Reality Check

I wasn’t going to waste my time bitching about Dr. Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General just on the basis of his piss poor performance vis a vis Michael Moore’s Sicko.  Then I read this and was compelled…

Why I Would Vote No On Pot

That’s the title, the rest is crap, and there’s really no point in quoting any more.  Suffice it to say, mister teevee doctor published an article in Time magazine the week before the 2006 midterm election in order to discourage residents of Colorado and Nevada from voting to decriminalize reefer. Oh yes, he’s very familiar with the medicinal properties of the miracle herb…

But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get stoned legally.

Yeah, no shit, asshole.  Got anymore brain busters?  What do you care anyway?

Why do I care? As Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, puts it, “Numerous deleterious health consequences are associated with [marijuana's] short- and long-term use, including the possibility of becoming addicted.”

Oh, addiction, riiiiiiiight…

Bottom line, there are any number of sniveling media peons who are glad to mouth whatever status-quo gate-keeping bullshit happens to be the order of the day.  Gupta seems to be happily in their number.  Hell, it’s probably why Obama picked him.  That doesn’t make him any less of a gutless asshole.  (Or, as it’s called in DC: “centrist”)

I mean honestly, to write an article in a national magazine disparaging pot on the eve of an election under the auspices of medical authority?  Were you in the running for bootlicker of the year?  If so, congratulations.  I eagerly await your expose about the unsung nutritional benefits of American beef.

And so, Dr. Gupta, you are my Hypocrite of the WeekTM.  Witness this classic performance nitpicking the movie Sicko.  Be sure to hang in there for Moore’s real-time response around the 5 minute mark…

Here’s the head-to-head on Larry King…

 As Krugman notes in the link at the top:

appointing Gupta now, although it’s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.

Pinko Update:

Let the vetting begin!

13 thoughts on “Reality Check

  1. retarded monkey woman

    Gupta is a sack of crap….Obama may be the TEEVEE president that we never expected….be afraid and be aware………

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  2. Jimmy Reefercake

    that clip with wolf and michael is one of my most favorite clips in the universe. that is wht youtube is all about, props to the uila

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  3. Jimmy Reefercake

    Here is an excerpt from a CNN transcript where this sack of crap implies that black women get aids because black men are closet bisexuals on the “down low”. what trash!

    SANCHEZ: Barbara Starr, following things for us at the Pentagon. Thank you, Barbara.

    Do you think that you know a lot about HIV and AIDS? Are you sure? Well, up next, Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a secret that some say is to blame for the rise in AIDS among heterosexual African-American women.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    SANCHEZ: And welcome back to CNN LIVE TODAY. I’m Rick Sanchez. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly three quarters of all women in the United States diagnosed with HIV are African- American. In the search for answers, the spotlight is on a phenomenon that’s called the “down low.” Senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the details.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She’s slowing down.

    DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN SR. MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Forty-six-year-old Vanessa Johnson has already lived twice as long as her doctors told her she would.

    In 1990 she was a young law student and the mother of a six-year- old son, when she was diagnosed with HIV and told she had seven years to live.

    VANESSA JOHNSON, HIV POSITIVE: That scared me to death. I didn’t want to suffer. And I knew that people suffered from this disease.

    GUPTA: She suspects that she was infected by her high schools sweetheart. Although they never married, they dated for 18 years and had a child. He died of AIDS in 1994.

    She says now, all the signs were there. He did have affairs and she believes that some of them were with men.

    JOHNSON: He had a lot of gay friends. He, at the end, would say things to try to let me know, to try to affirm what I already knew. But it was still difficult for him to come right out and say, either my preference or my orientation is to have sex with men.

    GUPTA: This situation isn’t unique. It is called “the down low”. Men who have wives or girlfriends — and have sex with other men. Although some are claiming the down low is responsible for much of the increase of HIV infection among black straight women, many experts are saying it just isn’t so.

    RASHAD BURGESS, CDC: When we look at African-American men who have sex with men, that do not disclose their sexual activities or sexual orientation, we actually find that they are less likely to have high-risk behavior and less likely to be HIV positive.

    DR. DAVID MALEBRANCHE, EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: We can’t really say for sure how much of a contribution this is having to the HIV infection rates among black women.

    GUPTA: Experts say the reasons are many. That in the black community AIDS was originally thought of as a gay white man’s disease and was not even on the radar screen. Add to that poverty, IV drug use, and the facts that blacks don’t have the same access to primary health care. Whatever the reason, the explosion of numbers in the black community, especially straight women is undeniable — Doctor Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Atlanta.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    GUPTA: And do tune in later today for more of Sanjay’s special report, “Are You Positive?” He’ll have a report on HIV and AIDS among people over 50 today on “WOLF BLITZER REPORTS.” Again, that’s at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 Pacific.

    Are you on the White House mailing list? Well, if not, they’re going to give you a look at the holiday card that you won’t be getting this year. That’s next.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

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  4. M.Uila Post author

    By golly, that’s it! I’ve found the key to engaging Dick and his Vinegar…

    up next: my scathing profile of Bobby Jindal

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  5. Isaac Asimov

    fascinating that this blog is one day ahead of countdown….uila you are the chosen one. never stop blogging.

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  6. Dick Vinegar

    This site is wack. Not one discussion or mention of the terrorist attacks on mumbai. really? not news-worthy? If you want to talk about hypocrisy, howz about a little discussion of our long-running complacency with respect to the harboring of terrorists by the Pakistani government and the funding of fundamentalist madrassas by our good friends the saudi’s?

    or are you too busy licking michael moore’s taint?

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  7. Isaac Asimov

    IF you want to talk about hypocrisy? perhaps dick vinegar should step up to the plate and add to the mix! we really could use the brown perspective on things. your password will be forthcoming.

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  8. M.Uila Post author

    If you want to talk about hypocrisy, howz about a little discussion of our long-running complacency with respect to the harboring of terrorists by the Pakistani government and the funding of fundamentalist madrassas by our good friends the saudi’s?

    Whack the hive, are you kidding? Hypocrisy’s one thing, but those fuckers blow shit up…

    Now go enjoy this story about Sarah Palin’s grand-baby-daddy-mama’s recent arrest for dealing hillbilly heroin (i.e. Oxycontin, Rush Limbaugh’s drug of choice). They sat on the warrants so as not to spoil the election doncha-know!

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  9. Isaac Asimov

    “Harboring Terrorists” is one of those catch phrases like “Homeland Security”. Tricky to pin down what it means, eh?

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