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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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FRIDAY through MONDAY, March 28 through 31, 2014

THIS IS THE PAST.  WHATEVER THE FUTURE HOLDS: AVANTI!

GS

Colorized Rare Historical Photos


THURSDAY, March 27, 2014

QUOTE OF THE 21st CENTURY...SO FAR.

GS




WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014

SYRIA: NOT THAT COMPLICATED...SAME OL', SAME OL'.

GS

Profile of Shi’ite Foreign Fighters in Syria - American Center for Democracy


TUESDAY, March 25, 2014

RR #1

SENATOR MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID: ALWAYS NASTY, NOW BECOMING SCLEROTIC. Please read this whole article and compare it with the headline.

GS

Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea - Yahoo News

RR #2

ON GLOBAL WARMING, ONE OF MANY SUCH REPORTS. "WHY" IS ANOTHER MATTER.

GS

Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries: WMO - Yahoo News

RR #3

AS I WAS SAYING.... There is more to this story than Black Holes and Aliens.

GS

The Pilots Tried to Save MH370 - Yahoo News


MONDAY, March 24, 2014

NOT SO FAST!

That 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 "cooking 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 Trust...Verify."

GS



THURSDAY through SUNDAY, March 20 through 23, 2014

RR #1

"ON THE OTHER HAND"...FAIR AND BALANCED.

GS

Mistake to demonize Putin without considering his perspective - The Day.Com

RR #2

AN IMPORTANT REFLECTION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE TO HUMAN SOCIETY.

GS

Marriage as the Cause of Civilization - Zenit.Org


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, March 18 and 19, 2014

ANOTHER POT POURRI...ON STEROIDS.

  1. Putin and Obama.  What an embarassment. Jimmy Carter, your "legacy" is saved.
  2. The Malaysian Government. Self-serving liars.  See my earlier opinion regarding the "missing " plane.
  3. Sunni vs Shi'a, all over the globe.  Whether these will be surrogates or main actors, Prepare for War.
  4. Republicans: compromise now or Rest in Peace.
  5. Democrats: a "failed State of governance".  How about placing counntry above self, for a change?
  6. 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 it. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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 a Nunnery".
  9. 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).
Alright, I can see the MEGO EFFECT ("Mine Eyes Glaze Over") taking effect.  More to come...inevitably.

GS


SUNDAY and MONDAY, March 16 and 17, 2014

SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT THIS SITUATION IS NOT A TIME FOR "SCHADENFREUDE".

GS

The [Chinese] emperor has no clothes - American Center for Democracy


SATURDAY, March 15, 2014

l CAN'T IMPROVE ON THIS TITLE: "OBAMACARE'S PROBLEM: YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID".

GS

Obamacare's problem: You can't fix stupid - Yahoo Finance


WEDNESDAY through FRIDAY, March 12 through 14, 2014

RR #1

Regarding the "lost" 777. 

About 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 the pilots or by persons unknown, to an unknown destination; 4) if so, why had this not happened before, given the now obviously porous state of flight and passport security throughout the world? Like it or not, we are now back to the state of foreign travel that obtained during much of the Cold War: that everyone who travels out of his own country is a soldier and is vulnerable.  God help those passengers...and all who travel abroad in the future.  "CAVEAT EMPTOR".

GS

RR #2

FASCINATING...but deadly.  Another example of the central role of tribalism in the world.  Is "the enemy of my enemy" really my friend?

GS

Crimean Tatars and Jihad - American Center for Democracy


TUESDAY, March 11, 2014

According to this, there is no "Moderate Islam" and "Radical Islam"...only "Islam". A wake-up call for the slumbering rest of the world.

GS

Why Da‘wah Before Jihad? (Da‘wah Qablal-Jihad) - American Center for Democracy


MONDAY, March 10, 2014

Read it and weep. Then get angry.

GS

The Real “Red Line”* - American Center for Democracy


SUNDAY, March 9, 2014

THIS MAN STILL HAS A LOT TO SAY. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HERE.

GS

Cheney: 'No question' Putin thinks Obama is weak - Yahoo News


SATURDAY, March 8, 2014

RR #1

LIKE WATERGATE, ONLY VASTLY MORE SERIOUS, THIS WILL NOT GO AWAY.

GS

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 are 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 11 months of a 26 year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and 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 Medals, 3 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 pilots don't run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying.

Among America 's fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.

The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of- duty.

Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the 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 and 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 no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference" mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft.

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 penguin ass 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 of F-16Cs are based.

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 the 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 mind!!!

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 off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar 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 preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Signorelli to 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 cover the 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, arriving at 1:50 AM which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.

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 its 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 rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act -- screw them. It is time our "leadership" get its priorities straight and put America 's interests first. The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive.

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 not 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 getting his 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 consisted 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 tactical situation."

Ultimately it comes down to the question of who gave that order to stand down? Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the United States of America deserve leadership that really does "have their back" when the chips are down.

RR #2

Regarding the USSR On The Hudson: New York City.

As a New Yorker, I can speak to this.  Periodically, like a plague, the people of New York City, disabled by all of that inhaled car exhaust, select as their Mayor an inept but True Believer.  Remember Lindsay, and Beam, and especially Dinkens?

Now 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.  What hide-bound New Yorkers are saying is not "ENOUGH"...but: "PLEASE, SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME...MORE"?

GS

RR #3

THE 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 that God Blessed region?

GS

Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state - Yahoo News


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 6 and 7, 2014

RR #1

THIS ARTICLE IS A "MUST READ: "OBAMA, MALLOY, FINIZIO PLAY SAME SILLY GAME", by Chris Powell. in the Day Friday, March 7, 2014, Opinion, pA6. 

Here is a clear articulation of the fool's errand called "equality of outcome" instead of equality of opportunity.

GS

Obama, Malloy, Finizio play same silly game - The Day

RR #2

ABORTION: THE STATE OF THE UNION. Is this progress?

GS

Poll: 58% of Americans Want Abortion Restrictions - Zenit.Org


WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014

WELL, 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". 

Meanwhile, a war is already underway.  See the article entitled "Christians in the Crosshairs", in the Knights of Columbus magazine Columbia based upon the work of and an interview of John B. Allen, Jr. (March, 2014).  Infuriating.

GS

Islamic Da'wah for Dummies - American Center for Democracy


MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 3 and 4, 2014

RR #1

ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF "SOVIETS" IN RUSSIA...AND THEY HAVE THE POWER RIGHT NOW.

GS

4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine - Yahoo News

RR #2


CONTRARY 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.

GS


The Saudi Dilemma* - American Center for Democracy


SUNDAY, March 2, 2014

RR #1

In the Huffington Post, March 2, 2014 - Politics: "Disincentivizing Work and Hurting Seniors: Obamacare".

ALL "TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED".  And it does not even mention the draconian changes being forced upon physicians and hospitals...and their inevitable reactions.

GS

RR #2

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

GS


Putin’s “Show of Power” in Ukraine - American Center for Democracy



SATURDAY
, March 1, 2014

RR #1

THE FOLLOWING IS AN HONEST EXCHANGE BETWEEN A GOOD MUSLIM AND A NON-MUSLIM OBSERVER. 

As I have stated before in this section, whether the world is plunged into WW III or not will depend on the fundamentalist Muslim crazies being suppressed by the vast majority of good Muslims.

GS

Reading all these negative comments about Islam makes me questioning (sic) if these people are 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 everyone if they were white , black or any color . to help people when ever we could. ...... etc. just to clear things out to people who are really seeking the truth , Islam is a peaceful religion , Muhamad was a peaceful leader but all these new extremist don't represent us Muslims , because they say they are Muslims doesn't mean that they really are , i never believed that there are a bad religion but there are bad people who act under the name of religion and they 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 disseminate.

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.

RR #2

"OBSCENITY".  As the USSC Justice noted long ago regarding how he can tell when something is "obscene": "I know it when I see it".

GS

THE WORK ETHIC WE INHERITED GROWING UP HAS FALLEN PREY TO THE 'WELFARE' SYSTEM.

The 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.

Hawaii is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour, or a $60,590 yearly salary, all for doing nothing.

Here 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

As 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.

Are we Nuts or what? How do we un-do this type of stupidity on the part of Americans?

This is crazy!

Salary of retired US Presidents

$180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate....$174,000 FOR LIFE

This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House ....$223,500

FOR LIFE!

This is really stupid

Salary of Majority/Minority Leader $193,400

FOR LIFE

Ditto last line

Average Salary of a teacher ..

$40,065

Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN ..

$38,000

Think about this.

Nancy Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for

LIFE.

She has retired as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year.

PLUS she will receive an additional $193,400 a year as Minority Leader.

That's $803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which

is not available to us ... the taxpayers

She is just one of the hundreds of Senators and Congress that float in and out every year!

I think we found where the cuts should be made!



FRIDAY, February 28, 2014

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE. And the halo is a nice touch, if a bit premature.

GS

Pope urges sympathy for failed love in divorce debate - Yahoo News


THURSDAY, February 27, 2014

WHAT'S THIS? WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA ACTUALLY LEAVE SOMETHING GOOD FOR HIS LEGACY? I HOPE SO.

GS

Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys - Yahoo News


WEDNESDAY, February 26, 2014

AMERICA AND THE ARCTIC: "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

GS

The Race for Arctic Oil: Advantage Russia vs. U.S. - Yahoo Finance


TUESDAY, February 25, 2014

WITHOUT ANY OF THE VERY VALUABLE SPECIFICITY, THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR A LONG TIME.  And now, with the size of our Army proposed to be reduced to below that before 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.

GS

A World Ablaze – But Different Fuels* - American Center for Democracy



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