Politics

Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

Cormac Ryan has been tweeting about the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and their letter to the government on the Digital Age of Consent. Its worrying that a group of medical professionals, charged with the care of children, would publicly state that they base their position on conjecture, supposition, […]

Reproductive rights in Ireland will lead to “normalisation of sex slavery”, “euthanasia”, and “the killing of political opponents”, according to local councillor who is not exaggerating at all

Is it libel if the person actually said it? Oh well. This guy has been saying stuff. A whole lot of stuff actually. Today he’s been discussing the forthcoming abortion referendum in Ireland: A COUNTY councillor has defended claims that the abolition of the Eighth Amendment will lead to sex […]

John Taylor is definitely NOT a racist ;)

I mean, how could anyone consider this to be racist? Two words making a generalization about a person’s race in the context of criticism of that person? No. John Taylor is definitely not a racist. Using the clichéed phrase “Typical x” historically used by racists to dismiss ‘lesser’ races? No. […]

Why is reminding everyone of Trump’s “Grab ’em” comments suddenly risqué?

Michelle Wolf has exercised her right to free speech and the acolytes of America’s telling-it-like-it-is President can’t handle it: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, told the Guardian he thought the performance was “absolutely disgusting”… In an interview with the Guardian, Spicer, who quit as press secretary last […]

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It’s the 21st century and Irish parliamentarians still want priests in charge of sex education

Ah yes, I remember it well. I was twelve. A Catholic priest brought me into a private room, on my own, and showed me a photograph of a naked boy. The boy was standing on some rocks by a river bank. He was trying to spear a fish with a […]

Ten years on and, quelle surprise, that child-abusing EU dystopia hasn’t happened (yet)

Project Fear has been ongoing for some time now. Here’s a poster urging the plain people of Ireland to vote ‘No’ to the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty back in 2008: I suppose you don’t really need me to tell you what happened next. The Lisbon Treaty was eventually passed, after […]