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

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MONDAY and TUESDAY, October 30 and 31, 2017

Senator John McCain:
The symptoms that I suggested a few months ago are developing.
Senator McCain either has early Alzhemier's Disease or a terminal case of Swamp Fever. 
I report. You decide.

GS

John McCain Just Attacked Nearly Everything Donald Trump Represents

SUNDAY, October 29, 2017

RR#1

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE YANKEES' JOE GIRARDI.

GS

The Yankees’ perfect manager? A robot with a soul

RR#2

A DOCTOR'S SPOUSE?

"WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?"

GS

10 things a doctor’s spouse wants you to know

RR#3

WITH ATTENTION TO THIS, LIVING A GOOD LIFE IS REALLY EASY.

GS

Angelus Address: On the Great Commandment

RR#4

PROFESSOR ALAN DERSHOWITZ, CONTINUING TO SPEAK
TRUTH TO POWER.

GS

Alan Dershowitz: GOP, Dems Playing 'Same Dangerous Game' on Russia

RR#5

Our Military (.pdf)

RR#6

SERVICE DOGS:
Every dog should have a mission in life...as friend with a human being.

GS

Service Dogs (.pdf)

SATURDAY, October 28, 2017

RR#1

EXCELLENT EXPOSITION ON THE STATE OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE GOP CONGRESS.

GS

GOP Civil War Doesn't Exist

RR#2

AMEN! TO ALL OF THIS.
PS. My wife and I met Mrs. Robinson many years ago at a lecture and book signing at the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, Ct. She was gracious and generous with her time and attention.

GS

Jackie Robinson’s Widow Makes Surprising Revelation About Anthem Protests

RR#3

"HAPPY HALLOWEEN" IS FOR KIDS.
For us physicians, Diagnosis is Key!

GS

Vampires, werewolves, and witches: Medical origins of Halloween monsters

FRIDAY, October 27, 2017

DO WE NEED ANOTHER 80 YEARS OF RAMPANT DEBILITY AND DEATH FROM SMOKING?

GS

Vaping Elicits Immune Response in Lungs

THURSDAY, October 26, 2017

YUP, YOU BETCHA.
And did you see the banner headline the day after the Presidential election?
"TRUMP FORCES BLACK FAMILY FROM HOME."

GS

A Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.”

The reporter says, “Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies "I'm a U.S. Marine, a Republican and I’m voting for Trump."

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

“U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH”

And THAT pretty much sums up the media's approach to the news these days!

WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017

RR#1

"THE VIETNAM WAR",
A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick...
and an unmitigated disaster by France, England, our OSS / CIA, the Vietnamese people, China, Russia, and our deluded and dissembling leaders.
(See also my initial comment in this section dated Oct. 9, 2017).

I have now viewed and studied the first two of ten "episodes" of this TV documentary on DVD. I seriously doubt whether I will view any more, since my memory is very clear and pained about the events that occurred between 1963 and 1973. The Vietnam War was America's greatest self-inflicted wound since the Civil War. And it keeps on giving.

The modern era of Vietnam's troubles dates back to the 1860's when France invaded and occupied "Indochina" with typical colonial arrogance - in the face of its peoples' desire for independence. At the end of WWI, when Woodrow Wilson was expounding about "the end of colonialism" and when a young Ho Chi Min sent him a letter seeking his help on behalf of the Vietnamese people, someone made sure that Wilson never received it. As the French continued their occupation, Min became enamored of Communism. During WWII, Vietnam was brutally occupied by the Japanese.

After the war, President Truman was also sent a request from Ho Chi Min for help. And once again this letter was not delivered to Truman. Meanwhile, the Russians obtained the atomic bomb, the Korean War began, and the "Domino Theory" flowered. Based on these issues and on President DeGaulle's and English insistence, the U.S. went along with continued French occupation...even after their army was routed in 1954 by Min's peoples' army. A few years later, President Diem began an autocratic leadership of the Vietnamese from Saigon, including suppression of Buddhism, whose followers made up the majority of worshipers.

Thus, the battlefield involved Colonialism vs. Independence, Communism vs. Western values, North Vietnam seeking union with the South under Communism, the Viet Cong vs. Diem's increasingly conflicted forces, Diem vs his own citizens and belatedly vs. America. American "advisors" had increased in numbers from 40 to 600 to 10,000, etc. And now President Kennedy was beset early in his term by an ineffectual meeting with N. Kruschev, the Berlin Wall and the Cuba crisis. He felt that he could not retreat from and possibly lose all of Southeast Asia as dominoes fell. Strategic errors in the fields of battle encountered a progressively emboldened Viet Cong. And America waited too long before removing Diem. So the war took on a distinctly political aspect as the Civil Rights Movement exploded onto the American scene, sharing time and space with increasingly disturbing views and stories of the war in progress. Our leaders began lying to their citizens. And then President John Kennedy was assassinated.
The next 10 years were progressively worse. And then came the fall-out during the last 40 years for America and Americans to the present day.

That is the story - and the legacy - of Vietnam. God Help Us.

GS

RR#2

"WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING".

AND DO SOMETHING.

This is obscene. Say something and do something if this is happening in your schools.

GS

Leftwing Radicalism Cheats Children
 

TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

VERY GOOD, ADAM.

GS

Give Republicans a chance to lead New London

MONDAY, October 23, 2017

WHY?

GS

Sen. Warren: Former colleague chased me around his desk

SUNDAY, October 22, 2017

RR#1

THIS IS ALSO ABOUT HEALTH CARE COSTS IN GENERAL:
about patient personal responsibility for life style choices, about "value-based health care", about "rationing", about negotiating copy-cat drug development and all drug prices, about a rational process for medical malpractice (instead of a 400 million dollar "award" for talcum power cases), about suffocating regulations, about inappropriate use of electronic health records, about end-of-life decisions by patients...and above all about allowing the professionals - physicians and specially trained nurses - to do what they spend their life doing without incessant interference: taking care of their patients and being adequately compensated.

This is not "rocket science". What we have now is rank stupidity and duplicity.

GS

We may soon have our first $1 million drug. Who will pay for it? And how?

RR#2

"WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR"
Oops...that belongs to the Dodgers - but maybe finally not this year.

GS

ALCS Game 7: Astros headed to World Series after defeating Yankees

RR#3

Trump Applauds Five Former Presidents for Hurricane Relief Effort

RR#4


THIS IS THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN NOW,
shamefully touted by the mainstream media.
But we will "never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never."
Got it?

GS

O'Reilly Slams New York Times Report on $32 Million Settlement

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, October 20 and 21, 2017

HOW MUCH DO AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT AMERICA'S CREATION?
Not a lot, especially those educated in recent decades.
And now I have to include myself, after having read thoroughly Bill O'Reilly's book (with Martin Dugard) entitled "KILLING ENGLAND" (Henry Holt and Co., 2017). Excellent in every way, this is a treasure trove of information of events and personalities before and during the American Revolution, both in America and in Europe. I thought I knew a good bit about those events and persons. Wrong. And one fact stands out above all else: America would have died aborning were it not for the Grace and actual intervention of God at several critical moments. There is no other explanation for the ultimately successful chain of events.
This book should be required reading for every student in the nation from middle school through college.

GS

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, October 18 and 19, 2017

BLACK RACISM, THE INCESSANT DRUMBEAT OF VILE COMMENTS AND ACTIONS AGAINST NON-BLACK AMERICANS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP, IS DESTROYING DECADES OF GOOD WILL BY 99% OF OUR POPULATION TOWARD OUR BLACK FELLOW CITIZENS.

The surprise, disgust and anger that actions like dishonoring our flag and national anthem, like the repeated violence perpetrated by Antifa and related Black terrorist groups (as recently defined by the FBI), like the recurring ignorant rantings of Maxine Watters and other Black "leaders", like constant demands for special treatment just for being Black, and like the episode described below, are beginning to produce a deeply felt  negative reaction that can last for many years.

Our good neighbors, friends, patients and fellow citizens: take heed! Yours is as important a task - to remove this cancer from your midst - as is the task of moderate Muslims to remove the crazies from their midst. Your future as Americans, accepted by and equal to all the original "outsiders" like the Irish, Italians, other Europeans, Jews, Latinos, Asians... depends upon it.

GS

Kelly Delivers Fervent Defense of Trump Call to Soldier’s Widow

MONDAY and TUESDAY, October 16 and 17, 2017

RR#1

FYI.

GS

Alan Dershowitz: Free speech for NFL players but not the president?

RR#2

MORE...FYI.

GS

Trump Defeats ISIS In Months — After Years Of Excuses From Obama

SUNDAY, October 15, 2017

RR#1

GOOD QUESTION.

GS

Do you run...or take a photo? (.pdf)

RR#2

"TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED".
This article captures the  progressive decline of the Medical Profession over the last 30 years, although the "demise of the Doctors' Lounge" is a more recent sign which I have myself experienced locally.
The reasons for this decline, dangerous for patients above all, can be divided into "externalities" and "internalities", the latter brought by physicians upon themselves.

1) "Externalities": the progressive take-over of Health Care delivery by State and Federal bureaucracies and by the insurance industry; the now-crushing increase in "documentation" required of physicians, always a vital function for continuing medical care, but now much more a means of feeding the bureaucracy with "data" - often irrelevant and even distorting - with which to feed their hungry computers and their jobs - this regularly involving spend half their professional time fighting with their own computers and ever-changing protocols;  the training of "suits", the administrators who come into a hospital with a "us vs. them" attitude toward physicians and nurses and with a "win - lose mentality" - refusing to realize that physicians and nurses ARE the hospital.
2) "Internalities": what physicians through their "leaders"  have done to themselves and to their profession. Instead of objecting to and challenging progressive changes since the 1980's that would and did have a damaging effect on them and on their patients, they "went along to get along"...and in the hope of "getting a seat at the table" of decision-making. Instead, they ended up "under the table", except of course for the national physician organizations like the AMA and the ACP that are making hundreds of millions of dollars "going along". Then have come the younger physicians who just want a salary, a 9-5 job, no hassle, and even in many cases with no "Oath of Hippocrates".
Physicans, you are reaping the whirlwind, in large part of your own making. Shame on You.

GS

Demise of the Physicians' Lounge a Sign of the Times

RR#3

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST.
Terrible. God Bless Them All.

GS


SATURDAY, October 14, 2017

HERE ARE SOME SOLID FACTS,
as well as a very likely possible scenario for 2018.
WAKE UP, REPUBLICRATS!

GS

OMB's Mulvaney: Trump Cut Billions in Corporate Payouts

Cruz Warns: 'Watergate-Level Blowout' Looms if Tax Reform Fails

FRIDAY, October 13, 2017

INTERESTING.

And are geese bullet - proof?
This reminds me of a sign I once saw:
"Never Mind Dog:
BEWARE OF OWNER".

GS

This “Wimpy” Animal May Be Better As A Guard Dog Than Guard Dogs

THURSDAY, October 12, 2017

HURRAY FOR THE "BABY BRONX BOMBERS".

GS

Yanks complete comeback, beat Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of ALDS

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, October 10 and 11, 2017

RR#1

"RETIREMENT": MUCH LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE.
Not I, Natania.

GS

One-third of retirees end up getting full-time jobs

RR#2

"If You See Something, Say Something"...AND DO SOMETHING!

GS

How to stop bleeding in the event of a mass casualty incident

MONDAY, October 9, 2017

RR#1

MORE ON INFLAMMATION, A PART OF OUR PROTECTIVE IMMUME SYSTEM...
but too often at the core of many illnesses. A Blunt Instrument.

GS

Suicidal Thoughts Linked With Brain Inflammation

RR#2

WELCOME.

GS

State preparing for influx of Puerto Rican evacuees

RR#3

VERY INTERESTING.
Not surprising, but very interesting.
"Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler",
for "applying Psychology to economic behavior".
Now let's apply these principles to political irrational behavior...
a veritable mother -lode.

GS

Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler

RR#4

THIS IS NOT A MOVIE REVIEW. THIS IS HISTORY.
"THE VIETNAM WAR", A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, PBS.
I have purchased the entire series, approximately 18 hours on 10 discs...but I have viewed none of it yet.

However, now comes a Commentary in the WSJ by Mark Moyar,
(Oct. 7-8) entitled, "Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ Is Fair to the Troops, but Not the Cause"

And the battle goes on. I will defer any personal comment until I have viewed it. But one statistic rings true from my recollection of those dark years. "Among those surveyed by the Veterans Administration, 92% agreed with the statement that 'the trouble in Vietnam was that our troops were asked to fight in a war which our political leaders in Washington would not let them win'".

More to follow...

GS

RR#5

AND WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WASHINGTON SCREWING THINGS UP...
It was WWII that finally ended the Great Depression.

GS


SUNDAY, October 8, 2017

MORE ON INFLAMMATION, A PART OF OUR PROTECTIVE IMMUME SYSTEM...
but too often at the core of many illnesses. A Blunt Instrument.

GS

Suicidal Thoughts Linked With Brain Inflammation

SATURDAY, October 7, 2017

RR#1

WOW!   WHO WUDDA THUNK IT?

GS

College of the Ozarks: A Role Model for Transforming Higher Education in America

RR#2

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: THERE'S WORK TO BE DONE.

GS

Want to see the Catholic Church's future? Go to Mass in the fast-growing Diocese of Orange

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, October 5 and 6, 2017

RR#1

JUST SO YOU KNOW...THIS IS BLACK RACISM,

the most prominent form of "Racism" in this country at this time.

GS

Michelle Obama’s Racist Attack On White People Will Make You Sick

RR#2

AS PROMISED IN MY OFFERING OF SEPTEMBER 28, here are some more reasons to celebrate CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.
  1. "Without Columbus, There Would Be No Latinos", by Jennifer C. Braceras, in WSJ Sept. 25, Opinion, pA21.
  2. "Columbus should be celebrated", by my son David, in the Denver Post, 2007

GS

RR#3

"SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG"...
AND A GREAT DEAL IS VERY RIGHT. LET'S REMEMBER THAT.

GS

Walton, Florida, Is presently the largest Military Complex in the world and
encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units,
and the 7th Army Special Forces, and 6th Army Rangers. My home is exactly
5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB.

Most folks in the USA don't live in a Military Town, with lots of guys
in uniform
walking the streets and jets overhead daily.  They go on with their
lives unaware
of what a Military Town is all about.  And that's OK ... But I want to
share with you
what it's like to live in a Military Town.  We see guys in uniform all
the time, we
have state of the art, high-performance aircraft in the air nearby all
day long.
We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22, or F-35 streaks over the house
..... and we read in the local paper, some times daily, but at least
weekly, of the loss
of one of our own in combat in the Middle East.  And that is what
brings me to the reason for this email.

Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a
Green Beret
with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area.  He was
killed on April 8, 2017, while fighting Islamic State in eastern
Afghanistan.  In January
of this year, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan.  He
promised his
adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School
Graduation.

He didn't make it.

But she went to graduation anyway.  And in the audience were eighty
(80) US 7th Armed
Special Forces soldiers from her dad’s unit in full Parade Dress
Uniform.  Additionally,
they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well.

And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma
THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP.  And when she was presented her diploma
they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED , WHISTLED ..... and YES CRIED.

Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered.  Octavia
had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad ..... but she had 80 other
DADS to stand there with her and take his place.

I just wanted to share this moment with you ..... and remind you that
THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN.

This is the real America we all love ..... and I'm proud to be part of it.
May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much.
(Take a second to pass this along to someone you know.  It's the least
we can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces,
United States Army.)

WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017

RR#1

HERE'S ONE FOR TWO YANKEE PARENTS WHO RAISED FIVE RED SOX KIDS.
"How about that?", in the immortal words of Mel Allen

GS

How the incredible Yankees bullpen won the AL wild-card game

Gregorius, Judge, bullpen rally wild-card Yanks past Twins

RR#2

"SOMETHING'S VERY WRONG."

That is the title of today's Editorial in The Day (www.theday.com), our very good - and very liberal - daily newspaper.

This is not intended to dismiss or ridicule the opinion expressed, since the Editorial Board has a great deal of company in simplifying the diagnosis and treatment of this great "wrong".

But this is like seeing a person with Sepsis, diagnosing the problem as the fever and simply ordering more aspirin.

No, this is a multi-system illness. What follows is a more complete diagnosis, including "reasonable gun controls", without serious attention to which the patient - our nation - will die.
  1. The disillusionment and alienation of a large percentage of Americans during and following the disastrous Viet Nam War.
  2. The subsequent coarsening of society, fed by the abomination of abortion and by the sexualization of everything for a buck by Hollywood.
  3. The disruption and too often the dissolution of family life.
  4. The failure of our public schools to teach and help to socialize their students...producing ignorant and undisciplined "graduates" who then go to "colleges" where they are indoctrinated rather than educated.
  5. Black Racism and violence.
  6. The Swamp of Democrats, Republicrats and Bureaucrats in Washington.
  7. Failure by a large group of people to accept and support the result of the 2016 national election, with continued vilification and disruption.
  8. The disappearance of the "mainstream Media" as a trustworthy source of unbiased information.
  9. The consequent disillusionment of The People, in a few resulting in hatred and a desire for vengeance  - and in most of the others arming for self-defense.
"Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

Yes, some common sense gun laws are needed as a small part of the treatment for this Sepsis  - so long as they do not result in a perception of weakening every citizen's right to bear arms - which would produce the opposite result.

Indeed, something's very wrong. But all of the above ills need to be addressed. The vast majority of Americans are peace-loving but wary. They are waiting, so far patiently, for effective treatment.

GS

TUESDAY, October 3, 2017

"THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE."
Jn 8:32

GS

Harvard Study on Police Shootings and Race Offers Shocking Conclusion

SUNDAY and MONDAY, October 1 and 2, 2017

RR#1

IN A WORLD OF TERRIBLE TROUBLES...LEST WE FORGET.

GS

Jesus matters, even though - even because - the world is in a mess and injustice continues

RR#2

TRAGIC. OUTRAGEOUS.
A clear reason for good people to "carry", if the wish, especially in potential target areas. Our police are good...but what we are now facing is a whole greater order of magnitude. And self-defense is always a valid defense.

"If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns."

GS

Las Vegas Shooting Live Updates: Multiple Weapons Found in Gunman’s Hotel Room

MORE: 50 PEOPLE KILLED, OVER 200 INJURED, MANY CRITICALLY.
"If You See Something, Say Something".
And then, if necessary, do something.

GS



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