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By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 9:54 am

I wonder how credible is the poll today that suggests that three-quarters of Israelis want to be in the European Union and that more than a tenth would actually leave Israel for Europe if they were granted EU citizenship? With Germany scoring an approval rate of 67 per cent, making it the second most popular European country after Britain, the poll suggests that the attitude of most Israelis is no longer predominantly coloured by the Second World War and by the Holocaust.

Yeah. they must have forgotten that one. And they must have chosen to ignore the endemic anti-Semitism that characterises the EU.

"The bespectacled British-born rabbi did not stand a chance. As Walter Rothschild walked through an underground station in Berlin, four youths kicked and beat him, leaving him for dead. ‘I was beaten black and blue and covered in blood,’ said Rothschild, 49, who moved from Bradford to Germany five years ago. ‘I’m not the only one. People spit at us, shout racist remarks, vandalise our graveyards and spray graffiti on our schools.’

Sorry, but I don’t believe a word of this poll. The fact that it was conducted by..ahem…Germany might have something to do with the incredibly high approval Germany has achieved. Lies, damned lies and statistics!


By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 9:39 am

I have two teenage kids and they often seem very mature for their tender years until I hear them say something that is quite evidently childish. I think we need to bear this in mind when we read a pregnant 14-year-old saying that having a baby is now regarded as "fashionable" among schoolgirls.

Kizzy Neal has been asked to give advice to four of her classmates who have also fallen pregnant since Christmas. The teen, from Torbay in Devon said

"When my friends see my bump they say they wish they could have a baby, then three weeks later they’re pregnant and don’t know what to do. Teenage girls think babies are cute, but they forget the physical side of being pregnant, then having to give up your own childhood to look after a baby. It seems to be fashionable to get pregnant." 


14 YEARS OLD – and soon to be a mother. Sad, isn’t it?

Kizzy became pregnant the first time she had sex with her 13-year-old boyfriend. She is due to give birth in May and aims to take three months off her studies at Paignton Community College in Devon, before resuming her GCSE lessons next September. The teenager, who wants to become a social worker.

Of course if the State did not reward such errant behaviour through the generous Welfare provision it provides, then Kizzy might not be quite so dizzy!


By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 9:32 am

Isn’t it interesting to read that a new Gallup poll finds that richer, better-educated Muslims are more likely to be radicalized. This explodes the myth of the poor, dumb terrorist.

Since 9/11, the politically correct elite claim that terrorists have hijacked a peaceful religion out of ignorance and poverty. Or that they’ve been brainwashed by Osama bin Laden.

But Gallup found the opposite to hold true: The most radical among Muslims — those who support jihad — earn more and stay in school longer. These are the smart ones, not the rubes.

Many of the Saudi hijackers were the best and brightest in their towns. Hani Hanjour, who crashed the plane into the Pentagon, studied English at the University of Arizona. Family members were wealthy merchants from Taif, a resort city in Saudi Arabia.


Most Palestinian suicide bombers have come from middle-class homes. They didn’t do what they did to escape poverty.


And some of the most radical imams in America have doctorates.


Gallup merely backs with statistics what we already knew. Contrary to liberal dogma, education makes Muslims only more extreme, not more moderate. Education doesn’t stop terrorism.

Inviting more Muslims to our shores in the hopes they’ll embrace our culture and adopt our values also seems misguided.


Yet this is the logic behind the White House’s deal to grant 21,000 student visas to young Saudi men over the next four years. It’s been sold as a cultural exchange program. But do we really want to educate thousands of Saudis on our campuses if education helps only to radicalize Muslims?

Gallup’s survey of Muslims, the largest conducted, puts to rest theories that radicals attack us because they’re poor and alienated from society. Or because they’re dim and easily misled.

Radical Muslims have an education and an economic future, yet they still hate. They’re literate enough to interpret their holy books, yet they still embrace jihad against infidels. Perhaps the only sane course in this war is to separate the West from Islam?


The shocking conclusion is that it appears that as Muslims attain better education and higher levels of income, they become more of a threat. Perhaps this is a case where ignorance is bliss?

Hat-tip to Daphne for the link.


By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am

The UK Government is bringing in new laws next week that will allow police to prosecute motorists who use their mobile phones when they are driving – unless they are hands-free.

I agree that driving a car or lorry with one hand whilst using the other hand to hold a hand held mobile is not a very good idea. Discouraging it is probably a worthy aim. But this ban is not enough for some. I was listening to an anti-mobile phone in the car lobby group demanding that mobile phones should not be allowed in a car at all. This is pure fanaticism.

Their argument is based on the idea that the phone will distract the driver. But so does the radio. So does a passenger. Are they suggesting that radio/CD’s must be banned also lest they cause an accident? Maybe cars should only contain one person? Let’s be sensible – and let’s stop persecuting motorists.


By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 9:08 am

I wonder if you might agree with Simon Heffer’s comment in The Times this morning that it is only a matter of time until Government, for tax reasons, legalises drugs and prostitution? It seems a feature of modern Government in Britain that there are continued invasions into our private lives, and that these have one predominant objective; to find new things to tax. Whether it is our use of water, the view from our window, our choice of car — you name it and politicians seek to tax us on it. I bet NuLabour would love to get their hands on some of the huge sums of money the illegal drugs market constitutes, and so nothing would surprise me.


By ATWadmin On February 24th, 2007 at 8:48 am

juana_chaos.jpgThe IRA’s best friends in ETA, the Spanish terror group, have been careful to copy their Irish cousins.

Hence Inaki de Juana Chaos, the jailed ETA murderer, has been on a hunger strike for 100 days.

Convicted of causing 25 murders, he was sentenced to 3000 years in prison in 1987. He became eligible for release back in 2004. But then he was sentenced to another 12 years for writing articles deemed to contain terrorist threats. This was then reduced to three years. Not good enough for him.

He decided to go on hunger strike and demanded immediate release.  I’m sure he’ll get his way given the supine nature of the current Spanish Government.

Juana Chaos boasted that he and his fellow terrorist prisoners "loved to see" on TV the funerals of those they had blown up. He added how they enjoyed examining the faces of the bereaved "their tears are our smile, and made us laugh heartily"

This monster deserves execution, but I’m afraid the Spanish authorities have no will to punish him. He will walk free, laughing at all those images of grieving relatives.

My thanks to Lady Vorzheva at Toasted Bread

NHS in Crisis, part 394….

By ATWadmin On February 23rd, 2007 at 10:52 pm

I find these figures shocking.

Hospital-acquired ‘superbugs’ MRSA and Clostridium-difficile, between them, were cited as ‘a factor’ in over 5,400 deaths during 2005, and were cited as the main cause of death in approximately 2,500 cases, a rise of roughly 400% since the mid 1990s.

Critics last night said that Government waiting time targets, "savage" bed cuts and a continued failure to deal with hospital hygiene were behind the steep rises.

Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said: "Healthcare acquired infections are a patient’s main fear. Our worry is that these figures will continue to rise as other priorities take precedence. Only two weeks ago the Government promised to make infection control one of its top priorities. Yet its own announcement to further reduce waiting times by ’round the clock operations’ will inevitably harm these efforts."


While I think that politically-based ‘initiatives’ and changes to NHS procedures are not the only causes of this (and it is also unfair to lay the blame entirely at Labour’s door, as many of these changes were initiated by the previous Conservative government), it seems to me that our politicians’ continual meddling with the NHS in order to achieve ‘targets’ has got to stop.

At the very least, I would like to see a complete halt to the contracting-out of cleaning services to separate firms. I’ve heard stories of wards and lavatories being left uncleaned for hours, because the NHS staff are not allowed to do the cleaners’ jobs due to union rules or whatever. That is just stupid, and completely unacceptable in a hospital, I would have thought.

It seems to me that the NHS is seen by all politicians as a millstone round their necks. Because we like to pride ourselves on our (supposedly) free health service, no political party has the guts to do anything too radical or courageous about solving its problems, for fear of losing votes due to a media-driven public outcry. Well, the politicians may think that 5,400 fatalities represents "an acceptable level of deaths" (where have we heard that before?) but I think it’s an outrage. I’m sure these figures could be drastically reduced, if only politicians would get out of the way and let medical professionals run the NHS properly.



By ATWadmin On February 23rd, 2007 at 10:33 pm

A little romantic number here to end the working week – two great musical talents combine….and the message of the song is a good one!


By ATWadmin On February 23rd, 2007 at 7:45 pm

sammytheshammywilson203.jpgOne of the reasons I so dislike politicians is that too many of them treat the ordinary person as if he or she were a moron. Take the DUP’s Sammy Wilson. Please.  Anybody.

I see he’s been boasting that his Party has "destroyed" Sinn Féin’s vision of policing He asserts that his party is so very clever that it has ensured a triple unionist lock on policing and republicans will never exert control over the force.  Wow – hats off to them.

Even as his nose grew longer, Sammy the Shammy claimed republicans had always regarded policing as the front line and had vehemently opposed the RUC. (And got the RUC axed, Sammy forgot to add) That was why, he said, the DUP had so vigorously insisted on Sinn Féin endorsing the police. Its negotiators, he said, had constructed a ‘triple-lock’ veto on the devolution of Policing and Justice by making it a deal-breaker.

Complete and utter gibberish. There is absolutely NO lock of any sort on these arrangements. All the DUP have done is accept the words of proven liars, and roll over on their backs just like the UUP. The prospect of an IRA gunman and bomber becoming Minister for policing and justice looms ever larger- and ALL because of staggering DUP ineptness. And Sammy BOASTS of this????

The DUP opposed the destruction of the RUC. It happened. The DUP opposed the destruction of the Royal Irish Regiment. It happened. Just because the DUP opposes something does not mean it will not happen. The DUP said it demanded photographs of IRA decommissioning. Never got ’em – now it doesn’t matter! This bunch of power-hungry clowns will simply wash their hands of all solemn commitments – and every day it becomes clearer that they constitute an even bigger danger to the Union than even the UUP. 


By ATWadmin On February 23rd, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Yes, she may have aged, but don’t we all? Great voice, excellent melody and well worth a listen folks! The bells are a nice touch…