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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
To: jasper@reinke.cc

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: 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: Smith, Frank [MC1972] sees the the conundrum differently


Frank MacGabhann commented on COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) disagrees on my conundrum

2017-Dec-03 John, Regarding your “Positration: $28 baby saver”—I don’t believe it’s a conundrum because an aborted …

And if that “soul to be aborted” was to be a serial killer, a second Hitler or peaderastic priest, what then?

Frank Smith 1972

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[JR: Hmm, which is more likely? More good folks than bad? I bet that the good is more likely than the bad. But what do I know. I’m fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income.]  

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about priestly celibacy


RE: the ENDNOTE on monasteries closing

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There was a surge of American GIs joining monasteries after the end of the Second World War, seeking solace and refuge in a violent and increasingly complicated world. It was at this time that the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, a Trappist monastery in the town of Huntsville in Utah, was founded, and at its peak it housed 84 monks. Some 70 years later, only a handful of elderly men remain, and without a younger generation to continue the legacy, the monastery has been forced to close its doors. This poignant short film from RadioWest quietly observes the monastery’s last moments, as the elderly monks commence their final, sparsely attended service and pack their bags for an uncertain future.

And so ends an era. I was lucky to be taught by some of those returning GIs. Although I didn’t think so at the time. Is this the fate of Holy Mother Church?

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1. I think a good (now deceased) friend was one of those monks for a while in the 50’s – 60’s. He was eventually a great contributor to our Church as a husband, father, teacher and university prof…

2. It could be the fate of our Church if the leadership – below Francis – won’t read the “signs of the times”. The discipline of priestly celibacy was only introduced in the second millennium of the church – and only in response to property inheritance questions. We could easily allow married priests to keep parishes open and the Eucharist available to many more. Indeed, Pope Francis has invited episcopal conferences to ask for the OK. Why won’t the bishops step-up?

Our pastor, this week, said he could easily pick out 20 or 30 guys in our congregation who could be priests. Of course, he also said, that he could find another 20 or 30 who weren’t males who could also fit the bill…. There’s a fair amount of historical evidence that women presided at home “churches” in early Christianity. It is time for the hierarchy to start expanding their horizons (listening to the Spirit??) to see our church throught the 21st century!

Thanks for all you do as CIC and keeping this forum open!

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) questions the endnote


Re – endnote

In last week’s endnote you said”End “Roe v Wade” and all other Gooferment interventions into “health”…..”

So does this mean women would then be free to choose what they wish to do with their bodies or does this mean that states or Congress would then be able to legislate what women must allow to happen to their bodies – regardless of their own wishes…?

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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[JR: Well, I’m not “king”, but imho the Federal Gooferment should do a “don’t ask; don’t tell”. Women should be free to manage themselves without the “help” of politicians and bureaucrats. Abortion is tragic national disaster. And, it’s only been made worse by the Gooferment sticking its nose in. I don’t want to pay for anything — welfare, abortions, or “health”. And, I don’t want to “hurt people or steal their stuff”. ]  

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JNEWS: Casey, Br. Thomas [MC1972] Aux Provincial


JJ Sep 17 2017 16 39 a

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Casey, Br. Thomas [MC1972]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) and “law of the jungle”


In last week’s EndNote you said

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“Why there is NO SUCH THING as “price gouging”!

Listen to the first cut of Jason’s podcast aa he clearly explains that “gouging prices” ensure that there is supply for those who need it the most.

A displaced family might squeeze into one room at the “gouging” price as opposed to spreading out in two rooms at the regular price. Thus ensuring a room for another family.


Simple law of economics at work to balance supply and demand.

Great explanation!!!”

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I think an awfully benign (naive) justification of the “law of the jungle”

But, as always, thank you for you great work as JJ publisher and CIC!

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

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Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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