Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Down with this sort of thing

Dermot Ahern has managed to make a holy show of himself. (Now I'll have offended the Dermotologists, who will no doubt accuse me of blasphemy.)

Dermot Aherns' explanation didn't convince Padraig Reilly who pointed out, quite reasonably, that as there is already a referendum for the Lisbon Treaty this year, why not have the referendum on blasphemy on the same day?

The creators of Father Ted back a challenge and they've parodied opponents to blasphemy before.

Stephen Fry has condemned it too.

From the legal angle: Eoin O'Dell argues it clashes with the Constitution while Pure Hearsay disagrees.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

40 years ago today

At 02:39 UTC 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong opened the hatch on the Eagle lander, began his descent at 02:51. He deployed the Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly and activated a TV camera by pulling on a D-ring. At 02:56 he set his left foot on the surface of the Moon.
That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.

Buzz Aldrin joined him and described the view as
Magnificent desolation.