Fellow anti-democrats of the most loyal and British Province of Ulster, join us in raising your flegs (sorry, nat that one) and a bottle of Bucky to LAD, which celebrates its 1st birthday today.

Born out of lawlessness and thuggery, raised on frustration and stupidity, LAD has had a bumpy first year, filled with many ups and downs.  There have been many pointless spats and arguments over the last 12 months, and on reflection, LADmins were mindful of the George Carlin quote,

 "Never argue with an idiot.  They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."

With those words in mind and having read a recent blog on Slugger O'Toole by Alan in Belfast (and associated comments) LAD realise that too much time is being wasted getting bogged down among the idiots while the bigger picture is being overlooked.  We're grateful to Alan for writing such a balanced piece and also for providing us with something of an epiphany.  In becoming embroiled with meaningless gibberish, LAD has been dragged off piste, forgetting how to have fun in the process.

LAD plan to change that!

Thousands of LADs are now involved, directly or indirectly via social media and it is this involvement that helps make LAD so successful.  We fully intend to continue providing an environment in which the normal, embarrassed majority can use wit, humour, and intelligence to face down the lunatic fringes from both sides of the divide, however, no more will we engage in petty or insidious arguments and to that end, we will be having something of a cull to remove those insignificant individuals who seek purely to annoy in the hope of gaining publicity and who persistently aim to cause friction. In short, we're going to have fun again!

So, if you find yourself still able to access our Twitter in half an hour, congratulations, we consider you a worthwhile member of the community.  For those of who do get blocked, we say "so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu."

Are only crime is LOLaty