No Irish Need Apply

Oh gawd… it’s St. Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. “St. Fat Prick’s Day” to us non-Irish), which means that there will be green foolishness all over the place, even at Cheltenham:

…not to mention that tonight there’ll be a whole bunch more amateur drunks falling all over the place, even here in north Texas.

It’s ironic that this bullshit is also happening over in Britishland today:

 Military veterans have slammed a decision to charge a former British soldier with the murder of two men in the Bloody Sunday shootings nearly 50 years ago. The man, named only as ‘Soldier F’, is one of 17 former members of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment who were investigated over the violence which left 13 people dead in Londonderry in 1972. The ex-soldier, who is now thought to be in his 70s, faces trial for the alleged murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the alleged attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.
The landmark decision to prosecute him has angered Armed Forces groups, who contrasted his treatment with the many IRA terrorists who have been let off during the peace process.
Critics of the probe point out that around 200 IRA fugitives, thought to be behind a series of terror attacks during the Troubles, were sent so-called ‘comfort letters’, assuring them they were no longer suspects.

Needless to say, Mr. Free Market (who is ex-1st Paras himself) is not in a good mood today, and he informed me earlier that there are a WHOLE lot of angry ex-airborne types running around, e.g.

And so do I.  Anyone who guns down a bunch of terrorists has my complete approval.

As Mr. FM adds:  “This will run for a bit, a lot of people will get pissed off & the Irish will not be happy. They never are.”

I have to admit, going back to Cheltenham for a moment, that this man is showing The Right Stuff:

Yes, he’s wearing a green jacket, but the orange (Protestant) trousers and tie are guaranteed to set off the Micks.  Definitely a little needle, there.

Gah.  I think I’ll just stay with some of the proper Cheltenham totties, to keep my spirits up.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the range.  All that new 9mm ammo isn’t going to shoot itself, despite what the Gun-Fearing Wussies think.  And for once, I’ll forego the usual silhouette target type and go with this one:

He looks sufficiently IRA, don’t you think?


  1. The prosecution of Soldier F sounds like a prime opportunity for “Jury Nullification”, or does such a thing exist in Britishland?

    1. It’s even worse that that. Under British law, he has to sue to get a jury trial at all. Otherwise, it’ll be a judge’s verdict.
      As far as I can tell, there’s no such thing as jury nullification Over There.

      1. And so what if a British Jury gave a hail and hearty Up Yours? Would the judge have to accept?

        I’m still waiting for KdT certified wildebeest steaks. I’mna sure you can make this happen.

  2. One of my former employers “encouraged” “the wearing of the green” whenever the 17th of March fell on a workday.

    My response was to wear a green polo over a long sleeved t-shirt in orange.

    Never had anyone catch on, not even the most hard core self-styled “Irish” in the company.

    (for the sartorially conscious out there, this was an IT company help desk with no face to face contact with end customers, so polo type shirts were the normal daily wear)

    1. I do face to face with end customers every day, and polos are our go-to except for a guy about 10 yrs older than me, I’m 61. I’m casting about for hawaiian polos, but they seem hard to come by. I still do hawaiian friday with what shirts I can find here in SW okiehoma.

      And about those KdT signature wildebeest steaks…?

      1. If you’re serious about Hawaiian shirts, they are available on the Net through various vendors at reasonable prices. Please don’t ask how I know this.

  3. We should be ashamed, the Nasty Guard only managed 4 dead at Kent State. Brits are making us look bad .

  4. The target is not up to date. The handgun, when held by a proper Bad Guy, is to be held sideways. At least here in the US. Elsewhere, not so much, judging by videos.

  5. Whatever you do, don’t wind up in the ER. They’ll have run out of lidocaine by midnight.

  6. Oh, Paddy dear,
    Oh did you hear,
    The news that’s goin’ ’round?
    The shamrock is forbid by law
    To grow on Irish ground…

    So… I guess Mr. Orange Pants is taking the Mick-y?

    I’m reminded that, when we were setting up for U2’s Joshua Tree tour, I had the temerity to suggest Orange as one of the daily code colors for the sticky passes.


  7. I’m with F, even though the stupid git shoulda been a tankah. 1st Para? Bleh. RTR much better. Said the recovering tank, err, cavalryman… When I shave with my tank hand, my cavalry hand keeps trying to take over. There might be a Steven King novel there, as much as I despise the semi-mobile mound of human filth…

    And to the guy who said he was ‘proper cavalry, I have a horse, I’m in the Household Cavalry’ I can only say, ‘congrats for the achievement but bleh you are a display model, I was a working model’.

  8. If the filth of the IRA and their bastard accomplices in Sinn Fein are going to get a free pass for their actions during (and quite frankly after) The Troubles, then the British armed forces and the various constabularies deserve the same consideration.

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