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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.
GS

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SUNDAY,  March 10, 2019

RR#1

INDOCTRINATING, NOT "EDUCATING".
The Blind...and Malign...leading the Blind.

GS

PragerU.Com

RR#2

HEREWITH, A SELECTION OF TOPICS OF  CURRENT AND CONTINUING IMPORTANCE.

ON EDUCATION...OR MORE RECENTLY "INDOCTRINATION".

See: "Thirty years on, little has changed" and "Getting serious about closing education gap", both by Paul Choiniere of The Day, March 3 and 10, 2019.
See: "Wisconsin's School Monopolist", Editorial, WSJ March 8, 2019.
See: "Democrats have taken over Education Reform", in WSJ March 8, 2019, Opinion, pA17.
See: "Proposed order on campus free speech follows wave of complaints", by Freking and Binkley, in USNews, March 5, 2019.
Then review the many offerings on my web site Category entitled: "Public Education Politics".

ON NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS...AND POLITICAL STUPIDITY AND TREACHERY.

See the determined efforts of our President regarding North Korea, China, Russia, and our allies and "allies". And remember how the Democrats subverted the North Korean effort.
And see: "Trump invokes new demand to get U.S. allies to pay more", in the Washington Post, and The Day, March 10, 2019. It's the Art and Science of Negotiation, you Dummies. It includes relative power, the willingness to wield that power, patience, the ability to tolerate Silence, the willingness to Walk, and NEVER TO NEGOTIATE WITH YOURSELF.

"Can You Hear Me Now?"

GS

SATURDAY,  March 9, 2019

RR#1

The Democratic "grandparents" will not go along.  They learned in school, and in the "school of hard knocks".
They fought for their country, in several wars and in the Cold War.
They love their country; they don't despise it.
They are not Stupid, Immature at any age, self-centered in the extreme.
They will not vote for these disasters...if they are offered a Choice.

And therein lies the rub. They will vote against them
IF THE REST OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND A RESTORED REPUBLICAN PARTY OFFER THEM THAT CHOICE.
If not, there will be "voting" in the streets after the 2020 election.

GS

Young Democrats are Throwing a Party, and the Grandparents Are Not Invited

RR#2

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHR):
What you don't know can be dangerous to your health.

See the article: "What Your Doctor Isn't Allowed To Tell You", by John Levinson, M.D. (in WSJ March 5, 2019, Opinion, pA17).
Isn't that interesting?
About 10 years ago, well aware of the assets and liabilities of the system, and being coerced into adding EHR's to my clinical practice or being fined by Medicare between 2-4% of my receivables, I opted to take the penalty. It was one of my better decisions. Just ask your PCP or your specialist - if you can get his or her nose out of the computer screen for a moment.
And this, without even discussing the personal privacy issue.
"Caveat Emptor".

GS

RR#3

AND MORE:  GETTING SICK IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR OVERALL PERSONAL HEALTH.
It's often a choice.  At least 50% of all illness is LIFE STYLE RELATED!

GS

Hospitals' Vulnerability to Phishing Emails Exposed

FRIDAY,  March 8, 2019

ABOUT THE RELIGION...AND THE NATION...OF ISLAM.
The Religion of Islam and its peaceful followers are Welcome in this country. The Nation of Islam and its Sharia Law are foreign to this country - and they are Not Welcome.

GS



TUESDAY through THURSDAY,  March 5 through 7, 2019

RR#1

A CALL TO ALMS AND PRAYERS AND VOTES...HOPEFULLY NOT "ARMS".
And you don't even have to be a Christian to support this. You just have to be HUMAN.
The supporters of these bills are Sub-Human.

GS

>                     Friend,
>
>                     I’m appalled. The Senate voted in favor of
> murdering freshly born babies.
>
>                     The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,
> reintroduced to the Senate last week, failed by a vote of 53 to 44.
>
>                     The Senate could not even come close to agreeing
> that born-alive babies do not deserve execution. In fact, all of the
> prominent Democratic 2020 Presidential hopefuls joined forces to block
> the act.
>
>                     If I were taking our nation’s temperature, the
> thermometer would show that the fever just spiked. America is severely
> ill.
>
>                     If we cannot protect babies with a law prohibiting
> the onslaught of infanticide, then we will be on the wrong side of
> history and it’s only a matter of time before our society slides into
> an irrepressible decline.
>
>                     It’s clear, our moral compass as a nation is
> severely damaged. It’s bad enough that states like Vermont and
> Illinois are following the lead of New York by introducing bills that
> would permit abortion up until birth, and now we are killing babies
> OUTSIDE the womb.
>
>                     The only remedy for our nation is for Christians
> to boldly rise up and take action.
>
>                     There is a movement in our country that is
> spreading like cancer and it seeks to destroy biblical values.
>
>                     This is why we MUST mobilize 90-million Christians
> now to stand for life! We cannot wait.
>                    
>                     Our team at My Faith Votes has put together a
> three-part plan that’s going into effect now, but we need your
> donations to make it possible.
>                    
>                         We’re leveraging leading Christian voices to
> create compelling videos for social media platforms and TV public
> service announcements to reach unengaged Christians to stand for life.
>                         We’re organizing communication between
> Christians and their elected officials to keep the pressure on. They
> need to feel the power of 90-million Christians holding them
> accountable.
>                         Lastly,
> My Faith Votes is working directly with the new pro-life film,
> Unplanned, releasing on March 29 to ensure every person who sees the
> movie has the ability to connect, engage and start taking action for
> life.
>                    
>                     We must continue to oppose the evil that values
> the convenience of choice over the sanctity of life.
>
>                     Will you please stand with us now to defend life?
> The abortion movement is so intense it’s gaining traction every single
> day, and it must be stopped.
>
>                     Please make your best donation today to help us
> treat our nation’s greatest sickness and advocate for life!
>
>                     United. We Stand.
>                    
>                     Gov. Mike Huckabee
>
>                         Honorary National Chairman
>

RR#2

I just finished reading a recently published book, a true story, cover to cover.
It is SUPERB, a description that I have never used before for anything.
It is like the word "AWESOME", a word that I used only once in my life: the first time I set eyes on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
"SPEARHEAD", by Adam Makos.
It's about an American tank gunner and the crew of a Sherman tank, soon promoted to our best Pershing tank, part of the Third Armored Division in September, 1944. Their full Division strength was 390 tanks, trying to prevent the Germans from retreating from France and getting back across the Rhine.
That is the same Division that in 1960-62 was stationed in Frankfurt-Am-Main, for which the 97th General Hospital was the medical support, acting as a Field Hospital if necessary. That's where I served my Army Medical Corps two year tour of duty, responsible for 1/2 of a forty-bed general medical and cardiology ward, among other duties. At that time, we were facing nearly 20 Soviet Armored Divisions planted 90 miles to our East beyond the Fulda Gap. General Creighton Abrams was Commanding General when I was there. You may remember the story of my brief encounter with him. (He was not amused).
Another connection. Clarence Smoyer, whose story this is, was born and raised in Allentown, Pa. where  your mother had her two years of Nurse Anesthesia training. A great good fortune for me...and you, since I met her at work at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City in 1958.
I won't describe the story further to you. Just read it, and have a dual purpose towel beside you.
It could make a good movie. But a movie would never do it or its subjects or its author justice.
I KID YOU NOT.

GS



MONDAY,  March 4, 2019

"ARE WE THERE YET?"  I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT.

GS

BILLY GRAHAM’S SON IS TELLING THE SAD TRUTH – NEVER SAID BETTER

Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the
flow that has passed will never pass again.  Franklin Graham was
speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, when he
said America will not come back.  He wrote:
“The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012.  The second term of
Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of
the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled
and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers,
union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood,
uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically
unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended
Norman Rockwell’s America.
You will never again out-vote these misguided, gullible, under informed
people.  It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of
civil disobedience to get   back the rights we have allowed them to take away
once the people wake up to this realization. It will take   zealots, not moderates
and shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs(Republicans In Name Only) to
right this ship and restore our beloved   country to its former status.
People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will
probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself
with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture,
our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
The Cocker spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back
yard, the American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s
“Rules for Radicals” and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod
along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the
strings and have brought us Act 2 of the New   World Order.
The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has
been told.
Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives,
their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that
this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and  
political correctness..”
 
IN GOD WE TRUST


SUNDAY,  March 3, 2019

RR#1

HERE IS A ROSETTA STONE FOR AN AGE-OLD QUESTION: "WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE?"

"How To Survive Secular Totalitarianism", by Donald DeMarco (in National Catholic Register March 3-16, 2019, p11).
Liberalism, the step before Secular Totalitarianism, is described:
"It emphasized rights but not duties, freedom but not responsibilities, justice but not truth, conscience without principles, sex without procreation and compassion without real love." At that point, "Mores must be upheld through intimidation or force, since they cannot be validated through reason."
Sound familiar?
The only problem with this exposition is the proposed solution: "The only thing that can stand against such forces is the spiritual vitality of the Christian community". Necessary, But Not Sufficient!
What is absolutely necessary in a democracy is success at the ballot box - or, if important enough (like Liberty), success in conflict.
Here, sage advice from St. Ignatius of Loyola is right on point:
"Act as if everything depends on you. Trust as if everything depends on God".

G
S

LAPD commander involved in controversial car crash is demoted

RR#2

JUST SO YOU KNOW...
and how long do you think that this will go on without reply?
Hopefully until a commanding win in the 2020 election. That's my hope.
SO MAKE IT HAPPEN, STARTING NOW, with good ol' grassroots political action. It's that important.

GS

On February 19, I was helping a new conservative student group recruit members at the University of California, Berkeley, when a leftist punched me in the face.
I'm not exaggerating. It was all caught on video.
This is me, in the blue shirt, being punched right in the face:
 
As a field representative for the Leadership Institute, my job is to identify conservative students, help them organize new conservative student groups, and train them to advocate their principles effectively.
All too often, I encounter radical leftists on college campuses who want to silence conservatives -- by force if necessary. This isn't even the first time I've been victimized on campus for doing my job!
I won't give in to bullying and violence. The brutal attack I suffered at Berkeley won't deter me from organizing more conservative students. In fact, I'm more energized than ever.

The Leadership Institute is the only national grassroots organization that goes into the belly of the beast to organize conservative young people -- and then comprehensively trains them on their campuses to stand up to the left and advance our shared conservative principles. That's why I signed up to work for the Leadership Institute.
Your urgent support for the Leadership Institute today means that conservative students will not be silenced by leftist thugs.
Your support exposes the left's brutal attacks on conservative students and equips these young conservatives to stand up for our shared conservative principles.
Show leftist campus thugs that young conservatives will not be intimidated >>
The dominant culture on campus oppresses conservative students.
After I was punched, one U.C. Berkeley employee expressed glee. He wrote on Twitter that my attack "makes me feel emotionally so much better."
Is it any wonder that conservative students are routinely harassed, bullied, and even physically assaulted on campus? Think about it.
When university employees cheer anti-conservative violence, students notice. That emboldens leftist students to harass and intimidate their conservative peers into silence.
This happened on the same campus where black-masked Antifa goons rioted when Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro wanted to speak. Enough is enough!
But the culture of leftist intimidation isn't a problem only at Berkeley. I've seen it at colleges everywhere, and it's starting to pour out into the culture at large.
Last week a leftist bully hit me. If you and I don't stop them now, next time it could be you or your child or your grandchild.
Stand up to anti-conservative harassment and leftist violence on college campuses >>
The solution is to organize conservatives to stand up for themselves -- to stand up for conservative principles and against the radical leftists who dominate America's colleges and universities.
The Leadership Institute helps conservative students organize on college campuses all over America. That's what I was doing at Berkeley when the leftist attacked me.
Another part of my job at the Leadership Institute is to equip these students with the training they require to advocate successfully for your conservative principles in a hostile environment.
And if a conservative student faces bias or discrimination or physical attack for holding conservative views, our Leadership Institute team helps connect them with partner organizations that provide them with pro-bono legal representation.
All told, more than 2,100 active conservative student groups now count themselves as part of the Leadership Institute's network.
If you want to do something to save America's colleges and universities from the clutches of the left, there's no better way to do it than to give to the Leadership Institute.

I'm not going to rest until conservative college students get a fair shake. Conservatives must not be intimidated into silence by leftist thugs.
I'm grateful for the support of principled conservatives like you. Thank you for standing by me as I stand up to the vicious left. Thank you for standing up for conservative students. And thank you for making the Leadership Institute possible.
 
Sincerely,
Hayden Williams
Leadership Institute

RR#3

PLEASE WATCH THIS. IT IS NOT HYPERBOLE.
This will be your life and the life of your family if you don't WAKE UP!

GS



RR#4

"On 'gay lobby' debate, Pope again offers critics the sound of silence" (in Cruxnow.com, March 3, 2019).

Sorry, Your Holiness, that is not acceptable to the pejoratively described "gay lobby" or to your millions of Catholic Faithful who deserve and who are expecting much more from the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
Christ taught. He was not silent.

GS

RR#5

A GOOD QUESTION.
Let's answer it in the 2020 election.

GS

Maybe the American Century Is Really Over


SATURDAY,  March 2, 2019

"DID I JUST SAY "THAT'S THE FUTURE".
The Future is Now. Check out the two stories that follow.
As I have said before, we are fortunate that we have the 2020 election to buffer our anger at what's going on now. And by "we" I mean the vast majority of Americans who are waiting and watching what is happening to our country. They had better VOTE IN 2020...or they will Fight in 2021.

G
S

LAPD commander involved in controversial car crash is demoted

Socialism destroys prom: School officials ban kids from riding in limos because everyone can’t afford it

FRIDAY,  March 1, 2019

NO FAKE NEWS HERE.

See the interview a few days ago by Sean Hannity of President Trump on Fox News. Nothing better than a primary source. That's the present.
Now watch the monologue and show on March 1 by Tucker Carlson, also on fox News. That's the future, if things don't change soon.

GS

THURSDAY,  February 28, 2019

NEGOTIATIONS: A TIME TO TALK, AND A TIME TO WALK.
I just read President Trump's statement on the early end to the Hanoi talks.
This was classic,and entirely the fault of the malign and ignorant Democrats who timed their Cohen show to occur precisely at the same time. The North Koreans hoped that Trump would thereby be weakened and more malleable. Not Exactly.
The President continues to be a good Leader, with a good record of accomplishments despite the continued treachery of the Democrats...for which they will pay dearly in 2020.

GS

WEDNESDAY,  February 27, 2019

RR#1

REGARDING GLOBAL WARMING, NUCLEAR ENERGY...AND THE "YEA, BUTS".

I have been commenting on this subject since the late 1960's, when the politicians began succeeding in scare-mongering the people about nuclear energy. Since then, large swaths of the world have embraced nuclear power as a substantial replacement for carbon - based power generation - to their great advantage and to the benefit of global warming concerns.
All of the details supporting this position are clearly presented in the article by John Rie and Alan Emery:
"THE NUCLEAR OPTION IS THE REAL GREEN DEAL" (in WSJ Feb. 26, 2019, Opinion, pA17).
Will this overcome the continuing hypocritical and self-serving efforts of the carbon, solar, wind and hydropower supporters to attack nuclear power as our best option, including the sudden resurrection of Harry Reid from his hole in Utah? No.
So who will come forward ? I don't know. But I will continue to provide the facts for those who are awake.

GS

RR#2

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "INTERNET SECURITY". THAT TERM IS AN OXYMORON!
Even worse, the Internet has become a highly effective tool for complete INVASION OF PRIVACY.
See the front page article in WSJ Saturday, Feb. 23-24, 2019.
Even without you being a participant in FaceBook, many if not most of the Apps that you use on your I-Phones - and on which you sometimes record some of your most intimate private details - are now being regularly shared within seconds with FaceBook...and thus with the world.
Did you know that? Apart from your addiction to that usage, do you care?
You're all OUT OF YOUR COTTON-PICKEN' MINDS!

GS

MONDAY and TUESDAY,  February 25 and 26, 2019

WHAT CAN I SAY ON THIS SUBJECT THAT I HAVE NOT ALREADY SAID?
NOTHING.  BUT I WILL KEEP SAYING IT.

Abortion is an Abomination, mainly the direct consequence of many women and ladies degenerating into simply soul-less genetic females, always the most dangerous of any species.
Now it is I who must say: "Wha Hoppen?"
Only God knows. "Vengeance Is Mine. I Shall Repay, Sayeth the Lord".

GS

Senate Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide



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