George A. Sprecace M.D.,
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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 and MONDAY,
January 30 and 31, 2011
THE STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE, 2011.
I listened attentively for over 1/2 hour, waiting for something
substantive. Then I tuned out. Pick your own conclusion: "ALL
HAT, NO CATTLE"; "WHERE'S THE BEEF"; "A KABUKI DANCE".
And then, there is the following... GS
Gingrich’s take on Obama’s vision
By Yahoo! News yahoo! News – Thu Jan
27, 2:00 pm ET
By Newt Gingrich
When I first heard that President Obama was using "winning the future"
as the theme of his state of the union I thought it was ironically
I wrote a book, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with
America" in 2005. I used the title "Winning the Future" to make the
case that the future was not automatically ours, that we Americans were
not winning the future with our current policies and that we would have
to make real changes to win.
[ For complete coverage of politics and policy, go to Yahoo! Politics ]
My book was also a warning to Republicans. It was a serious
critique of the Republican failure to thoroughly rethink and replace
failing government policies and institutions. I was suggesting the
Republican Congress, after a decade of power, and the Republican
administration were not being bold enough, creative enough or
They didn't listen and suffered the consequences in the 2006 and 2008
I looked forward to the State of the Union address to see how President
Obama would build on this theme of winning. Winning implies a real
contest. Winning implies losing is possible.
As you can imagine my conservative vision of winning the future by
replacing failing, left wing bureaucracies with conservative, free
market alternatives was radically different than President Obama's.
After telling us government is failing (with a cute story about three
different departments dealing with salmon) he then proposed more power
and more money for the very institutions he has just suggested were
ineffective and inefficient.
However, what was most depressing about President Obama's State of the
Union address was not its big government liberalism, its clever
maneuvering to keep all the big government of the last two years, or
its failure to admit how much liberalism had failed to create jobs.
What really saddened me about the President's State of the Union
address was its shallowness and lack of serious dialogue.
For three years we have been in the worst economy since the great
depression. Millions of Americans are suffering from unemployment. We
just learned that first time applications for unemployment benefits
jumped by 51,000 last week. Housing prices are continuing to
What has the president learned from these three years of failure? What
should we change to get back to job creation? Why should we expect more
spending by failing bureaucracies (President Obama's version of
investment) to work?
The world is becoming more dangerous. The Bush strategies did not stop
the dangerous North Korean and Iranian regimes from pursuing nuclear
weapons. Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda are still killing
innocents in brutal terrorist attacks. The Obama strategies have been
no more successful than the Bush strategies. What has the
president learned from the failure of "engagement"?
The United States continues to send $400 billion plus overseas even
though we have huge energy reserves here at home. Instead of proposing
immediate steps to use American energy to create American jobs, the
president repeated his fantasy of jobs in the future created through
bureaucratic spending on technologies that are currently unavailable.
What serious plans does the president have to control spending and
balance the budget? Freezing spending at its current
unprecedented high levels will barely make a dent in the projected
deficit. The deficit is now almost twice as large as the entire
government was in 1983 when I proposed a freeze on spending to
President Ronald Reagan.
Sadly, there is no Obama plan for winning the future.
There is an Obama plan for protecting big government, for pouring more
money into broken bureaucracies, for borrowing several trillion more
from the Chinese dictatorship.
President Obama is on a path to lose the future while pretending to
The Republican House of Representatives should aggressively move
forward and propose a scale of change to genuinely win the future.
Let the American people see the contrast and let the American people
decide if they want big government, high taxes, economic decay and
dangerous cuts in defense.
I believe the American people want to genuinely win the future and will
prefer a future of smaller government, more entrepreneurship, more
genuine investment within a free market, more replacement of failing
policies and institutions and a lot more honesty about the real change
Let the debate begin.
Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from
1995-1999 and is a potential Republican presidential candidate.
SATURDAY, January 29, 2011
So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe
Lincoln, and you ain't Abe Lincoln."
those who study history --- you recall that despite Obama's continuous
attempts to quote Lincoln as a Democrat --- President Lincoln was a
WHY DOESN'T OBAMA USE THIS FAMOUS LINCOLN QUOTE?????????
You cannot help the poor by
destroying the rich.
cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer
cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class
cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative
cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and
should do for themselves.
FRIDAY, January 28, 2011
Assault victim disputes account by superintendent
By BILL DUMAS
Publication: The Day
Published 01/28/2011 12:00 AM Updated
01/27/2011 09:43 PM
As the "alleged" victim of the
assault on State Street in New London on Sunday evening, Jan. 16, I
would like to correct a couple of assertions made by Nicholas A.
Fischer, superintendent of schools, in a commentary, "Day's coverage of
State Street assault unfair to our city youth," published Jan. 25.
It's true that I was struck by one of the youths but several others
were also attempting to assault me. By the time I made it from the
center of State Street (where I was struck) to the sidewalk in front of
Hanafin's I was surrounded by several youths who were taunting me to
come out in the street. They were yelling, "Come into the street, take
it to the street."
They were alternately charging towards me and jumping back trying to
get close enough to take a punch. Only when I made it inside of
Hanifan's and took out my cell phone did the kids run off but not
before one of them grabbed the door and violently slammed it trying to
break the glass.
As I described in a Day online post shortly after the attack:
"What was amazing to me about this incident was just how brazen these
kids were to be doing this in front of a bar full of witnesses. And how
violent and wild they were. Really, like a pack of rabid dogs. It was
very bizarre and surreal - to the point I wasn't all that much afraid
of them. Later I realized I should have been very afraid."
I did not hear anyone in this group attempting to stop the assailant,
as Mr. Fischer states, but I do know that several of them were
attempting to continue with a physical assault. So, in fact, several
arrests would have been appropriate.
Mr. Fischer also cites a Day editorial that gives, in his view, the
false impression that a "roving group of kids was responsible for the
assault." That is actually true. It was absolutely a roving group that
is responsible for the attack. Clearly, as a group, they were creating
havoc in downtown New London.
Moments before I was assaulted (by the group) they were throwing ice at
the front door of Tony D's restaurant before being chased away by bar
patrons. The NLPD was already responding to that 911 call before
receiving my call. Another 911 call came in while my report was being
taken reporting youths smashing bottles near the middle school.
I hope Mr. Fischer reconsiders the facts of this story so he can more
effectively be part of the solution to this youth problem in New London.
Bill Dumas is a musician and documentary film producer who lives in
Pasadena, Calif., but has roots in eastern Connecticut and visits the
[No comments accompanied this oped.]
THURSDAY, January 27, 2011
Day's coverage of State Street assault unfair to our
By NICHOLAS A. FISCHER
Publication: The Day
Published 01/26/2011 12:00 AM Updated
01/26/2011 02:03 AM
My wife, Karen, and I love living in New London, and walking, shopping
and eating downtown. We regularly attend events at the Garde. Because I
have direct, personal knowledge of the youth in New London, recent
events have not changed our behavior.
I have deep concerns, however, with the most recent news reporting and
subsequent editorial by The Day concerning an assault on Jan. 16. I
believe that the choice of words used in both have unnecessarily hurt
the city and the youth who live here.
When William Dumas, 54, was allegedly assaulted on that Sunday evening,
New London police acted quickly and carried out a thorough and
professional investigation. The alleged perpetrator, a juvenile, was
arrested after valuable testimony was gained from others at the scene.
There appears no question that Mr. Dumas was struck. However, the
investigation revealed that only one person hit him and that, in fact,
the other young people questioned by our police department attempted to
get the assailant to stop. Further, I have learned that those same
young people immediately identified the assailant to the police in the
The Day's report of the assault and subsequent editorial, "It has to
stop," are excellent examples of how words matter. The news story
indicated in the second and third paragraphs that a group was involved
in the assault. It is only in a later paragraph that the story states
that the investigation had revealed that only one youth committed the
The subsequent editorial, Jan. 19, is just as troubling in that it
gives the impression that a roving group of kids was responsible for
the assault. After a review of the police reports, it is clear that not
only was there no roving gang, several of the youths told the assailant
to stop and thereafter acted as good citizens in identifying the
assailant to the police.
Thanks to the quick work of the police and the young people of New
London, as well as video evidence, the lone perpetrator is now in
detention and will serve time. The young people who exhorted the
assailant to stop and identified him need to be thanked, not vilified
in the press and by the readers who left nasty comments below both
As a community, we have undergone, and continue to endure, the
aftermath of the October murder of Matthew Chew. His family and friends
continue to grieve. The families and friends of the accused young men
in prison are still reeling from this heinous crime. At this time it is
especially important that the reporters and editors at The Day pay
attention to how events are described as well as to all the facts.
Failing to do so just continues our youths' perception that the only
time this newspaper cares about them is when some do something wrong.
I challenge The Day to seek out opportunities to highlight all that our
young people are doing to make this a better community. Good news about
our young people must be news, also. We are at a point of great
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people, young and old,
in New London. Let's do it together.
Nicholas A. Fischer is the New London
superintendent of schools.
Editor's note: The Day stands by its
coverage of the incident.
DRRTones Posted -
January 26, 2011 09:11 PM
Maybe nobody got
attacked and it was all just a bad dream!
Jarhead Posted -
January 26, 2011 07:35 PM
Dr. Fischer, I am
afraid you just made yourself look like a
disillusioned fool, bent on protecting your own image of a rosy New London
Good luck, I wonder what will happen when you yourself encounter the
stereotype of a youth sauntering across the street, then throwing an
gesture at you while you wait to proceed on your way. Or perhaps you
congratulate the young person as they steal from your car or vandalize
property for being industrious or artistic. I would suggest you pay a
attention to reality, Sir.
Twobars Posted -
January 26, 2011 03:37 PM
Are you kidding me is
the first thought that came to mind.
It was the second time I had the thought. The first was when there was
from Mr Fischer stating that the problem was educational not safety.
not give me much comfort in that committee if that is the thought.
Fischer is looking for more money in the next budget, especially after
hired 20 more administrative personal in the school system. His remarks
also insulting to the victim. The kids that turned in the assailant
protecting their own buts from the police and their family. Don't ***
hand and tell me it's raining Mr. Fischer. This was a crime with a gang
young adults and to say it any other way is a lie and just as
the kids who supposedly did their civic? duty. You should be admonished
BOE for the way you are handling this.
Gary G. 06320 Posted -
January 26, 2011 01:41 PM
I believed completely
that Dr. Chris Clouet was the worst
administrator that could ever be. But Dr. Fischer has proven my beliefs
incorrect. I must say that as bad as Clouet was Dr. Fischer is far
can he be so out of touch with what is happening in New London and the part that the
students play in it all?
K.Robert Posted -
January 26, 2011 12:50 PM
Again, one can not
conclude from the victim's account that
ALL of the group acted irresponsibly, however, the taunting and
counting coup by several of the teens are not indicative of reasonable,
behavior. Reparing the image of our school system is the duty of the
superintendent and I applaud him for his attempt. Perhaps we should
the teens involved-- perhaps they should be apologizing to their
casting them all in a bad light. Turning the light off and keeping us
the dark and depending upon Mr. Fischer's version of the facts,
however, is not
an option that we should consider at this time.
I believe both the
Editorial and Dr. Sprecache's commentary
that ran in the Day have merit and look at the potential crisis--
Superintendant feels that a crisis looms or is here, as he sits on the
FF4NewLondon Posted -
January 26, 2011 12:39 PM
Nick Fischer has to go.
This piece only hurt him in this
K.Robert Posted -
January 26, 2011 12:26 PM
I appreciate the
Superintendent of Schools for voicing his
concerns about how things may be incorrectly reported. Perhpas the
theme of his
piece, which to many readers appears to be a bit of professional ***,
have been how the ACTIONS of certain groups of city youth impact
the perception that residents and visitors have of our fair city in
students who attend his school system in particular.
I suppose that Mr.
Fischer is sharing some insight and
knowledge into the investigation gained by his position as
Superintendent as a
way of making his case, since any interviews with these minors were
made by (
according to the initial reports by The Day) the School Resource
officer in the
presence of their parents. Not sure what authority the Super has to
reports, although he may have some review responsibility.Not certain
sharing this information with others should be part of his authority,
that is not what is in question here.The facts appear to be challenged .
I attach the initial
remarks made by Mr. Dumas, the
"alleged" victim - who made them in this forum shortly after the
events were reported.
bdprod Posted - January
18, 2011 03:08 AM
I'm the victim
described in this article. I'll fill in some
of the details some of you were speculating or wondering about. As for
I'm a white male, middle-aged and a very fit. The youths were black
in number and around 14-16 years old.
I parked my car across
from Hannafin's (Garde side.) As I
was locking the car I saw a group of rowdy teens up the street in front
Garde and another group walking past Hannafin's. I started to cross the
and realized this could be a bad situation especially when one kid
crossing the street from the Garde side in a long diagonal route
I was walking
confidently towards Hannafin's when the kid
crossing the street from the Garde sneaked up behind me and hit me hard
back/side of my head. He must have had something in his hand that he
with. I think he was surprised I didn't go down. He started backing
me as I walked towards him and I yelled, "What the hell are you
doing!" He was mouthing off and backing up and then I noticed the group
kids past Hannafin's were coming back towards us and the ones from up
street were approaching from the right.
The kid that hit me ran
down the street and a few were
collecting around the front of Hannafin's. They started taunting me as
started crossing the sidewalk towards the door. They were saying, "Come
into the street!" "Take it to the street!" I turned to the one
with the biggest mouth as they were alternating charging towards me and
backing off hoping I would go after them or maybe get close enough for
I faced the apparent "leader" and said, "Yeah, you're real tough
when have your little army with you."
Then the kid who hit
came running back up the street and now
there were several of them coming towards me. I quickly took the final
the door, turned and pulled out my cell phone. One of them yelled,
calling the cops!" Then the kid who hit me charged the door, opened it
slightly and slamming it very hard, then ran off with the rest of them.
when everyone in Hannafin's was alerted there was a problem.
What was amazing to me
about this incident was just how
brazen these kids were to be doing this in front of a bar full of
And how violent and wild they were. Really, like a pack of rabid dogs.
very bizarre and surreal - to the point I wasn't all that much afraid
Later I realized I should have been very afraid.
They had, moments
earlier, been chased away from Tony D's
where they were throwing ice at the door. That's when the first 911
in. I made a 911 call and then flagged down a police car that was up by
Garde. The officer was investigating the Tony D's call and was just
radioed about my call when he drove down to Hannafin's.
While I was explaining
what happened a radio call came in
that they had a group of kids they were questioning a couple blocks
officer asked me to get in the squad car to go take a look at the gang.
were three girls with them which threw me because I never saw any girls
them. The kid who hit me (as I later realized) had taken off his hat so
didn't recognize him at that moment. With their now meek demeanor as
cornered by three police cars they hardly resembled the crazed punks
It wasn't until I was
dropped off back a Hannafin's and
another officer came to take my statement and then left, did I find out
the bartender that there is a security camera outside the front door. I
NLPD on the business line and told the shift supervisor about the
quickly sent another officer to look at the video footage. Then several
officers (and a couple plain clothed detectives or so they seemed) came
Also, a couple Coast
Guard cadets who saw me get hit gave
statements and they provided more details than I could about physical
descriptions. I was then asked to view the video and it was obvious the
detained on Washington St.
were indeed the attackers.
I was impressed with
how quickly the NLPD locked down the
situation. Not sure why they didn't know Hannafin's had a security
the staff at Hannafin's was very helpful. Kept the ice for my head
night and free stout to dull the pain! If I had medical insurance I
gone to the emergency room just to make sure the injury wasn't worse
All in all it was well
worth a few lumps on the head to get
these freaks off the street even if for a short while. Also, very
didn't walk to Hannafin's from the Bean & Leaf because I would have
encountered the gang on desolate Washington St. and I wouldn't
have had the safety net of
Hannafin's at arm's reach. And I wouldn't have had the confidence to
cool during the ordeal. Could have been much, much worse. These mini
out for blood.
Be careful out there
everyone, and carry a big stick!
*** I tend to give more
weight to Mr. Dumas's recounting of
the facts than I do Mr. Fischer in this instance, and would have
tome on this issue to be more reality - based.
annec Posted - January
26, 2011 11:59 AM
Are you kidding me?
This editorial is even scarier than the
original crime. New London
is in serious trouble with you as Superintendent of Schools. Go back
Bill's firsthand account of the attack in the comments section of this
David Irons Posted -
January 26, 2011 10:12 AM
There is much blame to
go around for this situation. We can
not lay it all at the feet of Mr. Fischer and the schools at the youth
involved. But they too must share in the blame.
There is no question
that the schools could be doing better
by our young people. And the youth also must be held accountable for
actions. Whether only one person struck the victim or all did, the one
so was emboldened by the presence of a group. I doubt he would have
if alone. And those who pointed the finger of blame at just one
not doing a civil service, they were looking out for themselves. I
refuse to put
them on a pedestal for doing so, even if it was the right thing to do.
motive was self serving, not doing what is right.
Parents too must share
in this blame. While I am the first
to say that parents can not possibly monitor children 24/7 nor can they
who all of those their children are hanging out with, they have a
responsibility to instill the right values in their children. Had this
done, I believe much of this violence would not be happening.
The NLPD seems to do a
good job from my perspective. But I'm
sure there is still more that they too could be doing to improve the
A number of groups have
formed to work on the problem.
Perhaps too many. Maybe they should look to consolidate. At the least
make sure they communicate what they are doing and their objectives
I won't overlook nor
let off the hook the media, including
The Day in this comment. Media has long made use of headlines and
exaggerate situations. Unfortunately this seems to be what sells
And in today's environment of declining readership, media is looking to
its bottom line and retain readers and subscriptions. But they leave
open to criticism by doing so.
Roberto Domingo Posted
- January 26, 2011 09:09 AM
Dr. Fischer started out
well as did Dr. Clouet. The
difference is that Dr. Clouet was able to keep the curtin drawn on who
he really was for longer. In a very short time the people of New London see just how out of touch he is with
reality and with what
is going on in New London.
The schools are a mess and the young people are out of control. To
this is not the truth is just foolishness.
J Ryan Posted - January
26, 2011 08:26 AM
Dr. Fischer, once again
you have made some ill timed
remarks, I can only guess you are trying to curry favor with certain
the city, who lke you are trying to pretend that there is not a problem
youth violence in New London.
This is not to say that every child in New London
is a hoodlum but there are a percentage that are and it is larger than
should be for a city New
size. Three years ago, there were at least 25 arrests of New London
involved in video taping beat downs which were gang inspired and
the incident with Mr. Dumas, he himself stated that he was hit by more
indivudual and in reality should it matter if he was accosted by a
group of 5
or 10 and only hit by one? Yourr editorial did a disservice to the New London police
department, the administrators at the hiigh school and junior high
the law abiding citiczens who live in the city. You are out of your
Maybe the city council will offer you a buy out before your teachers
DRRTones Posted -
January 26, 2011 07:40 AM
This comment has been
removed for violation of policy.
Emily Kendall Posted -
January 26, 2011 07:03 AM
Mr. Fischer would be
justified in his opinion piece had this
been an isolated incident. The facts are quite different. The middle
and high school in New London
turn the thugs out into our streets each day after school, these thugs
trash all over the neighborhoods, these thugs curse at the residents
ask them to pick up the trash they throw on the streets. These same
in the middle of the streets blocking traffic and terrorizing the
The latest violent acts are just the tip of the iceberg here in New London.
young man was brutally murdered by New London teens because they were
bored. As others have
stated in the comment section of articles the staff and aministration
NLPS have these young people in a captive audience setting 180 days a
one can minimize the potential impact of this time. Yet we have thugs
our streets each day after school. The school grounds are llittered
and the language of these kids on school grounds and at school events
unchecked. Please explain all that away Mr. Fischer. Mr. Fischer you
are out of
WEDNESDAY, January 24 through 26, 2011
Teens who break law need to
know there are consequences
By GEORGE A. SPRECACE
Publication: The Day
Published 01/24/2011 12:00
AMUpdated 01/24/2011 05:21 AM
New London is a fine small
New England city dating to 1646, with a civic life reflecting
all of America's
major historical periods.
Its current role, besides being "a garden spot of the
world" in which to live and to contribute, is the home of three
institutions of higher learning; General Dynamics/Electric Boat Co.,
continues since World War I to produce most of this country's submarine
and a vibrant arts and cultural center for the region.
is also an urban center, with a substantial minority population that it
taken pains since the mid-1960s to integrate into its civic and
structure, with a great deal of success.
But now comes something new: not the occasional vandalism,
drug use and minor criminality that are constantly overblown by our
in the 'burbs; but random violence, severe and unexpected.
The recent murder of a young man on Huntington Street, by a group of
people who were "bored," according to the arrest warrant, and the
mugging of a pedestrian on State
Street, has greatly elevated the perceived
level for all in this community and beyond.
Leaders afraid to offend
The response to date has been too muted, as if designed not
to "offend." The victims were greatly "offended." The
accused are well beyond the age of reason and well into life activities
reserved in the past for mature adults. They are not children. And if
not yet learned from their parents and teachers and spiritual leaders
actions have consequences - sometimes severe - they must learn now.
And yet, some leaders of the community continue to draw the
wrong conclusions and to espouse the wrong messages. They continue to
their flock in the wrong direction and away from individual
Drawing from The Day's recent front-page article by Kathleen
Edgecomb titled "Chew case casts shadow on MLK Day," published Jan.
18, some quotations made at the recent Martin Luther King Memorial
The news story also reported that Rev. Hyslop said the
community not only failed Mr. Chew, who was murdered walking home from
but it has also failed the six accused teenagers.
- "We have young people who are hurting and feel
helpless, in their minds." (from the Rev. Benjamin K. Watts)
- Connecting the Matthew Chew murder with "the hiring
in the city of seven new firefighters and 20 new teachers, all of whom
white, speaker after speaker called upon the community to change
City Councilor and Rev. Wade Hyslop said: "Our children need people
can look up to who look like them."
Wrong. The parents are failing their children. The schools
are failing their students. And the community leaders have been failing
communities for a long time.
What we need are immediate remedial actions and
deliberations. The latter will be the purview of the large committee
by the City Council.
The former should be in the form of effective
the accused, identification and disbanding of youth gangs connected
illegal actions, consideration to implementing loitering and curfew
neighborhood watches and reports, surveillance cameras throughout the
areas and, especially, remedial actions by the school system to offer
demand engagement by its charges.
Actions must have consequences. These are not
"children." And they must learn that they will be either educated and
productive members of a color-blind community or they are outlaws. That
their choice. And that is the responsibility of all of us.
M.D., J.D., is a former member and president of the New London Board
of Education and a former
member of the City Council.
SHORETHING Posted -
January 25, 2011 09:51 PM
The Day is censoring.
Tony Cabral Posted -
January 25, 2011 07:23 AM
Except for the a garden
spot of the world comment,the only
garden spot in New London I know of are the south,Ocean,Montauk and
Avenue neighborhoods Doc, Dr. Sprecace has told it like it is.
It all really is about
bad parenting and bad schools when
you come right down to it and the reason New London schools are bad is
too many New London parents don't care about their child's
nonchalant uninterested attitude a kid has in any school is learned at
lived in New London for several years.When it came time for me to
decide if my
kids would attend New London High School, on several ocassions I
would count 10 kids to the group walking home from New London High
remembered how many were carrying books or book bags.The average was
almost always girls. Needless to say I did not want them in that
Darwy Posted - January
25, 2011 06:16 AM
"Our children need
people they can look up to who look
What, the residents of New London are
aliens? They've got 4 arms and 6 legs?
We're all human. We all
look like each other. A positive
role model is a positive role model IS A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL. Race
be a factor at all!
citizen Posted - January 25, 2011 12:38 AM
To Rev Hyslop, mom
always taught me to lock up to Jesus and
from what I gather I look nothing like him
aparent Posted -
January 24, 2011 06:36 PM
It's all GW Bush's
fault. (somehow I bet there is someone
out there who does believe just that)
Dan G. Posted - January
24, 2011 03:29 PM
Mr. Sprecace, I think
you've done a good job here, telling
it the way it should be told. I would say, however, that the schools
failing our children, but that our politicians and lawyers are failing
schools. Students have so many rights in school, that teachers can't
students so that a teachable atmosphere can be achieved. Ask most
they say that they would run the schools in a completely different way.
problem is that we live in a litigeous society. Schools cave in, to
lawsuit. You should know this, you sat ona BOE.
tag57 Posted - January
24, 2011 01:08 PM
Thank you Dr. Sprecace
for a wonderful article.
Rev Hyslop, please
don't make stupid comments like "Our
children need people they can look up to who look like them". REALLY???
Are you kidding me? That is not only a stupid statement, it's another
Schools make excuses
for kids that act out - grade schools
give hugs and offer counseling because they don't want to "hurt"
anyone. Everyone must be politically correct so we don't "hurt"
anyones feelings. It's ridiculous. Bottom lining it is let's face it,
parents who are rotten at their job - who raise children with no morals
integrity and who really don't care what happens to them. You know,
else will take care of it -not my problem syndrome. There are so many
out there who don't steal, rape or murder. Kids from all walks of life
who have had it hard - but end up becoming successful because one or
their parents or another adult in their lives have taken responsibility
raising and mentoring them. Coming from a poor or divorced family
you the right to murder or harrass people on the street or anywhere for
Parents wake up and
smell the coffee. YOU are responsible
for your kids. YOU are responsible for them growing up to be
abiding citizens. Stop trying to blame everything under the sun on
something else. Parents you need to be accountable and stop the
problem is not going away - it's only going to get worse - God help us
Me0818 Posted - January
24, 2011 01:07 PM
Dr. Sprecace, you are
most articulate. Thanks for saying
what needs to be said. Unfortunately, ALL of this will stay in the
never been seen in print media, where it would get the most
soon, the blogs will likely be shut down and labeled racist.
only way through a problem is to acknowledge it first. Black leaders
their youth a disservice by NOT speaking out against these atrocities.
STATELAX Posted -
January 24, 2011 12:56 PM
A responsible opinion!
Very refreshing considering that
"The Day" likes to find any and everyone, including their own staff,
to make excuses for those who the article is written about. Parental
and family structure that emphasizes love, learning, goals, morality
personal character makes for stronger, law abiding individuals when
adults (for a majority of the time)...Thank you Mom and Dad, I would
not be the
person I am today without these principles...
RickM1373 Posted -
January 24, 2011 12:23 PM
Censor_This, they do
have a plan, sign parental rights over
to their parents or grandparents
Rlee Posted - January
24, 2011 12:06 PM
"The former should be
in the form of effective
prosecution of the accused"
disbanding of youth gangs connected
with any illegal actions"
Obviously, they should
be put in separate cells.
implementing loitering and curfew
Not necessary. Police
can already investigate youth gangs
that are roaming streets late at night as suspicious.
throughout the downtown
The crimes were both
caught on camera already. Should the
city install roving cameras downtown to surveil individuals and
Not without specific warrants. Why not install cameras on every street,
just downtown?- doesn't everyone deserve equal protection? Property
including the city, have a right to monitor their property for
the city has no authority to set up a surveillance system "downtown",
or anywhere else in the city.
remedial actions by the school system
to offer and to demand engagement by its charges"
I don't even know what
--Robert Posted -
January 24, 2011 12:00 PM
I said it before and
I'll say it again: A big problem, maybe
the biggest problem, with the culture that spawned these young
thugs, is that there isn't anyone capable of holding anyone
In 1994, kids a lot
like the ones we are talking about
(maybe older, maybe younger) were giving birth to this generation of
Think these were responsible parents, able to provide a loving
Do you think these kids
are listening to messages about
birth control? Do you think they are hearing family-planning and
messages? Or do you think they are too cool for that, and in 2028 there
a new generation of murderous 17 year old thugs?
Sorry if the facts of
the situation sting a bit for some of
those involved. I know that everyone's situation is different. I know
parents try very hard.
But people with
attitudes like this are growing up on the
streets around me. They have assaulted and murdered people I know.
actions are unacceptable and we must talk about it to prevent this
from spreading further throughout our society.
Dogfish Posted -
January 24, 2011 11:50 AM
Bigmouth: 1000% RIGHT! Thank you for
taking the time to spell it out.
Censor_This Posted -
January 24, 2011 11:24 AM
It is both amusing and
disgusting to read the
"Reverend" Hyslop's inane comment about this criminal scum,"Our
children need people they can look up to who look like them."
The conclusion I draw
from that is apparently he feels that
he, Rep. Hewitt, and the Rev. Watts are not good role models. I would
agree with him, especially since they are clearly more interested in
pathetic excuses for these budding sociopaths than protecting society.
Hopefully New London
voters will wake up this Fall and give the good Reverend his walking
Perhaps it is not fair
to lump the invisible Rep. Hewitt
with the Reverends, since, as always seem to be the case in time of
Hewitt has disappeared. Perhaps The Day could send a reporter to the
seek him out, that is where I most often run into him.
While I agree with most
of Dr. Sprecace's column, I must
disagree that the schools failed these monsters. While they are far
perfect, the New London
schools offer all children the opportunity to learn. As the parent of a
successful student in the NL schools, I see the difference between
those who do
well and those who are headed for failure. It is the family, or lack of
that is the primary difference. Watch the kids leave New London High
afternoon. Many carry a bulging back pack or book bag, while many
home empty handed. Any parent with a lick of sense or who gave a darn
pick up on that immediately.
The real problem is the
social programs that encourage and
enable teenagers to have kids they cannot support or raise. It is time
those programs off. You get pregnant at 15, you and the baby daddy
a plan, otherwise you and the baby are going to starve. Tough, yeah,
but in the
end it will lessen the sum of human misery. If the two evil sociopaths
stabbed Matthew Chew had been left to starve as babies, an innocent man
be alive today. Or perhaps, had their parents had to struggle to
instead of having free food and housing handed to them as a reward for
misbehavior, they might have demanded more from their offspring.
We must cease rewarding
bad behavior. We must also cease
making excuses for it. It is a basic tenant of Christianity that we
will; the Rev. Hyslop ought to be familiar with that fact. Those six
made their choice freely. They chose to brutally murder a young man who
did not know, who presented no danger to them, who was helpless to
himself. If we lived in a rational society they would be promptly
just as we would swiftly put down a rabid animal.
NLG Posted - January
24, 2011 10:06 AM
Of course it race
related. What have you been reading for
the last year. Choose not to be part of the problem. I suggest we
spare time and utilize the convicted, when the town (city) needs them.
Violators of all colors can do this:
1. Wear a florescent
green and orange striped vest (Never to
be removed while on duty) and shovel city property sidewalks, park
and senior housing areas. Motorized scooters have difficult time
to doctors offices and supermartkets
2. Mop floors in school
gyms. Kids are sliding all over the
floors during gym and recreation events.
3. Riverside park,
Bates wood, and all city property in and
out of neighborhoods could use a huge clean up.
4. AT NIGHT- Thursday
to Monday- Clean firehouses, clean
fire, police and city owned and leased vehicles. They should be
the employed workers and custodians.
Just my opinion and I
am sure someone else has more creative
D Posted - January 24,
2011 09:16 AM
This is great, but does
not quite hit the nail squarely on
the head. For too many years we have made excuses for people, created
designed to circumvent an existing system deemed "unfair" and to
provide work around's, quotas, etc.
Recently, the Day and
others supported yet another equity
work around in Fire Department hiring...
Here is the truth,
there are no short cuts in life. The day
and usefulness (if it ever was useful) of affirmative action is passed.
one set of standards. We should make no exceptions, if you go to
must pass, you must conform to the rules and if you cannot or will not
fail. Teach this lesson early, unless and until we stop giving folks a
ride, a second chance...extra help they will continue to expect it. The
result is a group of teens who think they are above the law, above the
society. Even still people are making excuses for the teens involved in
It is not their being
poor, or their being minorities that
caused this, it is that they, their parents and their grandparents were
held accountable, they don't know the meaning of the word...
Bigmouth Posted -
January 24, 2011 09:09 AM
Part of the problem
these kids doing and acting how they
want with no consequence is that they are not first generation punks.
them come from parents who are also punks and so were the grandparents.
It is a
mindset they inherited from self indulged parents and grandparents.
generation get a little more out of control, and the court system gets
bit more lenient. In the old days, courts and jails were run to keep
off the streets. In today's thinking, the courts and jails are more
rehabilitation than punishment. The courts don't want to step on some
rights, but have no problem looking the other way as to what this is
the rest of the people who have to live with this nonsense all around
their children who are decent law abiding contributing members of any
city. It is time to take off the kid gloves and treat these misfits as
treat other. That is with no emotion and no chances. Remove the problem
and the other children will feel safer and be able to achieve their
without always looking over their shoulders.
John Yannacci, Sr.
Posted - January 24, 2011 09:07 AM
I believe that there
are many people who believe as Dr.
Sprecace states. There are factors though that keep them from being
them. Most people who write in these blogs do not use their real names
they fear repercussions from others. In America, you are no longer
have your own opinion, you are only free to have an opinion that the
stream media and the liberals agree with. I, on the other hand, have no
to fear any of them.
Doug Posted - January
24, 2011 08:58 AM
Good comments but I
feel most fall short of what I feel may
be the underlying problem. When you depend on others, (such as
correct your problems you become very complacent. You continue to want
to solve problems that are within your power to solve. You also start
others for all your whoa's. Parents need to reclaim their respect and
this to their children. I do not like to bring religion into the answer
most of these young folks understood the Golden Rule, Do unto others as
would have them do unto you, I feel this would solve most of the
DRRTones Posted -
January 24, 2011 08:58 AM
I agree with most of
what Dr. Sprecace stated in his column,
especially the last paragraph. I also found it interesting that the
panel formed to address the problem does include a former gang leader,
doesn't include a police officer nor a victim of these thugs. Maybe the
could convey the amount of fear (stress) they have caused, although I
really think the thugs will care.
Gossip Posted - January
24, 2011 08:39 AM
these violent events
are the consequences of cultural
'inaction', over years.
had the parent/s the
ability (without liabiity) to dish out
some whooopa.s.s. to the kids like we used to get, might it be
today we dish out the
'consequences' after careful
deliberation, fact finding, investigation, lawyerspeak, and juvenile
often over the course of years. long past the actual event.
years ago, if the kids
misbehaved, even slightly, they had
to serve their behinds up, no later than the end of the day, to a good
whippin/hand spanking by a parent or other. the message was easily
the bad behavior, and the learning process was effective. rapid
dispensed (by a loving hand ;-)), and very cost effective too!
and i'm not talking
child abuse either, thats an entirely
argue all your selves
to the death about spanking, but
immediate enforcement of rules IS EFFECTIVE.
momof2kds Posted -
January 24, 2011 08:31 AM
Bravo! Finally -
someone who is telling it like it is! Thank
you, Dr. Sprecace, for writing this. I know many who feel the same way,
have to put it in writing. We, as parents, have to be the role model
children, and not put blame on other community members when our
newlondonfan Posted -
January 24, 2011 08:31 AM
Enforcement is one
piece. All of our youth need at least one
caring adult in their lives to guide them. Be a mentor. Find out more
being a mentor on Thursday, 5-7 p.m. at Bennie Dover
Jackson Middle School.
itzakt Posted - January
24, 2011 08:31 AM
It is sad because there
are to few people who think like Dr.
Sprecace. As far as the race card goes, some of these ''reverends''
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson clones.
morton Posted - January
24, 2011 08:16 AM
George Sprecace for
e pluribus unum Posted
- January 24, 2011 08:04 AM
Such wise words and yet
they are common sense. He is only
saying what, until recent decades, any American would have said about
kids and right and wrong.
should not be taught in
the schools, tippy-toeing around everything lest someone else, of a
interest group, is offended (by the truth). All cultures are NOT equal,
otherwise we wouldn't have onslaughts of people trying to escape the
cultures of their birth to come here.
is a special place but is only one generation away from becoming like
other countries if we are not vigilant to work hard at maintaining it.
freedom comes responsibility.
John Yannacci, Sr.
Posted - January 24, 2011 08:02 AM
Be careful, Dogfish,
Kathleen Mitchell gets very uspet if
someone uses the words, "race card." Even if it's true.
Dogfish Posted -
January 24, 2011 07:04 AM
Couldn't agree more.
Finally someone who makes sense.
"Our children need
people they can look up to who look
like them." Really? Sounds like someone's playing that old tired race
again. How embarrassing to be "represented" by someone who would make
such an idiotic statement.
Kenneth R. Lewis Posted
- January 24, 2011 06:35 AM
will not happen in New London
under the present leadership and
structure of the city.
WtfdPhil Posted -
January 24, 2011 05:52 AM
Wow! Someone who tells
it like it is.
SUNDAY, January 22 and 23, 2011
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN U.S.A.
Facts…and Musings – gleaned from Readings,
2010 and 2011
George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.
- Overturning ObamaCare (ACA) and
substituting what is Needed!
- Existing shortage of M.D.’s to
worsen with ObamaCare.
- The role of “Physician Extenders”
- My critique of the book: Partners
- Changes in payment for medical care
- “Practice Guidelines” and the
falsely low esteem accorded to Clinical Experience: “Low-Level
Evidence”, according to the Academic world .
- Government to “start small” with
- Poor protection for
“whistleblowers”…but there are Qui Tam actions….
- Anticipated increased demand for
health care with increased coverage, but dependent on cost and
- The importance of Coordination of
Care, by any willing physician, together with comprehensive care.
- Where acute care is mainly sought
- “Death Panels”…and the Truth!
- Employers and Health Care coverage:
their reactions and actions.
- Ranking of (and On) U.S.
Health Care system in the world.
- Peer Review Immunity.
- Medical Home models – and
- The unconstitutionality of
ObamaCare: two examples.
- Society’s record on “fixing”
- “Sicko” is sick.
- Docs and Hospitals disgruntled.
- The Massachusetts experience to date.
- Opting out of Medicare….
- Medicare’s Actuary…Truth vs Spin.
- The AMA: the good, the bad and the
- ObamaCare guts Medicare to pay for
- New government interest in fraud,
abuse, withholding of necessary care for profit, and anti-trust
considerations, including with relation to Accountable Care
- Accountable Care Organizations and
- ACO’s: Who’s in charge?
- My review of book by Robert Linden,
- My review of article by Frank
- My comments and reactions re.
L&M Retreat, June, 2010.
- Saying “I’m Sorry”.
- Representing M.D.’s in disciplinary
- Peer Review.
- “Never Events”…not really.
- Hospital / MD Staff Integration:
opportunities, problems and pitfalls. “Win-Win,
- ObamaCare and the expected
explosion in litigation.
- Why Medicare Matters!
- Federalism and Health Care Reform:
the role and initiatives of States
- Genetic Testing, Genomic
Medicine…and the Law.
- Illicit Drugs: time for legal
- ACA and Primary Care: Promise and
- Assisted Suicide vs Advanced
Directives – and the Law.
- ACA and changes in Tax Law.
- ACA and great increase in Medicaid
- Political campaigns and donations:
Supreme Court speaks.
- The continuing saga of SGR.
- Private Practice Physicians and
Anxiety/ Depression: their greatest challenge.
- Hospital Hutzpa: its
- ACO’s. Much
more to come.
GS: About 50%
health care needs are life-style related.
Until that changes, Health Care is not an entitlement
or a right.
About 30% of health care costs relate to
Medicine, fueled by the threat of Medical Mal-practice suits and their
abuse. Until Medical Mal-Practice reform
occurs, that will not change.
Care delivery requires prioritization /
rationing to reflect needs vs wants, this nation’s ability to afford,
common sense. But those guide-lines and
decisions must be arrived at by Society at large…and not by M.D,’s or
government, or by default or wait lines, as occurs in most other
FRIDAY, January 21, 2011
My Lord! GS
> Heroes of the Vietnam Generation
By James Webb
> The rapidly disappearing cohort of Americans that endured the
Great Depression and then fought World War II is receiving quite a
send-off from the leading lights of the so-called 60s generation. Tom
Brokaw has published two oral histories of "The Greatest Generation"
that feature ordinary people doing their duty and suggest that such
conduct was historically unique.
> Chris Matthews of "Hardball" is fond of writing columns praising
the Navy service of his father while castigating his own baby boomer
generation for its alleged softness and lack of struggle. William
Bennett gave a startling condescending speech at the Naval Academy a
few years ago comparing the heroism of the "D-Day Generation" to the
drugs-and-sex nihilism of the "Woodstock Generation." And Steven
Spielberg, in promoting his film "Saving Private Ryan," was careful to
justify his portrayals of soldiers in action based on the supposedly
unique nature of World War II.
> An irony is at work here. Lest we forget, the World War II
generation now being lionized also brought us the Vietnam War, a
conflict which today's most conspicuous voices by and large opposed,
and in which few of them served. The "best and brightest" of the
Vietnam age group once made headlines by castigating their parents for
bringing about the war in which they would not fight, which has become
the war they refuse to remember.
> Pundits back then invented a term for this animus: the "generation
gap." Long, plaintive articles and even books were written examining
> Campus leaders, who claimed precocious wisdom through the magical
process of reading a few controversial books, urged fellow baby boomers
not to trust anyone over 30. Their elders who had survived the
Depression and fought the largest war in history were looked down upon
as shallow, materialistic, and out of touch.
> Those of us who grew up, on the other side of the picket line from
that era's counter-culture can't help but feel a little leery of this
sudden gush of appreciation for our elders from the leading lights of
the old counter-culture. Then and now, the national conversation has
proceeded from the dubious assumption that those who came of age during
Vietnam are a unified generation in the same sense as their parents
were, and thus are capable of being spoken for through these fickle
> In truth, the "Vietnam generation" is a misnomer. Those who came
of age during that war are permanently divided by different reactions
to a whole range of counter-cultural agendas, and nothing divides them
more deeply than the personal ramifications of the war itself. The
sizable portion of the Vietnam age group who declined to support the
counter-cultural agenda, and especially the men and women who opted to
serve in the military during the Vietnam War, are quite different from
their peers who for decades have claimed to speak for them. In fact,
they are much like the World War II generation itself. For them,
Woodstock was a side show, college protestors were spoiled brats who
would have benefited from having to work a few jobs in order to pay
their tuition, and Vietnam represented not an intellectual exercise in
draft avoidance, or protest marches but a battlefield that was just as
brutal as those their fathers faced in World War II and Korea.
> Few who served during Vietnam ever complained of a generation gap.
The men who fought World War II were their heroes and role models. They
honored their father's service by emulating it, and largely agreed with
their father's wisdom in attempting to stop Communism's reach in
> The most accurate poll of their attitudes (Harris, 1980) showed
that 91 percent were glad they'd served their country, 74 percent
enjoyed their time in the service, and 89 percent agreed with the
statement that "our troops were asked to fight in a war which our
political leaders in Washington would not let them win." And most
importantly, the castigation they received upon returning home was not
from the World War II generation, but from the very elites in their age
group who supposedly spoke for them.
> Nine million men served in the military during Vietnam War, three
million of whom went to the Vietnam Theater. Contrary to popular
mythology, two-thirds of these were volunteers, and 73 percent of those
who died were volunteers. While some attention has been paid recently
to the plight of our prisoners of war, most of whom were pilots; there
has been little recognition of how brutal the war was for those who
fought it on the ground.
> Dropped onto the enemy's terrain 12,000 miles away from home,
America's citizen-soldiers performed with a tenacity and quality that
may never be truly understood. Those who believe the war was fought
incompletely on a tactical level should consider Hanoi's recent
admission that 1.4 million of its soldiers died on the battlefield,
compared to 58,000 total U.S. dead.
> Those who believe that it was a "dirty little war" where the bombs
did all the work might contemplate that is was the most costly war the
U.S. Marine Corps has ever fought-five times as many dead as World War
I, three times as many dead as in Korea, and more total killed and
wounded than in all of World War II.
> Significantly, these sacrifices were being made at a time the
United States was deeply divided over our effort in Vietnam. The
baby-boom generation had cracked apart along class lines as America's
young men were making difficult, life-or-death choices about serving.
The better academic institutions became focal points for vitriolic
protest against the war, with few of their graduates going into the
military. Harvard College, which had lost 691 alumni in World War II,
lost a total of 12 men in Vietnam from the classes of 1962 through 1972
combined. Those classes at Princeton lost six, at MIT two. The media
turned ever more hostile. And frequently the reward for a young man's
having gone through the trauma of combat was to be greeted by his peers
with studied indifference of outright hostility.
> What is a hero? My heroes are the young men who faced the issues
of war and possible death, and then weighed those concerns against
obligations to their country. Citizen-soldiers who interrupted their
personal and professional lives at their most formative stage, in the
timeless phrase of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National
Cemetery, "not for fame of reward, not for place of for rank, but in
simple obedience to duty, as they understood it."
> Who suffered loneliness, disease, and wounds with an
> And who deserve a far better place in history than that now
offered them by the so-called spokesman of our so-called generation.
> Mr. Brokaw, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Spielberg, meet my
Marines. 1969 was an odd year to be in Vietnam. Second only to 1968 in
terms of American casualties, it was the year made famous by Hamburger
Hill, as well as the gut-wrenching Life cover story showing pictures of
242 Americans who had been killed in one average week of fighting. Back
home, it was the year of Woodstock, and of numerous anti-war rallies
that culminated in the Moratorium march on Washington. The My Lai
massacre hit the papers and was seized upon the anti-war movement as
the emblematic moment of the war. Lyndon Johnson left Washington in
> Richard Nixon entered the scene, destined for an even worse fate.
In the An Hoa Basin southwest of Danang, the Fifth Marine Regiment was
in its third year of continuous combat operations. Combat is an
unpredictable and inexact environment, but we were well led. As a rifle
platoon and company commander, I served under a succession of three
regimental commanders who had cut their teeth in World War II, and four
different battalion commanders, three of whom had seen combat in Korea.
The company commanders were typically captains on their second combat
tour in Vietnam, or young first lieutenants like myself who were given
companies after many months of "bush time" as platoon commanders in the
Basin's tough and unforgiving environs.
> The Basin was one of the most heavily contested areas in Vietnam,
its torn, cratered earth offering every sort of wartime possibility. In
the mountains just to the west, not far from the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the
North Vietnamese Army operated an infantry division from an area called
Base Area 112. In the valleys of the Basin, main-force Viet Cong
battalions whose ranks were 80 percent North Vietnamese Army regulars
moved against the Americans every day.
> Local Viet Cong units sniped and harassed. Ridgelines and paddy
dikes were laced with sophisticated bobby traps of every size, from a
hand grenade to a 250-pound bomb. The villages sat in the rice paddies
and tree lines like individual fortresses, crisscrossed with the
trenches and spider holes, their homes sporting bunkers capable of
surviving direct hits from large-caliber artillery shells. The Viet
Cong infrastructure was intricate and permeating.
> Except for the old and the very young, villagers who did not side
with the Communists had either been killed or driven out to the
government controlled enclaves near Danang.
> In the rifle companies, we spent the endless months patrolling
ridgelines and villages and mountains, far away from any notion of
tents, barbed wire, hot food, or electricity. Luxuries were limited to
what would fit inside one's pack, which after a few "humps" usually
boiled down to letter-writing material, towel, soap, toothbrush, poncho
liner, and a small transistor radio.
> We moved through the boiling heat with 60 pounds of weapons and
gear, causing a typical Marine to drop 20 percent of his body weight
while in the bush. When we stopped we dug chest-deep fighting holes and
slit trenches for toilets. We slept on the ground under makeshift
poncho hootches, and when it rained we usually took our hootches down
because wet ponchos shined under illumination flares, making great
targets. Sleep itself was fitful, never more than an hour or two at a
stretch for months at a time as we mixed daytime patrolling with
night-time ambushes, listening posts, foxhole duty, and radio watches.
> Ringworm, hookworm, malaria, and dysentery were common, as was
trench foot when the monsoons came. Respite was rotating back to the
mud-filled regimental combat base at An Hoa for four or five days,
where rocket and mortar attacks were frequent and our troops manned
defensive bunkers at night. Which makes it kind of hard to get excited
about tales of Woodstock, or camping at the Vineyard during summer
> We had been told while training that Marine officers in the rifle
companies had an 85 percent probability of being killed or wounded, and
the experience of "Dying Delta," as our company was known, bore that
out. Of the officers in the bush when I arrived, our company commander
was wounded, the weapons platoon commander wounded, the first platoon
commander was killed, the second platoon commander was wounded twice,
and I, commanding the third platoons fared no better. Two of my
original three-squad leaders were killed, and the third shot in the
stomach. My platoon sergeant was severely wounded, as was my right
guide. By the time I left, my platoon I had gone through six radio
operators, five of them casualties.
> These figures were hardly unique; in fact, they were typical. Many
other units; for instance, those who fought the hill battles around Khe
Sanh, or were with the famed Walking Dead of the Ninth Marine Regiment,
or were in the battle of Hue City or at Dai Do, had it far worse.
> When I remember those days and the very young men who spent them
with me, I am continually amazed, for these were mostly recent
civilians barley out of high school, called up from the cities and the
farms to do their year in hell and he return. Visions haunt me every
day, not of the nightmares of war but of the steady consistency with
which my Marines faced their responsibilities, and of how uncomplaining
most of them were in the face of constant danger. The salty,
battle-hardened 20-year-olds teaching green 19-year-olds the intricate
lessons of the hostile battlefield. The unerring skill of the young
squad leaders as we moved through unfamiliar villages and weed-choked
trails in the black of night. The quick certainty when a fellow Marine
was wounded and needed help.
> Their willingness to risk their lives to save other Marines in
peril. To this day it stuns me that their own countrymen have so
completely missed the story of their service, lost in the bitter
confusion of the war itself.
> Like every military unit throughout history we had occasional
laggards, cowards, and complainers. But in the aggregate, these Marines
were the finest people I have ever been around. It has been my
privilege to keep up with many of them over the years since we all came
home. One finds in them very little bitterness about the war in which
they fought. The most common regret, almost to a man, is that they were
not able to do more for each other and for the people they came to help.
> It would be redundant to say that I would trust my life to these
men. Because I already have, in more ways than I can ever recount. I am
alive today because of their quiet, unaffected heroism, such valor
epitomizes the conduct of Americans at war from the first days of our
existence. That the conduct of Americans at war from the first days of
our existence. That the boomer elites can canonize this sort of conduct
in our fathers generation conscious, continuing travesty.
> Former Secretary of the Navy James Webb was awarded the Navy
Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star medals for heroism ad a Marine in
Vietnam. His novels include The Emperor's General and Fields of Fire.
THURSDAY, January 18 through 20, 2011
VIOLENCE IN NEW LONDON
New London, Ct. is a fine small New England city dating back to 1648,
with a civic life reflecting involvement in all of America’s major
historical periods. Its current role, besides being “a garden
spot of the world” in which to live and to which to contribute, is as
the home of three universities, the General Dynamics / Electric Boat
that continues since World War I to produce most of this country’s
submarine force, and a vibrant Arts and cultural center for the
New London is also an urban center, with a substantial minority
population which it has taken pains since the mid-1960’s to integrate
into its civic and political structure with a great deal of
But now comes something new: not the occasional vandalism, drug use and
minor criminality that are constantly overblown by our neighbors in the
‘burbs; but random violence…severe and unexpected. The recent
murder of a young man on Huntington Street by a group of young people
who were self-reportedly “bored”, and the mugging of a pedestrian on
State Street by another group of cowards has greatly elevated the
perceived threat level for all in this community and beyond.
The response to date has been too muted, as if designed not to
“offend”. The victims were greatly “offended”. The accused
are well beyond the age of reason and well into life activities
reserved in the past for mature adults. They are not
children. And if they have not yet learned from their parents and
teachers and spiritual leaders that actions have consequences –
sometimes severe – they must learn now.
And yet, some leaders of the community continue to draw the wrong
conclusions and to espouse the wrong messages. They continue to
lead their flock in the wrong direction and away from responsibility
and self-improvement. Drawing from the recent front-page article
by Kathleen Edgecomb quoting comments made at the recent Martin Luther
King Memorial activities (www.theday.com, Tuesday Jan 18, 2011):
• “We have young people who are hurting and feel
helpless, in their minds”. (Rev. Watts).
• Connecting the Chew murder with “the hiring in the
city of seven new firefighters and 20 new teachers, all of whom are
white, speaker after speaker called upon the community to change
things. Rev. Hyslop said: “Our children need people they can look
up to who look like them.” “He said the community not only failed
Chew, who was murdered walking home from his job, but it has also
failed the six accused teenagers”.
WRONG. The parents are failing their children. The schools
are failing their students. And the community leaders have been
failing their communities for a long time.
What we need are immediate remedial actions…and long-term
deliberations. The latter will be the purview of the large
committee developed the City Council. The former should be in the
form of effective prosecution of the accused, identification and
disbanding of youth “gangs” connected with any illegal actions,
consideration to implementing loitering and curfew ordinances,
Neighborhood Watches and reports, surveillance cameras throughout the
downtown areas, and especially remedial actions by the school system to
offer and to demand engagement by its charges. Actions must have
consequences. These are not “children”. And they must learn
that they will be either educated and productive members of a
color-blind community…or they are outlaws. That is their
choice. And that is the responsibility of all of us.
MONDAY, January 17, 2011
Just one more word about the tragedy in Tucson. So well
expressed, as usual by Charles Krauthammer, that I have nothing to add
except my total agreement.
Please read "Arizona Massacre
Quickly Followed By Libelous Allegations" (in The Day, Saturday
Jan 15, 2011, pA5).
SUNDAY, January 16, 2011
POLITICS". This is the title of an ever-expanding section
on this web site that continues to chronicle the abject failure of
public education in this country. And it is not a failure of the
children who are its victims, but of the "educators", its teachers'
unions, its teacher union supporters, the stupid minority parents who
have blindly allowed it to continue for the last four decades, and the
craven Democratic politicians who have traded their souls for
predictable votes. Once again, the famous question addressed to
Senator Joe McCarthy comes to mind: "Have you no shame?"
Three recent newspaper reports are must-reads for anyone concerned
about the future of their children, their grandchildren, and about the
future of this nation.
A $14 Trillion national debt, $45,000. for every man, woman and child
in this country, is not our main weakness. It is the dumbing down
of the last three generations of our children, with consequences that
will extend far into the future.
And it is immoral.
- "Departing Schools Chief":'We
Weren't Bold Enough'", by Javier C. Hernandez, NYTimes Sunday
December 26, 2010, pCt 1;
- "Accountability Is Working In
Florida Schools", by Jeb Bush, WSJ Monday Jan. 3, 2011, pA17;
- Education Lobby Should Consider
Its Product As Its Top Priority", by Dick Ahles, The Day
(www.theday.com), Saturday Jan. 15, 2011, pA4.
SATURDAY, January 15, 2011
THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGING. Everything except
our Faith in God is in a paradigm shift.
To add to this "perfect storm", and perhaps because of it, we are
witnessing a dearth of strong and imaginative leadership to carry us
forward. The Lilliputiens have immobilized the few Gullivers out
there. Even belief in God is ridiculed.
- "Brrrr: It's Global
Warming". Whatever the explanations offered by
scientists, the world climate is suddenly changing and bringing with it
serious and at times catastrophic results: floods, deserts, famine,
pestilence, uprisings, wars....No, I am not an "End of the World" man. But
all of this certainly captures my attention and galvanizes me to
- The world can no longer feed its growing population with current
- "Religious Wars" are again raising their Satanic heads.
- The world industrial economy, totally dependent on a ready and
affordable supply of Oil for its survival, is now in jeopardy...a "Crude Awakening" as described in a
documentary of the same name.
- The disparity between rich and poor, and even between the
self-sufficient and those whose historic means of livelihood have
disappeared, grows daily with no clear indication of how to restore any
- In Health Care, we can do more and more...but can afford it for
fewer and fewer...leading inevitably to some form of rationing /
prioritization that will be very painful in creation and
- As the pressures increase on mankind, and with the poverty of
educational quality that has eliminated for so many the opportunity to
learn from past experience, the hind-brain kicks in with its blind
quest for hedonistic pleasures and for violent advantage over fellow
All of this is a prescription for endless war and insurrection.
We in America have the best chance to survive all of this change and
challenge...but only if we return to the high principles and goals
articulated by our Founding Fathers in our national Founding Documents.
We do not have much time to reconnect with our bedrock. And "is the light worth the candle?"
THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY.
FRIDAY, January 14, 2011
They might "allow it" if they were entirely
subsidized for four years while they completed a crash course in high
school and college / trade school to RE-TOOL their skills for other
work...or maybe learn something for
the first time.
And that would be cheaper and of more value to this country than
"retiring" Americans in their 30's and 40's. That's been the history of
this country from the beginning, and the challenge to its
citizens...until - that is - the Age of Entitlement.
New Ford Plant in Brazil, why everything is going overseas
THE REASON THIS MANUFACTURING
IS NOT DONE IN THE US IS REVEALED
AT THE END OF THIS VIDEO.
This will make your head spin. Everything will be built
Watch Toyota blame building in America for their problem.
Enjoy the video. This is fascinating. If you watch, listen to the
couple of sentences.
This is a short video of a new Ford plant in Brazil . One look at
and you will be able to understand why there will probably
never be another
assembly plant built in
the USA .
It will also point out why more assembly plants will go
won't doubt that Ford, GM, and Chrysler are destined to go under,
watching this video.
They will survive, but their assembly operations in the U.S. likely
whether we provide a bailout or not (listen closely at the end for
Watch the video, then pass it on!
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:
THURSDAY, January 13, 2011
Regarding the Arizona tragedy, President Obama set
the right tone in a very helpful commentary on Wednesday evening in
Quite the contrary from the liberal media, focused on the destruction
of Sarah Palin as a strong force in American politics. Neither
they nor the hyper-partisan Democrats and many Establishment
Republicans realize that she is the very effective voice of the vast
majority of Americans - Republicans, Democrats and Independents - who
yearn for leadership commensurate with their commitment to the
future of this great country.
Two excellent articles in Monday's WSJ articulate the issues brought up
by the events of recent days:
As noted by Tom Brokaw on the Today show, Thursday, journalists are
known for having "glass jaws": they can dish it out, but they fall down
and whine when they get some back.
- "The Arizona Tragedy and the
Politics of Blood Libel", by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion,
- "Murder in Tucson",
Meanwhile, we pray for all the victims of this sick and evil
gunman. And we will continue to "dish it out" where appropriate.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, January 11 and
I AGREE WITH SARAH PALIN IN THIS MATTER. THE
FIRST AMENDMENT TO OUR U.S.CONSTITUTION IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT GUARANTEE
TO "LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS." AND OF COURSE,
THAT IS THE FIRST AND MAIN TARGET OF WOULD-BE TYRANTS AND DESPOTS.
Palin charges critics with 'blood libel'
Palin released a video
statement Wednesday calling the rush to pin blame on conservatives
for the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., a “blood libel.”
“Acts of monstrous criminality stand on
their own,” she said. “They begin and end with the criminals who commit
In the eight-minute video, Palin
says, “Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists
and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to
incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is
Palin’s use of the charged phrase “blood
libel” — which refers to the anti-Semitic accusation from the Middle
Ages that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood to make
matzo for Passover — touched off an immediate backlash. (see: Full
text of Sarah Palin's statement)
“The blood libel is something
anti-Semites have historically used in Europe as an excuse to murder
Jews — the comparison is stupid. Jews and rational people will find it
objectionable,” said Hank
a New York-based Democratic political consultant and devout Jew. “This
will forever link her to the events in Tucson. It deepens the hole
she’s already dug for herself. … It’s absolutely inappropriate.”
Arena: Palin's 'blood libel' defense fair?)
It’s not certain that Palin even knew the
historic context of the phrase, which was used by Glenn
in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday and has been picked up as a
rallying cry by the right in their effort to pushback over the
blame-casting by the left over the attemped assassination Saturday of
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
What is clear, though, is that her used
of such a loaded phrase has all but overwhelmed the rest of her
“By using those words she failed to rise
above and focus on the victims,” said former Bush press secretary Ari
Fleischer. “It was a mistaken approach, though I don’t think offensive
on religious grounds.”
And it couldn’t have happened at a worse
time for conservatives.
The furious counter-attack on the right
against the notion that conservatives were somehow responsible for the
tragedy had been galvanized by respected figures as George F. Will and Charles
who each wrote compelling columns; a CBS poll released Tuesday night
showed that 57 percent of Americans didn’t think that the country’s
harsh political tone had played a role in the shooting; and, most
important, there was mounting evidence that the gunman was a deeply
disturbed young man who was not motivated by conventional political
But in her first extended response to the
- and just hours before President Barack Obama planned to speak at
a memorial service in Tucson - Palin created a frenzy. (see:
Obama hopes for healing in Arizona)
It was chiefly because of her use of
“blood libel,” but also because she used the video largely to make an
unapologetic case for her brand of confrontational politics.
Though some “claim political debate has
somehow gotten more heated just recently,” Palin said, it has always
“When was it less heated?” she asked.
“Back in those ‘calm days’ when political figures literally settled
their differences with dueling pistols?”
“In an ideal world, all discourse would
be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew
they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and
women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’
genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable
conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So we must
condemn violence if our republic is to endure.”
Palin said that “America must be stronger
than the evil we saw displayed last week.”
to Obama: Rise above the 'vitriol')
“We are better than the mindless
finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy,” she added. “We
will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to
peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully
embrace our differences in a positive manner and to unite in the
knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive
for a better future for our country.”
Before posting the video, Palin had said
little about the shooting. She released a brief message on Saturday
afternoon expressing her condolences to the families of Giffords (who
at the time was incorrectly reported to have died) and the other
Her only other remarks were in a brief
e-mail exchange with Fox New host Glenn
“I hate violence. I hate war. Our children will not have peace if
politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as
inciting terror and violence,” she wrote to Beck, who read her
statement on the air.
SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford told
POLITICO the Palin camp chose to release the video because Palin wanted
to redirect media attention back to the tragedy and away from the
raging political blame game. (see: House
rolls out Gabrielle Giffords resolution)
“She is her best spokesperson by far,”
said Crawford. “She had things she wanted to say.”
Palin warned against any efforts to limit
free speech, saying, “We will not be stopped from celebrating the
greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who
mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking
to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.” (see: Beck,
Limbaugh respond to shooting)
She noted in the video that less than a
week after the shooting “another member
announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he
found offensive.” (see: Tragedy
marks turning point for Palin)
That was an apparent reference to Rep.
Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who has said there may be a need for revised
standards for talk shows on TV and radio.
“I came up in a time that the Fairness
did not allow media outlets to say things about a candidate or a person
in public office without giving that person equal time to respond,” he
told NPR on Monday. “And I really believe that everybody needs to take
a look at where we are pushing things and may need to take a serious
step back and evaluate what’s going on here.”
Meanwhile, former Nevada Republican
Senate candidate Sharron Angle is blasting those blaming her for
inciting the Arizona shooting, saying the accused shooter went off the
deep end long before the tea party movement started. (see: Angle
defends herself, tea party)
In her first comments — coming three days
after the shooting — Angle said in a harshly worded statement that her
critics were “dangerous and ignorant.”
“Expanding the context of the attack to
blame and to infringe upon the people’s constitutional liberties is
both dangerous and ignorant,” she added. (see: War
of words rages on)
“The irresponsible assignment of blame to
me, Sarah Palin or the tea party movement by commentators and elected
officials puts all who gather to redress grievances in danger.”
She added, “Finger-pointing towards
political figures is an audience-rating game and contradicts the facts
as they are known — that the shooter was obsessed with his twisted
plans long before the tea party movement began.” (see: Loughner’s
supremacists tie debunked)
Andy Barr and Jonathan Martin contributed to this report.
MONDAY, January 10, 2011
More than the great views...a way of life, per centi anni. GS
SUNDAY, January 9, 2011
A lot of thoughts, mostly about this country.
Finally a comment about our foreign
adventures. Engage when our vital national interests are
at stake - and only then. That includes pre-emptive self-defense
against world-wide Terrorism and its protectors. Regarding Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan, if we cannot gain the support of their people
in their own interests...get out. Regarding Iran, do whatever is
necessary to see that it does not become a nuclear power. Otherwise,
Israel will do it for us. If this sounds like "America First", damned right!
- The shooting in Tucson is
certainly a tragedy for the nation. Despite our violent national
history, we are not supposed to solve political problems that
way. Our divisions at this time are deep; but all the more reason
to monitor and measure our discourse. And in this regard, there
is ample opportunity to assess blame on all sides of the political
spectrum. For eight years of vituperation, I feared for the life
of then-President George W. Bush. Words matter, particularly for
the many unstable and drugged people among us. Be careful.
- Meanwhile, don't talk to me about "gun control" for law-abiding
citizens. One such armed citizen in that gathering in Tucson could have
greatly reduced the carnage.
- And it is emblematic that this shooting took place in Arizona, a
State that has been severely criticized and even sued by the Federal
Government for exercising its constitutional State's rights to protect
its borders and its citizens under its Police Powers from a veritable
invasion from Mexico. What stupidity. Yes, I mean you,
Attorney-General Holder and President Obama.
- Regarding the Immigration
problem, Senator McCain has it exactly right: first secure the
border, including with our military. Then devise a comprehensive
solution based on the facts on the ground today. And stow the
crap about "amnesty".
- Regarding our military
establishment and especially its "grunts", Secretary of Defense
Gates appears to have succumbed to the condition popularly called
"Folie a Due": catching the psychiatric illness of his charges.
How else to explain his attack on the health benefits of the rank and
file while tolerating the wasteful excesses of the "Military/Industrial
Complex" which surround him. And what about the perpetual stonewalling
of assistance for exposure to Agent Orange or for PTSD, or for the
massive delays in awarding disability benefits to those whose who
earned them? A good man; but "get thee to a shrink".
- Regarding our Welfare State, let's
get back to individual responsibility rather than to a sea of
"entitlements". And Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements; they were earned by their recipients. Neither
is Health Care an entitlement...not when 50% of all medical illnesses
are life-style related. Help yourself...and then we'll do the
- Regarding Wall Street, it
cannot be trusted, simply because it operates under different
Commandments from the rest of us. So, effective regulation and
oversight must be a given.
- As we approach a critical
election in 2012, we must guarantee that every vote counts...and
that all fraud in voting is
eliminated. In recent elections there have been too many credible
breaches of those basic principles on which our democracy depends. And
if the public at large loses faith in that foundation of our freedom, watch out!
SATURDAY, January 8, 2011
EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ
The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer
Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan.
15, 2008. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message
to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.
REMEMBER AS YOU READ -- IT WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER
Date: Tue. 15 January 2008 14:30
ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez.
I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a
terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz .. We killed six million Jews
and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a
culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people,
truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who
changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science,
art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the
world. These are the people we burned.
And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to
ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our
gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance,
religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an
unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.
They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities
into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.
Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they
plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.
And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical
hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for
backwardness and superstition.
We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their
talent for a better future for their children, their determined
clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for
people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for
our children and theirs.
What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe ...
Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE
BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population. They have
received the following Nobel Prizes:
1988 - Najib Mahfooz
1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 - Elias James Corey
1994 - Yaser Arafat:
1999 - Ahmed Zewai
1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad
TOTAL: 7 SEVEN
The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is
FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's population. They have
received the following Nobel Prizes:
1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World
1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - William Howard Stein
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1995 - Martin Perl
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel
1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1996- Lu RoseIacovino
The Jews are NOT
promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching
them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and
other non Muslims. The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at
the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT
one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew
who protests by killing people.
The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and
death to all the Infidels.
Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard
education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.
Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before they demand
that humankind respects them.
Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the
Arab and Palestinians neighbors, even if you believe there is more
culpability on Israel's part, the following two sentences really say it
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more
violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no
more Israel ." Benjamin Netanyahu
General Eisenhower Warned Us It is a matter of history that when the
Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower,
found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible
photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding
villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect:
'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because
somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say
that this never happened'
Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its
school curriculum because it 'offends'
the Muslim population
which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this
is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how
easily each country is giving into it.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe
ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the,
6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900
Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten,
experimented on and humiliated' while the German people looked the
Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to
be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never
This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the
memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center
'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?
MONDAY trough FRIDAY, January 3 through
Keep politics out of end-of-life
discussion - The Day
Now that the hysteria that accompanied the health care reform debate
has diminished, perhaps it is time for an adult discussion about how to
handle the difficult end-of-life decisions that an increasing number of
individuals and families face because of advances in medical
The issue, which in no way should be
controversial but remains so, surfaced again this past week when The
New York Times reported that starting this year Medicare will reimburse
physicians who discuss with patients their options and preferences for
end-of-life care. The discussions will be part of a patient's annual
Medicare "wellness visit."
This has led to accusations in some
political corners that the Obama administration is accomplishing
through regulation a policy it could not obtain in the health care
bill. Section 1233, adopted by the House but dropped from the final
health bill, allowed Medicare to pay for consultations about
Some conservatives expressed fears such
counseling would pressure elderly patients to forgo care and hasten
death in the interest of reducing medical costs. Former Alaska
governor, former Republican vice presidential candidate and current TV
celebrity Sarah Palin notoriously referred to them as "death panels."
In reality, there were never any panels
planned, never mind death panels. But the scare-mongering worked
politically and it stuck. A recent poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser
Family Foundation found 30 percent of Americans 65 and older said they
believe the new health care law allows a government panel to make
decisions about end-of-life care for people on Medicare.
Quite the contrary - the intent of the
language stripped from the bill, and the goal of the new regulation is
to provide patients greater empowerment. The rights of the individual
to determine his or her destiny should be a core Republican value, but
apparently not as important for some as politically undermining the
Thankfully, the protests are fewer and
less zealous than during the health care debate.
The latest regulation actually flows from
legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 that allowed
end-of-life planning to be part of a patient's "welcome to Medicare"
exam. Health care reform transformed the welcome visit into an annual
wellness visit, with discussions about how the patient would want to
handle a future medical crisis as part of the continuum of care.
When faced with a potentially fatal
disease, the goal is to cure it. But at some point, that option may
end, and the issue becomes prolonging life. A patient's priorities may
then shift to other goals, such as having quality time, minimizing pain
and having the opportunity to die at home surrounded by loved ones.
Utilizing every medical option to squeeze out a few extras days, only
to die attached to machines in a hospital, is not the end many prefer.
As uncomfortable as it may be, the time
to discuss these matters is earlier, not under the stress of a crisis
and not leaving it to others to guess what the patient would want.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center,
which would never be accused of having a liberal agenda and consults
regularly with the Vatican on medical ethics, recommends individuals
create an advance directive, also known as a living will, which states
the patient's wishes with respect to aggressive medical treatment.
This is not about rationing care or
hastening death or euthanasia. It's about letting individuals manage a
fatal illness and control how their lives will end. It makes sense that
Medicare facilitates that planning.
Stop the politics.
SUNDAY, January 2, 2011
FOR THE NEW YEAR:
"FREE ASSOCIATION": NO CONTEXT; JUST CONTENT.
However, at the end of the day, we should all strive for the
"happiness" in this New Year that I offered you all in my last Rapid
Response. But it's not an "entitlement". Work for it.
- Keep your powder dry. We aren't out of this Great Recession yet. And we
will not be back to "normal"...whatever that means in the future...for
two or three years, if we're lucky.
- To the Baby Boomers:
Welcome to Senior Citizen status. And by now you will have
experienced for yourself: it never
was all about You.
- To the "children" in New London, Ct. whose "boredom" led a few of them to kill: READ A BOOK; GET BACK TO
SCHOOL AND ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION; GET OFF DRUGS; GET A LIFE. You are owed nothing so far because you
have invested nothing so far.
- To all the good-hearted New
Londoners who constantly keep asking "Why". It's because so
many adults have abrogated their responsibility to children and to
society: parents, the public
school system, clergy, shlock psychologists, government at all levels,
a judiciary that acts as social worker of last resort. So, stop asking "Why" and do
something about it, at all levels. How about BACK TO BASICS...AND
COMMON SENSE...FOR STARTERS.
- During the next two years, we will see what Republicans and Tea
Party common folk can do to right this severely
heeling ship of State. Either back to the center...or on
to a Federal Constitutional Convention. And of course: don't
- Now who is starting another
Crusade? Radical Muslims are targeting Christians
throughout the world. To my Muslim brothers: Islam is either
peaceful or murderous; either tolerant or despotic; either Good or
Bad. You Muslims have to decide which you are...or else you will
all be painted with the same brush by civil society...with terrible
consequences for all of us.
- War. Wars have
always been inevitable in the human condition. They should not be
interminable. A war should be fought as quickly and
brutally as possible, so as to end it as soon as possible. But
our wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan are being fought so as to render
them interminable. Has Donald Rumsfeld risen from his
well-deserved political grave? So, in those areas of the world where
our national interests are especially engaged - especially the Middle
East - we should give the Pakistani and Afghan people an offer they
can't refuse: cooperation and massive support...or devastation. Our
sons and daughters are dying and being maimed there. Mr.
Commander-In-Chief, it must not be for nothing.
- The Wikileaks fiasco has
unearthed and promoted a recurrent movement in human history: anarchy and anarchists. Honestly,
it's fun and reassuring to learn that our representatives at Foggy
Bottom are not as stupid as they regularly seem to be in their public
pronouncements. But civil society
and anarchy are mutually exclusive concepts. One must give way
to the other. At this time as in all prior times of decision,
civil society must prove its right to survive by promptly and
effectively suppressing anarchy and anarchists - including "with
SATURDAY, January 1, 2011
What does the "Happy" in "Happy New Year" mean? How
about personal health, a stable and loving family, a strong Faith in
the eternal life to come and in the mercy of God, enough money (as opposed to "old"
or "new" money), the privilege of helping those around you - friend or
stranger, the insight to realize that every
experience in life is an opportunity to build character and
wisdom, and the patience to cope with the idiocy and evil and
selfishness and the attraction to "the seven deadly sins" that are part
and parcel of our "human condition? That's what I mean when I
offer you all a
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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