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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
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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

Francis is a man I'm willing to accept as the Vicar of Christ on earth.

An office I've not always considered more than ceremonial when held by, shall we say, less worthy individuals.

I loved the Latin Mass too, even though it's been many years since I got to enjoy one.

Always glad to see any returning signs of life, though. Maybe the left can change that valid perception about the hard right having claim on it. Joseph Campbell certainly preferred it. I loved his conversations with Bill Moyers, where he held forth about how Mass should really be about taking us OUT of ourselves and pointing to the Divine; whereas modern modes tend to make it far too much introspective and about US.


So I need to change the video card? Depending on the complexity, we might better pray I can find a handy teenager. This is such a tiny town - 1 grocery, etc. - that things taken for granted in larger population centers are unavailable if not unheard of here. While half the longtime locals are basically at war with the other half, the one thing many of them will close ranks against is the occasional rash outsider. One nicer lady whose family goes back 4 or 5 generations blew her top one day and ranted about the town's shameful attitude. It's not just my idea.

The one saving grace the area offers is comparative peace and quiet, low rates of violent crime, and a congenial climate for a DamnYankee. Same gardening zone as southern Maine. And houses are almost cheap as dirt here. They'll be twice as cheap if you move into one of these little spots on the road that have absolutely nothing. But getting older and thinking I should be closer to a Remote Area hospital guaranteed to stay put, I moved into what passes for the region's 'big town' of far less than 2K souls.

A computer situation I never even heard of before

I'm running a donated, refurbished Dell Latitude D630, Windows 7. Can't remember exactly when the problem started, but it was at least soon after I received it and has now grown noticeably.

At first I noticed the taskbar display would sort of shimmer and quiver when Windows opened. No problem then because I could easily read what was on there anyway. Gradually as the situation intensified, a horizontal line appeared along the middle of the taskbar, and sometimes I could see flashes of whatever web page I happened to be on. Now about 6 months later the Windows display itself has started to flash (refresh?) every 6 seconds or so. It isn't severe YET but seems to be getting worse. It happens on the desktop even when I'm not online.

I also have to piggyback a weak wifi signal from the church nearby. From the very beginning it's never been a reliable signal and sometimes 'works' slower than dial up. Everything that can be done to strengthen my reception has been done already. Don't know if this affects anything, but I do use a VPN and I know that slows things down a tiny bit but not that it necessarily has anything to do with the flashes.

Does anyone know if this has anything to do with the crappy wifi signal I have to use? Even when the internet's off, my signal booster's still plugged in.

Not knowing what might be the probable/possible villain, I have at least done a bangup job copying everything onto flash drives so if the machine dies I won't lose everything.

Any help or even good guesses anyone has to offer would be much appreciated. I can hardly believe I might be so lucky as to learn the problem's easily corrected or at least not likely to be worse than annoying. I can't play videos anyway, so that's not an issue.

Thanks for the link. Excellent article.

I imagine bin Laden, wherever he might be just now, is calling President Obama anything BUT another Chamberlain.

For such a tall, slender man President Obama has strong shoulders.

And as Biden famously said, "There's steel in that spine."

God bless our president. He asked for a prayer cover long ago, and many of us try to give him that. Even the atheists and agnostics in their own humanist way, which counts every bit as much. Sometimes I wonder if we're not living under the perfect ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

But we will make it through. Together. Setbacks will come, but then we will overcome that too. On the right side of history, remember.

I don't think they'll let themselves be captured alive.

Sorry I've been so long getting to the threads, but you know I never like to miss anything.

That's a great picture of the women soldiers at the bottom. Saved to my hard drive. When I get a digital photo frame someday to stream to my big wall tv, it's going to take hours to go through one cycle!

Most warriors I ever met would rather be left to live in peace because they know more than the stay-at-homes what it costs to hold back the enemy.

That said, if I may digress a bit... one of my favorite pictures from several years back shows a young female IRA soldier alone in battle against British forces occupying Belfast. It's my understanding the British Army has completely withdrawn its official presence from Northern Ireland now. It would be good to see all those with British loyalties sent packing to the country some of them still prefer over their own. Can't serve two masters.

I admire the Kurds and rather imagine they will never forget how their villages were gassed.

They have now.

I'm really proud of how well President Obama has handled so many crises, this week especially. It's been a horrible time in too many ways to count. But at least among all my other concerns, I don't have to worry about some doofus in the WH making things worse. We'd be in deep guacamole w/o him.

People are going to remember Ferguson for a lonnnnng time.

All that unwarranted police violence. Not good PR to be locking up legislators and journalists and ministers! Not good to be locking up American citizens at all for exercising their rights either. Big mistake.
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