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By ATWadmin On April 16th, 2007 at 9:19 am

Did you see that singer Bryan Ferry has gone and gotten himself in a whole lot of trouble over remarks he is alleged to have made concerning the Nazis?  In an interview, Ferry described the Nazis as "just amazing" and admitted calling his recording studio the "Fuhrerbunker" – a title associated with Hitler’s headquarters. Naturally this has caused a bit of a media firestorm, espeically as Ferry is doing some modelling for Marks & Spencers, a chain co-founded by a Jewish immigrant

Ferry could obviously have expressed himself rather better. But he’s in the cosseted world of pop/rock where reality makes little impression. The only thing that was "amazing" about the Nazis was their industrial scale barbarism towards their fellow man. There has been enough written about the Nazi era to be certain that it was a gross immorality, a shameful mark on the German people. However, suppose Ferry had said that Stalin was "amazing" or that Chairman Mao "was incredible" – do you think it would have made the front pages? Nazism, Communism – all equally evil!


By ATWadmin On April 16th, 2007 at 9:07 am

Sorry to read that Alan Johnston, the kidnapped BBC journalist, may have been executed by a shadowy Jihadist group in Gaza.  I can fully understand the deep concern his family must feel. “This is a desperately worrying time for us” said his parents Graham and Margaret Johnston “Our son has lived and worked among the people of Gaza for the last three years to bring their story to the outside world and we ask everyone of them to help end this ordeal.”  Their plea was in response to a statement distributed to Palestinian media outlets by a group calling itself The Brigades of Holy War and Unity which said it would publish a video of Mr Johnston’s killing. I hate to say it but the main story coming out of Gaza has been the brutality of the Jihadists and the population that vote for them. I hope Mr Johnston is alive but if he has been killed by Palestinian Jihadists, it would be a tragic but telling last story from him. I wonder when the BBC will waken up to menace posed by the Pali Jihadists? They love death like we love life. THAT is the story, the rest is superfluous.


By ATWadmin On April 16th, 2007 at 8:22 am

Today saw my new rates bill arrive. This year the basis of calculating it has changed, and this is now calculated on the capital value of the property. Property prices have been on the rise here for several years now, so my bill has shot up by 33%, and I am sure I am not the only household showing such a vast increase in this tax. As I pointed out last year when speaking publicly on this scam, this is all about Government taking advantage of a rising property market and re-structuring the rates calculation accordingly. I wondered then, as I wonder now, suppose property prices FELL, would government still be as enthusiastic to link the two? I think not! This is a thieving socialist scumbag Government determined to take as MUCH of our hard earned money as is possible. I object to every penny that Government takes from me – and this latest attack on the personal wealth of the electorate will not be the last. Meanwhile, I notice that “our” local politicians, have little to say on the subject. Why would they? They will be able to spend that which Government steals. Isn’t it obvious that we need small Government, minimal taxation, and the freedom to retain what we earn so we may allocate it as WE see fit? Not in socialist 21st century Britain.

Popery Makes the Running

By ATWadmin On April 16th, 2007 at 6:30 am

You’ve got to admire the Catholic church in this country.  When it comes to taking a lead on the great moral issues of the day, it seems to be far more robust at defending traditional Christian principles than its various Protestant counterparts.  Auntie Beeb informs us the Catholic church in Scotland has sent out leaflets to RC adherents asking them to support candidates with avowedly Christian principles. 

I applaud the stance taken by Scottish Catholic leaders.  But why aren’t the various Protestant churches taking the same stand?  Protestantism in Scotland contains 55% of the Scottish population within its baptismal fold.  Catholicism there has only 17.5%.  Thus, it seems reasonable to assume that defending the pre-eminence of Christianity would be infinitely more effective if the churches with the largest followers could get involved.

It is not to be.  Catholicism in Scotland, as in England, makes the biggest noises and holds the firmest positions when it comes to attacking this government for systematically undermining traditional Christian teachings and way of life in the UK.  Protestant church leaders – especially Anglicans – need to state what they are first and foremost.  Are they Protestants first, simpering liberals second; or the other way around?

On This Day…16.04

By ATWadmin On April 16th, 2007 at 6:24 am

1746 – The Battle of Culloden between the English and the Scots.

1889 – Silent film comedy actor Charlie Chaplin is born in London.

1917 – Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to take the reins of the Russian Revolution.

1942 – The island of Malta is awarded the George Cross for the heroism of the entire population against the continued German and Italian bombardment during World War II.  It marked the first of only two occasions when the GC was not awarded to an individual (the second occasion was the award to the Royal Ulster Constabulary).

1969 – Desmond Dekker becomes the first Jamaican music artist to top the UK singles charts with a song entitled ‘The Israelites’.

1986 – Brewery heiress Jennifer Guinness is released in Dublin after being kidnapped and held hostage for 7 days.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 8:47 am

How about this. The new army of "Energy inspectors" being brought in for the new property sales packs will not be regulated with criminal record checks – sparking fears that homeowners will be at risk from potential burglars. Energy inspectors brought in for the new property sales packs will not be regulated with criminal record checks – sparking fears that homeowners will be at risk from potential burglars.

The Domestic Energy Assessors (Where do they get thrse names?) will have to be given access to every room in the house – but the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) has still not formally chosen which organisations will keep a check on their backgrounds. More disturbingly, even once the organisations, called ‘accreditation bodies’, are set up they will not be permitted under law to contact the Criminal Records Bureau.

If we had any guts left as a free people  we would tell these "Energy Inspectors" to stick their light bulbs where the sun don’t shine.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 3:25 am

You have to laugh, don’t you? His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan has said that a culture of compliance with international humanitarian law was essential to healing rifts and bringing justice to the Middle East and elsewhere. Addressing the theme of …..“The ‘Universal’ in Human Rights”….. at the opening of the 15th Conference of the Academy of Latinity, the Prince said Arabs are labelled as humiliated and angry by many in the West, but few ask why this might be so or acknowledge that any community or race would react in a similar fashion when confronted with the unfair policies of leading powers. 

Yo Hassan – I’m just guessing but maybe if Arabs didn’t go ape-crazy at the gentlest word (or cartoon) of criticism, you might have a point! Also, if Arabs did not embrace a culture of death, and hero worship suicide bombers, we might take you a little more seriously. Finally, until Arabs learn to accept the absolute right of Israel to exist, we’ll dismiss your address as just more self-deluded self-absorbed Arab waffle! 


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 3:00 am

Three cheers for a cathedral in Belfast is about to get a new spire… a modern beacon of light for the city. It is a 100-metre-high stainless steel needle which will tower above St Anne’s Cathedral in Donegall Street. The first section of the so-called spire of hope was manoeuvred into place on Thursday. Dean Houston McKelvey said he hoped that the spire would become iconic, part of the skyline image of Belfast across the world. The dean said the £850,000 project was money well spent.

"Particularly at night time, we would like to think that this becomes an icon over the city and, indeed, we are hopeful that this spire, when it is erected will be part of the image of Belfast and this community worldwide,"

Totally agree with him. It’s a monumental waste of money, it achieves nothing of substance and it goes nowhere. How apt, Dean McKelvey. What a crock!


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 2:52 am

Chicken-Licken.jpgGot to admire the global-warming advocates in Grand Rapids. They are absolutely determined to hold their "Step it up" Global warming rallies despite….snow and cold rain. The delicious irony was pointed out to one the organisers who happily responded, (one assumes with glazed eyes and a faraway look) that " I think that’s an easy excuse, but if we’re really reasonable about it, we’re not talking about individual weather on individual days. We’re talking about something much larger, on a global scale, which science has been tracking for decades." Wow -decades. Who knew!! LOL – when it’s too warm – its global warming. When it is too cold – that pesky global warming again. When the weather shows any variation from that which some deem "average", it’s that rascally global warming.


By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 2:36 am

Just imagine the situation. You are UK Minister for Defence, 15 British sailors and marines have been just released from captivity by Iran "as a gift" and have landed back on British soil. So many things for you to think about.  Were they interrogated, were they tortured? What impact will this humiliation have on the morale of the British Armed forces? How to deal with the imminent media firestorm that must inevitably follow their return in time for the Sunday newspapers? So, naturally, you go on holiday.

Along with many of his aides and the most senior civil servants in his department in London, Mr Browne decided, within hours of the hostages being returned safely to Britain, to take a "privilege" half-day, at the start of the long Easter holiday. As he travelled 400 miles to his home in Scotland, (Where else?) military chiefs were finalising the crucial policy document listing the reasons why the sailors should be allowed to sell their stories to the media.

Once drafted, the details of their controversial plans were emailed to dozens of computers within the MoD but remained unread overnight. It was only the next day, Friday April 6, that they were finally seen by or read to Mr Browne and up to 30 of his officials. Yet no one sought to question the advice, or prevent the deals going ahead. By then, Leading Seaman and Sun stunna Faye Turney had signed her £80,000 television and newspaper interview deal. Pathetic. This is a Government with no interest in the integrity of our Armed Forces.