Weinstein & #metoo & Bret Boes, MD

Weinstein, Rose, Lauer, Spacey, and Trump- these are reprobates for sure. But the complaints are all workplace related. I don’t want this sound like I’m unsympathetic, or that their behavior was OK.

I can’t understand the lack of outrage at a worse case of #metoo. There are predatory physicians all over the United States. These physicians have “consensual” sex with patients. But make no mistake- they’re predators. They’re rapists. Consent is rarely valid when the power differential is as great as the doctor patient relationship.

Yet, no one is addressing this. Take a look at the worst state in the country, Mississippi. Mississippi Medical Board has a nationally-recognized, and justly earned, reputation for for failing in it’s most basic task- protecting patients. Yet, there is no outrage. Why?

Look at 3 recent cases before the medical board:

Bret A Boes, MD- You can read his summons Boes summons and his consent order Boes order. The summons contains 29 pages of charges. It includes approximately 100 counts of distribution of controlled drugs- most amphetamines. It also contains a charge of sex with patients. His consent agreement is essentially an admission to all of the charges. Yet, and here’s the part where  there should be outrage, he received essentially no discipline from the Mississippi Medical Board. He stll has a license. In fact, he’s in practice in Meridian, MS at some place called Anderson Regional Health System. It claims to be a “family values” system- makes me wonder about Mississippi families- and their values.

I’ll talk about some of the others later. Mississippi deserves to be last.

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Sex, Teens, and Indiana

In Indiana, it’s legal for adults to have consensual sex with minors aged 16 and 17. But it’s illegal to sext those same minors, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled this week.

Yes, you read that right. In Indiana the state supreme court has just issued that very ruling. Now, lest you think it’s just dumb judges, the court noted that this was a problem of legislation not the judiciary. One justice wrote:

Whether this inconsistent statutory treatment of minors aged 16 and 17 is advisable with respect to sexually-related activity is a matter for the legislature, and whether Thakar’s alleged conduct violated the Dissemination Statute is a matter for the jury.

Yes, the judges know this is an absurd outcome but they can only scratch their collective heads and enforce the laws the legislature creates and the governor signs (hey, wasn’t Pence the governor there- that explains a lot).

Maybe Indiana just wants to suck as much as Mississippi? A similar case was reported in Texas last year.

Neither runs much risk of overtaking Mississippi though, where it’s still OK for doctors to have sex with patients in exchange for drugs.

Please drain the swamp!

The great and glorious reality TV-star, serial con-artist, business failure, and bully President Donald J Trump ran a campaign promising a new way of government, bring in the best and brightest, drain the swamp…

Hold on, I know you’ll be shocked, he lied. He’s not draining. He’s not got sufficient insight to know that he’s just changing nasty swamp water for different nasty swamp water. Let’s take a look at the most recent public display of governmental hubris.

Tom Price. This millionaire, doctor-turned-politician, is a poster-child for all of the critters in the swamp that need to be removed. Simultaneously, he’s a poster child for much of what’s wrong with modern medicine (but that a different column). Price began treating the military as his personal charter fleet and also began using private charter aircraft to get himself and his wife around. Fortunately he resigned before he heard POTUS say “you’re fired.” Trump seemed less concerned over the actual abuses (and ongoing swamp-like behavior) than the appearance.

See here, here, here, here, and here.

Sean Aranas

Continuing in the series of cops who should be arrested let’s look at Sean Aranas. Or maybe he should be Sean “Are-an-anus.”

So what did “Officer Anus” do. It seems, from the endless viral videos, that he “robbed” local food vendor Beto Matias. You can see it here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. But wait, it’ll be OK because campus police are “looking into it.” Most folks
“get it” that you give a guy a citation and run him off if he doesn’t have the required permit. If he doesn’t move along you run him in (although arresting someone for this seems a bit counterproductive). But snatching the guy’s wallet out of his hands and taking out the cash, that was just dumb- even if it was legal.

Everyone on the planet has at least one cell phone capable of uploading real-time video. “Officer Are-an-anus” should be fired not for what he did- it was probably legal, but for being so stupid as to not realize the way it looks while he’s being a first rate dick.

If you can’t drain, dissemble.

It’s almost cliche now to note that POTUS is minimally competent, that he lacks direction, that he’s generally a fool and buffoon. But this week has been spectacularly bed. At a time when there’s massive devastation to US territories from monumental storms he’s more concerned with:

  1. excoriating professional athletes (not sure why this should be governmental let alone a presidential concern)
  2. engaging in an ongoing Tweet war with with a 3rd-world despot who is just another intellectual pigmy (ironically Kim and Trump seem to be emotionally and intellectually made for each other).
  3. and taking cheap shots are local government affected by storms.

I know we all keep hoping for some form of presidential behavior from POTUS. But I think we’re all just going to be disappointed.

POTUS Explained

Sort of. A recent post titled:

The President of Blank Sucking Nullity

by David Roth over at the Baffler is a great read. It’s a very nice prelude to other reports that Trump has realized that people actually hate him. Thin-skinned, short-finger, self-centered bullies, like POTUS do value the adoration of others. But it’s rarely enough to cause meaningful change from his basic pathologic behavior.