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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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FRIDAY through SUNDAY, September 28 through 29, 2018

RR#1

MMMM MMMM GOOD.

GS

Yes, chocolate is good for you—but there's more to unwrap

RR#2

HERE'S A TOTALLY PERSONAL COMMENTARY THAT YOU DON'T SEE HERE OFTEN.
You will have to provide your own factual support, of which there is plenty.
•    Large elements of the last two generations, particularly those educated in the "Liberal Arts" - as currently dispensed by "Liberal Arts Colleges", are poorly educated, especially in Common Sense and in the science of Deliberate thinking. Mainly...they emote!.
•    Significant elements of these same two generations have made an art form of "hooking up" on the spur of the moment, thereby contracting increasing cases of STD while further depleting their weak abilities at meaningful interpersonal relationships - thanks to addiction to their various screens...all leading to feelings of isolation, depression and (so sadly) suicide.
•    It appears from all the news that the "dinosaur" element of the male sex that could not keep its hands and other parts to themselves have given way to the "whus" element of current "male-dom"...who have been so out-played by "female-hood" that they can't find their other parts without Viagra or Cialis or whatever. Meanwhile, "female-hood" (not "womanhood" until they stop aborting their babies) has discovered "Me-Too", decades  late, which will soon be followed by a male "Not Me" and Not You" trend. And the birth rate in America will continue to decline as psychological health declines.
•    The recent and continuing spectacle revolving about USSC nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh reminds me of a very apt term for the involved Democrats and a few RINOS, originally and finally applied to the tobacco companies in the 1960's:
"DISSEMBLING MISCREANTS".

GS

RR#3

EVEN TO THE NON-CONSCIENTI LIKE MYSELF,
this man, who invented the Web in an open-form, was certainly well-meaning and charitable enough. He just did not know enough about human nature. And now correcting the personal privacy portion of the resulting massive problem will also not be enough. What about the ability to hack into massive financial systems and into the national electric grid at will?

The entire WWW needs to be reinvented in a new and closed format, with effective gate-ways for those who wish to use it legally and consistent with the legitimate needs of Society.

As I said above, I'm one of the non-conoscienti, so don't look to me for help.

GS

Man Who Invented Web Disgusted, Creating New Version

RR#4

AND HERE'S A FOLLOW-UP, ENTIRELY TRUE AS RELATES TO WOMEN (AND NOT "FEMALES").
Thank God that I've realized that all of my life.

GS



RR#5

MORE ON THE CRISIS OF THE CLERGY - NOT OF THE LAITY.
This is a distinction with a very important difference.
The crisis of the Clergy is the Disease.
The changes in the actions of the Laity are the symptoms.
And yet the Clergy - specifically the leadership, the Magisterium - is not addressing what I deeply believe is the pathophysiology of the Disease.
See two articles in the current edition of the National Catholic Register (Sept. 30 -  Oct. 13, 2018), clearly a reliable conservative voice of the Church.
•    "'Culture Of Predation' And Seminaries" (p3).
•    "Archbishop Ganswein: Current Crisis Is Catholic Church's Own 9/11" (p9).
The conservative Clergy leadership seems to assume the moral legitimacy and the eternal relevance to human beings of the Church prohibitions regarding celibacy and regarding a related sexual life for its Clergy - and even regarding the existence of a biologic basis for a condition of homosexuality. In its application to its Clergy and to its priests in formation, this seems to me analogous to denying the central role of Insulin in Diabetes Mellitus or of Coronary Artery Disease in Myocardial Infarctions. In my opinion, this is the Disease.The reaction of the Laity, the Body of the Church, is the symptom...ready to resolve when the disease is properly addressed.
And I still hope and pray for Pope Francis.

GS

RR#6

"TRUE, TRUE, AND UNRELATED".
I did not see or hear Prof. Ford's testimony.
I did hear and see a substantial part of Judge Kavanaugh's testimony. I can give Prof. Ford the benefit of the doubt: that she was attacked 35 years ago.

I clearly believe Judge Kavanaugh's testimony, given in a state of rage that had me hoping that he would not have a heart attack then and there.

Hasn't anybody heard of "True, True, and Unrelated?"
In fact, it has long been recognized that "eye witnesses" can be the bane of a prosecutor's case, sometime leading to a reversal years after incarceration. An "eye witness" can at times so totally convince him/herself of the accuracy of their experience that they will not consider the possibility of an error - and can even pass a "lie detector test". I believe this to be the likely case here.

Meanwhile,the dissembling miscreants on the Far Left and their feckless fellow travelers continue their charade. They will regret it.

GS

A Reporter Pointed Out One Fact That Caused Ford’s Story To Fall Apart

THURSDAY, September 27, 2018

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.

GS

The 10 Most Destructive Americans of My 8 Decades

America has undergone enormous change during the nearly eight decades of my life. Today, America is a bitterly divided, poorly educated and morally fragile society with so-called mainstream politicians pushing cynical identity politics, socialism and open borders. The president of the United States is threatened with impeachment because the other side doesn’t like him. The once reasonably unbiased American media has evolved into a hysterical left wing mob. How could the stable and reasonably cohesive America of the 1950s have reached this point in just one lifetime? Who are the main culprits? Here’s my list of the 10 most destructive Americans of the last 80 years.

10) Mark Felt – Deputy director of the FBI, aka “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal. This was the first public instance of a senior FBI officially directly interfering in America’s political affairs. Forerunner of James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.

9) Bill Ayers– Represents the deep and ongoing leftist ideological damage to our education system. An unrepentant American terrorist who evaded punishment, he devoted his career to radicalizing American education and pushing leftist causes. Ghost wrote Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father.”

8) Teddy Kennedy – Most folks remember Teddy as the guy who left Mary Joe Kopechne to die in his car at Chappaquiddick. The real damage came after he avoided punishment for her death and became a major Democrat force in the US Senate, pushing through transformative liberal policies in health care and education.  The real damage was the 1965 Hart-Cellar immigration bill he pushed hard for that changed the quota system to increase the flow of third world people without skills into the US and essentially ended large-scale immigration from Europe.

7) Walter Cronkite – Cronkite was a much beloved network anchor who began the politicalization of America’s news media with his infamous broadcast from Vietnam that described the Tet Offensive as a major victory for the Communists and significantly turned the gullible American public against the Vietnam War. In fact, the Tet offensive was a military disaster for the NVA and Viet Cong, later admitted by North Vietnamese military leaders. Decades later Cronkite admitted he got the story wrong. But it was too late.  The damage was done.

6) Bill and Hillary Clinton—It’s difficult to separate Team Clinton. Bill’s presidency was largely benign as he was a relative fiscal conservative who rode the remaining benefits of the Reagan era. But his sexual exploits badly stained the Oval Office and negatively affected America’s perception of the presidency. In exchange for financial support, he facilitated the transfer of sensitive military technology to the Chinese.  Hillary, a Saul Alinsky acolyte, is one of the most vicious politicians of my lifetime, covering up Bill’s sexual assaults by harassing and insulting the exploited women and peddling influence around the globe in exchange for funds for the corrupt Clinton Foundation. She signed off on the sale of 20% of the US uranium reserve to the Russians after Bill received a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow and the foundation (which supported the Clinton’s regal lifestyle) received hundreds of millions of dollars from those who benefited from the deal.  Between them, they killed any honor that might have existed in the dark halls of DC.

5) Valerie Jarrett - The Rasputin of the Obama administration.  A Red Diaper baby, her father, maternal grandfather and father-in-law (Vernon Jarrett who was a close friend and ally of Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis) were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government. She has been in Obama’s ear for his entire political career pushing a strong anti-American, Islamist, anti-Israeli, socialist/communist, cling-to-power agenda.

4) Jimmy Carter  - Carter ignited modern day radical Islam by abandoning the Shah and paving the way for Ayatollah Khomeini to take power in Tehran. Iran subsequently became the main state sponsor and promoter of international Islamic terrorism.  When Islamists took over our embassy in Tehran, Carter was too weak to effectively respond thus strengthening the rule of the radical Islamic mullahs.

3) Lyndon Johnson – Johnson turned the Vietnam conflict into a major war for America. It could have ended early if he had listened to the generals instead of automaker Robert McNamara. The ultimate result was: 1) 58,000 American military deaths and collaterally tens of thousands of American lives damaged; and 2) a war that badly divided America and created left wing groups that evaded the draft and eventually gained control of our education system.  Even worse, his so-called War on Poverty led to the destruction of American black families with a significant escalation of welfare and policies designed to keep poor families dependent on the government (and voting Democrat) for their well-being. He deliberately created a racial holocaust that is still burning today. A strong case could be made for putting him at the top of this list.

2) Barack Hussein Obama - Obama set up America for a final defeat and stealth conversion from a free market society to socialism/communism. As we get deeper into the Trump presidency, we learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key government agencies, most prominently the FBI, the CIA and the IRS, thus thoroughly shaking the public’s confidence in the federal government to be fair and unbiased in its activities. He significantly set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black grievances and pushing radical identity politics. Obama’s open support for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic “lead from behind” foreign policy seriously weakened America abroad. His blatant attempt to interfere in Israel’s election trying to unseat Netanyahu is one of the most shameful things ever done by an American president.

1) John Kerry – Some readers will likely say Kerry does not deserve to be number one on this list. I have him here because I regard him as the most despicable American who ever lived.  After his three faked Purple Hearts during his cowardly service in Vietnam, he was able to leave the US Navy early. As a reserve naval officer and in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he traveled to Paris and met privately with the NVA and the Viet Cong. He returned to the United States parroting the Soviet party line about the war and testified before Congress comparing American soldiers to the hordes of Genghis Khan. It was a clear case of treason, giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. We got a second bite of the bitter Kerry apple when as Obama’s secretary of state, he fell into bed with the Iranian (“Death to America”) mullahs giving them the ultimate green light to develop nuclear weapons along with billions of dollars that further supported their terrorist activities. Only the heroic Swift Vets saved us from a Manchurian Candidate Kerry presidency. Ultimately we got Obama.

Dishonorable Mentions! (Just missed the list)

John Brennan –Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. A key member of the Deep State who severely politicized the CIA. Called President Trump treasonous for meeting with the president of Russia.

Jane Fonda – movie actress who made the infamous trip to Vietnam during the war in support of the Communists. She represents hard left Hollywood that has done so much damage to our culture.

Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – Both revered entertainers helped usher in the prevailing drug culture. Joplin personally suffered the consequences. Karma’s a bitch.

Robert Johnson /BET – Helped popularize ho’s, bitches and pimps while making millions on great hits such as “Jigga my Nigga”, “Big Pimpin’”, “Niggas in Paris” and “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.”   Many scholars within the African American community maintain that BET perpetuates and justifies racism by adopting the stereotypes held about African Americans, affecting the psyche of young viewers through the bombardment of negative images of African Americans. Who can disagree?

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr./The New York Times – Once the gold standard of American journalism, the paper always had a liberal tilt and occasionally made bad mistakes. As the years have gone along, the paper has slid further and further left and today is virtually the primary propaganda arm of the increasingly radical Democrat Party. Still retains influence in Washington and New York.

George Soros – Jewish former Nazi collaborator in his native Hungary who as a self-made billionaire has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into left wing groups and causes. The damage he has caused is difficult to measure, but it’s certainly large. He has funded much of the effort to kill the Trump presidency.

Frank Marshall Davis - Anti-white, black Bolshevik, card-carrying Soviet agent.  Probable birth father and admitted primary mentor of young Barak Hussein Obama.                      

Frank Hawkins is a former US Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies and published novelist. He is currently retired in North Carolina.  fhawk852@gmail.com
Editor's note: the original version of this piece misspelled the names of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and also implied that Hendrix was a drug addict, which the coroner's autopsy after his death clearly stated was not the case. AT regrets these errors.

WEDNESDAY, September 26, 2018

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

GS

A Message from John Philip Sousa IV (PDF)

TUESDAY, September 25, 2018

RR#1

THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS.
Need I say more?
The People will have a great deal more to say in November.

GS

RR#2

EXACTLY!

And there is one other reason for the Democrats / Leftists - now one and the same - to employ these Salem Witch Trial tactics: to give the  Republican Senators from Alaska and Maine "cover" to vote against Judge Kavanaugh. Will these persons stoop to the same level as the Democratic Representative from California did in bringing the matter up weeks after she had it in hand?

Let's see. And let's remember this entire base episode in November.

GS

If Not Judge Kavanaugh, Then Who?

MONDAY, September 24, 2018

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

SUNDAY, September 23, 2018

RR#1

ON IMMIGRATION, PAST AND FUTURE...
This is exactly what I have been proposing for a very long time.
See: "A WAY OUT OF THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS", by Reihan Salam, (in WSJ Sept. 22-23, 2018, Review, pC1.
"The only answer to today's polarized debate is amnesty for those already here, new standards for those seeking entry and a return to the ideal of the melting pot."

GS

RR#2

HAVING JUST OFFERED AN ARTICLE ON THE DISMAL "STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT",
I am presented today with an "Apologia Pro Vita Sua", not by John Henry Newman regarding himself, but by Ken Dixon regarding the reign of Governor Dannel Malloy.
See: "Making the Case For Malloy" (in The Day, Sept. 23, 2018, Perspective, pB3).
This is truly an impressive list of accomplishments, if not offset by legitimate "Yea buts" which I am not myself capable of mounting.
But there is an obvious disconnect here which begs the obvious truism:
"IF YOU ARE LOSING ON EVERY TRANSACTION, YOU CAN'T MAKE IT UP IN VOLUME."
And, given the facts which I refer to in my article, with references available, "SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK".

GS

THURSDAY through SATURDAY, September 20 through 22, 2018

RR#1

AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING:
Hispanics, non-Racist Blacks and Independents are the key.

GS

A Texas Blueprint for A Red Wave Election in 2018

RR#2

WHEN WILL THIS NIGHTMARE END?
And I don't mean the productive Presidency of Donald Trump, despite all.
I mean the constant uninformed, hypocritical, unhinged, despotic and even treasonous words and actions of the "Leftists".
Let me answer my own question. Not for a generation or two into the future, given how long this cancer has evidently been growing in our midst.
Even as Conservatives, reasonable Liberals, thinking Independents, family-oriented Hispanics, non-Racist Blacks, and appreciative Asians gradually take and maintain the initiative at the ballot box, these crazies will take to the streets...and they will have to be dealt with, preferably within our legal framework.
Meanwhile, "keep your powder dry"...and keep cursing at the TV for the benefit of your blood pressure.

Please see the following articles directly on point:
1) "The Presumption Of Guilt", (WSJ Editorial, Sept. 22-23, 2018, pA12;
2) "A Kavanaugh Hearing Without Facts Would Be A Sham", by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. (ibid, pA13).

GS

RR#3

TO ALL YOU LEFTIST CRAZIES OUT THERE:
I watched Ms. Broaddrick tell her story. Not only believable, but true and documented.

Try that some time.

GS

Bill Clinton Rape Accuser Just Dropped The Hammer On Democrats Over Kavanaugh

RR#4

"THE DECLINE OF THE DIAGNOSIS" = THE DECLINE OF MEDICINE.
Here is an article, written by Joel B. Levine, M.D. and appearing in the September 2018 edition of Connecticut Medicine, which crystallizes the decline of Clinical Medicine...that is, the medical care that directly impacts every patient.
Apart from the 50% of a clinician's time that must be spent "documenting" on an increasingly redundant "electronic health record".
Apart from the rapidly increasing loss of private practitioners to the role of hospital employees tied to the "15 minute office visit", no matter what.
Apart from the decades-long theft of services identified as "adjustments", wherein a physician's reasonable and customary fee is discounted by 40-50% by insurance payors on a "take it or leave it" basis.
Apart from the sometimes idiotic regulations under which physicians are forced to practice...if they want to get paid at all.
This article describes how some physicians allow themselves to make a snap "diagnosis" without time to develop a "differential diagnosis" list  upon which to explore and act. The National Quality Forum, formerly the Institute of Medicine "acknowledges that the EMR (electronic medical record) is inherently incapable of such a clinical synthesis. The EMR demand for a billable action at the end of every encounter creates an ongoing need for a conclusion when one may not, as yet, have emerged." Resulting wrong diagnoses produce many adverse events and deaths.
Master clinicians are master diagnosticians. "By being smart, a masterful physician was invariably quicker to the right answer and cheaper."
"Sadly, we are being persuaded that medicine is not nearly as difficult as we thought it to be. All you need to do is keep the electricity bill paid."

GS

RR#5

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
A View From The Belly Of The Beast
By George A. Sprecace., M.D., J.D.

Recently in a poll taken by the publishers of The Day, New London’s newspaper, the question was asked: “What will be your main motivating factor in voting in the November election?”
The overwhelming reply was: “CONNECTICUT HAS TO CHANGE”.
And so it does. I offer here the following observations as a resident of Connecticut for over 55 years, as a New Yorker by upbringing and education, as a former registered Democrat for 30 years who ran for elected public office four times and served three times, and who left when the Democratic Party lost its moral compass and its mind, in 1990. That was also the time that former Governor Lowell Weicker, an original RINO, prevailed in a several month battle with the people of Connecticut to impose a State income tax.
The State has been moving downhill ever since then.  Witness its position among the higher 40 of the 50 States relating to undesirable characteristics.
1)    A 2017 State Fiscal Ranking by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University placed Connecticut “below average”, together with Mississippi and Maine.
2,3,4) Connecticut has lost population for the third year in a row, according to the Census Bureau and other sources.
5)    “Connecticut Pension System Worst In The Nation, According To New Study”.
6)    “Connecticut is currently ranked 40th in the United States in its economic outlook.”
7)    Large corporations have left and are leaving the State.
These are the symptoms and signs of Connecticut’s chronic illness. What is the Diagnosis?
The State of Connecticut is a wholly - owned subsidiary of the Public Service unions, whose members earn an average 20% more in wages than their private sector counterparts in similar jobs. The Public Service unions control the outcome of State elections by their massive voter turnouts and by their financial largess to their political fellow-travelers.
In addition, the State has long been and is increasingly home to many indigent and immigrant populations who arrive on the dole and stay there.
CONNECTICUT HAS TO CHANGE.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski and Republican candidate for State Attorney General Sue Hatfield are the public servants to effect this change.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AS A WAY TO HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP OOZING ACROSS THE NATION.

GS

References to relevant articles provided upon request.

WEDNESDAY, September 19, 2018

MORE ON THE GREATEST CATHOLIC CHURCH SCANDAL SINCE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION.
See:
1) "Who Will Ask The Hard Questions?", by Mathew E. Bunson, in National Catholic Register, Sept. 16-29, 2018, p11;
2) "Distractions and Deflections", Publisher's Note by Michael Warsaw, ibid, p12.
3) Pope Francis' reported comment on this matter when asked by a reporter: "Read the statement carefully and makek your own judgment. I will not say a single word on this".
TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
"LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY".

Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, a Day of Atonement and Repentance.
I suggest that for the Catholic Church, especially for the Clergy.
I also suggest a reconvening of the Council of Trent.

GS

My God.
My most recent Rapid Response comment on this subject is even more relevant. Pope Francis has a great deal of explaining to do and actions to take.

The most recent schism between the clergy and the laity (threatened now but taken then) was the Protestant Reformation begun by the priest Martin Luther.

Keep praying.

GS

TESTIMONY by His Excellency Carlo Maria Vigaṇ, Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana, Apostolic Nuncio


TUESDAY, September 18, 2018

BARABING!

GS

During a recent press conference, a reporter with MSNBC hollered from the press corps, "Where is President Trump hiding his tax returns?"
 
Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, astutely responded, "We've found a very secure place and I'm certain they won't be found."
"And just where is that?", said the reporter, sarcastically.
Mrs. Sanders grinned sardonically and said, they are underneath Obama's college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for college, his college records, and his Selective Service registration.
"Next question?"

MONDAY, September 17, 2018

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO THE TORRENT OF "FACTOIDS" BEING HURLED BY THE DEMOCRATS, TOTALLY UNHINGED BY THE REAL PROSPECT OF BEING OUTFLANKED BY THEIR LEFTISTS.

That would produce great losses in the next two national elections.
Meanwhile, they have made no progress in their efforts at Offense against President Trump through the Mueller investigation. And they have made no progress in their Defense efforts against the USSC nominee. So they recruit has-beens like Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry to make as outrageous statements as they can...and to parade out a letter and an accuser after two months of deciding internally that there was no truth to that story.
Desperation.

But even Kamikazi attacks can inflict great damage. In this case, the forthcoming "he said, she said" may give unprincipled Democratic and Republican Senators just enough cover to vote against Brett Kavanaugh "on principle", but in reality bowing to their pro-abortionist voters.

What to do? Continue to promote the Peoples' business as President Trump has been doing so well. And continue to uncover and counter all the lies and slanders that these losers desperately advance.
This is War, and there will be no Quarter - speaking politically of course.

GS

LifeNews.Com


SUNDAY, September 16, 2018

RR#1

"LIFE AND DEATH IN THE GREAT 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC"
At this, the 100th anniversary of the "SPANISH INFLUENZA", John Ruddy and The Day perform another very useful public service:

to remind their readers that things are not always as they seem...and that contact with one's physician early on in an illness is much better than playing catch-up - or not catching up at all.

The following is a brief over-view, including my opinion of the lessons to be drawn from the 1918 devastating experience - and applicable to a future similar experience.
  1. That Influenza was extremely lethal. A future episode may be no less lethal if we rely only on vaccines and antibiotics.
  2. In that pandemic, it was the young, healthy and immuno-competent who were mainly affected. WHY?
  3. One theory relates to the variable availability of immune resistance, among young and old, from exposure to prior epidemics of the 1890's and of 1909, and to genetic mutations. Possible, but not sufficient for explanation, in my opinion.
  4. The pathologic findings in the lungs (the main cause of death being an overwhelming pneumonia and suffocation): bacteria were very hard to culture, and the lung tissue resembled the effects of toxic / inflammatory destruction.
  5. It is well-known that the Inflammatory System, a basic part of our Immune System, is a Blunt Instrument - not a scalpel - easily capable of doing more harm to the host than the invader might do...even killing the host itself, as in "Septic Shock".
  6. Most of the Influenza victims had robust Immune Systems.
  7. It is highly likely that the inflammatory response to the initial viral invasion killed the patients, through Sepsis and the implementing "Cytokine Storm".
  8. WHAT TO DO?
a) Seek the advice of your physician early-on, certainly within hours of developing significant symptoms and/or signs.

b) Be aware of the increasing capability of viruses, even in non-asthmatic and non-bronchitic patients, of producing substantial bronchospasm requiring aggressive anti-asthmatic treatment.

c) Patient and physician should have a high index of suspicion for the early signs of Sepsis...and should intervene with hospitalization and aggressive treatment immediately.

d) In the event of the above developments, the use of high-dose Steroids should be added promptly - not just "considered" - to counter the otherwise devastating effects of an Inflammatory System run amok.

THIS IS NOT OVER-REACTION. This may well save your life.

And - in the increasingly inattentive, hurried and even impersonal domains of today's medical care areas - you must have an effective ADVOCATE to present and if necessary to argue your case.

A Google Search under "Spanish Influenza, 1918" and under

"Sepsis and Steroids" will produce many relevant references.

Just don't get bogged down in the favorite ploy of some academicians, as distinguished from clinicians :
"On the one hand; on the other hand".

GS

Life and death in the great 1918 influenza pandemic

RR#2

NOW HEAR THIS!
This article is an Absolute Must Read, by all Catholics and by anyone who is part of an "Organization".
"THE 6 HABITS OF HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE CHURCH PEOPLE",
by Msgr. Charles Pope (a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington), in
National Catholic Register, Sept. 16 - 29, 2018, In Depth section, p11.

I have said that, at this critical juncture in the Church, I don't want to hear from anyone but the Pope, this Pope, who should finally remove the "velvet glove" and use an "iron fist" throughout a Clergy of whom he is absolute ruler.
I sincerely wish that Pope Francis had himself written the above article.

GS

SATURDAY, September 15, 2018

RR#1

PLUS, WHAT WE LEARNED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL:
from the patient's point of view, the THREE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES OF A PHYSICIAN;
Ability, Affability, and AVAILABILITY...IN REVERSE ORDER!

GS

Do you have the 10 qualities that make a good doctor?

RR#2

WHERE IS OUR "CIVIL" SOCIETY GOING?
Please pardon the expression; but Down the Toilet!
The Seven Deadly Sins have always been practiced by mankind. But never before have they been applauded, reinforced and rewarded as they are now. The result is a debasing of Society that I believe is historic. I will offer just a couple of examples.
GS

FRIDAY, September 14, 2018

"WARMING THE CLIMATE, IGNORING THE FACTS".
Although admittedly "circumstantial evidence", such evidence warrants an explanation from the Trump administration regarding a necessary balance between man doing what he can to thwart climate change - and avoiding the disruption of man's current tenuous existence world-wide.

GS

Warming the climate, ignoring the facts

THURSDAY, September 13, 2018

RR#1

A WORD ABOUT THIS "RAPID RESPONSE" SECTION OF MY WEBSITE.
" 'Splain me", as Ricky Ricardo would say.
"Chi mi lo fa fare?" ("Who makes me do this?"), as my father would say.
Well, it's the Chinese' fault with their curse: "May you live in interesting times".
The times are "interesting"; and I have opinions, which I have shared for over 15 years in this section, since March, 2003. They're all here.
The section is not interactive, but I'll discuss any opinion with any known person...on one condition: that he or she will have read one month - any month - of my Rapid Response content beforehand. After all, as the saying goes:
"Don't argue with an idiot. A onlooker may not notice a difference.".
And so: Avanti.
GS

RR#2

"YOU'VE DONE ENOUGH. HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY, SIR?
AT LONG LAST, HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY?"
This comment, directed to Senator Joseph McCarthy by Joseph Welch during the "Army-McCarthy hearings", is now appropriately directed to Senator Dianne Feinstein after her cryptic disclosure of an anonymous letter regarding the USSC nominee, a letter which she has had in her possession for two months, and alleging some action in high school.
This comment is now also appropriately directed toward the entire Democratic Party regarding its actions in the last 18 months. The entire Party has seen fit to remain aligned with its most radical, despotic and amoral Leftist wing.
A Prediction: millions of good and loyal Democrats in addition to often Democratic - leaning Independents will repay these Democratic leaders with clear losses in the coming November elections...a clear response to their own sense of self-respect.

GS

WEDNESDAY, September 12, 2018

RR#1

TO THE DEMOCRATS THAT I ONCE WORKED AND SERVED FOR:
BEWARE! The lying Leftists are stealing your Party.
Wake up! And repudiate them.

GS

PS. And start with the Leftist idiocy about "open borders", "diversity" as defined by them, and the proposed dissolution of a sovereign nation.
See "Does Diversity Really Unite Us? Citizenship and Immigration", by Edward Erler (in Imprimis, July - August 2018 - Hillsdale.Edu.).

GS



RR#2

GOOD NEWS REGARDING OUR JEWISH BRETHREN.

See the article on the Rutgers case, based upon Judaism as an Ethnicity as well as a Religion:  "Education Dept. Reopens Rutgers Case Charging Discrimination Against Jewish Students" (New York Times)
See: "God Said, 'Be Fruitful and Multiply'", by Robert C. Hamilton, (WSJ Sept. 12, 2018, Opinion, pA17.
See: "The New Jewish - Christian Amity", by Abigail Shrier,(WSJ Sept. 8-9, 2018, Opinion, pA13).

And although I have sensed the discomfort of some Jews regarding "Christian affection", I offer it liberally. Perhaps it would be better received if we all clarified some issues:
1) there is an after-life and a Heaven together with God;
2) whether there will be a "first Coming" or a "second Coming", it is coming...and Jews and Christians are all destined for Salvation - so long as we don't mess up.
This I Believe.

GS

RR#3

MORE ON OUR UNDEMOCRATIC FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY.
As addressed in earlier Rapid Response offerings, the unhealthy state of our Federal Government is the result of a general abrogation of responsibility by our Elected legislators to appointed bureaucrats, many with effective life appointments.
"When lawmakers hand power to bureaucrats, the people expect judges to act as superlegislators." All of which is totally distorted.
See: "Blame Congress For Politicizing The Court", by Ben Sasse (WSJ Sept. 6, 2018, Opinion, pA19).
This is a large part of "the swamp", together with our legislators "for life".
Wrong. Un-Constitutional. Dangerous.

TUESDAY, September 11, 2018

FOR 9/11, BEFORE AND AFTER: NEVER FORGET.

GS



MONDAY, September 10, 2018

RR#1

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

GS

A second civil war?

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS IT IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER READ THAT EXPLAINS WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO THE COUNTRY

A few months ago, Jack Minzey, sent what was to be the final chapter in the long line of books and treatises which he had written.

Jack went to be with the Lord,  on Sunday, 8 April 2018. 

Professionally, Jack was head of the Department of Education at Eastern Michigan University as well as a prolific author of numerous books, most of which were on the topic of Education and the Government role therein.  His interest in Conservative Politics was exceeded  only  by his intellectual ability.

This is the last of his works:

Civil War

How do civil wars happen?

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 did.

Have no doubt, we're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

RR#2

"THE BIG CHOICE FOR 2018": ONCE AGAIN RIGHT ON POINT.
And that means that those opposed to Democratic>Leftist>Socialist>despotic ideas and candidates must work to engage everyone, not just Republicans: Independents, Latinos, Asians, educable Blacks...Everyone, to make the right choice in 2018.

And they must REGISTER VOTERS AND GET OUT THE VOTE.
That means all of us.

GS

President Trump Defines the Big Choice for 2018

SUNDAY, September 9, 2018

RR#1

"YEA, BUT...."
You all remember that discussion tool that we all have used.
Now come two recent publications in The Day that warrant that approach.
•    "Reversing Democracy's Decline Must Be U.S. Priority", Editorial, Sept. 9, 2018.
Yea; but those trading partners and democracies have for decades taken broad advantage of America's largess without comparable effort on their part. Once again, "although arguably an overstatement", the editors cannot miss an opportunity to criticize President Trump for trying to correct this imbalance, while at the same time trying to undermine non-democratic States like Iran and now Turkey. Com'on: Be Fair.
•    "Federal Grant Will Push Forward State Efforts To Share Medical Information", article, Sept. 8, 2018.
Yea, sounds reasonable: but who will have access to your medical information? A prospective insurance carrier? A prospective employer? Your mother-in-law? And who is paid for producing and transferring all of this information - your doctor who is already the victim of theft of services described as "adjustments" of 40% of his or her reasonable and customary fees?!
YEA,BUT....

GS

RR#2

MORE ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY.
An article, published on August 23, 2018 in  Psychology Today by Thomas G. Plante, PhD. was provided to parishioners on the weekend of September 8-9, 2018. It's title:
"Separating Facts about Clergy Abuse From Fiction: Quality Research Data And Industry Best Practices Will Solve Clerical Abuse".
Well, not exactly.
What we have are Facts, and new Facts, not misinformation.
What we are dealing with is human beings, human psychology - and not just statistics.
The Catholic Clergy has Always been held to a higher standard, not to comparisons with other groups. And this has existed before 2002, and not just since pubic discovery. And that higher standard has Always included "best practices", not just since pubic discovery.
"Crime and Punishment". Actions have Consequences. Then correction and rehabilitation.
Engineers talk of the "Accident Cascade", where untoward events are most often preceded by a cascade of prior untoward events leading directly to the event in question. Here we Must talk about a culture of silence, about celibacy and homosexuality, about a male - female clergy, the latter of which could provide a salutary stabilizing force for males as in the laity, about the sanctity and self-determination of marriage, and about the abomination of abortion. These are all of a piece with the problem at hand.
And they must all be dealt with Now, and by this Pope.

GS

RR#3

MORE: THIS IS REASONABLE.

GS

Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed

SATURDAY, September 8, 2018

RR#1

"DE JA VU", ALL OVER AGAIN. SHADES OF THE PENTAGON PAPERS.

Enough of the yelling and screaming about the anonymous NYTimes Editorial.
If a prima facie case can be made for risk to national security,
SUE THE BASTARDS!

Even if the Times wins at the USSC, as it did in that case, it will have to pay to defend itself. And it may not win...and the People may uncover more information about the treacherous Deep State.

GS

Fighting Cowardly Institutional Tyranny

RR#2

MORE ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY - AND NOT ON THE LAITY OR THE FAITH.
This is NOT GOOD.
This clearly implicates then - Popes John Paul and Benedict...and apparently also our current Holy Father in perpetuating very poor decisions...decisions by the Clergy, not by the Laity, the Body of the Church.
Two points here:
1) Whether Pope Francis was complicit in this or not, it is now incumbent upon him to remove the silk glove and to use his iron fist to clean out the entire hierarchy of the Church that requires it; to drain the swamp. In doing so, the Laity will be entirely in support of such efforts and will be ready to man the breach as needed. If that is not done, the Laity will leave the Clergy: not the Faith or the Church, but the Clergy. And the Clergy is NOT itself the Church.
2) If Pope Francis cannot do this without creating a Schism in the Clergy, he will have created a much more serious and lasting Schism in the Church. And for that, he will be condemned, at least by the Laity.
The time is NOW, not in some future century or millennium, as the Clergy likes to think of its history and future.

GS

Fighting Cowardly Institutional Tyranny

RR#3

WOW! WHAT A CONCEPT.
Actually, this article addresses in some depth a real problem of the Military's own making.
Now I want to hear about the effect of this decision on discipline and morale.

GS

Why Do Female Troops Get Pregnant During Deployment?

FRIDAY, September 7, 2018

HE'S BACK:  !@#$%^&*(!.
Would you buy a used care from this man?

GS

Obama Takes on Trump in Debut of 2018 Campaign Role

THURSDAY, September 6, 2018

RR#1

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN POLITICIANS PUT POLITICS ABOVE PUBLIC SERVICE.
"YOU'RE DOIN' A HECK OF A JOB, BROWNIE".
Thank God that nightmare is ending.

GS

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves city with big challenges

RR#2

The author of THE DAY EDITORIAL posted Sept. 4, 2018 and entitled
"More Political Games With A Supreme Court Appointment", should have ended that piece after the first two sentences. The continued Leftist twitch does that otherwise good newspaper no good.
Have they forgotten the trials of Judge Bork and of Justice Thomas?
Have they forgotten the machinations of Harry Reid?
Now read the attached commentary by Newt Gingrich on this subject.
This sick national division will end only when the Democratic Party repudiates entirely the Leftist movement. Otherwise, the People will repudiate the Democratic Party, to the detriment of the nation.

GS

More political games with a Supreme Court appointment

Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas: A Tale of Two Universes

WEDNESDAY, September 5, 2018

DOES THIS MAKE SENSE, FOR A CHANGE?  OF COURSE IT DOES,
except for those infected with the "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

GS

Newt Gingrich: Woodward's book on Trump is 'very sad'

TUESDAY, September 4, 2018

RR#1

TERRIFIC.
Here is all you need to know about American Politics...in five minutes.

Remember that for 30 years I was a Democrat: a social Liberal and a fiscal conservative, until the Democrats became Leftists.

What you must also know is that America was never in danger from the Right. It has always and now increasingly been in Danger from the Left, as Professor Dershowitz so clearly states.

Also in danger of losing its relevance is the Democratic Party, if it continues to align with rather than dismiss the Leftists.

GS



RR#2

IN CHICAGO, NO LESS.
Why? Because it's safer for a Black person to stand in the middle of a Thruway in Chicago than to be sitting in his parlor.

GS

Protest brings arrests, doesn’t shut down Chicago expressway

MONDAY, September 3, 2018

RR#1

MORE...
from a Good Man.

GS

Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

RR#2

THIS MAKES GOOD SENSE.

President Trump's well-worn counter-punching penchant is not always good for him.
"On-looker: Why do you keep hitting yourself in the head?"

"Because it feels so good when I stop".

So Stop, already.

GS

Jeff Sessions Protecting Trump from Himself

SUNDAY, September 2, 2018

RR#1

AMEN.

GS

Grace and disgrace

RR#2

NEVER FORGET!

GS



RR#3

"THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU".
(Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John...).
I was reminded of this declaration by two current articles:
a) "More Residents Above Poverty Line Can't Cover Basic Costs In CT, Report Says", by Mackenzie Rigg (in ctmirror.org, Sept. 2, 2018).
b) "Study: 24 Percent Of Hartford Area Residents Have Pre-Existing Health Problem", by Ana Radelat (ibid.).
Jesus also reminds us to take care of these people, together with widows and orphans.
Fine. But Jesus also knows that the world is populated with the effects of the "Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy and Sloth". Are we supposed to take care of all of this? Should we not have and use methods to distinguish among the truly needy and the rest? I think so. And I also think that calls for "Socialism" and for an "International World Order" would achieve only one thing: the loss of Liberty on which individual responsibility is based, and a magnification of the poor among us.
See the article entitled "The Liberty of Nations", by Yoram Hazony, (WSJ August 25-26, 2018, Review, pC1).
What to do? Private Charity, Public Largess monitored for individual responsibility for one's own needs and personal well-being, and defense of our Liberty.
Armed with these Principles, individuals and society can deal with specific issues such as food stamps, welfare checks, subsidized health care, education costs, and Fundamental Fairness...a bedrock Principle of our System of Laws.
What a welcome change that would be.

GS

RR#4

NEWS FROM THE FRONT...
in his own words.

GS

Trump Sent The New World Order Running For Their Lives With One Comment

RR#5

SPEAKING TRUTH TO ________________ (fill in the blank).

GS

Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

SATURDAY, September 1, 2018

RR#1

WOW!  SPEAKING TRUTH TO THE DEVELOPING TRAGEDY OF AN AMERICAN RACE.

GS

Old-school eulogy at Aretha Franklin funeral ignites wrath

RR#2

THE PAST: "JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM. JUST THE FACTS".
THE PRESENT: ""TRUTH" IS NOT TRUTH."
"Who knew?" It's complicated.
So: here's a reading list for you, an on-going project from me, as you know.
And know that, in training for a career in Law, students are expected to be able to argue both sides of a "case or controversy" regardless of the side they represent. Good practice and good preparation.
1) "Why Mueller Can't Subpoena Trump" (WSJ August 23, 2018).
2) "Shall We Have Civil War Or Second Thoughts?" (WSJ August 18-19, 2018).
3) "Trump, McGahn and Iran-Contra's Lessons" (WSJ August 21, 2018).
4) "Why Republicans Stick With Trump" (WSJ August 31, 2018).
5) "Showdown On Food Stamps Looms In Congress" (ctmirror.org August 31, 2018).
6) "AP Sources: Lawyer Was told Russia Had 'Trump Over A Barrel'" (The Day September 1, 2018). Prediction: this information from and about Justice Attorney Bruce Ohr and his wife is a turning point in the entire Mueller investigations...a sword now pointed at the "Deep State".

GS

RR#3

"NO BRAG. JUST FACT".

Patients under my care for Allergy and Chest Diseases receive all of these services...in addition to "coordination of care"...at no extra cost. That's the way I've been practicing for six decades - and counting.

GS

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

RR#4

PLUS...

A) In a very recent Rapid Response, I groused about the situation in Afghanistan. Now comes a long article in the WSJ entitled:
"Afghan Strategy Divides U.S. Officials" (Sept. 1-2, 2018, pA6.).
More "acide": not one word of Pakistan. What's going on here?

B) On something that I know more about:
"A Crisis - But Not Of Faith", by George Weigel (ibid, pC3). For all of its two thousand years of existence, my Church has been riven by the human failings of its members, both Clergy and Laity. But never has its God, Jesus Christ given up on it. Nor will I. Neither will I be silent. See the Category on my web site entitled "Catholic Church".

GS



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