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Sunday and the Week’s Media Stupid Statements…2017 End of Year edition December 31, 2017

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

First up a contemporary one…

Bono has said that music has “gotten very girly”. Interviewed for Rolling Stone magazine, the U2 singer added, “there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good”.He went on to explain: “When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me. You need to find a place for it and for guitars.”

Hmmm…where to start with that? Perhaps best to move swiftly onwards.

Looking back across the year so much to choose from, but here’s a few highlights…

From August:

Frankly, when you look at the likes of Corbyn and Livingstone and plenty of their acolytes in this country, you get the impression that they wouldn’t mind having their own little secret police force.

And this from July in regard to Trump and RTÉ correspondent Catriona Perry:

There can be no doubt that the comment that Trump made toward Perry was awkward, a little creepy, and certainly sexist, but crucially it wasn’t in any way damaging.

And this from March:

Tribal passions are putting the centre under severe pressure both in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Should this go on, the middle ground will soon give way under our feet.

But if winner there is, and who would want to win, we have the following:

The whole emphasis now will be on painting those who want abortion on demand, and those who want no abortion, as similarly extreme, and the fallacy of the middle ground will be trotted out again and again.
In this view, the “moderate” position is automatically better. People who believe that the middle ground is somehow always morally superior should read Barbara J Field’s work, Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century.

Concluding with this:

At the time of the civil war, the state of Maryland had almost as many free black people as slaves and was seen as moderate. In reality, its alleged middle ground status only served to conceal its particular cruelties.
The question is not whether a position is moderate, but whether it is right or wrong. There are times when the middle ground is reasonable and times when the middle ground is unequivocally wrong. Abortion is one of the latter. Either, or all abortion is allowable, as Ann Furedi believes, or all abortion is wrong. Either innocent human life must be protected or it must not.


1. Alibaba - December 31, 2017

The author of the article on abortion and the repeal of the 8th, Breda O’Brien, is clever and articulate. She always has been and will continue to be in campaigning mode, in a considered way. If this is the best they can come up with, it strikes me as a mess up indeed.


WorldbyStorm - December 31, 2017

I’ve felt that too Alibaba – that the arguments they’re putting feel very pro forma this time around. I wonder is that because the complexity of the issue, the reality that there are grey areas (even by the lights of ‘pro’-life exponents) etc have come sharply into focus whereas before there was no room for their expression, or rather they weren’t allowed to be expressed since ’emotion’ was captured by the anti-abortion side.


Aengus Millen - December 31, 2017

Yeah she had me going with that reject the middle ground stuff until I realized she was spruiking the other side lol.

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Alibaba - December 31, 2017

Interestingly, Pat Leahy noted that those who oppose abortion would ‘take issue’ with the Oireachtas Committee middle ground.

The was no engagement in O’Brien’s column with the complexities of where we are at now. And as Leahy said, ‘The specific rejection of non-fatal abnormality as a grounds for abortion removes from the anti-abortion side one of its more potent and emotive arguments: the (relatively) late abortion of foetuses with disabilities.’



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