A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy
Associates of New
RESPONSE...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.
It will offer
fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by
day, in this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to
be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge
that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental
or military campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission
will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real
politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to
be pro-active. That's all I promise.
THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: OPTICS VS. FACTS. With the entire mainstream Media against this President, the optics will always resemble a circus mirror. But these are the facts. Do they matter now? Will they matter in 2020? YOU BET!
ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING... Public
Education in this country, especially in the major cities - populated
by those families and children who most need it - is a DISASTER. I have been writing about this for two decades, published mainly in the "Public Education Politics" section of this web site. Now comes more evidence. See: "An Education Horror Show" (WSJ Editorial, July 8, pA16). Then
see the report in the Weekly Standard "Report on the incident at
Middlebury College", emblematic of similar scenes going on on college
campuses throughout the country. "Unable
to speak over the incessant jeers, (Charles) Murray was escorted out of
the room, only to see the protests turn violent. The crowd pounded on
the car he entered, rocked it back and forth, and climbed onto the
hood. The professor escorting him ended up in the hospital."
is equally a disaster is the recurring overwhelming political support
given to the Democratic Party, a wholly - owned subsidiary of the
National Teachers Unions, by Blacks and other minorities - the main
victims of this bastardization of public education. IDIOCY AND FAILURE
OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. What a Shame.
THANK YOU, MR. BIDEN, FOR OUTLINING AMERICA'S "GREAT LEAP BACKWARD". Thank you...but No Thanks.
"PEOPLE DON'T LIKE HIS STYLE". "UNPRESIDENTIAL". HOGWASH!. I
was in favor of President Trump's tweeting from the outset...as the
only way to get his story and facts out despite the media iron curtain.
Here's is most recent evidence of that fact.
The sons of the father of Fox News are now also going rogue. But: "The Truth Will Make You Free".
"PEPPERIDGE FARM REMEMBERSHHS". And i consider all those young wippersnappers deprived.
1961: Long hair 2019: Longing for hair
1961 : KEG 2019 : EKG
1961 : Acid rock 2019 : Acid reflux
1961 : Moving to California because it’s cool. 2019 : Moving to Arizona because it’s warm.
1961 : Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor. 2019 : Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor .
1961 : Seeds and stems 2019: Roughage
1961 : Hoping for a BMW. 2019 : Hoping for a BM.
1961 : Going to a new, hip joint. 2019 : Getting a new hip joint.
1961 : Rolling Stones 2019 : Kidney Stones
1961 : Disco 2019 : Costco
1961 : Parents begging you to get your hair cut. 2019 : Children begging you to get their heads shaved.
1961 : Passing the driver’s test. 2019 : Passing the vision test.
1961 : Whatever 2019 : Depends
in case you weren’t feeling too old yet, the following will certainly
change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts
together a list to try to give faculty a sense of the Mindset of that
year’s incoming freshmen.
Here’s this year’s list:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 2000. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up. Their lifetime has always included AIDS. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic. The CD was introduced 9 years before they were born. They have always had an answering machine. They have always had cable. They cannot fathom not having a remote control. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are. They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from. They never heard: “Where's the Beef?", “I’d walk a mile for a Camel”, or "de plane, Boss, de plane" They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is. McDonald’s never came in Styrofoam containers. They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.
PARENTS, THIS IS SERIOUS. There
are too many sedentary, I-Phone addicted, overweight kids. Especially
with a family history of Diabetes, these are their prospects even
before they enter adulthood. Sad. This most be a Call To Action.
1) The Fentanyl "crisis" is not hyperbole. This is bad and getting worse. See the very informative article in ctmirror.org, June 30, 2019. The life you save may be that of your child or grandchild.
2) Should "Chronic Pain" be a category added to those conditions warranting access to Medical Marijuana? I
agree with the psychiatrist from Yale: "a very broad and poorly defined
clinical entity". Also likely a back door entry to "recreational
3) A subject with both medical and fairness implications relates to "transgender" athletes. See recent articles in The Day by Lee Elci and by Amby Burfoot. How about a little common sense here?
4) A recent article in The Day discusses the history - and the plight - of "cadet nurses" in the WWII US Cadet Nurse Corps.
Former President Harry Truman reportedly said that "cadet nurses should
be compensated as other military veterans are." As is so often the
case, our politicians "can be counted on to do the right thing...when
everything else fails".
5) In the often fluid and
sometimes stormy atmosphere that is international relations, where
today's ally can be tomorrow's adversary, America should not be selling
the products of our military and scientific efforts "just to make a
buck" - or many billions of bucks as is the case. Besides the ability
to turn our weapons against us, reverse engineering is a certainty. See
the recent article in The Day about our problems with Turkey and India.
6) Trying to "turn a silk purse into a sow's ear". Leave it to
the Washington Post, the AP, and regrettably our own The Day to
denigrate an excellent and unifying Washington July 4th celebration...just because President Trump was part of it. You delusionals: GET OVER IT. YOU LOST!
A REGUAR GUY?
least it’s comforting to
learn that some others find
themselves in the same dilemma.
used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . . I was born white,
which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist;
I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobic;
I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business;
I am a Christian, which now labels me as an infidel;
I am older than 70, which makes me a useless old man;
think and I reason, therefore I doubt much that the main stream media
tells me, which must make me a reactionary;
I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive culture, which makes me a xenophobe;
value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and
the legal system, which makes me a right-wing
I believe in hard work, fair
play, & fair compensation according to each individual's merits,
which today makes me an anti-socialist;
believe in the defense and protection of the homeland for and by all
citizens, which now makes me a militant;
Recently, a woman called me and my friends a “basket of deplorables”;
Please help me come to terms with the new me... because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!
would like to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these
abrupt, new found changes in my life and my thinking - I just can't
imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly.
Funny... it's all just taken place over the last 7 or 8 years.
And, as if all this crap wasn't enough to deal with, I'm now afraid to go into either restroom...
MEDICAL ALERT: ADD THIS TO YOUR LIST OF POLITICS AND POLITICIANS that can be dangerous to your health.
Wouldn't this be nice to see this in all the U.S. newspapers and on all the major TV networks?
‘They Don’t Even TRY’: Hungary’s New Border Fence called a ‘Spectacular Success’......
who believe a border wall will not stop illegals from entering the
United States may want to look at what’s happening in Hungary.
the day its border fence was completed, the influx of illegals entering
Hungary went down from 6,353 per day to 870 the next. For the remainder
of that month, illegal border crossings were steadily below 40 per day,
“They don’t even try,” a local border
guard told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We haven’t had a single
Muslim migrant in six months.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s pledge to stop illegals from flowing into the country appears to be a spectacular success.
96-mile long, 14-foot tall double-line fence includes several layers of
razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks. The barrier features
cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re
about to break Hungarian law if they as much as touch the fence, the DC
Nearly every police officer in Hungary is
part of a rotation to monitor the border fence at all
times. Temporary military bases house the police while they do their
Additionally, Hungary will train and pay more than 1,000 volunteers to deploy as “border hunters”.
who are caught are arrested and dropped off on the Serbian side of the
fence. They don’t get a chance to apply for asylum unless they do so at
a “transit zone” where they are held in housing containers while their
cases get processed, the report said.
In September 2016,
thousands of migrants streamed across the border every day as they made
their way north to Austria, Germany and Scandinavia.
“It was an invasion,” Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of Asotthalom, told the Daily Caller.
“Illegal immigration is a crime in a normal country. It’s not a normal thing to break into a country.”
mid-year it was well beyond 100,000 people who came across,” said
Zoltan Kovacs, a spokesman for the Hungarian government. “You should at
least have the ability to handle what’s going on.”
added: “You might not like it, it’s not a nice thing, but … the only
way to stop illegal border crossings is to first build a fence, man it,
equip it, and also, in parallel, build up your capabilities in terms of
legal confines, legal circumstances to be able to handle what is
It’s no surprise the mainstream U.S. media
refuses to report this story to the American public. Can you imagine
how support for a Southern border wall would spike if they could hear
With illegal crossings into the United States exceeding 140,000 in the month of May 2019, the
Democrats who encourage and invite this should be ashamed of
themselves. Do you realize that the number of illegal border
crossings in May alone exceeds that of the Allied invasion of
France on D-Day?
ANOTHER EDITION OF POT POURRI, aka "All the actual factual news on which I have an informed opinion."
start with "the news". Do you often have a sneaking suspicion - or an
actual conviction - that you are being stroked...or actually lied to?
You're right, and it's much worse than you thought. See: "UNFREEDOM OF
THE PRESS", by Mark Levin (Threshold Editions, 2019).
Catholic Church is a Religion of Divine Revelations...and of
human traditions - some of the latter going back 2,000 years. A
very old human tradition that rests on a tender reed, in my opinion, is
that of the celibacy of its Clergy. Please read the following article
on this subject. And then tell me if I missed something. See: "Catholics Debate The Future Of Priestly Celibacy", by Francis X Rocca (in WSJ June 29-30, 2019, Review).
of the best articles regarding our National Birthday is already
published In Toto herein, from the Washington Times, July 1, 2019. One
of the worst was published in The Day as a Editorial, July 4, 2019. One
of the best events was the presentation by President Trump at the
Lincoln Memorial - unless you read many of the mainstream media screeds
on the subject. Surprised?
Until the last few decades, the
motto of the U.S. Coast Guard, "Semper Paratus", was translated as
"always forgot us". No more. Thus, the Coast Guard Academy has an
honored place among the residents of New London, Ct. That is why
several current story lines deserve attention. 1) Sexual Harassment
allegations: there should be Zero Tolerance for such actions. 2) "More
Diversity": sure, so long as all applicants meet the same academic,
physical and moral qualifications. 3) The hazing miseries of "Swab
Summer", common to all military academies. I have always thought that
was a waste of time and a serious loss through resignation of many
highly motivated students (approaching 40% at times and in some
academies). There are better ways to achieve the same goals.
THIS IS SERIOUS: THE ANTIFA MOB ATTACKS RECENTLY IN PORTLAND, OREGON.
Outrageous actions like this, and the reported order by Portland's
mayor for the police to stand down instead of effectively suppressing
such illegal action, invite other people and groups take the law into
their own hands - also violently. In a societal climate long simmering,
it would not take many more of such events to produce a boil long point
before the crucial 2020 election.
And don't assume that only the Leftist delusionals are inflamed. The
"Silent Majority" is watching and listening...and it has about "had it
up to here".
FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC - AND ESPECIALLY FOR PHYSICIANS WHO ARE AT
GREATER RISK -
this should serve as an important warning about their vulnerable health
in these very stressful times.
There are various kinds of stressors for all of us. But the worst is
RESENTMENT, a psychologic acid born of lack of control over one's life
and labors. That is the stressor that will result in cancer and sudden
Physicians were not self-selected to become impotent victims of the
world around them. They require significant Control over their work in
order to be effective, in their work and in their lives.
I am describing you and your situation...get the hell out of there
while you still have your health, your family, your self-image, and
your effectiveness as a care-giver. The First Rule Service is Survival.
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
As the Leftists clowns and their enfeebled erstwhile moderate Democrats
make fools of themselves,
President Trump makes history and pushes toward Peace. The reckoning
will come in November, 2020.
WORTH LAUDING --
--- from Heritage Foundation:
This week, as Americans commemorate Independence Day and the creation
of the most free, most prosperous nation on earth, we will inevitably
hear from those who say there’s no reason to celebrate a country where
not everyone gained their freedom or their equality in 1776. They will
say that a nation stained with the evil of slavery, a nation that once
refused women and blacks the right to vote or hold property, isn’t a
nation worth lauding.
As a woman and as a black person who lived through segregation, I have
experienced both the inequality and the opportunity of this nation. As
a student of history and as someone who works with governments around
the world, I know how women and minorities are treated in other
societies compared to the United States. Because of these experiences,
I want to tell you exactly why America is worth celebrating.
Despite their flawed nature as human beings, our Founders laid out
principles for forming a nation based on humanity’s highest ideals.
Nowhere else on earth had that ever been done before. Those founding
principles have guided this nation and created a framework that allows
society to recognize the error of its ways. The fact is, we
abolished slavery. We even fought a war over it. We ultimately
recognized women’s and minorities’ right to vote, to own property, and
to have the full and equal rights of any other citizen. We have
endeavored through our laws and our actions to eradicate the unequal
treatment and marginalization of fellow Americans because of their
ethnicity, religion, politics, or other characteristics.
July 4, 1776 — and the principles that day epitomized — began the
foundation for a nation that would right its own wrongs. The
unfortunate reality is that we had to grow into our principles. The
Founders knew what we aspired to be, but the country wasn’t there yet
and even today, we still have a ways to go. In fact, every Founder
admitted in his writings that slavery contradicted the equality
principle of the Declaration of Independence. They knew that it would
be a journey for us to fully realize our ideals, but they set a course
for achieving them, and every generation since has been working to
advance them. That’s what has made America the unique and wonderful
nation that it is.
I love America not only because we’ve grown to rectify many of our
wrongs, but also because we’ve been an incredibly positive force for
good. We’ve built a free and prosperous nation where anyone has the
opportunity to thrive and live out their dreams. We’ve also shared that
gift with the world, helping others to achieve the same.
Despite that success, we continue to hear from the “America is
irreparably flawed” crowd that our freedom and free market system only
bring opportunity to the wealthy and well connected. They claim that
the system just makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The reality is exactly the opposite: Capitalism has done more to lift
people out of poverty than any other economic system in history. Plain
and simple, over the last 25 years, it has been free markets that have
cut the global poverty rate by two thirds. In the United States, every
segment of the population — including women, minorities, and even the
lowest income earners — have seen their incomes rise and their
Realizing that people around the world deserve the same blessings of
freedom and prosperity that we have, Americans work through our
government, non-profits, and private charities to spread these
blessings to other countries. We’ve even helped others fight for their
very freedom — from both world wars to peacekeeping missions around the
world. Despite the leftists who call our nation imperialist, when we
help other countries defeat tyrants or repel invaders, we don’t use the
opportunity to conquer them and build an empire. Rather, we help them
to rebuild and become self-sufficient.
These are all proofs of a nation reaching for its highest ideals. While
it took too long to correct many of America’s early injustices, and
while we will always be a work in progress, our founding principles
themselves created the framework that has allowed us to solve some of
our biggest issues. While not perfect, we are a great force for good
that works to bring freedom, prosperity, and that problem-solving
ability to our own land and to others that want to replicate them. This
is all part of what we are celebrating on Independence Day. Alexis de
Tocqueville said admiringly of America, “The greatness of America lies
not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her
ability to repair her faults.” His words still ring true almost 200
years later. So, on this Independence Day, I encourage you to
join me in watching fireworks, eating hot dogs and apple pie, proudly
celebrating America, and continuing to work toward the vision of the
nation our Founders thought we could be. Happy Independence
-- -- This op-ed first appeared in The
Washington Times on Monday, July 1, 2019.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN POLITICS - UNTIL THE VOTING: "A chicken in every pot. A car in every garage".
ON THIS NATIONAL BIRTHDAY, WE SHOULD CONSIDER THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS
OUR GREATEST NATIONAL PROBLEM...
not China, not Russia, not North Vietnam, not Iran or Afghanistan.
And our greatest enemy now is the Leftist Democratic party.
Send them a message in November, 2020.
New Diversity in Congress Several
months ago, the 116th Congress was sworn in, and all day long, the
media was fawning over
the “remarkable diversity” of the new Democrat members. It
was a day of “firsts,” we were told repeatedly.
the new Democrat majority offers many members of note, we want to
highlight a few “firsts” who
are examples of the “diversity” that was sworn in then.
ARE OUR TOP MOST “DIVERSE” HOUSE FRESHMEN:
Ilhan Omar ·
The first person who married her brother to commit immigration fraud
ever to be elected to
Congress. Omar is also the first open supporter of
female genital mutilation to ever be
elected to Congress. Such amazing diversity!
Rashida Tlaib One
of the first Muslim Brotherhood-linked and anti-Semitic candidates to
be elected to
Congress. She also
claims to be a Palestinian – not American. Wonders
never cease. Also
has potty mouth using the term "mother f***er" for the president.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ·
Where do we even begin?
Let’s just say she is the first person elected to Congress who lied
about being from the Bronx, and
thus, made up her life story. She’s
also an overt Marxist, in case you forgot.
Abigail Spanberger ·
The first substitute teacher from an Islamist school (nicknamed “Terror
High”) ever to
be elected to Congress.
. Donna Shalala ·
Rep. Shalala was HHS Secretary from 1993 to 2001 under Bill Clinton and
worked from 2015
to 2017 at the Clinton Foundation, and in 2016 she admitted in an
interview that some significant
Clinton Foundation donors received “courtesy
appointments” in the Clinton State
top it off, apparently she can’t let go of politics: at 78,
she’s the oldest female House freshman
The first bi-sexual atheist to be sworn into Congress.
She refused to take the oath of office on the Holy Bible.
are just a few examples of the “firsts” that the media has been
who apparently show an open disdain and animosity for America as we’ve known
it for over 200 years.