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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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THURSDAY, October 31, 2013

A UN committee just named abortion as a universally recognized human right and will soon begin ordering governments to legalize abortion.

We have warned our supporters for 16 years that this day would come and now it has.

Of course, this UN committee lies. There is no universal right to abortion. These types of committees lie all the time. This committee does not have the right to claim a right to kill unborn babies exists in international law. But they have.

What are we going to do about it?

First, tell you. It is vital that you tell everyone you know that this has happened. An educated global citizenship is our best defense.

Second, tell people all over the world. This story needs to be told to everyone we can reach. The Friday Fax goes to a few hundred thousand people in four languages and we will certainly tell them.

Third, tell policy makers and legislators. There needs to be official condemnation of such an act. I promise you that we will tell this tale at the highest levels of governments around the world.

How do we know such a thing happened? Because we are at the UN or working on UN issues every day of the week. There are six of us doing this work full time.

We are the early warning signs of trouble coming out of UN headquarters in New York City and elsewhere. We do this because hardly anyone else will! And we are happy doing it.

C-FAM and the Friday Fax were created at the urging of the Papal Nuncio in 1996 that there needed to be a full-time office of lay experts on life and family matters monitoring the UN and trying to defend life and family.

God called us into this fight. But, we cannot fight alone.

A few times a year, I need to come to you asking for your prayers first and foremost because we know our fight is not with any man or woman but with the devil and his minions.

We are approaching the end of the year and we face the inevitable budget shortfall. We are not supported by rich men or rich foundations or wealthy governments. Our support comes almost exclusively from you and people like you.

Can you help us finish this year strong? Over the next 60 days we need to raise $75,000. We can accept donations from any place in the world. If you live in the US, your donations are fully tax deductible.

Go to www.c-fam.org/donate and give as much as you can to help us fight this UN committee! If you click www.c-fam.org you will find directions on many ways to give; by mail, by credit card using our totally secure server, by PayPal, or by wire transfer.

This UN committee may have declared abortion a universal human right but we can and will still stop them! But we cannot do it without your help right now.

Can you afford $500? How about $100? Or $50?

Go to www.c-fam.org/donate and help us fight back against the universal baby-killing machine that we face every day of our lives.

If not us, who? If not now, when? It is up to US RIGHT NOW to stop them.

Pray for us now and as often as you can.

Yours sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President/C-FAM
www.c-fam.org/


WEDNESDAY,
October 30, 2013

HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THIS SCARY PARALLEL?

The nation has been mired for years in a deep economic downturn. 

The Branches of Federal Government are steeped in fundamental controversies.

The nation faces severe and expanding threats from strong and growing alien forces.

Within our borders, citizens with continuing foreign allegiances are becoming progressively more insistent in their demands for special - and foreign - consideration.

The nation is withdrawing within itself - "Fortress America" - becoming progressively more isolationist vis a vis the rest of the world.

Our Military are being systematically drawn down toward a vestige of its former - and necessary - self.

Some of our leaders are basing their hopes and "plans" on engaging these alien forces through "discussion and negotiation" - while these forces continue to grow and to make very clear their intentions for world dominance. 

Yes, this is America today.  And no, this is not what I am describing. 

The time is the late 1930's. 

America is deep in the Great Depression. 

The President is fighting the other branches of government over his attempt to "stack the Supreme Court" by expanding its membership.

Dictatorships in Germany and in Japan are invading their neighbors with massive and increasing land and naval forces.

In America, The Bund is carrying out increasingly strident demands through meetings and pronouncements, large and small, on behalf of Germany.

American isolationism and withdrawal are approaching fever pitch, despite the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, the rape of China by the Japanese, the near destruction and defeat of our British friends on their homeland, and the spread of Fascism everywhere.

Our Military is a joke, with soldiers forced to drill with broomsticks.

Nevil Chamberlain returns from his meetings with Hitler with his announcement of "Peace in Our Time". 

To paraphrase: "He who does not know History is doomed to repeat it".  Only this time, we will not be fighting in Pearl Harbor or North Africa or Italy or Normandy...but in New England and Florida and New York and the Mid-West and the Rocky Mountains, and on our southern border and on the Pacific coast - and in our great cities...and among ourselves. 

This is where we are.  This is where we are going, unless we immediately change course.  And that change in course we can begin no later than in the elections of 2014...or otherwise.  There's still an option...but not for long.

GS


TUESDAY
, October 29, 2013

It surely is.  This is Legislation without Representation.  We should "deem" every one of our elected representatives out of order, fire every one of them at the next elections, and start fresh.  As someone has said: this country was created by geniuses - and is run by idiots.

GS

Whatever your political affiliation is this is important! 

This is something everyone should see and think about!!!!!

Listen to the entire video. 

What a MESS. WOW !

Thought you would like to see this is a thoughtful dissertation before congress. No ranting, raving or name calling. It enlightened me about how things work. This is as short and as sweet as it gets. http://www.youtube.com/embed/svGDZOW-brA?rel=0



MONDAY, October 28, 2013

THIS SAYS IT ALL...

GS

Beyond Obamacare Lies the World Waiting … - American Center for Democracy



WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY, October 23 through 27, 2013

COULD IT BE...ANOTHER WORTH-WHILE MOVIE?

"The Fifth Estate".  I give it an A: in plot, in characterization and acting, in telling us what the makers had in mind, and in what they revealed without intending to.  

As I left the theater after viewing this movie, a statement made in another movie immediately came to mind:

"You want the Truth?  You can't handle the Truth"! (Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men".).

And that' s the way it really is.  We human beings could not bear to see ourselves as we really are or at times can be, the result of a completely transparent world that the Internet threatens to produce.  And the outcome would be merely to replace the hierarchy of  society - such as it is - with the anarchy of the Mob.  Is that what you want?

GS


TUESDAY, October 22, 2013

>  >
>  > There is a lot of truth in this message and makes a lot of sense
>  > A MUST WATCH ! Powerful and well spoken.
>  >
>  > BRILLIANT AND A MUST WATCH !
>  > "Guns are a lot like parachutes ~ If you need one and don't have one, 
>  >  you'll probably never need one again"
>  >
>  > The best presentation on gun control yet.
>  >
>  > Even if you don't like guns, watch this !
>  >
>  > Should be required viewing by both sides of the issue of gun
>  > control/legislation.
>  > Here is a man who knows the constitution. Watch the faces on some Senators in the audience.
>  >
>  > http://www.youtube.com/embed/_T-F_zfoDqI?rel=0
>  >


MONDAY, October 21, 2013

RR #1

THIS REQUIRES NO INTRODUCTION FROM ME.

GS

Who Shut Down the Government? Excellent Non-Partisan Clarification! 

The author holds a PhD in Economics, is (was?) a professor of Economics @ Stanford University, is a Fellow @ the Hoover Institute, and has written multiple books on the subject.  He always manages to simplify things so anyone can understand it!

<>Thomas Sowell/ October 4, 2013
<>
<>Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. 
<>
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There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except for ObamaCare.   This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

As for the House of Representatives' right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.
ObamaCare is indeed "the law of the land," as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies -- unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who -- if anybody -- "wants to shut down the government." But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a "clean" bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word "clean" like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.
You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.         

When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of "legislation by appropriation" as it used to be called.

Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out -- and articulation has never been their strong suit -- the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.

RR #2

SORRY, CHARLES...BUT ON THIS WE DIFFER. "History And Reason Lead To 'Hail 'Skins'".

I believe that this is the first time I differ with the opinions of Charles Krauthammer, as frequent flyers on this site will note.

Always reasoned, always balanced.  But on this subject, which he admits is "A close call....", 2+2=5.  This column appeared in The Day (www.theday.com) on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and concerns the name of the Washington Redskins.  An interesting read, wherein he notes "that words don't stand still.  They evolve".  Yes.  But that's just one point of the two points that are needed to draw a straight line.  The other is History...Tradition.  Too little attention is being payed these days to that star.  And more.  "I know there are surveys that say that most Native Americans aren't bothered by the word. But that's not the point. Indeed, it is not.  What most Native Americans (aka American Indians) are bothered by is crushing poverty, disease, alcoholism and inattention that their leaders should spend more time correcting while a tiny minority of them become rich. 

GO REDSKINS!

GS


SUNDAY, October 20, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS!   

This is what we are facing...Now, not at some vague future time.

And we should be facing it, individually and collectively, as citizen-soldiers.  Please read "Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country", by Andrew J. Bacevich, Henry Holt and Co. - New York, 2013.

GS

Law and Idiology** - American Center for Democracy


SATURDAY, October 19, 2013

AMAZING: yet another movie worth seeing.  But no "A" here.

"Enough Said"...too much said.  

I give it a B- overall, with a C for plot(s) and a B for acting. 

A sad commentary on today's society: "The blind leading the blind".

GS


TUESDAY through FRIDAY, October 15 through 18, 2013

SO, WHO IN DISNEYLAND, D.C. WILL PROPOSE A FENCE ACROSS OUR ENTIRE NORTHERN BORDER? 

GS

Islamist Terror Threat Rises in North America - American Center for Democracy


MONDAY
, October 14, 2013

RR #1

OH, I FORGOT...

The movie Blue Jasmine: FUGGEDEBOUDED.

Populated by paper cutouts of real people...except for the "heroine", all too real in today's cynical and amoral world.  I walked out within an hour.

GS

RR #2

TIME FOR ANOTHER "POT POURRI"...just in case you missed these pearls.

Pope Francis, and his Mentor: the rare glimmer of Hope in a world increasingly edging toward WW lll, aka the next Crusade.  Only this time we will not only be watching it on our TV's, but also out of our windows.

GS



SUNDAY, October 13, 2013

Time for another attempt to inject some "culture" among these heavy topics.

And I want to thank the movie moguls for preceding each feature attraction with four or five "coming attractions", generally the most execrable wastes of time that I can now avoid.

GS


WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY, October 9 through 12, 2013

"THE JIHADISTS' MOVE ON SYRIA"

Please read this report from the American Center for Democracy, for which a link is posted. 
As I have said for some time,  the only development that will prevent a World War lll between the Muslim and Western worlds is a civil war among Muslims...between the fundamentalist crazies and the moderate secular Muslims.  It turns out that this is well under way: in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Turkey, in Egypt and in Syria.  And in each of these sites, our current American foreign policy is oblivious to both the threat and to the opportunity presented for our own self-interest. For certainly the avoidance of a World War lll is in our self-interest.  Indeed, this Administration does not seem to have a policy - except to get out of these messy affairs.  Wrong on two counts. Wrong in that we are not supporting the moderate secularists.  And wrong in that American "foreign policy" changes direction every four to eight years, totally destroying our credibility among friend and foe alike. 

Folks, this Administration is bumbling our way into a World War that is avoidable.

How, you say?  Please read the excellent exposition by Norman Podhoretz entitled "World War lV...The long Struggle Against IslamoFascism", Vintage Books, 2007.

GS

The Jihadists Move on Syria - American Center for Democracy


TUESDAY, October 8, 2013

NOT TOO SHABBY.

GS

The  Question: DO YOU LIKE    GETTING  OLDER???

I can hit the golf ball any way I can and laugh if it goes in the lake.
Them's the breaks. I'm just happy I can still hit that golf ball. 

I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors e-mail list because  it is so well written. Please send back. ( I did ) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message. 

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon;  before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. 

Whose  business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to  those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will. 

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a  bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I  choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life  is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things. 

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers,  or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect. 

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. 

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. 

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. 

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like  it). 

MAY  OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM
THE HEART!


MONDAY, October 7, 2013



THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

~Author Unknown~



It's the Soldier, not the reporter

Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,

Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians, who ensures

Our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag.


SUNDAY
, October 6, 2013

Obama is blaming Fox News for 2/3 of the country disliking Obamacare.  Here's Neal Cavuto's explanation and it is great.  If you don't understand what is bad about ObamaCare please read his comments and you will understand.

Mr. President, Fox News isn't what's making Americans sick about your healthcare law.  Your healthcare law is.  Welcome, everybody, I'm Neil Cavuto.  And excuse this departure from form.  But I think this is just poor form.  So, it's time we set some things straight.

Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem.  I hate to break it to you, sir.  You are.  Your words are.  Your promises are.  We didn't sell this healthcare law.  Sir, you did.  Remember this?

President Barack Obama:  If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.  Period.

Mr. President, tell that to tens of thousands of retirees at IBM and Time Warner and dozens of others, who've been dumped from their coverage and told to find their own coverage.  Fox News didn't break that news to them, Mr. President.  Their companies did.

Fox News didn't push more of those firms to hire part-time workers.  Your healthcare law did.  Fox News didn't incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits.  Your healthcare law did.  Fox News didn't make doctors want to opt out.  Your healthcare law did.  Fox News didn't make insurance premiums sky rocket.  Your healthcare law did.  Just like Fox News didn't grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them.  You did.  And Fox News didn't delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges.  You did.

Just like it wasn't Fox News that said we had to pass this to see what was in this.  You did.  Or was that Nancy Pelosi?  Sometimes I'm confused.  But of this I am not.  Fox News didn't re-do basic math.  Sir, you did.  Fox News didn't say you can cover 30 million more Americans and not see a hit in premiums.  You did.  Fox News didn't say you could throw in those with pre-existing conditions and not have to pay for it.  You did.  Fox News didn't all but say you could get something for nothing.  You did.  Fox News didn't come back years later and say, oh yea, we did raise some taxes.  You did.

Here's where you are right about Fox News, however, Mr. President.  We can do math.  And did.  You cannot.  And did not.  We said it, and proved it.  You didn't.  And we're all suffering for it.  Take it from the numbers guy at Fox.  Numbers don't lie.  The number of Americans working part-time and nervous.  The number of retirees days away from being dumped on exchanges and anxious.  The number of company bosses with any news to pass along on those exchanges, but still clueless.  The number of doctors who want out.  The number of congressmen now opting out.  No, Mr. President, none of those numbers lie.

But with all due respect sir, I can only conclude you do know; I know, I know you hate us at Fox.  But please take a look in a mirror, and fast.  You think we're the skunk at your picnic.  But that doesn't mean we're the ones that stink.  Because that smell isn't coming from the folks reporting on your law.  Mr. President, that smell is your law.

RIGHT / WRITE ON!

GS


SATURDAY, October 5, 2013

AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT:

What has happened to the "Free Press",

to "Freedom of the Press", and

to "All the news that's fit to print"?

The major media in this country have become enthusiastic and craven tools of the Far Left point of view, day in and day out, election in and election out, having abandoned any claim to be sources of facts and measured opinions on issues of the day.  In the process, they have left the critical task of informing the people in a democracy to that cacophony of misinformation called the Internet.  

As long as they maintain that posture, they deserve no credence, no respect, and no special place in the public life of this nation.

One example of how persistent distortions now pass for "news", read the always informative and reasoned work of Charles Krauthammer in his most recent offering: "Democrats Invited The Current GOP Rebellion" (in The Day, www.theday.com, Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, Opinion pA6).

GS


TUESDAY through FRIDAY
, October 1 through 4, 2013

QUO VADIS, AMERICA?

More than anything else, the current shut-down of some parts of Federal Government caused by the impasse faced by our government has caused pundits and plain folks alike to ask this fundamental question.  Indeed, it has been bubbling just below the surface of our attention for the last several years.  Thinking Americans, reduced in number during the last two decades due to a variety of factors enumerated below, are now anxious and distressed, facing even the possibility of a national default.  What has happened to bring us to this point? It is the culmination of a series of serious errors committed during the last several decades by our leaders and by the people themselves.  And it was brought to a head by the results of the last two Presidential elections.

In the context of such a great divide, it is no wonder that “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more”.  Make no mistake: these are dangerous times, made worse by but apart from a government shutdown or a national default.  We are not in uncharted waters. We went through this in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  Have we, our people and our leaders, learned anything from that experience and its result?  Quo Vadis, America?

GS



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