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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


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.


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.


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….?


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!

“congratulations; you’ve got the job!”

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:37 am

The five words of this Post header symbolise the moment when you have done several things, all at the same instant! You have impressed a selection panel of your abilities to perform the tasks implicit in the job description. You have succeeded in removing any financial worries you may have held before winning the position, and you are now able to provide for your family in a sufficient manner. Your personable manner and knowledge of the job requirements have swayed and won over your future employer, and removed any doubts which may have existed on your suitability for the job!

But just ask yourself what the result would be if, during the job interview, you decide to interject and to demand that certain of your own requirements be added before you would accept the position? Suppose you demand that your salary, which is already extremely generous, be raised by a factor of 66%! Suppose you state that you wish to have your already long holiday entitlement increased so that you may end your working week a full day early throughout the year! Suppose you shock the panel by demanding that your pension fund, which is already amongst the most generous in the land, is increased by a £1.2 million payment each year to fund a deficit in the main pension fund from which you would receive your payment! Suppose you then state that you will only carry out the tasks which are held in esteem by a minority of those who are entrusted with actually giving you your job! Announce, in advance of any decision to employ you, that you believe that a majority of those who have the power to employ you believe in the wrong things, and that any decisions which have been taken in the past in support of those ideals shall be reversed as quickly as possible! State categorically that a vast majority of decisions made by your colleagues within the larger organisation shall not be scrutinised by your employers for a period of thirty years, and that any requests for such scrutiny shall be both carefully sifted and routinely denied!

You are indeed the winner, in every respect!

Why, because you are, my friend, A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT 



By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 8:38 am

euro.jpgVery interesting to read that the French political elite have reacted badly to the news that French exports have slumped in October and the country’s car industry slid deeper into crisis, heightening fears that France is buckling under the strain of the super-strong euro.

The monthly trade deficit ballooned to $2.7bn, following two months of sliding industrial orders and a shock halt to economic growth in the third quarter. Car output is down 14pc so far this year.

So, who to blame? Well, how abou the European Central Bank, enthusiastically created and supported by ..erm…the French!

French trade minister Christine Lagarde blamed the grim trade figures on the tight policies of the European Central Bank, which has raised interest rates six times in a year to 3.5pc. The rate rises are the key factor pushing up the euro.

French premier Dominique de Villepin called on EU states this week to reassert national control over their economies and set proper limits on the powers of the ECB. "We must clarify matters in exchange rate policy, which means taking back our sovereignty."

Ségolène Royal, socialist candidate for the presidential elections in May, went even further, accusing the ECB’s president Jean-Claude Trichet of usurping democratic authority. "It’s not for Mr Trichet to dictate the future of our economies: it’s a matter for our leaders chosen by the people. We must completely change the charter of the central bank," she said.

Fascinating to read these comments.

Thank goodness the UK has stayed out of the fatally flawed Euro project.


By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 8:21 am

RMcsmlshdw.jpgI commend this article from my former political associate, Robert McCartney, in last evening’s Belfast Telegraph…

Jeffrey Donaldson, who as an Ulster Unionist opposed David Trimble’s policies, is now adapting one of Trimble’s reasons for power-sharing with Sinn Fein, by trotting out the old bogeyman that if Unionists don’t do the deal something worse like joint authority is lurking in the woodshed.

Faced with the prospect of dissent within their own grass roots and the loss of the votes of anti-Agreement Ulster Unionists who switched to the DUP in the last two elections, the DUP ‘pragmatists’ had already devised a big stick with which to herd a fearful Unionist electorate into the polling booths on the party’s behalf.

They recognised that as the DUP and the Ulster Unionists were now both willing to enter an enforced coalition with Sinn Fein their policies were indistinguishable.

As a result, anti-Agreement Unionists would have no place to go to on election day and might stay at home or spoil their ballot papers. A scheme of electoral emotional blackmail had therefore to be devised to drive them to the polling stations and give Ian Paisley their vote.

But the electorate would do well to simply remember the pledge which that party gave in its general election manifesto last year: ‘Inclusive mandatory coalition government which includes Sinn Fein under D’Hondt or any other system is out of the question.’

Read the rest. Bob and I agreed more often than not on many local constitutional issues, and I am very pleased with his take on this.