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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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WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY, May 27 through 31, 2015

Well, once again a vacation out West has worked its magic.  After a difficult five months of coping with a suddenly growing medical practice (in our 52nd year, thanks to ObamaCare subsidies for Husky patients) and other issues, these twelve days away in the Rocky Mountains (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Colorado) have been "just what the doctor ordered".  And to have shared it with two of my sons and families is a big bonus. Back to full strength, piss and vinegar.
During this time I have paid some attention to happenings nationwide and worldwide.  Suffice to say that there are many horses out West; but there are more horses' asses in the East.  And of course, California is  a "special case'. 
I have also had time to read two books which in my opinion cannot be missed:

1) "Legends And Lies: The Real West", by Bill O"Reilly and David Fisher, Henry Holt and Co., New York, c2015.
2) "Things That Matter", by Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, New York, 2013,2015.

Enjoy.

GS


TUESDAY, May 26, 2015

UNBELIEVEABLE.

GS

ALERT!   ALERT!   ALERT!

PLEASE READ ON!

HOORAY – A 53-46 vote

The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11. It: “CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION and DISARMAMENT of all UN countries”.

By a 53-46 vote - The U.S. Senate voted against the U.N. resolution. HOORAY.

This is that brief, glorious moment in history when everyone stands around...reloading.

Now, Which 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us? Well, let their names become known ! See below . If you vote in one of the states listed with these 46 “legis..traitors”… vote against them.

In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Statement of Purpose from the Senate Bill reads: "To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty." The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry, now get this, on  all  private guns and ammo.

Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N.:

Baldwin (D-WI)  

Baucus (D-MT)

Bennett (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Coons (D-DE)

Cowan (D-MA)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hirono (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

Folks: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed.

46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.



SATURDAY, May 9, 2015, through MONDAY, May 25, 2015

HERE'S A REAL THIGH-SLAPPER.
The real "thigh-slappers" are always true.

GS

A good laugh for people in the over 60 group!
 
When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter.
 
I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses,
my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way.
I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.
 
My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.
 
The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive.
I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.
 
I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship...
 
When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.
 
 To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.
 
The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the
grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.
 
Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual."  Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look.
 
I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, "No, but I do fart a lot."

P.S. I know some of you are not over 60. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. I figured your sense of humor could handle it.
 
We senior citizens don't need any more gadgets.
The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.


FRIDAY, May 8, 2015

RR#1


"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO".
Large segments of our populace have lost - or never gained - the power of critical thinking, thanks to the pablum they were fed during their schooling.  For the rest of us: "Keep you powder dry".

GS

U.S. Counterterrorism at Risk - American Center for Democracy

RR#2

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...AND FOR A LIFETIME:

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "WOW!! WHAT A RIDE!"

author unknown.

RR#3

HEREWITH THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

GS

>
> This is a great piece written by a retired United Airlines Captain. 
> (Couldn't have been written any better!!!)
>
> From a former Navy fighter pilot and a retired UAL Captain.
>
> We Are All Flying on the Germanwings Plane ... Will we Just wait in the
> 'Crash Position' ?? The Captain was locked out of the cockpit.
>
> That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of
> Germanwings flight 9525.  Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot
> to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry.
> After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable,
> deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge ending in
> an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. 150 men, women
> and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.
>
> Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because
> anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out.
>
> It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that
> the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them.
>
> Hard ... but not impossible.
>
> Because America is in trouble. We feel the descent in the pits of our
> stomachs.  We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond
> their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it
> isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has
> locked us out.
>
> He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national
> healthcare system. Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was
> attacking conservatives.  He locked us out of having a say in his
> decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion
> dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws.
>
> Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals.
> Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the
> growing threat of ISIS.  He locked out anyone who could have interfered
> with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S.
> military deserter.
>
> And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American
> people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to
> determine the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear
> weapons
>
> Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided
> to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in
> his head? Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing?
>
> The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet
> began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet. There was probably
> some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with
> seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet
> metastasized into terror.
>
> It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally
> understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began
> to scream.
>
> Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless
> dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation's
> decline is an act of choice rather than of chance. The choice of one
> man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge.
>
> A man who has locked everyone out.
>
> If you aren't screaming yet. you should be !!!!
>



WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, May 6 and 7, 2015

LIBERATION THEOLOGY
I have for decades been disappointed with the Church on this subject, especially during the tenure of the last two Popes. 
For "Liberation Theology" to be equated with "Socialism" and with "Communism" requires that the predominant political philosophy operative in Latin America, especially as regards ownership of land, be called "Fascism".  Thank God for Pope Francis.

GS

Liberation theology rehabilitation continues at Vatican - Yahoo! News


TUESDAY, May 5, 2015

ON COMMUNISM, AND THE OTHER BESTIAL HUMAN ACTIVITIES OF THE LAST 100 YEARS.

And on, and on and on...

GS

The Age of Communism Lives (.pdf), by ALAN CHARLES KORS


MONDAY, May 4, 2015

IS THIS ALL IT WOULD TAKE? PRETTY EASY.

GS




SATURDAY and SUNDAY, May 2 and 3, 2015

THE BALTIMORE SIX, AND AMERICAN "SHOW TRIALS".

Legitimate police methods must be re-established, as must public respect for the Law in all venues. Mindless rioting is no substitute.

GS


Alan Dershowitz: Charges Against Baltimore Cops Won't Stick - NewsMax.Com


FRIDAY, May 1, 2015

Meanwhile, Bill O'Reilly has outdone himself this week in his daily series of  "Talking Points" on the O'Reilly Show.  The topic, of course, has been the sad and dangerous events in Baltimore and other cities. He is one of the very few who has made the right diagnoses regarding "root causes".  The criminals and idiots - and here I include their "leaders" - have set back the opinions and regard of our larger society 40 years. 
What a Shame!

GS



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