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you can’t save lives AND money

A federally appointed public health task force recommends turning *medical convention on its ear, yet no specialists were consulted. The task force acknowledged that mammograms can save lives and fear their new guidelines may be misinterpreted. “We aren’t against screening women in their 40s, we just don’t think it should be routine,” Petitti said. Such vague rationale belies trust, as does the task force’s argument that women need to be protected from a fear of contracting cancer: A test can trigger unnecessary further tests, like biopsies, that can create extreme anxiety. You know how women tend to worry themselves needlessly. Of course, Dr. Berry noted, if the new guidelines are followed, billions of dollars will be saved. “But the money was buying something of net negative value,” he said. “This decision is a no-brainer. The economy benefits, but women are the major beneficiaries.” No, the biggest beneficiaries are the insurance companies and, potentially, the federal government. Others fear insurance coverage of mammograms could be dropped based on the new recommendations. “Certainly mammography does pick up …

a new low for cnn

Disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is on Larry King, quoting Rudyard Kipling, the Bible and every political cliche ever uttered. There’s no new news regarding his pending corruption trial, unless you count his wife’s appearance on a new D-Minus-List reality show. No wonder CNN’s ratings are in the crapper. Larry cues a clip showing Blago’s hideous wife manufacturing tears as she discusses their incomparable martyrdom. Elderly ex-model/coke whore Janice Dickinson speaks on his behalf: “Elected two times by the people.” MTV whore Spencer Pratt chimes in: “This is who I would’ve voted for president of the United States.” Later, Spencer’s born-again Christian wife (and fellow MTV whore) prays for Blago’s vindication. Watch, but only if you think your time has no value whatsoever.

and the brounie goes too …

Named after congressman Paul Broun, who compared Obama to Hitler, the Brounie is awarded to Georgia politicians who make an ass of themselves, by word or deed. This week’s winner: DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones Jones is allowing ego and political disappointment to disrupt the transfer of power to the Ellis administration. Given the great economic challenges awaiting Ellis and the taxpayers of DeKalb, Jones ought to be conferring with his successor several times a week and offering his full support and assistance. That isn’t exactly the case. He’s also refused to endorse Jim Martin, who defeated him in a run-off for the U.S. Senate. Instead he’s worked to torpedo Martin’s chances against Republican Saxby Chambliss. “Jim Martin did not want Obama to be president, but now he wants Obama to come down and help him get into the U.S. Senate,” said Jones. “He could not come to grips with voting for an African-American. … He voted for a man who had an affair and not an African-American who is married with two beautiful children.” …

the ghost of jefferson must intercede

Terry McAuliffe is apparently under the delusion that people find him likable. Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe signed papers Monday signaling a possible run for governor next year in Virginia.  McAuliffe told The Associated Press he set up a campaign committee and will tour Virginia for the next 60 days before making his candidacy certain. What’s next, Senator Begala? Secretary Carville? Ambassador (Dick) Morris?

random observations of the week that is

*Rahm Emanuel is a dick. That seems to be the consensus, and he represents the kind of attack dog partisanship I detest. That said, I wouldn’t read too much into his appointment as chief of staff. His job is to be the president’s gatekeeper. He won’t be the public face of the president, nor will he be instrumental in crafting policy. Maybe you need an asshole in that position. Still, I hope we don’t see an abundance of hacks in Obama’s administration. *If Republicans weren’t so wed to narrow-minded ideologues Bush would’ve never been president. They could’ve nominated McCain in 2000, but he committed the cardinal sin of badmouthing narrow-minded fanatics like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. The base then lined up behind Bush, he fucks up, and now McCain takes the fall. In retrospect I wish Mitt Romney had won the nomination — he deserved to be humiliated. *I hope Obama doesn’t appoint Robert Kennedy Jr. to head the EPA. He’s an activist, not a scientist, and he comes off as something of an …


FLASHBACK: Defining John Edwards

It’s a shame John Edwards can’t stand trial for exploiting the death of his son. (originally posted 9/9/08) Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he’d never told anyone else—that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he’d do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade’s ideals of service. Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two before—and with the same preface, that he’d never shared the memory with anyone else.

buying their silence

Making peace with the Clintons would challenge any diplomat: It’s hard to fathom why Obama should be mau-maued into paying off the debt that Hillary and Bill accrued attacking and undermining him, while mismanaging the campaign and their nearly quarter-billion-dollar war chest so horribly that one Hillaryland insider told The New Republic that it bordered on fraud.