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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

Most of the world

... only thinks of the bad witnesses, it seems. That's understandable, but really incompatible with a rational assessment. People shouldn't blame the song when half the choir's offkey.

The Puritans

... who I believe eventually morphed into Congregationalists, sometimes stripped non-compliant or dissident women to the waist; they tied them to a wagon and made them follow behind while being lashed. They really hated Shakers. Think the Republicans would behave any better if they ever got the upper hand? I don't.

That was sarcasm?

Just pulling your leg.

Lovely - Inspiring - Looks Delicious!

And I don't just mean the food. Good friends are one of life's great blessings. You're all very fortunate. It keeps me inspired with a little hope for the world. We can always use more of that.

One of my blessings in this tiny town I'm always griping about is the room to grow a good bit of my own food. Nothing in the world tastes better than cherry tomatoes picked off the bush on a warm afternoon. I always start with the intention of bringing most of them in, but it seldom works out that way. I've been known to eat so many off the bush that I had no appetite by the time I got to the kitchen.

That's one of the things I like best about retirement. Not only the chance to cook from scratch almost always but to grow the food organically from saved seed too. Besides tomatoes I always grow peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, and... well, you get the idea. This year I'm trying out more heirloom tomatoes and black currants and those adzuki beans Dr. Oz keeps talking about. And I want to branch out into the winged bean because I understand you can eat every bit of the whole plant, even the roots. If the state ever legalizes recreational marijuana, I'll try my hand at that too. Then all the people here who drink too much and fight with their spouses and cheat on their taxes can talk about me and my evil pothead ways. It always does wonders for my deportment.

Easy to say

It would've been catastrophic. Huey Long showed many sociopathic tendencies, and he was brilliant and eloquent enough to get away with it. He would've been our Hitler-Mussolini combined. For instance, when he went to the state legislature for highway funds, they only gave him a pittance. So he took the money and spread it all over the state in one-mile increments so everybody could experience the luxury first hand, if only for a short distance. The next time he asked for highway funds, the voters backed him and he got all he wanted.

Despite the good things Long did, he was such a dictator that nobody could get or keep a job in Louisiana during his time w/o his approval. He ruled that state with an iron fist and would've done the same with the whole country, given the chance. And crooked? As a dog's hind leg.

Kudos

After only a week or so on this site, I feel it's time already for me to say I enjoy your thoughtful and excellent posts.

At present I babble on about lots of things and seldom pass by an excuse to yelp about my difficult choice of retirement location. But I'll calm down soon enough. It's so very comforting to escape somewhere populated by people with hearts and brains. I mustn't forget to bring mine along next time.

Forgive?

I struggle with that principle in general myself and likewise find it easier to forgive 'mere' ignorance in people. Have to since I live surrounded (almost drowned) by it where I retired to a little corner of the Midwest I call RedNeckLand - when they're not looking.

Leave aside arrogance. Any kind of willful ignorance is especially heinous and dangerous, especially in a supposedly educated person. I'd be a fool to expect much from people who brag on someone for almost making it to the 11th grade. And I admit that too many degreed folks don't really know much about anything; yet they're the ones without a leg to stand on. At least they obviously had a chance.

Until they had to leave for the sake of future political ambitions, Sarah and Todd belonged for several years to a radical right fascist group that advocates secession from the U.S. To me that's plain and simple treason. Why she didn't get hammered about it during the '08 campaign is beyond me. Maybe because our side figured it would get more GOP sympathy votes?

This is partly what explains my bottomless, utter contempt for the GOP and its tarbucket brigades. Regarding the latter, I haven't seen or heard much more sense from their degreed members either. And now they've driven poor Bob Woodard insane? Several times a year I write political letters to the editor of our local conservative rag sheet, and perhaps too often I finagle an excuse to whack at the neoConfederates, just daring them to go ahead and try to secede; THAT's when they'll see federal troops in the streets and maybe then they'll get a taste of what they deserve. Yes, I'm stupid enough to send such letters to print.

So far I've received 3 unsigned letters of support from people too scared to sign their names for obvious reasons. Among other niceties I've also had heavy glass beer bottles thrown at me from passing cars. When the GOP first took the House, a pickup load of the local alleged 'Patriots' showed up in front of my house cheering and waving their rifles. I went outside and smiled and waved while I took their picture. They took the hint and left. Haven't been back - so far. But they're out in the woods playing soldier all the time, preparing for that race war they claim the President wants to start.

Sheesh! All I wanted was a quiet, cheap place to retire and enjoy my books and animals. Sometimes it feels like it's already a war zone. Which it is, culturally speaking. I don't mean to whine even though I never dreamed things would turn out so hard. Among the totally apoliticals, I actually have a few friends. But I do owe future liberal retirees best wishes in having enough money to keep as far north as possible.

PS

And I say 'men' because they're certainly old enough to know better.

Something similar happened in this flyspeck RedNeckLand town (which you'll hear a lot more about so long as I have breath) where I retired. Some teenage boys took a black high school student down to the county courthouse at midnight, put a noose around his neck, and threw the other end over a tree limb. They thought it was funny. For some reason the family moved next day, and they had come here looking for a safe place to raise their family, away from big city crime. It just makes me sick. This place prides itself on cruelty, especially towards outsiders.

Peace Circle?

Unless it came at the victim's request, those men should all have been thrown under the jail. What's next, invite the Klan over for cookies and milk?

For some reason

... I'm reminded of my favorite Archie Bunker episode where he accidentally locked himself in his basement over the weekend while everyone else was gone. He was miserable in every possible way and toward the end, he fell on his knees to ask "God, if you exist, send me help. If you love me, show me your face!" (or words to that effect)

At that very moment George Jefferson comes hunting him and opens the basement door from the outside. Archie looks up at the figure silhouetted in light at the top of the stairs, and he screams "My God! Jefferson was right!"
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