Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CCR 09-28-16 Chickens and Clocks

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”

"Chickens and Clocks"

   Well, dear readers, the chickens have finally come home to roost.  And to think, this occurred while the city council still has the actual chicken/rooster ordinance in indefinite  the purgatory of postponements…which is where it should remain. 

   All the chickens coming to roost are those which QueenB VD fed, for months and months and months, while on her Red Meat TEA-carnivore blathering/speaking tour.  Those photo op/YouTube appearances of babbling, also posted on her numerous social media pages, could probably become part of the law suit filed by the "clock kid" The Clock King.*

   Yes, The Clock King’s family has, in addition to a federal law suit already working its way through the legal system, filed a new law suit against QueenB VD, Glenn Beck and others for their apparent and blatant characterizations of the young lad and his family during the months of publicity dealing with the MacArthur homemade clock issue.
   (The MacArthur clock issue and QueenB VDs pushing passage, with her Pet Rocks on a 5-4 vote, of the disingenuous State HB 562 council resolution were the two Red Meat TEA-carnivore planks utilized to promote her popularity and padding of her political resumé in the ranks of the sycophants.) 

   Without going into all the details — read the 09-25-16 or previous CCR reports — QueenB VD was hardly at a loss for words, mane flips, or spewing her strident verbiage when appearing on Glenn "Bloated Bloviator" Beck’s informercial program, or speaking before numerous Red Meat TEA-carnivore groups throughout north Texas.  And all this was performed as she made certain everyone knew SHE was there as the mayor of Irving.

   All of those activities did very little to recgonize ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ in a positive light.  Actually, her actions and activities caused a fissure between citizens, opened the door for unsavory visitors (gun toters and KKK members), and certainly utilized more of her time than she might have spent attending to actual business of the city.

   When Dylan Westie, Executive editor/Part-time Wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR, learned of the pending law suit, he immediately went to his twitter account to post the following:


Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Sep 27
Hopefully, NO city funds will be used to defend QueenB VDs "clock kid" lawsuit. Her actions were Red Meat TEA-carnivore, not city related!!

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Sep 27
QueenB VDs Sugar Daddy handlers should fund "clock kid" lawsuit. They created city's Standard Bearer WIMP (Worst Irving Mayor Period). Boom!

Dylan Westie @DylanWestie1 Sep 25
QueenB VDs new book "I Said It…So It’s True (A Memoir of NPD Achievement)" previewed @ http://controversialcommittee.blogspot.com  A truly revised opus of facts.

   (The link to the DMN article regarding The Clock King lawsuit against QueenB VD is:


   While it is currently unknown what the final determinations, for the law suits, will be as they churn in the system, or how QueenB VD will fair, one factor is known…’beautiful downtown Irving’ will still come out the PR loser regardless of the outcome.

   And once again, due to all of the negative publicity the city will receive, QueenB VD will probably relish in the fact…she will be, once again and as usual, the center of attention.


………………………………………..Mark Holbrook


  • For those not familiar: The Clock King was a minor villain in the Batman/Green Arrow comics.  Also, one of his throwaway lines was, “I’m just an ordinary citizen with a lot of time on my hands.”  Holy photo op, Batman.  Does this law suit mean QueenB VD will have less time in Crime Alley (mayor’s office) to blather to all her Red Meat TEA-carnivore sycophant-cronies due to being in a courtroom? 






Sunday, September 25, 2016

CCR 09-25-16 History Revisited

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”

"History Revisited"

   News Flash: Dylan Westie, Executive editor/Part-time wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR, has again scored a monumental (huge?) matter involving QueenB VD.

   Dylan learned about and then proceeded to "hack" a working transcript of the queen’s soon to be published re-election tome.  The book will be given to all her Red Meat TEA-carnivore sycophants, crony campaign contributors, Flying Harpies and low information supporters.  Signed copies, with selfie photo ops, will also be available at every campaign stop.

   When QueenB VDs supporters read the revised history, correcting her disastrous six-year reign as mayor of Irving, they will have an abundance of new fabricated facts to push, promote and pimp during the campaign.  This will allow everyone to be on the same page as they attempt to gloss over her status as the city’s Standard Bearer WIMP (Worst Irving Mayor Period).

   While QueenB VD contracted noted historian, Ms. Doris Kearns Goodwin, to ghost write her opus of fabrications, she was heavily involved in the editing process.  She provided Ms. Goodwin with an abundance of queenly dictates which required significant revisions for the final edition. 
   (After all, the book has to be about her…not what others perceived or thought she had not accomplished during her tenure.)

   The following detail represents the pertinent areas QueenB VD didn’t want to become part of her political re-election baggage or legacy.  
   (As one might observe, it would take at least fifteen Red Caps to tote the amount of political baggage the queen would have to carry around the campaign trail.) 

   The issues noted in red represent the failed leadership and mismanagement QueenB VDs ghost writer would have to tweak for voter consumption…or gagging:
…………………………………………………

Ms. Goodwin:  
   The following issues in red must be addressed and revised.  I will review your work to ensure your revisions make me appear to be queenly, self-indulgent and photo op ready!
Signed: QueenB VD


*  QueenB VD dictated, to her Pet Rocks, passing the disingenuous council resolution in support of State HB 562 that caused a fissure in city relations.
REVISION
   Freedom of religion and sacred beliefs is a hallmark of QueenB VDs persona.  She believes all individuals should be permitted to engage and practice the tenets of their beliefs with complete separation of church and state.
   As a newly convert to the Red Meat TEA-carnivore creed, QueenB VD experienced a vision and apparition of Ted "Flipping Lizard Grin" Cruz, ‘while touring the Capitol at midnight’ on a city funded junket, anointing her to be his sanctuary city apostolate.  She followed these divine inspirations and scriptures of The Chosen Sycophant to shine his bright light of Red Meat TEA-carnivores all over Irving. 

*  State HB 562 provided for gun toting Froot Loops® to parade around an Irving religious institution.
   REVISION
   Always promoting tourism and having folks select Irving as a destination city, QueenB VD utilizes all opportunities to allow individuals to explore what makes Irving very different from its neighboring cities.
   As a recent supporter of the 2nd Amendment, QueenB VD established several ‘teaching moment seminars’ in Irving on how visitors should properly handle their AK-47s and other sidearms when visiting.  These ‘teaching moment seminars’ drew wide local and national coverage for Irving.
   The publicity of QueenB VDs actions and involvement helped create additional star power, photo ops, and notoriety for her and the city by appearances on the Glenn "Bloated Bloviator" Beck’s TV infomercial program…Buy Beck’s Books and Torofeca Now.   (Sad Note: While flipping her mane, the queen accidentally knocked Glenn "Bloated Bloviator" Beck’s tin foil hat off during one of her guest appearances.) 

*  The Froot Loop® prancers also opened the door for visitation by members of a Texas branch of the KKK.
REVISION
   Wanting to reach out for likely supporters, QueenB VD has always been a strong proponent of the 1st Amendment.     
   Believing in diversity of opinions, QueenB VD wanted the citizens of Irving to realize #WhiteSheetWearerLivesMatter, too.  Her tacit support of these visiting groups and visitors, to the city, allowed them to express their opinion on the remarkable publicity accrued by the queen’s handling of the "clock kid’s" invention intervention.  Many expressed a desire to return to the city for additional enlightenment and events sponsored by the queen in ensuing years.

*  It’s not my petulant attitude of ‘voting NO’ on everything which isn’t according to my dictates or self-interest that’s creating a problem.  The real problem is the other seven (thank you Pet Rock LaMorgese for always being there) dunderheads on the council.  Just look at how they torpedoed my electioneering $0.01 tax rate reduction dictate!
REVISION
   For six consecutive years, QueenB VD has worked tirelessly for all the citizens of ‘beautiful downtown Irving.’  In Irving, the queen is known as a one person team, as she doesn’t need others to help fulfill her self-interest agenda to brand the city in her image.
   Her efforts and progress have been recognized through the utilization of: Sugar Daddy handlers; campaign contributing cronies; approving tax payer funded infrastructure and abatements for northern developers; economic development tax payer funds for those with a conflict of interest;  and ensuring a single source developer designs the old Texas Stadium site to her regal whims  what she considers best for Irving.
   Yes, QueenB VD always has ‘beautiful downtown Irving’ on her mind…when she doesn’t have herself on her mind.

*  Do the peons of the realm think I can be everywhere all the time?
REVISION
   QueenB VD has a very busy schedule attending to matters which require her presence.
   Those important matters are prioritized to maximize the queen’s schedule and include: speaking engagements for Red Meat TEA-carnivore organizations, or photo op events to ensure everyone knows she is the mayor of Irving.
   As such, the queen cannot attend: many local Irving charity benefits; chamber of commerce ribbon cuttings for businesses like Bob’s Lawnmower Repair and Bait shop; wasting valuable face/photo op time in her city office signing official city documents; or any settings where there is not a videographer or photographer present. 


Dear QueenB VD:
   If additional Torofeca or spin is required to make your re-election message more palatable for the unwashed peons of your realm, let me know.  I’ll make your final edit corrections before sending the final draft to my new publisher, Crappy Printers, Inc.
   By the way, the title for your magnificent work, that I am considering, is: "I Said It…So It’s True (A Memoir of NPD Achievement)."  Does this title work for you?
Signed: Doris Kearns Goodwin

…………………………………………………………………….

   Well, dear readers, it just had to happen.  Irving’s proud history — forged by many dedicated, hard working and committed citizens — will forever be altered when QueenB VDs self-aggrandizing publication hits amazon.com.  Her revisionist history of what actually occurred during her disastrous reign will flood the local market.

   The results of such a large first printing, of QueenB VDs facts fabrication tome, will have the same effect as "if you repeat a lie often enough, people will come to believe it." 
  
   And the really sad part of the book’s publication will be all of the blind and uninformed sycophant followers who will proudly assist the queen in promulgating her Irving fairy tale fantasy of non-achievement.

…………………………………….Mark Holbrook






Saturday, September 17, 2016

CCR 09-17-16 Rx - Take w/Food

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”

"Rx - Take w/Food"
   
   Score another coup for Dylan Westie, Executive editor/Part-time wordsmith and Social Media Troll for the CCR, as he managed to obtain the latest medical records for QueenB VD

   Knowing how her continuous lack of transparency would prevent the minions of the realm to ever know her true physical and mental condition, the CCR agreed to publish this report for all concerned, future voters. 
  
   Without a doubt, QueenB VD might be suffering from some mystical malady as she cranks up her mayoral re-election campaign…which she hasn’t announced at this time.

   The signs are definitely noticeable by all those who remember her previous campaign promises of: transparency; eliminating single source developers; taking the monied interest out of council elections; ethics reform; and being involved with conducting affairs which benefit the entire city.

   Instead, citizens — during her six-year reign — have been treated to witnessing: a single source developer for the Texas Stadium site; utilization of "Dark Money" in an attempt to re-elect her Pet Rocks on the council (which failed); having Pet Rocks pass (5-4 vote For) the useless and disingenuous State HB 562 city council resolution; prance all over north Texas spreading fact fabricated fulminations to TEA-party sycophants; causing Irving to be the brunt of unenlightened embarrassment on a national level due to her mutterings; and flooding the social media with her self-indulgent postings.  

   In an effort to keep uninformed potential voters in line, QueenB VD, with the advice of her highly priced Dallas PR consultant, agreed to keep all her medical records private.  
   (Her belief follows the thinking of what voters don’t know can’t harm her.)

   Her medical records, she believed, might clearly demonstrate she was suffering from a series of political conditions.  And if those conditions were aired…this just might demonstrate how unfit and capable of campaigning, for re-election as mayor, she would be.
   (Since the queen’s highly paid Dallas PR consultant was not able to have Dr. Oz or Dr. Lisa Bardack provide this medical exam or a summary letter, Dr. Ima Quackerson was chosen.  He reached QueenB VD on his new iPhone 7® and conducted a ten minute interview before issuing the following report.)

   Here is the report Dylan Westie uncovered…which the queen didn’t want exposed.  This medical summary certainly answers many of the questions citizens have noticed over the past six years.

…………………………………………………………………………………….. 
From the Desk Of:
Dr. Ima Quackerson, FPBS, PhD in NPD, Certified Personality Profiler 
3113 Guileful Parkway
Irving,  TX 75093

TO: Whom It May Concern  Potential Irving Voters   QueenB VD

In a phone consultation with QueenB VD, I have arrived at the following medical conclusions.  These issues are documented in order for the queen to hide full disclosure of her current medical history when she hits the upcoming campaign trail.  

*  Her health is OK for the conditions (noted below) which she might have or want to be hidden from the general public.
*  Her ability to campaign is fine…only if taking the prescribed medications.
*  Her abilities for fact fabrications are outstanding and enhanced with the required medications.

   Since all the medical issues discussed would not appear to be ‘normal’ in most (political) patients, I have recommended the following prescriptions for QueenB VD in order for her to appear ‘normal.’  

   If taken in the proper prescribed doses, the medications will make her appear to be a ‘normal’ self-serving and self-aggrandizing politico while campaigning.  The daily doses should also quell: voter perceptions of her ‘team work’ abilities; pseudo-leadership skills; placing her self-interest above those of voters; lack of attending to actual city business; and amassing a humongous portfolio of photo ops and YouTube inane Red Meat TEA-carnivore babbling which had nothing to do with city operations, her duties as mayor, or making Irving a better community. 

QueenB VDs Rx Requirements:

Hydromnesia: 150 MG, 3 tabs/day will assist the patient in forgetting all the details of political grief, to the city, caused by her embracing and fostering Red Meat TEA-carnivore actions and dogma.  This medication also erases her remembering the forcing of four Pet Rocks to pass (5-4 vote For) the disingenuous State HB 562 city council resolution. 

Rosuverity:  25 MG, 6 tabs/day will ensure the patient doesn’t falter and actually blab the truth about her dismal city council record, self-imagined achievements, and the mismanagement of her official mayoral duties.  

Quinaperksme:  400 MG, 1 tab/day permits the queen to: accept false praise; Sugar Daddy benefits and fawning; "Dark Money" campaign assistance; and the creative synapses to post Torofeca and meme items on her social media accounts.

Plavafits:  100 MG, 3 tabs/day will help manage the verbal outbursts, browbeating and attempts at intimidating fellow council members to do as she dictates to sate her self-interest.

Advil®:  75 MG, 1 tab/hour when in a meeting or TEA-party speaking engagement to ease the aches and pains of mane flipping.  While this condition is chronic, surgery to completely ease the discomfort is not advised at this time.

  Finally, please know you can count on me to be in your corner and willing to prescribe whatever future medications you might require for your re-election efforts…god save the queen.

……………………………………………………………………………………

   And there you have it, dear readers.  With all this potential new pill popping by QueenB VD, there will be one noticeable side effect and drawback…she’ll need to cart a 5# bag of Imperial® pure cane sugar with her for every re-election campaign stop.

   The forced smile, mane flip and pill popping observed will also cause her to hum the prescription-induced tune of  "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down."

   Sadly, while the medicine may go down, the sugar and medications will still not erase or sweeten the history of her disastrous track record as mayor.

   However, the constant humming of this medicinal ditty by QueenB VD will be a  pleasant sound to uninformed and low information voters, Flying Harpies and Red Meat TEA-carnivore sycophants.


……………………………Mark Holbrook





Monday, September 12, 2016

CCR 09-12-16 However....

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”

"However…

   Yes, dear readers, the Irving ISD TRE proposal passed.  And we might admit…with a healthy margin.

   However, many of the questions posed in previous reports still remain unanswered.  Additionally, the IISD board has not approved the effective tax rate for 2016-17, nor announced what the disposition of the $9M drawn from the Reserve Fund Balance will be.

   Perhaps, the most significant question remaining at this time could be: What might a Texas Education Agency review, prompted by a concerned ISD tax payer, find/discover concerning any direct/indirect electioneering by ISD personnel/board members?  Is there a possibility less than transparent modes were used to promote this issue to IISD personnel?

   Since the "Penny Exchange" brochure propaganda did not list a disclaimer and ISD personnel have not taken credit for producing this ‘vote yes’ push card, who is responsible?

   Not only who is responsible for the brochure, but why wasn’t a disclaimer, as to its funding source, printed on the placard?  There is no doubt the brochure was biased in support of the TRE proposal!  Period.

   Considering the brochure was 4-color process and thousands were printed, someone or some smoke-filled room gatherings, which had the drapes of transparency pulled, produced this election piece at a significant cost.  Shouldn't this information be made public, or is the funding as secretive as "Shadowy Bucks?"

   And did any of those smoke-filled room meetings or possible phone calls involve ISD personnel or board members communicating with PTA heads, church members, civic group leaders, teachers, blog posters, or former board members?  One can only imagine what daily schedules or phone records might reveal for the primary pushers of this biased electioneering process.

   Otherwise, how did so many of the brochures find their way to campuses in the district.  And when the brochures arrived on campuses, how were they distributed and by whom?  And who were the parties informing some teachers "they would get a higher pay raise if they voted yes" on the proposal.

   While some might contend these questions represent a sour grapes whining by the CCR with the TRE passing, all the previous unanswered questions, actions by the administration and board members and the mere margin of ‘vote yes’ ballots cast a serious doubt on circumstances which might have been taken to assure passage of the TRE.  And that, dear readers, is not whining, but ensuring transparency in governmental affairs is played on top of the table.
   (After all, staff of the CCR didn’t just fall off the political turnip truck this past month.)

   Perhaps, in an effort to establish a new era of IISD board transparency an analysis and detail of how the TRE funds will actually be included in the 2016-17 could be presented, plus a three year projection of budget requirements with/without these additional State funds in ensuing years. 

   Proposed future tax rate considerations to meet budget demands should also be determined for requirements beyond 2016-17.  

   However, staff of the CCR presently agrees to yield to the TRE ‘voter yes’ contingency…uninformed as some might have been.  And we await future actions of the board as they are now very, very flush with tax payer funds to spend indiscriminately.

………………………Mark Holbrook

Publisher’s Note:  With 74,352 registered Irving voters, only 2,195  or 2.95% took the time and effort to demonstrate an interest in the TRE issue.  While the Dallas County Elections department doesn’t have the verifiable statistics, one could imagine 80% of the 2,195 voters were part of the ISD Lemming Scrum. 
    


Sunday, September 11, 2016

CCR 09-11-16 Rough Seas Ahead

the   Controversial  Committee   Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”


"Rough Seas Ahead"

   Batten down the hatches.  Check the bilge pumps.  Cast off all lines!  

   QueenB VD of the House of NPD and Royal Court of WAB and Protectorate of Red Meat TEA-carnivores and WIMP Standard Bearer, has boarded her royal barge and set sail on her next self-aggrandizing voyage.

   Yes, dear readers, the queen has launched her re-election campaign for mayor.  Really?  So soon?  Hide the kids!

   Even though QueenB VD has not officially announced her plans, the signs are all there.  And if one doubts this, then consider her conduct and recent attempts at bullying and intimidating some council members — during and after current meetings.  
   (The political history of Irving has never witnessed a mayor, so self-absorbed, who acted in this manner.  The verbal flare-ups are starting to occur as frequent as a current presidential candidate’s coughing spasms.  And Donald Trump’s political temperament is akin to Mary Poppins’ when compared to QueenB VDs meme outbreaks.  All this grandstanding and browbeating, of fellow council members, is part of her pandering mode for sycophant followers to enjoy.  And certainly, to inflate her self-assurances.) 

   If she doesn’t spew caustic remarks to fellow council members during a meeting regarding issues at hand (Twin Wells golf course for just one example), then QueenB VD lapses into her old council-member mode of "voting no" on everything to demonstrate she thinks she is right even when the other seven vote to approve an item. 
   (This would be eight if Chief of Staff Pet Rock LaMorgese would ever see the light.) 

   What most of this boils down to will be the queen attempting to score potential political pandering-points and votes.  She wants to fashion a new credibility make-over for all her previous conduct of making Irving the laughing stock of the nation due to her Red Meat TEA-carnivore speeches and prancing around spreading fact fabrications (actually, a polite way of saying lying). 

   Of course, QueenB VD would hope no one will recall how the DMN has characterized her as being aloof, haughty and dismissive.  

   And dear readers, nothing has changed in the six years she has postured this image on her self-imposed throne.  In fact, with the upcoming re-election cycle, it appears as if her condition may have metastasized.  

   In other words, a few mane flips and photo ops, coupled with harsh verbiage (mostly off camera), causes a spewing of her self-interest which also accommodates her Sugar Daddy handlers.  When this doesn’t seem to work, QueenB VD leaps to one of her many FaceBook pages or Twitter account to "set the record straight."  
   (Of course, the straight record resides only in her mind.)

   If one considers you cannot believe everything you read (especially on the Internet) in the newspaper, then you should certainly not believe the rubbish QueenB VD posts on her social media accounts.  And for those who would counter her position or state facts — not fact fabrications — on these venues…they are not allowed to post rebuttals.  

   You see, QueenB VD blocks right thinking and fact driven individuals as if she is fearful of what the truth would do to her self-fashioned image.

   While still the mane-flipping darling of Red Meat TEA-carnivores, QueenB VD has even fooled Empower Texas which is an internet publication blog for uninformed sycophant-carnivore followers. 

   In a recent fluff piece in this publication (the CCR will not post the link to the article as too many dear readers might have violent gag reflexes) of "Penny Dreadful" materials, the article, regarding Irving’s Twin Wells golf course, appears as if the queen actually wrote the piece.

   Ranting about the queen’s efforts to smash the multi-year project to restore the city’s golf course, the article fails to mention: more individuals would play golf, in Irving, on any given day than all those who attending the professional tennis matches sponsored by the city over the years.

   Of course, QueenB VD and Chief of Staff Pet Rock LaMorgese didn’t mind having the city cough up the millions of dollars for those tennis events which had very sparse attendance.

   Warning: Gag Reflex possible  
   Here’s one snippet of the tripe from the "Penny Dreadful"  article.

"While both Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Councilman Brad LaMorgese have long criticized these types of wasteful projects, a majority of the council keeps raising taxes to fund them."
   (Only the queen and her Pet Rock are concerned about cost and citizen needs in Irving?  Seriously?)

  May we be realistic here?  The "Penny Dreadful" publication could give a flying flip about a golf course in Irving…unless this matter wasn't part of the agenda for Irving’s Red Meat TEA-carnivores leadership (QueenB VD, State Representatives Rodney "Bogus-gate Complaint" Anderson and Matt "Squeaky" Rinaldi) pushing, promoting and pimping their inane dogma to turn Irving into a ‘sanctuary city’ for TEA-party sycophants.

   Dear readers still suffering from PADD (Political Attention Deficit Disorder) should also remember that this trio of misfits was totally responsible for creating all the havoc which ensued when the queen ‘toted their water’ for the State HB 562 by having the Irving City council vote on a senseless resolution of support.  
   (Point of Order: Irving was the only city in Texas which promulgated a council resolution in support of this obnoxious State HB 562 legislation.) 
   
   But then, most dear readers know and understand QueenB VD only plays the political game with her own kind.  And this is why the good of the city doesn’t seem to be a concern if an issue doesn’t fit her self-indulgent interest.

   TEA-party adoration, egotistical ambition, fact fabrications, personal gratification, photo ops, mane flipping, and self-aggrandizement will be the hallmark of QueenB VDs legacy as Irving mayor.

   And with her re-election campaign already washing toxic waves of political pablum across ‘beautiful downtown Irving,’ isn’t it time for someone with real leadership skills to step forward and sink her royal barge which is probably financed and controlled by "Dark Money," Sugar Daddy handlers, cronies, single source developers and sycophant followers?

   Staff of the CCR has requested that the city council post signs around Vilbig Lake and Lake Carolyn to alert citizens as to the hazards QueenB VDs re-election backwash will have on these placid waters.

   And please remember!  Do not drink the water  Kool-Aid which QueenB VD will be flooding her social media sites with, or articles printed in "Penny Dreadful" publications.  These postings, like the lake water, are completely toxic and could cause irreparable neurological disorders.

   And doesn’t Irving already have one too many of those sufferers?

……………………………….Mark Holbrook


Publisher’s Note: New readers, who recently joined the CCR circle of readers for this specious publication, should understand staff of the CCR sometimes attempts to balance opinion with facts.  With that in mind, staff has noted below a number of genuine, scientific facts for this report.  These facts might come in handy should you ever attend a city council meeting and witness a member suffering from this malady.

   And for those just learning about this dreaded disorder, which can cripple an entire community and cause a stagnation of progress and leadership, the following are the recognized symptoms — as identified and defined by the DSM-IV-TR — for those suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements.)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  • 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).
  • Requires excessive admiration.
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
  • Is inter-personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.