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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: 5,795

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

You may already know the results of yesterday's Michael Brown autopsy:

At least 6 shots, only the last 2 fatal to the top of his head when he was surrendering and had his head down. And some POS teabaggers claiming he could've been rushing the cop with his head down. So really, who does that when they're unarmed and have already taken four close range shots? Not unless they're high on PCP, they don't. No evidence of that as yet and no reason to expect it either.

Now on the CBS evening news Scott Pelley's talking about a Border Patrol official who was reassigned for questioning the validity of at least SEVEN agent kills where people were shot in the back or side while trying to flee. It's open season out there and has been for years. But soooo many claim they have no idea what gets into these minorities. Wait until they're on the receiving end - they won't like it. And sooner or later the MIC will come for them, too. They just think (falsely) right now that the establishment will always be on their side. Not when the herd needs to be culled.

After having been innocently given a dud, I don't want to risk buying parts for it

that may or may not work; since I'm no expert, the seller would blame me for not installing it right whether I was at fault or not, and I'd have no recourse.

I've already done as much as I could of what you and others have suggested, for which I want to thank you all again. And I think the problem's a little worse today already. So I'll probably just offload my daily work before shutting down and run this sucker until it totally quits. I don't like the flashing, but I can live with a lot of it. One thing for sure, I'll never ever buy a Dell.

Do you think I should let CRS know about what a piece of junk they were given by some business as a tax write-off? I don't want to sound ungrateful. It's not the fault of CRS. But then they might be paying someone for the refurbishing too, I don't know.

DOJ told that sheriff not to release the store robbery tapes, but he did it anyway.

As if to say, the kid was a criminal so it was okay to murder him when he turned around and gave up with his hands in the air, got down on his knees and begged for his life. First the sheriff said the officer didn't know about the robbery - as if that mattered with the sheriff stealing a LIFE! - and then the sheriff said the officer did know - as if that should influence whether to murder someone who's clearly surrendering. No wonder people were in such a rage - not to mention all the heavy military tactics being used whether people were peaceful or not.

I signed a petition for a law requiring that police wear lapel cams. That reportedly reduces officer shootings somewhere around 30% when they know what they do will be recorded. Which leads me to believe possibly 30% of police shootings are NOT justified.

This was our Tienneman Square.

How can I add a graphic to my sig line?

I opened my account page but could never navigate anywhere to do that - if indeed it is even possible. I'd appreciate your exact directions, please. Starting from "Turn your computer on, then....."

This whole mess has me nearly distraught

But I really feel better after your OP and encouraged by what the good folks of Ferguson are doing to improve things.

Walk the talk.

BTW, UrbScotty, did someone in GD really call you sanctimonious? That's a hangout for a lot of jerks, y'know. Pay them no mind. Some people would call others sanctimonious or worse if they were told it's wrong to kick dogs.

Francis is a man I'm willing to accept as the Vicar of Christ on earth.

An office I've not always considered more than ceremonial when held by, shall we say, less worthy individuals.

I loved the Latin Mass too, even though it's been many years since I got to enjoy one.

Always glad to see any returning signs of life, though. Maybe the left can change that valid perception about the hard right having claim on it. Joseph Campbell certainly preferred it. I loved his conversations with Bill Moyers, where he held forth about how Mass should really be about taking us OUT of ourselves and pointing to the Divine; whereas modern modes tend to make it far too much introspective and about US.

hmmmm.....

So I need to change the video card? Depending on the complexity, we might better pray I can find a handy teenager. This is such a tiny town - 1 grocery, etc. - that things taken for granted in larger population centers are unavailable if not unheard of here. While half the longtime locals are basically at war with the other half, the one thing many of them will close ranks against is the occasional rash outsider. One nicer lady whose family goes back 4 or 5 generations blew her top one day and ranted about the town's shameful attitude. It's not just my idea.

The one saving grace the area offers is comparative peace and quiet, low rates of violent crime, and a congenial climate for a DamnYankee. Same gardening zone as southern Maine. And houses are almost cheap as dirt here. They'll be twice as cheap if you move into one of these little spots on the road that have absolutely nothing. But getting older and thinking I should be closer to a Remote Area hospital guaranteed to stay put, I moved into what passes for the region's 'big town' of far less than 2K souls.

A computer situation I never even heard of before

I'm running a donated, refurbished Dell Latitude D630, Windows 7. Can't remember exactly when the problem started, but it was at least soon after I received it and has now grown noticeably.

At first I noticed the taskbar display would sort of shimmer and quiver when Windows opened. No problem then because I could easily read what was on there anyway. Gradually as the situation intensified, a horizontal line appeared along the middle of the taskbar, and sometimes I could see flashes of whatever web page I happened to be on. Now about 6 months later the Windows display itself has started to flash (refresh?) every 6 seconds or so. It isn't severe YET but seems to be getting worse. It happens on the desktop even when I'm not online.

I also have to piggyback a weak wifi signal from the church nearby. From the very beginning it's never been a reliable signal and sometimes 'works' slower than dial up. Everything that can be done to strengthen my reception has been done already. Don't know if this affects anything, but I do use a VPN and I know that slows things down a tiny bit but not that it necessarily has anything to do with the flashes.

Does anyone know if this has anything to do with the crappy wifi signal I have to use? Even when the internet's off, my signal booster's still plugged in.

Not knowing what might be the probable/possible villain, I have at least done a bangup job copying everything onto flash drives so if the machine dies I won't lose everything.

Any help or even good guesses anyone has to offer would be much appreciated. I can hardly believe I might be so lucky as to learn the problem's easily corrected or at least not likely to be worse than annoying. I can't play videos anyway, so that's not an issue.

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