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General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: April 19, 2019, 09:07:36 PM »
The Omagh bombing lead to people not pandering to these loonies. Let's hope this tragedy does likewise.

You might be right. Omagh put a stop to the "Cokes" since groups like that can't function without a decent amount of support. The Omagh bomb was 21 years ago, so there's a generation of hot-headed lads in their late teens/early twenties who have no memory of how awful that was. If this becomes the Omagh of this generation then I hope it finishes off physical force Republicanism for good and we're not sitting here in 20 years having the same discussion about another atrocity. It's just a shame that something like this has to happen before these people realize they're not playing a f***ing 1st-person shooter video game, and that real people die when you start using deadly weapons in the real world.

What an awful business. RIP.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 19, 2019, 03:19:51 PM »
If Trump were a Democrat he’d have gotten nowhere near the presidency because Dem voters would have laughed him out of the early caucuses. Only in the hateful GOP could such a clown have got the nomination.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:39:40 PM »
"In May 2017, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had just appointed Mueller as special counsel. Trump slumped back in his chair, according to notes from Jody Hunt, Sessions’s chief of staff. “Oh my God, this is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked,” Trump said. Trump further laid into Sessions for his recusal, saying Sessions had let him down.

“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency,” Trump said, according to Hunt’s notes. “It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

The next morning, Trump tweeted, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:44:59 PM »
My wife and I filed jointly for the first time this year. Our joint refund wasn't much bigger than each of the individual refunds we got last year.

GAA Discussion / Re: What do New York bring to the Championship
« on: April 17, 2019, 06:00:22 AM »
Stupid and Pointless ?
Maybe your Q should be,

“What has the NY GAA done for Irish immigrants over the decades” ?

To start with, if you go back a generation, most tickets to NY were one way, in fact, I would say that was the case up until the late 80’s, when you probably went back home once every two or three years, because you either could not afford to, or you status did not exactly encourage it.

In those days, Gaelic Park in NY was the place that you inevitably ended up on a Sunday, to meet people from home, to get a game of football, to get a job, a girls phone number,  It was essiantially an unofficail social center for Irish people.
This was the pre cell phones, pre social media, you would just show up, and meet hundreds of other recent immigrants in a similar situation, often homesick and insecure, financially or otherwise. You made friends, in some cases lifelong friends from counties you never even visited living in Ireland. A trip there on a Sunday was in a way like therapy.

Even in recent decades, It has helped employ thousands of summer students in jobs they may not have gotten only for GAA connections.
There was also was a time before the Celtic tiger, that being asked to go to NY and play with a club team there was a bit of an honor. 

So without turning this into an article on the social aspect of it all, it is a small price to pay by the GAA in Ireland to help cover the cost of a trip by county teams to play NY.

It still is a wonderful day out, and in a lot of cases due to marriage, family, kids, people not living in the immeadiate area, it is the only day to meet people you played with, hung out with and helped to promote Gaelic games in NY.

Will a NY team ever beat a team from Ireland. They came so close last year, but in reality the answer is probably no.

But the first Sunday in May in Gaelic Park is about a lot more than a Gaelic football match, It is a testament to survival, the survival of Immigrants, the survival and promotion of Gaelic games and Gaelic culture in NY. Long may it continue.

Very well put.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 17, 2019, 12:26:43 AM »

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 17, 2019, 12:12:27 AM »
I am aware. There was an entire thread about the Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell was a horrifying loss of human life that raised all sorts of questions about fire safety and the treatment of ordinary people.

Notre Dame is a heartbreaking loss of cultural value.

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:46:05 PM »
It's customary to get more upset about bad things that happen closer to home, particularly somewhere that many of us have visited.

Is that okay with you?

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:00:45 PM »
Do you do stand up?😂😂😂😂

No, but I've often considered giving it a shot.

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 16, 2019, 07:59:30 PM »
Funny you should mention the Taliban. Where was all this outrage when they and Isis were destroying historical buildings in that part of the world

Are you serious? You think there was no outrage about Isis destroying ancient treasures?

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 16, 2019, 05:50:01 PM »
An 850-year-old beacon of human heritage is destroyed and all some fools can think to say is that we shouldn't call it a human tragedy because there's only one definition of tragedy.

Or they suggest that we shouldn't bewail the loss unless we issue a preamble listing all tragedies (to be mediated by these commentators themselves, we assume).

They seem to believe that to mourn one tragedy implies complete disregard for other tragedies.

And then, when someone offers to pay for its restoration, they condemn him for not paying to remediate other tragedies (thereby also assuming that he has never contributed to any other cause).

Could not agree more. There are times when the internet would put your head astray.

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 16, 2019, 05:48:07 PM »

No loss of life but this is a tragedy for humanity. Terrible.

Hopefully those windows survived.

What’s happening in Yemen is a tragedy for humanity......what’s even more tragic for humanity is people care more about a building/windows.....than human suffering.

That’s exactly what crossed my mind when the media went into overdrive on this. The billionaire that owns Gucci is gonna pay for restoration but how much would he pledge to Syrian refugees. Bunch of jumped up attention seeking pretentious idiots the lot of them.
How many of these people have a passion for gothic architecture

And the traditional Irish begrudgery and gobshitery is underway.

Yesterday I saw the people of Paris responding with dignity to this, singing hymns while watching in sadness but taking comfort in each other's presence. It was a beautiful moment. They say that when you're explaining to your kids why bad things happen in the world, it's good practice to point out how this sort of thing often brings out the best in people. They say that whenever something bad is happening, look out for how the place is full of good people trying to put it right or trying to help others.

Unfortunately there's something about the anonymity of social media that also brings out the worst in people, and I was bracing myself for the inevitable that was sure to follow today. As soon as anybody tries to do anything worthwhile, out come the begrudgers and the usual tiresome "what about the homeless" brigade.

"He's spending millions fixing problem X? How much did he spend on problem Y?"

"He's spending millions fixing problem Y? How much did he spend on problem X?"

The city of Paris is a priceless treasure. The old part of town is a work of art. It has survived revolutions, world wars, terrorist attacks and Christ knows what all, and we're very lucky to have it. They say that France falling to the Nazis as quickly as it did was why so much of Paris survived intact.

The loss of human life is not the only bad thing that can happen in this world. Imagine if Dublin's GPO were to burn down. Or Navan Fort were to be obliterated somehow (which almost happened). Or if St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh were to burn down. Or if another beautiful building like Belfast City Hall were to be lost. Are you telling me we've got no business mourning the loss of heritage if nobody dies in the process? That it's no big deal if an irreplaceable treasure gets lost? Was it no big deal when the Taliban blew up the Buddhas of Bamyan?

Cop yourselves on.

General discussion / Re: Paris....advice
« on: April 15, 2019, 08:44:27 PM »
Awful. The spire is gone and it's spreading to the towers. This is not looking good.  :'(

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: April 14, 2019, 12:13:59 AM »

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: April 11, 2019, 06:16:46 PM »
The Tories don't want to go to the people . Labour do. It's anybody's guess
It looks as though the Leave majority has declined over time as well

Once again, what a stupid decision to run a referendum with no minimum winning margin for such an important geopolitical decision.

Labour seems a bit split on Brexit too though. Same as how they're split between the party membership who want Corbyn to be their leader, and the MPs who don't. What an awful position they're in.

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