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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: 5,045

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

My Latest Rant Against the Machine

So here's the text of my latest letter to the editor section of our regional newspaper. While I really do give up whining for Lent, this may be viewed more as a rant, with slight alterations to protect the identity of guilty and innocent alike. I wrote:

(sigh) Just when I thought it was safe to turn away from the computer and try not to ask more newspaper letters space than necessary, I had to visit the library to catch up on the local weekly, and now I feel compelled to write once again.

Why, Mr. X, do you feel entitled to ridicule both your wife and the Mennonite lady all at once? Even separately would not be good Christian practice. These immature schoolyard taunts of all that is different from yourself, the 'others' who are clearly 'less than' in your eyes, gives the lie to anything else shouted to the rooftops about what you consider patriotism and godliness. This fondness for catcalling and trying to label liberals like me as "LYING HEYENAS OF SOCIALISM!" (a direct quote from the past) speaks to a deepseated fear of irrelevance. Maybe if the awful lies are shouted loud enough long enough, that will make them true? Just the opposite. Whistling past the graveyard is mighty cold comfort compared to learning to respect and love others as Jesus taught.

I'm sure the Browning of America scares the daylights out of the old guard, the previously dominant sector often referred to as angry old white men. That's not meant in a derogatory way; indeed, I struggle to learn and understand as much as I can about them. As I replied when one said he didn't feel like they mattered anymore: no, you matter just as much as ever. But you don't rule over the rest of us anymore as in the past. I don't want to preserve 'your' America, because this country is not YOURS and yours alone. High time for a changing of the guard. Don't worry; we'll try not to treat the old guard the way we've been treated. Turn about is NOT fair play. I say 'we' even as I prepare to turn 68 because liberals have this uncanny ability to embrace and participate in the future.

All this trumpeting about 'taking America back for GOD!' is pure hogwash. The old guard wants to take it back for themselves. Claiming it's for God's honor and glory won't pass muster. Add to that the fact that it can't be done and you're the ones condemning yourselves to irrelevancy. Entirely apart from the changing racial makeup of the nation, you also have the millenial generation to deal with, and the vast majority there do not look kindly on xenophobia, racism, sexism, war against the poor, and so on.

Anyone who keeps dreaming of a modern theocracy ought to take a close look at Iran; if you think alleged, self proclaimed Christians would behave any better, you've got another think coming. That's human nature, and not the best of it either. Besides, America was not founded on Christian principles. Most of those men were deists at best, and Thomas Jefferson himself proclaimed Christianity the most stupid religion imaginable. No, most of the founding fathers were in hock up to their eyeballs from trying to ape the old European aristocracy, live up to the Joneses as it were, and a convenient war proved a dandy excuse to nullify their crippling financial debt to merry olde england.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad they did it and glad they prevailed. But we're better served by the truth than face saving lies, because the latter are self perpetuating and prove only the road to perdition. Conservatism has had its day and made ill use of it. A dying dinosaur screams loudest with its last breath. RIP.

No, you're stirring the pot. Whole different ballgame.

Late as I am returning to this thread to read all responses,

yours might very well be one of the best. Especially that last sentence.

I've long been acutely aware of unjustifiable differences of privilege. For instance, when I lived in L.A., I once went into a precinct office and bawled out the police chief in public. He got mad back at me, of course, and started trying to pee higher on the tree. That made me even madder, and I told him so flat out.

Did I do it because I was super brave or even extra stupid? No, aside from the issue of justice involved at the time, I did it w/o blinking because I damned well knew I could get away with it. I even dared the guy to arrest me. Said my first call would be to (____), who was known to be his mortal enemy just itching to fire his ass. Then I turned on my heel and walked out. Free as a bird. Due to what? Nothing but white privilege, despite the fact that the precinct chief was a pasty ghost compared to me.

True. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

I've heard the claim that it's easier to convert someone away from overt racism than the self-righteous fool who doesn't see the beam in his own eye.

I'm sure you have stories to tell!

I try to drop in at the BOG at least daily, but I've been a little swamped lately with other things. The guy that did the lattice on my front porch surround did it the way he wanted, not how I made very clear was necessary, and then he disappeared. Maybe the Obama sign in the front yard spooked him? Regardless, we get 85-mph straight line winds here, and a year later, sure enough half of it came apart this past week. I was sick and furious. But luckily my blessed new handyman came over and worked on it for me. Later he'll return and do even more. But it should hold for quite awhile now.

One thing that's had me hopping is the charity newsletter and the stupid smartphone I had to learn to use to call interviewees. How I hated that phone at first! Getting better with the bare essentials now, though, so I've stopped cussing at it. It was fun doing the first interview. I get to do all the fun (to me) stuff and none of the hard stuff apart from learning new technology. Once I get past that barrier, it's all gravy. I don't want to be an employee even though they offered to hire me. Let what my salary would've been - small enough at part time - go to the organization's expenses and recipients. Plus they might also suspect I prefer keeping my independence. They'll send me any equipment I need to do the job (besides meeting expenses), and although I insist it remain in their name, I seriously doubt they'll ever demand that I ship something back. So no telling what kind of job-required goodies might find their way to me. Things I could never afford, like smartphones. Oh, btw, while it's strictly cosmetic ego feed, I've been made an administrator. No duties or power, but a great title! I spend a certain amount of free time on the 2 related websites and sort of explain things nicely to newbies. Like a hostess free to come and go at will.

later: sorry about ramblin' on, quite possibly in the worst place imaginable. Don't know if the non-profit and the lateness of the hour are any excuse, but I'll grasp at the first straw available.

Didn't know he was GOP but sure glad not any more. Now if he can just persuade

my once-adored James Woods to follow him, I'd be tickled pink. James Woods is a brilliant man but nobody who sticks with the GOP can be considered smart.

Thank you. I'm grateful not to have to handle money either before or after the fact, since

I hate sales and bookkeeping. Although I'll be an executive of sorts, no board meetings to attend or get in arguments about. My friend doesn't consider himself half as good a writer, so he'll probably give me plenty of leeway in my own corner. I already think of it as Reader's Digest Lite. Told him I needed a template because I don't design web pages. As top dog, he'll be the one to choose which people get featured. My part looks as easy as rolling off a table. Interviewees don't even have to be scared up or vetted. That's above my pay grade! So it looks as if I have the fun part. I was checking out the phone online that he's sending me, and apparently I can stream stuff to the big tv w/o extra attachments.

Thank you both for your support. I need it.

I'm the sort of person that no matter what a person asks about, I usually say "I can do that." Train a horse or dog? "I can do that." Write or act in a play? "I can do that." Jump off a 100' cliff onto an air mattress? "I can do that." Truth to tell, it doesn't always work out quite the way desired. So it might be my ego that finally does me in. My older brothers took full advantage of that, although I'll admit they never expected me to do anything they wouldn't.

But how hard could it be to call up 3 or 4 people a month, ask them a few friendly general questions about their life and inspirations, and thank them for participating whether as donor or recipient, dropping a little hint along the way to spread the word. I'm not smart enough to suffer stage fright. On stage I always figured those people in the audience wouldn't have shelled out $ if they didn't think we were worth it.

1) Identify self and ask if the person has a few minutes to spare or would another time work better for them?

2) Express sincere gratitude for their time and participation.

3) Find out if they want to be identified by name, general location, and profession or not.

3) Ask for any little (not too) personal story about what inspired them.

4) Find out if they want to send a picture to go with their story.

5) Thank them for their time and participation, and ask them to help us spread the word.

6) Shut up and hang up.

7) Write down what they said.

Easy peasy, right? I'm open to suggestions for additional questions.

Wish me luck. I've been offered an excellent part time position helping create and basically run

a newsletter for a growing non-profit HQ'd back East. Well, it's more important to wish us all luck since the organization's dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor on a number of fronts. I've been out of harness so long I don't really want the pressure that goes with a paid position anyway; and since I certainly support their cause, I said just fold back in what they would've paid me otherwise. That way they're spared an extra employee, more applicants can be helped, and I feel less pressure too. It's only part time. I couldn't handle full time. But since all my working expenses will be met, equipment etc., I'll feel well rewarded. No ownership will be in my name, either legally or in effect. I'll just devote a few hours a week from my home in flyover country doing very pleasant tasks. They'd be legally entitled to return of equipment if things go south, but I don't believe that will happen. And they wouldn't make me anyway. They're in expansion mode, so everyone please wish us well.

I have no intention of talking about my new project here where I retired, either. None of their business. Too many people have not been nice enough to know my business. And I don't need to brag.

For my money,

having nuns (and especially Mothers Superior) worthy of deep respect and love also makes it easier for us to accept and receive more blessings from the Queen of Heaven. I hold with those who cannot imagine her Son turning down any request from his mother. To any protestants reading this, let me say: most of realize we don't need permission or help from anyone to speak directly to our sweet Savior. But I find the idea of turning down intercession on our behalf from the rest of the heavenly kingdom to be a ludicrous waste of resources, not to mention a certain amount of undeserved disrespect. Most people of any religion believe in the efficacy of intercessory prayer by other humans on earth, and they believe in an afterlife usually. It isn't even consistent to imagine there's no use petitioning those who've crossed over before us. Especially the very Mother of God. I'm rather fond of St. Francis too, who even preached to the birds and Brother Sun and Sister Moon. It's a thing of incredible beauty, and we can only see through a glass darkly for now.
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