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RAPID 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.
GS

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MONDAY through THURSDAY, March 29 through April 1, 2004

Somewhere in the Bible there is a Divine admonition not to call another "Thou Fool".   But today the temptation is great, referring to whoever was responsible for re-printing today, in The Day, without comment, an editorial from the San Jose Mercury News.  The title, "Get Rid Of This Law", refers to the recently enacted Partial Birth Abortion Act, passed after years of testimony, none of which supported the allegation that this murderous act was ever necessary to protect the physical  health of the mother.  The gimmick here has always been reference to "the mother's health".  Is that mental health, financial health, social health, or what?  Even in the hypothetical situation where the mother was in serious physical jeopardy for her life, in balance with the life of her full-term child, anything could be done to save her life under the principle of "primary intent".  And so far as the positions of the AMA and the ACOG are concerned, "a pox on both their houses".  Remember...it has been many years since physicians have been required to take the Oath of Hippocrates.  So, even with physicians, "let the buyer beware!"

GS

SUNDAY, March 28, 2004

The busy news week continues.

GS

SATURDAY, March 27, 2004

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TUESDAY through FRIDAY, March 23 through 26, 2004

Another busy news cycle.  And once again I offer sources for reading the facts and balanced opinions on important issues facing the American electorate this year.  It is, after all, a responsibility of citizenship to keep informed and then to vote knowledgeably.

GS

WEDNESDAY through MONDAY, March 17 through 22, 2004

Sorry.  We were away on family business.
Such an interval produces too large a number of issues to deal with fully, although many have been the subject of earlier comments in this section.  Anyway, here goes...

1) The "bait - and switch" apparent regarding the cost of the recent Medicare Act; that includes correcting the travesty of precluding the Federal government from bargaining for the cost of drugs it purchases;

2) Devising a means to provide affordable health care coverage to over 40 million people who now lack it;

3) Protecting the pension and health benefits that retirees contracted for with their employers as one condition of retirement;

4) Decide whether we want an open, global economy - and fight for it; or whether we want protectionism...we can't have both;

5) Finally get realistic about our long-term future involvement in Iraq, and produce the security forces to actually achieve a democratic Iraq and safer Middle East.  Sorry, but that will require a fair military draft.  I know just where to find suitable draftees: they're now in Florida, raising hell on Spring Break.

GS

MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 15 and 16, 2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.  Today is the first anniversary of "Rapid Response...."  It was begun in anticipation of an eventful year; and we have not been disappointed.  I, and my son Adam...my favorite Professional Engineer who does the electronic heavy lifting...wish to thank all those who visit this site at least occasionally for the insights or for the aggravation.  I look forward to an even more eventful coming year, election and all.  I promise to continue doing all in my power to provide much more light than heat on issues of the day - as an INVOLVED CITIZEN.

GS

SUNDAY, March 14, 2004

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SATURDAY, March 13, 2004

A lot going on again.

I really would rather spend my time in other ways than in bashing Democrats and their fellow-travelers.  But, "so much to do...so little time'", and so much constant ammunition provided by them.   "It's a dirty job; but somebody has to do it."

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 11 and 12, 2004

As if to document my favorite description of ultra-liberals (see above), they keep over-reaching.  Fair is never enough.  They want it all.  For example: 1) Civil unions are not enough...they insist on re-defining the historic and legal institution of Marriage; 2) some rights for gay couples in child custody in special circumstances are not enough...they insist on "having" and raising infants and children, thereby adding to the gender confusion of some young people, called "trans-gender" children; they are not satisfied with the distortion of "Freedom of Religion" to freedom from religion...they want the foundational context of this country "under God" to be eliminated; they are not content to argue differing points of view on the merits...they have to call our highest elected officials "liars";  they are not satisfied promoting sex education in the schools...they have to continue their historic role as "enablers" by insisting on giving out condoms as well.  And now comes hyperbolic Al Franken, announcing a new "liberal" talk show entitled "Air America Radio".   His group will also undoubtedly over-reach and will themselves become the cartoon figures they try to depict.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, March 7 through 10, 2004

GS

SUNDAY, March 7, 2004
What a difference a few days make: all kinds of things to discuss.

GS

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 5 and 6, 2004

Martha, Martha.  What were you thinking?  I don't think too many ordinary people will get much glee from this conviction.  But, they will draw some conclusions: 1) even smart people do stupid things; 2) beware power...it corrupts, or at least it produces arrogance that clouds the mind and that makes one an instant target; 3) years ago a "study" revealed that - no matter how much money a person may have - he or she needs "just a little bit more"...the more money, the less likely to learn that there are three kinds of money: old money, new money, and enough money; 4) the crime itself is usually less serious than lying about it; 5) regarding the oxymoron "business ethics", there is not much difference between the the obscene excesses of the Kozlowski's and Fastow's of the world...and the illicit effort of a multi-millionaire to save $50,000...New York City learned in the 1990's that - in order to reduce the incidence of serious crime in the city, even the squeegy-guys and the pan-handlers had to be dealt with.  Will Martha get jail time?  If she doesn't, that will send a terrible message to a society that already believes that crime pays and that everything is "relative".  Too bad.

GS

THURSDAY, March 4, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, March 1 through 3, 2004

GS


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