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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:27 AM
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In all seriousness, why is it ok to tell "Irish jokes"?
My mom's family is Irish and I identify very keenly with that part of my heritage. I've personally read family letters from the 1860s from relatives in Ireland to relatives who had immigrated here -- about the poverty and hardship there and here, poverty and hardship PLUS discrimination. Discrimination that continued even to the time of my grandparents, how the Irish were filthy and not to be trusted. Maybe I should take it as a good thing that we've come far enough where we can be joked about but it still bothers me.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:31 AM
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1. I'm Irish
and I love Irish jokes. :shrug:
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:35 AM
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3. I guess I just need to lighten up
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:31 AM
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2. I can't say I've heard all that many irish jokes in my life.
Now scottish jokes on the other hand... :P

Although most of those have more to do with kilts than scotsmen in particular.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:35 PM
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76. as a mutt with a decent amount of Scot and Irish ancestors, allow me to tell one
what's the difference between Mick Jagger and a Scotsman?



Mick sings, "Hey you, get off my cloud!" and a Scotsman yells, "Hey, McLeod! Get off my ewe!"


:spank: :spank: :spank:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:38 PM
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77. LOL!!!



And I'm 1/2 Scots!!
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:36 AM
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4. I Think It Is Because The Irish Tell Them Themselves
I think they took ownership of the jokes to deal with discrimination. And the Irish jokes really are the best. My family is from Ireland and it is a riot watching them try to outdo the themselves telling the jokes.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:37 AM
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5. I think that's the right answer
the Irish are a spectacularly funny and self-denigrating people.
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cuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:53 AM
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8. Sort of like some Jewish jokes are still OK to tell
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:58 AM
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10. oh, indeed!
The only people more self-effacing than the Irish are the Jews.

Of course, like any humor, one has to gauge the audience and determine ones own right to tell the joke.
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cuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:10 AM
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18. Yes, that's why I said some Jewish jokes
It's odd. I'm thinking of a Seinfeld episode where his dentist converts to Judaism so he can tell Jewish jokes. It seems jokes that hint at an inherent negative characteristics (ie Why do Jews have big noses?) are inappropriate while jokes that make fun of cultural traditions are safe, for both the Irish and the Jews (and other groups?).

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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:16 AM
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27. Interesting concept...
I think it's because we can't control physical characteristics, so it's like picking on a crippled kid. But cultural attitudes are, at some level, chosen, so it's OK.

I'll have to think more about that, but you raise a very good point.
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:42 AM
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6. I am also Irish...
...and I posted a joke in the thread...not that it was particularly funny. :D

The Irish side of my family tells jokes about being Irish...I see no harm in it.

:hi:
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:54 AM
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9. the non-irish part of my family likes to joke about it
not entirely with affection
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 01:49 AM
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7. Because we can't tell jokes about brown people or gay people anymore
And we've gotta have somethin', I guess. :shrug:

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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:01 AM
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11. I'm Irish, and it doesn't bother me.
It's only one af my many identities, ie., American, a woman, a mother, a sister, a friend, gay, Democratic, political, home owner, educated, etc.

I just don't sweat the small shit.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:46 AM
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yup
I'm blonde and don't care at all about blonde jokes (well, they ARE about the fake ones, aren't they? :D)
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:13 PM
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69. You're blonde?!?!?
I always pictured a feisty brunette!

Excuse me while I go readjust my worldview.
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SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:03 AM
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12. It's Not
I don't laugh at Irish jokes. If they belittle or demean Irish people, you shouldn't laugh at them either. Don't tell me to lighten up! Ethnic humor isn't humorous, it's nasty.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:11 AM
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19. thank you
I'm Irish, I've got a sense of humor. I've even got a sense of humor about myself. I suppose it's fine to tell Irish jokes if you're Irish but, like you say, ethnic humor is nasty.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:03 AM
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13. One of the other reasons it's "ok"
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 02:03 AM by MonkeyFunk
is because the Irish have succeeded in America. They're not oppressed, they're not disadvantaged. In fact, they're a great success story.

It's perceived as mean to pick on the downtrodden, but the Irish haven't been downtrodden here for a long time.

edit: typo
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:05 AM
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14. depends on where you are in the US I guess
there's still anti-Irish discrimination especially among people of my grandparents' generation.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:12 AM
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21. discrimination?
Like people still hang "No Irish Need Apply" signs?

I doubt that.

Are there linguistic slurs used against them? Maybe - it was more popular when I was a kid, but I haven't heard "mick" used a derogatory slur in decades. But when I was young, there were guineas, hunkies and pollocks: and the terms weren't meant as insults - they were descriptive.

In high school, the guy who picked on the shy gay kid, the homely girl or the nerdy jewish kid was seen as an asshole. He may've been popular, but 90% of the school knew what he was about.

But the kid who threw a zinger at the quarterback! Now HE was cool!

The Irish are now the quarterbacks. We've done exceptionally well here and back in Ireland. We have a culture to be extremely proud of, and our Catholic modesty helps us laugh at ourselves.

The Irish rock.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:22 AM
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34. clearly it's not that overt
but there are still a lot of small towns in the midwest where the Irish are considered the wrong side of the tracks. Personally I think we're a stunningly brilliant and attractive people and I'm proud as hell to be Irish.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:27 AM
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37. As am I!
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 02:28 AM by MonkeyFunk
But I grew up in NY state, and have lived in California for 25 years. I've seen real racism against blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Vietnamese, etc.

I'm sure you're right, but I haven't seen discrimination against the Irish in a long time. A snide attitude? A joke? A dismissive air? Maybe... but not discrimination.

I would suggest that maybe the discrimination you're seeing is more economic than ethnic.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:44 PM
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79. What?! I've lived in the Midwest nearly my whole life,
and I've NEVER heard or seen such attitudes. Hell, everyone I know...and I mean EVERYONE is some mix of Irish and German. It's hard to discriminate against the majority of the population. Hell, there are so many politicians named "Ryan" at the state level in Illinois it's hard to tell 'em apart. They wouldn't be in those positions if they were being discriminated against. I don't know anyone who looks down on the Irish.

I went to grad school in Boston, and saw some of it there, but not much. I remember a "joke" I heard more than once in Boston...."What was the worst natural disaster to hit Massachusetts? The Irish potato famine". I heard that when I worked in East Boston.

But no, I've never seen the Irish discriminated against in the Midwest.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:21 PM
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72. I have to go with Connonym on this one
Overall, Irish immigrants have done well, but under the surface there's still places in the US that Irish are looked down upon.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:07 AM
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15. I've always noticed that Irish people tend to take the least offense at that sort of thing.
I mean, look at Lucky Charms cereal.



There is no way in hell you could do this with any other ethnicity and get away with it. I think Irish people just don't give a crap. I'm of Irish descent, and Lucky Charms don't bother me. Nor do the Fighting Irish, or Irish drunk jokes, etc.

:shrug:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:11 AM
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20. So this sniggering cartoon dog walks into a bar...










:hide:



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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:16 AM
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26. Testing my claim?
:P
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:19 AM
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29. Not really
Just tryin' to get your Mutley up. :D









Goddamn, I'm a witty bastard.



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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:22 AM
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33. Meh, my Mutley is already up.
Stooopid computer is being stooopid.

Don't ask me to describe the problem because I really have no idea. But it's being stoooopid.


:P







Did you forget "smartass"? :D
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:29 AM
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38. In a stoooooopid DU fashion?
i.e. slow/crawling/slithering along as an Irish intoxicated slug?

Elad warned earlier that he had some maintenance to do tonight. Or was it EarlG? :shrug:









I cannot forget that which is so much a part of me. Nor would I want to. :P



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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:45 AM
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46. No
World of Warcraft somehow got all messed up and it told me I had to reinstall it. So, I reinstalled it. Now I'm trying to install the recent patch and the expansion and it's telling me I don't have enough disk space. Well, there's 70 some gigs of free space, so this just doesn't make sense. Oh, and somewhere along the line it told me my Recycle Bin is corrupted. :wtf: :cry:



Okay. Venting done, but still not feeling better. :P

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:51 AM
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49. I kept tellin' ya
Testicular remains do NOT go in the Recycle Bin.









:hide:



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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:52 AM
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50. Well, you know.
I didn't have anywhere else to put them. What did you expect me to do? :shrug:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:54 AM
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51. Oh, noyadon't!
You're not trickin' ME into gettin' this thread locked.





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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:56 AM
Response to Reply #51
52. Hey, you started down the path of
thread-locking-ness-icity... whatever.

Don't blame me. :D
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:58 AM
Response to Reply #52
53. Yeah, well...
Now I'm lookin' for an easy, cheap, quick way out of it. :P

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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 03:00 AM
Response to Reply #53
54. Cut 'n' run, baby.
Apparently, we know all about that. :o
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 03:04 AM
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55. ooooOOOOOOoooo!
Got me!





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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 03:13 AM
Response to Reply #55
56. I don't see you cutting
let alone running.

:silly:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 03:20 AM
Response to Reply #56
57. Where would I run to?
Anyway, I ain't emo.

:P

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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:02 AM
Response to Reply #57
58. Somewhere safe
like this:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

:D

Didja know someone told me Green Day is emo? That hurts my feelings. :rofl:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:16 AM
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59. Most of the DU smilies hurt my feelings
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 04:17 AM by Oeditpus Rex
because they're yellow, and I take that as a slur against Far Asians. x( (Edit: Shit, especially that one.)



All DU smilies should be clear.



(I started to say they should be gray, but that'd be a slur against People of Age, a.k.a. Enhanced-Life-Experience Individuals.)



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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:21 AM
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60. It would be more effective if we just banned DU smilies altogether.
That's the American way, ain't it? :patriot:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:28 AM
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61. It'd be more politically correct
I dunno about effective, though as in "efficient." Lotta us use smilies to convey emotions, etc. that our words cannot.

:patriot:











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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:32 AM
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62. Oh no. It'd be effective.
Just look at the War On Drugs and how well that's going.

And using smilies to express oneself is anti-Merkin.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:37 AM
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64. It is for cars
Y'ever see stuff on dashboard knobs that looks like a treble clef mated with an ampersand? :wtf:

KEEP THAT SHIT IN GERMANY, WHERE IT BELONGS!!! :grr:



Hey, and Teh War On Drugs is going quite well. Drug-runners all over the planet are getting richer than ever.



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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:08 AM
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16. My Mom was Irish/American & my Dad is 1st generation Italian/American...
(... so I'm an Irish/Italian American.)

The crazy part is that the Irish went through their trials of acceptance before the Italians; and my Dad had to jump through hoops to be accepted in my Mom's family. He was looked down on as a dirty WOP.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:15 AM
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24. the German half of my family is very dismissive of the Irish
I suppose this is part of why it bothers me. Even my dad, who I loved dearly, looked down on my mom's family for being Irish.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:24 AM
Response to Reply #24
35. Well
we laughed at the Germans, too. That's the way it goes. Every country laughs at the others.

The ones who can laugh at themselves are special, though - and the Germans can't do that.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:31 AM
Response to Reply #24
40. That's not right, but I've seen it in my own family...
where some of the the Germans looked down on the Italians.

It's just not right.



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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:34 AM
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Wow!
How do you feel about German jokes ;)
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Cabcere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:29 PM
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73. Really? That's interesting...
My dad is German-born and my mother's family is of Irish descent, and it's never been an issue for either one of them. :shrug: (Now, the fact that my dad graduated from North Carolina State Unversity and my mom is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill...that's created some controversy over the years! ;)) Of course, part of that could be due to the fact that my dad was adopted at an early age by Americans (my granddad was in the US Air Force) and spent most of his childhood in England & the USA, so that might not be a valid comparison. I'm sorry it has created tensions in your family, though. :hug:
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:47 PM
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80. In my family, it was the other way around.
I never met my Irish grandmother, because she wouldn't speak to my mother for marrying a German. The wacky thing is that my dad is more Scots than German. Apparently, it was the German last name that bothered her. It was more important to her to hate my German relatives than to meet her grandchildren. I think that goes beyond dismissive.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:09 AM
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17. Because the Irish are a magnificent people and...
should have ruled the world.

But they invented whisky first.



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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:13 AM
Response to Reply #17
22. Do you know what you get when you cross an Irish woman with an Italian?
???
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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:16 AM
Response to Reply #22
25. Me n/t
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:14 AM
Response to Reply #17
23. Hehehe...
and why did God invent the wheelbarrow?

To teach the Irish to walk on their hind legs.
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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:18 AM
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28. Why do Irish-men wear kilts...
???
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:21 AM
Response to Reply #28
32. If it was a Scotsman I'd say...
becaue a sheep can hear a zipper a mile away.
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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:29 AM
Response to Reply #32
39. That's how I first heard it...
...but it occurred to me that my Irish ancestors (on my Mom's side) also wore kilts. & since the Irish invented whiskey, it's not too much of a stretch to think that they also invented kilts ;)
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:34 AM
Response to Reply #39
41. And bagpipes, but it seems it was really the Romans...
who introduced that abomination to the Celts, Picts, and whoever else was up there back then.

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Indi Guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:40 AM
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43. You are correct...
Nero actually played bagpipes (true)...
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:20 AM
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31. Now we're getting a little mean. .
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:19 AM
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30. They Are Only Funny If Told
with a brogue. At least, that is the way they have to be told in our family.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:25 AM
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36. you've been drinking
haven't you?

you micks, always stirring things up
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:39 AM
Response to Reply #36
42. and here I thought I hid the boozing so carefully
it was my bulbous red nose that gave me away wasn't it?
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:46 AM
Response to Reply #42
48. shoor
an it was
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last_texas_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:45 AM
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44. They're not OK by me
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 02:50 AM by last_texas_dem
I try to stick to only making jokes about groups that I am a part of. I figure there's no problem with those with Irish blood making Irish jokes if they aren't bothered by some of the stereotypes in them, but it kind of bothers me to hear those who aren't Irish telling them. The same is true of most ethnic and racist humor.

ON EDIT: I should probably specify that when I say that I try to stick to only making jokes about groups that I am a part of, I am mostly talking about racial and ethnic groups. I don't have any problem with jokes about conservatives and Repugs, and those are groups I'm certainly not a part of!
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:45 AM
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45. Yeah, maybe you should take it as a good thing to have gone from dying...
while digging the subways and setting the steel sky scrapers of NYC to the likes of Tip O'Neil, Patrick Moynihan, JFK, RFK, Chris Matthews, and proper gangland status, not to mention beat cops & commissioners all around the town, etc...no wait, I'm sorry bout that Chris Matthews thing

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Lautremont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 02:46 AM
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47. To Eire Is Human
There is a shame upon the blessed land of Ireland, and a curse which we carry within our very souls.

In 1947, the Irish delegates were admitted to the U.N. When they were told to take their seats, they took them to a saloon on Third Avenue. For they were possessed by a madness within them.

Can we ever live down the disgrace of the St. Patrick's Day that the Dublin Symphony Orchestra marched the breadth, not the width, of O'Connell's Bridge and all fell into the Liffey?

When our beloved President Eamon De Valera demanded to know why no one could remember to lock up the Bank of Ireland at night, this bit of jibberish was sent in response:

Watch for Snakes
Eat Something - A Potato Maybe
Write a Poem
Punch Walter McBride

The scenes in our streets bespeak the woe that will soon be our doom, fulfilling the prophecy, "...and the blessed innocent children of one and two cubits' stature will engage themselves with distilled liqours until the tiny veins in their noses erupt, and the Lord will blacken the sun."

We are a proud and superstitious people. The world, such as it is, is saying things behind our backs that it wouldn't have the nerve to say to our faces. But we admit there is a problem. As Leam O'Patrick Fitz-Michael, the psychologist-saint once said, "Before you can solve a problem, you must take it to the pubs and shout from the rooftops whatever it is that's the bother."

According to our history, after Ireland - formerly a piece of heaven - was lowered onto the sea by the angels, special messengers of God went to the corners of the earth and gathered the gentlest and sweetest and most loving of mankind and brought them to live and thrive upon this new land. Everything was perfect, except for a giant who lived in the north by the sea. But he never bothered anyone.

The first invaders to this gentle land were the Vikings, whom the Irish took to be enchanted two-legged cattle, and offered them land for grazing.

One night holy blessed Mary, mother of God, appeared, and told the people that a very wicked witch had cast a spell on the giant who lived in the north by the sea, and turned the giant into a giant girl, and the giant was furious and wanted to kill everyone in Ireland.

Mary told them to warn the others and give them one drink from these bottles. It would make them invincible. But only one drink.

The Irish did as they were directed and, after three days of ferocious battle, killed the giant. And not one Irishman was injured.

But afterwards, the people decided they should drink more frome the magic bottles in case there were other giants around. And thus started the curse that was to plague our fair country for centuries and centuries.

Mary's word was disregarded and the sins of our fathers went confessed, though unabsolved. But then a miracle happened.

St. Bridget, using a nonhuman form, appeared to Father O'Mallahearn and offered a covenant. The terms were:

Stay Out of World War 2
Don't Drink In Church
Find A Rhyme For 'Orange'

The father accepted on behalf of his nation.

We now have one down and two to go. Remember: We can't get the England out of Ireland until we get the "Irish" out of our mouths!
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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:36 AM
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63. My Great Grandma Paien Told my Dad it was O.K because...
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 04:37 AM by Lady Freedom
"We come up with them all!"
Edit: She was Irish
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:02 AM
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65. Same reason it's OK to dis Southerners. nt
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:14 AM
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66. My Polish dad used to tell Polish jokes
It didn't bother him at all, but everybody is different.

Of course, I'd change "Polish" to "Italian" and tell them to my Italian mom, and she didn't like it too much...

I think jokes about certain ethnic groups that are not minorities are considered more acceptable than jokes about minorities.

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FunkyLeprechaun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:29 AM
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67. I do think Irish jokes are funny
and I'm a first-generation Irish-American. However, the subject of Irish jokes came up when my sibling, who's dating an Arabic man at the moment, took offense to the Prophet Muhammad cartoons being printed in the Danish paper. I'm like what was wrong with them? There were some that were genuinely funny and some that weren't meant to be humorous. She said well I don't find Irish jokes funny and neither should you.

I said, "You really should find your funny bone as there are HILARIOUS Irish jokes out there!"

This happened when a couple of our friends (of Irish ancestry) went to Australia for a holiday, and they decided to partake in a hike. The tour guide (who was probably of Irish ancestry) made fun of the fact that the Irish burn so easily.

Here's an Irish joke:

Paddy's wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger.

After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the "miracle" products she asked, "Darling, honestly what age would you say I am?"

Looking over her carefully, Paddy replied, "Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty-five."

"Oh, you flatterer!" she gushed.

"Hey, wait a minute!" Paddy interrupted. "I haven't added them up yet."
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:46 AM
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68. For the same reason The Big Snit ends with everyone dying in nuclear holocaust?
I showed that to my much younger kid sister yesterday and she looked like she'd been punched when she saw the ending.

I've thought about it and concluded that it's truly 80s humor. With Raygun playing fast and loose with the History Eraser Button, we had to make fun of it or go nuts with despair.

We make fun of what we're afraid of. Instead of dealing with our fear, or cultivating gratitude.

I could be wrong.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:16 PM
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70. I tell ethnic jokes about my own people...
:shrug:

"So Ole and Lena..." :D
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:16 PM
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71. I don't think they're as mean-spirited as other country/ethnic jokes
but that's just me
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:30 PM
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74. because the irish have integrated into american society
in a way that systematic racism no longer effects the irish.

as they have been incorporated into the majority culture, these jokes are considered safe.
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Throd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:32 PM
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75. Because whenever you find four Irishmen, you'll find a fifth.
Now I will go pass out on the lawn next to Paddy O'Furniture
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 12:42 PM
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78. Didn't think it was. n/t
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