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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

Yeah, they gave a revolution and nobody came. Not many, at least.

I'll bet my invitation's lost somewhere in the mail.

My new love affair

No, no, wait! Come back! This is in the right category.

Although I'd always known about the website Instructables.com, I'd never found time to get over there. Then I did the other day and absolutely flipped. Head over heels in love, I am.

Impossible as it may be for me ever to move again at my age, I used to be quite the nomad and therefore appreciated collapsible furnishings, etc. Instructables has some of the simplest things that even I could easily make. My favorite? The plank chair. That could easily be worked into a nice traveling table with a big piece of plywood or something. The chairs would lend themselves to all sorts of fancy designwork too. There was even a collapsible occasional table. Etc. Maybe I fell under their spell because it reminds me of my footloose early days.

I'll also bet even $ that part of the attraction is encouragement that if my area ever did suffer some terrible natural disaster, I could easily start over in a congenial manner. One less stressor in my life.

Or maybe I grew bored, who knows. I just want to recommend the place to anyone who might've been living under a rock the last decade or so and doesn't yet know. Especially if they like/need to do a lot of things themselves even though they're all thumbs like me.

Maybe it's spring fever and my gardening hasn't taken the edge off yet. I WANT TO BUILD SOMETHING!

That's how my stuff often turns out.

Gurl though I be, I'm still the Dagwood Bumstead of home maintenance. I've measured things like a person with OCD, and yet not ONE damned thing ever hangs straight.

I remember the peaceful march

when black men walked quietly down the streets of some place like Birmingham, carrying signs that read, "I Am A Man". But most of all I remember the March on Selma; nonresistant to what Bull Connors' men did is widely thought to have marked the turning point of the Civil Rights movement. Most of America had tv then, and we were stunned and horrified about the police riot that took place that day.I saw that day change a lot of people, which of course the marchers intended. Not just to secure their own rights, but to shine a light for their ignorant opponents everywhere.

It's always been this way.

I went to college years ago with a kid who couldn't be convinced that Washington DC isn't in the state of Washington.

A more recent example: People who go on tv and declare that when they're president, they'll 'enact laws which will..." You can't tell 'em a damned thing either, because they worship their own 'beliefs' and dismiss any facts that they don't like.

He IS kinda easy on the eyes, isn't he?

And I'd never seen (or imagined) the Rainbow Sunrise. Neat. Unfortunately the editor of our local weekly regional paper referred to the LGBT lobby as 'animals'! Not that I should be surprised. He was mad because the big tech guy resigned due to pressure over his support for CA's Prop 8.

Thanks for all.

BTW, I've also signed up with The Christian Left on fb. They're a breath of fresh air, especially considering where I live. Wonder how their tee shirt will be greeted here? Naw, I already know. But I'm used to being called everything under the sun, and 'heretic' is one of them. Considering the source, I'm honored. I plan to wear the TCL shirt with my new black baseball cap and my new "Ready for Hillary" button. Sweet combination. And biggest shocker of all - an American flag pin! Of all the nerve...

It rather reminds me of Paul Ryan refusing to have any poor people on his committee to

study poverty. That poor man couldn't possibly understand his condition as well as the rich man does.

What it means is that the rich guy doesn't want to hear truth spoken from the front lines. Might be a little awkward.

Sometimes I wonder if the Irish who are historically aware should have an easier time understanding

today's white privilege, having endured our own long spell of being discriminated against. White didn't use to refer entirely to skin color but rather social caste. So the Irish weren't really considered white back in the day; hence the infamous signs, "No Irish Need Apply". Etc. Sadly, too many of us have forgotten that lesson as we multiplied and prospered. Ryan, O'Reilly, etc. I shudder at the sight of so many Irish Americans who've become such bigots themselves.

I could introduce you to someone just as unable to see outside himself if you haven't eaten recently

My ex.

No fooling. Haven't seen that slimeball in about 30 years, but last year he sent me an email raving about the fabulous vacation he was planning for the Congressional break (he's a lobbyist). Believe me, he won't make that same mistake again anytime soon. I guess he thought I'd be proud of him or something. Beyond narcissistic. But the reaming out he got will leave a lasting impression, I think.

I drove through Kansas once.

Broke speed records getting out.
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