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By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Phew, thought I was going to miss this! I was told yesterday that the final one of the original Drifter’s had died and so I wanted to post this…listen to those soulful harmonies! Another reason I like the Drifters is that the lead singer reminds me of my long deceased Uncle Norman! Now, he wasn’t coloured but there is a facial resemblance and similar smile! He was a jazz saxophonist in one of the Big Bands that were part of the music scene here back in the 1960’s. 

Nothing is Very Noble or Very Peaceful about Noble Peace Prize

By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Scott over at Powerline puts Al Gore’s win in proper context:  "Today’s award to Al Gore and the IPCC "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change" fits in with a subset of cosmopolitan frauds, fakers, murderers, thieves, and no-accounts going back about twenty years:

2005 MOHAMED ELBARADEI (joint winner). He’s done such a nice job with Iran.

2004 WANGARI MAATHAI. The Kenyan ecologist peacefully teaches that the AIDS virus is a biological agent deliberately created by the Man.

2002 JIMMY CARTER JR., former President of the United States of America. A true cosmopolitan, he has undermined the foreign policy of his own country and vouched for the bona fides of tyrants and murderers all over the world.

KOFI ANNAN, United Nations Secretary General. Among other things, they have respectively served as the vehicle for, and presided over, one of the biggest scams in history.

1994 YASSER ARAFAT (joint winner), Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO, President of the Palestinian National Authority. He was a cold-blooded murderer both before and after receiving the award.

1992 RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM, Guatemala. She is the notorious Guatemalan faker and author, sort of, of I, Rigoberta Menchu."


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

I have a few words to say about the DUP in this morning’s Newsletter…if you want to give it a read!


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

tap.jpgI’m not in the least impressed with the news that Northern Ireland households should not pay any additional water charges until April 2009. The review of water charging was carried out by a team led by Professor Paddy Hillyard. "They are already paying on average £160 per household for their water and sewerage services," he said. The General Consumer Council said the report’s proposed average household bill in 2009 would be £120, instead of the £334 envisaged under direct rule.

Hang on a second. If we are already paying for water, why is it that the amount has to double in 2 years time? Who voted for higher water rates? And if Government has any concern for fairness or indeed the environment, why has it ruled out metering? Surely people should pay for what they use? Isn’t that how we approach payment of electricity? Shouldn’t those who consume the most pay the most? No, because this is a draconian tax on everybody – the way socialists love to do it. It doesn’t matter how reckless one is with regard to the use of the resource, you ALL pay the same tax.


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 11:18 am

Well, THERE’S a surprise! The UN and Al Gore have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Well done say I! It’s great to see the reputation of the Nobel Peace Prize dragged through the dirt and I guess the Burmese Generals must be emerging as strong favourites for next year! The notion that Gore’s global warming alarmism and the UN IPCC (which entertaingly has contradicted some of  Gore’s claims) have made a contribution to PEACE demonstrates just how useless the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has become.


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 8:51 am

This one isn’t hard to figure out.  According to a World Bank report issued last month: "Gaza’s economic backbone and private sector vitality risks collapse if the current situation … continues." The report states that 90% of Gaza’s industrial production has ceased and agricultural output has fallen by 50% in 2007. While the Gazan economy is in free fall, Hamas, the main target of the Israeli sanctions, and its political rival, Fatah, appear to be awash with cash.

You reap what you sow. Gazans love Hamas, so let them NOW starve as Hamas siphons off the $$$millions in cash. Same goes for Fafah in Ramallah. I’m afraid the Palestinians terror-supporting electorate are now getting what they voted for and perhaps an empty stomach may refocus their minds. Then again, perhaps Palestinians really are the most stupid people on this planet. I love the way the Guardian tries to blame Israel for the self-inflicted misery faced in Gaza and Ramallah – old Jew-hating ways die hard, eh?


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 8:30 am

Let’s deal with the cancellation of the "Love Ulster" demo planned for Dublin.

Last year, a peaceful demonstration led by those Ulster folk who had lost loved ones to IRA terrorists, sparked off major violence from republicans rioters in Dublin. All the blame for the shocking scenes lay with the intolerant pro-IRA rabble that attacked Garda, hurled bricks and stones, wrecked cars, and rampaged around O’Connell Street. Now I see that a second demo has been called off, following "a deal" brokered by Jeffrey Donaldson, which seems to pivot around the Irish Government seeking to get financial compensation for the victims of IRA terrorism out of the Libyan Government which had supplied arms to the IRA.

But hang on a second, it was not Libyans who murdered innocent people here, it was the IRA. And it is the IRA that Jeffrey Donaldson now sits in power with. So I think that chasing Libya for a financial pay out is a  a political diversion orchestrated by the DUP and foolishly embraced by Mr Frazer and his friends. Justice will only be done when the guilty IRA murderers are brought to book – wherever they now reside. THAT should be Donaldson’s focus but it may..ahem..cause a little political embarrassment for Paisley and co. So best cut a deal with the Irish Government that might lead to money being sprinkled on victims. 


By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 8:08 am

"Let’s Talk" is Northern Ireland’s version of the more professional "Question Time" political discussion programme and once a month it replaces it. It was on last night and honestly, it just goes from bad to worse. The panelists last night included Marxist former NUM leader Arthur Scargill, some obscure woman who was the runner-up in one of the "Apprentice" series, convicted IRA terrorist and Sinn Fein Stormont Minister Conor Murphy, and Ulster Unionist Minister the ever lugubrious Michael McGimpsey – a charisma by-pass zone all in all!

What got me about this was that Scargill was regurgitating his usual "pro-Strike up the workers stick it up capitalism" rhetoric and the audience massively voted in favour of what he said. To my mind this was a vivid demonstration of the BIAS in the selection process for this audience as Scargill is a massively unpopular personality – except when it comes to BBC Northern Ireland political audiences apparently . Murphy was pathetic, McGimpsey just as bad, and the Apprentice woman was dull as ditchwater. I think that the BBC need to revisit their audience selection process, and stop trawling for clapped out clowns such as Arthur Scargill to fill their panels. That way, we might get something worth talking about.

On a seperate note, Hearts and Minds was excellent last night. In particular, I enjoyed seeing DUP Deputy Leader, the charismatically challenged Peter Robinson, losing his temper with Noel Thompson. Well done to Noel – great interview, rattled the arrogant Robbo and gave me a laugh. Once again, the arrogance of the DUP was exposed for all to see.

Muslims “Reach Out” or Engage in a Hudna?

By ATWadmin On October 12th, 2007 at 4:15 am

I was pleasantly surprised when I scrolled the BBC news headlines today:
“Muslim Scholars Reach out to Pope:”

More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths.  The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians.

Well, that seemed a refreshing bit of good news…and then I read the qualifier:

"As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them – so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes," the letter says.   "To those who nevertheless relish conflict and destruction for their own sake or reckon that ultimately they stand to gain through them, we say our very eternal souls are all also at stake if we fail to sincerely make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony."

Abdul at Hyscience eloquently states the obvious:

“Now, where in the hell, today, are Christians waging war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppressing them and driving them out of their homes? Nowhere!

Suppose you ask yourself where are Muslims waging war against Christians on account of their religion, oppressing them, and driving them from their homes. The answer to this latter question is of course – everywhere on the planet.

So why this ridiculously obvious ruse proposing interfaith dialogue and touchy feelyness?

Sounds an awful like we’re seeing a hudna at work here. According to Islamic law, a hudna can only be agreed to in order to allow the Muslim forces to gather strength.

While the media and some political leaders portray a hudna as a truce or a cease-fire designed to bring peace, a hudna actually refers to a temporary cession of hostilities in order to regroup and to trick an enemy into lowering its guard."

In other words, this dialogue, this “reaching out,” this kumbaya moment, is a sucker punch

well done peter (as ever)

By ATWadmin On October 11th, 2007 at 9:13 pm

"When we pointed out that Hezbollah kills innocent Israeli civilians, and endorses the execution of women and gay people who transgress their extremist interpretation of Islam, we were told things like: ‘That’s good. Society has to have order. These punishments are necessary for the good of society"’


Last Sunday afernoon as the Al Quds demonstration rolled past the counter demonstrators, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell grabbed some placards and went into the thick of it. Care of Harrys Place, he reports on what happened (edited below). Im not sure if im allowed to borrow the pic so if i have to remove it I will.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a paedophile when he attended the Al Quds pro-Palestinian march and rally in London last Sunday, 7 October 2007.The Al Quds demonstration was supported by the left-wing Respect Party, 1990 Trust, Muslim Association of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.The post-march Trafalgar Square rally was addressed by the Respect Party MP, George Galloway, and the former Daily Express journalist, Yvonne Ridley.

"The Al Quds protest was supposed in support of justice for the Palestinian people," said Peter Tatchell. "That’s a cause I support. I am against Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and its divisive Berlin-style wall. But I object to the way the Al Quds demonstration also supports the tyrannical, anti-Semitic Iranian regime and its fundamentalist, terrorist offshoots, Hamas and Hezbollah"

"…I held two placards. One with a Palestinian flag and the slogan ‘Free Palestine,’ and the other with a photograph of a 16-year-old girl, Atefeh Rajabi Sahaaleh, who was executed in 2004 by the Iranian regime for ‘crimes against chastity,’ after having been sexually abused since childhood. Tehran hanged the female victim of abuse, not the male perpetrators. My placard said: ‘Oppose the government of Iran, Support the people of Iran.’



"As soon as I turned up, I was subjected to a barrage of violent, threatening abuse from large sections of the crowd. Some started chanting: ‘Tatchell is a Zionist, Tatchell is a paedophile. Get out! Get out! Get out!’

"Despite this abuse, we handed out leaflets criticising the Iranian regime, which a number of the Al Quds marchers took and read. Following at the back of the march, we were subjected to a torrent of hatred all the way from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. A few of the Al Quds marchers shouted things like: ‘You are all Zionists and CIA agents. How much money did Bush pay you to come here today?’ These people are paranoid and delusional.

"On six occasions, some of the protestors tried to physically attack me and the Workers Liberty activists. It was only police intervention that stopped them from battering us. These Islamists claim to represent true Islam, but in my view they behaved in a most un-Islamic and unreligious way.

"They preach a gospel of hatred and violence against Jews, gay people and even other Muslims who disagree with their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. I am sure most Muslims in Britain would be horrified by their justification of violent extremism.

"Many of the marchers were carrying Hezbollah flags and chanting: ‘We are all Hezbollah now.’ When we pointed out that Hezbollah kills innocent Israeli civilians, and endorses the execution of women and gay people who transgress their extremist interpretation of Islam, we were told things like: ‘That’s good. Society has to have order. These punishments are necessary for the good of society.’

"On a positive note, several of the Al Quds marchers, nearly all women and nearly all wearing the hijab, expressed their support for our protest. One said: ‘We don’t agree with the Iranian regime either. Killing that young girl was wrong.’ Another said: ‘Islam is about love and peace. Don’t listen to the fanatics. We are only here because we support Palestine.’ Such responses were very gratifying to hear," said Mr Tatchell.