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By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Do YOU love visiting ATW? Do you hate it? Does it make you mad/happy/infuriated/comforted? Well there is something you can now do to show us that you care! I’ve added a hat-tip button for you to be able to offer a donation of your own choice towards the maintenance of the site. Just in the past week, ATW has taken a 50% increase in band-width, it has increased the capacity to have more writers, and we haven’t finished yet! So, if you delight in our contrarian attitudes and our refusal to compromise, go on and do the decent thing and HIT THE TIP button.

While Tony Blair Speaks Softly….

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

 America waves her big stick. ( from towncommons.blogspot.com):

 "Some none too subtle messages are being air mailed to Iran today. The first and loudest was this morning’s ‘surprise’ announcemnt from the U.S. Navy:

    The US navy said on Tuesday it is staging major war games in the Gulf with two aircraft carriers for the first time since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, at a time of heightened tension with Iran.
    The manoeuvres involve the USS John C. Stennis, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and their battle groups.

 
Responding to the kidnapping of the 15 British soldiers, Blair and Bush seemed to be  borrowing a page from  Theodore Roosevelt   "big stick" school of diplomacy –  first articulated by him in 1901 with the slogan,  "speak softly and carry a big stick."  I  wonder if Ahmadinejad is listening,  or even cares. He  and the Iranian mullahs seem to prefer the game of "chicken" or russian roulette.
 

inside every bully is a snivelling coward!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Listened to the ‘perfect twerp’ voice of Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Education select committee speaking on the ‘Today’ programme this a.m., as he struggled to justify the conclusions of the report on Bullying which his committee has just published. He prattled on about how the anti-bullying policies with inclusion of students was working, and how there was a very small proportion of pupils which suffered the attention of bullies, and whilst everything was not rosy and pink-tinted, there was every evidence of reaching the plateau of happiness; and all the other liberal, knee-jerk statements which avoid the plain unvarnished truth. That truth of course is that the only thing which deters bullies is physical violence against them in return for the anguish they perpetrate upon others!

My eldest boy was bullied in the first year of his secondary education, and it was not only verbal, it was mental and physical bullying of the worst kind. Once I learned of these acts, I took time off work one morning, visited the school and told the headmaster plainly that he was failing in his duty of care to my children, and unless the attacks ceased forthwith, I would be taking legal steps against the school, it’s governors and staff collectively! Fortunately I was able to supply the names of the three ring-leaders in reply to the queries of the headmaster, and the next morning, at assembly, the three culprits were paraded on to the hall dais, named, and after a very firm speech from the principal, all were given six stripes with a three-foot long cane! The same treatment was further promised to any other pupil who was found to be guilty of these cowardly acts. The result was almost miraculous, my son bloomed, he no longer feared going to school, his tormentors were zip-lipped around him and I was congratulated by many during a parents evening at the school.

Oh, I almost forgot, I lived in South Africa, which is why we literally got a result! Can anyone imagine a similar outcome in this oh-so-tolerant, over-legislated and -burdened country of Britain?

RE-WRITING HISTORY!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Samuel has already covered the honourable resignation of DUP MEP Jim Allister but there is one thing I wanted to add. If you check out the BBC coverage you can detect knifes being driven into his back. First note the bold decontextualised assertion that he opposes "power-sharing". He does not. Nor do I. He opposes power sharing with terrorists. Next the BBC suggests that Allister is the sort of man who regularly splits with Paisley. He is not. He had a profound disagreement with the DUP leader in the late 1980’s because – gasp would you believe it – Paisley executed u-turns back then too. Then it was over the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Just watch the MSM do its best to run down the import of this decision. I hope others follow Jim and leave the rancid wreck of the DUP.

Well done Jim!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

allisterJim Allister’s resignation demonstrates that there is at least one politician in Northern Ireland who has principles.

Unlike his party, he actually believed that you should only say what you mean and mean what you say.

Mr Allister is spot on when he says that "the lure of office has clouded the party’s judgment" and I am delighted that he has decided to retain his seat in the European Parliament.

I hope that he uses this office to continue to expose the immorality of the party he just left.

Mr Allister will not receive the front page plaudits of the media. In Northern Ireland principled journalists are about as common as principled Unionist politicians.

But I for one will say, well done Jim!

Iran’s Acts of War – View from across the pond

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

"That noise you hear as you pass the crypt at St. Paul’s cathedral in London is Lord Horatio Nelson spinning in his grave."

I make a point of reading through the daily pieces in the Jewish World Review emails I get and most of the time the stuff in there, while interesting, is either too US-centred for ATW or has already been covered here. Today, however, I find a take in there from a Mr Jack Kelly, former US Marine and Green Beret, which is well worth reading. Mr Kelly notes that

"Lord Nelson, alas, was killed at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The captain of the HMS Cornwall is Commodore Nick Lambert, a more modern sort. He did nothing as six Iranian speedboats seized the boarding party from his ship as they were leaving the freighter they had inspected in Iraqi territorial waters."

Now, I don’t know much about the armed forces or about politics, but this seems to my mind like an act of war, an open attack by means of kidnap on a sovereign state which the aggressor has, for some time now, been making aggressive noises and gestures to all and sundry. I’ve been thinking for some time now that Iran seems to just be hellbent on starting a war. Why? Possibly so that they can further claim the victim role, possibly so that they can appeal to other moslem nations and start a 3rd World War, possibly just for the fun of killing infidels, who knows? What is known is that the Americans, as well as parts of the British public, are baffled as to why this was allowed to happen.

Mr Kelly quotes an interview with al-Beeb as follows: " British rules of engagement "are very much de-escalatory, because we don’t want wars starting," the former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Alan West, told the BBC.
"Rather than roaring into action and sinking everything in sight we try to step back and that, of course, is why our chaps were, in effect, able to be captured and taken away," he said.
"

 So not only does Iran want a war, but the people ‘in charge’ on our end are terrified of having one. Remind me, someone, what was the purpose of an armed force? It wasn’t to fight, or something similar, was it?

Meanwhile, Blair has pulled a Hans Blix on all this, responding to open aggression with ‘strong words’: " "We have certainly sent the message back to them very clearly indeed," said Prime Minister Tony Blair. "They should not be under any doubts at all about how seriously we regard this act, which is unjustified and wrong." "

Unjustified and wrong? Does anybody still believe Blair has the moral sense or guts to really believe in those concepts? For myself, I’ll only believe that when he orders the counter-strike in order to rescue or avenge our people. This is not some kind of hijinks that can be simply dismissed as ‘wrong’, it is an intolerable act of warfare which looks so much like a prelude to extortion that I won’t be the least surprised when the ransom note for ‘One MILLION dollars!’ arrives at No. 10.

In the meantime, our sailors languish under God knows what conditions and the Americans (not to mention non-PC British) continue bewildered at the lack of spine in the British establishment. Click here for the full article by Mr Kelly.

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW?

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 9:37 am

jimallister-203.jpgThe media reports that the DUP may be about to lose their MEP, Jim Allister. Mr Allister is known to be opposed to the DUP executive resolution committing to power-sharing with Sinn Fein in May. He has called a news conference for later on to issue a statement on his position after the ground-breaking meeting between Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams at Stormont. If he has any principles at all, he will of course resign. Staying with the IRA loving Paisley and his gang of political whores would be a betrayal of Allister’s frequently stated views, views I may add that I rather have agreed with. Watch this space.

If you know what you are doing is right …

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 8:41 am

_42730525_paisleyadams_afp203i.jpgPolitical Unionism may not die until 8th May but Paisleyism died yesterday.

What is more, I have photographic evidence to prove this – something which, as a UTV journalist pointed out, was lacking in relation to the IRA’s alleged decommissioning.

Everything that Dr Paisley ever stood for, religiously and politically, went up in a puff of very unholy smoke yesterday and I believe that when a man sacrifices his principles for power the only word to use is tragic.

Sadly I cannot say, like David, that I never voted DUP but I am thankful that he allows me to use this platform to air my views.

I don’t think the English language contains the words necessary to convey my disgust but I will say that I utterly repudiate and reject what happened yesterday and I denounce all involved. It literally made me feel sick.

That, however, was not Mrs Paisley’s reaction.

Her ladyship was interviewed on Radio Ulster this morning and she claimed that although the decision her husband took was difficult, “If you know what you are doing is right, you have to do it no matter who is shouting at you”.

Are you not aware that Dr Paisley spent his whole life throwing snowballs and shouting at Unionist leaders for meeting Irish Prime Ministers and sharing power with the likes of Gerry “the Brit” Fitt?

If your husband is right now, he has been wrong for thirty years.

Do you not remember things like this?

If you don’t, everybody else does.

Love, it seems, is not just blind. It also has a very adverse affect on the memory.

WHITENED SEPULCHRES…

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 8:30 am

dup.gifSome moments in history are tough when you are living through them! At the moment, those of us in Northern Ireland who oppose power-sharing with terrorists (Yes, we do exist!!) have been entirely politically marginalised by the despicable actions of Ian Paisley and his goon squad. I’ve been thinking about how to best sum up my feelings, and then I remembered a sermon that I heard preached one Sunday morning whilst attending Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church. Readers may know that Dr. Paisley is the Moderator of this church and I think the words of Jesus Christ express what I feel so much more eloquently than anything I could ever hope to write.

Matthew Chapter 23 vs 27

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness"

WHEN IS RAPE ACTUALLY RAPE?

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 8:04 am

Did you read that a senior Judge has declared that a woman cannot claim rape just because she was drunk? The Appeal Court ruling freed a young man jailed for rape after he had sex with a drunken student. It also raised deep doubts over the Government’s latest attempts to toughen rape laws. Plans include a ‘sex breathalyser’ law under which a woman who had consumed a certain amount of alcohol would legally no longer be able to consent to sex. This is a volatile subject but it is also the sort of topic that ATW exists to tackle. Let me explain where I stand on it.

First, I do understand that people who consume alcohol have sex with each other and that this has been the way since the beginning of time! When people are of Student age in particular, one can reasonably assert that alcohol-fueled sex is a common enough thing. I’m not saying that I approve of it but what people do behind closed doors is their business, not mine! We all stand or fall by our own decisions. 

But when the allegation of rape arises, the situation profoundly changes. The Judge in this case asserts that sex amounts to rape if the woman is incapable of giving consent. But things are different if she is still capable of making a decision. That seems a reasonable enough point to me. The core issue is this as laid out by the Justice concerned

"If, through drink, or for any other reason, the complainant has temporarily lost her capacity to choose whether to have intercourse, she is not consenting. Subject to questions about the defendant’s state of mind, if the intercourse takes place this would be rape.  However, where the complainant has voluntarily consumed even substantial quantities of alcohol, but nevertheless remains capable of choosing whether or not to have intercourse, and in drink agrees to do so, this would not be rape."

He seems to say it is all about consent, and if consent is given then it cannot be rape, regardless of how much booze is consumed. Do you agree with this – what is your take on this difficult topic? In particular, I address this to our female readers, do you think the Judge is fair in what he says?