Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
Harping OnMahommadness (6.2.2006, 10:41 UTC)
Absolutely indefensible. I have been watching the news over the past week with a mixture of incredulity and irritation.This rubbish over cartoons is so ridiculous that I would be deeply, deeply ashamed to be Muslim right now. Firstly, the Danish paper in question shouldn't have published these cartoons, as they were obviously going to cause controversy. But there you go.Secondly, the other European newspapers are to be congratulated for their support of the Jyllands Post because by that sta...
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Harping On(Den)marked man (3.2.2006, 17:10 UTC)
This, is the cartoon causing all the furore in the Middle East. This?!Lads, this is not the most..tolerant cartoon ever drawn, but for this you're storming buildings, burning effigies, complaining to governments and threatening to firebomb churches? ....That an entire religion could be motivated about something this petty would seem to suggest to me that there are a lot of people in the Middle East who have very little to do and should maybe cut back on the caffeine. As for where the Danish...
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Harping OnOscars for TDs!! (1.2.2006, 12:55 UTC)
(Michael McDowell. Minister of the Year 2004/2005) I would love feedback on this one!!!!! Okay, last year I awarded the above Minister with the coveted "Harping On Minister of the Year" title. Our esteemed Panzer P.D won basically by default, as he is one of a minority in the Government who did anything constructive in the past 12months, because of his bold proposals for cafe bars, his general iniative and vision and, most importantly, his refusal to shy away from confronting SF a...
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Harping OnUS (Ohio)Election Fraud 2004? (31.1.2006, 17:59 UTC)
Podcast on the subject, with Mark here. Ah holy hell. I'd heard nothing of this!! Courtesy of Mark Hertsgaard, whose very interesting book I am currently reading (more anon) posted the claim on his site, followed by a long page of querying details, that I've only begun working down.If this is true, if there is a need for a look into a second Bush election controversy in as many terms, then this may turn out to be the biggest political scandal since..since God knows when. It would dwarf Wate...
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Harping OnMunich (31.1.2006, 17:10 UTC)
Saw this yesterday. Em..a little epic in length (I started wondering if it was going to be in real-time!) but what a film. For those of you who are cinema phobic, the movie is about the Israeli government's reaction to the Palestinian abduction and murder of 11 of their athletes at the '72 Olympics in Munich.Mossad (Israeli Secret Service) dispatches a black ops team to Europe, where they are instructed to find and kill as many of the ringleaders of the abduction etc as possible. And "Munic...
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Harping OnBouncy Ball Ad music (28.1.2006, 13:50 UTC)
You've all seen the beautiful ad by Sony for their new Bravia television. Just thought I would publish a link for the extended version of the soung that accompanies it.Wonderful song, and possibly the best ad I've ever seen. I don't know how well it markets the product, as I keep thinking its for Canon or Kodak or something (great memory, mine).But in terms of keeping the viewer's attention, no ad could do better, and no ad could be more warmly recieved by disgruntled telly watchers having ...
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Harping OnFcuking Brilliant (28.1.2006, 12:57 UTC)
Oh this a good link. I urge you all to look at it. Thanks to Toni at GearedUp, I got sent this link (click on the hooded bottle). Worth the time, I promise you.
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Harping OnAbsolut Brilliance (28.1.2006, 12:57 UTC)
Oh this a good link. I urge you all to look at it. Thanks to Toni at GearedUp, I got sent this link (click on the hooded bottle). Worth the time, I promise you.
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Harping OnI'm not proud of this..but... (28.1.2006, 12:33 UTC)
Admittedly, I am a bit of a West Brit at times, and I think this blog has been more than fair to our neighbours, plenty of praise where it needs to be said, and especially with the resuce of the Russian sub last year. However, I'm not going to pass up the chance to post this very good joke. Yeah, I'm sort of slacking off any real commentary this afternoon! The Pope and the Queen of England are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd. Her Majesty and His Holiness, however, have seen it a...
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Harping OnOh, Canada. (27.1.2006, 14:47 UTC)
Ireland.com wouldn't let me read the article, but I googled anyway and got the gist of it. This is a real quicky, as I have to fly soon. Canada will be reaffirming its soveriegn right over the NW Pasage through the Arctic regions North America. Ottowa has always maintained that the passage is a domestinc channel between its islands, whereas Washington claims to be an international channel passage.Now that the Conservatives are back in power, apparently they're growing some balls up north....
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Harping OnHamas (27.1.2006, 14:16 UTC)
Still a very confusing situation in Palestine at the mo. Right now, it seems that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is staying and that Hamas will be doing deals politically with him, but refuse to touch his Fatah faction.Israel and the US are saying that they won't talk to Hamas until they renounce violence (Hamas that is, for any smartarses out there ;) It's disturbing that the Palestinians have chosen a fanatically religious terrorist group as their political masters, but that's ...
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Harping OnGreat Wall of Rose-tinted Glasses (27.1.2006, 13:49 UTC)
Okay, I don't want to shock anyone, but this may come as a suprise.. China is not a good country. In fact, it's a communist dictatorship, which is a serial human rights offender and is still illegally occupying a neighbouring country (Tibet). It has nuclear weapons and was responsible for Pakistan's aquisition of nuclear technology, which started the whole ball-game rolling in Iran and Libya.And the Government regularily cracks down on religious minorities such as the "unofficial" Catholic...
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Harping OnNew Planet Found! (26.1.2006, 10:55 UTC)
Yaaay! Courtesy of the Telegraph. "The smallest and most Earth-like planet outside the Solar System has been discovered and astronomers say it increases the chances of finding extra-terrestrial life.Scientists are excited at the detection of the planet, unromantically named OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, because it has a low mass, is rocky and has a thin atmosphere. With a surface temperature of around -364F (-220C) it is unlikely to support living organisms but researchers believe that the find ...
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Harping OnBlondie Blogging (26.1.2006, 10:35 UTC)
Just to plug a friend's blog. Blondie has begun her own weblog over at Aoifek.com .It seems mostly to be concerned with Asian Backstreet Boys and Ratmonsters and is sort of Ebaumsworld's lovechild, but the videos are all worth watching and 'tis a good little site.So have a look if you can.
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Harping OnVote for Me! (26.1.2006, 10:33 UTC)
Hey..em.. you might see the semi visible little link down by my visitor count, yeah? Well I'd be greatly indebted to any and all of you if you'd click that and vote for me whenever you're passing through. Just so I can get some more exposure! Click the pic above to see the site I'm gunning for. I'm in the politics section (natch). Thanks, as usal, to Toni for the heads up.
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Harping OnGrow up Iran! (26.1.2006, 09:55 UTC)
A bunch of immature crybabies... Boo Hoo Hoo, the West won't allow us to enrich uranium.. Waaaaaa! They're threatening to tell on us to the Security Council... well we're not playing anymore. They deserve a good smacking. Or at least their bearded midget President does. So today the Iranians are saying that they will halt dealings with nuclear watchdogs from the IAEA if they're reported to the UN Security Council.Oh, and the Russians and Chinese- the former being a long time supporter of ...
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Harping OnPalestinian Elections (26.1.2006, 09:18 UTC)
Great to see some semblence of democracy in Palestine this week, with the elections. The Irish Times has a hackneyed picture of inky blue fingers, fresh from voting, on its front page this morning. Just had a look at their website for some more up to date news, and apparently the entire Palestinian Cabinet from the Fatah faction(also known as the most underworked men in the Middle East..in fairness!!) have tendered their resignations to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat's s...
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Harping OnCanadian General Election (25.1.2006, 10:44 UTC)
Interesting result from the Canadian General Election. First off the Liberals have been thrown out of office (if such a violent thing could ever happen there) after 12 years in power, and the Conservatives have received the largest number of votes with 36.25% of ballots cast, with Liberals in second place and the Bloc Quebecois taking bronze. CON 124 seats36.25% LIB 103 seats30.22% BQ 51 seats10.48% Interesting because no party recieved a majority and now will have to e...
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Harping OnDick Roche crumbles before Chewing Gum lobby. (25.1.2006, 10:23 UTC)
Good old Dicky Roche, the most pointless of ministers. I'm starting to come the conclusion that either we don't need Dick Roche, that we don't need his Department or that both are a figment of our general imagination. Today, after maybe 4 years of hemming and hawwing, the proposal to tax chewing gum makers to cover the cost of water blasting their produce off the many square kilometres of pavement that it covers in Ireland was scrapped after "intensive negotiations with manufacturers, led...
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Harping OnMore Tapes from the "Bargain Bin" (21.1.2006, 14:29 UTC)
I have to give him his props, for a pretty crazy guy, he quite a looker!! Pity about the whole mad religious jihadi end of things then. So the interesting news from the Hindu Kush mountains is that Binny (as good a nickname as any) is offering a truce to Dorge and Dick in the White House.So I guess that's very good news, that the guy who's meant to be trying to defeat the "Great Satan" is now looking for a way out. So my message to the American Government would be to keep up whatever it is ...
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Harping OnPolitical Correctness (21.1.2006, 13:39 UTC)
This is the sort of thing which is really, really, really pissing me off at the moment. This link was sent to me about a post at Infactah.com This guy was in HMV and saw copies of "Downfall", the WW2 Hitler's Bunker film, on sale and stocked in the Comedy section. A member of staff, when approached, said that there wasn't room for them elsewhere.This wasn't enough for our bleeding heart champion of the downtrodden. He emailed the company and gave out. For. Fuck. Sake. Personally, I'd have...
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Harping OnP.D B.S (18.1.2006, 12:53 UTC)
Kudos if you get the title.I've been meaning to come around to this for about a month. Now's my chance to rip this shoddy piss take of a proposal.Have people seen this?!The Progressive Democrats are proposing to move Dublin Port from it's location in..Dublin port off to north Fingal (up the coast a bit, I'll try and find a map)I was sent the link from Toni to see the big version here,and it's worth clicking to see the big picture.Which is ironically what's missing in the proposal.First off, Dubl...
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Harping OnWater Wings (17.1.2006, 17:38 UTC)
On rte.ie..... "A court in Spain has given two British passengers four months suspended sentences for stealing life jackets from a Ryanair flight.The two passengers were flying from Nottingham East Midlands to Barcelona earlier this month.Ryanair says passenger safety is its number one priority and has welcomed the outcome. The low cost airline has now banned the passengers from flying with the airline." The scum should have been pushed out of the plane once it reached cruising altitu...
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Harping OnMy own Church.. (17.1.2006, 16:26 UTC)
Make your own here!! I found mine on Aoifek.com More to come as I think them up.
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Harping OnIntelligent Design ruled to be stupid. (12.1.2006, 15:02 UTC)
I am of course paraphrasing, but great news for the rational thought lobby! The court case brought by concerned parents against the Dover Area School Board in Pennsylvania last year over the proposed teaching of "Intelligent Design", a trumped up version of Creationism that states the natural world's complexity is due to its being kickstarted by an intelligent designer (I can smell bullshit, dunno bout the rest of you), has been victorious. A federal judge ruled against the school board. Es...
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Harping OnPMQs and Iran (12.1.2006, 14:44 UTC)
Quite a boring and dry set of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons yesterday, but there was one or two things of interest. Firstly was the awful mess Sir Menzies Campbell, acting Lib-Dem leader made of a point he was making on schools missing headmasters. Let's just say that a party with no current leader should not bring attention to it by criticising the Government over its failure to provide leaders (of a sort) elswhere. The House collapsed in tears of laughter. Poor Ming C...
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Harping OnToni the Tiger (12.1.2006, 14:42 UTC)
Just thought I would put some praise on the blog, so often it's just sniping and vitriolic abuse that gets posted. Friend of mine is off to an interview/assessment thing in London for Reuters in February. If things go well, there could be an oh-so lucrative career ahead of him there. Fingers' crossed he gets it, it would be extremely deadly if he does. So a big public bualadh bus for you there, Toni.
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Harping OnMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year (23.12.2005, 15:56 UTC)
Well the title really says it all, so I guess all I have to say is a very Happy Holidays to anyone who reads the blog, regulars and randomers alike! I have so much to talk about when I come back from the week long drinkathon that is the Irish Christmas/New Year experience. The PDs plans for Dublin Port (thanks Toni, I saw that pic last week), the usual ranting about a certain hyperpower's
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Harping OnCartoon (22.12.2005, 12:59 UTC)
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Harping OnThe Weekly Building (12.12.2005, 15:07 UTC)
Yep this is the new feature I wanted to do. Every Friday, I'll be documenting the history of a different Dublin building. It's struck me for the past few years how little so many people know about our fair city and some of the magnificent buildings within. The Custom House(James Gandon:1781-91) Isn't she just the most beautiful building you've ever seen? I pass the Custom House every day on the DART, and that south front never ceases to take my breath away. Perfect in every way. Ireland...
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