George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
RESPONSE (Archives)...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.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SUNDAY through THURSDAY, December
28, 2003 through January 1, 2004
HAPPY NEW YEAR
2003 was the year in which we were forced to establish a new
relationship between America and the world, in our own defense and
in defense of an ever-changing "coalition of the willing". World-wide
terrorism as the powerful, shadowy strategic policy of extra-national criminals
forced that posture upon us: the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive self-defense.
Anyone who says that our actions in Afganistan, in Iraq, with Libya, and
in cooperation with the Far East powers regarding North Korea have not
made the U.S. and its allies safer is either terminally stupid or is lying.
We are at war; and we will be at war for years to come. Already,
terrorists are attacking their own people and countries of origin - a sure
sign of desperation and of a strategy that has lost throughout the centuries-old
history of terrorism. (See "Lessons of Terror", by Caleb Carr).
2004 will be a year of critical decision-making for Americans.
The choices, both regarding domestic policy and regarding foreign
policy, will not be more clear. It is not that the Democrats have
nothing to offer, or that the Republicans have gotten it all right. There
is room for accomodation, if there is the will. But simply railing
against President Bush and continuing to question the validity of his Presidency
are non-starters. The Democrats must realize that: Americans
will not sublimate our nationhood to some amorphous multi-national system;
world trade is a necessity, but must be modified and made more fair before
large sections of our work force are decimated; national defense trumps
most other considerations; and some trees must be hugged...others must
be cut down. The Republicans must realize that: in dealing
with other nations, the judicious use of both carrot and stick - and above
all predictability over the long haul - are vital to effectiveness;
"world trade" should not mean "world greed" writ large, and American multi-national
businesses should be required to keep business decisions in context with
established national policy; the perception, and generally the facts, of
their environmental policies stink; and President Bush is the right man
in the right place at the right time - and he must be supported and re-elected
So, let us all hope and pray for a better year, a year with more peace
and good will. And let's get to work to make it happen.
THURSDAY through SATURDAY, December
25 through 27, 2003
Family time. Not a time to be too critical. But life goes
on; and information is always power.
A recent offering in this section discussed hunger and the homeless.
Then came an article in The Day on Christmas Day, perhaps from Scrooge,
entitled: "We need facts about hunger, not claims the sky is falling",
(Commentary, pA9). It does provide facts that place the issue in
a more balanced perspective.
Regarding Health Savings Accounts, proposed and touted for years
by many of us who are in the business of providing health care, they are
finally here in a form that does not include the poison pills included
in the original "demonstration project" grudgingly allowed by the health
insurance industry and by the liberals in 1996. This is a very
important development and should be seriously considered by all who
are having trouble getting and keeping health insurance. And then
there are those described in a recent editorial in the WSJ entitled: "Teddy's
Nightmare" (Tuesday, December 23, 2003, Opinion, pA14). With
regard to Senator Edward Kennedy's fulminations on this issue, as
well as on the issue of school vouchers, I am reminded of the comment made
in another context: Have you no shame, sir?
WEDNESDAY, December 24, 2003
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Legalese (Author unknown)
Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur
certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House")
general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including,
limited to a mouse.
A variety of foot apparel, e.g., stocking, socks, etc., had been
by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief
St. Nick a/k/a/ St. Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter
would arrive at sometime thereafter. The minor residents,
children, of the aforementioned House were located in their individual
beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e.
vision of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to,
nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear
Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred
as ("I"), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with
party of the second part (hereinafter "Mamma"), and said Mamma
retired for a sustained period of sleep. (At such time,
were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g., kerchief and cap.
Suddenly, and without prior notice or warning, there did occur
unimproved real property adjacent and appurtenant to said House,
the lawn, a certain disruption of unknown nature, cause and/or
circumstance. The party of the first part did immediately
rush to a
window in the House to investigate the cause of such disturbance.
At that time, the party of the first part did observe, with some
of wonder and/or disbelief, a miniature sleigh (hereinafter "the
Vehicle") being pulled and/or drawn very rapidly through the
approximately eight (8) reindeer. The driver of the Vehicle
be and in fact was, the previously referenced Claus.
Said Claus was providing specific direction, instruction and guidance
the approximately eight (8) reindeer and specifically identified
animal co-conspirators by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (hereinafter "the Deer"). (Upon
and belief, it is further asserted that an additional co- conspirator
named "Rudolph" may have been involved.)
The party of the first part witnessed Claus, the Vehicle and the
intentionally and willfully trespass upon the roofs of several
residences located adjacent to and in the vicinity of the House,
noted that the Vehicle was heavily laden with packages, toys
items of unknown origin or nature. Suddenly, without prior
or permission, either express or implied, the Vehicle arrived
House, and Claus entered said House via the chimney.
Said Claus was clad in a red fur suit, which was partially covered
residue from the chimney, and he carried a large sack containing
portion of the aforementioned packages, toys, and other unknown
He was smoking what appeared to be tobacco in a small pipe in
violation of local ordinances and health regulations.
Claus did not speak, but immediately began to fill the stocking
minor children, which hung adjacent to the chimney, with toys
small gifts. (Said items did not, however, constitute "gifts"
minor pursuant to the applicable provisions of the U.S.
Upon completion of such task, Claus touched the side of his nose
flew, rose and/or ascended up the chimney of the House to the
the Vehicle and Deer waited and/or served as "lookouts." Claus
immediately departed for an unknown destination.
However, prior to the departure of the Vehicle, Deer and Claus
House, the party of the first part did hear Claus state and/or
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" Or words to
SUNDAY through TUESDAY, December
21 through 23, 2003
TIME MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR: THE AMERICAN SOLDIER.
Excellent choice. Let's hope that his or her leaders are worthy of
On the home front, we read that "Hunger and Homelessness Increase
in U.S", (by Siobhan McDonough, AP, Friday, December 19, 2003).
This is reportedly documented by a 17% increase in requests for emergency
food assistance and in a 13% increase in requests for emergency shelter
assistance. Of these groups, 40% were from families with children!
Sobering statistics anytime, but especially in the Christmas season.
And contrary to the suspicion of a generous public in the 1980's that a
lot of this story dealt somehow with the "undeserving underserved" and
the "welfare cheats", the nagging concern today is that the greedy and
sometimes criminally rich (read "Wall Street scandals") are largely to
blame. My opinion is that we have done a fair job of addressing
the Welfare problem, but that our leaders are doing a poor job so far of
dealing with "corporate welfare" and its cheats. A sense of righteous
outrage is appropriate here, appropriately transmitted to our elected officials.
many just-plain-folks are going without shelter and without adequate food,
mainly in our large cities. Let's do what we can for them, especially
during these winter months...and during this Christmas season.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, December 19
and 20, 2003
This has been a GOOD WEEK for American foreign policy. Saddam
Hussein gets caught. France and Germany,and maybe Russia agree to restructure
the massive debt that they piled on Iraq during the 1990's...after we announce
that no obstructionists will be allowed to get Iraqi rebuilding contracts.
Libya's General Gadaffi agrees, after nine months of secret negotiations
with the U.S. and with the British government, to give up all WMD's and
to allow unfettered inspections to guarantee this. And the U.S. Navy
captures a boat in the Persian Gulf carrying $8 million in hashish and
several al Qaida members. That is what President Bush means
by his policy of pre-emptive self-defense, clearly articulated in
his July 4, 2003 speech to 25,000 Americans at Wright Patterson Air Force
Base: "Without America's active involvement in the world, the ambitions
of tyrants would go unopposed, and millions would live at the mercy of
terrorists. With American's active involvement in the world, tyrants
learn to fear, and terrorists are on the run....The United States will
not stand by and wait for another attack, or trust in the restraint and
good intentions of evil men. We are on the offensive against terrorists
and all who support them. We will not permit any terrorist group
or outlaw regime to threaten us with weapons of mass murder. We will
act whenever it is necessary to protect the lives and the liberty of the
THURSDAY, December 18, 2003
Several months ago in this section, and long before he went to the head
of the class of the current Democratic beauty contest, I suggested that
Dean was the Republican stealth candidate for the Democratic nomination...if
the Democratic Party would be dumb enough to nominate a candidate as far
left as he. That is still my position. In fact, I'll make
a prediction: no matter how the early Democratic primaries turn out,
I predict that the Democratic Presidential ticket will be Richard Gephardt
and Joe Lieberman. That would be a horse race, although I pick George
Bush to win by 10%. How's that for chutzpa?
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, December
15 through 17, 2003
A number of subjects (targets?) today.
A news report regarding the comments of "a top Vatican Cardinal" about
the capture of Saddam Hussein ("I have seen this man in his tragedy...and
I had a sense of compassion.") proves that we all have bad hair days.
Maybe it was only gastric indigestion.
The Democrats and other liberals in Connecticut smell blood; and they say:
"it is good". Governor Rowland so far can be convicted only
of gross STUPIDITY. So far, his serious lapses are not impeachable.
Let due process take care of the rest.
"Morning-after pill"; "Plan B". Here are some more euphemisms,
like "pro-choice", for sugar-coating abortion...the intentional killing
of a human being. At the same time, conservatives, Catholic and
otherwise should belatedly recognize that continuing to equate contraception
with abortion literally throws the baby out with the bath water.
So the EU is having trouble deciding how to allocate voting power
among the member States in its Constitution. Suggestion: read
the U.S. Constitution!
A recent book review in The Day (theday.com), Sunday, December 14, 2003)
of Claire Gaudiani's publication on philanthropy has all the earmarks of
a hatchet-job. Now I'm going to have to read it.
To the Iraqi people: Saddam Hussein is in custody. The
main targets of the remaining terrorists are now the Iraqi people themselves.
you now finally ready to earn your own democracy through your own efforts?
Let's go, folks: enough of the complaining and ducking. Time to come
out of all the other holes. We Americans can't do it all for you.
And the perennial topic: Public Education. The U.S. Supreme
Court has taken up a case, regarding university support of Theology education,
which will also address the matter of school vouchers. This
issue and the "No Child Left Behind" law are both being attacked
by "the usual suspects". Yesterday's editorial in The Day strikes
a conciliatory, positive note on the subject ("Defeatism is Premature",
December 16, 2003, Opinion, pA8). Good. But I'm not ready to
forgive and forget. (Please see my offerings on this web site under
"The Involved Citizen, Public Education Politics").
Finally, another example of lawyers and a litigious public getting in
the way of the practice of Medicine. An article in The Day on
Sunday, December 14 (pB5) tells about a highly allergic 11 year old in
New Milford, Ct. It is quite good at describing the legal disputes
among parent, school and state law. It says nothing about a newer
medical treatment that may solve both the medical and legal issues: Xolair,
an anti-IgE compound that is now available for just such cases. Wonderful.
SUNDAY, December 14, 2003
Consider this an early Christmas present, in appreciation for
following my ruminations on this web site.
Here’s some advice for living a long, healthy and happy life.
News Flash: Now here's a real Christmas present: Saddam Hussein
the first rule of service is survival; be ruthless about that, if necessary;
get at least 7 hours of sleep per night; if you get less at times, catch
if you snore or if your nights are restless and fitful, get checked out
for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: most cases are diagnosed after the heart attack
or stroke...or after the third auto accident; and no alcohol within
4 hours of going to sleep...alcohol wrecks good sleep;
alcohol, in any quantity, is a poison to the brain, the heart and the liver;
(“just the facts, ma’am”);
there is stress, and there is STRESS; avoid the STRESS that is defined
by resentment... like the plague; that STRESS will kill you;
NO SMOKING; it’s irresponsible;
“people who need people are the luckiest people in the world”, in the words
of that great ballad; everybody needs somebody, so find, hold and cherish
get a yearly physical exam, complete with blood tests including serum lipids;
and take lipitor if your serum Cholesterol is above 210 or the LDL
is above 120;
take an adult aspirin daily, unless you are allergic to aspirin; and carry
two adult aspirins on your person for emergency use in case of acute chest
pain or related symptoms (remember that the use of Cox 2 inhibitors like
vioxx and celebrex negate the heart-beneficial effects of aspirin); and
don’t be in denial if such symptoms occur: call 911;
take folic acid, 1 mg daily (need a prescription); take vitamin E, 400
units and vitamin C, 500 mg daily.
and “don’t forget to smell the flowers” every day.
It's strange how the first thought that came to my mind when I heard
the news this morning was about the American and other coalition men and
women who have died in this effort so far, and how this event now gives
some validation to their sacrifice and to the great heartache being suffered
by their families. The next thought was and is:
THANK GOD. PRAISE ALLAH.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, December 12
and 13, 2003
A few days ago in this section (December 1-3,
2003), I commented on "the
Geneva Accord currently being discussed".
Shortly thereafter, I received from a good friend a copy of an article
published in the New Republic on December 15, 2003 ("Fantasy", by
Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael B. Oren), and another article published
recently in the Jerusalem Post ("Peace Farce"). From these
sources it would appear that the actual "Accord" is much less than it is
cracked up to be: perhaps yet another example of "diplomats" and "statesmen"
putting band-aids on cancer. Words and wording really matter.
Copies of these articles will be available shortly among the offerings
under The Involved Citizen - September 11, 2001.
"Push is on for larger military; Congress moves after years of
downsizing" (by Tom Squitieri, USA Today December 12-14, p1A).
Another Finally; and it is proving to be a bi-partisan effort.
For those readers who think that all that is on this web site is "sturm
und drang", please visit "A Bit of Whimsy".
Daily life would not be tolerable without a robust sense of humor.
THURSDAY, December 11, 2003
In these commentaries, I try to provide informed opinion and sources
of information. The original disclaimer published in March
of this year, at the outset of this effort, remains in effect: I will be
informed and involved; and I reserve the right to change my mind if new
facts or circumstances arise.
Two great current sources of controversy revolve about The Patriot
Act and the mounting Federal Deficit. Two recent articles
in the WSJ are worth reading in order to balance the often biased reporting
of the liberal media:
"The Patriot Act Under Fire", by Eric Posner and John Yoo, Tuesday,
December 9, 2003, Opinion, pA26;
"We Can Cut The Deficit In Half", by Joshua B. Bolten, Wednesday,
December 10, 2003, Opinion, pA18.
A quote from William Safire's article today in The Day ("Russia
Returns To Its Old Ways", (Commentary, pA7) is directly on point with
what I am trying to do here:
"As Americans seek to export democracy, we should draw a clear lesson
about power and freedom from the troubling success of the cult of Putin:
concentration of power in media, as well as control of money in politics
by a government in office, enables a political clique to concentrate its
power. We have to resist that everywhere. Freedom finds safety
in numbers; democracy does best by protecting diversity."
WEDNESDAY, December 10, 2003
Several topics today.
The issue of the death penalty has been in the news again recently,
and again referring to the problem of "prosecutorial misconduct".
This has been discussed in an earlier offering in this section. I
have not changed my opinion favoring this ultimate penalty...but only if
fairness can be guaranteed. All newer modalities of scientific evidence,
like DNA, must be applied to all cases - past, present and future.
In addition, any police officer or prosecutor whose intentional misconduct
contributes substantially to a false guilty verdict - of any kind - should
be required to serve the same sentence handed down for the innocent accused.
Isn't this election cycle exciting? Now we have Algore, appearing
and acting like he's on happy pills...trying to be someone else while "dissing"
his former running mate. Not nice!
News Flash! Our European allies, having refused to eat their
broccoli, now want dessert. Not likely. Denying their participation
in bidding for Iraq rebuilding contracts is not only a matter of fairness,
but also would raise security issues for the U.S., in view of their earlier
and continuing opposition to the whole undertaking. Maybe next time....
In one of the most significant decisions to be handed down in this session
by the U.S. Supreme Court, major elements of the McCain - Feingold campaign
finance reform law have been upheld. Maybe now there will be
a limit to the bidding war that goes on to buy elections. "Freedom
of Speech" has its limits, not only in "a crowded theater", but also in
the marketplace of politics.
An illuminating way to look at the Democrats was recently offered
by Daniel Henninger in the WSJ (Friday, December 5, 2003, Opinion, pA12):
Sign Non-Compete Clause For U.S". "Medicare, the public schools,
trade, affirmative action, the environment, even the federal judiciary
- persons of competitive or entrepreneurial instincts need not apply....Of
late, however, the party has increasingly sounded as if it's become
psychologically alienated from the private sector". This was
not always the case. For over 30 years I was a Democrat. I ran four
times for elected public office and I won three times as a Democrat.
They left me. In fact, the Republicans of today are the Democrats
I joined in the mid-60's. Today's Democrats are off the charts of common
MONDAY and TUESDAY, December 8 and
An up-lifting article in the New York Times: "Tough New Tactics by
U.S. Tighten Grip on Iraq Towns" (by Dexter Filkins, Sunday, December
7, 2003, p1). FINALLY! Perhaps the steep and deadly
learning curve discussed in earlier offerings in this section is starting
For more reading on this subject, the following are suggested - all
of which I have either read or am in the process of reading:
There are three kinds of persons out there: those who make things happen;
those who watch things happen; and those who are constantly saying "Wha
Happen?" What kind of person do you want to be?
"The Lessons of Terror", by Caleb Carr, Random House, 2002;
"What Went Wrong", by Bernard Lewis, Harper Collins, 2002;
"Small Wars Manual", United States Marine Corps 1940, reprinted
by Sunflower University Press;
"America Unbound: The Bush Revolution In Foreign Policy", by Ivo
H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, Brookings Institution Press, 2003.
SUNDAY, December 7, 2003
This, the anniversary of that "day that will live in infamy",
should continue to be compared with 9/11/01. In both cases,
a comfortable and complacent America, in denial over the terrible events
taking place around them in the world, received a wake-up call.
In both cases, our response - although late by about a decade - was the
Because of our great strength in the world, neutrality will never be
an option. We must be and remain engaged, always in our own self-interest
and also as a friend to those who wish us well and who need and appreciate
our help. The alternative is a vacuum - and chaos. So, let's
get used to these facts, folks. Lack of consistency in our foreign
policy from one administration to another has caused much of the distrust
and animosity towards America that plagues our efforts now. This
is too dangerous a world to allow that invitation to mis-calculation any
SATURDAY, December 6, 2003
We learned from the Washington Post yesterday that the Bush administration
is actively casting about for the next Big Idea to propose as a
goal for the country in the next years. One of these is reported
as: "Return To Moon May Be On Agenda" (by Mike Allen and Kathy Sawyer).
As is true regarding the building of any major edifice, careful attention
must first be given to the foundation and to the infrastructure.
I would maintain that the edifice called the United States is in need
of some serious renovations, internally (eg. a stable work force
and job market, a transparent and honest Wall Street, an educated
and sober, drug-free citizenry, a moral compass, a home-land security system
that actually works, a military establishment large enough to accomplish
its assigned tasks), and externally (establishing a "new world order"
based upon enlightened self-interest, pre-emptive self-defense, and "coalitions
of the willing" - including the U.N. if it can get its act together).
And all this should be accomplished on a pay-as-we-go basis, instead of
by passing the mortgages onto our children and grandchildren. Given
those tasks, there is no way that we should consider another trip to the
moon or beyond...merely to bail out a mis-managed NASA. No way,
that is, unless we know that another nation has the ability and intent
to do so, for economic and/or military purposes. At this time a weakened
America needs no more grandiose Big Idea than to bind up current wounds
and get back to full fighting strength. That is a light that is fully
worth the candle for any President's second term.
FRIDAY, December 5, 2003
Here are some suggestions regarding how to prepare for the cold and
flu season, how to "winterize" yourself.
There is no intent or opportunity here to provide specific medical
advice, or to allow the development of a physician-patient relationship
with the reader.
Unless you are allergic to eggs (ie. you cannot eat eggs or egg
products without having an allergic reaction), or have had signs of an
acute infection within the last two weeks, or are immunocompromised, or
are allergic to the preservative thimerosal, or are in the first trimester
of pregnancy, you should contact your physician about getting
a flu shot...despite the late date and the imperfect match of this
year's flu vaccine formulation. And the rumors about reactions from
the flu shot are untrue; reactions are rare and mild. Flu vaccine
should be received yearly in September or October.
You should get a Pneumovax injection every 6 years. The invaders
that cause the largest number of pneumonias are becoming progressively
more resistant to antibiotics. Thus, the importance of having resistance
on board beforehand.
You should drink adequate amounts of fluids (1 1/2 - 2 quarts) daily.
You should get 7-8 hours of sleep daily.
You should wash hands frequently, whatever your work or contacts.
If you do develop symptoms and/or signs of a respiratory tract infection
(muscle aches, weakness, sore throat, fever, runny nose, cough and/or wheeze...),
you should treat yourself promptly with extra rest, extra fluids, warm
water gargles, plain robitussin, and with children's neosynephrine or children's
afrin nose spray for three days.
You should refrain from any exercise or athletic program until all symptoms
and signs have resolved fully...or for at least one week, whichever is
longer. If not, you risk developing a cardiomyopathy, an infection
of the heart muscle that is often fatal.
If at any time you develop purulent mucus discharge lasting longer than
one hour in the morning, ("earth tones", as a patient calls it),
you should contact your physician for an appropriate antibiotic, something
which can be prescribed by telephone without delay. FYI...Zithromax
is not effective for respiratory tract infections. Better choices
include Biaxin or Doxycycline, for a minimum of 10 days.
If you have a history of chronic disease, diabetes, upper and/or lower
respiratory allergies or asthma, COPD, or immunosuppression or deficiency,
above decision points are accelerated.
An older person (especially over 75 years of age) can be seriously ill
- and can even have pneumonia - without manifesting any or all or the above
symptoms or signs. There may be just a vague sense of ill health,
or a mild change in mental state...so beware.
Young children get sick and sicker more quickly than do adults, particularly
when they do not maintain adequate fluid intake...a common occurrence.
In any case, don't hesitate to contact your doctor early,and often if necessary.
We learned in medical school that the three attributes of a physician
that are most important and valuable to a patient are: ability, affability,
and availability...in reverse order!
THURSDAY, December 4, 2003
More regarding the current Iraq problem. This is not entirely
"Monday morning quarterbacking", since some plays were called before the
snap, but they were over-ruled from the sidelines. See "What Might
Have Been", by Albert Hunt, in today's WSJ (Opinion, pA17) for the
story of General Eric Shinseki, who was marginalized for giving
advice that the politician - leaders of the Military did not want to hear.
In addition, the General warned that
"the last thing our country
needs are flag officers who are political". Amen. Other
errors of analysis and preparation were made, based upon political sensibilities
rather than on predictable military expectations. See "Report:
Don't Call U.S. Troops 'Occupiers'", by John J. Lumpkin and Dafna Linzer,
The Day, Friday, November 28, 2003, Nation, pA4), regarding a formal decision
that allowed a vacuum which was filled by the crazies there while the citizenry
cowered. The result is a steep learning curve for our soldiers
- and hopefully for their leaders.
through WEDNESDAY, December 1 through 3, 2003
An editorial title in The Day (theday.com) today caught my eye: "What's
The Military Mind?" I would prefer the title: "What
were they thinking?" Given the information regarding returning
troops having to pay part of their way back from the front, and regarding
the Reserve Army captain dismissed for having refused to waive a contractual
agreement with his (and other) units about free time before re-deployment,
and regarding veterans' hospital cuts and reductions in pay hikes, and
regarding the total abuse of both the National Guard and the Reserves,
and regarding the inadequate level of troop strength in Iraq to fight this
guerrilla war and to secure civil order, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld
and his generals are still deep in denial. If we are missing
something , please let us know. If this is all politics, a pox on
all your houses.
Here is a non-news item: "Israel Fumes at U.S. Over Peace Plan",
by Mark Heinrich, Reuters. No surprise there, as Ariel Sharon
and his far-right group show their colors regarding a fair and equitable
resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. At least our government
is finally awakening to the need to be even-handed, for the sake of ourselves
and everyone else involved. The Geneva Accord currently
being discussed is "just what the doctor ordered".
The But-Heads are alive and active, as usual: the Medicare-Drug
Bill is finally passed...but it's not enough for some greedy geezers; a
sweeping Forest Management law is enacted to try to prevent the devastating
fires of recent years...but some Democrats and environmental groups
call the plan reckless. Stay tuned for many more "buts" and