Thursday, December 9, 2010
They're after me Lucky Charms!
There finally seems to be some reasonable voices coming out about the Irish bailouts, bailouts that are being funded by you and me here in the Good Ole' U.S. of A. I mean after all, we have to help a fellow EU member, right?
Oh wait...we're not in the EU.
Well, we gotta help out our sister country within the United Kingdom, right?
We're not even part of the United Kingdom.
We don't share a border with Ireland.
We're not on the same continent even.
A total of 36,278,332 Americans—estimated at 11.9% of the total population—reported Irish ancestry in the 2008 American Community Survey. The only self-reported ancestral group larger than Irish Americans is German-Americans. In addition roughly another 3.5 million Americans identify more specifically with Scots-Irish ancestry.
In contrast, Ireland as a whole has a population of just over 6 million or so.
But hey, we love Saint Patrick's Day and we love a big-assed bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning! Whooo hoooo! Let's all save Ireland!
The first video is an amazing, blistering speech given at the EU Parliament by Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party, Member of the EU Parliament representing Southeast England. The dude rips apart fellow members and reminds everyone that this notion of a happy one-world government is absolute crap.
The next video is a street interview with an ex-pat Irishman living in the States. The reporter is a bit of a dick and kinda eggs him on, especially at the end, but this guy sums it all up pretty well.