Elaine Meinel Supkis
The New York Times has this chipper, happy article about how our Congress critters and pundits and everyone who goes on TV gets all this cosmetic surgical care so they can look pretty. Meanwhile, our soldiers rot in wretched conditions, 44 million Americans have no health insurance and Iraq's health system has completely collapsed, killing many thousands.
In Washington, no one embodies this convergence of politics, looks and media status more than Dr. Tina S. Alster, dermatologist to the powerful.
Designer-clad, immaculately blond, conversant in foreign and domestic politics and an habitué of the Beltway social circuit, Dr. Alster has a roster of patients she will not name because of doctor-patient confidentiality. But she is not averse to describing them in general terms.
“I certainly see members of Congress and the White House, heads of state and royalty,” Dr. Alster said in her new office on K Street. “I also have a lot of ambassadors.”
Dr. Alster, 47, is an expert in using lasers, which can treat any perceived blemish, be it wrinkle, sunspot, pimple, pore, scar or birthmark. With this kind of specialty, she is tailor-made for the digital era of Webcast presidential announcements.
Beauty is skin deep but depraved indifference to the sufferings of millions requires a hard heart and an ugly refusal to look into the mirror of the soul. It is obvious the preening pundits, TV personalities and politicians are all narcisstic nitwits. Even as we head towards fiscal hell, even as these same creatures who are getting their pretty faces dolled up, I hear these same people screaming that we can't afford health care for the masses.
All over TV, we see the buffed up faces of pretty boys and girls, smooth featured, smooth tongued rich people telling us, we can't afford health care. For seven years, these same preening peacocks told us our soldiers were getting superb health care afte being wounded.
Media crews followed armies of carefully groomed, perfectly coiffed politicians who did various photo ops at Walter Reed. Then suddenly, when Bush's popularity had tanked and the vast majority of Americans want this stupid war to end, reporters discovered the truth that was always there!
By Lt. Col. Charlie Brown, USAF, Ret, Guest Columnist
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:49 AM PDT
Beneath the troubling revelations about the deplorable state of affairs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center lies something even uglier: a pattern of chronic neglect of veterans and their families by Washington politicians who will stand in front of any group of soldiers during an election year, but will stand behind none of them when it counts the most.
The Walter Reed scandal is only the tip of the iceberg.
Skyrocketing rates of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, suicide and divorce that have long plagued the veteran community - frequently the result of lasting psychological scars like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - are a national disgrace. And with more than one-third of recently returning vets showing symptoms of PTSD, experts already predict these disturbing trends will get worse in the decades to come.
The poor soldiers who have their faces blown off, are missing limbs, etc, don't look pretty. They don't worry about a wrinkle or a bag under the eye, many of them have bags attached to their bodies lower down where they are missing parts of their male anatomy. They don't worry about warts, they worry about limbs.
The press scandal is just a tool. Namely, since it reveals something anyone could have put into the news stream at any time, this being normal circumstances, the fact that all the media is suddenly noticing this is due to their collective desire to get rid of Bush now that he is unpopular and the war is unpopular.
But all those smiling, pretty faces lied for six years about conditions. And they will begin to lie again as soon as they select a new President for us.
Alicia suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is uninsured. She has two children (ages 10 & 12) who take care of her at home. She is confined to a wheelchair and can't afford home care.
44 million Americans are uninsured, and eight out of ten of these are workers or their dependents. Why is being uninsured a problem?
The heartlessness of these public figures who are all striving to look like Ken and Barbie never ceases to astonish me. One would think these monsters would donate their money they use to prettify themselves, to help the helpless! Or maybe they can raise taxes on those billionaires. America has over 400 of these guys who can fork over a lot of loot.
By John Leyne
BBC News, Amman
Iraq's remaining doctors face a lack of basic medical equipment
The ordeal continues for victims of Iraq's violence when they are taken to hospital.
Most of the best medical staff have left after being targeted by insurgents. Many have fled the country just in the last few months.
Drugs and equipment are almost non-existent. The notorious militias target patients inside hospitals, and doctors inside the health ministry.
All this in a country that used to pride itself on the best medical services in the Middle East.
We destroyed everything there. The people who brought this destruction down upon the helpless people of Iraq (well, they are not so helpless) was that stupid army of box-toxed, wrinkle smoothing, hair replacing, dental rebuilding ruling elites in Washington, DC.
This is why they all look so expressionless: pitiless faces staring from hard, cold eyes. We are supposed to find this beautiful and want to hand over our fates to this Stepford Political class. And they will graciously smile as they kick us to the curb with their pretty Pravda pointy shoes.