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“…until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

By ATWadmin On November 27th, 2006 at 10:08 am

As some may remember, I have written, and continue to write, novels (all unpublished, I must reluctantly admit): so while trawling around some writing and short-story sites, I came across this little gem of a contest, which is entitled the Short, Short, Short, Short, Short, Short Story competition, which emulates the most famous short-short story, which was written by the immortal Ernest Hemingway, which went “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”

As we are approaching the Season of Goodwill to all men, and of course women, I would like to initiate the ATW Short * 6 story competition, which of course would be won by the author of the best six word political headline, or comment, or genuine shortest current affairs story.

Rules are as follows:

No obscenities allowed, either in asterisks or otherwise!

Libellous entries shall be excluded!

Humour will be given bonus points!

Entries must be of six words only; no more, no less!

A time limit of three days for all entries will be made.

As with all political ideals, the editor’s decision can only be altered by bribery!

Points will be given for topical ideas, and points mean Prizes!

First, and only prize shall be the opportunity to insert one post on ATW, as the winner would be invited to contribute by e-mail to the e-mail address as listed; this would be transferred to me, and the entry would be posted under my Guest Contributor’s name, with full credit given the original author!

You are under Starter’s Orders, folks, with the deadline at eleven a.m. on Thursday 30th November!

WHY BREAKING UP AIN’T HARD TO DO…….

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 8:08 pm

wedding rings.jpgWhen Neil Sedaka wrote "that breaking up is hard to do"....he failed to appreciate that socialists take a radically different view on such matters! It has been clear ever since the NuLabour rabble came to power that it has pursued a vindictive approach to the institution of marriage. This is manifest in this story in which a newly wed couple reveals how they were told by a Government welfare official: "You’d get more money if you split up."

Janet and Mark Fensome were advised by their local Job Centre that if they wanted extra money in handouts, the best thing to do was to get divorced because under existing rules, couples who live apart get more.  if the Fensomes had split up they would get an extra £25 a week – or £1,250 a year.

There are other handouts where couples can claim more by breaking up. Divorced couples can claim two portions of housing benefit and council tax rebate. Single parents get a £22.20 housing benefit premium. The unemployed can also claim more in income support and job seekers’ allowance. In both cases a couple who split up can claim an additional £25 a week. A single person gets £57.45 a week in income support. A couple who are both claiming receive a total of £90.10, or £45.05 each. The difference for two people is £24.80 a week or £1,289.60 a year. A total of £200million of income support was claimed fraudulently last year – £130million going to people claiming to be lone parents.

When did you last hear an MSM story attacking alleged "lone parents" for being the biggest contributors to Benefit Fraud? The truth is that Government and its media allies view marriage with contempt and the fact that it has now become financially advantageous to split up speaks volumes for NuLabour’s "commitment" to the family.

A PROFESSION OF WHORES…

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 7:47 pm

cheire.jpgI wonder what you make of Cherie Blair’s attack on the media claiming there is “no professional morality in journalism”. The Prime Minister’s wife took her revenge on a profession that has bedevilled her for years when invited to address students at Roehampton University on Wednesday. She told a stunned audience that it was “not a noble calling” and journalists “have no ethics”.


Now then, time for my pennysworth. I’m sure you might accept me to be a reasonably trenchant critic of the MSM. However I also happen to know several journos and I consider some of them to be deeply principled. ( though I would take issue with some of those principles!) I think journalists are no different to the rest of us, and their profession exposes them to a wide range of views and disciplines. So I  think that Cherie Blair is wrong.


But let me offer up a profession that truly “is not a noble calling” and which self-evidently “has no ethics”.. yes, I’m talking about POLITICIANS. As far as I am concerned, it really is a profession of whores.

TURKS TO ROAST POPE?

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 7:07 pm

As the Pope prepares to visit Turkey this coming week, I trust all will be well for Benedict XV1 as some of the portents are worrying. Militant Islam clearly sees this as an opportunity to further flex its muscle, and already a man (Muslim?) has lunged at Archbishop Pierluigi Celata, the former papal ambassador to Turkey, who was on a advance scouting mission in his Catholic robes. The country’s current bestselling novel, Plot Against the Pope, shows Benedict on the cover, targeted by a bearded sniper in front of a burning cross. Wonder what religion the bearded sniper might be? Wonder who is buying it? Wonder why?

HANGING PEACE….

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 11:25 am

795151-536769-thumbnail.jpgIran has been accelerating its programme of HANGING those unfortunates who disagree with the Mad Mullah’s regime. The shocking details of what is going on in Iran at this very time make stomach-churning reading but they provide us with further proof as to just how EVIL this terror regime is.  Can we all agree on that?

AND YET  – Tony Blair talks of engaging with Iran as a "stabilising force" in the region, echoing the thoughts of the French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy who also claimed that Iran is "a great country, a great people, a great civilisation which plays a stabilising role in the region."

I suppose when you head towards the gallows for the crime of expressing disagreement with the Mullahs that "greatness" may not be so apparent. Whether it is political dissidents, people who are gay, adulterers …Iran favours the NOOSE as a way of dispensing justice. 

We are behaving towards Iran just as we did towards Germany in the 1930’s. The spirit of appeasement prevails and evil grows stronger.

BANNING THE “N” WORD…..

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 11:02 am

Interesting to read that "Shakedown" expert Jesse Jackson has declared that he is working to prohibit the use of the word "nigger."  This is partly in response to Michael Richards’ recent rant. He adds that he wants it to be legally defined as "hate language" and therefore anyone who uses it would be liable to prosecution. Now, I agree that this word, along with several others, is offensive but it strikes me that good ol’ Jesse is going to have his work cut out stopping black American rap-stars, for instance, from using the term. They tend to populate every song they write with repeated references to the word. Should they then be prosecuted? Also, if we accept that ONE word can be banned as "hate language", I wonder what other words Jesse might be able to come up with?

I do not agree that words should be banned, but it is the driving desire of leftists like Jackson to control every aspect of our lives, including the very words we may use.

SPYING ON RUBBISH…..

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 10:35 am

cctv.jpgUnbelievable. Britain continues to lurch towards totalitarianism with the news that SPY CAMERAS have been installed at household rubbish dumps to check what residents are throwing away and to fine those breaking recycling rules. The sophisticated CCTV systems are capable of reading and storing car number plates to identify who is using the dump, how often, and what they are disposing of. Big Brother IS watching you…..but we’re too busy watching reality TV shows to care.

 

GRASPING AT STRAWS…

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 10:17 am

hamasvictory.jpgIt’s so distressing to watch the totally inept Olmert-led left wing administration in Israel grasping at imaginary straws. Overnight, the Palestinian Authority (ie bunch of Jihad loving terrorists) proposed a "cease-fire" which Olmert’s pathetic administration instantly accepted. Then, in true Palestinian style, after the cease-fire came into being …. more deadly rockets were fired into Israel, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad proudly claiming responsibility, albeit disappointed they didn’t kill more Jews.

The bottom-line here is that these Islamic terrorists can smell weakness. They know that Olmert and his utterly hopeless Defence Minister Amir Peretz lack the resolve to do that which is truly necessary – namely invade Gaza and wipe out all the Hamas/Islamic Jihad killers and ensure that Palestinians are no longer free to pursue their holocaust ambitions against Israel.

The people of Israel chose appeasement at the last election and they are paying the price in blood. I hope the next election will see a firm right-of-liberal administration returned which will deal with the Pali-fascist menace once and for all. You do not turn a tiger into a vegetarian by feeding it steaks – Olmert thinks he knows otherwise.

Maximum Security?

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 9:56 am

I must confess I thought the whole Michael Stone affair had been staged-managed by an NIO keen to put pressue on the Democratic Unionists.  My first question was: where are the police?  The lawfully-constituted forces of the State are traditionally employed to guard the legislature(s) of that State.  Police patrol outside Westminster; the Carabinieri are visible outside the Italian parliament in Rome, etc.

Then, the Sunday Independent answered my question.  PSNI officers have been absent from Stormont as a sop to IRA MLAs still fuming from the police raid on their alleged spy-ring back in 2002.  The irony is that because the IRA objected to the police being present to guard their third-rate representatives at Stormont, figures such as IRA President, Gerry Adams, and IRA MP for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy, had their lives put in jeopardy by a loyalist terrorist with an extremely low self-esteem. 

Whether IRA MLAs do get picked off in time is a matter of supreme indifference to me.  However, there are decent and good-living MLAs from the likes of the DUP, UUP, SDLP and Alliance who deserve a professional police presence to guard them from the likes of Stone’s grand gestures of the future.  For that reason alone, police should be present at Stormont as soon as possible.

Repairing Labour’s Damage

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 8:43 am

Wasn’t Henry94 full of glee at the results of the latest poll showing a majority of both English and Scottish people require the fragmentation of the United Kingdom?  You see, for a great many Irish republicans, the total break-up of the UK would be a delicious, if seldom contemplated, aspiration for them.  Having been the first (and in my view the last) people to drive a wedge through the United Kingdom – in order to create what could laughingly be described as an ‘independent Irish Republic’ (a British cultural satellite with the accoutrements of Catholicism and presidential office to try to make it feel different.  We Unionists prefer the real thing) – they would like the Scots to follow suit.

However, as today’s editorial in the Sunday Telegraph makes clear, the damage caused by this government’s devolution legacy is far from irreparable.  On the contrary, the most successful political Union in global history requires only cosmetic surgery to rescue it from the conditions which give rise to this temporary lust for divorce.  Ending the right of Scottish, Welsh and Ulster MPs to vote on purely English matters should be the first step.  It would only create the same centrifugal relationship between State and component parts as you would find in today’s USA.  And there is no clamour for the break-up of that great country. 

Responsibility for the current mess lies totally with Labour.  Having conceived devolution in the first place it contributed to the most tribal nationalism in the Scottish and, to a lesser extent, the Welsh.  It has also turned both regions into the begging bowl recipients of public spending, whilst the English (and particularly those in the south) are the people who provide the essential wealth from which Labour leeches.  Creating the conditions for more economic dynamism coupled with the exclusivity of English political identity are the next steps in the repair process.  Labour will never heed this advice.  Let’s see if the Conservatives will.