In honor of the G8 summit being held on the Emerald Isle, some kick-ass Irish music.
Ok, I love the opening shot of this video – “Traditional Irish music, Brogan’s Bar, Ennis, Ireland”
Bringing back memories for Chips – “Traditional Irish Music from LiveTrad.com: Fleadh Cheoil”
Now, on to the non-traditional – U2, of course, from “Boy” – “I Will Follow”
An unjustly overlooked band – Hothouse Flowers – “Don’t Go”
The Waterboys – “Fisherman’s Blues”
A little band from Ulster known as Snow Patrol – “Just Say Yes”
And, of course, another Northerner, Van the Man – “Open The Door (To Your Heart)”
This is your smiling Irish eyes night owl chat. (And Happy Bloomsday!)
A British coup @TheDailyShow! @IamJohnOliver is standing in for Jon Stewart for the next 3 months. @Guardian dld.bz/cErC2— U.S. Culture in UK (@USAinUKbuzz) June 13, 2013
I might actually watch the show a bit this summer!
Yes, oliver is good. Also. Too. All the sidekicks. Sam Bee’s hillary takedown in 2008 was epic.
Is river dance considered Irish? I love to watch that.
Yes River Dance Company has its origin in Ireland. And their style of dancing is both traditional and contemporary Irish.
Thanks for the info. I love the legwork and the footwork. Really cool!
For you:) It’s mesmerizing…
Yes, mesmerizing is exactly the right word!
Michael Flatley does a better version of this dance.
Thank you, desertflower!
They’re up there Jovie. “I Will Follow” (count 5 vids up from the bottom)
Golly look how young they were.
Bono really does look like Robin Williams’ baby brother in that video
Vice President Joe Biden is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame
On March 21, 2013, Irish America magazine proudly inducted Vice President Joe Biden into the Irish America Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott Essex House. The Irish America Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Emigration Centre in New Ross, County Wexford.
That’s our Joe!
Tu ra Lu ra lay!
My fave is the Traditional Irish one (first in the bunch). Fiddlers are near and dear to my heart.
Fiddlers! Mine, too. Irish, Cajun, doesn’t matter.
Oh LL!! Read it wipe my friend (or hop a plane to Atlanta)
Exhibition on display at Georgia Public Broadcasting (260 14th St) until July 10 #Bloomsday http://t.co/XEYreuGqOv— CG Ireland Atlanta (@IrelandAtlanta) June 16, 2013
Joyce and Shakespeare. In English they have no peers, try as we might.
And thanks for reminding me that today was Bloomsday! Added to the post.
Of course you are most welcome!
#Bloomsday in Atlanta and our launch of 'The Life and Works of James Joyce' @mygpb http://t.co/L5hWkTSl58— CG Ireland Atlanta (@IrelandAtlanta) June 16, 2013
Good lord. Thought I typed “read it and weep”! LOL! [smacking my head and laughing at myself!!]
Blame autocorrect. I always do.
By NICK GASS and ELIZABETH TITUS | 6/15/13 10:54 PM EDT
Joe Biden said Saturday morning in Sunnyvale, Calif., he hasn’t changed his mind on the government’s collection of telephone call information, according to the pool report.
In a 2006 interview with CBS News, the then-Sen. Biden said that the Bush administration’s practice of collecting similar metadata was “very intrusive.”
“No, I was talking about a different program then,” Biden told the pool reporter on Saturday. “It was a different program.”
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) joined Biden at Hobee’s, a coffee shop chain in the Bay Area for a campaign-style stop, according to the pool report. The congressman from California is facing a tough primary challenge from Ro Khanna in the 17th District.
Biden and Honda spent about an hour at the café chatting with customers and Honda’s district staff director Mari Maben. The veep stayed in the Bay Area on Saturday, with plans to see his grandniece receive her master’s degree from Stanford in the afternoon.
@defenceforces will be with us @ArlingtonNatl on Tues as we celebrate Pres John F. Kennedy's links with #Ireland @JFK50yrs #jfk50— Embassy of Ireland (@IrelandEmbUSA) June 17, 2013
#Ireland's @govchiefwhip MoS Paul Kehoe & reps from @wexfordcoco & New Ross Town Council will be at @ArlingtonNatl on Tues @JFK50yrs #jfk50— Embassy of Ireland (@IrelandEmbUSA) June 16, 2013
World leaders arriving in #NI tomorrow for the #G8inNI We are ready and excited!— NI Bureau (@NI_Bureau) June 16, 2013
Obama due in Belfast ahead of G8 – Video: US President Barack Obama is due in Belfast later, accompanied by hi… bit.ly/12BEPI3— UTV Live News (@UTVNews) June 16, 2013
UTV Live News – Article and Video
Obama due in Belfast ahead of G8
Published Monday, 17 June 2013
US President Barack Obama is due in Belfast later, accompanied by his wife and children, ahead of the G8 summit hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in Co Fermanagh.
Mr Obama is only the third serving US president to visit Northern Ireland, following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton and George Bush.
While Mr Bush’s visits in 2003 and 2008 were post-9/11 and security conscious, Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary enjoyed the hope blooming just a year after the paramilitary ceasefires.
Their 1995 trip to Belfast was aimed at giving a boost to the still fragile peace process.
“To this day, Bill Clinton and his First lady say visiting Belfast was the best day of his two-term presidency.” – Denis Murray
Peace will also be on Mr Obama’s mind when, introduced by his wife Michelle, he gives a keynote address to an audience at the Waterfront Hall on Monday morning.
Speaking to 1,500 young people and around 500 other invited guests, the president will hail Northern Ireland’s progress.
Security does remains tight throughout the city ahead of the visit, with some roads affected by closures and a no-fly zone also in place – although commercial air traffic should not be affected.
While Mr Obama will afterwards head to the Lough Erne Resort for talks with eight of the world’s most powerful leaders, the First Lady and daughters Malia and Sasha will travel to Dublin.
Before the first full session of the G8 summit, Mr Obama and Mr Cameron will meet to discuss issues like the ongoing situation in Syria – with the US and UK concerned by chemical weaponry.
The conflict will also be among the topics on the agenda when all eight leaders meet on Monday evening, and again when Mr Obama later holds bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
[... more in the article]
Excitement at POTUS’ arrival is building!
Not long until @BarackObama takes to the stage in Belfast ahead of the #G8 Summit. All eyes on #NI we won't disappoint #G8inNI— NI Bureau (@NI_Bureau) June 17, 2013
I adore their excitement.
Global BloomsDay Gathering Videos (readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses streamed from 25 cities across the globe)
America’s First Lady will be gone from Dublin by the time “career agitators” gather in the city centre to protest her husband’s presence at the G8 summit in Fermanagh. [Article includes video, but I can't get it to play cleanly on my PC]
“Gardai are expecting anti-globalisation groups to assemble in Dublin city centre on Tuesday afternoon but by then Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12, will have left the city for a visit to Glendalough.
Tomorrow Michelle and her daughters are attending a special performance of Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre after visiting Trinity College Library to see records of President Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry and the Book of Kells.
The first anti-G8 protest demonstration took place in Belfast yesterday.
The march, ahead of next week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland, left the city’s Custom House square amid a major security presence.
About 1,500 protesters, advocating a variety of causes, braved torrential rain as they walked through the streets.
Anti-G8 protesters are also expected to travel to Dublin today after assembling in London to protest. Gardai are closely monitoring ports but do not expect major problems.
The main anti-globalisation protest for Dublin is expected at around 1pm on Tuesday near the Shelbourne Hotel where Michelle Obama and her daughters have their overnight stay before leaving for Wicklow on Tuesday morning. Mrs Obama leaves Dublin for Berlin on Tuesday evening…” [More in the article]
Here’s a preview of tomorrow’s front page of the Irish Independent http://t.co/c2LCu5rct0— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) June 16, 2013
Independent IE (Irish newspaper) coverage of German elections
Merkel's challenger Steinbrueck wells up during interview indo.ie/m56Sm— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) June 16, 2013
Wow, I think there’s an echo in the room! Is anybody out there?
here with you – just enjoying the lurker status as I read and learn from the posts
Hi there GCL! Glad you’re here!
Don’t fear, us lurkers are always here! Ha, that rhymes!! Cute pic of you , your dad, and sis earlier!
@Tigerfists88 takes us on another terrific trip down memory lane from PBO’s visit to Egypt
♦(VIDEO): Pres. #Obama sees Likeness In Pyramids In Egypt & Kids..'That Looks Like Me'➔ youtu.be/INAeRY15_Vs #TFB#news Obama ☻#p2.✩— Rock (@Tigerfists88) June 17, 2013
Night owler checking in for the night shift. I haven’t said that in a while. Hey D watz up?
Woot! Just trying to keep all these lurkers entertained for a spell.
@henryhealy Gave this lovely drawing by artist @fogartybrian to President #Obama on his recent visit to #DC. http://t.co/JrssEgDPLK— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 21, 2013
You guys have been awfully quiet. How do you expect me to stay awake if the place is so quiet I can hear my thoughts (actually only one) bouncing around? [I sure hope they don't call me for work tomorrow!]
Trying to do my part VC. Pull up a chair, throw down your cards honey!
Nothing ‘interesting’, only ‘bush’! No ‘pretties’!
VC – I have an early morning meeting tomorrow, but I just have to see the First Family land in Northern Ireland!
Vc am in the building
Hiya Mel! Good to see you!
Well, hell-ooooooooo there, Mellesia!
Thanks a lot D!:-)
You all ready to join in the card game?
Oh crap… I didn’t pay attention where that came from! Cooties alert! Cooties alert! Delete that this thing! DO NOT RETWEET!
was going to warn u about that source – responsible for a big chunk of my hair being pulled out
I retweeted and then saw your warning. He had already thanked me for retweet before I could undo. I did undo it? What’s going to happen? Cooties you say? Will I get a virus? I’m nervous. . .
A different look at Dublin for tourists. . .
ELLE DECOR Goes To Dublin elledecor.com/culture/travel… via @ELLEDECOR— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) June 17, 2013
I’m poking around in the TOD archives ( good hanging-out spot) before going to bed. I never knew FLOTUs used to wear glasses…
Oh yeh! Hey, I remember that! Only time I recall seeing her with specs other than sunglasses.
Maybe she outgrew them.
Good Night, DudetteDear, and good night CarolMc & Mell. Sweet dreams!
Good night VC see you at sunrise
Dude, Mellesia, CarolMNow that I know you have each other for company I’m going to bed in case they call me to work.
Off-topic but worth it!
Good economic news for May: Ga. revenues grew 8.6%, nation added 175,000 jobs . . . bit.ly/19PkoZt— Tom Crawford (@gareport) June 07, 2013
Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel as an idiot.— DR (@pollbuster) June 17, 2013
The two idiots deserves one another.
This guy seems to be a whiny pos.
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has linked his departure from New York University to “unrelenting pressure” from Beijing.
Mr Chen has been a fellow at NYU since mid-2012. He is to leave this month.
The activist caused a diplomatic flurry last year when he fled house arrest and went to the US embassy in Beijing. He was later allowed to go to the US.
NYU has rejected his claim, saying his fellowship had always been expected to last a year at most.
Beijing authorities wanted “to make me so busy trying to earn a living that I don’t have time for human rights advocacy, but this is not going to happen”, he said.
NYU spokesman John Beckman said Mr Chen’s claims were “both false and contradicted by the well-established facts”.
“Mr Chen’s fellowship at NYU and its conclusion have had nothing to do with the Chinese government. All fellowships come to an end,” he said in a statement.
So, what he wanted was a cushy sinecure while he “advocated”? eff him.
On special occasion of #PBO & #FirstFamily visiting Ireland youtube.com/watch?feature=…!
cc @OFA @FLOTUS @vj44 @PressSec @eu2013ie
@henryhealy— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 17, 2013
Yes We Can
Rest well, TODers, and for those arising or already up and about on 17 June 2013 ….
So now that Father’s Day is over, I’d like to say how much I enjoyed the pictures and stories of great dads like President Obama and Dudette’s, both here and posted by friends on facebook. My own father had his issues. I guess it is best expressed by saying he loved me as much as he could, which wasn’t very much. He had had a difficult childhood and was very needy himself, I think, so didn’t have much left for others. Although never physically abusive to my mother, he was emotionally abusive to her. As much as having a great father has an effect on your life, a father like mine has an effect too. My mother’s father was the same way, and after going out of my way to find someone as unlike my father as I possibly could, I ended up marrying a person who was different in superficial ways, but ended up treating me the same way. It took me 16 years to figure this out. My son and daughter have both been affected by their dad’s immature emotional absence, although they are great kids and are doing well. So three generation repeating a pattern. I find great joy in President Obama’s wonderful, loving relationship with his family. I love how in every picture they are hugging, holding hands, touching in some way. I love to hear the stories of who love and laugh and send their sons and daughters out confidently into the world. I loved my father and I am sorry now for the things that prevented him from participating fully in our family and I am sorry for my ex-husband in the same way.
Thank you Dudette
Maryl1, it took a lot of courage for you to tell this story. Bless you.
Thank you Jackie.
Al-Qaeda confirms death of leader in Mali aje.me/1akeGit— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) June 17, 2013
A top leader in al-Qaeda’s north Africa branch has been killed in fighting with France, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said, according to a statement carried by the private Mauritanian news agency ANI.
According to the statement released by AQIM on Sunday, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, considered a top commander within the group, was killed in the ongoing fighting in Mali.
The statement did not provide details of the date of Zeid’s death, though it comes three months after France first announced he had been killed.
The AQIM said the Algerian-born Abou Zeid, died “on the battlefield defending Umma (the Muslim community) and sharia law.”
Paris had announced in March that Abou Zeid was killed in fighting with its forces after France led an offensive to rout al-Qaeda linked groups from northern Mali.
A Vote for the Republican Party is…… http://t.co/kPTAlGpyQS— Randy Prine (@randyprine) June 17, 2013
Snowden is now helping the Russians understand how the U.S. spies on them. How does this help the cause of civil liberties at home?— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) June 16, 2013
Snowden is a big fat lying traitor. He doesn’t give a dam about civil liberties.
My lovely mother’s favorite Irish Songs
I recognize the sound of a 78 record. My mother loved it too. Both the songs. Thanks .
Hey Carolmae – you’re way behind… worse than me
My Mum used to sing them in the 1950s – my dad’s roots are Irish.
My Mom just loved the Irish. We have no connection.
Queues outside Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Cops everywhere. Obama in town later. #G8 http://t.co/O00aH8FVjA— Andy Davies (@adavies4) June 17, 2013
Glenn Greenwald & Glenn Beck both consider themselves Libertarians. That really should be all you need to know about that crackpot ideology— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) June 17, 2013
@AngryBlackLady @StylishMz Happy Fathers Day to daddys who try their best to do their daughters' hair…lol http://t.co/8OCkkKE9wU— Nelly B (@psddluva4evah) June 16, 2013
Hello all! I’m trying to stay awake for President Obama.
Ok…awake to watch Pres. Obama’s arrival. Chipsticks where are you?
Live link to watch Pres. Obama’s arrival. AF1 is there.
Not sure what this is – but it says “live” – from the BBC
sigh – the link
Some lovely positive chat about the President and FLOTUS – shame I’m seeing the media getting of the plane
“Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is fantastic that President Obama is visiting Northern Ireland for the first time. She says a very vigilant approach to security is always necessary in Northern Ireland.”
Thx. Just tuned in see them getting off AF1. Prez as usual not holding on to the hand rails and has spoiled Sasha too to do the same. Flotus with Malia is being more sensible.
Thanks! The cable news cut away to other stories. Wha…?
Oh, I see. They waited for top of the hour.
Good afternoon/evening 99ts!
Hi vc – now I am in trouble – supposed to be cooking dinner & I’m waiting for the President to speak!
If you do not get dinner done, you can always tell hubby you decided to put the family on a diet,,, or a 1-2 day fast.
Ah – I’m the one who needs the diet – He is not going to buy that one – I’ve told him dinner may be a little late tonight!
‘I’ve told him dinner may be a little late tonight!’
Did he ask why? Does he KNOW why?
He does – he thinks I’m a bit weird – but nice weird
Nice weird, eh? I love that! He’ll enjoy it all the more because you will be extra happy and relaxed.
8:36 The eagle has landed! Air Force One has just touched down at Belfast International Airport …
Hi Dudette – about 6pm in my world – very civil arrival time
Hi 99ts! Nearly 4AM my time. I really intended to stay up. Kinda fell asleep and just woke up.
Work is going to be quite the fresh hell today.
oh dear – I do love being retired – sleep any time!
Watching arrival on BBC World News
“The children don’t oft get to go on these visits – must be exciting for them” – HOW DIFFERENT to the US media approach
Indeed. The brit commenters sure are the very welcome departure from the third rate racist american media.
Commentator sayssss…Let them out of the cold….funny
the commentators sound sooooo delighted……..
Flotus is gonna making the introductory speech at G8 ? Cool.
…and a 16 yr old young lady will introduce FLOTUS (BBC just mentioned)
Yea, just saw that woman say that. The young generation sure do know the value of this man.
I don’t know who this man is on the beep – but he is SO positive about PBO
And the “young people are so excited to see him”
What the h-ll is wrong with the US media – oh gosh – maybe it’s because PBO is “different”
The kids there are all hyped up. Eat that teabaggers and rwnj’s and emoprogs.
Truly sad that most in the US never get told how much the world loves PBO. All they know is how much it costs when the blah guy travels. Truly truly sad.
Funny – no mention of whistleblowers
No mention of whistleblowers, because there is no whistleblower, Edward Snowden is a traitor.
First Family are now aboard Marine One for their short trip to Belfast City Airport— Marc Mallett (@MarcMallett_UTV) June 17, 2013
The Young people are indeed our future…I loved their comments
I just saw the First Family land. Nice.
Waiting for POTUS speech.
UTV has a live blog going here:
Picture gallery to keep an eye on as Northern Ireland trip progresses
how glowing he is in his praise of our President!
@KenReid_utv he just flew over me in #Greenisland !! http://t.co/NhA2Kv6tex— Peter Cole (@weepetecole) June 17, 2013
BBC guy just dinged the dumbya boy.
Ready to welcome @BarackObama Angela Merkel @Fhollande Shinzo Abe @PMharper @Enrico_Letta Vladimir Putin to #G8UK http://t.co/YVojq5Ytpl— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 17, 2013
Hey TOD, I just put up a new post for us early birds since this one is getting crowded. So skidaddle over on there.
Wow…interesting issue…of having a world wide taxes …addressing tax havens
Such a cool commentators unlike the drool and spittle of us media.
it is refreshing to hear it AMK…
June 17, 2013 4:30 AM EDT President Obama Makes a Speech – Belfast, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
June 17, 2013 9:30 AM EDT – President Obama Speaks to the Media – Lough Erne, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
President Obama's Belfast visit & Fermanagh #G8 sending hugely positive message about Northern Ireland across the world this morning.— Vernon Coaker MP (@VernonCoakerNI) June 17, 2013
Check out the Digital Library [free downlaods] at this site for a range of Irish music:
Obama Begins Diplomatic Tour With Address to the Youth of Belfast nyti.ms/11srEUT— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 17, 2013
Obama says world is looking to peace in Northern Ireland as blueprint for global conflicts: apne.ws/11JUmQQ -CC— The Associated Press (@AP) June 17, 2013
Good Morning everyone!!!! Oh what a beautiful day it is already
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