The sordid and the powerful, the architects of time

Introduction to the next part of the post , What is a pathological liar?

A deliberate liar knows he is lying. A pathological liar may not.

Although there is no precise definition, certainly none defined by the woefully inadequate but oft-cited DSM-IV, we can state with certainty that it is a person who tells lies incessantly. We can eliminate those who tell lies in order to avoid extreme persecution. But those who consistently tell lies, whether faced with punishment or not, may be considered pathological. We must keep in mind that “pathological” simply means abnormal, or grossly atypical…who among us has not told a lie? At what point does such behavior become “pathological”?

In addition to the difficultly of distinguishing between the liar and the pathological liar, we must also isolate this mental disturbance. Lying is a characteristic of several other disorders as well, such as conduct disorder (CD) and antisocial personality disorder (APD). CD, like many reports of pathological lying, typically has its onset during adolescence. Other behaviors may include inappropriate aggression, destruction, and serious violations of rules and laws. And, as suggested by some doctors, both pathological lying and CD may be caused by, shall we say, challenging situations in the home.

High Hewitt lies frequently; at the end of the day does it matter if he is a serial fabricator or pathological liar, the effects are the same. He doesn’t seem to be able to speak or write a post on the internet without lying. Hewitt does seem to feel that the truth is an insult, a personal affront, a direct attack on him. This is fairly consistent behavior with right-wing pundits. I don’t know whether being a serial deliberate liar is a prerequisite for being a right-wing pundit or that right-wing pundits simply get some kind of sick kick from lying . Either way Hewitt enjoys his role as part of the executive round table of elite Conservatives for the Moral Corruption of Politics. He lives by the old Politburo game of guilty by insinuation and has put up a nice piece of hackery on Harry Reid(D-NV). Senator Reid would be a prime target for conservatives he’s tough, honest, and is guilty of being honorable. If there is anything that pisses off conservatives its a man with honor. OK it is possible that Hugh’s problem, or O’Reily’s or Limbaugh’s for that matter, might not be psychological, maybe its something of the physical realm like the Fruit of the Looms they wear on their pointed heads are so tight that they cut off the oxygen to their pea sized brains. Hewitt writes at Townhall-miscreants, Thursday, October 12, 2006 Calling Tom Maguire or Clarice Feldman: Reidorama Needs A Forensic Blogger

Reid and his wife, Landra, personally signed the deeds selling their full interest in the property to Brown’s company, Patrick Lane LLC, for the same $400,000 they paid in 1998, records show. Despite the sale, Reid continued to say on his public ethics reports that he personally owned the land until it was sold again in 2004. His disclosure forms to Congress do not mention an interest in Patrick Lane or the company’s role in the 2004 sale.

So, did Harry own it or not after 2001? Sure, he violated the Senate’s rules, but why? Why go to all this trouble?

Is it possible that CNN didn’t do its homework and that Hugh Hewitt doesn’t care. You bet it is. Conservatives are out sniffing everything from public restrooms to the to alleyway dumpster, trying to turn up something on Democrats to deflect attention away from the Conservative Culture of Corruption. John Solomon of that darn liberal Associated Press are all too glad to pile a little mud on a mole hill of a non scandal, AP’s Reid Story Doesn’t Add Up

This story is no different. It purports to show that Reid collected $1.1 million on the sale of land he didn’t own.
Yet, as Solomon obliquely acknowledges, Reid, who had bought the land along with a friend in 1998, transferred his ownership in the land to a limited liability company in 2001. The company, which was composed solely of this land owned by Reid and his friend, in turn sold the land in 2004. That’s when Reid collected his $1.1 million share of the sale. Since Reid had originally put down $400,000 on the sale, his profit was $700,000, not the full $1.1 million, as Solomon states in his lead.

So we have at this point the three blind liars, Hewitt, CNN, and AP none of whom can keep a single detail right. CNN may have a good excuse, but Hewitt/Townhall and AP are just acting a part they play so well, conservative denizens of the sewer.

So what’s the story here? Well, it’s not clear that Reid broke any ethical rules — let alone any laws. Solomon cites one expert as saying that Reid should have disclosed the transfer to the LLC, because “[w]hether you make a profit or a loss you’ve got to put that transaction down so the public, voters, can see exactly what kind of money is moving to or from a member of Congress.” The thing is, of course, that no money moved in the LLC transaction. Reid still owned the same amount of land – it was just under the cover of the LLC.

What is the story here? The story is that elections are a few weeks away and the GOP is going down faster then a hooker at the 2004 GOP convention..
Did Harry Reid dot every i, maybe not, at most he’s guilty of not going above and beyond ethics rules, but has since said that he welcomes an ethics review, which is more then George ‘Macaca’ Allen’s ‘ has said that he’ll do. It a mistake to think that any group of people is not going to have an ethical lapse now and then, but clearly the conservative party are the pigs at the trough and Democrats are at worse nibbling around the edges. Maybe Hewitt had a bad childhood, felt threatened all the time and is now a broken scraed little boy in a man’s body. That fine, then Hugh go get some help and stop pretending to be a grown-up that has enough cognitive sense to tell the facts from fiction.

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Exclusive: Marine Sergeant Comes Forward to Report Abuse at Guantanamo Bay

The Pentagon says it is fully cooperating with a brand new investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay.

The allegations come from a Marine Corps sergeant, 23-year-old Heather Cerveny, who spent a week at the base in late September as a legal aide to a military lawyer representing detainees.

In a sworn affidavit filed with the Pentagon Inspector General, Sgt. Cerveny says she met several Navy prison guards at a club on the base where, over drinks, they described harsh physical abuse.

“One sailor specifically said, ‘I took the detainee by the head and smashed his head into the cell door,'” Sgt. Cerveny tells ABC News in an exclusive interview

Well her career is over.

Advances in technology aside I wonder if the history of mankind can be told as a story of trying to scapegoat small groups for larger problems. At various times all of American societies ills have been blamed on women, American Indians, African Americans, Jews, Catholics, aids victims, homosexuals, Asians, Latinos; there always seems to be this quest to find an easy out for our problems and it has been so much easier to look outward and find a group then to look inward or to look at specifics. I didn’t even know that atheists were large enough or powerful enough to warrant special discrimination, but apparently they are, Outlawing Unbelief

It’s often forgotten, but seven states of the Union still define atheists, secular humanists, and other freethinkers as second-class citizens. The state constitutions of Arkansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas retain historic provisions that ban unbelievers-and in some cases, minority religionists as well-from holding public office, bearing witness in court, or both. The Pennsylvania and Texas constitutions go further yet, declaring their debt to “Almighty God” in their preambles.

Typical language includes Article IX, Sec. 2, of the Tennessee constitution (engagingly titled “No Atheist shall hold a civil office”): “No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.”

Our written history is a catalogue of crime
The sordid and the powerful, the architects of time
The mother of invention, the oppression of the mild
The constant fear of scarcity, aggression as its child

Sooner or later
Sooner or later
Sooner or later
Sooner or later

Convince an enemy, convince him that he’s wrong
Is to win a bloodless battle where victory is long
A simple act of faith
In reason over might
To blow up his children will only prove him right
History will teach us nothing
from the lyrics History Will Teach Us Nothing Lyrics by Sting