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Chris Christie: Sociopath

There is a subgroup of human beings that walk unnamed among us. They are called sociopaths or psychopaths. These individuals cause a great deal of pain to other human beings in the world through their cruelty, manipulation, deception and power plays.

Beth Rogers-Doll, Ph.D., “How to Recognize a Sociopath.”

As Chris Christie plows forward with his quest to control the free world, the time has come to revisit and give serious attention to the proposition that Christie is a sociopath.

From the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which clinically labels sociopathy as Antisocial Personality Disorder:

Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder frequently lack empathy and tend to be callous, cynical, and contemptuous of the feelings, rights and sufferings of others. They may have an inflated and arrogant self-appraisal and may be excessively opinionated, self-assured or cocky. They may display glib, superficial charm and can be quite voluble and verbally facile (e.g., using technical terms or jargon that might impress someone who is unfamiliar with the topic). Lack of empathy, inflated self-appraisal, and superficial charm are features that have been commonly included in traditional conceptions of psychopathy that may be particularly distinguishing of the disorder.

He’s not simply a narcissist, as often has been suggested. It’s actually much, much worse. Again, from the DSM:

Other personality disorders may be confused with Antisocial Personality Disorder because they have certain features in common. Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder share a tendency to be tough-minded, glib, superficial, exploitative and unempathetic. However, Narcissistic Personality Disorder does not include characteristics of impulsivity, aggression and deceit. Deceit and manipulation are central features of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Persons with Antisocial Personality Disorder are manipulative to gain profit, power or some other material gratification.

According to Dr. Rogers-Doll:

Criminal behavior is nothing to a sociopath who craves money and power. And although a number of sociopaths are in prison…there are just as many who never get caught at criminal activities. Still others live unethical and immoral lives….Though many sociopathic people are quite intelligent, they often overestimate their own intelligence. They often wind up in positions of authority, unfortunately, because they crave power over others.

So how do we spot a sociopath? Here are the common traits. You be the judge.

Sociopaths are extremely charming and charismatic. Their personalities are described as magnetic, and they generate a lot of attention and praise from others. Sociopaths are great orators.

Sociopaths have delusions of grandeur, and feel overly entitled to certain positions, people and things. They believe that their own beliefs and opinions are the absolute authority, and they disregard the opinions of others.

Sociopaths are rarely shy, insecure, or at a loss for words. They have trouble suppressing emotional responses like anger, impatience, or annoyance, and they lash out at others and respond hastily to these emotions.

Sociopaths are professional liars. They fabricate stories and make outlandish, untruthful statements, but are able to make these lies sound convincing with their confidence and assertiveness.

Sociopaths are incapable of experiencing guilt or shame for their actions. They rarely apologize for their behavior. While aware of the emotional, physical, and financial repercussions of their actions on others, they just don’t care. They pursue any action that serves their own self-interest even if it harms others.

Sociopaths are manipulative. They constantly try to influence and dominate the people around them, and tend to seek positions of leadership. They are only concerned with their own interests, and use compassion as a tool to manipulate others, but are not genuinely compassionate.

Sociopaths often respond to accusations regarding their behavior with threats, attacks, and excuses.

“The most shocking characteristic that we encounter in the mind of the sociopath,” writes Dr. Rogers-Doll, “is the lack of a conscience….Meanwhile, they manipulate others, destroy lives and wreak havoc.”

Sound like anybody we know?

When is a gift not a gift?

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Answer: When You’re the Governor of New Jersey.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, a trusted Christie insider, issued a formal legal opinion this week in which he determined that Executive Order 24 – which requires annual disclosure of gifts, etc. by the governor – only requires Christie to disclose gifts “received in return for performing some service, such as speaking at an event.”

The effect is that the Governor doesn’t have to reveal gifts from his many “friends,” including Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and Jordan’s King Abdullah and doesn’t have to suffer the consequences of his failure to disclose any gifts during his 5 1/2 years in office.

But there’s something missing from the Attorney General’s opinion; a subtle omission that could easily be overlooked while poring over the legal quagmire that passes for AG’s advice. And yet it’s so significant as to betray the fact that the opinion – rather than being independent legal advice – is nothing more than a ruse to protect Christie’s veil of secrecy:

PARCC Espionage – Let’s Do More!

In the Theater of the Absurd, what’s more absurd than the truth? Well, maybe the lawless chatter of 8-year-olds! Promoted by Rosi.

Tap Phones. Hack Emails. Bug The Little Bastards’ Bedrooms.

Earlier this week, veteran New Jersey education writer/editor Bob Braun broke the story that Pearson PLC, the developer of the new PARCC standardized test, has been monitoring students’ social media posts. As reported by NJ Spotlight:

In each case, Pearson confirmed that as part of standard security, it looks for students who may be divulging questions on Twitter or other public social media platforms.

Pearson and representatives of the PARCC consortium, as well as a spokesman for the state Department of Education, all defended the practice as necessary to maintain the integrity of the tests, and they said the monitoring is only of public sites and publicly available information.

A breach of PARCC, according to a statement from Pearson, includes any time someone shares information about a test outside of the classroom – from casual conversations to posts on social media.

Casual conversations? Sounds serious. But if loose lips on or offline have the potential to bring down a multibillion dollar test, why are they only monitoring public sites? Isn’t that like only watching for nuclear missiles lobbed at us from Mexico? Or only following Kim Kardashian on Snapchat?

The Difference Between Oregon and New Jersey

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Oregon Governor Announces Resignation Amid Ethics Scandal

Just one month after becoming the first Oregon governor to start a fourth term, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation in the face of ongoing investigations probing conflict of interest allegations involving the governor and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. Reports have emerged about how Ms. Hayes may have used her access to the governor to make money.

An ethics scandal…involving a close personal friend?!

The state attorney general’s office and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission continue to investigate.


The state attorney general’s office is investigating the governor?

The Government Ethics Commission is investigating the governor?

What kind of sick, twisted place is Oregon???

More Unreported Gifts: Did Christie Violate His Own Executive Order?

Diary rescue from Tuesday. Promoted by Rosi.

In April 2012, Jordan’s King Abdullah picked up the tab for a lavish three-day weekend in Kempinski, Jordan for Gov. Christie, his family and entourage. As reported by the New York Times:

The governor and two staff members who accompanied him came back to New Jersey bubbling that they had celebrated with Bono, the lead singer of U2, at three parties, two at the king’s residence, the other a Champagne reception in the desert. But a small knot of aides fretted: The rooms in luxurious Kempinski hotels had cost about $30,000; what would happen if that became public?

The jaunt to Jordan was the finale of a trade mission by Christie and family to Israel. According to The Times:

The private plane [for the trip], on which Mr. Christie had his own bedroom, had been lent by Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and supporter of Israel. At the time, he was opposing legislation then before the governor to legalize online gambling in New Jersey.

Executive Order 24, which was issued by Christie in April 2010, requires certain designated public employees – including the governor – to file annual financial disclosure statements detailing “all sources of income,” including all cash gifts of more than $100 and all non-cash gifts valued at more than $200.

The $6,000 Question: What’s Chris Christie Hiding?

Diary rescue from this weekend. Promoted by Rosi.

In September 2013, Chris Christie traveled to Texas, where he sat in luxury suite seats for a Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game with Cowboys’ owner and billionaire GOP donor Jerry Jones. As Christie related the story this month on his radio call-in show on New Jersey 101.5:

And I remember, over the summer of 2013, we were at the beach house one weekend, and I got a call from Jerry Jones. And he said “Listen, I can’t believe you’ve been a Cowboys fan all these years. I’m a big supporter of yours. I’m thrilled you’re a Cowboys fan. And I hope we get to meet some time. And I said, “Well, actually, I’m gonna be coming to Dallas in September to raise money for the Republican National Committee.” And he said, “Well, if we have a game that weekend, I hope you come.” And I did. I went that weekend with another friend, who brought me to the game.

Serious questions have been raised about Christie’s relationship with Jones and the possibility of improper political interference in the awarding of a lucrative Port Authority contract to Legends Hospitality, a company owned in large part by Jones. On March 19, 2013, Christie and NY Gov. Cuomo issued a joint press release announcing their selection of Legends Hospitality to develop and operate the observation deck at One World Trade Center, and they called on the Port Authority Board of Commissioners to approve the agreement at its meeting the next day.

Wanted: A Special Prosecutor

In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, who has no control over state prosecutors, was indicted on state criminal charges by a Texas Grand Jury investigating allegations that he had abused his power.  In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie, who has turned abuse of power into standard operating procedure, spends his days running around the country “not running” for president, gleefully untroubled by the notion of hard time in the state pen.

Here’s why.  Unlike the practice in most states, the governor of New Jersey gets to appoint the state’s attorney general.  Christie, for his part, has appointed trusted allies, and, despite denials, he has considerable control over what goes on in the attorney general’s office.  (Do we really think an attorney general appointed by Chris Christie would file criminal charges against him?)  And since the attorney general oversees the entire criminal justice system of the state, including the operations of the state police and county prosecutors, Christie essentially controls the entire law enforcement apparatus of the state.

As a result, there are no active criminal investigations into possible violations of state law by the Governor and his associates.  All investigations are being conducted by outside entities – the Manhattan District Attorney, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Attorney – none of whom have jurisdiction over violations of NJ law.  We even recently learned, thanks to the persistence of NJ Watchdog, that the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice went so far as to deep-six an investigation into allegations of serious pension fraud by Lt. Gov. Guadagno.…  We also are left with troubling unanswered questions about the role of the Christie administration in quashing a 43-count corruption indictment against the Hunterdon County Sheriff and two deputies with close ties to the administration.…

This is serious.  The people of NJ desperately need an independent special prosecutor to investigate potential violations of state law by the Governor and his associates.  I cannot overemphasize the significance and urgency of this point.  All indications are that the Governor, unlike the rest of us, is free to flout state law with impunity.  That is a deeply unsettling notion for a democracy, especially when the politician in question aspires to live in the White House.

However, if we have been misinformed, and Christie has nothing to hide, he should – to borrow a phrase from Richard Nixon – welcome this investigation.  After all, the people of NJ deserve to know that their governor isn’t a crook.

POSTSCRIPT.  Here, in advance, is the public explanation that Christie will provide in rejecting calls for a special prosecutor.  (We all know the real reason.)  1. “You can’t come up with a better question than that, jerk?!”  2. “A special prosecutor would duplicate work already being done by the attorney general’s office.”  3. “A special prosecutor would waste valuable taxpayer dollars [which are better squandered on my own legal defense team].”