A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy
Associates of New
RESPONSE...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.
It will offer
fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by
day, in this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to
be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge
that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental
or military campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission
will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real
politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to
be pro-active. That's all I promise.
ON CHRISTIANITY, THE POPE, ISLAMIC TERRORISM AND ISIS. Today I
received two mailings attesting to the extreme brutality being visited
on Christians in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq by Islamic terrorists and Isis,
and on Jews by "Palestinian worshipers" in Jerusalem. One is from the
lay press. One is from "Religious Freedom Coalition" sited in
Washington D.C. And one is an article in this week's National Catholic
Register: "Pope, US Bishops Lament Deadly Egyptian Mosque Attack". News Flash: When told that the Pope objected to his deadly actions, Stalin asked: "How many divisions does the Pope have?" When Pope Pius Xll mounted prolonged actions with other world leaders against Adolph Hitler, those were not only "laments". When
Pope Saint John Paul ll cooperated closely with President Reagan during
the entire 1980's in the destruction of the Soviet Union, those were
not only "laments". And now Pope Francis not only laments; he
directly attacks the President of the U.S.A. - the only person who is
leading effective attacks against Islamic Terrorists and against Isis.
Not prudent. Not even Christian in Christianity's responsibility to
protect Christians and Jews worldwide. This Pope should be helping to
marshal many divisions from America and from "Christian Europe" in this
century's battle to the death with Evil. The World Awaits, Your Holiness.
SEDITION AND TREASON. The following definitions are taken directly from Webster's College Dictionary. "Sedition:
incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful
authority...not including overt acts of violence or betrayal.
Treason implies an overt act aiming at overt overthrow of government or betrayal to the enemy."
attached reports, and many others during the last year, reflect
Sedition at least...and such actions are getting close to Treason.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
FOR THAT BRANCH OF MODERN SOCIETY THAT HAS TRASHED ETHICS AND MORALS... the
world that they have created is coming home to roost. Although not
reason to forsake principles of "innocent until proven guilty" and "due
process", the endless stories do promote some "schadenfreude". But better yet is the article by Cal Thomas that offers a diagnosis rather than a knee-jerk reaction. See: "Sex Scandals Show Society Is Lacking Virtue", in The Day (www.theday.com), December 3, 2017, Opinion, pB4.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?
Did you see that hit?
THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IS OUT OF CONTROL.
An Assault and Battery like that warrants JAIL TIME!
THE BEST DIET FOR ANYONE: THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET.
The article linked below joins many other peer-reviewed medical
articles that have concluded that the Mediterranean Diet is the BEST of
all diets available.
I have espoused this for many years in my medical practice. And I have
for many years offered a web site acquainting the reader with its
which can be accessed directly or through this website.
It is not only effective for weight loss, but for weight maintenance
and promotion of Health as well.
And besides: IT TASTES GREAT!.
"Try it. You'll like it".
PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE REAL WORLD: ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS.
After decades of procrastination, double-dealing cynicism,
anti-Semitism and just plain stupidity, this President has done the
right thing: The United States recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of
What a Concept! Reality is like that sometimes.
Two articles are useful to introduce the subject:
1) "Trump To Recognize Jerusalem As Capital", by Matthew Lee
and Josef Federman, (AP), in The Day (www.theday.com), Dec.
6, 2017, pA1; and
2) "The Chasm Between U.S. Jews and Israel", by Richard Cohen,
Washington Post, ibid.pA4.
And then there are the points made by President Trump himself with the
a) Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people since antiquity,
as well as being the center of three major Religions.
b) Israel has been opposed constantly and in many ways since it was
born in 1947.
c) efforts toward a "Two State Solution" have languished for many
decades. We cannot continue with failed efforts and approaches.
d) The U.S. passed the "Jerusalem Embassy Act" In 1995. It has never
been implemented by three Presidents.
e) It is in the best interests of the U.S. to do so now. And it will
advance the cause of Peace.
Meanwhile, all "the usual suspects" worldwide are producing fevered
declarations of resulting imminent disaster. They are saying what they
have to say now, as a fig leaf over their many decades of studied
neglect or active interference - in their own interests, of course.
Read the entire speech of the President. It is historic. And
it forms the blueprint for American efforts in that region over the
next several years, as it begins the transfer of the American Embassy
to the Capital.
I agree with all of this...just as I agree with the sun rising in the
East and setting in the West.
is also why I have the greatest respect for individual teachers, while
I have great contempt for the leaders of teachers' unions and for
craven education administrators.
Teaching In The Real World!
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective
Let me see if I've got this right”.
“You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their
disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their
dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love
You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs
and sexually transmitted diseases and raise their sense of self-esteem
and personal pride.
You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship,
sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a
check book, and apply for a job.
You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of
antisocial behavior, and ensure that they all pass their final exams.
You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of
their handicap and communicate regularly with their parents in
English, Arabic or any other language, by letter, telephone,
newsletter, and report card..
You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a
bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that
qualifies me for "New Start!"
You want me to do all this, and then you tell me . . .
I CAN'T wear a necklace with a little cross, mention God, or say
"Merry Christmas" because someone might take offense?
Well, you know what you can do with your job!
This should be posted in every school in America and all countries.
Think About It!
If Muslims can pray anywhere, why are Christians banned from praying
in public and from erecting religious displays on their holy days?
What happened to our National Day of Prayer?
Muslims are allowed to block off major streets, in all American States
and pray in the middle of the street! And it's a monthly ritual!
Tell me, again, whose country is this - Ours or the Muslims?
I was asked to send this on if I agree, or delete if I don't.
It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, I have a
very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having
'God' in our education system or the Lord's Prayer said in our
government buildings, schools or public meetings.
I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe!
REGARDING THE DAY (www.theday.com), OUR
VERY GOOD REGIONAL NEWSPAPER.
readers of the Rapid Response section of my web site must have noticed,
I have a Love/Not Love relationship with these journalists. The
editorial content regularly leans Left in its Politics, sometimes
But there are also many times when they get the
commentary right, at least in the opinion of a long-time former
Democrat - until the Party Lost Its Mind.
Here I offer three recent examples of the editorial writers getting it
right on point.
The recent opinion on the Sexual Harassment follies under
The editorial on gun restrictions and the Second Amendment.
(Dec. 3, 2017)
The editorial advising "Democrats to play hardball",
especially with Republican hypocrites and "Republicrats". (Dec. 3,
When you're right, you're right. When you're wrong, I'll be there.
ON THIS, THE BEGINNING OF ADVENT AND OF THE NEW LITURGICAL YEAR,
I offer a bedrock principle of any true Religion, in this case quoted
The Holy Bible, John 8: 31-33...
"If you live according to my teaching,
you are truly my disciples;
then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free".
REGARDING "A NEW WORLD ORDER":
AMERICA ALONE? NO. AMERICA
All of this looks good to me.
IS VERY SERIOUS, A CONTINUED ATTACK ON AMERICAN CITIZENS' ACCESS TO THE
TRUTH...AND THUS A DIRECT ATTACK ON OUR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM.
As already noted, the "mistake" by ABC.
Now, the belated results of Freedom of Information suits by Judicial
Watch against the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
(Posted: December 3, 2017)
the good news. Frances McDormand is still a great actress, although I
prefer her wearing a badge and an 8 month pregnancy. Woody Harrelson
surprised me. I always considered him to be a B actor. He does much
better here. The strength of the movie is in its characterizations; and
there are a number of interesting characters, all played well.
for the bad news. For a small town suggesting Middle America, there is
an awful lot of swearing and foul language, most of it gratuitous. Also
gratuitous and out from left field is a major dressing - down of a
Catholic priest, obviously for points in some quarters. There are too
many story-plot lines, tenuously held together. The mood is incessantly
down, unnecessarily so.
In summary, I would still have
recommended this movie if it had ended at least 1/2 hour earlier...and
had taken the rest of the detritus with it. But not now.
and SATURDAY, December 1 and 2,
THE TAX REFORM BILL PASSES THE SENATE.
Historic for the Nation. Hysteric for the Democrats.
We must do better, together, to "Make America Great Again".
SHOOTING FROM THE HIP.
The following are brief personal observations on current affairs, some
prompted by articles in the WSJ and other sources.
Why should you care?
Consider this quotation of Susan Sontag:
STUFF, BE CLENCHED, CURIOUS. NOT WAITING FOR INSPIRATION'S SHOVE OR
SOCIETY'S KISS ON YOUR FOREHEAD. PAY ATTENTION. IT'S ALL ABOUT PAYING
ATTENTION, ATTENTION IS VITALITY. IT CONNECTS YOU WITH OTHERS. IT MAKES
YOU EAGER, STAY EAGER."
1) "George Soros's $18 Billion
Tax Shelter" (WSJ). There are many others, who are allowed to donate to
political issues on the Right and the Left...tax - free. NOT RIGHT.
2) British Prime Minister Theresa May chides our President for warning
about Radical Islam. Check your rear-view mirror, Madam.
3) "The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers". (WSJ). More, always more, on the
"World Order" tripe. ABSOLUTELY NOT!.
In the world of unintended consequences, "a program to reduce hospital
admissions may have led to more deaths" (WSJ). Who but a Washington
bureaucrat would financially penalize a hospital for re-admitting
within 30 days a patient originally admitted for heart failure - who
comes in with a broken leg? You betcha.
5) Bureaucrats trying to
weaken private property rights in the form of Patent and Copyright Law
changes, issues currently before the USSC (WSJ). WRONG. Another area
where the "insane are taking over the asylum".
6) "How Tax Reform
Will Lift The Economy" (WSJ). Democrats ignore and vilify that concept,
pointing to the mainly failed social experiments they imposed over the
last 40 years financed by never-ending government deficit spending.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"
THESE DAYS, WITH ALL THE NEGATIVE VIBES AROUND US,
we can use all the help we can get. And these are even pleasant.
is a great difference between recognizing and accommodating gender
fluidity - beginning in utero - and promoting alternative sexual
lifestyles in otherwise normal children who already have to go through
confusing teenages. Very disappointing. It should stop.
> I used to think I was just a regular person, but I was born
white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist.
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes
me a fascist. I am heterosexual, which now makes me a
> I was christened by my parents (who were married, in a church
and remained married), which now labels me as an infidel.
I am older think I think and I reason, therefore I doubt much that the
main stream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.
> I am proud of my heritage which makes me a xenophobe.
I value my safety and that of my family and I appreciate the police and
the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to
each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.
I (and most of the people I know), acquired a fair education without
student loan debts and little or no debt at graduation, which makes me
some kind of odd underachiever.
> I believe in the
defence and protection of the homeland for and by all citizens and I
honour those who served in the Armed Forces, which now makes me a right
> Please help me come to terms with the new me… because I'm just
not sure who the hell I am anymore!
I would like to thank all my friends for sticking with me through these
seemingly abrupt, new found changes in my life and my
just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly!
Funny …it’s all just taken place over the last 7 or 8 years!
if all this nonsense wasn’t enough to deal with .... and now.... I’m
not sure which toilet to go into..............
HERE IS AN "OUT OF
MIND" EXPERIENCE ALL TOO REFLECTIVE OF LEFTISTS.