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By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:59 am

Consider this.

Killing a teacher is no problem as long as they have received a warning and a solid beating, but taking a beardless boy into your private quarters or spending money without your commander’s permission is likely to cause big trouble. These are just three of the 30 rules the Taleban ruling council have insisted their fighters follow in Afghanistan. (Bizarrely, they also demand that their Jihadi refrain from smoking….1-0 to the health fascists!)

And just so you are clear on the matter, Kim Howells, the UK Minister of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs, favours negotiations with Taliban supporters.


"We’ve got to open those back channels and talk to people and try to win them over through the logic and the force of our arguments."


Win over people who consider murdering teachers to be fair game? Good luck with that one Kim.

Hat-tip to the eagle-eyed ATW reader for the story. 


By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:10 am

saeed.jpgDid you see that one of Scotland’s most prominent "moderate" Muslims has compared the treatment of Muslims in Britain to that of Jews in Nazi Germany? 

Osama Saeed has compared the “sustained barrage of verbal abuse being aimed at Muslims” in Britain today to the state-sponsored persecution of Jews in prewar Germany. Saeed is the Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain and a former Scottish National Party candidate. “Hitler was a product of German society, where anti-Semitic attitudes had existed unchecked for decades. We have got to listen and learn from what happened there and be vigilant,” Saeed said.

Erm, did the Jews in prewar Germany conduct barbaric suicide bombing attacks on civilians? Did a large % of Jews demand that Germany accept the Halakhah? Did the Jews in Germany demand the decapitation of anyone who took issue with their faith? I don’t think so. Once again we witness an attempt by a prominent Muslim in Britain to claim victim status, even as we count the increasing victims of Islamic terrorism all around the world.


By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:03 am

poledancing_bbc203.jpgWhat do you make of the news that a Northumberland fitness instructor has defended plans to teach children as young as 12 how to pole dance?

Laraine Riddell will start classes in the New Year at a gym in Choppington, in which boys and girls will be taught to spin up and down on a pole. Ms Riddell insists the classes are nothing but good exercise for children who are at risk of obesity. But the children’s charity Kidscape, said pole dancing was traditionally linked to erotic acts in clubs and was therefore inappropriate as a form of exercise.

The last time I posted on the inappropriate use of Pole Dancing, a lady who teaches such dancing put up a pretty decent defence of the practise as a form of exercise, without the sexual overtones. I can almost buy that as far as adults are concerned but NOT when it comes to 12 year olds. This initiative should be knocked on the head, it’s unhealthy and Kidscape call it right.


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Oh dear! The amount of Irish energy-related carbon waste released into the atmosphere last year was up more than 50% on the 1990 level, according to new figures out today.

Sustainable Energy Ireland says energy use in Ireland resulted in 47 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2005. This was the highest level since 2001 and is being blamed on the growing demand for energy, coupled with the increased use of coal and peat in electricity generation.

Given some of the pious bleatings about the onerous obligations of everyone to sign up to "Kyoto" from Ahern and co, isn’t this an example of gross Irish political hypocrisy? I’m sure many ordinary Irish people are much more sensible about this issue than the attention-heading politicos, but then again, the brass neck of those like Ahern never ceases to amaze.


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:44 am

795151-533392-thumbnail.jpgThe Times reports that Conservative popularity at the polls has fallen to its lowest point since April, with the UK Independence Party being the primary beneficiary of switching Conservative voters. Not surprisingly really. The entire Cameron strategy is about triangulating via the MSM and gaining left of centre votes by appearing to abandon traditional Conservative policies. The cynical calculation at the heart of Call Me Dave’s strategy is that true blue Tories will still turn out and vote for his Party, regardless. BIG mistake in my view! It seems to me that virtually every traditional Conservative I know is so horrified by Cameron’s liberal agenda that they will happily lend their vote to the likes f the UKIP or not vote at all. Choosing a photogenic leader whose political principles last no longer than a Marks and Spencer sandwich was a very poor judgement call, egged on by the MSM who HATE Conservatism.


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:25 am

It’s the end of the world as we know it folks! 

Today’s global warming scare story is that the Arctic "may" be close to a tipping point that sees all-year-round ice disappear very rapidly in the next few decades, some US scientists have warned.  The latest data presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting suggests the ice is no longer showing a robust recovery from the summer melt. Last month, the sea that was frozen covered an area that was two million sq km less than the historical average. The sea ice reached its minimum extent this year on 14 September, making 2006 the fourth lowest on record in 29 years of satellite record-keeping and just shy of the all time minimum of 2005.

Wow – the lowest in 29 years. But hang on a second, this little bout of msm hysteria is all based on SATELLITE imagery. Er, you see the problem, don’t you?

Satellite observations from the late ’70’s show a decrease in the total area of the Arctic ice cap — but area alone doesn’t mean anything. It’s the VOLUME of ice that matters, and to figure that out, scientists need to know how thick the ice is. American submarines have made measurements of ice thickness since 1958, but to be useful these measurements have to be made at exactly the same place, at exactly the same time of year, over a period of many years. At best, there are only 29 locations — throughout the entire Arctic — where useful comparisons can be made. These few locations are the whole basis for the claim that the ice caps are melting.

According to Greg Holloway, a scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences in British Columbia, the total Arctic ice loss is closer to 12 percent, of which maybe 3 percent can be attributed to warmer global temperatures. His conclusion: This small reduction is well within the range of natural variability and may have nothing to do with global warming. Odd how the media don’t run stories flagging up the notion that the polar cap may be doing just fine, isn’t it?

Global Warming Threatens The Galaxy! Run For Your Lives!

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:15 am

Yet another random example of how the media works hand-in-hand with the global warming lobby, by taking a completely evidence-free piece of speculation and seeking to present it to us as fait accompli.

"EMISSIONS ‘SHRINKING’ OUTER SPACE"!! (Sounds like a good theme for an episode of ‘Dr Who’, doesn’t it?  The Doctor:  "Oh no! This can only mean one thing, Rose! The carbon emissions from planet Earth are posing a far greater threat than even I had foreseen".    Rose: "You mean?….No, you can’t mean…"  The Doctor: "I’m afraid so, Rose. All life is threatened by your human activity".  Rose: "ALL life on Earth?"    The Doctor: "It’s worse than that, Rose – all life in the entire universe!" )

"Carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming are cooling and shrinking the outermost atmosphere where the international space station and other satellites orbit." – Get that? The crucial word in that opening sentence is "are". The emissions ARE having this affect. QED. Not "a scientist has tapped some numbers into a computer model, the resulting output of which predicts such-and-such an effect". Oh no. You have to read onwards to paragraph four before you realise that that (the latter) is all this report is saying. The crucial words in that paragraph have mysteriously become "estimated" and "could".

I’m not saying that the article is a complete distortion from start to finish – but as with so many of these news articles on global warming, the emphasis is adjusted. The headlines and opening paragraph scream "We’re doomed, doomed!" while the facts, when included at all, are tucked away in the small print. I think that the truth about global warming is probably far closer to: "We’re doomed – well, maybe we’re a little bit doomed, sort of. Perhaps. In ten thousand years or more. Or less. Or maybe not at all…"



By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:13 am

Hey, did you see that the world’s top Holocaust deniers have assembled in …where else…Tehran, hosted by the genial wannabe dining companion of the 12th Imam, Iranian President Wacko Ahmadinejad.  

aush.gifThe 67 participants from 30 countries included former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust skeptics who have been prosecuted in Europe for questioning whether 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis or whether gas chambers were ever used.  "The number of victims at the Auschwitz concentration camp could be about 2,007," Australian Frederick Toben told the conference, according to a Farsi translation of his remarks. "The railroad to the camp did not have enough capacity to transfer large numbers of Jews," said Toben, who was jailed in 1999 in Germany for casting doubt on the Holocaust.

I can understand Iran’s reluctance to accept the Holocaust happened. After all, it’s keen to ensure that when it’s very own special plan to "wipe Israel off the map" comes to pass, it gets ALL the credit for exterminating those bad Jews.

By the way – just remember that the demented bozos who organised this hate-fest are the same guys that James Baker and his pals believe can bring "stability" to the Middle East! Such wise men, eh?


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:04 am

Interesting to read that the UK Sports Minister Richard reckons that sports people should not be banned for using "social" drugs. Mr Caborn told MPs that the key anti-doping issue in sport was whether drugs enhanced performance or not.

Isn’t it fascinating to glimpse the sheer moral vacuum that lies at the heart of the Government? Poor Caborn evidently believes that "Recreational Drug Taking" can be looked upon as something very different from "performance enhancement drug taking." I don’t. Athletes who are found to take illegal drugs of ANY sort  should be banned. I suspect that professional sports in general is awash with illegal drugs, but that is not a reason for the Sports Minister to give it an unofficial thumbs up.  


By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 7:52 am

Two cheers for the Conservative Party for having the guts to produce a report which argues that unmarried parents are more likely to separate than their married counterparts with devastating social effects, including higher rates of offending and drug abuse and poorer school results. Cameron has said that a future Conservative Government would restore the tax incentives once wisely put in place to encourage marriage, though I believe he considers gay marriage to be equally worthy of financial support, which it clearly is not.

Iain Duncan Smith, one of the authors of the report, makes it clear that his group had discovered that 50 per cent of unmarried parents, who he described as the "biggest rising group in child-rearing", split up before their child was five. "We do know that children from a broken home, particularly in these difficult poverty-stricken areas, are something like 75 per cent more likely to fail in education and that leads to problems with drug addiction and failure and dependency," he said.

Supporting heterosexual marriage is one of the most sensible things any Government could do. Labour has done everything possible to undermine it, with predictable societal consequences.