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  • Are Redskins Ashamed of Their Complexion?

    08/25/2014 11:05:02 PM PDT · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | August 24, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    I'm attempting to understand why some of the descendants of the people Christopher Columbus called "Indians" say they are ashamed to be called "redskins". The only explanation I can think of is they are ashamed that they are not white or perhaps they are simply ashamed of their heritage. In the 1950's many black Americans were ashamed of their color. They tried to bleach their skin and straighten their hair to look more like white people. In the early sixties someone discovered a statement abolitionist John Sweat Rock had made a century earlier. Rock said, "black is beautiful". Many black...
  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

    06/23/2014 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/23/2014 (12:19 PM, ET)) | Shane Harrison
    Tucked away between houses on an estate in the Republic of Ireland is a small field that many believe, until recently, had a big secret. Beneath a grotto of the Virgin Mary, lie flowers and teddy bears by well-wishers in memory of the children of unmarried mothers, described at the time as "fallen women." It is believed nearly 800 children are buried in the grounds of what was once a mother and baby home run by nuns in Tuam, County Galway. A child died nearly every two weeks between the mid 1920's and 60's. After world-wide publicity, the Irish government...
  • Death records for 796 children at Tuam home published in full

    06/17/2014 4:24:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 175 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 6/17/2014 | Sheila Langan
    The names, ages, and causes of death of all 796 children who died at St. Mary's Home ... in Tuam, Co. Galway from 1925 to 1960 have been published in full, below. The list is long, and reading it is a horrifying heartbreaking experience - though nowhere near as horrifying as the short lives of the children who died, or as heartbreaking as the sheer number of lost little lives. When she began her research, Catherine Corless ... the local historian who set out to uncover the truth about the bones buried at the site of the former Mother and...
  • Can an infant be baptized, be raised by believing parents & later turn from the faith?

    06/15/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 290 replies
    6/15/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) An infant is baptized, is raised by believing parents and later when older turns from the faith. 2.) An infant is baptized, has no believing parents to be raised by, and when older doesn't turn from the faith. Given that the antithesis exists for 1 & 2, wouldn't it be prudent for the priest to baptize the fortunate infant as well as the unfortunate, as either could remain faithful when older, show perseverance against high odds, and no priest knows the future - only God Almighty? Given that only God knows the future, perhaps withholding baptism isn't an option...
  • Spanish documents suggest Irish arrived in America before Columbus

    05/14/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 13, 2014 04:12 AM | Kerry O’Shea
    While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey. […] In 1520, Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, a historian and professor, was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies. Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named De Orbe Novo (About the New World). […] While interviewing Spanish colonists, Martyr took note of their vicious treatment of Chicora...
  • Catholic League’s Bill Donohue calls for boycott of Guinness over St. Patrick’s Parade flap

    03/20/2014 10:49:53 AM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com | Wed Mar 19, 2014 18:05 EST | by Colin Kerr
    NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The largest American Catholic civil rights organization is taking on the largest brewer of stout beer in the world. The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has called for a boycott of Guinness after the beer company pulled its sponsorship of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers barred homosexual activists from marching. Guinness is owned by British liquor giant Diageo.
  • THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN - Happy St. Patrick's Day

    03/17/2014 7:35:12 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 3-2014 | dfu
    Bringing this one back today. THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN
  • Ronald Reagan: PROUD to Be Irish!

    03/17/2014 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As House Speaker for 6/8 of the Reagan years, bombastic spendaholic Tip O'Neill was one of the fiercest opponents of the Gipper's entire agenda, fighting it tooth-and-nail to the end. He even called Reagan a 'cheerleader for selfishness' and went so far as to personally attack him as 'most ignorant man that has ever inhabited the White House'. Not one to be easily outwitted -but showing considerably more class and good humor- Reagan observed parallels between the blobular O'Neill and the then-trendy Pac-Man video game, as 'a round thing that gobbles up money'. Yet despite the professional animosity, Reagan often said...
  • Guinness Pulls Out of St. Patty’s Parade Over LGBT Ban (New York City)

    03/16/2014 7:03:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2014 | Leonard Greene
    Guinness pulls out of St. Patty’s parade over LGBT ban Guinness beer has pulled its sponsorship from New York’s famed St. Patrick’s day parade over a controversial policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from marching openly, according to reports. “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the company said in a statement on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website. “We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue...
  • A Southern Saint Patrick's Day Remembrance

    03/15/2014 4:10:29 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 15, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    There has been much written about the 150,000 Irishmen who fought for the Union during the War Between the States “1861-1865” but did you there were 30,000 equally brave Irishmen who fought for the Confederacy?
  • McGaughey, McGoy, McCaughey, McCoy?

    03/10/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 26 replies
    Little Bill | 3/10/14 | Me
    I have been doing this Ancestor stuff, because I am getting old and I have verified that my dads family were exactly what the claimed to be, Limeys. My Old Ma's family were Harps from Northern Ireland and possibly Scotland, Gaelic is not a language a civilized person would speak and tracing these Names is driving me to drink. Old Ma was black Irish on The J2c2e scale of MTDNA which means her family were Polocks, this thing has me confused.
  • De Blasio won’t be in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    02/04/2014 2:44:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:24 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city’s signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city,” said de Blasio on Tuesday during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.” …
  • Italian charged with killing Irishman in chess row

    01/13/2014 2:58:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/13/14 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN — An Italian man allegedly cut open his Dublin landlord's chest and tried to eat his heart following a fight over a chess match. Saverio Bellante, 34, was charged Monday with murder. Police say he admitted his guilt after being arrested Sunday at the home he shared with Tom O'Gorman, a policy researcher for a conservative Catholic think tank in Ireland. Pathologists said the 39-year-old victim suffered dozens of severe knife wounds to his head and chest, which had been cut fully open. Ireland's senior pathologist determined that the heart remained, but a lung was missing.
  • DNA shows Irish people have more complex origins than previously thought

    01/11/2014 6:13:55 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies
    scott.net ^ | July 5, 2013 | Marie McKeown
    The blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ... Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as different to the British....
  • Fighting Irish Stiff-Arm Barack

    12/16/2013 10:34:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Leave it to the Fighting Irish to vanquish the sheepish, the snobbish and the priggish. This month, the University of Notre Dame (UND) re-filed its lawsuit “for relief against” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate which is set to take effect January 1, 2014. Forget the Audacity of Hope. There’s nothing audacious or courageous about a president who flits about, attacking religious freedom, while he poses for selfies during funeral ceremonies. Let’s come together under the Courage of Catholics at the University of Notre Dame. Certainly, the Catholic Church and some of her leaders have stumbled....
  • Archive of spoken Irish from 1920s and 1930s now online

    11/09/2013 7:47:07 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Selicon Republic ^ | November 8, 2013 | Tina Costanza
    A record of the sounds of Irish as it was spoken throughout Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s is now online, thanks to a project between The Royal Irish Academy and academics from NUI Maynooth. The bilingual Doegen Records Web Project website contains audio recordings made by Dr Wilhelm Doegen.  Doegen came to Ireland 85 years ago at the request of the Ministry of Education, to create a permanent record of the spoken Irish language in all districts in which it was still spoken.Between 1928 to 1931, 136 speakers from 17 counties recorded 400 stories, songs, prayers, charms and parables.Then...
  • Carr: It’s cool to be diverse, not Irish

    09/27/2013 8:08:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 27, 2013 | Howie Carr
    So two Irish guys finish on top in the Boston mayor’s race, and all of sudden, the Beautiful People are donning sackcloth and ashes.So much for celebrating diversity.Apparently it doesn’t matter what their politics are, all that matters is that they’re from the same “tribe.” You read that right — that’s what the Globe said the day after the election, that Marty Walsh and John Connolly are from the same “ethnic tribe.”Somewhere, the leaders of the old Know-Nothing party are snickering. The more things change ...Then yesterday, it was more of the same. The Rev. Eugene Rivers ended his front-page...
  • 'Miss Ireland 2013' is Aoife Walsh:

    09/13/2013 3:50:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 67 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 September 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Blood of the Irish: DNA Proves Ancestry of the People of Ireland

    07/13/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT · by Renfield · 91 replies
    Blood of the Irish The Blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ...Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as...
  • The Lion Hunter of Zion (an Irish man)

    07/12/2013 5:01:30 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    In his youth, King David proved his heroism by slaying a lion. He went on to put his life on the line for the Jewish People and become a hero for all Israel. Three thousand years later, another lion-hearted lion-slayer also put his life on the line for the Jewish People and became a hero for all Israel. He wasn’t even Jewish, but he was one of the greatest friends and supporters that the Jewish People ever had - and his experiences with lions assisted in numerous ways.Colonel John Patterson was an Irish soldier and engineer assigned to Kenya by...
  • Obama's white blood: Pride or shame?

    06/25/2013 6:25:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/25/2013 | Mychal Massie
    Saint Patrick may have been recognized for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but this past week one of them slithered back in. Obama is the personification of an elapid that is now without the appendages some believe the serpent that beguiled Eve in the Garden had possessed before it was made to slither upon the ground. That said, he has not shed the character of the personage incarnate in that first serpent.
  • Irish LEFT: BO = 'War Criminal', 'Hypocrite o' Century', w/ 'Sycophantic Fawning/Drooling' fr. Press

    06/23/2013 1:34:51 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 June 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    '...by any serious examination,  this man is a war criminal' Clare Daly, Irish MP I think it's important to take this opportunity to bring a bit of balance into the discussions around the visit of the US president and his wife ... given the almost unprecedented slobbering over them that the nation has been exposed to over the last number of days... It's really hard to know which is worse: whether it's the outpourings of the Obamas themselves, or the sycophantic fawning over them by some sections of the news media... We've had very little challenging the fact (that Michelle Obama...
  • Before Boston Strong, There Was Boston Wrong

    06/23/2013 6:45:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    For most of the first half of my life, I lived in or near Boston. Usually, I am proud of my hometown, its history, its universities and its spirit. After the Boston Marathon bombings, Beantown united under the phrase "Boston Strong." I left in 1985. When I go back, I see how much the city has changed. The Boston I left had a wrong side, too -- a culture that looked away when organized crime terrorized young and old. Boston Wrong has been on parade this month during the long-awaited trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, 83, on 32 federal counts...
  • ICE deny targeting Irish undocumented in Boston raids and arrests

    04/13/2013 6:45:00 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | April 13, 2013 | DAVID SHEA
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which detained two undocumented Irishmen earlier this week in Boston on charges of fraudulently obtaining driver’s licenses, stated that is not specifically targeting the Boston Irish community.Irish Central has also learned that the men first came to the attention of ICE investigators based on prior convictions for driving offenses.
  • State-funded Irish charity promoted sexual ‘threesomes’ for teens as ‘a bit of fun’

    03/27/2013 7:26:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifesite ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    DUBLIN, March 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – An Irish sex-education group’s state funding is being called into question after lawmakers became aware of an article on the website SpunOut.ie offering advice about sexual threesomes to their teenage audience. The Sunday Independent called attention to the article over the weekend, reprinting quotes from the piece that suggested threesomes were a way for teens to “inject serious passion into their bedroom shenanigans.” According to the Independent, the group warned readers not to pick anyone for whom they have real feelings. “If you are in a relationship, but secretly have a thing for someone...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Quiet Man"(1952)

    03/17/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1952 | John Ford
    Today being St. Patrick's Day, what better pick for today's feature could there be than this one?
  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Dixie!

    03/16/2013 4:22:48 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 16, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The 8th Alabama Irish Brigade made their mark in history fighting for the Confederacy and is remembered for their Erin Go Braugh! flag with a field of green.
  • Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is the biggest story on Twitter

    01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST · by doug from upland · 130 replies
    daily dot ^ | 1-2013
    Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is the biggest story on Twitter News January 17, 2013 Fernando Alfonso III more articles | email | Twitter — Deadspin published a blockbuster investigation Wednesday night, exposing the relationship between star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and his girlfriend—who reportedly passed away last year—as a grand hoax. The story has quickly taken over Twitter, which is now inundated with praise for the sports site, jokes at Te'o’s expense, and questions as to the star player’s level of involvement. The investigative piece by Deadspin's Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey reveals how Te'o's relationship with girlfriend Lennay...
  • Irish Get Serious About Preparing For Alabama

    12/30/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 12-30-2012 | Tom Coyne
    <p>SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Top-ranked Notre Dame finally got down to the serious business of getting ready to play defending national champion Alabama in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.</p> <p>After weeks of some players and coaches traveling the nation for award shows, players finishing up the school year with finals and making trips home for Christmas, Notre Dame had its hardest hitting practice Saturday since its 22-13 victory over USC on Nov. 24 in the regular-season finale. Kelly plans another physical practice Sunday.</p>
  • Notre Dame (1) v USC Thread - 8pm EST ABC TV

    11/24/2012 3:11:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 110 replies
    Notre Dame (1) v USC Thread - 8pm EST ABC TV. If Notre Dame wins they will play for the National Championship, as unfair as that might seem.
  • Thinking about the Coming Election and other stuff --

    10/14/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 14, 2012 | Dan Miller
    put me in mind of some of my favorite old songs and of their persistent relevance.Scots balladsBased on a poem by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), this ballad labeled Ode to Humanity seeks equal rights for all as opposed to special preferences for the favored. While listening, thoughts came to me about how our expanding welfare system destroys the dignity and desire for self-sufficiency of those perpetually dependent upon it. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjr5boTgis4?feature=player_detailpage] Link to videoCrony capitalism, a highly pertinent welfare system, is too big a subject to cover here; it may also be "too big to fail." Beyond that, the...
  • Those IRISH are at it AGAIN!

    06/12/2012 10:21:34 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/12/2012 | George Spelvin
    Almost 20 attackers clothed all in black and wielding hammers and clubs strode into the Tinley Park, Illinois Ashford House Restaurant at noon Saturday, violently taking down patrons according to witnesses, some of whom were there to celebrate a local wedding shower. “They started hitting people with bats and hammers,” (1) Lauryn Drozd, 22, said. “They had hoods up.” Several observers said the attackers appeared to target a certain group gathered for a meeting inside. Now, the local cops are being especially tight lipped, and our ersatz national cable news guys also are noticeable by their silence on just who...
  • New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan calls for US immigration reform - VIDEO

    05/05/2012 4:49:18 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    IrishCentral&#8206; ^ | May 5, 2012 | CATHY HAYES
    New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for a compassionate immigration reform in the United States. Referring to the controversial immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama which allow law enforcement to check on the status of suspected illegal immigrants, he said that it was “not Christian” and “not American”. The Irish American Cardinal, who could be in line for the position of Pope in the future, was speaking to Chris Jansing, on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co”. He said the Republican party must “come up with a much saner, more civil, more just immigration policy.” Dolan continued, “When you have a...
  • Our Irish Heritage meets CRT: Brewski's All Around!

    03/20/2012 3:15:31 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | Sunday, March 18, 2012 | MOTUS
    You just have to admire Big Guy’s stamina don’t you? He didn’t get home from Friday's Moneyhaul until nearly 1:00 AM Saturday, and yet there he was again at 1:00 PM yesterday, off to an Irish Pub in D.C. celebrating St. Paddy’s day with his red-headed cousin from his ancestral village of Moneygall. That’s him in the middle, Henry Healy, 8th cousin on dear old Mum’s side:Big Guy, cuz Henry Healy and Ollie Hayes at D.C.’s very popular watering hole, The Dubliner.You may recognize Ollie, he was the bar tender at the pub where Lady M and Big Guy stopped...
  • St. Patrick

    03/16/2012 10:17:53 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 3 replies · 1+ views
    New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | Also Unknown | Unknown/Various
    Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. Some sources say 460 or 461. --Ed. He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles. In...
  • Luck of the Irish has run out in San Antonio[No parade]

    03/14/2012 10:22:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Brian Chasnoff
    St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, but for the first time in 44 years no street parade will celebrate Irish heritage in San Antonio. “What it comes down to, we can't afford it,” said Terence Peak, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society, which organizes the popular downtown event. Its absence once again raises irksome questions about a controversial parade ordinance passed by City Council in 2008. The law, challenged by critics but upheld in courts, adds fees for police and barricades for most processions except for a few. The city covers the costs of police for the Diez y Seis...
  • NTIF: Texas Freepers?

    03/02/2012 10:46:28 PM PST · by waterhill · 42 replies
    http://www.ntif.org/ ^ | 03.02.12 | me
    Started tonight. I will be there tomorrow with my Galway Girl. I will be wearing my Rattler Hat (I don't do kilts). There is a Scot Village BTW. Good Music and Food. Dallas Fair Park. C ya there. Call me by my screen name and I'll buy you some haggis.
  • Are Main Stream Media Racist?

    02/21/2012 9:03:53 AM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    townhall ^ | 2/21/12 | reasonmclucus
    Jesse Washington recently reported that many dark skinned Americans recognize that they are not "African" Americans in spite of what some racists say. The term "African-American" perpetuates the principle tenet of Southern racism: "part black, all black" under the "one drop rule". Those who use the term are in effect segregating Americans with dark complexions from the rest of the population they may be related to. Those who use the term believe that those with dark complexions should only be able to claim their African ancestors and should forget about ancestors who came from Europe, North America or Asia even...
  • What's Next

    01/10/2012 11:39:28 AM PST · by reg45 · 19 replies
    self | 01/10/2012 | self
    With 38 million Americans involved in binge drinking, it is only a matter of time until the CDC calls for the repeal of the Twenty First Amendment.
  • Top Irish Catholic cleric calls for church to end celibacy for priests

    10/03/2011 11:58:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN Belief ^ | 09/13/2011 | Peter Taggart
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) – A respected former Catholic bishop in Ireland is calling for an end to clerical celibacy in the wake of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church worldwide, and says he finds it "heartbreaking" that some prospective priests turn away from the calling because of the celibacy rule. In his recently published book, "A Troubled See, Memoirs of a Derry Bishop," Dr. Edward Daly said that allowing clergymen to marry would ease many of the church's problems. There needs to be a place in the modern Catholic church for a married priesthood, said Daly,...
  • Irish Travelers Ordered Evicted from English Suburb

    09/19/2011 9:38:22 AM PDT · by Senator Goldwater · 62 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 19 September 2011 | Jill Lawless
    CRAYS HILL, England — Vivien Slattery has lived her whole life in a tidy mobile home, one of dozens more like it on a crowded site beside green English fields. Soon, baby Vivien, 16 days old, and more than 200 others will be evicted from the settlement east of London, the losers in a decade-long battle between local officials and their community of Irish Travelers that has drawn attention around the world and concern from the United Nations. The local authority says it's a simple planning issue: The 86 families lack permission to pitch homes on the land. The Travelers...
  • Fighter Jets Escort Flight to JFK After Passengers Refuse to Leave Bathroom (Muslims?)

    09/11/2011 2:14:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 97 replies
    WNBC New York ^ | 9/11/11 | Jonathan Dienst
    Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a flight from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy Airport Sunday afternoon after three passengers refused to come out of a bathroom. The flight landed safely after 4 p.m. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that it was "notified of passengers allegedly behaving suspiciously" onboard the flight at about 3 p.m., and that the jets were scrambled "out of an abundance of caution." "Law enforcement met the flight and will interview passengers," the TSA said. The passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were "not compliant,"...
  • Sinead O'Connor Seeks "Sweet, Sex-Starved Man" Online

    09/01/2011 9:49:13 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 98 replies · 1+ views
    TV Guide Online ^ | 8/30/11 | Joyce Eng
    Sinead O'Connor is "in desperate need of a very sweet sex-starved man" and she wants everyone to know it. The Irish singer has taken to her blog and Twitter to snare a potential suitor and to lament the current lack of romance in her life. "My sh---uation sexually/affectionately speaking is so dire that inanimate objects are starting to look good as are inappropriate and/or unavailable men and/or inappropriate and/or unavailable fruits and vegetables. I tell you yams are looking like the winners," she writes. "Needless to say what I do for a living makes it hard for me to find...
  • For Whom The Greek Bell Tolls

    07/13/2011 2:22:12 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/12/2011 | Steve Forbes
    Given its rich mercantile heritage in the Mediterranean, Greece should be the Hong Kong/Singapore/ Switzerland of the Balkans. Its emigrants and their descendants have been huge business successes in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere. Yet Greece is bankrupt, fiscally and politically. Why is Greece such a basket case? And what are the implications for Europe and the U.S.? Greek Power Summit 2011--Helping Greece Rebuild, which was held in Athens. Here's a wee incident that underscores how clueless and irresponsible the Greek government has become. The bulk of attendees at this confab were business and financial executives who...
  • The Sun Shines Out O’bama’s Arse On The Emerald Isle

    05/23/2011 1:50:04 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-23-11 | Skookum
    After nearly half a century of riding his Blackness, Obama has the overwhelming desire to reconnect with his Irish forefathers! Ah, the proud Kenyan and spiritual leader of the Muslim world is wearing the green and sprouting shamrocks out the back of his trousers. His name now can take on an apostrophe and become O'bama, perhaps Seamus O'reilly O'bama. He has the ability to become anyone with his ghost writers. Perhaps Ayers can now write Green Dreams of my Irishness. Aye lads and lassies the great shape shifter has changed course, now he can be known as the most...
  • In 150 year old case, Rhode Island confronts its anti-Catholic past

    05/12/2011 2:26:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 77 replies
    cna ^ | May 12, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    Nancy Lusignan Schultz / Photo Credit: Kim Mimnaugh Salem, Mass., May 12, 2011 / 05:55 am (CNA).- Rhode Island lawmakers voted last week to pardon an Irish Catholic man they say was wrongfully executed in 1845. The decision closes an ugly chapter in the long history of discrimination against Catholics in the U.S.  “Anti-Catholicism was certainly one of the first religious prejudices brought to the new world, and it became widespread” in the 19th century, according to Nancy Schultz, Ph.D of Salem State University in Massachusetts. Schultz was commenting on the May 4 decision by the Rhode Island legislature...
  • I took the plunge for Natalie: Irish student paid Ł250 to act as Miss Portman's body double

    04/17/2011 6:30:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 44 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Last updated at 2:04 PM on 16th April 2011 | By Sarah Fitzmaurice
    Her dance double for Black Swan has claimed that she did hardly any of the full body shots seen in the film. And now it is claimed that Natalie Portman used yet another body double for her latest film Your Highness. In fact, the actress is said to have avoided diving into an icy lake in Belfast and a local Irish girl was paid just Ł250 to take the plunge instead.
  • It's good to go green on St. Paddy's Day, but not with the color of your beer

    03/17/2011 7:30:03 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-17-11 | kathie jenkins
    Even though green beer will flow freely today, one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, few beer connoisseurs understand its appeal. "I don't knock people who drink green beer," says Kieran Folliard, who owns four Irish pubs — Liffey in St. Paul, Cooper in St. Louis Park and Kieran's and the Local in Minneapolis. "But to be quite honest, I wouldn't drink it unless I was stuck in the desert and it was the only thing around." Sean O'Byrne, who opened Great Waters Brewing Co. 15 years ago today, won't touch the stuff for any reason. "Never have,...
  • St. Patrick's Day surprise: Study finds relatives who share Obama's Irish ancestry; some kin unhappy

    03/17/2011 7:01:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 149 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | March 17, 2011 | Philip Caulfield
    A new study claims that President Obama has 28 living relatives who share his Irish ancestry, but some of the newly discovered kin aren't eager to share a pint with him. In the study, released to The Associated Press by family history website Ancestry.com, genealogists traced the descendants of about two dozen passengers who came to America from Ireland on the ship Marmion in March 1850.
  • Ronald Reagan: PROUD to Be Irish!

    03/17/2011 5:54:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 17, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    As House Speaker for most of Ronald Reagan's two presidential terms, bombastic liberal spendaholic Tip O'Neill was one of the fiercest opponents of the entire Reagan agenda, fighting it tooth-and-nail for six years. He called Reagan a "cheerleader for selfishness" and even went so far as to personally attack him as "most ignorant man that has ever inhabited the White House". Not one to be easily outwitted -but showing considerably more class and good humor- Reagan observed parallels between Yeltsin-esque Speaker O'Neill and the Pac-Man video game, as  "a round thing that gobbles up money". Yet despite the professional animosity, Ronald Reagan often...