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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


Count me out of those who don't give a damn, because I certainly do. Very proud of President Obama and I don't care who knows it. If they can't shut me up here in the remote MidWest corners of RedNeckLand, the naysayers on DU had might as well save their breath. I don't need to validate my choice to anyone. Anyone who objects can go suck a lemon.

I'll try to find a copy of something I read about the solitary lifestyle and post it here;

It's buried somewhere on my FB timeline. Up to my ears in work right now, but expect it within the week at least. Very poetic.

This week on the news I also heard a clip of a 7-yr-old girl singing exactly like

Billie Holliday, too.

And even though he's in his 20's now, my friend JD Simo was a blues wonder kid by the same age.

I saw YouTube videos by a kid named Downtown Danny Donato singing great blues.

My favorite, however, was Michael Junior who had a special singing light opera and classics on PBS when he was about 8 or 9. He's using his Dutch last name now but I can't find his latest work. He had the voice of an angel.

On the other side of the age bracket, I never tired of hearing Johnny Cash either. And Leonard Cohen has about the most mesmerizing voice I ever heard.

Great idea, except I make my dogs' chew and tug toys from rolled up jeans legs

with a knot tied in the middle. Lasts about a week each. They shredded Kong toys faster than that. Actually, they'll chew anything they get a chance to behind my back, which is why they might never have free run indoors when I'm out.

12 minutes? Just scratches the surface.

My computer won't play videos anymore, but I've seen that before and now have it bookmarked once again. Thanks. I'm one of those strange folks who love great speeches. How wonderful that with videos and CD's I can hear them whenever I choose. Got a great collection of Mario Cuomo's speeches. MLK too. etc.

Sadly, no Lincoln though.

If you don't mind a few non-secular tunes,

here are a few of mine: Most of the Christmas songs, but mainly Clay Aiken's version of 'Mary Did You Know'. Also 'Our God Reigns' and my personal favorite, 'Ave Maria'. As a bit charismatic, I dance around the house and sing it to different tunes when I feel really in the dumps, and it always perks me right up, along with my own dance versions of the Hail Mary. As a lifelong blues fan, I'm also one of those strange people made happier by blues music.

But really, just about anything with a good dance beat ought to cheer up everybody.

I think perhaps the cracker reference MIGHT'VE been to the southern mindset rather than

a communion wafer. Say what?

I'd wager it's 100% political and 100% racial.

How it must burn when faced by his defenders! How many of them (hint: zero) have supporters who'd take a bullet for them out of pure love? My bet is that POTUS has many. So the Repugs hate him also because we don't, and even their own mothers don't love them as much. That must rankle.

Barack Obama has proved he even wants to improve the lives of those who hate him. Real proof of the

pudding. And he's a zillion times nicer to his detractors than I could ever be. If I chanced upon Boner where I was fairly sure not to be caught and thrown in jail, I'd have a hard time not slapping his face. Heck, I couldn't even trust myself not to do it in plain open public.

Steve, thank you so much!

You should know a housebound friend of mine in L.A. (IRL - I used to live there) looks forward so much to pictures of President Obama that I send her, most from DU. She only has one son left, and calls Barack her 'other son'. That's how much so many of us love him and his whole family. I feel the same. I don't know how any parent could not feel proud of a son like that.
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