I apologize for the configuration; I thought I had proofed the thing better than that. I've been through so many configurations that a bad one slipped through the cracks.
I found some other issues as well.
It turns out that looking for resources in the .ear does NOT work. That is, once I cleared up the skinny .war problem (there was indeed a jar file in the war; there shouldn't have been) then the application did not deploy.
I'm attaching another copy which I regard as the copy that I should have attached in the first place; again I'm sorry for having put one out there that wasn't proofed accurately.
Thanks again for looking into this.
[Message sent by forum member 'ljnelson']