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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: 5,562

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

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Trotsky.

Especially after I found a hidden copy of his autobiography when I was a child. He got a raw deal.

May I invite your attention to a particularly vexing thread in GD, please?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025271454

It's about NYC giving a permit for an apartment building that will have a separate entrance IN THE ALLEY for those subsidized folks graced by the privilege of living anywhere near their betters who are paying top market rate. Only the rich fat cats will get to use the front door.

There's a whiff of agreement or at least acquiescence to this, and of course when I said it's incumbent on the poor to fight for their rights, I was accused of poor-bashing by a person who prefers the indirect condescension of insisting the poor are incapable of dutiful resistance to their economic overlords.

I hold otherwise.

What say you?

Try to wrap your head around this:

Saying - truthfully - that something reflects poorly on someone doesn't NECESSARILY mean you 'think less of' them than of another. That might be a temporary error on their part. But when people refuse to recognize the deal they've made with the devil, they become complicit in the results. That I can never excuse because it's ultimately bending over the wrong way, and BTW enabling the plutocrats to continue in THEIR wrong ways. They'll point to their contented slaves and say slavery's fine, look how happy they are!

By delaying the tipping point and making the eventual revolt even worse, those who comply now actually have a great deal of fault in whatever happens later. Hopefully the next revolt will be less bloody and violent, but that would go against historical precedent. Anyone who truly cares about anything but his own comfort and convenience had better help put the brakes on now by fighting for justice before the rest of suffering humanity simply blows up and the whole damn world goes blooey.

Which is harder or worse, getting your back up NOW while there's still a chance of peaceful resolutions, or waiting until the rest of us have to fight for our lives? You don't seem to realize the pitchforks are already coming out. I don't want to see that - but we all will if more people don't stop this hand kissing shit.

It reflects badly on poor folks too, when they let themselves be made doormats!

My jaw dropped when I read the headline.

If I lived there, I'd like to see them make me crawl in the back door off an alley.

Can anyone else see lawsuits coming???? I'd make sure to try to have cameras rolling when I barged in the front entrance. If a doorman tried to bar my way, he'd be on the evening news. Maybe they'd throw my ass in jail, but they'd pay big enough for the privilege to rethink their ways.

Sorry, but they're just so damned easy to fool, they seem to beg for it.

You can guess how far I'd get with that on either Coast.

Not that I think you needed or expected clarification, Jack.

I give you credit for reading obvious intent quite well and not responding abusively. Regardless of where you might butt heads with anyone, maybe even hand them their head on a platter if they seem to need it.

Though it was very thoughtful of Blanche, indeed.

One of the fun parts about my short stature:

Sometimes I'm literally overlooked by bigger people, most of whom around here are loudmouth rednecks. Maybe I'll be standing behind them or even just around the corner of a store aisle, whatever. But I can tell from the startled look on their face that they didn't know I was there before they barfed up their usual mental vomit. On a rare visit to a 'big' town where most don't know me, they clearly don't expect any backtalk from a tiny little old lady; my generation is assumed to be mostly in their camp.

Once in a box store some creep popped off about how the President should be and probably would be shot, how he'd like to do it himself even. His eyes popped when I got in his face and used my DI voice to demand, "YOU AND WHAT ARMY, FOOL?" Then I held forward a big disc earring I was wearing as if it might be a hidden microphone and just dared him to "...go ahead and say that again, you *^_*! so I can be sure it's on the record!" He shut up and left the store in a rage. I went and hid in the ladies bathroom for half an hour in case he had plans to return. I also kept a close watch out for him the rest of that shopping trip.

But if God wanted me dead, somebody would've popped me a long time ago.

Something else funny to me anyway: at Sunday School we got a new couple who used to be lay pastors elsewhere. They thought they were going to be met with unanimous approval when they started making political statements. Because of where we were, I didn't want to see a nasty scene develop, but they got their ears pinned back even so. My standard show stopper which works on virtually anyone at church:
"Did we come here to worship our Maker or to hold a Tea Party rally? Can't have both."

I might not get around to taking the test - it's late - but

I haven't ever been told I had some degree of ASD. I have been described as a subconscious, partial, involuntary empath. It doesn't always work. Yet when I'm in public, if a stranger needs help, they often seek me out. I think it's because I present soft. Non-threatening, etc. Being a small female reinforces that. In NY and L.A., even people who didn't speak English would latch onto me when they had a problem. But I enjoyed helping.

My ex thought I could read his mind - honestly. I said no, I read your heart and that tells me what you're going to do or have done. But he still thought it was spooky.

One picture's worth a thousand words.

You can never tell which one will grow up to become a famous artist either.

I committed one act of graffiti myself as late as my early 20's. First time I bought a car entirely on my own; did pretty well but still didn't appreciate all the stunts they tried to pull, so on my way out the door I stopped at a big poster of the Lakers coach and drew a moustace and goatee on it. Heard somebody coming before I had a chance to add horns.

Which eventually leads me around to ask if you ever saw the movie 'Basquiat'. It was one of my favorites of all time.
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