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

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SATURDAY through TUESDAY, April 27 thorugh 30, 2019

RR#1

PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN HIS OWN WORDS.
Given the totally biased mainstream news media, the only way to know what he is saying and doing.

GS

Trump cheers economy, criticizes Democrats at Wisconsin rally

RR#2

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ISRAEL: A STELLAR WORK IN PROGRESS.

GS

A World Leader Did One Thing Proving Trump is the Best President in History

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019

RR#1

SO WHAT??
Here's a solution looking for a problem. Meanwhile, the kids have a two - parent family.
What a concept!

GS

Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’

RR#2

THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT JOE BIDEN'S, CHALLENGE.
It is a trip down memory lane about a nation that was rational and moral...
and forward to a nation whose Leftist hysterics are neither.

GS

Vice President Joe Biden, Kate Smith, and Cisheteronormativity: Why Biden’s Campaign Will Become Hopeless

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT:
"Ah has seen the Light".

GS

Connecticut shuddered under horsemen’s hooves

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, April 22 through 24, 2019

RR#1

TIME FOR ANOTHER POT POURRI.
But you will have to do most of the work.
GS

RR#2

SUPPOSE, AS A LIFE-STYLE CHOICE, YOU DECIDED TO
"indulge in unhealthy behaviors, become sedentary and watch too much television, eat too much, drink too much, smoke too much...feel adrift and become depressed and socially isolated...and - without intellectual stimulation - accelerate cognitive decline?"
Good Choice? I think not! AND THAT IS WHAT OFTEN HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE RETIRE FROM WORK.
See: "THE CASE AGAINST EARLY RETIREMENT", BY Richard W. Johnson (in WSJ April 22, 2019, Encore, pR1.

And now I'll go off to my work, a 35 hour week in this, my 87th year of life.

GS

SUNDAY, April 21, 2019

HYPERBOLE SEEMS TO BE THE "COIN OF THE REALM" THESE YEARS.
Overlook the hyperbole, but DON'T overlook the FACTS.
The following is a "trip down memory lane".

GS

America’s Rage: Where Are The Investigations Into Hillary Emails, Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, AGT Intl, Obama FBI And DOJ Crimes?!?

SATURDAY, April 20, 2019

RR#1

"IT IS A TALE AS TOLD BY AN IDIOT, FULL OF SOUND AND FURY, SIGNIFYING NOTHING".  - William Shakespeare.

GS

Mueller-Media Madness

RR#2

THE FOLLOWING IS DIRECTED TOWARD ALL VICTIMS OF "TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME".

Having majored in English Literature in college, I spent a lot of time with the writings of a master psychologist for the ages: William Shakespeare.
The following would be some of his terms for the above:
I should really stop now. Having too much fun.

GS

RR#3

"HEALTH CARE FOR ALL".
Of course we all need health care. But that's not the end of the discussion; it is the beginning of it.
"Medicare for All" is so glib...so dumb. It is a sound -bite to be expected only from unprincipled politicians.
The elements of Health Care begin with the responsibility of every person to take care of his or her own health. Despite this obvious statement, nearly 50% of all health care delivery is based on life style choices.
And health care delivery is not a "national lottery". You don't go to the doctor for a chance to strike it rich. We must have medical malpractice reform, without which over 20% of all health care costs will continue to be the result of "defensive medicine": tests and procedures and care delivered to protect the provider years down the road.
And health care has to end at some time. The majority of all health care costs are generated during the last 6 months of a person's life. And although a strong majority of elderly support the idea of an Advanced Directive, a minority of them actually have such a document.
And how is this health care to be paid for? I have been writing about this for decades. Now comes an analysis in the WSJ entitled: "Europe's Alterntive To Medicare For All", by Herzlinger and Barua (April 17, 2019, Opinion, pA15).
So: stop with the glib and stupid and uninformed opinions. Health care delivery is the responsibility of us all.

GS


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, April 18 and 19, 2019



WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019

JUST SO YOU KNOW.    EVIL INCARNATE.

GS

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MONDAY and TUESDAY, April 15 and 16, 2019

THE CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE DAME.
Here is an opportunity for America to repay France to some extent for that country's help in the American Revolution...and also an opportunity to demonstrate America's foundation "Under God".
Donate and send France a sufficient number of our Giant Redwoods to rebuild the Cathedral.

GS

Notre Dame: Where it Was, as it Was

SUNDAY, April 14, 2019

RR#1

IT'S COMPLICATED: WHERE IS CLIMATE CHANGE COMING FROM, AND WHERE IS IT GOING?
See these two recent articles.
1) "Pace Of Change At The Bering Sea Startles Scientists", by Dan Joling (in The Day April 14, 2019, pA5).
2) "As NATO Counters Russia In Arctic, Cold Is First Threat", by Helene Cooper (NYTimes April 14, 2019, International, p12).

GS

RR#2

REGARDING PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION...AND PROSECUTORIAL ABUSE.

For a long time, and just from paying attention to the legal side of my interests, I have had the distinct suspicion that we have been witnessing an increase in prosecutorial abuse, leading to unnecessary and excessive criminal charges, excessive penalties - and worst of all, the conviction of innocent persons. Such abuse on occasion has even included intentionally trumped - up charges.
I have also long thought that the conviction and jail time of an individual on trumped - charges or the withholding of exculpatory evidence should require the guilty prosecutor to serve the exact jail time that the innocent victim served.
Now comes a book by Emily Bazelon and reviewed in the NYTimes Book Review of April 14, entitled "Charged". "It's all clear to me now". And if not corrected, it will be a cancer in both the "Body of Justice" and in the "Body Politic".

RR#3

BASTARDS.

GS

New York Democrats Kill Bill For Tuition For Gold Star Families, Pass Tuition For Illegals Instead

SATURDAY, April 13, 2019

RR#1

ON ANAPHYLAXIS, ITS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.
Listen Up, Folks. The life you save may be your own.
AND REMEMBER EPINEPHRINE!!  That is the proper initial treatment...not the other stuff, which is too often substituted.

GS

Don't miss anaphylaxis in the hospital

RR#2

AN OFFERING FOR HOLY WEEK AND FOR PASSOVER.
"A classic episode of The Twilight Zone begins with a jewelry thief fleeing the police and getting shot. He is awakened in the afterlife by a man dressed in white, a 'guide' who assures him he has only one concern:
'Your comfort. My job is to see to it you get what you want - whatever it may be'. Incredulous, the shameless crook is soon wallowing in wealth, wine and women. Eventually, however, he becomes bored and argues there must have been some mistake. 'Look, I don't belong in heaven,' he says. 'I want to go to the other place'. The guide responds, 'Whatever gave you the idea you were in heaven'...This is the other place.'
In the episode's closing narrative, we're told, 'Now he has everything he's ever wanted - and he's going to have to live with it for eternity.'"
(From Editorial, Columbia magazine (Knights of Columbus) April 2019).

GS

RR#3

JOHN KERRY, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I WAS STARTING TO MISS YOU...

GS

John Kerry was blindsided when he tried to hand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this massive win

RR#4

PARDON THE HYPERBOLE, BUT EMBRACE THE FACTS.

GS

Bernie Sanders Was Just Smacked With Awful News That Trump Will Love

RR#5

YET ANOTHER REASON WHY "RECREATIONAL CANNABIS" IS A STUPID AND DANGEROUS IDEA.

GS

Is cannabis exacerbating the sleep crisis?

RR#5

I ORIGINALLY LEARNED THIS FABLE IN ITALIAN - AND I STILL KNOW IT.
But no translation needed here.
See you in November, 2020.

GS

THE NEW ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Two Versions:
 
The ANT AND THE   GRASSHOPPER      
  Two Different Versions ...
  Two Different Morals


OLD VERSION
 
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
 
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
 
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
 
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
 
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: 
Be responsible for yourself!
 
 
MODERN VERSION
 
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
 
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
 
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
 
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
 
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.  How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? 
 
Kermit the Frog  appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green'
 
Occupy the Anthill  stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, We shall overcome.
 
Then Reverend Al Sharpton has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.
 
Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.
 
Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
 
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
 
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.
 
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.
 
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
 
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
 
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
 
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2020.
I believe that you are an ant -  not a grasshopper !

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019

RR#1

WHAT IS IT IN THE SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED UPBRINGING OF THESE RECENT GENERATIONS THAT PRODUCES THESE HARE-BRAINED AND EVEN PSYCHOTIC IDEAS?
The goals of Leftists are becoming certifiable. And they appear to be contagious, at least among their feckess Democratic fellow-travelers. Or is it Fear?

GS

234 House Democrats, Two Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete On Girls' Teams.

RR#2

Ranking the 11 Greatest Western Movies Ever Made

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019

RR#1

PERHAPS NOT INITIALLY, BUT AT SOME POINT THIS BECAME TREASON.

GS

The Greatest Cost of the Collusion Lie

RR#2

"WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS..."
Spirituality, for sure: the belief in a Supreme Being, a Creator. I find Atheists unbelievable: they can't be so stupid, so lacking in common sense.
Religion? It's helpful, but neither necessary nor sufficient.
Clericalism (which I define as an overriding quest by clergy for worldly power) is a turn-off for most of the Laity.
By contrast, the world is turning against what it needs now: against the Church and toward secular Muslims in Europe; and against all religion, especially the Catholic Church and Judaism in America.
With that introduction, I strongly suggest reading several articles in the April 2019 edition of CATALYST", published by The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Leaven that with a visit to my web site section entitled "Catholic Church": over 200 personal articles and postings, some of them definitely critical of my Church.
But a development of our spiritual side is definitely "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...."

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, April 8 through 10, 2019

RR#1

PREPARATION FOR THE 2020 ELECTIONS: PAY ATTENTION...
and start working for your candidates, and against those others.

You might begin by reading about America's current situation in an article by Peggy Noonan - generally leaning Left but unable to misrepresent. See: "The Two Americas Have Grown Much Fiercer" (in WSJ March 30-31, 2019, Opinion, A15).
Now pay close attention to what the many crazy, fevered Leftist candidates are advocating and yelling. If they are not called out and countered and out - voted...they could win on energy alone. And then the battle would be totally different. See the following articles.
"All Bernie's Socialists" (Editorial, WSJ April 9, 2019, pA16)
"Busting The Legislative Filibuster" (Editorial, WSJ April 8, 2019, pA16).
This is Real, Folks.

GS

RR#2

THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE.
Humanity has always been capable of the greatest Good and the greatest Evil. That has certainly been evident throughout the history of America.
Now and in the last few decades since the rise of the Progressive movement, we have been progressively going to hell in a hand-basket. The reconstituted Democratic Party, their Hollywood sounding board and their Media apologists have been leading the way. And more recently we have found that our "institutions of higher learning" have been learning the bad lessons.
See "Cheating On The SATs", by William McGurn (in WSJ April 9, 2019, Opinion, pA15).
Public morality has always depended upon private, personal morality.
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?".
The 2020 Election will be a critical test, with great consequences.

GS

RR#3

"YOU WANT THE TRUTH?...."
View the excellent interview by Bret Baier with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the 6PM edition of Fox News, Wednesday, April 11, 2019. Many vital topics, clearly asked and clearly answered. Or can't you "...handle the truth?"

GS



THURSDAY thorugh SUNDAY, April 4 through 7, 2019

RR#1

HILARIOUS.

GS

Trump Shares Gut-Busting Meme Mocking Joe Biden’s Fake Apology Video

RR#2

TYPICAL: POLITICIANS ON ALL SIDES OF EVERY ISSUE.

ISLAM is one of the world's three great Religions, all stemming from the same common root.
SHARIA LAW is yet another man-made effort at domination of one class of peoples by another class of peoples: inhumane, despotic. execrable. In non-Muslim countries, the former should be accepted; the latter should be totally rejected. And in Muslim countries, time is long past to do the same...to save the Religion and the Law.
Meanwhile, politicians do their thing: 1) A camel is a horse designed by politicians; 2) a Horse's Ass is what's left.

GS

Trump Shares Gut-Busting Meme Mocking Joe Biden’s Fake Apology Video

RR#3

ANOTHER POT POURRI,
reflecting the acidified stew we are presented as daily fare.
GS

RR#4

ABOUT ABORTION.
Finally a Federal Court of Appeals has stated the Truth...not since the Truth was destroyed by Roe V. Wade. Now on to the USSC.

GS

A federal court issued a ruling that will make Planned Parenthood furious

RR#5

IN AN EARLIER OFFERING OF RAPID RESPONSE TODAY,
I referenced an article entitled "
The Climate Needs Nuclear Power" (WSJ April 5, 2019).
Now come two book reviews: "Chernobyl Reconsidered: The worst nuclear accident in history contains lessons for the present" (in NYTimes Book Review, april 7, 2019
One lesson is not to trust the then-Soviets - and probably now the Russians - with anything except perhaps space-travel. The other lesson is all too familiar to us. Referring to today's many dangers: "To keep these modern invaders at bay requires separating fact from fiction, and depending on expert advice. Will we avert catastrophe by honestly judging the benefits and risks of each energy source without hiding the costs - and will politicians have the guts to act on those judgments? Not yet."

GS


WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE PACKAGING (teaparty.org.).
But the contents are gold.

GS

Former Vice Presidential Candidate: The Democrats’ Plan Is Pure Evil


TUESDAY, April 2, 2019

REGARDING POPE FRANCIS...
a disappointment thus far in commission and omission.

The most recent and continuing comments by His Holiness regarding world-wide "migration" have, in my opinion, no basis in either reasoned or moral judgment.
See the commentary by Rachel Ehrenfeld posted in the Rapid Response offering on my web-site dated March 29 - 30, 2019.  Contrary to the enlightened actions of then Pope John Paul ll throughout the 1980's, actions that brought the European continent out of the hell of Soviet domination, Pope Francis is contributing materially to the decline and fall of that same European continent into another tyrannical force: The Nation of Islam. Why? That is the disappointment of commission.
The disappointment of omission is the failure so far of Pope Francis to address the accelerating decline and fall of the Catholic Church, most recently in the failed 2019 Synod - about which the Pope commented with pointed "silence".
It is said that "the Ways of the Lord are not the ways of Man". Definitely.

GS


MONDAY, April 1, 2019

RR#1

The Left ruins eveything.

GS



RR#2

"THE LAST DAYS OF ADOLPH SCHIFF."


GS





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