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
FRIDAY and Saturday, June 29 and
Every once in a while, I wax poetic about the great
post-graduate course in THE WORLD offered daily in the Wall
Street Journal, Opinion section. This is just too
good to miss: factual, thoughtful, rational, and - except for the
actual editorials - non-partisan. The following are just a few
recent "must reads" appearing this week.
- "Who Killed Palestine?", by Bret
- "Fixing Health Care", by Ron Wyden and
- "The Choice On Health Care", by Sally
- "The Speech Police", by Bradley
- "Who's Really 'Sicko'", by David
- "Bong Hits 4 Jesus - Final Episode", by
Regarding whether "IN A DEMOCRACY, THE PEOPLE ALWAYS GET WHAT THEY
DESERVE", there are three kinds of people: those who make things
happen; those who watch things happen; and those who are constantly
saying "Wha Hoppen?" As stated in the last two offerings
in this section, if we as a nation are to survive this current "sepsis
of governance", no one can afford to be in that last category.
Wake up, folks, and get up to speed...or stay home on Election Day.
THURSDAY, June 26 through 28,
"PUBLIC POLICY"? Too high-minded a term for
the confusion and mis-steps reflected these days at all levels of
- Local: The City of New London is being burdened
with ever-broader interpretations of "tax exempt property and
activities". Tax exemption should apply, as a privilege and
not a right, to an agency whose specific work society wishes to
encourage, so long as that does not result in an unfair advantage over
commercial, taxable activities. The provisions of the related
Bill just passed by the State Legislature fall outside of those
parameters. In addition, the re-direction of funds originally
intended for the Submarine Base is short-sighted in the extreme.
- State: The Connecticut Legislature is a wholly
owned subsidiary of the Education lobby and is captive to a jumble of
liberal ideologies typical of the Democratic Party these days.
Its idea of reform and enhancement of Public Education continues to be
to throw more money at it...with no accountability and no
competition. Governor Rell, where are you? The State
situation is the topic of several pointed articles and statements: by
Morgan McGinley of The Day; by Chris Powell of the Manchester Journal
Enquirer; and by John Markowicz, point man during the last BRAC attack
on the Sub Base.
- Federal: This administration continues to wait
for a "deus ex machina" in Iraq. Congress is terminally
confused over immigration reform. And the U.S. Supreme Court
continues to churn out 5 to 4 decisions, formerly tacking left...now
It would be easy to diagnose all this as reflecting deep divisions
within our citizenry. But this is systemic: a sepsis in our
governance. I have long subscribed to the tenet that "In a
democracy, the people always get what they deserve". But I'm not
so sure now that we deserve all of this. I sure don't.
MONDAY, June 25,
And here you have it, folks: good concept; terrible execution by this
Rice defends U.S. policy despite
Mideast strife, by Arshad Mohammed
PARIS (Reuters) - Eleven months after saying the world was
witnessing "the birth pangs of a new Middle East," U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice defended U.S. policy in the face of strife in
Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza.
Rice was ridiculed for having made the remark last July during the war
between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon by critics who
believe the Bush administration has drastically undermined the
stability of the Middle East.
Asked about the comment at a news conference with French Foreign
Minister Bernard Kouchner, Rice on Sunday argued Iraq was better off
for the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein as was Lebanon for the 2005
departure of Syrian troops from its soil.
"Democracy is hard. And I see it is especially hard when there are
determined enemies who try and strangle it," Rice said when a reporter
referred to her "birth pangs" remark and asked how the "the baby" was
doing nearly a year later.
Rice took issue with the idea that the Middle East was more "stable"
before the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and unleashed
the brutal insurgency in Iraq.
"What stability? The stability in which Saddam Hussein put 300,000
people in mass graves -- that was stability? The stability in which
Syrian forces were embedded in Lebanon -- that was stability?" she
"The stability in which Yasser Arafat turned down an opportunity for
the Palestinian people to have their own state -- that was stability?"
she added, alluding to the failure of U.S.-brokered peace talks between
the late Palestinian leader and former Israeli prime minister Ehud
Barak in 2000.
More than 3,500 U.S. soldiers and an estimated tens of thousands of
Iraqi civilians have died since the U.S.-led invasion gave rise to the
insurgency and ethnic strife in Iraq.
While Syrian troops have left Lebanon, the country remains divided
between the Western-backed government led by Lebanese Prime Minister
Fouad Siniora and the Hezbollah opposition.
Siniora has sent Lebanese troops to fight guerrillas from Fatah
al-Islam, an al Qaeda-inspired Sunni group, in a Palestinian refugee
camp near Tripoli for the past five weeks.
U.S. efforts to promote Israel-Palestinian peace have made little
progress, in part because of the internal Palestinian split between
President Mahmoud Abbas of secular Fatah and Islamist Hamas, which won
parliamentary elections last year.
The United States has tried to strengthen Abbas in his struggle with
Hamas, which Washington views as a terrorist group.
The power struggle erupted into outright warfare this month when Hamas
forces defeated Fatah to take control of Gaza, effectively splitting
the Palestinians between the coastal strip dominated by Hamas and the
West Bank ruled by Fatah.
"It's hard for democracy to take hold in a place in which it has not
taken hold before but I am confident about the triumph of these values
because I have seen it happen before," Rice said.
Shibley Telhami, a professor at the University of Maryland, rejected
"If before the Iraq war someone could have described the scenario that
we now face in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, the Palestinian
territories and Lebanon, as a possible outcome of the war, the Bush
Administration -- and everyone else -- would have seen this as a
nightmare scenario," he said.
"People want more liberty for sure, but they fear the anarchy they
witness in Iraq and reject foreign occupation even more strongly than
they desire democracy," Telhami added.
SUNDAY, June 23 and 24,
I guess it had to happen, as it does in the Indy 500:
both the liberal Democrats and the ultra-conservative Republicans have
been running so far ahead of their constituencies that they have
overtaken the least liberal and least conservative among them,
respectively. An article in this week's NYTimes by Melinda
Henneberger supports the proposition: "Why Pro-Choice Is A Bad
Choice For Democrats". Writing about the purple prose being
posted by ultra-conservatives regarding immigration reform, Timothy
Egan reports in a NYTimes article this week that two of these
Republicans were defeated in Phoenix and in southern Arizona
("Republicans Losing The West"). NOW HEAR THIS: the vast
majority of Americans see the many problems this nation is ignoring as
not a result of what some would like to call a President who seems "all
hat and no cattle"...but as the result of a severe systemic fault -line
that has developed in the body politic. The people want decisions
and results that are arrived at by the best consensus that can be
honestly and legally achieved. The party that comes closest to a
public perception of that goal will win in 2008 and for many
FRIDAY, June 22, 2007
Here is "More proof of
abuse by our
THURSDAY, June 21,
Why do we always have a sense of deja vu when reading
the news, as if we've read the same news time and time again?
Because nothing gets resolved with our current crop of leaders
at all levels.
- In New London, Ct., the owner of Union Station keeps
getting stiffed by local and state authorities in his long-time efforts
to receive fair compensation for the services his facility
provides to the city and State.
- In Hartford, Governor Rell continues her
"moistened finger in the wind" style of governance, perfected by Bill
Clinton, with regard to the State budget, marijuana for medical usage,
- At all levels, evidence continues to mount that school
choice is the only way out of the morass that is public
education...but it continues to be blocked by the craven teachers'
- From the Vatican we now learn that the "annulment",
after a 12 year marriage that produced two children for former U.S.
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy and his wife, has now been "reversed".
What a travest of religion and justice, then and now.
- Amoral members of the U.S. Congress and the Senate
continue to insist on broad and vague approaches to the issue of
stem cell research that would guarantee the destruction of
living human embryos, despite the reservations of more than three
quarters of the American population, and despite developing
- Immigration reform continues to fester amid the
diatribes on both sides of the issue, while this issue threatenes to
become potentially as divisive for the nation as slavery and
- "Energy Independence" continues to be held
hostage to a miriad of competing special interests, rather than
prioritizing the issues involved: national security; the economy;
public and private safety; global warming; public desires.
- We learn today that "large areas of (New
Orleans), including sections that are being rebuilt,
remain at risk from flooding despite more than $1 billion in work to
fix and upgrade the hurricane protection system, according to a new
Army Corps of Engineers report released Wednesday". (See The
Day Thursday, June 21, State/Nation, pA5).
- In Iraq, the "same ol', same ol' continues,
complete with more American body bags, with little chance of
improvement on this tack.
Folks, we can't forget our foreign enemies. But we are
certainly weakening, and ultimately defeating, ourselves by this insane
approach to our serious problems and vital issues. The most
recent national figure to point this out is New York Mayor
Michael Bloomberg...who may be the first person in American
history to be running for the Vice Presidency. If he can
stimulate a course change for this country, more power to him.
WEDNESDAY, June 18 through 20,
...AND WHO SAYS I DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR. (See
also "A Bit oF Whimsey" on
this web site)." GS
Hillary Clinton said that her childhood dream
was to be an Olympic athlete.
But she was not athletic enough. She said she wanted to be an
astronaut, but at the time they didn't take women. She said she wanted
to go into medicine, but hospitals made her woozy. Should she be
telling people this story? I mean she's basically saying she wants to
be president because she can't do anything else."
the big story -- Hillary Clinton will be running for president in 2008.
You know why I think she's running? I think she finally wants to see
what it's like to sleep in the president's bed."
Democrats have mixed feelings about Sen. Hillary Clinton running for
president. Apparently, some Democrats don't like the idea, while others
a fiery speech this weekend, Hillary Clinton wondered why President
Bush can't find the tallest man in Afghanistan. Probably for
the same reason she couldn't find the fattest intern under the desk."
"Former President Bill Clinton said that if his wife, Hillary, is
elected president, he will do whatever she wants. ‘
You know Bill Clinton -- when he makes a vow to Hillary, you can take
that to the bank."
A student from the University of Washington has sold his soul on eBay
for $400. He's a law student, so he probably doesn't need it, but
still, that's not very much. Today, Hillary Clinton said, 'Hey, at
least I got some furniture and a Senate seat for mine."
"Hillary Clinton said today that she wants legislation to allow all
ex-felons to vote. See, this way all the Clinton's former business
partners can vote for her in 2008."
Hillary Clinton's 506-page memoirs have come out. So much of her
personality shines through, that in the end, you, too, will want to
sleep with an intern."
In Hillary Clinton's new book 'Living History,' Hillary details what it
was like meeting Bill Clinton, falling in love with him, getting
married, and living a passionate, wonderful life as husband and wife.
Then on page two, the trouble starts.
- Jay Leno
"In the book, she says when Bill told her he was having an affair, she
said "I could hardly breathe, I was gulping for air.
No, I'm sorry, that's what Monica said."
- David Letterman
"Hillary Clinton, our junior senator from New York, announced that she
has no intentions of ever, ever running for office of the President of the United
States. Her husband, Bill Clinton, is bitterly disappointed.
He is crushed. There go his dreams of becoming a two-impeachment
- David Letterman
"Last night, Senator Hillary Clinton hosted her first party in her new
home in Washington People said it was a lot like the parties she used
to host at the White House. In fact, even the furniture was the same."
- Jay Leno
"Senator Hillary Clinton is attacking President Bush for breaking his
campaign promise to cut carbon dioxide emissions, saying a promise
made, a promise broken. And then out of habit, she demanded that Bush
spend the night on the couch."
- Craig Kilborn
"CNN found that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America.
Women admire her because she's strong and successful. Men admire her
because she allows her husband to cheat and get away with it."
- Jay Leno
"Hillary Clinton is the junior senator from the great state of New
York. When they swore her in, she used the Clinton family Bible. . the
one with only seven commandments."
SUNDAY, June 17,
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. Like one's birthday,
it's always nice to have a little nice attention directed your
way. And an article on "fathering" that appears in this week's
WSJ and in today's The Day is also appreciated ("What Kids Get From
Time With Dad", by Sue Shellenbarger, Workday, Sec. D, p1).
In it we hear - again, but not in a long time - that the role of
fathers in parenting should augment but is distinct from that of the
mother: less "touchy-feely" but just as warm, and more
real-world. Thus, single parent households and same gender parent
households are definitely second best. What? Did I say
something not "politically correct"? "Just the facts, Ma'am".
- Michael Nifong, of Duke University fame, has
finally received part of his due. His prosecutorial misconduct is
of a piece with problems about which I have written at various
times in this section. Very serious business. And a feature
article in today's NYTimes Magazine seems to point in the same
direction in dealings with physicians who dispense narcotics for
control of pain. More on that later.
- Gaza, Hamas and Fatah. Does anyone still
doubt that the issues in that part of the world go far beyond Saddam
Hussein and Israel? Shia vs Sunni, locally and within and among
nations; Oil; the efforts of despotic regimes to retain power; a rising
radical Islam; the self-dealing of former (and aspiring future?)
colonial powers like France; the inevitable fishing in troubled waters
by Russia and now China, the latter also in Africa; the nationalist
desires of Kurds and the counterbalancing determination of Turkey to
thwart such desires; the aim of Iran to become the dominant power in
the Middle East....The Bush administration knew or should have known of
and planned for these cross-currents before invading Iraq.
Perhaps they did, but saw that our substantial physical presence there
on the ground was clearly in our self-interest...as it surely is.
If so, why is Prime Minister Tony Blair now quoted as saying that he
was very upset in 2002 with the lack of planning for the
post-war. Or is this all just "plausible deniability" for our
intent to stay there for decades to come?
- Immigration. The other word for "amnesty"
for the current illegals is to call them by their true name, thanks to
the American business sector and to acquiescence by the government:
INVITEES. But what should not be in doubt is the obligation of a
sovereign nation to control its borders adequately. This must be
an effective part of any legislative reform.
- China. Commerce and globalization are one
thing. Allowing risk to our food supply from that or any other
country is totally unacceptable. Does this pro-business
administration realize at least this?
- Global warming. Several articles in recent
newspapers articulate what's at stake; the possible future of
Phoenix, Az., "the first Domed city"?; the role of third world
deforestation activities, which produce nearly 20% of carbon dioxide
emissions; the increasing number of coal-fired power plants, adding
nearly half as much; and that perennial favorite talking point -
the internal combustion engine. These elements all have one thing
in common: they can be addressed and fixed. Otherwise, pick your
- The military double-speak continues, this time
from General Petraeus. In this lethal game of strip poker, our
bet of "a surge" has been topped by our enemies, while the Maliki
government fiddles. (Pardon the jumble of mixed metaphores, but
you get the idea). Time for my idea, expressed in this section
long before news of the "surge": put Iraq in border lockdown with as
many troops and fancy gear as possible, and let a true civil war from
within play out. Sounds heartless. But what we're doing is
brain-less, and is still not helping the suffering Iraqi people in the
streets end their suffering.
- Jimmy Carter, call your office. It seems
that some of your Habitat for Humanity sites are crumbling very
prematurely. Don't let that good idea crumble, too, while you
play ambassador without portfolio elsewhere. Focus, man;
- The long-knives of the managed care industry are coming out with
respect to Health Savings Accounts. This great
idea, long suffocated in the womb over the last twenty years, must be
gaining traction. See "Health Savings Plans Start To Falter",
by Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ Tuesday, June 12, Personal Journal, pD1.
Understand this: if the current approaches finally designed to force
decisions about seeking health care back into the hands of the
patient-consumer fail, then you can choose between de facto or de jure
rationing...or a total breakdown of the greatest health care in the
world. Your choice.
TUESDAY through SATURDAY, June 12
through 16, 2007
Dave, this is very important, and will have major repercussions
wherever unions hold sway...as in the public education arena. I
know a lot of good teachers, and no good teachers' unions. GS
This is very interesting. Last
year, our GOP Secretary of State proposed rules (developed by two
lawyers on our Lincoln Club Board) to do exactly what the SupCt
recently said is OK. The Colorado Court of Appeals overruled her
last year, based in large part on that Washington ruling that is now
overturned. And it was a 9-0 decision--amazing. DS
Tank Lauds Major Decision for Free Speech
Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Victory in Davenport v WEA
Colo.—Colorado’s free market think tank hails a new landmark legal
ruling that confirms the state’s authority to protect public-sector
Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Davenport v Washington Education Association
that states may create laws granting extra protections to public-sector
workers who want to be asked first before the union can spend their
money on political causes. The
9-0 decision upholds a 1992 law approved by 73 percent of
Washington state voters requiring unions to receive “affirmative
authorization” from non-member agency fee payers before spending
mandatory fees on politics.
Court clearly stated that individual workers’ First Amendment rights
trump the unions’ First Amendment rights. In 2006, the Colorado Court
of Appeals relied on arguments now overturned by the Davenport decision to moot a
Colorado Secretary of State rule that required members to give
permission before organizations could spend their money on state
U.S. Supreme Court has cleared a major obstacle preventing Colorado
from adopting a policy that protects the rights of all public employees
to choose how their money is spent.
“The Davenport decision bodes well for
workers’ rights in Colorado,” said Jon Caldara, president of the
Independence Institute. “It only makes the case stronger that workers
deserve to be asked first.”
of the Independence Institute’s successful efforts to notify union
member teachers of their rights to receive political refunds was
included in 2006 briefs filed in the Davenport case.
heard firsthand from many teachers who didn’t know some of their
hard-earned dollars fund political campaigns,” said Caldara. “We’re
thrilled at the Supreme Court’s strong decision for free speech and
common sense, and hope it opens the door for rulings that protect the
rights of members and non-members alike.”
Institute introduced five Colorado public school teachers to video
producers from the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Olympia, Wash., an
organization that has brought repeated attention to union violations of
the 1992 Washington state law. The Colorado teachers explained the need
for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold individual free speech in an
of whether you agree or disagree with the issue [the union supports], I
just think it’s my money first, and I feel like they should ask me,”
said Eaglecrest High School veteran band teacher Steve Hinman.
a Colorado Education Association member, was one of 40 teachers from
across the country who came to Washington, D.C., in January to observe
the Davenport case’s
oral arguments and to participate in a press conference sponsored by
Independence Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy
research organization based in Golden, Colo.
MONDAY, June 11, 2007
As a reminder, see the Rapid Response for Monday through Wednesday, November 28 through
30, 2005. Res Ipsa Loquitur.
SUNDAY, June 10,
I don't know about you, but the continuing
great volume of deaths of our troops in Iraq from IED's has been very
frustrating and puzzling to me. The following may help.
Improvised Explosive Defeat?
By David Ignatius
Sunday, June 10, 2007; Page B07
The photographs gathered by The Post each month in a gallery called
Faces of the Fallen are haunting. The soldiers are so young, enlisted
men and women mostly, usually dressed in the uniforms they wore in Iraq
and Afghanistan. What's striking is that most of them were killed by
roadside bombs known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
The United States is losing the war in Iraq because it cannot combat
these makeshift weapons. An army with unimaginable firepower is being
driven out by guerrillas armed with a crude arsenal of explosives and
blasting caps, triggered by cellphones and garage-door openers.
This is Gulliver's torment, circa 2007. We have thrown our money and
technology at the problem, with limited effect. In 2004 the Pentagon
created a special task force called the Joint IED Defeat Organization
(or JIEDDO, in Pentagon-ese). It has spent $6.3 billion and assembled a
staff of nearly 400, but every day more of our brave young people die,
and we seem unable to stop it.
"Once the bomb is made, it's too late," says Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a
member of the House Armed Services Committee who has studied the IED
problem. She says the best hope is to disrupt the money and supplies
that allow the bombs to be constructed.
Low-tech seems to trump high-tech. The military is operating nearly
5,000 robots in Iraq and Afghanistan, compared with 150 in 2004. The
latest model, dubbed "Fido," has a digital nose that can sniff
explosives. Yet the bombs are so cheap and easy to make, and the robot
sniffers are so expensive and finicky to operate, that the cost-benefit
ratio seems to work in favor of the insurgents.
We have dozens of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over Iraq at any
given time, monitoring highways and ammunition dumps and suspected
terrorists. And we have many hundreds of additional sensors, adding
more data. But the flow of this intelligence information is so vast
that it overwhelms our ability to analyze it. Retired Gen. Montgomery
Meigs, who heads JIEDDO, disagrees. "It's not true that there is so
much data we're swamped and can't deal with it," he said.
Someday, perhaps, the Pentagon will track and target bombers by
identifying biological tags -- smells or DNA traces that are unique
signatures. Someday, we will be able to examine the microbes on an
insurgent's skin or in his gut to find out if he was trained in Iran or
the Bekaa Valley or Afghanistan. But in a world with an ever-expanding
supply of suicide bombers, will such technology make any difference?
The insurgents who kill our young soldiers are ruthless, but we have
sometimes been cautious in our response. Take the question of targeting
bomb makers: There may be an unlimited supply of explosives in Iraq,
but there is not an unlimited supply of people who know how to wire the
detonators. In 2004, CIA operatives in Iraq believed that they had
identified the signatures of 11 bomb makers. They proposed a diabolical
-- but potentially effective -- sabotage program that would have
flooded Iraq with booby-trapped detonators designed to explode in the
bomb makers' hands. But the CIA general counsel's office said no. The
lawyers claimed that the agency lacked authority for such an operation,
one source recalled.
There are technologies that would allow us to detonate every roadside
bomb in Iraq by heating the wires in the detonators to the point that
they triggered an explosion. But these systems could severely harm
civilians nearby, so we're not using them, either. "In our system, we
often are not given credit for the fact that we are very concerned
about collateral damage," Meigs said.
We wrote the book for the insurgents, in a sense. By arming and
training the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets in the
1980s, we created the modern dynamics of asymmetric warfare. That
extends even to the fearsome armor-piercing "explosively formed
penetrators," or EFPs, that we have accused the Iranians of supplying
to Iraqi insurgents. The CIA referred to these tank busters as "platter
charges" in the days when we were covertly helping provide them to the
The simple, low-tech answer to the IED threat is to reduce the number
of targets -- by getting our troops off the streets during vulnerable
daylight hours, to the extent possible. It's an interesting fact that
very few IED attacks have been suffered by our elite Special Forces
units, which attack al-Qaeda cells and Shiite death squads mostly at
night, with devastating force. They blow in from nowhere and are gone
minutes later, before the enemy can start shooting. That's the kind of
asymmetry that evens the balance in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SATURDAY, June 9,
Americans are said to have 30 second attention
spans...but that does not work in the field of Health
Care, especially regarding their personal health care.
Take the latest distortion: 1) "Vitamin D protects against a
variety of cancers and metabolic disorders; 2) We are not getting
enough Vitamin D; 3) The body makes Vitamin D from sunlight exposure;
4) Get more sunlight exposure. Result of this poor advice:
get more Malignant Melanoma. Instead, talk to
your doctor about a prescription for Vitamin D blood test, very likely
followed by a period of loading dose Vitamin D by mouth, followed by a
much higher maintenance dosage than is provided in the usual daily
vitamins taken. Another distortion in the making: men
who take estrogenic medicines to treat prostate cancer have a higher
risk of heart disease; and men who have a low testosterone blood level
have similar problems. That does Not mean what it seems to
mean. The point here is that important medical decision-making
should be in the hands of a good family physician who knows what
he or she doesn't know - and informed by at least one qualified
specialist. Then, armed with all this information...PICK YOUR
POISON. No 30 second expositions here.
FRIDAY, June 6 through 8,
- Even on Immigration Reform, this is "The
Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight". What has happened to
"the greatest deliberative body in the world? A permanent state
of election paralysis, that's what. Meanwhile, a common sense and
lucid analysis of the issues appeared in Wednesday's WSJ by Peter D.
Salins, entitled "The 'Guest Worker' Folly" (Opinion,
pA19). Ultimately, this problem is a polynomial equasion
involving several incontrovertable forces of nature: 1) like the lunar
tides, the recurring movement of just plain human beings from
less desireable to more desireable lives; 2) like a massive magnet, the
siren song from employers throughout this country looking for
cheap labor - making these people a form of invitees; 3) truth be
known, the policies of the Mexican government fostering the emigration
of their poor people from their country; 4) the combination of
ignorance, hypocracy and cynicism too often found in our political
class. Once again we ask: Where have the leaders
- Gays in the military. Now,
this is a moving target, due to developing scientific
information that strongly indicates that homosexuality is much more a
biologic issue than one of life-style choice; and the growing
experience of the military regarding the unavoidable presence of gays
in the ranks for many years. Under these new circumstances, the
illogic of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is pointed up in an article in the
NYTimes by Stephen Benjamin entitled "Don't Ask, Don't Translate"
(Friday, June 8, Op-Ed, pA31). How about we try another motto: "DON'T
JUDGE; DON'T HATE".
TUESDAY, June 5,
AND THEY SAID (AND SAY) IT COULDN'T BE
DONE! Here is some ammunition against "the nattering
nabbobs of negativity" in New London. GS
MONDAY, June 4,
are offered as published in Military magazine, June 07, Vol. XXIV, No. 1 Question: why have we not seen this
material published elsewhere?
This offering is provided by my good
friend Stephen Percy of Waterford, CT. GS
SUNDAY, June 1 through 3,
- Regarding the most recently released 2002 CIA report
outlining possible or probable outcomes following an invasion of Iraq
by America. This does not change the calculus for the invasion,
given the then-known information. But it makes a further mockery
of the implementation of that decision, especially the "planning" for
the post-war. Another chapter for you legacy, President
Bush. Too bad.
- The term "Conservative" is thrown about with
abandon these heady election campaign days. In most cases, its
representation gives the concept a bad name, often achieved by its own
practitioners. But George Will has it straight, as expressed in
his most recent article entitled "Get Real And Embrace The
Rightness Of Conservatism (in The Day Friday, June 1,
Commentary, pA7). This could be considered the E = MC2
of political thought, the unifying theory from which none of us
conservatives should stray too far.
- Finally, Connecticut legislators have
addressed its recent experience with Eminent Domain law,
as articulated in the now - famous USSC case, Kelo v New London.
The result is far from the heralded tsunami...more like a little
splash. And that further frames the demagoguery that emanated
from the Governor and on down after the Court's decision was
published. Nothing like a taste of realism. Even under this
new legislation, the New London takings would have passed muster.
- Admitting the obvious. Finally, the
Bush administration is starting to talk about staying in Iraq for
the long haul, even pointing to our on-going experience in
Korea as an example. Why do politicians have so little faith in
the common sense of the American people?
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