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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Brain damaged

Bagging on the Trump administration gets to be a bore after a while. There is so much weird shit that goes on that you sort of have to shut it all off to keep your sanity intact.

Separated at birth, William Barr and Tom Hagen?
Frankly it operates more like a criminal crime syndicate than a government branch these days. Don the Don.

Trump called it early on; he could shoot an innocent person on Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and it would not make a lick of difference to either his sycophants and enablers in Congress or the MAGA faithful.

History shows that he was unfortunately quite correct in his prescience.

But just when I thought I had lost my capacity to be revulsed by this lying worm, something else comes out of his piehole that makes me shudder.

When an Iranian missile hit an American base in Iraq on January 8, Trump declared that no American servicemen were injured. Soon it came to light that, in reality, dozens of servicemen sustained traumatic brain injuries when the nearly one ton payload of explosives hit the base.

Instead of admitting that he made a mistake he doubled down in true Trumpian fashion, he dismissed the injuries sustained as essentially minimal. "I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, that it is not very serious," Trump said.

Trump is wrong. TBI is very serious.
According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, for persons under the age of 45, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability, and the economic impact has been estimated in the United States to be $76.5 billion.
In the military, TBI is an especially big problem. Since 2000, more than 400,000 members of the military have been victims of TBI, according to the Department of Defense. Of the 64 service members diagnosed with TBI from the Iranian missile attack so far, 39 have returned to duty after being treated, likely indicating a milder form of TBI, such as a concussion. However, even a mild TBI can result in long-lasting consequences, which must not be diminished.
Post-concussive syndrome is a common condition of mild TBI and can result in headaches, cognitive impairment and psychiatric and mood changes. It is not uncommon for patients to suffer from fatigue and an overall increase in irritability. For members of the military, these "not very serious" symptoms can slow reaction times and lead to sleep deprivation and an inability to perform assigned tasks—all symptoms that are particularly concerning considering the high-risk environments where they work.
New word from the military that the number of affected troops is now up to 109 service members. President Shit for brains needs to think before he spouts off with this sort of inane garbage. It is an awful message for Commandant bonespurs to be sending to the troops.
Speaking after Trump’s remarks, Michael Kaplen, the chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, said that the condition is a “life-altering” injury.
“It’s physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral consequences affect every aspect of an individual’s life,” he said. “A brain injury is only ‘mild’ if it is someone else’s brain. There is nothing ‘mild’ about a mild brain injury.”

Rotten attitude to have towards the men and women serving our country. They deserve better. We all do.


Sanoguy said...

He is a terrible excuse for a human being.... a lying narcissist who cares about nothing but himself. Self serving basted!

KAT JOY said...

This orange pus pocket makes me sick every day. I guess I should get a therapists. My thoughts while trying to fall asleep each night are not doing him any harm, but doing a number on me.

Warren Bishop said...

I am somewhat numb Republicans rationalizing votes said he would get better is like them giving "away"their snowplows in Antartica this month because the weather will get "better....old man typos....sorry