We start our celebration with a depiction of Ireland’s Coat of Arms, on which is Ireland’s national symbol, Boru’s Harp, named for Ireland’s national hero Brian Boru (941-1016), which resides at Trinity College in Dublin and is on the label of every bottle of Guinness.
Take some time today to read about Brian Boru in TTP’s nutshell history of Ireland, Beyond the Pale (August 2006). It will give you a special appreciation of the heroism of the Irish people.
And take a moment to enjoy Ronald Reagan’s Favorite Irish Joke in the TTP Humor File today.
Oh, yes, many TTPers with Irish ancestry or wish they had have asked me if I would take them on a exploration of the coolest places in Ireland. How about sometime this summer? Let me know – email@example.com.
OK – time for a pint of Guinness as we delve into the week. Here we go…
I lived in Hawaii once for three years. Growing up in Southern California, I had never experienced racism before. Thus it was shock to me to be hated for the color of my skin. Really hated for being a haole (how-lee).
That was in 1971. Barack Obama was ten years old attending Punahou School in Honolulu, where he was born and raised. Other than the 2½ years he spent in Indonesia, he lived his formative years (until he was 18 and left for college) within and a part of the Hawaiian culture of haole-hatred.
As did Derrick Kahala Watson – born in Honolulu, went to Kamehameha School for ethnic Hawaiians, graduated from Harvard Law School in the same class (1991) as his friend Barack Obama. In 2012 he made local headlines: Native Hawaiian Selection Made for Federal Judge.
On Monday (3/14), Obama – who appointed his law school friend to that federal judgeship – was in Honolulu. On Wednesday (3/15), that friend, Derrick Kahala, issued the most outrageously lawless, unconstitutional ruling in the history of the federal judiciary. Did Obama ask Kahala to do this? Ask the NSA guys who tape their calls.
In any regard, Kahala seized his opportunity to act on the haole-hatred he grew up with by targeting America’s Chief Haole with his ruling. For as you’ve by now guessed, haole means someone with white skin.
Which brings us to Iowa Congressman Steve King and his now-infamous tweet (see above) on Saturday (3/11) that “prompted outrage” by libtards everywhere.
The president’s tweets shifted the focus from “Are Trump and Sessions in bed with the Russians?” to “Did Obama spy on Trump?
When the attorney general flipped the special prosecutor meme on Democrats, we got an indication of how profound the shift has been:
Congress now will investigate Russian meddling in our election, AND surveillance of Mr. Trump.
Since there isn’t evidence Russian meddling affected the outcome of the election, or that the Trump campaign collaborated with the Russkies, the president can only benefit from having Congress spell that out.
Is all this because the President got lucky after a reckless tweet? Let’s ask famed polar explorer Roald Amundsen.
The revelation making the rounds again about Obama, how he sneaked through $221 million to his Palestinian terrorist friends during the last hours of his presidency, makes it elaborately clear that he was always in it for himself and for his pals.
For eight years Israel was betrayed and America was duped by a charmer.
There are movies about such men -- Tony Curtis in “The Great Impostor,” or Matt Damon in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” -- about men skilled in the art of deception. Through guile, a ready smile, a quick tongue, they charm their way up the ladder from one bamboozled household to the next.
Their papers are never in order, but they manage. They manage to reach the top. Both Curtis (whose film was based on a true story) and Damon did not know a thing about medicine or airplanes but they managed to run hospitals and to fake it as pilots. They got caught. But before that they had everybody fooled.
Sound familiar? Surely not to Progressives who wanted to be fooled or didn’t really care. So long as Obama was their choice he could do no wrong.
But to the rest of America, and the world, the damage bitterly lives on.
On three separate occasions since 2013, the US Federal Reserve sent shock waves through the global financial system when it tried to tighten monetary policy, and each time it was forced into partial retreat to halt the mayhem.
Over recent months the Federal Open Market Committee has been careful to take the global pulse before acting. It now hopes the coast is clear. Yesterday's (3/15) quarter point rise in the federal funds rate to 1% has been so loudly signaled in advance that investors have already adjusted.
Emerging markets seem better prepared, so far able to shrug it off. China has restored confidence in its exchange rate regime. Capital flight appears to be under control. Europe's shift towards bond tapering reduces the risk of a rocketing dollar. "We're not overly worried about downside shocks," said Janet Yellen, the Fed chairman.
Yet nobody really knows whether the world can handle a total of six rate rises over the course of 2017 and 2018 as sketched in the Fed's 'dot plots' scenario.
The recent (3/03) attack on a BBC television crew in Hunan province, China, reveals once again the Communist Party of China’s brazen thuggery and out-of-control bullying.
To physically attack a major foreign media crew, smashing their equipment, and then to force them to sign a confession is the most public example of what has been apparent for several years: Xi Jinping’s regime behaves more like gangsters than government.
Yet just as the assault on the BBC helps highlight China’s aggressively repressive behavior toward anyone, Chinese or foreigner, deemed to dissent or threaten the regime’s interests, it is only the tip of the iceberg.
If government-backed thugs can behave that way toward the international media, imagine how much worse it is for Chinese people?
Since he became president, Xi has presided over a dramatic deterioration in human rights over the past four years:
Nations have always had an interest in who rules the nations they deal with — both opponents and friends — and that they often try to influence the outcomes should come as no surprise.
Mr. Putin had a clear-cut Russian national interest in discouraging oil and gas fracking in the United States and elsewhere. The Russian economy and budget are highly dependent on foreign oil and gas sales — and high oil prices. Increases in the world supply of oil and gas depress the prices of these commodities.
So it is completely rational for the Russians to do whatever they can to discourage production by others, including the U.S. If you follow the money they spent to do this, where do you think it leads to?
An Irishman was walking along Inchydoney Beach in County Cork – Ireland’s most beautiful and not far from my ancestral village of Ballyporeen – when he came upon an old encrusted bottle washed up on the shore.
He picked it up, brushed off the sand, saw it was still stoppered and wondered what was inside. He carefully broke it open at the neck on a beach rock, and to his great surprise out popped a Leprechaun, an Irish genie.
“Two wishes?” the Irishman asked incredulously. “Anything I want?”
“Anything – you just name it and it’s yours,” came the answer.
The Irishman couldn’t believe his luck. He thought for a moment, then said, “Firstly, what I’ll be wantin’ is a glass of the best Irish ale – but a very special glass!” he added quickly – that no matter how much I drink it will always be full.”
Poof! There was a glass in his hand overflowing with Irish Red Ale. He took a sip – it was the best beer he’d ever had in his life. He drank and he drank and he drank, and five minutes later he hadn’t made a dent, the glass was still overflowing with Irish Red.
But by now the Leprechaun was getting impatient. “Listen me man!” he chastised. “I appreciate you settin’ me free and all, but I was in that bottle for far too long, I’ve got things to do, so you’ll be makin’ your second wish now!”
The Irishman thought good and hard. Finally he made his decision. He held up his overflowing magic glass, looked at it admiringly, and told the Leprechaun, “Ya know – I think I’ll have another one of these!”
There’s no doubt about it – God loves the Irish.
Let’s start with the prediction in the Inaugural Day HFR of January 20: “Melania looked unbelievably stunning. She will now rapidly become the most glamorous and idolized woman on earth.”
This week we could see this becoming true, only far more so. Yesterday, Fox News reported: “Melania Trump’s Approval Ratings on the Rise.” They would be far larger except for the deranged Trump-hatred of Moonbat Democrats.
The poll was taken a week ago. On Wednesday (3/08), the First Lady hosted a White House luncheon in celebration of International Women’s Day. A quote of hers at the event has quickly gone viral across the planet:
“As an immigrant myself, having grown up in a communist society, I know all too well the value and importance of freedom and equal opportunity. Ideas upon which this great nation was founded and has continued to strive towards throughout its history.”
Her eyes reveal the beauty of her soul. Her eyes proclaim a serene joyousness in being alive, in being human, in being a woman, in being who she is. There are no doubts or fears or qualms in those eyes. There is no anger – there is only love and happiness.
In those eyes you can see why First Lady Melania Trump will become genuinely beloved by the American people and by people all over the world.
Will her husband? That may seem impossible now, given that Democrats and their Fake News minions really are as wacko as depicted above. Yet that too began to change this week.
Here we go with the most fun, the most illuminating, and certainly the longest HFR ever.
Does President Trump read the HFR – and did he read what it said last Friday (03/03)?
“Indicting and prosecuting to the full extent of the law with the possibility of years in prison is the only way to stop Deep State-Democrat-Fake News Media Treason.
This needs to start at the top. And at the top is not Chuckie Schumer, the editors of the Washington Post, nor the CIA leakers known to the FBI. At the top is Former President Barack Obama.”
For at 5:30am Saturday morning (03/04) he tweeted just what the HFR advocated the day before. The response was hysterical. After all, no one – no one – has the huevos to take on the entire Deep State-Democrat-Media Complex, right? Exactly wrong – not with Donald J. Trump. Big mistake.
For no one but Trump would have the chromium-vanadium steel cojones to take on the Deep State by going straight for its jugular, right for the throat of its emperor. It’s like Alexander going straight for Darius at Gaugamela.