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  • 1. Palmer Eldritch  |  November 21st, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    1 down.

  • 2. Tom  |  November 21st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Well at least he didn’t try to cover “Rock Me Tonite”:

    I’m pretty sure that would have made *me* have a stroke!

  • 3. Izy  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 3:52 am

    You guys don’t have a clue …

    You are good in weapons, but you don’t know about medicine. He may have a lot of other conditions that coused this colpase.

    It could be arrhythmia …. sudden AV-block, or any other bradycardia attack. Stroke doesn’t look like this … He may even have atypical epileptic seizure … there are many other medical conditions that looks like that.

    The most important thing is: it came very sudden, like an off switch. Stroke doesn’t look like this in most cases. It can be fast, but not that fast.

    Ask me, if you want to know more.

  • 4. Ryoki  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Ah, acute bullshit poisoning claims another victim.

  • 5. bipolar2  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Denial of a “stroke” by spokesperson flacks merely means there was no evidence of a clot or hemorrhage in the brain. But, as one physician mentioned on CNN, it could have been a TIA. Nature’s little warning that all is not well in blood supply. Oh well, if he isn’t terminated by Ma Nature, he will be flushed away by 20 Jan 2009.

  • 6. Izy  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    “Denial of a “stroke” by spokesperson flacks merely means there was no evidence of a clot or hemorrhage in the brain”

    That is not true. If he has recovered very soon without neurological deficit, then this rules out stroke by definition. You are right, that this doesn’t rule out TIA.

    But, as I said before, this doesn’t look like TIA to me. :

    “Symptoms vary widely from person to person, depending on the area of the brain involved. The most frequent symptoms include temporary loss of vision (typically amaurosis fugax); difficulty speaking (aphasia); weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis); and numbness or tingling (paresthesia), usually on one side of the body. Impairment of consciousness is very uncommon.”

    Impairment of consciousness is very uncommon. (!!!)

    By my opinion, he may have had a vasovagal syncope (the most common one) or arrhythmia (less common and harder to prove).

  • 7. Izy  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    “Denial of a “stroke” by spokesperson flacks merely means there was no evidence of a clot or hemorrhage in the brain.”

    One more thing … negative CT scan doesn’t rule out stroke as you suggest. Especially if the investigation is done early after an episode.

    In case of negative CT-scan and persistence of neurological deficit, the diagnose “stoke” is made on clinical criteria alone (also with totally normal CT-scan). Probably the clinical criteria were not present and I also would not expect them to be present. This collapse we saw on the film, is not typical for stroke or TIA.

  • 8. Izy  |  November 22nd, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Vasovagal syncope:

  • 9. shemale  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    My guess is half of his audience fell asleep during his speech until finally he did the same. We could’ve heard his snoring if it wasn’t for cries to call an ambulance.

  • 10. Zach Younkin  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    That was a stroke…

  • 11. Thomas_Nolle  |  November 25th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Hey Mark did you hear Amy Goodman quote your Summers piece on DN today?

  • 12. Dirksen  |  November 26th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    That looks nothing like Frank Pembleton’s stroke.

  • 13. Pujete  |  November 28th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    A Washington State Supreme Court judge has admitted that he was the one who stood up and yelled “tyrant!” at U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey last week, during a speech in which Mukasey later fainted. Judge Richard Sanders says he was speaking his conscience when he interrupted Mukasey at a black-tie dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group.

    Sanders said he had already left the speech before Mukasey collapsed, and did not learn of it until the next day.

    In his speech, Mukasey offered a defense against criticisms about the Bush administration’s policies in the war on terrorism.

    Sanders said he “passionately” disagrees with those policies and felt compelled to say so. Sanders, who is a Federalist Society member, said that he wasn’t heckling Mukasey, and left shortly after his outburst.

    “I believe we must speak our conscience in moments that demand it, even if we are but one voice,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

    Sanders initially dodged reporters’ questions about the incident this week, refusing to comment on anything he might have said at the event.

    A video on the Federalist Society’s Web site shows that Sanders’ outburst came just over 17 minutes into Mukasey’s speech, after Mukasey talked about what he said was the “casual assumption among many in media, political and legal circles that the administration’s counterterrorism policies have come at the expense of the rule of law.”

    Shortly after that point on the video, a voice is clearly heard yelling: “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!”

    Mukasey can be seen briefly stopping and looking up from his speech. A few minutes later, Mukasey began shaking and slurring his words.

    His FBI security detail ran to catch him as he fell. He was released from the hospital the next day and his office said he had suffered a fainting spell.

    “It should go without saying that, despite our vastly different views on what constitutes upholding the rule of law, I hope he continues to recover and remain in good health,” Sanders wrote.

    Chief Justice Gerry Alexander said Tuesday that he was very concerned about the outburst’s potential damage to Sanders’ reputation, and to the court.

    Alexander said he planned to speak privately to Sanders to express his disapproval about the incident, but said he has no authority to discipline him.

    “People have a First Amendment right to speak, but that’s not conduct that I would like to see judges display,” Alexander said.

    Sanders first was elected to the Supreme Court in a 1995 special election, and was re-elected in 1998 and 2004. He next faces voters in 2010.

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