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Saturday, March 17, 2007

St. Patrick's Day: Burlington to Dublin!

Leahy_sirport *With some amazing Donald Trump stuff added Saturday night!

I know a certain U.S. senator from Vermont who has a little extra spring in his step on St. Patrick's Day and it ain't Bernie Sanders!

Not sure what Sen. Patrick Leahy's doing for St. Patrick's Day. Haven't seen a public schedule for Vermont's senior senator, but ABC News is promoting the fact he'll be one of their headliners Sunday morning for "This Week with George Whatshisname":

"As pressure mounts for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign over his handling of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., squares off with Republican committee member, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tx., one of the President's strongest allies in the Senate. Will Gonzales' acknowledgment that "mistakes were made" be enough to save his job?"

Folks, the Bush Empire is crumbling. The power of the subpoena. God bless America!

*You've got to listen to what Donald Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the War in Iraq, who's responsible and what has to be done - sooner, rather than later. A straight-talking billionaire capitalist. So refreshing. Takes six minutes. Here's a taste:

TRUMP: [The War in Iraq] is one of the great catastrophes of all time and perhaps even worse, the rest of the world hates us. You go throughout Europe, I travel, I do deals all over the world. The Europeans hate us. You go to Germany. You go to England, you go to places that, you know, we didn't have problems with. They all hate the Americans because of what's happened.

"We had a chance after September 11th to be the most -- for the first time ever, to be the most popular nation on earth. And we blew it. Everybody, for the first time people felt sympathy. I'm not saying it's a great thing to have sympathy in terms of yourself, but for the first time they felt a sympathy and love for this country because of what happened. And we blew it...

"This war is a horrible thing. Now, President Bush says he's religious. And yet 400,000 people, the way I count it, have died, and probably millions have been badly maimed and injured. What's going on?  What's going on?"

March_17 In Burlington, Vermont, St. Patrick's Day 2007 is starting quietly. Very quietly. This was the scene out front of the hacienda about 8 o'clock. I'd guess we got 10 inches overnight in the big city. Merry Christmas to you, too! This global-warming stuff is wild isn't it?

And yes, the cancer dude did the shoveling. Felt good. Sure, my eye catches the stories about the 50-year-olds who experience fatal heart attacks while shoveling snow.

When it's your time, it's your time, says the fatalist voice within.

Irish_jaunting_2 Meanwhile, in honor of the day, get yourself really into the spirit of things Irish by watching Irish television live online. RTE which stands for Radio Telefis Eireann has been the best media/news site I've known on the Internet since signing on, what, 10 years ago?

They're broadcasting the Dublin parade live online! Full of high-school marching bands from the United States.

Do yourself a favor and check 'em out.

All their newscasts are online.

See the Ireland that American tourists miss: crooked, easily bribed politicians, major drug busts from heroin to hash, robberies, rapes and murders, and illegal immigration into Ireland. All the side-effects of economic prosperity, eh?

Definitely not  the Emerald Isle, Land of Saints and Scholars that the Lakes of Killarney "jaunting car" set wants to hear about.

Reality - what a concept?


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