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Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
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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

True, to a degree; but why, dear heart, do you say in one breath

that President Obama shouldn't (therefore presumably does) give torturers a free ride - yet in the next breath state correctly that it's not his call? That is self contradictory.

He has called them out in public and created quite the firestorm as a result. I'm terrifically impressed. All the executive power in the world can't and shouldn't give him or anyone else complete free rein to mete out deserved punishment. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Since it isn't his personal call in this instance, let's pressure those who are responsible for bringing the matter to justice. Even a sideways hint that he surely could've done more if he chose is counterproductive, a waste of time, and ultimately unjust in itself.

That said, I certainly agree with President Obama AND you about the unacceptability of torture.

Thank you, and same back atcha!

I miss the dojo. Might be getting older and slower, but I can still reach most people's knees. My nickname in those days was the Sicilian Girl. Of late I've been looking for my inner Gandhi, but some days he's nowhere to be found. Have to end my morning prayer with, "... and please help me be nice to at least one Republican today."

BTW, many people misunderstand the true purpose of martial arts, which is self mastery. I just like to trot that reminder out once in awhile. Not aimed at you (certainly) or any particular individual. It's simply one of the best life lessons I was ever given, even if it cost me terrible discomfort at times. But I do believe it's helped put the brakes on the natural human tendency to lie to oneself in the many ways we all manufacture to one degree or another.

It also helped cement liberalism in my soul. Does the human soul immeasureable good to get its butt kicked by a great variety of other people in a socially sanctioned, closely monitored environment. I mean realistic humility, not a crushed spirit.

Preach it, sister! Somebody has to.

I'm nowhere near as good at it as you. I'm a pretty good backup in a bar fight, but that's a whole different skill set. Not a particularly widely admired one either in a delicate little flower as myself, yet I hope the surprise factor makes up for it a bit.

SF is the Holy City to me.

A place where dreams come true, and you can be happy even if they don't.

Next, down with the entire rotten GOP!

I'll have to get out a magnifying glass and examine that picture to see if there might be a tiny bit of canary feather in at least one corner of his mouth. As intelligent observers have remarked lately, the GOP has succeeded in putting President Obama exactly where he wants to be.

Quothe Joe Biden: "NEVER play chess with that man."

I've always found a little shin kicking makes my day go better.

Thank you for such a wonderful and insightful piece.

May I add that in times of stress and exhaustion myself, I've quoted those favorite Robert Frost verses to myself to keep going. Inspirational, but one of the most beautiful of poems on its own. The woods are lovely, dark and deep.... Who sets up a scene better than that?!

And I truly believe President Obama is one of the strongest persons I've ever known of - partly because he knows the source of that strength.

Well, obviously some jerkheads need to be reminded that we are dealing with

PEOPLE. Denying the humanity of prisoners is a first step in being able to excuse torturing them. And for those of you who still don't give a damn, let me remind you that torture creates even fiercer hate in one's enemies. How is that good for our overall benefit?

Count yourself lucky it's so late at night that I'm well aware my self control isn't at top form, so this is all I'm going to say for now.

I rec'd even though that article bears re-reading in the morning when I'm

more fully awake. But it looks pretty good for now. Thanks for the OP, btw.

Don't you absolutely love how some cities are starting to set up Tiny House villages

for the homeless, either temp or permanent? Turns out it's even cheaper to house and feed the needy than to deal with attendant problems otherwise. Of course that shouldn't be our only or even main purpose - to save $ - but I thought any potential Republican lurkers out there should be exposed to the truth. They won't accept it, but they can't claim nobody ever told them, either. And since this is not a political debate forum, I'll invite any challengers to look it up for themselves. Easy enough to find if they avoid wingnut sites.
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