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By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 9:12 am

paisley1.jpgI’m not sure why it makes ANY difference that DUP Leader Ian Paisley is not present when his Party leadership sits down with the Sinn Fein/IRA leadership to discuss the "programme for Government" today. Just for its information, the DUP does not "stay clean" by keeping the Doc away from these sordid discussions, since the other DUP members are present with his blessing. He may as well go himself and let us all see who is driving the surge for power at any price. A few points on this one from me;

1. Have you noticed the way the DUP now talk about "Sinn Fein" where in the past they correctly talked of "Sinn Fein/IRA"? This is deliberate since it gets them around the presentational oxymoronic difficulty of asking Sinn Fein/IRA to embrace policing. It disgusts me that they use this sleight of words and then think people are so stupid as NOT to see it.

2. An excellent critique of DUP policy can be read here – by a member of the Free Presbyterian Church.

3. The DUP is lining up to become the UUP lite – embracing the concept of power-sharing with terrorists in Government, welcoming all-Ireland bodies and Irish institutionalised interference in our internal affairs, and selling out their once respectable principles for a mess of pottage.

Whether Paisley attends meetings to arrange this is a mute point. His imprimatur is all over it since he is the Leader of the Party now embracing it. DUPism – Vichy unionism for the 21st century…? Trimblism with more adept PR?

On This Day…20.11

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 8:56 am

868 – St Edmund, Saxon King of East Anglia, is martyred by the Vikings, who tie him to a tree, shoot at him with arrows, then behead him. His bodied is enshrined at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

1906 – Automotive pioneers Charles Rolls and Henry Royce collaborate to form a new car company, Rolls Royce Ltd.

1944 – The end of the ‘blackout’ in London. After five years in the dark, the lights are switched back on in Piccadilly Circus, the Strand and in Fleet Street.

1945 – Beginning of the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial of 20 senior Nazi officials including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and Von Ribbentrop. The Trial lasts 218 days.


1979 – Anthony Blunt, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, is stripped of his knighthood after being exposed as the Fourth Man in the Burgess, Maclean and Philby spy scandal.

1992 – Windsor Castle is badly damaged by fire.



By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 8:48 am

795151-536769-thumbnail.jpgWell. what a BIG surprise! Pompously titled "Human Rights Watch" have decided that the trial of Saddam Hussein was so flawed that its verdict is unsound. HRW said "serious administrative, procedural and substantive legal defects" meant the 5 November trial for crimes against humanity was not fair. Boo hoo.

Glad to see the Iraqi Government has come right out and declared that the trial was both "just and fair".

But as I mentioned here a few weeks ago, the political left cannot accept that Saddam should ever have been removed from power in the first place – for to do so would mean accepting that Bush was right all along! So did ANYBODY then think that they would then accept it when the Iraqi court made its judgement on this genocidal tyrant? Of course not!  In the mind of internationalist moral relativists like Human Rights Watch, it is George Bush who is the guilty party, it is America that should be in the dock, and Saddam should be restored to his golden throne.

The day Saddam swings from the noose is the day that justice WILL be done – no thanks to these self-proclaimed advocates of "human rights" who demonstrate that they have no concept of right and wrong. Executing tyrants who have ordered the death of hundreds of thousands, in accordance with Iraqi law, as voted for by the Iraqi people, is RIGHT.

Trust me, Guys; my name is tony!

By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

After the Defence Minister stated that the fight was winnable in Afghanistan, and after John Reid stated "We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years time without firing a shot because our job is to protect the reconstruction.", we all thought it might be okay!  When our beloved and ever-truthful Prime Minister promised lots of ‘goodies’ for the war in Afghanistan, one would have thought that the doors would have opened, and the reinforcements would pour over the borders!

Unfortunately, when the first ‘shopping list’ was revealed by Brigadier John Lorimer, the reply was similar to the old sweats’ answer, namely "You must be joking!" The sad truth about Britain’s armed forces, and their state of readiness and re-supply, is simple; the cupboards not only bare, it’s been empty for some time!

When our troops are supposed to be ‘helping re-construction’, and end up fighting for their lives in the fiercest conflict since Korea, things are just not running out as was promised!






By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 12:31 pm

I thought this was a great story, care of the always excellent Moonbattery….

  tango-makes-three.jpg"Two male penguins at New York City’s Central Park zoo adopt a fertilized egg and raise their chick as their own, proving to the satisfaction of moonbats everywhere that there is nothing unnatural about homosexuality or even the bizarre and atrocious phenomenon of gay marriage. The story inspired a book entitled "And Tango Makes Three," which to the fury of Shiloh, Illinois parents, is being made available to children despite its perverted undertones.

For now the book will not even be moved to the adult section, because school district Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw finds it "adorable" and age-appropriate for its target audience of 4–8-year-old children. The male penguins are described in the book as being in love.


BUT…..gasp horror – reality has gotten in the way of this gay-love tale…

"A sequel waits to written, because the famous "gay" couple has split up. When a female penguin was introduced, one of the males devoted his attentions to her instead of his erstwhile same-sex partner."


Who’d have thought that this would happen? Males preferring females! Whatever next…?


By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 11:58 am

chanson_thumb.jpgI note that "dangerously obese children" will be entitled to stomach-stapling surgery on the NHS.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) is finalising its recommendations for the treatment of obese children and adults to be published next month. Procedures including stomach-stapling would be offered to children who would otherwise stand a high risk of developing cancer, diabetes or heart conditions.

How about they just TRY eating a bit less? How about their parents assume a little MORE responsibility here? How about the NHS stops trying to act as the substitute parent to the calorie-devouring masses? I fail to see how stomach stapling can be  considered a responsible use of finite NHS resource – do you agree?


By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 11:06 am

From the excellent Guns’n’butter..!

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said today that global warming was as great a threat civilisation as weapons of mass destruction and therefore it deserved an equally serious response from the world community.

"Global climate change must take its place alongside those threats — conflict, poverty, the proliferation of deadly weapons —  that have traditionally monopolized first-order political attention. And by first-order political attention, I mean complete and utter inaction by the world community," Annan said.

"The United Nations must treat global warming exactly as we have treated the threats from genocidal regimes, kleptocracies that starve their own people, and the worldwide proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the hands of terrorist organizations and rogue states. We must vigorously denounce it, preferably with a haughty twirl of the index finger and a carefully practiced expression of deep concern, before heading back to our hotel rooms to order pizza and hookers and otherwise enjoy all of New York City’s wonderful amenities at the expense of our respective nations’ unsuspecting taxpayers."


By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 10:36 am

Gaza-human-shield-art_0.jpgDid you read that Israel has called off a planned air attack on a house in Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians formed a human shield to save a known terrorist leader? Mohammedweil Baroud said he was warned by Israeli forces to leave his home. He instead ran to a mosque and summoned neighbours to help defend the house. Mr Baroud is a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees TERRORIST group.


Think about that. This man is a terror leader. Israel tells him to GET OUT of his house, which they have good reason to believe is used as a base for planning acts of terror, and what does he do? Yes – run to the Mosque. And then what? – get human shields to ensure that any attack would claim "innocent lives" which the  media could then use to abuse Israel.

As far as I am concerned, Israel has a right to annihilate the terror-enabling Mosque and those terror-protectors that choose to give cover to Baroud.

But the MSM seems to view this disgusting act of succour to Baroud as HEROIC!!!

Here are a few examples of just heroic Baroud and his pals have been…

  • Large explosive charges meant for Israeli tanks which killed three Israeli soldiers on February 14, 2002; three more on March 14, 2002; and one on September 5, 2002.

  • Attacks on civilian targets in the Gaza Strip: a side charge was detonated as a bus full of children passed near Kfar Darom on November 20, 2000, killing two; shots were fired at a bus carrying airport workers near the Rafah terminal on October 8, 2000, wounding 8 Israeli civilians; shots were fired at a car on the road from Kerem Shalom to the Rafah terminal, killing the woman driver. Akram Salameh ‘Atia Said , a member of the PRC who was sentenced to 24 years in prison  admitted during interrogation to having planned to perpetrate a suicide bombing attack at Kfar Darom.

  • Mortar attacks on Israeli targets in the Gaza Strip, including civilian villages , some within a very short period of time: three on the same day (April 28, 2001) against moshav Netzer Hazani (five young people wounded, one of them seriously); one (April 29, 2001) against the village of Kfar Darom ; and one (May 7, 2001) against the village of Atzmona.

It is to the scum responsible for organising these acts of terror that the "brave Palestinians" provide shelter. Give these people a State?

Names for Celtic Fans?

By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 9:47 am

I had to laugh and simultaneously applaud Conservative Iain Gibson for branding Celtic fans ‘gypsies’.  An outraged Celtic fan from the William Orr (himself hanged for treachery) Supporters Club in Antrim demanded a written apology from Gibson.  It’s a pity Gibson didn’t tell him where to go, and instead offered a gibbering apology to the emotionally walking wounded.  As far as I’m concerned, there are more appropriate names for Celtic fans.  How about:

  • Traitors.
  • Hypocrites.
  • Those who should clear off to the country whose flag they are so keen to display on British soil.
  • Plastic Provies.

I intensely dislike Celtic FC and I especially dislike the flag of a foreign country waved as a badge of honour in the United Kingdom.  I say pull down Parkhead, re-locate to Croke Park and take the ‘gypsies’ with you.


By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2006 at 9:40 am

A few days back, Alison posted a really interesting blog here on the topic of a report which she believed conflated rape with excess alcohol intake. (I agree with her analysis, by the way.) It is precisely this kind of thoughtful and challenging writing that I want to see here on ATW and I salute Alison for tackling this issue.

Now then, Alison’s blog generated a fire storm of comment – I see it is now almost 150 comments. Because ATW is unmoderated – as it says at the bottom of every page – this means that I do not hold comments to approve them, as I do not have the time nor inclination to do so. This means that inevitably some comments are made that I never see or else I may scan them without fully taking on board all  the content. On this occasion, as I pointed out at the time, I had a family funeral on my mind and was not taking in very much in the way of comment content. I hope you will all accept this.

But I have become aware of comments that were made by Rottypup on this thread – and I am also aware that some female readers took exception to these. (As did some male readers, in fairness!)

I have now read all comments and would make the following points.

1. I sincerely value the contribution from ALL of ATW’s female visitors. It goes without saying how much I value Alison – as her presence as a co-writer demonstrates. I want this site to be a place where you all feel comfortable and happy to make your points of view without suffering hysterical abuse. Things that impact negatively on this disturb me.

2. Rottypup is a writer who makes some great points over on his site, and I frequently agree with his scathing tone on a range of topics. Apart from his choice in Music, he gets the War on Terror, the lies of the Left, etc.  However, I think he gets Alison and her argument on this topic completely wrong. Not only that, but he takes issue with it using some vicious ad hominem comments – which have no place on this site. Ever. Clearly neither Alison nor Aileen are "feminazis" and I think that the attribution of such moonbattery values to serious commentators is out of order and only undermines Rotty’s point of view.

3.  It distresses me when I see those of us broadly on the right diverting our considerable energies against each other. Unlike leftists (Well, unlike most Leftists! Hello Frank!) we like to dissect argument and identify if the prevailing logic holds up. But name calling does not achieve this – and I really hope that this is minimised without me having to get involved all the time. I am sure that all writers realise that one cannot edit out every unwarranted attack that comes their way. Just for your information, over the years, I have received two death threats, been called every imaginable name (!) – including some I couldn’t imagine – and I know Andrew has endured some very nasty comments too. It comes with the territory alas.  As this site has grown, in some regards this has grown with it since we attract a large number of visitors not all of whom agree with the broad editorial line taken by the writers! But I don’t like it when we are attacked "by our own", if you follow me.

So, I want to re-affirm just how much I, as the proprietor, value all female contributors and hope you will feel comfortable here. Any issues at all – drop me an email. The site would NOT be the same without your points of view. We may not agree all the time but we can try to be agreeable when we disagree – seems a good rule. Let’s all operate to that!