Cheney to be President

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I just wanted to acknowledge what CNN is now reporting, that Dick Cheney will hold the power of the Presidency while Bush undergoes a colonoscopy.
This will likely just end up as a blip on the radar screen. Cheney will probably spend his short time as President eating snacks and watching TV, or otherwise wreaking whatever havoc he ordinarily wreaks over the course of the day.
Then again, a lot can happen in 2 and a half hours.
On an entirely serious note, the Veep has pushed to expand his influence not only beyond the customary, but also the legal authority of his office. If there were one person in public life who would exercise Presidential power as a caretaker, does anyone doubt it would be Cheney?
In all likelihood, this is a big ‘ol non-story. But I’m still going to breathe a big sigh of relief when Bush wakes up and relieves Cheney after an uneventful few hours.

— Scott Paul

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65 comments on “Cheney to be President

  1. MP says:

    Before you spend your money, Kathleen, read some of the free stuff. Like this piece, one of three articles written by engineer Manuel Garcia, Jr., for Counterpunch, one of Pauline’s favorite sources:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/physic11282006.html
    Or don’t read it–up to you.

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the heads up on David Griffin’s new book. Will definitely buy that one, too.

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  3. pauline says:

    “fun” or “sick”?
    Even with all the pseudnyms, he’s showing his “real” self at last.
    I know I won’t respond anymore to any name/pseudonym he’s been using – period. He’s a fraud and like many firsters, can’t keep his bs straight to hide his real agenda.
    As far as ANY info/comments this firster has listed concerning 9/11, every reader of TWN should look at David Ray Griffin’s latest book, “Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory”.
    The following is from last fall is where this twisted firster talks to himself!!
    “MP, I strongly disagree with your comments on dual citizenship. No one is suggesting that dual citizens should not be allowed residence, or should not be allowed to work in this country, but there is nothing unreasonable about considering the possible impact of a second citizenship for some jobs. Should an Israeli citizen be the US ambassador to Israel.. or Saudi Arabia, for that matter? I think it’s a legitimate question. Also, given the terrible record of Israelis selling our most sensitive military secrets to our enemies, I have no problem with restricting dual citizens’ access to some classified information.”
    Marky, Carroll, Pauline: You make some good points. But I think it’s important to note that dual citizens are actual citizens of both countries. They aren’t real citizens of one country and guest workers of the other country. So, Marky, your language about allowing these folks to reside and work here almost sounds like your talking about an applicant for a green card.
    Keep in mind, too, that Aldrich Ames and that fellow before him from the Navy and the most recent mole in the CIA (my mind’s a sieve!) were not Jews (to my knowledge) nor were they dual citizens. Yet they stole secrets and sold them to our enemies.
    So the real issue here is, to my mind, are the people who have access to classified information trustworthy? Are they loyal to the US? Or are they selling us out? If the answers are no, no and yes, they need to be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But I’m not sure you can tell who is going to be a no, no, yes in advance just because they are dual citizens. Asserting that you do know in advance, I think, moves you in the direction of witch-hunting. Not there yet, but in the direction.
    (You also give fuel to anti-Semites like Campbell. That’s not a reason not to speak one’s mind, but it’s worth keeping an eye on–as folks seem to be doing well on this blog.)
    (You also run into the problem of the rabid Christian “zionists” who support Israel first. They don’t have dual citizenship, so they would presumably drift through your net.)
    Having said all that, I haven’t made up my mind on this issue. Top security positions may not be the place to practice our democracy, and it may be the better part of valor and caution to exclude folks who are dual citizens. (I’m leaving aside all the legal issues such an exclusion will probably run into, since, as I say, these folks are actual citizens and many were born here.)
    Carroll: I’m in complete in agreement that the US needs to pursue its own interests independently of Israel’s. I happen to think that oil is a much bigger influence on US foreign policy in the ME than Israel is, but that’s a different discussion.
    Posted by MP at September 26, 2006 09:26 AM

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  4. MP says:

    Okay, you got me. I tried to fool you, but to no avail. I am Marky. We are one and the same. I apologize to you and the rest of the posters here–and, of course, to Steve. This is the last you’ll hear from “MP” as I prefer my “Marky” persona to my “MP.”
    I’ve also been a number of other personae on these threads. I won’t reveal them, though you’ve guessed correctly at them before, but you won’t hear from them again. Nor will I create any new ones. I’ve caused enough damage to what have been, otherwise, productive and useful conversations.
    It’s been fun. Take care.

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  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    ROFLMAO!!!! Right, MP. Like I said, you doth protest too much. You responded in the first person to a quote I cited from Marky. You obviously recognized the quote as your own. Deny it all you want, but those are the facts. And it is also the exact same way I have seen you intrenet trolls outed in the past. If you recall, it was also what outed Winnipeger’s constant use of deception. Deny, deny, deny, MP. What the hell, at least its a pleasant diversion from your straw, straw, straw.

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  6. MP says:

    Well, you know what? None of them rhymes with “MP.” Moreover, “Marky” has been posting off and on here for a long time. And it often happens that OTHERS will mimic a person’s screen name to harass him. But it never lasts long. And Marky’s been around for a long time…as have I. So your assertion that “he” and I are one and the same is nonsense.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Moreover, POA continues this witch hunt when the people involved are OBVIOUSLY different people who happen to agree on some topics.”
    Right. Its obvious that “Marky”, “Darky”, and “Sparky” are different people.
    Idiot.

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  8. Kathleen says:

    MP It doesn’t matter to me, it just seems a little juvenile. I’d rather stay on point.

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  9. MP says:

    POA writes: “Because you brought up your wife’s supposed role, MP. Make sense? Interesting that your wife was working on voter fraud issues, yet you didn’t even recognize the company name of ES&S.”
    Yes, but you’ve failed repeatedly to show that my wife’s activities weren’t as I portrayed them. You have no proof. You don’t even have interesting arguments. And yet you continue to pretend to know what you self-evidently do not.
    What business is it of mine when some ignorant yahoo uses two or three different screen names to attack my opinions? Need you ask?
    Yes, I’m sorry, but I do. Deal with the arguments–who cares who’s hiding behind the curtain?

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  10. MP says:

    Kathleen writes: “MP, when someone uses various names to comment on the same site, the same thread, it creates a false appearance of agreement where none actualy exists.”
    So? What does it matter whether X number of people agree about any topic? Moreover, POA continues this witch hunt when the people involved are OBVIOUSLY different people who happen to agree on some topics. Yet that doesn’t slow the boy down and, in fact, has NOTHING to do with the issues involved.
    Kathleen writes: “I think readers here are astute and not influenced by how many people agree but rather how well they research their facts, how critical their thinking is and how well founded their conclusions are.”
    Which means there is nothing to worry about when some people happen to agree, yes? Even IF they were the same person. It’s all to do the quality of the arguments, yes? So, again, I fail to see the validity of POA’s crusade.

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  11. Kathleen says:

    MP, when someone uses various names to comment on the same site, the same thread, it creates a false appearance of agreement where none actualy exists. I think readers here are astute and not influenced by how many people agree but rather how well they research their facts, how critical their thinking is and how well founded their conclusions are.
    I can’t speak to the other issues you raised because I did not see the exchange.
    On another topic, The Future of Freedom Foundation has a great piece speaking to some of the issues we have discussed here.
    Why Germans Supported Hitler, Parts 1 & 2 by Jacob G. Hornberger. I thought this article was enlightening on a subject I have pondered for years.
    http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0703a.asp
    Meanwhile, back in the Beltway, Call your Congresscritter and ask them to get on board with HR 333 and impeach that bloodthristy maniac.
    Also call your Senators and get them on board to stand with Senator Russ Feingold on his Motions for Censure of that idiot at the top. Feingold is the ONLY mensch in the Senate.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Because you brought up your wife’s supposed role, MP. Make sense? Interesting that your wife was working on voter fraud issues, yet you didn’t even recognize the company name of ES&S.
    What business is it of mine when some ignorant yahoo uses two or three different screen names to attack my opinions? Need you ask?
    Like I said, MP, you’re as phoney as a three dollar bill.

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  13. MP says:

    Kathleen writes: “P.S. Why is it anyone’s business if POA emails Steve?”
    True. And why is it POA’s business who writes under which screen name…or what anyone’s wife does or doesn’t do with respect to voter protection…or any number of other personal questions he feels emboldened to pursue?

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  14. Sandy says:

    Kathleen, you’re a woman after my own heart…..I wondered that, too! Ha!
    Isn’t it bad enough that Dopey and Darth are monitoring our mail/e-mail?

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  15. Kathleen says:

    As someone who works on many issues, I frequently call various Senators, Congresscritters and Committee staff, so I had no illsuions about Obama. I found him weak and ineffectual on critical issues.
    As for Reid’s leadership, he’s as exciting as a cold bowl of oatmeal.
    It is long past time for Congress to tell Dopey in no uncertain terms, that he serves at the pleasure of THE PEOPLE, and we are not amused.
    Check out Dopey’s new Executive Order. http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/072207A.
    Hope this means they’ll round up the Bush family for their close association and business dealings with the Bin Laden family.
    Britt, thanx for the list of elements of Fascism. Always good to be reminded.
    P.S. Why is it anyone’s business if POA emails Steve?

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  16. Carroll says:

    Posted by PissedOffAmerican at July 21, 2007 10:16 PM
    Posted by … at July 22, 2007 02:11 AM
    Posted by rich at July 22, 2007 01:50 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>
    Right
    Right
    Right
    Obama is just another opportunist. As is Hillary.
    Just becuase one is black and one is a woman doesn’t mean they are anything different than the usual politican..if anything they will make even more deals with the “establishment” to get elected….and get a second term.

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  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “POA, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)is a Jew. So what can you do, eh?”
    Posted by Chappaqua
    I could care less whether or not she is “a jew”. It has no meaning or relevence to my disdain for her position on AIPAC. There are non-jews in Washington that are cow-towing to AIPAC as well.
    Its amazing that such a short comment as yours can telegraph a true anti-semitic bent. Or worse, it is baiting, trying to illicit a comment that can then be countered with the accusation of anti-semitism.
    I would be perfectly happy if the debates here about Israel and AIPAC were completely devoid of any reference to religion, or “jewishness”. The issue of “jewishness”, and what it means, or what it entails, means absolutely nothing to me. I am not informed about it, nor do I care to inform myself about it.
    Lowey’s subservient and laudatory comments about AIPAC are distasteful to me on their own merit. I do not require knowledge of her religion to decry her loyalties.

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  18. Chappaqua says:

    POA,
    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)is a Jew. So what can you do, eh?

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  19. marky says:

    Hey, Conyers says that he’s 3 Representatives away from being able to start impeachment hearings on Bush or Gonzalez.
    The Senators don’t matter right now. The ball will start rolling in the House.

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  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Fiengold plans to introduce resolutions “censuring” Bush and Cheney, as well as Gonzales.
    Hows the piece of shit coward Reid respond? He “won’t support” the resolutions. These bastards won’t even support censuring Bush, while more and more Americans are demading impeachment?
    It is as imperative that we rid Washington of the likes of Reid as it is we get rid of Bush. Neither of them respect the law, the people, or the constitution.

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Obama’s statement…
    “I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,”
    …is the reason I cancelled my subscription to his newsletters, and is the reason I briefly outlined in my comment to Obama’s website staff.
    Interestingly enough, on another thread, “Marky” accuses me of “frequently” emailing Steve. Although the truth is that I do email Steve, (albiet rarely), after seeing Obama’s statement about Bush’s abuses not meeting the standard of “grave and intentional breeches of the president’s authority” I did feel compelled to email steve and solicit his opinion on Obama’s statement. It is the ONLY email I have ever sent Steve that he did not respond to. Sometimes, absent a defense, silence is the only reasonable response. I urge all the readers here, if they feel as I do, to email or phone Obama’s staff, and inform them of your dissatisfaction with Obama’s stance, and your withdrawal of any support for his candidacy.
    Obama: “Impeachment is Not Acceptable”
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has joined the likes of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dick Durbin in rejecting calls for the impeachment of President George Bush.
    In comments made to USA Today, Obama said he would not back such a move, although he has been distressed by the “loose ethical standards, the secrecy and incompetence” of a “variety of characters” in the administration.“I think you reserve impeachment for grave, grave breeches, and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,”
    he said.
    “I believe if we began impeachment proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington dysfunction,” he added. “We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business, be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.”
    In his zeal to become the next president, Sen. Obama has decided it’s in the best interest of his campaign to ignore the criminality and the abuses of presidential power carried out by the current administration. How can Sen. Obama disregard the following?
    1. Bush lied about the threat from Iraq to justify a war
    2. Bush started an illegal wiretaping program of American citizens
    3. Bush failed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina
    4. Bush politicized the Department of Justice
    5. Bush built foreign prisons where prisoners could be tortured out of view of Congress
    6. Bush obstructed an investigation into the outing of a CIA undercover agent
    If these crimes don’t meet Obama’s standard of “grave and intentional breeches of the president’s authority,” then perhaps the Illinois senator needs to revisit the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. President George Bush has systematically abused the powers of the presidency and by doing so, threatened the rule of law. Bush has committed numerous impeachable offenses and he should be removed from office.
    From the Left was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama’s bid to become the 44th president of the United States. But Obama’s willingness to ignore the abuses of presidential power carried out by George Bush in order to ‘get along’ and get elected, is reason to give pause and reconsider his judgment. There is no more serious abuse of presidential authority than lying to the Congress and the American people to get them to support a war. President George Bush must be held accountable.
    So, it’s with great sadness than I am pulling my support for Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for president. Barack Obama is a smart, charismatic man, able to inspire followers and lift their hearts. But as ugly and as tortuous the impeachment process can be, as Americans, nothing is more important than protecting our Constitutional system and preserving our democracy. Even if Mr. Obama doesn’t think so.
    http://tinyurl.com/2ker7k

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  22. Kathleen says:

    Realist, I’m with you on 9/11 being a false flag operation. These callous sadists don’t care about the collateral damage that occutrs as they inflict their agenda on the world. As W would say, “You can bank on it” and “banking” is exactly what the NeoNutzis did, laughing all the way. Blood money.

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  23. Kathleen says:

    Once again, Demz are letting Repugs define the issues. Holding an office holder accountable in the face of actual crimes against the state is not on a par with the impeachment of Bill Clinton for personal indiscretions. This is not partisanship. What is partisan, is Demz refusing to impeach because they think it will hurt them in elections. In addition to cowardice, it’s utterly stupid and lacks even elementary strategy.
    On the colonoscopy, did they find Dopey’s brain yet? Hope they didn’t mistake that pea sized thing for a polyp.
    While Capt’n Ahab was literally at the helm of our Ship of State, I launched my new mantra.
    No impeachment, no money.

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  24. rich says:

    POA–
    Boy, that quote reveals all you need to know about Barack Obama. Worse than anything–it’s shallow.
    His statement is willfully untruthful regarding our situtation AND the status of impeachment.
    And that alone makes him unfit to govern.
    “I believe if we begin impeachment
    proceedings we will be . . . engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.”
    What an ignorant, irresponsible, wholly dishonest statement to make. I can see why Republicans are willing to use the Obama/Osama ploy–after all, Sen. Obama’s abusive characterization of the Constitution is surely a betrayal of the Constitution and our soldiers in Iraq, insofar as it is complicit in Prznt Bush’s usurpation of Congress’s inherent powers.
    Because Sen. Obama’s stance is the same stance that PUT U.S. soldiers in Iraq, kept them there as an always-already-untenable occupying force, and ill-equipped, ill-trained, and ill-served them.
    There is no small heap of shame attached to Sen. Obama’s name. He’ll go down for some of the same reasons McCain did. (Whose demise I predicted on this blog’s comment section.)
    Time to triple my donation to OTHER candidates–and Russ Feingold’s PAC. God knows these

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  25. ... says:

    obama doesn’t get it, but he typlifies the political insiders mindset.. this is what i am getting, which is why i was curious to hear Steves views to see if they were any different… i am starting to suspect they are not… it is just business as usual for these seasoned political types .. they are unable to see the seriousness of seeing everything in partisan terms.. of course that is the ‘game’ they play 24 X 7, but they are clearly unable to see how that is just what the public wants rid of as well… which leads back to impeachment proceedings being necessary and having nothing to do with partisan politics… what a sad bunch of scoundrels in politics today they are.. those who follow them around may not be all that different either.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Going through my emails, I just found one I missed reading. I had subscribed to Obama’s newsletters, but when he uttered that crap about Bush’s abuses not meeting his (Obama’s) standard for “executive abuse”, I cancelled my online subscription. When I did so, I composed a brief explanation as to why I was cancelling, and would not support Obama.
    Here is the response I recieved…..
    —————————————–
    Subject: Response to Your Message to Senator Obama
    Date: Jul 16, 2007 11:26 AM
    Dear Friend,
    Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on impeaching President George
    W. Bush. I appreciate and share your high level of dissatisfaction and frustration
    with the President, his actions and his priorities. I disagree with him on many
    issues, ranging from the war in Iraq to the future of Social Security to funding
    our childrenÂ’s schools.
    I support robust Congressional investigations into his administration and the highly
    questionable actions it has taken in areas such as domestic spying and the U.S.
    attorney firings. He has horribly mismanaged the rebuilding of New Orleans and
    the Gulf Coast. The Democratic Congress has achieved important progress this year,
    but we are still stymied by a President who is out of sync with the American people,
    vetoing legislation to responsibly get us out of Iraq and to support increased stem
    cell research.
    America needs to move forward again, and I donÂ’t believe that continuing this era
    of bitter partisanship is the best course of action. As I travel the country campaigning,
    I hear the call for a new direction and a change in our politics, a thirst for something
    more. I donÂ’t believe impeachment answers this call. I believe if we begin impeachment
    proceedings we will be engulfed in more of the politics that has made Washington
    dysfunctional. We would once again, rather than attending to the people’s business,
    be engaged in a tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, non-stop circus.
    Instead, I will continue to move forward with a positive agenda in the Senate and
    on the campaign trail. I hope you will stay involved and work for progress on the
    issues that matter most to you. Thank you again for writing.
    Sincerely,
    Barack Obama
    —————————–
    I wonder if this coward Obama will feel the same when he wakes up to reality, and realizes that all the tools to remove these people have been removed by executive fiat, and that his lack of action cost us any hope we had of saving our “representative” government, and its essential checks and balances.

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  27. ... says:

    “AIPAC is absolutely vital as a source of information,” said Lowey..she could have said “AIPAC is absolutely vital as a source of revenue,” but it wouldn’t have gone over as well… too blatant.

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  28. PissedOffAmerican says:

    The following is froim the AIPAC website. On more than one occassion I have linked directly to actual indisputable lies that have been posted on the AIPAC website. It is indeed disheartening to see this Lowey turncoat describe AIPAC as “Vital as a Source of Information”. Never mind that they helped provide the blatant lies and propaganda that were used to con us into the invasion of Iraq. Never mind that these foreign agents are now embarked on the same kind of propaganda campaign against Iran. To Lowey, its all about cow-towing to “the lobby” so she can pursue her political career without fear of being blackmailed, blackballed, or blacklisted by these agents of a foreign government.
    Lowey: AIPAC “Vital as a Source of Information”
    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) spoke to AIPAC leadership.
    Speaking to AIPAC leadership, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) thanked the organization for its efforts to educate members of Congress and said it was “an honor” for her to fight for the U.S.-Israel relationship. “AIPAC is absolutely vital as a source of information,” said Lowey, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee. Lowey also stated that she was proud to have written the 2008 foreign aid bill, which included $2.4 billion in U.S. aid to Israel. Following Lowey’s remarks, a bipartisan group of nearly 20 freshmen members of Congress — almost half of the new class — spoke to AIPAC leaders from throughout the country. Each of them expressed their support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and took time to thank AIPAC for the reliable information and analysis the organization provides to lawmakers.

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  29. km4 says:

    Were those weapons of mass destruction that were extracted from Bush’s ass ?

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  30. ... says:

    Steve, i think it is a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum- impeachment – and i think many of your readers including myself would be interested to hear your unique perspective on it, from where you sit.. thanks –

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  31. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Steve, what would it take to convince you of impeachment proceedings?”
    Posted by
    Don’t worry, he’ll come around as soon as all the tools that allow such a process are no longer at our disposal.
    Oh, I forgot, Bush has already accomplished that end through Executive fiat.
    But gee, isn’t Reid a hero! The pure bravery and patriotism exhibited by his historic slumber party will go down in the pages of history as Democracy’s last dying gasp. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.

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  32. Sandy says:

    Ha! You mean Scary Chertoff? Or Chimpy?
    Let’s see, five:
    1. Dick Cheney
    2. Condi Rice
    3. Donald Rumsfeld
    4. Karl Rove
    5. Scooter Libby….or Abu Gonzo…..or Harriet baby

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  33. john somer says:

    Well, it seems they found five polyps. Which confirms that ruling by gut feelings can be bad for your health….

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  34. Realist says:

    TAPPED (The American Prospect) blog is a cowardly excuse for a blog. Those twats have apparantly banned my comments because they can’t disprove them. If anyone here values freedom of expression, post comments on TAPPED and tell them what twats they are for banning someone they can’t disprove. I have heard the “blog is like someone’s house” analogy in that you can ban anyone you want as you can tell anyone in your house to leave, but there is a difference between banning someone for being a dick and banning someone for consistently saying things that they don’t want to hear yet can’t disprove because they’re the facts, like them or not. I’ve said the truth about 9/11 being a false flag operation many times on many blogs and have yet to be banned by anyone but TAPPED. I know a lot of people like to pretend that 9/11 happened the way the official myth has it, but nevertheless they haven’t banned me. And a big blog like TAPPED? That even has its own magazine in print? Utterly gutless. Those cowards are either willingly or unknowingly part of the cover-up, helping out the mass murderers who have the blood of 3,000 Americans on their hands. No wonder their blog’s motto is “Liberal Intelligence”. They must be the liberal wing of the intelligence community. They’re accessories-after-the-fact to mass murder. Cowardly pieces of shit who ban people instead of trying to debate because they can’t defend the indefensible. To hell with TAPPED.

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  35. Sandy says:

    Kathleen, thanks for the credit for listing the fascism-exists- when points…..but Britt deserves the credit. Which, btw, after reading them I was about to post a thank you to Britt my own self.
    Eerily they all exist….right here…..right now.
    And, the Dems don’t do squat!
    As Carroll says, we need to burn D.C. down and start over from scratch. They’re all corrupt. Stepford robots, all programmed with the same scary mo’s.
    THEY DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.

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  36. ... says:

    Steve, what would it take to convince you of impeachment proceedings?

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  37. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “How The White House Will Manipulate Events and Emotions to Maintain GOP Executive Branch Control in 2008”
    http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/editorials/148
    And meanwhile, these cowards in Congress stage “slumber parties”, lauded here by the blind partisan bias that epitomizes the picture of an inability to accept reality.

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  38. Kathleen says:

    Darth for a Day. Yikes. How sad that having Dopey back is considered a relief. Geeeezus.
    Well. color me super cynical again, but I remember the last time we were treated to the intimate details of a Commander-In-Cheif’s butt hole. Iran-Contra had just hit the fan, so the
    Gipper had to hide in the hospital and not be asked uncomfortable questions. I think he was getting hypnotized and post hypnotically suggested to say his inane little riff about about the arms for hostages deal and not react to the I word. If you recall, the first time he answered a question about it was in a 3rd grade classroom. Talk about soft balls.
    So, is it super cynical to think Dopey has something he’s hiding where the sun doesn’t shine?
    Did they find his brain yet?
    Sandy, I had seen that list of symptoms on Fascisism a long time ago, Thanks for reminding me. I’d say we are there.

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  39. Tom Paine says:

    C-Span recently aired a forum on the Vice-Presidency. Walter Mondale spoke and seemed just please as punch that he and Carter had expanded the powers of the VP. Apparently it never occurred to them that there may be a downside to giving more power to an office that had power in two branches of the government. Their inept tinkering set the stage for Cheney’s power grab.

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  40. Tom Paine says:

    C-Span recently aired a forum on the Vice-Presidency. Walter Mondale spoke and seemed just please as punch that he and Carter had expanded the powers of the VP. Apparently it never occurred to them that there may be a downside to giving more power to an office that had power in two branches of the government. Their inept tinkering set the stage for Cheney’s power grab.

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  41. jhm says:

    I hope that Hon. Speaker Pelosi has executive orders all written up and awaiting signiture jut in case Acting President Cheney’s pace maker goes on the fritz or something.

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  42. Michael K says:

    Cheney as President (even for an hour), yet another infringement on our rights by the gov’t. Add it to the ever-growing list of violations:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by opening mail, caging demonstrators and banning books like “America Deceived” from Amazon.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns during Katrina.
    They violate the 4th Amendment by conducting warrant-less wiretaps.
    They violate the 5th and 6th Amendment by suspending habeas corpus.
    They violate the 8th Amendment by torturing.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting 2 illegal wars based on lies and on behalf of a foriegn gov’t.
    Support Dr. Ron Paul and end this mess.
    Last link (unless Stark County District Library caves to the gov’t and drops the title):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?&isbn=0-595-38523-0

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  43. semper fubar says:

    A little peek at what this afternoon holds in store for us:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7_9hhifF_k

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  44. Britt says:

    Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
    Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
    4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
    domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
    5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
    6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
    7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
    8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
    9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
    10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
    14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

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  45. Carroll says:

    Time is running out folks…demand a coup now or forever hold your peace.
    DeFazio asks, but he’s denied access
    Classified info – The congressman wanted to see government plans for after a terror attack
    Friday, July 20, 2007JEFF KOSSEFF The Oregonian Staff
    WASHINGTON — Oregonians called Peter DeFazio’s office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.
    As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure “bubbleroom” in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents.
    On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.
    “I just can’t believe they’re going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack,” DeFazio says.
    Homeland Security Committee staffers told his office that the White House initially approved his request, but it was later quashed. DeFazio doesn’t know who did it or why.
    “We’re talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America,” DeFazio says. “I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee.”
    Bush administration spokesman Trey Bohn declined to say why DeFazio was denied access: “We do not comment through the press on the process that this access entails. It is important to keep in mind that much of the information related to the continuity of government is highly sensitive.”
    Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he “cannot think of one good reason” to deny access to a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.
    “I find it inexplicable and probably reflective of the usual, knee-jerk overextension of executive power that we see from this White House,” Ornstein said.
    This is the first time DeFazio has been denied access to documents. DeFazio has asked Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to help him access the documents.
    “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right,” DeFazio said.

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  46. ... says:

    kotzabasis – “hail hitler, er, cheney”… i think that is what you mean to say.. go for it. very ‘brain dead’ macho.
    steve, do you think it is time for impeachment of this royal dictatorship yet?

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  47. kotzabasis says:

    One knows it’s a WEAKLINGS DAY when people don’t want to miss the opportunity to critique the strong character of Cheney. In the HARD times of Islamofascism and its suicidal hordes only hard men/women prevail. Not nipple-fed intellectuals and their sundry wimpish followers.

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  48. Dan says:

    So, it looks like Cheney is indeed part of the executive branch after all

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  49. PissedOffAmerican says:

    By the way, for a very short time tomorrow, we will be able to honestly state that Bush is not full of shit. Its history in the making.

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  50. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gee, Steve is gonna hold his breath till Monkey Boy gets back in the drivers seat. I guess he figures Cheney is a clear and present danger.
    But hey, lets not impeach him.
    I’m really not into assholes, its just not my thing. But hey, in the interest of patriotism, I’d be willing to administer Bush’s colonoscopy, free of charge, as long as I can do it with my 1956 Hoover canister style vacuum cleaner, and my 30″ Stihl polyp remover.

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  51. steambomb says:

    Colonoscopy? What the hell for? Did cheney detect something up there in that last presidential press conference?

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  52. Demdog says:

    Don’t know why Bush needs a colonoscopy. We already know he has his head up his ass!

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  53. Marky says:

    I don’t understand how this works? Does Cheney give up his VP dutie during these hours? If so, who runs the country? Satan?

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  54. Dan Kervick says:

    Oddly appropriate. While they probe the asshole of the commander-in-chief, the country’s chief asshole takes command.

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  55. semper fubar says:

    Real men go to Teheran. On to Iran!

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  56. Thingumbobesquire says:

    The headline on this item is defective. It shoulld have read: Bush to have colonoscopy. Cheney to emerge as President. Thank you.

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  57. Tiparillo says:

    “Dick Cheney will hold the power of the Presidency while Bush undergoes a colonoscopy”
    How is this day different than any other day?

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  58. Fred says:

    It wasn’t too long ago Cheney told congress he wasn’t part of the executive branch, well, now he will be, if only for a short while. Time to act congress.

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  59. ... says:

    we are about midway between april fools and haloween.. it looks like the universe is sending us this message too.

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  60. Sandy says:

    Old-line Republican warns ‘something’s in the works’ to trigger a police state
    Muriel Kane
    Thursday July 19, 2007
    “Thom Hartmann began his program on Thursday by reading from a new Executive Order which allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who interferes with its Iraq policies.
    He then introduced old-line conservative Paul Craig Roberts — a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan who has recently become known for his strong opposition to the Bush administration and the Iraq War — by quoting the “strong words” which open Roberts’ latest column: “Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney,
    a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran.”
    “I don’t actually think they’re very strong,” said Roberts of his words. “I get a lot of flak that they’re understated and the situation is worse than I say. … When Bush exercises this authority [under the new Executive Order] … there’s no check to it. It doesn’t have to be ratified by Congress. The people who bear the brunt of these dictatorial police state actions have no recourse to the judiciary. So it really is a form of total, absolute, one-man rule. … The American people don’t really understand the danger that they face.”
    Roberts said that because of Bush’s unpopularity, the Republicans face a total wipeout in 2008, and this may be why “the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year’s election.”
    However, Roberts emphasized, “the problem with this reasoning is that it assumes that Cheney and Rove and the Republicans are ignorant of these facts, or it assumes that they are content for the Republican Party to be destroyed after Bush has his fling.” Roberts believes instead that Cheney and Rove intend to use a renewal of the War on Terror to rally the American people around the Republican Party.
    “Something’s in the works,” he said, adding that the Executive Orders need to create a police state are already in place.
    “The administration figures themselves and prominent Republican propagandists … are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events,” Roberts continued.
    “Chertoff has predicted them. … The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. … You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda’s not going to do it, it’s going to be orchestrated. … The Republicans are praying for another 9/11.”
    Hartmann asked what we as the people can do if impeachment isn’t about to happen.
    “If enough people were suspicious and alert, it would be harder for the administration to get away with it,” Roberts replied.
    However, he added, “I don’t think these wake-up calls are likely to be effective,” pointing out the dominance of the mainstream media.
    “Americans think their danger is terrorists,” said Roberts. “They don’t understand the terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution. … The terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just aren’t able to perceive that.”
    Roberts pointed out that it’s old-line Republicans like himself, former Reagan associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein, and Pat Buchanan who are the diehards in warning of the danger.
    “It’s so obvious to people like us who have long been associated in the corridors of power,” he said. “There’s no belief in the people or anything like that.
    They have agendas. The people are in the way. The Constitution is in the way. … Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. … A person like that would do anything.”
    Roberts final suggestion was that, in the absence of a massive popular outcry, “the only constraints on what’s going to happen will come from the federal bureaucracy and perhaps the military. They may have had enough. They may not go along with it.”
    http://tinyurl.com/3x9ztv

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  61. John Robert BEHRMAN says:

    The interesting thing here is anesthesia. This procedure can be done w/out it.
    But, I guess GWB is afraid of anal sex.
    ::JRBehrman

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  62. Tony Prentakis says:

    Just curious: suppose Cheney orders a bombing run against some Iranian nuclear facility while he’s Acting President. Would the Pentagon salute and snap to? What if he fired a few more USAs? Would whoever’s left at DOJ start making phone calls? Is it possible that our soldiers and bureaucrats are automatons to such a degree?
    Follow-up question: if they’re not automatons while Dubya is asleep, why do they have to be when he’s awake?
    — TP

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  63. juque boqx says:

    Do you really believe that Bush has been restraining Cheney? I haven’t seen convincing evidence of that. I am hoping that Cheney prefers to lurk in the shadows while Bush follows his instructions–more or less.
    I expect his impeachment defense to be some variation on: “I wasn’t the president, George did it.”
    So while Bush enjoys a nap while doctors do to him what he’s been doing to us–wide awake–since 2000, maybe Cheney will bide his time quietly. When he’s the acting president, is he required to disclose his location?

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