This week marks the 90th anniversary of the assassination of Michael Collins, during the Civil War that followed Ireland’s War of Independence and it occurred to me that we are entering into a decade or more of important anniversaries, both in Ireland and worldwide. Already we’ve had Belfast pulling out all the stops to remind … Continue reading The Pandora’s Box of History
It must have been extremely gratifying for former Senator Rick Santorum, a Catholic of Italian heritage, to win last nights two Deep South primaries, in Mississippi and Alabama. All the more so given that today is the 111th anniversary of one of the most heinous crimes in the long history of heinous crimes from that region … Continue reading How Times Change
In response to this brouhaha and by request of my lovely wife, I would offer this “beard story”, maybe apocryphal but good value nonetheless . 1745. Charles Stuart, known to history as Bonnie Prince Charlie lands in Scotland and raises the flag of rebellion in an effort to reclaim the Stuart patrimony, the throne of Great Britain. Sending the … Continue reading An eloquent defense of facial hair circa. 1745
Fadó Fadó* as we say in my part of the world, some short time after the Second Vatican Council, a new and curious creature started to appear in the land — the land being Ireland, the creature being a 1960’s/70’s version of that feature of every Irish town, the local priest. This ostensibly new version of … Continue reading The Masks of Fr. Trendy
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t alone among Republicans in making off the cuff jackass remarks. After all, this is the party of Palin and Gingrich, Limbaugh and Coulter. This week’s remark from Romney when he said he’s ‘not concerned about the very poor’, is just the latest in the plutocrat’s tone-deafness and upper-crust noblesse without … Continue reading Mitt Romney’s Tumbril Remark
………until we don’t love a list. I stumbled across this list morning. Any list of the 500 greatest country songs that doesn’t include George Jones’ The Grand Tour leaves itself open to severe ridicule and relentless mockery. And by “include” I mean in the top five. And by “ridicule” I mean pointing, sneering and slagging … Continue reading We all love a list…..
I wonder what the Tea Partiers and their political enablers in the GOP, with all of their much ballyhooed “going back to the original meaning of the Constitution”, would have made of Thomas Paine? If they even know who Tom Paine was. Because of all the men who made the American Revolution and the Republic that came forth … Continue reading Tom Paine and “Common Sense”