And what your point? Democracy sucks. Hence I am anti-statist. Your posts rarely make any sense. The lower classes are thick and they vote. Hence democracy doesnt work.That may be so, but like Bush and Obama in the US, they are merely a front for the real rulers of Ireland.
In working-class areas of Dublin in the 1960's, EVERYBODY spoke highly of Luggs Brannigan..........having said that, they also spoke highly of the Christian Brothers?In the schools, they had teachers who used to beat people up.
In the Guards ... well, I had a teacher who spoke very highly of Lugs
Did they ever mean anything to you?....The "Troubles" up the North were just starting when I left Ireland in '68, and as far as my teenage memory goes, it meant sod all to us going to the Clubs, as we were only interested in "peace man" and ironing our hair.
I knew that would freak you out SS, that's why I put it in. And you fell for it, hook, line and sinker. You really ought to get out more, try to be a bit happy once in a while. it's amazing what a bit of a laugh and a joke can do for those around you.Did they ever mean anything to you?....
So why others were getting their noses smashed in by pigs from Paris to Derry you were concerned about "ironing your hair"?
The 60s were filled with anti-colonial and anti-capitalist struggles...Very little to do with "Peace man".
No, it's corrupt politicians, greedy money grubbing swine, and murdering cowardly bastards who use their "love of country" to do anything they want, and to destroy anyone they want, always ensuring that they end up on top, where they belong, with the scum.Its a lack of seriousness mixed with (self righteous?) self pity that has got this country where it is.
Quote from John Boland's review of "Badfellas" in the Indo last Saturday the 6th - it doesn't seeem to be on the Internet:From The Sunday Tribune, 1st January 2006 by John Burke and Eoghan Rice
Sixty dead in worst year for killings since the Civil War
THE past 12 months have been the bloodiest in the peacetime history of the State, with Waterford emerging as the new murder capital of Ireland. A total of 60 people were killed violently in Ireland during 2005, the highest number since the ending of the Civil War. .....
While almost half of the killings took place in Dublin, the four people violently killed in Waterford gives the southeast county the highest ratio of killings per head of population. ...... The largest increase in killings in Ireland was related to organised crime, with a twofold increase in the number of people killed in gangland feuds over the past 12 months. Nineteen people, all of whom were men, were killed as a result of disputes between criminal gangs.
The proliferation of firearms among criminal gangs is now seen by gardai as a major problem in curbing the growing homicide rate. Fuelled by an increase in the drugs trade and in the accessability of highperformance handguns in particular, criminal gangs . . .especially in Dublin . . . have become increasingly lethal.
However, 41 of the 60 killings in 2005 had no connection to organised crime, highlighting a growing problem of excessive violence in Ireland. Many of the young men who were killed over the past 12 months died from injuries sustained during late-night alcohol-fuelled fights.
Almost half of all male victims were either beaten or stabbed to death. Guns accounted for over 40% of all killings of males in 2005, with 20 men shot to death. Of those, only one . . . the killing of Carlow farmer James Healy, who was fatally shot over a land dispute . . . was not gang-related.
Eight women were killed in 2005, a slight decrease from 2004. Of the eight, three were beaten to death, with a further three dying as a result of stab wounds. Charges have been brought in six of these cases. It is generally easier to prosecute after a woman's death because in most cases the alleged assailant was known to the victim. .............