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

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SUNDAY and MONDAY, July 30 and 31, 2017

RR#1

MORE ON PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, IN FAIRNESS...
Please see my Rapid Response offering dated July 28, 2017.
Now comes an article in ctmirror.org by Matt Barnum entitled:
"Six Problems The NAACP Has With Charter Schools" (July 30, 2017).
My replies follow.
1) "Charter Schools have mixed performance", but their performance is measurably better than that of urban public schools - or they close, as noted (#2).
3) "Charters suspend black students at high rates..." and it has nothing to do with discrimination or racism. It has everything to do with respect (for themselves and for others) and personal responsibility - traits teachable only in a stable home.
4) "...financial transparency and accountability". If a problem, is that different or as bad as accountability of failing public schools protected by craven politicians?
5) "Charter schools may increase segregation"...but not for black and poor students who get a chance AND PERFORM.
6) "...low performance".  Sez who?

And then there are NAACP's recommendations for Charters.
Not surprisingly, these would eviscerate Charter schools as effective alternatives to the failed public school system - run self-servingly by teachers' unions and their wholly owned politicians.

NO: YOU STILL DON'T GET IT!

GS

RR#2

A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONAL COAST GUARD MUSEUM.
The interview with retired Adm. Robert Papp posted in The Day (July 29, 2017) is sobering, all "true, true and related".
The project is not a "slam-dunk", probably will proceed as currently envisioned - and may well be sited in the wrong place.
This well-deserved project was originally proposed to be sited, with work done by the Coast Guard Alumni Association, at Fort Trumbull - actually at the exact site of the former Kelo property.
Then came "The Troubles", and they unfortunately withdrew.
That was then.  This is Now.
Fort Trumbull, with its history of the Federal Cutter Service and ultimately of the U.S. Coast Guard going back to Alexander Hamilton and the 1790's, should be the site of the National Coast Guard Museum.  And it still can be. The City of New London could exchange the waterfront site for a comparable or larger site near the water at Fort Trumbull, probably without even losing the architectural plans for the museum - and greatly enhancing its attraction and effectiveness for itself and for the City of New London. And I predict that a lot of "potential major donors" would open their wallets to this revised project.
I have no special knowledge of what is going on here. But I have been a New London observer and participant for 54 years.  Enough with the "potential"! Let's get something done, something we can all be proud of.
George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.

RR#3

TO THE DAY EDITORIAL BOARD:
WHEN YOU'RE RIGHT, YOU'RE RIGHT.
As I have been stating and writing for decades in various publications and on my web site, Health Care in America is in desperate need of Reform...and specific reforms as identified so many times. Not the Christmas Tree of wants that is ObamaCare. And not the pastiche of incompatible proposals derived directly from political donors of our fearless leaders.
Here I quote and support a recent Day editorial statement:
"What most Americans desire is for their elected representatives in Washington to work together and compromise. They want an approach to health care that maintains some of the protections that...Democrats provided in passing 'Obamacare' but with Republican reforms to eliminate the bureaucratic entanglements and mandates that conservatives say are choking competition in the insurance market and driving up costs."
Yes: at least that...and much more.

GS

McCain’s right: Collaborate on health care

RR#4

TO ALL DELUDED "LEFTIES" OUT THERE:
You don't want the Truth. You can't handle the Truth.
Read the article published today on CNS News (www.cnsnews.com):
"New Report Exposes Thousands of Illegal Votes From 2016 Election",
by Hans von Spakovsky.
This is "...the low end of the spectrum, and it does not even account for other types of fraud such as ineligible voting by non-citizens and felons and absentee ballot fraud".
More to come.

GS

RR#5

THE SWAMP TEEMS WITH THESE ORGANSMS

GS

How Trump could win the ObamaCare fight

SATURDAY, July 29, 2017

RR#1

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

GS

Pro-Life Wins Again in United Nations, with President Trump’s Help

RR#2

EUROPE IS COMMITTING SUICIDE.
Please see the book by Douglas Murray, just published:
"The Strange Death of Europe" (Bloomsbury, 2017)
It is the story of the massive invasion and imminent conquest of the heart of Western civilization by refugees, immigrants and invaders from Africa and the Middle East, most of them Muslims who have no interest in integrating into the host societies and who insist on their hosts' conversion to Islam or to slavery or death.
This is not hyperbole. The reasons for and progress of this process are painfully detailed by the author. One of the most troubling points made is that it has been undertaken by the various nations' leaders,  without approval of their citizenry and with suppression of contrary opinion with charges like racism. One of this main characters in this travesty has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Many of us in America hope that the lands of our heritage awaken from their destructive delusion in time for rehabilitation. Meanwhile, we here have voted to restore America to its greatness, first and foremost...and then to help Europe as best we can and hopefully in time.

GS

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017

RR#1

It Never Ends: THE STUPIDITY OF BLACK "LEADERS".

At least the Teachers' Unions have known since the 1970's what they have been doing: feathering their own beds at the expense of generations of mainly poor and Black children.
But the Black Community, blindly following their execrable "leaders" and cynical Democratic politicians, Don't Have A Clue!

GS

Charter Grads Get a Leg Up in College

RR#2

CHARLIE GARD, REST IN PEACE.
But it is unfortunate that the heated debates about his fate never once to my knowledge included the Medical Concept of "FUTILITY".
The dilemma here could have been much more easily approached and resolved. Please Search the concept "Futility and Medicine". One good exposition is found in "MEDICAL FUTILITY", by Nancy S. Jecker, PhD

GS

Medical Futility

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017

JUST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED.

GS

The Top Ten Surprises About Med School, as Told By a Doctor

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017

"STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES".

GS

You Won’t Believe What Mad Dog Mattis Said About Putin

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017

Senator McCain's Speech to the Senate, July 25, 2017.
Right on, Senator. We pray for you.

GS

McCain: ‘I will not vote for this bill as it is today’

MONDAY, July 24, 2017

FYI.

GS

You’ll Never Guess Who Was Just Exposed For Collusion During The Election

SUNDAY, July 23, 2017

RR#1

I BELIEVE.

GS

Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Good Seed and the Darnel

RR#2

"JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM.  JUST THE FACTS".

GS

Schumer and Pelosi are trying to hide this secret from the American people

RR#3

PALESTINIANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN BAD FAITH,

SINCE THE EARLY1900'S.

See the relevant sections of an excellent book entitled
"A PEACE TO END ALL PEACE", by David Fromkin (Henry Holt, 1989, 2009).

GS

State Department Touting Palestinian Charade*

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, July 21 and 22, 2017

PRACTISING PHYSICIANS' OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCE:
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS.

About 6 years ago, I had to make a medical practice decision: whether or not to computerize my clinical medical practice. NO. It was and is one of the best decisions I ever made since deciding to become a physician. My billing is out-sourced. Other than that my patients and I actually Talk with each other, face-to-face, in a comfortable office setting replete with photos of my family and our travel adventures. Within a short time into our first meeting, we are friends.
In return for that privilege for both my patient and myself, I am currently being fined 2% of my Medicare fees (already about 40% "discounted" (aka "stolen") from my fair billing for the services of a physician with 60 years of clinical experience. And that penalty will rise yearly for the next several years.
I am not a Luddite. In 1983, I purchased a Tandy Radio Shack Model ll "computer", complete with external floppy discs, to see if it would benefit my office work. No. That was followed by an Apple - Macintosh computer and Viavoice dictating system. No. That was followed by an invited visit, as a representative of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston to review their state-of-the-art computerization. And long before that, my Residency colleagues and I at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC published a medical research paper in 1963 based on computer key punch cards, a medical novelty then.
Since then and for several decades, I have maintained a comprehensive web site, computerized of course.
Meanwhile, my physician colleagues who practice Clinical Medicine and who took the bait (literally, in the form of subsidized computer purchases) are pulling out their few remaining hairs. NO, THANKS
.
GS

These doctors think electronic health records are hurting their relationships with patients

TUESDAY through THURSDAY, July 18 through 20, 2017

ON REPUBLICANS, "REPUBLICRATS" AND HEALTH CARE.
Please review the Editorial entitled "The ObamaCare Republicans", WSJ Wednesday July 19, 2017.
Then memorize the photos and names of those "Republicans" who sank the long-promised Republican repeal and replace of ObamaCare, that 2,200 page Christmas Tree of Wants for an increasingly "entitled" electorate.
Persons like Senator Susan Collins, a Democrat if there ever was one.
And Governor John Kumbaya Kasich.
And Senator Rand Paul, a principled physician - legislator for whom unfortunately the Perfect must be the enemy of the Good.
As stated in the editorial: "Voters may repeal and replace the Senators who broke their promise...If the ObamaCare Republicans now get primary opponents, they have earned them."
That's exactly what I proposed in an earlier Rapid Response.
Actions as well as Inactions must have consequences.

GS

How Krauthammer would transform health care

TUESDAY through THURSDAY, July 18 through 20, 2017

RR#1

EXACTLY. Dr. Krauthammer and I agree on the needed approach to true HEALTH CARE REFORM.

GS

How Krauthammer would transform health care

RR#2

MORE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE "SYSTEM".
Which of these doctors would you want to take care of you or a loved one?
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

GS

The secret horrors of sleep-deprived doctors

MONDAY, July 17, 2017

LOOKING BEHIND THE SCREEN IN FABLED NEW LONDON.

If you would serve New London

SUNDAY, July 16, 2017

RR#1

"UNDERSTANDING TRUMP", BY NEWT GINGRICH.
This is a description of a historical person in a historical time,
by a practising Historian.
Of the three types of people...those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who are constantly saying "Wha Hoppen"... former Speaker Gingrich and President Trump are firmly in the first group.
The book is extremely informative.
And one of its best assets is Gingrich introducing us (at least me) to a descriptive defined by the author N.N.Taleb: "IYI: INTELLECTUAL YET IDIOT", in Part 2, Chapter 4. "Ah Has Seen The Light". I had been searching for decades for a term suitable to describe the other end of people from the one extreme ("small, little people") to the other. This is it! 
So I would suggest that you start reading the book with this section. But definitely read the book. If you don't, select which extreme you belong in.

GS

RR#2

Our families are products of the free market system. Nobody gave us anything. Nor did we expect it. In that system, there were always winners and losers. Then that was allowed, even expected - like the tides. Given the last two or three generations, losing is not allowed. Everyone must be a "winner", with "participation awards", with diluted grades at both levels of the spectrum, and above all with ENTITLEMENTS. The word itself indicates the mind - set: we don't have to earn or be responsible...we are Entitled. The concept has now altered the genetics of hundreds of millions of voters and potential voters and illegal voters. The Democratic and Republican and Republicrat politicians have done their job well.
Thus, whether we are dealing with what the author N.N.Taleb has coined "IYY" ("Intellectual yet idiot") or just with run of the mill hypocracy  / cynicism, THERE MUST BE NO LOSERS, as is inevitable in a free market system.
And there is another problem. The "Free Market System" (aka. Wall Street in many minds) is simply not to be trusted. Washington is considered not the only "swamp". I think you will agree that some of this has been earned.
So, what to do?
For that, you need to read or re-read my many commentaries regarding HEALTH CARE REFORM" which populate my web site. They are all designed to re-inject Personal Responsibility into the Health Care System. They are all doable, given the legislative will. And they will all be attacked: "YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, JUST GIVE ME MY ENTITLEMENT".
The end-game of that unsustainable scenario: with or without "medical care", prepare to suffer and die.
"In a democracy, the people always get what they deserve".

GS

Although there are of course bad actors in the free market, they are held accountable for their actions. Bad actors in government are much more dangerous because they have the ability to use force over others (that is the essence of government) and the government just throws more money at problem programs and departments while private companies are decimated by the market, the SEC, and the DOJ when the do something fraudulent (as they should be).

The Failure to Repeal Obamacare Is an Intellectual Failure

MORE ON HEALTH CARE: THE TRUTH, FOR A CHANGE.

GS

Why Single-Payer Health Care Delivers Poor Quality at High Cost

RR#3

WANT THE TRUTH, OR DO YOU WANT FAKE NEWS?
The attached by Professor Dershowitz, a Liberal and a Clinton supporter and a prominent expert on the American Constitution, should be seen and heard, if you are interested in the Truth.
Are you?

GS

Dershowitz's surprising take on Donald Trump Jr. controversy

RR#4

MORE DETAILED FACTS AND SOURCES ABOUT THE "DEEP STATE".
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?
That is why, as I have said now a number of times in this section: 'THIS IS WAR".

GS

Former FBI Agent Alleges Shocking Treasonous Behavior From The Deep State

SATURDAY, July 15, 2017

RR#1

ONCE AGAIN, WHY ARE WE THERE?

GS

Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’

Trump faces a ‘victory problem’ in Afghanistan

RR#2

DELUSIONAL.
To All Democratic Moderates (of which I was a member for over 30 years) and Liberals:
Is this what your Party has descended to? You and your nation deserve better than this.

GS

Chuck Schumer And Nancy Pelosi Made A Bizarre Announcement About 2018

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017

RR#1

ABOUT REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, AND REPUBLICRATS.
Let's cut to the chase: "A POX ON ALL THEIR HOUSES".
This is yet another result of the societal effects of the Viet Nam War, during which I predicted that America would face the ignorance and self-centered posture of two generations: "Horses' Ass and Son of Horses' Ass." I was wrong. I should have added "Grandson of Horses' Ass". And even worse: many of them went into "Politics".
How else to explain Republicans, even Conservative Republicans, who keep putting their personal goals (ie. constant re-election) way ahead of public service and even just common sense. How else to explain "Democrats", certainly not the Party of FDR or of Truman or of our parents, who either are or have surrendered to hysterical and delusional Leftists...and who in the latest manifestation of this capitulation cannot find even One of their own to see the importance of greatly revising ObamaCare, that Christmas Tree of Wants erected with no regard for sorely needed Health Care Reforms.
And then there are the RINO's, who need a more descriptive name: Republicrats. They are the worst.
What to do?
1) Support any State efforts to convene a U.S. Constitutional Convention to apply strict term limits on all Federal legislators. This must come from the States, for Congress will never do it to itself.
2) Join a Political Party, be it Republican or Democrat, in order to be able to participate in Party Primaries. Then carefully select Primary candidates to vote for instead of all incumbents. THROW THE BUMS OUT!
3) GET  OUT and participate actively in all election activities, local, State and National. This is vital and noble service, especially in these times when compromise (the mother's milk of politics properly conducted) is no longer possible. THIS IS WAR.
4) VOTE, whenever and wherever you are give the opportunity.
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own"...really.

GS

RR#2

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER HAS A PROBLEM. IT'S CALLED DONALD TRUMP.
For a very long time, and long before the Presidential election, Dr. Krauthammer has had a problem with Donald Trump: a personal problem, a problem of divergent personalities and styles,  and perhaps also a problem of envy.
I have long expressed on this site my appreciation for the work and insights of Dr. Krauthammer. But I have also recognized and stated the above. Does this psychiatrist recognize it in himself? I doubt it.
But the example provided here is the latest instance, wherein he is both wrong and hyperbolic. See also my recent offering entitled "SPLAIN ME".
The good doctor may want to seek a professional consultation.

GS

Krauthammer: Donald Jr. Story 'First Empirical Evidence' of Collusion

RR#3

THIS IS INSANE.

And this is why, so far as dealing with Leftists is concerned, this is WAR.
It will continue until Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020.

GS

The Hysterical Absurdity of the Modern Media

TUESDAY through THURSDAY, July 11 through 13, 2017

"SPLAIN ME".
This is about the current Trump Jr. branch of the Trump - Russia story.
First a few "givens", so far as I am concerned.
1) Russia is, has always been and probably always will be not to be believed. Any dealings with Russia must always be proven fact-based.
2) Russia cannot be and will not be ignored or side-lined in world affairs.
3) Therefore, and contrary to the fulminations of such perpetual anti - Russia warriors as Senator John McCain, Russia must be engaged and taken into consideration in all global issues.
4) What is supposed to be new, but is very likely not new, is Russia's "meddling" in America's elections, which has probably been going on for a very long time. It has just been made much easier and much more transparent since the advent of cyber-communications.
5) Russia's intent for these activities could be directed toward one or all of at least three goals: anti - Democracy; anti - Clinton; anti - Trump. Dis-information is Russia's stock - in - trade...even before oil.
6) Any proven effort by either the Clinton or Trump group to participate actively in such Russian activities could be criminal and should be investigated and reported out asap...and not used as a political weapon by delay. Merely monitoring or being aware of such Russian activities would be prudent and not criminal.

Now regarding the latest episode, the Trump Jr. revelations, consider the context, especially from my original position:
"Anybody But Bonnie and Clyde."
Given the context of Hillary's official e-mail abuses, given the revelations regarding the Clinton Foundation including while she was Secretary of State, given her having negotiated away to Russia 20% of America's uranium sources, and more...and given the offer of Facts regarding further nefarious and possibly criminal activities on her part, it would be an obligation of any American to seek out those Facts, whatever the source, to prevent such a person from gaining the Presidency of the United States.
So: "SPLAIN ME".

GS

MONDAY, July 10, 2017

GEORGE SOROS, IN FULL VIEW.

GS

Soros is No Dreyfus

SUNDAY, July 9, 2017

RR#1
ARLINGTON CEMETERY
 
Jeopardy Question:
 
On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was "How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?"
All three contestants missed it!   
This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance Fascinating. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
 
1.
How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?
21 steps:  It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
 
2.
How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.

3.
Why are his gloves wet?
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
 
4.
Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
 
5.
How often are the guards changed?
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6.
What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.

They
must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
uniform or the tomb in any way.

After
two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
is worn on
their lapel signifying they
served as guard of the tomb. There are only
400 presently worn. The guard must obey
these rules for the rest of their
lives or
give up the wreath pin.

The
shoes are specially made with very thick soles
to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
There are metal heel plates that extend to
the top
of the shoe in order to make the loud click as
they come
to a halt.
 
There are no
wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards
dress for duty
in front of a full-length
mirror.
 
The first six months of duty a
guard cannot talk to anyone nor
watch TV.
All off duty time is spent studying the 175
notable people laid
to rest in
Arlington National Cemetery.
A guard must memorize who they are and where
they are interred. Among the notables are:
 
President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
 
In
2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
approaching Washington,
DC, our
US Senate/House took 2 days
off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
evening news, it was reported that because of
the dangers from the
hurricane, the military
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
of
the Unknown Soldier were given permission
to suspend the assignment. They
respectfully declined the offer, "No way,
Sir!" Soaked to the skin,
marching in the
pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that
guarding
the Tomb was not just an assignment,
it was the highest honor that can be
afforded
to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled
continuously,
24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.

GOD BLESS AMERICA
THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE WHO KEEP IT THAT WAY!

RR#2

CROWD PSYCHOLOGY, ALSO KNOW AS MOB PSYCHOLOGY.
Whether in some American cities or in Hamburg or elsewhere, this pathology needs to be recognized and addressed. In Russia it led to revolution in 1918. In Germany it led to the rise of Hitler in 1933. These are just two of many examples throughout the world and throughout History.
In America, we are witnessing this in the hysteria of the Left following the election of Donald Trump as President. It is not curious. It is not funny. It is not harmless.  It is sick. It needs to be recognized and addressed. It cannot be ignored.
Meanwhile, the  President goes about his responsibilities, both domestic and as once again a Leader of the Free World.
Thank you, Mr. President.

GS

RR#3

"SHOCKING".
I do not recall ever using that word to describe my reaction to something, anything. So, I am not easily "shocked".
But please read in toto the article in the WSJ (July 5, 2017, Opinion, pA17) entitled: WILL TRUMP END CAMPUS KANGAROO COURTS?"
One need not be a member of the Bar (Connecticut), as I am, to be totally SHOCKED by what the Leftist Obama administration put into effect by fiat and by financial blackmail at our "institutions of higher learning", and with collusion by the American Bar Association, in support of Leftist totally distorted concepts of "sexual equality" and of fundamental fairness.
Folks, I do not engage in hyperbole. Research, facts and problem solving are my stock in trade. But America is in dangerous waters. If such issues are not addressed and resolved soon, then when the remainder of the "Silent Majority" awaken there will be massive civil unrest - and possible Civil War. And then the "Leftists" will not be able to use their historically famous tactic: "When the fighting starts, the  leftists leave the room".

GS

Will Trump End Campus Kangaroo Courts?

RR#4

SHOULD PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUE TO "TWEET"?
How else are we going to get real News as well as clear insights into the thinking of a very important man.

And how else are we going to know the flaky responses by otherwise responsible people like Senator John McCain and Senator Rubio when it comes to "dealing" with Russia? How does America NOT "deal" with the other strongest nuclear nation on Earth, a nation with a population of comparable size and a land mass encompassing 9 time zones, etc., etc., etc.?
Stupid.

GS

Trump: 'Time to Move Forward' with Russia

RR#5

TO MY READERS: DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR:
Listen to President Trump's Speech in Poland, July 6, 2017, in full.

GS

SATURDAY, July 8, 2017

"STUPIDO, STUPIDO, STUPIDO".

GS

NYC mayor criticized for going to Germany to protest Trump as city mourns officer’s death

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 6 and 7, 2017

RR#1

"GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."

GS

Reliques

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF
WONDERFUL TRIVIA..............
             ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR
MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.
             HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON,
             "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR
MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.
             BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE
ENIGMATIC REMARK "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."
             MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK
CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT.
             HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER
THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.

             OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO
WHAT THE 'GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY' STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS
JUST SMILED.

             ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA, WHILE ANSWERING
QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD
QUESTION ABOUT MR.GORSKY AND
             THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE HIS MR. GORSKY
HAD JUST DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE
QUESTION.
             HERE IS THE ANSWER TO
             "WHO WAS MR. GORSKY?":
             IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN,
HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.
             HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S
YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW.
             HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY.
             AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG
HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT
             MR. GORSKY,
             "SEX! YOU WANT SEX?! YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT
DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"
             It broke the place up.
             NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FAMILY CONFIRMED THAT
             THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

RR#2

THE TRUMP / PUTIN CONFERENCE, 2 1/4 HOURS, scheduled for 1/2 hour.
in case all you can find is "Fake News"...like the stupid distortions reported on NPR, except for the commentary of David Brooks.  From under what moldy rock do these Leftists emerge?

GS

U.S. side says Trump pressed Putin on election meddling, now wants to ‘move forward’

RR#3

REGARDING NORTH KOREA...
This proposal makes more good sense than anything I have heard or read to date.

GS

Fixing the Mess in Korea

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017

REGARDING CHARLIE GARD AND A GOVERNMENT ONE-PAYOR SYSTEM.
Several articles in this reference discuss the plight of the baby and his parents, faced with the unilateral decision of an intransigent national government.

In a case like this, the foundational principle of FUTILITY, decided upon by independent treating physicians, should be paramount.

Not here, and not in America if a single-payor system is ever decided upon.

You want the Truth? This is the truth regarding who would get what care, when, why, how and IF.

GS

Hospital Refuses to Transfer Charlie Gard to Vatican Hospital Offering to Care for Him

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017

RR#1

SO THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED...
As I have written a number of times, the events of the 1960's and their consequences have had a worse impact on this nation than the Civil War. 
America today faces the same existential threat as that faced by England during 1939-1942.
What to do?
In the immortal words of Winston Churchill:
"NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, - IN NOTHING, GREAT OR SMALL, LARGE OR PETTY - NEVER GIVE IN EXCEPT TO CONVICTIONS OF HONOR AND GOOD SENSE."
Address at Harrow School, Oct. 29, 1941.

GS

Krauthammer: American kids taught 'abnormal, anti-American' lessons

RR#2

Happy 4th of July! these are the heroes that enable us to live in such a great country.

The Navy way!

Mike Monsoor, Was Awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" Last Week,
For Giving His Life In Iraq, As He Jumped On, And Covered With His Body, A Live Hand Grenade,
Saving The Lives Of A Large Group Of Navy Seals That Was Passing By!

~

During Mike Monsoor's Funeral,

At Ft.RosecransNationalCemetery, In San Diego , California ..

The Six Pallbearers Removed The Rosewood Casket From The Hearse,

And Lined Up On Each Side Of Mike Monsoor's Casket,

Were His Family Members, Friends, Fellow Sailors, And Well-wishers.

The Column Of People Continued From The Hearse, All The Way To The
Grave Site.

What The Group Didn't Know At The Time Was,

Every Navy Seal

(45 To Be Exact)
That Mike Monsoor Saved That Day Was Scattered Through-Out The Column!

As The Pallbearers Carried The Rosewood Casket

Down The Column Of People To The Grave Side.

The Column Would Collapse.

Which Formed A Group Of People That Followed Behind.

Every Time The Rosewood Casket Passed A Navy Seal,

He Would Remove His Gold Trident Pin From His Uniform,

And Slap It Down Hard,

Causing The Gold Trident Pin To Embed Itself

Into The Top Of The Wooden Casket!

Then The Navy Seal Would Step Back From The Column, And Salute!

Now For Those,

Who Don't Know What A Trident Pin Is,

Here Is The Definition!

After One Completes The Basic Navy Seals Program Which Lasts For Three
Weeks,
And Is Followed By Seal Qualification Training,
Which Is 15 More Weeks Of Training,
Necessary To Continue Improving Basic Skills And To Learn New Tactics
And Techniques,
Required For An Assignment To A Navy Seal Platoon.
After successful completion,
Trainees Are Given Their Naval Enlisted Code,
And Are Awarded The Navy Seal Trident Pin.
With This Gold Pin They Are Now Officially Navy Seals!

It Was Said,

That You Could Hear Each Of The 45 Slaps >From Across The Cemetery!
By The Time The Rosewood Casket Reached The Grave Site,
It Looked As Though It Had A Gold Inlay From The 45 Trident Pins That
Lined The Top!

This Was A Fitting End To An Eternal Send-Off For A Warrior Hero!

This Should Be Front-Page News!

Instead Of The Garbage We Listen To And See Every Day.

RR#3

A LITTLE BIT OF AMERICANA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US ALL.

GS

Things You Never Knew About 25 US Presidents (.pdf)

RR#4

'LEST WE FORGET...
or in today's "scholarship", never learned.

GS

The Importance of Leadership

RR#5

NO. REALLY? WHO WUDDA THUNK IT?

GS

Food stamp rolls plummet in states that restore work requirements

MONDAY, July 3, 2017

RR#1

OBAMA AND TRUMP: AN 8 YEAR PRETENDER TO THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY, AND THE REAL DEAL.

GS

Obama Blasts Patriotism Overseas— On July 4th Weekend

RR#2

Carl Bernstein: This is way beyond hysteria. This is psychotic.
And then see Governor Huckabee's reply.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States performs the duties for which he was elected: draining the Washington Swamp; and restoring this nation's Greatness, for all Americans who appreciate it.

Next up, negotiations with the world, once again from a position of strength, self-confidence and purpose.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US...AND U.S.

GS

Carl Bernstein Slams Trump's 'Malignant' Presidency

Huckabee: Media 'Hates Trump More Than They Love America'

RR#3

AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR A LONG TIME;

THE HEALTH CARE CHRISTMAS TREE.
Except this time around it's the Rino Senators and Establishment Medicine that are reaching for more decorations.

GS

White House: Trump Backs Repeal-Only Health Bill as 'Option'

SUNDAY, July 2, 2017

RR#1

IMPORTANT:
HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, "PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS", AND GENETIC TESTING.
A genetic pre-disposition is Not a "pre-existing condition". I argued that years ago, including on this web site. But I then cautioned patients and the public not to undertake genetic testing unless and until iron-clad safeguards for their equal insurability were in place. Those safe-guards eventually came in the form of a Federal Law: GINA.
See the article published in ctmirror.org July 2, 2017:
"Safe Under ACA, Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions Now Afraid", by Charlotte Huff / Kaiser Health News.
Of course, when dealing with lawyers and paid-off legislators, "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is".
Any new Health Care legislation MUST safeguard the equal insurability of persons who might seek information about genetic pre-dispositions before any "manifest disease" is diagnosed. The alternate - no protection or weasel-word "protection" would effectively eliminate this important method of avoiding "manifest disease" in time.

GS

Safe under ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now afraid

RR#2

FOR A "SOCIAL SAFETY NET"...
See: "DeLauro Fights Political Winds With Book Making Case For Social Safety Net", as reported by Ana Radelat, ctmirror.org, July 2, 2017.
"I believe the social safety net represents a responsibility to one another. It's a shared responsibility, if you will, a moral responsibility... That's something I learned from my parents, and they made government work for people".
Well, I learned from my Italian-American parents too. And what I learned was that the recipients of help had their own responsibilities.
As Jesus said in the Bible (or was it my father?), "GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES". Ms. DeLauro seems to have missed or forgotten that lesson. But I will buy and read her book:
"The Least Among Us: Waging The Battle For The Vulnerable".

GS

DeLauro fights political winds with book making case for social safety net

RR#3

"RETURNING TO THE WATER TO UNITE OUR REGION".
(Editorial, The Day, July 2, 2017).
As we approach this nation's birthday, what a nice birthday gift for Americans who live, work and play in this region. Especially for New London, that fabled land of constant "potential" and never achieved actualization, this should be a "No-Brainer". As I have heard Mayor Michael Passero say on several occasions: "When looking for the future of New London, don't look up State Street.  Turn around. The Water is your future."
We at the Custom House Maritime Museum have been doing exactly that since the year 2000, when I convinced the Board of Trustees to use the then recently passed National Lighthouse Preservation Act to apply for ownership of New London Harbor Lighthouse in order to preserve it for the Public instead of having it sold privately to the highest bidder. The organization achieved that in 2008. Then we achieved the same for Race Rock and Ledge Light. Then we rehabilitated New London Harbor Lighthouse at a cost of nearly 1/2 million dollars.  Then we initiated water tours of the lighthouses as well as land visitations for NLHL. Throughout those years, the Custom House has continued to be a beacon for the rich maritime history of Greater New London, originally extending from the Connecticut River to the Rhode Island border.
Then came "The Troubles".
Enough of that!
With the help of our friends and supporters, some of whom abandoned us during those "Troubles", we are positioned to "Damn the torpedoes.  Full speed ahead."
Please help us, help your greater selves, and help the Region.

GS

Returning to the water to unite our region

RR#4

IT APPEARS THAT 2017 IS A GREAT YEAR FOR NUTRITION RESEARCH.
One surprising and important example:
* Decaffeinated drinks, including decaf. coffee, has all sorts of good health effects (including on prolonging life span), while increased Caffeine intake at least shortens telomeres and thus reduces life span. Thus, "Coffee intake" and 'Caffeine intake" are not the same and do not have the same health results!

Who Knew?  Now you know.
And check out several other correlations as presented.
Buon' Appetito.

GS

Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality - A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies

RR#5

MORE, EVER MORE, ON HEALTH CARE. 
This report has it exactly right.

GS

Elizabeth Warren Came Up With An Insane Idea That Would Destroy America

RR#6

MORE ABOUT "THE SILENT GENERATION", BORN IN THE 1930'S AND 1940'S.

GS

League of Their Own Former Player

RR#7

FYI, FROM ONE OF THESE LUCKY ONES (1933).
And we can still teach you a great deal.  Just ask.

GS

Children of (1930s) & (1940s)

Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age. We are the Silent Generation.
We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s. We are the "last ones."
 
We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
 
We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.
We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.
 We hand mixed ’white stuff’ with ‘yellow stuff’ to make fake butter.
 
We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available.  We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch. [A friend’s mother delivered milk in a horse drawn cart.] We sometimes fed the horse.
 
We are the last to hear Roosevelt's radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors.
 
We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.
 
We saw the 'boys' home from the war, build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out.
 
We remember trying to buy a new car after the war. The new cars were coming through with wooden bumpers.
 
We are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead we imagined what we heard on the radio.
 
As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood "playing outside until the street lights came on."  We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no little league.  There was no city playground for kids.
 
To play in the water, we turned the fire hydrants on and ran through the spray.
 
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.
 
Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
 
Telephones were one to a house, often party-lined and hung on the wall.
 
Computers were called calculators, which only added and were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ribbon. The ‘internet’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that didn’t exist.
 
We are the last group who had to find out for ourselves  As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
 
The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.
VA loans fanned a housing boom. Pent-up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.  New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
 
In the late 40's and early 50's the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk, but quiet, order as it gave birth to its new middle class (which became known as ‘Baby Boomers’).
 
The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands of stations.  The telephone started to become a common method of communications and "Faxes" sent hard copy around the world.
 
Our parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.  We weren't neglected but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus.
 
They were glad we played by ourselves 'until the street lights came on.'  They were busy discovering the post war world.
 
Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and started to find out what the world was about.
 
We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.
 
Based on our na´ve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.
 
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.
 
Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience. Depression poverty was deep rooted.  Polio was still a crippler.  The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks.
 
Russia built the “Iron Curtain” and China became Red China.  Eisenhower sent the first 'advisors' to Vietnam ; and years later, Johnson invented a war there.  Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.
 
We are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland.
 
We came of age in the 40s and early 50s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, Martin Luther King, civil rights, technological upheaval, “global warming”, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.
 
Only our generation can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We have lived through both.
 
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better, not worse.
 
We are the Silent Generation - "The Last Ones".
 
More than 99.9% of us are either retired or deceased, and feel privileged to have "lived in the best of times”.

RR#8

GOD BLESS ALL THOSE WHO PROTECT US WITH THEIR LIVES, AND THOSE THEY LEAVE BEHIND.

GS

4th of July Message (.pdf)

SATURDAY, July 1, 2017

RR#1

THE QUEST: FOREVER TRYING TO MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW'S EAR:  HEALTH CARE.
As I have said before, many times, and will keep saying:
Health Care policy and regulations require real and specific Health Care Reforms - which are considered poison pills by all the players - and now including the People...who are increasingly considering this a Right, an Entitlement, without any responsibility on their part.
WRONG.
Meanwhile, three recent sources provide a very good projection of current efforts to redesign the Sow's Ear.
1) "Senators Lay Out Demands On Health", by Louise Radnofsky, WSJ June 26, 2017, pA1.
2) "The Republicaid Party?", Editorial, WSJ Thursday, June 29, 2017pA16.
3) "The GOP's Schumer Option", Editorial, WSJ June 28, 2017, pA16.

GS

RR#2

"UNCIVIL" war, or CIVIL WAR?
I must admit that I have for some time been concerned about these prospects, given the state of discourse and actions infecting this country. The risk comes from the unhinged Leftists and their paid and unpaid foot soldiers who have taken to the streets and campuses with all manner of unwise and even reckless comments and activities in support of their totalitarian demands.
It certainly does not come from moderate and conservative Americans, both Republican and Democratic in leanings...people who just want to be left alone and not subject to the effluvium out there. But these latter people are very well capable of counter-punching with great effect.  Thus, the question above.
Now comes an illuminating interview with Allen Guelzo, an established historian of America. The interview appears in WSJ July 1-2, 2017, by James Taranto, Opinion, pA11:
"DIVIDED AMERICA STANDS - THEN, AND NOW."
Surprisingly, it is reassuring in a well-reasoned way.
So, here I offer to paraphrase by extension a well-known truism:
"He who does not know History is doomed to repeat it"
And he who does know History is empowered to predict the Future.

GS

RR#3

THE QUEST: FOREVER TRYING TO MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW'S EAR:  HEALTH CARE.
As I have said before, many times, and will keep saying:
Health Care policy and regulations require real and specific Health Care Reforms - which are considered poison pills by all the players - and now including the People...who are increasingly considering this a Right, an Entitlement, without any responsibility on their part.
WRONG.
Meanwhile, three recent sources provide a very good projection of current efforts to redesign the Sow's Ear.
1) "Senators Lay Out Demands On Health", by Louise Radnofsky, WSJ June 26, 2017, pA1.
2) "The Republicaid Party?", Editorial, WSJ Thursday, June 29, 2017pA16.
3) "The GOP's Schumer Option", Editorial, WSJ June 28, 2017, pA16.

GS

Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory and protects brain against Alzheimer's disease, new research at Temple shows

RR#4

PRESIDENT TRUMP, MSNBC, AND HIS TWEETS: "ON THE OTHER HAND..."

GS

Trumps Attacks Morning Joe Hosts Defenders

RR#5

RE. FUNDAMENTALIST / TERRORISTS, ALLEGED "MUSLIMS".
Who is responsible for eliminating this curse on the Religion of Islam and on the world? Muslims are responsible.

GS

RESPONSE To Muslim Confusion

Pilot's response to a Muslim doctor's complaint! Very well said and worth reading!
This is, unfortunately true for most of us.
 
Read to the bottom, there also are a Canadian, British and Australian response.
 
To me it makes a lot of sense, and would make for a better understanding between the different faiths.
 
Please share with your Muslim friends!
 
No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda
 
CANADIAN COMMENT APPEARS AT THE END OF THE
ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL.
THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT.
 
This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter.
 
A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.  The following is a letter from a pilot.  This well - spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully.
 
YOU WORRY ME!
By Captain John Maniscalco, American Airlines Pilot
 
I've been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me  I wish you didn't.  I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country.  But you don't blend in anymore.  I notice you, and it worries me.
 
I notice you because I can't help it anymore.  People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now.
I don't fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.
 
On September 11, ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country.  They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others, hacking their necks, over and over, with box cutters.  They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings, killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.
 
The Palestinians celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world.  So, I notice you now. I don't want to be worried.
I don't want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists.  But I need your help.  As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.
 
How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter MORE of the same good neighbors and children?
 
The events of September 11 changed the answer..  It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults.  It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.
 
I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America .....  Do you pledge allegiance to its flag?  Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car?  Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper?  Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads?  Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords?  A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots, who have through our history, given their lives for this country?  Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice?  Do you love America??  If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.
 
Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America.  Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, because I worry about who you regard as innocent.  No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action.  What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of continuing crisis, at this time of war?
 
I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets.  I want to hear you chanting 'Allah Bless America'.  I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military.  I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to our returning wounded and to this nation as a whole.
 
The FBI has had a long list of people they’ve wanted to interact with regarding the threats that they believe to be ongoing. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities.  You know them.  You know where they are.  Give the FBI a heads up as to where they may be.  Better yet, hand them over to us, NOW!  But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action.  Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter.  You have disappeared from the streets.  You have posted armed security guards at your facilities.  You have threatened lawsuits.  You have screamed for protection from reprisals.
 
The very few Arab/Muslim representatives, like CARE, that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating.  They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States apologize and take responsibility for actions defending our own people.  They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing 'leaders' like the late Khadafi, the late Hussein, Farrakhan, and the late Arafat.
 
If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up.  What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and true, when your 'leaders' ARE teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?  It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion.  A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again.  A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide.  A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world.
 
A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air.  A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth.  A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
 
We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us -- our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.  I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to DEMAND it.  A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
 
I am pleading with you to let me know.  I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American..... But there can be no grey areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand.  Until then, "YOU WORRY ME!"
 
CANADIAN COMMENTS:
 
I totally agree with this sentiment.  I hope you will forget all about the 'political correctness' mandate we've had rammed down our throats by so many on the left, and see if this doesn't ring true in your heart and mind.  For Canada, with all the multiculturalism we've been told is so important...why should we not, as Canadians, expect that the millions of new people immigrating to our country will show their love for our country, their allegiance to our country, their willingness to obey the laws of our country, and acceptance that we are a Christian country?  Just because they are able to enjoy exercising their own religion, they should NOT expect us to be ashamed of ours.  They knew Canada was a Christian country when they came here.  Why are we erasing Christianity because immigrants who are unwilling to adopt our way of life expect us to?  There is just too much insanity in the world, and we have to start taking a stand.
 
I hope you will forward this, so that others will feel they are not alone if they are starting to feel the same.
 
BRITISH COMMENTS:  At last a clear non-racist example of the concerns that the vast majority of our Nations population probably share.  The pilot's letter encapsulates all that is fair and just about national pride and protection of one's national culture.  I fear it may be too late here in UK, BUT we too want our country back in the form that attracted all these different cultures to come here in the first place!!  In all our conversations with a wide range of friends and acquaintances we have not met one that disagrees with our own views.
 
If only we all had the courage of our convictions to pass this on, it is a statement that should be accepted as the heart-felt feelings of someone with honest commendable national pride.
 
Not all Muslims are terrorists but almost all terrorists to date have been Muslims.  Stand up and be counted!
 
Australian Comment:   Best email I have had in years it needs to be in every paper every day until we get some answers.  We need all be very concerned, note the pattern in Australia is the same for the other countries above.  Where are the believers of Islam in our beloved country standing up and being counted in all these issues?
 
I have not seen one!



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