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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) asks about Carol King


I went to a wonderful performance – tribute to the music of Carol King last night with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a trio of Broadway singers. In this week’s JJ item about the upocoming women’s e-zine, you made refernce to the women ignoring “one of the better “story tellers”, Carol King.”

Can you please explain the reference??

Thanks, as always, for your fine efforts as CIC!

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

[JR: Sure. The Quadrangle posted an article in which the phrase “shame women in storytelling or are ignored altogether” was used. As an old hippie folk singer / writer wanna be, I knew about her LONG BEFORE she was famous. And now the play has made her even more well known. Since “song writers” are “story tellers”, I thought I’d point out this contradiction. Guess I was too obtuse. Obviously, I don’t agree with the Q writer’s assertion — guess they have never follow Sharyl Attkisson either. Just me ranting. And thanks for the compliment.]

Toner, Mike (MC1972) 

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JFACEBOOK: Jablonski, Lou [MC1972] with more details on the Kidney Walk



When Peter Jablonski, son of Lou Jablonski , Business ’72, needed a kidney transplant, Peter’s aunt, Helen Jablonski, Business ’83 stepped up in true Jasper fashion and donated the gift of life to her nephew. The Jablonski family celebrates their good fortune by supporting the New York City Kidney Walk.
Here is our latest update:
Friends, Family, Colleagues,

First, I hope this finds you and your families well.
Second, THANK YOU.

This will be my last update before the New York City Kidney Walk. With only three days remaining before the Walk, I am pleased to report that we have raised nearly $30,000, to date. This is an incredible statement and one that the Jablonski Family does not take for granted. So many of you, ( in fact , several hundred of you ) have chosen to join us in our celebration of Peter’s good health and my sister Helen’s generosity and love. Transplants don’t happen without a donor.

My thanks to all of you for allowing me to spread the word and ask for your help. Through your generosity , we are among the top fund raising families in all of New York.

As always, we hope you consider joining us at the Walk on Sunday. If you can’t join us, then give us a thought on Sunday as we join with thousands of other who want to beat kidney disease.
Should you know of anyone who might want to join our ranks, please direct them to our team web page :

You are the best.

With best regards,

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Jablonski, Lou [MC1972]

Buhlnger, Helen Jablonski McLaughlin [MC1983]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) What, exactly, is the problem with providing bathrooms for transgendered people?


Toner, Mike (MC1972)

Last week’s endnote…
ENDNOTE: Massachusetts wants a parish fish fry to be considered “secular”?

What, exactly, is the problem with providing bathrooms for transgendered people? Not sure I understand the threat to our “religious freedom” – unless that “freedom” is interpreted to mean freedom to be mean-spirited and discriminatory…

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Let me see if I can itemize the problems I have with this Taxchusetts Gooferment diktat.

(1) Private property

(2) Interference with “religion”

(3) Public interest in “transgendered freedom”

(4) The proper role of religion in secular issues

(5) The overall over reach of the regulatory state

That should about do it.

I’m sure that the good people involved in the Church in question would approach every one with charity and provide such toilet facilities as they possibly could. When I had asthma and the bathrooms were downstairs, I was offered the use of the bathroom in the sacristy. I’m sure that discrete arrangements could be made. And would be. BUT, retrofitting a special bathroom would be fantastically expensive in most old structures. Gooferment Skrules have nurses’ offices with bathrooms that can be provided. 

So the diktat improperly infringes on private property, interferes with the free exercise of religion, and is a total overreach into the private social space.

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) comments on Couric


Reporter : Toner, Mike (MC1972)

Dear f. John,

In last weeek’s Positraction you said (regarding Katie Couric’s decision to take a pay cut to save some jobs):
“It’s no secret that I am “hard” on liberal media “celebrities” for their biased reporting.

In this case, I must “give the devil his due”.

That was a nice thing to do.

Given her low ratings caused the show to be cancelled, it was a hollow victory.

But kudos for the attempt.”

Kudos to you for giving Katie Couric credit – but two points jump out

1. Not that I agree with equating Ms. Kouric with the devil – but shouldn’t you be giving the devil “her” due. You don’t think that devils are only male, do you?

2. You mitigate your praise by calling her good deed “hollow” becasue the show was eventually cancelled. I don’t think this is exactly true. Ms. Couric left CBS News at the end of her five year contract. Admittedly the ratings were low but the CBS Evening News continues to this day – now with Scott Pelley. While I presume a few of her senior proucers were replaced, I don’t think that there were many or any layoffs owing to her departure.

As always, thanks for your untiring efforts as CIC

Mike Toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

[JR: (1) I should have said “her”. And it’s just old phrase. (2) “Hallow”, in the sense, that it just was a not.]  

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) sees Kaine differently


In last week’s endnote…
Catholic Church Gives Pro-Abortion Tim Kaine a Standing Ovation

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On Sunday, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was given a standing ovation by his Catholic parish, California Catholic Daily reported. While his fellow parishioners are celebrating him as Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion running mate, many Catholics are speaking out against him because of his position on abortion…

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I would suggest that he is not “pro-abortion” – but simply pro -“let women make their own decisions about their bodies” without government interference and let that freedom not be limited to those “of means”…

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[JR: That might be one way to look at it. But, I’ll grant you that as soon as he speaks out about other “government interference”! ]  

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) responds to Toner, Mike (MC1972)


Author Donald Costello
In Response To COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972)
Submitted on 2016/08/09 at 11:58 am

Sorry Mike that is not what I was taught by the FSC at Manhattan or by any Church Doctrine issued by the Church.

In our courses at Manhattan we used “Moral Guidance” by Healey and abortion and same sex marriage was not kosher. We studied the Principle of double effect and that didn’t apply either.

We were also taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. We were taught that to commit a mortal sin three things were required: 1) Serious Matter 2) Sufficient Reflection and 3) Full consent of the will.

I at least believe we agree that abortion is a serious matter. I also believe that there are many oppressed, badly treated women, who simply didn’t have the energy for sufficient reflection and/or full consent of the will. In any event it is not for me to judge such situations. That is God’s job.

It does not help that you tell others what you think without evidence that you have the qualifications in Moral Guidance etc. to give an opinion worth addressing.

It is as bad as going out on the web and finding tidbits of data and then giving cardiologic opinion about a heart condition.

So the bottom lime Mike,” me boyo” is my advice for you is to take two humility pills a day for a week and all will be OK.

If I haven’t stated the Theologically accepted rules of the church convict me and I’ll go back to the books and study some more.

If you don’t mind I will however grieve for the 60,000,000 aborted babies that our nation has seen since the Roe wade decision and almost of many very hurt mothers and fathers. I sure hope that God does not feel mocked by our actions and get sick of us.

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Costello, Donald (MC1954)

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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Toner, Mike (MC1972)

COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) responds to Toner, Mike (MC1972)


Author Donald Costello
In Response To COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) responds to Costello, Donald (MC1954)
Submitted on 2016/07/12 at 4:05 pm

That’s what old Jaspers like…a good argument. In 1853 when Manhattan was born and in 1954 when I finished 27 credits of Religion and Philosophy and in 1972 when you graduated, Manhattan and the Catholic Church preached, taught and theologized that Abortion and Gay Marriage and in fact Gay practice was wrong.

All the sins we commit hurt the Mystical Body of Christ and that includes the young children therein.

So we leave the mystic and come to the dinner table of one of my older family members who has a gay marriage couple at the dinner table; and so a young grandchild says “what do you mean they are married?”. Now you know how this rough and tumble old Jasper would answer that.

And the old Homosexual couple who teach say to the young boy who feels guilty about masturbating “it’s a choice” .

Or that old SOB advertising agency takes after Bob Dole and puts up a sexy lady to sell Viagra during the six PM news.

I could go on to pederasty but you can pick up the thread.

There are a significant number of laymen and women, addicted to various forms of illicit sex to the point where it is another problem area to add to the list most of us see but don’t want to confront.

I thank God for Brother Alban of Mary, Brother Luke, Brother Benignus all of whom were part of a group of men who gave us good meat to chew on whose taste has lasted all these years and whose principles say to Manhattan Men , sinners all, of yesterday and today “Abortion and Same Sex Marriage and wrong “ but hate the sin and love the sinner.

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Costello, Donald (MC1954) 

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