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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: 6,043

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

Almost forgot about the arched cabins.

Probably one thing that charms this old Army brat/Army wife (former) is their close resemblance to Quonset huts. I suppose you could use the arched cabins - a much better PR term, don't you think? - for whatever purpose you wanted. But even with the 2-window end caps and extra insulation, they're very cost competive. And I just plain like them. Put in window boxes and built-in planters on the plain sides, and you could wind up with something quite beautiful for pennies on the dollar.

They're not like old-fashioned outhouses at all.

You might also want to check a book called 'Humanure Handbook' or some such. That's what it's about anyway.
After one year it's safe to use on ornamentals. IF I recall correctly, after 2 years it's safe to fertilize food plants. The best compost toilets have a built-in separator for liquid and solid waste so they never mix. When it comes to that, fresh human urine from a healthy person is pretty sanitary on exit - it can be caught in a container and well diluted with water to make an excellent fertilizer you can use immediately.

One thing you'd want to consider is burning the paper, though. Saves on work.

I understand the gross-out factor for those who've never experienced the system. But once you get over modern western social taboos and look at it scientifically, you might even prefer it. After all, today's West and Southwest are going to become basically unihabitable shortly. Municipalities will have to figure out how to process urine into safe drinking water. I've never seen them here, can't find them online, but I know in Israel and probably more of the Mideast they have high tech toilets that already process urine into drinking water cleaner than you'll find in most cities worldwide including America.

Funny thing. When I bought a place in one of the oldest settlements in the Louisiana Purchase, I knew the main house was almost 100 years old which it is now. But I also knew exactly where the outhouse had been not only from studying customs of the era but also because that's where the tall lavender grows. People used to plant that to help check odors in the outhouse. They would've been better off with a good composting toilet!

Thanks. By now I've received it and rec'd.

I'd wager 90% of the people in this tiny town don't recognize her by name or face. I wore that shirt all everywhere last Tuesday, and 2 women asked me to tell them who she is.

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.
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