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SUNDAY and MONDAY, May 24 and 25, 2020

RR#1

CONSIDER THIS FROM TREY GOWDY:
The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth from this man.

GS

Trey Gowdy Had One Message for Ruth Bader Ginsburg That Turned Heads

RR#2

“OUR BRIEF CONSIDERATION…”

Those of you who have lived around my neck of the woods will identify that comment, preceding about 10 minutes of always clear, concise and pithy Homily.

Today, my brief consideration prescribes how we all should approach the challenges of life – great and small. NOT “What if…”, Outcome Oriented. But rather “Let’s work the problem at hand”,  Process Oriented.

Our challenge today is the COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

The approach: Know the Known and Knowable. Know and accept the Unknown and Unknowable (with reluctant appreciation to Donald Rumsfeld). And use History as a very valuable guide.
In this case, read “THE GREAT INFLUENZA: The story of the deadliest pandemic in History”, by John M. Barry (Penguin Books, 2004). A monumental work and a great read, it has lessons for us, largely in the area of the fallibility of Man, especially when he or she assumes a Leadership position! This book is fascinating and painful to read, presenting in excruciating detail the first, mild wave of the Influenza in the early Spring of 1918, followed by the tragic second wave in the Summer and early Fall of 1918, and ending with the third wave in the Spring of 1919. This course and outcome was guaranteed by America’s entry into WWl in the Winter of 1918, immediately followed by the mobilization of 2 Million men into armed service in extremely crowded conditions in barracks, in hospitals and in transit within and without the States and in Europe.

That was a unique invader, ultimately acknowledged to be a virus, not like those of the epidemics of 1889-90 or of 1913 or 1957 or 1968 or 2003 or of the others of this 21st century – so far. And so is this invader of 2019 – 2020. Only some lessons of 1918 are applicable to us now. Use them…and know their limitations.

In fact, the greatest take-away from that terrible experience is the fact that then President Woodrow Wilson, who went to Peace Treaty in 1919 committed to establishing a Just and lasting peace, himself caught a severe case of the Influenza, with neuro-psychologic sequela, did not recognize his now - frail state, insisted on continuing his role against the blood-lust of Georges Clememceau, ultimately gave in to the French demands for vengeance against the Germans – and thereby guaranteed the Second World War and beyond. Thus, “The Great Influenza” can be said to have caused the world we have been living in for a century.

Now back to the present Problem.

The Corona virus kills…1%. It is treatable, but must be recognized and treated early and aggressively, also in recognition of the missed and learned errors and opportunities, specifically including the central importance of an out-of-control Immune System and its Treatment!  It has a high but controllable infection rate with use of modest but prolonged “social distancing” (6 Feet, masks, and COMMON SENSE). It may resolve and then come back, but this time to a prepared and largely immune population (from both passive and active immunization).

And this time, it will encounter the realization of two patients: one in bed – and one at home trying to figure out how to feed and clothe his or her children and elders…these patients of Equal Importance, both personally and to the health and survival of this nation!

So: Work the Problem with the Facts, with No undue anxiety, no panic, no childish revolt…and with Prayer and Common Sense.  

GS

RR#3

FYI.

GS

Air Conditioning Can Spread Coronavirus, Experts Say

Study: Living in High Altitudes May Protect Against COVID-19

RR#4

...AND OFFER A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING LIKE YOU'VE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE.
Arch and Vivian Manzione and George Sprecace.

GS

Lightning in a Jar (PDF)

RR#5

FREEDOM OF RELIGION...NOT FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.

GS




SATURDAY, May 23, 2020

HERE IS A POT POURRI THAT WILL BE A PLEASANT SCENT TO SOME, AND A STINK TO OTHERS.
These statements are all based on a large number of specific published articles - and on a lifetime of careful observation by yours truly.

1) Look up two articles in Medscape.com that relate to the experiences o health care providers on the front lines...and to their anguish ("moral injury") in their private moments.

2) "Black Americans Are In An Abusive Relationship With The Democratic Party". Absolutely! 

3) America's "Full Faith And Credit" are not worth a plug nickle when it comes to our relationship with and support of Native Americans - the first Americans. See the article in Medpagetoday, May 21, 2020.

4) "Telemedicine" is now all the rage. I have been offering this service in audio without charge to my patients for decades. And I never called it "Boutique Medicine" or "Concierge Medicine."

5) "1.5 Million Unemployed Health-Care Workers Signal A Failed System".
And this is supposed to be evidence for a "One-Payor
System."  No, this is the result of "adjusting" downward by 50% or more the fair fees earned by physicians and other health car providers while ignoring the massive amount of unpaid services regularly provided by these highly educated, trained, motivated and experienced professionals. You want Rationing, vicious Triage, and suffocating big Government? That's a "One-Payor System"

6) In a massive casualty situation, whether military or civilian, you don't wait for results of "double-blind/crossover studies". You go with experience and intuition - and with whatever facts may exist at the time for action. For this Pandemic, several possibilities have offered themselves. The most famous / notorious is Hydroxychloroquine. The jury is still out on that. Others include: monitoring pO2 levels from an early stage; the prone position in bed; Vitamin D; ACE Inhibitors and ACE Receptor Inhibitors; STEROIDS to suppress an Inflammatory / Cytokine System out of control; SARS antibody and plasma treatments; Nitric Oxide. And perhaps more.
See the article by Scott Gottleib, M.D., former Commissioner of the FDA (in WSJ May 18, 2020, Opinion, pA17).

7) Here, I may be repeating myself. But this bears repetition:
"That's why the People have to take charge again:"...of the people, by the people, for the people"...Not "of the politicians". They've got to get off their asses in front of the TV or the computer - and PARTICIPATE."

8) What can we do about the now-evident tragedy of Nursing Homes? Under the best of circumstances, they are incubators for infections and epidemics. How about Federal assistance for Home Care Services, for families building space for their elderly, for healthcare home medical visits at an adequate rate?  And how about re-thinking the rampant culture of of death, at both ends of human life. How about paying adequately for home care services, for families building adequate space for their parents, for home visit medical care...?
"Wouldn't That Be Loverly?"

GS

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020

RR#1

HERE IS SOME USEFUL INFORMATION ON COVID-19,
without a "hair-on-fire" tone.
1) "The Evidence On Kids And Covid", Editorial in WSJ, May 21, 2020, pA16.  Well done, and not even a medical journal.
2) "Dr. Fauci, We Need A Second Opinion", a well-presented Paid Advertisement in the WSJ May 21, 2020, pA11.

GS

RR#2

NOW THIS IS NOT COMPLICATED. AND I HAVE ALREADY SUGGESTED IT:
Take Vitamin D3, 1,000 units daily - and have your 25 - OH Vitamin D level checked soon. This is not medical advice; under the circumstances, it's common sense.

GS

Vitamin D: A Low-Hanging Fruit in COVID-19?

RR#3

TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED.
When is the Black Community going to realize this?

GS

African-American Pastor: Trump 'Most Pro-Black President in My Lifetime'

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020

RR#1

WHAT??  COMMON SENSE?

GS

Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Biden on 'Wrong Side' of Revival

RR#2

WHAT!!  MORE COMMON SENSE?

See the article in WSJ: "Speakeasies And Social Distancing",
by Paul H. Robinson (Wed. May 20, 2020, Opinion, pA17).

"Prohibition's lesson: When laws are too heavy-handed, it can promote disrespect for the law in general."

GS

RR#3

MORE LURID NEWS FROM THE EDUCATIONAL MUSTANG RANCH.

Read this Editorial: "California Defines Testing Down" (in WSJ Monday, May 18, 2020, pA15).
Then get really angry...especially Blacks and other minority groups who have been raped educationally over the last 40 + years by their Democratic Party.
Students "graduated" from high school who should not have been graduated from grammar school will now be able to sneak into "colleges" through the back door - and waste another four years of their lives.
Forget about any chance to learn something, to improve themselves, to have a real life!  
Forget the bought and sold Black "leaders". I'm talking to my Black fellow citizens, my friends, my patients:
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP?

GS

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020

RR#1

HARDLY BELIEVABLE.   "FORE!!"

GS

For All You Golfers………………. Found on a Jacksonville golf course.
 
This is why you shouldn't go looking for the golf balls hit 'Out of Bounds' in Florida !!!
THIS IS NOT A PYTHON!
This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record.
This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.
A little research revealed the following:
One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.
The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.
This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds.
(How much do you weigh?)
Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).
A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot accurate striking distance.
(The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet . )
This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr.was President.
Now just ask yourself these questions:
What has this snake been feeding on and where are its offspring?
LET'S GO PLAY SOME GOLF IN FLORIDA
 
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Rattlesnake Images (PDF)

RR#2

"CAN YOU TOP THIS?
If not, please forward it far and wide.

GS

Trump Ad (MP4)

RR#3

PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH DEATH AND BODIES.
But what happened to the logical option of CREMATION in this Pandemic?

GS

Risks Posed by COVID-19-Infected Bodies Remain Unclear

RR#4

THE CHINA EXPOSE' IS THE ONE VITAL SILVER LINING TO THIS PANDEMIC.
President Trump knows it and is prepared to act - once he can demonstrate the support of the People in the next election.

GS




TUESDAY, May 19, 2020

ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING:
the November election process and results will determine whether America as we know it survives under the Constitution - or whether it dissolves into permanent social unrest or civil war.
Pay attention. Our future is RIGHT NOW.

GS




MONDAY, May 18, 2020

RR#1

WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN THIS IN THE FAKE NEWS?

GS

Trump has a higher approval rating than Obama and Bush at the same point in their presidency

RR#2

WHAT IS THIS DELUSIONAL AND DANGEROUS POLITICIAN'S BASE OF SUPPORT?
By now, she should be levitating.

GS

Medical Experts Join Forces and Sue Michigan Governor

RR#3

THE RISE AND FALL OF POWER.
Very interesting and educational.

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN...OR ELSE...

GS

What countries were in the British Empire?

RR#4

TO MY SON, PERRIN:

THANKS. I NEEDED THAT.

GS

BabylonBee.Com







SUNDAY, May 17, 2020

RR#1

JUST SO YOU KNOW...

GS

Pelosi Seeking Unprecedented Levels Of Power With New Vote-By-Proxy Measure

RR#2

YOU MAY KNOW ALL OF THIS. BUT MAYBE YOU DON'T.

GS

COVID-19 Sequelae Can Linger for Weeks

RR#3

I AM AN UNDERLINER...ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.
Here are three articles on the current Pandemic, especially the first two, that deserve your critical attention. Almost the entirety of my copies are underlined.      Better than bitching and moaning.
1) "Scenes From The Class Struggle In Lockdown". by Peggy Noonan (in WSJ May 16-17, 2020, Opinion, pA15).
2) "Experts Aren't Enough", by Yuval Levin (in WSJ ibid, Review, pC3).
3) "The Lockdown Skeptic They Couldn't Silence", by Allysia Finley (in WSJ ibid, Opinion, pA13). "Two-and-a-half hours after this interview appeared on the Journal's website Friday afternoon, a reader wrote in to report the essay was gone."

GS

RR#4

YOU'RE NOT LIKELY TO GET THIS INFORMATION IN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS.

GS

More Americans Will Die From Lockdown Than COVID

SATURDAY, May 16, 2020

RR#1

"AND WHAT SHALL WE TALK ABOUT NOW?"

1) Science, Scientists, Service and Command Status
Scientists are certainly not beyond playing "oneupmanship."
Some scientists have declared hydroxychloroquine to be "ineffective" in treating COVID-19. Then why has the NIH just announced a controlled study to test that specific proposition?
And then there is Dr. Anthony Fauci, a good man and a good scientist, trying to stretch his proper role from Advisor / Service to Leader / Command...while making sure that - in a worst case scenario - he can say "I Told You So".
Then there is the constant, obvious and craven Politics of the insane Left and of their Democrat prisoners.  NOT HELPFUL.

2) As Attorney General William Barr fulfills his proper role in the FBI/Justice Department / Obama investigation, Judge Emmit Sullivan toys with prostituting his proper role and his reputation by placing his foot on the scales of Justice in the Flynn case. See the article by Kimberly Strassel in WSJ May 15, 2020. See also the article by Daniel Henninger entitled "The Flynn Debauchery", WSJ May 14, 2020.

3) What is it with Senator Lindsey Graham? He is not a RINO. But is he a chameleon? The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled No hearings on the numerous fraudulent and probably criminal activities perpetrated by high government officials over the last years since the Obama administration. This is reminiscent of the Bill Clinton SOP, he of the moistened finger held into the wind. Remember that? If not, check out my web site section entitled "The Clinton Presidency".

4) One of the several and growing number of medical mysteries surrounding  treatment of COVID-19 infection, reported during the last several weeks in this section, is the disparity between a very low but surprisingly well-tolerated pO2 - until the bottom drops out and the patient is suddenly in the ICU. See the related article in the WSJ May 11, 2020, p1. That observation warrants the early and regular monitoring of pO2's in "mildly infected" patients.
See also the very worrisome multi-system disease increasingly affecting children. It is highly likely - again as already discussed here - that the cause is an Inflammatory / Cytokine System run amok...and that the treatment should involve the early and effective use of STEROIDS.

5) NOW HEAR THIS!
Our nation is now at greater risk than on December 7, 1941.
a) Regarding "opening up the country", if we had decided after that attack  to fight a One Front war against the Japanese, ignoring Britain and Europe, we would now be speaking German! This is a Two Front War which we must fight and win simultaneously, while taking casualties on both Fronts!
b) The nation is divided now as badly as it was when Abraham Lincoln took office as President. Remember what happened then.
c) The November 2020 election results MUST BE PERCEIVED as having produced a Fair Result. Beware the efforts to incorporate methods of voter fraud (eg. voting by mail, diluting voter ID...) - and of destroying the time-honored role of Electoral College.

6) Beware Germany as an ally. Take nothing for granted.
See: "Trump Envoy Accuses Germany Of Undermining NATO'S Nuclear Deterrent", in Reuters, May 14, 2020.

7) Beware China...in every way.

8) Beware the "Ultra-Conservatives" in an organization that purports to have one billion members: The Catholic Church. The Church has many enemies from without. But it is in danger of collapse from within, with who-knows-what alternatives. The most recent Stupidity is the attack by the "Ultras" on Pope Francis for his inter-Faith outreach.
How about this: The "Ultras" should declare a Schism, should go their own way, and let the Church Heal with the medicines that were first offered in Vatican 2 in the 1960's - and which were trashed by those same "Ultras" in the succeeding decades. The alternative: Pope Francis could embrace his responsibility as Vicar of Christ on Earth and could act accordingly.

...AND A LOT MORE TO TALK ABOUT.

GS

RR#2

"...take my breath away."

GS

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD (PDF)

RR#3

FOR MOST PEOPLE, ONE MUST HAVE PRACTISED FOR MANY YEARS TO BECOME SUCH A GOOD LIAR.
For others, it's a "gift".

GS

A Key Member of the Democrats’ Impeachment Just Turned on Barack Obama

RR#4

EITHER FAKE NEWS OR IDIOCY?
Unfortunately, it's IDIOCY.

GS

Joe Biden’s Comments On Number Of Deaths From COVID-19 Prove Once And For All He Has Full-Blown Dementia

FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

RR#1

Unlimited Government?
By John Jensen

Our nation has a cancer called collectivism. Collectivism exists only so long as individuals are coerced into believing they have no right to exist. The coercion of individuals in America is insidiously accomplished through indoctrination via government schools, illiberal higher education institutions and biased media outlets.
 
Collectivism is not collective. A group cannot act unless individuals in the group act. Individual action is a priori. The group is illusory, a chimera. The false premise that individuals are inherently evil and must be continually monitored to prevent them from creating inequality is a ruse used by individuals in the collective to coerce other individuals to believe their individuality must be sacrificed at the altar of the collective. Dependency is the fuel of collectivism, unlimited government the milieu in which it thrives. The inevitable dichotomy of collectivism is socialism for thee but not for me. A perverted aristocracy is established where the human race finds itself not in a medieval, but a modern Dark Age. Collectivism is utopia wrapped in temporal gifts which upon opening reveal barbed wire and genocide. It must be snuffed out.

Alternatively, Individualism is founded upon the belief that individuals are endowed with Liberty (freedom of individual responsibility) that this endowment comes not from man but from God. That individuals are inherently good and any restrictions on their voluntary actions, provided their actions do not harm others physically, psychologically or financially, are prohibited. Liberty is an integral part of human DNA, a survival gene without which the species would have perished millennia ago. Each individual has the right to an equal opportunity. Results vary based on individual decisions.

A brief history of the 20th Century does not present a salutary report on Government:
  1. World War I: 40 million individuals murdered because of European governments and the individuals within those governments who had absolute control over the levers of power.
  2. USSR in the 1930’s: 30+ million individuals murdered by a socialist government where individuals within that government had absolute control over the levers of power.
  3. World War II: Two socialist and one monarchical government started the war which resulted in the murder of 70 million individuals.
  4. Late 1940’s– 2000’s: Chinese Communist Government with individuals wielding absolute control over the levers of power murdered 60+ million individuals. It continues….
  5. Dishonorable mentions: Socialist governments: Pol Pot Regime, Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela. Dictatorships: African despots, Radical Islam.
  6. Democratic republics: No comparison, so far.
What is this obsession with government and especially unlimited government? If there is anything in this world that needs to be limited and used sparingly, it is government.

Evil exists. Each individual has the potential to be tempted by it. There are, however, more safe guards against individuals obtaining absolute control over the levers of power in the private sector than in government. I would rather fight a thousand business men and women under the rule of law than one government official under the law of police power, especially if they are evil.

Utopia is impossible.

Dystopia is possible and to be avoided at all cost. All government, and especially collectivist ones, tend toward Dystopia. This does not mean anarchy is the answer. Far from it.  It’s just that we may have this government thing backwards. Instead of national, state and local, let’s try local, state and national. Let’s have the broadest government involvement be local where individuals have the best chance to be heard and their choices honored. From there government involvement lessens and its authority becomes more limited.

Collectivism and Individualism are irreconcilable. There is no need for us to get into the weeds, asking why all should be thus or so?  We know it is either/or. Collectivism or Individualism. Choose Individualism. It has a track record of liberty and prosperity for the greatest number of individuals. Collectivism has a track record of bondage and disparity for the greatest number of individuals, excluding, of course, party members.

The United States of America is exceptional because it is the only state ever in the course of human history, written or oral, where Liberty has been so elevated and enshrined.

“Give me Liberty, or give me death!” A declaration of the ultimate purpose of creation: Freedom of individual responsibility.

RR#2

WHAT HAVE I BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS?
"Service vs. Command!

GS

Nation Reopening on Trump's Watch, Not Fauci's

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, May 13 and 14, 2020

MOLTO GRAZIE.

GS

Italian Piano Lessons (MP4)

MONDAY and TUESDAY, May 11 and 12, 2020

RR#1

THIS IS INFORMATION WORTH ACTING ON.
In view of the near epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency in the general population, I suggest: a) start taking Vitamin D 3,1,000 units daily, and b) getting your doctor to order a 25 OH D3 blood test soon.
This is not medical advice, just a strong suggestion.

GS

Does Vitamin D Protect Against COVID-19?

RR#2

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ACCUSED STUDENTS, A LONG TIME COMING.
NOW LET'S GIVE THEM FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

GS

"For too many years, Title IX has been used to beat down American college students falsely accused of sexual misconduct and as an excuse to inhibit free speech," said AFA Action vice president Rob Chambers. "Too many innocent lives have been harmed by the lack of justice found on campuses across the country."
 
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos said of the new regulation, "Too many students have lost access to their education because their school inadequately responded when a student filed a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual assault. … This new regulation requires schools to act in meaningful ways to support survivors of sexual misconduct, without sacrificing important safeguards to ensure a fair and transparent process."

Taken directly from a press release posted at ed.gov, key provisions of the Department of Education's new Title IX regulation include:

SUNDAY, May 10, 2020

ABOUT THE PANDEMIC: THERE ARE TWO PATIENTS:
the patient in the bed, and the patient at home trying to feed his family.

Whether the Experts are wrong or not - and they Have Been Wrong with their Projections and with their Medical Treatments -
they are enabling (intentionally or not) TYRANNY.
AMERICA COULD BE THE ULTIMATE AND GREATEST FATALITY.

"Tear Down This Wall".

GS

Newport Beach Doctor Explains Exactly How The “Experts” Got It Very, Very Wrong

SATURDAY, May 9, 2020

RR#1

PROFESSOR ALAN DERSHOWITZ IS ALWAYS ON POINT.

GS

Every Liberal Should Applaud Flynn Decision

RR#2

OK. SO YOU'RE ISOLATED AT HOME...OR YOU'RE "ALONE IN A CROWD".
Instead of playing mindless games or watching mindless shows, how about staying up-to-speed with actual Factual information that will make the next several months Fascinating?
Here are some articles (reliable, not Fake News) that are worth your while and mine. Sorry, you'll have to look them up.

1) "What Trump Has In Common With Napoleon" - WSJ May 7, 2020.
2) "Our Republic Is Under Assault" - Judicial Watch, Verdict, May 2020.
3) "New Rule Strengthens Rights Of The Accused" (on and off campus) - WSJ May 7, 2020.
3) "CVS Warns Of Nonvirus Health Crisis" (with people ignoring their serious underlying health issues) - WSJ May 7, 2020.
4) And a group of articles attending to our Spiritual Side:
a) "U.S. Bishops: Coronavirus Response Must Be Ethical" ( regarding the ethical application of Triage) - National Catholic Register, April 26, 2020.
b) "The Power Of Prayer" (real and documented) - CatholicLeague, Catalyst May 20, 2020.
c) "Trump Warns Of Drugs, Depression, Suicides" - Ibid.
d) "The Historic Role Of 20th Century Popes" (a little perspective, please; remember what we've been through) - Ibid.
e) "Abortion Essentials" ( the national cancer in our midst...a Pandemic much worse than COVID-19) - National Catholic Register, April 26, 2020.
f) And to end this offering on a light note: "Music And St. Therese: Marie Miller's 'Little Dreams'" - Ibid.

"Each one of us has a unique quest, something only we can do to make the world more beautiful, more humane, more fraternal".
AMEN.

GS

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020

RR#1

Video Tricks (MP4)

RR#2

MEANWHILE, THE ACADEMICS CONTINUE TO SEEK TOTAL CONTROL OVER OUR FUTURE.
They are Advisors...Remember?

GS

Stay Home, Get Sick? Shocking New COVID-19 Development from New York

RR#3

HERE IS A CONSISTENT AND SOLID SOURCE OF INFORMATION AND OPINION.

GS

The threat of a police state

RR#4

SO MANY STORIES TO FOLLOW.
Here's an index and bibliography - and of course my opinions.

1) This Pandemic is War: a Two-Front War, regarding personal and also economic health,  each equally important now and each equally sustaining its own casualties. In fighting this War, there are Advisors and Leaders: as in the Military, a Command structure and a Service structure. Beware the Advisors trying to take over Leadership (now in the hands of Governors in a Federalist System of U.S. Government). And regarding the Advisors, Beware their tendency to charge beyond their supply structure.
See the recent article in the WSJ May 6, 2020: "Imprecise Data Muddy Virus Death Forecasts".

2) Popular Leftist Stories:
a) #MeToo: Faced with Biden's "Hand Trouble", they are changing their tune.
See: "Al Franken's Revenge", in WSJ May 5, 2020.
b) "Racism..." Always a "mulligan" for that gang of Black "leaders" who haven't had an original idea in decades.
See: "Personal Responsibility And Covid-19", WSJ May 5, 2020.
See: "We Asked 30,000 Black Americans...", Yahoo.com may 3, 2020.
See: "COVID-19, Vitamin D, And Latitude", in mdlinx.com April 21, 2020.
c) "Russia and Trump...and Flynn".   BANKRUPT!
d) The Leftists' Siren Song: Despotism, Socialism, Totalitarianism.
See: "Here Come COVID-19 Tracing Apps - And Privacy Trade-Offs", in The Day.com, May 5,2020.
See the recent video on the subject, Prager U.

3) "MORE STIMULUS, with pet projects", vs. Bankruptcy or at least great national vulnerability to adversaries. Associated Business Liability to benefit that political great supporter - the American Bar Association - despite the applicability of "Force Majeure" in Contract Law.

DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS: NOW HEAR THIS:

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS A COMPLETE  RE-BOOT!!

GS

RR#5

"CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?"

GS

We Can't Ignore the Harms of Social Distancing

RR#6

WHEN WILL SOME PHYSICIANS TREATING COVID-19 STOP BEING BLOCKHEADS?

I reported very early on, as descriptions of the clinical courses of patients became available, that at least part (I believe a large part) of the pathogenesis of this infection was the result of an overreaction of the body's Inflammatory mechanism (an integral and often blunt and dangerous part of our Immune System), also known as the Cytokine System.
I recommended the early use in serious cases (ie. a dropping pO2 even without alarming systems) of adequate doses of ADRENOCORTICOSTEROIDS. Then I read about the diffuse attacks on many organ systems; then the development of hypercoagulability leading to blood clots anywhere! All this is consistent with the Inflammatory System run amok, as occurs in Septic Shock. And even there, many physicians are reluctant to use "cortisone". STUPID.
And now recently, the American Thoracic Society came out with several specific recommendations regarding the treatment of COVID-19 patients with severe distress and illness...and they REFUSED TO MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE USE OF STEROIDS!
"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO"...and now approaching Malpractice, in my opinion.
You Can't Wait For The Double-Blind, Cross-Over Study!
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

GS

A Cardiologist, COVID-19, and His 2-Inch Brain Infarct

RR#7

FYI!
And now, Gov. Cuomo wants to keep the entire nation in Lockdown
until He's Ready.
Nope. Not gonna happen.

GS

Here’s How Much New York City Is Skewing America’s Coronavirus Numbers

RR#8

CALIFORNIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AMERICA'S EXPERIMENTAL MODEL.
Its "scientists" have been its present Governor and its two prior Governors, with the drugged complicity of its "unusual" citizens.
It's been like trying to neutralize the Law of Gravity. A big "splatt".

GS

Newsom's Failed Leadership Driving California Into the Ground

RR#9

YOU OLDER FOLK: DO YOU REMEMBER THE SHOW:
"CAN YOU TOP THIS?"
Well, I Certainly Can't.  TERRIFIC!

GS

Six Things the COVID-19 Panic Has Taught Us
by Michael Tennant
May 7, 2020

The responses of public officials and the American public to the COVID-19 pandemic have been highly instructive. Here are just a few of the things we have learned.
No matter how many times the government has lied to them before, most people will believe its next tale.
Remember these whoppers?
“What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.” — Secretary of State Colin Powell, telling the United Nations Security Council about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction, 2003
“If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” — President Barack Obama, 2009
The list is endless. Yet when the government tells people that we must all be placed under virtual house arrest lest COVID-19 decimate the population, millions of Americans buy it — even though the government has admitted inflating the statistics to make the pandemic appear worse than it actually is.
Most politicians are dictators at heart.
Consider how quickly elected officials from governors to mayors jumped at the chance to bark orders at the people they supposedly serve. In no time flat and without the slightest constitutional or legal justification for it, they unilaterally created new laws and suspended existing ones, criminalizing such heretofore legal activities as surfing, playing basketball, taking your children to the playground, opening your business to willing customers, and even going to church. Meanwhile, like the good dictators that they are, they felt free to violate their own rules and to arrest and threaten those who protested their tyrannical actions — or simply to ban protests altogether.
Cops and soldiers are no friends of freedom.
Contrary to the myth that the police and the military are the guarantors of our liberty, they are the ones who have been enforcing the unconstitutional dictates of our mini-Mussolinis. Aside from some isolated sheriffs who have pledged not to enforce certain orders, most police departments have happily cracked down on shelter-in-place flouters. In Rhode Island, the National Guard, along with the police, has been used to illegally search houses for visiting New Yorkers to force them into quarantine. There is also a secret military task force preparing to secure Washington, D.C., which Newsweek notes “contradicts” Pentagon “assurances” that “men and women in uniform are not conducting secret missions and that they will not administer or enforce ‘stay at home’ quarantines.” If the cops and the military were really guardians of our freedom, they would be storming nearly every governor’s mansion in the country and forcing those tinpot tyrants to rescind their unconstitutional edicts.
Politicians are only concerned about the immediate consequences of their actions.
Fearful of headlines about COVID-19 deaths and jammed hospital emergency rooms, politicians have locked down their jurisdictions, claiming that everything else comes second to “saving lives.” They have not, however, considered that their edicts may cause more suffering than the virus ever could. The destruction of businesses and livelihoods — the U.S. unemployment rate may now be worse than it was during the depths of the Great Depression, and some of those jobs will never return — is already causing more suicidal thoughts (if not actual suicides), domestic violence, and other societal ills. The fear of going to the hospital is inducing people with serious conditions not to seek medical care, leading to unnecessary deaths at home. Cancer treatments, deemed “nonessential” by the same people who think abortion clinics must remain open, are on hold, which will surely result in additional corpses down the line.
The Left cares nothing about civil liberties.
For all their talk about civil liberties, leftists have been remarkably quiet when it comes to the violations of said liberties by the various COVID-19 orders spewed by officials throughout the land. The American Civil Liberties Union is touting its efforts not to roll back these egregious constitutional violations for the population as a whole but “to protect voting rights, demand that vulnerable people in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers be released, and fight to ensure reproductive health care remains open and accessible to all who need it.” Indeed, the Left’s only serious complaint in all of this is that President Donald Trump, the man they spent four years telling us was acting like a fascist dictator, hasn’t been dictatorial enough in his response to the virus.
Converting a relatively free, democratic country into a totalitarian state is a snap: Just add fear.
“Crisis is the path to happiness. Decay and disintegration do not spell doom, but ascent and beginning. The powerful forces of a new creation operate in the hush beyond the noise of the day.” — Joseph Goebbels
Told that over two million Americans would die from COVID-19, people panicked and demanded that government “do something.” Politicians, only too happy to oblige, began ordering people to stay home and “nonessential” businesses to close. Frightened individuals and institutions — even churches in states where they hadn’t been ordered to close — knuckled under almost immediately. Hashtags like #stayhomesavelives and advertisements proclaiming “We’re in this together” became ubiquitous. The propaganda was so successful that anyone seeking a return to the ancient way of life (i.e., the relative freedom we enjoyed in early March) was tagged as “selfish” because, as Adolf Hitler put it, “the position of the individual is conditioned solely by the interest of the nation as a whole.” Encouraged by politicians, people eagerly began reporting their neighbors to the police for violating COVID-19 orders. One teenager was even allegedly murdered by his own stepfather for refusing to abide by his state’s shelter-in-place dictate. How little it would take for a public thus conditioned to embrace a fully totalitarian state!
The changes brought about in our society in such rapid succession over a disease that now appears to be hardly more dangerous than the seasonal flu have shown just how fragile America’s experiment with liberty really is. Will “saving lives” end up killing freedom?

THURSDAY, May 7, 2020

WHY ARE WE NOT HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS SIDE OF THE STORY?
We all know why.

GS

Catholic Cardinals Urge Respect for Freedom With Virus

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020

RR#1

FASCINATING...AND EDUCATIONAL:
In today's world, the more you "know", the less you Know.
Caveat Emptor.

GS



RR#2

A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE ON OUR "SOCIAL DISTANCING".

GS



TUESDAY, May 5, 2020

RR#1

MORE ON GLOBAL WARMING...

GS

The  Arctic Ocean is warming , icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water
too hot according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from US Consulate at Bergen, Norway.
     
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and
hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic  ocean.
     
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
     
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
     
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many
points well known glaciers have entirely  disappeared.
     
Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast  shoals of herring and smelts
which have never before ventured so far  north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
     
Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities
uninhabitable.
     
* * * *          * * * *
     
I must  apologize.  I  neglected to mention.
 
This  report was from November 2, 1922, as reported and published in The Washington Post 98 years ago.
     
This must have been caused by the Model T Ford's emissions or possibly from horse and cattle flatulence.

RR#2

ALRIGHT. TIRED OF READING MY ANALYSIS OF THIS CRISIS?
Take a break and read the report of Larry P. Arnn, PhD, President,
Hillsdale College: "THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT CRISIS",
(in Imprimis, March / April, Hillsdale.edu).
But: "I'll Be Back".

GS


MONDAY, May 4, 2020

A GREAT READ...AND GREAT ADVICE IN THESE TIMES:
"The Catholic Thing:, Courage: Grace under Pressure",
by Robert Royal.

GS

The Catholic Thing: Courage: Grace under Pressure

SUNDAY, May 3, 2020

RR#1

THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE...

GS

80 Nursing Home Patients And Staff Members With COVID-19 Given Hydroxychloroquine…Guess How Many Survived?

RR#2

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH....?"
Can you take the Truth?

GS

‘Five Eyes’ Intelligence Memo Details China COVID-19 Cover-Up

RR#3

"TO BE (an open society), OR NOT TO BE? THAT IS THE QUESTION."

Consider this.
The approach of those who essentially advise staying the course for many more months is analogous to America in 1941 having turned West and fought Japan while ignoring the devastation then being visited on England, Europe and Russia - until those nations had been destroyed, as they would have been without our involvement. Then would have come our turn...and we would have Lost.
That was a Two Front War - and so is this. We must simultaneously fight on the serious Viral front and on the soon-to-be devastating Economic front (macro and micro). We must be prepared to take major casualties on both fronts in order to avoid total defeat...of our people and of our Nation.
Too Dramatic? I think Not.

GS

RR#4

BREAKING NEWS, MAY 3, 2020.

1) See: "Five Eyes Intelligence Memo Details China COVID-19 Cover-Up", by  Eric Mack (in http://www.newsmax.com, May 3, 2020).
2) See: "Five Eyes Intelligence Report Casts Damning Light On How China Handled Coronavirus" (in http://www.teaparty247.org, May 3, 2020).

GS

RR#5

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".

We've known these facts. This puts them all together.

GS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Had the Worst Response to the Crisis of Any Governor in America


SATURDAY, May 2, 2020

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC...MORE FROM YOUR LOCAL OBSERVER.

I have been writing about this since late February in this section.
I can say that I have nothing to retract to date regarding my expressed opinions, always supported by referenced articles.
But I refuse to get overwhelmed by listing and Linking those articles - or to stop sharing my observations and my insights. So here come more, with plenty of references available in hand. 

1) About China. If there is any silver lining to this miserable experience, it is a too long delayed insight into the existential  threat that totalitarian China presents for America. That Must and Will finally be addressed. Review the comments of the President and also of Secretary of State Pompeo on the subject. Secretary Pompeo is one of our greatest assets.

2) About Remdesivir, the new medicine for COVID-19. What: no many months-long Double-Blind Cross-Over studies? In a crisis like this, it is time for the Academics to step aside for the Clinicians to care for their patients - based upon their education, training and experience...and based on the PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. In fact, I have been calling attention to the current "standard of care" leaving a lot to be desired: too much dependence on ventilators vs less intrusive methods of respiratory care - including the prone position, earlier and heavier use of O2, and especially the realization of the central role of the Inflammatory System and Cytokine Storm as the basis of such widespread damage - and the use of adequate dose ADRENOCORTICOSTEROIDS!

3) About the extent and duration of "social distancing" - in the extreme and resulting in another massive category of patients: the tens of millions of Americans out of work and out of school...a likely long-term chronic disease unless reversed NOW.  What are making this matter much more difficult to resolve are: a) the improper role of the Academics as decision-makers; b) the "holier-than-thou" posture being taken by some politicians working to preen their future political image; c) a power-grab by Governors - the Constitution be damned; d) the willingness of the Leftists and of their intimidated Democratic followers to do and say Anything to destroy President Trump, now or in November. But the cry from many and ever - more Americans must be heard:
"TEAR DOWN THIS WALL".

The above observations discuss Substance.
The Tone of reportage on this subject, particularly from the mainstream media, is also important.
Just compare three recent articles:
1) Two by Lee Elci in The Day:
a) "For A Moment Set Aside Trump Attacks And Unite", April 22, 2020;
b) "Nothing Is Normal, and Little Is Practical, About 'New Normal'", April 29, 2020.
2) One by David Collins in The Day, April 30,2020.
"I've Seen COVID-19 Loss Up Close; I Blame Trump". HAIR ON FIRE!

So: PAY ATTENTION. BE INVOLVED. PROTECT YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH, YOUR PERSONAL / ECONOMIC HEALTH...AND YOUR FREEDOM - LITERALLY!  They are all at risk right now!

GS

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020

AS HAS BEEN SAID AND DEMONSTRATED MANY TIMES IN THE PAST,
"Those who do not know History are condemned to repeat it".
The declarations and the actions already mounted by the Far Left and their craven followers are not to be ignored. These people are despots, totalitarians, deep in their being. It has always been this way with such people throughout History.
The demands of the Left and of their Democratic followers against any opening of Society at this time, under the ruse of it being a matter of "life and death" represent the current weapon de jour in achieving their greater goals.
Beware! And be prepared to Fight for your Rights by any means necessary.

GS

Urgent Message From David Horowitz

I am a Jew, but I know these are especially dangerous times for Christians.
The war on the virus has become a war on Christians.
Let me explain.
The draconian powers of government have been deployed against Christians, their churches, and their faithful during this pandemic.
It is nothing less than a dry run of government-controlled persecution of Christians.
And the little pushback these people faced as they trampled over constitutional freedoms is a dangerous omen.
When I wrote my book Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America back last year, I had little reason to think it would be a runaway bestseller . . .
In fact, it continues to this day as a bestseller, topping several book lists as I write this letter.
Back then, I thought Christian persecution was a reality that would become a clear and present danger to Christians, and the nation that Christians created. That danger is now.
It is a danger that I as an American and a Jew fear.
I know the rising acts of violence against Jews and against their synagogues are linked to the secularist war on traditional America.
This and more shocking revelations are laid out in Dark Agenda.
Frankly, I was also surprised by the reaction the book received.
Tucker Carlson called the book "disturbing" and "vital" and urged his viewers to get it.
Mike Huckabee called it the best defense of Christianity he ever read.
And Glenn Beck told his radio audience he read Dark Agenda and now believes America is in the "danger zone."
Events of the last several weeks have brought home the grave danger believers find themselves in.
The curves of the coronavirus are flattening, hospitalizations are falling, medical supply lines are being strengthened . . .
And even potential viral cures are being successfully tested as the stock market is rebounding.
Yet, even as these positive developments are creating optimism and hope, the left is warning that hope is dangerous, while escalating their attacks on President Donald Trump.
Did they not notice he is the man engineering this very turnaround?
The left-wing site The Daily Beast even ran a headline saying "Trump Leads Pro-Plague States in a COVID Civil War."
And all over the country, all-powerful government officials, backed by their media minions, seem gleeful as they shut down churches and religious services.
The last I checked, freedom of religion was a constitutional right, indeed the basis of all our American rights.
But now, if law-abiding citizens in Greenville, Mississippi, want to have a religious service in their church parking lot, sitting alone in their cars, this would be a crime!
In fact, a church in Mississippi faced such a threat, until President Trump's Department of Justice stepped in and said the city had gone way too far.
The DOJ warned the city's mayor: "The City appears to have thereby singled churches out as the only essential service . . . that may not operate despite following . . . recommendations regarding social distancing."
The Greenville mayor lifted the ban, reluctantly.
In Kansas, public health orders, while allowing people to go to bars and dine in public restaurants, denied any church from allowing 10 or more people from gathering — even if they were engaged in social distancing.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued draconian lockdown orders.
Under Gov. Whitmer's orders, abortion clinics are open, but her state police can stop non-violent protesters.
Frankly, what we are seeing is very dangerous.
Using the virus as an excuse, authorities all over the United States have sought to curtail, and in some cases, stop religious freedom.
If you're a Christian or Jew or a faithful follower of God, you must read Dark Agenda. You must be worried.
Folks, this religious intolerance we see today has been fueled by the left for over 60 years.
A deep-seated animosity inciting vicious hate crimes, and gaining momentum fast. Just look at this . . .
The day after New Year's, this headline appeared on NBC:
Anti-Semitism Grows in Jewish Communities in NYC Suburbs
Remember the Guardian Angels in New York?
They've been placed on high alert, patrolling Jewish neighborhoods.
Anti-Semitism is growing along with a hatred for Christians. And it's terrifying.
This is all part of the plan set in motion decades ago to banish God from public life.
Please, I explain it all in Dark Agenda. [Remember, it's FREE, with this Special Offer.]
In Dark Agenda, you'll discover the plan that was set in place decades ago . . . and the series of events that have unfolded, allowing the plan to take hold.
I name names — Obama, Hillary, and the big media pushing this secular agenda.
You'll discover who was responsible . . . how the Supreme Court failed Christian America . . . why school administrators are brainwashing our kids . . . and the names of those carrying out the plan in Washington today.
When you're done reading Dark Agenda, you'll understand the deep divide in America.
You will understand why President Trump is at the very epicenter of this battle between the forces of good and evil right here in America.
We must fight back, or our children and generations to come will live in fear of expressing their faith.

Yours for Our Country and Its Faith-Based Freedoms,

David Horowitz



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