January 26th, 2006

band-aid tooth

The Self-Aggrandizing Mess-Maker

Bob Herbert:

This week, as the killing of American G.I.'s and innocent Iraqis continued, we learned from a draft report from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that, like the war itself, the Bush plan for rebuilding Iraq has been crippled by incompetence and extreme shortages of personnel. I doubt that this will bother the president any more than any of his other failures. He seems to truly believe that he can do no wrong.

The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health:


A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

  • Reacts to criticism with feelings of rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Takes advantage of others to achieve own goals
  • Has feelings of self-importance
  • Exaggerates achievements and talents
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  • Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Requires constant attention and admiration
  • Lacks empathy

Food: pork chops

'Rumor that Senator Barack Obama Has Been Opposing a Filibuster'

I don't know about the stuff in the title of this posting, but at the
end there of the BuzzFlash story on it is this:

A BuzzFlash Afternote: All we can say about the announced support for
Alito by our former hero, Robert Byrd, is Et Tu, Robert?

Here is the Senate's most eloquent supporter of the separation of
powers backing a Supreme Court nominee who believes in the "Unitary
Executive" (Dictatorial) powers of a Republican president. Such a
theory is no where in the Constitution and in fact is in violation of
the explicit balance of powers guaranteed in the Constitution.

All we can say is that even Robert Byrd must have succumbed to cutting
a deal that the GOP will not support his opponent in West Virginia in
2006 with anything but minimal funds and backing from the national

Nothing else can explain such a betrayal of the Constitution.

Now, of course, I'm laying off of Democrats generally, simply out of
the need to unify against 'Republican' dictatorship. However I want to
stretch this to talk about a coward who says he will vote for Alito,
and note that BuzzFlash's hero-izing of Robert Byrd was always, in my
opinion, misplaced. The man speaks too much; he idolizes speech. The
man idolizes parliamentary trickery, which loses usefulness in the
face of tyranny. He delights in the manipulation of words so much, his
ordinary speech sounds like a patriotic song.

So it was my opinion that Robert Byrd was not sincere. It is hazardous
to depend on such a person, so I've been reluctant to use Byrd's
words, though I may have done so occasionally. Byrd has said much
about 'the Constitution' and 'rule of law', meaning little but that
air can vibrate agreeably.