Rand Paul Says He Certified; Maybe He Meant to Say “Certifiable” – The national panel that approves doctors as board certified said U.S. Senate Republican candidate Rand Paul isn’t on the list, even though he has campaigned as holding the endorsement. Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green and an ophthalmologist, says he’s certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology. But, Lori Boukas, a spokeswoman for the American Board of Medical Specialties, said the organization considers certifications valid only if they are done by the two dozen groups that have its approval and that of the AMA. The American Board of Ophthalmology said Paul hasn’t been certified since Dec. 31, 2005.
The American Board of Medical Specialties, which works with the American Medical Association, doesn’t recognize certification by a group Paul founded in 1991 and heads. Paul, along with his wife and in-laws, incorporated their own National Board of Ophthalmology in 1999, with Paul as the “owner/president” of the organization. Asked what standards the group uses, Paul’s wife, Kelly, who is listed as its vice president, declined to comment. “I’m not involved in that,” Kelly Paul said. “I’m not officially talking about that today.”
Republican Candidate Suggests Landmines at US-Mexico Border – The Republican nominee for a New Mexico congressional seat suggested during a radio interview that the United States could place land mines along the Mexican border to secure the international boundary. In the May 18 interview with KNMX radio in Las Vegas, N.M., Mullins says the U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints. He explained Monday it was a suggestion he’d heard while campaigning. (So that makes this OK? – JLV)
BP Phone Operator: ‘We’re just a diversion to keep them from getting to corporate’ – A contracted operator with BP said calls from concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears. She’s one of 100 operators at the BP Call Center in West Houston. They answer phones from the hotline number designated for the Vessel of Opportunity Program and for cleanup ideas.
“We take all your information and then we have nothing to give them, nothing to give them.” She said calls about the oil disaster are non-stop and that operators are just warm bodies on the other end of the phone. “We’re a diversion to stop them from really getting to the corporate office, to the big people.”
Bumper Stickers for Sale at the Texas Republican Convention – I can see racism, fear, and superstition from my house.