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
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015
"Can You Hear Me Now?"
As I suggested before his first election, is our President "The
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015
Please see my recent offering
entitled: "The State of our System of Justice."
Now comes yet another shocking encounter between a police officer and a
member of the public...once again resulting in death. This time
in Cincinnati, and once again it involved a traffic stop.
However, this time we had the benefit of the officer's body cam, at
least as much as was released publicly. From what I viewed and
heard, I can come to several opinions: 1) the officer was tentative,
even fearful, and evidently not well trained in this work, being a
college campus officer; 2) the police procedure he was apparently
following leaved much to be desired, as he seemed to wonder whether to
allow the victim allegedly to get his driver's license from his glove
compartment...vs possibly a gun; 3) the victim seemed on the video to
make a sudden move, which spooked the officer into shooting and killing
him; 4) the District Attorney grossly over-reacted in immediately
charging the officer with "Homicide". So far, it seems like a
I believe that there is much more to see and to know here. Stay
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015
REGARDING THE REAL PROBLEM WITH
"SAME SEX MARRIAGES".
The report reproduced below gives me an opportunity to address the
issue of Homosexuality. First of all, for the great majority of
homosexual persons this is a biologic fact begun in utero and not a
choice. The degree of "penetrance" of the tendency varies, as does
"maleness" and "femaleness" in "straight people. How persons
that fact should be a matter between themselves and their Creator.
Beyond that, Society has an important role to play, in Civil Law but
certainly not in Criminal Law. A same-sex couple should be
the same legal rights as "straight" couples, under the rubric "Civil
Union". But, given the foundational role of traditional Marriage
Society for eons - especially regarding children - that Term
reserved for a man and a woman - in Civil Law and certainly as a
religious Sacrament. In fact, the Sacrament of Matrimony, also a
contract, is held not to have been valid without the "consideration" of
a couple's intent to bear children. The absence of that intent is
grounds for a valid Annulment in the Catholic Church.
And here we get to the crux of the distinction between "Civil Union"
and "Marriage". The central purpose of the latter is to procreate
raise healthy children. That is not the case with same-sex
relationships. And the results for the children are important to
the children and to the Society which they will join as adults.
SEE THE FOLLOWING REPORT ON THIS SUBJECT, REPRODUCED BELOW.
Thus, the entire matter of Homosexuality and homosexual relationships
would be better approached, and with less "sturm und drang", by
reference to the above facts. Of course, cessation of the radical
diatribes engaged in by the Far Right and by the "flaming" far Left
would be of great help.
MONDAY and TUESDAY, July 27 and 28, 2015
"...AKA BONNIE AND CLYDE."
SUNDAY, July 26, 2015
Re. The State of our System of
On the evening of July 25, John Stossel presented a program highly
critical of (should I say damning?) our Criminal Justice System.
If the Health Care Professions operated in that fashion, we would all
be in jail. Of course, our patients come seeking our help and are
generally compliant. Not so in criminal justice work, beginning with
the first encounter with an arresting Officer - with increasing
frequency reflecting defiance rather than due respect and often
resulting in serious physical confrontation. And it evidently gets
worse from there. The worst part is not the interminable delays
or the conditions upon incarceration (even before a charge is
filed). The worst part is prosecutorial abuse of discretion
and / or abuse of process. The result in too many cases is
Justice delayed, Justice denied and Justice defiled. Here the
lack until relatively recently of the powerful tool of DNA is only a
small part of what can only be called criminality on the part of some
investigative police and some prosecutors.
My solution for that: upon determining what happened, if intentional,
the involved police and / prosecutors should be made to serve the same
time that the victims of the abuse of process served.
And we won't deal here with the flagrant "Justice Delayed, Justice
Denied" that has become the hallmark of the Civil Justice System.
So, I ask you: WHAT WORKS IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT?"
SATURDAY, July 25, 2015
"NO GOOD DEED WILL GO
is in response to a telephone call and prolonged questioning by the
Day reporter. He got it basically right. GS
FRIDAY, July 24, 2015
"Res Ipsa Loquitur"
in Three (3) parts = Another Simple Solution to a Complex Problem ……….
A. Back off and let
those men who want to marry
men, marry men.
Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.
Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies.
In three generations, there will be no Democrats.
I love it when a plan comes together!
do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty
have in common?
MI - (1st on
the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since
NY - (2nd) hasn't
elected one since 1954
OH - (3rd) not since 1984
OH - (4th) not since 1989
FL - (5th) has never
had a Republican mayor
Louis, MO -
(6th) not since 1949
Paso, TX -
(7th) has never had a Republican mayor
WI - (8th) not since 1908
PA - (9th) not since 1952
NJ - (10th) not since 1907
Poorest Cities in America (How did it happen?)
State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
Detroit , MI 32.5%
Buffalo , NY 29.9%
Cincinnati , OH 27.8%
Cleveland , OH 27.0%
Miami , FL 26.9%
St. Louis , MO 26.8%
El Paso , TX 26.4%
Milwaukee , WI 26.2%
Philadelphia , PA 25.1%
Newark , NJ 24.2%
once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over again and
is the poor who habitually elect Democrats....... yet they are still
cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative
cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could
and should do for themselves."
THURSDAY, July 23, 2015
"Res Ipsa Loquitur"
a brief reminder for those who forgot or for many that didn't know.
is what happened, quietly, on January 1, 2015:
tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%
Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
THE WORKERS....TO REWARD THE NON WORKERS
Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
PUNISHMENT FOR WORKING HARD!
Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
TAX UPON INCOME THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN TAXED!
tax went from 15% to 39.6%
PUNISHMENT FOR INVESTING WISELY AND MAKING GOOD DECISIONS!
Estate tax went from 0% to 55% PUNISHMENT FOR SAVING FOR THE NEXT
ONLY TO HAVE IT GO TO THE GOVERNMENT!
A 3.5% Real Estate transaction tax was added. MORE PUNISHMENT FOR
A HOME OR RENTAL PROPERTY!
Remember this fact: These taxes were all passed solely with
Not a single Republican voted for these new taxes.
These taxes were all passed in the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
AND HOW EVERY SINGLE REAL
AMERICAN FEELS RIGHT NOW:
"ARMED AND DANGEROUS".
every single Marine feels right now:
wanted attention, and yesterday, you got it. Only, you chose the
wrong people to seek that attention from.
did not get the attention of our weak President. He tweeted his
support for your medieval holiday following your cowardly attack. You
get the attention of our useless and corrupt Congress. They were too
lining their pockets.
you attacked those four Marines, you got the attention of every one
of our 186,800 active duty Marines, along with every Marine who ever
just stirred up hate, discontent, and malice within a group of
people who relish the idea of engaging the enemy.
is something you obviously don't yet know about Marines...
brotherhood we share is stronger than the challenges we face, the
weapons we master, or the enemies we destroy.
will learn that soon though.
attacked a group of men who bond over the smell of gunpowder and
misery—and enjoy it. You didn't attack America's leaders, you attacked
America's Marines, and that is a battle you are not prepared for.
see, we won't play by the rules you're accustomed to seeing. When
you play in our backyard, we don't have to answer to any chain of
will not follow ridiculous ROEs crafted by a spineless bureaucrat to
some goat herding tribal leader. And we won't be wearing uniforms so
can easily ambush us.
None of that shit.
you think you're walking into a target-rich environment, you're
really walking into an ambush.
pudgy, middle-aged guy wearing khakis in the mall, who unbeknownst
to you, is a former 0311 and armed, will dump your sorry ass before you
chance to scream "allah snackbar." And that soccer mom pushing a
stroller, she's got a Glock and will happily leave you gasping in a
your own blood before she lets you hurt her children.
are here and we still have the training and experience to wage war,
whether here or abroad. And wage war we will. Every one of us are
fight and die to protect our Marine Corps brothers and sisters, our
and friends, and our way of life.
we will win, because while you fight to destroy what you hate, we
fight to protect what we love.
by- Jeremy L Knuaff
THE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD:
I told you so...many years ago!
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015
Just so you won't be able to ask: "Wha' Hoppen?"
REGARDING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG:
Although I agree that this flag should not be flying over State
government property, here is an adult position...as distinguished from
a "politically correct" reflex.
TUESDAY, July 21, 2015
OBAMA AND IRAN: "CAN YOU HEAR
MONDAY, July 20, 2015
HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH CARE
ObamaCare: The Worst of Both Worlds.
ObamaCare was enacted as a Christmas Tree of Wants with no attention
paid to needed Health Care Reforms. See my recommendations posted
on this web site, going back to my publications in the 1970's. See my
opinion, also since the 1970's, regarding health care cost tax
deductions to both employees and employers. See my long espousal of
Health Savings Accounts since the 1980's, blocked by both insurance
industry and the government. See my positions regarding "Defensive
Medicine", Medical Malpractice Laws, Life-Style impacts and Advanced
Directives. See the "Medicare Reform Act" of 2002 which
Prohibited the Federal Government from shopping around competitively
for medication costs. And see the asinine and increasingly
burdensome regulations mounted on the backs of your physicians and
See it and weep...and Pay. "Stupido. Stupido. Stupido".
BARACK OBAMA: WHO IS THIS MAN,
through SUNDAY, July 17 through 19, 2015
HERE I PARAPHRASE:
"DEMOCRACY IS THE WORST FORM OF GOVERNMENT...EXCEPT FOR ALL THE REST"
This sentiment, expressed by Winston Churchill in the House of Commons
in 1947, has been true ever since man put down his club and took to the
podium. I have to remember this every time I think: "Nothing
Works". I also have to remember the origin of the word
"politics": from the Greek "politos", meaning "people". And
people have never changed, and probably never will. Man evolved
just too rapidly for the cerebral cortex to take adequate control over
Nevertheless, we the people just have to stay informed and to
participate if democracy is to have any chance to suppress our more
base instinct to take up the club again.
The most current issue is President Obama's deal with Iran. It
will take five to ten years to understand the wisdom or folly of that
exercise. But meanwhile we do have some guidance. Here I offer
two published articles. The first deals with a very likely
outcome. The second is directed toward President Obama's
motivation. Or, to pose the question in more traditional terms: "What Was He Thinking...?"
1) "Iran Deal Worse Than Even Imagined", by Charles Krauthammer --->
Iran deal worse than
even imagined - TheDay.Com
2) "The Mystery
of Obama’s Iran", by Sol Sanders --> The Mystery of Obama’s
Iran* - American Center for Democracy
So: what is the moral of this story? STAY INFORMED, STAY INVOLVED, AND
years old, so am I. And proud of it.
typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a
net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35,
according to an analysis of census data released Monday.
like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in
some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready
to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk
a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they
once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God
and grown old together.
we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is
probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a
few things that need to be taken into consideration.
school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us
to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember
what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We
remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk
and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't
know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as
refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a
crank. Yes, we lived those days.
are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But
there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing
us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam.
We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand
while doing so. We 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 ; we 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 words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and
America the Beautiful by 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 books and 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
good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it,
and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our
country and nobody is going to 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 keep. There are those who want to
destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we
are going to remain silent.
was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the
Democrat Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in
reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies."
youngsters have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have
found you don't 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 those 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 sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank
the 'Kool-Aid.' Now you're paying the price and complaining about
it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less
freedom. This 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 house.
don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2016 we
are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower
than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2016 we're
going to the polls by the millions.
land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Eric Holder. It belongs to "We the
People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.
hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it
along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance
to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your
heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the
This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing
on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over
this once great county. Can you feel the ground shaking???
It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.
peers and I are Members.
MONDAY through THURSDAY, July 13 through 16, 2015
"WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...."
AGAIN I SAY: "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...."
SUNDAY, July 12, 2015
WELCOME to 2015:
Our Phones – Wireless
• Cooking – Fireless
• Cars – Keyless
• Food – Fatless
• Tires –Tubeless
• Dress – Sleeveless
• Youth – Jobless
• Leaders –
• Relationships –
• Attitudes –
• Babies – Fatherless
• Feelings –
• Education – Valueless
• Children – Mannerless
• Country – Godless
Young People are CLUELESS,
our Politicians are
scared – S---less
SATURDAY, July 11, 2015
"SYMPTOM CHECKERS". NOW
DOESN'T THIS GIVE YOU A WARM AND FUZZY FEELING?
LOOKING FOR A
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - AND HEALTH?
The subject matter in the next three articles is the closest you will
FRIDAY, July 10, 2015
WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015
And the sign said...
Jones, at your cervix."
a Podiatrist's office:
wounds all heels."
a Septic Tank Truck:
Meals on Wheels
an Optometrist's Office:
you don't see what you're looking for,
come to the right place."
a Plumber's truck:
repair what your husband fixed."
another Plumber's truck:
sleep with a drip.
Call your plumber."
a Tire Shop in
us to your next blowout."
an Electrician's truck:
us remove your shorts."
a Non-smoking Area:
we see smoke, we will assume you
are on fire and take appropriate action."
a Car Dealership:
best way to get back on your feet
- miss a car payment."
a Muffler Shop:
We hear you coming."
back in 5 minutes.
the Electric Company
would be delighted if you
send in your payment.
if you don't, you will be."
a Restaurant window:
stand there and be hungry;
on in and get fed up."
the front yard of a
carefully. We'll wait."
a Propane Filling
heaven for little grills."
don't forget the sign at a
place in town to take a leak."
on the back of
Septic Tank Truck:
- This Truck is full
of Political Promises"
TUESDAY, July 7, 2015
call this the “Old School of Hard
of our generation of 50+ was HOME SCHOOLED in many
My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished
My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of
My father taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to
the store with me."
My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"
My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't
have wonderful parents like you do."
My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"
My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that
My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
My father taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
My father taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
should only be sent to the over 50 crowd because the younger ones would
not believe we truly were told these "EXACT" words by our parents.
MONDAY, July 6, 2015
AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR
"Sometimes when I reflect on all the
beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think
workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't
this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be
think, "It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true
than be selfish and worry about my liver."
"I feel sorry for
people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as
they're going to feel all day."
Lyndon B. Johnson
"When I read about the
evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
"24 hours in a day, 24
beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
H. L. Mencken
"When we drink, we get
drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we
commit no sin
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go
George Bernard Shaw
"Beer is proof that
God loves us and wants us to be happy."
"Without question, the
greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you
wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as
Beer: Helping ugly people
have sex since 3000 B.C.!
W. C. Fields
before "E," except in Budweiser.
Professor Irwin Corey
To some it's a six-pack, to
me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
One night at Cheers (TV
Sitcom), Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson:
"Well, ya see, Norm,
it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only
move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is
slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This
selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed
of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the
members! In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast
slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills
cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells
this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain
the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That's why you always
smarter after a few beers."
SUNDAY, July 5, 2015
THE PENDING IRAN DEAL:
Netanyahu is RIght to oppose it.
Our "ALLIES" ARE Right to support it...out of pure Greed.
And Obama and Kerry DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL THEY'RE DOING...AGAIN!
SATURDAY , July 4, 2015
GOD BLESS AMERICA.
MORE ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND ITS PRINCIPAL AUTHOR,
- Have you
ever read the Declaration in its entirety? I had not until this
week. Fascinating. We surely had many specific complaints against
King George lll. And here is the basis for our Constitutional freedoms.
- One of my
favorite quotations: At a White House dinner in1962 honoring all living
recipients of the Nobel Prize, President Kennedy said:
"I think this is the most extraordinary
collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered
together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas
Jefferson dined alone".
WEDNESDAY through FRIDAY, July 1 through 3, 2015
ISIS: A GREATER THREAT THAN
HITLER'S THIRD REICH IN THE 1930'S.
Barack Obama is the Neville Chamberlain of our day; except that he has
the power to implement that dangerous policy.
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