Sunday, October 7, 2012
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.
Posted by The Moderator at 6:00 AM