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Kevin O'Brien
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Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
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I find it absolutely fascinating that the people who have been hyperventilating about "Obama is going to take away our guns" have maintained complete silence when Trump actually says he plans to do it. The difference, as far as I can see, is that Trump wants to take guns away from anyone with dark skin color, so I guess that is OK. It just proves what I have said all along, that the whole thing about maximum guns everywhere is all about race. And if you study your history, that is a big part of why the Second Amendment was in the Constitution in the first place. We needed to keep the slaves in line.
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In the 1980s, New Zealand’s government eliminated government subsidies for farmers. Here’s what the country learned.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership will advance our values and protect our strategic interests.
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So, Day 3 was the wrap-up. We started with a group called An Dro, which was very good, and that was our second CD purchase. They are from Michigan, but their set included some French Canadian songs, and we really need to check that stuff out. They also had some dancers come by, which is always fun at an Irish Music event. Crossbow is a group of students from the local college. Blackthorn had some great male harmonies, at times as much as 5-part. A very veteran group. We ended the day with Andy Irvine, another real veteran. Then it was drive back to home. We had a great weekend, and I think we'll be back for this again.
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Day 2 was all Festival. We got there a little early so we went next door to where they have a genuine WWII LST Landing Craft, and there are few of those left. This one had been used to ferry cars across Lake Michigan before some folks bought it to turn into a museum. We not only saw a lot of good music acts, but caught a lecture on Celtic Art given by a professor from the local Community College. One of the better acts was JigJam, and they brought up musicians from a several other acts to join them on stage. The Bonny Men were pretty good, though despite the name there was one woman in the group. And Dallahan had an accordion player who was a hoot to watch.
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On September 15 we celebrated 37 years married, which is pretty important to us. But since this year it fell on a Thursday, we started the celebration the following day. We each took a day off from work, and started with a trip to Lake Michigan. We visited three lake shore towns, South Haven, Saugatuck, and Grand Haven, before moving on to Muskegon to our hotel and the main focus of our trip, the Michigan Irish Music Festival. Visiting the Lake shore on such a beautiful day was great, and in many ways reminded us of the ocean, though the lack of salt in air was a clue. But standing on the shore the lake goes over the horizon just like the ocean does.
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So, Day 1 of the festival kicked off around 5pm. The first act we caught was Strung. This act came here through an interesting program that MIMF has set up where they go to Ireland and find up-and-coming young bands and bring them to Michigan to perform. Then we saw our first major hit (for us), a Canadian act called Ten Strings and a Goatskin, from Prince Edward Island. We got a CD and it again made us think about finding a good Canadian festival to go to. The day ended with Scythian, which has a huge reputation, but frankly we didn't get that much out of it end left before the end of their set. Compared to bands like Slide or Socks in the Frying Pan, which we saw at the Dublin Irish Festival, Scythian was comparatively modest in their abilities.
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Project manager and Linux enthusiast
Introduction
After managing to avoid being sent to Vietnam, I somehow got connected with some political folks in the 1970s, and worked on a few campaigns. It was fun, but more important was that it got me interested in Economics. in 1979 I married the most wonderful woman in the world. Nothing else even comes close. In 1981 I started a doctoral program in Economics at the University of Michigan. I then taught for a few years at Concordia University, and wandered into computers. Eventually this got me into Project Management. I enjoy my job, and project management seems to suit me. In summer I spend every spare moment in the garden, and in the winter I work on my Web sites. I also sing in the church choir, and love music of most kinds.

Publicity Director: Ohio LinuxFest
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Luckiest guy in the world. See above about my wife.
Education
  • University of Michigan
    Economics, 1981 - 1989
  • Suffolk University
    History, 1977 - 1981
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August 17
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Project Management
Employment
  • TEKsystems
    Project Manager, 2012 - 2015
  • Morgan Bradley LLC
    Project Manager, 2008 - 2012
  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
    Information Management Consultant, 2003 - 2007
  • Concordia University
    Asst. Professor, 1989 - 2003
  • Ford Motor Credit Company
    Project Manager, 2015 - present
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Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Previously
All over the East Coast of USA - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - Buffalo, New York, USA - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - Delran, New Jersey, USA - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA - Scituate, Massachusetts, USA