Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I really don't have time to write a lot on this like in the old days, but suffice it to say that Congress has just passed a 2,500-page monstrosity that seriously erodes our freedoms, creates an entire generation of new government dependents, explodes an already-busted federal budget, all the while doing absolutely nothing to actually bring down health care costs. Premiums will continue to soar because more people will have more employer-based insurance (which is the root of the problem to begin with).
But let's look on the bright side: now more taxpayers will be even more responsible for subsidizing those that can't afford to buy coverage. Employers will be punished and fined unless they give their workers the very form of insurance that causes health care costs to skyrocket out of control in the first place. And finally, those cavalier rapscallions that choose not to buy insurance go precisely where they belong: directly to jail! Now that's truly the America I know and love!
This is because the philosophy behind Democratic policy-making over the last 70+ years has been simple: create more Democrats. And the best way to do this is to make people more dependent on government than ever so that, come November, they will have no choice but to pull the lever with the "D" next to it. In that cause they have certainly succeeded: more people, both poor and middle-class, are now dependent on Washington than at any time in history. The portion of workers that actually pay income tax today is the smallest on record, while the portion of wage-earners that pay none has nearly reached a majority. Meanwhile, the percentage of voters that benefit from social security, Medicare, Medicaid, S-Chip, federal education grants, FHA loans, and a bazillion other needless programs is easily the largest number we've ever seen. Wonder who all these folks will choose come election time? The party that pledges to maintain and expand these handouts or the one that wants to take them away?
The good news is that some people are finally waking up: according to a CNN poll, 59% of registered voters oppose the bill passed last night. All I know is that if I'm a Republican running this fall, this would be my 5-point platform:
1. Repeal of the health care bill
2. A balanced budget amendment
3. Term limits
4. Allow workers under 55 to opt out of Social Security and Medicare
5. Allow workers to opt out of the tax code and instead pay a 15% or 25% tax rate with no deductions.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
363 days down; 1 more to go!
Come down to the Night Before Party at the KofC tonight from 7:00-10:00.
The Post-Parade party will be at the Boom-Boom Room in the Hilton. Time and room number are TBD.
Everyone have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day.
God Bless America!
Erin Go Bragh!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Don't forget the Gael Force Run tomorrow night at 6:30. The race will start on Abercorn, right behind The Mansion. The post-race party at Pinkie's will begin at approx. 7:20. Barring a minor miracle, I will be buying a round of PBR tallboys for the race participants.
HANK, do not buy the street chicken. I know it's cheap and probably just as tasty as other, full-priced chicken, but it's not worth the risk.
Full story here.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
At the time of this great honor, I was a seven year old who tied his shoe in a unorthodox way and called Burger King, "Burber King". I had no clue how much this moment shaped my life until around 2006. At 23, I realized, I am part of not only a great event that you get to hang out with friends and drink,it is a celebration that brings in tradition to the forefront and makes you appreciate your Irish Heritage in the highest regards. I Credit this to my Grandfather, Robert H Reardon.
He loves the parade more than anyone, and I know every Grand Marshall loves it immensely. But, My Grandfather wants to make sure he can march the whole route each year. So he walks Lake Mayor weeks prior to get himself in tip top shape to walk the most coveted walk on March 17th. This June he turns 90, and I just want to say I cherish each and moment I share with him. Congratulations to the 20 year Anniversary of being Grand Marshall of the St Patrick's Day Parade in the greatest city, Savannah GA!
Erin Go Bragh!
Herb also counts a number of grand marshals in his green-tinted bloodlines...An uncle, Denny Leonard, a former coach at Benedictine and subsequently at Boy's Catholic and later Aquinas High School in Augusta, and his son, Michael Leonard, served as grand marshals of the Augusta parade in 1981 and 2008, respectively.
I also thought this was a great picture from 1975. Check out the pants!
Friday, March 05, 2010
The Third Annual Gael Force Run will be held Thursday, March 11th at 6:30pm.
The race will start at Abercorn and Bolton and Finish in Madison Square.
This year's race will follow the same rules as last year: Chug to start; Chug to Finish.
As always, loser buys a round of PBRs at the post race social at Pinkie's.
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
The Grand Marshal's Reception this past Sunday was great, as usual. This picture was taken later that night after the accountants had gone home. The party moved from the KofC to Kevin Barry's, where we were recruited by the CWO (Counihan World Order). I think Couniballs and I shared a total of about ten words between each other during our time together at BC. Well, he was my best friend Sunday night. He informed MAR and I that he was starting his own construction company and he asked us to join the CWO in forming the ultimate voting block within the Parade Committee.
An excerpt from our conversation:
"Where are all the guys that played football and shit? I have people calling me for work. Join us and we can run this thing. We can decide who the Marshal is every year."
Calendar of Events:
March 5: My birthday
March 7: Public Investiture of the Grand Marshal
March 8: Irish Sing-A-Long at BC
March 11: Gael Force Run
March 13: Tara Feis and Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade
March 14: Celtic Cross Mass, Ceremony and Reception
March 16: Jasper Green Ceremony and Limerick Society Party
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 02, 2010