Re: Roberts Hospitalized With A Seizure

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see, he looks MUCH more the prick than a goobleimagesearch for tom brady.


Posted by: yoyo | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 5:19 PM
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IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH! NOW! NOW!!!


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 5:27 PM
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It doesn't really say he's had them before. It says he had one in 1993, "Friends blamed the seizure on stress from the confirmation fight", and none before or since.

Odd.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 5:28 PM
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Wait, Roberts? Who gives a fuck? I thought you said Stevens. Now THAT would be bad news.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 5:28 PM
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Wait, Roberts? Who gives a fuck?

Hey, you said it, not...everyone.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 5:31 PM
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Human decency requires that I wish CJ Roberts a full recovery from his condition, but I don't think it precludes me from hoping that (1) the condition is potentially life-threatening if not treated, and (2) treatment requires avoiding stress, black robes, and Antonin Scalia.


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:04 PM
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I'm sure he'd make a very fine law professor?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:06 PM
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Certainly worth a shot.


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:18 PM
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i'm willing to start a fund to provide him with all the best golf clubs


Posted by: yoyo | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:30 PM
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Maybe he could get one of those weird Oliver Sacks-y recoveries that returns him to perfect health, except that he can only ride bicycles backwards or he desperately seeks the approval of Ruth Bader Ginsburg or something.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:30 PM
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Maybe Breyer or Souter rather than Ginsburg? She has some health issues of her own IIRC.


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:32 PM
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I really don't think this is a big deal, provided he avoids free-climbing and the like.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:34 PM
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11: How about Zombie Abbie Hoffman's approval? That would shake things up.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:42 PM
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STEAL THESE BRAINS


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:46 PM
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12: And driving?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:52 PM
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Won't he have a chauffeur?


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 6:58 PM
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OT: Is it a bad sign when the FBI and IRS raid your house?


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:06 PM
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12: And driving?

Yeah, SO????


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:23 PM
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I wasn't proud that I felt a glimmer of joy at the thought that it might be more serious. I really hate to admit it. But, I did start feeling guilty about that bad thought immediately.

As much as I dislike his views, he appears to be a very nice man.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:26 PM
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And seizures do not have to be that big a deal. But, you do investigate whether there are masses.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:27 PM
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Why would we want anything to happen to him while Bush is still in office?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:34 PM
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Oh the confirmation fight would be a blast!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:40 PM
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Assuming an MRI and a CT scan show no brain lesions (or a tumor) -- and this is what "idiopathic" means -- and he's put on medication, he's good to go.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:45 PM
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21: Because another Roberts couldn't get confirmed now, and because there's a chance that no candidate at all would get confirmed before the end of Bush's term.


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:46 PM
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PARSIMON I'VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU ALL DAY! Good lord woman, where have you been? (Just kidding. As though I was trying to reach you on your cellphone, right? Right?)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:47 PM
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Heebie, everybody knows the only way to reach parsimon is by travelling back in time and embedding a message in a used book.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:48 PM
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Ah. I see. In that case I hope it spreads to the right.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:49 PM
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Ah. I see. In that case I hope it spreads to the right.

I find this somehow utterly impenetrable.

Dude. I have a cellphone! bwahahahaha. I don't know the number, I rarely know whether it's on or charged, it freaks me the fuck out when it rings, and makes me laugh, but you know, there it is.

No, you can't have the number.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:58 PM
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I find this somehow utterly impenetrable.

I was puzzled as well. Maybe that's her plan! I'd better check my cell.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 7:59 PM
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Like, I hope the seizures are contagious and spread to the other right-wing justices so that they have to quit, too.

Sometimes I forget not everyone is privy to my interior dialogue and I have to say the whole thing if I want people to know what I'm talking about.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 8:02 PM
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God forbid that anything bad should happen.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 8:02 PM
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I had a seizure in 8th grade. AFAIK, it's the only I've ever had. It was very odd. It happened on a ski slope--I remember starting down the hill, and I remember lying underneath a tree that was about 50 feet away from where I started, but I don't remember anything in between. The people who were around me said I just slumped over all of a sudden.

We went and had an MRI taken the next day, and I was tumor free. They did an EEG, however, and it was abnormal. They put me on Tegretol and periodically took EEGs from then on. 4 years later, the EEGs were normal, so they took me off the Tegretol. They did another one a year later, and it was again normal, so they sent me on my way.

So yeah, seizures can sometimes just come out of nowhere.


Posted by: JGO | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 8:02 PM
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Sometimes I forget not everyone is privy to my interior dialogue and I have to say the whole thing if I want people to know what I'm talking about.

New hovertext.

Furthermore:

I am immune from guilt, and am proud to say that I was only sad when I heard that he was conscious when taken to the hospital. Lots of people who have done less harm to others than Roberts die or have life-altering traumas every day. Why should I hope for a good outcome for him, when there are more deserving people who won't get better outcomes? Plus, WTF difference do my hopes make?

But, just in case, I'm hoping he's incapacitated for a year, then replaced by President Edbamton.

Clintwardsa?

Oclintwards?

PS - I hope Alito visits the hospital, and gets bubonic plague.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 8:12 PM
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New hovertext.

Nah, it's too long. It bugs me when they're truncated and I can't finish the hovertext.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 8:31 PM
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OK, I'll admit I got a teensy bit excited until the parliamentary section of my brain kicked in. After that, I felt guilt, because Roberts has done relatively little damage to the nation so far. This guilt, by the way, is why we lose:we fail to dehumanize our opponents. Anyway, I'm with wrongshore; I hope that this seizure leaves him unable to distinguish between men and women, and between civil and criminal defendants. With any luck in 08, we could make such a seizure a prerequisite to judgeships.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:12 PM
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One article I read mentioned that he had someone else drive him to work for several months after the early '90s incident.

Here in Pa:


A person who has a seizure disorder will not be qualified to drive unless a licensed physician reports that the person has been free from seizure for at least 6 months immediately preceding, with or without medication. A person will not be disqualified if the person has experienced only auras during that period.



Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:14 PM
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There was a period in the early 90s when I experienced only auras.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:25 PM
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This is just another example of Roberts erasing our civil rights. For a seizure to be constitutional, you need to obtain a warrant beforehand.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:38 PM
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38 gets half a point as funny but false (in many cases, including, for example, felony arrests outside of the home, only probable cause is needed for a seizure). I feel the need to point this out because I worry people are relying on unfogged for legal advice.


Posted by: washerdreyer | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:52 PM
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#39: Ah, but Roberts was at home when he had the seizure:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was hospitalized Monday after suffering a seizure at his summer home in Maine, the Supreme Court announced.

Touché!


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 07-30-07 11:59 PM
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6 wins.


Posted by: Nbarnes | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 5:00 AM
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As an epileptic who hasn't had a seizure in years, I kind of like Roberts more now that he's exhibited a potentially exploitable weakness. It's good knowing that epileptics go on to find success for themselves; better to know that it can all be taken away.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 7:08 AM
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But they avoid using the word epileptic, referring to this and the earlier one as "idiopathic," i.e. peculiar to him, unexplained. Are you thinking they're masking it a bit?


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 7:15 AM
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No, probably not; for a time I was idiopathic. It took a while for doctors to find medicine that I responded to, but I did, and they discovered the cause. Now, they could be masking the seizures, and while it would be irresponsible not to speculate about the Chief Justice nodding off and having micro-seizures at the bench, the article suggests that his case is the most infrequent sort.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 7:25 AM
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The epileptic Mafia swings into action.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 7:35 AM
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42: As an epileptic who hasn't had a seizure in years, I kind of like Roberts more now that he's exhibited a potentially exploitable weakness.

Wow, that's sinister. I think it beats 6.

I had two friends in college who were kind of an odd couple. (They were not, to be clear, a couple.) K was strongly left-wing, writing editorials in the campus paper supporting gay marriage and spending weekends in October 2004 knocking on doors for Kerry in battleground states. E was conservative in both temperment and politics, which was only reinforced by the face that he was a member of ROTC. They were both, however, devout and active Catholics. (K's pro-gay marriage editorial quotes Bible verses, and abortion was the one issue where he wasn't left-wing.) The day the current, famously conservative pope was elected, K said something like, "I don't hate him! I hope he dies painlessly and peacefully in his sleep and goes straight to heaven!"

He could pull it off. The rest of us? Not so much.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 8:02 AM
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The hott epileptic Mafia at that.

Let us hope that Angela Valdez, scorned by the hotness contest, doesn't decide to expose our profoundly evil cheating.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 8:02 AM
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Here's some schadenfreude I don't feel guilty about at all.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 9:16 AM
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Oh crap. Pwnd by 17.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 9:25 AM
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I've had idiopathic grand mal seizures for years, and for the most part they haven't physically caused me too much trouble*. From what I can tell from the article, Roberts's seizures aren't that bad; if he starts to get them with greater frequency, I figure at worst he'd get put on some anticonvulsants - and they've got some pretty decent stuff out there now that doesn't cause the major side effects of some of the older barbituate-based stuff a lot of epileptics used to get stuck on. And Roberts at least has the advantage of being rich and insured and able to afford drugs, so I don't think that would affect his career on the court all that much either.

*other than the fact that I'm poor, uninsured, and can't actually afford medication, but whatever.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 11:57 AM
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Supreming isn't a physically demanding job. I can't see how this would affect his work at all. It's not like he'll be making decisions from the top of a 20-foot ladder.

The son of a bitch.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 12:18 PM
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It's not like he'll be making decisions from the top of a 20-foot ladder.

Ginsburg: "You cannot be serious!"


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 07-31-07 12:26 PM
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