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
MONDAY and TUESDAY, JUNE 29 and 30, 2009
Michelle Obama went to serve food to the homeless at a
government funded soup kitchen
of a bowl of soup at homeless shelter
Michelle Obama serve your soup
homeless person who is receiving government funded
meals while taking a picture of
the first lady using his $500 Black Berry cell phone... Priceless
FRIDAY through SUNDAY, JUNE 26 through 28, 2009
Here's another episode of "Around The World In...."
- Pakistan and Afghanistan. Great
laboratories for our future foreign policy: arm our friends and let
them do their own fighting; interdict arming our enemies, now taking
place on a regular basis...through rogue dealers and through our
"allies"; criminalize corruption and provide direct humanitarian aid in
quantity to target nations. The F-22 may be a great weapon, at
great cost. But who is its enemy?
- Afghanistan. Predictably, this country
has just declared the war against opium poppies "unwinable".
Nonsense. It's just another win for the narcotic power brokers
throughout the world, including at the highest levels of
governments...on the backs of addicts, sex slaves, the "collateral
damage" recipients. What a shame.
- Iran and North Korea. We are now their
"Rodney Dangerfields". But wait, there's more...I hope.
- Israel and the Middle East. On top is
issues like the settlements and "the right of return", Israel continues
to demand that Jerusalem must forever be the capitol of Israel.
Yes...and it should also be an Open City, the heartland of two other
- Europe, now to be included with the U.N. as
- Mexico. Are we supposed to believe that an
entire national government cannot take down a national mafia...if it
wanted to? See the second bullet, above.
- Africa. We read with approval the
establishment of an American military AFRICORP. It's about
time. But watch out for our "allies" who are still meddling in
their former and hoped-for new colonies.
- China. The joker in the deck. I hope
we are matching them, step for step. Our best action would be to
eliminate our dependence on Middle East oil by tapping our own massive
reserves, and paying off our massive debt to China with the funds thus
saved. What a game-changer that would be!
- Russia. Remember: Russians are Orientals,
not Occidentals. Don't be fooled by their Western-style garb,
appearance and rhetoric.
And now, on the domestic front:
- What we are seeing is too much the agenda of
ultra-liberals. No good for the country. No good
for the Democratic Party.
- Good action on climate change
- Good action on business regulation, so long as
it's not done stupidly.
- "Income Redistribution" is a loser; most of us
are income generators, not income drainers. A thorough
reform of the Tax Code would be much better, of our leaders
have the stones for that.
- Ditto Health Care Reform. Most of us know
that the utopian goals being set, and the draconian financial penalties
being considered, would devastate whatever Health Care delivery
system simmers out of that witches' brew.
- We cannot carry the massive indebtedness
the Obama administration is now heaping upon us without Stagflation and
national insecurity. That's Economics 101.
- As a nation, we cannot ignore the great Abortion divide
tearing this country apart as the subtext to so many other
disputes. This is at heart a moral nation.
Making our Ethics commissions more "pragmatic", as just occurred, is a
bad sign..."Clueless in Washington".
- The great Homosexual Movement does have real
merit in the context of civil rights and fundamental fairness.
But what homosexuals are we talking about: the loving and committed
monogamous couples; or the reckless, immoral, self-absorbed and
strident gang who gave us and contimue to give us the AIDS
- Michael Jackson. Great entertainer; tragic
figure. Another example of how celebrity destroys good
people. And all of you lemmings and parasites: let him rest
- The Internet and Cyberspace. Unsafe
in every way, and incapable of correction. It can only
be relegated to the social cacaphony...with a complete and secure
do-over for business, national security and the rest of us who value
our privacy. The U.S. and Russia have just begun to address
this...fittingly, since a great deal of international hacking emanates
- General Motors and its workers. They ate
the hen that was laying the golden eggs. Not smart.
- Tom Friedman and I once again agree.
America's future - if any - depends upon invention, new technology, new
products...and NOT not on more irresponsible consumption.
- Finally, a Health Alert. "The Flu"
is ordinarily a Winter illness, with flu-like symptoms suggesting Lyme
Disease. Not this year. This Summer's flu-lile symptoms may
be either "Swine Flu - H1N1" - or Lyme Disease or other tick-borne
diseases. Please discuss this with your physician if the
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2009
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
Obama Sacks Bioethicists From Bush Years
Wants More Policy, Less Philosophy
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 25, 2009 (Zenit.org).- U.S. President Barack
Obama gave an early termination notice to bioethicists picked by his
predecessor for an advisory board.
According to a New York Times report from last week, Obama wants the
committee to focus more on "practical policy," rather than discussion
He thus ended the bioethicists' terms a few months early (they were
originally to serve in the position until September), and will appoint
new members to the board.
According to ethicist E. Christian Brugger, the "push to get practical
in bioethical discourse is a bad sign."
Writing for the Culture of Life Foundation, Brugger said this shift
"signals a turn away from urgent questions such as whether human
embryos deserve full moral respect or whether 'human dignity' means
that all persons, even the disabled and dying, possess equal value."
"It turns discourse from the question of 'should' to the question of
'how,'" he lamented.
Brugger contended that the chief virtue of the Bush appointees was "a
willingness and ability to formulate and struggle with ethical
He noted that their conclusions sometimes differed from the Catholic
view, but that "the commission in general took seriously the kind of
people we become as a result of asking the questions. It knew that
scientific advancement doesn't always translate into good moral
Bush appointed the council in 2001. U.S. presidents since Jimmy Carter
have had a bioethics advisory council, but their leanings depend on the
personal outlooks of the president.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
I hope you missed my observations...and fulminations...just a bit
during this long interval. I spent a fine week in Hawai'i with my
son and his family. Then back to work.
- A series of emotions in Honolulu: somber and sad
at Pearl Harbor; proud and vindicated aboard the Mighty Mo; a little
confused about who won the peace, as we saw the large number of
Japanese in Oahu; impressed by the "other Native Americans" in the
islands; especially comfortable on American soil, however far from the
- Regardless of the patina of "religion" placed on it, the spectacle
in Iran is raw politics and despotism at its worst. No
democracy there, where the choices are between Bad and Really
Bad. I feel for the younger generation, being eaten by their
elders...of course all in the name of Allah. There's little we
can do, or should do, until these people buy their own democracy.
- North Korea: Crazy...or crazy like a
fox. In any case, we must not be provoked by anything
short of a missile actually aimed at Hawai'i, or by actually documented
nuclear material aboard that ship. In either of those cases, our
action should be swift, military and unilateral.
TUESDAY, JUNE 10 through 23, 2009
A CRY...AND A CREED. GS
many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called 'Monday Night
At Morton's.' (Morton's is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be
frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe..)
Now, Ben is terminating the column to move on to other things in his
Stein's Last Column...
Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?
I begin to write this, I 'slug' it, as we writers say, which means I
put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is
'eonlineFINAL,' and it gives me a shiver to write it. I have been doing
this column for so long that I cannot even recall when I started. I
loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it
would never end..
worked well for a long time, but gradually, my changing as a person and
the world's change have overtaken it. On a small scale, Morton's, while
better than ever, no longer attracts as many stars as it used to. It
still brings in the rich people in droves and definitely some stars. I
saw Samuel L. Jackson there a few days ago, and we had a nice visit,
and right before that, I saw and had a splendid talk with Warren Beatty
in an elevator, in which we agreed that Splendor in the Grass was a
super movie. But Morton's is not the star galaxy it once was, though it
probably will be again..
that, a bigger change has happened. I no longer think Hollywood stars
are terribly important. They are uniformly pleasant, friendly people,
and they treat me better than I deserve to be treated. But a man or
woman who makes a huge wage for memorizing lines and reciting them in
front of a camera is no longer my idea of a shining star we should all
look up to.
can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane
luxury really be a star in today's world, if by a 'star' we mean
someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model? Real stars
are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or
getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they
have Vietnamese girls do their nails.
can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any
longer. A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who
poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit , Iraq . He could have
been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an
abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of
real star is the U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm a bomb next to a
road north of Baghdad . He approached it, and the bomb went off and
real star, the kind who haunts my memory night and day, is the U.S.
soldier in Baghdad who saw a little girl playing with a piece of
unexploded ordinance on a street near where he was guarding a station.
He pushed her aside and threw himself on it just as it exploded.. He
left a family desolate in California and a little girl alive in Baghdad
stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish
weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after
two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and
stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.
put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our
magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military
pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in
submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and
am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor
values, and I do not want to perpetuate those values by pretending that
who is eating at Morton's is a big subject.
are plenty of other stars in the American firmament...the policemen and
women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they
will return alive; the orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who
have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery; the
teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for
autistic children; the kind men and women who work in hospices and in
of each and every fireman who was running up the stairs at the World
Trade Center as the towers began to collapse. Now you have my idea of a
came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that
matters. This is my highest and best use as a human. I can put it
another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor
as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin...or Martin Mull or Fred
Willard--or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a
writer as Fitzgerald Or even remotely close to any of them.
I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above
all, a good son to the parents who had done so much for me. This came
to be my main task in life. I did it moderately well with my son,
pretty well with my wife and well indeed with my parents (with my
sister's help). I cared for and paid attention to them in their
declining years. I stayed with my father as he got sick, went into
extremis and then into a coma and then entered immortality with my
sister and me reading him the Psalms.
was the only point at which my life touched the lives of the soldiers
in Iraq or the firefighters in New York . I came to realize that life
lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my
duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help
others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a
is no t believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.
By Ben Stein
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
Back to the Future...
It is not often that, sitting in church at Sunday Mass, we
can read and be reminded of the real basis for some of the most
intractible problems facing humanity today. The Readings of
recent weeks, those of St Paul and from the Acts of the
Apostles, teach that...following the esablishment of a new
Covenant between God and his highest creation through the death
and Resurrection of Jesus Christ... salvation was available
not only to Jews but also to Gentiles - indeed, to the entire
world. In today's Gospel from Matthew (28:16-20), we read that
Jesus said to his followers: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have
commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the
age." This is the Word for
Christians, and is also partly the basis of the Religion of Islam,
which accepts Abraham and Jesus as Prophets, although not
accepting the Divinity of Jesus. This makes us all brothers in
But then we are reminded that Judaism accepts nothing of the New
Testament, and only accepts the teachings of the Old Testament.
In the first reading for June 7, from Deuteronomy (4:32-34, 39-40), we
read that Moses enjoined his people to "...keep his statutes
and commandments...that you and your children after you may
prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the Lord,
your God, is giving you forever."
Any wonder, then, that religious Jews view themselves as the only
chosen people of God, and the only rightful occupants of
the Israel of the Bible?
As we have noted elsewhere, there is the possibility of salvation
of God-fearing people outside of belief in
Jesus. That is not the issue here. The issue is
whether the perpetual battle between Jews and their neighbors in
the Middle East can ever be resolved short of conversion of the
Jews. Neither the end of the battle nor such a conversion
appear likely. Our only hope is that with
God, everything is possible.
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
Remembering D-Day: President Reagan at
You can watch the video or read the
text. Whichever you decide to do, please take a moment or
two and remember D-Day and our men and women who served then and
serve now. God Bless.
Click here to watch the speech... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBeyZAmmJNg
President Ronald Reagan’s remarks
at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy
Invasion - Delivered on June 6th, 1984
We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in
battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of
Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews
cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was
enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the
rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a
giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.
We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France.
The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense
with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack
of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the
6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and
ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most
difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate
cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some
of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on
the beaches to stop the Allied advance.
The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — the edge of the
cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades.
And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over
the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one
Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a
Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot
back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled
themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of
these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two
hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90
could still bear arms.
Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were
thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put
These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the
cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are
the heroes who helped end a war…
Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s
poem. You are men who in your “lives fought for life . . . And left the
vivid air signed with your honor.”
I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking “we were
just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well,
everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st
Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down
near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the
sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they
weren’t. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading
the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the
ground around him.
Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced
when he got to the bridge, “Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d
been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the
bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.
There was the impossible valor of the Poles who threw themselves
between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold, and
the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the
horrors of war on this coast. They knew what awaited them there, but
they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never
All of these men were part of a roll call of honor with names that
spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg
Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming
Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free
France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet” and you, the American
Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You
were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more
than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked
everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside
the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these
cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look
at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was
loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right,
faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would
grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep
knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a
profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and
the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to
conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you
were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is
worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the
most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of
you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you
knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion
was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought — or felt in
their hearts, though they couldn’t know in fact, that in Georgia they
were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on
their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the
Something else helped the men of D-day: their rock hard belief that
Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold
here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night
before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops
to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but
look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we’re about to
do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in
the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: “I will not fail thee
nor forsake thee.”
These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that
shaped the unity of the Allies.
When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments
to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above
all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting
tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief,
loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe
There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been
enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its
part, creating the Marshall plan to help rebuild our allies and our
former enemies. The Marshall plan led to the Atlantic alliance — a
great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for
prosperity, and for peace.
In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the
end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were
lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the
streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. Soviet troops that came to
the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They’re
still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost 40 years after the
war. Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent.
Today, as 40 years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose — to
protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are
memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.
We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is
better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind
shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.
We’ve learned that isolationism never was and never will be an
acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist
But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter
aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes,
prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth,
there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation
with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war,
now and forever.
It’s fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the
Russian people during World War II: 20 million perished, a terrible
price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I
tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We
want to wipe from the face of the Earth the terrible weapons that man
now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that
beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are
willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace,
and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a
changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.
We will pray forever that some day that changing will come. But for
now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment
to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.
We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties,
traditions, and beliefs. We’re bound by reality. The strength of
America’s allies is vital to the United States, and the American
security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe’s
democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are
our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.
Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to
our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they
died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew
Ridgway listened: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”
Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and
borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for
which they lived and died.
Thank you very much, and God bless you all.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009
. Sorry to bother you, Mr. Obama, Sir...
Excuse me Mr. Obama, I mean President Obama, Sir. Um . . I know you're
busy, and important and stuff. I mean running the county is very
important and -- ah -- I hate to bother you Sir. I will only take a
minute. Ok Sir?
See, I have these missing pieces that are holding me up, and I was
wondering Sir, if you could take time out of your busy schedule and
help me out. You know, no big deal, just some loose ends and things.
listen, I can't seem to get some information I need to wrap this up.
These things seem to either be "Not released" or "Not available." I'm
sure it's just an oversight or glitch or something, so if you could you
tell me where these things are -- I -- I have them written down here
somewhere -- oh wait. Sorry about the smears. It was raining out. I'll
just read it to you.
Could you please help me find these things Sir?
Occidental College records -- Not released...
Columbia College records -- Not released...
Columbia Thesis paper -- "Not available"...
Harvard College records -- Not released...
Selective Service Registration -- Not released...
Medical records -- Not released...
Illinois State Senate schedule -- Not available...
Your Illinois State Senate records -- Not available...
Law practice client list -- Not released...
Certified Copy of original Birth certificate -- Not released...
11. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not
Record of your baptism -- Not available...
Oh, and one more thing Senator, I can't seem to find any articles you
published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, or as a Professor at the
University of Chicago. Can you explain that to me Sir?
but, hey -- listen, I know you're busy! If this is too much for you
right now -- I mean -- tell you what. I'll come back tomorrow. Give you
some time to get these things together, you know? I mean, I know you're
busy. I'll just let myself out. I'll be back tomorrow. And the day
What's that Mr. President? Who wants to know these things? We the
People of the United States of America! You know, the ones that vote.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009
Am I being too tough on President Obama? He
certainly continues to present himself well through the doting liberal
media. But how much is staged...or rather, how much is not
staged? Take his recent interview with Tom Brokaw, or his two
hours (many more, actually) with Brian Williams. Very smooth,
even impressive. Yet, to me he continues to be the "stealth
candidate", now President. When will we see the real Barack
Obama? Perhaps when he discovers his true self, after a few real
tests. And who will that be?
And now, a few more thoughts about Health Care Reform.
Consider the following; and see how often these vital issues are
discussed by the self-proclaimed experts:
- Too much health care: needs vs wants; prioritization /
- Remove the sword of medical malpractice litigation and
the shield of defensive medicine by promoting...even
mandating...mediation, arbitration and Health Care Courts, the latter
analagous to specialty Bankruptcy and Patent Courts;
- Promote and facilitate Health Savings Accounts, thereby
bringing the consumer back to an awareness of and interest in the costs
his or her needs and demands and wants are generating;
- Attack and eliminate abusive business practices by managed
care organizations in their dealings with patients and physicians
alike...practices which evoke equal and opposite reactions;
- Demand patients' responsibility for their own
health, in a system where nearly 50% of health care costs are directly
related to unhealthy lifestyles;
- Mandate health insurance coverage for all, where many
of the 50 million currently uninsured are willingly taking the rest of
us for a ride;
- Increase the role and rewards of practising Primary Care,
the logical and economical entry-point into the health care maze;
- Stimulate and reward Coordination of Care, ie. "medical
home", or merely any physician who takes it upon himself to oversee all
of a patient's care, regardless of the specialty he practises - instead
of the current fractured and uncoordinated care;
- Identify and reduce the wasteful duplication of medical
services which has been the direct result of strident demand,
under penalty of anti-trust prosecution, for "competition" instead
of cooperation within the medical community;
- Promote the use of physician extenders / para-professionals
to increase the scope of a physician's impact on patient care, while
compensating him or her for the greater responsibilities involved;
- Keep some semblance of balance in the lurch to electronic
health records, something not appropriate and even wasteful for
some physicians and practices;
- Get serious about promoting end of life decisions -
before life ends -, since nearly 50% of all Medicare costs are
generated during the last few months of a person's life;
- Above all, reach out to medical professionals with an
open hand and not a clenched fist, if you want their help, insights and
Only when the above start getting discussed seriously will
Washington become a source of help, instead of a source of dangerous
FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009
Tough to watch. And then our "Supreme Leader" goes to the
lands of Islam and tells the world that "Iraq was a war of
choice"...instead of a war of pre-emptive self-defense following
the attack of 9/11. What a disgrace, for him and for all
those who enabled him and his deluded leftists to represent this
"Lest we forget" next time. GS
> A 15 year old girl made this.
> This puts to shame the output of a
number of Hollywood producers and/or
> It is the hottest thing on the
internet and on Fox News today.
> Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube
program together, is 15 years old.
> There have been over 3,000,000
hits as of this morning. In case you missed
> it, here it is.
> Watch all of it.......and, pass it
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 through 4, 2009
Time for another pot pourri: around the globe in
a few words.
- Pakistan. Here, no news is bad
news...unless we are plying some effective diplomacy.
- Afghanistan. Just as we cannot be "nation
builders", especially in that foreign part of the globe, we should also
not try to be arbiters of their form of government. Their people
must work that out or fight that out for themselves. But we
should not leave there without achieveing one goal: permanent
destruction of the opium production and trade, by whatever means.
- Iran and North Korea and nuclear weapons.
Is all the bloviating simply going lead to grudging and dangerous
acceptance? Israel knows, and we should know, that these
countries are too dangerous to allow that.
- Why should America be invested in world trade and
globalization if it benefits only mega-corporations while
leaving Americans economically exposed and while doing nothing to
benefit the poorest of the poor in Third World countries. We need
to re-think this course.
- President Obama made a serious mistake in Cairo by
asserting that "Iraq was a war of choice". What a nasty
thing - and also untrue - to say about his own country, its victims of
9/11 and the sacrifices of its military.
- Keep your eyes on Congress as it tries to rework the Bailout
for the benefit of its fat-cat constituents...to the further detriment
of the American tax-payer. Sad to say, but our elected
representatives can no longer be trusted to do the right thing.
- Regarding George Tiller, Christians and Christian-haters:
"Judgment is mine, sayeth the Lord. I shall repay".
- "Why The Health Care Rush?" (see this editorial
in the WSJ Wednesday, June 3, 2009, Opinion, pA16). By the way,
reading the WSJ is these days a "must read" for anyone wanting to be
fully informed on current events. Certainly, reading the NYTimes
alone will not do.
- And then there is that perennial favorite: Public
Education. The Teachers' Unions and their lackeys in the
Democratic Party are continuing to guarantee a permanent underclass in
this country. They are the latter day tobacco industry, knowingly
plying a defective and dangerous product onto the American public
for their own self-interest. See "School Reforms On The
Brink", WSJ editorial, Thursday June 4, 2009, Opinion, pA14.
See also the many other articles and commentaries on this web site
under "Public Education Politics.
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