Where Is The Outrage?

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So far so good

I don’t know what to tell you. As Trump works daily to save his presidency, we sit here and watch the drama unfold.

I’m in my house for the most part. I’m a trauma surgeon. I’m still in the hospital – some. I’m still taking trauma call. But with people mostly staying at home, trauma volumes are down. We aren’t seeing the number of motor vehicle crashes and motorcycle crashes that we normally do. We are seeing tons of ATV crashes. We are taking care of more stabbings and gunshot wounds.

I’m following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) just like everyone else. I’m reading. There are tons of stories but not a lot of data. I’m posting West Virginia Covid-19 maps on my other blog.

Finally, we need to be thoughtful about opening up the state or the country. It seems to me that we a comprehensive testing program. I really don’t want to sit on a crowded airplane with a guy sitting next to me, coughing up coronavirus. I don’t want to sit in a movie theater and hear the dude behind me cough. Sure, we have had coughing in public before but that we a cold. That was something that I have antibodies against. That’s something that my body knows how to fight off, at least at some level. My body knows nothing about Covid-19. Nothing. We need tons more testing. The testing needs to fast, easy and free!! We need quick turn around times on these tests. If I get tested in the morning, I need results that afternoon. That’s how we can safely open up the country. We also need public health officials to be able to track down those who are positive. If you test and test positive, you have to stay home until you are no longer infectious.

Be well. Be safe. WE can get thru this together.

By |2020-04-21T18:11:37-04:00April 21st, 2020|Domestic Issues, Healthcare|0 Comments

Ford Verses Ferrari

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So let’s start with what is bad in this movie, the title. This movie really isn’t about the epic struggle between the Ford Motor Company and Italy’s best car company, Ferrari. This movie really isn’t about Henry Ford, II and his desire to beat, Enzo Ferrari. Instead, this movie is about a friendship between Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. Unless you are a car enthusiast, most people haven’t heard of Carroll Shelby. You have to be an absolute racing nut, you would’ve never heard of Ken Miles. Now, you can sort of see why they named a movie Ford versus Ferrari.

The cast is absolutely fantastic. There are wonderful performances by Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Caltriona Balfe was also wonderful as the wife of Ken Miles.

Basically, this movie is about Carroll Shelby making a car that would beat the Ferrari at the LeMans. The person Carroll Shelby hires to help him build this “supercar” is Ken Miles. Ken Miles is not only an engineer but he’s also a driver. He is a great driver. He understands cars. He understands how cars feel and work when they are pushed to the limit.

This movie takes place in the late 50s and early 60s. The direction is fabulous. The racing scenes are absolutely tremendous.  I highly recommend this movie. Have fun.

By |2020-03-07T22:21:57-04:00March 7th, 2020|Movies|Comments Off on Ford Verses Ferrari

My problem with Bernie

Bernie Sanders is a smart, thoughtful senator from Vermont. I remember, before he ran for president in 2016 or, this time, in 2020, he was a regular on the Thom Hartmann radio program. He was there almost every Friday. Sen. Sanders and Thom Hartmann, one of the smartest man in radio, would discuss the events of the week. Bernie Sanders would then take calls from people who called into the radio program. If he didn’t know something, he said he didn’t know it. Frequently, though, he was able to expound on what ever question the caller had and explained what the progressive solution would be to that problem.

My problem with Bernie Sanders is threefold. First, Bernie Sanders is only a Democrat when he is running for president. The reason that he decided to run as a Democrat is because it is nearly impossible to win the presidency as an independent. Bernie Sanders needed the Democratic apparatus. There is nothing wrong with this. It is just an important thing for us to factor into the whole equation.

Secondly, Race. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has lived in America for more than 1/2 an hour that we have a race problem in this country. Is the problem better than it was 40 years ago? Yes, undoubtedly. Black families and Hispanic families have a total net income which is significantly less than white families. This is a fact. Why is this? What can the government due to help fix this inequality? These are questions which Sen. Sanders is uncomfortable in addressing. We all remember four years ago when he was confronted by Black Lives Matter. Bernie Sanders froze. He had no answer. He had to get with his advisers and he spent three or four days formulating a policy before he could answer. His answer was halting. It was not fluid. It was awful. In my opinion, no matter what problems we face in the United States, we have to come up with multicultural solutions in order for the solutions to work for everyone.

Thirdly, Sen. Sanders seems to have an all or nothing approach to politics. Politics is about give-and-take. Politics is about negotiation. Bernie has lots of great ideas – Medicare for all, no tuition colleges and more. Yet, it really doesn’t matter what kind of progressive wave crosses the United States, it is nearly inconceivable that the Democrats will have super majorities in both the House and the Senate. Without super majorities, he’s gonna have trouble passing any sweeping legislation. Democrats will not all fall in line like Republicans. Many Democrats will want to negotiate the finer points in the legislation. Many will have their own ideas which they will think are better than what Sanders has put forward. If Sen. Sanders doesn’t want to negotiate, then the legislation doesn’t get passed. Right now, we need victories. We need to slowly move the country in a progressive direction. I’m afraid that an all or nothing approach will leave us with nothing.

Finally, in spite of the fact that Bernie Sanders has a very energetic and passionate following, I’m not sure that’s going to matter, in the end. Somehow Bernie Sanders went from being the obvious front runner after winning Nevada to being a second-tier candidate after losing South Carolina and super Tuesday. Whatever momentum Bernie Sanders had, he has lost it. In order to win in November, we need a united Democratic party. We don’t need animosity. We don’t need bitter feelings. Can Bernie Sanders help fix this? I really don’t know.

By |2020-03-06T18:09:38-04:00March 6th, 2020|Elections|Comments Off on My problem with Bernie