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I know, I'm definitely the odd person out in the YouTube craze.
The picture is so small,
often fuzzy, the sound often crappy.

You can
enlarge it to full-screen
, just click on the 2nd button, bottom right. Yes, there are some really poor quality vids but there are also some really good ones.

I received this today and I just LOVE it!

Moneygall is a small village in Ireland. It has a population of approximately 300 people.

Moneygall has a Roman Catholic church, five shops, a post office, a national school, a police station and two pubs (of course).

President-elect of the United States of America Barack Obama's great great great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, emigrated from Moneygall to America at the age of 19 in 1850 . His father had been the village shoemaker, then a wealthy skilled trade.

And now for the SONG...

Click on the link below and you'll have to smile and also admire the new president also for his sense of humor that we catch glimpses of in the video

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

You don't believe me, I hear you say

But Barack's as Irish, as was JFK

His granddaddy's daddy came from Moneygall

A small Irish village, well known to you all

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama

There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

He's as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew

He's Hawaiian he's Kenyan American too

He’s in the white house, He took his chance

Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama

There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

From Kerry and cork to old Donegal

Let’s hear it for Barack from old moneygall

From the lakes if Killarney to old Connemara

There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

From the old blarney stone to the great hill of Tara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

2008 the white house is green,

their cheering in Mayo and in Skibereen.

The Irish in Kenya, and in Yokahama,

Are cheering for President Barack O’Bama

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

The Hockey Moms gone, and so is McCain

They are cheering in Texas and in Borrisokane,

In Moneygall town, the greatest of drama,

for our Famous president Barack o Bama

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama

There's no one as Irish As Barack O'Bama

The great Stephen Neill, a great man of God,

He proved that Barack was from the Auld Sod

They came by bus and they came by car,

to celebrate Barack in Ollie Hayes’s Bar

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

ByHardy Drew

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Okay, I'm officially embarassed to live here. I knew the churches in NC were starting a campaign to ban marraige between members of the same sex but the worst was this small community nearby which recently claimed that in their community marraige was only between a man and a woman. The mayor said that he liked gay people and was doing them a favor, they were showing them what was right.

Do we have a hair pulling emoticon? :Imok: :trink3:

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Fear, are they going to start going door-to-door, like a census?

Anyway, I am all for churches believing anything they want, as long as they don't try and enforce their beliefs on others. Kinda ironic that this is more what our Founding Fathers had in mind, rather than the bullshit that gets blared about what this country stands for.

Anyway, I am starting to think that perhaps we should do away with ALL of the hundreds of legal benefits and civil rights that come from marriage - I am sick and tired of people claiming that a civil union is the same thing, they are either stupid or deliberately venal - and let marriage just be a nice little ceremony bestowed by a church. Let's see how those people feel then. Howl like the hyenas they are, prolly.

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Heck, they don't even mention civil unions. In a previous reort , one of their leaders talked about how they don't want kids to know about this (being gay) as it is abnormal.

We are definitely the next state being targeted. One of th signs showed a map of NC with a bulls eye on it. They are already in Raleigh protesting at the legislature.

I am on a GLBT mailing list so I will definitely keep up with and fight this measure, but I'm afraid we are sitting ducks here. Catholic priests, Protestant ministers as well as other denominations were present at this debacle. It will be a matter of getting people out to vote.

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Well, look what happened to a priest here who dared to go against the "rules".

'Rebel' priest sacked in mass row

February 08, 2009 03:12pm

A BRISBANE Catholic priest has been sacked following a long-running dispute with the Vatican over his controversial practices.

Father Peter Kennedy, from St Mary's Parish in South Brisbane, was notified of his termination by Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby in a letter dated Friday.

It followed an ultimatum to the church last August in which the archbishop called the 700-strong parish "an authority to itself" and threatened to close it.

At the church, unorthodox masses are conducted, women can preach and homosexual couples are blessed.

In this week's letter, Archbishop Bathersby said it gave him no pleasure to terminate Father Kennedy's appointment from February 21. But he said there was no reason for further discussion of the decision.

"I have repeatedly asked for changes but you and community have not budged an inch," he wrote.

"... Time and time again St Mary's has chosen to go its own way."

The archbishop said he realised he could not stop the parish forming a breakaway Christian community elsewhere in Brisbane, but it would not be in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Related Coverage

* Unholy family disputeThe Australian, 25 Feb 2009

* Church calls on ex-judgeCourier Mail, 24 Feb 2009

* Priest to fight sacking in courtThe Australian, 23 Feb 2009

* Priest's support rattles churchCourier Mail, 23 Feb 2009

* Bomb threat against ArchbishopCourier Mail, 22 Feb 2009

Father Kennedy has appealed to the archbishop to change his decision. But he said on ABC radio he was also considering other options.

"I've been here 28 years and I know this community is solidly behind me, and so we could go elsewhere," he said.

Parishioner Karyn Walsh said the community was deeply upset by the decision and was behind Father Kennedy's plea.

Ms Walsh said the parish's gay and lesbian community in particular felt discriminated against by the archbishop's decision.

She said the parish did not consider the liturgical reasons given for Father Kennedy's termination were good ones.

"They are really no reason to take away such a strong sense of community that exists at St Mary's," she said. "There's certainly a strong feeling that people don't want to go anywhere."

The archbishop has been sought for comment while a spokesman for Father Kennedy said he was making no further statements.

Source

<snip> "Statistically this week 4,392 priests and deacons of the United States were subject to allegations of child molestation - that's between 1950 and 2002," he said.

"Two per cent of those were actually put behind bars.

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Peter [Kennedy] would be in better books with the Catholic church if he'd molested a child than what we're doing here
."

Source:
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djs111 I agree...

But the physical abuse in terms of extreme corporal punishment was also shocking, particularly in orphanages where those kids had no one else to go to.

Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that many, VERY many people who joined the clergy were running away from life for any number of reasons. I do know some who were nuns/priests etc for the right reasons. About 15 years ago, I called a number in the phone book to speak to someone about something in the Bible I wanted to quote to two JWs who had come knocking at my door... and I ended up talking to an elderly nun who told me that she has had to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the power struggle in the Church. She said she wasn't interested in all that, she just wanted to do the Lord's work and it's the only life she knows. I really respected her stark honestly. Sorry to go OT but what you said brought back memories.

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I don't blame priests, nuns, ministers or whatever for this orchestrated effort to convince people that it is not normal for two men or two women to fall in love with each other and to cement the relationship with marriage. It is a group effort to control the mores of the citizens of this country. Once this is achieved, I'm sure it will continue around the world.

So although I might not be directly affected by these changes, I don't really want anyone telling me what to believe. What's next?

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I don't blame priests, nuns, ministers or whatever for this orchestrated effort to convince people that it is not normal for two men or two women to fall in love with each other and to cement the relationship with marriage. It is a group effort to control the mores of the citizens of this country. Once this is achieved, I'm sure it will continue around the world.

So although I might not be directly affected by these changes, I don't really want anyone telling me what to believe. What's next?

Religion is all about telling people what to believe(refer Ethel Kennedy) and what they must do, that is why I am not crazy about organized religion. I'm all for spirituality though and some people ARE spiritual within a religious order and not only that, they also think for themselves and feel secure and comfortable about it without a need to ram it down others, e.g. Clay. However, I know too many people who go to church as if it were a ritual within social club. I know people who go to choir practice every week and sing in the church choir for special services and I know they do this because they love to sing, it's their social outlet. I am not saying everyone who goes to church does so for non-spiritual reason but I know too many who do.

Ethel Kennedy had 11 children, and I am old enough to remember Vatican II and Ethel not using contraception because the Vatican said NO to the pill; Ethel herself said "until my church tells me ....". That's all very well for the Kennedys who could afford to raise 11 children.

I feel that changing attitudes start in the home and then spills out into the community. Some things take longer... but if they are for the common good, I believe they will eventually happen. It doesn't seem that long ago that women were paid considerably less than men for doing the same job. The biggest difference, I feel, is that today's woman stays with a man because she wants to, and not because she has to. I feel as you do, Fear, I don't like being told what I HAVE to believe because I won't be brain-washed. However, I am open to new concepts and philosophies because to coin a cliche, the more I know the more I realize that I know very little.

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I loved that Obama news conference. 100 days... so many things to deal with... so many days to go

That was a really good news conference. It is so wonderful to have a president who is so articulate and well informed on everything that is going on right now, and not be completely in the dark as our past president was. I love that his popularity ratings are so high. Can you believe Arlan Specter switching over to the Democrats?

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Yeah, yeah!! or Hear, hear!!

Bout time we get another woman on the Court. She is going to be difficult for the conservatives to deny since they have been trying to court (pun) hispanic votes. I want to read more about her but it's all good to me if she is a little controversial. I like going against the grain.

The only negative is Joe Biden, who might be the most wonderful person on earth, who's ill timed grinning while standing next to the POTUS is a little off putting to me.

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Following #iranelection on Twitter has been intense today. Found a link there to Andrew Sullivan's page at The Atlantic ....

The Revolution Will Be Twittered

The regime has effectively shut down most internet and cell phone traffic in Iran today, but Twitter survived.

That a new information technology could be improvised for this purpose so swiftly is a sign of the times. It reveals in Iran what the Obama campaign revealed in the United States. You cannot stop people any longer. You cannot control them any longer. They can bypass your established media; they can broadcast to one another; they can organize as never before.
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Hey kids, I've tried to steer clear of getting into politics with the outside world since the election -- but I can't resist sharing these pictures from the protests. The first one is wonderful -- and was taken outside the New Hampshire town hall meeting yesterday. Enlarge it to clearly read the sign of the guy in the middle. I think I love him.

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Almost as good is that guy in his confederate pajamas with the sign "Abolish Federal Government" -- and the guy next to him holding the sign "We the People" are the Government" -- it just speaks for itself.

And now for some others:

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You know, I don't have a problem with single payer -- Medicare is single payer. And I don't have a problem with socialism since Social Security and Medicare are basically socialism. But ..... I'm going to have to look into this pubic option. Sounds a bit kinky. Of course it would depend on the pubes in question, wouldn't it?

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