Happy St. Patrick’s Day **Open Thread**



A Little Saint Patrick’s Day History:

Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17. The day is the national holiday of Ireland.

It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the rest of Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat (usually corned beef) can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick’s Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160.


Since I am 1/2 Irish I though today would be a good day to  celebrate that with some Irish music. I also wanted to post some cartoons and jokes in keeping with the day, just to see if I’ve still got the ability to laugh. And gosh and begorrah if I didn’t find my funny bone after all.  Laugh – it’s good for what ails yah.


Two Irishmen were walking home after a night on the beer when a severed head rolled along the ground. Mick picked it up to his face and said to Paddy “Jez, that look like Sean” to which Paddy replied “No Sean was taller than that”


Pat and Mick landed themselves a job at a sawmill. Just before morning tea Pat yelled: “Mick! I lost me finger!”

“Have you now?” says Mick. “And how did you do it?”

“I just touched this big spinning thing here like thi…

Darn! There goes another one!”


An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman each order a Guiness in a pub. Upon being served, each finds a fly in their beer. Repulsed, the Englishman sends his back. The Scotsman gently flicks the fly out of his mug and begins drinking. The Irishman, carefully lifts the fly up by its wings and screams, “Spit it out! Spit it out!”

An Irish priest is driving down the road and is pulled over for speeding.
The garda smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle beside him. He asks the priest, “Sir, have you been drinking?”
The priest responds, “No officer, just water,”
The policeman asks, “Then why do I smell wine?”
The priest looks at the bottle and says, “The Good Lord! He’s done it again!”


An Irishman walks into a bar and orders three glasses of Guiness, drinking them one at a time. Noticing this odd ritual, the bartender explains that the beer goes flat when poured and informs the man his beer would be much fresher if he ordered one glass at a time.

The Irishman explains he began this custom with his two brothers, who have moved to America and Australia, respectively. This is their way of remembering all the time they spent drinking together.

The man becomes a regular at the pub, well-known for always ordering three beers at once. One day he walks in and orders only two beers. Assuming the worst, a hush falls among other patrons.

When the Irishman returns to the bar to order his second round, the bartender quietly offers his condolences. The man looks confused for a moment, and then explains, “No, everyone’s fine. I gave up beer for lent.”

I’ll finish with one of my favorites, Celtic Woman singing Danny Boy – acapella. Beautiful and my father’s favorite song. Enjoy the day.


20 Responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day **Open Thread**”

  1. piper Says:

    Top of the morn to you, Marge and thank you for posting your insights while Amy is having fun in warm places.

    Came home yesterday after a fun day in Chicago and stupidly read a few blogs before going to bed – a big mistake especially reading NQ – it seems that one person, initials of BL has taken over heralding the wins and promises of her Kardashian idol, Drumpf with no dissension allowed. So sad.

    Anyways here an interesting thread written by Professor Jacbosen at LI about brokered convention vs contested convention.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/03/no-reason-to-fear-a-contested-convention. Hope this occurs as this I really do not want to skip voting for the next president but will if the choice is between 2 crooks.

    • piper Says:

      Time to get off the computer and enjoy the day doing fun activities. Reading and listening to the news is becoming more depressing every day – more about how the citizens here are falling for a loud egotistical person who has shown little ability to lead a country except for his skill in the building department with a sizable money advantage to start his company.

      And the latest is that everyone who works for “Donald Trump’s campaign requires volunteers to sign a contract that forbids them from criticizing the Republican presidential front-runner, his family members, any Trump businesses or products, or his campaign. The six-page contract, reviewed in full by the Daily Dot, theoretically lasts for the entirety of a volunteer’s life.”

      Link: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/donald-trump-volunteer-contract-nda-non-disparagement-clause/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I stay away from NQ these days. Only serves to raise my blood pressure and I learn nothing because they know nothing.

      Once Deapster was driven from the comments the IQ of them declined by at least 50%. BL wanted to be Queen Bee and now she is. Of a swamp. I do not wish her or all the little Trumpanzees well.

      It was hard enough fighting off the Trumpanzees but LJ kept putting his thumb on the scale and would question, or ridicule, comments made by anti-Trump people. Claims he isn’t for Trump but if it looks like a duck…

      • piper Says:

        My thoughts exactly -A loss as far as I’m concerned as I always enjoyed Deap and your insights. Agree about LJ.

      • Amarissa WS Says:

        Happy St Patrick’s to all!
        I also avoid NQ and Hillaryis44 for their support of Trump. Especially amazed at Hillaryis44 since they were so in the tank for Hillary! How can anyone support Donald Trump??? Will not vote if he is the candidate. Hope a third candidate or party emerges soon! #NeverTrump

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Nice to “hear” from you Amarissa! Some of us have been so battered by the Trumpanzees we forget that there are still sane people around.

          And as you said, how can Hillaryis44 support Trump? Do they not see the Trumpanzees are the right’s answer to Obots?

          • amarissa Says:

            Marge and Amy: Thank you both for your warm welcome! I don’t post or comment much but I am so mad at what is going on that I need to visit old friends who think the same way I do. I always read you guys, you too are part of the “sane ones”. Can we still hope for a healthy solution to this Trump mania? Somehow I have lost patience and hope… Once again the nuts are voting for the wrong people! Looking forward to reading your new posts as always.
            Thank you Marge for keeping up the blog with your smart posts and Amy, have a wonderful vacation!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Dang it, I had written you a response when I approved your comment, Amarissa! Like Marge, I am delighted to “see” you, and sorry for the delay in approving your comment. Very limited internet time. And I agree, it just boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

          Marg, great piece as always, and I hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

          We just arrived in Punta Arenas, and will be going to see penguins today!

          Thanks again Marge for holding down the fort and for writing such great posts. You are the best!!

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            No thanks necessary. Just hope you have a blog to come home to after I get done with it. 😉

            Tell us about the penguins ASAP please. You know how I have “penguin envy” and shall have to do penance for it so at least send us some images! It’s not getting down on my knees that’s hard, physically or emotionally, that’s easy on both parts, but physically getting back up requires determination. So make it worth my while okay?

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. foxyladi14 Says:


  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    Well that didn’t work, Trying this one. 😆

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    Yes!!!! 😀

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Strange Case Of Dr. Carson And Mr. Trump

    By Robert Trancinski

    If you want to know where the Republican Party is at this point in the primaries, consider two statements that bookended Super Tuesday: the morning’s revelations about Ben Carson’s thoughts on Donald Trump and the evening’s concession speech by Marco Rubio.

    Let’s start with Carson, who recently withdrew from the race and surprised a lot of people (including many of his supporters) by endorsing Trump, who embodies the opposite of Carson’s gentle, thoughtful style.

    It seems like Carson has his own misgivings, telling an interviewer that he would have preferred to endorse someone else.


  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    I received a phone call, Saying the IRS has filed suit against me.
    Please people Do Not fall for this Scam!!!
    The IRS does not do this.
    they send you a letter. 👿

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    What a Trump Nomination Means for Conservatives

    By Ben Shapiro

    The angrier Trump gets, the more he talks about how he’s going to set things right rather than giving Americans the power to do so themselves, and the more Americans flock to him.


  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    His idiot supporters would listen in fascination while nodding their heads in agreement.

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Marge, we saw Magellanic Penguins today. They are SO cute! Suzy took some video so once we get home, I will put it up for you!

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And Marge, I know this blog is in excellent hands!

    Amarissa, it is good to hear from you. I think there might be another comment waiting approval. Marge, if you don’t mind, can you check? That would be great. Thanks!

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