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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: 6,060

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

Squatting Under the Flag of Liberty????

In another group I fell into dialog with someone who claimed 1/4 Irish ancestry and seemed at least partially in favor of what I was saying at the time. Since I didn't consider that group the proper outlet for further discussion of the matter, I posted that I'd rather continue our talk via PM, which we did a few times.

While I neither expected nor wanted an endless loop, I was ever-so-slightly bemused when things took a sudden turn south. The other person latched onto a comment I made about having an historical group photograph of Michael Collins' private squad on my office wall along with others from the early 1900's.

Suddenly I was accused of "squatting under the flag of liberty" after that person read my next reply to his questions. Here's the pertinent text of what I'd written before he stomped off in a self righteous huff:

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"As for Sinn Fein, indeed it was unjustly put on a watch list in the past due to politics - they're for full Palestinian independence as well as their own, which places them in the cross hairs of certain American constituencies and allies. Since the recent Easter Agreement, they were properly removed from said list. I've always found it passing strange when a country such as ours had to fight for its own independence from an imperialist power but then turns around and wants to deny someone else the same right.

Thanks for your concern, but I'm not a member of Sinn Fein. I don't hold Irish citizenship, for one thing. I'm merely a member of Friends of Sinn Fein (American chapter), as a second-gen Irish American whose grandfather and gg stood with Collins - who, btw, advised strongly against the Easter Rising as premature and doomed to failure even though he participated in solidarity with his brothers. Dev sent him to England to negotiate the partition so he wouldn't have to take the heat himself, then turned around and had Collins assassinated because he posed a threat to Dev's own power. (also, Friends of Sinn Fein is not an hereditary group like DAR; anyone in sympathy with their goals for a just and free Ireland can join on FB.)

One thing amused me; I saw copies of that picture for sale on an Irish commercial website and just for fun, asked if they knew the men's names. They answered no, so I sent them a link to an MI site with the archived information. Of course the Brits had eventually learned everyone's identity at the time, but they just couldn't catch them and the names were added later. There's no harm in giving anyone that information because it's public record now. Everybody's dead and gone anyway. But I don't think they should be forgotten. It will be interesting to see if Sinn Fein ever addresses that in the current commemorations, which Fine Gael and Labour are trying so hard to muck up. Labour's really a Brit lapdog and Fine Gael's not much better. I know Gerry Adams likes to keep his finger poked in their eye, and rightfully so. I hope he'll be able to reach the goal of a completely free and unified island dwhich cost Collins his life."


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Oh, I forgot to mention earlier: my erstwhile pen pal also assigned me traitor status because of foreign affections. Or maybe it was Benghazi cuz Murica, who knows. Nothing to lose any sleep over, is it?

Easter Rising Commemorations

If anyone wants to keep updated on plans, the Sinn Fein fb page or even Friends of Sinn Fein (US chapter) is a good source. They're mad and I don't blame them because Fine Gael and Labour are not planning to do the matter justice. You'll learn a lot of history along the way, or refresh what you might already know. Regardless, it's worthy of your time no matter which side your ancestors fought on.

Sinn Fein's poised to win a commanding majority in the next election, btw. They are the true populists we need more of over here.

Regarding ceiling fans

Has anyone else ever had the pull chain mechanism refuse to turn off the light?

Two years ago an Amish contractor, while here to do other things, offered to hang the ceiling fan for me. Well, it wouldn't work but I knew there were other possible causes for the problem so I let the matter drop. TWO YEARS LATER I finally got somebody to do electrical work and they found the other guy had just crossed the wires.

After a couple ecstatic weeks, all of a sudden the problem already described reared its ugly head. Took several minutes to get the danged thing turned off, which I can't do at the wall switch because that also controls the fan blades which are needed badly. Twice since, I've forgotten and turned it back on which seems to work easily enough; the blasted chain just doesn't seem to want to work in reverse.

Would a squirt of WD-40 in the chain cavity on the motor work and/or be safe to the electrical work?

While I'm all for informed hypothesis, there's a time to admit the preponderance of evidence and

which way the wind blows, too. Even normally stinkpot sources sometimes get it right; for instance the National Enquirer on John Edwards.

Everything you said is entirely right. The Sandusky business grieves me, not only for the devastated victims but also the crass motives of those engaged in the coverup for so many years. They were all bowing down to the Golden Calf of Wall Street. Even today some of the guilty still have ardent supporters. That's always the case with these monsters.

Not to worry. My massive ego actually enjoys being bested! At least when it's for such a grand

cause as support of President Barack Hussein Obama. I dunno.... maybe I can skate or skip rope or mop floors or chew gum or SOMETHING! better than you, dear heart. But when it comes to more important matters, you and Sheshe are peerless.

As to the baking soda, that's why they said to let it sit undisturbed overnight,

to form a good lump that would only gradually release particles into the tank water.

I wasn't planning to get the de-icer on my skin - that's why I won't use it around my dogs either. But if you think I need to buy the rock salt type, I could save the single bag for use outside the gate when there's a heavy coat of ice on the ground and I'm expecting rare company.

The idea of some passive system appealed to me because I'm down to one microwave oven now, and I don't like to heat something my feet have been on in the same oven where I cook food. Even though I do wear heavy socks and big fuzzy house slippers/boots. Since my handyman friend put in the new electric breaker box and rewired my living room ceiling fan properly, plus installed my big dual fuel floor heater that will take care of a warehouse! I'm technically able to keep the house warmer. But I still dress heavily and use as little fuel as possible. That means desk height might be 65, but it can still be much colder at floor level where my feet are. I've got a pair of Ugg-style fur lined boots that keep me warm enough; I just like to save them for when I have to walk out in the snow.

It was easier when the chows were alive, because they liked to each claim a foot and stretch out over it. That was always warm!

A couple new tricks up my sleeve

1) Make your own handwarmers with the de-icer crystals of choice by securing them in a plastic zip bag.

I'm going to try filling a large dishpan with them and use it as a foot warmer where I'll be sitting awhile - sofa, desk, wherever. Just cover the crystals in a big plastic wrapper so they don't stick to the bottom of my feet and track all over the house.

2) A good way to keep the toilet cleaner between major scrubs: empty a small box of baking soda into the toilet tank after the lash flush of the night. Be careful not to block the exit pipe, although the stopper should have that covered. Overnight the baking soda will form a good lump, but every time the toilet is flushed the little bit of soda that keeps leaching into the tank water will go along to do its work.

NO, YOU ACTED LIKE A LOWLIFE JERK!

And I want you to know I said so before I block you in about 30 seconds from now. The more slimey excuses you manufacture, the worse you sound. And not just to me either. You had to advertise your boorishness all over the internet - at least on this website.

So bug off.

I'm well aware of the relative ease of locating people.

But I've been stalked before, and my basic position is that potential stalkers should have to do their own damned research, not have it handed to them on a silver platter. Some just might be too lazy to make the independent effort. You exhibited extremely poor judgement, and as you express no apology whatsoever - rather a tepid excuse! - I have no reason to imagine you've learned a damned thing from your severe misstep. Social awareness ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I most certainly am THINKING every scathing thing humanly possible about your entire 'performance'. Was that a misguided effort to help or just plain showing off?

Good points all.

Sad to say, when the guy on the corner lot opened an illegal vehicle repair shop on his premises and the neighbors showed up to protest at a town council meeting, we were told essentially that what he did on his own property was HIS affair and not ours. So naturally I popped off. "Fine! I guess that means I can run all the livestock I want on MY place too!" The town's attorney stood up and shouted "NO, THAT'S ILLEGAL!" Around here legality depends on family ties and bribes.

The town's attorney hates me anyway, for a variety of poor reasons. For instance, the local regional OATS bus driver (now deceased) tried to stop me from writing reports to authorities describing his dangerous behavior - he hired her to write a desist letter to me. I emailed her that my actions were protected under whistle blower status, and she emailed me back that if I wished to respond to her, it would have to be through my own attorney. I responded with a rather blistering email in return explaining that I didn't need ANYONE's permission to address her or anyone else on the planet, and that if she really wanted a piece of the fight between her client and me, she'd better count the cost first.

She never addressed me on behalf of her client after that, but you can bet she'll take a swipe anytime she gets a chance.
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