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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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FRIDAY through SUNDAY, July 29 through 31, 2005

GS

SUNDAY through THURSDAY, July 24 through 28, 2005

GS

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, July 22 and 23, 2005

So many opinions.  So little time!

GS

MONDAY through THURSDAY, July 18 through 21, 2005

A number of issues to get off my chest.  Some may say that it is only GAS.  But that would also be true: those are my initials, never again used after I first etched them onto my first grade school bag.

And that's my "Weltanschaung" for now.

GS
 
 

SUNDAY, July 17, 2005

GS

THURSDAY through SATURDAY, July 14 through 16, 2005

Of many things, as succinctly as possible.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, July 11 through 13, 2005

There has been a lot of commentary since London, 7/7/05.  The most important relate to the increasing presence of Muslims, and particularly of fundamentalist, insular and radical Muslims, in Europe.  See the articles referenced below.  This development is made more worrisome by the actions...or rather inactions...of those European governments in dealing with the increasing threats thereby posed, explained under some overriding sensitivity to civil rights.  There are no civil rights without a civil society; and there is no society with security.  When will Europeans get over their collective "post-traumatic stress syndrome" following WWll  and come to their collective senses regarding this 21st century and its new set of dangers?  They would do well to heed the words and actions of President George W. Bush and his Neo-Conservative - Realist advisers...and the sooner, the better.


GS

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 9 and 10, 2005

1) This is about newspaper coverage by The Day (theday.com) of the Kelo v. New London case after the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Why not instead use this teachable moment to give our citizens a civics lesson about this country's separation of powers, with the legislature making law, the courts interpreting the law, and the executive administering and enforcing the law?  And while we're at it, when did a "home" become just a plot of land and a pile of mortar and building material...rather than "a place where a person or family lives", as defined by Webster and as experienced by most of us?

 2)  The Roman Catholic priesthood.  Two stories continue to "have legs", as they say in journalism. We learn today that the total outlay from the sexual abuse scandals will cost the Church - meaning us Catholics - between 1 and 2 billion dollars. We have also learned that most of the abusers were seminarians in the 1960's.  Yet another lingering stain from the Viet Nam era, as damaging to this country as was the Civil War.  The other story, probably related, is the progressive reduction in priestly ordinations needed to replace those priests who retire or die.  There are three possible solutions, besides praying for more vocations, only one of which is currently being embraced by the Vatican: second career priestly vocations; conversion of the "Permanent Diaconate" to one that could lead under proper circumstances to priesthood; and  implementing finally the mandate of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960's to greatly enlarge the role of the laity in the affairs of the Church.  Will His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI be the leader to effectively address this challenge?

3) We are once again starting to see more agitation for a "single payor system" for the delivery of health care in this country.  Will some people never learn?   Just look at the "single payor system" called Public Education.

GS

FRIDAY, July 8, 2005

What makes a good newspaper great is its editorial consistency and its ability to marshall evidence and opinion on a fast-breaking story immediately...without waiting for results of a wet- finger-in -the-wind test.  Enter the Wall Street Journal, and today's offerings, all in the Opinion section, ppA10 and 11:

And a vignette on the front page of the same edition is emblematic of what should be the personal attitude of each of us, preferrably after we have implemented the proposals described in yesterday's Rapid Response: "London: When a bomb exploded yesterday morning near his hotel, Howard Kelsey was shaving.  It sounded just like World War ll, says the 84-year-old retiree, who lived through the German bombardment of Britain in the early 1940's.  He kept on shaving.  'If they were aiming for me, they missed,'  he says.  He and his wife went downstairs for breakfast before heading out to attend a conferernce on politics".
GS

TUESDAY through THURSDAY, July 5 through 7, 2005

LONDON, 7/7/05

Another day of infamy.  At the current pace of our actions against world terrorism, the Los Angeles Police Commissioner is right: it's not a question of "if", but of "when" the next attacks will hit us and other civilized people.
At the risk of sounding very naive about the likelihood of the following proposed plan of action being implemented, here goes:

When in danger of attack...ATTACK!

GS

MONDAY, July 4, 2005

Independence Day.   There are rare occasions when I stop taking our freedom in this country for granted, and actually try to imagine how it would be without it.  There are plenty of examples around us...and they are not pretty.  Thank God.

There is another group that we are in the habit of thanking...the FrenchBut wait!  Let's take another look at that.  France took the side of the revolutionaries at least as much to pursue their perennial wars with England as to help us.  And their chronic annoyance with America began soon after that victory, when we began to prefer England to France in our dealings.  They kept trying to re-gain a foot-hold in North America, but could not afford to pass up the Louisiana Purchase.  They resented the Monroe Doctrine.  Then they sided with the Confederacy in the Civil War, and they sent their surrogate, Prince Maximillian of Austria to Mexico to gain a position there.  Then they took our involvement in the Spanish-American War as a threat to all European powers.  They accepted our invaluable help to end  WWl, and then placed draconian demands on Germany in the Treaty of Versailles - against the urgings of President Wilson - thereby sowing the seeds of WWll.  They promptly surrendered to Hitler at the beginning of that war, and cooperated broadly with the Nazi's through their Vichy Government, including sending thousands of Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.  After we had to fight French soldiers in North Africa, they accepted our help to win the war...although many of their many French Communists held that the Soviets had won that war.  Then came President Charles de Gaulle and his incessant efforts to undermine American and other world political initiatives, especially involving efforts to end African colonialism.  Even after it was forced to free French colonies, notably Algeria, France has continued to meddle in and profit from the anarchy that is that sad continent.  France's efforts toward Arabs, Arafat and Hussein - including up to and beyond 9/11/2001, with the corrupt involvement of the U.N., have greatly damaged and complicated America's efforts to address world-wide terrorism - which France astoundingly continues to ignore.

"The Arrogance Of The French", by Richard Z. Chesnoff (Sentinel - Penguin Group, NY, 2005).  read it and weep...or get enraged, as you see fit.    Maybe, instead of Iraq we should have invaded France.   In any case, whatever debt of gratidude we ever owed the French...it's paid in full.

GS

FRIDAY through SUNDAY, July 1 through 3, 2005

First a word about being informed and/or partisan.  You can be partisan either way; but being informed is the better and more honest way.  To that end, our sources of information can skew that information by omission as well as by commission.  That's why it is so important to "cross-read"; that is, to seek information from multiple sources, all of which have some axe to grind.  For me to restrict myself to The Day and to the New York Times would result in being only partially informed...and also probably a stroke victim.  That's where the Wall Street Journal comes in...even though I may agree with their editorial positions only 50% of the time.  In like manner, The Economist and Foreign Affairs flesh out the usual fare offered in Time and Newsweek magazines.  All this suggests a choice represented in the following statement: "There are three kinds of people: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who are constantly muttering 'Wha hoppen'".

GS


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