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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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MONDAY, October 14, 2019

"WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE?"
That's my self-imposed task: to share sources - and of course my opinion - on important issues of the day. I could do a better job if I were not also running a full-time medical practice.
1) "Turkey Has Legitimate Grievances Against The U.S.", by Doran and Reynolds (in WSJ Oct. 9, 2019, Opinion, pA17. This is the other side of the story. President Trump is right, again, vs. the hypocritical and the uninformed.
2) "Hamilton Wouldn't Impeach Trump", by Professor Alan Dershowitz (in WSJ Oct. 10, 2019, Opinion, pA19).
3) "Watch Out: Supreme Court In Session", (Editorial - NYTimes Oct. 6, 2019). This is offered by me just as a scorecard to follow the Court's work in this session - not as an endorsement of the opinions expressed therein.

GS

SUNDAY, October 13, 2019

RR#1

"MORAL INJURY".
EXACTLY THE RIGHT TERM FOR WHAT'S AILING PHYSICIANS.

GS

MD Says: How Doctors Can Stop Burnout and Moral Injury

RR#2

COLUMBUS DAY, 2019

Columbus should be celebrated

RR#3

Conundrum

"A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one, and don't have one.  You'll probably never need one again."
The definition of the word Conundrum is:  Something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America:
 
1.  America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
 
2.  Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
 
3.  They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
 
4.  Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
 
5.  The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other Countries only dream about.
 
6.  They have things that people in other countries only dream about, yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
 
7.  Think about it!  And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
 
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.  By the way.....
 
1.  We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.  Funny how that works.  And here's another one worth considering...
 
2.  Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money.  But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money?  What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.
 
Which side of the fence?
If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!
If a Republican doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
 
If a Democrat doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat
 
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
 
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
 
If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a Republican doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
 
A Democrat demands that those they don't like be shut down.
If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
 
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.
 
If a Republican is unhappy with an election, he grumbles and goes to work the next day.
 
If a Democrat is unhappy with an election, he burns down a Starbucks, throws rocks at cops and takes two-weeks off for therapy.
If a Republican reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.


SATURDAY, October 12, 2019

THE BEST HUMOR IS THE TRUTH.

GS

A Little Humor To Make You Smile


FRIDAY, October 11, 2019

THIS I BELIEVE.

GS

Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?


THURSDAY, October 10, 2019

RR#1

'LEST WE FORGET.

GS

The Coup Attempt Began the Day After the Election

RR#2

RES IPSA LOQUITUR.
If you want to find this in our main media, be my guest.

GS

Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 For Lobbying Activities: Ukrainian MP

WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2019

Interesting information, as is much that is written about Bronchial Asthma.
But there are three important issues that are being missed by most physicians and most commentators:
1) the central importance of a carefully taken medical and allergy history, by a certified Allergist or by a trained and motivated health care provider. This would most often lead to complete diagnosis and a treatment program that should include Allergy Immunotherapy for those allergens that cannot be avoided.
2) the uselessness of the "diagnosis" of COPD, actually a waste-basket for undiagnosed components of Obstructive Airway Diseases: Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and other consequences of personal and occupational life.
3) the proper and experienced use of oral corticosteroids, both tablet and inhaled, often used with a "all or nothing at all" approach.
4) the utility of biologics in selected cases - but not nearly as important as the  above.

That approach will get our asthmatics better and keep them better.

GS

Asthma Control in the Elderly: A Test of Personalized Coaching

TUESDAY, October 8, 2019

These are good. Some should be read again and again.

MONDAY, October 7, 2019

Pope Urges Conservatives to Be Open to Changes in Church


SUNDAY, October 6, 2019

RR#1

'LEST WE FORGET.
And for the younger Americans and Europeans who never knew and don't care.

GS

9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach (.pdf)

RR#2

HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS...
A Resurrection from the murder?

I have been recommending Health Savings Accounts as a smart way to deal with health costs and insurance since the later 1980's when they were first introduced. Check out my web site (www.asthma.drsprecace.com).
From that point on, they were subject to direct and indirect attacks from the health insurance industry and more subtly from their minions in government.
They are still available and they are still smart...if you look for them and avoid the many myths still propagated about them.

See: "10 MYTHS ABOUT HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.", by Kimberly Lankford (Contributing Editor, Kiplinger.com/slideshow/insurance/T027-S003-10-myth... Nov. 2, 2018).

GS

RR#3

HOW ABOUT SOME "POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION"?
I'm talking about post-grammar school, since so many students are pushed out of high school without a high school education.
"YOU TALKIN' TO ME??"
Yes, I am.
This doesn't involve anything dramatic, expensive or time-consuming.
Just buy and review the Wall Street Journal Saturday - Sunday edition with its section entitled REVIEW...and do it every week!  It is Excellent, and never better than this week's edition (October 5-6, 2019).
There you will learn about:
a) "Cancer Is Still Beating Us. We Need A New Start";
b) Why China is our greatest existential threat:
"Mao's Global Legacy Of Revolution And Bloodshed";
c) The birth of American Jazz:
"One Take, And On To Immortality"- Coleman Hawkins, the Tenor Saxophone, and "Body and Soul";
d) "Should Some Forest Fires Be Left To Burn?"
e) On socialism and central planning vs. free markets and individual freedom: "Team Liberty".
f) On the birth of a nation, Israel: David Ben Gurion, "Father Of His Country".
g) On the birth of a continent: "Charles The Great", Charlemagne;
h) And on a story of terror and destruction: "Imagining An Islamic Europe".
AND MORE, ALL IN ONE EDITION.

So, PUT DOWN THAT STUPID I-PHONE. TURN OFF THE CRAP COMING OUT OF YOUR COMPUTER. AND LEARN SOMETHING!

GS

RR#4

Please watch these videos.
Then explore #walkaway via Google.
Is there hope? Ya think?

GS



RR#5

September 16, 2019, Letter from Bishop Michael Cote


SATURDAY, October 5, 2019

RR#1

"WUNNERFUL, WUNNERFUL, WUNNERFUL".

GS



RR#2

AS  WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS AND THEIR LEFTIST HENCHMEN
PURSUE THEIR LATEST DEBACLE,
Herewith, Democrats Greatest Misses of The Last 60 Years.

1) The abandonment of the mentally Ill by closing mental hospital facilities beginning in the 1960, with the directly related disaster of the homeless - and of so many lives.
2) The destruction of public schools, particularly those serving the poor, the Blacks and recent immigrants, through their craven support for the singularly self-serving teacher unions.
3) The encouragement of a God-less and amoral Society (aka "secular society"), devoid of any principles and of any  Hope - including the abomination of abortion - the intentional taking of an innocent human life.
4) The Asexual Revolution. What the Hell is That?
5) Their support for a "New World Order", a pseudonym for their true goal: Totalitarianism.

I was a registered Democrat for nearly 30 years, serving in elected public office for 6 years as a Democrat, with abundant public service thereafter.  I switched in 1990 when their direction became clear.
And now - What about all the other still reasonable Democrats? How is your self-image doing? Let's see in the 2020 election.

GS


FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

EXACTLY!

GS

INTERESTING THEORY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP’S SUCCESS.
By the Democratic Mayor of Livermore, California.
The mayor of Livermore, California explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump's popularity.
 
Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.  He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican.  He is as conservative as they come.
He wrote the following:
 
Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.
 
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.
They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”
 
Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.
 
There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.
 
We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?
 
We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.
 
This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
 
I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
 
I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
 
I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.
 
Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished”
but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”
 
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s.
To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale..
It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
 
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war.
While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
 
With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end.
Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.
 
During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors.
Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”
 
General George Patton was vulgar-talking. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank.
But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
 
Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting,
“You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”
That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting,
he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.
 
That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.
It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
 
Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.
 
First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri —
 
Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.
Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position ..
They need to respond.
 
This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.
 
The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.
It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
 
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
 
So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”?
 
Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war.
And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
 
So, say anything you want about this president –
I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.
 
I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

THURSDAY, October 3, 2019

RR#1

HERE'S A TREAT INSTEAD OF A TREATMENT.

GS



RR#2

YOU READY FOR A HEADACHE?
Let's discuss CLIMATE CHANGE, aka Global Warming.
See two helpful articles for Facts. Then "take two aspirins and call your doctor in the morning."
1) "Americans need to heed climate change", by Lee Elci (in The Day Oct. 2, 2019).
2) "It's not too late", by Al Gore (in NYTimes Sept 22, 2019, Sunday Review).
Then Google regarding the MANY wrong predictions made by scientists and "scientists" during the last 30 years about climate change, its effects and the timing of those effects.

My position?
1) Climate Change has been going on since the origin (aka "Creation") of the Earth.
2) Man's survival needs and also his excesses have been contributing to those changes throughout time.
3) The degree of those contributions has increased in recent centuries.The proportion of man's contributions versus other factors beyond his understanding or control is in question.
4) Man has an Obligation to mitigate his contributions to the adverse effects of Climate Change...CONSISTENT WITH HIS SURVIVAL! Some of the proposals being made are Not consistent with his survival, short-term or long-term.
5) The First Rule Of Service is Survival!
6) Regarding "our Youth now showing us the way", including Greta Thunberg - a clear case of parental and adult abuse - are you happy with how some of the unhinged generation of the '60's, their children and grandchildren have turned out - for themselves and for their country?

Those of us of Faith can take comfort in the ever-present oversight of a merciful God. But even God may have some misgiving. See the WSJ "Pepper and Salt" cartoon of a few weeks ago, wherein The Supreme Being is viewing the Earth from On High, as He muses:
"Maybe I shouldn't have taken Sunday off".

GS

RR#3

"OH YEAH?"

GS

The New World Order Farming Policy That Has Dutch Farmers In Mass Revolt


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, October 1 and 2, 2019

RR#1

FOLKS, THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE. THIS IS WHERE IT'S AT.
So: VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE...in the 2020 election.

GS

Rush Limbaugh Issues Dire Warning: Is A “Cold Civil War” Breaking Out?

RR#2

Folks,
check out the PBS documentary "COMMAND AND CONTROL", on Netflix.
It describes one particular incident in the nation's Nuclear life since 1945.
More importantly, it documents what has really gone on regarding the many nuclear bomb accidents that have occurred in the decades since then  - about which we have known NOTHING.
Applicable to the circus we are living through now, thanks to our fearless leaders especially at the top of the political chain, it brings to mind three well-known comments:
1) SOP: Standard Operating Procedure;
2) SNAFU: Situation Normal: All F...ed Up;
3) CYA: Cover Your Ass.
THE SWAMP REMAINS WELL STOCKED.
Why? Because "In a democracy, the people always get what they deserve".

GS



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