And, to make the day perfect, WordPress is forcing me to use its damn new “block” system, which I do not have the time of patience to fool with. In the immortal words of Basil Fawlty,
1. JAMA says that it’s important to help people with dementia vote.
Nearly 6 million people in the US have some form of the condition, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, and they represent almost 2.5% of the 253.8 million US residents who are of voting age. The oldest voters, those aged 60 years or older, are more likely to vote than younger age groups, according to the United States Elections Project; the lion’s share of people with dementia fall into that demographic….having dementia doesn’t revoke a person’s fundamental right to cast a ballot.
“Alzheimer’s disease is progressive, and it evolves over many years. A person in the early stages, and even into the more moderate stages, still has the capacity to vote,” Beth Kallmyer, MSW, vice president of care and support for the Alzheimer Association, said in an interview.
They may have the capacity, but it unethical for them to exploit that capacity if their cognitive functions are impaired. Anyone with diagnosed dementia should voluntarily decline to vote. Such individuals are, of course, invitations for voter manipulation and fraud.
It should go without saying that it is also unethical to run for office when one is suffering from dementia,
2. I don’t understand this at all. The Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen Steve Scully, C-SPAN political editor and host of the network’s “Washington Journal” call-in program, to moderate the second presidential debate on October 15 in Miami. The puzzling part: When he was in college, Scully worked as an intern for Joe Biden in the Senate. Later, he was as a staff assistant in the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s communications office.
The background doesn’t mean Scully is necessarily biased, but how hard can if be to identify a qualified moderator who has no ties at all to either candidate?
3. Boy, Big Lie #4 sure is getting a work-out! Big Lie #4 is “Trump Is A Racist/White Supremacist”, now having a resurgence thanks to a cheap question in the debate that the President didn’t answer directly enough, despite the fact that he shouldn’t have had to answer it at all.
At the White House press briefing today, Fox News’ John Roberts asked Keyleigh McEnany “for a definitive and declarative statement, without ambiguity or deflection, as the person who speaks for the president, does the President denounce white supremism and groups that espouse it, in all their forms?” McEnany replied that the President had answered that question the day before, and at the debate, and read a list of past quotes in which the President denounced white supremacy, including when the President said: “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.”
Roberts then asked, “Just to clear it up this morning, can you, naming it, make a declarative statement that you denounce — that the President denounces it.”
McEnany replied: “I just did.”
Roberts: “You read a bunch of quotes from the past. … I’m just asking you to put this to rest.”
McEnany: “I just did.”
Before she could make another statement, Roberts interjected: “Can you, right now, denounce white supremacy and the groups that espouse it?”
I just did! The president denounced white supremacy, the KKK, and hate groups in all forms. He signed a resolution to that effect. The president just last week — perhaps you all weren’t covering it — just last week expressed his desire to see the KKK prosecuted as domestic terrorists. This president advocated for the death penalty for a white supremacist, the first federal execution in 17 years. His record on this is unmistakable, and it’s shameful that the media refuses to cover it.
Finally, McEnany tweeted this clincher:
The constant repetition of a question employing a false allegation is about as perfect an example of the Big Lie technique as one could find.
4. Nothing to see here, just another female accuser who shouldn’t believed…that’s how that #MeToo thingy goes, right?
The wife of a Massachusetts transit police officer who was injured in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers accused Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately and making a suggestive comment in 2014.
In two Facebook posts, one of which has since been deleted, Kim Donohue alleged that during a remembrance ceremony in Boston, a year after the April 2013 deadly bombing, then-Vice President Biden began “rubbing” her lower back.
“Look at those eyes, where did you get those eyes?” Donohue wrote. “Anyone else as good looking as you in that family … those eyes are mesmerizing, people must just do whatever you say…”
When reached for comment, Kim Donohue confirmed making the accusations against Biden but would not discuss them further.
It sure is fun to go back and read all the high-minded pronouncements of Hollywood celebrities and Democratic officials regarding the vital need to hold powerful men accountable for sexually abusing and harassing women.