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
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY,
December 30 and 31, 2009
DECEMBER 31, 2009: STATE OF THE
In all respects, the United States is
worse off than one year ago under this Teleprompter President.
As was the case with President Carter, this neophyte is trying to learn
on the job while burdened with much baggage that varies between
political correctness and just plain stupidity. And all of these
comments relate as well to the current Democratic Congress and
- Domestically, we have not
been so divided since the years leading to the Civil War. We are
weaker economically. We continue our downward slide
morally. And we are certainly not safer.
- Internationally, we have
squandered much credibility as this President seeks U.S. popularity
over our national interests among friends and opponents alike while he
refuses to acknowledge as such the world-wide threat of Islamic
What to do? We need a national popular movement: THE NO INCUMBENT MOVEMENT.
In the 2010 national elections, vote ALL incumbents out of
office. That is the only way to send a crucial message.
What follows is a commentary from my son Perrin on the subject.
It makes perfect sense to me. Meanwhile, try this as your New Year's Resolution:
TO INSPIRE...BEFORE YOU EXPIRE.
I agree. In spite of the
Founders' incredible level of prescience in drafting the U.S.
Constitution they could not, in their worst nightmares, predict that
representatives would eventually create such a stranglehold on their
seats that they are virtually guaranteed indefinite incumbency.
And, since access to legislating term
limits is totally controlled by those incumbents (with no hope for
change) I have been virtually begging anyone who will listen to vote
for a new representative next election. I go one step further.
I will never again vote for an incumbent. That is the only
way of ensuring term limits that cannot be thwarted. The standard
argument against this is always that unless everyone does it
simultaneously and regularly, incumbents will gain progressively more
power relative to high-turnover seats.
My answer to that argument is:
possibly, but only in the short term. As more progress
is made by more ambitious representives (who see their situation as the
4th quarter of a football game rather than a baseball game in extra
innings), stagnating incumbents will soon stink like three-day-old
fish. Their numbers will drop and it will no longer be sexy to be
in Congress for umpteen years. Remember, this is the Federal
Government of the United States of America. It is not a T-ball
game for 8-year olds where keeping score may make some feel inadequate
No matter how good a job your
representative does for you in Congress, there is simply far too much
potential for damage (micro and macro) when Federal
politicians remain in office. I would say this to any
candidate running to represent me: "Do the best job you can in the
next 2, 4, or 6 years, then get out of the way and
give someone else a chance. If you aren't confident about
this time frame and/or your honest reasons for representing me, step
aside and go back to your law practice, bank job, real
estate office, or wherever it is you generated the millions of
dollars it now takes to win a Congressional seat." This is what
the Founder's assumed would occur, since gerrymandering and huge
coffers were unheard of 225 years ago. This is a fact,
also especially with the mind-numbing increase in the power of
PACs in the last few decades.
Times have changed forever. Let's
all remember Einstein's definition of Insanity.
PLEASE pass this on.
December 29, 2009
An idle mind..." between
professional and family life, is a busy workshop for me.
- Public Education in the death
grip of the Teachers' Unions. Will this travesty by
organization teachers and their Congressional goons never end?
See the WSJ editorial, December 19-20, 2009, Opinion, pA12, entitled: "Duplicitous and Shameful". "Democrats in Congress voted to
kill the District's (DC) Opportunity Scholarship Program, which
provides 1,700 disadvantaged kids with vouchers worth up to $7,500 per
year to attend a private school...a program that has 'provided a
lifeline to many low-income students in the District of Columbia'"
President Obama signed the bill Thursday, over the pleas of several
prominent Demicratic and Republican Senators. "'Opposition
to vouchers is a top priority for NEA,' declared the union in a letter
sent to every Democrat in the House and Senate in March". It
is a basic tenet of ethics and morals that one cannot harm an innocent
in order to benefit himself.
These are really bad people, including all teachers in the
trenches who do not rise up against and overthrow the "dissembling
miscreants" leading them. Sorry, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" from this
- From the Evil to the
ridiculous. The AMA, counting
only about 17% of all American physicians in their roster, allowed
itself to be duped -
you dopes - into Administration assertions that "physicians"
support its "health care "reform" efforts...when
the vast majority of physicians are opposed to this monstrosity.
And yet, in a constant effort to be "fair and balanced" in my analysis
of the subject, I carefully reviewed the summary of House and Senate
bills offered in the Sunday, Dec. 27 issue of the NYTimes as a major
editorial. I marked each editorial position with either a check
mark, a X or a ?. Results: 4 check marks; 12 X'x; 4 ?. To
quote again the title of a recent editorial in the WSJ: "THE WORST BILL
- On the same subject, the organized U.S. Bishops of America have been trying to press the argument
against governmental payment of abortions in any form. But
they insist on using "dialogue and discussion" instead of opposition
and fight...right down to mobilizing all churchgoers from the
At times, the Christian way when turning the
other cheek is to position one's feet to return a rightcross.
- While still in Washington, DC,
let's talk about "corruption", a term used widely in discussing
Afghanistan but rarely mentioned in our halls of government. Let's look
at Webster's College Dictionary:
"Corruption: inducement to do wrong by unlawful or improper means (as
bribery)". We don't have to look to the Afghans for that,
as we have recently seen on full display in the Senate. But, as
with "terrorists" vs "freedom fighters", "torture" vs "enhanced
interrogation" and "engagement" vs "appeasement", the critical part is
who gets to choose the terms.
- And on the important subject of "terms" of discussion, an
in-depth Page 1 article in the NYTimes Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 starts out
with a comfortable title: "Hard
Choice For A Comfortable Death: Drug-Induced Sleep". But
don't be mesmerized by the title. The body of the article rapidly
begins confusing "palliation" with
"terminal sedation" and "euthanasia". Remember the
remember the two requirements for a crime in Criminal Law: Mens Rea and
Actus Rea. Here, it's all about the "Mens Rea": what is the intent of
the practitioner, of the patient and of the family? Is it
palliation and relief of pain? Or is it the death of the patient:
euthanasia, totally immoral for a physician to be engaged in. So
you see: terminology in a war of
words is as crucial as terrain in a real war. It can make
all the difference in the outcome of battle.
December 28, 2009
The Greatest Pro-Life
Story Ever Told
In what we at LifeNews.com plan to make an annual tradition, in
lieu of any pro-life news, today, on Christmas, we present you with the
best news. You might call the news of the birth of Jesus Christ, the
Savior of the world, The Greatest Pro-Life Story Ever Told.
Nothing we ever write at
LifeNews.com can ever compare to the beautiful story of the birth of
The story has all of the elements of a crisis pregnancy situation that
our friends at pregnancy centers see every day. A young mother, hopeful
about her future but unsure what impact an unplanned pregnancy will
have on it. A father who isn't quite ready to father and a couple who
plan to marry but don't believe they have the resources or capacity to
care for a child.
In this trying time for
our nation and world -- with the promotion of abortion reaching
historic proportions in both the health care debate in the United
States and with places like Spain and Latin America pressured to
legalize it -- the uplifting story of Jesus brings us real hope for the
future and an assurance that it can truly be well with our soul.
Without further ado,
please enjoy the Greatest Pro-Life Story Ever Told, as presented by one
of the first internationally recognized pro-life doctors, St. Luke.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in
Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a
descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her
and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of
greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid,
Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give
birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be
great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will
give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the
house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
"How will this be," Mary
asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
The angel answered, "The
Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of
God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old
age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For
nothing is impossible with God."
"I am the Lord's
servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the
angel left her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country
of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she
exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you
will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should
come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the
baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that
what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One
has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from
generation to generation.
He has performed mighty
deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham
and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers."
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned
Luke 2 - The Birth of Jesus
In those days Caesar
Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire
Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius
was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up
from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went
there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and
was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the
baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But
the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a
Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign
to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company
of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his
When the angels had left
them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go
to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has
told us about."
So they hurried off and
found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When
they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told
them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the
shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and
pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were
just as they had been told.
December 27, 2009
CHRISTMAS POST SCRIPT:
CHRISTMAS SEASON, Happy Holidays, AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL.
And remember: For those who celebrate Christmas, this season does not
end until the Epiphany, Jan. 6.
Here's a little vignette that a patient shared with me.
Customer: "Merry Christmas".
Store Clerk: "Happy Holidays. I don't want to offend anyone".
Customer: "You just did".
And now, back to work.
- The Boy from Brazil. No
Christmas story, this. Rather, a travesty concerning the Rule of
Law, rules of equity, and very bad behavior of the Brazilian family
throughout this sordid story.
- Drug - related wholesale murder
of families in Mexico. When is the Mexican government - if
there is one - going to declare Martial Law, eliminate all known drug
dealers at all levels, disarm the "police" and maybe even the current
military...and start over to regain their nation?
- Drug - related Terrorism
throughout the world. Since the mother's milk of funding
for these activities including Islamo-terrorism is drug profits, all
biologic drug production (opium, cocaine...) should be discovered and
destroyed wholesale from the air...beginning with Afghanistan and
Columbia. The technology is there. So far, the
international will is not. And why not, you ask.
- Ah yes, the "international scene",
the U.N., our "allies", "engaging" rogue nations like Iran, and our
hard-working Alice in Wonderland:
Hillary Clinton. When is Obamanation
going to give her a winning hand, instead of repackaging appeasement?
By the way, "rules of war" don't exist when one side ignores
- It's a bad time for this nation
to be so badly divided, and to be courting effective
bankruptcy, at least in the eyes of our creditor nations (who hold 68%
of our debts). But there is a purgative available: vote every
incumbent in Washington out of office at the next election.
Now, that would really work.
December 26, 2009
NOW COMES THE HARD PART FOR ALL OF US. GS
comparison of House, Senate health care bills
A comparison of the health care bills
passed by the Senate and House:
The Senate Democratic bill (Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act):
WHO'S COVERED: About 94 percent of legal
residents under age 65 — compared with 83 percent now. Government subsidies
to help buy coverage start in 2014. Of the remaining 24 million people
under age 65 left uninsured, about one-third would be illegal
COST: Coverage provisions cost $871
billion over 10 years.
IT'S PAID FOR: Fees on insurance companies, drugmakers, medical device
manufacturers. Medicare payroll tax increased to 2.35 percent on income
over $200,000 a year for individuals, $250,000 for couples. A 10
percent sales tax on tanning salons, to be paid by the person soaking
up the rays. Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Forty percent excise tax
on insurance companies, keyed to premiums paid on health care plans
costing more than $8,500 annually for individuals and $23,000 for
families. Fees for employers whose workers receive government subsidies
to help them pay premiums. Fines on people who fail to purchase
REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS: Almost
everyone must get coverage through an employer, on their own or through
a government plan. Exemptions for economic hardship. Those who are
obligated to buy coverage and refuse to do so would pay a fine starting
at $95 in 2014 and rising to $750.
FOR EMPLOYERS: Not required to offer coverage, but companies with more
than 50 employees would pay a fee of $750 per employee if the
government ends up subsidizing employees' coverage.
SUBSIDIES: Tax credits for individuals
and families likely making up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level,
which computes to $88,200 for a family of four. Tax credits for small
PACKAGE: All plans sold to individuals and small businesses would have
to cover basic benefits. The government would set four levels of
coverage. The least generous would pay an estimated 60 percent of health care costs per
year; the most generous would cover an estimated 90 percent.
INSURANCE INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS: Starting
in 2014: no denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
No higher premiums allowed for pre-existing conditions or gender.
Limits on higher premiums based on age and family size. Starting upon
enactment of legislation: children up to age 26 can stay on parents
insurance; no lifetime limits on coverage.
PLAN: In place of a government-run insurance option, the estimated 26
million Americans purchasing coverage through new insurance exchanges
would have the option of signing up for national plans overseen by the
same office that manages health coverage for federal employees and
members of Congress. Those plans would be privately owned, but one of
them would have to be operated on a nonprofit basis, as many Blue Cross Blue Shield plans
YOU CHOOSE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE: Self-employed people, uninsured
individuals and small businesses could pick a plan offered through new
state-based purchasing pools. Would generally encourage employees to
keep work-provided coverage.
DRUGS: Grants 12 years of market
protection to high-tech drugs used to combat cancer, Parkinson's and other deadly diseases.
Drug companies contribute $80 billion over 10 years with the majority
of the money used to limit the prescription coverage gap in Medicare.
TO MEDICAID: Income eligibility levels likely to be standardized to 133
percent of poverty — $29,327 a year for a family of four — for parents,
children and pregnant women. Federal government
would pick up the full cost of the expansion during the first three
years. States could negotiate with insurers to arrange coverage for
people with incomes slightly higher than the cutoff for Medicaid.
LONG-TERM CARE: New
care insurance program would provide a basic benefit designed to
help seniors and disabled people avoid going into nursing homes.
ANTITRUST: Maintains the health insurance industry's
decades-old antitrust exemption.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Would be barred from
subsidies or using their own money to buy coverage offered by
private companies in the exchanges.
ABORTION: The bill tries to maintain a
strict separation between
taxpayer funds and private premiums that would pay for abortion
coverage. No health plan would be required to offer coverage for the
procedure. In plans that do cover abortion, beneficiaries would have to
pay for it separately, and those funds would have to be kept in a
separate account from taxpayer money. Moreover, individual states would
be able to prohibit abortion coverage in plans offered through the
exchange, after passing specific legislation to that effect. Exceptions
would be made for cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the
The House bill (Affordable Health Care for America Act):
WHO'S COVERED: About 96 percent of legal
residents under age 65
— compared with 83 percent now. Government subsidies to help buy
coverage start in 2013. About one-third of the remaining 18 million
people under age 65 left uninsured would be illegal immigrants.
COST: The Congressional Budget Office
says the bill's cost of expanding insurance coverage over 10 years is
$1.055 trillion. The net cost is $894 billion, factoring in penalties
on individuals and employers who don't comply with new requirements.
That's under President
Barack Obama's $900 billion goal. However, those figures leave
out a variety of new costs in the bill, including increased prescription drug coverage
for seniors under Medicare, so the measure may be around $1.2 trillion.
HOW IT'S PAID FOR: $460 billion over the
next decade from new income
taxes on single people making more than $500,000 a year and couples
making more than $1 million. The original House bill taxed individuals
making $280,000 a year and couples making more than $350,000, but the
threshold was increased in response to lawmakers' concerns that the
taxes would hit too many people and small businesses.
There are also more than $400 billion in
cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; a new $20 billion fee on medical device makers;
$13 billion from limiting contributions to flexible spending accounts;
sizable penalties paid by individuals and employers who don't obtain
coverage; and a mix of other corporate taxes and
REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS: Individuals
must have insurance,
enforced through a tax penalty of 2.5 percent of income. People can
apply for hardship waivers if coverage is unaffordable.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS: Employers
must provide insurance to
their employees or pay a penalty of 8 percent of payroll. Companies
with payrolls under $500,000 annually are exempt — a change from the
original $250,000 level to accommodate concerns of moderate Democrats —
and the penalty is phased in for companies with payrolls between
$500,000 and $750,000.
Small businesses — those with 10 or fewer
workers — get tax credits to help them provide coverage.
SUBSIDIES: Individuals and families with
annual income up to 400
percent of poverty level, or $88,000 for a family of four, would get
sliding-scale subsidies to help them buy coverage. The subsidies would
begin in 2013.
HOW YOU CHOOSE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE:
Beginning in 2013,
through a new Health Insurance Exchange open to individuals and,
initially, small employers. It could be expanded to large employers
over time. States could opt to operate their own exchanges in place of
the national exchange if they follow federal rules.
BENEFITS PACKAGE: A committee would
recommend a so-called
essential benefits package including preventive services. Out-of-pocket
costs would be capped. The new benefit package would be the basic
benefit package offered in the exchange.
INSURANCE INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS: Starting
in 2013, no denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions. No higher
premiums allowed for pre-existing conditions or gender. Limits on
higher premiums based on age.
GOVERNMENT-RUN PLAN: A new public plan
available through the insurance exchanges would be set up and run by
the health and human
secretary. Democrats originally designed the plan to pay Medicare rates
plus 5 percent to doctors. But the final version — preferred by
moderate lawmakers — would let the HHS secretary negotiate rates with
CHANGES TO MEDICAID: The federal-state
insurance program for
the poor would be expanded to cover all individuals under age 65 with
incomes up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level,
which is $33,075 per year for a family of four. The federal government
would pick up the full cost of the expansion in 2013 and 2014;
thereafter the federal government would pay 91 percent and states would
pay 9 percent.
DRUGS: Grants 12 years of market
protection to high-tech drugs used to combat cancer, Parkinson's and
other deadly diseases.
Phases out the gap in Medicare prescription drug
coverage by 2019. Requires the HHS secretary to negotiate drug
prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
LONG-TERM CARE: New voluntary long-term care insurance
program would provide a basic benefit designed to help seniors
and disabled people avoid going into nursing homes.
ANTITRUST: Would strip the health insurance industry
of a long-standing exemption from antitrust laws covering market
allocation, price-fixing and bid rigging. The bill also would give the
Federal Trade Commission
authority to look into the health insurance industry at its own
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Would be barred from
receiving government subsidies
but permitted to use their own money to buy coverage offered by private
companies in the exchange.
ABORTION: Private companies in the
exchange could not offer
plans covering abortion if those plans received federal subsidy money.
Most plans in the exchange would be affected, because most consumers in
the exchange would be using federal subsidy money to buy coverage. The
new government plan could not offer abortion coverage. Insurance
companies would be permitted to offer supplemental abortion coverage in
separate plans that people could buy with their own money. Use of
federal money for abortion coverage would be limited to cases of rape,
incest or danger to the woman's life.
MONDAY through FRIDAY,
December 21 through 25, 2009
to NBC This morning.
Do you believe that the word God should stay in American culture?
NBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had the highest
Number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and
the Percentage was the same as this:
86% to keep the words, IN God We Trust and God in the Pledge of
That is a pretty 'commanding' public response.
I was asked to send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn't ..
Now it is your turn. It is said that 86% of Americans believe the
word God should stay.......
Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a
mess about having 'In God We Trust' on our money and having God in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Why is the world catering to this 14%?
In God We Trust
December 20, 2009
As I indicated in an earlier offering in
this section, moderate Muslims themselves are going to have to deal
with the kidnap of their Religion by the crazies...if the world is to
IV. Now comes an excellent article on the same subject by
Thomas L. Friedman of the NYTimes, entitled: "Logging On To www.jihad.com" (in
The Day Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, pA7). It should be read in its
entirety; but the following excerpt in on point:
- "Only Arabs
and Muslims can fight the war of ideas within Islam. We had a
civil war in America in the mid-19th century because we had a lot of
people who believed bad things - namely that you could enslave people
because of the color of their skin. We defeated those ideas and
the individuals, leaders and institutions that propagated
them.... Islam needs the same civil war. It has a violent
minority that believes bad things: that it is OK to not only murder
non-Muslims - "infidels", who do not submit to Muslim authority - but
to murder Muslims as well who will not accept the most rigid Muslim
lifestyle and submit to rule by a Muslim caliphate."
December 19, 2009
You don't have to be organized religious to agree with this
one. Some people need a little U.S. history lesson every so
often. Let's keep this going. The only way the rabidly
secular Left will win is if we keep giving up ground.
All that taking the 'high road' has gotten us over the years is
playing on the wrong side of an unlevel playing field. - P. Sprecace
DID YOU KNOW?
As you walk up the steps to the building which houses
The U.S Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building
a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the
Middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ...
It is Moses and he is holding
The Ten Commandments!
DID YOU KNOW?
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have
The Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each
DID YOU KNOW?
As you sit inside the courtroom you can see on the wall, right above
The Supreme Court judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments!
DID YOU KNOW?
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over
The Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington , D.C.
DID YOU KNOW?
James Madison, the fourth president, known as
'The Father of Our Constitution'
Made the following statement:
'We have staked the whole of all our political
Institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government,
Upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves,
To control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according
To the Ten Commandments of God.'
DID YOU KNOW?
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher,
Whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members
Of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep
Their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making
Law an oligarchy the rule of few over many.
How then, have we
Gotten to the point that everything
We have done for 220 years in this country is now
Suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?
Let’s put it around the world and let the world see and remember what
this great country was built on.
MONDAY through FRIDAY,
December 14 through 18, 2009
Your U.S. House & Senate have
voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises.
1. They voted to not give you a S.S. cost of
living raise in 2010 and 2011.
2. Your Medicare premiums will go up $285.60
for the 2-years and you will not get the 3% COLA or $660/yr. Your
total 2-yr loss and cost is $1,600 or $3,200 for husband and
wife. Plain enough?
3. Every member of Congress will get an added $10,000
which is putting them very close to $ 200,000 per year. Sounds
like an elite class to us.
4. Do you feel SCREWED? They vote
themselves a raise and better benefits. They only care
about WE THE PEOPLE on election day. You never did anything about
it in the past. The time for action is near!
5. Do you really think that Nancy, Harry, Chris,
Charlie, Barnie, et al, care about you?
SEND THE MESSAGE-- You're FIRED.
*** THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICAL PARTIES!
IN 2010 YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET RID OF THE ENTIRE
SITTING CONGRESS, Up to 1/3 OF THE SENATE, AND 100% OF
The election in 2010 will be a sea-change to the
mindset of any member of Congress who may survive.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE STILL MAD IN NOVEMBER 2010 AND
REMIND THE REPLACEMENTS NOT TO SCREW UP LIKE THE GUYS THEY
THIS IS A MUST DO!
December 13, 2009
Lots to comment on today...another Pot
- Who owns E-Book rights? See
the article on page A1 of Sunday's NYTimes. We should have more
light than heat here, since basic Contract Law should apply.
Where books were published before electronics, such a development as
"E-Books" could not have been "in the contemplation of the
parties". Thus, the issue of competing rights should be
subject to new contract...or to "Quantum Meruit".
- On the same page we read an article on "immigration detention,
wherein "hundreds of thousands of immigrants without criminal records
have been in recent years...." This is another example of law and
law enforcement run amok. When are our fearless leaders going to
address the Immigration
problems in a comprehensive manner?
- Another clear call to such fearless leaders is the column by Ben
Davol entitled "Enough Of No Drama
Obama", (The Day Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, Voices and Views,
- "Web Security". Now, there's an oxymoron. We read
that we're talking with Russia regarding the rise of cyberweapons. Good
idea. Such attacks would be more humane but no less effective
than neutron bombs.
- We have been reading of the half-dozen "Americans" who went to
Pakistan allegedly to join the Jihad against this country. More
locally, from Berkeley, Ca., we read that scores of "protesters"
attacked and damaged the home of the chancellor of the University of
California, including using incendiary devices, "demonstrating against
State funding cuts". How about some CRIME AND PUNISHMENT here instead of
schlock psychology and social working from the judge's bench
- But the most disturbing story, also from the same NYTimes
edition, is entitled "Building a Baby, With Few Ground
Rules". This must be read to be understood for
what it is: immoral, evil, way beyond the wildest dreams of promoters
of Eugenics and of Dr. Mengele...nothing less than traffic in human
beings which should be totally illegal. And how long will it take
for this amoral and completely self-absorbed society to come to that
SATURDAY through SATURDAY,
December 5 through 12, 2009
As happens frequently, I cannot improve
articles appearing in the lay press. "Res Ipsa
Loquitur". So, I simply refer you to them as urgent
But what I can do is offer some more
advice to the National Republican Party. The party
leaders are playing a risky game by uniformly voting against everything
the out-of-control Democrats are offering up. Pelosi, Reid and
company certainly deserve it. But "you can't beat
something with nothing". The people are suitably angered
by the overreaching of Obamanation. They are also suitably
worried about a proper direction for the nation in these critical
times. The Republicans must articulate and publicize appropriate
actions to rally behind: in the Economy; regarding Wall Street
excesses; regarding undeniable evidence of global warming, whatever the
causes; in the Middle East, especially relating to Israel and
Palestine; regarding Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Russia,
China, and regarding the amorphous monster of global Terrorism masking
itself within the noble cloak of Islam. Their plans must be
clear, rational and timely; and they must be bereft of the hackneyed
phrases like "Read my Lips: No new Taxes". And the Republican
Party must publicize them with their own funds, expecting no support
from the compromised Media. Those funds will come partly as a
result of those plans...and partly from their savings after they stop
sending me nearly daily calls for financial assistance from my newest
"best friend", Michael Steele. The 2010 elections could be a
watershed change...or merely another near - death experience for the
Republican Party. There is no time to waste.
- Two articles in The Day Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 (www.theday.com): 1)
"Waging War To Make Peace",
by Kenton Robinson, a concise history of the Black Hole that has been Afghanistan for thousands of years;
2) "A New Socialism Is Emerging", by
Charles Krauthammer, an impassioned - for this writer - call to
- And then there is always the continuing sorry saga of Public Education in America: 1) "The 'Highly Qualified Teacher' Dodge",
Editorial of the NYTimes Friday, Nov. 13, 2009; 2) "The Edsel of Education Reform",
Editorial of the WSJ Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009; 3) "No Child Left Behind", Editorial in
the WSJ Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.
December 4, 2009
Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament.
America as the last man standing
'In a generation or two, the US
will ask itself: who lost Europe ?'
Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the
Netherlands , at the Four Seasons, New York , introducing an Alliance
of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem .
Thank you very much for inviting me.
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old
world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very
difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of
the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present
danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and
the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last
bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .
Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell
you about a meeting in Jerusalem .
The Europe you know is changing.
You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities,
sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is
another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by
All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim
neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even
seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for
the police as well. It's the world of head scarves, where women
walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of
children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk
three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The
shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed
to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos
controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods,
and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are
the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger
portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood,
city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe . With
larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every
European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf
every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take
Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden . In many cities the
majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now
surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the
most popular name among boys in many cities.
In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be
mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that
would be an insult to Muslims.
Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all
pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost
exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore,
whore'. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations,
but to stations in the country of origin.
In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive
to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly
true of Darwin . The history of the Holocaust can no longer be
taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal
system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without
head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up
by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst
wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly
spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel . I could
go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe . San
Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of
the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.
Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this
Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be
threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to
assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew
Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty
to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France . One-third of
French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British
Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim
students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand
what they call 'respect'. And this is how we give them
respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.
The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia
in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet
members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .
Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty
crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and
bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in
the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators
'settlers'. Because that is what they are. They do not come
to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society
into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.
Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively
against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their
neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims
are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the
prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be
criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say
like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no
problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a
pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time. Islamic
tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies
murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself
slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for
Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a
god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam
is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed
rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to
dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'.
Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it
strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything,
compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all
Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde
force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.
The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and
sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and
visited it dozens of times. I support Israel . First,
because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up
to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third
because Israel is our first line of defense.
This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating
Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of
jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand,
Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia . Israel is
simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel . It is a war
against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving
the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been
no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to
release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli
parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night,
parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the
Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address
the grievances of our Muslim minorities.. But if Israel were, God
forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would
not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their
behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of
Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.
They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the
West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the
end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would
mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they
can get Israel , they can get everything. So-called journalists
volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing
extremists' or 'racists'. In my country, the Netherlands , 60
percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as
the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60
percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a danger
greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the
last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than
you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom
and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a
loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into
enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it
would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens
and Jerusalem .
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My
generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on
a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives.
All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys
who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My
generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its
custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe
's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We
cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations
would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties.
We simply do not have the right to do so.
We have to take the necessary
action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free
world that we know.
December 3, 2009
AFGHANISTAN: THE BACK STORY. GS
Speech Leaves Out How to Grow the Afghan Army
President Barack Obama
has tied his decision to order 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to a pledge
that they'll start returning home in 2011. But the President's West Point
speech Dec. 1 was mute on his plans for the growing Afghan army, which
remains the best - some would say only - way to bring home American
personnel. His vagueness on the question of increasing the Afghan
forces was understandable: the U.S. and its allies have already boosted
target troop levels for the Afghan army four times, and the U.S.
commander there, General Stanley McChrystal, wants the target number
doubled yet again.
There's no sign, at least
publicly, of a surge in growth of the Afghan army. Obama on Tuesday
night steered clear of dealing with McChrystal's August call to hike
the combined size of the Afghan army and national police to 400,000.
Current plans call for the boosting of the Afghan army to 134,000
troops and the national police force to 82,000 by 2011. McChrystal
warned that those totals were insufficient and called for boosting the
army to 240,000 ("to increase pressure on the insurgency in all
threatened areas in the country") and the police to 160,000. (See
pictures of the U.S. Marines' new offensive in Afghanistan.)
On Tuesday afternoon, a senior White House
official who declined to be quoted by name dismissed McChrystal's call
for a bigger Afghan force. "We know that number's out there," the
official said, without mentioning that it was put out there by the top
U.S. commander in Afghanistan. James Dubik, a retired Army general who
trained the Iraqi military and is now a senior fellow at the
independent Institute for the Study of War, argues that the Obama
Administration needs to embrace McChrystal's goal. "There's a
significant psychological effect on the Taliban if we announce
we're going to build an Afghan security force of 400,000," says Dubik.
"We're going to miss that opportunity."
Obama's message to West Point cadets
was less specific: "We must strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan's
security forces and government so that they can take lead
responsibility for Afghanistan's future." McChrystal issued a statement
endorsing Obama's plan, saying its push to train Afghan fighters "will
be the main focus of our campaign in the months ahead." The Afghan
national army, which jumped from 6,000 troops in 2003 to 24,000 in
2004, has been growing by about 1,500 troops monthly over the past
year. (Iraq's security forces, protecting a smaller population than
Afghanistan's, now total 600,000 men.)
the challenges of rebuilding an Afghan national army of any size - for
the fourth time in 150 years - are daunting. Afghanistan, torn by war
over a generation, has missed the computer revolution that most
militaries now take for granted. The Hindu Kush mountain range splinters much
of the country into isolated valleys run by warlords, marginalizing any
authority. And as the 219th poorest nation
among the world's 229, Afghanistan simply can't afford to pay for a big
military. Afghan forces today are largely slipshod and corrupt, U.S.
officers who have served with them say. Technically they seem capable
of doing little more than basic daytime operations, and they have yet
to master the bookkeeping vital for any military force to keep track of itself. (See
pictures of the battle against the Taliban.)
In fact, say many U.S. officers, the
Afghan mindset works against building a military force. Afghans have a
"God-willing mentality" that "delays progress for all routine and major
actions," U.S. Army
Colonel Scot Mackenzie wrote in a study for the Army War College
last year. Information is power, and senior leaders hold on to it
tightly. They prefer faxes to e-mails because they like "paper in their
hands, as opposed to data on a disk," Mackenzie said. Such tendencies
freeze "subordinates into doing nothing until specifically ordered," he
added. "Taking risk or initiative has historically been seen as a good
way to wind up in prison or dead."
U.S.-Afghan operations are plagued by mistrust, with the living
quarters of allied and Afghan troops separated by walls, razor wire,
guarded gates and machine-gun nests. "Currently, coalition forces eat,
sleep and play in separate spaces from the people they are trying to
train," U.S. Marine Captain Jason Moore noted in a report earlier this
year for the Corps' Command and Staff
College at Quantico,
In part, that's because Taliban sympathizers in the Afghan military
have shot and killed U.S. troops. "Intentional or not, it conveys a
sense of distrust, hostility and disrespect to their hosts."
While President Obama is setting timetables for
hoping to start bringing U.S. troops home by 2011, Mackenzie's words
note that the very concept of deadlines is largely foreign to Afghans.
"Time is not seen as a valuable resource in Afghan society," he wrote.
"Correspondingly, the use of calendars at all levels is virtually
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY,
December 1 and 2, 2009
introduce a new sub-section to Rapid Response:
OBAMANATION. The unfortunate outcome of giving President
Obama time to grow in his new job - a job assumed with very little
prior preparation - this offering will list progressively his more
egregious mis-steps as we all hang on for the wild ride of the next
three years. Of course, if he ever does something right we will
list that, too.
You're doing a heck of a job,
- The long-awaited announcement, presented at West Point, of his
new strategy for Afghanistan. Neither
beef nor fluff here: no inspiration; no resolve; just more
aspiration. But he did have good command of his
- The decision to try terrorists
in our civil / criminal courts: You're out of your mind!.
- Out-danced in the Kabuki by
Israel again. All of the illegal settlements that began in
the 1970's have been from the beginning a prime impediment to peace in
the Middle-East. Senator Mitchell, Israel is no
- Totally embarrassing actions and inactions regarding a recalcitrant Iran.
- Grovelling before our "allies"
and our enemies alike.
- The ill-conceived and poorly executed drive for needed Health Care Reform, producing - in
the words of the WSJ editorial - "The
Worst Bill Ever".
- Failure to halt and reverse the
Great Recession, despite pronouncements that "it could have been worse". This,
while spending ourselves into decades of weakness and dependence on
those who do not wish us well...and while accomplishing nothing to rein
in the gross abuses of Wall Street.
- Success in worsening the most
highly divisive issue in this country, Abortion, with arrogant
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