George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
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
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
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
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, August 31, 2008
- Some ever-present pollsters are now telling us that an increasing
number of Americans are now inclined to have Religion and
their spokesmen avoid addressing social issues.
Are they kidding...or is it just their consciences belatedly giving
them a hard time? Our often cowed religious leaders
should address these issues much more loudly and clearly from the
pulpit and from any other pulpit they can reach. They have been
playing it too safe for too long. And society has suffered
grievously for it.
- The legal drinking age. Another example of
our juvenile adults...parents and educators...opting to declare victory
and retreat in a rout. Your poor example to date has spawned the
alcohol and drug abuse that now reaches back to Middle School. I
never needed alcohol or drugs to meet my opportunities and
responsibilities through my college years. Wise Up, dummies of
- Finally. Our barnacled Military are seeing the
light: a "Prep School" for highschool failures...hopefully
with or without graduation...before entry into service. How long
have I been saying that? Look it up.
- Some articles worth reading in the NYTimes Sunday:
a) expressing caution on bailing out the housing greed and
stupidity "crisis"; b) comments on the Republican
Platform, "...bold and feckless, all at once...But a party
can dream, can't it?" The way to treat our
dysfunctional Federal government: throw out both Democratic and
Republican incumbents; elect John McCain and Sarah Palin; c) have fun
with Maureen Dowd on Palin ("Vice in Go-Go
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN IRAQ, POST-MARCH 2003
The Bigger The Horses, The Bigger the Horses' Asses:
- President Bush, for irrational emphasis on "Loyalty";
- Donald Rumsfeld, the biggest one, for awesome arrogance
- The State Department, for self-delusion;
- Our Military - only at the highest levels - for abject
cowardice and shameless self-dealing.
Iraq "surge" followed sharp internal
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President George W.
Bush's decision to mount a troop "surge" in Iraq last year was taken against the
initial recommendations of his top advisers, including his field commander, The New York Times
reported in Sunday
Bush's January 2007 decision to send an
extra 20,000 troops to Iraq was criticized for deepening the unpopular
conflict but has since been credited with sharply reducing the violence.
Citing secret memorandums and interviews
with a host of current and former officials, the Times said Bush's
decision to increase troops for a counterinsurgency in Iraq came after
months of tumultuous debate within the administration.
Bush's tendency to defer to commanders in
the field and his defense secretary had delayed a new approach to Iraq
until the situation bordered on anarchy and "civil war," as a late 2006 CIA analysis
termed it, the Times reported. At that point the Pentagon
was in favor of moving responsibility to Iraqi forces, facilitating
U.S. troop reductions.
The State Department was pushing an
alternative plan to fight al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, reining in Baghdad's
violence and stemming sectarian
violence only when it reached the level of "mass killing," the
Times reported. The U.S. ambassador to Baghdad was arguing for
authority to negotiate a political solution with the Iraqis.
"The proposals to send more U.S. forces
to Iraq would not produce a long-term solution and would make our
policy less, not more, sustainable," the newspaper quoted ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
as writing in a classified cable.
Members of the National Security Council staff made the
initial effort to explore a possible troop increase, and a staff
member, retired Navy Capt. William Luti was asked to quietly find out
if forces were available, the Times said.
A confidential briefing titled "Changing
the Dynamics: Surge and Fight, Create Breathing Space and Then
Accelerate the Transition" was submitted in October 2006 after
consultation with Army staff. It called for a substantial troop
increase, or about five brigades, to Baghdad and other hot spots.
The troop reinforcement proposal split
the U.S. military, with some officers supporting the idea, but aides to
the Joint Chiefs of
Staff suggesting the army was stretched too thin.
Three days after the 2006 midterm
congressional elections, the White House convened a formal
government-wide review to look into increasing the troop level in Iraq.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's
resignation on November
6 removed some institutional resistance to the "surge" at the Pentagon, the Times
Top aides at a November 22 White House meeting outlined an "emerging
consensus" on the route ahead, citing widespread agreement that success
in Iraq was critical for the Bush administration's war on terrorism.
A document prepared for the review
stated, "Our center of gravity -- public support -- is in jeopardy
because of doubts that our Iraq efforts are on a trajectory leading to
success," the Times reported.
At the same time, a classified Joint Chiefs of Staff paper
argued for "accelerating Iraqis into 'operational lead,"' and proposed
measures including assigning one U.S. brigade to each Iraqi division to
improve Iraqi troops' performance.
Even after Bush announced his decision on
January 10, the
top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, never sought more
than two brigades, about 8,000 troops in all, the paper said.
(Writing by Chris Michaud, Editing by
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, August 28 and
Today, let's talk Politics, "for a change".
- First, John McCain's selection of Governor Sarah Palin
to be his running-mate: A STROKE OF PURE
GENIUS. The Democrats are already running scared...and
running off at the mouth.
- About "running off at the mouth", we were inundated during
the Democratic National Convention.
The "high water mark" was Obama's acceptance speech. The man with
the baritone voice and the ever-present prompters still looks and
sounds like an empty suit, unable to complete an
unscripted sentence without the ever- present "Uh"'s and with any
beef. I point this out, not to be mean, but to counter the
baloney about his being some "great orator". Gimme a break.
And his speech was filled with the failed positions of the
a) against free trade without the imposition of
impossible "poison pill" requirements;
b) against developing a new industrial - technological
base for this country on the bones of the dying old industrial
c) against telling the people in the old
industrial base the truth and mobilizing them to retrain for their
d) touting totally unreasonable health care proposals
without the means to fund them - like introducing a nation-wide system
of rational health care prioritization / rationing;
e) touting "independence from foreign oil within 10
years", while being against the necessary generational
conversion through short-term increase in domestic oil exploration and
drilling and long-term alternatives including nuclear energy;
f) against taking the politically risky lead toward a
rational and comprehensive policy on Immigration,
while pandering to the immigrants;
g) pushing a massive decrease in taxes while
promising a massive increase in Federal spending...a sure
prescription for stag-flation;
h) pushing for Internationalism despite the
continuing abject failure of the international community to meet its
obligations...most recently including NATO's refusal to impose
sanctions on Russia in response for its rape of the sovereign State of
I) similarly denying the right of this country
to pursue its self-interest independently, including pre-emptive
j) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Teachers' Unions,
refusing to acknowledge and deal with the abject failure of the Public
Education system, a cruel hoax perpetrated on its most loyal
k) ignoring and lying about the long-demonstrated
ability of Senator McCain to work across the aisle and to
promote needed but unpopular initiatives, pushing instead the distorted
and tired image of "Bush-McCain"...pure demagoguery
This reminds me of Harry Truman's reply to the person who said "Give
'em Hell, Harry": "I TELL THE TRUTH.
THEY JUST THINK IT'S HELL."
WEDNESDAY, August 25 through 27, 2008
For those of you who are not a
President Bush fan,
nor ever have been, this is not about Bush, it
is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark
The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and
came across some Poll data I found rather hard to
believe. It must be true given the source, right? The
Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are
unhappy with the direction the country is headed and
69 percent of the country is unhappy with the
performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the
citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being
the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What
are we so unhappy about?''
A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water
24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?
B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air
conditioning in the summer and heat ing in the winter?
C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy
folks have a job?
D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery
store at any time and see more food in moments than
Darfur has seen in the last year?
E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and
trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean
without having to present identification papers as we
move through each state?
F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels
we would find along the way that can provide temporary
G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with
varying cuisine from around the world is just not good
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car,
emergency workers show up and provide services to help
all and even send a helicopter to take you to th e
I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans
who own a home.
J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the
unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained
firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch
equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you,
your family, and your belongings.
K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many
flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an
officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest
will come to defend you and your family against attack
or loss .
L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of
bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents.
Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones
M.. How about the complete religious, social and
political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of
everyone in the world?
Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks
F act is, we are the largest group of ungrateful,
spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the
world loves the U.S.
yet has a great disdain for its
citizens. They see us for what we are. The most
blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain
about what we don't have, and what we hate about the
country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us
into war and has no plan to get us out? The president
who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this
the same president who guided the nation in the dark
days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring
an economy out of recession? Could this be the same
guy who has been called every name in the book for
succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats
safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of
an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or
talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you
so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for
yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think
about it......are you upset at the President because
he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because
the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry
ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it.
The troops in Iraq
have volunteered to
serve, and in many cases may have died for your
freedom. There is currently no draft in this country.
They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go
and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an
'other than honorable'' discharge or, wo rst case
scenario, a ''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few
days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds
of 69 percent of Americans?
Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it
bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news.
Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts
How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the
corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-
profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when
criticized, try to defend their actions by
'justifying' them in one way or another Just ask why
they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to
write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if
he did he would have done it this way......Insane!
Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York
Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start
being grateful for all we have as country. There is
exponentially more good than bad. We are among the
most blessed people on Earth and should thank God
several times a day, or at least be thankful and
appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out
of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms
tearing up the country from one end to another, and
with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,
'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the
Pledge of Allegiance?'
David Letterman (reportedly)
SUNDAY, August 20 through 24, 2008
- Georgia. The sad and not unexpected
reaction of our fearless allies in NATO (mixed signs, vacillation,
impotence) guarantees a wider conflict. There are even those who
are now saying that we should just accept the fact that the former
slave States under the USSR will always be controlled by Russia.
Shades of the 1930's. And similarly to then, the U.S. will have
to mobilize with wooden guns, as we did after Pearl Harbor. Is
- Senator Joe Biden seems like a good man...not
perfect, just good. And even Obama slipped into saying that he
would be the "next President"...before he corrected
himself. But Biden has a host of warts. As a staunch
pro-abortionist, he is certainly not a Roman Catholic. As a
self-acknowledged serial plagiarizer, he is not totally honest.
As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that created the
condition since termed "Borking", he will mis-use power.
As a long-time and committed Internationalist, he does not learn from
experience. Apart from that, let's see how far his pearly whites
get him this Fall.
- Abortion. The primary reason why our
government is dysfunctional and why our people are so polarized.
And just as the liberal Left is getting more strident on the subject,
the conservative Right continues to equate this non-negotiable with
much less vital issues...thereby throwing the baby out with the bath
water. This is exactly what the Church did, as the result of Pope
Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae", issued in defiance of
the position of the vast majority of the Commission of Cardinals whom
he selected to study the issue of artificial contraception, human love
and abortion. That encuclical was and continues to be a disaster
with regard to the abomination of abortion.
- On a much lighter note, we learn that the late-night
comics are generally giving a pass on jokes about Obama.
Folks, that's really because an Obama Presidency would be no
- On the perennial topic of our failed public education
system - and on any other topic - read the Wall Street
Journal or remain ignorant of the facts. In the last week we read
that: 1) home schooling is receiving some needed support against the
attacks from the Education Establishment; 2) we should "Protect Our
Kids From Pre-School"; and 3) the necessary experimentation with
schools taking place in post-Katrina New Orleans is one bright spot in
that continuing natural and political disaster.
- Now Measles cases are on the rise. That's
the canary in the mine. It's the direct result of the idiocy of
some parents who are not getting their children properly vaccinated -
based upon totally repudiated "science" about "mercury and
autism". Society has police powers to deal with this danger to
itself. Act Now.
TUESDAY, August 11 through 19, 2008
- Michael Phelps. For once, the subject
matter is worth all the media hype. CONGRATULATIONS.
- "Georgia on my Mind"...and how!. Another
example of how the "One World" dreamers may yet get us into World War
lll. In the real world, the "Twelve Tribes Of Israel" and their
thousands of progeny are alive and still most interested in continuing
their un-ending feuds among themselves - with potentially grave
consequences for the rest of us. The most inportant one for world
is the Shia / Sunni history. The most current is that going on in
the northern provinces of Georgia. Did the West promote the
foolish action by that country's President in falling into Russia's
obvious trap? That famous Russian, Gorbachov, says
"yes". The article in this week's Time magazine tells a
completely different story. Whom are we to believe?
Certainly not the Russians, and especially now, under the reckless
"Napolean Putin", as christened in a recent editorial of
the WSJ. The Russians have always been totally
untrustworthy. This is based upon the fact that, although they
resemble Westerners, they are Orientals in genetic and historic
outlook. They place little value in the individual and in
individual relationships - the bedrock of Western philosophy.
Rather, their total focus is on the community, however small or large,
at whatever cost to the individual. That's why the West can only
do business with them from a constant position of strength, with
constant guarantees that their actions - good or bad - will have
consequences. That does not mean "no dialogue". But it
means that dreaming - and dreamers like Obama" - need not apply.
One positive action along these lines is the agreement between the U.S.
and Poland just recently entered into. The next should be
ejection from international bodies like the G8 if Russia does
not keep its hands off Georgia and off every other one of
the former Soviet slave States. And it also means that we have to
rebuild our currently weak ground forces. Otherwise, we too, like
the recent pronouncement of the Russian General, will have to talk
about the use "tactical nuclear weapons", as we had at the ready in
Europe during the Cold War. And then what??
SUNDAY, August 10, 2008
The following is a much - less - than "Rapid
Response". but I am sad to report that my pal of over
50 years and wife of over 49 years died in the interim. GS
FRIDAY through SATURDAY, August 1
through 9, 2008
- Obama took a victory lap in Europe before a victory.
Now, that's hutzpa.
- We can only hope that our younger generations
are suffering from delayed (and not omitted) personal development and
maturation...or this country will be in worse shape shortly...like in
- It is past time to restore some effective regulation to
the business world, currently running amok. That is
especially true when the American taxpayer gets left hold the bag for
their stupidity and avarice.
- The Middle East and the Far East, including Russia.
The ineffective government in Pakistan should be
focused by our proper attention to India.
Afghanistan will never be a stable nation as long as the opium
trade is allowed to continue. Destroy the crop, reimburse the
farmers with money and new crops, kill or jail all middlemen...to as
high a governmental level as they will be found. Russia is
not an ally, certainly not under the reckless Putin. It should be
treated that way. China, a thug State at home
and abroad (eg. Sudan), should be "engaged"; but it should not in
any way be "enabled". Iran will develop nuclear
weapons unless stopped...and the world will suffer another experience
as that which began WWl. Notwithstanding all of the handwringing,
Iraq has the greatest likelihood of becoming a
stable State...thanks to President Bush and to John McCain...and no
thanks to the stupid and arrogant Rumsfeld and his progeny...like
Obama. Israel, fast becomming a Theocracy while
establishing the Israel of the Bible, will continue to be...with Palestine
and the Arab world...a festering wound. And do we need
to maintain a credible military presence in that part of the
- The U.S. and acceptance of jurisdiction of the World
Court. Yes, for Genocide, clearly defined. Yes,
regarding the Geneva Conventions as related to prisoners of war...but
not as related to "terrorists", properly defined.
- The disease afflicting this country now is nothing other than a paralysis
of governance in Washington...the direct
result of perpetual election cycles. Now, there's a problem that
would justify a U.S.Constitutional Convention.
- The Olympics: more spectacle, business
and politics than sports, sorry to say for the devoted athletes
there. But even there, who's watching out effectively for past or
current use of banned drugs. And who's monitoring the
genetic XY's competing as XX's. I hope, at least, that one or
more of these atheletes does not literally die from the air
- Small cars and hybrids are all the rage
now. Shades of the late 1970's...and then came the report of 4X
the fatality rate from accidents in those cars. Maybe it will be
better this time...we hope.
- Did you see the long article on page A1 of the NYTimes on
Sunday about McCain's "free-wheeling campaign".
It's a classic case of "yea-but...." and a hatchet job posing
as news. Translation: he is engaged and informed; he
welcomes controversy to get at the truth; and then he tells the truth,
as in Detroit to auto workers and most recently to Iowa farmers
regarding corn-to-ethanol. He is not insular, like W; and he is
not a wet-finger pollster like Bill. My opinion: JUST WHAT THE
Thought you might enjoy this interesting
Prayer given in Kansas at
The opening session of their Senate. It seems
Prayer still upsets some
People. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open
The new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the
usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
Your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
Guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
Who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed
We have exploited the poor and called it
We have rewarded laziness and called it
We have killed our unborn and called it
We have shot abortionists and called it
We have neglected to discipline our
Children and called it building self esteem..
We have abused power and called it
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions
And called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and
Pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values
Of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts
Today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
The response was immediate. A number of
Legislators walked out during the prayer in
Protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian
Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than
5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
Responding negatively. The church is now receiving
International requests for copies of this prayer
From India , Africa and Korea .
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on
His radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,'and
Received a larger response to this program than any
Other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help, may this praye r sweep
Over our nation and wholeheartedly become our
Desire so that we again can be called ' one nation
If possible, please pass this prayer on to
Your friends. 'If you don't stand for something,
You will fall for everything.'
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