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Bush, the supposedly recovering alchoholic, confuses step 1 and step 2 of The Program's 12 Steps

He really is a dry drunk, isn't he?

Words fail me. This is a lovely little vignette, so typical in every way of the man our famously free press thought we'd want to sit down and have a beer with in the Year of Our Lord 2000:

"I understand addiction, and I understand how a changed heart can help you deal with addiction," he told the two men [during a visit to Episcopal Community Services of Maryland.] "There's some kind of commonality."

He asked Adolphus Mosely and Tom Boyd how they stopped using drugs — and then answered his own question.

So typical. Hasn't that arrogant son of a bitch ever heard the slogan "Listen and learn"? You don't need to answer that.

"First is to recognize that there is a higher power," Bush said. "It helped me in my life. It helped me quit drinking."

"That's right, there is a higher power," Mosely said.

"Step One, right?" Bush said, apparently referring to the Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-steps program. Actually, it is the second step.

Anyone remember what the first step is?

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

Gee, does that strike a chord? Especially the unmanageable part?

Bush can't take the First Step, never has, and so the whole country's been forced onto his Merry-Go-Round Called Denial since January 20, 2001.

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Submitted by bringiton on

and alcoholism is not a joking matter, so please understand that what I’m saying is parody. Really.

Heavy drinking causes the death of both neurons and neural stem cells, resulting over time in the shrinkage of higher cognitive centers and loss of spatial perception ability, memory processing and logical thinking.

brain shrunk

One unfortunate outcome is called Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, “characterized by persistent learning and memory problems. Patients with Korsakoff psychosis are forgetful and quickly frustrated… Although these patients have problems remembering old information (i.e., retrograde amnesia), it is their difficulty in “laying down” new information (i.e., anterograde amnesia) that is the most striking. For example, these patients can discuss in detail an event in their lives, but an hour later might not remember ever having the conversation.” Often, these patients have difficulty remembering what they’re trying to say, and will stumble over simple sentences and be unable to recall familiar sayings.

The brain wasting may also cause “mental confusion, paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes (i.e., oculomotor disturbances), and difficulty with muscle coordination. For example, patients with Wernicke’s encephalopathy may be too confused to find their way out of a room.”

bush cant find door

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How ever did you get my parents' MRIs? They're the one on the right. (I'm the non-soak pictured at left.)

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This is a very well written post. The author has
done a great job of explaining this without becoming trapped in technical jargon. Thanks.

I just wish that this kind of screening could
become a REQUIREMENT for holding public office.
There is NO doubt that this would save us tons
of grief and agrivation in the future.

Add that to the Cosmic Wish-List. Right next to
the New Pony.