What insteresting about today’s Lawn Jockeys
is their multiple-use capabilities.
Take this one –PLEASE!
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American neurosurgeon and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Among other surgical innovations, Carson did pioneering work on the successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the head. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2008
So much more becoming than the usual shackles, don’t you think?
Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised by his single mother, Sonya Carson. He struggled academically throughout elementary school, but after his mother reduced his television time and required him to read two books a week and produce written reviews for her, he started to excel in middle school and throughout high school. After graduating with honors from Southwestern High School, he attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in psychology. He chose to go to Yale because in College Bowl, an old knowledge competition television program, he saw Yale compete against and defeat many other colleges, including Harvard. Carson wanted to participate in College Bowl, but the program was discontinued. From Yale, he attended University of Michigan Medical School.
Carson is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. He was inspired to pursue a career in medicine when he heard stories in church of missionary doctors and their ability to heal people physically, mentally, and spiritually. At age 33, he became the youngest major division director in Johns Hopkins history, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is also a Co-Director of The Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center. Carson used to perform 450–500 surgeries per year, but has reduced his surgery load to approximately 350 per year as his scheduled speaking engagements have increased
And no wonder
According to Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Dr. Carson focuses on traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia. He is also interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child.”
Carson’s hand-eye coordination and three-dimensional reasoning skills made him a gifted surgeon. After medical school, he became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Starting off as an adult neurosurgeon, Carson became more interested in pediatrics. He believed that with children, “what you see is what you get, … when they’re in pain they clearly show it with a frown on their face or when they are happy they show it by smiling brightly.”
Carson’s other surgical innovations have included the first intrauterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy, in which a young girl suffering from uncontrollable seizures had one half of her brain removed.
In 1987, Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins (the Binder twins) who had been joined at the back of the head (craniopagus twins). The 70-member surgical team, led by Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently. Carson recalls:
“I looked at that situation. I said, ‘Why is it that this is such a disaster?’ and it was because they would always exsanguinate. They would bleed to death, and I said, ‘There’s got to be a way around that. These are modern times.’ This was back in 1987. I was talking to a friend of mine, who was a cardiothoracic surgeon, who was the chief of the division, and I said, ‘You guys operate on the heart in babies, how do you keep them from exsanguinating’ and he says, ‘Well, we put them in hypothermic arrest.’ I said, ‘Is there any reason that – if we were doing a set of Siamese twins that were joined at the head – that we couldn’t put them into hypothermic arrest, at the appropriate time, when we’re likely to lose a lot of blood?’ and he said, ‘No way .’ I said, ‘Wow, this is great.’ Then I said, ‘Why am I putting my time into this? I’m not going to see any Siamese twins.’ So I kind of forgot about it, and lo and behold, two months later, along came these doctors from Germany, presenting this case of Siamese twins. And, I was asked for my opinion, and I then began to explain the techniques that should be used, and how we would incorporate hypothermic arrest, and everybody said ‘Wow! That sounds like it might work.’ And, my colleagues and I, a few of us went over to Germany. We looked at the twins. We actually put in scalp expanders, and five months later we brought them over and did the operation, and lo and behold, it worked.”
Now for the considerably less impressive part.
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told Andrea Mitchell Friday that he is prepared to refrain from speaking at the university’s School of Medicine commencement ceremony, after students and faculty petitioned over comments he made this week that were widely seen as anti-gay.
Carson told FOX News host Sean Hannity Tuesday, “My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality–it doesn’t matter what they are–they don’t get to change the definition.”
Carson’s comparison of gay relationships to pedophilia (NAMBLA stands for the North American Man/Boy Love Association) and bestiality has caused the pediatric neurosurgeon to fall from his perch as a republican rising a star in recent days. Earlier this month, he drew a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and just last month, he publicly slammed President Obama’s position on taxes, the deficit, and health care while addressing three thousand people at the National Prayer Breakfast. The President watched from the dais, just a few feet away.
Asked by Mitchell whether he was prepared to withdraw as commencement speaker, Carson replied, “Absolutely. I would say this is their day and the last thing I would want to do is rain on their parade.”
Carson said he has not told the university that he will not be delivering the commencement address.
“I am waiting for appropriate channels,” Carson said. ”I don’t think television is the appropriate channel.”
But of course he does. How else to explain this modified limited hang-out ?
My but how the Presumed-To-Be-Mighty have fallen. Why it seems like only yesteray that –
Pretty bland stuff. overall. Ritual blather about “Political Correctness.” And I do love “My role model is Jesus,” leading one to wonder whether’s he’s seen this classic film by a gay Communist athiest.
In any event his idetification with a flesh-eating zombie wasn’t the “take away.” For as Wiki notes:
The speech was magnified because Carson’s views were generally interpreted to be conservative, and President Barack Obama was sitting ten feet away. Conservative commentators from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto of Fox News praised the speech as speaking “truth to power”. The Wall Street Journal had an op-ed titled: “Ben Carson for President” which stated that Carson “may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years.”, while columnist, Star Parker, wrote in a column that “Ben Carson owes no apology for honest talk.” Conservative Fox News pundit and contributor Cal Thomas, however, opined that Carson’s remarks were inappropriate for the event and that he should apologize to President Obama. Liberal Fox News pundit Bob Beckel also found Carson’s remarks inappropriate for the event, calling them “extreme right-wing talking points”.
In an interview with Neil Cavuto, Carson defended himself by saying “Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies.” Carson appeared on the Fox News program Hannity on Friday February 8, and was asked about a possible run for the White House. Carson responded: “If the Lord grabbed me by the collar and made me do it, I would.”
You would? Such a nice doggie. Who’s a good boy ?
As part of his increased national exposure, Carson was featured on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning TV political program on February 17, 2013. Carson told interviewer and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the “Sunday Spotlight” segment: “I don’t think it was particularly political,” Carson said of his White House speech. “You know, I’m a physician. I like to diagnose things. And, you know, I’ve diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with.” Regarding the policies of President Obama, he said: “There are a number of policies that I don’t believe lead to the growth of our nation and don’t lead to the elevation of our nation. I don’t want to sit here and say all of his policies are bad. What I would like to see more often in this nation is an open and intelligent conversation, not people just casting aspersions at each other. I mean, it’s unbelievable to me the way people act like third graders. And if somebody doesn’t agree with them, they’re this and they’re that and, you know – it comes from both sides. And it’s just so infantile.”
In the National Review Online article “A Speech Worthy of Booker T. Washington”, Editor-at-Large Jonah Goldberg compared Carson to legendary African-American leader Booker T. Washington. Meanwhile, in The Atlantic’s “Meet Dr. Ben Carson, the New Conservative Folk Hero”, David Graham compared Carson to Herman Cain without the “personal skeletons.”
As far as we know. Still with all the heat it’s no wonder Carson sought to get out of the kitchen with Megyn Kelly
MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS: Dr. Ben Carson joins us live now from Baltimore, Maryland. Again, he is the pediatric neurosurgery division director at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Carson, great to have you on, thanks so much for being here.
These are just some of the problems that we’re facing in this country that you’ve spoken out many times. You believe in some extent in some of our towns, a culture of victimization which I want to get to with you. But because of your message on that, and other others some of which you’ve been critical of the president on and some not so much. Boy, have you been attacked. A ‘token’ you’ve been called, an Oreo, please pardon me for repeating this to you, and most recently a commentator on a rival network said you’d been embraced because you’re smart and helpful in assuaging white people’s guilt and went on to say you are enjoying the GOP’s version of affirmative action and people get to put on a bumper sticker, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Dr. Carson. Your thoughts on the attacks on you.
DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: If you don’t have anything useful to say you attack people. If you feel your house of cards has been discovered and is starting to come unraveled, you become very desperate. You know, intelligent people tend to talk about the facts, they don’t sit around and call each other names. That’s what you can find on a third grade playground, and this is something we need to move beyond in this country and let’s have a real discussion about the real facts. If somebody disagrees, let’s talk about why they disagree, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Let’s see if we can find some accommodation, but to sit around and act like third graders is nonproductive.
KELLY: So quick to dismiss your ideas because they’re coming from a man who happens to be a black man and Condoleezza Rice actually was on the Fox News Channel a couple of years ago, speaking to our own Sean Hannity and he said, because she was subjected to some of this: if you look at a black person and you say that person has to think in a particular way, I don’t care if you’re white or black, if you say that, then you’ve got a prejudice, then you are the one with the prejudice. Do you think that the people who just dismiss you as a oken,’ have a prejudice of their own?
DR. CARSON: Oh, well, there’s no question. They feel if you look a certain way then you have to stay on the plantation. You know I’ve heard that some people refer to me as an Uncle Tom. Obviously, they don’t know what an Uncle Tom is because they need to read the Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin to see that he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type person.
Obviously, that’s not what I’m doing. And what the left frequently does and some aspects of the right, too, they try to make life so unpleasant for anybody who disagrees with them that people will keep silent. And I know that it’s working because so many people come up to me and say, ‘Thank you, thank you for having the courage to express this and in the same way I feel. but most people won’t speak up. I’m trying to get people to speak up because this country is changing into something else and we need to make sure that we really want it to change into something else and not just end up there and ask ourselves how did we get there.
There, that should take care of the matter.
Except of course for THIS
You see Doc there’s one thing you don’t understand that even half-brained FAUX NEWS meat puppets do.
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