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On This Day…30.12

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 9:51 pm

1887 – A petition, signed by more than 1 million women in Britain, is sent to Queen Victoria calling for public houses to be closed on Sundays.

1903 – More than 500 people perish in a fire at a theatre in Chicago.

1932 – In Britain, the completion of the electrification of the London to Brighton railway line.

1985 – Arab terrorists kill 12 people in attacks on check-in desks of the Israeli airline El Al at Rome and Vienna airports.

1990 – Albanian Jews are given permission to leave the country and emigrate to Israel.

1993 – Israel and the Vatican agree to establish full diplomatic ties.


“for those in peril on the sea!”

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 2:56 pm

795151-612155-thumbnail.jpgThey that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

The darkness amidst the light

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 12:50 pm

255px-Korean_peninsula_at_night.jpgRead a small snip about how Kim Jong-IL, the premier, head lad and all-round good sport of North Korea has announced a week of celebrations of the birth and works of Mozart. This departure from the usual round of stirring music with titles such as “Let’s Support our Supreme Commander with Arms” is raising eyebrows in PyongYang, but, as it’s the Supreme Leader’s desire, the eyebrow raising will only go so far! Not only a Mozart fan, Kim JongIL is no mean sportsman, having hit no less than eleven holes-in-one during his first round of golf!

Wry smiles apart at the lunacy which normally surrounds this dangerous smiling fool, we should just feel a little sorrow for the millions who labour in silence so this puny clown with the intellect of a gnat can prance around on the world stage, brandishing his nuclear explosive technology and (pro rata) the world’s largest standing army as his entry cards to the ‘2007 class of the great and the good’!

The photograph depicts a satellite image of the Korean peninsula, and highlights the difference between the capitalist South and the totalitarian North. Readers have to make their own minds up as to which is the more successful, or indeed acceptable, of the two economies!

Memo to George W.:- Howzabout a spot of regime-change? 

Strange indeed is the silence from just about all left-leaning commentators on the crushing dictatorship which gives a tiny fraction of it’s inhabitants the good life, and the huge majority of North Koreans the dregs which that same fraction discards on the dust!


Goodbye, Saddam

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 12:11 pm

sadd hanging.jpgThis morning at 6 a.m local time Saddam Hussein paid the ultimate penalty for his brutal reign in Iraq. 

As the world reacts, there will be those that oppose the death penalty in all instances who will condemn the Iraqi authorities, there will be those that mourn the death of an ally.  Whereas his death will not resolve the on-going civil strife plaguing Iraq, there’s no reason to think it will make things worse.  For those elements of the insurgency with links to the Ba’athists, this must surely weaken their resolve.  Whatever happens in Iraq now, one possibility has been removed today.

The Bells of Saint Clemency

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

Don’t they make you sick to the pit of your stomach?  Whilst the US maintains consistency by welcoming the impending execution of Saddam Hussein, various European governments and individual politicians have reacted with a breathtaking degree of moral pusillanimity.  Take Marco Pannella, of Italy’s Radical Party, as a prime example. He is prepared to participate in a hunger strike over the decision to despatch the former Iraqi leader.

What is it with these people?  Where were types like Pannella when Saddam and the host of other dictators and juntas around the world were killing their own people en masse?  Former Provo lickspittle, John Hume used to say that ‘an eye for an eye left everyone blind’.  That’s all eyewash.  The truth in life is that if you turn the other cheek, your enemy will slap that one as well!!

Saddam is responsible for 2.5 million deaths in Iraq.  It is right, just and proper that he should serve his penance away from this world – a world where the international community would have to pay for his incarceration, and where every day would run the risk of him being sprung from his penitentiary.  Why should others have to shoulder that burden?

Talking Point – 29.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

‘If human beings were birds, the most common species would be the shitehawk.’  Discuss.

On This Day…29.12

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

1170 – Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, is murdered in his own cathedral by four knights believing they are acting on direct orders from King Henry II.

1675 – In Britain, Parliament orders the closing of all coffee houses believing they are centres of malicious gossip about the Government.

1890 – The Massacre at Wounded Knee – the last major battle between US troops and native American Indians.

1940 – London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the capital’s unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain.

1973 – President Ferdinand Marcos ends his elected term but continues to rule the Philippines.

1997 – Dawn Alford, of the Daily Mirror, who claimed a Cabinet Minister’s son had sold her drugs, is arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. The Daily Mirror protests to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw.

“…to dream the impossible dream…”

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 11:23 am

If you read, as I did some time back, of the re-habilitation of one Robert McBride, you may well wonder what this has to do with a British and Northern Ireland commentary blog? Well, here is a man who planted a bomb in a crowded bar in Durban, the bar being the favourite hang-out of the Durban Police, and when the blast kills three women and mutilates and injures a further 69, was sentenced to death when convicted. His sentence was commuted, and he was granted amnesty after the pleading of one Nelson Mandela, and freed from prison. He served for a time as a senior official in the South 795151-610833-thumbnail.jpgAfrican Department of Foreign Affairs, before his appointment as Chief of Police on the East Rand. His exploits while in his position as Police Chief have covered him in something, but it’s not normally known as ‘glory’! He is only one of thousands of former terrorists and killers who have received the fruits of their deadly labours from an ever-grateful A.N.C. Government.

So, you might muse, it’s just another grinning coon getting favours returned from his supportive employers! Well, just think, as we are all asked to these days, just think ‘outside the box’; and you will see what is coming to a police station near you, near, that is, if you live in Northern Ireland. With the I.R.A. planning to hold their deadly meeting to ‘confirm’ their acceptance of the P.S.N.I. in the very near future, the murderers of ‘LA MON’, the killers of ‘ENNISKILLEN’, the butchers of Jean McConville, can expect either a seat on a P.S.N.I. ‘oversight committee’, or the chance to wear the P.S.N.I. uniform.

From Johannesburg to Belfast is quite a jump in physical terms, but not when the same evils are being accommodated!



By ATWadmin On December 28th, 2006 at 6:51 pm

HAPPY20NEW20YEAR20189.jpgOK folks – I promised that I would blog over Christmas and have stuck to my word. But even yours truly needs a break, so I’m flying away first thing tomorrow morning to the Canary Islands, for a gentle week of sun, sea and San Miguel lager. There will be nothing more from me until Saturday 6th January 2007 – phew, wot a relief I hear you cry!

I wanted to take a minute though and wish all those who visit this site a peaceful and happy New Year. I think looking back is not so important as looking to the future and I’m certain 2007 will hold many surprises for us all. Who can say what they will be? – but I do assure you that ATW will have plenty to say about what goes on! With the new site layout established, and with my excellent fellow-writers around me, I feel positive about the beckoning year and hope that you, dear reader, will keep visiting us.

Thanks for all your fantastic contributions over the past twelve months – I’m sure next year will be every bit as enjoyable. I extend that to those of you who take exception to my political views as much as those who align with me – after all, it would be dull if we ALL agree all the time. (No chance of that..!) 

So – once more -A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all – see ya in just over a weeks time.

God bless.


By ATWadmin On December 28th, 2006 at 6:37 pm

adamspaisley-203.jpgAs predicted, the Sinn/IRA/DUP show continues to run and run – now in full on Festive Panto mode.

Comes the news – gasp! – that the IRA’s best buddies in Sinn Fein are calling a special meeting of its executive to discuss the issue of republican backing for policing in Northern Ireland. Gerry Adams said the party’s executive council would meet in Dublin on Friday. He said he would put forward a motion asking for a special party-wide conference "on the policing issue". Sinn Fein support for policing would be viewed by the political elite as removing one of the main obstacles to restoring devolution.

This is all just a pathetic joke. OF COURSE Sinn Fein/IRA (unless you are in the DUP in which case just drop the inconvenient Sinn Fein part) will deign to back Policing, subject to the usual lethal caveats.  The MSM will hail it as of being of monumental significance, the hand of history will scrawl a few more twisted words. The DUP will then pretend to "grudgingly" accept this as "a breakthrough" and then crow that they have achieved something.

This is the usual crafted political choreography we have seen over the years – its all a faux breakthrough – a panto for the politically stupid, or wicked. Of course it’s sad to see the IRA and the DUP edge closer together on the basis of the bastardisation of policing but in this corrupt political landscape, what else do you expect? Pursuing devolution at the cost of democracy appears to be the choice the DUP have made, and they know it. When the UUP sold out their principles, there were none more critical than the DUP. Now it seems that they have morphed into the UUP. More Kipper politics – two-faced and gutless!