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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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SATURDAY, June 30, 2018

RR#1

PLEASE READ THESE TWO ARTICLES ABOUT OUR CT. SENATORS.
Then take two aspirins and call your doctor in the morning.
•    "Murphy, Blumenthal Vow To Block Trump's Supreme Court Nominee" (in The Day, June 30, 2018).
•    "Blumenthal, Murphy Help Sink Abortion Bill" (in ctmirror.org, June 29, 2018)
The second reference is particularly informative - and disturbing

GS

RR#2

TO CONNECTICUT REPUBLICANS AND TO
HEREDITARY, BRAIN-DEAD CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATS:
"You Can't Beat Something With Nothing".
A neophyte New York self-proclaimed Socialist beat the the U.S. House fourth-ranking Democrat...who "assumed" that he had the Primary in the bag.
See "Insurgents Look To N.Y.'s Ocasio-Cortez As Trail Blazer" (in ctmirror.org, June 29, 2018).
That's what Ct. Republicans "assume": that they will always lose, despite the execrable state of this State and of the City of New London after forty years of Democrat control.
WAKE UP! And Wake Up our moribund reflexive Democrats, many of whom have had it up to here with stupidity and corruption. As was the case nationally in 2016 and will be the case in 2018 and 2020, many people are ready for change and are repelled by the words and actions of the Leftists. But "you can't beat something with nothing". Develop a true Republican Plan, approach ALL Ct. voters (Republican and Democrat), and
WAKE UP!

GS

RR#3

AMENDMENT 1 TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I have always considered this the Most Important and consequential of the ten amendments of the Bill of Rights.
And although I did not realize it until recently, Justice Anthony Kennedy for thirty years has been "The First Amendment's Undisputed Champion" (Opinion article by Floyd Abrams, in WSJ June30 - July 1, 2018, pA13.
Talk about "leaving a Legacy". This is his Legacy.
Add to that the Right guaranteed by the Second Amendment...and you have the ability of citizens to monitor the deeds and misdeeds of Government - and if necessary to overthrow that Government.
These rights were earned with blood during America's first civil war - a war in which 30% of colonists were Loyalists; and during the Civil War of 1860-65: "so that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this Earth."
All enemies of this America, external and internal, should know that its citizens are prepared to fight again, at the ballot box and elsewhere if necessary, to preserve this Nation.

GS

RR#4

MAKES SENSE.

GS

IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM"  

WRITTEN BY A 21 YEAR OLD FEMALE.  
   
Wow, this girl has a great plan!  Love the last thing she would do the best.  
   
This was written by a 21 yr. old female who gets it.  It's her future she's worried about, and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state, that she's being forced to live in!  These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.  
   
This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, TX.
   
PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .  
   
Put me in charge of food stamps no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away.  If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.  
   
Put me in charge of Medicaid.  Then, we'll test you for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.  If you want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.  
   
Put me in charge of government housing.  Ever live in a military barracks?  You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.  Your "home" will be subject to inspections any time and possessions will be inventoried.  If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.  
   
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job.  It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you.  We will sell your 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good."  
   
Before you write that I've violated your rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary.  If you want our money, accept our rules.  Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin your "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem, also called stealing!  
   
If we are expected to pay for your mistakes, we should at least attempt to make you learn from your bad choices..   The current system rewards you for continuing to make bad choices.  
   
I love this one....  
   
AND while you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE!  Yes, that is correct.  For you to vote would be a conflict of interest.  You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check.  If you want to vote, then get a job. 
   
Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON....I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET THIS BACK, IF EVERYONE SENDS IT, I WILL GET OVER 220 BACK!  I WOULD KNOW YOU SENT IT ON!
Isn't it weird that in AMERICA our flag and our culture offend so many people...
but our benefits don't?

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018

RR#1

"TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED"
Crying "FIRE" in a crowded theater is Not Protected Speech.

GS

Waters’ rhetoric is dangerous and also criminal

RR#2

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?...."
Read or scan the Wall Street Journal.
Many people still think that the WSJ is all and only about business and finance. Wrong.
It is also the single most comprehensive and reliable print news source in the mainstream media today. Its offerings on the Opinion page are regularly excellent in topic and in scope. And as a bonus it provides in its Review on Saturdays great reviews of books and topics of historical and general interest.
Just one example: the June 28 edition.
"Kennedy Quits Court".
"Week's Events Draw Deeper Partisan Lines".
"Ruling On Public Unions Strikes At labor Finances".
"The Court After Kennedy".
"The Supreme Court's Banner Year".
"The Rule Of Law Prevails In The Travel-Ban Case".
"America Can Ride The 21st Century's Waves Of Change".
"Italian Populist's Tough Talk Resonates"...resonating throughout Europe and especially with Angela Merkel's Germany.
And much more.
Try it. We all have a personal responsibility to avoid joining the "Wha' Hoppen" crowd of air-heads.

GS

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018

RR#1

A LUCID DESCRIPTION OF WHAT OUR PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMY NEED: ALL OUR PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMY.

GS

We Need Welfare Reform Now

RR#2

GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

GS

President Donald Trump: Unborn Babies Have a “Basic and Fundamental Human Right, the Right to Life”

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018

RR#1

PUBLIC EDUCATION POLITICS.
For many years, I have maintained a growing section in this web-site under the same name...to spotlight the disaster that has been public education in America's large cities for decades under the monopoly hold of the Teachers' Unions. This shameful affair continues, stupidly with the mindless support of its main victims: minority parents and their children.
Now comes yet another attempt to articulate the choices that such victims should have - and would have - were it not for the Teachers' Unions and their Democratic Party dependents.
See: "The Moral Logic Of School Choice", by former Governor Bobby Jindal (in WSJ June 26, 2018, Opinion, pA17.

GS

RR#2


'IS AMERICA'S ADMINISTRATIVE STATE UNCONSTITUTIONAL".
With that question begins an article on a vital subject which I have also recently addressed in this Rapid Response section. More recently it has come to be referred to as "The Deep State" - but that term carries with it anti-Trump connotations that are not necessary to the issue involved.
In fact, the massive Administrative State, comprising millions of unelected bureaucrats wielding unchecked power in scores of Departments, is the MOST UNCONSTITUTIONAL "branch" of Government in America today.
That is a large part of the reason why the Constitutional Branches of Government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) are so hamstrung in any efforts to meet the nation's changing needs.
Understand this. Bureaucrats operate under two constant rules:
1) No Change;
2) No Decisions...or at least no timely decisions while they seek effective means to CYA.
See: "Regulatory State Has A Bad Day In Court", by Adam J. White (in WSJ June 25, 2018, Opinion, pA17).
So: apart from the real dangers of the "Deep State" properly understood, this state of affairs warrants serious attention by "we, the people."

GS

Trump calls for deportations without hearings: Is it legal?

RR#3

HILLARIOUS!
(Now Cut That Out. I'm a Doctor!)

GS



RR#4

Steve Jobs last words...

Whether accurate or not, good advice. 
 
 He died a billionaire at 56yrs of Pancreatic Cancer and here are his last words on the sick bed:

 "I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes my life is an epitome of success.

 However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

 At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and
 wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

 You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

 Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – "Life".

 When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – "Book of Healthy Life".

 Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

 Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends...

 Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

 As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch - they both tell the same time...

 Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag - the amount of money inside is the same;

 Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car,  the road and distance is the same, and we get to the same destination.
 
 Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine - the hangover is the same;

 Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq ft - loneliness is the same.

 You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

 Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down - you go down with it...

 Therefore.. I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, .... That is true happiness!!

 Five Undeniable Facts of Life :
1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.

 2. Best awarded words in London ... "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."

 3. The One who loves you will never leave you for another because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.

 4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.
Only a few really understand it.

 5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, You have to manage!

 NOTE: If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!

 Six Best Doctors in the World
1. Sunlight
2. Rest
3. Exercise
4. Diet
5. Self Confidence and
6. Friends

 Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy a healthy life.

RR#5

A TRIFECTA FROM THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.
The decisions handed down from the USSC this week, followed by the reported decision of Justice Kennedy to retire are the best news for this nation since the defeat of Bonnie and Clyde.
Added to the very promising expectations from the meeting with North Korea and the firm positions taken regarding our allies and "allies", President Trump brings the American Ship of State fully rigged into the always dangerous waters of Putin and his Russia at their coming meeting.
Onward.

GS

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018

RR#1

INTERESTING.
Regarding illegal immigrants and  the Constitution.

GS

Trump calls for deportations without hearings: Is it legal?

RR#2

WHAT? A REASONED AND BALANCED LEGAL DECISION FROM SAN FRANCISCO?
Who wudda thunk it?

GS

US judge throws out climate change lawsuits against big oil

MONDAY, June 25, 2018

THIS IS POWERFUL.

GS



SUNDAY, June 24, 2018

RR#1

"SEVERAL NOTABLE MEDICAL SOCIETIES HAVE ISSUED ETHICAL STATEMENTS DISCOURAGING PHYSICIANS FROM TREATING FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS."
This statement is too sweeping and is generally wrong, especially in today's health care delivery climate...where every patient needs a diligent advocate.
Furthermore, all of my patients are my friends, as are my family members.
In the informative discussions presented in this article, Dr. Gold is more doctrinaire than informed; Dr. Prager is too anxious; and Dr. Abbate presents the best of the arguments.
In the final analysis, "it takes two to tango". Doctor and Patient should make the decision for themselves.

GS

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

RR#2

"SHOCKED, SHOCKED".
Politicians doing what they do best.
"Ct. Dems 'shocked' about condition of immigrant detentions at border" (ctmirror.org, June 23, 2018).
These Ct. decades-long majority party Democrats should have much to be "shocked" about in their own State, which stands - nearly bankrupt - 46th or 47th among the 50 United States in all of the bad categories.
To quote from the article:
"Democrats believe they have reaped a political gain from the immigration crisis that was created by the Trump administration's imposition of the 'zero tolerance' policy, an move made to appeal to the GOP's conservative base". WRONG.
In fact, this article should be read in context with the article about the on-going European debacle:
"Debate Over Flood Of Migrants Divides European Union" (in The Day, June 24, 2018).
A country without defended borders is not a country. It is a prelude to civil war.

GS

RR#3

WOW! WHAT A CONCEPT.
They are "underestimating their weight". What happened to the Scale and the Mirror?
Once again, with feeling: 50% of All Health Problems are directly related to Life Style!

GS

Study finds the body-positive movement is probably contributing to the obesity crisis

RR#4

I HAVE NEVER LOST FAITH IN THE HOLY FATHER.
But this helps.

GS

What Pope Francis Said About Barack Obama Will Leave You Speechless

RR#5

THE HEALTH INDUSTRY AND ITS PARTICIPANTS: PART II.

GS

I remember when the Health Care Industry represented 8% of GDP. So, they went along just doing the same old things, like employer and employee tax deductability for health care expenditures, like suppressing health savings accounts that would bring patients back to caring about what they seek in health care, like making no effort to address the 50% of health care costs (ie. sickening life styles), like letting insurance companies run amok, like treating health care providers (the only ones who can really affect health care demands and costs) like the enemy, like Legislating a Prohibition against the Government being able to negotiate drug costs, like treating potential patients (ie. all of us) just as votes ("a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage").

So now, Health Care costs represent 17+% of GDP. What was that that Einstein said?

GS

RR#6

IF YOU NEED AN ANTIDOTE TO DAVE COLLINS' FEVERED ARTICLE IN THE DAY (JUNE 24, 2018),
read the article in the same edition by Cal Thomas:
"The Politics Behind Separation Anxiety".
"Just the facts, Ma'am. Just the facts".

GS

SATURDAY, June 23, 2018

RR#1

"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO."

GS

George Will Says to Vote Against GOP in Midterm Elections

RR#2

POLITICIAN TURNED TRAITOR.
This man should be subject to Recall by his Arizona constituents.
Really, "Trump-Phobia" is a very virulent sickness. See also the current comments by George Will, another victim.
Meanwhile, you can immunize yourself - besides considering President Trump's actual accomplishments to date - by reading the 2015 book by Dick and Liz Cheney entitled "EXCEPTIONAL: Why The World Needs A Powerful America" (Threshold Editions - Simon and Schuster, Inc.).

GS

This RINO Senator Just Joined The Democrats And It’s Bad News For Trump

RR#3

NOW HERE IS A LOOMING, EVEN EXISTENTIAL, CHALLENGE,
extending from every modest kitchen table to the Oval Office.
"TIME BOMB LOOMS FOR AGING AMERICA" (in WSJ June 23-24, 2018, pA1).
How are America's aging parents - and their children - going to survive financially, let alone thrive, into their eighties and nineties?
•    Existing savings will not do it.
•    Current middle class jobs and earnings will not do it.
•    A population wherein 50% of all illnesses are Life - Style Related.
•    The excessive borrowing by both parents and children - for whatever reason and including for education, is corrosive.
•    The unrealistic expectation that "Government" will take care of us.
What to do?
•    Save more.
•    Work more.
•    Forget "Retirement". Prepare for "career change" right into your 80's.
•    Get rid of the junk food, the smoking and alcohol, the weight gain, the sedentary life-style, the poor sleep patterns and their causes, the dangerous life-styles....
•    Emphasize Family Life, life-long, where parents and children can dependably support each other in every way Throughout Life.
•    Plan on little help from Government, unless you are willing to give up your personal freedom in return for the promise of a pittance.
"LA VITA E' BELLA". Life is beautiful, if you take personal responsibility for your own life.

GS

RR#4

"WELL, WHO WUDDA THUNK IT?"

Anyone with a brain, that's who.

GS

As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper

RR#5

DO YOU KNOW WHEN HUMAN LIFE BEGINS?
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you".
Jeremiah 1:4-10.

"Hear me, O coastlands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The Lord called me from birth,
from my mother's womb he gave me my name."
Isaiah 49:1-6.

ANY QUESTIONS?
"NOW GO, AND SIN NO MORE".

GS

RR#6

HOW DID I MISS THIS BOOK, PUBLISHED IN 2015?
"EXCEPTIONAL: WHY THE WORLD NEEDS A POWERFUL AMERICA" (Threshold Editions / Simon and Schuster, 2015).
Besides being an excellent primer on twentieth century America, especially to inform the latest generation of air-heads, it is a searing indictment of former President Obama and the Obama years. This is the Obama "Legacy".
And it is also a detailed blueprint to guide the next President, then not yet elected - or even considered. It is this nation's latest great good fortune that it is Donald Trump - and that he seems to be following that blueprint in order to "Make America Great Again".
This is not hyperbole. It is not some kind of hero-worship. It is just Fact, as is the Fact that the effort is being constantly obstructed by Leftists, by Rinos, by self-dealing cynics, and by true delusionals - not to mention the possibility of actual traitors.
WAKE UP, AMERICA. THESE ARE AGAIN DANGEROUS TIMES, THIS TIME FROM WITHIN.

GS

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018

RR#1

"THE DEEP STATE" SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING DISNEY MADE UP.
It isn't. It is a massive, very powerful, non-elected and self-perpetuating group of Federal agencies for which there is no direct provision in the U.S. Constitution but for which an entire body of Law (Administrative Law) has developed.
See the remarkable Table listing this "Fourth Branch of Government", its 17 separate components, with their total employees, their 2017 budgets and their annual weapons purchases (in The Philadelphia Trumpet, July 2018 edition).
See the Linked article wherein the USSC just addressed this abrogation of Constitutional authority by the SEC.
See the Linked article on current efforts by the Trump Administration to reduce and reorganize this, a major component of "The Swamp".
Remember: massive, very powerful, non-elected and self-perpetuating.
And "keep your powder dry".

GS

SEC judge appointments unconstitutional, U.S. high court says

White House proposes federal government overhaul

RR#2

TO THE POINT.

GS

Maybe this Canadian mayor will legally immigrate to the U.S. and run for mayor in one of our so-called sanctuary cities. He's got my vote already! 

Now this is a good one and a big Hooray for this Mayor...

Let's hear it for a Quebec mayor..."PUT SOME PORK ON YOUR FORK"
A commercial promoting pork says: "PUT SOME PORK ON YOUR FORK"
The MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CAFETERIA MENU and EXPLAINS WHY:
Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb.

The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval has refused, and the town clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why.

"Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, and its way of life, because that's where they chose to immigrate.

"Muslims must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec." They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Canadians who, so generously, welcomed them.
"Muslims must understand that Canadians are neither acist nor xenophobic. Canada accepted many immigrants before Muslims showed up (whereas the reverse is not true, in that Muslim states do not accept non-Muslim immigrants)."
"Just like other nations, Canadians are not willing to give up their identity or their culture.

"And, if Canada is a land of welcome, it's not the Mayor of Dorval who welcomes foreigners, but the Canadian-Quebecois people as a whole.
"Finally, they must understand that in Canada (Quebec) with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain."

The municipality of Dorval was right to refuse any concessions to Islam and Sharia.

"For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Canada, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open halal arms in accordance with Sharia.

"If you left your country for Canada, and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Canada than elsewhere. We will notlet you drag Canada down to the level of those 57 countries."

"Ask yourself this question - just once: "Why is it better here in Canada than where you come from?" "A canteen with pork on the menu is part of the answer."

If you came to Canada with the idea that you will displace us with your prolific propagation and eventually take over the country, you should pack up and go back to the country you came from. We have no room here for you and your ideology.

RR#3

THE DAY EDITORIAL BOARD IS TOO PREDICTABLE.
However logical and well-argued some of its opinions may often be, they too often succumb to illogical and distorted Trump-bashing.
A most recent example is the June 20, 2018 Editorial:
"Growing Corporate Power Threatens America's Strength - Its Middle Class."
Right...but solving this problem cannot be a zero-sum process. Democrats demonize the business sectors while ignoring the truism of Engine Charlie Wilson, late of General Motors: "The Business of America is Business".
The Trump administration is trying to balance the requirements of Business while restraining its excesses in order to help the Middle Class. Of course, many "Republicans" are resisting any change out of self-interest.
This is a constant battle. Join in.

GS

RR#4

THE UNITED NATIONS IS THE SUM OF ITS PARTS:
nearly 200 countries, some barely deserving of that reference.  It is becoming rotten at its core.
See the report in the NYTimes, June 21, 2018:
"Horrific details about chemical attacks in Syria were left out of a U.N. report. An early draft leaked to The Times shows the omissions."
America must be increasingly selective in its participation in this organization. The Trump administration recently made the right move in leaving the laughingly named "Human Rights" section.

GS

RR#5

THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AND ITS PARTICIPANTS:
the patient- public, health care professionals, payors, government...
This industry is approaching 20% of the GNP, a vital part of us.
Three recent articles in the WSJ will provide a detailed primer to the facts. And they augment several decades of personal writings on the subject.
(See the relevant sections of asthma.drsprecace.com)
•    "A Health Fix For Mom And Pop Shops", by Alexander Acosta, June 19, 2018.
•    "Exit From ObamaCare", Editorial, June 20, 2018.
•    "Health Savings Accounts for Everyone", by Scott W. Atlas, June 20, 2018.
The physical, mental and financial health you save may be your own.

GS


THURSDAY, June 21, 2018

RR#1

MORE AND MORE. WORSE AND WORSE.
Barack Hussein Obama. "The Manchurian Candidate"...and President.

GS

Obama cyber chief confirms 'stand down' order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

RR#2

DR. CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: A GREAT MAN. MORE IMPORTANTLY, A GOOD MAN.

GS

Fox News Pundit Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68


MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, June 18 through 20, 2018

RR#1

IT LOOKS LIKE, FOR THE LATEST AND THE LAST GENERATIONS, ADOLESCENCE NEVER ENDS.

Stupid!

GS

Teen Vaping Is Risky Business - Breaking News From Newsmax.com
By Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, MDs
Many celebrities have credited e-cigarettes for helping them quit smoking. But actress Katherine Heigl might have brought the most attention to vaping with her appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in 2010.
She and Letterman smoked from her e-cig.
"This oughta get it done," said Letterman. "I know," agreed Heigl. "You have no excuse now to smoke a real cigarette."
It turns out that's not the positive public health message it seemed to be — especially when it comes to teens and vaping.
The exotic-seeming, sweet-flavored e-cigs have become a high school craze. A 2016 report from the U.S. surgeon general found a 900 percent increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015. And the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey reported that 1.7 million high school students had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.
Those kids are getting bombarded by many harmful chemicals that are produced during vaping.
A new study published in Pediatrics analyzed urine samples from 103 teens, 67 of whom used only e-cigarettes, 16 of whom smoked regular and e-cigarettes, and 20 of whom smoked neither.
They found that teens who vaped had three times the levels of metabolites of chemicals such as acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide, and crotonaldehyde in their urine than those who didn't. Several of those are known carcinogens.
So, while you're teaching your kids about the dangers of smoking cigarettes (it's working; smoking rates are dropping), make sure they understand that vaping is no better.

RR#2

ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 OPINIONS."
1) The July - August 2018 edition of Foreign Affairs promises to be an interesting read, despite its chronically Globalist bent.
"Which World Do We Live In: Warming; Marxist; Liberal; Tech; Tribal; Realist?". See also: "Is American World Order Over?" (in NYTimes, June 17, 2018, Sunday Review, pSR 1). Informative despite the alarmist posture.
2) "How America Got Hooked On A Deadly Drug" (in ctmirror.org, June 17, 2018). Check out also the segment on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.
A POX ON ALL THEIR HOUSES, especially the politicians.
3) "Here's Proof That You Get Wiser And Happier After Age 50" (in The Day, Reviews, June 17, 2018, pG3). Meanwhile, it's in the decade of one's Fourties that "it hits the fan".
4) Is the nation "going to pot"? Figuratively, maybe. Literally, I hope not. See two related articles in the WSJ, Opinion, June 11 and 15, 2018.
5) A Cautionary Tale: Former Governor John Rowland. After a distinguished career in Politics (is that an oxymoron?) spanning decades, he went to jail. Now he is doing something different and more productive. See The Day, June 17, 2018.
How about we let him do it - without recurring back-biting? Christian Charity, anyone.?
6) "Should Liberty Icon Faneuil Hall's Slave Ties Mean Re-Naming?" (in The Day, June 18, 2018). You don't re-write History; you Learn from it.
7) "Lower Costs, Fewer Benefits In New Health Insurance Option" (in The Day, June 19, 2918). Just what the doctor ordered: Choice, Affordability, and Individual Responsibility. Just like Health Savings Accounts, which continue to be suffocated by the health insurance industry and their political whores.
8) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich never minces words. "The Liberal media have declared WAR on Donald Trump". And he includes elsewhere the entire Democratic Party. My sentiments exactly, as most recently seen in the "debate" over Immigration. THIS IS WAR, between America as we have built it over two hundred years and a totalitarian, socialist and debased society that is threatening it. It is a War that must be joined, fought and Won, thus far by words, ideas and elections. And there can be no "conscientious objectors" here.

GS

RR#3

"THE WORST HUMAN PAIN."
"The distress of a grieving parent has been described as the worst human pain".
So begins an excellent article on 'the paradox of a child's death", by John M. De Figueiredo, M.D., Sc.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.
It is worth reading in full, by parents who have experienced this tragedy, by people who may then be better able to console others, and especially by physicians and other health care professionals - whose own "compassion, encouragement, and dedication, when balanced with personal attributes such as optimism, imperturbability, and equanimity, appear to guide their intellect to overcome the worst human pain by appealing to both reason and imagination and fostering a union to something larger than themselves."
(Connecticut Medicine, June - July, 2018, Volume 82, Number 6, p377).

GS

The Worst Human Pain


SUNDAY, June 17, 2018

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.
And with the appreciated assistance of this day's edition of The Day, I can keep this commentary entirely positive. For there are four articles that deserve attention and approval.
1) "Dismiss The Empty Rhetoric, There Is No Easy Fix To State's Problems".
I tried, back in 1990 when I ran - as a Democrat - for the State Senate from the 20th District, offering detailed proposals for reduction in State government before thinking about a State income tax, which had not yet been passed. For that, I was rewarded with defeat.
2) "More Dark Clouds Over 2016 Election".
Here is an inventory of the mess that was that Presidential election process. The bright spot was that the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, as defined by the U.S. Constitution, was heard loud and clear with the overwhelming election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
3) "Uncasville Medical Marijuana Dispensary Thriving In New Spot, Owner Says."
I agree with and support the carefully prescribed and monitored use of Medical Marijuana, by ingestion and Not by inhalation. I reject the "recreational use" of Marijuana: "Stupido. Stupido. Stupido".
4) "Rick's List - Pomp And Circumstance Edition". 
Here, Rick Koster reminds us of the fine book "Boys Life" as a primer for growth into actual adulthood. This of course would be instead of the faux "adulthood" being lived by too many children who never had a Father or an actually effective Father in their formative years.
So: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - to those males who deserve the accolade.

Meanwhile, to The Day: WRITE ON!

GS

THURSDAY through SATURDAY, June 14 through 16, 2018

RR#1

TRUMP WORLD: THE WEEK THAT WAS.
1) The North Korea Initiative: Brilliant in form; highly promising in substance, because North Korea and China need it.
2) The G7 divisions: predicted and predictable. See two very informative articles on the subject of America, Europe and "the New World Order".
"Why Trump Clashes With Europe", by Walter Russell Mead, in WSJ June 12, 2018, Opinion, pA15.
"Who Unraveled The New World Order?", by David M. Smick, in WSJ June 13, 2018, Opinion, pA21.
3) Immigration: Politics at its worst, trying to dig itself out of a self-made hole.
a) We have so many illegal immigrants here because of decades of "that great sucking sound", having drawn them into this country by the illegal actions of American business looking for cheap labor and by the conscious acquiescence of official Washington in not enforcing existing laws. Now,"Amnesty"? Hogwash. Do the right thing, finally.
b) DEFEND OUR BORDERS!
c) Fault and punish the "Dreamers", brought here through no effort of their own? Who thought up that asinine idea? Do the right thing, finally.
Will the current belated Congressional effort actually become Law?
It's almost too much to ask of these clowns. Almost.

GS

RR#2

AND THAT'S PUTTING IT MILDLY.

GS

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018

RR#1

"AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS."

GS

The Trump Effect Continues

RR#2

"RACISM". DON'T LOOK UNDER THE BED.
It's right in front of your nose.
And once again, it continues to marinate the failed public education system. In Connecticut, Governor Malloy recently vetoed a Bill that tried to set standards for dealing with dangerous students in class. His reason: "because it would have had a disproportionate impact on students of color and students with disabilities".
Then see the article in The Day, June 12, 2018: "Connecticut Educators Debate Next Steps On Discipline".
Then check out the excellent expose by Jason L. Riley in the WSJ June 13 (Opinion, pA21) entitled "The Attack On Educational Excellence".
So what else is new? Certainly not the definition of "idiocy" by Albert Einstein: "Idiocy is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome". To our Black Communities:
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

GS

RR#3

Direct...and comfortable: The President's statement and news conference after the meeting.

GS



RR#4

...AND THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE.

GS

Get a nice glass of wine OR a cold beer CAUSE here is one for you to reflect on this weekend -  read slowly - absorb quickly - stay scared!
And your thoughts are?

I do not know the source of this essay, but it is an interesting read:

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.
 
That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.
 
The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.
 
What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.
 
That’s a civil war.
 
There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.
 
This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election.. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.
 
Your very own dictatorship.
 
The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.
 
Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat's system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.
 
If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator.
 
But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has “discretion” to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the “discretion” to reverse him. That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.
 
When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.
 
The Constitution has something to say about that.
 
Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.
 
Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him.
 
Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.
 
That’s not a free country.
 
It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win won.
 
Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.
 
That is how wars start from within.

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018

RR#1

THERE WERE THREE PARTICIPANTS AT THIS MEETING.

GS

Trump and Kim sign joint statement promising 'complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula'

RR#2

AMEN.

GS

Our President (PDF)

RR#3

WHOSE TANTRUM?

GS

Trump’s trade tantrum won’t benefit U.S.

MONDAY, June 11, 2018

RR#1

WHAT HYSTERICAL, DELUDED FOOLS.
And let's not forget Robert De Niro at the Tony's.

GS

Ivanka Trump touched the Stanley Cup, and people are freaking out

RR#2

NOT ONLY INTERESTING, BUT ALSO PROFOUND.

GS



SUNDAY, June 10, 2018

RR#1

"THE MOUSE THAT ROARED."
In this case, the acorn fell far from the tree.

GS

Trump Economic Adviser Ties G-7 Tension to North Korea Meeting

RR#2

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR...OR WORK TOWARD.
Observational and scientific discovery, from the wheel and fire, and even including atomic fission and also fusion (what fuels the sun) have been about developments that have been and can be controlled by human beings. But now, developments in the fields of Genetics and of Artificial Intelligence threaten and almost promise to escape the control of man. Genetics is about to be able to create de novo human beings to order.
AI threatens realistically to outstrip the powers of human intelligence and thereby to become man's master.
Please read the article in the NYTimes entitled: "Moguls And Killer Robots" (June 10, 2018, Sunday Business, p1). Although introduced with a whimsical title and using an "on the one hand...on the other hand..." approach, the author (Cade Metz) ultimately seems to accept the better position: "Be afraid. Be very afraid". That is my position also, although I have a secret belief: that when God sees man threatening to achieve God-like powers, He will pull the plug on His favorite creation.
Actually, that's reassuring.

GS


RR#3

You could hear a pin drop!

GS

Once upon a time when our politicians did not tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country.
These are good.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JFK'S
Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.
DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of
France as soon as possible.
 
Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 When in England , at a fairly large conference,
Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury
if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying,
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for
freedom beyond our borders.
The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return
is enough to bury those that did not return."

You could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
There was a conference in France
where a number of international engineers were taking part,
including French and American.
During a break, one of the French engineers came back into
the room saying,
"Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?
He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia
to help the tsunami victims.
What does he intend to do,
bomb them?"
 
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
"Our carriers have three hospitals on board
that can treat several hundred people;
they are nuclear powered and can supply
emergency electrical power to shore facilities;
they have three cafeterias with
the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,
they can produce several thousand gallons of
fresh water from sea water each day,
and they carry half a dozen helicopters for
use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.
We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?"

You could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference
that included Admirals from the
U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with
a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks,
but a French admiral suddenly complained that,
whereas Europeans learn many languages,
Americans learn only English.
He then asked,
"Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences
rather than speaking French?"
 
Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied,
"Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans
arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak
German."

You could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE:
 
Robert Whiting,
an elderly gentleman of 83,
arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs,
he took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry on.
 
"You have been to France before, monsieur?"
the customs officer asked
sarcastically.
 
Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France
previously.
 
"Then you should know enough
to have your passport ready."
 
The American said,
"The last time I was here,
I didn't have to show it."
 
"Impossible..
Americans always have to show their passports on
arrival in France !"
 
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.
Then, he quietly explained,
''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on
D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country,
I couldn't find a single Frenchman
to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

SATURDAY, June 9, 2018

RR#1

HMMMMMM.
REAL NEWS VS. FAKE NEWS VS. "FACT-CHECKERS".
Read the article "Skepticism Beats Snopes As An Antidote To Fake News",
by Amar Bhide, WSJ June 9-10, 2018, Opinion, pA13.
Often, before using a particular article to support my Rapid Response offerings, I seek confirmation, often from my children who are much more adept at accessing Snopes or other sources. But I have had my suspicions about "fact-checkers".
"Snopes's myth busting can't stop fantasy masquerading as fact either. It's a for-profit business whose complete reliance on advertising exposes it to the same forces that stoke fakery. Survival requires more web traffic than debunking true urban legends can easily attract. And according to critics, Snopes is biased to the left".
Therefore, be skeptical of everything, "a vital civic virtue".
And CROSS-READ!! - something that I have been doing and recommending throughout my life.
The Truth is out there, somewhere.

GS

RR#2

THE SWAMP.
Up to our asses in alligators.

GS

Speaker Paul Ryan just betrayed Donald Trump with this comment

RR#3

WHAT A SHAME.
'"Vengeance is Mine. I shall repay," sayeth The Lord."

GS

Government officials destroy Way of the Cross in China’s Henan province

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018

RR#1

REALLY...

GS

The Back Nine

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK.
READ SLOWLY!

You know ... Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is.. The back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant..but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I'm on the back nine, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's over for here. A new and better adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.
It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the back nine yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you're on the back nine or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life....so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY ! Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
 
LASTLY, CONSIDER THIS:
~Your kids are becoming you.......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore, but you really don't care that you aren't as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
 
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all,OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
 
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN; YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

RR#2

LOYAL AMERICANS WILL CELEBRATE THIS NEWS.
As for the others...

GS

Kudlow: US Now World's Fastest-Growing Economy

RR#3

I'LL BET ON THE DOCTORS BEING WRONG - AGAIN -
when they predict the time of death of a patient.
The  patient usually seems to take as a challenge...and wins a few more months or years.
Here's praying for you, Dr. Krauthammer. A very good man.

GS

Charles Krauthammer Pens Final Column: 'Only A Few Weeks Left To Live'

RR#3

AMEN.

GS

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January.  Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two.  There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn.  Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.
Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces, the very sea stained with American blood.  The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam.  From Khe Sanh to Saigon, anywhere will do.  Americans died in all those jungles.  There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented.  When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat.  Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress.  Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth.  You're on your own.
There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their lives all over the world.  When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have.  That's what the red stripes mean.  It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.
While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken, but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains, every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans, just American men and women, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us, blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee."  You haven't any inkling of what it took to get you where you are, but your "protest" is duly noted.  Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God.  We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has.  We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us.  We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom.  We'll pray for liberty and justice for all, because He is the one who provides those things.  But there will be no protest.  There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave.
NOW CAN WE GET THOSE SON'S OF BITCHES OFF THE FIELD?

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018

THE OLD AND CONTINUING PROMISE OF POLITICIANS:
"A chicken in every pot. A car in every garage"
THE NEWER AND CONTINUING ALARM OF POLITICIANS:
A Russian under every bed.
There is no question that Russia since the 1918 revolution has been totally untrustworthy and has been a world-class exporter of instability - especially with regard to its bete noir, America. Its current leader sees challenging America at every turn as its guarantee to relevance in today's world. And American leaders have accommodated V. Putin with attempted isolation and efforts at irrelevance. That, for a nation with 9 time zones, a comparable population and a comparable nuclear arsenal.
Could it be that President Trump is attempting a different approach, one that recognizes and accepts Russia's central role in today's world affairs - as a partner if possible? I think so...and I think that such an approach would go far to rein in the expansionist tendencies of China.
But not so the cold warriors like Senator John McCain and this retired Lt. Colonel.
See the attached articles for the latest naked accusations about our President.
At long last: "WHERE'S THE BEEF?"
Time to "put up or shut up". They and the delusional Leftists are the ones who are doing great damage to this country.

GS

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin

Former Fox News analyst says Fox has become 'destructive propaganda machine'

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, June 4 through 6, 2018

RR#1

CRAZY LIKE A FOX.
President Donald Trump has been accused - by the Leftist delusionals, no less - of being all kinds of bad things: insane, despotic, stupid, racist, sexist, ...ist, ...ist, etc.
Meanwhile, he has accomplished more good for the nation in less than 18 months than any President since FDR.

But there's more. He has unmasked the hypocrisy of the Rhinos and Fellow Travelers in Congress who really might as well be obstructionist Democrats. (Republicans and Independents take note in the November elections.) He is testing the boundaries of Executive power and prerogative...by using the legal system instead of by ignoring it (with media acquiescence) as Barack Obama did. This is a service to the nation: clarifying the scope and intent of the U.S. Constitution. He is well on track to achieving on the Korean peninsula what no other administration has been able to do since 1950. He is bring to heel the greatest supporter of terrorism in the world - Iran - while pursuing a "Grand Mideast Strategy", according to a recent report (see "Is Trump Following A Grand Mideast Strategy?", in WSJ June 6, 2018, Opinion, pA17). And he is challenging frontally, by tweets, by campaign-style speeches and by action - the current strangle-hold that the Leftists have placed upon honest discourse and difference of opinion - in the public square and even in our supposed Halls of Higher Learning. See "A Tale of Two Indecencies Shows How We Got Trump", by Andrew Klavan, in WSJ June 5, 2018, Opinion, pA15.

This Is A Leader: the precise kind of leader that America needs now and through the 2020 elections. We still have the power to make that happen through the electoral process. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

GS

Trump’s Claims Of Vast Power Could Be Heading Toward A Supreme Court Showdown

RR#2

REGARDING "END OF LIFE" DECISIONS, BY PATIENT, FAMILY AND PHYSICIAN.
Without dealing with the entire question, the main issues here are considerations of : 1) Patient Right of Self-Determination, articulated when mentally competent, and reduced to an "Advanced Directive", accompanied by a "Power of Attorney for Medical Care" in the hands of a trusted family member or friend; a treating physician's right and obligation regarding not providing "Futile Care; the patient or family right to have the patient's care transferred to a different and accepting physician.
The critical point here is to take action in timely fashion, before a crisis develops.
A recent discussion of the subject may be found in the National Catholic Register, June 10, 2018, by Brian Fraga.

GS

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018

RR#1

SO MANY ISSUES - AND OPINIONS.  SO LITTLE TIME.
1) An article in ctmirror.org on May 29 reports on deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria. Only in the 6th paragraph are we told that most of those were the result of disruptions in medical care, already in Intensive Care in Puerto Rico before the storm. But that does not prevent our fearless Connecticut legislators from alleging some skullduggery by our present Federal government.
2) Several articles in The DAY report on promising developments for New London related to proposed nearby wind energy projects and improvements to State Pier. Did I hear that word "POTENTIAL" again?
Only if the people and leaders of New London purge themselves of their "Win - Lose" mentality and embrace a "Win - Win" approach to this city's great history, natural resources, location - and yes...people.
3) The recent Editorial in The Day correctly describes what happens when a candidate for Governor of this failing State (Mike Handler) calls for "very strong medicine": he LOSES. "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie".
4) President Trump's many - and ignored - successes. As he recently tweeted: "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country". Indeed! Meanwhile, it's great to have the leadership of this great nation back in the hands of Realistic Adults: Trump, Mattis, Pompeo, Bolton.
5) And now about another great nation nearly ruined by feckless and cynical leaders: ITALY. See the article in The Day (6/3/2018):
"New Italian Government Vows To Create Jobs, Expel Migrants"
ATTENZIONE!!
6) "Pushed By Voters, GOP Moderates Rebel On Immigration". (in The Day 6/3/2018). On this issue, why the need for rebellion from the Stupid position of "Conservatives" regarding "Dreamers" and regarding "Amnesty"? Why not try Justice, Reality and Charity for a change?
7) "In Prison, 'Reimagining Justice' - And A Governor's Legacy" (in ctmirror.org, 5/31/2018). Let's give Governor Malloy credit for this - at least.
8) Articles all over the place about INEQUALITY, including two in ctmirror.org, 5/30/2018. The Lord said: "The poor will always be with you..." and guaranteed it through the vast disparities in human capabilities and in geographic resources that He established. So: why not Capitalism with a Conscience? Certainly not Socialism with a Gulag.
Meanwhile, the foundation of America guarantees "LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS". "Entitlements"? What's That??
9) And finally, something I really know about: Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. Please remember the following advice:
a) Wear occluding clothing when in the woods;
b) Spray with caution regarding over-exposure, especially for children;
c) Immediately upon returning from the woods, SHOWER!;
d) Any sensation of "Flu-like symptoms", with or without a rash or other symptoms, occurring from March - November warrants medical advice and probably a screening blood test.
e) There seem to be two distinct populations of people in tick areas: those who have had Lyme Disease two or more times; and those who have never had Lyme Disease despite many contacts with ticks. In which category are you?
See, In battle against ticks, most burden still lies on humans to avoid bites

GS

RR#2

RES IPSA LOQUITUR.

GS

Trump: US Has 'Stupid' Trade Policies

RR#3

SHOCK THERAPY FOR THE HYSTERICAL DELUSIONALS.

GS

Trump Posters (PDF)

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018

RR#1

THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY:
politically the worst 8 years in my lifetime to date.

And before his first election, I had pegged him as

"The Manchurian Candidate".

GS

An Obama Scandal to Probe

RR#2

"ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING".
Leftists, in all nations including our own, have always been totalitarians, seeking ever more power, hiding and distorting ever more facts, disparaging and ultimately destroying ever more people who resist. In America, we still have the means to defeat them at the ballot box...for now.

GS

Karl Marx’s Legacy: More Than 100 Million Dead

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018

RR#1

"THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH".

GS

Trump has done more than any president: Lou Dobbs

RR#2

AT THE PRESENT TIME, WHEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE NO LONGER RELIABLE,
it is all the more important to stay reliably informed.
To that end I strongly suggest a subscription to the Wall Street Journal.
As a sampler, I offer titles to the following articles - all of which appeared in the WSJ during the last 10 days.
•    "The Tragedy of Venezuela". Another socialist paradise.
•    "Colleges Give The Disabled More Leeway". But what means "disabled"?
•    "Conservatives Can Benefit From Liberal Colleges". Absolutely. I intentionally attended a university that was a den of agnosticism and atheism after 12 years of Catholic education - and learned more about my Faith there than beforehand.
•    "I'm In Prison for Practicing Politics", by former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
•    "Taking The Long Way Around". The land grab where " This Land is Our Land".
•    "The FBI Spied For LBJ's Campaign".
•    "The Real Constitutional Crisis". "The FBI and Justice Department continue evading congressional oversight."
And then there is a book, originally published in1968, to which I was recently referred: :The Way It Spozed To Be", by James Herndon, Boynton/Cook Publishers, Portsmouth, NH. Read it and weep - and fume all over again about the rape of Public Education in this country during the last 60 years. Or you can simply review the section on this web site entitled "Public Education Politics", about which I have been writing for decades.
THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE:
PEOPLE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN;
PEOPLE WHO WATCH THINGS HAPPEN;
AND PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSTANTLY SAYING "WHA' HOPPEN".
Which kind are you?

GS



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