December 2, 2005


Ireland backs U.S. legalizing illegal aliens (Stephen Dinan and Jerry Seper, December 2, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Ireland's government wants the United States to legalize Irish illegal aliens in the United States, underscoring the intense interest foreign governments are showing in the immigration debate now playing out in Congress.

Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern met yesterday with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and told reporters the Irish parliament has endorsed Mr. Kennedy's bill to grant illegal aliens now here a multistep path to citizenship.

"We do support it ... completely and on an all-party basis, and I want to tease out with him how he sees this matter progressing, particularly given the recent developments, not least the speech by President Bush," Mr. Ahern said.

There's no way the mics and wops can ever be assimilated into our fundamentally Protestant culture....

Chertoff Pushes Guest-Worker Program: The Homeland Security chief proposes that the plan be combined with tougher enforcement (Nicole Gaouette, December 2, 2005, LA Times)

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that any overhaul of immigration law must include a guest-worker program to accommodate businesses' need for labor and to ease pressure on law enforcement.

His comments to reporters came as the administration promotes President Bush's vision for border security, which differs from immigration proposals to be considered in the House.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2005 7:29 AM

I'm not worried about mics and wops, but those frogs cannot be let in this country.

Posted by: AllenS at December 2, 2005 7:36 AM

Don't trust them flippy headed canuks.

Posted by: Gideon at December 2, 2005 7:48 AM

it's been all downhill since the krauts...

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 8:05 AM

It all started with the Pilgrims (what epithet can we drop on them - coneheads?).

Posted by: ratbert at December 2, 2005 9:00 AM

Roundheads, but the Judds were among them so we think we're natives.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 9:06 AM

Don't forget us Polacks.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 2, 2005 9:12 AM

Did ya ever notice during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games when each country enters the arena in alphabetical order with their colors flying, their contingent all look pretty much the same. The Africans are mostly very black and the Europeans are mostly very white with the other countries various shades between the two.

Each country's athletes are more or less of similar color, height, facial characteristics, hair color and texture, eye color and shape, then at almost the very end, come our kids . . . and they look anything but alike. They look a smattering of all the proceeding countries with cowboy hats on their heads and American flags on their sleeves doing what they do best, making us proud.

By the time that parade is over, Iím blubbering like a baby and even as I type this, I can hardly see because my eyes are so full. Truth to tell, it's the only part of the Olympics I like.

No wonder the rest of the world is green with envy of the red, white and blue!

Posted by: erp at December 2, 2005 9:34 AM


I also tear up at that part of the Olympics.

Then again when Terrell Owens moons the crowd at an Eagles game.

Posted by: h-man at December 2, 2005 11:19 AM

To quote, exactly as spoken, the Mayor of Rock Ridge: "We'll take the niggers and the chinks, but no Irish!"

(When I see Blazing Saddles is being shown on American television, I wonder, why bother? So much of good/funny stuff is bowdlerized to the point of being incomprehensible (not that it started out making sense...). But when it showed on the CBC a while back, none of those words disappeared, which I find interesting and refreshing.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 2, 2005 1:59 PM

I believe it's "micks." To me "mics" is pronounced "mikes," as in the plural of microphones.

More on point, back when we had mass Irish immigration they spoke English, had no radical advocates wanting to annex part of the United States, and no multicultural nuts trying to adapt American culture to the immigrants, rather than the other way around.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 2, 2005 2:05 PM

It should be spelled "Mc's". As in McThis or McThat. Now back to that frog thing...

Posted by: AllenS at December 2, 2005 2:34 PM


They answered to the Pope, spoke erse (or whatever) and ate only potatoes.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 2:38 PM

Not to mention how much they drank.

Posted by: jdkelly at December 2, 2005 3:16 PM

...rioted in the streets because they didn't want to serve in the Civil War ... raised armies and launched invasions of Canada from our soil...

Posted by: David Cohen at December 2, 2005 4:20 PM

h-man, I have the great good sense to avoid all TV sports so have been spared the spectacle to which you allude as compelling as it must have been.

Posted by: erp at December 2, 2005 4:22 PM

...inflicted the Kennedys on us....

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 4:24 PM

...sent politicians to Washington with dual allegiances...

Posted by: David Cohen at December 2, 2005 6:00 PM

David, I thought the invasion of Canada was part of the war of 1812. My forebearers on both sides, however, did invade Canada fron Ireland before invading the U.S

Posted by: jdkelly at December 2, 2005 6:11 PM

...drowned Mary Jo Kopechne...

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 6:11 PM

The Irish invaded during the Civil War too. Rising of the Moon is a good novel about it.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 6:16 PM

Thanks, I'll check it out.

In the immortal song of the Clancy Brothers,

"A tousand (sic) pikes were flashing..."

Posted by: jdkelly at December 2, 2005 7:06 PM

We Micks of the non-Orange persuasion prefer to be called "mackerel snappers." Thanks in advance.

Posted by: joe shropshire at December 2, 2005 8:11 PM

...raised money to sponsor terrorism against our most important ally...

Posted by: David Cohen at December 2, 2005 11:09 PM

gave us the insufferable Notre Dame football program...

Posted by: oj at December 3, 2005 1:27 AM

...the urban political machines...

Posted by: David Cohen at December 3, 2005 6:09 PM