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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, April 30, 2018

RR#1

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?"
Here it is.

GS

Karl Rove on Trump's criticisms of Sen. Tester, the WHCD

RR#2

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?"
Here it is.

GS

Control the Words, Control the Culture

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018

THIS ARTICLE IS A "MUST READ",
especially for anyone who does not realize that the Entire World is now facing an existential threat, similar to those that arrived many centuries ago from the Far East - and also different. For now another and worse threat has developed from within: the idea that an over-arching world government complete with universal powers of enforcement should replace our present structure of individual nations with their own personalities and interests. This is way beyond stupid.

And in America we have a clear opportunity to defeat this effort for many decades to come: DESTROY THE LEFTISTS in the coming elections - and return the Democratic Party to that which I joined many decades ago - and then left in disgust over two decades ago.

Read the article.

GS

AS I SEE IT: THE THREE ISLANDS OF WESTERN CULTURAL EXCEPTIONALISM
By MELANIE PHILLIPS

The statue of Britain's former Prime Minister Winston Churchill is silhouetted in front of the Houses of Parliament in London. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Israel’s strong sense of its own identity derives from the fact that it is the nation state of the Jewish people.

On a plane to New York this week, I watched the movie Darkest Hour for the second time. If it packed a punch the first time, on second showing it seemed even more apposite to our current nail-biting era.

The movie is about the traumatic period in May 1940 when, as the Nazis swept across Europe, Britain was staring at the prospect of defeat and invasion.

Darkest Hour points out the catastrophic error of trying to negotiate with a regime whose agenda brooks no compromise.

Britain didn’t acknowledge this until it was almost too late. It was so much easier to believe in a negotiated peace. Winston Churchill alone understood this would mean annihilation and slavery, and so there was no choice but for the nation to muster its courage and fight to the death if need be.

The relevance of this to our current concerns is all too obvious. Two terrible regimes, Iran and North Korea, present an unconscionable threat to the world. Years of Western appeasement have allowed both of them to accrue to themselves terrifying power.

Now President Trump is threatening to tear up the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal and reimpose stringent sanctions.

Britain and Europe, however, want to continue appeasing Iran, deluding themselves that the nuclear deal has neutralized the threat it poses and perversely regarding President Trump rather than the Iranian regime as the problem.

Nearer to home, there is intense pressure on Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a compromise with the European Union over Brexit by remaining in some kind of customs union. This would mean, however, that Britain would still be bound by EU laws which would cripple its ability to make trade deals in its own interests.

So this negotiated compromise would in fact be a form of surrender to those in Britain and Europe whose aim is to reverse Brexit through the back door.

In the light of all this, one phrase in Darkest Hour leapt out at me when I watched the movie again. It was Churchill’s reference to the defense of “this island.”

The phrase was echoed this week by the British MP and passionate Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg when, in attacking the proposed customs union, he referred to “our great island story.”

The fact that Britain is an island – or to be more precise, that the United Kingdom is a group of islands – is an essential aspect of its national identity. Surrounded by sea, it therefore has a natural fortification against attack. As Churchill says in the movie, the English Channel is its moat, and is one reason why Britain has not been invaded for the past 1,000 years.

This is the great difference between Britain and mainland Europe. As much as anything, through its geography Britain has understood itself to be distinctive and self-contained.

In this respect, Britain resembles both America and, whether it likes it or not, Israel. For all three countries are defined by a sense of their own uniqueness.

BRITAIN’S SENSE of itself as a natural fortress repelling invaders and fighting off potential subjugation is intimately bound up with its history as the crucible of political liberty.

Israel’s strong sense of its own identity derives from the fact that it is the nation state of the Jewish people who are bound by a unique destiny and history in a land that is uniquely theirs.

America’s confident sense of itself derives from the belief that, like ancient Israel, it is a godly nation. American exceptionalism is built into its national DNA.

All of this, however, is under sustained attack. For cultural particularism offends against the liberal belief that only universal values are decent and good. In the West’s dominant progressive circles, pride in one’s country and what it stands for is derided as nationalism, nativism and racism.

But this is beyond perverse. It is normal and reasonable for people to want to live in communities of shared principles, traditions, religion, language and so on, expressed through laws which embody those defining characteristics.

Indeed, only through such a shared sense of common purpose can a society give rise to generous and cooperative values.

In his book The Virtue of Nationalism, which is due to be published in September, Yoram Hazony provides a magisterial analysis making very much this point.

Of course, nationalism sometimes morphs into aggression and worse. But the idea that liberal internationalism means sweetness and light and the brotherhood of man is simply false.

It is those liberal internationalists, after all, who are primarily responsible for the antisemitism and vilification of Israel now coursing through the Western intelligentsia.

And these same British and American liberals are also busily vilifying Britain and America, trying to destroy and transform their culture and emasculate Britain as a self-governing nation, for a similar reason to their hatred of Israel – that these are nations with a strong sense of their own exceptionalism.

That, of course, is why so many millions voted for Brexit and Trump – precisely because in opposition to these elites, they wanted Britain and America once again to uphold and defend their national and cultural identity.

And that’s why liberals have become hysterical about President Trump’s stated aim of making America great again. It’s why those who want Britain to remain in the EU are hysterical about Brexit. And it’s why British audiences have been weeping and cheering at screenings of Darkest Hour.

It’s because at some level at least they know how the free society in which they so passionately believe has been systematically degraded, undermined and weakened by those who choose to portray Western cultural particularism as a form of bigotry.

As a result, the image of Churchill using the poetry of the English language to breathe into his people the courage and resolve to stand alone and fight to defend their nation’s exceptional values is almost unbearably moving.

Britain, America and Israel form a triple lock as islands of western exceptionalism. And whether or not their people recognize it, it is upon these three nations that the fate of the free world now depends.

The writer is a columnist for ‘The Times’ (UK).

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018

RR#1

SEE MY EARLIER RAPID RESPONSE COMMENT ON THIS SUBJECT.
This is what happens when you do not have CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHT.

GS

Alfie Evans Dies 5 Days After Hospital Yanks His Life Support Without His Parents’ Permission

RR#2

THESE PEOPLE ARE DELUSIONAL AND DANGEROUS.
They need another electoral gut-punch in November.
Meanwhile, in a recent trip to New Orleans, I found the STATUE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE MISSING.
Insanity!

GS

'Oh! Susanna' songwriter's statue removed from Pittsburgh park after criticism

RR#3

ARE YOU KIDDING?
We can just be thankful that there are no duels.

GS

Following reports that there were no congressional Democrats at the state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House explained to Newsmax why the Trump Administration was breaking a near 80-year-old tradition of presidents inviting members the opposition party to dinners for visiting foreign dignitaries.
"We don’t have to have dinner with them to have conversations with them," press secretary Sarah Sanders told us. "We'll continue to talk with them about policy-related issues."
She added that since "there were a number of Democrats [outside of Congress] that were present kind of negates the fact that it wasn’t a bipartisan dinner."
There were no Democratic senators or House members on the guest list.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, April 26 and 27, 2018

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?..."
Sorry. You'll have to wait - until you "pass on".

GS



TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, April 24 and 25, 2018

THIS IS AMERICA.

GS

I think this is especially neat since a number of VA facilities are removing the bibles from the displays at some of the VA locations.

MAN WALKS INTO CHICK-FIL-A: Is Completely Blown Away When He Saw This for Vets
 
 
By Bill Callen:  Top Right News
Chick-fil-A, the same fast-food outlet has once again proved a positive to the world. This time it did so by unveiling an amazing Veterans Day tribute that left Georgia resident Eric Comfort in complete shock.
 
According to a Facebook post he published on Mon, when he walked into a local Chick-fil-A, Comfort discovered a "Missing Man Table" that contained a single rose, a Bible & a folded American flag, as well as a plaque w/in which was the following explanation:
 
"This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms. The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast. The chair is empty — they are missing."
 
After the story went viral, the store manager, Alex Korchan, explained to WSB that his team members had set up the table because they "wanted to honor veterans." Furthermore, he offered free meals to all veterans and their family members on Veterans Day. Korchan also put up a poster so that customers could write in the names of loved ones who they have lost. "We've had a lot of people who have come in and seen it and been touched by it," Korchan continued. "It's been special to see."


 

MONDAY, April 23, 2018

"...an unusual, undiagnosed disease."
Is this the family's statement or is it the consensus of the baby's treating medical community? If it is not the latter, then every effort should be made toward diagnosis and possible treatment. But if it is the latter...that is "undiagnosed and undiagnosable" and therefore a futile further effort...his current physicians have no further obligation to treat. But they must allow transfer to a willing receiving medical facility that knows all the facts of the case if the "Health Care Surrogate" wishes it. "Futility" is a real concept in dealing with the obligations and rights of physicians. And I believe that it is also a moral concept, as described above. I don't know anything more about this case to offer more now.
God Bless the baby.

PS. The UK has no Bill of Rights.

GS
 
Alfie has no time left, Please help NOW!
There’s not much time.
There’s a little baby boy at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England whose life is on the line. He has an unusual, undiagnosed disease and is currently in a coma and suffers from seizures.
This little baby’s name is Alfie Evans.
Ever since New Year’s Eve 2016, the hospital has tried to switch the life support off on Alfie. They said that they would take legal action if the father, Tom Evans, refused the hospital’s choice.
Give your support to Alfies's parents; send Alfie to Alder Hey Hospital.
He deserves treatment not death!
The father, a baptized Catholic, has fought all the way to the UK Supreme Court and even appealed to Pope Francis, who has invited Alfie to receive treatment at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesł hospital in Rome. Sadly, the UK Supreme Court denied Mr. Evans permission to take his son to Italy and has permitted the hospital to remove Alfie from his ventilator effectively Monday, April 23.
This most likely will result in little Alfie’s death!
You see the craziness in the whole situation? Why shouldn’t they send the sick child to a charitable hospital willing to take him in! Instead, they allow this innocent baby’s life support to be cut against his parent’s wishes!
Please sign this petition and pray for Alfie’s sake.
www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-uk-supreme-court-denies-alfie-evans-appeal-ventilator-to-be-remove
www.lifesitenews.com/news/charlie-gard-2.0-liverpool-hospital-wants-to-pull-babys-life-support-agains

Gary J. Isbell
Tradition Family Property

SUNDAY, April 22, 2018

RR#1

ABOUT VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE VA.
Just so you know....
See the recent article entitled "White House Chief Of Staff Contradicts Claim On VA Shakeup". (ctmirror.org/2018/04/22/).
Unquestionably, veterans deserve more than they are receiving through the present system, which has been shaken by scandal.
But it seems that the current veterans' organizations controversy over new leadership is nothing more than a fight over retaining bloated bureaucracy versus reducing that bureaucracy through privatization of some health care delivery. Same Ol', Same Ol'.

GS

RR#2

NOW THAT IS THE AMERICAN STORY,
despite all of the current hyperbole, hysteria and even hate.

GS

Melania Trump poses with former presidents and first ladies at Barbara Bush memorial

RR#3

IF you want the truth, here it is.

GS

Joe diGenova: Comey memos constitute a 'suicide note'

SATURDAY, April 21, 2018

RR#1

TO THE LEFTISTS OF THIS COUNTRY, FROM ONE OF THE "DEPLORABLES".
This report, reproduced below, encapsulates a raging illness:
PATHOLOGIC OBSESSION WITH THE REALITY OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.
Here is some advice from a concerned physician:
"SNAP OUT OF IT!" 
Heal thyself. Otherwise you will soon become unable to approach and address any other adversity in your lives. And then we will have to take care of you also.

GS

Democrats tell black activists: Trump is ‘the darkness’

RR#2

PATHETIC.
A desperate move to give this baseless claim legs through the 2018 elections after the Mueller probe is soon concluded.
This action will further galvanize the "silent majority" to clean the Leftists' clock in 2018 and to re-elect President Trump in 2020.
"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO".

GS

In court, Democrats allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

RR#3

SUCH IS THE STATE OF OUR UNION
THAT THREE INFORMATIVE BUT ALSO ANGRY ARTICLES APPEARED IN A SHORT TIME.
The anger is well-directed. Channel it in November.

GS

RR#4

MORE ON THE CRITICAL ILLNESS AFFECTION AMERICAN MEDICINE.
Help. Help.

GS

Costly physician performance metrics have serious flaws, study finds

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018

RR#1

FINALLY!  WHAT WERE YOU WAITING FOR, MR. PRESIDENT?

GS

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018

RR#1

IN A WORLD FILLED WITH FAKE NEWS AND HATE, THIS IS OUR HOLY FATHER...
AND THAT IS OUR GOD: THE HEART OF A FATHER.

GS

Heartsick Boy Asks If Atheist Dad Is In Heaven. Pope Francis Reveals The Answer With A Hug

RR#2

MY LORD!
Otherwise, I'm speechless.

GS

Subject: Corruption...

Interesting but just the government at work doing it's job.

From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

A Grand Jury had been empaneled.

Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.

Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.

Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.

Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?

Bet you can’t guess.

No other than James Comey.

Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?

Your friend and mine, Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner.

Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?

Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?

No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.

Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this timeframe???

I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.

What do all four casting characters have in common?

They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.

Now that’s just a coincidence, right?

Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.

Let’s fast forward to 2009.

James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.

Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.

The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hillary.

Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.

Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.

However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.

Ok, no big deal right?

Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.

Guess who was the FBI Director during this timeframe?

Yep, Robert Mueller.

He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.

Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

No other than, Rod Rosenstein.

Guess what happened to the informant?

The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.

How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?

Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?

~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.

Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?

No other than, Lois  Lerner.

Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?

Let’s fast forward to 2015.

Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.

He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.

He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.

Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.

Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?

Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.

No other than James Comey.

Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?

Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.

Nope couldn’t find any crimes there.

Can you guess what happened next?

In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.

They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.

Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.

Can you see the pattern?

It goes on and  on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.

FISA Abuse, political espionage..... pick a crime, any crime, chances are...... this group and a few others did it.

All the same players.

All compromised and conflicted.

All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.

All connected in one way or another to the Clinton's.

They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.

How many lives have these two destroyed?

As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Let us not forget that Comey's brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, April 17 and 18, 2018

RR#1

MORE ON THE COMING DEMISE OF MEDICAL CARE - AND OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION ITSELF- IN AMERICA. THIS IS OBSCENE!
A personal note. I have been a practicing physician for  61 years...and counting. I have never closed my practice to new patients. I have always taken all patients, regardless of the accompanying payment schemes, some miserable and all subjecting me and my medical colleagues to theft of services of about 40% of my income for the last 30 years.
"No Brag. Just Fact".

But I have refused to get sucked into the vortex described below: electronic health records for clinical care; performing work 10 points below my pay grade; sitting on hold - or allowing my staff to sit on hold, etc. I and my staff work WITH patients, not FOR patients. we require that they do their part.
Meanwhile, many tens of thousands of good physicians have given up private practice - or medical practice entirely, even choosing suicide! Not Me.
But you, the patient, are right now at great and increasing risk. You are receiving less and less effective and timely care. And only you can unite to reverse this lethal trend - because the regulators and the legislators don't give a damn for the health care personnel that they are trampling with abandon. Rise and Fight; or Sit and Die a slow death.

I kid you not.

GS

ER Docs: Secretaries with Medical Degrees

RR#2

A GOOD IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS CERTAINLY COME:
Prison Reform.

GS

It’s Time to Fix Our Broken Prison System

MONDAY, April 16, 2018

RR#1

AMEN.

GS

“Store up  treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal”

With Trump as President, we might be able to get this passed. Let's send it across the country.
 
Will I Get Three Replies?
 
I’m sending this to a variety of friends & family to see what kind of opinions this might bring forth.

SOME STATES (Maryland, Michigan & Arizona) ARE ALLOWING MUSLIM STUDENTS TO PRAY DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

IF THEY ALLOW THAT, THEN WE SHOULD BRING BACK OUR FLAGS INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND ALLOW OTHERS TO PRAY TOO! TIME FOR THE CHRISTIANS TO SPEAK UP & DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS.

When we get 100,000,000, that's one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God's help.

Become one of the One hundred million Then let's get 200 million. It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.

Do the math. It only takes a single willing heart and a fed-up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer.

In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007, then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA "Was no longer a Christian nation.

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of "not wanting to offend anyone"

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981.. There were over 50,000 Muslims in D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our National Day of Prayer and now it is okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists?

I for one was offended.  But wait, it did not stop!!!

February 17-19, 2015, a Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.

Former President Obama encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian.

How refreshing and beautiful our First Lady Melania Trump was in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, 2017. Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to start the rally off with the Lord’s Prayer. It sounded more like the start of a football game after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer.

Make a “joyful noise unto the LORD thy GOD!” The “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair and ACLU efforts in 1962, "School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly changing the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.

RR#2

1950's version of an E-Mail

I have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful!!

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,e
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

If you didn't grow up in the fiftys,
You missed the greatest time in history.

RR#3

"AND THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT."

GS

New London should not go California

SUNDAY, April 15, 2018

RR#1

"LITTLE PINK HOUSE", the movie.

"On The One Hand", Jeff Benedict and all of the movie's participants succeeded well in telling the story that they intended to tell...although some of the actors - especially "Governor Rowland" and "Claire Gaudiani" came directly out of Film Noir casting.

"On the other hand", they completely ignored theother vital parts of the story:
That was the story "On The Other Hand..."

GS

RR#2

AS MY FATHER USED TO ADVISE:

"See what he does, not what he says.".

This is particularly true of the actions and words of President Trump, whose words have been known to melt "snow-flakes", and even at times to seem outrageous. But his actions as President have been spot-on, as I have listed in prior Rapid Response offerings.

And the actions described in the attached article are clearly overdue - by decades. In fact, a recent report described a substantial discrepancy between the millions of jobs going unfilled while the Unemployment Rate is near rock bottom. It appears that there is another identifiable group of people who are not seeking jobs...because they are "disabled", this by their own decision and not involving those on Social Security Disability. Shall we call this "Work Shock" (as in "Shell Shock"), or "Work Fatigue" (as in "Battle Fatigue")...or just plain DeadBeat Syndrome. There's a cure for that, and it's coming.

GS

Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs

RR#3

"...THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH."
And to think that I was once a member of the ACLU, when they actually did some good.

GS

For the ACLU, Getting Trump Trumps Civil Liberties

RR#4

THIS IS A KEEPER FOR THE AGES.

GS



SATURDAY, April 14, 2018

RR#1

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
1) I have a fairly large and growing personal book (and other media) library, including many topics as befit my interests. But I never gave thought to what it might mean to me personally / psychologically.
Now comes a composite of three book review entitled "Putting Your Self on a Shelf", by Ernest Helbert (WSJ April 14-15, pC14. One quote: '"My library explained who I was", writes Manguel. The books 'both enclosed and mirrored me'". Now "I see the light".
2) After that I came across, in the same edition, a real "put-down" for a physician, "The Botch of the Human Body", by Nathan H. Lents, a BIOLOGIST, mind you. "Big brains allowed us to survive our many bodily defects". Professor Lents must have been having a particularly bad personal day when he wrote that piece. Get thee to your PCP.

GS

RR#2

COULD THERE BE A GLIMMER OF HOPE IN THE BOILING CAULDRON THAT IS THE MIDDLE EAST?
See two articles which were recently published.
1) "15 Years Later, Iraq Is A Modest Success", by Karl Zinsmeister, WSJ April 9, 2018, Opinion, pA19. A hard case if there ever was one, since Iraq's creation out of the fevered imaginations of two British and French bureaucrats after WW l. But it's beginning to get there.
2) "The Necessary Injustice Of Partition", by Yussi Klein Halevi, WSJ April 14-15, 2018, Review, pC1. A thoughtful and heart-felt proposal, this conjures up the story of the trapped man (here both the Israelis and Palestinians) who cuts of his arm in order to save the rest of him. Very painful...but liberating. "A deepening Israeli-Sunni strategic relationship could evolve into a political relationship, encouraging regional involvement in tempering if not yet solving the Palestinian conflict...That scenario is still remote. And yet for the first time in many years, it is possible to imagine a different future." One can hope.

GS

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018

RR#1

SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT??
Even the HUFFPOST couldn't distort this report beyond their title.

GS

The Republican Poverty Agenda: More Job Training, More Pee

RR#2

AS ALEX TREBEK WOULD SAY: "YOU ARE CORRECT."

GS

"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."
 Cicero, 55 B.C.
So, we've evidently learned nothing over the past 2,073 years!

RR#3

THANKS. I NEEDED THAT.

GS

Peanuts Wisdom (PDF)

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018

RR#1

ON IMMIGRATION: DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS.
The Catholic Bishops have an obligation to hold this position on Immigration.
The President of the United States and his Administration have an obligation to defend our national borders from illegal economic and criminal enterprises.
And citizens and immigrants alike have an obligation to see the difference.

GS

USCCB migration chair agrees with U.S. bishops concerned by border troops

RR#2

TIME NOW FOR ANOTHER EPISODE OF
"AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 OPINIONS", with general references.
1) You are asked to support House Bill 5148: "An Act Concerning Pregnant Patient Exercise of Living Will".
Even the Catholic Church requires that the Life of the Mother be paramount in making treatment decisions that can affect the fetus. This Act should be a corollary to that.
2) "Play It Again, Sam". See "A Republican Pulse In Connecticut" (WSJ March 30, 2018). The State of Connecticut has been poorly governed for decades.
3) "You want the Truth?". Lou Dobbs will give you the Truth (Fox Business).
4) Doesn't it feel good to spend someone else's money?
The two historic buildings on Bank Street should be saved...but not by requiring the private owner to foot the entire bill. That could be considered a "Taking" without the protections of Eminent Domain.
If Union Railroad Station Trust had relied on that approach to save Union Station, you would have had a cinder block building there since the1970's.
5) "OH, THE PAIN".
The Fort Trumbull Greek Tragedy will be re-lived on Sunday with the showing of the movie "The Little Pink House" at the Garde. Don't forget: you have to drive home.
6) "Are Chimpanzees 'Persons'?" (NYTimes April 8, SR p10).
First, adjudicate the obvious and most pressing question: Is A Fetus, From Conception, A Person? 
And then: GIMI A BREAK!
7) What is the Law regarding Priviliged Communications: Attorney / Client; Physician / Patient; Priest / Confessor...? A Vital Question, now answered by Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz. See his statement, below.  ---> DOJ Firewalls, Taint Teams Don't Protect 4th, 6th Amendment Rights
8) Connecticut's Public Schools: Still Poor for the Poor and for the poorly represented. SHAME. (See "Ct's Performance On 'Nation's Report Card' Doesn't Budge". (ctmirror.org/2018/04/10).
9) Finally, Some Attention To The 800 lb. Russian Bear in the Arctic:
"Initiative Tackles New Defense, Security Challenges Of Warming Arctic" (in The Day April 10, 2018, military news).
See also my continuing web-site section entitled "The Arctic and Global Warming".
10) Sorry, but I don't recommend your taking anti-depressants, in view of the NYTimes article published Sunday, April 8, on the difficulty of getting off of them. Rather, I recommend the admonition I use from Winston Churchill:
"NEVA GIVE IN. NEVA GIVE IN. NEVA. NEVA. NEVA. NEVA...."

GS

RR#3

LET'S TALK ABOUT MARIJUANA.
Executive Summary: Medical Marijuana, YES; Recreational Pot, NO.
SOME FACTS.
1) The brain has many endo- and exo- cannabinoid receptors, ready to engage as part of the brain's endorphin systems.
2) There are many type of cannabinoid chemicals, natural and synthetic, that can be manipulated by manufacturers for specific effects.
3) A person's response is dependent on dose, frequency, route, types and ratios of chemicals.
4) When smoked, peak effect is in 15-20 minutes; duration is about one hour, then promoting further desire.
5) "Spice" is a synthetic cannabinoid, easily subject to overdose...and can be sprayed on other related drugs. It is not detectable in urine, but requires more extensive and expensive tests for detection. Withdrawal symptoms begin within 2-4 hours of withdrawal.
6) Cognitive effects: acute for 1-6 hours; residual for 7 hours to 20 days; long-term effects for 3+weeks; chronic effects possibly persistent. These effects include academic performance, driving and psychiatric illnesses.
7) Addictive in 10% or more of users. Withdrawal effects, including gastrointestinal, sleep and irritability effects, can last 10-14 days.
8) Age at onset of use is critical. Much worse in children and adolescents, including permanent reduction of IQ. There is evidence that use is now extending down to Middle School children!

MEDICAL MARIJUANA HAS MUCH MORE TO RECOMMEND IT,
in a "risk-to-benefit" analysis, and evidence-based.

Therefore: MEDICAL MARIJUANA, YES. RECREATIONAL POT, NO.

GS

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, April 10 and 11, 2018

EXACTLY!
Today's world is God's punishment for Abortion.
FREE WILL IS NOT FREE.

GS

Petition to Pass the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 1192)

MONDAY, April 9, 2018

ANY QUESTIONS?

GS

Stupid is as Stupid Does (WRITTEN BY A GENIUS) A MUST READ

Facts are Facts
So if you are offended - blame History!

A HISTORY LESSON WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET!!!
 
Eighty Four Percent of those who receive this
Email will not completely read it…
if they read any of it at all.

Ten Percent will read it,
but they will choose not to forward it on to others.

The remaining 6% most likely will forward it.
 
The War started in the 7th Century
and lasted through the 17th Century.

Many will contend it never stopped;
the Facts below are Historically correct.

That is why many of us Choke
when we hear someone say we will defeat
or contain these Islamic Terrorists in a few Years,
or even "30 Years" as has been stated by Leon Panetta..

If the latest batch of Murders,
Beheadings,
and Killing of Innocent Christians has at all shocked you,
it is time for you to read this Compilation
of Historical Facts about the Intense Hatred
that Muslims have for ANY and ALL who are “NOT” Muslims!

WE ARE THE STUPID

In 732 A.D.,
the Muslim Army,
which was moving on Paris,
was Defeated and turned back at Tours, France,
by Charles Martell.

In 1571 A.D.,
the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians
and Austrians as they tried to cross the
Mediterranean to Attack Southern Europe
in the Battle of Lepanto.

In 1683 A.D.,
the Turkish Muslim Army,
Attacking Eastern Europe,
was finally Defeated in the Battle of Vienna
by German and Polish Christian Armies.

This Nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years!
The SAD thing is that more than half of all Politicians
do not even know any of this.

If these Battles had not been Won,
we would most likely be speaking Arabic.
And Christianity could be Non-existent.
Judaism certainly would NOT exist!

Reality check:
A lot of Americans have become so Insulated
from Reality that they Imagine America
can Suffer defeat without any Inconvenience to themselves.

Think back:
The following events are true historical facts.
It has been many years since 1968,
but History keeps repeating itself.

1. In 1968,
Robert Kennedy was Shot
and Killed by a Muslim Male.

2. In 1972,
at the Munich Olympics,
Israeli Athletes were Kidnapped
and Massacred by Muslim Males.

3. In 1972,
a Pan Am 747 was Hijacked
and eventually Diverted to Cairo
where a Fuse was lit on Final Approach.
Shortly after Landing,
it was Blown up by Muslim Males.

4. In 1973,
a Pan Am 707 was Destroyed in Rome
With 33 People Killed,
when it was Attacked with Grenades by Muslim Males.

5. In 1979,
the United States Embassy in Iran
was taken over by Muslim Males.

6. During the 1980’s,
a number of Americans were Kidnapped
in Lebanon by Muslim Males.

7. In 1983,
the United States Marine Barracks
in Beirut was Blown up by Muslim Males.

8. In 1985,
the Cruise Ship Achille-Lauro was Hijacked,
and a 70-year-old American Passenger
was Murdered
and thrown Overboard in his Wheelchair by Muslim Males.

9. In 1985,
TWA Flight 847 was Hijacked at Athens,
and a United States Navy Diver,
who was trying to Rescue Passengers –
was murdered by Muslim Males.

10. In 1988,
Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim Males.

11. In 1993,
the World Trade Center was Bombed
for the First Time by Muslim Males.

12. In 1998,
the United States Embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania were Bombed by Muslim Males.

13. On 09/11/01,
FOUR Airliners were Hijacked.
Two of the Planes were used as Missiles
to take down the World Trade Centers..
One Plane Crashed into the United States Pentagon,
and the other Plane was Diverted
and Crashed by the Passengers.
Thousands of People were Killed by Muslim Males.

14. In 2002,
the United States fought a War
in Afghanistan against Muslim Males.

15. In 2002,
reporter Daniel Pearl was Kidnapped and Beheaded by
you guessed it - a Muslim Male.
(Plus two other American Journalists
who had just recently been Beheaded.)

16. In 2013,
the Boston Marathon Bombing
resulted in Four Innocent People,
including a Child,
being Killed
and 264 other People injured by Muslim Males.

NO,
I really do not see a pattern here to Justify Profiling.
Do YOU?
So,
to ensure we Americans never Offend Anyone
- particularly Fanatics intent on Killing US
- Airport Security Screeners will NO longer
be allowed to Profile certain People.

So,
ask yourself:
"Just how Stupid are we?!?!"

Have Americans completely lost their Minds
or just their
"Power of Reason?"
 
As the writer of the Award Winning story
"Forrest Gump"
so aptly put it,
"Stupid is as Stupid does."

You now have the Opportunity to send this on
to other Email Contacts.
Please do that!
Or you can just sit back,
keep complaining and do nothing.
 
As Barack Obama said in his book:
"Nothing sounds as Beautiful
as the Muslim Evening Prayers from the Tower."

Wake up America!!!
 

SUNDAY, April 8, 2018

RR#1

AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THE WSJ REVIEW ON SATURDAYS IS ALWAYS A VERY GOOD READ!
The offerings for April 7-8, 2018 are no exception. See the page 1 article by Patrick J. Buchanan entitled "WITH NIXON IN '68".
1968 was a year that threw this nation off its tracks entirely. It is now barely back on, repairing those tracks slowly and ineffectually as it moves forward.
And one of the damages is outlined by Peggy Noonan in the same edition of the WSJ, entitled: "If Adults Won't Grow up, Nobody Will" (Opinion, pA13). There is much more and continuing evidence of that state of affairs in the many years of offerings in this Rapid Response section.
Indeed, the message here - certainly from me - is that the "Adults" have little basis upon which to "grow up". It is their parents and grandparents who must stay on the field of battle for another generation (yes, into their 90's) to try to impart their hard-won wisdom to their continuing charges.
Your Work Is Not Yet Done!

GS

RR#2

"NOW YOU JUST HOLD ON THERE, PARDNA.
Megyn Kelly may have "sealed her fate" with "Dumbocrats" (a nice touch by one commenter)...but her honesty has been noticed. Let's see how that works for her.

GS

Megyn Kelly Sealed Her Fate With This Shocking Segment With A Trump Accuser

RR#3

GOD'S COUNTRY. ENJOY.

GS

The Grand Canyon of Arizona

RR#4

Georgia Sheriff Posts Perfect ‘Concealed Weapons’ Sign Welcoming Visitors to His County

RR#5

REGARDING THE NOVEMBER 2018 NATIONAL ELECTIONS.
What is reported here is Not a trick or a ploy.

Nancy Pelosi and her Leftists have been clear about their intentions if given the chance. It is not that they would succeed. But such actions would prolong the current severe divisions in this nation to a point possibly of no return. This is not hyperbole. SO ACT ACCORDINGLY.

GS

Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms

RR#6

THIS, FROM AN UNIMPEACHABLE SOURCE...
and as reported recently in this section also.

GS

Alan Dershowitz Rips Special Counsel Mueller as 'a Partisan and Zealot'

SATURDAY, April 7, 2018

"THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST",

as in President Trump earnestly DOING what he says...and not just bloviating about it.

Both Russia and Mexico are Adversaries. They need to be constantly engaged, confronted and neutralized.

GS

Lindsey Graham on Moscow Sanctions: 'Got to Hit Russia in the Wallet'

Trump: 'We Are Sealing Up Our Southern Border'

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018

RR#1

MORE ATTACKS ON THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP.

GS

Doctor-Patient Relationship Compromised By Oppressive 'Quality' Reporting Requirements

RR#2


THIS STATEMENT IS RIGHT ON POINT. SHAME ON YOU, JOHN BRENNAN.

GS

Ex-top CIA official: Brennan is doing Putin's 'bidding' by speculating about Trump blackmail

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA..."
But YES, cry for me, for your other doctors, and especially for yourselves.
What you read here is exactly the way it is, as I have been reporting for over 40 years of my 60 years of continuing Practice of Medicine.

Cry. Then wipe away your tears, get angry...and fight for yourselves.

GS

Government and insurers are crushing health care, and physicians are giving up

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018

RR#1

NOTRE DAME AND VILLANOVA: THANK YOU, LORD.

GS

RR#2

ENDURING TRUTHS.
Is anybody listening?

GS

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, 1935:
"Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber.
To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

RR#3

HERE ARE TWO EXAMPLES OF REAL NEWS, FOLLOWED BY FAKE NEWS.
Professor Dershowitz' interview as always gives a clear explanation for the current actions of Robert Mueller in dealing with alleged "collusion" between Donald Trump and the Russians.

Dershowitz: Mueller Sent Trump 'Magic Code Word' With 'Target' Comment

Larry Kudlow's interview gives a clear explanation for the current alleged "trade war" being criticized by the mainstream media.

Kudlow: Blame China, Not Trump, for Trade War

And then there is a lengthy and fevered diatribe posing as a book review: "Bad For The Jews: A look at what Trump's ascendance has meant for Jewish people in America", by Simon Schama, referring to the book by Jonathan Weisman (in NYTimes Book Review, April 1, 2018, p12.)
For Schama to allege that his obvious Leftist delusions are a response to any rampant antisemitism in America today is a libel on Jews and on all other Americans. Sick.


How to Be a Jew in the Age of Trump?

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018

WOW!
Many thanks, Arch and Vivian.
Right onto my "Rapid Response".
That clears out my tear ducts for the day.

GS

Blackboard Wisdom (PDF)

MONDAY, April 2, 2018

RR#1

FOR "60 MINUTES": TEN OUR FATHERS AND TEN HAIL MARYS.
That Penance, in addition to the fine set of stories aired on Easter Sunday evening, will be almost enough to make up for the
Pornography for the Masses served up to us on the prior Sunday, as described in my Rapid Response of March 27, "starring Stormy Daniels".
The three excellent stories aired this Sunday, about the Army hero who gave his life for vital brain science, about the noble and equal-opportunity Israeli - Palestinian music conductor, and about the riches of the ancient town of Herculaneum provide forgiveness.
"GO, AND SIN NO MORE".

GS

RR#2

"THAT'S IT IN A NUTSHELL".

GS

Destroying all the things that made us so strong

SUNDAY, April 1, 2018

AS SOMEONE HAS ALREADY NOTED: ROBERT MUELLER IS NOT AN ALTAR-BOY.
Between the recent report by Sean Hannity (about Mueller having been in charge of the FBI Boston office during the Whitey Bulgar travesties), and the report that follows...
Robert has a good deal to answer for, in addition to the never-ending Trump investigation.
And to that we must add a thorough investigation of the FBI and elements of the Department of Justice.    NOW!

GS

A Massive Scandal Involving Al Qaeda Could Take Down Robert Mueller



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