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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It’s not me, it’s them

Trump wants us to believe that all of his accusers are liars.  So says Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Most impressive, she said it with a straight face.

Sanders wants us to believe that the same smarmy scumbag who bragged about popping a tictac and grabbing a woman by her crotch would never disrespect a woman. After, all, he’s only a serial philanderer with multiple ex-wives.

In fairness, Sanders isn’t all that bright and essentially bereft of moral principle but it’s possible she’s confused. Trump has now begun to hint that the tapes, which he acknowledged and for which he apologized, are fakes.

 

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.

Mississippi is so easy to hate

I can’t even feel guilty. Mississippi ranks dead last in almost everything that’s good and first in almost everything that’s bad. Let’s add to that semi-literacy coupled with hypocrisy. The Biloxi School Board has decided to remove To Kill A Mockingbird

Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board said, “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.

The superintendent, Arthur McMillan had this to add:

There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. These resources may change periodically. We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level.

Now, just to be sure, these folks are offended by the use of the “N-word.” The same word that fills virtually every rap “song.” These are the same folks who liove in a state where the the flag still has the confederate battle flag on it. So these dumb crackers don’t want their kids to read the “N-word” but i’s OK if they listen to it. It’s OK if they’re reminded of racial animus and bigotry every time they look at the flag pole, but gosh we’d better protect then from seeing that word.

White people are just stupid. Mississippi is just the state of hate.

Paul A. Gosar, DDS (dumb, demented, senile?)

Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) seems to have a special kind stupid generally thought limited to fat old white, narrow-minded, bible-thumping hypocritical gerontocrats in the deep south (think Mississippi or Alabama- we’re looking at you Roy Moore).

WaPo reminds us that Gosar  recently suggested that the rally was “created by the left” and carried out by an “Obama sympathizer.” During an interview with Vice the congressman seemed to be as “off the rails” as the delusional Cheeto-in-Chief.

Don’t listen to me. Hit the links and read how whacko this guy is.

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.