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

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MONDAY through FRIDAY, November 26 through 30, 2018

As I have been saying for a long time: This is War. The rest of Americans had better get engaged and deployed Now, in this War, if they don't want themselves and their children engaged and deployed in a true Civil War. WAKE UP!

GS

The War on the American Border


SUNDAY, November 25, 2018

RR#1

YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW THIS...ESPECIALLY THE LEMMINGS.

GS

The Left controls our universities. 
The Left controls our mainstream media.
Don't let the Left control the internet too.

PragerU is leading the fight against the censorship of conservative voices online.  

It's been one year now since PragerU filed a lawsuit against the tech giants Google and YouTube for censoring so many of our videos. YouTube continues to restrict access to more and more of our videos simply because they present a conservative point of view. There are currently over 80 PragerU videos that are restricted - more than double the amount since we filed our lawsuit against Google.

It's clear that Google is not backing down. But don't worry, neither are we.

We are prepared to take our lawsuit against Google as far, and as long, as we need to. In addition to our current Federal appeal in the Ninth Circuit, we are pursuing action against the tech giant in the California state court.

YouTube calls itself a "public forum." They built their ENTIRE business model on the claim that they are a "public forum: committed to fostering a community where everyone's voice can be heard." Yet, they defraud the public by censoring speech that they don't agree with. 

Free speech, especially online, is one of the most important rights of our era. And we intend to fight for it. 

We can't do this alone.  

Every day, PragerU is changing culture with online content that teaches the values that make America the freest and most prosperous nation on earth. Millions of Americans are watching our videos, and minds are changing. We cannot let that stop.

The Left knows how effective we are. That's why they want to censor us.

PragerU continues to fight online suppression of conservative ideas. Over the past year, we have led the charge in bringing public awareness to the issue of online censorship. Our case has been mentioned in nearly every article on the issue, and has been covered by several media giants, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Buzzfeed. 

Over 500,000 Americans have signed our online petition urging Google to end its censorship of conservative ideas. Our goal is to reach 1 million signatures by the time we meet Google in court.

We need your support now more than ever.

As we continue this important fight - not just for PragerU, but for everyone who uses Google - we need to win in both the court of public opinion, and in the courtroom.
We recently launched a public awareness video to bring much-needed attention to the issue. The video has already hit over 10 million views, but that's not enough. With your help, millions more will see this critical video and learn about our case.

RR#2

THE WORLD IS NOT A MORALITY PLAY.
We live in a dangerous world, a world where we Americans must survive and thrive.
As most recent evidence of that fact, our Western, Judeo-Christian foundation was attacked by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran with his call to all Muslims to unite against us, while calling Israel a "cancerous tumor".
But one of the main bulwarks of our countervailing strength against such depredation, the Catholic Church, is in crisis. This is not a new development, but has been festering for decades.
What to do? First of all, BE INFORMED, tapping multiple sources of dependable information.
One of these sources is the National Catholic Register. The edition of Nov. 25 - Dec. 8, 2018 is particularly informative. Please consider the following incisive articles.
If, as I am convinced, the Laity (the Body of the Church) must take the lead
in addressing this crisis, we must be informed...and then motivated to action.
Prayer will help greatly.

GS

RR#3

"GROUCHO AT HIS BEST, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM GONZALEZ - GONZALEZ.

GS



RR#4

SO MANY SUBJECTS.  SO LITTLE TIME.
GS


SATURDAY, November 24, 2018

RR#1

STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO.
See the article: "Vaping Went From 0 to 60" (in The Day Editorial, Nov. 23, 2018.)
"Where are the parents?" - the plaintive cry often heard from the older generation when faced with such idiocy - is no longer operational. What a shame.

RR#2

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW POLARIZED GOVERNMENT IS AFFECTING U.S. SECURITY:
"Congress Split On Funding Coast Guard Icebreakers To Counter Russia" (by Kellen Browning, in The Day, Nov. 24, 2018).
The split is over Northern security vs. Southern security.
Like choosing between saving the heart or the brain.
This is certainly not the way to "Make America Great Again", a goal that we should all aspire to.

GS

FRIDAY, November 23, 2018

RR#1

ENOUGH ALREADY.
Read the Opinion from the Washington Post, dutifully reprinted in The Day, and entitled:
"Trump Has Betrayed American Values By Kowtowing To Saudi Prince" (Editorials, Nov. 23, 2018).
Then read my Comment, posted immediately thereafter on The Day web site.
I hope that these are merely hypocritical and reflexive attacks on the President - and that these pundits know better. They couldn't be that stupid...could they?

GS

RR#2

WHA HOPPEN?"

Here's more help for that sad crew, something that I have been offering for decades on this website.
The following are excellent articles on a variety of important subjects. Yes, there is Hope for you.
  1. "Americans Turned To Trump To Roll Back The Progressive Tide" (WSJ Opinion, Nov. 20, 2018, pA17.
  2. "De Vos Keeps Her Promise On Campus Due Process" (WSJ Opinion, Nov. 19, 2018, pA17.
  3. "Should Laypeople Investigate Cardinals?" (National Catholic Register, Oct. 28, 2018, p8).
  4. "A Short History Of American Immigration" (WSJ Opinion, Nov. 21, 2018, pA15).
  5. "Trump's Chaos Theory" (WSJ Opinion, Nov. 16, 2018, pA15).
  6. "New Hope For The Truth Of 2016" (WSJ Opinion, Nov. 17-18, 2018, pA13).
There! Now doesn't that feel better?

GS

MONDAY through THURSDAY, November 19 through 22, 2018

RR#1

THANKSGIVING DAY.
What am I thankful for? Health, a good life, a Great Family, supportive friends - especially my staff, and
THE ABILITY TO EXPRESS MYSELF FREELY IN THESE RAPID RESPONSE STATEMENTS.

So: here goes again.
  1. About President Trump and the Saudis: The world is Not a Morality Play. It is not a "zero-sum" game, but America Must be a winner.
  2. About Chief Justice Roberts' claim that the Judiciary is never political: HA!
  3. About The Swamp's echoing of Robert's claim: "Hypocrisy" is too tame a word. But at least it sounds natural coming from The Swamp.
  4. About the Crisis of national security and national Will that the "caravan" is presenting. An "out of mind" experience. When will the professionals again take over the Insane Asylum?
  5. About the Vendetta being directed against President Trump from all sides. Did we expect anything different from a government that has been nearly taken over in a bloodless coup? Now the only question is: Will true Americans let that happen?
Americans' greatest Freedom is Freedom of Speech, including the Right to vote in free and fair elections.
Defend it.

GS

RR#2

THIS ARTICLE IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST-READ, IF YOU CARE ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AS A NATION.
"America's Cold Civil War", by Charles R. Kesler, (in Imprimis, Hillsdale.edu, October, 2018).
It is reprinted below in its entirety.

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

America’s Cold Civil War
 
Imprimis, October 2018 • Volume 47, Number 10 • Charles R. Kesler   
 
Charles R. Kesler
Editor, Claremont Review of Books

Charles R. Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. A senior fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and a recipient of the 2018 Bradley Prize, he is the editor of several books, including Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (with William F. Buckley Jr.), and the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism.

The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on September 27, 2018, during a two-week teaching residency as a Eugene C. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Journalism.

Six years ago I wrote a book about Barack Obama in which I predicted that modern American liberalism, under pressures both fiscal and philosophical, would either go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If it chose the latter, I predicted, it could radicalize along two lines: towards socialism or towards an increasingly post-modern form of leadership. Today it is doing both. As we saw in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, the youngest generation of liberals is embracing socialism openly—something that would have been unheard of during the Cold War. At the same time, identity politics is on the ascendant, with its quasi-Nietzschean faith in race, sex, and power as the keys to being and meaning. In the #MeToo movement, for example—as we saw recently in Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle—the credo is, “Believe the woman.” In other words, truth will emerge not from an adversarial process weighing evidence and testimony before the bar of reason, but from yielding to the will of the more politically correct. “Her truth” is stronger than any objective or disinterested truth.

In the Claremont Review of Books, we have described our current political scene as a cold civil war. A cold civil war is better than a hot civil war, but it is not a good situation for a country to be in. Underlying our cold civil war is the fact that America is torn increasingly between two rival constitutions, two cultures, two ways of life.

Political scientists sometimes distinguish between normal politics and regime politics. Normal politics takes place within a political and constitutional order and concerns means, not ends. In other words, the ends or principles are agreed upon; debate is simply over means. By contrast, regime politics is about who rules and for what ends or principles. It questions the nature of the political system itself. Who has rights? Who gets to vote? What do we honor or revere together as a people? I fear America may be leaving the world of normal politics and entering the dangerous world of regime politics—a politics in which our political loyalties diverge more and more, as they did in the 1850s, between two contrary visions of the country.

One vision is based on the original Constitution as amended. This is the Constitution grounded in the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution written in 1787 and ratified in 1788. It has been transmitted to us with significant Amendments—some improvements and some not—but it is recognizable still as the original Constitution. To simplify matters we may call this “the conservative Constitution”—with the caveat that conservatives have never agreed perfectly on its meaning and that many non-conservatives remain loyal to it.

The other vision is based on what Progressives and liberals, for 100 years now, have called “the living Constitution.” This term implies that the original Constitution is dead—or at least on life support—and that in order to remain relevant to our national life, the original Constitution must be infused with new meaning and new ends and therefore with new duties, rights, and powers. To cite an important example, new administrative agencies must be created to circumvent the structural limitations that the original Constitution imposed on government.

As a doctrine, the living Constitution originated in America’s new departments of political and social science in the late nineteenth century—but it was soon at the very forefront of Progressive politics. One of the doctrine’s prime formulators, Woodrow Wilson, had contemplated as a young scholar a series of constitutional amendments to reform America’s national government into a kind of parliamentary system—a system able to facilitate faster political change. But he quickly realized that his plan to amend the Constitution was going nowhere. Plan B was the living Constitution. While keeping the outward forms of the old Constitution, the idea of a living Constitution would change utterly the spirit in which the Constitution was understood.

The resulting Constitution—let us call it “the liberal Constitution”—is not a constitution of natural rights or individual human rights, but of historical or evolutionary right. Wilson called the spirit of the old Constitution Newtonian, after Isaac Newton, and that of the new Constitution Darwinian, after Charles Darwin. By Darwinian, Wilson meant that instead of being difficult to amend, the liberal Constitution would be easily amenable to experimentation and adjustment. To paraphrase the late Walter Berns, the point of the old Constitution was to keep the times in tune with the Constitution; the purpose of the new is to keep the Constitution in tune with the times.

Until the 1960s, most liberals believed it was inevitable that their living Constitution would replace the conservative Constitution through a kind of slow-motion evolution. But during the sixties, the so-called New Left abandoned evolution for revolution, and partly in reaction to that, defenders of the old Constitution began not merely to fight back, but to call for a return to America’s first principles. By seeking to revolve back to the starting point, conservatives proved to be Newtonians after all—and also, in a way, revolutionaries, since the original meaning of revolution is to return to where you began, as a celestial body revolves in the heavens.

The conservative campaign against the inevitable victory of the living Constitution gained steam as a campaign against the gradual or sudden disappearance of limited government and of republican virtue in our political life. And when it became clear, by the late 1970s and 1980s, that the conservatives weren’t going away, the cold civil war was on.

***

Confronted by sharper, deeper, and more compelling accounts of the conservative Constitution, the liberals had to sharpen—that is, radicalize—their own alternative, following the paths paved by the New Left. As a result, the gap between the liberal and conservative Constitutions became a gulf, to the extent that today we are two countries—or we are fast on the road to becoming two countries—each constituted differently.

Consider a few of the contrasts. The prevailing liberal doctrine of rights traces individual rights to membership in various groups—racial, ethnic, gender, class-based, etc.—which are undergoing a continual process of consciousness-raising and empowerment. This was already a prominent feature of Progressivism well over a century ago, though the groups have changed since then. Before Woodrow Wilson became a politician, he wrote a political science textbook, and the book opened by asking which races should be studied. Wilson answered: we’ll study the Aryan race, because the Aryan race is the one that has mastered the world. The countries of Europe and the Anglophone countries are the conquerors and colonizers of the other continents. They are the countries with the most advanced armaments, arts, and sciences.

Wilson was perhaps not a racist in the full sense of the term, because he expected the less advanced races over time to catch up with the Aryan race. But his emphasis was on group identity—an emphasis that liberals today retain, the only difference being that the winning and losing sides have been scrambled. Today the white race and European civilization are the enemy—“dead white males” is a favored pejorative on American campuses—and the races and groups that were oppressed in the past are the ones that today need compensation, privileges, and power.

Conservatives, by contrast, regard the individual as the quintessential endangered minority. They trace individual rights to human nature, which lacks a race. Human nature also lacks ethnicity, gender, and class. Conservatives trace the idea of rights to the essence of an individual as a human being. We have rights because we’re human beings with souls, with reason, distinct from other animals and from God. We’re not beasts, but we’re not God—we’re the in-between being. Conservatives seek to vindicate human equality and liberty—the basis for majority rule in politics—against the liberal Constitution’s alternative, in which everything is increasingly based on group identity.

There is also today a vast divergence between the liberal and conservative understandings of the First Amendment. Liberals are interested in transforming free speech into what they call equal speech, ensuring that no one gets more than his fair share. They favor a redistribution of speech rights via limits on campaign contributions, repealing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and narrowing the First Amendment for the sake of redistribution of speech rights from the rich to the poor. Not surprisingly, the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform called for amending the First Amendment!

There is, of course, also a big difference between the liberal Constitution’s freedom from religion and the conservative Constitution’s freedom of religion. And needless to say, the liberal Constitution has no Second Amendment.

In terms of government structure, the liberal Constitution is designed to overcome the separation of powers and most other checks and balances. Liberals consistently support the increased ability to coordinate, concentrate, and enhance government power—as opposed to dividing, restricting, or checking it. This is to the detriment of popular control of government. In recent decades, government power has flowed mainly through the hands of unelected administrators and judges—to the point that elected members of Congress find themselves increasingly dispirited and unable to legislate. As the Financial Times put it recently, “Congress is a sausage factory that has forgotten how to make sausages.”

***

If one thinks about how America’s cold civil war could be resolved, there seem to be only five possibilities. One would be to change the political subject. Ronald Reagan used to say that when the little green men arrive from outer space, all of our political differences will be transcended and humanity will unite for the first time in human history. Similarly, if some jarring event intervenes—a major war or a huge natural calamity—it might reset our politics.

A second possibility, if we can’t change the subject, is that we could change our minds. Persuasion, or some combination of persuasion and moderation, might allow us to end or endure our great political division. Perhaps one party or side will persuade a significant majority of the electorate to embrace its Constitution, and thus win at the polling booth and in the legislature. For generations, Republicans have longed for a realigning election that would turn the GOP into America’s majority party. This remains possible, but seems unlikely. Only two presidents in the twentieth century were able to effect enduring changes in American public opinion and voting patterns—Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. FDR inspired a political realignment that lasted for a generation or so and lifted the Democratic Party to majority status. Ronald Reagan inspired a realignment of public policy, but wasn’t able to make the GOP the majority party.

Since 1968, the norm in America has been divided government: the people have more often preferred to split control of the national government between the Democrats and the Republicans rather than entrust it to one party. This had not previously been the pattern in American politics. Prior to 1968, Americans would almost always (the exceptions proved the rule) entrust the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Presidency to the same party in each election. They would occasionally change the party, but still they would vote for a party to run the government. Not so for the last 50 years. And neither President Obama nor President Trump, so far, has persuaded the American electorate to embrace his party as their national representative, worthy of long-term patriotic allegiance.

Trump, of course, is new to this, and his party in Congress is basically pre-Trumpian. He did not win the 2016 election by a very large margin, and he was not able to bring many new Republicans into the House or the Senate. Nonetheless, he has the opportunity now to put his mark on the party. In trying to do so, his populism—which is not a word he uses—will not be enough. He will have to reach out to the existing Republican Party as he has done, adopt some of its agenda, adopt its electoral supporters, and gradually bring them around to his “America first” conservatism if he is to have any chance of achieving a political realignment. And the odds remain against him at this point.

As for moderating our disagreements and learning to live with them more or less permanently, that too seems unlikely given their fundamental nature and the embittered trajectory of our politics over the last two decades.

So if we won’t change our minds, and if we can’t change the subject, we are left with only three other ways out of the cold civil war. The happiest of the three would be a vastly reinvigorated federalism. One of the original reasons for constitutional federalism was that the states had a variety of interests and views that clashed with one another and could not be pursued in common. If we had a re-flowering of federalism, some of the differences between blue states and red states could be handled discreetly by the states themselves. The most disruptive issues could be denationalized. The problem is, having abandoned so much of traditional federalism, it is hard to see how federalism could be revived at this late juncture.

That leaves two possibilities. One, alas, is secession, which is a danger to any federal system—something about which James Madison wrote at great length in The Federalist Papers. With any federal system, there is the possibility that some states will try to leave it. The Czech Republic and Slovakia have gone their separate ways peacefully, just within the last generation. But America is much better at expansion than contraction. And George Washington’s admonitions to preserve the Union, I think, still miraculously somehow linger in our ears. So secession would be extremely difficult for many reasons, not the least of which is that it could lead, as we Americans know from experience, to the fifth and worst possibility: hot civil war.

Under present circumstances, the American constitutional future seems to be approaching some kind of crisis—a crisis of the two Constitutions. Let us pray that we and our countrymen will find a way to reason together and to compromise, allowing us to avoid the worst of these dire scenarios—that we will find, that is, the better angels of our nature.

RR#3

"CLASSLESS": "Res Ipsa Loquitur".

GS

Grassley Defends Trump: Why Didn't Roberts Rebuke Obama Remark?

RR#4

ECONOMICS: "THE DISMAL SCIENCE".  THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT: DISMAL.

Don't believe the brave words being offered by the out-going Governor and by the in-coming Governor.
Even if either one had any inclination toward fiscal integrity, that was - and would be  - beaten out of them by a markedly Democratic Legislature that has run amok for many decades.
In this regard, two recent articles are instructive.
1) "A Renewed Plea For Relief From Property-tax Exemptions", by Brian Hallenbeck (in The Day, Nov. 20, 2018. The poster-child for this dilemma is, of course, New London.
2) "Connecticut Will Reap What Voters for Democrats Sowed", by Lee Elci (in The Day, Nov. 17, 2018).
Perhaps Democratic Senators Blumenthal and Murphy can seek an exemption from the Federal prohibition against Connecticut printing money.

GS

SUNDAY, November 18, 2018

RR#1

ABORTION: THE NUMBER 1 IMPEDIMENT TO A UNITED UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Well over 70% of Americans are opposed to the intentional killing of a human being, from the moment of conception through natural death.
The USSC case of Roe v. Wade was a political Holding with no basis in Law, in Medicine, and in Morality/ Ethics.
Any (very unlikely) reversal of that obstruction of Justice would only turn the question back to the individual States.
The matter is meanwhile gradually returning to those individual States, as noted in the article by Ana Radelat (in http://www.ctmirror.org, Nov. 16, 2018): "Access Health Ct to Protest New Trump Abortion Proposal". In this process, pro-Abortionists are becoming ever more rabid in their lethal efforts. As evidence of what they have achieved already, see: "Induced Abortion By Woman's Age - New York State 2016 (PDF)", reproduced here.
Read it and Weep. And then get Very Angry...and Fight for the only position supportable in Law, in Medicine, and in Morality / Ethics.

GS

RR#2

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA: THE MOST TREATABLE - AND OFTEN THE MOST POORLY TREATED -  SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION.
I have been writing about and treating Bronchial Asthma for many decades. That information is available in several sections of this web site, and is up-dated regularly.
Today, I present the latest caution, prompted by the very recent re-approval by the FDA of Primatene Mist as an OTC medication for the treatment of "mild asthma".
WRONG, AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.
In this position, I am joined by a Joint Statement just released by the major medical organizations dealing with such subjects : "Several Asthma, Allergy Groups Express "Deep Concern" Over Primatene Mist Approval" (MPR, November 12, 2018).
Use and overuse can easily result in a rebound worsening of the asthmatic bronchospasm, resulting in crisis situations.

There may be usefulness for Primatene Mist, only by prescription and under a doctor's emergency advice, in case of acute laryngospasm...and then FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY by transfer to an Emergency Room - in view of the medication's propensity to produce worse rebound.
BEWARE: The life you save may be your own.

GS

RR#3

ALL MILITARY VETERANS...BUT ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE ILL  AND/OR  INJURED, DESERVE THE BEST MEDICAL CARE A GRATEFUL NATION CAN GIVE THEM.
We have always expected - and assumed - the the Veterans Administration was providing that care.
Now, in recent years, we know better.
This Administration has been trying to improve the situation, predictably obstructed by entrenched occupants of the Federal Swamp. It has made some progress. And we do not want to debilitate this main provider of care for veterans.
But these veterans  should have an undeniable right to access to alternative, private health care. Of course, that effort by the Trump Administration is being thwarted by "the usual suspects".
See: "Trump Administration Plans Costly Private - Care Expansion for Veterans." (www.ctmirror.org, Nov. 18, 2018).
The authors could not even wait to begin the body of their reportage to begin the bias.
But the veterans know. Now they have to fight for this option: an option, not a replacement for an improved Veterans Administration.

GS

RR#4

YESTERDAY, I RECEIVED ONE OF MANY RANDOM OFFERS:
"RETIRE RICH ON ONE $3 DOLLAR STOCK".
WOW: Almost did that.
It was around 1983. I was paying 7 tuitions... for five children and two parents.
Although not having money to invest (except ultimately in 7 Bachelor degrees, 5 Masters degrees and 3 Doctorates), I always kept an eye on the stock market, just for interest.
I heard of two stocks that I decided I would buy, if I had some extra money:
MicroSoft at $15; and Genentech at $3.
"Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda"? 
Nope. No regrets.

GS

RR#5

FIVE YEARS OUT, HUH? DO YOU THINK THAT THE "INTERNET GENERATION" WILL HAVE GROWN UP BY THEN?
Meanwhile, I had to take my glasses off to watch this. Tears are difficult to get out.

GS




SATURDAY, November 17, 2018

RR#1

"THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE". (John - Acts, 8:32).

This statement by Jesus Christ and enshrined in the Bible was a bedrock pronouncement of Pope John Paul ll (now canonized) as he declared Human Dignity to be the possession of every human being during  his life-long fight to free humanity from the slavery of Communism.
This fact was clearly in evidence as I viewed an excellent documentary on his life offered on NetFlix. Always a favorite of mine - and especially of my wife Therese Pahutski Sprecace, who with her mother had visited his childhood home, I am conflicted regarding some of this holy man's positions during his papacy.
How can one have Human Dignity when he or she is forced as a loyal Roman Catholic to choose between this Pope's stand against "Liberation Theology" and the Truth that over 90% of citizens in Latin America lack the dignity of earning an honest living on their own land?
How can committed married couples have Human Dignity when they are forced by circumstances and by conscience to use non-abortifacient contraception in direct opposition to the positions of this Pope and of the Church, often living outside the Church for decades until fertility has passed? And how can these couples practise the intimacy vital to their married bond and to their personal integrity only by ignoring the pronouncement about "the Unitive function of sex? Where is the Truth in that?
How can loyal members of the Laity, the Body of the Church, accept the Church positions on Homosexuality, on the prohibition against divorced persons taking Holy Communion unless remaining celibate for the rest of their lives, and on seeing some base results of Clergy being forced to remain unmarried and celibate - while they may have their own family members or friends severely affected by these unmerciful positions? Where is the Human Dignity and Truth in that?
I hope and pray that the Popes who have passed will assist the present Pope and the current Magisterium to see the need to restore Human Dignity to life in the Church.
"THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE".

GS

RR#2

"IS ANYBODY THERE? DOES ANYBODY CARE?
Two recent articles prompt this plaintive cry.

1) "Group Withdraws Application for Rehab Facility On Bank Street" (in The Day, Nov. 15, 2018).
Are you out of your collective minds? Bank Street is one of a very few locations in New London that is offering Results instead of just the usual "Potential".
2) "Blue Wave That Swamped New England Endangers Yankee Republicans" (in CT Mirror, Nov. 16, 2018).
Now look up "FOLIE A DEUX".
 
GS

RR#3

AND WHY ISN'T THIS FRONT PAGE NEWS?

GS

One Nation Is Putting Faith and Families First – With Incredible Results

RR#4

GOD BLESS THESE TWO PEOPLE, NOW ALREADY "ONE" AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP.
And MAN BLESS GOD.

GS

Man and Wife Inspiration (PDF)

FRIDAY, November 16, 2018

For the next RR, IN TOTO, with my comment.
TO THE LEFTISTS AND THEIR DEMOCRAT FELLOW-TRAVELERS:
Do you not realize - or care - that you will never win with these tactics? Pushed farther, they will lead to civil war. You are mobilizing peaceful people who will fight rather than "switch" or give up.
What irresponsibility!

GS

The Left’s Linguistic War

THURSDAY, November 15, 2018

RR#1

APART FROM THE DEMOCRATS, CAN A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT GOVERN?
Let's see.

GS

Making the Lame Duck Session Count

RR#2

PICK A STORY...ANY STORY. THIS IS THE REVERSE OF "WATERGATE",
and "The Truth Will Out".

GS

Trump: Mueller Team Has ‘Gone Absolutely Nuts’

RR#3

TIME FOR ANOTHER POT POURRI.
GS

RR#4

DID YOU KNOW THAT I OFFER MOVIE REVIEWS?  SEE THEM IN THAT SECTION OF MY WEBSITE.
But here is a movie that I and all others in this region have not been allowed to see:
"GOSNELL: THE TRIAL OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER".
Nevertheless, I offer you the movie review published in the National Catholic Register, November 11, 2018, entitled: "Indicting Abortion's Culture", by Steven D. Greydanus.

GS

RR#5

A "MUST READ", IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE FACTS.

GS

Letter to Lebron James. James calls President Trump a "Bum" and thinks that Obama was the best.
 
His fans listen to him because he has a talent for basketball and buying big mansions.  The letter writer below, a sports journalist, tells the truth and that truth applies to most celebrities on the left.

A GREAT Letter to Lebron James from former Houston news reporter Hal Lundgren.  It’s a must read, and definitely should be distributed. Post it, send it.  Whatever.  People really need to know these things.

August 6, 2018   (Letter to…..)
Mr. Lebron James
The Los Angeles Lakers
2275 E. Mariposa Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

Dear Mr. James,

No one in my circles discusses French Modernist artists.  That comforts me.  Such a conversation would expose me as an illiterate on French Modernism, just as I am an illiterate on how to cook.

When I know nothing of subjects, my mouth stays closed.  That's at least one difference in us.  You are an economics illiterate.  You prove it often.  The dishonest "reporters” who cover you want to be your buddy.  They won't embarrass you by being honest journalists and treating your words as economics illiteracy.

When you call Trump "a bum," none of them will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans.   His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in -- after only 18 months -- the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.

DURING THOSE 18 MONTHS, TRUMP'S POLICIES CREATED ABOUT FOUR TIMES OF THE MANUFACTURING JOBS CREATED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S LAST 18 MONTHS.  Remember when Obama mistakenly told us "Our lost manufacturing jobs are not coming back.”  Maybe manufacturing job growth depends on a president who knows what he's doing.

As a professional journalist, I cringe at some of Trump’s buffoonery, like repeating sentences and wearing us out with "great," “fantastic” and other empty adjectives.  He is often coarse.  He was not my candidate.  But there’s no question his policies have helped many more minority Americans than Obama.  It's not even close.  Today, he’s working to free many black and Hispanic prisoners who, in his opinion, have been in prison too long for relatively minor offenses. Are you aware of that effort?

You need to look up Gross Domestic Product, adjusted for inflation, and learn what it means to everyday Americans.  Learn what one GDP point means to employment, and see how Trump has kept the number climbing.

Your buddy Obama?  In addition to being our worst foreign affairs president and worst military commander-in-chief, his economic numbers all deserved an "F."   He is our ONLY eight-year president who failed to give us at least one 3% or higher year of adjusted GDP growth.
 
EVERY other president achieved at least one year of 4.28% or higher growth.  Aided by Vietnam spending, Johnson had an 8.48 year.  The best peacetime year -- 7.83 -- belonged to Reagan and Obama couldn't even score a 3!!!   Look it up.

You say you would speak to Obama but not Trump?  How tragically uninformed you are.  Obama had BY FAR the worst debt accumulation record of all our presidents.  His economic blunders added about $9 trillion to our debt.  NO OTHER PRESIDENT EVEN CAME CLOSE.  That indebtedness will fall to you and your children.

Poor families suffered most.  Obama's awful job numbers forced a record number of people to take food stamps.  Black household income under Obama fell steeply as black unemployment rose. Look that up, too.

But the worst part of what Trump inherited is that Obama, like Bush and Clinton before him, thought bribes and sweet talk were the best ways to deal with North Korea.  As the North Koreans neared being able to wipe out Los Angeles with a nuclear-tipped missile, Trump became the first president to stand up boldly to the rogue nation.

Notice North Korea, because of Trump, has stopped launching missiles over Japan?  Notice North Korea has released political prisoners?  Notice North Korea has begun to return remains of U.S. Service members?  Absent sturdy spines, Clinton, Bush and Obama could not approach those major achievements.

Obama naively bribed the planet’s worst terrorist nation, Iran, with what was supposed to become a $150 billion handout.  Did Obama not know many of those U.S. Tax dollars would help fund Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism? Of course he did.  He just didn't care.

Remember the $800 billion of your and everyone else's tax dollars in his early stimulus for "shovel-ready jobs."  Most of those tax dollars went to political cronies.  He handed $500 million to Solyndra, a solar company run by boosters.  The company soon went bankrupt.   Our half-billion in tax money vanished with it.

Trump is often obnoxious, but people with courage can have that hang-up.  Obama always talked big, then feebly stood by when Putin infringed on Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

But Obama's most cowardly move came when he warned Assad not to cross "the red line" in Syria.  When Obama’s warning was ignored, which Assad knew would happen, Obama did nothing.   Does that make him a "bum?"

It makes me sad that you, as someone with a national voice would be so ignorant of economics, and also presidential decisions.  I encourage you to do more reading and thinking as you watch the nation's GDP numbers rise and minority employment rise.

* Read about "Right to Try," which frees terminally ill people to sign a lawsuit waiver and take an experimental drug that might not be approved for many years.  Democrats fought this sensible plan for years because it would cost them donations.

* Read about a Navy Obama left to Trump that struggled with about half its carrier aircraft unsafe to fly.

* Read about Trump's giving the VA the right to fire any employee who neglects or abuses a patient.

* Read about Trump's courage in challenging, actually demanding that, NATO partners to pay their fair share rather than keep mooching off the U.S.

You might also read the wisdom of two of the world’s brightest people, black intellectuals Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams.  They have written many books. Sowell and Williams’ integrity, remarkable insights and clarity of expression cause their common sense to soar off the page to readers.

Or, you could ignore vital Trump decisions and remain an illiterate on both presidential achievement and economics.  If you disdain knowledge and keep calling Trump or any other U.S. president a bum, people will begin to wonder, who's the real bum.

Sincerely,
Hal Lundgren

WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2018

RR#1

Offered by John Jensen, November, 2018...

To democrats, liberals, socialists or whatever you want us to call you:

Please let us know what you want. Make believe you are in power for the next 100 years. What kind of world can we expect to live in? We really want to know what your plans are. What problems you are going to solve and how? Please provide a list of all the stuff you will do along with explanations of how life would be. Please also include a budget detailing how you plan to successfully implement your programs. Please be honest with us, and, more importantly, be honest with yourselves. Lay it out in plain English for all to read. We have but one request… actually, it’s a condition: If we don’t like your plan, we have the right to opt out. You are not permitted to coerce us. Coercion is not allowed.


So, please submit to us your plan ASAP. We would like to make our choice this year, so we can all get on with our lives.


Thank you,


The Rest of Us.


RR#2

PARENTS OF THE WORLD - UNITE. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR.

GS

FROM THE DESK OF ANN COULTER

Fellow Conservative,

College campuses have gone absolutely insane.

A year ago, a student group asked me to speak about our nation’s immigration laws at the University of California at Berkeley, the so-called “birthplace of the free speech movement.”

As you may have heard, my speech was abruptly canceled because leftist thugs decided to riot and the administration wouldn’t stick up for free speech.

Unfortunately, I’m not the only one to suffer threats and intimidation on campus. Far from it.

As I point out in Resistance is Futile: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, ever since Donald Trump’s election, liberals have lost their minds. But there’s no padded room to keep them contained! Instead, these violent, masked lunatics have taken over college campuses, where young Americans are turned into automaton leftists just like themselves.

And it's time we fought back, which is why I want to send you a copy of my book today when you make a generous gift to support the work of the Leadership Institute to protect free speech on college campuses across America.

America’s universities are supposed to expand young minds through free speech, debate, and robust thought. Instead, they’re leftist indoctrination factories that punish dissenting speech and ban views that don’t align with the socialists, communists, and Marxists trying to hijack our country.

I fear for our future when colleges teach our nation’s youth to harass, harangue, and harm anyone who disagrees with them — or even anyone designated a Bad Thinker by people who can’t think at all. Instead of a battle of ideas, they’re being taught to do real battle — to riot in the streets with black masks and baseball bats. What harm did all those Starbucks windows ever do to them?

Young conservatives on college campuses across our nation are losing their right to free speech – and even the right to walk down the street without getting sucker punched – because of how intolerant the liberals have become.

But lest you think I’ve given up hope, faithful conservative, there’s a group I trust that fights back against this onslaught and exposes leftist bias, abuse, and indoctrination on college campuses for all the world to see: Campus Reform.

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is the single most powerful force for campus free speech in America today. By sticking up for conservative students and giving them the tools necessary to defend themselves and their principles, Campus Reform provides an absolutely essential public service.

Bottom line – Campus Reform uncovers the liberal schemes that the mainstream media wants to keep hidden . . . and they shut down the liberals’ indoctrination on campus after campus.

Campus Reform is run by Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. LI is one of the nation’s most respected and powerful voices for conservative students and young people. They’ve organized and trained a national network of 2,083 active conservative student groups at colleges all over America.

I took one of the Leadership Institute’s courses myself when I was a student. It helped me become a better editor and expose the liberals tricks at my college, in addition to cheering me up by introducing me to other young patriots.

Like they did for me, LI trains these students to powerfully — and civilly! — articulate conservative principles. Their training equips young people with the tools to stand up for their principles when they find themselves censored, punished, or threatened by radical faculty or students.

You see, it’s not just media personalities like Ben Shapiro, James O’Keefe, and myself that the liberal mob tries to run off campuses.

Campus police at the College of DuPage in Illinois told conservative students they’d “lock them up” for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution. Yes, that dangerous document that the created the greatest country ever known to man.

A teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln harassed the student president of a conservative group for recruiting students. With a gesture from her middle finger, she shrieked profanities at the conservative student and called her a “neo-fascist” and “Nazi.” Charming.

At Purdue University in Indiana, a staffer called conservatives “vile, racist idiots” and threatened to rape pro-life students. (And you wonder why liberals prefer violence to debate.)
In all three cases, LI’s Campus Reform exposed the truth. Armed with investigative reports from their student correspondents on campus, Campus Reform got word out to their nationwide audience of concerned conservatives. And they brought it to news outlets like Fox News, Newsmax, the Blaze, and numerous talk radio shows.

Ultimately, Campus Reform’s exposure of the truth got results. In these cases and many others, Campus Reform’s quick and powerful action forced universities to change their anti-conservative policies, discipline leftist student groups, and suspend or fire radical professors.

I believe an angel gets its wings every time a leftist professor is fired for their outrageous and unapologetic abuses against conservatives.

But Campus Reform’s fight to make the left see the light and feel the heat won’t be won overnight.

The Stalinist show-trial that liberals tried to hold against Judge Brett Kavanaugh reveals the disgusting depths the radical left will stoop to. And with the left gaining political strength in the midterm elections, the suppression of conservative free speech on campuses is only going to increase.
Friend, let’s make ‘em pay.

Thank you.

In liberty,

Ann Coulter

TUESDAY, November 13, 2018

RR#1

ABORTIONS INDUCED, IN ONE STATE AND IN ONE RECENT TIME.
This is a personal and national abomination.
There will be no Peace, neither personally nor in our society, until this stops.

GS

Table of Induced Abortions in NY (PDF)

RR#2

"THE DESPERATELY POOR OF THE WORLD CAN ONLY BE HELPED...WHERE THEY LIVE".

GS




MONDAY, November 12, 2018

JUST SO YOU KNOW.
Want more? Check out the section on my web site entitled: "The Clinton Presidency", begun then, in real time.
And there is one beneficial aspect to the way the Trump Presidency is being examined, investigated and hounded: we will know about it  NOW, in real time...without having to wait 20 to 50 years for the real truth about our Presidents...as has been the case with FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and (yet to be revealed) Barack Hussein Obama. Of course, that situation is thanks to the very selective work of our American Press, our "Truth-Tellers", our "Fourth Estate"...the Hypocrites.

GS

A Charitable Foundation Folds !

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

From their 2014 990 Tax Form; they list 486 employees (line 5)!
It took 486 people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION.

The real heart of the Clintons can be seen here.  Staggering but not surprising.

These figures are from an official copy of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for the tax year 2014.  The copy of the tax return is from the National Center for Charitable Statistics web site   http://nccs.urban.org/ . You can obtain the latest tax return on any charitable organization there.

The Clinton Foundation:   Number of Employees (line 5)  486
Total revenue (line 12):  $177,804,612.00
Total grants to charity (line 13): $5,160,385.00  (this is less than 3%)

Total expenses of  $91,281,145.00

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

Other expenses (line 17)  -  $50,431,851.00    HUH??????

Travel  -  $8,000,000.00
Note : $20 Million in Travel & Meetings to decide who gets
the $5.160 Million in Charity?

Meetings  -  $12,000,000.00

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

So it required 486 people, who were paid   $34.8 million, plus $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION!!!

And they call this a CHARITY??????

(It is alleged that this is one of the greatest white-collar crimes ever committed. And just think--- one of the participants was a former president and one who wanted to be elected president of   the United States.

(If justice was truly served they would both be in prison).


SUNDAY, November 11, 2018

RR#1

REGARDING COMPUTERS IN HEALTH CARE: TREAT OR BITTER TREATMENT?

I am Not a Luddite. I have always tried to use those new techniques and tools that would help me in my life and work. In the early 1980's, I was either the first or the second physician in New London, CT. to purchase a computer for my office; a Tandy Radio Shake Model 2, complete with large outboard floppy discs. Soon I purchased an Apple Macintosh, the one with a 5X5 inch screen. I bought and tried to use ViaVoice computerized dictation software - all in the 1980's. Late in that decade, I was chosen at L&M Hospital to join a committee tasked with visiting Beth Israel Hospital in Boston to view their newly installed hospital - wide computer set-up.
Fast-Forward to about six years ago, when the Federal Government decided to require that all physicians computerize their medical practices, under financial penalties for non-compliance and with subsidies for compliance.
I looked carefully into this opportunity / trap. I decided NO WAY was I going to let that technology, developed by bureaucrats and not by practicing medical "providers", get between me and my patients.
ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE, although I am paying for it financially.

See the article in the New Yorker magazine by Atul Gawande entitled:
"WHY DOCTORS HATE THEIR COMPUTERS" (Nov. 5, 2018).

And / Or ask your personal physicians who did computerize what they think. Or, if unavoidable in the hospital as an in-patient, check out how much (little) time your "providers" spend actually looking at and talking with you vs. dealing with their EPIC - loaded computers.
WHAT A MESS: for physicians, nurses, patients...and for those (ie. Us) who are paying the massive associated bills, while bureaucrats reap the harvest mainly to feed their computers - and their jobs - and while billing companies and hospitals game the system to pad the bills.
"YOU'RE DOIN' A HECK OF A JOB, BROWNIE".

GS

RR#2

ARMISTICE DAY, 100 YEARS LATER.
"THE War To End All Wars" produced "The Peace To End All Peace" (read this excellent book), followed by a vast increase in the number of nations, national identities and ethnicities (190 now in the U.N.?) - all ready to fight for their personal identities. Progess? NO. Human Nature, since the 12 Tribes of Israel? YES.
Perhaps well-intentioned experiments like the European Union will  have only limited success against this reality.
Meanwhile, our President is chided for emphasizing American nationalism by those whose very existence, past and present, has depended upon American national power, power which he has had to save from the dumpster of the damaging Obama Presidency. What Hypocrites. But more on that in another posting, coming soon to this section.

GS

RR#3

Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America



RR#4

MORE ON "THE MOUSE THAT ROARED"...AND OTHER MICE.
The President of France is constantly running for office. And well he should, given his inclinations and policies. But he is not the only mouse that roared. Check out these stories.

1) 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.

2) When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans were just an example of "empire building" by George Bush. His answer:
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 that we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return". You could have heard a pin drop.

3) 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 in France before, monsieur?", the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr Whiting admitted that he had been in 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 the passport to".

The Mice That Roared...

GS


SATURDAY, November 10, 2018

RR#1

QUICK: THE ANTI-EMETIC!
That's what I needed after hearing and reading about the crocodile tears being shed by "journalists" regarding their fake news and their being called "enemies of the people". Exactly on point. The heavily biased mainstream media are endangering themselves to become irrelevant in the nation's discourse. That would be a great loss to everyone and a risk to our national integrity.
Meanwhile, I almost barf every time I open my computer "home page" and see what garbage Yahoo is offering now as "news". Why do I do it? "Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer".

And while we're discussing fairness (yes, Fairness), check out CATALYST, the Journal of the Catholic League, for a factual counter-weight to the constant barrage of anti-Catholic reportage. You might begin by reading the article by Archbishop Charles Chaput in the November, 2018 edition of that publication: "ABP. Chaput's CounterCultural Message". I have been following him, since his days as Bishop of Denver, as a possible next Pope.

In any case, I'll keep the anti-emetic close at hand during the next two challenging years.

GS

RR#2

BEWARE THE 800 LB GORILLA (RUSSIA).
BEWARE EVEN MORE CLOSELY THE ADVERSARY THAT COMES IN ON CAT'S PAW FEET.

GS



RR#3

CLIMATE CHANGE: "TO BE, OR NOT TO BE. THAT IS THE QUESTION".
For years I have been keeping a growing collection of articles and statements on this subject on my web site. To this must be added the informed knowledge and opinions of Prof. Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute, whose work came to my attention through an excellent interview with him on the "Life, Liberty and Levin" show on Fox News (November 10, 2018). Although severely criticized by the "scientific community" for his contrarian views on global warming, and really because of the criticism, his fact-based work and publications should be a central part of any discussion on this subject.

GS


FRIDAY, November 9, 2018

RR#1

IF THERE EVER WAS A CASE TO BE MADE FOR TERM LIMITS:
UGH!

GS

RR#2

MORE ON THE ELECTION: INFORMATION, AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED BY ALL.
See:"Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways" (NYTimes, Nov. 7, 2018).
1) "Suburbs defect as Trump's base holds."
2) "Viral stars fall short."
3) "Opponents of abortion win big."
4) "The year of the woman: what it all means".
Now on to the 2020 elections...beginning NOW.

GS

RR#3

AS A FOLLOWER OF FORMER SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH.
I offer this despite a hope that it may be hyperbole; a hope because, if he turns to be right regarding the outcome of elections in Florida and Arizona as having been efforts to steal election results, this nation will have entered a very dangerous period. The current "civil" war may become no longer civil.
Am I the only one to recognize this? Or is no one else willing to express it?
Remember; the first and necessary step to treating a disease is to diagnosis it.

GS

The Party of Illegal Immigrants, Fake Votes, and Stolen Elections


THURSDAY, November 8, 2018

RR#1

THE FACTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE HARD TO COME BY.
Here is always a reliable source.

GS

President Trump Beats the Green Wave and the Liberal Media

RR#2

THIS IS WHAT PUBLIC EDUCATION AND LEFTIST "LIBERAL EDUCATION" HAS PRODUCED IN RECENT DECADES:
young people who are incapable of personal interaction (thanks to their gizmos) and who never learned anything about critical thinking.
That is the true cost of their exorbitant "educations".

GS



TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, November 6 and 7, 2018

RR#1

NATIONAL ELECTIONS,NOVEMBER, 2018...JUST SO YOU KNOW.

GS

LifeNews.Com

RR#2

ELECTION RESULTS: A MEASURED REPORT FROM THE NYTIMES, FOR A CHANGE.

GS

One-party rule in Washington is over: Democrats won the seats needed to take the House after capturing districts where President Trump is unpopular.

RR#3

NOVEMBER 7, 2018: NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS:
"What's it all about, Alfie?"
1) Democrats win the House.
2) Republicans strengthen their minimal lead in the Senate.
3) Republicans win several very important Governor races - very helpful for the 2020 Presidential election.
4) President Trump demonstrates who leads the Republican Party, a vital lesson for Rinos. A great leader, he also continues to learn some lessons about "Politics"...in the good and necessary sense.
5) Millennials learn how to vote. Next, they will learn for whom to vote.
6) "College-educated women" vote their perceived narrow self-interest. That will change as they learn life's lessons.
7) Too many Blacks vote, Zombie-like, for their Democrat masters. Will they ever learn?
8) Latinos, Asians and other legal immigrants will achieve the American Dream and will soon vote accordingly.
9) The nation is still very divided, but now it has channeled its angst back into the democratic model of action - and away from the direction in which it was moving.
10) This is a Gift for President Trump, and a critical challenge for the Democratic Party. If Democrats use their opportunity to promote serious and needed legislative actions, they could come close to winning the Presidency in 2020. If they don't - and I doubt that they will as long as they are pulled by the nose by the insane Leftists - they will lose in 2020 the Presidency, the House, the Senate and their entire relevance for at least a decade. Meanwhile, the President and the Senate continue to return the Federal Judiciary to a more Conservative / Constitutional posture...a great win.
I'm satisfied...except for Connecticut, whose voters embrace Albert Einstein's definition of "IDIOCY: continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results".

GS

RR#4

INTERESTING...

GS



MONDAY, November 5, 2018

UNBELIEVABLE. BUT YOU GOTTA BELIEVE.

GS

Trump drains more of the swamp. 
 
Good news is always sweet especially when even Snopes will verify same...
 
This type of activity is what brings a distaste for politicians no matter their stripe.
 
It's No Wonder Obama's Last Speech Went After Trump Obama's recent speeches are not to support his Democratic Party.
They are to slam Trump for taking away Obama's taxpayer-paid next 20 years vacation ! Trump cancels Vacations and
Refunds To the American Taxpayers This was verified on Snopes as being true.
 
TRUMP JUST ENDED OBAMA'S VACATION SCAM
 
Obama was going to stick us for $2.1 billion or so
 
Before Obama left office, he arranged with the State Department for a series of "official visits" to foreign countries spanning
the next 20 years.  Using discretionary funds from the Office of Presidential Visits and Vacations, Obama was planning to use
what would have been another $2.1 billion in free vacations for him and up to 24 members of his family plus staff and even a
dog sitter until the year 2036.
 
He would have, that is, until Donald Trump put a stop to it.  Trump, who is always looking for ways to save money, was presented
with a ledger that contained all of the Obama travel plans and expenses.  The ledger was found by one of the workers Trump
hired from outside the typical White House staff.  Trump immediately canceled the plans and recalled all Secret Service agents
scheduled to protect the Obama’s anywhere outside of the United States.
 
The Obamas are also facing another new challenge at the hands of Trump.  They're going to have to repay the government for
all of those vacations that weren't official state business. The bill, after some small allowances, for days that were possibly work
related, is for $214 million.  Of the 692 days the Obamas spent on vacation, almost none included any work at all.  They ate,
slept and golfed and Michelle was given shopping allowances from the Office of Discretionary Gifting Funds, which is supposed
to be used to buy presents for visiting dignitaries.

SUNDAY, November 4, 2018

RR#1

TWO DAYS BEFORE THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS,
two newspaper articles  - one from a Leftist and one from a Democratic fellow-traveller - deserve knowing about.
The first is a looong pastiche of facts, factoids, bare opinions and breathless personal feelings evidently thrown together for the opportunity presented.Trying to critique this work (and I did try) is like playing Whack A Mole. Thanks, but no thanks.
The second is disappointing, coming from an observer whose opinions I often respect. As have so many good Democrats who have decided (or been required) to be co-opted by the unredeemable Leftists, this is a very good hatchet - job. Feel better now?

Yes, this is a very important election. It will determine one of two directions for the nation: continued progress toward rational goals deserving of this unique American experiment; or a descent into progressive uncivil discourse and even action as we hurtle towards an unpredictable and damaging Presidential election season.
So: CHOOSE WISELY.

GS

RR#2

EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING AND WRITING FOR MANY YEARS.
Could Black people at long last be wising up?

GS

Defeat the “Race Pimps” Nov. 6th!


SATURDAY, November 3, 2018

RR#1

MORE ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CRISIS.
We talk here about "Crisis", a word whose Chinese character is a combination of the words for "Danger" and for "Opportunity".
And so it is now.
But what is not helpful, except to provide relevant facts, is the Hatchet-Job offered in the Oct. 28, 2018 publication of National Review, the most conservative of conservative organs -  founded by William Buckley:
"The Unheroic Pope: The Case Against Francis", by Michael Brendan Dougherty. And in case you would rather just read the Cliff's Note version:
"He has elevated immoral men in order to change the Catholic faith".
HOGWASH!  But I digress. Let us dissect his offering.
After the hyperbolic subtitle, the author accurately describes the Church that Pope Francis inherited: dysfunction at the Vatican that had resulted in a very rare Papal resignation. This first Jesuit Pope was chosen as "a man who had a common touch and would stop the Church from becoming a museum of dead dogmas..."  and a man who "had shown the energy to reform the dysfunctional curia."
And more: "The Francis pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries and accountability for malefactors at the Vatican."
And so it was, until the malefactors rose up to take over the asylum, even threatening a "schism" in the Church.
Well, guess what! There is already a schism in the Church: the decline of the Faith and support of the Laity, the "Body of the Church". Meanwhile, Pope Francis published his "Amoris Laetitia" document, opened a two year Synod on the Family, and revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church with regard to the death penalty.
This Pope is no push-over. If anything, he is keeping the velvet glove on his iron fist for too long in dealing with the "den of thieves" he inherited.
The rest of this screed is a hyperbolic and fevered accusation and condemnation of a good man and a Holy Father to his faithful. This Church greatly needed an "aggiornamento" called for by Pope John XXlll in the 1960's...and it has much greater need for it now, giving the exhuming of so many Church sins of the last century.
So don't be surprised by the vicious attacks on Pope Francis and his supporting Archbishops and Cardinals in their efforts to align Church teaching where possible with the basic needs of today's Catholic persons in their quest to achieve salvation. I have addressed in my opinion those opportunities in an earlier statement in this section. For it is members of the Laity like myself who must help to lead the Clergy out of the pit into which they have dug themselves.

GS

RR#2

One of my greatest joys in life is using an opponent's words against them.

This is one of Prager's best.  PACKED with information.  Please send this along to anyone you think will benefit from it.



RR#3

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO:

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the disastrous World War 1 ended with an Armistice.

For my father, Alcide Sprecace', then an eighteen year old sergeant of artillery in the Italian Army on the Austrian front in the Dolomites, that day became his greatest holiday, almost sacred to him for the remainder of his life. Look up "World War 1 and the Dolomites" to learn of the most difficult battle ground of the entire war.
It turned out to be only a post-script that Dad was in the same town in Italy at the same time that a wounded ambulance driver - Ernest Hemingway - was in the local hospital being treated, especially by a nurse who became the heroin of one of his great novels, "A Farewell To Arms".

The time was also notable for a letter that Dad received from his mother while on the front lines, notifying him that he now had a new brother - Guido. This was the same brother who, refusing to join the Fascist Party, spent 8 years as a prisoner...first of the Fascists, then of the Nazis and then of the Russians when they over-ran the German prison camp in Poland. We knew nothing of his whereabouts for years - or whether he was even alive - until some time in 1947 when, having escaped from the Russians, Guido arrived  home, having walked back from Poland and weighing 80 pounds. Always of good spirits, Guido lived a good life thereafter with his wife and daughter, and even came to America for a time.

Of course, my sister Joy and I owe our existence to Dad's good fortune in the "War to end all Wars".  Thank God.

GS


FRIDAY, November 2, 2018

RR#1

"BEEN THERE. DONE THAT".
THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
(See my earlier Rapid Response offerings).
But here is another summary from Ken Richards, candidate for State Representative.
"44 years of One-Party Rule in Hartford has pushed Connecticut to the bottom of the Barrel:
Both in Connecticut with these results, and nationally as the Democratic Party has failed to repudiate its Leftists' outrageous positions and despotic tactics, Independents and rational Democrats need to vote Tuesday for President Trump's succeeding efforts to
Make America Great Again.

GS

RR#2

"WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE?"

GS

The Storm Brewing at the Border

THURSDAY, November 1, 2018

RR#1

THE CARAVAN OF CRAP

Where do they crap?
The Hondurans in the caravan, the 7,000 people walking north to America, where do they go to the bathroom?
And eat and sleep and store their clothes?
And how is it that after a week on the road they are clean and their hair and clothes are well kept?
How is any of this possible?
And why do these people, supposedly fleeing intolerable conditions in their homeland, carry little flags from their homeland and break into its national anthem when the TV cameras show up?

And speaking of which, for oppressed people, they all seem to be pretty well fed, well groomed and well dressed. Their hair is neat and newly cut, their clothes are clean and in good repair, and they are built like people who have had ample nutrition all their lives, being well developed and, many of them, overweight.
And none of them look dirty or unkempt, like they had been sleeping on the ground for the last week.
There’s just nothing in any of this that makes sense.
Supposedly, these several thousand people spontaneously decided to leave Honduras, walking north in a group, hoping to trek the length of gang-plagued Mexico and present themselves as refugees and prospective Democrats at the American border.
Which, again, makes no sense whatsoever.

And leaves a lot of big questions unanswered, and ignored by the press. Such as, who organized this? Who is paying for it? How have they covered 500 miles in a week?
Seriously. Any number of American “reporters” have walked beside a sympathetic walker and talked about how this particular woman and her children had trekked half a thousand miles over the last week or so.
That’s 71 miles a day.
The best soldiers through history have been able to march 25 miles a day.
How have 7,000 people been fed and watered? And how have they gone to the bathroom? If the average person across the world produces about a pound of solid waste a day, that means that these folks are somehow disposing of more than three tons of feces each day.
That’s a heck of a lot of crap, even for a Central American roadway.
Provisioning such an army of people – the equivalent of 10 combat battalions in most of the world’s militaries – is a large task. Transporting and distributing the food and water necessary to keep those people moving is a massive chore which the press says nothing about.
The entire enterprise, as a spontaneous ad hoc event, is implausible.
As an orchestrated international attempt to influence an American election, it starts to make sense.

And ought to alarm us.
Unless it’s only Russians we don’t want screwing with our democracy.
Unfortunately, none of this has made the evening news. It’s almost as if the press, in whatever scheme is afoot, gladly accepts its role as propagandists to the American people.
Every story is sympathetic, as if an attempt to enlist viewers and readers in this caravan and the politics it symbolizes.
And so the story is not about an orchestrated attempt to manipulate electoral opinion and violate the borders and laws of the United States, it is about compassion and Trump and xenophobia and racism. It is the October surprise, it is the Blue Wave.

And it is all nonsense.
Because all of these people, if legitimate, have the ability to apply for American asylum in their own country – as do the residents of most nations of the world. We have consulates and embassies for a reason, and this is one of those reasons.
We also have laws and an oath of office for a reason.
Laws, so that “we the people” through our elected representatives clearly and systematically govern our society. Law is the means by which the people express and exercise their sovereignty. Disobedience to law is disobedience to the will of the people, it is the subverting of their sovereignty and franchise.
Breaking the law is denying you the vote. Your vote elects representatives – lets you pick the country’s direction – and the representatives write the law. If that law is ignored, your representation becomes meaningless.
You get screwed.
And the oath of office?
Members of Congress – even Democrats – swear an oath to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution, which establishes our system of laws and specifically charges the Congress with making the rules of naturalization and immigration.

Who comes across the border and under what conditions they can stay is a constitutional responsibility of the Congress. That is to be determined by a congressional vote, not by a Honduran mob.
Failure to insist on that – even for Democrats – is a violation of your congressman’s oath of office.
So there is not a Democrat or Republican response to this travelling army of invaders – there is only an American response.

And that is: Turn around and go home.
Because the law of the United States does not allow a mass entry like this. The law does not declare the borders open.
If Democrats and progressives don’t like that, they can try to change the law. If America’s progressives want open borders and believe all the world’s people have a right to live in the United States – as they say they do – then they should adjust immigration law accordingly.
But until then, if they are to keep their oaths of office, they must stand for the law and the border.
And they must tell their surrogates to turn around and go home.
Because this caravan is nothing more than a bunch of political shit.

- by Bob Lonsberry 2018

RR#2

"STUPIDO. STUPIDO. STUPIDO."

GS

‘The Simpsons’ Forced To Drop This One Character Because Of Liberal Backlash




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