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Name: Tom Conroy
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Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
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About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Cruxy O'connor ambushed in Central Park in 1922!

A fabulous read in today's NY Times:

By Mark Bulik
April 13, 2022
Updated 9:02 a.m. ET
It was a few minutes to 8 o’clock on the evening of April 13, 1922. When Patrick Joseph O’Connor came down the steps of his apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, three of the Irish Republican Army’s top gunmen were lying in wait.

Two of them — Danny Healy and Martin Donovan — stood near the corner of 83rd and Columbus Avenue, staking out the apartment at 483 Columbus. Patrick A. Murray, an I.R.A. commander who went by “Pa,” was a block north.

Their target, known as Cruxy O’Connor, was a former comrade who switched sides repeatedly in Ireland’s fight for independence from Britain. His last change of allegiance got six I.R.A. men killed when he told the police the location of their safe house outside Cork. After the raid, O’Connor fled Ireland by boat, first to London, then to America, pursued the whole way by the I.R.A.

He knew the gunmen were out there somewhere in the mild New York night, just itching to avenge the dead. He had to quit his job as an accountant at B. Altman after he’d spotted them stalking the vast department store. That was weeks ago. Now he needed a walk and a smoke, and the spring evening beckoned.


Just released statement by President Biden!


Presidents Zelensky and Biden spoke for an hour today!


They're back! NPRs Tim Mak's Dogs of War:

He's back from his break!


The US is sending more help!


Just breaking.

I just came back from May 2022


Enlarge the pic.

The Battle for Kherson.

I don't normally put stuff like this up because I don't really know much about military tactics and such. But I was depressed about the news from Mariupol and I happen to know if Ukraine can retake Kherson there is nothing behind it from there to Crimea:


A Russian would have eaten her.


FDR's Mar-A-Lago


Bad news from Mariupol


Which means at least a significant portion of the naval marine forces have surrendered.
The Azov brigade in the steel plant however appear to remain a viable force. I don't know if there is a plan but they are unlikely to be taken alive.
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