Begosh and Begorrah!

‘Tis the Day and ’tis herself St. Pat boiling up the corned beef and cabbage, wearing of the green and singing the traditional songs.


20 thoughts on “Begosh and Begorrah!”

  1. Dramatic Irishman Liam Neeson implores you not to fall prey to lazy Irish stereotypes when pronouncing famous Irish names like Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson.

  2. From County Kerry, Ireland, my great-great-grandparents Honora Snow and Patrick Shea emigrated to the United States.  Thus I wear a bit of green today.

  3. and in the guardian today a story i could take personally being a pat-d of sorts

    ‘Paddies are changing the world’: exhibition seeks to debunk Irish stereotypes | Ireland | The Guardian

    The quintessential Irish name is famous often for the wrong reasons. There are Paddy jokes, paddy wagons and “thick Paddies” – the latter a generic insult used against anyone from Ireland.
    It seldom matters if an individual’s given name is Patrick, Pádraig, Pádraic or Pat – in the eyes of the world and fellow Irish people, that still makes him Paddy and an embodiment of Irishness.
    A cultural photography project called Paddy Irishman is now challenging the stereotypes with an exhibition of 50 Paddies of various ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and sexualities.
    The installation opened at Pershing Square outside Grand Central Station, New York, this week in the run-up to the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, giving New Yorkers close-up portraits of Paddies who are artists, activists, architects, athletes and astrophysicists.
    There is also a sheep shearer, a composer, a film director, an illustrator, a makeup artist, a schoolboy, an entrepreneur and a jockey. The youngest is Paddy Ischenko, a baby born in Dublin to a Ukrainian mother who named him Patrick to thank her adopted country for providing refuge.
    “There has always been a stereotype that followed Irish males around the world,” said Ross O’Callaghan, a cinematographer who photographed the participants. “My intention was to put together all these stories and tell a real-life story of Paddies. It tells a wonderful story of Ireland, where we are now as a country and where we are going.”

  4. leprechauns aren’t the only ones hoarding pots of gold, here’s David Horsey on

     Bankers can count on GOP to enable their risky business practices  | The Seattle Times

    SVB was operating in a risky sector, focusing on loans to start-ups with high chances of failure. Prudence would suggest the bank’s management team might have wanted to keep more cash around in case too many people tried to retrieve their deposits all at once, but they did not. What they did do, however, was lobby Congress to loosen the regulations imposed in the Obama years after the horrendous banking disaster of 2008. Ten years later, thanks to Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, SVB and other aggressive bankers got their wish and the regulations were relaxed.
    Now, with the sudden failure of SVB and a couple of other banks, we see the predictable result. Will Republicans finally learn a lesson from this? That is highly unlikely. The loudest voices in the GOP are pushing a ludicrous assessment of the situation: SVB failed because it was too “woke.” 

  5. Always think of our ole pal Sean (Lardass Liberal) on this day. Irish to the core he always dragged us to a local Irish pub for some authentic brew.

  6. March 17 (UPI) — President Joe Biden will host Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House Friday for a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meeting that was intended to reaffirm the partnership between the longtime allies.
    The leaders mainly plan to discuss their cooperation to support Ukraine in its war against Russia, as well as a range of pressing global issues ahead of Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland next month to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, according to a statement from the White House.
    The 1998 settlement established peace in neighboring Northern Ireland after several decades of political violence left at least 3,500 people dead.
    The United States played a pivotal role in brokering the ceasefire, with then-President Bill Clinton appointing Senator George Mitchell to lead negotiations between the British and Irish governments, which led to para-military groups laying down their weapons and the establishment of peaceful democracy in Northern Ireland.
    Biden and the 43-year-old Varadkar are also expected to hail last month’s agreement between the British government and the European Union known as the the Windsor Framework, which would help preserve the stability established by the Belfast accords.
    Signed by Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London on Feb. 27, the framework removes a major Brexit stumbling block that has poisoned relations with the European Union and left Northern Ireland effectively without a government for the past 10 months.

  7. My Scotland born father always insisted Patrick was Scottish until kidnapped by Irish pirates.  

    According to Patrick’s autobiographical Confessio, when he was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as aslaveto Ireland.


  8. Glad y’all celebrating something….  I’m celebrating that I have electricity, tv, internet, and phone connections.
    We got a big snow storm Monday night into Tuesday (not as big as the stuff happening in California).  We lost our power early Tuesday morning.  All the weather guys and gals were predicting 14+ inches of snow for our area.  That “+” represented another 20 inches of snow.  So we got almost 3 ft of heavy wet spring snow.  We’ve never seen that much snow this late in the season.  Thank god we have a generator…  so we could at least have lights and could pump water (which means we could flush our toilets).  But our cable, internet, phone, and even our cells phones were out for a few days.
    The good part is that today will be in the 50s… let the melting commence!

  9. RR, glad you’re back up and running on all cylinders.  Sounds like an early start for Mud Season  (the NH season between Winter and Bug Season).
    Well, as far as I know I ain’t Irish, but tonight I’ll raise a glass of Guinness while I watch Kentucky play Providence, and maybe even have a glass of Irish Whiskey if there’s still any hiding in the liquor cabinet, neither of which is what I call a sacrifice since I do really enjoy both.

  10. Well, i’m over a year without a drop o’ the booze, but all these Guinness displays are really testing my commitment… those 4-pack cans are singing me siren songs
    Slava Ukraine 🫡

  11. Pogo – my grandmother, 100% Finn, told me that everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s day.  My grandfather, her husband, was Irish-English, and made sure we wore our green, sometimes a real Shamrock, looked like a weed to me.  Funniest is my ex was raised thinking she was Northern Irish (Orange).  It did not take long to find out she was as Irish (Green) as me, and one of her great-great-uncles was hanged by the English for being involved in the Sinn Fein rebellion.  Erin go Braugh

  12. International court issues war crimes warrant for Putin (

    THE HAGUE (AP) — The International Criminal Court said on Friday it issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine.
    The court said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of (children) and that of unlawful transfer of (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
    It also issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, on similar allegations.
    The move was immediately dismissed by Moscow and welcomed by Ukraine as a major breakthrough. Its practical implications, though, could well be negligible.
    Even if the court has court has indicted world leaders before, it was the first time it issued a warrant against one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
    The court’s president, Piotr Hofmanski, said in a video statement that while the ICC’s judges have issued the warrants, it will be up to the international community to enforce them. The court has no police force of its own to enforce warrants.

  13. Ukranian News:

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called the decision of the International Criminal Court to arrest President Vladimir Putin historic, from which historical responsibility will begin. Zelenskyy said this in his traditional evening video address, Ukrainian News Agency reports.
    “Today we have a significant decision of international justice. In a case that has a real perspective. The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest. A historic decision from which historical responsibility will begin. The head of a terrorist state and another Russian official officially became suspects in a war crime. The deportation of Ukrainian children is the illegal transfer of thousands of our children to the territory of a terrorist state,” he said.
    Zelenskyy noted that more than 16,000 cases of forced deportation of Ukrainian children by occupiers have already been recorded in criminal proceedings investigated by Ukrainian law enforcement officers, but the real number of deportees can be much higher. According to him, so far it has been possible to return just over 300 children, of all those who were taken out by force from Ukraine.
    “It would be impossible to carry out such a criminal operation without the order of the top leader of the terrorist state. Separating children from families, depriving them of any opportunity to contact their relatives, hide children in Russia, distribute them around remote regions – all this is obviously Russian state policy, state decisions and state evil that begins with the first official of this state,” the President said.
    Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to the team of prosecutor Karim Khan and the International Criminal Court for their integrity and readiness to really prosecute those who are guilty.
    He stressed that Ukraine will continue to do everything for the return of every Ukrainian and for the real responsibility of all those responsible for illegal deportation – from the head of the terrorist state to all performers.
    As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court announced the decision to issue a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Commissioner for Children’s Affairs Maria Lvova-Belova. They are suspected of committing the war crime of illegally deporting children from the occupied territory of Ukraine to Russia at least since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.
    Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin explained that the warrant of the International Criminal Court for Putin’s arrest means that he should be arrested outside the Russian Federation by all countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.
    According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, during the full-scale war, Russia deported more than 16,000 Ukrainian children, 308 of them were returned.

  14. ICC judges issue arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes | Vladimir Putin | The Guardian


    The warrants are the first to be issued by the ICC for crimes committed in the Ukraine war, and it is one of the rare occasions when the court has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state, putting Putin in the company of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.


    The warrant for Putin’s arrest was welcomed by Josep Borrell, the EU foreign policy chief, who called it “the start of the process of accountability” and by the UK’s foreign secretary, James Cleverly, who said “those responsible for horrific war crimes in Ukraine must be brought to justice”.

    Reed Brody, a veteran war crimes prosecutor and author of To Catch a Dictator, a book about the pursuit of Chadian leader, Hissène Habré, said the warrant “makes Putin’s world a smaller place”.

    “I don’t think we were expecting to see him travel to France or Ukraine anytime soon, but he’s got to be careful,” Brody said. “Obviously, these are crimes that never go away. They will hang over his head forever and making them go away is very hard. We’ve seen time and again that the wheels of international justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.”

  15. Friday news dump:
    1. Nothing about the minority leader.  Nothing.  I would have expected some tidbit of news to encourage the insurrectionists considering he was orginally supposed to be in rehab for a week or two. It really is looking like a retirement to be soon.
    2. Not much about President Biden for some reason.  Looking back there is not much frothing and foaming about Dems in general.
    3. This might be connected with number 2 above, faux snooze seems to be bubbling rather than boiling over this week. 
    4. There has been a major focus on greedy old perverts attacking Transgender people with legislation.  Hate is not a nice thing.
    5. The guy at CPAC who stated Trans people need to be exterminated has a role in a gay guy porn movie.  The self-loathing is so heavy amongst the gqp guys.

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