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Found way down the food chain, a 'middle of the road' creature that is attacked by creatures from either side of the political jungle, from the bottom feeding 'Republicanus hypocriticus' better known as the 'common shinner' to the chameleonic 'Unionisus opportunitisticus', better known as a 'Dooper'. Known to feed on single celled organisms such as 'Rangerophilus fanus' and 'neque Deditionem' better known as 'no surrenders' and occasionally surfacing during rutting season to lock horns with 'MOPEus Eternus', better known by their moniker 'MOPEs'.

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Am Ghobsmacht has commented 789 times (65 in the last month).

  1. Comment on #IndyRef: “Nationalism breaks things and they are things not easy to fix.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 1:48 pm

    “But a mature civic nationalism doesn’t have to do that”

    Very good point.

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  2. Comment on #IndyRef: “Nationalism breaks things and they are things not easy to fix.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 12:37 pm


    “Unless you believe in one world government you have a hard time arguing that nationalism is inherently nasty”

    The way I see it, nationalism highlights differences.

    In some scenarios that’s fine.

    “I’m Flemish, he’s Dutch, now let’s hit the pub”

    In some scenarios it can be dangerous e.g. Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.

    Patriotism can crossover with nationalism, as can racism and hatred.

    (This also includes NI’s peculiar form of British nationalism, lest I appear to be one sided).

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  3. Comment on #IndyRef: “Nationalism breaks things and they are things not easy to fix.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 4:32 am


    “The most extraordinary thing about this is that British nationalists seem incapable of recognising that they ARE nationalists.”


    However, there is a bit of a difference here.

    British nationalism is about being an umbrella identity (in general) in much the same way Russian (federal) nationalism is or even Yugoslav nationalism back in the day.

    Nationalism in the other context is about either breaking up the umbrella identity altogether or just not wanting to be part of it.

    If the UK falls apart completely then who really has the biggest claim to be British?

    Historically speaking the Welsh (I suppose).

    But yes, you’re right, they’re nationalists of sorts but an over arching nationalism that allows one to be both British and Scottish (or Russian & Ingushetian or Yugoslav & Macedonian…).

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  4. Comment on 1916 Rising and how it inspired me 78 years later.
    on 24 April 2014 at 4:17 am


    Erm, that link you posted to support the state sponsored decline in Prod numbers down south, it states at the bottom that numbers have increased in every southern county:

    “The 2006 census of the Republic of Ireland found that a little over 5% of the nation was Protestant. The 2011 census of the Republic of Ireland found that the Protestant population in every county had grown”

    Sure, percentage wise it’s down on a century ago, but Seaan’s point was that numbers are now increasing.

    Your link supports this view.

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  5. Comment on “Foras na Gaeilge is centralising resources around a small number of Dublin-based organisations”
    on 24 April 2014 at 12:05 am



    However, regardless of how many times this point is reiterated people still break the emergency glass and hope that the following arguments will smother the flames of said point:

    1/ Republicans have helped the language when no one else did and continue to do so

    2/ Unionist politicians compound the issue

    3/ An Irish party has the right to speak its own language.

    The above points, as right as they may be merely deflect the original assertion, they do not inflict damage on it.

    SF’s association to the Irish language is a bit like the nurse in the film ‘Misery’.

    Yes they/she have helped to nurse Gaelic/Sheldon back to a level of health.

    But now they/she have reached the stage where the hobbling block is brought out and Gaelic’s/Sheldon’s legs get it…

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  6. Comment on Cartoon – Loyal to whom?
    on 23 April 2014 at 12:50 pm


    I’ll raise ya:

    What if King Billy were about today and supported gay rights (it’s widely believed he wouldn’t be adverse to this idea)?

    The Rainbow Order?

    I doubt it… (though the parades would be a lot more fun I’d imagine)

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  7. Comment on NI21′s ‘tús maith’ !
    on 23 April 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’m afraid it’s just how it is, there is a great deal of suspicion regarding the language.

    In addition to your points about ULTACH, selling Gaelic to Northern Protestants will be that little bit harder if everything is ‘run by Dublin’.

    These southern organisations will probably find this out the hard way.

    Does this leave Linda Ervine and Co on their own?

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  8. Comment on NI21′s ‘tús maith’ !
    on 23 April 2014 at 8:03 am

    Ah, I see.

    Well yes, on planet Sensible you’d be quite right.

    But this act is (for the time being) a form of Lundyism in the eyes of some.

    But it’s quite encouraging for others too.

    First Skainos now this.

    Baby steps.

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  9. Comment on Cartoon – Loyal to whom?
    on 23 April 2014 at 4:41 am

    The Queen isn’t loyal enough anymore for loyal loyalists.

    It reminds me of the Southpark episode where Jesus wasn’t Catholic enough for the Bill Donohue and the American Catholic League so they wanted rid of him.

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  10. Comment on NI21′s ‘tús maith’ !
    on 23 April 2014 at 4:29 am


    “The report in the Belfast Telegraph bizarrely has Basil McRea ‘defending’ his party’s decision to go with ‘Gaeilge’ on their billboards.

    Could you explain your use of the word ‘bizarrely’ here?


    Perhaps it is a token gesture, but it’s a much larger token than any other unionist party has been prepared to offer for quite some time.

    Hopefully we’ll see some follow through.


    As for the Ulster Scots aspect, well, I imagine that many of the people who would be outraged at the omission of an Ulster Scots notice would be unlikely to follow NI21 anyway.

    Incidentally, I feel that Ulster Scots has been hijacked too.

    There’s a fair whack of people in Ulster with Scottish ancestry whether it be Galloglass, lowlander or Gaelic planter and it’s ridiculous to assume that they should all be Protestant unionists yet a fair whack of Ulster Scots movers and shakers are just that.


    On that Scottish-Irish note , I recommend a book by Mr Joe’s brother:

    Immensely readable and informative.

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