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By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:58 am

What a scandalous waste of taxpayers money.

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman is investigating IRA claims that the RUC failed to prevent a murder attempt on Sinn Fein/IRA leader Gerry Adams more than 20 years ago. Mr Adams has made a complaint following reports that the police had prior knowledge of a UDA plan to ambush him in Belfast city centre in March 1984 while he was travelling from the High Court. Mr Adams was shot five times when his car was sprayed with bullets, while his bodyguards were also seriously injured. UDA leader John Gregg was jailed for his part in the shooting. But naturally all opportunities to blacken the RUC’s name are to be taken by republican insurrectionists.  

Now I am sorry that Mr Adams was shot, as I DO NOT believe the revolting UDA had any right to act as judge, jury and would be executioner. And of course in a way the RUC is to blame – as Adams should have been in jail for his role as Terror Godfather. But the person who also carries responsibility is Adams himself. After all – he who lives by the sword…. 


By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:50 am

I note that a major environmental clean-up is under way in south Armagh where the contents of an illegal landfill site are being sent back across the border. A fleet of lorries has carried hundreds of tonnes of household waste including old nappies and decaying food back to the Irish Republic. The tonnes of illegal waste netted the rubbish racketeers thousands of pounds. It is the first time illegal waste has been repatriated. About time too. I think it is outrageous that waste from a foreign country should be dumped illegally in Northern Ireland, though I also suspect that the only way to stop this would be to increase security along the border and – ahem – that might pose a few problems for some people. Good riddance to unwelcome rubbish, say I!


By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:31 am

Everytime I watch a News Programme these days, there is always an obligatory “global warming” scare story. Clearly the MSM has embraced and now promulgates the Green Gospel. However, writing over on the American Thinker, James Lewis has some words of wisdom for the apostles of global warming….

As a scientist I’ve learned never to say “never.” So human-caused global warming is always a hypothesis to hold, at least until climate science becomes mature. (Climate science is very immature right now: Physicists just don’t know how to deal with hypercomplex systems like the earth weather. That’s why a recent NASA scientist was wildly wrong when he called anthropogenic warming “just basic physics.” Basic physics is what you do in the laboratory. If hypercomplex systems were predictable, NASA would have foolproof space shuttles —  because they are a lot simpler than the climate. So this is just pseudoscientific twaddle from NASA’s vaunted Politically Correct Division. It makes me despair when even scientists conveniently forget that little word “hypothesis.”) 

The human-caused global warming hypothesis is completely model-dependent. We can’t directly observe cars and cows turning up the earth thermostat. Whatever the human contribution there may be to climate constitutes just a few signals among many hundreds or thousands. All our models of the earth climate are incomplete. That’s why they keep changing, and that’s why climate scientists keep finding surprises….


You should read his article – no one is denying that our Planet changes. It changes all the time. But before we start gibbering that every drought/flood/storm/blizzard is OUR fault, a little reason might be useful?


By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:18 am

Did you read that the Conservatives are to warn voters that backing Ukip could allow Labour to retain power amid Tory fears that the revived anti-Europe party could deny David Cameron victory at the next election?

Ukip, which wants Britain to leave the EU, won 16 per cent of the votes at the 2004 European Parliament elections. Although it won only 2.9 per cent of the votes when it stood at the 2005 general election, analysis of the results suggests that it may have prevented the Tories winning up to 16 seats and shows it inflicted much more damage on the Tories than Labour.

Cameron is obviously rattled by UKIP progress. Last year he called those in this Party – INCLUDING many former Conservatives, "Fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, mostly". Not sure if that is true but perhaps better that than "quislings, cowards and socialists" – which appears to be what the modern Conservative Party has morphed into under the –ahem…."leadership" of Call Me Dave.

I’m not a fan of ANY political party, but I have met UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and found him a decent enough man. I wish the UKIP well, and as far as I am concerned the more votes they get from left and right the better. The UK needs to remove itself from the vast corrupt EU.

You Are What You Like

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:14 am

Did anybody see the programme on BBC Four last night called Oz and Them?  It looked at the historical ties between the UK and Australia and had contributions from the likes of Germaine Greer and Clive James.  I love programmes which instil knowledge about the world.  I also regularly watch the repeats of Survival between 6 and 7am on ITV3. Any quiz programmes receive my attention – from The Weakest Link to University Challenge (though how the hell anybody knows the answers on University Challenge is way beyond me!  ‘What is the square root cosine of the quantum figure relative to Pythagoras when considered in the ratio of three decimal places?  YOU WHAT!!!?)  The point I am making is that both music and televisual choices say much about the cultural threshold of our society. 

In that case much of what passes for contemporary British culture is found wanting.  What sort of country is it when more people vote on cerebrally inimical cobblers such as Big Brother and the X-Factor than they do in General Elections?  Has the collective intellect of the British nation stooped to such low levels?  We now have tabloid newspapers devoting whole pages to what was said; who cooked for whom; and which boy copulated with which girl in the Big Brother house.  How is that remotely interesting?  What does it say for our country when legions of viewers find this nonsense entertaining?  Did they check out their brains at the entrance to the living room?

Musical tastes are equally reflective of this country’s contemporary poor taste.  I don’t know about you, but everytime I hear Lily Allen sing I get this urge to punch the nearest person to me.  ‘Dreams, dreams, of when we ‘ad just started fings.’  ‘Fing’?  What’s a ‘fing’?  Do you mean ‘things’ you adolescent, talentless Cockney ignoramus?  You expect to hear an accent as bad as that spewing forth from a Petticoat Lane fly-pitcher who’s got a gross of pop socks to flog from a wheelbarrow.  ‘Apples and pears down th’ old frog and toad, luv.  And don’t forget me bucket of jellied eels, darlin down at the Old Bull and Bush.”  Twenty or thirty years ago we put people at the top of the charts who actually had talent (save for aberrations such as Joe Dolce).  These days we put the likes of Lily Allen at the pick of the pops and Big Brother at the top of the television ratings.  Isn’t it pathetic?

On This Day…17.01

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 9:00 am

1536 – Henry VIII of England falls from his horse at the age of 44 while jousting and remains unconscious for several hours. Historians believe the fall triggered his mental instability.

1773 – Captain Cook’s ship ship ‘Resolution’ becomes the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1893 – A group of American sugar planters overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government. The coup occurred with the foreknowledge of the US government.

1910 – Death of inventor Thomas Crapper, credited with designing the world’s first flushing toilet.

1912 – Scott of the Antarctic (Robert Scott) finally reaches the South Pole, one month behind Roald Amundsen of Norway.

1995 – A massive earthquake hits Japan, with the city of Kobe worst hit.  Hundreds of people are feared dead. 

catch me if you can!

By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

Control…. to:- administer, administrate, advise, boss, bully, call, command, conduct, deal with, direct, discipline, dominate, domineer, govern, guide, handle, head, head up*, instruct, lead, manage, manipulate, mastermind, overlook, oversee, pilot, predominate, push buttons*, quarterback*, regiment, regulate, rule, run*, steer, subject, subjugate, superintend, supervise

Not much there to contradict the purpose or meaning of a term such as a ‘Control Order’?

Seems as though the Home Office didn’t consult their dictionaries or their thesaurus before attempting to securely hold a terrorist suspect. This character, who of course ‘cannot be named’ was the subject of a ‘Control Order’, but it doesn’t seem to have done much good, as he’s on the run, and as we aren’t allowed to know who he is, or indeed what he looks like, the fuzz aren’t going to get much help from the public!

What was that term again? That’s the one; "NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE"


By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

OK – so much politics. So, here’s a song from 40 years ago by one of the great British singers, the sadly departed Dusty Springfield. I like so many of her songs, this one has a sweeping melody, a lovely lyric – and once you get past the fashion taste, it remains a classic. I’m sure Elvis Costello borrowed part of the lyric from this for his poignant little ballad "Just a Memory"….hope you like it.


By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

hain2.jpgYou know, when it comes to finding politicians to detest, we are rather spoiled for choice but Northern Ireland Secretary of State perma-tanned Peter Hain is surely right up there as one of the most loathsome creatures in this abomination of a Government.

Naturally the Belfast Telegraph – Northern Ireland’s worst daily newspaper – finds space to report Peter far from perfect accuse the Conservatives of whipping up an English nationalism which threatens to make the people of Northern Ireland "second class" citizens and bring about the Balkanisation of Britain. Maybe better than the Islamification of Britain, eh Peter?  

The Ulster Secretary has launched a (wait for it..it’s hilarious!) "staunch defence of the Union"- only days after a similarly passionate appeal was made by the likely next Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Mr Hain rounded on Conservative proposals for "English votes for English laws". Tory leader David Cameron last year said a "neat solution" to the so-called West Lothian problem would be to allow the Commons Speaker to designate England-only Bills.

This is the same Peter Hain who would be more than happy to see Northern Ireland out of the Union and who has become a key persuader for unionists to accept the idea of Irish republican insurrectionists in devolved Government. This is the same Peter Hain who welcomed the draft EU constitution. This is the same Peter Hain who the Muslim Council of Britain sees fit to honour. This man would not recognise truth if it jumped up and bit him in his oddly orange-hued face.  


By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 11:17 am

I wanted to commend this excellent post over on Cranmer to you. It concerns a story that appeared on the BBC which I meant to report but overlooked! Apparently, the NHS should provide more faith-based care for Muslims because ‘Muslims are about twice as likely to report poor health and disability than the general population’. The BBC states this, without providing the scientific explanation for the fact, doubtless because it does not wish to offend, cause riots, or have any of its staff murdered.  Read the full post to get the significance of my title to this post…