Iran soon to topple from within
The Reasonable Nuts are wondering what Ahmadinejad might look like with extensive plastic surgery. Perhaps this?
Sometimes nuts. Always reasonable. We are REASONABLE NUTS.
Cuban said "anyone who buys that (YouTube) is a moron" because of potential lawsuits from copyright violations.I'd like to say this is an issue of Intellectual Property rights, but I don't deem most of the content on YouTube as intellectual in any way, shape, or form.
"This is ridiculous. Any parent who buys one of these wigs for their child needs their head examining."As for the assertion they are uncomfortable, maybe someone should ask Suri Cruise. Did anyone else think her hair looked rather thick for that of a 4 month old? I've seen asian kids with that thick of hair, but not a caucasian.
Wigs are incredibly uncomfortable for a start. Babies are wonderful but dirty little things and the last thing they need is a wig."
FREDERICK, Md. — A woman who was found living with more than 300 mostly dead cats pleaded guilty to 46 misdemeanor counts of neglect Tuesday, abruptly ending her trial on animal cruelty charges.Mostly dead?
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.
Owens he's also made headlines for his sometime outlandish behavior, both on and off the field. During the second season of his seven-year, $48.97 contract, Owens wanted the Eagles to renegotiate his deal. When the Eagles refused, he threatened to skip training camp altogether. He did show up to practice but was more distant than usual. He was later kicked out of training for a week after arguing with head coach Andy Reid. But true to form, Owens refused to apologize for his behavior.I wonder if they'll correct the story by the time you read it.
Clinton, like all presidents, had some top-notch advisers, including some thoughtful advisers on military and foreign affairs. But he is quintessentially a temporizer, one who always has had difficulty reaching a conclusion and sticking to it, and not someone who was terribly interested in either preserving our military power or using it effectively in world affairs. He'd much rather talk one on one with world leaders, persuaded he could convince them to do what he wanted by the concerted application of charm.Novelist Andrew Klavan has penned the second best commentary thus far. A salient set of nuggets:
Talk and compromise - not clear moral principles and the will to do whatever is needed to support them - were the hallmarks of the Clinton Administration, reflecting the person at the top. Nothing Clinton says now can change that, though he still evinces conviction that he can talk us into anything - just as he thought he could when he denied point blank having had anything to do with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton always has been the one who, caught in a compromising position, would disarmingly ask, as the parody has it, "what are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?" His instinct for lying, even under oath, earned him the second presidential impeachment in American history.
To put it in his own terms, Clinton has never understood what the meaning of "is" is, the fact that some things happened and others didn't, that some things are true and others simply are not. He believes that his legacy will be created in the spin cycle of history rather than in the fitful but persistent human search for history's truth.
... He thinks reality itself is being wrestled away from him, that he can wrestle it back and mold it into the shape he wants it to have.
But he's wrong. That's just "is" being is. That's just "truth" bearing away the victory.
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
I bring this up, because we have seen a classic example recently in the media. This commentator, Rusty Humphries, also identified this phenomenon in the recent explosion of Bill Clinton on the Fox News Sunday show with Chris Wallace (see video here) in his article of September 25th. When asked a question about what more he could have done to curb terrorism during his term, his charm went away and the narcissistic rage came forth in the defensiveness very common amongst those with narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, both of which have little to no ego strength to answer such a question appropriately without jabbing fingers, raising voices, and blaming others. Humphries' remarks:
Bill Clinton hasn't shown that much passion since Monica Lewinsky snapped her thong at him. This is classic behavior of a narcissist. Wallace's interview could be used by psychology classes the world over as a teaching tool to give students a real life glimpse of a narcissist and how a narcissist responds when their image has been injured. As we all witnessed, a narcissist will fight like a cornered animal when they believe their image has been impacted in a negative way. When a narcissist's all-important image has been tarnished – like when Bill Clinton is faced with history – they will lash out like nothing you've ever seen. This is known as narcissistic rage. ...
Let me share with you some universally accepted information about narcissists. It will help connect the dots (Monica's blue stained dress, ''The Path to 9/11,'' and narcissistic rage):
Narcissism is a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration, and lack of empathy. A
narcissistic individual is totally consumed with their image and has a fragile sense of self. A narcissistic individual has a basic sense of inferiority, although if you listen to him talk you would never realize it. A narcissist presents a false self to the world in hopes of creating a self-serving image. In an effort to create a false image, a narcissist exaggerates their achievements and talents. Because a narcissistic individual has a shifting morality – always ready to shift values to gain favor – any interaction with a narcissist is difficult. Lying is an integral part of the narcissist's behavior and all self-reports are unreliable. ...
A narcissist is haunted by criticisms and defeats. When a narcissistic injury occurs, the narcissist begins to feel empty, degraded, and humiliated and is capable of retaliating with narcissistic rage. His reactions constitute disdain or defiant attacks. The narcissistic hurt is different from other types of emotional pain. The fact that this hurt is very vulnerable, and opens up to an emptiness signifying the dissolution of identity, imbues the reactive anger with an intensity and hardness rarely seen in other kinds of anger. As with all other narcissists, there is nothing more important to Bill Clinton than his false public image. ...
It's a real shame Clinton is more angry at Fox News than terrorists. But, if the truth be known, Clinton is madder at himself than anyone or anything else. Unfortunately, he handles it like so many children caught in a lie. They scream, they cry, they blame others. But, eventually, most children grow. They mature. And when they become Clinton's age, they behave like responsible, under control, adults. Not former President Clinton. He will never grow because he has, in my humble opinion, a narcissistic personality disorder. He is consumed with his image. ...
That stained blue dress represents Bill Clinton's legacy. It is a metaphor for Clinton's narcissistic presidency – his focus on himself, rather than a focus on his oath of office – his promise to keep us safe. The stain on his presidency was his failure to take terrorism seriously. And when confronted with those painful truths, we get a narcissist's rage.
I'm glad that Mr. Humphries not only addressed some of the politics of the outburst, but also the psychological ones as well. Unfortunately, although I have experienced patients that have narcissistic personality disordered traits, most people with this disorder I have encountered or known about personally were in leadership/management positions, which is usually crippling to their staff and their organization. However, they are rarely removed from their position of power often because they can manipulate any such attempts quite charismatically, frequently touting their grandiose accomplishments and inherent value to the organization. This should be a lesson to us all to be mindful of who we put into positions of leadership, either by vote or by selection.
|Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) and Anousheh Ansari, Iranian emigree to the U.S., engineer, successful entrepreneur, sponsor of the X PRIZE, now astronaut. Who would you rather see as a role model for Iranians today?|
Woman: "The Human Project have sent a boat."Groan.
Clive Owen: "The Human Project?"
Woman: "Yes. The greatest minds in the world, working for a new society."
"I would rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard University".It should be noted Children of Men is based upon the eponymous P.D. James novel. It is surprisingly poorly reviewed at Amazon.com, with user comments such as "under-developed science" and "Surprisingly disappointing". Surprising, that is, for a book made into a big-budget film. Well, that's no guarantor of success.
The rub of it, from a conservative perspective, is that Republican control of the House doesn't equal conservative control. It may not seem that way to liberals who think Joe Lieberman is right wing, but from the vantage point of the conservative movement, GOP dominance has been an enormous disappointment - good judicial appointments and tax cuts notwithstanding. Our hopeful joy upon the 1994 takeover of Congress was like finding a new pony by the Christmas tree. Now it's more like finding it slumped over dead on top of the presents.What a hilarious word picture!
This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization.Let's be reasonably honest: the words and actions of many in the Middle East - particularly of their "leadership" - is downright uncivilized. Is civilization even a goal anymore?
I've sat beside young mothers with children who are now five years old -- and still long for the daddies who will never cradle them in their arms.How do you reasonably comingle this movement of the heart with the intellectual resolve that civilization is not only preferable, but correct? You aver your defense of civilization.
Air America Files For Chapter 19, Combined Financial & Intellectual Bankruptcy
Women, Minorities, Al Franken Hardest Hit
When the Democrats held power, I confronted Sen. Byrd about his "Honorable" Robert Byrd Highway-type projects in West Virginia. His answer was as arrogant as he was: "I would think that the national media could rise above the temptation of being clever, decrepitarian critics who twaddlize, just as what you're doing right here."I wrote about this very thing - the sheer expanse of placenames bearing Byrd's moniker, on Op-Eds.com last year. Also in that piece I slammed Stevens. Any chance that things will change now that Stossel's on their backs?
"Twaddlize?" I asked.
"Trivializing serious matters," he explained.
I persisted, "Is there no limit? Are you not at all embarrassed about how much you got?"
Byrd glared at me, "Are you embarrassed when you think you're working for the good of the country?!"
[posed to former President Clinton's National Security Adviser Samuel R. ("Sandy") Berger]: What handwritten notes, and by whom, were on the three copies of classified documents (out of five) that Sandy Berger chose to steal and cut up with scissors in 2003, smack in the middle of the 9/11 commission's investigation?
WASHINGTON, DC—Over 87 percent of Americans are unprepared to protect themselves from even the most basic world-ending scenarios, according to a study released Monday by the nonpartisan doomsday think-tank The Malthusian Institute.Why isn't our government protecting us?! Perhaps the Democrats would do better? Certainly, they claim as much.
Despite "more than ample warning" for the most likely means of worldwide destruction, less than one million American households have taken even the simplest precautions against nuclear shockwaves, asteroid impact, or a host of angels bearing swords of fire, the study concluded.
Source: The Onion
# When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
# Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
# There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
# Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.
# Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
# Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
# Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.
# Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.
# There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
# When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
# Chuck Norris is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
# Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.
# There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.
# Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
# Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch, HE decides what time it is.
# Chuck Norris gave Mona Lisa that smile.
# Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
# Chuck Norris does not get frostbite. Chuck Norris bites frost
# Remember the Soviet Union? They decided to quit after watching a DeltaForce marathon on Satellite TV.
# Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.
[about her role in 'The Lair of the White Worm'] "I'm an atheist, so it was actually a joy. Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can't embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages. And that persecution still goes on today all over the world."
Channel 4 TelevisionThere's one best word in the english language for this: Despicable.
The assassination scene from “Death of a President,” a television film whose subject is George W. Bush.
This is Bush-hatred as a snuff film. The fantasies it feeds are grotesque and obscene; to pander to such fantasies is to rip at boundary-markers that are indispensable to civilized society. That such a movie could not only be made but lionized at an international film festival is a mark not of sophistication, but of a sickness in modern life that should alarm conservatives and liberals alike.
Naturally that's not how the film's promoters see it. Noah Cowan, one of the Toronto festival's co-directors, high-mindedly describes "Death of a President" as "a classic cautionary tale." Well, yes, he says, Bush's assassination is "harrowing," but what the film is really about is "how the Patriot Act, especially, and how Bush's divisive partisanship and race-baiting has forever altered America."
Main Entry: de·spi·ca·ble
Pronunciation: di-'spi-k&-b&l, 'des-(")pi-
Etymology: Late Latin despicabilis, from Latin despicari to despise
: deserving to be despised : so worthless or obnoxious as to rouse moral indignation
synonym see CONTEMPTIBLE