The Narcissistic Personality is a personality disorder. It manifests itself as grandiose in its self-image. When in interpersonal group interactions, there will be lacking this grandiosity, and the personality will appear reasonable, patient even. In other settings, the Narcissistic Personality will display a profound lack of empathy which might manifest as wildly inaccurate interpretitions of other people’s speech and actions. The Narcissistic Personality believes that they are liked and respected despite a history of callous and exploitive personal interactions. When the narcissist is a parent, they are impossible to please, always right. There is a repetitive action of the narcissist to create shame in others.

When I read from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: 4th edition; 1994 a.k.a DSM IV of the American Psychiatric Association, what comes to mind are the pesonalities of some of the Fox news luminaries. How did Fox manage to hit the jackpot on narcissists? From the nightly anchors, to pundits and authors, it is quite a parade of the self-important, is it not?  O’Reilly and Hannity immediately come to mind. To hear their self-righteous litanies, one would think that they really do believe that they make the sun come up in the morning, shine upon whomever they deem deserving, and withdraw it from the unworthy with either a dismissive comment or bully-pulpit-pounding. It turns the stomach of most people who really do want to get true perspective.  

Everyone knows that Fox is deep into the administration, that it is a marvel that they are able to surface for the airing of their “earth-shattering” line-ups. What Fox has done is to have gotten so many attorneys on their staff, that they can confidently defame; exercising their freedom of speech to affect the political climate. They have educators, authors, and governmental has-beens who, when they sit on a panel to debate, use their oracles.  Many of them barely escaped jail terms for various misconducts, or either they have “traded-up” on spouses in order to have arrived at the peak of their game.

This Narcissistic Personality Disorder is running wild at the Fox News Network. It lends itself to the unwitting actually believing that their most loved personalities are right about everything that they say. Let’s face it- a narcissist cannot ever be wrong. If the truth rears its ugly head, they will get ugly and resort to smears just short of libel. Now, is the time to understand that it is not Fox News who makes the world turn, no matter how many times we are baraged  with the statistics of the superiority of their programs ( O’Reilly proports to have beaten out all the other news stations combined on any given day) Hannity will not affect this upcoming election no matter how many times we have to hear him say the same things over and over, or how he jumps on a new piece of news like a hungry coyote; dragging it around for days and days on end until he can find enough “experts” to agree with his analysis of how this news will change the election outcome.  I can imagine that Hannity’s “visions of sugar-plums” have everything to do with his bringing into the Fox lair the piece of vitriol that they can all gnaw on in hopes of deflecting the fact that Senator McCain is not an eloquent, energetic or inspiring candidate.

The Narcissistic Personality Disorder is difficult to treat. They usually do not seek treatment until the ego is shattered, rendering the personality incapable of continuing without intervention. Perhaps Fox News should have qualified therapists on hand to take care of their anchors and frequent guests. They will all need some help when the force that is driving the Democratic Party blows through and sweeps out the remnants of the indefensible, who now govern our country. This therapeutic process will be lengthy, as there are no quick fixes. Even if there were progress being made, the Narccissistic Personality would not be capable of acknowledging such progress since within their own minds it is everyone else who has the problem.

Alice Parris


I spent twenty- three years living in Arizona, primarily Scottsdale. Yes, the land of Senator McCain,  Sheriff Joe, photo-radar- on -the -freeway, and melanomas by the bushel. I moved to Arizona from Chicago when my sister relocated there. I didn’t know a thing about the state, then. When I first saw palm trees and idyllic sunsets, I was in absolute awe. This is the place that people who have some money come  to get away from the hustle of Chicago, New York, and other major cities. It is a rather transient place. It is difficult to find someone born and bred in Arizona unless you go to South Phoenix  (or at least as it was before bogus eminent domain planning stripped the people there of their land to give it to some developers-where some taken areas remain undeveloped to this day!) You can find many tribes with their reservations and casinos. You can also find second & third generation Mexican-Americans who own their own businesses and have given the state a strong work ethic.

I arrived at Christmas time, elated. By the summer, I felt as if someone had shoved my head into an oven, or that a giant blowdryer was focused on me. I had to visit the dermatologist quite often because of the effect that the radical heat and bright sunlight was having on my skin. It seems as if the heat was baking out impurities within my skin, erupting as acne. I never had acne before, even as a  teenager. I also had eczema which made my condition slightly complicated to treat. Too much chemical drying-eczema; too much moisture-acne. When one lives in the state of golf courses, tennis courts, and horses, there are alot of outdoor activities that can give fair-skinned people a problem. I know a man with a landscaping business, who has battled recurring melanomas for many years, always managing to catch a new case. There are necks out there that rival rough leather saddles, to be sure. My daughter-in-law is a redhead. She cannot go out into the sun without a sunscreen.  Sun bathing is absolutely out of the question. I also have an allergy to the sun!  So it was that I became one of Arizona’s finest vampires-LOL. I worked the night shift, slept during the day, and wore Raffia-fiber hats because I am allergic to sunscreen, as well as the sun. Everyone who lives in Arizona is told at some point that they need to always wear sunglasses so that the intense sunlight would not cause some vision problems due to burning out of retinas.

So in Scottsdale, I would see all of the Jaguars, Porsches, Mercedes, and BMW’s with beautifully-tanned women emerging from the driver’s seat with sun-streaked blonde hair and expensive sunglasses headed out to Scottsdale Fashion Square- Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.  Scottsdale is  the city who pioneered the on-the-freeway-flash-in-your-eyes-photo radar program. Now, make no mistake. There are photo radar areas everywhere in Scottsdale; at most main intersections, as well as photo radar police cars hidden in the brush to take photos of speeding vechicles when the speed limit changes by five m.p.h.  This is obviously a big source of revenue for the city of Scottsdale to the dismay of unwitting  “snowbirds” flocking to the pleasant winter weather playground.

Sheriff Joe’s Tent City is all too real in Phoenix. It is a massive tent outside that remains outside in 115 degrees.  It is quite a punishment for those who break the law. It is not known how many people have suffered from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, having done a stint in this special place. When someone arrives at Tent City, they are donned in pink-cotton-candy-colored boxers, pink slippers, and pink handcuffs.  When I was called to jury duty, I saw that Arizona is no place that anyone black could receive a jury of his peers. Hey, I was the only black person in this vast pool. I, then, understood what it meant to have an approximately 2% black population. I believe that Mike Tyson and DMX were quite foolish to move to Arizona. The judicial system is stacked against blacks by demographics.

Sedona, the hideout of Senator John McCain is the New Age capital of the United States. There are proported vortexes there, and thriving local businesses who capitalize on everything from spiritual guides to U.F.O’s. There are guides who will take you to the vortexes, as well as maps available to find them yourself.  Only people with money can afford this real estate. I would suspect that the reason that Senator McCain has a ranch in Sedona is not just because he can, and not for the “spiritual energy” asserted to be there, but because the temperature is usually at least ten degrees cooler which would be a plus for a melanoma survivor.

After a few years enduring the six-month-long summers, I hated Arizona with its ancient Native American curses, its Keating Scandal, its AZ-Scam sting operation, its bankrupt Governor Symmington, its Tent City, its rude newly-transplanted-from-back-Easterners, its phony eminent domain scams (which turned South Phoenix from predominately black into suburbs with white residents, gated communities, new schools and Starbucks with outdoor misters) I hated the way older white people looked at me when I went to Scottsdale’s Costco and asked me the disturbing question, “where were you born?” I used to wear colorful turbans as a reminder of “tignon law” that was enacted  by Spanish Governor Miro in Louisiana to make sure everyone knew who the “colored” women were.  I could wrap a scarf around my head in a hundred different ways. After 9/11, I had to take them off, and wear the simple “slave rag” I have been asked if I was Egyptian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Iranian, or anything “colored”  These questions were alright until after 9/11 and the illegal immigration issue began to cause discomfort. Funny thing, after leaving Arizona, moving to Nashville and returning to visit my children, I was returning from Nogales when a Mexican border patrol officer looked at my driver’s license and asked, “what state were you born in?” Had it not been for the fact that my husband has a chocolate complexion and that I was in the passenger seat, I am sure that I would have been pulled over at a check point about twenty to thirty minutes North of Nogales. Now, I do not ever want to go back to the state of melanoma. I do not want to get caught in the sweeping net of racial profiling, and I do not want to lose my temper. I do have a passport, of course, but it never stopped  judging eyes.

Golf-lovers, tennis players, horse-riders, swimmers, tanners, and retirees. You can have Arizona! Take it and its latent racism and swallow it whole. Slather on your sunscreen, keep your hands from being burned on the hot steering wheels, sit in those melting carseats, suffer those huge electic bills, live close to the Palo Verde nuclear plant, suffer from allergies from transplanted olive trees, avoid scorpions in the closet, watch out for black widows, drill traps for legendary subterranean termites in costly homes, keep your children from drowning in those expensive pools, let the casinos take your retirement income. You are welcome to it all!!!

Alice Parris