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MOTHER’S PRIDE?

By ATWadmin On October 7th, 2008 at 7:05 am

I see that the mother of IRA/Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness has diedShe was 84.

DUP leader Peter Robinson has paid tribute to Mr McGuinness’s closeness to his mother.

I wonder was she proud of the actions of her terrorist son?I think of all those many families in Northern Ireland that lost fathers and mothers at the hands of the IRA commanded by McGuinness and his pals.  Their sorrowing was imposed on them by these callous cowards, their loved ones lives were cut tragically short. Surely the greater shame here is that Mrs McGuinness ever gave birth to the monster that now grieves for her and who preens as Deputy First Minister?

DECARBONISING CAPITALISM…

By ATWadmin On October 7th, 2008 at 6:55 am

At a time when it is becoming clear that the British economy is in recession, and the banking system is in a form of chaos, and the share market is tumbling … what do you think is our key priority? That’s right – setting even more severe ambitions to cut carbon emissions.


The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said a cut in greenhouse
gas emissions of at least 80% by 2050 should include international
aviation and shipping.It said other industries would have to make up any shortfall in those areas.

How shrewd and how very timely. I quite agree and here’s where Government can really set a lead. Why doesn’t it show how serious it is in seeking to achieve this massive reduction in emissions by turning the lights and heat off in all public sector buildings? Then, it could also insist that all public sector workers travel by public transport. This noble sacrifice on behalf of the parasite caring sector of our economy would certainly make us in the wealth-creating sector pay attention. And why stop at 80%? Wouldn’t 100% be a more challenging target? If we ceased all economic activity, a realistic prospect under Zanulabour, then we could get a lot closer to this lofty aim. Thank goodness for environmentalists.

Wall Street tumbles amid global sell-off

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street suffered through another traumatic session Monday, with the Dow Jones industrials plunging as much as 800 points and setting a new record for a one-day point drop as investors despaired that the credit crisis would take a heavy toll around the world. The Dow also fell below 10,000 for the first time since 2004, and all the major indexes fell about 5 percent.

There are two reasons for this. The first it was Congress that caused the crises in the first place, and the same people are now going to be the ones to fix it! Ha HA and Two Barrack Obama is ahead in the polls.

The second reson is even more significant. Obamma has promised over 1 Trillion Dollars of new spending, he has promised to end all tax cuts and close all tax loopholes. The market is simply reacting to the prospect of an Obama WIN.

If he remains strong in the polls and actually wins you will see a collapse of the market like none in history as all the real money is moved to shelters.



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MONDAY MONDAY…

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

HEY BUDDY, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Well folks, another year of ATW on Squarespace has gone by! Time flies when you’re having fun. I will be re-subscribing to the platform which  – although imperfect – is nonetheless stable, professional and I have become accustomed to it!

It is by no means cheap to run but it does hold things together and I hope you enjoy it all. If you do, perhaps you might consider hitting the tip jar today and giving a few Pounds/Euros/Dollars/Iranian Rials etc to ATW to assist in running your favourite drop-in blog!

A Bail Out SitRep

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

So lemme get this straight: Congress had to – just had to dammit – shakedown the US taxpayer for $700Billion or global financial markets would collapse, plunging the world into depression.


A bit like this collapse?


Financial markets continued a fearful spiral Monday as investors focused on the weakened state of the global economy, looking past recent steps by government officials around the world to shore up the financial system.

So lemme get it straight again: the markets are plunging anyway and the American government has dug each American $2300 deeper into the debt hole. To think, some people actually believe that there is no problem that government action will not make worse.

Seperate Nations, Seperate Solutions

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 9:56 am


Leaders of Britain, Germany and Italy joined the French president at a hastily called summit in Paris to discuss the financial crisis facing Europe.


But Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and Silvio Berlusconi all had very different agendas when they sat down to talk together – not least because the crisis has affected each of their countries differently


Who’d have thought that? Who’d have thought that different nations, with different national stories, distinct cultures, different governmental, judicial and administrative systems, different currencies and diversely structured economies would have found the troubles affecting them differently.


Golly gosh!


It rather undermines the case for a pan-EU solution to what are particular local factors. Since they’re also admitting that one-size-does-not-fit-all, it weakens the very case for the EU.

Turn Of The Wrench

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 12:42 am

Wandering through the internet tonight, I followed a tiny, intriguing lane off my main road and ended up at The Dipso Chronicles.  It was an unexpectedly wonderful turn, it’s so rare to find a place so beautifully tended that I had to share it with you when I encountered this post.  Pete Moore immediately came to mind, followed in quick succession by several other manly writers and regular pundits who grace this site. Andy’s a wordsmith of fine order and his entire site is a well crafted statement of his thoughts. There is nothing political to dissect in this excerpt, unless gnashing your teeth over traditional gender related activities juices your gears, I just thought you might enjoy reading something a little different off our well beaten path.

“There is nothing better than a few turns of the wrench for keeping a man anchored in his masculine nationalism, and when a man can live in that, he can truly be at home. We have industry in our bones, we have gears and oils and tunability to thank for our oddly coarse sensitivity, our harsh and unyielding adaptability. Paradoxical? To be sure. But it must have been a thoughtful, careful, and compassionate bunch of men to conceptualize the garish industrialism that has brought us to this particular sense of national confidence and promise that we can harbor. No one slow and brutish could have brought about something as delicate as an engine, those 12 cylinder beauties in the noses and wings of WWII aircraft; the turbo-diesels of today’s massive main battle tanks, whose incredible weight belies their agility and nimbleness. This is why I, we, are at home under the hood and breaking our knuckles. Why a man’s only real comfort zone is in the seat of his rig. Because for those of us who give credit for our prosperity not to god, but to the hand of man himself, a greasy garage floor is the only altar we can take seriously.”

Republicans in Hollywood

By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

The other day I wrote a post  complaining about the informal shunning of Republicans in Hollywood.  

Several ATW readers thought my analysis was incorrect.  Vehemently.  I can’t be right!   There is no shunning because liberals are open-minded and tolerant.  Right??  Hollywood blacklisting ended when the McCarthy Era was put to bed. Right?

Unfortunately, no.  

There is an informal shunning of conservative points-of-view, and an informal shunning of those individuals who express them.  Of course, not all Conservatives are shunned.  And not all Republican opinions are ignored or ridiculed.  But, there is a trend.

Express ideas outside of the Democrat, liberal box and you might be facing some pretty scary censorship.   From UPI.com

Film director David Zucker says conservatives are so uncomfortable in Hollywood that being a Republican is “the new gay. (my emphasis)

“You sort of feel like you have to hide it,” Zucker — director of “Airplane!,” “Top Secret” and “The Naked Gun” — told EW.com. “When you meet, you give each other a secret look, ‘Are you a Republican, too?’ It’s the new gay.” 

Zucker and some of his fellow Hollywood Republicans — including Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper — collaborated on the upcoming movie, “An American Carol” EW.com characterized the movie as “Hollywood’s first unabashedly right-wing comedy.” “

SEX LAWS UNFAIR TO TEACHERS?

By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Should teachers be ALLOWED to have sex with their pupils?

A senior representative of a teaching union thinks they should.

“Teachers should not be prosecuted for having affairs with their sixth formers, a union chief has said. NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said it was an “anomaly” that a
teacher who had sex with a pupil aged over 16 could go on the sex
offenders register. She told ITV’s Tonight programme the law was wrong because a
teacher could legally enter a relationship with a sixth former at
another school. Child protection professionals have criticised her comments. In 2001, the law was changed to make it illegal for teachers to
engage in sexual activity with pupils at their school aged under 18.”

This issue is black and white. Teachers should NOT be permitted to have sex with their pupils since the position of trust that they enjoy with those in the class-room would  be irrevocably violated. It is also an invitation to predatory sexual behaviour and even a paedophiles charter. But it tells you PLENTY about the mindset of these in senior office within the Trade Unionsthat they think otherwise. How would you feel if your child had sex with his/her teacher and it was considered lawful?