Christie is trying to look bipartisan either for Governor or the Presidency. I think he will appoint someone similar to Lautenberg and say the people voted him in in 2008 and he has to enforce the will of the people and other schmaltzy stuff. Christie is a true political animal.
Gaear Grimsrud: On this subject, why do so many people on the left wear offense as if it's some sort of badge of honor? To admit offense is to admit weakness, from a logical perspective, and it baffles me why anyone would do it.
I've never heard of anyone on the left wearing it as a badge of honor. My guess it is to differentiate themselves from the right they stereotype as evil greedy people. Being offended shows you can put yourself in someone else's shoes and shows you care.
As far as "Savage" goes, if you listen to his show, he has some issues with his father and his father seemed to have some anger issues. That's probably why he said that part about fathers not disciplining their children. (Gingrich, Rove, and W. Bush had father issues too.)
Seriously, every hipster douchebag claims they have Aspergers. I don't even know why they want to.
As far as hipsters (an amorphous term) go they admire people with colorful lives that did something great. Hunter Thompson was pretty wacky and they seem to me just jealous or empty that they haven't really gotten the chance to change anything. They're not different enough nor talented enough to really be one of those greats they admire and they fill it up with trying to be hip and on the edge of society. It makes me a little sad or I'm just reading it wrong. Having Asperger's gives them a tinge of the madness of artistic people who actually had serious problems and created something with it.
MadViking: I tend to deal with Asperger's the most and even if I wasn't told in advance I could easily pick up on it.
Asperger's for me is hard to tell when someone has it unless someone has told me or the group I'm in at the time that they have it. Otherwise they look normally shy. Another problem I have with the diagnostic criteria is that it can be so easily placed upon someone as its left up to professionals who are the only ones who can properly diagnose it. How does the person diagnosed even know they have it? If it can be faked outside it can be faked with a professional.
MadViking: In my experience most true Asperger's kids are not proud of it and don't brag about it. That wouldn't fit with the nature of the disablility.
Yeah, I could see that. They don't like being in social situations.