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blondie58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:11 AM
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sign an online survey to have McCain take an Alzheimer's test
Now, my guy, who is a gerontologist would accuse me of "ageism", but I think that this is not an unreasonable request. Heck, we could have Obama take it also, to not show any bias, as Alzheimer's can rear its ugly head at a much earlier age. I know that my father, who is 75, would be too tired to be President.


McCain Owes America An Alzheimer's Test

While Ted Kennedy and Michelle Obama were rocking the Democratic convention in Denver, John McCain made his 13th appearance with Jay Leno to joke about his age.

But McCain's age is no joke. He will turn 72 on Friday and would be halfway to 73 if elected and sworn in on January 20. That would make him the oldest first-term President ever, two years older than Ronald Reagan. He has survived four skin cancers (melanomas), including one in 2000 that was classified as Stage IIa.

McCain is two years older than his father was when he died suddenly of a heart attack at 70. He is 11 years older than his grandfather was when he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 61.

The United States cannot afford the risk that McCain would die suddenly in the middle of an international crisis.

Nor can we afford the risk of dementia. 22% of Americans over 70 are affected by mild cognitive impairment, while 13% of Americans over 65 have Alzheimer's. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 83, but early signs were evident during his first term. Britain's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher developed dementia at age 75.

McCain has never had an Alzheimer's test, even though he has 6 of the 10 warning signs , including his inability to remember recent facts like the number of homes he owns, the $1M lawsuit he filed in 1990, or the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

John McCain owes America a thorough test for Alzheimer's and cognitive impairment long before Election Day.

Sign our petition to the Corporate Media:
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The body of evidence proving George Bush deliberately lied to Congress and the American people about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is overwhelming.

According to Ron Suskind's new book The Way of the World , Iraq's intelligence chief Tahir Jalil Habbush met with intelligence agents from Britain's MI6 in Jordan in the run up to war. Habbush told MI6 that Iraq possessed no WMD or WMD programs. Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, flew to Washington in late January 2003 to deliver this information directly to George Tenet. Soon afterward Tenet briefed the highest levels of the Bush administration on Dearlove's report, including President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Bush responded: "Why don't they ask him to give us something we can use to help make our case?"

CBS reported a similar story about Naji Sabri Ahmad Al-Hadithi, Iraq's foreign minister. Newsweek reported a similar story about Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein's son-in-law and head of the WMD program in 1991 when all WMD's were destroyed.

Iraq's lack of WMD's was confirmed by the CIA, the IAEA, UNMOVIC, the Russian government, and the French government.

The Senate and House Intelligence Committees have never held hearings on all the well-placed sources who reported Iraq had no WMD's. To honor the U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians who have died for WMD's that did not exist, we urge immediate hearings. Sign our petition:
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:13 AM
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1. I did already, and forwarded it to everyone I know.
Twice.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:22 AM
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2. Sorry, no. I don't see this going anywhere in an active manner.
If McCain is in the early stages of dementia (my mother has Alzheimer's and you really see the early stages in hindsight) then it will become more evident to everyone as he is stressed out and campaigned into the ground by Obama. Can you imagine the impact of McCain displaying evidence of dementia in the debates or in a press conference when he and Obama are the offical nominee of their parties? Golden. People will be shaking their heads and saying, "Oh my God!" That will be worth much more than challenging him to take an Alzheimer's test.
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blondie58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:34 AM
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3. that is true, elocs
all I know is that I can not wait for the debates. This is bad, but I am looking forward to McCain either losing his temper or forgetting more facts.

I am sorry about your mother. Alzheimer's is cruelest to the family members. I think that it is important that people really know his state of mind and I feel that the msm covers for him too often.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:41 AM
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4. Thanks. Early on, Alzheimer's and dementia are very cruel to the one who suffers it.
They are aware of the decline in their mental status and it is frustrating to them and that only makes things worse. I believe that stress of this campaign when it gets down to the nitty-gritty will cause McCain to have a meltdown or total confusion with the whole world watching. It will not be pretty and that should wrap up the victory for Obama. McCain will in no way look presidential, but simply pathetic in his denial of a problem.
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:42 AM
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5. Done. Thanks. K&R.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 10:44 AM
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6. I did and forwarded it to friends. nt
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 11:22 AM
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7. This landed in my inbox this morning too.
Not a doctor, don't even play one on TV...
but have cared for LOTS of people who deal with (and suffer from) dementia stemming from various causes.

MHO? John McCain's campaign is a subtle form of elder abuse...forcing an old man to decompensate in a very public arena.

Explaining everything away as "I/He was a POW!" only goes so far and it's going to come back and bite him in the ass. BIG time.

Too many screwups, or one really big, bad screwup...and eventually people are going to realize that
John McCain was a POW. He cracks under pressure, drops the ball and falls down on the job. He is neither stable or reliable.

Do I think he should be evalutated?
Hell yeah...if only for his own sake.
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Duncan Donating Member (498 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 11:57 AM
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8. Done
There is also his inability to remember facts like which football team's starting line up he used as a POW, and whether the cross in dirt was in a book or in his life.
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