Friday, August 26, 2005

Is It Alzheimer’s Or Is It Propaganda?

George W. Bush keeps repeating himself. The montage of the President on The Daily Show last night said it all. We’re making progress, progress, progress, there are no timetables, no timetables, no timetables. And if you noticed…seeing the Prez indoors, outdoors and all around the globe, the left side of his face is drooping, drooping, drooping. And into the bargain his brain is not working, not working, not working. The worst of it is that George W. Bush does not realize the arguments his minders have given him for our being in Iraq (which he faithfully repeats, repeats, repeats like the robot he is) make no sense whatsoever--Christopher Hitchens notwithstanding. Bush and Hitchens say we are fighting terrorists in Iraq so that we don’t have to fight them here. What a load of nonsense. We attacked Iraq, by Rumsfeld’s own admission, because Iraq was the “best target” for going back and finishing GHWBush’s war. There was no threat from Iraq. We were on the offensive, not defensive. The White House knew Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The chickenhawks had decided to punish Saddam Hussein for GHWB’s humiliation and that’s what they did. But we’re still hearing the old cant that we have to stay and fight in Iraq so that they don’t bring the war here. Huh? We’re the ones going around provoking war in the world, not Iraq. The groups fighting against us in Iraq are defending themselves against our aggression and war of revenge. They did not start this war. We attacked them specifically because the army in Iraq was weak and we wanted to show them who was boss. The quote from the old comic strip “Pogo” is still right: “We has seen the enemy and they is us”. But…credit where credit is due. The GOP was brilliant in picking out GWB to run for Prez and to be fraudulently installed as President of the USA. There is not a single solitary man in politics except George W. Bush who would allow himself to be used as a mindless propaganda machine. There is not one other politician who would repeat the lies that GWB is willing to repeat. And God help us all, his brain is so addled, he actually believes the twaddle he’s told to say. However, GWB is not immune to feeling overwhelmed, inadequate and hyper. Another stroke/seizure is inevitable.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

Don't jump to conclusions.


Seventy-five per cent of cases of facial paralysis in adults are caused by an inflammation of the facial nerve called Bell's palsy. This disorder (probably derived from a virus) is common, affecting 25 out of 100,000 individuals per year. It is more common in people with diabetes. It usually affects one side of the face (very rarely both sides at one time), causing a drooping mouth, drooling, and excessive tearing from one eye. Paralysis occurs within a few hours to a few days. There may also be a loss of taste on the front of the tongue on the affected side of the face. Sound may also seem louder on the affected side (hyperacusis).

While the facial distortion usually improves over time, there may be some permanent deformity in 20% of individuals. Full recovery is less likely in older people, as well as those with hyperacusis, loss of taste, and severe paralysis. Recurrence of paralysis on the same side or the opposite side occurs in 1 in 10 people.

In facial paralysis due to stroke, the eye on the affected side can be closed and the forehead can be wrinkled. This is not possible with Bell's palsy. Other muscles on one side of the body may also be involved with a stroke.

Facial paralysis due to a brain tumor generally develops gradually with accompanying headaches, seizures, or hearing loss.

In newborns, facial paralysis may result from birth trauma.


Bell's palsy is an acute form of cranial mononeuropathy VII, and it is the most common form of this type of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Statistics indicate that the disorder affects approximately 2 in 10,000 people. However, the actual incidence is likely to be much higher (around 1 in 500 to 1 in 1,000).

The disorder is a mononeuropathy (involvement of a single nerve) that damages the seventh cranial (facial) nerve, the nerve that controls movement of the muscles of the face. The cause is often not clear, although herpes infections may be involved.

The disorder is presumed to be associated with inflammation of the facial nerve where it travels through the bones of the skull. Other causes of cranial mononeuropathy VII, such as head injury and tumor, need to be excluded. Other conditions, such as sarcoidosis, diabetes, and Lyme disease, are associated with Bell's palsy.

Symptoms Return to top
Behind ear
In front of ear
May precede weakness of facial muscles by 1-2 days
Loss of sense of taste
Sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis) on the affected side
Face feels stiff
Face feels pulled to one side
Difficulty with eating and drinking
Change in facial appearance
Facial droop
Difficulty with facial expressions, grimacing
Facial paralysis of one side of the face
Difficulty closing one eye
Difficulty with fine facial movements
Drooling due to inability to control facial muscles
Dry eye secondary to being unable to close eye properly because of facial weakness

Signs and tests Return to top

Examination shows upper and lower facial weakness, which is almost always isolated to one side of the face or occasionally to the forehead, eyelid, or mouth. Despite a patient reporting feeling sensory symptoms, the loss of sensation on examination is a rare and disturbing finding. Blood pressure is normal. If there are no other abnormalities on examination, no imaging studies are usually done.

Blood tests for sarcoidosis or Lyme disease may be considered under some circumstances. If there is no improvement in the facial paralysis after several weeks, an MRI is done to rule out other causes of the dysfunction. An EMG and nerve conduction studies may also be done to determine the severity of nerve damage.