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“form an orderly queue on the left, please!”

By ATWadmin On January 4th, 2007 at 1:31 pm

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest_tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

statue liberty.jpegThese words form the final lines of a poem by Emma Lazarus, and the whole may be found as part of the gigantic memorial known as the Statue of Liberty. This monolith was possibly the first sight for millions of migrants which flooded the shores of the United States of America, in what was possibly the greatest orderly, controlled and voluntary migration in human history.

 

 

We in Britain don’t have a similar ‘welcome mat’ at any of the many entry points for the uncontrolled flood of ‘asylum seekers’ who sneak in to our country these days, because we were never asked if we wanted to host get stuffed.jpgthese guys, or these, or in fact these; but if there was to be a single image which symbolises official attitudes to anyone who objects to the sewage which infests our cities, it might be proposed that this be the ultimate symbol of Government attitudes to protesters!

 

Never Mind the Barracks!

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:45 pm

If you land on these shores from anarchic kingdoms far away and claim asylum, you are housed in suitable surroundings before you can say ‘what a load of soft pillocks the British are’.  Similarly, commit a serious crime and get sent to one of our luxurious penitentiaries and you are guaranteed a Ramada Jarvis with bars at the windows.  However, should you decide to pursue a career in what is, for me, the most admirable job that a person can do for their country – join its armed forces – and you can expect to be accommodated in an environment that wouldn’t look out of place in one of those appalling Romanian orphanages we witnessed during the early 1990s.


Get a load of that bath!  I would rather stink like a Jamaican’s armpits on the Tube during a hot summer’s day than have to bathe in that!  We had seen armies of bleeding-heart liberals condemning the facilities at Gitmo for those Muslims who just happened to be lollygagging around the Tora Boras when they were captured by the Allied armies.  Will we hear anything from them about the conditions our boys have to tolerate when not out risking life and limb in the name of their country?  I doubt it.  For some, the comfort of likely terrorists is far more of a priority than the comfort of our own servicemen.


This is a government well versed in throwing money at hopeless causes.  What’s wrong with them pouring much-needed lucre into securing decent environs for our guys in uniform.  If we struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan to the extent the MSM claims, perhaps it is because our forces are chronically underfunded and under-supplied.  If their barracks are an indication of the underlying disdain this government has for them, we cannot be surprised.

Talking Point – 03.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:37 pm

‘Romania and Bulgaria have seen membership of both the Warsaw Pact and the European Union.  One was a collection of countries with high unemployment, stagnating economies and rule by an unelected dictatorship.  The other was the Warsaw Pact.’  Discuss.

On This Day…03.01

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:30 pm

1521 – Pope Leo X issues the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, which excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church.

1911 – Police, with the army in attendance, storm a house in London’s East End were it is thought a gang of wanted anarchists are hiding. Newspapers dub the incident ‘The Siege of Sidney Street’.

1959 – Alaska becomes the 49th, and largest, American State.

1977 – Roy Jenkins MP announces that he is to leave the House of Commons to become President of the European Commission.

yes please!

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 6:18 pm

…..Lets feel proud of these guys.

"If you’re a Brit and you’re stuck in a tricky situation in some war zone you might well hope and pray that the SAS will turn up to rescue you. You might even be a bit miffed if they didn’t, so often do they seem to rescue people in such situations. However, if you’re an Italian climber stuck 24,000 feet up the Himalayas, you haven’t eaten for three days and acute mountain sickness means you can’t move, you probably wouldn’t in your wildest dreams imagine that a joint SAS/SBS team would come round the corner and rescue you from what was otherwise likely to be certain death.

But that is precisely what happened to Roberto Marabotto."

"There hasn’t been much in the past year to make us proud but these guys and the Paras have managed it"  

Agreed.

Nice to see the media acknowledge it.

birth rates etc

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Germany has followed France’s example to encourage birth rates.  As of yesterday mothers are entitled to payments of up to e1,800 (£1,200) a month for up to 14 months, depending on previous salary.

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It has worked well in France.

French fertility rates are increasing. France now has the second-highest fertility rate in Europe — 1.94 children born per woman, exceeded slightly by Ireland’s rate of 1.99. (The U.S. fertility rate is 2.01 children, hardly a huge difference)

Which does make me wonder whether all this fear mongering on Europe’s declining birth rates is unfounded since it appears Germanys is now set to change.

‘France heavily subsidizes children and families from pregnancy to young adulthood with liberal maternity leaves and part-time work laws for women. The government also covers some child-care costs of toddlers up to 3 years old and offers free child-care centers from age 3 to kindergarten, in addition to tax breaks and discounts on transportation, cultural events and shopping. A new law provides greater maternity leave benefits, tax credits and other incentives for families who have a third child. During a year-long leave after the birth of the third child, mothers will receive $960 a month from the government. A century ago, France was one of the first European countries to face a declining population. Since then, almost every elected French government — regardless of party — has instituted laws that encourage bigger families and make it easier for women to keep their jobs while raising children.

Under French law, a woman can opt not to work or to work part time until her child is 3 years old — and her full-time job will be guaranteed when she returns.

Its interesting how its usual to cite those much lambasted ‘career women’ on these issues as they have here – it is a relatively small nos in relation to the workforce as a whole who make it to such lofty heights. After all, there are a large number of women who are not classed as exactly low income but for whom giving up work financially is either not an option or in an age where you need a triple mega income to buy a cupboard sized house it is more likely to ensure you put it off til you can afford it.   A guy in our office, non management non high flyer project role private sector type worker, has had his first kid.  He is busy working out how to split his pitiful 2 weeks paternity leave between flying off for work and balancing his natural desire to spend a few solid weeks with his new born baby and wife. The equally non high flyer non career driven private sector mother will be back to work in a year – a requirement, not an option for them though she feels otherwise.  So baby gets to spend more time with a bunch of strangers from the age of 2. Im sure many women feel similarly eg they would prefer to stay at home for the first few years of their childrens lives. 

Three-fourths of all French mothers with at least two children are employed – so they are paying for their ‘time out’. And with such a focus the inevitable result is big business has to ensure it provides real facilities – with many large companies catering properly for working parents. Really – if we are so concerned with falling birth rates to sustain our economies then shouldnt we equally be concerned with work family life balance? And wont the one in turn assist the other? This French system seems to me to create a proper establishment for a family work life balance, something we should surely be striving to achieve in the 21st century.

Why not? Big Business needs the manpower in the long run to turn profits and we need them to keep the global economy, we have created, ticking over nicely. Why shouldnt the emphasis be about work and children rather than work or children? Any why shouldnt private sector workers benefit.

 

Groundhog Day

By ATWadmin On January 2nd, 2007 at 8:05 pm

The Mitchell Principles – remember them?  They were a series of pledges affirmed by all parties to the fledgling ‘peace’ negotiations on July 29th 1996.  The IRA endorsed them through its false political frontage, Sinn Fein.  Readers will know I no longer give any sort of credence to this ‘Sinn Fein’ rubbish.  It’s the IRA – pure and simple!  For those who lack memory of the wording of these principles (affirmed by ‘Sinn Fein’) let me remind them of two of the most important ones:

‘All parties affirm they will commit themselves to….

democratic and exclusively peaceful means of resolving political issues. To the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations.

To renounce for themselves, and to oppose any effort by others, to use force, or threaten to use force, to influence the course or the outcome of all-party negotiations.’

There you have it.  ‘Democratic and EXCLUSIVELY peaceful means of resolving political issues’.  Words on paper supported by the republican movement.  The meeting called on ‘supporting the PSNI’ will similarly involve words on paper that will, in all likelihood, be endorsed by the republican movement.  So let’s see how good republicans are at honouring pledges they affirm on pieces of paper.

(Excerpts from the Sunday Independent)

‘Christopher O’Kane, 37, was shot dead outside a Derry pub on April 21, 2001. O’Kane was a small-time drug dealer who had a number of run-ins with local IRA figures. Eamon Collins; the 45-year-old ex-prisoner was beaten and stabbed on January 27, 1999, because he wrote a brutally honest book, Killing Rage, about his role as part of the murderous IRA’s south Armagh brigade. He also testified in the Sunday Times libel case against IRA boss, Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy. Police who attended the scene said they had never encountered such injuries, which at first made them think he had been mangled by machinery. No one has been charged.’

‘Paul Daly, 38, was sitting with his 11-year-old daughter in his car near the nationalist Unity Flats on May 4, 2001 when two gunmen approached and shot him. Daly was a known drug dealer and, although his death was never admitted, it was known to be another IRA murder under the pseudonym ‘Direct Action Against Drugs’ (DAAD).’

‘Andy Kearney, 33, was involved in a fist fight with a notorious north Belfast IRA man. The IRA man sent an armed gang to Kearney’s seventh-floor flat in the New Lodge area on July 20, 1997. They overpowered Kennedy tied his hands behind his back, dragged him out onto the landing and shot him three times in the legs. They then tore out the telephone and disabled the lift so Kearney’s girlfriend had to run down 16 flights of stairs to raise help. He bled to death.’

‘Michael Magee, 34, was recovering from a savage IRA punishment beating at his home in Downpatrick on June 11, 2001 when a masked gang broke in and shot him dead at point-blank range.

Local republicans said Magee was involved in drugs but his family and friends said he was not a dealer but was shot because he had a fight with a local republican.’

‘Gareth O’Connor, 24, disappeared while travelling through south Armagh on March 11, 2003. Gardai believe he was murdered by the local IRA and secretly buried, and, although the reasons remain uncertain, it is believed they were acting on behalf of a ‘Continuity’ IRA figure from Armagh.’

‘Matthew Burns, 26, was sitting in his car when gunmen opened fire killing Burns and injuring his brother at Castlewellan, Co Down on February 21, 2002. His family denied republican claims that he was a drug dealer.’

‘Brian McDonald, 51, was a taxi-driver in Dungannon, Co Tyrone who was on his way to pick a fare in the town when he was approached by two gunmen and shot dead on April 4, 2002. Local people said a close relative of Mr McDonald’s had been involved in a fight with a local IRA man and his murder was an act of revenge.’

‘Seamus ‘Shavo’ Hogan, 47, was shot dead by an IRA hit squad as he emerged from the Transport Club in Crumlin on July 14, 2001. Shavo, who once was a close associate of ‘the General’, Martin Cahill, refused to pay protection money and suffered the consequences.’

‘Edmund McCoy, 28, was sitting in a bar at Dunmurry in south Belfast when three gunmen walked in and shot him in the head and stomach on May 29, 2000. McCoy was a Catholic who associated with loyalist drug dealers. Again, the murder was seen as benefiting Catholic drug dealers who paid protection to the IRA.’

‘Nicholas ‘Mad Nicky’ O’Hare, 34, was shot dead in Dundalk on August 19, 2000. O’Hare was a former INLA man heavily involved in criminality. He was believed to have been murdered by the IRA in retaliation for the killing of a Dundalk man, Stephen Connolly, three weeks earlier.’

‘Patrick Quinn, 32, was also accused of being a drug dealer after his murder on September 29, 2000 as he sat drinking in the Depot Bar in Magherafelt, Co Derry, though his family and friends strongly denied the claim. He was shot dead at point-blank range by a lone gunman.’

‘Joseph O’Connor, 26, was a ‘Real’ IRA man who was shot dead near his mother’s home in the Ballymurphy estate in west Belfast on October 13, 2000. The IRA never admitted the killing, which local people said was carried out because O’Connor was muscling in on their local smuggled cigarette racket.’

‘Charles Bennett, 22, had joined the IRA after the ceasefire and was accused of being a police informant. He was abducted, tortured and then taken to waste ground in west Belfast and shot through the head on July 25, 1999.’

‘Brendan ‘Bap’ Campbell, 30, was another small-time Belfast drug dealer who was shot dead on February 9, 1998 as he left a Lisburn Road restaurant with his girlfriend.’

‘Bobby Dougan, 34, was a prominent south Belfast loyalist who was shot dead by the IRA on February 10, 1998. Despite denying the murders of both Dougan and Campbell, ballistics tests showed the guns used were also used in previous IRA murders and Sinn Fein was suspended for two weeks from the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement. They were then re-admitted and the IRA issued orders to import new handguns from Florida so that they could avoid detection from ballistics. The gun-smuggling ring was discovered in 1999 after some 200 guns were sent through the post to safe houses in the Republic.’

‘Gerard Moran, 35, from Rory O’Connor House, Hardwicke Street, in north central Dublin, was shot dead while delivering takeaway food in Drumcondra on November 21, 1998. His murder was ordered by the IRA boss on the northside of Dublin, the same man who has been responsible for the series of container heists in Dublin city port and, ironically, the man believed to be sheltering the Belfast IRA man who stabbed Robert McCartney. Moran’s death was ordered because he had taunted IRA figures in the north inner city.’

‘PJ Judge, 41, was shot dead on December 7, 1996 as he sat in a car outside a Finglas public house. Judge had a deserved reputation as a brutal criminal. However, local people say the IRA gang which murdered him has close links to Judge’s rivals and were paid to carry out the assassination.’

‘Joseph Foran , 38, had been a partner in crime of PJ Judge who was shot dead by the IRA in 1996. He was sitting in a car in Finglas with his girlfriend when two gunmen approached and shot him dead on February 26, 2000. Again local sources say
Foran was shot by the IRA at the behest of his rivals in the local drugs trade.’

‘Thomas ‘Tomo’ Byrne, 41, married with one young son, was shot dead as he enjoyed a drink with friends at O’Neill’s pub in Summerhill in Dublin’s north inner city on April 30, 2000. The same IRA man who ordered the killing of Gerard Moran is believed to have murdered Byrne. Tomo Byrne was said by local people to have beaten up the IRA gangster in a pub fight several months earlier.’

 

‘Mark Robinson, 22, the father of a small baby was also involved in a pub fight with another notorious Derry IRA man. A IRA gang armed with scaffolding poles and a butcher’s knife pounced on him near his home in the Galliagh area on April 30, 2001 and stabbed and beat him to death.’

‘Robert McCartney, 33, the Belfast father-of-two whose sisters have brought the issue of the IRA’s brutal killing machine to international attention. McCartney was beaten with sewer rods and stabbed and slashed to death by at least 12 IRA at Magennis’s bar in the Markets area of Belfast. Despite Gerry Adams’ claims to want to help his family get justice no one has yet told police they saw the killing.’

As you can gather, the IRA are not very good at honouring promises made on paper.  It is precisely in this context that the forthcoming Hard Fish should be seen, and appropriate action taken by the Unionist electorate.

East is East

By ATWadmin On January 2nd, 2007 at 12:20 pm

When you obtain a senior position in care work you often miss the ‘hands on’ approach to the job.  Much of the time is spent delegating tasks to junior members so that you can complete the legions of paperwork now so common in this line of work.  Thus, when you get the opportunity to interact with the people you’re looking after, it makes the job so much more worthwhile.

Yesterday, myself and a junior team member took three clients with learning difficulties and mild challenging behaviour to Morecambe for the day.  As I was driving the minibus I planned the route.  Rather than opting to take the A65 through Settle, I decided to take a more scenic jaunt through the Trough of Bowland, past the phonebox at Dunsop Bridge (which anoraks will know marks the exact centre of Great Britain).

We pulled into a drivethrough in Pendle and took the three inside for some lunch.  The  Polish girl serving me could barely grasp what I was saying, such was her poor command of English.  Instead of being served three large chicken  meals, I was given three small sizes.  Instead of Pepsi Max, I was given Diet Pepsi.  The agony goes on. 

After the meal one of the clients (who communicates using only Makaton) asked to use the toilet.  I took him to the disabled unit and helped him to sit down (he cannot urinate whilst standing).  After he had urinated he flushed the lavatory whilst still seated.  At that moment the toilet reservoir filled the entire bowl and splashed his backside and T-shirt with another person’s urine and faeces before I had the opportunity to stand him up.  Bursting into tears he could not understand what had happened.  Furiously I called my colleague (who was stood outside the door) to assist me in cleaning him up the best way we could until we could get him back on the minibus and change his clothing.

As my colleague began to return to the minibus a young girl emerged from an adjacent door with a mop bucket and head.  ‘Excuse me, but I’ve just taken a gentlemen to your disabled toilet and it’s blocked-up.  My colleague and I have cleaned up the mess on him and I suggest the toilet needs unblocking – pronto.’  She just looked at me with her mouth slightly open; a glazed expression on her face.  ‘Hello!  Anyone in?’ I said in a raised tone.  Another worker came through the door from the kitchen area and said: ‘It’s no use complaining to her.  She’s Slovakian.  She can’t speak any English.’  ‘Slovakian, eh?’  Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what the hell is this country coming to!  Do you then mind presenting me with someone who speaks English?  In England I don’t think that’s too much to ask.  Do you?’

It was only after I had made my formal complaint that I noticed the names on the badges at this outlet.  They were almost universally Slavic.  So that’s an example of the wonderful benefits all these migrants bring to our country is it?  A blocked khasi, a useless cleaner, and an inability to understand what is being relayed in plain English.  And we are bracing ourselves for another army of Borat extras from Romania and Bulgaria.  It’s nothing more than national indigenous suicide dressed up as free market migration and cultural diversity.  Moreover, these useless articles can’t even provide the service for which they are paid!!!! 

“naa.ah, he wouldn’t hurt a fly!”

By ATWadmin On January 2nd, 2007 at 9:40 am

Listened with sadness to the reports of the five year-old girl who was killed by the jaws of a pit-bull dog in a suburb of Liverpool. I also listened to the explanations from dog admirers that any dog is dangerous if provoked, and the child shouldn’t have been there and on and on! The local council was also quoted as stating that the dog had been the subject of a verbal warning to the owner, who of course happened to be the uncle of the dead child!

pitbull.jpegThe question which was not asked, or explained away, was why this dog was actually kept in a domestic environment in the first instance? Allow me to expand. There is a place for this type of animal, whether it be a Staffordshire pit-bull type, or a rottweiller, or a doberman; all three types of tough, hair-trigger dogs. That place is as a guard dog in either commercial or industrial premises; and either allowed to roam free behind a secure fence, or leashed and controlled by a handler! Near my own home, there is a commercial complex holding various types of enterprise, but all surrounded by a strong fence. Behind that fence, every evening and every weekend, three dobermanns run free. As far as I am aware, there has never been a burglary or robbery at any of the firms held behind the fence; because the dogs are known and well-respected. In the company of their owner, they are as peaceable as the average tabby, but there is an understanding with the local yobs, in that the yobs don’t attempt entry, and the dogs won’t chew anyone up!

It is a difficult choice for families to take when safety becomes an issue, but to exacerbate a problem by keeping an animal know to have violent tendencies is without doubt a case of criminal neglect! Many dog owners and lovers would defend their right to have their pets in their homes, but I strongly believe a case has been made that all dogs of a known behaviour trait should be banned from domestic premises, especially where there are young children, in the cause of common sense!

 

The Capture of Gerry Adams

By ATWadmin On January 2nd, 2007 at 8:37 am

The IRA’s resident propagandist on Slugger, Chris Donnelly, keeps referring to the anticipated endorsement of the PSNI by these terrorists in a variety of ways. ‘Historic’; seismic’; are but two doing the rounds at the moment.  It smacks of all the usual emotional eyewash associated with mapping out a strategy of intent in this ‘peace process’ which is seldom realistic.  Donnelly was, of course, using the occasion of IRA President, Gerry Adams’ address to the unwashed faithful in Fermanagh, where Adams and the assortment of terrorist-fawning scum afore him spent most of the time praising two individuals who had attempted to murder policemen fifty years ago.


For the IRA, as Adams made clear, ‘supporting’ law and order is not about a genuine respect for the legitimacy of the State.  It is about pursuing a constitutional objective rejected consistently by a clear majority in Northern Ireland: an objective that will continue to be shunned until republicans finally get the message.  I love the picture showing the machine gun.  And there were we, assisted by a compliant media, thinking that the IRA’s murderous arsenal had been decommissioned.  What will the champions of power-sharing with these individuals say about that?  Will Brian Rowan, Mark Devenport or Martina Purdey claim the gun was a plastic imitation purchased at Toys ‘R’ Us?


‘Excuse me, miss.  Have you a toy machine gun in stock?  Me and my mates need it to furnish a gathering of sick, evil a*seholes in Fermanagh next week.’


For the real character of the republican movement we need not look at any cheap words to emerge from a gaggle of IRA luvvies.  We need to look at the unadulterated badness behind the ugly mugs of everyone who appeared at that ‘commemoration’ at the weekend.  That’s what they are really all about – hating policemen, not supporting them.  They are not fit to scrape dung off the shoes of those RUC officers – Protestant and Catholic – who held the line for over thirty years.