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On This Day…27.02

By ATWadmin On February 27th, 2007 at 6:54 am

1879 – Discovery of saccharin by chemists in Baltimore.

1900 – Boer leader Piet Cronje and his army surrender to British commander Lord Roberts at Paardeberg during the Boer War.

1933 – The Reichstag building in Berlin is destroyed by fire.

1981 – Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces he will not be standing for Parliament again at the next General Election.

1991 – The last Iraqi troops leave Kuwait and the Gulf War is declared officially over.

2002 – Death of the much loved comedian and former Goon Spike Milligan.

Whoops, another bleating Fenian!

By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

It’s certainly got the regulars on Slugger pretty vexed.  Another twig has been added to the Fenian nest of the eternal whinge.  Suddenly the roar of rugby victory and its accompanying hubris is relegated news as the perpetually oppressed republican knucklewalkers of BT11 and BT35 find something new to have a go at the good old UK about.

This time it’s the decision by Belfast Magistrates Court to fine some mouthy insurrectionist totty £100 for obscene heckling of PSNI officers on the Malone Road.  Apparently Maire Feckknowshowyoupronounceherstupidsurname emerged somewhat intoxicated after a night on the razz (didn’t know nationalists could afford a night out.  Thought they were too busy being oppressed!) and proceeded to hurl insults at officers who arrived on the scene.  Had I, or anyone else, demonstrated aggression towards the police,  I would have been arrested notwithstanding any linguistic tongue I decided to use to evince my vexation.  My body language and facial expression would have been enough to put me in handcuffs.

But dearie me all is not rosy in the Republican Condominium of MOPEry.  To them, Feckknows…. was not arrested because of her atrocious behaviour, she was picked on purely because she spoke in Irish (LOL!).  Even her defence team wanted all court proceedings to take place using Irish – a language totally superfluous to the collective societal wellbeing of the Northern Ireland population.

Miss Aggrieved Teach is now going to take her case all the way to the European Court in order to show the rest of the ever dwindling global audience of those sypathetic to a good old anti-Brit Paddy whine how to make a complete burk of herself.  Let her go ahead.  It’ll give the judges something to have a giggle at.  Another good day for a British police force and the British criminal justice system.  Perhaps the next time someone insults a policemen in Irish, they should be taken to the local cop shop and interrogated in chains!

No terrorists in government

By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

IRApolice.jpeHere is another piece on the “Democratic” Unionist manifesto!

I was somewhat surprised that the DUP still see having “terrorists in government” as a bad thing. However, on page seventeen of their manifesto it is listed as one of the “fundamental flaws in the Belfast Agreement”.

Apparently Sinn Fein/IRA people in any future government of Northern Ireland will not be terrorists because the “Democratic” Unionists “have made it clear that no party linked to those involved in paramilitary or criminal activity will be in an Executive. Indeed, to be a Minister it will be necessary to take a pledge of office to support the police.”

So Martin McGuinness, an IRA man, will cease to be a terrorist once he swears an oath supporting the PSNI.

I don’t think so.

McGuinness and his friends in the IRA may not be killing people at the moment but Sinn Fein/IRA continue to justify their thirty year campaign of terror.

The DUP may CLAIM that Sinn Fein/IRA’s Republicanism is “a sham” if they sign up to a “British police force and British justice system” as one of their MLAs told me but, by the same token, the Republicanism of Michael Collins and Eamon DeValera was a “sham” once they took the oath of allegiance.

Hitler’s Nazism was also a sham once he accepted a post in the Weimer government of 1932.

Indeed, that very argument was used by many in the German establishment – get Hitler inside the democratic tent and the Nazis will be like any other party which secured support at the ballot box.

Was Eamon DeValera a monarchist? No.

Was Hitler a democrat? No.

Will Sinn Fein/IRA still be unrepentant terrorists after McGuinness takes this oath? Yes.

In fact, the DUP didn’t always believe that “putting the IRA in uniform” was a good thing as the picture illustrates.

I’m NOT voting DUP because

By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

The DUP manifesto may not contain a solid commitment to entering an inclusive mandatory coalition government with Sinn Fein/IRA but there can be little doubt that the party intends to do just that.

Consider the smiling young woman pictured on page eight of the document who informs us that she is “voting DUP for a Unionist dominated executive” or the equally happy man on page twenty four who is “voting DUP to ensure a Unionist First Minister”.

What these individuals conveniently ignore is that even if there is a Unionist majority in the executive, Nationalists and Republicans will have a veto on all decisions.

The “Democratic” Unionists have negotiated a deal which removed government by unaccountable ministers and replaced it with a deal which ensures government by mutual veto.

Secondly, there cannot be a Unionist First Minister unless there is a Republican Deputy First Minister.

What is the difference between these two positions? The name. It is a joint office. The Unionist First Minister will have no more power than his Republican Deputy.

So I’m not voting DUP because their manifesto makes it clear that they intend to go into government with terrorists and apologists for terror.


By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 7:37 pm



By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

I fully sympathise with those parents outraged at the revelation that their 5 year old kids have gotten to watch a video and accompanying worksheets called “Living and Growing” featuring illustrations of a naked man and woman and inviting youngsters to label the vagina and penis. Sherwell Valley School in Torquay, Devon, planned to use the government-approved sex and relationship lessons.

But angry parents complained that the video, which also includes detailed descriptions of the effect of touching private parts, is inappropriate. A presentation to parents and governors at the school showed the film in which viewers are told that “rubbing the clitoris will give them a warm feeling”. This is just sick and shows the depraved agenda of those liberals who remorselessly drive their sexualisation-of-children agenda forward – at all costs.

‘altered reality’

By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Claims by a Canadian documentary filmmaker to have found not only the burial place of Jesus, but his DNA and evidence he had a son, are being dismissed as "fanciful and absurd" by both church leaders and archeologists. The Discovery Channel has a website up and running about the documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which will premiere in the US and the UK this weekend.

In the documentary a case is made that the 2,000-year-old “Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries” belonged to the family of Jesus of Nazareth. These served as coffins in first-century Jerusalem. One of these tombs was found to contain ten ossuaries, 6 with inscriptions on them. As it turns out, every inscription in this particular tomb relates to the Gospels.  All ‘leading epigraphers agree’ about the inscriptions and ‘archaeologists confirm the nature of the find’.  Plausible enough but how many families were there with these names?  ‘It comes down to a matter of statistics’, apparently.  A statistical study commissioned by the broadcasters (Discovery Channel/Vision Canada/C4 UK) concludes that while the names are common, the chances of them being found together are 600 to one.  The film then wades into Da Vinci Code territory and documents that DNA extraction from human residue found in two of the ossuaries reveals new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. How would they be able to do that? All sounds incredible but fascinating nonetheless. The timing could be contrued as insensitive to christians of course (Lent). 


By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

helen mirren.jpgDelighted to see that Helen Mirren has won an Oscar for her performance in movie "The Queen." I haven’t seen it yet, but it certainly has generated a lot of publicity. I’ve always like Ms Mirren – she has a certain charm and looks spectacular for her 60+ years. She’s been in a variety of movies – some quite racy it must be said – – and I’ve also seen her on the stage in London – and am glad to hear of this success!

what if we hadnt invaded iraq?

By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Ive noticed the media ratchet up their interest in Afghanistan and our tremendous efforts there – making  our soldiers look (quite rightly) absolutely heroic.  They really are hunkered down in one hell of a struggle.  Meanwhile Iraq gets to take a back seat.  It got me thinking. 

I have never questioned us being in Afghanistan. There are times when ive truly questioned the decision on Iraq though. Really i’ve despaired at the ‘senseless’ loss of British and American lives.  The jury is still out with the ensuing relentless chaos there now.  Possibly history will prove it was the right thing to do and i still believe and hope it will.   I felt very strongly opposed to it sometimes, how its been presented by the media,  i’ve wavered over the outcome (‘this is not time to go wobbly’!), tried to justify and rejustify it in countless debates and drawn strength from sites such as IRAQ THE MODEL and the variety of arguments in cyberspace for what i uncomfortably felt was right.  There is the obvious importance of the overthrow of Saddam.   Im not really talking about the management of the war but the justification for it. 

Yes this includes the high toll on Iraqi lives.  Reading Nick Cohens ‘Whats Left’ at the moment and the accounts of what was going on there pre invasion,  it is obvious that these atrocities would have continued unabaited.  Had the Iraqis overthrown Saddam, by some miracle themselves, wouldnt the current division and chaos have resulted only without any grasp at democracy?  Wouldnt that be true of Iran if we (somehow) push for an underground movement to turn against its leaders as has been suggested? In other words we will see the same bloodshed and chaos?  I’ve often mulled this over but would never have been able to assemble it into quite such a convincing sounding argument.  Not sure what to make of the Democrats, and in truth there isnt much to think as I dont reckon they’ve much of an idea really – this is something to consider (excerpt):

‘Without the invasion, Clinton, Kerry, Kennedy, and the rest of the Democrats would still be contending that Saddam has WMDs and has become a critical threat to American security. They would all be asking “Why hasn’t President Bush done anything about it”? We would still be right where we were in 2002 on the issue of Iraq.

The bottom line is that if you ignore all of the other justifications for the war, the matter of WMDs is not a deciding issue on the invasion of Iraq. If Democrats insist Iraq was the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, then they are also accepting the premise that Saddam would be in possession of WMD and we shouldn’t be worried about it.

It follows then that we shouldn’t be worried about No. Korea and Iran developing nuclear bombs, or that terrorists will eventually be here in our country killing our citizens and destroying our cities.

If Democrats are right about Iraq, then Americans have nothing to worry about from Islamic radicals who want nothing other than the destruction of Israel and America, and they can be dealt with through diplomacy and negotiations (see article for his take on the latter).

hatip: Real Clear Politics


By ATWadmin On February 26th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

I wonder how our sensible  Irish readers feel about this story?

In essence, an Irish language teacher has been convicted today of hurling abuse in Irish at PSNI officers during a night out in Belfast.

Maire Nic An Bhaird, 25, had denied shouting “Tiocfaidh Ar La” – "our day will come" – a declaration regularly used by militant republicans as part of their refusal to accept living in the United Kingdom, during a confrontation in the city last May. She claimed police held her in custody, demanding she spoke in English before they let her go. But after hearing both sides a magistrate ruled against Nic An Bhaird and ordered her to pay a £100 fine. The decision outraged the teacher who vowed outside court to fight the ruling all the way to Europe if necessary.

She said: “I’m appalled and disgusted. After listening to the police evidence I didn’t think there was any way I would be found guilty.” The case had provoked earlier protests outside Belfast Magistrates Court by Irish language activists supporting Ms Nic An Bhaird. At one stage her defence team applied to have all proceedings heard in Irish. LOL!

Naturally IRA/Sinn Fein are offering the person concerned all the help she needs to pursue her belligerent claims. Here’s the point; hurling abusive language at ANYONE is unwarranted. She seems to think that talking in Irish gives her some sort of immunity from uncivil behaviour. It is a disgrace she was ONLY fined £100. A few more noughts at the end might have "put some manners on her" – as Sinn Fein/IRA are wont to say.

I have no time for these people who use language as a political weapon. I know several people, North and South, who speak Irish and do so with dignity and charm. But this abusive "teacher" brings the language  down, in my view. She’s a disgrace to the very language she purports to teach.