Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of the leprechauns of the blog from the Turley Clan. The leprechauns came to bring treats and tricks to the Turley house this morning. While our kids are older, we still enjoy our traditions. The leprechauns have always maintained “social distancing” so they drank our beer and left before we woke up.

The leprehauns left clues for our treasure hunt that led to a horn of plenty of Irish cookies and fresh green donuts. They also left our traditional dollar coins hanging from a tree in green felt pouches for each of the kids in the backyard.

Tonight we will be feasting on corned beef and cabbage and toasting my late Irish father, Jack Turley.

And to everyone . . . Erin go Bragh!!!

45 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!”

  1. ‘“Dishonesty…Is Always an Indicator of Weakness”: Tucker Carlson on How He Brought His Coronavirus Message to Mar-a-Lago’

    “The Fox News host believes that an administration (and GOP, and Democrats, and media) obsessed with impeachment couldn’t help but see the coronavirus through a political lens. But COVID-19, he says, shouldn’t be political.”

    BY JOE HAGAN

    MARCH 17, 2020

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/tucker-carlson-on-how-he-brought-coronavirus-message-to-mar-a-lago

  2. In the best of Irish traditions, I defied our Royal Governor, Ralph the Blackface, and his 10 person only decree, ventured out to my favorite Irish saloon and drank one to the death of political correctness while singing an ol’ Irish fighting song that put fear into the heart of many an Anglo.

    Erin Go Braless for all I care. Bring on the new redcoats; it’s New Years Day!

    1. that song is back from when U2 was still a good band, before Boner got a big head and started wearing funny glasses

  3. Sounds like a happy day at the Turley house.
    Our youngest grandson dressed like a leprechaun, added tiny green lights, and, with his brother, fetched for us some bangers and mash, and Irish eggrolls being served at our local pub. Such a nice, fun respite from news and reality!

    Erin go bragh-less! (as the Irish Feministas say💚)

        1. Why would anyone care? Oh, wait, don’t answer that. It’s TIA who’s asking…and then there’s his little friend who “liked” his comment.

            1. Your lights went out a long time ago, Cundy. That is if they were ever on, which I doubt.

              Now go blow it out your ear, Sweetie.

  4. You may not be interested in the gleichschaltung but the gleichschaltung is interested in you. So, the professor’s genial post on St. Patrick’s day is greeted by a social ideologue intent on stinking up the place.

  5. EM, no doubt the Irish immigrants to their credit thought that, but through much of the 19th century the Irish were slandered by many – the Know Nothings were a movement begun by this hatred and Pres Fillmore ran for a 2nd term as a member – as simian type lazy drunks who were polluting the country.

  6. Ireland didn’t send us their best and of course not a day goes by in America when a guy of Irish lineage commits a crime, deals drugs, or kills someone in an automobile accident. It’s time someone stood up to protect Americans from these invaders. St Pat’s Day should be a solemn day of reflection and re-dedication to what America really stands for.

  7. Sean, la le Padraig faois sean duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Jonathan! Though you have to admit, what the Chinese have done with a virus, the English could never do with force, funds and time: curtail “The Holy Day’s” events.

  8. Professor Turley, please extend some of that good Irish Turley luck to your favorite Chicago Cubs whenever their season starts. Erin go bragh!

  9. Those sound like fun traditions – all the best to the Turley Clan.

    Read something interesting last night in Miracle at Philadelphia. The author notes Washington dined with the Sons of Saint Patrick in the days ahead of the Convention, and mentions in passing, “A contemporary foreigner asked why it was that while French and German immigrants were always described as French or German, Irishmen became ‘Americans’ overnight.”

    Don’t know if that’s true, but it stuck in my brain.

    1. EM, no doubt the Irish immigrants to their credit thought that, but through much of the 19th century the Irish were slandered by many – the Know Nothings were a movement begun by this hatred and Pres Fillmore ran for a 2nd term as a member – as simian type lazy drunks who were polluting the country.

      1. Today some of our finest Americans are Irish. But as many Irish Americans full well know, many of the migrants were very poor, uneducated, and often unruly rabble. Unruly is putting it nicely. Perhaps you have heard of the mascot of the “Fighting Irish?”

        The problem was not DNA nor Catholicism. The human quality problem was essentially poverty and a lack of education and yes as the Irish never tire of pointing out, a lot of the blame should go squarely on the Briitish for that. But this is not my fight. On to more salient observations:

        The bottom line of nativism is that native born workers interests are damaged by economic competition., That is to say in union speak, the migrants are scab workers, rate breakers, and generally brought in by management to make profit.

        Now in itself management profiting is not bad, not bad for the ownership of course, and in the long run, there are benefits for society. But there are definitely minuses along the way.

        Lets just admit this:

        American powers-that-be, over 200 years of history, delights in bringing in poor scabs to undercut the wages of native born working men. Oh yes that was part of the story of slavery too. Slaves were paid little wages if any. But post the civil war, so much more the impetus among the American plutocracy grows rich in every generation with a new influx of refugees, migrants, etc. and in every generation the native borns take a bloody nose.

        The response may be racism but as the animus towards the Irish shows, the underlying causes are economic

        What’s amazing is that Democrats who supposedly are for the working man, are so eager to embrace more millions of poor workers to undercut their own voter base.

        This is why a lot of people have decided that billionaires– not one but many– essentially own the Dem party and play all the regular folks like you for fools.

        read this if you dare:
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        https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/trump-clinton-immigration-economy-unemployment-jobs-214216

        (George J. Borjas is professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of the forthcoming We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative.)

        “I’ve been studying immigration for 30 years, but 2016 was the first time my research was cited in a convention speech. When he accepted his party’s nomination in July, Donald Trump used one of my economic papers to back up his plan to crack down on immigrants and build a physical wall: “Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers,” he told the cheering crowd. But he was telling only half the story.

        Hillary Clinton, for her part, seemed to be telling only the other half. At her convention a week later, Clinton claimed that immigrants, both legal and illegal, improve the economy for everyone. She told the crowd: “I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to try to kick them out. Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy.”

        Here’s the problem with the current immigration debate: Neither side is revealing the whole picture. Trump might cite my work, but he overlooks my findings that the influx of immigrants can potentially be a net good for the nation, increasing the total wealth of the population. Clinton ignores the hard truth that not everyone benefits when immigrants arrive. For many Americans, the influx of immigrants hurts their prospects significantly.

        This second message might be hard for many Americans to process, but anyone who tells you that immigration doesn’t have any negative effects doesn’t understand how it really works. When the supply of workers goes up, the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down. Wage trends over the past half-century suggest that a 10 percent increase in the number of workers with a particular set of skills probably lowers the wage of that group by at least 3 percent. Even after the economy has fully adjusted, those skill groups that received the most immigrants will still offer lower pay relative to those that received fewer immigrants.

        Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is sizable. The typical high school dropout earns about $25,000 annually. According to census data, immigrants admitted in the past two decades lacking a high school diploma have increased the size of the low-skilled workforce by roughly 25 percent. As a result, the earnings of this particularly vulnerable group dropped by between $800 and $1,500 each year.”

        1. The problem was not DNA nor Catholicism. The human quality problem was essentially poverty and a lack of education and yes as the Irish never tire of pointing out, a lot of the blame should go squarely on the Briitish for that. But this is not my fight. On to more salient observations:

          In 1870, the world’s anchor economy was Great Britain. Our chums at the Maddison Project have been working away at producing retrospective estimates of gross domestic product per capita and have a set of data points for 1870. That of various countries as a ratio of Britain’s was (they calculate) as follows:

          Australia: 1.11
          New Zealand: 1.11
          Great Britain: 1.00
          United States: 0.97
          Belgium: 0.88
          Uruguay: 0.85
          Switzerland: 0.76
          Canada: 0.75
          Netherlands: 0.75
          Denmark: 0.70
          Spain: 0.68
          Argentina: 0.65
          Ireland: 0.62
          France: 0.62
          Germany: 0.61
          Norway: 0.54
          Austrian duchies: 0.52
          Bohemia, Moravia, &c.: 0.52
          Sweden: 0.47
          Cape Colony / Natal / Transvaal / Orange Free State: 0.44
          Greece: 0.43
          Italy: 0.39
          Rumelia / Adrianople: 0.39
          Lebanon / Beirut / Tripoli: 0.38
          Anatolian provinces: 0.38
          Chile: 0.36
          Aleppo / Damascus / Latakia &c: 0.35
          Portugal: 0.34
          Poland: 0.33
          Finland: 0.32
          Hong Kong: 0.32
          Egypt: 0.30
          Malay states: 0.30

          Ireland was not peculiarly impecunious in that particular context. However, it was and is a society shot-through with problem drinkers and they were ready fodder for crooked patron-client politics.

          People are prone to cross cultural antagonisms and Gainesville’s no exception, just arrogant and obtuse.

          1. yes but my point related to the relative poverty of the migrants and the conditions of the potato famine episodes

            and if one doesn’t think alcoholism remains a problem for Irish Americans to this day, then you don’t know many of them.

            i do, they’re some of my favorite people, but i can call a spade a spade

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