03.17.2013 08:59 AM

Who I tell my kids about on St. Patrick’s Day



  1. Dave Mustard says:

    Does this mean you think Canada should become a Republic?

  2. mrburnsns says:

    I hope you’re providing some context. While Bobby Sands was apparently an inspiration to Nelson Mandela, his membership in an terrorist group that did plenty of unconscionable things before his death (and even more after) would be something that I would not sugar coat. Margaret Thatcher may have put it best when she said, “He chose to take his own life. It was a choice that his organisation did not allow to many of its victims.”

    • doug marsh says:

      Do you suppose that after it all, Bobby Sands and Billy Wright now make small talk down in Hell ?

      • mrburnsns says:

        Interesting thought experiment, but moot, as I’m fairly certain even Satan would be too disgusted with Billy Wright to let him into hell.

  3. James Smith says:

    I like this old ditty. Not for the maudlin tone but it teaches all that with the exception of Native Canadians we’ve all got a boat in our history. Keep that in mind if you think badly of a recent immigrant for whatever reason. Not too long ago one couldn’t rise very far at the city of Tea Ho without being a member of the Orange lodge.


  4. Glen says:

    Oh dear what’s with Terry?

  5. Orlando Radzinsky says:

    During his self-imposed exile, Harold Covington turned up in the Irish Republic. He married an Irish woman, fathered two children, and worked on the volume that would stand as his “handbook for white revolution,” “March up Country.”

    Covington has said:

    “I ended up in Ireland, which at that time had no extradition treaty with the USA, due to the embarrassment and political complications for the Dublin government which would be caused by possibly extraditing IRA men back and forth across the Atlantic.
    I learned a lot in Ireland. I didn’t just hang out in pubs guzzling Guinness; I read all the newspapers and watched RTE and BBC Northern Ireland, I made trips into the North, I talked to certain people (very carefully) and I sat quietly in certain known IRA pubs nursing a pint or two of Smithwick’s, listening and observing very carefully. Basically, in Ireland, I saw how it’s done in the modern world, not in 1930s Germany, and it was an invaluable education.”

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