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September 09, 2004
Rolling Stone: The Curse of Dick Cheney
Before you tell someone else to "Go [expletive deleted] yourself", brush up on your Dick.
19 years ago
Well, up until his getting the Vice Presidency, Cheney's life seems typical for a political - moderately schemey intellectually-slack willing to take more than his share of the scutwork networks his way to the Capitol on the backs of his connections. Not hugely enlightening - if you know any politicians, this is pretty typical. They're not intellectual giants, they're superb networkers, they show little individual loyalty in the face of personal advancement, and they tend to go from job to job to job, generally (if they're successful politicians) in increasing importance/prestige. Once the author gets to the Cheney's vice presidency, Iraq comes in, and the usual suspects rear their heads - they pushed it through regardless of fact, they eliminated dissenters, they gelded Powell, he's just plain evil, etc, ad infinitum. So I guess, as a thumbnail psychological profile of sorts for the unitiated, the article is not without its insights, but as a bob to plumb the depths of What Makes Cheney Cheney? It's a little thin (like, anorexic) and falls, in the end, to familiar polemic.
As for the question of competence, which the article charges, well, politicians in general tend to be a twinch less competent, by and large, than their counterparts at similar levels of power and authority in the private sector. Government is the last bastion of the mediocre because the cushion for failure is so soft and comfy, after all.
I'm not a fan of Cheney's, so I enjoyed reading that. But it was a guilty enjoyment, like eating an entire pint of ice cream by yourself or watching cheesy tv shows. It's possibily the most biased article I've ever read about a member of this administration.
At the time of this recording Dick Cheney's Alive!
Agreed, it's probably pretty typical career path for a politico, but a couple of things stuck out for me: 1) Cheney's consistent role in pushing his presidents and party to the extreme right, to the detriment of long time GOP moderates and sometimes without an apparent goal other than "pushing the ball as far as one can" 2) the theme that he is the most unempathetic man many of his friends and peers have ever met. Yeah it's really biased, but at some point a spade's a spade. I think the author just got carried away. What would the Rolling Stone article on Hitler have said? "He's viewed as a bit of an extremist by some moderates" Plus they could have mentioned his unmerciful slaughter of caged animals for fun (Cheney, not Hitler). But they didn't. Maybe that's "fair and balanced"
To expand on this, please check Joshua Micah Marshall's excellent Feb 2003 piece in the Washington Monthly, called
. It really goes a ways to explaining how Cheney acts, and may serve as a decent companion to the Rolling Stone piece.
They terrorize other government officials, and they’re so secretive that their names aren’t even revealed to a harmless federal employee directory. And they’ve helped ruin the country. Meet Dick Cheney’s staff.
Who's Cheney Working For?
Houston, We Have a Problem
A Constitutional Crisis of Cheney’s Making?
Newly released emails suggest Army Corps lied about Cheney role in Halliburton contract
After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence.
I had this post all ready for the "bush was going to invade anyway" thread and my connection died! I had it readyyyyY!! I . . I . . the car broke down! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! Some old friends came in from out of town! LOCUSTS!! Great frontline, btw.
Cheney and HAL
Pre-War Intelligence: Three Words: The Vice President
. . . That part of Tiger Force is grim enough. What the Army then did with the evidence is shocking, and what was covered up in 1974-75 may have sowed the headlines we are reaping in 2006. One of the most thorough Criminal Investigation Division (CID, the Army's internal FBI) investigations ever conducted, meticulously gathered the facts surrounding the war crimes committed by Tiger Force. The evidence was voluminous, certain and had been obtained at the risk of a few investigators' lives. In 1974-75, Richard Cheney was a special assistant to President Ford. Ford's chief of staff was Donald Rumsfeld. The secretary of defense from 1973-75 was James Schlesinger. The case was made to disappear by these men who served presidents Nixon and Ford - probably out of considerations of politics. There were never any charges filed against the soldiers or the officers who ordered and participated in the routine killing of civilians.
It's right about here that the "Law & Order" party (GOP) takes a header onto the concrete steps. Back, and to the left.
Scopped by the p-dogg.
Fo' you sucka MCs - via
The Veep's Curious Investment Portfolio: Is Cheney Betting On Economic Collapse?
"The article is called "Cheney's betting on bad news" and provides an account of where Cheney has socked away more than $25 million. While the figures may be estimates, the investments are not. According to Tom Blackburn of the Palm Beach Post, Cheney has invested heavily in "a fund that specializes in short-term municipal bonds, a tax-exempt money market fund and an inflation protected securities fund. The first two hold up if interest rates rise with inflation. The third is protected against inflation." Cheney has dumped another (estimated) $10 to $25 million in a European bond fund which tells us that he is counting on a steadily weakening dollar. So, while working class Americans are loosing ground to inflation and rising energy costs, Darth Cheney will be enhancing his wealth in "Old Europe". As Blackburn sagely notes, "Not all bad news' is bad for everybody.""
To the U.S.: “Thanks for the Money!” -Halliburton
Cheney Gets Flawed Neocon Briefings on Iran
Cheney: The Fatal Touch
Dick Cheney epitomizes post-modern politicians and politics. Policies are essentially non-existent, histories and facts are things to be deconstructed, twisted, ignored, and distorted so that a few individuals may flourish at the expense of everyone else.
Cheney Still Lying About Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
One has to wonder if either the VP or the POTUS are really sane. Stupidity can only explain so much. Clearly, they don't test candidates for sanity, but it does seem that might be a helpful thing to do in future.
Shreddin' With Dick
Warning: the American people are a threat to the American people. At least, according to the vice president.
Cheney Would “Probably Not” Appear If Subpoenaed
It is still amazing how things change over time. Remember when Clinton was subpoenaed by Starr? He was refusing to appear and the Republicans
thought that was serious:
Top Republicans Sunday warned President Bill Clinton that refusing to honor independent counsel Ken Starr's grand jury subpoena in the Monica Lewinsky case could have serious political consequences — including the possibility of impeachment. "I think it would be disastrous. It is basically saying he is above the law, he doesn't have to comply with the law," said Senate Majority Whip Don Nickles of Oklahoma on NBC's "Meet The Press." "Everybody else in America has to comply with subpoenas (while) he's saying he wouldn't. … I don't think that would be sustainable." "(Clinton) has an obligation as the highest official in this government, sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country. If he doesn't do that, I think public opinion would turn overwhelmingly against him," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah on CBS's "Face The Nation."
The double standards of the GOP keep on coming.
Because this presumes that Republicans have even any
of working for the majority of Americans, which they do not. They aren't even giving lip service to it except in campaign ads because they're still not completely comfortable with outright, public and blatant election rigging.
What's Hecubus to him? Or he to Hecubus?
Hecubus is no match for
Charlie Rangel wants to evict Dick Cheney
So, have we heard anything from Dick Cheney since the election? Seems like the motherfucker slunk away back to his naval compound to shred, shred, shred. So much for his pre-election predictions. I guess we could have forseen that everything would go the opposite of what he predicted, based on his previous record.
I believe he's gone duck hunting. ;]
Cheney's gathering his army of the undead for the final confrontation.
Cheney’s Deeply Pathological Speech to the Federalist Society
Cheney is not connected to reality & is an incompetent. He's been wrong all his life & his opinions are worthless.
I have a huge Internet crush on Glenn Greenwald.
Vice president's lesbian daughter pregnant
Aaiigh! Teh ghey! Somebody get Rick Santorum on teh pohne! Someone must be done!
Heh heh heh.
Are Congressional Wars Coming? Since Cheney Has Already Said He'll Ignore the Democratic Congress, It Seems Likely
Former Cheney Adviser: ‘Iraq Is Now Bush’s Baby, And Cheney Doesn’t Want To Be Tarred With It’
Happy for her
As anyone, who is solidly anti-gay-parent, would be.
Dick Cheney Kills By Night
Cheney's Victim Still Rots on Observatory Grounds
Cheney’s Dead-Enders: Rumsfeld is gone, but the veep’s other loyalists remain.
Lizzie Cheney - The Pride of Lockheed Martin - Speaketh
Cheney was visibly angry as he spoke, and the full transcript of the interview -- distributed by the White House a short while ago -- suggests that the discussion grew more heated from there.
What a Dick!
Hagel On Cheney Remarks
Mr. Vice President, meet me on Camera 3
that was char-grilled awsome with kickass confit and roasted sweetness on the side!
A Cornered Animal
Libby Trial Reveals the Smoking Gun, and It Has Nothing to Do With Hunting
Whether he properly declassified or not, Cheney decided to out an undercover CIA agent for no counterveiling national gain, but rather to continue the public misperception he created of the basis for the Iraq War, and to exact domestic political vengeance. Wilson's NY Times op-ed would be impugned by claiming that Wilson's wife, not Cheney, sent him to Niger to investigate the "16-words" prior to their insertion in the State-of-the-Union, and that Cheney did not find out the results of Wilson's trip. For that, Cheney compromised a counterproliferation operation of the United States.
"Vice President's Shadow Hangs Over _________." Fill in the blank: Iraq. Iran. Global warming. Renditions. Domestic surveillance.
This thread. : D
Cheney’s Son-In-Law Blamed for Delaying Investigations of Homeland Security Department
I did not mean to sodomize Dick Cheney.
Where Do We Get Off Treating Mary Cheney Like Any Other Lesbian?
THE PEOPLE V. RICHARD CHENEY
Cheney unhurt after ‘huge’ blast at Afghan base
How Cheney bombed in Afghanistan
Sayings of the Phuquetard Buddha (Also known as the Guantanamo Buddha.)
Philip Perry, Treasonous Fucker
Clicky Dick Loses Steam
"Dick Cheney" by Roy Zimmerman
Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed On Cheney
All right! Go, Congressman Kucinich! *looks pointedly at the rest of the Democratic "leadership", taps foot*
Cheney Attempting to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran Conflict: Staff Engaged in Insubordination Against President Bush
It isn't Treason if the Vice-President does it.
wars until you finish
the ones you've already got.
Cheney lawyer told Secret Service to "eliminate data" on visitors to VP residence
You didn't see that.
Ya know, if he wasn't doing shit that was illegal, this wouldn't be an issue, now would it? The bastard is so dirty he can't allow any of this to come to light.
Remind me again -- didn't we fight the commies to protect peoples' human rights and stop bad governments from doing this sort of stuff? Like keeping secret lists, and subverting the truth, and privilege for a select secret few, and lawless detention and all that? I seem to remember something about that. Wasn't that was the Cold War was fought for? Maybe it was just about the money, after all. Huh.
But seriously -- since the residence is on a Navy base (of sorts), shurely there's a guest list for VP invitees up at the main gate, even if the list for the house itself is shredded?
I think you'd be wise to pick up one of those shredder-piecer-together machines they have going in East Germany right now, for all those Stasi files. There's gotta be big business in shredder-piecer-together machines. In all sorts of ways.
Why do you hate secretive war-mongering oligarchies?
Because I don't belong! *sob!*
I hate lucrative, whoremongering Olive Gardens.
Court tells FCC to go fuck itself.
Our Fourth Branch of Government?
Dick Cheney is the most influential and powerful man ever to hold the office of vice president. This series examines Cheney's largely hidden and little-understood role in crafting policies for the War on Terror, the economy and the environment.
Saw this earlier today, and this series is a definite front-pager. Once all four parts are available, somebody needs to FPP this. Anyone? H Dawg?
Part 2: Wars and Interrogations. Convinced that the “war on terror” required “robust interrogations” of captured suspects, Dick Cheney pressed the Bush administration to carve out exceptions to the Geneva Conventions.
A Proclamation by the Vice-President of the United States of America
Setting the Stage for the Next War
Anybody going to object if I compare Cheney to Hitler?
*envisions Hitler straightening his tie, mumbling, "Ooh! Tough crowd!"*
Part 3: Dominating Budget Decisions. Working behind the scenes, Dick Cheney has made himself the dominant voice on tax and spending policy, outmaneuvering rivals for the president's ear.
I felt a deep foreboding, a sickness in the pit of my stomach in 2000. I'm not a fanatic, but I envisioned the devil marching our way, knew that we were looking at the end of America as we had previously known it. It has become a dark and insidious thing, our government.
somebody needs to FPP this. Anyone? H Dawg?
Go for it if you like, but I'm content to keep updating this thread. I'm picky about what I post to the front page here, and only hurl my finest feces.
I'm really curious as to whether or not whoever we get in the big house next cycle scales back the acquired powers or if they'll make an attempt to keep them. Yes, the powers don't actually exist except in the prez and vice prez heads' but one can't help but think that since no one has called them on it, (and I don't mean us, I mean the people who've got the power to do so, legislative, judicial, hell I'd take a revolt in the executive branch at this point) they've effectively gotten away with it. Who thinks the next president will scale back, go back to the previous status quo? Anyone?
and I don't mean us
/lays down melancholy Bible of sanity
Daily Show: Cheney’s Dick Move
.. why doesn't somebody shoot that fucking asshole?
The last chapter is up:
Part 4: Environmental Policy. Dick Cheney steered some of the Bush administration's most important environmental decisions -- easing air pollution controls, opening public parks to snowmobiles and diverting river water from threatened salmon.
This looks like a good companoin to this new Rolling Stone article:
The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration To Deny Global Warming
.. why doesn't somebody shoot that fucking asshole?
I've been thinking a lot about this lately - not specifically "why doesn't someone shoot that fucking asshole", but in a more general sense. I tend to mark it off as a spineless American sense of self that is unwilling to risk a life of frivolous capitalism over the soul and lifeblood of the country. Why put my life on the line when I can wake up tomorrow and drive my shiny new car to my underpaying job in order to pay off a multitude of credit card debt? All I have to do is power up my iPod and I feel connected to mother earth. A dose of high fructose corn syrup soothes the rough edges. At night when I'm lonely and contemplating atrocities of the world, I simply grab the remote and direct my Tivo to replay
Americas Got Talent
episodes from last month. I laugh. Life is good. I am here, and this is All. Dafur is a name that sounds funny to me, and it doesn't really exist when I walk out the door of my over-sized home. In high school I took a Civics class. Preambles to the Constitution? Amendments? Articles? I live in a Free country, therefore I AM FREE. I do not like the current administration; I think they are harmful and skirting the law. Yet I am lesser than the powers above, so I submit to casting my vote in the next election. That's where my power resides! In the meantime I'll try to ignore him and her and what’s his name... They will simply pass, and in the end my country will still be here just as I always remembered it. Damn straight. Iraq. Iran. Iraq. Iran. Israel. All those god damned I-countries that I cannot identify on the world atlas. Tomorrow is another day. Meet me for lunch outside Starbucks. And if it's raining don't worry, we'll do it again next week. My head hurts, where's my Lunesta???
The problem with us calling bullshit is they can ignore us. Unless we organize and get together and flat out revolt, the peasants will get ignored except for when those who aren't us need us to give their vision of the future legitimacy.
I just got back from a trip to Washington DC. I saw all the sights...Capitol, White House, a half-dozen memorials and monuments, a couple of Nats games...typical tourist stuff. What I was most looking forward to, though, were the protests against this government. I saw exactly one. Two people were sitting in lawnchairs across the road from the White House. They had a few cardboard signs so busy with pictures and slogans I didn't even know what they were protesting. I think I saw the word "Darfur" in there somewhere. That was it. That was the full extent of opposition to the US government I witnessed on the entire trip.
They keep you doped with religion, and sex, and TV
There was a protest in DC yesterday that was
organized by the ALCU
‘Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice’ to rally and then call on Congress to restore habeas corpus, fix the Military Commissions Act, end torture and rendition and restore our constitutional rights...
I heard a brief snippet on a random radio news broadcast. They didn't say how many showed up, but they did say
thousands of protestors
. It sounded great. I wish I had heard of it sooner. I see no mention of it in the usual news outlets. Personally, I think it's going to take an extreme polarizing event to occur before we see any mass protest and demand for change. What it is, I don't know (surely the loss of life on a grand scale on the other side of the world isn't going to do it). I do think the moment is ripe for such a shift to happen. I smell increasing tension in the air every day. There's too much simmering away to go unchecked. If it does, we're all fucked.
Gee, Rocket, I'm surprised you could see the sights for all the terrerist precautions and security people. The pics sure are different from when I visited in the late 70s. Sorry Sugar, I think you're mistaking the smell of greed and complacency for that of increasing tension. We're fucked.
Oops, I meant
above. GramMa, I feel the same, really I do. But the eternal optimist within me tries to hold on to some sense of hope. What for? That's a question I have yet to answer for myself.
Indeed, I would say that we are being gang raped...
Documents subpoenaed: Cheny, White House, National Security Council and the Justice Department
Bush could challenge the subpoenas, citing a right of executive privilege his predecessors have invoked with mixed success to keep certain materials private and prevent aides from testifying.
Umm, anyone wager to guess what Bush *will* do? I didn't think so. Next!
Dems: Investigate Cheney for role in salmon die-off
Impeach Cheney. The vice president has run utterly amok and must be stopped
President Bush is not part of his own administration: The executive branch becomes acephalous.
So true. Bushie is part of some other universe, looks like to me. Of course the exec branch has become acephalous. It's being run buy a horse's ASS.
The vice presidency isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss." In modern times, vice presidents have generally been confined to attending state funerals or to distributing blankets after earthquakes.
Hey, Cheney's topped that. His vice presidency isn't worth a pile of shit--hot or cold. And he sure 5ucked the the part about distributing blankets after Katrina. Stole 'em, mostly.
In this case it's not the job that isn't worth the pitcher, it's the feller who holds it.
Blacked Out by the Corporate Media, Impeachment Advances
Poll: Majority of Americans Want Cheney Impeached
Papers Detail Industry's Role in Cheney's Energy Report
Cheney: I Told Leahy To ‘F*ck Himself’ Because He Was ‘Close To Kissing Me’
Acting-President Cheney Almost Starts WWIII
Leahy gives his side of the now-infamous “Go F*#k yourself” moment with Dick Cheney from the floor of the Senate
Tony Snow is such a fucking whore.
That's a beautiful cartoon, H-Dogg, and also very scary. I do worry that irreparable damage has been done vis-a-vis power-grabbing.
And what about the absolute power vacuum Rove will leave in Washington?
Absolute power vacuums suck absolutely.
Colbert Marks 5th Anniversary of Cheney’s ‘Operation: Iraq Lies’
The Cheney Project
Charlie Savage: Cheney Plotted Imperial Presidency ‘Thirty Years Ago’
"Pakistan policy is essentially being run from Cheney’s office."
Iraq Déjà Vu: Cheney Pressuring Intel Analysts, Stifling Dissent, Manipulating Intelligence
Cheney Repeatedly Met With Auto Execs Before White House Killed California’s Emissions Law
Challenging Cheney: A National Archives official reveals what the veep wanted to keep classified--and how he tried to challenge the rules
Happy Dick Cheney Day!
Ah, how time flies. Shall we celebrate by shooting Silly String in each other's faces?
KBR Dodges $500 Million In Social Security And Medicare Taxes In Cheney-Backed Scheme
Cheney On Two-Thirds Of The American Public Opposing The Iraq War: ‘So?’
Architect of War(s)
Cheney: Bush, Not Troops, Has War's 'Biggest Burden'
Dick Cheney was never a "grown up": A hard look at how one man changed the face of neoconservatism.
McCain On Whether Cheney Might Serve In His Administration: ‘Hell, Yeah’
Cheney Waits Until Last Minute Again To Buy Sept. 11 Gifts
I wondered if McCain was going to let Cheney run things in the background or let him sit right there at his right hand in the O-office.
Dick Cheney’s Last-Gasp Fight Against Clean Air
Cheney Confesses To A War Crime
Vice Presidential Handlers Lure Cheney Into Traveling Crate
Cheney warns of new attacks
Cheney Sets Obama Up
I'm thinkin' maybe someone ought to take a hard look at Mr. Cheney and his bizness. Why to divide the country, asshole.
Cheney Dunk Tank Raises $800 Billion For Nation
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'
Cheney’s Assassination Squads and Iran-Contra and Findings
Cheney: "I Was A Big Supporter Of Waterboarding"
Does Dick Cheney Want to Be Prosecuted?
Even if he doesn't, couldn't we anyway? Didn't hubris bring down some other political figure?
I had believed him when he said, debating Joseph Lieberman, that he was *against nation building and foreign adventures* somehow. That was pretty much the END of my being gulled by politicians EVAR. If he feels guilty about that, it's only right and fair.
The No-Dick Rule: Why former Vice President Cheney should no longer be allowed on network TV.
Media Barred From Photographing Romney With Cheney At Fundraiser
Well, yeah, why would you want a picture of Satan and his minion?
Cheney: ‘Keep The Money Flowing’ To ‘Plan For The Next War’
Dick Cheney Sets New World Record for Being an Asshole
And he had to work damn hard to do it!
Rotten piece of head cheese that he most certainly is.
I think NOT!
has the cheese take.
Some taverns have jars of pig's brains for sale. I never had the guts, 'cuz they call it head cheese. And you see what it looks like...
“It’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart.”
He ought to feel pretty damn good now, seeing as he has a healthy beating human heart replacing that withered bloodless piggish heart he had prior.
Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A 'Terrorist'
Cheney isn't fit to live in the same world as Mandela. Mandela is a hero. Cheney is an evil asshole.
He Remade Our World
In Private Speech, Dick Cheney Talks Bombing Iran and GOP Donors Applaud