JASPER JOTTINGS Week 26 - 2012 June 24    

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Innocent until


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: WSJ.com Editors
Date: Monday, June 11, 2012
Subject: WSJ NEWS ALERT: Commerce Secretary to Take Medical Leave After Car Accident

__________________________________ News Alert from The Wall Street Journal

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Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence after his involvement in two automobile accidents in California last weekend. Police said the accidents possibly were linked to a seizure he suffered.

Mr. Bryson, who was found unconscious in his car late Saturday afternoon, was treated and taken to a hospital for examination. Mr. Bryson, 68, was released from the hospital after staying overnight for observation.

Late Monday night, the Commerce Department said Mr. Bryson would take a medical leave of an unstated duration. The White House said he would undergo tests and evaluations.

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No secret, I'm no fan of politicians or bureaucrats.

I have to admit, that when I first heard the story, I thought DUI.


Uncharitable, unChristian, and not "innocent until proven guilty".

Maybe this is a lesson to me. And to others.

It's asserted in the news that a minor stroke when driving is a more common happening than anyone realized.

So, as Penance for that sin, I'll remember this fellow in my daily prayers AND, when I think DUI, I'll reserve judgement, thinking "possible stroke".

I STILL have an axe for politicians and bureaucrats. But every one gets the presumption of innocence! Even if they are a politician or bureaucrat!

Our fellow alums probably don't have this prejudice, but maybe some might need a elbow joggle?



ADMINISTRIVIA: Yesterday, the CIC had a bad night

Yes. Once again the CIC has had an episode of "early onset stupidity". Honestly, I have no idea where my brain was at last night. I messed up a link and resent last week. I'll say: "It was such great issue that it deserved a reprise." And, then on the main index page week #25's entry points to week #24. Although if you actually put in the URL for week #25 that works.

This just goes to prove the old rule: "You get what you pay for."

I'll do better next week. Almost slipped and typed "try". And we all know what the automatic text substitution software its in for that:

“NO! ... Try not! ... Do or do not... there is no try.” (To do it justice, you must say the word try with all the revulsion and disgust you can put on it. Like you were talking about a rapist, a child murderer, or a politician!) -- Yoda (Fictional character from George Lucas's "Star Wars" movie)

Yeah, if I type "try" without the quotes, then that automatically substitutes for it. To remind me that I never "try"!

The work laptop doesn't have an approved "automatic substitution" software package, or lots of other things either, and it makes a difference. I'me used to my laptop's substitution program "helping" me with my writing. After all I'm just a fat old white guy injineer; not "a Engrish majur from up da hill".

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JBLOGGER: Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984] remembers Pedro Borbon


Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984] -- The Write Angle

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Thrice Bitten

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Sadly, Pedro Borbon died a couple of weeks ago at the not-so-old age of sixty-five. He was a pretty good relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds—the Big Red Machine—during the 1970s. What I remember most about him, though, occurred during the National League playoffs in 1973 against my beloved Mets. That’s when Pedro took a hearty bite or two out of a Mets baseball cap.

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[JR: I remember this things he describes. Very nicely written piece. Even if you're not a baseball fan.]

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JFOUND: Murphy, Thomas V. [MC1964] "guiding the economy is a proper role for government"


Columnist: Stimulating and guiding the economy is a proper role for government
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012, 9:01 AM
By Thomas V. Murphy

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The 1913 Federal Reserve Act was an early attempt to control the flow of money through government action which, if it had acted properly in 1929/30, could have mitigated the Great Depression.

Economist John Maynard Keynes looked at cycles of boom and bust and sought solutions. (Investopedia citation): "Intervention would come in the form of government spending and tax breaks in order to stimulate the economy, and government spending cuts and tax hikes in good times, in order to curb inflation."

Hence FDR's New Deal government spending including World War II defense preparations restored the economy.

Governmental Republicans like Eisenhower were Keynesians. Along with his National Defense Act which paid for my 1960s Manhattan College education and building the interstate highway system, I can clearly remember Ike on the radio in 1958 urging Americans to go out and spend their savings on products to stimulate the economy.

JFK's prosperity tax cut and LBJ's Great Society domestic spending promoted growth.

Columnist Paul Krugman suggests that even conservative icon Ronald Reagan pursued Keynesian practices through state and local government fiscal sharing until his economic slump ended.

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Murphy, Thomas V. [MC????]

[JR: Obviously, I disagree. But I found a fellow Jasper.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1964.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Thomas V. [MC964]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) finds an indictment of the Church

from: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)
to: jasperfjohn68
date: Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM
subject: 8 Ugly Sins of the Catholic Church | Belief | AlterNet

For your reading:


8 Ugly Sins of the Catholic Church

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[JR: Interesting, but I'm not sure who's grinding what ax. "Let he who is without …". Being more sinner than saint, I think we need all the Churches to play Zorro against an out of control Gooferment. Is anything man does perfect?]

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JNEWS: Barbagallo, Deacon Thomas [MC1999] eported by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

The June 14th, 2012 Edition of CATHOLIC NEW YORK reports that Thomas Barbagallo,'99 will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 23rd at 9 AM by Cardinal Dolan. The report read as as follows:

Deacon Thomas Barbagallo, 51, is director of archives for the New York Yankees. He said he decided to pursue the diaconate to further his sense of service and increase his understanding of diaconal ministry. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and Mercy College. He and his wife, Theresa Marie, are parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle, Yonkers. They have two daughters. He is retired from the New York City Police Department.

Another Jasper doing good!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Barbagallo, Deacon Thomas [MC1999]

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JOBIT: Griffith, Robert Claude [MC1966]


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Robert Claude Griffith

Robert Claude Griffith, 71, of Silver Spring, died of cancer May 30, 2012, in Casey House in Rockville.

Born May 4, 1941, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late George Griffith Sr. and Maryemma Leahman. He was married to Filia Griffith for 14 years. He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Armani of Baldwinsville, N.Y.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, and lived in Silver Spring for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his four children, Susan Heisler of Townsend, Mass.; Amy Garfinkle of Mason, N.H.; Todd Griffith of Concord, Mass.; and William Griffith of Silver Spring; three siblings, Richard Griffith of Wisconsin, Roger Griffith of Rochester, N.Y.; and George Griffith Jr. of Silver Spring; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. June 16 at Colesville Presbyterian Church, 12800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. The family handled the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the church for its memorial garden.

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Griffith, Robert Claude [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1966.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Griffith, Robert Claude [MC1966]

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JNEWS: Fiske, Mary-Ellen (Mimi) [MC????] VP Umbrella and Excess Manager XL Group plc


XL Group Adds New Talent to Grow Wholesale Umbrella Business
PR NewswirePress Release: XL Group plc – 4 hours ago

CHICAGO, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With plans to grow its wholesale umbrella business, XL Group plc's (XL) insurance operations adds Mary-Ellen (Mimi) Fiske as Vice President, Umbrella and Excess Manager to its Surplus Lines unit.

"Our Surplus Lines unit has gone through a significant transformation over the last year," said Roxanne Mitchell, President of XL Group's Surplus Lines unit. "We've added property back to our product lineup, introduced new lines like excess auto and railroad insurance and expanded our wholesale distribution network. As we look to expand our wholesale umbrella business, we're excited to have top-tier talent like Mimi join us and help drive growth in this product line."

Ms. Fiske joins XL's Chicago office, reporting to David Halm, Chief Underwriting Officer and head of XL Group's Surplus Lines Casualty business.

"Throughout her career, Mimi has been involved in start-up excess casualty divisions," Mr. Halm added. "She adds nearly two decades of excess casualty and surplus lines experience to our strong talent base. This is experience that will be well applied as we expand our underwriting activities with more wholesale brokers and look to grow our book of umbrella business."

"Our goal is become a formidable competitor in the surplus lines market," Ms. Mitchell added. "And attracting underwriting experts like Mimi is going to help us achieve that goal."

Ms. Fiske joins XL from Peachtree Special Risk in Chicago where she served as Vice President and Casualty Broker. Prior to her tenure at Peachtree, she spent the last decade with Argo Group in Chicago where she most recently served as Vice President and Excess Casualty Division Manager, managing a large national book of excess and surplus risks. Earlier in her career, Ms. Fiske held underwriting management positions with Liberty International and General Star Management in New York. She is a graduate of Manhattan College and holds her Associate of Surplus Lines Insurance designation.

About XL's Insurance Operations

XL Group plc's insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit www.xlgroup.com/insurance

XL Group is the global brand used by XL Group plc's insurance subsidiaries.

About XL Group plc

XL Group plc, through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit www.xlgroup.com

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Fiske, Mary-Ellen (Mimi) [MC????]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Any Jaspers in 22102

I'm spending Monday thru Thursday in zip code 22102 working. From time to time, even a weekend.

Any Jaspers in the area?

Any good dives in the area that remind you of the Pinewood, Greenleaf, or such?


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JEMAIL: Mother of Campbell, Christine (MC1982) passes

Ruth Campbell, mother of Christine Campbell(82) passed away on Long Island Tuesday, June 19,2012.  Memorial service is being arranged.

With deepest sadness and heavy heart, 

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Campbell, Christine (MC1982)

[JR: Please accept my condolences on your loss. I know how my wife was affected when her Mom passed. With all these things all we can do is remember the good and the pick up our Cross and proceed along.]

N.B.: No Legacy Guestbook yet. Condolences maybe sent to Jasper Jottings for forwarding.

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MNEWS: M.B.A. Students Visit Brazil


M.B.A. Students Visit Brazil and Receive Insight on Rising Economy

M.B.A. students participating in the Doing Business in the BRIC Economies experiential course had the opportunity to visit Brazil this summer.

Seven new M.B.A. students received a head start on their graduate studies with a nearly two-week summer trip to Brazil to learn more about the country’s growing economy. The trip is part of a three-credit experiential course called Doing Business in the BRIC Economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and followed last year’s inaugural trip to India.

On May 21, the Lucky7 (as the students referred to themselves in a class blog) and their chaperone Yassir Samra, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, embarked on the trip of a lifetime to explore the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, and the Amazon rainforest.

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JTWITTER: 78th birthday


"brianhawks1" as "‏@brianhawks1" tweeted:

MANHATTAN COLLEGE DAYZ: On the occasion of my 78th birthday, I'm reflecting on the early/mid-50's as a Jasper...The #1 train was an express.

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Celestial ShowBiz-Politics-Classic Film. 40 yrs Popcorn End Of ShowBiz. Tivoli12, Old Mill6. - BK

San Francisco Bay Area

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"brianhawks1" [MC????]

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JOBIT: Wolfe, John R. [MC1994 RIP]


John Wolfe, 77
Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:05 AM Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 11:59 AM
By Staten Island Advance

John Wolfe, 77Family PhotoJohn Wolfe, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Islander John R. Wolfe, 77, of Little Egg Harbor N.J., a retired engineer and alumnus of Manhattan College, died Wednesday in Seven Ocean Medical Center, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Born in West Brighton, Mr. Wolfe moved to Westerleigh in 1958. He settled in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. in 2005.

Mr. Wolfe worked as an engineer for Western Electric before retiring in 1992.

He graduated from St. Peter’s Boys High School in 1953 and was captain of the track team. Mr. Wolfe went on to graduate with his associate degree in engineering from Manhattan College in the late 1950s.

Mr. Wolfe served as a first class private in the U.S. Army, stationed in Hawaii during the Korean War.

He was a parishioner of St. Rita’s R.C. Church, Meiers Corners, where he was a member of the Nocturnal Adoration and the Holy Name Society, Mr. Wolfe also coached their girls track and boys basketball teams.

He was also president of the Seniors Golf Club at Silver lake Golf Course, and sang in the Big Apple Chorus.

Mr. Wolfe enjoyed playing golf, painting and making bird houses.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Maureen Donovan; a son, John R. Wolfe III; daughters, Mary-Jeanne Wolfe, Colleen Higgins, Eileen Rosales, Christine Wolfe and Maureen Wolfe; a brother, Robert Wolfe; two sisters, Kathleen Krebs and Roberta Young, and three grandchildren.

The funeral mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Arrangements, including a burial at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Little Egg Harbor, N.J., are being handled by Maxwell Funeral Home, Little Egg Harbor.


Wolfe, John R. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited; none found

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Dear John,

            I believe that John received his Masters in 1994.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wolfe, John R. [MC1994 RIP]

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JNEWS: Ward, Emilia [MC2008] Kalamazoo College head coach of the first women's varsity lacrosse


Home > Kalamazoo Sports > Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo College hires head coach for first varsity women's lacrosse team
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 2:10 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 10:18 PM
By Kalamazoo College Athletics

Kalamazoo College officials announced Wednesday that Emilia Ward has been appointed head coach of the first women's varsity lacrosse team in the College's history. Women's lacrosse will continue to compete as a club sport in 2012-13 before taking the field as a varsity sport in the spring of the 2013-14 academic year.

Women's lacrosse will be the first new varsity sport at Kalamazoo College since 1991, when women's golf was added. A men's varsity lacrosse program is scheduled to take the field in spring 2015. Both teams will play on Kalamazoo College's newly renovated athletics fields due to open this fall.

"We are delighted to welcome Coach Ward to the Hornet athletic program," said Kalamazoo College president Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran. "She brings experience and enthusiasm as a player, coach, and someone who has helped to build lacrosse programs at other institutions."

Wilson-Oyelaran said Ward's arrival coincides with the dawn of a new era in Hornet athletics.

"Our renovated outdoor athletics facility, with a new field house, artificial turf fields, and stadium lights, will help us compete with peer institutions across the country in recruiting students who want to attend a top college and play intercollegiate athletics."

Women's and men's lacrosse, with about 25 to 35 players each, will also help propel 'K' toward its enrollment goal of 1,500 students, she added.

Ward helped start a women's lacrosse program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. She also served as assistant coach at Adrian College from 2008 to 2011, helping the Bulldogs to a 40-12 record over three seasons and Midwest Lacrosse Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2011. Ward assisted the high school and middle school programs at Brighton High School this past season while continuing in her role as coach of the Midwestern Force/Southern Storm Lacrosse club team.

A native of Farmington Hills, Ward is a 2008 graduate of Manhattan College in Bronx, New York. She earned four varsity letters for the Jaspers and earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic honors three times.

Women's lacrosse will be an official sport in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) during the 2012-13 spring season. Every MIAA member college except K and Saint Mary's in South Bend plans to field a varsity team.

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Ward, Emilia [MC2008]

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JFOUND: Desposito, Joseph [MC????] ElectronicDesign.com’s Editor


ElectronicDesign.com’s Editors

Joseph Desposito

Joe Desposito has held the position of editor-in-chief of Electronic Design since July, 2007. He first joined the publication in 1998 as a technology editor covering test and measurement but quickly expanded his coverage areas to include communications and consumer electronics. In May, 2000 Joe moved to sister publication, EE Product News, as editor-in-chief, overseeing the transition of that publication from print to web only and developing e-newsletters and a companion digital publication called eepn2.

Prior to that, Joe worked as a project leader in PC Magazine’s renowned PC Labs and was one of four team members on the original PC Labs staff. In this capacity, he worked to develop the PC Labs benchmark tests for PC hardware and software. Joe holds a BEE from Manhattan College and has written many articles and several books on computers and electronics.

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Desposito, Joseph [MC????]
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ENDNOTE: Catholic institutions as distractions


HHS mandate defender sees Catholic institutions as distractions
By Kevin J. Jones

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Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2012 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Washington Post columnist Anthony Stevens-Arroyo is a Catholic who does not believe the Obama Administration is attacking religious liberty by mandating Catholic institutions to pay for birth control in their employee health plans.

But he also doesn’t think the Church should even be in the business of operating universities, hospitals and other agencies that serve the public welfare.

“I believe it is a distraction and an imperfection in the Catholic Church for us to be running institutions like hospitals where the Church is receiving money, and has public obligations,” he said.

“I think that the Church running corporations, taking tax money, engaging in anti-union practices ... I think all of that complicates the role of the Church as a beacon of truth. I would like the Church to return to its primitive state when the Church was not a part of any establishment.”

Stevens-Arroyo told CNA June 5 he would like to see Catholic universities “be restricted in terms of what is Catholic to the department of theology.”

“I don’t think you can bring Catholic thinking or Catholic thought into football teams or into the dorms of a frat house,” he said.

In his view, trying to do so creates “an intolerable tension” on Church responsibilities and leads to “huge compromises” in behavior, like monitoring the actions of students and faculty.

He believes his approach favors what he sees as the Church’s return to “the purity of the Gospel.”

Stevens-Arroyo is a religion scholar and a professor emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College. He also writes at the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section and at its “Catholic America” blog.

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The Catholic bishops have warned that the regulation could force Catholic schools, hospitals and charitable agencies around the nation to close down.

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So that's exactly what they should do. Close! Not sell. Not transition. Like Gandhi, non-violent non-cooperation! 

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