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IrishAyes's Journal
IrishAyes's Journal
July 22, 2014

I demand - DEMAND, do you hear? - that you stop taking it so easy on that POS.

Oh - yeah; well, I suppose there are some things you just can't say even on the internet.

Carry on, please.

BTW - I suspect many of us will delight in seeing one or both the Castro twins dismantle Rubio in the near future. So far as I'm concerned, Joaquin has 'president' stamped all over him.

July 22, 2014

And Piketty! How could I have left him off my list?

I've read reviews and seen interviews about 'Capital' but won't be able to afford it until and unless a copy somewhere winds up on eBay. But I imagine that's the kind of book most people who'd buy it would want to hang onto, and I can't blame them. If I ever get my hands on it, I'm not letting go either.

July 22, 2014

There'll always be an England? ALWAYS?

Don't count on it.

Yes, I'm aware that's a very old saying. Doesn't make it true.

July 22, 2014

Thanks for the tip - I was going to visit again anyway for updates, but

it's always possible for me to miss something.

And what you shared there is of critical importance. Wish I could disagree with Kentuckian, but I can't. I've been reading Krugman, Reich, and more importantly, Wolff for too long and I suspect perhaps so has K. Thanks also for the link. I've read a good bit of Lenin too, but not everything and as with all great works it's important to revisit them from time to time. At my age some almost seem brand new! I want to work my way through your reading list again too.

That's what I wanted most in retirement after basic needs are met - time to read to my heart's content. I used to have to steal time to read in earlier years, but now there's precious little standing in my way. Have to rake out my house occasionally, and I do love gardening and my dogs - but basically my time's my own now. I want to put the remaining years to good use.

July 22, 2014

'When' certainly leaves the door open for 'if'.

You're the one jumping the gun here, too freely filling in what you don't understand (or wish to twist, how would I know?) with your own assumptions or wishes about what 'I'm saying'. But I guarantee you this is the last I wish to hear of it after several attempts at straightening you out. Which I have a right to try to do when you're addressing something I said.

Every functional adult has the right and the duty to participate in the struggle for the common good. Because it hurts or is inconvenient provides very little cover. Excusing absence from the fray really insults those you're trying to let off the hook for supposedly noble reasons. If well meant, you still need to remember which road is paved with good intentions. We've already got striking fast food workers, and yes indeed they've been fired. Doesn't look to me like they're backing down!

Think about that and then try again (no, actually, don't) to tell me how the least of these should be excused from the fray. They are wiser, braver and more noble than anyone preaching that they could be excused for opting out for any reason. TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG.

July 22, 2014

But you're saying on the one hand everyone should, then making exceptions for those it would

inconvenience. I disagree. Rosa Parks, for instance, stood to lose her very life. MLK certainly took that risk and paid it too. Not that they were exactly poor, but the poor who stood with them suffered the same dangers. And Ms. Parks and Dr. King would never have succeeded w/o the strong support of their largely poor followers. Think about the poverty-stricken men who made that southern march where they simply all wore a sign reading "I AM A MAN". During the Summer of Freedom, more than a few poor people - surely with families - laid everything on the line for freedom.

It's happened before. It can happen again. Nobody can tell me they should be able to sit this one out for one convenient reason or another and dishonor those who risked all.

July 22, 2014

I refuse to answer on the grounds....

Well, I'll think of something.

Probably not her, though. Chamberlain would be an unusual name for Fenians. Not that some of us didn't (ahem) adopt Welsh identities in order to safely immigrate in my grandfather's day.

But my dad was Army, and all my brothers after him. I'm just second-gen native born here. And at home, we were all taught to practically genuflect at the very mention of Michael Collins. He was as close to a secular god as the Irish ever had.

July 22, 2014

By 'thinking' as some of the like-minded posters in this thread, that's how.

Entirely w/o a conscience, so what's to keep them awake?

That is, until the riots start and they can't reach their Lear jets quick enough. Besides, when this thing THEY created explodes, where will they run? I don't want to be here to see it, but it's going to happen. Sometimes it's a blessing to be old.

July 22, 2014

Wrong again, buster. What you don't see is not necessarily non-existent.

That idea is sooooo egocentric!

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About IrishAyes

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!

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