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and they, too; passed by on the other side!

By Mike Cunningham On September 14th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Over the years since I returned, along with my wife and family to these sometimes green and pleasant lands, I have become immune to the constant nudges, shouts, demands and instructions from the Health Nazi Brigades seemingly permanently employed by various Government  departments to keep on telling  us that we are too fat, too idle, too lazy, too unhealthy; that we should, or alternatively should not, eat various substances, foods which are ‘in favour’ of the particular science, or medical, or indeed paranormal, beliefs of the moment. First we have to keep drinking red wine, because it staves off heart disease. Then a year later, another wild-eyed scientific prophet comes out with a study which ‘proves’ beyond all reasonable doubt that red wine is a killer, and thus to be avoided at all costs. Then we have the vegetarian and vegan people calling for red meat to be banned, because that is the prime push for an early death.

Now I do know, and accept, that David is a vegan, but I also know that he is far too well-mannered to push his beliefs, regarding eating or anything else, on to any of the rest of us. Which is the whole point of my writing. If these people believe so fervently in the truth of their cause, why do they not simply state that they will be adopting/abjuring the particular food/drink/substance which is the subject of their cause/derision, and then ask; repeat ‘ask’ if those of us who give their research credence, to join them, and then see if the rest of the population suffers the early death they have predicted?

Readers will understand, now, the real reason for my writing today, was the sighting, in our local Tesco last Friday, of a young woman who was literally stick thin. She looked exactly the same, from her stick-like legs, through her painfully-thin lower body and torso, to her gaunt and ravaged face; as the victims who emerged from the Japanese and Nazi-German death-camps of Dachau and Changi. Now I may be many things, but daft is not one of them; so I did not move forward and intervene, as maybe a well-meaning fool would have done, with this young woman who was obviously intent on killing herself; mainly from a well-developed sense of self-preservation. I did not ask a perfect stranger if she knew how ill she actually was! Many other fellow shoppers looked askance at this walking skeleton, but none spoke to her, and so neither did I. Cowardly? Possibly, but there is the curse of modern life, in Great Britain at least. Should I have spoken out? I do not know, but, having hesitated, I remained silent.

I recall, some years ago, standing in the local butchers shop on a Saturday morning. In front was this young boy, who was finishing paying for his purchases. He carried the meat back towards the entrance, and then attempted, struggling with the load; to pick up some seven other well-laden shopping bags, as he, and he alone, was doing all the family shopping! Now the thought which passed through not only my mind, but also at least two other people behind me in the queue, was to offer a hand to get his load back to where he was headed; but, strangely, I hesitated, because just at that time was a particularly nasty case of paedophilic child abuse in the headlines: and the lady behind the counter must have read our collective minds; because she gave a very distinct negative headshake and nod to all of us in the queue. So, we all minded our own business, and this young boy struggled away down Silver Street, and away to where his no doubt strangely-uncaring family lived.

Are we our brothers’ keeper? We should be, but, somehow, the fear of being mistaken; of being regarded as something rather nasty and semi-evil, prevents us from taking action or speaking out. It is, indeed, a funny old world!

 

ISIS Says It Executed David Cawthorne Haines, British Aid Worker

By The Troll On September 14th, 2014 at 12:24 am

Not that Britain according to those here are at ATW are at War with IZZY, it doesn’t stop them from being at war with you. Oh I know not you personally, you believe it’s your and our Governments fault and your not part of either.  The thing is they don’t care. To them you’re just another infidel on the list to die….. Praise Allah…… Long Live the Caliphate.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that showed what appeared to be the beheading of a British citizen, David Cawthorne Haines, an aid worker.

He is seen kneeling on a bare hill in a landscape that appears identical to the one where two American journalists were killed by the group in back-to-back-executions in the past month, according to the footage and a transcript released by SITE Intelligence, which tracks the terrorist group.

In the moments before his death, Mr. Haines, 44, as the two slain journalists before him did, reads a script in which he blames his country’s leaders for his killing. Addressing Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, he says, “You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend among our British prime ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans.”

ATW COMEDY CORNER

By Pete Moore On September 13th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Politics schmolitics

It’s about time someone talked some sense into the Yanks: step forward the Pub Landlord. He can be accused of many things, but lacking sensible British thinking isn’t one of’em …

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So why didn’t the dog bark in the night?

By Mike Cunningham On September 13th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I write about a strange and almost inexplicable trait present in many British people , a trait which I certainly do not share, nor do I even attempt to either comprehend or  even understand. It is the singular foolishness of risking one’s own life to ‘rescue’ an animal which is perceived to be in danger of dying; either through accident or human action; it is the whole idea that an animal is worthy of the possibility of losing or hazarding the rescuer’s own life to aid that same animal.

Time and again, we watch or read, or hear of some futile rescue attempt of a animal, usually a dog, possibly because they are more singularly stupid than the merest of cats and moggies in general, who seem to have a much higher degree of self-preservation built into their natural DNA; when the dog has either fallen through an iced-up pond or lake, or fallen off a cliff, or else some equally hazardous or extremely silly happening. The rescuer, if still alive, but more often than not is now dead, is referred to as a hero, or a brave and fast-thinking man or woman of moral steadfastness; worthy of the tributes of lesser mortals.

Just think about the strange, and in fact remarkably effective, campaign by some pressure group or other which strove against the killing of baby seals in the Canadian Arctic. It wasn’t the artful campaign photos of a female model dragging a sealskin coat across the floor, the passage of the coat was of course traced with the alleged blood of the dead seals which was the prime mover of the campaign winning: it was the photos of the head of a baby seal with its two large, seemingly soulful eyes staring reproachfully back out off the pages of the adverts and articles which was the crunch kit of the campaign against the use of furs from those dead baby seals. Most viewers simply looked at those two reproachful pools, staring out of an animal’s head; and immediately transposed the eyes into human eyes, and the fur coat trade died away.

And it is exactly the same transference which rules when some ordinary man is hailed as a HERO, by his actions in saving, or attempting to save, some animal; even at the cost of his own life: a  cost which is felt most severely by his dependants, who now have to struggle along without a breadwinner: but he is, or rather was, a hero!

Which brings me to the main point of my writing today. ATW readers will no doubt have read and heard of the saving of some 150 dogs from a blazing inferno at a Manchester dogs’ home, while some fifty other animals died. Two of the men who rescued some of the dogs were being interviewed by the BBC pillock on the Today Programme, and they had been retelling how they had seen the flames from their own homes, and had rushed over to try and save the dogs, despite the fierce temperature of the fire and the flames. They were suitably modest about their ‘heroics’, and said that anyone else would have done the same. But the BBC clown then said, “You must have heard that the fund to rebuild the dog’s shelter has already reached over a million pounds. Are you surprised that people have donated so much money to a dog’s home, when OTHER CHARITIES ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO HELP STARVING PEOPLE OVERSEAS?

Now, if some wet, liberal, lefty BBC clone had asked me, or someone like me, why I had donated cash to some bloody burnt-out dogs’ shelter instead of the starving f***king Ethiopians, or the Sudanese, or the Ebola victims, or any other of the myriad causes placed forward so piously by the multitude of bloody charities which have sprung up like weeds, my answer would have been a tad more robust, and to the effect that “IT IS MY BLOODY MONEY, AND I WILL SPEND IT, OR GIVE IT AWAY, TO WHOM I BLOODY WELL PLEASE!”

 

FOOL’S GOLD…

By David Vance On September 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am

The economic argument for an Independent Scotland is fatuous at best but when put in a corner, it’s advocates will usually claim that North Sea Oil is their saving grace. Really? Does this look like Nirvana to you?

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DEALING WITH MONSTERS…

By David Vance On September 13th, 2014 at 10:48 am

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First. a story many of you may know.

Roosevelt’ Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, once said “Somoza’s a bastard!”

And Roosevelt replied, “Yes, but he’s our bastard.

Now read on..

Following a lengthy golfing holiday that symbolised how he has become the most ineffective U.S. President and leader of the civilised world in decades, Barack Obama has announced that America is prepared to use air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

However, Britain will not join in. Cynics might say this is because defence cuts mean we haven’t enough planes, or that after Tony Blair’s disastrous war against Iraq (which led to the present mess), the public won’t tolerate any more mindless foreign interventions.

But the real reason is that attacking the Islamic State would mean allying ourselves with Bashar al-Assad, the tyrant of Syria, who, only a year ago, David Cameron wanted to launch a joint strike against. Thankfully, MPs voted against the idea. Similarly, Congress stopped Mr Obama.

Those decisions have now been proved to be very wise. Although Mr Obama says the use of air strikes does not mean the U.S. is backing Assad, they will inevitably throw a lifeline to a man who has shamefully used chemical weapons against his own people as he desperately clings on to power.

For our part, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, says the decision not to participate in air strikes won’t be ‘revisited’. To add to the sense of confusion, it was later reported No 10 had contradicted his remarks.

Assad is a monster. There is NO DOUBT about it. But Islamic State are much much worse and so in the words of FDR, we should align ourself with “our bastard” to prevent the greater evil. The so called Arab Spring has shown that by toppling one bunch of tyrants we unleash another even worse set of maniacs.

Thoughts?

CHUCKLE- VISION

By David Vance On September 13th, 2014 at 10:34 am

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I’m going on the Jon Gaunt show on Fubarr Radio shortly to discuss Ian Paisley.  I am acutely aware of the sense of loss felt by his family and friends – some of whom I know. Since his death yesterday morning, there has been a tsunami of very positive media coverage – he has been hailed as a statesman, a peacemaker – etc. However that is not how I see it and Ruth Dudley Edwards sums things up pretty well here.

“A thundering bigot and a force for ill almost all of his life, he was never targeted for assassination by the IRA leadership because they were smart enough to realise he was their best recruiting sergeant.

As a Northern Irish evangelical Christian preacher, the life choices for Paisley were rather narrow, but he took full advantage of what were available. He wanted all the adulation and power that was going and to crow on top of whatever hill there was to be on top of.

Unfortunately for Northern Ireland, Paisley had exceptional eloquence, charisma and ruthlessness necessary to destroy any who stood in his way. I will never forget the experience of listening to his powerful preaching in his Martyrs’ Memorial Church. The true believers were rapt and ecstatic.

Paisley was only 25 when he fell out with the Presbyterian church in which he was a minister and so founded the much more fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Distinguished for its abusive anti-Catholicism and its designation of all popes as anti-Christ, he was its supreme leader for almost 60 years. Then he made a U-turn on some of its core beliefs by going into government with unrepentant terrorists and taking on an office – that of First Minister – which involved responsibility for the protection of LGBT rights.

He was forced to resign as moderator, but he held on to the manse even though the church had bought him a retirement home. Paisley wasn’t motivated by financial greed, but he liked his comfort. And being a devoted father and very attached to his family, he liked storing up comforts for them too. In the interests of peace, Tony Blair gave Eileen Paisley a peerage to keep him company. Ian Junior inherited his father’s seat.”

She then adds…

“What became known as the Paisley-McGuinness “Chuckle Brothers” routine was hailed by the credulous as a sign that old enemies were now united. What they had done, of course, was to take power and divide the spoils.

“Very sad to learn that Ian Paisley has died,” Martin McGuinness says. “My deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen & family. Once political opponents – I have lost a friend.”

I wonder how the victims of both these men feel today.”

I agree with her.  In private life, Ian was a charming quietly spoken and thoughtful man – in MY experience. However his public POLITICAL persona appalled me and that is what I shall say when I go on-air.

Friday

By The Troll On September 12th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Want to play…. ;)

Our Politicians may be fools and they may give back every piece of land we take, but there is not a piece of land anywhere on the earth that we can’t take if we want it.

The Cowboys are coming.

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WOULD I LIE TO YOU?

By David Vance On September 12th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX….DV CHOICE

By David Vance On September 12th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

This is such a great song….recorded back in 1959.