Friday, May 26, 2006 

Rabbit-Proof Fence

On now on RTÉ2. Timely considering (RealPlayer file) the Howard visit earlier this week.


Paging the Freedom Institute!

Toirtap gambols through Iranian nuclear ambitions past.


Crunch time for Mary Cheney?

AMERICAblog thinks so.


Militant Christians seeking to deny civil rights to non-religious

As Back Seat Drivers notes (and Suzy over at Maman Poulet witnessed in person) this morning saw an attempt by what seem to be Catholic activists to break up a conference on domestic partnerships. An unwelcome indication that Youth Defence and their ilk haven't gone away, you know.

We'd love to see a comment on the matter from über-Catholic and tireless defender of law'n'order, Mr. Richard Waghorne, but we're not going to hold our breath.


On the relation of the New Right to Fascism

Lindsay Beyerstein over at Majikthise:
"Anyone who wants to identify similarities between the current administration and true Fascism will have to specify exactly what's fascist about Bush and the Republicans. This is not a trivial task. However, I believe there's a very strong case to be made.

I'm NOT saying that we have a fascist government in America today. The United States is a democracy, we still have a free press, and the armed forces haven't acquiesced to the one-man rule of George W. Bush. I'm not claiming that it's inevitable, or even especially likely, that America will eventually become a full-blown fascist state. I'm certainly not saying that anyone in power today is consciously striving to create a full-fledged fascist dictatorship on the model of Mussolini's Italy or Franco's Spain. What I am saying is that the Bush administration has embraced many of the key mutually-reinforcing ideological tenets of Fascism: militarism, imperialism, corporate statism, state-sponsored religion, male dominance, irrationalism, and mass propaganda."
Read her full article here.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 

True or false?

According to Wikipedia, the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP)
"[...] used to call for a vote for Sinn Fein in the North up until its party conference of 1995, when it was argued that the Adams/McGuinness leadership of Sinn Féin were moving to an accommodation with imperialism. It opposed the subsequent Good Friday Agreement, arguing that rather than ending conflict in the North, the GFA was 'institutionalisng sectarianism', creating two competing communities and political leaderships, both nationalist and unionist, which did little for working class people.

Following riots in Dublin on 25 February 2006 by republicans protesting at a planned 'Love Ulster' parade, the SWP issued a press release in which it expressed its full support for the actions of the rioters. According to the press release, given the wider context of (apparent) working-class alienation at the hands of the capitalist political establishment, the riots were completely justified: "socialists do not join in the condemnation of young working class people who riot against the police- especially given this wider context." Also, the SWP claimed that the 'Love Ulster' march was purposely planned by Michael McDowell, the Minister for Justice, as a provocation to republicans to riot, and thus further blacken the republican movement, of whom the Minister is a most vocal critic."
While it's arguable as to how McDowell could be so naive as to believe that the 'Love Ulster' loyalists could parade without trouble through the streets of Dublin, the responsibility for the rioters' violence lies entirely with the rioters (Garda heavy-handedness aside). Maybe some of the SWP folk out there could comment.


Could be interesting

Badman Anthem.


'Kenny Boy' goes down

Via Raw Story. Just what is it about US Republicans in the Age of Bush? He's the unluckiest honest man in the world, to be surrounded by so many crooks...

Either way, some small revenge for both Enron employees/shareholders and the good people of California.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 

Are we there yet?

The permanently turning-the-corner Iraq War, as seen by the British Ministry of Defence:
"PRINCE Harry may be barred from serving with his men when his regiment is deployed to Iraq next year because of concerns for his safety.

Clarence House and the Ministry of Defence said yesterday there was official concern that the posting could pose an unacceptable risk to the Prince and those under his command. The same worries will arise when Prince William finishes at Sandhurst later this year."


Envying the cool kid

Michael Dell - perennial Steve Jobs wannabe.

Monday, May 22, 2006 

One for Mulley

Fire Scoble too...?
(Warning: most definitely not-safe-for-work!)

Friday, May 19, 2006 

Economical Posting

Gratifying several diverse Free Stater reader demographics all at once, we present Serial No. 3817131.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

Public Service Announcement

Alas, the Curse of Haloscan appears to have done in Mr. Waghorne's blogging comments once more. In a public-minded spirit (and in a fit of nostalgia), Free Stater will help to tide His Nibs' many fans over by re-establishing access to the last number of SN comments threads.

Bertie On Haughey
Duly Noted
Saving Questions And Answers
Are You An Irish Conservative?
Irish Conservatives
End Of The Road?
Ruth Kelly's Faith
Oppose The Boycott
The Worst Man In The World
A View From Ramallah
Is Discontent Bipartisan?
May's Magill Magazine
On Errors
Professor Francis Ruane to the ESRI
Where's The Outrage?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 

Tune that dial

Tonight (Wednesday) sees RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast a documentary made last year about a recruit platoon in the Permanent Defence Forces. It's called "Recruits" and it goes out on Documentary on One at 7pm. (Alternatively, there'll be a podcast available).

RTÉ and the Irish media in general have always had excellent coverage of the Defence Forces, and we look forward to listening to this tonight.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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  • An early-thirties male Irish technologist living and working in Dublin, I'm a former (recovering) member of both Fianna Fáil and the Roman Catholic Church.

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