Archive for June, 2011


Dig this, you traditionalists: Same sex Marriage arrives in NY… Same-Sex Marriage Comes to New York, for Now June 24, 2011 11:59 P.M. By William C. Duncan   One of the facts about tonight’s debate over same-sex marriage that will be neglected in the adulatory coverage is the really extraordinary process that brought this innovation to the […]



Speechworld vs. Realworld The widening gulf between Obama’s rhetoric and reality The Democrats seem to have given up on budgets. Hey, who can blame them? They’ve got a ballpark figure: Let’s raise $2 trillion in revenue every year, and then spend $4 trillion. That seems to work pretty well, so why get hung up on […]



JUNE 25, 2011 7:00 A.M. Marc Steyn writes…. Speechworld vs. Realworld The widening gulf between Obama’s rhetoric and reality The Democrats seem to have given up on budgets. Hey, who can blame them? They’ve got a ballpark figure: Let’s raise $2 trillion in revenue every year, and then spend $4 trillion. That seems to work […]


relatives…

24Jun11

I grew up with few relatives. I have 2 sisters, both younger than I. No brothers. I had 2 grandparents (deceased) (mother’s side). My father had brothers and a sister but as a family they did not cohere and intermix with me or my sisters (geography, among other things enforced his separation,  alas. But the […]



The Spire is an uninspiring “sculpture” commissioned by the Dublin City Council to “celebrate” the Millenium which commenced a few years back, you will recall. The word priapism comes to my mind whenever I am on O’Connell Street.  The sculpture is  quite ugly and says absolutely nothing about Dublin  but says an awful lot about […]



As you might guess, James Joyce is a big name here in Dublin. His novel Ulysses revolutionised the novel. Thursday is Bloomsday here – the fictional day in Ulysses when Leopold Bloom does his famous walk around Dublin, 16 June, 1914. The novel is based on Homer’s OdysseyDuring that walk Bloom runs into Stephen Dedalus […]