The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Foreign Travels

Still in Ireland. I've decided not to look too closely at the local and world media, and just enjoy myself as much as possible.

Spent some time in Ballinskelligs, which is in County Kerry. I don't know what heaven is like but Ballinskelligs would give it some fierce competition.

Spent yesterday touring Cork City. It's where I was born, but whenever I come back I like to play tourist to see how much it has changed.

An interesting footnote is that Daniel Libeskind, who is designing the rebuilding of Ground Zero, has an exhibit here in Cork. Like his Ground Zero design, it's ugly and stupid.

Cork City is over 800 years old, which is about twice as old as any European style city in the Americas. It is also, like New Orleans, built on marshland. However, it has a protected harbor, so the Atlantic storms don't cause the water to rise and flood the old part of the city.

The other big event is that the Cork Hurling Team, won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Hurling is an ancient Celtic game, and the All-Ireland is a combination of Super Bowl-World Series.