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FRIDAY NIGHT ATW JUKEBOX!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Hey there, it’s Friday Night, the election results are in, and a corrupted voting electorate support the concept of power-sharing with terrorists. Here’s my synopsis of what it means… with much love

unlikely blow to iran?

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

The Times is reporting ‘that an Iranian general who went missing on a visit to Turkey last month appears to have defected to America, taking with him a treasure trove of his country’s most closely guarded secrets. Danny Yatom, the former head of Mossad said that the general could provide Western intelligence with a unique insight into Iran’s foreign operations in Lebanon and beyond’.

Iran have advised Interpol of his apparent kidnap but other sources have confirmed he has defected, pointing to his family.

“From the very start I thought this was a defection,” Mr Yatom told The Times. “All the signals showed that it was well planned and executed. He left Iran with his family, so that no one would be able to put pressure on them. I assume the defection was to the US.”

“He is a significant figure,” said one Western source, who follows Iran closely. “It has so far been very difficult to get reliable information on how Iran ran its operations in Lebanon. This could be a big break.”

Time will tell i guess!

no cell blocking in burnley

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

The Lord Chief Justice spoke out yesterday on the problems of too many murderers being detained under ‘mandatory life sentences’, filling up the jails and leaving Britain with a ‘geriatric lifer’ problem. Not all killers get life, and some even get off virtually scott free! Consider the case, just over a year old now, of the fruits of British justice come to blossom!

THE family of hit-and-run toddler Levi Bleasdale branded the law an "absolute disgrace" after the speeding driver who killed her was jailed for just 12 weeks. Mum Kirsty Bleasdale was crossing the road with three-year-old Levi when uninsured Mohammed Aqueel Hussain ploughed into her in a stolen VW Golf. She said: "This is a nightmare. "This sentence is nothing. He has taken my daughter’s life. I’ll serve a life sentence but he’ll be scot-free in weeks."

Levi’s grandfather Michael Ryan added: "We are all absolutely appalled. A few months ago someone who stole a teddy from a memorial site for Levi was sentenced to eight months in jail. "Yet the person who killed her has only got three. It’s a disgrace. You’d get more for shoplifting."

Hussain, 26, who has never taken a driving test, admitted careless driving and failing to stop after an accident or report it.

Magistrates could have jailed him for a maximum of six months – but opted for a 12- week term after hearing there was conflicting evidence over whether his driving had been erratic. But Michael insisted the family did NOT blame the magistrates and said the chairman of the bench was clearly upset that his hands were tied over sentencing.

He’d never taken a driving test and had no insurance. He killed a 3-year-old girl while speeding and didn’t even bother to stop. But he was jailed for JUST 12 WEEKS, not LIFE!

A TERRIBLE KILLING!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 9:51 am

Captain20America_.jpgI was shocked to read that Marvel Comics have decided to kill off Captain America. I’ve always been a big fan of the Marvel Universe – from the Hulk to the Silver Surfer, from Spiderman to the X-Men – and am sad to see that the left-wing writers in Marvel have symbolically chosen to kill off Captain America "written as an allegory to current real-life issues like the Patriot Act, the War on Terror and the September 11 attacks."  You don’t say? Maybe Marvel should bring about Captain Islamic? I’m sure he would be an explosive character! Ka-boom!

THE FRANKIE GOES TO HOLYWOOD ELECTION!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 9:10 am

Relax.

Guess what happening now…..As the results from the Northern Ireland election become clear, we can all now see we have entered Two Tribes country. We have the nationalist electorate voting overwhelmingly for Sinn Fein/IRA and we have unionists voting overwhelmingly for the DUP. It’s a carve-up by two very well managed and extremely professional political groupings. They both have successful vote management strategies and whilst I do not like either, I am not so churlish as to deny their obvious electoral success. 

The so-called "moderates" in the Ulster Unionist Party and SDLP have been swept aside and are now largely an irrelevance. The UUP in particular has been humiliated. Sir Reg Empey has made David Trimble look like a political giant and I feel sorry for all those who deluded themselves into thinking that they would be returned again as "the natural party of Government". They can count the thousand of lost votes and all the lost seats in former bastions and go figure why this has happened to them.

My view is the UUP had no point of difference – they were carved up on the right by Dr Paisley’s mob, and had their soft left vote taken by Alliance. The "Save Dave" votes once granted them by Nationalists in the Trimble era have also vanished like snow off the ditch. I also think their big mistake is to think this is the NEW low-water mark. Not a chance guys. Your Party will sink much further if it does not radically change. Maybe it could merge with the Alliance Party? Maybe it could swing to the more Burnside right? Either way, staying still will ensure that votes will continue to drain away in future contests.  

The fringe groups and independents have also been swept away, with my former colleague Robert McCartney finally biting the dust in North Down. I believe the fundamental reason for this is that the electorate is attracted to well-run Parties, with an energised support base that can canvass effectively. Independents just do not cut it anymore. I came to believe this back in 2001 and see no reason to think I am wrong in this respect. Back then, there were four main blocs – now there are two – politics has polarised. People put their faith in the blocs, not the blips!

Only the small Alliance Party has done any way well, and that is because the UUP vote haemorrhaged into their camp. Plus I think they have some personable candidates and David Ford is a likable soul.

I was saddened to see that the East Belfast electorate have returned PUP "leader" Dawn Purvis, though their vote collapsed everywhere else! She carries the "David Ervine" mantle, and is all the more contemptible for it. Because she is a woman, you can bet the MSM will just lovvveee her. Ugh. 

So, what does it all mean? Well, it means the DUP have been entrusted by those who voted for them to ensure the Union is preserved. No chance. The DUP will enter into power with the IRA’s political frontmen, sooner if not later. Since Gerry Adams and his pals are committed to a United Ireland, and to making sure Northern Ireland ceases to be as a political entity, there is no likelihood that they can work harmoniously  with a party such as the DUP. It’s like mixing acid and alkaline and wondering if the result will be palatable.

I also believe that the DUP are about to enter a process the UUP entered back in 1998 – mandatory power-sharing with Irish insurrectionists will have far-reaching consequences for them, but more importantly for the Union. I can forsee a time when the DUP will stand as the voice of Protestant Unionism in a United Ireland. I can forsee a DUP manifesto declaring that even though there is no union, they will ensure that the voice of Protestants is not ignored.

It means that the majority of the those who voted in the electorate embrace the concept of the IRA in government. Not surprising giving the massive support the Government has given this poisonous idea. So we have a corrupted electorate. Nothing strange about that, it has happened before in other countries – such as Germany in the 1930’s. Nowadays, supporting power-sharing with the terror war-lords is in vogue, it’s a badge of latter-day honour. But there will be a price paid for it.

So where does this leave people like me – who resolutely and implacably damn all the political parties here? Well, it leaves us where we were two days ago. It lets us see the corruption of the local electorate, it lets us see the toxic acceptance of power-sharing with killers, it lets us see how a once proud and religiously observant people are sliding into the political sewer, even if it is coated with gold! And it makes me want to redouble my own efforts to stand up for what I believe is right!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY- YOU’RE DEAD!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 9:01 am

It’s reported that America is stepping up its hunt for Osama bin Laden by dispatching additional CIA operatives and paramilitary officers to Pakistan to kill or capture the al-Qa’eda leader.

US officials said that the mission is intended to intensify the pressure on the terrorist leader, who turns 50 tomorrow, and perhaps force him into making a mistake. He is widely believed to be hiding in the region bordering Afghanistan. Satellite photographs and details of communications intercepts were given to President Musharraf of Pakistan last week by Stephen Kappes, deputy director of the CIA, as part of a strategy to persuade him to give US intelligence agencies more assistance.

But is Bin Laden already dead? There has been NO video evidence from him that is clearly post the 9/11 invasion of Afghanistan. Has a well aimed daisy-cutter or two already despatched him to eternity? Why so shy, Ossie?

And here’s another question for our more liberal-minded US readers. Do you think that IF OBL is alive, and manages to keep that way for let’s say another 10 years, at that point it would be fair enough for OBL to enter the Afghanistan or Pakistan government, if duly elected? After all, SOME say we need to dismiss the past if we are to move into the future. Time to put the footage of 9/11 away? What say you?

DV ON THE BBC!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 8:58 am

Just to say that I shall be on BBC Radio Ulster in the next few minutes, on the Stephen Nolan Show, discussing the Northern Ireland elections! It’s been what I call a Frankie goes to Hollywood election, if you tune in, I will explain why!!

TALK RADIO SHOW…

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 8:43 am

Hi folks. I was very frustrated last evening when I discovered that whilst our weekly programme was recorded for all to hear, it wasn’t audible at the time of broadcast! Have looked into it and have concluded that I need to have my regular pc when running this programme. It is currently in pc hospital, and I should have it back in a few days. I will then double test to make sure all goes well, and we’ll try for another night next week.

The next programme will feature on the topics of the EU – and I’ll give it 40mins to allow a really good conversation to develop! We’ll also do the PC agenda – with the latest story concerning Patrick Mercer’s sacking being part of that. (Covered by Richard on the blog, btw)

As regards the EU, here are a few random discussion points for your consideration before we debate it;

Does the UK benefit from membership of the EU? If so, how – and would be jeopardise this if we left? Is the EU democratic? Does EU expansion change things for the UK? Can David Cameron reposition the EU along the lines he spelt out in his recent DT article? If we do want OUT, how are we going to achieve that? We are an island nation – but is to our advantage to be part of the large EU continental bloc, geopolitically wise? Could the EU splinter the UK into constituent elements?

It would be good to hear from those who both oppose and support the EU. It would be good to hear from those who watch the EU develop from afar. Let’s have a really GOOD conversation about this most important of issues. So, watch the boards, I will give due notice of the next 100% glitch-free show! Thanks for your patience along the way on this one folks – the Talk Radio idea is good, but we’re still in the early phase of getting it right!! 

The Very Great Global Warming Swindle

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 8:39 am

What a breath of fresh air that was! The Great Global Warming Swindle was broadcast last night on Channel 4. I thought it was well put together, lucid and heavily laden with common sense. Contributions were from some grade A scientists.

But what did we learn?

Not alot of new facts, given that many of us have already read and said much of what was on the documentary. We saw how CO2 in the atmosphere and climate change do go hand in hand – unfortunately for the eco-doomsters, CO2 levels follow climate change over an 800-year period. In any case, atmospheric CO2 levels are so low as to be insignificant. The great greenhouse gas is actually water vapour – that supposedly harmless by-product of hydrogen batteries.

Patrick Moore, founder of Greenpeace, explained how western Marxists found a home in the environmental movement after the collapse of the Soviet Union and turned it into a powerful anti-capitalist movement. I’d love to say ‘I told you so’, and I told you so.

We learnt that the famous ‘2500 leading scientists’ who compiled the latest IPCC report are actually far fewer in number, and include bureaucrats, low level researchers and many people who were involved in minor ways. Leading scientists who disagreed with the report were ignored, but their names remained on the list of contributors. What a farce!

We learnt of the billions of taxpayers money funnelled to the global warming industry and the tens of thousands of jobs which rely on this stream of illicit money. A scientist who manages to add a global warming angle to his research proposal is far more likely to receive funding than if he doesn’t. In comparison to this State-sponsored industry, created in part to justify the theft of yet more of our tax pounds, private funding of research is puny.

If you missed this fascinating programme, do not despair. The producers are putting it to DVD. Much of what was aired last night wasn’t groundbreaking. What it did, however, was succinctly strip away any vestige of serious science, honesty and credibility from the leaders of the eco-doomster movement. They are the great conmen of our time.

AN UNAPPEALING APPEAL!

By ATWadmin On March 9th, 2007 at 8:33 am

Let me ask you the question; Is sacking a Muslim teaching assistant for refusing to remove her veil is akin to firing a Roman Catholic for going to Mass on a Sunday? Aishah Azmi, 24, is appealing against a tribunal ruling that she could not wear a full-face veil in the classroom. The test case is estimated to be costing taxpayers up to £250,000 in legal aid. Her lawyers are suggesting that poor Aishah is the VICTIM of intolerance and discrimination.

I agree with them.

She is the victim of Islamic intolerance, and of a so-called religion which delights in placing women behind a mask.