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  1. Comment on Friday Thread: “If we take man as he really is, we make him worse.”
    on 26 January 2014 at 4:11 pm

    “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants”. – Chuckles the Clown, revealing the meaning of life on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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  2. Comment on Organ Donation: Should we be ‘Opting in’ or ‘Opting out’?
    on 18 January 2014 at 9:45 pm

    “Its always my right to change this at any point up to the one where I pop my clogs – at which pint i wont give a damn.”

    Good for you, but those who can’t exercise the supposed choice such as the mentally ill and the intellectually disabled don’t have the academic luxury.

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  3. Comment on Organ Donation: Should we be ‘Opting in’ or ‘Opting out’?
    on 18 January 2014 at 9:42 pm

    The underlyning principle being established is the citizen is the property of the state, with its organs harvested to serve the common good or to serve the private corporate interests who operate with the state in its medical facilities. No doubt those of a statist mentality see nothing wrong with ownership of their bodies being claimed by the state but the rest of folks should be concerned at the transfer of ownership.

    Incidentally, some doctors prefer not to wait until the patient is actually dead and others prefer to kill the patient rather than wait.

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  4. Comment on Ian Paisley and his monumentally dictatorial personality at bay…
    on 14 January 2014 at 11:48 am

    He’s more of the bigmouth than the archetypal big man. Take away the showman’s booming voice and bombastic opposition and what you’re left with is the little man in the interview.

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  5. Comment on It’s the job of McGuinness and McDonnell to reach agreement with unionists…
    on 10 January 2014 at 7:40 pm

    “The job of Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein or Alasdair McDonnell and the SDLP is not to reach an agreement with Richard Haass, it’s to reach an agreement with unionists.”

    That’s exactly the case. And when the SDLP/Shinners/Haass and sidekick are tired of pointing an indignant finger at the DUP/UUP/Alliance for refusing to agree with them, that will remain the case.

    It’s up to the SDLP/Shinners to get down to the business of reaching an agreement with unionists on the contentious issues rather than reaching an agreement with each other.

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  6. Comment on After Haass, the numbers game threatens. How can we avoid it?
    on 10 January 2014 at 3:28 am

    “The result is that immigrants, torn in all these directions or none, have no effect on the final outcome.”

    They’re not ‘torn’ at all. They’ve already decided to live within the United Kingdom as opposed to Ireland or any other EU destination, and are most likely to stick with their original decision in any border poll.

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  7. Comment on Haass/O’Sullivan: We are disappointed that all five have not [endorsed the agreement]
    on 9 January 2014 at 2:09 pm

    “Leaders must be prepared to take and make precisely this case to their constituents and the broader public. We are confident that the vast majority of the people of Northern Ireland understand this reality and, when they consider the whole text, agree that its acceptance would move society forward.”

    Should their confidence not be tested by a referendum then?

    The Shinners made compromise impossible at the talks via their strategy of winding-up loyalists via flags and winding-up unionists via Castlederg, etc. From the Shinners perspective, it’s good party politics to wind-up the other tribe as the party thrives on sectarian division in society.

    They also have to pretend to their supporters, given that their violent campaign to end British rule was an abject failure (they now assist in the internal administration of British rule), that their actual campaign was to end Orange rule. So, in addition to winding-up the other tribe for votes, they have to keep on attacking everything Orange in order to stay relevant with their supporters. Unfinished business, and all that…

    Likewise, it’s good party politics for the DUP to defend the Orange.

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  8. Comment on Why the neo Redmondists of Sinn Fein are happier to make Haass concessions than the DUP…
    on 9 January 2014 at 1:40 pm

    It is the right of parents in NI to decide how their child is to be educated in accordance with their values, not the right of the state to use the child as part of a social engineering experiment that is designed to engineer a Northern Irish nation.

    It doesn’t follow, anyway, that the missing nation would be engineered among future generations by removing religion from children’s education. It is more likely to be the case that minorities would be bullied at schools where the other tribe is a majority or would assimilate into that tribe, thereby aggravating rather than ameliorating their non-religious political divisions.

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  9. Comment on So, just what would it take to gain Unionist confidence? #Haass
    on 6 January 2014 at 6:42 pm

    “So what you are saying is that SF pulled a hyped con job on the loyalists of the time and they fell for it hook line and sinker . More fool them”

    The con job was on their own supporters. The black taxis were sent up and down the Fall Road with giddy dupes hanging out of windows waving tricolours as though they were having some sort of victory parade.

    Loyalists were also unwittingly duped, as were many unionists, since they could believe that the ‘republicans’ would celebrate before they had any deal to celebrate and, therefore, they must be celebrating some secret deal.

    It didn’t occur to them that the Shinners were simply deceiving their own supporters since that was before such deception of the wee sheep was rebranded as ‘leadership’ and before it was widely known that the sheep were led by such deception.

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