Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's Gay Week

In the lead-up to the world's first referendum ever on gay marriage, we will be focusing all things GAY & IRISH, including, but not limited to Niall O' Dowd, Gerry Adams, Freddo Scappaticci (aka, Stakeknife), Panti Bliss, among others. Hold on for the ride as it should be fun as we watch the Countdown to the signature legislative overreach  of Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Fine Gael's Enda Kenny (aka, Damn Edna of the Fine Girleens)

Domer Death Trilogy

The last week of February, 2015 was one that won't forgotten anytime soon for Notre Dame graduates, followers and fans. Within 48 hours of each other, three individuals passed away (albeit in reverse order),who were the primary players involved in the struggle over the University of Notre Dame's Catholic identity and its' ongoing march toward the secularization of America's most identifiably Irish & Catholic institution. Don Keough, former CEO of Coca-Cola & non Executive Chairman of Allen & Company (investment banker/advisor to the entertainment industry) as well as Chairman Emeritus of Notre Dame's lay Board of Trustees, passed away late Tuesday night, February 24th; the following morning, Dr. Charles E Rice, Professor Emeritus of the ND Law School, Authority on Catholic Natural Law & author of the 2010 book "What Happened to Notre Dame", headed to God's Kingdom to file his first amicus brief in the hereafter, advocating against Keough for his promotion of the gay agenda at Notre Dame. Just before midnight on February 26th, the always over exalted (at the expense of the man, Edmund Patrick Joyce C.S.C., class of 1928, who made it possible for Notre Dame to scale the heights of academia by bring home the "bacon"), Father Theodore Martin Hesburgh, C.S.C joined the scrum up above and became the third man in as they say in hockey. My money in this struggle of the titans of Notre Dame is on Dr. Rice, a former Marine, father of 10 and long-time boxing coach/advisor to the Bengal Bouts, to best the Kraut (Father Ted) from Tipperary Hill in Syracuse, NY and Lord Cornhole of Iowa, a man infamous in the business world for the "New Coke" fiasco, where in the mid 80's  he threw himself and his company off the top of the Coca-Cola HQ Building in Atlanta and wound  re-energizing a tired old brand name (i.e., he landed "in shit" as in the Defenestration of Prague in 1818, when "regime change" resulted in the former leader being tossed out a 4th story window, only to be saved by his landing in a massive pile of horse dung). The above drama will be "played out" in a play I am working on entitled "A  Marine's Final Firefight in the Hereafter, An Irish Death Dance".

Don Keough's death seems a good to publish the following never published op-ed piece I wrote about him, Notre Dame's Irish Studies Program, the GAA and its resident "fruit", Corkman Donal Og Cusack (head of the Gaelic/GayLick Players Association (pun intended) and Hurling at Notre Dame. It never saw the light day in any publication in Ireland, Chicago, South Bend or even, New York, as Notre Dame had chosen that week to announce Don Keough's $30MM gift endowing the Keough School of Global Affairs, housing Jenkins Hall (named after the little Welshman with Cork ancestry on his mother's side). My mother always told me that if it wasn't for shit luck, that I would have no luck.

Here Come the “Fag-thing” Irish

The much acclaimed income-earning arm of Notre Dame ( i.e., football-related activities) got a black eye last month when 80,000 plastic cups ordered for the home football opener arrived with the inscription “Figthing” (sic) Irish. No doubt that Director of Football Game Day Operations, Michael Seamon, has already began to check out housing prices in Portland, Oregon, where those who fall out of favor with the Administration and the Board of Trustees are dispatched as punishment (see Father William E. Beauchamp C.S.C.).  The powers that run Our Lady’s University operate with the same mindset as Director Walz of the Godfather (most famous for awakening in his bed with the head of his champion racehorse Khartoum); to quote Walz on why he withheld a prize movie role from Johnny Fontaine: “Because I was made to look ridiculous, and a man in my position can’t be made to look ridiculous.” Some advice for Mr. Seamon, stock up on raingear and umbrellas and add the Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays” to your i-pod.

This Saturday the University that loves to make money from selling football merchandise on the premise that they are Irish America’s University (much as the Kennedys are proclaimed the ultimate Irish American family by their media mouthpieces, most of whom generally worship on Saturday, not Sunday), is belatedly attempting to actually embrace something that is in fact really Irish and not a substitute like corned beef for bacon (i.e., ham) in the traditional Irish meal bacon and cabbage. A hurling exhibition is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon at Arlotta stadium (where the ND lacrosse team plays). Hurling, for all you HC (Hyannis Compound) Irish as my late immigrant father would say, is the world’s oldest and fastest field game. Its’ origin has been traced back to 4 B.C. and the legendary Celtic Ulster hero Cu Chulainn who slayed  Culann’s ferocious hound by driving a sliotar (a hurling ball) down the dog’s throat, striking it with a mighty blow from his hurl (hurley). Sadly, this hurling “exhibition” is not the real thing, much in the same way that Killian’s Irish Red was not in fact an Irish brew, but a product of the Coors Brewery in Golden Co.  As anyone who has ever had the thrill of watching a hurling match will attest, the real beauty of the sport is watching points (the sliotar passing through the uprights) struck by a player 65-75 yards from the goal while at full speed, attempting to elude a defender intent on slamming them into the ground with a shoulder. The two most memorable points of the new millennium were Diarmuid “The Rock” Sullivan of Cork’s 100 yard strike (after he sent an opponent flying out of his path with a shoulder) against Limerick in 2001 and Galway’s Joe Canning’s incredible drop-step spin move three years ago, when he turned to his weaker left side and struck a 65 yard score after an opponent stepped up to block his attempted strike from the right side. What will be on display at Notre Dame next Saturday is little more than a glorified skills competition where the players will attempt to score goals only (much as the home run hitting contest at the All Star game each July is not a baseball game).  This bastardized form of hurling is called the Super 11’s, as opposed to a regulation hurling match which features 15 players and is played on a field much longer and wider than that of  Arlotta Stadium. This exhibition, though, is very much a metaphor for the Keogh-Naughton Institute for Anglo (sic) - Irish Studies at Notre Dame, where Cumann Luthcleas Gael (i.e., Gaelic Athletic Association, the NCAA of the Irish sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rounders) is not a part of the curriculum of study. In 2009, an Irish Independent article on the 125th anniversary of the GAA’s founding, November 1st at the Hayes Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, stated that “Ireland today as it is would be unimaginable without the GAA.” It was through the London Hibernians GAA club that a 17 year old Michael Collins came into contact with Sam Maguire, who 3 years later swore him into the Irish Republican Brotherhood. The rest as they say is history,  though not at Keogh Naughton Institute I must add. Let me present Don Keough and Martin Naughton (the space heater King of the British Isles) with the first pair of honorary Union Jack kneepads for their service to the Crown; should they, in fact, ever be knighted like Sir Anthony O‘ Reilly (founder of the American Ireland Fund with former US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney) the lads will be psychologically comfortable with prostrating themselves before the Queen.

A colleague of mine and a Notre Dame graduate, Alumni Club President and Alumni Club Award winner and a 10 year alumni club board member, spent a large portion of his hard-earned goodwill with retired Alumni President Chuck Lennon in a futile 7 year effort to get the GAA included in both the curriculum at Keough-Naughton and the Athletic Department’s club sports program. This Domer saw Notre Dame as being the incubator for the development of Gaelic sports at the University level in the USA, in his belief that Notre Dame was both the leader in Catholic higher education (that it likes to claim, at least internally) and a school that embraced its’ Irish heritage and legacy. It turned out, in fact, they were neither.

Even more tragic to me (and I am sure to other traditional Irish American Catholic and fellow Domers) is the realization as to why Notre Dame had finally seen fit to have this“hurling” exhibition on Saturday afternoon prior to the USC football game, or to paraphrase the Keough Institute annual seminar promoting the Irish (i.e. Gaelic) language: WHY NOW? The reason is that it dovetails neatly with the secular agenda increasingly advanced by the purportedly Catholic University with the “Lady atop the Golden Dome”, a trend first noted by Class of ’52 alum Bill Dempsey, founder of the Sycamore Trust (sycamore and explored in great detail in Dr. Charles E Rice’s 2009 book “What Happened to Notre Dame “?  Hurling has finally been allowed to “come out of the closet at Notre Dame” because  The Super 11’s hurling match is being staged under the auspices of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA). The Chairman of the GPA is Donal Og Cusack, who although being a 3 time All Ireland winning goalie for Cork in hurling, is best known throughout the Anglosphere for his 2009 biography, “Come What May” where came out of the closet, albeit for the third time for folks in Munster who had simply ignored his two previous announcements regarding his sexual orientation. A first cousin, who is well known in North Kerry for his “close encounters of a physical kind” with Paul Galvin (the Peck’s bad boy of GAA) remarked that if Cusack writes another book he may have to resort to describing his indiscretions with sheep, as opposed to his dangerous liaisons with fellow randy lads involving anonymous, unprotected sex as described by Cusack in his biography, should he seek to garner attention for his next tome. Cusack’s fellow Corkmen were nonplussed by the revelation of his sexual orientation because, like Cusack’s father, they were more distressed by the lack of distance on his puck outs (HC Irish note: A puck out is akin to a soccer goalie’s kick out). Cusack’s father’s epic quote, upon being informed by his son that he was gay, was this: “Jaysus, Donal, didn’t I have enough to apologize for with your short puck outs?” In 2011, the GPA launched its’ US marketing arm by honoring Don Keough for his “contributions to Gaelic sport”, I kid you not! My aforementioned Domer colleague, who had been stonewalled in his efforts to promote Gaelic sport by those at the Keough-Naughton  Institute put it best: “Honoring Don Keough for his contribution to promoting Gaelic heritage would be like honoring Cromwell for his efforts on behalf of climate change by eliminating the carbon footprint of some 30,000 folks in Keough’s ancestral county of Wexford.” One couldn’t make this stuff up if one tried; to paraphrase Samuel Beckett: it has entered the Theatre of the Abturd (sic).

For those on the Notre Dame campus this Saturday who might wish to offer to offer a little blowback (to use the CIA term) to Don Keough (now Chairman of Allen & Co, the investment banking firm to Hollywood and the entertainment industry) and the University ostensibly named in honor of our Lord’s mother, and their continued promotion of the gay agenda at Notre Dame (what was once the last bastion against the secularization of Catholic higher education), let me suggest a chant of protest once offered by Tipperary supporters to Mr. Cusack and lifted from his biography:

He’s queer, he’s bent;

His arse is up for rent!

On a final note, the most surprising thing with regard to the chant above is that most GAA folks would found it surprising that anyone in Tipperary (where the legendary Babs Keating would qualify as a deep thinker!) would think of something so clever. I have little doubt that a Tipperary man who knew his shortcomings and those of his fellow county men and women chose to outsource their heavy mental lifting to Ireland’s golden literary triangle (Listowel, Ballylongford, Lisselton), home to such noted wits and satirists as John B. Keane and, the equally witty but not as widely known, Leslie Robert “Bob” Boland. For the record, I must ask Indo (Irish Independent) Saturday’s resident humorist Billy Keane (son of John B for you HC Irish) this question: Was that your work, Billy Boy?

O Dowd Fluffs Adams Again

Da Niall & Literary Fellatio
Niall O Dowd, in his periscope column in today's Irish Voice, has taken his peculiar brand of literary fellatio to a higher level. In an effort to "do" for Adams in print what he does during their "up close and personal moments", he has produced a puff piece that MSN BJ'S Rachel Maddow would be ashamed to put her name to.
Later on today, we will be exploring the relationship between O Dowd, Adams and MI 5 employee AND Oglala Eireann super grass Freddie "Stakeknife" Scappaticci and how it impacted the tragic disappearance of widowed, mother of 10, Jean McConnville, a story highlighted on 60 minutes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

it's GAY week at the west's awake!

It's GAY week here all week in the run-up to the gay marriage referendum on Friday, MAY 22nd, so if it's GAY and IRISH, you will ready about it right here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Next stop SAOIRSE!

I am back to stay after a 3 and 1/2 year hiatus. Join us as we journey together down the road to SAOIRSE (freedom) in a united, prosperous sovereign republic of EIRE.

BACK on the road to IRISH freedom!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Defining Deviancy Downwards: The Beat Rolls On!

An 83 year old woman in Orange County, CA (where else) has elected to get breast implants to "keep up with the kids". A widow of 10 years (13 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids), she is still working as a property manager and "wanted her children to be proud of what she looks like"; clearly, this must be a family of great substance and depth of character. Then again, having been forced to watch a few episodes of "Housewives of Orange County" with a female acquaintance, I can't say that "not-so-great"granny's decision comes as a surprise, given her place of residence.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cats on the prowl! Kilkenny books slot in All Ireland Hurling Final Sept 4th

Kilkenny set up a potential rubber match with defending All Ireland hurling champions Tipperary today with a 2-19 (25) to 1-16 (19) victory over Waterford today at Croke Park before a crowd of 31,634. Richie Hogan's 2 goals bookended the first half scoring the Cats, who led 2-10 to 1-7 at the break. Though Waterford rallied late in the second half behind the inspirational play of veteran John Mullane, it was not enough to prevent the "black and amber" from reaching the finals for a sixth consecutive year. A third consecutive Tipp-Kilkenny final match-up looks all but certain as their semi-final opponent, Dublin are prohibitive underdogs due to the loss of 4 key players to injury, beginning with their Leinster final loss to Kilkenny.
In the Minor hurling semi-final match-up between Clare and Galway, the Tribesman from Connaught got a tying goal off a scramble in the large square as the last minute of regular time wound down to force an extra session. Galway pulled away in the second session of extra time to a 1-23 (26) to 1-18 (21) victory over the Banner to secure a place in the Minor final. Throw-in for the Minor final on the first Sunday of September is at 1:30pm (8:30am EDT) when Galway will take on the winner of next Sunday's second Minor semi-final between Dublin and Waterford.

Friday, August 5, 2011

US Debt Downgraded by S&P for First Time Ever from AAA to AA+

Having worked in the financial services biz for 23 years, let me explain this in no uncertain terms: Markets are apolitical, or post-partisan, to use Obama supporters favorite description of him. The Congress and the President may pull the wool over those Americans whose knowledge of markets and economic issues is at best perfunctory, but the market (specifically the bond market, which is 30 times the size of the stock market ) cannot be duped. Like the old Chiffon (margarine) commercial, the market is like Mother Nature, it can't be fooled. God help us all if we don't fix our structural deficit problem quickly. Read more about the consequences of a world with the US as a reduced economic power in Mark Steyn's new book, "After America", available in bookstores on Monday, August 8th.