Sunday, March 12, 2006

Cat Killer Frist Wants to be President


Over the weekend, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference held a conclave in Nashville Tennessee and voted underwhelmingly for Bill Frist as their presidential nominee for 2008.
Frist Leads Informal GOP Poll for '08
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With home-field advantage, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist placed first in an informal poll of 2008 presidential hopefuls at a Republican conference Saturday night. The two-term Tennessee senator received 526 first-place votes, or 36.9 percent, in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's "straw poll" sponsored by Hotline, a political digest. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 14.4 percent and Sen. George Allen of Virginia finished third, tied with President Bush, who cannot seek a third term.

A sanctimonious, lying, thieving, smarmy cheat who fraudulently adopted cats to torture and cut them up, wants to be president.
In his book, Frist explained that he succumbed to the pressure to succeed in a highly competitive medical school. Frist stated that he "treated them as pets for a few days" before he "carted them off to the lab to die." He went on to say, "And I was totally schizoid about the entire matter. By day, I was little Billy Frist, the boy who lived on Bowling Avenue in Nashville and had decided to become a doctor because of his gentle father and a dog named Scratchy. By night, I was Dr. William Harrison Frist, future cardiothoracic surgeon, who was not going to let a few sentiments about cute, furry little creatures stand in the way of his career. In short, I was going a little crazy." He went on to describe why he conducted animal experiments: "It can even be beautiful and thrilling work, as I discovered that day in the lab when I first saw the wonderful workings of a dog's heart.... I spent days and nights on end in the lab, taking the hearts out of cats, dissecting each heart, suspending a strip of tiny muscle that attaches the mitral valve to the inner wall of the cat heart and recording the effects of various medicines I added to the bath surrounding the muscle." "I lost my supply of cats. I only had six weeks to complete my project before I resumed my clinical rotations. Desperate, obsessed with my work, I visited the various animal shelters in the Boston suburbs, collecting cats.

At least these Neo-Republicans who want to rule the world are consistent. They're all assholes. As Republicans go, his criminal career is minimal. Insider trading is all he's been officially caught doing unethically. His other shady deals have been declared "legal" by his fellow ethicists, (guffaw) in the Senate. He's been subpoenaed by the SEC for the omniscient sale of his stock in HCA, from his seeing-eye trust. It's a miracle, Frist, his wife and kids, and seven top executives somehow knew in the nick of time to sell their HCA stock and make a great profit before the stock plummeted 2 weeks later. It couldn't have been a tip from his father or brother at HCA, that would have been illegal.
Frist's father, Thomas, founded the company, and his brother, Thomas Jr., is a director and leading stockholder. The family is worth $1.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. HCA, formerly known as Columbia HCA Healthcare Corp., has been a top contributor to the senator's campaigns, donating $83,450 since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The sale of the shares was first reported by Congressional Quarterly.
Maybe God told him? Gee, all those connections to Tony Perkins, James Dobson and other dogmatic religious nuts must have paid off...richly. Perkins made sure Frist adopted the views of the right-wing out-of-touch with mainstream America group, Family Research Council on stem cell research. Religion over medicine. He spoke to the nationally televised Justice Sunday congregation of 2,000 who wish to remove the separation of church and state from our Constitution. "Up or down vote" on judicial nominees, no filibusters and a threatened "nuclear option" in the senate, while mobilizing an out of touch group of religious zealots to hound their senators with a flurry of self-righteous phone calls to influence votes. Such "churches" should immediately lose their tax exempt status as they are crossing the line into politics and theocratic rule.
Another miracle, against all other medical science Frist just knew that Terri Schiavo was alive and well and thinking about things after he diagnosed her from a video.
Terri Schiavo is right now in a Florida hospice. She is breathing on her own. She's not on a ventilator. She is not a terminal case. She is, as I said, disabled.(Persistent vegetative state?) I question it. I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office here in the Capitol. And that footage, to me, depicts something very different than persistent vegetative state.
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maybe she is a not in this vegetative state and she's in this minimally conscious state. There just seems to be insufficient information to conclude that Terri Schiavo is persistent vegetative state. She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli.

Terri Schiavo was blind and her brain had shrunk to half its normal size. So much for "surgeon" Frist's diagnostic skills. He knows more about feline anatomy. His medical ignorance knows no bounds, he stated that AIDs could be transmitted via sweat and tears, a statement he had to retract. As a physician, Frist is a great senator and as a senator, he is totally self-serving.
The people's business? Instead of paying attention to real work in the Senate, Frist wasted everyone's time with a ridiculous law named for Terri Schiavo, to "give her another chance at life." Maybe he's wasting his talents in the Senate. He could be treating other patients in comas with flat EEGs. Imagine the lives he could save. And it is about "life" for Bill, (unless it's the death penalty) but not liberty or the pursuit of happiness. He needs support from the American Taliban religious theocons who want to impose their draconian "morals" on everyone else. The Republicans of less government intervention for themselves but more for the rest of us are hypocrites and Bill is one of their poster boys. Frist's views rigidly cater to a sect of religious zealots.
We pay his salary but he simply refused to answer any questions about the UAE port deal. (video) He didn't want to highlight the fact that he is a serialflip flopper. The port deal, social security, the Bolton nomination, et al. He has overnight changes of mind. So much for having convictions other than politically expedient motives.
He likes to fly pharmaceutical company jets, quid pro quo and has expensive tastes in hotels and restaurants met by lobbyists and his PACs, Volpac and World of Hope his AIDS "charity" that pays millions to "consultants" and PR.
On one of the rare occasions a fellow Republican, Trent Lott, broke ranks to criticize Frist's opportunism, Trent Lott, in his ironically titled book, "Herding Cats", stated,"(Frist)didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run," (for majority leader of the Senate) "If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today." In further irony, pResident Bush said, "He does a great job herding cats" as Frist is good at strong arming fellow Senators to bend to the administration's goals.
The point is, Bill Frist is beholden to far right special interests and is a thieving, tightly wound, controlled, power hungry zealot who has no business being a doctor or senator, let alone president. He doesn't understand the meaning of Democracy and has the line between church and state blurred in his addled mind. The Republican party can do better. America can do better.

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