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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

Thanks for sharing your stories with me

Brigid is only 6 months, so she might behave differently a year from now. Don't know what Molly would've done at her age. I also wonder if Molly might've considered those birds sort of like friends instead of potential prey. They were certainly part of her world. And she was a bit lonely until we got her a baby sister.

Thinking about other animals, despite my earnest landscaping for wildlife habitat, today I saw the third bee of the season. THIRD. Damn Monsanto and GMO's. Hopefully before the end of summer I'll be able to start raising mason bees. It's my understanding that they have placid natures. The county courthouse 3 blocks away hosts a big colony of bats which swarm out over the town every night, so I don't have to worry about those. But if they start to decline locally, I'll have to buy or make a bat house too.

The critters I'm NOT hospitable too are the racoons, possums, and skunks, partly because of their tendency to spread rabies. Besides, they have more than a few abandoned houses to live in, which the town fathers refuse to do anything about, citing their alleged helplessness regarding aesthetics. Well, at least they made the owners of junk vehicles clean up those eyesores.

Molly Maguire and the Robins

This past Monday an immensely powerful straight-line wind knocked over a trumpet vine arbor in my front yard that had been standing there almost 8 years. It was the very first thing I ever planted after buying this place, and I thought that by now it was strong enough to withstand anything. Not so.

I discovered two nests had been hidden in the thicket, and sadly, the young robins lay dead near one another as well. They were big enough to have been flying before the storm struck. The deaths of these poor little things bothered me a lot more than the loss of the arbor. The trumpet vine will grow back and next time be kept to a far less lethal size. I gave the little robins a proper disposal but forgot to pick up their nest.

Next time I stepped outdoors, I saw Molly Maguire curled up around the nest like it was her own. In fact, it is now because she carries it all around the yard with her everywhere she goes. It's beyond sad but still endearing to see her mope around with that bird nest like it was her own puppies she lost. Thank goodness Brigid, the JRT, has no interest in Molly's treasure or she would've shredded it in short order. But I can't help believing that Molly is mourning the loss of those birds somehow. She would've made a great mom herself, which brings me to another reason I refuse to breed even show quality dogs; because I KNOW the mother grieves when her pups are gone. How they ever forgive us is beyond me.

Speculate is all we can do at this point

If they pick Jeb, he'll have to have a teabagger VP candidate because their party's so fractured, at least for now. Without one they'll lose for sure. Look at the Orange Man's inability to control his own caucus. For the reasons you cite, I'm going to bet on Cruz for now. Jeb would be needed to reassure what remaining semi-brains they have left and at least give some semblance of 'dignity' to the ticket. It would all be a farce, of course, but they have to run somebody. Maybe another sacrificial lamb? considering the huge likelihood that they'll be facing Miss Hillary. Maybe the whuppin' they took from President Obama will make them think twice before wasting their paltry stack of ammo on an election they might already have lost even now.

Not to worry about complacency on my part. I'd work my heart out for her even if she was running 98% ahead of the competition. Might feel more confident of victory, but still determined to charge the GOP every single vote possible.

Well, me too, so long as it doesn't become a bloodbath

But we seem to be pretty good at letting bygones be just that when the time comes. At least I am. Although the joke goes, I'll probably wind up with Irish Alzheimer's. Y'know, the kind where you forget everything but the grudges. Well, that only applies to the GOP and any turncoat blue dogs who help them. Other things I can get over. Look how Obama and Hillary went at each other.

I wouldn't put it past the GOP to run a red-hot teabagger team, though. Sort of like trying a Hail Mary pass. A lot will depend on the condition and mood of the country at that time. Some people will always be stupid enough to vote for them no matter what. If they put up Christie, his loud mouth will scuttle the boat for him. Hillary could slice and dice that bag of hot air. Unless rumors prove true and he moves across the aisle.

Honestly, a Jeb Bush/Cruz ticket wouldn't surprise me at all.

There's also the Hillary Factor

What good would it do for us to retain a slim majority in the Senate, gain one in the House, and then find ourselves unable to override certain vetoes from a Repug in the Oval Office? We need all three. Hillary has a much better chance to gain the WH than Warren does. Apart from that, objections are self defeating, therefore childish and petty. I'm a far lefty, flaming liberal - but not a pointy-headed one. All that counts is how far, how fast this country can be nudged forward. We have to WIN to do that.

I don't mean we should throw anyone (except R's and some blue dogs, maybe) under the bus. But let's not cut our own throat for the sake of ego either.

Much as I respect and even revere science itself

There's no doubt some scientists got their credentials from a Cracker Jack box. One of my other favorite faux-truisms was (still is?) the notion that gas explains any random smiles of the human infant. Well, if that's true, why does looking at mommy and daddy give the kid gas???? Some will admit that the human infant prefers certain people over others, but they'll still deny that such a tiny undeveloped brain has the awareness and inborn survival instinct! to smile at its comforters to encourage more bonding.


Obligatory answer: Yes. Sometmes.

The reason I reinstalled Win7 from scratch was because my hard drive was too full to suit my tastes. I actually thought I had transferred all the bookmarks to disc before starting this, but apparently I missed a big batch somehow. Still missing a few pictures, too. After the fresh installation I'd planned to open a new cloud account and keep my bookmark and photo backups there in the future. Unfortunately I was a few days late and a few $ short. This urge for electronic housecleaning also struck at the worst possible time to indulge, when I suddenly found myself up to my ears in alligators about other things. Considering how much could've gone wrong, I know I got off somewhat easily. My docs are always just copies of things I wrote elsewhere, like email and DU; so they're never hard to find somewhere. I'm very glad DU lets us keep a journal here - I add to it virtually everything except the most cryptic remarks.

None of this stuff had to do with business. A lot of the bookmarks value to me was as a reading list for things I found when in a hurry. Also shopping archives, because I have unusual tastes and some things I want aren't available on every website. The larger and less urgent items generally have to wait up to a year or even more before I can dream of buying them since I have such an aversion to debt. I'm one of those nuts who pays everything off every month. I'd consider carrying cc debt on something like a first edition of Michael Collins' only book, with verified signature - which I once did - but that's what it would take.

But I digress as usual. I'll try your suggested steps and see what happens. Some of my 'lost' stuff I found in the Sent folder of my email because I tend to share a lot of pictures. If the rest are never recovered and if I can't find some special shopping item on my want list, I guess I'll have been refreshed on a hard lesson long forgot. But I appreciate everyone's efforts to help me.

Although I always hasten to add,

they say that if you remember the 1960's, you weren't really there!

Great news.

We need more like this man, with the servant's heart so ridiculed by much of the world. I'd name names, but then that would be too much like carrying on partisan politics in what I can't help regarding as a somewhat sacred place. Gotta at least try to practice what I preach.... must try....

I have nothing worthwhile to offer on this subject except

A strangely coincidental comment by a super-conservative guy at church this morning; he came in fuming that he'd just heard on the radio that SCOTUS might declare same-sex marriage constitutional. "I sure hope not!" he declared loudly, before taking his seat with his fiance with whom he's been living the past year or more while awaiting finalization of his divorce. Yessiree, a lot of room to preach. Or throw stones, as the case might be.
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