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HAPPY BIRTHDAY EC!

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

On this day, back in 1954, my all-time favourite singer/songwriter, Elvis Costello, was born. So, Happy Birthday Elvis, and here is the best pop song ever written, brimming with attitude, lyrical genius and oh, yes, you can singalong to it as well!

WHEN NO DEFENCE IS THE ONLY DEFENCE

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 10:00 am

Picture this.

You are a Rail Guard. You are on duty and you see a drunken passenger abuse travellers and threaten staff with a broom at your train station. You see the man jump over a ticket barrier, abuse station staff and illegally light up a cigarette on a waiting train. When one your supervisors tries to persuade this man to leave, he grabs him, threatens to hit another member of staff with a broom and tells a fellow traveller he would punch him. What do you do?

Well, in this case, the Rail Guard confronted the man, who then lunged at him and knocked him to the ground. He got up, dusted himself down, and head-butted the man. Applause all round.

What did his employers do? They sacked him.

Pathetic. Hat-tip to Central News – this is another example of how citizens are discouraged to take direct action against thugs. This Rail Guard SHOULD have got  pay rise, instead he got the sack!

THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 9:48 am

You really should read this excellent article over on The Business which superbly blows apart the nonsense that the likes of David Cameron spouts when he claimed…

 "It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on GDP (gross domestic product), but on GWB – general well-being.”

The reality is this;

"But happiness economics is really little more than an attempt by opponents of economic freedom to bring in state control by the back door. Their doctrine has no proper empirical basis and few worthwhile policies emerge from it. The US Declaration of Independence did not stipulate that government should ensure that everybody was happy; rather, it gave individuals the right to pursue their own happiness in the best way that they themselves saw fit. Hardly perfect, for sure, but the only way we know."

Amen to that!

JUST AN “OLD FASHIONED” UNIONIST!

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 9:30 am

kbloomfield.gifHow interesting. Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, the former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and king of the quangos, who describes himself as "an old fashioned unionist" has stated that Irish unity is "not unthinkable" but that the idea of closer association would also have to be mutually acceptable in practice.

What fascinates me about this is that someone who believes themself to be a Unionist quite happily ponders the end of Unionism. Sir Ken is not alone in what he thinks and this Vichy-thinking is something that will be explored in my forthcoming book on Unionism.  

PEACE BOMBING…

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 8:55 am

Did you see that the IRA’s best friends in the Spanish terror group ETA has celebrated the third month since it officially abandoned it’s "permanent cease-fire" by setting off a large car-bomb outside a military police barracks in the Basque Country this morning, causing widespread damage and injuring two civil guards? PM Zapatero has entirely failed in his efforts to face down these insurrectionists and the pathetic attempt by emulate the Northern Ireland peace process has come to nothing. Presumably ETA are more determined than the IRA, and Spanish politicians less enthusiastic to appease.

THE WALL OF SILENCE

By ATWadmin On August 25th, 2007 at 8:45 am

Do you share the sense of disappointment that police investigating the murder of 11 year old Rhys Jones are experiencing as they try to find the killer of this innocent young boy? It appears that the investigation is being hampered by a wall of silence thrown up by the local community. Police believe the killer may be as young as 13 years, and used a a long-barrelled black handgun to kill young Rhys. What sort of people would shield such a killer? What sort of a local community is this, that would refuse to give up the murderer in its midst? I guess the attached video, made by the "youths" of Croxteth explainsl – feral, out of control and the enemy within. 

Labour jumps back into bed with the MCB

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Via Conservative Home, I read that, just one year after Ruth Kelly, in perhaps the one decent action of an otherwise worthless career, began taking steps towards sidelining the Muslim Council of Britain, her successor as communities secretary, the equally worthless Hazel Blears, has jumped right back into bed with the organisation. Apparently, a meeting between Blears and representatives of the MCB took place on August 8th, indicating that, with Blears replacing Kelly, the MCB is back in favour. That is, assuming that it was ever really out of favour; I would not be at all surprised to learn that the government only ever gave it the cold shoulder in order to maintain the pretence that it is "tough on extremism".

One aspect of the MCB’s behaviour that has earned it particular criticism has been its decision to boycott Holocaust Memorial Day, on the rather spurious grounds that attention should be focused on a wider range of genocides than just the Holocaust. However, to my mind that is perhaps the least of the MCB’s many flaws. A read through the archives of the sadly defunct MCB Watch blog should be sufficient to demonstrate why this organisation is utterly unfit to have any influence over the government. For example, this is an organisation which praised the leader of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, as a "renowned Islamic scholar", and which has also got kind words to say about the Caliphatist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. And, while Iqbal Sacranie, who once expressed the view that death was "too easy" a punishment for Salman Rushdie, no longer leads the MCB, Inayat Bunglawala remains firmly ensconced as the organisation’s media secretary. Bunglawala, who believes the MSM to be "Zionist-controlled", and delights in listing those senior media figures who belong to what he charmingly terms "the Tribe of Judah", once praised Osama Bin Laden as a "freedom fighter", and has also been suspected of sending death threats to Charles Johnson, author of Little Green Footballs (when challenged over this, Bunglawala again blamed those pesky "Zionists").

These, then, are the people who, once again, have the ear of the government. People who peddle conspiracy theories and openly support terrorists. This, dear readers, is what dhimmitude feels like.

LATE NIGHT ATW JUKEBOX!

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Here’s a really soulful song for those with grown up tastes by one of my all-time favourites. Give it a listen, you just can’t go wrong with Nick the knife…

CAMERON TALKS TRIPE

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

cameronST070606_228x429.jpgI’ve read and heard a lot of opinion in recent days as to how Britain should best deal with the tsunami of crime that so afflicts our land, and in particular the gang culture that has been hitting the headlines this past few days, but I have yet to read such patent rubbish as "Call Me Dave" Cameron’s big idea that what we need to defeat gang culture is …… a social covenant. What, you may ask, is a social covenant and how will it deter armed and drugged feral youth? Well, its aboutshops stopping selling alcohol to under-18s and the media, music companies and computer game manufacturers showing "true social responsibility".

What a pile of crap. This is no use at all. We have all the laws we need, we have all the police we need, but as I have said before, we need to have the WILL to take on the criminal class and show them that the rule of law will prevail. That means zero tolerance to any crime on our streets, it means an end to the namby-pamby liberal policing so beloved of our political class, it means a Police Force acting like one, rather than as third rate social workers. Cameron hasn’t got a notion, every time he opens his great big liberal mouth he reminds me why no one with any brains can vote Conservative any longer.

Final point – if Cameron really wants us to defend onE another, let us legally arm ourselves. After all, the criminals are already armed. How about that, Dave?

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX PART 2

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Here’s another selection from a couple of great New Zealand (Not Australian) song-writers in the form of the Finn brothers! It’s a nice almost old-fashioned video with some interesing iconography and its a classic pop song structure. I love the driving organ sound. Hope you like it and g’day from me!