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JUST HANGING AROUND……

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2006 at 9:00 am

795151-536769-thumbnail.jpgSo, Saddam is to hang within a month following the rejection of an appeal against his death sentence. 

Good.

I know it is a harsh thing to welcome the imminent death of any person, no matter how evil, but Saddam dead is a better proposition than Saddam alive. I imagine the MSM will have a international day of mourning when this monster swings – but for those hundreds of thousands of families whose next-of-kin he ordered slaughtered, justice will be done and seen to be done. And THAT is the point – in this morally relativist universe, justice DOES need to be seen to be done.

That is why, for example, I would like to see mass murderers like the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, hanged. Indeed it would also be good if the terrorist godfathers who have commanded the IRA for decades, and whose indentities are well known, were also hanged by the neck. As a society, we have become soft, unable to face up to the fact that those who deliberately take life, forfeit their life. In exchange for our squeamishness, we allow far too many killers to get away with their dark deeds. Saddam will not be quite so lucky.

contest won, not many entries!

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2006 at 8:26 am

‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS.


Underwhelmed as I was by the tiny avalanche of entries for my second contest with ATW, I am only left with the result, with David Vance a surprise winner by a short sentence from Aileen, who gained an honourable second place.

A special mention must be made with Madradin Ruad’s requirement that:-

Smoking will be reinstated as a national sport. and
Chocolate will be declared a vegetable and a human right.

 Thank you, and a very good weekend to you all!

PROOF OF THE STEALTH TAXES….

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2006 at 11:46 am

brownPA250906_228x242.jpgDid you read that hard-pressed families have been forced to hand over almost £120,000 in tax to Gordon Brown since Labour came to power in 1997? The eye-watering sum – which is the equivalent of working solely for the Treasury for four years – is enough to pay for a four-bedroom holiday home in the Dordogne, a new Aston Martin Vanquish sports car or five years of Eton school fees.

The Office for National Statistics has found that £70,000 of the money has been raised through direct taxes – such as income tax, national insurance and council tax. But the remaining £50,000 has been raised through indirect taxes – often dubbed ‘stealth’ taxes – such as vehicle excise duty, stamp duty and the TV licence fee.

So around 40% of the taxes Brown has taken have come on the form of stealth taxes, making Britain one of the most heavily taxed countries in the West.

The figures also reveal that pensioners have been badly hit with the average retired household surrendering over £42,000 in taxes since 1997 – even although they are no longer earning. This is also disgraceful. But WHY do people continue to vote for a Government intent on stealing our wealth? Have we become stupified by Brown’s stealth taxation?

THE DEAN AND I….

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2006 at 11:31 am

The Church of Ireland Dean of Belfast, Dr Houston McKelvey, has defended the provision of education in Northern Ireland and claims that the lack of a proper home life, rather than a poor education system, is failing our young people. Speaking at a Christmas Eve service in St Anne’s Cathedral, he said that Northern Ireland teachers are among the best in the world.

The Dean has half a point. We have some very good teachers here who do a superb job. And we have some absolutely useless teachers that should be immediately sacked before they damage generations of children. But such is the grip that the Teaching Unions hold over Education that the dismissal of bad teachers is almost impossible. This is profoundly depressing for good teachers, who see their mediocre colleagues being retained IN the class-room.  If teachers want to be seen as "professional" then they need to understand that one very basic element of being a professionalism is to accept the rewarding of ability and the punishment of  incompetence. Sadly, the Unions will ensure that at best, our teachers remain amateurs, insulated from reality and the professionalism they shout so much about.

LIP UP FATTY…..

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2006 at 11:10 am

nhs23bt.gifIt’s being reported that smokers, people with alcohol problems and the obese could be denied "priority treatment" (What’s that – seen within three years?) on the NHS if they do not try to change their lifestyle. The Cabinet is discussing the controversial idea as part of a drive by Tony Blair to secure his ..ahem…"domestic political legacy" by pushing through a final round of public service "reforms" (ho ho ho) before he departs next year.

Experts warned this month that obesity, which costs the NHS £7bn a year, could bankrupt it if left unchecked and predicted that the proportion of obese adults would rise from one in five to one in three by 2010. Smoking-related diseases cost an estimated £1.7bn a year, with the same amount spent on alcohol-related problems. The treatment of alcohol-related harm, such as violent crime and traffic accidents, costs an estimated £20bn.

 

Now then, what are we to make of this? I thought that the concept of the NHS (with which I profoundly disagree) is free health care at point of delivery FOR ALL. I view such a utopian vision as incompatible with reality and a political scam. Look, people WILL drink, smoke, get obese and goodness knows what else. That’s their CHOICE! Since I believe that a better health care solution lies in each of us being responsible for our own health care needs, I don’t want the State to have any involvement whatsoever. But the State knows better except it is now being relentlessly hoist on it’s own petard, having to actively EXCLUDE potentially millions of people, who nonetheless pay taxes for the non- service. Fre  Health Care for all????

I believe that Statist health care is doomed in the medium run, since the demographics of an aging society and a below-replacement- level birth-rate will bankrupt it. But in the meantime, as the meltdown continues, the politicians want to play God deciding who they will and who they won’t treat. Best not get ill.

THE PRINCE OF PEACE AND THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH….

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2006 at 10:54 am

Whilst some of us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in comes the news that there has been one more homicide bomb attack in Baghdad. One more follower of the "religion of peace", Islam, DETONATES himself – killing at least ten innocent people. Ten families plunged into horror.

These homicide bombers have been slaughtering thousands of people in Iraq, mostly fellow Muslims. Yet the media rarely chooses to examine in detail the horrifying reality that there appears to be an endless supply of those who follow Islam who will blow themselves to pieces in order to gain a place in paradise. (Must come as one huge shock when they arrive post haste in hell). WHY is it that Islam uniquely facilitates the cult of human self-destruction? Why does no one speak out against these self detonators? Their acts of carnage are reported as if the killers themselves are somehow not quite human. Why is this? Don’t they have family? How do their next of kin feel about their vicious self annihilation? Have THEY an opinion worth hearing? Why does the MSM stay away from these aspects of the homicide bombers in its preference to portray the sheer barbarism as a "noble resistance" against the Great Satan?

I also notice that Archbishop Williams has nothing to say about the fact that those who follow Mohammed blow themselves to hell. I suppose he’s too busy blaming British foreign policy??? 

give us a chance!!

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2006 at 8:40 am

Listened with a mixture of resignation and fury to the dregs of the Left, in the shape of the thoughts and words of Yoko Ono as she dribbled her stupid ideas all over the airtime of the foremost political commentary programmes at present operating in Great Britain.

Ono, herself well known as the only known person to be afflicted with senility at the age of ten, sends reporters to a failing ‘New Age’ settlement somewhere in ‘kiltieland’, then a swift trip to Iceland, where we were advised that the environment would be so much better if we all used geo-thermal energy for power, heating etc., despite the fact that the presence of this particular type of power is overall, rather rare in places like Burnley, from example! Onwards and ever downwards towards a spiritualist retreat where all was explained, as it were; and then a swift critique of the American Constitution, again from the particular viewpoint of this silly, failed slapper whose only true claim to fame is that she married a dead ‘pop’ star, and a pretty weird one to boot!

 As a rebuttal, or even an opposition viewpoint, I am still hoping for the trenchant tones of, say, Frederick Forsyth or any number of right-wing commentators, but then,

‘HOPE DOES STILL SPRING ETERNAL!’

 

CATCHING THE DE- STABILISERS

By ATWadmin On December 25th, 2006 at 6:33 pm

Well done to the American soldiers who have caught and are holding at least four Iranians in Iraq including men the Bush administration called "senior military officials". They were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.

Iran is a major contributor to DESTABILISATION in this region – although James Baker and his so called "realist" pals believe that Iran can be a stabilising force. Who’s being unreal?

A MIXED MESSAGE….

By ATWadmin On December 25th, 2006 at 5:55 pm

QUEEN ELIZ.jpgDid you see The Queen’s Christmas message earlier this afternoon?

Her Majesty called for more understanding between generations. The Monarch, who turned 80 this year, also said the elderly need to be shown respect and young people need to be "nurtured and guided".  So far. so good. She then moved on to say that…..

"It is very easy to concentrate on the differences between the religious faiths and to forget what they have in common – people of different faiths are bound together by the need to help the younger generation to become considerate and active citizens."

Sorry, but that’s so much garbage. And this is where the Queen falls down. She should be speaking up unequivocally for the Christian faith, she should be an unapologetic "defender of the faith" and this ecumenical nonsense spouted about all great faiths being so-concerned to help the younger generation sits ill at ease with one particular faith that encourages its young people to detonate themselves in pursuance of paradise. 

SPANISH COKE

By ATWadmin On December 25th, 2006 at 5:48 pm

I think I’ve worked out WHY the Spanish electorate behaved in such a cowardly fashion after the Madrid train bombings in May 2004. 

Traces of cocaine can be found on 94% of euro banknotes circulating in Spain, a study has suggested. An analysis of notes from a selection of Spain’s major cities showed that each one carried an average of 25.18 micrograms of cocaine. Spain has one of the highest rates of cocaine use in the world, with about 475,000 regular users, El Mundo newspaper reports.

Euro banknotes have only been in circulation since January 2002.

You see the connection? Euro’s are introduced, cocaine is widespread, high Spaniards choose lowdown surrender!