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RAPID 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.
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MONDAY, July 16, 2018

THE PRESIDENTS TRUMP AND PUTIN SUMMIT MEETING.
This morning I watched developments and coverage on Fox News beginning at 4:30 AM and until they had both arrived for the initial one-on-one meeting at 7 AM.
The Fox coverage was informed and informative, with questions and speculations - but without answers.
By contrast, The NYTimes edition today, both domestic and interntional, announced that "Putin had already won" simply by virtue of there being a meeting. That "Grey Lady" is not only grey; she has become demented.
As one Fox journalist noted, one of the first things you learn in Journalism School is not to write the story before you have gone out and covered it.

GS

SUNDAY, July 15, 2018

RR#1

WHAT A MOTLEY CREW!

GS

Warren Is Preparing for 2020. So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders.

RR#2

AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING:
it's not about Race; it's about Common Sense.

GS

A brand new poll has Democrats in a panic

RR#3

WHO KNEW? NOT ME. FASCINATING.

GS

INTERESTING!
 
A SHOT OF WHISKEY
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.
 
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were Fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.
 
BUYING THE FARM
During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if You died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.
 
IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
 
PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the Knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".
 
RIFF RAFF
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.
 
COBWEB
The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".
 
SHIP STATE ROOMS
Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.
 
SLEEP TIGHT
Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A Straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.
 
SHOWBOAT
These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small towns along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" These did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is showboating".
 
OVER A BARREL
In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed Face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in a effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.
 
BARGE IN
Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".
 
HOGWASH
Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".
 
CURFEW
The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a "curfew".
 
BARRELS OF OIL
When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no Provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS
As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press It is hot. The expression means to get immediate Information.

SATURDAY, July 14, 2018

RR#1

WOW! WHO KNEW?
Throughout History, the British have always been brutal, on land and on sea, even with their own citizens at times.
President Trump was right when he said during his trip that he would rather have them as allies than as enemies.

GS

Our 4th Of July:
 
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of
Independence ?
 
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
 
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
 
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
 
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
 
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
 
What kind of men were they?
 
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
 
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means,
well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the
penalty would be death if they were captured.
 
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from
the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
 
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family
almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was
kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
 
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton,
Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
 
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General
Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly
urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
 
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.   The enemy jailed
his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his
wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His
fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived
in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
 
So, following your 4th of July holiday perhaps you might silently
thank these patriots for the price they paid.
 
Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well as those
patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!
 
Patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more MEANING to it than just a barbecue.

RR#2

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".

GS

I was Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's law clerk -- Let me tell you about the man I know

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018

RR#1

THANK GOD.

GS

‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

RR#2

PRESIDENT TRUMP: SPEAKING TRUTH TO LONDON FOG.
About Prime Minister May's plan to continue to deal with the EU:
"That's not what the people voted for". - RIGHT.
About England's effort to absorb, without integration, many cultures and especially Muslim culture and Sharia Law:
"They are in danger of losing their Culture". - RIGHT.
Meanwhile, the U.S. biased mainstream media and the Socialist British press have a ball timing and cherry-picking Trump's statements.
So far, with NATO and with elements of British government, Truth well - deserved...from an Ally.
Now, on to a likely no-holds-barred negotiation with President Putin.
At-A-Way, Mr. President.

GS

RR#3

NOTHING NEW OR SHOCKING HERE:
Hispanics are good, hard-working, law-abiding, family-oriented and religious people who know when they are being hustled. I have many of them as patients, a pleasure to work with.
Just so you know...

GS

Poll Just Destroyed The Blue Wave And Guarantees Trump Wins In 2020

RR#4

HERE IS ONE PART OF A TRIFECTA BEING PREPARED FOR THE PUBLIC BY CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM IN NEW LONDON:

LEDGE LIGHT, already on line for visitations;
NEW LONDON HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE, temporarily unavailable to the public, thanks to the "neighbors";

RACE ROCK, which will need work before public visits are allowed.

WE OWN ALL THREE...BUT WE NEED FUNDS FOR THEM.
PLEASE HELP!
George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D., Past President (2008 - 2016).

Small groups can now tour New London Ledge Light

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018

RR#1

SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT TO ME.
I think I'll try it.
But my son has a different take on this:
"Precisely. What used to be diagnosed as dementia is now enabled and celebrated by society."

GS



RR#2

"HOPE FOR BLACK AMERICA", BY BEN STEIN
(Newsmax, Summer, 2018, p4).
This is a "before and after" story about being Black in America, where the "after" is a work well in progress.
There has been great progress since my growing up years in the 30's through 50's in the Bronx. But, although we were "careful" in some other parts of town, the words of my father always were with me: " There's a God in every person".
My main concern today is that some members of the recent generations of Blacks have been taught and have absorbed the wrong lessons by their "leaders": regarding school, regarding personal responsibility, regarding lawful authority, regarding the central role of family, of women, of sex and child rearing, and regarding their "due" in a nation that only guarantees the "pursuit of happiness". And the abuse of the word Racism" has become a self-inflicted wound with the vast majority of fair-minded people, more than ever before.
So: don't mess up your earned upward mobility and our honest support from the other "races". Deserve it.

GS

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018

RR#1

AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT...ARROGANCE.
"Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have all that many".
Donald Tusk, European Council President.

GS

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany

NATO Summit Live Updates: Trump Pushes Allies to Increase Spending

RR#2

AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME IN THE WORK OF OUR PRESIDENT,
with consequential meetings with NATO, with England and with Putin,
we might consider the importance generally of Presidential actions, inactions and serious errors that are possible.
A highly researched book published in 2016 highlights that fact...this related to the events before, surrounding and following Pearl Harbor - even many years following that tragedy.
"A Matter Of Honor. Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, And A Family's Quest For Justice", by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (HarperCollins).
Far from putting to rest the lingering suspicions about the actions of FDR before and after the event, involving either gross incompetence at the highest levels or even active involvement in making it happen, the facts presented open the deep wounds, not only of scapegoated Admiral Husband Kimmel and his family but of the nation. In my opinion, the fact that several subsequent Presidents would not agree to revisit those facts even many decades afterwards speaks volumes about their veracity.
The "Swamp" has always existed. Only rarely has a Leader come forward to take it on.

GS

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018

RR#1



RR#2

UNLESS YOU ARE THE RIP WAN WINKLE OF CONNECTICUT,
the information in the recent article by Chris Powell will be old news to you.
"What and Who Will It Take To Stop State's Fall?" (in The Day July 10, 2018, pA4). But its value - as is always the case with this journalist's work - is its lucid and fearless exposition of the cancer metastasizing in this State.
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"

GS

MONDAY, July 9, 2018

ALTHOUGH YOU CAN'T BE SURE OF ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET,
these quotes are either true, or they will soon be uttered by a Leftist.

HAR. HAR. HAR.

GS

Amazing Swamp Creatures (PDF)


SUNDAY, July 8, 2018

RR#1

CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM: A LOT GOING ON.
Come On Down.

GS

CustomHouseMaritimeMuseum.Com

RR#2

THE OUTRAGEOUS FACTS ABOUT MANY ACTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT NEVER END.

Historically, the life of many democracies has been about 250 years.

The life of America is approaching 250 years...and the current physical and moral examination of  this patient reveals some serious diseases. Promising treatments are being applied by this Administration. The outcome of their effectiveness will be evident in the elections of 2018 and 2020. If those go the wrong way, the patient's health will enter a steep and probably irreversible decline, from which only radical surgery (ie. civil war) will save a disabled patient.

This is not hyperbole.

GS

Rush Limbaugh Nailed This One
 
Love him or hate him, he nailed this one right on the head....
 
Rush Limbaugh:
I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound....
No one is really talking about it either,
because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000....
The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million....
If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable....
 
Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs.....
If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry or die....
And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18....
When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt...
 
Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up
to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough....Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time...
Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers....
(Actually, soldiers are put in harms way by politicians and commanding officers.)
 
We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City
bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting....In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the
embassies are now asking for compensation as well.....
You see where this is going, don't you...?
Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country....It's just really sad....Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise....Now
the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing....

Make sense..?
 
However, our own U.S. Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know
that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month....
If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month....
I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now
fighting....
 
"When do we finally do something about this..?"
If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can....
How many people CAN YOU send this to...?
 
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" If we lose freedom here,
  there is no place to escape to.
  This is the last stand on earth."
 
                  Ronald Reagan
 
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"The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed."        -Ronald Reagan
 
                               God Bless America
                                                               
Keep your Powder Dry. No telling when Y'all will need it.


SATURDAY, July 7, 2018

RR#1

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT: A POTEMKIN VILLAGE.

Two statements published in The Day July 7, 2018 focus on this fact.
One is a fine Editorial entitled "Give Independent Voters The Substance They Desire".
The other is a Letter To The Editor noting the impotence of our current elected officials in making a difference.  State needs leaders who will work with the president
These statements define the nature and depth of the problem in Connecticut.
But the solution is in the hands of the electorate: sclerotic Democrats, demoralized Republicans and unengaged Independents, most of whom stay at home on Election Day.
All of these citizens must be informed, and they must be enraged by the status quo.
1) Any government run for decades by the same political party, whether Democrat or Republican - but Democrat in this case - is by definition corrupt and self-serving.
2) This Democrat government has been bought, lock, stock and barrel, by the public employee unions of the State.
3) The TRUTH about the unconscionable pension contracts - binding to the mid-2020's - by previous and current politicians must be uncovered and reported, by The Day and by all other mainstream media including ctmirror.com.
4) The STUPID positions taken by Connecticut Liberals and Leftists regarding "entitlements", "immigration" and reflexive anti-Trumpism must be made reflective of Reality, both in Connecticut and in Washington. As distinguished from the Federal Government, THIS STATE CANNOT PRINT MONEY!
5) All politicians and office holders of this State who do not get the above message should be retired at the next opportunity. THROW THE BUMS OUT!
6) The political parties, especially the Republican Party, must actively target and inform all voters, not just registered Republicans in preparation for the next elections: 2018 and 2020.

In this Nation and in this State, the People are ready for Change. Let's Change!


GS

RR#2

JUST SO YOU KNOW REGARDING NORTH KOREA:
this is the meaning of BS...and of BF (Bad Faith).
This gang will only respond with a gun to their head or to their breadbasket. God bless the poor people of that benighted country.
President Trump is right on target...with his meeting and with his plans going forward.

GS

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

RR#3

JUST IN CASE I HAVE BEEN TOO AMBIGUOUS IN MY COMMENTS TO DATE:
President Trump is my President. He is what a President of the United States should be and how he should act with other countries, whether allies, "allies" or adversaries.
"Forte e Gentile". "Strong and Gentle".
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

GS

Trump makes Brexit deal 'priority' ahead of UK trip

RR#4



RR#5

"LIFE IS A BANQUET, AND MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO DEATH."
So spoke Auntie Mame in the 1958 movie that immortalized the adopted aunt of bohemian types in Greenwich Village many decades earlier.
That observation is still accurate today...especially if you don't read the weekly Saturday "Review" section of the WSJ.
Here I draw reference to just two of the several excellent articles in the July 7, 2018 publication.
PS: Spare prose is the way to go.

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 5 and 6, 2018

ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY OPINIONS."
GS

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, July 3 and 4, 2018

RR#1

"40 STRAIGHT GALLUP POLLS:
Majority Says Abortion Should Be Illegal In All Or Most Cases",
by Terence P. Jeffreys (cnsnews.com, July 3, 2018).

ROE V. WADE (1973) was an abomination, then and now, unsupported in Medicine, in Law and in Ethics. It was and is raw politics, the 800 lb. gorilla sitting where it wants to sit. It could be over-ruled at any time as unconstitutional.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

GS

RR#2

"A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: HILLARY CLINTON!
Now pay attention, you "deplorables".

GS

Hillary Clinton Said The Five Words That Killed Any Chance Of A Blue Wave In 2018

RR#3

'LEST WE FORGET...WHAT WE NEVER KNEW UNTIL NOW.

GS

Bombshell Court Filing Has James Comey Running For His Life

MONDAY, July 2, 2018

RR#1

THIS MAN AT THIS TIME IS THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.

GS

Trey Gowdy Turned The Mueller Investigation Upside Down With This Speech

RR#2

AND ITALY MADE IT FINALLY HAPPEN: A RETURN TO SANITY.
Meanwhile, south of our southern border, where many thousands are assassinated yearly, where the vast majority of the people have been kept in permanent serfdom by the 1% elite, and where during this recently concluded Mexican election campaign at all levels hundreds of candidates have been killed, the idiots on the Left north of the border demand a veritable end to the border. You can't make this stuff up.

GS

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

SUNDAY, July 1, 2018

MORE TO REMEMBER ABOUT SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN.
We already know about the other RINOS.
See: "Senate Fails To Repeal ObamaCare" (in ctmirror.org, July 1, 2018 and dated July 28, 2017 - by Ana Radelat).
In the macro world, health care delivery in America is in steady decline, largely as a result of the legislative and regulatory morass produced by the attacks of ObamaCare on reality.
In the micro world, as any recent patient well knows, it's a jungle out there - with every patient needing an advocate (good physician, family, friend) who will ask questions, probe, and kick ass when necessary to protect his or her charge.
It does not have to be that way. Health care delivery is not rocket science.
This, from a practicing physician in my 61st year of medical practice - who has been writing about this for decades. See the articles and publications on the subject on my web-site (asthma.drsprecace.com).

GS



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