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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is being sent early so I can give some history and my own insight on one of the BEST DAYS OF THE YEAR-Saint Patrick’s Day! The Other two being The Fourth of July and Halloween. Plus to give a heads up on some great places to play on the day is The Isle!

FIRST OFF if you feel the need to abbreviate, DO NOT CALL IT ST. PATTY’S DAY-The day of tradition and history is about the Celtic Isle…NOT HAMBURGERS! If you MUST abbreviate it is St. Paddy Day!

SECOND DO NOT WEAR ORANGE!!! The IRISH Flag is Green, White, and Orange. Green for The Irish Catholics (who have had their land stolen and lived under English Protestant Rule), Orange for The English Protestants, and White for Peace between the two-there will be NO PEACE until the land is returned!

I will be at Fado at Easton all day on Wednesday in my Kilt. I will be sharing the Stage with Blood, Sweat, and Beers, Mother Trucker Acoustic, Homeland (one of my new favorites), Soul KitcHen, The Websters, and SWAGG (my BOYZ)! Doors open at 7pm (you probably are reading this after that-YOU ARE LATE for Kegs and Eggs!!!

Sláinte is commonly used as a drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, literally translating as “health.”

Variations of this toast exist, it can for example be expanded to sláinte mhaith “good health” in Irish (mhaith being the lenited form of maith “good”).

The Scottish Gaelic equivalant is slàinte (mhath) (same meaning) to which the normal response is do dheagh shlàinte “your good health”.[4] Slàinte mhòr is a Gaelic variant meaning “great health”. It is also used as a Jacobite toast as an alternative meaning is “health to Marion”, Marion (Gaelic Mòr) being a Jacobite code name for Prince Charles Edward Stuart.[5]

The Manx Gaelic form is slaynt (vie).[6] Alternatively, corp slaynt “healthy body” is also used in Manx.[3]

The toast is mispronounced by non-native speakers in various ways, most commonly with excessive voicing as IPA: [zlaːnʒ].


Pog Moi Thoin!
It’s more than green beer and kisses! By the way real Irish Beer is BLACK and THICK, not metallic tasting Miller Light.

Customs and Traditions
The person who was become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.

Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.
He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.

His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.

Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.

His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. Not much of it is actually substantiated.

Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland, and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday.

One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.
Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer. One reason St. Patrick’s Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. One might say it has become the first green of spring.

Irish Drinking Toasts
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Here’s to me, and here’s to you,
And here’s to love and laughter-
I’ll be true as long as you,
And not one moment after.

Here’s to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!

Health and life to you;
The mate of your choice to you;
Land without rent to you,
And death in Eirinn.

Here’s a toast to your enemies’ enemies!
When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!

Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer—and another one!
Here’s to our wives and girlfriends:
May they never meet!

May the road rise to meet you.
may the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

May the saddest day of your future be no worse
Than the happiest day of your past.

May the roof above us never fall in.
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door.

May there be a generation of children
On the children of your children.

May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent!

May the Lord keep you in His hand
And never close His fist too tight.

May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire –
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

May God be with you and bless you,
May you see your children’s children,
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And heaven is overflowing.

May peace and plenty be the first
To lift the latch to your door,
And happiness be guided to your home
By the candle of Christmas.

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he’d just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and he’s walking with a limp. “What happened to you?” asks Sean, the bartender. “Jamie O’Conner and me had a fight,” says Paddy. “That little snit, O’Conner,” says Sean, “he couldn’t do that to you. He must have had something in his hand.” “That he did,” says Paddy, “a shovel is what he had and a terrible lickin’ he gave me with it.” “Well,” says Sean, “you should have defended yourself. Didn’t you have something in your hand?” “That I did,” said Paddy. “Mrs. O’Conner’s breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a fight,”
An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over. “So,” says the cop to the driver, “where have ya been?” “Why, I’ve been to the pub of course,” slurs the drunk. “Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few
to drink this evening.” “I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile. “Did you know,” says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell
out of your car?” “Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk. “For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf,”

Brenda O’Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door. “Brenda, may I come in?” he asks. “I’ve somethin’to tell ya.”
“Of course you can come in, you’re always welcome, Tim. But where’s my husband?”
“That’s what I’m here to be tellin’ ya, Brenda. There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery…”
“Oh, God no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me.”
“I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.” Finally, she looked up at Tim. “How did it happen, Tim?” “It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guinness Stout and drowned.”
“Oh my dear Jesus! But you must tell me true, Tim. Did he at least go quickly?”
“Well, no Brenda… no. Fact is, he got out three times to pee.”

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O’Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she’s in tears. He says, “So what’s bothering you, Mary my dear?” She says, “Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news. My husband passed away
last night.” The priest says, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?” She says, “That he did, Father..
“The priest says, “What did he ask, Mary?
She says, “He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that damn gun…'”


McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar.

When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the
Irishman started to leave.

“S’cuse me”, said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done, “what was that all about?”

“Nothin’, said the Irishman, “my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives!”

“I’ve Lost Me Luggage”

An Irishman arrived at J.F.K. Airport and wandered around the terminal with tears streaming down his cheeks. An airline employee asked him if he was already homesick.

“No,” replied the Irishman “I’ve lost all me luggage!”

“How’d that happen?”

“The cork fell out!” said the Irishman.


“Water to Wine”

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.

The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, “Sir, have you been drinking?”

“Just water,” says the priest.

The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?”

The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”


“The Brothel”

Two Irishmen were sitting at a pub having beer and watching the brothel across the street.

They saw a Baptist minister walk into the brothel, and one of them said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see a man of the cloth goin’ bad.”

Then they saw a rabbi enter the brothel, and the other Irishman said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see that the Jews are fallin’ victim to temptation as well.”

Then they see a catholic priest enter the brothel, and one of the Irishmen said, “What a terrible pity…one of the girls must be dying.


Irish Cemetery

Three Irishmen, Paddy, Sean and Seamus, were stumbling home from the pub late one night and found themselves on the road which led past the old graveyard..

“Come have a look over here,” says Paddy, “It’s Michael O’Grady’s grave, God bless his soul. He lived to the ripe old age of 87.”

“That’s nothing,” says Sean, “here’s one named Patrick O’Toole, it says here that he was 95 when he died.”!

Just then, Seamus yells out, “Good God, here’s a fella that got to be 145!”

“What was his name?” asks Paddy.

Seamus stumbles around a bit, awkwardly lights a match to see what else is written on the stone marker, and exclaims,

“Miles, from Dublin.”


Irish Predicament

Drunk Ole Mulvihill (From the Northern Irish Clan) staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional box, sits down , but says nothing.

The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention but Ole Mulvihill just sits there.

Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall.

The drunk mumbles, “ain’t no use knockin, there’s no paper on this side either.”

TOP 10
Reasons for St. Paddy’s day Party
10.) It is a Weds
09.) You can get a kiss for actually lying (Kiss me I’m Irish)
08.) Most of the Kennedy’s are dead (did he really just say that?)
07.) Pi**ing Green the next day
06.) Drinking at 6AM!!! On a NON OSU FOOTBALL GAME DAY!
05.) Half way to Halloween
04.) A day to pi** off the Italian Catholics (How many people lie and say “I’m Italian” on Columbus Day?)
03.) The stories of forgiveness overheard in the bathroom stalls
02.) Taking home an ugly person just because he/she has red hair.
01.) You can be short, mean, drunk, and wear a dress and be considered cool (Ahh yes!)


There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all of his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantookit.

There once was a teacher named Gray
Who said to her students one day,
“Now, you have until one,
to get a limerick done.”
The class groaned the hour away!

A nudist by the name of Roger Peet
Loved to dance in the snow and the sleet,
But one chilly December
He froze every member,
And retired to a monkish retreat.

There was a young lady named Sharkey
Who had an affair with a darkey.
The result of her sins
Was quadruplets, not twins,
One white, and one black, and two khaki.

A love-sick young barn-owl in Kew
Had a pretty young she-owl in view.
He twittered, “I oughter
Endeavor to court ‘er
But I don’t have enough wit to woo!”

There was a young man who said, “Why
Can’t I look in my ear with my eye?
I think that I might
If I stretch very tight
You never can tell ’til you try!”

There was a young fellow named Fisher
Who was fishing for fish in a fissure,
When a cod, with a grin,
Pulled the fisherman in
Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.

1.) Boondock Saints (any doubt?)
Very intelligent action movie, about two Irish brothers who kill ’sinners’ to punish them. The movie is a bit different from the typical action movie, as it doesn’t have car-chases or explosions. The action consists of stylish shooting sprees. It also has a fairly original idea that is utilized in nearly every action scene in the movie, and that should be used more often in action films; first you see the aftermath, the crime-scene, the police investigating, counting bodies, etc. After/as the police come up with theories to the crime, we see the actual scene, of the brothers punishing criminals. It’s a different kind of vigilante movie. It’s particularly gory and bloody, but this just makes it all the more realistic. In real life, there is a significant amount of blood when someone is shot in the head. The movie has some Christian subtexts, I think I’ve heard about five major theories about the whole movie’s meaning. This shows, in my opinion, that there was obviously a lot of thought put into the movie. I’d recommend it to anyone who can stand the gore, even if they aren’t Christians.

2.) The Black Donnellys (ok a TV show but wow, was it a good one-why cancelled?) If I grew up in Brookland I would be Tommy Donnelly!!!
I don’t know what the problem is with this show.. that everyone seems to hate it, but I watched it, and I thought that it was very very good. The dialogue was good, the premise was dark, and of course, unbelievable. But seriously, what are the hit shows on today… Heroes? Lost? Desperate Housewives?, doesn’t TV thrive on the unbelievable? I mean, why else would we watch something that could be going on next door? Its just not that interesting.

3.) RUDY (I had to put this one on)
If this movie doesn’t get you motivated, then something is wrong with you. This movie proves that good things happen to people who work hard and don’t except the circumstances they are dealt. I’ve seen this movie more than 30 times in my life, and i still cant get through the end of this movie without getting tears in my eyes. Another thing this movie teaches you is to listen to the people in your life who believe in you and want you to succeed, don’t listen to the people who want you to fail and constantly remind you that your going to fail. “The best revenge is success.” One of my favorite quotes comes from this movie as well, when the coach dan devine tells Rudy and the rest of the team that “Nobody, and I mean nobody, comes into our house and pushes us around.”

4.) Gangs of New York (and I HATE Leo-but it is so good!)
Based on the New York Draft Riots that did happen, just two weeks AFTER the Northern victory at Gettysburg, demonstrating that the outcome of the War was anything but certain, even after Lee had been forced to retreat to the south bank of the Potomac River. Today, many would find this surprising.

Day-Lewis does a superb job with a character that is unevenly developed. He is a homicidal thug in the beginning, a menacing, but somewhat benign, presence in the middle, and a psychotic killer in the end. It isn’t really clear why he vacillates the way he does. Bi-polar, I guess. DiCaprio proves he can act, and he exudes a manliness he did not possess in earlier films. Diaz turns in a creditable performance. The cast of thousands adds a nice touch to the film.

Kudos to Scorsese for the herculean effort, and a tip of the kepi for the poetic ending, which reminded me of the ending in 1936’s “San Francisco.”

5.) U2 Rattle and Hum (for the record I don’t like Bono either)
“this is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles and we’re stealing it back!”

When U2 arrives in the fall 1987 to start the second leg of their American tour to promote “The Joshua Tree” (1987), they already filled with enthusiasm millions of Americans with their masterpiece and they were showered with praise by virtually all musical critics but also important newspapers (the magazine Newsweek even put them on the cover!). The amount? Bono and his band were crowned the biggest rock and roll band in the world. A status which isn’t easy to assume and when one has a rock and roll masterpiece under one’s belt, delivering it a follow-up is a difficult task. Maybe that’s why the most famous Irish quartet had the idea to make a film accompanied by an album: to try to forge ahead and to take a new musical direction.

So, “U2: Rattle and Hum” (1988) is a documentary which goes back over the band’s tour in America where they alternate concerts and cultural discoveries (the visit of Graceland). Their album “the Joshua Tree” had already expressed their fascination for America, the movie “Rattle and Hum” confirms it. The director Phil Joanou (Martin Scorsese turned down this role) also filled his work with interviews and recording sessions which took place after the tour in 1988. Each member’s disposition is revealed in these interviews but also throughout the movie and during their tour especially with concerts. So, in Joanou’s opus, Bono and his men reaffirm their positions on a social, cultural and above all musical point of view while not forgetting their Irish roots. Concerning music which constitutes the backbone of the movie, the band explores several facets of American music. The Stax-soul tribute “Angel of Harlem”, the blues “When Love Comes to Town” with a
prestigious guest: BB King, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” in a gospel version show a progressive Americanization of the band. But in parallel, not to lose their identity, the four members remain faithful to their musical influences; either it is the sinewy “Desire” or the atmospheric “Heartland” that sounds like a “the Joshua Tree” outtake. Hence an impression of hodgepodge: the tracks cut in studio are rather badly linked up. It is difficult to let oneself rock with beautiful heavenly flights then to follow with unusual tracks for the band without losing the thread.

That said, the musical trimmings that somewhat hinders the movie didn’t stop Bono and his men to write some of U2’s best songs. On another extent, Phil Joanou’s technical feats enable the spectator to attend the concerts as if he were on stage with the band. The latter is presented in this state like we would imagine them for the ones who have never seen them in concert: fiery, feverish, passionated by their music and ready to make a declaration aiming at peace in Northern Ireland and why not in the rest of the world (Bono’s words in the middle of Sunday Bloody Sunday”). And I address the fans of the band who may have the album but not seen the movie and the casual listeners: a good part of U2’s hits of the eighties and notably from “the Joshua Tree” are performed on stage: “Bad”, “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”.

I also think that having shot the movie in black and white and in color gives it a arty side. At the end of the day, it’s a worthy but suicidal undertaking. Indeed, the limited commercial career of Joanou’s opus clearly shows once again that this kind of film is seldom successful in the theaters in spite of the fact that the video was a best-seller in the Anglo-Saxon countries. And for U2, the eighties ended in a little rough way but fortunately, the nineties will begin (and for me end) triumphantly with “Achtung Baby” (1991).

6.) The Devil’s Own (great deep movie)
An American movie starring two American actors (Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt) about sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Not surprisingly, critics and historians (not to mention Ford and Pitt, eventually) decried the film for its “history lite” approach. Those looking for a more accurate take on Irish history should check out Michael Collins or In the Name of the Father.

7.) The Boxer
This is a great film and I’ve watched it several times. The photography is stunning. The musical score is brilliant. The characters are believable and endearing. The film does not take sides except to say “Enough!” Enough bloodshed. Enough hatred. Enough poverty. Northern Ireland has had enough.
Daniel Day Lewis and Emily Watson give stellar performances. I saw Emily Watson in “Breaking the Waves” which I did not understand at all, but I did recognize a fine actress. I’ve seen all of Daniel Day Lewis’ films–even his early releases. This is one of my favorite DDL films–a difficult choice as he has made so many excellent films. The supporting cast is composed of first class actors. The scenes are terribly realistic. I still jump when a bomb explodes early in the movie, and the boxing scenes are fabulous. (In the fifties I was a fan of Carmine Basilio, so I know what the real thing looks like.)

The contrast of stark, war-torn Belfast with tenacious individuals attempting to lead relatively normal lives–marrying, having children, teaching day-school, mopping floors, is heart-rending. Who wouldn’t root for peace?

Those who have taken one side or the other in this awful conflict might not appreciate the neutrality of the film. That is the whole point. Most of the Irish are fed up and want to get on with their lives. I thought the coincidence of the film release with the current peace process effort was grand.

8.) In the Name of the Father (very good and twists from start to finish)
This movie is based on a true story that began in 1974 when an IRA bomb exploded in England, killing several people. Soon Gerry Conlon, a petty thief from Belfast, was convicted of the bombing. Several of Conlon’s friends and relatives, including his father, were also jailed. But after languishing behind bars for 14 years, Conlon and his father were completely exonerated and released. The tale of the miscarriage of justice is well-told in this movie, but I think the best thing about the film is the nuanced way the relationship between son and father is developed during their years in prison.

9.) The Departed (what is it with Leo on this list?)
Excellent. A great, great movie. Even though Boston is not really a gritty town Scorsese was able to capture a darker side of the city. Local Bosoton pros like Damon and Wahlberg they were able to really grab hold of it and not go overboard… most of the time. The true stand out performance has to go to DiCaprio. He has really come into his since hooking up with Scorsese, having scored a number of original performances all of which have expanded his range. He really snagged onto a deep and tragic character and created something that will hopefully be recognized come awards season. One of my favorite aspects was the friendly hostility the characters had for each other. It is a specific trademark that I have never noticed in any other city. In Boston, when you are really close with someone (or not really) it is, more or less, a requirement to bust their balls and shoot cruel insults back and forth in rhythmic banter. That detail was extensively realized
in THE DEPARTED and I doubt anybody who was raised outside of the metro Boston area, or at least visited at some point, would find it nearly as hilarious as those who were. As for Scorsese’s direction, I think he scored big with this one. While many have criticized that his movies have become more commercial I believe that he has just evolved. There were some classic Scorsese moments here, my favorite being a scene where DiCaprio is alone and packing his things in his apartment. Beautifully cut and stylistically directed. Is it his best effort? No. But it still is truly mesmerizing. He has created something truly special from a city that is highly underrated.

10.) The Commitments (I play this soundtrack at EVERY GIG!)
A group of working-class young men from the poorest district of North Dublin form a band that plays soul music. The film follows the ups and downs of the band as they go from gig to gig, performing their own version of numbers like “Mustang Sally” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” There’s not much plot here, but I found the dialogue, the characters, the energy, and the music irresistible.

Top 10 Songs for St. Paddy Day
1.) Amazing Grace-Originally written by a former Slave trader who’s boat almost sank-this is a great tune of forgiveness even when not warranted. I especially enjoy when played on the Bag-Pipes. For the sake of a St. Paddy Mixtape, I will suggest the version from The DropKick Murphys!

2.) Baba O’Reilly-This is one of my all time favorite songs. One line sums it up “Out here in the fields I fought for my meals…I put my back into my living!

3.) Danny Boy-So sad

4.) Sunday Bloody Sunday-Written about that faithful day in Dublin, Ireland-for the record, I don’t have a problem with it-No land=’s no peace! I support the resistance!

5.) Jump Around Fun rap song WITH BAGPIPES!!!

6.) Big Country-if you don’t bob yer head to this you have no rhythm OR SOUL!

7.) The Scotsman-I will be in my kilt, and maybe “won first prize!”

8.) What’s Left of The Flag-The only thing I care about is the Green and white!

9.)The Last Letter Home-Saddest song ever about a man who stumbles onto a gravestone and asks about the history of the person

10.) Kiss Me I’m #*%@faced-Sing along late in the day!!!

How To Have A Successful Paddy’s Day.
Here is a short and simple guide about the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

1. Do not call it St. Patty’s Day. Cannot stress this one enough. I am not entirely sure where Patty’s Day came from; patron Saint of burgers maybe. Anyway if you must shorten it, it is Paddy’s Day.

2. Prepare yourself ahead of time. Chances are you will be covering yourself in as much green, white and orange as physically possible. (IN MY OPINION WHERE NO ORANGE-AND IF YOU WEAR PRIMARILY ORANGE BE REPAIRED TO HAVE YOUR A** KICKED!!! Orange is the color or the English Protestants who STOLE OUR LAND!) Make sure you have your outfit all ready to go in advance of the big day. Sometimes outdoor festivals with copious amounts of drinking can lead to accessories being stolen. So make sure to bring back ups. A back up hat and back up pair of sunglasses are a necessity.

3. Line your stomach. It is a big drinking day for most people. Please make sure that your stomach is well prepared for all that alcohol. Eat a big Irish breakfast. Then fill up again at lunch time. This will give plenty of soakage and help keep you going as long as the Energizer bunny.

4. If you meet someone from Ireland, only tell them you are Irish if you can legitimately back it up. “My last name is McFlanagan” or “I have red hair” or “I can drink a lot” are not a legitimate back ups. Being born there or having an Irish passport is legitimate. Feel free to tell them how much you love Ireland and then give them a kiss as a sign of your appreciation.

5. Get plastered. It is a big day for drinking. So make sure you get absolutely poleaxed drunk. Any memories of the day should be short and impossible to piece together. Drink Irish drinks – Guinness, Jameson, Kilkenny, Smithwick’s, Bushmills and so on.

Follow these 5 Steps and you should have a successful Paddy’s Day. Session On.

BREAKING: Ohio Governor’s Race Game Changer is coming soon….
Kent Markus is in trouble.
Big trouble.

Word is that Governor Strickland’s Chief Legal Counsel may currently be negotiating a plea deal, or in lieu of that, possibly even be indicted for some of the issues surrounding Troopergate.

The big thing to wrap your mind around for when this breaks is that Markus is smart – way too smart to set up institutionalized obstruction without the knowledge and consent of the constitutional authority. And of course, Strickland will play his assigned role and try to act shocked.

What to watch for next? Does Markus leave the Governor’s office and take a lucrative job in the private sector? Does he stick it out and hope the plea deal minimizes the coverage?

The problem for the Governor is that he doesn’t want this scandal stretching into the Fall when voters are actually paying attention. Because of that, things need to start moving, and fast.

But, if it goes too long and the prosecutor thinks he’s getting played, don’t be surprised if he takes it to the grand jury and forces the action. The Senate hearings are bringing out things that blow the arguments for shutting down the drug investigation out of the water. The hearing is also building a case that this is a pattern of behavior from the Gov’s office that law enforcement deems obstruction.

The most serious issue pushing this to some kind of legal conclusion is the precedent of the Governor’s office requiring signoff on investigations. That ends state level law enforcement. The fact that the call was made when a lobbyist called shows what will be common practice if the seal protecting the Highway Patrol is broken. In one respect this is even bigger than the scandal facing NY Gov. David Paterson because it’s happening under a Governor elected in a landslide caused by another scandal. At its root, this strategy is a scandal suppression method.

The fact is this, Troopergate has the potential to be far more damning to Strickland than Coingate ever was to Taft. This reaches straight to the top.

If the Fourth Estate does their job, this will be the story of the year.

This is the kinda person I have a real problem with!!! NO ONE should be proud of their “girth.” I am not talking about a person with a few extra pounds…I am referring to a person like this, or someone who refuses to take care of themselves. AND FOR THE RECORD…FANS OF OBAMA CARE-this is the kinda person YOUR SOCIALIZED health care will be taking care of! Instead of a penalty for not paying in…how about a penalty for not TRYING to be healthy in YOUR BILL!

New Jersey Woman Wants to Weigh 1,000 Pounds
Meet Donna Simpson. She’s going to cost you. A lot.

Simpson, of Old Bridge, N.J., is 42 years old, has two kids and a boyfriend, and she weighs 602 pounds. That’s right … 602 pounds.

She’s on a diet, of course, because she has a goal in mind:

She wants to weigh 1,000 pounds.

That’s right … 1,000 pounds. It’s a nice, extra-round figure — almost as big as what her unhealthy choices will ultimately cost taxpayers.

Slideshow: Woman Wants to Be ‘World’s Fattest’

Simpson claims she is normal and healthy, and she has a right to eat what she wants and weigh what she wants.

“I love eating and people love watching me eat,” she says. “It makes people happy, and I’m not harming anyone.”

But she needs to use a motor scooter when she goes grocery shopping, because she can’t walk more than 20 feet. The human body, after all, is not designed to scarf down 12,000 calories a day in the quest to weigh half a ton.

Simpson is definitely harming someone — herself, says Dr. Carla Wolper, a registered dietitian and research faculty member at the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

And you, the taxpayer, could wind up paying for it.

“We don’t know her medical history, but one of the most dangerous health issues she faces is an increased risk of sudden death from having a heart attack due to electrical problems in the heart,” Wolper said.

Other possible causes of death for Simpson include stroke, immobility, breathing problems, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and inflammation of heart tissue. Each year, nearly 300,000 Americans die from heart failure.

Simpson, experts say, is putting herself at risk for all these medical conditions, and those conditions have a hefty pricetag.

“The baseline cost for someone like to go to the emergency room is $993 for one visit,” Daniel Emmer, public relations manager of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health insurance provider in New Jersey, told

Simpson’s main source of income to support herself financially is by appearing on a Web site where men pay to watch videos of her gorging on food and showing off her hundreds of pounds of extra bulge in a bikini.

But it’s anyone’s guess whether her revenue from Web videos will cover the cost of her inevitable health risks.

“Someone with diabetes costs $11,744 more per year to provide health care, which is twice as much as the average person,” Emmer said.

It is unclear what type of insurance Simpson has, if any. But there is no question that whatever her health care position is, it could come at a high cost.

“Obesity causes a minimum $1,429 increase, or 42 percent in medical costs,” Emmer said. “Research shows lifestyle choices and behaviors drive 87.5 percent of the cost for health care claims.”

“When people are very, very overweight, they are at an increased risk for a condition called prolonged QT syndrome,” Wolper told

Prolonged QT syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats, the Mayo Clinic says on its Web site. In some cases, the heart may beat erratically for so long that it can cause sudden death.

“Another problem this woman faces is related to the circulatory system,” Wolper said. “When people are that big, circulation is often impaired in the legs. This can cause blood to pool in the legs leading to formation of blood clots. This leaves morbidly obese people at an increased risk for a pulmonary embolism.”

A pulmonary embolism occurs when one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to your lungs from another part of your body — most commonly, your legs, according to the Mayo Clinic. One of the major risk factors is excess weight, which increases the risk of blood clots, especially in women who smoke or have high blood pressure.

“The work of the heart is tremendously increased when someone is that big because there’s so much more blood in the body,” Wolper said. “When this happens, the heart has to pump against the pressure of all that fat that is pressing against the blood vessels, and as a result the heart enlarges, and not in a good way.”

As Simpson’s appetite increases, so will the cost of health care for the severe medical conditions that she is likely to have — conditions that are preventable by healthier lifestyle choices. Whereas her $750-a-week grocery bill is merely gastronomical, her hospital bills will be astronomical — and the taxpayers of New Jersey may well have to pay her tab.

Meanwhile, in her effort to boldly go where no woman has gone before, Simpson says she tries to stay sedentary, so she burns as few calories as necessary.

She consumes five times more than the recommended daily calories for a woman her age.

“My favorite food is sushi. But unlike others I can sit and eat 70 big pieces of sushi in one go,” she told the Daily Mail.

“I do love cakes and sweet things, doughnuts are my favorite.”

The current record for fattest

woman is held by a woman also from New Jersey, who weighed an unbelievable 1,800 pounds when she died in 2008. She was 49 years old.

Simpson is proud of the Guinness World Record she holds now for the world’s fattest mother, and her boyfriend is proud of her too.

Philippe, 49, supports her thousand-pound goal, even if that is nearly seven times his own weight of 150 pounds.

“I think he’d like it if I was bigger,” Simpson said. “He’s a real belly man, and completely supports me.”

Someday, the experts say, we all may support her.

I would like to point out I have A BUNCH OF WEIGHT since February 20th. I am weighing in at just under 175 pounds. My runs are getting longer (and pace is increasing). Recently I ran an equivalent of a half marathon. The good thing for me, I am leaning out and have not lost much of my size, and NONE OF MY STRENGTH! While I am being conscious of what I eat, I basically eat whatever I want. MY SECRET? Products from Visalus! To learn more on how you can get your weight under control, lose weight, and JUST BE HEALTHIER, plus have the chance to make an extra income… Or

Welcome back Snake Eyes, and Lil Charlie Hustle!
Guest Larkin dusts off No. 11
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Barry Larkin will slip into a Reds uniform Friday for the first time since retiring as a player.

It will feel good.

“I have so many Reds uniforms at home,” Larkin said. “I was looking at them before I came out here. I remember after I retired, I had a Nationals uniform with No. 11 – before Ryan Zimmerman was 11 – I couldn’t put it on. It will be very comfortable putting the Reds uniform on.”

Larkin arrived in Reds camp Thursday for a 10-day run as a guest instructor.

Larkin had been estranged from the organization since his retirement. He spent three years working for the Nationals. Last year he was no longer under contract with Washington but he did not come to Reds camp.

Part of that was there were some hard feelings at the end of Larkin’s time with Reds. There’s since been a thaw.

Larkin came to Redsfest this year. CEO Bob Castellini wrote a letter to Hall of Fame voters supporting Larkin for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Reds manager Dusty Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty both asked Larkin to come to camp.

“It’s great,” Larkin said. “I’ve often thought about it. It’s time and it’s good.”

Larkin will be a roving instructor. Sean Casey, his Reds teammate and MLB Network cohort, is coming in a similar capacity.

“I’ll do whatever they want me to,” Larkin said. “I know they have young shortstops in the organization. I think one of the reasons they brought me back, as well as Sean Casey, is the last time this organization won is when we were playing. You can have the different pieces. But I think there’s an aura they’re trying to create. I commend them for having all the guys back.

“I know when I was playing, having the veterans come back gave me a sense of the proud history.”

Only Michigan Wolverine Found Dead
Hikers Found Wolverine Dead In Ditch
SANILAC COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan’s only known wolverine was found dead Saturday in Sanilac County, near where it was first spotted in 2004.

A pair of hikers found the female wolverine in a ditch near a beaver dam in the Minden City State Game Area.

A Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment said it appeared to have died of natural causes, but a necropsy will be performed at a DNRE lab at Michigan University.

The Department has said it plans to eventually mount the animal for display in the Bay City State Game Area.

A group of coyote hunters initially spotted the animal in Ubly, about 90 miles north of Detroit in February 2004 — nearly 200 years after the species was last seen in the state that uses the small but ferocious animal as its unofficial nickname.

The wolverine, a member of the weasel family that grows to about 25 pounds but is fierce enough to fight off bears and wolves, once ranged across the northern and western United States. It is now limited mostly to northern Canada, Idaho and Alaska, with sightings in a few other states, but its last confirmed sightings in Michigan were by fur traders in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

“And shepherds we shall be,
For Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.”-Boondock Saints

“To be Irish is to know that in the end…
the world will break your heart”
-Daniel Patrick Moyniham

“Yeah, yeah. And let me tell you something. I’ve had enough of Irish-Americans who haven’t been back to their country in 20 or 30 years come up to me and talk about the resistance, the revolution back home, and the glory of the revolution, and the glory of dying for the revolution. F*** the revolution! They don’t talk about the glory of killing for the revolution. What’s the glory of taking a man from his bed and gunning him down in front of his wife and his children? Where’s the glory in that? Where is the glory in bombing a remembrance day parade of old-age pensioners, their medals taken out an polished up for the day? Where’s the glory in that? To leave them dying or crippled for life or dead under the rubble of the revolution that the majority of the people in my country don’t want.”-Bono ’Sunday Bloody Sunday’

“This is one race of peoples for whom psychoanalyst is of no use whatsoever!”-Sigmund Freud referring to The Irish Peoples

Heard on the news that the government wants to control my salt intake by regulating restaurants…I’d rather the government control my Bulls**t intake by regulating what comes out of their mouths…


WENDESDAY: St. Patricks Day
Join me at Fado at Easton; with Blood Sweat & Beers, Homeland, Mother Trucker Acoustic, Soul KiTchen, The Websters, and SWAGG

Caribean Jerks (Polaris Pkwy) with my buddy DJ Nohbody

Captain Jacks (Heath Ahia) with Blood Sweat and Beers

I play The Newark Catholic Ladies Night Out at Newark Catholic High School

I play The Jackets Pre-Party at Frog Bear Wild Boar at 5pm. Start your weekend off in style and root for your Jackets!
The Divide ROX Captain Jacks

Saturday Morning 11am-1pm Join me at Lifestyle Family Fitness on 161 and Karl Road for a Spring Fling Workout out! Sweat to my jams and give your workout an added boost. I have guest passes and your chance to WIN FREE MONTH MEMBERSHIPS!

Tainted 13 is at Captain Jacks

Columbus Blues Festival at Palace Theatre. For more info

One of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Comics to watch, Pete Correale, plays The Funny Bone at Easton Town Center

The hottest, and practical cars roar into, The Columbus International Auto Show at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more info and times

A great date movie,’The Bounty Hunter’ staring Jennifer Aniston, and Gerard Butler, rated “PG-13.”

Funny movie for everyone, ‘Diary of Wimpy Kid,’ rated “PG.”

A great (and dark) story of Rock & Roll. The story of Joan Jett, ‘The Runaways,’ starring Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning, rated “R.”

‘Twilight: New Moon,’ rated “PG-13” comes out at 12:01 Saturday March 20th

The theft thriller, ‘Armored’ rated “R.”

OSU Spring Game Tailgate at Across The Field (Olentangy and Ackerman) April 24th. Details coming soon

The Lima Company Going Away Party has been rescheduled to May 5th (Cinco DeMayo) This is due to scheduling conflicts within the Unit. Event is STILL SCHEDULED AT FROG BEAR WILD BOAR BAR!

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