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By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 12:21 pm

stormont203.jpgJohn Coulter has sent me a copy of his most recent article entitled "If Stormont Fails".  The full version can be found here at the Open Republic Institute. I suggest you go there and give it a read. In essence John argues that Unionism must be clever and not miss the chance to embrace power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA, as otherwise the Assembly will fall and joint authority will cast a dark and looming shadow over this land. What do you think?

John has asked for comments, so I hope he will take mine in the spirit of friendly engagement that they are offered. 

My initial reaction is to define John’s argument as a somewhat more refined version of the unlamented "Vichy Unionism."  It predicates itself on the bogus Bogey Man theory of Northern Ireland politics. Do what I tell you now, or something much worse will come your way. BOO! The "threat" of Joint Authority is a ridiculous construct – about as substantial as a will-of-the-wisp, or Reg Empey’s comb-over. 

It also neatly sidesteps the awful reality that to endorse power-sharing with terrorists is to invalidate the basis for Unionism in the first place! Which other part of the UK welcomes Mafiosa into Government, exactly?

Furthermore, it also avoids the fact that the "New Unionism" of Mr Trimble was comprehensively rejected by the pro-Union electorate and poor old DT is out of a job.

John postulates "revolutionary unionism" – embracing 32 counties. I counter this by stating that what he argues for is de-evolving unionism – a dying swan creed for the defeatists out there.

My sincere hope is that Unionists avoid the Assembly at all costs. Devolution baited with traces of terrorism is toxic – stay away.  Over to you….!


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 11:57 am

I watched "Hearts and Minds" last night and was impressed by DUP MEP Jim Allister’s performance when interviewed by the always challenging and sometimes provocative Noel Thompson. I think Jim articulated a lot of common sense and I can more or less accept the position that HE believes the DUP is holding with regard to the so-called St. Andrew’s Agreement.

Jim spoke carefully, rationally and with great intelligence.  It’s interesting to compare my reaction to Jim’s performance with that of Mick Fealty over at Slugger O’Toole, who suggests that Mr McAllister is totally out of tune with DUP current philosophy on this vexed subject.

So, what does Mick know that Jim Allister doesn’t? Is the DUP MEP a dupe, or is the Slugger editor a dope when it comes to the DUP?


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 11:46 am

This is good…my thanks to the ATW regular who sent me it!Harassment.

In the year 2006, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in England and
said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the
end of all flesh before me.

Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good

He gave Noah the CAD drawings, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark
before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard but no

"Noah!" He roared, "I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?"

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed Building
Regulations Approval. I’ve been arguing with the Fire Brigade about the need for
a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I should have obtained planning
permission for building the Ark in my garden because it is development of the
site even though in my view it is a temporary structure. We had to go to appeal
to the Secretary of State for a decision.

Then the Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs
of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for
the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but
they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree
Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest
set up in order to protect the spotted owl. I tried to convince the
environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA sued me. They insisted that I
was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was
too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a
confined space.

Then the County Council, the Environment Agency and the Rivers Authority ruled
that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact
study on your proposed flood.

I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission
on how many BMEs I’m supposed to hire for my building team.

The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire onfiltered
workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I’m
trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.

So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow
stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you’re
not going to destroy the world?"

"No," said the Lord. "The government beat me to it."

Amen to that!


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 11:29 am

Underneath the initial oddity of this story there lurks a more serious point. Basically, residents of the town of Katy near Houston are using pigs to deter local Islamists from building a Mosque in the locale. The local ROP representatives are determined to build their Mosque anyway, but local residents have a cunning plan

Craig Baker owns pigs. He’s the guy behind the second big yellow sign on Baker Road. That’s the one announcing Friday night pig races. "What does it matter, I can do whatever I want with my land right," asked landowner Craig Baker. Sure can. But aren’t pigs on the property line racing on a Friday night a little offensive to a Muslim neighbor?  "The meat of a pig is prohibited in the religion of Islam," said Katy Islamic Association member Youssof Allam. "It’s looked upon as a dirty creature." Yeah, there’s that and also that Friday night is a Muslim holy day. "That is definitely a slap in the face," said Allam..


Now before you go thinking Craig Baker is unfair, or full of hate, or somehow racist, hear him out. Baker has long roots here. His family named the road and when the new neighbors moved in, he tells us, they asked him to move out. "Basically that I should package up my family and my business and find a place elsewhere," said Baker. "That’s ridiculous, they just bought the place one week prior and he’s telling me I should think about leaving."


Don’t know about you, but I’m sure hoping Mr Baker can bring home the bacon on this one!


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 11:13 am

question203.jpgDid anyone watch "Question Time" from Belfast last evening?


Naturally the BBC were keen to invite self-confessed IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness onto the panel so he could give stomach-churning lectures on "human rights" and "equality". He also kept reminding the UK audience that "he" represented the community that had been victimised and oppressed. Suffice to say none of the fellow panelists had the cajones to remind him that in reality what he represented was the scum that had spend decades murdering, maiming and terrorising anyone with whom they differed.

Next up, we had the truly nauseating Peter Hain. This man oozes insincerity through every pore of his being and his insufferable combination of patronising arrogance and pious self righteousness ensured he ran Fisherman McGuinness – his political soul-mate – a close second in the repulsiveness stakes.

Then we had Jeffrey Donaldson. He made a few good points, but seemed confused about the "gay rights" issue, and was rather bland on some topics. He spoke well on Iraq though.  

The Ulster Unionists obviously had no-one to put up – so Lord Trimble made a re-appearance from the political graveyard. He was pretty hopeless, full of "I told you so".

Mark Durkan takes the concept of inanity to a whole new level. His smirking self-satisfaction contrasts oddly with his Party’s rejection by the nationalist electorate at the polls.

The audience were very poor – but then I expect from Question Time. Quite a few familiar faces were present, with the local Political Parties having their plants in the audience.  It always depresses me the way NI editions of QT fail to rise above parochial concerns and properly address broader international issues with insight and wit. 


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 9:26 am

Can’t say that I am surprised to read that Keith Ellison, the first member of the US Congress to be a Muslim, has made it clear he will take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. I agree with Dennis Prager that he should NOT be allowed to do so – because the very act Ellison contemplates undermines American civilization.

Consider this. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book. This is indeed multiculti triumphalism and America should not permit it. Jews and Securalists have taken their oaths on the Bible, showing their respect to the American tradition. Of course Islam holds NO such respect and Ellison is merely a trojan horse from which the ROP can demonstrate that its will can prevail – even at the home of the Great Satan.  By bowing the knee to the Muslim supremacy Ellison represents, the US builds up even greater troubles for itself. There is no reason to make an exception for Keith Ellison – unless we are so scared of what the Religion of Peace might do were its first Congressman confronted rather than accommodated!


By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006 at 8:48 am

Worried about traffic congestion?   RAISE TAXES.

Worried about Global Warming? RAISE TAXES.

Worried about meeting European water standards? RAISE TAXES

Worried about a failing National Health Service? RAISE TAXES.

When it comes to Big Government,  EVERY problem has the same solution. RAISE TAXES. That’s why politicians can be so very dangerous, and why small limited Government is so necessary.

If we continue to casually accept the pathetic excuses for punitive taxation offered up by the political class, then they will figure that they can steal our money with impunity. Better still, they will realise we have become a nation of SEDATED serfs, happily handing over our hard-earned cash in exchange for their empty promises, bread and reality-TV circuses.


By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 6:56 pm

It’s here.  It’s real.  And it’s operating in our country.  An investigation by the Daily Express has revealed that secret courts meting out Islamic sharia law are now fully functional in the United Kingdom.  According to the report, it first emerged that Muslims (who else!?) were operating their own judicial customs; with legal experts blaming this Labour government (again, who else!?) for effectively turning a blind eye to the establishment of these mediaeval forms of punishment.

A Somalian (what the bloody hell are they doing here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?  Oh I forgot, they are ‘enriching the British ethnic tapestry with their skills and contribution to the economy’.  So sayeth the book of Leftist Pro-immigration Propaganda for Beginners) youth worker gives an account of just such a sharia trial which took place in Woolwich, south east London.  The form of hearing coupled with the recompense was, according to this come-over, more in line with standards of legal practice in full swing on Africa’s horn.  He concludes his witness statement by saying:

‘Somalis, wherever we live in the world, have our own law.’

My goodness, aren’t these Somalis a real boon to our society?  When they are not murdering police officers outside Bradford travel agencies they are engaging in a bit of Muslim-heavy justice in suburbia beside the Thames.  What is more, they do so with the apparent acknowledgement of our weak and spineless authorities who long ago foresook the principles which underpin societal and constitutional stability by pandering to elements who most hate this country and what it stands for.

A remedy should centre on absolute zero tolerance (the American version, not this pusillanimous garbage we have here, which insults the very concept) of sharia law, and indeed other forms of Muslim defiance in our country.  We do not have a perfect system – far from it.  What we do have is a system everybody had to accept – begrudgingly or otherwise.  Heavy penalties need to be enforced for anyone practising sharia law here.  Will those with power have the sense to use it?


By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 6:47 pm

We all know that the Fatah movement are the "voices of moderation" in Palestine society. How do we know this? Well, voices ranging from Blair, to Rice, to Bush, to the EU and even the UN. Hamas have a bit of an image problem with their open declaration of genocide against the Jewish State, but Fatah are the saner more reasoned people. 

So, Fatah really are MODERATE. Got that?

Now let’s reflect on the words of  the Secretary of Fatah in Gaza, Ahmed Hales Abu Maher, who has charmingly expressed pride on Palestinian TV that the Fatah "gives daily examples" that the world has "imitated," from the participation of children in combat to the widespread use of suicide terror, all of which started with the Fatah-PLO. The following is the statement on PA TV: Ahmed Hales Abu Maher, Secretary of Fatah in Gaza

“Oh warrior brothers, this is a nation that will never be broken, it is a revolution that will never be defeated. This is a nation that gives an example every day that is imitated across the world. We gave the world the children of the RPG [Rocket Propelled Grenades], we gave the world the children stone [-throwers], and we gave the world the male and female Martyrdom-Seekers [suicide bombers)


Give these people a State?

end of the woad

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 5:32 pm

“Look at Britain today and you see a blighted land, its atomised culture diluted by outside influences, its people resentful and divided. But who would blame a whipped dog for howling? The fact is, these islands are suffering from a collective trauma, harboured for two millennia.

The Roman invasion of Britain left an open wound that cries out to be healed. Our Latin conquerors benefited enormously from enslaving us, and that has got to be put right. Italy’s government must apologise and make reparations”

The First Post has put its grievances to the Italian Embassy

 ‘and asked what its government intends by way of compensation. In a pattern established over 1,500 years ago, they have not deigned to reply. Well, we warn them now: we are reaching the end of the woad’. .(..hat tip Harrys Place)

If only! And to add to this comedy I gather that in a debate on somesuch issues on equality in the Commons today an MP suggested Blair apologise to all women for what Henry VIII did to his wives. It was on the BBC earlier but I cant find the link. With that double whammy on the compensation front I would finally have made it out of the clutches of a landlord and onto the property ladder. Oh well…. Back to the ‘rollover’. *Sigh*