DOCTORS' NOTES: THE HOLIEST OF DOCUMENTS  11:44 am April 21, 2011

Scott Walker Now Going After Doctors Who Helped Union Protestors

by Jack Stuef

ON WISCONSIN!

The state Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board said Wednesday that they had opened investigations into eight individuals who allegedly wrote doctor excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol during rallies in February.

Last month, the Department of Regulation and Licensing said it had identified 11 people who may have provided the medical excuses, and it asked them to submit information about their activities at the Capitol. [...]

The state Department of Regulation and Licensing previously has said disciplinary action could include a reprimand, license limitations, suspension or revocation.

The Department of Regulation and Licensing is run by Scott Walker appointee Dave Ross. Surprise! Hey, wait a minute, that’s the same guy who hates unions!

Doctors better think twice about helping out the proletariat in the future if they want to stay rich and drive their fancy cars. Medicine should never associate itself with socialism. [JSOnline]

 

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{ 125 comments }

DustBowlBlues April 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

Sweet. Mother. Of. God.

donner_froh April 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

This should chop millions from the Wisconsin budget deficit overnight.

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

At least, it should allow Walker to sell off public resources to the Kochs.

BaldarTFlagass April 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

So this is what it looks like when you are born without scorn.

watchemoket April 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I think you mean born without shame.

V572..whatever April 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I'm sure there was scorn. "Shame" is the missing quality.

DaRooster April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Conscience? (Same I guess… I just like to spell it since I finally learnt how about 3 years ago… I may not be good, but I'm s l o w .)

freakishlywrong April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

Is this guy a cartoon or something? Seriously, does a bigger asshole, an intentional asshole live on this planet?

aguacatero April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I don't think you could teach that degree of assholism; but neither could it be purely innate. Like Michael Jordan or Ted Williams, he had to be born with extraordinary gifts, but ones that could never have produced such amazing feats without years of focused hard work.

Or to put it in the terms of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers book, Walker must have practiced being an asshole for at least 10,000 hours before getting to his current level of mastery.

BZ1 April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

MDs Lou Sanner and James Shropshire are my heroes. Look what the fine Wiskies are saying about them: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/120308399.htm...

SorosBot April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Why is it that local newspaper comments are almost taken over by the crazies?

Guppy06 April 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Have you looked at your neighbors lately?

SorosBot April 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Well my neighbors are mostly Vietnamese- or Mexican-American, so I don't think many are wingnuts.

Guppy06 April 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I think we may need a PSA campaign on the indicators that your neighbor may be nucking futs.

emmelemm April 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

You might be surprised.

(I'm just saying – there are sekrit wingnuts everywhere these days.)

Lascauxcaveman April 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Why is it that local newspaper comments are almost taken over by the crazies?

I've pondered this, as I comment often in the slightly-liberal Seattle Times, and fully half the comments are distilled wingnut batshit talking points.

I'm thinking it's a lot of retired and/or maybe unemployed white men who are all worked up about that colored fella in the white house.

MissTaken April 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Check out SFgate for the comments of wingnutty San Franciscans. You would think that Nancy Pelosi's seat was in danger of going GOP based on their conservative rants.

SorosBot April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Judging by how the commenters for my local paper always love to claim the city sucks, often with ugly racial undertones (like saying there's too many "thugs"), I think they're mostly from the suburbs / exurbs.

Ducksworthy April 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Because the Kochsuckers pay semi-literate trolls by the post, which makes them feel really special.

freakishlywrong April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I'll bet you assholes to limp dicks, those comments are not from our beloved Wiskies.

Ducksworthy April 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

The come cheap in Bangalore. At $0.05 per post a billion goes a long way.

elviouslyqueer April 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Because, of course, none of the fine upstanding commenters never ever called in sick when they weren't actually sick.

Gopherit April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Well, does being hung over after a furious bout with cheetos, cheap whiskey, and internet porn count as being sick?

MissTaken April 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The cheap whiskey and porn are a-ok, but the cheetos are pretty gross and sick.

Sue4466 April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

So, this is what limited government looks like.

DarkStar_88 April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Actually we need to limit gov't more so goons like Walker can't do this. Otherwise this tit-for-tat will never end.

Serolf_Divad April 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

You'd have never guessed, based on their respect for Habeas Corpus and the rule of law in general.

JustPixelz April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

When your only tool is Scott Walker, every problem looks like a reason for government overreach.

ManchuCandidate April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Going after doctors is a bad idea… hope Scott has a physical soon. The prostate exam will not be fun.

DaRooster April 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I think he needs a deep reaching catheter…

ChurchofRealism April 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Woah..hey, using the whole fist, Doc?

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

"Moooooooooon… River –"

DangerHelvetica April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Dave Ross? Isn't he the leader of the Daleks or something?

iburl April 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Crush the doctors, teachers, and workers! When Scottie is done the only people alive will be republican politicians, day traders, and plutocrats.

nounverb911 April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

No more Viagra for Kochs.

Gopherit April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Madison to be born?

Wait, that's not the anti-Christ. It's a viagraless Koch.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The man has prostate cancer! Have you no mercy?

GeneralLerong April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I guess we just traded places with the Soviets. Nobody won the Cold War.

JustPixelz April 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

It's off to Alaska for you, comrade. Or Arizona. Or Oklahoma. Hell, they're all Hell.

James Michael Curley April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Coming this summer to the theaters, Dumb and Dumber, 2; staring Scott Walker and Scott Walker.

watchemoket April 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

or maybe Scott Walker and Donald Trump??

metamarcisf April 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The Wisconsin Democratic Party is planning to file a complaint to the state Government Accountability Board alleging that a Republican signature-gatherer offered alcoholic beverages to a group of women to get them to sign a recall petition against a Democratic state senator.

ChurchofRealism April 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I'm surprised they were able to pull it off without date-raping them first.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Gerald Boyle would have just gotten them off (on the charges).

harry_palmer April 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Nice going, Scott. Now you're going to have to have your head pulled out of your ass by a back-alley cranial-rectotomist.

CalamityJames April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I smell jobs!!!!!

Or retards, can't tell which.

weejee April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Rim jobz?

Mumbletypeg April 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

OT sorta but Good Fridays, when I was but a pip, meant Mom coming to yank me out of school a half day early so she could whisk me & my sister to the Episcopal 2:00 service for time-honored tradition's sake, which we endured sprawled in the pew sketching doodles in spare church bulletin margins. Remarkably no *other* classmates were outside the school for pickup by *their* parents at 1:00, just me, enjoying my free pass. Dunno if we were perceived as some kind of Anglican degenerates in our southern-baptist bluecollar environs, b/c I never heard if it caught any truck from the principal or anyone else — all of which meant I could skip class guilt-free so Mom could honor pious ritual guilt-freed.

Happy Good Friday's eve everyone — 'good' in more ways than one. Oh and Walker can go screw himself.

SorosBot April 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

You had school on Good Fridays? Huh, here the public schools have a week off, and most offices are closed.

Edit to add: most offices are closed on Friday, not a full week, of course.

Lascauxcaveman April 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Should've gone to a private school (surely, you had a couple Anglican private schools in your neighborhood?) Then mom would be coming over on Good Friday Morning for mass, followed by The Passion Play, starring you as Roman Soldier or Woman of Jerusalem or somesuch.

Mumbletypeg April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Anglican-private? not in that part of SC; we were enrolled public there. Protestant Christian schools would figure in later when we relocated to TN: I was put through Reformed Presbyterian start-up & modest Lutheran middle schools while wait-listed for the primo prep academy in the area, which I arrived at in time to graduate & flee to college. Being 3rd generation Episcopalian if we could have found something more anglican, believe me Mom would have.

fuflans April 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

HA! as an anglican with 'discipline problems' MY mother sent me to a catholic school. and wouldn't let me out of mass.

apparently theology was less important than nunly order.

PabaBritannica April 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Just ban the licensing requirement to become a doctor.

That way, you solve two problems:

1. You punish these doctors
2. You allow anyone to be able to claim to be a doctor. Unemployment crisis solved!

weejee April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Same for engineers. It would really cut the cost of building stuff.

ManchuCandidate April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Except the lawyers would win when the building collapsed and killed people.

whiterabid April 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Unless there were no licensing requirements for lawyers either.

nounverb911 April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Rand Paul approves!

imissopus April 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Rand Paul approves of this comment.

SorosBot April 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Is anyone surprised that Pol Scott has found yet another way to abuse his power? This guy maxes Nixon look honest.

trumpbly_joe April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Also pretty.

whiterabid April 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

And libural.

Guppy06 April 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Even Obama makes Nixon look librul.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I must give kudos on Pol Scott usage.

hagajim April 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Holy fuck! Who took the rectum spreader to this douche! Someone had to because he's gotta be the biggest asshole in the world!

Sophist [غني عن ذلك] April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Hey, they arrested the doctor who treated Lincoln's assassin, right? And these protesters totally assassinated walkers credibility, so…

memzilla April 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Say, you know who else used his Department of Licensing and Regulation to get rid of people he didn't like… ?

metamarcisf April 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Carrot Top?

Monsieur_Grumpe April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Patty and Selma Bouvier?

BaldarTFlagass April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Lavrenti Beria?

Cicada April 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Donny Osmond?

Teeth of tile, fist of steel.

nounverb911 April 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Milo Minderbinder?

Lascauxcaveman April 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I thought he subcontracted that sort of work out to the Germans.

tcaalaw April 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Richard J. Daley?

harry_palmer April 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Isn't licensing doctors in the first place just intrusive government regulation? If they're shitty doctors, the market will figure it out and correct the problem.

trumpbly_joe April 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Petty douchebag is petty. And a douchebag.

Phocus April 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

Nice post…your 'union' aren't ya. You write and talk 'union'.

trumpbly_joe April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

You're an idiot, aren't you? You write and talk…

Monsieur_Grumpe April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Scott must have been beaten up a lot when he was a kid.

DarkStar_88 April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Not enough, apparently.

Lascauxcaveman April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I think he needs to be beaten up a lot more as an adult.

Been a long time since I punched a Republican governor in the throat.

Monsieur_Grumpe April 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I'll hold the varment down; you do the punching. Deal?

BaldarTFlagass April 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Harassing your political enemies is an awesome use of taxpayer dollars.

Well, it worked pretty well at the federal level from 2001-2008

SkinnyNerd April 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Quick, call the Department of Governorship. There's a governor that needs his title revoked!

Gopherit April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Is Walker using the law to persecute his enemies? Yes.
Is what he's doing a misuse of state resources? Well, technically, probably not.
Is it a completely dick move? You betcha.

Just remember, Walker, you are dirty as hell. If you think the unions can't find your weak spot, you are an idiot. I will get the popcorn and the egg timer to measure the time to your resignation to spend time with your family.

ZombieForceD April 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Dave Ross has lost touch with his happy little cloud

Guppy06 April 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

If only these doctors were accredited by Rand Paul.

mavenmaven April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Why is this a surprise? The absolute ruler is above the law. Carl Schmitt has argued this since the first time around in Germany. Right wing "common sense conservatism" is just the Merkin way of rebranding fascism…
(now all their thugs will start downfisting me or telling me how Todd Palin will beat me up.)

Cat_Damon April 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Non-snark disclaimer: Walker's stance towards unions is (as if it needs to be stated) ideologically motivated, short-sighted, self-gratifying, and a really really bad idea.

That being said… it would seem as if these doctors were doing things that could be seen as unethical to their profession. I'm all for standing up for workers' rights, for sure. and i'm not exactly clear on how the walker administration went about looking for these people. but still, strictly considering the one point about doctors writing fake sick notes … it doesn't seem shady? if i'm wrong or not seeing something, please enlighten me i don't want to come across as an ass who doesn't give a shit. but i'm legitimately confused here.

also, justin bieber.

DarkStar_88 April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

The assholery on both sides is disgusting. Fake sick notes are a really cheap trick for someone who's supposed to be a healer of bodies, and using one's office to get petty revenge on protesters is low-level tyranny.

Guppy06 April 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Yeah, it's ethically questionable, but I think the other concerns here are bigger:

Doctors can now be subject to political retaliation for not toeing the government's line. This opens the door to things like revoking a doctor's license for not ignoring AIDS as God's just punishment of the gays.Doctors are now subject to reprisals for medical opinions inconvenient to large employers. "What do you mean he can't work? He still has one good arm!"And because the government here is both regulator and employer, myriad combinations are possible: "All true doctors know that nervous breakdowns are are Bolshevist lie!"

At any rate, this is an intrusion into the doctor-patient privileged relationship by the Powers that Be, and it is explicitly not in the interests of the patient (medical or otherwise).

deanbooth April 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

You're presuming the doctors are guilty. We're still only at the investigation (intimidation) stage.

Cat_Damon April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

yeah you're right. i realized that but i think i failed to make that distinction above.

Callyson April 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Oh come on–we're talking about the middle of winter in *Wisconsin* for heaven's sake. No offense to the Badgers among you, but who *doesn't* have a cold in that time and place?

HateMachine April 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

What is the deal with these doctors? Do they think they went into medicine to help people, or something?

Tommmcattt April 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

And with about 1000 times the dignity.

arihaya April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

you know who else prosecuting medical doctors?

yeah Joseph Fucking Stalin thats who,,,

MinAgain April 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

A word to the wise, Scott Walker. Don't ever get sick.

DarkStar_88 April 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I'd be sweating if I was him and suddenly having to undergo surgery.

Reminds me of a old army proverb about not making the cook, the paymaster, or the doctor angry at you…

elviouslyqueer April 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Oh, I dunno. Walker sounds like he would benefit from a thorough probing with a rectal thermometer.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Don't know about that, but it does seem Scooter's got a fever — & the only remedy is more cowbell objectivism.

4tehlulz_lite April 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

"I'm sorry Gov. Walker. I can't help you because I don't want to be accused of political bias. I'm sure Dr. Mengele down the hall will help you out though."

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

You now who else tried to take away doctor's licenses for helping people by writing notes?

prommie April 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Don't tell me Matt Groening came after you and made you do this redacting?

Lionel[redacted]Esq April 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Groening's a dude, and a fellow alumni of mine, so hopefully I'm in the clear. Anyway, I would change it to Miguel Sanchez then. However, I'm leaving the redacted until something positive happens in Wisconsin, or I get bored with it.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Cullen Werwie is no Tom Hagen, that's for damn sure.

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Doctor, doctor, you've made the news
I've got a bad case of scapegoating you

DaRooster April 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I hope it's a replacement doctor that messes up that upcoming Koch chemo.

(Sorry but seeing so much hate from "that side" must be rubbing off on me)

TanzbodenKoenig April 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

♫ There he is – the biggest douche in the universe… ♫

Extemporanus April 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

You're next, Epstein's mother!

unclejeems April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

So, when do you guys get to recall this little turd?

Gopherit April 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I bet all of those doctors that ran to Texas in the last 5 years to flee socialism will come flooding back north after this.

luke_warm April 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This article claims that doctors in white lab coats were roaming the protests, handing out sick notes. A story that Fox and Townhall "broke." Here's a potential debunking. http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/wisconsin-protes

horsedreamer_1 April 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

It seems the set-up of this shell-operation was less Mac Gyver & more Mac Gruber.

Ducksworthy April 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Debunking" As with logic and truth. These people need debunking with an ax handle. But I'm glad to see Mike Tobin has recovered from the grievous injuries inflicted on him by the union thugs. Unfortunately, they too failed to use an ax handle.

disappointedtoo April 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

What is wrong my brothers? As a Democrat but not a union worker, I am appalled at some of the comments I am reading. As my posting name suggests, I am disappointed also but perhaps not the same as you. Why? I'm disappointed in my party and my President. I supported BHO because I expected change in America for the better… It hasn't happened. Things are worse now for me and my family. I suspect taxes will go up to pay for the additional spending he urged Congress to pass. Do we need change in America? Yes, but not what I've seen in the last 2 years. And with regard to our Governor, I am absloutely appalled at some of the hateful things written about him. Do I support his policies? Not all of them but remember that elections have consequences… We look like babies for wanting to recall him.

Pragmatist2 April 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

To be serious for a moment, if a state official decides that he will take a special look at the behavior of employees because those employees exercised their First Amendment right to protest, he has got himself one hummer of a lawsuit right around the corner. If he wants to set a new policy for ALL employees about doctors' notes, he should go ahead and do that. But if he is only going to poke around on those whose opinions he disagrees with, then, in the immortal words of the unfortunately mortal Warren Zevon "Send lawyers, guns and money!"

poncho_pilot April 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

so when does King Richard return from the crusades?

Ducksworthy April 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Why am I uncomfortable with the idea of these people governing the country?

Ducksworthy April 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Is it a coincidence that Cormac MacCarthy is a conservative? Walker's vision of Wisconsin sounds more and more like "The Road".

tonyloaf April 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I can't believe Walker is going to investigate these doctors for fraud. So what if they filed false statements. So what if they aided people in defrauding their employers. It's like prosecuting Barry Bonds for lying about his steroid use. Who cares. I don't care if my doctor is honest or not, especially when he bills me or tells me I need another expensive procedure.

BTWBFDIMHO April 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

So the problem is not only the government, but also the unions, the teachers, the doctors, the…

torera April 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

1) if Wisconsin has a "freedom of conscience" law that allows health care workers, from M.D.'s to pharmacists to not perform abortions,not refer women to abortion providers, and not fill prescriptions for Plan B — then why the hell does writing absence excuses not qualify as exercise of conscience?

2) if Crooks & Liars is correct and this whole doctor-excuses thing is another right-wing lie ("video at 11!") — then yes Walker is abusing/wasting state resources and it's another count for the impeachment and/or recall indictment.

ttommyunger April 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I am beginning to suspect that Scotty's weenie is even tinier than Ted Nugent's. Possibly even smaller that Pat Buchanan's….that would make it an "inny".

Phocus April 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

Is there anyone posting on this site with an IQ higher than room temperature?

horsedreamer_1 April 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Phail.

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