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Cafferty Worth Reading

Not that it’s anything new for him, necessarily, but it’s great writing. This is the mainstream talking.

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Two Must-Watch Videos on Torture @Chrominance

MSNBC had some great work on the torture issue – because there’s no question now that torture is exactly the right word to use for the whole disgusting ball of wax – by both Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. I’ve collected two video segments for you and if you’ve not already watched them, I highly recommend them.

The first is Keith Olbermann talking to Brig. Gen. Janice Karpinski about Abu Ghraib. You might remember her as the woman who was discharged for the torture mess there when it was leaked by members of the military. Her impassioned speech when she talks about what she and others in the military had to suffer – taking the fall for what is now clearly and factually a policy set by the highest levels of the Bush White House – is magnetic. This poor woman suffered a dishonerable fate for having done her duty with honor. How many more are there like her in and out of the military right now?

Next up is Rachel Maddow doing her typical best at breaking down the story in a way that is concise, clear and easily understandable to most every American. And she does it in her typically creative style while never straying from the seriousness of the issue. There is no doubt left that the horrors we saw at Abu Ghraib are the exact same policies that Dick Cheney keeps going on Fox News to defend. Fine if he wants to defend them, as long as we’re all very clear that crimes were committed and Dick Cheney says it’s OK.

I have not to this point seriously believed that prosecutions over the torture policies of the Bush Administration were possible. No reflection on the Obama Administration, but every White House is resistant to prosecuting previous administrations for fear of the same being turned on them. Precedent is a bitch. But as this story unfolds, two things are becoming clear: that the torture policies of the Bush White House were much, much worse than we feared and that this is an issue which is destined to get out of the hands of the Obama Administration – indeed, it may already have. There is a sense of inevitability in the air, of justice that will not be denied. The question is: how high up the ladder to the charges actually end up going, and will that height be adequate to the crimes committed?

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GOP + VP = STFU

The Pugs have had it with The Big Dick and want to appear softer. And they’re saying so out loud, now that Dick Cheney has opened his yap and started talking crap about Obama’s insistence on being all Constitutional and shit. It’s clear from Obama’s recent interview that he welcomes the opportunity to disagree with Dick. I think Republicans are getting the message and trying to tamp this down right quick.

But you know, a man whose willing to shoot an old guy in the face with bird shot may not be willing to go quietly.

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Cheney on The News Hour

Updated and Reposted: Here is the video and transcript of Dick Cheney on The News Hour.

It’s pretty rare that an interview on The News Hour gets flagged as something special, but the interview I’m watching of Dick Cheney by Jim Leher is pretty interesting actually. Jim’s letting him talk forever, but its Cheney’s long, circuitous routes around making any statement at all about anything that are what makes this whole thing amazing. I’ve never seen a person drone on so long in Corporate Douchenese. It’s fascinating.

For example, when asked about the detainee who Bush Administration officials says was tortured, Dick Cheney- Vice President of the United States – actually said, “oh, well, we have regulations. . . She said those regulations were followed. . . Our people follow the regulations. . . blah, blah, . . . But I can’t guarantee perfection.”

No shit, really? Did the VPOTUS just say that you can’t cry over spilled milk or accidentally tortured prisoners of war?

I’ve got to get a link to this video and put it on this post.

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Cheny – Cheney, Bang – Bang

Lest we forget, today is the anniversary of the day that Vice President Dick Cheney shot a seventy three year old man in the face.

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80,450 and Counting. Impeach the Dick!

UPDATED 12/17, 3:51pm:  OK, in the last four and a half hours, 7088 signatures have been gained on the impeachment petition.  Just for the record, that’s 22 signatures per minute, 1288 signatures per hour.  I wish this site had those numbers!  It would take another 15 hours to get to 100,000 signatures, unless things picked up even more than they have.  It would be awesome to see those kinds of numbers in a little over two days, though!

UPDATED 12/17, 1:59: Yup, it was screwed up. Count’s at 78446. Still, not bad!

UPDATED 12/17, 1:48pm: Whoa! Either something’s gone wrong with the counter, or everybody decided to show up on Wexler’s impeachment site at once. My last refresh took forever to go through, and then the number was updated well over 111,000 signatures!

UPDATED 12/17, 1:01pm: The count is currently 77182 signatures. That’s a little less than 4000 signatures in the last two and a half hours! Can we reach 100,000 signatures by the end of the day? That would be news-worthy, eh?

12/17, 10:23am: Go sign Representative Wexler’s petition to impeach Dick Cheney. What have you got to lose? And this one’s really caught fire, this time. The number in the title of this post is the current number of signatures in little over 24 hours.