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.
JUST SO YOU KNOW. Want more? Check out the section on my web site entitled: "The Clinton Presidency", begun then, in real time. And
there is one beneficial aspect to the way the Trump Presidency is being
examined, investigated and hounded: we will know about it NOW, in
real time...without having to wait 20 to 50 years for the real truth
about our Presidents...as has been the case with FDR, Kennedy, Johnson,
Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and (yet to be revealed) Barack Hussein Obama.
Of course, that situation is thanks to the very selective work of our
American Press, our "Truth-Tellers", our "Fourth Estate"...the
A Charitable Foundation Folds !
you wondered why the Clinton Foundation folded so suddenly after
Hillary was no longer in a position of influence? Perhaps this summary
will provide some insight?
From their 2014 990 Tax Form; they list 486 employees (line 5)! It took 486 people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION.
The real heart of the Clintons can be seen here. Staggering but not surprising.
figures are from an official copy of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea
Clinton Foundation for the tax year 2014. The copy of the tax
return is from the National Center for Charitable Statistics web
site http://nccs.urban.org/ . You can obtain the latest tax
return on any charitable organization there.
The Clinton Foundation: Number of Employees (line 5) 486 Total revenue (line 12): $177,804,612.00 Total grants to charity (line 13): $5,160,385.00 (this is less than 3%)
Other expenses (line 17) - $50,431,851.00 HUH??????
Travel - $8,000,000.00 Note : $20 Million in Travel & Meetings to decide who gets the $5.160 Million in Charity?
Meetings - $12,000,000.00
Net assets/fund balances (line 22) - $332,471,349.00…
it required 486 people, who were paid $34.8 million, plus
$91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION!!!
And they call this a CHARITY??????
is alleged that this is one of the greatest white-collar crimes ever
committed. And just think--- one of the participants was a former
president and one who wanted to be elected president of the
(If justice was truly served they would both be in prison).
REGARDING COMPUTERS IN HEALTH CARE: TREAT OR BITTER TREATMENT?
am Not a Luddite. I have always tried to use those new techniques and
tools that would help me in my life and work. In the early 1980's, I
was either the first or the second physician in New London, CT. to
purchase a computer for my office; a Tandy Radio Shake Model 2,
complete with large outboard floppy discs. Soon I purchased an Apple
Macintosh, the one with a 5X5 inch screen. I bought and tried to use
ViaVoice computerized dictation software - all in the 1980's. Late in
that decade, I was chosen at L&M Hospital to join a committee
tasked with visiting Beth Israel Hospital in Boston to view their newly
installed hospital - wide computer set-up.
Fast-Forward to about
six years ago, when the Federal Government decided to require that all
physicians computerize their medical practices, under financial
penalties for non-compliance and with subsidies for compliance.
looked carefully into this opportunity / trap. I decided NO WAY was I
going to let that technology, developed by bureaucrats and not by
practicing medical "providers", get between me and my patients.
ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE, although I am paying for it
/ Or ask your personal physicians who did computerize what they think.
Or, if unavoidable in the hospital as an in-patient, check out how much
(little) time your "providers" spend actually looking at and talking
with you vs. dealing with their EPIC - loaded computers.
MESS: for physicians, nurses, patients...and for those (ie. Us) who are
paying the massive associated bills, while bureaucrats reap the harvest
mainly to feed their computers - and their jobs - and while billing
companies and hospitals game the system to pad the bills.
"YOU'RE DOIN' A HECK OF A JOB, BROWNIE".
ARMISTICE DAY, 100 YEARS LATER.
War To End All Wars" produced "The Peace To End All Peace" (read this
excellent book), followed by a vast increase in the number of nations,
national identities and ethnicities (190 now in the U.N.?) - all ready
to fight for their personal identities. Progess? NO. Human Nature,
since the 12 Tribes of Israel? YES.
Perhaps well-intentioned experiments like the European Union
will have only limited success against this reality.
our President is chided for emphasizing American nationalism by those
whose very existence, past and present, has depended upon American
national power, power which he has had to save from the dumpster of the
damaging Obama Presidency. What Hypocrites. But more on that in another
posting, coming soon to this section.
Hamilton: The Man Who Invented
MORE ON "THE MOUSE THAT ROARED"...AND OTHER MICE. The
President of France is constantly running for office. And well he
should, given his inclinations and policies. But he is not the only
mouse that roared. Check out these stories.
1) JFK's Secretary
of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle
decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US Military
out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded: "Does that include
those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond.
2) When in
England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans were just an example of "empire
building" by George Bush. His answer: Over the years, the United
States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril
to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land that
we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not
return". You could have heard a pin drop.
3) Robert Whiting, an
elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs,
he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry - on. "You
have been in France before, monsieur?", the customs officer asked
sarcastically. Mr Whiting admitted that he had been in France
previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said: "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show
it". "Impossible...Americans always have to show their passports on
arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long
hard look. Then he quietly explained: "Well, when I came ashore at
Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, i couldn't
find a single Frenchman to show the passport to".
The Mice That Roared...
QUICK: THE ANTI-EMETIC!
what I needed after hearing and reading about the crocodile tears being
shed by "journalists" regarding their fake news and their being called
"enemies of the people". Exactly on point. The heavily biased
mainstream media are endangering themselves to become irrelevant in the
nation's discourse. That would be a great loss to everyone and a risk
to our national integrity.
Meanwhile, I almost barf every time I
open my computer "home page" and see what garbage Yahoo is offering now
as "news". Why do I do it? "Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies
And while we're discussing fairness (yes, Fairness),
check out CATALYST, the Journal of the Catholic League, for a factual
counter-weight to the constant barrage of anti-Catholic reportage. You
might begin by reading the article by Archbishop Charles Chaput in the
November, 2018 edition of that publication: "ABP. Chaput's
CounterCultural Message". I have been following him, since his days as
Bishop of Denver, as a possible next Pope.
In any case, I'll keep the anti-emetic close at hand during the next
two challenging years.
BEWARE THE 800 LB GORILLA (RUSSIA).
BEWARE EVEN MORE CLOSELY THE ADVERSARY THAT COMES IN ON CAT'S PAW FEET.
CLIMATE CHANGE: "TO BE, OR NOT TO BE. THAT IS THE QUESTION".
years I have been keeping a growing collection of articles and
statements on this subject on my web site. To this must be added the
informed knowledge and opinions of Prof. Patrick Michaels of the Cato
Institute, whose work came to my attention through an excellent
interview with him on the "Life, Liberty and Levin" show on Fox News
(November 10, 2018). Although severely criticized by the "scientific
community" for his contrarian views on global warming, and really
because of the criticism, his fact-based work and publications should
be a central part of any discussion on this subject.
IF THERE EVER WAS A CASE TO BE MADE FOR TERM LIMITS:
Pelosi, 32 years.
Waters, 28 years.
Hoyer, 38 years.
Schumer 38 years.
Feinstein, 27 years.
Sanders, 28 years.
Durbin, 36 years.
MORE ON THE ELECTION: INFORMATION, AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED BY ALL.
Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways" (NYTimes, Nov. 7, 2018).
1) "Suburbs defect as Trump's base holds."
2) "Viral stars fall short."
3) "Opponents of abortion win big."
4) "The year of the woman: what it all means".
Now on to the 2020 elections...beginning NOW.
AS A FOLLOWER OF FORMER SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH.
offer this despite a hope that it may be hyperbole; a hope because, if
he turns to be right regarding the outcome of elections in Florida and
Arizona as having been efforts to steal election results, this nation
will have entered a very dangerous period. The current "civil" war may
become no longer civil.
Am I the only one to recognize this? Or is no one else willing to
Remember; the first and necessary step to treating a disease is to
THIS IS WHAT PUBLIC EDUCATION AND LEFTIST "LIBERAL EDUCATION" HAS
PRODUCED IN RECENT DECADES:
people who are incapable of personal interaction (thanks to their
gizmos) and who never learned anything about critical thinking.
That is the true cost of their exorbitant "educations".
November 6 and 7,
NATIONAL ELECTIONS,NOVEMBER, 2018...JUST SO YOU KNOW.
NOVEMBER 7, 2018: NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS:
"What's it all about, Alfie?"
1) Democrats win the House.
2) Republicans strengthen their minimal lead in the Senate.
3) Republicans win several very important Governor races - very helpful
for the 2020 Presidential election.
President Trump demonstrates who leads the Republican Party, a vital
lesson for Rinos. A great leader, he also continues to learn some
lessons about "Politics"...in the good and necessary sense.
5) Millennials learn how to vote. Next, they will learn for whom to
6) "College-educated women" vote their perceived narrow self-interest.
That will change as they learn life's lessons.
7) Too many Blacks vote, Zombie-like, for their Democrat masters. Will
they ever learn?
8) Latinos, Asians and other legal immigrants will achieve the American
Dream and will soon vote accordingly.
The nation is still very divided, but now it has channeled its angst
back into the democratic model of action - and away from the direction
in which it was moving.
10) This is a Gift for President Trump, and
a critical challenge for the Democratic Party. If Democrats use their
opportunity to promote serious and needed legislative actions, they
could come close to winning the Presidency in 2020. If they don't - and
I doubt that they will as long as they are pulled by the nose by the
insane Leftists - they will lose in 2020 the Presidency, the House, the
Senate and their entire relevance for at least a decade. Meanwhile, the
President and the Senate continue to return the Federal Judiciary to a
more Conservative / Constitutional posture...a great win.
satisfied...except for Connecticut, whose voters embrace Albert
Einstein's definition of "IDIOCY: continuing to do the same thing and
expecting different results".
UNBELIEVABLE. BUT YOU GOTTA BELIEVE.
Trump drains more of the
Good news is always sweet especially when even Snopes will verify
This type of activity is what brings a distaste for politicians no
matter their stripe.
It's No Wonder Obama's Last Speech Went After Trump Obama's recent
speeches are not to support his Democratic Party.
They are to slam Trump for taking away Obama's taxpayer-paid next 20
years vacation ! Trump cancels Vacations and
Refunds To the American Taxpayers This was verified on Snopes as being
TRUMP JUST ENDED OBAMA'S VACATION SCAM
Obama was going to stick us for $2.1 billion or so
Before Obama left office, he arranged with the State Department for a
series of "official visits" to foreign countries spanning
next 20 years. Using discretionary funds from the Office of
Presidential Visits and Vacations, Obama was planning to use
what would have been another $2.1 billion in free vacations for him and
up to 24 members of his family plus staff and even a
dog sitter until the year 2036.
would have, that is, until Donald Trump put a stop to it.
who is always looking for ways to save money, was presented
with a ledger that contained all of the Obama travel plans and
expenses. The ledger was found by one of the workers Trump
from outside the typical White House staff. Trump immediately
canceled the plans and recalled all Secret Service agents
scheduled to protect the Obama’s anywhere outside of the United States.
The Obamas are also facing another new challenge at the hands of
Trump. They're going to have to repay the government for
of those vacations that weren't official state business. The bill,
after some small allowances, for days that were possibly work
is for $214 million. Of the 692 days the Obamas spent on
vacation, almost none included any work at all. They ate,
slept and golfed and Michelle was given shopping allowances from the
Office of Discretionary Gifting Funds, which is supposed
to be used to buy presents for visiting dignitaries.
TWO DAYS BEFORE THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS,
two newspaper articles - one from a Leftist and one from a
Democratic fellow-traveller - deserve knowing about.
first is a looong pastiche of facts, factoids, bare opinions and
breathless personal feelings evidently thrown together for the
opportunity presented.Trying to critique this work (and I did try) is
like playing Whack A Mole. Thanks, but no thanks.
The second is
disappointing, coming from an observer whose opinions I often respect.
As have so many good Democrats who have decided (or been required) to
be co-opted by the unredeemable Leftists, this is a very good hatchet -
job. Feel better now?
Yes, this is a very important election. It
will determine one of two directions for the nation: continued progress
toward rational goals deserving of this unique American experiment; or
a descent into progressive uncivil discourse and even action as we
hurtle towards an unpredictable and damaging Presidential election
So: CHOOSE WISELY.
EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING AND WRITING FOR MANY YEARS.
Could Black people at long last be wising up?
MORE ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CRISIS.
We talk here about "Crisis", a word whose Chinese character is a
combination of the words for "Danger" and for "Opportunity".
And so it is now.
what is not helpful, except to provide relevant facts, is the
Hatchet-Job offered in the Oct. 28, 2018 publication of National
Review, the most conservative of conservative organs -
"The Unheroic Pope: The Case Against Francis", by
Michael Brendan Dougherty. And in case you would rather just read the
Cliff's Note version:
"He has elevated immoral men in order to change the Catholic faith".
HOGWASH! But I digress. Let us dissect his offering.
the hyperbolic subtitle, the author accurately describes the Church
that Pope Francis inherited: dysfunction at the Vatican that had
resulted in a very rare Papal resignation. This first Jesuit Pope was
chosen as "a man who had a common touch and would stop the Church from
becoming a museum of dead dogmas..." and a man who "had shown
energy to reform the dysfunctional curia."
And more: "The Francis
pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries
and accountability for malefactors at the Vatican."
And so it was, until the malefactors rose up to take over the asylum,
even threatening a "schism" in the Church.
guess what! There is already a schism in the Church: the decline of the
Faith and support of the Laity, the "Body of the Church". Meanwhile,
Pope Francis published his "Amoris Laetitia" document, opened a two
year Synod on the Family, and revised the Catechism of the Catholic
Church with regard to the death penalty.
This Pope is no
push-over. If anything, he is keeping the velvet glove on his iron fist
for too long in dealing with the "den of thieves" he inherited.
rest of this screed is a hyperbolic and fevered accusation and
condemnation of a good man and a Holy Father to his faithful. This
Church greatly needed an "aggiornamento" called for by Pope John XXlll
in the 1960's...and it has much greater need for it now, giving the
exhuming of so many Church sins of the last century.
So don't be
surprised by the vicious attacks on Pope Francis and his supporting
Archbishops and Cardinals in their efforts to align Church teaching
where possible with the basic needs of today's Catholic persons in
their quest to achieve salvation. I have addressed in my opinion those
opportunities in an earlier statement in this section. For it is
members of the Laity like myself who must help to lead the Clergy out
of the pit into which they have dug themselves.
One of my greatest joys in life is using an opponent's words against
This is one of Prager's best. PACKED with
information. Please send this along to anyone you think will
benefit from it.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO:
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh
month, the disastrous World War 1 ended with an Armistice.
my father, Alcide Sprecace', then an eighteen year old sergeant of
artillery in the Italian Army on the Austrian front in the Dolomites,
that day became his greatest holiday, almost sacred to him for the
remainder of his life. Look up "World War 1 and the Dolomites" to learn
of the most difficult battle ground of the entire war.
out to be only a post-script that Dad was in the same town in Italy at
the same time that a wounded ambulance driver - Ernest Hemingway - was
in the local hospital being treated, especially by a nurse who became
the heroin of one of his great novels, "A Farewell To Arms".
time was also notable for a letter that Dad received from his mother
while on the front lines, notifying him that he now had a new brother -
Guido. This was the same brother who, refusing to join the Fascist
Party, spent 8 years as a prisoner...first of the Fascists, then of the
Nazis and then of the Russians when they over-ran the German prison
camp in Poland. We knew nothing of his whereabouts for years - or
whether he was even alive - until some time in 1947 when, having
escaped from the Russians, Guido arrived home, having walked
from Poland and weighing 80 pounds. Always of good spirits, Guido lived
a good life thereafter with his wife and daughter, and even came to
America for a time.
Of course, my sister Joy and I owe our existence to Dad's good fortune
in the "War to end all Wars". Thank God.
"BEEN THERE. DONE THAT".
THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
(See my earlier Rapid Response offerings).
But here is another summary from Ken Richards, candidate for State
"44 years of One-Party Rule in Hartford has pushed Connecticut to the
bottom of the Barrel:
49th in the Nation for fiscal health;
47th in the Nation for Economic Growth;
46th in the Nation for Tax Climate;
46th in the Nation for Cost of Doing Business".
in Connecticut with these results, and nationally as the Democratic
Party has failed to repudiate its Leftists' outrageous positions and
despotic tactics, Independents and rational Democrats need to vote
Tuesday for President Trump's succeeding efforts to
Make America Great Again.
Where do they crap?
The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to
America, where do they go to the bathroom?
And eat and sleep and store their clothes?
And how is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their
hair and clothes are well kept?
How is any of this possible?
why do these people, supposedly fleeing intolerable conditions in their
homeland, carry little flags from their homeland and break into its
national anthem when the TV cameras show up?
And speaking of
which, for oppressed people, they all seem to be pretty well fed, well
groomed and well dressed. Their hair is neat and newly cut, their
clothes are clean and in good repair, and they are built like people
who have had ample nutrition all their lives, being well developed and,
many of them, overweight.
And none of them look dirty or unkempt, like they had been sleeping on
the ground for the last week.
There’s just nothing in any of this that makes sense.
these several thousand people spontaneously decided to leave Honduras,
walking north in a group, hoping to trek the length of gang-plagued
Mexico and present themselves as refugees and prospective Democrats at
the American border.
Which, again, makes no sense whatsoever.
leaves a lot of big questions unanswered, and ignored by the press.
Such as, who organized this? Who is paying for it? How have they
covered 500 miles in a week?
Seriously. Any number of American
“reporters” have walked beside a sympathetic walker and talked about
how this particular woman and her children had trekked half a thousand
miles over the last week or so.
That’s 71 miles a day.
The best soldiers through history have been able to march 25 miles a
have 7,000 people been fed and watered? And how have they gone to the
bathroom? If the average person across the world produces about a pound
of solid waste a day, that means that these folks are somehow disposing
of more than three tons of feces each day.
That’s a heck of a lot of crap, even for a Central American roadway.
such an army of people – the equivalent of 10 combat battalions in most
of the world’s militaries – is a large task. Transporting and
distributing the food and water necessary to keep those people moving
is a massive chore which the press says nothing about.
The entire enterprise, as a spontaneous ad hoc event, is implausible.
As an orchestrated international attempt to influence an American
election, it starts to make sense.
And ought to alarm us.
Unless it’s only Russians we don’t want screwing with our democracy.
none of this has made the evening news. It’s almost as if the press, in
whatever scheme is afoot, gladly accepts its role as propagandists to
the American people.
Every story is sympathetic, as if an attempt to enlist viewers and
readers in this caravan and the politics it symbolizes.
so the story is not about an orchestrated attempt to manipulate
electoral opinion and violate the borders and laws of the United
States, it is about compassion and Trump and xenophobia and racism. It
is the October surprise, it is the Blue Wave.
And it is all nonsense.
all of these people, if legitimate, have the ability to apply for
American asylum in their own country – as do the residents of most
nations of the world. We have consulates and embassies for a reason,
and this is one of those reasons.
We also have laws and an oath of office for a reason.
so that “we the people” through our elected representatives clearly and
systematically govern our society. Law is the means by which the people
express and exercise their sovereignty. Disobedience to law is
disobedience to the will of the people, it is the subverting of their
sovereignty and franchise.
Breaking the law is denying you the vote.
Your vote elects representatives – lets you pick the country’s
direction – and the representatives write the law. If that law is
ignored, your representation becomes meaningless.
You get screwed.
And the oath of office?
of Congress – even Democrats – swear an oath to “bear true faith and
allegiance” to the Constitution, which establishes our system of laws
and specifically charges the Congress with making the rules of
naturalization and immigration.
Who comes across the border and
under what conditions they can stay is a constitutional responsibility
of the Congress. That is to be determined by a congressional vote, not
by a Honduran mob.
Failure to insist on that – even for Democrats – is a violation of your
congressman’s oath of office.
So there is not a Democrat or Republican response to this travelling
army of invaders – there is only an American response.
And that is: Turn around and go home.
Because the law of the United States does not allow a mass entry like
this. The law does not declare the borders open.
Democrats and progressives don’t like that, they can try to change the
law. If America’s progressives want open borders and believe all the
world’s people have a right to live in the United States – as they say
they do – then they should adjust immigration law accordingly.
But until then, if they are to keep their oaths of office, they must
stand for the law and the border.
And they must tell their surrogates to turn around and go home.
Because this caravan is nothing more than a bunch of political shit.