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You live in a land where “Accies against the Act” is a prohibited phrase

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You will not need me to remind you of an SNP government minister’s desire to “equalise” political chanting in status with criminal acts was one of, if not the primary, motivation for the Offensive Behaviour at Football’ Act.

The Act has been justified at every turn by an insistence that it exists to keep sectarianism and hate away from football games, despite sectarianism and hate chanting being well covered by existing legislation. Yesterday, this presumably shield against hate crime, was used against Hamilton Accies and Celtic fans, holding banners proclaiming “Repeal the Offensive Behaviour Act”. Among other prohibited banner slogans were “Fans not criminals” and “Supporting your team is not a crime”.

I have been appalled at this Act, from the early concepts of the Bill, to its ineffective passage through courts, to this highly Offensive manner it trampled on the Human Rights of Celtic and Hamilton fans to silence political dissent.

You are living in a land where “Accies against the Act” is a prohibited phrase, where both sets of fans, acting in unison, offending no one apart from those in power, are hassled by the police.

Thanks to everyone who donated to my Celtic Foundation fundraising page (still open) for yesterday’s Great Scottish Run, it is enormously appreciated. Well done to the thousands who lined the streets offering support, and on occasion, peeled oranges. Society, a concept we were told was dead in the 80s, is alive and well in Glasgow.

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  1. THE EXILED TIM @ 9:56 PM,

     

     

    Well no doubt… You may have read some of my posts, or maybe not.

     

     

    The fact is I abhor vi

     

     

    Do you know, when we decide to judge a man’s conscience

     

     

    “The Duke of Norfolk: Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!

     

     

     

    St Thomas More: And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

  2. .

     

     

    A Article on the BBC News site Re: Sports Direct..

     

     

    There were 76 Separate..999 Calls in the Last 2 Years from there Headquarters..

     

     

    People scared to take a Sick Day..

     

     

    a Six strike Policy that gets You terminated..Including..Chatting using a Mobile..Long Toilets breaks..wtf..

     

     

    Summa

  3. Apologies TET,

     

     

    Meant to say a lot more – I had one of those random I-phone posts moments!

     

     

    My point, in brief was each to his own conscience.

     

     

    Throw- the-rock

     

     

    Hail Hail

  4. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    TET, at which time when we’ve been in each other’s company did I tell you I was some sort of uber geek that would understand all that stuff you just posted?

     

     

    I’m a simple engineer who needs geeks to sort shit like that out for me. Isn’t that what geeks an IT tefal heids are there for, to service the needs of the real workers? To provide a service?

     

     

    WTF is the world coming to?

  5. ACGR

     

    Aye, my mistake, I was just trying to sound smart, and in reality, I don’t have a clue, hence getting Auldheid to do it for me :-)

     

    I’m sure your Mrs will manage !!!

     

    HH

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    A CEILER GONOF RUST on 5TH OCTOBER 2015 11:07 PM

     

     

     

    Summa of Sammi…. on 5th October 2015 9:47 pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My Apologies for Not getting to the BV Last Thursday.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A Week of Travelling finally caught up with Me..l Never even seen the Match

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Some of only turned up to meet you and paid a fortune to stay in fun city to find out if you really were a walloper.

     

     

    ..

     

     

    In a Kind Of Randall & Hopkirk was I’m Sure Walloper comes before Summa on my Username de blog..

     

     

    But Only Non-Wallopers can See it..’Only You Jim Only You’..

     

     

    Walloper Of Sammi CSC

     

     

    On Second thoughts maybe I’ll stick to Summa..;(

  7. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    RIP St.John Doyle. Didn’t think it was a year ago I was at the Cathedral when he was received in the evening(couldn’t make funeral) but I thought I had seen it on the big screens at the Euro league game but since it wasn’t mentioned assumed it was a different George. A sad loss.

  8. ACGR- THX for the info.

     

     

    Kodi- it will work at that speed but you are borderline tbh, but I’m just greedy when it comes to speed.

     

    The PC option is OK and you could run a cable to your TV if the WiFi is struggling.

     

    I assume you have a modern TV and not an ole b/w number???

     

     

    BTW, not heard Tefal heir in many a year!! :-)

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Cosy Corner Bhoy, I met George in Bar 67 at yer boy’s hootenanny then read about his passing a few days later.

     

     

    I’m just so glad I had the chance to meet the big fella. He was a nice man, he fought for his people and he was a Tim.

     

     

    RIP St John Doyle. We all remember you.

  10. Firstly. ….. condolences saltires

     

     

    Secondly. .. RIP St John Doyle..

     

     

    Lastly. … I LOVE the Ronny Roar… for one reason.. we’ve won!!

     

     

    Simples!!

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    pyfird

  11. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Saltires – Sorry to read the sad news about yer oul fella – such a Celt.

     

     

    HH.

  12. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Sad also, although not in the least bit surprised to read that the Zionists are going to supply their Jihadist puppets with SAM missiles.

     

     

    Let’s hope, for the very sake of humanity itself that Russia obliterates the “moderates” before they get the chance to put them to effect.

     

     

    They have already supplied them with the TOWs – surface-to-surface missiles, deadly enough as they are.

     

     

    Syrian today isn’t Afghanistan in the 80’s.

     

     

    Say goodbye to civil aviation from Europe to anywhere else on earth,from here on in.

     

     

    They will stop at nothing – your so-called western governments.

     

     

    The enemies of Christ.

     

     

    God bless the Eastern European Crusaders.

     

     

    HH.

  13. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    One more thing before I go.

     

     

    How come it is considered acceptable to quote that The Guardian thing on here, yet it would be frowned upon, if someone was gallus enough to quote that The Daily Mail thing?

     

     

    Despite the fact that they are two sides of the same coin?

     

     

    Propaganda and lies.

     

     

    Neither as bad as the BBC though,in all fairness.

     

     

    Wake up, before it’s too late.

     

     

    Slan.

     

     

    KTF.

  14. CELTICROLLERCOASTER, ACGR and COSY CORNER BHOY:

     

    Thank you for remembering St. John Boyle on the second anniversary of his untimely passing. A Giant amongst men.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  15. Good morning friends from a damp, drizzly and grey East Kilbride. Normal service resumed.

  16. Morning Timdom

     

     

    Jobo’s called it right. Dreich.

     

     

    Didn’t have the pleasure of meeting St. John Boyle but having since met his family I can well imagine him matching up to the warm tributes paid to him on here.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  17. Equality Commission reports inequality in NI education

     

    By Robbie Meredith BBC News NI Education Correspondent

     

     

    The Equality Commission (EC) says inequality in education has become worse in Northern Ireland since 2007.

     

     

    In a report, they highlight continuing, persistent underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider male underachievement in education.

     

     

    Key findings

     

     

    ^ Males have persistently lower levels of attainment than females throughout primary and post-primary education;

     

     

    ^ Protestants have persistently lower levels of attainment than Catholics at GCSE and A-Level, and that gap has widened in recent years.

     

     

    PERSONALLY, I BLAME CATHOLIC SCHOOLS.

  18. Apols Jobo et al

     

     

    To sound like Bobbio for a mo I hate that bliddy spellchecker!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  19. Probably the best description of neocon I’ve read, and there’s people on here proud to be one

     

     

    What, then, are the core principles of neoconservatism?

     

    1. Neoconservative Metaphysics: The neocons take the “political community” or what Irving Kristol called the “collective self” as the primary unit of moral, social and political value…. The actual content of the “public interest” is whatever wise and benevolent men say it is, which is precisely why it should never be defined. The highest task of neoconservative statesmanship is to superimpose ideological unity on the “collective self” in the name of an ever-shifting “public interest.”

     

    2. Neoconservative Epistemology: Neoconservatives begin with the Platonic assumption that ordinary people are irrational and must be guided by those who are rational…. The highest truth in Strauss and Kristol is restricted to the philosopher, while the common man is and must be limited to “knowledge” of a different sort: to myth, revelation, custom, and prejudice. Neoconservatives believe the opinions of the nation must therefore be shaped by those who rule. To control ideas is to control public opinion, which in turn is to control the regime as a whole. Ultimately, the vulgar must be ruled by faith and by faith’s necessary ally, force.

     

     

    3. Neoconservative Ethics: If you believe, as Straussianized neocons do, that there are “different kinds of truth for different kinds of people,” then you must believe that there are and must be different moral codes as well. Ordinary people need … ordering myths by which to live (such as piety and patriotism)…. [And their] Morality is therefore [re-]defined as overcoming one’s petty self-interest so as to sacrifice for the common good [i.e. the national interest – as defined by the neocon philosopher-kings].

     

     

    4. Neoconservative Politics: Central to the neoconservatives’ philosophy of governance is the conceit that it is possible, in the words of Kristol, for a small elite “to have an a priori knowledge of what constitutes happiness for other people.” Because common people cannot possibly know what they really want or what constitutes their true happiness, it is entirely appropriate for a philosophically trained political elite to guide them to their true happiness and to prevent them from making bad decisions. The highest purpose of neoconservative statesmanship is therefore to shape preferences, form habits, cultivate virtues, and create the “good” society, a society that is known a priori to those of superior philosophic wisdom. The neocons therefore advocate using government force to make “good” choices for America’s non-philosophers in order to nudge them in certain directions—that is, toward choosing a life of virtue and duty. As Strauss made clear in his most influential work Natural Right and History, wise statesmen must learn to use “forcible restraint” and “benevolent coercion” in order to keep down the selfish and base desires of ordinary men.

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Jamesgang

     

    Always good to read barcabhoy

     

    Pity he doesn’t post much on here now

  21. BT

     

     

    Yes and yes.

     

     

    Arr in Dreich auld reekie

     

     

    Laters Timdom

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  22. Morning all.

     

     

    Dreich and mild down here. Looks like the hurricane is going to spend its last gasp here on Friday, according to Carol’s latest reckoning. Boohoo……………….

  23. Beautiful day here in Abu Dhabi, maybe a bit too hot, in fact it is too hot for a temperate animal like me, it’s also quiet, too quiet I don’t like it :)

  24. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    It is very overcast here. Rather foreboding looking, in a Mordor kind of day.

     

     

    CANAMALAR

     

    Excuse my ignorance, but do you have access to beer there? I keep trying that as a coolant when I am stuck in plus 30 degrees Celsius situations. Not sure after 40 years of trying, if it works, but I think more research is still required. ;-)