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The OId Grey Democracy Test

By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 9:40 am

Slugger O’Toole’s republican rubber-neckers are spitting blood (their own as opposed to somebody else’s – just for a change) about the stance adopted by East Londonderry MP, Gregory Campbell.  In an article to the ‘Derry’ Journal, Campbell insists proclaiming cheap words on behalf of the IRA is insufficient to garner terrorist support for the legitimate forces of law and order.  Why The Times should see this as presenting a ‘new hoop’ for the IRA is quite beyond me.  There are several things you need to possess in order to be a terrorist:

  1. Enjoyment in killing people.
  2. An amazing capacity for self-delusion.
  3. Skills at propaganda and brainwashing.
  4. To be good at lying.

The republican movement pledged support for the Mitchell Principles and subsequently violated them in the most blatant way possible.  What Campbell is suggesting (and this does not detract from my belief that the republican movement needs to be crushed, not given positions of power) is that the IRA and its detrictical support base, if they are truly to subscribe to British principles and support for British legal frameworks, have to report to the PSNI criminal activity by fellow Fenians. 

We are not talking about dropping chewing gum wrappers on the pavement (nationalists are so poor in Ulster, they would tell you, that they can’t afford chewing gum).  We are talking about bringing to justice the animals who gouged out the eye of Robert McCartney as he lay dying on a Belfast pavement; the £million + industry of cross-border smuggling.  That is not presenting obstacles, it is about adopting the same ordinary approach to upholding law and civic duty as applies to the rest of the people in this country.

On This Day…07.01

By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 9:33 am

1965 – Ronald and Reginald Kray are remanded in custody. The notorious East End gangsters are charged in connection with running a protection racket in London. They were subsequently acquitted.

1976 – The Ministry of Defence claims that a British naval frigate, HMS Andromeda, has been deliberately rammed into by an Icelandic gunboat in the Atlantic. The ‘attack’ was one of several incidents between Britain and Iceland with regard to disputed fishing territory.

1988 – Death of British film legend Trevor Howard.  He died from bronchitis at the age of 71.

1990 – In Italy, The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for the first time in more than 800 years so that restoration work can begin to prevent it from collapsing.

1999 – In America, the Impeachment of President Clinton begins. Clinton is later acquitted on both articles of impeachment.

2000 – Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken is released from jail after serving less than half of his 18 month sentence.  Aitken had been convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice after his libel case against the Guardian Newspaper and Granda Television collapsed.

More “Seven” than “Double-0 Seven”??

By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 1:38 am

Call me old-fashioned if you like, but in my opinion, a film containing a scene of fairly graphic torture, in which a man is tied naked to a chair with the seat cut away, and a villain uses a broad knotted rope to belt the victim several times in the testicles with all the force he can muster, is in no way appropriate for a "12A" BBFC rating. (In fact, it’s exactly the kind of footage which our glorious leaders would be falling over themselves to denounce as "deplorable" and "unacceptable", given a different set of circumstances….)

If you’re a mother or father whose 12 year olds are looking forward to going to the cinema to see the latest "James Bond" film "Casino Royale", then I think you need to be aware of something. This latest "Bond" flick has absolutely nothing in common with the thrilling all-round spy capers of the past. I’d say that in its overall tone and ambience it has more in common with the nasty, pointlessly amoral filth-fest that was "Seven" than it has in common with "Double-0 Seven". I guess the director/writers wanted Bond to "grow up" and for the film to, y’know, "explore the dark side", for "Casino Royale" is a dark, uneasy film. There’s no sense of fun to it, no sense that it’s all a bit of a "jolly caper", complete with hi-tech gagetry, dashing dinner suits and the like. "M" (played again by Judi Dench) snarls and spits out "Christ, where is Bond?". The main villain, rather than having a suitably overplayed evil laugh and a metal claw for a hand for example (which would be suitable for minors, as you know it’s meant to be exaggerated) instead is genuinely creepy and unsettling, with his eye that drips blood. A particularly gruesome shoot-out scene (not exactly graphic as such, but it leaves Bond’s face and shirt covered in blood) leaves the heroine broken down, shaking with shock while cowering under a shower.

It’s difficult to be precise about why I feel that a 12A certificate is not appropriate for this film.  There are no explicit sex scenes, and no strong swearing. But I think that a 12 year old, having perhaps watched "Never Say Never Again" and "Die Another Day" on DVD, if not at the cinema, would have an image in their mind along the lines of "Wow! New Bond film -kewl! Fast cars! Gadgetry! Busty babes in bikinis! (or if you’re a girl: Hunky Bond!) Mad chase scenes! Final shootout! Baddies killed – All ends well!" Casino Royale is just not that sort of film. I didn’t feel entertained or elevated by it, in fact I was glad to get out of the cinema and have a couple of pints and normal conversation after watching it.

I just find it disturbing, there seems to be a trend in cinema these days, to take a format which is previously known to be sort of "innocent fun", and to subtly twist it into something darker. There was a trailer for the forthcoming "Spiderman" film, and that too seemed very ominous, dark and foreboding. But because it’s "spiderman", of course all the kids will be saying "Mum, I wanna go see the Spiderman film", and that too will probably be given a 12 rating. I sometimes wonder, is this deliberate? Are there people out there in Hollywood with strange, warped agenda thinking "hey, this is how we do it – we take a traditionally kid-friendly, "innocent" format and we subtly introduce our dark ideas into it"?  What next? "Mary Poppins – The S&M Years"? I wouldn’t be at all surprised these days.

The Rattle of Self-Delusion

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

nr.jpgWe remain firmly committed to our objective of a free, united and independent Irish republic. We believe that our political objectives can now be achieved by political means and we will continue to pursue this course with energy in the year ahead.’
 Provo New Year message.

Funny really.  They honestly believe this rubbish!

Shaddup You Face!

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Oh my!  Having had to listen to days of bleeding-heart liberalism on how appallingly bad Saddam was treated in the moments before his ‘Gregory’ was stretched to the length of a vacuum cleaner extension, useless socialist-in-waiting, Gordon Brown, has now joined the fray.  In a thinly-veiled cynical exercise to try to distance himself from the foreign policy endeavours of his arch-rival Tone, Gordy called the manner of Saddam’s execution ‘deplorable.’

David is right.  Behind much of this pathetic hand-wringing from the traditional miscreants is not merely antipathy to a few people taunting Saddam, it is an aversion to the very concept of the death penalty itself.  So how was his coup de grace somehow deplorable, Mr Brown?  Saddam was well-dressed.  He clearly had not been tortured in any way.  He was not forced to don the hood traditionally worn as a matter of compulsion by individuals who have murdered far fewer than he.  So how was this relatively benign path to eternal damnation unacceptable?  Because some loon was taunting Saddam as he had the noose around his neck.  I tell you all this.  Had one of my loved ones been killed, I would not only have demanded a ringside seat to watch the hanging, my language would have been far more colourful than the simple airing of the name of a clerical icon.

Saddam brought no mercy and no honour to those he had killed.  So why the hell should anyone in Iraq extend him the common courtesies so beloved of our lunatic Left?  The same lunatic Left who would not be reticent in denying many in the silent, law-abiding majority the same panoply of rights they doth protest for the scum of this world.

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 06.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

‘Good sex is like good Bridge.  If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.’

On This Day…06.01

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

1066 – Harold is crowned King of England in succession to Edward the Confessor.  Only months later he is killed at the Battle of Hastings.

1936 – The Warner Brothers character Porky Pig makes his television debut in the USA.

1941 – US President Franklin D Roosevelt defines the American goal of ‘four freedoms’: Freedom of Speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

1977 – Record label EMI sack the Sex Pistols because of their notoriously bad public behaviour.

1989 – Death of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito at the age of 87.

2000 – In one of the closest fought American Presidential elections in history, Vice President Al Gore presides over a joint session of Congress that certifies George W Bush as the winner of the 2000 election.

EVIL STALKED THE EARTH….

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

I wanted to commend THIS POST over on What Need of Further Lies to you.

It recounts the awful events that took place on 6th January 1976 to sixteen mill workers in Glenanne.

I have vivid recall of the aftermath of this massacre. One of those defenceless men machine gunned to death for the heinous crime of being Protestant had been my Sunday School teacher at the time, a gentle and Christian man. His wife had died years previously of cancer, and so he was bringing up his two kids by himself. They became orphans that night.

No one was ever convicted of this mass murder. 31 years later, the guilty remain at liberty and the Republican movement to which they belonged now seeks to sit in Government. Revolting.

Well done to Hanson for the sombre remembrance.

KILLERS HUMAN RIGHTS COME FIRST….

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Wonder what you make of this one?

Derbyshire’s top policeman David Coleman has refused to release pictures of two escaped murderers amid fears it might breach their human rights. He has been accused of ‘madness’ last night after claimed the killers posed ‘no risk’ to locals, while the force said it had to consider the Human Rights Act and data protection laws when asked to publish ‘wanted’ photographs of the two men.

prison050107_228x114.jpgMr Coleman’s attitude towards murderers Jason Croft and Michael Nixon (PICTURED LEFT) contrasts sharply with his ruthless crackdown on speeding drivers in recent years – including a 62-year-old who was jailed after being caught doing 38mph in a 30mph zone.

The father of a teenager bludgeoned to death by Nixon angrily suggested Mr Coleman and his force needed to ‘sort their priorities out’ and revealed the police had not bothered to contact him to say his son’s killer was on the run.

Jimmy Leckey, whose 19-year-old son Paul was murdered in 1995, said: ‘This is madness, totally ridiculous. The police should be out there catching dangerous criminals rather than chasing motorists.."

I fully understand Mr Leckey’s frustration. His son lies in a grave care of one of these brutal escaped killers, whose image the Chief Constable of Derbyshire hesitates to publish!!!!  

THE IRRESPONSIBLE FACE OF CAPITALISM?

By ATWadmin On January 6th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

ryanair.bmpSimple question; Was Government Minister Environment minister Ian Pearson right to call low-cost airline Ryanair “the irresponsible face of capitalism” and to hit out at British Airways for failing to do enough to combat climate change? I know what I think – Ian Pearson is the irresponsible face of interfering tax loving big Government! I certainly have my criticisms of Ryanair, mostly relating to a reprehensible approach to passenger care, but with a fleet of modern aircraft and low prices, Ryanair offers us much more than Mr. Pearson – a Minister I met some years ago and was not in the least impressed with.