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SECRET BEHIND LINDA RONSTADT'S VEGAS MELTDOWN (Excuses, Excuses)
National Enquirer ^ | 8-5-04 | MICHAEL GLYNN

Posted on 08/05/2004 6:28:15 AM PDT by truthandlife

Friends believe outburst triggered by chronic disease

Linda Ronstadt suffers from a chronic, debilitating disease -- and friends believe it triggered her bizarre headline-making meltdown in Las Vegas.

Irate fans stormed out of her July 17 performance at the Aladdin hotel when she lashed out at President Bush during her concert -- but they didn't know she suffers from Hashimoto's disease, which medical experts say can lead to extreme behavior.

The singer -- whose hits include "You're No Good," "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy" -- was diagnosed with the chronic thyroid disorder in 1997.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes.

What's more, patients treated with thyroid hormone must get precise dosages and be carefully monitored or they can suffer bouts of fear, hostility and agitation.

Some of Ronstadt's friends are worried her condition has gotten so severe she may have become unstable.

And it's not just because the entertainer holds strong political views, but because she goes to extremes, expressing them at the wrong time and going so far as to compare the President to Adolf Hitler.

"Linda's battled this glandular disease for a while now and it had really taken a toll on her," Mark Bego -- author of the Ronstadt biography "It's So Easy" -- told The ENQUIRER.

"She was very debilitated and had gained a lot of weight, but the irony is she'd recently gotten it under control. When I saw her in concert in June in New York City, she looked a lot better than she had in a while. She had lost some weight and was in good spirits.

"I understand that when she was in Las Vegas, though, she'd been suffering from a severe sinus infection and her ears were completely clogged up.

"Linda clearly wasn't feeling well and it caused her to blow up onstage."

STAGE FRIGHT

The 58-year-old singer admits to a long-running battle with stage fright and she's been loud and clear about hating Las Vegas. Add to that volatile mix her illness, and it all combined to push her over the top -- she gave a performance that got her banned from the Aladdin.

Astonishingly, in an interview she gave to the Las Vegas Review-Journal before the show, the star said with a laugh:

"I keep hoping that if I'm annoying enough to them, they won't hire me back."

An old friend told The ENQUIRER: "Linda has become unhinged . . . and it's got to have something to do with her longtime sickness."

The singer has always been outspoken politically but now "she's gone over the edge," said another source, who believes that "her thyroid disease contributed to these outbursts."

Some 4,500 people had been enjoying Ronstadt's performance at the Aladdin and she planned to perform "Desperado" as an encore. She dedicated the song to a "great American patriot" -- filmmaker Michael Moore.

ANTI-BUSH

Then she urged the audience to see his controversial anti-Bush movie "Fahrenheit 9/11." Some audience members got so upset they flung their drinks into the air and walked out amidst loud boos.

"It was a very ugly scene," said Aladdin president Bill Timmins. "She praised him (Moore) and all of a sudden all bedlam broke loose."

The furious executive did not allow the singer back into her suite and she was escorted off the property.

Friends say Linda feels she's been targeted by the right wing for her political views.

But hotel spokeswoman Tyri Squyres said it wasn't the singer's message per se that infuriated the management.

"She wanted to incite the audience, and she incited them to the point where they were very upset . . . She was hired to entertain -- not to preach." -- MICHAEL GLYNN


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KEYWORDS: antibush; butter; disorders; moore; nationalenquirer; ronstadt
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1 posted on 08/05/2004 6:28:16 AM PDT by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife
Linda Ronstadt suffers from a chronic, debilitating disease

Yeah, it's called Liberalism.

2 posted on 08/05/2004 6:29:09 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: truthandlife

If she is DISEASED - I guess she needs to be "quarantined" to keep her rot from spreading?


3 posted on 08/05/2004 6:29:52 AM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: mewzilla

That's exactly my impression, given the symptoms.


4 posted on 08/05/2004 6:31:11 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: truthandlife

Funny, I didn't know stupidity was a disease.


5 posted on 08/05/2004 6:31:41 AM PDT by Conservative_boy_in_Bangkok
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To: truthandlife
Kerrwardsitis and Deanitis:
Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, spontaneous diarrhea, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes.
6 posted on 08/05/2004 6:32:22 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: truthandlife
Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes.

Yep, textbook leftism.

7 posted on 08/05/2004 6:32:36 AM PDT by Sloth (John Kerry: Frank Burns with Charles Winchester's pedigree.)
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To: sarasota

Sounds like she and Terri Kerri have the same disease.


8 posted on 08/05/2004 6:32:37 AM PDT by EggsAckley (.....John Edwards: The political equivalent of breast implants.....)
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To: truthandlife

OK, THAT'S HER EXCUSE. WHAT'S MICHAEL MOORE'S EXCUSE?? AND HOWARD DEAN, AND TEDDY KENNEDY AND AL SHARPTON AND AL GORE....IS THE WHOLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AFFLICTED???!!!!


9 posted on 08/05/2004 6:32:56 AM PDT by berkley
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To: mewzilla
Hashimoto Disease BUMP!!


10 posted on 08/05/2004 6:33:36 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Hitlery Recently Seen Throwing Banana Peels in Front of Kerry and Edwards' Residences)
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To: truthandlife
Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes....bouts of fear, hostility and agitation.

Maybe Michael Moore should get tested for this also.

11 posted on 08/05/2004 6:33:41 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: truthandlife

I always through head-up-anus syndrome caused liberalism, not thyroid disease.


12 posted on 08/05/2004 6:33:43 AM PDT by Brytani (Politics: n. from Greek; "poli"-many; "tics"-ugly, bloodsucking parasites.)
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To: EggsAckley

Another aspect of the disease is Tourettes Syndrome.


13 posted on 08/05/2004 6:33:52 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: berkley

yes


15 posted on 08/05/2004 6:34:07 AM PDT by battlecry
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To: truthandlife
YOUR SO BIG

YOUR SO BIG

YOUR SO BIG

BABY, YOUR SO BIIIIGGGG!!

16 posted on 08/05/2004 6:34:29 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Hitlery Recently Seen Throwing Banana Peels in Front of Kerry and Edwards' Residences)
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To: truthandlife
Linda Ronstadt suffers from a chronic, debilitating disease

Yeah, foot in mouth disease.

17 posted on 08/05/2004 6:34:44 AM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: truthandlife

Less than three percent of Americans have a thyroid disease.

70% of those with an extra 100 pounds claim they are in the three percent, from what I can tell.

Sorry, I'm not buying this "excuse" for Ronstadt's comments. She was making the same kind of lunatic fringe comments back in the 1970's, when she weighed 120.


18 posted on 08/05/2004 6:35:32 AM PDT by Badeye ("You haven't posted anything to even remotely cause me to reconsider this position.")
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To: truthandlife

yet she continues to perform


19 posted on 08/05/2004 6:35:42 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it)
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To: truthandlife

Ooh Ooh - speaking of JOKES (LR) ... I just got a good one in email!


A guy was traveling through Mexico on vacation when, lo and behold, he lost his wallet and all identification.

Cutting his trip short, he attempts to make his way home but is stopped by the Customs Agent at the border.

"May I see your identification, please?" asks the agent.

"I'm sorry, but I lost my wallet," replies the guy.

"Sure, buddy, I hear that every day. No ID, no crossing the border," says the agent.

"But I can prove that I'm an American!" he exclaims. "I have a picture of Ronald Reagan tattooed on one butt cheek and a picture of George Bush on the other."

"This I gotta see," replies the agent. With that, Joe drops his pants and bends over in front of the agent. ! "By golly, you're right!" exclaims the agent. "Go on home to Boston."

"Thanks!" he says. "But how did you know I was from Boston?"

The agent replies, "I recognized the picture of John Kerry in the middle."


20 posted on 08/05/2004 6:36:10 AM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: truthandlife
Irate fans stormed out of her July 17 performance at the Aladdin hotel when she lashed out at President Bush during her concert -- but they didn't know she suffers from Hashimoto's disease, which medical experts say can lead to extreme behavior.

Oh, my gosh. The entire American Left has Hashimoto's Disease.

21 posted on 08/05/2004 6:36:23 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: truthandlife
The 58-year-old singer admits to a long-running battle with stage fright and she's been loud and clear about hating Las Vegas. Add to that volatile mix her illness, and it all combined to push her over the top -- she gave a performance that got her banned from the Aladdin.

Of course, she pulled the same stunt prior to and after the Vegas gig. So this is a steamin' pile of Barbra Streisand.

The outrage must be hurting Ronstadt in the pocketbook if they are attempting this blatant of a spin attempt.

22 posted on 08/05/2004 6:36:26 AM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: Sloth
No actually she suffers from Optical Rectitus. This is where her optic nerve is wrapped around her a@@ hole and give her a real $%tty outlook on life.
23 posted on 08/05/2004 6:37:36 AM PDT by reagandemo (The battle is near are you ready for the sacrifice?)
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To: truthandlife

Leave it to the Dems to make a fat big mouthed psycho witch a victim when people react negatively.


24 posted on 08/05/2004 6:38:03 AM PDT by PilloryHillary (Flush The Johns. JohnFKerrySucks.com)
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To: truthandlife
What a crock. I knew two people whose thyroid had been removed due to cancer. You can't get more hypothyroid than that. Neither had any trouble regulating their intake of thyroid hormone pills and leading perfectly normal lives.

So9

25 posted on 08/05/2004 6:38:29 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: dirtboy

"Linda Ronstadt suffers from a chronic, debilitating disease"

I would propose she suffers from garden variety stupidity.


26 posted on 08/05/2004 6:39:37 AM PDT by IamConservative (A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: atomicpossum

I have had this disease since my early teens. A lot of the symptoms are indeed true.


27 posted on 08/05/2004 6:39:44 AM PDT by alisasny ("I will leave no hampster behind" John F'en Kerry : ))
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To: truthandlife
I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease for years now and it does NOT have the symptoms discussed in the article other than (1) you tend to gain weight easily because of low thryroid and (2) it is more difficult to take weight off and (3) depression. It is fairly easily treated with natural thyroid medication and it DOES NOT make you psycho.

Linda suffers from more than low thyroid!

28 posted on 08/05/2004 6:40:33 AM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: truthandlife

Thanks for posting this. I understand my ex much better now.


29 posted on 08/05/2004 6:40:42 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Bush is Hell on liberals and terrorists.)
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To: truthandlife

Well that settles that Linda.

You're NO Good, the sanity train Blew By You, therefore It's So Easy for you to throw in with the looney left!


30 posted on 08/05/2004 6:40:58 AM PDT by subterfuge (Liberalism is, as liberalism does.)
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To: truthandlife

Hashimoto's is actually a condition which affects the arms and hands, preventing them from pushing one's chair away from a table.


31 posted on 08/05/2004 6:41:44 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: steplock

LOL Try this one:

The French have decided to strip Lance Armstrong of his recent victory in the Tour D'France. It seems he tested positive for three substances that have been banned in France: Soap, deodorant, and toothpaste.

Sorry.


32 posted on 08/05/2004 6:41:59 AM PDT by KJacob (No military in the history of the world has fought so hard and so often for the freedom of others.)
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To: truthandlife; Owl_Eagle; Mudboy Slim; Peach
Left-wing psycho ping!

Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes.

What's more, patients treated with thyroid hormone must get precise dosages and be carefully monitored or they can suffer bouts of fear, hostility and agitation.

Yes, we know that is true of anyone who is a left-winger, but what are the symptoms of this Hashimoto's disorder?

33 posted on 08/05/2004 6:42:21 AM PDT by HenryLeeII (sultan88, R.I.P.)
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To: truthandlife
...but they didn't know she suffers from Hashimoto's disease...

Appears to be a misprint. Should read: "she suffers from Ass-is-monjo disease".

34 posted on 08/05/2004 6:45:18 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Or "Head-up-bunghole" disease.


35 posted on 08/05/2004 6:46:07 AM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: dirtboy
The outrage must be hurting Ronstadt in the pocketbook if they are attempting this blatant of a spin attempt.

Yes --- the excuses are revealing --- now they're trying to redeem her.

36 posted on 08/05/2004 6:47:02 AM PDT by FITZ
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To: mewzilla
"Linda clearly wasn't feeling well and it caused her to blow up onstage."

Yep, her head exploded all right.

37 posted on 08/05/2004 6:48:02 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@Chris Mathews Is Such A Jerk.com)
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To: truthandlife
...lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations and even psychotic episodes...they can suffer bouts of fear, hostility and agitation...so severe she may have become unstable.


38 posted on 08/05/2004 6:48:09 AM PDT by frithguild ("W" is the Black Ice President - underestimated until the left completely loses traction.)
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To: truthandlife
Interesting that she is having to cover her actions. Obviously she has been afflicted with this disease all her life.

Does this mean that reality has told her she might want to consider the STFU option for her career?

Ah, Linda, a mind is a terrible thing to waste but a waist is terrible thing to mind.

39 posted on 08/05/2004 6:48:10 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Democrat - It's in the dictionary - It's between "delusional" and "dimwit.")
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To: truthandlife

"Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- from chronic fatigue and lack of concentration to clinical depression, confusion, hallucinations, hatred of George W. Bush and Republcans and Christians and even psychotic episodes."


40 posted on 08/05/2004 6:49:08 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: dirtboy
The outrage must be hurting Ronstadt in the pocketbook if they are attempting this blatant of a spin attempt.

Wait 'til it hits her in the feedbag.

41 posted on 08/05/2004 6:49:38 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: truthandlife

Spray her down with DDT.


42 posted on 08/05/2004 6:50:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: truthandlife

Bull. Thyroid medication is pretty cheap.


43 posted on 08/05/2004 6:52:02 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Listen here President Bush..You'd better win and win big because if you don't we're toast.)
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To: truthandlife
I can believe the psychotic episode part. If she believes the claptrap in the Moore propaganda flick, she has to be psychotic.
44 posted on 08/05/2004 6:52:48 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: dirtboy

Bingo!! I'll just bet her bookings are slowing down, but the bills keep on a-comin' -- so this is some kind of sympathy ploy no doubt cooked up by her managers.


45 posted on 08/05/2004 6:53:05 AM PDT by GadareneDemoniac
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To: truthandlife
... she suffers from Hashimoto's disease, ...

AKA Foot-in-mouth syndrome?

46 posted on 08/05/2004 6:54:19 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: wideawake

LOL


47 posted on 08/05/2004 6:56:45 AM PDT by Jhensy
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To: AmericanInTokyo

"Feelings....Nothing more than, Feelings..."

48 posted on 08/05/2004 6:57:14 AM PDT by FreedomFarmer (No, this is Shineola.)
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To: HenryLeeII

Lib'ralism is a DISEASE...Devolving Power is the Cure...MUD


49 posted on 08/05/2004 6:59:01 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim (Vast RightWing is Rockin'!!)
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To: steplock
I guess she needs to be "quarantined"

Can I bring my twinkies?


50 posted on 08/05/2004 7:01:22 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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