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!