Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Paging Doctor Gurby

--------------------------------------------------SURGEON GENERAL SEES FOUR YEAR TERM AS COMPROMISED -Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (left) whined to Congress yesterday that a swarm of gnats at the Cheney-Rove-W regime would not let him speak or write about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, mental health issues, prison health issues or global health issues. Doctor "Bad" Carmona served in Army Special Forces in Viet Nam, earned two purple hearts, ran the Pima County Swat Team and works as a trauma surgeon. Doc - you should have known that Bushies are mostly Jerry Falwell U grads - very uncomfortable around non-creationist science and medicine and always on-message, even if the faith based message is do not help Special Olympics - handicapped deserve God's wrath for getting involved with liberal dems. Doc, you needed to take the lead. Surgeon General's job is to educate the public, hard to do this wearing a gag. What was the worst thing that could have happened if you had done your job? You could have been fired. Wake up - you are a surgeon, prolonged unemployment not likely. Even now you are playing silly games, dancing around the obvious fact that the Kennedys are identified with the Special Olympics and refusing to name Bushy names in open session. Surgeon General not quite the same as an army general, you are supposed to identify public health priorities and alert the public, not just follow orders. One last chance to get off Team Moron and help your successor to do the job right - name some names in public. Too late to be an adequate Surgeon General, but, afraid to say the name Kennedy?? Doc, at this point you are embarassing Army special forces.-------------------------------------------------------------------------

-HEROIN SEIZES TURKMENISTAN, A NATION ILL EQUIPPED TO COPE - Turkmenistan suffers a plague of heroin addiction, the result of access to cheap heroin and head in the sand approach by the previous government. But As Good As News knows what to look for in every Turkmenistan story and we are not disappointed. First, the NY Times has, yet again, proven itself incapable of printing the name Turkmenistan without the adjective "reclusive". Perhaps Times thinks it is part of the name. Second, it's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (pictured top right) to the rescue once again. Turkmenistan's President is a dentist and former senior health official (and from now on he is Doc Gurby to As Good As News readers - I will never type that name again). He has already publicly recognized the serious problem his predecessor ignored, noted the need for a large scale war on drugs and signed Turkmenistan on for an HIV prevention program.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So, if we could do it all over again, who is your pick for Surgeon General, who is the real health pro, Doctor "Bad" Carmona or Doc Gurby?

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