[Edited to correct opening sentence and title. There don’t seem to be “a lot” of McCain supporters talking about this, as I had originally stated. My apologies for the mistake.]
It seems that a few McCain supporters are jumping at the chance to use George Obama’s life in Kenya for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama’s character. How can he abandon his own brother, leaving him to suffer in poverty while he lives like a king? What a hypocrite, some are saying.
Some of the stories would lead the less skeptical among us to believe that Barack has turned his back on a starving man in poor health who has no-one; that George begged for help and Barack kicked him instead. Of course this isn’t what anyone is actually saying, but it’s the kind of picture some bloggers seem to be keen to paint.
Skeptic that I am, I had to see for myself, and here is some of what I found:
I don’t think so.
While browsing Dark Skies Blog, I came across this post. The subject matter of the post didn’t interest me as much as the closing remark:
Since this is an AP Poll and since AP charges by the word for excerpting or reprinting their news copy, I will provide only a LINK.
I posted a few comments addressing this, but they have since disappeared. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions; I’ll wait to hear from Dark Skies on that. In the mean time, I’ll just assume it’s some sort of technical glitch.
But that’s not why I’m writing this post. As I mentioned at Dark Skies Blog, I don’t believe that A.P. has the authority to define Fair Use or copyright infringement to suit their personal interests, absent a court ruling.
Mike found this for me through a quick Google search:
From the rumor mill:
Many of us have commented from time to time that Obama may not just 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).
Dark Skies Blog
I know more than a little bit about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). I will not discuss the details because they are far too personal, but I will tell you this:
It is impossible to know if Barack Obama, or anyone for that matter, meets the criteria for NPD without spending a considerable amount of time with the person. Many of the characteristics of this disorder are only revealed in patterns of behavior that can only be detected over time, and which true narcissists are skilled at concealing in public. So even if Obama is a narcissist, we would not know it based on what we’ve observed through the media.
These kinds of assertions are irresponsible and serve only to poison the well; a tactic that is only necessary in the absence of legitimate arguments against Obama’s suitability for the Presidency.
People with NPD inflict untold emotional, psychological and even physical damage on their victims. Carelessly tossing around the term “narcissistic personality disorder” undermines and trivializes the abuse and absolute terror that narcissists often inflict on their families and anyone else unfortunate enough to cross their paths.
Anyone who employs such a hideous tactic for the sole purpose of promoting a political agenda has no credibility, in my opinion, and I would urge anyone who has been listening to the source of such propaganda to immediately begin searching elsewhere for information on which to base your November vote.
There are two kinds of Texans: those who are born here and stay, and those who are born here and get the hell out as fast as they can. Count me in with the latter.
Before I get started, I believe a couple of acknowledgments are in order.
First I would like to thank Mike, author of The Odd Blog, for his dedication to exposing fools and liars who insist on promoting creationist propaganda. Ben Stein’s Expelled! is but one example of the kind of garbage that Mike refuses to tolerate.
Upon checking in at The Odd Blog, as I routinely do, I found Mike’s latest entry, Ouchies. I do not share Mike’s talent for slicing and dicing these creationist fools, so I was delighted to learn of a way that I, too, can help expose at least one.
I would also like to thank PZ Myers, author of Pharyngula, one of the best science blogs I’ve seen. Professor Myers recently made a blog post calling for other bloggers to help promote a counter-site to Ben Stein’s “hideous little propaganda film” Expelled!. For instructions on how to participate, please see Professor Myers’s post, Bloggers, you have a job to do. While you’re there, please have a look around the rest of the site. You’ll be glad you did!
At this point, you may be wondering about the title of this post, and if I’m planning to tie it in somehow. Of course I am. I do tend to ramble, hence the title of this blog. I always know where I’m going, though, and I usually get there eventually.