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
"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
That's all I promise.
There was a time, long ago, when I was opposed to Jewish settlements in
Longer. In the intervening decades, Israel demonstrated its bona
fides...and the Palestinians and Arabs have demonstrated their
treachery and their intransigence toward Israel.
Most Shameful, Final Legacy Moment", by Dr. Charles Krauthammer, in The
Day (www.theday.com),Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, Opinion, pA6.
A FEAST FOR THOUGHT.
The following was
reportedly written by Ben Stein and recited by him on
CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew,
and I don't think
Christians like getting pushed around for
being Christians. I think
people who believe in God are sick and tired of
around, period. I have no idea where the concept came
America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't
find it in the
Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea
come from that
we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed
to worship God
as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that
I'm getting old,
too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering
celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
light of the many jokes we send to one
another for a laugh, this is
a little different: This is not intended to be a
joke; it's not
funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
In light of
recent events--terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I
started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was
murdered, her body
found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer
schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not
Bible in school.
Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and
your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our
children when they
misbehave, because their little personalities would
be warped and we
might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son
We said an expert should know what he's
talking about. And we said
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have
no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong,
and why it
doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and
Probably, if we think about it long and hard
enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to
'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to
trash God and then wonder why the world's going to
hell. Funny how we
believe what the newspapers say, but question what
the Bible says.
Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and
they spread like
wildfire, but when you start sending messages
regarding the Lord,
people think twice about sharing. Funny
how lewd, crude, vulgar and
obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public
discussion of God is suppressed in the school and
Are you laughing yet?
how when you forward this message, you will not
send it to many on
your address list because you're not sure what they believe,
they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other
people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
not, then just discard it. No one will know you did. But, if
discard this thought process, don't sit back and
complain about what
bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and Respectfully,
"The Lord said to Moses:
"Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be
gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and
I will bless them."
The word of the Lord.
Obama’s ugly bid to snub voters
and tie Trump’s hands
By Post Editorial Board
December 29, 2016 | 7:52pm
his waning days in the White House, President Obama is desperately
trying to make his policies as permanent as possible by tying the hands
of his successor — and far more than other presidents have done on
their way out.
From his dramatic and disastrous change of US
policy on Israel to his executive order restricting 1.65 million acres
of land from development despite local objections, Obama is trying to
make it impossible for Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress to
Even Thursday’s announcement of wide-ranging sanctions
against Russia presents Trump with a foreign-policy crisis immediately
upon taking office.
By contrast, many of Obama’s predecessors
have stood back in their final days in office and refrained from any
dramatic shifts, in deference to the agenda of the man voters sent to
But Obama won’t accept the election results. As he
suggested the other day, Trump’s election was a fluke — and he himself
would have easily been re-elected if allowed to stand for a third term.
believes this not just because he’s an effective campaigner, but
because he thinks his “vision” and policies continue to be backed by “a
majority of the American people.”
But Obama, like many
Democrats, fails to understand what happened in the election: Voters
were calling for real change from the status quo — from his policies.
Indeed, before the vote, he himself said it was a referendum on him and
Memo to the president: You lost.
was the lackluster economy, Obama Care, trade, the sweeping failure of
his foreign policy or illegal immigration, voters sought something very
Trump, on the other hand, did more than just energize his base: He
flipped six states that voted for Obama in 2012.
results, as many have since come to realize, is that the Democratic
Party now caters to a hard-left, elite core located on the two coasts —
and has abandoned the working-class Americans in the heartland it so
loudly claims to champion.
Which is why Democrats have also been
losing seats, especially at the state level. Voters are fed up with
Democratic failures — to the point where they were willing to take a
chance on an untested novice like Trump.
Obama’s failure to
follow tradition and respect voters is par for the course. He spent
much of his tenure pushing the bounds and overstepping his
constitutional authority — through regulatory edicts and executive
actions. So, his latest power grab should come as no surprise.
it’s one thing for Obama to have delusions about the popularity of his
agenda. It’s quite another to try to preserve a discredited legacy by
handcuffing America’s next democratically elected president.
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, December 28 and 29,
2016: A TOUGH YEAR FOR HOLLYWOOD.
all the hype, we must remember that all these celebrities are real
people - despite their frequent problems with playing the role of LIFE.
SYRIA: YET ANOTHER CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
And in the case of the Obama Administration, GROSS NEGLIGENCE.
the statement by Senator John McCain: "A Useless, Empty
in Syria", in The Day (www.theday.com) Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, Opinion,
FOR THESE COLD WINTER EVENINGS,
Readings... and compare the offerings in the NYTimes "Sunday
Review" and those in the WSJ "Review" appearing in the Saturday-Sunday
editions of that newspaper.
Both offer interesting topics. But the
NYTimes prefers topics with social impact, regularly seasoned with
politicized tripe, while the WSJ offerings are often a graduate course
in History and Literature, played straight.
MORE ON OBAMA'S "LEGACY".
See: "Aleppo and Declining American Influence", by
Dr. Charles Krauthammer, in The Day (www.theday.com), Sunday, Dec. 24,
2016, Opinion, pA4.
the shame is on us for terminal naivete, sending our secretary of state
chasing the Russians to negotiate one pretend cease-fire after another."
SATURDAY, December 24,
WHAT'S WRONG WITH SEEKING DETENTE WITH RUSSIA?
Right now, both nations are vulnerable to the same world danger -
And what's wrong with dealing from a position of strength, including
nuclear weapons? Remember
MAD? It worked. In fact, President Reagan's policy in that regard
bankrupted and caused the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
And again: what's wrong with seeking detente with Russia?
REGARDING THE F-35:
"On the other hand..."
See the article in The CT Mirror - To inform and engage one
Connecticut, (www.ctmirror.org), Dec. 23, 2016, entitled:
"Analyst: Trump's Idea For F-35 Would Be 'a disaster for the U.S.'", by
Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than
4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd
annual ABCA's convention.
While I waited in line to
register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches
rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the
weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the
same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of
Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy
to be there.
1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a
college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to
an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light
blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a
full-sized, stark-white home plate.
Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?
speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging
around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among
some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder
exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten
about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.
. . . “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around
my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with
the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but
not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you
baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about
home plate in my 78 years.” Several hands went up when Scolinos asked
how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide
home plate is in Little League?”
After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question
“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth
coaches in the house?”Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.
right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in
the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear.
“How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is
home plate in college?”
“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?” .
. . “Seventeen inches!”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major
Leagues?” . . . “Seventeen inches!”
INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do
they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over
seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered,
drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say,
‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll
make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches. We’ll make it
inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit
that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five
inches.'” Pause. “Coaches . . .” pause, " . . . what do we do when our
best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid
facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught
drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit
him? Do we widen home plate? The chuckles gradually faded as four
thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message
began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a
Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd,
point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and
two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our
marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We
don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for
failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”
Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American
flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our
education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the
tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our
young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that
Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross.
“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in
positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to
have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders
are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.”
the same is true with our government. Our so-called representatives
make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take
bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us.
And we allow them to widen home plate and we see our country falling
into a dark abyss while we watch.”
I was amazed. At a
baseball convention where I expected to learn something about
curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned
something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung
around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself,
about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I
had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be
right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an
“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos
concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It
is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard
of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our
children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to
provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our
schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves
accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward
to . . .” With that, he held home plate in front of his
turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “ . . . dark
Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of
91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and
coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept
me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and
inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA
has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His
message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they
are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all,
keep yourself at seventeen inches."
And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong
with it today
. . . and how to fix it!!
"Don't widen the plate!" An absolutely great speech!!
PRESIDENT - ELECT DONALD TRUMP
HAS QUIETLY BEGUN TO
"DRAIN THE SWAMP".
the NYTimes article entitled "Outsiders Selected by Trump Aim To
Unnerve Washington", by Michael D. Shear, Sunday Dec. 18, 2016, pA1.
See also "Tycoon Tapped As Army Secretary", by A. Osipovich et al, WSJ
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, pA1.
What a breath of fresh air!
SUNDAY, December 18,
ANOTHER CHALLENGE, ANOTHER PATH FROM REAGAN TO TRUMP.
OK. SO ITS WINTER.
Time to catch up on some timely selected reading.
1) "THE EGGHEADS BLEW IT", by William A. Donohue, in Catalyst
(www.catholicleague.org), December 2016, p3.
"TROUBLED SCHOOLS ON TRIAL: FIFTH OF SEVEN STORIES. "What does a high
school diploma prove?", by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, in The CT Mirror
(www.ctmirror.org), 12/16, 2016.
Answer: Not Much. See also my
decades-long compilation of articles and commentaries on my web site,
"Public Education Politics".
More to come. Always more...
WHAT? TRUTH-TELLING FROM THE "MAIN MEDIA"?
Is the pathologic mass hypnosis / mass hysteria beginning to subside?
As a physician, I hope so.
AMERICA THE FORTUNATE.
Americans have had, in the 240 years of our existence as a nation, the
good fortune to have been led by a number of great Presidents...and
also the misfortune to have suffered through some very bad
Presidents. Some of the great Presidents were the Founding
Fathers, Presidents Polk, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Truman,
Eisenhower and Reagan. Two who had the potential but who were
star-crossed were Kennedy and LBJ.
Two of the worst have been Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.
visited the Reagan Library this Fall, I bought a CD of his
speeches. I recently listened to his Nomination Acceptance
given at the National Republican Convention on July 17, 1980.
is amazing how closely what he followed and what he faced for the
country reflects what Donald Trump and this nation face
Every American should listen to that declaration of war against the
stupidity, cynicism and cowardice of that day - and realize the
That same stupidity, cynicism and cowardice is today
trying mightily to de-legitimize the Will of the People in their
election of Donald Trump. They are playing with fire.
At the same
time, Donald Trump has a great opportunity to become a great President,
in the mold of those noted above. He should begin by listening to
President Reagan's nomination acceptance speech.
He very likely already has, considering the many parallels in his
vision to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN".
FRIDAY, December 16,
I WONDER WHY...?
Having majored in College (New York University) in English Literature,
and having enjoyed an entire one year course in The Works of William
Shakespeare, I don't recall ever having heard of this major aspect of
his life - and evidently of his work:
"THE CATHOLICISM OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE", by Joseph Pearce, in COLUMBIA
(Knights of Columbus), December, 2016, p21).
I wonder why...?
TRYING THEIR BEST TO DE-LEGITIMIZE THE
WILL OF THE PEOPLE:
PRESIDENT - ELECT DONALD TRUMP.
AMONG THE MIDDLE EASTERN "HOLOCAUST" NOW GOING ON BEFORE OUR EYES IN
ALEPPO, THE RAMPAGING RUSSIAN BEAR, THE CONTINUING PIECEMEAL LOSS OF
OUR SOLDIERS TO ISIS AND ITS SUPPORTERS, AND THE CONTINUING DISREGARD
BY THE CHINESE NAVY OF INTERNATIONAL WATERS,
our Rodney Dangerfield in the White House "don't get no Respect".
THE STATE OF OUR HEALTH
By George A. Sprecace., M.D., J.D.
A Recent Interview with Adam Sprecace, PE,
On the Lee Elci Radio Show, December 13, 2016
Note: You can also hear the
segment broadcast on December 30, 2015...
1) A BRIEF SUMMARY OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA?
Quality: excellent at the
top; modest on average, and decreasing.
Cost: excessive and wasteful.
IN GREAT NEED OF EFFECTIVE REFORM.
2) WHAT HAS LIFE BEEN LIKE, WORKING IN THE TIME OF OBAMACARE?
(eg. patient workload,
reimbursement rates and dependability, electronic record-keeping, etc.)
Workload increasing; compensation decreasing; EMR’s poor for the
private practicing physician and patient, necessary for hospitals but
generating increasing cost and workload and decreasing quality as
measured by productive provider – patient interaction.
3) HOW HAS OBAMACARE AFFECTED PHYSICIANS?
Much more stress and
strain, with less physician and patient satisfaction.
Physician burn-out and declining physician health.
Pressure to practice UNETHICALLY: eg. ACO’s, BUNDLING, etc., which for
first time would force the physician’s self-interest to work at
variance with that of his or her patient, with whom he has a Fiduciary
4) IS OBAMACARE GETTING BETTER OR WORSE?
Obamacare was and is a Christmas Tree of Wants, with no attention given
to needed Health Care Reforms. The Goals are reduced costs at any cost,
and increased Regulations by many who have no knowledge of what they
are doing. Example: THE 30 DAY READMSSION RULE, which
substantially penalizes hospitals for readmitting an
inpatient within 30 days of discharge…EVEN FOR AN UNRELATED READMISSION
5) WHAT ABOUT THE PENALTIES FOR REFUSING TO BUY MEDICAL CARE COVERAGE
20 million subject to
penalty. 8 million paid penalty. 12 million exempt. Thus, more subject
to penalty than were covered.
6) WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING WITH RELIGIOUS HOSPITALS THAT REFUSE
TO FOLLOW OBAMACARE MANDATES?
including the USSC. Coercion: loss of Freedom of Religion, reduced
quality and availability due to intimidation and decisions in a System
(ie. Catholic Hospitals) that is nearly the largest in the nation.
7) WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT OBAMACARE?
Repeal and Replace, with a
two year transition period. a) increase insurance policy competition
across State lines; b) reduce and rationalize Regulations; c) make all
patients financially at stake at every encounter (HSA’a, co-pays,
defined contribution instead of defined benefit plans, etc; d) retain
coverage for pre-existing conditions while imposing penalties for
continued bad life-styles, which account for about 50% of all health
care costs; e) as “Defensive Medicine” accounts for 20-30% of health
care orders – costs, REFORM MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW – eg. Health Law
Courts; f) promote and enforce End Of Life Decisions – 50% of Medecare
costs occur in the last 6 months of a recipients life!;g) make
electronic medical records OPTIONAL for private physicians; h) re-think
and revise EMTALA LAW – currently a poor and wasteful use of ER’s; i)
prohibit UNETHICAL medical practice and payment programs; j) pay
physicians fairly – they are now bearing the brunt of this Christmas
8) DO PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS GENERALLY AGREE WITH YOUR POSITIONS ON
yes. Hospitals are ambivalent: gaming the system where they
can; merging and selling out; trying to “go along” so as to “be at the
table” when government decisions are made – not working; acting like
trained businessmen when dealing with professionals: “win-lose” instead
of “win-win”, treating professionals like widgets…. A bad plan.
WHAT IS YOUR PROGNOSIS?
Short-Term, GUARDED. Much
damage has been done. Long-Term, FAIR, now that competents
have retaken the ASYLUM.
NB: GEORGE A. SPRECACE, M.D., J.D. has been writing and speaking on
this subject since the late 1970’s, a practicing physician for 60
This nation has always found a way of producing greatness in times of
great need. This is one of those times. "...one nation, under God..."
A Nice bit of History
Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and
said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God
Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their
eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video
showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But
before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first
public showing of
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression.
Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go
to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE,
and American families sat around their radios in the evenings,
listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that
era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase
still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat
Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her
voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her
Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and
afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and
faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them
up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving
Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to
write a song that would make Americans feel good again about
their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he
had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that
he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in
1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.
She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by
the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God
Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over
the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in
royalties from this song.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with
the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very
first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her
voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940
movie, "You're In the Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see
a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride
in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking
for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt
whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her
fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... And for
many generations of Americans to follow.
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy
Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually
starts with” God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as
originally sung..... ENJOY!
SATURDAY, December 10,
DONALD TRUMP IN MICHIGAN ON HIS "THANK YOU" TOUR.
The Obama "Legacy":
"There was a time when cars were made in Michigan and you couldn't
drink the water in Mexico.
Now cars are made in Mexico and you can't drink the water in Flint,
"ELECTION THERAPY, FROM MY BASKET OF DEPLORABLES", by [reportedly]
Maureen Dowd, in NYTimes recently.
Election Therapy From My Basket
The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy
world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice
Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of
the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things
like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has
lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.
The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they
were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same
from a person they did not like or trust.
Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats
have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken
for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is
absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down
well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44
The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was
booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the
cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is
considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect
the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants.
Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred
candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled
midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might
understand this better if you had not received participation trophies,
undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper
understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had
more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.
If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national
election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day,
fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50
colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they
should rethink that.
Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by
homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other
“ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and
whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal
media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am
reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories
prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable
stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow
explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible
dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.”
The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse
enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and
offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this
Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over.
There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton,
Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and
Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked
about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce
Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free
concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed
to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.
As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s
a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for 1,461 days.
Shot my first turkey
Scared the shit outta everyone in the frozen food section.
It was awesome!
Gettin' old is so much fun...
Remember: Don't make old People mad.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to
piss us off.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, December 6 and 7,
That is how it was. And this is how it is now.
only a disgrace, but a national pathology among many members of at
least two generations...as demonstrated by their reaction to the
election of Donald Trump:
Mass Hysteria and / or Mass Hypnosis.
BRUTALITY" RAMPANT DISRESPECT FOR THE BADGE, WIDESPREAD CRIMINALITY,
AND "ALL LIVES MATTER".
following exchange took place with a very experienced and very
respected former Police officer. Within it are the seeds of a rational
discussion on the subject.
try to answer your questions keeping in mind I'm not a politician and
may be somewhat biased in favor of Law Enforcement especially in light
of the 121 murdered policemen this year. Speak only from my
experience with the NYC Police
Dept... I have no knowledge of other Departments training
regarding marksmanship. We have man hours of firearms training during
basic training and once or twice annually
each year thereafter. We are trained to shoot at the largest target;
sadly that is the torso. We all have seen western
movies where the good guys, wearing white hats, can shoot the gun out
of the hand of the bad guy or shoot
the heel off the shoe of an escaping perp. There are not many Wyatt
Earps in the police Dept. Also, pressure on the
police officer is a factor. More
there is the taser. Only last week or so, a police officer tasered a
man and he died of a heart attack. It appears you are damned
you do and you are damned if you don't. I believe the NYPD
instituted a psychological examination as part of their investigation
into the applicants background. Yet, some individuals change once they
put on a uniform and gun. I'm reminded of some investigations
during my time in the Internal Affairs Unit. I interviewed
wives of police officers and they would tell me that their husbands
were such nice men; but once they put on the uniform they changed.
the use of the baton or billy, that was used by foot patrolmen. I don't
know why it is not used any longer. Even when it was carried
there were complaints of brutality. Most police are in autos
rapid response. Many of the situations reported occur when
person who is brandishing a weapon are defiant and refuse to drop their
weapon and approach the officer. Sadly the results are often
tragic. As for the situation on Staten Island, again the
individual defied the officers commands. A physical encounter ensued
with tragic results.
Many of the inner city neighborhoods are
hotbeds of crime and the residents, especially the elderly, want the
police there. Because of the power the police have they are
to a higher standard. Rightly so. However' keep in
that police officers suffer the same anxieties and fears as the general
public and have a very stressful job.
I hope I addressed all of
your questions. A side note: I personally have felt
the more dangerous situations was responding to family disputes.
While attempting to escort the husband out to allow time for
disputants to cool off, the wife would assault the police. So much for
All we see and hear is
"Police shot and KILLED..." someone.
Perhaps a naive question: don't the police get training in
marksmanship? Why must the shot (s) always kill?
And why must the semi-automatic (not automatic) pistol always get off 4
or more shots at a time, as it seems to be?
am entirely supportive of the police everywhere, with two conditions:
1) they must be properly screened and then properly trained; 2) forget
the "Blue Line" when that is interpreted to mean protecting a nogoodnik
who has broken the law.
This is especially needed when a definite
part of our population no longer has respect to the badge - and is
often armed - and when another part of our sick population is looking
for "suicide by police".
In my uninformed state, I would prefer
greater use of the billy-club, more liberal and prompt police display
of their gun in hand, and the ability to hit a knee or a shoulder or
the balls. Bottom line: police must always have the right to defend
themselves from imminent attack - in the view of the policemen in the
moment. And that determination should be on a subjective basis, not on
an after-the-fact "objective" basis.
Am I making any sense here?
"Sock it to me".
THURSDAY through SUNDAY, December 1 through 4,
PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP.
As I began saying a long time ago: there's more than meets the eye, or
the nose...much more.
By a 15-year-old school kid who got an A+ for this entry
The Lord's Prayer is not allowed in most
U.S. Public schools any more.
A kid in MINNESOTA, wrote the following
NEW School Prayer:-
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all..
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the State..
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles...
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
AFTER EVENTS OF THE LAST MONTH - AND YEAR, YOU'VE EARNED THIS.
REGARDING THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,
see my two Commentaries posted on November 8, 2016. On
occasion, I shared the opinion that it was time for Pope Francis to
remove the velvet glove and bare the iron fist on some controversial
subjects roiling the Church.
Now comes a timely article that is right on point:
"HIS HOLINESS DECLINES TO ANSWER", by Ross Douthat, in NYTimes Sunday,
Nov. 27, Sunday Review p 11.