JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16  - 2017 Apr 16   

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2017/jj2017W16.html

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POSITRACTION: Physicists don't know squat and neither do we

2017-Apr-09

https://aeon.co/essays/materialism-alone-cannot-explain-the-riddle-of-consciousness

Minding matter
The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank is professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester in New York and the co-founder of NPR’s blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture where he is also a regular contributor. He is the author of several books, the latest being About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang (2011).

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Materialism holds the high ground these days in debates over that most ultimate of scientific questions: the nature of consciousness. When tackling the problem of mind and brain, many prominent researchers advocate for a universe fully reducible to matter. ‘Of course you are nothing but the activity of your neurons,’ they proclaim. That position seems reasonable and sober in light of neuroscience’s advances, with brilliant images of brains lighting up like Christmas trees while test subjects eat apples, watch movies or dream. And aren’t all the underlying physical laws already known?

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Classifying consciousness as a material problem is tantamount to saying that consciousness, too, remains fundamentally unexplained.

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For all the great wonders we enjoy in our daily lives, “we” really know very little fundamentally.

Yet, we are able “to live our lives of quiet desperation” quite “happily” ignorant of “the Truths” that govern our world.

I’m just a retired fat old white guy E-LECT-TRICK-CAL injineer, so I’m not qualified to do or say much on this topic. Hell, I don’t even know what I don’t know. It’s the so called fourth cell of the JoHari window (1). What we both don’t know.

Heinlein used the word “grok”. When I read it, I understood the concept that he was exposing. I knew then, and still know now, that there are very few, if any, things I grok.

This article, for as much of it as I understand, cements that lack of understanding I have.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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(1) Johari window http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window

(2) Grok  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grok

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JOBIT: Capozzi, Daniel J. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07

2017-Apr-09

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=Daniel-Capozzi&pid=185025671

Daniel Capozzi

BEACON - Daniel J. Capozzi, 86, of Beacon died on April 7, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on January 21, 1931 in New York City, Dan was the son of Daniel J. and Delphine (Finnegan) Capozzi.

On October 17, 1959 at St. Joachim's Church in Beacon, Dan married the love of his life, Margaret Hannon.

Dan was an account executive at Young and Rubicam in Manhattan for 20 years until 1979. He then worked at North County News in Yorktown Heights in advertising and as an editorial cartoonist, until his retirement in 2007.

Dan was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill. A 1953 graduate of Manhattan College, Dan was an active member of both the Manhattan College Alumni Association and Manhattan College Business Men's Retreat Group. He enjoyed cartooning, creative writing, Turner Classic Movies, reunions with family and friends on the Beaverkill River, and was a devoted Brooklyn Dodgers and Mets Fan.

In addition to his wife, Dan is survived by his children, Mary Liz Lundgren and her husband Larry of Congers, Daniel J. Capozzi of Long Beach, Anne Capozzi of Manhattan, and Suzy Capozzi of Peekskill; and his grandsons, Patrick Lundgren of White Plains and Thomas Lundgren of Congers.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at 10am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Please visit Daniel's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Apr. 9, 2017

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Capozzi, Daniel J. [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,
 
              Dan was not only a Classmate, but a good friend!

           May He Rest In Peace!

                 See exchange of emails below:

                        Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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Yes Ed, he " Stole Home." I remember him well. And of course, Dan. Thanks. God Bless.
 
Phil Colon

Sent from my iPod

On Apr 10, 2017, at 1:46 PM, "Edward J. McEneney"  wrote:

Phil,

Well done!!

Dan was quite a guy.  He loved Manhattan College and the Retreat Team.  Like all of us…he was serious about our call to bring men on the retreat.  Some years ago he brought a classmate  Mr. Hickey '53 to the weekend.  Mr. Hickey was ill at the time and Dan went to his house and drove him to the Passionist retreat house.  Mr. Hickey went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation , committed his life to Jesus, he was Anointed, received the Eucharist  and died the following Wednesday.  Mr. Hickey was ready .....he basically stole home!!

Thanks again,

Ed

From: Phil Colon
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 12:43 AM
To:
Subject: Fwd: Capozzi, Daniel J. Jr. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07
 
As sent to the Manhattan College Prayer Group. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Colon
Sent: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 12:34 AM
Subject: Capozzi, Daniel J. Jr. [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-07

Good Evening All,

From Jasper Jottings, it is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that Dan Capozzi '53 BA passed away on April 7, 2017. Dan, a good friend to many of us, a wonderful member of our Manhattan College Reality Retreat Team, a United States Navy Veteran, will be missed by so many. This unassuming, witty and capable man brought a smile to all of us on the Retreat Team and showed us how to deliver our message in Catoons and with total respect for that message. The characters he developed and shared were a tribute to his imagination and always made us smile. A good man, loved by all and someone that I always looked forward to seeing and hearing his thoughts and comments. We pray for the repose of his soul, we pray for his Wife Margaret, their Children, Daniel, Mary, Anne, Suzanne and their Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that they find peace in the sure Knowledge that Dan is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Family have shared the following Obituary which includes visitation and Mass of Christian Burial information, Fishkill, N.Y. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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JHQ: Dean Salwa Ammar returns to the faculty

2017-Apr-10

FROM McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

             She will be missed by Alumni and Students alike! See announcement from the Provost, below.

            A very talented and dedicated Dean. Please keep her in your prayers.

                      Mike

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: William Clyde
Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 12:26 PM
Subject: Business School Announcement
To: employee

Dear Members of the Manhattan College Community,

I am writing to let you know that Dean Salwa Ammar has informed us that she plans to return to the faculty beginning next year.

It is hard to capture everything Dr. Ammar has contributed during her nearly seven years as dean.  In her very first year she worked with the faculty to design and launch our fifth-year MBA which has since not only flourished, but led to development of our online MBA.  Her entrepreneurial leadership has encouraged innovative, experiential, interdisciplinary courses and opportunities for students and faculty in the school of business and across the college.  Examples include the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), in which students receive training and become certified so that they can prepare taxes returns for low-income neighbors, development of the Finance Lab offering state-of-the-art data resources including Bloomberg terminals, creation of a student-run Fair Trade business call “Fair Trade Fuel”, a curricular focus on business analytics and launching of the Business Analytics Competition (BAC@MC) now in its third year, and planning for this summer’s redesign of the second floor of DeLaSalle which will include an innovative collaborative classroom drawing on features observed at Morgan Stanley and Google.  She has overseen the hiring of a very strong group of new faculty and fostered increased networking with the New York business community.  Dean Ammar successfully led the school through its 2013 Continuous Improvement Review and visit for AACSB and has prepared the school well for the 2018 review and visit.

In short Dean Ammar leaves a tremendous legacy—and the school of business very much stronger in many ways.  She has made a real difference—and will continue to upon return from a well-earned sabbatical next year.

We will begin the process of searching for her successor next fall, following the guidelines approved by the Senate for deans searches.  In the meantime, Dr. Janet Rovenpor has agreed to continue to serve as Interim Dean through the 2017-18 year—meaning she is going to lead the school through its AACSB Continuous Improvement Review and visit in 2018.  As mentioned in my earlier announcement, Dr. Rovenpor is Professor of Management in the School of Business and has served as Chair of the Management and Marketing Department.  She has extensive experience working on the processes for both Middle States and AACSB International accreditation.  We are very grateful to Dr. Rovenpor for her willingness to continue to serve in this role.

Best regards,

Bill

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William Clyde, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President

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JNEWS: Curanovic, Zoran “Zac” [MC2009] BoD DFI Educational Trust

2017-Apr-10

http://www.military-technologies.net/2017/04/10/dfi-educational-trust-appoints-new-members-to-board-of-trustees/

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Military News
DFI Educational Trust Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees
April 09, 2017, Hawthorne NJ:

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The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI, recently appointed new board members.

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Zoran “Zac” Curanovic, P.E., of Underpinning and Foundation Skanska in New York, has been elected to serve as a five-year trustee on the Trust board to complete the term of a resigning trustee. Curanovic had been serving as an At-Large Trustee since 2014. In 2016, he led the effort to create the George J. Tamaro Civil Engineering Scholarship at Manhattan College, his alma mater, and spearheaded a successful fundraising drive that raised more than $100,000 for this new scholarship fund.  Curanovic is also active in assisting future generations of industry professionals as a mentor through the ACE Mentorship Program at Manhattan College.

About the DFI Educational Trust:

The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.

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Curanovic, Zoran “Zac” [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Zoran is a member of the Class of 2009.

                           Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Curanovic, Zoran “Zac” [MC2009]

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MOBIT: Mom of McNulty, Joseph [MC????] passes

2017-Apr-10

FROM PLAIN OLD FACEBOOK

Joseph McNulty
20 hrs New Milford, NJ

On Saturday, 8 April 2017, we lost mom who was suffering from dementia. It was a long distressing way to see the woman who brought you into this world, held your hand as you grew, and not being able help her fade from your life over many years of decline. She never asked to go this way and she always was a strong and determined person even in her last days.

Mom's wake will be on Tuesday 11 April, 2-4 & 7-9 at the Boulevard Funeral Home and her funeral will be Wednesday @ 9:30 AM at the Church of the Ascension.

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http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Anna-M.-McNulty-104661819

Dr. Anna M. McNulty
April 8, 2017
New Milford, New Jersey

Dr. McNulty passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Dr. McNulty was a resident of New Milford, New Jersey at the time of her passing.

She was married to Joseph Jr.

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McNulty, Joseph [MC????]

[JR: I just happened to catch this. So, I thought I’d pass it along.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP] on 2017-04Apr-09

2017-Apr-11

https://manhattan.edu/news/archive/2017/04/college-mourns-the-loss-of-jerome-cashman.php
 
COLLEGE MOURNS THE LOSS OF FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JEROME CASHMAN ’53, PH.D.
Cashman served at Manhattan College until 1995.
 
Jerome P. Cashman ’53, Ph.D., who began teaching at Manhattan College in 1957 and held numerous administrative positions at the College, including serving 20 years as vice president for student services, died on Sunday, April 9. He was 89.
 
Cashman, who was appointed an assistant professor of psychology in 1962, also served as a member of the Counseling department before becoming the director of vocational and psychological counseling. He also served as Dean of Men.
 
He was named vice president for student services in 1970 by Brother Gregory Nugent, FSC. During his tenure as vice president from 1970 to 1990, the College experienced many changes, including becoming coeducational and transitioning to a more residential campus. After leaving this position, Cashman went back to his roots and served as a counselor in the College’s counseling center until 1995.
 
An alumnus of La Salle Academy and Manhattan College, Cashman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Fordham University.
 
He was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi, the American Personnel and Guidance Association, and the Eastern Association of College Deans and Advisors of Students. He also served in the United States Air Force as a sergeant from 1945-1946.
Cashman began his academic career as a head counselor for the New York Archdiocesan Vocational Service and served as director of guidance at Seton Hall University.
 
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Congers, N.Y. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Congers, N.Y.
 
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Cashman, Jerry [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook:  None cited

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Good Morning All,

Jerry has been in our prayers and I share the sad news that he passed away on April 9, 2017. We pray for Jerry, his Wife, Rosemary, their Children, Robert, Claudia and Dermont. Many of us knew Jerry and so many more were touched by his good heart, his Ministry and work at Manhattan College. He will be missed by all. Mike McEneney, a classmate of Jerry, made a heartfelt remark, Jerry was a good friend and Classmate of another Jasper, Dan Capozzi, who was called home on April 7, 2017, " now they are together, reliving their College days." We pray for Jerry's Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. The College has shared the following Obituary which includes Mass of Christian Burial information on April 17, 2017 in Congers, N.Y. Thank you. God Bless.
 
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
 
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JOBIT: O’Connor, Dennis Michael [MC1972 RIP] on 2017-03 MAR-22

2017-Apr-13

http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=DENNIS-OCONNOR&pid=185045824

DENNIS O'CONNOR
1945 - 2017
Obituary

Dennis Michael O'Connor Owner of Manhattan recruiting agency, The Gromwell Group Dennis Michael O'Connor, 71, of Tequesta, Fla., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.

Dennis was born on June 27, 1945, in New York, N.Y., to Joseph and Catherine O'Connor. Dennis grew up in Bayside, N.Y., and graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He continued his education at Manhattan College, earning a bachelor of science degree in political science.

Dennis spent his career working in the recruiting industry. He owned and operated The Gromwell Group in Manhattan, where he spent countless hours assisting job seekers, building relationships, and mentoring his staff.

Outside of the office, he loved spending time on the golf course and traveling. To all who knew him, Dennis was the life of the party who loved bringing friends and family together. He welcomed all with an open heart and listening ear. His positive nature was infectious and an inspiration to all.

Dennis is survived by his son, Brian of Garwood, N.J.; daughter, Meghan Ruppenstein; son-in-law, Marc, and his two beloved grandchildren of Ridgefield, Conn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert O'Connor, who he will happily reunite with in heaven. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675-8517.

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 11, 2017

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O’Connor, Dennis Michael [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

           I believe that Dennis is a member of the Class of 1972.

                   May He Rest In Peace.

                                Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Connor, Dennis Michael [MC1972 RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: Jarvis, Jonathan L. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-04Apr-06

2017-Apr-13

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=Jonathan-L-Jarvis&pid=185042530

Jonathan L. Jarvis
1987 - 2017
Obituary

Jonathan L. Jarvis, 30 years, of Astoria, Queens, formerly of Hewitt, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

He was born on March 2, 1987 in Ridgewood, NJ to Gregory and Nancy (Connelly) Jarvis.

Jonathan grew up in Upper Greenwood Lake and graduated from West Milford High School. He earned his BA from Manhattan College and went on to be a Civil Engineer working the last four years at Geotechnical Engineering Services in NYC.

Jonathan will best be remembered for his contagious laughter, sarcastic sense of humor, positive outlook on life, and lighting up every room with his infectious smile. Jonathan enjoyed fun times with his friends/family upstate riding quads, hiking, & boating on UGL.

He is survived by his beloved parents Nancy and Greg Jarvis of Hewitt, NJ; his loving sister Jessica Switz and her husband Dave of Vernon, NJ; and his dear brother Justin Jarvis and his wife Elizabeth also of Hewitt, NJ; his cherished nephew Jordan Jarvis; his girlfriend Dana Coletto, as well as countless friends.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, April15, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm followed by a prayer service at the Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home, 187 La Rue Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435 (for GPS use 1 Post Place).

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donations to Hope With Heart Foundation, where Jonathan spent many summers as a child attending camp. Envelopes will be provided at funeral home or you can donate online, www.hopewithheart.org.

Log onto www.sticklesolteszfuneralhome. com tribute wall to personally post your condolences, memories, photos, and videos, as well as obtaining driving directions to the funeral home.

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Jarvis, Jonathan L. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link / None cited

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Dear John,

            I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Jonathan,

                    May He Rest In Peace.

                               Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Jarvis, Jonathan L. [MC???? RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JUPDATE: Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

2017-Apr-13

Dear John,

I believe that Alexander is a member of the Class of 1968.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968]

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2017-Apr-07
http://www.thefencepost.com/news/pavlista-retires-from-panhandle-re-center/
Pavlista retires from Panhandle R&E Center

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MFACEBOOK: Concepcion, Bree [MC????] reports the passing of Jarvis, Jonathan [MC???? RIP]

2017-Apr-13

FROM PLAIN OLD FACEBOOK

Bree Concepcion 13 hrs

My heart is very heavy this morning after finding out one of my good college friends has passed away. I can't really come to terms with this right now and am devastated that the world lost someone with such contagious laughter, outrageous ideas, and such a beautiful soul. Rest easy, Jarvis. Thank you for being a part of my life and making it two times sillier and ten times happier.

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Mike McEneney 8:58 PM (2 hours ago) to me

Dear John,

     Not enough to be sure he is a JASPER.

              May he Rest In Peace.

                          Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Concepcion, Bree [MC????]

Jarvis, Jonathan [MC???? RIP]

[JR: I suspect that these are Jaspers but I can’t say for sure. Requiescat In Pacem. ] 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for a special family

2017-Apr-13

Good Morning All,

I rarely send out this kind of request but I ask for your prayers for a special Family in my life that will be having an important hearing that if it goes as prayed for will make a difference in their lives. Please keep this deserving Family in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Ann

2017-Apr-15

Good Morning All,
 
From George Skau, a request for our prayers for the Wife of a classmate and friend of George, John M. Cronin '59 BA. John's Wife Ann is recovering from serious surgery and needs our prayers. We pray for her complete recovery free of complication so that she may soon return home to her Husband and Family. Thank you. God Bless.
 
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for a special intention

2017-Apr-15

Good Morning All,
 
A special intention needs our prayers. Please raise your voices as we pray.  Thank you. God Bless.
 
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
 
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ENDNOTE: Faux "liberalism" is anathema to Classical Liberals aka little L libertarians

2017-Apr-15

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-exhaustion-of-american-liberalism-1488751826


The Exhaustion of American Liberalism
 
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The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
 
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Today’s liberalism is an anachronism. It has no understanding, really, of what poverty is and how it has to be overcome. It has no grip whatever on what American exceptionalism is and what it means at home and especially abroad. Instead it remains defined by an America of 1965—an America newly opening itself to its sins, an America of genuine goodwill, yet lacking in self-knowledge.This liberalism came into being not as an ideology but as an identity. It offered Americans moral esteem against the specter of American shame. This made for a liberalism devoted to the idea of American shamefulness. Without an ugly America to loathe, there is no automatic esteem to receive. Thus liberalism’s unrelenting current of anti-Americanism.Let’s stipulate that, given our history, this liberalism is understandable. But American liberalism never acknowledged that it was about white esteem rather than minority accomplishment. Four thousand shootings in Chicago last year, and the mayor announces that his will be a sanctuary city. This is moral esteem over reality; the self-congratulation of idealism. Liberalism is exhausted because it has become a corruption.
 
Mr. Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, 2015).
 
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And interest summarization of the era that I’ve lived through.
 
Today’s “faux liberal” try to sway “We, The Sheeple” with “for the children”, “wage gaps”, “wealth inequality”, “political correctness”, “Secular Progressive”, and phoney outrage over everything. Seems like “We, The Sheeple” have gotten emotionally tired of the guilt trip while they have “real problems” to solve. It’s tiring,  as well, for the Classical Liberals aka the little L libertarians. While we don’t want the “Conservative King”, neither do we want the “tyranny of the mob"
like the French Revolution’s guillotine. Regardless if you call it “democratic socialism”, fascism, communism, totalitarianism, or whatever-ism, then it all devolves into dictatorship or oligarchy — that’s just another form of “King”!
 
So in summary, I want you all to have all the freedoms I want for myself. Including the right to be left alone by all your Gooferments!
 
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free"." --- President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in "The American President" (1995)
 
While I don’t agree with the political views “President Andrew Shepherd”, I do agree with the passion for a “land of the free”!
 
Dona Nobis Pacem
 
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