Having had a rapid increase in postings in recent weeks, the 100th post has come up rather more quickly than I had expected. So just a little look back at where the blog has been?
Blog post 1 – Housework wings its way out the window – March 5, 2009
Well, it’s been a frantic few days for me here in Belfast.
Trips to Bangor and Holywood have interspersed themselves with a trip to the cinema to see Doubt, as well the usual trips to University Street in the Queen’s Quarter of the city. Fit in two evening meetings as well and soon it becomes apparent that housework wings its way out the window.
My online activity has increased this week. I’m starting to learn how to use WordPress so you’ll have to bare with me as I learn, but I hope that it will not be too long before the wonders of its system will not be unknown to me.
Blog post 10 – Dáil Éireann condemns NI atrocities – Mar 11, 2009
I was heartened to learn that the Ireland’s lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann, has passed a motion to condemn the recent atrocities in Antrim and Craigavon.
It reads as follows:
That Dáil Éireann:
— utterly condemns the murders of Sapper Mark Quinsey and Sapper Cengiz Azimkar in Antrim, and of Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon, as well as the injuries inflicted on others in those attacks;
— expresses its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the dead and injured;
— affirms that the groups responsible for these atrocities have no mandate or support whatsoever from the Irish people;
— reaffirms its unequivocal support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Síochána in their efforts to apprehend the perpetrators of these evil crimes and to combat the groups who organised them;
— stands united together with the Irish and British Governments, the First and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, the members of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, democratic representatives and all the people of this island, and friends of Ireland around the world, in full support of the democratic institutions and in absolute opposition to violent attempts to undermine the peace process; and
— resolves to remain steadfast in upholding the democratic will of the people to live together in peace.”
The parties in Ireland are united, the parties in Northern Ireland are united, and the parties in the rest of the United Kingdom are also united in their condemnation. Fortunately, the whole of Northern Ireland society also seems united in our condemnation of the criminals.
Blog post 25 – Arlene for Finance Ministry? – Jun 16, 2009
Finance Minister absent from chamber once again
Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Nigel Dodds MP MLA is once again absent from the Assembly. The Budget (No. 2) Bill is being debated, but being steered through by Arlene Foster MLA, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment.
One wonders what Mr Dodds is up to? Is he shirking his duties? Or perhaps it is an indication of the impending DUP reshuffle. Is Arlene going to be the new Finance Minister?
Blog post 50 – A night for democracy – and the dissidents want to bring us back to the bad old days – May 6, 2010
As the Parliamentary General Election counts are starting, there is news that the East Londonderry and Foyle counts have been suspended due to a security alert.
Let’s hope that the PSNI will be investigating after the army technical officers do their duty tonight.
Shame on them!
Blog post 75 74 (too good to miss) – 10 reasons why gay marriage is wrong – August 28, 2010
I found this on Facebook and thought that it should be posted here
- Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
- Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
- Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
- Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
- Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
- Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
- Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
- Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
- Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
- Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
Re-post this if you believe love makes a marriage.
I wonder where we will be in the next hundred postings. I’ve enjoyed writing, I hope others have enjoyed reading.