My mom made corn beef and cabbage on Sunday. I’m quite Irish, it would have been just as easy that I would have had an Irish surname. Ya know, cept for that my patriarchal great grandfather was a Swede from Sweden. He must have been a Swede with an actual personality, what with being able to intermarry into the German-Irish. Maybe not though, the Swedes are more handsome than most, maybe that’s what did the trick. Anyway, Flaherty and O’Meara are some Irish surnames in my lineage, and there are others. http://www.vox.com/2015/3/17/8227175/st-patricks-irish-immigrant-history I do believe they left because of the potato famine, though I know not much about them. One thing I think is a curiosity, or at least counter intuitive to trope, is that I don’t have an Ellis Island story in my ancestry. Or whatever Ellis Island was before there was Ellis Island, my peeps skipped New York City altogether, never lived in an east coast Irish slum so far as I know. Came in through Quebec City and spread south into the Midwest. They have been in MN/WI a long time, I think since about statehood in 1858. Know what’s a great name for a town built by Irish people?… Green Isle, MN.
Related: http://www.salon.com/2015/03/15/the_democratic_party_is_facing_a_catholic_apocalypse/. It would seem to be that way, though my Irish Catholic St. Paul relatives are hanging in there for the Democrats.
Very strange, if you disregard the part where Beck is a nut. I’m taking Norquist’s side.http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/03/16/nra_investigates_grover_norquist_as_glenn_beck_says_he_is_a_muslim_brotherhood.html If true, what’s supposed to be the upshot? That Norquist undermines the NRA in some way? I doubt it.
http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2015/03/bakk-puts-foot-down-on-soccer-stadium/ http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2015/03/soccer_stadium_could_be_a_not-so_free_kick_for_taxpayers.php Mr. Knowitall speculates: I would think a guy could build a soccer stadium of the quality of the St. Paul ballpark for $60 million. And then get the actual soccer team for somewhat less than $40 million, total investment less than $100 million. What do you want to make on that, 5-6% annually on the initial investment going forward? Doable, it would seem, so that’s a viable business. I know these guys never like to take actual cash out of pocket, but McGuire could probably get liquid to the tune of $100 mil and do it himself…
Not exactly a Sister Souljah moment, but he was a bit curt http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/Vice-founder-Shane-Smith-Interviews-President-Barack-Obama-marijuana/387964/ And he does not address other parts of the left this way. And its, ya figure, because the urban prosecutorial bar is a more important constituency.