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
TUESDAY, December 31, 2013
"THE PROBLEM OF MUSLIM LEADERSHIP", by
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, WSJ Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Opinion, pA15.
did I miss this when it was published?
This is directly on point regarding whether "moderate Muslim" really
exists or whether it is an oxymoron. If it is the latter, and if
exists no moderate Muslim majority to expunge the Fundamentalists from
midst - and ours -, we are headed for World War. All I can do is to
that is not our destiny in 2014 and beyond.
Regarding the field of Economics, aptly
termed "the dismal science", I must pull a Sergeant Schultz: "I
But Alan Greenspan
knows something, even though he had to admit
after the 2008 meltdown something to the effect that "I didn't know the
gun was loaded".
Only Paul Krugman, the
perpetually liberal economist of the New
York Times, is absolutely and eternally secure in his pronouncements
the validity of this administration's economic manipulations.
However, now come two
articles worth reading suggesting that
Krugman and the Obama administration have had it all wrong.
See "How Britain
Returned to Growth", by George
Osborne (United Kingdom's Chancellor of the Exchequer), WSJ Tuesday,
2013, Opinion, pA17.
See also "The Case
For Repealing Dodd-Frank", by Peter J
. Wallison, in Imprimis (Hillsdale College), November 2013, Volume 42,
I know something.
Folks, NUMBERS DON'T LIE: 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
MONDAY, December 30, 2013
ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW: "SAVING MR.
It has been noted that
good...even great...movies get created
mainly when the country is down in the dumps. The Great
one example of this. Are we witnessing another such period, when
good movies rise above the wasteland?
Here is yet another
movie that is definitely worth the price of
admission, and also the price of a box of Kleenex. Emma Thompson
great, and is now my pick for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Hanks is also very good. But he may have to settle for "Best
Supporting Actor", although I'm not sure of that one.
For "Best Actor", I'm
sticking - so far - with Bruce
Dern in "Nebraska".
I haven't walked out of a movie in months.
SUNDAY, December 28 and 29, 2013
GREAT JOB, MR.
what are you going to screw up in 2014?
There is no dearth of targets; Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,
even Israel. We can't wait to see this one.
FRIDAY, December 26 and 27, 2013
OF LAW? Riiiggghhht.
WEDNESDAY, December 25, 2013
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN
- Pakistan. Despite the acid, still an important
ally...especially in view of the erratic behavior of India.
- India. They made their choice between U.S. and Russia
many years ago. Important but not reliable. However, keep
trying...with a strict "quid pro quo" approach.
- China. Inscrutable - and dangerous.
- Russia. "Scrutable"- and dangerous.
- The South China Sea. Make sure that it remains "Mare
- Japan. A gift in a plain brown wrapper. With
Taiwan, "our man in Asia".
- South Korea and North Korea. Stalemate.
- Afghanistan. We must retain a foot-hold there...for
possible future action in that region.
- Iran. A transparent "Kabuki Dance" with the Iranians
and the Russians, fooling no one. In the end, Iran will be a
nuclear nation - overtly or covertly.
- Iraq. "If you break it, you own it"...except that
the U.S. won't pay up. A rapidly developing failed State.
- Syria. A "crime against humanity". And don't give
me that horse manure about not knowing which side to
- Israel. Backed into a corner partly due to its own
Hutzpa. "He who seeks equity must do equity." It's
only hope for stability would be to become our 51st State.
- Saudi Arabia. Starting to see the handwriting on the
wall: a coming people's movement, democratic or Socialistic.
- Egypt. Ditto.
- Islam, the Religion / State. Only the overthrow of the
Fundamentalists by the Moderates (where are they?) will avoid another
- Ukraine. The West should be fighting - and bidding -
hard to draw it into the Western sphere.
- Turkey. Years of ambiguity from the West are leading to
the loss of that key player to the Muslim sphere.
- Western Europe - or the EU if you prefer. Still very
dependent on the health of the U.S.
- Great Britain. "There will always be an England"...on
our side when needed.
- Canada. A reliable partner if needed, and progressively
more important by virtue of its position in the Arctic - the
politically heating new frontier - and as our physical buffer against
- Mexico. Internally corrupt and still chafing over the
Mexican War. Not a reliable ally. Control our borders!
- South America. What happened to our "sphere of
influence" there? Mismanagement / meddling is what
happened. Needs a lot of work...but would be worth it.
So, WHAT TO
DO? Get back to believing that America is
SPECIAL in the world...and that the unbelieving current Administration
developing a vacuum in that world. That's very dangerous.
folks...before it's too late.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY NEW
YEAR TO ALL.
TUESDAY, December 24, 2013
MONDAY, December 23, 2013
They are the idiots.
SUNDAY, December 22, 2013
THE WORLD....": INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Stupido,
A BOOK REVIEW:
"Proof of Heaven: A
Neurosurgeon's Journey Into The Afterlife", by Eben
Alexander, M.D., Simon and Schuster, 2012.
Herein is proof that
Dr. Alexander experienced what he describes
in great detail. Here is evidence that many others have had similar
experiences, all related to the innate and generally unreachable powers
brains. Here are demonstrations that such experiences can make
believers in the
Spirit out of the most barnacled among us.
But it is NOT "proof
of Heaven". That reality will
have to await the culmination of what we were taught in first grade by
Nuns: that life should be all about Faith, Hope and Charity.
there is One Supreme Being creating and embracing all; Hope that each
individually, is held within that embrace; and Charity as our means of
realizing that Hope.
CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
SATURDAY, December 21, 2013
OBAMACARE; NOT YET AN EPITAPH, BUT
LEAST "THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK", FORMERLY KNOWN A "EXTREME
See the excellent
summary article on this subject by Charles
Krauthammer (who else?) posted in the Washington Post and in The
Dec. 20, 2013 entitled: "Health Care Takeover Is Story Of The
Year." Another demonstration of the mantra of the
Far Left: Articulate, Arrogant, Asinine.
JUST OUT: "Told You So: The Big Book
Of Weekly Columns", by Ralph Nader, going back to the 1970's.
should be ready with my own personal version soon. But meanwhile,
search out my personal opinions on most controversial subjects by using
site search engine. Not exactly "an offer you can't refuse",
but an offer nevertheless.
FRIDAY, December 20, 2013
IN THE NEW WORLD OF
INSTANT COMMUNICATION AND TOTAL OPENNESS, BOTH
THE RELIGION AND THE POLITICAL WORLD OF ISLAM CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT
AND EXPORTED VIOLENCE. THUS: "IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE
ON OBAMACARE: JUST SO
THURSDAY, December 19, 2013
WEDNESDAY, December 18, 2013
OLDER AND YOUNGER
BROTHERS SHOULD ACT.
HAND..." Something other than casualty reports.
- A soldier's view of thanks. One of the best letters that I have
received in years . . .
I have received two packages from you since I have arrived here and
everyone loves them. I know when I get a package from you I think of
how many people came together to make it possible. This deployment is
much different from my last two deployments. I had change my job to be
able to go on this deployment from a combat engineer to a map maker.
It's a much different way to contribute to the fight. Don't get me
wrong, I still go on patrols about twice a week, I can't stay away from
it all together.
I have not had the same attitude on this deployment as I have had on
the last two. Most days I just hate just waking up and going into work,
I think I just forgot why I'm here. The other day I was out on a
mission and we stopped at a base where Afghan's lived on the base with
U.S troops. We parked the trucks and we were going to grab some lunch
when all these little kids ran up to us. They started grabbing for our
pens, sunglasses, along with asking for money and candy. I can't forget
Pepsi, they love that stuff.
after we gave them all we had, they ran to the next group of soldiers
except for these two little girls. They had not gotten anything that we
had given out and I asked one of them what do you want? A drink, she
said no. I said, what do you want, she laughed and asked me to pick her
up. I was shocked that she didn't want anything, she just wanted
someone to play with. If you know the kids over here, they always want
something and they don't stop till they get it. I showed the little
girls how to play hot hands and give high fives. I was standing there
and they both grabbed onto my arms and said up, so I lifted them up and
up and up. I was so tired from lifting them up I had to stop.
I was leaving, one of the little girls gave me a bracelet, when I knew
she had nothing. It's amazing someone with so little could try to make
someone happy with the little they have. I will never forget those
little girls or what they did for me. They made me realize what I am,
why I do what I do and why I am here. It's nice to help people who need
it, to be a helping hand when someone needs it, to protect those who
can't protect themselves. Those little girls we helped, will help me
make it through this deployment and I thank them for that. The more
people realize that we are trying to help and not take over is better
for us. With every smile you receive, with every wave, with every
giggle you know you're doing a good thing even though a lot of people
don't think so.
I miss home every day and think about the people I left all the time,
but sometimes you have to stop thinking about yourself and do for
others, just like the way you do. I thank all the people who donate
candy, food, DVD's, books etc for my care packages . . . . . all of us
here appreciate what you do for us. Without the support from home we
could not function. Well, I have to go, work to be done and not enough
time to make my boss happy.
Friend SGT Papandrea
Good information regarding Health Insurance...specifically
TUESDAY, December 17, 2013
BET YOU WON'T BE THE
NINTH TO FAIL TO TEAR UP. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
HISTORY LESSON. I
Read this fascinating history of the $1 bill –
all the way to the bottom to know about Haym Solomon.
You may be in for quite a surprise!
On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles.
comprise the Great Seal of the United States.The First Continental
requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a
took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.
Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This
just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we
do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying
were not even close to being finished. Inside the Capstone you have the
all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's
one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God,
'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has
The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, 'a new
At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you
learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States .
It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell,
National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.
Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United
and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know
The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart
soar above it.
Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the
Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand
At the top of that shield there is a white bar signifying congress,
unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.
In the Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from
Above the Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing the
original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away.
were coming together as one.
Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive
arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight
preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in
war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
An (untrue) old-fashioned belief says that the number 13 is an
number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will almost never see a
numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about
America, which relies on God (not a number) to direct and lead,
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the pyramid,
13 letters in 'Annuit Coeptis',
13 letters in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 fruits, and if you look closely,
And finally, notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the
You will see that they are arranged as a
Star of David.
This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym
Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal
for his services to the Continental Army. Solomon said he wanted
himself, but he would like something for his people.The Star of David
result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army through
his financial contributions ...then died a pauper. Haym Solomon
million to save the Continental Army, money that was sorely needed to
realizeAmerica’s –our- freedom and independence from England .
Therein lies America ’s Judeo-Christian beginning.
Most American children do NOT know any of this.
They are not taught because their history teachers do NOT know this.
[They were not taught!]
On America ’s Freedom:
Too many veterans gave up too much to let the meaning fade.
Many veterans came home to an America that did not care.
Too many veterans never came home at all.
They served, they died for you … for me.
I hope you will learn
about the UNITED STATES DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for.
America is at a critical juncture.
Let's do whatever we can to save her
while never, ever forgetting:
It is God in whom we put our trust
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.
It may have taken 50 years, but the Agiornamento is finally here.
MONDAY, December 16, 2013
ON HIS KNEES RONALD REAGAN
is a rather short video that we all should watch, appreciate and fully
understand its meaning.
is also one that everyone in our government should be forced to watch
several times, at least until they get it!!!
you are one of those who do not forward e-mails, please make this an
exception and pass this along to everyone in your address book.
SUNDAY, December 12 through 15, 2013
ON OBAMACARE THAT'S
NOT TO LIKE.
Reminds me of the old saw: "A camel is a horse designed by committee.
THE STRIKE AND LOCK-OUT AT L&M HOSPITAL - A Letter to the Editor
As a physician working at this hospital for 51 years, I have never
witnessed the likes of the disaster unfolding in our midst today.
And, as always, I have shared my great concerns with my colleagues and
with Bruce Cummings in timely fashion. Although not in any way involved
with the negotiations that have been taking place in recent weeks and
months, I am quite familiar with the process of negotiation, having
been deeply involved in critical efforts on behalf of the New London
Board of Education, the City Council and the preservation organizations
for this city in the 1960's and 1970's. The elements of a
successful process have not changed: honesty, openness, fair
play, respect. I do not perceive these elements on either side
Fact: ObamaCare, coming on the heels of our Great Recession, has
created a sinkhole for Health Care, with the future in doubt for all of
us. Fact: health care professionals work in and expect
collegiality. Fact: business people think that a "Win-Lose"
result really exists. Fact: union leaders have been encouraged to
think that Labor Law includes the right to bargain for "job security"
in addition to "salary and working conditions". Fact: health care
professionals have great influence on the decisions of their patients
regarding both the kind of health services they need and where they
On the hospital side, the way they are dealing with their nurses - and,
truth be known, with their employed physicians - is akin to eating
their seed-corn. On the union side, the nurses may have chosen
their representatives poorly, considering the sad state of another
noble profession: teaching. One thing is certain: the current
state of affairs will have repercussions for years to come for all of
us. What a shame.
OBAMACARE: Washington "legislators",
bureaucrats and their medical academicians have no clue about - or
- really needed health care reforms. But that doesn't prevent
giving their citizens and the health care providers - Mafia-like
"an offer they can't refuse".
In case you have been
vacationing on another planet, the following
are some headlines and editorials you may have missed on this subject
more? I'll give you more. Check
out the articles and information posted on this web site under the
"Health Law" and "Managed Care", including my offerings going
back to 1978. Yes, things have changed: they've gotten WORSE".
Meanwhile, physician and hospital leadership and managed care "suits"
continue to cave under Federal orders to "Jump!"...rather than to
reply "Sez Who" in the Courts. And the feckless Public
continues to wander around saying "Wha Hoppen"? What a Team.
- "INSURERS FIGHT FOR THE HEALTHY."
- "THE HYPOCRISY OF CONGRESS'S GOLD - PLATED HEALTH CARE."
- "CARVE-OUTS FOR CONGRESS."
- "15,000 OBAMACARE SIGNUPS DIDN'T TRANSMIT, IMPROVEMENT SEEN."
- "BACKDATING OBAMACARE:A LAST-MINUTE RULE ORDERS INSURERS TO
PAY FOR THE LAW'S BLUNDERS."
- "ERRORS STILL PLAGUE HEALTH-CARE SITE."
- "UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO STRAIN SAFETY-NET HOSPITALS IN
- "NO, YOU CAN'T KEEP YOUR DRUGS EITHER UNDER OBAMACARE."
- "OBAMACARE'S PERILOUS PROTECTION PLAN FOR DEBTORS."
- "WHEN CONFIDENCE IS BROKEN...PROMISES NOT FULFILLED CAST A
PALL ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT."
- "DEDUCTIBLES FUEL NEW WORRIES ABOUT HEALTH-CARE STICKER
- "TOP TIER HOSPITALS EXCLUDED FROM OBAMACARE."
- "OBAMACARE'S PLANS ARE WORSE:HOW THE NEW LAW RAISES PRICES
AND LIMITS MEDICAL CHOICES."
- "INSURANCE AGENTS FEELING LEFT OUT OF "OBAMACARE"."
- "DOCTOR, NURSE VACANCIES SOAR AMID OBAMACARE ROLLOUT."
- "HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT ON WEB PLAGUED BY BUGS."
- "SMALL BUSINESS AND OBAMACARE: A NEW SURVEY SHOWS THAT
EMPLOYERS WILL DROP COVERAGE AND CUT HOURS."
- "MANIAS, PANICS AND OBAMACARE CRASHES: A READER'S GUIDE TO
THE COMING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TRAUMAS."
- "THE MEDICARE-FOR-ALL DIVERSION."
- "SUPREME COURT WEIGHS NEW HEALTH LAW DISPUTE."
- "THE NEXT OBAMACARE MIRAGE. THE NEW LINE IS THAT THE
HEALTH-CARE LAW WILL SAVE MONEY. THAT'S ALSO NOT TRUE."
- "NO BAILOUTS FOR OBAMACARE: THE HEALTH-CARE LAW'S 'RISK
CORRIDORS' COULD RESULT IN A HUGE TAXPAYER BURDEN."
- "OBAMACARE BOMBSHELL:IT OFFICIAL SAYS HEALTHCARE.GOV NEEDS
- "OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE MAY BE NEXT."
- "OBAMACARE EXPOSED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE."
- "OBAMA'S DESPERATE PLOY: MORE OF THE SAME."
- "PRESIDENT OBAMA CLEARLY NEVER WORKED FOR GOLDMAN SACHS."
- "THE LIBERAL PANIC ABOUT OBAMACARE."
- "APOLOGIZING, OBAMA YIELDS TO AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CRITICISM."
- "'AFFORDABLE CARE' OR A RIP-OFF? WE'RE STARTING TO FIND OUT
IF OBAMACARE WILL DELIVER AT MANAGEABLE PRICES."
- "THE OBAMACARE AWAKENING:AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR COVERAGE
BY POLITICAL DESIGN."
IS A GOOD MAN, A HOLY
MAN, WHO SPEAKS THE TRUTH. THAT COMBINATION WILL ALWAYS CAUSE SOME TO
WEDNESDAY, December 11, 2013
ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW. My streak of good
As another real movie reviewer said, sounding
hyperbolic, "Almost Perfect". This story is filmed in black and
white; and both that and the story itself are "black and
white". No shades of grey here. And yet it turns out to be,
a strange way, a Christmas story...without any merriment.
far, this makes my choices for Academy
Awards: Bruce Dern as best actor; his story mother as best supporting
and maybe even best cinematography. Now how's that for sticking my neck
TUESDAY, December 10, 2013
LAST TIME WE SAW
ANYTHING LIKE THIS. He is
MONDAY, December 9, 2013
ONCE AGAIN, WITH
offerings of the American Center for
Democracy, for which we provide a link on this web site, are
This one is about Japan today. "Who knew?"
SUNDAY, December 8, 2013
REGARDING GUN VIOLENCE.
here's an example of thinking outside the box:
Violence As A Health Epidemic", by Andrew W. Papachristos, The Day (www.theday.com), Dec. 8 2013,
pC7. This is akin to what engineers talk about regarding
"accidents"; namely, THE ACCIDENT CHAIN.
Read it and weep. Just don't get sick.
THE POPE IS RIGHT ON TARGET. WITNESS THE REACTION...
MANDELA: For once,
all the praise is not hyperbole.
FRIDAY, December 6, 2013
YET ANOTHER MOVIE NOT TO MISS...but don't
read any reviews beforehand.
with Judy Dench and Steve
Coogan, is Grade A all the way...despite or because of the terrible
matter: the Irish Magalena Laundries.
to the movie reviewer who suggested that it
might have started out as a comedy, I award a consultation with a
Hi dad--I can't tell.
It wouldn't surprise me, though. 4 of my friends hunt.
are these figures accurate? If so, Admiral
Yamamoto - who
lived for a time in America, was right on target when he cautioned
invading the U.S. "There is a gun behind every blade of
If accurate, I'll post it.
THURSDAY, December 5, 2013
Interesting slant on things
were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin ...
me to restate that number: 600,000!
Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's
hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.
That’s more men under arms than in Iran. More than France
and Germany combined.
These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state,
Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms,and NO ONE WAS KILLED.
That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of
Pennsylvania andMichigan 's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED
Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia
and it literally establishes the fact that thehunters of those four
states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
And then add in the total number of hunters in the
other 46 states.
The point? ________
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion
with that kind of home-grown firepower!
it's not just a way to fill the freezer.
a matter of national security.
That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.
Food for thought, when next we consider gun control, whether you agree
with it or not.
Overall it's true, so if we disregard some
assumptions that huntersdon't possess the same skills as soldiers, the
question would still remain...
What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million,
40 million, or 50 million armed citizens???
For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun
control or confiscation of guns.
REGARDING "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM", THIS IS "WHA
let us ask: What is the definition of
WEDNESDAY, December 1 through 4, 2013
MORE PROOF OF LIBERAL SCHIZOPHRENIA. They disapprove of just
about everything President Obama has done...but a plurality of them
would still vote for him! At least now we have a diagnosis. Now on to
the treatment, in 2014 and in 2016.
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