Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

* A Gift to Women's Studies at Yale

            Click above for link.



Letters to the Editor
Yale Daily News

Dear Editor:

 Two donations I made to Yale Libraries  this summer should be of interest to those students and researchers at Yale involved with feminist studies. 

To Manuscripts and Archives I donated the letters and diaries of Mt. Carmel native  J. Walter Bassett, founder of The Sleeping Giant Association, an organization which saved the Mt. Carmel  mountain from developers, long before Quinnipiac University made its campus there.

The donation includes more than a hundred courtship letters written by Bassett’s future wife, Evangeline Cunningham, from her home in Wilbraham, Massachusetts between 1898 and 1902.  It is clear from these letters that she, not he, was in charge of the courtship. 

When he balked at setting a date for marriage until they had furnished a home he had rented in Mt. Carmel, she declared “We can either have fine furniture or we can have each other.”  

He got the point and set the date.  

A preview of these papers can be seen at http://evangelineandwalter.blogspot.com/  with a link to some of the letters themselves.

The second donation of interest to those studying strong-minded women, was made  to Beinecke Rare Book Library: the  letters, notes, and cards from Miss Isabel Wilder to me from 1975 – 1995, when she died at 95 years of age. 

For anyone who trivializes her role as secretary to her brother, the author Thornton Wilder, I would simply quote the late John D. Ogden, (PhD Lit. ’58) “Not since Dorothy and William Wordsworth has there been a  a brother sister literary team like Isabel and Thornton Wilder.”  

These can be viewed on-line at 
http://iwpk7595.blogspot.com

I am pleased to have made this small contribution to future researchers and hope that those interested in women who settled in Hamden will utilize them.


Paul D.Keane
M.Div. ‘80

Monday, August 26, 2013

* AMERICAN AMNESIA


"The use of chemical weapons . . . is a moral obscenity."

Secretary of State John Kerry

   August 26, 2013       


                                                 

Vietnamese Victim of Agent Orange

Sunday, August 25, 2013

* The Cornish Rooster




Just Jerry
 (Link NYT article)



J.D. Salinger hid away for decades in plain sight in Cornish, New Hampshire, a feeding town for the high school where I taught English in Vermont for 25 years.

As such, I had access to all kinds of folklore and harmless gossip about the reclusive writer for years.

One of my students was his next door neighbor and used to go over to his house every night and watch Jeopardy with him, a game show  which apparently Saliinger "loved".  

She told me that on Halloween Salinger would not give out candy. Instead he handed out pencils.  This must have been a huge disappointment to sugarized skids, but if their parents had an ounce of literary sense, they realized their child had just been given the equivalent of Excaliber by King Arthur himself.

A pencil from Salinger !  

Imagine what that would bring on Antiques Road Show.  Or better, imagine how it might energize a fledgling writer, perhaps King Arthur's  intent?

Rumor had it that Salinger's second wife (half his age) volunteered in our school for years, but I was too polite to try to find out, although other teachers confirmed it.  Privacy is privacy after all.  

One of my students was running a cash register at Price Chopper (or a similar grocery store five minutes from my school ) in West Labanon, N.H. one day and noticed that the white haired man behind the middle aged woman at the register, looked just like J.D. Salinger.  

When the woman handed her a credit card with the last name "Salinger", she flashed the woman a look, and the woman flashed her a look back which said, "That's him, yes, but don't say anything."

For years one of my colleagues and his wife would attend local church suppers.  J.D. Salinger loved church suppers and was always first in line at them.  My colleague and his wife would often eat with him, but learned from observation that he would get up and leave if anyone approached him about his identity as a writer.  He wanted to be "just Jerry" not J.D. Salinger. 

In later years after infirmity set in, Jerry would still be first in line at church suppers, but he would stand there using a ski pole as a cane to steady himself.  That's snow country class.

I know of one exception to this rule of public anonymity: Another one of my colleagues was the son of one of the owner's of, "Lou's," a famous Dartmouth breakfast joint  in Hanover, where Salinger (and Robert Frost !) ate regularly.

One day, he asked Jerry if he would sign a copy of The Catcher in the Rye for his son, Peter,  (now my colleague), and Jerry complied.
That signature on Catcher today is worth $10,000 according to a recent estimate.

Another one of my students had an aunt who bought the Cornish (Plainfield?) home owned by J. D. Salinger in his first marriage. The aunt describes a tunnel between the house and the garage at the home which Jerry had built "to avoid journalists" and paparazzi. At one point in his career a national magazine sent a photographer to stake him out until he got  Salinger's photo. After three days, he got it, not at his tunnel-equipped home, but at the Windsor post office.

Another one of my colleagues  has a brother who is a local mechanic and repaired "Jerry's" car for years. He too asserts it was "just Jerry."

Perhaps most  fascinating, for me, is the story of a local Plainfield (Cornish?) , N.H. volunteer firefighter, a story which adds credence to the report in a recent New York Times  article that beginning in 2015, five more Salinger manuscripts will be published by the estate of "just Jerry."

The fireman recounts that one day his  Department was called to put out a fire at the Salinger's Cornish home.  The  fire was in the basement where Salinger had his study and at one end of the study was a wall safe.

Salinger was so grateful that the fire had been  extinguished without destroying his study that the next day he appeared at the volunteer fire company and handed them "a check for $18,000."

The firefighter looked at me and said, "there was something in that safe  he was very grateful we saved.."

And then he added, in case I didn't get it, "Manuscripts."

What his authority was for such a conjecture, I know not.

But I trust local gossip.

Especially when it's just about  Jerry.



Saturday, August 24, 2013

* Race, Half a Century Later: A Triptych

The most Powerful Man in the World
and the Richest Woman in the World
The most Powerful, the Richest,
 Country in the World




The most Parasitic Industry in the World

Friday, August 23, 2013

* ENOUGH GAS


Thursday, August 22, 2013

* Chelsea Manning FKA Bradley Manning





The fact that Chelsea Manning could announce, via her lawyer, her decision to proceed with a gender change on the TODAY SHOW and EXPECT to be treated with respect and dignity --- even as she begins her 35-year court-martial-rendered  prison sentence for disclosing confidential government documents to WIKILEAKS ----  signifies a  major change in America's long history of bigotry toward those of gender discomfort and perhaps a new age of societal enlightenment.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

* The Gospel of Pussyfooting According to Scott Jackson, Mayor of Hamden, Connecticut

Hamden Mayor, the Hon. Scott Jackson


Was I the Object

of 

An Unlikely 

Racism?

Both the Mayor of Hamden, Mr. Scott Jackson,  and the Dean of Yale Divinity School  disagreed with my use of the media in the Tsarnaev burial plot offer.

The Mayor had the audacity to lecture me on Christian behavior: 

I certainly hope if this offer is legitimate, and is legitimately being offered in the spirit of whom it claims to be, then I would guess it would actually be done in a different way --- in a quiet way, in a Christian way, that represented or required no additional comment."

 LINK:
 (Original article, New Haven Register)



The Dean of the the Divinity School said he did not wish to be involved in brokering the offer to the Tsarnaev family or to Islamic  clergy because “you went to the media.”

This aversion to the media  in deference to a pussyfooting Christianity goes against every lesson I have learned in social change in the last four decades. 

It also goes against an ancient Palestinian Carpenter's  behavior toward the money-changers in the Temple: No pussyfooting ("quiet way") there, Mayor Jackson.  I susbcribe to the  "spectacle" branch of Christianity; the ride-a-white-ass-into-Jerusalem-in-broad-daylight side of the religion, not the sedate, hushed,  country-club Christianity of suburbia.

Or what about the media manipulation ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years ago?



Was that a "quiet way, a Christian way", Mayor Jackson?

I doubt that Mayor Jackson and the Divinity Dean would object to Dr. King's use of the media, his loud not "quiet,  Christian way."


Or perhaps they both feel that such 'loud', media manipulation is inappropriate for a privileged, 'propah', Yale educated white man?
Especially a white man without a social movement behind him?

Is this a racism of a different color----or an absence of color? 

Or is it just garden variety country-club-Christianity classism? 
  
(God forbid the middle class should  start using radical, guerilla-theatre tactics too. We must stay in our place.)



IMPACTING 20 MILLION VIEWERS

Sometimes hatred has to be outfoxed, no matter the race of the out-foxer.

I should know.

In 1972, being a Kent State student or having a Kent State degree was like handing a pirate a piece of paper with a black spot on it: the kiss of death

On Christmas Eve 1972, a project I created and pitched to the media at Kent State called “Pop’s Snow Squad"  changed the perception of Kent State students nationally when it  became the Christmas story on the Walter Cronkite CBS Evening News as a Charles Kuralt “On the Road” piece

 Jim Bruss,  Director of  the Kent State News Service   called it “the best piece of publicity ever to come out of Kent State  It challenged the national bigotry toward Kent State students and the fatal Kent State protests which had been burgeoning in the country.
_________________________________





In 1984 at Yale, the national bigotry went something like this “AIDS is a fag disease. Quarantine all those fags.”

A project I created in New Haven while at Yale Divinity School -------AIDS Information Dissemination Service ----- identified the heterosexual transmission of AIDS,  a fact previously unrecognized in America  but well known in Africa, however, a fact which had been ignored by American  journalists who allowed the homophobic hatred of "those fags who spread  AIDS," to persist unchallenged. 

Until 1983/4.

My public disclosure of the existence of a New Haven prostitute who had transmitted AIDS to her infant created a media  and law enforcement firestorm. http://aidsatyale.blogspot.com

The subsequent 60 Minutes piece called “Helen” revealed to Americans for the first time, that AIDS could be transmitted by women. See video above.

After that disclosure to 20 million viewers, the  hateful national gossip that AIDS was a “fag disease” lost its poisonous punch.

Suddenly everyone was vulnerable.  Safe sex, previously a taboo topic, became a household word once transmission was seen as a potential household problem.

At this point I took 25-years off  as an activist for a career as a public school English teacher in Vermont. I thought I was done with preaching any gospel beyond Grammar. 


Fast forward thirty years to 2013, a year into my retirement. At an April gathering of colleagues at a Hanover haunt called Everything But Anchovies (EBA's) for pizza, I told the group  who inquired  how I was surviving retirement, "I have always regretted that I never 'used' my divinity degree."

Be careful what you regret.

Suddenly, public  hatred toward the alleged Boston bombers prevented burial of the Tsarnaev brother killed by police in a Boston shoot-out. The media-besieged undertaken in Massachusetts was running out of options and his plight was reported daily in the news, as a kind of circus sideshow:

  • I knew instantly  from my previous experiences with CBS News re: Kent State and AIDS, that the way to heal this festering societal infection was to use the media to cauterize it. 

I was "Called" to act as surely as intuition exists in the world. 

Why me? 

I have no idea.

The Mayor of Hamden and perhaps even the Dean of Yale Divinity School apparently saw that use of media as un-Christian. 


The proof is in the pudding: 

  • Within 48-hours of its erupting in the national media (video above; editorials, article  links  here) the Hamden burial plot controversy based on the Christian scripture  (LINK) “Love thine enemy" resolved itself when religious citizens in Virginia -- ordinary folk like myself --  banded together using the same scriptural reference as I had used to arrange a burial for the killed Tsarnaev brother in a rural Islamic cemetery. 


Even my Vermont/New Hampshire newspaper noted the parallel 



A white man, using Martin Luther King tactics of manipulating the national media to focus on the injustice of national bigotry, had ----- for the third time in forty years --- out-foxed the haters, including his own cousins whose  reaction, unamended to this day,  was to disown him.

It's all a mystery to me.


* NO MIRANDA FOR MIRANDA

Britons Question Whether Detention of Reporter’s Partner Was Terror-Related


Marcelo Piu/European Pressphoto Agency

David Michael Miranda, left, with his partner, Glenn Greenwald. Mr. Miranda was held Sunday for nine hours in London.

* Is it here already?


Sunday, August 18, 2013

* Cutting Grass and the Acrobatics of Life


A rope-pulled rotary, circa 1957, similar to my $88.00 Toro

For B
(1996-2013)

Are we failing our children?  The recent untimely death of one of  my students makes me wonder. 

How could a child get to be 18 and not know that no matter how bleak things are-----they will CHANGE, if you just hold on?

Maybe not for the better, but even if more bleak, sometimes the change itself provides new opportunities for adjustment.

Are we raising our children to believe life is an  unbroken lift-off  upward trajectory?

Life is more  acrobatic than that,  like jumping for a branch and holding on or swinging to the next branch until there’s a spring from the branch itself which lifts you to a new level.

 Sometimes you catch the branch; Sometimes you don’t----or fall to a lower branch or the ground and have to try again.



One of the gifts my father gave me ---- which I failed to recognize as a gift at all when it was created ----- was the knowledge that I could undertake something on my own. 

When I was 14, he brought me to the local hardware store and bought  a rotary lawnmower (this was a new invention in 1957). It was a Toro and was was so antique by today’s standards that it had a rope starter, not a retractable rope, but a rope separate from the  engine which you twined around the top of the engine to give it a pull---like the crank on a Model-T Ford.

“You go get lawns to mow in the neighborhood and pay me back for this lawnmower [it cost $88.00----an enormous sum to be 14-year-old in 1957].  When you’ve paid me back, you own the mower and can keep the profits from any lawn you mow.”


This taught me two things: You could work for money: and money could work for you.


And my father knew about that.  His first job when he got married during the Depression was as a Good Humor Man, selling icecream on a three-wheeled bike.





By the time he died in 1992, he had retired as Vice President for Industrial Relations from a holding company in Old Greenwich, Connectcitut.  He had worked himself up as a (self-taught) "Phildelphia lawyer."


My father,
Robert H. Keane
on his wedding day ,
1932,
 during The Depression

(wearing a borrowed suit)


I think my father saw the beginnings of teenage depression in me and sought a way to get me out of my funk.

That Toro lawnmower may have been my salvation.


In 1985 with two graduate degrees I found myself pumping gas for $3.25 an hour.  "Well, I can always mow lawns fir extra money," I thought.

And I did for a year ----until I got a job as an English teacher.

Are we failing to teach our kids that they have the POWER to begin  something new?


That there is hope, adventure, promise in the world they may see at the moment as bleak and hopeless?

I wonder.

I'm about to turn 69 and my favorite recreation is --- you guessed it --- mowing my lawn (two acres in Vermont).

Saturday, August 17, 2013

* The Mess in Messiah

(Link)


"Bertram Cates" is the name given to John 
Scopes in the 1961 movie  "Inherit the Wind" 
about the Scopes Trial (aka The Monkey Trial). 


You Couldn't Write a Script 
this Comical 
if  You Tried


Tennessee, which forever humiliated itself by subjecting a public school teacher to a judicial trial (The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, 1925) for daring to teach "evolution" in his classroom, has done it again: 


  • A judge there has ruled that a family cannot name its baby son "Messiah" (see link above).

Well, I suggest that Tennessee "Butt Out" of the business of being a busybody:  In fact, maybe that family should rename their son "Tennessee Butt Out of Busybodying" or 'Tennessee Bob', for short. (No, that would read 'Tennessee Boob' not 'Bob.')

Maybe he'll grow up to be a great playwright, the one thing the word 'Tennessee' means to most literate Americans.

Perhaps he'll write a play about the history of the Tennessee judicial system: The Ass Menagerie.

Friday, August 16, 2013

* Callings ? Craziness? Media Manipulations?


Three national news stories on moral issues in forty years:  Were these 'Callings'? Craziness? Media manipulations?


1972   CBS Evening News "On the Road" (Kent State)

1984   CBS "60 Minutes" (Yale/AIDS)


2013   FOX News (Tsarnaev Burial, Hamden, CT)





* Gay Dignity: Dartmouth College President's Moral Courage

LINK:

College revokes Tucker

 Foundation appointment

Search committee chair Irene Kacandes noted that Tucker staff members held differing opinions on an ideal dean during the search process.
Search committee chair Irene Kacandes noted 
that Tucker staff members held 
differing opinions on an ideal dean during the 
search process.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

* I am still unable to read through these highly emotional comments on the Tsarnaev burial controversy even three months later. You can do mayif you wish.



My Family Plot
in the
Mount Carmel Burying Ground,
Hamden, Connecticut
Also nearby, the author who celebrated "window-breaking ideas."























The Anti-Yale  ·  Comments  ›  Awaiting moderation


At least there is still some people out there who can look past the sins of another and do the right thing. As far as Im concerned, it doesnt teach anyone anything to continue the violence that we ourselves are trying to prevent. Well done Sir.. well done. on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden


on 5/9/13
Thank you for offering a plot for the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body. I am sure that it means a lot to his family, and it was certainly a kind and courageous offer to make. on * New Haven Register Editorial 5/7/13
on 5/9/13
I'm writing (via comment) to you again because I want to reiterate my message of support. The seething hatred I've seen for the Tsarnaev brothers, the wishes of torture for them - it makes me so angry. The outrage against you for offering a plot to the elder Tsarnaev makes me angry also. In a way the anger is good, for it helps me to understand "the haters". This whole event has got me in a tizzy about a large percentage of this country. I'm trying to turn it into a positive - a way to become inspired to do good in this world. Seeing compassion like yours changes my vibration from anger to admiration. And that feels much better. So thank you. on * Stabat mater dolorosa: A letter to my Mother, Mother's Day, 2013
on 5/9/13
The Govt provides burial benefits for its soldiers. Here is the link prooving this. http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/ Not once has any "fallen soldier"NOT been able to have a proper burial. I see no need in donating a plot to someone who is guarenteed a spot in any if the 100+ VA cemataries. I will say, kudos to your Christian charity. Your proof that Sunday School really works on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden
on 5/9/13
Well Done, Faithful Servant! on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/9/13
Thank you for doing what Jesus taught on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/9/13
Thank you for your human decency. This is the only way to break the cycles that result in such insane actions in the first place. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
I had to give your offer quite a bit of thought before I understood the kindness behind your gift. No doubt your mother would be proud, along with a myriad of others in the world. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Good for you to show us all what compassion really means. I applaud you and your convictions and your faith in your mother on this Mothers Day weekend. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Aren't all veterans eligible for burial in a national cemetery? Bravo for your offer to the Tsarnaev family. I don't understand how refusing burial for this man is supposed to exact some kind of justice. It only reinforces the kind of hatred that led to the bombing in the first place. on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden
on 5/8/13
Glory be to God forever! Bravo to you Mr. Keane! Living the compassion of the Gospel is not an easy thing to do under normal circumstances. I'm sure you're getting hate mail about your offer of the grave to bury the body of Tamerlan. I wanted to be sure that you receive at least one message of support and encouragement. May God bless you, always. +Dominic Martin Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Saint Titus on * New Haven Register Editorial 5/7/13
on 5/8/13
I think it is great that he would extend a helping hand to the family of the terrorist...I mean, that is who he is helping. The terrorist is not benefiting from the plot, his family is. The donor should not be shunned for his act of kindness. on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden
on 5/8/13
I think that to "let his remains lie in obscurity" is to completely miss Mr Keane's point. And perhaps this rural location can be kept secret but at the same time it will be less protected from vandalism and desecration. It's sad that we are unable to take Mr Keane's gift and lesson to heart. on * New Haven Register Editorial 5/7/13
on 5/8/13
I think what you've offered is a very kind sentiment. Of course what that young man did is despicable, and I am so very sad for the three who died and the scores who were injured. But when I think about how people are so outraged by your offer because of this man's actions it leads me to John 8:7 "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." We are all guilty of something. This young man will bow before God someday, the same as the rest of us. We've not denied burials for thousands upon thousands of murderers in this country, let us not begin now. Thank you for your kindness. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Thank you for being a good example. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Any US serviceman who dies while on active duty, or any veteran who dies for that matter, is entitled to be buried for free in just about any national cemetery in the country. Only Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, due to space, has some extra requirements---that the person has died in combat, was a Medal of Honor recipient, was a retired officer or by other special exception on a case by case basis. on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden
on 5/8/13
Paul, I have to commend you for your foresight in making this offer to bury Tameralan in your family plot. I am a 2010 graduate of YDS and Pastor of First Congregational Church in Danbury. It has haunted me from the beginning of this tragedy that we "Christians" forget about the template in our own scripture that deals directly with what a righteous man does when there is nowhere to bury a convicted criminal. Joseph of Arimethea was just such a righteous man, taking the body of a convicted "criminal" from his impoverished family, and placing it in his own tomb, in a never-used grave. I am so pleased that you have had the fortitude to step forward in this role. I'll be preaching about this very soon. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
While I understand the sentiment, my home faces this cemetery. Please consider the kinds of people who may flood my otherwise peaceful neighborhood and what kinds of vitriol to which my young children (ages 5 and 6) would be subjected. There is a community surrounding this area which would be unfairly affected by your decision. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
on 5/8/13
Anyone who has served in the military receives a free burial plot. I know this because my 1st husband only served 4 years in the Marine Corp and killed himself a few years ago. He was cremated and buried in a military cemetery in NM. They have them all over the US. Military families do not have to pay for funerals or burials. on * An Offer to the Mayor of Hamden
on 5/8/13
Blessings on you, Mr. Keane, for you strong Christian witness. You are demonstrating how the cycle of hate can be broken and must be broken, one small act of loving one's enemy at a time. I applaud your courage and hope that you do not receive too much abuse in return. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Dear Mr Keane, I just read online that you have graciously offered a burial plot for the deceased suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Mr Tsarnaev. It is a joy to see the true message of Jesus Christ affirmed by your offer. On a secular level, Our legal system maintains that you are innocent until proven guilty, Mr. Tsarnaev did not have that chance although he chose to act in a manner that resulted in his death prior to a trial. May G-d continue to bless you for having the compassion and wisdom to make this offer to his family. Sincerely yours, Ken in Jacksonville, FL on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Dear Mr Keane, I just read online that you have graciously offered a burial plot for the deceased suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Mr Tsarnaev. It is a joy to see the true message of Jesus Christ affirmed by your offer. On a secular level, Our legal system maintains that you are innocent until proven guilty, Mr. Tsarnaev did not have that chance although he chose to act in a manner that resulted in his death prior to a trial. May G-d continue to bless you for having the compassion and wisdom to make this offer to his family. Sincerely yours, Ken in Jacksonville, FL on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Dear Mr Keane, I just read online that you have graciously offered a burial plot for the deceased suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Mr Tsarnaev. It is a joy to see the true message of Jesus Christ affirmed by your offer. On a secular level, Our legal system maintains that you are innocent until proven guilty, Mr. Tsarnaev did not have that chance although he chose to act in a manner that resulted in his death prior to a trial. May G-d continue to bless you for having the compassion and wisdom to make this offer to his family. Sincerely yours, Ken in Jacksonville, FL on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
To a fellow Christian and fellow Nutmegger. I applaud your offer. Thank you. :D on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Thanks be to God, who loves each and every one of us, even in our sinfulness - for who among us is without sin? May you be blessed for your kind offer; I hope and pray that this young man finds peace, and that those he hurt learn to forgive, despite their pain - but because God loves. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
You are following exactly what Jesus taught. Your decision to offer the burial plot is counter-cultural and will prove to be painful, but you are truly loving your enemy. I'm certain that your mother is looking down from heaven and applauding you. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
What an amazing gesture, sir. I admit, I'm not thrilled that we have to keep T.T's body in the US (especially in CT, since I just moved here a couple of months ago from Watertown, MA), but your reason behind offering the plot is truly moving. Your mother did an incredible job and I'm sure she's immensely proud of you. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
What an amazing gesture, sir. I admit, I'm not thrilled that we have to keep T.T's body in the US (especially in CT, since I just moved here a couple of months ago from Watertown, MA), but your reason behind offering the plot is truly moving. Your mother did an incredible job and I'm sure she's immensely proud of you. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Very noble sir. Many speak of being Christian, but few demonstrate such grace. God bless you. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Your charitable gesture is admirable, and I hope that it is taken up. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Paul Douglas Keane, you have slapped the citizens of Connecticut in the face with your offer of a burial plot for the Boston Marathon bomber. Have you no respect for the residents of Connecticut and the families of his victims? Shame on you! on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
Well done. You are one of my new favorite people. Rev. Mark Sandlin on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
What would Jesus do? Exactly what you have done. Not only love your enemies but 'love one another as I have loved you'. Unfortunately, I am sure you will receive a lot of grief and negativity for your offer of the burial plot--but as a fellow Christian I think you are a shining example of what a Christian should do. Bless you. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/8/13
This reminded me of my wonderful mother. My 15 year old brother was shot and killed by my step father.My mother not only forgave him and the "church" that abandoned us but she taught us how to forgive. That was 18 years ago and I love and respect her for that, even though I was angry and couldnt understand it then. I am sadden by what the young man did, but you are right, he should be buried. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/7/13
Mr. Keane, I admire your offer to Tsarnaev's family and your reasons for it. I also made an offer to donate my VA entitlement to a burial plot with hopes that it would allow this young man's remains to be put to rest. His actions were those of an enemy of the state, however it is not up to us to judge, that is up to our maker. He is being judged by HIM, by G-D. His family deserves closure as do the families of his victims. I hope your kind and generous offer is accepted. You do your mother's memory proud and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Julie Frein on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/7/13
This is awesome! Way more effective for Christ than picketing or protesting. Blessings! on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/7/13
Love it and love you brother! This is the way of Christ. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
on 5/7/13
Heard about your offer on the News Times. I think it is awesome that you would do this. I can understand people's anger against the Tsarnaevs (of course!) but the eerie bloodlust and hate-fueled speech is too much for me. Thank you for reminding me there are some people out there who remember that we are all human, and so we will all err. But to forgive? Divine. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Heard about your offer on the News Times. I think it is awesome that you would do this. I can understand people's anger against the Tsarnaevs (of course!) but the eerie bloodlust and hate-fueled speech is too much for me. Thank you for reminding me there are some people out there who remember that we are all human, and so we will all err. But to forgive? Divine. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Your Mother must have been a Saint. She was obviously a magnificent teacher and Mother. I know she is looking down on you with a loving smile. In my (Jewish) cultural jargon, you're a mentsch. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Please don't do this. Your decision comes from a good place but it will cause a lot of people pain and unrest. Please consider the families, your fellow country men, and the fact that because there are so many people against this it could cause a security headache for the cemetary. This terrorist should go back to Russia and would probably not rest in peace if buried in American soil, the country he despised so much that he brutally murdered innocent people and maimed so many. Remember your mother in a different manner that doesn't hurt others. Thank you for reading this. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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I live in Naugatuck, and go to school in Hamden. As a Christian, I give you the absolute and fullest credit for imitating Christ, despite the "anti-foreigner" mentality our nation, state, and town is plagued with. Love thine enemy? Your mother taught you right. Tsarnaev is dead. He is no longer our enemy. This close-minded attitude that has led to protests are severely limited in nature. Do those same people protest when a child molester, rapist, or murderer is buried in their town? Anyhow, long story short. I commend you, stranger. You and the memory of your mother has been in my prayers since the news broke last night. Thank you, while your decision isn't the popular one, it sure is Christ-like. May God have pity on all those protestors who claim they are Christians, for their actions prove otherwise. John Monaco Albertus Magnus College, 2014 on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Sir, you are my hero. Your offer has given me faith there is at least one Christian on the planet who actually is one. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Here is another Christian idea. Why not offer the plot that you have to the remains of a homeless america vet that has fought for us, so that he/she may have a place to rest in peace. There are to many that have lost their lives in one way or another because of their service to our Country. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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In case my email didn't show up on the comment, it's liammpmidgley@gmail.com (I'd prefer this comment not to be posted) on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family
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Hi Paul, I want to thank you for your compassion and kindness toward the Tsarnaev family. It takes a lot of courage to make such an offer when cemetery after cemetery had denied the Tsarnaevs the right to bury their son. Along with that courage, you poses an unusual sense compassion and forgiveness -- a pairing I don't see often these days. Especially when it comes to those who have wronged us. I'm so thankful for this, we need more people like you who can forgive and be kind to fellow human beings. I hope that people will learn from you, and refrain from spewing hate over the burial of Tamerlan. If the Tsarnaev family does reach out to you and accepts your offer, I would love to help in any way I could. on * An Offer to the Tsarnaev Family


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You piece of shit!
 My dad, a WWII
 veteran is buried
in there and that
low-life doesn't
 deserve to be
anywhere near
 my dad! Do you
 realize
how devasted you
 have made families
of those buried in
 that cemetery.
Forgive, my ass!
on 5/7/13
Bless you! On
on 5/7/13
What an amazing,
 honorable thing to
do. You have my
utmost
 respect. It's good
to know there are
people like you in
 the
world who place
forgiveness and love
above hate and anger.
on 5/7/13
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God bless you, sir.
And shame on any
 "Christians" who
protest your action.
on 5/7/13
I, personally, think that
 what you are doing is a
 true show
 of Christianity. I think
 your mother would be
proud of you
 for doing this, especially
knowing that there are
 many who
wouldn't think favorably
of you. Kudos, fellow blogger.
on 5/7/13
Your mother must have
 been an exceptional,
wonderful
woman. I worry that the
 grave will be a magnet
for haters,
but I suspect that
wouldn't be an issue to
 have bothered your
mother at all. (hmm
, a little iffy on the
 tenses I used in
 that sentence!).
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No. Just, no. Look, it's
 wonderful that you want
 to turn
 the other cheek. But
 "Thou shalt not kill" is
 one of the
BIG ones, one of the
 Commandments that
 GOD wrote
 down as being
 unforgivable. If God
 won't forgive this
man, I cannot. Even as
a gay Catholic, I cannot
. As a
Mount Carmel resident,
 I find it disgusting that
this
person should be buried
in my town, near my
 mother's
 house (how you
 could
offer this person
 a place
next to
 your own mother
 astounds
 me), on the street
where my
 best friends live...
You've no right.
You've no right to
 'incite controversy".
You've no right to use
 this to
try to force people to
question their faith and the
validity thereof. This
 further fragmenting of our
already bruised and
 battered culture is
unnecessary
and, to me, as evil as
 what this person did.
 Jesus
also said to "offer alms
in silence". Should you
 have wanted to really
 "do the right thing", as a
"good Christian", you
 would have offered
up your
plot to this person in
privacy; for