, publically stating his willingness to meet, without precondition, with Mahmood Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader openly seeking the destruction of America, the Great Satan.

The role of a contrarian like Vance  – out-of-step with current group-think, at home with unfashionable ideas – is not to assuage the public, nor to persuade. Vance’s value lies in  the actual recording of  the historical  facts. It might take a while, but in the end, facts really do matter and the reality is that appeasement is inadequate and never can stop evil.   When reality finally overtakes wishful thinking, Vance’s book will be there,  providing context and perspective, allowing one to take full stock, to fight back against evil.

F*** OFF – SQUARED

By ATWadmin On July 2nd, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I notice that my rather rudely entitled threat below has caused a bit of a heated exchange between esteemed associates so I dedicate this to you all..