WUT!?!?!?

January 6, 2009

Possible Obama picks: Sanjay Gupta for surgeon general and Francis Collins for NIH director. (h/t Bora)

WAIT! WUT!?!?!?!?!? Sanjay Motherfucking Gupta for surgeon general!?!?!?!? Isn’t he just a handsome talking head teevee asshole with an MD??????? Doesn’t the surgeon general have to, like, be in charge of some shit???????? Collins may be a wackaloon sky-fairy aficionado, but at least he’s proven he knows how to be in charge of shit.

UPDATE: I have been informed that the surgeon general is not in charge of any shit, and is just supposed to encourage everyone to really behave healthily. So I guess Gupta will make a great surgeon general. SORRY SANJAY! w00t!!!!!!!!11!!!1!!!11!!

UPDATE II: Turns out I was fucking correct in the first place, after having been re-corrected by an actual motherfucking SURGEON,Orac of Respecful Insolence:

In brief, the Surgeon General is the chief medical officer for the 6,000 strong Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service. It is also an advisory position, being the primary medical science advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health, who in turn is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public health and scientific issues.

And Orac agrees with my take on Gupta:

He’s too young and has no experience as the administrator of a large organization, with his academic rank being only Assistant Professor of Surgery. Being Associate Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at Grady Memorial Hospital isn’t the same thing.

Sanjay is teh SUXX00RS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!11!

22 Responses to “WUT!?!?!?”

  1. jc Says:

    i know. it feels like we are playing good monkey, bad monkey taking turns between shitty pick and decent pick. like Abel said, at least it ain’t Dr. Phil!

  2. JLK Says:

    LMAO @ your update!

  3. PalMD Says:

    hey, there’s a lot of horrid candidates on my political end of the spectrum…can you say oprahfication?

    also, what do you think of this?:

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=329

  4. leigh Says:

    he’s the ideal candidate… people’s sexiest men of 2003? usa today pop culture icon? dude. you can’t fucking beat that. he totally knows how to be in charge of shit with those qualifications.


  5. I think the last time the Surgeon General did anything important, it was adding the little “smoking will fuck you up the head” labels to cigarettes. Now if everyone’s favorite TV doctor (aside from House/ER) were to make a similarly useful statement, maybe people would actually listen. “Eating Doritos instead of salad will fuck you up the head!” Coming from boring Dr Jekyll, who cares? Coming from People’s sexiest ethnic-but-not-TOO-ethnic doctor, we could have a food revolution on our hands.


  6. I would be willing to accept the job if nominated. I has tons of charisma.

  7. juniorprof Says:

    Juniorprof like both picks. They both know how to communicate the importance of biomedical science to the masses. I don’t know much about Gupta and his views but I have seen him on CNN many times and dude can talk. In terms of Collins, I do not share his views on religion; however, I have heard him talk science to the general public on PBS and NPR many, many times. The man is a wizard at communicating very complicated things in a very simple yet exciting way. He has charisma and I think the combo of his ability to communicate basic science and his personal story will resonate with the people that we need to support more NIH funding. Plus, CPP, you are right, Collins knows how to run shit.

  8. physiobabe Says:

    I would have picked the Isis. She’d bring, shall we say, much needed oomph to the job.


  9. I’ve refined my position somewhat since I put up this post yesterday, a gut reaction that took me 8 min to write. However, even with objections around the MSM and blogosphere, I still come down on the side of still supporting Gupta as pick.

  10. drugmonkey Says:

    d00d, i gave you the link since you are too lazy to google in the first place. first para or so of the surg gen site is what high-n-mighty oracular quotes for his stats. i can’t help it if you don’t bother to click through with your deficient crackberry technology…

    i still hold that any asswipe can captain the ship- remember your posts on the real pros of the federal bureaucrat corps? the SG is a figure head who’s only unique role is looking like ye olde family doc who knows some shit (Koop and Elder being prime examples) and telling us to stop eating shit and stop smoking ciggies already!

  11. Nat Says:

    looking like ye olde family doc who knows some shit (Koop and Elder being prime examples) and telling us to stop eating shit and stop smoking ciggies already!

    And FSM forbid they ever mention condoms or masturbation.

    OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!ONE!!ONE!!

  12. LostMarbles Says:

    If it makes you feel better, it could be worse. Last I heard, we have a fucking chiropractor as the Minister of Science and Technology up here in Canada.

    he’s the ideal candidate… people’s sexiest men of 2003? usa today pop culture icon? dude. you can’t fucking beat that. he totally knows how to be in charge of shit with those qualifications.

    If that’s what it takes, I think we seriously need to start considering Dr. Gregory House as a perfect candidate. He’s also a sexy, TV doctor. Sure he may not be real, but who knows that might actually be a good thing.

  13. juniorprof Says:

    Sure he may not be real, but who knows that might actually be a good thing.
    I am under the impression that at least 50% of the medical students I teach think Dr. House is real.


  14. To add to Orac’s woo-busting, I’ll add what (someone calling themself) James Randi said on Paul Krugman’s blog.

    A compelling reason for rejecting Gupta for this position, is his endorsement of the nonsense known as “Facilitated Communication” – which he recommends as a proper way to treat autistics. FC has been investigated repeatedly, and has ALWAYS failed proper, double-blind, tests. It seriously harms autistic persons, their families, and those who fund it. We’ve offered our million-dollar prize to any person who can show that FC actually works, and none of these experts have chosen to step forward. It’s a cruel hoax that eats up government funding, and wastes facilities that might be used to find something genuine. Gupta has supported this and other nonsense such a acupuncture, and is not qualified to hold this very important — and critical — position.

  15. mudphudder Says:

    Dr. House isn’t real?


  16. I am under the impression that at least 50% of the medical students I teach think Dr. House is real.

    Well now. Don’t go breaking their hearts.

  17. chautauqua Says:

    Hey, if we’re going to go the TV celebrity route, why not George Clooney? He’s totally Liberal and played a helluva doc on ER!!

  18. Becca Says:

    Can we nominate Dr. House for SG?
    Or at least Dr. Isis?

  19. LostMarbles Says:

    Can we nominate Dr. House for SG?
    Or at least Dr. Isis?

    How about both? Their combined powers of snark would be fucking fabulous.

  20. revere Says:

    No, the SG is in charge of hardly anything. He/she doesn’t direct the 6000 Commission Corps officers in any real way. They are seconded to various agencies, whose directors manage them (e.g., CDC, FDA, etc.). The SG has a small office and issues reports and tells the commission corps officers when they have to wear their uniforms (Wednesdays). So there may be other reasons to oppose Gupta, but lack of magaerial experience isn’t one of them.

  21. DFHs FTW!!!!!!! Says:

    Revere for SG!!!!!!!!!!!


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