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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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SATURDAY, March 31, 2018

RR#1

HAPPY EASTER...NOW FROM A VERY HUMAN PERSPECTIVE.
Two articles in today's news draw attention to Life as it is today, after over 2,000 years of Jesus.
One is about the words of Pope Francis, laced with sadness, caution and also Hope and directed to peoples' Humanity and Free Will.
The other is an interview with David McCullough, arguably our time's greatest historian, emphasizing the lessons of History over "politics".
But the word "politics", from the Greek "politos", means "people".
And the author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson made a very telling statement: "There is properly no History. There is only Biography".
The message here in considering the mean, craven and God-less times we now live in:
We are not "victims", bound by History and powerless before the Future.
We are persons "created in the image and likeness of God" and endowed with Free Will. What we do is what we choose to do; and the Outcome is Our Responsibility, and ours alone.
So: STOP WHINING, STOP WAITING...AND MAKE GOOD HAPPEN.
Create your own resurrection from the tomb in which we now find ourselves.
The Lord's own Resurrection has shown us that it can be done.
And ALWAYS HOPE.

GS

What’s Keeping David McCullough From Sleeping

Pope marks Good Friday amid tight security; urges people to rediscover shame

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 29 and 30, 2018

RR#1

POPE FRANCIS AND THE DYNAMIC ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, TWO THOUSAND YEARS...

GS

How Pope Francis is pushing the limits of his office

RR#2

NO DOUBT ABOUT "WHAT?"  THE QUESTION IS "WHY?"

GS

Stunning Drone Footage Shows Sea Ice Across North Atlantic

RR#3

VERY INTERESTING.
It looks like the adults are getting back in charge at the State Department.

GS

State Dept.: Visa Applicants to Be Asked for Social Media History

RR#4

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN.
What Great Good Fortune.
HAPPY EASTER.

GS

Easter and The Wondrous Love of God

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018

RR#1

AS I WAS SAYING...
Football and your Future: a Bad Bet.
Parents, WAKE UP!

GS

Ex-NFL LB turns down Montana Football Hall of Fame nod because of concussions

RR#2

THIS IS GOOD NEWS...AND ANOTHER INDICATION TO WATCH

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS RATHER THAN JUST HIS TWEETS.
Now let's see how the "whore-like" media tries to convert this from a

"silk purse to a sow's ear".

GS

China Says NKorea Pledges Denuclearization During Friendly Visit

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018

THE "MARCH MADNESS" GAME OFFERED ON SUNDAY EVENING,
BETWEEN KANSAS AND DUKE, WAS MUCH THE BETTER TV FARE.
But that was followed by an opportunity for all of us to witness pornography.
Whether "Stormy Daniels" was telling the truth - on this occasion - I can't tell.
Regarding the alleged encounter with Donald Trump many years ago: she was clearly ready; and he engaged in a sordid and despicable act as a married man. What I do not believe is the alleged "threat", right out of "The Godfather".
What I know is the medical truism taught in first year medical school:
"Pis and Pus Must Come Out."
So let's wait. And meanwhile, let's remember the sordid actions of three other married men - who were all Presidents of the United States at those  times: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Kennedy and William Clinton.
And: in The Law, there is a term and Motion called a Demurrer.
Put simply, it says: "SO WHAT?"
This has Nothing to do with now - President Trump's term(s) in office.
"Can You Hear Me Now?"

GS

MONDAY, March 26, 2018

"What The World Needs Now Is..." FUN, FUN, FUN.

GS



SUNDAY, March 25, 2018

VERY INTERESTING...AND INFURIATING.
Read the book.

GS

Shocking New Evidence Links Obama Directly To Criminal Enterprise

SATURDAY, March 24, 2018

RR#1

NEW YORK'S CARDINAL DOLAN: "AH HAS SEEN THE LIGHT"

GS

New York's Cardinal Dolan: Democrats have abandoned Catholics

RR#2

"REALITY IS THAT WHICH, WHEN YOU STOP BELIEVING IN IT, DOESN'T GO AWAY".
With this quotation, Professor of Law Amy L.Wax begins an Excellent article entitled:
"THE UNIVERSITY OF DENIAL" (WSJ March 23, 2018, Opinion, pA17).
This should be read in context with my earlier Rapid Response offering of March 21, RR#5.
Densely packed with facts supporting the reality she diagnoses, her conclusion - and mine over many years - is a grave risk facing all of us today.

"That belief that political force determines objective reality has characterized totalitarian regimes worldwide and throughout history - regimes that are responsible for untold amounts of human misery. That mindset is dangerously inconsistent with the kind of free society Americans have painstakingly built and defended over many centuries, at the cost of blood and treasure. Perhaps we no longer want such a society. But we relinquish it at our peril."

GS

The University of Denial

RR#3

SO MUCH IDIOCY. SO LITTLE TIME TO RESPOND.
But I'll keep responding, with the help of current news articles.
1) "District Arms Teachers with Rocks In Case Of School Shooter".
Right out of Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania.
I kid you not!
2) "Don't Reward An Author Of Torture", (by Eugene Robinson, in Washington Post),referring to the nomination of CIA veteran Gina Haspel for CIA Director. 
Waterboarding, if monitoring the blood O2 saturation, is not "torture" if used under extreme necessity - as was the case in the world following 9/11.
3) "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess A President".
Remember the "Goldwater Rule": an amendment to the American Psychiatric Association rules barring a member from offering a professional opinion about a person he or she has never examined.
4) The breathless and hyperbolic Editorial in the NYTimes (March 24, 2018) entitled "John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous".
NOT!    I have been waiting for him, a 30 year veteran of service in the highest levels of government and in the world AS IT IS,  to be brought into this Administration for the last year. As a sample of his spot-on insights, see the article in the same edition of The Times, by Bret Stevens:
"John Bolton Is Right About The U.N."

There is an old saying: "Don't argue with an idiot. People may not see the difference". But I must take that risk...since the Idiots are taking over the asylum.

GS

RR#4

NEWSMAX: ANOTHER SOURCE OF INFORMATION.
"We report. You decide".
But whatever you decide, CROSS-READ FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES.
It's a cacophony out there.

GS

The Deep State Is Trying to Break Trump

RR#5

HERE ARE TWO MEDICAL, NON-POLITICAL ARTICLES,
one from 100 years ago and one from today.
1) "The Influenza Epidemic - A Hundred Years Ago" (see p. 187-188), by a medical student pressed into duty during that fateful year.
2) "Saving Primary Care" (see p. 189-190), by a physician 40 years in practice and trying to hang on. 
Both of these stories have important implications for you, the patient.

GS

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018

RR#1

GREAT!  JOHN BOLTON AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR.
I can see all of the delusional snow-flakes melting now.

GS

RR#2

Just Plain FUN!!
We need more of that.

GS



THURSDAY, March 22, 2018

RR#1

FASCINATING...AND FINALLY.
The "social media" and their feckless followers are the snake oil sellers and their customers of the last few decades. WAKE UP!

GS

Big Tech’s accountability-avoidance problem is getting worse

RR#2

ARE AMERICANS ACTUALLY PAYING ATTENTION?

I think so. And I think that will become obvious in this year's elections.
My prediction: Republicans and pro-Trump voters (not necessarily the same) will expand the Republican hold on Congress...House and Senate.
So THERE!

GS

Nancy Pelosi Might Give Up After Massive News Drops

RR#3

SORRY TO SAY THIS, BUT THIS OPTHALMOLOGIST COLLEAGUE IS NEAR-SIGHTED.

This Government, the only one we have, must continue to operate.
If you want better government, vote in 10 or more Republican Senators...preferably more to outvote the Rinos.

Meanwhile, "The Perfect should not defeat the Good".

GS

Rand Paul Slams 'Rotten, Terrible' Budget Vote

RR#4

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE.

Islam is a radical world-wide Government which cannot abide any other system of government...and which is also a Religion.

GS

How Europe's Way of Denial Became a Way of Death

RR#5

This will drive the LEFTISTS CRAZY. Yea, I'm talkin' to you!

LET TRUMP BE TRUMP.

GS

President Trump Feels Good About White House Shake Ups. His Staffers Don't

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018

RR#1

THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE, FOLKS.
The Totalitarian Leftists have taken a vital lesson from every despotic regime that has ever existed: control information and produce disinformation.
Since the Internet has destroyed the "expectation of Privacy", all of its major users should be charged legally with an "expectation of Transparency."

GS

Elites silencing voices of conservative movement

RR#2

"KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE. KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER."
I have already addressed this matter several times for the policy dummies and for the hysterical Left.
Here, John McCain gets a pass...because.

GS

Trump ignored advisers' warnings and congratulated Putin

RR#3

To LIFE!
Whether you believe in the hereafter or not, MAKE THIS ONE COUNT.

GS

Amazing Tress (PDF)

RR#4

THANKS. I NEEDED THAT.

GS



RR#5

TO PARAPHRASE: "CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?"...
or do you care?
Two current articles expose the actual FACTS about two current controversies in brutal detail.
1) About "Affirmative Action", and about the Collapse of liberal universities.
See "The Penn Law School Mob Scores A Victory", by Heather Mac Donald, in WSJ March 19, 2018, Opinion, pA17.
2) "The Politicization Of The FBI", by Joseph E. DiGenova, in Imprimis (Hillsdale.Edu), February, 2018, Vol. 47, Number 2.
If you don't "see the light" or...much worse, if you don't read and study these articles, look in the mirror and see what's left of your integrity.

GS

RR#6

A Terrific Poem

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
 
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
 
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
 
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.
 
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
 
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.
 
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
 
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
 
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
 
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
 
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
 
While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
 
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
 
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
 
Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
 
He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
 
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

 If we cannot do him honor

While he’s here to hear the praise,

Then at least let’s give him homage

At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say:

“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."

RR#7

KEEPING UP WITH THESE BASTARDS COULD BE A FULL-TIME JOB.
Get this new "book of revelations" by Peter Schweitzer:
"SECRET EMPIRES: HOW THE AMERICAN POLITICAL CLASS HIDES CORRUPTION AND ENRICHES FAMILY AND FRIENDS".
Now calm down...

GS

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018

REALLY, REALLY...

GS

Docs in AMA Survey Really, REALLY Hate Prior Authorizations

MONDAY, March 19, 2018

RR#1

"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

GS

In their infinite wisdom, the United States’ founders created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?
 
The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet. It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.
 
Do share this. It needs to be widely known and understood.
 
There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
 
Trump won 3,084 of them.
 
Clinton won 57.
 
There are 62 counties in New York State.
 
Trump won 46 of them.
 
Clinton won 16.
 
Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
 
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens)
 
Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
 
Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
 
These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
 
The United States comprises 3,797,000 square miles.
 
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
 
Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country!
 
But that’s where the majority of our nation’s problems foment.

RR#2

Dennis Prager is 100% correct when he says "the left destroys everything it touches".  The sciences, including pediatrics, are not immune to their relentlessly irrational onslaught.  Thank God I wasn't born later than I was.

-P



SUNDAY, March 18, 2018

RR#1

NOW HEAR THIS.
Judicial Watch is an excellent source of Real News, issue by issue.
Here is an example.

GS

Tom Fitton: Firing of McCabe is just the beginning

RR#2

Greeting: "TOP 'O THE MORNIN' TO YE".
Reply: "AN' THE REST OF THE DAY TO YOU".
Love.

GS

Irish Luck
 
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
 
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death
 
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
 
'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'
 
'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
 
'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.
'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.
 
'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.
 
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
 
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.
 
What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
 
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill . His son's name?
 
Sir Winston Churchill.
 
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
 
Work like you don't need the money.
 
Love like you've never been hurt.
 
Dance like nobody's watching.
 
Sing like nobody's listening.
 
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
 
It's National Friendship Week Send this to everyone you consider A FRIEND.
 
Pass this on, and brighten some ones day.
 
AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH:
 
I hope it works...
 
May there always be work for your hands to do;
 
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
 
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
 
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
 
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
 
...and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead.

RR#3

"THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY" HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WITH US.
But check out some of these stories for unadulterated EVIL.

GS

Abortionist Who Said She Cuts Unborn Babies’ Cords So They Can’t Scream Deletes Her Post

RR#4

"THE LUCK OF THE IRISH" IS AMERICA'S LUCK.

GS

How the Irish built Catholic America

RR#5

Wall Street Journal "Review",
well worth the price of admission even if you only read that Saturday edition of WSJ.
Where else can one find three articles of the caliber of those in the March 17-18 edition.
•    "‘Eisenhower’ Review: An Artist in Iron", by Richard Rhodes, pC5.
•    "Truth Isn’t the Problem—We Are" by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, pC1.
•    "WHY HISTORY GOES IN CIRCLES - The Past Resembles The Future More Than One Drop Of Water Resembles Another...", (Ibn Khaldun, 14th century), by Eric Ormsby, pC7.
From those readings comes one truth: Nothing is new under the Sun.
So, let's relax - and fight for what we believe in as our forefathers had to do - without disabling emotion.
 "CHINESE CURSE: MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES."

GS

RR#6

"ON THE OTHER HAND..."
Having just offered several articles from the WSJ Review of March 17-18, 2018, I now offer one article from the NYTimes Sunday Review of March 18. As usual, most of the other articles and editorials in this weekly section continue to be fevered Jeremiads against President Trump.
("'Tis a tale as told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing").
But this one is very good: factual, sensitive, even sympathetic:
"Pope Francis Is Beloved. His Papacy Might Be a Disaster", by Ross Douthat, (SR p.1).
The Roman Catholic Church has been interesting and relevant to the world for over 2,000 years, for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. So, Stay Tuned.

GS

RR#7

This, and the even more serious prosecutorial misconduct, must be severely punished.

If the police officer or prosecutor has lied, but the target of the lies is not falsely convicted, he should lose his job and any pension. If the target is falsely convicted and serves time and/or financial penalty, the officer or prosecutor should be made to serve the same penalty.

GS

‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem

SATURDAY, March 17, 2018

RR#1

FANTASTIC!
But what does it mean about "collusion"? Far from a conclusion yet. Stay tuned.

GS

Soviet-born Donald Trump adviser Felix Sater: 'Send 'em to jail' if Robert Mueller finds collusion

RR#2

WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT AN ARTICLE ENTITLED:
"A Debate Over How Government Should Identify Our Ethnicity" (by Jake Kara, ctmirror.org, March 14, 2018)
Because this seems to be another attempt to fracture the melting pot of peoples that has been the greatest strength of America into a divergent collection of different racial and ethnic groups all vying against each other for advantage.
This of course would be entirely consistent with Leftist Democratic despotic efforts to "divide and conquer". But such efforts must be defeated. And, as the article clearly points out, most "ethnic" individuals and groups want no part of that.
The following is the substance of "a sign supporting S.B.359, which would prohibit breaking student data down into more detailed race and ethnicity categories."
"SUPPORT SB359.
SEE ME JUST AS AN AMERICAN KID
BORN HERE. RAISED HERE
LOVE AMERICA
THE ONLY MOTHERLAND I KNEW
WE ARE ALL AMERICANS."
'NUF SAID.

GS

A debate over how government should identify our ethnicity

RR#3

GOOD ADVICE FOR REPUBLICANS IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS.

GS

Bump stock ban advances, while Trump backs arming some teachers

RR#4

FOOD FOR THOUGHT...INSTEAD OF CYNICAL DIATRIBE...ABOUT ABORTION.

GS

Here's What A Man Should Say When Told To 'Shut Up' About Abortion

RR#5

Did you see the video that a person made of his travels one day around Washington, D.C. armed only with two phones which were NOT connected to the Internet. Google was able to track his entire whereabouts through the entire period.
Welcome to Cyber-World 2018. And even Steven Hawking warned about AI, the Singularity, and the likelihood that we would be taken over and eliminated or enslaved by the new Intelligentsia.
So: PROTECT YOURSELVES!
As for me, I'll be "Outta Here"...I think.

GS

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018

RR#1

THE WORLD WIDE WEB IS THE BEST / WORST INVENTION IN CENTURIES.
A way to bring the world's people together - and a way to another world war.
TIME FOR A RE-BOOT!

GS

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says

RR#2

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Whether you are a Catholic or not, The Church stands as a Lighthouse during a storm, regardless of what port you are trying to reach.
This article reflects the ferment that the Church and its Laity (ie. "The Body of the Church") have gone through since Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical "Humane Vitae", mainly about non-abortifacient birth control...and which it is now going through after Pope Francis's encyclical "Amoris Laetitia", about the modern family and relationships: marriage, divorce, sexuality....
Strict Conservatives in the Church want no dialogue on these subjects...and are afraid of such dialogue. Genuine Christian leaders in the Church recognize that such dialogue, including ambiguity and personal flexibility, by Clergy and Laity alike, is not only necessary but is required of a Faith founded upon mercy and forgiveness.
So, whatever your Religion or belief structure, join the fray. Somewhere, Wisdom will be found.

GS

Pope Francis issued a controversial document on the family. The D.C. archbishop has a pioneering plan to implement it.

RR#3

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE.
Today, we are in danger from despotic forces, as usual from the Left, that wish to control us and to reign in our freedoms.
Two examples, although not presented overtly in that way, are described in the following articles.
1) "Consumers Make Their Case Against Abolishing Cash", by Joseph C. Sternberg (WSJ March 16, 2018, Opinion, pA15).
2) "How To Complete The Escape From ObamaCare", by Phil Gramm (ibid).
IT'S ALL ABOUT CONTROL!

GS

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018

RR#1

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

GS

Mark Levin: Adam Schiff is a shill for Russia

RR#2

GOD BLESS DONALD TRUMP.

GS

Trump Memes (PDF)

RR#3

CALL OF THE WILD: DINNER IS SERVED.
Adam and I had a "near Bear experience" 30 years ago when we and a hunting party went up into the Thoroughfare of the Absaroka Mountains,  about 40 miles outside of Cody, Wyoming and about 9,000 feet up. A bear had visited the site of our camp the night before we got there and had been driven off. We were in tents - but we at least had the horses to warn us if the bear had returned. We also slept with a .44 Magnum by my side. The next day we reached the Continental Divide and Two Ocean plateau, a tiny stream with two courses: one leading to the Pacific Ocean and one to the Atlantic Ocean...eventually. Unforgettable.

GS

Bear Attack - GRAPHIC (PDF)

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018

RR#1

STEPHEN HAWKING: IN LIFE, A MIRACLE.
His likely last words at  the moment of death: "THANK GOD I DIED AN ATHEIST."

GS

Did Stephen Hawking Believe in God? What Physicist Said About the Creation of the Universe

"In my mind I am free": Notable quotes from Stephen Hawking

RR#2

ONE GOOD RESULT OF THREE CONSECUTIVE NOR'EASTERS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ.
And once again: "PAST IS PROLOGUE".
"THE FEDERALIST PAPERS" is a compendium of the 85 newspaper articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, written in haste and under the pressure of  possible dissolution of the recently United 13 States in the 1780's fighting over a replacement for the Articles of Confederation developed after the American Revolution. They were published under the rubric "Publius". The basic conflict was similar to that of today's America: States vs. Central Government. All highly relevant to many of today's conflicts, "Federalist No. 10"  might be read first. As described by Professor Andrew Trees, one of the main examples that this effort should provide to our blighted rhetoric of today is "where civility and reasoned argument reigned...its remarkably high-minded and civil tone of impartial and judicious reasoning", despite the fevered temper of those times.
Of course, lest we become too optimistic, check out "THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MARK TWAIN". Although universally considered a great and good man, Samuel Langhorne Clemens had a low regard for human nature.
"The human race consists of the dangerously insane and such as are not."
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
"Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat."
"Man was made at the end of the week's work, when God was tired."
Nevertheless, let us keep trying...

GS

RR#3

UNBELIEVABLE.  BUT YOU GOTTA BELIEVE...
I guess the Brits really haven't improved much since they lost the American Revolution to a bunch of backwoodsmen and their wives.

GS



TUESDAY, March 13, 2018

RR#1

To save our kids, arm our educators

RR#2

YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT...FOR NOW.

GS

After being interviewed by the school  administration, the prospective teacher said “Let me see if I’ve got this right”.
 
You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love for learning.
 
You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs  and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.
 
You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a check book, and apply for a job.
 
You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and ensure that they all pass their final exams.
 
You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicap and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Arabic or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card
 
You want me to do all this with a small amount of equipment, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for "New Start."
 
You want me to do all this, and then you tell me.....
 
I CAN NOT wear a necklace with a little cross, mention God, or say "Merry Christmas" because someone might take offense? "
 
Well, you know what you can do with your job........
 
This should be posted in every school in America and all countries.
 
Think about it!
 
If Muslims can pray anywhere, why are Christians banned from praying in public and from erecting religious displays on their holy days?
 
What happened to our National Day of Prayer?
 
It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.

Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having 'God' in our education system or the Lord's Prayer said in our government, schools or public meetings.
 
I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe!
 
Support GOD & America...

MONDAY, March 12, 2018

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ABOUT "WWW":   IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING.
And what about the fact that "INTERNET SECURITY" IS AN OXYMORON?

GS

The father of the world wide web is one disappointed dad

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TO THE "INTERNATIONAL - WORLD COMMUNITY": HAVE YOU NO COURAGE, NO SHAME...NOT EVEN SELF-PROTECTION?

As for me: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN".

GS

Comparative Thuggery Challenging Interests of US And Its Allies

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018

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IN DESCRIBING THE MODUS OPERANDI OF PRESIDENT TRUMP,
this author and his editors would do well, as "nabobs of negativity", to consider this:
"CRAZY LIKE A FOX".

GS

Analysis: Trump promised this kind of presidency - unpredictable, ad hoc and impulsive

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September 11, 2001
Never Forget!

9/11 Aerial Photos - Recently Disclassified (PDF)

SATURDAY, March 10, 2018

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FINALLY!   OR IS THIS JUST ANOTHER BANANA REPUBLIC?

GS

Jeff Sessions Stepped Up To The Plate And Handed Democrats Some Very Bad News

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DIAGNOSIS:  ABJECT STUPIDITY!
MY GOD.  Does it never end?

GS

A Woman With a Rash After Cosmetic Tattooing of the Eyebrows

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"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE".
Well, I'm decades beyond "mad as hell", and I haven't ever been taking it.
As the saying goes: "To give is better than to receive".

Today there are three subjects that deserve "giving".
1) Physicians are all "created equal". They just don't stay that way.
When I started out as a physician 60 years ago, I had the quaint idea that all colleagues were approximately equally good, at least A's and B's.  WRONG. There are a lot of C's and a few D's'.
Fortunately I have never found an F.
Without getting into the fact that today there are a lot of individual delusional "Leftists" among physicians, the problem is compounded when physicians join Organizations. In some cases, the whole is definitely not greater than the sum of its parts. That's what prompted me to leave the AMA in 1990 after 30 years of membership. And that is what is giving me serious qualms about my decades - long Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. Group-Think is highly contagious...especially in groups.
Some examples are in order.
Recently, the American College of Cardiology came out with "new" guidelines for proper blood pressure control, citing 150/90 as adequate.
Recently, a Diabetes organization proposed that proper diabetes control could entail a Hemoglobin A1C of 7-8.
A few years ago, some urologic groups proposed that checking PSA's was not generally necessary.
In all of these cases, one central motivation was the misguided desire of some physicians to become economists.
And in all of these cases, practicing physicians - who actually take care of people - have objected and refuse to follow.
BEWARE: "The life you save may be your own".
2) KILLING OUR CHILDREN.  WAKE UP!
See the entire Opinion page of The Day edition, March 5, 2018. Then see my recent Rapid Response offering recently posted...which I also offered as a Letter to the Editor.
On a related subject - ABORTION - see the Commentary article by Marc A. Thiessen (in The Day March 9, 2018) entitled: "Down Syndrome Babies Have Right To Life, Shouldn't Face 'Final Solution'".
To be continued...for sure!

a) On Hypertension guidelines: www.mededge.com, March 9, 2018.
b) "ADA Deeply Concerned...": www.empr.com, March 9, 2018.

GS

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BEAUTIFUL...SO TIMELY AND CRUCIAL TO OUR WORLD TODAY.

GS

Our Father: Reflections on the Lord's Prayer by Pope Francis

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NOT A FABLE: JOHN LEGAL AND JUAN ILLEGAL.

GS

There are two families: "John Legal" and "Juan Illegal".  Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California. John Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00/hour with taxes deducted. Juan Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number (SSN obtained fraudulently), and gets paid $10.00 cash/hour "under the table".  Ready?  Now, pay close attention . . . John Legal: $25.00/hr. x 40 hours = $1000.00/week, or $52,000/year.  Now, take 30% away for state and federal tax; John Legal now has $31,231.  Juan Illegal: $10.00/hr. x 40 hours = $400.00/week, or $20,800/year. Juan Illegal pays no taxes. Juan Illegal now has $20,800.

•    John Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00/mo., or $7,200/ yr. John Legal now has $24,031 Juan Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0 per year.  Juan Illegal still has $20,800.  John Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare.  John Legal pays $500 per month for food, or $6,000/yr.  John Legal now has $18,031.  Juan Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC, and Welfare. Juan Illegal still has $20,800.  John Legal pays rent of $1,200/mo., or $14,400/yr.  John Legal now has 9,630.  Juan Illegal receives a $500/mo. Federal Rent Subsidy.  Juan Illegal pays out that $500/mo., or $6,000/yr.  Juan Illegal still has $20,800.  John Legal pays $200/mo, or $2,400/yr. for car insurance.  Some of that is Uninsured Motorist insurance.  John Legal now has $7,231.   Juan Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $20,800.  John Legal has to make his $7,231 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.  Juan Illegal has to make his $20,800 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

•    On Jan 1, 2014, Obama Care fully kicks in.  John Legal's employer lays off several of his helpers in order to bring the number of employees down enough to drop health insurance coverage.  That means John Legal has to work harder and longer to compensate for the layoffs, plus John Legal has to purchase Obama Care which has an out of pocket expense of $850 for him and his family.  That comes to $10,200/yr.  John Legal is way in the hole.  Juan Illegal and his family receive Medicaid and receives Obama Care as a co-pay at no expense to him.  Juan Illegal still has 20,800 minus SOME living expenses and what he sends back home to help his extended family until they can get into the US under automatic legal immigration granted when Juan Illegal becomes Legal.  John Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.  Juan Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.  John Legal's and Juan Illegal's children both attend the same elementary school.  John Legal pays for his children's lunches, while Juan Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch.  Juan Illegal's children have an after school ESL program.  John Legal's children go home. Now, when they reach college age, John Legal's kids may not get into a State school and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though John Legal has been paying for State schools through his taxes, while Juan Illegal's kids "go to the head of the class" because they are a minority.  John Legal and Juan Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but John paid for them and Juan did not.

•    Do you get it, now?  If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens, you are part of the problem. Thank God we have Donald Trump as President and not a criminal named Hitlary.  God Bless America and God Bless our Military forces and our President, Mr. Donald Trump. 2020 MAGA

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NOT ONLY WISCONSIN, BUT A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC WITH LIFE-LONG CONSEQUENCES.
And the proposed approach: "More Federal Investment". Is that all you got?
"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO".

GS

Teenagers are testing positive for HIV and syphilis in large numbers in this city

RR#7

EXACTLY. AND WHY ARE BONNY AND CLYDE NOT IN JAIL??

GS

This is disgusting.  It makes me sick to my stomach.  Then, I realize that she's not President.

Have you wondered why the Clinton Foundation folded so suddenly after Hillary was no longer in a position of influence? Perhaps this summary will provide some insight?

This is real. You can check the return yourself (see below).  The real heart of the Clintons can be seen here. Staggering but not surprising.  The below  figures are from an official copy of 'The Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation' tax return for 2014, found on the National Center for Charitable Statistics website.  You can obtain the latest tax return on any charitable organization there.

The Clinton Foundation:
Number of Employees (line 5) 486

Total revenue (line 12) $177,804,612.00

Total grants to charity (line 13) $5,160,385.00 (this is less than 3%)

Total expenses: $91,281,145.00

Expenses include:
Salaries (line 15) $34,838,106.00
Fund raising fees (line 16a) $850,803.00

Other expenses (line 17) $50,431,851.00
Travel $8,000,000.00
Meetings $12,000,000.00

Net assets/fund balances (line 22) $332,471,349.00

So it required 486 people, who were paid $34.8 million, plus $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION! And they called this a CHARITY?

This is one of the greatest white-collar crimes ever committed.  And just think, one of the participants was a former president and one wanted to be elected President of the United States.  If justice was truly served, they would both be in prison.

RR#8

ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING:
Russia. Never trust them. Never ignore them. Never "assume". Always deal with them.

GS

Putin on U.S. Election Meddling: 'So What?' and Other Key Quotes From Megyn Kelly's Interview

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018

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Read this one from a 15 year old.
 
Lord's Prayer
By a 15-year-old school kid who got an A+ for this entry (TOTALLY AWESOME)!
 
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!
 
                                                              Amen
 
If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on.
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father!
 
~~~~~~~~~AWESOME~~~~~~~~~~

RR#2

YOU WANT DIPLOMACY? HERE'S WHAT REAL DIPLOMACY LOOKS LIKE.
"A carrot AND a stick".

GS

Trump says he’ll meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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JUST SO YOU KNOW: TWO THINGS ABOUT VITAMIN D.
1) In the last couple of decades, Vitamin D has been found to be important in many body functions besides bone health. This article points to another likely connection.
2) Probably a majority of people have Vitamin D levels below the minimum considered adequate (30-100). Certainly that is true of my patients.

Therefore, all should have their blood 25-OH Vitamin D level drawn and reviewed with their physician with the above in mind. In addition, it is now recognized that replacement should be with Vitamin D3 rather than with Vitamin D2.

JUST SO YOU KNOW.

GS

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018

IF YOU NEEDED MORE CONVINCING ABOUT
NEVER TO TRUST RUSSIA - ABOUT ANYTHING...
Watch this Documentary.
And a related fact: NEVER IGNORE RUSSIA. IT MUST BE DEALT WITH AT ALL TIMES.

GS

‘Icarus’ Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018

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SO MANY OPINIONS. SO LITTLE TIME.
However: "Aspire to Inspire...Before you Expire".
So, here goes another edition of "Pot Pourrie".
GS

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IT LOOKS LIKE GOV. MALLOY IS ALREADY REHEARSING FOR A LEFTIST NOMINATION...FOR SOMETHING.

GS

Conn Gov. Dannel Malloy: NRA has ‘become a terrorist organization’

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YOU MEAN WE CAN'T LOOK FORWARD TO OUR "WESTERN WALL" ON THE NEVADA BORDER?   SHUCKS.

GS

Sessions to California: ‘There is no secession’

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018

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LOVE THAT LADY. MY MOTHER, THAT IS.

GS

Maxine (PDF)

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"BEAUTY: IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER."

GS

Special Sunglasses (MP4)

MONDAY, March 5, 2018

TERRIFIC: ON GUN CONTROL AND GUN CONTROLLERS.

GS


SUNDAY, March 4, 2018

RR#1

BARABING E BIRABONG!

GS

Trump, press trade good-natured if barbed jokes at Gridiron

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THIS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE, EVEN TO DEMOCRATS.

GS

Kellyanne Conway Obliterated Every Democrat With One Statement

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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MOSQUE...

GS

Toronto Star’s “Fake News” in Service of “Political Islam”

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REGARDING SCHOOL SAFETY...
The Day article linked here is a good summary of current deliberations,
but IT IS ALL ABOUT REACTIVE, DEFENSE POLICY.
That has gotten scores of students and their teachers killed and maimed.
The only ultimate Defense against a determined shooter with assault weapons is a
PRO-ACTIVE, OFFENSE POLICY.
If all America had during the half-century of Cold War was "Duck and Cover", we would all have been in gulags or in the after-life.
Only concealed-carry by some trained teachers and administrators will change the calculus in favor of the kids. And that means not scatter-shot but a head-shot to stop the trigger-finger.
Sorry, but that's the world we live in, if you want to keep our next generation alive.
When I was in the Army Medical Corps, we physicians were given a choice: either a .45 hand-gun or a Carbine as our personal weapon to protect our patients in the field. Would I have used it? You Bet!
Many civilians, like teachers and administrators, are reluctant to get into this. In fact, in the 1970's, I had trouble getting teachers to agree to have and if necessary to use Epi-Pens for their students who might need such care.
Well, your students need THIS care now. The lives you save may well be theirs and yours.

GS

Keeping students safe: Schools look at security in wake of Florida shooting

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REGARDING YOUR DOCTOR: HANDLE WITH CARE!

GS

One-third of physicians at major US hospital are 'burned out'

SATURDAY, March 3, 2018

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THIS IS IMPORTANT: ABOUT TEEN AGES AND THE REST OF YOUR LIVES!
Love, Grandpa.

GS

Parents must confront reality of sexting

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THIS ARTICLE QUOTING UCONN RANDY EDSALL IS GOLDEN!
But it doesn't go far enough...or soon enough.
Football is a risky "collision-sport" that should be banned before high school and much more highly restricted then and throughout college years.
I refer here to the health and safety consequences. I will leave it to good men like Coach Edsall to call out the greed, the mendacity regarding "academic requirements"...and the just plain stupidity of the adults, especially the parents. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS?

And for those parents who want to give their kids "a chance for a better life": a) "Something where less than one percent go on to continue their football career after college"; b) many if not most will have missed a real college education; and c) too many will go into a tough world with damaged brains and bodies.

My wife and I raised 5 children, including three strapping boys, with numerous Athletic and Academic Letters among them...

and with NO FOOTBALL. They are all doing very well in life.

GS

UConn’s Edsall has powerful, poignant words about a system that is broken

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IN THIS ERA WHEREIN  NOTHING IS SACRED, WHERE NOTHING IS CONSIDERED OF LASTING VALUE, WHERE SO MUCH IS SCHLOCK,
I anticipated this to be another example.
But I was wrong.
See the article in the March 2018 edition of Smithsonian magazine entitled:
"REVISITING NORMAN ROCKWELL'S FREEDOMS."
Could anything be as American, even as worthy of national reverence, as Rockwell's body of work?
The Editors of Smithsonian have retained the unique place of this artist's work while offering a sensitive aggiornamento in this, the 75th anniversary of his poetic artistry.
Especially for the younger generations, read this article - and read further to get a sense of America, once and always.

GS

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018

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WITHOUT DISCUSSING THE SEDITION OF THE "DEEP STATE",
WE MUST SUPPORT THE BEDROCK PRINCIPLE OF OUR
CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT: SEPARATION OF POWERS:
Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
But there is another body that must be monitored: The Administrative.
See the article by Todd Gaziano and Tommy Berry, in WSJ March 1, 2018, Opinion, pA19:
"Career Civil Servants Illegitimately Rule America".
Too much power in unelected, poorly supervised and self-perpetuating hands.

GS

Career Civil Servants Illegitimately Rule America

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OUR MARCH NOR'EASTER: JUST THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR THINKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE.
  1. Health Care delivery in this country is in decline while its costs increase. Anyone who does not recognize this must be Really Healthy.
  2. Evidence of this fact can be recognized through the plight of physicians, emergency rooms and hospitals...and through the ever - increasing incursions of payors and of regulators.
  3. What can be done to reverse this sickness?  a) Motivate physicians through fair reimbursements, fewer demands for electronic health records in clinical medicine, reduced regulations - especially stupid ones, reduced reliance on emergency rooms and hospitals for care that can be given in the home, and Tort Reform to minimize reliance on Defensive Medicine.
  4. And then there are the developing practices of Telemedicine and "Virtual Medical Practice"...if you don't mind the loss of personal relationships - and the loss of your personal information occasionally.
Without effective change, your Health is a terrible thing to lose.

GS

RR#3

SHORT AND SWEET:
WE NEED CONDOLEEZZA RICE BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

GS

Condoleezza Rice Dismisses Putin Threats: He Says 'Absurd Things'

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018

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This report just exposed the truth about the Trump administration

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NO BRAG. JUST FACT.

GS

President Trump’s Two Brilliant Political Surprises



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