Good Saturday Morning – News Roundup: Carpet Bombing

Senator Ted Cruz proved that he will say anything. He has used the term “carpet-bomb” on a number of occasions. He wants to “carpet-bomb” ISIS (ISOL) without having civilian casualties. This is a pipe dream, but in a season where candidates will say anything and do anything to get a leg up on their opponents, it should be no surprise that Senator Cruz has resorted to “carpet-bombing.” I don’t think that Cruz is stupid or ignorant. I think that he knows what carpet-bombing means and wants to sound tough.

Minority Report (again): In the movie Minority Report, pre-cogs (fancy pyschics) were able to tell the future. They were able to see a person committing a crime before the crime happened. The good police would go and arrest those evildoers before they did evil. Unfortunately, that’s sci-fi. That isn’t really happening in 2015. We don’t have any pre-cogs. We have psychologists and psychiatrists. We don’t have the ability to predict future behavior with any degree of certainty. I mention this because Donald Trump and other politicians have called for us to ban all Muslims who want to enter this country until we “figure this out.” Figure what out? We can do background checks and we should. No background check is perfect. We simply do not have the ability to look into a person’s eyes and tell if they are going to commit badness or not.  In the movies, John Wayne or Clint Eastwood could stare into the eyes of the bad guy and easily ascertain whether that guy was a bad guy. Well, in this world of reality, telling the good guys from the bad guys ain’t that easy. Sure, there are micro-expressions. I’m sure that a good liar can learn to supress micro-expressions. Banning all Muslims from the US is a great way to discriminate. Other than that, I don’t think that it is a useful idea.

Hate speech has consequences.

Golden State Warriors – These guys are playing lights-out basketball. They proved once again that they have the talent and the will to win. If they stay healthy, they will go far. Steph Curry has the best combination of skills that I have seen in a basketball player in a very long time. He is quick, lightning quick. He can score from inside and outside. He can distribute the basketball as well as any guard in the league. Couple this with a great supporting cast. These guys can go far.

Have a great day. Hug your loved ones!!

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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