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.
think that the 21st century has been pretty bad so far? You're right,
but this is just History repeating itself. Check out "Misfortunes
Multiplied", by Richard White, describing America in the later 19th
century. "Corruption suffused government and the economy. It was not a
distortion of the system but the system's lifeblood".
inhabitants of our system of Higher Education are even worse than we
have imagined. Read "Higher Education's Deeper Sickness", by John M.
Ellis, PhD., in WSJ Opinion, November 14, 2017, pA21. "The exclusion of
any last trace of contrary opinion is not only acknowledged but
affirmed...Extremism and Demagoguery win out." Only a broadbased Revolt
by those who pay the bills and who accredit these institutions of lower
learning can reverse this takeover.
Watch out for a coming
takeover of the world. "The Computer That Could Rule The World",
by Arthur Herman, in WSJ Oct. 28-29, 2017, Opinion, pA13. This is NOT
science fiction, but science already here.
Global Warming is
really not in question. What is in question is the degree of
contribution of human activity to that trend, and what we can do about
it without committing a slow suicide, faster than in some area of the
world than in others. See: "Melting Permafrost In The Arctic Is
Unlocking Diseases And Warping The Landscape", in VOX.com, 9/6/2017.
HUMAN RIGHTS AMID HUMAN WRONGS. The world is today drowning in a
sea of blood from innocent victims trapped in their malign countries.
And many of these countries are situated in parts of the world that are
of critical importance to the interests and safety of America. As has been said many times: "A nation does not have friends; it has Interests". In
this situation, the public promotion of human rights, so important to
the Western World and so much less important to the rest of the world,
must take second place to America's own interests and safety. "America
First" is not just a slogan; it is an obligation to our families...and
also to those innocents who seek our help. An example. Russians
look and dress like Occidentals. They are not. They are Orientals,
wedded to the subordination of the individual to the needs of community
and government. President Trump is working to restore respect for
the power and influence of America in a dangerous world...a reputation
seriously eroded by the actions and inactions of the previous
administration. Only in that way can America protect itself and hope to
extend Human Rights to others.
IN A NATION THAT HAS BECOME FILLED WITH LILLIPUTIANS, WHERE ARE THE GULLIVERS? All of the talk about Tax Reform stresses those who may pay higher taxes or lose benefits. What about the resultant GROWTH? It
is only through national business and economic growth, including fair
dealings with foreign competitors, that this nation can right our
foundering ship. And YES, WE ARE FOUNDERING. America almost lost World War ll in the early years. America could well lose a world war in our current state. "The
Business of America is Business", as "Engine Charlie Wilson" used to
say. Well, let's get on with it, starting with massive Tax Reform. Gulliver: GET UP!
RR#3 ABOUT ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN CLINICAL MEDICINE: "True, True, and Related", an excellent exposition. And may I add: I Told You So, about 8 years ago. I
do not use EHR'S in my clinical practice. And I am penalized 2-4% of my
Medicare payments per year for that decision. My patients are just fine.
FINALLY, THE WORD FROM THE MEDICAL "ON HIGH" AGREES WITH THOSE OF US
WHO HAVE BEEN TREATING HYPERTENSION AGGRESSIVELY FOR MANY DECADES.
And we even had to go through the period about three years ago when
some cost-conscious "gurus" proposed 160 mm Hg. as a good BP for the
Essential Hypertension is the most important, most prevalent and most
easily treated of the many chronic diseases that beset us, most often
at a relatively early age. This is especially true if there is a family
history of hypertension. The alternatives to good BP control are
stroke, heart disease, dementia and a shortened and uncomfortable life
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
MAGNIFICENT BASTARD, I READ YOUR BOOK".
That declaration by George C. Scott as Patton in the great movie
encapsulates my reaction to the information reported in the following
article (www.ctmirror.org, 11.10, 2017):
"Senate Tax Bill Would Have Big Impact On CT Homeowners, Small
This refers to the proposed elimination of both the property tax
deduction and the deductions for State and local income taxes.
If the swamp creatures in Washington want no change in the current Tax
Code that has for decades greatly benefited them and their lobbyists,
this is the way to do it. These provisions and the entire reform effort
will die aborning.
"Too Machiavelian", you say. Don't kid yourself.
"DON'T JUST STAND THERE. DO SOMETHING!"
I HAVE BEEN PREDICTING THIS FOR A LONG TIME,
in these offerings and elsewhere.
Well now, as a healer, what do I suggest?
The following are some approaches, not all mine and some very
familiar, that can actually work.
"To Thine Own Self Be True"
Listen to yourself, body and soul. They talk to you.
cannot be awarded "Self-Image". You have to earn and develop it for
yourself. That comes with hard work, with failures as well as with
successes. And there will be both.
Adolescence has never been
improved upon, not since Adam and Eve. Every human being who has ever
lived has gone through the same adolescence...with all of its same
trials, anxieties and glories. And that is one reason why Human Nature
has never improved, as of this writing. Of course, we always have Hope.
Never wish away Time. It is your most important possession,
next to good health.
"Adversity is the price to be paid for Principle".
experience is great. Vicarious experience, learned from others, is
almost as great - and a lot less costly and painful. "Stop, Look,
Listen"...and avoid the on-coming train from "the light at the end of
If you are lucky enough to have two present and
loving parents, listen to them. Yes, I know. "When I was 16, I thought
my father was an idiot. When I was 18, it was amazing how much he had
learned in two years".
To get through all of this, you will need all of your
God-given faculties physical and mental. DON'T USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.
Choose your friends and "friends" wisely. Your future is at
the time I was 14, I was traveling by myself all over New York City, by
mass transit and later by the one family car. The only thing that my
father told me on two or three occasions was: "Don't bring shame on
your family". I never did.
Be "Process-Oriented", not
"Outcome-Oriented". Forget the "What ifs". You will never have control
over all of the variables that go into the Future. What you can do is
deal with what is within your power to affect and effect. Then just
say: "Gimme your best shot!"
In this, rapidly approaching the
completion of my 85th year, this is what I can remember at this time.
My kids will probably remind me of some "more of my favorite things".
And I'm still learning. So, STAY ALIVE, REALLY ALIVE...AND STAY TUNED.
Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special
operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others.
After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance,
spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and
later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is
a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York
Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information
about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.
By L. Todd Wood - - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
know of no white person alive today in the United States who has ever
legally owned a black slave, or any slave for that matter. Almost
700,000 mostly white men died 160 years ago to end slavery. Jim Crow
ended generations ago. Yet black America, for the most part, is still
locked in inner-city gang violence and economic hardship. Why?
Is it because America is racist? Is it because of some
overhanging white supremacy? Is it because of the Illuminati?
No, unfortunately, it is because of black culture and the adoption of
Democratic Party government dependency.
have just had eight years of the first black president. Black
athletes, and entertainers, routinely earn multi-million dollar
incomes. I can easily name several black billionaires without
even trying too hard. A large percentage of black America is very
successful. But, it is not enough.. Too many black youth are being left
And it is no one but black America’s fault.
one can solve this problem but black America. No one can
enough money at it. We’ve tried that. Black America
to look in the mirror and stop blaming others, especially white people.
am obviously white and conservative, and I served in the military,
which, during my time, was as color blind as you could be. I can also
honestly say I don’t give a damn what color your skin is, neither do
any of my friends. I do care about your actions.
are around 15 percent of the population. Depending on what study you
look at, they commit around 40 percent to 50 percent of violent crime
in America. Of course, there is going to be a problem with
police. And, of course, there are some bad policemen.
those bad apples do not kill black people statistically any more than
they kill white people. Even Harvard said that recently. If
were a cop, and you had to work in a neighborhood infested with crime
and murder, wouldn’t you act differently than in a neighborhood where
there was little crime? The most effective thing black America could do
to improve its relationship with police is to significantly reduce
violent crime where they live. Yes, that means change the
of where you live and your community.
I for one am tired
of being blamed.. I am tired of dealing with people who only
something from others. I don’t oppress anyone. I
anyone down. I’m tired of getting on the D.C. metro and
white people being harassed by roaming gangs of black youth with their
pants around their knees. Yes, you want a white person
uncomfortable? That makes me uncomfortable. It’s
nation’s capital and it’s embarrassing.
nothing but opportunity in America. Try finding the same
opportunity anywhere else in the world. If you are born in
America you’ve won life’s economic lottery. Take advantage of
The problem is this generation has been taught an
agenda of cultural Marxism by our education system. They’ve
taught to be a victim, and it’s still going on. All you have
do is watch the young black, female student at Yale screaming at the
college president to understand that. Blacks in America don’t
even know how good they got it.
Don’t kneel when my anthem is
played. Too many people died for that flag. You are
protest - but not then. I am free to not watch, or pay to
you play if you do that. The NFL should make it a rule that
stand for the national anthem. There is no free speech to
a private employer on private property. This would solve the
The NFL has deeply offended most of America. They will pay an economic
and reputational price, as they should.
have a real cultural problem in this country, the result of the Leftist
multicultural agenda. Multi-ethnicity is perfect and should
encouraged.. Having more than one American culture is
the country. But then again, that is what the Left wants.
Do BlackLives Matter?
It is your job to determine if this is a racist rant or just a review
of factual data...
WHAT IF ALL THE BLACKS SUDDENLY LEFT AMERICA, WHICH IS 13.3% OF THE
Amount of people in poverty would drop - 34%,
The prison population would go down by -37%,
Welfare recipients would go down by - - - 42%,
Gang members would go down by - - - - - 53%
Average SAT scores would go UP almost - - - - -100 points,
The average income for Americans would go UP over $20,000 a year,
BUT DEMOCRATS WOULD LOSE 76% OF THEIR VOTING BASE!!!
And, many criminal defense attorneys would have to find another line of
Yes, Black lives DO matter!
"IF THE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE...."
would appear that "innocent until proven guilty", a bedrock principle
of American Law and Justice, is not quite appropriate for Mitt Romney
and for so many craven politicians who now are in effect proposing a
new policy for "sexual misconduct allegations". The allegation is
enough to ruin a person's life. Given this aberration of thought, the
more serious the allegation, the lower the bar to summary and rough
Whether relating to a movie mogul or to a College
freshman, we are now back to the Salem Witch trials, with
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: CONSCIENCE VS. DOGMA.
The Catholic Laity, "the Body of the Church", long ago answered this
question for itself.
Pope Francis has been articulating that answer.
What he needs to do now is to give it the weight of Dogma, by defining
it "Ex Cathedra".
Time to take off the velvet glove.
The Catholic Church must always be Christian as well as Catholic.
NOW HERE IS A
NATIONAL HEALTH CRISIS WORSE THAN DRUG ADDICTION,
and possibly even related to it: CHRONIC BRAIN TRAUMA FROM
with Peewee Football and other collision sports, millions of children
are subjected to recurrent head trauma that is poorly diagnosed and
followed. We are now learning the cost of that cavalier approach.
THIS MUST STOP.
On a personal note, I did not allow any of my three strapping sons to
THIS IS NOT ABOUT GAY RIGHTS OR HOMOSEXUALITY.
It is about "the best interests of the child". That's all about LOVE.
We need many more adoptions.
See : "DCF Reaching Out To Same-Sex Couples As Adoptive Parents",
by Mark Pazniokas, in Ctmorror.org, 11/6/2017.
"AMID BOOMING ECONOMY, HOMELESSNESS SOARS ALONG U.S.WEST COAST".
This article appeared in The Day (www.theday.com) in the
Business section on November 6.
reading about the usual list of bums, addicts and the mentally ill, I
found more: working adults who can't find affordable apartments or
...even less...affordable houses; students of all ages; people hit with
one major personal crisis that changes everything for a very long time;
people on Welfare or Disability who can't afford housing or even find
"Most people are homeless because they can't afford a place to live."
while our citizens and many of our veterans are thus being dehumanized,
we're talking about doing nothing effective about illegal immigration
and about opening our borders even more.
This is the veritable definition of Idiocy...and of irresponsibility.
list of possible approaches is long...and is being tried on the West
Coast, which seems most affected. But the number of homeless continues
to grow. All approaches require investment of money, time and a
Christian spirit. Perhaps we can start by encouraging many of our 400+
billionaires, who are honored for donating even just 5 or 10% of their
holdings, to invest 15 or 20 or 40 % toward addressing this national
crisis. Many of the rest of us could donate our time and our good will.
And the nation needs to get back to "the business of America...":
Business that would really "raise all boats". After eight years of
ineptitude, we now have a leader than can stimulate all of this - if he
is allowed to lead. But to do nothing and simply wring our
is un-Christian and Stupid
and WEDNESDAY, November 7 and 8,
NOT "FAKE NEWS". SIMPLY NOT NEWS AT ALL.
The Leftist mainstream media are all touting the recent election
results as a referendum on President Trump.
But "where's the beef' here?
win in New Jersey, in New York City (including Westchester County), in
Washington State, and in Virginia. So What? We know that the nation's
urban centers are largely Liberal / Leftist. We know that the
voter turnout, as in NYC, was quite low. We know that Gillespy, the
Republican candidate in Virginia, kept himself at arm's length from
Trump until the very last days of the campaign.
And we now hear that a CNN poll found that our citizens have a 37%
"favorable" rating of the Democratic Party.
My reaction? "WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR", for the national elections.
And when will Antifa be brought to Justice?
Folks, keep your guard up, your powder dry, and NEVER GIVE IN.
ARE SOME REASONS WHY I BEGAN MY VIEW OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
WITH THE CONVICTION: "ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE".
If you want
more, see the section on my web site, entitled "The Clinton
Presidency" shortly after the end of that travesty. I had to do it in
order to VENT ("SFOGARE" in Italian).
So, about her losing the Presidency: THANK GOD...and all of the
through MONDAY, November 4 through 6,
This is from a
soldier/athlete...“You don’t disrespect America to play a sport!"
young man is a credit to himself and his family and his
He's bright and right. He's articulate. I'd be
shake his hand. He may be your senator someday.
video -- click on the NFL NEEDS TO LISTEN line.
through FRIDAY, November 1 through 3,
"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".
What has Trump done??
Won't hear any of this on the main stream media or from the Rinos.
WHAT HAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DONE SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE
1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria
3. He took us out of TPP
4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a seven year high
7. Arranged from 7% to 24% Tariff on lumber from Canada
8. Bids for border wall are well underway
9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord
10. Keystone pipeline approved
11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees
13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
14. More than 600,000. Jobs created
15. Median household income at a 7 year high
16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history
17. China agreed to American import of beef
18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks
19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining
20. MOAB for ISIS
21. Travel ban reinstated
22. Executive order for religious freedom
23. Jump started NASA
24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
27. Signed 41 bills to date
28. Created a commission on child trafficking
29. Created a commission on voter fraud
30. Created a commission for opioids addiction
31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007
33. Historic Black College University initiative
34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims
36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local
governments for infrastructure planning
38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
39. End of DAPA program
40. Stopped companies from moving out of America
41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs
42. Encouraged country to once again - 'Buy American and hire American'
43. Cutting regulations - 2 for every one created
45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first
46. Apprentice program
47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
48. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like
Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota
49. Denied FBI a new building
50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
52. Dept of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for
April 2017 (2nd largest in history)
53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers
held captive in Egypt
54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
55. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence
and Economic Growth
56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into
people's lives than any President in the history of America
57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more
legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time frame,
dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve
of their branch. (Observe the push-back the leaks the lies as
entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)
59. Last, refused his Presidential pay check. Donated it to
Ray Schneider, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
It took 32 years for the 3 prior administrations to totally destroy
this nation and her people, and Trump's first 6 months to begin a
major unwind of all the prior traitorous issues.
Pretty da*n good for the first 6 months - wouldn't you say?
We owe President Trump a sincere debt of our gratitude.