Daily Archives: September 21, 2008

Citizen McCain

Surely the facts are not in dispute.

“During an interview with Radio Caracol Miami conducted Wednesday September 10th, Senator John McCain was asked whether he would invite Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to the White House. McCain’s noncommittal answer seemed to suggest that he did not know who Zapatero was, as he immediately pivoted to talking about Mexico then referred to his commitment to Latin America.”

To whit —

INTERVIEWER: Senator finally, let’s talk about Spain. If elected president would you be willing to invite President Jose Rodriguez Louis Zapatero to the White House, to meet with you?

McCAIN: I would be willing to meet with those leaders who are friends and want to work with us in a cooperative fashion.

And by the way President Calderone of Mexico is fighting a very, very tough fight against the drug cartels. I’m glad we are now working with the Mexican government on the Merida Plan, and I intend to move forward with relations and invite as many of them as I can, of those leaders to the White House.

INTERVIEWER: Would that invitation be extended to the Zapatero government? To the president himself?

McCAIN: Uh, I don’t, I, ya know, I, honestly, I have to look at the situations and the relations and the priorities. But I can assure you, I will establish closer relations with our friends and I will stand up to those who want to do harm to the United States of America.

INTERVIEWER: So you have to wait and see. If he’s willing to meet with you, would you be able to do it? In the White House?

McCAIN: Well, again, I don’t — All I can tell you is I have a clear record of working with leaders in the hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not. And that’s judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region.

INTERVIEWER: OK, what about Europe? I’m talking about the president of Spain.

McCAIN: What about me what?

INTERVIEWER: OK. Are you willing to meet with him if you are elected president?

McCAIN: I am willing to meet with any leader who is dedicated to the same principles and philosophy that we are for human rights, democracy and freedom, and I will stand up to those who are not.

So Take it away Keith and Rachel!

Bottom line, here’s what we’re looking at folks.

“Senile dementia is the mental deterioration (loss of intellectual ability) that is associated with old age. Two major types of senile dementia are identified: those due to generalized atrophy (Alzheimer type) and those due to vascular problems (mainly strokes). Senile dementia is often used when referring to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is most likely to affect older people: of all people over 80, 20% suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Senile dementia is actually a group of several different diseases. The common ones are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Lewy body disease. In Alzheimer’s disease, the commonest form, the brain atrophies and abnormal proteins, called amyloid, accumlate in the brain substance, in the form of senile plaques. In addition, abnormal filaments appear in the brain cells, the neurons, and they are called neurofibrillary tangles. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of senile dementia. The causes are not yet known, and up to now there is no effective treatment. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease deteriorate very gradually, so the disease is often not detected in its early stages. Multi-infarct dementia is caused by a series of minor strokes. It usually results from damage to the small blood vessels in the brain causing deprivation of blood supply to the brain cells thus affecting its function. Patients’ abilities will decline in ladder-like pattern. Other causes of senile dementia include depression, poor nutrition, thyroid dysfunction, drug poisoning, alcoholism, and so on. This kind of dementia can often be corrected by treating the underlying diseases.
Senile dementia is a disease caused by degeneration of the brain cells. It’s different from normal senility in the elderly. The patient’s brain function will gradually deteriorate resulting in progressive loss of memory and mental abilities, and noticeable personality changes. Progressive wasting of brain cells or loss of brain function due to hardening of arteries (arteriosclerosis); onset is slow, over years rather than months. Short-term memory is affected first – person occasionally forgets what happened hours or minutes ago, and has difficulty following conversations and trains of thought, or making sense of what he or she sees or reads. In early stages, person is well aware of what is happening; even in later stages, confusion may be punctuated by moments of lucidity. With memory and reasoning impaired, person loses interest in activities which were once enjoyable; habitual behaviours which make up ‘personality’ break down; there is increasing emotional and physical instability, with unpredictable switches between apathy and aggression; social inhibitions, and sometimes sexual inhibitions, also go out of the window.

That’s what we have to look forward to in the coming days, folks.

Meanwhile the question du jour “Are we going to declare war on Spain or are we not?”

Oh Orson — I miss you so!