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By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 10:44 am

Yes, we all know that Islam is the religion of peace. And love. So that must be why the fundamentalists in Mogadishu’s Union of Islamic Courts have issued a global call to arms to "foreign fighters" for their campaign against Ethiopia, whose troops are in Somalia to prop up the powerless interim government based at Baidoa, north-west of the capital.

"Our country is open to Muslims worldwide," Yusuf Mohammed Siad "Inda’ade", the Courts’ defence chief, said yesterday. "Let them fight in Somalia and wage jihad, and God willing, attack Addis Ababa."

It appears that this siren call from the Islamists is having a good pick up rate and I dare say some of our very own home grown British Islamists will answer the call and make their way to the region – to kill for Allah. Across the globe, Islam is on the offensive. It’s the new totalitarianism – but seemingly more effective since it is wrapped up in the comfort blanket of alleged religion.

At least the Somalis realise they are under attack by the Islamists – most of the West still lives in denial. 


By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 10:24 am

The "cease-fire" between Israel and the Palestinian hordes is doing REAL well.

The 50th and 51st Qassam rockets since the ceasefire began exploded on Israeli soil Sunday morning. The attack woke up terrorized residents of the southern Israeli town Sderot as alert sirens were raised.

Despite the continuing attacks on Israeli civilian populations, gutless liberal Prime Minister Osloid Olmert held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he pledged to release $100 million in tax returns to the Palestinians and ease travel restrictions from terrorist-riddled Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

Memo to Olmert – you can’t BUY OFF Terrorism.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Williams has nothing to say about these murderous attacks on the Joooos.

The MSM remains mute on the subject as well.


By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 10:11 am

bonovertigoPA.jpgDid you see that U2 lead singer and egomaniac Bono has received an honorary knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list? Sir Bono?

I’m OUTRAGED!                                           

I demand that he be made into a SAINT by the Pope, and right away.

As far as I am concerned, he has already performed several documented miracles which qualify him for the status of living Sainthood. For example he has done a miraculous job convincing millions that the turgid dross U2 churn out is worth listening to. He has also saved the world from poverty several times, not least at Live 8, and it is clear that he’s going to reverse global warming. The man is a Saint – and I am hoping he will get his due reward, a knighthood being but the start.

And a raspberry to a very common one!

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 10:02 am

Listened on the radio to the smarmy tones of Bob Crow, the RMT union organiser, who was instrumental in the strike which hit Central Trains today, possibly the busiest of the year. All services operated by Central were brought to a grinding halt by the actions of this hard-liner. In a previous interview, Crow was quoted as saying "We hope that the company will now acknowledge our members’ frustration by starting to take their grievances seriously." In other words, if you won’t give in to our demands, the paying customers who depend on your services will be let to either drive, walk or ride a bloody horse!

Welcome to the brave new world of NewLabour, their life-long buddies in the Unions, Respect, and the ‘Statist’ thinking which has always surrounded this snivelling band of rogues, thieves and lying vagabonds!

Fanfare to the (very)uncommon man!

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 9:54 am

On this Christmas Eve morning, I’d like to pay my own small tribute to an American hero, a man who lived for his wife and family, and who died trying to get help for those same family members; stranded in deep snow in the Oregon mountain wildernesses.
James Kim was a true ‘techie’, ‘au fait’ with every advance and nuance of electronic and computer technology, working as a reviewer and researcher with CNet, an Online computer magazine. He was a devoted father to two daughters, and the loving husband of Kati.
He was travelling over a mountain path in Oregon in a S.U.V., but got stuck in deep snow; and after five days without any sign of help decided to strike out to search for help, but perished in the snow himself, after struggling for sixteen miles yet ending up a mile away from his family.
He might have been rescued if a hotel had allowed his credit card records to be accessed, or if a telecoms engineer had been listened to, but these, like many other things, are all ‘might have been’s’.

James Kim died in pursuit of help for his Family, and the world is a poorer place for his passing!



By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 9:54 am

nuclearsign203afp.jpgI see that the Mad Mullah’s have responded to the UN Security Council imposing sanctions on Iran by accelerating their plans to get weapons-grade uranium! This clear defiance of the UN shows the contempt in which the Mullah’s view the toothless UN tiger. But hey – with Iran being NOW viewed by the likes of the Fabulous Baker Boys as a force for "stability" – there’s nothing to worry about. Right? Unless you are a Jew…

Merry Christmas!

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 3:33 am

As Andrew and David have already done so, I’d also like to take a moment to wish Andrew, David, Alison, Mike, Richard, MrSmith, Aileen, Colm, Madradin Ruad, Frank O’D, Daytripper, Cunningham, Garfield, Henry94, Mahons, Kloot, Ernest, Chris G, Allan-Ab, Alan Mac, Chas TX, Monica, Peter, Pete-London, Percy, Parnell, Ann, Ross, Emily, Phantom, Troll, NRG, SBK, Hugh, JG, not forgetting more occasional commentators such as RottyPup and DSD, and not forgetting either absentees such as Felix and Jo, and not meaning to forget anyone I’ve forgotten to include on this list, a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2007.

It’s been about 14 months since I started blogging, and about a year since I started visiting ATW. Unlike some political blogs which are rather dry and serious, ATW has always been my favourite, as it is not only intelligent but also lively, friendly and down-to-earth.  I’ve learned an enormous lot (though there’s lots I still have to learn) from reading the debates on Northern Ireland affairs in particular. That has been important to me, because you see, the way the London-based MSM reports about NI is very often condescending and awash with typically Olde-English class-based snobbery, if you get what I mean.  ATW (and via its links, other blogs from NI/ROI such as Slugger) have helped me to broaden my outlook and challenged my preconceptions in the past year.

My special thanks to David for asking me to contribute on here.  I recognise that it is only due to the popularity and skills of David and Andrew’s own writings, that has allowed me a platform and an automatic audience. I’m very grateful for that, and I hope that my small contribution has been a positive one, so far.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Bonnes fetes

By ATWadmin On December 23rd, 2006 at 9:52 pm

Im spending Christmas in France this year as i do almost every other year or so. This little pic which took way too long to upload (so ended up being much smaller than I planned) is of the Hanukah and Christmas decorations in one part of the town centre. The sign reads Happy Hannukah in a few languages and locals gathered last week to celebrate.

795151-605849-thumbnail.jpg The town looks beautiful. The streets are lined with red carpets, fairy lights and frosted Christmas trees. The cypress trees have fairly lights wrapped all around them. The cake shops are packed with locals buying up the prettily decorated works of art. The shopping is less frenetic than London but is still pretty busy.

The Hanukah sign and various festive decorations can be left out every day and night and you can pretty much guarantee they wont be stolen or vandalised.

France is secular – but there are plenty of Christmas symbols which feature more prominently in amongst the commercialism than you would find in the ‘christian’ UK.

Many of the shops have window displays based entirely on the Nativity scene, beautifully put together. The local town centre market sells Nativity figurines and there is generally at least one main ‘big’ Nativity feature in the Old Town around which the locals will gather tomorrow night for midnight mass. The feel at Christmas is more family less commercial.  I cant say they seem to be fighting to maintain a ‘christian feel’ to Christmas. PC just isnt an issue. And remember the speed with which they moved to remove the veil from schools?  Removing religious symbols from this environment and being a secular nation doesnt seem to have harmed religion. And I also wonder how France manages to side step those EU human rights issues? Because, no matter who is in power and what might be said about le declin, France is still a confident nation. It is confident about its self image. I would dearly love to see the UK gain the same confidence.  Perhaps the UK would be better off secular for a start.


By ATWadmin On December 23rd, 2006 at 5:25 pm

Here’s another offering for all you logicians out there from Aileen..now pay attention and see who can work it out first….I’ve just looked at it and had to lie down in a darkened room!!!!

The tiger, the witch and the wardrobe

This is my favourite saint/sinner/mixer puzzle at the moment!
While travelling with her pet tiger, Tatiana the Explorer wandered into the land of Pishta.
Pishta was a land that followed the rules of saints, mixers and sinners. Where saints always tell the truth, sinners always lie and mixers strictly alternate between lies and the truth. (note that being a saint or sinner only relates to the truth or otherwise of what you say. Also for a statement which is two statements with "and" the whole thing is the statement so the whole statement will be false if only one of the sub-statements is)
While Tatiana was in the capital, the prince of Pishta, handsome and aristocratic, noticed her and asked her to marry him. The Queen however, did not want a commoner to marry her son, so she insisted that Tatiana prove herself by passing a test.
The night before the test the Prince confided to Tatiana, "You will be asked to choose between three doors. I will be behind the door furthest to the right. Your tiger and a wardrobe of peasant clothes will be in the other rooms. But be aware that if you choose the door that hides your tiger, your days of exploring will be over. If you choose the peasant clothes you will be forced to work in the castle. Remember my words my dear, for I love you and I promise to make you happy always."
The morning of the test the Queen led Tatiana to a hall with three doors. The Queen said, "For your test, you are to pick one of these three doors. One of these doors hides a fantastic wardrobe of new clothes for you. Behind another is where my son, the Prince, awaits. The third hides a ferocious man-eating animal. To help you make your decision, I have provided six counsellors. Listen to what they say, because they have all been verified to be Saints. The selection of counsellors was easy to make because, after all, there are no Sinners in Pishta."
Tatiana listened to each of the six counsellors:
Counselor A: The prince is not behind the left door. The animal is not in the library.
Counselor B: The wardrobe is not in the library. The animal is not in the kitchen.
Counselor C: The animal is not behind the right door. The prince is not behind the middle door.
Counselor D: The animal is to the right of the library. The prince is to the left of the library.
Counselor E: The wardrobe is behind the door to the left. The door to the left leads to the dining room.
Counselor F: The prince is not behind the right door. The right door does not lead to the kitchen.
Which door should Tatiana choose? ….and show your reasoning!


By ATWadmin On December 23rd, 2006 at 3:54 pm

Delighted to read that a Christian couple have been awarded £10,000 after being questioned by police about their views on homosexuality. Helen and Joe Roberts, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, were questioned after they tried to display Christian literature next to gay rights’ leaflets. The couple had asked for Christian literature to be displayed alongside gay rights’ literature and "were astonished" when Wyre Borough Council refused. During a call to the council to complain Mrs Roberts expressed her religious belief that homosexual practice was morally wrong. That led to the council informing the police, who then sent two officers to the couple’s home to interrogate them on their views. Shame on Wyre Council and well done to Mr and Mrs Roberts!