McManus Rips Rudy
SPEAKING of the presidential race, Father Sean McManus had some choice words for Rudy Giuliani this week, making it clear that the Irish National Caucus will strongly oppose the former New York mayor, currently the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
"Rudy Giuliani recently went to London to pander to the extreme right, speaking at the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Memorial Lecture, which, according to the American Conservative magazine, was attended by many of the Iron Lady's most dedicated admirers," McManus said.
"In other words, Giuliani kissed up to the same type of Brit who increased anti-Catholic oppression and discrimination in Northern Ireland, promoted state terrorism and torture and prolonged the Irish Troubles by at least 20 years. That is much worse than George W. Bush's ill-advised speech to Bob Jones University, for which he had the good grace to apologize.
"Irish Americans may have wanted to forget how Giuliani viciously pursued political refugee Joe Doherty," added McManus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus. "But how can they possibly ignore the fact that Giuliani travels to London to offend Irish Americans?"
HALLOWEEN, of course, was invented by the Celts. It is based on the old Celtic feast of Samhain, when the dead were reputed to leave their graves for the night and stalk the living.
Irish farmers would put hollowed out turnips in their windows to ward off the evil spirits on the night, which led to the Pumpkin frenzy we all know today.
Americans take all this supernatural stuff seriously. According to a recent Associated Press poll:
*34% of Americans believe in ghosts (compared to 31% who think Bush is doing a good job.)
*23% have seen a ghost (liberals 31%, conservatives 18%, (compared to 1% who think Chris Dodd would make a good president.)
*19% percent accept the existence of spells or witchcraft (compared to less than 1% who think immigration nativist soon to be ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo would make a good president.)
*14% percent have seen a UFO (as against 1% per cent who have seen Hillary Clinton in the flesh.)