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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, August 31, 2013

REGARDING "THE BUTLER", more...

Please see my Rapid Response #4 for August 27 on this subject, at that  time relying on the facts provided by former President Reagan's son, as also provided.

After viewing the movie, and after investigating the subject of President Reagan, Apartheid and the  history of "The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986", I must agree that that part of the movie is a hatchet job on that President, ever reviled by the rabid Left.  Nevertheless, despite the many fictions in this "docu-drama" which could easily have been done without, "The Butler" is a fine and valuable movie, very well told and acted, and a movie which should be viewed by any child from Middle School and beyond - and by their parents - as a reminder of the sordid 20th century history of the Black people in this country.  That would have been a much better commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream..." speech of Dr. King.  The Black people of this country, young and old, would do well to ignore the self-serving rantings of their "leaders" and study their history, including the advances of the last 50 years.  They would also do well - finally- to fight for the real reform of a public education system that is systematically destroying their children.  Finally!  

GS


FRIDAY, August 30, 2013

MY AMERICAN ENGLISH IS DETERIORATING...

As a lifelong student and as an English Major in college,

I have always prided myself on a pretty good command of

the English language. 

So why is it that I find myself saying, more and more frequently

in response to news reports; "Stupido. Stupido. Stupido"; or

"BULL@#$%"?

Is it I...or is it they out there?  I report.  You decide.

The most recent stimuli were reports of the many diatribes by

Black "leaders" commemorating Dr. King's speech 50 years ago...,

ignoring the massive progress achieved by responsible Blacks in the

intervening decades; and the demands by low wage workers for a doubling

of their salaries, just "because".  This, despite the fact that many

"high school graduates" should not be graduating grammar school.  

Maybe I should just say "I'm speechless".  A lie, but what's an honest

and caring observer to do?

GS


THURSDAY, August 29, 2013

Similar story regarding our proper end-game: encourage and enable majority moderate Muslims to suppress the crazies, permanently. 
Regarding Iran's effort to get a nuclear weapon, neither they nor Pakistan nor North Korea can be trusted with such capability.  The horse is out of the barn with the latter two, but not with Iran.  Their effort must be stopped at some point...sooner rather than later.  And regarding their ally Russia, SCREW THEM!  Putin sees Obama as a whus.  That can change, both in Iran and in Syria. 
"And that's all I have to say about  that".


GS


WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2013

Perrin,

after listening to the comments of a number of military advisers on the subject, I think that Speaker Boehner is right to insist on specific justification by Pres. Obama for the proposed limited military action.  Not that our national self-interest is not involved...but how is lobbing a few (dozen) cruise bombs going to address that self-interest?  Remember Clinton's ploy when he didn't want to take definitive action in the Baltic.  If the intent is not to take the Assad regime out, then what the hell is it? "Punishment" for using poison gas?  That's laughable to much of the rest of the world? 
The worst thing about having Power is not using it appropriately and thereby creating a vacuum. 
Meanwhile, the only arrow in the diplomats' quill is TALK.  That's what they do...nothing else...even as the Ship of State is sinking.

What would I do?  Take out the Allowite (sp.) regime, a deadly side-show, and promote conditions for the necessary suppression of the fundamentalist crazies by the vast majority moderate Muslims throughout that region and throughout the world.  That's our only hope for avoiding WW III, aka the next Crusade.

Dad

Subject: FOX News: Iran significantly expands uranium enrichment capacity at nuclear plant, UN watchdog says

I thought you might be interested in this article: Iran significantly expands uranium enrichment capacity at nuclear plant, UN watchdog says.

And, the typical lib will tell you, "If we have nukes, why shouldn't they?", or "Who's the only country on Earth to drop an atomic bomb on someone, eh, EH? A-HA! I thought so."

P-


TUESDAY, August 27, 2013

RR#1

YEAUZA!    GS

No one can sum it up better than Trump
“Let me get this straight . . . .
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, who have recently demonstrated their objective and professional integrity - written by a committee whose chairman
says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it but
exempted themselves from it, and signed by a Dumbo President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, and the Post Office - all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!

What the hell could possibly go wrong?

RR#2

HERE IS YET ANOTHER MUST-READ COMMENTARY FROM CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER:

 "Speaking The Truth Does Make A Difference": in The Day (www.theday.com) Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, Opinion, pA6.  This man always speaks the truth.

GS

RR#3

THE "O'REILLY" PROGRAM sometimes waxes hot and cold in content. But recent commentaries regarding the self-imposed blighted state of Black America have been right on point.  Witness his recent comments on the "celebration" of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.  What a shame.  A noble people with a noble history are allowing themselves to be trivialized by their cynical and stupid "leadership".

GS

RR#4

THE BUTLER". Evidently another example of the open festering wound that has become of true Liberalism in this country. It must be debrided before it can heal, and not sutured but kept open for the world to witness the process.

GS


President Reagan's Son Attacks 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' - Yahoo! Movies


WEDNESDAY through MONDAY, August 21 through 26, 2013

PREDICTION: Archbishop Chaput will be Pope some day.

Meanwhile, please read his comments to and regarding Latinos.

GS

Archbishop Chaput: American Culture Digesting Latino Values - Zenit.Org


MONDAY and TUESDAY, August 19 and 20, 2013

THIS MUST BE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND ABSORBED!

GS

A View from the Scorching Summer, Following the Arab Spring - American Center for Democracy


SUNDAY
, August 18, 2013

'LEST WE FORGET...

GS

Subj: I love my attorney....
 
 After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my
 time on earth came to the end.
 
The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the
waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.
 
The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a
seat by the defense table.
 As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor'.
 He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at
me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever
seen.

 I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney,
 a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so
familiar to me, I felt I knew Him..

The corner door opened and there appeared the Judge in full
 flowing robes.
 
He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the
 room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, 'Let us
begin.'

 The prosecutor rose and said, 'My name is Satan and I am
 here to show you why this man belongs in hell.'
 
He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I
stole, and In the past when I cheated others. Satan told of
 other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and
 the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.
 
I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone,
even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I
 had completely forgotten about.
 
As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things
about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there
silently not offering any form of defense at all.
 
I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done
some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out
 
Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This man belongs
in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there
is not a person who can prove otherwise.'

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might
 approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong
 objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward
 As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in
 His full splendor and majesty.
I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus
representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
 
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge,
 'HI, DAD,' and then He turned to address the court.
 
'Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I
 won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage
 of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished.'

 Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with
outstretched arms and proclaimed, 'However, I died on
 the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he
has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine.'
 
My Lord continued with, 'His name is written in the Book
 of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does
not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but
rather mercy.'
 
As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father
 and said, 'There is nothing else that needs to be done.
 I've done it all..'

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down.
 The following words bellowed from His lips.....
 
'This man is free. The penalty for him has already been
 paid in full. Case
 dismissed.' I asked Jesus as He
 gave me my instructions where to go next, 'Have you ever
 lost a case?'

Christ lovingly smiled and said, 'Everyone that has come
to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same
 verdict as you, ~Paid In Full.'


SATURDAY, August 17, 2013

Do I detect a  preference here?

GS

MILITARY RULES

 Marine Corps Rules:

 1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
 2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
 3. Have a plan.
 4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
 5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
 6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a '4.'
 7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
 8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. Lateral & diagonal preferred.
 9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
 10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
 11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
 12. In 10 years no one will remember details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They'll only

      remember who lived.
 13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.
 
 Navy SEAL Rules:
 
 1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
 2. Kill every living thing within view.
 3. Adjust Speedo.
 4. Check hair in mirror.
 
 US Army Rangers Rules:
 
>1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving.
 2. Locate individuals requiring killing.
 3. Request permission via radio from 'Higher' to perform killing.
 4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
 5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving.
 
US Army Rules:
 
 1. Curse bitterly when receiving operational order.
 2. Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee.
 3. Curse bitterly.
 4. Curse bitterly.
5. Do not listen to 2nd Lts; they can get you killed.
6. Curse bitterly.

 US Air Force Rules:
 
 1. Have a cocktail.
 2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3. See what's on HBO.
 4. Ask 'What is a gunfight?'
 5. Request more funding from Congress with a 'killer' Power Point presentation.
 6. Wine & dine ''key' Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
  8. Declare the assets 'strategic' and never deploy them operationally.
 9. Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time.
10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict but close enough to have tax exemption.
 
 
 US Navy Rules:
 
 1. Go to Sea.
 2. Drink Coffee.
 3. Deploy Marines
 
 Go Navy !
 
 And ... You've got to love the military, and God bless them all. They guard your freedom!
 
 U.S. Navy Directive 16134 ( Inappropriate T-Shirts )
 
 The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations

in the Middle East. (It was obviously directed at the Marines.)
 

To: All Commands
 
 Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts

 Ref: ComMidEast For Inst 16134//24 K

 All commanders promulgate upon receipt. The following T-shirts are no longer to be

worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:
 
 1. 'Eat Pork or Die' [both English and Arabic versions]
 2. 'Shrine Busters' [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting

     Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]
 3. 'Goat - it isn't just for breakfast any more.' {Both English and Arabic versions]
 4. 'The road to Paradise begins with me.' [Mostly Arabic versions, but some in English.

     Some show sniper scope cross-hairs.]
 5. 'Guns don't kill people. I kill people.' [Both Arabic and English versions]
 6. 'Pork. The other white meat.' {Arabic version]
 7. 'Infidel' [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]
 
 The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.

 In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:
 
 1. 'Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range at 0800 Daily.'
 2. 'Do we really need 'smart bombs' to drop on these dumb bastards?'
 
 All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt


FRIDAY, August 16, 2013

...OR HE IS A TERMINAL IDEOLOGUE, INCAPABLE OF "CHANGE".

GS


His Queeg Moment
By HAL G.P. COLEBATCH
A perspective on our president from Down Under.
 
In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore.

Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: “Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane?"

In fact Queeg is not insane, at least not at that time. He is simply grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him. Come the crisis of a typhoon, he becomes paralyzed and nearly sinks the ship by failing to give the obvious orders. At the subsequent court-martial he appears quite normal until he breaks down under the pressure of cross-examination. Before this, the officers have searched the regulations for guidance, but the regulations refer only to a captain who is clearly and unmistakably insane, not one who is merely guilty of eccentricity and bad judgment. At a lower level of responsibility, Queeg might have performed adequately, but with Keefer’s question, the remaining respect for Queeg’s office has gone.

Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis. Like Queeg, he stands frozen on the bridge as the waves grow higher, or obsesses over issues like homosexuals and women in the military as the typhoon rises..

Faced with the worst looming fiscal cliff-fall in world history, Obama, like Queeg in the typhoon, has done nothing at all, but has increasingly resorted to meaningless words. His pseudo-Keynesian fiscal notions and a mantra-like repetition of old and failed ideas, suggest a serious lack of mental versatility.

Economics is not an exact science, but some of its rules are now well-known, and one is that a government cannot spend its way out of a recession.

Yet Obama does not project any sense of urgency, merely a smug, radiating sense of his own greatness. The one fiscal measure to which he seems committed — taxing the rich — is infantile stuff, like Queeg’s obsession with who ate the wardroom strawberries. Any first-year politics or economics student knows that there are not enough rich, even in as wealthy a country as the United States, to have raising their taxes make any appreciable difference.
 
President Reagan’s application of the Laffer Curve proved emphatically, and only a short while ago, that the way to both stimulate the economy and to increase government revenues is to lower taxes. And it is not hard to pick some areas as least where towering taxes would make no appreciable difference to public infrastructure.

Like Queeg, Obama shows an inability to change course when such a change is desperately needed. Giving 20 F-16 fighters and hundreds of tanks to Egypt was never, in my opinion, a clever idea. Even when Egypt was an unequivocal friend its security required things like armored cars to put down street violence, not these hi-tech weapons whose only conceivable use would be against Israel. Indeed, Obama seems to show no awareness that Egypt and other major Islamic countries have changed from being friends to something like enemies in a few months.
 
For a President of the United States there is a difference between making a bad policy choice and clinging to that policy when it is plainly completely wrong, like the Caine steaming in a circle and cutting its own tow-line. Mistakes that cannot be ignored are always someone else’s fault (refer to George Bush).

The dancing is still there, the golf, the celebs, the multi-million dollar holidays, but behind them it is possible to detect a desperate emptiness, an interconnected mosaic of failure.
 
The one much-boasted triumph, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, was the work of other men. One of those most responsible, Dr. Shakil Afridi, rots in the hellhole of a Pakistani jail, abandoned.
 
Obama’s oath to bring the Benghazi murderers to justice seems to have been forgotten as soon as it was made, something — I am not sure if there is a word for it — actually below the level of a campaign promise.
 
Allies have been lost or slighted in almost every part of the world, the Afghan war has brought the U.S. and NATO humiliation and Russia and China lead in Space. The defenses of the U.S.’s major allies, such as Britain, are in an even more dire situation.

This does not even consider the exploding levels of domestic poverty. Restoring flexibility to the wage system, so as to give American industry a reasonable degree of competitiveness, seems out of the question.

The Western position in Mali seems to have suddenly collapsed without warning, or without preventative action being taken, and meanwhile, we have had the North Korean threat. I somehow doubt we would have had that if Reagan had been at the helm..
 
What, exactly have things come to when a cockroach of a country, apparently run by real, certifiable lunatics, can threaten the United States with nuclear weapons? The typhoon waves are starting to break over the bridge.

Hal G.P. Colebatch

Hal G.P. Colebatch, a lawyer and author, has lectured in International Law and International Relations at Notre Dame University and Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and worked on the staff of two Australian Federal Ministers.


SATURDAY through THURSDAY, August 10 through 15, 2013

"UPRISING IN EGYPT"

Once again this Administration, and the dissembling Europeans, have it all wrong. 

Under the misplaced banner of "democracy", they are supporting Fundamentalist Islam

which is entirely incompatible with any of the principles of democracy.  And they should

all remember our "uprising" in 1776.

What is and should really be going on here, as I have recommended several times in  this

section, is the beginning of a civil war between the minority crazies and the majority Muslims

representing true Islam.  If we don't realize this and let them fight it out on their own,

and if we continue to allow the slaughter of Christians, we will be witnessing the beginning

of WW lll, aka "the next Crusade".

GS


FRIDAY
, August 9, 2013

I really never listened to the prelude closely, but I ask that you do at this time.  It makes one think about the dangers we face today, and what a wonderful job the GREATEST GENERATION did for all of us those many years ago.  We should be forever grateful.

Lest we never forget.

Frank  Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said  that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless  America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as  they wiped away a tear or two.

 Here  are the facts...

The  link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public  singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".  But before you watch it, you should  also know the story behind the first public showing of the  song.

 The  time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were  afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for  most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows  were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings,  listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era  was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and  the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age  of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star  of her time.

Kate was also  patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of  what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her  fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went  to the famous American song-writer, Irving  Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song  that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When  she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for  her.

He  went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never  published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to and she  worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be  received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits  from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America.  Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in  royalties from this song.

This  video starts out with Kate Smith coming into  the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the  new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first  couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are  shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now."  At the 4:20  mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an  office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

To  this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our  country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith  went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I  doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for  her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for  many generations of Americans to follow.  Now that you know the story  of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more. 

Many  people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts  with "God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as originally  sung.




THURSDAY, August 8, 2013

More...and this one is Heavenly!   GS





THURSDAY through WEDNESDAY, August 1 through 7, 2013

AND NOW, FOR A TREAT INSTEAD OF A TREATMENT.   GS






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