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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

Yes, the internet can be a passing strange place, but I depend on it

to keep from being so isolated in RedNeckLand. Otherwise I could never have stood to retire here, and I really had no other viable options. Maine used to be very affordable, but that was back in my salad years. When I was searching for a last home, I found a place in Calais where a lot of my ancestors settled after fleeing Ireland, and a simple small home carried higher property taxes than monthly rent did back then. I tell people I'm too poor to rent almost anywhere, and it's true. My economic security rests mainly on paying cash up front for almost everything, especially real estate. In rural RedNeckLand, my property tax on a hundred-year-old fixer runs $184 annually. They seem to take the age of the house into account also, because several years ago when almost everyone got an increase, my cost dropped from $220. So even with very slow renovations, I can avoid debt. Nothing in the world terrifies me much worse than the idea of personal debt.

I'm glad you have the stomach for it, because I don't.

One time the nearest tv station 60 miles away started giving everyone with basic cable - which I had for about 6 months - all the available channels as bait. I started clicking through to see what was there and stumbled across a televangelist railing about President Obama being the anti-Christ because, and I quote, "He wages PEACE!" I wanted to throw a shoe at the tv.

Maybe your profession has honed the ability to control your temper, and I admire that regardless of the reason. But I seem to have majored in shoe throwing myself. Sometimes if I know a person directly and like them otherwise, I can gently deflect an occasional asinine TP comment, but that's rare indeed. I grew up around brothers and boy cousins, and that's who I like to blame for my temper. It really is all their fault, believe it or not. Trouble is, I pitched ball the way they taught me, overhand, and a shoe is just as good a missile as anything else.

No, I wouldn't have lasted very long as an attorney, would I?

Why not? Doesn't sound like they'd be unimportant, and I love San Diego too.

But not Pete Wilson. I think he was born there or lived there or for some reason is associated with the town in my mind. Or what's left of it. My mind, that is.

Well, in my haste this morning I failed to give credit to Lee's new law as well.

But I'll never forget Jerry Brown providing advanced communication technology to Cesar Chavez' farm workers union to help them coordinate statewide. Made the farmers madder than a bunch of wet hens.

My then-husband was connected with a major farmer's organization and let me tell you, those people had to have the infamous short-handled hoes pried away from them. They had the most adversarial relationship with their workers imaginable. One time I was dragged over to meet a particularly nasty couple that I later learned had ties to the klan, and they pressed a huge amount of honey on us. When the wife found out later that I'd given a lot of it to the first worker I saw, she exploded. Not just because I'd passed along some of the largesse, but because of who received it. "THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT!" I remember her screaming. I said, "Well, I figured they'd do the same as anybody else - eat it."

That and the fact that they all knew I loved Jerry Brown made me very unpopular with that crowd - which pleased me immensely. If they'd approved of me, I might've shot myself in utter horror.

CA Gov Has A Heart

Jerry Brown shows compassion for woman caught up in the sex trade.

Story at this link:


I've always adored Jerry Brown and defended him against all comers. Used to live in CA for quite a few years until the fires - not earthquakes - prompted my departure. If every state in the Union had a governor like him, we'd all be a lot better off. I'm often reminded of something Howard Dean said - that anyone who let the GOP handle the public's $ is a fool.

Newbies should also be alerted to the permanent outrage of faux-far-left/libertarians

Especially the ones who will pounce and pummel anyone who likes anything President Obama says or does. They have all sorts of nose-in-the-air names to call us. I assure you, 'Third Way' is not a compliment. You'll need a double coat of armor if you disagree with them directly.

Good grief, I goofed again.

Tasti-Lee tomatoes are indeed HYBRIDS. But that's okay - I'm not prejudiced.

Bejo has the exclusive rights to distribute this delicacy but they're the wholesaler and you can't buy direct from them.

BURPEE carries the seeds, though. Have fun.

Well, even though I changed the title when you weren't looking, I remember Q!

Star Trek's first season came along when I was a teenager. When I had a date, the guy had to come over and watch tv for an hour or arrive later, because I glommed onto that tv and wouldn't budge for anybody.

Well, kindly gimme a rec if you like the piece.

Why would Alex Jones or the Onion or anybody want to print something that couldn't even make it out of the GD corral? It's so seldom I ever write OP's. If it gets enough recs, I'll pass it along to the Onion to see if they want it. I'm too afraid of what Jones, Hannity, and the rest might really do to me IF they ever found out it was only my poor effort at satire.

I sneaked on Glenn Beck's website one time and wrote a short PRO-Obama piece, and somehow their filters let it lay for maybe a half hour. When it was discovered, he started sending me furious emails which I told him I was saving for the Feds and that I was about to lawyer up on him.

Well, in my haste and defense, I proofed everything but the title. Don't know how that happened???


Maybe 'neighbor' is rubbing off on me too much.
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