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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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SUNDAY, March 31, 2013

THERESE, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU.  HAPPY EASTER.

YOUR PAL

This is a recording of Pope John Paul II singing Schubert"s Ave Maria in 1976.  Life on the Rock from EWTN has added the pictures in this video.  I did not realize he had such a powerful voice.

Pope John Paul II singing Ave Maria (1976)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou3o7oE2vyc


SATURDAY, March 30, 2013

THE CHURCH IS OF THE CLERGY. BUT IT IS NOT FOR THE CLERGY. IT IS FOR THE LAITY, THE BODY OF THE CHURCH, AND FOR ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL, WHATEVER THEIR RELIGION. POPE FRANCIS IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR...AN "AGGIORNAMENTO".

GS

Pope's foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists - Yahoo! News


FRIDAY, March 29, 2013

Add this to the F- 35 disaster. And they think they know about the delivery of health care? WHAT FOOLS American citizens have placed in high places. An accurate reflection on themselves. And we're stuck with these "Horses' Asses" and "Sons of Horses' Asses" for at least another generation. We the rational will all soon need Anger Management.

GS

Ships Costing U.S. $37 Billion Lack Firepower, Navy Told - Yahoo! Finance


TUESDAY through THURSDAY, March 26 through 28, 2013

BINGO! What a breath of fresh air.

GS

Pope urges Catholic priests to help poor, shun careerism - Yahoo! News


MONDAY, March 25, 2013

"JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM.  JUST THE FACTS" 
Herewith, personal positions without the usual supporting evidence.  But it's out there, folks. 

"AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT"...for now.

GS


SUNDAY, March 24, 2013

ANOTHER OBAMACARE SHOE: AN "OUT OF MIND" EXPERIENCE.

GS

Health Insurers Warn on Premiums - Yahoo! Finance


SATURDAY
, March 23, 2013

ANOTHER SHOE DROPPING AGAINST OBAMACARE.

GS

Bishops: Contraception Mandate an Unprecedented Violation of Liberty - Zenit.Org


FRI
DAY, March 22, 2013

And does that include background checks on the mental health of potential gun owners, including the permission for health professionals to report their patients who they believe are a danger to individuals or to society? If not, this is all just another scatter-shot.

GS

Landmark gun bills signed in Colorado - Yahoo! News


WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, March 20 and 21, 2013

WHEN A LARGE AND INCREASING NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY ARE BEING RAISED IN SINGLE-PARENT HOMES, WITH OBVIOUS ILL EFFECTS...THIS I ALSO BELIEVE. BUT WHETHER THIS OUTCOME ALSO REQUIRES SUPPORTING GAY "MARRIAGE" AS OPPOSED TO "CIVIL UNION" WITH ALL THE LEGAL BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE IS STILL" A BRIDGE TOO FAR" FOR ME. THE FOUNDATION OF HUMAN SOCIETY, BOTH MORAL AND LEGAL, IS MARRIAGE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. THAT FOUNDATION NEED NOT BE WEAKENED IN ORDER TO DERIVE THE BENEFITS WE ALL SEEK FOR COMMITTED COUPLES OF BOTH GENDERS AND FOR ALL CHILDREN.

GS

Influential pediatricians group backs gay marriage - Yahoo! News


TUESDAY, March 19, 2013

FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

GS

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America - The New York Times

Wealth Over the Edge: Singapore - The Wall Street Journal

MONDAY, March 18, 2013

THE FOLLOWING IS MY SON PERRIN'S REPLY TO MY OFFERING OF FEB . 14, 2013 REGARDING THE VIETNAM WAR, as contrasted with prior wars.

GS

Your description of a ‘string of lies’ from Washington and the military establishment in the 1960s was information often intentionally exaggerated by media that you noted as having not "distracted" you before and during WWII and Korea.

I think "unbiased journalists" like Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather would have reported as "lies" the litany of propaganda and misinformation purposely disseminated by the Roosevelt Administration prior to and during WWII, including and especially about "not sending American boys into another European war." You don't win a war by publicizing the specifics of your battle plan. The Constitutionally-mandated civilian status of the Commander-in-Chief does not bring with it an obligation to reveal everything to the American people. The media often behave identically in the judicial arena, filing petitions to publicize any information that they see fit, invoking "The Public’s right to know". The Public does not have the right to know compromising or prejudicial information certainly of an ongoing judicial, military, or national security nature, and it certainly doesn't have that right regarding such events (regardless of who defines such terms) at the moment they are occurring considering the high probability of irreparable contamination to the event in question. No reasonable person gives a blank check in this regard to the Government, but caving to media lawyers and charges of cover-ups is no reason to compromise the successful prosecution (or defense) of a legal case, or a war. While it was later determined that mistakes and cover-ups were committed during the Vietnam War, we'll never know for sure how detrimental they really were because the well was contaminated by the media with each "breaking" and "in-depth" report they provided America and our eagerly attentive enemies.

I believe this contamination was the microscope through which you viewed the war as unwinnable and wrong to prosecute. This is understandable considering the difference in media portrayal of external threats in WWII and Korea versus their portrayal of internal threats in the form of American imperialism and political dominance by the “military/industrial complex”; a ‘complex’ that existed long before Dwight Eisenhower coined that term.  While many in the media claim to be reactive to Society, no reasonable person can deny the de facto manipulative nature of the media, especially to an increasing degree with each advance in telecommunication technology.

The American media is responsible for far more casualties (on both sides) in Vietnam than the so-called lying and incompetent military and political leaders in Washington who allegedly and needlessly sent hundreds of thousands of young boys into harm's way. And, if you believe those media, these leaders also sent vastly disproportionate numbers of black soldiers to their deaths as part of some master plan to keep minorities at bay. I believe Vietnam was where the notion was crystallized of cigar-chomping generals moving chess pieces around a table, caring nothing for their troops. Forgoing the notion that these men are human beings, any military leader at any level must exhibit a high degree of care and protection for those in their charge, if for no other reason than to save their own hide.  But, you couldn't say that about the portrayal of the Vietnam-era military, especially by Hollywood.

I think the only reason why Vietnam continues to be what you describe as a "metastatic disease" affecting the American body is because a proven-biased media continues to behave like a cancer patient who enables their addiction to smoking in spite of being in the presence of pure oxygen and chemo. ‘Hey, the damage is done, right? What's a little more fuel going to do to this fire?’

P-


SUNDAY, March 17, 2013

ANOTHER LITTLE TRIP...TO MY GRANDSONS, ANOTHER POT POURRI.

And finally, HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY, from my visit with my grandsons, Timothy John and Ryan Patrick, and their father Timothy.

GS


SATURDAY, March 16, 2013

"LET THE GAMES BEGIN"...the anti-Catholic games, that is. 
The two immediately prior Popes, in addition to Pope Pius Xll, were also forced to make fateful decisions in the face of ruthless and murderous dictators, including whether to become martyrs.  The all made the right decisions.

GS

Vatican: anti-clerical campaign against pope - Yahoo! News


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 14 and 15, 2013

What a shame.
The boy should have had - and used - an Epi-Pen immediately at the first sign of a generalized reaction.
His mother could have - and should have - used the "expired" auto-injector immediately. 
A second dose should have been administered within 5-10 minutes of using the first dose, if the reaction was not clearly subsiding by that time.
The most common - and lethal - error occurring in these circumstances, whether by the patient, the family or knowledgeable by-standers or by the Emergency Room, is to delay the administration of epinephrin and to give too little.
REST IN PEACE.

GS

Allergic Teen Dies After Eating Cookie - Yahoo!


WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2013

EXACTLY, as I have been saying for a very long time.

GS

Please focus on mental health issues, not guns - The Day


MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 11 and 12, 2013

YOUR GOVERNMENT IN ACTION. "Now, let's tackle Health Care".

GS

Pentagon needs $12.6 billion per year through 2037 for F-35: report - Yahoo! Finance


SUNDAY, March 10, 2013

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, #... ARROGANCE.

GS

Catholic newspaper draws rebuke from bishop - Yahoo! News


TUESDAY through SATURDAY, March 5 through 9, 2013

IS THIS TRUE ISLAM? OR IS IT MORE FROM THE FUNDAMENTALIST CRAZY MINORITY? THE REST OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW!

GS


Mob in Pakistani city torches Christian homes - Yahoo! News


MONDAY, March 4, 2013

EUREKA!!

Having recently turned 80 years old, I have used the occasion for some introspection.
It is abundantly clear to me now that older age is our "SECOND CHILDHOOD".
Both childhoods are about CHANGE.  But there is a difference.  Our first childhood is change in the direction of normal.  Our second childhood is change in the direction of disaster. 
Nevertheless, older age is a fact of life.  But "Old Age" is a choice.
I've made the right choice by continuing in active medical practice with a great group of patients and staff members, by cultivating a stimulating circle of friends, including those at the Custom House Maritime Museum, by embracing "la famiglia", by continuing to favor my children with unsolicited advice and by visiting them periodically, by being physically and mentally active, by being in the company of younger people - like my "children and grandchildren" on the Medical Staff of L&M Hospital, and by servicing the equipment as that equipment continues to break down.  For me, that included the recent replacement of a very tight Aortic Value by means of open heart surgery. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. To quote Auntie Mame:
LIFE IS A BANQUET, AND MOST OF YOU SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO DEATH"

Don't starve.  Have your fill.

GS

SUNDAY,
March 3, 2013

ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION FOR THE MOVIES:

"QUARTET".  EXCELLENT!  For mature audiences...of any age.

GS


SATURDAY, March 2, 2013

SORRY TO REPEAT MYSELF...

BUT YOU'VE GOT TO READ THE LATEST COLUMN BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "HAIL ARMAGEDDON!" (in www.theday.com, Saturday March 2, 2013, Opinion, pA6; and in the  Washington Post).

HAIL ARMAGEDDON!

GS


FRIDAY
, March 1, 2013

Defining Marriage: How to Communicate Effectively



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