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March 16, 2007

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mario mandingo

I don't get the nazi thing.

Andrew Cusack

I'm of the opinion that one should wear blue on St. Patrick's Day, as it is the traditional national color of Ireland (for reasons entirely unknown for me, other than the national coat of arms being blue).

That said, I am wearing my green cords today.

Mrs. Peperium

Mr. P is 1/2 German.

mario mandingo

Mrs. P your youtube things inspired me now to play music from my 1987 college days - celtic inspired rock - electrified bagpipes and all!
www.bigcountry.co.uk/
www.thealarm.com/
Pretty good for a American Cuban boy huh?

mario mandingo

Oh now I get it.

I went to an all boys Catholic high school Queens NY - one St. Pats day I made the really big mistake - out of ignorance and wore a burnt orange sweater...not good...

Mrs. Peperium

Andrew, the nazi descendent is wearing his green cords today too. Don't faint Basil. He's not at the office, he's at a studio recording something for someone.

Mandingo, per music ; not bad, not bad.
per orange sweater; now you understand what I am talking about...

Mrs. Peperium

Mandingo, when I was a teeny bopper, I loved these guys :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtcFeOoJ8II&mode=related&search=

My friends and I would laugh at their pants...

This group is more proof of the Highlander = Psychopath theory...

mario mandingo

Speaking of things Irish...
La Bella Iseult
http://www.illusionsgallery.com/Tristram-Isolde-L.jpg

by Waterhouse

Old Dominion Tory

Nursing ancient grudges and prejudices? Egging on their descendants to harbor the same? "Wire-brushing" people for the sake of wire-brushing people? My, Mrs. P, your grandmothers sound positively, well, Irish.

Mrs. Peperium

They both were. Though both of them took that secret to their graves.

Mrs. Peperium

Truthfully, they weren't pure Irish. Just a smallish bit of them was. One was a Highlander from the Keith clan and the other a Highlander from the Armstrong clan plus my grandfather Angus who descended from the Highlander trapped in NYC during the Revolutionary War who was from the big clan and, well, its devloved into just a mess of psychopaths. But since all the men have been considered very good looking for the last odd 100 years or so, they've gotten away with murder. Just look back in Robert the Bruce's history to understand what I'm talking about...

Old Dominion Tory

Say, Mrs. P., if your ancestors were in the Canadian Maritimes then they might have rubbed up against my Acadian ancestors as well as Irish Elk's (he has a splendid Acadian pedigree, to include a premier of Prince Edward Island). Fleur-de-lys are all the rage at Chateau Tory!

Old Dominion Tory

A Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Peperiums! Slainte!

Mrs. Peperium

Knowing them, they probably did more than rub...

MCNS

Mrs P, here is a piece you will appreciate, on how House Speaker John McCormack of South Boston reinvented his past.

http://www.apsanet.org/~lss/Newsletter/jan00/nelson.html

Everyone believed the campaign biography he circulated that said his parents were immigrant Irish, but in truth, his estranged father was a Scot from the Maritimes.

"Did John McCormack have 'the right stuff' for the political gatekeepers of Irish Boston? The answer is simple: No. His father was not born in Ireland but was a Canadian from the Maritimes. To South Boston, this made him a 'two-boater' or 'herring choker.' Furthermore, Joe McCormack may have even been a Scot. Heaven forbid.

"Concealment was essential."

Political scientist Garrison Nelson suggests McCormack's own unacknowledged heritage might have fed a bond with Speaker Sam Rayburn and other influential Southern congressmen that paved the way for McCormack himself to become Speaker.

"In his time in Washington, John McCormack became a surprising favorite of the Democratic congressmen from the Scots-Irish stronghold of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

"There was something about John McCormack which Rayburn and his fellow Scots-Irishmen liked, but John McCormack could not tell them what it was they liked for if it had been learned in South Boston that John McCormack was more Scotch-Irish and Canadian than immigrant Irish then his career in the House would have come to an abrupt and painful end.

"So John McCormack concealed his true ethnic identity. His reinvented Irish identity helped him hold his South Boston seat and his genuine Scotch-Irish behavioral style gained him friends and legislative allies in a chamber dominated by these men of the mountains of the Southeast. Both of his identities paid political dividends."

It's an interesting story. Have you any McCormacks among your fiery Scot ancestors?

Mrs. Peperium

This is fascinating. And true. I'll have more to say as it percolates in my brain. It might amuse you to know I started my career at Boston's biggest ad firm which was Irish Catholic -being into Boston politics and a BC fan, you should know which one that is. The hierarchy there automactically assumed, and openly referred to me, as their "lace curtain Irish". I never felt the need to clear up their error as they were so delighted to have me around and gave me invites to the best Irish parties with all the pols. And I've always enjoyed being around Irish men and the older all the better as their tempers were a bit cooled from the younger ones...

You know there really is an Irish mob....

As for my McCormack connection, it would not surprise me but I will be able to report more on that later this summer as I am to be given the family bibles because no one else has any interest...

What I think some might find more fascinating is that Catholicism some how got picked up in their times in the Maritmes. My grandfather Angus (who was excommunicated from the Church in the '20s'-which means he was really bad) had a brother who was a Monsignor in the Archdiocese of Boston. I was only told this after after I returned home to the Catholic Church...

I attribute a large portion of that man's prayers for how my life has turned out...

MCNS

Mrs P, I look forward to your next essay on tribalism in New England and the Maritimes. Meantime, here's a piece you'll appreciate on the latest Beacon Hill ethical scandal involving Boston's Old Boyo Network, a certain well-connected ad firm, and the writing of jokes for St Patrick's Day.

MCNS

Mrs P, I look forward to your next essay on tribalism in New England and the Maritimes. Meantime, here's a piece you'll appreciate on the latest Beacon Hill ethical scandal involving Boston's Old Boyo Network, a certain well-connected ad firm, and the writing of jokes for St Patrick's Day.

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=188577

MCNS

Sorry for the double post! The second has the link...

Mrs. Peperium

Oh, one of my old tasks... though I was never allowed to write the invitation to the Kennedy family annual clambake because they thought I might say the wrong thing....


I once designed the logo for a state treasurer's campaign (a.k.a Mr. Lottery) and the beer bottle label for an Presidential Inaugural Ball - which I was going to attend wearing red -except the guy lost... The beer was a locally made beer associated with those Sons of Liberty thugs Basil loathes....

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