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ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX….

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Here we are, back in the normal spot and with a real classic rocking’ song. I associate this tune most particularly from a scene in "An American Werewolf in London" – a hilarious horror movie from years ago but it is of course one of the vintage rock and roll numbers. I love the ominous lyrics, and whilst this live version isn’t quite as good as the single version, it’s still pretty cool. It exudes energy. Hope you like it…

INSTITUTIONAL INCOMPETENCY….

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

I laughed when I read a contrite Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt say that "in hindsight" ministers would have wanted to ensure that British GP’s doctors did not take so much out of their inflated contracts!  Unsurprisingly, the proportion of profits GPs take out of their practices has increased since the generous new contract started in 2004, pushing average pay well above £100,000.  In exchange for this higher pay, many GP’s have generously decided to stop working out of surgery hours and weekends. Hurrah!

So the tax-payer has to pay MORE for their higher salaries, and then MORE for the medical cover required for the hours that British GP’s just won’t do. Hewitt claims "no-one" could have foreseen that GP’s would have opted for more money and less hours. LOL! If you need to get a GP out of hours these days, as has been my experience in the past few years, it will most likely by some earnest Eastern European doctor, with AT  BEST pidgeon English and no knowledge of the patient. Still, Ms Hewitt is fond of telling us that our WONDERFUL NHS has never been better! Who’s kidding who?

Talking Point – 19.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 11:38 am

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  1. ‘This picture, in its entirety, is an accurate metaphorical depiction of the battles currently underway between the various strands of the republican untermenschen on whether or not to support the only legitimate forces of British law and order in Ulster.’   Discuss.

On This Day…19.01

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 11:32 am

1840 – American explorer Charles Wilkes discovers the coast of Antarctica.

1848 – Gold in first discovered in California.

1915 – Britain’s first air-raid casualties when German Zeppelin airship bombs Great Yarmouth in Norfolk during World War I.

1942 – Birth of British actor Michael Crawford, famous for playing the bumbling Frank Spencer in the 1970s comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

1966 In India, Indira Gandhi becomes Prime Minister following in the footsteps of her father Jawaharlal Nehru.

1978 – End of the line for the original Volkswagen Beetle, when the last of the 16 million produced since 1938 rolls off the production line.

‘who’s up for eviction’

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 9:13 am

A letter dated 7th January 2007 from Shouaib Ahmed, Secretary General, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK to Andrew Smith of HardCash Productions Ltd, the C4 Dispatches programme maker – in which the SG is very concerned about bigotry and hatred. Only not foremost for the kind that is being spread and was clearly exposed in the moderate mosques he attends. He also expresses concern for incitement to violence but not for what is being preached.

The allegations are dismissed as comments taken ‘out of context’ and ‘manipulation’ – for which the programme makers might one day suffer in Hell.  The use of the word kuffar was simply to describe someone who covers up the truth (conveneniently) though he stops short of giving an explanation of the term ‘kuffrocracy’ used in the mosques sermons . When someone talks of randomly killing Jews they simply meant the IDF. And random hatred towards christians may have been intended as a reference to Srebenica.

Extracts from a very long letter below from which FreeBornJohn has also highlighted some key parts:-.

"I am writing in response to your letter dated the 28th December 2006 which appears to have been written just when you knew we would be celebrating the ‘Id al-Adha, thereby giving us less time in which to respond to what in any case appears to be a programme whose content has already been decided. …

Naturally I am surprised that you appear to have already more or less decided what words you are going to put into my mouth and that you did not even have the courtesy to request an interview with me so that my viewpoint could be included in your programme. In my humble opinion the mark of balanced investigative journalism is to do just this, to talk to everyone who is going to feature in an article or documentary, even if this means that some preconceived notions may prove to be unsustainable before they are aired….

If, which I hope is not the case, this is going to be just another attack on Islam and Muslims, which is very much in vogue nowadays, then I must remind you that if I or any member of my staff or anyone who worships at the Green Lane Mosque or the Mosque itself are subjected to any form of physical attack as a result of your programme then you, HardCash Productions Ltd and Channel 4 will all be liable to prosecution for incitement to commit a criminal act….

Towards the end of a long letter, FreeBornJohn also noted that some aspects of Islam are explained and remarks how Saudi-style salafism is moderate and the middle way:

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab was an 18th century reformer who sought to restore that middle way where it had been ignored or abandoned by the people of his time. He called on them to follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah, just as all sincere Muslim teachers and leaders do, whatever group they belong to. Many views and excesses are attributed to him that were not his – and which if anything characterise those who have abandoned the middle way….

As regards corporal punishment, the teachings of Islam permit a light smack as a mark of disapproval, but never the violent physical abuse of either children or marriage partner ……As regards amputations, whippings, and crucifixions, […] Some of the hadd (fixed punishments) punishments in Islam work as an effective deterrent, even for those who do not fear Allah and the Last Day……

 

The Secretary General, also noted on their website: 

“We reject all forms of extremism. It is deeply alarming that a few sentences have been taken out of context in order to create the impression that our institution is a hotbed of fanaticism".

He needn’t have been so worried. As far as social expose’s goes and the concern and debate that results over what is being said and what was meant,  Jade generated the most heat.

WOLVES DRESSED AS SHEEP

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 7:34 am

wolfsheep.jpgI was interested to read that the Alan Harper, the Primate elect of the Church of Ireland – (the Anglican community in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) – has shown his liberal colours straightaway by calling for the Act of Settlement to be repealed and for the disestablishment of the Church of England. Amusingly, this wise sage has concluded that the foundations of his Church and the constitutional basis of our Monarchy “belongs to its time and we should move on”


I wonder if he feels the same about the teachings of the Bible? I wonder how he views the 39 Article of Faith to which he swears allegiance one moment and then rejects the next?


The Bible warns of us of people such as Harper. I attach the visual cue. He may LOOK like an idiot……


Hat-tip to Slugger O’Toole.

WHAT IS RACISM?

By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2007 at 7:23 am

Yip – the faux row over alleged racist comments on Big Brother continues!


Last night, I watched panelists on the Northern Ireland version of Question Time (“Let’s Talk”) being asked about this topic and they all agreed that the remarks made by Jade Goody and her coven on the Channel 4 programme were racist. There was also a general consensus that “we” are a racist society and that “something must be done” to “fight” this innate racism.


I say this is garbage. We are NOT a racist society, though our tolerances have been stretched to the limit by the invasion of illegal immigration that Labour has presided over. Britain’s are, by and large, VERY tolerant of other races, and the self-loathing liberals who are keen to beat up on themselves sure as hell do not speak for me.


Then there is the question of what racism actually is. Why, please tell, have the media ignored comments made by Big Brother housemate Jermaine Jackson that other occupants were “white trash”? Isn’t that equally as horrible as anything said about Ms Sheety? How can it be that the MSM ignored that aspect of this event?


The truth is that it is NOT racism we witness in Big Brother. It is gross stupidity and ignorance. If people don’t like it, turn the thing off. Those freaks and egotists who choose to go onto such a programme really don’t warrant our attention in this way were it not for the liberal media’s determination to “prove” just how bad and vile British society has become.

Terrorists Talk Shop

By ATWadmin On January 18th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

What a farce!  Gerry Adams, who says he isn’t part of an illegal terrorist organisation (ahem) is meeting those who are members of illegal terrorist organisations to pledge that the Provo strategy of ‘supporting’ the PSNI and the British criminal justice system is in reality a step towards…….what was that cobblers he came out with?………oh yes, that’s it: ‘A peaceful way to achieve political change, equality, justice and ultimately Irish freedom.’

In another plunge still further into the progressive abyss of delusion he states that ‘armed struggle was never a republican principle. It was an option of last resort in the absence of any other alternative.’  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I never knew that the political wing of the IRA had been a proscribed political party.  I must have missed that one!  May I remind this alpha-scumbag that of the 3523 people killed during the troubles, 1798 of them were civilians.  Oh yes, plus a horse.  Kidnapping and butchering Shergar was crucial in the drive for ‘Irish’ unity as Shergar had neighed opposition to an all-Ireland anschluss on numerous occasions whilst chewing on his hay.

What I can’t fathom is how the IRA have a strategy to deliver this anschluss, with or without support for the PSNI and irrespective of whether that support is real or not.  The only way in which Northern Ireland’s annexation can take place is by fulfilling the essential constitutionally legal criteria (some of which isn’t even included adequately in the Belfast Agreement) on the back of a referendum in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.  When it comes to winning support in Northern Ireland (let’s forget about the ambivalence in the South) there is an insurmountable bloc called the British majority.  How pray does Gerry and his cronies hope to get around that one!?

Adams’s meeting should be seen as nothing more than one terrorist hob-nobbing with other terrorists.  If they are wanted men in the United Kingdom, Adams is breaking the law if he meets them on British soil and does not disclose their whereabouts to the police.  I don’t suppose that little fact crossed the minds of the MSM.

Just tell it like it is!

By ATWadmin On January 18th, 2007 at 11:56 am

You may remember that I have posted before on the subject of South Africa, and in specifics to the FIFA World Cup due to take place in 2010 within that sadly beautiful country! So when I link to a very senior Zulu politician who warns his fellow-countrymen that they are in danger of losing the battle for credibility, I believe that people should take notice!

This is a man who has, through his Zulu nation’s own bloodthirsty efforts, gained some notoriety in the political life of South Africa. His long-time leadership of Inkatha, the very conservative Zulu National Party, which fought long and bloody conflicts for political domination in Natal with the communist-leaning African National Congress has been dominated by his desire to lead his country, never mind his own nation, and, frustrated by the superior numbers of A.N.C. followers in South Africa as a whole; seems intent on causing as much political mayhem as possible.

The Zulu mentality, which produced such battle honours as ‘Isandlwana’ is probably the only one which could produce a statement advising of imminent failure and be taken seriously by world opinion; because as a nation, they normally never admit defeat, preferring to fight until beaten or dead!

I still recall sitting alongside a very old, wizened Zulu nightwatchman on board a British freighter docked in Durban harbour swapping beers and stories, and I remember the words he used when he spoke of his grandfather’s war with ‘the white man’. He said “The younger men were positioned at the front of the battle, and the older, more experienced, at the rear. If the young ones moved forward, they might die; if they retreated, they would die!”

If a Zulu politician such as Mangosuthu Buthelezi says that the World Cup is in doubt, FIFA should look elsewhere!

 

A QUESTION OF BIAS….

By ATWadmin On January 18th, 2007 at 9:46 am

I thought this was an excellent post over on Power Line and it raises some very fundamental questions about journalistic integrity…

1. Yesterday, Kofi Annan’s former right-hand man at the United Nations, Benon Sevan, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the U.N.’s Oil for Food program. Does the fact that the Oil for Food program turned into one of history’s biggest frauds, while propping up Saddam’s regime in the meantime, discredit the U.N.? Why not?

2. Does the fact that U.N. peacekeepers have repeatedly used their positions of power to extort sexual favors from female refugees discredit the U.N.? Why not?

3. Does the fact that Saddam was "taunted" during the last moments before his execution, and someone filmed the execution with a cell phone, discredit the new government of Iraq? Why?

4. Of the news stories referred to in 1 through 3, which is most important? Least important?

5. What accounts for the differences in the attitude manifested by Western reporters and editors toward the new government of Iraq, as compared with their attitudes toward the United Nations?