George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SUNDAY, June 29 and 30, 2013
YOUR RIGHT,YOU'RE RIGHT" Thanks for that.
MONDAY through FRIDAY, June 24 through 28, 2013
THE GREEN THING
out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman,
that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't
good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing'
back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation
did not care enough to save our environment for future
She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused
for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was
the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This
was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by
the school) was not defaced by our scribblings.
we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store
and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb
into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway
kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine
burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes
back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our
then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room.
And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember
them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen,
we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines
to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the
mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap.
then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by
working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills
that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't
"green thing" back then.
drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a
plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing
pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor
blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because
the blade got dull.
we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole
house did before the "green thing."
had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to
power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to
receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in
order to find the nearest burger joint.
isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks
were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
forward this on to another selfish old person who doesn't have "the
green thing" and needs a lesson in conservation from a 'still wet
behind the ears' young person...
don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to
tick us off...especially from a smart aleck who can't make change
without the cash register telling them how much.
SUNDAY, June 23, 2013
IS WHAT IT'S ALL
And our New London Maritime Society is applying also for Ledge Light,
a place-holder for the Gipstein's Ledge Light Foundation, to
a qualified IRS Sec. 501C3 organization is available.
SATURDAY, June 21 and 22, 2013
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN TWO OPPOSING VIEWS MAKE
See "White House Wrong To Enter Syrian
War", by Cal Thomas (in The Day Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Opinion,
And see "Under
Obama, U.S. Is Barely Relevant",
by Charles Krauthammer (in The Day Saturday, June 22, 2013,
Also see "Lessons
of Kosovo", Editorial in The
Washington Post (as reprinted in The Day Saturday, June 22, 2013,
That's when some
knowledge of History and adherence to one's own
"Weltanshauumg" are useful.
control here: 1) National Self-Interest; 2)
Pre-Emptive Self-Defense; and 3) Use of Power vs default creation of
All of these
principles come into play in this question. And
they lead me to support Krauthammer's analysis.
The only problem:
President Obama may be too late and thus may
reap the whirlwind of both inaction and action.
Going, Mr. President.
Chris Mathews, and now this?
Finally, people are coming out of their self-induced coma.
Finally, Matt Patterson
and Newsweek speak out about Obama. This is timely and tough. As many
know, Newsweek has a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact
their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the
that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing
and a news story in and of itself. At last, the truth about our
his agenda are starting to trickle through the “protective wall” built
him by the liberal media.
I Too Have
By Matt Patterson ( columnist – opinion writer)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama
inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed
hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How,
wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so
thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the
powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life:
into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test
along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer;" a brief
career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in
nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and
finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the
of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.
He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature
a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling
white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as
"spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as
Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future
historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman
the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure,
candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America
Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would
a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled
eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various
injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a
that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard -
the color of his skin.
Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient
matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself
"non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become
the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse
the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not
legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment
affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily
white people, and especially white liberals, feel
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat
themselves on the
back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they
qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor
high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority
students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional
deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that
affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone
separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's
action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.
And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was
troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have
Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished
at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite
mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be
despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the
was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample
What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display
time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked
qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills,
intellect, and cool character.
conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed.
man thinks and speaks
in the hoariest of clichés, and that's when he has his
Teleprompters in front
of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not
one original idea has ever issued
from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of
kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.(An example
2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)
what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming
anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did
was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the
campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so
advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own
other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything
our economy and country back on track.) But really, what
to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so
we expect him to act responsibly?
short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the
temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand
only when you understand that, will the current erosion of
prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with
man in the Oval Office.
remember how long it
took that Democratic President to act in similar circumstances.
It's in the political genes.
THURSDAY, June 18 through 20, 2013
FOLLOWING LM HOSPITAL STAFF MEETING, JUNE 20, 2013
reductions imposed on
Bundled payments and
other changes imposing
the risk of health care outcomes onto the health care providers.
reduction in patient volume.
impediments to maximizing
economies of scale in the recent hospital merger.
tracking which really
turns out to be cost tracking, with payors incentivizing their
patients) to enter a race to the bottom.
Records: A Mess….
A large loss of
patient care to tertiary
centers (eg. Yale, 40% of whose patients come from here!)
Yale romancing this
hospital…a change in
No surprise. ObamaCare has no logical means of paying for
its Christmas tree of gifts without making the Health Professions pay
bill…thereby hastening the demise of private medical care and the
a one payor system: the Government, and resultant lower quality, higher
and reduced access.
Imposing the risk of
patient health care
results on the providers is unethical, pitting the physicians’
against those of his patients: a conflict of interest totally at
the doctor-patient relationship. It also
places hospitals against physicians and physicians against fellow
physicians. This should be prohibited as
There are several
reasons for a reduction
in patient volume. But I believe that
this is temporary and that it will reverse to a mis-match between the
for patient care and the reduction in availability of that care by
personnel. This should be one bright
spot in efforts to secure a future for the Practice of Medicine: the
Supply and Demand. But several points
be remembered: a) the First Rule of
Service is Survival; b) if you are losing on every transaction, you
make it up in volume; c) “fast nickels are as good as slow dollars”; d)
all comers as patients, but devise a more efficient means of taking
them…specifically by using more physician extenders in broadened roles
good physician in an outpatient setting can supervise as many as four
Appeal all adverse
determinations. Regulators – the
sector – know little about the requirements of proper Medical Care,
including their academic advisors.
Therefore, the reply to the demand from Washington (“JUMP”)
be “How High”, but “Sez Who?” The
corrosive current laws and regulations must be challenged and changed,
the Courts and through the Legislative process.
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN SAYING THIS TO WHAT PASSES FOR OUR MEDICAL
“LEADERSHIP” THAT WILL DO ANYTHING TO BE “AT THE TABLE”…AND WHICH FINDS
ITSELF UNDER THE TABLE. Also,
regulators and politicians don’t give a
damn about what doctors think…only about what the public thinks. SO, EDUCATE AND MOTIVATE YOUR PATIENTS TO
DEMAND FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. (Again,
how long have I been saying that?)
And what did you
in a poke. Take the penalty and
run. Even the reported benefit in coding
and charging, particularly by hospitals, has been detected and is about
A lesson for those,
business-types, who think that there is such a thing as a “Win-Lose”
negotiations, particularly when there is a disparity in negotiating
strength. The “Loser” will find a way to
get justice, even if only rough justice.
So, cultivate and don’t abuse your new
physician-employees…especially now, when
they are temporarily vulnerable.
This is not the past. Are there current opportunities for “Win-Win”
NEXT THREE YEARS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. THOSE WHO SURVIVE WILL THEREAFTER THRIVE.
MONDAY, June 17, 2013
AND NOW, A WORD
FROM OUR SPONSOR:
word to Rioting Muslims
don't care if you're offended, and we never will. Get used to
SUNDAY, June 14 through 16, 2013
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to
all those who have earned the title, which
involves much more
than providing sperm
in one form or another.
Now, this may be
politically incorrect; but you've learned to
expect that from me.
for those of you who have not fallen into
that trap: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.
- A Father is a person who spends his life providing a living
example of manhood and fatherhood to his children.
- That role and mission is unique and cannot be filled by
anyone other than by a man. Specifically, it cannot be filled by
- The efforts of the Feminist Movement to dilute or eliminate
the different roles required of a father and a mother have sadly
resulted in a distortion of those roles.
- Men are progressively being portrayed - and even seeing
themselves - as wimps, looking to women to define who they are.
- Some Women, meanwhile, have achieved their proper elevated
role in society at the unnecessary expense of men and by killing their
babies in the womb.
- This is a Faustian bargain.
THURSDAY, June 12 and 13, 2013
...OR RATHER: "WHY SCIENCE NEEDS SPIRITUALITY,
AND THE BELIEF IN A
TUESDAY, June 11, 2013
UP, FOLKS: MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS ALIKE.
The following data are
reported in Catalyst, Vol. 40, Number 5,
June 2013, in an article
Threat of Islam". They are based
upon surveys conducted in 39 countries
between 2008 and 2012
by the Pew Research Center.
- A majority of Muslims want Sharia made the law of the
land. In Afghanistan and
in Pakistan the numbers were 99% and 84% respectively.
- Muslims in America were less likely than those in the Middle
East to support violence against civilians.
- Two/thirds of Muslims in the Middle East support death for
apostates; a third support suicide bombings.
- In 10 years, Iraq's Christian population has declined from 1
million to less than 400,000.
- In Egypt, in Mali and elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of
Christians have bee displaced - or killed.
- The code word now for Islamic fundamentalism is "Islamism"
If "moderate Muslim"
is not an oxymoron, such Muslims
must arise now to extirpate the fundamentalists from
Failure to do so now will condemn them to the
tyranny of their own. And it will condemn us all
to a bloody world war
between them and all the "others",
a world war that otherwise will surely come.
If non-Muslims value
Peace...and their very lives...they will
realize the threat in our midst and the opportunity
to deal with it now
:by motivating moderate Muslims and by
suppressing rather than accommodating
wherever they may be or may go.
opportunity won't last long. But the
outcome will last many generations.
MONDAY, June 10, 2013
BACK AT THE CONNECTICUT RANCH..."
the column by Chris Powell entitled: "'Never Enough' or
Day Monday, June 10, 2013, pA4)
has ended up at or near the bottom of the 50 States in categories that
to the majority Democrats.
CALIFORNIA OF THE EAST COAST. Now
there's a distinction.
SHIP OF STATE: RUDDERLESS
See the recent article by Charles Krauthammer entitled:
"Feckless And Clueless As Assad Strengthens.", in The Day
(www.thedaylcom), Sat. June 8,
Could this administration have some over-arching strategem
that they are not letting us in on? Is this all part of a trap
to be sprung on our enemies? Or is it once again a manifestation
of that old saw: "Definition of a Liberal...the first one to leave
the room when the fight starts".
One thing is certain: "Nature abhors a vacuum". And that
what America produces when it tries to withdraw from vital
world affairs. Now we are hearing that we may "arm the rebels",
long last. After all the other national interests in the region
established theirs. Another quagmire? You bet.
Congratulations, Mr. Obama.
SUNDAY, June 9, 2013
this time of graduations and awards, I
recently had two personal opportunities to witness
the "new" commencement events. In both, the "Awards"
went to nearly everyone in the
graduating class. Everyone was "special". And when the
presenter had something really spectacular to award,
very little was made of it...as if it was an embarrassment.
If everyone is "special", no one is special.
If there are 19 "Valedictorians" in a class, as reported in several
high schools this year,
there are no Valedictorians unless each legitimately earned an
On this matter, I had the personal experience of conducting a class in
for second and third year Law students at a Law School in
the first meeting,
I announced that I did not grade "on the curve". If there were
30 "C's", or if there were
30 "A's", that's what they wound receive. At the next meeting,
were there 30 students
set to earn "A's"? No. There were 14 fewer students in
Thus, the mediocritization of America: not mainly of the students,
mainly of their teachers,
who have embraced this tripe during recent decades.
What happened to the motto of my alma mater, New York University:
"Perstare et Praestare", Persevere and Excel.
SATURDAY, June 6 through 8, 2013
think that we will see
some of the barnacled Cardinals in the Curia retire, rather than try to
this holy man. Good.
WEDNESDAY, June 4 and 5, 2013
HERE IS ANOTHER CASE FOR CIVILIAN AUTHORITY TO EXERT CONTROL OVER THE
MONDAY, June 3, 2013
of Maxine 's very best!
need to show more sympathy for these people.
travel miles in the heat.
risk their lives crossing a border.
don't get paid enough wages.
do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different
rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.
not talking about illegal Mexicans
talking about our troops!
it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social
benefits on illegal’s, but don't support our troops?
it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend
on illegal’s every year, and spend it on our troops!!!
ON THE TRAVAILS OF NEW LONDON PUBLIC
Please see the article by Professor Sande Grande, Chairperson of the
at Connecticut College and member of the New London Board of Education
"RENZULLI VOTE SHOWED APPROPRIATE VIGILANCE"
in The Day (www.theday.com)
Friday May 31, 2013, Opinion, pA6.
On matters of such importance, we need much more "due diligence" than
"Show me the money".
BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY POSITIONS"
- FIRST, IF THE CURRENT
BATTLES BETWEEN AND AMONG MUSLIMS...SHIA VS SUNNI, ARAB VS PALESTINIAN,
SALAFI VS ALLOWITES, ETC. TRANSFORMS INTO A WAR BETWEEN MAJORITY
MODERATE MUSLIMS AND MINORITY FUNDAMENTALIST CRAZIES, THAT WOULD BE A
GOOD THING FOR THE WORLD OF ISLAM AND FOR THE WORLD AT LARGE.
- PAKISTAN. We need
each other. But all transactions should be on a strict "quid pro
- AFGHANISTAN. We
must maintain a strong physical presence there to permanently suppress
the Talliban, our sworn enemy and the enemy of the Afghan people.
Meanwhile, Hamid Karzia is a classic "situation politician". We
must continue to give him the "plausible deniability" that he
needs to survive physically. But we must continue to do
everything we can - including active use of Drones - to achieve the
basic goal there.
- INDIA. A pragmatic
nation; a sometime democracy, too wedded to the caste system of its
former 19th century British Lord. We can work with them,
but beware their Leftist inclinations.
- BURMA. An
- CHINA. Not
necessarily a sworn enemy, but certainly a sworn eompetitor.
Again, "quid por quo", including regarding dangerous dirty tricks like
- RUSSIA. Sorry, but here
is a sworn enemy, at least for the next generation and under the
current leadership. Don't turn your back on them for a
moment. The only diplomacy they understand is : "Heads, I win;
Tails, you lose".
- TURKEY. The
perennial missed opportunity. This is a strong Muslim nation with
a strong secular streak that we can work with. And yet, we keep
giving them the back of the hand. For whom of our "Allies"
are we carrying water? This stance is not worth it for the
Greeks...or for any of our other allies.
- IRAQ. We got out
too soon. Civil War coming. More de-stabilizaation of the
Middle East, of benefit to no one.
- Syria. Another
mistake in progress. We have the power, as only we have, to
establish the soil for a democratic...or at least a Moderate Muslim
Perennial victim. It doesn't need to be that way.
- ISRAEL. This tail
should not be wagging the U.S. dog. We have their back, their
front, and everything else. But they should not be determining
our foreign policy in that area.
- EGYPT. A worthy
and valuable ally in re-development: strong democratic tendencies and
rational Muslims. And if we have to support the Military, there
and elsewhere to achieve our national goals, so be it.
- AFRICA. Worth great
efforts of the West to blunt the spread of Islam there.
- LATIN AMERICA. Natural
allies...if we reverse our STUPID immigration policies and also if
treat them as equals.
- CANADA. God Gless
- MEXICO. Healthy in
Body; corrupt in Head. Work to cut off the head, starting with
promotion of Land Reform. And SECURE OUR BORDERS, while
rationalizing our Immigration Policies to produce a win-win
- OUR ALLIES. "Nations
don not have friends...only interests".
- THE U.N.
AND WHILE ALL OF THIS IS GOING ON, OUR PRESIDENT DELIVERS A FOREIGN
STATEM3ENT WHICH, TRANSLATED, STATES:
"WE ARE TAKING OUR BALL AND GOING HOME"
the U.S. as the only credible Power in the world,
that leaves a VACUUM, which guarantees ANARCHY, which will produce
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"
SUNDAY, June 2, 2013
OF THE SEVERAL
ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH I BELONG RECENTLY SENT ME A BUMPER STICKER WITH
MESSAGE: "STAND AND FIGHT". INDEED!
"AND THEN IT IS WINTER".
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