Another unintentional funny from our liberal friends!

Rob Kall of OpEdNews has me on his e-mail list, and while I don’t usually find much of interest there (they make the folks at TruthOut look positively moderate!), occasionally I’ll see something interesting. But this blurb was just too funny for words:

    By Abbas Sadeghian
    The Neuropsychology Of George W. Bush
    explanation of Bush’s dyslexia, concrete thinking, dyslexia, poor reading skills, current manifestation of his chronic alcoholism and addiction, hyper-religiosity, IQ at low end of average…

How humorous is it to have someone plugging an article about someone else’s purported dyslexia by writing “Bush’s dyslexia, concrete thinking, dyslexia, poor reading skills . . . ?” :)

Of course, the entire article has a humorous vein to it. The author has provided a biographical sketch:

    My name is Abbas Sadeghian. I Am a Clinical Neuropsychologist. I work mostly with people who have suffered from a stroke or other neurological conditions. My minor in college has always been History. I am an Assistant Proffessor of Psychology in North Eastern Ohio University College of Medicine.

Honest to God, that is a direct copy-and-paste! I didn’t edit it in any way! :) And this fine gentleman is writing an article trying to diagnose the President from a distance based on the President’s use of language — and Dr Sadeghian did so in an article showing little knowledge of language and grammar himself.

With a name like Abbas Sadeghian, I suppose it’s possible that English is not his first language. But, good grief, if that’s the case, get a freaking editor! And don’t criticize someone else’s use of language if you aren’t good with the language yourself.

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  1. With a name like Abbas Sadeghian, I suppose it’s possible that English is not his first language. But, good grief, if that’s the case, get a freaking editor! And don’t criticize someone else’s use of language if you aren’t good with the language yourself.

    Hell, use the freaking spell checker! But what can you expect from such a distinguished “Proffessor of Psychology”

  2. Recently I posted an article called the neuropsychology of George Bush on OpEdnews.com. There were a lot of responses to the article, mostly nice and some quite harsh. Some of my critiques, had focused on the the grammatical errors in the article.I would like to thank you for your encouragements and kind words. I should also thank all those who criticized me for the grammatical errors. I promise to be more careful next time, and make sure that there is proper editing. However, I hope every one is kind enough to keep in mind that English is my fourth language, and although I have lived in the U.S for thirty one years, I do make grammatical errors and this handicap is going to be with me as long as I am alive .Please remember that if you learn a new language in adult life you never lose your accent and will never incorporate the new language fully.

    My republican friends should remember that my Ph.D. is in Clinical Neuropsychology ,not English.I recieved my doctorate and my other degrees the old fashion way “I earned them”.I am not a C student from a MBA program, and my father did not have any thing to do with my acceptance to my university.
    It is true that I make gramatical mistakes when I write but my errors are only minor irritants .George Bush’s errors cause people to die.

    One last point that I should make is that I stand behind my analysis and conceptualization of Bush’s neuropsychological problems, and will be happy to debate that topic any time any where.

  3. Dr Sadeghian states that English is his fourth language, and that he is going to make grammatical errors even though he has lived in the United States for thirty-one years.

    I would not have criticized his article for its grammatical errors had he not been basing his purported analysis of President Bush, a man he has never examined and has probably never even met, on the President’s admittedly tortured syntax. Not only is that unreasonable, but the idea that a man who is unable to use proper grammar himself can judge another person on his grammar is rather strange: how would he know when the person he is judging really was making an error?

    The President has a rather tortured syntax, no doubt about that. Then again, so did his father, a clearly brilliant man.

    I assume that Dr Sadeghian earned his degrees legitimately, as he said that he did. But I find it ridiculous that he is belittling another person’s education, “I am not a C student from a MBA program, and my father did not have any thing to do with my acceptance to my university,” without knowing that person. It’s along the lines of our Democratic friends telling us how brilliant Al Gore and John Kerry were, when it turned out that they had poorer grades than George Bush in college, and Mr Gore managed to actually flunk out of Divinity School at Vanderbilt.

    Finally, the notion that a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology could diagnose a patient he has never examined, and probably never even met, is specious. It is not accepted medical practice.

  4. Dear Dana
    Thank you for your reply.The concept of rendering an openion on a patient based on his medical records,observations,or historical accounts is quite common and under certain cicumstances is acceptable in the courts.
    I published a book recently called “Sword and Seizure:Mohammad’s epilepsy and creation of Islam” which is available in all bookstores.
    The diagnosis of dyslexia is not a difficult one and many people before me had diagnosed the president with this condition.I just suggest that you should read the article and see if it makes sense.
    Regarding pesidents father, you are dealing with a totaly differnt person,he is a very inteligent person ,he is well read and I have never noticed any neuopsychological deficits in him.
    His methods of dealing with the end of cold war and his manner of handeling the first gulf war are testemony to his character and inteligence.
    Bush 41 and 43 are very different people.
    Abbas Sadeghian Ph.D.
    P.S.the term DANA in Persian means “Wise”.
    I thought you might like to know that

  5. Regarding pesidents father, you are dealing with a totaly differnt person,he is a very inteligent person ,he is well read and I have never noticed any neuopsychological deficits in him.
    His methods of dealing with the end of cold war and his manner of handeling the first gulf war are testemony to his character and inteligence.

    Actually, I would argue that it was Bush Sr.’s failures at the end of Desert Storm that helped lead to the situation we faced in 2003. Although the military campaign itself was brilliant, the aftermath was anything but. Apparently, after the “cease-fire” at the end of that conflict, Saddam’s generals asked for permission to fly their helicopters despite there having been established a “No-Fly” zone over Iraq. The request initially sounded reasonable, after all, we had bombed much of their infrastructure (roads, bridges) as well as their trucks, so using helicopters seemed a viable alternative for simply evacuating their people. Of course, what Saddam really did was use those choppers to massacre the resistance movements that kicked in after Saddam lost in Kuwait. And we Americans stood by like a bunch of dupes and just let it happen. Among other things, it led to the conclusion that:

    1) America was not a reliable ally when it came to helping an oppressed population overthrow an evil dictator. And,

    2) Saddam was totally untrustworthy, and would lie and deceive at every turn to hold on to his power base. Is it any wonder that nearly everyone just assumed he was lying about his WMD programs … ?

  6. ROTFLMAO! Here’s the “list” to which our dear Blubonnet referred us:

    147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
    132 Harry Truman (D)
    122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
    174 John F. Kennedy (D)
    126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
    155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
    121 Gerald Ford (R)
    175 James E. Carter (D)
    105 Ronald Reagan (R)
    098 George HW Bush (R)
    182 William J. Clinton (D)
    091 George W. Bush (R)

    Ya think whoever put this list together might be a little bit biased? They aren’t actual test scores, Blu.

    These aren’t real test scores, but some clown’s interpretation, affected by his own biases. Both George Bushes were graduated from Yale University, and the younger George Bush earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard; those ain’t powderpuff schools.

    Our Democratic friends have tried for years to try to portray George Bush as some kind of dummy, while Al Gore and John Kerry were supposedly brilliant. But it turned out that Mr Bush had slightly higher grades in college than either of those fine Democrats, and Mr Gore had actually flunked out of Divinity School and withdrew from law school.

    It was all Democratic propaganda, and y’all might as well drop it now; he can’t run again anyway.

  7. Dr Sadeghian wrote:

    The concept of rendering an openion on a patient based on his medical records,observations, or historical accounts is quite common and under certain cicumstances is acceptable in the courts.

    Did you have access to either President Bush’s medical records or have him under personal observation, or were you basing your diagnosis on videotaped clips, without any extensive and long-term observation?

    When I read your statement, I was reminded of John Gillingham, an historian who also holds a doctorate, and who wrote not one but two biographies of King Richard I, one (in 1973) in which he concluded that Couer de leon was homosexual, and one in 1978, in which he concluded that he was not.

    The same evidence, looked at by the same scholar, yielding two different conclusions.

    The diagnosis of dyslexia is not a difficult one and many people before me had diagnosed the president with this condition.I just suggest that you should read the article and see if it makes sense.

    No, Dr Sadeghian, it really doesn’t make sense. Again, you have people trying to make long-distance diagnoses. The problem with that is that George W Bush was graduated from both Yale and Harvard, and was an Air National Guard fighter-interceptor pilot. The notion that someone who has serious difficulties reading could earn an MBA from Harvard is strained to say the least, but the idea that someone with dyslexia could pass the battery of tests, which include visual acuity and fast reaction tests, required before the Air Force would ever let him fly an F-102 Delta Dart, is simply not believable.

    You certainly aren’t required to like President Bush or believe that he has taken the correct decisions as president. But disliking his decisions is hardly justification for long-distance diagnoses that run counter to the real tests he has taken. It is quite possible to believe that someone is wrong without trying to find him stupid or mentally deficient.

    I do, however, graciously accept your statement that “Dana” means “wise” in Persian. :)

  8. Dear Dana:
    I am delighted that you were gracious enough to accept the translation of your name in Persian. However, you are still being stubborn and continue to argue with me ,on a subject that is well known fact. So do as you wish. I have to go back to writing my essay on Shiites and Sunnies.
    I will just make a few comments for you and wish you luck defending the president.
    (1) Dyslexia could be over come, I have had patients who came up with their own ways of reading to be able to get good grades. There are many famous people who suffered from this condition [General Patton was a dyslexic, but learned how to become an avid reader].
    (2) President’s language deficits is not limited to dyslexia, he also suffers from malapropos (the misuse of words, like misunderestimate). The causes of both of these problems are in the left temporal lobe .People with left temporal lobe problems also manifest difficulty with their temper and hyper religiosity
    (3) I have been observing your hero for 6 years.
    (4) If you read my book on Prophet Muhammad you will see how one can diagnose a person’s neurological deficits 1500 years later,
    (5). President Bush’s score on his entrance examination for pilot school was at 25th percentile. That is the lowest grade acceptable to get admitted to the school.
    (6) In absence of the results of a standard IQ test the best estimate of persons general IQ is the person’s active vocabulary. The richer a persons vocabulary the higher their IQ (Churchill, Bush 41, Baker, Powell), the lower the number of words used in a persons vocabulary the lower the IQ (Dan Quale.Bush43).
    Abbas Sadeghian Ph.D.

  9. Dear Doctor;

    If I may do a little “long distance” diagnostics of my own, I suspect you’ve already formed a conclusion (Bush is dumb) and are now fishing for “evidence” to back up that conclusion. In proper science, it should work the other way around.

    Like Dana said, Harvard doesn’t just willy nilly hand out MBA’s to idiots. I suspect you are “misunderestimating” the man, based on your own personal politics, not objective science.

  10. Well, Blu, I followed the link and read the article. How interesting that the professor would remember so clearly someone he thought to be a terrible student.

    But what is even more interesting is what the article doesn’t tell you: it doesn’t tell you what grade the professor gave George W Bush for his class. After two internet pages of telling us what a dunce he was, how he expressed positions he couldn’t justify or defend, you’d have thought that the professor would have given Mr Bush a failing grade in his class.

    Yet, oddly enough, he didn’t mention the grade at all — and I have never seen any claims, anywhere, that Mr Bush ever received a failing grade in any classes he took in college, something that can’t exactly be said of his 2000 opponent, Al Gore.

  11. I did look for Mr Bush’s Harvard Business School grades on the internet, but couldn’t find them. Of course, I’m at work now, and can’t look very thoroughly. But he did receive his MBA, and that means he passed.

  12. Considering the complete disgust by Bush’s lack of decency, his grades seem beside the point. Also, if he got the grades, if impressive, my personal take is that, his lack of honor, I would not assume he got the grades in a legitimate way. But, like I said before, his wisdom is what would more impress me, and actually, he has none, and the Harvard professor made that clear.

    Also, Dana, thank you for reading that. It makes me appreciate that there are truly those here on this site that are sincerely here openmindedly willing to expand their knowledge, and discern. None of us have it all figured out, and I don’t claim to either.

    Bush’s dishonor seems a pretty solid argument by a 6 years record of misrepresentation and/or incompetence. Add his profits from the war along with all his friends to that. Not an admirable person at all.

  13. Also, Dana, the list of Presidents’ scores up there iare IQ scores. No one said they were any other ype of test score. It was a googled up report. Not a biased report from Stram, who merely brought the report to the commentary stream. So, if you dispute it, I imagine you could google up a different record of presidenteal IQs…??

  14. Well, it should be noted that in 2007, the most recent grade Bush has as President is F. What he has done to the country and the world is F***ed them.

    He is worthy of the Hague. I think a room would already made up for him, if justice was served. But this is not a movie, and movies are only where the good guy usually wins. This is where reality exiists and the guys with the money are usually the guys that win. Bush is their servant.

    I’m tired of having to live with such an attitude of disgust. I wish it were out of my state of mind and heart. If Bush were out of our Whitehouse, I and most of the rest of the country could be free of having to be so painfully angry.

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