Toasted Heretic comments

Posted in: How Ireland became most infectious coronavirus country See in context

Without all those deadly campaigns of Irish republicans and Ulster loyalists in the past they would have a very rich country full of resources now and had not to cry about this development and being ‘beyond strain’.

This has nothing to do with the struggle and everything to do with irresponsible behaviour by the coalition government.

I strongly recommend some here to read up some on the history of Ireland, if you're at all going to take cheap shots at it.

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Posted in: How Ireland became most infectious coronavirus country See in context

Pubs, restaurants, gyms, hairdressers and non-essential shops were permitted to reopen in December.

The decision reportedly cut against the advice of Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), which recommended more stringent measures remain in place.

Ireland further relaxed restrictions in late December -- allowing up to three households to mingle as Martin aimed to give citizens a "meaningful Christmas".

This is on Martin. Not even the Blueshirt predecessor would have acted like a dope. But that's FF for you.

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Posted in: Xi asks Starbucks to help promote U.S.-China cooperation See in context

Ugly capitalist company - meet ugly capitalist dictator.

Yuck.

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Posted in: Marvel superheroes return... in quirky black-and-white sitcom See in context

This looks enjoyably bizarre. Matrix meets Truman Show.

I'd love to see Wanda's father turn up, but because of current copyright restraints, it's unlikely...

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

I wonder if the ~80M "voters" will watch, even virtually?

Why "voters"? Is this an obscure reference to the election being stolen?

In answer to your question, I imagine there will be an audience.

I, though not American, always tune in for the inaugurations. Doesn't everyone, even if only to dip in and see the spectacle, regardless of the PotUS?

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Posted in: U.S. capital locks down as security threats mount See in context

Well done, Democrats. You're turning the capital city into a police state.

Run that by us, again.

Which Democrats incited the mob and ran amok in DC?

And aren't you supposed to be all about law & order, blue lives matter, etc?

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Posted in: N Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might See in context

Photos released by state media showed trucks transporting what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile that was larger than the ones the North previously tested.

Yeah, that'll really help improve the lot of the starving, impoverished citizens.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Yet there's a line between breaking boundaries, pushing envelopes and being just plain bland and/or stupid.

The history of popular music is awash with stupid. But sometimes, stupid is entertainment.

Now, for clever, and actually making a worthwhile statement, check out Dave and his performance of "Black" at the Brits awards last year.

A more powerful performance I have not seen in quite some time.

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Posted in: U.S. capital locks down as security threats mount See in context

Exactly like Cuba, another heavily armed communist banana republic...lol

Well, I guess Trump hates both countries, so there is a similarity. Just not the one the far right are coming up with.

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Posted in: U.S. capital locks down as security threats mount See in context

The worrying amount of threats/plots/security threats/armed far right terrorists is not at all helped by 45s enablers trying to make out that what happened last week... was a minor occurrence, and that 45 didn't incite anything.

One thing, though. Trump has certainly incited, accelerated and inspired the far right threat. But, it was there, bubbling under, before him. He deliberately exploited that hatred.

He'll be gone in a matter of days. But that resentment, hatred and violence needs a lot more scrutiny and fixing that merely switching to the next White House occupant.

A lot more.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

but not someone who actually believes his voting rights were trampled by a full blown high tech, mass media, voter irregularities front?

THIS.

DIDN'T.

HAPPEN.

Sigh.

The fact that this thoroughly debunked narrative is still being pushed is a cause for worry.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

The riots had little to do with poverty and a lot to do with politics.

It had to do with both. And many other factors, including capitalism, rampant consumerism, and being constantly downtrodden, told not to protest etc

It's interesting how the US far right is concerned about property, rather than people. Destroying property is a good way to get their attention, mind.

the US is among the least racist countries on earth.

This is blatant nonsense. I've said before how welcoming it is, but the racism is there and on display, each and every day. From a crazed PotUS to the gated communities, ivory towers and institutional racism.

A link from the notoriously fascist Daily Mail isn't going to prove otherwise.

But.

In fairness to the many, many decent Americans out there - there's more of you than there is of the bigots.

As you proved in November.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

What the Preseident as calling for is to make their voices heard "as hell" so that the senators and representaives would have the courage or push to protest the ellectoral votes. THAT'S IT.

More apologism for attempts to overturn democracy.

The far right will keep on with this narrative as long is goes unchallenged.

Make sure it doesn't.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

I admitted that blacks are shot more by police because they are more resistant and violent towards police when they encounter police, which is more often because they commit more crime.

Such naked bigotry on display.

Ugh.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

9/11 and Pearl Harbor were much worse.

Not committed by far right Trump supporters, as far as I'm aware. Or Antifascists, come to think of it.

The Capitol sedition was carried out by, and incited by, domestic terrorists and their enablers.

Because racists move to Japan, marry Japanese citizens and raise children with them.

Some do, yes. Some high profile bigots over the years have spouses who are ethnically different to them. This only goes to highlight the irrational, illogical, contradictory and profoundly stupid nature of racism.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Next week. Tuesday.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Irk the Purists by Half Man Half Biscuit springs to mind.

The most important thing about Inauguration Day is that everyone is safe, observes safety protocols, and doesn't try to overthrow 46 for the lolz.

And then have a beer. You've earned it, America.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Tom Hanks, a good actor will be hosting. As for the music, couldn't they have picked better? Lady Radio Gaga goes out of her way to make offensive videos and actions and musical constructs posing as songs. J-Lo has sex and flex appeal, that's all. Jon Bon Jovi is the only performer here worth the bother.

Ok boomer.

Just kidding! I respect your political stance, but your taste in music sometimes feels so conservative. Gaga is just following in the fine tradition of rock and roll rebellion (even if it is corporate these days). If you think she's disgusting and/or courts controversy... well, so have a zillion other artists/pop stars over the years. Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, The Doors, Beastie Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pulp, The Pogues, Sinead O'Connor, David Bowie etc etc

And Jon Bon Jovi should be sentenced to mandatory music appreciation lessons for his crimes against Fairytale of New York.

That cover hurt more Irish people than any resurgent nativism (under Trump) could ;-)

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Biden’s first 100 days are starting out with a bang. Har har har.

This reads like the kind of veiled threats on extremist sites like Parler, 8chan, Gab etc.

It really has no place here.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

Poor Joe, no one really cares about him.

I'm sure someone desperate enough will upvote his posts.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day See in context

I watched President Trump’s speech and I read his speech, and if that was an incitement of insurrection, many Democrats will need to resign for their innumerable incitements before I would take these impeachment proceedings seriously.

To be fair; Trump uber supporters aren't known for their critical faculties. They see and hear what they want.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Lady Gaga, a woman who is openly anti-social, will sing the national anthem?

Not interested.

What does openly anti-social mean in this context?

Would it be, perhaps, her vocal support for LGBT people?

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Yeah, because hardly nobody would want to show up even without Covid.

This is pure conjecture.

Still... anecdotally, I do know Americans who wanted to attend before the flight restrictions, lockdowns and general upheavals.

True, but we should note that the Proud Boys as a group were not at the Capitol on Jan 6, perhaps one person went to film the event.

False.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/several-well-known-hate-groups-identified-at-capitol-riot/

Yeah, he incited an "insurrection" when he said:

“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Cherrypicking is great fun, innit.

Here's what else he said:

they rigged an election.They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before... All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved... Our country has had enough. We will not take it any more and that’s what this is all about. To use a favourite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal...We will not let them silence your voices. We’re not going to let it happen. Not going to let it happen.

Crowd: Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump!

Thank you. I’d love to have, if those tens of thousands of people would be allowed, the military, the secret service, and we want to thank you, and the police law enforcement. Great. You’re doing a great job, but I’d love it if they could be allowed to come up here with us. Is that possible? Can you just let them come up, please? .. There’s so many weak Republicans. We have great ones, Jim Jordan, and some of these guys. They’re out there fighting the House. Guys are fighting, but it’s incredible... Our media is not free. It’s not fair. It suppresses thought. It suppresses speech, and it’s become the enemy of the people. It’s become the enemy of the people. It’s the biggest problem we have in this country...We’re going to have to fight much harder and Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us. If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country

we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong...And now we’re out here fighting... But it used to be that they’d argue with me, I’d fight. So I’d fight, they’d fight. I’d fight, they’d fight. Boop-boop. You’d believe me, you’d believe them. Somebody comes out. They had their point of view, I had my point of view. But you’d have an argument. Now what they do is they go silent. It’s called suppression. And that’s what happens in a communist country... it almost seems that they’re all going out of their way to hurt all of us, and to hurt our country. To hurt our country...These people are crooked. They’re 100 percent in my opinion, one of the most corrupt... we can’t let this stuff happen... I’m calling on Congress and the state legislatures to quickly pass sweeping election reforms, and you better do it before we have no country left. Today is not the end. It’s just the beginning... Looking out at all the amazing patriots here today, I have never been more confident in our nation’s future.

And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.

Apologies for the length. I've reduced the text to the more inflammatory lies and exhortations to get the crowd primed for action. But if folks can't see what's going on in his speech, they really need to pay attention to historical demagogues and rabble rousers.

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Posted in: U.S. airlines back Biden plan to mandate masks for passengers See in context

Republican President Donald Trump opposed legally requiring airline, train and public transit passengers and workers to wear masks amid the pandemic, and the White House rejected efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to require face coverings.

One of the reasons why the carnage is so high.

Years from now, historians will still be asking why & what could he possibly gain from such opposition. By politicizing mask wearing, he'd pick up more followers, sure, but what the hell was his reasoning? We know he did not like advice that went against his way of doing things but... why? Despite him boasting that he should have been a doctor, he had no medical background or training.

Bizarre.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Factor in the negative effects of “the talk”, resisting arrest, fight physically with the officer. There’s plausible reasons to explain what’s happening that don’t support the cops are racist narrative.

A far right commentary that excuses the racist, murderous system, yet again.

Imagine getting stopped by the cops, again and again. Even though you've done nothing. Or maybe your backlight is faulty or your tire is flat. But you just have to accept the harassment? Because if you don't, there's a good chance of being shot or asphyxiated.

Yes, not all cops are racist or corrupt. Besides the cops who may have allowed protesters in (and worse - investigations are ongoing) there were cops in the Capitol who were protecting the place. The good guys, if you like.

But the system is stacked against black Americans.

This has to change.

The dishonesty and veiled bigotry has to stop.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Last week's idiocy at the Capitol needs to be condemned and those who participated need to be arrested. But it also needs to be put in context.

Aye.

Summer uprising against a racist system, racist cops and a racist PotUS. The far right melt down over buildings and property and police.

Last week. The result of 4 years of violent, angry, dishonest rhetoric, an act of sedition. The far right dismisses the attack on buildings, property and police. Meltdown over being caught out and exposed for what they are.

One was a genuine, ongoing continuance of disobedience against white power.

The other was spoilt murderous brats whipped into a frenzy by an irresponsible, immature, vain, corrupt, treacherous bigot who lies for a living.

Got it yet?

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Trump "has held over 600 rallies in the last four years. None of them included assaulting police, destroying businesses or burning down cities,” Greene said.

Plenty of them included violent rhetoric, violent removal of attendees and calls for violence.

BLM and anti-fascists protested (around the world) at the horrific actions of an inherently racist system, which results in black people being murdered repeatedly. I hope they will continue their protests, as long as the system remains in place, regardless of which party is in power.

That is a genuine reason for people to be protesting.

What are the fascists who stormed the Capitol protesting about? The Confederate flag holders, the guys in Camp Auschwitz shirts, the guys who shout "fck antifa" and "hang Mike Pence", etc?

Who are they taking their country back from?

Over the summer, he called the Black Lives Matters protesters “thugs” and “terrorists.”

Which, as most people know, is thinly veiled code.

Trump may be out, but there's still the nazis to deal with.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

but if after you defeat him you pick him up and buy him a beer you will have made a friend for life.

I won't be buying nazis beer anytime soon.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

The panic in the MSM is even more refreshing.

Did you see the panic in the officer's eyes as he was being crushed in the doors?

The Camp Auschwitz supporter, amongst all the other headbangers?

Was that refreshing enough for Trump supporters, I wonder?

Good riddance to 45.

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Posted in: Gov't to support suppliers of eateries hit by virus emergency See in context

Solidarity to all feeling the financial hit.

It's going to get worse before it gets better.

And for some of us, it may never get better.

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