More Audibles: Thayer, Twitter & Bye Week House Cleaning

More Audibles: Thayer, Twitter & Bye Week House Cleaning

Thayer's Play of the Week: Forte's Run

If I ran a local Chicago TV station I would give Tom Thayer a half hour program every week to truly break down the particulars of each Bears game.  During this weekly segment on the site I continually find myself smarter about football at the end of the three or four minutes.  This week's is brilliant:

On Terrell Owens, Bernard Berrian...


I love Brad Biggs but he does not need to write full-length pieces for the Trib in response to Twitter followers asking him about washed up wide receivers.  Any time any player is mentioned as being available, I get a dozen Tweets from Bears fans asking me if the Bears will sign them.  Fans believe since the Bears have cap space they should throw it at a million different players, specifically the types of players they've become familiar with through their fantasy obsessions.  What the Bears lack in their receiving corps is simple: a true #1 talent to draw double-teams from opposing defenses.  Those types of players are not available in late October.

Some In-House Things To Discuss

  1. I heard some of you loud and clear on your desire to have one of those on-site chats for game day.  I just don't like them, to be honest.  If the Comments experience is not what it needs to be let's use this bye week to try and get better.  Use the section below or email me ( with specific complaints regarding the commenting experience.
  2. I am going to be in Chicago from December 1-6.  I mentioned the possibility of doing a little blog get together/party on Saturday night Dec. 3 at a bar of my choosing.  If any of you guys are interested in something like that, let me know.  If not, I won't waste time on it.
  3. The Picks Contest will conclude on the final day of the regular season.  If no one is the outright winner, we'll continue through the postseason with a tournament-style contest to win the array of prizes from out sponsors.  It will definitely be fun.

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  • Once again I congratulate this blog on its wit and intelligence.

    IrishSweetness wrote a brilliant one act play last night in which Steve Jobs coaches The Chicago Bears. Thank you Irish.

    Arcane references to William Blake and Sir Philip Bleeding Sidney have also been sited.

    I will be doing a live wide receiver workout in Middle Inlet, Wisconsin, but I don't think anyone will show up - you what I mean - like pro scouts and stuff.

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    Ce ne fait rien, mon ami. Ask and you shall receive ....

  • secondly I agree 100% on TT ..Love his Play of the week...

    I do still have a hard time trying to figure out why douche-bag LM is doing there, except to look like a pussy..similar to what I think ass-clown's in Bears Management would look and act like..what a douche!

  • Astral Projection and also choose your favorite or coolest name - the name you would like instead of the one you have -

    like - Simon Templar
    James Bond
    Lovie Smith
    Guido Brunetti
    Hakan Nesser
    Jake Gittes
    Warner Toland
    Tom Thayer (Is he from another planet?)
    I just found the Xanax bottle - Once know what I'm sayin'...

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    JL...where's HULK?

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    Axel Kilgore.

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    Herve Villichaise, please.

  • yeah..yeah..yeah..I get the whole business side to this "CF" but "Pay The Man"

  • a spotlight on "Glitchy's still suck in my eyes:,0,6473923.column

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    Damn, loboto beat me to the first "pay the man, JA ffs" reference on this thread. :p

  • LM: With Gabe Carimi returning from an injury, it appears that Chris Spencer could be headed back to the bench. But every time Matt Forte has a long run, it seems like Spencer is throwing a key block. How would you assess how he has performed?

    JA: “Chris has done a great job for us, and he did a really fine job on Sunday, making some critical blocks that allowed Matt to do the things that he does well. Chris is playing with a cast on his hand and he’s playing well, particularly as a run blocker. His pass protection was a lot better Sunday because he could use his hand a little bit more this week. He’s shown a tremendous amount of toughness and competitiveness. He’s a very talented player. That’s one thing you don’t want to lose sight of. Remember, he was a first-round draft pick. He’s a natural center, but he’s playing very well at guard right now. He’s gone beyond my expectations.”

    What were your expectations for when signing him, Jerry?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    What were your expectations for when signing him, Jerry?

    I think he just wanted him to be ambulatory.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • I have to disagree about this Jeff.

    You want to put a rook in at Left tackle against a hungry and veteran dline?

    Stick with the way it is till Carimi earns a spot from someone.

    Hell, make him a tightend on the edges and have him and Webb block together.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I was thinking the same thing Artoo.

    Martz wants to mix things up? Put Carimi and Spaeth and Hester and Knox out there. Run it a few times and dare them to put 8 in the box.

    When they do, PA, long ball to Hester or Knox...I mean, that's what they're good for, right?

    Goaline, put in Carimi again. They'll stack the line, he'll sneak out as an eligible rec, TD Carimi, thus owning the rookie Tackle touchdown record....actually, that'd be a really obscure fact to dig up...if any rook offensive lineman has a TD...

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Exactly, use them ALL on the line. Have a six man line. Work around that.

  • Despite Blogfather's crankiness on this, I am still Team TO

  • Top 10 Reasons we need Live Chat plugin:


    10. If Oestmann can do it, Jeff can do it.
    9. Refreshing Gnome code sucks
    8. Refreshing 320 comments using Gnome code sucks worse.
    7. Refreshing 321 comments using Gnome code on a tablet is hell
    6. It will encourage more chattiness
    5. The tool allows replays, so nothing is lost.
    4. Oestmann's ghost town shouldn't out-tech this blog.
    3. CN's web servers aren't involved.
    2. Viva La independence!
    1. It's just like those live chats on porn sites, but with Bears fans.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We are a porn site but as bear fans?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    as for #1, I don't know what you mean. I mean I've heard about these... pooo...rrn. sites.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    #1...GP while during the chat would you be wearing your Bears Thong!????? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    tee hee hee

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    What's big and jiggly and opens a wide line? Cookie!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought of cookie too!!! lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    phrozentundra probably wears a strap-on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tee hee hee! +100

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Ha! No shit!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wear one or take one?

  • In reply to TheFifth:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    PT can't tell his asshole from his earhole; he's probably got two of them shoved in his nostrils right now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, you guys notice as soon as we start winning the trolls dissapear?


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oestmann didn't do it. Some other guy did. And he asked me to be involved last week but I declined.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Jeff, it's like The facebook, or The twitter.... stop fighting the inevitable maing.

    Gnome code sucks... it’s not your fault.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Agree 100% with GP.

    I'm long winded, so I prefer the comments - forces more "thoughtful" dialog. HOWEVER, on game day, I don't like writing thesis. I'd rather be watching the game with my laptop next to me so that I can input one word caveman interjections like "Fucken Harris!" or "Godammit Martz!"

    JUST FOR THE GAMEDAY THREADS, I say, go with the live chat, even if just for one week, try it out. If it sucks monkey balls, then back to the scheduled programming, work out the kinks before Xmas Bowl.

  • Wow, I couldn't resist a trip over to the mangina blog. Saw GPL there too.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Some trolls are too alluring.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ha Ha GP!

    I saw you picked up Helu on FF, so now you have both Helu and Torrain, but how are you going to guess which one Shanny is going to run? Hightower is out, so now you have 50% chance of being correct, that is unless, he starts some guy from the practice squad that week lol

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Who picked up Murray from the Cowboys in those two leagues?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I picked him up on the Bears Blog II FF team last week.

    He only gave me about 35 points. Meh.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    my god... I want to gouge out my eyes... thanks a lot for the link GP. asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Feminism is the most unassailable bastion of hypocrisy known to *man*kind (see how I did that?)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    A friend of mine flunked a Woman's Studies class with the same Professor three years in a row, until he finally wrote papers that said what she wanted to hear. Can you say "Re-education Camp"? It was a requirement.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    Oh Gods. She's obviously never been to this side of the Pond.

    (general point: over here (I mean Britain, Ireland, Australia etc) terms like "cunt" and "knob" have been de-sexualised - they're basically just punctuation, and cunt is used by both sexes to refer to both sexes).

  • Over the past few weeks, I have been commenting on Forte's patience when running the ball. Thayer's analysis does a fantastic job of showing why. I really liked his comment about guys that think they have "world class" speed just try to outrun everyone.

    And although some have questioed Matt's speed on this blog, when he gets out there where he can use it, it seems to be high enough. You don't see him get caught from behind very often.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Forte has GREAT patience, not just with his blocks developing, but with Blind Squirrel.

    I also think he has great burst more than 40 speed. I think for a RB that's more important.

    He also shows great vision. He has a nice feel for the "pocket" like in that Thayer Play. He sensed the LB coming full speed, and without even looking, just juked and took off.

    If I were creating Madden ratings, I'd give him like a 95 on speed, 99 acceleration, and 99 in vision.

    Oh, and he can also block and catch better than any other running back, and he never fumbles. Why isn't this guy signed again?

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    continuing, PA Blocker rating of 55, and CA rating of 85, like LT in his prime.

    What Forte DOESN'T do well is break tackles or bull defenders over in short yardage. I think Sweetness has more broken tackles in one game than Forte does in his entire career. I think that's why he gets compared to Marcus Allen.

    But luckily, Marion the Barbarian DOES excel breaking tackles and running over defenders on short yardage (not to mention he's a pretty good pass protector and rec which is critical for 3rd downs), so he's really a nice complement.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Barber is way better at pass pro too. Matt is a bit whiffy.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It's getting around the corner though, not knocking the guy - how can you with these numbers - but he doesn't have that Neal Anderson speed where you get to the edge ... turn on the afterburners ... and you're gone.

  • I would never come here during the game and refresh and keep scrolling to look at comments, however I would be interested if there were a chat feature. Not to say I would use it, but I'd be more likely to do so.

  • The biggest problem (besides flakiness -- i.e. failed logins, comments disappearing, comments failing to post, slow ass refresh, etc) on both gameday and in general is the inability to see a chronological view of the comments -- so that you can find and read new comments.

    This is a major PITA for regular posts too -- gameday threads just exacerbate it. The only way to find new comments now is to manually scan 100s of comments, or to search for "said N hour" and "said M minute" for all values of N between the last comment you read and the earliest timestamp in the Recent Comments section. If the earliest comment was less than 1 hour ago, you have to then search for all values of M between that comment and 59. Needless to say, this is tedious and annoying as shit.

    I almost never bother with the gameday thread because 1) the flakiness rises to a whole new level, and 2) the tedium of searching/scanning is too high to waste any attention away from the game on.

    Lastly this info-sparse 250 pixel wide column format (that becomes ever-shrinking with nested responses) is just... kind of ridiculous for 200+ comment thread. It seems obvious that one isn't going to change anytime soon, but I just had to mention it. If they could develop a separate "chronological comment view" page that had layout more suitable for reading though, that would be a major, major win.


  • In reply to Michael L:

    The width thing is stupid, but its about advertising so we lose.

    Chronological rather than threaded by topic is categorically, absolutely, the nadir of existence for a real blog

    On a gameday chat, it might be tolerable, but I sincerely doubt it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It's easy enough to do both; I don't know why this comment code is so poorly implemented.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes my suggestion was to have both, hence why I said a "separate" view. Threaded is better for browsing, but without a handy way to find new posts it's really annoying.

    Heck I'd be fine if the Recent Comments section had a "more" button so you could dynamically expand the list until you've "caught up"... If they can't figure out how to write the javascript or AJAX for that, then a separate "chrono comments" page would be the least they could do.

    Obviously CN wasn't designed for, nor do they appear willing to cater to, blog superstars like Jeff with dynamic commenters and hundreds of comments per post...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Windy City Gridiron is instantaneous and pain-free .. .apart from Dane Ducheyne.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Auto-login. I mean what could be so hard to setup. Auto-login please.

    I think the gameday thread is just so we can vent. It's either Wo-hoo! or Doh!

  • From Da Site w/ Captain DoucheBag
    What a piss poor stat to live up to:

    Since Jay Cutler has become Bears quarterback, has he ever played in a game where he wasn’t sacked?

    Jay Cutler has been sacked in 36 of his 37 starts in three seasons with the Bears. The only time he wasn’t sacked was on Nov. 12, 2009 in a 10-6 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.

    time to re-tool again during a bye week...when the F will Glitchy get talent to last more than game to game..."F'er!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    o btw... What the fuck was I thinking...

    "We are all Set"

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I was at that game... thanks for bringing up a bad memory A-hole! Now I have to go sob silently under my desk.

  • Jeff, while ur in Chicago you should stop by Christkindlemarket. It is a really fun time and takes place from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Real german beer and food is enough to make it worth your while.

  • #2 - I'd go drink some brews with you jackasses. Anyone else?

  • Have one for me, Coach.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    right, you'll be about to bring two new lives online won't you doc? Ahhhh life.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    One motherfucker. One.

    Although we DID just get a new (old) dog.

    Clipped yet?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    tee hee.... tee... hee... tee...

    Clipped... no. You know what they say Doc... can't teach a new old dog new old tricks. (did you see how I did that?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Unfortunately, yes.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    hee hee

  • Just for you Irish. Some of you guys may also get a kick out of this.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Thanks Trac, now you got me all worked up.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    At what point, when two out of three of the most powerful SuperBlocs on the planet are in hock to the banks ... do people finally go ..."Hey! No! Stop this!"

    People in the West are being milked by their banks. People in China are being milked by their government. Milk of human kindness? We're viruses with shoes (Bill Hicks).

    If the USA had a single nationally televised address where Obama explained to the nation where their dollars come from and at what cost, there would be national pandemonium, but the Federal Reserve Act would be repealed the very next day. He and every single politician in the land complicit in this heinous crime are all suckers of Satan's jism and there is zero justification for their actions and their silent complicity therein.

    Viva La revolucion !

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I'm a believer (that we're a virus, not that there's an evil deceiver):

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    ha helps not to think about it...

  • TO... coming to Chicago!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I saw that headline on twitter and about shit.


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'd be okay with it for league minimum. If the guy made one catch in every game and it was in the endzone, could we live with that?

    Play with this.

    One minute left, we're on the ten yard line, we need a score to win. Field goal schmield goal. Roy is on one side, there's two backs in there ... who do you want Cutler throwing the ball to in that situation ? Sanzenbacher? Knox? Hester? Or the guy who's only got Jerry Rice ahead of his name on the all-time list of yardage reception?

    Honest answer guys, who do you throw the ball to?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I'm down... but his knee is still fucked and he prolly won't really be ready till dec

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Matt Forte, that's who.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, I was scared, but then I read it. All is better now.

  • As far as the site goes, the comment section is glitchy (e.g. the login/logout issues), the layout is terrible (case in point, the nesting is terribly difficult to decipher), and Jimmy asks for input but I don't recall seeing any real improvements based on our feedback much less updates from him. It's a website - not a rocket ship. Either the technical staff at ChicagoNow doesn't care or they don't know how to solve the issues and no one is holding their feet to the fire.
    The only thing that keeps me coming back is your content and the fact that our regulars are hilarious.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "..doesn't care or they don't know how to solve the issues and no one is holding their feet to the fire."

    Nail on the head mang. Nail on the mofo head.

  • +100 MBP. Agree on every point. Love the content and posters (in a manly way). Hate the technology (or lack thereof).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, what you and MBP are sayin', Canada. +1+E=mC2, or some other formula...

    It is wierd that this was actually done by design...Even Jeff's original site was far and away better than this generic, "leave-a-note-on-the-fridge-door" POS. I don't get it.

    I have to assume that CN is kicking enough dough Jeff's way to make it worth it on some level, and theri silence has been deafening since they snuck in and fixed the "Reply" feature.

  • I'm with Lobo Jeff. "We're all set". Somehow I get the feeling fixing this blog is gonna be like asking Angelo to fill our team needs.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:


  • wait...

    did he... did he... just call himself a bears hating fuckhole? Yes, I think he just did:

    "#15 Chicago Bears (4-3)
    The Bears have done well for themselves in squeezing a 4-3 record out of their first seven games. They've lost to three quality teams in Green Bay, New Orleans and Detroit, beaten a couple decent clubs in Atlanta and Tampa Bay, and taken care of business at home against the likes of losers Carolina and Minnesota. But their post-bye November slate is challenging: at Philadelphia, home against Detroit and San Diego, and at Oakland. That's probably a 1-3 skid coming, but I've been surprised by the Bears more times than I've been right.

    Read more:"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    what a penis

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "a bears hating fuckhole", that got a semi-audible snort out of me MB - which is as close as I get to LOLs. I like it.

    However the following word group has my internal WTF monitor on overload :

    "But their post-bye November slate is challenging: at Philadelphia, home against Detroit and San Diego, and at Oakland. "

    Nobody else seems to be finding Philly to be much of a challenge, much less a team with a D-line and O-line that seems to be getting their act together.

    San Diego haven't beaten ANYBODY and are entering meltdown phase.

    Detroit have no running backs and Stafford is injured but looking decidedly confused these days once CJ is taken out of the game.

    Oakland? Kansas City put up 28 points and a shut-out on their asses, and their offense, McFadden, is injured. Again.

    Our November slate is mouth-watering. We're on the rise, whereas all the above are on the slide methinks.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Agree 100% with all of that Irish.

    I decided not to get into the nitty gritty analysis since I pretty much took the marco route that summed it all up with, "bears hating fuckhole"

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    The thing with those teams is that they can turn it on at any time, unlike say the Vikes, Seachickens, Colts, etc...

    The Philly game is always fun to watch because we have very athletic Dlinemen chasing Vick around.

    SD is a notorious slow starting team. Can anyone explain how they can be so bad early? But maybe this year is the year they can't turn it on. LT and Sproles aren't there anymore, and Gates is limping around, again.

    Detroit we're going to beat. It's going to be one of those games where the D and SP teams take over.

    Oakland, foget about it. No way in hell a hobbled McFadden and bull Bush are gonna rush on us, which leaves us with a QB who admitted that he only knows 10% of the playbook as of 3 days ago. Maybe he'll be up to 30% by the time we play them.

    These are very winnable games, depending on ole Martzy of course...

  • jesus... are you people serious? Wide. fucking. load.


  • A quote from Roger Goodell today on the Greta Van ssuusouon show on Fox:
    "At the end of the day, we want to take the contact out of the game, and reduce the risk of injury".
    This would be a great interview for all to hear if anyone has a link.
    BTW, isn't football a contact sport? Isn't blocking and tackling 90 percent of the game? Shheeeesssshhhh.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Take contact out of the game? Well at least then we could put our time to better use. Who wants to watch flag football?

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    In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Same thing has been happening in a lot of other sports. Aussie Rules/Rugby and even Futbol (which is taking "non-contact" to extreme levels of silliness). There's taking sensible precautions to avoid injury (e.g. spearing) and then there's faintheaded ooh-la-la fuckwittery like the sort Goodell is now advocating.

    Speaking of which, is there an equivalent in Football of the "early reducer"? (a hefty challenge usually inflicted very early on the opposition's most gifted player as a warning or an attempt to force them out of the game).

  • Pompei doesn't come up with this kind of beauty ... including teh suage of semi colons .... from Tuesday Morning QB :

    Sweet 'N' Sour London Plays: With the London game scoreless, Mike "What The!" Martz put undrafted fullback Tyler Clutts, a former CFL player, into the game. Clutts split wide; when a fullback splits wide, defenses assume something is up. Then the Bears shifted to put two tight ends on the right side, creating a power look. At the snap, center Roberto Garza and guard Chris Spencer pulled right for the Fuzzy Thurston-style sweep Martz suddenly favors, each making a clean block. Tackle J'Marcus Webb got downfield for a second-level block, and Clutts got a downfield block as Matt Forte went 32 yards for an untouched touchdown. Sweet. Too bad for Forte that Chris Johnson had yet another awful game -- see below.

    Leading 7-0, Chicago took possession on its 1-yard line. The Bears' offensive coordinator has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Martz personality, and this time Mr. Martz asserted himself. He split three wide receivers right in a trips. All ran vertical routes, hoping to drag defenders deep and out of the action. Forte took a handoff right, heading for the area that the play design said would be vacant. City of Tampa's Ronde Barber sensed that not even Mike Martz would send three guys deep from the same side from his own 1. Barber ignored the receivers and charged into the end zone, dropping Forte for a safety. Sweet for the Bucs, and sour for Martz.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    And following on - why Angelo may be correct in not rushing to re-write Forte's contract ......

    Why Matt Forte Does Not Like Chris Johnson: Matt Forte is, as agents say, "outperforming his contract." There's an obvious case for the Bears giving him a new deal. But down in Tennessee, the Titans gave Chris Johnson a megabucks contract rewrite, and Johnson is celebrating by taking the season off. On Sunday he was awful -- 18 yards on 10 carries, obviously dogging, booed by his home-crowd fans. The Forte and Johnson contract situations are nearly identical, and it seems Tennessee made a major error by conferring lots of extra money on Johnson.

  • 'teh suage' is not Gaelic but is in fact code for 'the usage' ....

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    In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Its the new language of Interwebz, Irish.

    Got a genuine Dolphins fan, a Miami exile who's been over here for about 10 years, coming over to my gaff tonight to watch a recording of the Broncos/Dolphins-game. Should be fireworks in the 4th quarter. I really need to wrap my entire living room in bubble wrap before he gets here, alert my downstairs neighbour not to call the Police no matter what they hear, and take down my naked picture of Tebow I suppose.

  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    Please send said naked rebus picture to:

    a7, denver, CO, USA

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    You'll need thorazine for that game. I had money on it so I had to watch it. Painfully bad stuff. Apart from the last five minutes obviously.


    This guy has some good points...

  • In reply to thepikey7:

    I focking haeet pikeys

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah! Someone finally caught the reference to my name!

  • In reply to thepikey7:

    Uhhhh... not sure what you mean ... I just hate pikeys.

    Doesn't everyone? Irish? DOM?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nope. A few bad uns gives them all a bad name. I'm ashamed of the way they're treated in Ireland - as third class citizens, not even as citizens in fact. It's disgraceful really. Pure racism. Travelers are a good, God-fearing loyal people ... and hard to beat in a fight. The people that hate them hate everyone. Up the Pavies.

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    The stories I could tell. :p

    Best told over a pint though.

    Here in Engerland at the moment one of the big stories is the Dale Farm evictions, where to briefly sum up, a group of "travellers" decide to willy-nilly set up shop in the middle of the green belt, without any sort of planning permission, and then claim that its "racist" for them to obey the same laws as everyone else. Their camp attracted the usual trustifarian cockends and celebrity rent-a-mouths of course, but they were mostly evicted this last weekend past.

    The evictions were stopped temporarily due to, and you couldn't make this up, the discovery of rare bats on the site. The jury is out on whither this is a kosher discovery or if the bat colony had conveniently sprung up overnight.

    The irony is, that these guys aren't even Roma, they've pretty much all got big houses over in Ireland (the Republic of) and are well, just taking the piss, as they're prone to do. For a group who like to call themselves "travellers", they sure like to build a lot of permanent houses.

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