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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:23:53 PM »
Very bad move by the party here on this. It's obvious there is a problem, and maybe time will reveal.
However, she remains one of their most articulate and well liked politicians. She carries a lot of respect
from a lot of people.

Before Christmas she was selected to run for Stormont. Phil was deselected, and in my opinion rightly so.
Then Phil goes to HQ and they order another vote. This time, Bromwyn McGahan also runs for selection.
She had replaced Michelle in Stormont, and before Christmas ruled herself out of the selection process and said
she wouldn't stand again. Why did she run this time, and coming from the same area as Michelle, did she split
the vote? Or did a whispering campaign go around and people were quietly told how to vote? How did we end
up with 3 Fermanagh men and no one from Tyrone?

As previously stated, Michelle would be 1st or Deputy 1st Minister material. The same can't be said for many in the
party in Stormont. She would have been a natural successor to McGuinness, but somehow she has been sidelined.
I know Adams thinks very highly of her, so the resentment could be coming from up the ladder in Stormont.

While I can't see it happen, I would like to see her run as an independent for this area in the election.
She would have no problem getting a seat, and with a bit of luck take Phils seat !!

I have a lot of time and respect for Michelle, and I hope she is back on the political scene soon as we could do with her.

General discussion / Re: Clerical abuse!
« on: January 26, 2016, 06:20:53 PM »
Watched the movie "Spotlight" about the abuse in Boston, and the major cover up by the top in the Catholic Church.

Well worth watching if you can get a chance.

General discussion / Re: The Palestine thread
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:28:32 PM »
CRH sells controversial stake in Israel's only cement firm Mashav

 CRH has sold its 25pc stake in Israel’s only cement firm, Mashav, ending a focus of huge controversy for the Irish group.


CRH has been targeted by pro-Palestinian activists at its AGMs who pressed for the global building materials firm to sell the stake in the Israeli group.

Cement produced by Mashav has been used to build barriers for a widely condemned security wall that separates Israel from the Palenstinian West Bank.

The infamous wall dividing the West Bank from Israel helped inspire dramatic scenes in the recent Brad Pitt film World War Z, where zombies attacked a giant wall protecting Israel.

CRH owned a stake in Mashav since 2001, and for years has drawn fire from some shareholders and international pressure groups for retaining its holding in the company.

Mashav is the holding company for a firm called Nesher, whose cement has ultimately been used to make huge concrete slabs that were used to construct the wall dividing the West Bank from Israel.

Over a decade ago, the Israeli government began building what will eventually be a 700km-long security fence. About 10pc of it comprises a concrete wall that's about 25 feet high.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is among the groups that for years put pressure on CRH to divest its stake in Mashav. The group has previously staged protests at CRH annual general meetings.

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:32:25 PM »
SF MLA faces big bill after admitting libelling UUP MP

A Sinn Fein MLA has admitted that he seriously libelled an Ulster Unionist MP by wrongly claiming that he had shot people - and now the Sinn Fein man potentially faces an enormous legal bill.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan made the comments on Twitter on May 1, 2014 in relation to former Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott

Today the matter was heard at the High Court in Belfast.

The defamatory tweet, which was read out in court this morning, said: “Tom Elliott speaks to Stephen Nolan about the past. I wonder if he will reveal how many people he harassed or shot as a member of the UDR.”

Mr Elliott, who is now the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, immediately got his solicitor to write to Mr Flanagan and then began legal proceedings.

After a delay in which Mr Flanagan made no substantive response, his lawyers eventually replied to accept that his tweet had been defamatory.

They admitted that the allegation had been “wholly without foundation” and “untrue”. He has agreed to pay compensation, which will be set by the judge.

Both Mr Elliott and Mr Flanagan were in court this morning and Mr Elliott gave evidence that he believed the tweet endangered his life by making him more of a target for dissident republicans.

It also emerged in court that Mr Flanagan - who was deselected by Sinn Fein last month and so will end his term as an MLA in May - had hoped to avail of taxpayer-funded insurance which indemnifies MLAs from actions arising from defamatory comments which they make.

However, the insurer has refused - for reasons which were not made clear in court - to pay for his case.

Mr Flanagan is now suing the insurer in a separate case which has yet to come to court.

As things stand, he will have to pay compensation to Mr Elliott as well as the legal costs for both sides of the action.

General discussion / Re: Refugees
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:34:36 AM »
A sad start to the year as 34 refugees drown off the Turkish coast en route to the Greek island of Lesbos.

General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:22:41 AM »
If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black, they’d be dead by now

If, in a vacuum, I told you that a bearded man with his head covered had posted a video on social media calling on his followers to leave their homes with weapons, migrate to a new area, take over government property “as long as necessary” and use violence if confronted by law enforcement, you’d probably assume that I was talking about the latest propaganda video released by Isis, filmed in Iraq or Syria and intended to recruit violent Muslim extremists.

But that exact call was recently issued on Facebook by white rancher Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who also engaged in an armed standoff with law enforcement in 2014 and who currently owes the government more than $1m in fees. The younger Bundy’s goal this time was to encourage his fellow American “patriots” to take up arms against the US government in protest of the arson convictions of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr and his son, Steven.

Militia leaders claim approximately 150 followers accepted Ammon Bundy’s call, although reporters on the ground are saying it’s far fewer. The armed men are currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon to, in their words, “assist in helping the people of Harney County claim back their lands and resources” . Ammon Bundy has said that his people won’t “rule out violence” if law enforcement “tries to remove them”.

But, don’t worry America: he promised everyone that “we are not terrorists”. What a relief.

Of course they’re not “terrorists”: Bundy and his followers are just your average angry white “freedom fighters”, who use weapons and ammunition to protect the US constitution and American values from the government and other Americans who want them to abide by federal laws like everyone else.

But if Bundy and his followers were like the 38% of Americans who aren’t white , people across America wouldn’t be watching this surreal, dangerous episode unfold and wondering what they could do to be labeled a “militia” when occupying a federal area with guns instead of “terrorists”, “thugs”, “extremists” or “gangs”.

If one black man holding a plastic toy gun even walked in the direction of a federal building, let alone with 150 other black men all holding loaded rifles, he’d be shot dead by law enforcement, no questions asked. If 15 Muslims occupied a 7-Eleven with BB guns and masala Slurpees, federal law enforcement would probably roll up with 6 MRAPs and immediately take everyone out Waco-style (but without a Congressional investigation ).

We don’t need to racially profile individuals who look like these armed militiamen (white men with bushy beards and beer bellies), but it’s time for mainstream politicians to at least acknowledge and confront this dangerous threat within our borders.

Since 9/11, more people in America have been killed by right wing terror attacks than violent jihadists (48 deaths to 45 deaths) . America witnessed an “unprecedented rise” in radical right wing, anti-government groups after the election of President Barack Hussein Obama. Yet, the Department of Homeland Security buried an analyst’s early 2009 warning about the growing threat of right wing terror groups to focus solely on Muslim extremists, caving to conservative pundits who complained the DHS was demonizing right wing speech by targeting these groups.

And although the number of people involved has reduced in the past two years, it has not dampened the level of criminal extremism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Such groups , some of whom have been involved in armed hostilities since the report was withdrawn, are also often openly white supremacist, hostile to immigrants, Islamophobic and prone to anti-government conspiracies.

In other words, they are not unlike Donald Trump’s base . And while this is the time that we would normally expect calls for all moderate militiamen to stand up and condemn the violent extremism within their midst, don’t hold your breath. Republican Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz will probably not ignore political correctness and ask, “How can we defeat radical white terrorism with Presidential candidates who refuse to utter the words ‘radical white terrorists?’” Trump, who recently said that he’s in favor of killing the family of terrorists to defeat extremists, will assuredly not apply the same standard to white American “militia” members, even if they do employ the violence they’ve promised.

The sad truth is that extremists – both at home and abroad – are often disaffected, frightened and angry people desperately searching for purpose, validation and meaning in a world they feel has left them behind. It’s a sickness that can infect almost anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

It’s certainly taken hold of Jon Ritzheimer, a US Marine veteran involved in the Oregon stand-off . He’s a member of the Three Percenter club , which alleges that their armed and trained members are “defenders of the constitution” willing to “protect our rights against a tyrannical government and foreign invaders”. (Like Bundy, they do not condone any threats or intimidation tactics “unless an action is warranted”.) Ritzheimer also led the armed, anti Muslim mosque protests earlier this year in Arizona .

Before taking over the wildlife refuge, Ritzheimer – like other extremists before him – posted a “goodbye” video for his family rationalizing his actions as defending freedom against a “tyrannical government.” “I didn’t come here to shoot, I came here to die,” echoed another militia member , who identified himself only as “Captain Moroni”.

Extremism comes in different colors, ethnicities, beards and head coverings – which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence. Maybe it’s time for politicians and law enforcement to acknowledge inconvenient truths and confront the extremists with “American” names and grievances as they would any other. The security of our homeland – or at least our national wildlife refuges – might depend on it.

General discussion / Re: The Official UFC Thread
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:46:49 PM »
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Before coming to Ireland, Ali wanted to meet Bernadette McAliskey. A boxing club in Dublin got in contact
with Clonoe boxing club, and a friend of my fathers took Bernadette to meet Ali in Dublin when he was here.

The civil rights movement here resonated with him and what was going on in the US at the time.

General discussion / Re: The Official 2016 US Presidential election thread
« on: December 10, 2015, 01:56:08 PM »
Benjamin Netanyahu 'rejects' Donald Trump's comments regarding Muslims and says Israel 'respects all citizens' rights'

Benjamin Netanyahu has joined a long list of international leaders to reject Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims, while championing Israel's "respect" for all religions and citizens' rights.

The Israeli Prime Minister released a statement saying he will still meet with the Republican Presidential candidate for previously scheduled talks later this month but does not “endorse his views”.

"The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens.

Donald Trump Postpones Planned Israel Visit

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Thursday that he will not be coming to Israel at the end of the month as planned.

The real estate mogul, who was due to arrive in Israel on December 28, wrote on Twitter that he has decided "to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S."

According to unconfirmed reports in the Israeli media, Trump was planning during his trip to Israel to visit the Temple Mount – a flashpoint holy site which has been the center of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the past.
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General discussion / Re: French Terrorist Attacks
« on: December 05, 2015, 04:41:50 AM »
The West won't bomb their Saudi mates.

And therein lies the problem...instead of closing off their own borders closed down the influx of Isis heading into Syria ... Cutting of the supplies will eventually work a lot better than bombing the shit out of it.... Gather up all the radical preachers also and get talking (or paying)

Heh? Wtf??

Who do you think supplies the arms to Saudi? Britain, France, the US and Russia are hardly gonna start bombing themselves.

That's what I'm getting at!!! Its not so much oil being the problem here..... why is joe public so stupid?

Because the main media outlets aren't telling them anything.

Can you see the Sun newspaper printing a story telling everyone that the Saudis are arming ISIL/ISIS/ with arms their very own Government sold to them?

I can remember clearly when the Arab spring was in its infancy Dave Cameron was leading a trade delegation to the Middle East, and no one bothered to say that seven out of the ten companies on the trade mission were arms and security equipment manufacturers, propping up these Governments with their equipment.

Tony Benn was right almost 20 years ago when he said the biggest threat to world peace were the arms industry supported by Western governments.

Cameron was the 1st Western leader to visit Egypt after the downfall of Mubarak.

He was accompanied by a travelling circus of arms dealers en route to an arms fair in the Gulf.

He sold arms to anyone with a cheque book.........

GAA Discussion / Re: Paddy Heaney of the irish news!
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:24:50 PM »

I think my favourite came a good few years ago it was the piece about the young boy in a classroom explaining to a teacher he wanted to be a GAA manager when he was older!

That article still stands out for me. Brilliant piece.

Loved his articles, and it was a joy to read him every Tuesday.

General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: December 03, 2015, 10:27:44 AM »

General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:56:50 PM »
Reports saying it was a disgruntled county worker.

The building he opened fire on was a centre for people with learning disabilities.

As this news came through on the internet, I was in the middle of watching the debate ongoing in Parliament on going to war
in Syria against ISIS. Passionate speeches for going to war, no matter what the cost, human or financially.

Yet in the US, thousands are been killed in shootings every year, and the country is awash with guns.

Sadly, the NRA hold too much power in Washington, and too many US citizens are against gun control.

Until both sides change, this thread will; go on and on for years with news stories just like this and the ones before.

May those killed rest in peace

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