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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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TUESDAY through THURSDAY, January 29 through 31, 2008

MONDAY, January 28, 2008

Yes, ridiculous.  What's also ridiculous is the totally unrealistic and schizophrenic policy of this country - especially of most Republicans - towards Immigration.  Unless that Party has an epiphany very soon, and comes up with workable policies for the present and the future, it will lose the 2008 elections, big time.   Check out my several comments on this subject on my Rapid Response, by searching "Immigration".  See also: "The Dream Of Immigrants And Dr. King", by Ronald Fernandez, The Day Jan. 27, pE3; and "Commentary: Blurred Boundaries In Immigration", Connecticut Law Review, July 2007.  GS

It's time we wake up. Boy am I confused. Listening to the Partisan "politicals," I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.

Now ... I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.
Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report:

12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ".

The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Are we THAT stupid???

SUNDAY, January 27, 2008

There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when Globalization was a hot topic in political circles.  Not this time around; no "sucking sound" oratory.  All the candidates seem to have accepted the current version of globalization as an enduring fact.  Is anyone other than Michigan, the land of the "one-State recession", talking about it?  Well, the sub-prime debacle in this country and the world's response to it presents us with new insight.  The current version of globalization is destroying our industrial base, while what passes for public "education" is failing to prepare our students for coping with...much less leading...the technology revolution which has always been our strong suit.  Meanwhile, foreign countries are encouraging and enabling us to "consume", way beyond our means and on credit increasingly extended by those same countries. (See the article in the NYTimes Friday, Jan 25, entitled "Weighty Role on the World Stage", pC1).  So, will we have a recession?  Do we need a "stimulus package" to avert it?  Two articles in the WSJ clearly address this: "Feel-Good Economics", Jan. 19-20, pA12; and "Bush's Stimulus Flop", Jan. 22, 2008, pA19.  Maybe what we need is a little recession, like a dose of Castor Oil, followed by living within our means, saving, and forgetting the generational entitlement mentality.  Then we will be ready to lead the new and improved version of Globalization.  Tough Love, anybody?


THURSDAY through SATURDAY, January 24 through 26, 2008

Here's a "stream of consciousness", much of it stimulated by stories appearing in The Day Saturday, Jan. 26. 

WEDNESDAY, January 22 and 23, 2008

MONDAY, January 21, 2008

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Dr. Emanual Tanay is a well known and well respected psychiatrist.

A German's point of view on Islam

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many
German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis ' he said,' but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I
was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful majority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of
            Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
            Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that
            the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
           Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have    died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

THURSDAY through SUNDAY, January 17 through 20, 2008

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 14 through 16, 2008

Today, first global; then local.
Meanwhile, back at home:

SUNDAY, January 13, 2008

FRIDAY through SATURDAY, January 4 through 12, 2008

There are times when the best that I can do is to highlight some good newspaper articles. 
This is also a vote for the permanent relevance of the print media in our daily lives.   GS

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, January 2 and 3, 2008 which I say: AMEN.  GS

Editorials say Iowa too unrepresentative

Thu Jan 3, 1:39 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Democrats and Republicans prepared to vote in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday, some U.S. editorials said the midwestern state was too unrepresentative and voter turnout too small to merit such an outsized role in the U.S. presidential election process.

Jeff Greenfield, political correspondent for CBS News, wrote in the online magazine that the caucuses, in which Iowans gather to discuss and vote for their party's candidate in the November 2008 election, "violate some of the most elemental values of a vibrant and open political process" - the secret ballot and the principle of one person, one vote.

In the Wall Street Journal, Iowa resident and freelance journalist Michael Judge complained that the caucuses encouraged candidates to pander to Iowans, 90 percent of whom were unlikely to show up at caucuses.

"Even if you're a died-in-the-wool (sic) Democrat or Republican, you have to be a certain kind of person to do the caucus thing," he wrote.

The caucuses kick off the state-by-state process by which Democrats and Republicans will select their nominees to face off in the November presidential election. Fewer than 250,000 people are expected to take part in the voting on Thursday.

The winners can expect a tremendous wave of publicity and flood of contributions that can boost their campaigns for the next, crucial stage of the nomination battles.

Those who do badly could be out of the race within days. Both major parties' nominees are expected to be selected by mid-February.


There is nothing new in criticism of Iowa and New Hampshire, the state that holds the first presidential primary vote next Tuesday. It happens every four years. This time, Iowa scheduled its vote earlier than ever before to stay ahead of other states seeking to cast ballots earlier in the process.

Defenders of Iowa say the state's citizens take their role in winnowing the presidential field extremely seriously and force the candidates to do on-the-ground, personal campaigning instead of relying on television advertisements.

"Sorry, but that's not good enough," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in an editorial. It noted that the state's largest city of Des Moines had a population less than half the size of Oakland, California.

"The system favors enthusiasts with the time to attend a caucus for several hours, a process that screens out those with family duties, conflicting work hours, travel plans or disabilities," the newspaper wrote.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins agreed:

"The identity of the next leader of the most powerful nation in the world is not supposed to depend on the opinion of one small state. Let alone the sliver of that state with the leisure and physical capacity to make a personal appearance tonight at a local caucus that begins at precisely 7 o'clock. Let alone the tiny slice of the small sliver willing to take part in a process that involves standing up in public to show a political preference, while being lobbied and nagged by neighbors."

Washington Post columnist David Broder joined the attack, saying the peculiar procedures in Iowa favored conservative Christian and anti-abortion groups among Republicans and organized labor among Democrats who were best organized and able to get their members to the caucuses.

The result, he wrote, was "a double distortion mirror."

(Reporting by Alan Elsner, editing by Doina Chiacu)

TUESDAY, January 1, 2008

A HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL.  (Everything else will take care of itself).
Let's start a new "tradition" for this section: A List of New Year's Resolutions for the Rest of the World.  (I have a few for myself; but, by definition, they are for myself).

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