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THURSDAY, November 16, 2017

RR#1

THE TAX REFORM PLAN:
Not yet a done deal, but Real News instead of Fake News.

GS

House and Senate Tax Plans Share Common Ground

RR#2

HERE WE GO: THE TAX REFORM BILL...half way there.

GS

House Passes Tax Bill in Major Step Toward Overhaul

RR#3

TIME FOR ANOTHER POT POURRI OF SUBJECTS:
RR#4

Pope Francis Addresses End of Life Issues

WEDNESDAY, November 15, 2017

RR#1

HUMAN RIGHTS AMID HUMAN WRONGS.
The world is today drowning in a sea of blood from innocent victims trapped in their malign countries. And many of these countries are situated in parts of the world that are of critical importance to the interests and safety of America.
As has been said many times: "A nation does not have friends; it has Interests".
In this situation, the public promotion of human rights, so important to the Western World and so much less important to the rest of the world, must take second place to America's own interests and safety. "America First" is not just a slogan; it is an obligation to our families...and also to those innocents who seek our help.
An example. Russians look and dress like Occidentals. They are not. They are Orientals, wedded to the subordination of the individual to the needs of community and government.
President Trump is working to restore respect for the power and influence of America in a dangerous world...a reputation seriously eroded by the actions and inactions of the previous administration. Only in that way can America protect itself and hope to extend Human Rights to others.

GS

Trump does not publicly rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

RR#2

IN A NATION THAT HAS BECOME FILLED WITH LILLIPUTIANS,
WHERE ARE THE GULLIVERS?
All of the talk about Tax Reform stresses those who may pay higher taxes or lose benefits. What about the resultant GROWTH?
It is only through national business and economic growth, including fair dealings with foreign competitors, that this nation can right our foundering ship. And YES, WE ARE FOUNDERING.
America almost lost World War ll in the early years. America could well lose a world war in our current state.
"The Business of America is Business", as "Engine Charlie Wilson" used to say. Well, let's get on with it, starting with massive Tax Reform.
Gulliver: GET UP!

GS

RR#3

ABOUT ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN CLINICAL MEDICINE:
"True, True, and Related", an excellent exposition.
And may I add: I Told You So, about 8 years ago.
I do not use EHR'S in my clinical practice. And I am penalized 2-4% of my Medicare payments per year for that decision. My patients are just fine.

GS

Morning Break: GOP Tax Bill to Repeal ACA Mandate; EHRs' Burdens on Docs; Indy Sues Opioid Makers

TUESDAY, November 14, 2017

RR#1

FINALLY, THE WORD FROM THE MEDICAL "ON HIGH" AGREES WITH THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN TREATING HYPERTENSION AGGRESSIVELY FOR MANY DECADES.

And we even had to go through the period about three years ago when some cost-conscious "gurus" proposed 160 mm Hg. as a good BP for the elderly. Crazy.

Essential Hypertension is the most important, most prevalent and most easily treated of the many chronic diseases that beset us, most often at a relatively early age. This is especially true if there is a family history of hypertension. The alternatives to good BP control are stroke, heart disease, dementia and a shortened and uncomfortable life span.
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

GS

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

RR#2

What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?



RR#3

FYI. ADD THIS AS AN APPENDIX TO THE BOOK:
"THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE",
whose title should really be: "The Strange Suicide of Europe".

GS

Canada – The U.S. Pro-Islamist Neighbor

MONDAY, November 13, 2017

"ROMMEL, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD, I READ YOUR BOOK".
That declaration by George C. Scott as Patton in the great movie encapsulates my reaction to the information reported in the following article (www.ctmirror.org, 11.10, 2017):
"Senate Tax Bill Would Have Big Impact On CT Homeowners, Small Businesses".
This refers to the proposed elimination of both the property tax deduction and the deductions for State and local income taxes.
If the swamp creatures in Washington want no change in the current Tax Code that has for decades greatly benefited them and their lobbyists, this is the way to do it. These provisions and the entire reform effort will die aborning.
"Too Machiavelian", you say. Don't kid yourself.
"DON'T JUST STAND THERE. DO SOMETHING!"

GS

Senate tax bill would have big impact on CT homeowners, small businesses

SUNDAY, November 12, 2017

RR#1

I HAVE BEEN PREDICTING THIS FOR A LONG TIME,
in these offerings and elsewhere.
Well now, as a healer, what do I suggest?
The following are some approaches, not all mine and some very familiar,  that can actually work.
In this, rapidly approaching the completion of my 85th year, this is what I can remember at this time. My kids will probably remind me of some "more of my favorite things". And I'm still learning. So, STAY ALIVE, REALLY ALIVE...AND STAY TUNED.

GS

Depression Increasing Significantly Among Americans, Especially Teens

RR#2

THE TSA REPORT: "DISTURBING"...
until its results blow one or more planes out of the sky.

We have been hearing about these failures for a long time.

It's past time to put the entire Program directly under control of the Pentagon, with its principles, mores and discipline.
"The life you save may be your own".

GS

A new report just revealed a disturbing problem at the TSA

RR#3

AMEN.

GS

Todd Wood
 
L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.
By L. Todd Wood - - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
ANALYSIS/OPINION:
I know of no white person alive today in the United States who has ever legally owned a black slave, or any slave for that matter. Almost 700,000 mostly white men died 160 years ago to end slavery. Jim Crow ended generations ago. Yet black America, for the most part, is still locked in inner-city gang violence and economic hardship. Why?

Is it because America is racist?  Is it because of some overhanging white supremacy?  Is it because of the Illuminati?

No, unfortunately, it is because of black culture and the adoption of Democratic Party government dependency. 

We have just had eight years of the first black president.  Black athletes, and entertainers, routinely earn multi-million dollar incomes.  I can easily name several black billionaires without even trying too hard. A large percentage of black America is very successful. But, it is not enough.. Too many black youth are being left behind.

And it is no one but black America’s fault. 

No one can solve this problem but black America.  No one can throw enough money at it.  We’ve tried that.  Black America needs to look in the mirror and stop blaming others, especially white people.

I am obviously white and conservative, and I served in the military, which, during my time, was as color blind as you could be. I can also honestly say I don’t give a damn what color your skin is, neither do any of my friends.  I do care about your actions. 

Blacks are around 15 percent of the population. Depending on what study you look at, they commit around 40 percent to 50 percent of violent crime in America. Of course, there is going to be a problem with police.  And, of course, there are some bad policemen. However, those bad apples do not kill black people statistically any more than they kill white people.  Even Harvard said that recently. If you were a cop, and you had to work in a neighborhood infested with crime and murder, wouldn’t you act differently than in a neighborhood where there was little crime? The most effective thing black America could do to improve its relationship with police is to significantly reduce violent crime where they live.  Yes, that means change the culture of where you live and your community. 

I for one am tired of being blamed..  I am tired of dealing with people who only want something from others.  I don’t oppress anyone.  I don’t hold anyone down.  I’m tired of getting on the D.C. metro and seeing white people being harassed by roaming gangs of black youth with their pants around their knees.  Yes, you want a white person uncomfortable?  That makes me uncomfortable.  It’s our nation’s capital and it’s embarrassing. 

Blacks have nothing but opportunity in America.  Try finding the same opportunity anywhere else in the world.  If you are born in America you’ve won life’s economic lottery.  Take advantage of it. 

The problem is this generation has been taught an agenda of cultural Marxism by our education system.  They’ve been taught to be a victim, and it’s still going on.  All you have to do is watch the young black, female student at Yale screaming at the college president to understand that.  Blacks in America don’t even know how good they got it.

Don’t kneel when my anthem is played.  Too many people died for that flag.  You are free to protest - but not then.  I am free to not watch, or pay to watch you play if you do that.  The NFL should make it a rule that you stand for the national anthem.  There is no free speech to disobey a private employer on private property.  This would solve the problem immediately.

The NFL has deeply offended most of America. They will pay an economic and reputational price, as they should.

We have a real cultural problem in this country, the result of the Leftist multicultural agenda.  Multi-ethnicity is perfect and should be encouraged..  Having more than one American culture is destroying the country.  But then again, that is what the Left wants.
 
Do BlackLives Matter?
It is your job to determine if this is a racist rant or just a review of factual data...
WHAT IF ALL THE BLACKS SUDDENLY LEFT AMERICA, WHICH IS 13.3% OF THE TOTAL U.S.POPULATION:
Amount of people in poverty would drop - 34%,
The prison population would go down by -37%,
Welfare recipients would go down by - - - 42%,
Gang members would go down by - - - - - 53%
Average SAT scores would go UP almost - - - - -100 points,
The average income for Americans would go UP over $20,000 a year,
BUT DEMOCRATS WOULD LOSE 76% OF THEIR VOTING BASE!!!
And, many criminal defense attorneys would have to find another line of work!
Yes, Black lives DO matter!

SATURDAY, November 11, 2017

RR#1

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?"
Here's the Truth.

GS

McConnell Joins Ryan in Walking Back False Promise on Tax Bill

RR#2

FOOD ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN.
This is FOR REAL!  BEWARE!  BE PREPARED!

GS

Toddler with dairy allergy dies after allegedly given grilled cheese at pre-K

RR#3

PRESIDENT TRUMP: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS.
At least a Majority of us are Proud to be Americans!

GS

Trump levels with Pacific Rim nations: America First

RR#4

"IF THE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE...."
It would appear that "innocent until proven guilty", a bedrock principle of American Law and Justice, is not quite appropriate for Mitt Romney and for so many craven politicians who now are in effect proposing a new policy for "sexual misconduct allegations". The allegation is enough to ruin a person's life. Given this aberration of thought, the more serious the allegation, the lower the bar to summary and rough justice.
Whether relating to a movie mogul or to a College freshman, we are  now back to the Salem Witch trials, with roles reversed.
WRONG!

GS

RR#5

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: CONSCIENCE VS. DOGMA.
The Catholic Laity, "the Body of the Church", long ago answered this question for itself.
Pope Francis has been articulating that answer.
What he needs to do now is to give it the weight of Dogma, by defining it "Ex Cathedra".
Time to take off the velvet glove.
The Catholic Church must always be Christian as well as Catholic.

GS

Pope reaffirms conscience as heresy debate divides church

FRIDAY, November 10, 2017

NOW HERE IS A NATIONAL HEALTH CRISIS WORSE THAN DRUG ADDICTION,
and possibly even related to it:  CHRONIC BRAIN TRAUMA FROM SPORTS.
Beginning with Peewee Football and other collision sports, millions of children are subjected to recurrent head trauma that is poorly diagnosed and followed. We are now learning the cost of that cavalier approach.
THIS MUST STOP.
On a personal note, I did not allow any of my three strapping sons to pay football.

GS

Doctor: Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease

THURSDAY, November 9, 2017

RR#1

"LET'S MAKE A DEAL".
President Trump just made a very important one, for America and for the world.

GS

Trump optimistic on trade, North Korea after China talks

RR#2

THIS IS NOT ABOUT GAY RIGHTS OR HOMOSEXUALITY.
It is about "the best interests of the child". That's all about LOVE.
We need many more adoptions.
See : "DCF Reaching Out To Same-Sex Couples As Adoptive Parents",
by Mark Pazniokas, in Ctmorror.org, 11/6/2017.

RR#3

"AMID BOOMING ECONOMY, HOMELESSNESS SOARS ALONG U.S.WEST COAST".
This article appeared in The Day (www.theday.com) in the Business section on November 6.
Anticipating reading about the usual list of bums, addicts and the mentally ill, I found more: working adults who can't find affordable apartments or ...even less...affordable houses; students of all ages; people hit with one major personal crisis that changes everything for a very long time; people on Welfare or Disability who can't afford housing or even find housing. 
"Most people are homeless because they can't afford a place to live."
And while our citizens and many of our veterans are thus being dehumanized, we're talking about doing nothing effective about illegal immigration and about opening our borders even more.
This is the veritable definition of Idiocy...and of irresponsibility.
The list of possible approaches is long...and is being tried on the West Coast, which seems most affected. But the number of homeless continues to grow. All approaches require investment of money, time and a Christian spirit. Perhaps we can start by encouraging many of our 400+ billionaires, who are honored for donating even just 5 or 10% of their holdings, to invest 15 or 20 or 40 % toward addressing this national crisis. Many of the rest of us could donate our time and our good will. And the nation needs to get back to "the business of America...": Business that would really "raise all boats". After eight years of ineptitude, we now have a leader than can stimulate all of this - if he is  allowed to lead. But to do nothing and simply wring our hands is un-Christian and Stupid

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, November 7 and 8, 2017

RR#1

NOT "FAKE NEWS". SIMPLY NOT NEWS AT ALL.
The Leftist mainstream media are all touting the recent election results as a referendum on President Trump.
But "where's the beef' here?
Democrats win in New Jersey, in New York City (including Westchester County), in Washington State, and in Virginia. So What? We know that the nation's urban centers are largely Liberal /  Leftist. We know that the voter turnout, as in NYC, was quite low. We know that Gillespy, the Republican candidate in Virginia, kept himself at arm's length from Trump until the very last days of the campaign.
And we now hear that a CNN poll found that our citizens have a 37% "favorable" rating of the Democratic Party.
My reaction? "WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR", for the national elections.

RR#2

WHO KNEW?
And when will Antifa be brought to Justice?
Folks, keep your guard up, your powder dry, and NEVER GIVE IN.

GS

The FBI Discovered Bombshell Evidence Of Collusion And It Changes Everything

RR#3

HERE ARE SOME REASONS WHY I BEGAN MY VIEW OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WITH THE CONVICTION: "ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE".
If you want more, see the  section on my web site, entitled "The Clinton Presidency" shortly after the end of that travesty. I had to do it in order to VENT ("SFOGARE" in Italian).
So, about her losing the Presidency: THANK GOD...and all of the "deplorables".

GS

Clinton Corruption is Almost 40 Years Old

SATURDAY through MONDAY, November 4 through 6, 2017

This is from a soldier/athlete...“You don’t disrespect America to play a sport!"

This young man is a credit to himself and his family and his teachers.  He's bright and right.  He's articulate.  I'd be honored to shake his hand.  He may be your senator someday.  watch the video -- click on the NFL NEEDS TO LISTEN line.

NFL NEEDS TO LISTEN!!!

WEDNESDAY through FRIDAY, November 1 through 3, 2017

"RES IPSA LOQUITUR".

GS

What has Trump done??

Won't hear any of this on the main stream media or from the Rinos.

WHAT HAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DONE SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE

1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch

2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria

3. He took us out of TPP

4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)

5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6

6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a seven year high

7. Arranged from 7% to 24% Tariff on lumber from Canada

8. Bids for border wall are well underway

9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord

10. Keystone pipeline approved

11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%

12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees

13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans

14. More than 600,000. Jobs created

15. Median household income at a 7 year high

16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history

17. China agreed to American import of beef

18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks

19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining

20. MOAB for ISIS

21. Travel ban reinstated

22. Executive order for religious freedom

23. Jump started NASA

24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget

25. Targeting of MS13 gangs

26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants

27. Signed 41 bills to date

28. Created a commission on child trafficking

29. Created a commission on voter fraud

30. Created a commission for opioids addiction

31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients

32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007

33. Historic Black College University initiative

34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act

35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims

36. Reversed Dodd-Frank

37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local
governments for infrastructure planning

38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement

39. End of DAPA program

40. Stopped companies from moving out of America

41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs

42. Encouraged country to once again - 'Buy American and hire American'

43. Cutting regulations - 2 for every one created

45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first

46. Apprentice program

47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years

48. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like
Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota

49. Denied FBI a new building

50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation

51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll

52. Dept of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for
April 2017 (2nd largest in history)

53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers
held captive in Egypt

54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years

55. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence
and Economic Growth

56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into
people's lives than any President in the history of America

57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more
legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman

58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time frame,
dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat,  restructure and improve
efficiency
of their branch. (Observe the push-back the leaks the lies as
entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)

59. Last, refused his Presidential pay check.  Donated it to Veterans issues

Ray Schneider, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
Bridgewater College

********

It took 32 years for the 3 prior administrations to totally destroy
this nation and her people, and Trump's first 6 months to begin a
major unwind of all the prior traitorous issues.

Pretty da*n good for the first 6 months - wouldn't you say?

We owe President Trump a sincere debt of our gratitude.



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