Commissioners insulted all workers of Target Express when they “attached the company's bank accounts." My little knowledge of accountancy terms leads me to believe that the Revenue
Commissioners seized all Target Express accounts and stopped all payments. Almost 400 workers were told that their wages came some way down the list of creditors; the Taxman shall be paid first, and you, Joe Worker, can join the queue.
A nice insult to a working man.
Then Ken Magennis insulted the gay community. Ken has insulted a good few people over the years, myself included, but in these days of political correctness no one is allowed to hold an opinion contrary to what the politically correct people allow. You can have free speech as long as you say the right thing.
Sammy Davis Junior was once asked “did you ever suffer any discrimination in the United States?”
“I’m a one eyed, black, Jew,” he replied, “what do you think?”
Insults and discrimination are part of life. They are part of belonging to any society. I have my pet hates, you have your pet hates; we all have, its called being human. I disagree with Ken Magennis, but if a person wants to be insulted then they shall always find something to be insulted about.
If the gay community want to be part of mainstream community then they have to be able to take the insults, petty bigotry, and jibes that the rest of us take.
There are a lot more Catholics than gays in Northern Ireland. We could all, if we wanted to, feel insulted by the Orange Order being given the “Freedom of the City of Lisburn.” Most Catholics see and experience the Orange Order as a bigoted anti-Catholic organization which has caused nothing but trouble for over 200 years.
The motion was proposed by Paul Givan, a DUP councillor and assembly member. Mr. Givan said it had "nothing to do with getting the right to march in Lisburn".
"This is all about recognizing an organization which has over 600 halls in Northern Ireland, used extensively by the community," he said.
"In Lisburn in particular, the community gets excellent value out of the Orange Order - they are part of our society and we want to recognize them."
This is all very reasonable, Mr. Givan, but it is National Insult Week and I want to be insulted, just like the gays and Ken Magennis.
Insults come on various levels. The insult to the workers in the Free State by Revenue Commissioners is a serious insult. It is people working on behalf of the government saying to workers that “you and your families don’t matter; we want our money. Oh, and make sure your tax is right or we’ll follow you.”
Ken and the gays, me and the Orangemen in Lisburn; live with it duckie! It’s part of life. If we can’t take the odd insult then we have not grown up. If Lisburn wants to give the freedom of the city to the Orangemen, let them at it. Who really cares?
But some insults cost lives.
James Reilly announced more stringent cuts to the HSE in the South. 700 million euro has to come out of the budget next year. “Seventy per cent of the cost of health in the republic goes on wages, the other 30% has been cut back as far as it can be,” Dr James is reported as saying.
The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, while announcing these new cuts would not even go on radio to explain why they had to be made; he refused all requests for interviews and his aides said that he was too busy.
As an old lady sits in her cold house this winter with no home help to come to her aid, Mr. Reilly won’t even bother explaining why the cuts are being made. As hospital wards are closed, as people lie for days on trolleys and as life saving operations are postponed, Dr James Reilly won’t even bother telling the Irish people why this has to happen.
By the way, Ireland shall pay ONE billion euros to unsecured bondholders in November, for no other reason than that Germany says the bondholders, (who are mostly German) have to be paid.
Now that is insulting!
How could you insult Jim Brown, Chief Executive of Ulster Bank, computer geek and all round “Insulter of the Week?”
Twenty quid, that’s what all my worry, sleepless nights, anxiety over my bank account, was worth to Jim Brown. With the money that Jim Brown earns, £20 is about five minutes work. We in Northern Ireland worried and prayed about our pittance in the Ulster Bank vaults, and Mr. Brown says “you can have five minutes of my pay each, for your bother.”
I looked at my bank account; “Incident Credit,” that’s what they called it. Incident Credit! It wasn’t an incident; an incident last a few seconds, this lasted weeks.
With my Incident Credit I shall take my wife and me out for half of an Indian meal, or buy her the heel of a shoe or the neckline of a blouse.
As a friend of mine once said about £20, “you wouldn’t give it to a fiddler if he could fiddle any.”
With all these insults I’d just love to go back to being a child again. Ah, for the innocent days of school.
Monday morning and thousands of children from all over the north headed out on a great adventure. Mother’s cried, father’s took photographs, grandparents came to see the big send off, as “wee Jimmy” headed out for his first day at big school.
Ain’t life some adventure? We get up every day, just like wee Jimmy, and face into the unknown. Jimmy is in awe of all that he sees; the teacher, the desk, and the books. He is going to learn to read; he is going to learn to count. What a challenge to a child of four.
Thank God I have never lost that, the sense of adventure about life. I’m amazed by the new things I learn every day, I take delight in the experience of life, just like wee Jimmy.
Entrance into Denisova cave
in Altai Mountains, SIberia
Today I learned that a girl in Denisova in Siberia had brown hair, brown eyes and brown skin. So what, I hear you say. Well this girl lived 80,000 years ago. How do they figure that out?
I also learned today that birds have funerals.
“When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging. The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered.”
These words appeared on the BBC website. Jimmy is moving into all this. His first day at school is his first big rite of passage. Wonderful!
Do you remember your first job?
Mitt Romney is looking a new job. Now Mitt, God love him, is hardly unemployed, but he wants a new job anyway. Mitt has assets of about $250 million so he is actually going to take a substantial pay cut in his new job. He wants to be president of the United States.
Republican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney with Paul Ryan in front
of the USS Wisconsin, August 11, 2012.
This week the Republican Party in the States held its convention and our Mitt was chosen as Presidential Candidate. His wife gave a good speech showing how wonderful a man he is. His running partner, Paul Ryan is a Catholic and pro-life. He is also a financial conservative and with an Irish name like that and a beaming smile he would not look out of place at the All Ireland final in Croke Park.
I wonder what county in Ireland Mitt Romney’s great, great grandfather, twice removed, shall have been from. Every US president nowadays has to have Irish roots. Its part of the job description, along with increasing the national debt and invading a few countries. You would need Clint Eastwood to help you in that last bit.
Clint did turn up to help. I read his speech. The most interesting part of it was where I read that Clint is now 82. Yip, 82. He stood at the podium and 10,000 Republican activists all shouted in unison, “Go on, punk. Make my day!”
He talked so much dribble he could have put a fire out.
fires spread across Spain's Costa del Sol at night
They can’t get the fires stopped in Spain although they are now, “mostly controlled.” What must it be like to watch your home and all you possess go up in smoke? They have good weather in Spain. No rain and plenty of sun, but that brings with it so many problems. Our forests won’t go on fire this year. No sign of the ground drying up and we are being warned about increasing prices in the winter.
I hope the Ulster Bank computer breaks down again. I’ll need an “Incident Payment” about Christmas. Jim Brown is gnawing at me. He’s sitting in my consciousness, nibbling away at my contentment. I feel a good insult coming on. Wee Jimmy at his first day in school won’t be insulted. He has not grown into a proud wee man like me; he has no big self image of how important he is that makes him take offence at receiving a gift.
Maybe that’s why Mitt Romney will take a pay cut and become president; he wants to feel important. If this is true then Mitt is making the same mistake as me when I think that I am important. I am not important. It’s “we” who are important.
This is the real nub of National Insult Week. The Revenue Commissioners in the Republic, James Reilly, Minister for Health and Jim Brown, Head Honcho at the Ulster Bank is saying directly to me and to you, “You little people are not important. We can do what we want, treat you in any way we want, because we are the nice people, the ones whom society deem important and we are secure while you can live of our crumbs.”
If that doesn’t insult you then £20 is far too much for you.
Or you could go and steal a grand. Northern Ireland has got its very own Raffles. Oscar Knox, a three year old from Mallusk suffers from some rare form of cancer. The good people of Omagh held a do and raised £1993 to go towards the cost of his treatment. Our rogue Raffles decided to break into the house of one of the organizers and relieve them of £1000 of the money raised.
What wonderful courage, what marvellous guts, stealing money gathered to save a child’s life! You know, some things just turn your guts. But that is the world we live in.
I wonder what sort of world David Ford lives in. David and his Alliance colleagues have voted to back gay marriage. The Collins English Dictionary defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
If society wants to change the definition of marriage “a union of two people,” then so be it. Who am I to argue? In fact it may be a good thing. If we are no longer a Christian country and we want to turn our backs on our faith and heritage then let’s get on with it…..as long as society and the community is prepared to pay the consequences. We are so caught up in rights; the rite to gay marriage, the right to abortion, the right to end my own life, the right to do what I want.
I wonder does God be insulted by our behaviour; a world of wealth, yet billions are poor, a world of plenty yet millions are hungry. I am glad that God is not as easily insulted as we are.
We are heading to a place where we shall no longer be a community but a group of individuals living on the same piece of land. In such a land all these rights may or may not be such a good idea. Time will tell but we should think well before throwing our Christian heritage out the window like a discarded old box.
Monday morning and I am about to forward this to the paper. I see the £1000 taken from the Oscar Knox appeal has been left back. What can I say? The old conscience got to the person, its shows that they are not all bad. There’s hope for the world yet!
“Our God is a great God.”
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published in Observer Newspaper group, N.I.
6th Sept '12