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Fears that Donald Trump inauguration will be more winalot than Camelot have abated, with the news that renowned trad Irish hoofer Michael Flatley will parachute in his Lord of the Dance troupe to Friday’s virtually celeb-free inauguration. Barack Obama attracted the likes of Aretha Franklin, YoYo Ma, James Taylor and Kelly …

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Re: Hyper-partisans

That reminds me! I need to see Melanoma Trump's Birth Certificate, Drivers License, and genitals. I don't believe for a minute that she; 1) is an non-illegal foreign person not from the USinA alien citizen from another place and/or time, 2) can drive itself, and 3) is actually a true-born female of the opposite lady persuasion.

Also, I suspect Big John is a young lady racist from Miami Florida with a house full of Lord of the Dance VHS tapes and wearing a frock covered in chocolate stains.

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Re: because their candidate lost

"She got millions more votes though."

Well, if you take out the two most populous states (California and New York, or a measly 4% of states), then among the REMAINING 48 states (96% of the states), Trump won by 3.8 million votes.

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Re: because their candidate lost

The ones here suggesting the Reps were no different in 2009 than the Dems are now are pretty rich. I do not recall seeing any protests at Obama's Inauguration. Rather, it was practically an orgy, with thrills running up pundits' legs and reporters laid low in droves by the vapours at the mere sight of The One looking at them.

Now, we have Trump entering a war zone, courtesy of the American Left. Who lost. And won't stop whining about it.

You guys just keep it up. You're swelling our ranks. You look like the sore losers you are.

Please keep it up.

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Re: Sing and you die

Like the people [read: Republicans] in 2008 who were filled with rage because a black man won?

A left-wing Tea Party? I can see the similarity.

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Re: because their candidate lost

"She got millions more votes though."

Well, if you take out the two most populous states (California and New York, or a measly 4% of states), then among the REMAINING 48 states (96% of the states), Trump won by 3.8 million votes.

Well, if you take out the four most populous states, then among the REMAINING 46 states (92% of the states), who cares?

Wait wait... what if you take out the ten most populous states, then among the REMAINING 40 states (90% of the states)..........

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Re: Hyper-partisans

He's been denying from the day after the election that he lost the popular vote, calling it a "landslide" win, and an "historic" win [yes, it IS historic, but not in a good way, being one of five times the president LOST the popular vote].

Including, not-so-coincidentally, the last two Republican presidents.

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Re: because their candidate lost

You take out CA and NY and the US is not the world's largest economy either, that would be the EU with China a whole lot closer behind.

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Re: because their candidate lost

"You take out CA and NY and the US is not the world's largest economy either,"

If we COULD get rid of CA and NY, I think the rest of us could live with the lessening of our global stature. It seems a small price to pay...

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Re: Hyper-partisans

or will he decide that a mandate is a mandate, and govern purely for the benefit of those who voted for him, or more likely for the benefit of himself and his friends?

No, he will do what US politicians do and govern for the benefit of the people who put him there, the moneyed class.

It's SOP in Washington and pretending there's a difference between Republicans and Democrats is missing the point.

Read Citizens United. The Supreme Courts says I'm right.

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Re: because their candidate lost

'Murican here: the Orange Cheat-o (Twitler) won because there is a vast swathe of people who realize they got swindled in the 2008 meltdown, lost jobs, houses, hope and will never recover, and even their children will not have a better shot than they did. At this point, they decided to throw a bomb into the outhouse just to see what happened, thinking they would not win. They are surprised that they did, and are dancing around giddily, pointing and laughing at the other people. Some of these other people were so grumpy that the best candidate of their side did not win the Democratic nomination, that they decided to pout and loftily declare they would not vote for a false dichotomy. They thought they would win anyway, because nobody was dumb enough to vote for a baboon. They are surprised that they didn't. So, we all lost.

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Upvoted for "Twitler"!

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Re: because their candidate lost

"Well, if you take out the two most populous states (California and New York, or a measly 4% of states), then among the REMAINING 48 states (96% of the states), Trump won by 3.8 million votes."

Yeah... if you take out all of the people that voted the other way your candidate wins.... funny that.

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Re: because their candidate lost

"if you take out all of the people that voted the other way your candidate wins.... funny that."

No, merely pointing out that her win of the "popular vote" hinged on her winning in two of the fifty states. Without those two large (and largely liberal) states, she wasn't as "popular" in the rest of the states. Funny that - it's almost as if the Founding Fathers thought about such things and came up with a way to avoid such problems.

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" ... the _graphic_ "Hold on I’m Coming""?

Dirty minds think dirty thoughts.

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Ah, well

I haven't tuned in to inaugural concerts since 2009, at which time I saw a country singer doing his best (not very good) with "Shout". At that point, I switched channels for fear that Eminem might attempt "E lucevan le stelle."

As for Big John's comments, credible threats of harm are a crime, and a matter for the police. However, I live not far from the pizza joint "self-investigated" by a guy with an AR-15, looking for evidence of evil doings by Hillary Clinton and her gang. So it is not just the "Left" that has interesting SOPs.

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Re: Ah, well

I agree, both poles have their crazy quotient. It's in the rank and file where you find the stark differences across the divide. Isn't it almost always the case that it's the Left who is protesting? People like to 'point out' how partisan the Republicans were after the 2008 election, but no GOP politician said Obama wasn't legit, and none refused to go to his Inauguration over their differences.

Now both those things are happening to Trump, and the best excuse the Dems have for it is a fact-free theory about Russians throwing our election, something Hillary made up in a moment of desperation right after a big email bomb hit her bunker.

Basically the Left at this point is acting very juvenile and not at all adult about the whole thing, and that's what comes across to those people still in the middle.

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People like to 'point out' how partisan the Republicans were after the 2008 election, but no GOP politician said Obama wasn't legit,

well, Trump maintained for 8 years that Obama wasn't legit, so why not get a taste of his own medicine?

Now both those things are happening to Trump, and the best excuse the Dems have for it is a fact-free theory about Russians throwing our election, something Hillary made up in a moment of desperation right after a big email bomb hit her bunker.

Oh right.... she made it up and all the intelligence agencies went along with it.....

Basically the Left at this point is acting very juvenile and not at all adult about the whole thing, and that's what comes across to those people still in the middle.

I think what comes across to "the middle" is that the polarization is more extreme now.

The GOP keeps citing Reagan, but he'd be considered "moderate-right" or centrist today.

Another difference - Obama started with an approval rating of 80%, Trump has half that.

I'm sure that 60% not "approving" includes some people "still in the middle."

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No GOP politician said he wasn't legit? .. so none of them did the he wasn't born here, he's from Kenya or scream he's a Muslim.. as they say in South Carolina.. You Lie.

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@Big John -- Re: Ah, well

Revisionist history much?

I guess the Enchilada Restaurant Meeting wasn't a "protest" in your mind (such as it is) because TV cameras we're there watching? Or because the color of the participants skin was a uniform shade of pale? Oh...prolly because there weren't any slogans hand-painted on signs. That's gotta be it.

I see you've got that Lügenführer thing down pat, like a good little apparatchik.

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Re: @Big John -- Ah, well

Dudes, the Tea Party did not exist when Obama became president. Sure some people were POed about it, but they didn't march to DC and plan violent protests over it like your side is now.

Enchilada Restaurant Meeting? Really? You're trying to stack some obscure meeting I've never heard of up against the Great Unhinging we are now witnessing? Please try harder.

> "Oh right.... she made it up and all the intelligence agencies went along with it"

Yes they did, being headed every one by Obama's hand-picked toadies. And when a president has perverted our intelligence agencies for his party's benefit, it's time we stopped it PDQ.

Anyway none of this really matters because YOU LOST. And you're still losers, trying desperately to assuage the pain of losing by tearing down the winners instead of licking your wounds and becoming stronger for the future battles. Sad to see an entire movement reduced to such an abject state.

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Riverdance?

Is it the mid 1990s already? Time to join the queue for a copy of that new-fangled Windows 95 I guess.

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In auger nation

Is that this week? I thought that was Fake News.

I'm not watching and I don't care.

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Irish dancing? Irish?

You mean that nation of terrorist scumbags, blowing up people all the time and funded by a secret network of supporters in main stream America!

What's that Mr Trump? Am I somehow wrong? Over-generalising perhaps? Tarring them all with the same brush? You say the vast majority of Irish people are decent, hard working human beings who contribute enormously to the culture, wealth and development of modern America? And they aren't over-running the country through mass immigration? And their involvement with hard-line religious belief is vastly misunderstood? Well, that's a surprise! Or are you just glad they're not Mexican? Or Muslim.

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He's a Yank

Despite appearances, Flatley isn't Irish.

Either way, he's dead to us now.

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Watch out that he doesn't try to electrocute you with his hair, or bite you with his radioactive teeth, the fun loving sexaholic dancelord...

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Is "Lord Of The Dance" still a thing? I saw his troupe performing the dance routine on TV many many years ago, and was bored after a few minutes. Perhaps it's not my favorite art form. However I am truly surprised Flatley is still making money from this. Maybe Trump is scraping the barrel bottom somewhat?

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A vandalized "Lord of the Dance" poster in Leipzig

Was a thing to behold, a totem of European solidarity. The Kraut vandal had adorned the smugly smiling Michael with a Hitler cowlick and moustache, seized by the same impulse that would have stirred a Pom, Dago, Frog, Mick, or even a Turk. There's hope for the continent yet...

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Re: A vandalized "Lord of the Dance" poster in Leipzig

"[...] or even a Turk"

Turkey seems to have its own thin-skinned clone of Trump in Erdogan - with a similar split in the population's support. The only difference is that in one case the political power is hard-line conservative Christian factions - and in the other Islamic ones.

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Re: A vandalized "Lord of the Dance" poster in Leipzig

That sounds more like something a British tourist with a knotted hanky on his head and rolled up trousers would do

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one of the world’s foremost Irish dancers

As an epitaph, that's not very inspiring.

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"If you fear change you are a bad person!"

Pretty funny take on Obama's tearful adieu and Trump's press conference here: Weepy Globalist to be Replaced By Rumbustious Working Class Hero At Noon Friday

Data hounds may find this information of interest:

Obama stepped out in front of a huge audience in Chicago and delivered a long, gassy speech—51 minutes and 10 seconds. That’s 10 minutes longer than the Farewell Addresses of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan combined.

Bush 41 did not technically give a farewell address, although his speech to West Point cadets, the last of his presidency, is sometimes cited as such. I don’t know its duration, but the transcript runs to 3,300 words. The transcript of Obama’s farewell address is just short of 5,000 words, so he left Poppy Bush in the dust, too. This is a guy who really likes the sound of his own voice.

The gold standard in political speeches, so far as I’m concerned, was the one Calvin Coolidge delivered to the Massachusetts Senate 102 years ago, after being elected President of that body. It consisted of forty-four words, thus:

"Honorable Senators: My sincerest thanks I offer you. Conserve the firm foundations of our institutions. Do your work with the spirit of a soldier in the public service. Be loyal to the Commonwealth and to yourselves, and be brief; above all things, be brief."

That makes the Gettysburg Address, at 272 words, look positively flabby. It makes Obama’s farewell address look morbidly obese.

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Trump a "working-class hero"

Puh-LEEEZE

What crap is that you're reading? (Noticed that there was no attribution for that warm, steaming heap you allegedly copied from ... someplace. And no, I'm not about to try that link, either...no telling where that's been.)

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Re: Trump a "working-class hero"

I think you need to borrow a sense of humour from someone else as you don't seem to recognise satire very well.

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Re: "If you fear change you are a bad person!"

"Obama stepped out in front of a huge audience in Chicago and delivered a long, gassy speech"

[TRANSLATION] Obama delivered a speech that was above the reading age of the TL;DR Republicans who much preferred GW's Dr Seuss style of delivery...

See, see president man, president man has got a plan.

See me see me president man, I have a plan, I'm president man.

Do not give me pretzels Dan, oh pretzels no that's not my plan.

Choking, coughing pretzels Dan, oh Dan that's not my plan.

Never say it was the booze, that way's a horrid chance to lose.

Oh never, ever mention booze, because this prez don't want to lose.

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Will they have leprechauns as well or has the pot of gold already been reserved?

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half of Sam and Dave

To be fair to the booking agent, it would have been difficult to get Dave on, as he's been dead near 30 years.

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JLo sang for the birthday of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (state-run media, civil rights violations, child labor, torture, and political kidnappings )

Sting sang for the Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov (political imprisonment, child slavery, and torture) "I have come to believe that cultural boycotts are not only pointless gestures"

Beyonce, Mariah Carey? for the Gaddafi family.

It's not like they were singing for Trump, right?

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"It's not like they were singing for Trump, right?"

Well, even celebs have standards you know!

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Its not really a boycott...

....its more something to do with most entertainers have better things to do with their time like, for example, washing their hair.

I personally think of the incoming administration as a form of natural disaster -- the hurricane is bearing down on us, its going to cause some damage but if we take appropriate precautions we can survive it and hopefully when its over we can clean up after it and carry on. This may be regarded as a bit of an extreme view, especially among those I know who think its the Second Coming, but we'll have to wait and see exactly what its impact is. For now I've got my drinking water, batteries and sandbags.

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As a (Northern) Irishman...

...I am deeply ashamed that any of my fellow islanders would show support in any way for this narcissistic sociopathic baboon.

I can only assume that Flatley has mortgate payments that he needs to support.

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Flatley and crew a good choice

Since we in the eastern States are mostly Irish at least . The whole country is Irish on St Patrick's day. That's the law.

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"The whole country is Irish on St Patrick's day. That's the law."

My boss (Irishman, born in Cork, Dublin educated, top-drawer bloke) was in Boston on Paddy's Day. Some drunken idiots picked on him for "not wearing the green", he cursed them out in Irish and they were bewildered about what strange language this was.

Irish? Yeah right, you're American.

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Old joke: What do real Irish drinkers call St. Paddy's Day... Amateur Night.

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a dearth of Scottish artists

I wonder was Arab Strap invited? Probably no, given the "Arab" in their name.

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That's a shame...

"Harvey the farting wonder-horse" wasn't available.

Oh well, Flatulence of another kind will do.

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Could it be

that this appearance is in lieu of the Rockettes who demurred at performing?

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