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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) characterizes the election rhetoric

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RE: ENDNOTE “We, The Sheeple” keep electing either side of the same coin

Interesting that they’d characterize THIS election as being “the most important of our lifetime.”

I’d have thought they’d reserved that spot for the 2016 election. I guess they’re not that upset about Trump after all, eh?

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

[JR: Sorry I missed this but your comment was NOT ONLY overlooked, but it was flagged as spam.  Laff!  I guess those liberals have a lot of juice.]

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JEMAIL: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) says “just whining” is no solution

2018-Nov-18

Hi John …

The Liberal Arts side is chiming in here. Per your endnote, which offices have you run for?

Because just whining certainly isn’t any sort of solution. And whining in the guise of street-smarts — as the author of the piece you quoted is doing — is worse. Has he or she run for office? Is that author hiding some great idea because he or she believes the rest of us are too dumb to deserve to read (and maybe implement) it? No, actually, I think that author is possibly being sucked toward Goethe’s greatest sin. I’ll leave that as MY puzzle for him or her to solve.

If you want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, though, I recommend checking out “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — in some theaters but also streaming in Netflix.

Cheers, John!

Rob

Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

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[JR: (1) In my younger days, I tried for the R local committee. Wasn’t selected. I soon realized that the deck was stacked. I think the author that I cited is pointing out that “stacking”.  That, and the Fed, has impoverished us. Gooferment Skrules produce useful idiots. It’s a hopeless situation and we just have to survive as best we all can. (2) I’ll check it out but I don’t do a lot of movies. And, when I do, it’s comedies. (3) Thanks for the response.]

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JNEWS: Dillon, Mike [MC1973] honours his Leitrim roots

2018-Oct-18

https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/gaelic-games/342703/mike-dillon-honours-his-leitrim-roots-in-leitrim-wall.html

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Mike Dillon honours his Leitrim roots in Leitrim Wall
News Reporter — 18 Oct 2018

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The savage loves his native land, so they say, and so, evidently, does the gentleman.

There are a select few names spoken whenever Leitrim and New York are mentioned in the same sentence. Mike Dillon is one of those.

The Cloone man’s continued contribution to his home county, and to the lives of any Irish person fortunate enough to cross his path in the Big Apple, has been immense. Mike has generously bought a brick in the Leitrim Wall, the innovative fundraising initiative designed to complete the county’s Centre of Excellence in Annaduff.

He dedicated it to his late wife with the simple inscription, ‘In memory of Mary Dillon N.Y –Dillon & Doyle families Cloone.’

I spoke this week to his friend, Manorhamilton man Frank Brady, in New York to get the lowdown on Mike, to find out a little more about the man who was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York GAA dinner dance last year.

The following is taken from an article Frank prepared on his friend for that special occasion.

“A distinguished footballing career at club, college and county levels, saw Mike’s talents heralded in Ireland, London, and New York. As a student in St. Mel’s he won Leinster Senior College medals in 1950 and ’51. In those same years, he was one of the leading lights that propelled Cloone to two Leitrim Senior Championships.

“A bright inter-county future awaited Mike, but in 1952 he immigrated to London, and transferred to the St. Vincent’s Club, winning two London Championships, 1953 and 1954. Perhaps a good indication of Mike’s stature as a player was the fact that Leitrim brought him back to play in the Connacht Championship in ’54.

In 1955 Mike arrived in New York, and his well-established credentials were a great boost to the Leitrim-based New York team that was coming to the fore. He had a distinguished playing career States-side, winning a New York Championship in ’58 and the Ballantine Cup in ’59.

“In International games Mike’s prowess was very much in evidence against Ireland’s best of that era, namely Dublin and Kerry. He lined out against Dublin at Croke Park, and he was captain the following year when New York played Kerry in Gaelic Park, and was noted as “playing a Trojan part in the game” against the All-Ireland champions.

“Besides a great sporting career, Mike also enhanced his academic credentials in New York. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. He rose to prominence in the corporate boardroom, becoming an executive with the media giant C.B.S. In addition, he and his late wife Mary, ran a very successful hotel resort in the Catskills. It was always a very welcoming sojourn for Leitrim exiles. Mike has two daughters Mary and Deirdre, and seven grandsons.”

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Dillon, Mike [MC????]

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Dear John,

                  I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 1973.

                                      Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dillon, Mike [MC1973]

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) thinks the endnote is pointless, inaccurate, whining

2018-Oct-15

RE: ENDNOTE: Putting the “goof” in Gooferment

Sun, Oct 14, 4:30 AM (1 day ago)

What? Not the responsibility of the engineers who created and manage the database – most likely non-Governmental vendors? How is blaming “the government” different from blaming the Catholic RELIGION for the actions of bad priests? Whether you’re criticizing incompetence or evil, it’s not accurate to characterize an organization as ONE thing unless you can indict — or applaud — every single member. Otherwise it’s pointless – and I repeat, inaccurate – whining.

Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

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[JR: Three quick points: (1) The Government, with its self-assumed monopoly of force, is corrupt and unable to get out of its own way.  (2) Sure there is an obvious problem in the system design, but the lack of an over-ride or appeal is just as stupid. AND (3) I blame BOTH the politicians and bureaucrats in Gooferment for all its abuses AS WELL AS the entire Church and hierarchy for their crimes and cover ups. Do I have to indict every single participant in order to indict an organization? I think not. Pointless? Possibly but at least I can continue to expose the farce that we are facing! Inaccurate? Not! Whining? Probably since the problem appears to be unfixable. Thanks for the email and reading my rant.]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on his “endnote”

2018-May-13

Endnote looks great John! :) Let’s see if we get any good further thoughts on it from MC folks on your list!

There’s another element to the 60s antiwar movement that we don’t have today: The Draft. Sad to say, but the self-interest element likely had a lot to do with antiwar demonstrations/activisms back then. If my memory is correct of the times, the draft lottery took a LOT of steam out of the movement as about 1/2 of “the boys” were able to pretty much stop worrying about being drafted and could just go back to getting stoned ‘n lazing about with their gals. (Not that there was much “getting stoned” back in those 1970-era MC days: I remember my RA roommate Timothy seeking people who knew what pot smelled like so he could patrol his floor sniffing for pot fumes. LOL! Today they’d probably ignore the pot because “Pot Smoke was created by God and was good for us!” while searching out the Evil Tobacco Smokers because “Tobacco Smoke was created by Satan and will kill all of us!”)

– Michael

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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[JR: I’m sure that’s one reason “the Draft” was eliminated.  That and it took the pressure of the politicians and bureaucrats. Charlie Rangel keeps reintroducing it — and while I rarely agree with him — it would be a way of curtailing the “American Empire” and the neocon / Military Industrial Complex from being in “eternal warfare”.  Give DJT45 credit, if peace and be achieve in Korea, then we should bring the troops home from there once and for all time.  That’s what I’d like to see.]

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ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on the antiwar movement

2018-May-12

What happened to the antiwar movement in America?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_the_Iraq_War
This question previously had details. They are now in a comment.

Michael J. McFadden
Michael J. McFadden, Neither a Conservative nor a Liberal: just a Radical.

Answered 4h ago

I think the problem faced by peace advocates in the US today is at least partly due to the complexity of the issues. Most peace proponents are not absolutist. Many would sanction a military action against Adolf Hitler for example. (Note I said “most.” There are a good number of Gandhian / Quaker / Mennonite and other philosophical / religious-based pacifists who hold that taking another’s life in ANY war cannot be sanctioned.)

But most of those who joined the US antiwar movement in the 1960s/70s were coming from a motivation based on stopping an all-out nuclear war and on stopping what was seen as an All Powerful US Military attacking a small group of almost defenseless idealistic peasants on bicycles on the other side of the planet just because, well, maybe there was oil there plus there were Communists plus we liked showing off and practicing with our military toys.

NOTE: I am not saying the above was the reality, but it was the vision and belief that drove a great deal of the US antiwar movement of that period. It seemed clear, and simple, and morally indisputable to most of those involved in the movement at that time.

The issues today are a LOT more complex and confusing: Assad’s a ruthless dictator. ISIS is a mad religious fundamentalist group that will whip and execute people for drinking, or smoking, or having fun between the sheets if you’re not properly heterosexually married… and then head out for some fun and bombing. The Turks have been strong US allies. But they want to kill all the Kurds for what appears to be no good reason (though I’m sure they could argue there are good reasons.) There are two or three other factions all intent on killing each other. And then there’s Russia. ::sigh:: It’s all just too confusing for any good politically based peace-antiwar movement, and the pure nonviolent religiously-flavored idealists who simply oppose ALL war are just not strong enough to make themselves heard.

In any event… that’s my analysis. It’s not a very well-educated analysis: my time has been stolen from the peace movement by the Antismokers and I’m just not enough of a Renaissance Man to really follow everything and still stay competent where I think I’m most needed.

MJM, Peace Studies Graduate, Manhattan College, 1973

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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MY RESPONSE:

I think the problem is that, other than the religious objection, the “anti-war” movement was an astroturf Democratic assault on Richard Nixon. As soon as he was deposed, and the way cleared for a Democratic landslide, it — the “liberal” leftist socialists — had not further need of it. And, it wanted to pick the targets for war and get all the military industrial complex money. Maybe I’m cynical but there was no authentic anti-war movement.

P.S., Sadam had chemical weapons because the USA sold them to him in the 70’s. But that was just an excuse to funnel more money into the “war machine”.

As the song said: “When will we ever learn”.

I’m an injineer and fighting a war should ABSOLUTELY be the very last resort. Congress ceded the war making power unconstitutionally to the executive. The Dead Old White Guys knew how dangerous a standing army was to liberty; hence their two year limit on the army, but not the navy. Time to go back to their blueprint. Good bye FBI, TSA, BATF, FDA, etc. etc. — which they would have called “standing armies”.

Argh! How stupid are “We, The Sheeple” due to Gooferment Skrules?

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JEMAIL: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) found a featuring of Jones, Lou [MC1954 RIP]

2018-Feb-12

Hi John …

Please see the attached photo – which I’ve had for a few weeks.

It is part of an exhibit at the New Rochelle Library. The entire exhibit is a set of photographs in the lobby, and I am not certain how long it will be there. If anyone is interested, they could just call the library.

The photo features Lou Jones and cites him as a gold medalist athlete, educator and county official. He would have attended Manhattan in the early 1950s. Later he worked there (until 1974) as dean of student personnel – which would cross my time there, though I don’t recall Mr. Jones personally – unfortunately.

Hope you’re well.Thanks,
Rob Kuhn ’73

2018 02Feb 12 Lou Jones

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Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

Jones, Lou [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Lou is a member of the Class of 1954,

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Jones, Lou [MC1954 RIP]

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