JASPER JOTTINGS Week 31 - 2008 Aug 03



POSITRACTION: Nothing is ever “hopeless”

JEMAIL: Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

MFound: George Eastment of Manhattan College

JEMAIL: Breen, Jerry (MC1970) — his cartoons are ’shirt-ti-fied’

JEMAIL: Steponkus, Bill (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

JFound: Callahan, Tom (MC????) is over at Iona

JFound: Kennedy, James (MC1968) (on Facebook)

JObit: Gebren, Michael Stephen (MC1970)

JEMAIL: Uhran, John [MC1957] ids Edward Skiko (MC1957)

JFound: Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports finding Jordan, Thomas G. (MC1971)

JNews: Vaillancourt, Rev Mark (MC1990) New president of Kennedy Catholic High School

JEMAIL: Masters, Bill (MC1962) comments on the upcoming Manhattan Alum Directory

ADMINISTRIVIA: Warning I believe this is a phishing attempt.

JFound: Kroculick, Joseph B. (MC1990)

JObit: Krajci, William (MC1975)

JObit: Boehm, Terri (MC1994) reports on her Dad Boehm, Ralph L. (MC 1953)

JObit: Casey, Br. Daniel F. (MC1964)

JOY: Fife, William (MC1967) makes it to 40!

JFound: Lo, Gerald (MC1979) Director Nycomed

JObit: Johnson, Charles D. (MC1949)

JFound: Corless, James (MC????)

JNEWS: Injury spoils Jotanovic’s dream

JNEWS: Future Jasper Chirstine put MC in print

JObit: Cioffari, Ralph Edward (MC1947)

REMEMBRANCE: Barnes, Rev Robert W. (MC????)

JOY: Garrahan, Christopher (MC1994) and Deirdre O’dea (MC1993) just had their first child

JEMAIL: Dolan, Paul (MC1982) may be less than pleased

Comment on JObit: Gentile, Cesare (MC????) by Tom Gibbons (MC1960)

Comment on JEMAIL: Jerry Breen (MC1970) by John Nason (MC1950)

Comment on JObit: Flood, Frank B. (MC1956) by Frank Beston (MC1952)

ENDNOTE: the State costs us in ways we can see and ways we cannot see


POSITRACTION: Nothing is ever “hopeless”


$20,000 Diamond Earrings Found In NYC Landfill

Jeweler Somehow Finds Her 3-Carat Gems At Fresh Kills

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A Staten Island jeweler got her 3-carat diamond earrings back after she, her husband and city sanitation employees sorted through a heap of garbage.

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Yuck, but lucky.

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JEMAIL: Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

From: Carmine Vaccarino (MC1957)

Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 10:45 AM

To: Ferdinand J. Reinke

Subject: Ed Skiko


Ed Skiko is a member of the class of ‘57 earning a BEE near the top of the class. Always good to see one of our “injineers” doing great. Congratulations Ed.

Carmine Vaccarino

BEE ‘57

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Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 27 2008 6:22 PM

    * Updated: Wed, Jul 30 2008 7:13 AM



MFound: George Eastment of Manhattan College




Home › Sports videos

ACU athlete broke records, Cold War barriers

Sunday, July 27, 2008

James Segrest

Bangs’ James Segrest competed in Moscow 50 years ago

By Garner Roberts

Special to the Reporter-News

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The trip by the U.S. team originally was in doubt because of a Middle East crisis with the threat of civil war in Lebanon. But the U.S. Department of State granted permission for coaches George Eastment of Manhattan College, Larry Snyder of Ohio State and Payton Jordan of Stanford to accompany about 75 American athletes to Moscow.

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[JR: Jasper link to history]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 27 2008 7:27 PM



JEMAIL: Breen, Jerry (MC1970) — his cartoons are ’shirt-ti-fied

From: Jerry Breen (MC1970)

Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 2:03 AM

To: John Reinke {Among a list of others)

Subject: Jerry Breen’s online store

To one and all: This is to announce the opening of my new online store at www.cafepress.com/newbreen. You can now buy t-shirts featuring some of my classic political cartoons from yesterday and today! The “Clintstones”, Nixon (my all-time favorite), 2 of my most popular Obama cartoons, McCain and “Mahmoud the Madman” Ahmadinejad are featured.

The prices range from just $15.99 to $18.99. (That’s less than TV’s “magic price”!) Of course, you can also get there from the home page of my website, at www.newbreen.com or www.jerrybreen.com. Check it out!

Let me know what you think. We’ll be offering more designs in the future. If all goes well, it will be upgraded over time. Thanks again for your interest.


Jerry Breen

[JR: Jerry sent this to me. Not to the list. IMHO some Jaspers would want to own an original "Breen"! Hence my decision to pass it along.]

Breen, Jerry (MC1970) — his cartoons are ’shirt-ti-fied

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 27 2008 8:42 PM



JEMAIL: Steponkus, Bill (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

From: Steponkus, Bill (MC1957)

Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:56 AM

To: Ferdinand J. Reinke

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 30 - 2008 JULY 27

Ed Skiko is a member of the Class of ‘57 and is also a graduate of Regis High School.

Bill Steponkus

Class of ‘57

[JR: Thanks, Bill. Much appreciated. ]

Steponkus, Bill (MC1957) ids Skiko, Ed (MC1957)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 27 2008 8:54 PM



JFound: Callahan, Tom (MC????) is over at Iona


Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan is an award-winning reporter with over 20 years experience writing for THE NEW YORK TIMES and numerous national magazines. He has been an adjunct professor of Mass Communications at Iona College since 1996 and has almost three decades experience as a teacher on both the high school and college level.

As a free-lance journalist, Callahan worked for both the business and regional section of THE TIMES, writing over 120 articles for the Westchester section. Before THE TIMES, he worked as a free-lance reporter for the Westchester Gannett newspapers, specifically for the Sunday supplement. He also has extensive experience as a writer for national publications. Since 1989, he has been a contributor to PARADE MAGAZINE, the largest circulation publication in the United States with a readership of 71 million. He worked for 16 years as a contributing editor of a lifestyle magazine. He has written over 250 articles for national publications, including AMERICAN HERITAGE, BETTER HOMES, McCALL’S and THE WRITER.

In addition, Callahan is the co-author of two history books published by READER’S DIGEST GENERAL BOOKS. He did numerous writing assignments for THE DIGEST over a ten year period. His agent is currently trying to sell a non-fiction book proposal which would become a major work of investigative reporting, as well as a novel.

In 1987, Callahan received the Catholic Press Association Award for Best Feature Reporting. In 1997, he was nominated for a Robert F. Kennedy Award for a feature article he published in PARADE.

As a reporter, Callahan has covered a wide variety of subject areas, from politics to business to music to sports. He has also done every kind of reporting, from news to features to Internet work. He has also done corporate and nonprofit writing for organizations including IBM, ITT, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.

At Iona, Callahan has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism. The courses he has taught include news reporting and writing, feature writing, on-line journalism and advanced news reporting. He earned his masters degree in communications from Fordham University and his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Callahan, Tom (MC????) is over at Iona

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 28 2008 8:00 AM



JFound: Kennedy, James (MC1968) (on Facebook)

Kennedy, James (MC1968)




[JR: All us youngsters hang on the facebook.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 28 2008 8:22 PM

    * Updated: Wed, Jul 30 2008 7:13 AM



JObit: Gebren, Michael Stephen (MC1970)




Michael Stephen Gebren

1948 - 2008

Michael Stephen Gebren, 59, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 26, 2008.

Funeral: 9 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Hurst. Interment: 11 a.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that all donations be made to the Livestrong Cancer Foundation.

Mike was born and grew up in Manhattan, New York City. He joined the Air Force after receiving an electrical engineering degree from Manhattan College. He flew the RF-4C Phantom in Germany and Texas and served with civil engineering squadrons in Florida and at Carswell Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and then worked with Lockheed Martin for 25 years as an engineer.

Mike enjoyed doing activities with his children. He was a soccer coach, officiated at diving meets and taught them all to drive a stick shift. Mike attended track meets, bike races and tailgating parties at college football games. He also enjoyed camping with his family and traveling.

Mike and his wife, Susan, especially enjoyed boating on Eagle Mountain Lake with family and friends from the Fort Worth branch of the United States Power Squadron.

Survivors: In addition to his wife of 36 years, Susan, Mike is survived by his daughters, Maggie and her husband, Jesse McLean, of Austin and Katie and her husband, Ben Sewell, of Dallas; and son, Stephen and his wife, Katy, of Fort Worth. He also leaves behind his brother, Bob and his wife, Susan, of Columbia, Md.; and his sister-in-law, Kathy Jones of Dallas.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/29/2008

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/6nlgl3

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1970.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Gebren, Michael Stephen (MC1970)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 7:53 AM

    * Updated: Sat, Aug 2 2008 7:21 AM



JEMAIL: Uhran, John [MC1957] ids Edward Skiko (MC1957)

From: John Uhran [MC1957]

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 12:15 AM

To: Ferdinand J. Reinke

Subject: note

Edward Skiko is the class of 1957, EE.

[JR: Thanks, Prof John. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 8:06 AM



JFound: Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports finding Jordan, Thomas G. (MC1971)

Date : Mon, Jul 28, 2008 01:00 PM


Following is a link: http://www.nassaulibrary.org/shelter/newsletter/

Click on page 1 of the July 2008 copy of the “Scene” for article.

Bob Coyne

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Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports finding Jordan, Thomas G. (MC1971)

[JR: Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated. You want your reporter's id card? :-) ]

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Thomas G. Jordan is President of the Board of Trustees of the Shelter Rock Public Library. He was elected a trustee in 1987 and has been President since 1992. While on the building committee Tom has given many hours reviewing contracts and specifications as well as meeting with the Library’s architects and Town of North Hempstead officials. He is looking forward to our renovation and expansion project along with the positive impact it will have on our library community.

Tom has more than 30 years experience as an electrical engineer in the design of primary substations, electrical distribution systems, telephone, sound, signal, control and alarm systems as well as computer installations and electrical disaster recovery systems. He is a partner in his own engineering firm. Some of the projects he has worked on include: the AIG Corporate Headquarters, Empire State Building Visitor Center, HBO Headquarters Building, Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn College Library, CUNY Graduate School, and Greentree Foundation. Tom has both BEE and MEE degrees in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.

Tom, his wife and children moved to New Hyde Park from Middle Village in 1986 when he immediately became involved with the library. Tom has four children who attended the Herricks schools, the youngest daughter who has just graduated from college. He enjoys the company of his three granddaughters. Tom’s hobbies include skiing and running which included his participation in the run up the Empire State Building five times.

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1971.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 7:05 PM

    * Updated: Sat, Aug 2 2008 7:21 AM



JNews: Vaillancourt, Rev Mark (MC1990) New president of Kennedy Catholic High School


New president of Kennedy Catholic High School settles in

By Chris Serico

The Journal News • July 29, 2008

SOMERS - John F. Kennedy Catholic High School’s new president hails from Hawthorne, graduated from Pawling High School and once worked as a nuclear engineer for the Navy.

The Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, who served the past four years as chaplain of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School on Staten Island, succeeded the Rev. Stephen Norton at Kennedy on July 1.

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He received a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York-Maritime College and a master’s from Manhattan College, both for engineering. After collecting master’s degrees in divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary and philosophy from Fordham University, he received his doctorate in theology from Fordham.

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Vaillancourt, Rev Mark (MC1990) New president of Kennedy Catholic High School

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Dear John,

I believe that Father is a member of the class of 1990.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 7:20 PM

    * Updated: Sat, Aug 2 2008 7:21 AM



JEMAIL: Masters, Bill (MC1962) comments on the upcoming Manhattan Alum Directory

From: Bill Masters [MC1962]

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 5:14 PM

To: Fjohn68 Reinke

Subject: Manhattan Alum Directory


As you have frequently reported, the College’s Alumi Staff has done a poor job of updating their record base. Now, we get postcards to call and update our info. I called, hoping that it might really be improving, answered the questions and then heard a sales pitch to purchase an Alumni Directory for a ridiculous price. Then, 3 days later, got another call with a pitch to sell me again. I think the Alum staff has really gone sleazy since Joe left. The staff has taken the easy way, farmed out the work and this reeks of the old “Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities” scam to sell books.

Bill Hildea ‘62S

[JR: It was the same with the last Green Alumni Directory. I'm not sure that "sleazy" is the right word. Us injineers aint good with dem big wurds like you science guys; I'd call it "stingy". The two directories that I remember were BOTH absurdly priced! The last one did bring in and introduced the online directory. I often kick myself for not putting up an equivalent, but it would have cost real money. I run this on a zero budget. I find it hard to envision that a college -- with Engineering, Math, and CompSci -- based on an excellent network infrastructure (I had a hand in specifying it!) -- couldn't put up an equivalent "online database" for next to nothing. But, what do I know. I do know in at least TWO cases, the lousy treatment of two alums has made them adamant about not being "developed". Sigh, makes me crazy.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 8:13 PM



ADMINISTRIVIA: Warning I believe this is a phishing attempt.

Warning I believe this is a phishing attempt. I urge you to hold until I get confirmation from HQ! fjohn68


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absolutely a phish - we sent out a reminder warning to the list - you’d think they’d all get it by now (including the phishers) but I guess ‘ole P.T. was right

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SO, ignore any such message!!

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 9:22 PM

    * Updated: Wed, Jul 30 2008 9:51 AM



JFound: Kroculick, Joseph B. (MC1990)


Kroculick, Joseph B. (MC1990)

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My Background

I am a systems engineer with interests in network survivability. My research interests lie in defining how to coordinate multiple recovery processes that become active during a fiber cut.

I am also interested in multidisciplinary systems engineering, requirements engineering and management, network survivability, disaster recovery, and management of multiprotocol and multiservice networks.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 30 2008 8:58 PM



JObit: Krajci, William (MC1975)




William Krajci

KRAJCI William M. “Bill,” of Hackensack, NJ, formerly of Hicksville and Woodstock, NY. Died on Wednesday July 30, 2008 at the age of 55 years. Bill graduated from Manhattan College in 1975, and received his masters degree from Northern Illinois University in 1977, he then taught at Kean College and William Paterson University in New Jersey, he was an alumni of Manhattan College and an avid supporter of the Manhattan College Jaspers Basketball Team. He currently worked for the United States Postal Service, was a member of the St. Columcille Pipe Band in Kearny and was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Hackensack.

Beloved husband of Catherine (nee Roddy). Devoted son of the late William S. Krajci and Kathleen (nee Manning). Cherished brother of Kathy Buckheit and husband Bob of North Carolina, Peggy Wolf and husband Ed of Chatham, NJ, Jeanette Krajci and husband Richard Hover of Red Hook, NY, and the late Maureen Krajci. William is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Trudy, Monica and Majella and one brother-in-law Padraig in Ireland, several nieces, nephews, a great nephew and several close and loving friends.

The Funeral on Saturday, August 2, at 8:15 AM from the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack. The Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Hackensack at 9:30 AM Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Holy Name Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. To send condolences, directions or further information visit www.gentile funeralservice.com

Published in The Record and Herald News on 7/31/2008

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Krajci, William (MC1975)

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5hp335

A long comment by fhohn68

I’m sad. I knew him as “Moose”. That was before he found love. His Irish Bride, who he was crazy about, wanted him to be called “William”. Guess it was more dignified!

I remember his gentle touch with children. He was one of those MC BBall Crazies. Through my cousin after a game one time, we were at one of their local haunts for a post-game repast. I don’t even remember the score. But I think MC lost. Moose was very positive about how well the team played, how well they were doing, and how good things were going to be. I though he’d drunk the same KoolAid as the rest on the Crazies. But that was how I remember him — very positive.

Any way we sat down for, I think it was late lunch or early dinner. Moose had me on one side and my cousin’s two grandchildren next to him. Moose was a child at heart. He was having a great conversation with the young boy about what ever was important to the child. I remember thinking how he’d be good at my current job where the Leadership had the attention span, and logical train of thought, of small children.

Came time for the food to be served, and some one suggested Grace. Like the good man he was, he took off his hat and bowed his head. The boy exclaimed “Uncle Moose, what happened to your hair?” In the silence for the prayer, it echoed through the restaurant.

Moose was folicly challenged. He had a rug under his hat. Later, I heard he thought it made him look younger and more attractive to the ladies. It had come off when he pulled the cap off.

Moose was a sport and a trooper. “Nothing. Why?” he replied with a straight face. “It’s gone?” the young boy exclaimed with saucer like eyes and an excited tone. “Well, who could have took it? Will you help me look for it?” “Sure, Uncle Moose, but I didn’t see anyone take it.”

Moose gave the boy a big hug. And, his slightly older big sister whispered in the boy’s ear. Explaining the facts of life to him like all big sisters do. The boy was upset and said to Moose: “It’s OK, uncle moose, you look good this way.”

Needless to say the table of extended family of Crazies was besides themselves. Moose seemed to enjoy the mirthful attention and just smiled and laughed along with the rest. Later, I complimented him on the way he handled it. He just said: “It was easy. I just love kids.” I saw him a few times after that. And, always admired the humble man who just loved kids.

I know somewhere in Heaven there’s a gentle man loving all the children. And since Heaven is perfection, maybe he’ll have found who stole his hair.

Dona Nobis Pacem, Moose.

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Dear John,

A great tribute to a great guy! May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I'm sure the writing doesn't equal, or do justice to, the man.]

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Upon reflection, Mike made me think. Always bad for an old illiterate injineer!

I wish more people would capture “their song” about these good folks.

But not just that one aspect, or story. If the inet gives us one benefit, it’s the ability to capture all these “songs” for posterity. Virtually cost free; other than the effort to get the bits on a screen.

Doing the OBITS for Jasper Jottings has taught me at least one thing, it’s the sad to think of all the human discoveries, understandings, ‘facts’, and learnings that have been lost because they weren’t captured, or people died before their “songs” were captured. Guess that’s why I’m driven to capture these”songs”. I always think of the Firefox series of books where some college kids captured the wisdom of the last generation of West Virginia hill people pioneers. What a heroic “save”!

What every you think of Stephen Covey, the self help guru, I did learn from him that the derivation of the word ‘universe’ is ‘one song’. And, Covey can sell you on the idea that the songs of humanity are all intertwined.

So I want to capture them ALL before they are lost forever.

Deaths like Moose, and all the other great Jaspers, hammer home the message “as the sands of time slip thru the hourglass, so do the Days of Our Lives”. Yeah, it’s Frau Reinke’s favorite soap. But it’s also true.

So, sit down and write something for Jasper Jottings!

I’ll send your “contributor’s card”, if you do!

tanstafl, fwiw, imho!

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 31 2008 8:18 AM

    * Updated: Sat, Aug 2 2008 8:26 AM



JObit: Boehm, Terri (MC1994) reports on her Dad Boehm, Ralph L. (MC 1953)

From: Terri Boehm (MC 1994)

Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5:32 PM

To: fjohn68 reinke

Subject: Jobit


My Dad, Ralph L. Boehm (MC 1953, EE) passed away on July 25, 2008.

This is a link to the notice: http://www.legacy.com/Newsday/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=114187735

He will be greatly missed.

Terri Boehm (MC 1994)

[JR: I am sorry and can't imagine your loss.]

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Ralph Louis Boehm

BOEHM - Ralph Louis, P.E. of Elmont, NY on July 25, 2008. Friend, husband and lover of Trudi for 54 years. Loving father of Robert A. (Kathleen), James A., Daniel M. (Deborah), Thomas F. (Kathleen) and Theresa J. (Brian Delidow). Adored grand- father of Tony, Meaghan, Molly, Allie, Tim, Sarah, Danny, Laura, Andy, Matt and Christine Boehm and Katie and Jake Delidow. Dear brother of William (Doris), Mary Walter (Joseph) and Carol Kwiatkowski (Thomas) and the late Norman, Raymond, Donald (Maryann) and Nancy Beck. Dear friend of Nancy Boehm. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Reposing at O’BrienSheipe Funeral Home, Inc., 640 Elmont Rd. (Corner Dutch B’way), Elmont, NY Sunday 2-4 and 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:30am St. Boniface R.C. Church, Elmont, NY. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Elmont. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson’s Disease Research or Chris Bell’s Good Counsel Home would be appreciated.

Published in Newsday on 7/26/2008

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5olsjp

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 31 2008 11:08 PM



JObit: Casey, Br. Daniel F. (MC1964)


Daniel F. Casey

CASEY, BROTHER DANIEL F., F.S.C., died peacefully on Wednesday, July 30th, at the Saint Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, RI.

Brother Daniel was 74 years old and just short of his 56th anniversary as a Brother of the Christian Schools.

Brother Daniel was born to John F. and Mary Casey on June 2,1934 in Providence, RI.

His education began in Providence at the Cleary School and continued at St. Raphael’s Academy in Pawtucket. His formal education then extended to Catholic University of America (Washington, DC: A.B. in the Classics, 1957); Manhattan College (New York City: M.A. in the Classics, 1964; M.A. in Theology, 1969); Boston College (Newton, MA: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies).

He travelled from being the fifth grade teacher at Good Shepherd School in the Bronx section of New York City to being the President/Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the Palestinian section of Israel.

Brother’s most noteworthy and direct contributions to the Diocese of Providence started when he became the principal of St. Raphael’s in 1976. He served four years in that position; and, after a six year term as a principal in the Brooklyn Diocese, he returned to Providence as an educational consultant to the diocese.

Brother Daniel became the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence in 1986, and he continued in this position until 1996.

In 1996, Daniel took up residence at Christian Brothers’ Center in Narragansett, RI, and became the auxiliary provincial of the Brothers of the Christian Schools of the Long Island-New England Province. Four years later, Daniel became the provincial.

After his four-year term as provincial, Daniel left Providence and left the United States, resuming his missionary career, this time as the President/Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University. Bethlehem University was founded by Pope Paul VI and entrusted to the Brothers of the Christian Schools to meet the higher educational needs of the Arab community, both Catholic and Muslim.

Brother Daniel was the President/Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University from 2005 until, dealing with the fact of his illness, he wrote to the Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and tendered his resignation in March of this year.

In that letter of resignation, Brother Daniel aligned himself completely with the spirit of the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, St. John Baptist De La Salle, when he used the Founder’s words to depict his attitude of holy resignation: ‘I adore in all things the will of God in my regard.’

Daniel entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Barrytown, New York, in September of 1952, and pronounced his first vows there. After the usual period of temporary vows, Brother Daniel made his final vows in August of 1959.

Upon graduation from Catholic University and after his one-year stay at Good Shepherd School, Daniel moved on, from 1958 to 1964, to Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Brooklyn, NY) and St. Mary’s High School (Waltham, MA), teaching Latin.

In July of 1964, Brother Daniel began a long and varied career as a school administrator. He became the principal of St. Mary’s.

After a year for graduate studies at Manhattan College, Brother Daniel began another part of his career; this time as a missionary. He was assigned as a teacher to St. Joseph School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1971, he became the headmaster of the school and, simultaneously, the auxiliary provincial for that area.

Brother Daniel spent the 1975 school year pursuing post-masters studies at Boston College. He then returned to his alma mater, St. Raphael’s Academy, as teacher, then as principal.

From 1980 until 1986, he served as principal of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. At the end of his second term as principal, he returned to Providence as an educational consultant and became the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence, a position he held from 1987 to 1996.

In 1996, he began a period of direct service to the Brothers themselves when he was named auxiliary provincial for the Brothers of the Long Island - New England Province. Subsequently, Daniel was elected provincial of the Long Island-New England Province.

In addition to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Daniel is mourned and survived by his sister Barbara Casey; his two brothers: Edward and John. Daniel was predeceased by his brothers Robert and Richard.

Brother Daniel’s wake is being held at Christian Brothers’ Center, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI on Sunday, August 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Brother’s Mass of Christian Resurrection will be Monday August 4th at 10 AM at Providence’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence, RI. Burial will follow at Christian Brothers’ Cemetery, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brother Daniel’s memory may be made to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI. For directions and online guestbook, averystortifuneralhome.com

Published in The Providence Journal on 8/1/2008

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Casey, Br. Daniel F. (MC1964)

Guesttbook: http://tinyurl.com/6lya4g

[JR: Brother Daniel must have been at Good Shepherd when I was there. I was pretty much in the daze of youth because I don't remember him. Or any of the other Brothers; other than they were very scary people. But, that's Ok, he probably wouldn't have remembered me, unless I hit him with one of my favorite occupations -- paper airplanes. I blended in! Rest faithful fellow alum. This life's work is done.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 6:27 PM



JOY: Fife, William (MC1967) makes it to 40!

Bill and Pattie Fife will celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 24th.

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fjohn68’s comment:

Unfortunately, I’ll be at a wedding. A prior commitment; made months ago. (All the “nieces” and “nephews” know to invite Frau Reinke early to shindigs; she writes checks with zeros. I, on the other hand, would offer a shiny new dime. Or an autographed copy of my blog book. 40$ at Lulu. I actually sold three; guess some folks needed door stoppers!)

Any way, if you run into “Fife and Wife” as they were known in the glory days”, giv’em a hug and ask about their “bucket list”.

Bill was my bridge partner in school. (the card game; not structures! Did you forget who was writing this?) We were good together. I was a stodgie straight ‘n’ narrow old bidder and he was the “italian” on our team. (”italian” was bridge pejorative for the Italian National Bridge Team, who used a strong 1 club convention. They were known for their flights of fancy; where bids had no relation to reality.) Like the time, in the Open Nationals at the NYC Hiton, he bids Six Spades and the two old biddies, who have the Ace AND King of Spades with FOUR Spades each, don’t double and wind up in a nose2nose yelling match with each other about who should have doubled. Hey, Bill had five little ones; I had none. Anyway, Bill tries to make peace between the two old broads and gets a tongue lashing about his wildness. I just shook my head and shut up. I had NO idea what was going on. But Bill was in his glory. We had an undisputed top on that one. Everyone wanted to know how we did it. I just pointed them towards Bill for his explanation.

I bet, if you ask him, he can still explain that hand.

Mazel Tov, Fife and Wife! Forty more? That’s a long list of 2dos you have.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 6:45 PM



JFound: Lo, Gerald (MC1979) Director Nycomed

Gerald Lo



Project Engineering and Technical Services

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Lo, Gerald (MC1979) Director Nycomed

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 7:13 PM



JObit: Johnson, Charles D. (MC1949)




Chuck Johnson, former WHLI DJ and politico, dead at 80


August 1, 2008

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Love blossomed at Hempstead radio station WHLI the day news writer and announcer Chuck Johnson, then 30 years old, met music librarian Judy Ricci, then 20.

They married in 1958 after 10 months of dating. And they were just four months shy of celebrating their 50th anniversary when he died, at age 80, of congestive heart failure Sunday at his Bethpage home surrounded by his family.

“Everybody who knew Chuck got to experience the phenomenal man he was,” said his wife, Judy Johnson.

Charles D. Johnson was born in Larchmont on Feb. 20, 1928. He attended Fordham University before earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Manhattan College in 1949.

After serving in the U.S. Army, working in the intelligence division, Chuck Johnson combined his degree and love of entertaining and landed jobs in radio.

Johnson captured listeners by impersonating famous people like Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable and the Kennedy brothers, Ted and John, said his son, Matthew Johnson of Bethpage.

He was also a gifted writer and poet. After JFK’s assassination, Johnson shared a story he wrote about the late president on the air, said Judy Johnson. And that rerouted him into the world of politics because it caught the ear of then-Nassau County Democratic Party chairman Jack English. Johnson started as a public relations person in 1960 for the Town of Oyster Bay’s then-Supervisor Michael Petito.

He retired in 1998 as deputy supervisor for Oyster Bay Town serving under then-Supervisor Lewis Yevoli.

The Johnsons’ neighbor of 25 years and fellow Democrat Angela Mellody said she used to love discussing politics with him. “Chuck was always a delight,” Mellody said. “He had great stories.”

Although Johnson was an important man at work, relatives said he was equally as important at home. Judy Johnson remembered her husband changing diapers, taking the two boys to sporting events and chauffeuring their two daughters.

“He would do anything for you,” Matthew Johnson said.

Chuck Johnson was also the president of the Little Midget football team in Bethpage, known as the Bethpage Panthers, and was an avid bowler, said Matthew Johnson.

Most of all, his son said, he looked forward to watching reruns of “The Honeymooners” with his father and going for weekend breakfasts together.

Besides his wife and son Matthew, he is survived by daughter Vickie Knauf of Orlando, Fla., son Christopher Johnson of Patchogue, daughter Jen Farahat of Lynbrook and four grandchildren.

After today’s 11 a.m. service at Arthur F. White Funeral Home in Bethpage, he will be buried with military honors at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 9:01 PM



JFound: Corless, James (MC????)



Issue #19 - August 1, 2008

Honoring Family

Two Local Families To Be Honored At Harbor Lights Gala

By Debbie Tuma

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James and Lori Corless

At the suggestion of their new boat captain, Jim and Lori Corless made their first trip to Montauk on their new “Hatteras Sportfisherman” in the summer of 1985 and fell in love with Montauk. Avid fishermen, they moved their boat from Connecticut to Montauk that same year.

For the first few years, they spent summer weekends in Montauk, living on their boat at the Montauk Yacht Club, and continuing to fish here. They won the first annual Mako Mania Tournament presented by the Star Island Yacht Club.

In the early 1990’s they bought their first apartment at the Montauk Manor overlooking Fort Pond Bay. It was then that they first became aware of the derelict Montauk Playhouse at the bottom of the hill. When the Town of East Hampton took over the building and there was talk of a Community Center, the Corless’s recognized the improvement to the quality of life this facility would have for the people of Montauk and have supported the efforts to finish the project ever since. They now spend most of their time in Montauk, and also at their home in Westchester.

James Corless attended the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and earned an Electrical Engineering degree at Manhattan College. He is the founder and CEO of DMSI, a Developer and Manufacturer of Communications Systems in Norwalk, CT. In the 1980’s, under his direction, he saw the automation of many of the major Telephone Company’s Switching Systems in the USA. Since the 1990’s, his company has upgraded many Communication Systems of the US Navy and US Coast Guard worldwide.

Lori Corless was born and educated in Germany. In the 1970’s and 80’s she was the VP and Business Manager of STS-the TV Spot Sales Division of Storer Broadccasting Co. in NYC. In 1988, Lori joined DMSI as their VP and Business Manager.

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Corless, James (MC????)

Update: Corrected post’s title goof. (It was late!)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 9:27 PM

    * Updated: Sat, Aug 2 2008 6:17 AM



JNEWS: Injury spoils Jotanovic’s dream



Injury spoils Jotanovic’s dream

By Julie Ganz • The Journal News • August 2, 2008

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Having thrown a personal-best 19.89 meters at the Serbian Cup competition on July 5, 24-year-old shot putter Milan Jotanovic was excited to have earned the chance to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

“It’s really nice to know when things like that happen that all your hard work is paying off,” said Jotanovic, a fifth-year senior finance major at Manhattan College.

Yet Jotanovic will be unable to compete Aug. 15 because he reinjured his right quadriceps while working out July 23. Since qualifying, he had been focusing entirely on the Olympics.

“It’s really maddening,” said Jotanovic, who went to the Olympic team doctor after experiencing a sharp pain that ran from his hip to his knee. “I was so excited (to go).”

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“It’s kind of hard to accept this, but in some way, I can enjoy being with my family for a little longer time,” Jotanovic said.

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[JR: Sad to see a Jasper out of the Olympic; glad to see he has his head on straight! Taking a gander at the "Last Lecture" guy's video might help. Childhood dreams have a purpose. And, it's not always to be achieved.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 6:13 AM



JNEWS: Future Jasper Chirstine put MC in print




New York > Milestones

Updated: August 1, 2008


Dean’s list

Straus Newspapers publishes nine local weekly newspapers in contiguous towns on the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.

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Christine Thorsen of Monroe has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2008 semester at Manhattan College. She will be a senior this fall majoring in business/marketing. She is the daughter of Richard and Sharon Thorsen.

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[JR: Congrats to Future Jasper Christine. Good press for Alma Mater. Makes people think of going there. And, thrills old Jaspers to have something to report!]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 6:21 AM



JObit: Cioffari, Ralph Edward (MC1947)




Ralph Edward Cioffari

CIOFFARI, Ralph Edward Ralph Edward Cioffari, 88, of West Hartford, husband of 43 years to Elizabeth (Zichello) Cioffari, passed away on Thursday (July 31, 2008) after a long illness.

Born in Mount Vernon, NY on November 24, 1919, son of the late Donato and Lucia Cioffari, he had lived in West Hartford for over 40 years. Ralph graduated from Manhattan College in 1947 with a business degree and enjoyed a lifelong career in sales. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during World War II. He was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan and loved watching the games with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he leaves four children, Anthony Cioffari and his wife MaryAnn of Midland Park, NJ, Paul Cioffari and his wife Christine of Avon, Elizabeth Bourquin and her husband Peter of Avon, Steven Cioffari of Willington and a stepson William Hambly of West Hartford; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Ralph was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Cioffari.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10 a.m. in The Church of St. Helena, Echo Lane, West Hartford. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There are no calling hours. Donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 279 New Britain Ave., Kensington, CT 06037. The Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, has care of the arrangements.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 8/2/2008

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Cioffari, Ralph Edward (MC1947)

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5noo2c

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 8:32 AM



REMEMBRANCE: Barnes, Rev Robert W. (MC????)


Guest Book for Reverend Robert W. Barnes

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[JR: I try to capture the Guest Books before they go offline. I’ve been able to help relatives who meant to do it but forgot. I’ve often tried different ways to capture these for us, the readership here. Most I found were to labor intensive. Here’s another try. Or, maybe a separate blog entirely. Suggestions?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 4:59 PM



JOY: Garrahan, Christopher (MC1994) and Deirdre O’dea (MC1993) just had their first child

August 2, 2008 at 12:11pm

From: Morris, Joseph (MC1995)

To: fjohn68

Re Chris Garrahan (1994)


In other news - this seems related to MC alumni - my friends Christopher Garrahan (class of 1994) and Deirdre O’dea (class of 1993) just had their first child Lillian Rose Garrahan in early June (2nd)

Feel free to post info on the alumni page of course

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[JR: Thanks, Joe. Much appreciated. I love good news.]

Garrahan, Christopher (MC1994) and Deirdre O’dea (MC1993) just had their first child

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 8:21 PM



JEMAIL: Dolan, Paul (MC1982) may be less than pleased

From: Dolan, Paul (MC1982)

Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:56 AM

To: fjohn68

Subject: NEW Jasper Alumni Directory

I received a call this past Sunday from the firm, Publishing Concepts, LP, to verify my information for the New Directory. Two things:

1) they asked to verify my email address. They asked if my @alum.manhattan.edu address was my address was still the one I wanted registered in the book. I said yes, even though I have changed e-mail providers and don’t get any mail sent to that address anymore. I’m hoping that HQ will correct this down the line but I’m not hopeful. The person collecting the information was pleasant but did not have much knowledge of whether or not there would be an online community. which brings me to;

2) the first package offered to me for my own copy of the directory was $500. and included nice things like a Manhattan coffee mug and a “high quality” ballpoint pen! anyway, I waited for the price of the book alone, two easy payments of $59. $118! I told them no and will wait for it to come out in paperback ; )

Keep up the good work John!


Paul Dolan

Class of ‘82

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[JR: Thanks. I gather you are less than pleased with the offerings? :-) I wonder how much ... sigh, not that it matters.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 2 2008 8:27 PM



Comment on JObit: Gentile, Cesare (MC????) by Tom Gibbons (MC1960)


Ceasare was in the Class of 1959. The 1999 alumni directory say “BA” but that I believe is incorrect, as Cesare was a Civil Engineer his whole career. I also worked with him in both the NYS DPW and the reorganized state department into the DOT. Cesare was one year ahead of me at Manhattan.


    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 28 2008 11:07 AM



Comment on JEMAIL: Jerry Breen (MC1970) by John Nason (MC1950)


The cartoon is right on. I’m actually older that John McCain but I still think of him as an “old man.” Funny, eh? Or maybe not so funny.


    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 28 2008 1:13 PM



Comment on JObit: Flood, Frank B. (MC1956) by Frank Beston (MC1952)

I’m proud to say that I was a classmate with Frank Flood both at Bishop Loughlin MHS and Manhattan College where we shared pre-med courses. We should all be proud of his major accomplishments.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 29 2008 4:33 PM



ENDNOTE: the State costs us in ways we can see and ways we cannot see


Your Tax Dollars at Work

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

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Frédéric Bastiat famously observed that the State costs us in ways we can see and ways we cannot see. Economists tend to focus on the second type because they elude public perceptions. What inventions are we denied because of regulations? What might have been done with the resources that are diverted in taxes or higher prices due to protectionism? The answers demonstrate that, because of intervention, we are worse off than we know.

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Take a picture of dead soldier, or the child of a killed Iraqi family, broadcast it on your blog, and what happens? Photo journalist Zoriah Miller has found out. He was kicked out of his “embed,” which is the name for the pack of journalists permitted to travel with a group of soldiers and report what those in command want reported. Afterwards, he was prohibited from traveling in any Marine-patrolled area of Iraq. The military command worked to get him kicked out of the country altogether.

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The truth is that the State must hide not only its wars but all of its activities. It hides its inflation. It hides the effects of its taxation and its protectionism. It fears anyone who draws the cause-and-effect connection between its activities and their deleterious consequences for the rest of us. It is the most destructive force in our world. Because that truth is so momentous, the State does everything possible to hide the smallest drop of blood.

The State wants us to all go on with our lives, believing it, loving it, and seeing only the pictures it wants us to see.

July 28, 2008

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[JR: Sigh, we talked about "social justice", but funny how it only means "more gooferment". Your gooferment belies your concern with "social justice". It ain't mine! If it was, I'd be the benevolent dictator and put it out of its misery. I've come to be an anarchist. Only gooferments blunder about killing people. Our solutions have to be about keeping them broke and underfunded. Interesting that the USA post-1860 needed more and more money to wage more and more wars. Tax evasion is a virtue. Not to the extent that the "blue light gang" comes and takes you away or kills you, but to the extent that you deny them the funds they need to kill people. That sounds like the start of "social justice". imho!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 1 2008 4:00 PM



"Bon courage a vous tous"