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Going Green

May 1, 2007


  The Election Campaign is in full-swing this week as posters are being fixed to every lampost possible of the candidates, a few ugly ones, I might add!

  Now, I’ve never been politically minded and will quite openly admit that I’ve only ever voted in my teens when I was ‘taken’ to the Polling Station by a Senior Lecturer to ‘do my bit’ for  Britain. Well, now I’m much older and a little wiser and I think I know who I’ll be voting for this year, in fact, I’m positive.

 The Green Party is my choice. I’m doing this not just for myself, but for the future of my children…

The Green Party will:

  • Ensure that a greater number of community dieticians are brought into the primary care system;
  • Launch a public health awareness campaign on childhood nutrition, emphasising parental involvement;
  • Introduce legislation that prohibits the advertising, marketing and promotion of ‘junk’ foods to children under 12 years of age; place a tax on junk food as proposed by the Irish Heart Foundation and use the revenue to give schoolchildren free fruit; investigate how to extend nutrition and ingredient information labelling to fast food, take-away and delicatessen food; and ban the display of visual advertisements for junk food in schools and the distribution of free samples of junk food on school property;
  • Require schools to assess the ‘eating environment’ within their own schools and to formulate action plans for developing healthy eating patterns. Schools should ban all junk food and provide a hot nutritious lunch daily.

And so, after perusing the policies and promises of other parties, I think the Green Party can benefit my children much more than any other party. Their plans for a better Ireland seem more possible, with a little help from us!

Friday Funny

March 22, 2007

George W. Bush’s Intelligence Quiz

   While visiting England, George W. Bush is invited to tea with the Queen. He asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to surround herself with intelligent people. He asks how she knows if they’re intelligent. “I do so by asking them the right questions,” says the Queen. “Allow me to demonstrate.”

She phones Tony Blair and says, “Mr. Prime Minister. Please answer this question: Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?”

Tony Blair responds, “It’s me, ma’am.”

“Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir,” says the Queen. She hangs up and says, “Did you get that, Mr. Bush?”

“Yes ma’am. Thanks a lot. I’ll definitely be using that!”

Upon returning to Washington, he decides he’d better put the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the test. He summons Jesse Helms to the White House and says, “Senator Helms, I wonder if you can answer a question for me.”

“Why, of course, sir. What’s on your mind?”

“Uh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”

Helms hems and haws and finally asks, “Can I think about it and get back to you?” Bush agrees, and Helms leaves. He immediately calls a meeting of other senior senators, and they puzzle over the question for several hours, but nobody can come up with an answer. Finally, in desperation, Helms calls Colin Powell at the State Department and explains his problem.

“Now look here Colin Powell, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother, or your sister. Who is it?” Powell answers immediately, “It’s me, of course, you dumb ass.”

Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House and exclaims, “I know the answer, sir! I know who it is! It’s Colin Powell!” And Bush replies in disgust, “Wrong, you dumb ass, It’s Tony Blair!”


August 20, 2006

 To Kill an American

  You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.       


  So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is, so they would know when they found one.

  “An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan.

 An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.
   An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, Buddhist, or Muslim.
   In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
   An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
   An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.
   An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.
   When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!
   As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of everything…the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.
   The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America.
   Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It’s been told that the World Trade Centre victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

   So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.”


August 19, 2006

Enter here he who dares!


July 12, 2006


 Today, tens of thousands of Orangemen and supporters are set to attend Northern Ireland’s Twelfth of July parades.

 The largest demonstration of the day will be in Belfast and there will be 17 main venues across six counties.

 The Independent Orange Order demonstration will be in Portrush in County Antrim.

 Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams said:

 “I would once again appeal to people over the coming days, in spite of provocation and in spite of the continued insistence of the Orange Order to march in areas where they are clearly not welcome, to remain calm”


July 1, 2006

 I have just spent 24 hours in an Irish hospital with my son. I thought the British National Health was in a mess! I entered Tallaght Hospital in Dublin at 3.30pm on Thursday, made my way down to Childrens A&E and was horrified to see the rows of patients on trolleys. One or two looked a little ‘high’…….

 I dont know who was more embarrassed, me or the sea of patients.

 I didn’t have to wait long at all for D to be seen and the staff were, on the whole, very good. After checking his bloods and urine which were clear, a chest x-ray showed an infection so we were admitted overnight for observation. Luckily, I am covered with private health insurance, so we had our own little room with T.V.  D was monitored every 3 hours for his temperature which had been very high when we arrived.

   The point here is that when we were discharged yesterday, the same people were on the trolleys and more.;

MARY Mary Harney


June 28, 2006

Brian Meehan

Yesterday, Brian Meehan began his appeal against his conviction for the murder of Veronica Guerin.

I dont watch many films, but this one was brilliant.


June 26, 2006

Father Joe Mallin


 I am, by marriage, related to Michael Mallin. He, of the Easter Rising fame.

 He was my husbands great-grand-uncle. Michael Mallins son, Father Joe Mallin visited the family home recently. He was home from Hong Kong where he has preached for the past 50 years. Father Mallin visits Dublin whenever there is a commemoration of the Rising.

The Presidents only fan!

June 25, 2006

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates,  he saw a huge wall of clocks.

He asked,

“What are all those clocks?”

St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth get’s a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.”

“I see,” said the man,

“So whose clock is that?”

“That’s George Washington’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie.”

“Incredible,” said the man. “And whose clock is that one?”

St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life.”

“Where’s President Bush’s clock?” asked the man.

“Bush’s clock is in Jesus’ office. He’s using it as a fan.”