Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Tattler Sunday News Is A Great Way To Begin Your Week

(Mod: As you are undoubtedly aware by now, the first day of the week is Sunday. Many working stiffs might disagree with that and claim that Monday is first since that is the arduous beginning of the working week. But we here at The Tattler do not concur with that assessment. It seems quite obvious to us that the week actually begins with the Tattler Sunday Weekly News. And we are therefore quite proud to inform all of you guys that a new week has now begun. Don't forget to bring some snacks.)

The Godfather of AB 32 and SB 375 gets some rather negative press about his new book

Arnold Schwarzenegger's narcissistic book is creepy and cruel (Los Angeles Times click here): A man who built his career on testosterone, who spent years pumping iron and staring at himself in mirrors, who thrived in the egocentric troika of sports, Hollywood and politics is probably not a good candidate for faithful husband. Maria Shriver had to have known that when she married Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold and men like him are supreme narcissists. Sure, they are charming dynamic, seductive, even magnetic, but the world beyond their own minds and bodies is an abstraction. Other people are moons revolving around their sun. They are emotionally detached. All they really need in life are themselves.

So, it is truly mystifying to the Arnold Schwarzeneggers of the world why a wife would get upset about him having sex with other women. As Arnold said to Maria, it had nothing to do with her; he still thinks she is hot. It's only sex after all - sex and an inconvenient love child.

That's how Arnold tells the story, anyway, in his new memoir, "Total Recall." And, asked by interviewers if he thinks revealing the details of his philandering and divorce might be painful for his ex-wife and children, he says yes, it is painful. Yet the look on his face suggests that pain is just a bit of collateral damage with no bearing on Arnold's desire to market his autobiography.

Frank Girardot: How do you know Arnold Schwarzenegger's lying? (Pasadena Star-News click here): Q - How do you know former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's lying? A - He's on television talking about his new book.

Take for example Musclehead's answer to Piers Morgan on whom he supports in the 2012 race for president: He won't know who he's behind until after Wednesday's debate. Yeah. Right. I guarantee you he knows. He's just hoping to get a call from President Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney.

That said, Arnold did offer some advice on how to run a winning campaign..

"You've got to be able to look right into the screen. And to communicate with the people," Musclehead  told Morgan. "And to grab the people, and draw them into your world. And to your concern so they understand what needs to be done in the future."

Turns out a lot of that advice is straight out of the sociopaths' handbook. Schwarzenegger seems to have read it from cover to cover. Here's how a clinical training manual for mental health professionals titled "Understanding Pathology and its Affect on Relational Health" describes this condition:

"Sociopaths are excellent at controlling other people in order to achieve their own goals ... They see others as tools to be used in order to get what they want."

When you start to get into the details of "Total Recall: My Unbelieveably True Life Story," you realize the mental health professionals are describing our (thankfully) former governor.

Take this San Jose Mercury News review of the book, which lists for $35 but sells on Kindle for $17. If you wait a couple of weeks though it should be on a shelf next to Floyd Landis' autobiography and a 99-cents Only Store.

"(The Book) contains nonstop illustrations of how he aims high, tramples on competitors, breaks barriers and saviors every victory, be it large or small."

Then there's this from the clinical training manual.

"A sociopath is usually arrogant and narcissistic in the extreme," the manual notes. "They see themselves as bring perfect, and feel that they know it all. A sociopath believes that he or she is entitled to do anything they want, and have whatever they desire. They think that they are superior to everybody else. They have an unrealistic view of themselves."

(Mod: Pretty much the kind of guy who would believe that his placing all local city planning control under a Sacramento-based uber-authority would save the world, right? As we go into a three meeting City Council soap opera regarding the need of the so-called Green Committee to continue its existence here - but on a far grander scale - remember with whom much of what they advocate got its initial big push in this state.)

Coyotes may be start of larger urban carnivore trend - bears, wolves and mountain lions may be next to migrate to cities (CBC News click here): First it was foxes, skunks and raccoons. Now coyotes are setting up shop in increasing numbers within urban settings in North America. Are larger carnivores next?

A professor of wildlife ecology at Ohio State University says urban coyotes, the largest of the mid-size carnivores, may be setting the stage for their larger brethren to start migrating to cities.

"They're the ones that are kind of pushing the envelope right now," Stan Gehrt said, suggesting animals like bears, wolves and mountain lions may be next.

(Mod: Begging the professor's pardon, but around here that migration is already well under way.)

Proposition 37: In some circles, GMO stands for 'God Moves Over" (Mercury News click here): In the battle over Proposition 37, the statewide ballot initiative that would require California to label genetically engineered foods, GMO typically refers to "genetically modified organisms."

But in some religious circles, GMO stands for "God Moves Over."

Proposition 37 enjoys endorsements from groups such as the Sierra Club, the California Nurses Association, the United Farm Workers, and the Organic Consumers' Association. But many religious and faith-based organizations are coming out in support of the measure because genetically engineered food clashes with religious beliefs, from keeping kosher to being stewards of God's creation.

(Mod: I don't think that it is any wonder that Prop 37 is leading in most state-wide polls by as much as a 2 to 1 margin.)

Calif. gas prices hit all-time high (Seattlepi.com click here): The price of gasoline rose to an all-time high in California and is expected to continue climbing before leveling off later this week.

 The record of $4.6140 for a gallon of regular unleaded was set on Saturday, just by a fraction of a penny over the previous high of $4.60096 on June 19, 2008, according to AAA spokesman Michael Green.

Saturday's price was the highest in the nation, with the Golden State leapfrogging Hawaii this week as the state with the most expensive fuel due to a temporary reduction in supply. In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.

(Mod: The article goes on to list a series of manufacturing mishaps that caused this massive price surge. It also noted that gas prices usually fall right after Labor Day. But it has long been my observation that gas prices usually go up considerably right before a big election.)

Disabled Calif. grandmother takes on 13 intruders - defends pot farm with bear spray (NY Daily News click here): A disabled grandmother defended her pot farm against 13 intruders with an unlikely weapon - bear spray.

The Dixon, Calif. homeowner emptied the can on three of the crooks - one of them armed - when the group showed up at her door demanding marijuana, CBS Sacramento reported.

"I've always jokingly said, "If someone tries to take my income, I'm going to fight," the unidentified woman told CBS. "They're going to have to fight me."

The woman, who grows medical marijuana as her sole source of income, said that the gunman was so distracted that he didn't realize she had spray in her hand - at least, until he felt it.

(Mod: We need to recruit this woman. She would be a valuable addition to the Sierra Madre Granny Flat Liberation Front.) 

Enjoy the rest of the first day of the week.

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47 comments:

  1. Look, City Boy, it's not that the coyotes, bears and mountain lions are migrating into human territory, it's that humans have encroached into animal habitats. Like the indigenous peoples, the predators will lose.

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    1. It isn't urbanists that are tipping over my trash cans most nights. Stop blaming the victims!

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    2. You express yourself as if you are somehow not one of the "encroachers." See councilman Harabedian about giving your property bsck to the Tongva.

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    3. The solution to One Carter would be to give it back to the Native Americans in the area. This so they can turn the tables by building casinos, getting the white man drunk, and then taking all of their money.

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    4. Good point, And yes, the Buc could use some competition.

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    5. Any envelope that's being pushed is being pushed by people. 8:13 is absolutely right. The animals are loosing their habitats.

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    6. Keep your paws off of my trash,

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    7. Arnold's not the only one who thinks man is the center of the universe....

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    8. God is the center of the universe. And we do not amuse Him.

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    9. That in particular upsets Him.

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    10. If Sunday is the first day of the week, does that mean Saturday is the day of rest, the sabbath?

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    11. Yes, it does... if you're Mormon, Jewish, Seventh Day Adventist and some variations of Pagan. Welcome to enlightenment.

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  2. That flabby-assed petty politician, John Buchanan, has an ego and narcissistic disorder at least equal to Arnold's.

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    1. Proves that steroids aren't the problem.

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    2. It is the attention that turns them into monsters. For Arnold it was the millions of dollars he made performing in movies seen by people all over the planet. For John Buchanan it was speaking endlessly on SMTV3 for an audience of 32 people.

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    3. Other than the personal slam about Buchanan's shape, which isn't really accurate - the guy is a Mt Wilson Race runner - I agree that those damn lectures were endless and driven by an ego sorely in need of pruning.

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  3. Riveting Crawford, just riveting!

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    1. Vote YES on Measure Kodiak!

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  4. Body building was the perfect activity for Arnold. Pumping Iron is a great documentary, and as someone who thinks body builders are almost entirely hopeless, I have to admit that Arnold was charming. But he needed to stay in that arena. It suited him.

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    1. Which of Arnold's many achievements do you believe has had the most enduring effect? SB 375 or steroid use?

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    2. People seem to be figuring out that steroids are destructive, but they're slower in the uptake about the effects of SB375.

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    3. I only take organically pure steroids.

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  5. Not sure about this, but some claim that the genetically altered food is already everywhere.
    One farmer plants genetically modified corn, and the fields around get cross contaminated.
    The stores may all just have to have a banner for the front:
    "Everything Inside is Genetically Modified."
    Because it already is.

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    1. Hello. Since the days of Fr. Gregor Mendel and his experiments with sweet peas, all hybridized plants are technically genetically modified.
      I guess you better give up eating boysenberries.

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    2. Enormous difference. Mendel was looking for height variations, color variations - today's lab are looking for insect repellent, gimme-more-of-that-sugar, and shelf life extension.

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  6. Look at the facts,October 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    We the humans have take from them the animals and have given them nothing but grief and death. What are we as a city doing for the animals, ask City Hall and the GP committee. SQUAT

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    1. Sad to say, but it is a dog eat dog world out there.

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    2. But efforts at evolution are good to make anyway.

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    3. Unless you're the dog being eaten.

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  7. Has anybody been following the Big Bird controversy?

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    1. What controversy? Big Bird can survive without paying my taxes for him.

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    2. I wish Big Bird would pay my taxes.

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    3. Yes, the world needs more Real Housewives of Hideous Values and less NPR.

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    4. My dream show would be Real Housewives of Sacramento. Especially for those households with more than two parents.

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    5. How about Real Realtors of Sierra Madre?

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    6. I wonder how much they would have to be manipulated in order to be their most crass, and vicious?

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    7. It's Plato and Euripides again.

      Plato would argue for NPR, Euripides for Jersey Shore.

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    8. 2:25 the 1st - I think they would do that instinctively. No coaching required.

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    9. 2:25 the 2nd - Jersey Shore has been canceled. Which is more justice than I am used to.

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  8. Let's take the small amount we use on NPR and put it in the military budget so we can fund one (1) day of another war we can't win. Say, a land assault on Moscow in December.

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    1. Big Bird is just a symbol of the mass spending of this administration-- Sorry you'all don't get it about our budget, which the Dems have not passed in years, and all the czars currently working in Washington to the tune of millions.

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    2. I am astonished that there are still people who believe there's actually a difference between Washington under Bush and Washington under Obama. The last president who actually did something about the national debt was Clinton,and all the GOP wanted to do is talk about his johnson.

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    3. 2:48, oh. I thought we were practicing to write comments for TV Guide.

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    4. I hear Big Bird has hired armed security because of threats.

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