Irish phrases I like.

I was walking down to church on a bright sunny morning when I hear in a loud clear Irish voice, “GLORY BE TO GOD IT’S A BEAUUUTIFUL DAY’. I wish I could accent the syllables correctly in print as nothing sounded as glorious as hearing this woman pronounce the glory of this particular day. It made me feel good, it made me appreciate the beautifulness of this day, it made me jealous of her spirit which she couldn’t contain, just pure joy. I often remember this solitary woman’s outburst when I need a little inspiration, she still makes me smile. I thought it would be fun to list some Irish phrases, some need explaining and others….well let’s see how it goes.

Irish phrase

More Irish phrases

“Your man”- I use to run a flower shop back in the day and I still remember Kevin Doherty tell his comrades that “if your in a jam he’s your man for flowers”. Which was a good recommendation. Sometimes it can mean your friend, though the friend may or may not be your friend-“Ah I saw your man down at the mill.”

“He’s a kip”. or “This room is a kip”- Means its a total disaster or in complete disarray, I remember I ask a jewelry rep friend of mine about another retailer I had met and he said “oh he’s a real kip” doesn’t have a clue”.

“you are some man for one man”- Meaning we appreciate your effort or help,

Irish phrase

“Slagging” good natured ribbing of one’s friends and or a way to see if someone can take a joke. Sometimes humorous, sometimes demeaning, sometimes offensive, but always done with a purpose. I think an American version is give and take, those that can take a joke would really like a bit of Slagging, most times slagging is a badge of honor or a pat on the back. Read more about Slagging

Anybody have an Irish phrase or two they’d like to add? please leave a comment,

Cheers.

 

 

September 11 2015, a rudderless ship.

I sit here today thinking of the overlooked heroes and victims of September 11.

I sit here today on as crisp and beautiful a day as that day in 2001 that was forever soiled by islamic terrorists, captured by the cult of jihad. September 11 never forget, always remember. Sometimes it’s good to put a name to the event or a face to a name, or to at least read the list of names of everyday people who’s crime it was to be in America in the World trade Center on Septerber 11 2001.

List of Names of victims of September 11 2001

This list took me 15 minutes to read. I must confess I scanned more than I read, the names trying to roll into one long mass of names, each however special to their own friends and family. Each having a story, each loved, each missed, each murdered, by the proclaimers of peace.

This Resident of the Boston area, your humble author of this humble blog remembers a famous name from the list of Victims, Ace Bailey.

Ace Bailey. September 11 2015

Garnet Edward “Ace” Bailey- passenger on Flight 175 United Airlines, Former Boston Bruins Hockey Player, Former Pro Scout, always known as a generous nice guy, off the ice of course. I can remember  watching Ace play with abandonment on the ice and in retirement was known as ” the nicest guy in the world” – Rest in Peace.

 

 

To those that sympathize with the terrorists, thinking that America deserved it, that in Reverend Wrights word’s “America’s chickens have come home to roost” (You do remember Reverend Wright don’t you? ) Here’s a list of victims of the September attacks of Muslim background-

Muslim Victims of 9/11

Here’s a list of people from foreign countries killed by the purveyors of peace.

United Kingdom 67 2001
Japan 23 2001
Colombia 17 2001
Jamaica 16 2001
Philippines 15 2001
Mexico 15 2001
Germany 6 2001
Peru 5 2001
Canada 5 2001
Australia 4 2001
Italy 4 2001
Portugal 3 2001
Ecuador 3 2001
Lebanon 3 2001
Brazil 3 2001
Guyana 3 2001
China 2 2001
Israel 2 2001
Haiti 2 2001
Democratic Republic of the Congo 2 2001
Ghana 2 2001
Bermuda 1 2001
Cote d’Ivoire 1 2001
Ireland 1 2001
Nigeria 1 2001
Sweden 1 2001
Russia 1 2001
Honduras 1 2001
Uzbekistan 1 2001
Taiwan 1 2001
El Salvador 1 2001
Venezuela 1 2001
Belgium 1 2001
Lithuania 1 2001
Moldova 1 2001
Ukraine 1 2001
France 1 2001
Dominican Republic 1 2001
India 1 2001
Indonesia 1 2001

Today as we approach September 11 2015 we expect something to happen. The rudderless ship captained by a member of Reverend Wright’s Church seems sure to find itself on some reef or outcropping. Today we wait to hear if the current resident of the white house is going to attack the enemy of Syrian President Assad, the ISIS rebels. Yes the ISIS rebels who have beheaded two American Journalists very publicly. Yes  the ISIS rebels he wanted to arm and help overthrow the Assad regime just one year ago. Yes the same head of state that abandoned The US Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi. Yes the same “leader” of the free world who left Ty woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith behind to die in Benghazi, it is a very tangled web.

Each day however is a new day. Today I voted in my States primaries. I dropped my daughter off to school, and look forward to a visit from my older children tonight for dinner. In my heart I know that “We The People” can and will overcome. We have been given a roadmap contained in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. It is time to start following the rules and demand Congress to follow the law.  The lessons of 911 are still fresh in my memory, never be docile again.

In conclusion I’ll end with a famous quote from a father who just wanted to see his kids a little sooner,

We remember Todd Beamer, 

“Are you guys ready?, Let’s Roll.”

Rest in Peace.

 

 

Irish music for fun.

Though I love Irish traditional music there are times when I need a less ancient form of Irish music for fun. I use to call this modern music but my kids would call them golden oldies, but I needed a pick me up so here goes.

As my friend Richie Schoal would say Elvis is King, can’t really argue with him, and yes I know Elvis is a Brit, but of Irish descent of course.

For those of you who wish their Irish music straight from the shores of old Erin I’ll go back to another classic Irish band and one of my favorite less known songs.

Especially like this live version, Really can’t beat Philip Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame.

What do you get when you combine the greatest Irish traditional group with the most prolific Irish singer of modern times, you get the heartbeat of Ireland.

If you ever need to just kick back and lose yourself in the music well Van Morrison is your man and combine him the Chieftains and life just gets better.

From the kings of Irish music to Irish music for us working stiffs, A nice little ditty from the Boomtown Rats.

And we’ll end this little break form the world, this mulligan for mental health, this lemonade and easy chair respite from reality with a nice Irish pop band.

Hope you had a bit of fun remembering and listening to some of the music Ireland is responsible for. There are plenty more bands and songs that could have been added to this collection, and in the end you have to choose what gets you in the mood.

Well maybe one more, a little more on the rocker side of the spectrum but perfect for that last summer day on the beach.

Cheers.

 

 

 

Ireland fall travel.

A funny thing happens when the Fleadh ends and the competitors return home on a pricey flight from Dublin or Shannon to the States, the airfares start to fall. Ireland fall travel may be the best time to visit Ireland, as September rolls in the $1100 flights change to $650, and as you approach October you’re seeing flights in the high $300’s.

fly to Ireland fall season

But what do you get for your Irish fall getaway? Well, all the best of Ireland, without as big a crowd, easier to find a place to lay your head, and as stated up top a little less expensive. You won’t have the long days of summer, where the daylight lasts long into the night, but still relatively good length of day. And the weather in September? As unpredictable as the weather in March, May, July, or August. The Iconic Irish tourist venues like The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen head, The Book of Kells, all will be easier to see and appreciate with less of your fellow visitors crowding the experience. I literally was the only person in Trinity one afternoon as I perused the Book of Kells exhibit and found my way to Brian Boru’s harp, centuries of history lay in front of me, a bit humbling.

Ireland fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like to golf, we’ll compare the prices of The famous Ballybunion old course in the high season vs. the mid season

Ireland fall in Kerry

High Season (1st May – 4th October)

The Old Course Cashen Course Both Courses
€ 180 € 65 € 200 *

Mid Season (22nd-30th April & 6th-31st October)

The Old Course Cashen Course Both Courses
€ 95 € 55 € 110 *

– See more at: http://www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie/visitors/

And my guess would be it would be less crowded.

Of course there are differences,                                                                                       the endless days of summer with daylight extended far into the evening are over, but daylight still exists in Ireland in September and October, plenty of time to get in a round or two, just remember to dress appropriately and plan for unexpected weather shifts.

Ireland fall daylight charts.

Date Sun Twilight
Civil Nautical Astronomical
Sunrise Sunset Solar Noon Day Length Begin End Begin End Begin End
Wednesday, October 1 7:27 AM 7:01 PM 1:14 PM 11h 34m 14s 6:52 AM 7:36 PM 6:12 AM 8:16 PM 5:30 AM 8:58 PM
Thursday, October 2 7:29 AM 6:59 PM 1:14 PM 11h 30m 4s 6:54 AM 7:33 PM 6:14 AM 8:14 PM 5:32 AM 8:55 PM
Friday, October 3 7:31 AM 6:56 PM 1:13 PM 11h 25m 53s 6:56 AM 7:31 PM 6:16 AM 8:11 PM 5:34 AM 8:53 PM
Saturday, October 4 7:32 AM 6:54 PM 1:13 PM 11h 21m 42s 6:58 AM 7:29 PM 6:17 AM 8:09 PM 5:36 AM 8:50 PM
Sunday, October 5 7:34 AM 6:52 PM 1:13 PM 11h 17m 32s 6:59 AM 7:26 PM 6:19 AM 8:07 PM 5:38 AM 8:48 PM
Monday, October 6 7:36 AM 6:49 PM 1:13 PM 11h 13m 22s 7:01 AM 7:24 PM 6:21 AM 8:04 PM 5:40 AM 8:45 PM
Tuesday, October 7 7:38 AM 6:47 PM 1:12 PM 11h 9m 12s 7:03 AM 7:22 PM 6:23 AM 8:02 PM 5:42 AM 8:43 PM
Wednesday, October 8 7:39 AM 6:45 PM 1:12 PM 11h 5m 3s 7:05 AM 7:19 PM 6:25 AM 7:59 PM 5:44 AM 8:40 PM
Thursday, October 9 7:41 AM 6:42 PM 1:12 PM 11h 0m 53s 7:07 AM 7:17 PM 6:26 AM 7:57 PM 5:46 AM 8:38 PM
Friday, October 10 7:43 AM 6:40 PM 1:11 PM 10h 56m 44s 7:08 AM 7:15 PM 6:28 AM 7:55 PM 5:47 AM 8:36 PM
Saturday, October 11 7:45 AM 6:37 PM 1:11 PM 10h 52m 35s 7:10 AM 7:12 PM 6:30 AM 7:53 PM 5:49 AM 8:33 PM
Sunday, October 12 7:47 AM 6:35 PM 1:11 PM 10h 48m 27s 7:12 AM 7:10 PM 6:32 AM 7:50 PM 5:51 AM 8:31 PM
Monday, October 13 7:49 AM 6:33 PM 1:11 PM 10h 44m 20s 7:14 AM 7:08 PM 6:33 AM 7:48 PM 5:53 AM 8:29 PM
Tuesday, October 14 7:50 AM 6:31 PM 1:10 PM 10h 40m 12s 7:15 AM 7:06 PM 6:35 AM 7:46 PM 5:55 AM 8:26 PM
Wednesday, October 15 7:52 AM 6:28 PM 1:10 PM 10h 36m 5s 7:17 AM 7:03 PM 6:37 AM 7:44 PM 5:56 AM 8:24 PM
Thursday, October 16 7:54 AM 6:26 PM 1:10 PM 10h 31m 58s 7:19 AM 7:01 PM 6:39 AM 7:41 PM 5:58 AM 8:22 PM
Friday, October 17 7:56 AM 6:24 PM 1:10 PM 10h 27m 52s 7:21 AM 6:59 PM 6:40 AM 7:39 PM 6:00 AM 8:20 PM
Saturday, October 18 7:58 AM 6:22 PM 1:10 PM 10h 23m 47s 7:22 AM 6:57 PM 6:42 AM 7:37 PM 6:02 AM 8:18 PM
Sunday, October 19 8:00 AM 6:19 PM 1:09 PM 10h 19m 43s 7:24 AM 6:55 PM 6:44 AM 7:35 PM 6:04 AM 8:15 PM
Monday, October 20 8:01 AM 6:17 PM 1:09 PM 10h 15m 38s 7:26 AM 6:53 PM 6:46 AM 7:33 PM 6:05 AM 8:13 PM
Tuesday, October 21 8:03 AM 6:15 PM 1:09 PM 10h 11m 35s 7:28 AM 6:50 PM 6:47 AM 7:31 PM 6:07 AM 8:11 PM
Wednesday, October 22 8:05 AM 6:13 PM 1:09 PM 10h 7m 33s 7:30 AM 6:48 PM 6:49 AM 7:29 PM 6:09 AM 8:09 PM
Thursday, October 23 8:07 AM 6:11 PM 1:09 PM 10h 3m 31s 7:31 AM 6:46 PM 6:51 AM 7:27 PM 6:11 AM 8:07 PM
Friday, October 24 8:09 AM 6:08 PM 1:09 PM 9h 59m 31s 7:33 AM 6:44 PM 6:52 AM 7:25 PM 6:12 AM 8:05 PM
Saturday, October 25 8:11 AM 6:06 PM 1:09 PM 9h 55m 31s 7:35 AM 6:42 PM 6:54 AM 7:23 PM 6:14 AM 8:03 PM
Sunday, October 26 7:13 AM 5:04 PM 12:08 PM 9h 51m 22s 6:37 AM 5:40 PM 5:56 AM 6:21 PM 5:16 AM 7:01 PM
Monday, October 27 7:15 AM 5:02 PM 12:08 PM 9h 47m 24s 6:39 AM 5:38 PM 5:58 AM 6:19 PM 5:17 AM 6:59 PM
Tuesday, October 28 7:17 AM 5:00 PM 12:08 PM 9h 43m 28s 6:40 AM 5:36 PM 5:59 AM 6:17 PM 5:19 AM 6:58 PM
Wednesday, October 29 7:18 AM 4:58 PM 12:08 PM 9h 39m 33s 6:42 AM 5:34 PM 6:01 AM 6:15 PM 5:21 AM 6:56 PM
Thursday, October 30 7:20 AM 4:56 PM 12:08 PM 9h 35m 39s 6:44 AM 5:33 PM 6:03 AM 6:14 PM 5:23 AM 6:54 PM
Friday, October 31 7:22 AM 4:54 PM 12:08 PM 9h 31m 47s 6:46 AM 5:31 PM 6:05 AM 6:12 PM 5:24 AM 6:52 PM

 

Brendan Moriarty, stories from the Fleadh.

Brendan Moriarty Tullamore Fleadh

Streets of Tullamore

The Last post about this years Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo made me nostalgic of the Fleadhs I’ve been lucky enough to attend. There are plenty of mighty stories that come from thousands upon thousands of people gathering for a festival but today’s bit of remembering is of a simple man from Kerry, Brendan Moriarty and his love of Traditional Irish music.

I want to say it was the 2007 Fleadh Cheoil in Tullamore Ireland that we had to scramble to find a place to lay our heads, the B&B’s were filled up when my daughter got the word she qualified and got the word that we could scrape together the funds to go, just her and Pop this trip and barely enough for that. Two days before the flight left Boston we managed to find a phone number of a family who was renting rooms of their house on the outskirts of Tullamore, one phone call, one yes we have a room, one yes we’ll take it, one “no credit cards, just pays us when you get here”, No deposits, no call back number, no checkin time, I love Ireland. And as it would turn out it was a lovely house in the country with one heck of a good breakfast daily.

Brendan

soda bread and kerry butter, mmm.

Now as we would gather around a table that seated 11 or 12 people, one of these was a quiet person, Brendan Moriarty. Seemed Brendan was some sort of a Contractor or ran construction crews but he didn’t talk much of business (though the Man of this house tried his best to get him to). And to the dismay of the man of this house Brendan and I became friendly. Seemed that Mr. Moriarty had a love of reels and jigs and hornpipes and airs, much better to talk about than square meters or acreage or hotel projects. The real draw though was getting to talk music with a participant of the Fleadh, “What instruments are you playing, what division are you in?, Ahh flute and whistle and slow airs”. You would have thought it was Christmas morning listening to him talk music. Now Brendan knew much more than I about the ins and outs of Irish traditional music, but he also loved the fact that a youngster would travel across the Atlantic to play this music they both loved. Every morning would have a bit of Irish music discussion always polite, always quietly asked or answered and always concerned that we were enjoying our stay at the Fleadh. Sometimes  after dinner and before we headed out to the pubs to play in the myriad of different sessions there would be a tune or two played in the Parlor for Brendan, he truly appreciated the tunes.

Brendan

A tin whistle is easier to put in your back pocket than a harp

On the day of competition the players played their jig or reel or air to the judge or adjudicator, they are held with little fanfare in classrooms of schools or offices, one player at a time, one song at a time, a small audience can listen but each instrument and division and singers and whistlers and such are adjudicated at the same time. So who do we see in the audience but Brendan Moriarty wanting to hear his young friend play and lend a little support along the way. He said he happened to see the tin whistle for her division on his way to another competition and thought it would be nice to hear hers, and a lovely tune she played.

Now some seven years later, in amongst the funny stories, the rollicking stories, the late nights, the early mornings, it’s the simple conversations of a quiet man about good traditional Irish music that stands out in my memory of the Fleadh Cheoil. I hope the years have been good to Brendan and I doubt he’ll ever know how much his love of music rubbed off on us all.

Cheers,

2014 Sligo Fleadh, make plans for next year.

Fleadh 2015Where does the time go? The 2014 Fleadh in Sligo is upon us, the Fleadh Cheoil is the place to be for Irish trad, Irish folk, Irish singers, Irish whistlers, Irish lilters, Irish storytellers, Irish characters, and Irish music lovers from around the world. As I checked the Fleadh Cheoil website I had to copy this bit:

“The Fleadh means many things to different people. The first half of the week is taken up by Scoil Éigse. Classes are held for people of all ages and abilities in traditional Irish music. Walking and historical tours are held for visitors along with films, seminars, street performances and markets.  The evening is usually spent crammed into a nice cosy little pub for a hearty sing-along, a seisiún and a ‘quiet’ drink!”

A hearty sing along in a cosy pub indeed, the Fleadh is that and so much more, the music grows as the competition day nears, street festivals, Buskers, old timers, and remarkable youngsters. What will this years Fleadh reveal? No one knows, but it might be time to make plans to attend, not this year alas, but next. The nice thing about the All Ireland Fleadhs are they are held for 2 to 3 years in the same venue. Next year the Feadh Cheoil All Ireland Fleadh will again be held in  Sligo.

Use this time to review this years Fleadh, research the best places to stay, download a map of the grounds, look for feedback from Fleadh goers and book early for next year.

So here’s some research material and make plans for the 2015 Fleadh,

Cheers.

 

 

 

Fake Irish Pubs

fake irish accent

real pub galway

I long to go back across the Atlantic and have a pint in an old pub in a small town and relax, maybe have a chat, maybe not, maybe hear some local news, maybe not, maybe even a bit of music or maybe not. But what I can be assured to not hear is a fake Irish accent singing an Irish folk song with a smugness reserved for the opera. Such was my time spent this Saturday last.

Now I have no disdain for a touristy spot throwing the crowds some Boston Irish songs, complete with Charlie on the MTA, Southie is my hometown, or Sweet Caroline. Hey I love the old American Irish songs of Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor, a little toora loora or Irish eyes are smiling or Wild Irish rose, just makes me happy.

It’s funny, and a little hard to explain, but I guess fake Irish singers are kinda like pornography according to Judge Potter, except you know it when you hear it as opposed to see it. Heck there are plenty of times a song is learned from a cd or other listening device and a little local flavor creeps into your rendition. There are times when a phrase just won’t sound right with a Boston “r” (or lack of it) instead of it’s Irish counterpart. I guess it’s when that sickly sweet, listen to me being authentic as I shove this fake Irish accent down your throat, Fake Irish singer tries to convince me he’s Paddy Reilly or Luke Kelly that it starts to make my guinness curdle, or bud, or coors, or cola, or water for that matter.

In the end I guess it comes down to passion. I would forever take a song from a bad singer singing a song they truly love, than a better voice using a song and a genre to sing songs full of condescension and superiority (thank you spell check). Oh and yea it kinda ruined my night. So here’s to looking forward to some good heartfelt music be it Irish or otherwise, to brighten spirits and celebrate the second half of summer.

Cheers,

Irish songs that make the summer great.

Irish songs in MaineJust back from what seemed like the travels of Ulysses, down to the Cape back to Boston, up to Maine back to Boston, then back to Maine, and all the time the siren songs of Irish Music beckoned me. Though I heard fine ballads from Celtic Clan in Maine and a good time was had by all with their typical Dublin wit keeping the crowd involved, the best times were had around the fire as the night’s conversations were highlighted with a tune or two. There is nothing that cheers a lover of Irish music more than when a fellow Irish music lover emerges from the  crowd, when they sing  the first words to “The town I loved so well” and are buoyed by a fellow voice joining in. My wife always is amused when the brother or sisterhood of Irish songs let her rip, and how much fun we get out of it.

So this brings on the question What are the Irish songs that make your summer Great?

(Now this list should be different than what your favorite summer song is FREEBIRD anyone?)

Here goes,

  1. Irish Rover, just like the upbeat tempo and the join in if you can chorus.
  2. Mairi’s Wedding, Though a Scottish song it was made famous by Van Morrison and is a favorite of many an Irish singer.
  3. Come out you Black and Tans, What’s the summer without a good old rebel tune.
  4. Lighten up, Seamus Moore, the man’s a genius, and a funny bastard to boot.
  5. Any Irish songs you know the words to and have the courage to sing.

Ok  a little bit Moore,

maybe when the night gets longer and the fire is lower some favorite ballads make their way into the summer rotation.

So my five top Irish  ballads to sing around the fire.

  1. The Auld Triangle, I like the original version for singing, the classic Luke Kelly version really only sounds right being sung with a true Irish voice, something about the slang that sounds wrong when sung with any other accent.
  2. The Bold Fenian Men, We may have good songs but we’ll never have better.
  3. The Water is Wide, An easy and pleasant song to sing, and a nice chorus for joining in.
  4. Song for Ireland, Written by an Englishman and inspired by the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, a modern classic
  5. The Parting Glass, Perfect song for the end of the night or the end of a post I’ll leave you with my favorite version and hope your summer is going well and filled with music, good times, and singing of Irish songs.

Cheers.

 

 

Irish music, a Maine lake, and a proper pint

A while back I traveled to the Black Bear Pub in Naples Maine to discover Guinness being poured into a 16 ounce mini pint glass. I still wake up in a cold sweat from the horror of it all. I am pleased to report that I stopped into this venue recently to see if things have changed or remained the same, and weren’t they serving a proper pint in the new fashionable redone Guinness Imperial Pint Glass, and some good Irish music to boot.

Guinness and Irish music

I tell you the Universe felt in balance again, it’s the simple things that make life good, and a good pint of Guinness, after a day at a fine Maine Lake, Listening to a good version of “The Fields of Athenry” is as good as it gets.

To continue the summer ramblings, we found ourselves invited to a friends family camping outing down on the Cape. It was a fine time and I discovered I have a long lost twin. At least that is what my wife believes as she didn’t think there was another person on the planet with an affinity for Irish ballads, old TV shows, and off handed remarks. It was nice to hear some Irish tunes around the campfire and trade stories from excursions to Ireland. Although a few of the stories were about how the pubs were taken aback by them at first, these were very independent women, The stories started out like this; “We walked into the pub with one bartender and one older man at the bar and ordered a pint. The bartender says “You must be American because here the men drink pints and the women usually order a glass of Guinness” “Well that’s not us” she says. Well this girl is funny and gregarious so I think they cut her some slack, but it was all I could do not to mention some good old pub etiquette techniques, but the damage was done and the stories were funny, and the camp fire was warm, and the company was good.

I found a new Irish Cream to brighten any campfire or dinner party for that matter, Coole Swan Irish Cream liqueur. This Irish Cream is new to my corner of the world but has been around for a bit, It isn’t as sweet as others, has a nice silky feel, and a hint of whisky on the back end, it didn’t last long, and was a hit around the fire.

Coole swan and irish music

Daughter number one is heading to the Catskills for the annual gathering of Irish musicians. Seems there will be lots of music being played, lots of music being learned, lots of music being shared, but not much sleeping being done. I’m jealous.

Daughter number two is preparing for a talent show up at the lake, we’ve had a country music extravaganza going on in preparation. It’s getting that I know as many country tunes as I do Irish, Taylor, Miranda, Katie, Blake, Travis, there’s just a buzzing around this house. I’m a lucky father with the trad tunes and country songs there’s always music happening around the house.

Hope your summer is filled with adventures,

Cheers.

 

4th of July 2014

 

 

4th of July, History repeats itself.

4th of July

Across the colonies,  the “Sons of Liberty” formed to resist the new taxation. Colonial leaders appealed to Parliament stating that as they had no representation in Parliament, the taxes were  unconstitutional and against their rights as Englishmen.

The crown anxious to pay for war debts against the French in defending the Americas seemed intent on taxing the colonies, tempers came to a head with the tea tax of 1773

Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty fed up with the tyranny of the crown struck a blow for freedom and carried out the now famous Boston Tea Party.

Though celebrated by the colonials, the Boston Tea Party quickly unified Parliament against the colonies. Angered by a direct affront to royal authority.

 

“Angered by a direct affront to royal authority” Hmm that reminds me of a more recent time and a more recent occupant of the seat of power.

If you listen to the current leader of the American territories you will hear him speak about the new tea party, it seems he is angered by their affront to royal authority. What is his answer to the system of checks and balances and the powers granted to the congress as we near our nations birth? Executive orders- dictated to the subjects-no approval from your representatives in Congress-King George would be proud.

Our forefathers went to war with the worlds superpower over a sales tax, can you imagine what they would have done if they were alive for the current transgressions? Let’s see

  1. The spying on American citizens with the NSA.
  2. The dream act
  3. fast and furious
  4. IRS targets American citizens not politically aligned with himself.
  5. Sues Arizona over border enforcement
  6. Pays to Import Illegal children to US then uses executive orders to stop them, wants to send troops to Texas and Arizona.
  7. Force private citizens to purchase government health care.
  8. Abandon American citizens in Benghazi, would not look good right before the election.
  9. Oh yea It’s a video, least that is what they told the parents of the dead when their caskets were delivered home. Despicable.
  10. Making recess appointments, Ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme court.
  11. Supplying Al Queda rebels in Syria.
  12. Was against Gay marriage before he was for it.
  13. Makes public school kids eat food they won’t eat.

The list could go on and on.

If you question him you are a zealot, a whacko, a threat, need to be watched, need to be audited, need to be silenced. Sounds a lot like King George, maybe history will repeat itself, maybe these tea party people maligned by their commander and chief will fight tyranny like their fore fathers, maybe Sam Adam’s memory can add some support. On July 4th 1776 a free people emerged to take on the military superpower of their time, and Declared their Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to advance from that subordination in which they have hitherto remained, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the equal and independent station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s god entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the change

We hold these truths to be [sacred and undeniable] selfevident, that all men are created equal and independent; that from that equal creation they derive in rights inherent and inalienables, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes: and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, begun at a distinguished period, and pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to [subject] reduce them to arbitrary power, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –

 

So this fourth of July maybe we can remember our roots founded in the law, written in the U.S. Constitution, Perhaps We the People will muster the courage to speak up to power and fight tyranny. In the famous words of Patrick Henry: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Happy 4th of July, Happy Independence day, Independence it’s a nice concept,

Cheers.