JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 - 2018 May 13   

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POSITRACTION: Japanese bus drivers using an unusual tactic



Japanese Bus Drivers Strike by Continuing to Run and Refusing to Take Anyone’s Money
By Good News Network - May 2, 2018

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Japanese bus drivers are using an unusual community-based strike tactic to demand better job security from their employers.

The drivers working for the Ryobi Group in Okayama declared a labor strike after a rival bus company opened up overlapping bus routes that charge cheaper fare.

When Ryobi would not comply with their demands for better job security, the drivers decided to take an experimental angle with their strike: they would continue to drive their usual routes, except they would not be accepting anyone’s fare money.

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Well, I’m not sure that striking for “job security” is a good strategy, but I like the tactic of not alienating the riding public.

If I was a bus driver, and I’m not, nor do I play one on TV — Jackie Gleason had that role locked up forever — I’d be worried about self-driving busses.  Clear to me, that’s the technology threat to their “job security”.  If they don’t improve their “human capital”, then they are the equivalent of “buggy whip makers”.  If they don’t reduce the total cost of ridership, then the rationale to robotize will be accentuated.

A “No win” situation for the bus drivers.  Wonder if they see it?

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JNEWS: Scully, Christopher [MC????] Joins CFO @ PPD



Christopher Scully Joins PPD as Chief Financial Officer

Updated: May 04, 2018 08:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2018--Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC ( PPD ) today announced the appointment of Christopher Scully as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Scully brings more than 25 years of experience and extensive financial and commercial expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. He begins his new role on May 15 and will be based in PPD?s headquarters in Wilmington.

Chris has a broad depth of knowledge and experience in the life sciences industry that comes from serving in senior financial and general manager roles with large pharma,? said David Simmons, PPD?s chairman and chief executive officer. ?His unique blend of experience will complement and support our focus on delivering our mission, as well as superior financial results. I am confident Chris is well-suited to PPD?s culture as a company committed to integrity, financial discipline and sustainable growth.?

Scully most recently served at Pfizer, Inc. as chief commercial officer for the Pfizer essential health business unit. In that role, he led efforts to successfully transform the $26 billion unit into a sustainably growing business with industry-leading franchises in multiple durable and growing market segments. During his 21 years with Pfizer, he helped grow and transform several multibillion-dollar businesses through a variety of senior roles, including: regional president, established products Europe; vice president of finance/CFO, established products business unit; and vice president of finance, both for Japan and Asia and then for Pfizer?s worldwide pharmaceutical business.

Scully earned an MBA with a concentration in finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor?s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Scully, Christopher [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Hayward, Wesley [MC2016] in Finance



Hayward, Wesley [MC2016]
B.S. Finance Manhattan College
New York, New York

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JOBIT: Houlihan, Thomas Michael [MC????] 2018-Apr-25


Thomas Michael Houlihan

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Michael Houlihan announces his passing on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Thomas, lovingly referred to as "Bubba" by his family, will be remembered by his children, Kathy, Patrick and Kerry and his grandchildren, Kelsey, Sergio, Maria Elena and Ryan, as well as by his brothers, his extended family and his many friends.

Thomas was an Engineer and was the first valedictorian of Manhattan College to come from the engineering department. He spent his life teaching at the Naval Academy, the Naval Post Graduate School and then went on to work at the Old Executive Office in DC. His last job was with Clean Fuels. Thomas spent his life dedicated to projects that would improve the lives of America's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, as well as projects that benefited the environment.

His generosity of spirit, sense of humor and unreserved love for his family will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family and friends.

A Funeral Service in memory of Thomas will be held at 9:30am on Friday May 11, 2018 at St. Joseph's Church, Camillus, NY. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 10th from 4 to 7 at the Edward J. Ryan and Son Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Ave. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in DeWitt.Share condolences at edwardjryanandson.com

Date of Death: April 25, 2018

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard from May 5 to May 6, 2018


Houlihan, Thomas Michael [MC????]

Guestbook: None cited

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JOBIT: McGrath, John "Jack" [MC1955 RIP] 2018-May-04



John "Jack" McGrath
NOVEMBER 18, 1933 – MAY 4, 2018

John "Jack" McGrath, 84, of Cary, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2018, in his home with his daughter right by his side.

He was born on November 18, 1933 in New York City, New York to the late John and Margaret McGrath. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He had a distinguished career as an Electrical Engineer in the Aerospace Industry working on Space Shuttle guidance systems. He was a long-time resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey and retired with his wife, Ann Marie, to Cary, North Carolina. He was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary. But out of all of his activities and achievements, spending time with his grandkids was his greatest pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ann Marie; grandson, Brian Brown; and brother, Thomas McGrath.

He is survived by his son, Thomas McGrath and his wife, Diane; daughter, Margaret Brown and her husband, Neil; daughter, Kathy Rodriguez and her husband, Henry; sister, Mary Ratigan; grandkids, Michelle and her fiancée, Stephen, Rachel, and Monica McGrath; Jake and Shannon Brown; Alex and Nick Rodriguez and his fiancée, Lisa; and his "adopted" grandkids, Emma, Jessie, and Ryan Johnston.

A visitation will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM and a Funeral Mass will be on Monday, May 7, 10 AM, at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams Street, Apex, NC 27502.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 in memory of John "Jack" McGrath.

Online condolences may be made at ApexFuneral.com

Arrangements by Apex Funeral Home, Apex


McGrath, John "Jack" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/apex-nc/john-mcgrath-7842250/add-memory

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1955.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGrath, John "Jack" [MC1955 RIP]

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JOBIT: McGurk, Joseph James [MC1951 RIP] 2018-May-04



Joseph James McGurk

Pearl River, NY - Joseph James McGurk, a long time resident of Pearl River. was called by God, peacefully while at home on May 4, 2018.

Joseph was born in Jackson Heights, Queens to the late Joseph and Bridget (Smith) McGurk. He was a graduate of Manhattan College and New York University where he earned a BBA and MBA respectively.

He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1951-1953. He was a certified public accountant who worked at Haskins & Sells, Ethyl Corporation and ITT Corporation.

Joseph was a loyal, faithful and caring man who devoted his life to his family. He was a wonderful husband to Catherine (Dugan) McGurk for 59 years; the adored father of Mary-Elizabeth McGurk, Jean McGurk, John McGurk and Barbara (McGurk) Silverman and her husband Steven; and the proud Granddaddy of Carolyn, Danielle and Austin Silverman. He was the dear brother of the late Sister Mary Theresa McGurk of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 9th, 10am at St. Aedan's R.C. Church in Pearl River. Family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, May 8th, 4-8pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Moritz Funeral Home 98 Route 303, Tappan, NY 10983 (845) 359-0890 www.moritzfh.com

Published in the The Journal News on May 6, 2018


 McGurk, Joseph James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

         I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1951.

              May He Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGurk, Joseph James [MC1951 RIP]

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JOBIT: Quaid, Michael C. [MC1995 RIP] 2018-May-03



Michael C. Quaid

Cortlandt Manor - Michael C. Quaid of Cortlandt Manor, NY passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was 45 years old. Michael was born on January 30, 1973 to Timothy J. and Kathleen M. (Corkery) Quaid in New York City.

Michael grew up in Cortlandt Manor and graduated from Manhattan College in 1995. He was the owner of The UPS Store on Mclean Avenue, and was very active in the community. His special love was being on the board of the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade on Mclean Avenue. Mike was an avid runner, having completed the NYC Marathon in 2009. He was a big sports fan, cheering on both the Mets and the Giants.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Kristin Coffey Quaid; cherished daughter Riley Quaid and loving mother, Kathleen M. Quaid. He was predeceased by his father Timothy J. Quaid in 2001.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm at the EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME, 170 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, May 7th at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Cortlandt Manor, NY. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. For further information or to express your condolences online, please visit: www.efcarter.com.

Published in the The Journal News on May 6, 2018


Quaid, Michael C. [MC1995 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JNEWS: Sandler, Andrew [MC2008 RIP] is honored with the northwest corner of West 238th Street and Waldo Avenue



By Robert Wirsing

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A dedicated public servant who passed away much too soon received an early birthday present.

On Saturday, April 28, community leaders and elected officials joined relatives in dedicating the northwest corner of West 238th Street and Waldo Avenue as ‘Andrew Sandler Way.’

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s office presented a proclamation to Sandler’s family declaring Saturday, April 28 as ‘Andrew Sandler Day.’

The heartfelt ceremony honored the late 31-year-old Community Board 7 district manager who passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 after a lengthy battle with an unspecified cancer.

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Sandler, Andrew [MC2008 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Calogero, Catherine [MC2010] Teacher Development Coach



Calogero, Catherine [MC2010]
Science Teacher and Educational Leader
New York City Teaching Fellows
New York Institute of Technology
Greater New York City Area

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JNEWS: Dastur, Shaleen (MC2004) US Sales Dir @ Xceptor



Xceptor appoints Sharon Cooper as CFO and Shaleen Dastur as US sales director
08 May 2018  Source: Xceptor

Xceptor, a global provider of software for intelligent data automation, today announced two strategic appointments following a period of unprecedented growth that has seen the company revenues increase by 57% in the last year alone.

The new hires will also underpin its ambitious expansion plans into the US, where it is seeing strong demand for its services.

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Shaleen Dastur has a strong track record of sales success, particularly with the buy-side in the US. Prior to joining Xceptor, Shaleen spent almost 10 years at NorthPoint Solutions as Business Development Manager and later as Head of Sales for the Financial Services Practice before moving to Gresham Computing, as Senior Solutions Executive for North America and most recently to S3 Partners, where she was Director of Business Development.

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Dastur, Shaleen (MC2004)

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JOBIT: Collins, David Joseph [MC???? RIP] 2018-Apr-26



David Joseph Collins
1943 - 2018

David Joseph Collins, age 74 of Conyers, died Thursday, April 26, 2018.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 1522 HWY 138, Conyers, GA. Family will receive friends from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

David was born in Albany, New York on May 7, 1943. He graduated from Chatham Central High School, Chatham, NY in 1961. He attended St. Catherine of Siena College in Latham, NY.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 and served until 1970. "A veteran is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the 'United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'" -Anonymous. During his Army Service he was a hospital corpsman, a blood bank technician and a health physicist.

He met and married the love of his life while stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

While stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he was an active building member of the National Capitol Trolley Museum.

David loved his work as a Health Physicist and after leaving the Army, he completed BS degree in Radiological and Health Science at Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, in order to work as a civilian Health Physicist. He was the lead foreman for the early stages of the cleanup at Three Mile Island, Middletown, PA. He joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Health Physicist in 1983, retiring in 2010.

In addition to his many volunteer roles at his church, David volunteered with several groups including, Cub Scout Pack 410, the Southeastern Railroad Museum, National Model Railroaders Association, the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Medical Reserve Corps, The Red Cross, National Park Service, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park and their Trails & Rails program. He was known for his kindness and for serving his Lord and Savior through his service to others.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Davis and Cecelia Rose Kasper Collins. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Susan Dilworth Brune Collins; daughters and sons-in-law, Cecelia Ann and Paul Edward Senft, Jr., Claudia Lanier and Matthew A. Phillips; son and daughter-in-law, William Jared and Andrea Stover McLean; brothers and sisters-in-law, O. Donald and Peggy Collins, Stephen J. and Margaret Herdt Quaadman Collins, John C. and Suki Collins; best friend, Eddie L. Famer; grandchildren, Kole, Victoria, Connor, Flint; aunt, Mary Collins; several nieces, nephew and cousins.

Flowers or donations may be made to the Historic Fire Station #6 Volunteer Memorial Fund, The Martin Luther King, Jr. NHP, 450 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 or St. Simon's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 102, Conyers Ga 30012. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Rd., Conyers, GA, 770-483-7216. Collins, David Joseph

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 9 to May 10, 2018


Collins, David Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JLINKEDIN: Healy, Liz [MC1988] VP Finance @ Cardinal Spellman HS



Liz Healy
Vice President, Finance at Cardinal Spellman HS
Greater New York City Area

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JNEWS: Broderick, Michael [MC????] Global Acct Dir @ Hitachi Vantara



Broderick, Michael [MC????]
Global Account Director at Hitachi Vantara

My primary skill set is “relationship selling" or "value add" selling. Whether one is selling micro chips or chocolate chips, there are many qualities that transcend what you are providing.

I like to believe that during my career I have developed long lasting business relationships based on trust, and the confidence my client list has bestowed on me.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Tom McCarthy's Mom and Dad

Good Evening All,

Tom McCarthy has shared an update on his Dad and we are happy to hear that Big Tom is doing better. He completed his Radiation Treatments the week after Easter and has thankfully been feeling much better, his appetite and energy returning. He had dropped some weight but there is some improvement there. Chemo still takes its’ toll and He skipped a few week because of Blood Work and such but has started up his Chemo Regimen and that will continue until June or July.

Mr McCarthy's recent CT Scan was a relatively positive report. The Tumor itself seems to have responded to the treatments and started to break up. There is till scarring from past treatment which makes it difficult for the MDs to see clearly. The MDs will be doing a PET Scan in the next few weeks to identify any Cancer traces that may remain. All things considered, short of the MDs saying the Cancer has disappeared, Tom and the Family take this bit of good news that the treatment is having an effect and Big Tom is headng in the right direction. Please keep up the volume for this good man and his Family. They are so appreciative of our prayers.

Please raise the volume for Tom's Mom. The MDs have been monitoring her closely for an abdominal Aortic Aneuryism that recently developed. The Family will be meeting with specialists to determine the course of treatment to repair it (stent or the like) or other options.

As Tom says, the McCarthy's are keeping positive and we will do our part in keeping the volume up for these good folks. Thank you Tom. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JNEWS: Vandak, Julie [MC????] Co-Owner Groom Spot



These 22 Under-30 Biz Superstars Are Taking Over Westchester
Meet our 2018 class of Westchester Wunderkinds.

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Julie Vandak, 29
Co-Owner Groom Spot

When dogs saunter into Julie Vandak’s pet-grooming salon, they are greeted by soft lighting, the scent of lavender, and a warm welcome from Vandak and her husband, Larry. It’s all part of having a relaxing environment, so the dog-grooming experience is pleasurable for her canine clients.

After previously working as a bather and groomer at another pet-grooming salon, Vandak was encouraged by many of her clients to open her own business. That happened in 2013, when Groom Spot was launched just steps away from the Crestwood Metro-North station. But it didn’t happen overnight. Having studied finance at Manhattan College, Vandak wanted to be sure that Groom Spot would be financially viable. She researched the market and finally settled on a location in Tuckahoe.

Initially, as a female Millennial, she got what she calls the “run-around” from the town board. Undeterred, Vandak convinced the board that her salon would be a community asset. Previous clients signed a petition, and some advocated her cause at town board meetings.

Fast-forward five years, and the business is thriving. “All of our clients know us, and we personally get to know the dogs and their owners,” she says. “For an active customer, for example, I’ll recommend a shorter haircut for the dog, which is easier to maintain for running.” For clients who prefer to walk on the wild side, Groom Spot even offers puppy Mohawks or pet-safe hair color.

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Vandak, Julie [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Dumont, Wayne [MC1976] publishes



Wayne Dumont

Going on 64 years of age I decided that retirement is in my interest. Having fun will be my new career.

Until the right opportunity comes I will continue to be involved in my causes, investments, school events, & new experiences.

When I Was 15 - Linkedin 15 year celebration

Well fellow Jaspers, I'm published for the 2nd time. Love it.

When I Was 15

It was at  an early age that my parents decided that both sons will go to college. we were born in the mid-50's. It was a very exciting time to live and wonder what you wanted to become. You had the space race, cold war, an more open trade (GATT). During the 1960's we baby boomers saw once in a lifetime events that still affect today's world. I was thinking about politics, going into space. but decided to follow into my father's footsteps as an international banker. I was 15 years old in 1969 ( very good year), Vietnam was raging, the Mets won the World Series against all odds & finally man's dream for centuries, landing on the moon. Oh! don't forget Woodstock. This all shown on television, which was still fairly new to the masses. (about 20 years) To this day it still influences me. I also just came back from one of our summer trips. A loop that went to the upper Mid-West, through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and back to New  York. The scenery, historic places, the people, continued to influence me. I took  Business Economics and Marketing at Manhattan College, not my first choice. When at Corfo, NY and started doing foreign exchange, it became a thrill, tapped into my speed and always excited me. I would be on one phone with one FX trader and another phone with another FX trader and finished with a successful deal. I decided this is what I wanted to do till retirement. it gave me excitement, international and wonder, who was at the other end of the transaction in another part of the world. I stayed in the business community until I took early retirement. I will continue to go to schools, travel, get into politics but will always remember the 1960's and 1969. The End.

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ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on the antiwar movement


What happened to the antiwar movement in America?

This question previously had details. They are now in a comment.

Michael J. McFadden
Michael J. McFadden, Neither a Conservative nor a Liberal: just a Radical.

Answered 4h ago

I think the problem faced by peace advocates in the US today is at least partly due to the complexity of the issues. Most peace proponents are not absolutist. Many would sanction a military action against Adolf Hitler for example. (Note I said “most.” There are a good number of Gandhian / Quaker / Mennonite and other philosophical / religious-based pacifists who hold that taking another’s life in ANY war cannot be sanctioned.)

But most of those who joined the US antiwar movement in the 1960s/70s were coming from a motivation based on stopping an all-out nuclear war and on stopping what was seen as an All Powerful US Military attacking a small group of almost defenseless idealistic peasants on bicycles on the other side of the planet just because, well, maybe there was oil there plus there were Communists plus we liked showing off and practicing with our military toys.

NOTE: I am not saying the above was the reality, but it was the vision and belief that drove a great deal of the US antiwar movement of that period. It seemed clear, and simple, and morally indisputable to most of those involved in the movement at that time.

The issues today are a LOT more complex and confusing: Assad’s a ruthless dictator. ISIS is a mad religious fundamentalist group that will whip and execute people for drinking, or smoking, or having fun between the sheets if you’re not properly heterosexually married… and then head out for some fun and bombing. The Turks have been strong US allies. But they want to kill all the Kurds for what appears to be no good reason (though I’m sure they could argue there are good reasons.) There are two or three other factions all intent on killing each other. And then there’s Russia. ::sigh:: It’s all just too confusing for any good politically based peace-antiwar movement, and the pure nonviolent religiously-flavored idealists who simply oppose ALL war are just not strong enough to make themselves heard.

In any event… that’s my analysis. It’s not a very well-educated analysis: my time has been stolen from the peace movement by the Antismokers and I’m just not enough of a Renaissance Man to really follow everything and still stay competent where I think I’m most needed.

MJM, Peace Studies Graduate, Manhattan College, 1973

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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I think the problem is that, other than the religious objection, the “anti-war” movement was an astroturf Democratic assault on Richard Nixon. As soon as he was deposed, and the way cleared for a Democratic landslide, it — the “liberal” leftist socialists — had not further need of it. And, it wanted to pick the targets for war and get all the military industrial complex money. Maybe I’m cynical but there was no authentic anti-war movement.

P.S., Sadam had chemical weapons because the USA sold them to him in the 70’s. But that was just an excuse to funnel more money into the “war machine”.

As the song said: “When will we ever learn”.

I’m an injineer and fighting a war should ABSOLUTELY be the very last resort. Congress ceded the war making power unconstitutionally to the executive. The Dead Old White Guys knew how dangerous a standing army was to liberty; hence their two year limit on the army, but not the navy. Time to go back to their blueprint. Good bye FBI, TSA, BATF, FDA, etc. etc. — which they would have called “standing armies”.

Argh! How stupid are “We, The Sheeple” due to Gooferment Skrules?

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