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8926  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What was your schooling? on: January 03, 2008, 03:02:20 pm
Fee-Paying in the Irish lexicon; which is to say I (or rather my parents) paid for my education while the school remained within the state system and curriculum. Though it should be noted that in Ireland the government has never a high degree of regulation over the schools as in other European countries.

It was a collossal waste of money.
8927  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Most conservative Western country on: January 03, 2008, 03:00:38 pm

8928  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 31, 2007, 06:41:26 pm
Seems Fairly Typical if more articulate of many on this forum and the internets as a whole. Oh, btw we share a birthday!
8929  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: will Stephane Dion ever be PM of Canada? on: December 31, 2007, 05:58:48 pm
ftr, I never said anything good about Justin Trudeau, just that he's the party's likely next leader.

What about Michael Ignatieff?

Also having just wikied I see that Trudeau isn't even an MP yet.. and his would be riding isn't even a liberal hold; unless having the surname "Trudeau" gets you a massive boost in Montreal.
8930  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Choice chain for the new year! on: December 31, 2007, 04:02:56 pm
My Favourite movie I suppose. Though alot depends on what you mean by favourite. Putting on my 'Intellectual-semi-pretentious' hat says Once Upon a time in America, Putting on my 'Childhood Nostalgia' hat Back to the Future Part II, Putting on my 'I need to relax' hat The Truman Show, Putting on my 'Retro Noir' hat Kiss Me Deadly, Putting on my 'Stupid mindless Brain freeze hat Big trouble in Little China.

Suburbs or Ralph Nader.
8931  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Three posters least likely to ever live in a suburb on: December 31, 2007, 03:59:52 pm
End of year bump.

I love this thread just because of the brutal and extreme ownage Gully received.

Roll Eyes

God you are so petty.
8932  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Appropriate Irish political party for the preceding poster? on: December 30, 2007, 07:57:34 pm
Neither of course. Probably settle into Fine Gael with advancing age, decreasing radicalism, and increasing boredom.

No, you've got me confused with farmers.

Anyway I can't imagine my boredom being much higher than it is at present. I'm really only at this forum recently because I was struck down with a minor flu; which means great annoyance to my life and a need to heal at home while doing nothing.

Of course, Colin Wixted would make a great member of the United Ireland Party (FG) - His Americanized accent would win lots of votes in South Dublin alone..
8933  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: are you more conservative or liberal than the preceding atlasian? on: December 30, 2007, 06:01:25 pm
Hard to be more conservative.. So more liberal.
8934  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 30, 2007, 05:13:31 pm
25 Posts and nothing too offensive.. So far positive is what I can say.
8935  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Appropriate Irish political party for the preceding poster? on: December 30, 2007, 05:09:21 pm
The Democratic Socialist Party if Al was in Limerick in the 70s and 80s.

8936  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Girl Allergic to Food; Insurance Won't Pay for her Supplement on: December 30, 2007, 05:07:29 pm
Name one insurance company that will insure you when you're 75 with failing health. 
None I hope, or they would go bankrupt.  Do you understand that insurance is not a right?  Do you furthermore understand that insurance is to hedge against uncertainty?  Do you realize that insurance is not some magical building where you get to put $200 a month into and claim $3,000 a month?  Do you comprehend that an event is not insurable if it is certain to happen because insurance is meant to smooth the curve of unexpected losses?

God.  People can be so bloody dumb.

But what you forget Richius is that normal people don't give a sh**t about whether an insurance company goes bankrupt or whether the world complies to your financial nicities or not.

What they do care about them, and it is why we are having this thread, is that this girl gets her nutrition and is allowed to live without tearing apart at the pockets at the unfortunate parents - and your whole "But the Insurance companies will lose money - and we all know that is the most important thing in the Universe EVER" arguement matters squat - it is not like this isn't a very unusual and completely uncontrollable case (we aren't talking a car accident here; this is no-one's fault - and its rarity means that profit would only slightly be dented - but then again, we all know how horrible that is). So you should except some social responibility here; except that concept seems about as alien to you as blacks being people.
8937  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: December 30, 2007, 02:48:27 pm
Today's Sunday Business Post have apparently reported that the Government plan on holding the EU Reform Treaty Referendum on 9 May.

Any idea on whether they will hold the referendum on 'Children's Rights' on the same day? (They were also talking about a potential referendum on Gay Marriage.. Until Leninhan said it would be 'divisive' Roll Eyes )

8938  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pick your candidate on: December 29, 2007, 06:49:19 pm
Is it just me or in the United States are political positions entirely tailored for this sort of test - there is no ambuiguity, no sense of coherent vision beyond "Is abortion good for women\wimmin"? OR "Puppies: A reason to increase National security?" In other words politicians - even Progressive Kucinich - pander to this sh**t of "I like Abortions, I like Puppies and I don't hate Brown People OMG I SUCH I LIKE KUCINICH!!1111".

Not to mention the obiligatory dumb question like "Is the Death Penalty a states' rights issue?" is to give my position, I would support States Rights if they abolished it, and I wouldn't if they didn't.

And btw, with me not filling in half the answers I still got I guessed: Gravel and Kucinich equal in first. All Republicans except Paul in Minus figures. Its still accurate I suppose.
8939  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: should I register to vote? on: December 29, 2007, 06:38:33 pm
Consider whether or not Mike Gravel will still be around by the NY primaries (which are...?) as his ads alone are the worth voting for.

Even if you don't register it is a pretty self-satisfied thing you are doing given your reasons - after all, how many will affected by your "protest", a grandiose term here.

As you are annoyed at the United States government then joining a third party (and ergo voting for it...) or plotting a marxist coup in your garage are two ways of doing something about it..
8940  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 29, 2007, 06:34:42 pm
Is a good person but shows far too much naivete. (No offense!)
8941  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lakota Nation declares seccession from the United States. on: December 29, 2007, 06:34:01 pm
Already posted a long time ago.

Couldn't find it anywhere.

And this is about as valid as if I declared Minnesota an independent nation and started asking for recognition, aka it's just some activists doing so, not any actual tribal leaders.

Oh I know that it means nothing really; something which just amuses me really.
8942  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Lakota Nation declares seccession from the United States. on: December 29, 2007, 06:30:32 pm

Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US

Dec 19, 2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.

Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Means said.

The treaties signed with the United States are merely "worthless words on worthless paper," the Lakota freedom activists say on their website.

The treaties have been "repeatedly violated in order to steal our culture, our land and our ability to maintain our way of life," the reborn freedom movement says.

Withdrawing from the treaties was entirely legal, Means said.

"This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically article six of the constitution," which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land, he said.

"It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent," said Means.

The Lakota relaunched their journey to freedom in 1974, when they drafted a declaration of continuing independence -- an overt play on the title of the United States' Declaration of Independence from England.

Thirty-three years have elapsed since then because "it takes critical mass to combat colonialism and we wanted to make sure that all our ducks were in a row," Means said.

One duck moved into place in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples -- despite opposition from the United States, which said it clashed with its own laws.

"We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children," Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977, told the news conference.

The US "annexation" of native American land has resulted in once proud tribes such as the Lakota becoming mere "facsimiles of white people," said Means.

Oppression at the hands of the US government has taken its toll on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies -- less than 44 years -- in the world.

Lakota teen suicides are 150 percent above the norm for the United States; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.

"Our people want to live, not just survive or crawl and be mascots," said Young.

"We are not trying to embarrass the United States. We are here to continue the struggle for our children and grandchildren," she said, predicting that the battle would not be won in her lifetime.
8943  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: December 29, 2007, 06:24:45 pm
Yeah, that's as puzzling as Gully Foyle's interpretations of movies.

Perhaps one day I should bore you to death on the significant of Pulp Fiction?
8944  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: who do you THINK will win the Democratic Iowa Caucuses? on: December 29, 2007, 06:22:44 pm
My gut is leaning towards a Clinton nomination with the republicans snatching it from defeat again in November because of "OMG HILLARY!!111"..

So Clinton just about will do it here.
8945  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Obama vs Romney on: December 29, 2007, 12:10:42 pm
If it's these two, Bloomberg will be running, so you should add him to the contest.

If I lived in the rural heartland of this country and I have to choose between a black and a Mormon, which one do you think I would choose?

And a black, a mormon and a Jew on the other hand..?
8946  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 29, 2007, 12:09:35 pm
Has a tendency to come across as Elitist - plus has in his signature logos supporting both Romney and Nixon (who I still can't believe there are some supporters left.. after all we know.) In other words; Not a good sign. Despite this, he is not a bad person in himself, though some of his surroundings may be.
8947  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceding signuture part 2? on: December 28, 2007, 06:39:56 pm
Patriotic in a left-wing way.
8948  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: State Your Positions on: December 28, 2007, 06:36:28 pm
(Not that Gully wouldn't necessarily agree with this...)

Or say that it is a bad thing. Wink

Actually I don't see myself as totally unIrish; actually every day more and more I see myself as a patriot bemoaning how this country has occasionally been brought low by its people.

But anyway pray tell, for my own education, so as I'll know when I see one...what is the typical Irish person like?

A red headed dwarf from Country Keareeee who says Beogorrah alot, obviously.
8949  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Appropriate Irish political party for the preceding poster? on: December 28, 2007, 06:32:34 pm
Depends, possibly an ex-Democratic Left, now a often discontented leftist Labour voter. I'd imagine certain leftist Independents like Seamus Healy (ex-Tipp S); Catherine Murphy (ex-Kildare N); Tony Gregory (Dublin Central) would appeal. Depends on constituency alot, to the point where a "Write-in: George Orwell" ballot might be cast as often as anything else. Grin

Hey, that's what I am thinking of doing during the Children's 'rights' referendum.

As for Jas, Independants - especially ones who scream "OMG TEH HOSPITAL!111" - seem the best choice, that or lawyers. You can always trust lawyers. Wink

EDIT - Oh, @Al:

Fianna Gael/Fine Fail

Was that a subtle Joke? 20 Brownie Points going your way if it was...
8950  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: After 400 year hiatus Catholicism is once again most popular in England on: December 28, 2007, 06:28:43 pm
Wow.. is church attendance really that low - I mean I knew it was miniscule; but less than a million Anglicans? Despite everything I find this hard to believe.

Ever been to a CofE service? Do that and you'll understand everything regarding this issue.

Oh and there are far more than a million Anglicans here. Just that the overwhelming majority have no interest in going to church every week more than, at most, once or twice a year (three times, maybe, in rural areas).

Never been to a CofE service; but have been to a CofI one and if the Church of Ireland is like its related counterpart (which is something I doubt..) then I could believe such figures.

I would agree with Lewis on church attendance btw. Figures of People calling themselves "christian" over here have hardly shifted at all in the past few decades; despite a dramatic decrease in church attendance. Not quite as low as in England; but considering that weekly attendance was at something like 90% 35 years ago or so.. 40% or lower can seem like it.
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