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On This Day…09.02

By ATWadmin On February 9th, 2007 at 7:44 am

1540 – First recorded horse racing meeting in Britain is held at the Roodeye Field, Chester.

1718 – French colonists land in Louisiana.

1949 – American actor Robert Mitchum is jailed for 2 months in Los Angeles for smoking marijuana.

1972 – British Government declares a ‘state of emergency’ three months into a National Miners’ Strike.

1981 – Rock ‘n Roll singer Bill Haley (William John Clifton) dies from a heart attack aged 55.

1988 – British Members of Parliament vote to allow TV cameras into the House of Commons on an experimental basis.





All CON and no SENSUS

By ATWadmin On February 9th, 2007 at 2:03 am

Hat tip to the fragrant Melanie Phillips, who points at some cracks in the IPCC Report facade.


 Global Warming Cultists; beware! Don’t read this, it might raise doubts in your doomsday dreams! 


Everything in the state, nothing against the State, nothing outside the state

By ATWadmin On February 9th, 2007 at 12:29 am

In Parliament today the government announced a cut-back in state funding for ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), due to an unsupportable growth in demand for the provision. Many decried the changes, as denying people the very thing (English) that is necessary for integration.

I for one can only shake my head at the sheer stupidity of government intervention. As someone with knowledge of this from my worklife, the government blundered into the ESOL market by lavishing money on the FE colleges to provide free ESOL and in doing so drove many private language schools out of business.

In the past many of my friends in London have been foreigners who came here, amongst other reasons, to learn English. They worked, paid their bills, funded their education and went on their way, having thus enhanced their CV. They didn’t think twice about paying for a language course. They didn’t imagine that the British taxpayer was responsible for this. But the meddling State couldn’t leave well alone.

In “The Prince,”  (XVI) Machiavelli asks if it’s better for a prince to have a reputation for generosity or miserliness, and concludes that the latter is preferable, as to maintain his reputation for generosity he will “squander all his resources, only to be forced … to lay excessive burdens on the people, to impose extortionate taxes, and to do everything else he can to raise money."  When he can’t keep up his reputation, he ends up despised, whereas the miserly prince is at least careful with his and everyone else’s money.   



By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Watched Hearts and Minds earlier this evening, with pre-election interviews with DUP Leader Dr Ian Paisley and Alliance Deputy Leader Naomi Long. (Alliance Leader David Ford was unable to be there due to a family bereavement. My condolences)

I thought Paisley was very poor. Several answers to questions posed by Noel Thompson were inarticulate, incoherent and contradictory. For me, the Doc was EVASIVENESS PERSONIFIED on the central issue as to whether his Party could share power with the IRA’s proxies. It is obvious that the DUP want to remain open to power-sharing with terrorists, but need to cloak it for the purposes of the election campaign. Sad to see Paisley so fallen.

Alliance Deputy Leader Naomi Long spoke very well, in my view. Of course she also spoke nonsense, thus rather invalidating the impact she sought to make. I believe the Alliance Party to a circular party – ie No Point to them.


By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

brianrown-150.jpgI smiled at the news that what the Belfast Telegraph euphemistically calls “veteran” Northern Ireland journalist Brian Rowan has announced he is to stand in next month’s Assembly elections.

The former BBC security editor, who has written extensively for Northern Ireland’s worst daily newspaper the Belfast Telegraph and Northern Ireland’s worst Sunday newspaper The Sunday Life, will run in his home constituency of North Down on March 7 as an independent candidate. Mr Rowan said his decision follows a period of consultation with a wide range of people in the local community (his wife I’m guessing and maybe the next door neighbours) and elsewhere. (The Belfast Telegraph?)

Rowan waffles that he wants to give a voice to the many important issues that need more attention such as the impending water charges and street violence.

“I know of a 17-year-old kid who went out a few weeks ago and ended up in intensive care after an unprovoked attacked. I’ve also heard of an elderly man being jumped in the street and robbed of a few pounds. This is unacceptable.”


It’s but a few weeks since Brian Rowan was waxing lyrical as to the virtues of UVF apologist David Ervine. The UVF, may I remind Mr Rowan, is active in North Down, carrying out many of the acts of violence he finds so unacceptable. Hypocrite.


By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

embrace.jpgI wonder what you make of the attached image? Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed two skeletons thought to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old, locked in an embrace. The pair from the Neolithic period were discovered outside Mantua, about 40km (25 miles) south of Verona. The pair, almost certainly a man and a woman, are thought to have died young as their teeth were mostly intact, said chief archaeologist Elena Menotti. The burial site was discovered on Monday during construction work for a factory building.

I wonder what were the circumstances of their deaths? Isn’t it touching to think that this young couple faced eternity locked in a final embrace? I often think that in this fallen world, love is the thing that endures and that inspires.

One Drop of Water

By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Two of a handful of books im trying (!) to read at the moment and which are relevant to blogging are ‘Whats Left? How Liberals Lost their Way’ and ‘Mukhtar Mai: In the Name of Honour’. In the Name of Honour is an account of an illiterate peasant from Pakistan who has made headlines over the last few years by succeeding in an unprecedented legal battle. In 2002 she was gang raped on the orders of the village elders who ruled on a punishment for the offence committed by her younger brother (of contact with a woman in the village). The punishment was carried out at gunpoint. It was assumed, as is custom, that she would then take her own life. Instead, encouraged by a local imam, she resolved to get justice and took her rapists to court.

Mukhtar’s story and the international interest that followed have caused embarrassment to President Musharraf who initially condemned the rape as a ‘heinous crime’ but seems to think latterly she is out to bathe in her own glory as some sort of self publicist bad mouthing Pakistan.  Mukhtar eventually succeeded in prosecuting her rapists and won compensation money which she used to start two schools. The sentences for the men involved (sentenced to death) were not nearly as swift as the one meted out on her – and are in appeal (the appeal court in Lahore overturned their convictions, amid an outcry from human rights groups). She still lives in the same village yards from the families of the rapists who have vowed to kill her.

The book was written by a French translator who sat with Mukhtar and noted down her story as she narrated it, commenting that she felt like she was in the presence of ‘greatness’ and when you read what she says you can sense why. Mukhtar says she is unafraid and that the cause of women’s rights is more important than one life. Unbowed by the Presidents remarks and anger she warned him:

“He is a great leader and I am peasant. But when he talks of me shaming the country he should be careful, as he is also the son of a woman”. She went on: “I am just the first drop of water in the village. I believe it will rain after me”

Mukhtar mentions that without the support of the world she might not have succeeded.  Another woman living under the threat of death and championing women’s rights (but at the opposite end of the spectrum), is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, currently promoting her book ‘Infidel’. I was pleased to see her take on a local utterly cringeworthy British ‘feminist’ for the Islamic cause on Sky last Friday night. Directly accused of being ‘a self publicist’ in the interview it was Hirsi Ali who reminded her adversary (whose name I have forgotten) that there are issues beyond merely the polarising ‘right’ to wear a veil in the UK. There are issues which affect millions of women in the name of Islam and third world patriarchy and both she, Hirsi Ali, and this woman were privileged to hold the position they do to raise awareness of it. They have gained a status afforded them by Holland and the UK that is unique and important.  This has been for me one of the key irritants in the debate on Islam with muslim representatives so it was really terrific to hear Hirsi Ali mention this.

Hirsi Ali has elected to reject her faith altogether and has been criticised for it – it certainly makes her position as a critic that much tougher – but the points she makes are no less valid. Without highlighting issues and continuing to generate international interest in this sense with as many varied voices as possible on the subject, women (such as Mukhtar Mai) would never get the support they need.  Ultimately, the more opinions and debate on the real everyday issues the better.  It always strikes me as a bit ironic that the main voice drawing attention to the plight of Nazanin in Iran who was on trial for being raped was a (little known) Canadian model. The very ideal of a woman being a model was hated by some feminists of the 70’s.  But then where were these feminists when Nazanin needed them? Busy championing the veil?   Nazanin was released last week by the way.  A combination of enormous effort by many who supported her raised the $40,000 bail. She thanked the international effort and attention to her plight.  The sad reality is that this attention is also still needed in the hidden corners of the West where there are some frightening statistics on honour killings and forced marriages.  It is strange to me that Nu Labour heralds equality as its key drive but has done little yet by way of providing equal rights for ALL women in the UK.  On balance there is far more to be concerned with in this sense in terms of Equality than attacking a handful of catholic adoption agencies.

Drunks, whores, and murderers?

By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

In what may well be seen as a victory for some, abortion rates for January have increased by 13% since last year, the Telegraph reports (with others), making this rate ‘at highest ever’. Christmas partying has been blamed for the rise in infanticide in utero by the ‘charity’ Marie Stopes International (MSI). That is, MSI provide both the explanation and the infanticide.

It’s as good an explanation as any, really, given that inhibitions are lowered (along with other important items) after a good amount of alcohol and such. Excess drinking (being a drunkard, or at least a drunk) and a preset of low moral standards (whorishness, to be blunt), lead to this incredibly sad situation in which a female (I hesitate to call such people ‘woman’ or ‘lady’) finds herself with an ‘unwanted’ pregnancy which must be endured or ‘terminated’. It’s not possible, of course, to learn to accept the consequences of one’s actions. The concept  of Free Will, apparently, doesn’t come with the concept of living with it.

Reports the Telegraph, "the charity offered women an emergency contraception "party purse", in the run up to Christmas, in an attempt to encourage women to keep emergency contraception stored at home."  Emergency contraception, of course, being an abortifacient in a pill, so the same thing under a different name. Euphemisms are such fun, aren’t they?

Speaking of which, the chief exec of the ironically named BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), which deals with abortion-provision, has an alternative explanation. It’s not that more women want their babies dead, necessarily, just that they’ve been deprived of the facilities to do so. Apparently some people are too good for a back alley and a wire coathanger. Says Furendi, "It may be due to that treatment bottleneck that the treatments have been clustered together in January." Treatment, yet. Treatment! As though the infant-to-be-born were a malignant growth rather than the consummation of the design of God and Nature.

If you’re suspecting I’m not too keen on abortion, you may be on to something. As to the images of back alleys and coat-hangers, I found the gem below (from a thread on the rights and wrongs) to explain that take:

"I realize what I said sounds cold, but if a person risks their own life in order to murder their own child, I think they are the cold one who lacks empathy. At what point is a person a human? Are women who say they are "with child" sadly confused? When a pregnant woman says she felt her baby kick, what would you say it was that kicked her? What species is a fetus or embyo, if not homo sapiens? Is it a baby once the head is external to the mother’s body? If so, a woman giving birth to a breech baby should be allowed to murder the child as long as the head is still within the birth canal. When is the child a human?"

(Kudos to JBiscuits, wherever you are, for that logic-chain)

The biggest joke in all of this is that the question has already been answered well, and that in 1925, by a man who summed it up perfectly:

"Let all the babies be born and then let us drown those we do not like. I cannot see any objection to it; except the moral or mystical sort of objection that we advance against Birth-Prevention."

To see the context and meaning of that, click the link here and enjoy.

I would close by wishing readers well in whatever fun and frolics they get up to tonight, but I doubt there’s anything left to be done that some horrible kind of ‘protection’ hasn’t yet been developed for. Not as if anybody could ever control their actions. 



Found something to add to the last quote above:

 "He [the newborn child] is also a much more beautiful, wonderful, amusing and astonishing thing than any of the stale stories or jingling jazz tunes turned out by the machines. When men no longer feel that he is so, they have lost the appreciation of primary things, and therefore all sense of proportion about the world. People who prefer the mechanical pleasures, to such a miracle, are jaded and enslaved."

 Also, there’s a fair-to-good chance that it’ll be a while before I read and respond to comments. Be patient.

this one, a sword; but this, a scimitar!

By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

I read that the North Somerset Council is about to release a newsletter strongly recommending that school trips to a Birmingham Islamic spiritual centre, (now there’s a mind-boggling spectre if ever there was one!) so that they might  learn about the faith, history and practice of Islam. Once there, North Somerset schoolchildren will be able to explore five areas of the religion including family life, Islam and science. They will be given the opportunity to wear traditional hijab headwear and the children will be guided by specially trained Muslim stewards.

I have two queries regarding this latest attempt at ‘Dhimmitude’ in this ever-so-careful-not-to-offend country of ours, and they are:-

Will we be seeing similar letters from the various Arabic people’s Islamic leaders telling their obedient flocks to go to the nearest Christian Educational Centre, which of course are sited conveniently to the major centres of population, and there encourage their Islamic brethren to learn all about the other ‘Religions of Peace’?

And will the  North Somerset Council also fund special viewings, available to all the schools in their administrative area, of the 9/11 and 7/7 atrocities, just to provide a balanced viewpoint of their Islamic brothers?


By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2007 at 11:13 am

Just to say that there will be yet another writer joining the ATW stable in the next few days. Samuel Morrison, like me, lives in Northern Ireland, and he will be providing his own insights into the ongoing political machinations over here. Samuel also runs his own blog here.

Can I say how pleased I am that we can continue to find good writers who seek to provide YOU, dear reader, with thought-provoking commentary. Who needs the lousy cliched liberal-infested MSM when you can read the range and depth of material here! Please join with me in giving Samual a warm ATW welcome!