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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

That picture:

Could anyone else in the world be aware that he's smarter than most people and yet be so good about it? That's one of my favorite things about President Obama - supremely confident but not smug, regardless of what the Repukes say. I'm just glad he's on our side!

Thank you. You're always welcome.

It's hard for me to listen to the news channels too; I find it easier to manage online where at least there's no sound and I can avoid the RWNJ crap.

President Obama is doing such an outstanding job, isn't he? Truly the man for the hour.

Thanks, although I don't live anywhere near the Northeast.

When I signed the petition online, though, which a DUer provided, I listed my address as Maine. Well, I used to live there and my heart's still there, so! Gave a good Maine zip code but fudged the rest. No reason to let the nasty corporates think they could discount my statement. And man, did I ever unload! Said they'd better hire back everyone they fired if they wanted any more business at all. I felt like I was speaking for many who are presently present.

Thank you, Canoeist52!

I'll check my personal email to see if one of the many newsletters I take has a group petition going about this. Daily Kos is very good about that sort of thing. It's true - I'm a Kossack!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind the world that anyone who crosses a picket line for any reason goes straight to everlasting hell. No get out of jail card, free or otherwise.

I ONCE had a boss like that.

Most of us would've taken a bullet for him. He understood loyalty's a 2-way street, and he held up his end of the bargain.

They're too far and few between, that kind.

As an early boomer, I think mine was probably the last generation

where average middle class parents could afford to send one or more kids to college so there'd be no debt hanging over anyone at graduation. Of course we took side jobs when we could and did everything possible to help ourselves, but it was strictly pay as you go. You'd have to be really well off to even dream of that today. And that's so sad. My ex and I were able to buy our first home at age 23 all on our own. Back then that was normal. I haven't even paid a mortgage for close to 30 years because we lived on his income and saved my salary the first few years. By the time we divorced I might've been house-poor but I did have a house at least, and I tried to time the market when I wanted to move.

That's not remotely possible anymore.

I love my own name because it's the same as an early feminist & the feminine version of Dad's name;

but I support everyone's freedom to choose. In some worldwide cultures this is the norm. Even as a little girl, I always knew exactly what I'd name a son if I ever had one. Which I did. Fortunately he liked it too. Plain, simple, easy to spell. Utterly classic.

Not having grandkids I've had to exercise my penchant for naming on various dogs over the years. They don't get a choice in the matter, except I do try to watch and 'listen' 8 days first, then hope I guess right. I think they come to us already having names of their own.

One reason so many poor people dip/chew snuff is because it deadens hunger pains

and it's cheaper than food. So now they've got mouth cancer to worry about too.

The whole situation stinks.

I still don't follow a strictly healthy diet, but I gave up sodas years ago; and it's been ages since I ate processed lunch meat too. I avoid GMOs as much as possible by growing as much of my own food as I can.

This is what we live for. Hope that our nation can be saved.

I like being in a friendly crowd too.

State elections here are in August, and the nasty anti-everything-Obama attack ads are flooding the airwaves. Since the JRT Brigid chewed the tv remote, I have to adjust controls manually. She probably figures she's already done her part, so she refuses to help further.

Anyway, the point is that I can't so easily avoid the nasty ads, but I keep the volume low anyway - and I've found ad time's a good opportunity to drown that stuff out with a peppy civil rights song or something of that nature. So far it's working.

Grrr - I might never again enjoy the crowd scene you described, but I'm truly delighted to hear about them from elsewhere. Isn't it such a warm feeling?

Hate to agree with you about that but can't deny it.

They may come in for a bit of a surprise, however. I don't want the people of Detroit to suffer any more than they already have, but I don't think they'll take much more. For every weapon there's a counter-weapon (if there's such a word).
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