Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sadly, Yes...

Retardo explains it all. And makes a Roger Casement reference in the process. Anyway, this one's for Retardo, via Yeats:
What gave that roar of mockery,
That roar in the sea´s roar?

The ghost of Roger Casement
Is beating on the door.
Nothing wrong with a good rousing roar of mockery now and again.

As for the recent insanity. The definitive account is by Bas-o-Matic in the comments to John Cole's post about what happened to Armando. I'd link it, but Balloon Juice takes forever to load, and Cole can KMRIA anyhow. I copied Bas-o-Matic's post, though, just for posterity. And there the matter rests, for the time being.

I'm still pissed about what the British did to Casement, and to Wilde. Fuckers.

Retardo's post is a classic.

In the meantime, I have something for you (or Maxx does anyhoo):
There was thees theeng here...

I swear on los Gatos Oros de San Pedro de los Gatos Gigantes I saw thees post...

¡Ay! she ees gone now.

Que malo she was a wonderful leetle post.

(sighs) Well, anyway...

Bomba de Google:Jeff Goldstein.

Thanks, Thers. One good turn deserves another.

From A.J.P Taylor's essay "A Patriot For One Ireland":

"Roger Casement, an Irishman, was hanged at Pentonville on 3 August 1916, as a traitor to the king of England. Ellis, the hangman, thought him 'the bravest man it fell on my unhappy lot to execute'. For half a century Casement's body lay in Pentonville jail. In 1953 Chruchill told de Valera that is must lie there for ever: the law on the subject was 'specific and binding'. Twelve years later Harold Wilson was more generous. On 23 February 1965 Casement's remains were returned to Ireland. They were given a state funeral at Glasnevin. President de Valera had been ill and was told that he should not attend. He insisted thta he must. At least, he was told, he must keep his head covered. De Valera replied: 'Casement deserves better than that.'..."

It's quite good, but I wanted to show not just how the Irish thought of Casement, but who among the English kept a grudge (the wingnuts) and who didn't (Labour).

It's also the source of my Asquith quote.
Taylor's essay is a classic.

Churchill hated de Valera personally. This was a dislike that began in the days of the Treaty and intensified in WWII, when WC blamed Dev for Ireland's neutrality. That had a lot to do with his refusal of De Valera's request: a nasty little snub.
Yo! Greetings from the sunshine state!
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