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,…

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…

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 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…

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.