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GS

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WEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021

THIS NATION IS MORE INSECURE AND AT GREATER RISK NOW THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE WWII.
And this time the dangers are - so far - mainly from within. Consider the following, in no specific order.

1) Fully half of our citizens have placed an asterisk after the term "President* Biden."
2) Conditions in our Economy begin to resemble 1973-1980.
3) There is No Border Security, with effects that will impact all of us for decades to come.
4) The COVID-19 Pandemic is Not over. And it is weakening our medical, emotional and economic health.
5) "Election Integrity" has been placed in broad suspicion. And strange proposals like "Ranked - Choice Voting" don't help.
6) Equality of Opportunity and "Equity" of Results are being conflated - but not by the general population, who know the difference.
7) "Racism" is alive - in the minds and methods some in the Black community and in their opportunistic "leaders".
8) Schools and "education" are being undermined by teachers' unions and by a generation of college "professors" who profess division instead of open discussion - when free exchange of ideas is most needed.
9) "Cyber-Security" is an Oxymoron, including in areas (like the national electric grid) that can immobilize our nation.
10) Religions and the entire concept of Faith, foundational elements in this country,  are being attacked.
11) Health Care delivery, already at risk in terms of availability and affordability before the Pandemic, has been further undermined by disease, economics and politics.
12) Governance at the national level is divided and ineffective, the result of the actions and inactions of career politicians and their financial handlers, the wholesale hand-over of legislative power to unelected and self-perpetuating bureaucrats in massive Administrative agencies, and a U.S. Supreme Court that has become politicized.

None of these conditions is incurable. But neither can any of them be ignored and simply "tolerated".
As with an infection that is ignored or ineffectively treated. Such inactions will lead to Septic Shock - a gross over-reaction by this nation's Immune System: THE PEOPLE.

GS


TUESDAY, March 30, 2021

REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ONE YEAR IN.

Please read and follow the recommendations in this Ct. Dept. of Public Health Update.
"The life you save may be your own"...or that of a loved one. That includes especially those fully vaccinated.

"NOW IS NOT THE END. IT IS NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END. BUT IT IS, PERHAPS, THE END OF THE BEGINNING". (Winston Churchill, after the Battle of El Alamein, November 1942).

********************

GS

This week’s updates for Connecticut Physicians, APRNs, PAs, and RNs:  
COVID-19 Epidemiology: COVID-19 case rates are rising in Connecticut, as is the proportion of the B.1.1.7 variant, estimated to be at 40% of new cases.

•    Over 90% of Connecticut’s population lives in a “red alert” town. While case rates have decreased among persons age 70 and older, they have plateaued or increased among all other age groups. The 20–29 year old age group has the highest case rate.

•    The B.1.1.7 (“UK”) variant continues to be the most prevalent variant across CT. This variant spreads more efficiently than the “wildtype” SARS-CoV-2 virus and has been found to be associated with increased mortality in the UK. 

•    People who are not > 14 days past a full COVID-19 vaccine regimen are at increased risk for infection with COVID-19, severe disease, and death. 

•    Vaccine breakthrough cases do occur, as no vaccine is 100% effective. Vaccine breakthrough cases should be treated as potentially infectious, and close contacts should quarantine. 

•    Clinicians should report cases of laboratory-diagnosed COVID-19 among individuals > 14 days past their last dose of a full COVID-19 vaccination regimen.
COVID-19 Vaccines: ALL Connecticut residents > 16 years of age will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination on April 1. 

•    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine with EUA for individuals 16 and 17 years of age. 

o    16/17-year-old children should only register for vaccination at sites offering Pfizer-BioNTech. 
o    16 and 17 year-olds should have a parent/guardian present with them at their vaccination appointment.  Minors under age 18 cannot be vaccinated by a healthcare provider without parental consent. 

•    The Homebound Individual Intake Form can be completed for any individual who is physically unable to go to a vaccination clinic. These individuals must also have no prior history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction requiring the use of an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., EpiPen).
COVID-19 Control Measures: With spring break and Easter holidays approaching, travelers should follow recommendations outlined in Connecticut’s Travel Advisory, which is consistent with CDC Travel recommendations. 

•    Interim public health guidance for fully vaccinated people can be found here.  

•    If visiting with high-risk, unvaccinated people, all COVID-19 control measures (masking, physical distancing, hand-washing) should be implemented even if all visitors are fully vaccinated.  

•    When possible, visits should be held outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. CDC recently updated guidance on ventilation in non-healthcare settings which can help with decisions on ventilation strategies.    

COVID-19 Testing:  

•    COVID-19 vaccination does not affect SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic (molecular/PCR or antigen) testing. Vaccinated individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should isolate and get tested if indicated. 

A positive antibody test could indicate either previous infection or vaccination. An antibody test should not be used to assess immunity to COVID-19 or the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person.
 
Reminder about childhood vaccinations: With the disruption of both in-person learning and routine well-child visits due to COVID-19, childhood vaccination rates have declined. Healthcare providers are encouraged to identify and follow up with families whose children have missed doses to get appointments scheduled.

Learning resources to share. IPC (Infection Prevention and Control) practices remain the best defenses against the spread of COVID-19. CDC’s new infection control training collaborative, Project Firstline, helps frontline healthcare workers gain an understanding of infection control principles and confidence to implement protocols.

CT DPH Provider Call-In: As this Friday is a state holiday, there will be no Provider Call-in this week. Please join us on April 9 for our next session.

Sincerely,  
Vivian Leung, MD
Infectious Diseases Section
Connecticut Department of Public Health

MONDAY, March 29, 2021

IN THE INTERESTS OF FAIRNESS, A CONCEPT TOTALLY ALIEN TO THE LEFTISTS AND THEIR PRISONERS, THIS STATEMENT NEEDS TO BE PUBLISHED.
The then-President fulfilled his complicated Command role responsibly and effectively regarding the Pandemic.
The academics played their limited role as Health advisors; but they strayed when they tried to usurp the Command function.

ENOUGH with the recriminations! This Pandemic, with its Health, Economic and Personal injuries, is far from over. And "follow the science" is Not Enough.

GS

Trump Slams Fauci, Birx: ‘Bad, Faulty Self-Promoters’

SUNDAY, March 28, 2021

"SCIENCE" AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE, IF IT EVER WAS...A PURE, PRISTINE SEARCH FOR TRUTH UNBLEMISHED BY THE ALL TOO HUMAN MOTIVES OF ITS SEARCHERS.

The following is Required Reading for all who Want the Truth - and who can Handle the Truth:
"Science, Politics, And COVID: Will Truth Prevail?", by Scott W. Atlas, M.D., (in Imprimis, http://www.hillsdale.edu, February, 2021).

GS

SATURDAY, March 27, 2021

READERS OF THESE OFFERINGS WILL HAVE NOTICED MY "LOVE / DISLIKE" RELATIONSHIP WITH WSJ.

This is especially true after its editors evidently decided that Donald Trump was going to "lose" the election, and acted accordingly for a group who have long taken as gospel the dictum of "Engine Charlie Wilson":
"The Business of America is Business", whatever it takes.
So this is not for the WSJ itself.

It is for you, my readers, who have been in forced isolation for over a year. And that is taking its toll on all of us.
 
That's why the WSJ, and especially the Saturday-Sunday edition, is so valuable as antidote to "squash-rot".
Example: the Saturday / Sunday (March 27-28, 2021) edition, where you can find the following:
1) an article on Alfred Hitchcock;
2) a great article on Ernest Hemingway;
3) an article on Katherine Hepburn;
4) "The Unraveling of Tony Hsieh";
5) "No Exit After Kristallnacht";
6) "'Jim Eagle' And Georgia's Voting Law";
7) An article on the latest example of the "EU", an America wanna-be  trying ineffectively to hobble together the very disparate nations of Europe - and currently failing in its continuing approach to the Pandemic.

Of course there is more, much more. But this is a Show very much worth the price of admission.

GS




TUESDAY through FRIDAY, March 23 through 26, 2021

REMINISCENT OF THE JEWS OF THE BIBLE, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME,
we Americans are entering our four years in the DESERT.

The eight years with Obama were not good. But then we had not experienced how good for America things could be...with a moral compass and common sense and courage. Those were the Trump years despite the Democrat treachery.  The air-heads and pot-heads...and their unreasonably hopeful parents who may have elected Biden and the Leftists (still not proven) will have ample opportunity to see the error of their ways by 2022 and 2024.
But between now and then we are in for a lot of discomfort and very likely real danger, as our adversaries and also some of our "allies" see opportunity in our distractions.

What follow are observations and developments that we can already see and follow with concern.

1) Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights is the MOST IMPORTANT. With its foundational rights an informed populace can defend itself from attacks on the other 9 collective rights. And of course that is always the first to be attacked by Despots and Totalitarians...which are of course what our Leftists and the Democratic fellow-travelers are.
The current embodiment of that is "Cancel Culture" and the actions massive Tech companies to censor our communication. This must be opposed and attacked at all levels. See the article in Imprimis on this subject. Read it and weep; and then get very Angry. ("Who Is In Control? The Need To Rein In Big Tech", by Allum Bokhari (in Imprimis January 2021, Hillsdale.edu. )

2) The Immigration debacle: a dangerous experiment from which nothing good will come.

3) Our Children and the Covid-19 Pandemic: at least one year lost...hopefully not a life-time of Attitude.

4) There is room for reasonable controls on the implementation of Amendment 2. But don't try to make it a Trojan Horse. There are hundreds of millions of Americans who have guns "just for self-protection". Don't threaten them.

5) "...all men are created Equal". That's Equality of Opportunity...NOT "Equity" of result. That has to be earned!.

6) The leaders of the Catholic Church have a facility for self-inflicted wounds. More recent ones include overlooking  the vital importance of a pro-Abortion stance in some of our political leaders...and most recently refusing to give a blessing to LGBT couples...those who are trying to live their lives quietly and without scandal. As my father used to say: "There Is A God In Every Person".

7) The  Profession of Policing (yes, Profession, dealing intimately with people) requires the same attention that the Medical Profession required and received in the very early 20th century in the Flexner Report.

In these "times that try men's souls", I find direction in the words of St. Augustine of Hippo:
"Pray as if it all depends on God. Work as if it all depends on you".

GS

MONDAY, March 22, 2021

US ‘Brought a Knife to a Gunfight’ in Meeting with China
KT McFarland reacts


SUNDAY, March 21, 2021

"TRUE, TRUE, AND RELATED".

Just look at the history of Russia since 1918, and of Nazi Germany from 1933. A Free Press is the first target.

GS

Federal Judge Laurence Silberman Warns Left Controls U.S. Media, Threatens Democracy

SATURDAY, March 20, 2021

RR#1

"INFORMATION IS POWER".     AND THE REVERSE IS ALSO TRUE.

So here is more and continuing information about the status of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

1) "...insufficient data to recommend..." Lack of data is not data of lack. The Scientists need more humility when dealing with their Clinician colleagues. Good Luck with that.

2) COVID -19 re-infections are rare, but they do occur, especially in the elderly. We should all be alert to this possibility. And the differential diagnosis between this and other respiratory illnesses is often not easy.

3) A www.medpagetoday article by zdoggmd, dated March 16, 2021, is entitled: "Op-Ed: Did We Hurt Healthcare Workers With Bad Mask Advice". It seems that was the case, as we "followed the science" instead of heeding common sense. The "super-spreaders" were not in the ICU, where highly effective protection was used...but in the ED and other hospital areas, where less effective or ineffective modalities were used.

4)"When Will It Be Safe To Travel After Getting The COVID-19 VACCINE?"   NOT NOW, NOT YET!

5) An article in medscape.com reports that examining asymptomatic adults for COVID-19 would add another 16 million cases to the number of infections in the U.S. That would double the number of clinically diagnosed cases.

6) A Reuters article in medlinx.com notes that "Blood type A was associated with a greater risk of severe SARS-CoV-2 in one recent study and a higher risk of contracting the disease in another."

7) An article in medscape.com reports "AZ Vaccine Safe Overall But Questions Remain Over Unusual Clots", notably the very severe "Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (CVST). Here again remember: "POST HOC, ERGO PROPTER HOC" is poor logic. But questions also continue regarding the overall effectiveness of the Oxford/AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.
So: would I take that vaccine if I were in a high impact area? Yes. Remember "Risk To Benefit Analysis".

Wow. This is becoming a full-time part-time job. But, with reports of as many as 40% of persons unsure about taking the vaccine, and trusting their personal physician over the CDC / NIH scientists, I accept the responsibility to stay current and knowledgeable.

GS

RR#2

WHO, EMA Stick by AstraZeneca Vaccine

RR#3

PRESCIENT, ESPECIALLY ABOUT 2020.

But in 1956 you had the Past and a great deal of the then - Present with which to draw a straight line to the Future.
Now, about the Future: "IS  ANYBODY  THERE? DOES  ANYBODY   CARE?"

GS

Avoiding the Future Plague (1956)

RR#4

"THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HELP ME GOD".

How can "Liberal Democrats" (forget the insane Left) believe otherwise?
Even when I for 30 years was a registered Democrat and an elected Democratic public servant for 6 years, I knew Reverend Owens' experiences and statements to be TRUE.
And he is talking about EQUALITY, not "equity".

GS

Watch Bill's Segment from the Huckabee Show!

RR#5

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A TRAVEL AD.

These are honest-to-goodness Facts about THE  POLITICS OF COVID - AND THEIR EFFECTS ON THE PANDEMIC.

GS

The future is Florida

RR#6

IN A NATION AND A WORLD WHERE HUMAN LIFE IS INCREASINGLY DEVALUED, IGNORED, AND DESTROYED...
the following is a clear statement of the morals and ethics at stake, at the risk of one's own immortal soul.

GS

UK court says hospital can let child die, despite mother’s objections

RR#7

THE PANDEMIC AND MENTAL HEALTH: THIS IS THE GENERALLY INVISIBLE PART, BUT POSSIBLY THE MOST LONG-LASTING AND CONSEQUENTIAL.

GS

A National Mental Health Crisis in America (APA)


THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 18 and 19, 2021

RR#1

BEWARE!  THE ABSOLUTE IDIOCY THAT INFECTS WASHINGTON D.C. HAS SPREAD TO OUR STATE.

Why should I be surprised and disappointed?

GS

In 'Woke' Culture, Women's Rights Have No Place

RR#1

"MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH..." JOHN Q. PUBLIC IS NOT AN IDIOT.

Question: Are the Leftists and left-leaning Liberals a self-selected group going to Washington...or do they catch it there?

GS

'Foolish Not To': Americans Overwhelmingly Want Voter ID To Be Law Of The Land

RR#3

"HOW ABOUT THAT?', in the immortal words of Yankee announcer Mel Allen.
In the next elections we may actually get a "REPUBLICAN /CONSERVATIVE PARTY" THAT ACTUALLY BEIIEVES IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IN "WE THE PEOPLE"  instead of supporting the Big Business and Tech billionaires and their foreign partners...and themselves!

"NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY."

GS

Senate RINOs are calling it quits!
 
Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dick Shelby (R-AL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) have all announced their retirements – dealing a major blow to the Republican establishment's inner circle.
 
The mainstream media believes these departures are a loss for the Republican Party, but they actually create a unique opportunity to replace weak Republicans next year with strong conservatives who will truly fight for our principles and values.
 
In addition to these open seats, there are also vulnerable Democrats on the ballot in Arizona, Georgia, and New Hampshire.
 
But electing rock-solid conservatives in these states won't be easy. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his allies are already working to recruit candidates who will maintain business as usual.
 
Please help elect true conservative leaders to the U.S. Senate by supporting the Senate Conservatives Fund today!
 
President Trump is right. Supporting RINOs is pointless.
 
But that's what the GOP establishment and their political committees do. They're even supporting pro-impeachment Republicans like Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
 
Now is the time for conservatives to make 2022 an earthquake election like 2016 that weakens the political establishment.
 
We can do it, but only if we take early action to recruit and fund strong conservative candidates ahead of the primary elections next year.
 
You can help by making a one-time or monthly contribution to the Senate Conservatives Fund.
 
No other conservative group has upset the Senate GOP establishment more than SCF.
 
We're a real threat to the Senate power-brokers because they know they can't buy us off like many other so-called conservative groups and because we put real money behind the candidates we endorse.
 
Your support is so important that if you give $25 or more, we will send you a copy of Senator Josh Hawley's upcoming book, The Tyranny of Big Tech, as a way to thank you for your support.
 
Please take action right now and help us take advantage of the opportunities in 2022 to build a conservative Senate.
 
Thank you for considering this important request and for doing so much to help fight for America's future.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

RR#4

A REMINDER:
MOST OF THE ARTICLES AND MY COMMENTARIES REGARDING COVID-19 ARE POSTED ON THE
"HEALTH ALERTS" CATEGORY OF THIS WEB-SITE, except perhaps for the early ones in March and April, 2020.

Stay informed! We are not out of these dangerous woods yet.

GS

RR#5

HERE IS THE LATEST LIST OF "AUTHORIZED AND/OR VALIDATED THERAPIES" FOR COVID-19 INFECTION...AND THOSE THAT ARE "NOT".

However, "Insufficient data", that is from "double-blind cross-over studies", are not necessarily sufficient to ignore interim clinical experience of many careful and observant physicians at thousands of bedsides.
Check out "Vitamin D" as one example.
Of course, there are thousands of other examples of old and continuing medical treatments discovered with only careful clinical observation. You can start by reading the classic;
"Microbe Hunters", by Paul DeKreuf (1926).
And then there is "Dexamethasone", a corticosteroid which took four months to receive the IMPRIMATUR of the scientists, while I among others was discussing its use as a "no-brainer" in March and April of 2020. How many patients were affected by that delay?

GS

COVID-19 Treatments: What's In, What's Out

RR#6

"ASK YOURSELF IF AMERICA WAS BETTER OFF UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION..."
Mike Pompeo continues to be a NATIONAL TREASURE, as he was throughout his term as Secretary of State.
A PREDICTION: He will be President of the United States at some time in the future.

GS

Pompeo Hits Biden Over ‘Childish’ Exchange with Putin


TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, March 16 and 17, 2021

MY CURRENT BOTTOM LINES REGARDING WHERE WE ARE IN THE PANDEMIC - AND WHAT TO DO:

1) UNLESS YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC ALLERGY HISTORY NOTED HERE, GET THE VACCINE ASAP, PREFERRABLY THE TWO-DOSE VACCINE.

2) IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF AN ANAPHYLACTIC REACTION TO A PRIOR VACCINE, OR A DIAGNOSIS OF "MULTIPLE MEDICATION SENSITIVITY SYNDROME," DELAY FOR A FEW WEEKS WHILE A POSSIBLE CONNECTION TO POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL ALLERGY IS INVESTIGATED.

3) EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AT LEAST TWO WEEKS EARLIER, AVOID CROWDS AND AIR TRAVEL FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. AND MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE STILL GOOD IDEAS.

4) SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE A SPECIAL CASE. FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE AND EXPERIENCE OF SO MANY PRIVATE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE SUCCESSFULLY AND SAFELY REMAINED OPEN THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC. WE HAVE NOT YET RECOGNIZED THE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON CHILDREN, OF WHICH THE LOSS OF AT LEAST A YEAR OF SCHOOLING IS A MINOR PART.

5) BOTH FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FOR SOCIETY, OUR APPROACH AND DECISIONS NEED TO BE BASED ON A RISK-TO BENEFIT ANALYSIS.

6) AND THEN THERE IS THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE. WE ARE FAR FROM FINISHED WITH THIS PANDEMIC.

GS

MONDAY, March 15, 2021

RR#1

NO COMMENT FROM ME HERE. JUST LISTEN.

GS

Gen. Keane Reacts to Biden Reportedly Reaching out to North Korea

RR#2

Where Does Trump Get His Crazy Ideas?

SUNDAY, March 14, 2021

RR#1

BARABING E BIRABONG!

Don't worry. During all my years of life, I have come to an absolute conviction:
God Has A Sense Of Humor.

GS

In the synagogue, I heard a sweet elderly lady in a nearby pew saying a prayer. She was so innocent and sincere that I just had to share it with you:
“Avinu she'ba'shamayim (Our Father in Heaven):
This last year has been very tough. You have taken my favorite actors: Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas and Diana Rigg;
My favorite television host, Alex Trebek; Carl Reiner from ‘Your Show of Shows’;
My favorite singer from the 50’s, Little Richard; even Charlie Daniels and Kenny Rogers my two favorite country western singers;
and from sports you took Gale Sayers and my favorite basketball player Kobe Bryant
“I just wanted you to know that my favorite politicians are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer.
Amen!

RR#2

NOW A "THREE FOOT RULE".
Always the need in Politics to be "in control".  The "science" is an after-thought.
If you're closer than three feet, "you should be in a hotel room."

GS

Fauci: US Weighs 3-Foot Distancing Rule, a Major Change


SATURDAY, March 13, 2021

RR#1

THE OTHER PANDEMIC, OF WHICH WE ARE ALL VICTIMS.
People Really Need People. Touching is critical.
And "being connected" through all the gizmos was always One Big Lie.

Please read the landmark book published by Ashley Montague in 1971:
"TOUCHING: THE HUMAN SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SKIN".

GS

The Real Price Of Draconian CCP Virus Lockdowns Will Be Felt By People For Years To Come

RR#2

REGARDING GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO...
I was never a fan of this man, although I as a New Yorker admired his father and the job he did for New York State.
The son has always been too much a Liberal partisan, regardless of what the times required.

But I am a supporter of Justice, as embedded in Amendments 4-8 of the U.S. Constitution to protect "life, liberty and property". "J'Accuse", the famous words of Emil Zola uttered against the French Government in 1898 were  in defense of Alfred Dreyfus - not as a Summary Judgment in unsupported sexual misconduct allegations by anyone with a possible ax to grind.

And so, I support Governor Cuomo's right to be considered "innocent until proven guilty"...in the nursing home COVID issue and in the current sexual misconduct allegations. If a duly elected public servant can be run out of town on the basis of unsupported allegations and Cancel Culture...where do you think that places the rest of us at any time in a future devoid of our Constitutional protections?

GS

RR#3

"THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH".
if Liberals, Leftists and Rinos still care. 

GS

Must See Video - Mark Levin Calls Out Biden's Speech For What It Was, A Crock

RR#4

"HE WHO KICKS EVERY STONE IN THE ROAD GOES HOME WITHOUT SHOES".
I try to remember this aphorism of my father.
But in today's target-rich environment, it's hard. The following articles make my point..

1) "Pfizer Site Leader Cites Ongoing COVID-19 Work" -  (in The Day, March 14, 2021).
CONGRATULATIONS to a company that has been a vital part of our local life for many decades.

2) "Virus Case, Death Rates Similar Despite Governors' Contrasting Actions" - (in The Day, ibid).
Comparing California and Florida, this article exposes the flywheel in this engine:
 Human Nature and Common Sense.

3) "One Year In: How COVID's Toll Compares With Other Causes Of Death" - (in ctmirror.org, March 13, 2021).
It has become the third-leading cause of death in America, after heart disease and cancer. Some day we will find out how it actually happened.

4) "Censorship Kills: The Shunnng Of A COVID Therapeutic", by Pierre Kory - (in realclearpolitics.com, March 10, 2021). It began with the suppression of corticosteroids as a logical treatment for four months...until the "experts discovered it" four months later...a delay highly detrimental of many patients.

5) "Why Democratic Socialists Can't Legitimately Claim Sweden or Denmark As Success Stories", by Kim and Howe - (in Heritage.org, August 2018).
Bernie Sanders and the other unhinged Leftists, take note.

6) "'Woke Supremacy Is As Bad As White Supremacy?' Lord, Have Mercy", by Leonard Pitts Jr. - (in The Day March 14, 2021)
Raising a straw man to knock it down. I have always considered any Racism to be malign Idiocy. But, to update the issue: Equality Yes; Equity No, until you earn it: Reparations, not from me; Cancel Culture, fighting words; Help, Yes - Self-Help, YES... like two parent families, and fathers who are role-models, and no abortions and schools that actually teach, and eliminating drugs, and looking in the mirror for causes of "racial" problems.

Time for another pair of shoes.

GS

TUESDAY through FRIDAY, March 9 through 12, 2021

SO MANY ISSUES. SO LITTLE TIME.
But of course I'll do my best.

1) Receiving Vaccines, any vaccines based upon personal risk, is a GOOD THING. "Anti-Vaxers" are just plain emotional and/or stupid. They are also irresponsible as related to childhood vaccinations, which inactions put all the others at risk. They should be made to pay for this; eg. mandatory home-schooling.

2) In a Pandemic such as the present one, Everyone should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, barring a scientific reason not to - of which there are very few.

3) Then come the issues of Production and Distribution. The Production "WARP SPEED" effort and actuality of the Trump administration was totally successful should be highly praised. The Distribution/ Availability has been fumbled and politicized - and should be taken to task at the local and State levels. A particularly pithy reaction on this subject should be read: "Op-Ed: The Ethics Of Vax Schemes and Schemers", by Arthur Caplan, PhD and Kyle Ferguson, PhD (in medpagetoday.com, March 9, 2021).

4) And now, what can you do after vaccination? The CDC has come out with various proposals, both complex and variable. My advice: the proposals are too broad. Take your time and use common sense. Once again during this Pandemic year, the scientists and "scientists" are waxing political.

5) Regarding the entire issue of "Lock-Downs", a matter of contention from the outset, the Medical / Scientific professions have also been divided. See the opinions of Dr. Atlas and Dr. Bhattacharya, both of Stanford Medical School, as well as the Great Barrington Declaration (with over 50,000 medical and scientific signatories). This debate is all the more poignant as we see the serious adverse economic and personal effects of those actions, affecting all of our children and at least 40% of our adults.

6) And "Lest We Forget": the totally self-dealing Teachers Unions. For more, much more on this disgrace, see the section entitled "Public Education Politics" on my web-site.

7) Regarding "Death with Dignity", aka "Assisted Suicide": Another Abomination...like Abortion.
See two articles:
a) "Assisted Suicide Lobby Spreads Falsehoods To Promote Systemic Ableism", by Stephen Mendelsohn (in ctmirror.org, March 8, 2021);
b) "Ireland's Bishops Call Dying With Dignity Bill 'Fundamentally Flawed" (in cruxnow.com, March 11, 2021). This article has the advantage of dissecting the many errors and problems included in a piece of legislation now before the Ireland leaders.

8) Beware "Boom to Bust".  We have seen the likes of the current stock market before: in 1929, 1987, 2008.
Our current Federal Legislature, despite the narrowest of margins between serious differences in political and economic positions, is proceeding headlong into a likely abyss for the nation. These are not "drunken sailors". They are INSANE!. See also "When The Boom Turns To Bust", by Andy Kessler (WSJ March 8, 2021, Opinion, p15).

9)This is especially true given the challenge of China. This threat, in all its forms,  is much greater than that posed by the USSR at the height of the Cold War. And who do we have "leading" us?
A so-far illegitimate President* Biden.

I never wish away time. But I Can't Wait For November, 2022.

GS

MONDAY, March 8, 2021

THE BRITISH: ENEMIES, FRIENDS, ALLIES, "TWO PEOPLES SEPARATED BY A COMMON LANGUAGE".
And then there is the Royal Family. After this, who the hell cares.

GS

Meghan and Harry explain royal rift to Oprah

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, March 6 and 7, 2021

RR#1

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE PERFECT BEING THE ENEMY OFTHE GOOD.
Dr. Fauci is right on the Science. The Surgeon General is right on the Common Sense.
My question: where was the "Warp Speed" regarding the DISTRIBUTION? 
POLITICS, that's where.

GS

Trump's Surgeon General Is Schooling Fauci As Israeli & Canadian Science Support His Argument

RR#2

AS I HAVE TRIED FOR MANY YEARS ON THIS "RAPID RESPONSE" SECTION
to identify, encapsulate and support my personal and professional positions on important issues of the day,
thereby hoping to contribute intelligently to the debates - while keeping my blood pressure down -
I have rarely come upon an article which I wish that I had written in its entirety...without change.
 
Here is one, on the critical difference between "EQUITY" AND "EQUALITY".
This is a MUST-READ for anyone who wants to protect the Basics of America from the current existential attack.

"'EQUITY' IS A MANDATE TO DISCRIMINATE", by Charles Lipson (in WSJ march 5, 2021, Opinion, pA17).

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, March 4 and 5, 2021

"ON THE OTHER HAND": AN OASIS IN THE DESERT OF IDIOCY IN WHICH WE NOW FIND OURSELVES.

GS

Lockdown: The greatest mistake in history?

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, March 2 and 3, 2021

RR#1

ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Biden is "Catholic and observant". According to the tenets of WHAT RELIGION?

GS

Pope Benedict: Biden Is 'Catholic and Observant,' but Follows Dem Line

RR#2

HOW TO FIGHT A CIVIL CIVIL WAR.
They started it. We'll finish it...in 2022 and 2024.

GS

You and I can’t prevent every candidate’s mistakes, but we can train them to stop saying dumb things that get them in trouble for no good reason.
You know where I discovered the joy of annoying liberals?
My beloved alma mater, Cornell University.
There I became the editor of our conservative student paper, the Cornell Review. Our paper reported facts and offered opinions that were upsetting to liberals.
They responded by issuing rebuttals to our articles and editorials in the Daily Sun, in classrooms and lecture halls -- JUST KIDDING!
The liberals systematically destroyed copies of our newspaper, harassed our advertisers, and staged demonstrations. Yes -- over a newspaper.
One of our greatest challenges was learning to restrain laughter in the face of sobbing co-eds.
Most fun was the hate mail. You either like hate mail or you don’t, and it turns out I love it. As Mao said, “It is a good thing, not a bad thing, to be attacked by the enemy.”
After a brief and little-lamented sojourn into practicing law, I’ve managed to make a career out of my hobby of annoying liberals.
Not by calling them names. (Well, maybe sometimes...) But by telling the truth about them.
I call out their woke idiocies, hypocritical and self-serving agendas, and ridiculous double standards.
Conservatives engaging in free speech is terribly frightening to the left.
Who can blame them? All the poor little darlings have to fight back with is the left’s hegemonic control of Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the universities, the mainstream media, Wall Street, and the Deep State.
No wonder they want to censor conservatives!
I was kind of hoping COVID would shut down the universities. But no, they live on.
That’s why we need a lot more brave young conservatives speaking out. And what better place to find them than at today’s college and universities?
Not all college students are craven idiots.
There are plenty who don’t like what’s going on at their campuses today any more than I did in my day. They don’t identify themselves by their race, gender, or genitalia. They don’t vandalize statues of our Founding Fathers. They don’t believe men can be women. And they enjoy driving liberals nuts.
So, let’s find them! Let’s work with them and help them dig up the truth of what’s going on at their schools. Then let’s help them spread the word.
This is not a pipe dream.
Once they get a taste of exposing the truth about the campus left, many of them will like it. As with other Leadership Institute grads, they may make it a career!
Some will go on to become journalists, activists, or elected officials, standing up for our conservative beliefs.
In fact, it’s happening right now. Your special support will make it happen a whole lot more.
But they can’t do it alone. And you know who’s at the center of the resistance to campus leftist tyranny? A great conservative organization called the Leadership Institute. (LI for short)
I think the world of the Leadership Institute, and I’m eager to introduce you to them. I think you’ll like them as much as I do.
For more than 40 years, the Leadership Institute has trained and inspired new generations of conservative leaders. Like moi.
Before I took the editor’s job at the Cornell Review, I attended LI’s Student Publications School. There I learned what I needed to know to run a newspaper and find the stories that liberals wanted to hide.
Will you support my friends at the Leadership Institute as they help young conservatives dig up the truth of what’s going on at their schools?
Believe me, the Leadership Institute folks know their stuff. Their training programs not only teach conservatives the skills to take on the college left but give them a sense of camaraderie and fun in doing so.
The Leadership Institute has trained more than 230,700 conservatives over the years.
•    Dozens of LI grads, like me, tackle the left through the news media.
•    Today, 31 LI-trained conservatives currently serve in the U.S. Congress, and hundreds -- more than 300! -- serve in state legislatures.
•    Thousands more LI grads fight the good fight on campaigns, in conservative organizations, and in every walk of life where they uphold conservative principles.
There’s no other group quite like the Leadership Institute. Times have changed since my days in college, of course. But the Leadership Institute has kept up.
Nowadays the Leadership Institute doesn’t just help aspiring conservative journalists run their student papers like I did. Rather, they help those young reporters investigate and expose leftist abuses for the entire country to see.
Thanks to the internet, the Leadership Institute now has a tool to battle the left’s collegiate insanity. It’s a highly popular website called Campus Reform.
LI’s Campus Reform provides serious exposure for stories dug up by college students. Would that I’d had that kind of reach for my Cornell Review stories!
Because these Campus Reform stories are online, burning newspapers doesn’t work anymore. Poor dears.
Campus Reform delivers a one-two punch to two of the left’s biggest strongholds: college campuses and the news media.
•    Punch one: Campus Reform’s Correspondents expose the stupidity run amok at America’s colleges and universities. There’s a lot to expose.
•    Punch two: Campus Reform publishes the stories the mainstream media won’t touch. And Leadership Institute-trained reporters go on to become “real world” reporters themselves, where they do great work for years to come.
Right now, more than 130 Leadership Institute Campus Correspondents are on the job at colleges across the country.
These terrific young investigators uncover the ugly facts about the left on their campuses and on many others nearby. They get the facts out and win real victories again and again.
Once these Campus Correspondents write for the Campus Reform website, their stories often spread like wildfire, exposing the controversies that force schools to change.
Since 2014, Campus Reform reporting has achieved 218 victories over the lunatics of the campus left. That means foolish policies revoked and abusive professors and administrators punished or fired. There have even been reforms to protect the single greatest threat to liberalism: free speech.
And oh my, do the university lefties hate Campus Reform!
One leftist warned liberal professors to be careful: “Campus Reform has the plan, funding, and resources to ensure what you say at 3pm is on Fox News by 8pm!”
Will you help my Leadership Institute friends keep it up? Your support today will help their Campus Reform team expose and defeat the left now and for decades to come.
These victories are great. But to me, Campus Reform’s most lasting impact comes in inspiring more young conservatives to launch careers in the media and in our movement.
The LI team trains these students how to take stories to the next level -- giving them valuable media training, then setting them up with local and national television outlets to share what they’ve uncovered.
If you’ve seen Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity talking about the left’s collegiate outrages, chances are the story originated at Campus Reform.
More than 400 times a year, Campus Reform stories appear on Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News Network, and local channels as well. Many times these stories get reported by the fresh-faced students who uncovered the stories to begin with.
Imagine the thrill of being a college student who gets put on the national news talking about an outrageous story you uncovered! Campus Reform makes it happen -- again and again.
That didn’t happen in my day. These kids have a big head start!
It’s a natural career progression to jump right into the news media once they graduate. And not the Fake News media either -- the real media, at places like The Wall Street Journal, Daily Caller, Breitbart News, Daily Wire, Spectator USA, Washington Examiner, The Federalist, Newsmax, and Fox News.
Some names you might recognize from those places and more: Lawrence Jones, Kat Timpf, Cabot Phillips, Kassy Dillon, Emma Meshell, Antonia Okafor, Gabby Orr, Peter Hasson, Emily Larsen, Will Witt, Amber Athey.
They’re alumni from Campus Reform’s hard-hitting journalism team.

Thank you,
Ann Coulter

RR#3

Pence: Election Integrity Is a National Imperative


MONDAY, March 1, 2021

"PROGRESSIVES", "CANCEL CULTURE", "LEFTISTS", "SOCIALISTS"....
You can't tell the players without a score card.
Here is the score card.

GS

What Is Identity Socialism?



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