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By ATWadmin On August 20th, 2008 at 8:33 am

I am pleased to see the British success at the Olympics, though like Mahons I too am operating a one man semi-boycott even though the rest of the family ignore me! However amidst all this Brit medal glory, I have a problem. We constantly hear of the success of Team GB. But my question is; whatever happened to Team UK?

There are athletes competing from England, Wales, Scotland and yes..Northern Ireland. So it is a truly UNITED KINGDOM team that is out there and yet it is habitually referred to as Team GB. GB stands for Great Britain which is England, Scotland and Wales. Do you see the insult this nomenclature represents?  Northern Ireland athletes are as much of  the team as those from any other home nation – so why do we let this pass? I congratulate ALL British athletes – and I wish that we did not all go along with this GB nonsense when in truth this is a UK team and we should demand it is called Team UK. 


By ATWadmin On August 20th, 2008 at 8:17 am

So, former pop star Gary Glitter has refused to board a flight to the UK, saying he was having a heart attack! He was earlier deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls. Glitter, 64, real name Paul Francis Gadd, had arrived at Bangkok in Thailand, where he was to change planes and fly back to the UK. But he refused to leave the airport, demanding to be allowed to stay in Thailand or another Asian country. Thai immigration has declared Glitter “persona non grata” and threatened to return him to Vietnam.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smithh as said on Tuesday it was her view that he should be given a Foreign Travel Order (FTO) banning him from overseas travel.  “I want Gary Glitter to be controlled whilst he’s here and I don’t want him to be able to go anywhere else in the world in order to abuse children,” Ms Smith has also announced plans to tighten controls on the movements of paedophiles. Proposed measures include increasing the length of time an FTO can apply from six months to up to five years and automatically confiscating the passport of anyone subject to an order.

Now I have a few things to say on this,

1. Paedophiles are scum and deserve to be put away for life. End of story. Castration might also be a good idea.  

2. However rapists and murderers are also in this vile category and I see no effort being made to stop them from travelling where they want? If a paedophile is forced to stay in the UK because of his/her crime, why not a murderer?

3. Gary Glitter is a circus freak, I think we can all see that. I have no sympathy at all for him but this is a media frenzy at the moment focused on the fact he is a former pop star career. Every week other anonymous paedos walk free without any attention paid to them.

4. Do you think the State has the right to impose travel limitations of people who have been convicted and paid for their crimes? Or is it OK to single out certain groups for punishment in perpetuity? 

Finally, if Glitter embraced Islam, could he then claim that all he was doing was folllowing the lifestyle chosen by the Mighty Mo?


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I enjoyed this take on GOP hope John McCain

“So, John McCain might pick a running mate that supports abortion rights?, illegal aliens, amnesty, taxes. 

The stunning thing is not McCain’s non-conservative position; rather, it is that some conservatives were actually “alarmed” by his exit, stage left. Example of conservative reaction: “It absolutely floored me,” said Phil Burress, head of the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values. “It would doom him in Ohio.”  With all due respect to Burress and other alleged conservatives, what is there to be alarmed or floored about? John McCain has never been, and never will be, a true conservative….”

Read  more here.  

To my mind, this is going to be a choice between two pretty dire candidates – McCain is bad and Obama is worse. Hard to imagine that a nation as great as the US ends up with these two bozos. Politics corrupts.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Did you see that Islam has gone sporty? Sprinters have long been squeezing their muscular frames into the most eye-wateringly skimpy, tight and revealing costumes imaginable. But one female athlete at this year’s Olympics is bucking the trend for bulging lycra and naked torsos. In 2004, Bahrain’s Ruqaya Al Ghasara, a devout Muslim, was the first athlete to ever take part in an Olympics wearing a hijab.

Today, Al Ghasara won her heat of the women’s 200m sprint at the Bird’s Nest stadium – despite being clothed head to foot. Al Ghasara finished first followed by France’s Muriel Hurtis-Houairi and Sri Lanka’s Susanthika Jayasinghe. Admittedly, Al Ghasara ‘s hijab is a rather sportier version of the traditional dress. Clinging to her body as she powers down the track the hijab completely covers her head, arms and legs. Known as a Hijood – or hijab combined with a sports hood – the costume was specially designed for Al Ghasara by an Australian sports clothing company.

It allows Muslim athletes to compete while still adhering to the strict modesty required of their faith.

I reckon the big challenge is to get the sporting burqa.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Wonder what you make of the news that the human remains of the five women who were buried alive in the Balochistan province of Pakistan have been desecrated by wild animals and the provincial government has done nothing to provide a decent burial for these victims of honour killings?There’s so much wrong here.

First the whole “honour” killings issue. There is, as most of us here agree, NOTHING honourable about honour kiillings. This is just plain sanctioned murder and it is depraved. Why do Islamic teachers not categorically speak out against this? Why the silence? Next, to bury someone alive is wicked beyond belief. What sort of evil drives those who do this?Pakistan is a barbaric hell-hole whose primary export to the world is Jihad and the greater depravities within Islam. It is not our ally.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

WHAT fun these Olympics are! There’s certainly a spring in my step. Each time I tune in there’s another one our boys or girls dashing for the line first, giving Johnny Foreigner what for as the band prepares to strike up God Save the Queen again.

We have swimmers winning double gold, the cyclists have given no-one else a look in, the boaters have swept up, it’s gold in track & field and (shock of shocks) we’re even picking up tin in the gymnastics.

Look, here we are, third just behind the Chinese and Americans:

But Pete, you say, third is third. Indeed, we are in third and not quite on the summit, but it strikes me as vulgar simply to compare the totality of medals won. Much more sporting (and meaningful) is to compare medals by head of population and in this regard it’s Rule Britannia all the way and make mine a double.

To those who point out that funding, money, cash, cold hard blunt has given Our Boys and Girls the competitive edge, I couldn’t agree more. But more than the money, it’s how it’s spent, and here we can be thankful that the government can’t get its cold, dead hands on the drawdown. Professionals are doling it out and the coaches and athletes are getting on with it.

If the state was taxing the rest of us to fund the effort, the money would come with so many strings and targets we’d be watching one-armed immigrants splashing round the pool in circles wearing GB lifejackets. Thankfully, sensible people are now in charge.

Anyway, mustn’t gloat. So let’s sit back, wallow in the golden glow of supremacy, look forward to London 2013 and thank God we’re not Australian.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 7:09 am

I read that so called “Peace activists” planning to land two boats on Gaza’s shores are no better than “pirates” and will be turned back by the Israeli navy, officials have warned.  Quite right too. These terrorist enablers get a pass from an unthinkingly biased international media but their foolish actions can endanger Israeli lives and so  I welcome this approach and only wish that as pirates, they are treated accordingly and made to walk the proverbial plank.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 7:02 am

There is a train of thought that says whilst we may not  be quite ready yet to accept FULL ON Sharia Law, nonetheless we should Muslims operate their own informal social justice systems. Like this?

A devout Muslim ordered two boys to flog themselves until their backs bled during a religious ceremony, a court has heard. In a British legal first, Syed Mustafa Zaidi went on trial for child cruelty after allegedly making the pair flagellate themselves with a bladed whip, as part of a ritual that is centuries old. Zaidi, 44, was taking part in the Ashura ceremony, in Manchester, in which Shia Muslims draw blood by flogging themselves with a whip called a zanjeer.”

Amazing to think that these ancient Islamic barbarities are now practised in traditional English locations such as Manchester. The gift of multiculturalism.


By ATWadmin On August 19th, 2008 at 6:41 am

I see that Russia continues to occupy Georgia in complete defiance of its alleged committments and all the West can now do is talk. The Sarkozy brokered peace deal has been shown up for what it was – rhetorical soft power with no real meaning. Putin has demonstrated just how impotent the “International community” really has become and the most risible comment I heard was from some internationalist saying that if Russia did NOT withdraw it would risk damaging “its’ reputation”. They don’t get it. Russia is now enhancing its’ reputation by proving that the bear is no longer intimidated by paper tigers.  NATO meets today to deal with this – but France and Germany already have flagged up a desire not to actually do anuything that might alienate Russia. Putin must be laughing up his sleeve as this contemptible response to his aggression and expansion plans. Who next?

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency

By ATWadmin On August 18th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Background: I found myself explaining to a close friend, not very long ago,  that I am a Christian in search of a Church.  Raised Episcopalian, I now attend a traditional Methodist Church.  My problem is that in  “post-modern, “ liberal Los Angeles, most traditional churches have adopted a relativist approach to religion; there is no there, there. I find myself searching for an unapologetic place for Christian worship. After our conversation, my friend gave me a copy of a book called A Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.

Apparently, I am not alone in my search for an unapologetic place for Christian worship. Here in the United States, there is a growing, thriving  “nontraditional” Christian community. The largest and best-known of the nontraditional churches is the Saddleback Church in Orange Country, California, founded by Rick Warren.

In addition to the Saddleback Church, Rick Warren founded a network comprised of churches from over 160 countries, from all denominations, numbering in the tens of thousands; the network is  called the Purpose Driven Network. His book, A Purpose Driven Life, is a  runaway bestseller.  
Two days ago, Rick Warren hosted a televised event at the Saddleback Church for the two presumptive Presidential candidates, McCain and Obama.   More of a controlled experiment than a debate,  Warren questioned the candidates separately, in front of a live audience and TV cameras. Warren asked each candidate the exact same questions, and then he sat back and let the candidate answer.

The event was titled  “The  Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency,” and  it was, first and foremost, civil.

In a campaign where much has been said about McCain’s age (and none of it  very good), McCain was fast on his feet, direct, and decisive.  In a campaign where much has been said about Obama’s intelligence, ( and all of it laudatory) Obama was slow, and rambling,  and unable, or unwilling, to provide direct answers.   

Full disclosure: I am a McCain supporter. Seek out the event on youtube and judge for yourself.