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ON A BENDER

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 11:25 am

Did you see that dozens of senior civil servants have accepted lavish corporate hospitality including trips to Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show and invitations to watch England, Chelsea and Manchester United play?

The greatest beneficiary of corporate largesse was Sir Brian Bender, permanent secretary at the Department for Business and Regulatory Reform, according to the hospitality register published yesterday. He disclosed that he had accepted 52 invitations in a year, including attending a garden party as a guest of BT, tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show courtesy of Tate & Lyle, a reception and a concert as Shell’s guest and a visit to the Derby, funded by Vodafone. Sir Brian, 59, accepted invitations to 13 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 15 dinners over the 12 month period.

I was amused by the excuse offered up by government that all this lavish free-loading was essential in order that “networking” could be maintained.

Bottom-line is that there is NO such thing as a free lunch. This activity should be banned forthwith.

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE CREDIT CRUNCH

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 11:15 am

Sure, times may be hard for Mr and Mrs Average here in credit crunch Britain but hey, cheer up, some people are doing VERY well indeed.

“A family of asylum-seekers whose children were forcibly detained for two months in a UK immigration centre have been paid record compensation by the Government. In a landmark settlement, the Congolese family have been awarded £150,000, believed to be the biggest payout over the unlawful detention of child refugees seeking asylum in Britain.

Lawyers and immigration campaigners said the settlement could lead to dozens more compensation claims being brought by refugee families with young children who have been detained or are still locked up in the UK asylum system. It is estimated that every year the Home Office authorises the detention of 2,000 child immigrants. One firm of lawyers said it was already preparing three separate compensation cases where families had been unlawfully detained.”

Hurray for the Congolese and all those other illegal immigrants! Thank goodness we can at least pay them that which they so richly deserve. Maybe we should increase taxation further to help pay even  more cash to those who flock to our country clamouring for that Welfare fix which government is so keen to provide.  

DARLING TAKES A POUNDING…

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 11:05 am

I read that European finance ministers are planning to round on Alistair Darling and tell him to bring the pound back under control, in what many fear could represent the opening salvo of a “currency war”. No doubt about it but the slide in the Pound is bad news, except for the fantasists in Government. I know so many fellow business people who are suffering from the exchange rate chasm this fall in the value of our currency has opened up and the spurious nonsense that British exporters will more than make up for this systemic shock needs ruthlessly exposed. There may be some UK business which benefit from a weak and plunging pound, but there are many more who suffer.

LOVE ON THE ROCKS…

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 10:56 am

The BEST decision I ever made was to get married! 

I accept marriage is not for everyone but I think it can be good for anyone! But I was not surprised to discover that married couples are in a minority for the first time since records began as fewer people choose to tie the knot, new figures indicate.

They showed that couples are less likely to get married now than ever before, with the number of weddings at a 100-year low. The marriage rate, a more accurate guide to the long-term trend, also fell sharply to a record low in 2007. Experts say that since the number of marriages is closely tied to the fortunes of the economy the proportion of married couples is likely to shrink even further in 2009. Only one in 50 single women now marries each year, and only one in 43 single men. Those are the lowest marriage rates since they were first calculated in 1862.

I guess that just makes me very lucky that I  found the woman I wanted to spend all my life with. I am convinced that marriage, when properly entered into, is the very best institution one can be part of and I salute all my married friends who like me enter their third decade of life together as man and wife. Come what may, I married for life and when they do finally nail the coffin down on me I know that I will have died as a fortunate man.

WHAT A WASTE

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 10:51 am

It’s just SUCH a waste..

“A 13-year-old boy has become a father, it emerged today. Alfie Patten is now a parent to Maisie Roxanne after his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth four days ago. The baby-faced 4ft teenager said he was determined to be a good father even though he has no money and only occasionally gets pocket money from his father.”

What can you say?

The parents of this boy turned father should feel awful as at least three lives are being ruined here because of casual illegal and inappropriate sex.

We can only hope…..

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 10:51 am

 

So Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne Bradley believes that her client Binyam Mohamed is near to death’s door after his extensive foreign travel to seek enlightenment with islam, capture and subsequent confinement, vicious and continued torture, decison to go on hunger strike at ‘Gitmo, and general feelings of unhappiness!


 

 

Well, as I said in my heading, “We can only hope!!!”

Up Yours, Jacqui!

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 9:27 am

As Zanu Labour has now determined that free speech must become the latest casualty of the necrotic presence of Islam in this country, I have decided to show ATW readers Fitna in order that they can determine for themselves the darker side of this so-called ‘peaceful’ religion.

The film comes in two parts.

Part 1:

 

 

Part 2:

 

Please be aware that both films show extremely graphic and deeply upsetting images and will therefore be unsuitable for people of a sensitive nature.  Please refrain from showing these films to a minor.

Happy Birthday to a Truly Great Bastard

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2009 at 3:34 am

 

A Long Read but Worth It!

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday was today February 12th 200 years ago. Lincoln was the right man at the right time. A home schooled Self taught Genius that presided over the bloodiest time in American History.

The Civil War was really about states rights so in one aspect you can say the War was really lost by both sides. It was the beginning of the death of Federalism. Though history looks at it as a victory and it truly was.

It kept the nation together, and ended slavery in the civilized world.

But let no one sell you this crap about this wise man that fought a war for the nobility of freeing a race of people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Lincoln was the Bastard of all Bastards, and he got himself written into history as one of the greatest presidents. He was a brilliant man with a set of iron balls that must have clanked when he walked.

He won the Presidency through the Lincoln -Douglas Debates which no modern politician would do today they actually spoke about issues, imagine that.

Drawing on remnants of the old Whig, Free Soil, Liberty and Democratic parties, he was instrumental in forming the new Republican Party. In a stirring campaign, the Republicans carried Illinois in 1854 and elected a senator. Lincoln was the obvious choice, but to keep the new party balanced he allowed the election to go to an ex-Democrat Lyman Trumbull. How many of today’s egocentric gits that run for office would give someone else their seat for the good of the party.

With the emergence of the Republicans as the nation’s first major sectional party by the mid-1850s, politics became the stage on which sectional tensions were played out. Although much of the West – the focal point of sectional tensions – was unfit for cotton cultivation, Southern secessionists read the political fallout as a sign that their power in national politics was rapidly weakening. Before, the slave system had been buttressed to an extent by the Democratic Party, which was increasingly seen as representing a more pro-Southern position that unfairly permitted Southerners to prevail in the nation’s territories and to dominate national policy before the Civil War. But they suffered a significant reverse in the electoral realignment of the mid-1850s. 1860 was a critical election that marked a stark change in existing patterns of party loyalties among groups of voters; Abraham Lincoln’s election was a watershed in the balance of power of competing national and parochial interests and affiliations.

The North and the West were becoming Industrial but industry and oil were still in their infancy. The nation needed the Cotton revenue.

Douglas had infected a few to many people that believed as a democracy they could succeed if they chose. This of course was bull. A house divided can not stand.

To preserve the house Lincoln did what he had to do. The birth of the Republican Party was a death knell to the Democrat party at the time, and Seven States declared they would secede if Lincoln won the Election. When he did win both Lincoln and his predecessor Buchanan refused to recognize the Confederacy.

President-elect Lincoln evaded possible assassins in Baltimore, and on February 23, 1861, arrived in disguise in Washington, D.C. At his inauguration on March 4, 1861, the German American Turners (What today would be special forces) formed Lincoln’s bodyguard; and a sizable garrison of federal troops was also present, ready to protect the capital from Confederate invasion and local insurrection.

By the time Lincoln took office, the Confederacy was an established fact, and no leaders of the insurrection proposed rejoining the Union on any terms. No compromise was found because a compromise was deemed virtually impossible. Buchanan might have allowed the southern states to secede, and some Republicans recommended that. However, conservative Democratic nationalists, such as Jeremiah S. Black, Joseph Holt, and Edwin M. Stanton had taken control of Buchanan’s cabinet around January 1, 1861, and refused to accept secession. Lincoln and nearly every Republican leader adopted this position by March 1861: the Union could not be dismantled.
In July 1862, Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act, which freed the slaves of anyone convicted of aiding the rebellion. The goal was to weaken the rebellion, which was led and controlled by slave owners. While it did not abolish the legal institution of slavery (the Thirteenth Amendment did that), the Act showed that Lincoln had the support of Congress in liberating slaves owned by rebels. In that same month, Lincoln discussed a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation with his cabinet.

“I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” … My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.”

The Emancipation Proclamation, announced on September 22, 1862 and put into effect on January 1, 1863, freed slaves in territories not already under Union control. As Union armies advanced south, more slaves were liberated until all of them in Confederate territory (over three million) were freed. Lincoln later said: “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper.” The proclamation made the abolition of slavery in the rebel states an official war goal. Lincoln then threw his energies into passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to permanently abolish slavery throughout the nation.

This is when the fun really began Lincoln Tossed away the Right of Habeus Corpus, which meant he could have you locked up and never even charge you. And he did it several times.
The South had Chosen Lee to run their Army so for his betrayal Lincoln ordered the Union Dead buried in the Front Lawn of his family estate. You might of heard of it. They called it Arlington. And the first soldiers were buried twenty feet in front of his porch.
One person running for Governor of Ohio Clement Laird Vallandigham, was so outspoken that Lincoln had him locked up and deported to Canada. When he continued to rabble rouse in Canada they threw him out and Lincoln locked him back
up.

The war was getting Bloodier and bloodier with each major engagement. Gettysburg was so bad no one wanted to join And when getting people to join was next to impossible they used a very political draft to fill the ranks. This draft caused riots from the Irish in NY during which the navy was ordered to fire on the cities Irish quarter to end the rioting.

Lincoln during the war was plagued by Generals who refused to engage the enemy the worst of these was McClellan (the man who truly invented hurry up and wait) He had several chances to end the war and refused to engage the enemy.

In walks Grant, Grant first reached national prominence by taking Forts Henry and Donelson in 1862 in the first Union victories of the war. The following year, his celebrated campaign ending in the surrender of Vicksburg secured Union control of the Mississippi and—with the simultaneous Union victory at Gettysburg—turned the tide of the war in the North’s favor.

Named commanding general of the Federal armies in 1864, he implemented a coordinated strategy of simultaneous attacks aimed at destroying the South’s ability to carry on the war. He Ordered Sherman’s March to the Sea one of the greatest campaigns ever. In 1865, after conducting a costly war of attrition in the East, he accepted the surrender of his Confederate opponent Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.

Many of the politicians and other Generals hated Grant and complained incessantly to Lincoln that he was allowing the war to be run by a Drunkard. Lincolns response was “find out what he’s drinking and send a case to every commander I’ve got”

There was no bi-partisanship in Lincoln’s government, Which made me laugh today when Obama said there was. If you spoke against the war you were locked up period.

Lincoln stuck to his guns and lead the country through it’s bloodiest war and never flinched.

God Bless you President Lincoln, we need politicians of your fortitude now. As the nation is on the very eve of self destruction, once again at the hand of the Democrat Party. Material for this Article was pulled fro the National Archives and Wiki

 

DUTCH COURAGE?

By ATWadmin On February 12th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Here are images of how those who follow the religion of peace in Holland react to Geert Wilder’s suggestion that Islam may have a few anger management problems! Where did he get that idea??

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST…

By ATWadmin On February 12th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

They just keep falling, don’t they?

Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination as Secretary of Commerce. Gregg cited “irresolvable conflicts” with Obama on “many critical items of policy,” including the Democrats’ pork bill and the census.

But, but, Gregg was The One’s nominee and now he has “irresolvable conflicts” with him?

Oh my – say it ain’t so! Just how MANY failed nominations has Obama made and why is the MSM so strangely mute about this farce? This a disaster-strewn beginning to his reign.