Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama

Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama What the hell was Bill O Reilly thinking Does this book have a thesis Does it have a point or purpose These thoughts troubled me as I endured the final pages of Pinheads and Patriots.The subtitle of the book, Where You Stand in the Age of Obama, is misleading After imprudently loaning a few hours of my life to O Reilly, I feel no closer to understanding Obama Honestly, the book is so scatterbrained and disorganized that precious little stuck with me There are a few interesting vignettes What the hell was Bill O Reilly thinking Does this book have a thesis Does it have a point or purpose These thoughts troubled me as I endured the final pages of Pinheads and Patriots.The subtitle of the book, Where You Stand in the Age of Obama, is misleading After imprudently loaning a few hours of my life to O Reilly, I feel no closer to understanding Obama Honestly, the book is so scatterbrained and disorganized that precious little stuck with me There are a few interesting vignettes outlining the foibles and follies of President Obama, but most of these are old news to anyone paying the slightest attention to current events.Even worse, O Reilly spends considerable time rambling about topics totally unrelated to the Obama presidency At the beginning of the book he wastes ink juxtaposing the patriot with the pinhead Very philosophical stuff If your brain is a rock The penultimate chapter is a long list of completely arbitrary historical and modern figures from politics and popular culture O Reilly labels each a patriot or pinhead His choices arepersonal than principled By what logic is Marilyn Monroe a patriot but Madonna a pinhead Why do these divas even matter to a political commentator What do they have to do with my place in the age of Obama Give me my money back O Reilly, you ancient Irish lunatic The singular chapter which piqued my interest also had nothing to do with Obama O Reilly spends some time analyzing the effect of technology on our nation s children He offers some valuable reflections on this point.A must read, if you enjoy festering inside Bill O Reilly s stream of consciousness Skip Pinheads and Patriots if you value your time and intellect Bill O Reilly does his usual schtick A shallow overview of various historical people and deciding whether they are pinheads or patriots I think he wrote this in a couple of hours off the top of his head. Television host, razor sharp political pundit, andbestselling author Bill O Reilly focuses in on where we all stand in the Age of Obama in Pinheads and Patriots In this brave, hard hitting, provocative volume, the author of Culture Warrior and A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity guides Americans through the extensive transformations sweeping their country and explains exactly what these profound changes mean for every one of us 1.5 to 2.0 stars Let me begin by saying that I like Bill O Reilly and agree with a number though not all of the positions he takes in this book That said, this book was a BIG disappointment Despite preaching to the choir on those matters on which I agree with his conclusion, I thought Bill s arguments were overly simplistic and did not provide the level of detail necessary to be persuasive I was reading it going come on Bill, you are on the right track now dig in a little and provide so 1.5 to 2.0 stars Let me begin by saying that I like Bill O Reilly and agree with a number though not all of the positions he takes in this book That said, this book was a BIG disappointment Despite preaching to the choir on those matters on which I agree with his conclusion, I thought Bill s arguments were overly simplistic and did not provide the level of detail necessary to be persuasive I was reading it going come on Bill, you are on the right track now dig in a little and provide some helpful analysis The analysis never came I did like the chapter in which Bill opines on people as being either pinheads or patriots as well as the transcript of the interview with then Senator Obama, which I thoguht was interesting Both of those saved the book from getting the dreaded 1 star rating Okay so in general I despise these kinds of books Some pompous ass on one side or the other of to political aisle telling me what is best for me O Reilly lays a great deal of emphasis trying to asert that he is an independent After reading this I have to say I am almostlikely to believe that the Pope is a Protestant first Don t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a Republican, ore a Democrat or whatever political persuasion you choose, but when you hide it in a book like th Okay so in general I despise these kinds of books Some pompous ass on one side or the other of to political aisle telling me what is best for me O Reilly lays a great deal of emphasis trying to asert that he is an independent After reading this I have to say I am almostlikely to believe that the Pope is a Protestant first Don t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a Republican, ore a Democrat or whatever political persuasion you choose, but when you hide it in a book like this the question has to be why For the most part after reading the book, I think it ishe is fooling himself He is kind of funny in a way He stresses how fair he is going to be and then turns around and proves that mostly he will be, but he does have an anti left slant Again not all that unexpected However he does some pretty confusing things when he starts talking about what makes someone a Patriot or a Pinhead I think he might need a new copy of Webster s His definition of a Patriot is someone who puts others ahead of themselves Ah what Did I miss something growing up What part of severing your Nation is involved in that definition By that definition the Pope is a Patriot, the current one that is And while he may be the King of the Vatican City, I don t think that his washing the feet of Prisoners on Easter makes him a Patriot A nice guy, a good Catholic, sure, Patriot no For an clear example of how unbalanced his view on this he decides that G HW Bush is a Patriot for what he did as President, but since he only has a small an unclear presentation of what that was it is kind of odd He completely ignores the fact that Papa Bush severed in WWII and was shot down I am surprised that the VFW hasn t written a massive protest on that definition Of course I just might have missed it His use of Pinhead can be fun sometimes as well He rags on Madonna for moving to England and adopting a faux British Accent And not giving enough of her money to non trendy charities This from someone that says things like how much money is too much, they earned it they can do with it what they want The one that really got me was the rant on an individual where he listed the reasons why he was a Pinhead and number one was the fact that he was an Atheist I have to say that even suggesting that someones religion, or lack thereof, has anything to do with whether or not someone is Pinhead, actually makes you one Religious fanatics are always a pain in the kester, since they are always arguing about whose God is the right one Hell just accept the fact that there are a bucket load of people out there that don t believe like you do and you will be much happier in life He also makes a big deal about wanting the government to be non intrusive and spend less money Then has the gall to suggest that the way to deal with illegal immigrants is for the Government to call up the National Guards of the various states involved Something that is both intrusive and spendy as hell Ignore how well it would or wouldn t do in regards to stopping illegals from coming into the country, calling up the National Guard of any state with affect the economy in two ways First most of those individuals have jobs, jobs that their employers have to hold for them for a certain amount of time Yep no economic impact there Top that off with the fact that now they are on the National Military salary, that means that the National Government has to spend the money to keep them in the field Something that states have wisely declined to do on their own And he points to this as his well thought out plan Makes me glad he is just a mouth piece for Fox News and not a government official All in all the book wasbalanced than any other in the genre I have read Which is faint praise indeed, but when you are running with the likes of Micheal Moore and Ann Coulter it is to be expected I would suggest if you are going to read a political viewpoint book, this one is a good one, just make sure that when you are done, before praising him and walking the line he puts forward, do the research and fact check him After all if he thinks that BP is actually a British Company some fact checking is in order I get the distinct impression that O Reilly wrote this book just to fulfill a publishing contract The book is 33% Bill giving you his subjective opinions of various people, 33% Bill riffing on whatever random topics pop into his head, and 33% filler Is Lassie the golden retreiver a Pinhead or a Patriot Read this book and find out Also included is a transcript of an interview O Reilly once conducted with Obama It might have been interesting IF the editors had fixed all the grammar and remove I get the distinct impression that O Reilly wrote this book just to fulfill a publishing contract The book is 33% Bill giving you his subjective opinions of various people, 33% Bill riffing on whatever random topics pop into his head, and 33% filler Is Lassie the golden retreiver a Pinhead or a Patriot Read this book and find out Also included is a transcript of an interview O Reilly once conducted with Obama It might have been interesting IF the editors had fixed all the grammar and removed all the stuttering and IF O Reilly hadn t interrupted every few seconds, thereby completely destroying the flow of the conversation PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS is a lazy effort from someone I know is capable of doing a whole lot better I especially hate the obnoxious title and goofy cover art, but I do appreciate that O Reilly tries to find some good in most of the people he talks about, including Obama Only in extreme cases does he designate people solely in the Pinhead camp Milking the Cash Cow Once Too Often , October 7, 2010Love him or hate him, Bill O Reilly has formulated quite a successful career out of being opinionated Having a perennially top rated program and a slew of bestsellers, the man commands attention The pinheads and patriots segment on O Reilly s television program can be amusing, annoying and thought provoking his book, however, falls flat The book sounds promising, but it fails to deliver anything new or exciting The first chapter s Milking the Cash Cow Once Too Often , October 7, 2010Love him or hate him, Bill O Reilly has formulated quite a successful career out of being opinionated Having a perennially top rated program and a slew of bestsellers, the man commands attention The pinheads and patriots segment on O Reilly s television program can be amusing, annoying and thought provoking his book, however, falls flat The book sounds promising, but it fails to deliver anything new or exciting The first chapter seemed to hold promise for what was to come O Reilly assigns pinhead or patriot status to the current President s handling on the hot issues , including the War in Afghanistan, the BP oil leak, health care etc To make things fair, even George W Bush gets the P and P treatment from O Reilly Unfortunately, as opinionated as O Reilly is known to be, the kid gloves assessment of both Bush and Obama comes across as pandering and predictable Predictability and pandering are recurring themes throughout the book as O Reilly rehashes his opinions on the same issues and people that he s been lauding or slamming on his television show for years Nothing new or exciting is revealed in Pinheads and Patriots and, as usual, O Reilly s strong position in the beginning of an argument is often tempered later in order to appear fair In my opinion, the biggest flaw in the book is that O Reilly doesn t start rattling off the list of pinheads and patriots until halfway through his book and once we get there, it bombs Prior to the P and P list the reader is required to devour the author s opinions on the same topics we hear about day in and day out Actually the first half of the book would be better off being part of another book altogether The actual listing of pinheads and patriots is extremely disappointing as O Reilly cherry picks a handful of Presidents, celebrities and pot stirrers and glosses over either the highlights or lowlights before assigning the appropriate P The list is fairly predictable, as is O Reilly s assessment of those listed What s missing The recipe that makes the television segment so popular, that s what The television show delivers a little bit of everything from a crass Roseanne Barr incident to an average citizen committing a selfless, heroic act The book needs variety and interesting, exciting subject matter like the segment of O Reilly s show delivers With all the pinheads and patriots he s branded over the years, I would have thought his book would have includedthan Carter, Reagan, Madonna and Willie Mays While I was disappointed with the core of O Reilly s book, I would be remiss to ignore what I thought was the book s biggest asset the final chapter, a transcript of O Reilly s interview with Obama before the 2008 election In addition to the transcript which includes every stutter and um , O Reilly inserts updates on several of the topics discussed to illustrate whether or not the President succeeded or failed to deliver on his promises This particular chapter, although oddly out of place with the book s pinhead and patriot theme, is very revealing Overall, Pinheads and Patriots falls short in that it doesn t come close to being as entertaining as the the television segment This book s contents and it s release date appear to be nothingthan a cheap bestseller opportunity for the author to capitalize on the vitriolic political atmosphere accompanying the coming mid term elections With the exception of the Obama interview transcript, Pinheads and Patriots is a disappointment I was really disappointed with this book While I don t always agree with Bill O Reilly, I usually find him extremely entertaining My first problem with this book is the subtitle Pinheads and Patriots Where You Stand in the Age of Obama He doesn t really have much to say about how all this effects us This book is basically an extension of short segment at the end of his television show While it works as a very short television show segment, it doesn t work well as a 242 page book Mr O R I was really disappointed with this book While I don t always agree with Bill O Reilly, I usually find him extremely entertaining My first problem with this book is the subtitle Pinheads and Patriots Where You Stand in the Age of Obama He doesn t really have much to say about how all this effects us This book is basically an extension of short segment at the end of his television show While it works as a very short television show segment, it doesn t work well as a 242 page book Mr O Reilly spends some time explaining his definitions of Pinheads and Patriots He insults a critical readers intelligence by finding the need to explain that no one is perfect and that even a patriot can have moments of pinheadedness Then he proceeds to tell us in what ways he believe President Obama is a pinhead Most of his arguments are known by anyone that has watched his show or is willing to receive news fromthan one source and really pays attention to what the man promised, what he says vice what he does and has not done In otherwords, Mr O Reilly points out the obvious and he doesn t like most of what he has seen from the President on balance To make sure I am honest with this review he does point out the items he beleives that President Obama has done well, but on the balance he is not a fan He then goes through famous historical figures and celebrities and proceeds to tell us where they fit on the Pinhead or Patriot scale Finally he wraps up the book with the transcript of his interview with President Obama during the Presidential Campaign That was the most interesting part of the book to me He has candidate Obama s exact words, with Mr O Rielly s comments on how the then candidates promises have turned out up to the time of the writing of this book Overall I am not in the least bit impressed with this latest offering from Mr O Reilly offering I like Bill O Reilly, on the whole, but I don t always agree with him Some of you who have read other reviews and comments by me will know that I am of a somewhat conservative mind set If you are under the impression the O Reilly is a so called died in the wool conservative, then you don t know him He is abrasive, confrontational, very self assured and does his best to be fair Personally I believe he s incorrect in some of his beliefs and assumptions, and correct in others That s I like Bill O Reilly, on the whole, but I don t always agree with him Some of you who have read other reviews and comments by me will know that I am of a somewhat conservative mind set If you are under the impression the O Reilly is a so called died in the wool conservative, then you don t know him He is abrasive, confrontational, very self assured and does his best to be fair Personally I believe he s incorrect in some of his beliefs and assumptions, and correct in others That s what this book and others like it areopinion and defense of opinion After all, if you don t believe you re right correct why do you hold a given opinion This is an interesting book dealing largely with President Obama but also discussing Mr O Reilly s take on other people both historical and contemporary It s a fairly cogent take on things and even if I don t agree with the author I find his opinions somewhat understandable.I have one niggle I found a couple of possibly minor factual errors for example he says Audie Murphy was drafted Murphy tried repeatedly to enlist and finally with his sisters help managed to enlist at 17 He also stated that General Eisenhower didn t sack General Patton Actually he did sack Patton but later gave him another command under his old second in command General Bradleyjust a couple These are not big and do not take away from his overall take on these people or others but I think fact checking would have increased the books credibility.But to use the same word again overall I like the book and can recommend it Even if you think you will disagree, consider trying it The transcript of the interview with the president and his actions since the interview alone make worth the time.Also if you haven t watched, listened to or read Mr O Reilly before, but think you know about him from third party sources read it for yourself He might surprise you He s not my favorite commentator, but as I said I believe he does his best to be open minded and evenhanded 4 stars I read this in an afternoon It s an easy read not only because O Reilly has a casual style but there is nothing in here that is very heavy If you watched his TV show you pretty much know every thing here Even though I may be risking my hard earned liberal credentials, I actually like Mr O Reilly Yes he is arrogant I ve been called thatthan once myself He can also be a bully which is my main complaint concerning his TV presence Yet, while he is in most ways a traditional conservativ I read this in an afternoon It s an easy read not only because O Reilly has a casual style but there is nothing in here that is very heavy If you watched his TV show you pretty much know every thing here Even though I may be risking my hard earned liberal credentials, I actually like Mr O Reilly Yes he is arrogant I ve been called thatthan once myself He can also be a bully which is my main complaint concerning his TV presence Yet, while he is in most ways a traditional conservative he does not descent into the mindless realms of Hannity and Coulter He will even occasionally admit GASP when the other person has a good point That makes him the fairest of all Fox News personalities even though I agree with Jon Stewart in his comment that saying Bill is fair is like calling him the thinnest kid at Fat Camp O Reilly tries to be fair with Obama in this book, as most of it deals with our current president, and in most cases he is I even agree with a few of his criticisms The bottom line is Bill is a conservative and will never see eye to eye with a liberal president Yet he rarely descends to name calling and hate mongering.The most fun part of the book is O Reilly s takes on who is a pinhead and who is a patriot Some of the answers may surprise you Whether you agree or not, this is a fun quick read I ended up giving it three stars but frankly I expect a political opinion book such as this to make me think a little


About the Author: Bill O'Reilly

Bill O Reilly s success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched The iconic anchor of The O Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non fiction books including the historical Killing series Mr O Reilly currently has 17 million books in print Bill O Reilly has been a broadcaster for 42 years He has been awarded three Emmys and a number of other journalism accolades He was a national correspondent for CBS News and ABC News as well as a reporter anchor for WCBS TV in New York City, among other high profile jobs Mr O Reilly received two other Emmy nominations for the movies Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus He holds a history degree from Marist College, a master s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another master s degree from Harvard s John F Kennedy School of Government Bill O Reilly lives on Long Island where he was raised His philanthropic enterprises have raised tens of millions for people in need and wounded American veterans.http us.macmillan.com author billor


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