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IrishAyes

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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: 5,949

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

Sometimes I wonder if I stray into melodrama, but at least it comes naturally. Not fake at all.

We had statewide elections this Tuesday. They have 2 different rooms entirely for Dems and Those Other People. But each room had 3 separate ballots because of open primary. When they pointed out each choice and got to ours, I placed my fingers to my lips before touching the ballot I wanted.

Oh, and I wore my new Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg tee shirt that declares her 'The Notorious RBG'. I liked it better than the one sold with the same picture but the words 'Fear the Frill'.

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And when did I ever indicate the general public understands Communism? Never.

I didn't imply, either. You carelessly inferred to a remarkable degree.

Language is a far more potent weapon than many realize. Learn to use it well.

Please tell me specifically, are you a Stalinist as well? I didn't have time to read everything you wrote on your main page. I'd be entertained to know, since he was a worse mass murderer than Hitler and not exactly a person to hitch your star to in this day and age. I hold that charge against him, and even were it not so, I'd hate him to my very core for having Trotsky killed. He wasn't fit to tie Leon's shoes.

While I'm not communist myself, rather a most ardent socialist, I've followed the development of various world political systems with great interest. Regardless of where we differ, for some reason Trotsky found more favor with me than the others. I'm sure his absolute and undeserved betrayal and assassination has something to do with it.

While you wonder about my depth of knowledge, don't forget that every political system morphs to some degree over time as more people learn what works and what doesn't. Trying to hold out for one's own understanding (which may conflict with another's) of a traditional/pure version is playing a fool's game and plays right into the hands of the opposition. Youth in general tends to mistake what I just said there as a sellout. But it isn't. I see it as survival of the fittest. We have a fine ultra-left group here; I just don't know how far you're going to get fishing for converts on DU, to be quite frank.

Great piece. Anything much I could even try to say would at best be gilding the lily.

Not to pass over the larger story, but I do want to say this about Harvey Milk. When Focus on the Family started telling people not only to refuse to buy the new postage stamps honoring him but also to reject any mail that came to them with that stamp, I rushed to the post office to buy an entire book of them. Which I couldn't afford, but couldn't bear to do without either. He was a precious man.

Glad to hear it. Not aiming this at you, of course, but....

I look forward to the day when a lot of his most unreasonable detractors have to eat their words. And I earnestly hope they choke on them.

And yes, I too enjoy those press conferences. Maybe it makes me a little nerdy, but I actually enjoy fine speeches as well and have recordings of the best from the past. Maybe it's partly because I heard them fresh at the time.

At last a direct, non-waffling response.

Doesn't change the fact that to the world at large he IS the face of communism. Right or wrong, that's the perception.

Still - when I refer to something being the general perception, it's appalling how many people leap to the conclusion that it's necessarily my view as well. Somebody needs to double down on critical thinking and analysis of reality. Too many people just don't read well anymore.

PS: helpful hint - I just re-read all my comments. Please show me exactly where I said Putin IS a communist. You can't because it isn't there. Yet you SEEM all hot under the collar that I've said that when I really haven't. I don't think you'd last a minute on a top debate team, certainly not in a courtroom.

Yes, I've been toying with you a bit. But you're the one who came asking for it, so don't go whining to Mom that you feel slighted. You wouldn't alert on me, would you? Is that what a real, good communist would do; tattle to the establishment?

I don't think I'll vacation in Saudi Arabia this year.

Of course the religious 'right' have their own set of rules for the rest of us in America, confining in their own way. And nobody had better waste time thinking they won't push us back to the 1700's at least, given the chance. They expect women to be silent and submissive; some want to ban compulsory education; they are, to put it mildly, the American Taliban.

Thank you. I hope your week is special too.

As to another such great president, we might be very blessed with any number of our candidates. But no one will ever be him. Hard act to follow.

I confess one reason I appreciate President Obama so much - he just makes me happier.

Transcripts are always my favorite when wingnuts are involved.

I confess I can't bear to listen to their voices anymore or even look at their pictures too long. I think it would make me go blind.

Always dream with one eye open, my friend.

The haters, including faux-dems, won't ever let up. If a meteor was about to strike the earth and President Obama made a giant basketball leap into the air to catch and deflect the death-dealing rock, it still wouldn't be enough. The ones who hate him now always have and always will no matter what. They're insanely drunk on it.

Same question and response as I gave the other guy.

Read my remarks w/o coloring them with your own thoughts. That's neither good form nor perceptive.

At the risk of puffing up your ego too much, I'll ask just exactly what do YOU consider Putin to be? I know how the world in general perceives him (my original point) and also what he considers himself.

Do be a good boy and finish your thought: what do YOU consider him to be? Not that it will change realitiy one iota.
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