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We've had a lot of talk about "Culture" lately. We've had would-be MS Tea Party Senate Candidate McCarthy argue that Hip Hop culture is driving up Gun Violence, in Canada. Gun Violence in Canada is still merely a fraction of that in the U.S., but let's not quibble.  The premise here is that beyond the choices and actions of a particular individual in a particular situation, there can be a culture of permissiveness for violent and hateful actions that can act as an enabling factor in the eventual outcome.

So most today are looking at Chris Christie in the wake of the revelations that his deputy chief of staff was engaged not only in a petty act of partisan retribution against a political rival, but also a massive cover up of that action so effective that the Governor himself was left clueless and in the dark about the entire thing until the revealing emails hit the press while he was working out yesterday.  Or maybe the day before, or something.

Yet what we already knew about Christie was that he was a bully.  That tendency to bash his ideological opponents into powder was one of the main things that made Christie popular among the GOP in the first place, even though it may now appear to be the first hymnal in his epitaph.

When we look at this picture of Christie rallying at a Teacher with the temerity to challenge his policies - it's not just the raw rage of his own face that is the most striking.

Just look at the uncontrollable GLEE on the face of the staffer his wife standing right next to him. That is the most revealing about the culture that he, and in larger context the GOP, has been fostering in this country for several years now.  

They just LOVE IT when they're DEM Bashing.  Can't get enough of it, no matter who else it hurts in the process. And that's the bigger point, isn't it?

Beyond what Christie knew and when he knew it, this is going to be his standing legacy, because he's shown time and time again - THIS is who he truly is.

Teacher: How are your reforms going to help the middle-class when so many middle-class teachers have been laid of this year, and so many have been spending money out of their pockets for programs that were originally paid for by the school district.  This Administration has done nothing but lambast us, and I feel this administration has alienated so many people with your rhetoric that we are "bilking the state" when I'm a tax payer, and because of the budget cuts you've implemented I'm going to have a hard time paying this year.

Christie: Well, a few things, first of all I have not lambasted the public school system. What I have lambasted..

[Teacher Rolls her Eyes and reacts with incredulity]

Christie: Oh listen, let's start with this, I stood here an very respectfully listened to you. If you want to put on a show and giggle every time I talk, well then I have no interest in answering your question. So if you'd like to ...

[Crowd applauds, Christie pauses for effect]

Christie: So If you'd like to conduct a respectful conversation, I'm happy to do it. But if you don't please go and sit down and I'll answer the next question.

Christie then went on to explain that the school budget cuts where all President Obama's and previous Democratic Governor John Corzine's fault.  Because y,know - of course they were, how dare someone roll their eyes at him for saying it's all because of Democrats while he clearly had nothing to do with it and naturally his administration actually gave more to the New Jersey public schools than the previous administration.

Yeah, and if you believe that I've got a GW Bridge on sale...

Another example: Christie vs. the Vet.

Former Navy Seal/Law Student: Governor.  I'm a veteran. I'm a Rutger's student. I know that every one of my friends in the military, no matter what state they're from, respects the fact that I go to Rutgers.  It's also true that all of my friends in the military, no matter what state they're from, have never heard of Rowan...   I don't understand why you would limit oppurtunities for non-traditional students like myself in Southern New Jersey. My question for you Governor is: please consider non-traditional students and veteran students like myself who are proud to consider [Rutgers] home.

Christie: Sure. What year are you in?

Student: I'm a second year law school student.

Christie: Couple of things, first of all. For the plan that we have, maybe you're aware, or not aware of what we're talking about. I put forward a plan to merge Rutgers/Camden with Rowan University.  Why am I proposing to do this? Before I get to that, I want to talk about a few things that we're going to do for current Rutgers students.  Anybody whose at Rutgers now, will graduate with a Rutgers degree.  So if you're a second year law student at Rutgers/Camden you're going to graduate with a Rutgers Law Degree.

[Student begins to respond, inaudible]

Christie: I understand, I get ya, huh? Well listen, we're not going to get into a debate here. I listened to you, you're unhappy about it. You don't want Rutgers to merge with Rowan, under any circumstances? Well, here's what's going to happen, Rutgers is going to merge with Rowan. And here's why.. here's why...

[Student responds again, inaudible]

Christie: Hey listen. pal. Either - I sat here and listened to your position - excuse me - without interruption - If You decide what you want to do is PUT ON A SHOW TODAY let me tell you I can go back and forth with you as much as you want.  Yeah, well listen, what I'm doing is providing opportunities for a bigger and better University.

[Student Argues, also inaudible].  

Christie: Well, you're wrong about that. You don't represent everybody at Rutgers and you don't speak for everybody at Rutgers. I'm not gonna get into a debate with.. do you want to hear the answer or no? Do you want to hear the answer or no? Cuz I'm not gonna - I've heard you. Ok, next question. [Christie walks away, crowd begins to applaud] And let me tell you something, after you graduate from law school you conduct yourself in a courtroom that way your rear-end's gonna get thrown in jail, Idiot.

In this imaginary courtroom, Christie seems to have elected himself to be both Judge and Jury, rather than a hostile witness who doesn't respond to the questions being put to him.

Could you imagine, just imagine if the President ever, Ever treated a U.S. Veteran like this during a Q&A?  Woo boy. Yet he gets heckled with "You Lie" during a joint session of Congress and peppered with bogus questions during an announcement that wasn't even a Press conference, and still manages to keep his cool and his composure.

And it's not like Christie was ever apologetic for any of this.  When asked about being "Confrontational" by a Reporter this is how he responded.

Reporter: Governor, do you think this type of confrontational tone will increase your odds of getting this measure through the legislature?

Christie: Y'know Tom, You must be the Thinnest Skinned Guy in America. If you think that's a confrontational tone, you should really see me when I'm pissed [Note the giggling staffers in the background]  That's not confrontational. Alright? So, I love when people say they don't want to have argument [Y'mean like YOU PAL in the last two clips?]  That's what we were sent here for.  They believe in certain things, they believe in bigger government, higher taxes, and more spending.  Here it is, bigger government, higher taxes, more spending.  I believe in lower taxes, lower spending, and empowering local officials who were elected by their citizens to be able to fix their problems. That may lead to a disagrement or two. [Yes, especially when you chose to "Empower" them, by Defunding them.]

Now, I could say it really nicely. I could go back to the last administration and say it in a way you wouldn't even understand it. [Laughter, cuz it's always funny to bash Democrats for daring to be smart, or literate.] But the Fact of the Matter Is, This is Who I Am, and this is who the people elected.

And Conservatives Loved him for it.

He was like a Male Sarah Palin who could actually string comprehensible sentences together.  Just look at the New Republic Article on how Christie would be a Disaster for Liberals. because the fact that he's a social moderate would "soften" the edges of his fiscal conservatism.

 This Shit Is what he was known for.

At least it was up until the point that Christie decided for once, not to be DICK to the President of the United States when he came to offer his help to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  And then Convertives started saying he was a RINO, a "Closet Liberal" simply because he couldn't let his own state suffer in the process of Sticking it too Obama.

So of course, Christie had to later find some other way to stick it too Obama because how could he be a real Republican or Conservative without doing that? Everybody knows what happened to Charlie Crist, yes? And Lincoln Chaffe. And Arlen Specter.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of getting too cozy with President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy.

But during a visit Friday to a Republican stronghold for one of his regular town hall meetings, the governor went out of his way to put some distance between himself and the Democratic president.

Before taking questions from the public, Christie spoke about the problems in Washington, appearing to place most of the blame on Obama.

"We look at Washington, D.C., and we shake our heads in wonder at a president who can't figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they're doing," he said.

Referring further to those low approval ratings, Christie said "that's what happens when you don't have a leader at the top."

This guy is and has always been a Partisan Bully.

How could members of his staff think it wouldn't be alright to pull this three-day traffic prank on the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee? HOW COULD THEY NOT?.

How could they not behave this way when even Jeb Bush - the supposed moderate - has to wonder aloud on twitter if the President closed the Vatican Embassy just to get Pay Back at the anti-Obamacare Nuns?  Because that's the level of behavior they project on to Democrats when they aren't in position to twist things to their political advantage the way that Karl Rove's office manipulated the firing of Bush U.S. Attorney's who weren't sufficiently Partisan, and Lorita Doan at the GSA who helped manipulate government resources to help Republican Political Operatives in direct violation of the Hatch Act.

They can't imagine that Obama doesn't operate on this kind of petty level, it's beyond comprehension that he' snot as partisanly bigoted as they are, which explains their obsessions with Nontroversies like "Fast and Furious", "IRS-Gate" and "Benghazi" which have no connection to the White House, let alone the President. If he behaved like a Republican [Bush, Bob McDonnel, John Ensign], there would be some meat on those bones of government abuse and corruption, but he's not and there isn't.

I mean seriously, haven't we seen years of deliberate and obvious Republican Obstruction and Sabotage coming from the Hill?  Don't we currently have dozens of Republican Governors who refuse to accept a fully paid for Medicaid Expansion that would give 5 Million People Heath Care?

How many of them, have had the fortitude of character to show even the momentarily lapse into comity or good grace that Christie demands of anyone who would questions him, but only himself displayed briefly after Hurricane Sandy devastated his State?

The idea that Christie would defy this stand, and allow for the Medicaid expansion in NJ, annoys conservatives.

Governor Christie is taking action to expand health care coverage for New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens through Medicaid. New Jersey already has one of the most expansive and generous Medicaid programs in the nation, including the second highest eligibility rate for children. Expanding Medicaid will mean that more New Jerseyans at or near the poverty line will have access to critical health services, while saving New Jersey taxpayers approximately $227 million in fiscal year 2014 alone.

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In fact when the Democratic Legislature moved to make this expansion permanent, Christie threatened to Veto it, a veto which the Democrats overrode - leaving us exactly where they were Christie started after all the dust cleared. Christie gets to Veto Healthcare and bolster his conservative bona fides, but Medicaid gets expanded anyway.  So goes the Kabuki Theater.

But in the midst of all this posturing and jockeying and fulminating, a tone gets set.  A tone of "No Holds Barred", "Take No Prisoners", and there is NO LEGITIMACY to the Oppositions Position.

As we see here:

"They believe in bigger government, higher taxes, and more spending."
This is a classic conservative fallacy.  The ultimate straw-man, that the Democratic and even the Liberal Position is to grow Government, just to have bigger Government.  That the goal from those who wish to implement and expand various government programs is to Foster and Spread Dependency on those programs and hence a perpetual stream of votes from those who benefit from them.

But That's. Just. Crazy.  It's only natural to expect that in exchange for our trust and our tax dollars, we get a government that can get shit that needs doing done, as opposed to one that can't, or simply won't.  We all should want good government, not fucked up dysfunctional government.  Yet Republicans seem to prefer the latter, because being the Chief Engineer on a Rolling Train Wreck seems to give them a big, giant, Happy for some reason.

The alternative from Conservatives we hear constantly is that all our solutions to all our problems need to come from the "Free Market".  However, we have had well over 100 years to see just how a free and unregulated market handled poverty and inequality and I think it's pretty fair to say that as of a century ago It Failed Miserably as we fell into the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

People like Rand Paul or Paul Ryan would like to argue that only through lower taxes would the engines of social charity be unleashed to protect the interests of the poor, yet that doesn't explain why so many nations with taxes higher than our own, give so much higher percentages of their money and time to charity because America only ranked 13th on the Index of World Giving in 2010, whereas in the latest report America now Ranks at #1 (pdf) which is the first report since the tax were raised on those earning more than $450,000 per year.

Here's a basic Tip the GOP has never figured out, when taxes go up on the Rich, they give more to Charity because doing so increases their deductions and lowers their overall tax burden. When you lower their taxes, they sit on the money and try to hatch it to the tune of $4 Trillion offshore accounts and corporate profits.  They don't start businesses, they don't create jobs. The money sits and does nothing.  We don't have to guess about this, we can count.

GOPers have continued to argue their Laffer Curve delusion that lowering taxes brings in greater revenue.  Well here is the Revenue to GDP chart for the last few decades.  

Graphic shows change in federal tax receipts from 1980 to
Their Math, Simply Doesn't Work.

First you have the Big Dip when Reagan initially cut taxes in the 1980's and started us into a Deficit Slide. Then you notice the second BIG DIP right after 2000?  That was when Bush's first tax cut went into effect.  Then the Third Small Dip in 2003?  That's his second cut.  And then the GIANT DIP in 2008-2009?  That's the economy tanking on George W Bush and the Conservative Congresses watch.

It's one thing to argue that people should be more self-sufficient, it's another to take the tools of their being able to implement that self-sufficiency out of their hands.  The GOP oppose raising the minimum wage which is just about the only way that first line workers are able to raise their income vs. the ever rising cost of goods and services.  They opposed Pell Grants and Loan Guarantees that help people pay for school and get a chance at a better job.  They oppose worker safety and compensation. We have Republicans currently arguing that we should no longer have a Weekend and that Kids should start working at AGE 11!.

Because, Y'know, have we no Work Houses for the obviously Idle Poor?

They relentlessly bash Teachers and Public Worker Unions - as Christie has shown - because how can we possibly have people in the public sector earning a decent living? Clearly that has to stop because private companies might have to try and compete and provide equally good pay and benefits to their workers, and we can't have THAT anymore. Nooo.

Private Industry is motivated by it's own self-interest and the short term quarterly profit of it's stockholders, not the long-term well being of it's employees, nor their customers, nor the public good.  It has never, and will not be able to serve the needs of the poor - nor will individual charitable giving close that gap.

The reality is that Government programs have to close that gap or it doesn't get closed.

The Poverty programs began by President Johnson have not been prefect, and certainly not 100%% successful but they've been a darn sight better than the reverse, which is to do nothing.  Millions of Elderly have been lifted out of poverty and destitution or else a life of working themselves to death by Social Security.  Their lives have been saved again and again by access to Medicare.  The same is true of the Unemployed and the Poor with Medicaid, CHiP and SNAP, but all Republicans can do - is try to gut and cripple these programs, because only after they are rendered ineffective and inert will those mystical magical free market reforms appear and make everything all glowy and happy in exactly the way they never have been before.

There has been nowhere that they can point to where their so-called "Free-For-All Market" has produced the results they claim that it will, because it can't, it never has and it never will.  Saying so isn't "anti-Free Market", it's just admitting the reality of it's limitations, just as government has it's own limitations.

We all know, or should know, that an estimated 45,000 Americans are dying every year from lack of Affordable HealthCare, yet what has been the Republicans raison d'tre for the past 3 years?  Block, Sabotage and Repeal the Only Significant Health Care Bill that has passed in the last 40 years, then - for most of them-  block the Medicaid expansion leaving 5 Million Americans out in the cold. And somehow they don't think is going to have a negative affect on anyone? Please, even they aren't that deluded.  They know it's going to cost people's lives, they just don't care because most of those people - they think - are Democrats.

And so, when we read the emails about Children stuck in traffic unable to get to school being something a Christie Staffer and Appointee wonders "Is it wrong that I'm Smiling?" should we be shocked or surprised because it seems to me, as they block judicial appointees, cabinet and department nominees for years, as they threaten to smash through the debt ceiling, take us over the fiscal cliff and yet again block the extension of Unemployment insurance payments for the long-term uninsured - they certain don't seem to be able to contain much of their maniacal glee.

They're just like those Christie staffers and/or spouse with the huge wide Joker Grin, because why in the end should they really care - those are probably nothing more than "Obama Voters" out there suffering anyway, right? So who cares about them?  No matter how much they claim to "Love America" the GOP repeatedly shows how much they hate nothing so much as their fellow Americans if they have the bold, outrageous temerity to be - Democrats.

This latest scandal with Christie's staff is nothing new, it's just more of what we've been seeing for years, every since Frank Luntz and Newt Gingrich transformed the Republicans into the Party Of Hate.

But I don't hate Republicans, I feel sorry for them - but I'm pretty darn sure they hate me simply because, I'm not Republican.



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  •  Tip Jar (118+ / 0-)
  •  In the first picture (15+ / 0-)

    I think that's his wife, but the feeling is the same.

    My children are the joy of my life

    by Tom Stokland on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 09:31:30 AM PST

  •  Party of hate? In some cases. Party of anger? (24+ / 0-)

    In most cases.  There's a lot of extremely angry people in our country, and they're predominantly white men, usually, but not always older.

    Republicans have tapped into this group.  I challenge anyone to come up with a liberal equivalent of Ann Coulter, someone who is admired by a large portion of Republicans for being as insulting as possible.  Plus there's talk radio, full of angry screaming conservatives.  Again, where's the progressive equivalent?  Nowhere.

    In the long run, I feel sorry for these people because anger and hate are destructive emotions if allowed to dominate one's life.  But in the short run, I feel sorry for my country because these people are doing a lot of harm to it.

    •  If you listen to conservatives (18+ / 0-)

      which I don't recommend, they would say all that anger and hate is here.  O'Reilly has said exactly that when Hillary Clinton attended Netroots Nation.  They would also say it's at MSNBC, which is how they characterized Melissa Harris-Perry mis-steps on Keiran Romney.  They would say it about GLAAD (and did) when they criticized Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. Of course, all of that is false equivalency, none of those people - or us - have ever tried to genuinely hurt someone out of partisan spite.

      But they have.  Many times.

      •  Did you happen to see Melissa's apology at the (0+ / 0-)

        start of her show last week-end?
           She was so upset about even the appearance of being hurtful that she was in tears in delivering it.
           She was most certainly coming from a loving place and it was a beautiful thing to behold.

        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:04:10 PM PST

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    •  You need to read more right-wing sites (15+ / 0-)

      They have hated "Dims" and "Libs" since the beginning of the Bush II administration, if not before. Over the past twelve years, their contempt has grown past mere hatred and anger to outright eliminationism.

      When you characterize an entire 50% of the nation's citizenry as "traitors" who are not "real Americans," and who are actually destroying the country, you find that you easily advocate their loss of the vote, at the very least. Voter suppression of Democrats and minorities is not only justified but advocated. You will even see call for the outright jailing of Democrats and for the stripping of their citizenship.

      The most fanatical call for the use of the Patriot Act to place Democrats into re-education camps, and for the execution of Democratic and Progressive leaders for treason. It is not hyperbole; they are dead serious.

      They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

      by Louise on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 10:54:40 AM PST

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      •  Which is why we *must* reject the whole (1+ / 0-)
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        "violence is never an option" stupidity.

        That misguided philosophy is a blank check to those who would do violence against us, and we already know that they have done violence against us, and in countless ways.

        Violence must always be the final option, but it must be an option, and must be legitimately discussed and considered in the face of imminent attack with intent to do harm.

        Republicans have, for decades now, wished to attack and do physical harm.


        •  And to those uncomfortable (2+ / 0-)
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          with what I've just written,

          and acknowledgement of the truth of my words is why we have a standing army.

        •  There is a significant difference between (0+ / 0-)

          initiating violence, if only in response to con-compliance, and imposing restraint on perpetrators of violence.
          A lot of it depends on the sequence of events. That's a problem for the instinct-driven who respond to imaginary prompts out of an excess of fear.

          In Iraq, the U.S. initiated violence in 2003. Harkening back to what Saddam Hussein had done many years prior was a bogus attempt to justify the unjustifiable. Granted, Hussein was non-compliant in that he refused to let the U.S. in to set up permanent military bases to facilitate providing "stability" for the Eastern hemisphere. But, a sovereign people are entitled to be non-compliant when someone demands access to their lands.

          Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

          by hannah on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:57:01 PM PST

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        •  if - and a big if (1+ / 0-)
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          We have to much more judicious and thoughful if and when we reply in kind:
          the republicon police state is trying to incite violence from us so as to be excused to be breaking our heads;
          we need to fight on our timing and our terms, not theirs. Also, we don't want to become like the thugs that we're fighting....

          “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

          by ozsea1 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 03:49:10 PM PST

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    •  Does the mosquito hate its warm-blooded prey? (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think so. Mosquitos aim to consume blood to survive and reproduce. There is no emotion involved, just a self-centered drive. Ditto for predatory humans. Though cannibalism is peculiar and ultimately destructive of the species, in humans it may well be the only option when there is a disconnect between instinct and the cognitive functions that enable most humans to connect, share and care for their own kind.
      The origin of that disconnect? Who knows? perhaps it grows out of the difficult birth process which results from the conflict between a restricted pelvis and increasing cranial size.

      When one considers their behavior objectively, the behavior or predatory humans is pretty much the same. That some are in prison and other are in official positions is largely a consequence of their differing elocutionary skills. Individuals endowed with a gift for gab cannot only talk themselves out of the slammer, but manipulate the law to make their criminal behavior legal.
      This is not new. Slave holders managed to get their exploitative posture enshrined in the Constitution. And it's taken us a damned long time to get that legal tangle undone, even as various other exploitative strategies hang on in more symbolic form.
      But, as the line between adulation and antagonism is thin, so is the line between care and exploitation. And legal efforts persist. One of the latest developments, for example, can be found in the definition of agency and the effort to make self-dealing a matter of prior-consent. That is, the agents obligation to provide service and care can transition into self-dealing at any time, if the assignment of authority provides for that ahead of time.

      Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

      by hannah on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:43:17 PM PST

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  •  Tipped & rec'ed (5+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 09:45:37 AM PST

  •  The press is finally getting all worked up (26+ / 0-)

    over the Republican Governor spitefully screwing up traffic for three days to spite his opponents.  They still ignore the Republicans nationally screwing up the Countrys economy, stopping any efforts to reduce the high unemployment purely out of spite.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 10:28:52 AM PST

    •  And...hahaha...the cons are getting (13+ / 0-)

      all worked up about it, according to my FB feed =) There's a meme going around that there is (gasp!) 17 times the amount of coverage that there was for the IRS scandal. Lmao! My response: BENGHAZI!!!

      My high school buddy was not amused =)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50:35 AM PST

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      •  I'd bet it's the Tea Bag Rs you see getting worked (3+ / 0-)
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        up - they hateses the Baggins Christie for not spitting in POTUS' face re Hurricane Sandy visit.

        Sane Rs (and Wall St crowd) would choose him in primary over lunatics every time.

        It's the hardcore Gadsen/Racist/Duck Patriots who are loving Christie's fall.


        Clive all hat no horse Rodeo STOLE my priceless zinger (1/9/14) of a certain dour and disapproving uber-pragmatic meh-dispensing sourpuss without giving me credit! The noive of that rat bastard! Calling my lawyer...

        by JVolvo on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 11:45:01 AM PST

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        •  Yes, I must sadly conclude that Chip is a (1+ / 0-)
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          bagger. He does dislike Christie, but he hates Democrats.

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:33:35 PM PST

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        •  Link From Chip's FB: (1+ / 0-)
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          The media have ALREADY given 17 times more coverage to Christie's bridge scandal, than Obama's IRS scandal, where conservatives were unfairly targeted for retribution.

          Read More:

          Thumb up if you would call this DISGRACEFUL journalism!

          Lmao =)

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:59:13 PM PST

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    •  yes.... including global warming denial (3+ / 0-)
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      huge % are don't "believe" in climate change simply because democrats are for it, or because they being tribal, the Koch bros told them to think this way.

      and it will doom their own kids.

      that's how spiteful and hateful these people are....

    •  What about the pain they are putting people (0+ / 0-)

      through who are depending on their unemployment benefits?
        How about those who would qualify for health care coverage under Medicaid were it not for the mean-spirited Republican governors refusing Federal assistance?
         And on and on.
         Screwing with traffic on the GW bridge is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the hurting Republicans put on the People.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:11:49 PM PST

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  •  Remember their gleeful petty childish un-American (3+ / 0-)
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    reaction to one of our newly-elected president's first endeavors, when he attempted to secure the Olympics for our country.

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 11:02:38 AM PST

  •  The Members of the Party of Stupid & Offensive (5+ / 0-)
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    hate the poor, people of color, women who awant equal rights, foreigners, gays, and everyone else who isn't rich, white, male, straight, and conservative.

    They also claim that government doesn't work, and when they get elected or appointed, they do everything in their power to prove it.

    •  If you draw a line through the history (4+ / 0-)

      of the modern GOP and RW, you will find that these resentments against such others are what unite virtually all of them, along with the sense of entitlement along these dimensions that they believe is their birthright.

      And because it bears repeating, these are the people they most hate, because these are the people they're not (or like to believe they're not):

      People of color
      The poor

      It's really almost entirely about their hatred and fear of the "other" who've supposedly taken away their imagined deserved special place in society, by daring to ask for, expect and try to get what they've been getting all along, a fair shake. The barbarians crashed the gates and they hate them for it.

      That's LITERALLY what it comes down to, whatever ideological nonsense has been built up around it to make it seem more sophisticated and legit by the likes of PR hacks like Buckley, Kristol, Murray and Brooks.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:18:40 PM PST

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  •  "They are the children of Buono voters." (13+ / 0-)

    THAT shows how low Republicans will go. Dehumanizing children because they are kids of the OTHER political party.

    The OTHER are subhuman to these depraved, brainwashed people.

    An unknown texter also forwarded a text from Sokolich to Baroni pleading for help in ending the traffic. "The bigger problem is getting kids to school.  Help please.  It's maddening."  To which the texter added his own commentary: "Is it wrong that I am smiling?"

    "No," Wildstein replied. "I feel badly about the kids, I guess," the texter wrote, referring to the fact that the traffic jams came on the first day of school, catching school buses in their web.

    Wildstein's response: "They are the children of Buono voters."
  •  Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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    They just LOVE IT when they're DEM Bashing.

    Contrast that with the restrained and sober analysis of the GOP that we have on this site.

    If this had happened to a Dem Governor, every GOP blog would be filled with diary after diary on the issue, with hyper partisans gleefully celebrating the downfall of a political rival.  They'd probably even be hoping for impeachment and criminal charges, including terrorism.

    Luckily, we're much more circumspect here.

    Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

    by Pi Li on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:02:15 PM PST

  •  Aside from the obvious exploiters (3+ / 0-)
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    who simply gin up and exploit the rage and hatred for their own political or financial purposes, it's all about the culture of "left behind" resentment that sprung up right after WWII and the New Deal primarily in white patriarchal middle class suburban America against those whom they chose to blame for their perceived mistreatment and malignment in a suddenly more diverse, equal and fair America (that was and still is, of course, nowhere near as diverse, equal and fair as it could and should be, but nevertheless was so relative to what preceded it). We ALL know people like this.

    E.g. the end of Jim Crow (at least in its worst and most obvious forms), the elevation of the recently dirt poor undeserving to the ranks of the lower middle class, the gradual liberation of women in the home, workplace and society, the empowerment of younger people via Rock & Roll and "youth culture", longer hair, "looser" morals, greater sexual freedom--MISCEGENATION!!!--etc.

    These people didn't understand or like these liberal developments that took away their imagined entitlements over all others that they believed were their birthright, and reacted as reactionaries have throughout history, in nasty and vindictive manner. They formed the John Birch Society, gave new energy to the defunct KKK, made Goldwater the first modern GOP "rock star", followed by his lesser Reagan (and Nixon in the interim). They led to the formation of the National Review, to the shift of the GOP and eventually media and country rightward, etc. And political thugs like Christie, no different from media thugs like Fox Nuz, are the DIRECT consequence of these shifts and developments.

    It's more complex than this, of course, as the history of nasty and/or reactionary RW politics goes back well before the 50's, but in its modern, revitalized form, this is basically it in a nutshell. There's a direct path from the New Deal and end of Jim Crow to the JBS, Christie and the tea party.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:10:49 PM PST

  •  It all starts out as bluff, bluster and bullshit. (0+ / 0-)

    Christie and company are, to put it bluntly, royally fucked. It's not the crime but the cover up that gets your ass nailed to the barn door. The reasons for what happened at this point are moot. Knowing the way republicans operate it was a twofer or threefer in the revenge department.

    Christie is doing everything he can at this moment to keep his political life going and the pressure is making him try anything to keep it going. Three bodies are not going to be enough to keep the press from digging deep into this one and MSM is actually going to wake up on this one and want in because it has all the hallmarks of a massive fuck up with lots of big name public asses to kick around. It could make a reporter a household name for life.

    The real question is not how many bodies, but who will squeal first. You know that lives are going to be wrecked, but who will make a play for immunity first? How much shit can one man throw against a wall and hope at least some of it sticks? The Fat bully from NJ is now neck deep in the shit of his own creation and there aren't enough bodies, willing or other wise to prop his head above the nasty stew and NO ONE is going to throw him a life line from the republican side unless they want to be pulled into that same mess.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:26:46 PM PST

  •  Excellent examination (0+ / 0-)

    of the Christie "Character Question."

    Thank's Vyan, for connecting those GOP.Hates.Government dots.

  •  Where there's a bridge gate (0+ / 0-)

    there must be a troll.

    Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chained CPIs.

    by Outsourcing Is Treason on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 12:47:35 PM PST

  •  Christie == Rob Ford (0+ / 0-)

    Except without the cocaine.  So far.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 01:08:30 PM PST

  •  We are not a nation of bullies, but ... (1+ / 0-)
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    we often seem to be a nation of bully enablers.  Too many people enjoy seeing our "leaders" beat up on those they were elected to serve.  It seems like the enablers view the bullies as their proxies. It's a form of voyeurism.

    People who haven't a lot going for themselves like to know that there are people who they can look down on, and they applaud bullies who consistently put down people from other subcultures.

    "Trust only those who doubt" Lu Xun

    by LookingUp on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 01:27:51 PM PST

  •  I don't know how anyone could watch those (0+ / 0-)

    clips of Christie, and not cringe at the thought of him being President, or even Vice President.

    That is not the image of the United States that I want projected to the world.

    He reeks of not-ready-for-prime-time.

    In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, eleven children escaped. What if...

    by Sixty Something on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:12:58 PM PST

  •  It's power, not hate (0+ / 0-)

    How dare you talk to your superiors that way?  I can be like this because no one can stop me.

    "Power is not a means; it is an end. The object of power is power."
    -George Orwell, 1984

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
    -Frederick Douglass

    Those who support banning cocaine are no better than those who support banning cheeseburgers

    by EthrDemon on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:16:02 PM PST

  •  Re: Private Industry (1+ / 0-)
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    This part of your lovely rant/analysis ...

    Private Industry is motivated by it's own self-interest and the short term quarterly profit of it's stockholders, not the long-term well being of it's employees, nor their customers, nor the public good.
    ... just reminded me of yet another example of how Republicans' beloved "privatization" just doesn't work.

    This year I got an email Christmas greeting from a friend in the U.K.  He said that now that their postal system has been privatized ... guess what! ... the service has become worse, and prices have gone up.  As much as possible he now refuses to have his money go to their shareholders, rather than back into a working postal system.

    I was unaware that my beloved Royal Mail system has been trashed by privatization.  This saddens me to no end.  Two years ago I visited the U.K. and was appalled by the train system I had also loved in the 1990's.  

    The service had become terrible.  Trains were overpacked and not sufficient for the number of people traveling.  (It was in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival -- when hundreds of thousands of extra people pour into the city -- yet the rail owners couldn't be bothered to add extra trains or cars in anticipation of that.  Because of that I had to sit on the floor of a baggage section with several other people.)

    Several Brits on the trains expressed their anger at it.  What had happened in the intervening years?  Privatization.  One woman told me that because some of the lines weren't profitable enough for them, the new rail companies shut them down.  In order to keep those lines open, the government was now forced to subsidize those companies -- in effect, the government was still having to pay for those lines -- as it had done before -- but now it was done in order to ensure that a private company made a profit.

    In the face of all past evidence to the contrary, Conservatives continue to claim privatization leads to better service and lower prices.  But why?  There is no logic in that.  The ONLY priority of a company is to make as much MONEY as possible.  It can't do that by lowering prices and increasing quality.  It can only maximize money by cutting corners, and making people pay more.  And it can only constantly increase profits by increasingly cutting more corners and raising prices.

    And that's what Republicans want to do to OUR postal system.

  •  Going out on a limb (0+ / 0-)

    I think I can peg the "cold open" for Saturday Night Live tomorrow.  It will be a version of the presser, and the gov will be very sad.

    Orwell was an optimist.
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    by RepackRider on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:30:18 PM PST

  •  I probably should not post this but... (0+ / 0-)

    I didn't see this, but I'm a guy. However, after having a woman point this out, I'm thinking there might be something here.

    The question is "Could Christie's wife be a victim of abuse?"

    Someone with more training than me in this area might want to look at her facial expressions and posture, especially those time where he is being a bully to others.

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 02:30:59 PM PST

  •  Belligerent and rude. It's the (0+ / 0-)

    Crisp Crispy (he's toast now) way.

    I found this great comment in another diary positing what may be a major motivation for the bridge closing. The money quote:

    Attacking Fort Lee is intimidation, rooted in money.

    Reaganomics noun pl: blind faith that unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources. Synonyms: trickle-down; voodoo economics. Antonyms: common sense. Related Words: Laffer curve.

    by FrY10cK on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 03:27:42 PM PST

  •  If he runs, anyone debating him (0+ / 0-)

    should just interrupt him.  Gently, but constantly.  He obviously can't handle it, and he flies off the handle.  And a decent debater will turn each event into another "please proceed, Governor" moment.

    Maybe his base would love it, but most people won't.  And this has a much bigger audience than any interview or press conference.

    Nobody deserves poverty.

    by nominalize on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 04:20:59 PM PST

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