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Mid-week ATW Jukebox

By ATWadmin On August 22nd, 2007 at 12:12 am

It’s supposed to be summertime, yet I have just come back from spending the last four days at a popular east coast resort – the weather was a total wash-out, endless torrential rain and temperatures more like October than August! Never mind….what song can I link to, to make it feel more summery?…….

There’s this little known and under-appreciated US band whose music I love, they remind me in many ways of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and I just wanted to share with you one of the many reasons I like their music. A humorous, cheeky yet energetic song about "sexual politics", this is a song called "I Know What Boys Like" and it’s performed by The Waitresses.

Come December, I shall return to this band and give you another reason to like them – they wrote one of the most poignant Christmas pop songs ever, the beautiful and funky "Christmas Wrapping", which we would probably never have heard of, if it hadn’t been covered by the Spice Girls several years ago.

RIP, Patty Donahue (vocalist), 1956 – 1996.


A Very Great Briton

By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 10:33 pm

"When Churchill attended a lunch for the King of Saudi Arabia, in whose presence both drinking and smoking were prohibited, he pointed out that if it was the religion of his majesty to deprive himself of smoking and alcohol, then his own rule of life prescribed as an absolute sacred right smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and, if need be, during all meals and in the intervals between them."

 – Hugh Massingberd, reviewing Stephen McGinty’s Churchill’s Cigar in the Mail on Sunday.

Riddle Me This

By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 8:24 pm

If prison doesn’t work, if they are so rotten that they all should be closed, if they are good only for encouraging criminals to commit more crime, what makes Learco Chindamo a special case? Coming from a family of wrong’uns, having a history of violent crime and murdering a man by the age of 15, you’d think he’d be set up to graduate with honours from the University of Crime, B Wing. But, mirabile dictu, it seems he was bottom of the class!

Chindamo’s lawyer Nigel Leskin said his client was now a reformed character who was unlikely to offend again. "He was involved in a gang when he was young. He was a kid trying to act up big. He was out of control and he thought he knew everything. He now realises how wrong he was."


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Here’s an interesting one for you to ponder. Ciaran Cuffe of the Green Party in Ireland has demanded that the Irish Police – An Garda Siochana – scrap an allegedly racist rule which bans Sikh officers from wearing a turban on duty. The London-based Metropolitan Police Sikh Association (MPSA) said An Garda Siochana’s uniform policy was 40 years behind the UK and accused it of racial discrimination. Unless the rule is changed Sikhs in Ireland will have no confidence in the gardaí, the group said, Mr Cuffe has written to Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy calling for the ban to be lifted.

I sincerely hope the ban IS maintained and that Conroy does not succumb to the PC convoy! If Sikhs want to serve in the Irish police then they must accept the wearing of the uniform of the Irish Police sand turban because IF the turban is permitted, what will be next – the Niqab? I am sure Sikhs make good police officers but not on any terms!


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 3:01 pm

This makes my blood boil.

“A 81-year-old retired soldier said he may be forced to move house after being beaten up by a gang near his home. Lawrence Harland, who has been decorated by the Queen, said he had been terrorised in recent years by children as young as 12. Mr Harland, who lives in east Belfast, said he was attacked and beaten as recently as Friday on his way from his club. “I got off the bus and I was attacked and kicked to the ground,” he said. The veteran serviceman said he was beaten as he lay on the ground and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.”

What sort of feral youths are out there who would kick this veteran as if he were a lowly dog? Did Mr Harland serve his country so scum brought up by equal low-lifes could do this to him? Where were the police? If caught, what will the penalty be? As has been said elsewhere, we are surrendering control of our streets to the lawless and the elderly like Mr Harland are the ritual sacrifices. It’s a sad business and we need to meekly stop accepting this crap and force our political class and our politicised police to understand that we ALL deserve protection from those who would do us physical harm and THAT will only happen when the scum that did this are put away for a long time in a tough penal system. The parents of such brutal youth also need to be punished by having their Welfare stopped. (I’m guessing that would be an important element of household income here)  


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 11:55 am

What do you make of this story?

"John, from London, was charged with grievous bodily harm after a teenager who had been abusing a woman in a petrol station then squared up to him and threatened to knock him out. John punched the youth and fractured his jaw.  He was charged with GBH, suspended from work, depicted as a thug by lawyers and faced the prospect of jail, but the charge was dropped when CCTV evidence clearly showed the youth, who was eventually convicted of affray, behaving threateningly.

"Much as I would want to help out another person who was being attacked or abused, these situations can quickly escalate into violence," says John. "And even if you don’t get hurt as a result, the police are going to get involved, as are lawyers who are smart enough to make the whole thing a lottery."

Was John right to act as he did in defence of the lady being abused? Is the law an ass? When is it right to take action when thuggery is observed?

I rather admire the actions of John and I think that it is the teenager that was using threatening behaviour who should have had the book thrown at it – not just a few judicious punches. But in the UK, the guilty are always innocent in the eyes of the law.


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 9:22 am

I urge you to have a look at the video below, distributed by the Jihad-supporting Hizb ut-Tahrir. It’s highly polished propaganda and you can see for yourself the global ambitions of these Islamists. Hizt ut-Tahrir is STILL not outlawed in the UK. Why? They are playing our lousy government for a bunch of fools.


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 9:00 am

uda203.jpgI see that Stormont Minister Margaret Ritchie has had secret talks with the terror group UDA representatives, including so-called brigadier Jackie McDonald. The unpublicised discussions followed the SDLP MLA’s ultimatum to the terror group – setting a deadline to decommission arms or seeing a £1.2 million loyalist conflict transformation project withdrawn. Ulster Political Research Group spokesman David Nicholl confirmed the Minister’s face-to-face UDA meetings – on August 10 and 15, and a "brief discussion" with terrorist chief McDonald.
How pathetic is this? Grovelling to the scum in the UDA is no way for any Government Minister to behave but then this is a Government that includes terrorists within its numbers. This is the Government which delights in having a much-loved self-confessed IRA terrorist in the shape of Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister! If McDonald is a member of the illegal UDA, and it appears that he is, why is he not in jail? Why is Ritchie trying to find a compromise in order to get a deal with the UDA? The sheer immorality of our system of Government is once more manifest and yet there is no criticism from the ranks of political Unionism. It too has now become irreparably corrupted.


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 8:48 am

amnesty.gifInteresting development here with regard to the conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and Amnesty International over the abortion issue.

A Roman Catholic Bishop has become the first high-profile Catholic in England to withdraw support for Amnesty International following the organisation’s decision to back abortion as a viable option for women who have been raped. The Rt Rev Michael Evans, Bishop of East Anglia, who had been actively involved in the human rights charity for 31 years, claimed he would be the "first of many" to cancel his membership after leaders voted overwhelmingly in favour of including access to abortion in their definition of human rights. Rev Evans, 55, said he was "very sad" at abandoning his work with the organisation. "There are undoubtedly many Catholics who will now sadly have to withdraw membership," he said. "Bishops, priests and lay people will have to make a very serious decision about their memberships, and I would expect them to make the same decision. "The question of abortion is so central to Catholic opinion that it will make it difficult for Catholics to remain involved. I feel I cannot continue, and I know from people writing to me that others have already done the same. But individuals need to decide for themselves."


I find this very interesting insofar as the Bishop concerned was quite happy to go along with Amesty’s disgraceful bias against Israel, with Amnesty’s support for Jihadists everywhere, with Amnesty’s rabid anti-Americanism, but it was only the decision Amnesty took to support abortion as a viable option for women wo have been raped that pricked his moral conscience. Either way, what do you think? Is the Bishop right and will Roman Catholics withdraw support from AI?


By ATWadmin On August 21st, 2007 at 8:34 am

paisley%20and%20gang.jpgOne of the things that angers me most has been the degree to which many so-called Christians enthusiastically support the placement of IRA terrorists in the Government of Northern Ireland. As I detail in my forthcoming book, this is hardly a big surprise given the nature of the more established churches here,  but I have been very disappointed by the way in which the Church my family attended – the Free Presbyterian Church – has allowed its Moderator, Dr. Paisley, to cavort with the likes of Martin McGuinness without utter condemnation from every pulpit in the FPC. Didn’t happen, so I left. I could not go to a Church with an apostate like Dr Paisley in charge of it. But of course I know that there are many godly Free P’s still around and so I was pleased to see they have a new website – which highlights the disgraceful and immoral behaviour of the appeasers within the Free Church. I say more power to their elbow and I hope will keep the good fight going. My best wishes to all involved.