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
MONDAY, September 28 through 30, 2013
OBAMACARE - AND MY PLAN B
As a practicing
physician (not a "provider") for over 56
years, I know what works - and what doesn't work - for my patients and
me. That is what has kept me eager and effective in my
OBAMACARE is just the latest challenge to that work. OBAMACARE is
monstrosity that will fall of its own stupidities within the next three
a gaudy Christmas Tree of wants with no attention paid to the true
needed in the U.S. delivery of health care.
But we must survive
the next three miserable years.
Herewith, my personal Plan B for survival in practice.
- My greatest value to my patients is my TIME.
- Decades ago I decided to maximize my professional time by
integrating my work with that of highly trained Registered Nurses.
- This has allowed me to accept all insurance programs,
regardless of the often - insulting levels of payment, except for those
programs that require a prior referral from a less qualified physician,
impinging on the patient's right of choice of physician.
- This has also allowed me never to have "closed my practice"
to new patients.
- The only condition I place on patients in return for my
continued interest and efforts on their behalf is that they be equally
interested in their own care. I work with patients, not for
patients; and those who are not equally engaged, cooperative and
compliant with my instructions find themselves discharged from my care.
- I offer my "best efforts " and personal devotion. I
never guarantee my work or the outcome of that work. And I never
take personal or financial risk for the outcome of that work, a stance
that would put me in a conflict of interest with the patient and which
thus would be unethical.
Some of the coming
demands of medical practice under OBAMACARE
will place the above approach under great strain. But that
not change. Contrary to the posture of too many of my medical
who, in the last two decades when ordered to "JUMP", have supinely
responded "HOW HIGH?", my response will continue to be "SEZ
so, I will continue to
offer my professional TIME, my best efforts and my devotion to patients
appreciate that commitment. That is my Plan B, while those around
stagger through OBAMACARE.
before the "scientific explanations"
September 26, 2013
View the video at the
end of this message. It's very eye opening.
Obama has no liking for Cruz,
the least reason
of which is because Cruz is Republican. Here are a few other
Cruz is academically superior. Cruz graduated cum laude from
Not the case for Obama. Cruz graduated magna cum laude from
School. Not so for Obama. Cruz's mental prowess has been recognized by
Dershowitz (who by all accounts is a bigger liberal than Obama) who
Cruz is one of the most brilliant legal minds that he has ever seen.
quote was that "Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant." Not so
Obama. Cruz clerked for the Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court,
William Renquist, one of the most coveted positions for any young
out of law school. Not so Obama. The liberal tin horns in Washington
the liberal media try to tout Cruz as some kind of nut.
Perhaps Obama and the other
libs don't like him
because he worked on the Florida lawsuit for George W. Bush against
Perhaps it is because Cruz is a Baptist. Perhaps it's because Cruz ran
campaign as a Republican and still garnered 40% of the Hispanic vote in
Perhaps its because Cruz is against same-sex "marriage." For whatever
reason, Obama seems jealous of Cruz's legal successes. What has Obama
the legal profession? Obama was not a professor at the University
Chicago as many of his supporters dishonestly tout, but was a "guest
lecturer", an enormous
This brief video of Cruz's
father is amazing--
it is a must watch. Indeed, every true American should have an
Ted Cruz is a Texas Senator. His
have just established himself as one more reason for Obama to dislike
Please take the time to watch this and to pass on.
WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2013
we can stay awake long enough.
like to refer to us as
senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases
of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have
been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days
eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked
our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we
ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably
before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to
school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us
lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what
outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember
days of telephone party-lines, 21.9 cent gasoline, and milk and ice
delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an
is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A
remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those
are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But
are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us
We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote
Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing
wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the
battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America
fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We
wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the
the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the
heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we
sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history
we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .
we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one
fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died
and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is
take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all
enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to
are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders,
is no way we are going to remain silent.
was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the
Democratic Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which
in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies."
have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you
like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too
interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be
involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of
who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's
remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn't have
to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.' Now
paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost
higher taxes, and less freedom.
is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you
with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy
don't worry youngsters, the Gray-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2014 we
are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower
would like but we get where we're going, and in 2014 we're going to the
by the millions.
land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to "We the People" and
"We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We
hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it
to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say
Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor
country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Gray-Haired
is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on. I
circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great
you feel the ground shaking??? It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE!
TUESDAY, September 24, 2013
NOW HEAR THIS:
regularly the offerings posted on the ACD site, for
which a Link is now provided from this website.
articles, with often hair-raising
information about our world as it really exists.
September 23, 2013
September 22, 2013
THIS IS US!!
constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the
world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we
and do not blame others.
reflection, we would
like to point out that it was
senior citizens who took
The melody out of music,
The pride out of
The courtesy out of
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the
The learning out of
The service out of
The Golden Rule
scene out of cities,
The civility out of
The refinement out of language,
out of employment,
The prudence out of
The ambition out of
God out of government and school.
we certainly are NOT the
ones who Eliminated patience and
tolerance from personal relationships and
interactions with others!!
<>And, we do understand the
patriotism, and remember those who have
and died for our country.
Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in
their hearts as they stand at
their hand over their hearts!
YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I'm the life of the party
..... Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps
..... With a hammer.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're
I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my
if I could only remember who sent this to
me, I wouldn't send it back to them.
September 21, 2013
Pope Francis is a surge of fresh air flowing
through the window that Pope John XXlll opened with the Second Vatican
in the 1960's. It's unfortunate that Pope Paul VI and his
the subsequent decades placed a heavy drape over it for so long.
result has been the avoidable diminution of the Church and of the Roman
Catholic Faith in the lives of so many in the world.
But one cannot
understand the promise that this new pontiff
brings to the Laity, the Body of the Church, by merely reading the
"racy" media accounts of his long (over three sessions) interview
with fellow Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, held in August, 2013.
Contraception. Homosexuality. Nothing has changed - yet -
regarding the Church's
teachings on these subjects. What has changed is the proper emphasis on
person who may be involved. As my father said frequently - and as
Francis paraphrases - "There is a God in every man".
But let's look at
these Church teachings. Here I insert my
firm opinions, well articulated in the Category in this web-site
Morality and Ethics) under Catholic Church, "What's Wrong,( or
With the Catholic Church.".
Abortion, the intentional killing of a human being from
the moment of
conception, is a non-negotiable Wrong - unless legitimately performed
the Life of the mother.
Contraception was foolishly equated by Pope Paul VI and his
Abortion and thus "threw the baby out with the bath water".
Here I refer only to contraception practiced by two committed married
in the discharge of their duty to bring into the world only those
they can reasonably raise. In this case, THE CHURCH HAS NO
Similarly, and only in the above context, the related "Unitive
Function" of sexual intercourse is ridiculous. Perhaps, in time,
Pope Francis will address this self-inflicted wound of the Church.
Homosexuality is now being identified scientifically as a
in the womb and possibly in the DNA, and not a "Choice". Here
the Church does not have a few centuries, as it took with basic
get it right.
In any case, please
read this insightful interview in the original,
as offered herewith, whatever your religion or faith.
September 20, 2013
HAVE YOU NOTICED A WORD USED MORE AND MORE
COMMONLY THESE DAYS?
easy to dismiss individual government programs until they're put
this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of research to put together all
data. Often these programs are buried within other programs, making
difficult to find.
WHY is the USA BANKRUPT?
You think the war in Iraq was costing
us too much? Read this:
We have been hammered with the
propaganda that it was the Iraq war and
the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I hope the following 14 reasons are
forwarded over and over again until
they are read so many times that the
reader gets sick of reading them. I also
have included the URL's for verification
of all the following facts.
$11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare
to illegal aliens each year by state
$22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food
assistance programs such as food stamps,
WIC, and free school lunches for illegal
$2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on
Medicaid for illegal aliens.
$12 Billion dollars a year is spent on
primary and secondary school education
for children here illegally and they
cannot speak a word of English!
$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for
education for the American-born
children of illegal aliens, known as
$3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to
incarcerate illegal aliens.
30% percent of all Federal Prison
inmates are illegal aliens.
$90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on
illegal aliens for Welfare & social
services by the American taxpayers.
$200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed
American wages are caused by the illegal
In 2006, Illegal aliens sent home
$45 BILLION in remittances to their
countries of origin.
The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration:
Nearly One million sex crimes committed
by Illegal Immigrants In The United States
http: // www.drdsk.com/articleshtml
The total cost is a whopping
$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS
A YEAR AND IF YOU'RE LIKE ME,
HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING
THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS
WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE
THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF
Are we THAT Stupid?
FOR ALLOWING THOSE
IN THE U.S. CONGRESS
TO GET AWAY WITH DOING THIS YEAR AFTER
September 18 and 19, 2013
Regarding the "Accident Cascade"...or
whatever the correct term...
Once again, we're in
the post-event hand-wringing period following
the tragic Navy Yard incident. But, as engineers know from the
-referenced term, "accidents" are rarely that. On examination,
they turn out to be the nearly inevitable consequence of prior acts and
And so it is with
these gun-related incidents.
- Yes, the Second Amendment refers to the rights of
individuals, not just to "militias", and must be safe-guarded.
- No, that does not mean that anyone can own a gun, just as not
anyone can drive a car. There must be reasonable and relevant
regulations...like background checks at gun shows!
- Yes, persons with psychiatric illnesses require a heightened
degree of confidentiality, given the uninformed and continuing general
bias toward those illnesses.
- No, physician - patient confidentiality in these cases should
not prevent the physician or other involved care-giver from notifying
the proper authorities and the potential target when there is evidence
that the patient is or may be a danger to a third person.
- Yes, psychiatric patients who might formerly have been
institutionalized can and should be released and treated in the
community. But the contingent promise...that there would be
adequate community support and treatment...was never kept.
- No, it should not be so difficult to effect an involuntary
commitment for whatever time is needed to diagnose and properly treat a
patient who could be a danger to himself or to another.
- Yes, the HIPPA law was needed to reduce inappropriate sharing
of medical information,
- No, the application of that law often leads to ridiculous
outcomes, certainly not consistent with the legislative intent.
- Yes, our veterans often return with medical needs that must
receive first priority from our society.
- No, that is not now the case. Please review the
recently published book by Andrew Basevich entitled "a Breach of
Trust", reporting on the loss of connection between the people and
their military defenders. REINSTATE THE MILITARY DRAFT, for a two
or three year period, depending on whether the individual can pass a
high school graduation level exam. What a boon that would be to
the many boobs wandering out there.
- Yes, we should not have a society that is a gun-toting armed
- No, we should not block the use of designated armed defenders
in schools and in public places.
- Yes, the military needs contract providers, given the
penchant of our soft society to starve those services.
- No, effective background checks should be the sole
responsibility of the military or other formal branches of
I could go on.
But why don't you add your own proposals,
unaffected by the inevitable self-serving political calculi engaged in
And while you're at
it, remember: "IN A DEMOCRACY, THE
PEOPLE ALWAYS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE".
September 17, 2013
Once upon a
time.....when our politicians tend to apologize for our
actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled
comments about our country.
of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle said he wanted all US
out of France as soon as possible.
that include all those who are buried here?"
have heard a pin drop.
in England ,
a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
building' by George Bush..
answered by saying,
the years, the United States has sent many of
fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
return is enough to bury those that did not
have heard a pin drop.
was a conference in
a number of international engineers
taking part, including French and American. During a break,
of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
to do, bomb them?"
up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
many does France have?"
have heard a pin drop.
U.S. Navy Admiral
attending a naval conference that included
from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
to speak German."
have heard a pin drop.
STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...
elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
his carry on.
been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
that he had been to France
should know enough to have your passport ready."
last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"
the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
show a passport to."
have heard a pin drop.
September 16, 2013
September 13 through 15, 2013
THE FOLLOWING ARE INTERESTING IDEAS CULLED FROM
Complete citations are omitted. Given time
constraints, I had to choose.
- "The Man Who Was Treated For $17,000. Less". Message:
self-pay. Cut out the middle man.
- Voting Rights...and Voter Fraud: two sides of the same
coin...and of equal value.
- "Speaking The Truth Does Make A Difference", by Charles
- Anything trying to "explain" ObamaCare". Good Luck.
Prediction: train-wreck within three years.
- Another train-wreck: our public education "system".
"The D.C. Voucher Example", WSJ.
- "The Reality Of Feel-Good Government". "After nearly 20 years
and billions of taxpayer dollars, AmeriCorps has little to show". WSJ.
- "The IRS Attack On Political Speech". "The Targeting of
conservative groups is part of the relentless assault by
campaign-finance scolds on the First Amendment'. WSJ.
- Most publications highlighted in American Center For
- "Same War, Different Country", by Thomas L. Friedman.
"The Arab awakening: Will it be Hobbes, Khomeini or Jefferson?"
September 12, 2013
THE U.S., SYRIA, RUSSIA, and the
"world": Now begins the Kabuki Dance called
"diplomacy"...while Putin has Obama's "liver with a nice
Clueless in Strategy. Immobilized in
Tactics. What an embarrassment!
there? Does anybody care?"
September 11, 2013
ISLAM, BY A VERY WISE
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."
is amazing. Even more amazing is that this hasn't been published long
but the speech below was written in 1899... (check Wikipedia - 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.
IS THE SPEECH:
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.
degraded sensualism 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
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 ..."
Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages
saw it coming...
socialismo es la filosofía del fracaso, el credo a la ignorancia
y la prédica a la envidia,
virtud inherente es la distribución igualitaria de la miseria”.
TUESDAY, September 7 through 10, 2013
SOMETIMES - NOT OFTEN - I HATE IT WHEN I'M
While observing and
living through the societal chaos of the
mid-and later-1960's, I predicted that we would have to endure the
"progress" of two coming generations: (expletives deleted).
Sad, but true.
- Ignorant of basic facts;
- Stupidity regarding common sense;
- Total self-absorption: alleging "connection" but assuring
isolation within their gizmos;
- Amorality producing immorality.
Just a few recent
examples of the results will suffice:
here we are, witnessing
the decline and subjection to ridicule of the greatest nation in the
world. Good work, folks, you "expletives deleted"!
- The irresponsible trend away from vaccinations of children,
producing new epidemics of measles and whooping cough;
- The trending parental refusal to track the lack of
school progress by means of standardized testing;
- The trending elimination of the study of Cursive in school,
and of many other basic subjects;
- The imposition of discipline on parents for disciplining
- The tolerance of chaos and gross misbehavior in classrooms,
with parents attacking teachers for attempting otherwise;
- The glorification of pets over people, including people in
- etc., etc., etc.
FRIDAY, September 6, 2013
Religion and AIDS
THURSDAY, September 4 and 5, 2013
does not have an
overall strategy for dealing with and in the world as it really
as far as barbaric actions are concerned, they are easier to accept
performing those actions are on your side vs. when they are against
That's not morality; it's just reality.
What should be our overall strategy until the strategy succeeds?
Fundamentalist Islam is, by its own admission, an existential threat to
America. Therefore, it must be suppressed, permanently. The
people who can achieve that are moderate Muslims, clearly the vast
members of that Faith...for their own good as well as for ours.
of our national actions, overt and covert, should be directed toward
Moderate Islam in this effort. Those actions will very likely
military assistance to moderate Muslims , even to the point of
wars. This must not include supporting one sect against another
Sunni vs Shiite), but only moderate Muslims vs the fundamentalist
crazies. Only if that outcome can be achieved world-wide will we
lll, aka the next Crusade.
The absence of an overriding strategy and goal like the above is the
that most Americans are against our proposed belated, hesitant and weak
involvement in Syria at this time. As stated by William
Shakespeare in Macbeth: " 'Tis a tale as told
idiot...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
TUESDAY, September 3, 2013
TO OUR BLACK BRETHREN:
This is important, to
your Race, and to our relationship.
read "The Decline of the
Civil-Rights Establishment", by Shelby Steele, Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2013, Opinion, pA17.
MONDAY, September 2, 2013
YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
SUNDAY, September 1, 2013
ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING.
into war? That's just pathetic, by Charles
Krauthammer, in the Washington Post recently and in The Day (www.theday.com) Saturday, August 31,
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