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By David Vance On August 20th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I have to say that I REALLY wish we had fewer laws, better enforced. This latest idea is lunatic

“A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers. Home Secretary Theresa May is consulting on creating the offence in England and Wales as part of attempts to improve police performance. Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour – but it does not explicitly apply to relationships. Earlier this year Mrs May ordered chief constables to come up with domestic abuse action plans by September.”

The issue here is precisely WHAT constitutes abuse? Does an affair, for example, that causes deep distress to one partner and harms they well-being constitute a  CRIMINAL offence? Does one partner expressing strong views on home decor constitute a CRIMINAL offence? Where does this start and where does this end? The term “domestic abuse” is vague and this can open a pandoras box of legal claims whilst achieving little of value. Anyone who DOES cause physical harm can be dealt with under many existing laws. Those who cause mental pain do also have recourse to the courts so this new law is pointless.



By David Vance On August 20th, 2014 at 5:33 pm


So, Islamists cut the head off another American journalist – this time James Foley.

The White House has confirmed that a jihadist video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley is authentic. The Islamic State (IS) group released the video on Tuesday, saying Foley’s killing was revenge for US air strikes on its fighters in Iraq. The US, UK and France have expressed abhorrence at the video. Foley’s mother Diane said he “gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.” President Barack Obama is due to give a statement later.

I have a few points to make;

1. WHY is anyone surprised at this? Time after time Islamic extremists demonstrate their savagery. They keep saying how they love death and yet some call them the religion of peace.

2. IS claim to have ANOTHER US journalist in captivity. Steven Sotloff has been threatened with the same fate UNLESS Obama changes his tact. What will he do now?

3. Prevarication has allowed IS to grow. The US attacks them (finally) and in a limited way in Iraq but the US stands back and lets them prosper in Syria. There is no strategy – just reacting.

It is hard to conceive what sort of person could cut the head of a fellow human being BUT those who do this betray their lack of humanity and as such have no place on this Planet. IS need confronted everywhere and pulverised. Talking won’t do it, diplomacy has no role, only massive high power military might can destroy them.

The two faces of Bowe

By Mike Cunningham On August 20th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

aboweBowe Bergdahl. Remember him? He’s either the soldier who was detained by the Afghanistan Taliban, suffering through almost five years of captivity before being released; or he’s the deserter/traitor who both supplied detailed information on his own camps and compatriot soldiers which gave Taliban attackers a distinct edge, as well as snuggling up to a smiling senior Taliban who seemingly ‘befriended’ him. Remember his folks, who had to be dragged off the White House pathway, because the ‘Dad’ wouldn’t shut the ***k up about his wonderful creepy son, and of course  some bloke named ‘allah’

Well, it seems he wants to move on with his life, and go to college.

Just imagine his choice of courses at the enrolment:-

How to keep a straight face whilst lying through your teeth.

The benefits of a Koran-dominated education system (only male students need apply)

The benefits of memorising the whole of the Koran, to the exclusion of everything else in literature, in the arts, and of course in forgetting that you were born a free American.

The wisdom of attempting to apply Sharia Law within either the US Army, or the United States, (students must be prepared to give living examples)



By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Then throw away your iPhone….



By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I am sure that we all are sickened by the violence on the American street in recent days. The terrible loss of innocent life and the violence. I am talking about….yes, CHICAGO. 

Seven people lose their lives in shootings — probably black people murdered by…black gangs. What drives this savage violence I wonder and why does the media seem a tad disinterested?

I notice Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been so busy accusing WHITE America of being racist in Ferguson, blaming slavery as a prime cause, that they have not been able to comment on the corrupt gang culture that defaces this and many other US cities.  A few hard facts for the race hustlers out there;

“In New York from January to June 2008, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black, according to witnesses and victims, though blacks were only 24 percent of the population. Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of all gun assailants. Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in the Big Apple were the work of black or Hispanic criminals.’

“FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. Not one case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study.”

If interracial crime is the ugliest manifestation of racism, what does this tell us about where racism resides — in America?

The Ferguson meme from a UK perspective as channeled by the likes of the rancid BBC, is that Michael Brown was a harmless and innocent black man brutally murdered by white cops. All the predictable Race Hustlers from Jackson to Sharpton to Armah have been allowed to trot out their bile on the media without ANY balance, any pause for considering the facts.  Why do some black people in Ferguson feel the need…to riot, to loot and to try and kill Police Officers? In what way does this deal with anything, other than betray a perplexing resort to violence. Speaking on Sunday, Sharpton said that Ferguson was about “liberation” … like this…



By David Vance On August 19th, 2014 at 7:00 am


The sun rises fresh each morning and so do I. So does hope. Early morning is my favourite time of the day, love the silence before the cacophony of the day.

I’ve taken a break to think about things. Sometimes you only get perspective in going away.

There are a number of things I want to say to you.

I wanted to thank all those who took the time to email me. I have read everything that you said. I have also read every comment in the Changes post. I then thought about what to do next.

I run two very busy blogs, this one and Biased BBC. I have a very active social network account on Twitter. I have frequent media appearances to prepare for and this is a little of what I do in my spare time.

These public platforms afford me the opportunity to write and talk about things that interest me. I remain fascinated by what goes on in this world, almost like a child. The daily news does interest me, full of little jewels. The joy lies in the writing and in the sharing of views with others.

No one has to agree with me but – and this is my caveat – they do have to be agreeable as judged by me on MY space, on MY site.  Now some here find me hypocritical. Fair enough, I have never said I am perfect nor that I am out to achieve balance, or even fairness. I am out to put forward my views and that is as far as it goes.

Inevitably I attract my critics. Some of them are – literally – deranged and they spend most of their time spewing poison my way I have no desire to go into details. I am not talking of ANY of the ATW regulars but trust me there are some crazed people out there. Do reflect on that and what it may mean for someone like me.

On the ATW specifics, I want to say the following. Many of you have posted comments that reassure me in recent days. I can see your maturity and the understanding of how I really hate the name calling and rows in the comment threads. A few of you demonstrated why I sometimes feel low but that is to be expected. But the truth is this; I took up the cudgels of political commentary many years ago now and it has become something of a life’s work for me. I won’t be stopped; I won’t be deflected and I sure as hell will keep on going until the breath finally leaves me. I want you to comment but to do so politely and with respect for others AND yourself. If you don’t like this or find it overbearing then you know how to exit.

I have read various suggestions made and thank you for them. But the plan is simple. I will keep an eye on things and would ask that you make me aware, via email, of anything that seems wrong. I am libertarian in my approach but if someone behaves badly, I will ban. I will not make exceptions. Look upon it as my inner totalitarian.

ATW welcomes all views, no matter how contrary they are. I do not seek to censor. However ATW does not welcome offensive people, it does not welcome juvenile in-fighting.

Look upon this as a new dawn, not a false one. I will return to comment on news stories. I want to thank everyone who does come here and I extend a warm welcome to anyone thinking of coming BACK here. ATW is open for business.


By Pete Moore On August 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Carrying out beheadings and other extreme acts is unthinkable for most people, but the right cocktail of factors can make anyone an extremist, says neuroscientist Prof Ian Robertson

I’d have thought this is pretty obvious. I’ve said in here before that if I’d been born in NI I might have gone that way. I don’t mean that I’d have been a different person and therefore of a different mind either. There’s not the slightest chance of me initiating violence against someone, or of attacking innocents for a political cause, but even as I am now, I think that the younger me, if born elsewhere, would easily have been capable of picking up a gun and doing terrible things. That’s not to excuse terrible acts, and I wouldn’t today excuse myself my younger self.

This isn’t a great admission. Within a few years the Germans went from being as sophisticated, intellectually and culturally, as any people, to terrorising a continent. But it’s not as if the goosesteppers and headchoppers are the only extremists. The transatlantic War Party is still popular, and by any (classical) liberal measure it’s extreme. Clearly we need to be on guard first and always to ourselves.

What now?

By The Troll On August 18th, 2014 at 2:56 am

We await the word of the master of the house.  What will be the fate of our home?  The bickering of the children has taken it’s toll, and we wait for judgement. Sitting on death row for our crimes.  Shall it be the noose, or a reprieve, the hand of the executioner or a letter from the Governor?

Some may not feel this way, but the depression that I feel I know is shared. By me, David, and several others.  I feel an oppressive weight hanging overhead. I have to write something.

This site has been my home for a long time. I have seen it in many incarnations, populated by many characters. Some loved, some hated. An eclectic  gathering of scholars, wonks, politicians, lawyers(god help us), businessmen, doctors, engineers, drunkards, anarchists, and housewives.  All however have been part of a grand tapestry that I love. A reflection of life filled with the richness of passion, love, envy, desire, anger, and hope.  All the fragrances that make life worth living.

Maybe it is to much a reflection of the world. The world is at war, and so are we.  I like to believe that there is still Hope in the world. So I cling to hope for us.

There will be no comments on this thread. Not to be the Bastard that I am, but because I hope we will all reflect on this living work of Art and how it has been a part of each of our lives. I hope it remains so.

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In the good old days, this was what Africa was, and still is, famous for!

By Mike Cunningham On August 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

So how do you combat an outbreak of a virus which is virtually unstoppable?

Well, if you are in Africa:-

Three Liberian patients received ZMapp on Friday, according to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, a Liberian assistant minister of health and social welfare. The patients signed consent forms stating that they understood the risks of the untested drug, and waived liability for any adverse effects.

The doses had been flown into Liberia after appeals from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to President Obama and senior American officials. Its arrival last week lifted morale and “raised the hope of everybody,” Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf said. The situation, however, was volatile. On Saturday afternoon, several hundred people in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum broke through the gates of a former school that had been converted days earlier into a holding center for people with suspected Ebola.

Samuel Tarplah, 48, a nurse running the center, said Saturday evening that the protesters wanted to shut it down. “They told us that we don’t want an Ebola holding center in our community.” He said the intruders stole mattresses, personal protective equipment, even buckets of chlorine that had just been delivered. “They took everything.”


Yep, the very place where the ‘experts’ hoped to contain the sick and the dying was trashed and ransacked.

Modern Africa…………..Just like the old Africa!

Update comment!

‘in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum’ which is really difficult to distinguish from all the other slums!


Not everyone in Ferguson is crazy

By The Troll On August 17th, 2014 at 12:18 am

A man who was protesting today after looting broke out last night again in Ferguson is getting a glimpse of reality.

Now I don’t know if the killing of the man in Ferguson by the Cops was justified or not. No one except the 4 people involved really know.  What I do know is when you spend seven days attacking the Cops the reaction they witnessed last night was always a possibility.

Rioting broke out again, the store that the man had “allegedly” robbed before being killed was looted and destroyed. The Cops stood and watched.  They dared not intervene.

If the Police are afraid to react to preserve the peace, who will stop the Animals from getting YOU?

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