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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

What a bum

So-called Christians of the fundie variety give the rest of us a bad name. I want nothing to do with them. They are haters and dealers in death. Nothing Christian about that.


I still have high hopes for the various 'Occupiers'. Unfortunately I'm too far removed in the Midwest wilds to participate directly, so I'm limited to sending money to feed them. Occupy and you'll at least get a free pizza from me!


At the end of the day, unarmed teenager killed by racist, persistent pursuer is all we need to know. I wouldn't even call it murder two; one's more like it. How long did this surveillance last? Enough for murder one to apply. He might not have outright intended to shoot the kid at first, but he seems to have had an awfully itchy trigger finger from the outset. That's enough for intent.

That's a damned low blow

... and I'm calling you out for such a comment. Sounds bigoted. You need a different picture. Maybe one of Mutt Romney?

As to the great dog/chicken war...

Hens are one thing, roosters another. Those damn roosters start up BEFORE daylight to summon the sun, didn't you know that? But if noise and health laws are strictly and impartially enforced (and when has that ever happened in a small town?), raising chickens can be fine. They've never been prone to attacking other pets and humans either, unlike roosters and dogs.

It would be WWIII in this town if I hadn't put up a 4-ft fence around the entire perimeter of my quarter acre - that's about the average size lot here. I have real issues about people with free range dogs, because I garden and landscape and those nasty little male dogs used to pee on my front door because I had female dogs indoors. After 2 years and several cans of pepper spray, at last I found the kind of vintage fencing I wanted to go with the house. Only one place I could find still makes it, and at that just about once a year when they get enough special orders to make a run. So I had a time of it for awhile.

Once the fence went up I could let my chows out when I couldn't take them for a walk, so that made life easier for me. Neighbors didn't like it because my property no longer served as a convenient short cut, and they didn't want to challenge the chows or me either for that matter. Anyway, with my dogs having the run of the yard I had to fence in the garden area too, but it was worth it. You can grow almost anything in raised beds. Once you get them established and collect your own seeds from heirloom varieties, gardening can be very cost effective. Most heirlooms reseed themselves w/o any help.

Strawberry plants make excellent mulch and keep down weeds so well, even creeping charlie which I encourage to grow along the fence row because I don't like to trim. No need to buy fertilizer either if you compost. Just go entirely organic and you're better off in every way.


Chavez died this evening. I liked him. My sympathies to his family and to the untold numbers of poor and elderly Americans in the northeast who will probably freeze to death next winter. Chavez contributed so much heating oil it defies belief. Imperfect as anyone, the old man was still better than most.


Paul Krugman is thoroughly accessible for someone who might not be an expert in economics. If a person can't understand him, they're hopeless. I love to see that much intelligence all rolled into one brain. Seems to be a good man, too.

Buckley was smart in his own way, but what a waste he made of it. No comparison.


Well said indeed.

People who know how far to the left I stand even from Kucinich sometimes wonder about my loyalty to this president. But he has to be pragmatic and full of long range plans as you described so well in order to move the country forward an inch. I respect and appreciate that. Big ships turn slow.

As to that and President Obama's tendency to play things a little close to the vest, someone close (was it Biden?) cleverly warned people, "Do not EVER play poker with that man." Sounds like he might've spoken from experience. If the Secret Service can only keep him alive long enough, we might see a beautiful new day dawning in America. I always thought of President Obama as our Bobby returned to us.

Beautifully Said

As soon as Barack Obama appeared on the national scene, I started telling people that he would be our next president. Almost everybody derided that opinion even after they became aware of his identity and politics. So for the longest time, naturally they tried to pick him apart, saying he was too soft and weak to win higher office, etc. until the real vitriol started. His winning a second term was one of the high points of MY life. Like anyone else, I love being proved right.

However, given the savagery the GOP has shown since that time, it has only deepened my disgust with them. If I had it in my power, I'd relegate the whole lot to the dustbin of history. Well, I can do a tiny part in service to that noble cause. But I tell you true, the day after President Obama won his second term, I stayed home because the knuckle draggers in this corner of RedNeckLand can be very spiteful and downright dangerous. If we regain the House in 2014 with real Democrats, not bluedog RINO's, I'll stay home indoors the next day too. I've been threatened too much already, as in an ominous "The only good Democrat is a dead one" type of statements. The next beer bottle thrown at me from a passing vehicle might actually make its mark, who knows.

But if I had a magic wand to wave the GOP into political (not physical!) annihilation, I'd do so in a heartbeat. Wasn't it Upton Sinclair or someone like him who said, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a bible." The entire GOP is fascist to the core!

Didn't she write 'Bushwhacked'?

I'll have to double check, maybe it was someone else, but I don't recall her as incompetent. Why don't you like her? Such short comments amount to hit and run, as they appear without any supporting material. I guess for Beck and Limbaugh etc. you don't need to say why, their stink reaches to high heaven. But I for one don't know why you don't like Dowd. Is she related to Matthew by any chance?
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