There's a good reason why, almost every night, my wife and I watch The Colbert Report before heading off to bed: Stephen Colbert is able to make us laugh about the state of the world, which, when we watch the regular news, usually is disturbingly depressing.
A few days ago Colbert revealed that Rand Paul, a libertarian ophthalmologist who is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Kentucky (and son of Ron Paul) isn't board-certified in his medical specialty -- though Paul claims that he is.
Yes, it's true.
The national panel that approves doctors as board certified said U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul isn't on the list, even though he has campaigned as holding the endorsement.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that 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.
Just what you'd expect from a Tea Party libertarian type. No need to go through the trouble of documenting to a bunch of experts that you're qualified to practice a particular sort of medicine.
Just form your own "National Board of Ophthalmology" and certify yourself. Colbert took this to its logical conclusion, declaring that he was equally free to perform lasik surgery on an intern... using a laser pointer and a cat.
Hilarious. After some brief ads, the Rand Paul segment extends to about the eleven minute mark. Enjoy.