Haven't read this John Morgan guy's stuff, but the way people talk about him reminds me of a guy back in college who I served in student government with. I was 17, he was 35ish, and I kind of looked up to him. However, it seemed he was always starting battles. He had some great insights, but he was never wrong about anything, and went to great lengths to "prove" that he was the only right, pure and just individual in existence, and the rest of us were just corrupt minions if we didn't agree with him. It was interesting and kind of exciting at the time, and I could see many of his points. After a drawn-out battle where he leveled personal attack after personal attack at people I liked and respected, he eventually chose to resign in a very dramatic huff because he wasn't getting his way. 30 years later, I look back on this person, knowing what I now know, and I'd say that guy from 30 years ago shows a lot of traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
A local political parallel is the saga of elected Pierce county treasurer Dale Washam. You can read about him here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/washam/
TNT: "The tenure of Dale Washam, Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer, has turned a minor government office into a fountain of perpetual controversy: six independent investigations; five claims for damages; a recall campaign; charges of violating the county ethics code; and a resolution from the Pierce County Council that declares no confidence in Washam and asks him to resign..
The investigations state that Washam retaliated against his employees, violated their rights, wasted government resources, abused his power and hindered the inquiries. Costs of those investigations and other legal matters tied to Washam's office exceed $412,000. The county has settled the damage claims for a collective total of $1.13 million."
When I see a sequence of events with those kinds of parallels, like the ones Kearly describes, especially involving over-the-top attacks on others and covert retaliation, I just expect that there is some sort of personality disorder (Narcissistic PD, Borderline PD, Antisocial PD) involved somewhere. These people create drama and conflict wherever they go. They are very clever and know how to tie legal/personnel types of systems in knots. They can also be very brilliant in their areas of specialty, so much so that they get an inflated sense of their capability and start assuming they have gifts and talents in *every* area and they are infallible and the rest of us are a bunch of idiots. They get away with a lot of their crap because normal people don't want to believe another human would really do the stuff they pull.
This is part of why I was very skeptical about the Richard Sherman failed test and the violation of testing procedures. A frustrated sociopath with Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder would have no problem creating a false positive and they would do it for the excitement and drama and rush of power. If you've ever been on the receiving end of a "Distortion Campaign" from a Borderline or Narcissist, these people will do anything to damage others they feel stand in their way, and concoct elaborate schemes, destroy and falsify evidence, etc. A little more about distortion campaigns is here: http://angiemedia.com/2008/12/29/bpd-di ... campaigns/
The problem you will have on the receiving end is that many "normal" people will simply refuse to believe that another human could do the things that are being done to you, and will conclude that YOU must be the crazy one, to make up these stories. (look at how things went down with Sherman, he got called a cheater, had phony stories made up about his denials, etc. Even though Sherman has congruently denied the allegations and phony stories from day one, there are posters on this board *still* acting as if those phony stories are true, calling Sherman names.) Borderlines and Narcissists are behind a majority of high-conflict divorces. These issues are rampant in hotly contested family court cases. If not in the ex, good possibility in their attorney, influencing the ex to act that way. Some experts estimates are that about 10% of the (U.S.) population has one of these types of personality disorders or other mental health issues that result in behavior that can only truly be labeled as sociopathic. When you see this type of conflict and drama, start looking for the mental health issues, educate yourself about what you are dealing with, and protect yourself.
Steve2222 wrote: "I'm going to call a spade a spade. This is a 9 win team who is going to need luck getting into playoffs."