Tuesday, February 03, 2004
No Bones About It; Kriss Gives Romney Black (and white) Eye

Just before Willard Mitt took office, it became trendy to say that "grown-ups" had returned to the State House. (source: Boston Globe, 12/20/2003)

Paging Miss Jean. The Romper Room that is Team Reform is getting out of control.

Last week, Angry Eric Kriss interrupted a legislative Ways and Means hearing to say that black men are no more at risk from prostate cancer than men of other races. "I don't think you can call this a black-and-white issue; if you live long enough, if you're a man, you will get prostate cancer," he barked at State Senator Diane Wilkerson. (source: Boston Herald, 1/30/2004)

So prostate cancer is not a black-white issue?

Kriss is wrong, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which found prostate cancer in blacks caused 33 deaths per 100,000, yet 13.1 deaths per 100,000 whites, and 8.9 deaths per 100,000 Hispanics. (source: Division of Research and Epidemiology, Mass DPH, June 1999)

Kriss is wrong, according to the Centers for Disease Control which found that death rates for prostate cancer were more than twice as high for blacks than for whites. (source: www.cdc.gov)

Kriss is wrong, according to the American Cancer Society which found higher incidence rates of prostate cancer in blacks (234.2 per 100,000 versus 144.6 for whites and 103.4 for Hispanics) and higher death rates (53.1 per 100,000 blacks versus 22.4 for whites and 15.9 for Hispanics.) (source: American Cancer Society, Surveillance Research, 2002)

Question: is Angry Eric this wrong often?

Earlier this year, Tom Keane wrote that Kriss has a passion for music and "found time last year to put together an album of instrumentals." (source: Boston Herald, 1/14/2004)

Yikes. During a year that he described as the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Angry Eric found time to put together an album?! Most secretaries of A&F barely have time to listen to an album, never mind make one.

We think Kriss should spend less time in the music room and more in the library - reading, for example, health statistics. (And we promise to rely less on Spellcheck.)

He should also act like an adult and learn to admit when he's over his head. Kriss should kick back with Ed "Easy on Crime" Flynn's plasma TV and catch "Bones" McCoy on a few old episodes of Star Trek. "Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor, not a mechanic." "I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer."

Before fleeing to the relative safety of the William Weld revolution, Eric Kriss served a short stint as CEO and president of Manson Kriss, a lingerie manufacturer. (source: INC magazine, 8/1990)

Damn it, Kriss, you’re an underwear salesman, not a doctor. If you want to impress us, show us a good support hose; leave the expert testimony to the experts.


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