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Sunday 28 October 2007

Sunday 28 October 2007

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2007/jasperjottings20071028.htm

CONTENTS

0 Messages from Headquarters (i.e., MC Press Releases)
1 Good_News
3 Obits
2 Jaspers_in_the_News
0 Manhattan_in_the_News
5 Email From Jaspers
1 Jaspers found web-wise
0 MC mentioned web-wise
1 New Jasper Bloggers

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PARTICIPANTS BY CLASS
Class Name Locator
???? Sciortino, Salvatore Jr. JGood1
???? Spargimino, Eric JBlog
1938 Burns, Lou JEmail04
1942 Oliva, Peter J. JObit2
1943 Tsivoglou, Ernest C. JObit3
1953 McEneney, Mike JEmail02
1953 McEneney, Mike JEmail03
1957 Martin, John JNews2
1963 Trocciola, John JNews1
1965 Cahill, Vince JEmail02
1969 Quinn, Peter JEmail05
1970 Chandler, Bill JEmail05
1980 Moore, Kevin JEmail01
1998 Braun, David James JFound1
1999 Hickey, Liz JEmail05
MCfac Ostrau, Eleanor T. JObit1

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PARTICIPANTS BY NAME
Class Name Locator
1998 Braun, David James JFound1
1938 Burns, Lou JEmail04
1965 Cahill, Vince JEmail02
1970 Chandler, Bill JEmail05
1999 Hickey, Liz JEmail05
1957 Martin, John JNews2
1953 McEneney, Mike JEmail02
1953 McEneney, Mike JEmail03
1980 Moore, Kevin JEmail01
1942 Oliva, Peter J. JObit2
MCfac Ostrau, Eleanor T. JObit1
1969 Quinn, Peter JEmail05
???? Sciortino, Salvatore Jr. JGood1
???? Spargimino, Eric JBlog
1963 Trocciola, John JNews1
1943 Tsivoglou, Ernest C. JObit3

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Housekeeping
This issue is at:
http://www.jasperjottings.com/2007/jasperjottings20071028.htm

Send email to http://tinyurl.com/yh34ut (gives you an email address), fax 781-723-3746, or call 732-917-4816 (It’s the phone on my computer) anytime.

All communications are ASSUMED to be for inclusion, UNLESS otherwise indicated.

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Weekly Stats
754 Jaspers are active on the Distribute Yahoo site. (Serve any purpose?)

The site had 1,504 unique visits last week.

26 in LinkedInJaspers (http://tinyurl.com/yp6x2q).
(LinkedIn has begun making noise about trademark infringement!)

The daily site had 275 views last week.

mcALUMdb is STILL off the air.

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FLASH! Important info received after the deadline
http://jasperjottings-daily.com/category/mc/

ADMINISTRIVIA: Added a “MC????” category
By Jasper John 68 on Administrivia

This allows everyone, who reads the blog or just wants to help, to see whose Class Year is unknown. If you know, I, we, everyone would all appreciate leaving a comment with the correct info. The blog is a dialogue; not a monologue.

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My list of Jaspers who are in harm’s way:
– Afghanistan
– – Feldman, Aaron (1997)
– Iraq
– – Angel Estrella (2002)
– Korea
— Stephanie (????)
– Unknown location
– – Lynch, Chris (1991)
– Uzbekistan
– – Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)
… … my thoughts are with you, and
… … with all of you that I don’t know about.
Dona Nobis Pacem

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“You may make some mistakes, but learn from them and go on. Find out what you really enjoy doing and pursue it to the fullest. Whatever you do, wherever you go, have confidence in yourselves, work energetically to make a positive personal impact to help improve the human condition, and in so doing reap the ultimate satisfaction.”

George J. Galasso `54
Honorary Doctor of Science
October 14, 2007

EXHORTATION
http://www.impactlab.com/modules.php?
name=News&file=article&sid=13409

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As the old Chinese saying goes,”Kindness often meets with good recompense.”

And a Shenzhen resident surnamed Wang has been deeply convinced of that.

Wang, who adopted a homeless cat two months ago, bought a lottery ticket that won him a total of 3,271 yuan ($435). He has his cat to thank. Last week Wang brought his cat with him to buy a lottery ticket.

As Wang was about to buy the ticket, the frisky feline jumped out of his arms and onto the computer keyboard, accidentally choosing Wang’s lottery numbers at random. Wang, who had complained that his cat had wasted his 10 yuan ($1.29) lottery ticket, was surprised to learn on Tuesday that his cat had actually chosen the winning numbers for him.

Via: China Daily

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If I can’t have a story about honesty, I’ll take one about the Intelligent Designer rewarding a kindness. You know that which you do for the least. I used to joke that I had “to be careful not to do too much charity,” (as if such was even possible) “lest the Universe give me too much back as a reward”.

Reading stories like this make me think that is a mechanism in the Universe that acts like the “rewards desk”. I can anthropomorphize it as two desks in Saint Peter’s office. One labeled “rewards”; the other “punishments”. And the rewards desk is clear, but the punishments desk has a huge stack with a harried overworked clerk. So Harry Potter’s owl (Hey it’s my metaphor. And, I can confuse stuff.) delivers Wang’s story about adopting the cat to the desk, and the clerk reaches thru the time space warp, pinches the cat, sees the numbers punched out, and adjusts the lottery selection accordingly.

Yeah, I know it doesn’t work that way. It’s all “random”. Yup, that the name of the rewards clerk “random chance”. The punishment clerk’s is “Everything Evensup”.

(Hey I’m an injineer. I don’t see you submitting better.)
Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

“Collector-in-chief” John reinke—AT—jasperjottings.com

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AND NOW THE “NEWS” if there is any

But first a cartoon from Jerry Breen ‘70
http://jasperjottings-daily.com/ 2007/10/23 /
cartoon-xcaric_cheneyobama_sfjpg/

http://tinyurl.com/2v96st

{JR: Jerry’s back in his usual form! }

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{JR: Thanks, Jerry}

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HEADQUARTER’S MESSAGES

Headquarters1

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GOOD NEWS

JGood1
JOY: Salvatore Sciortino Jr. (MC????)

Staten Island Advance (New York)
October 21, 2007 Sunday
Salvatore Sciortino, Rose Ellen Tanzi
SECTION: WEDDINGS; Pg. D08

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church, Pleasant Plains, was the setting Oct. 6 for the marriage of Rose Ellen Tanzi of Tottenville and Salvatore Sciortino Jr. of Grant City. Monsignor Joseph C. Ansaldi celebrated the afternoon nuptial mass. A reception followed in the Westmount Country Club, West Paterson, N.J.

After a honeymoon to Las Vegas, Lanai and Maui, Hawaii, the newlyweds will live in Grant City.

The bride is a daughter of Anne and Joseph Tanzi of Tottenville. The bridegroom is a son of Joan and Salvatore Sciortino of Oakwood.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Mary Anne Dorsey, as the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Mary Rose Carcelli, Corinne Sledge, Dana Hausler, Josephine Amitsis and Courtney Tanzi. The flower girl was Gianna Carcelli.

Michael Sciortino was the best man for his brother. The ushers were Nicholas Sciortino, James Veneziano, Joseph Veneziano IV, James Hausler, Stephen Dorsey and Patrick J. Tanzi.

Mrs. Sciortino is a graduate of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School, Huguenot, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. She is the office manager in the private office of fashion designer Donna Karan.

Mr. Sciortino is a graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School, Oakwood. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College, the Bronx, and a master of business administration degree in finance and investments from Bernard M. Baruch College, Manhattan. He is a project manager with Plaza Construction Corp., Manhattan.

Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Sciortino

LOAD-DATE: October 22, 2007

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OBITS

(Memento Mori)

JObit1
JObit: OSTRAU–Eleanor T. (MCfac)

The New York Times
October 18, 2007 Thursday
Late Edition – Final
Paid Notice: Deaths OSTRAU, ELEANOR T
SECTION: Section A; Column 0; Classified; Pg. 29

OSTRAU–Eleanor T. Died May 20, 2007. A celebratory Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00pm at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, in the faculty Dining Room in Thomas Hall. All are welcome.

LOAD-DATE: October 18, 2007

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Dear John,

Professor Ostrau was a Professor of Government at the College for many years and after she retired she continued on campus assisting with the creation of the archives. She was truly a great lady. Her husband is the Honorable Stanley Ostrau, the former Administrative Judge of the Civil Term, Supreme Court, New York County, one of the more important Trial Courts in the State.

I am sorry that I missed the announcement as I would have attended.

May She Rest In Peace,

Mike

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{JR: Upon reflection, I should have remembered that from when it happened. Also, interesting is that it never tumbled out in my daily searches. Clearly, the Goggles – Yahoos – Asks, the big search engines don’t do a very good job. If they did, I might have had it while it was actionable. Thanks, Mike. }

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JObit2
JObit: PETER J. OLIVA (MC1942)

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey)
October 21, 2007 Sunday
PETER J. OLIVA, 86, of SPRING LAKE
SECTION: OBITUARIES

PETER J. OLIVA, 86, of SPRING LAKE, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. Peter was involved in computer work for many years and then became a Consultant establishing PJO Associates, Spring Lake, where he worked with his wife Mary Lou.

Prior to this, he had been the Administrator of Computers for Drew University, Madison. Peter was a very faithful and dedicated Catholic man. He was a daily communicant of St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake, serving the Church as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, and was also involved in the Ministry to the Sick delivering Holy Communion to ill and disabled people. Peter was a 4th Degree Member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the Msgr. Thomas U. Reilly Council No. 5611, Spring Lake. He was also a member of the Joe’s Deli Breakfast Club, Spring Lake, that met daily for breakfast discussing news, sports, politics, the Yankees and the Giants. He was an Army veteran of World War serving in the Signal Corps. He was born in New York, N.Y. Peter had lived in Gillette for 13 years, then in Annandale for seven years before moving to Spring Lake in 1994. Peter was proud to be a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, and until his passing he was a true Jasper supporter. Peter was a person who loved life and he will be surely missed by everyone who knows him and ever knew him. He was an avid New York Yankee and New York Giants fan. He loved to watch baseball and football, and his hobbies were collecting stamps, coins, and light carpentry.

He was predeceased by his brother, Frank and his wife, Josephine Oliva; his sister, Lena Oliva Nero and her husband, Anthony; and his brother-in-law, John Nelson, in August. He is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Mary Lou Nelson Oliva; his two daughters, Kathryn Oliva of Laurel Hollow, N.Y., and Linda Oliva Moller and her husband, Dennis of Sea Cliff, N.Y., and their two daughters, Victoria and Jacqueline Moller; also surviving are his brother, Nicholas and wife Marie Oliva, and their children and grandchildren, Catherine Oliva and her son Andrew Oliva, Joseph and Sandra Oliva and their daughter Samantha, and John Oliva; and his nephews and nieces, Joseph and Marie Oliva and their children Gina, Joseph, and Christian Oliva; Frank and Judy Oliva and their sons Frank and Christopher Oliva, and Kathryn and Vincent Oliva. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marian Nelson.

Visiting will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the O’Brien Funeral Home, Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall. Funeral service Monday at 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Catharine’s RC Church, Spring Lake. Entombment will be in St. Catharine’s Cemetery Mausoleum, Sea Girt. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Advancement Office, Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway Riverdale, NY 10471 in memory of Peter J. Oliva.

LOAD-DATE: October 22, 2007

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Dear John,

I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1942.

May He Rest In Peace

Mike

{JR: Thanks, Mike }

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JObit3
ACTIONABLE OBIT: EXPIRES 29OCT07 Atlanta, GA MC1944? Tsivoglou, Ernest C.

http:// http://www.legacy.com /Atlanta/ Obituaries.asp? Page=LifeStory& PersonId=96747513

http://tinyurl.com/36jfcz

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Ernest Tsivoglou

ERNEST C. TSIVOGLOU Loving, loyal father, faithful husband, renowned scientist and teacher, Dr. Ernest C. Tsivoglou of Atlanta passed away Monday, at age 85; at Emory Hospital following a heart attack early last week.

Born in 1922 in New Hampshire, Dr. Tsivoglou grew up in New York City during the Depression. Following graduation from Manhattan College he enlisted to serve in the US Army Corps of Engineers in January 1944. Arriving at Bombay, India in June 1944 after a two-month voyage from Long Beach, he was attached to the 30th Station Hospital CBI Theater as Water Supply Engineer and later was Chief Warehouseman at the East India Medical Depot in Calcutta. Upon his Honorable Discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Master’s degree in Sanitary Engineering; more importantly, that is where he met and married his wife of 59 years, Julaine.

He then accepted a commission as Sanitary Engineer in the US Public Health Service at the Taft Center in Cincinnati. Shortly after his arrival there, he was offered an opportunity to attend Ohio State University where he obtained a doctorate in Nuclear Physics. He thus became one of the nation’s first radiological safety specialists independent of the Navy’s Admiral Hyman Rickover and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. His doctoral research on ventilation of radon gas from uranium mines in the desert southwest remains one of the foremost advances in improved working conditions for uranium mine workers worldwide.

Once back at the Taft Center in Cincinnati, he quickly rose to become Director of Technical Services and Research. There, from the early 1950s until his retirement in 1966, he and his staff were instrumental in development of many of the standards and methods that formed the basis of the nation’s first water pollution control regulations. Beginning with the stream studies needed to clean up pollution of rivers by uranium mills, the research work of Dr. Tsivoglou and the Taft Center in natural river self-purification processes forms the practical basis upon which the health of rivers and lakes in the U.S and elsewhere is measured, assessed, and improved.

Leaving the PHS in 1966, Dr. Tsivoglou accepted a professorship to teach sanitary engineering and river self-purification processes at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where he remained until 1974. He is remembered by his students and colleagues in Georgia for his technical clarity, professionalism and great integrity, and his pragmatic wisdom and counsel. For the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, and the State of Georgia, he and his teams of graduate students performed the first stream self-purification studies of the Chattahoochee River through the metro Atlanta area. Those studies determined and set the limits to which the metro cities, counties and industries could discharge treated wastewaters to the Chattahoochee and South Rivers during drought conditions such as exist today.

He continued to practice as a consulting engineer until his retirement in the early 1980s.

His recreational interests included trout fishing, woodworking and the American Southwest, particularly the books of Tony Hillerman.

Dr. Tsivoglou is survived by his wife Julaine, children Stephanie, Peter and Andrew, and grandchildren Laura, Charlotte, Alison and Andrew. The last surviving member of his family, he was preceded in death by his father, Constantine Jordan Tsivoglou of Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey, his mother Lucinda Stearns Tsivoglou of Boston, his sister Helena Spencer of Asheville, North Carolina and brother Jordan Constantine Tsivoglou of Newport News, Virginia.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 27th at 11am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur. Interment will be in the Georgia National Cemetery in Forsyth County on Monday October 29th at 11am. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Diabetes Foundation would be very much appreciated.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/25/2007.

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Guestbook for your comments is at:

http:// http://www.legacy.com /Atlanta/ GB /GuestbookView.aspx? PersonId=96747513

http://tinyurl.com/2yghar

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Dear John,

I believe that Ernest is a member of the Class of 1943.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

{JR: Thanks, Mike. }

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Tsivoglou, Ernest C. (MC1944?)

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Jasper_Updates

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Jaspers_Missing

Reported by mcALUMdb as “lost”:
No, the mcALUMdb itself is lost. To some extent no surprise. And, it’s discouraging. And, it puts a bigger load on MikeMcE who is supplying the “class look up function” for me.

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Reported by me as “lost”:
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Jaspers_in_the_News

JNews1
JNEWS: John Trocciola (MC1963)

http://www.fuelcellsworks.com/Supppage8008.html

Mr. John Trocciola and Dr. Subhash Singhal Recieve the 2007 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award

Publication Date:24-Oct-2007

06:30 AM US Eastern Timezone

Source:Wärtsilä

Congratulations 2007 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award Winners!

The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition would like to congratulate Mr. John Trocciola and Dr. Subhash Singhal as the winners of the 2007 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award. This award is given annually to those who have achieved outstanding leadership and innovation in the promotion of the overall advancement of fuel cell technology.

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Mr. John Trocciola

Mr. John Trocciola has served as a private consultant, both professionally and on a pro-bono basis, for a variety of potential fuel cell users in evaluating emerging and existing fuel cell technologies. These clients include UTCPower , US Department of Energy , US Department of Defense , US and Overseas electric utilities (Including NY Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority, and RWE). US and Overseas Natural Gas Companies such as KeySpan Energy, Energy East and Gazprom are also clients of Mr. Trocciola as well as Scripps Investments and Loans, Power Management Concepts, Ct Clean Energy Fund, Ct Department of Homeland Security, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom, and the Town Government of Portland, CT.

Prior to working as a private consultant, Mr. Trocciola served a variety of roles at the United Technologies Corporation from 1963 – 2004. His position as Manager of Advanced Materials and Development allowed him to investigate the basic limits of materials for all fuel cell technologies including AFC, PEM, PAFC and MCFC, and to identify the fundamental thermodynamic properties of carbons, graphites and polymers which determine their suitability for use in fuel cells. In addition, he was active in performing Advanced System Analysis/Evaluation of all alternative fuel cell technologies of which he recommended PAFC for further development for commercial stationary fuel cells

As Program Manager of several NASA and DOD Programs for space and underwater fuel cell power plants, he was able to identify successful methods for supplying hydrogen and cooling fuel cells in harsh environments as well as methods to remove CO from hydrogen streams for PEM power plants.

One of Mr. Trocciola’s most notable and innovative achievements occurred while working on several US Environmental Protection Agency projects where and others at UTC and the EPA identified and patented unique gas cleanup systems to treat the renewable gas to produce H2; this resulted in 12 fuel cell installations at waste water plants and landfills around the world. And it was during a joint DOE/DOD Program that he was responsible for the management of the installation and startup of the first commercial fuel cell in Russia located at a Gazprom facility in Moscow. This is the same commercial fuel cell that provided power during the Moscow blackout.

Mr. Trocciola received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, a M.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Trocciola is recognized as a fuel cell industry leader and his 40 US Patents in areas such as AFC, PAFC, MCFC, SOFC, and PEM show his enthusiastic innovation. He was recipient of many awards including the Special Inventors Award by NASA, the Technology Innovation Award by Discover Magazine, and the Outstanding Engineer Graduate Award given to him by Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1963.

Mike

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JNews2
JNEWS: Judge Martin (MC1957), a partner in Martin & Obermaier in New York City

Federal News Service
October 18, 2007 Thursday
PANEL III OF A HEARING OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE;
SUBJECT: CONTINUATION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL MUKASEY TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES;
CHAIRED BY: SENATOR BENJAMIN CARDIN (D-MD);
WITNESSES: CHUCK CANTERBURY, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE REAR ADMIRAL JOHN HUTSON, JAGC, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED), PRESIDENT AND DEAN, FRANKLIN PIERCE LAW CENTER DAWN JOHNSEN, PROFESSOR, INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW JOHN MARTIN, PARTNER, MARTIN & OBERMAIER, LLC THEODORE SHAW, DIRECTOR-COUNSEL AND PRESIDENT, NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. DICK THORNBURGH, OF COUNSEL, K&L GATES, AND FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARY JO WHITE, PARTNER, DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON, LLP;
LOCATION: 216 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.
SECTION: CAPITOL HILL HEARING
ANEL III OF A HEARING OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUBJECT: CONTINUATION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL MUKASEY TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES CHAIRED BY: SENATOR BENJAMIN CARDIN (D-MD) WITNESSES: CHUCK CANTERBURY, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE REAR ADMIRAL JOHN HUTSON, JAGC, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED), PRESIDENT AND DEAN, FRANKLIN PIERCE LAW CENTER DAWN JOHNSEN, PROFESSOR, INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW JOHN MARTIN, PARTNER, MARTIN & OBERMAIER, LLC THEODORE SHAW, DIRECTOR-COUNSEL AND PRESIDENT, NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. DICK THORNBURGH, OF COUNSEL, K&L GATES, AND FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES MARY JO WHITE, PARTNER, DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON, LLP LOCATION: 216 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C. TIME: 3:48 P.M. EDT DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2007

SEN. CARDIN: The Judiciary Committee will come back to order on the confirmation hearings of Judge Mukasey for attorney general of the United States.

I want to welcome the panel of outside experts. We thank you very much for your cooperation in being here today. It’s very important that the record in regards to the confirmation of an attorney generation — that there be opportunity for witnesses that know the nominee or could add to the consideration of the committee have an opportunity to give that testimony. And we thank you all for agreeing to be here today and to be witnesses at this hearing.

As is the tradition of the Judiciary Committee, I’m going to ask you all to rise in order to take an oath.

(The acting chairman administers the oath to the witnesses.)

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We will now hear from Judge John Martin. Judge Martin, a partner in Martin & Obermaier in New York City, was a United States district judge in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 2003 and worked very closely with Judge Michael Mukasey in that capacity. Prior to his judgeship, Judge Martin served as the United States attorney for the Southern Division of New York from 1980 to 1983, worked as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States in Washington, D.C. and worked in private practice.

A native New Yorker, Judge Martin graduated from Manhattan College and Columbia Law School and clerked for the Honorable Leonard P. Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Martin has received awards for his outstanding service, including the Emory Buckner Award from the Federal Bar Council and the Judge Edward Weinfeld award from the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

Judge, it’s a pleasure to have you before our committee.

MR. MARTIN: Thank you very much, Senator Cardin.

I’m honored to be here and very pleased to have the opportunity to express publicly my high regard and affection for the nominee for attorney general, the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey. I’ve known Mike Mukasey for over 30 years, but I got to know him best when we served together on the Southern District of New York. Michael Mukasey is one of the most decent human beings I know, and I think he possesses the qualities of intellect and humanity that we should want in a person to serve as attorney general of the United States.

We worked together — I was the chair of the clerk’s committee while he was chief judge. We worked closely together during that time, and I saw first hand his compassion and his leadership. During that period our clerk of court died after a long battle with cancer. No one could have been more caring than Judge Mukasey was of the concern of our clerk. No one could have been more compassionate in that situation.

In addition, as Mary Jo has pointed out in some detail, he was an able leader, someone who sought advice and who inspired those around him to do their best. He also had the unenviable task of trying to organize and lead 40 United States district judges, each of whom was appointed for life. Judge Mukasey handled that task with grace, and when he stepped down as chief judge, he left with the respect and admiration of all his colleagues.

To some extent, no individual is qualified to be attorney general. But the same can be said of a United States district judge, because in both cases, you’re faced with areas of the law with which you had no experience in private practice. The breadth of United States law is staggering, and the attorney general and the district judge have to deal with that.

But you learn from that how to listen to experts, to weigh what they have to say and to make judgments as to what is the right thing in the situation.

In addition and most important, for someone who is to become the attorney general, you learn that the law is above politics and that your personal political views have no place in the administration of justice. Michael Mukasey was a superb United States district judge, and I have no doubt that if confirmed, he will be a superb attorney general. He possesses both the intellectual ability and the openness of mind that will serve him well in formulating the policies to be carried out by the attorneys in the Department of Justice.

While I’ve never the pleasure of appearing before Judge Mukasey, I have had the pleasure of reading his opinions. He was a thoughtful and intelligent jurist.

I also have one experience with him that I think demonstrates that he possesses one of the most important qualities for someone who would be the attorney general, and that is the willingness to rethink a position.

Several years ago, I decided a case — and I forget what the issue was — but there was only one opinion on point, and it was by Judge Mukasey. It was a rare case in which I disagreed with him. And I wrote an opinion and said, “I have great respect for Judge Mukasey, but I disagree with him here.” A year or two later, he sent me a copy of an opinion he had just written in a similar case, in which he referred to his prior opinion and my opinion and said, “I’ve changed my mind. I think that the other is the right law.” I don’t know many judges who possess both the unique quality of self-confidence and humility that would allow them to admit publicly that they were changing in a position. But that’s what I think the quality that you have to have if you’re going to lead something like the Department of Justice and be faced on a daily basis with complex and difficult questions to decide.

As you might expect, Judge Mukasey’s nomination has been the subject of considerable comment in the New York legal community. I can tell you that the unanimous views of everybody with whom I have spoke — friends of Judge Mukasey, former colleagues and, I think, particularly important, lawyers who appeared before him — is that Michael Mukasey will provide the type of leadership necessary to ensure the American people have confidence that justice is being administered fairly and with integrity.

Thank you very much.

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So let me ask, Ms. White, if I could, and Judge Martin, you know him — how do you think he’s going to fair standing up to a president who wants to do certain things that perhaps the judge thinks is inappropriate?

MS. WHITE: If the circumstance presents itself, my money is on Judge Mukasey.

SEN. CARDIN: (Laughs.)

MS. WHITE: He’s one of the most independent, straight-forward, strong individuals I know, most principled. So if it comes to that, I mean, you know, plainly, he will, you know, also be, you know, clear in his advice as to the right path, but if it comes to that, I have no doubt whatsoever he’ll stand up.

MR. MARTIN: I think serving as United States district judge he’s used to getting — understanding that people have to obey certain laws, and you’ve got the power to enforce them. And I don’t think that Mike Mukasey’s going to have any problem asserting his own views as to what’s right or wrong.

SEN. CARDIN: Well, I think restoring the independence of the Department of Justice is the first order of business. With the political interference, which has been acknowledged and under current investigation, that’s going to be the first order of business. The second is being able to give independent advice, and that’s going to be another challenge. The third is establishing the type of priorities in the office.

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SEN. CARDIN: Well, I thank each of you for being here. I think you’ve added to the record in a way that I think it’s important in confirmation process for an attorney general of the United States, and I’ve found it extremely helpful to me to try to put the puzzle pieces together because we are clearly all with the same objective, and that is to see the Department of Justice move forward in its traditional respect from the American people and as important part of the administration. And I think that these confirmation hearings have helped us in that regard, and you all have been part of that, and we thank you very much for your presence, your testimony and, most importantly, for your patience, as we’ve been trying to figure out when this panel would in fact be heard.

The hearing record will remain open for one week in order to be able to supplement the record, and the Judiciary Committee now stands adjourned.

Thank you all.

LOAD-DATE: October 20, 2007

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Dear John,

I believe that the Judge is a member of the Class of 1957.

Mike

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Martin, John (MC1957)

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Manhattan_in_the_News

MNews1

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EMAIL FROM JASPERS
(Disclaimer emails may be edited for form, but never substance.)

JEmail01
JEMAILXX: Kevin Moore [MC1980]

From: Kevin Moore [MC1980]
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 2:45 PM
Subject: PETER SINGER AT MC

Dear CIC,

What in all that is holy is Manhattan College inviting Peter Singer to speak on campus? This man is not only pro-abortion, but pro-infanticide (if there is indeed a difference) as well. Mr. Singer has also stated that any “non-sentient” human being should be destroyed. Manhattan inviting this man is like Grambling inviting the Grand Wizard of the KKK. What is the administration thinking? I will remember this the next time Br. President comes asking for financial help.

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{JR: No clue. But it probably has something to do with hearing what the opposition has to say. In a free speech society, the remedy to bad speech is more speech; not censorship. It’s not the pleasant, happy, and good ideas that need protection. It’s the vile stuff that does. In this case, maybe the students and faculty of Grambling need to invite the Grand Vizier, Wizard, Senator Byrd, David Duke, or whatever to explain their beliefs. In peace and calm, they can then have a dialogue, or more likely future discussions about the topic. Suppressing stuff just allows the infection to spread underground. Sunshine is a wonderful antiseptic. It may hurt. It may be abhorrent. It may be vile. But we have to get these ideas out in the “sunshine” so we can expose them for what they are. Murder imho. }

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JEmail02
JEMAILXX: Vince Cahill ‘65

From: Mike McEneney (1953)
To: John Reinke
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 9:40 PM
Subject: Vince Cahill ‘65

Dear John,

The Vince Cahill that was listed in the found section of this week’s Jasper Jottings, is I believe a member of the Class of 1965.

Mike

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JEmail03
From: Mike McEneney 1953
To: John Reinke
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 3:47 PM
Subject: Manhattan in The News

Dear John,

The October 11 edition of Catholic New York has two short pieces about Manhattan. The First on page 30 reads as follows:

“NEW ENGINEERING DEGREE AT MANHATTAN COLLEGE

The School of Engineering of Manhattan College introduced a master of science degree program in electrical or mechanical engineering in conjunction with Consolidated Edison. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the college Sept. 24 attended by the college President, Brother Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C.

The Master’s program will provide training and study at convenient times for students working in professional careers. It will build on previous training with Con Ed, include on-site courses at Con Ed, and provide qualified Manhattan students with the opportunity to complete a specialized degree expeditiously.”

The second on page 37, reads as follows:

MANHATTAN COLLEGE CAMPAIGN RAISES $160 MILLION

Manhattan College in the Bronx raised more than $160 million dollars in its Sesquicentebbial Capital Campaign, $10 million more than its initial goal. The campaign launched in 2001 in anticipation of the college’s 150th anniversary in 2003, was the most ambitious development program in the history of the college.

Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, F.S.C., president of Manhattan College, called the campaign “a transformative moment” in the history of the school. “It has established a very solid financial platform to propel Manhattan deep into the 21st century,” he said.

As a result of the campaign, which was officially completed in June, the college’s endowment has climbed to nearly $45 million. There also are four new endowed chairs in each of the schools, each at $1.5 million. Additional scholarship funds also are being created.

The school also began construction of a new residence hall, East Hill Tower II, which will be completed before the start of the 2008-2009 school year, and upgraded its technological equipment and capacity.

An announcement by the college credited the campaign’s success in its final two years in large part to the appointment of Tom O’Malley as chairman of the board of trustees. On being named chairman in July 2005, he challenged the board members to secure increased funding. In June 2006 the board of trustees made a $17 million gift.

Things are looking up!
Mike

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{JR: Ye, they are. Although I just saw Brother President and his look a little worse for wear ‘n’ tear. I pray for the Intelligent Designer to keep him on the job for many decades to come. He does a masterful job. I’d have strangled some of those folks probably fifteen minutes before they ran me out on a rail. Leading MC is an art; not an injineering job! }

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JEmail04
From: Corey L. Westgate (Burns)
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:43 AM
Subject: [Jasper Jottings —————————————- The achievement journal of my fellow alums] Comment: “JObit: Lou Burns, Class of 1938”

We are all very proud of my grandfather’s lifetime achievements. He truly was an inspiration to us all.

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From: Reinke’s Jasper (mc68alum) Persona
Subject: Thank you for your comment

Dear Ms. Westgate,

>We are all very proud of my grandfather’s lifetime achievements. He truly was an inspiration to us all.

Representing his fellow alumni, I’d like to know more.

I was unable to “find” an obit online. Everyday, I search Legacy Dot Com for any mention of “manhattan college” as well as generalized Google and Yahoo searches. I share the stories of our fellow Jaspers as I find them. If there was an obit, or even some eulogy of your grandfather’s life, then I would be happy to share it with his fellow alums.

I like to call what I do “Jasper Jottings; The achievement journal of my fellow alums” and think it serves several useful functions — not the least of which is to ensure that great stories get told. So I would be happy to pass along whatever you’d care to share to about a thousand of his fellow alums. I know they’d be interested.

With my condolences,
fjohn68

Ferdinand John Reinke
Manhattan College Alumni – Class of 1968

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JEmail05
From: alumni –at– listserv.manhattan.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:01 PM
Subject: REMINDER – Manhattan College Alumni NYC Club Networking Reception

REMINDER … only two weeks left to register

NYC Club Fall 2007 Networking Reception
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Co-Chairpersons Bill Chandler ’70 & Liz Hickey ’99
New York Life Building 27th Street & Madison Ave. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Ben Feldman Memorial Auditorium

Guest Speaker:
Peter Quinn ’69
Peter’s the author of Banished Children of Eve, the 1995 American Book Award Winner, as well as Hour of the Cat, a critically hailed thriller set in pre-WWII NYC. His latest book is Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America.

$40 per person
(inclusive of open bar and hors d’oeuvres)

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

New York Life requires us to provide a list of attendees for security… you will need to be on this list to enter the building so please register in advance.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

For more information contact Tom McCarthy ’06, assistant director of alumni relations, by phone at (718) 862-7454

Please feel free to forward to Jaspers we may have missed…

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JASPERS FOUND WEB-WISE

JFound1
JFound: Braun, David James (MC1998) (on FRIENDSTER)

REPORTING FROM THE FRIENDSTER DESK
IN THE JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM

Braun, David James (MC1998)

http://profiles.friendster.com/5835683

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David James Braun
* Male, 31, In a Relationship
* Interested In: Relationship Women, Dating Women, Friends, Activity Partners
* Member Since: Feb 2004
* Location: New York, NY
* Hometown: Forest Hills, Queens, NY
* College: Manhattan College
* Company: H&S
* David James’s URL:
* http://profiles.friendster.com/wereyouhere
* Schools:
Archbisop Molloy High School, Attended 1990 – 1994, Class of 1994
* Schools (Other):
PS 144, Ps 190 Russel Sage, Archbishop Molloy, Manhattan College
* College/University:
Manhattan College, Attended 1994 – 2001, Class of 1998, Master’s Degree, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
* Occupation:
Consultant
* Affiliations:
AWWA, NYWEA, WWWC, SAME, Sigma Xi
* Hobbies and Interests:
Photography, Photo Editing, Graphic Design, Dancing, Trance, Relaxing, Walking, Mets, Arcades, Carnivals, Darts, Pool
* Favorite Books:
The Barbapaps, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes
* Favorite Movies:
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Goodfellas, The Matrix, The Pirates of the Carribbean, Austin Powers, eLf, Dumb and Dumber
* Favorite Music:
Dance, Trance, just about everything but I really don’t appretiate country
* Favorite TV Shows:
24, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Sopranos, life as we know it, Extreme Makeover: HomeEdition
Testimonials and Comments for David James
* Dimitra
* Posted 02/22/2004 1:44 PM
* The most important thing to know about <br /> Dave is that he’s a pretty good pool <br /> player! Simply stated, great guy!

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MC mentioned web-wise

MFound1
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JASPER’s BLOGGING

JBlog
JBlogger: Eric Spargimino (MC????)

http://theveggiecar.blogspot.com

Veggie Car

Thanks for your interest in the Veggie Car and my trip to WEFTEC ‘07 in San Diego, CA. I am traveling with my buddy from highschool Jay Vitale and he’s paying for his trip by supplying us with some good photography. I will try to up-date the blog every night after I stop driving for the day.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

I am Finally home. The car is on a truck being shipped back to Manhattan College as we speak. The trip was a great time, I was able to meet alot of great people and alot of great companies. Thankyou for checking out this sight and following my trip across the country with the Veggie Car.

If anyone wants more pictures or information don’t hesitate to contact me:

{Extraneous Deleted}

Thanks again,

Eric Spargimino

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My list of previously reported Jasper Bloggers here:

http://jxymxu7sn5ho9d.wordpress.com/about/jasper-bloggers/

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Sports from College

(http://www.gojaspers.com)

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Boilerplate
Control your own subscription:

(1) Send a message from your old email account to Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com saying that you’re switching.

(2) Send a message from your new email account to Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-subscribe@yahoogroups.com with your name and class year.

To keep me from spamming you, Yahoo only permits me to invite and delete people. I can NOT just ADD your email address.

AND you’re done. With zero extra work for the CIC! :-)

http://www.jasperjottings.com/boilerplate.htm

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Curmudgeon’s Final Words This Week
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071007/D8S4AKB80.html

Deck Stacked Against Philly Casino Foes
Oct 7, 5:41 AM (ET)
By PATRICK WALTERS

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Surging gun violence never got Kathy O’Neill to think about moving her family out of Philadelphia. Neither did an ever-struggling school system.

Only when plans popped up for two towering casinos – one just blocks from her South Philadelphia home – did O’Neill and her husband decide they needed to do something.

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Led by a group called Casino Free Philadelphia, opponents are trying to force the casinos to move to less residential areas or out of the city altogether. They say the slots parlors will bring increased crime, reduced property values, traffic and pollution to their residential communities.

***and***

They say their projects will bring many benefits, from jobs to civic improvements, and that opposition is coming only from a small number of people.

***and***

Gov. Ed Rendell promoted slot-machine gambling as a way to generate money for tax relief, and the state’s gaming law, passed in 2004 gave authority over placement of the casinos to a state board so that local political fights didn’t hold up or scuttle

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Pennsylvania is getting a very generous cut of the proceeds – 43 percent of revenues – and as a result is expected to haul in more than $1 billion a year once all the parlors are open.

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Well, the casinos are built. Those folks didn’t have a chance. Follow the money. I visited one. A particularly ugly one in a particularly ugly industrial district. Have NOT heard word one about all those benefits?

:-)

Just the sound of politicians spending money!
And that’s the last word.

Curmudgeon

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GBu GBA

“Bon courage a vous tous”

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