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Longtime reader of Slugger. I rarely post and when I do, it is frequently when Americans or the USA becomes the topic under discussion.

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Kevsterino has commented 1,031 times (6 in the last month).

  1. Comment on Geraldine Finucane: “A deep wound cannot be stitched over and just left because it won’t heal”
    on 21 April 2014 at 4:15 pm

    When organs of the state conspire to execute citizens outside an accountable judicial framework, it isn’t just the executed that suffer, nor those who are in cahoots with the executed.

    It is the state, and its forces, that loose their mantel of authority. That is something somewhat more valuable than the single human life that is lost.

    Anyone who thinks murdering Pat Finucane was wise, or good or justified isn’t thinking this thing through.

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  2. Comment on Sinn Fein’s Demographic war for constitutional change is useless without middle class
    on 12 April 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I expect that as the proportion of the population who identify as Irish grows, their mere presence as a majority will progressively make Northern Ireland a more Irish place. Whether this will be acceptable to folks who regard themselves as ‘Simply British’ or who tick the ‘British Only’ box is, to me at least, an open question. I can imagine it would make people who hold such views anxious about their future.

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  3. Comment on Sinn Fein’s Demographic war for constitutional change is useless without middle class
    on 12 April 2014 at 3:36 pm

    @Greenflag, do check out the link. It has an amusing ‘blast from the past’ explaining in numerological certitude that Gerry Adams is…what for it…the Anti-Christ! Great stuff.

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  4. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 10 April 2014 at 6:33 pm

    The more normal Sinn Fein acts, the more discombobulated Unionism becomes. On this side of the pond, McGuinness appears forward-looking and responsible by attending this state occasion.

    So it goes…

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  5. Comment on Court dismisses case because there were too few present who were likely to be offended?
    on 5 April 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I think that those who wish to cause offense will find new ways to do so as soon as ‘traditional’ methods are legislated against. Besides, as far as propaganda is concerned, it is an huge ‘own goal’ on the part of the loyalists. It portrays loyalism as nothing more than bigotry. It costs them more than they appear to know. Were I a Republican, I’d buy them a big new drum.

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  6. Comment on Boston College tapes unlikely to lead Adams to gaol but suggest any truth process is pointless
    on 26 March 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I think that sincere and educated people will be arguing what is the truth about Gerry Adams well into the next century, much like folks in Kansas and Missouri still can’t agree upon the truth about John Brown, Jim Lane and William Quantrill.

    It is never going to be agreed. Get used to it.

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  7. Comment on Why Irish America needs to get on board with modern Ireland, or get out of the way.
    on 19 March 2014 at 2:13 am

    Ok, I’m done with my annual plastic paddywhackery and have sufficiently detoxified to attempt to contribute something worthwhile regarding Irish Americanism.

    I don’t think anyone should find it surprising that for many of us, our knowledge of Ireland starts with talk around the dinner table with the story of the circumstances of some forbear’s egress from Ireland. Bear in mind, that when someone has determined the circumstances warrant them pulling up stakes and sailing against the wind across the Atlantic in floating coffins, the tale they tell of the old country is not a pleasant story. Depending what particular era the migration occurred, for that particular family, Ireland is sort of stuck in the spot in the space-time continuum. Bits of my family came over from different areas at different times, so I’m all mixed up as far as that goes.

    These days, most of the Irish crowd I ran with in my misspent youth are old guys now. The young ones, most of them, don’t read the news any more than any other age cohort even about their own local areas, let alone on a global scale. Furthermore, news from Ireland hasn’t exactly been the sort to capture their imaginations. “Politicians Disagree Over Flags and Parades” comes across as almost funny, if it weren’t so pathetic. But we’re not much better with the bitching about banners for buggerers in a St. Patrick’s Parade. Jesus wept.

    But still, the music recitals and the dancing classes are always full.

    I think it shows something that those who left those emerald shores knew so long ago. We can be Irish with or without Ireland.

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  8. Comment on Ukraine: impotent activism and the limits of US power
    on 16 March 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Yes, there really are limits to US power. But what of European power? The Europeans are going to have to, some day, agree upon European borders or do away with them entirely.

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  9. Comment on In losing touch with Ireland’s struggles is Irish America losing its social conscience?
    on 16 March 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I, of course, can only speak for myself in regards to my concerns regarding Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Irish in general. I don’t know how one can presume to speak for ‘Irish America’ as it has been called. I’m still not sure what that term means, anyway. Americans who come from an Irish background have become as diverse in their politics as any other group of Americans. I think this is Andrew’s error. Bill and Sean both have a large following on the right, and most of their followers aren’t Irish Americans.

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  10. Comment on MPs could name IRA members who appear on #ShinnersList…
    on 14 March 2014 at 3:23 am

    I think this whole “OTR Get-Out-of-Jail-Free-Card” business obviates the need for a sensible way of dealing with the past. Call it what you will, crime, revolution, war or terrorism, if the people of Northern Ireland can’t come to some kind of agreement to put this shit in a box then this generation is doomed to repeatedly bash one another with it.

    Many unionists have believed, for years, that there is a secret deal protecting certain republican politicians. They expect to see proof of that, so they do. Whatever the truth of the matter is, the fact remains that it has little, if anything, to do with the future of Northern Ireland.

    Nobody dares speak of the future.

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