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By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 10:00 am

takingapillREX_228x300.jpgNow there’s a thing. Making the morning-after pill more readily available does not cut teenage pregnancy rates, a leading healthcare organisation has warned. Wow – what a surprise! Despite the use of emergency contraception doubling in the past six years, research shows it has failed to cut unplanned pregnancies or make any difference in the levels of sexually-transmitted diseases and abortions. It casts serious doubts on the Government’s policy of making contraception more freely available – including from nurses in schools – to cut soaring rates of teenage pregnancy.

I suggest it will only make the leftist ideologues who drive British health policy urge that extra condoms be handed out in kindergarten school.  Unwanted pregnancies soar in Britain because there has been a breakdown in the culture of self-respect. Being 15 and pregnant has become cool, chic even, in a certain strate of our society. The State will generously bail out the barely teenage mums, and in the process gain itself another few votes down the line, a few more Benefit slaves. The best way to reduce unwanted pregnancy is to instil the timeless values of self-respect and decency. All the morning after pills in the world don’t matter if the young refrain from full on sex until they are at least at an age where they can cope, financially and emotionally, with the consequences. I also believe that the fact that as a society we are now "non-judgemental" over 12 year old mothers is shameful in itself. We have left Christian values behind us, we have shrugged off any sense of moral virtue, and now we scratch our heads and wonder why it is that there is a plague of STD’s and soaring pregnancies.


By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 8:43 am

I’m sure that we have all been shocked by the horrific events at Virginia Tech and wish to place on record that the injured and families of the dead are in our thoughts and prayers.

But I would advise our American readers to take the statement issued by Dr Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their first as a political couple, with a pinch of salt.

The two men offer their sympathies and claim that they “ fully understand the impact that events like this can have on a community and the population as a whole" . The statement is the lead story in this morning’s News Letter and also features prominently in the Belfast Telegraph.

A story you will have to look much harder for reveals the true face of Northern Irish politics.

The sisters of IRA murder victim Robert McCartney met with the First Minister designate yesterday and were less than impressed with what they heard.

Catherine McCartney emerged from the meeting to say that while the DUP had claimed that the 2005 murder of her brother was “supposed to be some form of litmus test” for Republicans in relation to law and order Sinn Fein/IRA "have failed it miserably by offering no co-operation”.

“Everything is falling in place for the political establishment and the people in it, yet people like Robert are just collateral.”

Sympathize with victims of violence across the Atlantic. Ignore victims of violence at home at home (they might upset the “peace” process if given prominance). Welcome to the moral sewer that is Northern Irish politics.


By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 8:26 am

us uk flag.jpgTony Blair’s approach to foreign policy is like the proverbial curate’s egg – good in parts. For example in his most recent comments, I cannot fault his view that…

"I happen to believe our strategic relationship with the United States has served this country well for many, many decades and should continue to serve us well." If Britain adopted an independent foreign policy from the US, that strategic relationship would be weakened, which would be "tragic" for Britain and the world, he said. After the 9/11 attacks, America felt it was at war. "I believed the most important thing for us was to be with them in that fight and I believe that still and I hope that in future we will be strong allies of America."


This is exactly the right approach, but then he says other things which confound this such as that the West could lose the propaganda war against Al Queda. Quite true but as has been pointed out here on ATW, why THEN has the British Government just decided to drop the term "War on terror"? What message does THAT send? Blair also points out Britain needs "hard" military power to be a credible world player. But Blair has also presided over a drastic run-down in the military capability of the British Armed Forces!

Blair wants to be an ally to the EU and the USA, but the EU seeks to set itself as a geo-political competitor to the USA. Triangulating between them has been Blair’s gift but I am not sure that it achieved anything of merit. It is as if Blair knows what is right but his left wing Party requires him to do that which is wrong, a strange paradox. I doubt that Brown has Blair’s gift  for such triangulation and I suspect that the special relationship will come under great pressure as the socialist hordes which still pervade NuLabour seek to break the UK away from the US.

For ME?!? A Goody Bag!?!

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Pop culture got off to a grand start in February with the 2007 Oscar Ceremonies featuring the Righteous Rev. Al Gore and goody bags for the guests.  Goody bags contained gift certificates representing 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gas reductions from Terra Pass and small obelisk-shaped crystal sculptures.

Then, despite evil, murderous and backward ways, Ahmadinejad and the Mad Mullahs of Iran proved that they pay attention by giving each of their hostages a goody bag. Goodies included candies, religious books, CD’s, and even a toy for Seaman Turney’s young daughter.

Now…in the spirit of pop culture and cyperspace,  I would like to offer you, Dear Reader, a virtual goody bag.
First Goody:  One of my all-time favorite songs is entitled "Madame George"  by Irish-born, Van Morrison from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks.   If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream–

That’s when you fall into a trance:
Sitting on a sofa playing games of chance
With your folded arms in history books, you glance
Into the eyes of Madame George…

Now if you enjoy this album and this song, you eventually start to wonder “just who is Madame George?” 
Your first goody, then, is a proposed answer to this question offered by Tom Nolan in the Walls Street Journal, April 14-15 Leisure and Arts Section, print edition.    The answer is Madame George Yeats, wife of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats from 1917 – 1939.

Second Goody:  is an excerpt from the poem My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

I remember the gleams and glooms
that dart
Across the schoolboy’s brain;
The song and the silence in the heart,
That in part are prophecies, and in
Are longings wild and vain.
And the voice of that fitful song
Sings on, and is never still:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long,
long thoughts.

There are things of which I may not
There are dreams that cannot die;
There are thoughts that make the
    Strong heart weak,
And bring a pallor into the cheek,
And a mist before the eye.
And the words of that fatal song
Come over me like a chill:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long,
    Long thoughts.”….

Third, and final, goody is an emoticon!  So, here you are  Old hat. A bearded face!


Verdun or Vichy

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

The best defence against terrorism is the knowledge – in the head of the potential terrorist – that his actions will fail to change the policy of the government against whom he fights, and that it will all be for nothing. Terrorism is the force that it is because, in contrast to their rhetoric about "evil killers", the leaders of the law-governed nations have been all too ready to treat with terrorists and their sponsors, and to encourage them to believe that outrages lead eventually to concessions.

Peter Hitchens

There’s a rare beauty in clear thinking, clearly expressed.

Elect Commie, Get Commie

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 7:17 pm

So Americans made their choice and put the commies in charge of Congress. Not content with aiding and abetting America’s enemies in the Middle East, they’ve been busy at home too. On its way through Congress is the Pussification of America Bill a Bill to establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence, at cabinet level, in the executive branch of the Federal Government. If enacted, this Bill will create, at the heart of government, a vast machine of endless cultural Marxism.

The position of Secretary will have responsibilities ranging from developing policies that address violence against animals, develop international ‘sister city’ programs (good grief) and promoting tolerance to developing and promoting a ‘peace education curriculum’. Nope, they never can stop kiddie fiddling. Unsurprisingly, ‘The Secretary’ will be charged with disarming the American people. Truly, the heart sinks. This is a Bill which promotes a thousand lunacies, each aimed at undermining America, its spirit and culture, all paid for by the American taxpayer.

Americans will very soon discover that when you elect commie you get commie – good and hard.

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop – PJ O’Rourke


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

The BBC reporter Alan Johnston worked in Gaza. He was kidnapped by one or other group of Palestinians. His execution, real or not, has been announced by a Palestinian terror group. All efforts to release him have involved several mercy pleas to Palestinians.

So, can you guess who this former BBC and ITN correspondent suspects? Yip – Israel.

You couldn’t make it up!


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

killer_cho_suenghui.jpgI see that the man who murdered all those students at Virginia Tech, Cho Seung-hui, died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on one of his arms. He also left a note signed "Ismail Ax"

So, what does this mean? Check out this from Islamic City….

"He said to the statues, joking; then with his ax he destroyed all the statues except one, … Ibrahim and Ismail kept on calling people to worship Allah"

I’m awaiting the UK MSM to comment on this other than to observe that it was "disturbing". 


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

I am pleased to announce to ATW readers that we have been given this EXCLUSIVE video showing the VERY latest in European aeronautical design – it’s the new phase of the Eurofighter.  Zut alors! 

Black Man Describes Whites As ‘Subhuman’, Silence Deafening.

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Well, who on earth could be coming up with such racist trash? Zimbabwean political broadcast? Nation of Islam at it again?

Nope, the chief of the Commission for Racial Equality. Again. There must be something in the water, because someone’s brought Trevor Philips out into the light, and he’s managed to say the truly disgusting. Again.

The man who not so long ago sought to politicise religion by urging that BNP members be denied communion has, in a severely under-reported interview (which I can only find in one paper) at the STUC annual congress in Glasgow, described members of the BNP as ‘less than human’; referring to an alleged attack on an asylum seeker and her baby as a case study of racism. (Readers may remember that such reported assaults on foreigners and designated victim groups have on occasion turned out to be false, I wonder what will transpire on this new one)

Philips went on to say that "We as a society have a choice. In England we have the BNP. The path is to keep them out We need to change in an inclusive way." Quite how he intends to be inclusive whilst demonising a legal and democratic political party is anybody’s guess. Possibly I’m not quite human enough to grasp his logic because, though not a BNP member or supporter, I am white and something of a heretic from the Religion of Open Borders (TM).

I think perhaps it’s time the question of free choice and open politics was re-addressed. Surely people should have a right to vote according to their consciences, without being denigrated as subhumans or demonised as evil. Whether or not you agree with the BNP, in the face of the overwhelming incompetence displayed by the Big Three parties to deal with the issues most troubling the man-on-the-street, such as crime, immigration, terrorism, is it any wonder so many people turn, in desperation, to those who have been political pariahs for so long? Perhaps the problem isn’t so much with the BNP and its allegedly racist tendencies (something I’ve yet to be presented with any proof positive for) as with the active repression by the ‘proper authorities’ of anybody questioning the accepted multiculti narrative. More ‘tolerance’ for the ‘intolerant’ could go a long way. Perhaps Mr Phillips could do with remembering that before he opens his mouth again. As to the BNP, maybe it’s time the knee-jerk reactions were done away with and a conversation was had about them. Preferably one without Godwin’s Law.

Hat-tip to the Green Arrow for flagging this story up. For more bloggy reactions to Phillips ideas on excommunication for heresy against liberalism, see here, here, and here. Please note that A Tangled Web and its contributors are not now, nor have ever been, a member of the BNP, etc, etc.