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RAPID RESPONSE...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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MONDAY, May 16, 2022

PLEASE VIEW THIS REPORT IN TOTO....
whether you are a student, a teacher, a parent or a grandparent - and if you are a good and involved Citizen.
The crisis in Public Education is now much worse than graduating students from high school who should not have graduated grammar school.
This crisis is Existential, for individual and for society alike.

GS

Why I Stopped Teaching

SUNDAY, May 15, 2022

RR#1

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

GS

Donald Trump SHOCKER - He Had A Good Run

RR#2

THE "STATE OF THE UNION" IS IN PAIN.
  GS

RR#3

KEEP A COPY OF THESE WITH YOU.

They will come in handy in the coming months of difficult personal encounters leading to the national elections.

GS

The following insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words:

1. "He had delusions of adequacy ” Walter Kerr
2. "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”- Winston Churchill
3. "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. - Clarence Darrow
4. "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
5. "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)
6. "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it.” - Moses Hadas
7. "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” - Mark Twain
8. "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” - Oscar Wilde
9. "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.” -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
10. "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one.” - Winston Churchill, in response
11. "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here” - Stephen Bishop
12. "He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” - John Bright
13. "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.” - Irvin S. Cobb
14. "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” - Samuel Johnson
15. "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up. - Paul Keating
16. "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” - Forrest Tucker
17. "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” - Mark Twain
18. "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” - Mae West
19. "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” - Oscar Wilde
20. "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.” - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
21. "He has Van Gogh's ear for music.” - Billy Wilder
22. "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it.” - Groucho Marx
23. The exchange between Winston Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison." He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."
24. "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln
25. "There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." -- Jack E. Leonard
26. "They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." -- Thomas Brackett Reed
27. "He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them." -- James Reston (about Richard Nixon) —Robert L Truesdell

RR#4

In Context With My Earlier Statements On This Subject:
NOW THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!

GS

GOP State Announces SUDDEN BAN - Media In Panic

THURSDAY through SATURDAY, May 12 through 14, 2022

RR#1

THESE MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY EFFORTS  ARE TOTALLY OUT OF MIND EXPERIENCES!
 
Remember all lf this in November.
 
GS

164 House Republicans have now signed a discharge petition to force Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on Rep. Greg Steube’s bill, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. The discharge petition was introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, and received the support of top Republican Leadership (McCarthy and Scalise both signed this week).
In other news, the Senate failed to pass radical abortion legislation, and also temporarily stalled on a House-passed $40 billion Ukraine aid bill (which lacks oversight and accountability for how funds are spent).
If you’re looking for some conservative victories, then be sure to look at state legislatures, where conservatives notched some important wins.
Democrats’ Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda
On Wednesday, a bipartisan majority of Senators voted 51-49 against the Left’s extreme “Abortion for All Act.”
This vote marks the second time this legislation has failed in the Senate. Back in February, the same bipartisan majority of Senators voted against the bill, which Heritage Action key voted as part of our legislative scorecard.
Here’s how extreme their “Abortion for All Act” is:
•    Allows for abortion in ALL NINE months of pregnancy (including gruesome late-term abortions).
•    Overturns ALL state pro-life protections.
•    Removes ALL religious exemptions for healthcare workers and OB-GYNs who refuse to perform abortions.
•    Forces ALL taxpayers to fund abortions.
•    ALL babies can be targeted for abortion based on their race, gender, or genetics.

While this vote failed, it’s important to remember that almost every Senate Democrat voted for this bill…TWICE.
When there are so many pressing issues (inflation, open borders, a baby formula shortage), it’s reprehensible that Chuck Schumer and his caucus would message to voters that gruesome late-term abortions should be legal and should be the priority.
Voters should remember this come November.
No Accountability for Ukraine Spending
This week, the House voted to put America Last by passing a $40 BILLION aid package for Ukraine.
While Putin is clearly to be condemned for his invasion, America’s involvement in supporting Ukraine should be more carefully considered than a blank check with no accountability or oversight––particularly when Americans are dealing with so many problems at home.
On Thursday, Senator Rand Paul took a principled stand and refused to allow the Senate to quickly move onto consideration of the bill unless they added language to create oversight of the spending. Paul proposed expanding an Afghanistan inspector general role to include oversight of the Ukraine funds.
Leader Schumer refused to change the bill and meet Paul’s request, and so now the Senate will have to wait till next week to vote on it.

The process behind this funding package epitomizes “The Swamp” that is Washington:
•    The text of the bill was released at 3:09 PM on Wednesday and was voted on in the House at 10:05 PM the same day. That’s LESS than seven hours to read, debate, scrutinize, and refine a $40 billion package.
•    $40 billion is a higher cost than the Department of Justice’s annual budget, and is even greater than the funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and Department of Commerce combined.
•    There’s no accountability for where each dollar will be spent, no guarantees of equal contributions from European partners, and no spending offsets.
And let’s not forget, inflation numbers were released this week and they weren’t good. Printing billions of dollars to finance even more deficit spending isn’t going to help the situation at home.
 
Winning in the States
This week, the governors of Oklahoma and Tennessee signed into law several pieces of important legislation.
•    Oklahoma: Governor Stitt signed into law House Bill 3046, which protects Oklahoma from Silicon Valley billionaires influencing their elections. Now, private money (or “Zuck Bucks”) handed out to election offices for clear partisan interests will be outlawed in Oklahoma.
•    Tennessee: Governor Lee signed into law House Bill 2416 to protect unborn babies and their mothers from dangerous chemical abortions.
Tennessee and other states already have protections for life on the books, or have pledged for a special legislative session following the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade.
But more state legislatures need to take action.
That’s why Executive Director Jessica Anderson and Heritage President Dr. Kevin Roberts released a joint statement urging governors, state lawmakers, and other elected officials to act NOW to protect the unborn.
 
Thank you for all that you do. Enjoy your weekend!
Jessica and the Heritage Action team

RR#2

ON A MORE SANE AND ENLIGHTENED NOTE...
I thank all legislators, of whatever political bent, for continuing such action until success is guaranteed. 

GS

Great news for Plum Island: Senators advocate preservation

Plum Island is off the auction block, but its final fate is still undecided. In a push for preservation, senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut sent a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on April 25. The senators wrote: “We urge you and the administration to consider and utilize all available executive and administrative tools at your disposal to ensure the permanent protection of Plum Island and its management for conservation by the Department of the Interior.” Read the full letter here.
Tell your senators you appreciate their continued support
for preserving Plum Island.
The Preserve Plum Island Coalition is encouraging lawmakers to ask President Biden to proclaim Plum Island a National Monument for the purposes of environmental conservation, historic preservation, and discovery and celebration of our shared cultural heritage or to use any other available tool for permanent federal protection. Under this plan, federal entities would enter a public–private partnership made possible by at least one generous private donor.
An ecological gem, Plum Island is home to the largest seal haul-out site in New York. Approximately 228 bird species have been sighted there—nearly a quarter of all known in North America, north of Mexico. In addition, over 111 species of conservation concern have been documented on this 822-acre island. Plum Island’s coast and waters encompass several habitats now rare for Long Island, including dunes and eelgrass meadows. The island is also home to nationally significant artifacts and historic buildings, including the National Register of Historic Places Plum Island Lighthouse (1869) and the National Register of Historic Places Fort Terry (1897) army barracks and weapons batteries.
As part of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition—now 120 organizations strong—we have already navigated a challenging route on our journey to save Plum Island. We worked for more than a decade to protect the island from development and make way for a new, permanent conservation solution, and we’ll keep fighting to make protection of Plum Island a reality.
We couldn’t have done any of this work without the care and dedication of our elected officials, from local mayors and supervisors right up to senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, and Murphy. And we couldn’t have done it without you.
Please, thank your senators today for their consistent and powerful support, and encourage them to keep up their good work!
Thank you!
Louise Harrison, New York natural areas coordinator for Save the Sound

P.S. If you want to learn more about Plum Island’s marine environment, check out this recording of our March 31 webinar, “Exploring Plum Island’s Marine Habitats.”

RR#3

...AND I WONDER WHY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR THIS WISDOM TO BE "LEAKED".

GS

Ruth Ginsburg DISCOVERY After Her Death - It Just Happened

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022

"NOW THIS IS NOT THE END. IT IS NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END. BUT IT IS, PERHAPS, THE END OF THE BEGINNING."
Wins

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2022

"NOW THIS IS NOT THE END. IT IS NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END. BUT IT IS, PERHAPS, THE END OF THE BEGINNING."
Winston Churchill, London, Nov. 10, 1942.
 
Stay tuned. 
 
GS

BREAKING: '2000 Mules' And True The Vote Take On AP Fact-Check

MONDAY and TUESDAY, May 9 and 10, 2022

RR#1

AS WE APPROACH THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW ll IN EUROPE, 

we continue to witness "man's inhumanity to man" throughout the world - currently highlighted in Ukraine. 
 
But nothing in living memory comes close to Hitler's "Final Solution". One shining example of bravery and Charity at the highest levels were the actions of Pope Pius Xll during that time. 
Please see the "Catholic Church" category of this web site for many facts, articles and commentaries documenting the saving of thousands of Jews in Italy and elsewhere by those actions. Included there is the extensive Monograph written by my wife, Therese P. Sprecace in1989. (It shortly follows the Column entitled "What's Right With The Catholic Church")
And now comes an article written by Sabrina Ferrisi and published in National Catholic Register  on May 8, 2022: 
"Telling The Truth About How Pius Xll And The Diocese Of Assisi Helped to Save Jews. 
 
Never was it more true: "THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE"...and Falsehoods and Ignorance will make you slaves - even in America in these critical times. 
 
GS

RR#2

"TRUE, TRUE AND RELATED". 
 
GS

Pence Takes Massive Stand For MAGA... Blasts Biden's Charges Against Trump Supporters

MONDAY through SUNDAY, May 2 through 8, 2022

THIS NATION IS WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE CRITICAL NOVEMBER 2022 NATIONAL ELECTIONS.
 
Apart from the Real and suspected election frauds that have permeated Americans' thinking since the Fall of 2020, the other critical issues for this or any election cycle are Facts: true and reliable information on which to base decisions and choices. 
Although frauds and falsehoods have always been the stock in trade of many politicians throughout our history, we could for two centuries depend upon a Free and Ethical Press to keep us factually informed. 
No Longer...certainly not in the last decade. The mainstream media have joined those politicians in prostituting themselves to the dissemination of fake and distorted "news". 
The result: our recent generations of STUPIDS, and our older generations, some of whom should parrot Sergeant Schultz: "I KNOW NOTTINNKK."
 
Well, if you want to know what's going on, factually and insightfully, READ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL regularly. 
Apart from its lingering case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, very likely related to long-past business differences, the many excellent contributors to its Opinion pages provide a daily menu of excellent food for thought and action. 
Consider the following small sampling of recent subject matter, dealt with in great depth. ...and many more, regularly. 
 
"THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS"..   These are certainly Not the times for "I KNOW NOTTINNKK". 
 
GS

SUNDAY, May 1, 2022

RR#1

MORE ABOUT WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR RUSSIA...AND THEREFORE FOR US.
 
See: "The End Of Russia's Empire?", by W.R.Mead, (in WSJ April 19, 2022). 
This could be comparable to Spain in 1898 and to Britain and France in the Suez campaign of 1956..."plunging Russia into an identity crisis".
"For Vladimir Putin and the people around him, the stakes in Ukraine are almost infinitely great". 
 
Of course, the stakes for the Ukranian people Are "infinitely great", as in life or death. And therefore we must go all out to guarantee them personal and national victory.
 
GS

RR#2

IF "ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL", THERE CAN BE NOTHING MORE LOCAL THAN ONE'S PERSONAL HEALTH AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. 
However, "Woke ideology and policies have become quite literally a hazard to your health."
 
With much documentation, in addition to recent comments offered by myself in this section, please see: "Keep Politics Out Of The Doctor's Office", by Stanley Goldfarb, M .D..
(in WSJ April 19, 2022, Opinion, pA15). 
 
I always thought that adherence to the command "PRIMUM NON NOCERE: FIRST, DO NO HARM" was a no-brainer. No longer, given the new leadership of several of our national  medical organizations, and given what and how medical students are now being taught. 
So now the new command must be "CAVEAT EMPTOR: LET THE BUYER BEWARE". 
 
More Shame on the current national leadership and on the current generations.
 
GS

RR#3

NEVER MIND "WOKE".  AM I AWAKE READING THIS?   WHAT A FOOL.
 
GS

Joe Biden Announces Woke New Direction For US Military



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