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By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 10:14 pm

"None of that, of course, provides a motive for the shootings, which appear to be entirely random" – Andrew Gumble concludes 800 words of speculation as to the Virginia killers motives in the Indy – c/o Private Eye (no link)

"The release of the photographs and footage, broadcast ceaselessly…published in papers across the globe was the perfect seal on his plan….desperately wounding to those who lost loved ones in the carnage and mayhem that Cho inflicted. Police said they deeply regretted that the images were aired…fellow students reacted with anger…that he was given the precisely the platform of publicity that his crazed mind sought" – moralises the Daily Mail in a piece adjacent to 6 large images from the footage in question – c/o Private Eye (no link). The Times ran a similar question debate and discussion forum on the issue – all with links to Cho’s multi-media martyr package.

"I was a first-wave feminist in the 70s, Brizendine told Deidre Fernand in the The Times "My generation was determined to raise gender neutral sons. But when i gave my son a Barbie doll.. he used it as a spear"

UNISEX GLASS TOILETS…

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Some people may think that ATW is going round the bend as I once more return to the topic of toilet matters!

First Sheryl Crow brought up the indelicate issue of how much toilet paper one should use. I think we wiped the floor with her eco-wackism! But now hot on her carbon lite heels comes the suggestion that Unisex lavatories, with blurred glass walls, could help in the battle against school bullies, government guidelines for England suggest. The recommendations for new secondary schools also include putting toilet blocks close to staffrooms or offices for subtle supervision. If the ideas are taken up, urinals would be a thing of the past and privacy would be protected.

Look, what is all this all about? Are we trying to wrap kids in cotton wool? Why are "cramped and dirty toilets" permitted in schools in the first instance, given the huge increase in government spending on schools? I don’t know about you but I dislike the idea of unisex toilets, I think glass walls are a bizarre idea, and I feel this is just one more ill considered crusade from the do-gooder left who don’t really know what they are talking about. In fact, one could say that they taking the…..

I JUST WANNA BE – THE PRISONER.

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 8:25 am

jessicalynchcartoon.jpgPoor Jessica Lynch, the US army private who became the heroic American face of the Iraq war when her convoy was ambushed soon after the invasion. The Times gleefully reports her lambasting the Bush Administration yesterday for lying about the incident. Speaking to the "House Oversight and Government Reform Committee", Ms Lynch told of waking up in hospital with terrible injuries, unaware that the Pentagon was circulating “the story of the little girl Rambo from the hills of West Virginia who went down fighting”. It was not true,” she said yesterday. “I’m still confused as to why they choose to lie and try to make me a legend."  Let’s sort out this "confused heroine" shall we?

As Debbie Schlussel points out here;

1. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is chaired by Henry Waxman, an uber-leftist on record wanting US "occupying forces" out of Iraq.  Why does The Times imply that Waxman is some sort of neutral when in fact he has consistently argued for Troops Out?

2. Lynch was awarded a Bronze Star for her actions. Why did she accept it if she believed it was all a lie. Why has she kept it?

3. Lynch earned vast amounts of money from her book "I am a soldier, too", from her TV movie "Saving Private Lynch" and from her Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year award. Will she be sending those profits back since she now says these were all based on a lie?

The cartoon Debbie posts sums it all up – Lynch is the ultimate prisoner – but imprisoned most of all by her own self deceits. You can be CERTAIN the UK media will not offer this side of  the story, so I hope UK readers will adopt a more balanced view of the ravings in The Times today!

british solutions…talk to the terrorists!

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 8:23 am

Listened to two reports of conflict within Africa, and each time also heard the measured tones of some Labour-clone telling the wider world that, in order to achieve ‘peace’, all that had to be done was to lay down all weapons, cease all fighting, and ‘talk to the dissenters, the alleged terrorists; talk to the Islamic Courts regime in Somalia, talk to the war-lords in the Congo; talk, talk, talk, and then give in to their demands’.

As has been so successfully demonstrated in Northern Ireland, all that a Government has to do in order to achieve this ephemeral ‘peace’ is to allow murderers, and reprentatives of murderers, to walk into government, get their killing friends freed, set themselves up as so-called ‘democrats’ and the cash and perks come rolling in! True, the bombings and killings have largely ceased, but the low-level intimidation, criminality and thuggery have remained, and in many quarters increased!

The terrorists have demonstrated beyond fact that their ways work, especially when dealing with a bunch of lily-livered sell-outs like Blair, Mandelson, Hain et al! The IRA have won, despite the loud calls of triumph from our Socialist masters! Their star female bomber is scheduled to take up her appointment on the Policing board of the PSNI; and a more grotesque appointment cannot be imagined! But one cannot really blame the IRA for revelling in their triumphs, as we should be aiming our gaze firmly at the promoters of these sad decisions to talk, to negotiate, to prevaricate and to surrender!

Apropos those last words, where and who said something along the lines of <b> Never, Never, Never,</b>, or was that just like so much hot air dispersing into the winds?

RUDY IS RIGHT….

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 8:02 am

rudy.jpgAs readers may know, I favour former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to win the contest to be the Republican candidate to run for the US Presidency next year. I admire his steely leadership on the most IMPORTANT issue facing us, namely the need to WIN the war on terror.  I agree with his latest statement that America would ultimately defeat terrorism no matter which party gains the White House. “But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have?”

Giuliani says.

“If we are on defense [with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go on longer. I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense. We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense. The Democrats do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us.”

In my view, Rudy is absolutely right on this. The Dem’s want to back up shop in Iraq and Afghanistan, be nice to the Mullahs and accommodate the Palestinians. They think that talk-talky will sort it all out. Wrong, dead wrong. But even with Rudy in the White House, it could still happen again. There is a huge porous border to the south of the USA which Bush has failed to deal with. Jihadists could easily enter there. Keeping the Jihadi from striking in the USA means keeping them fighting elsewhere – is Rudy prepared to take tough decisions regarding Iran, and Iraq? I think he makes a great point and will drive the leftist media insane when he says…

"The terrorists hate us and not because of anything bad we have done; it has nothing to do with Israel and Palestine. They hate us for the freedoms we have and the freedoms we want to share with the world. The freedoms we have are in conflict with the perverted, maniacal interpretation of their religion. Americans will fight for freedom for women, the freedom of elections, freedom of religion and the freedom of our economy. We are not giving that up, and you (The terrorists) are not going to take it from us!”

PUBLIC SECTOR MINDSET GOES UP IN SMOKE!

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 7:50 am

Only a Public sector quango could determine that employees who smoke should be allowed to attend clinics to help them kick the habit during working hours without loss of pay. T


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued new guidelines for every workplace in England, as they prepare to go smoke-free from July 1. It sees no reason why smokers cannot get time off work, on full pay, to sort out their “addiction.” I see plenty of reasons why they should not get ANY time off.


First, an employer should not be interfering with the private lifestyle choice of his/her employees, so long as that does not interfere with the ability to do their job. Are we to be believe that smokers are less efficient than non-smokers?


Second, if people do wish to take time off work to pursue their quest for perfect health, that’s a matter to be decided between employer and employee, and it strikes me that unpaid leave would be the more sensible decision here. Why should the employer fund the desires of the health nazis in N.I.C.E? You see in the private sector, everyone has to be responsible and productive, and we are too busy trying to make our business successful in this high tax economy than to listen to the jibber-jabber diktat of those who work in a State Sector characterised with low standards, low productivity and no concept of customer care.  

AIN’T MISS BEHAVIN’

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 7:41 am

missbehavin203.jpgHere’s a curious one. The fate of a sex shop in Belfast is to be decided in the House of Lords!

Belfast City Council has consistently refused to give a Gresham Street shop – Miss Behavin’ – a licence. The shop owner’s appealed this and the Court of Appeal ruled against the council. Its owners would not comment before the Law Lords ruling. Ulster Unionist Councillor silver tongued cavalier Jim Rodgers said that if the Law Lords also ruled against the council, sex shops could move from back streets to main thoroughfares.

I see a few ironies here. Jim is insistent on protecting the good people of Belfast from rhe menace of sex shops. However he is quite content to share political power with an organisation that has killed and maimed thousands of Belfast citizens as well as destroying untold Belfast commercial premises.  I wonder which poses the greatest threat to common morality; a tacky sex shop or a local government containing terrorist proxies committed to the destruction of Northern Ireland? Poor sad Jim.

What I Like Best about Being a Conservative

By ATWadmin On April 25th, 2007 at 4:00 am

Andrew Klavan speaks for me:

        "The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I don’t have to lie. I don’t have to pretend that men and women are the same. I don’t have to declare that failed or oppressive cultures are as good as mine. I don’t have to say that everyone’s special or that the rich cause poverty or that all religions are a path to God. … I don’t have to pretend that Islam means peace….

 …….leftism’s great strength (is that)  it’s all white lies. That’s its only advantage, as far as I can tell. None of its programs actually works, after all. From statism and income redistribution to liberalized criminal laws and multiculturalism, from its assault on religion to its redefinition of family, leftist policies have made the common life worse wherever they’re installed. But because it depends on—indeed is defined by—describing the human condition inaccurately, leftism is nothing if not polite. With its tortuous attempts to rename unpleasant facts out of existence—he’s not crippled, dear, he’s handicapped; it’s not a slum, it’s an inner city; it’s not surrender, it’s redeployment—leftism has outlived its own failure by hiding itself within the most labyrinthine construct of social delicacy since Victoria was queen.

This is no small thing. To rewrite the rules of courteous behavior is to wield enormous power. I see it in Southern California, in the bleeding heart of leftism, where I live. I’ve been banned from my monthly poker game, lost tennis partners, lost friends—not because I’m belligerent but because I’ve wondered aloud if the people shouldn’t be allowed to make their own abortion laws, say, or if the world might not be a better place without the UN…. "                                                       Read the whole thing.

THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM…

By ATWadmin On April 24th, 2007 at 9:37 pm

You do have to wonder just how BARBARIC Islam is. Or do you?

I was looking at the results of a new poll conducted across several Islamic States and the following caught me eye.

  • "Only" 30% strongly support Bin Laden.
  • "Only" 70% want to see strict Sharia in every Islamic country.
  • "Only" 20% believed the USA was responsible for 9/11,  with only 3% of Pakistanis prepared to blame Al Queda.
  • "Only" 63% want to see all USA bases removed from Islamic countries.
  • And finally – relax, "Only" 40% believe suicide bombings are justified.
  • With around 1 billion Muslims, that’s only 400 million we might need to worry about.  

DEAD NOT DEAD?

By ATWadmin On April 24th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

It’s a strange business for sure. I’m talking about the status of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was apparently abducted in Gaza on 12 March. Since then, an Islamic group has claimed they KILLED him. Now we hear that Johnston is in GOOD HEALTH, if Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Azzam al-Ahmad is to be believed. Must be awful for his family but you have to wonder about the games Palestinians play?