George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
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
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
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SATURDAY through MONDAY, March 29
through 31, 2008
As has happened at times in the past, the best I can do today is
to refer the reader to some excellent commentary articles in the lay
press. That they inform and support my positions is "purely
- WSJ Editorial, March 26: "International Law, and Domestic
Order". So much for America being judged and controlled by
- WSJ Commentary, March 26: "Islam and Free Speech".
So much for America and the Western world giving the uncivilized
interpretations of Islam by some Muslims a free pass.
- NYTimes Editorial, March 28: "Medicare's Financial Woes".
The endless drumbeat about Health Care constantly talks about "costs",
never about "demand". There will be no solution, just a
disintegration of our current system, if demand is not discussed and
- WSJ Editorial, March 12: "The Pentagon vs Petraeus".
More proof that our military leaders at home, and their civilian
bosses, have been doing a mediocre job regarding the needs of the
heroes in the field and of our citizens.
- WSJ Commentry, March 24: "The Democrats 'Super Disaster".
That's what comes from cynical Democratic leaders trying to game the
system by returning to the smoke-filled room approach to
- WSJ Editorial, March 24: "Saddam's Terror Links".
Don't exkpect to read about findings like this in the NYTimes and the
rest of the Bush-hating liberal press. More's the pity.
- WSJ Commentary, March 18: "The Obama Bargain".
Here is much less than meets the eye. But will Americans notice?
- Finally, three articles about Senator John McCain:
1) WSJ Commentary, March 25: "The No-Name Generation";
2) NYTimes, March 28: "Tested Over Time"; 3)
- The Day (www.theday.com), March 28: "Endless
Lies About McCain's 'Endless War'".
FRIDAY, March 22 through 28, 2008
- I continue to be astounded by the ARROGANCE of the
Democratic Party leadership. First they dis-enfranchise
the voters of Michigan and Florida. Now they are trying to
dis-enfranchise all those who voted for Hillary during these last
interminable months...by pushing her to drop out of the race in favor
of Obama. These people are truly ARTICULATE, ARROGANT, AND
- The Economy...and the drum beats on. Obama
and Hillary are riding on the Wall Street bandwagon promoting further
bailout of all those greedy, stupid and fraudulent people...including
those on Main Street. McCain once again is riding the "Straight
- Iraq and the Middle East. The Democrats
continue their one-note song. Meanwhile, check out my views
posted in this section last week...and check out President Bush's
recent analysis, which follows. GS
Bush says critics bully Iraq's leaders
By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 27, 6:45 PM ET
DAYTON, Ohio - President
Bush said Thursday that congressional critics have bullied
Iraq's leaders and ignored political progress achieved at the cost of
He also praised Iraq's prime minister for
making what Bush said was a decisive move to take on Shiite militias
despite violent resistance and mounting protests.
Bush's latest defense of the war took aim
at a principal frustration in Democratic-run Congress that Iraq's
politicians have squandered time while U.S. troops are dying.
"Some members of Congress decided the
best way to encourage progress in Baghdad was to criticize and threaten
Iraq's leaders while they're trying to work out their differences,"
Bush told a military audience at the cavernous U.S. Air Force
"But hectoring was not what the Iraqi
leaders needed," Bush said. "What they needed was security and that is
what the `surge' has provided."
That was a reference to the 30,000-troop
reinforcement Bush ordered to Iraq last
year. The step was intended to halt violence so Iraq's leaders could
start managing their own affairs.
Bush spoke as Iraqi security forces
clashed with Shiite militias in Basra, Iraq's southern oil hub. Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki pledged to fight "until the end" against
militias tied to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr,
despite fierce resistance.
"Prime Minister Maliki's bold decision —
and it was a bold decision — to go after the illegal groups in Basra
shows his leadership," Bush said. The United States sees al-Maliki's
action as a turning point in showing that Iraq is taking on more
"There's a strong commitment by the central government
of Iraq to say that no one is above the law," Bush said, even as
he warned of more violence as the operation unfolded.
The slow pace of political reconciliation
among Iraq's sectarian groups and the plodding passage of basic laws
have undermined public support in the U.S. for the war.
"The president asserts that real progress
has been made in Iraq. But if that were truly the case, our troops
would be coming home soon," said Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Bush said Iraq has made remarkable,
albeit unglamorous, progress in recent months.
He cited laws to set up provincial
elections in October, put a budget in place, allow thousands of former
members of Saddam Hussein's
ruling Baath party
to return to government jobs, and grant limited amnesty to prisoners
held in Iraqi custody.
More broadly, Bush gave a portrait of a
country enjoying a rebound in civic and cultural life. Democratic
leaders in Congress say Bush is painting a far too rosy picture.
Even some of Bush's military leaders have
expressed frustration about the pace of political stability, which is
what could help more U.S. troops get home.
Some Democratic lawmakers say pulling
troops home will give Iraq's leaders incentive to act and free up a
strained military to take on other battles.
Bush called that senseless. He said
America has no more strategic interest than Iraq, which he called the
"convergence point for the twin threats of al-Qaida
Reid said Bush is poised to keep as many
troops in Iraq by year's end as there were before last year's increase.
"Our troops have done their job; it is time for the Iraqi politicians
and this administration to do theirs," Reid said.
The president described a rising economy
in Iraq, but did not ignore lasting problems.
Iraq struggles with infrastructure,
unemployment and corruption. "The Iraqis recognize these shortcomings.
They understand what they have to do," Bush said.
The focus on political and economic life
is widely overshadowed in the U.S. by a focus on the death toll, which
reached 4,000 members of the military last week.
In early April, Bush is expected to
endorse a temporary halt in the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus,
has warned against shrinking the American force so rapidly that the
gains in security will be compromised.
Bush again signaled his intentions,
claiming dire consequences of a U.S. retreat.
While in Dayton, Bush met privately for
two hours with 23 families of troops killed in action. The president
also made time to help out Republican candidates.
In Ohio, Bush
raised money for the state GOP party, which refused to release
financial details about his fundraiser. Later, in Sewickley, Pa.,
Bush was to raise about $500,000 for the state's Republican Party at a
fundraiser of more than 200 people.
FRIDAY, March 20 and 21, 2008
THIS IS OFFERED IN THE CONTEXT
OF OUR "NEW" DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE. It coincides with my
own views on the subject, as documented in my offerings in this section
on "Immigration". GS
Snopes say this is true (see
snopes.com link below) and Dick Lamm verified it, saying that he made
that speech in 2004. It is even truer today.
writer of the book "Mexifornia" is Victor Davis Hansen, not Hansen
you stand, please take the time to read this; it ought to scare the
beejeebers out of you!
know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his
thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration
overpopulation conference in Washington , DC , filled to capacity by
many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college
professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest
book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal
was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march
across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American
Dream. Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up
and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America The audience sat
spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the
United States . He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too
self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America . It is not that
hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time.
Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and
that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit
suicide.'" "Here is how they do it," Lamm said:
to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and
shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism
of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for
an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to
be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way:
'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not
assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada ,
Belgium , Malaysia , and Lebanon all face crises of national existence
in which minorities press for autonomy , if not independence. Pakistan
and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France
faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims." Lamm
to destroy America , invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants
to maintain their culture."
it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no
cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and
Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination
by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much
key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz
said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own
multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not
by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated
ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with
only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.' Lamm said, "I would
encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I
would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It
is important to en sure that we have various cultural subgroups living
in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans,
emphasizing their similarities."
I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated.
would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and
antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass
have a 50% dropout rate from high school."
fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and
business to give these efforts lots of money.
would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of
'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of
success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance
industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."
sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and
promote divided loyalties."
would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather
than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in
hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A
diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precet.
People undervalue the unit y it takes to keep a nation together. Look
at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the
same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they
worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games. A
common enemy, Persia , threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds
were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and
geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell.
"E. Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we
put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will
"Balkanize" America as surely as Kosovo.'
to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk
about anything against the cult of 'diversity."
would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that
stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or
'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a
bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism,
having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I
would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would
develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America ,
it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant
symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."
the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound
silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor
Hanson Davis's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes the
plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed,
don't read that book."
was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud
above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room
knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically,
quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today.
Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the
foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even
barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing
as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third
World as corporations create a Third World in America Take note of
California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and
growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that
story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building:
"War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," and "Ignorance is strength."
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the
conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is
deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration
monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California
wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American
- Today, the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, is
a fitting time to review my views on that war. A summary appears
in this section, March 15,16, 2008. All the details, as they
unfolded during the last five years, can be found in my almost
daily postings in this section since a few days before the
- This also seems to be a good day to review the candidacy of Barack
Obama, especially following his important speech given
yesterday on Race in America. At the outset, let
me say that Obama has either grown in this effort...or that he is
finally willing to step down from his pulpit and face facts.
Thus, the "Elmer Gantry" comparison may be no longer
apt. But let's look at the facts. He has made much of
having voted against going to war in Iraq five years ago today.
What were his reasons? Did he not believe that this country was in
danger from terrorists nationally and internationally? Did he
believe...without stated proof... that our leaders at the highest level
were lying to the American people? Did he believe that America
had to give the U.N. and our duplicitous "allies" like the French (who
had been double-dealing with Hussein for ten years) a veto over our
actions in our own self-defense? What was it? He has never
explained it to my knowledge...and that goes directly to his
judgment as applicable to our Commander-in-Chief. And then
there is his decades-long association with a person - his Pastor and
friend - who has clearly been vitriolic in his opposition to America
itself. To try to separate his Faith from his Politics would be a
good explanation...except for the fact that Black Faith and Politics
have been tightly intertwined since the 1960's (IRS take note!).
He tried to explain all of that in what was a very good speech
yesterday, except for the fact that is was an anachronism...comments
that would have been very appropriate in the late 60's and even 70's -
but not since then, given the great strides that both Blacks and Whites
have made on the Race front. Within the entire speech, he
acknowledges that in only one sentence: "It's that he (the Pastor)
spoke as if our society was static, as if no progress had
been made." And there was little attention paid to the real
and persisting problems of those Blacks who have not seen the progress:
three or more Welfare Generations, thanks to the misguided attention of
liberals; poor public schools, thanks to the unbroken connection
between teachers' unions, the Democratic Party, and the vast majority
of Black voters; the break-down of Black families, as predicted by the
New York Senator in the late 1960's; the illicit drug industry,
embraced by too many Blacks and others as a livelihood; and Black
"leaders" during the last decades who have practised their own brand of
racism and victimization instead of demanding personal responsibility
and demanding progress through education - and choice in
education. Racism in America has been a deep but healing
wound. It is not helped by scratching off the scab with dated
complaints. We all hope that this new wound will heal again,
long before the November elections. We all deserve that,
including Barack Obama.
MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 17 and
- The Idiot Spitzer story puts a spotlight again
on history's oldest profession. But the Swedes may be writing a
new and effective chapter. Swedish law makes buying sex illegal,
and not selling sex. This approach prosecutes the client, but
considers the prostitute a victim. What a great concept!
- President Bush is right on the economy, and the
Democrats are crying "Fire!" in a crowded theater. Many
economists are concerned that too much "cure" could make the patient
much worse. See the article by Gretchen Morgenson in the NYTimes
Sunday March 16, entitled "Rescue Me: A Fed Bailout Crosses A Line"
- Health Care Costs...and Ethics should have been
the focus of a story in the same edition of the NYTimes (pA1), but were
not. The article, regarding an extremely expensive medicine used
for Gaucher's Disease, concerns itself with dosage. But it never
gets to the question of prioritization of available treatments...rationing...based
upon the best judgment of society at large regarding what
it wishes to afford, and for what. And therein lies the rub in
the whole debate: all about health care costs, and noting
about health care demand, legitimate demand based upon
a national decision about priorities. Only when that takes
place will we avoid the slow disintegration of a very good health care
- "Super-Delegates" are all the rage now. We
are being told (especially by supporters of Barack Obama), that they
should vote to reflect "the will of the people". But which
people? The very small percentage of the entire electorate who
went to caucus or to vote in primaries, or the vast majority who
didn't. And what about the "will of the people" who elected or
appointed these "Super-Delegates"? Isn't that the main reason why
they are "Super"? And after hopefully being elected for
a variety of laudable attributes, are they expected to guide their
actions merely by the Clintonesque moistened-finger-in-the-wind
approach, rather than by using their best judgment? Let's see how
this turns out. In any case, it is making for great theater...for
the Republicans at least.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, March 15 and
The Iraq War and today's Editorial in The Day. 90% is a
good grade...and The Day gets that for the editorial. But it
continues to be wrong on the pre-emptive strike on Hussein's
Iraq. Consider the following, or shall I say "the past":
- today is the 20th anniversary of the destruction by poison gas of
the entire population of one Kurdish town by Saddam Hussein, on his way
to killing 180,000 Kurds in yet another genocide;
- Iraqi "Courts" had been systematically convicting and executing
Shia...just because they were Shia;
- with the help of the U.N. criminals, Hussein was starving his
people while stealing billions from the "Oil For Food" program;
- in the late 1990's, then President Clinton and the American
Congress went on record with the overthrow of Hussein's regime in Iraq
as American policy;
- several times during the 1990's, American interests were hit by
terrorists, including the first attack on the World Trade Towers;
- we knew that Hussein had WMD's in the 1990's...and we had no
credible evidence that he had destroyed, could or would destroy
all of them, including the suspect report by his son-in-law to
- al Qaida had been active for over a decade throughout the
Middle and Far East, with the well-known support of several Arab
nations...and it had many times expressed its plans for the U.S.;
- and then came 9/11/01.
- the intelligence we and our allies obtained during the next two
years may or may not have been accurate...but it was credible at the
time to us and to our allies, and a mistake on our part could have been
disastrous to this country;
Presented with this scenario, President Bush absolutely did the
right thing: a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq for several worthwhile
reasons. Thereafter, it went all to hell in a handbasket, thanks
to the stupidity of Bremer, the arrogance of Rumsfeld, the cowardice of
too many of our Generals, and the mysterious trance that Bush was
enveloped in by his dead-wrong Secretary of Defense. I said
all of this beginning on March 16, 2003 in my Rapid Response
section of my web-site (www.asthma-drsprecace.com
and I have been saying it in spades ever since. Look
it up. What counts now is that we retain our position in
that crucial part of the world, that we enable a democracy and avoid a
civil war in Iraq, and that we take proper care of our troops and
their families, in the field and at home. We might also
learn a few lessons from this history...and from all of history, for a
FRIDAY, March 14, 2008
Love him or loathe him, he
nailed this one right on the head...
think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the
September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform
are profound No one is really talking about it either, because you just
don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.Well, I can't
let thenumbers pass by because it says something really disturbing
about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family
member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of
$1,185,000.The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000 all the way up
to $4.7 million.
you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in
action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half
of which is taxable.
you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you
get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per
month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments
come to a screeching halt.
in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185
million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.Their
deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place
at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US,
and they and their families know the dangers.
also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
Oaklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same
deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that,
some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking
for compensation as well.
see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of
over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really
sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually
receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat
in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps
and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?
our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know
that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension
that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being
millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement
because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the
military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may
receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed
them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.
would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks
before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons
and daughters who are now fighting.
THURSDAY, March 13, 2008
Maybe there is hope... GS
Time to toughen rules on mortgage brokers
By Glenn Somerville Thu Mar 13,
12:11 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Financial
regulators pledged on Thursday to toughen rules for mortgage brokers,
lenders and credit agencies in a bid to ease a credit crunch and to try
to restore investor confidence in markets.
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson, unveiling a 20-page set of recommendations from the
top-level President's Working Group, blamed a "dramatic weakening" of
underwriting standards for lower-quality home loans for helping trigger
turmoil in credit markets that raged on unabated as he spoke.
Stock prices tumbled on rising fears of
U.S. recession, gold prices soared and the dollar's value plumbed fresh
record lows as investors shunned it in favor of the euro and other
Paulson, a Wall Street
veteran before taking over the Treasury in mid-2006, said "financial
innovation" -- like the practice of slicing up so-called subprime
mortgages and using them as collateral for securities sold around the
world -- had made the situation worse by introducing a baffling level
In a speech at the National Press Club,
Paulson appealed to banks and other lenders not to stop issuing loans
and implied they should cut back on dividends paid to shareholders if
necessary to raise capital.
"We are encouraging financial
institutions to continue to strengthen balance sheets by raising
capital and revisiting dividend policies; we need those institutions to
continue to lend and facilitate economic growth," he said.
Among recommendations from a top-level
Presidential Working Group that he heads, Paulson said he wanted
"strong nationwide licensing standards" for mortgage brokers as part of
an effort to ward off future housing crises and reassure investors.
Paulson said the focus of the
Presidential Working Group's work since the current bout of market
turmoil began last summer was to reduce the chance of repeating past
"Regulation needs to catch up with
innovation and help restore investor confidence but not go so far as to
create new problems, make our markets less efficient or cut off credit
to those who need it," Paulson said.
The working group includes the heads of
the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve
Bank of New York, the Securities and
Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures
Trading Commission as well as the Treasury. It issued
recommendations that touch nearly every corner of the credit market,
from Wall Street firms to credit rating agencies and regulators.
In a sign of the severity of the credit
crunch stemming from U.S. subprime market woes, a European affiliate of
a high-profile U.S. buyout firm revealed on Thursday that it has
defaulted on $16.6 billion of debt and faced having its remaining
Carlyle Capital Corp (CARC.AS), a fund
listed in Amsterdam,
said in New York
late on Wednesday that talks with lenders had soured after a drop in
the value of its mortgage investments, which it said would result in
new margin calls on top of existing ones, implying its survival was at
Paulson said state and local regulators
need to toughen oversight of all mortgage originators. Sloppy lending
practices including loans made to homeowners with no requirement of
proof of income, are widely blamed for a soaring tide of foreclosures,
especially among subprime mortgages held by people with the shakiest
Paulson said credit rating agencies need
to make sure that securitized credit issuers -- like those who issue
mortgage-backed securities -- "perform robust due diligence of
originators of assets that are securitized or used as collateral for
structured credit products."
Paulson said the working group was now
ready to push for its recommendations to be put in place and vowed that
it will "stay on top of this" while trying not to add to existing
stress in markets.
"We are going to be mindful when we
implement it to not create a burden," Paulson told the Wall Street Journal
in an interview earlier. "But we think it's very appropriate to lay out
some of the causes and some of the steps that need to be taken ... to
minimize the likelihood of this happening again."
The report said various government bodies
had worked on the recommendations for more seven months and that
Paulson and Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke had "huddled" for half a day early this
month to review the details.
(Additional reporting by David Lawder and
Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2008
- Following the most recent posting relating to former
Governor Spitzer, we were treated - on the NBC Today show
and on at least one other prime news outlet - to a special report on
"high-priced call girls", complete with virtual bedroom
scenes. Was this necessary? "Have you no shame?"
Shortly thereafter, we learned in another story that "one quarter of
girls and young women have STD"...the percentage nearing 50% among
Black girls. All of this was "reported" in the same value-neutral
tone that has disoriented the last two generations in
- And at the same time we have more "new sins" announced by
the Vatican. Do we need any more sins to be ignored than
the original Cardinal Sins: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger,
Gluttony, Envy and Sloth?
- The drunkards on Wall Street and on Main Street
have been served another bottle of "Sneaky Pete"; and they have
responded predictably. Meanwhile, we the tax-payers have just
bought up a lot of worthless paper, increased the national debt and
diminished this country's "full faith and credit". One honest
reflection of this: the head of the Connecticut Housing Finance
Authority has warned Governor Rell and the Democratic Legislature that
a similar action being pushed in this State is likely to reduce the
bond rating of the State. (See The Day, March 12, pA1).
Can't our "leaders" address any problems honestly and realistically?
- A recurring and unsolved problem is that of the treatment of "whistleblowers"
at all levels. Persons at all levels of our society who have the
courage and the facts to expose corruption and illegality should be
accorded the thanks and protection of the rest of us...rather than the
enmity and coercion that is standard fare. A recent example of
this comes out of the Ct. State Police organization. Another
- Israel cannot stand having Right on its side for very
long. For decades, this nation divided upon itself has
systematically worsened its chances for a lasting peace through its
expanding settlements in disputed territories. It did the
same thing in the last week. Perhaps the Olmert government,
allowed to govern only through the participation of the
largest right-wing minority party, had no choice. But the Israeli
people continue to have a choice. With these continuing actions,
at the polling station and in the field...no victimhood here.
TUESDAY, March 10 and 11, 2008
Am I being un-Christian for thinking: The
Lord works in strange and wondrous ways? GS
York Gov. Spitzer resigns amid sex scandal
By Daniel Trotta Wed Mar 12, 12:01 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New
York Gov. Eliot Spitzer
resigned on Wednesday amid a scandal over a $1,000-an-hour prostitute,
cutting short a career built on pugnacious investigations of Wall
Lt. Gov. David Paterson will replace him
on Monday, Spitzer said.
"I am resigning from the office of
governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson's request, the resignation will be
effective Monday, March 17," Spitzer announced.
Spitzer, a Democrat, had faced intense
pressure to resign and impeachment threats from Republicans since the New
York Times reported on Monday that he was caught on a federal
wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.
Spitzer, 48 and married with three
children, is a former New York state chief prosecutor who rose to
prominence by investigating financial crime with a vigor that earned
him the nickname Sheriff of Wall Street.
He also broke up prostitution rings as
Spitzer had apologized to his family and
the public on Monday for what he called a "private matter," but gave no
details of what he was apologizing for and then shuttered himself in
his New York City apartment for two days.
Some 70 percent of New York voters wanted
Spitzer to quit, according to a WNBC/Marist
poll conducted on Tuesday.
Spitzer, who attracted wide publicity but
also resentment on Wall Street with his pursuit of financial crimes
while he was the state's attorney general, became governor with nearly
70 percent of the vote in November 2006 on pledges to clean up state
The Times, citing unnamed law enforcement
officials, reported on Monday that Spitzer was the man identified as
"Client 9" in a federal affidavit revealing details from an
investigation into a prostitution ring.
Client 9 arranged to meet with "Kristen,"
a prostitute who charged $1,000 an hour, on February 13 in a Washington
hotel and paid her $4,300, the court document said.
The complaint unveiled last week charged
four people with running a prostitution ring dubbed The Emperors Club.
It was not known if Spitzer would face
any charges stemming from the case.
SUNDAY, March 9, 2008
- In today's NYTimes we read about President Bush's
"legacy": his successful efforts to strengthen the powers of
the Presidency and of the Executive Branch of government in
general. This has been all to the good, given these insecure
times...and given the over-reaching that we saw by the Legislative
Branch in the later 1970's in the wake of Watergate/Nixon.
Add to that the likes of legislative leaders like Nancy Pelosi and
Harry Reid. I'm comfortable with that.
- Meanwhile, Douglas Feith is about to publish
another "inside story" regarding events at the highest
levels over the last 6 tumultuous years. All I had to read
was that he "has nothing but admiration for Donald Rumsfeld".
SATURDAY, March 8, 2008
Today, I can do no better than to refer you to several
very good articles which have appeared recently in
the WSJ. If there ever was a time when we all have to cross-read,
and not depend upon one or two sources for our information, this
election season is it.
- "Cops and Doctors", Feb. 27, pA17.
- "Is McCain Too Old?, Feb 27, pA16.
- "Let Houses Find A Bottom", Feb. 17, pA16.
- "Trade Tirade", Feb. 29, pA16.
The third of these articles addresses an issue which one cannot
critique without sounding mean-spirited: the sub-prime
mortgage, foreclosure and banking issue. Should
people who had no business incurring such a debt load, and the greedy
bankers and realtors who misled them, be bailed out of their pain by
the American taxpayer? I find an apt analogy here with a
common medical issue: an abscess. There is a saying in Medicine: "Pis
and Pus Must Come Out!" An abscess must be incised
and drained, in order to avoid systemic infection. Truth be told,
the American economy has been a festering wound for years, its
pathogenesis too involved to discuss here. And all we have been
told is that the entire world is now dependent on our profligate
ways. Well, the abscess has been breached, and the pus is coming
out, as it has to. And now we are being told that we need to
suture up that abscess...a guaranteed path to sepsis for the entire
organism. I hope that the Bush administration can continue to
withstand the pressure. There is a corollary to the saying: "Don't
just stand there. Do something". It is applicable now:
"Don't just do something. Stand there."
FRIDAY, March 7, 2008
Subject: Common Sense Obituary
parents told me about Mr. Common Sense early in my life and told me I
would do well to call on him when making decisions. It seems he was
always around in my early years but less and less as time passed by.
I read his obituary. Please join me in a moment of silence in
remembrance, for Common Sense had served us all so well for so many
we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He
will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as
knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the
worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than
you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are
health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old
boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they
themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It
declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent
administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student, but
could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
to have an abortion.
Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband;
churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment
than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't
defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue
you for assault.
Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize
that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife,
Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is
survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to
and I'm a Victim.
many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you
still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do
THURSDAY, March 6, 2008
IS TRULY THOUGHT PROVOKING. TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT AND SEND IT ON TO
THOSE THAT YOU THINK ARE WORTH SENDING TO.
was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange
students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof
noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back
and stretching as if his back hurt.
professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him
he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting
communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his
country's government and install a new communist regime.
the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange
question. He asked:
you know how to catch wild pigs?"
professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young
man said that it was no joke.
catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting
corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat
the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence
down one side of the place where they are used to coming.
they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you
put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to
eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up
with a gate in the last side.
pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate
to eat that free corn again.
then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild
pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the
fence, but they are caught.
they go back to eating the free corn . They are so used to it that they
have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they
accept their captivity."
young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees
happening in America . The government keeps pushing us toward
Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form
of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned
income, tax cuts, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies,
payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While
we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
should always remember two truths:
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper
than you can do it yourself.
you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem
confronting the future of democracy in America , you might want to send
this on to your friends.
you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will
probably delete this email.
God help you when the gate slams shut!
WEDNESDAY, March 1 through 5, 2008
ELECTION SPECIAL, Wednesday, March 5, 2008
- Hillary wins Texas and Ohio. Good.
Are people starting to walk out of the fiery sermons of Elmer
- Popular vote delegates and "super-delegates" in the
Democratic Party. The party created its own bed of nails
with its nomination rules, including pro-rata designation of delegates
instead of "winner takes all". And they worsened the situation
through their arrogant decisions regarding Michegan and
Florida. No sympathy there.
- Prediction: it's Hillary as the Democratic candidate,
when the smoke clears...in June or July.
- Prediction: if Hillary chooses Obama as her running
mate, McCain wins handily. If Hillary chooses
anyone else, McCain wins in a nail-biter.
- McCain, the nominee of the Republicans. Will the
ultra-conservatives and their spokesmen like Rush Limbaugh get the
message? They are an important part of the Republican Party,
especially with their rock-solid opposition to abortion. But they
are a part of the whole Republican Party. They might serve their
penance for their vitriol against John McCain by becoming real about
the entire issue of Immigration. Do they want to win in
November...or do they want to pout and lose?
- A vital issue for this election, and for any
election in a true democracy, is fairness, accuracy and the
avoidance of fraud. Procedurally, we must be able to have
total reliance on the mechanics of the voting process...the machines,
etc. Substantively, we must have reliable mechanisms for
identifying eligible voters...something that we do not have now.
Who is addressing this, NOW?
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