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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?      

THE ONLY GUILTY MAN IN GITMO!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:48 am

hicks.jpgLadies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to a very special man – his name is David Hicks, he is an Australian, he is also a former farm hand and kangaroo skinner, and has spent five years at the US detention centre in Cuba. (A kangaroo court for a kangaroo skinner, drooled the BBC this morning) He was captured by US forces back in 2001 when he was fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now he has admitted that he was guilty of terrorist charges – which must make him that rarest of species – a guilty man in Gitmo.

He will now be sent home where he will face justice. BUT when we hear the likes of leftist Australian Senator Bob Brown say: "His guilty plea is simply a plea for release for exit from the inhumane Guantanamo Bay gulag. That’s a human response." we have to wonder what sort of sentence he will be given – maybe a community one? Senator Brown, who heckled Mr Bush about Hicks when the president addressed the Canberra parliament in 2003, said the guilty plea would not have held up under the Australian legal system. Growing public support in Australia for Hicks, and concerns from lawyers, judges and – of course – church leaders over the military commission system, has divided the government and threatened to become an issue at national elections, due in the second half of 2007.

So, Hicks is caught red-handed, locked up in Gitmo, confesses his guilt and the left STILL want to set him free. In the war on terror – there is a large section on the political Left who clearly want US to lose. They yearn to be Dhimmis, they see no good in our western values, all they can do is agitate in support of scum like Hicks. What a loathsome crew they are – the enemy within.

KIDNAPPED BRITISH SAILORS – DIPLOMACY WORKING, BECKETT RELAXES…

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:26 am

So, yet another day commences, and 15 British Sailors commence another day of captivity care of the 12th Imam’s dining pal, President Ahmadinejad. Happily, the story no longer appears as a BBC lead item on its news page. And how very wise this is, we all need to learn to move on, yes? Now obviously it’s a bit of a downer for our kidnapped countrymen, but with the likes of BBC Five Live reporting the capture from the Iranian point of view (ie. That "they were in Iranian waters" was presented as a fact this morning on this wicked extreme left wing station) one wonder if the MSM cares a jot about them?

Naturally all diplomatic efforts have come to NOTHING with the Iranians although I was intrigued to read that the act of "interrogating" the captured Brits was seen as "a softening" of the Iranian stance. As opposed to hanging them, I suppose?

Iran is the centre of the axis of evil, it has behaved with arrogance and malice in this case, and all we in the West can do is blather about exactly where the British vessel was before the Iranians swept down on it and carried the sailors away. As Bin Laden would see, people see the weak horse and the strong horse – they follow the strong horse.

A BAAAA-D THING!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:18 am

letwin.jpgWonder what you make of the news that the High Priests of our post-Christian society, the Scientists, have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs? The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer. Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and £5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s foetus. Now then, what would such a Frankenstein creation look like? ATW has an exclusive image….

THE WORLD’S MOST OPPRESSED PEOPLE!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:15 am

PALI MANSION.jpgEveryone knows the abject squalor that the poor Palestinian people live in, right? I mean, these poor folk live in makeshift hovels, yes? OK – have a look at the image of the Pali mansion attached as it is but one example of nice new luxury dwellings being constructed by the Palis. You can see more here! I have no issue myself with someone living in as nice a house as possible, but all we ever hear from the Palestinians is how deprived they are, how bereft of hope they are. Clearly a mansion is just not enough for these most oppressed of people! 

Key to the Door

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2007 at 8:42 pm

So angry and repulsed am I at what I have seen in Ulster today, that I’ve decided to leave Northern Ireland politics to David and Samuel for the next couple of days.  The rest of you can enter the fray on Talking Point – free from my input.  I want to concentrate on this story I read in today’s Daily Mail.  Our esteemed Home Office has apparently decided to give certain criminals the keys to their cell doors so as to give them more ‘respect and decency’.


Mmm, presumably if criminals had any respect and decency in them they would not have ended up behind bars in the first place.  Whilst there is no mention that the most serious offenders will receive this privilege, why should those who have ended up incarcerated because of the misery their actions have visited upon totally innocent persons be in the loop for another ludicrous example of how potty those who rule this country have become?


South Bradford MP and Home Office Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, ‘assures’ us the measure will only benefit those in open prisons and people due for imminent release.  In the minds of most fair citizens, prisoners can have the freedoms afforded to the rest of us who have not transgressed the moment they leave the prison grounds.  They should not have any soft Labourites pandering to one iota of their supposed entitlements.  A bit more concern for the victims should be the order of the day.  Unfortunately, that’s not how Left-wing minds cogitate.

Talking Point – 26.03.07

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

‘We must not allow our justified loathing of the horrors and tragedies of the past to become a barrier to creating a better and more stable future for our 36 MLAs, as their useless political existence justifies this supreme betrayal of all who died at the hands of those I now seek as my partners in government’.  The TRUE sentiments of the DUP.  Discuss.

On This Day…26.03

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

1886 – Britain’s first cremation takes place at Woking in Surrey.

1902 – Death of British imperialist and businessman Cecil John Rhodes aged 49. Made his fortune in the Kimberley diamond fields of South Africa. Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was named in his honour.

1937 – Popeye becomes the first cartoon character to be the subject of a statue – erected in Crystal City, Texas.

1953 – American Dr Jonas Salk reports that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis

1973 – The first woman stockbroker is allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange.

1979 – President Sadat of Egypt and Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin sign a peace agreement at the White House.

 

 

twenty nine pieces of silver!

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Listened to the twin pillars of the new devolved Assembly, and just decided that, balancing between the two; Adams or Paisley, I prefer Adams. For as long as we have heard words erupting from the mouth of the  spokesman for murderers,  we always knew exactly where he stood on just about everything; and because of that knowledge, were able to snap on the ‘bullshit’ defence mechanism before it splattered all around us.

 But now we hear the words of ‘Papa Doc’, and watch as he calmly marches down a path which he swore would never be trodden by any under his banner.

 Still, it’s not too long to the next election, and they’ll be able to wash the stench off the Assembly seats before it is mothballed once more!

“DR NO” SAYS “YES PLEASE MR ADAMS….”

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

paisleyadams203i.jpgHere’s an image that some thought would never happen – DUP leader Dr Ian Paisley sitting down to do business with his new best friend, IRA leader Gerry Adams. I wonder what they discussed – the La Mon House Hotel atrocity perhaps? Utterly revolting and a day of consumate shame for the DUP.  May 8th will mark the day that principled Unionism dies. As part of Paisley’s dirty deal, he has also agreed to regular interim meetings with Martin McGuinness. Maybe Dr Paisley could gain some insight into the bombing of the little village of Claudy, from self-confessed IRA terrorist McGuinness? Honestly, I am SO GLAD I have never voted for the DUP. They can do what they want – but it is NOT in my name. On the radio this morning, I was told that I was "on my own" when it comes to opposing doing deals with terrorists to gain devolution. So be it.