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When actors could sing and act

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2008 at 3:10 am

and weren’t preaching politics, besides This song just touches me….

ATW Friday Night Jukebox Part Two

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

WITHOUT meaning to come on all Daytime TV, it’s confession time. Now having grown up with with one older brother into Led Zep, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath and another into Ska and Two Tone, it’s fair to say I was into better stuff than your average when I were a wee nipper. However, this was the first track that I knew every word to, every single word – yeah, it was popular at St Patrick’s Youth Club. Having fished it out, I still know it. And you know what? It still sounds pretty good.


ATW Friday Night Jukebox

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

LET’S crank it up a touch with – possibly – America’s greatest Rock band.

‘Israel has reached the end of the road’

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Thousands of Iranians held a protest rally in Teheran Friday against the blockade of the Gaza Strip, while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel had “reached the end of the road.”

The protested chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” as they demonstrated on streets leading to the Teheran University compound where the weekly Friday prayer service is held.

Also attending the rally, Ahmadinejad told reporters that the Israelis “have reached the end of the road and their abnormal behavior is due to anger and even their supporters are shaky in backing them.

“By committing these atrocities they want to pressure the Palestinians to influence their elections.”

Ahmad Khatami, conducting the Friday prayers, slammed the “United Nations, Organization of Islamic Conference, Egypt, the Europeans and United States” for their inaction on Gaza.

“Why are the UN and OIC keeping silent? Where are the European nations who are the defenders of human rights?” Khatami said in his sermon, broadcast live on state-run radio and quoted by AFP.

“We can see the hands of (US George W.) Bush and (president-elect Barack) Obama in these crimes,” he said.

Khatami criticized Egypt’s leadership for closing down the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip, saying that “by doing this they are cooperating with them (Israel).

“I am telling the Gazans and Palestinians in the occupied territories that the only way for salvation is by resisting the way Hizbullah did,” continued Khatami.

A Fine Choice By Ron Paul

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

WHO IS your Man Person of the Year? Rare are my warm thoughts towards men with the middle name ‘von’ but I’ll always make an exception for this particular nominee. Time Magazine has been doing the asking and Ron Paul has pitched in with Ludwig von Mises. Ron Paul says:

Amid a horrific financial crisis, all we hear are calls for more of the money-printing, spending and subsidies that created this mess. So I choose my great teacher, Ludwig von Mises, champion of the Austrian School of economics, who taught us how a central bank like the Fed causes booms and busts and how to build prosperity through sound money and economic freedom.

Well said and a splendid choice in these times. Who would you nominate? 

ATW Friday Night Open Thread

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Excuse me, I’ve been rather busy all day, allow me to get my bearings:

1. wheels of capitalism oiled for another week – check

2. feeling knackered – check

3. stocked up with curry and booze – check

4. door closed, sod off world, I’m not available – check, check and check

Yes, it’s definitely Friday night. Let’s have an open thread. Fire away …


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 10:12 am

Please excuse the brevity of the posts today but I am just about to catch a carbon-emitting flight to London and will be off-line until tomorrow night. Hope you all behave yourselves in my absence and I will catch up with you then! Be good!!   


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 10:07 am

I rather welcome the candour of the the Irish Labour Party’s finance spokesperson Joan Burton who has warned that the Government is “sleepwalking the country into a depression.” Burton’s comments come after Finance Minister Brian Lenihan last night admitted that the economy is expected to contract by 3% to 4% next year, compared to the 1% contraction forecast in the Budget. The Government is now preparing an economic recovery plan to deal with the fallout, Lenihan said. Finance spokesperson Joan Burton said the latest revelation is very bad news. “The consequences of a 3% to 4% fall will unfortunately mean that a lot more people will lose their jobs.”

She is right and I doubt that there is much that can be done to save them. However all this doom and gloom provides the Irish Government with a very useful mechanism to try and convince the electorate that only EU help can stave off the worst excesses of what 2009 lies in store and THAT means voting YES to the re-run of the Lisbon Constitution.


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 9:59 am

I truly hope that the GOP will pay close attention to the recent set of pronouncements by Colin Powell on how the Party needs to change. And then ignores every one of them. I am fed up with RINO’s such as Colin Powell (and he’s so weak that he’s not even basically a RINO) telling the Party that is has to drift leftwards, more liberal. It does not. It has to stand by solid conservative principles and that means showing real leadership. Ever since he stepped down from military office, Colin Powell has demonstrated a lamentable lack of leadership which is WHY he should be ignored!


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2008 at 9:54 am

Thank goodness for global warming…

“NORTHERN Ireland can expect 50 years of benefits from global warming, with a milder climate, after which worsening changes will bring skin cancer, storms and severe flooding, an expert has predicted. Writing for the News Letter, Galway academic Dr Kieran Hickey says that over the next half century farmers will benefit from a longer growing season and refuced frost.”

Chances are that yours truly won’t be resident on earth in 50 years time so I’m taking this as good news and I only hope he is right.