Apologises for a post that is completely unrelated to stated blog topic, and links to a very humorous post previously spotted and linked on another blog. Urges everyone to read said post and all the comments. Points out that everyone could learn many lessons from this.. but fails to explain how or why it is relevant.


  • fartrick

    er…wheres the funny bit

  • Ciaran Irvine

    Fartrick has obviously had a sense of humour bypass 🙂

  • Rory

    I met that Christopher Hitchens once and, yes, he was very, very drunk. But then so was I. We did not like each other. However, while I now can add to the damage to his reputation by recalling the encounter he, because I am a nobody, and because he probably doesn’t remember anyway and because nobody would give a shit anyway, can do my reputation no harm whatsoever. So Yah-boo shucks, fat-face!

  • smcgiff

    I’m very much guessing this is an in-joke.

    I feel mildly violated! 🙂

  • susan

    A deficit of humour in the readers of a blog dedicated to the Northern Ireland conflict? Jeanie Mackers like, I’m stunned!

    (Don’t worry, Pete. Those of us that got it gained too much sweet catharsis adding our own comments there to post here.)

  • TL

    Adds praise of blogger and notes humor of post IN ALL CAPS.

  • susan

    Winking emoticon, immediately followed by gratuitous exclamation points.

  • TL

    Long winded analysis of how Gerry Adams caused it all.

  • Joe

    No; it was themmuns.

  • susan

    1500-word exegesis concurring that, indeed, it was themmuns.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Reminder of “ball not man” rule from blogmaster plus or minus censorship of potentially libellous post followed by response from poster regarding bias of site, censorship, free speech, fascism and further ad hominem attack on subject in question.

  • TL

    15 lines of propaganda that no one could ever really believe…followed by the suggestion that Mick is bias and only takes down posts from one side

  • TL

    apology for crossing wires with above poster thereby taking up more space and time followed by the acceptance of my apology and a comment suggesting that its all good because we both really hate the poster that was attacked

  • Snuff Box

    Rejection of validity of blog followed by accusations that all above commenters work for Daily Ireland.

  • susan

    Ode to the spirit of Irish resistance in Elizabethan sonnet form, hopelessly marred by not one but three unfortunate rhymes with “Murphy.”

  • Murphy

    It could go wrong and it did.

  • Joe

    Lesson learned = penny spent

  • susan

    2500-word exegesis concurring that Lesson learned = penny spent.

    Obligatory observation that Murphy was, indeed, naively optimistic.

  • Nick J

    8 posts from shinners followed by loyalist (concerned or not)post claiming that all 8 posters above work for the Chuckie Blog Commitee. Followed by Gaskin (head of the CBC)repeating that the CBC does not exist.

  • TL

    Discussion of what Bobby Sands would think and how he didn’t die for this.

  • Pythagoras

    Numerically challenged blogger sent to stand in corner

  • Euclid

    Confirms that all parts of the corner are indeed right angles, discounting non-euclidean space

  • John Napier

    Slide Rules. OK?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Moderator wades in and offers comment on quality of thread, makes coffee.

  • Joe

    Java applet?

  • susan

    Cringingly awkward misinterpretation of Occam’s Razor, best ignored.

  • TL

    confusing post by someone who didn’t read the link or most of the above posts

  • K.C. Gillette

    Distressingly, Occam had a beard.

  • Shadowy Figure

    Someone somewhere has got something to hide about something that happened sometime awhile ago. Be warned, shadowy intelligence figure said it first.


  • Poseidon

    Still; waters run deep.

  • F. Josephus

    Breaking News: Jewish upstart executed 3.00pm local time today in Palestine.

  • Michael Fish

    Thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon.

  • TL

    personal attack on shadow (who everyone knows is the reason for every problem in NI since 1969) causes post to be removed followed by yet another ‘ball vs man’ lecture and a threat to start handing out red cards.

  • Rory

    Accepibility of usage of Latin terms such as “ad hominem” clearly indicates Fenian bias of blogmaster.

  • Sharon

    Ha ha ha.
    Pinctus fuctus.

  • susan

    Initially casual objection to claim of Shadowy Figure from Siofre quickly spirals into pages long debate between Shadowy Figure and Siofre. Both posters demonstrate unnervingly comprehensive familiarity with the MoD’s MO, the serial numbers of the missing South African guns, the current whereabouts of a notorious supergrass, and what beverage a leading SF negotiator will remove from the fridge, twenty minutes from now.

  • Sharon

    Predict Seact Suas.

  • Pete Baker

    Sets down obligatory glass of cabernet sauvignon long enough to highlight earlier comment in thread – which, not coincidentally, agreed with the original post. Suggests commenter should return to expand on that point.

    Dismisses criticisms of post condescendingly and reminds commenters that they should keep to the topic.. and that, if they don’t, the comment will be removed – ends by citing commenting policy.

  • SlugFest

    Throws an ad hominem sucker punch at Pete Baker, ironically highlighting Pete Baker’s self-confessed condescension of other bloggers.

  • SlugFest

    Writes a second post apologizing to Pete Baker for first post. Reprioritizes ‘to do’ list to reflect much needed work on passive/aggressive behavior.

  • Pete Baker

    Pointedly reminds all commenters to play the ball!

  • Pete Baker

    Returns to thread to acknowledge apology. Attempts to explain previous reference as not being condescending towards other bloggers, only towards self.. but resulting line of argument fails to convince. Multiple spelling mistakes in comment.

  • TL

    Wonders if Pete was being honest about his wine consumption, imagines him drinking glass number two by this hour. Makes casual remark about need for more information with regards to soft drinks and Sinn Fein negotiators so post doesn’t appear off topic.

  • Pete Baker

    Incoherent rant which requires another moderator to step in and delete comment.

  • SlugFest

    Eyes the newly posted ‘deleted by moderator’ comment. Quietly laments missing the original offending post before it was wiped clean.

  • Golfer

    Teed off (the ball).

  • TL

    SAW the post before it came down and KNOWS that Pete is well past glass number one. (also learned a swear new word)

  • Darren Clarke

    Heh heh heh.

  • Omar

    The moving finger writes…..

  • AB

    Slighting reference to Free State;
    Republican angst;
    Peace Process hailed;

  • Mary

    The finger indeed did move but it merely tapped the keyboard.

  • Pete Baker

    Blatant, and blatantly unsuccessful, attempt to use a sock-puppet.

  • sheryl

    Sock puppets are cute, fun and easy to make. With a few simple materials and about an hour of time, you can create your very own sock puppet. Make several and treat your friends to a puppet show!

    Here’s what you will need:

    one old, clean sock

    permanent markers in your favorite colors

    assorted buttons

    a few inches of yarn for hair or whiskers

    white glue

    square of wax paper


    a vivid imagination

    Here’s what to do:

    First you will need to put your hand inside the sock to see where the puppet’s face will be. Have an adult help you form the sock around your hand so that you can decide where the mouth goes. Next, remove the sock from your hand and put the square of wax paper inside. This will keep the glue and markers from soaking all the way through. Carefully smooth out the sock so that you have a flat surface to work on. Remember where you wanted to draw the face and get ready to use your imagination!

    First, decide where you want the nose to go and choose a marker. Draw on the nose with the marker. Don’t press down too hard! If you are making a dog or a cat puppet, carefully draw whiskers beside the nose or glue short pieces of black yarn to the sock.

    When you have created the perfect nose for your puppet, you are ready to add the mouth. With a marker, carefully trace around the part of the sock that will form the mouth when your hand is inside. Color the puppet’s lips. You might even want to draw in a tongue!

    Next come the eyes. Put a small amount of white glue on each side of the puppet’s face. Place one button on each spot of glue and gently press. It will take awhile for the glue to dry so be patient. The good thing about white glue is that if the eyes fall off, you can safely glue them back on. Or perhaps you can ask an adult to sew the button eyes in place for you.

    The hair is the last thing you will add. Choose your favorite color yarn and cut it into short pieces. Attach these pieces to the top of the head with dabs of white glue. If you’re making an animal puppet, like a lion or a horse, you can even make the yarn look like a mane! Or if your puppet is going to look like a little girl, you might want to give her long hair that you can tie with a ribbon. Have fun making the hair!

    If you like, you can use the markers to design clothing for your puppet. For example, you might draw on a collar or necklace. You could even glue more buttons down the front to make it look like your puppet is wearing a shirt! Use your imagination to make your puppet the most fantastic creation ever seen.

    When you have finished decorating your puppet, you will need to let it sit undisturbed until the glue and markers dry. To be safe, you may want to let your puppet dry over night. Once everything is finished, you’re ready to put on a show!

  • TL

    *sips bloody mary and wonders to self what Pete could be doing with sock puppet, blushes and writes…*
    Have no fear Pete, whatever happens an argument can be made that it was all the fault of a political party, organization, club, religion, philosophy or ideology.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Reminds all posters who first brought “ball vs man” theorum and ad hominem posts into thread and smiles smugley at apparent plagarism of other posters while putting an all encompassing (sic) to ward off spelling errors.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Apologises to TL who clearly was thinking originally but unfortunately did not get there first.

    Congratulates Sheryl on v funny retort to clearly off topic moderator/poster/troll 🙂

  • Thomas

    Jeezus TL.
    why are you bringing up the memory of 300 protestant martyrs at this point.
    Themmuns are the bad ones.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Clarifies it was TL’s post 12 that was slightly tardy.

  • donald trump

    ante post 12 is more appropriate.

  • TL

    Wonders what the relationship between my post and sheryl’s really was… moves on… laughs out loud at thomas… that was GOOD.

  • TL

    gets it now

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Apologises to Don for pedantic error – ad hominem attack on Donald’s corporate American small brown people bashing, USA war supporting and general West Atlantic European diplomacy bashing follows with customary warning from moderator follows.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    See ante post 11 (first third, second half).

  • esmereldavillalobos

    I must mention the Nazi’s thereby invoking Godwin’s Law and end the thread.

    (Some chance!)

  • fartrick

    it still isnt funny….same thing has been done on many sites…but if you smart people think its funny then its obviously not funny

  • susan

    Pitch perfect rejoinder, in Irish.

    Administration of Slugger’s first and conceivably last group hug.

    Refers TL to March 29, 2005 definition of sock puppet. Provides link:


  • Fidel


  • esmereldavillalobos

    Despite invocation of Godwin’s law reminds ante poster 1 of “party-pooper” status followed by ad hominem (TM) attack on poster’s sense of humour, intelligence, sexual preferance and denomination. I am a troll trying to get this removed by the moderators…

  • George


  • Pete Baker

    Returns to apologise for intemperate comments of previous night. Doesn’t read thread and therefore fails to notice that moderator has already edited the comments.

    Ignores trolling.

  • Pontius Pilate

    can we all now wash our hands of this

  • Surgeon General

    The most important thing that you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.

    By frequently washing your hands you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal waste.

    What happens if you do not wash your hands frequently?
    You pick up germs from other sources and then you infect yourself when you

    * Touch your eyes
    * Or your nose
    * Or your mouth.

    One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus.

    You can also spread germs directly to others or onto surfaces that other people touch. And before you know it, everybody around you is getting sick.

    The important thing to remember is that, in addition to colds, some pretty serious diseases — like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea — can easily be prevented if people make a habit of washing their hands.

    When should you wash your hands?
    You should wash your hands often. Probably more often than you do now because you can’t see germs with the naked eye or smell them, so you do not really know where they are hiding.

    It is especially important to wash your hands

    * Before, during, and after you prepare food
    * Before you eat, and after you use the bathroom
    * After handling animals or animal waste
    * When your hands are dirty, and
    * More frequently when someone in your home is sick.

    What is the correct way to wash your hands?

    * First wet your hands and apply liquid or clean bar soap. Place the bar soap on a rack and allow it to drain.
    * Next rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces.
    * Continue for 10 – 15 seconds or about the length of a little tune. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
    * Rinse well and dry your hands.

    It is estimated that one out of three people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. So these tips are also important when you are out in public.

    Washing your hands regularly can certainly save a lot on medical bills. Because it costs less than a penny, you could say that this penny’s worth of prevention can save you a $50 visit to the doctor.

  • Doctor Who

    But what Doctor would you use

  • Dalek king

    Doctor? No!
    Be afraid, be very afraid.