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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, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

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

Hey, gimme a break! Whaddya expect out of me in half an hour? Sheesh!

Go back and read the introductory paragraph in case you missed it, though. It was a late addition.

Dear Onion

(This is a letter I found scrawled in crayon after a big wind storm blew through; it isn't signed but I think I know who wrote it - my neighbor across the street, the one the white-coat guys came after the other day. Thought I'd better pass it along in case he never makes it home. I know he'd want me to do that for him.)

I've heard that your news magazine is always on the lookout for exposes, and do I have a doozy for you.

Something happened in our tiny MidWest hamlet called BumpInTheRoad over a year ago, and only now can I dare tell about it. At this point I have nothing to lose, because one of those Secret Service men - or maybe it was FBI, who knows - sneaked up from behind, caught me off guard, and clamped a rag with some kind of knock-out drops over my nose. My memory of the occasion has only started to return in the last several days - I think he used too much ether or something - but I swear on Jeff Davis' grave that the following account is true:

It all started when a damnYankee woman moved here to retire she said - but if you believe her, I've got a bridge to sell you. It's in Alaska and doesn't really go anywhere, but never mind, that's beside the point. We've got bigger fish to fry.

I know for a fact that she's one of them spies Obama sent around the country, sorta like sleeper cells, to keep an eye on good conservative white people and rat out anyone who doesn't like him. Well, yeah, she's white too or looks it but who knows about these Obama spies? She could be passing.

Yeah, yeah, I'm getting around to the pint - I mean, point. One night during winter when it gets dark early, I heard a noise out on the street and got off the barcolounger to take a look. The kids hoped it was Santa Claus but I kept telling them, no, it's too soon yet. After grabbing my Patriot pistol - the one I use for target shooting in the woods every weekend with the boys - I mean except during dear season when we all bring our rifles -

Now what was I saying? Oh, yeah... I armed myself and slipped outside to see what all the fuss was about. You'd never believe what I found! All up and down the street, even in the trees, the whole place was swarming with big guys in dark suits and sunglasses. There was a long line of big black cars up and down the whole block, and right there in front of this damnYankee invader's house I saw a stretch limo with fender flags. Some guy jumped out and opened a door on the passenger side, and who do you think got out with music blaring "HAIL TO THE CHIEF!" Right, it was that man in our WH. His wife was with him, too. They went right on in that damnYankee woman's house just like normal people or something. Sure, I'd seen the Neighborhood Watch Meeting signs around for a week, but you know how these spies are. Always trying to act like good citizens to fool you. It's the way they work. I know a commie neighborhood organizer when I see one!

In spite of the snow on the ground, this woman had her doors and windows all wide open, so I saw almost everything from behind the big oak tree in my front yard, directly across from her place. The Secret Service guys all stayed outside to guard against the righteous Tea Party Patriots who live around here, or else I would've snuck up closer to hear what the commies were saying.

Sorry I can't tell you more, but from where I hid, it only looked like That Man In Our White House had come to congratulate her and give her further instructions to help him seize white assets, make it a capitol crime to eat pork, and in general take over the country or maybe even the whole world. Oh yeah, and kill grandma. I could see him pointing out something on that huge map she keeps in the living room with one of them long perfesser sticks they like to use. My militia captain says it has a death ray on the inside, that's the only reason we haven't paid her a welcome-to-the-neighborhood-now-get-out- while-you-still-can visit.

Anyway, after a lot of yakking and hand shaking and yechh, even hugs! they must've finished plotting their next evil scheme, because in less than an hour everybody started to leave. That's when I stepped out from behind the tree and tried to jump in front of the stretch limo to demand some answers, but that coward Secret Service guy got the drop on me. Like I said, he really used too much ether on that rag. My wife says I've been babbling about this for almost a year now until she's starting to believe me too. So even though I was too late to stop anything last time, the whole world - specially Murica - needs to know how those people operate. Next time it might be YOUR street they invade!

I used to want Jerry Brown for president.

But it's possible California needed him most.

The young have always been the best revolutionaries.

Partly due to the vigor of youth, but also partly because they don't yet know what's supposed to be impossible. When some of your elders urge deep knowledge of the bedrock upon which you stand and a perceptive bit of caution, we don't necessarily mean to be wet rags. It's just that some of us remember a truism from our own salad years: Revolutions Always Eat Their Children.

Be bold but wise while you're about it, that's all I'm saying. Some people in any age group disparage a deep study of history and sociology, but in this area especially, any degree of ignorance is not your friend. Know your enemy. Learn from history. Live in the present. Look to the future.

Is there any charge at all - ANY - these people won't make up?

My sincerest condolences to all the victims of this dread disease, and to their families.

One way or another it's touched all of us through families or friends, if we're beyond high school anyway.

Hope no one takes what I'm about to say as out of place in any way, but I want to pass along something Dr. Oz said the other day. My figures won't be exact but close enough to his statement. A new major study was released recently saying females between the ages of 14 (or 16?) and early 20's who ate the equivalent of 4 tablespoons of peanut butter every week saw around a 40% drop in later breast cancer rates. Even though my two dogs are lucky enough to eat Purina, which many vets call Never Die, I've never had a dog that didn't get peanut butter every day. They usually surpass breed life expectancy by quite a few years, and in excellent health.

Yesterday I went grocery shopping and found that the 5-lb tubs of peanut butter that had cost $8 and change have now risen to $11. We go through almost 2 tubs a month. So guess what I'm growing next year - wait for it! - peanuts! Might keep a commercial tub on hand for emergency or winter, but mostly we're going fresh from now on. Don't feed single whole peanuts to dogs or small kids, though, as choking might result.

Even if Selma itself hasn't changed all that much since King's march,

and the nation hasn't changed anywhere near enough, take heart anyway; historians etc date that march as the beginning of increasing awareness in the public's mind of the need for equal civil rights. The sight of innocent, nonviolent protest in the face of savage abuse served as a wake up call to many. They had to face what was going on. Anyone who's never seen the movie 'The Long Walk Home' with Whoopi Goldberg really should watch it. She can be a cut-up comic but she's also an incredible actress and even singer when she's not playing a nun. Once long ago on the Carol Burnett Show, I heard Whoopi sing for real. It was every bit as good as Odetta or Tracy Chapman.

Well, at least he got fired. That was before he 'resigned'.

Cream of the crop, for sure!

Plus other fine stalwarts. Looks to me like we have everybody worth wanting, and the GOP's GOT NOTHIN'

I do honestly believe right now the GOP's busy deciding which of their lambs to sacrifice in '16. Now, there they have a lonnnnng list of great choices!

Didn't notice Van Jones on the list up/down thread, and I know he's too left for some, but I do like him. Anyone who doesn't should take a good long listen. Not electable right now, maybe even never... but I still like him.

Congratulations! Very sweet.

Many of my dogs have been rescues, but going to a shelter and not being able to take all the animals home is kind of hard on me. Guess I'm lucky now that I don't have a car and the nearest shelter is 60 miles away. I can't walk that far.

I'll never get over the people who set up the 300-mile relay to bring me Brigid. Some people really are wonderful.

Again, I'm very glad that you shared the new additions to your family. Those furkids really won the lottery!
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