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
"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
That's all I promise.
HERE'S A TOTALLY PERSONAL COMMENTARY THAT YOU DON'T SEE HERE OFTEN. You will have to provide your own factual support, of which there is plenty. •
Large elements of the last two generations, particularly those educated
in the "Liberal Arts" - as currently dispensed by "Liberal Arts
Colleges", are poorly educated, especially in Common Sense and in the
science of Deliberate thinking. Mainly...they emote!. •
Significant elements of these same two generations have made an art
form of "hooking up" on the spur of the moment, thereby contracting
increasing cases of STD while further depleting their weak abilities at
meaningful interpersonal relationships - thanks to addiction to their
various screens...all leading to feelings of isolation, depression and
(so sadly) suicide. • It appears from all the news that the
"dinosaur" element of the male sex that could not keep its hands and
other parts to themselves have given way to the "whus" element of
current "male-dom"...who have been so out-played by "female-hood" that
they can't find their other parts without Viagra or Cialis or whatever.
Meanwhile, "female-hood" (not "womanhood" until they stop aborting
their babies) has discovered "Me-Too", decades late, which will soon
be followed by a male "Not Me" and Not You" trend. And the birth rate
in America will continue to decline as psychological health declines. •
The recent and continuing spectacle revolving about USSC nominee Judge
Brett Kavanaugh reminds me of a very apt term for the involved
Democrats and a few RINOS, originally and finally applied to the
tobacco companies in the 1960's: "DISSEMBLING MISCREANTS".
EVEN TO THE NON-CONSCIENTI LIKE MYSELF, this
man, who invented the Web in an open-form, was certainly well-meaning
and charitable enough. He just did not know enough about human nature.
And now correcting the personal privacy portion of the resulting
massive problem will also not be enough. What about the ability to hack
into massive financial systems and into the national electric grid at
The entire WWW needs to be reinvented in a new and
closed format, with effective gate-ways for those who wish to use it
legally and consistent with the legitimate needs of Society.
As I said above, I'm one of the non-conoscienti, so don't look to me for help.
AND HERE'S A FOLLOW-UP, ENTIRELY TRUE AS RELATES TO WOMEN (AND NOT "FEMALES"). Thank God that I've realized that all of my life.
MORE ON THE CRISIS OF THE CLERGY - NOT OF THE LAITY. This is a distinction with a very important difference. The crisis of the Clergy is the Disease. The changes in the actions of the Laity are the symptoms. And
yet the Clergy - specifically the leadership, the Magisterium - is not
addressing what I deeply believe is the pathophysiology of the Disease.
See two articles in the current edition of the National Catholic
Register (Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2018), clearly a reliable conservative
voice of the Church. • "'Culture Of Predation' And Seminaries" (p3). • "Archbishop Ganswein: Current Crisis Is Catholic Church's Own 9/11" (p9). The
conservative Clergy leadership seems to assume the moral legitimacy and
the eternal relevance to human beings of the Church prohibitions
regarding celibacy and regarding a related sexual life for its Clergy -
and even regarding the existence of a biologic basis for a condition of
homosexuality. In its application to its Clergy and to its priests in
formation, this seems to me analogous to denying the central role of
Insulin in Diabetes Mellitus or of Coronary Artery Disease in
Myocardial Infarctions. In my opinion, this is the Disease.The reaction
of the Laity, the Body of the Church, is the symptom...ready to resolve
when the disease is properly addressed. And I still hope and pray for Pope Francis.
"TRUE, TRUE, AND UNRELATED". I did not see or hear Prof. Ford's testimony. I
did hear and see a substantial part of Judge Kavanaugh's testimony. I
can give Prof. Ford the benefit of the doubt: that she was attacked 35
I clearly believe Judge Kavanaugh's testimony,
given in a state of rage that had me hoping that he would not have a
heart attack then and there.
Hasn't anybody heard of "True, True, and Unrelated?" In
fact, it has long been recognized that "eye witnesses" can be the bane
of a prosecutor's case, sometime leading to a reversal years after
incarceration. An "eye witness" can at times so totally convince
him/herself of the accuracy of their experience that they will not
consider the possibility of an error - and can even pass a "lie
detector test". I believe this to be the likely case here.
dissembling miscreants on the Far Left and their feckless fellow
travelers continue their charade. They will regret it.
has undergone enormous change during the nearly eight decades of my
life. Today, America is a bitterly divided, poorly educated and morally
fragile society with so-called mainstream politicians pushing cynical
identity politics, socialism and open borders. The president of the
United States is threatened with impeachment because the other side
doesn’t like him. The once reasonably unbiased American media has
evolved into a hysterical left wing mob. How could the stable and
reasonably cohesive America of the 1950s have reached this point in
just one lifetime? Who are the main culprits? Here’s my list of the 10
most destructive Americans of the last 80 years.
10) Mark Felt –
Deputy director of the FBI, aka “Deep Throat” during the Watergate
scandal. This was the first public instance of a senior FBI officially
directly interfering in America’s political affairs. Forerunner of
James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.
Ayers– Represents the deep and ongoing leftist ideological damage to
our education system. An unrepentant American terrorist who evaded
punishment, he devoted his career to radicalizing American education
and pushing leftist causes. Ghost wrote Obama’s book, “Dreams of My
8) Teddy Kennedy – Most folks remember Teddy as the guy
who left Mary Joe Kopechne to die in his car at Chappaquiddick. The
real damage came after he avoided punishment for her death and became a
major Democrat force in the US Senate, pushing through transformative
liberal policies in health care and education. The real damage was the
1965 Hart-Cellar immigration bill he pushed hard for that changed the
quota system to increase the flow of third world people without skills
into the US and essentially ended large-scale immigration from Europe.
Walter Cronkite – Cronkite was a much beloved network anchor who began
the politicalization of America’s news media with his infamous
broadcast from Vietnam that described the Tet Offensive as a major
victory for the Communists and significantly turned the gullible
American public against the Vietnam War. In fact, the Tet offensive was
a military disaster for the NVA and Viet Cong, later admitted by North
Vietnamese military leaders. Decades later Cronkite admitted he got the
story wrong. But it was too late. The damage was done.
and Hillary Clinton—It’s difficult to separate Team Clinton. Bill’s
presidency was largely benign as he was a relative fiscal conservative
who rode the remaining benefits of the Reagan era. But his sexual
exploits badly stained the Oval Office and negatively affected
America’s perception of the presidency. In exchange for financial
support, he facilitated the transfer of sensitive military technology
to the Chinese. Hillary, a Saul Alinsky acolyte, is one of the most
vicious politicians of my lifetime, covering up Bill’s sexual assaults
by harassing and insulting the exploited women and peddling influence
around the globe in exchange for funds for the corrupt Clinton
Foundation. She signed off on the sale of 20% of the US uranium reserve
to the Russians after Bill received a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow
and the foundation (which supported the Clinton’s regal lifestyle)
received hundreds of millions of dollars from those who benefited from
the deal. Between them, they killed any honor that might have existed
in the dark halls of DC.
5) Valerie Jarrett - The Rasputin of
the Obama administration. A Red Diaper baby, her father, maternal
grandfather and father-in-law (Vernon Jarrett who was a close friend
and ally of Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis) were hardcore Communists
under investigation by the U.S. government. She has been in Obama’s ear
for his entire political career pushing a strong anti-American,
Islamist, anti-Israeli, socialist/communist, cling-to-power agenda.
Jimmy Carter - Carter ignited modern day radical Islam by abandoning
the Shah and paving the way for Ayatollah Khomeini to take power in
Tehran. Iran subsequently became the main state sponsor and promoter of
international Islamic terrorism. When Islamists took over our embassy
in Tehran, Carter was too weak to effectively respond thus
strengthening the rule of the radical Islamic mullahs.
Johnson – Johnson turned the Vietnam conflict into a major war for
America. It could have ended early if he had listened to the generals
instead of automaker Robert McNamara. The ultimate result was: 1)
58,000 American military deaths and collaterally tens of thousands of
American lives damaged; and 2) a war that badly divided America and
created left wing groups that evaded the draft and eventually gained
control of our education system. Even worse, his so-called War on
Poverty led to the destruction of American black families with a
significant escalation of welfare and policies designed to keep poor
families dependent on the government (and voting Democrat) for their
well-being. He deliberately created a racial holocaust that is still
burning today. A strong case could be made for putting him at the top
of this list.
2) Barack Hussein Obama - Obama set up America for
a final defeat and stealth conversion from a free market society to
socialism/communism. As we get deeper into the Trump presidency, we
learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key
government agencies, most prominently the FBI, the CIA and the IRS,
thus thoroughly shaking the public’s confidence in the federal
government to be fair and unbiased in its activities. He significantly
set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black
grievances and pushing radical identity politics. Obama’s open support
for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic “lead from behind” foreign
policy seriously weakened America abroad. His blatant attempt to
interfere in Israel’s election trying to unseat Netanyahu is one of the
most shameful things ever done by an American president.
Kerry – Some readers will likely say Kerry does not deserve to be
number one on this list. I have him here because I regard him as the
most despicable American who ever lived. After his three faked Purple
Hearts during his cowardly service in Vietnam, he was able to leave the
US Navy early. As a reserve naval officer and in clear violation of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice, he traveled to Paris and met
privately with the NVA and the Viet Cong. He returned to the United
States parroting the Soviet party line about the war and testified
before Congress comparing American soldiers to the hordes of Genghis
Khan. It was a clear case of treason, giving aid and comfort to the
enemy in a time of war. We got a second bite of the bitter Kerry apple
when as Obama’s secretary of state, he fell into bed with the Iranian
(“Death to America”) mullahs giving them the ultimate green light to
develop nuclear weapons along with billions of dollars that further
supported their terrorist activities. Only the heroic Swift Vets saved
us from a Manchurian Candidate Kerry presidency. Ultimately we got
Dishonorable Mentions! (Just missed the list)
Brennan –Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for
president. A key member of the Deep State who severely politicized the
CIA. Called President Trump treasonous for meeting with the president
Jane Fonda – movie actress who made the infamous trip
to Vietnam during the war in support of the Communists. She represents
hard left Hollywood that has done so much damage to our culture.
Hendrix and Janis Joplin – Both revered entertainers helped usher in
the prevailing drug culture. Joplin personally suffered the
consequences. Karma’s a bitch.
Robert Johnson /BET – Helped
popularize ho’s, bitches and pimps while making millions on great hits
such as “Jigga my Nigga”, “Big Pimpin’”, “Niggas in Paris” and
“Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” Many scholars within the African
American community maintain that BET perpetuates and justifies racism
by adopting the stereotypes held about African Americans, affecting the
psyche of young viewers through the bombardment of negative images of
African Americans. Who can disagree?
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger,
Jr./The New York Times – Once the gold standard of American journalism,
the paper always had a liberal tilt and occasionally made bad mistakes.
As the years have gone along, the paper has slid further and further
left and today is virtually the primary propaganda arm of the
increasingly radical Democrat Party. Still retains influence in
Washington and New York.
George Soros – Jewish former Nazi
collaborator in his native Hungary who as a self-made billionaire has
poured hundreds of millions of dollars into left wing groups and
causes. The damage he has caused is difficult to measure, but it’s
certainly large. He has funded much of the effort to kill the Trump
Marshall Davis - Anti-white, black Bolshevik,
card-carrying Soviet agent. Probable birth father and admitted
mentor of young Barak Hussein
Hawkins is a former US Army intelligence officer, Associated Press
foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper
company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies and
published novelist. He is currently retired in North Carolina.
note: the original version of this piece misspelled the names of Jimi
Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and also implied that Hendrix was a drug
addict, which the coroner's autopsy after his death clearly stated was
not the case. AT regrets these errors.
THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS. Need I say more? The People will have a great deal more to say in November.
there is one other reason for the Democrats / Leftists - now one and
the same - to employ these Salem Witch Trial tactics: to give the
Republican Senators from Alaska and Maine "cover" to vote against Judge
Kavanaugh. Will these persons stoop to the same level as the Democratic
Representative from California did in bringing the matter up weeks
after she had it in hand?
Let's see. And let's remember this entire base episode in November.
ON IMMIGRATION, PAST AND FUTURE... This is exactly what I have been proposing for a very long time. See: "A WAY OUT OF THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS", by Reihan Salam, (in WSJ Sept. 22-23, 2018, Review, pC1. "The
only answer to today's polarized debate is amnesty for those already
here, new standards for those seeking entry and a return to the ideal
of the melting pot."
HAVING JUST OFFERED AN ARTICLE ON THE DISMAL "STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT", I
am presented today with an "Apologia Pro Vita Sua", not by John Henry
Newman regarding himself, but by Ken Dixon regarding the reign of
Governor Dannel Malloy. See: "Making the Case For Malloy" (in The Day, Sept. 23, 2018, Perspective, pB3). This
is truly an impressive list of accomplishments, if not offset by
legitimate "Yea buts" which I am not myself capable of mounting. But there is an obvious disconnect here which begs the obvious truism: "IF YOU ARE LOSING ON EVERY TRANSACTION, YOU CAN'T MAKE IT UP IN VOLUME." And, given the facts which I refer to in my article, with references available, "SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK".
THURSDAY through SATURDAY,
September 20 through 22,
AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING: Hispanics, non-Racist Blacks and Independents are the key.
WHEN WILL THIS NIGHTMARE END? And I don't mean the productive Presidency of Donald Trump, despite all. I mean the constant uninformed, hypocritical, unhinged, despotic and even treasonous words and actions of the "Leftists". Let
me answer my own question. Not for a generation or two into the future,
given how long this cancer has evidently been growing in our midst. Even
as Conservatives, reasonable Liberals, thinking Independents,
family-oriented Hispanics, non-Racist Blacks, and appreciative Asians
gradually take and maintain the initiative at the ballot box, these
crazies will take to the streets...and they will have to be dealt with,
preferably within our legal framework. Meanwhile, "keep your powder dry"...and keep cursing at the TV for the benefit of your blood pressure.
"THE DECLINE OF THE DIAGNOSIS" = THE DECLINE OF MEDICINE. Here
is an article, written by Joel B. Levine, M.D. and appearing in the
September 2018 edition of Connecticut Medicine, which crystallizes the
decline of Clinical Medicine...that is, the medical care that directly
impacts every patient. Apart from the 50% of a clinician's time that
must be spent "documenting" on an increasingly redundant "electronic
health record". Apart from the rapidly increasing loss of private
practitioners to the role of hospital employees tied to the "15 minute
office visit", no matter what. Apart from the decades-long theft of
services identified as "adjustments", wherein a physician's reasonable
and customary fee is discounted by 40-50% by insurance payors on a
"take it or leave it" basis. Apart from the sometimes idiotic regulations under which physicians are forced to practice...if they want to get paid at all. This
article describes how some physicians allow themselves to make a snap
"diagnosis" without time to develop a "differential diagnosis"
list upon which to explore and act. The National Quality Forum,
formerly the Institute of Medicine "acknowledges
that the EMR (electronic medical record) is inherently incapable of
such a clinical synthesis. The EMR demand for a billable action at the
end of every encounter creates an ongoing need for a conclusion when
one may not, as yet, have emerged." Resulting wrong diagnoses produce many adverse events and deaths. Master clinicians are master diagnosticians. "By being smart, a masterful physician was invariably quicker to the right answer and cheaper." "Sadly,
we are being persuaded that medicine is not nearly as difficult as we
thought it to be. All you need to do is keep the electricity bill paid."
THE STATE OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT A View From The Belly Of The Beast By George A. Sprecace., M.D., J.D.
in a poll taken by the publishers of The Day, New London’s newspaper,
the question was asked: “What will be your main motivating factor in
voting in the November election?” The overwhelming reply was: “CONNECTICUT HAS TO CHANGE”. And
so it does. I offer here the following observations as a resident of
Connecticut for over 55 years, as a New Yorker by upbringing and
education, as a former registered Democrat for 30 years who ran for
elected public office four times and served three times, and who left
when the Democratic Party lost its moral compass and its mind, in 1990.
That was also the time that former Governor Lowell Weicker, an original
RINO, prevailed in a several month battle with the people of
Connecticut to impose a State income tax. The State has been
moving downhill ever since then. Witness its position among the higher
40 of the 50 States relating to undesirable characteristics. 1)
A 2017 State Fiscal Ranking by the Mercatus Center of George Mason
University placed Connecticut “below average”, together with
Mississippi and Maine. 2,3,4) Connecticut has lost population for the third year in a row, according to the Census Bureau and other sources. 5) “Connecticut Pension System Worst In The Nation, According To New Study”. 6) “Connecticut is currently ranked 40th in the United States in its economic outlook.” 7) Large corporations have left and are leaving the State. These are the symptoms and signs of Connecticut’s chronic illness. What is the Diagnosis? The
State of Connecticut is a wholly - owned subsidiary of the Public
Service unions, whose members earn an average 20% more in wages than
their private sector counterparts in similar jobs. The Public Service
unions control the outcome of State elections by their massive voter
turnouts and by their financial largess to their political
fellow-travelers. In addition, the State has long been and is
increasingly home to many indigent and immigrant populations who arrive
on the dole and stay there. CONNECTICUT HAS TO CHANGE. Republican
gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski and Republican candidate for
State Attorney General Sue Hatfield are the public servants to effect
PLEASE DONATE TO THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR THE
STATE OF CONNECTICUT AS A WAY TO HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP OOZING ACROSS THE
References to relevant articles provided upon request.
MORE ON THE GREATEST CATHOLIC CHURCH SCANDAL SINCE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION. See: 1) "Who Will Ask The Hard Questions?", by Mathew E. Bunson, in National Catholic Register, Sept. 16-29, 2018, p11; 2) "Distractions and Deflections", Publisher's Note by Michael Warsaw, ibid, p12. 3)
Pope Francis' reported comment on this matter when asked by a reporter:
"Read the statement carefully and makek your own judgment. I will not
say a single word on this". TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. "LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY".
Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, a Day of Atonement and Repentance. I suggest that for the Catholic Church, especially for the Clergy. I also suggest a reconvening of the Council of Trent.
My God. My
most recent Rapid Response comment on this subject is even more
relevant. Pope Francis has a great deal of explaining to do and actions
The most recent schism between the clergy and the
laity (threatened now but taken then) was the Protestant Reformation
begun by the priest Martin Luther.
a recent press conference, a reporter with MSNBC hollered from the
press corps, "Where is President Trump hiding his tax returns?"
Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, astutely responded, "We've found a
very secure place and I'm certain they won't be found." "And just where is that?", said the reporter, sarcastically. Mrs.
Sanders grinned sardonically and said, they are underneath Obama's
college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a
student, his funding sources to pay for college, his college records,
and his Selective Service registration. "Next question?"
THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO THE
TORRENT OF "FACTOIDS" BEING HURLED BY THE DEMOCRATS, TOTALLY UNHINGED
BY THE REAL PROSPECT OF BEING OUTFLANKED BY THEIR LEFTISTS.
That would produce great losses in the next two national elections. Meanwhile,
they have made no progress in their efforts at Offense against
President Trump through the Mueller investigation. And they have made
no progress in their Defense efforts against the USSC nominee. So they
recruit has-beens like Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry to make as
outrageous statements as they can...and to parade out a letter and an
accuser after two months of deciding internally that there was no truth
to that story. Desperation.
But even Kamikazi attacks can
inflict great damage. In this case, the forthcoming "he said, she said"
may give unprincipled Democratic and Republican Senators just enough
cover to vote against Brett Kavanaugh "on principle", but in reality
bowing to their pro-abortionist voters.
What to do? Continue
to promote the Peoples' business as President Trump has been doing so
well. And continue to uncover and counter all the lies and slanders
that these losers desperately advance. This is War, and there will be no Quarter - speaking politically of course.
"LIFE AND DEATH IN THE GREAT 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC" At this, the 100th anniversary of the "SPANISH INFLUENZA", John Ruddy and The Day perform another very useful public service:
remind their readers that things are not always as they seem...and that
contact with one's physician early on in an illness is much better than
playing catch-up - or not catching up at all.
The following is a
brief over-view, including my opinion of the lessons to be drawn from
the 1918 devastating experience - and applicable to a future similar
That Influenza was extremely lethal. A future episode may be no less lethal if we rely only on vaccines and antibiotics.
In that pandemic, it was the young, healthy and immuno-competent who were mainly affected. WHY?
theory relates to the variable availability of immune resistance, among
young and old, from exposure to prior epidemics of the 1890's and of
1909, and to genetic mutations. Possible, but not sufficient for
explanation, in my opinion.
The pathologic findings in the
lungs (the main cause of death being an overwhelming pneumonia and
suffocation): bacteria were very hard to culture, and the lung tissue
resembled the effects of toxic / inflammatory destruction.
is well-known that the Inflammatory System, a basic part of our Immune
System, is a Blunt Instrument - not a scalpel - easily capable of doing
more harm to the host than the invader might do...even killing the host
itself, as in "Septic Shock".
Most of the Influenza victims had robust Immune Systems.
is highly likely that the inflammatory response to the initial viral
invasion killed the patients, through Sepsis and the implementing
WHAT TO DO?
a) Seek the advice of your physician early-on, certainly within hours of developing significant symptoms and/or signs.
Be aware of the increasing capability of viruses, even in non-asthmatic
and non-bronchitic patients, of producing substantial bronchospasm
requiring aggressive anti-asthmatic treatment.
c) Patient and
physician should have a high index of suspicion for the early signs of
Sepsis...and should intervene with hospitalization and aggressive
d) In the event of the above
developments, the use of high-dose Steroids should be added promptly -
not just "considered" - to counter the otherwise devastating effects of
an Inflammatory System run amok.
THIS IS NOT OVER-REACTION. This may well save your life.
- in the increasingly inattentive, hurried and even impersonal domains
of today's medical care areas - you must have an effective ADVOCATE to
present and if necessary to argue your case.
A Google Search under "Spanish Influenza, 1918" and under
"Sepsis and Steroids" will produce many relevant references.
Just don't get bogged down in the favorite ploy of some academicians, as distinguished from clinicians : "On the one hand; on the other hand".
NOW HEAR THIS! This article is an Absolute Must Read, by all Catholics and by anyone who is part of an "Organization". "THE 6 HABITS OF HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE CHURCH PEOPLE", by Msgr. Charles Pope (a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington), in National Catholic Register, Sept. 16 - 29, 2018, In Depth section, p11.
have said that, at this critical juncture in the Church, I don't want
to hear from anyone but the Pope, this Pope, who should finally remove
the "velvet glove" and use an "iron fist" throughout a Clergy of whom
he is absolute ruler. I sincerely wish that Pope Francis had himself written the above article.
PLUS, WHAT WE LEARNED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL: from the patient's point of view, the THREE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES OF A PHYSICIAN; Ability, Affability, and AVAILABILITY...IN REVERSE ORDER!
WHERE IS OUR "CIVIL" SOCIETY GOING? Please pardon the expression; but Down the Toilet! The
Seven Deadly Sins have always been practiced by mankind. But never
before have they been applauded, reinforced and rewarded as they are
now. The result is a debasing of Society that I believe is historic. I
will offer just a couple of examples.
The admission -
actually the regaling - by supposedly exemplar professional athletes of
the hundreds or thousands of women that they have bedded down, in and
mainly out of wedlock. And how many thousands of abortions, single -
parent families and criminals has that produced?
breakdown of respect for legitimate authority, whether it be the
constant efforts to debase the Presidency and this President, or the
rampant refusal to obey the commands of law enforcement persons, often
resulting in unnecessary and sometimes lethal confrontations, followed
by mindless riots by the supposedly aggrieved and supported by
Most recently and increasingly, the
repudiation of anything resembling "good sportsmanship", a sine qua non
of all "Sports". In this, I regret to have to disagree with an
otherwise stellar expert, but an expert in the Law and not in "Sports":
Professor Alan Dershowitz. See his article in WSJ Sept. 14, 2018,
Opinion, pA17. "Bad Sports Don't Deserve To Lose". YES, THEY DO.
"WARMING THE CLIMATE, IGNORING THE FACTS". Although
admittedly "circumstantial evidence", such evidence warrants an
explanation from the Trump administration regarding a necessary balance
between man doing what he can to thwart climate change - and avoiding
the disruption of man's current tenuous existence world-wide.
A WORD ABOUT THIS "RAPID RESPONSE" SECTION OF MY WEBSITE. " 'Splain me", as Ricky Ricardo would say. "Chi mi lo fa fare?" ("Who makes me do this?"), as my father would say. Well, it's the Chinese' fault with their curse: "May you live in interesting times". The
times are "interesting"; and I have opinions, which I have shared for
over 15 years in this section, since March, 2003. They're all here. The
section is not interactive, but I'll discuss any opinion with any known
person...on one condition: that he or she will have read one month -
any month - of my Rapid Response content beforehand. After all, as the
saying goes: "Don't argue with an idiot. A onlooker may not notice a difference.". And so: Avanti.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and other "open-source" and proprietary
social media, these entities easily fulfill the criteria for monopolies
or utilities. Plenty of evidence has developed to support the thesis
that these entities should be in some way regulated. This is especially
true with the finding that some of these are filtering the content to
their own inclinations. See: "Four Ways To Fix Facebook", by Julia Angwin, (ctmirror.org April 11, 2018).
this Capitalist nation with its majority citizen - stockholders and its
now trillion dollar companies, John Q Public should be able to depend
on a "fiduciary relationship" with his or her broker / adviser. But
see: "The Fiduciary Rule Is Dead; What's An Investor to do Now?", by Lisa Beilfuss (WSJ Sept. 10, 2018, Section R1). This is wrong; not surprising, but Wrong.
Talk about Capitalism under President Trump, see: "Trump's Income Bump" (WSJ Sept. 13, 2018, Editorial, pA18).
Here is yet another example of the despotic bent of the "Left". See: "Peer Pressure and 'Transgender' Teens", by Jillian Kay Melchior (WSJ Sept. 10, 2018, Opinion, pA17). THIS IS IMPORTANT.
"YOU'VE DONE ENOUGH. HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY, SIR? AT LONG LAST, HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY?" This
comment, directed to Senator Joseph McCarthy by Joseph Welch during the
"Army-McCarthy hearings", is now appropriately directed to Senator
Dianne Feinstein after her cryptic disclosure of an anonymous letter
regarding the USSC nominee, a letter which she has had in her
possession for two months, and alleging some action in high school. This
comment is now also appropriately directed toward the entire Democratic
Party regarding its actions in the last 18 months. The entire Party has
seen fit to remain aligned with its most radical, despotic and amoral
Leftist wing. A Prediction: millions of good and loyal Democrats
in addition to often Democratic - leaning Independents will repay these
Democratic leaders with clear losses in the coming November
elections...a clear response to their own sense of self-respect.
DEMOCRATS THAT I ONCE WORKED AND SERVED FOR:
BEWARE! The lying Leftists are stealing your Party.
Wake up! And repudiate them.
PS. And start with the Leftist idiocy about "open
borders", "diversity" as defined by them, and the proposed dissolution
of a sovereign nation. See "Does Diversity Really Unite Us?
Citizenship and Immigration", by Edward Erler (in Imprimis, July -
August 2018 - Hillsdale.Edu.).
although I have sensed the discomfort of some Jews regarding "Christian
affection", I offer it liberally. Perhaps it would be better received
if we all clarified some issues: 1) there is an after-life and a Heaven together with God; 2)
whether there will be a "first Coming" or a "second Coming", it is
coming...and Jews and Christians are all destined for Salvation - so
long as we don't mess up. This I Believe.
MORE ON OUR UNDEMOCRATIC FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. As
addressed in earlier Rapid Response offerings, the unhealthy state of
our Federal Government is the result of a general abrogation of
responsibility by our Elected legislators to appointed bureaucrats,
many with effective life appointments. "When lawmakers hand power
to bureaucrats, the people expect judges to act as superlegislators."
All of which is totally distorted. See: "Blame Congress For Politicizing The Court", by Ben Sasse (WSJ Sept. 6, 2018, Opinion, pA19). This is a large part of "the swamp", together with our legislators "for life". Wrong. Un-Constitutional. Dangerous.
BEFORE AND AFTER: NEVER FORGET.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
A second civil war?
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS IT IS ONE OF THE BEST I
HAVE EVER READ THAT EXPLAINS WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO THE COUNTRY
A few months ago, Jack Minzey, sent what was to be the final chapter in
the long line of books and treatises which he had written.
Jack went to be with the Lord, on Sunday, 8 April
Professionally, Jack was head of the Department of Education at Eastern
Michigan University as well as a prolific author of numerous books,
most of which were on the topic of Education and the Government role
therein. His interest in Conservative Politics was
exceeded only by his intellectual ability.
This is the last of his works:
How do civil wars happen?
Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can't
settle the question through elections because they don't even agree
that elections are how you decide who's in charge. That's the
basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each
other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you
stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.
The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office
and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it's
not the first time they've done this. The first time a Republican
president was elected this century, they said he didn't really win. The
Supreme Court gave him the election. There's a pattern here.
What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican
president really mean? It means they don't accept the results of any
election that they don't win. It means they don't believe that
transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.
That's a civil war.
There's no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill
a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the
Democrats have rejected our system of government.
This isn't dissent. It's not disagreement. You can hate the other
party. You can think they're the worst thing that ever happened to the
country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you
consistently reject the results of elections that you don't win, what
you want is a dictatorship.
Your very own dictatorship.
The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to
Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it's
inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the
White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country
through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge
issues an order saying that the President of the United States can't
scratch his own back without his say so, that's the civil war.
Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that's not
the system that runs this country. The Democrat's system is that any
part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the
If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do
anything And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal
aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is
unlimited. He's a dictator.
But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President
can't do anything. He isn't even allowed to undo the illegal alien
amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the
White House has 'discretion' to completely decide every aspect of
immigration policy. A Republican doesn't even have the 'discretion' to
reverse him. That's how the game is played That's how our country is
run. Sad but true, although the left hasn't yet won that particular
When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren't even allowed to
enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House,
states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state
wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But
under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an
independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.
The Constitution has something to say about that.
Whether it's Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the
left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an
institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the
land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.
Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding:
Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can't
serve in if you're not a member. If you haven't been indoctrinated into
its arcane rituals. If you aren't in the club. And Trump isn't in the
club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren't in the club with him.
Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.
They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.
They use the tools of power to bring them down.
That's not a free country.
It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an
'insurance policy' against Trump winning the election. It's not a free
country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the
opposition. It's not a free country when the media responds to the
other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that
supported him from social media. It's not a free country when all of
the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who
wasn't supposed to win did.
Have no doubt, we're in a civil war between conservative volunteer
government and a leftist Democrat professional government.
"THE BIG CHOICE FOR 2018": ONCE AGAIN RIGHT ON POINT.
And that means that those opposed to
Democratic>Leftist>Socialist>despotic ideas and
candidates must work to engage everyone, not just Republicans:
Independents, Latinos, Asians, educable Blacks...Everyone, to make the
right choice in 2018.
And they must REGISTER VOTERS AND GET OUT THE VOTE.
That means all of us.
You all remember that discussion tool that we all have used.
Now come two recent publications in The Day that warrant that approach.
Democracy's Decline Must Be U.S. Priority", Editorial, Sept.
but those trading partners and democracies have for decades taken broad
advantage of America's largess without comparable effort on their part.
Once again, "although arguably an overstatement", the editors cannot
miss an opportunity to criticize President Trump for trying to correct
this imbalance, while at the same time trying to undermine
non-democratic States like Iran and now Turkey. Com'on: Be Fair.
Grant Will Push Forward State Efforts To Share Medical Information",
article, Sept. 8, 2018.
sounds reasonable: but who will have access to your medical
information? A prospective insurance carrier? A prospective employer?
Your mother-in-law? And who is paid for producing and transferring all
of this information - your doctor who is already the victim of theft of
services described as "adjustments" of 40% of his or her reasonable and
MORE ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY.
article, published on August 23, 2018 in Psychology
Thomas G. Plante, PhD. was provided to parishioners on the weekend of
September 8-9, 2018. It's title:
Facts about Clergy Abuse From Fiction: Quality Research Data And
Industry Best Practices Will Solve Clerical Abuse".
Well, not exactly.
What we have are Facts, and new Facts, not misinformation.
What we are dealing with is human beings, human psychology - and not
Catholic Clergy has Always been held to a higher standard, not to
comparisons with other groups. And this has existed before 2002, and
not just since pubic discovery. And that higher standard has Always
included "best practices", not just since pubic discovery.
"Crime and Punishment". Actions have Consequences. Then correction and
talk of the "Accident Cascade", where untoward events are most often
preceded by a cascade of prior untoward events leading directly to the
event in question. Here we Must talk about a culture of silence, about
celibacy and homosexuality, about a male - female clergy, the latter of
which could provide a salutary stabilizing force for males as in the
laity, about the sanctity and self-determination of marriage, and about
the abomination of abortion. These are all of a piece with the problem
And they must all be dealt with Now, and by this Pope.
MORE ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY - AND NOT ON THE LAITY OR THE FAITH.
This is NOT GOOD.
clearly implicates then - Popes John Paul and Benedict...and apparently
also our current Holy Father in perpetuating very poor
decisions...decisions by the Clergy, not by the Laity, the Body of the
Two points here:
1) Whether Pope Francis was complicit in
this or not, it is now incumbent upon him to remove the silk glove and
to use his iron fist to clean out the entire hierarchy of the Church
that requires it; to drain the swamp. In doing so, the Laity will be
entirely in support of such efforts and will be ready to man the breach
as needed. If that is not done, the Laity will leave the Clergy: not
the Faith or the Church, but the Clergy. And the Clergy is NOT itself
2) If Pope Francis cannot do this without creating a
Schism in the Clergy, he will have created a much more serious and
lasting Schism in the Church. And for that, he will be condemned, at
least by the Laity.
The time is NOW, not in some future century or millennium, as the
Clergy likes to think of its history and future.
The author of THE DAY EDITORIAL posted Sept. 4, 2018 and entitled
Political Games With A Supreme Court Appointment", should have ended
that piece after the first two sentences. The continued Leftist twitch
does that otherwise good newspaper no good.
Have they forgotten the trials of Judge Bork and of Justice Thomas?
Have they forgotten the machinations of Harry Reid?
Now read the attached commentary by Newt Gingrich on this subject.
sick national division will end only when the Democratic Party
repudiates entirely the Leftist movement. Otherwise, the People will
repudiate the Democratic Party, to the detriment of the nation.
"THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU".
(Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John...).
I was reminded of this declaration by two current articles:
Residents Above Poverty Line Can't Cover Basic Costs In CT, Report Says",
by Mackenzie Rigg (in ctmirror.org, Sept. 2, 2018).
b) "Study: 24 Percent Of Hartford Area Residents Have Pre-Existing
Health Problem", by Ana Radelat (ibid.).
Jesus also reminds us to take care of these people, together with
widows and orphans.
But Jesus also knows that the world is populated with the effects of
the "Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony,
Envy and Sloth". Are we supposed to take care of all of this? Should we
not have and use methods to distinguish among the truly needy and the
rest? I think so. And I also think that calls for "Socialism" and for
an "International World Order" would achieve only one thing: the loss
of Liberty on which individual responsibility is based, and a
magnification of the poor among us.
See the article entitled "The
Liberty of Nations", by Yoram Hazony, (WSJ August 25-26,
2018, Review, pC1).
to do? Private Charity, Public Largess monitored for individual
responsibility for one's own needs and personal well-being, and defense
of our Liberty.
Armed with these Principles, individuals and
society can deal with specific issues such as food stamps, welfare
checks, subsidized health care, education costs, and Fundamental
Fairness...a bedrock Principle of our System of Laws.
What a welcome change that would be.
Patients under my care for Allergy and Chest Diseases receive all of
these services...in addition to "coordination of care"...at no extra
cost. That's the way I've been practicing for six decades - and
A) In a very recent Rapid Response, I groused about the situation in
Afghanistan. Now comes a long article in the WSJ entitled:
"Afghan Strategy Divides U.S. Officials" (Sept. 1-2, 2018, pA6.).
More "acide": not one word of Pakistan. What's going on here?
B) On something that I know more about:
"A Crisis - But Not Of Faith", by George Weigel (ibid, pC3). For all of
its two thousand years of existence, my Church has been riven by the
human failings of its members, both Clergy and Laity. But never has its
God, Jesus Christ given up on it. Nor will I. Neither will I be silent.
See the Category on my web site entitled "Catholic Church".