107 Responses to “They’re Irish and…They’re Wonderful!”


  1. March 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    For each Petal on the Shamrock This Message Brings a Wish Your Way,Good Health, Good Luck, and Happiness For Today and Every Day.

  2. March 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yes they are! :-)

  3. 12 utaustinliberal
    March 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations CTGirl and Judith Fardig. You both tied for second place. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  4. March 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€ ยฟโ™ญโ™ฎโ™ฏโ™ซโ™ช? ยกโ™ญโ™ฎโ™ฏโ™ซโ™ช! “How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I’m jes’ so proud to be here!” ยฟโ™ญโ™ฎโ™ฏโ™ซโ™ช? ยกโ™ญโ™ฎโ™ฏโ™ซโ™ช! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€
    Chipsticks I’m just so glad you are back on this fine Mornin’ and you should be so proud of those who helped while you took a long overdue break. “They did good” Don’t wait so long next time. :grin:

  5. 16 Nena20409
    March 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for a new post. UT, Yeah ;)

    The post with the WH picture celebrating St Patrick’s Day is Lovely. :)

  6. 17 anniebella
    March 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Looking at the pictures of POTUS and VP Biden I really believe they are friends, no pretend, I am so glad POTUS have a true friend in that oval office who have his back.

  7. March 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Good afternoon, Congrats Carolmaewy……Wonderful thread UT! A little Irish message for SPD…..

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  8. March 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The Irish are well represented in the White House: Biden, Kerry, Brennan, Donilon, McDonough, Donovan, Carney and of course, POTUS.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!!

  9. 39 vitaminlover
    March 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  10. 40 amk for obama
    March 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Heads up. New thread will auto post 3 hours from now (at 4 pm blog time).

    Gunnite folks.

  11. March 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • 48 Bill
      March 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      After reading the article I did not know what to make of it.

    • March 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      ๐Ÿ€ Started reading the article last night, but too tired to Irish. Thanks for the reminder. Teddy lost his leg to cancer, right? I remember when his father died, he was so eloquent. ๐Ÿ€ Are my shamrocks annoying everyone?

  12. March 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Nice! And thanks to all of you who’ve picked up on this and kept it happening… Green beer and pee all around!

    Gato

  13. March 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  14. 54 Vicki
    March 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    “We have a spending problem,” says the GOPTP/MSM.

    That is right. We spend $$$ giving tax breaks to oil companies.
    We spend $$$ giving tax breaks to big agriculture companies.
    “Carried interest” gives tax breaks to those who need it least and who make out well by avoiding tax on sales of art vacation homes horses, etc. Oh, and golf courses.

    1.1 Trillion tax breaks to the powerful doled out by the USA every year. More than Medicare + Medicaid and more than SS.

    The Real Spending problem is the give-aways to the already rich.

    How can we spread this message better? It was the top editorial on the NYTimes today.
    How can we make Boehner own this spending problem and stop him for using it falsely to suggest austerity for most of us?

  15. 55 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Hello Everyone. A blessed and peaceful St. Patrick’s Day to all at TOD. Special greetings to you from Montserrat, the other Emerald Isle; the only other country in the world other than Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a public holiday.

    Every year, we have a week of activities that leads up to St. Patrick’s Day. This year, We have many visitors from Ireland including Martin Healy and his band. Healy and his band performed at a concert last Wednesday evening and yesterday, they lit up the local radio station with some live inspiring Irish songs. Tomorrow, he and his band will also perform at the culminating fair. I wonder if he is related to Henry.

    Today we all went to church in our national colour which is green. Tomorrow is the public holiday since St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Sunday.

    If you are wondering why this day is so important to us, the first Europeans to settle here were the Irish. Consequently, our culture is a combination of Irish and African customs. Many of the places and families here still carry Irish names like Kinsale and Sweeney. Our national dish is an Irish stew cooked with African flavours. Another national symbol is the shamrock leaf.

    The day has even more significance for us as a people because in 1768, the slaves on Montserrat planned an uprising for their freedom on St. Patrick’s Day. However, the plan was leaked and the slaves were killed. So, St. Patrick’s Day is also called National Day as we commemmorate the bravery of our ancestors.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • 56 GGail
      March 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      PrayerWarriorforObama, thank you so much for the important history lession of Monserrat. I just learned a lot!

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and to all of my TOD family :-)

    • 57 sjterrid
      March 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Happy St. Patrick’s day, PrayerWarriorforObama! Thank you for giving this info about Montserrat. This is why I love coming to TOD, I learn so much about customs and history from the people that post here from all over the world.

  16. March 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    This article was written on this day,10 years ago, on the decision to go into Iraq… http://nyti.ms/ZZhsoI

  17. March 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    View from Air Force 2 at Andrews AFB, as VP Joe Biden departs from Rome….

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  18. 62 desertflower
    March 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Morning MUST READ. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-gops-real-agenda-20130313

    After watching voters punish the GOP in the 2012 elections, Republican elites have been talking a brave game about reforms that would make the party less repulsive to Latinos, women and gay-friendly millennials. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the GOP’s hip-hop-quoting young standard-bearer, is pressing conservatives to back an amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Dozens of party stalwarts, headlined by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, renounced their opposition to gay marriage in a Supreme Court brief. GOP bigwigs have even launched New Republican โ€“ a group modeled after Bill Clinton’s centrist Democratic Leadership Council โ€“ which seeks to rebrand the party as “colorblind,” “not anti-government” and dedicated to “ending corporate welfare.”

    How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

    Don’t be fooled. On the ground, a very different reality is unfolding: In the Republican-led Congress, GOP-dominated statehouses and even before the nation’s highest court, the reactionary impulses of the Republican Party appear unbowed. Across the nation, the GOP’s severely conservative agenda โ€“ which seeks to impose job-killing austerity, to roll back voting and reproductive rights, to deprive the working poor of health care, and to destroy agencies that protect the environment from industry and consumers from predatory banks โ€“ is moving forward under full steam.

    The hardcore rump of the party is even working to punish moderate outliers like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie โ€“ the party’s most popular leader โ€“ who was denied a speaking role at the conservative movement’s annual convention, CPAC. Today’s GOP may desperately need to remake itself as “culturally modern, environmentally responsible and economically inclusive,” argues David Frum, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, but it remains, he says, in the throes of a “Tea Party tantrum.”

    As it works to lock in as many retrograde policies as possible before it finally chooses to either modernize or die, the Republican Party is like a wounded beast: Rarely has it been more dangerous.

    • 63 HZ
      March 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Desertflower, how are you dear one? Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and family. This is a great read. I had just received it a few days ago, and that article was one of two of last nights reading for me. I found it to be very interesting for all to take serious about the GOP’s future on this nation.

      There is also another interesting article in that same issue by Michael Hastings: “The Spy Who Cracked Up In The Cold.”

      I do not know how to post it, but you probably read it as well. Go read as well.HZ

  19. 64 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    PBO’s St. Patrick’s Day tweet was posted at 9:54AM Eastern time.

    Right now it has already 8,300+ retweets and 4,700+ favorites. :)

  20. 65 vitaminlover
    March 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Father, thank You for protecting Vice-President Biden’s travels to the Vatican and let it be a joyous trip and safe and blessed. Also, God, in Jesus Name thank You Sir for protecting guiding and guarding President Obama during his trip to Israel. Let him be very well received and let his goals be accomplished there. Give both of our beloved leaders favor, protection, love, well-being, insight and guidance. Amen!

  21. 70 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Durbin: Talks on border security, path to citizenship holding up immigration deal

    Molly K. Hooper – 03/17/13 10:20 AM ET
    Durbin said he was “positive” about reaching an immigration reform deal, but cited two “tough” issues senators needed to resolve.โ€ฆ
    -/
    See? Stall on the debt situation, keep chipping away at federal government, keep having crisis about the debt every month, blame Obama, get control of senate, repeal Obamacare, voucherize Medicare, go live in China before revolution.

    That is GOP agenda in a nutshell!!

  22. 72 Jovie
    March 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    States to feds: Hands off our guns
    Benjamin Goad – 03/17/13 06:00 AM ET
    A growing number of states are moving forward with legislation to exempt them from new federal gun controls.โ€ฆ
    -/
    See? Another example! Something needs to be done because it’s the democratic party that is back on it’s heels not the republicans.

    • 73 Linda
      March 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      They cannot exempt themselves from Federal Law as far as I know.

      • 74 Jovie
        March 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        It doesn’tatter, the states that are doing this, are getting a lot of publicity, you know the states where Democratic Senators are running for office. Count them as No votes now on any gun legislation. :(

    • 75 Bill R.
      March 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      One of the very first Supreme Court rulings was Marbury vs. Madison. It affirmed that states cannot exempt themselves from state law.

  23. 77 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    • 78 anniebella
      March 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Ha Ha Ha, they won’t fine one. There is only one Barack H. Obama. And don’t even try with that Ben Carson, he is just a smarter version of Herman Cain. His policies are no different then Herman Cain or Paul Ryan Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, he will not fool black folks to vote for him. No way.

  24. March 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “The disruption of Johnsonโ€™s peace talks then enabled Nixon to hang on for a narrow victory over Democrat Hubert Humphrey. However, as the new President was taking steps in 1969 to extend the war another four-plus years, he sensed the threat from the wiretap file and ordered two of his top aides, chief of staff H.R. โ€œBobโ€ Haldeman and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, to locate it. But they couldnโ€™t find the file.

    We now know that was because President Johnson, who privately had called Nixonโ€™s Vietnam actions โ€œtreason,โ€ had ordered the file removed from the White House by his national security aide Walt Rostow.”

    ……

    “Nixon not only continued the Vietnam War, which had already claimed more than 30,000 American lives and an estimated one million Vietnamese, but he expanded it, with intensified bombing campaigns and a U.S. incursion into Cambodia. At home, the war was bitterly dividing the nation with a massive anti-war movement and an angry backlash from war supporters.”

    …..

    “โ€œThere is something I want to tell you,โ€ Arafat said, addressing Carter in the presence of historian Douglas Brinkley. โ€œYou should know that in 1980 the Republicans approached me with an arms deal [for the PLO] if I could arrange to keep the hostages in Iran until after the [U.S. presidential] election,โ€ Arafat said, according to Brinkleyโ€™s article in the fall 1996 issue of Diplomatic Quarterly.”

    Please read the entire article, if you haven’t already:

    http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/shocking-new-evidence-reveals-depths-treason-and-treachery-watergate-and-iran?paging=off

    h/t to Susanne

    Yes, Nixon interfered with Johnson’s peace effort and an additional 27K+ US troops died, thousands more were injured and countless Vietnamese were killed – just to win the Presidency.

    Yes, Reagan used American hostages as pawns and enabled horrific crimes in Central America – just to win the Presidency.

    Yes, Bush stole an election and we all know the damage done to America, and innocent Iraqis, and others because SCOTUS enabled him to do so.

    See the pattern. In each instance, the Democratic candidate that was defeated would most certainly have governed very differently – and the MIC and Wall St would have been constrained, significantly.

    We all witnessed how much Bibi, #BainMitt, Adelson, et al tried to interfere in the outcome of 6 Nov 2012. And, we all have more than a clue why.

    We will never escape our actions, no civilization or Nation ever has. Accountability arrives, one way or another. Painful as it may be, the best way for it to arrive is when it is self-administered.

    It’s way past Tribunal Time in the United States of America.

    Yes We Can

    • March 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Yes We Can

    • 81 susanne
      March 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      thanks bob. i so appreciate your taking this to twitter. we pride ourselves as being a nation of laws, of justice, of democratically elected leaders. but the forces of corruption are a serious threat, always. price of freedom=eternal vigilance.

    • 82 GGail
      March 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you so much Bobfr.

      I knew about Nixon, about our “support” of the PLO, and of course about Bush, but when you connect the dots like this…it is a truly telling picture.

      I agree…”Itโ€™s way past Tribunal Time in the United States of America”.

      • 83 HZ
        March 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Bobfr, you are an insightful soul. Thank you for this and all that you bring to our attention. May we continue to help spread and bring the awareness needed to bring us to a better place. Thanks again, Bobfr.HZ

  25. 84 cookemom
    March 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Did you know that despite the reports from the Crazy Pitiful And Confused (CPAC) people meetings, that though Rand Paul and Marco Rubio and the host of others on the ballot, ‘other’ actually won with 34% of the vote. What does that tell ya, huh? It tells you that they are Crappy Pathetic And Cuckoo!

    • March 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      It tells me Ron Paul isn’t running.

    • 86 Nena20409
      March 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      That explains, until with this report from YOU, Cookemom, that explains why the Numbers were never reported. The MSM once again, going along with what the Righties want……truly codependents for these suffering wicked idiots.

    • 87 GGail
      March 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Ha! How sad but telling that “other” garnered 34% at CPAC. The MSM forgot to post this tidbit…

  26. 88 Dudette
    March 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Everyone! I’m late to the party again! Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a splendid St Patrick’s Day! What a delight to see the warm greetings from Henry and Stephen today. This blog attracts all the best people! I’m so grateful for you all. Catch you later! Peace and enduring love. — Dudette

  27. 89 Dakota
    March 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Well Family…the corned beef and cabbage is on! There are some foods that I could eat every day and corned beef is one of them. I eat my fill on St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all have a great time indulging in whatever delights you today!

  28. 90 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Awesome photos

  29. 91 andogriff
    March 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for the great post, ut… and happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, Ms Chips, and everyone!

  30. 92 sjterrid
    March 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s day chips and everyone here at TOD.

  31. 93 susanne
    March 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    paid to be rethug–the obvious next step:

    ‘ Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012.
    ~
    “It will include hundreds of people – paid – across the country, from coast-to-coast, in Hispanic, African American, Asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in, going to community events, going to swearing-in ceremonies, being a part of the community on an ongoing basis, paid for by the Republican National Committee, to make the case for our party and our candidates,” Priebus said. ‘

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/21663292/rnc-to-spend-10-million-to-reach-minorities

    • 94 COS
      March 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Will Priebus implore his party in congress to stop being obstructionists and put forth policies that will benefit all of these ethnic groups, instead of taking away rights? Unless they change their brand, millions of dollars are not going to help.

    • 95 cookemom
      March 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hmmmm, now where have we heard that before? ACORN anyone?

      • 96 HZ
        March 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Is that the price they only are willing to put on the outcome of a decent, hardworking, respectful American’s vote for them? Sad. These GOPers just do not get it. How many more elections will we have to win for them to get it.

        Ten millions dollars will not change the hearts of people. And that would insult me as a voter in the first place. My community, my children, my grandparents health, my sons and daughters college right to get a fair and decent education in this country is only worth a party spending ten million dollars to show me your brand. No, it really shows me your heart. Remember, “out of the heart the mouth speaketh?” These people are sick and sad.

        Until they change their hearts toward the 47 percent of the people, there is No Brand Change Period. Some brands are not Worth the money. Remember when you shop. So brands just are rotten to the core. Plain and simple. The American people can see what these GOPers have done to their savings, homes, children’s educational opportunities, health of the families, young and old, and obstruct the governing of our brilliant 44th President, Barack H. Obama. We are not fools. HZ

  32. 98 vitaminlover
    March 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    These cpac goons. Are they members of gop clown society level 202?

    • 99 cookemom
      March 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      The results are in, though you didn’t hear them as they really are on the MSM. Rand just benefited from his filibuster antic and his dad who won everyone of those polls in the past. Rubio comes in a close second, but the word ‘immigration’ never left his lips. Actually, it’s ‘other’ and ‘undecided’ together that leads the pack. Maybe their ticket will be Other/Undecided 2016.

      Rand Paul โ€“ 25%
      Marco Rubio โ€“ 23%
      Rick Santorum โ€“ 8%
      Chris Christie โ€“ 7%
      Paul Ryan โ€“ 6%
      Scott Walker โ€“ 5%
      Ben Carson โ€“ 4%
      Ted Cruz โ€“ 4%
      Bobby Jindal โ€“ 3%
      Sarah Palin โ€“ 3%
      Other โ€“ 34%
      Undecided 2%

  33. 104 desertflower
    March 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Wonder why it didn’t post the first time? Here, again…excellent!

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/03/as-talk-about-drone-war-heats-up-their.html

  34. 105 desertflower
    March 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    FREEDOM…or something….

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2013/03/funny-definition-of-liberties-you-have.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ZVTS+%28Zandar+Versus+The+Stupid%29

    Funny Definition Of “Liberties” You Have There, Rand Paul
    Posted by Zandar
    Sen. Rand Paul is nothing more than a misogynist Tea Party douchebag like the rest of the Republican party’s “conservatives”. The use of sweeping federal power to outlaw choice is fine, as long as it’s used against groups that don’t include the subset of white Republican male senators.

    He’s SUCH a fraud.

  35. 106 JER
    March 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    • 107 anniebella
      March 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Oh no, should he be doing that? There is no White House tours, but yet he is going to play basketball play. How could he?


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