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, March 28 through 31,
IS THE PAST. WHATEVER THE FUTURE HOLDS: AVANTI!
THURSDAY, March 27,
OF THE 21st
WEDNESDAY, March 26,
COMPLICATED...SAME OL', SAME OL'.
TUESDAY, March 25,
HARRY REID: ALWAYS NASTY, NOW BECOMING SCLEROTIC. Please read this
article and compare it with the headline.
GLOBAL WARMING, ONE OF
MANY SUCH REPORTS. "WHY" IS ANOTHER MATTER.
I WAS SAYING.... There
is more to this story than Black Holes and Aliens.
MONDAY, March 24,
NOT SO FAST!
is my reaction to the news announced just a
few hours ago. As I first stated within three days of the plane's
disappearance, I believe that the Malaysian authorities have been
the books" from their first announcements. Why, I don't
know...except to "save face", with perhaps nothing more
sinister. Anyway, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan: "Don't
SUNDAY, March 20 through 23,
HAND"...FAIR AND BALANCED.
IMPORTANT REFLECTION ON
THE IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE TO HUMAN SOCIETY.
WEDNESDAY, March 18 and 19,
ANOTHER POT POURRI...ON STEROIDS.
I can see the MEGO EFFECT ("Mine
Eyes Glaze Over") taking effect. More to come...inevitably.
- Putin and Obama. What an embarassment. Jimmy Carter,
your "legacy" is saved.
- The Malaysian Government. Self-serving liars. See my
earlier opinion regarding the "missing " plane.
- Sunni vs Shi'a, all over the globe. Whether these will
be surrogates or main actors, Prepare for War.
- Republicans: compromise now or Rest in Peace.
- Democrats: a "failed State of governance". How about
placing counntry above self, for a change?
- Security vs Privacy. We need security as a
nation. As for "privacy", we gave that up when we embraced
cyberspace. All we can do now is to monitor our government's use
of all our information...and overthrow any government that mis-uses
- The Keystone Project. If that does not directly improve
our energy independence (as distinguished from helping Canada sell oil
to China and providing work for some of our people...REJECT IT.
- GM = Ford Pinto. Nothing changes: "Business is
Business". Well, "Greed" may be good in a Capitalist
Economy...until it becomes criminal. Then all involved should
serve jail time of decades...not just a few years. And the
response of the new CEO is pathetic. "Get Thee To
- Upward mobility in America is alive and well, notwithstanding
the self-serving moanings of liberal Democrats and their "poor"
followers. Here I offer the recent experience of U.S.
Reprresentative Paul Ryan, who had the temerity to mention "inner
cities" when discussing our lousy public education - "taken to task" by
"the usual suspects"...Black "leaders". And I offer a telling
article by a fine Black ovserver, Thomas Sowell: "Tiger Mom Leads The
Way To Understanding Success": (in Springfield News - Sun, Wednesday
March 19, 2014, pA7).
SUNDAY and MONDAY,
March 16 and 17,
TELLS ME THAT
THIS SITUATION IS NOT A TIME FOR "SCHADENFREUDE".
SATURDAY, March 15,
CAN'T IMPROVE ON THIS
TITLE: "OBAMACARE'S PROBLEM: YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID".
FRIDAY, March 12 through 14,
Regarding the "lost" 777.
three days into reporting on the
"lost" 777, several things became clear to me: 1) there was a great
reluctance on the part of all involved to use the word "terrorism";
2) reports from the country of origin were being "cooked"; 3) an
increasingly likely scenario was that the plane was simply taken, by
or by persons unknown, to an unknown destination; 4) if so, why had
happened before, given the now obviously porous state of flight and
security throughout the world? Like it or not, we are now back to the
foreign travel that obtained during much of the Cold War: that everyone
travels out of his own country is a soldier and is vulnerable.
those passengers...and all who travel abroad in the future.
deadly. Another example of the central role of tribalism in the
world. Is "the enemy of my enemy" really my friend?
TUESDAY, March 11,
to this, there is
no "Moderate Islam" and "Radical Islam"...only
"Islam". A wake-up call for the slumbering rest of the world.
MONDAY, March 10,
it and weep. Then get angry.
SUNDAY, March 9,
MAN STILL HAS A LOT TO
SAY. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HERE.
SATURDAY, March 8,
WATERGATE, ONLY VASTLY
MORE SERIOUS, THIS WILL NOT GO AWAY.
There really was a
decision point on 9/11/2012!
This is a perfect
example of what happens when you put
inexperienced people in responsible positions and who selects Czars who
equally inexperienced. Air Force expert on Benghazi Phil "Hands"
Handily, is a well-respected USAF fighter pilot.
Here is his short
resume of accomplishments. Colonel Phil
"Hands" Handily is credited with the highest speed air-to-air gun
kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but
months of a 26 year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15
the C-130A Hercules.
Additionally, he flew
275 combat missions during two tours
in Southeast Asia in the F-4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air
Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.
Here is what Col.
Handily wrote in response to Panetta and
Dempsey's claims there was no time to send help to Benghazi.
Betrayal in Benghazi
- by Phil "Hands" Handley Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
The combat code of the
US Military is that we don't abandon
our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter
don't run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down,
alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or
Among America 's
fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge
that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with
and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope
face of terribly long odds.
abandonment of our Ambassador and those
brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that
nothing short of dereliction-of- duty.
patently absurd cover-up scenario that was
fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield
President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
It has been over a year
since the attack on our compound in
Benghazi...The White House strategy, with the aid of a "lap dog"
press has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming.
The recent testimonies
of the three "whistle
blowers" have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure
disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle.
It would appear that
the most recent firewall which the
Administration is counting on is the contention "that there were simply
military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a
difference" mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for
This is simply BS,
regardless how many supposed
"experts" the Administration trot out to make such an assertion.
The bottom line is that
even if the closest asset capable of
response was half-way around the world, you don't just sit on your
and do nothing.
The fact is that the
closest asset was not half-way around
the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base , Italy where two squadrons
Consider the following
scenario (all times Benghazi local):
When Hicks in Tripoli
receives a call at 9:40 PM from
Ambassador Stevens informing him "Greg, we are under attack!" (his
last words), Hicks immediately notified all agencies and prepares for
immediate initiation of an existing "Emergency Response Plan."
At AFRICON, General
Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue
effort, but is told to "stand down". Allow that order to stay in your
By 10:30 PM an unarmed
drone is overhead the compound and
streaming live feed to various "Command and Control Agencies" so
everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on.
At 11:30 PM Woods,
Doherty and five others leave Tripoli,
arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold
attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a
direct hit at 4:00 AM.
So nothing could have
been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes
that tanker support really "was not available" what about this:
When at 10:00 PM
AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in
Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders
the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Signorelli
prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs
with drop tanks and each armed with
five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will
522 nautical miles directly to NAS Signorelli in 1.08 hours.
While in-route, the
flight lead is informed of the tactical
situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.
The jets depart
Signorelli at 1:10 AM with full fuel load
and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours,
1:50 AM which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty
Providing that the two
F-16s initial pass over the mob, in
full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in
tracks, a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would
assuredly do the trick.
Were the F-16s fuel
state insufficient to return to
Signorelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could
easily do so
at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away.
As for those
hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about
IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing
political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act -- screw
is time our "leadership" get its priorities straight and put America
's interests first. The end result would be that Woods and Doherty
Dozens in the attacking
rabble would be rendezvousing with
"72 virgins" and a clear message would have been sent to the next
worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is
really a good idea to "tug" on Superman's cape.
Of course all this
depends upon a Commander In Chief more
concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm's way than
crew rested for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day.
It also depends upon a
Secretary of State who actually
understood "What difference did it make?", and a Secretary of Defense
who was watching the feed from the drone and understood what the attack
of instead of making an immediate response that "One of the military
tenants is that you don't commit assets until you fully understand the
Ultimately it comes
down to the question of who gave that
order to stand down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be
removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty.
combat forces of the United States of America deserve leadership that
does "have their back" when the chips are down.
Regarding the USSR On The Hudson: New
As a New Yorker, I can speak to this.
Periodically, like a plague, the people of New York City, disabled by
that inhaled car exhaust, select as their Mayor an inept but True
Believer. Remember Lindsay, and Beam, and especially Dinkens?
comes Bill DeBlasio. Well,
"buyer's remorse" is setting in early. See two recent articles
in the WSJ: 1) "De Blasio and Cuomo Clash Over Charters"
(Wednesday, March 5, 2014); 2) "DeBlasio Approval Rating At 39% In
Poll" (Friday, March 7, 2014). But don't be fooled.
hide-bound New Yorkers are saying is not "ENOUGH"...but:
"PLEASE, SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME...MORE"?
LAND OF OZ. When are
the Israelis and the Palestinians going to experience "buyer's
remorse" over their chosen leaders? When is Reality going to infuse
God Blessed region?
FRIDAY, March 6 and 7,
THIS ARTICLE IS A "MUST READ: "OBAMA,
MALLOY, FINIZIO PLAY SAME SILLY GAME", by Chris Powell. in the Day
March 7, 2014, Opinion, pA6.
is a clear articulation of the fool's
errand called "equality of outcome" instead of equality of
THE STATE OF THE
UNION. Is this progress?
WEDNESDAY, March 5,
NOW: CAN THERE BE A
"MODERATE MUSLIM", A SECULAR MUSLIM? BEWARE!
So, what's the
take-away message? LATIN PROVERB: "IF
YOU WISH FOR PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR".
a war is
already underway. See the article entitled "Christians
the Crosshairs", in the Knights of Columbus magazine Columbia based
upon the work of and an interview of John B. Allen, Jr. (March,
TUESDAY, March 3 and 4,
THE OTHER HAND, THERE
ARE STILL PLENTY OF "SOVIETS" IN RUSSIA...AND THEY HAVE THE
POWER RIGHT NOW.
TO OUR REPORTED
"SERGEANT SCHULTZ" APPROACH TO MUSLIM POLITICS BEFORE ENTERING THE
2003 IRAQ WAR ("I KNOW NOTTTINNK!"), NOW WE KNOW MUCH MORE ABOUT THE
WAR WITHIN ANY FUTURE WAR. GOD HELP US ALL.
SUNDAY, March 2,
In the Huffington Post, March 2, 2014 -
Politics: "Disincentivizing Work and Hurting Seniors: Obamacare".
"TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED".
And it does not even mention the draconian changes being forced upon
and hospitals...and their inevitable reactions.
"YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"
SATURDAY, March 1,
THE FOLLOWING IS AN
HONEST EXCHANGE BETWEEN A GOOD
MUSLIM AND A NON-MUSLIM OBSERVER.
I have stated before in this section, whether
the world is plunged into WW III or not will depend on the
Muslim crazies being suppressed by the vast majority of good
all these negative
comments about Islam makes me questioning (sic) if these people
talking about the same Islam i believe in , we were brought
up not to
lie to anyone regardless if they were Muslims or not , to respect
they were white , black or any color . to help people when ever we
...... etc. just to clear things out to people who are really seeking
, Islam is a peaceful religion , Muhamad was a peaceful leader but all
new extremist don't represent us Muslims , because they say they are
doesn't mean that they really are , i never believed that there are a
religion but there are bad people who act under the name of religion
make the religion look bad.
Their are good and bad people in every
religion. But, you cannot deny that at this time in History Islam is
front-and-center on the stage of false prophets and pure fanatic rage.
Although it may be a small percentage, this is a relative term
considering that their are over a BILLION Muslims in the world. Even a
.1% ratio means that there are over a MILLION savage beasts preying on
usually defenseless people everywhere, and usually in free societies
where these pathetic cowards can roam free and hide among the flock
that they live to slaughter (with psychotic glee, I might add).
To give you some perspective, as savage and horrible as The Inquisition
was, imagine it on a scale of over 100,000 fanatical priests and their
minions roaming the continent to commit their savagery.
Thanks to political correctness in Government (especially in Europe) as
well as their partner-in-crime known as The Media, this perspective is
not publicized. In fact, it is intentionally minimized under the
ridiculous guise of 'multiculturalism' and 'religious freedom' among
other reasons (in this country) such as simple hatred for all things
uniquely American and/or Christian--something the Media LOVES to
Yes, Ahmed, Islam has its good points, but its bad points (as they have
for the last 5 decades in particular) FAR eclipse them with the actions
of these animals, many of whom probably look like you and who share
your heritage. If I were you I would distance myself from them as
quickly and vociferously as possible, including directly and indirectly
aiding the enemies of these raging beasts in every way possible. It is
the only way that evidently good Muslims like you will not be caught up
in a dragnet of guilt-by-association.
It's also the only way you will EVER retrieve whatever good name your
religion may have had before these animals wrapped their blood-soaked
tentacles around it.
As the USSC Justice noted long ago regarding how he can tell when
"obscene": "I know it when I see it".
WORK ETHIC WE INHERITED GROWING UP HAS FALLEN PREY TO THE 'WELFARE'
Cato Institute released an updated 2013 study (original study in 1955)
showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33
states and the District of Columbia. Even worse, welfare pays more than
$15 per hour in 13 states. According to the study, welfare benefits
have increased faster than minimum wage. It’s now more profitable to
sit at home than it is to earn an honest day’s pay.
is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour,
or a $60,590 yearly salary, all for doing nothing.
is the list of the states where the pre-tax equivalent “salary” that
welfare recipients receive is higher than having a job:
> 1. Hawaii: $60,590
> 2. District of Columbia: $50,820
> 3. Massachusetts: $50,540
> 4. Connecticut: $44,370
> 5. New York: $43,700
> 6. New Jersey: $43,450
> 7. Rhode Island: $43,330
> 8. Vermont: $42,350
> 9. New Hampshire: $39,750
> 10. Maryland: $38,160
> 11. California: $37,160
> 12. Oregon: $34,300
> 13. Wyoming: $32,620
> 14. Nevada: $29,820
> 15. Minnesota: $29,350
> 16. Delaware: $29,220
> 17. Washington: $28,840
> 18. North Dakota: $28,830
> 19. Pennsylvania: $28,670
> 20. New Mexico: $27,900
> 21. Montana: $26,930
> 22. South Dakota: $26,610
> 23. Kansas: $26,490
> 24. Michigan: $26,430
> 25. Alaska: $26,400
> 26. Ohio: $26,200
> 27. North Carolina: $25,760
> 28. West Virginia: $24,900
> 29. Alabama: $23,310
> 30. Indiana: $22,900
> 31. Missouri: $22,800
> 32. Oklahoma: $22,480
> 33. Louisiana: $22,250
> 34. South Carolina: $21,910
a point of reference the average Middle Class annual income today is
$50,000, down from $54,000 at the beginning of the Great Recession.
Hawaii, DC, and Massachusetts pay more in welfare than the average
working folks earn there. Is it any
wonder that they stay home rather than look for a job. Time for a
drastic change. America is virtually bankrupt.
we Nuts or what? How do we un-do this type of stupidity on the part of
of retired US Presidents
of House/Senate....$174,000 FOR LIFE
of Speaker of the House ....$223,500
is really stupid
of Majority/Minority Leader $193,400
Salary of a teacher ..
Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN ..
Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for
has retired as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year.
she will receive an additional $193,400 a year as Minority Leader.
$803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which
not available to us ... the taxpayers
is just one of the hundreds of Senators and Congress that float in and
out every year!
think we found where the cuts should be made!
FRIDAY, February 28,
MAN OF THE PEOPLE. And
the halo is a nice touch, if a bit premature.
THURSDAY, February 27,
THIS? WILL PRESIDENT
OBAMA ACTUALLY LEAVE SOMETHING GOOD FOR HIS LEGACY? I HOPE SO.
WEDNESDAY, February 26,
AND THE ARCTIC:
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
TUESDAY, February 25,
ANY OF THE VERY
VALUABLE SPECIFICITY, THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR A LONG
And now, with the size of our Army proposed to be reduced to below that
WW II, will our soldiers also be given broomsticks to train with?
QUESTION: "WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TELLING ME?" HERE'S A LUCID ANSWER.
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