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1 IN A 100

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 9:36 am

I see it’s reported that only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message. Despite the vast majority carrying the word ‘Christmas’ – about 2,920, or 54%, of them on the front – many wished only ‘Seasons Greetings’ and others did not have a message. Hundreds of cards avoided any image linked to Christmas at all – including fir trees, baubles, snowmen or Santa Claus.


Who’ surprised? Britain has slumped into a post-Christian slump, and whilst it takes other religious festivals such as Eid and Diwali are  taken increasingly seriously, Christianity is ignored. Maybe it should be “Secular Salutations” on the cards sent these days.  


As for those religious groups and MPs who warn that the multi-million pound Christmas card industry is losing sight of the real reason for celebrating the festive period. Get Real! The reason for THEIR season is profit, end of discussion!


It’s not the demise of Christian-orientated Christmas Cards that depresses me, we have taken the Christ of out the celebration and into the void comes all sort of garbage. 

LATE NIGHT ATW JUKEBOX!

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:49 pm

Here’s an ’80’s classic which I always have enjoyed….great driving lyric!

WHY I’M AGAINST TOLERANCE….

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:49 pm

I’m against tolerance for the sake of tolerance and I profoundly differ with UK PM Tony Blair when he claims that tolerance is "what makes Britain" and that "we must be ready to defend this attitude"  Blair was cautiously suggesting that there is….

"…… new and virulent form of ideology associated with a minority of our Muslim community. It is not a problem with Britons of Hindu, Afro-Caribbean, Chinese or Polish origin. Nor is it a problem with the majority of the Muslim community."

He doesn’t specify what sort of size this "minority" might be because he daren’t. You can all guess why. It’s a BIG minority and Blair and the rest of the establishment are running scared of that statistic.

Blair waffles on about how multiculturalism isn’t dead – yet. Fine. It can survive – but Britain can’t unless we utterly reject the multiculti article of faith that liberals desperately still espouse! Islam is incompatible with democracy, but Blair avoids this harsh truth. Better to pretend it’s all about being nice to each other and being oh-so-tolerant. Well, I have no tolerance for Jihadists, for their evil gospel of terrorism and for those fools who deny this exists. Neither should you.

PEACE OFF…

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:23 pm

peanut1.jpgEveryone agrees that Jimmy Carter is a wise man (Well, everyone in the MSM, that is!) and so we recall his “realist” advice that we should give Hamas a chance. Talk to them, find out possible ways to gain agreement – recognise their mandate. After else, they do represent the majority voice of the poor poor Palestinian people. So.. let’s read the latest thoughts of Hamas Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh…..



“The world arrogance (U.S.) and Zionists … want us to recognize the usurpation of the Palestinian lands and stop jihad and resistance and accept the agreements reached with the Zionist enemies in the past. I’m insisting from this podium that these issues won’t materialize. We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem”


 


Can’t be clearer than that? Time to talk some more, maybe? Maybe we need the Fabulous Baker Boys? Oh hang on, they’ve already given it. Hold an international conference on the Middle East, invite all the thuggocracies and anti-Semites to seek their thoughts – but STUDIOUSLY IGNORE ISRAEL. More realism?

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX…..

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:10 pm

OK – as Christmas approaches, here is an untraditional lyric (anti-war!) set to a seasonal melody which I’ve always liked. Hope you enjoy it!

thank you

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 11:05 am

Never too sure what to make of these polls given how hard it must be to conduct them properly and fairly – but they are used to cite ‘irrefutable’ opinion so often! This would seem encouraging then. Happy Christmas to the troops out there risking all.  I really hope they get to see this. You are appreciated.

Despite fears of rising violence, three quarters of Afghans believe their quality of life has improved since the fall of the Taliban, according to a new poll.

Violence continues to play a prominent role in the daily lives of Afghans, with four in 10 reporting experiencing insurgent attacks, including bombings, arson, and killings, in their areas.

The poll, which comes on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of the country by coalition forces, found that confidence in the current security situation was deteriorating, with the number of Afghans saying security was better now than under the Taliban dropping to 58 per cent from 75 per cent last year.

However, overall there still seems to be broad backing for the coalitions action to depose the former regime.

Across the country 70 per cent say they are "grateful" rather than "unhappy" with the presence of Nato troops in the country

hattip jonz

‘Twas the Night after Christmas…….”

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:56 am

holly.jpegIn the true spirit of the forthcoming festivities, A.T.W. is introducing a Party Game or Contest, but of course, because this is a Political Commentary Blog, it shall be subtly different to the normal party games, where you have to guess a tune, or a name, or indeed who you may just have kissed, (under the mistletoe, of course; where else would you be kissing complete strangers?).

Our game, which shall be called ‘Party Proposals’, allows the contestants to choose, firstly, which Party they, or their Nominee will be leading, (if ‘leading’ be the appropriate term) from both the Main and Minor Parties at present operating in this United Kingdom. The Leader shall then be responsible for the production of the ‘Party Manifesto’ summarised in TEN bullet points for easier digestion by the average voter, whose mental powers are judged to be those similar to a MINK, or any other small, voracious wild mammal whose only thoughts are for it’s own survival and comfort! The Manifesto itself shall of course cover the main areas of discontent, and, while the editor appreciates that time is of the essence, approximate costings will play a small but significant part in the placing of the Winner at the gates of Buckingham Palace, on their way to be asked by Her Majesty to form Her Government.


The date of the General Election, which has just been announced as a result of the defeat of the Blair Government during the No-Confidence debate caused by the revelations of cash-for-peerages enquiries, during which several politicians actually told the truth for the first time, has been set as January 5th, setting Boxing Day as the date by which all the Manifestos will be judged. So the Contestants have just under three weeks to clear their political calendars, select their new Cabinets, firm up their proposals and submit Party Manifesto’s for the scrutiny of the Editor of this post, whose decision, of course; besides being binding, is only subject to the pressures of normal politicians: namely bribery, corrupt practices, large slush-fund payments and big presents!

Rules are as follows:-

Each Manifesto proposal shall include Party Name, Party Leader, and the Ten Manifesto Points. Costings for main proposals optional but desirable!

Each contestant is allowed to select one Party only, and multiple applications will be firmly dealt with! (Punishments shall be along the lines of a date with Cherie or Tony; or Peter if you turn the other cheek!)

As in the previous competition; humour, acid or otherwise, is welcomed! Contestants are warned (advised) that my own political favourites include such diverse organisations and individuals as the Monster Raving Loonies and Robin Page, along with Frank Field, Gwyneth Dunwoody and Ann Widdecombe. Contestants should also remember that some proposals once considered truly wild are in force today!

Contestants should be aware that access to political figures both dead or alive (allegedly) is allowed, as is the proposal of a fictional figure,  for the Party Leader’s position!

So what are you waiting for? The Prize, that’s what you are waiting for, you greedy shower! The winner shall receive a .PDF file copy of one of my immortal novels, along with the chance of submitting a Guest Post on A Tangled Web!

On with the motley!

 

Only Fit For A Noose

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:15 am

A few days ago there was an aborted mortar attack on Craigavon police station.  The apparatus was described by Army bomb disposal experts as ‘viable’.  Presumably the IRAs newly-franchised operatives in ‘dissident’ groups were responsible.  Given that both police personnel and perhaps members of the public could have been killed or seriously wounded, it is surely incumbent on those in authority to persuade witnesses to assist the police in every way possible.

That is, of course, unless you are an IRA councillor in Craigavon.  David Simpson MP has issued the following statement in response to the refusal of IRA representatives to either condemn the attack or to encourage the public to cooperate.  He states:

‘Those responsible for Monday’s mortar bomb attack on Craigavon Police Station clearly couldn’t care less about human life and should be roundly and unreservedly condemned by all right thinking people.  Such evil people should be brought to justice and there is a duty upon everyone who cares about law and order to assist the Police in their enquiries if they can.  Sadly, Sinn Fein (sic) has once again shown their true colours. 

Despite the fact that this indiscriminate attack imperilled innocent lives, Sinn Fein (sic) could not bring themselves to vote in favour of my proposal in Craigavon Borough Council to both condemn this atrocity and encourage the public to pass any information they might be in possession of to the PSNI to help them catch those responsible.  How difficult is it for republicans to condemn those who have by their despicable actions put lives at risk and call upon people with information that could apprehend the culprits to make that information known to the Police?  We have always said that words alone from Sinn Fein/IRA are not enough, there must be credible actions also.  If Sinn Fein (sic) can’t support a motion such as this then it shows how far away they are from supporting the Police.    

Since the conclusion of the St Andrews talks, Sinn Fein/IRA have consistently shown no sign of delivery on support in both word and deed for policing, the Courts and the rule of law. They continue to abjectly fail in fulfilling the obligation that every democratic political party in Northern Ireland and the world over fulfils as a matter of course.  The DUP has consistently said that Sinn Fein’s (sic) commitment to the Police and the justice system must be tested over a credible period of time.  The clock continues to tick.  Each tick demonstrates the failure of republicans to act decisively on this issue and with it has adverse implications for the Government’s timetable.’

It was the same attitude displayed when the IRA decided to support the Garda in another pithy luke-warm play on words.  They will not ask people to come forward with information on the Omagh atrocity.  Nor will they condemn or disavow the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe.  And these are the people Simpson’s leader wants to jump into the political bed with!!!  As I’ve said before, the only place the IRA should be is six feet under.

Contradiction in Terms

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 8:42 am

‘And here’s your deep sea diver’s watch, Rodney.  Oh, the bloke said don’t get it in the water.’

‘Don’t get it in the water?  It’s a deep sea diver’s watch, Del!’

The above forms part of a gem moment in Only Fools and Horses, when Del Boy rewards his younger brother with a supposedly top-of-the-range diving watch.  Following his gift with a warning not to get the watch wet defeats the object and leaves Rodney in a state of perplexion.  Surely a diving watch is meant to get wet.  That’s the whole point.  It’s a bit like saying ‘surely integration cannot go hand-in-glove with the tenets of multiculturalism‘.  Not unless you’re the Del Boy of British politics, that is!

Tony Blair says immigrants and their descendants have a duty to integrate.  Having known and observed immigrant groups such as West Indians, Polish, Irish, Italians, Jewish, etc., I know of none who have refused to integrate into British society.  What I will spell out, because Tony is too damn gutless to do likewise, is that MUSLIMS have a duty to integrate.  This debate has not, and would not, emerge with regard to any other immigrant group.  Simply because no other immigrant group wants to take over this country. 

In the same breath Tone wants us to celebrate multiculturalism.  Thus, in one breath, he speaks out against such repulsive objects as the thing pictured in the link.  At the next he is imploring us to rejoice in the same underlying philosophy that gives Muslims the extra social muscle to go out and dress like complete tossers every time somebody makes a considered analysis of their theological dress code peculiarities.  This is not a ‘multicultural’ society.  This is an Anglo-cultural society that has, hitherto, tolerate minority cultures within its borders, for so long as they didn’t pose a threat to the country.  Given that Islamic ‘culture’ does pose a threat to this country, why should we give its proponents an inch?  Appealing to the Guardianistas goes down a ‘bomb’ (oops, a Freudian reference to a strand of Islamic culture, methinks) with the groupies from the O’Dwyer School of Islamic Obsequiousness.  It just makes the rest of us determined never to give in to the social model laid out for us by the Left.

On This Day…08.12

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 8:28 am

1733 – First recorded sighting of a UFO anywhere in the world. A man in Dorset, in the west of England, reports seeing a polished silver disc in the sky.

1941 – Britain, Australia and the United States of America declare war on Japan following the surprise attack on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, the day before.

1980 – John Lennon is killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The British star, formerly of The Beatles, had his message of peace shattered on December 8, 1980, when he was shot outside his apartment building near Central Park. He died on the way to the hospital. His assailant, Mark David Chapman, was convicted of murder and sent to jail. Bereaved fans kept vigil in front of the entrance to Lennon’s home for an entire week.

1981 – Arthur Scargill heavily defeats Joe Gormley and becomes the next President of the National Union of Mineworkers.

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in Washington DC. It’s the first nuclear arms reduction agreement either country has signed.

1991 – The official end of the Soviet Union (USSR) when three of the major republics – Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – unite to form a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).