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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: 6,063

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

How awful. I'm glad to see you're receiving so much

excellent advice, to which I have nothing to add except use a vpn so hackers can't locate you as easily. I think Flickr prevents people locating you through your pictures via google.

Wise advice, as always.

I try to turn off the computer at least an hour before bedtime, not only so the blue light won't interfere with melatonin production but also in order to read a real book! and reflect on the day.

Please see my 'on edit' in #10.

One needs to be careful with overseas terminology which may hold different meanings. Those who don't follow Irish affairs might not be aware that over there, the Republicans are the good guys!

You might like to know that at 68 I've finally eased my total ban on the color orange. I do happen to like it as part of a print, for instance, with yellow and green. No political connotations there, after all. Just never, never, no never with black. It would make me twitch. That ban still holds.

Bite your tongue, my dear... wear black and tan together? Perish the thought.

In the eyes of many, Sinn Fein has always been respectable. America didn't reject English oppression with a polite request, and neither can we expect the Irish State to do so. No apologies needed. 800 years of slavery is quite enough, don't you think? Consider the genocide practiced against the Irish by people whose own historical records contain the declaration: "At last we shall be free of the plague of the Irish in Ireland." However, with what amounts to an apology from Lizzie the Hun, it is indeed time to work through more peaceful means.

I'm only second gen American born. My grandfather and GG fought with Collins and after his assassination fled Ireland one jump ahead of John Bull, so I was raised in a politically saturated close knit group who sent $ back home as a matter of faith. I love political cartoons, too; my favorite being on a tee shirt still offered by Zazzle. It shows the front view of Goliath (with Union Jack designation) in full battle armor, towering over a little David we see only from the back, designated IRA. Goliath's bellowing: "Yer A Bleedin' Terr'ist!"

800 years of occupation by a totally foreign invader that practiced massive literal slavery and at one time even genocide. Time for change; although yes, by the most peaceful road available. I personally wouldn't agree with real estate ownership by foreign nationals or anyone w/o Irish citizenship, swearing sole fealty to Ireland herself. None of this UK crap. God bless Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

You win a free shamrock if you can guess who gets my house when I die.

Pig Boy, aka Short Eyes, is the infamous radio host

currently flaming out due to boycott pressure on sponsors. I'm unwilling to repeat his vile given name - not doing so gives me some sense of obliterating the POS - but I am willing to say one of his other monikers, Limpball.

I'll have to make a point of wearing more tan in the near future.

Only can't wear it with black, or my Irish ancestors will all rise up and smite me at once. Might even bring Michael Collins with them. Orange wouldn't do either. Think I'll stick with green.

Yes, it's worse or at least as bad as gang colors almost. Easter Peace Accord notwithstanding. The good news is that Sinn Fein is now the third largest party in Northern Ireland, and growing. I can't die before unification. (on edit: I mean restoration of the two halves of Ireland into one, of course. Not continued occupation or even voluntary UK membership.)

But GOP hacks hassling President Obama over a snappy summer suit is just plain stupid as it has no significance whatsoever. True, they have nothing better to whine about, and I'd dearly love to see their total political demise.

Except for the rare exception, 'mellow' doesn't ring my bell either.

But when they manage to get it soooo right, I do fall in love rather too easily. I used to listen to Olivia Newton John just for her bass backup singer. Oh, he was wonderful.

You might like Paul Janeway better. He's the front man for St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Looks more than a little like Drew Carey, but he's a soul singer w/o current superior; I'm sure Otis Redding is somewhere cheering him on. Paul and the band are on their first world-conquering tour right now. Hell, even France (which I love) loves 'em!

And then occasionally a singer like Jeff Tweedy does a sweet Civil War song like 'When The Roses Bloom Again'. Superb. He was on Prairie Home Companion one night and sang that. I ordered the album immediately just for that song.

No need to apologize.

It's not a familiar term in most 'polite' circles. My range of acquaintances has been rather far flung, and I was told it's a prison term for pedophiles. Self explanatory once you know the context.

That's my other nickname for Pig Boy, who's infamous for his Dominican Republic child abuse vacations.

Per a friend's suggestion, cross-posted from 'Musicians' group:

Celebrating Labor Day with good old-fashioned pro-labor music

Most Sunday afternoons I have NPR's 'Folk Tree' program turned on, but it was especially fine today.

Understand first that I usually despise most covers if I liked the original. It even bothers me when my adored Garrison Keillor does it unless he's making a joke. They never sing it the way I learned it and that's a damned high hurdle for me to overcome!

So this afternoon I got a double treat. First of all, a cover of Woody Guthrie's 'I Ain't Got No Home'. Maybe Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan can sing Guthrie's songs to my satisfaction, but precious few others had better even dare try. I literally wish I could throw a hammer at the radio when (gasp!) country performers try to rework political songs into something you know damn well they don't even mean the same way because it's liberal and they ain't. 'Maggie's Farm' is the prime example.

But just this once I have to make an exception for a modern trio covering Woody Guthrie in a smooth harmony fashion. Has anyone else had the extreme privilege of hearing Brother Sun? I haven't even yet looked up their website, but I'm totally over the moon.

Just as I was (and always will be) over the moon about St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Regardless of how amazing Belushi and Akroyd were, I still don't hold them in quite the same esteem as Otis Redding, for instance. Maybe part of it's my age, since I was a teen when the best music first surfaced. Anyway, one Saturday I happened to catch St. P&BB for the first time and gasped for joy. Nobody could ever beat Otis Redding at anything, but I do think they measured up. Paul Janeway can literally rip your heart out in the most delightful way.

Well, they might not - maybe should not - ever delve into overtly political realms as Woody did, but to me any form of the blues is political anyway, and thereby pro-labor.

Blame it on my parents. I grew up thinking no one wrote lullabyes except Guthrie, since they were the only ones sung in our house except for Irish tunes. So I continued the tradition with my own son, though branching out into the blues as well. I sang BB King's 'Hummingbird' to the little one in utero.

And people wonder how kids turn out the way they do!?!

Regardless, do pause to remember Woody tomorrow. Maybe even hum a bit of 'Solidarity Forever' while you're at it.

Unless you can do better than that,

feel free to just keep lurking. That was a jerky thing to say at best, despite your back-scratching later on. You owe Mary an UNdiluted full-bore apology.
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