Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Who IS This Guy??

From this morning's Today Show:

Matt Lauer: On a scale of 1 to 10, right now, how dangerous is Iran to the U.S.?

Sen. Bill Frist: With 1 being very dangerous, I'd put it--

Lauer: Let's say 10 is very dangerous.

Frist: Oh. I'd put it an 8.

What country did this guy grow up in? He thinks a scale of 1 to 10 means 1 is very dangerous?? Does he also think that scissors beats rock??

But let's not forget that Frist is the "doctor" who diagnosed Terry Schiavo as definitely not in a vegetative state based on watching a videotape. It's old news, but it's important that you never ever forget:

Freshly-released autopsy results reveal that Terri Schiavo was blind:

Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin concluded that…her brain was about half of normal size when she died. …

Thogmartin says her brain was “profoundly atrophied” — and that the damage was “irreversible.” He also says, “The vision centers of her brain were dead” — meaning she was blind.

Which makes Dr. Frist’s expert “diagnosis” all the more outrageous:

Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a renowned heart surgeon before becoming Senate majority leader, went to the floor late Thursday night for the second time in 12 hours to argue that Florida doctors had erred in saying Terri Schiavo is in a “persistent vegetative state.”

“I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office,” he said in a lengthy speech in which he quoted medical texts and standards. “She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli.”

(Think Progress, June 15, 2005)


Russell Arch said...

As if you needed more evidence of Republicans getting things "ass backwards".

peeky said...

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 3 being the most ridiculous, and 5 being the least tolerable, I'd give Frist a 6.

Boski93 said...

This man had a medical license. What from Grenada?

What do we have to put questions into John McLaughlin logic for him to answer.

"Fristy Fristy Fristiroo, on a scale of from 4 to 1,536.37, and the letter r being New Coke. Where do rate this administration handling of diplomatic situation in Luxemborg?

Michael Markowitz said...

Speaking of which, Freddy the Beetle Barnes has actually written a book that is one long tongue bath of GWB as a visionary and a rebel that people just don't understand. What a dick.

As for Frist, he should have lost his license. My understanding is that it is a violation of just about every canon there is to diagnose someone without examining them. And yet, there he sits, a-smilin' and a-grinnin'.