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Posted on 08/13/2009 3:15:54 AM PDT by Perdogg
President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, whose job it is to help encourage Americans to get thinner and healthier, has been working part time as a scientific adviser to the fast-food giant that sells sandwiches like the Whopper and BK Triple Stacker. Dr. Regina Benjamin, hailed by Mr. Obama for her efforts in running a health clinic in hurricane-ravaged rural Alabama, has been paid $10,000 since last year for serving on a scientific advisory board for Burger King, according to newly filed public financial disclosures.
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I can’t wait till we have a Republican president and an ACORN czar.
“Scientific advisory board for Burger King”, eh? Them’s purty fancy words for bribery.
BURGER KING $999,000.00 Loan 504 TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS BY PROVIDING LONG TERM FINANCING THROUGH THE SALE OF DEBENTURES TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR Small Business Administration 4/14/2009
The WH itself should have always been called, now more than ever, “The Home of the Whopper”.
"It take two hands..."
Have a gander, here:
From a smitten Associated Press:
Obama chooses Ala doctor as next surgeon general
By Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama turned to the Deep South for the next surgeon general, a rural Alabama family physician who made headlines with fierce determination to rebuild her nonprofit medical clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
An administration official said Obama will announce the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin later Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the official announcement.
The surgeon general is the peoples health advocate, a bully pulpit position that can be tremendously effective with a forceful personality.
Benjamin has that reputation.
A decade ago, the New York Times called her "angel in a white coat," a country doctor who made house calls along the impoverished Gulf Coast, paid whatever her patients could scrounge.
From those early days she has emerged as a national leader in the call to improve health disparities, pushed by the need in her own fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Ala., and its diverse patient mix where immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos make up a growing part of the population.
Her nonprofit clinic was rebuilt by volunteers after being destroyed by Katrina, only to burn down months later. Benjamin later told of her patients desperation that she rebuild again, recalling one woman who handed her an envelope with a $7 donation to help.
"If she can find $7, I can figure out the rest," Benjamin said last fall as she received a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," money she dedicated to finishing that job.
Benjamin became the first black woman and the youngest doctor elected to the American Medical Associations board. She also received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998, and Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the distinguished service medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.
Her nomination for surgeon general requires Senate confirmation.
A quick glance at Wikipedia helps further explain Mr. Obamas decision:
Regina Benjamin (born in 1956 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American physician, who runs a nonprofit medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, in the United States
Consistent with her strong social conscience, Dr. Benjamin has spent time doing missionary work in Honduras and is on the Board of Physicians for Human Rights. Her interests include environmental issues and eco and adventure travel.
Dr. Benjamins clinic was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and in 2006 by a fire on New Years Day, one day before the scheduled reopening. She made headlines when she rebuilt the clinic a second time.
Ms. Benjamin is black, a victim of Katrina and an environmentalist!
And of course she doesnt believe doctors should make a profit.
What more could anyone possibly want?
God Bless her for providing care to her patients but she is largely doing so through input of outside funds. Which is also fine but there was a time when this was called charity. Now the recipients of such largese have come to believe it is their "right". Therein lies the problem and it demonstrates just how large the hill we have to climb is if we are truly to get out from under the mountain of debt our politicians have burdened us with.
Until we begin to implement real solutions that will work our problems will just get bigger.
She seems like a good and decent person, unlike so many of the Kenyan’s appointees. An obese woman, however, should not be the front person in a fight for good health and against obesity. Send her home where she can do the most good.
I had that saved in the running documentation I maintain on Duh!1®, and I'm in agreement with you.
Yes, I was kind of wondering how she got involved with that den of frauds & thieves-- maybe she'll step away from it all.
If she got an award from the Pope does that mean she is PRO LIFE?
She looks like she has had a few too many whoopers.
Seriously, as crazy as everything is becoming? I have no idea!
The quickest way for Burger King to go belly up is to take the advice of government weenies and czars.
Slim her down to 100 pounds before she is allowed to give diet advice.
> I cant wait till we have a Republican president and an ACORN czar.
Amen to that.
They can pack ACORN in with the terrorists and other detainees.
> I cant wait till we have a Republican president and an ACORN czar.
I can’t believe that nothing has been done about ACORN yet. On July 23, 2008, the ACORN report was released, identifying ACORN as a criminal organization and to date the Obama bastards have really squashed its existence.
The document can be accessed at:
One thing is clear. We have an obligation to be charitable. The society of David and Solomon was taxed ten percent (roughly) to provide the services only government can provide. National Security, courts, law enforcement, etc. It seemed to me that if you strip everything else away that is about what we spend on these items. The society of David and Solomon was expected to pay ten percent in tithe to the Temple. This covered salaries for priests, building maintenance, hosting religious "meetings" of which several per year were a tradition attended by most citizens. It also covered to some smaller extent "charity".
Citizens were also expected to provide some portion of their resources for personal charity. Leaving corners of fields ungleaned. Hosting travelers without charge.
So it seemed to me that a citizen who could should divide his resources as follows, 1/10th tithe, 1/10th tax, 1/10th charity. How does this stack up to what we do now? Poorly, I would submit. We have allowed government to confiscate almost all of what would have been tithe from the economy. We have allowed government to suck up almost all of what would be "charity" and "redistribute" it to folks who seem to think receiving it is their "right". Government, finding it cannot make ends meet even by confiscating all these resources has become creative over the decades hoping to prolong the "Ponzi Scheme" by increasing taxes, borrowing from foreigners, and printing funny money.
If I may be so bold, I would submit that we CANNOT fix our broken culture until we "get right" and we need to get right on economics first. We certainly cannot insist our neighbors embrace our faith but we have every right and expectation that they embrace real solutions to real problems that are really sustainable. Continuing to suck up resources into a black hole of irresponsibility and waste are no longer an option. It has to end either now voluntarily or later in disaster. Things really are that siimple no matter how "smart people" try to complicate things. Unsustainable is just that, broke is broken, looters are looters. How it ends is up to the folks currently in charge but it will end.
I am so sick of that statement.
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