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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) critiques my “job”

2014-Apr-13

Dar Jasper John

It took me a “job” of five minutes to find that your quote from the “21 year old Waco girl” was a hoax.
Alfred W Evans a girl’s name??

I suggest that you do your “job” of checking the accuracy of your writings

The unchristian spirit of the quote speaks for itself

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

see http://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letters-fixing-social-security-put-me-in-charge-of-welfare/article_7fc4324

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[JR: So what if the quote is a “hoax”? The “unchristian spirit” of the quote is expressing a frustration with a system that doesn’t help poor people. I’ve ranted before that “Gooferment charity” aka “welfare” is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. The Grace Commission study cited that more than half of Gooferment spending is wasted. Frustration builds with the liberal socialism. Note that both the D’s and the R’s are responsible for this mess. And the deficit. LBJ’s War on Poverty has failed. And we have the “wealthiest” “poor” people in the world. I’ll do my own “charity” work. Humbly, privately, and silently. If the Gooferment would steal less from me, I could do more. And, I’m confident my fellow taxpayers would too. As far as “my job” here at Jasper Jottings. Well I think I’m doing it. This “hoax” is not the point.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) send in a snopes link

2014-Apr-13

[JR: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) send in a snopes link to my rant “put me in charge” without comment.]

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=80804

[JR: It has many pages of comments. I read a few. Don’t understand his point. I feel frustration with Gooferment “charity”. I’m sure, or I hope, others do as well. Dona Nobis Pacem  ]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) forwards “refutation” story

2014-Apr-10

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/10/prominent-jesuit-pope-franciss-first-major-issuance-almost-a-direct-refutation-of-the-gop/

Prominent Jesuit: Pope Francis’s first major issuance ‘almost a direct refutation’ of the GOP
By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:20 EDT

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Pope Francis’s first major publication can be read as an attack on the Republican philosophy of low taxes for the wealthy and reduced support of welfare programs, according to a prominent Jesuit professor.

During a panel discussion at Georgetown University last month, American Jesuit and Boston College professor David Hollenbach was asked how the faithful should engage with the poor in light of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

“I think there are multiple dimensions,” Hollenbach replied. “One of course is to find ways to help people who are members of the Church find a way to be in contact, become friends with those who are poor — an experiential dimension. That’s very important. But I don’t myself think that is going to solve the whole problem, because I don’t think it is going to be — as much as the document says it is the responsibility of every Christian to become friends with the poor, I don’t think it is actually likely to happen very much, or at least to happen as much as it’s needed.”

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Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) 

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[JR: Well, when I was in Catholic school, we were taught that the Pope’s infallibility was limited to faith and morals. In the realm of economics, he’s just another “sinner”. Unfortunately, I don’t like the R’s any more than the D’s. It’s been demonstrated that “private charity” is more moral, effective, and efficient than any Gooferment program. The best example is LBJ’s famous “war” on “poverty” which has ruined the Black community and created generations of (white and black) poverty “farmers”. I’m writing my check to the Federal and State thieves this week. If my taxes were lower, I could and would donate more. Not to mention that I donate to charities that don’t “qualify” for tax breaks. I’d assert that the Gooferment is like a junkie and more money just makes bigger problems. For example, Obamacare spending hundreds of millions to enroll arguably a few million. We’d have been better off to send each uninsured a check to buy insurance. But that wouldn’t have enriched the politicians, bureaucrats, and crony capitalists. Sorry but that Papal “refutation” makes me crazy.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) thinks highly of President Obama

2014-Mar-30

Dear Jasper John,

Your response below is a strong indication that facts can not change your mind or
even open your mind to change.  Facts showing President Obama was inspired
by Catholic teachings are not even considered.

I worked on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the 1970;s and found
it to be a program that inspired me to help  other people- the people involved
has nothing to gain personally and “opportunist” was the last word I would use to describe them.
President Obama as the well being of all Americans as his goal- far more so that any
Republican, Conservative  or Libertarian

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS  1961

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Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) 

[JR: I only change my mind based on facts. In any case, I don’t think BHO44 is even in the second tier of “bad" Presidents. As far as what he has in his mind, I don’t know. I can say that his actions are evidence of the same old “crony capitalism” with a tremendous hubris of his world view. I’d assert that Libertarians are very charitable and want everyone to have the same freedom that they wish for themselves. By the way, the Obamas have done very well for themselves while in the White House. As do most Presidents. That, per se, speaks volumes.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) forwarded a NYT article on BHO44

2014-Mar-23

http://goo.gl/3vFooi

from: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)
date: Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM
subject: The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

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[JR: Jasper Stebbins forwarded, without comment or explanation, a long NY Times article about BHO44 and his activities involving the Catholic Church. Interesting that it’s a puff piece, but, when I read it, I saw him as an opportunist. Maybe if they had published this BEFORE he was elected, or any serious investigation of his candidacy, the Sheeple would have asked more questions. I still don’t know where he was born, what the circumstances of his SSN, and why is his Colombia admission papers hidden? Did he claim to be a foreign citizen to get in and at a reduced rate? Why is it hidden? All this article does is raise old and new questions for me.]

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JFOUND: Monte, Salvatore J. [MC1961] President of Kenrich Petrochemicals

2014-Feb-09

http://www.4kenrich.com/Pagesetter/viewpub/tid/1/pid/1

Salvatore J. Monte
President

Salvatore J. Monte is the President of Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc. and is a co-owner of the company, which has been in business for over sixty years.

As President, Sal heads up the research and development, marketing, and sales divisions of the company. Under Sal’s leadership and chemical knowledge of plastics, thermosets and elastomers, the company has continued to grow and emerge strong in this tough economic global economy.

Sal received his B.C.E. from Manhattan College in 1961 and M.S. in Polymeric Materials from NYU Poly in 1969. Sal holds twenty-nine U.S. Patents filed worldwide and has a patent pending. Four Hundred and Fifty ACS CAS abstracted patents, technical papers; journal articles and book chapters on applications of organometallics and reactive diluents in thermosets and thermoplastics are attributed to Sal. In addition, he has authored a 340-page Ken-React® Reference Manual on Titanates, Zirconates and Aluminates — 78,000 copies printed; authored several book chapters (Most recent – Chapter 5 – Functional Fillers – Wiley-VCH, 2005 – edited 2010); testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress on Intellectual Property and Trade issues; and lectured on coupling agents around the world including: Europe, Greece, Turkey, South America, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, South Korea and Japan. Sal’s titanate technology is being used to render conventional plastics anaerobic landfill biodegradable.

Sal is a licensed Professional Engineer in NJ; Voted Member of the Plastics Pioneers Association; Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers; Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); SPE Honored Service Member; SPE: Former Member of the Finance Committee and Technical Advisory Board, Past-Chairman of ANTEC Operations 2007; Past-Chairman of the FOAMS 2000 and 2002 Technical Conferences and Co-Chair of FOAMS 2009 & 2011, Councilor & Past Chairman-Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division of SPE (1997 –2000); Past President – SPE Palisades-New Jersey Section-2009; Proxy Councilor for Israel, Italy and Belgium; Past Chairman of the New York Rubber Group – ACS Rubber Division; twice winner of the C. Homer Flynn Award for Technical Excellence – Federated Society of Coatings Technology; member AIChE; member SAMPE; Voting Member to the ASC (Adhesives and Sealants Council), SPI (Society of Plastics Industries), CPIA (Canadian Plastics Industries Association) and ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association); Life Member of the National Defense Industrial Council; Paul Harris Fellow; Trustee for the Walter Head Foundation of District 7490 of Rotary International; and listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World.

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Monte, Salvatore J. [MC1961]

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JFOUND: Janicke, Paul [MC1961] University of Houston

2013-Dec-22

http://catalog.uh.edu/content.php?catoid=6&navoid=1117

Paul Janicke. Co-Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law; Professor of Law. B.E.E., Manhattan College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., George Washington University.

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Janicke, Paul [MC????] University of Houston 

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Dear John,

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

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Janicke, Paul [MC1961] 

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) finds a fairer filter for the Pope’s words

Dear Jasper John,

Following below are a pertinent cartoon and article “filtered” by the Wall Street Journal.
The NYT article was completely truthful in its transmission of the Pope’s manifesto.
I find that Pope agrees with my economic philosophy in virtually every way.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303281504579221933931268354

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Permit me to quote from your cited article:

“Benedict seemed to aim his critique at state and market alike, whereas Francis seems to move the ball considerably in the direction of the idea that the market has far more power—the power to do good for humanity as well as to dehumanize—than the state,” said Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington.”

I’d suggest that we as a society of individuals can do more. And, that the State (aka the King) hurts everyone especially the poor. And, the market isn’t free (quoting JFK) “a rising tide raises all boats”.

Perhaps that’s worth considering?

We’ll see how the words translate into actions by the faithful and others.

If the Gooferment was less of a “participant” and more of a “referee”, then we’d be better off. All too often, we see it as immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. I saw first hand how Gooferment “welfare” in NJ trapped people inextricably in poverty. And the politicians and bureaucrats were perfectly happy to have a “plantation” full of Clients to justify their efforts. Homefront NJ was actively opposed and interfered with as they gave those people “a ladder” to climb out. Just handing out “benefits” does not get them out of “poverty”.

Argh!

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) uses the NYT to interpret the Pope’s words

2013-Nov-27

Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/world/europe/in-major-document-pope-francis-present-his-vision.html?hp

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/11/26/world/europe/26reuters-pope-document.html?hp&_r=0

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[JR: Jasper Stebbins allows the NYT to filter Pope Francis’ words. Personally, I can’t believe that he’s so naïve to think that politicians and bureaucrats are the solution. I’d have rather him criticize the politicians and bureaucrats. Along with the “crony capitalism”, that makes us all poor. The NYT reads into it all sorts of things. I read it as needing a “fairer system”. And, I’d agree. For example, “honest money” would stop hidden taxation on the non-rich. For example, the elimination of “minimum wages” would end unemployment; especially, youth and minority. For example, elimination of Gooferment welfare would stop trapping human beings in the hopeless cycle of “welfare families” on the Gooferment version of the “modern plantation”. Americans are very charitable. Unfortunately, the Gooferment isn’t.]

[JR: Hope everyone remembers the poor, the old, and the lonely on Thanksgiving. If you can’t find a charity you like, ask Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) ]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) Libertarianism incompatible with the teachings of Christ

Dear Jasper John

If doctors in the United States and Europe are working for “slave wages” there is no hope for anybody. I can only assume you are pulling my leg.

slave wage definition on Urbandictionary.com

“to pay some money for doing a job or task that is around minimum wage or below and offer them no dignity or appreciation

Johnny paid Miguel slave wage to cut the lawn. Miguel only got $4 and a bunch of sh** for not making it perfect.”

But my main comment is this:

You say there is no such thing as society. That is one reason I have never been able to see how
Libertarianism is an any way compatible with the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.
Certainly any study of Catholic moral teachings will find that Society is very important to, and is indeed
the basis, of morality and ethics.

I found this article just last week outlining the history of Roman Catholic moral teachings.
It is quite conservative in some ways but emphasizes society rather than the individual.

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

http://www.patheos.com/Library/Roman-Catholicism/Ethics-Morality-Community/Vision-for-Society?offset=1&max=1
Vision for Society

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Well I would disagree with your definition of “slave wages”.

A true slave gets virtually nothing. In today’s (what you call) “society”, an incalculable percentage is stolen from the worker by the Gooferment by inflation, taxes, and all manner of market distortions. Back in the 80’s, based on purchasing power, the Libertarian economists estimate that EVERYTHING people earned that year was stolen when you calculate inflation of savings and lost purchasing power.

So is a slave someone who has 100% of his wealth and earnings stolen. We can agree you’re free if you get to keep 100%. So at what percentage are we slaves to the gang of thieves called politicians and bureaucrats?

 

To your second point, God gave man “free will” and tolerates evil and sin. When man freely interacts with his fellow man, great things happen. But when one man imposes his will, the evil begins. The Church lives in a Free Will society and decries the results of the failures. If I am compelled to do what you think is good, how is that moral or ethical? Never mind that it won’t be effective or efficient. Why do you continue to advocate the use of force on peaceful people to do what you think is “right”. If it is “right”, why can’t you get people to agree with you.

 

Means to an end. 

You can’t get to a good end by evil means.

 

There is no such thing in today’s environment as a “society”. It’s all just compelled behavior. With illusions and delusions that prevent us from being free.

 

 

Argh!

 

I’ll go back to the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Take care of your fellow man and don’t ask the Gooferment to do it. That Libertarian. 

There’s a ton of parables that are like that … but I’m just fat old white guy injineer. 

fjohn68

p.s., I’d never pull your leg. Us little L libertarians believe in the Zero Aggression Principle. Laff!

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