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Dr. Mouthpiece
In today's least shocking news, it comes out that the Bush Administration repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress public health reports for political reasons. Gardiner Harris writes for The New York Times:

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.

Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.

And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name.

“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.

The Special Olympics is one of the nation’s premier charitable organizations to benefit disabled people, and the Kennedys have long been deeply involved in it.

When asked after the hearing if that “prominent family” was the Kennedys, Dr. Carmona responded, “You said it. I didn’t.”

In response to lawmakers’ questions, Dr. Carmona refused to name specific people in the administration who had instructed him to put political considerations over scientific ones. He said, however, that they included assistant secretaries of health and human services as well as top political appointees outside the department of health.

...His testimony comes two days before the Senate confirmation hearings of his designated successor, Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr. Two members of the Senate health committee have already declared their opposition to Dr. Holsinger’s nomination because of a 1991 report he wrote that concluded that homosexual sex was unnatural and unhealthy. Dr. Carmona’s testimony may further complicate Dr. Holsinger’s nomination.

The question remains, why didn't the guy mention that he was muzzled during his tenure?...say, to somebody from Congress or The New York Times?

Regarding the idiot Holsinger, here's a quote from "The Gay Animal Kingdom," by Jonah Lehrer, on

Male big horn sheep live in what are often called "homosexual societies." They bond through genital licking and anal intercourse, which often ends in ejaculation. If a male sheep chooses to not have gay sex, it becomes a social outcast. Ironically, scientists call such straight-laced males "effeminate."

Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in "penis fencing," which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.

As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there's a vertebrate out there that does it.

Posted by aalkon at July 11, 2007 11:59 AM


Sagan and the missus wrote a book about this. Animals drink out of puddles and like it. We shouldn't look to them for much guidance....

Posted by: Crid at July 11, 2007 1:39 AM

But if someone wants to drink out of a puddle, I won't find it morally reprehensible.

Posted by: beansworth at July 11, 2007 6:20 AM

The fact is, homosexual sex isn't "unnatural." If it's not your cup of tea, don't have it. But, the perverted ones are the ones who care about, and wish to legislate or even just condemn, how other consenting adults get their rocks off.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 11, 2007 6:22 AM

Teenage girls get all dreamy about swans mating for life and committing "suicide" if their partner expires. Teenage boys know all about black widow spiders and filthy bonobos.

Nature is not the best manual for adult sexual manners!

Posted by: Jody Tresidder at July 11, 2007 7:06 AM

Animals, like humans, often kill their own kind, that doesn't argue in favor of murder.

Lack of sexual interest in the opposite sex would seem to be an evolutionary disadvantage.

Posted by: winston at July 11, 2007 7:38 AM

"Lack of sexual interest in the opposite sex would seem to be an evolutionary disadvantage."

In the given examples from the animal kingdom, almost none of the animals involved are exclusively homosexual.

Posted by: beansworth at July 11, 2007 8:36 AM

I've never understood the exclusivity of human male homosexuality in modern society.

Posted by: PurplePen at July 11, 2007 9:38 AM

Figures. Animals and televangelists are getting all the good gay sex.

Posted by: Darry at July 11, 2007 10:29 AM

Wouldn't wanna be an animal; wouldn't wanna be a televangelist.

Posted by: Crid at July 11, 2007 10:45 AM

What Crid said.

Posted by: justin case at July 11, 2007 11:30 AM

What Crusty said.

(crid and justin - sorry:))

Posted by: Jody Tresidder at July 11, 2007 12:10 PM


Posted by: Crid at July 11, 2007 1:31 PM

What Crustddier said.

Posted by: kg at July 11, 2007 4:19 PM

I think that's enough. Everyone behave.


I know, fat chance.

Posted by: justin case at July 12, 2007 8:04 AM

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