Leprechaun Laughs #140 for Wednesday 05/02/12


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 Ok lets settle down shall we before I start cutting the free coffee with decaf! I want to get these remarks over with and get back to my office for a nap. Yesterday was a big day if you’re a legendary Irish creature or keep/honor the old ways. While you know it as May first, we mark it as the Feast of Beltane.

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Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel’ (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Beltane is the last of the three spring fertility festivals, the others being Imbolc and Ostara. Beltane is the second principal Celtic festival (the other being Samhain). Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (spring) equinox and the midsummer (Summer Solstice). Beltane traditionally marked the arrival if summer in ancient times.

Beltane, and its counterpart Samhain, divide the year into its two primary seasons, winter (Dark Part) and summer (Light Part). As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, its counter part, is about honoring Life. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter and able to rule over summer and life once again.

Beltane, like Samhain, is a time of “no time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. No time is when the two worlds intermingle and unite and the magic abounds! It is the time when the Faeries return from their winter respite, carefree and full of faery mischief and faery delight. On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection, many otherworldly occurrences could transpire during this time of “no time”. Traditionally on the Isle of Man, the youngest member of the family gathers primroses on the eve before Beltane and throws the flowers at the door of the home for protection. In Ireland it is believed that food left over from May Eve must not be eaten, but rather buried or left as an offering to the faery instead. Much like the tradition of leaving of whatever is not harvested from the fields on Samhain, food on the time of no time is treated with great care.

When the veils are so thin it is an extremely magical time, it is said that the Queen of the Faeries rides out on her white horse. Roving about on Beltane eve She will try to entice people away to the Faeryland. Legend has it that if you sit beneath a tree on Beltane night, you may see the Faery Queen or hear the sound of Her horse’s bells as She rides through the night. Legend says if you hide your face, She will pass you by but if you look at Her, She may choose you.

Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.

Beltane is the time of the yearly battle between Gwyn ap Nudd and Gwythur ap Greidawl for Creudylad in Welsh mythology. Gwyn ap Nudd the Wild Huntsman of Wales, he is a God of death and the Annwn. Creudylad is the daughter of Lludd (Nudd) of the Silver Hand (son of Beli). She is the most beautiful maiden of the Island of Mighty. A myth of the battle of winter and summer for the magnificent blossoming earth. Beltane marks that the winter’s journey has passed and summer has begun, it is a festival of rapturous gaiety as it joyfully heralds the arrival of summer in her full garb. Beltane, however, is still a precarious time, the crops are still very young and tender, susceptible to frost and blight.

On Beltane eve the Celts would build two large fires, Bel Fires, lit from the nine sacred woods. The Bel Fire is an invocation to Bel (Sun God) to bring His blessings and protection to the tribe. The herds were ritually driven between two needfires (fein cigin), built on a knoll. The herds were driven through to purify, bring luck and protect them as well as to insure their fertility before they were taken to summer grazing lands. An old Gaelic adage: “Eadar da theine Bhealltuinn” – “Between two Beltane fires”.

The Bel fire is a sacred fire with healing and purifying powers. The fires further celebrate the return of life, fruitfulness to the earth and the burning away of winter. The ashes of the Beltane fires were smudged on faces and scattered in the fields. Household fires would be extinguished and re-lit with fresh fire from the Bel Fires.

Celebration includes frolicking throughout the countryside, maypole dancing, leaping over fires to ensure fertility, circling the fire three times (sun-wise) for good luck in the coming year, athletic tournaments feasting, music, drinking, children collecting the May: gathering flowers. children gathering flowers, hobby horses, May birching and folks go a maying”. Flowers, flower wreaths and garlands are typical decorations for this holiday, as well as ribbons and streamers. Flowers are a crucial symbol of Beltane, they signal the victory of Summer over Winter and the blossoming of sensuality in all of nature and the bounty it will bring.

May birching or May boughing, began on Beltane Eve, it is said that young men fastened garland and boughs on the windows and doors of the young maidens upon which their sweet interest laid. Mountain ash leaves and Hawthorne branches meant indicated love whereas thorn meant disdain. This perhaps, is the forerunner of old May Day custom of hanging bouquets hooked on one’s doorknob?

Young men and women wandered into the woods before daybreak of May Day morning with garlands of flowers and/or branches of trees. They would arrive; most rumpled from joyous encounters, in many areas with the maypole for the Beltane celebrations. Pre-Christian society’s thoughts on human sexuality and fertility were not bound up in guilt and sin, but rather joyous in the less restraint expression of human passions. Life was not an exercise but rather a joyful dance, rich in all beauty it can afford.

In ancient Ireland there was a Sacred Tree named Bile, which was the center of the clan, or Tuatha. As the Irish Tree of Life, the Bile Pole, represents the connection between the people and the three worlds of Bith: The Skyworld (heavens), The Middleworld (our world), and The Otherworld. Although no longer the center life, the Bile pole has survived as the Beltane Maypole.

The Maypole is an important element to Beltane festivities, it is a tall pole decorated with long brightly colored ribbons, leaves, flowers and wreaths. Young maidens and lads each hold the end of a ribbon, and dance revolving around the base of the pole, interweaving the ribbons. The circle of dancers should begin, as far out from the pole as the length of ribbon allows, so the ribbons are taut. There should be an even number of boys & girls. Boys should be facing clockwise and girls counterclockwise. They each move in the direction that they are facing, weaving with the next, around to braid the ribbons over-and-under around the pole. Those passing on the inside will have to duck, those passing on the outside raise their ribbons to slide over. As the dances revolve around the pole the ribbons will weave creating a pattern, it is said that the pattern will indicate the abundance of harvest year.

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    News of the Weird

    Face Found On Testicular Tumor Ultrasound

    Ghoulish Face Made Doctors Do Double Take

     

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    People see the strangest things in clouds and burnt toast, but this latest sighting can’t be topped — a face on a testicular tumor.

    Canadian doctors at Queen’s University were shocked when they found the image in an ultrasound from December 2009, the Toronto Star reported.

    “It was very ghoulish, like a man screaming in pain. His mouth was open and it looked like one eye was gouged out,” said Dr. Naji Touma, a professor at Queen’s University Medical School and urologist at Kingston General Hospital.

    The image was sent to the journal Urology and recently published under the tongue-in-cheek headline, “The face of testicular pain: A surprising ultrasound finding.”

    Luckily for the patient — a 45-year-old paraplegic man who complained of discomfort. — the 2-inch growth was a benign tumor, the result of an infection, and doctors removed the testicle with no complications.

    The case was published in a recent issue of the journal Urology under the title, “The Face of Testicular Pain: A Surprising Ultrasound Finding.”

    Touma said it was just the way shadows fell in that particular image that created the “face,” which bears a slight resemblance to Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream.

    Although the patient was told about the image, Touma said he wasn’t overly anxious to have a look and instead focused on his overall health.

    “I think the patient was just relieved it wasn’t cancer, and once I told him (about the face), he wasn’t particularly interested in the details of the ultrasound,” Touma said.

    Now I can’t speak for the rest of you lads but I’ve always harbored a suspicion me McGoogles looked like that immediately after each and every time they suffered accidental forceful contact! I’ve even fancied I could here them boys screaming in pain…just like I was!

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    Megaupload Trial May Never Happen, Judge Says

    A US judge has put a bomb under the Megaupload case by informing the FBI that a trial in the United States may never happen. The cyberlocker was never formally served with the appropriate paperwork by the US authorities, as it is impossible to serve a foreign company with criminal charges.

    kim dotcomThe US Government accuses Kim Dotcom and the rest of the “Mega Conspiracy” of running a criminal operation.

    Charges in the indictment include engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.

    While the prosecution is hoping to have Megaupload tried in the US, breaking news suggests that this may never happen.

    It turns out that the US judge handling the case has serious doubts whether it will ever go to trial due to a procedural error.

    “I frankly don’t know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter,” Judge O’Grady said as reported by the NZ Herald.

    Judge O’Grady informed the FBI that Megaupload was never served with criminal charges, which is a requirement to start the trial. The origin of this problem is not merely a matter of oversight. Megaupload’s lawyer Ira Rothken says that unlike people, companies can’t be served outside US jurisdiction.

    “My understanding as to why they haven’t done that is because they can’t. We don’t believe Megaupload can be served in a criminal matter because it is not located within the jurisdiction of the United States,” Rothken says.

    Megaupload’s lawyer adds that he doesn’t understand why the US authorities weren’t aware of this problem before. As a result Judge O’Grady noted that Megaupload is “kind of hanging out there.”

    If this issue indeed prevents Megaupload from being tried in the US, it would be a blunder of epic proportions. And it is not the first “procedural” mistake either.

    Last month the New Zealand High Court declared the order used to seize Dotcom’s property “null and void” after it was discovered that the police had acted under a court order that should have never been granted.

    The error dates back to January when the police applied for the order granting them permission to seize Dotcom’s property. Rather than applying for an interim restraining order, the Police Commissioner applied for a foreign restraining order instead.

    The exact ramifications of the failure to serve will become apparent in the near future.

    Kim Dotcom Lashes Out Against “Corrupt” US Government

    The US judge handling the Megaupload case noted today that it may never be tried due to a procedural error, a comment that has sparked the anger of Megaupload’s founder. Kim Dotcom is furious with the US Government for destroying his businesses and rendering hundreds of people unemployed. According to Dotcom the case is the result of “corruption on the highest political level, serving the interests of the copyright extremists in Hollywood.”

    While some defendants might respond with relief upon hearing such news, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is only becoming more furious at the people who destroyed his businesses.

    “The US government has terminated Megaupload, Megavideo and 10 other subsidiaries, including a company called N1 Limited that was developing a clothing line,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

    “They destroyed 220 jobs. Millions of legitimate Mega users have no access to their files.”

    If Judge O’Grady is to be believed all this damage could very well have been for nothing because the authorities simply can’t serve foreign companies. This could lead one to wonder whether the whole setup was to simply destroy Mega’s businesses.

    This is certainly a theory Dotcom subscribes to, and it’s not the only dirty trick Megaupload’s founder believes the US Government is playing. The US is structurally denying Megaupload the chance to put up a fair fight.

    “We are refused access to the evidence that clears us, we are refused funds to pay our lawyers, we are refused to pick the lawyers we want to represent us and have any chance for a fair trial,” Dotcom says.

    For Megaupload the worst part is that the damage can’t be undone. The site has been completely destroyed as well as the plans to become a publicly traded company.

    “We have already been served a death sentence without trial and even if we are found ‘not guilty’ which we will, the damage can never be repaired,” Dotcom says.

    And why?

    According to Megaupload’s founder it is quite clear that the Mega investigation was a ‘gift’ to Hollywood, facilitated by corrupt forces.

    “This Mega takedown was possible because of corruption on the highest political level, serving the interests of the copyright extremists in Hollywood,” he says. “Mega has become a re-election pawn.”

    Nevertheless, Dotcom is confident that these forces will eventually be exposed.

    “It is just a matter of time until the truth comes out. We are working on that and we are making good progress,” Dotcom concludes.

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    US: Megaupload’s Hosting Company Might be Sued Next

    At a federal court hearing where several parties hoped to get a clear answer on the fate of Megaupload’s user data, the US Government’s attorney slammed hosting company Carpathia. The US says the hosting provider may be partly responsible for the copyright infringements that occurred through Megaupload and said Carpathia may even become the target of a civil lawsuit.

    Megaupload Worked on a Multi-Billion Dollar IPO

    Before Megaupload was shutdown the company was preparing to go public and enter the US stock market with a multi-billion dollar IPO. While the US authorities were conducting their criminal investigation, Megaupload had discussions with some of the ‘Big Four’ auditors and several of the world’s largest investments banks. The top of the financial world was looking at a huge potential tech IPO with a billion dollar valuation, but these plans ended abruptly in January.

    US Govt. Objects To Megaupload Hiring Top Law Firm

    Last week it was revealed that Megaupload had retained the services of Andrew Schapiro, the lawyer who led YouTube to a summary judgment in its copyright trial against Viacom. But now the US government has filed papers objecting to Schapiro’s law firm working on Megaupload’s defense, citing conflicts of interest involving Google, YouTube, Disney, Fox and other movie, TV show and software companies.

    Initially a law firm called Sidley Austin LLP had been negotiating on Megaupload’s behalf for the return of such assets and funds held in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canada. Funds were indeed released from Hong Kong in February (to pay Mega employees) and from New Zealand in March (to pay for Kim Dotcom’s living expenses).

    At the end of last month, Sidley Austin LLP and Rothken law firm filed a motion in the US to have more funds released to cover Mega’s legal fees. Later Sidley Austin withdrew and a new law firm called Quinn Emanuel Urguhart & Sullivan took their place.

    The addition of the Los Angeles-based company to Megaupload’s legal team was widely considered a great asset for Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants to exploit. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, had previously represented several technology and media companies including Google and YouTube, leading the latter to a summary judgment in its $1 billion lawsuit against Viacom.

    In a new court filing the US government complains that Schapiro’s past record in copyright cases, and that of Quinn Emanuel as a whole, present a series of conflicts of interest. 

    Quinn Emanuel just responded to the objections in quite an entertaining rebuttal.

    Here’s a quote:

    “[I]f the Government is to have its way in this case, the only lawyers before the Court will be those representing the Government. If the Government is to have its way, the only evidence available to the Court would be that cherry-picked by the Government, for the Government, from the universe of relevant servers slated to be wiped. If the Government is to have its way, in sum, Megaupload will never get its day in Court and the case will effectively be over before it has even begun.”

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    It’s NOT the meek who inherit…it’s us Geek who inherit trust me!

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    Stupid Really Is Banner( I almost said Dragon Side but he cries so easily and for so long)

    Stupid Criminal OTW

    DWI suspect slams into mobile DWI testing van

    A suspected drunken driver slammed into the back of Montgomery County’s Blood Alcohol Testing Mobile, or BAT van, about 2 a.m. Sunday, injuring a sheriff’s deputy and damaging other patrol units.

    Montgomery County Police Reporter says in a detailed story on its website that Calli Dretke, 25, of Montgomery, was jailed and charged with intoxicated assault on a peace officer.

    The incident began on Research Drive with a deputy transporting a prisoner in a patrol car. The prisoner attempted to kick out a window and the deputy called for assistance. The BAT unit was the first to arrive, Police Reporter says, then another patrol unit arrived at the scene, with their emergency lights on at the side of the road.

    That’s when, officers say, Dretke slammed into the rear of the BAT Van, and then struck the other patrol cars. One deputy was able to jump on top of his car, Police Reporter says, but another was hit and suffered a broken leg.

    Here’s another case of Epic Level Stupidity-

    OMG- Go Obama

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    And finally a term to describe it:

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

    The true fact of the matter you Deluded Democrats, Liberal Loons & Occupy Obliviots is : 

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    Unless you count the brain rattling – eyeball caging – whiplash inducing smack in the back of the head I personally feel you are all entitled to.

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    You know, if Obama is referring to you Deluded Democrats, Liberal Loons & Occupy Obliviots, he just might be right about that too. As for the rest of us….

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    Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Well we have NO intention of being shamed like that!

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    Are all you Deluded Democrats, Liberal Loons & Occupy Obliviots* getting our message yet? No you STILL don’t understand what we’re saying? Try this then:

    *‘Obliviot’ is a contraction (made up by me) of Oblivious Idiots

     

    and if that STILL is not clear enough then let me get fist on your face blunt about it for you:  http://youtu.be/q_qgVn-Op7Q?t=1m14s  <<-CLICK IT! Or can’t you Deluded Democrats, Liberal Loons & Occupy Obliviots handle being woke up told what time it is and being handed a big steaming cup of STFU COMMIES- This Is The REAL TRUTH?

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    OH HELLS NO YOU CANNOT HAVE ANY IMPISH!

    As for the rest of you…What? Did you REALLY think we modern Leprechauns went to ALL that length to protect literal pots of gold located at the Skittles making rainbows when its much safer and easier to use digital funds now a days? We can always lie, cheat, steal and con dragons out of more money but treasures like this are rare indeed!

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    5 celebs you thought were dead but aren’t

    Enduring stars show that age is only a number

    Author: Doug Frattallone, Staff writer Published On: Jun 15 2011 09:44:00 AM CDT Updated On: Apr 24 2012 01:00:00 AM CDT

    Abe Vigoda in Snickers Super Bowl commercial

    Mark Twain once quipped that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. Abe Vigoda, for one, can relate to that sentiment.

    The former “Barney Miller” star (not to mention “The Godfather”) has shown good humor in turning premature reports of his death into a running gag over the years.

    Take, for instance, the 2010 Snickers ad starring Vigoda and Betty White. In the ad, a hungry pickup football player is portrayed by the former “Golden Girls” actress because he was “playing like Betty White.” The sight of the ageless White being driven to the turf left many a viewer howling in laughter.

    The kicker was at the very end, however, when Vigoda got into the bit.

    During the commercial’s Super Bowl XLIV debut, one refrain was heard in living rooms across America. Say it with us now: “I didn’t know he was still alive!”

    With that phrase in mind, lets take a quick look at five celebrities who, like Vigoda, we simply didn’t realize were still with us.

    Phyllis DillerPhyllis Diller is still alive?

    That may seem unbelievable, especially since Diller seemed to be old and cranky when she was a TV staple in the ’60s and ’70s.

    But that was her schtick, playing the harried housewife with a loser husband, ungrateful kids and always too much laundry to iron.

    But what has she done for us lately?

    How about playing an old flame of Denny’s (William Shatner) in a 2007 episode of “Boston Legal”? They apparently had a romantic moment in a foxhole during World War II. Captain Kirk and Phyllis? Beam me to another planet.

    Diller is also the current voice of Peter Griffin’s mother, Thelma, on “Family Guy.” Thelma is known for chain smoking and gambling, and even had a short June-December relationship with TV anchor Tom Tucker. Sounds like primo voice work, if you can get it. Diller did.

    Phyllis Ada Driver. She was born on July 17, 1917, in Lima, Ohio, and she’s still with us. Right now she’s 94 years old, living in Brentwood, Calif.

    Jack Klugman 2008 file photoJack Klugman is still alive.

    Some of you may know him as Quincy, M.E. (a late-’70s TV series ahead of its time considering all the CSI’s and clones on the airwaves these days), but Mr. Klugman most-famously played the lovable Oscar Madison in the TV sitcom “The Odd Couple.”

    Tony Randall (who is not with us), played his neat-freak foil, Felix Unger. Both were perfect for their parts, made famous in the movies by Jack Lemmon (Felix) and Walter Matthau (Oscar).

    While some may argue Klugman didn’t have the acting chops of Matthau, he did play the convincing slob/sportswriter. When they showed shots of his sandwich-under-the-pillow-laundry-everywhere bedroom, you always wondered how many people said to themselves, “He lives like me.”

    In the ’80s, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer, which left his great voice harsh and raspy. Oscar loved his cigarettes and cigars. Quincy would have told him to quit smoking.

    Jack Klugman. He was born on April 27, 1922, in Philadelphia, and he’s still with us. Right now he’s 89 years old.

    Al Molinaro, Happy DaysAl Molinaro is still with us.

    Who is Al Molinaro? Didn’t you ever watch “Happy Days”? Al owned Arnold’s Drive-In, where Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), Potsie Weber (Anson Williams), Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) and the gang hung out.

    OK, Mr. Molinaro wasn’t the first Al to push milkshakes in the series. Can you guess the first? Tick. Tick. Tick.

    OK, time’s up. It was Pat Morita — Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid” movies — who’s no longer with us. Morita returned to the series after Molinaro bowed out.

    After “Happy Days,” Molinaro teamed up with Williams to open a string of Big Al’s diners. Look close, and you can even spot him in the 1994 “Buddy Holly” video by Weezer.

    He’s now retired from acting, settling down in Glendale, Calif., where he lives today with his wife, Sidney.

    Albert Francis Molinaro. He was born on June 24, 1919, in Kenosha, Wis., making him 92 years old.

    Kirk Douglas and wife Anne Buydens in 2004

    Some believe Kirk Douglas will never die. Yep, the father of popular film actor Michael Douglas, is still with us.

    He of extremely dimpled chin is in his 90s now, and is the current title holder of Oldest Celebrity Blogger!

    You can catch his latest thoughts on his MySpace account. Although wouldn’t it be great if Spartacus tweeted?

    In addition to logging the blogs, Douglas has spent some time on the stage recently. In 2009, he starred in a one-man autobiographical show in Culver City, Calif., a four-performance stint that was turned into a 2010 documentary.

    No word if he was in his gladiator garb, however. But if someone could pull off that look at his age, it would be Kirk Douglas.

    Kirk Douglas (birth name Issur Daneilovitch) was born on Dec. 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, N.Y. He’s 95 years old, and could probably still kick your butt.

    Dawn Wells 2008 file photoDawn Wells charmed the world by playing Mary Ann in the ’60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” whipping up coconut cream pie after coconut cream pie.

    She was Betty to Ginger’s (Tina Louise) Veronica on that show. To this day, grown men ponder who they would rather be stuck with on a desert island for eternity: Mary Ann or Ginger.

    Sure, Ginger had the goods — but Mary Ann wasn’t exactly a warthog, and most important — she could cook! There. Settled that debate.

    Besides, Wells was a real-life beauty queen. In 1960 she was Miss Nevada in the Miss America pageant.

    Of the “Gilligan’s Island” crew, only Wells, Louise and Russell Johnson (The Professor) are still here. Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale (The Skipper), Natalie Schafer (Lovie Howell) and Jim Backus (Mr. Howell) have all sailed to the other side.

    Dawn Elberta Wells. She was born Oct. 18, 1938, in Reno, Nev. That makes her 73 years old, but no matter how old she gets — she’ll always be everyone’s true island girl.

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    That one was for all the guys in the house!

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    Out of fear of retaliation- equal time for the ladies

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    Quote of the day . . .
    “Apparently, I’m supposed to be more outraged by what Mitt Romney does with his money than by what Barack Obama does with mine.”

     

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    “You can call us rednecks if you want-we’re not offended, because we know what we’re all about. We get up and go to work, we get up and go to church, and we get up and go to war when necessary.”  — Jeff Foxworthy

     

    Signs You Might Be a Liberal

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    1. You think Ted Koppel’s Hair is real!

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    2. You like to give to charities – with other people’s money.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    3. You think free love is sheik and still wonder why your third marriage just went down the toilet.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    4. Whenever an intern disappears in Washington, you say it’s all about sex.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    5. Your father wore flowers and your mother wore army boots in the sixties.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    6. You think Al Gore won the election in 2000.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    7. You fondly recall Stalin as “Uncle Joe”.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    8. You think the second amendment is the right to keep and bear a white flag.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    9. Whenever you hear Rush Limbaugh’s name mentioned you foam at the mouth and your knee jerks.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    10. When hooligans throw rocks at police, you call it civil disobedience, when Republicans protest a fixed election you call it a riot.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    11. If you nod your head and genuflect when Ted Kennedy speaks (or belches) then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    12. If you went to prep school, got your bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate; you teach in a university, and still imagine that you know all about the real world, then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    13. If you think evangelical is a dirty word you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    14. If you make sure to invite a lone conservative to your chic (not sheik) party because you want to show people how open-minded you are then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    15. If you think alcoholics are disabled and deserve Social Security (or should be elected to be the senior senator from Massachusetts) then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    16. If you eat granola bars for breakfast, salad greens for lunch, quiche for supper and then wake up hungry in the middle of the night and eat a whole quart of ice cream…and still think you are eating healthy, then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    17. If you think rats, mice and houseflies are people, too, then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    18. If you buried your dead goldfish in the compost bin because you thought it would be good for the environment then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    19. If you think the government can solve your personal problems then you might be a liberal.

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    20. And our favorite: You might be a liberal if your FIVE-YEAR-OLD tells YOU what to do!

    You might be a liberal if . . .

    21. “You might be a liberal if you give money to the homeless man on the corner of the freeway, but you turn up your nose every time you see a boy scout.”

    Look for more signs of potential liberalism next week we’ll be doing this weekly for a while, much to the discomfort and objections of the liberals I’d imagine!

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     Moral Here

    [And I mean aside from don’t let a dragon fetch the mail when he hears the truck pull up]

    Last week I ran a bit of Tech Advice under our Public Service Banner because I was not quite sure how I felt about the service being offered. While I was shying away from personally recommending it I felt that my personal security & privacy views might be coloring  my view of the service. So I put it up, said my piece and told you to judge for yourselves.

    Thursday I got an e-mail from reader Garth, in which  he said in part:

    This is one of them sites Ziinga Customer Auction

    http://www.ziinga.com/au I have lost $300.00 and they still owe me a nokia phone which I paid for as well. There should be a list or a warning about this kind of site. Pure fraud have a gander for yourself.

    Well I did try to have a look see for myself, thing was I didn’t get too far with the looking part. The minute the site came up one of my previously recommended to you security plug ins automatically activated blocking me from this potentially dangerous site and warning me of potential danger.

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    So I wrote back to Garth: 

    Garth Garth Garth <shaking head sadly> Sigh!

    Had you only listened to my earlier Tech Talk advice and installed the ‘Web of Trust’ plug in for your browser you might have avoided all this. The second I followed your link, WoT blocked my access with a warning that the page was untrustworthy asking if I really wanted to continue on.

    In case you’ve reconsidered following my expert advice now you can find Web of Trust here: https://www.mywot.com/

    it covers pretty much all the major browsers, auto detects which browser you are using and installs it self painlessly. It works silently in the back round is unobtrusive and only asserts it self when you go to unsafe sites. Other than that all you ever see are ‘warning lights” next to your search results advising the safety of the pages that have been returned by your search engine of choice.

    Lastly if you have no objection may I use this as a reader’s response pointing to why you ignore my sage words of Tech advice (especially when it comes to internet security) at your own peril?

    Well being sadder & wiser now- to say nothing of $300 poorer, Garth took my advice the second time around to heart. To wit he replied:

    Yes I have put WOT on my computer and YES you may use my letter and thank you for all your help I feel safer now.

    Your certainly welcome Garth. Glad I could be of (unfortunately too late) service & thanks for allowing me to illustrate my point with your unfortunate tale of woe.

    My point is had Garth but listened the first time when I posted the Web of Trust info and heeded my warning that there exist many other nasties on the web besides malware and viruses looking to do you evil and harm he could have saved himself $300 with which he could have bought some Dragon &/or Leprechaun coffee mugs at our store! Now I’m not talking badly of Garth- I’m sure that 95% of the rest of you ignored my advice too!

    I rarely strongly recommend a particular program in Leprechaun Talks Tech. I do not want anything coming back at me if it doesn’t work with what ever other defenses you may or may not have or having someone counting on what I recommend to protect them and thinking they can just abandon safe surfing practices because they downloaded some bit of software, expecting it to absolve them of thinking for themselves. ( <said in a Jeff Foxworthy voice> If that is indeed the case then you might be a liberal)

    I have a professional reputation in the Cyber Security Industry to protect and which I count on to keep a roof over my head and food in the cats’  dishes. So when I DO actually come out and post a program, recommend it and strongly suggest you use it, ignore me at your own peril!

    Oh! One more thing- DO NOT come looking for free help (Garth did NOT do this) to fix your computer afterwards when you get into trouble. You’ll just get me laughing, snorting hot coffee out my nose (I really hate it when that happens) and telling you I told you so.

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    Guaranteed to cure that Semi of hanging on your bumper or that idiot beside you of his road rage. Also good for those bimbettes who put makeup on while driving 45 and weave all over and the little old lady doing 30 in the passing lane giving you the bird.

     

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    NEVER, NEVER, “EVER” Let The Groom Order “The Wedding Cake”

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    Austin police: Man beaten to death with guitar

    Police have made an arrest in Austin’s ninth homicide of the year. Police say a man was beaten to death with a guitar. view full article

    A man in Austin has been arrested, accused of beating his neighbor to death with an electric guitar.

    KVUE-TV reports that Austin police responded to an apartment in southeast Austin Sunday morning and found Maurice Leray Eckert, 64, dead.

    Peter Andrew Levay, 42, is in jail charged in Eckert’s death.

    “The death was believed to be caused by blunt trauma to the head,” said Austin Police Department Detective Brett Bailey.

    Levay’s roommate, Lavern Fisher, told KVUE that police found the victim’s bloody clothes in Levay’s closet along with a wallet in the downstairs apartment.

    Word has it that the alleged assailants new street name is “El Kabong” and that he has taken to referring to his cellmate as “Bubbalouie”.

     

    zombie killer gun Parting shotWell finally (aside from you folks that is) it looks like we might be getting an ally in the state’s rights to protect themselves against illegal immigration and the Federal Do Nothing About Your Problem Because We’re In Charge if Ignoring It Government.  The Supreme Court appears set to rule on the most controversial portion of Arizona’s immigration law- the mediate that Arizona Law Enforcement check the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally. As you can judge from my opening line and tone the ruling is expected to be in Arizona’s favor. The Supreme Court suggested Wednesday it does not agree with the Obama administration’s argument that Arizona exceeded its authority when it made a records check part of a state law aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of the state.

    US Supreme Court Reviews Arizona Immigration Law

    Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012 By The Associated Press

    PHOENIX (AP) — The United States could see an official about-face in the coming months in how it confronts illegal immigration if the Supreme Court follows through on its suggestion that it would let local police enforce the most controversial part of Arizona’s immigration law.

    [I got a good chuckle out the the pony tail saying  he didn’t want local and federal law enforcement co-operating to stop a serious crime. That makes about as much sense Clyde Barrow saying he didn’t want the local cops bringing in the State Police or the Feds when he robbed a bank because it was local money he was taking.  Immigration is like paying taxes? Illegal aliens pay none but use up a disproportional amount of them obtaining the  free “Human Services” that attracted them in the first place! Legal immigrants are required to pay taxes and by & large use fewer of the “Human Services” or at least make tax contributions towards them. Also we DO have a mechanism for checking to see if you paid your Taxes, its called the IRS and if you think they don’t notice the little guy when he doesn’t pay them just try it for a year]

    Over the last several years, states frustrated with America’s porous borders, have rejected the long held notion that Washington is responsible for confronting illegal immigration and have passed a flurry of laws to let local police confront illegal immigration. The Supreme Court is poised in the coming months to let the states know whether they haven’t crossed the line.
    The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to let Arizona enforce the most controversial part of its law, a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally. Such a ruling could codify the type of local enforcement that some local authorities in Arizona have carried out over the last six years and open the door to such enforcement in states with similar laws, such as Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.

    “I think you’ll see more involvement by local police in immigration enforcement, an involvement that hadn’t previously been seen,” Kevin Johnson, law school dean at the University of California-Davis and an expert in immigration law, said of the possibility of Arizona’s law being upheld.

    The most controversial parts of the Arizona law were put on hold by a federal judge shortly before they were to take effect in late July 2010, but the statute has encouraged other states to take up similar legislation and — combined with other state immigration laws and an ailing economy — played a part in 170,000 illegal immigrants leaving Arizona since 2007.

    “If you want to turn around this invasion, then (you should) do attrition through enforcement,” said former state Sen. Russell Pearce, architect of the 2010 law and the driving force behind other Arizona immigration laws, echoing the stated purpose of the 2010 state law.

    Arizona has argued it pays a disproportionate price for illegal immigration because of its 370-mile border with Mexico and its role as the busiest illegal entry point into the country.

    The Obama administration, which challenged the law, said the law conflicts with a more nuanced federal immigration policy that seeks to balance national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, human rights and the rights of law-abiding citizens and immigrants. Civil rights groups that back the administration say Arizona’s and the other states’ measures encourage racial profiling and ethnic stereotyping.

    A decision in the case is expected in late June.

    Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, whose office has helped defend the law, predicted the Supreme Court will uphold the law because many of its provision mirror existing federal laws and that a year from now the state will see even less illegal immigration. “You won’t see anything that noticeable as far as law enforcement goes,” Horne said. “But you will see less people sneaking across the border.”

    The Supreme Court’s comments on the most controversial requirement in Arizona’s law surprised state officials who had supported the law and had thus far lost all major court battles over the law. “I think we’ll win. It’s just how big we win,” Pearce said.

    Immigrant rights advocates, who believed the courts would reject attempts by states to grab more law enforcement power, also were surprised and said a validation of the law by the Supreme Court would frighten immigrants further and cause Latinos who are here legally to be asked about their immigration status.

    “The crisis here in Arizona would only multiply,” said Carlos Garcia, organizer of an immigration march that drew several hundred people in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday. Authorities said at least nine people were arrested for blocking a street and refusing to move. “It would mean that anyone, as they are leaving their home — whether they are going to work, to church, where ever they are going — could be asked for their documents.”

    During arguments Wednesday over the Arizona law, liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of the Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere.

    It was unclear what the court would do with other aspects of the law that have been put on hold by lower federal courts. The other blocked provisions make it a state crime for immigrants not to have immigration registration papers and for illegal immigrants to seek work or hold a job.

    Peter Spiro, a Tempe University law professor who specializes in immigration law, predicted the court would uphold the police check of immigration status in Arizona’s law, but said he wouldn’t be surprised if the court threw out a provision making it a crime to be without immigration documents.

    Such a ruling would let police question people about their immigration status if they have good reason to do so, but police would have to call federal authorities to see if they would want to pick up anyone found to be in the country illegally. If federal agents decline, officers would have to release the people, unless they were suspected of committing crimes, Spiro said.
    If that happened, the law would be mostly symbolic, but would still carry some significance for immigrants, Spiro said.

    “It would make it clear that Arizona is unfriendly to undocumented aliens,” Spiro said.

    It’s NOT just Arizona that should be unfriendly towards “undocumented aliens” OH HELL! Lets call them what they are and stop pussy footing around the issue in a politically correct touchy feely don’t hurt these economy draining criminals feelings with the Obama bullshit coated euphemisms shall we? Obama’s best hope for reelection voter base.

    !cid_82B03C7280AC4758B2F5AEE99DF3E719@D8M6P981

    I MEAN…. (please excuse that outburst- written and graphical of Democrat B.S caused Tourettes) They are ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO HAVE DELIBERATELY AND PREMEDITATEDLY (OFT YOU CAN TOSS IN REPEATEDLY TOO) BROKEN OUR LAWS BY ENTERING THE U.S. ILLEGIALLY AND AT PLACES OTHER THAN PROSCRIBED BORDER CHECK POINTS!

    EVERY STATE should be unfriendly to them! The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT should be unfriendly to them! The laws already on the books should be upheld and enforced! Help from the local level (because the federal government has stated it lacks the manpower to enforce the immigration laws) SHOULD BE WELCOMED WITH OPEN BIG BROTHER ARMS.

    Unless of course you’re a Liberal Socialist in power wanting to get re-elected and knowing the A.C.O.R.N. stunt of 4 years ago isn’t going to work this time around.

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    If you love us, we thank you and would love to hear your comments. If you don’t, well all I can say from the very depths of my soul as you (hopefully) limp painfully away you Socialist Liberal Illegal Alien Muslim lover is:

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    About lethalleprechaun

    I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ashamed of our President and think he is SO clueless and unqualified for the position as well as so much of an international embarrassment to the US as to warrant impeachment. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill I think its unconstitutional as it stands and will be challenged and found so by the Supreme Court. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice.
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