Dr. J through the looking glass again

More comix ’n’ commentary from Dr. J, bidding fair to become the Gormogons’ comics’ page editor. He and the Czar are a dagger points—literally, Doc’s got some sort of Bowie knife and the Czar’s got some bizarro Circassian kinjal and they’re circling each other while Mandy & ’Puter are half-crouched, snapping their fingers and about to burst into a big dance number. Typical evening at Castle Gormogon: potential felonies, bloodshed likely, and a little bit too much affection for the musical theater.

Anyway, the Good Doctor has a couple more SoeteroCare editorial cartoons in which the cartoonists’ assumptions are actually 180° off, so their exaggeration for humor just makes them, well, kinda bizarre, if you’ve been paying attention. I’ll let Doc take it to the hoop.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage,” Saul Alinsky.

Clearly the left want to ‘Rahm’ their plan through by any means necessary.

Republicans have offered and suggested an incremental approach. With such an approach, clearly bipartisan consensus could (maybe, possibly, in Bizarro Superman’s world) come about on some issues, leaving other areas to be scrummed over based on clearly differing ideologies.

But, rather than accomplish a few things that potentially many people could agree on, and brag on them until the end of the world, the Obama Administration has chosen to ridicule the idea of multiple small bills, which might result in some good progress so that they can get their whole way.

These two cartoons mock the Republicans by equating the Republican Party’s thoughtful approach of multiple bills to a doctor who only does the first step of a procedure today, and the next step tomorrow.

In medicine, we often utilize ‘the tincture of time’ as intervening early, while good for somethings is not good for others.

Obviously we like a door to balloon time of less than 90 minutes during a big heart attack (ST-elevation myocardial infarction).

Small heart attacks (non-ST elevation myocardial infarctions), by contrast, don’t benefit from rushing to the cath lab at immediately but do equally well waiting up to 48 hours. Trust me when I say, even in the best of hands, you are better off in this latter situation (a small heart attack), getting an angiogram during business hours than at 2AM.

Another example is with a lump in the breast. Is it better to biopsy it, get a tissue diagnosis, and then, IF CANCEROUS, got to lumpectomy, radiation therapy, and IF INDICATED chemotherapy rather than rush in, and do a bilateral mastectomy with chemotherapy running wide open during an operation occuring in the core of a nuclear reactor.

We’re better off with a series of multiple bills than with a comprehensive approach.

Hard to argue.

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