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General discussion / Re: woman dies for want of a abortion
« Last post by seafoid on Today at 01:01:37 PM »
https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/i-wont-engage-in-any-debate-against-my-own-party-martin-says-abortion-stance-not-a-party-political-issue-36506717.html

The Fianna Fail leader also said that Eighth Amendment does not prevent Irish women from having abortion.

“Nobody can dispute the fact that thousands of Irish women have an abortion every year”, he told the Dail.

He said these operations caused “deep trauma” and were “hidden” and could therefore have a significant impact on health and well-being on women.

The Cork South Central TD admitted that up until now he has been on record as being against abortion but his position has since evolved.

“Over the years I have been on the record as being against a significant change in our abortion laws.  I have done so from a belief that this was the most effective way of affirming the importance of the unborn” , he told the Dail.

But "if the facts become clearer, if we come to understand properly the impact of a policy on others, then we must be willing to act accordingly”, he said.

Mr Martin said the reality of the situation is that “the Eighth Amendment does not mean that Ireland is a country without abortion.”

“Retaining the Eighth Amendment will not make Ireland a country without abortion.”

“Nothing we say or do here could make Ireland a country without abortion.”

The Fianna Fail leader said “without constitutional change" it is not possible to address the trauma faced by families who receive a fatal fetal abnormality diagnosis.

“If a family is told of a fatal abnormality during a pregnancy the law, as it stands and as it is required to be under the Eighth amendment, says that they can do nothing” he said.

“Under threat of a criminal sentence they must carry the pregnancy to its term irrespective of the potentially devastating impact it will have”, he said.

“I believe we should make provision for cases of fatal foetal abnormality and serious threats to the health of the mother.”
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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« Last post by Maroon Manc on Today at 12:54:11 PM »
There are some brainless fools on this thread looking rid of a proven winner to replace him with Skoda’s, it in the same bracket as the headers on the Tyrone thread looking rid of Harte. As the saying goes, everyone has an opinion and that’s why they are worth nothing.


Jose is no Mickey Harte. LVG won a trophy and had a comparable league finish in his last season and no one is saying he should have been kept.

Allegri, Ancellotti, Simeone, Jardim, Pochettino are some other names Stew could have mentioned. Varying degrees of availability I accept but all preferable to park the bus Jose. Maybe they're not as friendly with agents.

We were woeful the last 6 months under LVG, the worst football I've ever likely see at United and after a decent 1st season we'd gone backwards and far too many of the players he bought were not performing.

None of those managers have a record like Mourinho and that goes for Ancelotti too, his league record isn't great. He's won 4 championships and its hard to take notice of 2 of them considering PSG & Bayern are so far clear of the rest of their league.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« Last post by Gabriel_Hurl on Today at 12:53:28 PM »
Hiring the best people indeed

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Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie resigned Thursday as chief of external affairs for the federal government's volunteer service organization after a CNN KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio.

"Effective immediately, Carl Higbie has resigned as Chief of External Affairs at CNCS," Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokesperson for CNCS, said in a statement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Higbie's resignation.

Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and conservative media personality, was a surrogate for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, appearing on cable news and serving as the spokesman for the Trump-aligned Great America PAC

Some of his choice comments


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"I told this story the other day on my show. Somebody who lives in my condo association that has five kids, and it's her and her husband with the five kids and the mother, the grandmother of the kids, and they don't have jobs, they're there all the time -- I bet you can guess what color they are -- and they have no job," he said.

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Speaking on 'Sound of Freedom' in December 2013, Higbie, while recounting a time he placed an advertisement to give away free firewood, said "the black race" had "lax" morals. He added that black women think "breeding is a form of government employment."
"Only one person was actually cordial to me," Higbie said. "Every other black person was rude. They wanted me to either load the wood, completely split it for them or some sort of you know assistance in labor. Now, mind you the ad was for free firewood, come take it all you want. And I believe that this translates directly into the culture that is breeding this welfare and the high percentage of people on welfare in the black race. It's a lax of morality."

He added later, "We're promoting birth control to a black woman because of the incredibly high rate of children born out of wedlock that are under-cared for or not cared for at all. The taxpayers are tired of supporting government checks going to these people who think that breeding is a form of employment. I'm sorry if black people are the majority of the targeted audience. They are, statistically they are."

In January 2013, on Sound of Freedom, Higbie said he was bothered that black Americans call themselves African-Americans when they had never been to Africa.

"The whole African-American thing gets me whipped up because it's like 99% -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- of people who write down African-American have never been to Africa," Higbie said. "So barring dual citizenship, you're American or you're African, but you're not both. I don't care what you think. That's another thing that just sets me off."

In February 2013, one of Higbie's guests spoke about teaching in an urban area.
"An urban area, you mean the ghetto?" interjected Higbie.

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"People say, 'you know, you're so harsh,'" Higbie said on Warrior Talk Radio in August 2014. "I was called an Islamophobe and I was like, 'no, no, no, no, no, I'm not afraid of them. I don't like them. Big difference.' And they were like, 'well, you're racist.' I was like, fine if that's the definition of it, then I guess I am.'"

Speaking on "Sound of Freedom" in June 2013, Higbie said he didn't like Muslims because he hated their religious ideology.

"Go back to your Muslim shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights," Higbie said. "I just don't like Muslim people. People always rip me a new one for that. Carl, you're racist, you can't, you're sexist. I'm like Jesus Christ. I just don't like Muslim people because their ideology sucks."

"Well people are like, 'well, you can't hate somebody just for being Muslim,'" Higbie added. "It's like, yeah, I can. Do you hate people who rape little boys? They say, 'oh, of course. They're just terrible people.' Well, yeah, most Muslims believe that to have sex with men is OK, which I don't like it all. But second off, it's the ideology of a child molester. The ideology of a Muslim is what I don't like. They are screwed up in the head and it makes, pisses me off."

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Higbie derided members of the military suffering from severe PTSD as having "a weak mind" and said 75% of those afflicted were either lying or milking it for federal money.

"Yeah I'm a gonna go out on limb here and say, a lot of people are going to disagree with this comment," Higbie said on Sound of Freedom in February 2013. "But severe PTSD, where guys are bugging out and doing violent acts, is a trait of a weak mind. Now things like (military member) Brandon, where he was legitimately blown up and a loud noise makes him on edge -- completely understandable, but when someone performs an act of violence that is a, it is a weak mind. That is a crazy person, and the fact that they're trying to hide it behind PTSD makes me want to vomit."

"I'd say 75% of people with PTSD don't actually have it, and they're either milking something for a little extra money in disability or they're just, they honestly are just lying," Higbie said in August 2014, as a guest on an Internet radio show. "Twenty-five percent legitimately do have problems. They have bad dreams. They can't cope. They have problems with noises and things like that. And I really think there are people that cannot deal with the stress of combat and some people can."

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In a February 2013 episode of "Sound of Freedom," Higbie said American citizens with guns should be allowed to go to the border to shoot undocumented immigrants crossing into the US.

"What's so wrong with wanting to put up a fence and saying, 'hey, everybody with a gun, if you want to go shoot people coming across our border illegally, you can do it fo' free,'" Higbie said. "And you can do it on your own, and you'll be under the command of the, you know, National Guard unit or a Border Patrol, I think stick a fence six feet high with signs on it in both English and Spanish and it says 'if you cross this border, this is the American border, you cross it, we're going to shoot you.'"

"You cross my border, I will shoot you in the face," Higbie added. "I will go down there. I'll volunteer to go down there and stand on that border for, I don't know, a week or so at a time and that'll be my civil duty. I'll volunteer to do it."

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In June 2013 on Sound of Freedom, Higbie called California Sen. Dianne Feinstein a "bitch" whose head he would like to smack into House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's.
"Nothing gets me going like Ted Cruz, when he went off on the Feinstein Bitch about the Second Amendment and he put her in her place," Higbie said. "That was just fantastic. I can't stand that woman. She's another one. Her and Pelosi. I'd love to just take both their heads and smack them together a couple of times."

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In May 2013 on Sound of Freedom, Higbie said he did not like gay people.

"Rhode Island, land of more liberals, has just OK'ed, gay marriage," Higbie said. "Congratuf'in'lations, you suck, Rhode Island. Why would you do that? Go ahead and twist the knife a little, little bit more. I mean, you are breaking the morals, the moral fiber of our country. You know, I don't like gay people. I just don't."

Later in the show, Higbie elaborated on his views.

"I talk about this in my book, you know, I was, I was molested by a gay guy when I was a young kid and that kind of set the precedence for me. So I, I just, I really don't care for them. You know what, you want to be gay? Fine. Do it over in your own corner," he said. "If I was president of the United States, I wouldn't make laws saying you can't be gay because I believe that's your right. So go over there, be gay, don't march down in the middle of the street and your drag outfit being fairies and things like that. Don't throw it in my face. Don't make me like it because I don't -- do it on your own. Do it over there and let it be your thing."

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Higbie frequently questioned the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

In 2015, Higbie spoke for nearly an hour with "Where's Obama's Birth Certificate" radio.

"This birth certificate thing," Higbie said. "Sure, absolutely legitimate claim. You want to know if this, where was this guy born. That's a legitimate question." Higbie added later that Obama's birth certificate was "pixelated."

In March 2013 on Sound of Freedom, Higbe called Obama "the Muslim who was born in Kenya -- don't even get me started on that."

He later added, "Harvard, up in Boston, he put on his fricking application that he was born in Kenya."

Claims that Obama was born in Kenya or that he forged his documents are false.

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In June 2016, while appearing as a guest on Global Patriot Radio, Higbie said people who receive government assistance shouldn't be allowed to vote in the subsequent election.

"If you have taken any benefit, if you have elected to take any benefit from the government at any given time during any election cycle, you do not get to vote at the subsequent election," he said. "Because now you have people voting for a living. They don't have to work, and if you want to solve them now -- it's very hard to get something like this past, I'll be honest -- but if you pass something like that, what you would see is, you would see people who aren't contributing to the system, not voting for the system and you'll have a massive slide to the right in this country."

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« Last post by TabClear on Today at 12:53:13 PM »
Marko Grujic on loan to Cardiff

Hopefully a good move for both parties. I have to say he has impressed me when he has played. Not sure why he is not featuring more.

I see Cardiff have to play him in  at least 14 games or get hit financially. He needs to take his chance to make a big statement, especially as if Can does leave in the summer there could be a starting spot for next season to play for if he impresses. However, I cannot remember too many Liverpool loan deals working out like Harry Kane in the past so not getting my hopes up.
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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« Last post by Bord na Mona man on Today at 12:44:34 PM »
I don't believe some of the figures quoted by the media, even the Times claimed he wanted £26m a season to join City. I see Neil Ashton has had a right pop at Sanchez but fails to mention that Pep shouldn't have been talking to Sanchez and Pep has only joined City for the money like every other player since 2008. Some of those jouno's have short memories, United won 2 trophies last season whilst City didn't win anything, apart from the league there's plenty to play for this season and next season could well be different.
A few journos and ex-players seem rattled that Sanchez is going to United instead of City.
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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« Last post by OgraAnDun on Today at 12:42:38 PM »
There are some brainless fools on this thread looking rid of a proven winner to replace him with Skoda’s, it in the same bracket as the headers on the Tyrone thread looking rid of Harte. As the saying goes, everyone has an opinion and that’s why they are worth nothing.


Jose is no Mickey Harte. LVG won a trophy and had a comparable league finish in his last season and no one is saying he should have been kept.

Allegri, Ancellotti, Simeone, Jardim, Pochettino are some other names Stew could have mentioned. Varying degrees of availability I accept but all preferable to park the bus Jose. Maybe they're not as friendly with agents.

LVG also crashed out of a poor CL group and then failed to win the Europa League. He didn't qualify for the CL in his final season, the fans were fed up of his style of play and the players looked demotivated and bored - so it was always going to be bye bye Louis. There have been obvious signs of improvement under Mourinho - winning EL in his first year, now second in the league and into the Last 16 of the CL. I don't watch a huge amount of Atletico Madrid, but would Simeone's style not be a similar one to Mourinho's?
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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« Last post by Maroon Manc on Today at 12:41:17 PM »
I'm sure it sounds arrogant but I would expect Tyrone to win this handy enough.
I'd really like to see us go all out this year to win the league as these younger players, especially now with no senior AI medals in the team (or does McCarron have 2) need to start showing that they can eat at the top table and not just be happy to say they're a top 4 team.

Lets face it Dublin and Kerry dont really rate winning the league as a big deal any more but like to get to the final stages for match practice. I'd like to see Mickey Harte realise how much it would boost this team's confidence and belief in themselves is they really went for the league and not be so lethargic as in other years.

I expect them to be eating loads of beans next weekend. Does the team stay down on the Sat night? I wonder where?


Will Tyrone be missing many players?

Possibly the Moy duo of Colm Cavanagh and Harry Loughran but I'd say we'll be at full strength otherwise.

Thats good going for this time year unfortunately no such luck for Galway who are missing Power, Silke, Farragher, O'Donnell, O'Currain, Armstrong, Lundy, Daly, Cummins & Burke.  You could add Molloy to that list as I'd have expected him to see plenty of game time . Thats 10/11 players missing out of a Galways best 21/22 players. Looking at it positively it gives someone else a chance but its hard to see anything other than a Tyrone win.
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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« Last post by magpie seanie on Today at 12:29:40 PM »
There are some brainless fools on this thread looking rid of a proven winner to replace him with Skoda’s, it in the same bracket as the headers on the Tyrone thread looking rid of Harte. As the saying goes, everyone has an opinion and that’s why they are worth nothing.


Jose is no Mickey Harte. LVG won a trophy and had a comparable league finish in his last season and no one is saying he should have been kept.

Allegri, Ancellotti, Simeone, Jardim, Pochettino are some other names Stew could have mentioned. Varying degrees of availability I accept but all preferable to park the bus Jose. Maybe they're not as friendly with agents.
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General discussion / Re: Derry Girls - Channel 4
« Last post by ned on Today at 12:28:49 PM »
Thought it was ok and would give it a go to start with but think each episode so far has been poorer then the previous one. Last night's one however want just poor, it wasn't even original. Piss in the church straight from Peep Show, crying Virgin Mary from Only Fools, your one on the energy drinks for an exam from the Inbetweeners etc

Did she shit herself? I must have missed that bit.


I thought it was quite good, granted it's not Fr Ted or some of the other comedies people are comparing it to, but watchable all the same.

Some lads with large pokers up their holes on here.

She didn't, but that's not the point. I just don't think it's that original or funny. No poker up my hole either.

The principal nun is the best character, both written and acted, in the show by far for me.

It's okay, just but fills a half hour later at night as a wind down. Agree about the nun.
However, originality on TV ended in 1980 something. Everything is a rehash or rip off of something else now.
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