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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:54:19 PM »
Sweet Jesus i just read this on bbc  :-\

Shortly after the shooting began in the town of about 13,000 residents, a man carrying an American flag, wearing a Trump hat, and carrying a pistol on his hip approached news cameras.

The man, who did not give his name, said his goal was to "get to the school. Make America great again."

Another man then told reporters "we need prayers".

"This idiot is walking down the street with a damned pistol on his side where we just had kids get shot," he said referring to the other man

General discussion / Re: The Palestine thread
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:35:16 PM »
Seeing as the moderators have gone all authoritarian. I'll put my comment another way. The greatest weapon Israel posses is not the nukes at the Dimona plant but United states congress.

Yeah, that's not what you said at all though, is it?
What was said?

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:15:32 PM »
Arlene is insane. She wants to leave the customs union and she won't talk to Corbyn. Don't unionists need things like money?

Maybe they're going to try the "eat the fleg" approach.
Well they have certainly been trying to ram it down peoples throats!

General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:54:50 AM »
As I was watching it, I was thinking "Would you ever see a Mourinho team concede 6 goals in a situation like that?".  Then I thought "Would you ever see a Mourinho team score 7 goals to be 7-4 up on aggregate after 170 odd minutes of a two leg tie?"

A machine that could combine Mourinho and Klopp would produce some manager.

He was called Fergie

Different times though. For the majority of Ferguson’s tenure he was the richest kid in the playground. He had to compete with arsenal on a regular basis and the occasional good Liverpool/ Newcastle etc team but very  ::)little else until Abramovich appeared on the scene. City appeared towards the end of his reign. The tide had turned before he quit, his last title was one of his best achievements in my book.

 What I admired about his teams was the “go for the jugular” approach where they generally tried to kill teams off. You very rarely saw them sitting back the way Liverpool did last night or Mourinho does every game.

He had money but mostly spent it wisely but so often had to balance the books especially in the summer of 95 and then again when the Glazers arrived. There isn't a great deal between what United spent from the late 80's for the next 20 years and what Liverpool spent, the difference was they wasted it. I wanted rid of Fergie in 05, thought he'd lost it and was spending too much time away from club/changing ground,  then performed miracles in the transfer market bringing in Van Der Sar, Vidic & Evra for very little; Within 18 months United had become the best team in Europe, it was a turnaround I didn't see coming.
::) ;D  Jesus Ive heard it all!

General discussion / Re: Alcohol - Minimum price per unit
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:23:35 PM »
One good thing about the states is the coffee culture. Caffeine might not be the healthiest thing to ingest but it's a lot easier to deal with than alcohol. Coffee shops here provide a good place to mingle without feeling pressured to buy an alcoholic drink.

Did I ever tell you about the time I was at a GAA meeting one time in Boston? I was having lunch at the bar in Canton and I got a glass of wine to go with it. The lads showed up and asked me what it was. I told them and before I knew it there was another one sitting there. I told them I didn't want it, one was enough for me, and everybody (including the barman) laughed like I was joking. When they saw I was serious and didn't touch the second glass they asked me what I drink besides wine. I told them G&T, but don't be buying me any. They tried to order one and I had to intervene and tell the barman not to pour it.

There's times when I've been at an Irish function and they'll ask me what I want to drink. If I've already had a drink I'll say "soda water." They say "Och I'm not asking for soda water! What do you want?!" I had to force the issue and demand they respect my wishes.

The peer pressure to drink can be fierce

Peer pressure is a terrible thing. My father didn't start drinking until he was 35 or 36. Then he went daft. If he had money he was always forcing people to take drink. He wouldn't take no for an answer. When my mother found out I was drinking she asked me specifically not to force other people to take drink. If someone says "no" when I ask them they don't get asked again.

I was late to the drinking game, in fact I was probably in my early thirties when I started to drink red wine. Marriage will do that to you  ;D

I'd the peer pressure thing for a while, but never from my mates, usually when someone else was in our company they'd start the Mrs Doyle thing until they got the message. One questioned my manliness one night because I didn't drink, but he was put straight with a manly left hand to the kisser which put that argument to bed with him.
But by god there's only so much Coke and shite you can drink on a night out.
I don't have an issue even today going out and not drinking, it doesn't bother me whereas others I know couldn't.
I was developing my social skills when the rest were in such a state they couldn't bite their own fingers. I never got the enjoyment side of that type of drinking and still don't.

I've worked with Germans, French lads who like a drink, but they struggled with our attitude to it where we drink to oblivion and by and large become arseholes. It's more a relaxed social thing in a lot of other European countries.
Probably best you don't drink then, God knows how violent you could get  :)

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: April 30, 2018, 12:23:07 PM »
She really is thick.  Apparently Barnier is crapping himself.

Arlene Foster hits out at Michel Barnier over Irish border

The leader of the DUP has said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator “does not understand” the unionist history or position in Northern Ireland.  Speaking just hours before Michel Barnier is due to talk at an all-Ireland civic dialogue conference on Brexit, Arlene Foster said that he pretended to understand the issues but was “not an honest broker”.   “Michel Barnier’s trying to present himself as someone who cares deeply about Northern Ireland and if that is the case he needs to hear the fact that we are part of the United Kingdom [and] will remain part of the United Kingdom constitutionally, politically and economically,” she told the BBC.

“Therefore his proposal of us being in an all-Ireland regulatory scenario with a border down the Irish Sea simply does not work. I don’t think he does understand the wider unionist culture of Northern Ireland,” she added.  The DUP is strongly opposed to the agreement made in December, , in which Northern Ireland will remain fully aligned with the EU and the Republic of Ireland in the event that there is no overall deal to keep the Irish border invisible.   The DUP is propping up Theresa May’s government but last week DUP MP Nigel Dodds said it was prepared to let the government collapse over the issue. However, the EU and the Irish government are holding firm.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, has warned that there would be “difficulties” at the next EU council summit in June in progressing to wider Brexit talks unless the UK commits to wording for a “backstop” solution for the Irish border.   Barnier has also warned there would be no withdrawal agreement and no transition agreement if Britain does not agree to wording for the backstop solution by June.   Irish and EU negotiators are getting increasingly exasperated by what they see as Britain’s refusal to move forward on talks on the Irish border issue before the June deadline. “The British government has red lines all over the place and expects the EU to accommodate them. We have red lines, so does the EU, but nobody seems to focus on that,” said Coveney.   “It is not OK for the British government to rule out a whole series of options and then pretend that somebody, somewhere is going to find a solution to find a way forward. The next move is Britain’s in the negotiations,” he said.
She doesn't understand the care what economic damage a customs union exit will do to NI.
Fixed that for you

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:42:56 PM »
Who's the daddy?

And in Tom Daley's case... Who's the mummy?

What a fcuked up world we inhabit.
You're right, why couldnt things just stay the way they are?  Everyone would be better for it.

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: April 23, 2018, 10:58:52 AM »
Whatever about SDLP,  FG FF etc isn't it time SF in particular started telling people what way they see the new All Ireland set up.
Wouldn't have to be in detail -just a broad outline.
It would certainly be better than chanting the "Border poll now" mantra.
Actually Mary Lou in that programme said that in the event of a UI everything was up for discussion and that Unionists had to feel welcome (paraphrasing). This is a refreshing change, coupled with what I thought was an excellent contribution from Colm Eastwood. Stalford deserves some credit as well for his approach.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2017/18
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:14:10 AM »
Agree.  But equally it's a joke he didn't win it if that's the rule.  If the criteria is anyone who is 23 at the start of the season is eligible, and it's best performing player from that group wins it, then Kane surely was a shoe in???.  They made a mockery of their own rules.  Definitely should be lowered to 21.

General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread aka Déjà vu
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:03:37 PM »
Brendan Rodgers would be a good fit in my opinion.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:22:08 AM »
Cannot believe FF are still a force in the Republic after nearly sinking the country a few years back. Jaysus, people have short memories. I know the SDLP are in dire straits, but to hitch their wagon to that shower of corrupt clowns shows how bad things are for wee Colum. Saying that, McCrossan would fit right in with FF, the snivelling little shit

When it comes to politics, people have short memories. Thatcher and her Tory's wreck the place, then the Brits couldn't get them back quick enough.
People have short memories. The Provos plant bombs ,murder innocent men women and children, disappear so called informers on the instruction of the worst informer of all in a hierarchy riddled with informers and still people will vote for their political wing. It isn't only FF have a history.

You're right. Freedom for 26 of the 32 counties was won by asking those awfully nice British chaps if they would mind awfully f**king off ... hypocrisy seeps out of almost everything you post, ya clown  ::)

Put those goalposts back where you got them. We're not talking about the war of independence.
Ah come on, you’re bringing up stuff from ages ago.
I see what you did there! :)

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:46:22 PM »
It's interesting times certainly. A lot of Republicans are hanging their hope on 50%+1 catholic majority. Unfortunately that ain't going to work. Any new Ireland will have to be all encompassing, where a place exists for Unionists and Loyalists. It's a challenge to Nationalism and Republicanism to make the case. How it would work and what it would look like.
While Brexit is a challenge and a lot of doomsday scenarios are touted about, in reality it probably won't resemble the Mad Max scenario that some portray. SF seem to hope it will and are probably pushing for this. They hated Europe all along anyway and as the saying goes never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake. So they probably see an equation Brexit + demographics = UI.
Nationalism can't hang onto demographics or indeed Brexit to do this job for us. We must make the case.

Interestingly, last night on BBC's The View Christopher Stalford seem to see the value in making an honest case for the Union. If Unionism (ie: The DUP) were able to promote a society in NI where Nationalism had it's place and OO shows of strength, bonfires etc where more controlled or certainly less triumphalist for example, this would could placate a huge swathe of Nationalists who have no real strong desire to see a UI. There's a comfortable Nationalism out there. Brexit and other issues does poke it from time to time, but for the most part it's happy with its lot.
They would be wrong then.  A lot may be hanging their hat on 50%+1 in a border pole, and there is nothing wrong with that.

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:37:04 PM »
I want a UI as much as the next man however the current process is just going to to make them dig their heels in more.

How about trying a different tactic and putting a UI on sideburner and making the Unionists look like the petty fools they are

Why should we though? They are making themselves look as stupid as is humanly possible. Snarlene's comments at that trial are unbelievable. I'd hang tight, no Stormont until the next General Election, get Corbyn election and really put the buck to the bray.

Those circumstances would change the dynamic , but the fact remains getting an all island settlement is inevitable within the next 25 years. Just don’t want the lead up and the outcome to be marred by more conflict and more lost lives. If we show a magnanimity when we’re majority, that we were never afforded ourselves, then we are more likely to have a thriving nation
I really don't think that will be an issue.  You just have to look at the difference between nationalist controlled councils and unionist controlled ones to see that.

General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:21:01 PM »
Are Sinn Féin doing the right  thing  by not putting the boot in?
Yes IMO.  It would only end up being a green v orange issue.  Better to leave it to journalists and other parties to stick the boot in as you say.  I would imagine that a lot of unionists would be embarrassed and dismayed at her ongoings.  Whether that would affect the Dup vote much is another matter.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:00:22 AM »
Can't compare them.

Rory is a superb golfer but tiger was phenomenal. If memory serves me right he used to be as short as 3/1 to win golf tournaments. And this with a field of 160 players. Mental

He was much lower than that, I backed him in the Masters, 2005 or 2006 & he was 6/4. Which I think was a record - he didn’t win !
Yeah. I also remember one year at the start of The Open, the rest of the field was 9/4.  Tiger won it!

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