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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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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, June 29 and 30, 2013

Jimmy Carter: "WHEN YOUR RIGHT,YOU'RE RIGHT" Thanks for that.

GS

Carter: World religions perpetuate women's plight - Yahoo! News


MONDAY through FRIDAY
, June 24 through 28, 2013

THE GREEN THING

Checking 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 generations."   She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its day.

   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.
Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.  But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We 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.
Back 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.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back 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.
Back 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 have the "green thing" back then.

We 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.
But 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."
We 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.
But 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?

Please 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...

We 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.
So there!


SUNDAY, June 23, 2013

THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, ALFIE.

And our New London Maritime Society is applying also for Ledge Light, as a  place-holder for the Gipstein's Ledge Light Foundation, to assure that a qualified IRS Sec. 501C3 organization is available.

GS

For sale: A fixer-upper with great ocean view - The Day


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, June 21 and 22, 2013
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RR #1

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN TWO OPPOSING VIEWS MAKE SENSE?

See "White House Wrong To Enter Syrian War", by Cal Thomas (in The Day Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Opinion, pA4).

And see "Under Obama, U.S. Is Barely Relevant", by Charles Krauthammer (in The  Day Saturday, June 22, 2013, Opinion, pA6).

Also see "Lessons of Kosovo", Editorial in The Washington Post (as reprinted in The Day Saturday, June 22, 2013, Opinion, pA6).

That's when some knowledge of History and adherence to one's own "Weltanshauumg" are useful. 

Three principles control here: 1) National Self-Interest; 2) Pre-Emptive Self-Defense; and 3) Use of Power vs default creation of Vacuum.

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. 

Nice Going, Mr. President.

GS


RR #2

"BUYER'S REMORSE".
Chris Mathews, and now this?
Finally, people are coming out of their self-induced coma.

GS

Finally, Matt Patterson and Newsweek speak out about Obama. This is timely and tough. As many of you know, Newsweek has a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact that their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the one that appears in the latest Newsweek,  makes this a truly amazing event, and a news story in and of itself. At last, the truth about our President and his agenda are starting to trickle through the “protective wall” built around him by the liberal media.

___________________________

I Too Have Become Disillusioned.

By Matt Patterson ( columnist – opinion writer)

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer;" a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "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 man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "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 rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's affirmative 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 never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. 

Those people – conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The 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 the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.(An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troublesBush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence.(The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track.) But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

RR #3


...and remember how long it took that Democratic President to act in similar circumstances.
It's in the political genes.


GS

Lessons of Kosovo - The Day


TUESDAY through THURSDAY, June 18 through 20, 2013

MEMORANDUM FOLLOWING LM HOSPITAL STAFF MEETING, JUNE 20, 2013

1.       Large revenue reductions imposed on hospitals. 

2.       Bundled payments and other changes imposing the risk of health care outcomes onto the health care providers.

3.       A significant reduction in patient volume.

4.       Regulatory impediments to maximizing economies of scale in the recent hospital merger.

5.       Alleged “quality” tracking which really turns out to be cost tracking, with payors incentivizing their customers (our patients) to enter a race to the bottom.

6.       Electronic Health Records: A Mess….

7.       A large loss of patient care to tertiary centers (eg. Yale, 40% of whose patients come from here!)

8.       Yale romancing this hospital…a change in attitude.

MY OBSERVATIONS:

1.       No surprise.  ObamaCare has no logical means of paying for its Christmas tree of gifts without making the Health Professions pay the bill…thereby hastening the demise of private medical care and the acceptance of a one payor system: the Government, and resultant lower quality, higher cost and reduced access.

2.       Imposing the risk of patient health care results on the providers is unethical, pitting the physicians’ interests against those of his patients: a conflict of interest totally at variance with the doctor-patient relationship.  It also places hospitals against physicians and physicians against fellow physicians.  This should be prohibited as against Public Policy.

3.       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 future demand for patient care and the reduction in availability of that care by qualified personnel.  This should be one bright spot in efforts to secure a future for the Practice of Medicine: the impact of Supply and Demand.  But several points should be remembered: a) the First Rule of Service is Survival; b) if you are losing on every transaction, you cannot make it up in volume; c) “fast nickels are as good as slow dollars”; d) take all comers as patients, but devise a more efficient means of taking care of them…specifically by using more physician extenders in broadened roles (ie. one good physician in an outpatient setting can supervise as many as four good physician extenders).

4.       Appeal all adverse regulatory determinations.  Regulators – the Administrative sector – know little about the requirements of proper Medical Care, this including their academic advisors.  Therefore, the reply to the demand from Washington (“JUMP”) should not be “How High”, but “Sez Who?”  The corrosive current laws and regulations must be challenged and changed, through 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?)

5.       And what did you expect?

6.       A pig  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 to be attacked.

7.       A lesson for those, generally business-types, who think that there is such a thing as a “Win-Lose” outcome in 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.

8.       This is not the past.  Are there current opportunities for “Win-Win” situations here?

THE NEXT THREE YEARS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY.  THOSE WHO SURVIVE WILL THEREAFTER THRIVE.

GS



MONDAY, June 17, 2013

AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:

MODERATE MUSLIMS, ARISE...OR FALL.

GS

A word to Rioting Muslims

We don't care if you're offended, and we never will. Get used to it.

http://dotsub.com/view/72457cbc-fe18-4053-ae3f-6c7639cf4e79



FRIDAY through SUNDAY, June 14 through 16, 2013

FATHERS' DAY.

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.

But for those of you who have not fallen into that trap: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.

GS


WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, June 12 and 13, 2013

...OR RATHER: "WHY SCIENCE NEEDS SPIRITUALITY, AND THE BELIEF IN A SUPREME BEING"

GS

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/37422


TUESDAY
, June 11, 2013

WAKE UP, FOLKS: MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS ALIKE.

The following data are reported in Catalyst, Vol. 40, Number 5, June 2013, in an article

entitled 'The Threat of Islam".  They are based upon surveys conducted in 39 countries

between 2008 and 2012 by the Pew Research Center.

If "moderate Muslim" is not an oxymoron, such Muslims must arise now to extirpate the fundamentalists from

their midst.  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

fundamentalists wherever they may be or may go.

This opportunity won't last long. But the outcome will last many generations.

GS



MONDAY, June 10, 2013

RR #1

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CONNECTICUT RANCH..."

See the column by Chris Powell entitled:  "'Never Enough' or 'Ehough Already?"'

(The Day Monday, June 10, 2013, pA4)

Connecticut has ended up at or near the bottom of the 50 States in categories that count,

thanks to the majority Democrats. 

THE CALIFORNIA OF THE EAST COAST.   Now there's a distinction.

GS

RR #2

OUR 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, 2013, pA6.
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 is exactly
what America produces when it tries to withdraw from vital
world affairs.  Now we are hearing that we may "arm the rebels", at
long last.  After all the other national interests in the region have
 established theirs.  Another quagmire?  You bet.
Congratulations, Mr. Obama.

GS


SUNDAY, June 9, 2013

At 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 un-inflated "A" average.
On this matter, I had the personal experience of conducting a class in Medical Malpractice
for second and third year Law students at a Law School in Connecticut.  At 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 attendance. 
Thus, the mediocritization of America: not mainly of the students, but  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.


GS


THURSDAY through SATURDAY, June 6 through 8, 2013

I think that we will see some of the barnacled Cardinals in the Curia retire, rather than try to take on this holy man. Good.

GS

Francis gets personal: 'I didn't want to be pope' - Yahoo! News


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, June 4 and 5, 2013

THIS IS IMPORTANT. HERE IS ANOTHER CASE FOR CIVILIAN AUTHORITY TO EXERT CONTROL OVER THE MILITARY.

GS

Senators blast military response to sex assaults - The Day


MONDAY, June 3, 2013

RR #1

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<>We need to show more sympathy for these people.
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<>Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegal’s, but don't support our troops?
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<>Wouldn't 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!!!
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RR #2

MORE ON THE TRAVAILS OF NEW LONDON PUBLIC EDUCATION
Please see the article by Professor Sande Grande, Chairperson of the Education Department
at Connecticut College and member of the New London Board of Education advisory committee.
"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".

GS

RR #3

IT'S  BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY POSITIONS"

AND WHILE ALL OF THIS IS GOING ON, OUR PRESIDENT DELIVERS A FOREIGN POLICY STATEM3ENT WHICH, TRANSLATED, STATES:

"WE ARE TAKING OUR BALL AND GOING HOME"

With the U.S. as the only credible Power in the world, that leaves a VACUUM, which guarantees ANARCHY, which will produce another WORLD WAR. 

"Is anybody there?  Does anybody care?"

GS


SUNDAY, June 2, 2013

RR #1

ONE OF THE SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH I BELONG RECENTLY SENT ME A BUMPER STICKER WITH THIS MESSAGE: "STAND AND FIGHT".  INDEED!

GS

A Connecticut legislature without a prayer - The Day

RR #2

"AND THEN IT IS WINTER". 
Please check out the Category on this web-site entitled "Physician - Patient Spirituality".
It just might make your day, whatever the season.

GS


SATURDAY, June 1, 2013

AND BESIDE THIS..."WOMEN'S HEALTH". REALLY?

GS


10 Very Surprising Quotes From Abortion Doctors - LifeNews.Com


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, May 30 and 31, 2013

Public Education inNew London, Ct.
"Res Ipsa Loquitur".

GS

New London board acted courageously - The Day



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