Why is the elephant the symbol of the GOP? In large part, we can thank cartoonist Thomas Nast
, who, on November 7 of 1874, published this cartoon
, showing Republicans as a rampaging elephant tearing up the flimsy planks of the Democratic Party. He wasn't just a man who made elephants though; considered to be the father of political cartooning, Nast's illustrations helped bring down Boss Tweed
, argued for the abolition of slavery
, and hated the Irish
posted by Astro Zombie
on Oct 8, 2006 -
Top 10 What Have the Brits Ever Done For Us?
- An Irish view.
Featuring at #2: the potato famine - apparently much worse than the lesser known 1783 garlic cheese & chips famine, some people resorted to eating each other - starting with the fat sister in the house - "there'd be plenty of eating in her, y'know
..."Streaming Flash, Sense of humour required
posted by dash_slot-
on Aug 25, 2005 -
The Streets of Laredo: The Cowboy's Lament
was originally written as the Irish drover balled Bard of Armaugh
), which later mutated into A Handful of Laurel
, about a young man dying of syphilis in a London hospital, musing back on his days in the alehouses and whorehouses. Immigrants settling in the Appalachians brought their own version, The Unfortunate Rake
, sung as early as 1790, about a young soldier dying of mercury poisoning, a result of treatment for venereal disease, who requests a military funeral - a slight but important evolution from the previous version. The current lyrics are most popularly attributed to cowboy Frances Henry "Frank" Maynard
, who copyrighted them in 1879. While various versions
of the song were popular in the US before Maynard took pen to paper and needle to wax cylinder (under such titles as Locke Hospital
, St. James Infirmary Blues
, Tom Sherman's Bar
and Way Down in Lodorra
), his version is the one with which we are most familiar today.
beat the drum slowly, play the fife lowly / sound the death march as you carry me along / cover my body in sweet-smelling posies / for I'm the young
(rake, soldier, man, girl, lass, etc) cut down in
(or and I know I've done wrong
The song has been recorded by pretty much every country, western and folk-identified musical artist since recording music became practical, although the most popular versions must be those by Arlo Guthrie
(who once said it was "the saddest song I know," and who sings it on his album Son of the Wind
) and Johnny Cash
(who added a few verses
to his 1965 version, improving the song a bit and making it more emotionally complex). Roger McGuinn's
creative commons-licensed version is one of my personal favorites, as is Bobby Sutliff's version
posted by luriete
on Aug 3, 2005 -
How Do You Say ASSALAMU ALAIKUM in Gaelic?
Plans have been announced in the Irish Republic to translate the Koran, Islam's most sacred text, into Irish. The ambitious project aims to bring Ireland's Gaelic-speakers and Muslim communities closer together, Leslie Carter of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin said.
posted by turbanhead
on Mar 11, 2003 -
Actor Richard Harris dies
"Don't let it be forgot - that once there was a spot - for one brief, shining moment - that was known as Camelot..." Such a sad day all around. R.I.P., Richard.
posted by dnash
on Oct 25, 2002 -
Captain of Irish World Cup squad Keane sent home
This is big
news here in Ireland. He's our best player - he keeps the team together on the pitch. But after some incidents in the past couple of days, and some prima donna style behaviour (something he's always been known for), he's been told to feck off.
I think the manager did the right thing, but I can't help thinking that our chances of getting out of our group have been diminished...
posted by tomcosgrave
on May 23, 2002 -
The Green Fields of Vietnam
There was an interesting program aired tonight on RTE (Irish TV), about Irish born soliders who fought in the Vietnam War. Although only one Irish born solider is officially listed as having been killed, there were 20 others, who gave their US address when they enlisted. It's believed that 2000 Irish born men served in that conflict (they had emigrated and a Greencard means you can be conscripted) but the vast majority of these remain unknown.
posted by tomcosgrave
on Apr 23, 2002 -
I'd like to wish a happy St. Patricks Day
to Irish readers, Irish-Americans, Irish-Britons, Irish-Australians, Irish-New Zealanders, and whoever is of Irish descent. And if you don't have Irish blood, go to the pub, drink some Guinness and you soon will!
posted by tomcosgrave
on Mar 17, 2002 -
Muhammad O' Ali.
Geneologists have uncovered his Irish roots. His great grandfather was an Irish emigree who married an African American woman in Kentucky.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Feb 8, 2002 -
"Biggest flame war of all time: Danny Boy - sentimental Irish favorite, or stupid song decried by true Celts everywhere?"
A link to a discussion in another forum about how one prevents the banal from driving out the profound in online public-participation forums. (Their conclusion: ruthless and efficient moderation.)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jul 3, 2001 -