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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.

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SUNDAY through THURSDAY, December 28, 2003 through January 1, 2004



THURSDAY through SATURDAY, December 25 through 27, 2003

Merry Christmas
Family time.  Not a time to be too critical.  But life goes on; and information is always power.


WEDNESDAY, December 24, 2003

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Legalese (Author unknown)

 Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a
 certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House") a
 general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not
 limited to a mouse.

 A variety of foot apparel, e.g., stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed
 by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that
 St.  Nick a/k/a/ St.  Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter "Claus")
 would arrive at sometime thereafter.  The minor residents, i.e.  the
 children, of the aforementioned House were located in their individual
 beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e.  dreams, wherein
 vision of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to, candies,
 nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear in said

 Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred to
 as ("I"), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with the
 party of the second part (hereinafter "Mamma"), and said Mamma had
 retired for a sustained period of sleep.  (At such time, the parties
 were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g., kerchief and cap.

 Suddenly, and without prior notice or warning, there did occur upon the
 unimproved real property adjacent and appurtenant to said House, i.e.,
 the lawn, a certain disruption of unknown nature, cause and/or
 circumstance.  The party of the first part did immediately rush to a
 window in the House to investigate the cause of such disturbance.

 At that time, the party of the first part did observe, with some degree
 of wonder and/or disbelief, a miniature sleigh (hereinafter "the
 Vehicle") being pulled and/or drawn very rapidly through the air by
 approximately eight (8) reindeer.  The driver of the Vehicle appeared to
 be and in fact was, the previously referenced Claus.

 Said Claus was providing specific direction, instruction and guidance to
 the approximately eight (8) reindeer and specifically identified the
 animal co-conspirators by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet,
 Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (hereinafter "the Deer").  (Upon information
 and belief, it is further asserted that an additional co- conspirator
 named "Rudolph" may have been involved.)

 The party of the first part witnessed Claus, the Vehicle and the Deer
 intentionally and willfully trespass upon the roofs of several
 residences located adjacent to and in the vicinity of the House, and
 noted that the Vehicle was heavily laden with packages, toys and other
 items of unknown origin or nature.  Suddenly, without prior invitation
 or permission, either express or implied, the Vehicle arrived at the
 House, and Claus entered said House via the chimney.

 Said Claus was clad in a red fur suit, which was partially covered with
 residue from the chimney, and he carried a large sack containing a
 portion of the aforementioned packages, toys, and other unknown items.
 He was smoking what appeared to be tobacco in a small pipe in blatant
 violation of local ordinances and health regulations.

 Claus did not speak, but immediately began to fill the stocking of the
 minor children, which hung adjacent to the chimney, with toys and other
 small gifts. (Said items did not, however, constitute "gifts" to said
 minor pursuant to the applicable provisions of the U.S.  Tax Code.)

 Upon completion of such task, Claus touched the side of his nose and
 flew, rose and/or ascended up the chimney of the House to the roof where
 the Vehicle and Deer waited and/or served as "lookouts." Claus
 immediately departed for an unknown destination.

 However, prior to the departure of the Vehicle, Deer and Claus from said
 House, the party of the first part did hear Claus state and/or exclaim:
 "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" Or words to that

SUNDAY through TUESDAY, December 21 through 23, 2003

TIME MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR: THE AMERICAN SOLDIER.  Excellent choice.  Let's hope that his or her leaders are worthy of his sacrifices.
On the home front, we read that "Hunger and Homelessness Increase in U.S", (by Siobhan McDonough, AP, Friday, December 19, 2003).  This is reportedly documented by a 17% increase in requests for emergency food assistance and in a 13% increase in requests for emergency shelter assistance.  Of these groups, 40% were from families with children!  Sobering statistics anytime, but especially in the Christmas season.  And contrary to the suspicion of a generous public in the 1980's that a lot of this story dealt somehow with the "undeserving underserved" and the "welfare cheats", the nagging concern today is that the greedy and sometimes criminally rich (read "Wall Street scandals") are largely to blame.  My opinion is that we have done a fair job of addressing the Welfare problem, but that our leaders are doing a poor job so far of dealing with "corporate welfare" and its cheats.  A sense of righteous outrage is appropriate here, appropriately transmitted to our elected officials. Meanwhile, many just-plain-folks are going without shelter and without adequate food, mainly in our large cities.  Let's do what we can for them, especially during these winter months...and during this Christmas season.


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, December 19 and 20, 2003

This has been a GOOD WEEK for American foreign policy.  Saddam Hussein gets caught. France and Germany,and maybe Russia agree to restructure the massive debt that they piled on Iraq during the 1990's...after we announce that no obstructionists will be allowed to get Iraqi rebuilding contracts.  Libya's General Gadaffi agrees, after nine months of secret negotiations with the U.S. and with the British government, to give up all WMD's and to allow unfettered inspections to guarantee this.  And the U.S. Navy captures a boat in the Persian Gulf carrying $8 million in hashish and several al Qaida members.  That is what President Bush means by his policy of pre-emptive self-defense, clearly articulated in his July 4, 2003 speech to 25,000 Americans at Wright Patterson Air Force Base: "Without America's active involvement in the world, the ambitions of tyrants would go unopposed, and millions would live at the mercy of terrorists.  With American's active involvement in the world, tyrants learn to fear, and terrorists are on the run....The United States will not stand by and wait for another attack, or trust in the restraint and good intentions of evil men.  We are on the offensive against terrorists and all who support them.  We will not permit any terrorist group or outlaw regime to threaten us with weapons of mass murder.  We will act whenever it is necessary to protect the lives and the liberty of the American people."


THURSDAY, December 18, 2003

Several months ago in this section, and long before he went to the head of the class of the current Democratic beauty contest, I suggested that Howard Dean was the Republican stealth candidate for the Democratic nomination...if the Democratic Party would be dumb enough to nominate a candidate as far left as he.  That is still my position.  In fact, I'll make a prediction: no matter how the early Democratic primaries turn out, I predict that the Democratic Presidential ticket will be Richard Gephardt and Joe Lieberman.  That would be a horse race, although I pick George Bush to win by 10%.   How's that for chutzpa?


MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, December 15 through 17, 2003

A number of subjects (targets?) today.


SUNDAY, December 14, 2003

Consider this an early Christmas present, in appreciation for following my ruminations on this web site.
Here’s some advice for living a long, healthy and happy life.

News Flash: Now here's a real Christmas present: Saddam Hussein is caught!
It's strange how the first thought that came to my mind when I heard the news this morning was about the American and other coalition men and women who have died in this effort so far, and how this event now gives some validation to their sacrifice and to the great heartache being suffered by their families.  The next thought was and is:


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, December 12 and 13, 2003


THURSDAY, December 11, 2003

In these commentaries, I try to provide informed opinion and sources of information.  The original disclaimer published in March of this year, at the outset of this effort, remains in effect: I will be informed and involved; and I reserve the right to change my mind if new facts or circumstances arise.
Two great current sources of controversy revolve about The Patriot Act and the mounting Federal Deficit.  Two recent articles in the WSJ are worth reading in order to balance the often biased reporting of the liberal media:

"The Patriot Act Under Fire", by Eric Posner and John Yoo, Tuesday, December 9, 2003, Opinion, pA26;
"We Can Cut The Deficit In Half", by Joshua B. Bolten, Wednesday, December 10, 2003, Opinion, pA18.
A quote from William Safire's article today in The Day ("Russia Returns To Its Old Ways", (Commentary, pA7) is directly on point with what I am trying to do here:

"As Americans seek to export democracy, we should draw a clear lesson about power and freedom from the troubling success of the cult of Putin: concentration of power in media, as well as control of money in politics by a government in office, enables a political clique to concentrate its power.  We have to resist that everywhere.  Freedom finds safety in numbers; democracy does best by protecting diversity."


WEDNESDAY, December 10, 2003

Several topics today.


MONDAY and TUESDAY, December 8 and 9, 2003

An up-lifting article in the New York Times: "Tough New Tactics by U.S. Tighten Grip on Iraq Towns" (by Dexter Filkins, Sunday, December 7, 2003, p1).  FINALLY!  Perhaps the steep and deadly learning curve discussed in earlier offerings in this section is starting to plateau.
For more reading on this subject, the following are suggested - all of which I have either read or am in the process of reading:

There are three kinds of persons out there: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who are constantly saying "Wha Happen?"  What kind of person do you want to be?


SUNDAY, December 7, 2003

This, the anniversary of that "day that will live in infamy", should continue to be compared with 9/11/01.  In both cases, a comfortable and complacent America, in denial over the terrible events taking place around them in the world, received a wake-up call.  In both cases, our response - although late by about a decade - was the right one.
Because of our great strength in the world, neutrality will never be an option.  We must be and remain engaged, always in our own self-interest and also as a friend to those who wish us well and who need and appreciate our help.  The alternative is a vacuum - and chaos.  So, let's get used to these facts, folks.  Lack of consistency in our foreign policy from one administration to another has caused much of the distrust and animosity towards America that plagues our efforts now.  This is too dangerous a world to allow that invitation to mis-calculation any longer.


SATURDAY, December 6, 2003

We learned from the Washington Post yesterday that the Bush administration is actively casting about for the next Big Idea to propose as a goal for the country in the next years.  One of these is reported as: "Return To Moon May Be On Agenda" (by Mike Allen and Kathy Sawyer).  As is true regarding the building of any major edifice, careful attention must first be given to the foundation and to the infrastructure.  I would maintain that the edifice called the United States is in need of some serious renovations, internally (eg. a stable work force and job market, a transparent and honest Wall Street, an educated and sober, drug-free citizenry, a moral compass, a home-land security system that actually works, a military establishment large enough to accomplish its assigned tasks), and externally (establishing a "new world order" based upon enlightened self-interest, pre-emptive self-defense, and "coalitions of the willing" - including the U.N. if it can get its act together).  And all this should be accomplished on a pay-as-we-go basis, instead of by passing the mortgages onto our children and grandchildren.  Given those tasks, there is no way that we should consider another trip to the moon or beyond...merely to bail out a mis-managed NASA.  No way, that is, unless we know that another nation has the ability and intent to do so, for economic and/or military purposes.  At this time a weakened America needs no more grandiose Big Idea than to bind up current wounds and get back to full fighting strength.  That is a light that is fully worth the candle for any President's second term.


FRIDAY, December 5, 2003

Here are some suggestions regarding how to prepare for the cold and flu season, how to "winterize" yourself.

There is no intent or opportunity here to provide specific medical advice, or to allow the development of a physician-patient relationship with the reader.


THURSDAY, December 4, 2003

More regarding the current Iraq problem.  This is not entirely "Monday morning quarterbacking", since some plays were called before the snap, but they were over-ruled from the sidelines.  See "What Might Have Been", by Albert Hunt, in today's WSJ (Opinion, pA17) for the story of General Eric Shinseki, who was marginalized for giving professional advice that the politician - leaders of the Military did not want to hear.  In addition,  the General warned that "the last thing our country needs are flag officers who are political".  Amen.  Other errors of analysis and preparation were made, based upon political sensibilities rather than on predictable military expectations.  See "Report: Don't Call U.S. Troops 'Occupiers'", by John J. Lumpkin and Dafna Linzer, The Day, Friday, November 28, 2003, Nation, pA4), regarding a formal decision that allowed a vacuum which was filled by the crazies there while the citizenry cowered.  The result is a steep learning curve  for our soldiers - and hopefully for their leaders.


MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, December 1 through 3, 2003


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