Here’s an upbeat story to start your week off!
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Salena Zito writes a piece today about Obama in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that asks that age old question “where’s the beef?”
Obama’s is running as a celebrity…not a person of substance.
He has no record to speak of, no experience (he started running for President just after he arrived in Washington), never held a real job (unless you consider “community agitation” a real job), never lived on the mainland U.S. until college (and then mostly at NYC and Cambridge MA)…and, last but certainly not least, what he stands for (his positions, even his “word”) shifts depending on the audience he is addressing.
As an aside, I once knew a guy who was, like Obama, always getting promoted to the next level before he could gain any real experience. He was a hot shot…a real comer. Unfortunately, knowing how to “rise up the ladder” isn’t a particularly useful skill set once one settles into a job and must actually perform.
As for the guy I knew, he was promoted all the way to CEO. And guess what…within 3 years, the company had to be liquidated (broken into pieces and sold) to prevent bankruptcy.
Obama’s rise has also been meteoric…but he has no real experience. On top of having no experience, he has shown himself to be a person of questionable character (viz. as mentioned above, changing his “word” to suit his audience).
The Presidency is arguably the most important and demanding job in the country…probably in the world. If Obama is elected, we will have a chief executive officer and commander-in-chief whose only proven skill is getting promoted.
Anyway, enough of the rant…here’s the article (excerpt and link)…
By Salena Zito
Sunday, June 29, 2008
By all accounts, Barack Obama should win this election. He and his brand control the image, the message and, to a large extent, the media of this election cycle.
Yes, the media. He has enough money to buy ads every day from now to election day, glossy magazines cannot wait to put his image on their covers, Hollywood types are so smitten that they wear his image on their clothing and YouTube is bursting at the seams with homages to him.
It is definitely his to win — or to lose.
It all hinges on two things: likability and character.
Obama certainly is likable enough; no one gives “speech” better than the Illinois senator.
Yet what about character? Because of Obama’s newness and his lack of testing under difficult political circumstances, what do we know about his character?
And just for your viewing pleasure, here’s a timeless reminder…
Obama is most brazen liar to come onto the national stage since…well…Slick Willie and wife. He is the candidate of Change (his position) and Hope (you didn’t notice).
God bless our poor country if it is so naive as to elect this charlatan. Or to paraphrase Jeremiah Wright…”America will be damned” if Obama becomes our President.
Here is a great youtube video that points out just a few of Obama’s whoppers…
Enough already…or soon Obama will have enough of his starry-eyed robots in hypnotic lock-down to march on to victory. There is no doubt that McCain can expose Obama for the con-man that he is…but he needs to start landing the haymakers NOW!
“Put the gloves on, McCain, and get in the frikken ring!”
McCain, GOP unleash anti-Obama plan
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 6/26/08 12:41 PM EST
Republicans might have a reason to smile: John McCain and his allies seem to have finally settled on a way to draw a stark contrast with Barack Obama.
After weeks of criticism from Republicans about the leisurely pace at which they seemed to be preparing for the general election, McCain’s campaign has apparently settled on a highly personal campaign theme that aims to differentiate McCain and Obama on both character and issues.
The strategy: Paint Obama as conventional politician who always takes the safe and easy political road, then amplify the distinction by framing McCain as a patriot, somebody who has put sacrifice above self.
It’s seemingly an effort by McCain to remind voters of his Vietnam-era heroism and compelling life story while touching on key issues to avoid running purely on biography. The message also is designed to underline McCain’s unique record of service to his country without touching on subterranean questions about Obama’s patriotism.
Whether it will work — or if the famously improvisational McCain will even stick to it — is an open question.
But it is finally clear that McCain and many of his allies — including Karl Rove and Mitt Romney — are finally working in unison to push one message, and push it aggressively.(Emphasis added).
Link to Steyn’s article below the Globe and Mail story…
Rights panel rejects action against Maclean’s
June 27, 2008
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint against Maclean’s magazine over a controversial article on the future of Islam, magazine officials said yesterday.
Meanwhile, a decision from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal over the same issue isn’t expected for several months.
The Canadian Islamic Congress launched the dual complaints over an article by Maclean’s journalist Mark Steyn. The article, “The Future Belongs to Islam,” came under fire by Muslim critics who claimed it spreads Islamophobia.
Earlier this month, closing arguments were made before B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal over the article, which appeared in Maclean’s in October, 2006.
As mentioned in the quote above, it was Steyn’s article in Maclean’s, “The Future Belongs to Islam,” that was at the center of the controversy. As the old saying goes, “if you’re catching flak, you must be over the target.” Read the article and see for yourself the “bomb” that Steyn was dropping.
BTW, you may remember Ezra Levant as the publisher of the now defunct Western Standard in Alberta. It was during his tenure at the Western Standard that Ezra displayed the courage found lacking in so many publishers around the world when in February 13, 2006 he republished the cartoons of Muhammad (first published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten).
Ezra’s Western Standard was the first widely-published English Canadian media outlet to do so.
After re-reading an article today at American Thinker entitled “Obama’s lack of ordinary modesty” by James Lewis, I was reminded that I have never in memory met a person who held himself in such esteem as Obama.
Obama doesn’t just think highly of himself…he believes he can fix the wrongs of this country to and including fixing our “broken” souls (how scary is that?).
And their was no disagreement from Obama when Oprah crowned him “the One”…
We have all known folks with some degree of narcissistic tendencies but usually they sooner or later get disabused of that condition when they have their inevitable head-on collision with reality. But Obama seems to have avoided the inevitable…so far.
And so his loftiness has grown.
Many of us have wondered from time to time if Obama may not merely suffer from an egregious lack of humility…he may indeed suffer from a full-blown case of “narcissistic personality disorder” as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
In an effort to increase my understanding of this condition, I did a little research and found this rather solid video lecture (by Dr. Rhoda Hahn, psychiatrist) on “narcissistic personality disorder” and thought you might enjoy it.
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BTW, here are the DSM IV Criteria for “Narcissistic Personality Disorder”…
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
1 — has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
2 — is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3 — believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4 — requires excessive admiration
5 — has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6 — is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7 — lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8 — is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9 — shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Source: Mental Health Today