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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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SUNDAY through TUESDAY, November 28 through 30, 2004

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SATURDAY, November 27, 2004

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FRIDAY, November 26, 2004

Still digesting from yesterday's Bacchanalia?  Digest this!   Several reports, to be found on this web site under The Involved Citlzen - Miscellaneous, need no comment from me.  They address Michael Scheuer's book about the CIA, Tom Friedman on Iraq today, our challenge with North Korea, and the needs of our Military.

If that is not enough, keep a close eye on what is going on in Ukraine.  Very important, and hopefully not another Prague - which would revive the Cold War in a heartbeat.    President Putin may be about to remove his disguise.  The U.S. and the Western world should now make painfully clear to him what he and Russia have at risk in this high-stakes poker game.

GS

THURSDAY, November 25, 2004

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I personally have many things to be thankful for, as most of us do.  Among them are the facts that: my maternal grandmother, at age 18, married my grandfather on condition that he take her immediately to America from Italy; my father came here at age 19, right out of the Italian Army in 1919; my wife's maternal grandfather and grandmother came to America as young adults from Ukraine; her paternal grandparents came here from Poland.  That's how I come to have so many things to be thankful for.  And that brings us again to the issue of immgrants.  Whether we can trace our American roots to the DAR and SAR, to Irish and Chinese workers on the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860's, to the melting pots of our great cities at the turn of the 20th century, or to the Korea-towns and barrios of California today...America is a country of immigrants.  And it should continue that way.  See the article by Rupert Murdoch in yesterday's WSJ entitled: "Let Us Give Thanks To Our Immigrants" (Opinion, pA12).

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, November 22 through 24, 2004

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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 20 and 21, 2004

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FRIDAY, November 19, 2004

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THURSDAY, November 18, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, November 15 through 17, 2004

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SUNDAY, November 14, 2004

A lot of responses to today's news.


"Life is Long.

Don't underestimate your chances of living to a very old age.

*A person who reaches 65 has a life expectancy of 85.  What are the odds he/she will live beyond 85?     Answer:  50%

* Consider a 65-year-old-couple.  What's the likelihood that one or both will live to age 97?    Answer  25%"

Now, there's some food for thought...and planning.

GS

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, November 12 and 13, 2004

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THURSDAY, November 11, 2004

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TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, November 9 and 10, 2004

I must admit: there is less "fire in the belly" now that the election is over.  But there is still plenty to comment on.  So, fear not.  We're here to stay, if for no other reason than to anticipate Hillary Clinton running in 2008!

GS

MONDAY, November 8, 2004

For more on this subject of "advice" and prospects, see "Hot Issues In The Next Four Years," in USA Today, Friday, Nov. 5, Washington, p4A)    "And away we go..."

GS

SUNDAY, November 7, 2004

There has been no lack of consultative opinions regarding the malady affecting the Democratic Party.  Two excellent diagnoses and treatment plans are provided by Maura Casey in today's The Day (theday.com) and by George Will in the same newspaper.  Meanwhile, the Democratic response has varied from depression, to denial, to truculence.  Get over it, folks.  Your four-year delusion about the "illegitimacy" of the Bush W. presidency is shattered.  Discard your ultra-liberal flotsam and jetsam...as I did ten years ago after having been a Democrat for 30 years...and you'll do just fine.  For tomorrow, some words of advice for our fellow Republicans.

GS

MONDAY through SATURDAY, October 25 through November 6, 2004

"Guilty...with an explanation."  This long interruption in the flow of "Rapid Response" was the result of our desire to get "down and dirty" in the election process.  Our son David, a tax attorney in Denver, Colorado, was running for the Colorado House of Representatives from a combined Denver - Arapahoe district (District 3).  We spent the last week in Denver, sending out thousands of mailings, making hundreds of phone calls, walking miles to make neighborhood literature drops, and sometimes freezing on busy street corners to "troop the colors"; ie. wave David's campaign signs.  (During two days there we had 8 inches of snow and below-20 degree wind-chill temperatures).  Result: the short version is that he lost.  The more complete version is that, while the rest of the country provided the Republicans with the Presidency and with a stronger hold on both houses of Congress, the Colorado Republican Party sustained its worst loss ever since 1960, losing both houses of the Colorado Legislature.  "Why", you say?  Dave had complained throughout the compaign that he and other candidates were getting little or no support from the State Party.  It now appears clear that the Colorado State Republican leadership was "out to lunch".  And so, they may be had for lunch in the coming months.  Meanwhile, Dave did better as a Republican in Arapahoe county than nearly all the other Republican candidates (except President Bush), even better than the losing U.S. Senatorial candidate, Pete Coors.  Win or lose, great experience.  You should try it sometime, especially running for office at least once.  I ran four times, and served three times.

The national election results were gratifying, and a great relief.  Lots of thoughts...but they must wait for another day, after I catch up with my real life.

But there is one thing that can't wait.  After presiding over one of the greatest frauds in world history, the U.N. "Oil for Food Program", Secretary-General Kofi Annan had the gall yesterday to suggest to leaders Bush, Blair and Allawi that an attack on Fallujah - that den of domestic and foreign vipers - would diminish the legitimacy of the coming Iraqi elections in January.  (See "Saddam's U.N. Payroll", WSJ Editorial Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, pA14).  Mr. Annan, Please Shut Up!   In fact, now is about the time for the U.S. to deport the entire United Nations from our shores to Old Europe, a venue much more suited to its members' gross hypocracy, cynicism and impotence.

GS


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