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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:08:26 PM »
Never let on you hear him. He sits in the house all day watching Fox News. There's no other explanation.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:34:51 PM »
HQ need to stand their ground on this one. A very small but very loud minority support this politicising of the games. It remains incredibly distasteful to me that these people use the Palestinian cause as a prop to further their own selfish ends.

If anyone wants to pretend that all but a few of these people have any real interest in their plights and it isn’t yet another attempt to try to wind up unionists in the north, cop on. Creating divisions rather than trying to bridge them, even in sport.

Just shut up. Please. Shut up and take time to read and understand the sentiments of the people not only in Ulster, but across Ireland  right now.

Choices:

a) allow every politically attuned member of our Association to use the GAA as a vehicle for promoting their politics, and therefore inevitably over time generate negative publicity and infighting.

Or

b) remain politically neutral and concentrate on football and hurling.

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Those who would choose to follow a) are narrow minded, myopic fools.

Could not agree more. As soon as you declare your political allegiance you immediately alienate half the people in the country, and the GAA should be open to everybody.

I'm a supporter of Palestinian rights, but I'd hate to see the GAA being dragged into this.

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Get doom and gloom merchants and so called pundits off TV and away from any national media analysis.

In other words, award the broadcasting rights to anyone but RTE.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:40:55 PM »
If the Iranians were smart they'd send a hot female negotiator over and he'd re-join the Iran nuclear deal as quick as lightning.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:51:13 PM »

But Does screaming and crying absolve their parents from obeying federal immigration law


Sweet Jesus. What is happening? Are people seriously coming out with this evil BS?

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:49:01 PM »
Brings a tear to your eye, the nobility of this administration and the right wing. Apparently a majority of Republicans support ripping toddlers away from their mothers at the border. Christianity... family values... pro-life... morals...

But then those poor people aren’t really humans... just criminals and statistics.

I read or heard somewhere that Out of 12,000 minors currently in federal custody only 2000 crossed the border with a parent or legal guardian. The remainder crossed with someone else

There's a huge problem with human trafficking and bvllshit asylum claims on the Southern Border and something needs to be done about it

As unpalatable as the current situation is, maybe this will prompt congress to act

Come on, don’t you have kids? There’s no rationalizing this. They’re purposely targeting families as a deterrent, whether or not they approach as asylum seekers. They’re using small kids as political bargaining chips as well to try to blackmail Democrats. This is all openly and proudly expressed. Pure evil. How anyone who has a child could even begin to sympathize with what they’re doing is beyond me.

We all know Trump himself is bereft of compassion and empathy, but how do the rest of them sleep at night?

Im not sympathizing, but the media are being very dishonest in their coverage of this. It all kicked off with some photos circulating a few weeks ago that  were actually taken taken during the OBAMA administration

Vast majority of kids in federal custody have not come with their parents or guardians....they have come with someone else

Do you not think thats a huge problem?

"I'm not racist, but..."

"I'm not defending Trump, but..."

Funny how there's always a 'but.'

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:47:27 PM »
Brings a tear to your eye, the nobility of this administration and the right wing. Apparently a majority of Republicans support ripping toddlers away from their mothers at the border. Christianity... family values... pro-life... morals...

But then those poor people aren’t really humans... just criminals and statistics.

I read or heard somewhere that Out of 12,000 minors currently in federal custody only 2000 crossed the border with a parent or legal guardian. The remainder crossed with someone else

There's a huge problem with human trafficking and bvllshit asylum claims on the Southern Border and something needs to be done about it

As unpalatable as the current situation is, maybe this will prompt congress to act

Don't tell me. Rush Limbaugh?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Heaney blasts BBCNI
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:51:43 PM »
Not the point. They're a public service broadcaster and their sporting output should be a fair reflection of what people are interested in. If they're going to talk about sport on the evening news then the All-Ireland winners returning home shouldn't come three items after a non-story about some boxer who may or may not be up for a fight in a few months.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Heaney blasts BBCNI
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:02:39 PM »
Interesting piece here about the BBC v GAA issue:

MacKenna On Monday: White-Collar Sectarianism Treats GAA Like Second-Class Citizen

Some choice quotes:

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"Here, in a place with the population of a medium-sized city, a sport that attracts crowds that don’t look bad on an international scale has literally never crossed the paths of half of the community. The story even goes that Mark Robson, the first presenter of BBC’s Championship programme, stood on a sideline in Clones for the first time and asked aloud, “Where are all these people coming from?” He got through the youth of his life without knowing about it, but many others have gotten through their entire lives. Part of that comes back to media and to BBC Northern Ireland."


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“Acceptable behaviour is their acceptable behaviour. We were always told that GAA can get on the news if you can find an angle on a story. Yet Ulster rugby has to be covered via press conferences where nothing is said. It is different rules, different standards. It is always made more difficult for GAA, it’s not a level playing field, but the hierarchy don’t see that.”


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"I tuned into @BBCIreland Saturday afternoon in the car expecting to get commentary of Derry v Kildare in the Qualifiers but instead was treated to riveting coverage of an in-studio darts challenge in their Saturday Summer Club programme."

Seems like things have gone downhill since Jerome left.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:13:05 PM »
I stopped reading at "National Review." Give me a credible source.

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General discussion / Re: Eurovision final here we come!!
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:12:06 PM »
There's a poll going around on thejournal.ie asking if Ireland should boycott Eurovision in Israel. Initially, I thought yes, but if someone were to pen a good song about standing up to colonizing land-grabbing oppressors on the other hand...

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GAA Discussion / Re: Diarmuid not going to Boston After all
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:55:28 PM »
He flew on a plane twice within a month? Quick! Somebody begrudge him!

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:42:59 PM »
From the it's-good-to-talk department:

Last few days I was getting unbelievably stressed at work. I'd had a bad annual review (wasn't focused enough on my core area of responsibility, too much time spent on side projects that could create opportunities for me in the future but aren't directly related to what I was hired to do, hence quality of my work was suffering and others were having to re-do it) and I went home early on Friday in a terrible state because of it.

I came in this week trying to think positive but there was something poisoning the atmosphere on the team. There's this girl who's a star performer but doesn't get along with the rest of us. I had a major blowout with her yesterday and honestly felt like quitting on the spot.

Well this morning I asked her if we could have a private chat, and she agreed. We found a small conference room, talked over where we were coming from, all the little misunderstandings, all the little things each of us did wrong. It only took 15 minutes but it was amazing how much pressure was lifted from both of our shoulders. I felt relieved and I could see she felt the same. We agreed to be friends again and hopefully we're back to the same positive vibe we had when she first started here.

The power of talking things out is amazing. Not behind backs, but directly and face to face with a frank but polite and professional attitude. I admitted my mistakes up front and asked how I could make it better. She soon opened up and started admitting her mistakes and we apologized to each other for where we went wrong, and acknowledged where we both needed to do better.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:05:01 PM »
Someone's going to have to explain to me why the Iran deal was a bad one and why this is a good one.

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:52:22 AM »
terrible news. I've lost a dear friend to suicide and it's a rough one to wrap your head around. At 11 years old its even worse (not that you can really rank a loss).

I do worry about tv shows like 13 reasons why (now on it's second season with a third in the works) that can glamorize suicide. I know there's never one straightforward answer as to why in every case - but I am concerned by shows like that.

Eamonn, thank you for sharing your story! Looking at 13 reasons why from your perspective does it help or could you see it pulling you further down in to your depression?

I'm not familiar with that show, Ice. What's it about?

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