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  1. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    04 Sep '13 08:37
    http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-british-soldiers-assaulted-off-duty-nyc-cop-221837296.html
  2. Subscriber Sleepyguy
    Reepy Rastardly Guy
    04 Sep '13 14:56
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-british-soldiers-assaulted-off-duty-nyc-cop-221837296.html
    Rugby players. Go figure.
  3. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    04 Sep '13 23:44
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-british-soldiers-assaulted-off-duty-nyc-cop-221837296.html
    Hardly Redcoats ... all were Fijian!

    Good rugby players; many play in NZ or Oz and subsequently qualify by
    residency to represent those countries. We have a couple of good All Blacks
    from Fiji. The national side is easily in the top 16 of the World.
  4. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    05 Sep '13 00:05
    If only that policeman had had a gun maybe he'd be alive today.
  5. 05 Sep '13 00:30
    Originally posted by wolfgang59 to AThousandYoung
    Hardly Redcoats ... all were Fijian!

    Good rugby players; many play in NZ or Oz and subsequently qualify by
    residency to represent those countries. We have a couple of good All Blacks
    from Fiji. The national side is easily in the top 16 of the World.
    Some Fijians have served with distinction in the British SAS.
    At the SAS headquarters (Hereford), there's a statue of a Fijian SAS hero,
    Talaisai Labalaba, who fought to the death practically alone (manning a
    field gun) against hundreds of enemy fighters in Oman. His sacrifice was
    recognised only by a posthumous Mention in Dispatches. Some of his
    white SAS comrades seem to suspect that his courage would have received
    greater recognition (a DSC or even a VC?) if he had been a white Briton.
  6. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    05 Sep '13 00:54
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Some Fijians have served with distinction in the British SAS.
    At the SAS headquarters (Hereford), there's a statue of a Fijian SAS hero,
    Talaisai Labalaba, who fought to the death practically alone (manning a
    field gun) against hundreds of enemy fighters in Oman. His sacrifice was
    recognised only by a posthumous Mention in Dispatches. Some of his
    wh ...[text shortened]... e would have received
    greater recognition (a DSC or even a VC?) if he had been a white Briton.
    One has to ask what more he could have done to get a VC????

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mirbat
  7. 05 Sep '13 01:18 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    One has to ask what more he could have done to get a VC????

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mirbat
    If I recall correctly, during the Second World War, a Nisei (US citizen of
    Japanese ancestry) soldier in the US Army sacrificed his life by using his
    own body to smother a grenade, saving his comrades' lives. His courage
    was recognised by only the US Army's second highest decoration, not
    the Medal of Honor. On account of institutional racism, no American
    combatants of East Asian ancestry (Japanese, Chinese, or Filipino)
    were awarded the Medal of Honor *during* the Second World War.

    Some white American veterans pointed out that in every comparable case
    where a white American soldier had sacrificed his life by smothering a
    grenade, he had been awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. So why
    should this Nisei soldier receive less recognition? Even the US Army found
    it hard to deny that racial prejudice was at the root of this discrimination.
    So, after the war, this Japanese-American became the first to receive the
    Medal of Honor. Several decades later, the US military grudgingly admitted
    that institutional racism had led to the strange fact that there were more
    than 100 American combatants of East Asian ancesty who had received
    (often posthumously) the second highest decoration for bravery but only
    one (mentioned earlier) who had received the Medal of Honor. Among
    white combatants, the ratio of second highest decoration to Medal of Honor
    was about 4 to 1, not 100+ to 1 as in the case of East Asian combatants.
    So the US military belatedly decided that about 20+ of these East Asians
    who had received the second highest decoration should receive the Medal
    of Honor.
  8. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    05 Sep '13 01:42
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    If I recall correctly, ....
    So the US military belatedly decided that about 20+ of these East Asians
    who had received the second highest decoration should receive the Medal
    of Honor.
    That's sad but not unexpected - I would expect the same in the British Army.
    We can only hope it does not go on now.
  9. 05 Sep '13 08:21
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Hardly Redcoats ... all were Fijian!

    Good rugby players; many play in NZ or Oz and subsequently qualify by
    residency to represent those countries. We have a couple of good All Blacks
    from Fiji. The national side is easily in the top 16 of the World.
    However, given that only about 14 countries bother with the game, not a huge achievement to be in the top 16.
  10. 05 Sep '13 09:25
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    However, given that only about 14 countries bother with the game, not a huge achievement to be in the top 16.
    The Americans have a baseball 'world', series, how many other countries enter it?
  11. 05 Sep '13 16:28
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    However, given that only about 14 countries bother with the game, not a huge achievement to be in the top 16.
    To be in the top 16 you need more than 14 countries. Approx 129 countries play rugby, I wouldn't try to compare British sports with the US you will make yourself look silly.
  12. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    05 Sep '13 21:58
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    However, given that only about 14 countries bother with the game, not a huge achievement to be in the top 16.
    Call yourself a Welshman!!!!
  13. 05 Sep '13 22:23
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    However, given that only about 14 countries bother with the game, not a huge achievement to be in the top 16.
    Fijians are well represented in the NFL. Not to overlook VJ Sing a probable hall of fame Golfer.
  14. 05 Sep '13 22:28
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    The Americans have a baseball 'world', series, how many other countries enter it?
    None, but realistically only Cuba, Japan, and perhaps the Domincan republic would field decent baseball teams. That might change with baseball an Olympic sport.
  15. 06 Sep '13 10:40 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by normbenign
    None, but realistically only Cuba, Japan, and perhaps the Domincan republic would field decent baseball teams. That might change with baseball an Olympic sport.
    That you take baseball seriously is quite hilarious.