Good Morning, and Happy Martin Luther King Day.
1 Priorities, priorities…Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) has made his career out of the fact that he was an associate of Dr. King during the civil rights movement. On Sunday’s”This Week” on ABC’, Lewis said on he would not vote for legislation that prevents a government shutdown if it did not first resolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “I, for one, will not vote on government funding until we get a deal for DACA,” the alleged icon said.
That’s right: Lewis, and presumably many of his colleagues, would waste millions of dollars and interfere with life and daily needs of American citizens to obtain a path to citizenship for 800,000 currently illegal residents, and create a permanent incentive for foreign citizens to break our laws so they can get their kids an entitlement. It’s more important to give illegal residents what they have no right to have, then to ensure legal citizens what their taxes pay for. This is the unethical result when ideology takes precedence over common sense.
2. Fake news also takes precedence, apparently. “Trump’s Words Eclipsing Deal For Dreamers” reads the above-the-fold headline on today’s New York Times. There are many other similar headlines on display. If, in fact, it is true that the President’s (alleged, disputed, reported initially via hearsay, denied by the speaker, and intentionally misrepresented by critics even if the alleged version is accepted) words have a decisive impact on a DACA deal, then the DACA adherents were posturing all along. What difference does it make to DACA what the President says off-the cuff in a private meeting? Apparently it is more important to Democrats and the “resistance” to denigrate the President than to accomplish substantive policy goals. Good to know.
UPDATE: I just read the opinion of conservative blogger Liz Shield after I wrote this. She said,
My position on sh!ithole-gate is this: It’s not appropriate for the President of the United States use this kind of language. Now, this was a private meeting and perhaps Trump did not think the Democrats would sabotage the DACA negotiations and, in this regard, Trump is terribly naive. There will be no good faith discussions on any policy because the policy of the Democrats is that Trump must FAIL, even at the expense of the Democrat constituencies they claim to be fighting so hard for. That is their position and I hope the president gets hip to this soon. Instead, the conversation we are having is not about policy but rather that Trump is a RACIST. Which is, coincidentally, the sole platform held by his political enemies.
Pretty much. The last sentence is unfair, though: their platform is that the President is a racist, senile, crazy, stupid, a Nazi, a traitor, a liar, a sexual predator and not really President.
3. What, no fava beans? I saw this story a while ago, and it almost slipped by. That would have been a tragedy.
UK doctor Simon Bramhall had burning his initials onto two patients’ livers after operating on them. It was kind of a signature thing, you see. He made the markings with an argon beam, and they will eventually disappear. The SBs were discovered after one of the patients had another surgery performed by a second doctor, who said something like, “Uh, are you aware that somebody signed your liver?” Both of the operations Bramhall signed off on were long and difficult, and the doctor said he was tired , stressed, and used bad judgment. Diane Feinstein would understand!
A judge was less sympathetic. Bramhall pleaded guilty in December to assault by beating. He was sentenced to perform 12-months of community service and to pay a £10,000 ($13,732.90) fine. He will perform 120 hours of work without pay. The judge added, in handing down the sentence, “This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal.”
Bramhall was suspended from his position at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, then later resigned during an internal investigation into the matter. He currently works for the National Health Service. The General Medical Council, which regulates doctors in the United Kingdom, issued him a formal warning last February.
That’s right. He’s still a doctor. Even though he signed patients’ livers.
Yes, this is the national health care system that the U.S. is urged to emulate. Where surgeons can prove they are completely nuts, have no respect for their patients, take outrageous liberties, and then get sent back to work. “Next time, just sign the organs you’ve removed, OK?”