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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

Please accept my condolences

All who've lost a beloved pet can sympathize. But I'm also grateful you shared such a beautiful memorial to your furkid. May I say she was as lucky to have you as you were to have her.

Take full note that my compliment has been withdrawn as the hypocrisy of your behavior

grew more apparent by the minute.

What you've done is get your licks in and then tell others to shut up and swallow it.

Now free yourself of any illusions of leadership because you've totally exposed yourself as unfitting.

And you, quite simply, have betrayed him. As well as yourself.

When I feel the need for moral or intellectual instruction, I won't waste my time looking in your direction.

No, that's NOT all.

As freshwest noted, the issue is the insanity in our society. When you deny the existence of valid intellectual property rights, for instance, you're also a striking example of intellectual dishonesty and therefore a large part of the overall problem because you're pushing down a dangerous steep and slippery slope. Would you like it if I decided that included the non-existence of other property rights such as real estate or financial accounts and decided to just help myself at your expense? I think not! Theft is theft, buster. No way you can dress that one up no matter how much paint and perfume you pour on it.

Obviously I'm neither libertarian, anarchist, nor nihilist. But you should think about the logical consequences of ideas before you pollute the atmosphere with garbage. Otherwise all the other lofty talk you dish out is nothing more than tinkling brass. I know an empty suit when I see one.

I don't give a rat's ass if you like it or not.

There's a critical issue of principle at stake here. We're not each other's pawns, dammit! If you don't respect other people's rights, you can't respect yourself or anything else.

Thank you, my dear friend.

Indeed I am feeling better, especially after a 3-hr nap!

I truly believe it was the mighty hand of an angel of God - or Lady Karma herself, perhaps! - who reached out a hand to guide my response, because there's no way my scrappy human nature accomplished that on its own. Can't count on a repeat, either.

At some point Mike might wake up enough to remember I can hand him his head on a platter, so to speak, in public if necessary. Besides, in one of my letters to the newspaper's op-ed page, I said I realized that many people couldn't understand my approval and defense of President Obama, so to put things in perspective I added: "I have loved and worked for the Democratic Party all my life. You don't see any living relatives around me so you think I have no family. News flash: the Democratic Party IS my heart family, and when anyone assails its core principles, they're also stepping on MY toes. Such a person needn't be surprised at some degree of heat in response. If the occasion involves someone especially dear to my heart and beliefs, such as our current president, that's really all they need to know to accurately anticipate my response."

Of course I wrote that only after a long period of harrassment in person and in print by an appalling number of people who wished President Obama dead in my hearing. I told them all, including a particularly odious pastor, that they were shaming themselves and they might care to remember that I'd take a bullet for that man, so careful how you tread.

Something happened in Sunday School today, but it's pertinent here, I believe

You all know by now that I live in RedNeckLand, though I'd never use the term locally. Most Sundays I walk just a stone's throw over to a 1904 UMC for services, and let's say we've had "discussions" in the past about what was appropriate subject matter on the Lord's Day in what's supposed to be His house of worship.

I'd hoped that devisive politics would never intrude again after my quiet insistence had originally drawn such heated resentment. But today the substitute teacher led the class in a lesson on hubris. He just couldn't resist saying that the two entities he believed most in defiance of God were Satan and Barack Obama.

Considering how I feel about that sort of attitude, I surprised myself by yet another quiet and unexpectedly congenial response. I sighed, shook my head, and said softly, "My dear brother in Christ, you have no idea how deeply mistaken you are, but I forgive you." Turned my brightest smile on him, too. It was either that or rip his throat out.

When he processed the initial shock of being forgiven for what he considered holy thoughts, he laughed and said "Thank you, whether I need forgiving or not. I just wanted to make sure you know how I feel."

I answered, "Mike, nobody here needs to be told how you feel about President Obama. The rest of the class agrees with you, and I'm quite well aware of where I live."

He really laughed then, but had to repeat that he needed to say what he thinks. I just reminded him patiently that this was neither the day nor the venue to air partisan politics at all, and luckily we left it at that because I don't think a few more sentences would've kept us so polite to one another.

If you don't think I literally LIVE for the day that man recants, however, you've been into the 'shrooms again!

BTW, I read where our state WILL participate in the exchanges after all, even though I know the GOP will do everything possible to screw things up. So before the deadline for the next weekly paper edition, I have to get out a letter with that grandfathering info I read in another person's recent OP here. I thank you very much for that, although right now I can't remember exactly who it was because we had a carry-in today and I've overdosed on fried chicken and chocolate cheesecake. I really overate as usual at these events; at least I will resist reciting the recipie for my contribution.

Uhhhh ... where's the pepto?

Thanks for the link.

I had no idea. Honestly. Last thing I would've expected. I don't care if admin did decide to permit a free-for-all; we're still liable for our individual behavior regardless.

I told Skp he should've explained he was reposting Robb's work with his own revisions, and that it would've been better to have asked permission first as well. Perhaps he omitted that last point knowing permission would be refused, as I can well understand why. I actually liked his OP best but that's entirely beside the point - it never should've been done in the first place.

(cue music) "We've only just begun..."

Life is what you make it to a large extent, and each season has its joys. One of my favorite little stories or poems told about a young woman looking back at her childhood, specifically a day when she saw grandpa rocking on the porch; she crept up behind him, wondering had he always been the same, the only way she had ever known him, quiet and reserved. Then she heard him sigh, "Oh, Laura, my Laura, I loved you so." The last line reads, "Then I crept silently away, for Laura was not Grandmother's name."

So my best advice - not that you need it or asked for it - is to live life full speed ahead and don't worry about old age. If you make enough memories now, you'll always have them with you for company. It can be very comforting.
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