I used to really enjoy going to the kind of tiny circuses that tour the small towns in rural areas.  Much of my adult life has been as a wandering gypsy doctor through such areas and it seems that many of the little towns had little to offer and went wild when the circus came to town – no matter how modest the offerings were.

Of course I had experience with the really big shows.  When I was a kid my folks took me once to the Greatest Show On Earth — Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey — where I think now the plethora of amusements in three rings is probably best suited for those who really enjoy their attention deficit disorder.
But it was in a tiny field in France by a beach on the English Channel that I saw a lovely one ring circus. I was most impressed with the lion tamer — a person of African descent, large and muscled and handsome — but I was close enough to see each time he put his head in the lion’s mouth, and he did it multiple times.

The old, indifferent lion had no teeth, but the effect was still thrilling.

The image was vivid, and I have not thought of it for many years.

I think of it when I hear talk about the Food and Drug administration (FDA).

The FDA has no teeth, and as you can tell from the interview below, is simply

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Even a 6-year old can understand the futility of gun proliferation in halting crime. I especially admire his use of sarcasm at this age to get his point across.

Somebody was quoted as saying that gun buyback programs are like trying to empty the Pacific Ocean with a bucket.  Yes, this is nuts, and stupid.  Most of all, this is the showy crest of a wall of anti-intellectualism that threatens to down our previously mighty country.

People are very excited about gun buyback programs right now.  Me, I never owned a gun.  Although, some people have told me I should given the dangerous situations I too often turn up in.  As I say this, I look down at a scar on the inner aspect of my left elbow.  A scar I sustained when a drunk in a northern French emergency room attacked me with a piece of broken glass.  It is, of course, paler and harder to find than when a young surgeon colleague came from home to close it with tiny little faerie-like stitches.  No guns around, of course.  I learned before that scar, early in my French training, that if you owned a gun — and especially if you didn’t feel very secure with it — it was likely to be turned about and used on you.  Me.  The owner. The “good guy.” Read more on The Cockeyed Logic of Gun Buybacks…

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