Robert Byrd has a Staph Infection

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  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Byrd, longest serving senator, has staph infection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who has served in the Senate longer than anyone in history, has developed a staph infection that has prolonged his stay in a Washington-area hospital.

    Byrd's office said the West Virginia Democrat, hospitalized more than two weeks ago for an earlier infection, was being treated with antibiotics and was responding well. Staph infections differ in severity depending on the site of infection, but are more of a threat to people with weakened immune systems and underlying chronic illnesses.

    Byrd, 91, has become increasingly frail in recent years and moves about in a wheelchair. Renowned for his oratory, he now reads his speeches, sometimes with difficulty.

    Byrd, first elected to the Senate in 1958, in 2006 was re-elected for a record ninth six-year term. Last November he stepped down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, but he remains the Senate's president pro tempore, a largely symbolic post reserved for the longest-serving member of the Senate. That puts him third in line of presidential succession after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    In June, 2006, Byrd surpassed the Senate longevity record of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. But that year also appeared to mark a turning point in his previously vigorous health after the death of his wife of 69 years, Erma.

    The white-maned senator is regarded as a throwback to an older generation of senators because of his insistence on following Senate rules and his inclination to give long speeches, often with references to the Roman Senate.

    He is also famed for his ability, as a former Senate majority leader and chairman of the Appropriations Committee, to direct millions of dollars to West Virginia for roads, buildings and economic development projects.
    Byrd also represents many of the changes the country in general has undergone over the last half-century. In his youth he joined the Ku Klux Klan and he participated in an unsuccessful filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    But during the administration of President George W. Bush he became a champion of liberal groups because of his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq. He endorsed Barack Obama in his effort to win the Democrats' presidential nomination.

    Do not blame me . ...... I never left Nacogdoches.

    (Brain you owe me a steak dinner ..... operation infect crypt keeper was successful)


  2. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Its funny that it is no longer taught that many of the democrats were against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.
  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    BP is at the hospital praying for his recovery. :laugh2:
  4. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Of course, most of the areas those democrats were from aren't democrat any more......
  5. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Well, Brain may be praying.....:rolleyes:
  6. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    I made this argument here before and was assailed for it. It's amazing.
  7. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    BP was serving at the buffet where he contracted it... :eek:
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    Ok...I't out again.:cool:
  9. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    In a related story, BrainPaint was seen leaving the room of Sen. Byrd during what was apparently an after hours visitation of his dear friend.
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    We will give BP an "A" for effort

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