JASPER JOTTINGS Week 22 - 2019 Jun 02  

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



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POSITRACTION: A "foolish" man creates immuno-oncology drugs



He Was Called Foolish for His Research; Now Documentary Tells How He Won Nobel Prize for ‘Cancer Cure’
By McKinley Corbley - Apr 14, 2019

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Jim Allison has been the quiet hero behind some of the most ground-breaking medical research of the last quarter century—but before he won the Nobel prize for his work, he was laboring tirelessly to proves his theories against a skeptical scientific community.

Back in the 90s, Allison was called “foolish” for claiming that the immune system could fight off cancer. Despite being shot down time and time again by medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies, Allison developed the basis for immuno-oncology drugs – also known as “lpi.”

Allison first became inspired to research cancer treatments as a result of his mother passing away after a long and debilitating battle with lymphoma when he was just 11 years old. After his mother’s passing, Allison would go on to lose a brother and two uncles to cancer; and he himself would end up beating cancer three different times.

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As a means of thanking him for his determined efforts, Allison was co-awarded the 2018 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. More recently, film director Bill Haney released a documentary about Allison last month called Breakthrough – and it has been hailed as a masterpiece since its release.

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Interesting that this “foolish” man, pushed through all the nay-sayers, and did some great work for humanity.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” George Bernard Shaw

I note the toll cancer took on his family.  And, I read this recurrent theme in many stories about doctor’s motivation to do big things.

Perhaps this is all part of a Grand Plan?

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JOBIT: Vorst, John R. [MC1956 RIP] 2019-May-21



John Vorst

VORST - John R., 84, of Farmingville, NY passed away peacefully on May 21, 2019.

Born in Manhattan on March 11, 1935 to the late John and Rosaleen Vorst. He graduated in 1953 from Bishop Laughlin Memorial HS, where he made lifelong friendships. He served in the Army AUS Artillery from 1956-1958. He earned his BA at Manhattan College & a MA at Adelphi University.

He met his beloved wife, Patricia, and married on May 6, 1967 & welcomed their daughter, Katherine, on March 6, 1969. Upon Patti's passing from breast cancer in 1979, John embraced the role of a loving widowed father. John found love again with his life partner of 32 years, Judi Sykes. They traveled the world together creating special memories, John relished a good meal, & shared that love with Judi. John loved his backyard & enjoyed hosting barbecues.

John retired as Assistant Director of Child Protective Services of Suffolk County in 1990. John was generous, merciful, kind, and outgoing. He had a great love of tennis, the Yankees, church, and his family.

John is survived by partner Judi Sykes, daughter, Katherine Riberdy (Andrew), grandchildren Jacqueline & Gabrielle, children Michael Vorst & Karen Collins, step-daughter Debbie Sykes Goulette (Steve), sister Jean Stephens, nieces Deirdre and Kristen, and nephew George. He loved and was loved deeply. He will be missed. John's long struggle with congestive heart failure was eased by the wonderful staff at Good Shepherd Hospice.

Calling hours held on Tuesday, May 28, 2-4pm & 7-9pm at Moloney Funeral Home in Lake Ronkonkoma. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church on Wednesday, May 29, at 9:45am. Burial at Calverton National Cemetery. Reception to follow. Full version @ www.moloneyfh.com In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or Bishop Laughlin Memorial HS in John's memory.

Published in Newsday on May 26, 2019


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

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

          I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1956.

               May He Rest in Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Vorst, John R. [MC1956 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: O’Connor, Thomas David [MC1961 RIP] 2019-May-25



Thomas O'Connor
1938 - 2019 Obituary

Parsippany - Thomas David O'Connor passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2019.

Tom was born May 7, 1938 in New York City, New York. He was raised in Manhattan and spent his boyhood summers in the Rainbow Lakes community in Parsippany. After graduating from Manhattan College he served in the Army where he earned a distinguished service medal. He then moved to the place he loved best and raised his own family in Rainbow Lakes, where he was very active in the community.

He was a lover of learning, he earned a Masters degree from Kean and was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Parsippany School System for 37 years. As an educator, he was a proud member of the teacher's union, serving as the State Chair for NJEA, Vice President of MCCEA, Legislative Chair MCREA and president of PTHEA. He was a lifelong volunteer firefighter with Rainbow Lakes Fire Company. He was a proud member of the Parsippany Elks. Tom was a lover of nature, art and life and he was loved by many.

He is survived by his son Thomas; daughters Tara; Ann Ballot and her husband Rich; and Kelly Garbarino and her husband Frank; as well as grandchildren Michael and Jonathan Ballot and Maggie and Jack Garbarino. A celebration of life is being be held for family and friends from 5:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday, May 29 at Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center.

Published in Daily Record on May 28, 2019


O’Connor, Thomas David [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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Dear John,

              I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1961.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Connor, Thomas David [MC1961 RIP]

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


Good Afternoon All,

Ed McEneney asks for our prayers for Diane Parr. Diane is the Wife of Fellow Jasper, Ken Parr '61 BBA. Diane has been fighting the good fight with Cancer for the past two years and needs our prayers at this time. Please raise the volume for this good Woman, her Husband, Ken and their Family. We pray the Doctors are able to arrest this dred disease. We pray that, Diane, Ken and their Family find peace in God's Love during their struggle. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day


Good Morning All,

I was struggling a little this morning for some words to share on this Memorial Day when we remember those that gave so much so that we could be free and then I received the following incredible words and Tribute from Peter Sweeney and I share them with you.

"All Gave Some, Some Gave All."

May God Continue to Bless America on behalf of those Who Gave Their Lives for Her.

Thank you Peter for Sharing the following. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: I’ve been posting: "Let's bring all the girls and boys home now! Dona nobis pacem.”]

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JNEWS: Perfetti, Vince [MC1992] CTO @ Nu Skin



Nu Skin Enterprises Names Vince Perfetti As Chief Transformation Officer
PR NewswireMay 28, 2019

PROVO, Utah, May 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises today announced Vince Perfetti has joined the company as chief transformation officer and senior vice president of technology. He will lead the company's technology transformation to develop an industry-leading customer experience and further empower the company's sales force to build a socially enabled business to attract more customers.

"Technology plays a fundamental role in our vision to become the world's leading business opportunity platform," said Ritch Wood, CEO. "Vince has a proven track record of senior leadership in digital and information technology for global enterprises across multiple industries. His experience and insight will be key in helping us accelerate our efforts."

Ryan Napierski, Nu Skin president, added, "In order to become the world's leading opportunity platform, we are focused on attracting more customers through our global sales force. By utilizing technology to enhance each of the touchpoints throughout the customer journey, we are making it easier for our sales force to connect, communicate and build relationships with them."

About Vince Perfetti

Perfetti comes to Nu Skin from Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he was a principal consultant on the cloud advisory team, advising enterprise executives on program development to maximize cloud adoption and transformation. He also has senior leadership experience from GE Digital and Dow Jones and Company, where he led the transformation of technology teams and culture.

Perfetti's core strengths lie in merging technology and business strategy to create an enhanced environment built upon a foundation of teamwork and innovation. He has a master's in technology management from Columbia University and an electrical engineering degree with a pre-med minor from Manhattan College.

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Perfetti, Vince [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Vince is a member of the Class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Perfetti, Vince [MC1992]

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JFOUND: Mercando, Anthony [MC1976] running for Bronxville school trustee



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Anthony Mercando has been a resident of Bronxville since 2011 but was born and raised about 2 miles away in the Dunwoodie section of Yonkers. He is married to Lee-Ann Mercando. They previously lived for 23 years in Irvington,New York, where they raised their four children, all of whom graduated from Irvington Public schools.

Anthony holds an electrical engineering degree from Manhattan College in the Bronx, and an MD degree from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is a practicing cardiologist at New York Presbyterian Medical Group and is on staff at New York Presbyterian-Lawrence Hospital (for the past 31 years), and Columbia University Medical Center (for the past 26 years). He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Anthony is a past board member of the Irvington Education Foundation and is interested in becoming more involved in the Bronxville community and the Bronxville public schools.

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Mercando, Anthony [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mercando, Anthony [MC1976]

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JOBIT: Termeer, John Joseph [MC1958 RIP] 2019-May-27



John Termeer (1936 - 2019)

Born April 27, 1936 in NYC passed peacefully at home on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 with his family by his side.

Memorial Day was a fitting day for John to make his passage to heaven. Veteran, Major John J. Termeer served nearly 20 years in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He was a recipient of The Air Force Commendation Medal and was certified in National Security Management in 1971.

John attended Manhattan College in New York, where he earned his degree in electrical engineering. After his service to our country, John entered the private sector and was instrumental on the team developing the Titan Missile Program for the Department of Defense. As he approached retirement, he built his dream home on Lake Conroe at Walden and enjoyed the process so much he decided to become a custom home builder. Forming Termeer Custom Homes and working with 3 of his children, John spearheaded the company and built over 100 luxury custom homes.

John is remembered for his wit, singing talent, sharp intelligence and warm outgoing personality. He loved good wine, traveling with Wendy and time with his friends and family. He always had a great time and was the life of every party. He never met a stranger. Best described as a worldly and charismatic man, he traveled the entire world and reminisced frequently about his travels. John would often recite poetry and told the funniest jokes. He loved sports, playing golf and boating. He was truly "the most interesting man in the world", visiting the far ends of the earth, pulling up difficult equations instantly and remembering everything he ever learned his entire life. He was a great mentor and teacher. He was our rock and our hero.

John was preceded in death by his parents Margaret & John Herman Termeer, and his wife of 47 years Ginny Termeer. Survived by the love of his life and best friend, Wendy Kepple, and his 4 children & their spouses. Teri & Phillip Pugh, Sharon & Steve Cabral, Tim Termeer, and Steve & Tara Termeer. Sister, Connie & Pete Weston, sister, Margorie Hebert and 100 year-old great aunt Geraldine Parichy (Gerry). 5 Grandchildren; John McHugh, Tayler Termeer, Thomas & Michele McHugh, Sydney Pugh, Sydney Termeer, Madeline Termeer & Kalleigh Termeer Great-grandchild; Maya McHugh Nieces; Carol Dawson, Jacqueline & Kurt Becker, Marianne Weston, Debra & Christopher Auletta.

A private celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 8th 2019. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Southern Texas PGA Foundation scholarship fund in the name of John & Ginny Termeer at www.stpga.com. The direct is link is https://www.stpga.com/form.php?id=6eb55c81790927f5e01682b24c6e6a4d

Published on yourconroenews.com from May 29 to June 11, 2019


Termeer, John Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/courier/john-termeer-

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1958.

                  May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Termeer, John Joseph [MC1958 RIP]

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JNEWS: Murphy, James [MC1994] Northeast Corridor Dev @ Turner & Townsend



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Turner & Townsend has appointed James Murphy to develop and grow its public and government sector real estate and infrastructure work across the Northeast Corridor and elsewhere around the USA.

Before joining Turner & Townsend, Murphy was Vice President and Regional Business Line Leader for Program Management and Construction Management at AECOM.

His qualifications include 25 years of professional program and construction management and engineering experience; successfully leading projects, programs and regional business lines.

Murphy has worked on multiple programs with the New York City Department of Design & Construction, New York City Housing Authority, the New York State and City Departments of Transportation, the General Services Administration, AT&T Wireless Services and the State University of New York, to name a few.

Prior to AECOM, he worked at URS Corporation and Edwards Kelcey.

He s a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York (PE), a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a LEED – AP and has an BS and MBA from Manhattan College.

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Murphy, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1994.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, James [MC1994]

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JNEWS: Thomas, Paul [MC1984] into CHSAA HoF



Eight Gain Entry into CHSAA Hall of Fame
May 29, 2019
By Jim Mancari

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The CHSAA hosted its 34th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and golf outing May 30 at the Inwood Country Club near John F. Kennedy International Airport. This year’s class was made up of the following eight deserving inductees who have dedicated their lives to the local Catholic sports scene.

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Paul Thomas ran cross-country and played rugby and basketball at Archbishop Stepinac H.S., White Plains, N.Y., before graduating in 1980. While a student a Manhattan College, the Bronx, he coached Stepinac’s junior varsity basketball team.

He spent 19 years teaching math and coaching freshmen basketball and freshmen football at Mount St. Michael Academy, the Bronx. He took home three CHSAA ‘A’ Division titles in basketball.

Thomas also has been the publisher and editor of the CHSAA basketball play- off journal, as well as an umpire and administrator for the Catholic league.

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Thomas, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 1984.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Thomas, Paul [MC1984]

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MFOUND: Manhattan College Wood Print



Manhattan College Wood Print
by Rhett and Sherry Erb

Wood Print

1. Size
Natural Vertical Horizontal Square
16.00” x 10.625"


Manhattan College wood print by Rhett and Sherry Erb.  

Bring your artwork to life with the texture and added depth of a wood print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4" thick maple wood. There are D-clips on the back of the print for mounting it to your wall using mounting hooks and nails (included).

Ships Within

2 - 3 business days

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[JR: Why? Looks nice but still why did they do it and how is it so cheap? Just curious. But not enough to research it. "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   But I have promises to keep,   And miles to go before I sleep,   And miles to go before I sleep.” — Robert Frost.  I assume the image is copyrighted; so I left it there.]

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JLINKEDIN: Boza, Jordi [MC1995] Director of Sales @ Vuzix



Boza, Jordi [MC1995]
Director of Sales EMEA & LATAM, Vuzix Corporation
Barcelona Area, Spain

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WIKIPEDIA: Mohen, Joseph T. [MC1986] CEO @ Chimes Broadcasting



Joe Mohen
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joseph T. Mohen
Born July 19, 1956 (age 62)
Queens, New York
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Occupation Internet Media
Known for Running the 2000 Arizona Democratic Primary online

Joseph T. Mohen (born July 19, 1956) is a digital media entrepreneur[1] and CEO of Chimes Broadcasting, having been CEO of Nylon Media,[2] best known for having been founder and CEO and co-founder of election.com,[3] which ran the Arizona Democratic Primary in March 2000, the world’s first legally binding election conducted on the Internet,[4] according to the company.[5][6]. He has also been an investor in bioplastics, efforts to save the oceans by making products that look and feel like normal plastic, but are made from plants so they dissolve when thrown in the water. Mohen was also a force in creating the era of free legal music, as the founder of SpiralFrog, an ad-supported free music service, which even before Spotify was able secure the rights to free music distribution from the major record labels in return for a share of the advertising revenues;[7] SpiralFrog ultimately failed because it relied on a temporary download model, rather than streaming, but the licensees that he negotiated paved the way for the streaming music era.[8][9] Mohen has also been leader in establishing Holographic Television Broadcasting and Hologram based tourist attractions.[10]

In March 2016, Mohen published a guest blog predicting the collapse of baseball World Series television revenues unless its schedule is revamped.[11]

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Mohen, Joseph T. [MC????]

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Dear John,

                I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mohen, Joseph T. [MC1986]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Volunteer wanted for the Twitter "desk"


Dear fellow Jaspers:

As much as I try to cover “everything” about Jaspers, I have to admit that Twitter gets a short shrift.

I can use some help — probably a lot of help — to scan for Jasper news and sightings on Twitter.

While even just scaring would help, if you can put it on the daily blog that would be better.

I’d have to work out the “roles” (i.e., finder, reporter, editor, etc.) and if there are multiple volunteers, how to split the Twitter-verse.

I feel that the loss of Google+ was OK because that was Yet Another Source that I couldn’t keep up with.

There are several other sources but those are just my pipe dream.

Yell if you want a thankless task in the Aegean Stable.



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ENDNOTE: Scott Horton on American "involvement" in Yemen



Ep. 35 Scott Horton Chastises Bob on His Ilhan Omar Episode, Talks
About Who’s to Blame In Venezuela, and Explains the Carnage in the
Middle East
By Robert Murphy | 05/24/2019

Horton returns to the podcast to share his wealth of knowledge on a
variety of topics. Bob first gives Scott the opportunity to express his
unhappiness with the recent episode (#29) on Ilhan Omar. Then they
discuss the economic crisis in Venezuela, the carnage in the Middle
East, the Mueller Report, and finally answer questions from the BMS
Secret Facebook Group.
Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest:

The Scott Horton Show.
Scott’s book on Afghanistan, Fool’s Errand.
The Bob Murphy Show ep. 29 (which Scott did not like).
David Stockman’s antiwar.com article on RussiaGate.
A NYT article declaring: “[T]he White House needed to placate the Saudis as the administration completed a nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s archenemy. That fact alone eclipsed concerns among many of the president’s advisers that the Saudi-led offensive [in Yemen] would be long, bloody and indecisive.“
Weisbrot and Sachs on whether Venezuelan government or US is to blame for Venezuelan economic crisis.
The Case for IBC.
The Lara-Murphy Report.
How you can contribute to the Bob Murphy Show.
About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market
Institute at Texas Tech, Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, and
co-host with Tom Woods of the podcast "Contra Krugman."

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Now this is an “adult” podcast.  Not because of the occasional “bad work” that slips out, but the topic.

If you have Democratic liberal snowflake ears or a Republican warfare big Gooferment loyalty, then you’re going to be shocked when Scott lets loose on Reagn, all the Bushes, the Clintons, and DJT45.

The “genocide” in Yemen might be a SLIGHT over statement.  When I think of “genocide”, I think of many millions killed.  Yemen has “only” racked up over a million.  I’m horrified by it but it’s hasn’t drawn any attention from the media.

In his campaign, DJT45 said the right things about "bringing all the girls, boys, women, and men home”from Afghanistan and elsewhere, that I “disliked” him less that HRC.  With her, we knew what her stance on “war” (i.e., Libya; the AfPak area, killing OBL, killing others).

I liked Scott’s point that DJT45 had a perfect excuse for ending all this “foreign adventurism” with “not my mistake; it was the Bushes' and BHO44’s policies”.  But for whatever reason, he couldn’t pull it off and allowed himself to be drawn into the mess.

Scott, imho correctly, blames the Deep State putsch against DJT45 with “Russian collusion”.

In any event, you may want to list to him with a pad and pencil a few time, because when he gets on a rant, he just rolls.

I also recommend his book “Fool’s Errand”.

I hope you’re as “touched” as I am about the “Yemen War on Civilian Infrastructure” — in the finest tradition of Abe Lincoln — and the American Navy’s blockage of food and medicine into Yemen.

Why is the USA doing Saudi Arabia’s “were work”?

Every so often I tweet to DJT45 to get us out of this humanitarain disaster.


I am ashamed of “my” role in letting this happen.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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