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By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Oh dear! First Hillary Clinton claims to have played a key role in "bringing peace" to Northern Ireland when it turns out that her major achievement was to release balloons! Now she’s been caught out lying through her teeth about the visit she made to Bosnia… and to their credit CBS ruthlessly expose this – just check this out! Hiilary, Obama – just two words that sum up why a Democrat should NOT get near the White House.


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

"I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the white supremacists of South Africa," wrote the letter’s author, Ali Baghdadi. "In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs."

And where did this letter appear? Why on the "Pastor’s Page" of the Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter reserved for Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Obama’s spiritual guru, whose anti-American, anti-Israel remarks landed Obama prompted the presidential candidate to deliver a major race speech last week.

Turns out that Rev Wright’s Pastors’ Page also printed the Hamas charter that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist and compared the terror group’s official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America’s Declaration of Independence.

Nice guy – Rev Wright and to quote Obama, "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother"

Memo to Obama. You cannot dIsown your grandmother because you had no choice in her biological connection to you. The Rev Wright was someone you chose as your guide. Your dissembling proves just how unfit you are to be President.


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

There is a fundamental difference between a blog like this which leads with strong opinionated commentary and those blogs that just collate news and leave it for readers to post their comments. One substantive difference is the time and inspiration is needed on ATW to keep the output fresh, lively, humourous and hopefully entertaining. I was pleased that I made my mind up to force registration recently and I think that this has eliminated trolls and unwarranted nastiness. But I do get VERY down when I find that long standing readers, whose views I respect, decide to jack the towel in. I understand that not all people will get on – I can think of plenty of examples of those of you who read this and yet who enter into some vociferous exchanges with each other. That’s how it is on the net – the rules are kinda limited, it’s kinda the Wild West and all the better for it. You just turn up, type what you want, and then retreat and await a response! But I want everyone to stay in the ATW tent – and wish that I could always make circumstances right for you all individually. But I can’t.

So, ATW has been moving along in one form of another since 2000. We are now at this point where we have loyal readers, a lively commentariat, a good balance of writers and a mission to keep on moving. I am really sorry to lose people along the way and do sincerely hope that those who choose to depart our ranks will return. I always keep the door open. 


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 9:21 am

mosque_islamic_crescent_300x470.jpgHere’s a glimpse of the future. The increasing influence of Islam on British culture is disclosed in research today that shows the number of Muslims worshipping at mosques in England and Wales will outstrip the numbers of Roman Catholics going to church in little more than a decade. Projections to be published next month estimate that, if trends continue, the number of Catholic worshippers at Sunday Mass will fall to 679,000 by 2020. By that time, statisticians predict, the number of Muslims praying in mosques on Fridays will have increased to 683,000.

The Christian Research figures also suggest that, over the same period, the number of Muslims at mosques will overtake Church of England members at Sunday services. The notion of the Islamic crescent flying over Downing Street is not as far fetched as some think as the UK hits for the time when ISLAM is the majority faith. We are being colonised and our political class encourage it, shocking.

We do need to consider the implications this has for the future of our country. If Islam becomes the dominant faith, then on what basis can the UK claim it is at least nominally Christian? And if it is at least nominally Islamic, then why should Shar’ia law not become acceptable?


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 9:14 am

Here we go – you’ve heard of the mad March hare, well, here’s my madness for the month..!


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 8:36 am

At first it just sounds like one of those crazy but true stories.  Thousands of passengers are being forced to hop off buses midway through journeys to comply with EU laws. A Brussels ruling has banned local services longer than 30 miles to ensure drivers don’t spend too long at the wheel. As a result, drivers have to pull in as they hit that limit and order everyone OFF their bus. They then change the route number on the front and invite passengers to jump back ON before resuming the trip.

Western Greyhound has split its Newquay to Plymouth route in three — even though it uses a single driver throughout. Passengers must buy three tickets and break their journey twice. Managing director Mark Howarth said: “It’s a farce. We have to kick customers off as soon as the driver hits the 30-mile limit. "

So far, so bad. This is the sort of  bureaucratic  madness that one expects from the EU – a complete over-ride of common sense. But then I read  Lib Dem transport spokesman Norman Baker blasting the “lunatic law” and demanding an "opt -out". But just one moment. This is the SAME Liberal-Democrat Party which is rabidly pro-EU and the consequential abrogation of British national sovereignty.

Memo to Norman Baker – if we weren’t IN the EU we wouldn’t need to go grovelling to obtain opt-OUTS so that our buses can function normally!


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 8:29 am

This is sweet.

To the locals, the arrival of dozens of gipsies was as unwelcome as it was unexpected. And for one resident of the hitherto tranquil community, it must have seemed like a particularly nasty case of the revenge of the Romanies. For a quarter of a mile from the Warwickshire field the gipsies now call home lies the £1million country retreat of the Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell!

The 30 gipsy caravans swarmed on to the two-and-half-acre field, along with three diggers and a fleet of lorries, vans and four-wheel-drive vehicles, on Good Friday. By their own admission, they hatched a plan over five months to outfox the local authorities who have moved them on from other sites hundreds of times over the last few years. They clubbed together and secretly bought the plot a year ago for, according to them, £12,000, but waited until Easter to move knowing council enforcement officers would be on holiday and no one would be there to stop them.

Despite not having planning permission to turn the field into a permanent camp, they swiftly laid on water supplies, installed electricity cables and put down hardcore bases for the £6,000-each caravans of 16 Romany families who will live there.

Hope Tessa will be popping round to greet her new neighbours – after all, we mustn’t be judgemental, must we?


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 8:12 am

The National Union of Teachers really IS a bastion of the unreconstructed marxist hard left. As mentioned here a few days ago now, some teachers are accusing the Ministry of Defence of using "sophisticated" methods to lure youngsters, often in deprived areas, into the armed forces! National Union of Teachers delegates in Manchester will debate a motion later calling for an end to "recruitment" in schools in England and Wales. Teachers say pupils are not made fully aware of what they are signing up to. In fact, there is NO recruitment to the armedn forces as they loonns suggest but it is the very presence of armed forces personnel in schools which enrages the NUT. The truth is that the NUT epitomises the unpatriotic left at its most repulsive. They’re not remotely interested in improving the standard of the education of our children but they are very concerned as to how they can best indoctrinate them. Personally I believe union membership and being a teacher is incompatible and the NUT members should be given the choice.


By ATWadmin On March 25th, 2008 at 2:44 am

From Benedict XVI, via Hugh Hewitt:

Here is a portion of the entry for March 18 of Benedict XVI’s 1990 book, Co-Workers of the Truth:

    "In our time, the word “hope” has become a kind of magnet that attracts to itself all manner of intellectual movements. … Since the revolution of 1789 and even more through the teachings of Hegel and Marx, the dominant theme of world history has become the building of a new world…. No century before ours has known such brutal means of torture, murder, and human self destruction…. Christian hope has nothing to do with anarchy or fanaticism…. To be a Christian means to be realistic. The Christian does not flee to utopia and does not let the present world go to ruin in the name of utopias. His life is built day by day on love and responsibility. Without such Christian realism and the humble love in the small coins of everyday life, the great treasure of new life and its eternal love cannot come into being."

(my emphasis) 



By ATWadmin On March 24th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

My Jewish friends have a simple formula by which they analyze political/world developments – Is it good for the Jews?  That sentiment is embraced, with a bit of our plastic paddy twist, by Irish-Americans, in this year’s presidential elections.

Hillary Clinton lists her contributions to the NI peace process as among her foreign policy achievements.  Reading her campaign literature, one might conclude she not only brought about the peace process, but that she invented Guinness and drove the snakes out of Ireland.  Considering she lives with a snake, some of this is not plausible.  However, in the celebrity-political culture, her photo ops have been turned into "decisive support" by no less a figure than John Hume, and Ahern, Adams and even Paisley have sung her praises (Trimble is apparently isolated in this reagrd, being the lone dissenting voice).  Her call for close ties and business partnerships seems in two words:  vague pandering.

Senator Obama, or O’bama in certain circles, has a NI policy that seems to consist of "Hillary exaggerates".  This is neither news or an effective policy.

John McCain has given ear and some voice to the undocumented Irish in the U.S., which probably hurts him more here than it helps him.  I will say that whatever his failings in any area, his speech to the American Irish Fund on St. Patrick’s Day 2005 (with Gerry present and unamused) interjected a level of reality into IRA terrorism that often times is missing from certain Irish-American gatherings.  He called the IRA cowards and condemned not only the IRA, but those political organizations that would associate with it.

The Irish-American vote is not one voice, and runs from the very liberal to the very conservative.  I doubt an appeal to Irish-American voters as a bloc is a successful appeal due to the divergence of opinion.  While NI is not first on the list of any US presidential candidate’s concerns, it is at least on the list.  I know how the campaigns are viewed here, but would be curious to learn how they are viewed in NI in terms of impact, if any, on NI.