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By ATWadmin On April 15th, 2007 at 2:24 am

brownPA250906_228x242.jpgGordon Brown, he who will succeed Tony Blair as British Prime Minister, is frequently referred to as "Prudence Brown" – with regard to him being a "safe pair of hands" when it comes to managing the British economy. The left wing media over the years has made much of Brown’s supposed tendency to play it economically safe. However, as with so much else, this is riddled with lies. In fact, it is revealed today that Prudence Brown disregarded advice from the Bank of England before he sold off more than half the country’s gold reserves at the bottom of the market. It is revealed that Bank of England officials had serious misgivings over the chancellor’s determination to sell 400 tons of bullion in a series of auctions between 1999 and 2002, when the price was at a 20-year low. Since then the price has almost trebled, meaning the decision cost the taxpayer an estimated £2 billion. How VERY prudent! Then there was the small matter of Prudence ignoring FURTHER economic advice before he went and cost the UK Pensions market around £75 BILLION. This is "a safe pair of hands"?

Consolidating the Abortion Firestorm

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Ok, we’ve had a lot of fun here on ATW about the whole abortion thing but the multiplicity of commenting grounds has gotten a bit silly. In order to understand the conversation entirely, one has to run around posts past and present like a headless chicken, and that’s very silly. So I’ve decided to shut off the comments on older posts and bring it all to here.

Before we start with that fun, though, I’ve been reading other blogs than ATW (heretic that I am) and found a link to a very worrying op/ed piece about abortion. It got me thinking, which got me writing, which got my readers saying the subject deserved a wider airing. So, before we get down to the comments section and start on the firestorm of discussion, here’s my piece on the idea that Abortion is Good Mothering:


"Abortion is good mothering."

Signs of the times, they call them. Indications of what’s wrong with the world you live in. The horrible article I’ll be looking at here is just such a one.

I’m sure we’re all familiar (from our history lessons on the Evils of Nazism) with the word Untermensch, a term popularised by the Nazis to describe ‘subhumans’. But I’d like to focus for a little on a different term, having just found a perfect example of the thing it describes. The term is Unmensch, which my dictionary translates as ‘monster’. My own knowledge of the German language, however, translates it more directly as ‘un-human’. Not less than human, but something completely inhuman.

Via Antonia’s blog, I find a link to a wonderfully clear example of the Unmensch. And the trouble is I’m having to come to terms with the fact that in using this term it’s accurate for me to be talking about the author herself as well as the views she’s espousing.

Caitlin Moran writes for the Times as a columnist and has two surviving children. At least one child, however, was sacrificed for Caitlin’s convenience. As she herself writes, kitchen counters are more important.

I’m going to look through this article and pick things apart as interest me. I hope I can keep your interest, too. One thing, though, I can’t bring myself to refer to this incident of homo sapiens as ‘a woman’ or ‘a lady’ or so on, so I’ll be referring to that incident throughout as ‘the Unmensch‘. If that bothers you, the comments box is always open. (And let it be noted here, this post is about lifestyle abortions. Anybody bringing up rape etc is de facto an irrelevant troll.)

The Unmensch begins by recounting the conversion of Ms Miranda Sawyer from the pro-death camp (often perversely called the ‘pro-choice’ lobby) to the pro-life group. This, the Unmensch tells us, was as a result of Ms Sawyer’s giving birth to her son.

The Unmensch recounts that Ms Sawyer wrote: “I was calling the life inside me a baby, because I wanted it,” she wrote, after visiting picketed abortion clinics in America. “Yet if I hadn’t – as would perhaps have been the case ten years earlier – I would have thought of it as just a group of cells it was OK to kill. It was the same entity. It was merely my response to it that determined whether it would live or die. That seemed irrational to me. Maybe even immoral.” Later, she explained that, “When you’ve experienced pregnancy and birth, and the fantastic beauty of the resulting child, it’s hard not to question what a termination does, or is.

Ms Sawyer, then, realised that a ‘termination’ ends a life. That pregnancy is a process which leads inexorably to the birth of a live human baby. Not a cookie, not a teabag, a human baby. Something which many pro-death campaigners deny. The Unmensch, on the other hand, does not deny it. She knows it’s a child, a living baby. But nonetheless, the Unmensch remains firmly entrenched in the pro-death camp.

The Unmensch writes that, contrary to Sawyer’s change of heart, it has found itself "becoming much less troubled by the pro-life argument".

The Unmensch then goes on to say that many people write of abortion with a feeling of being: "compelled to preface discussion about their abortions with an obligatory, “Of course, it’s terribly traumatic – no woman enters into this lightly.” She [Williams] went on to explain that this is because, however liberal a society is, it assumes that, at it’s absolute core, abortion is wrong – but that a forgiving state must make legal and medical provision for it, lest desperate women do a Vera Drake down a back alley, and make things even worse."

This is where things start to get a little odd. Even worse? What could possibly be worse than murdering one’s own child in utero? The Unmensch explains that:

"Abortions are never seen as a positive thing – as any other operation to remedy a potentially life-ruining condition would."

The Unmensch goes on for a while expanding on this point, but since I don’t want to ramble (as I mentioned previously) so suffice to say it’s just more in the same vein. From this and other muted ravings against the ideal of motherhood, which I’ll look at later, I conclude that the Unmensch is just that, unhuman.

But yes, that’s a massive accusation to make. So I’ll take a minute to explain the claim.

The human culture, the human civilisation, has since its beginning valued motherhood, understood sexuality to be deeply powerful and sacred, and has only in its most evil times turned against children. Indeed, Chesterton (in The Everlasting Man) writes of the Roman assault on and destruction of Carthage that one of the principal differences between the two was the daemonic practice by the Carthagians of infant sacrifice to the demon-god we refer to as Moloch, which is also named Tanit. The Carthagians sacrificed their children for material gain, for comfort and ‘progress’. Clearly the spirit of Tanit is alive and well, as once again children are sacrificed for gain and ‘progress’. Worse yet, this time there are no sacrificial drums, no passing bells. Simply relief at the removal of an ‘inconvenience’, of something that is on a par with, or even is, a ‘life-ruining condition‘. Sorry kid, but you’re a ‘parasite’. Your very existence threatens to ruin your mother’s comfortable life, so she’s going to snuff you out with less thought than she would put into decorating her kitchen.

And that’s really the crux of it, I suppose. The climax, you might say. The Unmensch writes that: "Last year, I had an abortion, and I can honestly say it was one of the least difficult decisions of my life. I’m not being flippant when I say it took me longer to decide what worktops to have in the kitchen than whether I was prepared to spent the rest of my life being responsible for a further human being. I knew I would see my existing two daughters less, my husband less, my career would be hamstrung and, most importantly of all, I was just too tired to do it all again. I didn’t want another child – in the same way that I don’t suddenly want to move to Canada; or buy a horse."

Leaving aside the fact that it’s unusual to only want to live for another, say, 18 years (after which most kids become responsible for themselves, thanks be to God) we can see that the idea of sanctity of life is completely absent from this Unmensch. All it thinks about is what will happen to the life it lives, what it will have to do. Well, sorry, but if you didn’t want another kid, you could just as easily have kept your trousers on. But perhaps that doesn’t go with the way the Unmensch lives its life. The Unmensch writing for The Times writes that:

"mothers must pretend that they love other people’s children, never wish to be violent, or get hog-whimperingly drunk, wear a cowboy hat and ride one of those bucking mechanized rodeo cows, so they must pretend that they are loving and protective of all life, however nascent or putative it might be. They should, we still quietly believe, deep down inside, be prepared to give and give and give, until they simply wear out. The greatest mother – the perfect mother – would carry to term every child she conceived, no matter how disruptive or ruinous, because her love would be great enough for anything."

It is this love, and love of life which, I think, separates the Unmensch from the Human, the thorns from the healthy plants. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating a kind of Life Worship as roundly denounced and soundly thrased by the late great C.S. Lewis. I don’t believe that life in itself is the paramount thing. It is, as the Germans sometimes say, a case of, Besser ein Ende mit Schrek als ein Schrek ohne Ende. That is, better a horrible ending than an endless horror. But here we have the completely inhuman point of starting from the view that, simply because the mother-to-be doesn’t want to give up more time or effort, the child-to-be is on a par with a cancer. We have even seen, over in the comments on the ATW reader response section, the view preached that abortion is essentially the same as self defence against an aggressor. No horror in sight, except the horror of the inhumanity of the thoughts of the Unmensch, and most notably no opportunity for the kid to be a good thing. No opportunity for the mother to try and be a mother, to remain human rather than become this… thing which is so in love with the notion of being absolute master that it will destroy, without so much as a twinge of conscience, its own growing child within its own body.

A complete damned fatalism, seen so often in the left and the liberals, reaches its hellish culmination here. This is also, I should mention for the sake of completeness, seen in Freakonomics, and in Channel 4‘s questions page from the My Foetus documentary page. The My Foetus programme, you may remember, was the one which televised an abortion and made sure that the whole country saw the miniscule remnants of the child that would have been, making especially sure that we heard the comments that ‘it doesn’t even look human’. I supposed I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that the button which reads ‘Unplanned Pregnancy: Your Questions Answered’ leads to a page dealing almost solely with questions of how one can obtain an abortion. The only evil mentioned here is how long the girls in the case studies had to wait to be free of their vulnerable children. Diddums. Not to mention the wonderful advice that "Abortion is generally safer than having a baby, especially if performed early in the pregnancy".

I think really a large part of the problem can be seen summed up in the TimesUnmensch‘s closing comments:

"Ultimately, I don’t understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species, we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life…. I think that, by whatever rationale you use, ending a pregnancy twelve weeks into gestation is incalculably more moral behaviour than bringing an unwanted child into this world. Or child that, through no fault of it’s own, would be the destructor of a marriage, a family, a parent. It’s fairly inarguable to say that unhappy children, who then grew into very angry adults, have caused the great majority of mankind’s miseries. …I would like to see a time where abortion is considered to be an intelligent, logical, humble, compassionate thing to do. I would like abortion to be considered as, perversely, one of the ultimate acts of good mothering."

A world desired in which the ‘ultimate act’ of good mothering is destroying your child for your own convenience. What a brave new world, what ‘people’ in it!


The problem is, though, that this issue (which shouldn’t even be an issue in a civilised world, sanctity of life should be sacred) tends to harden lines that people have already taken. Especially in the cases of the guilty, who feel under attack. Sometimes that reaction is justified, sometimes not. In closing I want only to say that I’m not attacking anybody personally other than the Unmensch writing for the times. Other people I don’t know, and I can only pray that my giving people the benefit of the doubt in assuming that, if they have had an abortion, it was for a far less inhuman reason than those seen above.

I found an image I really like for this while I was looking for illustrations to make this essay easier on the eyes. I don’t know who the kid would have been, as I found the image at Priests for Life, but I’m going to call him James. He never had a chance, but it looks almost like he’s waving good-bye. Please do wave bye-bye to little James. Maybe you’ll see him again sometime.

"By the Babe Unborn"
by G.K. Chesterton
If trees were tall and grasses short,
As in some crazy tale,
If here and there a sea were blue
Beyond the breaking pale,

If a fixed fire hung in the air
To warm me one day through,
If deep green hair grew on great hills,
I know what I should do.

In dark I lie; dreaming that there
Are great eyes cold or kind,
And twisted streets and silent doors,
And living men behind.

Let storm clouds come: better an hour,
And leave to weep and fight,
Than all the ages I have ruled
The empires of the night.

I think that if they gave me leave
Within the world to stand,
I would be good through all the day
I spent in fairyland.

They should not hear a word from me
Of selfishness or scorn,
If only I could find the door,
If only I were born.

Bye-bye, James.



By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

Isn’t it bad form that that the governor of Kansas has been put in position where he has had to sign a law today barring protesters from funerals in an attempt to curtail a fundamentalist church that pickets military funerals, claiming the deaths are God’s punishment for homosexuality? However, the legislation has the legal novelty of not taking effect until the Kansas Supreme Court or a federal court upholds it as constitutional. Legislators added that provision to lessen concerns that the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers would file a legal challenge, win and collect attorney fees from the state. “It’s disgraceful for anyone to try and disrupt a funeral,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said during a Statehouse ceremony. “It is unfortunate this reprehensible practice has been exported to other states.”

I think it repulsive that "so-called" Christians would behave so deplorably but then again the members of Westboro Baptist Church, a small fundamentalist congregation in Topeka, who picket burials of US troops killed in combat, are space cadets who demonstrate a lack of the Christian values they espouse. I think the families of murdered US soldiers have enough misery to cope with, and this kind of stupid bigoted behaviour does no good in any way whatsoever.

Is It ‘Cos I Is Not A Nu-Labourite ‘Chip-On-Shoulder’ Class-Hating, Jealous, Bitter Socialist?

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

"In about four seconds, a teacher will begin to speak….."

Browsing the BBC News website’s Education section today, I came across not one but two examples of how the vile stench of leftism sets out to deliberately and spitefully spit out its evil snake venom based on class hatred and pure jealousy, in an attempt to ruin the education of ordinary British people. Let’s take these examples one at a time:


Pupil’s film about ‘awful’ school


A schoolgirl who says her school is "falling apart" has made a film about what she describes as the "awful conditions" for the 1,400 pupils. Mel Massey, a pupil at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, made the film called "Is it cos I is posh?" as part of a BBC Wales website project.

In the film, Mel, 17, said there had been a lack of funding for improving and maintaining the school over recent years.
"They say that due to us achieving good grades, and because Cowbridge is otherwise such an affluent area, we simply aren’t a priority," she said.


Yeah. Says it all, doesn’t it? All the worrying tell-tale signs are there: Good grades? Affluent area? UH-OH!! Middle-England Tory Alert! Tory Alert! No need to plough any extra funds into that school, oh no! For all we know, the well-brought-up "affluent" pupils there are probably receiving old-fashioned "British" values from their parents, and we can’t allow that now, can we? Why, there probably isn’t even a "gangsta-rap" cultural society in that school! Horror of horrors!  There is only one answer to this: Let’s bleed that school dry of all funding, until it toes the line and starts to reflect our socialist utopian "glorious diversity" a little more, huh? All councillors in favour of this motion, please raise your hands……Thank you, Comrades.

This next article sickened me even more, though….A solid case of socialist ‘Little Hitlers’ filled with hatred and envy, nothing more:


A-grade pupil banned from dance


An A-grade pupil has been banned from her school prom because her parents refused to allow her to attend extra revision lessons.

Kayleigh Baker, 16, has also been thrown off the netball team at Hurworth School, near Darlington, County Durham, as punishment for the decision.
Kayleigh, who is a prefect at the school and already has two A grade GCSEs, said the row had placed her under a lot of stress.

The row started last June when the school asked all year 11 parents to sign a form allowing their children to attend the sessions. Kayleigh’s parents did not sign, saying their daughter was already a high achiever who did not need the burden of extra classes. Headteacher Dean Judson then wrote to them saying their daughter would be excluded from any "other voluntary activities" at the school.


Of course, you know, you just KNOW  that if her name had been something like "Desirée Gangsta Dynamite Yo Sistas" and if, instead of being an A-Grade achiever, she had failed all her exams (which would naturally be due to deprivation, marginalisation, victimisation, poverty and, (yo bruthas, ya check me yo mon? No dissin’ me on da street, solid, yo?), inequality) and if instead of buying a gold dress for the prom (yeuch, Comrades, hold your noses! How dreadfully uppah claaaahhhs!!) she had written some poetry about guns and knives and not giving her any "disrespect" (Yo, check it, yo, muthaf*****s), then the funding, the grants would be simply pouring in from all sides, and the LEA would be falling over themselves to invent excuses why she should not need to attend any extra classes.

"…….By all means necessary, it’s time to stop the …. hypocrisy".


By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 9:52 am

A culture which revels in disrespect and crudity is in a strange position to make choices. For example, over in the States, radio host Don Imus has been punished by being sacked from his job for referring to the Rudgers women basketball team as “Nappy headed hos.” Pretty pathetic choice of language and I see nothing good to say about Imus. But at the same time, the same liberals that got soooo offended at Imus’s comments revel in Rap Music. And Rap Music is, if anything even more offensive, even less respectful of women.

Take the current Number One in the Rap charts hit single by a group called “Mims.” The song is “This Is Why I’m Hot.” It has topped the charts for the last 15 weeks.

This is why I’m hot
Catch me on the block
Every other day
Another bitch another drop
16 bars, 24 pop
44 songs, nigga gimme what you got . . .
. . . We into big spinners
See my pimping never dragged
Find me wit’ different women that you niggas never had
For those who say they know me know I’m focused on ma cream
Player you come between you’d better focus on the beam
I keep it so mean the way you see me lean
And when I say I’m hot my nigga dis is what I mean

No? Not bad enough for you? Ok – TRY this, these are the lyrics from “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” 2006 winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, by Al Kapone for “Hustle and Flow.

“In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets

Gotta couple hos workin’ on the changes for me …

The  Rap scene is littered with this foul demeaning language, but it seems OK so long as “da niggas” is doin’ it. Well, it’s NOT OK, and just as Imus is a disgrace, so are the Rappers. Any liberals calling for them to lose their contracts with the music labels???

Streak of Nature

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 7:34 am

Like most of the rest of the world I’ll be watching the Grand National this afternoon.  It is the only time of the year I gamble (and I’m not sharing my preferred nag with any of you).  As well as the horses I always like to keep a look out for the resident streaker, Mark Roberts.  I couldn’t do it myself, and I think there is a touch of sad eccentricity with aficionados who like to ‘bear the turkey’ at public events. 

On the other hand, does a bit of harmless streaking offend the police to the extent that they pursue the bureaucratic nightmare of attempting to impose ASBOs and the like?  When our cities, Liverpool included, are in the throes of communal violence and petty crime, should a disproportionate amount of time be spent by Merseyside Police on stopping a bit of harmless fun?  For that’s what it is.  Let’s face it, Roberts hasn’t got anything we haven’t seen before.  And it’s not as if he is stonking across the racecourse with an 8-inch erection before engaging in a bit of hand pleasure beside the stables.  He typically runs a few yards before being accosted by officials and provided with a towel to cover his dignity.  Hardly ‘Deep Throat’ is it?

My message to the police: stop wasting your time on pettiness and start doing some real police work against some real offenders!

Chewing the Fat

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 6:01 am

Have you ever noticed how scientists have this uncanny knack of providing excuses for human failings?  When they are not predicting environmental doom through global warming – with studies that just happen to be funded by governments (wink, wink!), they seek to justify totally unacceptable living habits and peculiarities.

For example, take a child that is totally out of control because it has no conception of discipline.  Combine it with the fact that it has had far too few thrashings (if any) during its miserable, pointless existence, and there you have it: ADHD.  I have a cure for ADHD.  It’s called the cane!  The latest one is the justification for the plethora of fat gits we see wobbling around the streets and lanes of the UK and elsewhere.   It’s all to do with a ‘fat gene’ (ROFL).

Some people have always had a greater propensity for weight gain than others.  You don’t need to have you head stuck in a test tube to work that one out!  However, the ‘chubs’ brigade will now sit back and blame their complete absence of any form of self-control on Mother Nature.  Poppycock!  People are fat because they stuff themselves with food.  With the exception of Irish republicans, the orifice at the top end of the body is bigger than the one at the bottom.  There were no fat people in Dachau!

Fat people look as repulsive as their anorexic counterparts.  There is nothing more emetic than seeing great Dunlop tyres of flab cascading over trousers that have to be practically worn around the top of the legs to ensure the belt can fasten.  You want to lose weight!  Eat less and exercise more; show some……..wait for it……..SELF-DISCIPLINE!  I know the concept of ‘discipline’ is anathema these days (internally or externally), but try it.  It will work.  Don’t use the Professor Honeydews of this world to rest on your adiposal laurels.


Saturday’s Marx Quote – 14.04.07

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 5:56 am

‘You haven’t stopped talking since I came here! You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!’

On This Day…14.04

By ATWadmin On April 14th, 2007 at 5:46 am

1205 – The Battle of Adrianople takes place between the Crusading armies of Europe and the Bulgars. The Bulgars prove victorious after a well-executed ambush.

1865 – At Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, actor John Wilkes Booth fatally shoots US President Abraham Lincoln. The attack came only five days after the American Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E Lee at Appomattox.

1931 – Britain’s Ministry of Transport issues the first Highway Code – a set of guidelines and rules for drivers.

1954 – Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for political asylum in Canberra, Australia. He confirms that British diplomats Burgess and Maclean were Russian spies.

1981 – The Space shuttle Columbia makes its first successful orbital flight.

1983 – Introduction of the first cordless telephone, able to operate up to 600 feet away from its base.



By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

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