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a new order cometh!

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Visited the Adam Smith Website, and discovered this fascinating piece on E-government, and it’s application by Estonia, or, as they themselves like to say, E-Stonia (I kid you not!). I downloaded the .pdf file which accompanied the post, and show 795151-568073-thumbnail.jpgone page here. This one page shows and says more about our own governance and Government than a whole encyclopaedia would do because it gets to grips with the ‘immediacy’ of how a truly ‘modern’ Government can be seen to be operating; and what’s more, can be ‘seen’ in almost ‘Real Time’!

Just imagine if the No. Ten Downing Street Website, and the pages listing the e-petitions, could be guaranteed to impact upon both Government, and the delivery to the British subjects living here, in the same fashion as is happening right now in E-Stonia!

Apart from anything else, this extraordinary British reliance on secrecy, which protects the guilty from their mistakes being immediately available to all, would perforce be swept away, and the Government would have had to own up to mistakes as they were made, rather than have them excavated, as happened with Hutton! Mind you, that last is possibly a bad example, because the wolf was being scrutinised by another type of wolf, and the hen-house was blamed for Dr. Kelly’s death!

So we’ll continue to dream on, while others forge past us; because the Civil Service grandees couldn’t possibly face such a deep scrutiny before a comfortable, pension-buffered retirement along with the customary K.C.M.G.; because the politicians of all hues wouldn’t allow their machinations to be looked at in depth; and because it’s not really British, Dont’ye’know?

Don’t Upset the Darkies

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2006 at 3:47 pm

Can there be a more pathetic society in the world than the one Britain is turning into?  We know certain fundamental truths about our society, yet are increasingly restricted in our ability to say them out loud.  What do those in government and authority think they are going to change by censoring free speech?  For example, if a law was passed making it a criminal offence – punishable by 20 years of hard labour – to say you disliked Muslims, it would not alter one iota what people thought.  I’ll admit it, I don’t like Muslims. 

One bastion of free speech in this country used to be the Conservative Party.  This enduring political philosophy produced such greats as Enoch Powell (whose ‘rivers of blood’ speech is something I think will be a certainty on our streets within the next 20 years if unchecked and ungrateful minorities keep burgeoning here.  One could already argue it occurred on July 7th 2005), who first suffered the overbearing political correctness surrounding everything to do with ethnic minorities and immigration when rebuffed by Edward Heath.

Today, in a Conservative Party without the conservatism, others who dare to point out the truth behind common perception, are once again silenced by leaders desperate to lick ethnic butt at all costs.  Take Castle Point MP, Robert Spink, who has been carpeted by Cameron and company for suggesting that the majority of criminals are black.  I think what he was referring to was not a statistic in absolute terms, but in proportion to the percentage of the population.  Is there anyone out there (who doesn’t idolise Polly Toynbee and the like) who could disagree?  Blacks have a far higher percentage of those involved in crime relative to their overall numbers than white people do.  That is also the case in the United States.  What’s wrong with saying it?

There is this inability to speak the truth about groups of people these days.  Society is too prone to be offended.  Let’s look at Bradford city centre, for example.  Anyone who has to visit that sorry city for any reason cannot help but be overwhelmed by the number of cheap discount stores in the place.  Why?  Because Bradford is a city that caters to certain demographics who reside within its borders.  On the one hand you have the bargain-basement Pakistanis, who flock like flies on dung to anything where rock-bottom prices are to hand (and I’m not talking about the traditional concept of a bargain, either); on the other you have the sink estate ‘I know nowt, don’t want to know nowt, and view brainy folk as poofs’, unskilled, pig-ignorant societal rejects.  I remember when Chris Tarrant was lambasted because he made disparaging remarks about Bradford.  Why should he have been?  Like Spink he was telling the truth.  Bradford is an ugly city, dotted with despicably ugly 1960s architecture, catering for bargain-basement Pakis and Jim Royle-esque low IQ trolls.  

I can only congratulate Spink for his forthright views and hope he will not be issuing a grovelling apology for telling the truth.

On This Day…28.11

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2006 at 3:34 pm

1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sails around the southern tip of South America and reaches a new ocean, which he names the Pacific on account of its relatively calm waters.

1843 – Britain and France formerly recognise the independence of Hawaii.

1935 – Britain’s first set of quads – Ann; Ernest; Michael and Paul Miles born in Cambridgeshire.

1948 – In the United States, the world’s first polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston, Massachussets – developed by Edwin Land.

1967 – In Britain, horse racing is suspended after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among cattle and there’s a ban on the movement of livestock around the country.

1997 – In the House of Commons, a large majority of MPs approve a Private Member’s Bill, introduced by Labour MP Michael Foster, to ban fox hunting.

BORN AGAIN..

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2006 at 6:30 am

RMcsmlshdw.jpgI have to go along with my former colleague Robert McCartney who has branded the DUP as a "born-again pro-Agreement" party. Slap. In the Assembly yesterday, Bob said that only DUP pragmatists pretended the St Andrews Agreement was anything but a "sugared version" of the Good Friday Agreement and still required enforced coalition with Sinn Fein.

"The DUP acceptance of these terms makes it a born-again pro-Agreement party with policies essentially indistinguishable from those of the Ulster Unionists — policies which brought electoral disaster upon the UUP. The core of (David) Trimble’s policies was power-sharing with Sinn Fein (and) attempts by the DUP pragmatists to disguise the stench of that U-turn from the party’s grass roots has failed."

 

I rather agree with this, and congratulate Bob on saying what needs to be said. Speaking truth is always to be encouraged, regardless of who takes exception to it. The DUP Leadership has chosen to become UUP lite, failing to stand by solemn promises as it ruthlessly pursues power.  I had a letter published in The Newsletter on Monday challenging the DUP position on this and I suspect I am not the only one who sees things this way.

IRAQI LIBERTY IS DOOMED….

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2006 at 6:21 am

I read this story in horror. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (Interesting surname, got a kinda ring about it!) has called on Iran to provide "comprehensive help" to improve his country’s security situation. Talabani arrived following a two-day delay, caused by a curfew that was imposed after bomb attacks in Baghdad killed more than 200 people. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told him Iran would do what it could. 

I bet.

By embracing Iran, there is no chance that democracy and liberty can prevail in Iraq since the Mad Mullah’s view such values as Superman views Green Kryptonite! By embracing the driving force behind the axis-of-evil, Iraq will fall into Iranian driven terror. 

Lies, Damned Lies, and the Associated Press

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

"Evolutiona process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development, as in social or economic structure or institutions."

That’s the definition from the excellent dictionary.com for ‘evolution’ in a social sense. Compare and contrast with the following passage from the Associated Press’ (AP) article on the Pope’s visit to Constantinople-that-was, which begins tomorrow:

"No moment of Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip may be more closely watched as his walk through the majestic Haghia Sophia, a domed complex whose history spans Istanbul’s stormy evolution from Christianity to Islam."

Firstly, evolution is, by definition, not stormy. Secondly, evolution must take its course naturally, can not be forced or be a thing that is the result of cruel and inhuman practices. Which is what moslem Turky is. Ah, you think I’m being harsh? Unfair and bigoted, perhaps? Well, see for yourself. From Wikipedia’s vox populi truth machine we have this account:

" [Mehmet ordered] the conversion of the city’s central cathedral, Hagia Sophia, into a mosque, and having a Muslim scholar decree from its pulpit that there is no god but Allah. Following the Turkish conquest all Christians not killed or sold into slavery were relegated to the status of dhimmis….

…Steven Runciman recounts that during the siege of Constantinople Mehmed II promised his men "the women and boys of the city." Upon its conquest, he ordered the 14-year-old son of the Grand Duke Loukas Notaras be brought to him for his personal pleasure. When the father refused to deliver his son to such a fate he had them both decapitated on the spot."

But of course, the Wiki vox populi has that weakness that it can be written and re-written by anyone, especially when it’s an internet resource. So let’s have a look at what that noted (and sorely missed) reporter and writer Oriana Fallaci had to say in her potted history of the fall of Constantinople in her excellent The Force of Reason. (You’re really not going to like this)

Do you know the chronicle that about the fall of Constantinople the scribe Phrantzes has left us to refresh the memory of the oblivious or rather of the hypocrites?

    Perhaps not. Especially in Europe, a Europe that weeps only for the Muslims, never for the Christians or the Jews or the Buddhists or the Hindus, it would not be Politically Correct to know the details of the fall of Constantinople. Its inhabitants who at daybreak, while Mehmet II is shelling Theodosius’ walls, take refuge in the cathedral of St. Sophia and here start to sing psalms. To invoke divine mercy. The patriarch who by candlelight celebrates his last Mass and in order to lessen the panic thunders: ‘Fear not my brothers and sisters! Tomorrow you’ll be in the Kingdom of Heaven and your names will survive till the end of time!’. The children who cry in terror, their mothers who give them heart repeating ‘Hush, baby, hush! We die for our faith in Jesus Christ! We die for our Emperor Constantine XI, for our homeland!’.

    The Ottoman troops who beating their drums step over the breaches in the fallen walls, overwhelm the Genovese and Venetian and Spanish defenders, hack them on to death with scimitars, then burst into the cathedral and behead even newborn babies. They amuse themselves by snuffing out the candles with their little severed heads… It lasted from the dawn to the afternoon, that massacre. It abated only when the Grand Vizier mounted the pulpit of St. Sophia and said to the slaughterers: ‘Rest. Now this temple belongs to Allah’.

    Meanwhile the city burns, the soldiery crucify and hang and impale, the Janissaries rape and butcher the nuns (four thousand in a few hours) or put the survivors in chains to sell them at the market of Ankara. And the servants prepare the Victory Feast. The feast during which (in defiance of the Prophet) Mehmet II got drunk on the wines of Cyprus and, having a soft spot for young boys, send for the firstborn of the Greek Orthodox Grand Duke Notara. A fourteen year-old adolescent known for his beauty.

    In front of everyone he raped him, and after the rape he sent for his family. His parents, his grandparents, his uncles, his aunts and cousings. In front of him he beheaded them. One by one. He also had all the altars destroyed, all the bells melted down, all the churches turned into mosques or bazaars. Oh, yes. That’s how Constantinople became Istanbul. But Doudou of the UN and the teachers in our schools don’t want to hear about it."

And it is into the country which thus ‘evolved’ from Christianity into Islam (doesn’t evolution also have connotations of improvement? Someone remind me), into this ‘civilised’ culture which makes it a crime to insult ‘Turkishness’, this haven which wants, if you please, to become part of the EU, which the Holy Father must step oh-so-carefully. The AP article goes on to say that:

"Any gesture perceived as worship — even as simple as making sign of the cross — could be viewed as a serious affront by his hosts and undermine the Vatican’s attempts to rebuild goodwill with Turkey as a bridge to other Muslims nations….
    An open act of piety by the pontiff would likely enrage powerful Turkish nationalists, who hold sway over the political and military establishment, as a perceived signal of Christian claims to the site and a challenge to Turkish sovereignty."

However, the Cathedral of St. Sophia, that sanctuary-that-was-breached, will be on the Pope’s tour itenerary. "as a "sign of respect" toward Muslims" according to Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi. Still, though, given that Islam is the ‘religion of peace’, that ‘Islam means peace’ and that moslems (and the Turks especially, ask the Greek Cypriots) are so very peaceful and civilised, there’s no chance at all that signs of respect shown by the Christian world to the moslem world won’t be reciprocated. I mean, just look at how well that’s worked historically…

Those of us inclined to pray and worry about these things could do worse than ask for blessings upon the Pope and all the faithful in danger in these very interesting times. From from London, to Anatolia, to Malaysia, the world over.

Amen.

Why south africa? why indeed?

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 4:24 pm

I have always believed in full disclosure, whether it is in politics, family life or in advertising!

So when I see a full page advert for South Africa, telling of such wonders, with never a dull moment and adventure always waiting to happen, and of the fabled Big Five, I paused in wonder myself! For those who don’t click immediately, the ‘Big Five’ refer to the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo of the hunter’s stories, and now, of course, for the photographer!

As I said, I always believe in full disclosure, so why aren’t we told in the splashy full-colour adverts of the ‘Big Ten!? I refer of course to the original five dangerous items; plus another five which are not so well advertised, but probably more easily encountered than the wild animals mentioned heretofore! I am talking about the South African Murder rate, which accounted for +/- 25,000 last year alone! I am referring to the astounding statistics of armed robbery, rape, car-jacking and plain ordinary violence which give South Africa the reputation of possibly the most violent country in the world, leaving Columbia in it’s shadow! The existence of AID’s , although heavily denied by the government, is reaching epidemic proportions in this once vibrant, healthy country!

This is the country which is supposed to be holding the 2010 World Cup! They are gonna’ win prizes, but not many for football! As is considered usual for ‘Turd World’ Black-ruled African countries, the rate and spread of corruption, especially in high places, has now reached the Cabinet , where no less than Two Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister hold shares in the consortium which has been chosen to build and operate the GauTrain high-speed train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria (now renamed Tshwane, or some other made-up name)!

So if any are actually foolish enough to actually go to South Africa in 2010 to witness the World Cup, don’t get either infected or robbed, and survive the trip, they can be comforted by the knowledge that their money is definitely going to all the right places!

A BLIND TEXAN WITH GREAT VISION…..

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 2:09 pm

I’m sure you all know that I love music, hence the ATW jukebox feature on the site.

As and from this week, I want to write a regular "Behind the Song" column – over on the Tangled Articles section. I hope you will find this an interesting read and I guarantee you will find out some things that you definitely didn’t know! I’ve been a bit reluctant to do this since a writer whose work I profoundly admire, Mark Steyn, does a similar kind of thing and I didn’t want to be seen to be copying him. But my enthusiasm for music is way too powerful and I reckon I can make it worth your while to read it!

So, this week I HAVE just published the tale of how a blind Texan wrote Country & Western’s most horrific song – even though he is best known for writing gentle love songs and tales of lost romance!

THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS……

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 1:32 pm

james_baker_III.jpgWell, I’m not in the least surprised to read that a draft report on strategies for Iraq which will be debated in the USA by a bipartisan commission beginning Monday, urges an aggressive regional diplomatic initiative that includes direct talks with Iran and Syria. The date for retreat is not set but don’t worry – the Jihadists will get the message. Nudge Nudge.

As for talking to Iran and Syria – this is entirely in line with the lunatic notion that these nations can somehow "stabilise" Iraq and help the nascent Iraqi democracy establish itself. Naturally both Iran and Syria are truly deeply and madly devoted to the removal of any vestige of democracy in the Middle East and it looks like the Iraq Study Group’s report – fronted by James Baker (the man who abandoned ordinary Iraqis to Saddam’s tender mercies in 1992 as the mass graves testified) – will ensure that the axis of evil prevails.  When the unreal is presented as realism, we know the plot has well and truly been lost. 

WHO’S SORRY NOW?

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 1:26 pm

Can I just say how sorry I am that Tony Blair has said how sorry he is about something that happened to some people a few hundred years ago? The Prime Minister has described the slave trade, which Britain helped to ban, as a "crime against humanity." Well, maybe it is – and since some African Nations are STILL practising this, doesn’t that make them war criminals? When shall we invade….?