Thursday Evening News Roundup

Thursday Evening News Roundup

Another school shooting. Another student who felt that he’d been “bullied” or alienated. Another death. A teacher and a “school staffer” stood face-to-face with the gunman and talked the student into giving up his gun. (695 Americans have died since the Sandy Hook Shooting.)

In what can only be described as a complete waste of the vice president’s time, Joe Biden met with National Rifle Association officials. It should not come as a complete shock that the NRA plans to oppose any gun control measures.

Today, I was a guest on Local Edge Radio. We had a very passionate young man call in and support the rights of gun owners. He clearly stated that he did not believe that the Second Amendment supported your right to protect yourself and your family or your right to hunt with a gun. Instead, he insisted that the Second Amendment was put in place for us to be able to protect ourselves against an oppressive government. Therefore, we, the citizens of the United States, needed to have access to whatever kind of firepower the military had access to. I foolishly asked if that meant that we should have access to tanks, antiaircraft weapons and bazookas. He said yes. I would put this gentleman forward as someone who represents the extreme right on the gun issue. 🙂

The final autopsy results of Junior Seau’s brain were made public. According to the autopsy, the All-Pro linebacker suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Sports and news shows trotted out “experts” to describe the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can include mood swings, depression, irritability, insomnia and poor attention. Basically, it can mimic any and all problems we’ve seen in chronic psychiatric patients. Let me just say that I have just purchased the new Trauma textbook, which is well over 1400 pages long. There is no mention of the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. As far as I know, there’s no specific treatment for such a disease. Furthermore, I’m not sure how you make that diagnosis before the patient has died.

Several weeks ago while surfing YouTube I came across a video by Keith Ratliff (FPS Russia). This guy has over three million subscribers, over 500 million views. Unfortunately, on January 3, he was found in his office with a single gunshot wound to the head. So far, there are no suspects.

Anti-gay pastor withdraws from Obama’s second inauguration ceremony.

Finally, I would like to say a couple words about my Dallas Cowboys, Rob Ryan and Jerry Jones. Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys announced that they fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Today, Jerry Jones stated Dallas losses against the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears were the reasons for firing Rob Ryan. Personally, I don’t care whether Rob Ryan stays or goes as the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. My contention is that the Dallas Cowboys do not have the talent necessary to go to the Super Bowl. I find it completely preposterous that Jerry Jones could have pointed to these two games as the reason for firing Rob Ryan. In the game versus the Chicago Bears, Tony Romo threw five interceptions. Matt Forte, the Chicago running back, gained 52 yards on 13 carries. In the game versus the Seattle Seahawks, Tony Romo threw an interception at a crucial time in the second quarter and the special teams gave up a blocked punt for a touchdown. Felix Jones fumbled the kickoff for a field goal, giving the Seattle Seahawks 10 points. I’m just not sure how either of those games showed glaring problems with the defense. On further inspection, the center of our defense was decimated by injuries. At nose tackle, Jay Ratliff was in and out of the lineup all year. Both inside linebackers, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, had season-ending injuries. Orlando Scandrick, the cornerback covering the slot receiver in the nickel-and-dime packages, was out for four or five games. During the final game of the season, there were several players who started for the Dallas Cowboys I had never heard of or seen in the Dallas Cowboys uniform before. These included Eric Frampton, Charlie Peprah (former Green Bay Packer), Brady Poppinga (also a former Green Bay Packer), Ernie Sims and Brian Schaefering. Look, Rob Ryan may be a terrible coach. Maybe he deserved to be fired. But the problem with the Dallas Cowboys is not the coaches. The problem with the Dallas Cowboys is the owner and general manager Jerry Jones. The Dallas Cowboys team simply don’t have the talent to compete and go deep into the playoffs.

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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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