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Commerce Secretary John Bryson, accused of hit-and-run, takes medical leave
Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2012 | Ed O’Keefe & David A. Fahrenthold

Posted on 06/12/2012 8:02:01 AM PDT by libstripper

Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Monday night that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence to deal with health problems, after officials said the Cabinet member had a seizure while driving Saturday and was involved in three traffic collisions.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bryson; collision; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; hitandrun; johnbryson; obamascandals; seizure
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To: shhrubbery!

Having a family member who has been epileptic for 2 decades, I know something about this.
I am also suspicious.

If they are making this up it is despicable.

21 posted on 06/12/2012 8:54:47 AM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: Raycpa

Only Jack Daniels seizures

22 posted on 06/12/2012 8:55:37 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: libstripper

Isn’t he going to be blamed for the National Security leaks?

I’d have a “fit”, too.

23 posted on 06/12/2012 9:08:50 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: libstripper

anybody that had “seizure” concerns would have stayed in california a few days to get checked out. Instead, the scumbag flew coast to coast to get to DC to destroy the “evidence”, then he announced a “medical leave”.

24 posted on 06/12/2012 9:12:24 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: libstripper

This guy is the poster boy for the ‘Out of Control’ “O” Presidency!!

25 posted on 06/12/2012 9:13:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: shhrubbery!

Having a family member who has been epileptic for 2 decades, I know something about this.
I am also suspicious.

If they are making this up it is despicable.

26 posted on 06/12/2012 9:14:13 AM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: libstripper

We all know that there are incidents that involve seizures coming out of nowhere. Brain tumors, brain infections....epilepsy unknown before.

But you gotta go with the odds and the odds on this are not that he had a seizure. Not that the Obamer admin would ever lie to us.

First, this thing about drugs and alcohol being out of the question is not true.

a lieutenant with the San Gabriel Police Department told TPM on Monday morning.

“We can’t confirm that it was no drugs or alcohol,” Lt. Ariel Duran said by phone. “We don’t know until all the testing comes back. So at this point, it could be one of those or it could be medical.”

Second, no less a truth bastion than MSNBC confirms that Bryson DID have a seizure and he is now taking a leave of absence.

The Commerce Department said Bryson was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and returned to Washington, spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said. The department says an investigation is ongoing.

I know a little bit about seizures, having witnessed and learning about them over a span of a year.

My husband got a brain infection and he had seizures of all sorts. Of course I’m no expert but go with the odds.

Seizures are when the body performs movements that were not commanded by the body’s owner. They happen because of some malfunction in the brain.

Bryson’s over 60 years old. If this guy had seizures it sure would have been known before this.

Yeah seizures are apt to pop up, say from a brain tumor, or in my husband’s case, a brain infection, for the first time at SOME poiint.

In the case of a brain infection more than likely there’d been some kind of history of fighting some kind of infection, in husband’s case, pneumonia that migrated to his brain. Very rare but still and so, there is SOME kind of medical history proceeding the brain infection, hence the seizure.

Even though the body goes through wracking motions that the mind did not order, most times a person experiencing a seizure is aware of what’s going on. They just can’t do a thing to stop it. Further, when the seizure is over, the person KNOWS they had a seizure. The whole time their body’s doing things they can’t control, they know what’s going on. Their eyes are rolling around, maybe, their tongue might hang out. They can’t control what their body’s doing but their mind still works.

This does not apply all the time, of course, but going with the odds. Bryson should have known he had a seizure and number one, it shouldn’t be a mystery. Number two, folks rarely jump back into and drive cars after a seizure. Much less have three seizures over a span of an hour, boom, all of a sudden out of nowhere.

I think there’s a cover up going on here but I speculate.

Absolutely nothing about this incident exemplifies normal seizure background or behavior.

And further, lookit, seizures don’t cripple you, assuming it WAS a seizure. There’s no reason for the guy to take a leave of absence though a few days off to follow up on medical stuff is an intelligent action. But note that MSNBC told AP that Bryson’s taking a leave of absence.

My husband worked and functioned fine during his seizure period. Driving a car is a no-no in most states, further giving me doubt cause if this guy had a seizure history he sure wouldn’t be driving around. Varies from state to state I imagine but I consider this another fly in this ointment.

In Delaware you got be seizure free for a year before driving license returned. Further, there are good medications that help seizures, often eliminating them completely. Husband, because of brain infection, was going thru a medical protocol to get his prescription right to stop the seizures. During the adjustment period he would have seizures, but he functioned and did not need to take a leave of absence.

After six months of intensive antibiotic infusion, husband has recovered completely but he still takes anti-seizure meds because there is scar tissue on his brain.

I’ll shut up now but everything about this rather unusual story is odds that Bryson did NOT have a seizure.

Your mileage may vary but I’m willing to wager real money on it.

27 posted on 06/12/2012 9:17:23 AM PDT by Fishtalk (
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To: shhrubbery!

In general, once the seizure is over, there is no evidence that it occurred. However, with big ones, the seizure so takes over the body that it goes catatonic for up to several hours. Absolute, total exhaustion.

Several of my kids have had seizure issues when they were younger.

THey are tested by hooking up sensors to the head and monitoring brain activity for about 24 hours.

For obvious reasons, liberals are very hard to test for normal brain functions. (sorry, had to do it)

28 posted on 06/12/2012 9:17:24 AM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: RetroSexual

Looks like wha Bob Beckel looked like before he gave up drugs and alcohol.

29 posted on 06/12/2012 9:21:28 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: libstripper

Bob Novak hit somebody while driving his corvette and he left the scene. It turned out to be a fatal brain tumor that caused the behavior.

30 posted on 06/12/2012 9:48:11 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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Bryson is a Californian. If he resigns, does that mean a Californian would be the replacement? If so, who?

Maxine Waters?
Pete Stark?
Tom Hayden?
Angela Davis?

Other suggestions?

31 posted on 06/12/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Defiant
[If they tested him and he wasn’t drunk, I would give him the benefit of the doubt. He doesn’t have any history of bad driving, as far as I can tell, and he had no reason to flee the scene of a fender bender.]

Bryson is said to have “an unnamed underlying medical condition.” If it is epilepsy his seizure could be mistakenly diagnosed as substance abuse or mental illness.

“Society's lack of understanding about the many different types of seizures is one of the biggest problems for people with epilepsy. People who witness a non-convulsive seizure often find it difficult to understand that behavior which looks deliberate is not under the person's control. In some cases, this has led to the affected person being arrested or admitted to a psychiatric hospital. To combat these problems, people everywhere need to understand the many different types of seizures and how they may appear.”

I have witnessed an epileptic seizure in the VA hospital. The staff thought the patient was drunk or drugged. They called security but before they arrived the symptoms—slurred voice, maniacal laughing, staggering—subsided. Then a nurse discovered the man was epileptic from a medical bracelet he wore.

I'm not a fan of Bryson. He's tied to the Energy Department BrightSource scandal and is part of perhaps the most corrupt administration in more than 100 years.

32 posted on 06/12/2012 9:55:35 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: hal ogen
I’m concerned because this pompous ass LIB was driving an AUDI!!!!!!!!

From the article:
Bryson was driving alone when his Lexus ran into two other cars shortly after 5 p.m. Pacific time Saturday

About five minutes later, Bryson was involved in another crash on a separate stretch of the same commercial road. His Lexus hit a Honda Accord with two occupants, police said.

33 posted on 06/12/2012 9:56:08 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Fishtalk

Tanks for sharing your really extensive personal knowledge about this.

34 posted on 06/12/2012 9:58:54 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Not just hit and run...’FELONY’ hit and run...

35 posted on 06/12/2012 9:59:07 AM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: nascarnation

I guess his BrightSource dealings can now be written off to ongoing seizures.

36 posted on 06/12/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: libstripper

bryson gots $1.37 BILLION...has radical connections [weather underground/van jones etc]..

37 posted on 06/12/2012 10:28:52 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I’m sure the media will investigate Sec. Bryson with the same vigor they used on Joe the plumber Wurzerbacher, right?

38 posted on 06/12/2012 10:33:30 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: biggredd1

If he’s a billionaire, why is he driving himself? He could give a driver a job. Of course, since he’s a Democrat, it would probably go to an illegal alien.

39 posted on 06/12/2012 10:40:57 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Raycpa
Do seizures compel one to leave the scene of an accident?

Yes, in a sense. Seizures compel you to do crazy things. My step brother had a seizure when he was driving and blacked out and crashed his car (thankfully no one else was hurt). He fought the paramedics and cops as they tried to put him on the stretcher to airlift him away from the accident scene (he was in bad shape but actually tried to fight them). He is not the type who would normally do something like that. Seizures affect the brain and make you do crazy things. I, for one, will give this guy the benefit of the doubt and pray for his recovery.

40 posted on 06/12/2012 10:44:46 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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