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On This Day…01.03

By ATWadmin On March 1st, 2007 at 5:31 pm

1562 – Massacre of 1,200 Protestant Huguenots at Vassy provokes the first religious war in France.

1780 – Pennsylvania becomes the first American state to abolish slavery.

1932 – The baby son of US avaitor Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped. The boy’s body was found 10 weeks later.

1978 – The coffin of comedy film star Charlie Chaplin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery three months after his funeral. It is found several miles away on May 17.

1979 – In separate referendums, both Scotland and Wales vote against devolution.

1998 – In London, thousands of countryside movement demonstrators march through the centre of the city in protest against the Government’s proposal to ban fox hunting.

“rest easy, you’re with friends!”

By ATWadmin On March 1st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

When an American serviceman goes out to Iraq, he knows that there is a formidable network of volunteers and semi-official groups upon which he, or she, can depend to give support, advice and mental comfort while in the field. Similarly, if wounded, the network of volunteers known as Soldiers Angels can be relied upon to give a wounded soldier a friendly word, a gift of small items essential but not always available, and contact with home! But official spaces are not so welcoming, or encouraging, as the wounded soldiers sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Centre discovered once they were immersed in the vat of disinterest which was the Veterans Hospital. They were routinely ignored, neglected, snubbed and forgotten; in what was supposed to be the premier base for recuperation in the capital of America!

The murmurs of discontent have been growing for some time, but only when the wife of the former Defence Secretary made an unannounced visit, and her husband commenced growling, was anything done. Trouble was, the only early thing which was done was to ban the lady who invited Mrs. Rumsfeld to a hospital open session in the first place! But at least there are separate facilities for returning service personnel to receive medical and mental repairs to their damaged bodies and minds. At least there is a basic acceptance that American servicemen deserve special consideration, for they are special, they have placed their lives on the line for their country, and their country recognises this, no matter how slipshod that recognition has become!

Not so in this tawdry dump which is what our once great and caring country has become! Where a wounded soldier is placed on an open ward in a bog-standard NHS hospital, which of course comes complete with both ‘MRSA’ and ‘Clostridium difficile’ as standard attractions, and he is then verbally abused by some wild-eyed ‘jihadi’ fanatic who’s wandered in from the local nut-house (sorry, mosque!). Not so in a Britain where service personnel are never grouped and treated together, because they are ‘special’! Not so where they are planning to sell off the last purpose-built military hospital as “surplus to requirements”! Not so where the fliers, the sailors and the men who fire the guns are sent out to do the beckoning of some clown who has never seen the wrong end of a bullet!

America might do many things, but the one thing it does not do is just dismiss the heroes who fight and die, to serve the belief that all are created equal, and therefore they can be treated as equally abominably as everyone else!

Britain’s favourite books – or films?

By ATWadmin On March 1st, 2007 at 12:20 pm

emma.jpgA survey to mark World Book Day has revealed Britain’s top ten books.

What I thought was interesting was that the books listed at numbers one, two and four have recently been made into films while another (number 3) was a hit with BBC views.

Personally, I was glad to see the Bible, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights make the list.

The King James Bible has had an enormous impact upon English literature. The language of the translators was the language of Shakespeare and Milton – language which has a majestic quality which cannot be matched today.

Both of the Bronte novels are brilliant reads and real classics.

I don’t like Pride and Prejudice and still haven’t forgiven Austen for writing Mansfield Park (I had to study it for A’ level).

Emma is by far her best book and demands at least two readings – always the sign of a great book.

I like Dickens but cannot understand why it is always Great Expectations which makes lists like this. Oliver Twist, in my opinion, is a much better read.

What do you think of the list?

Tory/DUP government?

By ATWadmin On March 1st, 2007 at 10:15 am

That’s the suggestion put forward by Cranmer.

Personally I don’t see it happening but then I didn’t foresee them going into government with the IRA either…


By ATWadmin On March 1st, 2007 at 9:50 am

I enjoyed reading this article by Amil Amani over on The American Thinker, it hits a few home truths on the head..

Why confront Islamism? Because if we don’t it will continue to get more extreme. This is not Islamophobia, as many Muslims and their apologists protest.  A phobia is a baseless irrational fear. Detestation of Islamism, the violent form of Islam, is based on irrefutable facts and it is not only rational, it is ethically imperative.

It is a virtue to take action to oppose the hateful, a vice to ignore it. It is a virtue to hate tyranny, misogyny, discriminations of all sorts, oppression, and all manners of violations of the legitimate rights of individual and peoples. Islamism is a mutation of Islam into a terrible menace. It is religious fascism, a destroyer of liberty and much of what free people cherish. Therefore, it must be confronted.

Fully agree with this, and then for good measure….

Islamism is rapidly advancing on two fronts. In every Islamic country, it is cowing the non-radicals while recruiting more and more radicals into its own ranks. In non-Muslim lands, Islamism,flush with Petrodollars, is establishing itself as a formidable force by enlisting the disaffected and attracting the delusional liberals with its promises. For the faithful, there is the added incentive of Allah’s heaven and its irresistible attractions.

There are those who claim that the majority of Muslims in the world are moderate and non-violent. It may be so. Yet, the silence of this majority is deafening, although, they do speak up from time-to-time by, for instance, claiming that the 9/11 slaughter was the work of the Jews, even when Osama himself proudly admits the dastardly act.

This very same Muslim majority pours into the streets of the West on a moment’s notice to protest against the slightest perceived affront to its sanctities, but they almost never march to condemn the violent acts of the Islamists or speak up against them. This sort of behavior by the majority makes it complicit with the Islamists


By ATWadmin On February 28th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

795151-605926-thumbnail.jpgJust a reminder that Tangled Wed Radio goes to air tomorrow evening at 8pm GMT.

As previously trailed, we’re covering three topics; Political Correctness, The EU and the leaving thereof, and the Burqa – should we be banning Islamic garb in the UK.

Remember to make sure YOU have your say – PHONE IN to 001 646 652 2582. It costs a cent per minute.

If you prefer to just leave a comment, I’ll be opening a thread before we go to air and I will read as many out as possible.

The strength of ATW is YOUR participation – so hit the dial tomorrow night and share your thoughts with the world. C’mon – I dare you…..!

Papal sandwich anyone?

By ATWadmin On February 28th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

KFC20Logo20High20Quality.jpgPrince Charles might be attacking the fast food industry but the Pope has been asked to bless a sandwich.

Vatican officials have confirmed that KFC have asked for the Pope’s blessing on their new “Fish Snacker Sandwich” which, Kentucky believe, will be “ especially popular on Fridays”.

Being a good Protestant, I think I’ll pass thanks 🙂

raunch culture

By ATWadmin On February 28th, 2007 at 2:44 pm

795151-696628-thumbnail.jpgWe live in an age that likes to appear cynical. It now seems naive to point out that the only thing that big business cares about is big bucks. And if you object that certain products demean girls and women, well, you are considered a prude. But it needs to be said, because simply saying ‘So what?’ is costing the childhood of a generation".  OK . Well said .  But frankly i dont see the harm a doll itself is.  The doll’s clothing reflects what kids perceive as cool and hip as does the spin off merchandise kids clothing.  She should probably apply that thinking to the root of it all – the trash that is circulated by mass media in conveying what is cool and hip which is acceptable: 

Apparently its  ‘empowering‘  for the likes of knickerless Britney and all the spin offs to hump the floor dressed as a schoolgirls.  I feel the same way about the female chauvinist pigs who perpertuate this myth and image as i do about their male counterparts who openly indulge it (thinking of some girating idiot on MTV holding his crotch and calling girls hoes, here, not the cabbie who calls me  ‘darlin’ ..which is to twist Mikes expression would be PC gone bezerk).   What’s with knickerless Britney, Paris Hilton and some dirty internet footage, Jordan and her boob jobs, Abbey Titmuss and Rebecca Loos celebrated as celebs for doing nothing more than shagging someone famous?  I am pretty fed up with Nuts, Zoo, Maxim, Loaded and a variety of soft porn boys magazines that set girls up on the cover like a couple of grinning bimbos (which the models themselves seem to buy into, unquestioningly, and babble on about being ’empowering’)  sold as mass consumer ‘pop’.   I dont think it makes me a prude.  Course you want to look cool, feel good about yourself and your image and a lot of what i would consider ok and fun might not be what others think is acceptable.   In the early 90s i dressed up in some tres raunchy clubbing numbers and had a blast.  As did my friends.   I dont think, maybe, we were so much influenced by something  because it wasnt mass culture. It was fun and it was unique.  Noone was dictating it to us and were old enough to know what we were wearing.  Trends are supposed to come and go though.  But one trend seems to be sticking.  Isnt it a worrying when its repackaged as ’empowering’ and some 60% of little girls want to be glamour models or lap dancers? The result of that stat is a target market for unscrupulous business. Im just not sure where and how you draw the line?  And what about boys.  They are sexualised just as early. 

The first issue of Loaded had Gary Oldman on the cover and set out with good intentions (around about the same time i think as the Spice Girls and Girrrrl power). It didnt take them long to figure out what sells.  I just read that magazine sales of mens magazines are in decline in the UK as the shift moves to the internet (mag sales in the US of the same remain strong). New media that is as good as it is bad.  Two thirds of all internet searches are for porn – which gives you an idea of what is on the net and accessible unless you’re vigilant.  Virtual sex games and their ads, trailers and free downloads could just as easily become a kids sex education.  You can say dont buy, switch off, ignore etc but in this day and age id wager that is becoming increasingly hard to do.  Whats to deflect it? Where’s the balance with some ‘better’ role models that the media will buy into?

*as i was writing this the 23 year old uni student on work experience here took a look at this and agreed she feels the same way too. Phew!

An affront to democracy

By ATWadmin On February 28th, 2007 at 11:16 am

A few days ago I mounted an article in which I outlined why I would not be voting DUP. Some of the comments it generated suggested that I should endorse another party or an independent anti-agreement candidate.

I respect the views of those who believe that one should always use their vote. But I am of the opinion that this election is not democratic.

The choice which people face in this election is, I feel, very much akin to that in Eastern Europe when it was dominated by the Soviets.

The people could vote but they could only vote for candidates from one party. The election result was predetermined before a single vote was cast.

On March 7th the voters have a “choice” between four main parties all of whom advocate the same government – a coalition in which all of them will have places as of right.

On the other hand, I could vote Alliance who would like to be part of the aforementioned government but won’t get enough votes to secure an executive position.

In what other country would a preparation for government committee meet long before an election is even called?

Where else in the world could all the main parties be sure that they would have a place at the cabinet table given any conceivable result?

Our forefathers didn’t die in two world wars for this.

They died to prevent those who used violence to impose their will upon free peoples from achieving political power.

This election, on the other hand, has only been called because the Prime Minister is “convinced” that all the main political parties in Northern Ireland are prepared to share power with those who killed and maimed in order to further their objectives.

Why don’t I vote for the anti-agreement candidates?

Well, as we all know there is no such thing as an anti-agreement DUP candidate. All “Democratic” Unionists standing in this election have signed a resignation letter which can be triggered as and when the leadership sees fit.

On the other hand, I could vote for one of the half dozen Bob McCartneys.

The fact that Mr McCartney is running in so many constituencies detracts from the very serious points which he is making about the Belfast/St Andrews Agreement.

Mr McCartney is saying many things with which I wholeheartedly agree but he has allowed himself to become the butt of jokes by standing in so many constituencies.

The parallels with Rainbow George are inescapable.

So I’m not going to vote in this election – it’s an affront to democracy.


By ATWadmin On February 28th, 2007 at 11:13 am

One of the BIGGEST LIES in current Northern Ireland politics is that “the constitutional position is settled.”

Both the DUP and UUP like to pretend this – and openly declare so in their election literature. But they are either fools or knaves to suggest this and here is a little light on the subject.

The SDLP is to seek a referendum on a united Ireland, the party’s election manifesto confirmed yesterday. The party pledged it will seek the plebiscite which should be timed when an Assembly and Executive are “operating stably”. And the SDLP blueprint said it would campaign “vigorously” in favour of a ‘yes’ vote.  Sinn Fein/IRA are openly in favour of the destruction of Northern Ireland so I can’t see them objecting to such a referendum.

Therefore, IF the constitutional has been settled thanks to brilliant Unionist negotiating skills (LOL) HOW COME nationalists and Republicans are preparing to run a referendum on Irish Unity???? Who is lying to whom?