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GS

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MONDAY and TUESDAY, May 30 and 31, 2016

AS THEY SAY OUT WEST; "YOU BETCHA!"

GS

Trump doesn’t need insider GOP hypocrites - TheDay.Com

SUNDAY, May 29, 2016

RR#1

THE PROFESSION AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE:
UNDER ATTACK.

I have reported about this phenomenon, a combination of naive stupidity and cynical intent, for a long time and from the vantage point of nearly 60 years as a practising physician.  Most recently, I have addressed the unethical goals and practices sold under the rubric "Accountable Care Organizations".

Here I offer an excellent article that dissects this anti-patient effort into its means and ends - and also offers the only antidote that can counter such pressures: The Law.

See: "CAN LAW SAVE MEDICINE", by Maxwell J. Mehlman, in Journal of Legal Medicine, April - June, 2015, p121. See particularly pages 149-150.

Prognosis, for physicians and their patients alike? GUARDED.

GS

RR#2

"A DIFFERENT TAKE ON DONALD TRUMP"...

and it was staring us in the face the whole time.

GS

Black Minister on Donald Trump - a surprising viewpoint

>
> Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian
> Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center
> (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015.
>
>
>  RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the
> non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of the
> conservative black think tank, Project 21-The National Leadership Network of
> Black Conservatives and a former member of its parent think tank, the National
> Center for Public Policy Research.
>
> Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s a Pragmatist.
>
> (Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal.
>
> A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn't let emotion distract him or her.)
>
> "We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other
> friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about
> antique glass and china to theology and politics.
>
> At one point, reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative, to which I
> responded that Trump is not a conservative.
>
> I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative.
> I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and
> understands it must be fixed. He doesn't see the problem as liberal or
> conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be
> admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.
>
>  Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more
> problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more
> political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic
> strata.
>
>  Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has
> brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests
> and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective,
> milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff, appeasement
> oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology
> with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat
> Party.
>
>  Immigration isn't a Republican problem – it isn't a liberal problem – it is a problem that
> threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic
> approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or
> another.
>
> The impending collapse of the economy isn't a liberal or conservative problem, it is
> an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a
> common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the
> Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of
> their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect.
>
> Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do
> not promise to accommodate.
>
>  Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican
> problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial
> stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again,
> successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of
> economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they,
> unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn't work,
> you don't continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.
>
>   As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn't made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone
> in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working > > the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers.
>
>  I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find
> ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more
> problems.
>
> You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason people do not like him
> is because: (1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering
> backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; (2) they are unaccustomed
> to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of
> those who owe them vis-a-vis donations; (3) he is someone who is free of
> idiomatic political ideology; and (4) he is someone who understands that it
> takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great
> again.
>
>  Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like
> listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush, John
> Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers,
> corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it,
> but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don't give
> tens of millions without expecting something in return.
>
> We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we
> better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?
>
>  I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now.
>
>  People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common
> among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians
> who never really solved a problem, because it's better to still have an "issue(s)
> to be solved," so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who
> have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure,
> to try and achieve success.
>
> Donald Trump has his total financial empire at risk in running for president; that says
> it all. Success for the U.S. !"
>

SUNDAY, May 29, 2016

RR#1

Honoring silent sentinels on Memorial Day - TheDay.Com

RR#2

COME ON DOWN!

GS

Custom House Maritime Museum Email for May 29, 2016 (.pdf)

RR#3

POPE FRANCIS IS A "GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING"
His recent comments to Deacons, published here, apply exactly to Physicians: what they traditionally have been and what they should continue to be. 

As a result of withering and purposeless pressures, some older physicians are "giving up". And some younger physicians, knowing nothing other than a profession beset by these pressures, are giving half-measures and are saving the rest for themselves and their families. It is understandable. But what a shame, for both the physicians and for their patients.

Here is a reminder of what can and should be. 

GS

Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Deacons - Zenit.Org

RR#4

"PHARMACEUTICAL GREED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES", by Henry E. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. (in Connecticut Medicine, May 2016, p315).

Here is an excellent - and infuriating - expose of an industry and its minions in Government that are robbing us blind and killing us in the process. This is not hyperbole. In fact, the Medicare Act of 2002 specifically prohibits the Federal Government from negotiating medicine prices with this industry!

Here is yet another reason for THE PEOPLE to be very angry, angry enough to rise up and into the streets, if this country does not change course - and soon.

GS

Pharmaceutical Greed and Its Consequences, HENRY E. JACOBS, MD, JD (.pdf)

RR#5

"ISLAM - FACTS OR DREAMS?"

This monograph by Andrew C. McCarthy, published in the February 2016 edition of Imprimis (Hillsdale.Edu.), is both an expose on Islam and a question about our current Government.
Are we witnessing Negligence, Recklessness, or Intent?

My conclusion: either Recklessness or Intent...in either case approaching or representing Treason.

GS

SATURDAY, May 28, 2016

RR#1

"Battle of the Bulge"

MEMORIAL DAY, 2016:
What to remember....

We remember and honor all those who fought and died in all of America's wars.
And for those who can't remember because they never learned in the schools of recent decades, I offer a movie tutorial "to make the medicine go down".
"BATTLE OF THE BULGE", 1965.
A gritty, real-life and unsparing depiction of war.
Among a group of great WW ll movies, this stands out.
Watch it and remember, or learn for the first time what being an American means.

GS

RR#2

AS HAS BEEN NOTED IN THE PAST,
THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE:
People who make things happen;
People who watch things happen; and
People who are constantly asking "Wha' Happen?"
I hope that frequent flyers around this Section
are not in the last category.

The following are articles - and issues - worth considering.
1) "Taint of Doping Won't Deter Olympic Viewers" - or their promoters, also despite contaminated waters for their swimmers and an abundance of mosquetoes. (by Juliet Macur, NYTimes Friday, May 20, pA1.
2) "It's No Accident: Call It A Car 'Crash' Instead..." by Matt Richtel, NYTimes Monday, May 23, 2016, pA1. Meanwhile, "Escape from New York" and other metropolitan areas is daily becoming progressively impossible. And see my recent comment in this RR section on the subject.
3) "What Draws Muslims to Christianity?", by Sherry Weddell, National Catholic Register May 29, 2016, p11.  We are reading more and more about conversions in Europe.  The motivation?
ESCAPE!
4) "Campus Unicorns: Conservative Teachers", by Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn, Sr., WSJ Thursday, April 21, 2016, Opinion, pA13.  More evidence of the totalitarian bent of Leftists: "Articulate, Arrogant, Asinine".
5) "The Lessons of Hamilton Through Musical Medium", by Cal Thomas, in The Day Friday, May 20, 2016, Opinion, pA6.
6) "Squaring Off....": a debate regarding crucial technology issues that are invading our private spaces: WSJ May 23, 2016, pR1.
7) "Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit". Are these my words? I only wish! They were expressed in 1935 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. See "What FDR Knew About Welfare", by James L. Payne, WSJ May 19, 2016, Opinion, pA13. 

Don't thank me.  Just learn.
GS

RR#3

WELCOME BACK DR. KRAUTHAMMER.
I missed you during your long anti-Trump fixation.

And let's give credit where credit is due: Dr. Kissinger's "Realpolitik".  That is the only constant and the only reality among nations.

GS

KRAUTHAMMER: 'Obama's naive idealism has caused havoc' - BusinessInsider.Com

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, May 26 and 27, 2016

RR#1

REMEMBER "MAD"?
Here's the latest edition of "Mutual Assured Destruction"...
all hypothetical - unless it happens.

GS

Here's what would happen if NATO went to war with Russia - BusinessInsider.Com

RR#2

NEW LONDON, CT.   A TALE OF TWO CITIES

GS / NLMS COMMENTS FOLLOWING  P&Z MEETING, 5/19, 2016

1)    WE – THE NLMS / CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM – WISH TO THANK THE MANY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US IN THIS EFFORT.  THEIR NAMES ARE LISTED ON OUR WEB-SITE. THANK YOU, FRIENDS.

2)    THIS IS AGAIN “A TALE OF TWO CITIES”, A NEW LONDON OF “GREAT POTENTIAL” ALWAYS GIVING WAY TO A CITY OF DISAPPOINTING ACTUALITY. A CITY OF “WHY” INSTEAD OF “WHY NOT”.  A CITY OF “CONSTANT PIE”, WHERE SOMEONE MUST LOSE, INSTEAD OF AN “EXPANDING PIE”, WHERE EVERYONE CAN WIN.

3)    AND WHO ARE NEW LONDONERS? GREAT, PUBIC SPIRITED VOLUNTEERS; FOLKS WHO “JUST DON’T WANT TO GET INVOLVED”; INDIVIDUALS MOTIVATED ONLY BY SELF-INTEREST AND ARROGANT IGNORANCE; NEW-COMERS WHO KNEW WHY THEY CAME TO NEW LONDON…AND NOW KNOW WHY THEY ARE LEAVING; AND GOOD PEOPLE WHO, AFTER HAVING BEEN APPOINTED TO SOME PUBLIC OFFICE, IMPORTANT OR OTHERWISE, MUTATE INTO NARROW AND UNIMAGINATIVE BUREAUCRATS. THIS LAST GROUP ARE ESPECIALLY DAMAGING WHEN THEIR POWER COMES FROM POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS AND NOT FROM PUBLIC ELECTION. IN THIS CASE, I REFER SPECIFICALLY TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION, A POLITICALLY APPOINTED BODY WITH LEGISLATIVE POWERS THAT SHOULD BE – AND WAS IN THE PAST – ELECTED.

4) NEW LONDON HAS ONCE AGAIN SNATCHED DEFEAT OUT OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

5)    MEANWHILE, OUR ORGANIZATION, ACTING UNDER A MANDATE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC, WILL CONTINUE OUR EFFORT TO KEEP HISTORIC SITES INCLUDING NEW LONDON HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE OPEN TO MEANINGFUL PUBLIC ACCESS. WE ARE A HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION, A STEWARD OF THE PEOPLE.  WE ARE NOT A REAL ESTATE ENTITY; NOR ARE WE A MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION. 

6)    WE WILL CHALLENGE THE POOR AND LAZY IMPLEMENTATION OF ZONING REGULATIONS. WE WILL APPEAL ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS THE SHAMEFUL AND PRECIPITATE ACTION OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  WE WILL SEEK TO RETURN THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION TO AN ELECTED BODY. WE WILL WIN ON THE OBVIOUS FACTS THE FEDERAL COURT CASE…AND THEN WILL QUESTION ABUSE OF PROCESS. AND WE WILL ASSERT IN THAT CASE FEDERAL PRE-EMPTION OF LOCAL ZONING LAWS. 

SO: STAY TUNED.

GEORGE A. SPRECACE, M.D., J.D., PRESIDENT, NEW LONDON MARITIME SOCIETY – CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM.   MAY 19, 2016

RR#3

ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE!

GS


Clinton undercut by self-inflicted damage - TheDay.Com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016

DEPRESSION AMONG PHYSICIANS:
Doctors are people, too.

GS

The depression epidemic plaguing doctors - TheWeek.Com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016

"POLITICALLY RIDICULOUS"
Today on TV I heard a commentator refer to Bill Clinton's history with women as "alleged and confirmed peccadillos".
There was a very long time when such actions used to be called "IN FLAGRANTE DELICTU".

GS

MONDAY, May 23, 2016

THIS IS HOW THEY DO IT IN POLITICO-LAND...
and with such an angelic face.

GS

Even Lindsey Graham is reportedly telling Republicans to support Donald Trump - Yahoo! News

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016

RR#1

LITERALLY: TODAY'S "DAILY BEAST".

GS

From Incest to Blasphemy, Meet the Least Saintly Pope in History - TheDailyBeast.Com

RR#2


'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.' 

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

SATURDAY, May 21, 2016

HYPERBOLE, YES.
But it sure does ring true.

GS

Hope and Change (.pdf)

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016

THIS IS CRITICAL:

Article 1 of the Bill of Rights includes FREEDOM OF SPEECH precisely because it is the MOST IMPORTANT.

GS

Liberals Are Dangerously Wrong About Citizens United: Money Is Speech - Manhattan-Institute.Org

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, May 18 and 19, 2016

Folks,
the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight defeated our Zoning Amendment Application applicable to sites on the National Historic Register, like New London Harbor Lighthouse.

Classic New London.

GS

GS / NLMS COMMENTS FOLLOWING  P&Z MEETING, 5/19, 2016

1)    WE – THE NLMS / CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM – WISH TO THANK THE MANY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US IN THIS EFFORT.  THEIR NAMES ARE LISTED ON OUR WEB-SITE. THANK YOU, FRIENDS.

2)    THIS IS AGAIN “A TALE OF TWO CITIES”, A NEW LONDON OF “GREAT POTENTIAL” ALWAYS GIVING WAY TO A CITY OF DISAPPOINTING ACTUALITY. A CITY OF “WHY” INSTEAD OF “WHY NOT”.  A CITY OF “CONSTANT PIE”, WHERE SOMEONE MUST LOSE, INSTEAD OF AN “EXPANDING PIE”, WHERE EVERYONE CAN WIN.

3)    AND WHO ARE NEW LONDONERS? GREAT, PUBIC SPIRITED VOLUNTEERS; FOLKS WHO “JUST DON’T WANT TO GET INVOLVED”; INDIVIDUALS MOTIVATED ONLY BY SELF-INTEREST AND ARROGANT IGNORANCE; NEW-COMERS WHO KNEW WHY THEY CAME TO NEW LONDON…AND NOW KNOW WHY THEY ARE LEAVING; AND GOOD PEOPLE WHO, AFTER HAVING BEEN APPOINTED TO SOME PUBLIC OFFICE, IMPORTANT OR OTHERWISE, MUTATE INTO NARROW AND UNIMAGINATIVE BUREAUCRATS. THIS LAST GROUP ARE ESPECIALLY DAMAGING WHEN THEIR POWER COMES FROM POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS AND NOT FROM PUBLIC ELECTION. IN THIS CASE, I REFER SPECIFICALLY TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION, A POLITICALLY APPOINTED BODY WITH LEGISLATIVE POWERS THAT SHOULD BE – AND WAS IN THE PAST – ELECTED.

4) NEW LONDON HAS ONCE AGAIN SNATCHED DEFEAT OUT OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

5)    MEANWHILE, OUR ORGANIZATION, ACTING UNDER A MANDATE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC, WILL CONTINUE OUR EFFORT TO KEEP HISTORIC SITES INCLUDING NEW LONDON HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE OPEN TO MEANINGFUL PUBLIC ACCESS. WE ARE A HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION, A STEWARD OF THE PEOPLE.  WE ARE NOT A REAL ESTATE ENTITY; NOR ARE WE A MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION. 

6)    WE WILL CHALLENGE THE POOR AND LAZY IMPLEMENTATION OF ZONING REGULATIONS. WE WILL APPEAL ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS THE SHAMEFUL AND PRECIPITATE ACTION OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  WE WILL SEEK TO RETURN THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION TO AN ELECTED BODY. WE WILL WIN ON THE OBVIOUS FACTS THE FEDERAL COURT CASE…AND THEN WILL QUESTION ABUSE OF PROCESS. AND WE WILL ASSERT IN THAT CASE FEDERAL PRE-EMPTION OF LOCAL ZONING LAWS. 

SO: STAY TUNED.

GEORGE A. SPRECACE, M.D., J.D., PRESIDENT, NEW LONDON MARITIME SOCIETY – CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM.   MAY 19, 2016

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016

THE CHURCH: ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC.
Here, a powerful Statement. I do not totally agree, as reflected in some of my many commentaries posted in the section "What's Right...and Wrong...With the Catholic Church" ( in the "Abortion, Morality and Ethics" section of this web site). But a true compass in our free-will journey through life is invaluable.

GS

Vatican Cardinal to Americans: ‘In Your Nation, God Is Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated’ - CNSNews.Com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016

Carson Bashes 'Never Trump' Movement: 'Arrogance Is Almost Incomprehensible' - Insider.FoxNews.Com

SUNDAY, May 15, 2016

RR#1

A "PERFECT STORM" INDEED.
The premise of Accountable Care Organizations is Unethical and will lead to the demise of the ethical and patient - centered Medical Profession long before anyone realizes it. It places for the first time ever perverse incentives for the physician in direct opposition to the needs of the patient.

Read the following, reproduced verbatim. Then see what you think as a potential or actual patient.
If you don't like it, speak up now...or forever hold the pieces.

GS

The Perfect Storm: Delivery system reform and precision medicine for all - InternalMedicineNews.Com

RR#2

LET'S TALK A BIT ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND POLITICS.

In 1964, after reading the national platforms of both the then -  Democratic and Republican Parties, I registered for the first time as a Democrat.  I remained in that Party until 1990, by which time I realized that the Party had left me for then - parts unknown. Shortly thereafter, I joined the Republican Party, the Party of Ronald Reagan, mind you, and not that weak sister of Rockefeller.
Now I see that I face a "fork in the road".  And I will follow Yogi Berra's wise counsel: I will take it.
In that journey, I have some other guidance.
See the articles by Peggy Noonan, who replaces Charles Krauthammer for a time - until he comes out of therapy for his rage against Donald Trump.
1) "SIMPLE PATRIOTISM TRUMPS IDEOLOGY", in WSJ April 30 - May 1, 2016, Opinion, pA13.
2) "MR. TRUMP GOES TO WASHINGTON", in WSJ May 14-15, 2016, Opinion, pA13.
See also: "THE LAST GREAT REPUBLICAN RUPTURE", in WSJ April 30-May 1, 2016, Review, pC1.
FOR COMIC RELIEF - or is it Espionage, read "Bring On A Third-Party Candidate", by Jim VandeHel, (co-founder and former CEO of Politico), in WSJ April 26, 2016, Opinion, pA13. That would guarantee a Democratic win in November.
FOR HONESTY, SEE: "THE (UN)DEMOCRATIC PARTY", by Charles Blow, in NYTimes April 4, 2016, pA19.
AND SEE TWO TOPICS THAT MATTER:
A) "WHY FREE SPEECH MATTERS ON CAMPUS", by Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch, in WSJ May 13, 2016, Opinion, pA13.  See also an article referenced earlier in this section by Nicholas Kristol.
B) WHY AMERICANS CAN'T VOTE", Editorial, NYTimes April 17, 2016, pSR10. Here, however, remember that the Left - collapsing Times wants everyone to vote, regardless of eligibility or legal right, and preferably all those dependent on or just enjoying Government largess...ie Democratic votes.

From the beginning of this campaign / reality show, my touchstones have remained the same:
1) ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE, and
2) THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

Stay tuned.

GS

RR#3

"Thanks.  I needed that".  Really.

GS

Your lessons for today (.pdf)

SATURDAY, May 14, 2016

RR#1

TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION...AGAIN!

See the Category on this web site  entitled "Public Education Politics". 
See also the recent article in the WSJ (Monday, May 2, 2016, Opinion, pA15) entitled: THE UNION WAR ON CHARTER SCHOOL PHILANTHROPISTS".
 
Nothing has changed. The Teachers' Unions and their supporters continue to deserve the apt description given to the tobacco industry in the late 1960's:

"DISSEMBLING MISCREANTS"

GS

RR#2

MEANWHILE...
and these far - out Lefties and these Black whores ( I mean "leaders") are your friends, those whom you are depending on?

GS

'Racism on Display': O'Reilly Takes on Chicago's Failure to Curb Violence - FoxNews.Com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016

RR#1

"VALUE-BASED MEDICAL CARE".
Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Not when your Government defines and implements it!

In fact, although our Health Care Regulators are doing as much as possible to make it sound like "motherhood and apple pie", THE DRIVER FOR THIS PLAN IS REDUCTION IN HEALTH CARE COSTS, at any cost.

And the vehicle for this trip is inherently UNETHICAL: rewarding physicians for providing less health care, and punishing them for providing more health care...perverse incentives that for the first time place the interests of physicians in opposition to the interests and needs of their patients.
It is RATIONING ON STEROIDS, couched in such reasonable terms as "evidence-based medicine", "efficient health care delivery" and "patient satisfaction".

NOW HEAR THIS: That's exactly how I have always practiced Medicine in my 59 years as a physician. But that will not shield me from being crippled with yet more demands for "documentation" beginning in 2017; and it will not prevent me from being penalized 4% of my receivables beginning in 2019 unless I want a 4% increase by cheating my patients of the care they need. That's what we're talking about, without the sugar-coating.

THE ABOVE IS DIRECTED MAINLY TO THE PATIENT / PUBLIC.  For the Regulators don't give a damn about what physicians and other health care providers care or say. They do care about what the voters say. 

So: "DON'T JUST STAND THERE.  DO SOMETHING", for a change.

GS

Value-based care 101 - InternalMedicineNews.Com

RR#2

"BASTA".
Here is a very pithy Italian word that literally translates as "ENOUGH".

The following are my current offerings that fit this conclusion:

1) "BLACK LIVES MATTER".
They surely do. From the pervasive attitude of Black males toward Black women: the mothers and grandmothers who raised them under difficult circumstances (including 70% without fathers in the household)...after they had succeeded in avoiding rampant abortion rates among Black mothers; from cynical liberal (generally Democratic) politicians who offered them "self-image", which can only be personally earned, and also offered them all manner of generous hand-outs without any need for self-actuation or personal responsibility; to decades-long blind support for a failed public school school system again foisted on them by the Democratic Party, a wholly - owned subsidiary of the corrupt and entirely self-serving Teachers Unions; to the execrable "Black Leadership" who stress - and often invent - "Racism" when it most often does not exist any longer, all for personal gain; to an embrace of drugs and death as "a way out".

Too many in the Black Community have swallowed all of this poison for decades.  Too long! Thus, they are not victims.  They are now perpetrators of this.  WAKE UP!
Also see: "THE DANGER OF THE 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' MOVEMENT", BY Heather MacDonald, in Imprimis (Hillsdale.Edu), April 2016.

2) In the last two weeks of readings in the "Media", we have clear evidence of how low what now passes for our "culture" has fallen, book-ends enclosing one cancerous cause:
a) a Parade of Whores. See the cover photo and the related article in The New York Times Magazine, May 8, 2016;
b) the book review on "Grit" featured in the Non-Fiction section of The New York Times Book Review, same edition;
c) a disappointing article by David Brooks entitled "Putting Grit In Its Place", (NYTimes Tuesday, May 10), suggesting to me that he may need a PET scan of the brain;
d) "A Confession of Liberal Intolerance: We're big on diversity, but not when it comes to conservatives in academia", by Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes Sunday, May 8, Sunday Review, p11.

BASTA.

GS

RR#3

THERE YOU GO!
And it's healthier.

GS

‘I’ll Never Retire’: Americans Break Record for Working Past 65 - Yahoo! Finance

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016

"THE END IS NEAR"...
and none too soon.

GS

Republicans win Obamacare legal challenge, add to insurer concerns - Yahoo! News

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016

RR#1

THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS ROAMS THE WORLD,
currently mainly in the garb of ISIS and the other fundamentalist radical Muslims.
But darkness is required, including by means of the complete refusal of this Administration to acknowledge the obvious.  Thus: Journalists and other sources of Light need not apply.

GS

A free press - TheDay.Com

RR#2


HERE'S AN "AHA" MOMENT.
If you drive anywhere, and especially if you listen - at almost any time of day - to the New York City traffic news, you recognize the excessive speed, the recklessness, and the resulting number of "accidents" that totally disrupt vehicular traffic.  Most of these are not "accidents" but inevitable events simply waiting to happen.

What to do?

1) Replace "No Fault" with "Fault" in insurance coverage and in criminal liability.

2) If culpable in a "Fault" incident, the driver loses his driver's license for one year.  A second such incident results in a three year suspension.  If a person drives despite a suspended license, he loses his license permanently and gets one year in jail, for the initial event, to think about it.

3) Use the technology described in this article to provide proof of excessive speed and/or recklessness. 
Will our fearless leaders propose and pass such legislation, with the likely loss of votes and political contributions?

Can pigs fly?

GS

Control car speeds using GPS technology - TheDay.Com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016

AN IMPORTANT DEBATE.
Charles Krauthammer knows his "Black History".
But Bill O'Reilly draws the right conclusions.

GS

Is President Obama causing division in America? - Yahoo! News

MONDAY, May 9, 2016

PLEASE READ.  THEN READ AGAIN!

And the Far Left needs to know what Admiral Yamamoto knew in 1941, after having studied in America before his attack on Pearl Harbor, and warning his superiors about their intent to invade America.
"YOU MUST KNOW THAT IN AMERICA THERE IS A GUN BEHIND EVERY BLADE OF GRASS"

GS

The American Left’s desire to crush Liberty and dissent in order to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” has reached metastatic levels. In the last three weeks alone, the following stories have surfaced. All of which indicate we are well on our way toward relinquishing our birthright. Even worse, millions of Americans are apparently more than willing to do so.

First, this week the Supreme Court heard arguments in the United States v. Texas case that will determine whether a president can unilaterally rewrite immigration law. If SCOTUS rules in Barack Obama’s favor, the separation of powers outlined in the first three articles of the Constitution will be rendered moot and, as political analyst Charles Krauthammer wryly observed, “you can send Congress home.” And the Left is not content to stop there. A coalition of 118 cities and counties have filed a legal brief asserting they will lose up to $800 million in economic benefits if large numbers of illegal aliens remain subject to deportation.

Second, the IRS has admitted it abides the use of fraudulent Social Security numbers used by illegal aliens to process tax payments — and refunds.

Third, in New York and California, Democratic attorneys general Eric Schneiderman and Kamala Harris are pursuing fraud investigations against Exxon, based on the premise they can “prosecute persons and institutions with nonconforming views on global warming,” writes National Review’s Kevin Williams. “Prosecuting political institutions and businesses for political activism is brown-shirt business.”

Fourth, the Obama administration, already under fire for its determination to flood America with Syrian “refugees,” announced it will reduce its vetting process to three months, instead of 18-24 months. They claim the reduced time is necessary to handle a sped-up “surge operation” whose population is 99% Sunni Muslim. Even more insulting, Gina Kassem, the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, noted the administration’s target of 10,000 refugees “is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number.”

Fifth, using the Fair Housing Act as a club, the Obama administration is forcing cities to embrace “diversity” that consists of building low-income housing in affluent neighborhoods nationwide. This forced integration scheme is political gerrymandering in disguise, and it is aimed at taking peoples' basic property rights and the constitutionally protected right of free association and tossing them on the ash heap of history.

Sixth, in North Carolina, the federal government threatens to withhold billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing unless the state repeals a law restricting local authorities from over-riding state law that restricts the use of bathrooms transgender people can use. The Rainbow Mafia’s corporate hitmen are boycotting the state, aligning themselves with the idea that self-identification, and not genital makeup, is the only criterion that can be used to determine access. Not only to bathrooms, but locker rooms, and membership on sports teams as well. Tennessee will be the next state targeted by federal government’s wrath.

Seventh, when French President Francois Hollande referred to “Islamist terrorism” at a meeting with Obama in early April, the White House initially deleted the phrase from its audio translation, only to restore it when questioned about the deletion. “The Obama administration must be aware that in the 1930s, the Soviet Union wiped clean all photos, recordings and films of Leon Trotsky on orders from Josef Stalin,” writes historian Victor Davis Hanson. “Trotsky was deemed politically incorrect, and therefore his thoughts and photos simply vanished.”

Eighth, an astounding video taken at the University of Washington shows students struggling to disagree with a 5'-9" Caucasian male’s assertion that he is a 6'-5" Chinese female first-grader. “These are actual college students,” writes columnist Rod Dreher. “Adults who have the right to vote. And their reason is so compromised that they are unsure what the man in front of them is, so terrified are they of saying the wrong thing. … These people are ripe for dictatorship. They will not let themselves see reality if it offends against the party line.”

Ninth, in a vote at Stanford University, efforts by a group of students to restore a class requirement in Western Civilization was rejected by 85% the student body, and a student suspected of writing an article in support of the measure was suspended from a low-income advocacy group known as the Stanford First-Generation Low Income Partnership. A column in campus newspaper, The Stanford Daily, warned that passing such a proposal “would necessitate that our education be centered on upholding white supremacy, capitalism and colonialism, and all other oppressive systems that flow from Western civilizations.”

And tenth, in a speech at the Vatican, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders insisted that Americans “must reject the foundations of this contemporary [capitalist] economy as immoral and unsustainable,” further insisting that we must “redirect our efforts and vision to the common good.” Perhaps Sanders could explain why forcibly taking the fruits of one American’s labor and giving it to another is moral, and which group of leftist elites who believe they own the franchise on “enlightened thinking” gets to define “common good” — using coercive government as their vehicle for doing so.

Make no mistake: The same American Left that purportedly champions dissent, diversity, tolerance and inclusion utterly rejects anyone or anything that deviates from their definition of the terms. Moreover, they are at best intent on intimidating those opposing views — or, at worst, criminalizing those views at worst.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” Thomas Jefferson reminds us. Ronald Reagan put it this way: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Those sunset years are upon us. It’s time to fight back.

Victor Davis Hanson, The Hoover Institution

SUNDAY, May 8, 2016

WHY TRUMP LEADS.
So it wasn't just a bad dream.

GS

ALL OF THE SUDDEN….
 
What many in America today feel…!  Why Trump Leads
 
"All Of A Sudden....Seven Short Years Have Passed!" 
 
Before Obama there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America.
 
All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. Christianity and the bible are banned
in schools.
 
All of a sudden we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.
 
All of a sudden we must stop serving pork in prisons.
 
All of a sudden we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.
 
All of a sudden we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who or what is covered up under them.
 
All of a sudden Muslims are suing employers and refusing to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with Sharia Law.
 
All of a sudden the Attorney General of the United States vows to prosecute anyone who engages in anti-Muslim speechќ.
 
All of a sudden, Jihadists who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically declared they are NOT Islamic
by our leaders and/or their actions are determined NOT to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like "workplace violence."
 
All of a sudden, it becomes Policy that Secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West, must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
All of a sudden our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and the middle east, giving rise to ISIS.
 
All of a sudden, America has reduced its nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama’s stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.
 
All of a sudden, a deal with Iran must be made at any cost, with a pathway to nuclear weapons and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars handed over to fund their programs.
 
All of a sudden America APOLOGIZES to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage THEY perpetrate against our soldiers.
 
All of a sudden, the American Navy is diminished to 1917 Pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. The Air Force scraps 500 planes and planned to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter.  A further draw down of another 40,000 military personnel is in progress.
 
All of a sudden half of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unguarded, NONE are in the Middle East.
 
All of a sudden Obama has to empty Guantanamo Bay of captured Jihadists and let them loose in Jihad-friendly Islamic states.  He demands to close the facility.
 
All of a sudden America will negotiate with terrorists and trade FIVE Taliban commanders for a deserter and Jihad sympathizer.
 
All of a sudden there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans but there is endless money for Obama’s Syrian refugeeќ resettlement programs.
 
All of sudden there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.
 
All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do after a mass shooting by two Jihadists, is disarm American Citizens.
 
* All of a sudden, the President of the United States cannot attend the Christian Funerals of a Supreme Court Justice and a former First Lady because of previous (seemingly unimportant) commitments.
 
... "By his fruits you will know him."
 
All of a sudden, I am sick to my stomach.

TUESDAY through SATURDAY, May 3 through 7, 2016

RR#1

FEEDING FRENZY.

While following the Presidential Primary campaigns over the last several months, I have been consistent throughout in my commentaries in this Rapid Response section:
1) ANYBODY BUT BONNIE AND CLYDE;
2) THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE MUST PREVAIL OVER ALL ELSE.
Now comes Donald Trump as the "presumptive" Republican candidate for President...and the Earth has suddenly begun rotating much faster in a feeding frenzy against Trump.  The President, Hillary, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the totally co-opted national media, some "presumptive" Republicans, the beaten would-be President candidates, the many talking heads emerging like so many mushrooms in a dank and dark forest....
In fact, everyone including both those who are not longer capable of rational thought (eg. "2+2=5 or 6 or 7, but never 4), and those whistling while running by their perceived cemetery. EVERYBODY, THAT IS, EXCEPT THE PEOPLE.

Now comes a bit of truth and logic: an article by Eugene Robinson published in the Washington Post recently entitled:
"Trump Fills Vacuum Left By The Republican Party".

Under all of these circumstances, Donald Trump has a challenge at least as taxing as would be his Presidency if elected BY THE PEOPLE.
But he must remain true to himself and true to his people. He must avoid being goaded into perpetual negative sound-bites; and he must be specific regarding his philosophy, strategy and tactics of governance - in a Nation that must restore good governance after nearly 8 terrible years, and in a world that is increasingly non-governable.

Meanwhile, I will hold to my consistent positions.

GS

RR#2

MITT ROMNEY: A LOSER, AND NOW EITHER INSANE OR INSANELY JEALOUS.

Such an action would guarantee the accession of Bonnie and Clyde to the Throne of America.
It would also guarantee massive nation-wide disobedience - and probably worse.

GS

Wash. Post: Romney Met With Third-Party Advocate Kristol - WashingtonPost.Com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016

"EVIL?" DID SOMEBODY SAY "EVIL?"

GS

Ted Cruz Urges Voters to 'Not Give Into Evil' as Crucial Indiana Primary Approaches - Yahoo! News

SUNDAY, May 1, 2016

"HELLO.  MY NAME IS BARRY.  I'M FROM THE DNC, AND I WANT TO HELP.
BO."

GS





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