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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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SATURDAY through FRIDAY, January 25 through 31, 2020

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.

GS

‘We All Knew’: John McCain’s Widow Comments On Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Charges

SUNDAY, January 26, 2020

Dershowitz: Dems Haven't Made Impeach Case


SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

RR#1

THERE ARE DIVISIONS AMONG CATHOLICS REGARDING SOME CATHOLIC DOCTRINES / "DOCTRINES". BUT THERE IS NO DIVISION REGARDING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH POSITION ON ABORTION BY ANY MEANS...NEVER, except to save the life of the mother!
ARE YOU A CATHOLIC...OR A MALIGN HYPOCRITE?

THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP.

GS

President Trump becomes first president to attend March for Life

RR#2



RR#3

THE NEXT FAR-RANGING EDITION OF "POT POURRI"
begins with some comments regarding Medical Practice today.
It's not pretty. So be prepared to protect yourselves.

1) A  Physician's Rights and Patients' Rights.
A Physician is a Professional, charged by the government with "supervisory duties" that preclude him or her from unionizing under the National Labor Relations Act. Or he is an "independent contractor", or he is an employee, with substantial loss of freedom of action on behalf of his patient and of himself. A concerted effort is being made to reduce him to the last category, either directly as an employee or by changing long-standing Fee for Service relationships to any of a variety of gambits that will further reduce his role as patient advocate. 
Furthermore, his right of conscience, when that is opposed to the request / demand of his patient for treatment that he cannot in conscience participate in, is being attacked broadly, even by ostensible medical organizations that long ago chose their narrow self-interest over representing their members in the field. That's a part of what's going on.
See two recent articles in Medscape.com on these subjects.

2) Any Statute of Limitations regarding alleged Sexual Assault cases is under attack. And what about the right - and the ability - of the accused to mount a defense decades later? Is the accused still "innocent until proven guilty"?
See ctmirror.org, Jan. 22, 2020.

3) The "Potential of New London, Ct." is once again out there for all to marvel at. I refer to what is going on regarding State Pier (already besmirched) and now regarding the new and separate proposal for the adjacent area (in The Day, Jan. 25, 2020).
Don't Screw This Up Also.

4) Regarding "Racism", and the worst racists in the country at this time.
See and contrast the following two articles:
a) "U.S. to Mark King Holiday Amid Fears Of Deep Racial Divisions", by Corey Williams (in The Day, January 20, 2020);
b) "Why Obama Won And Black Candidates Couldn't", by Jason L. Riley (in WSJ January 22, 2020, Opinion, pA17.

5) What is the meaning of "America First"?
See "America First Comes Into View", by Greg Ip (in WSJ, January 21, 2020, "Outlook 2020").

6) "Internet Security" is an Oxymoryn - a blatant Lie. Now Tech Firms and your fine neighborhood Hospitals are making even easier the total elimination of patient privacy. That means you!  Well: "Don't just do something. Stand there".
See "Tech Firms Get identifiable Hospital Data", by Melanie Evans (in WSJ January 21, 2020, Business and Finance).

7) Paraphrasing Adam Schiff during the Impeachment harangue: "We must impeach Trump now, because we cannot trust the validity of the next election!" A Sick Partisan.
See "Celebrate The Citizens United Decade", by Bradley A. Smith (in WSJ January 21, 2020, Opinion).

8) "President Trump's Davos Triumph", by Newt Gingrich (in gingrich 360.com/2020/01).
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"  You bet they do, as you will find out in November.

9) And Finally: "Parenting Isn't Over When Kids Grow Up", by Mark McConville (in WSJ January 18-19, 2020, Review).
AND WHEN DOES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR CURRENT GENERATIONS?

HAD ENOUGH? Not I.

GS


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, January 23 and 24, 2020

If you can keep your head, hands and feet still with this...
YOU'RE DEAD!

Boogie Woogie Country Girl (https://biggeekdad.com/2018/12/boogie-woogie-country-girl/)


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, January 21 and 22, 2020

RR#1

ONE WAY TO "MAXIMIZE EHR USE":
Don't us it.
Employ registered nurses and para - professionals and "scriveners"...
and pay the fine for EHR non-use...
and get back to your trusting patients. Only individual physicians can solve their individual problems, individually.

GS

Five ways to maximize EHRs

RR#2

THIS IS FOR MY FRIENDS AND OTHERS WHO ARE GLOATING OVER THIS IMPEACHMENT CHARADE.
Yes, I do have some such friends and others with such delusions.
I suggest that you tear yourself away from CNN and the NYTimes  - and watch just one edition of Tucker Carlson on Fox News, specifically the one that aired on Wednesday Jan. 22, 8 PM. And make sure that you watch the entire segment with Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution.
Go ahead, give it a try. It won't hurt...too much.

GS


MONDAY, January 20, 2020

WHY INDEED....
Because the basis of human behavioral psychology is Insecurity - and the resultant Envy.
And because, as the foundation of the three great world Religions, the Holy Bible defines the Jews as the People of God.
Everything else flows from that.

GS

Why do they hate Israel?

SUNDAY, January 19, 2020

RR#1

As we prepare to travel to our nation's capital to be a voice for life, let's also prepare our hearts with compassion and love for all life -- born and unborn, mother and child.

So often, women facing unexpected pregnancies feel alone and uncertain of what the future holds. 

Abortion tells these women, "You can't be a mother and...
Get a college degree,
Have your dream job,
Achieve your goals."

The pro-life movement says, "Yes, you can! And we are here to help you!"

The 2020 March for Life seeks to celebrate the joys of motherhood, be a community of support for women facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, and let our culture know that LIFE is the EMPOWERING choice!

Be a voice for life! Watch and share our Pro-Life is Pro-Women video and let women know the truth. They are loved, they are capable, and they are empowered to choose LIFE!
 
RR#2

IN THE CARE OF PATIENTS, DIAGNOSIS IS KEY, TRUMPED ONLY BY CARING.
That has been my medical mantra from the outset.
That is why I chose the specialty of Internal Medicine.
And that is why, 62 years later, I am still looking for the right "key".
I'll continue practising until I get it right.

GS

How Diagnostic Excellence Is Like Jazz

RR#3

IMPEACHMENT...OR 'TO IMPEACH': "...THAT IS THE QUESTION".

U.S. Constitution, Section 4: "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."
Webster's College Dictionary: "Impeach:1) to charge (a public official) formally with misconduct in office; 2) to cast doubt on; esp: to challenge the credibility of or validity of;

In my opinion, the activity that has mesmerized the public since November of 2016 reflects only the latter of Webster's definitions.
In my opinion, the initiative taken by President Trump with regard to Ukraine reflected his duty as President to conduct foreign policy (including the expenditure of major sums of foreign aid) with a notably corrupt foreign government that was also dealing questionably with a former Vice President ( and likely candidate for President) and his son. The rest is political theater.

The following readings are instructive.
1) "Trump Team, House Managers Trade Sharp Views On Impeachment" (in The Day January 19, 2020).
2) "Madison And Trump Did The Same Thing, But Trump Got Impeached" (ibid).
3) "Pelosi's Impeachment Offenses" (Editorial, WSJ Jan. 16, 2020).
The following comment is particularly notable:
"If the House can divine the motive of Presidents for foreign policy actions and use it for impeachment, then that too is an invitation to make impeachments far more common."

GS

RR#4

JUST LIKE FLIP WILSON'S GERALDINE: "WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GIT".

GS

Why Trump Calling Himself A "Son Of A B*tch" Cracked Everyone Up During LSU White House Visit...

RR#5

THIS IS A PREDICTION BASED UPON CLEAR-EYED OBSERVATION.

GS

Liberal Dystopia: 40% Of Countries In The World To Experience Civil Unrest In 2020

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 17 and 18, 2020

RR#1

SAD, AND TRUE.
What is also true is that physicians and nurses allowed themselves to be compromised all too easily into this siren-song of IT.
And MD and RN professional organizations quickly became part of the problem - and profit from it.

GS

Is 80% of Your Day at a Screen? Sorry, You're No Longer a Physician

RR#2

MORE ON THE RAPIDLY DECLINING STATE OF YOUR MEDICAL CARE AND OF YOUR PHYSICIANS.
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?" 

GS

A primary care physician at his peak is forced into early retirement

RR#3

DO YOU TRUST ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING ANY MORE?

The Day staff writer Mike DiMauro put this question into clear perspective recently with a column entitled:
"Do you trust the outcome of a Major League Baseball game anymore?"
In it he addressed the sorry state of too many in society today: no morals, no integrity.
"A sociopath simply lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. He or she knows right from wrong and simply doesn't care."
Sound familiar? BEWARE.

GS

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, January 15 and 16, 2020

A LITTLE EARLY FOR A SUMMARY...
but: "In Summary,"

GS

Is that all there is? The Democratic Debate Should Scare Democrats

TUESDAY, January 14, 2020

THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE. IT IS MORAL OUTRAGE.

GS

A Physician at His Peak Forced into Early Retirement

MONDAY, January 13, 2020

OBAMA'S IRAN DEAL: CRAZY, OR CRAZY LIKE A FOX - AND WHY?
ENOUGH!

GS

‘Sanction relief fueled a war machine’: Video about Iran Nuclear Deal shows it was so much WORSE than we even thought (watch)

SUNDAY, January 12, 2020

RR#1

LET'S START 2020 WITH 20-20 VISION.

1) "Gov. Lamont Shamefully Defies FOI Laws", by David Collins (in The Day).
"In a Democracy, the people always get what they deserve".
In Connecticut, and in New London, that's in Spades.

2) "Trump's Approach To Iran Invites Disaster" (Day Editorial, recently).
It appears that the Editorial Board engages in intellectual incest.
Next time, try reading the following articles before you bloviate:

a) "The Democrats And Iran", by Joe Lieberman (in WSJ Jan. 6, 2020, Opinion, PA17);
b) "Easy Call: The Strike On Soleimani Was Lawful", by Alan M. Dershowitz (ibid);
c) "It's War: Are We In It To Win It?", by Cal Thomas (in The Day, Jan. 10, 2020);
d) "Trump Acted Boldly While Our Senators Dithered And Cackled", by Lee Elci (in The Day Jan. 8, 2020).
If anyone in the Western World would be truthful, even in Europe which is effectively converting, we are at War against Fundamentalist Islam, which has as its basic tenet the destruction of any and all non - Muslim peoples.
The only action that can avert this outcome is the violent overthrow of the Fundamentalists by the vast majority of moderate Muslims.
Meanwhile, we must act accordingly.
e) "White House Considering Dramatic Expansion Of Travel Ban", by J. Lemire et al (in The Day Jan 11, 2020).

3) "HEAD FAKE": "John Huber's Hillary Clinton-Related Investigtionl Ends with No Criminal Charges And No Interviews" (in rightcountry.com and Washington Post).
But there are"new Sheriffs" in town: Bill Barr and John Durham. Stay Tuned.

4) This year's Influenza B is hitting children and younger adults harder than older adults. Beware! There are - and were - medical reasons for this...the same pattern found in the devastating 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

5) The Boeing 737Max airliner and the Ford Pinto. Any similarity?
Com'on Now, You can do it.
"Business Ethics" is an oxymoron.

6) WHAT'S A "BUTTIGIEG"?
Another Manchurian Candidate after Obama, that's what:
A "stalking horse" for the Swamp.

7) President Trump and the Environment:
Clean Water, Yes;
Clean Air, Yes;
Trying to protect every species on Earth, no matter the cost: NO!
A precursor to blaming all and only humans for global warming - and demanding devastating human actions rather than moderation in the face of inconclusive facts.

THAT'S 20-20 VISION...AND IT WILL CONTINUE.

GS

RR#2

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

GS

2019 was a major year for Senate Republicans: Over 185 pro-Constitution judges were confirmed; the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law; our borders are finally being secured; historic tax cuts are working for everyday Americans; and so much more!

But, let's not forget about the Democrats' work either:
•    THE GREEN NEW DEAL
•    DELAYING THE USMC
•    VOWING TO REPEAL HISTORIC TAX CUTS
•    CALLS TO ELIMINATE I.C.E.
•    ATTEMPTS TO BLOCK QUALIFIED, PRO-CONSTITUTION JUDICIAL NOMINEES
•    AND MORE!
Friend, 2019 was a major year for Democrats in terms of taking their party even further to the left and making themselves appear even more out-of-touch with the American people.

RR#3

I TOLD YOU SO...

GS

The Best and Worst Diets for 2020

RR#4

REGARDING WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND THE THREAT OF ISLAM.

On my Rapid Response offering of March 30, 2019, I addressed this subject and appended an excellent article by Rachel Ehrenfeld entitled:
"New Europe" And The Islamist Agenda'.
Unfortunately, that offering was lost in transit, something that we just recently discovered.
Today, we are offering that RR again In Toto, together with another offering on the same subject..entitled "In A Dangerous World..." and published in RR on January 5 or thereabouts.
And we will shortly publish yet another piece on the same subject.
IT'S THAT IMPORTANT.

GS

“New Europe” and the Islamist Agenda


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 10 and 11, 2020

FACTS MATTER.
I like these facts.

GS

How 2020 Could Be A Great Year for House Republicans


THURSDAY, January 9, 2020

AMERICA AND IRAN:
Once again, "the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth".

GS

Iran Has Been at War with America for 40 Years


WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2020

BULLY FOR YOU, HARRY AND MEGHAN!

GS

Prince Harry and Meghan to 'Step Back' From Royal Family


TUESDAY, January 7, 2020

HEAR, HEAR!

GS

Cardinal Burke Calls Out Vatican’s Globalism, Says They’re Promoting “One World Religion”


MONDAY, January 6, 2020

RR#1

STILL MORE, FROM THE ACTUAL SOURCE.
No Fake News or Suppressed News here.

GS

Harvard Law Professor Explains Why Trump Had More Of A Legal Basis To Kill Soleimani Than Obama Did To Kill bin Laden...

RR#2

AFTER 8 YEARS OF OBAMA AND 3 YEARS OF TRUMP...
Doesn't that sound familiar.
On to November, 2020.

GS




SUNDAY, January 5, 2020

RR#1

WOLF BLITZER AND SUSAN RICE:
Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

GS

Susan Rice: With Record Of ‘Falsehoods,’ Hard To Believe Trump On Soleimani Death

RR#2

WHICH OF THESE KOOKS WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AT THIS TIME?

GS

Spineless 2020 Candidates Sound Off About Soleimani's Death.. How Safe Would Our Country Be With One Of Them In The White House?...

RR#3

HEREWITH, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXPLANATION / JUSTIFICATION FOR HIS RECENT ACTIONS.

GS

Trump Explains Exactly Why He Took Action Against Iran, And It Was Not To Start A War

RR#4

MORE...
This is Real news, from the news-makers themselves...not Fake news.

GS

Pompeo: US Is Now Targeting Iran's 'Actual Decision-Makers'

Iraqi Parliament Votes to Expel US Troops

Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal Over US Killing General


SATURDAY, January 4, 2020

RR#1

NEWT GINGRICH WAS MY FIRST CHOICE AS REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN THE 2016 ELECTION.
This work, and so much more through the decades,  is the reason why.

But I supported the peoples' choice... and will continue to support President Trump through his well-deserved second term.

GS

The Modern American Left Repudiates Lincoln – Here’s How


FRIDAY, January 3, 2020

RR#1

IF YOU WATCH NOTHING ELSE, IN TOTO, WATCH THIS PRESENTATION
by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

...and have any young people for whom you are responsible watch it also.

GS



RR#2

THOSE OF US WITH ITALIAN OR OTHER MEDITERRANEAN HERITAGE HAVE BEEN LIVING THIS ALL OF OUR LIVES.
Please see my web-site, posted for many years and currently under revision: medidietresourses.com.
MANGIA, MANGIA, MANGIA.

GS

Mediterranean Diet Best Overall of 2020

RR#3

"'TIS A TALE AS TOLD BY AN IDIOT, FULL OF SOUND AND FURY...
SIGNIFYING NOTHING".

Is that what the incessant discussions on Health Care delivery and cost will be? It will certainly be a prime subject of debate during this 2020 election year.
Having been a practising physician for over 62 years and an attorney specializing in Health Law for nearly 36 years, I have some thoughts on the subject...which I have been sharing on this web site and elsewhere for decades.
See my most recent offering recently posted as a Rapid Response.
See also the following articles appearing elsewhere:
ONCE AGAIN, WITH FEELING:

Physicians, historically the "Captains" of the health care ship and protectors of their patients' interests, have been intentionally marginalized - now widgets in the Medical - Industrial Complex.
The too-patient patients have been anesthetized to the current personal and financial brutality.
A not-so-patient public is the Only body with the power to effect change.
As Bobby Jindal ends his article:
"The best way to prevent a government-run health system is to offer solutions that lower prices based on competition and transparency." (Emphasis added).

GS

RR#4

IS THIS THE TRUTH?
it makes sense to me. This is how Fake News operates...flirting with Treason.

GS

The Media Is Lying About The Attacks On The Embassy In Baghdad


THURSDAY, January 2, 2020

RR#1

Dr. George Sprecace on the Lee Elci Show, 94.9 FM, December 31, 2019 (Adam Sprecace Guest Hosting)
Sprecace Guest Host for Lee Elci.Dr Sprecace Segment 12312019 (MP3)

RR#2

The World's 6 Best Doctors

Steve Jobs died a multi-billionaire at age 56. Here's his final essay.

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you, but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.   Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sung songs with, that is true happiness! Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So, when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.

 The One who loves you will never leave you...even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on to their friendship.   There is a huge difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it.

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

The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and your friends!

RR#3

THE ABOMINATION CONTINUES.

GS

Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2019, Killing 42 Million People


WEDNESDAY, January 1, 2020

RR#1

THIS YEAR, 2020, WILL BE NOT ONLY CONSEQUENTIAL...
IT WILL BE DETERMINATIVE OF AMERICA'S COURSE FOR AT LEAST A GENERATION.
Time to get - stay - caught up with developments.
Recommended Readings:

1) "The Century Of The Post-Heroic Presidency", by Peggy Noonan (in WSJ).
No FDR or Truman or Reagan in this 21st century so far.  But President Trump could rise to the occasion in a second term.
2) "Great Society: A New History", by Amity Shlaes. Shackles for a great many.
3) "Inside China's Major Corporate Hack",by Barry and Voltz.
And also "Congress Wants Clarity On Cyber Warfare", both in WSJ Dec, 31, 2019.
A Stupid disconnect, if there ever was one.
4) "Transgender Sports Debate...", by Kathleen Megan,(ctmirror.com, July 22, 2019).
Another Stupid idea."...an unlevel playing field".
5) "Putin Thanks Trump..." (in Washington Post Dec. 31, 2019.)
Despite the Military - Industrial Complex and its politician - stooges, U.S. and Russia must communicate and cooperate when possible.
6) Pelosi's Potemkin Impeachment", by Daniel Henninger (WSJ Dec. 26, 2019). Also Google "Potemkin Village" if necessary.
7) "Trump's Proposed Social Security Disability Cuts..." (in Yahoo.com/finance).
And what's wrong with "continuing disability review"? Many initially qualifying disabilities need not be permanent, although initially so deemed.
8) You want the truth? See: "A Tragic Journey Through The Indian Health Service", (WSJ Dec. 24, 2019).

Remember: Be and Stay Informed. There are millions of ignorant and stupid people out there whose vote will count just like yours in the November election.

GS

RR#2

WHO KNEW THE EXTENT OF THIS?
I did not, although I'm not at all surprised. China is our greatest adversary!

GS

China Is Slowly Taking Over Africa And No One Is Talking About It



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