George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
FRIDAY, May 30 and 31, 2013
Education inNew London, Ct.
"Res Ipsa Loquitur".
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2013
please post this in its entirety with my
THERE GOES "PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY" , OUT THE
One of the most damaging traits among some people in organiztions is
"loyalty" in the face of responsibility. Another clear and
toxic example of that was President George W. Bush's "loyalty" toward
incompetent Donald Rumsfeld.
is an informative explanation of the Benghazi incident, Cross
Border Authority and Presidential responsibility:
a retired Navy Captain who lives in Hawaii: CBA (Cross Border Authority)
Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor - the granting or
withholding of "cross-border authority." This opinion is informed
my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment
the alarm is sent - in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi -
dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time,
including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without
for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing
rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft
forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one
they can't do without explicit orders from the president: cross an
international border on a hostile mission.
is the clear "red line" in this type of a crisis situation.
administration wants to stumble into a war because a jet jockey in hot
pursuit (or a mixed-up SEAL squad in a rubber boat) strays into hostile
territory. Because of this, only the president can give the order
our military to cross a nation's border without that nation's
permission. For the Osama bin Laden mission, President Obama
CBA for our forces to enter Pakistani airspace.
the other side of the CBA coin: in order to prevent a military rescue
in Benghazi, all the President of the United States "(POTUS)" has to do
is not grant cross-border authority. If he does not, the entire
mission (already in progress) must stop in its tracks.
loiter on station, but airplanes fall out of the sky, so they must be
redirected to an air base (Sigonella, in Sicily) to await the POTUS
decision on granting CBA. If the decision to grant CBA never
the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi can rely only on assets
already "in country" in Libya - such as the Tripoli quick reaction
force and the Predator drones. These assets can be put into
the independent authority of the acting ambassador or CIA station chief
in Tripoli. They are already "in country," so CBA rules do not
might this process have played out in the White House? If,
5:00 p.m. Oval Office meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta and
President Biden, President Obama said about Benghazi: "I think we
should not go the military action route," meaning that no CBA will be
granted, then that is it. Case closed.
possibility is that the president might have said: "We should do what
we can to help them . but no military intervention from outside
Libya." Those words then constitute "standing orders" all the way down
the chain of command, via Panetta and General Dempsey to General Ham
and the subordinate commanders who are already gearing up to rescue the
besieged outpost. When that meeting took place, it may have
if the consulate attack was over, so President Obama might have thought
the situation would stabilize on its own from that point forward.
he then goes upstairs to the family quarters, or otherwise makes
himself "unavailable," then his last standing orders will continue to
stand until he changes them, even if he goes to sleep until the morning
of September 12.
in the chain of command below President Obama can countermand his
"standing orders" not to send outside military forces into Libyan air
space. Nobody. Not Leon Panetta, not Hillary Clinton, not
Dempsey, and not General Ham in Stuttgart, Germany, who is in charge of
the forces staging in Sigonella.
the president left "no outside military intervention, no cross-border
authority" standing orders, and then made himself scarce to those below
him seeking further guidance, clarification, or modified orders.
perhaps he was in the Situation Room watching the Predator videos in
live time for all seven hours. We don't yet know where the
was hour by hour.
this is 100 percent sure: Panetta and Dempsey would have executed a
rescue mission order if the president had given those
like the former SEALs in Benghazi, General Ham and all of the troops
under him would have been straining forward in their harnesses, ready
to go into battle to save American lives.
execute orders would be given verbally to General Ham at AFRICOM in
Stuttgart, but they would immediately be backed up in official message
traffic for the official record. That is why cross-border
the King Arthur's Sword for understanding Benghazi. The POTUS and
the POTUS can pull out that sword.
can be 100% certain that cross-border authority was never given.
do I know this? Because if CBA was granted and the rescue mission
execute orders were handed down, irrefutable records exist today in at
least a dozen involved component commands, and probably many
general or admiral will risk being hung out to dry for undertaking a
mission-gone-wrong that the POTUS later disavows ordering, and instead
blames on "loose cannons" or "rogue officers" exceeding their
authority. No general or admiral will order U.S. armed
cross an international border on a hostile mission unless and until he
is certain that the National Command Authority, in the person of the
POTUS and his chain of command, has clearly and explicitly given that
order: verbally at the outset, but thereafter in written orders and
official messages. If they exist, they could be produced today.
it comes to granting cross-border authority, there are no presidential
mumblings or musings to paraphrase or decipher. If you hear
over parsed statements given as an excuse for Benghazi, then you are
hearing lies. I am sure that hundreds of active-duty military officers
know all about the Benghazi execute orders (or the lack thereof), and I
am impatiently waiting for one of them to come forward to risk his
career and pension as a whistleblower
Panetta is falling on his sword for President Obama with his
absurd-on-its-face, "the U.S. military doesn't do risky
things"-defense of his shameful no-rescue policy. Panetta is
destroying his reputation.
Dempsey joins Panetta on the same sword with his tacit agreement by
silence. But why? How far does loyalty extend when it comes
covering up gross dereliction of duty by the president?
Petraeus, however, has indirectly blown the whistle. He was
"used" in some way early in the cover-up with the purported CIA intel
link to the Mohammed video, and now he feels burned. So he
conclusively said via his public affairs officer that the stand-down
order did not come from the CIA. Well - what outranks the
the national security team at the White House. That means
Obama, and nobody else. Petraeus is naming Obama without naming
If that is not quite as courageous as blowing a whistle, it is far
better than the disgraceful behavior of Panetta and Dempsey.
do not know the facts for certain, but we do know that the rescue
mission stand-down issue revolves around the granting or withholding of
cross-border authority, which belongs only to President Obama.
than one hundred gung-ho Force Recon Marines were waiting on the tarmac
in Sigonella, just two hours away for the launch order that never came.
TUESDAY, May 28, 2013
MONDAY, May 27, 2013
Could there be some "light at the end of the tunnel"?
SUNDAY, May 26, 2013
It is my understanding that this is NOT Catholic doctrine. It
I would rely on the words of Pope Francis; ie...you do not have to be a
or a Christian to be saved.
SATURDAY, May 25, 2013
And that's even
before we start discussing politics. "STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO."
FRIDAY, May 22 through 24, 2013
ALWAYS ON POINT. This holy man, originally from the Denver Diocese,
watching. A Star.
Who is he; and in what august
forum was he speaking?
Of course, it wouldn't have been anywhere near as good without the
and Gentlemen: THE VIRTUAL PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES.
The Law of Unexpected Consequences...
TUESDAY, May 21, 2013
IS WHAT NEEDS TO
BE DONE. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE JUST A RE-PLAY OF "PROHIBITION".
MONDAY, May 20, 2013
ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH
IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO REMAIN SILENT".
I will not remain silent.
I believe that we need to give more
consideration to this than all the talk about GUNS.
Why didn't you save the school children at ?
Lake , Washington 2/2/96
, Alaska 2/19/97!
Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
p, Arkansas 12/15/97
, Arkansas 3/24/98
, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
, Tennessee 5/19/98
, Virginia 6/15/98
, Colorado 4/20/99
Alberta , Canada 5/28/99
New Mexico 11/19/99
Gibson , Oklahoma 12/6/99
, California 3/ 5/01 and
Cajon , California 3/22/01?
not allowed in schools.
did this get started?...
think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained
didn't want any prayer in our schools.
we said, OK..
said you better not read the Bible in school,
Bible that says
shalt! not kill,
shalt not steal,
love your neighbors as yourself,"
we said, OK...
Benjamin Spock said
shouldn't spank our children
their little personalities
be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.
expert should know what he's talking about
we won't spank them anymore..
and principals better not
our children when they misbehave.
the school administrators said
faculty member in this school
touch a student when they misbehave
we don't want any bad publicity,
we surely don't want to be sued.
we accepted their reasoning...
let our daughters have abortions if they want,
they won't even have to tell their parents.
we said, that's a grand idea...
some wise school board member said,
boys will be boys
they're going to do it anyway,
give our sons all the condoms they want,
they can have all the fun they desire,
we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school.
we said, that's another great idea...
some of our top elected officials said
doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.
doesn't matter what anybody,
in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good....
someone else took that appreciation a step further
published pictures of nude children
then stepped further still by
them available on the Internet.
we said, everyone's entitled to free speech....
the entertainment industry said,
make TV shows and movies that promote
violence and illicit sex...
let's record music that encourages
drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes...
it has no adverse effect
nobody takes it seriously anyway,
go right ahead.
we're asking ourselves
our children have no conscience,
they don't know right from wrong,
and why it doesn't bother them to
strangers, classmates or even themselves.
we thought about it long and hard enough,
could figure it out.
sure it has a great deal to do with...
REAP WHAT WE SOW,"
SUNDAY, May 19, 2013
SEEMS LIKE AMERICA TODAY.
BUT I CANNOT ACCEPT IT AS THE AMERICA OF TOMORROW.
IS THAT COCKEYED OPTIMISM...OR IS IT COMMITMENT?
Nation is Changing
following article was sent to me by a friend and I must say is far
and away the most
succinct and thoughtful explanation
of how our nation is changing.
charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is
that Americans voted
for the status quo - for the incumbent President
and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship,
economic stagnation and avoidance
responsibility. And fewer people voted.
But as we
awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile
explanations for the
Romney defeat that will prevail among the
chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of
Hurricane Sandy that
devastated the area, nor did he lose because
ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the
Republicans could have
chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited
from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle.
Romney lost because he didn't get enough votes to win.
That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost
the conservative virtues - the traditional American virtues - of hard
free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral
greatness - no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.
The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to
against free stuff.
businessman knows this; that is why the
"loss leader" or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool.
Obama's America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults
among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly
recognized for whom they
should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who -
Obama - receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of
disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off
books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote. The
lure of free stuff is
defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation
of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the
winning an election in which "47% of the people" start off against him
because they pay no taxes and just receive money - "free stuff" - from
of the population has no skin in the game - they don't care about high
businesses, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their
stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese.
just want the free stuff
comes their way at someone
else's expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for
error for any
Republican, and does not bode well for the future.
is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such
do vote their
pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not
their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never
has to pay for it.
engenders the second reason why Romney lost: the inescapable conclusion
that the electorate
is ignorant and uninformed.
it does not pay to be an informed voter, because most other voters -
majority - are unintelligent and easily swayed by emotion and raw
That is the indelicate way of saying that too many people vote with
hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a
term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to
Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a
when he is not snatching away their cancer medication, while starving
and cutting taxes for the rich.
During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai
"Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Stevenson
called back: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!" Truer
words were never spoken.
Obama could get away with saying that "Romney wants the rich to play by
different set of rules" - without ever defining what those different
were; with saying that the "rich should pay their fair share" -
without ever defining what a "fair share" is; with saying that Romney
wants the poor, elderly and sick to "fend for themselves" - without
even acknowledging that all these government programs are going
current insolvency only papered over by deficit spending.
Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could hint to blacks that a Romney
would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their
and birth control would be taken away. He could appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all
arrested and shipped
back to Mexico and
unabashedly state that he
will not enforce the current immigration laws. He could espouse the
of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions - in
ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions
politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide
money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is
also knows that the electorate has changed - that
whites will soon be
a minority in American (they're already a minority in
that the new immigrants to the U.S. are primarily from the Third World
and do not
share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the
20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America,
knows it and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.
also proved again that negative advertising
works, invective sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney
engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person;
"negative ads" were simple facts, never personal abuse - facts about
high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and
abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney
because he did not embrace the devil's bargain of making unsustainable
It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan - people of
depth and ideas - to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes
opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy of class warfare - never
out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and
cobbling together a winning majority from these minority
groups. If an Obama could not be defeated - with his record and his
vision of America,
in which free stuff seduces voters
- it is
hard to envision any change in the future.
road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to
a European-socialist economy - those very economies that are collapsing
in Europe - is paved.
the Jewish population, mostly assimilated anyway
and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is
Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis
and most committed
Jews as hostile to Israel.
They voted to secure Obama's future at America's
expense and at Israel's
expense - in effect, preferring Obama to Netanyahu by a wide margin.
A dangerous time is ahead. Under present circumstances, it is
the U.S. will take
aggressive action against Iran
and will more than likely thwart any Israeli initiative. The U.S.
preach the importance of negotiations up until the production of the
Iranian nuclear weapon - and then state that the world must learn to
this new reality.
this election should be a wake-up call to the
Jewish community. There is no permanent empire, nor is there an
for Jews anywhere in the exile. The American empire began to decline in
and the deterioration has been exacerbated in the last five years. This
election only hastens that decline. Society is permeated with sloth,
envy and materialistic excess. It has lost its moorings and its moral
The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years
The "Occupy" riots across this country in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals
for what lies ahead -
years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the
want to seize the fruits and bounty of the successful, and do not
the slow pace of redistribution.
this last election proves one thing, it is that
the Old America is
gone. And, sad for
the world, it is not coming
problems we face today are there because the people who work for a
are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.
CLASS DOESN'T MAKE THE NEWS!
and white shirt, black tee shirt, gray pants and tennis shoes.
many people know that he hosts a few Wounded Warrior 10 weekends at his
ranch every year? Every year!
what you expect to see!
with a "Wounded Warrior" she has lost a leg but still dances.
guarantee we will Never see a story or picture like this from NBC, CBS,
ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post. You Are Right You Will
Only See Michelle, the Kids, and Mom go on vacation 14 weekends a year.
is what a REAL President looks and acts like.
THIS HOLY MAN A
BLESSING, OR WHAT?
WHAT'S AN INFIDEL?
author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry. The man
who walks with God always gets to his destination. If you have a pulse
you have a purpose.
- - -
Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the
United States , especially in the minority races.
month I (R.Mathes) attended my annual training session that's required
for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training
session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the
Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who each explained their
was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The
Muslim gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with
the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it
was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim and asked: 'Please,
correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics
of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of
the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all
Muslims) they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can
you give me the definition of an infidel?'
was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he
responded, 'So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of
Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so
they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?'
expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to
that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the
sheepishly replied, 'Yes.'
then stated, 'Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The
Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr.
Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee
them a place in heaven!'
Muslim was speechless.
continued, 'I also have a problem with being your friend when you and
your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask
you a question:
you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you
to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am
going to heaven and He wants you to be there with me?'
could have heard a pin drop.
to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the 'Diversification'
training seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic
Imam, and exposing the truth about the Muslims' beliefs.
twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect
think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with
the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized. This is
your chance to make a difference.
SATURDAY, May 18, 2013
PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THIS COUNTRY...
Lest any visitor to this web site think that I have gone soft on the 40
called Public Education, please visit my section entitled "Public
See also the periodic offerings in this Rapid Response section.
Let's be clear here. Thanks to the Teachers' Unions, to
subsidiary - the Democratic Party - and to the blind support they have
decades from the people who have been most victimized by the situation
Community through their feckless "leaders", if the Medical Profession
Medicine as the Education "profession" has practiced
rightly be in jail. Clear enough?
Now comes a concise report published in the WSJ Monday, Aug. 29, 2013
"'No Child Left Behind' Gets Left Behind", by Eric Smith
Read it and weep, especially those high school "graduates" who should
graduating grammar school...and who are not even prepared for "the
of hard knocks".
WHAT A SHAME. WHAT A TRAVESTY.
FRIDAY, May 17, 2013
HIGHER COST, LESS ACCESS, LOWER QUALITY. And who told you first?
THURSDAY, May 16, 2013
LUDICROUS CAN ALL
THIS GET? VERY LUDICROUS. Civil Union between a committed homosexual
yes. Adoption by a committed homosexual couple - yes, if in the best
of the child.. Marriage, the foundation of civil society in bearing and
children...ONLY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN who have the intention of
child. That is not discriminatory. It is common sense and our cultural
as human beings.
WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2013
A FEW ISSUES THAT "GOT MY DANDER UP"
- THE SEXUAL
ATTACKS IN THE MILITARY: Outrageous! Under the
circumstances of military chain of command, and the desire of these
highly motivated victims to remain in the military, this is nothing
less than human bondage. They must be protected under civil law,
their molesters must be charged and punished under criminal law, and
the superiors of these molesters must be broken in rank. WHAT A
DISGRACE. And where are the honorable "brothers" of these morons
in meting out initial and swift justice?
- The Day (www.theday.com) has
a reasonable Editorial, posted in its May 17, 2013 publication,
entitled "Don't Let Scandal Grind Policy To A Halt".
But how about a sub-title referring to President Obama and his
administration: "LIAR, LIAR. PANTS ON FIRE." Of the
issues now under investigation, the worst relate to Freedom of the
Press and to the abuse of power by a potentially destructive
governmental agency, the IRS. See the WSJ Editorial, Wednesday,
May 15, 2013, entitled: "Your Next IRS Political Audit".
here's another addition to my on-going series
entitled: "What 's Wrong...and Right...with the Catholic
Church", now exceeding 100 articles in the Catholic Church
the "Abortion, Morality and Ethics" offerings on this web-site.
See "Dolan Warns The Governor On Abortion", WSJ May 15, 2013,
pA17. It's always nice to see the Church stepping up
the abomination of Abortion...and not diluting that with its stand on
Contraception. But it's not nice to see how the Church continues
coddle persons of power. It excommunicates Nuns who stray and
try to represent their impoverished flock with what is pejoratively
Theology". But our Church Fathers avert their eyes from an
"annulment" of a long and fruitful marriage of Ted Kennedy and his
wife, or the many instances of supposedly Catholic political
Governor Andrew Cuomo...vigorously supporting abortion. These
should be given a choice on a matter no less central to their Faith
than is the
Divinity of Christ: condemn publicly Abortion from the moment of
conception...or be excommunicated from the Church. When is that
happen, Cardinal Dolan?
TUESDAY, May 14, 2013
initiatives by our Holy Father.
MONDAY, May 13, 2013
THE REST OF THE "GATSBY"
Having just read "The Great Gatsby", I realized that I had never
before read it.
How that could have happened throughout a one year course in "American
as part of a Major in English Literature...I do not know.
But now I know.
The book is a masterpiece of Plot, of Characterization, of giving us the
that he intended to give...and even giving us a message from
author that he did not intend.
And the movie isn't!
What I now realize is that the initial orgiastic Excess for which the
been panned by reviewers
is not its sin...and is even well-placed, given the fantasy life that
had initially imagined as
an ungrounded teenager and then had built around himself.
No. The movie's sin is having made a melodrama out of its taut
its mortal sin is having
put vinyl siding on the granite buildings of its great and human
So, I guess I was right originally in suggesting that the movie has no
"The Great Gatsby". It should be called "The Great
SUNDAY, May 12, 2013
LECTURE BY DAVID TROXEL, MPH
Hospital, New London, Ct.
Currently, there are over
persons – and their families – living with this disease. One in three
are touched by it. This incidence is on
track to quadruple in the next few decades.
The costs involved in
these patients exceeds those for Cancer and Heart Disease.
Dr. Alzheimer in 1901 had
a 51 year
old patient, Auguste Detca, whose self-description was “ I have lost
myself”. At autopsy, Dr. Alzheimer found
“plaques and tangles” in her brain.
The condition is
age-related. That did not much matter in
1900, when the
life expectancy was 47 years.
Now that is over 80 years.
The best diagnostic test
is the PET
scan, wherein glucose uptake measures brain activity.
The finding here: “a damaged brain”,
particularly in the Hippocampus.
The hallmark symptom /
sign is a
progressive decrease in short-term memory.
Other signs include reduced reasoning and judgment, confusion,
speaking and writing ability, withdrawal, and changes in mood and
“Dementia” is an umbrella
term. AD is a form of dememtia.
A complete medical and
workup is vital, to rule out more treatable or different
conditions and to establish the diagnosis.
This includes neuropsychologic testing.
“If you remember
OK. If you forget that you forgot,
that’s not OK.”
This disease is slow and
progressive. If there is a sudden
development or increase of symptoms, look for something else.
Treatment Modalities: Stay
physically and mentally; (PS: studying a language or a musical
be very helpful. GS). Remain or become
socially active. Follow the Mediterranean Diet. Several medications are
available, although there has not been a break-through in 10 years, the
medications have side-effects and also interactions with psychotropic
they are generally only modestly effective and short-term.
Be aware of and treat concurrent pain
How to deal with a patient
AD. “Here we need bar-maids and
beauticians: up-beat and good
listeners”. Treat the patient as a real
Creative Activities. Purposeful Chores; Foster Learning and Growth; Use
their Life Story. Exercise; Music;
Laughter. Pets and other animals. Use the
Outdoors; Give Choices. Ask for Opinions. Celebrate Cooking and
Use Old Rituals, Old Habits. Fun and Novelty.
(If the patient has been
that. If the patient has not been
spiritual, help him or her find a spiritual life. GS)
Undertake legal and
planning in timely fashion, (including Advanced Directive and Powers of
Attorney for Health Affairs and for Financial Affairs – GS). Be
prepared to use
“Substituted Judgment” for the incompetent patient.
Don’t wait to tap
outside of the family.
Be a “best friend”.
(In fact, this patient may
a better day, day after day, than you are in caring for them: each day
can be a
new day, with new experiences and new
“friends”…including yourself. GS)
And think about your own
life. Be satisfied with yourself. Think
anticipated care for yourself toward the end of this journey called
See “Best Friends
A final personal note, in
those above (GS).
Life is not an endurance
contest. Every stage should be lived to
the fullest. Remember Auntie Mame’s
famous caution: “LIFE IS A BANQUET, AND
MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO
DEATH”. And keep your “bucket”
empty: if something is important to you and worth doing…DO IT NOW!
A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D
SATURDAY, May 11, 2013
FOR THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:
My review of "The Great Gatsby"
So much negativity has been piled on this movie, while it approaches
income records, that I had to see for myself. My reactions:
Line: Is this movie worth seeing? As
the Senator / Presidential candidate famously said:
"Depends". If you go in after having read the above, I
think so. At least you'll be one of the "conoscenti" when
meeting with your friends.
- Having set its goal as
the latest incarnation of a classic novel, it went to the plate with
two strikes on it from the start. This is especially true
regarding lovers of classics...and of English Majors in general.
It would have been better calling itself: "The Great Kahuna".
- Even as an allegory,
the visuals were excessive. Of course, that is what is driving the box
office, as must have been predicted. For the story as presented
in the movie is so melodramatic that it would have otherwise been
laughed off the screen.
- But fighting through
all of that, are there human beings, human emotions and human
frailties depicted here? Yes...if you can resist the temptation
to walk out even before Gatsby comes on stage. For a time, I
thought I was faced with another "The Royal Tannenbaums", in which I
could not find interest even in the dog, and when I broke my own
personal record for timing of a walk-out.
- There were some strong
scenes of humanity and of the actors depicting that humanity well.
- Does it come close to
deserving its title, as compared with Fitzgerald's novel? Stay
tuned. I'm about to re-read the novel.
BLESS THE "DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA".
FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE
At the turn of the 20th century, the Establishment and established
this country used to moan and groan about the "great unwashed"
newcomers coming through Ellis Island by the millions. All of
out very well for the nation.
In this early 21st century, the challenge is much greater: the "great
ignorants" are trying to take over the nation. Meanwhile,
are those who just go around saying: "Why can't we just get
Well, NO! There are now two diametrically opposed images of this
one that is consistent with our Constitution, our History, and our
independence; and one that is not. Only one can survive and
And it is not the socialistic Welfare State based on an ever-enlarging
acquisitive Federal Government.
YES: God Bless the currently divided States of America.
will be fought with all the energy - and even ferocity - needed to
United States of America to its divinely inspired and independently
history and future. In this vital effort, the following
right on point:
ALL THIS MANURE,
THERE MUST BE A PONY IN HERE SOMEWHERE"
FRIDAY, May 10, 2013
"PISS AND PUS MUST COME OUT". SO MUST THE TRUTH.
THURSDAY, May 9, 2013
OBAMA, ARE YOU
OUT OF YOUR MIND?
THE HELL IS GOING ON
WEDNESDAY, May 7 and 8, 2013
A GRINCH! But right on
MONDAY, May 6, 2013
can't reflect the entire "culture"...can it? Only
"Moderate Muslims" can answer this
question. The rest of us are
Winston Churchill 1899.
"Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of
the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."
This is amazing. Even more amazing is that this hasn't been published
long before now.
CHURCHILL ON ISLAM
Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in 1899...
The attached short speech from Winston Churchill, was delivered by him
in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. It probably sets
out the current views of many, but expresses in the wonderful
Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language, of which
he was a past master. Sir Winston Churchill was, without doubt, one of
the greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was a brave
young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and
statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister, to whom the
Western world must be forever in his debt. He was a prophet in his own
time. He died on 24th January 1965, at the grand old age of 90 and,
after a lifetime of service to his country, was accorded a State
HERE IS THE SPEECH:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as
hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The
effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly
systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of
property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualist deprives this life of its grace and refinement,
the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law
every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as
a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of
slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of
the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being
moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has
already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at
every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the
strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly
struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the
civilization of ancient Rome ..."
Sir Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Volume
II, pages 248-250, London).
SUNDAY, May 5, 2013
"FOOD" WILL STARVE US TO
by geniuses, but run by idiots...
food for thought......actually, if I think about this much more I will
barf! Feel free to scream “WTF!??!?” at any time.....
we concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there'd be a
shortage of fishing poles."
Junius P. Long
you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not
for being in the country illegally ...you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take
an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion ... you might live in
a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is
evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project
to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction ... you might live in
a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy
liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the
government ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run
the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning
gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets
to the crazy new leaders in Egypt ... you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce
soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat ... you
might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in
a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched ... you
might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher
"cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade
school is perfectly acceptable ... you might live in a country founded
by geniuses but run by idiots.
your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of
dollars of debt is to spend trillions more ... you might live in a
country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with
spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested
“homes”... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by
hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government
intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks,
Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones ... you might live in
a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
the government's plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize
NOT working with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to
prove they applied but can’t find work ... you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more "safe"
according to the government ... you might live in a country founded by
geniuses but run by idiots.
long do I have to go listing these great articles for you?
PLEASE READ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,
now the real "Newspaper of Record'.
- "Who Lost Afghanistan",
a book review, Apr. 20-21, 2013, pC10.
- "The Coming ObamaCare
Shock", Apr. 30, 2013, pA17.
- "The Oregon Trial", May
3, 2013, pA14.
- "Exempting Congress
From ObamaCare", Apr. 29, 2013, pA14.
- "'No Child Left Behind'
Gets Left Behind", Apr. 29, 2013, pA17.
By comparison, the NYTimes and the other ultra-liberal media are
And it also has become evident to me that President Obama has
experience and also the wrong personal reflexes to produce a
He is on the way out...and so
are we if we don't wake up.
POINT OF VIEW.
Could it be that Sec. Kerry will be more effective that former Sec.
OF THE STORY.
But we missed a great opportunity. And the story is not nearly
IS A STRATEGY?
Turn your back to your enemy and paint a target on that back?
Had our government followed my advice regarding opium, offered very
the process (see earlier Rapid Responses), we would have been in
IMPORTANT! Middle East Tyrants: "The End Is Near".
SATURDAY, May 4, 2013
ON OBAMACARE. Why is this important? Because this monstrosity will
lower quality, higher cost and less access. And as a physician for the
years...and counting, I care.
FRIDAY, May 3, 2013
YET ANOTHER SHOE
FALLS. Definition of a Camel: a Horse designed by committee.
THURSDAY, May 2, 2013
ESPECIALLY THE PART ABOUT
"DEFENSIVE MEDICINE", WHICH NOW CONSTITUTES AT LEAST A QUARTER OF
HEALTH CARE COSTS.
WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2013
GOOD AND UP-TO-DATE
SUMMARY OF THE ISRAEL / PALESTINE / ARAB DILEMMA. What is needed here
"triple play", very difficult on or off the diamond.
ON ISLAM. FAR FROM
MONOLITHIC. Is there Hope?
TUESDAY, April 29 and 30, 2013
THAT CLEAR? GS
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