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By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 7:33 am

What GROTESQUE hypocrites!

London Mayor Red Ken Livingstone’s regime at  City Hall has spent more than £80,000 on trips to attend 16 conferences on tackling climate change and improving the environment.

Politicians and officials have flown to destinations including New York, Nairobi, San Francisco and Toronto in the past two and a half years.  Mmm – nice destinations…nice carbon footprints!

The figures, obtained by the London Assembly Conservatives, show that deputy mayor Nicky Gavron has made 13 trips, while the Mayor’s climate change adviser Mark Watts has made six. It has led critics to dub Ms Gavron “the member for Heathrow Central” and question how the amount of foreign travel fits in with Mayor Ken Livingstone’s commitment to tackle climate change. Brian Coleman, Tory chairman of the London Assembly, said: “I think there are a lot of questions to be asked.

“It’s amazing that for a Mayor who is so concerned about climate change there are so many flights to discuss climate change. What were people doing in Melbourne and Nairobi? Scunthorpe and Stoke-on-Trent never seem to get a mention.”  Today’s figures reveal for the first time the total amount spent by the Mayor and his officials on foreign travel. Since March 2004, 279 trips have been made at a cost of £369,564.

All this proves in my mind is that those on the political hard-left such as Ken Livingstone are two-faced hypocrites who believe that there is one rule for them, and another for the “little people.” They remind me of the Soviet elite sweeping past in their limo’s even as the poor people huddled on the pavements. Come to think of it – with all those bus-lanes Ken has put in place which can ALSO be availed of by politicians…. 


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 7:26 am

Did you see those amazing images of one of the alleged 21/7 bombers fleeing the scene dressed as a woman in full Burqa gear?  

Yassin Oman allegedly fled London dressed as a Muslim woman after failing to blow up an Underground train.

Omar donned the disguise the day after launching an alleged suicide bomb attack at Warren Street Tube station in Central London on July 21, 2005, a court was told yesterday. The pictures show him walking down the pavement towards Golders Green Bus station, in North London, not far from his home. A series of different cameras followed his movements across a busy road and into the station to catch a National Express coach to Birmingham at 6.21pm. Prosecutor Max Hill told jurors: “The handbag is over the left arm of Mr Omar. On walking over the crossing toward the coach stop, Omar appears to stop at the coach stop.”

How camp can you get? Good to see that the Burqa, that quintessential Islamic garb, has some use after all – apart from oppressing women that is. It’s the on-the-run Jihadists dress of choice!


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 7:16 am

hulk.jpgMmmm..I wonder if Hillary Clinton is getting a little anxious about her long planned chances of gaining the Democrat nomination to run for the Presidency when one of her hitherto key constituencies seems to be lining up to support young glamorous Obama? I’m talking about the Hollywoodenheads, of course.

Cheques from Hollywood’s A-list stars such as George Clooney, Eddie Murphy and Barbra Streisand added up to a one-night take of $1.3 million for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Obama spoke to a star-studded audience at a closed-door fundraiser in Beverly Hills arranged by three of the industry’s biggest names _ DreamWorks studio founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. 


He told an audience that included Spielberg, Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy, actress Jennifer Anniston and singer Jackson Browne that they have "enormous power" (Ha, I don’t think so, enormous amounts of cash though for aspirational politicians, eh? DV!) that comes with "enormous responsibility" because of their impact on American culture.


Hey Obama is paraphrasing Spiderman! But will Hillary be quoting the Hulk when she sees her Hollywoodenheads lining Obama’s campaign slush fund…"Don’t make me angry….you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry"


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 7:12 am

I liked this summation of the Blair era by Simon Heffer writing in the Daily Cameron…

It is the middle of February, and some NHS hospitals are telling their staff to unscrew the lightbulbs to conserve money until a new financial year begins in six weeks’ time. Some women may soon have to travel 80 miles to give birth. Even in built-up areas, people may have to travel for more than an hour at peak times, with heaven only knows what injuries or ailments, to reach their nearest A&E department.


I have not even mentioned the huge increase in the burden of taxation on productive members of society, the robbing of their pension funds, or the litany of scandals that may now culminate in criminal charges for trafficking in honours, because I simply wanted to illustrate how Labour, in its dishonesty and incompetence, has made life harder for the have-nots: for what it used to call "our people". They have no choice but to use state schools and public hospitals. They can’t afford to install burglar alarms, or move to "nice" areas where they won’t be mugged on their doorstep. When old, they don’t have a supportive social network. They are the most vulnerable, and they have been royally and monumentally stuffed.


Most of us don’t mind paying to make life better for such people. But the extra taxes we have paid have been wasted, not least in putting 700,000 socially unproductive people on the public payroll, where they can gratefully vote for Gordon Brown in perpetuity. They, Mrs Blair, the Irish Republican Army and those for whom the most important thing in life is to be allowed to sodomise 16-year-old boys are the only ones I can think of who have done well out of the past 10 years. I suspect if Labour had told us that in 1997, we might even have voted for John Major


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 6:57 am

So, at a time when US President George W Bush sends thousands of more troops to Iraq, UK PM Tony Blair announces a timetable that will see thousands of British troops withdraw from Iraq. Apparently half the UK force there will be "home by Christmas" (Heard that one before). I’m sure the Jihadists in Iraq are jumping for joy this morning at Blair’s cowardice and political opportunism. The steady drumbeat of spineless surrender rings loud.

The MSM want us out of Iraq. The political left want us out of Iraq. The Jihadists want us out of Iraq. The remnants of Saddam’s mafia want us out of Iraq. So, now Blair gives them a thumbs up and provides the timetable for withdrawal that is required. The message will be well understood.

“As ye sow…..”

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Just finished reading a novel by Jodi Picoult entitled “My Sister’s Keeper”, and thought it was not too often that fiction mirrors fact so absolutely! Briefly, the story revolves around the legal trials generated by a ten-year-old girl, born as a direct result of genetic screening and embryo selection, so that she might act as a saviour to her sister, who has a virulent type of leukaemia. She rebels against the constant intrusive and painful procedures which all, of course, are designed to aid her sister; as the parents have never even contemplated the possibility that the younger sister might object!

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave approval some two years ago for a couple to attempt a pregnancy based on tissue-typing in order to relieve a debilitating illness being suffered by a young family member. The treatment would involve the transplantation of blood cells from the placental cord, and as such, would not involve painful invasive procedures such as those depicted within the novel; and as of now, the parents have not succeeded in delivering a full-term baby, as the mother has suffered a series of miscarriages. There have been other trials and other births as well!

Some time back, I myself mentioned within a piece named ‘First do no Harm’, that my sister died at the age of sixteen from leukaemia, and nowadays that illness can be quite often either relieved or cured by a bone-marrow transplant. If the knowledge and technology had been in existence fifty years ago, I, along with my brothers, would no doubt have been queuing to volunteer to check compatibility, but, and there is the point, we were all born before my sister, and it would have been our choice as to whether the transplant would be possible! To attempt to conceive a child for the purpose of either the relief of suffering, or the possibility of a future transplant, is a terrible thing to behold!

I realise that all has been done from the best of all motives, and as the placental cord blood was envisaged as the transplant route, there would have been no further invasive surgery, but I end by quoting from an Anti-Abortion group named Life, who commented upon the original House of Lords decision by stating:-

“"Today’s decision from the House of Lords takes us further down the slippery slope in creating human beings to provide spare parts for another.

"The best of ends, namely to cure a sick child, does not justify the means."



By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

The following post was sent in by regular ATW commentator Ernest Young. I think it’s good to take a moment out from the hurly-burly and reflect on what he has to say….

A thought sparked by an on-line conversation with another ATW regular, Colm, on how we oft times write comments to ‘get at’ the writer of a post, not so much in disagreement to the post’s content, but rather in the manner in which it is

Hold your hand up if you are not guilty of doing just that!…..as I see no hands, I take it that we are all at least a little guilty.

Of course, in the written word, especially at the level at which we practise the art, it is easy to convey the wrong impression, (You are not kidding there Ernest! DV) and thereby give offence, which in face-to-face conversation would probably not happen, given that most people do have some sort of respect for others, or the environment in which they meet, or maybe they just cannot run very fast. This natural restraint does appear to be easily lost in the colloquial, conversational environment of the blog, probably due to the style set by some of the more notorious early runners in the field, where there was little or no editorial oversight, and offensive language was more the norm than the exception.

I was struck with the similarity between the ‘blogging with comments’ environment, and the playing of games such as ‘Second Life’. In both we adopt an alter ego, and are basically role playing, whether we use our real names or some
nickname, in doing so we shed some of the inhibitions or shyness which would normally control our daily, real life interactions. By taking part, we become characters in an ongoing daily drama, sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic, invariably interesting,  in other words an alternate life, where  realities are discussed, and to which we can add our own options and opinions. We all have a chance to play Walter Mitty to some degree or other.  If we don’t like one game, we can so easliy change to another.

Like characters in a novel, we are all just figments of the readers imagination, and if the writer is good, then our imagination may be akin to the writers original intention. Bad writers give bad impressions, which amounts to bad
communication, and not nescessarily bad people. If it all goes pearshaped, why then we can just click on that little cross in
the red box, and all our troubles disappear, never to be seen again, – unless – of course, we wish them to reappear.   — If only real life was that simple! 


By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

You have to hand it to the Democrats – they have developed moonbattery to an entirely new level.

Consider this question; What do YOU think is the single greatest short-term threat to world peace?

Iran?  Russia? Al Queda? Islam? A coup in Pakistan? Conflict between India and Pakstan? A complete breakdown in Iraq drawing in the Saudis, Turks, and Iranians?


According to US Presidential candidate John Edwards, "Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, is the the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities."

Yes, those pesky JOOOOS are the greatest threat we face.  Thank goodness for the reason that men like Edwards bring to the table….


By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Betcha that Gordon Brown was not a happy camper when he read the latest poll in the Bible (Koran?)of the left, The Guardian, showing UK voters giving the Tories a clear 13-point lead when asked which party they would back in a likely contest between Mr Brown, Mr Cameron and Sir Menzies Campbell.

On this basis Super Dave Cameron will win the next election and become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Labour will be vanquished and no-one will care much about the risible Lib-Dems and the frail elderly man who defiantly leads them into..erm….oblivion!

Just one problem – it would be a disaster for authentic British Conservatism were a man like Cameron to win power. He espouses the redistribution of wealth, he plans to maintain the massive State sector Labour has created, he will keep the UK anchored in the deplorable EU, he will oppose US military intervention in the war on terror, he will impose more green taxes, he will demonstrate that he is a man of the left, leading a party that was from the right.

So, whilst I’m pleased to consider the unhappiness of dour Gordy Brown choking on his cereal this morning I do reflect that we know he is an unreconstructed leftist.

Cameron, by comparison, is a reconstructed Conservative who is rebranding leftist values as "caring Conservatism." To my mind this makes him a greater danger.


By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

We’ll be discussing this in-depth on Thursday nights Tangled Talk Radio show but did you notice that Iran’s President and putative dining pal of the 13th Imam when he returns to Earth, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has rejected international calls for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, a day before a UN deadline runs out?

WHAT A SURPRISE!!!  Maddy said Iran would only do so if states seeking the suspension stopped producing nuclear fuel themselves. He added that he wanted talks on his nation’s nuclear programme, but only if no pre-conditions were imposed. In particular he insisted on his country’s inherent right to wipe Israel off the map develop nuclear fuel since everyone knows how energy deficient Iran is.

So, we’ve left with an impotent UN and a Nuke crazy Iran. What to do? Close your eyes, count to ten and hope you’re in Kansas or…….