Monday, September 14, 2009

Five Surgeons

As long as we're still on the topic of health care, I figured I might as well break out this old joke. It has particular relevance nowadays...

Five big-city surgeons were discussing what types of people make the easiest patients on which to operate.

The surgeon from New York said, "I like to see accountants on the operating table, because when you open them up, everything is numbered."

The Chicago surgeon said, "Yes, but you ought to try electricians! Everything inside them is color-coded."

The third surgeon, from Dallas, said, "No, I really think librarians are easiest to operate on, because everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

The Los Angeles surgeon said he liked operating on construction workers "Because those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."

The fifth surgeon, from Washington DC, just shook his head and observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable."

Have a good day. And - in the context of the health care "debate" - remember that there's a big difference between "facts" and "things loudly repeated because someone else said them and we just know they're true."

More thoughts tomorrow.



Amanda said...


The Mistress of the Dark said...

Yup yup yup

Bandit said...

Good one! I've not heard that one before.

I was going to ask you if you were at the Pentagon on 9-11?

Mike said...

Everyone knows that the louder you holler something the more truth there is to it.

Leslie David said...

I like that.

Jay said...

Anytime I come across people who are simply repeating propaganda that they got from right wing or left wing blogs I just tell the to "clap louder" to drown out the evidence that they're wrong.

Bilbo said...

Amanda - me, too!

Andrea - add two more yups.

Bandit - yes, I was. Happily, my office was on the other side of the building.

Mike - that's in line with the linguistic principle that non-English-speakers will understand English if you shout at them.

Leslie - :-)

Jay - you da man!