Thursday, April 29, 2010


"Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."

What does the Messiah mean by this encrypted message?
Will companies be arbitrarily judged by the government has having earned enough money?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Put your money where your mouth is!

Fellow Cadets,

There are only two months left in the 2009-10 Annual Fund Campaign, aka "The Campaign for The 400." To my knowledge (and I have very good sources), only a few of the BMBS, OIA, PPB, OITO bloggers have contributed. We all like to talk the talk. Now it is time to walk the walk. Put your money where your mouth is. If you think BC is the best high school that a young man can attend, then make a contribution to perpetuate that legacy.

To make it easy for you, BC has made it possible to donate online. Here is the link: BC Online Giving.

The school needs your help now, more than ever. NO EXCUSES!

For Ol' BC,

Friday, April 23, 2010

25 Years of Distinction...Only at Benedictine

2010 marks the 25th consecutive year that the Benedictine Corps of Cadets has attained the status of Honor Unit With Distinction, a designation given only to the top 20% of JROTC units in the nation. This impressive streak began in 1986, when LTC Owens '61 was given the reigns to a JROTC program that was on the verge of being cut from the school's budget.

To celebrate this achievemnet, the JROTC cadre decided to order streamers for each year the Corps of Cadets earned the Gold Star. Actually, to save money, three years were placed on each streamer. This past Monday, an informal ceremony was held to place the streamers on the unit colors. As each year was named, the Commander for that year was also named. As the best Brigade Commander during the last 25 years the only Brigade Commander that currently works at the school, I had the privilege of decorating the flag with the streamer representing the Classes of 2001, 2002 and 2003, and Commanders Butler/Roche and Schwarz.

I felt a tremendous amount of pride that day, not because of my personal achievement, but because of being a part of something special. Only at Benedictine!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursdays with Connolly

The way this works is this: I visit Connolly's facebook page, close my eyes, and then cut/paste a random sliver of posts from his wall. This week's result:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weekend Agenda

Above:  The Dukes of Bourbon

- Twilight Friday night.  Prediction:  Ryan won't be able to go downtown because of "allergies" or because he "just wants to take it easy" and will decide to instead watch 7 straight hours of movies from the early 90's. 

- 4-hour drive down GA 15 to Savannah Saturday morning.  Haven't made this picturesque journey in quite a while so I'm looking forward to it.  A stop at Dairy Lane or Bojangles is always a must.  Nothing better than rolling through middle Georgia in the springtime with windows rolled down (exception: Sparta) and beach music blasting.         

- Bruce's wedding Saturday night.   Prediction:  I will not be able to understand anything half the people at the reception are saying.  Biggest congregation of SJS fast-talkers since Myrtle Beach 2003.

Friday, April 16, 2010

One Month Later...

Saturday is the 17th of April, and that means another night at Kevin Barry's. Tax season is over, so you know Leonard will be there. I will be there too. Who else is going to make it?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

RIP Father John

I just learned that Father John passed away this morning at the abbey in Latrobe. Our younger readers probably don't know Father John Murtha, who was President of BC from 1996-99. The Class of '01 had Father John for two years and Father Jude for two years. You always knew Father John was around, because you could hear him cough about once every minute.

Having only been at BC for three years, Father John seemed to "get it." I remember during my sophomore year, when he called a special meeting with our class after lunch because only 10-or-so sophomores had stayed with football from freshmen year. I remember when we got a day off for beating #4-ranked Bradwell in '97 and getting a half-day for only losing to Northside by 18 points in '98.

I think Father John's understanding of BC is best summed up by a story Chris "Killer" Koncul '98 told me once. Chris got his nickname as a junior, from an incident at the '97 region quarterfinal basketball game. Other than '10 and '03, that was the last year that the Cadets challenged for a state playoff berth. BC lost to Statesboro in OT (it may have even been 2OT), ending their season. The game was played at Jenkins and the Stateboro players were allegedly taunting the BC students after the game. Killer didn't like that and landed a right cross on one of the Stateboro players. He was immediately arrested by the security at the game. The follwoing week, Chris had to pay a visit to Father John's office and meet with the administration about his actions. His butt was chewed pretty severely by all present, including Father John. After the meeting Father John excused Miss Burke and Coach Cannon, but kept Chris in his office. After Burke and Cannon had left the office, he asked Chris, "Did you get a good shot in on him?"

Double Down Review

Yesterday, after work, I swung by the KFC on Waters Ave. to try out the much-hyped Double Down sandwich. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, I give it a 4. The fried chicken breasts were very good and there was plenty of cheese. However, it could have used more bacon and a little more special sauce. Has anyone else tried it yet?

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Georgia Sports Weekend 2010

Really glad basketball is over. Especially after I lost $110 on Duke (thanks, Tim).  That means it's time for $1.25 pimento cheese sandwiches, 50 yard-line club-level seats at Sanford, and sorority girls at Turner Field.  Yea, I know it's gay to talk about seasons, but this is without question the best time of the year.    

Democracy on the Rise, Liberty in Retreat

Monday, April 05, 2010

Double Down debuts this weekend!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Atlanta Braves Over/Under

Some over/unders for YOUR 2010 Atlanta Braves. The season starts Monday, so you have all weekend to pick. We can revisit after the season. I'm sure Chris will pick the over in all categories.

We'll start with pitchers:

Derek Lowe - 13.5 wins
Tim Hudson - 14.5 wins
Tommy Hanson - 15 wins
Jair Jurrjens - 16.5 wins
Billy Wagner - 29 saves


Troy Glaus - 21 home runs
Brian McCann - 20.5 home runs
Chipper Jones - 18.5 home runs
- Chipper - .290 batting average
- Chipper - 130 games played
Jason Heyward - 18 home runs
- Heyward - .270 batting average

Atlanta Braves 2010 Wins - 86.5
Braves end of season games behind Phillies - 4.5 back