April 7, 2020

THREATENING TONY

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

THREATENING TONY

How sad. Too many internet trolls need to cross over from their cyber hiding barriers to the rational world and back by using a troll bridge to sneak across the gap. Somehow all the high tech amplifiers provide them, in coronavirus parlance, with an antisocial distance to share their darkest fantasies.
How else to explain the hate campaigns against the likes of Dr. Tony Fauci? Tony (like any person in newsbiz, I’ve known him through decades of dealing with him through many a public health crisis) has had the audacity to contradict the mindless meanderings of President Donald Trump. Dr. Fauci is a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He is polite about it, expressing his differences ever so gently, but firmly. As the Trumpster spews out misinformation, Fauci, using his expertise, reins him in.

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April 4, 2020

THE ROGUE POGUE

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

THE ROGUE POGUE

Pogues — we’ve all experienced them. They’re the bad managers who get in the way of the job getting done. From the feckless supervisor to the CEO, the term Pogue is actually scornful military slang, an infantry slur. It means “people other than grunts,” and pogues were best described to me as “those in their air-conditioned offices who make life a living hell for those on the battlefield.”
They certainly also flourish in civilian life. On the battlefield against the insidious coronavirus enemy, for instance, they’ve led the charge — a charge that, thanks to them, looks oftentimes like a retreat. It starts at the top, with Donald Trump, POTUS — Pogue of the United States. His daily pronouncements have been both feckless and reckless, fatally downplaying the danger until it came crashing down upon us all. All of his administration’s incompetence was described by The New York Times, laid out in a lengthy article called “The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19.” It describes in painstaking detail how Trump-appointed public health agencies were overwhelmed by the early warnings and engaged in one incompetent miscalculation after another.
The nation is now paying the price as a result, with nearly a quarter million deaths projected as the best we can do. We are running out of personal protection equipment to shield the valiant medical providers who are trying desperately to treat the victims coming to them in overwhelming numbers.
Meanwhile, the pogue in chief takes full political advantage of the crisis by holding daily briefings, which are mainly devoted to his self-serving pretenses, before he finally turns it over to the heroic experts , the ones he assigns to deliver the bad news after he has completed his dog-and-pony show. Drs. Tony Fauci and Deborah Birx have revealed themselves to be standouts in this mess, both because of their knowledge and their ability to deliver the dismal daily reports in language we can all understand. They are the anti-pogues, partly because their statements are such a contrast to the streams of unconsciousness from Trump.

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March 31, 2020

HIPPOCRATIC OATH APPRECIATION


FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

HIPPOCRATIC OATH APPRECIATION

We still have shreds of civility left. I love it when people walk up to those in uniform and say, “Thank you for your service.” It is a
recognition of their courage and sacrifice. And now we should add gratitude for those in the medical profession.
Many of them are risking their lives on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus. They are living up to the ethical standards of their public health calling.
The precise phrase “First do no harm” is not really in the original Hippocratic oath. In fact, Hippocrates probably didn’t even write it back in 3 to 5 B.C., when he was a physician. But whoever did jot it down or chisel it established a grand tradition of medicine: “ I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgement.”
They are doing so by the thousands, even though our politicians and other leaders aren’t equipping them with the protective gear necessary to shield them from this invisible but vicious attacker. To those inept klutzes, the ones making our crisis worse, we should walk up to them and say, “Thank you for your DISservice.”
Nevertheless, our doctors, nurses, technicians and ambulance drivers are selflessly trying to restore health to the afflicted. Some of these men and women are forced to improvise when they don’t have the PPE (personal protection equipment) gowns and masks they need. In some cases they have resorted to garbage bags, in the hope that some corrupt supplier won’t gouge them by raising the price of garbage bags.
“Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.” That’s also in the Hippocratic oath, which Donald Trump did not take because he is not a physician. But he is out there as president advocating the use of pharmaceuticals that, until they are proven safe and effective, are the equivalent of poison.
Perhaps at his swearing-in he took the “Hypocritic oath.” Although he claims to care about public safety, he is ignoring the physicians who are combating this scourge. They also have to combat his reckless comments that are so clearly motivated by his desire to avoid accountability for the economic damage the country is undergoing. Actually, because of his desperation to get re-elected, he istaking whatever credit he can and trying to deflect criticism, using scattershot rhetoric, when precision is needed.
So there he is, carelessly recommending drugs and threatening to prematurely end social distancing, which experts say is the only hope to avoid being struck down as individuals and as a country. Happily, this nation is governed by a constitution that allows state and local authorities to make such decisions, painful that they are.

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March 28, 2020

THE NONESSENTIALS

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

THE NONESSENTIALS

No matter what the paralyzing national crisis, some things never change, like the inevitable disputes over who is “essential” and which jobs are “nonessential.” Through all the partial federal government shutdowns, that distinction has become a status symbol. And even though this worldwide medical calamity is an infinitely more serious threat to millions of people it’s still left to some federal, state or local official to determine what private services are essential and what should be shut down, with millions sent to almost solitary confinement, or even worse, forced to spend all their time with the kids, imprisoned by a scary organism.
The newscasts are filled with gargantuan cancellations or postponements: The Olympics just set back for a year; many schools shut down for the semester; restaurants, deemed a luxury in these dangerous times, are ordered closed in the name of “social distancing.”
You might have guessed where I am going with this. Certainly many in the public health field would like to declare President Donald Trump definitely nonessential — or worse, an impediment to their efforts to save the planet, or at least the nation, from this frightening plague. As a matter of fact, in their heart of hearts they would prefer that he enter lockdown, voluntary or not.
Because nearly every time he appears on TV for the daily briefing he says something stupid, something that interrupts the professionals as they go about their tedious chipping away at this complex problem.
But President Trump, who is the boss man at the moment, is a mile wide and an inch deep, too shallow for tedium or, for that matter, complexity. He cannot wait for the experts to do their job and methodically develop a way to treat this stealthy invader. He always finds it necessary to muddy the waters, recklessly spouting off misinformation — for instance, his unschooled analysis of drugs that may or may not work.

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