THE BARE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE BY LAW.
Andrew, on vaca, had this to say:
It was a function of a policy of abuse and torture and mistreatment of prisoners in the war on terror in every theater of combat, directed and emanating from the will of Dick Cheney via the pen of George W Bush. It is simply impossible to review the evidence and conclude otherwise and no one, outside the Cheney cocoon, has been able to sustain the fiction that Cheney proposes as fact. The attempt to separate this from his own highly controlled, personally directed program of torture and abuse and coercion is a deep and malicious and wilfull lie. It may be what Bush wishes to believe. But Cheney knows otherwise. His speech was therefore not a patriotic defense of what he thinks is best for this country; it was a vile and deliberately divisive attempt to use the politics of fear and false machismo against the stability of the American polity.
He has clearly learned nothing; and will remain a threat to this country's ability to fight terror and defend its values. The president will remain above this, as he should, as Cheney seeks further to divide and destabilize this country in a futile attempt to rescue his reputation. But his reputation is unrescuable, his crimes a matter of record, and his character now indelibly written in history. Our job is to never let him forget it, to never let history be re-written and to remain resolute in bringing both him and those who attacked us to justice. And that is in the presidential oath of office.
Chest-thumping Bedwetter. Maybe the next stroke will actually make him think he's O'Brien.
O'Brien: Power is not a means, it's an end.
O'Brien: Power is tearing human minds apart and putting them back together in new shapes of your own choosing.
Winston Smith: I know you'll fail. Something in this world... some spirit you will never overcome...
O'Brien: What is it, this principle?
Winston Smith: I don't know. The spirit of man.
O'Brien: And do you consider yourself a man?
Winston Smith: Yes.
O'Brien: If you're a man, Winston, you're the last man. Your kind is extinct. We are the inheritors. Do you realize that you are alone? You are outside history. You unexist. Get up.
[Winston gets up and O'Brien shows him his reflection in a mirror. Winston is disheveled and beaten]
O'Brien: *That* is the last man. If you are human, *that* is humanity.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
From Nov 2007:
I don't like Fmr. Gov. "I ain't got time to bleed" Ventura. I don't hate the guy. I admire his service, and I thought he was a fluke politician. He's ex-military, a former SEAL, so he not in bed with the left, and he describes himself as a Goldwater Conservative. (Fiscal, Non-interventional foreign policy, social liberal aka doesn't hate fags to get the dumbass religious vote). That said, it is really sad to see him destroy the bimbos that are the modern conservative voices.
I have caught and had 16-year-old kids arrested for $100 theft. This villain Cheney is a threat to the priceless American way of life and everything we have stood for, for over 230 years. He is a criminal. Prosecute him.