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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.
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MONDAY, February 28, 2005

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FRIDAY through SUNDAY, February 25 through 27, 2005

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THURSDAY, February 24, 2005

The following responses to today's news stories are not only rapid, but short.

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, February 20 through 23, 2005

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SATURDAY, February 19, 2005

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FRIDAY, February 18, 2005

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MONDAY through THURSDAY, February 14 through 17, 2005

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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, February 12 and 13, 2005

That's rich...Frank Rich, that is.  The perennial culture critic of the NYTimes, who came out as a flaming liberal during the recent Presidential campaign, has posted yet another pretzel of commentary in today's edition: "How Dirty Harry Turned Commie" (Arts and Leisure, Section 2A).  Actually, it was reassuring to me to learn that I was not the only moviegoer who was outraged by the ending of "Million Dollar Baby"...as I already noted in the Thursday offering of this section.  The article attempts to provide cover for Clint Eastwood with a "who, me?" defense: Eastwood allegedly had neither a political point to make, nor a guarantee of greater box office returns to produce.  Give me a break!  He knew or should have known what message he was offering to the viewing public.  As an antidote, in addition to the comments I made on Thursday's "rapid response", see the book by Wesley J. Smith entitled "Culture of Death...The Assault On Medical Ethics in America" (Encounter Books, San Francisco, Ca., 2000).  Another benefit of Mr. Rich's article to me was a term that I had not heard of before: "Holly-weird".

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FRIDAY, February 11, 2005

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THURSDAY, February 10, 2005

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, February 7 through 9, 2005

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SUNDAY, February 6, 2005

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FRIDAY and SATURDAY, February 4 and 5, 2005

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THURSDAY, February 3, 2005

More on Social Security Reform.  There will continue to be enough facts and half-truths provided by all the players for many months to come.  AARP wants no change, for the sake of "no change".  The Democrats object to a raiding of the SS payroll taxes for two reasons: they want to maintain the integrity of SS; and they don't want lose a massive cookie jar of money with which they have fostered all manner of good and really bad ideas.  The Bush Administration wants to save SS for the coming generations, in no way a shoo-in at the present time...especially considering "Confronting The Costs Of An Aging Population" (by Jonathan Weisman, in The Day today, World/Nation, pA5).  But the current proposal to allow a third of the 12 1/2% annual SS payroll taxes (half from employer and half from employee) to be invested in personal accounts is too much of a risk to the individual and for the nation, in my opinion.  What will be in everyone's interest will be to avoid "fighting word" statements like "dead on arrival" coming from Democrats...and for all to negotiate in good faith so that all the parties can ultimately claim part of the glory of having addressed and resolved this vital issue.  Meanwhile, the retirees and near-retirees might remember what they and their parents learned in the Great Depression: "I FIGHT POVERTY...I WORK!"

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THURSDAY, February 3, 2005

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