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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 5,041

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

While totally inept at the dialect,

I do remember the occasion to which the poem spoke: a lady in church not realizing that a mouse was scampering around in her huge, showy hat of which she must've been very proud.

Hope that redeems me somewhat.

Let me provide an example from nature, to which many people forget or deny our inclusion.

Scientists have observed aberrant behavior in young male elephants in the wild when there are no mature bulls present due to poaching or whatever.

Humans like to discount the critical nature of close association with healthy role models and we also like to excuse using degrading entertainment media as convenient electronic pacifiers.

There's not that much difference between species when it comes down to the nitty gritty. When our legitimate biological and psychological needs go unmet, abberant behavior is going to result, like it or not. I'm not making any excuses, simply trying to look at the problem scientifically - a practice we ignore at our common peril. Yes, we can and should wish for better, but we're damned sure not going to get it by denying our situation!

Reality insofar as it can be determined is our friend. Ignorance of the human animal is NOT. EVER.

One other note: Modern city planners have found ways to design spaces that passively reduce some of our baser behaviors. I find that encouraging. But they didn't discover this by ignoring or denying what happens under given conditions either.

Well, you just sent me on a real joy ride, monster! Thanks.

Sometimes I worry about DU taking up so much of my reading time but today it proved especially worthwhile. I even went on to read the entire list. Thank you again. "Oh, for the gift to see ourselves as others see us..." I won't even attempt the Burns version.

This romp brought back happy memories of my Los Angeles days, where you could easily bump into what seemed like an example of every country in the world. I used to host a regular open house for legitimate political refugees as much for my own pleasure as anything more altruistic. Most Americans unfortunately grow irate when I tell one of my favorite stories about that:

A couple from Sri Lanka came to stay a few days, and of course when they first entered the house they took off their shoes. I was accustomed to that and always had mats and slippers for anyone who wanted them. But after initial introductions, when these newcomers saw me enter the kitchen wearing anything at all on my feet, they were shocked and a little concerned. I had to ask what was the matter. Reluctantly they told me I would make the kitchen gods angry doing that.

Well, I had to do something to reassure them or they might have been unwilling to sit at table with me. So I explained that as a Christian I have no kitchen gods myself and therefore can't honor what I don't have. However, I did honor and appreciate my guests and would be more than happy to please them by removing my slippers. They were relieved and made the most considerate and interesting company I ever had.

You don't want to know how many Americans turn red with fury when I tell that story. The very idea of cultural sensitivity appalls many. "They're here in OUR country, they can do things OUR way!" totally ignoring how many different ways Americans have themselves. I think it generally translates to MY way or the highway. Shameful.

This is a symptom of societal breakdown.

What can we expect when kids are left to rear themselves on a steady diet of violence and mayhem? When the heroes held up to them by the gun culture cheapen human life?

No, but the very fact that it's OLD HAT accentuates the importance!

Are you going to be one of those surprised people when the whole damn country erupts? And it very well might, especially if Bubba ever figures out who's really been screwing him over all his life.

Something occurs to me:

If anyone ever writes a nice song in that lady's memory and to her honor, please send it along to me if you will. You'd be likelier to hear of it than I would. Where's Woody Guthrie when you need him?

It would be a good one.

One of my relatives was Harry's West Coast business manager, with him from the start, and he gave me his own 50-year union pin for safekeeping before he died . It's just about the most precious earthly object I possess. I contacted the Harry Bridges Institute and asked if they wanted it, and they said yes, thank you. Although I have the DNA to live quite a few more years in my right mind, lately I've been thinking how it's time to let go and send it to its rightful place in history.

Maybe I'll take a picture of it first so I can slip a small copy in at the bottom of Harry's official portrait along with the two of him as a young man on the ship that brought him to the states. It's not Harry's pin, of course, but would still make a nice addition to what I consider an icon. Uncle got his head bashed in during the dock strike but survived because he was such a big old hardheaded bruiser. That steel plate in his head was his pride and joy! I knew he was fading fast when he stopped telling me the war stories he knew I loved to hear.

It's funny = the few people who wind up at my house look at Harry's picture on the living room wall and invariably guess it's Jacques Cousteau! Didn't take me long to start replying, "No, but he sure looks like Cousteau, doesn't he?" In the first place he's unknown to most Central MidWesterners, at least in the boonies, and in the second place if you say the word 'union' in their presence they tend to freak out because they're pretty sure it means 'commie', to which I'll then say so what? and we won't part quietly. Already half the workmen in the area won't come near my house for any amount of $, and most people around here are in desperate need.

So I tend to avoid the subject of partisan politics face to face, instead speaking of principles if anything at all. Sometimes people give me a startled look because they didn't expect to hear anything at all from me that they could agree with. You have to meet people where they are.

One thing Harry Bridges used to say,

"The best business plan in the world is worthless when you've got a riot in the warehouse."

Eventually the most severe efforts at suppression will fail.

That's when the riots start.

Ungraceful to say the least. Certainly worthy of a demand for correction.

That said, now give the man a break. It's not as if any of us have never misspoken, is it???????????
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