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Saturday’s Marx Quote – 16.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 16th, 2006 at 7:42 am

‘Send two dozen roses to Room 424 and put  "Emily, I love you" on the back of the bill.’

On This Day…16.12

By ATWadmin On December 16th, 2006 at 7:28 am

1653 – In England, Oliver Cromwell pronounces himself Lord Protector – a position he holds for the next four years.

1773 – The infamous Boston Tea Party, in which 150 ‘Sons of Liberty’ – American colonists dressed as Red Indians – protest against British imposed taxes by throwing fully-laden tea chests into the harbour at Boston.

1944 – American bandleader Glenn Miller is missing, presumed dead, after his plane disappears while flying over the English Channel en route to France.

1990 – Haitians elect populist priest Jean Bertrand Aristide as President in the country’s first fully democratic election.

1991 – Britain names Stella Rimington as the first woman to head its security service, MI5.

1998 – USA & Britain combine bombing attacks on Iraq after United Nations weapons inspectors are expelled from the country, contrary to assurances given by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

 

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT XMAS JUKEBOX

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:39 pm

I know this song is played to death at this time, but I was always a big fan of Roy Wood and I believe this is a better song than Slade’s "Merry Xmas Everybody"  Roy Wood created a Phil Spector-ish wall of sound, and you can hear this is other songs  such as "See My Baby Jive" and "Angel Fingers."

WHEN STEREOTYPES ARE USEFUL…

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:33 pm

This is from the Irish Independent. Picture the scene.

It’s a busy morning in a Manhattan court-house, and a tough-looking customer with red hair and freckles is dragged in chains by a phalanx of cops before thepresiding judge. The judge looks stonily at the accused:

Judge: "Well, Mickey-Joe Murphy O’Hooley. You are charged with three counts of murder, four counts of aggravated burglary, six counts of nicking cars and countless counts of possession of piles of drugs. What do you have to say in your defence?"

Mickey-Joe: "Top of the mornin’, yer honour. Sure begob and begorrah, t’isn’t my fault at all, at all. It’s cos I is Oirish, and t’was the demon drink that courses through the veins of my kinfolk that made me do it, be the hokey".

Judge: "How terrible for you. Case dismissed. Here’s a few bucks, bucko. Have a Pint on me".

 

Fantasy? Not if New York attorney Ed Hayes’ fancy footwork on behalf of a client this week is anything to go by. This legendary figure of the American legal system – the character of defence lawyer Tom Killian in Bonfire of the Vanities is based on Hayes – was defending 26-year-old Sean Timoney.

The defendant is the son of former NYPD bigwig and current Miami Police Chief, Dublin-born John Timoney, and was facing a lengthy jail term after pleading guilty to trying to buy 400 pounds of marijuana from an undercover agent.

Among the various arguments for a lenient sentence put forward by Ed Hayes in a pre-sentencing letter to the judge was that "from a historical standpoint, bothsides of Sean’s lineage, like so many other of Irish-American descent, suffer from alcohol abuse," predisposing him to addictive behaviour which led him to drugs.

Oh, right you be, sorr. ‘Tis nothin’ short of a feckin’ miracle that Irish-Americans got anythin’ done in between lurryin’ back de gargle – like buildin’ the US railroads and the thoroughfares and skyscrapers of New York; anddominatin’ the NYPD and City Hall. And God only knows how that useless sot John
F Kennedy ended up in the White House, or Eugene O’Neill ever got the head together to write anythin’ half-decent.

This sort of racial stereotyping would be booed off the stage of a comedy club, yet was countenanced in a court of law. (And Hayes’s arguments were successful -on Wednesday Timoney was sentenced to a lenient 18 months in pokey).

Airport ’06 – The Confusion

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:19 pm

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What are we to make of the news that the Government wants to expand certain airports in and around London?  Auntie Beeb informs us all that a third runway is planned for Heathrow (there are even rumours of a sixth terminal at what is already far and away the busiest airport in Europe), and Stansted in west Essex is also due for an additional runway there.  Stansted’s relatively rural location makes it ideal amongst the capital’s air gateways for major expansion.


Bring it on!  Expanding airports (and there will undoubtedly be further announcements affecting the size of regional establishments) is a sure sign of progress and economic/tourism growth.  Any economy wishing to prosper in the global age needs the best facilities to handle the swiftest form of transport.  But hang on a second!  Gordon Brown (a Scotsman) has announced punitive aviation taxation increases in order to fight climate change.  However, if the aim of the aforesaid robbery is to reduce the amount of passengers using our airports, then why is this blatant contradiction in terms taking place.  There are two modes of thought:




  1. Labour already recognises that airline passenger growth cannot be checked in an advancing world and is using such trends to swell its public sector coffers.


  2. Labour truly believes aviation tax will create the desired effect.  If so, why the need to expand?

Transport Secretary, Douglas Alexander (another Scotsman) said:


‘The progress report confirms our intention that aviation should meet its climate change costs and should limit noise and pollution at airports across the country. At the same time, we must ensure that the UK has the airport capacity it needs to enhance its economic performance.’


Ten years in power and their covert socialism still prevents them from understanding how big business works.  Aviation will not be meeting ‘its climate change costs.’  It will ensure the travelling public is made to pay by way of increased fares.  Do Douggie and Gordon (two Scotsmen) honestly think the airline big-wigs will suddenly discover their environmental side and allow profits to be eaten into in the process?  They are in business to make money.  That’s how the free market basically works.  We are the ones who will suffer fiscally.  Mind you, isn’t that the foundation of all socialists – closet or otherwise?  ‘We hate people to have money and enjoyment.  So we’ll create a culture where people have nothing, and yet still want to share it with the world.’

On This Day…15.12

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:13 pm

1711 – Plague breaks out in Copenhagen.

1890 – In America, Chief Sitting Bull, the leader of the Sioux indians, is shot dead.

1891 – Canadian James E Naismith nails two peach baskets to opposite ends of a gymnasium balcony, draws up some simple rules, and creates the sport of basketball.

1964 – Canada adopts the Maple Leaf for its national flag.

1966 – Death of animator Walt Disney.

1979 – Deposed Shah of Iran flies from the United States of America to ‘temporary‘ exile in Panama.

ELIM BOUND FOR JAIL!

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Did you read that a a leading Ulster evangelical churchman has said he was prepared to go to prison to stop new laws which will advantage homosexuals. The Rev Eric McComb, superintendent of the Elim Pentecosatal Church in Ireland, said his church would also refuse to remove its ban on gays participating in church activities. Mr McComb was speaking as a number of Christian groups go to the High Court in Belfast today to seek leave for a judicial review on new legislation which will stop shops and businesses "discriminating" against gays and lesbians.

Naturally, the Gay militant advocacy groups and its courtiers in the MSM bitch about this. I say "Well Done" to Rev McComb – it’s time the Gay Lobby was confronted rather than appeased.

HEARTS AND MINDS ….

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 4:34 pm

You can read my script for Hearts and Minds here, with the cartoons that accompanied it, and if you are VERY BRAVE, if you click the Watch Hearts and Minds button, I’m on after about 12 minutes…..naturally I use a body stunt double! And did you spot the Costello reference buried in the labyrinthine words….?

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX…

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 2:58 pm

Here’s a lovely song from a Scottish band with a Spanish air, and one more redhead that I admire in the form of Eddi Reader…check out the vocal inflection about three minutes in, boy she can sing like a bird, and it’s quite a jolly tune by my standards. The guy that actually wrote this song,  Mark Nevin, later co-wrote with Kirsty MacColl, including one of her best songs, and my personal favourite, Soho Square….

politician speaks mind—–sky does not fall!

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

795151-592602-thumbnail.jpgI see that a rare event has occurred within the Bush administration, with Condi Rice flatly counting out any overture to either Iran or Syria as demanded by the ‘Baker Boys’. First time in a while I’ve heard a politician say the things which were supposed to recommend her for the job in the first place, especially in an administration which was so badly wounded in the Mid-Terms.

To talk to a bunch of cut-throats such as the regimes of Syria and Iran, clutching as they do their AK-47’s in one hand and their korans in the other, is to gainsay everything the Bush guys have fought against for the past six years.

They might have shot themselves point-blank in the foot on Iraq, but the one thing you don’t do in their position is invite the bloody fox inside the hen-house, and then politely ask him where he wants to start, breakfast or dinner!