Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Will New York Senator Chuck Schumer ditch gay couples for an immigration deal?
- If nobody's happy, it's working – the abortion debate and Irish politics of stalemate
- Conservative news entertainment complex claim Barack Obama leader of Al Qaeda
- Why Irish grudges are passed on - a long tradition of never forgetting
- Boston man confronts Infowars conspiracy nuts over 'false flag' claim
The only punch I have ever thrown was at Christmas. I'm not sure what it says about me. I'm certainly not proud of the fact.
No drink was involved. There was no long festering family dispute. I hadn't stepped out to settle some old score. It just occurred.
Duck and roll folks, apparently the gays aren't content with ruining Christmas and the wedding announcement section of your local paper - according to Rick Perry now they're after Christianity itself.
They're waging war against it. They want to outlaw it. They want to make it illegal for you to pray. Or something.
People who enjoy condemning their neighbors with the use of bible verses written long before running water was a feature in most homes really ought to dig into the book a little deeper.
Women especially should take a little look, because it has lots of advice to share with them, such as -
With the Cain, Perry and Bachmann's campaigns unravelling, yesterday's man Newt Gingrich is suddenly looking viable. It's a sign of desperation, not strength though.
And it's a development that's leaving many conservatives feeling decidedly queasy. When character becomes the issue Gingrich's life becomes a minefield.
This week Rick Perry demonstrated he doesn't know what age you have to be to vote in the United States, or indeed when the 2012 election actually is. Herman Cain doesn't know if we contributed in any way to the downfall of Qaddafi's regime in Libya, or if in Cuba people speak Cuban.
Now Michele Bachmann wants to close our Iranian embassy, because she doesn't know we haven't had an Iranian embassy there since 1980. Predictably her supporters in Waverly, Iowa, applauded yesterday when she made her bold - but bonkers - announcement.