Diogenes was the notorious cynic and forefather of Stoic Philosophy. He renounced his citizenship, divested himself of money and possessions, and lived in an overturned washtub at the marketplace. He used his simple lifestyle and behavior to criticize the social values and institutions of a corrupt society. He’s best known for walking about Athens with a lit lantern, in broad daylight, claiming to be “looking for an honest man.” It struck a nerve with the folks, and he became quite the 3rd century BC celebrity.
Diogenes was also known as the only one ever to mock Alexander the Great – and retain his head. Alexander sought out the rock star/philosopher, and found him sunning himself at the market. He asked Diogenes if there were something he could do for him, to which Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my light.”
Later, Alexander spotted him looking thoughtfully at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.” Ouch.
I hate cynicism. I’ve always tried to keep positive perspectives in the most dismal circumstances, but given the current political, economic and cultural circus – and now intentional deception and obfuscation about government actions clearly injurious to the wellbeing of our children – how can anyone with the brains God gave a coconut not become a world class, kick ass cynic?
I could take my lantern to DC – but “looking for an honest man” there is infinitely more absurd than in ancient Athens.
Let’s just say to the empty emperor:
Hey Barry the not so Great. You are not superior – your defecation is at least as malodorous as the people you’re trying to enslave. Take your healthcare nightmare and the rest of your fundamental transformation and keep the change.
If you want to help us, STAND OUT OF OUR LIGHT.
Setting aside for the moment any personal animosity toward the President, which of the following behavioral traits would you say apply to Obama, and to what degree?
It’s fair to say an unbiased observer (if one exists) would conclude “all of the above” apply to our petty POTUS in greater or lesser degrees – which is more than a bit disconcerting, as this little ”menu of madness” comes from “The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”. It is in fact THE diagnostic criteria psychiatrists use to diagnose “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” (NPD). In practice, only five of the nine behaviors cited need be present for a positive diagnosis. It seems President Obama has the whole nine yards. In spades. Yikes.
“Narcissism” simply means “self-love”. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the incredibly handsome son of Cephissus, a river god, and a nymph named Liriope. He was exceptionally proud and arrogant, disdaining those who loved him, so a fellow named “Nemesis” (heh) led him to a pool where he fell in love with his own reflection, and being unable to leave the beauty of his own image, wasted away to death. Poor shmuck.
As distinct from “healthy narcissism” (i.e. positive self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence) which helps us survive and thrive in a competitive world – Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a “Cluster B (i.e. dramatic, emotional, or erratic) personality disorder which makes relationships, reality and rational decision making difficult at best – dangerous at worst.
In 2008, Dr Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited wrote an article making a rather compelling case that Barack Obama indeed exhibits all the hallmarks of NPD. In Vaknin’s words:
“Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent.”
Some of Vaknin’s specific observations on Obama - Barack Obama: Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?
Naturally the [alleged] media – the principal providers of Obama’s “Narcissistic Supply” (constant praise, attention, adulation, adoration) – either simply ignored Dr Vaknin, or condescendingly dismissed his observations because he is not a “licensed” psychologist or psychiatrist. There are two serious flaws with that write-off: Vaknin’s research is widely accepted and highly acclaimed across the psychiatric field as the definitive source on NPD. Secondly, he has personally suffered and struggled with NPD his entire life. In my own humble experience counseling with alcoholics, addicts, and personality disorders from depression to paranoid schizophrenia – the folks in the trenches, daily fighting these issues for their very lives, are far and away the most knowledgeable and reliable sources on these conditions – bar none. Since being elected, Obama’s Narcissistic Pathology has grown predictably worse. Please check out Dr. Vaknin’s site.
Pathological Narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early childhood or early adolescence. Obama’s early life was certainly chaotic – replete with traumatic and psychologically bruising instability and displacement. Mixed-race marriages were rare then - not socially acceptable - plus they married five months before his birth, even more unseemly for the day. They divorced when he was two, then his father abandoned him and saw him only once, before he died in Kenya. His mother soon re-married and relocated Obama to Indonesia to be raised by a stepfather of a different faith and worldview, in a vastly divergent culture where he was radically dissimilar from other children. At ten, with his “new” parent’s marriage failing, he was sent off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years, then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died in 1995. Abandonment, rejection, humiliation, isolation, shame, fear, confusion, anger, anxiety and no sense of security or family stability… Sheesh, a dysfunctional zoo.
In short, Barry O is a textbook case of compensation for deep psychological scars via narcissistic pathology, which ironically is also the very thing that propelled him to power! Or, in other words, the leader of the free world doesn’t have both oars in the water. Another fine reason the founding fathers set up government with checks and balances. Someone like this with unfettered power would be truly dangerous. But failing that, God also has a habit of pounding pseudo omniscients and omnipotents down to size. He has in fact applied it to meself from time to time when me pride got out of hand. Here’s a free slice of wisdom – humble yourself. It hurts a whole lot less than if God has to do it. O that Barry would heed. Methinks he’ll come down hard when reality finally smacks him.
All this also helps explain the ambiguity and absurdity oozing out of Washington these days. The government seems insane because it is insane. The GOP - currently void of visionary and principled leadership - is thrashing about reacting to High Drama Obama’s nutty contradictions - and conceding core conservative principles that the majority of Americans are desperate to hear again – all in a bizarre endeavor to keep up with a mad man?
So what was the point of Cruz’ non-filibuster-filibuster? A brief moment of opportunity to rise above the bizarre banality and clueless craziness - speaking plain truth, reason and reality right in the middle of the loony bin. People heard.
“Hey, that guy all the reporters say is crazy and evil says Obamacare won’t work, and the Government needs to stop spending our grandkid’s money and Congress should live by the same rules we do. He’s right.”
You can’t turn a ship to Starboard on a dime. You set right rudder and hold it there. She’ll come around in good time if you hold steady.
Tonight is the 25th annual Liberty Medal Award Ceremony, where the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center, one Jeb “Long Shot” Bush will present this year’s ”Liberty Medal” to…OH MY!
Said auspicious occasion to fall on the eve of the anniversary of the Benghazi attack – which settles once and for all the fact that this Bush boy’s cheese has slid off his cracker. Jebb?!? WTF are you thinking?
“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,”Bush said in a statement. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”
Well, allrighty then. I have absolutely no clue what that means, likely because it is meaningless. Via Susan Berry at Breitbart the Independence Hall Tea Party found this farce “extremely distressing” and issued their own statement:
As all of you undoubtedly know, much of the blame for the Obama Administration’s failure to contain the Benghazi attack and the scandalous handling of its aftermath, can be traced directly to Ms. Clinton.
Indeed, a Congressional investigation regarding Ms. Clinton’s role in the cover-up of the Administration’s failure is still ongoing.
So the newly formed “Independence Hall Foundation” will announce their own “2013 Defender of Liberty” medal winner, followed by a prayer vigil for the victims of Benghazi.
Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft wrote, “Really Jeb, no one else came to mind?” My thoughts exactly. What about, say, SEAL Team 6? I do not know of a single diplomatic breakthrough, negotiated treaty or strategic advance accomplished by this empty pant-suit. Oh wait, there was; Reset / My husband is not the SOS, I AM / and… Oh, THE HUMANITY!!
I suppose this fails to infuriate me because it doesn’t effect my estimation of BaBoosh nor Clintoon – neither of whom generates any more respect than my grand daughter’s hamster. Sooo… “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
It would seem Presidente Obigmouth, “The Great Obfuscator” has finally dug himself a hole he can’t spin himself out of. What to do? Call in SOS Lurch and drop the ball on Congress! Kerry defended the administration’s confidence that al-Assad carried out sarin gas attacks against Syrian citizens with David Gregory on CNN.
Gregory: “I just want to underline the news you made this morning. This is a sarin gas attack, perpetrated by the Assad regime. This is a slam dunk case that he did it?”
Kerry: “The words ‘slam dunk’ should be retired from American national security issues,” (“Slam dunk” is a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet’s description, in a 2002 meeting with George W Bush, of reports that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.) “We are saying that the high confidence that the intelligence community has expressed, and the case that I laid out the other day, is growing stronger by the day.”
Well, geez Johnny. Would that be the same “intelligence community” the administration said was the source of the myth that Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to a video? Or perhaps the one Colin Powell assured the world held “high confidence” of the presence of WMD in Iraq? Ummm, watch your back, Johnny. It didn’t go so well for Powell.
I have to go with Pat Buchannan and Rand Paul. Cui bono? (To whose benefit?) Assad is unquestionably an evil mad man, but not an idiot. Any despot knows brutality against your own people inspires them toward opposition and invites attack from outside forces. What is absolutely certain is al Qaida, the Brotherhood and Iran are at the heart of the Syrian Civil War, and are the only factions of the rebellion in a position to take advantage of the power vacuum created by America removing Assad.
So Barry the bonehead supported Morsi and the Brotherhood against Mubarak in Egypt, and did the same with Gadhafi in Libya, but would not support the Iranian uprising against the Mullahs overruling the elections. How’d that go, Mr Nobel Putz Prize? Er, not so hot.
So, with only 9% of Americans approving military intervention, Dear Leader drops the ball on Congress - who enjoys roughly the same public approval - and whom he knows will not approve anything he proposes. Then he’ll whine, “I tried to help but those obstructionist Republicrats wouldn’t let me.” Pretty pathetic, but it’s the only spin he has left.
So now the leader of the free world is free to pursue more urgent matters. Thirty minutes after the punt to Congress speech…
World in Chaos: President Putz
Film at 11
Oh look, that kooky creepy cretin Adam Gadahn (AKA “Azzam al Ameriki”) is back with some all new awful and awesome al Qaida terrorizing tapes. Or something. So I’m, like you know, all terrified n’stuff. Yaaawn.
In a 39-minute video, Gadahn praised the death of Libya’s U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens – and urged wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards so they can kill others, according to a jihadist monitoring group. Specifically, he referenced a bounty set for the death of U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Feierstein. Says Azzhat al Kaboom:
“These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of our cowardly enemies…They also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah,”
Zat so?? Earth to Azzam al Kazoo. You’re oars ain’t in the water here dude.
- First off, lose the cheesy accent. You were raised in the U.S. – If you think a fake funky accent makes you sound frightening or something… eh, not so much. Same with the wild and wacky hand gestures. Intimidating? Nope, inane.
- Also, I notice all your Jihad-buds have wiry, gnarly beards that look like they could grind the chrome off a bumper hitch. Yours on the other hand is…well… kinda fluffy. And on your pudgy face it makes you look like Azzam al Teddy Bear. Just sayin’. The intimidation shtick just ain’t happenin’ dude.
Sorry Fluffy, you ain’t Azzam al nothin’. You’re little Adam Pearlman, from a hog farm in Oregon. Pearlman is Jewish of course – tribe of Manasseh, if memory serves. Your dad took the name Gadahn – after “Gideon” from the Old Testament Judges who was famous for killing Midianites, Amalikites and assorted Canaanites – i.e. he killed and drove out Arabic peoples from the Holy Land some 1500 years before Mohammad was born.
So you were raised and home schooled Christian, but had no friends, weren’t athletic or good at anything – and let’s face it – not the sharpest tool in the shed – introverted, insecure and kind of pudgy and the girls ignored you and laughed at you – so you found Death Metal – that delightful genre with out-of-tune head banging guitars and screaming slasher-style violent lyrics covering the gamut from Satanism to mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, necrophilia and other assorted depravity. So you got your head bangin’ band going but you were still depressed – because after all just screaming about death and debauchery just ain’t the same as doing it for real, is it Fluffy? So now you’re a world famous Jihadi terrorist dude with a gnarly name, a couple under-aged wives you can smack around and abuse, and you think you’re terrifying or something.
Well, sorry, here’s the deal, Fluffy…
Your buds know you have Isaac and Jacob’s blood in your veins – and they hate you – but you’re a useful tool and a fool.
They’re smart enough to know you’ve abandoned, sold out and betrayed your heritage, your faith, your family, your country and everything else in your pathetic life – and sooner or later you’ll betray them.
You and your cretinous clowns’ martyr shtick is a joke. Nothing brave about blowing yourself up, Fluffy. Consider just a couple notable Muslims from days gone by:
Husayn ibn Ali - grandson of Muhammad fought tyranny and refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid. In 680, he and a small group of only about 72 of followers and family, fought a large army. Husayn and all of his men were killed and beheaded.
Suleiman the Magnificent - longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire led the empire to the apex of its military, political and economic power. Suleiman personally led Ottoman armies in conquering the Christian strongholds of Belgrade, Rhodes, and most of Hungary. He annexed much of the Middle East and large areas of North Africa as far west as Algeria. Under his rule, the Ottoman fleet dominated the seas from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and through the Persian Gulf. Suleiman personally instituted major legislative changes relating to society, education, taxation, and criminal law. His canonical law fixed the form of the empire for centuries after his death; and he became overseer of the “Golden” age of the Ottoman Empire in artistic, literary and architectural development.
See Fluffy, the difference is real conquerers ride into battle at the head of their armies – against overwhelming opposition – believing in their hearts Allah is with them, so they will either conquer or be martyred. That is what “instills fear in the hearts of their enemies” – and that is what encourages, empowers and emboldens “hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah.”
Meanwhile you and your pal Silly Osama hide like children in caves and comfy compounds – commanding others to fight and die – and now imploring still others to give them some cash? That would make you mercenaries, Fluffy, not Soldiers of Allah and Jihadists. You really believe people will be willing to lay down their lives for some cash but without genuine faith or visionary leadership? If the 1.5 bill Muslims in the world had a Suleiman, they’d rock the planet. They have Azzhat al Fluffy. Yaaawn.
Sadly, Mr. Gonnaskruyu’s proposal makes far more sense than what is being disseminated as scientific “fact” by our self proclaimed moral and intellectual superiors. Still watching and waiting for the Mann/Steyn/NRO defamation suit to get to the “discovery” stage where Dr. Mann’s carefully concealed dubious data must be presented to the defense. Finally, the climate discourse in a courtroom venue where logic and verifiable evidence are demanded.
That said I’ll refer you to Steve Malloy at JunkScience. Warren Meyer at Climate Skeptic, and the preeminent hockey stick breakers Stephen McIntire and Ross McKitrick via Climate Audit. These are the guys who exposed the bizarre distortions of science, statistics and veracity incorporated by Mann et. al. to come up with the hockey stick shtick. Excellent lay level overview of the whole stick saga is at A Skeptical Mind, The Rise and Fall of the Hockey Stick. An exerpt:
What McIntyre and McKitrick discovered was that Mann had used very unusual principal component values and the effect of the choice of value used had drastically skewed the outcome of the blending and averaging exercise. Effectively what Mann’s odd statistical techniques did was to select data that had any sort of Hockey Stick shape and hugely increase its weight in the averaging process. Using Mann’s technique it meant that any data was almost certain to produce a spurious Hockey Stick shape.
Here is an example of the sort of things Mann was doing to the raw data.
Above are two separate temperature reconstructions running from 1400AD, both use tree rings, one is from California and one is from Arizona. Both were were part of the data used by Mann and included in the Hockey Stick average. The top one shows a temperature up tick at the end in the 20th century like the final Hockey Stick, the other shows a relatively flat temperature for the 20th century. Mann’s statistical trick gives the top series, the one with the desired Hockey Stick shape a weighting in the data that is 390 times that of the bottom series just because it has a Hockey Stick bend at the end.
Samuel Clemmons comes to mind…
“Facts are stubborn things. Statistics are somewhat more pliable.”
“98% of the time you can make statistics prove anything you want.”
I would personally love to see a rational and reasonable dialogue emerge on the subject. This dogma that AGW is scientifically proven beyond question is disconcerting and more than a little creepy. Even more so the moral imperative that skepticism about the issue is tantamount to human genocide. Or worse. Somewhere along the line the idea that individuals can investigate and weigh evidence and data and form logical conclusions has been trumped by a meme that “scientists” have some kind of ”Gnosis” – special knowledge far beyond the grasp of us intellectual “proletariat.”
The “Tree Ring Circus” says otherwise.
Be afraid, be very, very afraid!
Ignore Gore and focus on the real crisis that threatens our very existance. It is not global warming, or an ice-age, or astroid, or aliens, or a nuclear holocost or even Michael Moores breath!! It’s…it’s…
The science is settled, people. The earth is flat. The Capeurnicas Helio-Centric Solar System Scam is the basis of an evil alien capitalist plot to divert solar and cosmic energy from the earth to the beorgeoisie planets! The sun, moon, stars and planets orbit around our flat earth.
Why do you think the world’s population explosion is taking place in the Eastern hemi-flat? Don’t be stupid! When the Plutonian orchestrated imbalance of humanity reaches critical mass, the earth will tip over and we’ll all fall off!
While Michael Moore is doing his best to shift weight west, it’s not enough. If you don’t act in the next five minutes we’re all gonna die!! It’s all over but the screaming. You’re children’s future is at stake! You must act now!
Send check, cash, money order, gold/silver bullion, negotiable bonds and/or your firstborn male children to:
C/O North Pole P.O.
This post was inspired by yet more weird and wacky explanations from Al & Pals trying to explain the present coldest spring on record.
Memo to Al Gore:
When science is settled, it is no longer science, but dogma, politics or worse.
There is zero compelling evidence that humans contribute in any significant way to global warming.
There is no demonstrable evidence linking local severe weather events with global warming.
Credible scientific method gathers experimental data to test a hypothesis leading to a conclusion. AGW is the antithesis - beginning with a conclusion then seeking data in support of that conclusion. Michael Mann’s “Hockey Stick Graph”, the smoking gun, slam dunk, irrefutable evidence in support of Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” scam has been debunked. The data was manipulated and misrepresented. The real data shows no temperature increase over the last hundred years – but in fact a decline which Mann and AGW scientists are desperate to hide.
Penn State investigated Mann for academic fraud and misconduct for his bogus research - BUT - said investigation was performed by former Penn State President Graham Spanner - the same guy who investigated Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno and found no behavioral misconduct.
“You can make up any analogy you want, but the fact is that computer models don’t show that change,” Pat Michaels, a climatologist and senior fellow at the Cato Institute told The Daily Caller. It is, said Michaels, the “core problem of climatology:” “It is attempting to explain everything even when everything becomes contradictory.”
“They make this stuff up as they go along,” said Myron Ebell, director of the Center of Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“This failure to skillfully predict any of the extreme weather patterns we have seen in the past should be a wake-up call to policymakers and the public that the climate science community is overselling the prediction skill that is possible,” writes Roger Pielke Sr… “Moreover, until and unless they can skillfully predict observationally documented CHANGES in the statistics (probabilities) of the different major circulation patterns, their explanations are necessarily flawed. There is no evidence that the global climate model multi-decadal predictions (and even shorter term runs on a year or less into the future) have the needed skill.”