Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Irish Motorcycle Road Racing Exhibition (Oct 23/24)

12 Ryan Farquhar - Superbike TT Race 05/06/2010Image by Aled Beswick via Flickr
Over the weekend of October 23rd/24th there will be an exhibition in Kells, County Meath, showcasing all aspects of road racing here in Ireland. So if you enjoy watching the thrill of the racing this will be an unique opportunity to get to see everything else that is going on surrounding the actual racing, while also meet some of the faces behind the helmets. Below is the official press release and all the details of the event. Hope to see you there.
Saturday October 23rd 1100 - 1800
Sunday October 24th 1000 - 1700
Admission is €10
Also note that all funds raised " will be donated to the Stephen Larkin Fund with a donation given to the Myles Byrne Fund( Kells Club Member)".
Peace and keep the rubber side down.
Amplify’d from www.meath.ie
PURE ROAD RACE EXHIBITION - The first ever PURE ROAD RACE EXHIBITION will be held in the Enterprise Centre
The first ever PURE ROAD RACE EXHIBITION will be held in the Enterprise Centre, Cavan Road, Kells, Co. Meath on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October.  Doors will open from  11am -  6pm on Sat and  10am – 5pm on Sunday.
The Exhibition is to showcase our sport of Road Racing and give the public an opportunity to meet the Clubs, Riders, Teams & Sponsors, Marshalls, Medical Personnel etc and to get an insight into how a road race is organised.
It is an opportunity for Clubs, Riders, Teams to promote themselves and their merchandise. 
Tables will be provided for any clubs who wish to avail of them.
On display will be genuine Race Bikes from the following riders and teams:
TAS Suzuki, Keith Amor, Guy MartinRyan FarquharMichael Dunlop, John Walsh, Wayne Kirwan, Michael Sweeney, David Lumsden, Adrian Archibald, Davy Morgan, Derek Sheils, James Redpath, Craig Gibson, John Burrows, Michael Pearson, Keith &, Derek Costello,
Herbie Ronan with # 32  Myles Byrnes bike, Michael Larkin, Gerry Daniel, Damien Mulleady, And many more……………..
# 8  Richard Britton
Classic Bike Display.
Motorcycling Ireland
Kells MCRC
Cookstown (Dungannon)
Southern 100
Manx  GP
Dunboyne Motor Club
Dunshaughlin RRSC
MCI Medical Team
Marshalls Association
Road Racing Ireland
Clinton Enterprises -  Official Race Merchandise.
JDs  -  Amelia  - 
Two Stroke Supporters Club
Photographic Display -  See your heroes in action.
Talk & Book Signing by Stephen Davison.
Any other interested parties please contact us.
The MCI Medical Team will put on displays over the duration of the show.
George McCann will interview guest Riders.
Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Stephen Larkin Fund with a donation given to the Myles Byrne Fund( Kells Club Member)
On  Saturday (23rd)  there will be a Benefit Night in the Kactus Nightclub (Arches Bar) Farrell Street, Kells, 9pm til late in aid of the Stephen Larkin Fund and Myles Byrne, Admission 10 euros,  music by  THE KING & I.
The Kells Club would like to thank all who have supported the idea of the Exhibition . 
This has been a very sad year for the Road Racing Family – we would ask all Road Race Fans to please come and support this Exhibition -  it is being organised for a very worthy cause.
For further details contact:
Aileen Ferguson,  00353 46 92 40972,  00353 87 2289958
e.mail kellsroadraces@hotmail.com
Read more at www.meath.ie
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

ACLU vrs U.S. Gov over the lives of citizens

The debate around the targeted killing of US citizens abroad by the U.S. government is still on going, but the article below by Robert Haddick is probably one of the better discussions I have read or heard on the topic. Could this be considered a new battlefield space to be exploited by the military or other organisations until legislation is passed to reign them in? Right now the U.S. government is taking full advantage of this legal limbo, and other than the efforts by the ACLU there is no hurry to more fully debate the very slippery slope that they are going down.


Amplify’d from smallwarsjournal.com
Aulaqi lawfare case is an example of military adaptation

The Aulaqi case is the latest, but certainly not the last, move on the adaptation chess board. The 9/11 attacks and others in Madrid, London, and elsewhere were maneuvers that bypassed Western conventional military power. The United States and some of its allies responded by attempting to bring governance to ungoverned territories where terror groups found sanctuary. Terror groups have in turn defended their sanctuaries by making deals with the locals and by displacing to new areas that the U.S., for either political or intelligence reasons, finds difficulty attacking.

the U.S. government has also adapted its tactics. In the future it will strive mightily to avoid interventions involving the large-scale use of general purpose ground forces. Covert action, raids, and proxy battles will be preferred. Here “lawfare” has left its mark. In recent years the U.S. government has acquired few new terrorism prisoners. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s interventions into Guantanamo, targeted killing or custody by foreign governments are now the only options the U.S. government employs (prisoners the U.S. holds at Bagram or elsewhere in Afghanistan will surely go over to the Afghan government).

Having found a sanctuary where he is nearly impossible to apprehend, the Obama administration appears content to simply kill Aulaqi with a missile. The ACLU and the CCR fear the bottom of a steep slippery slope where a U.S. president is ordering Predator hits against any U.S. citizen anywhere for any reason without legal restraint. These groups want a court to define the “recognized war zone” (Afghanistan in, Yemen not in) and to apply judicial process to the president’s war powers outside that zone. Adversaries like Aulaqi are not limited to the ACLU's view of the war zone; these adversaries would obviously take advantage of such a definitional system to establish new sanctuaries.

With techniques such as major combat operations and large ground force counterinsurgency campaigns in decline, covert action, counterterrorism raiding, and proxy wars will be in ascendance.
But as we have seen many times before in history, covert action, counterterrorism raiding, and proxy wars are vulnerable to legal and political attack, resulting in new opportunities for adversary adaptation. The adaptation chess match goes on.Read more at smallwarsjournal.com