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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: 5,766

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

Ooops! Obviously we were referring to different places.

I'm not so familiar with MA as you might be.

And I'm 100% certain you're right about that.

Part of the reason I loved my time in L.A. was because my house turned into a sort of informal welcome center and hangout for foreign visitors and new immigrants. Never a dull moment.

But they all avoided contact with the cops as much as possible, with good reason. And when they couldn't, they tried to have me with them because often just that made a great deal of difference in how they were treated.

Georgetown was pretty upscale last time I looked.

The police in Beverly Hills are pretty nice, too.

Good post.

And good point.

I've always been well aware that my socio-economic level and skin tone made a world of difference in how I've usually been treated. Even with the L.A. cops I complained about, it was my fiance they gave a hard time much more than myself. At least in the game they played, they tried to act as if I needed rescuing. Some of their retribution towards me was of an extremely petty nature, such as conveniently running out of neighborhood watch signs they'd promised to hold for me 3 times, until I stood in the middle of the station lobby and chewed out the police chief for it when he tried to make it sound like my fault. Due to my background, I had a pretty good idea of just how far I could take it w/o arrest. And of course being in full view of dozens of civilian witnesses didn't hurt either.

He was probably angry

because you didn't turn out to be quite the easy mark he thought at first. I'll bet it was the military ID as much as anything else. Quite a few in my family line were military or law enforcement, so I grew up hearing war stories, and for some crazy reason some local cops resent military because they perceive a difference in rank and prestige and pay. Wouldn't matter how polite you were to somebody like that.

I've lived all over the U.S.

And have had very few problems with law enforcement anywhere, probably due somewhat to my skin tone and gender. Of course there've been notable exceptions, particularly in Los Angeles when I was engaged to a wonderful man from Sri Lanka. Black as coal, he was; and even though I acquainted the local police chief about the problems we kept having with his over-zealous officers even after they knew us, the problems never quite went away. Both of us lived quiet, responsible lives and I even started a neighborhood watch on my block; but at least once a week some cop stopped us or even came to the house. Eventually my fiance was killed, and then all of a sudden I couldn't get a cop to talk to me for anything. While I seriously doubt they committed the crime themselves, they showed little concern about it either.

In the tiny little MidWest town where I retired almost 8 years ago, the only time I had to worry about law enforcement was a brief period when the mayor was also a state trooper who made it openly clear how much he hated liberals and appointed his personal stooge to replace a good chief that the town council drove from office on political grounds. Other than that, few concerns. We only have 2 cops in town, the chief and one deputy. The latter is a fine young man much respected and loved by nearly everyone including even me. To a law abiding citizen he's polite and respectful in return, although I imagine he can take care of business if need be. If he ever decides to run against the current chief, I'll certainly support him. His boss is okay enough - I've seen times when he could've been much worse - but there's no love lost between us either. I believe a lot of the reason he's been careful with me is because he's seen me chew up the town council before and knows I wouldn't hesitate to press legal matters if he hassled me. So what we have is more of a fairly polite standoff.

Most places most times, though? The cops have usually done right by me. Which I appreciate even if it is their duty.

Sounds like a great idea to me

Maybe I can collect another degree before I croak. Always did love school even though I spent much of my adult life in independent study.

If there ever was a good man,

President Obama deserves the title. Nobody's perfect, but he does make me so proud to be part of the human race. If they ever clone him....

Sounds like a good plan to me!

This entire business has sickened me. Unfortunately it comes as no surprise, especially considering the location. So, are we now obliged to look at these uniformed thugs with adoring eyes just to avoid attack? I wish the cops could've been given a drug test. Some of these guys are absolute fascist thugs. And I say that coming from a family with a strong military and law enforcement background, as so many of the Irish do. Bad cops give the good ones so much negative press, and the bad ones cause a lot of the civil unrest in this country. Why didn't they just tell the kids to cool their jets and let it go at that? Makes me sick to my stomach.

I've often wondered about my attachment for penguins.

I don't know whether to blame the nuns or the cartoon character Chilly Willy.
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