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REVELLING IN DEGENERACY…

By ATWadmin On March 12th, 2007 at 9:06 am

Well now, isn’t it fascinating to hear the victory songs coming from the IRA’s apologists post-election? Writing in the reliably Provo-friendly Guardian in the (Leftwing) "Comment is Free" section, Mairtin O’Muilleoir says that….

" In prosperous unionist constituencies where the SDLP could always rely on affluent Catholics to reward them with the one nationalist seat, Sinn Féin were rampant. In Lagan Valley, centred on the city of Lisburn where Sinn Féin have virtually no organisation on the ground, voters deserted Mark Durkan’s candidate to put in former H-Block prisoner,Paul Butler"

But why so coy, Mairtin? Why not share Paul’s full cv with us – you know the bit about him being a convicted murderer and cop killer?  Be PROUD of his background, Mairtin, not selective!

Mairtin concludes …

"Nationalists weren’t terribly fond of the war but, post-conflict, rightly or wrongly, they’re full of admiration for those who fought it. "

And who murdered. And bombed. And shot. And wounded. And kidnapped. And brutalised. And who caused decades of misery. Yes, Mairtin – nationalists may indeed be "full of admiration" for such people, but let’s all be clear about the details. Coyness is soooo unbecoming the neo-republican zeitgist, right? 

THE ROAD TO HELL…..

By ATWadmin On March 12th, 2007 at 8:55 am

795151-712185-thumbnail.jpgI wonder how many on the international political Left agree with Venezuelan thug in chief Hugo Chavez that "capitalism is the road to hell"?

"Those who want to go directly to hell, they can follow capitalism," Mr Chavez said in the town of Trinidad in Bolivia. "And those of us who want to build heaven here on earth, we will follow socialism." 

The crowds cheered and I suspect that in a quite a few news-rooms around the world, the fiery rhetoric from this tyrant warmed more than a few editorial hearts. Meanwhile back in the people’s paradise of Venezuela, queues now form around the block when anything comes into stock in supermarket. Farmers, unable to make a profit, are going out of business. Beef, once plentiful, is now imported from Bolivia, itself a centre for foot and mouth disease. Antibiotics, parts for cars and industry, are rare. Still, the poor are ALWAYS with us, and Chavez continues to be the poster boy for socialists the world over! Little wonder London Mayor Ken Livingstone so admires him.

POLARISING BEARS?

By ATWadmin On March 12th, 2007 at 8:47 am

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Everyone knows that global warming is endangering species such as the Polar bear. The extinction of this magnificent animal is being seriously considered in some quarters. So – isn’t it interesting to read that  survey of the animals’ numbers in Canada’s eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving, not declining, because of mankind’s interference in the environment. In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today. "There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears," said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals. His findings back the claims of Inuit hunters who have long claimed that they were seeing more bears.

Time to start shooting a few?

blue

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

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No they aren’t mulling the anticipated announcement today that Chirac will not be standing in 2007 (great pic of Chirac in link ). Much to Sarkozy’s relief i expect! It was a resurgent England in the 6 Nations wot done it, drawing them level with France and Ireland & destroying France’s grand slam chances in the process. All three will be going for the title next weekend.  Noticed the comments havent changed much on ATW since this morning. Couldnt work out if it was the blue skies and hint of Spring or the sport…

Amazing Grace – the movie

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 5:24 pm

It’s Sunday morning in Los Angeles, and the day is shaping up beautifully.  Blue skies… warm sun…pink azaleas in full bloom.  It is a temporary paradise on earth, a brief respite from an otherwise chaotic and troubled world.

And the perfect time to recommend to you a movie: Amazing Grace  – coming to Ireland March 23.     

The movie chronicles the true story of William Wilberforce and his friend William Pitt and their long and eventually successful fight with the British Parliament to end the slave trade.  It also chronicles the story of a wretch named John Newton, a slave trader who became a minister in the Church of England and who penned these words:

Amazing Grace (how sweet the sound)
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

It is a story of endurance, and redemption. And political activism.

It is also a very enjoyable movie to watch…..even if you’re fed up with discussions about religion. The tale, itself, has a classic dramatic arch and is extremely entertaining. The  18th century historical detailing adds color and excitement and the movie has a  well-written script,  excellent acting, and beautiful cinematography.  It’s rated PG in the States.  (Basically meaning no gratuitous violence or explicit sex scenes)

If you do see it, tell me what you think.

TEACHERS TO OPPOSE ACADEMIC SELECTION!

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 10:59 am

Get this for further evidence of the overt radical egalitarianism that infests our public Education system.  

Members of one of Northern Ireland’s leading teacher unions may resort to strike action if any form of academic selection REMAINS in schools past 2008.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) will today debate the issue at its northern conference in Newcastle. A motion was put forward calling on the northern committee to ballot members for industrial action should selection remain.  The Department of Education confirmed that if politicians fail to reach a consensus on the way forward, schools will be permitted to set their own admissions criteria, which could include academic selection. Speaking before the conference, Frank Bunting, INTO northern secretary, said: “Delegates will discuss a motion calling for industrial action, including strike action, should pupil profiles be used for selective transfer purposes after 2008. “Children’s educational progress should not be a political football. Transfer needs urgent attention immediately after the Assembly election.” 

Using our children’s education as a political football is the very essence of the modern Trade Union’s, populated by left-wing ideologues who are determined to smash any vestige of academic value.

THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION..

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 10:45 am

How interesting to hear a politician speak the truth! "Environmentalism is a religion that is based more on political ambitions than science" says the president of the Czech Republic.

Speaking at the Cato Institute, a public policy think-tank, President Vaclav Klaus said that environmentalists who clamor for policy change to combat global warming "only pretend" to be promoting environmental protection, and are actually being driven by a political agenda. "Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences," much like the idea of communism or other "-isms" such as feminism, Klaus said, adding that "environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide. As for government spending on global warming studies, the former finance minister and of the Eastern European nation and trained economist said that such efforts were a "waste of money," adding that there was already sufficient scientific evidence for those seeking policy change to back up their proposals.

WHEN “GOING PRIVATE” IS NOT “GOING PRIVATE”!

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 10:26 am

The staggering hypocrisy of UK Prime Minister in waiting (and waiting!) Gordon Brown is revealed in the claim that although the dour Scot was treated at a £100-an-hour private dental clinic, for root canal treatment last week, this did not mean he had "gone private". Perish the thought!

You see, "Using a private dentist is not the same as using a private doctor," Brown’s spokesman said. "Gordon is no different to the large number of people who have found themselves without an NHS dentist because he did not visit one regularly. If you have a toothache, you have to find a dentist quickly and to do that you have to go private. It is not like arranging an appointment with your GP." 

Tripe. It is EXACTLY the same. Also WHY could Mr Brown not find an NHS Dentist, with the NHS being the 8th wonder of the socialist world?

BRITAIN’S LIBERAL INTELLIGENTSIA…

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 10:10 am

"The truth of the matter is that hundreds of thousands of people like a spliff with their glass of wine after a hard day’s work, and those people don’t have a problem. And while you would obviously prefer your teenager to be doing a bit of extra maths instead of a little extra ecstasy, there are worse things than feeling all cheery and affectionate for a few hours and then sleeping it off — like taking up smoking and dying of lung cancer. As for the cocaine epidemic that we’re constantly reading about: being addicted to cocaine isn’t nice — neither is being an alcoholic, except that’s legal — but the truth is that the vast majority of recreational users don’t have an addiction problem. I’m not saying taking drugs is a marvellous idea, obviously it isn’t, but the point is that people do take them, in vast numbers…"

So says India Knight, columnist in the once respected Sunday Times.  How tres chic and so  insightful into the mindset and values of the Metropolitan elite. I mean what a lovely family picture; Mum and Dad are having a relaxing spliff whilst teenage son is taking a LITTLE ecstasy to help with his Maths homework and teenage daughter is sniffing a little cocaine to mellow out. What’s the problem, right?

NO MORE AID TO THE PALIS….

By ATWadmin On March 11th, 2007 at 9:57 am

With the Palestinians being officially the world’s most oppressed people, one can understand why such vast sums of financial aid are channelled their way. A former World Bank official who is about to become the Palestinian finance minister has warned foreign donors that he has no idea where much of their money has been spent. In the 14 months since Hamas won elections, Palestinian finances have descended into such chaos that there is now no way to confirm whether aid is going to its stated purpose, according to Salam Fayyad, 54, who is poised to start his second stint as treasury chief once the rival Hamas and Fatah factions finalise a "unity" government. An estimated £362.5 million has flowed into Palestinian government coffers from abroad since the election that brought Hamas to power and ushered in a period of internal conflict that came close to all-out civil war. I say stop ALL AID to this most dysfunctional of regimes, we are financing Islamic inspired terror against Israel. Pull the plug NOW!