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Teetop
06-15-2009, 09:35 PM
Oh-oh! Politicians share personality traits with serial killers: Study (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/06/politicians-and-serial-killers.html)



Using his law enforcement experience and data drawn from the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, Jim Kouri has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions.


Kouri, who's a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.

These traits, Kouri points out in his analysis, are common to psychopathic serial killers.

But -- and here's the part that may spark some controversy and defensive discussion -- these traits are also common to American politicians. (Maybe you already suspected.)

Yup. Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs, who run from police but not for office.


Discuss....


LMFAO!

Odysseus
06-15-2009, 10:02 PM
Oh-oh! Politicians share personality traits with serial killers: Study (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/06/politicians-and-serial-killers.html)

Discuss....

LMFAO!

This won't do the serial killers' reputations any good. :D

Teetop
06-15-2009, 10:32 PM
This won't do the serial killers' reputations any good. :D

I do see the correlation though. Except politicians, just win bloodless battles. They live to fight another day, if you will.

PoliCon
06-16-2009, 01:01 AM
all the more reason to institute term limits.

FeebMaster
06-16-2009, 08:59 AM
all the more reason to institute term limits.

So you can vote in a fresh batch of serial killers?

noonwitch
06-16-2009, 09:00 AM
I do see the correlation though. Except politicians, just win bloodless battles. They live to fight another day, if you will.



It takes a big ego to think you are qualified to hold office. It takes a big ego to think you have the right to kill people.

Odysseus
06-16-2009, 10:48 AM
I do see the correlation though. Except politicians, just win bloodless battles. They live to fight another day, if you will.
Unless you consider the effects of legislation. CAFE standards kill more people by forcing underweight, unsafe cars on the market than Ted Bundy could have conceived of killing. The refusal to allow new nuclear power plants means hundreds of coal mining deaths per year. Publicly telling our enemies that they've defeated us while we're still fighting them costs the lives of American troops who are killed by those who might otherwise have quit the fight. Government mandates on health insurance have driven the cost of healthcare through the roof, making basic coverage unavailable to millions, and the new plan will ration healthcare, driving cancer survival rates down to the same levels that we see in Europe.

Come to think of it, if you have a taste for mass murder, you can't do better than getting elected to congress.

So you can vote in a fresh batch of serial killers?
Yep. Serial killers gradually expand from small acts of sadism, such as torturing animals, to more violent and vicious acts, and it takes time to graduate to fully realized ritualized killings with the proficiency that comes with practice, so the longer a killer is on the loose, the better they get at committing and hiding their crimes. It's the same with politicians. Send them to Washington when they're still thinking small, then bounce them before they graduate to bigger, more ambitious projects. Long before a politician is ready to start committing fully realized ritualized taxation schemes and socially engineering from above, we can kick him back to the curb and release him back into his community, possibly with an ankle bracelet so that he can be monitored and kept away from lobbying positions and other means of fattening at the public trough. Maybe we can register them like sex offenders and require that they keep a certain distance from Washington DC after they've served their time there. If we approach a desire to enter politics, not as a healthy ambition and desire to serve the nation, but as a symptom of a destructive megalomania that drives other criminal impulses, then we might actually enact some meaningful campaign reforms, rather than the pointless and unconstitutional McCain/Feingold nonsense.

I am loving this analogy. :D

PoliCon
06-16-2009, 02:45 PM
So you can vote in a fresh batch of serial killers?

sure. :) Keep em fresh.