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foreigner resident in norn ironlad since 1979 "There is only way to look at a politician. Down." am a single parent and single minded. influences? mark twain, hl mencken, gore vidal, arethea franklin, james brown likes? italian food, tennessee sippin whiskey, opera, loud rock n roll dislikes? nayce people, senior civil servants and their zipper lickers, provincial chickenshits on an ego trip

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  1. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 22 April 2014 at 12:47 am

    Brian

    a great piece of writing.

    was gonna say, save it from the memoirs, but WTF you have decided to post your words on Slugger

    words, which remind me of something. a something Abraham Lincoln attempted to examine

    “This fragment was found and preserved by John Hay, one of President Lincoln’s White House secretaries, who said it was “not written to be seen of men.” “Mr. Lincoln admits us into the most secret recesses of his soul …. Perplexed and afflicted beyond the power of human help, by the disasters of war, the wrangling of parties, and the inexorable and constraining logic of his own mind, he shut out the world one day, and tried to put into form his double sense of responsibility to human duty and Divine Power; and this was the result. It shows — as has been said in another place — the awful sincerity of a perfectly honest soul, trying to bring itself into closer communion with its Maker.”

    The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party — and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.

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  2. Comment on Lamentation over the Boston tapes does not prevent us dealing with the past
    on 30 March 2014 at 6:34 pm

    ‘or to put it more starkly, the incompatible choice between truth and justice.’

    well put Brian. good writing, you struck the lightening rather than the lightening bug.

    you may be aware of John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, poker player, JFKs ambassador to India and all-weather trouble shooter

    ‘Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.’

    John Kenneth Galbraith 1962

    From a private letter to JFK upon his return from a ‘Fact Finding’ mission in Vietnam

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  3. Comment on Quote of the Day…
    on 28 March 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Morpheus

    yeah, good ol Bismark. Germany’s answer to Abe Lincoln.

    However, on a totally off topic note… ah, how are you able to ‘BOLD’ highlight a comment?

    i’ have tried. with zero success. any helpful hints?

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  4. Comment on Quote of the Day…
    on 28 March 2014 at 4:30 pm

    In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have other tie upon one another, but by our word.

    If we did but discover the horror and gravity of it, we should pursue it with fire and sword, and more justly than other crimes. … after a tongue has once got the knack of lying, ‘tis not to be imagined how impossible it is to reclaim it whence it comes to pass that we see some, who are otherwise very honest men, so subject and enslaved to this vice.

    An ancient father says “that a dog we know is better company than a man whose language we do not understand.”

    Michel de Montaigne. 1574

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  5. Comment on PSNI out, then in but LGBT still in the cold.
    on 15 March 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Growingup in 50s 60s New York City was great

    there was something like 8 or 9 TV channels

    one was channel 11 and their awesome front man, “S’gt” Jack McCarthy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/05/26/nyregion/jack-mccarthy-is-dead-at-81-tv-s-mr-st-patrick-s-day.html

    Jacks ultimate calling in life was to comment on the NY St Patricks Day Parade. But there were per se no commentators back then. As a kid, and we always had the school day off, the name of the game was to predict when Sgt Jack was so pissed, his commentary became legendary.

    one of his high points was posing, and answering, the following question

    Q: What’s green, five miles long and has an asshole at each end?

    A: The New York Saint Patricks Day Parade

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  6. Comment on Hyde Park bombing suspect will not be prosecuted
    on 26 February 2014 at 3:14 am

    “Swine Rules”

    it is the oldest insight, and least published headline, in Irish politics.

    we bought the ticket. and here is the ride.

    on a strictly personal note. is the desire to piss down the throat of all the John Downeys, and all his enablers, in this world, politically incorrect? or generic imperative?

    there is a stange notion of innocence and upstanding citizens about in this land

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  7. Comment on How’s that story holding up for you now dFM?
    on 21 February 2014 at 6:55 pm

    FJH

    1. “Is any businessman, pollster, lobbyist, journalist, senior civil servant, academic ,politician from any other party or plain individual going to refuse an invite to a Ministerial “launch” or “conference” on….principle???”
    Probably not. This is the manifestation of the ‘New Dispensation’. alright, fair enough, The Who singing Won’t Get Again is playing in the background

    2. “Its not “Themmuns up on the Hill” and “Us”” T’was ever thus

    3. “We are ALL tainted and compromised.” With genuine respect, I disagree.

    Those who colluded in perpetrating, then perpetuating the new dispensation , on whatever level or score, yeah, of course they are tainted. but your typical citizen on the ground, tainted? please elaborate and explain. i am genuinely curious re the rationale for your statement on being tainted.

    tainted? it all sounds a bit like original sin to me although many, if not most, citizens were force fed the apple, and a few refused to bite, it is the candy apple makers who should be squarely in your usually precise sights.

    mahalo

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  8. Comment on Aventas: “These scandalous attacks orchestrated by a small group of criminals and their equally criminal sponsors…”
    on 14 February 2014 at 6:38 pm

    “If this was in Kerry or Wales or Glasgow it would be all over the media – yet here there is a pall of silence? Why?”

    ah, it’s called managing your investment portfolio. and occasionally in this pristine jurisdiction, the media is merely the marketing dept.

    working at behest of The Firm

    Perhaps Kerry or Wales or Glasgow are different in this respect? i do not know

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  9. Comment on Green ‘dismissal’: “There are no policy issues, because the people you are talking about remain in the party”
    on 14 February 2014 at 6:07 pm

    going way back to 1972, i always liked Hunter Thompsons take on the political press reportage of rumors….

    “Self-proclaimed “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thomson defined his brand as, “a style of reporting based on William Faulkner’s idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism…” Maybe that’s what he had in mind when he invented a story about presidential candidate Ed Muskie on the campaign trail in 1972.

    Under the headline “Big Ed Exposed as Ibogaine Addict,” Thompson claimed that Muskie was addicted to a hallucinogenic drug called ibogaine. The prank was intended in part to test the gullibility of his fellow members of the press, who apparently proved suseptible to running with the false story. In the work, HST colorfully described the effect of the drug on Muskie, “given the known effects of ibogaine… Muskie’s brain was almost paralyzed by hallucinations… he looked out at the crowd and saw gila monsters instead of people”. ”

    … and here the crowd looks out and sees gila monsters instead of politicians

    http://willrabbe.com/microblog/2011/4/11/edmund-muskies-drug-addiction-according-to-hunter-thompson.html

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  10. Comment on Aventas: “These scandalous attacks orchestrated by a small group of criminals and their equally criminal sponsors…”
    on 12 February 2014 at 6:41 pm

    ‘What a strange set of events’

    Cynic2. could not have put it better myself.

    being a simple man, i like simple stories.

    on this crazy windy evening, its a toss-up whether to put Millers Crossing or Godfather II on the DVD

    with respect to this ongoing Quinn saga and its myriad and mysterious players, my stance is also simple. why not piss down all their throats?

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