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IN SELF DEFENCE…

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

There has been a lot of discussion on the media and blogosphere concerning the massacre that took place at Virginia Tech a few days ago. One item that I highlighted here was the courage of 76 year old Holocaust survivor Professor Librescu who gave his life so that his students could escape the rampage of Cho Seung-hui. As you will recall that he blocked the entry to his class-room, but was shot in the head and body by the killer. This bought all the students in his class the precious time needed to make good their escape. The question I pose is this; Virginia Tech was a gun-free zone. It was illegal for students and faculty members to bring any guns onto campus. Problem is, Cho Seung-hui thought otherwise. Had faculty members such as Professor Librescu been permitted to carry weapons, do you think that this would have saved or cost more lives?

According to witnesses, Cho Seung-Hui, took his time and paused repeatedly for a minute or so to reload. In shootings at other schools, armed students or employees have restrained gunmen, possibly preventing additional murders. Four years ago at Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Va., a man who had killed the dean, a professor and a student was subdued by two students who ran to their cars and grabbed their guns. In 1997 an assistant principal at a public high school in Pearl, Miss., likewise retrieved a handgun from his car and used it to apprehend a student who had killed three people.

In other words, we have plenty of examples of where the lack of  "gun-free zones" have saved lives. No one suggests that one can entirely remove the likelihood of someone going on a killing rampage, but actively disarming the likely victims of such manic behaviour, as the State of Virginia has done, seems a delinquent approach to dealing with the problem. I ask again; If Professor Librescu had been armed would Seung-hui have been able to kill as many?  Your call.

TOO MANY BATHROOMS?

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

Hey, do you agree that having too many bathrooms in your house, just like driving a large car, means that you should be taxed that bit more? That’s what Professor Frank Convery, chairman of Comhar, reckons. He says that everybody had an ecological responsibility to bear and should be forced to pay the price if they failed in their duty.

Comhar is the Irish Covernment’s Sustainable Development Council appointed by the Environment Minister and charged with informing government policy. Here’s what the Professor thinks…

“Meeting the challenge of climate change while building a sustainable economy is something that must be shared among everyone in society. Individuals, families, businesses and government all need to make changes to create a sustainable future.If they don’t want to make these changes, they must pay the cost,”

Get that? IF YOU DON’T DO THAT THEY WANT, YOU WILL BE MADE TO PAY! More environmental tyranny, more control over our lives. This time they are even targetting how many showers or baths we have!!! Someone wants to tell the Professor that such intrusion into the liberty of individuals is unacceptable, though one can imagine the plans Government must be formenting with this eco-freak advising them.

PIGGY BACKING!

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Did you see that UK authorities are drawing a battle line in the wild world of wireless internet? Two people have been arrested and officially warned for ‘piggy-backing’ someone else’s wi-fi internet connection without permission. A man was spotted by neighbours over the weekend sitting in a car outside of a home in Worcestershire using a laptop computer to connect to the internet. A few thoughts;

1. I’m amazed the UK police can catch ANYONE breaking the law and this has to be one of the more obscurist versions of law-breaking! I wonder how they knew?

2. What a cheeky beggar the guy was! He deserves all he gets. Were I him, I think I would plead that Allah made me do  it! 😉

3. Didn’t the people concerned have a secured wi-fi network? How dangerous is it to leave your wi-fi unsecured? The article says 25% of wi-fi private networks are unsecured. Amazing.

What do you think about this one? Wi-fi is growing all the time but it is not always free. I operate a wi-fi system at home but it is secured and encrypted plus I live in the middle of nowhere and I really can’t see the local farmer (Ulster Unionist MLA George Savage) and his kin taking a break from the important business of spreading slurry all over the nearby fields to hack into my network! But for those of you who live in more built up areas, this has to be an issue? What do you think?

LABOUR CONFIRMS ITS POLICY ISN’T WORKING…

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 10:50 am

It’s quite straightforward, isn’t it?  I mean who would disagree with the observation that large-scale immigration has damaged the poorest communities and deeply unsettled the country, made by Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister?  Trouble is that it his HIS Government which has presided over and encouraged this disastrous policy.


His oddly honest comments are echoed in another Government report which states that placing asylum-seekers in poorer areas of the country, such as Everton, Glasgow, Tyneside and parts of Manchester, had accentuated existing deprivation among the indigenous population. 


The report, which was produced in.. GET THIS… 2002 but only released under freedom of information laws last month, highlighted some of the difficulties caused by the arrival of new migrants in poor areas. Fifty different languages had been introduced into Newcastle upon Tyne, and in other areas doctors dealing with new migrants experienced difficulties treating unfamiliar diseases such as malaria and TB. A health centre in Liverpool found that there were 24 different languages spoken by asylum-seeking patients.


It’s a bit rich for a Government Minister to highlight the damage caused by his own Government and then suggest that somehow it has nothing to do with him! 

POLYGAMY ON THE TAX PAYER

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 10:30 am

Are you shocked to discover that if a husband and his wives arrive and settle in Britain having wed in a country where polygamy is legal, which includes most Islamic countries oddly enough, then the UK benefits system recognises his extra wives as dependents and pays them accordingly? Nope, me neither. Indeed when I then read that the Department of Work and Pensions has admitted it had "no figures" on how many families are claiming for multiple wives, I felt the same sense of despair as when I read that the Home Office has no figures as to how many illegal immigrants are in our country. Polygamy is illegal in the UK Yet the State funds those who practise it! 

SOARING PREGNANCIES….

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 10:00 am

takingapillREX_228x300.jpgNow there’s a thing. Making the morning-after pill more readily available does not cut teenage pregnancy rates, a leading healthcare organisation has warned. Wow – what a surprise! Despite the use of emergency contraception doubling in the past six years, research shows it has failed to cut unplanned pregnancies or make any difference in the levels of sexually-transmitted diseases and abortions. It casts serious doubts on the Government’s policy of making contraception more freely available – including from nurses in schools – to cut soaring rates of teenage pregnancy.

I suggest it will only make the leftist ideologues who drive British health policy urge that extra condoms be handed out in kindergarten school.  Unwanted pregnancies soar in Britain because there has been a breakdown in the culture of self-respect. Being 15 and pregnant has become cool, chic even, in a certain strate of our society. The State will generously bail out the barely teenage mums, and in the process gain itself another few votes down the line, a few more Benefit slaves. The best way to reduce unwanted pregnancy is to instil the timeless values of self-respect and decency. All the morning after pills in the world don’t matter if the young refrain from full on sex until they are at least at an age where they can cope, financially and emotionally, with the consequences. I also believe that the fact that as a society we are now "non-judgemental" over 12 year old mothers is shameful in itself. We have left Christian values behind us, we have shrugged off any sense of moral virtue, and now we scratch our heads and wonder why it is that there is a plague of STD’s and soaring pregnancies.

“Collateral”

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 8:43 am

I’m sure that we have all been shocked by the horrific events at Virginia Tech and wish to place on record that the injured and families of the dead are in our thoughts and prayers.

But I would advise our American readers to take the statement issued by Dr Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their first as a political couple, with a pinch of salt.

The two men offer their sympathies and claim that they “ fully understand the impact that events like this can have on a community and the population as a whole" . The statement is the lead story in this morning’s News Letter and also features prominently in the Belfast Telegraph.

A story you will have to look much harder for reveals the true face of Northern Irish politics.

The sisters of IRA murder victim Robert McCartney met with the First Minister designate yesterday and were less than impressed with what they heard.

Catherine McCartney emerged from the meeting to say that while the DUP had claimed that the 2005 murder of her brother was “supposed to be some form of litmus test” for Republicans in relation to law and order Sinn Fein/IRA "have failed it miserably by offering no co-operation”.

“Everything is falling in place for the political establishment and the people in it, yet people like Robert are just collateral.”

Sympathize with victims of violence across the Atlantic. Ignore victims of violence at home at home (they might upset the “peace” process if given prominance). Welcome to the moral sewer that is Northern Irish politics.

A CURATE’S EGG…

By ATWadmin On April 18th, 2007 at 8:26 am

us uk flag.jpgTony Blair’s approach to foreign policy is like the proverbial curate’s egg – good in parts. For example in his most recent comments, I cannot fault his view that…

"I happen to believe our strategic relationship with the United States has served this country well for many, many decades and should continue to serve us well." If Britain adopted an independent foreign policy from the US, that strategic relationship would be weakened, which would be "tragic" for Britain and the world, he said. After the 9/11 attacks, America felt it was at war. "I believed the most important thing for us was to be with them in that fight and I believe that still and I hope that in future we will be strong allies of America."

 

This is exactly the right approach, but then he says other things which confound this such as that the West could lose the propaganda war against Al Queda. Quite true but as has been pointed out here on ATW, why THEN has the British Government just decided to drop the term "War on terror"? What message does THAT send? Blair also points out Britain needs "hard" military power to be a credible world player. But Blair has also presided over a drastic run-down in the military capability of the British Armed Forces!

Blair wants to be an ally to the EU and the USA, but the EU seeks to set itself as a geo-political competitor to the USA. Triangulating between them has been Blair’s gift but I am not sure that it achieved anything of merit. It is as if Blair knows what is right but his left wing Party requires him to do that which is wrong, a strange paradox. I doubt that Brown has Blair’s gift  for such triangulation and I suspect that the special relationship will come under great pressure as the socialist hordes which still pervade NuLabour seek to break the UK away from the US.

For ME?!? A Goody Bag!?!

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Pop culture got off to a grand start in February with the 2007 Oscar Ceremonies featuring the Righteous Rev. Al Gore and goody bags for the guests.  Goody bags contained gift certificates representing 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gas reductions from Terra Pass and small obelisk-shaped crystal sculptures.

Then, despite evil, murderous and backward ways, Ahmadinejad and the Mad Mullahs of Iran proved that they pay attention by giving each of their hostages a goody bag. Goodies included candies, religious books, CD’s, and even a toy for Seaman Turney’s young daughter.

Now…in the spirit of pop culture and cyperspace,  I would like to offer you, Dear Reader, a virtual goody bag.
 
First Goody:  One of my all-time favorite songs is entitled "Madame George"  by Irish-born, Van Morrison from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks.   If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream–
                                                              

That’s when you fall into a trance:
Sitting on a sofa playing games of chance
With your folded arms in history books, you glance
Into the eyes of Madame George…

Now if you enjoy this album and this song, you eventually start to wonder “just who is Madame George?” 
Your first goody, then, is a proposed answer to this question offered by Tom Nolan in the Walls Street Journal, April 14-15 Leisure and Arts Section, print edition.    The answer is Madame George Yeats, wife of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats from 1917 – 1939.

Second Goody:  is an excerpt from the poem My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

I remember the gleams and glooms
that dart
Across the schoolboy’s brain;
The song and the silence in the heart,
That in part are prophecies, and in
part
Are longings wild and vain.
And the voice of that fitful song
Sings on, and is never still:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long,
long thoughts.

There are things of which I may not
speak;
There are dreams that cannot die;
There are thoughts that make the
    Strong heart weak,
And bring a pallor into the cheek,
And a mist before the eye.
And the words of that fatal song
Come over me like a chill:
“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long,
    Long thoughts.”….

Third, and final, goody is an emoticon!  So, here you are  Old hat. A bearded face!

 
 

Verdun or Vichy

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

The best defence against terrorism is the knowledge – in the head of the potential terrorist – that his actions will fail to change the policy of the government against whom he fights, and that it will all be for nothing. Terrorism is the force that it is because, in contrast to their rhetoric about "evil killers", the leaders of the law-governed nations have been all too ready to treat with terrorists and their sponsors, and to encourage them to believe that outrages lead eventually to concessions.

Peter Hitchens

There’s a rare beauty in clear thinking, clearly expressed.