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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 17 – 2010 April 24

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 17 – 2010 April 24

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2011/jj2011W17.html

INDEX 

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Apr 17, 2011

POSITRACTION: Soap Sculptures for Salvation?

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-man-creates-biblical-scenes-using-soap-coffee

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Daisomont, who attends St. Michael Church in Waterbury, hopes to form a nonprofit organization, build a Web site and sell his sculptures at church bazaars to raise money for Catholic causes. Until then, he is stockpiling his art and selling it piece by piece, starting at $29.95. When a repairman showed up at his home to work on the television, Daisomont showed him the sculptures in his studio.

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[JR: Here’s a classic example of “marching to the sound of one’s own drum”. I’m sure that everyone rolls their eyes. But, he’s doing what he thinks “spreads the Truth” as he sees it. What more can we do? What more DO we do? What should we be doing. My first thought was: Here’s a good “test case” for a marketing / computer science person. :-) As long as they understand that their reward will be in Heaven or bars of Dial soap.]

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Apr 17, 2011

JEMAIL: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) has poems in print

Just a short note for the Jasper Jottings re: the forthcoming publication of a few poems in “Clapboard House.”

all best,
MaryAnn
(1989)

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Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:51:23 -0400
Subject: Clapboard House submission
From: chpoetrysub
To: mccarrafitz

Dear Ms. McCarra-Fitzpatrick,

I am delighted to inform you that your poems, “Garland,” “Fleetwood Bridge,” and “Artifacts,” have been selected to appear in the upcoming issue of Clapboard House.

Keep writing,
Jonathan Moore
Poetry Editor
Clapboard House

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

[JR: Congrats. You’ll be out-selling Patterson in no time. Send us the link where our fellow alums can buy a copy, please.]

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Apr 17, 2011

JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) sees some misallignment?

On 4/16/11 10:04 PM, “jasperfjohn68 wrote:

. And the “And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ” — apocryphal movie quote attributed to Saint Thomas Moore. Just do it!]

Dear fJohn,

I hope you can see that others might be “doing [their] conscience” on this and other issues – even if theirs doesn’t align with yours….

As always – thanks very much for your efforts with JJ and I hope you are able to continue to do well in spite of your recent loss!

mike toner
bee ‘72
Buffalo, NY

[JR: Alignment to my path is not required for civil discourse. How may time have Jasper Stebbins and I left off with “agree to disagree agreeably”. (Even if he’s wrong!) ROFL. I R an injineer. And, there’s always ONE RIGHT answer. Sigh. I’m a little L libertarian and used to standing alone. Some would say “stopped clock”. I’d prefer to think of it as a compass and the North Star of “Liberty”. :-) We, unfortunately in America lately, can’t seem to treat others with respect due a fellow human being. “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” –George S. Patton]

[JR: Thanks for your kind words. This modest effort has to get more reporters, contributors, authors, editors, and administrators if Jasper Jottings is to survive me. My loss has opened my eyes to a lot of things. Wrote a new will and even bequeathed Jasper Jottings to another Jasper. Won’t he be thrilled. I’m sure he’s expecting cash. ROFL. Seriously, I’m open to suggestions to how we can make this “survivable” since it’s obvious that MC, Alumni, and “Development” have a different opinions. How did the Ivies develop their espirit d’corps? They have a networking association to die for. Argh! Open to everyone’s thoughts. It’s got to be more than the domain name and some web space. Maybe I should incorporate it? And, sell stock. Like Bernie Made-off. LOL, or the Boston Celtics.]

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Apr 17, 2011

JOY: Darcy, Ryan [MC2003] first child Nolan

http://thormoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/baby-ds-big-day.html

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
Baby D’s BIG DAY!!

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I have been writing here on Shell Shock for over a year now. One of my fellow Bloggers and big supporter has been Ryan Darcy who writes WAXED RED THREADS and Digital Darcy Photography. Both are blogs I follow and highly recommend.

Well Ryan and his lovely (I’ve never met her but Ryan constantly refers to her as lovely, beautiful, etc in his posts…So I’ll take his word for it!) Lindsay have had for their first child (Nolan) a little after 6a this morning, April 16! (I’m strutting a bit because I actually was one of 2 peeps that picked today as the big day…and I did it 10 days ago not a couple days ago like #2 did!).

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Ryan has posted some Pics on both of the web sites I linked to above if you’d like to see the little SLUGGER for yourself. His pop (Ryan) is a former college baseball player (And I believe played a little Minor League ball too) and a coach now for Manhattan College in the Bronx NY.

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Darcy, Ryan [MC2003]

http://waxedredthreads.blogspot.com/

http://digitaldarcy.blogspot.com/

[JR: Great, next to weddings, birth announcements are the most joyous. Mozel Tov. I expect to see Nolan pitching for MC in a few weeks. Ok, maybe a few years. With a name like that, weeks. ROFL! Yeah, for you guys. (How come wife does all the hard work but dads take all the credit. I’ll stop there. When I was at a tri-service installation, the Navy guys had a whole riff on that subject. Not for mixed company, but funny as all … … Congrats to Mom. Best wishes. This made my Sunday morning.]

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Apr 17, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Levesque, Rich [MC2004] Pub Affairs / Gov / Pub Relations

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rich-levesque/6/321/841

Levesque, Rich [MC2004]
Public Affairs/Government Relations/Public Relations
Greater New York City Area
Government Relations

Summary:

* Rich Levesque is the Director of Public Outreach and Political Affairs at Insight Consulting Services. He is the former Executive Director of the Burlington County Republican Committee, Mount Holly. Rich is a graduate of Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, with undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics. He previously worked as a political consultant with Jamestown Associates, where he consulted for over 50 Congressional campaigns throughout the nation, as well as, numerous nonprofit and 527 groups. Rich was Doug Forrester’s Political Director during his 2005 campaign for New Jersey Governor. Besides working for state and federal candidates, Rich has managed and consulted on dozens of local and county elections too.

* Rich has worked on national campaigns as well. He has an extensive background in grassroots advocacy while working with many national non-profit and 527 groups on issues that range from technology initiatives to immigration reform. While consulting on national political campaigns, Rich worked with national trade associations and numerous political action committees.

* Rich has appeared in many online news publications such as Forbes.com, NJ.com, Philadelphia Business Journal, Yahoo.com and many others. He has also appeared on NJ101.5FM, WCBS-NY, New Jersey Network and News12 New Jersey discussing legislative initiatives for his clients.Rich currently serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Angels. City of Angels is a nonprofit organization that works with people with substance abuse problems. Rich was one of the original founding members of the organization. He also is a founding member of the Hudson County JC organization and sits on their Board of Directors with many other young elected officials and business leaders throughout the state. He has extensive experience in fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as for political leaders throughout the state and country.

Specialties: Government Relations, Public Relations, Grassroots Organizing, Legislative Affairs, Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Issue Forums, Social Media, Regulatory Affairs

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Apr 17, 2011

MFOUND: MC maybe being rapped again; details to follow

http://capitolhillcatholic.podbean.com/2011/04/16/episode-120-the-reform-and-renewal-of-catholic-education/

Episode 120: The Reform and Renewal of Catholic Education

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I’ve waited several years to put all of this together publicly, so today’s episode is the result of much work. In it, I discuss what I have spent my professional life doing: working in education, the last several years in Catholic education. Though there are many good people in Catholic schools, and many excellent priests and bishops supporting authentic Catholic schools, the fact is that as a whole, Catholic education is in crisis. I lay out the diagnosis as well as my solution, pointing to these stories:

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* Case in point: the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to refuse religious recognition to Manhattan College because of its secularism

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[JR: I have to listen to this to mount a defense if needed. Let’s not let the blogosphere or the press use MC as a punching bag. Alma Mater needs defense. Who the {Extraneous Deleted} died and left all these pundits as arbiters of the faith? “You’re Catholic; you’re not; … oops you missed by that much”. Argh!]

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[JR: At the 45 minute mark of an hour podcast, he raps MC for not being “truly Catholic”. He didn’t cite why but I guess MC doesn’t measure up to his vision of “what’s catholic enough”. As fat old white guy injineer, it seemed like a “side swipe”. So I unlimbered my keyboard and pounded out the following.]

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Sorry, as an MC alum, I think you’re wrong about Manhattan College. And, the purpose, imho, of “university” in the concept of education. Responding to the ruling, Brennan O’Donnell, president of the College, said “the analysis clearly and unfortunately demonstrates the NLRB’s lack of understanding of the identity of Manhattan College as a 21st-century Catholic college whose mission requires engagement with the broader culture of American society and higher education. Apparently the union and the government mistake our intellectual openness and welcoming spiritual environment, which we consider to be strengths of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as weaknesses. The ruling suggests that the Regional NLRB believes that the primary hallmarks of an authentic Catholic college or university are exclusionary hiring, a proselytizing atmosphere, and dogmatic inflexibility in the curriculum.” You may disagree with Manhattan College’s level of conformity with how you see it. But you fail to understand the threat to everyone that the out-of-control Gooferment represents. The “failure of Catholic Education” is rooted on the “free education” competition by the Gooferment. I’d assert that it is IMPOSSIBLE for a “product”, and education is a product, to be sold to parents when they can choose an alternative that has zero pocketbook cost. When we “allowed” Gooferment to run education, we “permitted” it to brainwash the future voters. I think, that the NLRB on MC’s “Catholic-ity”, is a symptom of a much larger problem.

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Apr 17, 2011

MFOUND: MC Leadership Day blog entry and a pic?

http://forthysiaandampersand.blogspot.com/2011/04/forthysia-fridays-picture.html

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Forthysia:

Friday’s picture. We had a wonderful time at the Manhattan College Leadership Day. We are so proud of our own “ampersand”.

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[JR: Can anyone tell if this is a Jasper or a Jasper connection?]

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Apr 18, 2011

JOBIT: Wolkenberg, Paul Richard [MC1965 RIP]

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Paul-Wolkenberg&lc=2673&pid=150386134&mid=4637849

Paul Richard Wolkenberg
November 10, 1944 – April 14, 2011

Paul Richard Wolkenberg, age 66, passed away at home on Wednesday April 14, 2011. Paul was born November 11, 1944 in Long Beach, California, while his father was fighting in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Paul and his sister, Kathy, were raised by their parents, Herman and Theresa in Middletown, New York.

Always a high achiever, he excelled as a pitcher in baseball and in his school work. His high scores on the New York State regent’s exams earned him a full scholarship to Manhattan College where he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, graduating at the top of his class and earning entry into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. During this period he was part of the Air Force ROTC, having marched twice in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Paul was a devout Catholic.

Traveling to California for an internship with David Packard (Hewlett-Packard) in the burgeoning tech industry in Silicon Valley; his grandfather, promoting Paul’s devotion to high performance automobiles, bought him a 1964½ gold Mustang convertible. Following his undergraduate work, Paul attended graduate school at Carnegie Tech (GSIA -Carnegie-Mellon University) where he received his Master’s in Industrial Administration. While he was in Pittsburgh during his studies, he fell for a beautiful red-headed, Irish, student nurse. Patti and Paul were married on June 10, 1967 and have shared 43 amazing years together.

Paul and Pat spent the next several years in New Jersey and Northern Virginia where Paul worked for Enjay Chemical, Research Analysis Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank. In the early 1970’s, they moved back to Pittsburgh with their young daughter, Beth, and soon after, their son Matt was born. Paul worked in several leadership roles at Mellon Bank, and in 1988, made the bold move to head south to Texas with his family for an opportunity that led to senior leadership positions at American Capital, Van Kampen, Morgan Stanley, and Dean Witter.

Paul embraced every aspect of his life. He was never at a loss for words, nor the energy to try all things new and exciting. This son of New York City turned into a Texas rancher, a redfish angler, and an enthusiast of the Texas country roads. He traveled to Sebring for the races with his son, attended Longhorn football games with his daughter, and spent countless hours exploring the world with his wife, Pat. He was an active board member with Sheltering Arms and Stand Up for Kids.

Paul is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter Beth and her husband, Alex Delledera, son Matthew and his wife, Brandy, most dear grand-daughter, Isabelle, and grandson on-the-way, his sister, Kathy Harmeling and her sons, DJ and Paul and their families. He is preceded in death by his father and his mother.

The true joy in Paul’s life was his family. The happiness he felt when he was with his extended family, the Wolkenberg’s, Horgan’s, Brisky’s, Delledera’s, and Schadt’s was immeasurable. His life was a gift to all who knew him.

A visitation will be held Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. in the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:30a.m. at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community Church, 1530 Norwalk Drive Katy, Texas 77450.

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Wolkenberg, Paul Richard [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-wolkenberg&pid=150386134

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Dear John,

I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 1965.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wolkenberg, Paul Richard [MC1965 RIP]

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Apr 18, 2011

JOBIT: Porcelli, John D. Sr. [MC1943 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stamfordadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=john-d-porcelli&pid=150393340&fhid=7958&eid=sp_ommatch

JOHN D. PORCELLI SR.

JOHN D. PORCELLI SR., 88 passed away peacefully on Friday April 15, 2011 at Stamford Hospital. He was born on April 1, 1923 in Enfield, CT to the late Calogero and Anna Alaimo Porcelli.

Beloved father of John D. Porcelli, Jr. and his wife Amy of Granby, CT; Laura Henesy and her husband John, of Stamford,CT; Gina Porcelli and her husband Tim Kerin, of Kingston, NY; and Laurence Porcelli of Stamford, CT. Beloved grandfather of John D. Porcelli, III, Nora Porcelli Bezrutczyk, Kaitlin Henesy and Stephen Henesy. Beloved great grandfather of Liam Bezrutczyk. Beloved brother of Catherine (Kay) Ardizzone and her husband Anthony and their children Robert and Pamela. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his son Stephen Matthew Porcelli and his former wife and dear friend, Anne B. Reilly.

John graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1943. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday April, 20, 2011 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT. Reception will follow the service at the Church. Interment will be private. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Stephen M. Porcelli, to the Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 372 Danbury Road, Suite 22, Wilton, CT 06897.

Published in StamfordAdvocate on April 18, 2011

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Porcelli, John D. Sr. [MC1943 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/stamfordadvocate/guestbook.aspx?n=john-porcelli&pid=150393340&cid=full

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Apr 18, 2011

JNEWS: Rosales, Melissa [MC2002] does mail order cakes

http://nanuet.patch.com/articles/cakes-cupcakes-and-cakepops-with-character

Arts, Business

Cakes, Cupcakes and Cakepops with Character
Mom and Pops Cakes and Confections, a new start-up Business in Nanuet
By Donna Schmidt

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Dorothy and Toto would have been proud.

“My daughter wanted a Wizard of Oz cake last year and I couldn’t find anyone to make it,” said Melissa Rosales, top baker for the newly established Mom and Pops Cakes and Confections. “Nina wanted the rainbow and the ruby slippers, so I made the cake and at Nina’s party guests could not get over it. They said ‘you should start making cakes.’”

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Rosales has always been in love with all forms of art, including the confectionary. She attended Manhattan College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Fine Arts and a Masters of Media Studies with a concentration in graphic design from The New School.

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http://www.momandpopsshop.com/

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Dear John,

I believe that Melissa is a member of the Class of 2002.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rosales, Melissa [MC2002]

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Apr 18, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Sheehan, Michael [MC2005] Strt Eng at Hardesty + Hanover, LLP

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-sheehan-pe/29/b76/5b6

Sheehan, Michael [MC2005]
Structural Engineer at Hardesty & Hanover, LLP
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

Specialties: Bridge Design, Bridge Inspection

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Apr 19, 2011

JVIDEO: A leak (waterwise)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W999AmA6OmE

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Chrysostom Dorm Room damage that occurred April 16th, 2011.

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[JR: Looks like the resident got their stuff out without damage. Hey, stuff happens. How did the MC staff react?]

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Apr 19, 2011

JNEWS: Fitzpatrick, John [MC2006] The Rockland Boulders

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104190357

Boulders add three players from area
12:25 AM, Apr. 19, 2011
Written by ROB CRISTINO

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Pro / College Sports

The Rockland Boulders jumped at the chance to add some area flair on Monday as the minor-league baseball team signed four players, including three locals: Bobby Blevins, John Muller and John Fitzpatrick.

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Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Manhattan College and Iona Prep, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization in 2007.

He brings versatility to the Boulders as he can play first base, outfield and even do some catching.

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Fitzpatrick, John [MC2006]

[JR: Don’t “boulders” just sit there, not moving. Hmm, “marketing”?]

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Apr 19, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Stark, Cory S. [MC1986] Director at DTCC

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cory-s-stark/14/4a7/ab9

Stark, Cory S. [MC1986]
Director at DTCC
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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Apr 20, 2011

JVIDEO: Rofman, Robert [MC1986] Basking Ridge BOE

http://baskingridge.patch.com/articles/board-of-education-candidate-robert-rofman#video-5647698

Schools
Board of Education Candidate: Robert Rofman
Robert Rofman is one of nine candidates seeking election to three positions on the Board of Education in the April 27 school election.
By Terry Boudreau | April 19, 2011

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Rofman, Robert [MC????]

[JR: Nice to see Jasper running for office. Shame we allow the Gooferment to “run” education. And, his wife is a teacher in another district. Conflicted?]

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Dear John,

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

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rofman, Robert [MC1986]

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Apr 20, 2011

JNEWS: Samuel, John [MC1990] Oradell BoE

http://riverdell.patch.com/articles/school-elections-the-ops-budget-and-candidates

School Elections: The OPS Budget and Candidates
$65 Increase for budget; BOE race is uncontested
By Eamon Harbord | April 19, 2011

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In an uncontested race for the three three-year terms are Gregory Darien, Rita Walker and John Samuel while Katherine Norian runs for the open one-year term.

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Elected to the Board in 2008, Samuel is the CIO and EVP of Club ABC Tours. A former electrical engineer for Raytheon and technology consultant for Forsythe & Lincoln, he oversees the Operations and Membership Services departments. Samuel holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Samuel, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1990.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Samuel, John [MC1990]

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/120302259_Oradell_school_board_seats_to_remain_at_status_quo.html

Oradell school board seats to remain at status quo
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
BY MEGAN BURROW TOWN NEWS Managing Editor

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John Samuel

Background: John Samuel, 41, has been a resident of Oradell for about five years. He is married with three daughters.

Samuel has a degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and works as a chief operations officer for a travel company.

He is completing his first three-year term on the board and has been active as a volunteer in his church.

Why are you running? “When we moved into town, I ran for the board looking for something worthwhile to volunteer for. This is really a great calling for service to the community and our kids. I really don’t know a better way to give back than serving on the school board. I’ve been in business for a long time and have been the board’s finance chair for the last three years. Since I’ve been a member, we have had three great budgets we’ve put together for the town with minimal tax increases.”

What do you think is the most important issue facing the district today? “Probably all the regulations coming from the state. Our tax base is limited, so all the reforms that are coming down related to funding are hard. We’re also in the middle of our teacher negotiations. It is very important that we complete that. Lastly, improving educational achievement for the kids. We are doing good with the math area, now we’re working to improve the language arts.”

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Apr 20, 2011

JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967)

Dear Donor Partners of Addis Hope,

As you can see this is a form letter done for the most part alphabetically, but you are in good company because, except for a few ringers, everyone listed is a donor partner of Addis Hope. Because I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Easter on time, there is no way I could do so individually. As you have done so often in the past, I hope you will pardon this lack of personalization.

Recently, Addis Ababa has seen extraordinary infrastructure improvement in the construction of new roads and buildings, particularly condominiums. To construct these condominiums many of the crumbling houses in which our families live have been torn down. Some have managed to find temporary shelter with relatives while many others, as much as fifty percent, are now living in appalling conditions on the streets under plastic sheeting. Many of the tuition charging small schools in the area have closed because the families have been forced to leave but our displaced families now travel longer distances to keep their children in Addis Hope.

When the local authorities investigated this particular center they found a building in great disrepair, actually beyond decrepit, because it was all the rent we could afford. It would have suffered a similar fate as the others except that the students’ families staged their own little revolution. I mention this to show that the Addis Hope program is a lifeline for our children and their families, something the local authorities realized when they questioned the families and also saw the excellent school scholastic results. The center remains, This is a temporary relief to my colleague Ruth Girmay, myself and, of course, the extremely poor families.

The cost of running the Addis Hope program has now increased by 53% and when some long standing donor partners can no longer assist at the same funding level, I am extremely worried about the future of this much needed program. Your desperately needed financial support obviously continues to be our vital life line. The 150 Ethiopian dollars – the equivalent today of USA $9.00 we have been asking for the last ten years of the program to sponsor a child for a year makes it very difficult to keep the program operational in light of the huge increase in the cost of living.

As many of you have responded very generously to our Christmas appeal, I’m now asking if it would be possible for even more of you to do the same this Easter season by going to our web site (http://www.addis-hope.com/) to locate any additional “disposable income” for the program.

For the children of Addis Hope the program is intended to grow their minds to feed their future in a country where malnourishment of both the intellect and body is very evident.

Again, many thanks and may the risen Lord continue to bless you.

Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

Ruth Girmay

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967)

[JR: I prefer charities that I can “see”. In this case, I trust my fellow Jasper. Seems like a good “sacrifice” to make — 9 bucks. Little more than a “designer” beer at any place other than a dive. For a year! Seems like a “good buy”.]

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Apr 20, 2011

MFOUND: Krigbaum, Tim [MC????]

http://soccersceneusa.blogspot.com/2011/04/capitals-sign-queree-ross-wood-krigbaum.html

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
Capitals Sign Queree, Ross, Wood, Krigbaum

The Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League announced the signings Tuesday of defenders James Queree, Mark Ross, Kyle Wood and Tim Krigbaum.

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Krigbaum was a multiple time First Team All-American and regional player of the year while at Manhattan College.

Posted by Joey Josephs at 7:35 PM

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Krigbaum, Tim [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find him in any of my “stuff”.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

[JR: Can anyone confirm or deny this assessment?]

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Apr 20, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Waters, Pete [MC1962] Vice President at The Talon Group

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/pete-waters/6/632/9a3

Waters, Pete [MC1962]
Vice President at The Talon Group
Greater Chicago Area
Insurance

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Apr 21, 2011

JOBIT: Wessbecher, Francis William [MC1950 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=Francis-Wessbecher&pid=150428319

Francis W. Wessbecher

Francis William Wessbecher died April 5 at St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida. He was 84.

Born on Dec. 30, 1926, in the Bronx, N.Y., he lived in Valley Stream, N.Y., before moving to Parsippany in 1969. He wintered in Florida.

Wessbecher was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College and New York University. He was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Society. Wessbecher worked on the lunar module for the moon space program. Later, he worked on the missile defense gyro system. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He was a former past grand knight and longtime financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus Parsippany Council 3680.

Wessbecher is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary Ellen; his seven children, Robert, Rose Ellen, Francis, Mary Ann, Dorothy, Kathryn and Grace; and his 13 grandchildren, Glenna, Alanna, and Fiona, Maura, Bobby, and Aileen, Frank and Laura, Boone and Skye, and Charles, Becky and Marie.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home. Liturgy was offered at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church in Parsippany.

Published in The Record and Herald News on April 20, 2011

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Wessbecher, Francis William [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/northjersey/guestbook.aspx?n=francis-wessbecher&pid=150428319&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wessbecher, Francis William [MC1950 RIP]

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Apr 21, 2011

JNEWS: Lando, Anthony [MC1977] COO + Pres The Innovation Factory

http://boston.citybizlist.com/7/2011/4/20/Versant%E2%80%99s-James-Garvey-Helps-Halscion-Haul-in-3.5M—cbl.aspx

Posted April 20, 2011
James Garvey
By Richard Rabicoff

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BOSTON — Halscion Inc., a biotech formed by TIF (The Innovation Factory), has raised $3.5 million in equity financing.

Citybizlist reported the company’s October 2009 offering, which yielded $6 million of a targeted $35.5 million. Earlier Halscion also raised $4.5 million in Series A seed financing.

Named in the current SEC filing were executives from TIF, including CEO Steven Waite, COO and President Anthony Lando,Vice President of Finance Robert Leslie, and Kathleen Beauchamp.

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Anthony Lando – COO & President

Prior to joining The Innovation Factory, Mr. Lando was COO of BTG plc., a company focused on harnessing innovation, developing early stage technologies and executing commercial strategies in the life science, IT, engineering and healthcare markets. Mr. Lando gained extensive experience in operations, intellectual property development, financial management and fundraising for public and private companies, as well as in creating and developing technology-based companies. Mr. Lando also brings substantial knowledge of the international technology market, having spent three years in BTG’s London office where he was instrumental in supporting business growth in Europe and Asia Prior positions include Senior Marketing and Product Development with Philips Medical Systems in the areas of digital radiography, cardiovascular imaging and PACS.

Mr. Lando began his career with Stone & Webster Engineering as an Environmental Physicist in the nuclear power division. He holds a BS in Physics from Manhattan College and graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Imaging Physics from Georgia Tech and the University of California , respectively.

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Lando, Anthony [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1977.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lando, Anthony [MC1977]

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Apr 21, 2011

JNEWS: DeCesare, Amanda [MC2000] receives engineering award

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104210309

DeCesare receives engineering award

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS — Amanda DeCesare of Yorktown Heights recently received the 2010 Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers annual Engineer’s Week dinner dance at the Westchester Manor in Hastings-on-Hudson. This award is presented yearly to the outstanding young professional who has contributed substantially to the engineering profession. DeCesare received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

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DeCesare, Amanda [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Amanda is a member of the Class of 2000.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DeCesare, Amanda [MC2000]

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Apr 21, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Brunner, Bill [MC1981]Project Manager at IBM Global Financing

http://www.linkedin.com/in/billbru

Brunner, Bill [MC1981]
Project Manager at IBM Global Financing
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

Summary: I earned an MBA in Management Information Systems and have with over twenty five years of people management, project management and application development experience. My skills are in delivering and managing a wide range of complex global systems.

Specialties: Budget management, requirements management, test management, change control, and audit readiness for global financial applications.

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Apr 21, 2011

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) Trump’s weird comb-over

John: I just noticed that Donald Trump’s weird comb-over bears a remarkable resemblance to a certain cartoon character’s hair. I don’t know why I never noticed it before. – Jerry Breen

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Breen, Jerry (MC1971)

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Apr 22, 2011

JOBIT: Alexander, Joseph M. [MC1954 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=JOSEPH-ALEXANDER&pid=150451364

JOSEPH M. ALEXANDER

ALEXANDER JOSEPH M.

Of South Park, suddenly at home on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, age 78. Beloved husband of Gerry (Riether) Alexander; father of James, Peter, Paul, Debbie (Jones) Hawkins and the late Mark Alexander; also nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Joe was a member of Joan of Arc Church and the Manhattan College Alumni. Visitation Friday 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Rd., (Rt. 88) Library. There will be no visitation Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Church.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from April 22 to April 23, 2011

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Alexander, Joseph M. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/postgazette/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-alexander&pid=150451364&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Alexander, Joseph M. [MC1954 RIP]

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Apr 22, 2011

JLINKEDIN: St. Lucia, Erica [MC2002] ProjCoord at Gray Cons Intl Meetings

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/erica-st-lucia/9/229/a86

St. Lucia, Erica [MC2002]
Project Coordinator at Gray Consulting International Meetings & Incentives
Greater Philadelphia Area
Events Services

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Apr 22, 2011

MNEWS: Designing the biodegradable water purification solution

Dear John,

The Bronx section of Thursday’s NY Daily News has a piece about an Assistant Professor James Abulencia and a Grad Student at Manhattan, Shannon O’Brien, designing a biodegradable water purification solution for a Town in the Philippines.

I have a copy if you need it.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Mike: Need it. It’s not online. But I’ll keep looking. fjohn

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NY Daily News Thursday, April 21, 2011, pg 58
RIVERDALE

James Abulencia (photo) assistant professor of chemical engineering at Manhattan College, is testing a sustainable technology to bring clean water to rural communities in his native Philippines.

Last week, with the help of a research team from De La Salle University in Manila and Shannon O’Brien, a chemical engineering graduate student at Manhattan College, Abulencia presented his findings at the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington.

Abulencia and his team received a year of funding last August from the EPA to begin designing the biodegradable water purification solution for the town of Nagcarian, Philippines.”

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[JR: Great find, Mike. Just shows that Google doesn’t know everything.]

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http://www.asianjournal.com/fil-am-news/3-filamnews/9969-pinoy-professors-featured-in-state-department-and-epa-programs.html

[JR: Similar story showed up in the automagic filters from the “asianjournal” site.]

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Apr 23, 2011

ADMINISTRIVIA: “Should i go to manhattan college?”

ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO PUT MC IN A POSITIVE LIGHT in YAHOO ANSWERS

http://ph.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110422195413AAtSkAr

tiffymarie1 asks: “Should i go to manhattan college?”

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First, “manhattan college” is a little confusing. There are several institutions that are sometimes mis-identified as “manhattan college”. I’m going to assume that you mean “my” Manhattan College (i.e., manhattan.edu), the one in the Bronx. (Yeah, it’s funny. It moved to the country back in the 1800′s. But it’s history and it just is.)

Should you go there? Sure. (That’s my opinion.) US News and World Reports, Bloomberg, and others have all rated it high on ROI. That should be important because you’re going to spend a lot of time, money, and effort to get an education. “It’s not the depth of the well that determines how much water you’ll carry away; it’s the size of the bucket you bring.” You have to make sure that you take away something that will serve you for your whole life. I know I did. You have to grill the Admissions folk about “why MC is good for you”. Call William J. Bisset, Jr. and have him direct you to the right people.

And, when you want to learn about your future fellow alums, drop over to my website. It’s free. And, I have a lot of stories about my fellow alums and what they have done. That’s important because they are your potential networking resources. You can tap their expertise, knowledge, and that of their contacts. That’s job leads, and important information.

Hope this helps,
a proud Jasper,
fjohn68

Reinke, F. John (MC1968)
Kendall Park NJ 08824

Source(s):
http://jasperjottings-daily.com/about/manhattan-college-ology/
http://manhattan.edu/admissions/message.shtml
http://manhattan.edu/admissions/contact_us.shtml
http://www.jasperjottings.com/

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Apr 23, 2011

MFOUND: A student thinks about dropping out

http://betashop.com/post/4753681011/drop-out#comment-188327174

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Bill Mauro22

Hi Jason,

I have been reading your blog recently and love it. I am a junior at Manhattan College majoring in Computer Information Systems. School and work has limited the ability to achieve my entrepreneurial dreams. When I am in class I do not even concentrate because all I think about is the startup idea. I would love to “drop out” of school and pursue my dreams but I feel like it is such a risky decision. My partner and I are starting an Energy Efficient Gym but school is slowing us down. What is your advice to someone in my position?

Thanks,
Bill

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[JR: Wow! That’s a terrible message to read. There are so many implications in a life decision like this. I’m speechless. I’m glad my Mom, my Fiancée, and her Mom — all — insisted that I finish. I’m glad they did. I hope this person doesn’t eject prematurely. It seems wrong headed to me.]

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Apr 23, 2011

JNEWS: Lardon, Christine [MC1992] injured in fire assisting in a rescue

Who are you? Anonymous

What did you find? MC Alumnus Christine Lardon injured in a flashover while assisting in a rescue attempt during a residential-dwelling fire.

Website or source of news?: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8083603 [JR: Link broken]

What did you find?: The main story on Christine Lardon MC ’92 and her crew. Below is an update via an industry safety website firefighterclosecalls.com.

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Philly FF’s Burned: UPDATE (The Secret List)

Hey, As you know, several Philadelphia Firefighters were caught in a flashover last night. The fire, with victims trapped and rescues made, resulted in a civilian fatality as well. The fire was …a 2 story end of row basement fire with people trapped on 2nd floor. PFD members rescued 1 adult male from 2nd floor. While attempting to rescue a 2nd adult male (70 retired and wheel chair bound police officer), the fire flashed trapping the Firefighters. Firefighter Seeger came out of a 2nd floor window. Lieutenant Vozzeli and Firefighter Lardon were able to escape thru the stairs. Firefighters did find working smoke detectors inside the home. CONDITIONS OF THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Lt Ray Vozzeli from L15C working L2B 27 yrs on the job Stable now released. FF Joseph Seeger L3A 14 yrs on the job Critical condition but talking, aware and in good spirits. FF Christine Lardon E29A 4 yrs 9 mo on the job-stable in Burn unit in good spirits. We wish them all a rapid recovery. HERE is

excellent video of the working fire: http://phillyfirenews.com/content/firewire/detail/5523.php HERE are 2 news videos with more details: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Flocal&amp%3Bid=8083603 http://www.emergencystream.com/video_archive/04/20d.html Take Care-BE CAREFUL, BillyG The Secret List 4-20-11 / 2137 Hours http://www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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Lardon, Christine [MC1992]

[JR: This is only possible when we have human reporting. Thanks, anonymous. It’s appreciated.]

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Apr 23, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Renner, Joshua [MC2010] IT Intern at Bonnier Corporation

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joshua-renner/2b/1b9/1a9

Renner, Joshua [MC2010]
IT Intern at Bonnier Corporation

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Apr 23, 2011

ENDNOTE: The Church needs a “Spanish Inquisition” imho

http://www.irishcentral.com/story/ent/manhattan_diary/bill-donohue-catholic-church-the-real-victim-119694714.html

Manhattan Diary
by Cahir O’Doherty
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Bill Donohue: Catholic Church the real victim

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Rather than stand up for the abused, Donohue has decided his real job is to prevent the Church from suffering any further embarrassment. But he’s too late. When the Church decided, time and time again, to cover up what happened they lost the moral authority and the right to accuse anyone of anything, frankly.

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This issue isn’t going away. Like an undrained abscess, it is going to continue to fester until sterilized.

The true victims, in a specific sense, here are the abused children. In a more general sense, it’s the entire human community. For whom, the Church could have been a voice of humanity for those in need of her protection.

Maybe I’m too much of a movie buff, but it was Holy Mother Church, not the Three musketeers or Zorro, that protected the peasants from the excesses of the various French Kings, Cardinals, or Royal Governors.

Right now, we could use strong moral authority speaking out on the “Culture of Death” (i.e., abortion, sex selection, capital punishment, starvation, jihad, and the oppression of women in the name of religion). Where we could use the Church’s strong voice in over-taxation (i.e., the Bible says tithe; the state takes it all — virtually). And, the Gooferment’s incursion into “charity” which is the domain of human caring (i.e., the Gooferment wants to be the “Queen Bee” enslaving us from cradle to grave).

But, the pedophile priests, the homosexual agenda within the Church, has removed or diminished it’s voice. And the Gooferment likes that just fine. A weakened Church can’t oppose it. A Church distracted by lawsuits and bankruptcy, can’t discipline CINO politicians, it’s own priests and religious, or call its wayward flock back from “Secular Progressivism”.

And, the country, the World, is worse off for it.

Until the Church administers the 20th Century version of the “Spanish Inquisition”, throws open all the files, and airs out its “dirty laundry”, it will continue to be a “wounded combatant” in the arena of ideas.

To all our detriment.

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AFTER I WROTE THIS, I FOUND THIS:

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=10052

US bishops to discuss Philadelphia abuse scandal
April 20, 2011

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When the US bishops meet in June, they will discuss “whether there was some sort of the breakdown of the system” in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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Clueless! “whether there was some sort of breakdown”? Ya gotta be … (that’s fat old white guy injineer’s speak) … joshing me. Seems one abuse case might be a “breakdown”. Innumerable is a systemic below-the-waterline failure. That’s injineer’s speak for “Holy <synonym for excrement> we’re on the <Expletive Deleted> Titanic!” Argh!

An injineers are criticized for being tone deaf in human relations?

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