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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.
GS

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SUNDAY, January 13, 2019

RR#1

GOVERNOR NED LAMONT.      SO THAT'S HOW IT WAS DONE: THE OLD FASHIONED WAY.

See: "In Personal Spending, Lamont Crushed Stefanowski", by Mark Pazniokas (in ctmirror.org, Jan. 11, 2019).
Now it's the citizens' turn to pony up.

GS

RR#2

'LET'S THROW IT AGAINST THE WALL AND SEE IF IT STICKS".
That's obviously the current modus operandi of the "Never Trump" crazies since - as I have already predicted  - Mueller is going to come up "snake-eyes" with his interminable probe.
See: "Trump Calls Report On FBI Probe Of Him 'Most Insulting'", by Darlene Superville (in The Day Jan 13, 2019).
See also: "Trump Has Concealed Details Of His Encounters With Putin From Senior Officials", by Greg Miller (in Washington Post Jan. 13, 2019).
Could it be, could it possibly be, that after a century of dealing with "one of the United States' main adversaries", our President is probing the possibility of a more fruitful relationship with a nation that encompasses over 9 time zones and that is as powerful a nuclear nation as we? Ya think maybe...?

GS

RR#3

THERE YOU HAVE IT, FOLKS:
On illegal immigration, the Hollywood cabal, hysterical Leftists and their now wholly-owned subsidiary...the Democratic Party.

GS

Hollywood Is Going Hysterical Over One Trump Policy

RR#4

NOW HEAR THIS - NOT HYPERBOLE!

Listen to the entire monologue that Tucker Carlson presented on Fox News on January 3.
It is the best "State of the Union Message" that I have heard articulated in two decades.
See: "Tucker Carlson: Mitt Romney Supports The Status Quo. But For Everyone Else, It's  Infuriating."
Then read: "Tucker Carlson Versus Conservatism", by Ross Douthat (in NYTimes Jan. 13, 2019, Sunday Review, p9).
This is what needs to be done now, why and by whom.
And it can be done, with commitment by all Americans and with "reverse engineering" applied to the current disaster that we call America today, the result of decades of official negligence in public affairs and gigantic avarice in financial affairs.
NB. President Trump is not the cause. He is the catalyst for change...and has arrived none too soon.

GS

RR#5

HAVING JUST IMPLORED US ALL TO ATTEMPT A "REVERSE ENGINEERING" OF AMERICA,
I now draw attention to what may be an easier battle: Curing Cancer.
No Joke. Trying to bring the body's own immune defenses to bear against cancer has long been considered, much longer than I knew about. I know of some efforts applied specifically to the treatment of Malignant Melanoma in the 1960's.
Now see the book review entitled "The Good Fight", by Mimi Swartz, regarding "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer", by Charles Graeber (in NYTimes Book Review, Jan. 13, 2019).
NEWS FLASH: Professor James Allison recently won the Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine for his basic research in this field.

GS


SATURDAY, January 12, 2019

RR#1

THIS IS IMPORTANT.
"Reach Out And Touch Someone".

GS

New epidemic affects nearly half of American adults

RR#2

MORE ON THE CRISIS IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
"Crisis"?
When attendance at Mass, the cornerstone of this Faith, has dropped from 70+% to 20%,
when vocations to the Priesthood - and the actual number of priests - has declined markedly to numbers that require the formation of parish "clusters" with individual pastors responsible for 2-4 different parishes,
when donations, particularly large donations, have greatly declined,
when more news about the Church is regularly found in the NYTimes and the WSJ instead of in the Catholic Transcript and the National Catholic Register - all of it bad,
there is a CRISIS.
As a committed and concerned Catholic, a member of the Laity ("the Body of the Church") and one of over a billion such Faithful, I choose to Fight rather than Switch.
See my continuing section on this website (asthma.drsprecace.com) entitled "Catholic Church".
So now...MORE.
See: "Pope Francis Confronts 'Gay Mentality'", by Father Roger Landry (in National Catholic Register Jan. 4-19, 2019, p11).
See: "The Epiphany Of Celibacy", by Father Paul Scalia (ibid).
And see a report on the planned Actions to be taken to address this continuing Crisis:
"Vatican Likely To Empower Archbishops On Abuse Claims Against Bishops", by Joshua J. Mcelwee (in National Catholic Reporter Dec. 28, 2018 - Jan. 10, 2019, p1). In the coming February Vatican "summit", it  is hoped - and advised - that nation-wide "Plenary Councils" be convoked, including not only bishops but also heads of religious orders and universities - and LAYPEOPLE - representing the entire Christian Faithful...and Not Only The Clergy. This Crisis will not be properly addressed or resolved by only the Clergy. It is too far beyond that, despite the inclination of the Clergy to do just that.
In addition, please consider my recent offering entitled "Personal Notes: What's Going On Here?",, which follows.
"THESE ARE THE  TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS"...comparable to issues facing the Council of Trent.
Don't just stand there. Do Something Critically Important.

GS

PERSONAL NOTES: WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

 CATHOLIC CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE: ACTIONS; MORALITY; THE LAW; VICTIMS; DUE PROCESS…
  1. Sexual Abuse of minors is always Wrong, since they cannot by definition give consent.
  2. The Wrong is by the perpetrator and also by those charged with protecting the victims. Suppression of evidence can rise to the level of Obstruction of Justice.
  3. The Wrong can be to the victim, chargeable in Tort Law, and/or to Society, chargeable in Criminal Law.
  4. The basic elements in a Tort Law case are: Duty; Breach of that Duty = Negligence; Causation (Cause and Effect, or at least “Substantial Contributing Factor”); Injury; and Damages.
  5. The basic elements in a Criminal Law case are: The Statutory or Common Law Crime; Mens Rea; and Actus Reus.
  6. In both types of cases, other elements include Statute of Limitations or of Repose (modified for minors or for disabled victims); Presumption of Innocence and issues of Burden of Proof; Levels of Proof required (Probability: 51%, “more likely than not “; “clear and convincing evidence - +-70-75%; “beyond a reasonable doubt” – 90+%.).
  7. The U.S. Constitution protects the right to present “a case or controversy” to a Court of proper Jurisdiction.

In addition, a responsible organization – in this case the Catholic Church – is morally…and should be legally charged with searching out the Diagnoses and establishing Treatments for such moral Diseases.

I fail to see where the above elements have been or are being addressed by perpetrators and plaintiffs alike in an organized search for Justice. This benefits no one.

GS

RR#3

"CAVEAT EMPTOR".
And have a good personal physician.

GS

Social Media and the Spread of Misinformation: Taking Back Public Health


FRIDAY, January 11, 2019

Maybe "Artificial Intelligence" won't be so bad after all.

GS

Rotary Phone


THURSDAY, January 10, 2019

RR#1

Trump 1, Pelosi-Schumer 0

RR#2

MITT ROMNEY; "HOLIER THAN THOU"? NOT ON YOUR SWEET BIPPY.

GS

A Never Trump RINO got this rude awakening that let him know his career was over

RR#3

SOCIALISM. SOMETHING ELSE THAT THE ANGRY AND IGNORANT LEFT HAVE ALL WRONG.

See the linked video on the real and finally prosperous Sweden.
See the article by Jason L. Riley entitled: "Democrats Contend With The 'Anger Translator'" (in WSJ Jan. 9, 2019, Opinion, pA17).
Will these facts, past and present, make any difference to the likes of Senator Sanders or Rep. Ocasio-Cortez or Rep. Rashida Tlaib? How could they, when the only raison d'et of such people is to trade on hopes of endless "entitlements" in return for Democratic votes. There are a lot of descriptors for such activities.


GS


WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2019

RR#1

AND IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A BAD THING?
You will certainly read and hear such concerns.
"Engine" Charlie Wilson was right in the 1950's and is right now:
"The Business of America is Business".
Meanwhile, given the state of the Science and the related hyperbole,
"Climate Control" is an oxymoron.

GS

U.S. carbon emissions rose sharply in 2018, even as coal plants closed. One big reason: the growing economy.

RR#2

NOW HEAR THIS!

Also see: "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think", by Alex Berenson (in WSJ Jan. 5-6. 2019, Review, pC3).

GS

Physicians urge caution regarding medical uses of marijuana and cannabinoids

RR#3

REGARDING THE HUMANITARIAN AND NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS THAT CONTINUES TO EXIST ON OUR NATIONAL BORDERS:
ENOUGH ALREADY!
The Democrats have evolved into an amorphous mess, with no "leadership" that can claim to lead.
Thus there is no one with whom to negotiate. If President Trump does not lead, there is anarchy.
SO: DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AS PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND BUILD AN APPROPRIATE WALL, AND FIGHT THE INEVITABLE COURT CHALLENGES ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS.
And do it NOW.

GS

RR#4

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
Our younger generations are today at greater risk than were those facing the two Great Wars or the great pandemics and epidemics of past centuries.
Just two examples:
GS

RR#5

AND WHILE WE'RE CREATING NEW DISEASES THAT MUST BE IMMEDIATELY TREATED - AND PAID FOR BY SOMEBODY ELSE -
like "Millennial Maturation Arrest" and "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria",
let's discover another. We'll call it the "Anger / Id Phenomenon." Its main symptoms are anger at and even hatred  of all existing societal mores as being negatively directed toward them - and a demand for immediate and copious redress. The cause of this phenomenon is, of course, IMPOTENCE: impotence from being raised by clueless (or absent) parents; impotence from mediocre primary and secondary schooling; impotence from being fed thin gruel in college resulting in no marketable skill....
Well, here you are. Yell and Scream. See if that helps.
And read the commentary of one local and incisive observer. See if the shoe fits.
"Anger Entitlement Rears Its Ugly Head Time And Again In New London Debates", by Marci Alborghetti (in The New London Times Jan. 10, 2019, p1.

GS


MONDAY and TUESDAY, January 7 and 8, 2019

AND IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A BAD THING?
You will certainly read and hear such concerns.
"Engine" Charlie Wilson was right in the 1950's and is right now:
"The Business of America is Business".
Meanwhile, given the state of the Science and the related hyperbole,
"Climate Control" is an oxymoron.

GS

U.S. carbon emissions rose sharply in 2018, even as coal plants closed. One big reason: the growing economy.

SUNDAY, January 6, 2019

RR#1

"YOU BET YOUR SWEET BIPPY".
That's my reply to anyone who suggests that I should stop tracking the news of the day...
"The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly".
So here comes another pot pourri.
GS

RR#2

"WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW..."   IS A WALL ALONG THE ENTIRE EASTERN CALIFORNIA BORDER".
That would be America's "WESTERN WALL".

GS

NYTimes:  California's incoming governor is expected to propose six months of leave for new parents. What's unclear is how to finance it.

RR#3

I HAVE NO INSIDE INFORMATION, OF COURSE,
but here's a prediction about President Trump and his tormentors, Democrat and Republican.
They have learned that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is going to come up "snake-eyes": Nothing.
That is why the likes of Maxine Waters...and now the NY Times...have entered their hysterical mode, the Times just coming out with "The People vs. Donald Trump. He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?", by David Leonhardt (Sunday Review, Jan. 6, 2019).
I will try in time to address the many thousands of words of accusations appearing in this piece.
Meanwhile: "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks".

GS


WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY, January 2 through 5, 2019

RR#1

'LEST WE FORGET, REPRESENTING THE BEST OF OUR MILITARY SERVICE.

GS

General Jim Mattis: An American Patriot

RR#2

"WHEN MEN WERE MEN".
When was that?
Psychological and physiological research finds that many young men are in a funk.
They are confused and intimidated in their dealings with many of the opposite sex.
They are depressed, with an increasing incidence of alcohol and drug use and suicides.
They are more resistant to attempting lasting relationships and especially marriage.
They have lower testosterone and sperm levels.
And more. Look it up.
And why?
Here I offer one diagnosis.
"Manhood" among some of the younger generation has been co-opted by the females. Not Ladies and not Women,  of whom there are still many...but "females" who have rejected their unique genetic role (among many roles) as mothers and nurturers of every generation since Adam and Eve.
In that context, "men" become the enemy. Everything else follows logically and inevitably.
Unless, that is, "manhood" defines and embraces a new "Status of Forces", isolates the "females" through total lack of attention, seeks out the Ladies and the Women as equal partners, and becomes defenders of the new generations that they help to form, to embrace and to support through life-long attention from the moment of their conception.
Meanwhile, many men of the younger generations are losing their psychological and physiological moorings - as men, as males, and as cognitive human beings.
That need not be.

GS

TUESDAY, January 1, 2019

RR#1

HERE'S A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION.     I'LL BET THAT YOU ARE DEFICIENT IN VITAMIN D.
An easy bet, given the fact that most people are deficient these days. THAT'S IMPORTANT,  as you will read here, not only to avoid some diseases but also at times to treat some...like recurrent HIVES.
So: get your 25 - Hydroxy Vitamin D level taken (blood test). And seek treatment for deficiency with Vitamin D3.
Now: Doesn't that feel better?

GS

Vitamin D: Recent research uncovers new benefits

RR#2

"YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT". IF SO, THERE'S TOO MUCH OF YOU.
Rather, You Are What You Read...Or Don't Read.
To the several hundred books carefully chosen for my library, I have added the following, which I recommend.
GS

RR#3

BY NOW, WE ARE ALL USED TO UNABASHED HYPERBOLE FROM BOTH SIDES OF OUR POLITICS.
But the facts presented in this article happen to be true. Can you handle the Truth?

And while we're at it, the following excerpt is a must-read...because this is THE STATE OF OUR UNION.
Read the entire Introduction (pages #1-19) of Tucker Carlson's recent book: "SHIP OF FOOLS" (Free Press, 2018). Then, if you haven't been paying attention during the last decade, read the rest of the book.

"The status quo is over. A revolution is on the way. Hopefully, it'll be the kind of low-grade revolution where everybody learns something and nobody gets hurt. But it will be wrenching either way, because revolutions always are. This used to be a placid country. It's not anymore, and won't be for a while." (p18).

GS

Donald Trump Destroyed Obama’s Life With Just One Tweet

RR#4

A NICE STORY, ALL OF IT TRUE.

GS

One Christian Is Quitting Football For A Surprising Reason




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