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By Patrick Van Roy On October 3rd, 2019 at 4:03 pm

If you are interested in what’s wrong with how the Democrats are going about this please read the linked article. 

The real problem

By Patrick Van Roy On October 3rd, 2019 at 3:38 pm

And this person is paid $174,000 per year

By Patrick Van Roy On October 3rd, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Remembrance of Things Past

By Mahons On October 3rd, 2019 at 1:21 pm

A rather poignant moment yesterday in NY Harbor. The Irish Naval Vessel Samuel Beckett had been in New York and was on its way to Boston when it stopped along the Hudson River to play tribute to the New York City Irish Hunger Memorial which is in lower Manhattan and overlooks the Hudson River. If you are in New York you should check it out.

The story got me to reading up on the USS Jamestown, an American navy vessel, authorized by Congress in 1847 to transport food donations to Ireland during the famine. It was the first example of US foreign disaster aid relief in our history. The Captain of the ship, which landed in Cork, observed that when he witnessed the devastation in Ireland he observed the Valley of Death.

Ireland’s population never fully recovered. There are still unmarked famine graves and ruined remnants of cottages where you can today still sense a sorrow as invisible as the wind but just as present. The horror and senseless suffering still too awful to dwell on, but too important to forget.

It was a poignant moment when the Irish crew took ghe time to acknowledge their ancestors and a reminder that neglect in the face of human suffering is nearly as damnable as causing it.

Today’s This is a GREAT Moment

By Patrick Van Roy On October 2nd, 2019 at 10:28 pm

The poor President of Finland had to deal with the stupidity of the American Press ignoring him except to ask him a question about how he likes our Democracy.

This one’s even better……

TRIGGERED

By Pete Moore On October 2nd, 2019 at 7:18 pm

A British psychiatrist has warned of the mental health impact of political events after a man suffered acute psychotic illness triggered by Brexit.

Remember, snowflake victimhood poker is a game of oneupmanship. The darlings will have to up their game to beat that. And so they are –

@ChrisMasonBBC

40% of Brits say Brexit has had some impact on their mental health, a poll for YouGov suggests

More than half of Labour (52%), Lib Dems (52%) and Remain (56%) voters say Brexit has directly affected their health, the poll suggests

The entry for Brexit Derangement Disorder must be in draft already. And to think that these nutters think that they’re the sane ones!

CHEATS NEVER PROSPER

By Pete Moore On October 2nd, 2019 at 7:10 pm

The US has been given the go-ahead to impose tariffs on $7.5bn (£6.1bn) of goods it imports from the EU.

It is the latest chapter in a 15-year battle between the US and the EU over illegal subsidies for planemakers Airbus and rival Boeing.

The ruling by the World Trade Organization could mean tariffs on EU goods ranging from aircraft parts to luxury goods and shellfish.

Not exactly good news for the dying eurozone. I simply cannot wait for Remainers to explode in fury at the EU’s illegal, mega-billion subsidies.

Hopefully the president will hold off a few weeks. There’s no reason why upright British traders should suffer for the EU’s gross illegalities. Wait till we’re free then squeeze them tight. We’re told that the EU is “rules based”. What drivel. An honest auditor would have picked up this terrible EU corruption, but there can’t be any honest auditors left over there.

BORIS TABLES HIS WITHDRAWAL TREATY

By Pete Moore On October 2nd, 2019 at 6:59 pm

The government has delivered its new Brexit proposals to the EU, including plans to replace the Irish backstop.

The plan, outlined in a seven-page document, would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods, but leave the customs union – resulting in new customs checks.

The Northern Ireland Assembly would get to approve the arrangements first and vote every four years on keeping them.

The European Commission said there had been progress but “problems” remained.

The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October and the government has insisted it will not negotiate a further delay beyond the Halloween deadline.

In short, Northern Ireland stays in single market for all goods, but leaves customs union. Stormont has to give consent on a rolling four-year basis, starting next summer. Gone is Theresa May’s “level playing field” agreement, which would have kept the UK permanently beholden to the EU’s internal market rules.

Interestingly, Arlene Foster appears supportive and Suella Braverman (ERG) has welcomed it. If the ERG and DUP supports it then Boris might well get it through the Commons. In that case the EU will say that a rejection will mean no extension, and if there’s a deal then the Surrender Act lapses anyway.

I’ve been clear what I think: the border is the EU’s problem. They don’t want world market goods leaking into their protectionist high-tariff area. If we can help, fine. But if they don’t agree to UK proposals, they have a border problem. The UK doesn’t.

Scar agus Treascair/Divide and Conquer

By Patrick Van Roy On October 2nd, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Guest Post by Seimi 

It is not often these days that I find myself in agreement with Pete Moore, however I found myself in that most unlikely of positions regarding the news that a proposed housing development had been rejected in Wales, with one of the reasons given that it would impact on ‘…the Welsh-speaking character of the area.’

The preservation, nurturing and development of our native languages is, as many of you probably know, a subject very close to my heart. As an Irish speaker, I delight in seeing the language flourish here in the north-eastern part of Ireland (or NI, if you insist), and I am particularly lifted by projects such as Turas (Journey) on the Newtownards Road, or Bóthar Bhaile Nua na hArda, where 300 people recently signed up for this year’s Irish classes, and who provided bursaries for some of their students to enrol in Irish language degree courses in our 2 main universities.

But of course, there is more than one native, indigenous language on these isles. Gaidhlig, or Scots Gaelic, and Gaelg (Manx – Isle of Man) Gaelic, are essentially the same language as Irish Gaelic. (Did you know that the name Argyll in Scotland, comes from Oirthear Gael – the Eastern Gaels? Even though it is situated on the Western coast of Scotland, the people here would be considered as the Gaels to the east to the people of Ireland.)

According to the 2011 census, there were almost 185,000 Irish speakers in NI, around 58,000 Gaidhlig speakers in Scotland, 1,650 Manx speakers on the Isle of Man, 562,000 Welsh speakers in Wales (a more updated survey put this number at closer to 630,000) and around 550 speakers of Cornish.

Some of these numbers may seem very low but considering that Manx and Cornish had both been declared as ‘dead’ languages, the resurging interest in both is very heartening. Manx is now being taught at primary level, in the world’s only Manx-language school and Cornish now has its own language office

All this, of course, is very heartening and positive. Our indigenous languages should be protected as much as possible. Place names should be preserved, and the language recognised and respected wherever possible. 

But not all language issues can be seen in such a positive light.

Back home, it looks increasingly likely that an Irish Language Act is on the cards. Pressure has been applied for quite a few years now to bring in such an Act, and it has been seen as one of the ‘Red Lines’ which brought about the closure of the Assembly here in 2017. An ILA was part of an attempt at an agreement back then, with the DUP claiming that Irish language ‘legislation’ was part of its deal, and SF claiming that the DUP were trying to treat the people as ‘fools.’ 

The British government has stepped in and says it will reduce abortion restrictions in NI on October 21st, if the Assembly is not restored. A Presbyterian minister has now called for compromise on the Irish language in order to avoid this. 

This equating of the language with controversial abortion laws doesn’t sit well with me. It seems to me to be a way for the DUP to save face regarding the language, an opportunity for them to laud themselves as the party who ‘saved’ NI from ‘un-restricted abortion laws’, and that they will attempt to pass off the ILA as a small price to pay in order to save the morals of NI.

I don’t like to see my language, or indeed any language, being used by government officials in order to get what they want, nor should as divisive an issue as abortion law be used in any game to get the parties here back to the table. Divide and Conquer in NI by a Brit government – whoulda thunk it?

2 years ago

By Patrick Van Roy On October 2nd, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Tom Petty died of a broken hip. The last Fentanyl patch he put on stopped his heart.  He was loved by fans and other musicians. Stevie Nicks wanted him to write her a song. He wrote her 5 songs that at the last minute he pulled back and recorded himself.  Then he gave her this.

We miss ya Tom.