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The world ALSO needs love, sweet love… It's the not only thing that there's just too little of...

You know it makes me sad that I never told MFM how much I loved his posts when he was alive

That bothers me a lot.

When these things become self-aware, we're all fucked….

I had this weird dream last night. At least I think that it was a dream...

Chris Christie is a symptom...

His promotion to a leadership position is a symptom of human nature's insistence to defer to authoritarianism.

It's actually a form of intellectual laziness at play. That brute force could be effective in running a society with positive ends. The problem is that people who think this way are quick to dismiss any potential problems from putting those authoritarians in charge.

And don't disregard the tribalism aspect of this issue. When people are willing to promote authoritarian leaders they fully expect those leaders to punish those that they dislike on behalf of themselves. If the leader becomes generally problemactic, incompent or corrupt, these intellectual dullards and partisans will be first to defend and excuse the behavior.

Authoritarian leaders become more problematic and ill-equipped to govern and effectively lead, given the larger the organization.

There is unwillingness to properly assess the overall negative impact of authoritarian leadership while that leadership is in power. You can credit fear of retaliation and direct and indirect intimidation for that.

Authoritarian leaders are always looking for their next victim, all the while, transferring the mantle of victimhood upon themselves in order to compensate for their egregious misdeeds and poor leadership.

They depend on the illusion of effectiveness through authoritarian actions to mask what they're really up to. Usually things that are ultimately self-serving. No one should expect that the primary motivating drive of an authoritarian is to be an egalitarian.

All in all, the book has already been written on authoritarians like Chris Christie. The problem, however, is the fact that so few people want to read it.

If Right Wingers could fly, they would only spin in a counter-clockwise direction

So it's no accident that these people are always so hellbent to turn back the clock.

This was the Thought For The Day. I now return you back to your regularly scheduled General Discussion.

Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water, 7 Year Old Drummer, Jonah Rocks


Lookout for the checklist

He's an idiot, it's no secret

I only have one bit of advice regarding BridgeGate...

Always remember that there's a double standard when when comes to Republican scandals and ones by Democrats. You can never make the mistake of equating the two.

The standard for Republican scandals will always be exponentially higher than the Democratic level, which in many cases becomes political poison even if there was absolutely no wrong doing at all.

Unless Christie is either removed from office or thrown in jail, it's safe to assume that he's still a viable nominee for 2016. Sure, Hillary or whomever would hand him back his ass on a silver platter in a national election. But Republicans couldn't be bothered at this stage to muster any outrage against him, unless they are particular GOPers who intend to run against him in a primary. And even some of those are holding their forked tongues.

I wish that people would quit saying that he's doomed, especially if those people are either Democrats or lefty pundits. The bottom line is that their opinions really don't matter. Instead, pay close attention to what GOP politicians and right wing pundits have to say on this Sunday's set of morning talk shows. It's still early, but make sure to note what they say about Christie from weekend to weekend.

If by this time next month the Righties aren't calling for Christie's head, or for some reason, Bridgegate falls from public attention and Christie is still in office, he would have successfully skated and is well on his way to being declared the GOP front-runner for 2016.

The only way to stop that from happening is for reporters to dig deeper, find Christie's smoking gun and wave it loud and clear in a way that even Republicans will all admit that his career hopes are in the sewer.

Otherwise, barring something like a health reason, don't count him out.
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