Category Archives: COMMENT

COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about Presidential parallels


Dear F. John,

I read your recent endnote about the Weimar Republic and gun control almost immediately after seeing the movie, The Post, about the publication of the Pentagon Papers. First, the reminder of the lies and obfuscation – from Truman through Nixon – that led to the full blown war that so seared our generation and killed so many of our contemporaries was very anger and sadness provoking. Perhaps even more frightening were the eerie parallels between Nixon and Trump about demonizing the free press and thinking that the best course was to attempt to suppress the press.

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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[JR: Well, I view the “Presidents” as threat to freedom in the USA. And, like the ersatz anti-war movement, the “press” is not free but a captive of the ultra-left wing of the “democratic” party with the exception of Fox News. Fox News is an anomaly, but is an organ of “big Gooferment” too. Hollywood is an extension of the same ultra-left group think imho. Thankfully, the inet allows bypassing the “echo chambers”.  Nixon and Trump are not the worst; as bad as they might be. It takes real “work” to break into my personal “worst” list. I think DJT45 is exposing the “Deep State”, the corrupt media, and Democan/Republicrat politicians for what they really are — wanna be tyrants who are parasites on the hard working “We, The Sheeple”. Sadly, I don’t think “We, The Sheeple” are smart enough to escape the chains that politicians and bureaucrats have forged on them by decades of “free stuff”. It would seem that hard times are inevitable for the “American Experiment”. Thanks for the response; it gets lonely in my “ivory tower”.]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) spots a typo that Mike and I missed


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From: Mike Toner 
Date: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:50 AM
Subject: Jasper Jottings Report Items

What did you find?: In the recent web-published JJ – ace reporter Mike McE reports on the following:

John J. Hallissey III
1961 – 2018

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1953.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hallissey, John J. III [MC1953 RIP]

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It just seems a bit hard to wrap one’s head around a Jasper born in 1961 who graduated alma mater in 1953…

Perhaps Mike has an explanation for this Back to the Future phenomenon…

Thanks as always for your and Mike’s good and generous work…

Mike Toner
Buffalo, NY
BEE 1972

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Dear John,

               Mike’s correct – I blew that one!

              Sorry about that. It should have read 1983 – those typos will get you every time.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Mike, don’t feel too bad. I just breezed on by it too. ]

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COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) sees the “religious right” as the problem



Regarding your comment in the ENDNOTE of 2/3/18—”Abortion should be a rarity; not a convenient form of birth control. I agree! However, it’s not going to happen if the religious right, particularly the Catholic Church, make it as difficult as possible to purchase and use birth control materials.

Ken Jablon ‘62

[JR: Nice that we agree. I don’t see there is much difficulty in “buying and using”. It’s (imho) cheap — despite what Democratic convention speaker Sandra Flack articulated — and easy. And the Catholic Church is not a big hurdle since it, and this Pope, seems to be abandoning any standards at all. Sadly, hopefully, abortion will be seen as “immoral” in that it threatens humanity as a species. As with other “alternatives” — what the religious right would call “perversions” — behaviors that prevent reproduction are contra-survival of humanity. The low replacement birth rate doesn’t bode well for humanity.]

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COMMENT: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) suggests “deplorable”


COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) says DJT45’s remarks were racist

Perhaps instead of referring to them as s**thole countries he should have called them deplorable countries. I’m sure that would pass muster with the left as they cheered Hillary Clinton referring to half of all AMERICANS as deplorable.

Bill O’Connell, 1976

[JR: An EXCELLENT suggestion. Laugh!]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) says DJT45’s remarks were racist


In your recent endnote you wrote that DJT only said what everybody thinks about many countries in the developing world. The coarsening of the language in the public utterances of the POTUS is one issue. But since this was in the course of a discussion about immigration, the more appaling thing was his implication, that because the people would be coming from impoverished circumstances, they couldn’t possibly have anything to contribute to our country. He wouldn’t say the same about the WHITE people from poor circumstances in the Appalachia described in your post. It is hard to escape the racist implication of his comment – regardless of the classless way he expressed it.

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

[JR: I don’t know what DJT45 would say about “white Appalachia” but it would qualify in my mind as a “gurry hole”.  I don’t see it as “racist”, but “realistic”. Classless? I don’t agree. It’s time to call it as it is; not in some “classy” way that conceals how terrible those conditions are. And that our welfare / warfare Gooferment doesn’t care about the victims. As far as contribution, if we took welfare off the table for “immigrants”, then we wouldn’t have this discussion. As I sad, we need “makers; not takers”.]

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COMMENT: Bryk, William (MC1977) on the Vietnam War


During the Vietnam War, my mother, who has gone on to join the majority, offered to arrange for me to leave the United States to join relatives in Canada.  I told her that I could not do that.  I didn’t want to be killed in a war I believed unjust.  I also could not abandon my country. I could not have looked myself in the mirror if I left others to do the dirty work. After I made that decision, I received my number in the draft.  It was somewhere in the 300s.  I would not have been called up.  Sheer luck.

Bryk, William (MC1977)

[JR: I was drafted but “volunteered” for the Air Force. I was a conflicted “child” (in understanding; not age) at the time but knew that this (undeclared) “war” was just a disaster. Luck of the draw left me in Maryland; a lot of good people were not so “lucky”. I know that the “casualties” extended to entire families thanks to Agent Orange and who know what else. Now in my “old age”, I just want to bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now!  Unfortunately no one listens to the vets. Have yet to meet one who supports our current foreign policy. Dona Nobis Pacem]  

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) “tubes everywhichwaybutup”


John, your closure this week was well-stated: “Death is a natural process. And, ‘we’ have made it an expensive and terrible process. So sad.”

It is increasingly common for people to fill out “Living Wills” that specify what measures hospitals should take to prolong their lives.  These directives focus mainly on intensive revival and sustaining of life at points where one would otherwise die very quickly.  But perhaps more thought should be given to advance planning for when one is simply gravely ill and all medical indications are that, no matter what measures are taken as you are in intensive care with tubes everywhichwaybutup you are still about 99% certain not to see another year as you lie there or perhaps even another month or week.  While it should certainly be an option to change one’s mind at such points, if one has previously thought about and discussed the option with family it’s possible that a good many people would say, “Just send me home, back to my own bedroom, with my loved ones near me in the place I’ve lived.”

It should certainly be a choice, and it’s an important enough choice that people should be encouraged to put some thought into it ahead of time.

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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