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Talking Point – 14.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 14th, 2007 at 9:26 am

‘The prosperous nations in Europe are small, independent countries such as Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Luxembourg.’  Mike Russell, SNP Chief Executive.

Macedonia, a small independent country, has one of the poorest economies in Europe.  California, a part of a union of states, is the sixth largest economy in the world.  Strange how the SNP never uses that analogy. 

Discuss.

From ARA to IRA

By ATWadmin On January 14th, 2007 at 9:06 am

At first I couldn’t understand why the IRA claimed it had secured such a great victory on the whole issue of its ‘support’ for law and order.  Its political mask gave so many fanciful claims regarding the role of MI5 (which is exactly as it was before) and the apparent beginning to its ‘withdrawal from Ireland’, when in fact the Palace Barracks regional MI5 HQ will be the biggest, most strategic and most important location outside London.  Nothing is on the table regarding the role of remit of the PSNI that wasn’t there at the time the SDLP decided to give its support.  However, with the violent wing of Oirish insurrection, you have to look at what goes on behind the scenes to appreciate why the Provos are crowing at their success.

Having achieved nothing on the police and the intelligence services, it stands to reason that the Provo leadership wanted to have something to show to the faithful when they gather in Dublin at the end of the month (they should hold their meeting in a petri dish with all the other bacteria).  That prize is the abolition of the Assets Recovery Agency.  For as the Provos prepared to hold their Hard Coil (good for preventing sexual penetration but hopeless at guarding against British secret service penetration) news came out that this body, which has achieved much in the way of seizing Provo assets fenced in a number of enterprises, is to be wound up.

Effectively the proposed amalgamation with another – UK-wide – body will prove ineffective in seeking to prosecute the Provo godfathers of South Armagh, who live the high life in their Bandit Country versions of Hearst Castle.  Slab and chums can sleep easier knowing that the authorities of the UK and Irish states will ease off in return for cheap words on police endorsement.  For knowing that the ill-gotten riches of the top terrorist brass are out of reach makes the job of preaching Marxism to everybody else that bit more palatable, eh Gerry?

On This Day…14.01

By ATWadmin On January 14th, 2007 at 8:52 am

1943 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt meet in Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss their strategy for the next phase of the war.

1953 -Josip Broz Tito becomes President of Yugoslavia.

1957 – Death of American film legend Humphrey Bogart aged 57. His wife, actress Lauren Bacall, places a gold whistle on his coffin with the inscription : ‘If you need anything , just whistle’ – a line from their first film together, ‘To Have and To Hold’.

1980Gold reaches a new record price, hitting more than $800 an ounce.

1994 – The Duchess of Kent becomes the first member of the Royal Family to convert to Catholicism for three hundred years.

2002 – After three months of no cases being reported, the United Kingdom is finally officially declared free from the Foot and Mouth infection after the crisis started in 2001 in which millions of cows and sheep were destroyed.

Saturday ATW Brain-Teaser!

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

OK, here’s a logic puzzle that I have rewritten from another text. Hope you enjoy it!

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Multi-billionaire Sir Bob Shilling knew that he was getting on in years, and that it was time for him to choose which of his two sons, Dan or Jim, would inherit his fortune.

So he sent for his sons, and told them, “Dan, Jim, my sons. Ah, there you are, wasting your time doing those crummy logic puzzles as usual! You wouldn’t ever catch me doing any of those stupid puzzles! Put those magazines away and come here and listen to me.

“I was out shopping today, and you know what I’m like, if I see a car I like the look of, I’ll buy it there and then. Well, I saw these two beautiful brand new Ferrari’s this afternoon, both the same colour, model and engine size, fully air-conditioned, smoked windows for privacy, all the trimmings, and with personalised number plates “DAN 1” and “JIM 1”, and I knew I just had to buy them for my sons. I hope you like them!

“Now then, it’s time for me to decide which one of you will inherit my billions. I’d split the money equally between you if I could, but as you both know, it’s been a tradition in the Shilling family for generations, that the father passes on his inheritance to only one of his sons, that way the other one must learn to make his fortune by his own hard work.

“Here’s how we’re gonna do it: Take your new cars from here, No.1 Richmond St, Mayfair, London, and race all the way to my hilltop mansion in Edinburgh. I’ll shoot up there in my private jet, and I’ll use my binoculars to spot you coming up the hill. As soon as I see the winner approaching, I’ll telex my solicitor with the inheritance arrangements”.

“So”, said Dan, “a straight race, huh? First one there gets all your billions? Neat. I’m game for that. Are you game too, Jim?”

“Sounds fair enough to me, Dan. Let’s shake hands so there’s no hard feelings – may the best one win”. And with that, they ran out of the room as fast as their legs would take them, heading for the cars.

“Not so fast, there, wait a minute, boys”, Sir Bob called out after them along the corridor, at the very top of his voice. “I’m afraid you haven’t quite understood me”. The sons were quite a distance away, by now. Sir Bob continued to yell out, “It’s the SLOWEST one, the one who LOSES the race, that’s gonna inherit my fortune. Do you hear me? Boys, did you hear me? Boys…”

But before Sir Bob had finished his sentence, the two brothers had already disappeared into the garage, jumped into their new cars and proceeded to race off at top speed towards Edinburgh.

“Oh No! Stupid boys! Always in such a rush to get going – they obviously didn’t hear a word of what I just said! They’re gonna have such a surprise! I’m not even flying up there until next week; I mean, why should I? There ought to be no great rush, after all! In fact, I’d better phone up the housekeeper at Edinburgh and let him know that those two silly boys will be there in ten hours’ time” thought Sir Bob to himself, chuckling at the thought of how silly they would look, and realising that he would, in fairness to them both, have to call off the “race” and start again.

Sir Bob relaxed and sat down, and he picked up one of his sons’ “logic problems” magazines and started working through a few easy problems. And as his mental sinews began to loosen and clear, it suddenly hit him. He pressed his intercom. “Get me my pilot! Tell him, prepare to take off for Edinburgh immediately! I can’t say for sure, but I now know that there’s a 50/50 chance that my sons did, in fact, hear what I last said to them”.

– “You’ve got to be joking, Sir! Wilkins is up in his private helicopter, and he spotted them both an hour ago, zooming up the M1 somewhere near Derby, at 120mph! How can they possibly think –“

– “Don’t argue with me! Just get ready to take off!”

What did Sir Bob suddenly realise?

THE BETRAYAL OF OUR CHILDREN….

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I’m sure we can all agree that providing a decent education to children is a worthy and laudable aim.

In the UK, because the vast majority of education provision is (sadly) controlled by the State, it therefore falls to the State – and therefore the Government of the day, to ensure that our kids are given this advantage. However, some of us have been arguing for many years now that Government CANNOT be trusted to properly manage Education provision, since it will naturally want to pretend that it all progress is thanks to it, and it alone, thus Grades HAVE to improve. Government consistently DENIES  that there has been any grade inflation and that improved annual academic results are attributed to great teaching and smarter kids. Praise be to Government.

However the staggering scale of "grade inflation" in schools and universities since Labour came to power is laid bare in official figures today.

The number of A grades at A-level and top honours degrees has soared more than 50% since 1997.

The trend at GCSE is almost as marked, with pupils now passing 36 per cent of exams at the top two grades of A and A*.

And figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown how first-class honours degrees have rocketed 55%. More than one in ten undergraduates now achieve the highest university accolade while more than 50% achieve the top two grades – either a first or upper second. Out of 289,200 undergraduates awarded degrees last year, 172,000 were awarded one of these degrees. Most of the rest gained lower seconds, while 26,800 failed their degrees completely, gaining no classification at all. Firsts alone have gone up from seven per cent in 1997 to more than 11 per cent.

DUMBED DOWN AND SOLD OUT – Government betrays our children.

You don’t need a brace of worthless "A" Levels or a Degree in Sports Studies to work that one out. Government needs to be removed from Education – it corrupts all it touches.

THE END OF FLIGHT IN THE UK?

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

yeo_tim_2.jpgThe Cameronifcation of the Conservative Party continues to mutate this once-proud Party into something that is NOW EVEN further to the Left than Labour. Senior Conservative Tim Yeo who chairs the influential House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, said he wanted to see ‘ virtually no’ internal flights within a decade because of "the greenhouse gas emissions" they produce. Environmental campaigner and Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith, who is heading a group developing green policy for David Cameron, has also confirmed that a major tax hike on domestic flights was being considered.

Just think, "virtually no internal UK Flights" – tough news for those of us who live in Northern Ireland and who need to travel to other parts of the UK for business and personal reasons. Tough for those who want to travel wherever they want, when they want. The modern Conservative Party is emerging as a major threat to our liberty, and its embrace of the toxic Green agenda is choking the essence of Conservatism to death.

The Religion of Pish

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 11:39 am

It’s not often I talk about my work or the stories relayed to my by others in my profession.  However, so fascinated and appalled was I by what I heard yesterday that I feel ATW readers should be aware of the oppressive and despicable nature of proselytising Islam.  Lefties see the creed as a doctrine of peace; others see my deep-seated dislike of that religion and a great many of its obsessive adherents as the rantings of a bigot.  OK, I’ll admit it – I am bigoted when it comes to Islam!  Not through what I read in newspapers about atrocities committed in its name far away, but from my own experience of living for many years in close proximity to a highly Islamised city, what I see with my own eyes, and the stories I hear from the many peripatetic workers I meet in this profession.

Last afternoon I completed a shift with a young man called John.  He was telling me about a girl of twenty-something he had supported only last week.  She was a girl of Muslim descent who had family in Leeds, though obviously British by birth and had a great love of this country.  Below is roughly the conversation that took place (my works are in bold type).

‘We talked for hours’ said John.  ‘She certainly was not like the usual clients I look after as they have learning difficulties  She was well-read, articulate and very interesting to talk to.’

‘So what was wrong with her?’

‘She was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 20 following a massive nervous breakdown whilst studying at university in London.’

‘That’s a bloody shame.  Just think what she could have achieved if fate had taken a different course.  Was it university life?’

‘Huh, it was a lack of university life, more like!’

‘What do you mean?’

‘Well her father didn’t particularly like the fact that she had chosen a university so far away.  He wanted to keep a close eye on her.  He was always on the phone to her – or making frequent visits to her campus – telling her to put her studies and her ‘Islamic’ faith first.  He forbade her from having any social life with other students, or participating in the life of the university.  He even took her, against her wishes, to a local Islamic community centre and told the participants to ensure she made frequent visits there.’

‘You’re joking!!?’

‘I bloody wish.  She told me she never once went to a pub, or a nightclub, or went shopping, or visited her fellow students at their digs for two-and-a-half years.  All she had, thanks to her father, was study, prayer, study, prayer…..in virtual isolation.  In the end she simply couldn’t cope with the pressure and broke down spectacularly.  She hates her father even coming to see her.  Thankfully, he doesn’t seem too fussed about coming over.’

You see, ladies and gentlemen, the followers of Islam don’t just kill in the actual sense of ending mortal life.  They kill the very souls of those – especially women – who, whilst born into their oppressive grip, have the bravery and courage to seek a lifestyle and culture enjoyed by the rest of us.  There will be thousands of cases like this across the UK alone.  Whatever you may decide to label these people, they are certainly ‘not messengers of peace.’

 

CROSS-ED WIRES?

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 10:26 am

SamanthaDevine_228x347.jpgDid you see that an English school has ordered a devout Catholic schoolgirl to remove her cross necklace because it posed a health and safety risk? Teachers demanded Samantha Devine remove her chain and tiny crucifix despite allowing Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear symbols of their religion. Her family have vowed to fight the decision "all the way" claiming it discriminates against Christians.

These enforcers of corrupt political correctness see outward and visible expresions of Christianity as a key target that must be attacked. They will swoon at the prospect of banning a schoolgirl from wearing a tiny cross, but then luxuriate at their liberal tolerance towards the ROP and other minority faiths. Whoever banned this girl from wearing a cross should be sacked. On the spot. We need to fight back against the thought-police that patrol our Public Institutions and this can only happen if we go on the offensive. All Christian families whose kids attend the school concerned should picket the school and call for the sacking of the person who authorised this attack on a symbol of our faith. British tolerance is being mistaken for British indifference by the moonbat left – it’s time we stood up to them.

I AGREE – SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 10:11 am

blair1.jpgThat pretentious mouthpiece of the political left “The Independent” rounds on Tony Blair for him daring to suggest that the media might be fanning the flames of opposition to the war on militant Islam.


Blair says..



“They (UK population) will be constantly bombarded by the propaganda of the enemy, often quite sympathetically treated by their own media, to the effect that it’s really all ‘our’, that is the West’s fault. That, in turn, impacts on the feelings of our armed forces. They want public opinion not just behind them but behind their mission.”


He also warned that the terrorists had learnt how to use the media to undermine public opinion.


Now then, I am a relentless critic of Blair on many fronts, but NOT on this. He is ABSOLUTELY right in what he is saying. The MSM is a willing propaganda tool for the Jihadists. The anti-US hatred that pervades the MSM, combined with its innate liberal institutionalised self-loathing of our values, has made it central to the ambitions of militant Islam. The fact is that the Indie is outraged because Blair accurately points out its complicity in aiding Jihad, and in undermining our military. Well said, Prime Minister.

ATW SATURDAY JUKEBOX!

By ATWadmin On January 13th, 2007 at 9:48 am

Sorry there was no Friday Night Jukebox but I had  bad weather related connectivity issues and had to wait until today – Saturday!

So, let’s get the year off to a rocking start with a grrreat performance by the excellent St Louis born Ellen Foley, covering the Jagger/Richards classic rocker … "Stupid Girl"

It’s not the world’s greatest video, but her VOICE is brilliant and the band sounds hot. Ellen gained fame as the female vocal on "Paradise by the Dashboard" – the Meatloaf hit from the late ’70’s. She recorded an album produced by Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson called "Night Out" which is a treasured part of my LP collection! She also recorded some material written by Clash rocker Mick Jones.  Give it a whirl…