As anyone who has ever cared for an elderly loved one will tell you, dementia can cause strange and frightening changes in the sufferer’s personality. Sudden bursts of rage aren’t uncommon, often with no apparent cause. It can be stressful and difficult to deal with the shocking, erratic hostility of someone you’ve known for years who seems to have become a different person. You might wonder if you’ve done something wrong, but there’s just no way to predict the dementia sufferer’s precipitous mood swings. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s nobody’s fault.
Please keep that in mind as you watch President Joseph R. Biden flipping out on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins for asking him a question he didn’t like.
“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.”
If that sounds like the sort of non-answer a person gives when he doesn’t understand the question he’s been asked but is too proud to admit it, you’re not far wrong. The loss of mental faculties is an injury to the dementia sufferer’s pride, compounding his sense of helpless fury. So he lashes out at any reminder of his cognitive decline.
Biden isn’t angry at the reporter. He’s angry at what’s happening to him.
The same day, President Biden said this:
He said Americans yield our rights to the government, which is the exact opposite of what he clearly meant to say, given the context of his remarks.
And he said this:
He’s already forgotten all the positive questions reporters have asked him since he became president, including this one from just a few weeks ago:
He doesn’t remember what happened a minute ago, but he could tell you every detail about a yummy Drumstick cone he had in 1951.
None of this is meant to blame Joe Biden. It’s not as if he’s doing any of it on purpose. He simply can’t help it. He’s no longer in control of himself. No, his handlers are the ones at fault here. It’s cruel to parade Biden around like this in front of the whole world, when it’s obvious he’s not entirely sure where he is or what he’s doing there.
It would be one thing if he were only embarrassing himself. But he’s embarrassing the whole country. He’s supposed to be representing all of us. Is this how America should be seen on the world stage?
Pretending this isn’t happening to Joe Biden isn’t doing him or anyone else any favors. The longer it goes on, the worse he’s going to get. It’s heartless and abusive, and it needs to stop.
We need to talk about finding a place for Grandpa Joe.
His son Hunter isn’t exactly the picture of mental health either. Kyle Smith at NRO has read Hunter’s memoir so you don’t have to:
The gonzo “I’m a crackhead” chapters in the memoir Beautiful Things are a lot more convincing than the half-dozen “I make for a formidable player in any respectable company’s internal oversight mechanism” sentences. Hunter Biden is amazed he’s still alive. I’m amazed, too. At the end of the book I wanted to give him a standing ovation for not being dead…
[I]magine Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as rewritten by a dullard lawyer with a vestigial sense of privileged pompositude and a lot of hurt feelings about his mistreatment by Fox News Channel.
If that doesn’t sound like your kind of book, the rest of America agrees. Beautiful Things bombed hard, despite Hunter’s high-profile media tour to promote it.1 And yet now he’s threatening to publish a sequel. He must be funding his unprofitable writing hobby by selling his “paintings.”
And now it turns out that not only does Hunter enjoy using the N-word with his whiteboy buddies, but he’s also bigoted against Asians. Where in the world would he have learned such racism?
So, What Else Is Going On?
Victoria’s Secret has fired the astonishing supermodels who used to sell their wares, replacing them with… Megan Rapinoe? Is that right? Yep, that’s what it says right here. How about that.
This is great news for anybody who wants Victoria’s Secret to go out of business, and it sounds like Rapinoe is one of them. Here’s how she describes her new employer to the NYT:
“…patriarchal, sexist, viewing not just what it meant to be sexy but what the clothes were trying to accomplish through a male lens and through what men desired. And it was very much marketed toward younger women.”
When your company is looking for a spokesperson, why not hire someone who despises everything you stand for?
“Hello, folks. Moby here. I’d like to talk to you today about the good people at Jimmy Dean Foods…”
Well, I’m sure this will be a smashing success for Victoria’s Secret. As the saying goes: Get woke, never go broke. Or something like that.
The Toronto Star reports that Canadians visiting NYC won’t be allowed to attend Springsteen on Broadway, because they got the AstraZeneca vaccine and it just isn’t as good as one of ours. On one hand, this is the sort of treatment all Canadians should expect when they leave the third world to come here and sneeze on red-blooded Americans. On the other hand, now those Canucks don’t have to listen to Bruce Springsteen. So everybody wins, really.
Legal analyst and revolting sex creep Jeffrey Toobin was spotted this week at a party for the paperback release of Brian Stelter’s book, Whatever It’s Called. Given that he had the option of getting fired by CNN or being forced to hang out with Stelter, Toobin’s personal choices continue to baffle and disgust the American public.
Let’s just hope Toobin didn’t show them his favorite party trick.
I just watched the first two episodes of Kevin Can F**k Himself, which is the actual name of a new AMC show. Here’s the high concept: Half of each episode is a brutal parody of a brightly lit three-camera sitcom with a studio audience, starring a fat, obnoxious moron and his much hotter, long-suffering wife. Think King of Queens, but somehow even dumber.
But the hook is that every time the loudmouth sitcom jerk leaves the room and his wife is alone, the show immediately switches to a glum, dimly lit, single-camera prestige dramedy. (Imagine if Malcolm in the Middle became Breaking Bad every time Hal wasn’t with Lois.) The sitcom wife instantly stops spouting exasperated wisecracks, and we follow her as she shuffles around her miserable daily life in Worcester, Mass. Each episode goes back and forth repeatedly between “sitcom” and “real life.”
By the end of the first episode, she realizes the boorish, irresponsible slob she married is ruining her life with his wacky antics. So she decides to kill him. It looks like the show is going to be about her efforts to plan that out without getting caught.
The novelty of the central gimmick wears off quickly, and the ham-fisted feminist stuff is annoying after the first 20 times. Yes, we get it, sitcoms aren’t real and Kevin James is a pig. But Annie Murphy is great in it. One of these days I need to get around to watching Schitt’s Creek. She sure does like being in shows with dirty words in the titles.
If you have AMC+, which is the best bargain in streaming right now, it’s worth a look.
This means war! Rita Moreno is being forced to grovel for her thoughtcrimes against the BLM orthodoxy:
It’s just so tedious.
When Disney+ added The Muppet Show earlier this year, there was a predictable nontroversy about how “problematic” the 45-year-old show is. “Negative depictions of people or cultures,” etc. So I went back and watched the earliest episodes, which I hadn’t seen since I was a little kid, and one of the guest stars was Moreno. I remember how excited I was as a child that Carmela from The Electric Company was hanging out with the Muppets. She was fantastic, because she’s Rita Moreno. She sang and danced and did silly skits, and a lot of the jokes were about her Puerto Rican heritage.
And she was hilarious! She could laugh at herself. She wasn’t a victim. She knew who she was, and a few harmless jokes didn’t threaten her sense of self. She had busted her ass to make it in America, and she stood there in front of us and said, “This is who I am. Take it or leave it.” We loved her for it, and still do.
Decades later, Moreno is being forced to submit to a handful of spoiled, lunatic children who can’t even handle a simple difference of opinion. She’s done more for civil rights and equality than any of those idiotic crybullies, and she did it all with a smile. She is a legend. They should be apologizing to her.
This is progress?
This Week’s Loki Nerd Moment
“Thanos has two apples. He eats both but realizes he wants more. He goes back in time 20 minutes and eats the apples again. Does this mean the apples will not have existed in the timeline he left?”2
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Or maybe because of the media tour? Hunter probably would’ve sold more copies if he’d kept on hiding from the press, like he did when his abandoned laptop caused problems for his dad.