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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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SUNDAY, July 5, 2020

RR#1

AMERICANS, BE OBSERVANT...AND  BEWARE.

GS

Former WH Physician On The Truth About Joe Biden’s “Cognitive Tests”

The Strategies of Dementia Politics

RR#2

DESPERATE. DELUSIONAL. DISINTEGRATING. DEFEAT.
President Trump is an Existential Threat to this gang.
 
See: "President Trump's Plan To Maintain Presidency" ,by Robert Reich (in The Day June 29, 2020).

GS

RR#3

THE LOCKDOWN: JUST SO YOU KNOW,
Just use Common Sense, that's all.

GS

Dr. Oz: Lockdowns Killing Far More Than Infected

RR#4

TO BELIEVE, OR NOT TO BELIEVE: THAT IS THE QUESTION.
I believe.

GS

More good news...

The story of Tom Zimmer, prayerful Catholic devotee,

who lived in Loreto, Italy....and made prophetic remarks to a
friend (Dr.Curran from Mass.) about the future of Donald Trump
as early as 1983 and his role in helping America be more centered on God.
You all may have seen this. It is published by Catholic reporters
at LifeSite news.
Enjoy and share with those who may need to hear it.
Hope you also heard President Trump's Mt.Rushmore speech!

President Trump will ‘lead America back to God,’ according to 1983 prophecy

RR#5

Just Explain This!

1. Rioters and protesters tore down the monuments to Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, and the statue of Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Spanish Missions in California. The monument to Christopher Columbus in NYC was defaced as was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The New York Museum of Natural History just decided to remove the statue of Teddy Roosevelt, which has stood at the entrance of the museum since 1940.
 
It seems that young revolutionaries want to rewrite our history, but how is that possible? You cannot erase history; you can only learn from it. George Santayana once wrote, “ those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it .” So, I am wondering, if we consciously try to erase history and rewrite it as we believe it should have been, how will we ever learn of the mistakes we made in the past so that they will not be made again? But here's a thought: Why not get back to teaching history instead of advocacy in schools?
 
2. So, if a police officer shoots a criminal after being assaulted by that criminal, it is the cop’s fault, but if a criminal shoots someone, it’s the gun’s fault? Help me understand that, please.
 
3. I am probably old-fashioned, but it has been my experience that police typically leave you alone if you are not doing illegal stuff. So here is another thought: How about teaching our kids to be responsible for their actions and respect police, adults, and senior citizens? This is a process that begins in the home.
 
4. Does Black Lives Matter (BLM) include aborted black babies, murdered black police officers, black on black killings, or does BLM respond only when a white police officer kills a black man or woman?
 
5. So, now the classic movie Gone with the Wind has been removed, and high school students no longer are asked to read the  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.. They are banished from school curricula. That is sad and a significant loss from an educational perspective.
 
Does anyone remember Hattie McDaniel? She was the first black American actress to win an Oscar for her performance in - wait for it - Gone with the Wind. Is her name and performance now cast aside and gone forever because of the new revolutionaries telling us what we can and cannot read or see?
 
6. Rest in Peace Aunt Jemimah (1893-2020) and Uncle Ben (1943-2020). Cause of death: Liberal Stupidity. Whatever happened to Common Sense?
 
7. Why would President Barack Hussein Obama have a Presidential Library? What the hell would it contain?
 
8. In the last four years, can you name any piece of legislation, any program that benefited America and Americans coming from the Democrats? What exactly have they done over the last four years? Come to think of it, Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for President and former VP under Barack Hussein Obama, is an enigma. He has been in government 51 years! What exactly has he done for America and Americans in all those years? What is his platform?
 
9. The Prophet Mohammed was a pedophile, murderer, and slave trader. Why are there no riots to burn down mosques? How about the Pyramids of Egypt? Slaves built them. Why are there no riots and efforts to destroy these? Ditto for The Great Wall of China.
 
10. Maybe its just me, but if I have a problem with my faucets, drains, or showers, I call a plumber to help. If I have a question about taxes, I call my accountant. If I have a fever or upset stomach, I call my doctor. But if I want advice on politics or economics or international relations, I would not be inclined to call Lebron James or any other athlete. How about you?
 
11. I read where Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was laughing, and high-fiving people for scamming the Trump Rally in Oklahoma and having teens and others register for advance tickets to it and not show up. Fascinating! But here’s a question: If these liberal democrats can do this, what will they do with mail-in voting?
 
12. I find it ironic and a bit humorous that the very first thing the insurrectionist wanna-be tough guys who took over a six square block segment of Seattle did was - wait for it - build a wall! Why did they do that? (Don’t answer, I think I figured it out)
 
13. I read earlier today that rioters in California tore down the statue of Ulysses S. Grant, former President and General, who defeated the Confederacy and wreaked havoc on the KKK in South Carolina. He was vehemently opposed to slavery.
 
Wonder what he did so wrong as to elicit the ire of the mob? Could it be that the mob was not so concerned about Blacks but more concerned about simply tearing down everything to do with America?
 
Makes you really wonder about just what BLM and Antifa stand for, doesn’t it? And who the hell oversees these well-orchestrated riots?
 
You see, a mob has a leader, so who is the leader? George Soros? Barack Hussein Obama and OFA? Someone is calling the shots to undermine our way of life. I’d really like to know. Wouldn’t you? And how about Robert Byrd who was a grand wizard in the KKK and a Democrat Senator for 40 years- and nobody mentions that!
 
14. Sometimes I find myself wondering why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets when we can’t seem to find intelligent life right here on Mother Earth?
 
15. Someone needs to explain to me why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 57,000 COVID-19 deaths, and the media reports over 120,000 deaths. Why the disparity?
 
Equally, I would like to know the distinction between those who died from COVID-19 and those who died with COVID-19.
 
Am I just not smart enough to understand these things?
 
But here is what I do understand and for which I need no explanation:
Americans live in the greatest country on planet earth, and I have been all over this world so I can make that statement.
 
We the People have the most excellent medical care in the world.
 
We the People earned more Nobel Prizes than any nation earth by a factor of ten.
 
We the People have pioneered the exploration of space and are innovators in technology.
 
We the People have accumulated more wealth and prosperity than any other country on the globe and have the highest standard of living known to man.
 
We the People have abolished slavery, prevailed in two World Wars, and saved Europe twice in the 20th century. Instead of reaping the spoils of war, we invested in rebuilding Europe and Japan in the aftermath of the devastation of WWII. And we did all of this in 244 years as compared to other nations whose histories go back millennia!
 
America is a free country and, if you don’t like it here, you don’t need to destroy other people’s property and businesses to satisfy your primal, uncontrolled emotions, nor do you have to tear down our historical monuments. You can pack up and leave.
 
I'm just guessing about this, but I bet if I looked carefully, I would not see any anchors on your ass keeping you here.
 
We will be celebrating Independence Day, the Birthday of our Nation. It is a golden opportunity to put aside personal differences and salute the fact that we all wake up every day as free men and women thanks to those who paid the ultimate price for that privilege.
 
Happy Birthday, America!
 

SATURDAY, July 4, 2020

RR#1

What is Love?

What Love means to 4-8 year old kids...

Slow down for three minutes to read this.

A group of professional people
posed this question
to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds ,
'What does love mean?'
The answers they got were broader, deeper,
and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined !
See what you think:

'When my grandmother
got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint
her toenails anymore.. So my
grandfather does it for her all the time , even
when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'
Rebecca- age 8

'When someone loves you , the
way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name
is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume
and a boy puts on shaving cologne
and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5

'Love is when you go out to eat
and give somebody most of your French fries
without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile
when you're tired.'
Terri -age 4

'Love is when my
mommy makes coffee for my daddy and
she takes a sip before giving it to him , to
make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 8

'Love is what's in the room with
you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and just listen.'
Bobby - age 7
(Wow!)

'If you want to learn to love better ,
you should start with a friend who you hate. '
Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on
this planet)

'Love is when
you tell a guy you like his shirt,
then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle- age 7

'Love is like a little
old woman and a little old man who are still
friends even after they know each other so well.'
Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital , I was
on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the
people watching me and saw my daddy waving and
smiling.
He was the only one doing that.
I wasn't scared anymore.'
Cindy - age 8

'My mommy loves me
more than anybody
You don't see anyone else
kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mommy
gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mommy
sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and
still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'
Chris - age 7

'Love is when your puppy licks
your face even after you left him
alone all day.'
Mary Ann - age 4

'I know my older sister loves me
because she gives me all her old clothes
and has to go out and buy new ones.'
Lauren - age 4

'When you love somebody , your
eyelashes go up and down and little
stars come out of you.' (what an image)
Karen - age 7

'Love is when Mommy
sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think
it's gross..'
Mark - age 6

'You really shouldn't say
'I love you' unless you mean it.
But if you mean it,
you should say it a lot. People forget.'
Jessica - age 8

And the final one:

The winner was a four year old child
whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry , the
little boy went into the old
gentleman's yard , climbed onto his
lap , and just sat there.
When his
Mother asked what he had said to the
neighbor , the little boy said ,
'Nothing , I just helped him cry'


RR#2

AMERICA AND RUSSIA AND "BOUNTIES".
Here are the facts, which we all should recall, and which hypocritical Democrats and fellow-travelers choose to ignore while feeding their "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

See: "Russia Denies Paying Bounties, But Some Say The U.S. Had it Coming", by Higgins and Kramer (in NTimes July 4, 2020).

The reality is that America and Russia will continue to inhabit this Earth as long as there is an Earth, generally as adversaries and competitors and occasionally as allies when mutually advantageous. That reality Requires interaction at all times, at some level. Those who deny that are cynics or fools, or both. And then there is the Military-Industrial Complex, alive and well.

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 2 and 3, 2020

RR#1

THIS IS TOTALLY WRONG, ON MANY LEVELS.
And I certainly believe the Nurses over the Suits in this story.

To All Patients And Potential Patients...which means all of us:
the delivery of Health Care at all levels had changed even before the Pandemic. Any patient now needs to be a very active Advocate for him-or herself...or needs to have an effective Advocate - who will rattle the cage if necessary - to be heard and to be treated properly. Do not defer to the "higher authority" when you suspect or Know that you are not being properly considered.
This is not a conspiracy. It's just the way it is now, for many inter-related reasons. But don't tolerate it. Your health and life may be at risk.

GS

Nurses Strike: 'It's Not Safe for Patients'

RR#2

POWERFUL AND TRUE.

GS

Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Racism

RR#3

BEAUTIFUL...AND TOTALLY REMEMBERED.

GS

A very special age group
 
Interesting Facts:                                                                                                                                   
Born in the 1930s to the mid-40s, we exist as a very special age group.

We are the smallest group of children born since the early 1900s.
 
We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war that rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
 
We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.
 
We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.
 
We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available.
 
We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.
 
We  are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.
 
We  saw the 'boys' home from the war, build their little houses.
 
We  are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead, we imagined what we heard on the radio.
 
As  we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood "playing outside”.
 
There  was no little league.
 
There  was no city playground for kids.
 
The  lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.
 
On  Saturday afternoons, the movies gave us newsreels sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
 
Telephones  were one to a house, often shared (party lines) and hung on the wall in the kitchen (no cares about privacy).
 
Computers  were called calculators, they were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ribbon
 
The  'INTERNET’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that did not exist.
 
Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on our radio in the evening by Gabriel Heatter and later Paul Harvey.
 
As  we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
 
The  G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.
 
VA  loans fanned a housing boom.
 
Pent up  demand coupled with new installment payment plans opened many factories for work.
 
New  highways would bring jobs and mobility.
 
The  veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
 
The  radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands.
 
Our  parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.
 
We  weren't neglected, but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus.
 
They  were glad we played by ourselves until the street lights came on.
 
They  were busy discovering the post war world.
 
We  entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed, enjoyed ourselves and felt secure in our future though depression poverty was deeply remembered.
 
Polio  was still a crippler.
 
We  came of age in the 50s and 60s.
 
The Korean War  was a dark passage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks for Air-Raid training.
 
Russia  built the “Iron Curtain” and China  became Red China ..
 
We  are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland.   The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, “global  warming”, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.
 
Only our generation  can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. lived through both.
 
We  grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better....
 
We are "The Last Ones".  More than 99 % of us are either retired or deceased, and we feel privileged to have “lived in the best of times"!

RR#4

"TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED".
Now, apart from common sense actions like social distancing, masks when within contact and avoidance of unnecessary group gatherings...
HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

GS

California Declares War on Church People

RR#5

THIS IS LEADERSHIP...NOT CRAVEN POLITICS.

GS

Trump: Tough Executive Order Has Safeguarded 'the National Dream'

RR#6

"BASTA".
That's the Italian word for "Enough"!
And that's my decision, at least for now, regarding spoon-feeding my readers with the many excellent articles and editorials that appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal. Indeed, the WSJ has long effectively taken the title "newspaper of record" from the journalisticly abandoned New York Times.
So, if you want to leave the realm of the "great unwashed" and unknowing, Please Read The Wall Street Journal for yourself.
The only exception I will make to providing articles in this section from that source will be relating to the Covid -19 Pandemic, about which I have been writing since early March. That is not only a political hot-spot, unfortunately, but it is also in my field of medical practice.
Thus, I offer now two articles on this subject:
1) "The Coronavirus Credibility Gap", by Joseph A. Ladapo ( in WSJ July 2, 2020, Opinion, pA17);
2) "An Old Vaccine May Help Against Covid", by Gallo and Arbess (in WSJ July 1, 2020, Opinioin, pA17).
Please. It won't hurt.

GS


WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2020

COVID-19, AN INFLAMMATORY SYSTEM OUT OF CONTROL, AND STEROIDS: FINALLY.
It should have been a "no-brainer" a long time ago.

GS

Early Short Course Methylprednisolone in Patients With COVID-19
Methylprednisolone Therapy in Severe Patients With COVID-19
Successful Use of Methylprednisolone for Treating Severe COVID-19
Methylprednisolone Can Improve Outcome in Severe Cases of COVID-19



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