A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy
Associates of New
RESPONSE...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.
It will offer
fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by
day, in this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to
be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge
that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental
or military campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission
will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real
politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to
be pro-active. That's all I promise.
Click dates below
for past Rapid Responses
SUNDAY, October 18,
THE NEW YORK TIMES.
spending four years publishing the detritus popularly called "Fake
News" regarding President Trump and his administration's efforts to
drain their swamp, this fallen newspaper decided that repeating it all
in 70 point type would salvage it. See Sunday Review, October 18, 2020.
This is reminiscent of the massive spectacles held by Adolph
Hitler especially in the early years of his rise to power in Nazi
It won't work, now or on November 3 or
thereafter...except as perhaps a temporary treatment for your advanced
Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Meanwhile, forget about ever restoring your paper's claim as the
"newspaper of record".
PEOPLE OF FAITH, OF ANY FAITH EXCEPT PERHAPS ISLAM, REALLY QUESTIONING
THE POSITION, ACTIONS AND BONA FIDES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP REGARDING FAITH
AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION?
On what planet have you been residing during the last four years?
SATURDAY, October 17,
TIME FOR ANOTHER EDITION OF "POT POURRI".
talk briefly about a person's "faith" - or even a person's agnosticism
- more important than one's "religion". Faith in a Supreme Being - or
even in something eternal that transcends us - is the North Star to a
person's life and being. Without that, life is a drag, a drudge without
meaning or goal. Now read "Amy Coney Barrett's Religiosity",
by Daniel Henninger (in WSJ Oct. 15, 2020, Opinion, pA15). "Her faith
lives strongly within her. How sad if modern liberalism cannot abide
the hopeful center of Amy Coney Barrett's life".
- More on the next Justice of the USSC. Read "Amy Coney Barrett Opens Up",
by Jonathan Turley (in WSJ Oct. 16, 2020, Opinion, pA15). "The problem
is not that the Democrats did not learn what they would get in a
Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The problem is that she told them precisely
what they would get."
- Talk about being "unmoored": the
nation's Teachers' Unions have become totally anti-education. See the
bulging section on this web site called "Public Education Politics" -
going back many years. Then see "The Teachers Union's Tiny New Enemy",
by Elliot Kaufman (in WSJ Oct. 15, 2020, Opinion, pA17). I have always
tried to separate and distinguish individual teachers from the
teachers' unions. But no more. Either throw out your "leadership", or
be henceforth identified with those "dissembling miscreants".
- WSJ, Oct. 14, 2020: "Will Amazon Suppress The True Michael Brown Story?", by Jason L. Riley. WSJ Editorial, Oct. 15, 2020: Amazon Cancels Shelby Steele." HERE YOU HAVE AN UNMOORED LIBERALALISM / LEFTISM. NO NORTH STAR.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS. THEN FIGURE IT OUT.
TUESDAY through FRIDAY, October 13 through 16,
DID YOU VIEW THE TRUMP AND THE BIDEN "TOWN HALLS"?
Trump / NBC Show...An attempted ambush by aggressive inquisitor
Savannah Guthrie. The Public participants were merely props,
regularly interrupted by Guthrie to get more charges in.
The Biden / ABC Show...A Love Fest, with rare involvement of George Stephanopoulos - the "moderator".
WHAT THE HELL!!
a par with the Divinity of Jesus Christ as the bedrock tenet of a
Catholic should be the inviolability of human life from the moment of
The Only exception is the great rarity of need to save the Life of the mother.
And yet, we see more and more violations of this position by ostensibly "Catholic" individuals and organizations.
growing schism within the Catholic Church, involving both the Clergy
and the Laity, MUST BE REVERSED before committed Catholics like myself
find no further need for the Church of Rome that will have lost its way
and its raison d'et.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
CALLING ALL CATHOLICS...AND THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS...
PLEASE VIEW THIS STATEMENT, LINKED HERE, IN ITS ENTIRETY.
IN THIS AGE OF FAKE JOURNALISM AND JOURNALISTS,
in total abrogation of their rights and duties under the First Amendment of our national Constitution,
a source of Real news, documented and unabridged, is Vital to our Freedom.
Whatever your Faith or Religion - or no religion,
please read THE BIDEN REPORT for Catholic Voters (in catholicvote.com).
pages of dense quotations from primary sources detailing decades of Joe
Biden's work and positions while in our government.
You owe it to yourself and to your nation to vote knowledgeably and responsibly in this election.
MONDAY, October 12,
SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANY FAKE NEWS HERE.
SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANY FAKE NEWS HERE.
SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANY FAKE NEWS HERE.
HONOR COLUMBUS DAY...
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, AND ALSO FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, AND FOR
ITALIAN-AMERICANS WHO FOUGHT AND WON OVER SEVERE DISCRIMINATION SINCE
THE 19TH CENTURY, AND FOR AFRICANS WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE FROM THEIR
NATIVE LANDS BY FORCE...AND WHO ALSO HAVE WON OVER SEVERE
In fact, honor all peoples who refused to succumb to the limitations imposed on them by ignorance and despotism.
And honor the one Nation that has exemplified that struggle and success.
"E PLURIBUS UNUM".
HERE IS A GOOD VIDEO ON VIRUSES IN GENERAL,
AND INCLUDING COVID-19...TOGETHER WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO
TO PROTECT YOURSELF.
It also puts things is proper perspective: no "hair-on-fire" here.
HERE IS MORE AND MORE AUTHORITATIVE SUPPORT FOR USING
"COMMON SENSE", AS DEFINED NUMEROUS TIMES HEREIN.
- Read the "Great Barrington Declaration", as posted HERE.
- See the most recent recommendation by the World Health Organization regarding "Lockdowns".
SUNDAY, October 11,
MORE ON LIVING WITH THIS PANDEMIC.
article describes 5 important insights and treatments for COVID-19
which I have been reporting about on this RR site since they each
became known beginning in March. Particularly the "cytokine storm" and
its treatment should have been an early no-brainer.
panic and anxiety should have no place as we go forward living with
this challenge for many months to come. Will we all survive? Probably
not. But everything in life is a Risk-To-Benefit analysis.
COMMON SENSE: social distancing; an effective mask when that is not
possible; hand washing; and Avoiding Large Gatherings...where there
will always be some selfish idiots generally between the ages of teens
and thirties. Also, get your Flu shot; and reverse any poor life-style
habits which are much more likely to kill you prematurely.
And "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY".
Professor of Pharmacy at U of Toronto update on advances made to deal with COVID-19
A professor of Pharmacy at U of Toronto sent this clearly worded update to his family.
this pandemic there’s a greater chance of survival for those getting
infected 3 months later like June 2020 than those who got infected 3
months earlier say February 2020. The reason for this is that Doctors
and scientists know more about Covid-19 now than 3 months ago and hence
are able to treat patients better. I will list 5 important things that
we know now that we didn’t know in February 2020 for your
1. COVID-19 was initially
thought to cause deaths due to pneumonia - a lung infection and so
Ventilators were thought to be the best way to treat sick patients who
couldn’t breathe. Now we are realizing that the virus causes blood
clots in the blood vessels of the lungs and other parts of the body and
this causes the reduced oxygenation . Now we know that just providing
oxygen by ventilators will not help but we have to prevent and dissolve
the micro clots in the lungs. This is why we are using drugs like
Aspirin and Heparin ( blood thinners that prevents clotting) as
protocol in treatment regimens in June 2020.
Previously patients used to drop dead on the road or even before
reaching a hospital due to reduced oxygen in their blood - OXYGEN
SATURATION. This was because of HAPPY HYPOXIA where even though the
oxygen saturation was gradually reducing the COVID-19 patients did not
have symptoms until it became critically less, like sometimes even 70%.
Normally we become breathless if oxygen saturation reduces below 90%.
This breathlessness is not triggered in Covid patients and so we were
getting the sick patients very late to the hospitals in February 2020.
Now since knowing about happy hypoxia we are monitoring oxygen
saturation of all Covid patients with a simple home use pulse oximeter
and getting them to hospital if their oxygen saturation drops to 93% or
less. This gives more time for doctors to correct the oxygen deficiency
in the blood and a better survival chance in June 2020.
We did not have drugs to fight the corona virus in February 2020.
We were only treating the complications caused by it... hypoxia. Hence
most patients became severely infected. Now we have 2 important
medicines FAVIPIRAVIR & REMDESIVIR ... These are ANTIVIRALS that
can kill the corona virus. By using these two medicines we can prevent
patients from becoming severely infected and therefore cure them BEFORE
THEY GO TO HYPOXIA. This knowledge we have in JUNE 2020... not in
4. Many Covid-19 patients die not just
because of the virus but also due the patient’s own immune system
responding in an exaggerated manner called CYTOKINE STORM. This stormy
strong immune response not only kills the virus but also kills the
patients. In February 2020 we didn’t know how to prevent it from
happening. Now in June 2020, we know that easily available medicines
called Steroids, that doctors around the world have been using for
almost 80 years can be used to prevent the cytokine storm in some
5. Now we also know that people with hypoxia
became better just by making them lie down on their belly - known as
prone position. Apart from this a few days ago Israeli scientists have
discovered that a chemical known as Alpha Defensin produced by the
patients White blood cells can cause the micro clots in blood vessels
of the lungs and this could possibly be prevented by a drug called
Colchicine used over many decades in the treatment of Gout. So now we
know for sure that patients have a better chance at surviving the
COVID-19 infection in June 2020 than in February 2020, for sure.
forward there’s nothing to panic about Covid-19 if we remember that a
person who gets infected later has a better chance at survival than one
who got infected early.
Let’s continue to follow precautions, wear masks and practice social distancing.
TO FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:
With friends like these....
SATURDAY, October 10,
2020IF THERE EVER WAS A TIME TO GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE
WALL STREET JOURNAL - AS THE "NEWSPAPER OF REFERENCE",
this is it!.
Check out these articles in just one edition, October 9, 2020"
And for extra credit:
FRIDAY, October 9,
DENNIS PRAGER: ALWAYS A GOOD LISTEN.
CALLING ALL CATHOLICS; OTHERS ALSO WELCOME.
What to do in this election...consistent with your Faith?
This is Not an impertinent question.
Our Catholic Faith should be the core of our Life Lived Daily,
not a piece of clothing put on for "special occasions".
The national election on November 3 presents a special challenge, particularly regarding two issues: Economics, and Abortion.
Here the current publication of National Catholic Register (Oct. 11-24, 2020) provides two very helpful articles:
- "The Candidates and Economics", by Jonathan Liedl. Hint: "Pope
Leo Xlll, for example, forcibly condemned the main tenet of socialism,
'a community of goods', on the basis that it is 'directly contrary to
the natural rights of mankind,' including the inviolability of private
- "Cardinal Gerhard Muller Looks At US Politics. The 2020 Presidential Election And Catholic Conscience", by Edward Pentin. "...he
is clear that any Catholic or religious politician who actively
promotes abortion and euthanasia is 'not eligible for election'". Cardinal Muller is prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
AND NOW, A PERSONAL / PROFESSIONAL REFLECTION.
1964, when I decided to join a political party, I joined the Democratic
Party. From then until 1990, I worked for the Party, including in
elected public office for 6 years (three terms). By then the Democratic
Party had morphed into something I could not recognize. So, holding my
nose, I joined the Republican Party.
My experience since then is
outlined on my web site, especially since 2003 on the Rapid Response
section of that site (www.asthma.drsprecace.com)
back at the ranch", aka my life as a practising physician since 1957 -
and counting - I was a member of the American Medical Association
until 1990, when I realized that that august body had become an
obsequious shell of its former self in its efforts to "be at the
table"...the political table - while actually being relegated to under
the table in effectiveness for our public and professional health. To
that was added the American College of OB/GYN that came out supporting
Abortion! Another notable has become the American College of
Physicians, of which I am a FACP, with reliably "liberal" positions
arguably at variance with the large majority of its members.
comes the New England Journal Of Medicine, in its Editorial for October
9,2020 (Linked below). Neither "scientific" nor actually measured in
the facts it presents - and omits - it presents as its position a
screed that greatly demeans itself. Henceforth, we must add it to the
growing list of prostituted "scientists'' and "science" that have so
declared themselves since the beginning of this election cycle: aka the
last 4 years.
THIS FROM NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE:
• opposes abortion on demand and supports pro-life laws to protect unborn children;
• opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion providers;
• supports legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain from late abortions;
has nominated judges like Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh,
who voted to uphold pro-life legislation;
JOE BIDEN SUPPORTS THE OPPOSITE.
Whom do see when you look in the mirror?
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, October 7 and 8,
HERE ARE MY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE...
after viewing it and before reading any other "analysis".
1) Most Quotable from Pence:
"You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own "facts".
2) Most Quotable from Harris:
30 times - just so you know that she won't be the "power behind the
throne". FAT CHANCE.
"AND THE WINNER IS"...
Vice President Pence: clear, articulate, persistent, persuasive. "The President and I..."
Not Senator Harris: too saccharine, by far. But we already know your persona and your aims!
The moderator did a good job...meaning that she did not reveal bias.
NOW: ON TO THE MAIN ATTRACTION.
THE AUTHOR KNOWS WHAT HE OR SHE IS TALKING ABOUT.
"Aint It Grand?"
TUESDAY, October 6,
PLEASE SEE THE 20 MINUTE MONOLOGUE PRESENTED BY TUCKER CARLSON ON HIS FOX PROGRAM, OCT. 6, 2020, 8 PM ET.
It's about COVID -19...and much more.
with numerous video segments from MSNBC and CNN and several other
"mainstream " sources, he documents the hysterical outrage and actual
clinical dementia demonstrated by these poor souls as they demand
obedience from us all to their insane orders.
These are the people and the ideas that will Command us if they win on November 3.
MONDAY, October 5,
I AM SORRY TO HAVE TO POST THIS.
But I have to.
Why Grandpa's Carry Guns?
old Grandpa said to me, "Son, there comes a time in every man's life
when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's
when he becomes too old to take a whoopin'."
I don't carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
don't carry a gun because I'm angry; I carry a gun so that I don't have
to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun
because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk
somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun to make me
feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of
themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because
I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed
thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
carefully.....this is a biggy.) Police protection is an oxymoron:
Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you
from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then
call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take a whoopin'!
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
PLEASE DON'T THINK FOR A MOMENT, THAT THIS COULDN'T HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY ALSO !!!!!!
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:
From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control:
From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938:
1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to
defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935:
From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964:
From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970:
From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956:
From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,
gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
With guns, we are 'citizens'; without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES A GUN TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD! SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT ISSUES AND TRAINS EVERY ADULT IN THE USE OF A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
A NO BRAINER! DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX
DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY
I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you
are too, forward this. If you're not a believer, reconsider
the true facts. This is history; not what's being shown on TV,
sanctioned by our illustrious delusional leaders in Washington .
This should go for grandmas also. Do you have yours?
THIS MAY BE "BREAKING NEWS" FOR THOSE WHO SIMPLY KNOW HOW TO TEAR THINGS DOWN.
Thank you, Christopher Columbus.
SUNDAY, October 4,
WOW. WHAT A TIME IN OUR ALWAYS CONSEQUENTIAL LIVES.
Today, a Gatling Gun Edition of Pot Pourri.
- See my most recent RR offerings about "the debate" and about COVID-19.
will be living with the virus indefinitely." (See Holman Jenkins
article in WSJ, September 30, 2020). AND THAT'S
- See Rudy Giuliani's interview on Fox, Oct. 4, 2020, 7 AM. GREAT.
as if your life depends on it": the last sentence of the October 4,
2020 article by Lisa McGinley, in The Day. IT DOES, ESPECIALLY
FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
- "The report of my death was an
exaggeration", as Mark Twain once noted. But David Collins has a point
in his column of October 3, 2020 in The Day regarding the "National
U.S. Coast Guard Museum. "I'm looking for leadership here". Since, for
so many reasons, the RCDC has failed to market Fort Trumbull, the
museum should be re-sited there. ASAP.
the excellent Letter to the Editor published by Richard Golden in the
Oct. 2, 2020 edition of The Day, regarding the positions of our leaders
and "leaders" on the pandemic from the outset. Here are the facts, if
you care about such things.
- "Oceans absorb much more carbon
than previously thought, study finds". And forests, currently being
destroyed at a fierce rate world-wide, mainly by design in "third-world
countries", are our other greatest defense against global warming.
Meanwhile, we are urged to believe that Climate Change and Global
Warming our "Settled Science". NOT QUITE!
- Can we
Catholics be Christian / charitable...and not be Socialist /
Marxist? Pope Francis is making this progressively more
- Here is a "Dog Bites Man" story that newspapers
are not supposed to treat as News: "AS VOTING BEGINS, OUR CHOICE
IS JOE BIDEN" (Editorial, The Day, Oct. 1, 2020).
- Now if you
really want a personal History of the last four tumultuous years, buy
and read: "The Tweets Of President Donald J. Trump" (Forefront Books),
from 1/20/2017 to 2/5/2020.
Adrenocorticosteroids should have been part of the treatment of any but the mild cases beginning in March.
the comment about Juan Williams is right on point. After watching a
number of the Fox shows "The Five", I have never seen Williams do
anything but regurgitate the pap he has been spouting for years -
regardless of the topic at hand.
SATURDAY, October 3,
2020PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS COVID-19 INFECTION.
That is not news. Nor was it entirely unexpected, in view of his position and responsibilities.
A fine analysis of this development appears in the WSJ Editorial for Oct. 3-4, 2020: "Trump's Positive Covid Test". It is worth a careful read.
I will note, however, is that living a good and productive life does
not come with avoidance of "lemons", but with making lemonade from
those inevitable lemons.
This is a lemon for the President. But: a)
if he recovers promptly and completely, together with protective
antibodies, he will have plenty of time to win the election next month;
or b) if he develops a substantial illness and recovers gradually -
with or without residua, he will know what to do on behalf of the
nation. Given the relevant experience that well over 90% of such
affected individuals recover completely, option "a" is highly likely -
and will likely work to his advantage.
That is what reveals strength of character and of leadership...making lemonade out of this lemon. I predict that outcome.
John Q. Public should continue to use common sense (social distancing,
effective masks when that is not possible, frequent hand washing and
avoidance of crowds or large groups - always likely to include
So, get out from under your bed, get your life back - and help bring your country back to good health.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, October 1 and 2,
2020HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THIS PUBLISHED BEFORE?
How many coal plants are there in the world today?
Green New Deal???
The EU has 468 - building 27 more... Total 495
Turkey has 56 - building 93 more... Total 149
South Africa has 79 - building 24 more... Total 103
India has 589 - building 446 more... Total 1035
Philippines has 19 - building 60 more... Total 79
South Korea has 58 - building 26 more... Total84
Japan has 90 - building 45 more... Total 135
China has 2,363 - building 1,171 more... Total3,534
That’s 5,615 projected coal powered plants in just 8 countries.
USA has 15 - building 0 more...Total 15
And Democrat politicians with their "green new deal” want to shut down those 15 plants in order to "save” the planet.
This is EXCELLENT!! I knew the rough idea about the number of coal plants, but had not yet seen actual numbers until now.
makes the point. Whatever the USA does or doesn’t do won’t make a
Tinker’s Dam regarding CO2 unless the rest of the world, especially
China and India reduces coal-fired power plants as
The whole “global warming” and
“climate change” gambits byDemocrats are to create a *supposedly*
sound, scientific basis to justify a federal government power-grab and
the passage of MORE laws to increase taxes and increased control of the
privately owned power industry and its distribution. Never forget
the *main* motivation they have!
“Oh, we will SAVE the planet!!” 100% Pure Bull
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